New Delhi: Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, captured by Pakistan on Wednesday, will return today after Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan announced his release as a “peace gesture”, signalling the easing of tension after the two countries engaged in an aerial clash for the first time in nearly 50 years.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will reportedly be handed over to India at the Wagah border today afternoon, around 3 to 4 pm.
World leaders had urged both countries to step back as hostilities peaked over the past few days as India sent fighter planes to strike a terror training camp in Pakistan and Islamabad tried to target Indian military installations in response.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman engaged in an air duel with one of the 24 Pakistani F-16s that attempted air strikes across the Line of Control on Wednesday and shot it down before his jet crashed and he was forced to eject.
Videos put out on Pakistani accounts showed the pilot blindfolded and wounded, his hands tied, calmly answering questions. The videos, removed soon after, were seen as a violation of the Geneva Convention and led to global calls for his release and restraint from both sides.
After the pilot’s release was announced, the Army, Navy and Air Force, in a rare joint briefing in Delhi, said they were prepared to tackle any provocation from across the border.
“Pakistan has targeted our military installations. They have escalated matters. If they provoke us any further, we are prepared for exigencies,” said Major General Surendra Singh Mahal, representing the Army.
Imran Khan’s decision to release Abhinandan Varthaman was the result of immense international pressure to pull both countries back from the brink. The US, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia played a role, say sources; there has been no official comment from the Indian government on these efforts.
Washington’s role was revealed when President Donald Trump told the world media in Hanoi that “reasonably attractive news was coming from India and Pakistan”. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he spent “a good deal of time” on the phone speaking to leaders on both sides.
UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed tweeted that he had made “telephone calls to the Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers” stressing the “importance of dealing wisely with recent developments and giving priority to dialogue and communication”.
Countries like the UK, France and Russia – all permanent members of the UN Security Council – had also urged restraint. Even China told Pakistan it “does not want to see actions that violate the norms of international relations.”
Pakistan would have had to release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman under the Geneva Convention. It happened sooner because of India’s refusal to negotiate and global pressure.6
Countries like the US and France had endorsed India’s strong stand following the February 14 Pulwama attack by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, in which over 40 soldiers were killed. India’s air strikes on Tuesday targeted a huge Jaish training facility in Pakistan’s Balakot, around 80 km from the Line of Control.
Pleasant weather in Delhi, it will rain for the next two days.
The weather pattern is changing in Delhi. The weather in the national capital has been pleasant since morning today (Wednesday). The wind is blowing between the movement of clouds, due to which the temperature has come down. According to the Meteorological Department (IMD), it will be partly cloudy in Delhi today i.e. on September 14. Also, there may be light rain or drizzle with winds at some places.
After the rains on Monday in Delhi, there was a slight drop in the temperature on Tuesday and people got a slight respite from the sultry heat. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a change in the weather and light rain in Delhi-NCR from today i.e. Wednesday.
According to the forecast of the Meteorological Department, there may be light rain in Delhi for the next two days from today. It will be cloudy and winds will blow at a speed of 30 to 40 kilometers per hour. In Delhi today, September 14, the minimum temperature may be 26 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature may remain 34 degree Celsius.
Make Noida part of Delhi, AAP leader writes open letter to PM Modi
Aam Aadmi Party’s Gautam Buddh Nagar region president Bhupendra Singh Jadaun has composed an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the incorporation of Noida inside the province of Delhi.
In the open letter dated September 12, posted from Jadaun’s twitter account, he has requested that Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has been giving essential conveniences, for example, water, power, schooling, wellbeing, and transport to individuals of Delhi, which the occupants of Gautam Buddh Nagar locale (Noida) have been denied of. “Very much like Delhi, individuals of Gautam Buddh Nagar ought to likewise have the option to get free power, good education, the advantages of Farishte scheme; the ladies inhabitants ought to have the option free transportation; senior residents ready to go on pilgrimage free of charge; and they are not made to go around different offices to get their Aadhaar card, ration card or driving permit,” the letter peruses.
Jadaun has expressed that the occupants of Noida ought to likewise get the option to choose their delegates in the neighborhood enterprises, very much like it occurs in Delhi. Further, the occupants living in metropolitan and country regions in the area ought to get the possession freedoms of their territory, while the people who live in alleged unlawful provinces ought to likewise get proprietorship privileges alongside essential conveniences like in Delhi, he said.
New rule on free electricity in Delhi, subsidy will not be available without applying from today, CM Kejriwal announced
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has made a big announcement. Now only those people will get electricity subsidy in Delhi, who will apply for it. The applications for this will start from today itself.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that some people do not want to take free electricity. In such a situation, now only those people in Delhi will get electricity subsidy who will apply for it.
Form to be filled
A form will come along with the electricity bill. The form has to be submitted to the electricity bill center. He said that we are issuing a number (7011311111). A missed call has to be made on this number. A message will come on a missed call. There will be a link in it. Which will open the form on WhatsApp. Messages will also be sent to those whose mobile numbers are registered. The number of people who will fill the form on 31 October. They will get the benefit of the scheme. On filling the form in the next month, the bill of the previous month will have to be submitted. He said that his government would run door-to-door awareness campaign regarding this.
The facility will be applicable from October 1
Arvind Kejriwal said, earlier there used to be a lot of electricity in Delhi. We fixed it. Now electricity is available 24 hours. Electricity is available free of cost in Delhi. The money saved by stopping corruption is giving convenience to the people. He told that there are 58 lakh consumers of electricity in Delhi, out of which 30 lakh electricity bills come to zero. Half the bills of 17 lakh consumers come. We will give subsidy to those who ask for subsidy. This facility will be applicable from 1st October.
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