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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Pak frees 151 Indian fishermen .... Na Mo swearing in tomorrow ..

26th May 2014 is a very important day in the annals of the Nation.... the day Narendra Modi is to be sworn in as the Prime Minister of the Nation. His swearing-in could well serve as a kick-off point for a new foreign policy regime for South Asia; that is, if he desires to make a break with past precedents.  By inviting the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders to his swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi has sent out a powerful message on foreign policy.  Away,  Mr. Modi faces the perils of the past — terror groups for example, and some within the establishment in Pakistan who will attempt to sabotage any plans for peace talks with an attack.   

Way back on this day in year 17 BC, Germanicus Julius Caesar, commonly known as Germanicus, a member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty and a prominent general of the early Roman Empire returned to Rome after avenging the defeat at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest and retrieving the legion's eagles lost during the battle. As a conquering hero; he celebrated triumph of  his victories over the Cherusci, Chatti and other German tribes west of the Elbe.  In 1783, on this day, a Great Jubilee Day, was held in North Stratford,  Connecticut, commemorated the end of fighting in the American Revolutionary War. This celebration included feasting, prayer, speeches, toasts, and two companies of the North Stratford militia performing manoeuvres  with cannon discharges and was one of the first documented celebrations following the War for Independence and continued as Decoration Day.  In 1969 on this day, Apollo 10 returned to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing.

Reports state that in a goodwill gesture, Pakistan on Sunday freed 151 Indian fishermen, a day ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India to attend Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. Syed Nazir Hussain, the superintendent of the Malir jail in Karachi, told PTI that the Indian prisoners were released on written directives of the interior and foreign ministries. “Most of these prisoners are poor Indian fishermen who were arrested and brought here for trespassing into Pakistani territorial waters,” he said. The freed prisoners were taken in an air-conditioned bus from Karachi to Wagah border in Lahore from where they will be handed over to Indian authorities. 

We look forward to lot of good things happening for the Nation..... 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

25th May 2014.

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