Thursday, November 5, 2020

Will never accept Pakistani involvement in our area: Gilgit-Baltistan locals to Imran Khan

Gilgit-Baltistan [PoK], November 5 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Hasan Khan Niazi and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) Minister Ali Amin Gundapuri were surrounded by the residents of Gilgit-Baltistan during their visit to the region who shouted slogans like "We will never accept Pakistani involvement in our area".

On November 1, Khan had announced the granting of provisional-provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan despite the ongoing protests against the Pakistan government over its decision to change the status of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Following this decision, the residents of Gilgit-Baltistan have said that they will never accept Pakistan's involvement in their region.

"We will never accept Pakistani involvement in our area. Get out from here," the locals said while surrounding the Pakistan PM and PoK Minister.

Gilgit-Baltistan residents are up in arms against Islamabad's decision to integrate the illegally occupied region with the rest of Pakistan.

In the run-up to the assembly elections in this so-called autonomous region, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan recently announced that the region will become a provisional province of Pakistan--a declaration that has drawn massive condemnation.

Activists wonder how an occupying state which has no locus standi over the region can take a call of subsuming it with the rest of Pakistan.

Earlier known as Northern Areas, Gilgit-Baltistan has been governed by the "Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order of 2009", which established an electoral framework. Elections have been held in the region under the order that provides for limited autonomy.

The people accuse Pakistan of systematically exploiting resources of the region and not sharing the dividends with them.

Any resistance they say meets brutal government reprisal with activists and leaders hounded, arrested and tortured. (ANI)

US Elections 2020: Trump says, 'STOP THE COUNT!'

US President Donald Trump

Washington [US], November 5 (ANI): While the US awaits the final results of the votes cast on November 3, President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded the vote count be stopped.

Taking to Twitter, Trump said, "STOP THE COUNT!"


This comes as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads Trump in several states including Arizona and Nevada.

Earlier, President Donald Trump's re-election campaign had filed a lawsuit to stop ballot counting in Michigan and Pennsylvania and to prevent the counting of absentee ballots in Georgia that it claims arrived after the deadline on Election Day.

The USA Today reported that the announcements of the Pennsylvania and Michigan lawsuits came shortly before Biden was projected on Wednesday afternoon to win Michigan. As of Wednesday afternoon, he led President Donald Trump by about 46,000 votes with 96 per cent of the estimated votes tallied. (ANI)

Pakistan's fake PM does not realise how people are struggling due to inflation: Maryam Nawaz

PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz

Gilgit-Baltistan [PoK], November 5 (ANI): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz on Thursday said that the "fake prime minister" [Imran Khan] does not realise "how people are struggling due to inflation", The News International reported.

"The fake prime minister [Imran Khan] announced to make GB a province. You may be a fake premier but you are still a premier. You don't realise how people are struggling due to inflation," Nawaz said at a public rally in Skardu.

She said that Khan had earlier promised 10 million jobs to the youth of Skardu but the promise remains unfulfilled.

She said, "You promised 'tabdeeli' [change] in nine days. Your promises are fake."

At the rally, the PML-N leader urged the people in Gilgit-Baltistan not to vote for leaders who change their loyalties, The News International reported.

She said, "Promise me you will not vote for those who change their loyalties. Those who backstab their party do not deserve your votes."

"Today, politicking has changed. And it should change...Those who remain loyal to their party and aren't sell-outs, deserve votes," she further said.

"I have heard that out of our 16 candidates, eight or nine have changed loyalties. Remember this when you go out to vote that those who cannot endure pressure, will never stand for the public's rights," she added.

Meanwhile, the people across Gilgit-Baltistan are up in arms against Islamabad's decision of integrating the illegally occupied region with the rest of Pakistan.

In the run-up to the assembly elections in this so-called autonomous region, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan recently announced that the region will become a provisional province of Pakistan--a declaration that has drawn massive condemnation.

Activists wonder as to how an occupying state which has no locus standi over the region can take a call of subsuming it with the rest of Pakistan. (ANI)

India, Italy likely to ink agreements on trade, environment, media at Modi-Conte summit tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte at India-Italy Technology Summit in October 2018. (File photo/ANI)

New Delhi [India], November 5 (ANI): India and Italy are expected to sign several agreements on trade, environment media etc., apart from inking memoranda of understanding (MoUs), during a virtual bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte on Friday.

New Delhi looks forward to carrying forward the momentum generated by the visit of PM Conte in October 2018.

From January 1, 2021, India joins the G-20 Troika, along with Italy and Saudi Arabia. India and Italy will be part of the Troika for 2021 and 2022 when India takes over as the G-20 chair. The G-20 Summit will provide an important platform for India and Italy to work together in areas of mutual interest and drive a common agenda.

According to informed sources, it is on India's request Italy agreed to host the G20 Summit in 2021, in exchange for India hosting it in 2022. "Italy is a member of prominent regional and global groupings (G7, G20, EU, NATO, OECD etc) and is supportive towards India in the multilateral fora," said a source.

This summit will also provide a possibility of enhancing Italian investments in India, defence cooperation and manufacturing under 'Make in India'.

Approx 600 large Italian companies are active in India. Italy's strength in design, textiles, leather, automobiles, construction, railways, defence and smart grids, can be helpful in our infrastructure development. Italy is also hopeful on progress negotiations on the trade and investment agreements between India and the European Union (EU).

Italy is India's fifth-largest trading partner in the EU after Germany, Belgium, the UK and France. The bilateral trade between both nations was Euros 9.52 billion in 2019. India and Italy also seek to diversify supply chains.

Besides, the COVID-19 pandemic brought the two countries closer. As many as 4,309 Indians were repatriated from Italy, while the repatriation of 1,495 Italians was facilitated from India. India gifted 40,000 surgical masks, 100,000 hand gloves, 20,000 headcovers and 20,000 shoe covers to Italy in March 2020, besides assisting the travel of 44 Italian adoptive parents to the country. (ANI)

UK in India network launches Pledge for Progress campaign to promote gender equality

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New Delhi [India], November 5 (ANI): With the aim of promoting gender equality and bringing about real-world change, the UK in India network and over 100 partners on Thursday launched a Pledge for Progress campaign.

According to a release by the British High Commission, New Delhi, a collective of 114 organisations - spanning government, business, and civil society - is committed to taking practical steps to tackle gender inequality and "be the change to catalyse further action."

The Pledge for Progress aims to empower organisations and individuals to break down prevailing gender norms and, together, build a gender-equal society.

"Achieving true gender equality is a priority for us all--in the UK, India, and the world over. Real progress can take time, but it starts with small, practical steps. I am hugely excited to see what we can accomplish by bringing together the best of British, Indian and global expertise under this humble initiative," Jan Thompson, Acting High Commissioner to India, said.

She added, "This is just the start, and I hope that this group of like-minded partners committing to be the change and implementing tangible measures in their own organisations will together deliver truly transformative results."

The Pledge for Progress forms part of wider UK-India work on gender equality.

"The UK in India network works with state governments, law enforcement agencies, education authorities and businesses in India to empower women as leaders and trailblazers, build better and more economic opportunities for women, and promote girls' education and positive gender roles in schools," The British High Commission said in a statement.

It added that in the coming months, the campaign will convene partners to identify key gender equality challenges and review actions partners are undertaking to foster gender-equal practices.

Other partners of the Pledge include HCL Technologies, ActionAid India, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Australian High Commission and the High Commission of Canada in India. (ANI)

Australia signs COVID-19 vaccine deals with Novavax, Pfizer

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Canberra [Australia], November 5 (ANI/Sputnik): The Australian government has signed agreements on Thursday with pharmaceutical company Novavax and a consortium of companies, Pfizer and BioNTech, to supply 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

"Under the agreements, Novavax will supply 40 million vaccine doses and Pfizer/BioNTech will provide 10 million vaccine doses, should the vaccines be proven safe and effective," the statement on the Australian government website said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government's COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy had now secured access to four types of vaccines and over 134 million doses.

"By securing multiple COVID-19 vaccines we are giving Australians the best shot at early access to a vaccine, should trials prove successful," the prime minister said.

Vaccines from Novavax and Pfizer-BioNTech are expected to be available in Australia starting in early 2021.

On August 19, the Australian authorities signed an agreement with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for the supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, which the company is developing together with Oxford University. The authorities also signed an agreement with the University of Queensland, where the development of a vaccine is underway in conjunction with the Australian company, CSL Limited. (ANI/Sputnik)

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee urges EAM to take up Kartapur gurdwara's managing body matter with Pak

In a letter to Jaishankar, the DSGMC said the Gurdwara Sahib cannot be given to any government body as it is a religious matter and sentiments are closely attached.

New Delhi [India], November 5 (ANI): Condemning Islamabad's choice to move the administration and upkeep of the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara to a non-Sikh body, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) on Thursday encouraged External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to take up the issue with the Pakistan government to stop the "undesirable obstruction" in Gurdwara's issues.

The Pakistan government has moved the administration and support of the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib away from the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee (PSGPC), a body run by the minority Sikh people group, to the authoritative control of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETBP), a non-Sikh body.

As indicated by a notice gave on November 3, following endorsement of the Economic Coordination Committee of Cabinet, Pakistan's Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) had set up the PMU Kartapur Sahib which will be a self-financing body for the administration and upkeep of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur Sahib under the regulatory control of ETPB.

In a letter to Jaishankar, the DSGMC said the Gurdwara Sahib can't be given to any administration body as it is a strict issue and conclusions are firmly connected.

"We unequivocally censure this choice of Pakistan Government since it is an immediate impedance in Gurdwara undertakings and there is no point of reference in such manner. Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib is a verifiable Gurdwara where Guru Nanak Dev Ji inhaled his last and suppositions of Sikh Sanest overall are firmly connected with this Gurdwara Sahib," the letter expressed.

"There is no Sikh delegate in the proposed Project Management Unit wherein Additional Secretary Janab Tarig Khan has been designated as Chief Executive Officer and eight different individuals have been selected, every one of whom are non-Sikh with no information about Sikh religion," it added.

The move by Pakistan's administration comes days in front of the principal commemoration of the introduction of the noteworthy Kartarpur Corridor on November 9.

The passage joins Dera Baba Nanak hallowed place in Gurdaspur in India to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

"Thinking about the assessments of Sikh people group, you are mentioned to take up this issue quickly with Pakistan Government about halting the undesirable impedance in Gurdwara undertakings and reestablishing the charge of Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib to Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee. We stay appreciative to you for respecting Sikh assessments with quick activity and reaction," the letter to Jaishankar read.

Prior in the day, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had a problem with Pakistan's "one-sided choice" to move the administration and upkeep of the Kartarpur Sahib expressing that it is exceptionally condemnable and is against the strict suppositions of the Sikh people group.

In an assertion, the MEA called upon the Pakistan government to switch its self-assertive choice to deny the Sikh minority network the option to oversee undertakings of the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, the last resting spot of Sikh confidence's organizer Guru Nanak Dev.

Then, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee kept in touch with Pakistan High Commission, unequivocally prescribing it to give back authoritative control of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur to Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

"Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur turned out to be straightforwardly under the regulatory control of ETPB. This may influence the every day customs performed by Sikh implicit rules. In the light of the abovementioned, we firmly prescribe you to give back regulatory control of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur to Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC)," the letter read. (ANI)

N Korea bans smoking in public places, asks businesses to save resources

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Pyongyang [North Korea], November 5 (ANI/Xinhua): The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has enacted two new laws banning smoking-in-public-places">smoking in public places and asking businesses to take on extra land, energy, and cost-saving practices, the Korean Central News Agency reported on Thursday.

Top members of the DPRK's parliament, the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) Presidium, held a meeting on Wednesday and adopted the two laws.

The DPRK has high rates of smoking, with 43.9 per cent of male population smokers as of 2013, according to the World Health Organisation. (ANI/Xinhua)

'High condemnable': India denounces Pakistan's decision to transfer Kartarpur Gurdwara control to non-Sikh body

Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi [India], November 5 (ANI):
India on Thursday objected to Pakistan's "unilateral decision" to transfer the management and maintenance of the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara to a non-Sikh body, stating that it is high condemnable and is against the religious sentiments of the Sikh community.

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tatement, the Ministry of External Affairs called upon the Pakistan government to reverse its arbitrary decision to deprive the Sikh minority community the right to manage affairs of the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev.

The Pakistan government has transferred the management and maintenance of the Holy Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib away from the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee (PSGPC), a body run by the minority Sikh Community, to the administrative control of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETBP), a non-Sikh body.

According to a notification issued on November 3, following approval of the Economic Coordination Committee of Cabinet Pakistan's Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) had set up the PMU Kartapur Sahib which will be a self-financing body for the management and maintenance of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur Sahib under the administrative control of ETPB.

"This unilateral decision by Pakistan is highly condemnable and runs against the spirit of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor as also the religious sentiments of the Sikh community at large. We have received representations from the Sikh community expressing grave concern at this decision by Pakistan targeting the rights of the minority Sikh community in Pakistan," the MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.

"Such actions only expose the reality of the Pakistani government and its leadership's tall claims of preserving and protecting the rights and welfare of the religious minority communities. Pakistan is called upon to reverse its arbitrary decision to deprive the Sikh minority community it's right to manage affairs of the Holy Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib," he added.

The move by Pakistan's government comes days ahead of the first anniversary of the inauguration of the historic Kartarpur Corridor on November 9.

The 4-km long corridor links Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur in India to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. (ANI)

Tropical storm Eta lingers over Central America, leaving at least 2 dead

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Tegucigalpa [Honduras], November 5 (ANI/Xinhua): Eta, which made landfall along the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua Tuesday, moved into Honduras Wednesday afternoon as a weakened tropical storm, but still brought heavy rains, leaving at least two dead and thousands displaced.

Despite the downgrading, the Honduran government on Wednesday declared a national state of emergency due to the passage of the storm.

"We have decided to establish a red alert throughout the national territory and consequently a national alert," Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said in an address to the nation.

The slow-moving storm has killed at least one in Honduras, a 12-year-old child, and made more than 750 families homeless or displaced after lashing the country with strong winds and rain, local authorities said Wednesday.

Moreover, heavy rains and flooding have destroyed five bridges, cut off 41 communities and caused Tegucigalpa's Toncontin International Airport to be closed indefinitely, said the country's Permanent Contingency Commission.

In Nicaragua where the hurricane made its landfall, Eta has forced at least 30,000 people in the northeast to evacuate to shelters, said Guillermo Gonzalez, head of the country's National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters, on Tuesday.

Bringing with it winds with speeds up to 240 km per hour, Eta has been designated as a category-4 storm, the second-most severe level on the scale, and was described by the US National Hurricane Center as "extremely dangerous."

What's more, indirect impacts have wreaked havoc on neighboring countries.

El Salvador on Wednesday reported one death from Eta, a 44-year-old fisherman who went out to sea despite a ban issued on Monday.

"Despite the fact that the government issued an order suspending all fishing activity, both traditional and sport fishing, and the man went out to do traditional fishing and unfortunately died," said William Hernandez, director of the Civil Protection Directorate.

In Costa Rica, heavy rains have driven 773 people to shelters and caused serious damage to infrastructure, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) said Wednesday.

According to the CNE, residents in high-risk areas were evacuated to 21 shelters along Costa Rica's Pacific coast as downpours sparked 69 landslides that damaged or destroyed roads in different communities.

Authorities in Costa Rica maintain an orange alert for the Pacific coast in the provinces of Puntarenas and Guanacaste as the National Meteorological Institute forecast that the rains will continue until Friday before the storm is set to head toward the US coast. (ANI/Xinhua)

4 dead, 4 missing in coal mine accident in China

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Xian [China], November 05 (ANI/Xinhua): A presumed gas upheaval in a coal mineshaft in northwest China's Shaanxi Province on Wednesday left four dead while the inquiry is on for four other people who are accepted to be missing.

A sum of 42 excavators were working in the mine worked by Qiaoziliang Coal Industry Co. Ltd. in Tongchuan City when the mishap occurred around 1 p.m. Among them, 34 specialists have been lifted out securely. 

Then, rescuers have recovered the assortments of the four diggers executed in the mishap.

Specialists have worked out gas release frameworks and reestablished ventilation, power flexibly and transportation under the mine to empower rescuers to do look and safeguard tasks. (ANI/Xinhua)

Army chief Naravane inspects Guard of Honour in Kathmandu

Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane in Kathmandu Nepal. (Photo: ANI)

Kathmandu [Nepal], November 05 (ANI): Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, who is on a three-day visit to Kathmandu, on Thursday inspected a Guard of Honour at Nepal Army Headquarters.

He will be handing over the medical equipment and materials to the Nepal Army at an event later today.

 Naravane arrived in Kathmandu on Wednesday afternoon.

Upon his arrival at the airport, he along with a four-member Indian Army delegation was received by CoAS, Lieutenant General Prabhu Ram Sharma at the airport.

General Naravane started the visit by touring religious places on his first day.

General Naravane, went to Kumari Ghar in Kathmandu Durbar Square and worshipped Living Goddess "Kumari" and later toured the Basantapur Durbar Square along with his spouse Veena Naravane.

Naravane along with other officials flew to Kathmandu from New Delhi on a special Indian Air Force aircraft at the invitation of Nepali counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa.

He would be conferred the rank of honorary General of the Nepali Army by President Bidhya Devi Bhandar at 4 pm on Thursday at an investiture ceremony to be held at Sheetal Niwas.

Nepal and India have a tradition of conferring highest rank to the chief of each other's militaries since 1950 after then Indian Army Chief General KM Cariappa visited Nepal.

Naravane will hold bilateral talks with Nepali counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa on Thursday.

He will also interact with senior Nepal Army officials at the Army Headquarters, Bhadrakali. In the evening, he will join a dinner to be hosted by the Nepali Army chief.

On Friday, Naravane will deliver a lecture at Nepal Army Staff and Command College in Shivapuri, where senior Nepal Army officers will be present.

Before wrapping up his three-day sojourn, the Indian Army chief will pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who is also the country's defence minister at present. (ANI)

FS Shringla, Philip Barton discuss regional issues, terrorism; agree to strengthen UK-India partnership

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla held talks with Philip R Barton, Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. (Photo: ANI)

London [UK], November 5 (ANI): Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla held talks with Philip R Barton, Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, during which they agreed to strengthen the UK-India partnership and work together to tackle global challenges, such as climate change and security.

During the talks, Shringla and Barton exchanged views on global and regional issues, international terrorism and COVID-19 pandemic response.

Shringla arrived in London early this week to take forward India and UK strategic partnership.

"Foreign Secretary @harshvshringla held consultations with Permanent #UnderSecretary, Sir @PhilipRBarton @FCDOGovUK on multi-faceted #IndiaUK cooperation, exchanged views on global and regional issues, international terrorism & #Covid19 pandemic response," Indian High Commission in the UK tweeted on Thursday.

"Today @harshvshringla and I agreed that a strengthened UK-India partnership will be a force for good in the world. We will work together over the next decade to tackle global challenges, such as #climatechange and security," Barton tweeted.

Barton, formerly High Commissioner to India until August this year, represented the UK in his first high-level meeting with any country since taking up his new position as head of the UK's diplomatic and development service, according to a statement by British High Commission.

The discussion between both leaders centered around how the UK and India will work together on their shared ambitions. Future priorities are likely to include increasing trade, tackling climate change, science and technology and defence.

The two countries also shared views on the next generation of challenges and opportunities, including assessments of emerging global security threats. They explored areas for the UK and India to collaborate in multilateral events, committing to work closely together through the UK's G7 and COP Presidencies and India's G20 Presidency in 2022.

The meeting was the latest in a series of high-level UK-India engagements, following the Finance Minister-led Economic and Financial Dialogue held last week and the subsequent virtual visit of the Minister for Investment. It precedes a planned High-Level Trade Ministerial in November.

During the meeting, Barton extended an invitation for Prime Minister Modi to attend the December Climate Ambition Summit. The UK, as COP26 (to be held in Glasgow next December) President, the UN and France will host the virtual leader-level Summit on 12 December on the five-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, in partnership with Chile (as COP25 Presidents) and Italy (COP26 partners).

The High Commission said that the Shringla's UK visit is part of India's continuing international engagement and diplomatic outreach in spite of limitations posed by the COVID-19.

"Reached #London for a 33-hour, 9-engagement visit, entailing talks with the #British Foreign Office leadership and meetings with Ministers, key officials, MPs, business, media and the strategic community. In the post-coronavirus world, the India-UK vaccine partnership, will come up," Shringla tweeted on Tuesday.

Shringla also held talks with Manoj Ladwa, Chairman and CEO India Inc. Group, at IndiaHouse on 'Global India, Self-Reliant India: Opportunities in a new World Order'.

"Foreign Secretary @harshvshringla in a conversation with @manojladwa at #IndiaHouse on 'Global India, Self-Reliant India: Opportunities in a new world Order'," the High Commission tweeted. (ANI)

MEPs condemn Pakistan's role in Pulwama attacks, urge EU to probe its hand in recent terror attacks

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Brussels [Belgium], November 5 (ANI): Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have condemned the "blatant and brazen" disclosure by a Pakistan minister in its National Assembly about the country's involvement in the Pulwama terror attacks in India.

Four MEPs - Thierry Mariani, Julie Lechanteux, Virginie Joron, and France Jamet - in a strongly worded letter to President of European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, have urged to immediately consider sanctions on Pakistan and seek an investigation into its involvement in other similar attacks of terrorism in Europe.

"We call on the European Commission and the European External Action Services to immediately condemn the leadership and government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for its participation in the Pulwama attacks and request the European Union to consider sanctions against those responsible," the MEPs said in the letter dated November 4.

The dastardly terror attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14, 2019 claimed the lives of 40 personnel. Terrorists rammed an explosive-laden vehicle in the bus.

Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack. Pakistan had repeatedly denied responsibility for the attack.

"However, on 29 October 2020 Pakistan's Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, stood up in the Pakistan National Assembly and hailed the Pulwama terror attack as a 'success 'under Imran Khan's government. Chaudhry credited Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan and the Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party for its great achievement," the letter by MEPs said.

The MEPs said that Pakistan, under the control of successive political regimes and leaders, has been well documented as a country of 'State Sponsored Terrorism'.

"This latest admission from inside the Pakistan parliament, by a serving Minister, comes less than six month after Imran Khan himself gave a eulogy to Osama bin Laden inside the National Assembly calling him a 'martyr'," they said.

The MEPs pointed out that at a time when then there is rising public insecurity from a global health pandemic, Europe, and France in particular, now face increasing threats of terrorism.

"In the face of such threats and horrific violent aggression on innocent people, it is essential that the European Union does not remain silent. Any admission of acts of terrorism, wherever they occur in the world, must face immediate denunciation and action by European leaders," they said. (ANI)

Through CAA, PM Modi ensured safety of minorities tortured in Pak, Afghanistan, Bangladesh: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressing a poll rally in Katihar on Wednesday. (Photo: ANI)

Katihar (Bihar) [India], November 5 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ensured the safety of minorities who were being of tortured in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh with the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

"Modi ji has found a solution for infiltration issue... With CAA, he ensured the safety of tortured minorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The Centre also said any infiltrator who tries to breach security of the country will be thrown out," he said while addressing a poll rally here.

The CAA grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that the people of Bihar deserve recognition as they have come out to vote in this election amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The people of Bihar are worthy of recognition that they have come out to vote in this election amid the COVID-19 pandemic. I have come here to especially appeal to you to exercise your franchise in the third phase of Bihar Polls 2020," he said.

In a veiled attack on Mahagathbandhan allies Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Adityanath said: "This election is important for us because the country is with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India a superpower. On the one hand, there are people who engage in nepotism and corruption. On the other hand, NDA is in front of you."

Bihar voted in the second phase of state assembly elections on Tuesday.

Voting in the third phase will take place on November 7 and the counting of votes to be held on November 10. (ANI)

Tahir Qadiry, Afghan Charge d'Affairs to India

Tahir Qadiry, Afghan Charge d'Affairs to India

New Delhi [India], November 5 (ANI): Tahir Qadiry, Afghan Charge d'Affaires has thanked India for completing the donation of 75,000 metric tonnes of wheat during the period of April to September amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Would like to express immense gratitude to India on completing donation of 75,000 MT wheat in 10 installments during April-September to beef up food security, especially during COVID-19 testing times. A friend in need is a friend indeed," Qadiry wrote on Twitter.

The Afghan ambassador also expressed gratitude to all the dignitaries, military attaches, and senior Indian authorities who visited the Embassy here to condemn the recent Kabul University attack.

"Express heartfelt gratitude to all the ambassadors, dignitaries, military attaches, and senior Indian authorities who, in past 2 days, visited the Embassy or sent note verbales, mails or called to condemn the barbaric Kabul University attack," Tahir wrote in a subsequent tweet. (ANI)

India's annual resolution on counter-terrorism adopted at UNGA

India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti. 

New York [US], November 5 (ANI): Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti on Wednesday announced that India's annual resolution on the issue of counter-terrorism was co-sponsored by over 75 countries and adopted by consensus in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly.

"India at forefront of counter-terrorism. Delighted that the annual resolution tabled by India "Measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction" was co-sponsored by more than 75 countries and adopted today by consensus in First Committee of UN General Assembly," Tirumurti wrote on Twitter.

India, a victim of state-sponsored cross-border terrorism, has been at the forefront in highlighting the serious threat to international peace and security emanating from acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by terrorist groups.

Through its annual resolution 'Measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction', India has urged greater international co-operation to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems.

This resolution, which was co-sponsored by more than 75 countries, has been adopted by consensus without a vote.

India's call for strengthening national measures to address this issue at the General Assembly also predates the adoption of resolution 1540 by the Security Council, which obliges all states to refrain from supporting by any means non-State actors from developing, acquiring, manufacturing, possessing, transporting, transferring or using nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their means of delivery. (ANI)

Trump campaign threatens nationwide lawsuit claiming election fraud

US President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. (Photo: ANI)

Washington DC [US], November 5 (ANI): Ahead of the election results, the campaign team of US President Donald Trump has threatened to file a nationwide lawsuit to "expose the election corruption" perpetrated by the Democratic Party.

Trump attorney's Rudy Giuliana, during a press conference, said, "We are going to continue the lawsuit here [in Philadelphia]. Then we're going to bring a second one and then we're going to bring a federal lawsuit and then we're going to take a good look at whether we're bringing this nationally."

"We are certainly going to bring it here and in Wisconsin, quite possibly we'll do a national lawsuit," he added.

These allegations and counter-allegations are being made amid Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's lead in Electoral College votes, having 253 votes to the Republican incumbent Trump's 213, according to CNN.

Meanwhile, Trump and Biden campaigns on Wednesday launched a renewed fundraising request to its supporters in anticipation of drawn-out legal fights around the closely contested election.

According to The Hill, court challenges and potential recounts are expected to cost millions of dollars. Trump's campaign sent out emails and text messages asking its supports to donate with a subject line: "They will try to steal the election."

The Democrats too have launched a quest to raise funds urging supports to donate for "most comprehensive legal effort ever assembled."

"The President threatened to go to court to prevent the proper tabulation of votes. We are standing up the biggest and most comprehensive legal effort ever assembled. This work could stretch on for weeks, so I am coming to you to ask you to pitch USD 25 into the newly-formed Biden Fight Fund," campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon wrote in an email titled "Donald Trump will not steal this election." (ANI)

UK, EU admit wide gaps in post-Brexit trade talks

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London [UK], November 5 (ANI/Xinhua): Britain and the European Union (EU) admitted on Wednesday that wide divergences remain on some difficult issues as they concluded two weeks of intensive negotiations on the post-Brexit relationship.

"Progress made, but I agree with @MichelBarnier that wide divergences remain on some core issues. We continue to work to find solutions that fully respect UK sovereignty," Britain's chief negotiator David Frost wrote on Twitter.

Michel Barnier, EU's chief Brexit negotiator, tweeted: "Despite EU efforts to find solutions, very serious divergences remain in Level Playing Field, Governance & Fisheries. These are essential conditions for any economic partnership."

"The EU is prepared for all scenarios," Barnier wrote.

Britain and the EU resumed talks on October 22 after negotiations stalled following the EU summit in mid-October, with Downing Street insisting there was no point in resuming discussions unless there was a change in stance from the regional bloc.

Britain and the EU started their lengthy and bumpy post-Brexit talks in March after Britain ended its EU membership on January 31, trying to secure a future trade deal before the Brexit transition period expires at the end of this year. (ANI/Xinhua)

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