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PM skips foreign policy, terrorism in I-Day speech


New Delhi, Foreign policy was a surprising miss in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech on Saturday, and that too from a leader who has visited over 25 countries in just 14 months.


In Modi’s nearly 83-minute speech, there was none of the customary mention of India’s neighbours, especially Pakistan, or even a reference to terrorism.

The miss was widely noticed as Modi had met his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif just over a month ago in Ufa, Russia, in a landmark move to ease tensions between the two neighbours.

The National Security Advisors – India’s Ajit Doval and Pakistan’s Sartaj Aziz – are set to meet here on August.

In contrast, President Pranab Mukherjee, in his Independence Day eve speech on Friday, gave a veiled warning to Pakistan when he referred to terrorists from “across the border”.

He said India had a policy of “zero tolerance” to terrorism and any attempt to “create mayhem will be dealt with a strong hand”.

In 2013, Modi, as the Gujarat chief minister, used the Independence Day stage to attack then prime minister Manmohan Singh for not giving any assurance to the nation on tackling Pakistan in his Red Fort speech.

At that time, Modi’s speech taunting Manmohan Singh got wide play.

Although Modi gave Pakistan a wide berth, the external affairs ministry on Friday evening took on Pakistan after its envoy here referred to Jammu and Kashmir in his country’s independence day speech.

Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that “the only struggle in Jammu and Kashmir is against Pakistani-sponsored terrorism. This will be the subject of the upcoming NSA level talks”.

The Pakistani envoy, Abdul Basit, had said that Islamabad won’t abandon the “legitimate struggle for freedom” in Kashmir.

In his maiden Independence Day speech in 2014, Modi spoke about India’s foreign policy, how he believed it could be multi-dimensional and how together with SAARC neighbours India could launch a fight against poverty and South Asia could emerge as a power in the world.

Modi has visited more than 25 countries, usually clubbing three countries in one tour. Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar has praised India’s foreign policy under Modi as pro-active and marked by “greater confidence, more initiative and stronger determination”.

Modi visited countries never visited by any prime minister, like Mongolia, and some where an Indian prime minister had not set foot for decades. He goes on Sunday to the United Arab Emirates, where Indira Gandhi was the last prime minister to visit in 1981.

At the end of the first year in office, on May 26, the hectic diplomatic calendar had notched up 162 diplomatic engagements with 101 countries between Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh.

For a prime minister known to virtually run the foreign office, his silence on foreign policy was a surprise to many.


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Pennsylvania, October 11, 2017 : Being in a relationship comes with its own set of worries and setbacks. While trust is the foundation of every relationship, it is not that easy to believe everything that your partner says or does. Do you have doubts about their intentions? Do you tumble and toss all night wondering if your partner is cheating on you? Just listen to them speak.

According to a new report published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, you can detect infidelity by the way your partner sounds.

Researchers from the Penn State University and Albright College recently conducted an interesting experiment to trace and address the relationship between speech and infidelity.

The Research

To decode a relationship between speech and infidelity, the researchers recorded the voices of men and women reading the numbers 1 to 10. This group of people included heterosexual, unmarried individuals who were or had been in committed relationships. Half of the volunteers admitted to have had sex outside their relationships, while the other half claimed to have been loyal throughout.

Assuming that the participants were telling the truth, the volunteers now comprised a group of cheaters and non-cheaters; however, no evident distinction was made between the two groups

Next, another group of volunteers were exposed to these audio recordings who were then asked to rate the likelihood that each speakers had cheated on their partner.

Is My Partner Cheating On Me?
Here is what the research found

Shockingly, the study revealed that the volunteers were successfully able to identify the cheaters based on their voice alone.

To maintain authenticity, the researchers also manipulated the pitch of the volunteers’ samples and regardless speakers were still able to assess their infidelity.

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‘These findings expand upon the idea that the human voice may be of value as a cheater detection tool and very thin slices of vocal information are all that is needed to make certain assessments about others’, the researchers said, as quoted by The Daily Mail.

What Can Voice Reveal About Cheating Partners?

While the researchers agree that they cannot specifically point out the features of the voice that leads an individual to make this assessment, they agreed that a lot can be revealed by the pitch of a person.

The experiment also found that extroverts had few silent pauses and greater voice quality, which motivated an individual to make an assessment of infidelity. According to the study, “masculine males tend to display less clarity in their speech and show phonetic patterns indicative of masculinity, which in turn could be associated with infidelity threat.”

So, you have been speaking to your partner and still haven’t found a difference in his tone or pitch. But somehow your faith in your significant other and the relationship is faltering now. And all you can wonder is,

“Is My Partner Cheating On Me?”

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Key Signs That Your Partner Has Cheated

  • Staying at the office till late
  • Travelling or going for trips more often
  • Sudden increase in the use of mobile phone
  • Increased and suspicious use of social media
  • Suddenly acting distant and attributing it to ‘stress from work’
  • They will shower you with unexpected gifts and remind you that they love you, however this will not be supported with action