Marshal Arjan Singh cremated with state honour

The nation bade a teary farewell to the Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, the legendary warrior who was laid to rest with full state honours at Brar Square in the national capital on Monday. In the honour of the national hero, the Tricolour Flew past at half-mast in all government buildings in Delhi.

In honour of the 1965 India- Pakistan war hero, A 17- gun salute was given to Singh while his body was consigned to flames amid chanting of Sikh hymns The 98-year-old Singh’s body was consigned to flames amid chanting of Sikh hymns. Several senior political leaders including Former Prime minister Manmohan Singh, BJP veteran LK Adwani and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman paid last respect to the war hero at the crematorium.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid glowing tributes to the war hero and visited Singh’s Residence on Sunday.

Singh, who died of the cardiac arrest, is the only officer to attain the highest post of Marshal of the Air Force, a rank equivalent to Army’s five-star field marshal.

Sources:

The Indian Express, India Today

Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom wins by-election in Lahore

Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of ousted Pakistan Prime minister Nawaz Sharif won the crucial Lahore by-poll elections on Sunday.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Begum Kulsoom won Na-120 seat by defeating Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Dr. Yasmeen Rashid of Pakistan in a tough election contest.

The parliamentary seat fell vacant after Mr. Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court on July 28 stating him to be dishonest in the Panama Paper case. The election was seen as a test for the PML-N party as it comes ahead of the general election in Pakistan scheduled the next year.

In the absence of Begum Kulsoom, who was undergoing cancer treatment in London, the election campaigns were all managed by Kulsoom’s daughter Maryam Nawaz. The election was seen as a test for the PML-N party as it comes ahead the next year’s general election in Pakistan.

The Election Commission spokesperson said that Begum Kulsoom won the by-poll elections gaining 59, 413 votes while her competitor Dr. Yasmeen Rashid attained 46,145 votes.

The polling process was supervised by the Pakistani Army personnel. The voters’ turnout was relatively low in the morning but increased in the afternoon. Minor cases of clashes were reported during the election process between PTI and PML-N workers but nobody got injured.

Sources: The Hindu, Indian Express

Aung San Suu Kyi has a “last chance” to halt military attack: UN

Nobel Peace Prize winner and the de facto leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi has a “last chance” to halt military attack that is forcing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee abroad, said the United Nations.

After the fresh outbreak of violence at the end of August, over 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled western Rakhine state into Bangladesh. On 25thAugust, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), an armed rebel group of fighters launched attacks on more than 25 military and boarder police killing a dozen Burmese Security Personnel. Rohingya who fled Myanmar say the militants responded to the ARSA attack with a brutal campaign, burning villages and attacking civilians to drive them out.

United Nations Secretary Antonio Guterres told BBC that unless Aung San Suu Kyi acted now, the tragedy will be absolutely horrible. Guterres’ warning came out after Bangladesh said that it is limiting the movement of more than 400,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar. The Bangladeshi police said that Rohingya would not be allowed to travel outside their allocated homes, not even to live with their family.

The Rohingya Crisis is set to appear as a key issue at the UN General Assembly in New York, where world leaders are gathering for meetings. Aung San Suu Kyi is skipping an appearance at the meeting. She claimed that the crisis is being distorted by a huge iceberg of misinformation that is promoting the interest of terrorists.

Sources: BBC, Press 24

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

UN Security Council adopts tough new sanctions against North Korea

The UN Security Council has unanimously voted to impose a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea following its sixth and largest nuclear test.

With support from China and Russia, the council voted 15-0 on Monday to back the US-drafted ban on textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to North Korea.  The resolution also prohibits North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates.

The resolution limits North Korea’s imports of crude oil at the level of the last 12 months, and it limits the import of refined petroleum products to 2 million barrels a year. It also prohibits all the countries from authorizing new visas for North Korean overseas workers. these measures are appraised to cut off $ 500m of tax revenue per year.

The initial US proposal included an assets freeze and travel ban on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un but was dropped to come to terms with China and Russia.

After the vote, The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the US is not looking for war with North Korea and Pyongyang has “not passed the point of no return”. “If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it,” she told the UN Security Council.

 

Sources: Al Jazeera, BBC

Equifax says cybersecurity incident may have hit 143 million customers

Equifax, one of the big three US credit agency, has reported a cybersecurity incident that could potentially impact 143 million U.S. customers.

Equifax said that it discovered the unauthorized access at the end of the July and acted immediately to stop it. The Agency said that the unauthorized accesses took place from mid-May until July, and primarily involved information like names, address, birth dates, Social Security numbers and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Furthermore, approximately 209,000 U.S. credit card numbers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed. The hackers gained the access to the Equifax’s system by exploiting a website application vulnerability. The company said that it has reported the criminal access to law enforcement.

According to Equifax, the agency is now working with state and federal authorities, and is alerting its customers whose information was included in the breach via email. Equifax said that it has set up a website – www.equifaxsecurity2017.com – that helps the consumers check if their data has been caught up in the breach.

 

Sources: BBC, ABC

Hurricane Irma kills at least 10 in Caribbean as Florida braces for hit

Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane, killed at least ten people on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin and left Barbuda devastated on Thursday.

The hurricane caused a great destruction in several islands, including Barbuda, St. Martin and the British Virgin Island. Florida is on high alert and is braced for a possible direct hit from Saturday. Evacuation orders have been issued in parts of Miami and the Florida keys.

According to United Nations up to 37 million people could be affected by Irma, the category five hurricane. Irma, which is approximately 450 miles wide, has sustained winds of at least 180 mph for a longer period of time than any other Atlantic storm on record.

Rick Scott, the Florida governor said that Irma could be more devastating than Hurricane Andrew that struck the state in 1992, a Category 5 storm, which still ranks as one of the costliest ever in the history of the United States.

The head of the US emergency said that Irma will have a devastating impact when it slams into southern coastal areas of the United States.

 

Sources: The Telegraph, CNBC