6 Hindu zealots held in Mumbai for ‘black deed’

Updated 13 October 2015

6 Hindu zealots held in Mumbai for ‘black deed’

MUMBAI: Six members of a radical Hindu political party were arrested in Mumbai on Monday for blackening the face of Sudheendra Kulkarni, the host of former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis disapproved of Shiv Sena’s protests against the launch of Kasuri’s book in Mumbai. He said Shiv Sena’s act has brought disrepute to the state.
“We cannot endorse Mr. Kasuri, but we also cannot let our state turn into a banana republic,” he said. “I think the way things have happened has brought a bad name to our state. There could have been better ways to put forth a point of view.”
Despite Shiv Sena’s protests and a paint attack on Kulkarni, the launch of Kasuri’s book, “Neither a Hawk, Nor a Dove — An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy,” was held in Mumbai.


US moves troops, tanks into Lithuania in message to Russia

Updated 6 min 16 sec ago

US moves troops, tanks into Lithuania in message to Russia

  • Dozens of Abrams tanks and Bradley armored vehicles arrived by railway at the army training area in Pabrade
  • The alliance has previously installed similar battalions in Poland and Baltic states Estonia and Latvia as tripwires against possible Russian adventurism in the region

VILNIUS: The United States on Monday began deploying a battalion of troops and dozens of tanks to Lithuania for an unprecedented six-month rotation, a move sought by the Baltic EU and NATO state to deter neighboring Russia.
Dozens of Abrams tanks and Bradley armored vehicles arrived by railway at the army training area in Pabrade.
Lithuania’s Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis said the deployment of some 500 US troops scheduled to stay through the winter proves that a US military presence on NATO’s eastern flank “is no longer a taboo.”
“First and foremost, it is a message to Lithuania and neighboring NATO states that allies are together with us,” the minister told AFP.
“And it is also a message to Russia that the US is engaged, and it is an additional deterrence element,” he added.
Ben Hodges, the former commander of US Army forces in Europe, said the US deployment was a “manifestation of American commitment to continued deterrence along NATO’s eastern flank,” at the time when US was pulling American troops out of Syria and abandoning its Kurdish allies.
“Nobody, including the Russians, should be confused by the Americans’ commitment to NATO despite what was I think a mistake of pulling out of Syria,” Hodges told AFP via telephone.
Two years ago, NATO deployed a German-led multinational battalion of around 1,000 troops to Lithuania, an EU and NATO nation of 2,8 million people.
The alliance installed similar battalions in Poland and Baltic states Estonia and Latvia as tripwires against possible Russian adventurism in the region after Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
The entire region had been dominated by the Soviet Union for more than 40 years after World War II.