Four Indians were under treatment after accident in Nepal
Kathmandu/ Raju Lama: Four Indians were under treatment while one is being doing serious treatment in Nepal. After a bus hit a car then four Indians were get injured and car was totally destroyed. Bus of Nepal hit Indian car yesterday at Bhokra, Inaruwa of Nepal which cause a serious accident. Deepak Kumar Male and including other three patient were under treatment at Nobel Hospital of Biratnagar Nepal. They were injured seriously and first aid treatment was done at Modern Hospital Inaruwa. After first aid treatment they are doing further treatment at Nobel Hospital. Narayan Srivastav friend of Male accused local administration and police were not entertaining at their accident. He says owner of Bus and driver should bear all treatment charge and also they should be punished. "We are Indian nationality Local administration and police are rejecting for FIR we are in big trouble Male", said. After accident an injured person are Laxmi Narayan Prasad Srivastav male of age 80, Manorama Devi female of age 70, Vinaya Kumar Karn male of age 35 and Manoj Kumar male of age 23. All patients injured in accident belongs to Laukaha Village, Madhubani District of Bihar State. Srivastav informed that they will do FIR against owner and driver of Bus who creates this accident and will appeal to government of Nepal to give a punishment.
Shocking! 2 Philippine mayors assassinated back to back in 2 days
Manila: A second Philippines town mayor has been shot dead by an unknown assailant, a day after another mayor was assassinated by a sniper in a brazen daylight attack, police said on Wednesday.
Mayor Ferdinand Bote of the town of General Tinio in Nueva Ecija province was gunned down by a motorcycle-riding suspect in nearby Cabanatuan City on Tuesday afternoon, the police told CNN Philippines.
Bote was struck multiple times while riding in his SUV.
He was declared dead on arrival at a hospital and an investigation has been launched.
“We assure everyone that we would discharge the state obligation for every murder. We will spare no effort in getting to the bottom of this latest violent crime,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.
The killing comes just over 24 hours after Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was killed by a single shot to the chest while attending a flag-raising ceremony.
Halili was a controversial ally of President Rodrigo Duterte who gained notoriety for his policy of parading people arrested for drug offences, reports CNN.
It was revealed on Monday that Halili had been stripped of his authority over local police in October 2017 on an order from the Department of Interior, according to Police Chief Superintendent Renato Mercado.
It remains unclear if the two deaths are linked.
Singapore looks forward to sustained cooperation and engagement with India
Singapore: Singapore looks forward to a period of sustained cooperation and engagement with India as there are tremendous opportunities for growth and development for both countries, the city state’s Senior Minister of State Dr Janil Puthucheary said.
The minister was addressing the media at the Singapore launch of a book titled “Seven Decades of Independent India: Ideas and Reflections” yesterday. The book has been co-authored by Vinod Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India and currently a distinguished visiting research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), and Dr Amitendu Palit, senior research fellow and research lead, ISAS.
“We anticipate, and we support an economically robust India,” the Senior Minister of State in the Communications, Information and Transport said, adding, “There are tremendous opportunities for growth and development for both countries.”
Referring to the landmark initiatives undertaken by India like Digital India, Startup India, the efforts around electronic payments, national digital identity, etc., Puthucheary said Singapore looked up to India to understand how to transform its economy and become a smart nation. The minister said he looked forward to a period of sustained cooperation and engagement between the two countries. “The forward-looking vision and outward-oriented approach of both countries have brought us both great benefits. We are always keen to learn from each other,” he added.
He said Singapore looked forward to India being a country that continued to set examples of progress in science, social structure and creative entrepreneurship. “To that extent, it is important for all of us to know more about India – what she is, what she has gone through – which will provide the context of what she might become. “So, understanding the last seven decades of independent India will be very important to us, and this book is an excellent place to start,” Puthucheary said.
Singapore has been following India’s development and progress closely. Despite the great difference in size, there are a number of similarities – political practices, the role of institutions, legal systems and education, he pointed out.
Pakistan, US to work towards peace in Afghanistan
Islamabad: Pakistan and the US have agreed to remain engaged for peace in Afghanistan, a media report said on Wednesday. The agreement came during a meeting between US Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells and Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa here on Tuesday, reports Dawn news.
“Both reaffirmed the commitment towards the common goal of peace and stability in the region and discussed measures towards that end. Both also agreed on continued engagement at multiple levels,” the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement. Wells was on a three-day visit to Pakistan to again seek Pakistani authorities’ help for the Afghan peace process.
She met Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa and Chief of the General Staff Lt Gen Bilal Akbar. During her visit to Kabul, which preceded the Islamabad trip, Wells said the Taliban’s refusal to join the political process was “unacceptable”.
According to the US Embassay in Pakistan, Wells’ discussion was consistent with President Donald Trump administration’s South Asia and Afghanistan strategy, reports Dawn. The strategy announced last year signalled that Washington might take coercive steps to push Pakistan to crack down against the Taliban and Haqqani network.
No more danger for Indian Pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar
July 3, Kathmandu/ Raju Lama. Around 1500 pilgrims to Mansarovar are trapped in hilly reason of Nepal and Tibet both side. Pilgrims from different part of India are in trouble due to heavy rainfall in these regions. Among 1500 pilgrims most of them are in trouble at the hilly site of Nepal lies on Humla district of Nepal at Simikot. Most of pilgrims from India these days visit Kailash Mansarovar to Tibet. Kailash Mansarovar is a famous and important holy place of Hindus. These days from India most of pilgrims travel through Simikot of Humla to Kailash Mansarovar but due to heavy rainfall and bad weather they are in trouble source said. As Indian Embassy and Ministry of External Affairs of India had already informed them to travel carefully and inform on telephone hotlines. Because of heavy rainfall they caused trouble but slowly weather became well so there is no any danger for them source said from Simikot. Nowadays Indian pilgrims choose Nepal's way from UP, Gorakhpur to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj to Simikot from air and a short tour to Kailash Mansarovar. Locals from Simikot informs that gradually weather is going on well so not more danger for pilgrims but they says if weather will remain same then more casualties can occur.
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6 Indians killed in Nepal road accident
Kathmandu: Six Indian nationals have been killed in a road accident in Nepal’s Sunsari district close to the Nepal-India border. Four more, including the driver of the jeep, were also injured in the incident late on Monday. They were returning after visiting Bhedetar hill station in Dhankuta district when the incident happened.
The jeep with an Indian number plate plunged deep into the Koshi river that had swollen due heavy rainfall. Three persons were killed on the spot, while three others succumbed to their injuries during treatment, Nepal Police said.
Police Superintendent Ramesh Kumar Lamsal said three bodies were recovered while pulling the jeep out of the river. The occupants belonged to Supaul district of Bihar, he added. The driver, Sushil Kamat, has been arrested. The dead were yet to be identified, Lamsal said.
UN chief condemns Jalalabad terror attack on Sikhs, Hindus
United Nations: UN chief Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the suicide attack in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city that killed 19 people, mostly Sikhs and Hindus, asserting that any attack targeting civilians is “unjustifiable” and in clear violation of international law.
The UN Secretary General expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and urged all parties to uphold their obligation to protect civilians, including minority communities. “The majority of victims belong to Afghanistan’s small Sikh and Hindu community. The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured,” the UN chief said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.
“The Secretary-General urges all parties to uphold their obligation to protect civilians, including minority communities, and cease targeting civilians and civilian facilities,” he said. An ISIS suicide bomber targeted a convoy of Sikhs and Hindus on their way to meet the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday.
Some reports said 19 people were killed in the attack and 17 of them were from the minority Sikh and Hindu communities. Avtar Singh Khalsa, a longtime leader of the Sikh community who had planned to run in the parliamentary elections set for October, was also killed in the attack. The UN Security Council joined in condemning the “heinous and cowardly” terrorist attack for which terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constituted one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. “The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice and urged all States…to cooperate actively with the Government of Afghanistan and all other relevant authorities in this regard,” the statement said.
The 15-nation Council also reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the July 1 attack and expressed its concern over the recent spate of such incidents in which civilians have been killed in attacks on schools and medical centres. “The architects of this appalling crime must be brought to justice,” said Ingrid Hayden, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.
The United Nations in Afghanistan expressed its condolences to the loved ones of those killed and wishes a full and speedy recovery to the injured. Elsewhere in Nangarhar, in the Khogyani district, three civilian night watchmen were killed, at least two of them beheaded, and a school torched on Saturday in the latest instance of an Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) campaign against schools and educational workers.
Today, one of several missiles fired into Jalalabad hit the Najmuljihad high school with other projectiles landing nearby. There were no reports of casualties. UNAMA is also concerned by recent incidents impacting health facilities. Last month a mortar hit the Andar district hospital in Ghazni province killing a doctor and a vaccination worker.
Yesterday, in the northern province of Faryab, three civilians, including a woman and child, were killed and several other civilians, mainly women and children, were injured in an Afghan National Army helicopter attack in the Pashtun Kot district. The attack allegedly targeted Taliban combatants at a health clinic where civilian patients were also receiving treatment.
The United Nations stresses that all parties to the conflict must at all times uphold their obligations to protect civilians and reiterates its call to immediately cease targeting civilians and civilian objects, including schools and health facilities, in compliance with the international humanitarian law.
Indian American judge Amul Thapar emerges strong contender for US Supreme Court
New York: Indian American federal appeals court judge Amul Thapar has emerged as a “serious” contender for a spot in the US Supreme court and has been interviewed for the position by President Donald Trump, according media reports.
He was one of four judges interviewed for the position on the nation’s highest court by Trump on Monday, according to The Washington Post and other media outlets that quoted unnamed sources who had been briefed about the meetings.
Trump’s Spokesperson Sarah Sanders confirmed that he met for 45 minutes with four candidates, but would not identify them. Trump has said he would announce his pick next Monday. Thapar was appointed by Trump last year to the federal Sixth Circuit Appeals Court based in Cincinnati, Ohio, that covers four states including his home state of Kentucky.
Considered a conservative, Thapar, 49, had served as a federal prosecutor before President George W. Bush appointed him a judge of the federal court for Eastern Kentucky by in 2007. Thapar has the backing of Mitch McConnell, the influential Senate Majority Leader from Kentucky, for the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy last month.
“I think he’s absolutely brilliant, with the right temperament,” McConnell said on Saturday. The Washington Post said Trump’s meeting with Thapar “was described by several White House aides as both a gesture of respect for the Senate GOP leader and evidence that he is in serious contention”.
He is the second Indian-American judge to be a leading contender for the Supreme Court showing the community’s reach across both parties and its influence. Washington Appeals Court Judge Sri Srinivasan was among the top choices considered by then President Barack Obama for the Supreme Court in 2016.
Obama ultimately picked Merrick Garland but McConnell blocked the nomination refusing to take it up for Senate’s consideration citing the presidential election coming up later that year. Earlier on Monday, Trump appointed his Deputy Principal Press Secretary Raj Shah to a key role in the difficult process of getting his nominee for the Supreme Court approved by the Senate.
“Raj Shah will oversee communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies,” Sanders said in a statement. Legalised abortion that many countries like India take for granted is looming over the selection of the next Supreme Court judge, with many Senators making it the litmus test to vote for or against a nominee.
It is likely that a case involving abortions may come up before the Supreme Court leaving open the possibility a conservative majority bench could overturn its 1973 ruling legalising it. During his election campaign Trump changed his stance and came out as an opponent of abortions and said that he would appoint judges with the same view.
But he said last week that he would not discuss with candidates their views on abortion. The Republicans have slender two-vote lead in the 100-member Senate and at least one Senator from the party, Susan Collins, has said that keeping abortions legal would be a requirement for supporting the Trump nominee and another, Lisa Murkowski, has previously opposed efforts to overturn the 1973 ruling.
The 49 Democrats and the two independents are all expected to oppose any Trump nominee and Shah will have to work with Republicans in Congress to get a majority backing for the candidate. However, other factors such as immigration, the powers of the president and any possible litigation involving the 2016 election of Trump and the alleged Russian interference are at play.
Thapar is widely considered to conservative in his approach, which aligns him with Trump and his base. His father, Raj Thapar, told Courier Journal that his son is so conservative that he “nearly wouldn’t speak to me after I voted for Barack Obama.”
Thapar was born in Detroit and his family wanted him to become a doctor, but he chose law instead, the newspaper said. Raj Thapar told the newspaper that his son’s only dream was to become a Supreme Court Justice. Amul’s maternal grandfather had impressed on him how Mahatma Gandhi had defeated the British using non-violence, Raj Thapar told the newspaper.
According his father, Amul had converted to Catholicism when he married Kim Schulte, a real estate agent, Courier Journal reported. Thapar’s mother Veena Bhalla sold a successful restaurant after 9/11 to work as a civilian clinical social worker to help soldiers returning from the battlefield, the newspaper reported quoting McConnell.
According to Thapar’s bio for a convention of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association his father had come to the US to study and after graduating went to work for Ford Motor Company. Later, he bought a share of a heating and air conditioning company.
Myanmar downgraded in US trafficking report
Yangon: Myanmar is not doing enough to tackle human trafficking, according to a US State Department report that downgraded its ranking to the worst tier. The annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report said Myanmar slipped backward on its trafficked person’s index to Tier 3 for failing to protect Rohingya Muslims fleeing a military crackdown in Rakhine state.
More than 700,000 Rohingyas fled to escape military retaliation following attacks by militants on police posts in August 2017. The United Nations and the United States have said the violence amounts to “ethnic cleansing”.
The vast majority of the fleeing Rohingya settled in sprawling refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh.
Many were women and children who have become prey for traffickers, the report said.
The Rohingya were “subjected to exploitation — or transported to other countries for the purpose of sex trafficking — as a result of their displacement,” it said.
It also said some Rohingya children were abducted in transit and sold into forced marriages in India, Indonesia and Malaysia.
“The Government of Burma does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so,” it said, using the former name for Myanmar.
Myanmar officials did not immediately reply to AFP’s request for comment.
Myanmar and Bangladesh later signed an agreement to repatriate the Rohingya but many fear returning without guaranteed basic rights such as safety, freedom of movement and citizenship.
The camps in southeast Bangladesh were recently battered by monsoon rains, forcing thousands to shift in the face of deadly landslides.
On Thursday the World Bank approved a $50 million grant for a project to improve health, education, water supply and sanitation in the camps, the first instalment in a series that could total as much as $480 million, it said in a statement.
Rights groups have accused Myanmar’s security forces of extrajudicial killings, rape and arson as part of the campaign against the stateless Rohingya, which the military denies.
The TIP report ranks 187 countries using its three-tier index. A Tier 3 ranking could lead to non-trade related sanctions.
Myanmar joined China, Russia, Laos, South Sudan and North Korea in the lowest Tier 3 ranking in this year’s report.
Thailand and Pakistan were upgraded to a Tier 2 from the Tier 2 Watchlist, which refers to countries who are not doing enough to protect trafficked people, but “are making significant efforts” to do so.
Turkey’s Erdogan celebrates poll win
Erdogan transformed Turkey first as PM from 2003 to 2014 and then as president, giving the country a much more assertive profile on the international stage.
Istanbul : President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday celebrated winning five more years in office with sweeping new powers after a decisive election victory, as Turkey’s opposition raised bitter questions over the conduct of the polls.
A night of triumph for Erdogan saw the man who has dominated Turkey for the last one-and-a-half-decades declared winner of Sunday’s presidential polls without needing a second round and lead his ruling party-led alliance to an overall majority in parliament.
Erdogan, whose victory was wider than predicted by many analysts, immediately vowed to “rapidly” implement the new presidential system agreed in an April 2017 referendum that opponents fear will give him autocratic powers, reports AFP. The president, 64, declared victory in Istanbul before returning to Ankara to deliver a triumphant speech at 3:00 am to tens of thousands of supporters from the balcony of the headquarters of his Justice and Development Party (AKP).
“Turkey has given a lesson in democracy to the entire world,” he added, pointing to a turnout of 88 percent.
His main rival Muharrem Ince of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), who had challenged Erdogan with an energetic campaign and earlier accused the authorities of “manipulation”, maintained an unusual silence after the results were announced but was due to make a statement later on Monday. “Victory in the first round,” trumpeted the headline in the Hurriyet daily. But the pro-opposition BirGun took a different line: “An unfair election,” it said, adding that the way results had been delivered had given rise to “doubts”.
The candidate of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party Selahattin Demirtas came third on 8.4 percent, a position all the more remarkable given he has been jailed on charges of links to Kurdish militants since November 2016.
Nationalist politician Meral Aksener suffered a disappointing night coming fourth on 7.3 percent.
The AKP won 293 seats in the 600 MP chamber but the MHP did far better than expected, winning 50 seats and giving their alliance a clear majority, according to the results published by Anadolu.Congratulations for Erdogan flooded in from Turkey’s partners in the Islamic world and allies who also have tetchy relations with the West, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin who praised Erdogan’s “great political authority”, the Kremlin said.
The European Union and United States were keeping a close eye on the poll.
Erdogan has transformed Turkey first as prime minister from 2003 to 2014 and then as president, allowing Islam a greater role in public life and giving the country a much more assertive profile on the international stage.