Palestinian Stabs Israeli; Anti-Trump Protests rise in Beirut

An Israeli security guard was stabbed by a Palestinian at Jerusalem’s main bus station on December 10th, 2017. According to reports from Reuters, U.S President Donald Trump’s acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel lead to the eruption of violent protests in the areas surrounding the U.S Embassy in Beirut.  The police regarded this as a terrorist act and described the attacker as a 24-year-old man from the West Bank. CCTV footage revealed the attacker flashing out a knife when asked to take off his jacket during a security check outside the bus station. The attacker who tried to escape was grounded and arrested by the police, while the 35-year old victim is battling for life in a hospital. The doctors suggest that he is in a critical condition.

Street protests sparked in Palestine following Trump’s announcement on December 6th. The U.S policy on Jerusalem – the holy city of Jews, Christians and Muslims, angered the foreign ministers of the Arab region. The Arabs foreign ministers who had a meeting in Cairo warned Trump to retract his decision as they claim it to be a grave problem that might damage the peace in the middle eastern region.

Reports from Reuters stated that during the protests in Beirut, tear gas and water cannons was used by the Lebanese security forces to suppress the protesters. The mob was waving the Palestinian flag and set ablaze the U.S and Israeli flag near the U.S Embassy.

 

Sources: Reuters, ABC News

Irked by government’s apathy, Deaflympics athletes protest at Delhi airport

To protest the lack of recognition, the Deaflympics athletes refused to leave Delhi airport on the morning of August 1, 2017. The Indian contingent, consisting of 46 hearing impaired athletes represented India at the 23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey. Returning back, the athletes expected a dignified welcome but to their dismay not even a single person was there to receive them.

With five medals including one gold, this is being deemed as India’s best performance at the tournament. The athletes as well as the support staff were highly disappointed in the government. They claimed that Union sports minister Vijay Goel, refused to speak to them.

All India council interpreter and project officer Ketan Shah said, “We celebrate the success of Olympic players and even Paralympics athletes then why can’t we give the same recognition to these players. We tried to get in touch with the Director General of the Sports Authority of India and the sports minister but they didn’t pay any heed.”

According to Shah, they had mailed and informed them a week prior about the team’s arrival on August 1, 2017. He also added that this was a huge let down for the team who fetched India a total of 5 medals, displaying the best ever performance in years.

The athletes bagged a gold and two bronze medals in Wrestling, a silver in golf and a bronze in men’s double tennis event.

SOURCES: INDIAN EXPRESS, NDTV

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Venezuela election day turns violent, leaves ten dead

In a wave of bloodshed, ten have been killed in the last 24 hours of the Venezuela protests. The protests turned violent during the elections to choose members of the all-powerful new legislative body that is supposed to reform the country’s constitution. According to an Indian Express report, protesters had swarmed the streets and attacked polling stations, which drew fire from the security forces.

The shootings left a 13-year-old and a 17-year-old in the western state of Tachira, as well as a soldier and a 30-year old regional leader of a youth opposition party, taking the total death toll over the last four months to 120, reported Al Jazeera. Many more protesters with bullet wounds were moved to Colombia for treatment. The national guard troops were deployed to disperse the protesters and used armoured vehicles, rubber bullets and tear gas.

AFP quoted senior opposition leader Henrique Capriles saying “We do not recognize this fraudulent process,” at the close of voting on Sunday. The opposition has boycotted the elections, calling it a method to consolidate unpopular president Nicolas Maduro’s power. Since his election in 2013, he has faced months of protests of economic crises and food shortages.

The United States has condemned the violence, calling it a sham and urged neighbouring countries to take action against those who “undermine democracy, deny human rights.”

 

Sources: Indian Express, Al Jazeera

 

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.

Wrath of the Nurses at Government Hospitals

Government hospitals across the country suffered burns when lakhs of nurses went on an indefinite strike on Friday. On the other hand, several cities including Delhi are seething under the rising cases of dengue and chikungunya. The protests are done with a view to get a hike in the income and benefits provided to the nurses. Safdargunj hospital which has around 1200 nurses, reported three deaths in the month of July. 250 dengue cases and many deaths were reported. Delhi has recorded around 8 deaths. The hospital claims that the demands put forward are unreasonable. However, the union begs to differ and said that the strike had already been deferred twice already and if the ministry of health betrays them and doesn’t come up with proper solutions for their grievances, they will continue with the strike. All India Government Nurses Federation spokesperson Liladhar Ramchandani had on Thursday said: “We are not happy with the response of the government. So we will go ahead with our proposed strike. But, we will attend to emergency and critical cases.”

However, Delhi government has declared this strike illegal under Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) that empowers the government to do so. Several allegations of police manhandling the protesting nurses have also surfaced. Journalists have also accused the police officials of unruly behaviour with them during the commotion. Several Banking and Telecom professions are also following the suit of nurses and plan to hit the roads to protest against new labour and investment laws.

FTII clamps down hard on its students

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Pune: The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII, Pune) on Wednesday issued a notice on behalf of its chairman, D.J Narian, warning the students against strong administrative action in case they did not end their month-long protest over the appointment of BJP’s Gajendra Chauhan as the institute’s chairman.

This seems to be the first clear-cut warning to the students voicing their demands against the appointment of Chauhan for the last 34 days, effectively stating that the possible outcomes of its continuation can be strong administrative action, even taking the form of rustication.

In the notice issued, Narian made the authorities’ stand clear by stating, “You are therefore ordered to terminate the strike with immediate effect and resume academic activities without any further delay, failing which the institution will be free to take strict administrative action.”

Coming from a failed attempt at negotiations with minister Arun Jaitley on July 3, the FTII Students’ Association (FSA) seems to be contemplating about its possible reactions to such a stern lettering issued by the FTII authorities.

Questioning the integrity of BJP leader Gajendra Chauhan’s qualifications to justify his appointment as FTII chairman, the long-drawn protests at Pune’s premier insitute are part of larger accusations on the incumbent party of ‘saffronising’ the country’s educational fabric.

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