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13 May
Approx 18 Crore vaccinated in India. 3rd highest after USA (26 crore) & China's claimed numbers: Dr VK Paul. India's vaccination pace fastest claims Dr Paul. Requests pls ``take pride'' in this achievement & laud the doctors & nurses who achieved it. Calls it national achievement
Centre continues to procure for states for 45+. Dr Paul says even this narrative important. 45+ (single doze): one third of 34 crore have got it. Process started 4 months ago & made in India vaccine achieved it. 88% deaths were in this category. 50% got 2nd dose. Work in progress
35.6 crore dozes procured
6 crore under PM cares.
GAVI: 1 crore used.
PHASE II: 12 crore
10 crore Covishield
2 crore: Covaxin
PHASE III: 16 crore doze
11: Covishield
5 crore: Covaxin (in process)
16 crore more dozes (States & Pvt Hosp) in pipeline.
Total by July: 51.6 crore dozes
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23 Mar
Kargil after Lahore summit
Kaluchak after Agra summit
Pathankot after Lahore
Just how often do we want to be stabbed in the back & bitten by a venomous snake in the neighbourhood?
Pakistan is virtually bankrupt, they are importing wheat, Pashtuns & Balochs are up in arms...1/n
Pakistan's troubles will only increase as their economy collapses. China will extract its pound of flesh. Pakistan's aim is to establish a proxy in Afghanistan. This sham of peace gesture is only to concentrate on that border. Pak wants strategic depth again. #Balakot exposed Pak
Pakistan will peddle peace tamasha till it is sorted out on other fronts. If it can withstand US pressure on Afghanistan (despite US losing so many soldiers, Pakistan continues to support Haqqani Network, Taliban Quetta Shura) it won't sort out #HafizSaeed #MasoodAzhar #LeT #JeM.
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20 Mar
Stunning allegation!!! Former Mumbai police commissioner Parambir Singh shoots off a letter to CM @OfficeofUT. Alleges #SachinVaze collected money for Anil Deshmukh. Tasked to collect Rs 100 Cr per month. Breaking on @IndiaToday. Does #ParambirSingh a serving top cop have proof?
@IndiaToday's @mustafashk accesses #ParambirSingh's letter. It has a virtual guidebook for collection of 100 crore a month. 1750 bars, restaurants and other establishments in Mumbai. Collect Rs 2 to 3 lakh from each. Rs 40 to 50 crore monthly achievable. Top focus @IndiaToday
And @Dev_Fadnavis demands @AnilDeshmukhNCP's resignation. Says @OfficeofUT should remove him. Have either central probe or court monitored probe. Allegations made by senior serving police officer apparently with evidence. And says CM was informed by #ParambirSingh. On @IndiaToday
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19 Mar
Pakistan's tried & tested template.Don't ask for prosecution of terrorists for past terror attacks.Let's start afresh (till the next terror attack)
India has repeatedly fallen for it
1. IC 814 hijack
2. Parliament Attack
3. J&K Assembly
4. 26/11 Mumbai
5. Ind emb Kabul
Long list
#Pakistan targeted India with impunity because Indian leadership was told they are a nuclear weapon state India cannot respond. A strong pro Pak lobby played the Pak game of dialogue despite terror for peace in the sub continent. Uninterrupted & uninterruptible dialogue tamasha.
So even after 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks India did not hit back, resulting in more terror attacks. ISI tested PM @narendramodi's resolve too. Terror attacks on our consulate in Afghanistan & strikes at Pathankot, Gurdaspur... Uri & Pulwama resulted in #Surgicalstrikes & #Balakot
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10 Mar
West Bengal CM @MamataOfficial injured. In severe pain. Foot injury. sketchy details. Swelling in the foot. A team of doctors rushes to the CM. Someone tried to push her. TMC to complain to election commission. CM wants to return to Kolkata. No local police. 4-5 people pushed her
There was no one from local police, says @MamataOfficial. Says she was intentionally pushed. Also complains of chest pain. BJP says let there be a CBI investigation. Claims this is to gain sympathy. TMC says even CM not safe & security to woman CM was inadequate. Moving 2 Kolkata
``Green Corridor'' for @MamataOfficial to be shifted to #Kolkata. Will be rushed to the hospital. BJP calls it a publicity stunt after looking at ground reality at #Nandigram. BJP's Priyanka Tibrewal says ground beneath Mamata's feet slipping. Let there be an independent probe..
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9 Mar
Leads from 2008 #Ahmedabad blasts (57 killed) helped in identifying the perpetrators of Delhi blasts (39 killed) & led us to L-18 #BatlaHouse: @singhkarnal2, then Jt CP @DelhiPolice tells me on #IndiaFirst. @GujaratPolice tracked #IndianMujahideen. Had reported 2008 Ahd blasts🖕
In Ahmedabad blasts #IndianMujahideen terrorists had planted the 5th & the most powerful bomb at the hospital. Their aim was to kill not just injured from other blast sites but also their relatives, doctors, police etc at hospital (Yet some give intellectual cover fire to terror)
#IndianMujahideen terrorists had also planned serial blasts in #Surat. IEDs planted on trees & billboards to inflict head injuries. Fortunately the circuit was defective.100s of lives were saved. A @GujaratPolice officer had told me a special team was constituted to neutralise IM
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8 Mar
#IndianMujahideen terrorist #ArizKhan convicted for killing brave Insp Mohan Chand Sharma & attempting to kill police officers in #BatlaHouse encounter. Delhi module of terror group was neutralized.
(Had covered the terror strikes, the encounter & the shameful politics after it) ImageImageImage
Political leaders to academics to influencers an entire ecosystem charged at the terror fighting mechanism.
Was the attempt to demoralize it? Weaken it/destroy it?
At whose behest?
Vote bank politics became more important than India's war on terror?
Every fact was ignored. Why?
How many people know Insp Mohan Chand Sharma's child was unwell & in hospital. He put #IndiaFirst. He made Supreme sacrifice of his life. And yet was vilified.The entire @DelhiPolice was. Ask @sanjeevyadav225 & @singhkarnal2 who braved every assault to keep Delhi safe from terror
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7 Mar
20 Indian braves made Supreme sacrifice of their lives at #Galwan to push back an expansionist China at #LAC.
#China remains hostile to India.
#Maharashtra power outage blamed on Chinese hackers.
China yet to pull back from #Depsang.
Yet Rs 300 cr Telecom contract to #Huawei? ImageImage
Is this the 'whole of India' approach being adopted to deal with expansionist forces?
Why continue to give access to China in critical areas like Telecom?
Even if central Govt is to be believed China didn't succeed in #Maharashtra power outage, attempts were made? Even in Delhi
Soldiers make the supreme sacrifice for a strong nation.
Can business & industry not sacrifice profits for a strong nation?
Is this the whole of nation approach to deal with China?
Is this #Atmanirbhar #Bharat?
Profits more important than national interest?
#IndiaFirst always
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4 Mar
We are not only the world's largest but also the most vibrant #democracy. And do we need certification from some western organization?
We live in a noisy vibrant democracy. @PMOIndia/Govt are being criticized openly & freely on issues on TV, in print, on digital & social media.
India has strong & free courts of law. India has constitutional bodies & a vibrant press.
India does not & should not need certification on freedom. Vested interests may try to pull India down, but India must constantly work to strengthen economy, society, military & stand tall.
We must remain a democracy & not descend into chaos & anarchy.
Calling for breaking a country is not democracy but an attempt to create anarchy. The law must step in & take its own course.
Farmers forced the government to bring about multiple amendment & rightfully so. #democracy
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12 Feb
1 China pulls back from Southern Pangong Tso
2 China retreats beyond Finger 8.
In Pangong Tso Apr 2020 situation being restored.
3 Now waiting for clarity on other friction points in Ladakh.
4 Depsang predates April 2020.
5 China occupies 40000+ sqkm of Ind territory since 1950s
Veterans on social media can enlighten us better but I am told:
1. Indian post was at Finger 3 (Dhan Singh Thapa post) itself
2. We tried to patrol till our claim line Finger 8. There was resistance by PLA.
3. PLA tried to patrol till Finger 4 own Tps went from 3 & stopped them.
Indian Army checkmated China at Kailash ranges & has other aces up its sleeve. China has realized India will no longer permit Chinese transgressions.
Temp halt in patrolling is to calm the situation down.
India China stand off/tensions will continue either in Ladakh or elsewhere
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11 Feb
India has an edge in Eastern Ladakh: @rajnathsingh in Rajya Sabha. Solution on 3 principles
1. Respect LAC
2. No unilateral change of status quo at LAC
3. Full compliance by both sides of a agreements.
China withdraws beyond Finger 8.
India to Maj Dhan Singh Thapa at Finger 3.
India has not lost any territory insists RM @rajnathsingh in Rajya Sabha. Both India & China to withdraw to pre April 2020 status both North & South of Pangong Tso. Withdrawal in next 48 hours. Mutual & verifiable. Then Mil commanders meet again to sort out other friction points.
And RM @rajnathsingh also sets the record straight on approx 40,000 sqkm territory illegally occupied by China earlier (incl 5,180 sqkm illegally ceded by Pakistan) & Chinese claims on 90,000 sqkm of Indian territory (Arunachal Pradesh). Praises valour & determination of soldiers
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4 Feb
1. Farmers are not Khalistanis but there are elements fanning the separatist fire.
2. No sane person would call peaceful farmers terrorists but there were elements brandishing Swords & using tractors to ram through police barricades & attempt to run over cops. Facts Vs propaganda
3. No Indian is worried about a tweet by @rihanna @GretaThunberg or @miakhalifa but the toolkit which @DelhiPolice says was prepared by pro #Khalistan elements is a cause for concern.
4. It is for influencers to come clean on how their actions are in sync with pro Khalistan chaps
5. Farmers have been protesting peacefully but it remains a fact that tractors were used as a weapon in the violence & vandalism on Delhi streets.
6. Farmers are non violent but police probing farm leaders for saying take hostages to negotiate with govt.
7. 500+ cops are injured.
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4 Feb
FIR takes cognizance of the @GretaThunberg deleted cheat sheet. Investigation to begin on the correlation of the Cheatsheet and events on the ground so far: @DelhiPolice sources tell me. She is not named in the FIR.
Praveer Ranjan, Special Commissioner (Crime) @DelhiPolice says #FIR u/s 124A, 153, 153A, 120 B registered. Tweets by certain handles were being monitored. This tweet had a `Toolkit'. Mentioned Pro #Khalistan elements. matter being investigated. Top focus #DeshKaGaurav #IndiaFirst
@DelhiPolice Spl Commissioner makes a Special mention of the `Poetic Justice Foundation' saying preliminary inquiry reveals `toolkit' appears to have been made by a pro-Khalistani organisation. Big revelation on #DeshKaGaurav & #IndiaFirst today.
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28 Dec 20
Dissent in Democracy?
Or Anarchy?
Farmers Protests or are 'farmers' an excuse to disrupt law & order.
Mobile towers: Do they not help with online education?
Who is disrupting India again & again?
Violation of law is totally unacceptable
As of now is there any evidence to suggest MSP will go?
APMCs will go?
Any threat to farmers land?
Are vested interests indulging in fear mongering?
Is that fear mongering causing genuine & real harm to India's growth story where data & communications play a key role
What will damaging mobile towers achieve? 27 petrol pumps in Delhi's border belt have complained of zero business in past 30 days. Factories are complaining of losses & salary/job cuts. So fears of farmers due to fear mongering by netas leads to real losses on ground to industry?
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20 Dec 20
Gurdwara #RakabGanj is where the dismembered body of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib was consigned to flames after Mughal emperor Aurangzeb had him beheaded. Guru Tegh Bahadur protecting Hindus did not convert to Islam on Aurangzeb's orders.The 9th Sikh Guru is hailed as 'Hind Di Chadar'
Aurangzeb ordered that Guru Tegh Bahadur's body will not be removed. There was a massive dust storm & taking advantage of it 2 followers: Bhai Jaita took Guru Tegh Bahadur's head to Anandpur Sahib & Bhai Lakhi Shah hid Guru Sahib's body under bales of cotton & got it to Rakabganj
Had he cremated Guru Tegh Bahadur's body it would have aroused the suspicion of the Mughal army so Bhai Lakhi Shah set his house on fire. At that exact spot is Gurdwara Rakabganj. If Hindus are able to follow our religion & beliefs it is due to the sacrifice of Guru Tegh Bahadur.
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9 Oct 20
#Taiwan 🇹🇼 #NationalDayTaiwan . Stay Strong. Together democracies will counter expansionist forces. Will we see closer India-Taiwan ties in the months & years ahead?
#Taiwan 🇹🇼 standing up to an expansionist #China is a must report story.
@iingwen has been talking about Taiwan's military modernisation & strategic ties with like minded democracies… Strong democracies together will deter expansionist bullies in the region
#Taiwan 🇹🇼

Not really cards for #India to play but relationships to cherish and nurture.

Should be part of India's strategic fold. Now & for ever.

#China is no friend of ours. Stronger strategic alliances with like minded countries is the best road ahead.
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2 Oct 20
Caught an interesting discussion online on some Pak network on #IPL.
1. Pak players missing the excitement & MONEY
2. Pak players & fans missing the excitement.
3. One commentator said each #IPL player makes more money than entire Pak T 20 team.
4. Pak's two T20 leagues a failure
5. Pak players want to play & want Im The Dim to initiate dialogue with India.
6. Discussion also noted PM @narendramodi different & will not accept Pak on earlier terms.
7. Pak still unwilling to abandon path of support to radical Islamist terror represented by HafizSaeed & Co.
8. Pak commentators concede being out of cricket is a big loss to Pak cricket both in terms of finances, glory & as important experience.
9. Pak out of Bollywood & music is also a major loss for Pak
10. As long as Pak people remain subservient to Pak Mil Jihad complex: their loss
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29 Sep 20
Human Rights cannot be an excuse to defy law of the land: Govt's official response on #AmnestyIndia 's bogey of a 'witchhunt.' Govt puts out certain facts in public domain. Govt spokesperson says: Amnesty International denied #FCRA approval by 'SUCCESSIVE GOVTS' since 2000 1/n
Govt: Amnesty UK tried to circumvent #FCRA regulations Amnesty UK remitted large amounts of money to four entities registered in India by classifying it as FDI.Significant amount of money remitted to Amnesty India without MHA approval under FCRA. Govt: malafide rerouting of money
Govt: Owing to illegal practices of #AmnestyIndia PREVIOUS GOVTS had also rejected repeated applications of Amnesty to receive funds from overseas. #Amnesty had suspended its India operations once during that period as well. BIPARTISAN & PURELY LEGAL approach by Govt, then & now.
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24 Sep 20
China has built almost 400 internment camps in Xinjiang for Uighur muslims. In Xinjiang Muslims made to eat pork. Across China Muslims made to remove Mohammed from their name. Can't read their holy book. Yet a prominent Kashmiri leader claims Kashmiris would prefer the Chinese?
And that too at a time when the enemy is at the gates. What does this then say about those people who 'prefer the Chinese'?
Neither loyal to their religion nor to their country?
Lack honour & self respect?
Cut their nose to spite their face?
Cannot be trusted in difficult times?
And why is focus on one religion majority state in a secular democracy?
Why should it matter if a state is Muslim majority in a secular country?
Have seen several so called 'liberal intellectuals' harp on J&K being muslim majority in context of Article 370/35A. Should it matter?
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17 Sep 20
Sensitive Op issues involved. Cant reveal many details: @rajnathsingh in #RajyaSabha. Talks of border infrastructure development. Roads & bridges being improved. Armed forces have better logistical support. Enables quick deployment when needed.Will improve further.Won't step back
Chinese aggression large deployment & attempt to unilaterally change status quo unacceptable. Determined to protect India's integrity. 10 sept EAM dialogue in Moscow. Complete disengagement if China serious & sincere. Long stand off in the past sorted amicably.Situation different
Specialized tent clothing arms ammunition arrangements made for soldiers at extreme high altitude: @rajnathsingh. Will not let our head hang in shame nor does India want any other country to be shamed. Ladakh the situation remains dynamic. Hope country speaks & stands as one.
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15 Sep 20
Raksha Mantri @rajnathsingh in Parliament: I have seen unparalled valour of our forces in #Ladakh. India China boundary issue unresolved. China doesn't agree to alignment. 1950 decade could not agree to alignment. China 38,000 sqkm in illegal occupation. 90000 sqkm china claims.
Peace & tranquility at LAC post 1988 relationship developed. 1993, 1996 agreement: keep less troops at LAC. Common understanding. 1990 2003 effort made but then China stopped. Overlap in perception at some places at LAC. Elaborate & time tested intelligence gathering mechanism:RM
April 2020 increase in chinese troop strength. May 2020 china interdiction of Galwan patrolling. Goghra & Pangongtso & KongkaLa. Indian forces timely response action. Both commanders met on June 6 2020 for disengagement process. Believe in LAC & no change in LAC. But June 15...
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