Michelle Obama helps Chicago couple get married in a unique style!
Washington D.C: Michelle Obama, who is all set to launch a nationwide tour to promote her new book, recently helped a young couple tie the knot. According to TMZ, the former first lady helped Chicago couple Stephanie Rivkin and Joel Sircus say “I do” on Sunday evening at the Theater on the Lake.
One attendee couldn’t contain the excitement and shared a video of Obama with the soon-to-be newlyweds at the altar on Instagram, which has since been deleted. In the video, Obama recited vows into a microphone as the bride repeated after her. She donned a floor-length, long-sleeve black dress, a stark contrast to the white canopy behind her. Michelle Obama, who is all set to launch her stadium tour, will hit 10 U.S. cities to launch the sale of her memoir, “Becoming.”
Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Nepal Runway Dangerous : Senior BJP Leader Vijay Jolly
New Delhi, 21st Sep 2018/ Raju Lama. Senior BJP Leader Vijay Jolly in a urgent communication to Nepal Prime Minister Shri. K.P. Sharma 'Oli' has stated that the present Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) runway in Kathmandu, Nepal is in poor condition.
The Nepal TIA is dangerous and needs immediate re-construction stated Senior Indian BJP Leader Vijay Jolly in his communication from New Delhi to the Nepal Govt. The 10007 feet & 3050 meter length, lone TIA runway was inaugurated by King Mahendra in year 1955. And it has not been re-constructed during the past 63 years stated Mr. Jolly.
The tragic crash of US - Bangla Airline plane which resulted in the loss of 49 precious human life's along with the skidding of a Turkish Airline flight TK-726 over shooting the runway should have being a eye opener for Civil Aviation Authorities of Nepal stated Mr. Jolly.
Nepal Public Sector Innovator Er. Dipendra Kandel today met Senior BJP Leader Vijay Jolly at New Delhi and shared his concerns & worst experiences while on flight WT-337 from Muscat to Kathmandu on 8th August 2018. The plane was delayed in the air from landing at TIA, due to runway maintenance issues but the airport communication staff misled the plane captain with fake weather conditions alleged Mr. Kandel.
Mr. Dipendra Kandel in his earlier letter to Nepal Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation Ravindra Adhikari on 13th Aug 2018 had made a similar demand & the Govt. of Nepal had publically committed to re-construct the TIA runway only after 28th Feb 2019.
Mr. Jolly has termed this as unacceptable and dangerous for all the International Airlines and their planes, flying in, landing & taking off from Kathmandu international airport. The need of the hour is to avoid any technical emergency resulting in further loss of precious human life's stated Mr. Jolly.
Hong Kong opens high-speed rail link with mainland China
Hong Kong: On Saturday a new high-speed rail link from Hong Kong to inland China that will vastly decrease travel times but also raises concerns about Beijing’s creeping influence over the semi-autonomous Chinese region.Costing upward of USD 10 billion and taking more than eight years to build, the system aims to transport more than 80,000 passengers daily between the Asian financial center of 7 million people and the neighbouring manufacturing hub of Guangdong province.
The train travels the 26 kilometers (16 miles) through Hong Kong to Shenzhen across the border in China in just 14 minutes, down from about 1 hour currently.The through-train to Guangdong’s capital Guangzhou will take just over half an hour, about 90 minutes faster than current service. Once across the border, passengers can link up with Chinese sprawling nationwide high-speed rail network serving more than 44 destinations, including Shanghai, Beijing and the western city of Xi’an.
Passengers will clear Chinese immigration at the line’s newly built West Kowloon terminus, the source of major legal controversy when it was revealed that mainland Chinese law would apply within roughly one-quarter of the station’s area.Some opposition lawmakers argued the move would be a violation of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution under which it retained its own legal system and civil liberties after reverting from British to Chinese rule in 1997.
That guarantees Hong Kong the right to maintain rights such as freedom of speech and assembly – which are routinely violated on the mainland – until 2047. Legal matters related to defence, foreign affairs and national security fall under Beijing purview.However, Beijing’s tight control over the city’s politics and a continuing crackdown on politicians calling for greater economy and democratic reforms have spurred worries about an erosion of Hong Kong’s remaining autonomy.
The Hong Kong legislature’s passage in June of the plan to allow Chinese law to apply at the railway terminus was a significant moment for the opposition, coming four years after mass street protests demanding reforms fizzled out amid Beijing’s intransigence. Pro-democracy legislators have been expelled and charges brought against more than 100 protesters.Supporters of the provision, including the territory’s Beijing-backed Chief Executive Carrie Lam, defended it as promoting speed and convenience.
Donald Trump has directed his administration to advance and defend religious freedom at home, abroad: Pompeo
Washington: US President Donald Trump has directed his administration to advance and defend religious freedom at home and abroad, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday, ruing that majority of the countries in the world place significant limitations on religious freedom.
“President Trump has directed all of us in his administration to advance and defend religious freedom at home and abroad, because religious freedom is a universal, a God-given right, to which all people – all people – are entitled,” Pompeo said in his address to the 13th Annual Values Voter Summit. He said religious freedom was an essential building block for all free societies. “It’s a freedom that I care personally about, and I know you do as well. It’s the one that drew me to serve my country in the United States Armed Forces,” he said.
“But sadly, today more than 80 per cent of the global population live in countries that place significant limitations on religious freedom,” Pompeo said. He said, “I know it brings many of us heavy hearts to watch the ongoing persecution of Christians and other minorities in countries like the Islamic Republic of Iran. We are fighting for human dignity of the Iranian people by speaking the truth about the oppressive and corrupt regime that controls those people.” Pompeo alleged that religious minorities in Iran were routinely imprisoned, stripped of their rights, kicked out of their jobs, and subject to many other abuses.
After President Trump withdrew from the flawed deal, he implemented a new strategy to force a change in the Iranian regime’s behaviour, said the top American diplomat. And part of this strategy is to make sure that the voices inside Iran crying out for accountability, justice, and religious freedom know that the United States stands with them, he added. “We stand with the Christians, the Jews, the Sufis, the Muslims, the Zoroastrians, the Baha’i, and all other faith groups in Iran who have had their human dignity violated by this regime,” Pompeo said.
Nepal to block pornographic content amid rising rape incidents
Kathmandu: The Government of Nepal on Friday said it would block the publication and dissemination of pornographic content in the nation, citing an increase in incidents of rape. The Ministry for Information and Communication issued a release citing pornographic content to be the reason for rape.
“The Criminal Code 2071 article 121 and other prevalent laws prohibit the production and dissemination of sexually obscene contents. In order to prevent the access of such content through electronic media, the need of pulling down such websites inside Nepal has become necessary,” the release from the ministry stated.
Nepal has witnessed a sharp rise in the number of rape cases over the past weeks.
The decision of the Nepal government to ban pornographic content comes amid the rising rage against the government’s failure to identify the perpetrators who allegedly raped and murdered a schoolgirl in Southern Plain of Nepal recently.
China protests over US sanctions for buying Russian arms, warns of consequences
Beijing: An “outraged” China on Friday lodged a diplomatic protest with the US for imposing punitive sanctions on its military unit for buying Russian weapons, warning of “consequences” if the sanctions are not revoked.
The US State Department said on Thursday that the purchases of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles by China’s Equipment Development Department (EDD) of China’s Ministry of Defence violated US sanctions on Russia. Both the EDD and its director, Li Shangfu, have been named in Thursday’s sanctions. It is the first time the Trump administration targeted a third country with its Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA), designed to punish Russia for its seizure of Crimea and other activities.
Reacting to the US move, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “China is strongly outraged by this unreasonable action of the US and lodged stern representations”. “What the US has done gravely violated the basis norms governing the international relations and harmed the state-to-state and military-to-military relations between the two sides,” he said. “We strongly urge the US side to address this mistake and revoke so called sanctions otherwise it will need to shoulder all possible consequences,” he said.
Asked whether China would continue its close intelligence and defence cooperation with Russia, Geng said, “China and Russia are comprehensive strategic partners of coordination. We have been having normal exchanges of cooperation on the basis of equality, mutual trust and mutual benefit in various fields including national defence”. The China-Russia defence cooperation is meant to safeguard the two nations’ legitimate interests and regional peace and stability,” he said. It targets no third country and violates with no international law, he added.
“We will work with Russia to implement the consensus reached by two leaders and move forward our strategic coordination,” he said referring to the close ties between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Founded in 2016 by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the EDD was tasked with overseeing and improving the country’s military technology. It is regarded as a key part of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), the overall high command of the Chinese military headed by Xi.
The sanctions will deny EDD any foreign export licences, prohibit it from making foreign exchange transactions within US jurisdiction or using the US financial system, and block its property and interests within US control, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. Sanctions on Li will also prohibit his using the US financial system and making foreign exchanges, and block any of his property or interests. He will also be prohibited from having a US visa.
China, which relies on technology for its military modernisation has stepped up its military ties with Russia. The sanctions are expected to heighten tensions between the US and China, which are currently engaged in a trade war. The two countries will launch new tariffs on Monday, with Washington targeting USD 200 billion in Chinese exports and Beijing hitting USD 60 billion worth of American products.
Besides Su-35s and S-400 missiles, China, which has no access to the US and European Union military equipments, buys a wide range of defence system from Russia. Russia sold around USD 15 billion worth of weapons to China in 2017, maintaining a similar level of sales to the previous year, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted Rosoboron export, the Russian agency responsible for military exports, as saying. China received 10 Su-35 combat aircraft in December 2017, becoming the first foreign country to purchase Russia’s upgrade to its Su-27, the Post report said. China bought eight Kamov Ka-32A11VS multi-role helicopters from Russian Helicopters holding company. The contracts included training for Chinese pilots.
Hit Bahadur Tamang appointed as a vice incharge of CPN Province number three
Kathmandu, September 21/ Raju Lama. Parliamentarian and Leader of Nepal Communist Party Hit Bahadur Tamang was appointed as a vice incharge of Province number 3 of Party. Today's secretariat meeting of CPN had decided Tamang as a vice incharge of CPN Party of Province number 3.
Tamang was elected as parliamentarian member from Nuwakot of constituency number one from election just held before few months from party. Tamang was former Minister of Nepal. He started his politics from student union of Nuwakot affiliated with CPN Maoist.
He was one of the founder of Tamang Rastriya Mukti Morcha. He had done many struggle including ten years of peoples war leaded by CPN Maoist. Tamang is known as simple, Intelligent and active leader within party.
He had defeated former Finance Minister and senior congress leader Ram Sharan Mahat at the election held before few months with large margin in constituency number one of Nuwakot District.
Philippine: Death toll jumps to 22 in monsoon landslide
Manila: The death toll from a monsoon landslide in the central Philippines has risen to 22, officials said Friday, as rescuers dug through the night in a frantic search for survivors of the latest tragedy in the storm-hit nation.Dozens were still missing after part of a massive hillside collapsed Thursday on several rural communities near Naga on the tourist island of Cebu.The rescue effort came as the nation was still reeling from Typhoon Mangkhut, which killed 88, mostly in a massive landslide in the country’s mountainous north.
Rescuers on Cebu pulled 22 bodies from the rubble within 24 hours of the latest disaster, provincial disaster office spokesman Julius Regner told AFP. Around 200 police, firemen, and specialists using heavy equipment were still looking for about 50 people, Regner said.”We hope to recover everyone today so as not to prolong the agony of the relatives,” he added.Cebu was not directly hit by Mangkhut, the world’s strongest typhoon this year, but has been pounded by heavy monsoon rain for days, making the slopes dangerously loose.
Police forced about 20 people to vacate nearby homes and move to evacuation centres overnight Thursday out of concern there could be more landslides, Regner said.The efforts came as searchers in the Philippines’ north continued to work to recover the corpses of a suspected dozens of people buried in a landslide unleashed Saturday by Typhoon Mangkhut. After days of hundreds of rescuers digging with shovels and even their bare hands in the mining community of Itogon, heavy equipment has finally arrived to help accelerate the search.
Small-scale miners and their families were buried after their bunkhouse and other homes were hit by one of the dozens of landslides unleashed as the storm hit the Cordillera mountain range.Most of the 88 people killed by Mangkhut died in landslides in the mountainous gold-mining Cordillera region that includes Itogon. Mangkhut also dumped torrential rains on the key agricultural areas of the Philippines’ main northern island of Luzon, causing crop losses that would likely total more than USD 250 million.
United States: Indian-origin man, two others sentenced for cyber-crime
New York: An Indian-origin man is among three persons sentenced for their roles in staging a cyberattack that brought down huge swathes of the internet and infected over 100,000 US-based computing devices. Paras Jha, 22, of New Jersey, Josiah White, 21, of Pennsylvania and Dalton Norman, 22, of Louisiana, were sentenced Tuesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess.
They created Mirai Botnet, a powerful malware that knocked out thousands of websites in the Northeast, California, and Western Europe in September 2016. After cooperating extensively with the FBI, Jha, White, and Norman were each sentenced to serve a five-year period of probation, 2,500 hours of community service, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of USD 127,000, and have voluntarily abandoned significant amounts of cryptocurrency seized during the course of the investigation.
In December last year, Jha, White, and Norman pleaded guilty to criminal Informations in the District of Alaska charging them each with conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act in operating the Mirai Botnet. Jha and Norman also pleaded guilty to two counts each of the same charge, one in relation to the Mirai botnet and the other in relation to the Clickfraud botnet.
As part of their sentences, Jha, White, and Norman must continue to cooperate with the FBI on cybercrime and cybersecurity matters, as well as continued cooperation with and assistance to law enforcement and the broader research community.
According to court documents, the defendants have provided assistance that substantially contributed to active complex cybercrime investigations as well as the broader defensive effort by law enforcement and the cybersecurity research community.
Jha, White, and Norman became subjects of a federal investigation when, in the summer and fall of 2016, they created a powerful botnet – a collection of computers infected with malicious software and controlled as a group without the knowledge or permission of the computers’ owners. The Mirai Botnet targeted IoT devices – non-traditional computing devices that were connected to the Internet, including wireless cameras, routers, and digital video recorders.
Internet of Things (IoT) is an ecosystem of connected physical objects that are accessible through the internet. Additionally, from December 2016 to February 2017, the defendants successfully infected over 100,000 primarily US-based computing devices, such as home Internet routers, with malicious software. That malware caused the hijacked home Internet routers and other devices to form a powerful botnet.
“Cybercrime is a worldwide epidemic that reaches many Alaskans,” said US Attorney Bryan Schroder. “The perpetrators count on being technologically one step ahead of law enforcement officials. The plea agreement with the young offenders in this case was a unique opportunity for law enforcement officers, and will give FBI investigators the knowledge and tools they need to stay ahead of cyber criminals around the world.”
Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dies at 61 due to serious illness
HANOI: Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died. He was 61. The official Vietnam News Agency says Quang died at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi on Friday due to a serious illness. It did not elaborate.
Quang hosted President Donald Trump during his first state visit to the communist country last year. His last public appearance was at a Politburo meeting of the ruling Communist Party and a reception for a Chinese delegation on Wednesday.
Quang did not appear in public for more than a month last year, raising speculation about his health. A career security officer, Quang was elected president in April 2016.