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On this day May 11, 1995

In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.

Participation in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

The Treaty to limit the spread of nuclear weapons, was opened for signature on July 1, 1968.

There are currently 189 countries party to the treaty, five of which have nuclear weapons: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and the People’s Republic of China (the permanent members of the UN Security Council). Read More…

Landmine blast in Chattisgarh, India

Suspected Maoist guerrillas killed eight Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans in Chattisgarh, India yesterday, blowing up up a bullet-proof police patrol in the Bijapur district of the state. It was the first major attack by Maoists in the area since 76 people were killed in an ambush incident at Dantewada.

The naxalites detonated an improvised explosive device near Pedakodepal village, located on National Highway 16 in Bijapur, then opened fire at security men, confirmed by the Director General of Police of Chattisgarh. The driver of the vehicle was also killed in the incident. One jawan was severely wounded and another missing, he added. The injured are being treated in a Jagdalpur hospital.

“It appears that the security personnel ignored the instruction not to travel in any kind of vehicle in the naxal-infested areas,” Home Minister of Chattisgarh, Nankiram Kanwar said. “The Maoists appear to be working with a better intelligence network and the forces need to be more alert.”

On this day May 10, 1857

The Sepoy Rebellion broke out in colonial India, threatening the rule of the British East India Company.

The Mutiny from The Cambridge Modern History Atlas

The Mutiny from The Cambridge Modern History Atlas

The Rebellion began as a mutiny of sepoys of British East India Company‘s army on 10 May 1857, in the town of Meerut, and soon erupted into other mutinies and civilian rebellions.

Largely in the upper Gangetic plain and central India, with the major hostilities confined to present-day Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, northern Madhya Pradesh, and the Delhi region.

The rebellion posed a considerable threat to Company power in that region, and it was contained only with the fall of Gwalior on 20 June 1858. The rebellion is also known as India’s First War of Independence. Read More…

Severe storm struck parts of eastern India

A severe storm struck parts of eastern India, lasted between 40 minutes and an hour. As of 22:30 local time on April 14, the official death toll stood at 116.

72 deaths were reported in the Indian state of Bihar, 38 in West Bengal, and 4 in Assam. Two deaths were reported in Bangladesh. Most of the deaths were women and children crushed when their huts were destroyed.

An estimated 50,000+ homes were destroyed by the disaster, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Both mud and pucca homes were damaged by the storm. Read More…

Nuclear Security Summit

President Barack Obama open the 47-nation Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.  The president says he wants new commitments to secure weapons-grade plutonium and uranium to prevent nuclear terrorism.

With concerns about the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea a major backdrop to the conference, this is the biggest U.S.-sponsored gathering of world leaders in more than 60 years.

The New START treaty was signed on April 8, 2010 in Prague by U.S. President Obama and Russian President Medvedev and Iran will hold the Tehran International Conference on Disarmament and Non- Proliferation, 2010, announced on April 4, 2010 and to be held April 17–18, 2010.

The Summit is the largest gathering of heads of state called by a United States president since the 1945 United Nations Conference on International Organization. Delegations from forty-six governments plus the United States are attending, thirty-eight of which are represented by heads of state or government. Read More…

On this day April 13, 1919

British troops massacre at least 379 unarmed demonstrators in Amritsar, India. At least 1200 wounded.

Jallianwalla Bagh in 1919

Jallianwalla Bagh in 1919

The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre (Hindi: जलियांवाला बाग़ हत्याकांड Jallianwala Bāġa Hatyākāṇḍ), alternatively known as the Amritsar Massacre, was named after the Jallianwala Bagh (Garden) in the northern Indian city of Amritsar.

Where, on April 13, 1919, British Indian Army soldiers under the command of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer opened fire on an unarmed gathering of men, women and children. Read More…

Maoist rebels kill at least 60 soldiers in India

Officials have reported that Naxalites movement of Maoist rebels in India killed at least 70 soldiers in Chhattisgarh, a central state in the country.

Map of Naxalite diffusion

The ambush was made on security convoys in a dense jungle in the district of Dantewada, a remote area. According to police, about 300 Maoists set off explosives and started shooting at them.

“Seventy-five [people] have been killed, and seven injured,” commented Gopal Pillai, the Indian home secretary.

This is the deadliest incident security forces have seen since they recently initiated an offensive against the Maoists; the operation has spread out across several states and includes 50,000 federal paramilitary troops, as well as thousands of policemen. Read More…