Jan 23 2013
Get ready for nuclear war, Indian officials tell Kashmiris
The Kashmir police published a notice in the Greater Kashmirnewspaper on Monday, advising people to build bomb shelters in basements and to collect enough food and water for two weeks, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
Yoginder Kaul, the inspector-general of the civil defense and state disaster response force, stated, “We routinely train and educate people regarding different natural and man-made disasters and that’s our duty. This advertisement too was part of such a campaign. Please, let us not read into this beyond that. Let it be clear that this is purely in the nature of educating people and not connected with anything else.”
One of the residents of the region said, “This is fueling an atmosphere of fear. Educating people is fine but not this brazen way.”
The advisory said people should construct bomb shelters in their yards if they do not have basements large enough to house their families.
“Expect some initial disorientation as the blast wave may blow down and carry away many prominent and familiar features,” it added.
The advisory also told residents to keep people contaminated by fallout out of their shelters.
Three Pakistani soldiers and two Indian soldiers have been killed in border clashes in Kashmir since the beginning of 2013.
Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 60 years of hostility between India and Pakistan. Both countries claim the region in full but each only has control over a section of the territory.
Over the past two decades, the conflict in Kashmir has left over 47,000 people dead by the official count, although other sources say the death toll could be as high as 90,000.
Iran and India have a special relationship, Indian president says
During a meeting with the new Iranian ambassador to India, Gholamreza Ansari, in New Delhi on Tuesday, Mukherjee said India wants good relations with all countries and attaches great significance to its ties with certain countries — including Iran and China — since such relations date back centuries and have their roots in numerous affinities.
He added that the world is currently facing many problems, which can be resolved through the active participation of nations and close cooperation between governments.
The Indian president also said the structure of the United Nations needs to be revised and improved so that the international body can meet the needs of all human beings and resolve political crises across the globe.
Mukherjee stated that India has an active presence in various issues and is ready to step up its political efforts within the framework of the United Nations.
Ansari said Iran-India relations are deeply-rooted, and Iranian history is vividly manifested all over India.
The Iranian ambassador also said there is great potential for the expansion of economic interactions between Iran and India.
Netanyahu threatens Iran over nuclear energy program
Netanyahu made the remarks in an election victory speech in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Wednesday.
“The first challenge was and remains preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,” he said.
Exit polls show Netanyahu’s hard-line Likud-Beitenu bloc and their allies have won a narrow majority in the Israeli general election.
However, Netanyahu’s Likud Party-Yisrael Beitenu and nationalist allies performed far worse than expected in Tuesday’s election and lost ground to center-left parties, according to the exit polls.
Israel has repeatedly threatened Iran with a military strike, falsely claiming that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.