Bomb Explosion in London Underground Train Confirmed as an Act of Terrorism

On Friday morning, a crudely made bomb exploded on a London Underground train at 8 20 am. The device explosion injured twenty nine commuters. The people were immediately rushed to hospitals for their burn injuries and have been discharged now. A police investigation has begun for the person who detonated the bomb, and evacuation of the station has been completed.

The blast occurred at Parsons Green on a District Line underground train from Wimbledon. Scotland Yard has determined that the incident was of terrorism. A huge number of detectives and MI5 have been deployed to hunt down the person who initiated the act. The bomb had been made in an improvised manner and placed inside a white bucket reportedly with a timer. The bomb was said to not have exploded in the intended manner, which otherwise would have killed all commuters around it and grievously injured all present on the train.
Britain Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack heavily and released a statement saying the UK’s terror threat levels would be reviewed again. Scarily, this is already the fifth incident of terrorism happening in the UK this year, and the only one in which all survived. Expert handlers will be looking at the remains of the device which is now in the hands of the police.
News Sources- The New York Times, BBC

People’s Princess still alive in their hearts

It might be a bit of an overstatement to say that Princess Diana saved the monarchy but the “People’s Princess” did buy the royal family some time. Even twenty years after her death, a pilgrimage was made at the gates of Kensington Place, her former home, by the people on a bright sunny Thursday to pay tribute.

A few of the fans dressed head-to-toe in Union Jack clothing, placed cards and flowers and lit candles outside the gates of the palace, making a shrine for the late Princess of Wales. Some of the Royal fans believe that Lady Diana did help modernise the rusty Windsors to a certain extent.

During the short life that she lived, she shook the emotionally reserved monarchy upside down. Giving people the feel that she was approachable, unlike other members of the royal family. She held hands of the AIDS patients. She was open about her soap opera of a wedding and without any shame spoke about her battle with bulimia. She was absolutely loved by the paparazzi and was one of the most famous people in the world. British public loved her, as a matter of fact they still do.

Lady Diana left this world in 1997 on Aug.31, during a car crash as the car was trying to speed away from the paparazzi. According to the reports the driver of the car, who also died during the crash had blood alcohol level three times higher than the allowed legal limit. The Princess at that time was 36. Her death led to a severe out-pour of emotion in Britain which was very new to the Country.

The fire fighter who reached first to help the Princess after her car crash in Paris in 1997 thought that she would live through it.

Sgt. Xavier Gourmelon, who administered CPR to the British royal 20 years ago, stated in his interview to the Sun, “I held her hand and told her to be calm and keep still. I said I was there to help and reassured her,” she said, ‘My God, what’s happened?’.  He added,” To be honest, I thought she would live. As far as I knew when she was in the ambulance she was alive and I expected her to live, but I found out later she had died in hospital. It was very upsetting.”

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same to you, was the motto that she followed throughout her life.

Sources: L A Times and Washington Post 

122 countries adopt global treaty on nuclear ban

As many as 122 countries has adopted a global treaty on nuclear ban at the United Nations on Friday. Only NATO member- the Netherlands voted against it while Singapore abstained from the process of voting. 

Opposition rose from Britain, France and the United States that said such a decision is not a correct way to deal with reality especially when there are perpetual threats coming from North Korea.

The United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel neither did take part in the negotiations nor did they vote. 

Not even did Japan take part in the negotiations even after being victimised with atomic attacks several times.

The UN ambassadors from United States, Britain and France clearly said they do not have an intention to join the treaty.

“This treaty offers no solution to the grave threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear program, nor does it address other security challenges that make nuclear deterrence necessary,” they said in a joint statement.

The three countries instead want to strengthen the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty which seeks nuclear arms to remain stationed in  US, Russia, Britain, France and China countries.

Source: TOI, AFP

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Tensions in Britain’s Gurdwara following arrests of 55 people

Sensation prevailed in the Gurdwara of Leamington Spa town of Britain after a group of Sikh men barged into the holy place to forcibly stop an inter-faith wedding on Sunday. Around 55 people were arrested by the Warwickshire Police and several sharp bladed were seized following the arrests. The weapons also included Kirpans, sharp knife- like objects that Sikhs normally carry as a religious symbol. According to the news reports, the men belonged to the militant Sikh groups of Birmingham. The protests were of a long duration that lasted about eight hours. Several policemen even tried to intervene and negotiate but in vain.
The Police termed this incidence as one of an aggravated trespass. A former treasurer at the Gurdwara told the BBC news the protests were done to stop the interfaith wedding that was supposed to take place later that day. There were two groups who claimed to protest in a peaceful manner. They further added that such weddings breach the code of conduct of the Gurdara Sahib to not have interfaith weddings. The local Sikh groups were opposing such weddings since a long time. Even before, such violent incidents have happened in UK to protest against such weddings. This protest sent waves of mixed-feelings among the Sikh community throughout the world.

Sources:

Hindustan Times: http://m.hindustantimes.com/world-news/uk-55-arrested-after-trying-to-stop-sikh-muslim-wedding-at-gurdwara/story-K5dzOfjOgiAoqGvkaDVZtJ.html

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Tensions in Britain’s Gurdwara following arrests of 55 people.

Sensation prevailed in the Gurdwara of Leamington Spa town of Britain after a group of Sikh men barged into the holy place to forcibly stop an inter-faith wedding on Sunday. Around 55 people were arrested by the Warwickshire Police and several sharp bladed weapon were seized following the arrests. The weapons also included Kirpans, sharp knife- like objects that Sikhs normally carry as a religious symbol. According to the news reports, the men belonged to the militant Sikh groups of Birmingham. The protests were of a long duration that lasted about eight hours. Several policemen even tried to intervene and negotiate but in vain.
The police termed this incidence as one of an aggravated trespass. A former treasurer at the Gurdwara told the BBC news the protests were done to stop the interfaith wedding that was supposed to take place later that day. There were two groups who claimed to protest in a peaceful manner. They further added that such weddings breach the code of conduct of the Gurdara Sahib to not have inter-faith weddings. The local Sikh groups were opposing such weddings since a long time. Even before, such violent incidents have happened in UK to protest against such weddings. This protest sent waves of mixed-feelings among the Sikh community throughout the world.

UN to hold first informal poll to decide next Chief

The United Nations Security Council will hold its first informal poll to decide on 12 candidates for the next UN Chief. A council of 15 members will vote in the informal poll.
The12 competing members include six men and six women. Eight members are from Eastern Europe, two from Latin America, one from Western Europe and one from Asia-Pacific. United Nations has never seen a woman Secretary General.
According to Economic Times, the UN General Assembly held a two-hour long webcast and heard the competing candidates make their case to be the next Secretary General. The candidates answered the questions put by the UN member states and even had an informal meeting with the Security Council behind the closed doors.
Britain’s UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said Wednesday, “The added transparency and all the other improvements in the process that the UK and others have advocated have increased the chances of the UN having a stronger next secretary-general than it otherwise would have had.”
ABC News reported that the 15 voting council members will receive ballots for each 12 competing candidates with three choices–encourage, discourage and no opinion.
Further, the results will be passed on to the ambassador from the candidate’s nation.
Several informal are likely to be secluded in the coming six months. One of these 12 candidates will succeed the present UN Chief, Ban Ki-Moon.

France warns Syria on chemical attack

One day after the alleged chemical attack in the eastern part of Damascus, French government warned Syria today that the international community would have to respond with force if the allegations turned out to be true. Even so, French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, said there was no chance of deploying troops at the ground level.

The attack, said to be carried out by the Assad regime on rebel occupied parts of eastern Damascus is said to have left a death toll of 200 to 500 people. Medic as well as opposition leaders and political parties of Syria claim that the death toll has reached 1400. On Thursday, rebels said that more bombardments of rockets struck neighborhoods affected by the gas attack.

International reactions too intensified as the white house sent a formal request to the UN to investigate into the issue.  UN general secretary Ban ki-Moon called for a prompt and through investigations of the effected areas. A UN team was sent to Syria to investigate earlier attacks of such nature and was only provided limited access to conduct the search. The United Nations said earlier Thursday morning that serious steps would be taken if the allegations were found to be true.

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(With inputs from Arushi Bedi)

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