Typhoon Talim rips across Japan

As typhoon Talim made landfall in southern Japan on Kyushu Island, forcing hundreds of flights alongside the timely bullet trains to be canceled. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines canceled 225 flights and 151 flights, respectively.

Bullet trains have been suspended between Kyushu’s Kumamoto and Kagoshimachuo since today morning.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency issued its strongest warning for heavy rain, flooding, and high waves.Typhoon Talim is the 18th Typhoon of the season, which has earlier made landfall in China and led to the displacement of 200,000 people earlier this week. The name of the typhoon “Talim” comes from a Tagalog word which means “cutting edge”. Currently, the speed of the Typhoon is around 180kph alongside its center.

The typhoon is forecasted to batter western Japan, with rough weather affecting the entire nation including its capital Tokyo. It would gradually fade out till tomorrow evening, after hitting the northernmost island of Hokkaido. Since tomorrow is a public holiday in Japan as people will offer respect for the aged day, it will also help them to recover from the impact of the typhoon quickly.

 

Sources: Indian ExpressJapan Times

Amit Shah asserts India’s sovereignty

On Saturday, BJP President Amit Shah asserted on the point that India is a sovereign country and it has the right to develop the country within its boundaries. He also said that India is dismissing China’s objection to Japan showing interests in investment in the northeastern states.

While addressing a press conference, he said, “India’s policy has been very well clarified by Sushmaji (External Affairs Minister). It is our sovereign right to develop the country inside our boundaries and we will utilise that right.”

Moreover, China has opposed the involvement of any third party in the Sino-Indian boundary disputes or any foreign investments in areas over which it has claimed in the region.

However, a joint statement has been issued by India and Japan on Thursday stating that

the setting up of the Act East Forum and referred to plans to take up infrastructure projects such as road connectivity and electricity in India’s northeastern states.

Chinese Foreign Ministry, spokesperson Huan Hunyin, reacting to it, said,”We are now trying to seek a solution through negotiations that is acceptable to both sides. Under such circumstances, various parties should respect such aspects and any third party should not be involved in our efforts to resolve the disputes.”

Sources – TOI, ZEE News

Sindhu reached Korea Open Superseries final vs Nozomi Okuhara

Adding another win to her name, badminton star PV Sindhu booked a place for herself in the finals of the Korea Open Superseries in Seoul by defeating He Bingjiao of China in the semi-finals today.

Starting strong, Sindhu kept Bingjiao on her backfoot winning the match by 21-10, 17-21, 21-16. Taking an 11-4 lead, Sindhu wrapped up the first game 21-10 in just 16 minutes.

However, the Chinese counterpart stepped up her game and made a comeback in the second winning the game after Sindhu had already established an 11-6 lead. Bingjiao won the game by 17-21.

The third game saw Bingjiao attacking right from the start and a seemingly tired Sindhu giving up points to the former’s drop shots. However, Sindhu’s powerful shots helped her take an 11-9 lead changing the game.

After establishing a 14-14 set, Sindhu took charge again with a 18-14 lead. Bingjiao struggled to comeback, but Sindhu’s power smashes proved to be too much to handle.

Eventually, Bingjiao netted a shot giving the world number 4 player the final win.

With this, Sindhu now moves forward to facing the final against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on Sunday.

Sources – HT, Indian Express

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North Korea fires a ballistic missile over Japan

North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan, less than two weeks after its nuclear bomb test.
The missile was fired from the Sunan district of the capital Pyongyang on friday morning at 6:57 am Japanese standard time.
The missile flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido before splashing down in the pacific ocean. There were no immediate reports of aircraft or ships damage. Alert messages were sent to the people living in regions near the missile flight path in Hokkaido to take cover.
The US and South Korea said that the missile was an intermediate range ballistic missile, similar to that fired over Japan last month although the Japan Prime minister said it to be an intercontinental missile.
The missile travelled 3700 kilometers- 800 kilometers further than the previous missiles launch over Japan, the longest ever flight carried out by range regime.
The launch came just a day after North Korea responded to a new United Nations sanctions against the country by threatning to “sink Japan and turn America to ashes”
The Japanese prime minister said that that launch was totally unacceptable and against the international community’s strong will for peaceful solution.

Sources: BBC, CNN

India launches first bullet train

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Mr. Abe who is on a two-day visit to India said,” My good friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a far-sighted leader. He took a decision two years ago to bring high-speed train in India and to create a new India”. As a close ally to India, Japan has given a loan of $17 billion for the project.

The 750-seat train scheduled to run between Ahmedabad city and Mumbai will have 12 stations on the route. It is expected to cover the 500 km journey, in 3hrs as opposed to 8hrs taken by a normal train. It can run as fast as 350km/h which is more than twice the maximum speed offered by the fastest trains in India. Though most of the route is elevated, a part of it will run through a 7 km long undersea tunnel.

Linking major cities through high-speed trains is one of the main ambitions of the government and Mr. Modi has promised to make significant improvements in the network.

Sources

BBC, Hindustan Times

Kim Jong-un threatens with a missile launch over Japan

North Korea fired an intermediate range ballistic missile about 733 miles off the eastern shore of the Northern Japanese Island in the Pacific at 6 AM (local time) that travelled right above the populous island of Hokkaido. In response to the crisis, Japanese state launched its J-Alert warning system wherein people of Northern island were advised to seek a shelter elsewhere. In a phone call with the American President Trump, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has decided to hold an emergency meeting in the UN in order to find a means to tackle this precarious behaviour of Pyongyang.

North Korea had earlier threatened to launch an intercontinental missile over Guam region of US and a missile launch like this over Japan can be a precedent to a similar attack on the US. Trump has expressed “100 per cent” support from the US towards Japan.

On the other hand, China has given a diplomatic response to the situation with Foreign Ministry saying that China cannot be the party to be blamed since “one party holds constant military exercises … and the other is constantly launching missiles?”. Hua Chunying was referring to the military exercise between US and South Korean troops.

At the ongoing United Nations Conference in Geneva, North Korean diplomat Han Tai Song has defended his nation saying, “Now that the US has openly declared its hostile intention towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, by waging aggressive joint military exercises despite repeated warnings … my country has every reason to respond with tough countermeasures as an exercise of its right to self-defence”.Japan has, as a safety measure, deployed Patriot missile defence systems.

Sources – The Guardian, Al Jazeera

Malabar 2017: India-US-Japan’s Naval initiative kicks off

MALABAR-2017, the 21st edition of naval exercise began in the Bay of Bengal began on today and will last until July 17.  The trilateral maritime exercise between India-US-Japan started amidst Dokhlam tension.

With 95 aircraft, 16 warships and 2 submarines, the Trio naval exercise will strengthen the Indian force and is of great strategic significance. The main aim is to boost interoperability amongst the trio.

Abhijit Singh, Head of Maritime Policy Initiative at Observer Research Foundation explain, “The Malabar is being seen as an opportunity for India to strike a hard-posture in a place where it perceives a strategic advantage vis-a-vis China — maritime-South Asia.”

Air Defence, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Surface Warfare, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS), Search and Rescue, Joint Manoeuvres and Tactical procedures, will be a part of the exercises this year. From the first half of the week will be for interaction at Harbour Phase, Chennai. The second half will be dedicated to a wide range of exercises.

Sources: The Hindu, TOI

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