Detention centres are not holiday camps

first_imgLinkedin by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LIMERICK teenager has been told that detention centres are not “holiday camps”, after he sought to be remanded in custody because his “cousin is up there” in St Patrick’s Institute.After the case was adjourned to November 18 at Limerick’s Juvenille court, the 17 year-old asked his solicitor to have the case recalled as he wanted to be remanded in custody.Defence solicitor Ted McCarthy said that teenager, wanted to “come off bail” after being charged with violent disorder on February 7 at Maigue Way, John Carew Park.Three other young men have been sent forward for trial to the circuit criminal court.When Judge Eugene O’Kelly pressed the teenager to answer why he wanted to be remanded in custody, the teenager said his cousin was also in custody and he wanted to join him.“Detention is only used as a last resort. It is not a holiday camp and wanting to go there because your cousin is there is not a good enough reason”, Judge O’Kelly said.HE added that the matter was “not up for discussion” and asked the accused to meet with his solicitor.Sergeant Donal Cronin, said there was a “mishap” regarding the disclosure of certain materials from the State to the defence but gave an undertaking that the the material would be handed over to Mr McCarthy before the next date.Refusing the teenager’s application, Judge Eugene O’Kelly ordered him to return to the Juvenile court on November 18. NewsDetention centres are not holiday campsBy Staff Reporter – November 5, 2014 668 WhatsApp Advertisement Emailcenter_img Previous articleO’Donnell welcomes Christmas “Free from Three” parking initiative for LimerickNext articleLimerick orthodontist speaks out about dental care Staff Reporter Print Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The little pink tablet called the ‘Female Viagra’ approved for…

first_imgExperts say the drug will help women get their groove backThe story behind what has been branded as the ‘Female Viagra’ has been a rocky one.This was the final stage of approval by the US Food and Drug administration. It  was the third time the agency has considered approval for the drug, which is intended for women diagnosed with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, HSDD.The Little pink table is intended to help women boost their sex drive.Flibanserin, to be sold as Addyi, finally got a green light from the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday.The drug, while often referred to as “female Viagra”, is more akin to an antidepressant as it changes brain chemistry similar to the way that dopamine and serotonin do.Viagra relaxes muscles and increases blood flow to particular areas of the male body, helping treat erectile disfunction. While the blue pill for men should be taken before engaging in sexual activity, women are to take the pink pill daily.“Today’s approval provides women distressed by their low sexual desire with an approved treatment option,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). ”It was the third time the agency has considered approving the drug for use by womenThe FDA strives to protect and advance the health of women, and we are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction.”But the FDA cautioned that care should be taken for potential adverse reactions to the pill, including low blood pressure and loss of consciousness.“Because of a potentially serious interaction with alcohol, treatment with Addyi will only be available through certified health care professionals and certified pharmacies,” Woodcock said. “Patients and prescribers should fully understand the risks associated with the use of Addyi before considering treatment.”In June of this year, the pill took the first step to making it into US pharmacies. An FDA panel voted 18-6 in favor of approving Flibanserin on the condition that Sprout develops a plan to limit safety risks. The panel had previously rejected the pill twice before.When the FDA rejected Boehringer Ingelheim’s application for Flibanserin in June of 2010, it ruled that the drug worked no better than a placebo.“I certainly hope Boehringer doesn’t give up,” Sheryl A Kingsberg, a psychologist and Case Western Reserve University medical professor, told the New York Times at that time. “Flibanserin showed an awful lot of promise. I’m going to have some very, very disappointed patients if there’s nothing for them.”Yet by October of that year, Boehringer did just that, announcing that it was discontinuing development of Flibanserin. Months later, in 2011, the drug was acquired by Sprout.The pharmaceutical company tried its luck before the FDA in June of 2013, only to be thwarted when the agency ruled that the risks of sleepiness, dizziness, fatigue and nausea outweighed the benefits.last_img read more

New Record-Setting Living Fossil Flabbergasts Scientists

first_imgA remarkably-detailed fossil ostracode, a type of crustacean, has been announced in the Dec. 5 issue of Science1 that is blowing the socks off its discoverers.  Erik Stokstad in a review of the discovery in the same issue2 explains its significance in the evolutionary picture of prehistory:Over the past half-billion years, evolution has dished up an almost endless variety of novelties: lungs, legs, eyes, wings, scales, feathers, fur.  So when paleontologists find a creature that doesn’t change, they take note. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Two things about this fossil are exceptional.  (1) It has a “jaw-dropping” amount of detail, such that even small fragile parts and soft tissues were perfectly preserved.  (2) It is indistinguishable from modern ostracodes:What’s most amazing, ostracode experts say, is how eerily similar the soft-tissue anatomy is to that of modern relatives.  “I was flabbergasted,” says Koen Martens, a zoologist at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This fossil, found near Herefordshire, U.K., was found in Silurian deposits estimated to be 425 million years old.  That means that its modern counterparts are living fossils, virtually unchanged for all that time:Some ostracode specialists are stunned.  “This is a demonstration of unbelievable stability,” says Tom Cronin of the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia.  Whereas ostracodes diversified into some 33,000 living and extinct species, “these guys have just been plodding along totally unfazed.”This fossil, named Colymbosathon, is also upsetting those who look for evolution in the genes:Finding a modern cylindroleberid in the Silurian clashes with molecular data, which suggest that the group and related families originated relatively recently, says evolutionary biologist Todd Oakley of the University of California, Santa Barbara.  There’s no conflict for zoologist Anne Cohen, a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, who thinks Colymbosathon actually belongs to a long-extinct family.  In any case, the new fossil indicates that a basic ostracode body plan was already present in the Silurian.  It could also help sort out evolutionary relationships of fossil ostracodes.David Horne (Queen Mary College, London) predicts more “long-lost evolutionary blueprints” may emerge from these deposits.  “The probability that they will find similarly preserved representatives of other ostracode lineages, and of other arthropods, is both high and extremely exciting.”1Siveter et al., “An Ostracode Crustacean with Soft Parts from the Lower Silurian,” Science Dec. 5, 2003.2Erik Stokstad, “Invertebrate Paleontology: Gutsy Fossil Sets Record for Staying the Course,” Science Volume 302, Number 5651, Issue of 5 Dec 2003, p. 1645.This is just one more of many remarkable, astounding, flabbergasting examples of living fossils.  “Unbelievable stability” is not a prediction of Darwinism.  The Darwinian world is supposed to be a fluid world, filled with diversification, radiation, and innovation.  During the imaginary 425 million years, the continents moved all over the world, animals crawled onto the land and became geckos and crocodiles and birds and caribou.  Mountains rose and valleys sank, and glaciers repeatedly advanced and retreated over much of the planet.  Some animals moved back into the oceans and became whales, porpoises, manatees and sea lions in just a small fraction of this much time, and humans emerged from grunting chimpanzees, invented language and abstract thought, and conquered space.  Is it reasonable to assume that in this slow whirlwind of continuous dynamical change, these ostracodes just reproduced themselves over and over millions of times without any change whatsoever?    Darwinists are caught in a crossfire of antagonistic evidence.  Only a well-armored Darwinist could be excited about incoming bombshells like this.  Only by wearing Kevlar-lined lead helmets around their brains can they keep the bullets from penetrating and the insides from exploding.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Saddled with foul trouble, Rice had no doubt TNT locals could get job done

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president There was no hint of anxiousness in Rice despite being limited to a spectator on the bench due to foul trouble with Ginebra primed for one last run.Rice’s cool demeanor isn’t because of complacency, but rather of confidence that his teammates will get the job done.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I wasn’t really worried because I believe in the guys and I know they could take it from there,” Rice told reporters after TNT overcame his foul woes and Ginebra’s repeated rallies for a 103-96 win at Batangas City Coliseum Wednesday night.“Of course, you don’t wanna be on the bench but I wasn’t that nervous at all. We got a lot of great players so I wasn’t really that worried at all.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH True enough, the locals stepped up in the absence of Rice, who missed the entire third quarter after being called for his fourth foul with still three minutes left in the first half.Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy carried much of the scoring load in the third period. The star guard fired 11 of his 20 points in the third alone.“I think it backfired-putting Glen into foul trouble early because the locals played well together which gave Rice the whole third to rest. He came out fresh in the fourth,” said TNT coach Nash Racela.The 26-year-old Rice was rejuvenated at the start of the fourth quarter. He made up for lost time and scored 12 of his team-high 21 points in the first seven minutes of the final frame until he committed his fifth foul.“I didn’t play in the third so I had the opportunity to come out there a little fresher. Like it or not, I got into foul trouble so early in the game. But it was what it was,” said Rice, who was selected late in the second round by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2013 NBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:04Senators cry foul over blog posts branding them as ‘Palace dogs’01:22Trump launches tirade against anthem protesters01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PBA IMAGESGlen Rice Jr. bobbed his head and bust out some dance moves as loudspeakers blared hip-hop music throughout the arena during a timeout late in the fourth quarter.Rice had just picked up his fifth foul at the 4:58 mark of the fourth quarter with TNT protecting a 95-83 lead against a Barangay Ginebra team capable of coming back instantly in a game the KaTropa couldn’t afford to lose.ADVERTISEMENT View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ “My teammates did a great job of lifting us up. And when I came in the fourth, we were already winning, so it made our job a lot easier.”There were a few questionable calls, but Rice said his fouls were due to his aggressiveness right from the opening tip.“I think our energy was better. We were scrambling a little more, we were a little feisty that’s why a couple of us got into foul trouble. Our energy was so high that we almost played a lttle too hard but not that smart. But it ended up good for us,” he said.The KaTropa redeemed themselves after suffering a 121-94 rout in Game 1, but after a gutsy win in Game 2, they’re confident that they can make it back-to-back.“We know what we gonna do to beat this team. We gotta play hard, we gotta have the same energy and effort that we had tonight. And I think we’ll be successful if we do that.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Arellano keeps Final Four hunt alive, routs St. Benilde Read Nextlast_img read more

Tiger Woods sneaks into weekend with closing birdie

first_imgMOST READ That was just enough to make the cut — his first since the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015 where he finished tied for 10th.Since then Woods has battled back trouble that sidelined him for all of 2016. He is playing his first official tournament since missing the cut here last year in an abortive comeback bid that ended with spinal fusion surgery in April.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWoods was one shot outside the cut line when arrived at his final hole, the par-five ninth.He was in the right rough off the tee and his second shot left him on the edge of the green, 75 feet from the pin. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC He took an unplayable lie, then missed the green. His chip rolled through the putting surface.Solid turnaroundWoods responded with four birdies coming home.He gave his massive gallery — sent scampering several times by his errant drives — something to cheer about for the first time all day when he rolled in a 50-foot birdie bomb at the first hole.“It was nice to get one to fall in there and get something positive going into the back nine,” Woods said.He got back to even par with a birdie at the fifth, a short par-five, where a solid drive trickled into the first cut of rough and his second shot left him off the green. A stellar chip left him an easy birdie.He got up and down for birdie at the seventh, but was back outside the cut line after a bogey at the par-three eighth.“I was just trying to get under par for the day,” he said of his inward push. “I thought that would be a good, solid turnaround from being two-over at the turn.“It was tough out there,” added Woods, who was 10-shots off the 36-hole lead held by American Ryan Palmer, who carded a five-under par 67 on the North Course for an 11-under total of 133.Spain’s defending champion Jon Rahm, who could seize the world number one ranking from Dustin Johnson with a victory, carded a six-under 66 and was alone in second on 134. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments He nestled a long first putt a few feet from the cup and made that for birdie, capping a 71 for a total of 143.“I was grinding my way around the golf course today,” said Woods, who hit just three of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens in regulation. “I didn’t hit it quite as good as I would like to. I fought hard. I was trying to post a number, which I was able to do.”Woods, who opened the tournament with an even-par 72 on Thursday, struggled off the tee all day.t was a harbinger of things to come when he sent his first tee shot at least 50 yards left. He laid up in the rough and two-putted for par from about 40 feet.Then came a disastrous double-bogey six at the par-four 13th, his fourth hole of the day, where another tee shot went left into a scrub hazard.ADVERTISEMENT Federer hails Chung as future top 10 player NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Woods was looking forward to testing his game under pressure over two more rounds.“It’s one thing to do it at home, it’s totally another thing to do it out here,” he said. “These guys are all going low and I haven’t done that in a long time.”center_img Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 15th hole on the North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the second round of Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)LA JOLIA, United States — Tiger Woods birdied his final hole on Friday to make the cut on the number in his return to the US PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open.The 14-time major champion wrestled four birdies from his last nine holes on the North Course at Torrey Pines, carding a one-under par 71.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

TT gold hopes fade as Kiwis thrash India

first_imgIndia’s chances of a medal in women’s team table tennis suffered a blow as they were beaten 2- 3 by New Zealand at the Yamuna Sports Complex on Monday.India was ahead 2- 1 but K. Shamini and Madhurika Patkar went down in the subsequent matches. Interestingly, four of the five New Zealanders were of Chinese origin.India had easily beaten Sri Lanka earlier in the day but the defeat to the Kiwis could result in the hosts facing one of the group winners in the quarter- finals. The Indian women face Ghana in their final group match on Tuesday.Poulomi Ghatak was replaced by Patkar, but the move by the team management did not yield the desired results as she lost both her matches.The winners for India were K. Shamini – who beat Annie Yang 11- 5, 9- 11, 11- 8, 11- 7 in the opening match – and Mouma Das, who beat Yang Sun 11- 7, 11- 9, 8- 11, 11- 9.For the Kiwis, Karen Li won both her matches. Earlier, the Lankans proved no match to the hosts as Shamini beat Nuwani Vithanage 11- 9, 11- 9, 11- 7. Mouma Das defeated Mannika Badu 11- 4, 11- 5, 11- 4.Poulomi Ghatak completed the clean sweep by getting the better of Kavindi Sahabandu 11- 8, 11- 8, 11- 7.Indian men had a much easier outing as they toyed with lowly Vanuatu to register a 3- 0 win. India’s top men’s player Achantha Sharath Kamal, ranked 41 in the world, was rested.Soumyadeep Roy defeated Lulu Ham 11- 3, 11- 3, 11- 3 before Subhajit Saha thrashed Benjamin Randy 11- 2, 11- 2, 11- 2. Abhishek Ravichandran got the better of Yoshua Shing 11- 6, 11- 5, 11- 7.advertisementlast_img read more

Harmony Cup huge success

first_imgIn what was another great example of Touch Football bringing communities together, the second annual Harmony Cup was held at Doyle Ground, Parramatta on Sunday. Hosted by NSW Touch Football, Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the National Rugby League (NRL), the Harmony Cup saw participants from a variety of countries playing in games of Touch Football in both boys and girls divisions.Countries represented throughout the day included, Ghana, Malta, China, Sudan, the Cook Islands, Singapore, Australia, Tonga, Sri Lanka and Malaysia as well as many more. A number of players had limited Touch Football experience, but this didn’t stop them from having a lot of fun and learning about the game.Riley Sohier, NSW Touch Football Development Manager, spoke on the importance of events such as the Harmony Cup, and their ability to bring people together, as well as the benefit it can bring to those who are new to the country or a community, through involvement.TFA Participation Manager, Adam Raptis, also highlighted the importance of these days and the universal impact Touch Football can have due to its diverse and inclusive nature. Raptis also mentioned the 2015 FIT Touch Football World Cup, where a number of the nation’s playing today will be represented in late April next year. The eventual winners of the Girls competition for this year were the PCYC Spartans, who were victorious over the Baulkham Hills side, 2 – 0 whilst United Africa took out the Boys competition, overcoming the First Nation Academy, 5 – 2. All teams are already looking forward to next year’s event! Photos from the event will soon be available on the Touch Football Australia Facebook Page – Related LinksHarmony Cup!last_img read more

a month agoValencia coach Celades: Beating Chelsea proof players accept me

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Celades: Beating Chelsea proof players accept meby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Albert Celades feels the players have accepted him after their Champions League triumph at Chelsea.Celades had stepped in last week after the sacking of popular coach Marcelino – a decision which angered the players.He said after the 1-0 win, “It was not the idyllic situation, but it is what it is, we have faced it in the most professional way, we have closed ranks and we have always looked forward.”One thing is the external noise and another what happens inside, we know that the players have a very great professionalism, things are not simple and it is not easy to change the mood overnight, but we have given normality and I have to highlight everyone’s effort, this is a reinforcement for everyone, but we have to keep working and improving things.”Captain Dani Parejo insisted the players were behind the coach at the final whistle and Celades added: “We talk to them every day, we know the real situation of the squad, Dani has made it public, but we know it was like that, I want to thank the players for the welcome and their professionalism and hopefully this is a turning point.”Hopefully from now it’ll only be football talk and move on.” last_img read more

New Pakistan, old gameplan

first_imgThe street smart tactics of the Pakistan army – played out by Prime Minister Imran Khan at its behest – to somehow diffuse the overwhelming pressure of international opinion blaming it for collusion with Islamic militants, are not doing much for it this time. It was an unprecedented setback for Pakistan’s deep state when India got instant support – open or implicit – from the international community for its “preemptive and non-military” strike on the training facility of Jaish-e-Mohammed far inside Pakistan’s territory. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhat has followed is a series of inconsistent responses from Pakistan’s policymakers. The Indian Air Force (IAF) bombing at Balakot – as a declared reprisal by India against the terror attack on CRPF troopers in Pulwama – was viewed with a sense of “understanding” by the entire democratic world, led by the US, as a legitimate operation since it was carried out in the backdrop of calls being made by the world community to Pakistan – over a long period – to stop providing safe havens to terrorists on its soil. Also Read – Insider threat managementSince Pakistan army was trying to pull wool over every body’s eyes by pretending that the Islamic outfits instigating terror across Indo-Pak border in Kashmir and elsewhere were “non-state” actors not in its control, India’s stand that Balakot was not an attack on Pakistan made sense to all, much to the frustration of Pakistan. Pakistan’s references to “escalation” did not cut much ice and even its desperate attempt to use F-16 bombers on a military target on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) on the day following Balakot received a cold snub from all the countries as an unjustified bravado. The focal point of accountability on Pakistan’s ruling dispensation remains on the lack of effective action against the militant outfits operating from within that country. The world opinion has hardened on this issue as the developments in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) with regard to naming Maulana Masood Azhar, the chief of JeM, as an international terrorist amply demonstrated, notwithstanding the fact that China has once again blocked the decision with its veto. Imran Khan in a statement earlier had reiterated that “he pledged not to allow Pakistani soil to be used for terror directed at other countries” which seemed to be a part of the wishy-washy announcements of his government about “restrictions” placed on Jaish and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) front Jamaat-ud-Dawah. Meanwhile, US National Security Advisor John Bolton has called upon Pakistan Foreign Minister once again to ensure “meaningful” action against terrorists who had attacked India. India has to critically assess the impact of US intervention. Imran Khan has – unsurprisingly – used the current situation to encroach on India’s domestic politics by alleging that the Narendra Modi government was engaging in “the politics of hatred” with an eye on the upcoming general elections in India. He openly accused Prime Minister Modi of “dividing people for votes” and went on to state that after Pulwama, hatred was being spread against a community because of which Kashmiris were targeted in many parts of India. Pakistan has been trying to fish in the troubled waters of Indian electoral politics in a manner that creates a convergence between what its leaders propagate and the anti-Modi tirade that the Opposition in India made on the issue of “protection of minorities” here. Pakistan is consciously indulging in the dangerous game of suggesting that there was a sense of identification between Muslims of India and Pakistan and that the minority community here should help to pull down the Modi regime. Imran Khan had stated sometime back that he looked forward to dealing with a new dispensation in India in 2019. Fomenting terrorist violence by exploiting faith-based motivation should be condemned by one and all and the question of who should be given credit for the military operation against the Jaish establishment at Balakot should be debated with political finesse and not political bias. Balakot underscores a strategic response to the serious threat of cross-border terrorism facing India and any critique of the same should be kept free of communal overtones. We should not fail the world community that is seized of this threat at the global level by throwing up internal political divisions on matters of national security. Indian diplomacy is going to run into the challenge – sooner than later – of Pulwama and Balakot events being flagged by other countries as the ground for the resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan. China has expectedly taken the lead in recommending talks between the two countries for “long term improvement in bilateral ties.” China, unlike the US and many other major countries, is keen to bail out Pakistan which faced isolation on the issue of Islamic extremism and terror. India has rightly demanded “credible, verifiable and sustained actions” against terror outfits in Pakistan. However, we must be specific about calling for effective punitive action against both Hafiz Sayeed and Masood Azhar for their involvement in the 26/11 and Pulwama attacks, respectively, and make it a condition for a possible resumption of dialogue with Pakistan. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has done well to dare Imran Khan to hand over Masood Azhar to India if he was serious about taking action against terrorists. India has to keep up its alignment with the US, the UK, France, Japan, Australia, Russia, and the Gulf countries on the issue of putting down terrorism. Securing convergence between India, the US and Russia on the future of Afghanistan should also be an important aim of our diplomatic endeavours. The Pakistan army-ISI duo have realised that the line “you give me evidence we will proceed” had this time failed to impress anybody and they are therefore trying to hoodwink the international community by pretending to put curbs – administrative and financial – on the terrorist outfits. They plan to brave through the world pressure and apparently feel convinced that they could continue with their efforts to create political destabilisation in Jammu and Kashmir and keep the pot boiling there. Pakistan knows it cannot take on India in a conventional war but has reasons to believe that it could indulge in its covert offensive on LoC to keep the limelight on the Kashmir issue. India has stronger justification after the Balakot strike to follow an “offence is the best defence” approach in dealing with any ceasefire violations. With the onset of summer, Pakistan would be tempted to step up infiltration of terrorists into the valley – notwithstanding the fact that strong action against separatists and pro-Pak elements would have shrunk the circle of support that Pakistan had enjoyed there so far. For India, there is no looking back on the mission of eliminating the last terrorist gun in Kashmir, neutralising the Pakistan agents there and developing J&K as a democratically governed state that is economically self-sufficient, socio-politically harmonious and viable as a multi-religious entity. (The author is a former Director, Intelligence Bureau. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more