The fifth anniversary of Gayari tragedy is being observed today [Friday] to pay homage to those who embraced martyrdom in a deadly avalanche in 2012.Over one hundred and forty soldiers and civilian contractors were trapped under the snow when an avalanche hit the an Army base in Gayari Sector at an altitude of about 13,000 feet, near the Siachen Glacier region.In the search operation by Pakistan Army after the incident all victims were declared martyrs on May 29.

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Topic: Trump launches attack on Syria with 59 tomahawk missiles

In Syria, US warships fired dozens of cruise missiles at the airbase controlled by President Bashar al-Assad's forces in response to the poison gas attack which resulted in civilian deaths.
President Donald Trump has declared missile attacks vital for America's national security interest.US officials said, they had informed Russian forces ahead of the missile attacks and that there were no strikes on sections of the base where Russians were present.Whereas Russia has rejected this claim.Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has confirmed deaths of four soldiers including an air commodore in US strike on the Syrian airbase.

Topic: CPEC to change the image of Pakistan - Nine industrial zones being built under CPEC-It will create eighty five million jobs: Ahsan

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said the multi billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project has changed the image of the country.Talking to Radio Pakistan's correspondent Sophia Siddiqui said, he said the countries in the EU and the United States are now expressing interest to promote cooperation with Pakistan.Establishment of economic zones under the CPEC will help create job opportunities in the country and strengthen economic growth.Meanwhile, addressing a gathering of international business leaders at a Business Summit, he said this high growth rate can bring Pakistan among the top twenty-five economies of the world by 2030.

Topic: Complete shutdown being observed today to boycott sham Indian parliamentary elections in Occupied Kashmir

In occupied Kashmir, day of pledge reaffirmation is being observed today, as part of the campaign for the boycott of sham Indian parliamentary elections in the territory.Call for the observance of the day was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “These so-called elections will make everything clear; whether people love the martyrs or fall into the trap of those who kill and blind our children.”

Topic: Delhi journalist attacked while out on evening walk, motive unknown

A 45-year-old freelance journalist suffered severe brain injuries after an overnight attack by an unidentified person at a public park in northwest Delhi on Wednesday.Aparna Kalra – who has worked with several top media houses – was admitted to Fortis Hospital after local residents found her lying unconscious in a pool of blood at an Ashok Vihar park on Wednesday evening.
Doctors treating her at a private hospital said on Thursday evening that she was stable and managed to speak though a blood clot was detected in her brain.

Topic: Japan to extend unilateral sanctions against North Korea

Japan has decided to extend unilateral sanctions against North Korea by two years.According to Japanese Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko, Tokyo will continue its prohibition of all trade between Japan and North Korea and ban on all North Korean ships from entering Japanese ports.

Topic: India, Israel ink nearly $2bn weapons


India will buy nearly $2 billion worth of weapons technology from Israel in what's being described as the “largest defence contract” ever signed by the military exporting giant.The deal will see state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries provide India with an advanced defence system of medium-range surface-to-air missiles, launchers and communications technology, the company said in a statement Thursday.The “mega” missile agreement is “considered to be the largest defense contract in Israel's defense industries' history”, the company said.The Israeli firm will also supply a naval defence system including long-range surface-to-air missiles for India's first aircraft carrier, which is still under construction.India, the world's largest defence importer  has been investing tens of billions in updating its Soviet-era military hardware to counter long-standing tensions with regional rivals China and Pakistan.India has signed several big-ticket defence deals since Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party stormed to power in 2014.Israel is a top weapons exporter, with sales last year surging to $6.5 billion.

Editorial: Trump lashes out at Syria, rhetorically and with missiles (Washington Post)


By Now, the nation has grown accustomed to if not accepting of President Trump’s bombast and exaggeration. Plenty of his overstatements are best forgotten. But in recent days Mr. Trump’s rhetoric, from the White House, has crossed into very serious territory about two intractable crises overseas. This is where words become dangerous if untethered to action or strategy. This raises the question of how Mr. Trump intends to make good on his word. 

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