Pakistan new cabinet in place with new PM Abbasi Presiding

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s cabinet was sworn in on August 4, 2017Friday. The ceremony for the 46 members strong cabinet was held at the Presidency in Islamabad. While 46 members were supposed to be sworn in, it was reported by Xinhuanet that only 43 members of the cabinet turned up.  The oaths were administered by President, Mammon Hussain.

There are new and old faces to the cabinet. However, there have been numerous reshuffling. Khawaja Muhammad Asif has been given the office of the country’s foreign minister. Ahsen Iqbal is given the charge of the interior ministry of the Prime Minister. The new cabinet includes six new federal and 12 state ministers.

The new members are Khurram Dastagair as the Defence minister, Pervaiz Malik as the Minister for Commerce. Ishaq Dar has retained his former position as the Finance Minister.

Arshad Laghari is the State minister for industries and production and Junaid Anwar, the state minister for communication.

Following the oath taking session, the new Prime Minister will preside over the first session of the cabinet.

 

Sources-

  1. XINHUANET-http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/04/c_136499501.htm

2. ANI News- http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail-NA/MzI4MDQx/pakistan-pm-abbasi-039-s-46-member-cabinet-takes-oath.html

3. OUTLOOK INDIA- https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/pakistan-pm-abbasis-46member-cabinet-takes-oath/1115994

 

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Samajwadi Leaders Resign from Party; gives a jolt to the already shaky foundation

In a surprising turn of events, Samajwadi MLCs Yashwant Sinha and Bukkal Nawab tendered their resignations from the party. This move has caused a major setback for the already politically volatile atmosphere within the Samajwadi party.

Nawab cited Akhilesh Yadav’s confrontation with his father as the reason for his resignation from the party. “I am feeling very suffocated since last one-year. It is clear that when he (Akhilesh) is not with his own father then how can he be with the people”, Deccan Chronicle quoted Nawab saying.

After his resignation, Bukka Nawab told ANI, “Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is doing good work and PM Modi has given a good slogan of ‘Sabka sath, sabka vikas’. If they invite, then I might go with BJP. Yogi is also doing a good job in the state; at least there has not been any scam yet.”

Nawab went on to say that more people might resign from the party.

With these resignations, it will be easy for the Uttar Pradesh chief minister to become a member of the legislative assembly. He will not have to contest an election to become a member.

Sources: ANI, TOI, Deccan Chronicle

Railway bridge collapse in Sasaram District of Bihar Kills two

A flyover in the Sasaram district of Bihar collapsed on July 22, 2017. An iron pillar which was under the bridge collapsed on the railway track. The bridge was under construction. This accident killed two persons and injured five more. The flyover collapsed on a railway track and according to reports by the Tribune, many are said to be trapped under the collapsed flyover. The injured people have been admitted to the Sasaram Sadar Hospital.

According to ANI, an operation has been launched to rescue the people caught under the debris. The Police, Railway Police Force (RPF) have formed the rescue team. Locals are also assisting them in the operations.

“A laborer engaged in the construction of the overbridge died on the spot after a big portion crushed him. Three other persons were injured in the mishap,” the railway police said to Hindustan Times.

It is said that rains have been the cause of this collapse. A railway official told Hindustan Times that even though they suspect rains, an investigation will be held to find the real reason for the flyover collapse.

Train movements have been disrupted, especially on the Grand Chord section of the Howrah- New Delhi route and the Grand Chord line of Gaya-Mughalsarai rail section.

Sources-

  1. Hindustan Times-http://www.hindustantimes.com/patna/one-dead-three-injured-after-under-construction-flyover-collapses-in-bihar-s-sasaram/story-0ppBt09QczaZwVa52TUi1K.html
  2.  DNA India-http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-one-dead-two-injured-after-under-construction-flyover-collapses-in-bihar-s-sasaram-2510566

Shankarsinh Vaghela Quits Congress; Claims that he was thrown out of the Party

Shankarsinh Vaghela, former chief ministers of Gujarat, said that he quit the Congress on July 21, 2017. This statement was made just a day after he claimed that he had been thrown out of the party and was spotted sporting a saffron scarf.

According to The Hindu, Vaghela said that he was a ‘victim of internal conspiracy in BJP and now in Congress’.

Vaghela went on to say that he was expelled from the Congress because they were worried regarding what he might say during his birthday celebrations.

In a report by the Economic Times, Vaghela was unhappy that the Congress had not declared him as the front runner of the party’s campaign in Gujarat as well as the chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming party elections.

There has been reported internal strife in the Congress party after Vaghela criticized Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.

Regarding the matter, a Congress spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala told NDTV, “Congress regrets a veteran leader of his stature resigning.” He went on to say, “He wanted to be made the party’s state president. But no party can comply with this request. It’s something that the party must decide and cannot be left to individuals”

 

Sources-

  1. The Hindu-http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/shankarsinh-vaghela-quits-congress-wont-join-bjp/article19324073.ece
  2. The Economic Times-http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/congress-expelled-me-24-hours-ago-says-rebel-shankarsinh-vaghela/articleshow/59698011.cms

What made her Malala Yousafzai

Eight years ago, an eleven year old girl started writing blogs for BBC Urdu, describing her life in the Swat valley which happened to be occupied by the Taliban. This girl, Malala Yousafzai then grew up to be the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate, which she won for fighting for female education. Growing up with parents who ran schools in Swat Valley, Pakistan,

As a child she became an advocate for child’s rights and women’s rights and this put her in the radar of the Taliban which had been issuing notices for schools to be shut down, especially for girls. The Taliban issued a death threat against her because of her activism.  Along with being under the radar of the Taliban, Yousafzai also came to the notices of scores of NGOs globally, which helped her fight for her cause. With the help of the NGOs and the UN, Malala brought eh the plight of women;s and children’s education in Pakistan to light.

On October 9, 2012, A gunman shot Malala in the head. She survived and used the incident to push her cause further. She then went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, making her the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate. In her speech at the United Nations, she said that she is just one of the people who were hurt by the terrorists and this incident gave her even more courage to fight for education.

On July 12, 2015, Malala Yousafzai turned 18 this is an important event of her life. Wanting to celebrate her birthday in a special way which was also Malala Day, she opened a school in Lebanon, for Syrian refugee girls. According to biography.com, she said during the inauguration, “Today on my first day as an adult, on behalf of the world’s children, I demand of leaders we must invest in books instead of bullets”.

Later, in October of the same year, a documentary on Malala’s life, named, “He Named me Malala” was released. The documentary was directed by Davis Guggenheim and it shows the life of Malala and her immediate family along with the work she does and her travel.

Two years later, Turning twenty, Malala spent her birthday in Mosul, Iraq, by way of her ‘Girl Power Trip’ , an initiative by Yousafzai where she travels around the world to educate people  and create awareness on the importance of education.

In Mosul, Malala spoke to girls whose education has come to a pause because of the activities of the ISIS. According to a report by Mic, Yousafzai met an Iraqi girl who who has not gone to school for three years because her father was captured by the ISIS. The girl, Nayir, told Malala, “No matter what, nothing will keep me from finishing my studies.” According to the report on the same website, Yousafzai said, “For me, the most important thing is talking to other people, learning from them and speaking out for what you believe in”.

In April 2017, Yousafzai was named the U.N. Messenger of Peace to promote girls education. Yousafzai has also been made into an honorary Canadian citizen.

News Source: Mic articles 

Image Source: Parade

 

US issues new visa rules for six Muslim countries and refugees

The Trump administration has set out a new set of guidelines for six mainly Muslim countries as well as refugees. One major rule is that the immigrants need to have a close relative in the United States in order to obtain a US visa. The supreme court has put in place a partial travel ban which the then republican candidate, Donald Trump, promised during his campaign.

These set of guidelines came to light when the department cable was leaked to the press and is yet to be confirmed, according to a report by Al Jazeera. The countries which fall under this new visa rules are Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen. Refugees, irrespective of their nationality, fall under this visa rule. The term ‘close relative’ here is defined as a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son or daughter-in-law or sibling.

Journalists, students, workers or lecturers who have valid invitations to the country may be exempt from the ban.

While the new travel restrictions will be enforced strictly by the visas will not be revoked from existing visa holders.

According to the cable which was obtained by the AP News, the laws will be put in place on June 29, 2017.

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Russian Forces Attack ISIS Command Centres in Syria

Amidst tensions after an air encounter between a Syrian Su-22 fighter and two US Navy Super Hornets, The Russian warships fired six missiles, six Kalibr cruise missiles on a lleged ISIS command points on June 23, 2017, according to reports by CNN. The attack by the submarine took place from the Mediterranean. The Turkish and Isralei military were informed of the attack prior.

In the attacks, the ISIS command points and ammunition were destroyed. This happened in the Aqirbat and Hama province of Syria. The ones who survived the attacks were later killed in airstrikes.

According to the Business Standard, the Russian warships were two Navy Navy frigates and a submarine. According to Russia Today or RT, the movements of the militants were monitored by the Russian surveillance and they added that any target could be subject to strikes by the Russian Air Force.

“As a result of the surprise mass missile strike, command points were destroyed and also large stores of weapons and ammunition of the ISIS terrorists in the area of Aqirbat in the Hama province,” the russian Defence Ministry said after the attacks in the report by Russia Today.