Terror and politics to join hands in Pakistan

Terror and politics seem to be joining hands in Pakistan as, Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed‘s political party Jammat-ud-Dawah will contest 2018 general elections as a political outfit, according to reports from the party soon after their candidate finished third in a crucial by-poll.

In the previous month, Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a front for the Lashkar-e- Taiba terrorist group that was involved in the heinous 2008 Mumbai attack, announced that it was launching the Milli Muslim League.

Sheikh Yaqoob, a JuD-backed candidate who was humbly defeated by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif‘s wife Kulsoom Nawaz from a parliamentary seat that fell vacant after Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court due to corruption charges. Yaqoob said the new front “will field candidates in every constituency in the country in next year’s election.”

Yaqoob also wanted to contest Sunday’s election from Milli Muslim League, launched just before the NA-120 by-poll, but could not do so as the Election Commission of Pakistan is yet to register it as a political party.

Yaqoob was placed in 2012 on a US Treasury sanctions list of those designated as leaders of international terrorist organizations.

“We have got a very good response in NA-120. It was our first election and people have welcomed us,” said Yaqoob, who contested as an independent candidate.

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  1. TOI-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/hafiz-saeeds-jud-to-contest-2018-general-elections-in-pakistan/articleshow/60732475.cms
  2. INDIA TV- http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/world-will-contest-all-seats-in-2018-general-elections-says-hafiz-saeed-s-jud-as-its-candidate-finishes-third-in-pakistan-bypoll-401999

 

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  1. FINANCIAL EXPRESS- http://images.financialexpress.com/2017/09/Hafiz-Saeed-l-ani.jpg

 

 

 

Sushma Swaraj set to meet galaxy of leaders in NY

Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is in New-york to attend the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) meeting and interact with a galaxy of world leaders. Swaraj is scheduled to attend 20 to 30 bilateral and trilateral meetings with the head of various countries. She was received at the airport by the Indian ambassador to US, Navtej Sarna and India’s permanent representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin.

She will kick start her diplomatic meetings with her US counterpart Rex Tillerson and Japanese counterpart Taro Kono respectively. Swaraj will also meet her Tunisian Counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui, and Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay. However, she will not meet Pakistani external affairs minister who will also be present. She will participate in a meeting on UN Reforms which will be hosted and chaired by US President Donald Trump. India has been very much vocal about the necessity of change in the structure of the United Nations. She is also scheduled to address the general assembly on 23rdof September.

The UNGA meets on the backdrop of Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and tension along the Korean peninsula as well. UN may try to pressure India to open its gates and provide refugee to the Rohingya Muslims.

 

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TOI-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/sushma-swaraj-in-new-york-to-attend-un-general-assembly-meet/articleshow/60725679.cms

Firstpost-http://www.firstpost.com/india/sushma-swaraj-at-un-general-assembly-north-korea-pakistan-and-rohingya-crisis-must-be-atop-eams-new-york-agenda-4054959.html

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NDTV- http://i.ndtvimg.com/i/2015-12/sushma-swaraj_650x400_71449542009.jpg

Typhoon Talim rips across Japan

As typhoon Talim made landfall in southern Japan on Kyushu Island, forcing hundreds of flights alongside the timely bullet trains to be canceled. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines canceled 225 flights and 151 flights, respectively.

Bullet trains have been suspended between Kyushu’s Kumamoto and Kagoshimachuo since today morning.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency issued its strongest warning for heavy rain, flooding, and high waves.Typhoon Talim is the 18th Typhoon of the season, which has earlier made landfall in China and led to the displacement of 200,000 people earlier this week. The name of the typhoon “Talim” comes from a Tagalog word which means “cutting edge”. Currently, the speed of the Typhoon is around 180kph alongside its center.

The typhoon is forecasted to batter western Japan, with rough weather affecting the entire nation including its capital Tokyo. It would gradually fade out till tomorrow evening, after hitting the northernmost island of Hokkaido. Since tomorrow is a public holiday in Japan as people will offer respect for the aged day, it will also help them to recover from the impact of the typhoon quickly.

 

Sources: Indian ExpressJapan Times

JP Duminy quits test cricket

South African batsman JP Duminy announced his retirement from test cricket today, however, he also mentioned that he will continue playing the smaller version of the game. Duminy has scored 2000+ runs in 46 Tests at an average of 32.85. He said, “Test cricket has always been the pinnacle and I’ve been fortunate enough to experience some memorable highlights with the Proteas”.

Lately, in 2017 Duminy has been wobbly with his performance with the bat against New Zealand and did not perform well in the limited over games against Sri Lanka. The Delhi Daredevil batsman also opted out of the 10th edition of IPL citing “personal reasons”. Critics believe that Duminy was not able to convert the hidden talent inside of him into runs. He always remained susceptible to the short ball and off-spinners.

In total Duminy scored six hundreds in total, which came when the Proteas needed it the most. He would surely be remembered for his innings at Melbourne where the Kangaroos had reduced the Proteas to a pale 184/7 against their massive total of394. Duminy played alongside Dale Steyn for eight hours and managed to provide 64 runs lead to the visiting team.

With world cup two years down the line, retiring from the test cricket and focusing on the shorter format of the game, seems to be a wise decision.

Sources-

  1. Hindustan Times- http://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/jp-duminy-south-africa-all-rounder-announces-retirement-from-test-cricket/story-mD9yscY2BVFPM4juOp6wJK.html

 

  1. Firstpost- http://www.firstpost.com/firstcricket/sports-news/jp-duminy-retires-from-tests-as-a-player-who-personified-elegance-but-dogged-by-glaring-flaws-4050947.html

 

  1. Cricbuzz- http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/97120/south-africa-cricket-team-allrounder-jp-duminy-announces-retirement-from-test-cricket-reports

 

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Morsi sentenced to 25 years in jail

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. As per sources, the original sentence amounted to 40 years which was reduced to 25 years. The Court of Cassation, which is Egypt’s highest court of appeal, upheld the life sentence of Morsi who was involved in the Qatar espionage case. The court also mentioned that the ruling is “final and unappealable”.

Morsi was found guilty by an Egyptian court for leaking confidential documents to Qatar and selling them to Al-Jazeera channel. The information included military secrets and state’s policy affairs. He has also been charged with possessing weapons, inciting violence as well as the killing of 22 Coptic Christians working in Libya in 2015.

Morsi became the first democratic Egyptian president in the year 2012, was ousted from power within a year. He was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who is currently serving as the president of the country. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party has been blacklisted by the current government as a terrorist group.

Egypt is also one of the four nations of the Saudi led block which cut off all trade relations with Qatar since 5th June.

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  1. Indian Express- http://indianexpress.com/article/world/egyptian-court-confirms-ousted-president-mohamed-morsis-life-sentence-4846562/

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The Hindu- http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/egyptian-court-confirms-morsis-life-sentence/article19698974.ece

 

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Livmint – http://www.livemint.com/Politics/M5F2JgvjqGvzehSZDs7nyO/Egypt-court-sentences-former-president-Mohammed-Morsi-to-25.html

JDU checkmates RJD joins hand with BJP

Nitish Kumar sudden decision to break the grand-alliance and join BJP within hours came as a shock to many, but those who were in the political circles knew that something was not very right. It was like a game of chess between JDU and RJD where JDU was winning the board with every move they made, till the final check-mate this week.

Nitish Kumar was one of the few oppositional leaders who supported demonetization while his ally RJD was against it. On the issue of GST Bill, Nitish Kumar’s JDU was first to support BJP. In the last presidential elections, almost everyone began to see the tilt which JDU had towards BJP. The rumors began to take serious shape with CBI investigating the hotel scam against Lalu Yadav’s family. JDU has repeatedly demanded former deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav to step down based on alleged corrupt allegations.

However, one thing is very clear that Nitish Kumar is no more in the race of becoming PM, as Narendra Modi would occupy that post. Within two years of breaking up with the NDA camp, JDU realized that it is not getting what it wanted as family politics of “Yadavs” did not give JDU the full-fledged freedom to rule autonomously. JDU’s decision to break ranks with the NDA had gone bad. In the national assembly elections, JDU was able to secure only 2 seats across Bihar. Nitish Kumar also resigned and appointed Jeetan Ram Manjhi as the new Chief Minister who was not able to rule properly. In the end, the situation became so bad that Manjhi founded his own party i.e. Hindustan Awam Morcha (HAM).

This is the first time since 1990, that both the state government and the central government are ruled by the same coalition party in Bihar. The demand for “special-status” for Bihar can be fulfilled under these circumstances and more funds can flow inside the state. Thus for the general population of Bihar, it could be a blessing as there has always been a shortage of funds allocated from the center in Bihar.

RJD can now try to split the JDU, as there are reports of some JDU leaders including Ali Anwar Ansari and Sharad Yadav who are unhappy with Nitish Kumar’s decision. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury are also trying to engineer a split within JDU. If RJD is successful even a small fraction of JDU leaders it would be difficult for the ruling coalition to stand the floor test. Also with 80 seats, RJD is currently the biggest party in Bihar. There are 16 Muslim-Yadav legislators in the JDU camp which can break up, due to a difference in ideology with BJP. RJD may try to convince them, that Nitish Kumar would backstab them when the time is right.

However, the situation of the opposition is now in tatters if we look at its preparation for the 2019 assembly elections. With Congress losing one state after another and defection of party members followed by a broken opposition which has a divided ideology, it will be very difficult for them to defeat a strong NDA which has been expanding in every direction.

Nitish Kumar is the Chief Minister again just like the last week, everything seems to be functioning normally, and just political-parties have changed hands. Sushil Modi is back in his shoes of deputy CM thanking Tejaswi Yadav for being an accused of corruption charges. What else can one expect from politics in Bihar?

 

News Sources- Financial Express 

Situation worsens in Gorkhaland, Army called again

The volatile situation in Gorkhaland does not seem to end anytime soon, as Army was called in again by the West Bengal government after fresh incidents of torching a police outpost and a toy train station took place in Darjeeling as reported by Firstpost.

Bimal Gurung spearheading the entire agitation led by Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha claimed that two youths were killed in police firing, as a result of which the protest turned violent. West Bengal police denied any such reports. Mamata Banerjee has invited Gurung for talks in order to solve the Gorkhaland dispute, however, Gurung has mentioned that “all gates for talks are closed”. However, GJM is open to talks with the central government. Two columns of the army containing about 100 personnel were deployed at Darjeeling and Sonada after fresh unrest reported Times of India.

Though Army has been deployed, one can see the remains of violence across streets as remains of several burnt vehicles lie there. The police have accused the protestors of using stones and glass bottles while protestors have accused police of firing at “unarmed” people. After this violence there is a little chance that GJM would give upon their protests, however, at the same time, it will surely lead to economic hardships for the people whose businesses have been hurt.

Sources:  Firstpost

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