Kanpur woman seeks President’s permission to euthanise son

Being unable to collect a sum of Rs 10,000 for the treatment of her son suffering from skin cancer, Kanpur woman, Janaki, wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday, seeking permission to euthanize her son. The woman informed ANI that she doesn’t have money for treatment of her son.

The doctor diagnosed her son with skin cancer and demanded a sum of Rs 10,000 for his treatment. When Janaki told him she doesn’t have that kind of money, the doctor refused to treat her son.

In order to receive some help, she contacted the District Magistrate, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, district officer, collector and MLA of UP, Nilima Katiyar. Out of all the people, she met, most ignored her situation but MLA Katiyar. She wrote a letter to Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath requesting him to help her from the state’s relief fund. However, the letter dated May 14, 2017, did not receive any response from the CM.

Janaki, has no source of income or even a house to live. She was given shelter by Mahant Amarnathpuri and has been supporting her for four years now.

“We have received no help from any government in the past five to six months. We are buying medicines by collecting money through charity,” Amarnathpuri told ANI.

President Kovind will soon visit his hometown Kanpur. Thus, Janaki wrote the letter requesting to euthanise her son. Janaki and Amarnathpuri wish to meet the President and convey their problem to him in person.

Sources:

The Indian Express, ANI

Malay woman, Halimah Yacob becomes the first female president of Singapore

Singapore named 63-year-old Halimah Yacob, a political veteran, former speaker of parliament (2013) and former State Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sports (2011) as the first president without going into voting. Among the three presidential candidates she was most hopeful to win as the other two did not meet one of the minimum candidature requirement.

Born to an Indian-origin Muslim father and a Malay mother, she is also the first president from the minority Malay community. In a bid to bring diversity and harmony in the city-state of 5.5 million population that is largely dominated by ethnic Chinese; the Parliament approved a constitutional reform that stated if no candidate from a particular group has not occupied the post of President for 30 years then the presidential elections would be reserved for that community.  

Though the President holds a ceremonial post for six years, Yacob will take her oath of office on September 14 at the presidential residence and office in Istana.

Yacob’s win has raised criticism from many sections of the society on the strict eligibility rules; and the fact that citizens could not exercise their right to vote no elections were held.

News Source: Zee India, Financial Express

Image Source: The Strait Times

Drug traffickers to be shot, orders Indonesian President

Law enforcement officers have been directed by the Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, to shoot drug traffickers in an attempt to deal with the country’s narcotic emergency.

As per Reuters, in an event organised by one of Indonesia’s political parties, Widodo said “Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest. Shoot them because we indeed are in a narcotics emergency position now.”

The orders came after Indonesian police shot dead a Taiwanese man, a week back in a town near Jakarta. The police said that the man was trying to smuggle one tonne of crystal methamphetamine into the country and was killed for resisting arrest.

Widodo’s instruction have drawn comparison with the Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte, who launched a brutal anti-drug crackdown about a year ago that saw many alleged drug dealers killed.This campaign has been condemned by the international community, including the United Nations.

The laws against drugs are very stern in Indonesia and the President has previously been criticised  for ordering execution against convicted drug traffickers who were given death penalty by the court.

Tito Karnavian, National Police Chief of Indonesia said he had given out orders to officers not to hesitate shooting drug dealers who resist arrest.

 

Sources: NDTV, Reuters

Ram Nath Kovind elected as India’s 14th President

NDA’s candidate Ram Nath Kovid has been elected as the 14th President of India on July 20. Kovind won the Presidential position after beating Meira Kumar of the opposition by garnering two-thirds of the total vote.

The 71-year-old Dalit leader, who will be following the footsteps of President Pranab Mukherjee, has received over seven lakh votes which sums up to about 65 per cent of the votes cast while Kumar could only get 3.6 lakh votes.

Talking about his victory, Kovind said that he had never thought that he would be elected as the President, but his love for the nation has brought him here, reported Indian Express.

“I thank all who supported me from across country, I feel very emotional, I’ll represent all struggling to make a living. I promise to serve the nation with all honesty,” he said.

While Meira Kumar claimed that the battle against her values and ideologies will continue.

Congratulating Kovind on his victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India! Best wishes for a fruitful & inspiring tenure.”

In a series of tweet, PM Modi also thanked the members of the Electoral College for extended support to the NDA candidate. He also posted a 20 years before and present picture of him and Kovind.

Many other politicians including MM Joshi, N Chandrababu Naidu, Suresh Prabhu, Sharad Pawar, Nitish Kumar, Nitin Gadkari also gave their best wishes to Kovind.

Sources: Indian Express, NDTV

“Be competent or else face a runoff” is Mongolia’s response to Presidential polls

Mongolia will see a first ever runoff in its Presidential elections on July 9, 2017. This was an aftermath to no single candidate seeking more than 50% of the vote share.

Battulga secured 38.1% (517,478) votes emerging as a probable frontrunner. Enkhbold obtained 30.3% votes and emerged as runner up while Ganbaatar got 0.1% of the total vote share early this morning as reported by Al Jazeera.

“I didn’t like the campaigns, I felt like I had no one to vote for,” informed Batbayar Nyamjargal, a young voter, in an article by Times of India. The report goes on to give us a glimpse into the shortcomings of these three candidates to suggest reasons for such a first ever runoff. Battulga has reports of offshore accounts and associates who have been arrested by the anti-corruption body. Enkhbold was caught on camera with two party officials during a chat about $60 billion tugrik plan to sell government positions.  A video shows Ganbaatar receiving a donation of $44,000 from “Moonies”, a Christian group in South Korea.

Mongolia has several economic problems to confront informs a report in the New Indian Express. This turmoil is a result of its rich resources being exploited by the growing demands from China and Russia. The increasing disputes between the government and large investors like Rio Tinto have led to decline in Foreign Direct Investment.

Battulga wants to be a patriotic president and has adopted a “Mangolia First” model equivalent to Donald Trump’s model. Enkhbold promises to maintain stability and Ganbaatar aims for revival of mines and ties with foreign investors.

Sources: Times of India, The Indian Express, Al Jazeera

 

Nitish Kumar deflates opposition by supporting Kovind

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar support to BJP candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the Presidential elections has jolted the united opposition.  Kumar stated that it is not the issue of the “mahagatbandhan” (grand-alliance) but an independent issue of each of the political parties. He met Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury and conveyed them the message that it is a matter of pride that a governor of Bihar is being given the candidature for President.

The oppositional parties have fielded former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as their candidate. Kumar enjoys a popular wave of support among the backward women in the state; hence this will dent his image. Nitish Kumar has earlier asked the opposition to part away with all their differences in order to form a united opposition against Narendra Modi. Though Nitish Kumar always states that his alliance with Lalu Prasad’s RJD is strong, he has been continuously playing cards which are against the interest of his allies.

As far as the Presidential elections are concerned, with Kumar’s support Kovind has passed the half mark required to win the presidential polls and should comfortably win the elections. The fractured opposition means that BJP would not have much difficulty in winning the 2019 elections.

News Sources- NDTV, Times of India 

Nitish Kumar deflates opposition by supporting Kovind

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar support to BJP candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the Presidential elections has jolted the united opposition.  Kumar stated that it is not the issue of the “mahagatbandhan” (grand-alliance) but an independent issue of each of the political parties.

He met Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury and conveyed them the message that it is a matter of pride that a governor of Bihar is being given the candidature for President.

The oppositional parties have fielded former Lok Sabha speaker “Meira Kumar” as their candidate. Kumar enjoys a popular wave of support among the backward women in the state; hence this will dent his image.

Nitish Kumar has earlier asked the opposition to part away with all their differences in order to form a unite opposition against Narendra Modi. Though Nitish Kumar always states that his alliance with Lalu Prasad’s RJD is strong, he has been continuously playing cards which are against the interest of his allies.

As far as the Presidential elections are concerned, with Kumar’s support Kovind has passed the half mark required to win the presidential polls and should comfortably win the elections. The fractured opposition means that BJP would not have much difficulty in winning the 2019 elections.

Sources: NDTV, TOI

Image Source: TOI