WION morning news brief, January 14, 2018
Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Saturday issued a nuclear threat to India Photograph: (Zee News Network)
Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Saturday issued a nuclear threat to India in response to a statement by Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat saying that the force was ready to call Pakistan's "nuclear bluff" and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government.
The Pakistan foreign minister called the statement of the Indian Army chief as "very irresponsible" on Twitter and said it amounted to an "invitation for a nuclear encounter". He also said that the army was "welcome to test our resolve".
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be visiting India today, six months after PM Modi paid his first-ever visit to Israel.
Netanyahu will be the second Israeli PM to visit India, the first one being Ariel Sharon, who was hosted by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in September 2003.
Netanyahu will arrive for his six-day visit in the afternoon and will be accompanied by a 130-member delegation from various sectors including cyber, agriculture and defence.
Six bodies recovered in Pawan Hans helicopter crash
A Pawan Hans chopper carrying six senior officials and two pilots crashed on the Mumbai coast on Saturday, six bodies have been recovered so far.
Search operations are still on for the one body that is still missing.
"Out of six bodies, five has been identified. The search for one missing is still underway", a senior police inspector said.
An army jawan was killed in an unprovoked firing by Pakistan soldiers along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
The firing took place in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district around 2 pm and lasted for 15 minutes. The Indian army counter-attacked effectively, media reports said.
The Bar Council of India (BCI) Saturday cautioned the political parties and leaders from taking an "undue advantage" of the situation, following a virtual revolt of four senior Supreme Court judges against the chief justice of India (CJI).
It said the four seniormost judges going public with their differences with the CJI had given an opportunity to the political parties and leaders to interfere in the affairs of the judiciary.
Without taking any name, BCI chairperson Manan Kumar Mishra said, "No political party or leader should take an undue advantage of the situation arising out of the press conference of the four senior Supreme Court judges."