By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
At least 21 alleged terrorists were killed in airstrikes by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and in ground operations in the Shawal Valley of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The strikes began in the night of March 7, 2016, and continued till March 8, 2016.
By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management
At least two soldiers and two women were killed in a suicide explosion in the Smagal area of Darel Valley in the Diamer District of the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) region in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) on March 17, 2016. Acting on an intelligence tipoff, Security Forces (SFs) had laid siege to the house of a ‘commander’ of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)’s Diamer faction, identified as Hazrat Noor. An unnamed security official disclosed, “The terrorist blew himself up to avoid arrest. Besides his wife and daughter, two soldiers were also killed in the blast.” The slain militant also reportedly had opened fire at the Forces before blowing himself up.
By Ambreen Agha
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
On February 19, 2016, at least three Policemen were killed in an attack near Miran Wala Bangla Bypass in Faisalabad District. Terrorists opened fire when they were stopped by the Policemen.
At least seven terrorists belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), were killed in an encounter in the Sharaqpur area of in Sheikhupura District on February 17, 2016. Later in the day, two Police Constables manning a security check post in the Chanab Pulli area of Iqbal Town in provincial capital Lahore were shot dead by three unidentified militants.
'We have arrived in Punjab', JTTP-JuA warns Government: Jama'at-ul-Ahrar (JuA), the breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), on March 29 warned the Government that the Lahore terror attack was a "message" to the Government about their "arrival" in Punjab. "Also, this is a message to the Pakistani Prime Minister that we have arrived in Punjab," the group's spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said. The spokesman even taunted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Twitter. "After the Lahore attack, Nawaz Sharif repeated old words to give himself false assurances," he wrote. "Nawaz Sharif should know that war has reached his doorstep, and God willing the mujahideen will be the winners in this war." Times of India, March 30, 2016.
There are no Islamist jihadist groups in Sri Lanka, says ICES: A study commissioned by the Colombo-based International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) said that there are no Islamist jihadist groups in Sri Lanka. According to study, the discussions with representative of Thablighi Jamaat, Thawheed & Sufi groups revealed that while there are discontent among Muslim youth, acts of violence are unlikely in the near future. ICES commissioned the study after accusations were made, both from within and outside the Muslim community, that in recent years a jihadist movement was in the making in the Eastern Province. Daily News, March 26, 2016.
A rare phenomenon after a lapse of ten years
By Disna Mudalige - Daily News
It was a crucial decision the Party Leaders were compelled to take for the well-being of the society at a time the country is facing an economic crunch due to the prevailing global situation. The debt trap laid by the previous regime due to haphazard handling of the country's finances is yet another reason for the cash strapped administration to drop the proposal to increase the emoluments of Parliamentarians.
Smashes Earth's All-Time Global Heat Record by a Jaw-Dropping Margin
By Jeff Masters and Bob Henson
On Saturday, NASA dropped a bombshell of a climate report. February 2016 has soared past all rivals as the warmest seasonally adjusted month in more than a century of global recordkeeping. NASA’s analysis showed that February ran 1.35°C (2.43°F) above the 1951-1980 global average for the month, as can be seen in the list of monthly anomalies going back to 1880.
We’ve Hit A Troubling Climate Change Milestone
By Bill McKibben
Across the northern hemisphere, the temperature, if only for a few hours, apparently crossed a line: it was more than two degrees Celsius above “normal” for the first time in recorded history and likely for the first time in the course of human civilization. That’s important because the governments of the world have set two degrees Celsius as the must-not-cross red line that, theoretically, we’re doing all we can to avoid. And it’s important because most of the hemisphere has not really had a winter
Stephen Hawking Leads Top British Scientists
By Brendan Cole
He may have said that the universe is expanding but eminent scientist Stephen Hawking very much wants the European Union to stay the same size after publicly opposing Brexit.
Hawking, author of the Brief History of Time, is the most high profile figure among 150 or so other fellows from Britain's leading scientific institution the Royal Society who warn that British scientific research would be under threat should the UK left the EU.
By Jonathan Power - IDN-INPS Viewpoint
The British have a problem. A referendum on continuing membership of the European Union scheduled for June may lead to Brexit- Britain heading for the exit. Anybody with any knowledge of Europe’s war-like history knows this would be totally self-defeating.
Writing in 1751 Voltaire described Europe as “a kind of great republic, divided into several states, some monarchical, the others mixed but all corresponding with one another. They all have the same religious foundation, even if divided into several confessions. They all have the same principles of public law and politics unknown in other parts of the world.” But they also had a lot of war.
By Eric Zuesse
On Friday, March 18th, a combined effort by George Soros, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, and Tayyip Erdogan, has arranged to get the EU to abandon previously sacrosanct fundamental human rights of refugees, and to transfer $6B+ to Turkey, in return for placing the refugee burden onto Turkey and getting Turkey to cooperate so as to assist the breakup of Syria, which will enable a gas-pipeline and an oil-pipeline to be built through Syria to enable Qatar’s gas and Saudi Arabia’s oil to be pipelined through Syria into the EU, so as to replace Russian oil and gas, which now fuel the EU.