Israel-Indian missile system Barak 8 carries out successful trial in Indian Ocean

“Trial will benefit both the Indian and Israeli navies,” CEO of IAI says.

The Israeli-Indian developed Barak 8 missile system carried out two successful interceptions from an Indian Navy ship over the past day.

Israel Aerospace Industries said that the weapons system successfully hit its target and completed a series of three tests that demonstrate its readiness.

Yossi Weiss, CEO of IAI, said the interceptors were fired from the heart of the Indian Ocean from an Indian Navy ship, striking their targets successfully.

Weiss described the trial as a “most impressive technological achievement” that will benefit both the Indian and Israeli navies, both of which are expected to receive the system in a fully operational mode soon.

The Indian ship used to fire the interceptors is significantly larger than the Sa’ar 5 type Israel Navy corvette used for a similar recent trial of the Barak 8.

The Barak 8 missile system is designed to protect naval ships and offshore gas rigs from hostile aircraft, missiles and rockets.

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Germany to India: ‘Pakistan and India are more alike than different’

BY MORTEN HÜBBE

This is the travel blog of backpackers Rochssare Neromand-Soma (28) and Morten Hübbe (30) who met at the same university in Germany, where they both studied Literature and Media. They finished school in 2011 and started travelling immediately.

Their journey started with a trip to South America. They planned it as a six-month visit but ended up falling in love with the warm people and the breathtaking beauty of the region. It all started with hitchhiking (which is really common in Argentina and Chile) and enjoyed it so much that they kept travelling until they had discovered the entire continent.

They ended up staying back for over two years, and had by then, hitchhiked more than 50.000 kilometers, mostly with truck drivers. On the way, they met a Frenchman who told them about his hitchhiking adventures in Europe. He went from Paris to Istanbul all in just four days. This impressed the couple enough to decide to hitchhike all the way from Germany to India.

Now they are in Nepal. And look forward to travelling throughout the country before proceeding to their next destination. Read Part-I, II and III here. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Growing up under Communist rule made me the tough feminist I am today

By Klentiana Mahmutaj

I am a child of communism. I was born in Communist Albania in the late seventies and was raised there until the age of 19 when I secured a scholarship to study at an English university. I am now a practising barrister in capitalist Britain and a mother of a two-and-a–half-year-old child, regularly facing the challenges that come with being a full-time working mother who seeks to succeed in a challenging profession.  Inspired by the ongoing debate on women’s inequalities, I have recently reflected on my own childhood politics and have come to the surprising conclusion that the place to look for solutions to gender inequality is the Communist model.

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Key member of community demands separate state for Sindhis

MUMBAI: Ram Buxani, Dubai-based non-resident Indian and a prominent member of Sindhi community has demanded a separate Sindhi linguistic state for Sindhis who he said had became landless after partition in 1947.

Such demand comes in the wake of fears expressed by the community brethren that in the absence of a separate state, the Sindhis have no identity of their own, said Buxani.

The social thinker appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider creating a separate linguistic state for Sindhis so that the community can boast proudly that they have a land of their own in India.

Sindhis are inheritors of the 7000-year-old civilisation of Mohen-jo-daro and are on the verge of facing extinction as they do not have a state and a separate identity, Buxani, who was on a visit to the city recently, said.

Justifying the need for a separate linguistic state, he said “there are areas in Rajasthan and Kutch (Gujarat) in India where even today people speak in Sindhi language and thrive in the same culture which prevailed in Sindh before partition.”

He further said, “While a portion of Punjab and Bengal was included in Independent India during the partition of undivided India, the entire Sindh was merged with Pakistan. As a result, Sindhi Hindus were driven away from their homes and came to India as refugees where they began their livelihood afresh.”

Buxani migrated to Dubai 50 years ago and rose to become the Chairman of ITL Cosmos Group, a 60-year-old conglomerate.

“Sindhis also migrated to various countries. Today, there are more than 14 million Sindhis scattered across the globe. Although they have earned enough money with a dint of hard work and sharp business acumen, they do not have a land of their own,” he said.

Buxani said the Sindh linguistic territory within the existing boundaries of India consist of princely state of Kutch, Jaiselmer, Barmer, Jalore and other towns bordering Tharparkar and Kutch.

‘Kutchchi’ which is spoken in Kutch and nearby towns is a dialect of Sindhi language. In the princely state of Jaiselmer in Rajasthan, ‘Dhakti’ is spoken which is also a Sindhi dialect. Similarly, in Barmer, Jalore and other towns close to Tharparkar and Kutch, ‘Thali’ and ‘Thareli’ is spoken which too is a dialect of Sindhi language, he said.

News courtesy: The Economic Times
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