Rafael Nadal beats Kevin Anderson in straight sets to win US Open 2017

World no 1 Rafael Nadal beat World no 28 Kevin Anderson 6-3 , 6-3 , 6-4 to clinch his 3rd Us open title at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York. This is the 16th grand slam title of his career.

The Spaniard put up a clinical performance as he kept his South African counterpart under tremendous pressure and did not allow him to achieve a single break point.
The title means that he is only three behind longtime rival Roger Federer, who has 19 major titles to his name on the all time men’s grand slam singles list. He also trails only Federer in terms of career appearances in slam finals.
Nadal thanked his uncle and coach, Toni Nadal, who will be stepping aside and shifting his attention towards Nadal’s tennis academy in Spain. Nadal credited Toni saying that ”Probably without him , I will never be playing tennis.” The King of Clay added that Toni is one of the most important people in his life.
”It’s just unbelievable what happened this year, no ?” said a delighted Nadal after winning the Us Open title

Pakistan affirms suspending visits , talks with the US

Pakistan has suspended bilateral visits and talks with the US as a form of protest against Donald Trump’s speech.During his speech, Trump had reprimanded Islamabad while proposing another strategy on Afghanistan.
This was expressed by foreign minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif amid an in-camera session in the Senate on Monday.
As quoted by sources, Asif, as an immediate response had postponed his ministerial visit Washington. Likewise, he also added that the US Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Well’s tour had also been put off.

During an exchange with” Nation”, Pakistani officials revealed that

the nation is not likely to take part in any open converses with Washington before head administrator Shahid Abbasi’s visit to the US for the United Nations General Assembly session. The session is scheduled for the next month.
Pakistan’s Senate has constituted a unique advisory group that will outline its response to what it believes is “bullying on part of the US”.
Besides, Pakistan is also sore at Trump for envisaging a major role for India towards ensuring peace in Afghanistan.
Asif told the senate that the country “envisaged no military role for India in Afghanistan.”He further added, “that India would not be allowed to use Afghan soil to destabilise Pakistan.”

India, China arrive at a peaceful solution to the Doklam Conflict

The conflict between India and China over Doklam came to an end after both nations agreed to withdraw their troops from the border region.
According to a press release by the Ministry of External Affairs, “expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is ongoing”.
China said that it would continue patrolling the range.However, it agreed to make important alterations and arrangements according to the latest developments.
The Doklam standoff between India and China started on 16th June after the Chinese troops violated the border and made their way into Doklam, an area which lies in the midst of India, China, and Bhutan.China’s decision to build a road in Doklam was actively opposed by Bhutan.
India considers the Chinese road in Doklam as a potential throat due to the region’s proximity to India’s Siliguri corridor.
China asserted that ” India has slapped its own face” after deciding to construct a road near Pangong Lake.Further, they believed that India’s move will worsen bilateral relations between the two nations.
The negotiation comes before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Xiamen for the BRICS summit.

Pakistani ex-PMs wife to contest elections regardless of sickness

According to a Pakistani official, former PM Nawaz Sharif’s better half will keep running for a seat in the parliament in spite of her sickness. 

Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said Kulsoom Nawaz is being dealt with at a hospital in London and is likely to return to Lahore for the upcoming elections. 

In a conversation with The Associated Press, Aurangzeb said that Kulsoom was diagnosed with an early stage of cancer and termed her as a “courageous woman”. 

Earlier this month, Sharif’s party confirmed Nawaz’s participation for the upcoming elections, running for the same seat left vacant after her husband was precluded from office on account of corruption charges against Sharif and his family. The disqualification came after an investigative panel’s finding which stated that his family possessed disproportionate assets which exceeded their income. These assets were disclosed during the Panama Papers leak in 2016.  

According to the Pakistani military, army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa spoke to Sharif over the telephone, wishing his significant other a fast recuperation. 

Sources – Times of India, Miami Herald

Rajnath Singh emphasizes on a peaceful solution to the Doklam conflict

Home Minister Rajnath Singh promised that “very soon”, there will be a peaceful solution to the Doklam conflict. He also said that India needs peace rather than any sort of confrontation.  

 
“I’m confident that China, on its part, will make a positive move and a resolution (to the dispute) will be found”, said Singh speaking at an event organized by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. He emphasized the importance of positive relations with neighboring countries and added that “in life, one can change friends, but one can’t change neighbors”. 

 At the same time, he asserted that the” Indian soldiers cannot be cowed” and appreciated the spirit of Indian soldiers under extremely harsh conditions. “I went to Ladakh once and had never experienced such harsh cold in life. I was told ITBP jawans would meet me in the morning I thought they will be cold and tired but the spirit I saw in them… No one would dare raise eyes towards India. We have such brave soldiers. When I see these jawans, I feel that there is no power in the world which can attack India,” said Rajnath. 

Singh spoke in reference to the India China conflict which started on 16th June after Chinese troops violated the border and made their way into Doklam.

Sources: Times of India, NDTV

Milos Raonic hauls out of the Us Open

Milos Raonic has become the latest addition to the list of top players who have hauled out of the US Open. He confirmed to have undergone a procedure on his left wrist.

The Canadian is currently positioned on the eleventh spot and also finished as the runner up at Wimbledon last year. He declared his withdrawal from the last Grand Slam of the year last night on Instagram.
Raonic will follow the likes of 12 time major champion Novak Djokovic ,  2016 UO Open Champion Stan Wawrinka and 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori in being an absentee from the tournament due to injuries.
Likewise sitting out the activity at Flushing Meadows will be the 23 Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams, who is pregnant, and two-time Australian Open Champion Victoria Azarenka, who is fighting a custody battle with the father of her child.
The US Open is scheduled to start from Monday.

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari promises to step up against Boko Hara

During his first address to the nation, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said that his government will direct all its efforts towards eliminating Boko Haram.

“Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety,” said Buhari in a televised speech. In addition to Boko Haram, he also assured of targeting ” political mischief makers” and whoever is a threat to the unity and integrity of the nation. 

He believes that the Nigerians are lively and robust people as far as discussions are concerned. However, he stated that some of the social media comments have crossed their limits and asserted that people must know their boundaries. 

Prior to his address, he spent around three months for his medical treatment. However, he did not specify the ailment that caused him to leave Nigeria and move to Britain for the treatment. He was very excited to be back on Nigerian soil and be a part of Nigerian politics. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was the acting president during his absence.

Sources – The Hindu, The Indian Express