IS releases picture of Baghdadi’s slain son brandishing rifle
Kabul: The Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan and Pakistan released a picture of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s son Hudhayfah al-Badri, who was killed in an operation in Syria earlier this month.
Taking to Twitter handle, a terrorism research group TRACterrorism.org posted the image, showing al-Badri carrying a rifle. “(CGI) #IslamicState supporter poster depicting Hudhayfah al-Badri, son of Abu Bakr #Baghdadi killed by #Russian military” On July 3, the IS’s propaganda agency, Amaq, announced that al-Badri was killed by the Russian and Syrian military forces in an operation in Homs, according to several media reports.
Little is known about Al-Baghdadi, who has been reported killed or injured. However, he is widely believed to be alive. Although the terror group has been driven out from major parts of Syria and Iraq, it still maintains a presence near the Iraqi-Syrian border.
Eleven people from Alaska plane crash saved
Los Angeles: A plane carrying 11 people crashed today on a mountainside in Alaska, officials and rescuers said, but there were no deaths. “It was reported that 11 people from the plane crash are alive, but have injuries,” the US Coast Guard said in a statement following the incident near the southeasternmost city of Ketchikan.
The De Havilland DHC-3T Turbo Otter floatplane was carrying 10 passengers and a pilot, according to CBS-affiliated TV station KTVA, citing rescuers.
The channel said 10 people were injured as it hit the side of Mount Jumbo at a height of around 2,000 feet (600 metres), and were all in a stable condition.
Authorities say the pilot radioed shortly before 9:00 am and the Coast Guard dispatched two helicopter crews to the area, around 65 km southwest of Ketchikan.
All 11 people rescued were hoisted from the crash site and taken to a staging area to be moved to the city for medical treatment.
Trump nears decision on replacement for SC Justice
Berkeley : President Donald Trump is nearing a decision on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy after a weekend of deliberation at his New Jersey golf club.
A person with knowledge of the president’s thinking said today that Trump has not yet communicated a final choice. The person, who was not authorised to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Trump has spent the weekend discussing his options with allies amid frenzied last-minute lobbying. Trump will announce his pick at 9 pm (local time) tomorrow from the White House. Savoring the suspense, Trump has sought to keep people guessing in the final hours, hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch.
The White House hoped to keep the details under wraps until he rolls out his pick from the East Room. Top contenders for the role are federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. The White House has been preparing information materials on all four, who were part of a longer list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups.
Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Roy Blunt of Missouri said today that they believe any of the four could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate.
MWF will review the minimum wages of working journalists
Kathmamdu : Minimum Wage Fixing Committee Radio FM monitering committee had completed its monitering conditions of working journalists and Radios and FM running in Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. "As Communication Ministry of Nepal had given mandate to committee about monitoring the conditions of working journalists and media house Radio FM monitering committee had concluded it's responsibility," coordinator of committee Raju Lama had said. Every year Minimum Wage Fixing Committee does monitering about implementation of condition of Minimum wages fixed by Communication Ministry of Government of Nepal and also implementation of Working Journalist Act. Committee was represented by all stake holders in this field at the time of monitering. Representative of Federation of Nepalese Journalists, Press Council of Nepal, Communication Ministry of Nepal, Labour Ministry of Nepal were involved during monitering. "Situation of implementation of minimum wages inbetween journalists and Working Journalist Act is in serious condition," member of MWFC Lama said.
Lama also urged all stake holders and government that they should be serious to implement minimum wage and journalist act. He accused government and management of media house that they were not serious and taking interest on implementing these laws. He also informed that MWFC is going to review minimum wage of working journalists. "Now government had announced minimum wage for working journalists 19,500 and MWFC will review it to 30,000 as minimum wage of working journalists," Lama said.
Ex-Navy Seal officer dies during rescue operations in Thailand cave
Mae Sai: A former military diver has died after running out of oxygen while assisting in the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach trapped inside a cave in Thailand, an official said today. His death highlights the perils of the operation to extract the team from deep inside the waterlogged cave, raising questions about the feasibility of bringing youngsters out the same way.
“A former Seal who volunteered to help died last night about 2am,” Chiang Rai deputy governor Passakorn Boonyaluck told reporters at the site, calling it “sad news.” The diver, identified as Saman Kunont, was coming back from a spot inside the Tham Luang cave where the group were located on Monday when his supplies ran short.
“On his way back he lost consciousness,” said Thai Seal commander Apakorn Yookongkaew, adding that a friend had tried to help bring him out. “But even though we have lost one man, we still have faith to carry out our work.” Asked how the boys could make it out safely if an experienced diver could not, Apakorn said they would take more precautions with children. The accident marks the first major setback for the gargantuan effort, which started almost two weeks ago after the “Wild Boars” team went into the cave in northern Thailand after football practice.
Modi government’s ‘aggressive’ posture responsible for Indo-Pak stalemate, says PTI chief Imran Khan
Karachi: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has said that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif tried to improve the Indo-Pak relations but the “aggressive anti-Pakistan posture” of the Indian government resulted in the current stalemate between the two neighbours. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief, whose party appears to be gaining ground ahead of the July 25 elections, also said that the key to the Prime Minister House lies in understanding the country’s complex political realities. “Sharif tried his best (to mend relations with India),” Khan told the Dawn newspaper in an interview.
“Sharif tried everything, even personal (gestures) like calling him (Narendra Modi) over to his house. No one got in his way. But I think it is the policy of the Narendra Modi government to try and isolate Pakistan. They have a very aggressive anti-Pakistan posture…What can one do in the face of this attitude?” the 65-year-old leader added. Prime Minister Modi visited Pakistan in December 2015 but the terror attacks by Pakistan-based militants in Pathankot in January 2016 and then in Uri in September strained the ties between the two countries.
Commenting on the military’s influence in Pakistan’s foreign policy, Khan said, “The army will get involved where there are security situations. If you look at the US policy in Afghanistan, a lot of the US-Afghan policy was influenced by Pentagon. Even when (President) Barack Obama did not want to continue the war in Afghanistan, he did it because he was convinced by Pentagon.”
Pakistan’s powerful military has always played a crucial role in the country’s politics. The army has ruled Pakistan for more than 33 years of the country’s 70-year history. “We have had military influence on politics in Pakistan because we have had the worst political governments. I am not saying it is justified but where there is a vacuum, something will fill it,” he said.
Khan said that under crooked and corrupt governments, people welcome the military with open arms, and cited the example of a bloodless coup by the then army chief Gen Pervez Musharraf in 1999 when people celebrated the ouster of the Sharif government by the military.
Talking about the importance of manpower and financial resources for a successful election campaign, Khan said, “This is not Europe, where all you need to do is tell people what you stand for and they will go out and vote for you. In Pakistan, you need money and thousands of trained polling agents who can bring out people on the day of election. If you do not have those workers, you cannot contest the election.”
The PTI chief said though he is more “more optimistic” than have been in his 22 years in politics, he cannot vouch for each of the near 700 national and provincial-level candidates his party has fielded to contest the upcoming elections, he is playing with what exists in Pakistan’s political class. “You contest elections to win. You don’t contest elections to be a good boy. I want to win. I am fighting elections in Pakistan, not Europe. I can’t import European politicians,” he said.
Lahore High Court affirms former Pakistani PM Abbasi can contest elections
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Thursday set aside an appellate tribunals verdict disqualifying former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi from contesting elections for life and barring him from contesting the upcoming National Assembly polls from his native Rawalpindi-I constituency. During the hearing, the high court had allowed Abbasi to contest the election from Murree on July 25 by staying the ruling of the Punjab Election Appellate Tribunal, Geo News reported.
The tribunal had disqualified him after holding him guilty of “concealment of facts”. It had accepted petitioner Masood Ahmed Abbasi’s contention that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader had tampered with the nomination process. However, the high court had stayed the disqualification verdict.
Abbasi had pleaded that the tribunal overstepped its jurisdiction as it only had powers to either accept or reject nomination papers and lacked the authority to disqualify lawmakers for life. During Wednesday’s hearing, the high court warned Abbasi against making anti-judiciary remarks that “were harming and destroying the system”. The high court also allowed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry to contest from Jhelum’s NA-67 constituency.
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.