22
Aug

PM Modi on seven decades of India-Russia friendship

Prime Minister Narendra Modi article on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and the Russian Federation published in the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazzetta May 31, 2017
There are seven decades April 13, 1947, to be precise, even before India had gained independence, India and Russia have established diplomatic relations among themselves. I send a warm greeting to the people of Russia and India on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of this milestone. Celebrating this year. E in 2017.
Relations between India and Russia have been a constant in a world that has changed drastically since 1947. They have stood the test of time and have grown from strength to strength. The resilience of our relationship is based on the fact that it is based on the principles of equality, trust and mutual benefit. We have adapted our partnership at different stages of our national development and the changing realities of the international context. We were together in good times and bad.
Our relationship, of course, goes well beyond the last seventy years. That is full of history. They also go beyond governments. Afanasei Nikitin from Tver travelled to India in the 15th century to link Russia to India. Later, in the mid-18th century, Indian traders moved between India and Russia and settled settlements in Astrakhan. Gerasim Lebedev, a pioneer of Indology and Bengali theatre, visited India at the same time. It was followed by Ivan Menayev mid-19th century who introduced Sanskrit to the people of Russia, studied Vedic literature, edicts of Ashoka the Great, Pali grammar and Buddhist studies. Researchers such as Sergei Oldenburg and Fyodor Shcherbatskoy continued this tradition in the following decades, the translation and study of many Indian epics and classical texts.
In recent years, the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore was translated into Russian and Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation, and Leon Tolstoï corresponded to each other. The immortal work of Nikolai Roerich and his love for India remain a part of our rich cultural heritage. Russian writers such as Dostoyevsky, Pushkin and Chekhov have influenced Indian thought and drama. Yoga, Indian movies, songs and dances are a permanent link between our people.
The Soviet Union helped India build its industrial base. Bokaro and Bhilai plants, the Bhakra Nangal-e hydroelectric dam images of Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma aboard the Soyuz T-11 as the first cosmonaut of India are etched in the minds of all Indians.
Over the last 70 years, India has developed an important industrial and technological base and diversified. We are among the leading economies in the world experiencing the fastest growth. The accelerated growth potential of India has never been so great, nor the highest optimism. Russia re-appears the events of 1991 as a world power with international reach and influence. Its economy has been modernized and a new generation of the country’s advances.
In 2000, India and Russia signed a Strategic Partnership Declaration. In 2010, we elevated our partnership into a special and privileged strategic partnership. These are just words. They contain an ambitious plan for our cooperation. Our cooperation in the military-technical field is a pillar of great strength in relations between India and Russia. Russian equipment and technology are the backbones of our defence forces. Today, symbols of our contemporary society include Indian investment in Sakhalin 1, and now the Vankor oil field and Taas-Yuryakh joint venture project, NPP Kudankulam and Brahmos. In the economic field, we aim to increase mutual investments in manufacturing, the development of the North-South Corridor international transport and the creation of a green corridor. India has contributed significantly to Russia’s pharmaceutical industry.

18
Aug

Closing Bell: Sensex ends over 250 pts lower post Sikka’s resignation; Nifty below 9850

Closing Bell: Sensex ends over 250 pts lower post Sikka’s resignation; Nifty below 9850

15:30 Near Market: Mostly crossed by a weak trading day on Infosys, the benchmark indices finished the session and the week on a negative note, with Nifty’s 9900 mark.

The Sensex closed 270.78 points at 31524.68, while the Nifty finished 66.75 points lower at 9837.40. Market width was negative as 1,003 shares rose, compared with a decrease of 1,527 shares, while 124 shares were unchanged.

IT inventories decreased, followed by pharmaceuticals, which also witnessed weak movements. Midcaps, on the other hand, cut a good chunk of his losses, while the JI and FMCG won.

HUL, Bharti Airtel and BPCL earned the most on both indices, while Infosys and Sun Pharma lost the most.

15:10 Market Verification: The benchmark indices were observed by reducing a good chunk of its losses, with Nifty trading above 9800-mark.

The Sensex fell 288.14 points to 31507.32, while the Nifty fell 69.95 points to 9834.20. Market width was negative as 821 shares increased against a decrease of 1,597 shares, while 113 shares were unchanged.

14:50 The exit of Sikka weighs on the portfolio of Murthy: the surprise exit of Vishal Sikka of Infosys weighed heavily on D-Street which cost its shareholders a theoretical loss of market capitalization of about 27 000 crores whereas the investment Cumulative family of Narayana Murthy saw a Decline of about Rs 1,000 crores whereas stocks reached a multi-year level.

Infosys who started with a gap on the lower side slipped more than 13 percent to hit his multi-year low of Rs884.20 in exchange on Friday.

The promoter and the promoter group hold cumulatively nearly 29.28.06.199 shares in Infosys and Narayana Murthy and his family hold 7 90.02, 104 shares according to the BSEIndia website.

N Narayana Murthy holds 87,18,688 shares while Akshata Murthy held 2,04,25,648 shares. Sudha Murthy holds 1,80.58,640 shares and Rohan Murthy has held 3.17.99,128 shares from the June quarterly data.

The cumulative notional loss that Narayana Murthy underwent today is a little over Rs 100 crore while other members of the family have seen a national loss of just over Rs 900 crores (see table) at From the closing price of Thursday of Rs 1,020.85 on the NSE.

14:30 European update: European stocks fell sharply on Friday morning as investors reacted to the worst terrorist attack in Spain for more than 13 years.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 decreased 0.77% shortly after the opening bell with almost all sectors and major stock markets on the negative territory.

The travel and leisure sector in Europe led the losses on Friday morning, in reaction to the attack in Spain. Airlines including Easyjet, Ryanair and Lufthansa were among the largest in the first deals, each down by more than 2 percent.

2:15 pm Market Verification: Fall in IT bellwether, Infosys, continued to weigh on the benchmark indices while they continued to trade low. That said, the indices were out of the weak points of the day.

The Sensex decreased by 354.42 points to 31441.04, and the Nifty decreased by 95.40 points to 9808.75. The width of the market was negative as 674 shares rose against a decline of 1,686 shares, while 102 shares were unchanged ….

18
Aug

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: What killed those 70 children?

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: What killed those 70 children?

In Basti’s background NH-28 from Lucknow to Gorakhpur district hospital has an intensive care unit with 10 beds (UCI) supposedly reserved for patients with encephalitis, acute inflammation of the brain Often is the effect of a mosquito-borne disease .

On August 13, at eight o’clock in the morning, there were six beds occupying beds. The hospital staff was asleep on the floor. Ram Prakash, the supervising physician, said that the ICU only had one ventilator and that it did not work either. “All patients with critical encephalitis,” said Dr. Prakash, “are referred to the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur.”

The hospital has been in the headlines due to the death of more than 70 children under its gaze since August 7. The government of Uttar Pradesh, resistant to criticism in the media, suspended a school principal and returned to the head of the hospital’s pediatric department.

Further to the Sahjanwa, in the Gorakhpur district, a community health center (CHC) was adjusted in 2015 from the six-bed encephalitis treatment center. At 11 am on August 13, there were no patients in the center.

The leaves here are saffron, in case they were in doubt that the holiday is in government. In the last week, there were no cases of encephalitis in CHC. In Gorakhpur, however, the 100-bed ICU hospital at BRD Medical College is full of patients suffering from encephalitis.

Many beds are used for more than one patient. The hospital is the only tertiary public hospital in the region and serves 400,000 outpatients and about 40,000 hospitalized patients each year. Hundreds of children die every year in the hospital, many with encephalitis.

Overcrowding and poor or poorly maintained facilities are at fault. In fact, many children died in the last week because the hospital did not pay a provider, which resulted in a lack of oxygen in the ITU.

The hospital denies reports. Although much of the information emerging from the hospital and state government is confusing, it could be that the only encephalitis is not the reason why many children are being dying

Hospital figures suggest that only 20% of the 30 children who died within 24 hours, between 10 and 11 August, had encephalitis. Their figures also show that as of July 931 of the 2,386 newborns admitted this year to the neonatal ICU, he died.
Yogi Adityanath, the UP Prime Minister, appointed a committee chaired by Secretary of State Rajiv Kumar to investigate the killings. A preliminary investigation found that the hospital squeak infrastructure and gruesome management are at least partially responsible.

In anonymity petition, a committee member said that ICU physicians are sent by the college while support staff, such as nurses and pharmacists, are appointed by the health department, resulting in a lack of coordination. Ashutosh Tandon, Minister of Technical and Medical Education of the State, “sought a report” from his ministry on the appalling lack of facilities in the hospital.

18
Aug

On A Move That Will Anger China, Vietnam Says Yes, India Denies

On A Move That Will Anger China, Vietnam Says Yes, India Denies

For the first time ever, the Vietnamese government confirmed today – albeit cautiously – that it has acquired BrahMos crossing missiles against the expedition in India. At a time when Delhi and China have been locked in their worst military confrontation for decades, Defense Ministry sources have refused to sell the missile systems to Vietnam, but they did not want to comment.

The acquisition of BrahMos will be considered by China as a challenging movement of Vietnam to protect its claim to the famous South China Sea, which Beijing claims fully as itself.

Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman Thi Thu Hang, when asked a specific question about the acquisition of BrahMos, said earlier today: “The purchase of defense equipment by Vietnam is consistent with the policy of peace and self-defense and is the usual practice in national defense. ”

She added that the Vietnam-India Global Strategic Partnership, which includes defense cooperation, “contributes in a practical way to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region.”

Brahmos supersonic cruising jaw
BrahMos missiles from India are considered one of the most advanced missiles of this type.

The statement by the Vietnamese government has been widely interpreted as a local media as confirmation that the BrahMos missile agreement, discussed for years, has reached its peak. Senior Vietnamese journalists told NDTV that the first batch of missiles could arrive a few days ago.

Co-developed by a Russian manufacturer and the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization, the BrahMos can accelerate at a speed of 2.8 times the speed of sound to hit enemy ships at 300 km.

In the final phase of its flight, the missile undertakes a series of extreme maneuvers to avoid interception by air surface missiles that can be triggered to prevent it from hitting its target.

The Indian Army has also acquired a variant of the missile ground attack with dive attack capability to enable BrahMos to accurately pinpoint targets in mountain areas.

Brahmos guided missile destroyer lights
BrahMos missiles can undertake a series of extreme maneuvers to avoid interception.

In April of this year, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army daily said: “The deployment of the BrahMos missile is likely to increase competition and antagonism in relations between China and India and will have an impact The stability of the region “.

The armies of the two countries are in the middle of a long dead end on the plateau of Doklam, situated on the border of Sikkim. China says the region belongs to it; India and Bhutan agree that it is a part of the small Himalayan kingdom.

In June, Indian soldiers surrendered to prevent the Chinese army from building a road that would give it strategic access to the “Chicken Neck” – the narrow piece of land that connects the northeastern states with the rest of the country ‘India….

18
Aug

MP BJP may get new president post Amit Shah visit

MP BJP may get new president post Amit Shah visit

Bhopal With Nandkumar Singh Chauhan who completed his three-year term as chairman of the state bureau, speculation that the BJP spread in Madhya Pradesh will soon have a new head of state after the 110-day organization tour Party Chairman Amit Shah, all over the country.

BJP sources said the state leadership has referred to party rules to induce changes in the state body and recommends changes in leadership after three years, with the exception of one special case.

In case of deviation, the party will have to change the rules, they said. “Nandkumar Singh assumed the post of head of state after the establishment of the NDA government in the Center and the new team of Amit Shah came to power in 2014.

Under the rules of the party, Singh completed three years of his term on August 16, 2017. If the BJP’s national leaders want him to continue as head of state, the party will have to make changes to the rules, which is unlikely in this case “A senior state official said.

Changes in the state body began before Balthor’s visit of Amit Shah when the party appointed Atul Rai as deputy general secretary. The order was released by the BJP’s national secretary general and party chief of staff Arun Singh on 16 August.

Rai, a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the young leader of the Amit Shah team has been transferred to the state organization some time ago and has been appointed regional secretary (organization) of Mahakaushal before to assign the new publication.

Rai is also supposed to be close to the general secretary of the party organization, Suhas Bhagat, a food party and replaced the most influential leader Arvind Menon in his current position.

The recent events in the party also clarified that the party would prefer young faces with experience, in the direction of the State. Earlier it was reported that the Government Ministry Narottam Mishra, who is also close to Prime Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, could assume as the new president of the state.

Mishra had been assigned the duty of the Bundelkhand region during the exercises of the Uttar Pradesh assembly where the party got the maximum number of seats. The results not only proved their worth, but also brought him closer to party chairman Amit Shah.

But Mishra faced the Electoral Commission’s guidelines that disqualified him for his alleged involvement in the “new payment”. Mishra fights in a legal battle at the Delhi High Court, awaiting relief in the matter.

Mishra’s tense relations with Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who is close to Prime Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, will be another major obstacle to regaining the coveted post.

Another permanent and national secretary general, Kailash Vijayavargiya, was also informed for the position of President of the State. However, Vijayavargiya resulted during the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections and current events in West Bengal.

18
Aug

All stakeholders must target the ‘new normal’ of political morality: Election Commissioner Rawat

All stakeholders must target the ‘new normal’ of political morality: Election Commissioner Rawat

The narrative that places the maximum bonus to win at all costs, in which lawmakers poacher hailed as a smart management policy, use of money for the indirect and difficult use of state mechanisms of intimidation were praised as débrouillardisme, Must be the object of the exemplary performance of all interested parties, said OP Rawat Election Commissioner.

Mr. Rawat’s remarks came a few days after Congress accused the BJP in the Center and in Gujarat of using agencies for intimidation and money to win their deputies before the Rajya Sabha elections in the state.

“The winner can not commit any sin: A custodian who crosses the field of government is cleared of all guilt, as well as possible crime, etc.”

It is this “new normality” of political morality that must be the object of exemplary action on the part of all political parties, politicians, the media, civil society organizations, constitutional authorities and all those who have confidence. Democracy for a better Election, a better future, “Rawat said.

The Commissioner of Elections made these statements in the “Regional Consultation on Electoral and Political Reforms – North Region” organized by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

In sharing the measures taken by the Electoral Commission to ensure free and fair elections, M. Rawat says that the electoral body has proposed to amend the relevant legislation to allow the presentation of the election in the alleged practice Corrupted also by a defeated candidate.

“The consequence is that if the Supreme Court has a person elected or not, guilty of a corrupt practice, there could be an additional disqualification of the person for a maximum of six years.”

The large influx of special interest groups to the electoral process would weaken democratic governance and lead to “policy capture” for a powerful but powerful group.

The introduction of electoral ties by the central government could be a step backwards in terms of transparency, he said.

Certain changes in the Income Tax Act, the People’s Representation Act and the Companies Act ensure that all donations received by a political party through an electoral link were removed as part of the contribution report.

“In addition, when contributions received through electoral ties are not declared, a reading of reports of contributions from political parties did not specify whether the party in question had donations in violation of section 29B of the Law on Representation of Persons, which prohibits The political parties receive donations from government companies and from foreign sources, “he warned.

The Commission also expressed concern that the abolition of the relevant provisions of the Companies Act (removal of the maximum limit of 7.5% of income from political donations) could lead to money laundering through the creation of fund companies. Funds for donations to the parties.

18
Aug

14 dead in twin attacks as Spanish police launch manhunt

14 dead in twin attacks as Spanish police launch manhunt

BARCELONA: Spanish police hunted Friday for the driver who crashed a truck into a crowd of pedestrians on a busy avenue in Barcelona, ​​hours before a second such attack in a nearby complex in the two attacks that have left 14 dead and More than 100 injured.

Police said they killed five suspected “terrorists” during the night and the other three were arrested, while Spain mounted the double tragedy in Barcelona and Cambrils, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south.

But the driver responsible for the carnage in Spain’s second largest city remained free, warned authorities, while police said they believed the two attacks were linked.

At a decisive moment, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, King Felipe VI and the president of Catalonia, where the two places are, had a moment of silence in Barcelona, ​​followed by applause and shouts of “no fear”.

Both attacks followed the same mode of operation, drivers who deliberately targeted pedestrians with their vehicles, hitting them on the ground or sending them flying in the last attack in Europe, where cars and vans were used as weapons of terror before.

Javier Zaragoza, prosecutor advised the Attorney General against terrorism, told AFP that the attacks were probably the work of a “cell” organized.
Otso Iho of Jane Terrorism and Insurgency Center says that it appears to be “a much higher level of coordination than was typically present in earlier attacks.”

At a further turning point, police say an explosion in a house in another part of Catalonia Wednesday night could be linked to the attacks, in the belief that people “were preparing an explosive device.”

While world leaders have come together to condemn violence, the Islamic group’s propaganda agency QAMA said that one of its “soldiers” ramps carried out in Barcelona.

In the incident in Barcelona, ​​a white van accelerated the popular Ramblas full of tourists Thursday afternoon, beat and kill 13 people in a scene of chaos and horror.

The driver left the vehicle on the bustling boulevard full of shops and restaurants, and fled on foot.

Witnesses described how the van pushed the crowd, leaving bodies scattered along the boulevard, while others have fled their lives, screaming from panic scenes of chaos and confusion.

“We were on the city tour bus, we were 20 feet from the accident when it happened. We heard the truck and the impact with the people, so we saw people running,” said Alex Luque, a 19-year-old student from New York.

“We separated from my grandparents and had to take my younger sister to try to find security,” he said Friday, adding that he had been reunited with his family.

Thus, eight hours later, the attackers struck again in the early hours of Friday morning, this time in the coastal town of Cambrils, where an Audi A3 car collided with pedestrians, wounding six civilians and a policeman. One of the civilians died later.

18
Aug

Delhi’s five star hotel security manager arrested for molesting woman executive granted bail

Delhi’s five star hotel security manager arrested for molesting woman executive granted bail

The security official of a five-star hotel who was arrested in Delhi for allegedly contravening a 33-year-old woman received a bail Friday, ANI reported

The arrest in the woman’s July 30 complaint came when the CCTV footage of the alleged incident was broadcast by television stations where the accused was allegedly tempted to pull the woman’s sari.
Dependra Pathak, chief spokesman for the Delhi police, said the accused had been examined and the woman’s statement was taken after she addressed the police with a complaint.

“At first glance, the guilt on the part of the accused was found and he was arrested on Friday. Additional investigations were undertaken,” said Pathak, Special Police Commissioner (Operations).

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The woman claimed that the man had urged her to have physical relations with him and she resisted his advances.

On July 29, he called her for a birthday party in her room, offered to get her gifts and then tried to undress her, she alleged.

The woman told the police that she was complaining to the HR of the hotel but was fired.

Once the complaint was filed, the police questioned both parties and following an investigation, the accused was arrested on Friday, the officer said.

“Once the woman filed a complaint, a case was recorded and the evidence she gave was verified. She also submitted video surveillance measures that were submitted for verification,” said Mr Pathak .

The accused said some things to counter what the woman said and they were also examined.

Another officer who was aware of the investigation stated that the accused claimed that the woman had a boyfriend in the workplace and was violent towards her. Their conduct was inappropriate, according to the accused.

The accused said that one of the cameras installed at the hotel had captured his boyfriend’s assault, after which he was fired, the officer said.

The woman wanted her boyfriend to be hired and that day she came to the security director’s room to plead for the work of her boyfriend, the accused told the police.

He alleged that the CCTV film was concocted and processed.

However, the police have arrested the accused since it was found that the accused had touched his sari and his conduct was inappropriate ….

18
Aug

Why Japan lent support to India against China over Doklam standoff

Why Japan lent support to India against China over Doklam standoff

China seems to lose diplomatic “war” over Doklam. Japan has become the third influential country in the world to support India’s position on Doklam Standoff. In fact, Japan has spread the ambiguity that the United States and the United Kingdom have shown in supporting India.

Japan’s support for India came a month after leading a Chinese newspaper, the Global Times warned New Delhi against the bank in Tokyo in case of conflict over the Doklam issue.
And, here, Japan offers unconditional support to India against aggressive Chinese persistence in Doklam. “India should not have the support of the United States and Japan because their support is illusory,” said a Golbal Times editorial, which is controlled daily by the Chinese government.

GROWING DIPLOMATIC SUPPORT FOR INDIA
Speaking at India’s Conclave in June, Defense Minister Arun Jaitley said: “India in 2017 is different from India in 1962.” The statement came in the context of Chinese rhetoric about the Doklam impasse that India must learn from the military debacle of 1962 when the two countries fought a war.

China had only taken the statement of the Minister of Defense for Indian military power, but ignored India’s diplomatic prowess.

Although most European countries are in “wait and see” mode in the Doklam impasse, support seems to be increasing for India. While the United States and the United Kingdom supported India’s position to resolve the problem through dialogue, while China called for talks with the early withdrawal of Indian troops from Doklam.

A US congressman said earlier this month that China has taken some provocative measures that have grown into the current setback on the shelf. The United Kingdom has explicitly stated that Doklam is a bilateral problem between India and China and that dialogue must be resolved.

This is exactly what Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told Parliament during a statement on Doklam Standoff.
But the Japanese movement seems to have taken China by surprise. Beijing criticized Japan saying that Tokyo did not have the facts of Doklam.
JAPAN SUPPORT IS NOT A SURPRISE

But Japan’s support of India over Doklam’s opposition comes as no surprise. In fact, it was Japan in January 2014 who asked India to forge a team to thwart Chinese expansionist movements in the East China Sea as well as the Himalayas.

Japan’s call for a united opposition to Chinese movements came in the context of a unilateral Beijing move to change the status quo in the East China Sea where it had imposed the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

Japanese Minister of Defense, Itsunori Onodera, said: “Japan and India should call for dialogue with Chinese countries and tell China not to change the status quo by force.” Through international dialogue and surveillance

18
Aug

Decision is closer on strategy for Afghanistan: Mattis

Decision is closer on strategy for Afghanistan: Mattis

WASHINGTON: After months of heated internal debate, the Trump administration has almost made a decision on a new approach to fight the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday. He gave no hint of what strategy would look like.

In remarks by the State Department, Mattis told reporters that President Donald Trump would hold talks with his national security team Friday at the presidential retreat of Camp David in Maryland, and said the talks “will move to a decision”.

“We are coming very close to a decision, and I anticipate it in the very near future,” he added.

A few months ago, the Pentagon had a plan to send about 3,800 additional troops to reinforce the Afghan army, which is stalled in what some call a stalemate impasse with the Taliban insurgency.

Some in the White House have questioned the wisdom of investing more resources in war, which is the longest in American history.

The administration said its strategy in Afghanistan would be informed by a review of its approach to the wider region, including Pakistan and India. The Taliban have long used Pakistan as a sanctuary, complicating efforts to defeat the insurgency in Afghanistan and stabilize the country.

The prospects in Afghanistan are obscured by the government’s struggle to end the Taliban’s progress. In its most recent report, the US Inspector General for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan said the Taliban is swinging in about half of the country.

Government forces are also fighting a subsidiary of the Islamic state that has widened mainly in eastern Afghanistan.

Trump has promised to crush IS, so the affiliate in Afghanistan poses an additional challenge without immediate solution. Just this week, an American soldier was killed and nearly a dozen were injured in combat with the IS affiliate.

The United States has about 8,400 soldiers in Afghanistan. Their main role is to train and advise Afghan forces, to hunt and kill members of al-Qaeda and other extremist groups.

Trump expressed his frustration at the protracted fighting in Afghanistan. Earlier this summer, he raised the idea of dismissing the first American commander there, General John Nicholson. On July 18, he said, “I want to know why we have been there for 17 years.”

Asked on Monday if Trump has confidence in Nicholson, Mattis has denied.
“Ask the president,” Mattis said. “I will tell you right away, he is our commander on the ground, he has the confidence of NATO, he has the confidence of Afghanistan, he has the confidence of the United States.”

Trump “looks at all aspects” of US involvement in Afghanistan “as it should in his responsibilities as commander-in-chief,” said Mattis.

Legislators in Congress are also frustrated by the war and the protracted debate within the administration on how to break the deadlock. Last week, the Republican senator

John McCain said that “America is adrift in Afghanistan”. He proposed a war strategy that would broaden the US counter-terrorism effort and provide increased support to the Afghan security forces.