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Sushma Swaraj monitors attack on Indian students in Milan

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Sushma Swaraj monitors attack on Indian students in Milan

Sushma Swaraj monitors attack on Indian students in Milan Sushma Swaraj monitors attack on Indian students in Milan Source : SIFY Last Updated: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 11:02 hrs New Delhi : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted about an attack on Indian students in Milan saying she has got the detailed report. Retweeting a statement posted by Consulate General of India in Milan, Swaraj said that she has got the detailed report and was monitoring the situation personally. The statement from the Indian consulate in Milan said that it was "taking up this matter with the highest level of law and order authorities in Milan". The statement read: "The consulate has received reports of unfortunate incidents of attacks on Indian students in Milan. All Indian students are urged not to panic. "The consulate is taking up this matter with the highest level of law and order authorities in Milan. "Students are also requested to report such matters to the consulate on the Consul General's cell number 3290885057 immediately. "This will help the consulate take up the issue with the higher authorities in Milan so that all efforts can be made to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future. "Meanwhile, students are advised to be in touch with each other, particularly when they go out as well as with the consulate and spread the information among other students about the areas where they face such incidents so that such areas can be avoided or approached with greater caution." SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Washington based AFB urges international bodies to set free Baloch leader's wife

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Washington based AFB urges international bodies to set free Baloch leader's wife

Washington based AFB urges international bodies to set free Baloch leader's wife Washington based AFB urges international bodies to set free Baloch leader's wife Source : 13:46 hrs [United States], Oct 31 (ANI): A Washington-based organisation has urged international bodies to help set free an abducted Baloch leader's wife and daughter from the captivity of Pakistani security forces. Washington-based American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) has appealed to the United Nations, US State Department, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UNICEF, International Service for Human Rights and other international bodies to step in to free four women and three babies from the illegal captivity of the Pakistan security forces. Fazila Baloch, wife of Balochistan freedom leader Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch and his adopted daughter Popal Jan, four; Fazila's friend Bibi Salma and her one-and-half years old son named Irfan; Ayaal and her two-years-old daughter Zairak and a fourth woman Gohar Jan, were abducted on Monday afternoon from Quetta. According to details, Dr Nazar's wife, who was badly injured in the December 2012 bombing was in Quetta for medical treatment. The bombing had killed 44 close relatives of Dr. Nazar. The AFB said that the enforced disappearance of women and babies was clear violation of the Geneva conventions and shows Islamabad is violating laws of war with impunity in Balochistan. "Enforced disappearances of women and babies show unconscionable acts of state terror are being perpetrated on the Baloch civilians. The United Nations and human rights organizations should immediately hold Pakistan accountable for its actions in Balochistan. We regret that enforced disappearances in Balochistan have not received the attention of the world community, further emboldening the Deep State of Pakistan to throw the Geneva conventions to the winds in Balochistan." The enforced disappearance of women and babies is a sequel to disappearances of the Baloch leaders, activists, lawyers, doctors, teachers, journalists and people from all walks of life who demand justice for Balochistan. "In the backdrop of a genocidal situation, mass graves have been found, villages have been bombed, burned and destroyed and the means of livelihood of citizens have been snatched in the length and breadth of France-sized Balochistan. All these actions of Pakistan security and intelligence services constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes, while ethnic cleansing is continuing on a daily basis to pave way for the multi-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor." "In the United States when a child is abducted by any criminal we have what is called an "Amber " alert. Within minutes across the entire United States is broadcast on television, radio, even on flashing signs on highways across the interstate. Unfortunately in Balochistan the security forces are the criminals who are doing these abductions," the AFB said. The AFB said two days earlier, Pakistan security forces raided Baloch homes in the Gulistan-i-Johar area of Karachi and forcibly disappeared nine youngsters, including an eight-year-old. "No words are enough to condemn these despicable acts of the security and intelligence services against the hapless Baloch populace. We urge immediate action by the State Department and ending all dealings with the Southern Command of Pakistan army that calls the shots in Balochistan, the Inter Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence and Frontier Corps in deference for the Leahy Amendment," the AFB statement concluded. At least 8,000 Baloch are still victims of enforced disappearances in Balochistan while 1500 such victims were killed and dumped, according to human rights organizations. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

China denies report of plan to build tunnel to divert Brahmaputra waters

Tuesday, October 31 2017

China denies report of plan to build tunnel to divert Brahmaputra waters

China denies report of plan to build tunnel to divert Brahmaputra waters China denies report of plan to build tunnel to divert Brahmaputra waters Source : Last Updated: Tue, Oct 31, 2017 14:21 hrs Beijing : According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, Chinese engineers had submitted to the government a proposal to build a 1,000-km tunnel to carry water from Tibet to Xinjiang. The newspaper said the tunnel would divert the Yarlung Tsangpo River in southern Tibet to the Taklimakan desert in Xinjiang. The river downstream is called the Brahmaputra, which joins the Ganges in Bangladesh. The proposed tunnel, which would drop down from the world's highest plateau in multiple sections connected by waterfalls, would "turn Xinjiang into California", a geotechnical engineer said. However, China on Tuesday rejected the media report of planning to build the 1,000-km tunnel to divert the Brahmaputra waters. "This is untrue. This is a false report," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said. "China will continue to attach great importance to the cross-border river cooperation," she added. SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Stronger international response to terrorism is need of hour: India

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Stronger international response to terrorism is need of hour: India

India's permanent representative at United Nations (UN) Syed Akbaruddin said a stronger international response to terrorism is need of the hour. Addressing the fifteenth meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), Akbaruddin said, "India, with its experience of countering terrorism over the past several decades, is aware of the nature of the menace that terrorism, with its supporting eco-systems poses and the necessity of collective international effort required to counter it. There is no way around a stronger international response to this threat." He maintained that anti-terrorism strategy should be chalked out by keeping in mind that terrorists think ahead into the future. "While we struggle to actualize our essential counter terrorism necessities, terrorists think ahead into the future. While we take years to work on our approach of a collective response to terrorist threats faced in the past, the threats of tomorrow are being planned in the dark web and obscure safe havens. Thus, as the international community we are constantly tailing the tormentors of our people, never thinking ahead and always reacting to what's being planned for months or even years ahead," said Akbaruddin. He further said that Global Counter Terrorism Strategy faces challenge of acting in a more coordinated manner, more coherently, more strategically, and with more foresight to tackle the challenges of the future. "For the UNCCT to make a mark, we need to be ready to think big, think long-term and adjust the course whenever required. Strengthening of the UN system and our collective response to the threat posed by terrorists must remain a priority. Unfortunately, this approach seems yet to permeate our actions," Akbaruddin said. He demanded enhanced budget for the anti-terrorism body. "Increasing the regular budget component in assisting the functioning of the UN's Counter Terrorism activities is inescapable , now or later. It will need to be considered with seriousness. This is inescapable, otherwise, we risk turning the UN's Counter Terrorism efforts into those of a trauma centre, rather than of an institution acting with forethought and foresight," Akbaruddin asserted. He further added that the Office of Counter Terrorism(OCT) is a long pending first step in a series of things that are still to be taken to face the challenges. He hoped the new OCT will bring a sense of urgency to the UN's approach and move away from our ever-recurring tendency of working on the fringes. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Bangladesh seeks global support for UN Resolution on Rohingyas

Bangladesh seeks global support for UN Resolution on Rohingyas Bangladesh seeks global support for UN Resolution on Rohingyas Source : 14:02 hrs [Bangladesh], Oct.31 (ANI): Bangladesh has sought global support for the passing of a special United Nations resolution against what it calls ongoing "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingyas by Myanmar. The Daily Star quoted diplomatic sources, as saying that Dhaka has initiated fresh moves in this regard, including convening a special session of the UN Human Rights Council and passing the resolution by the United Nations Third Committee. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam was quoted by the daily, as saying that a resolution on the Rohingya issue has already been placed before the Third Committee of UN (Social, Humanitarian, Cultural Issues) on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. The Bangladesh state minister sought support of the international community to pass the resolution, said a press release from the foreign ministry. Earlier, a six-member Bangladesh delegation, led by Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, met the secretary general of OIC in Jeddah and discussed the current Rohingya crisis. Since August 25, some 620,000 forcefully displaced Myanmar people have already taken shelter in Bangladesh as per IOM statistics. OIC Secretary General, Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen told the visiting Bangladeshi delegation that an OIC contact group fact finding team will visit Cox's Bazar this week to make its own assessment of the unfolding human crisis. He assured that OIC is always with Bangladesh on the issue of Rohingya resettlement and rehabilitation. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

S&P maintains stable outlook for Pakistan's economy

Tuesday, October 31 2017

S&P maintains stable outlook for Pakistan's economy

S&P maintains stable outlook for Pakistan's economy S&P maintains stable outlook for Pakistan's economy Source : 14:20 hrs Islamabad, Oct 31 (IANS) International rating agency Standard and Poor's (S&P) maintained a stable outlook for Pakistan's economy, negating the expected fears of a downgrade. In its annual report released on Monday, the agency also affirmed Pakistan's "B" long-term and short-term sovereign credit rating, reports Xinhua news agency. The S&P said it acknowledged Pakistani government's efforts for better law and order situation helped deplete gaps in infrastructure and energy and improve power shortages in the country. The report said that the affirmation of Pakistan's rating reflects that economic prospects remain favourable while external and fiscal metrics of the country were unlikely to worsen materially from their current level. The S&P hoped that Pakistan would continue the reforms programme and would be able to retain key economic targets. It also expected Islamabad to maintain macroeconomic stability, reduce fiscal and external vulnerabilities and promote growth supporting reforms. The report expected the country's GDP to grow at an average of 5.7 per cent in the period from 2017 to 2020 as this stronger growth projection reflects large-scale investments taking place under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in energy and infrastructure sectors. Pakistan's GDP per capita was estimated at $1,500 in 2017, which is in the bottom 10 per cent of all countries rated by the S&P. --IANS

Trump, first lady Melania give out Halloween treats at White House

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Trump, first lady Melania give out Halloween treats at White House

Trump, first lady Melania give out Halloween treats at White House Trump, first lady Melania give out Halloween treats at White House Source : 15:45 hrs (Image tweeted by @FLOTUS ) Washington : The White House was transformed into a haunted house as US President Donald Trump with his wife Melania welcomed trick-or-treaters on his first Halloween in office. Trump and the First Lady on Monday greeted some of the 6,000 children and adults who were invited to the party on Halloween eve, the US media reported. Kids from over 20 schools in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia attended the celebrations on the South Lawn along with military families and members of community organisations. The first couple shook hands with and gave candy to a procession of youngsters including one child dressed up as Melania Trump herself, Fox news reported. The girl donned a black cap with "FLOTUS" emblazoned on it like the one Melania wore to visit hurricane-stricken Texas in August. She also wore a white shirt, black pants and sneakers like the ones the First Lady changed into after catching snark for wearing stilettos as she and the President first departed for Houston. Melania grinned and looked amused when she saw the costume. Other members of the Trump administration also dressed up for the occasion. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos dressed up as Ms Frizzle from the "Magic School Bus" book and TV series. Keeping the Halloween theme alive, dark and spooky music played at the White House that was covered with black spider webs. The red carpet was replaced with an orange carpet and pumpkins decorated the south entrance. A huge T-rex costume, a skeleton wearing a "Make America Great Again" sign and a minion were some of the popular costumes at the event. Trick-or-treaters received gift bags with presidential M&Ms, a home-baked cookies and several other treats. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attended the event with her husband and her kids. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was also present.

Russia delivers humanitarian aid to Syria's de-escalation zone

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Russia delivers humanitarian aid to Syria's de-escalation zone

[Syria] Oct.31 (ANI): Russia has delivered humanitarian aid to one of Syria's de-escalation zones. Russian military officers have ensured the delivery of humanitarian aid provided by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, where a de-escalation zone has been established, reports TASS. The Syrian government does not control Eastern Ghouta, where several armed opposition groups are deployed, while a ceasefire has been declared in the area. Recently, a convoy consisting of 53 trucks delivered a total of 365 tonnes of food products and medicine for 40,000 residents of the Kafr Batna and Saqba settlements, TASS report adds. Russia, the Syrian government and the United Nations have been regularly delivering humanitarian aid to Eastern Ghouta. On May 4, 2017, Russia, Iran, and Turkey signed an agreement in Astana to create four "de-escalation zones" in Syria. The four zones include the Idlib Governorate, the northern rebel-controlled parts of the Homs Governorate, the rebel-controlled eastern Ghouta, and the Jordan-Syria border. The agreement was rejected by some rebel groups, and the Democratic Union Party also denounced the deal, saying that the ceasefire zones are "dividing Syria up on a sectarian basis". The ceasefire came into effect on May 6, and military activities in the de-escalation zones are banned. (ANI)

Kazakhstan offers military,security help to Afghanistan

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Kazakhstan offers military,security help to Afghanistan

[Afghanistan], Oct.31 (ANI): A statement issued by the office of the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, has said that Kazakhstan will sign military assistance and cyber security help agreements with Afghanistan in the near future. According to a Tolo News report, Kazakhstan's Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry (KMDAI) has announced it will help Afghanistan in different sectors. The Afghan government statement said that KMDAI Minister Beibut Atamkulov met Dr.Abdullah and told him that his country is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in business, on energy development, on building of a railway line, and in the military and security (sector). He also said that agreements regarding military assistance, satellite image capturing and cybersecurity will be signed soon with Afghanistan. Dr.Abdullah said common security threats in the region need to be met head on through defence and security cooperation between countries.

Russian Navy to get most powerful ballistic missile submarine by 2018

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Russian Navy to get most powerful ballistic missile submarine by 2018

[Russian Federation], Oct.31 (ANI): The Russian Navy is expected to float out the first advanced variant of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Project 955A Borei II-class ("North Wind"), or the Dolgorukiy-class, in November. Talking to local media here, Russia Naval Chief, Admiral Vladimir Korolev, was quoted by The Diplomat, as saying, "In the near future, the Severodvinsk-based Sevmash Shipyard will float out a new nuclear powered missile underwater cruiser, the Knyaz Vladimir, from the slipway. The event will take place in November." Described as the most powerful SSBN to date manufactured by Russia, the Knyaz Vladimir (Prince Vladimir), will be the lead boat of the improved Borei II-class (also designated Borei-A), The Diplomat said in its report. The Knyaz Vladimir is expected to be delivered to the Russian Navy in 2018. (ANI with inputs) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

India's fiscal deficit reaches 91.3 pct of full-year target in Sept

Tuesday, October 31 2017

India's fiscal deficit reaches 91.3 pct of full-year target in Sept

India's fiscal deficit reaches 91.3 pct of full-year target in Sept India's fiscal deficit reaches 91.3 pct of full-year target in Sept Source : 15:40 hrs NEW DELHI, Oct 31 (Reuters) - India reported fiscal deficit of 4.99 trillion rupees ($77.09 billion) for April-September or 91.3 percent of the budgeted target for the current fiscal year that ends in March 2018. The deficit was 83.9 percent of the full-year target during the same period a year ago. Net tax receipts in the first six months of 2017/18 fiscal year were 5.42 trillion rupees, government data showed on Tuesday. ($1 = 64.7325 Indian rupees) (Reporting by Manoj Kumar) SEARCH

Sherin Mathews case: Mistaken identity leads to harassment of Indian-origin woman

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Sherin Mathews case: Mistaken identity leads to harassment of Indian-origin woman

Ash says the social media messages and friend requests to his wife have been non-stop. Image: Facebook/ Sini Varughese Houston : An Indian-origin woman, whose name closely resembles to that of Sherin Mathews's mom, has received a barrage of unwanted attention on social media in a case of mistaken identity after the 3-year-old Indian girl was found dead. Sherin, who went missing on October 7, was found dead in a culvert under a road about 1 km from her home in suburban Dallas on October 22. Sherin was adopted by the Indian-American couple, Wesley Mathews and Sini Mathews, from an orphanage in India last year. Ash Mathew's connection to this tragic story is a little different. Ash is married to a woman by the name of Sini Mathew. That name closely resembles that of Sini Mathews, who happens to be Sherin's mom, local TV Station WFAA reported. Ash's wife Sini Mathew has received huge unwanted attention after being falsely identified as the mother of Sherin. Wrongly circulated photo of Ash's family, identified them as the toddler's parents, the report said. "When they posted the picture, that was the worst part," Ash told WFAA. "People were sending friendship requests for her (Sini) because they think it's her. We keep deleting them, but they keep coming," he added. Mathew's wife has changed her name and privacy settings on social media, but it has not stopped the questions from rolling in. "Why are you staying quiet? Why are we not saying anything? How can that man do that?" are some of the questions posted to them, Mathew said. Wesley Mathews, 37, the Indian-American foster father of Sherin, has been charged with first-degree felony injury to a child due to a conflicting statement to police. He had previously claimed that Sherin went missing after he sent her outside their home at around 3 am on October 7 as punishment for not drinking her milk. He said that 15 minutes later, she was gone, and later claimed that coyotes had been seen in the very area where he had sent his daughter. Later, Wesley voluntarily told the police that his daughter choked while drinking milk and he removed her body from the house as he "believed she had died". The girl's body was discovered on October 22 in a culvert. SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features