Friday, November 6, 2020

J-K Police: Two Pakistani terrorists killed in Pampore encounter, AK-47 rifles seized

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Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], November 6 (ANI): Two Pakistani terrorists were killed, while their local man surrendered during an encounter in Lalpora village of Pampore here, said Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday

Two civilians were also injured, while two AK-47 rifles and two pistols were recovered from the encounter site.

"Two Pakistani terrorists were eliminated in an encounter, which began yesterday (Thursday) during a search operation in Meej area of Pampore, Pulwama district, while one local terrorist surrendered today (Friday). Two AK-47s and pistols each were recovered from the site. Two civilians were also injured in the firing," said a Jammu and Kashmir Police officer.

The terrorist who surrendered was identified as Khawar Sultan Mir, a resident of Drangbal, Pampore.

All three terrorists were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), police said. (ANI)

India summons Pakistan CDA, lodges strong protest over transfer of management of Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib to non-Sikh body

MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava


New Delhi [India], November 6 (ANI): India on Friday summoned Charge d' Affaires (CDA) of Pakistan High Commission and lodged its strong protest over Islamabad's unilateral decision to transfer of management and maintenance of Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib to a non-Sikh body.

MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a briefing that Pakistan was told that the decision by Pakistan was "highly condemnable" and runs against the spirit of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor as also the religious sentiments of the Sikh community.

"Today evening, the CDA of the Pakistan High Commission was summoned and our strong protest was conveyed. It was also conveyed to him that 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," he said.

"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. Pakistan is called upon to reverse its arbitrary decision to deprive the Sikh minority community it's right to manage affairs of the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib," he added.

Answering a question about Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's remarks pertaining to India, he said it was an attempt to distract attention from problems that Pakistan faces.

"We should ignore such irresponsible statements. It is an attempt to distract international and domestic attention from the enormous socio-economic and political problems that Pakistan faces," Srivastava said. (ANI)

Weakening China's pretext for Uyghur crackdown, US drops ETIM from terrorist outfit list

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Washington [US], November 6 (ANI): The US government has removed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) from its list of terrorist organisations after nearly two decades that has led to the weakening of China's anti-terror pretext for a draconian crackdown on Uyghurs in its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the group had been removed from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act, according to an order issued on October 20 made public on Thursday.

"I hereby revoke the designation of the Eastern Turkestan Islamic Movement, also known as ETIM, as a 'terrorist organization,'" the order reads, as quoted by Radio Free Asia.

According to Radio Free Asia, China refers to Uyghur activists in exile as members of ETIM as a measure to disregard the claims of ongoing rights abuses in the region.

The Chinese Communist Party also uses the group to "prop up its narrative" that Uyghurs lead happy lives under Beijing's rule, while ETIM "promotes separatism and remotely commands attacks within China from abroad."

Nury Turkel, a commissioner on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent US federal government body, said that the revocation was "long overdue," as the ETIM designation was "a strategic blunder" by the State Department.

"It is fair to say that China would not have been able to use the 'counter-terrorism' narrative -- even to this day -- to justify its genocidal policies against the Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples if it was not for international communities' mistake to allow Beijing to label ETIM and other Uyghur organizations as terrorist groups," he said.

"We urge the U.N. and other nations to follow the U.S. lead and reject Beijing's counter-terrorism claims to justify the atrocities committed against the Uyghur people," he added.

Dolkun Isa, president of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress exile group, called the revocation "of historic significance."

"China took full advantage of the U.S. designation of ETIM in 2002 and launched a wholesale attack on the entire Uyghur population, conflating their legitimate and peaceful demands as terrorism," Radio Free Asia quoted him.

Isa added that currently, China justifies its mass detention of 1 to 3 million Uyghurs in concentration camps as a counter-terror measure.

"Today's revocation removes any Chinese justification that it is fighting terrorism in East Turkestan. Today's revocation also proves that the Uyghur cause is peaceful and has nothing to do with terrorism as the Chinese government claims," he added.

Xinjiang region is home to around 10 million Uyghurs. The Turkic Muslim group, which makes up around 45 per cent of Xinjiang's population, has long accused China's authorities of cultural, religious and economic discrimination.

About 7 per cent of the Muslim population in Xinjiang has been incarcerated in an expanding network of "political re-education" camps, according to the US officials and UN experts.

Classified documents known as the China Cables, accessed last year by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, threw light on how the Chinese government uses technology to control Uyghur Muslims worldwide.

However, China regularly denies such mistreatment and says the camps provide vocational training. People in the internment camps have said they are subjected to forced political indoctrination, torture, beatings, and denial of food and medicine, besides being prohibited from practising their religion or speaking their language. (ANI)

WHO chief scientist says early to judge if COVID-19 mutation in minks can impact vaccine

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Geneva [Switzerland], November 6 (ANI/Sputnik): Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization Soumya Swaminathan said on Friday it was too early to decide whether the coronavirus mutation found in the farmed mink population in Denmark could impact the efficacy of vaccines.

Denmark, a major mink fur exporter, has said it may need to kill up to 17 million minks over the fear of the new mutation spreading back to humans.

"We need to wait and see what the implications are, but I don't think we should come to any conclusions whether this particular mutation is going to impact vaccine efficacy or not. We don't have any evidence at the moment that it would," Swaminathan told a virtual press briefing.

The coronavirus mutations in minks need to be studied properly before experts can say if there can be any complications and what kind, Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead at WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said.

"What we understand is the minks have been infected with contact from humans, it circulates in the mink and then it could pass back to humans. So there's always a concern when you have circulation and transmission from humans to animals and then from animals to humans. So there is a number of activities that are ongoing to understand the situation in Denmark," Van Kerkhove said.

According to the expert, mutations are normal and experts have been monitoring all changes in the virus since the beginning.

"In this situation, there is a suggestion that some of these mutations may have some implications, but we need to do the proper studies to evaluate this. and that is ongoing right now with colleagues at the SSI in Denmark as well as our international working group," Van Kerkhove said.

What the study needs is more sequences to examine, the expert said.

"As this virus continues to circulate the globe, as we see it in mink, in different populations, those sequences need to be shared because they need to be evaluated, they need to be studied, they need to be discussed," Van Kerkhove said.

There is no evidence yet that this particular mutation behaves differently from others, Michael J. Ryan, the executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, said.

"It may have a slightly different signature, but it is still the same virus. What we have to evaluate over time is whether this virus has any difference in transmission or clinical severity or whether there are any implications for diagnostics or vaccines. But we're a long, long way away from making any determination of that kind," Ryan said. (ANI/Sputnik)

India to help countries in enhancing strorage capacities for delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, says Shringla

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.


New Delhi [India], November 6 (ANI): India's vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help the humanity in fighting the COVID-19 crisis and New Delhi will also help interested countries in enhancing their cold chain and storage capacities for the delivery of vaccines, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Friday.

Speaking at a briefing session on COVID-19 related issues for diplomatic missions and international organisations here, he said India is on track on the development and trial of vaccines and is exploring the possibility of conducting phase three trials in a few of the partner countries.

He said India is also looking forward to research collaboration in the field of vaccine development.

"Based on willingness, we may also go for joint production of vaccines in some countries. We have already conducted online training sessions for nearly 90 participants from eight neighbouring countries to develop capacity in clinical trials and clinical practices. Based on demand, we can conduct more such training courses," he said.

The Foreign Secretary said that India is committed to vaccine production and delivery during the current crisis.

"Several countries have been approaching us for receiving vaccine supply. I reiterate our Prime Minister's commitment that India's vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all humanity in fighting this crisis. India will also help interested countries in enhancing their cold chain and storage capacities for the delivery of vaccines," he said. (ANI)

US Elections 2020: Biden leads Trump in battleground states of Pennsylvania, Georgia

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Washington [US], November 6 (ANI): Former Vice President Joe Biden has taken lead over President Donald Trump in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Georgia, taking him closer to the 270 electoral college votes he needs to win the US presidential election.

According to the latest update by CNN, Biden got 27,396 votes and Trump 3,760 votes of the 31,412 votes that were just tallied.

About 87 per cent of these votes have gone to Biden and he has now taken the lead in Pennsylvania by 5,587 votes.

In Georgia, the former vice president leads Trump by over 1,000 votes ahead.

The state of Pennsylvania carries a total of 20 electoral college votes while Georgia has 16 electoral college votes.

Biden leads Trump with 253 electoral college votes to 213 votes, as per the latest updates. (ANI)

MEA summons Pak diplomat over transfer of management of Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib to non-Sikh body

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New Delhi [India], November 6 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday called a representative of Pakistan High Commission over the exchange of the board and upkeep of Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib to a non-Sikh body.

The move came a day after India sentenced Pakistan's one-sided choice to move the administration and support of the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib away from the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee (PSGPC), a body run by the minority Sikh Community, to the regulatory control of the Evacuee Trust Property Board, a non-Sikh body.

The MEA had called upon Pakistan to switch its discretionary choice to deny the Sikh minority network it's entitlement to oversee issues of the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib.

"The one-sided choice by Pakistan is profoundly condemnable and runs against the soul of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor as likewise the strict suppositions of the Sikh people group on the loose. We have gotten portrayals from the Sikh people group communicating grave worry at this choice by Pakistan focusing on the privileges of the minority Sikh people group in Pakistan," the service had said.

"Such activities just uncover the truth of the Pakistani government and its initiative's tall cases of safeguarding and ensuring the rights and government assistance of the strict minority networks," the service added.

The move by Pakistan came days in front of the main commemoration of the introduction of the noteworthy Kartarpur Corridor on November 9. The four-km long hall joins Dera Baba Nanak sanctum in Gurdaspur in India to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. (ANI)

Brookfield Properties wins Indian Green Building Council Excellence Awards at Performance Challenge for Green Built Environment 2020

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New Delhi [India], November 6 (ANI/PRNewswire): Brookfield Properties ("Brookprop Management Services Private Limited") has won the 'Excellence Award' for two of its Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) platinum certified IT parks: Candor TechSpace G2, Sector 21, Gurugram and Candor TechSpace N1, Sector 62, Noida, at the recently held Performance Challenge for Green Built Environment 2020.

The award underlines Brookfield Properties' goal to minimize its impact on the environment, while improving the efficient use of resources.

"Environmental, social and governance excellence is core to how we conduct our business across the globe. In sync with this vision, we constantly strive towards operational efficiency and optimal utilisation of natural resources to reduce our carbon footprint. Being a founding member of IGBC, we are committed to create positive impact on the environment, while improving the efficiencies over time. We are pleased to receive this award and motivated to keep up our commitment towards our sustainability goals," said Alok Aggarwal, MD & CEO, Brookfield Properties.

Indian Green Building Council launched the 'Performance Challenge for Green Built Environment' program for encouraging fully certified green building projects to maintain their facilities as green. This award is applicable to the buildings that have achieved Bronze/Gold/Platinum IGBC certifications before 2019.

At Brookfield Properties, it is believed that environment, social and governance principles are embedded in every aspect of operation - from efficient, responsible building materials, to rooftop solar panels. All its initiatives such as energy reduction, water conservation, improving indoor air quality, green mobility, are focused on building a culture of innovation and an outlook that creates a sustainable and ecofriendly environment.

There is continuous impetus on improving the energy efficiency, which has also resulted in several accolades and recognitions. Two office campuses managed by Brookfield Properties, have received IGBC Platinum Certification, and one office campus is Gold certified.

Further, two office campuses managed by Brookfield Properties have also received Bureau of Energy Efficiency 5 Star Energy Label. The latest recognition by Indian Green Building Congress is another milestone added to the list of achievements.

This story is provided by PRNewswire. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of this article. (ANI/PRNewswire)

Delhi violence: HC adjourns police's plea against order to supply physical copy of chargesheet to accused

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New Delhi [India], November 6 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed to November 11 hearing on a request recorded by the Delhi Police testing a preliminary court request guiding the researching organization to flexibly an actual duplicate of the chargesheet alongside different archives to the blamed people regarding a UAPA case identified with the upper east Delhi savagery.

Exceptional Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad, showing up for the Delhi Police, had prior asked the Delhi High Court to put aside the requests passed by the preliminary court on September 21 and October 21.

"The preliminary court has guided the state to gracefully an actual duplicate of the chargesheet alongside different records to the blamed people. At the same time, the preliminary court was satisfied to put the 'onus to flexibly' totally on the exploring organization overlooking the lawful arrangements in such manner," Prasad submitted.

The Delhi Police, in its request under the watchful eye of the High Court, said that the police report itself is running into around 2,700 pages, an all out number of records and proclamations of witness running into around 18,000 pages.

"There are 23 volumes including the police report which were documented under the steady gaze of the preliminary court. The request was recorded under Section 482 Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) whereby the applicant is testing the lawfulness and legitimacy of requests," the supplication said.

"The preliminary court has blundered and passed a mechanical request dated October 21 coordinating the gracefully of an actual duplicate of chargesheet disregarding the entries of the state as likewise the lawful arrangements. Further, the preliminary court permitted the application under Section 207 of the CrPC documented by the blamed for the gracefully for an actual duplicate of the chargesheet infringing upon the law contained in Section 4 read with Section 81 of the Information Technology Act, 2000," it added.

In any case, the supplication said that the arrangement likewise demonstrates that a special case is given by the enactment that in the event that the records are voluminous in nature, at that point, rather than outfitting a duplicate thereof, the court can coordinate that denounced be permitted to review it either by and by or through a pleader in court.

"In any case, the applicant has truth be told provided the e-duplicate/delicate duplicate of the chargesheet in a pen drive to the blamed people/respondents. There is no crime of equity if a printed copy isn't made accessible to the charged people," the supplication said.

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police had chargesheeted 15 blamed under the arrangements for the tough Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act regarding the brutality that ejected in the upper east pieces of the public capital in February this year.

In any event 53 individuals were murdered and many others were harmed in the viciousness that occurred in upper east Delhi between February 24 and 26 started by conflicts between bunches supporting and restricting the Citizenship Amendment Act. (ANI)

US Elections 2020: Armed man arrested in Phaladelphia amid plot to attack vote-counting center

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Pennsylvania [US], November 6 (ANI): Amid the progressing vote include in the US Presidential political decision, police have made a capture in Philadelphia for a supposed plot to assault the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Thursday night (nearby time), where the votes are as yet being checked.

As indicated by the New York Post, the capture was made after a hint about a gathering of individuals from Virginia heading to the assembly hall. Police have held onto a weapon from the vehicle, where the denounced was voyaging.

The capture came when the organization of mail-in polling forms is in progress inside the conference hall in the landmark state in the midst of the nail-gnawing installation between the occupant Donald Trump and Democrat chosen one Joe Biden.

As of now, Trump is driving the state by a slight edge with more than 90% votes arranged.

Pennsylvania is among the milestone states where Biden and Trump are having a nearby challenge in an offer to arrive at the 270 appointive votes mark.

As per CNN, Biden is driving the official race with 253 constituent votes while Trump is behind with 213 as the including in the key states is as yet in progress. (ANI)

New Zealand's new cabinet officially sworn in

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Wellington [New Zealand], November 6 (ANI/Xinhua): New Zealand's new bureau was formally sworn in on Friday, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pushing financial recuperation from "one of the most testing occasions ever".

"Today I helped bureau that the honor to remember serving accompanies colossal duty. We don't underestimate anything in driving the group of 5,000,000 throughout the following three years," Ardern said after the main gathering of the new bureau.

The parliament will be opened on November 25.

The last political race results delivered by the Electoral Commission (EC) on Friday demonstrated the Labor Party drove by Ardern won 50% of the votes, which empowered the Labor to govern without anyone else. Nonetheless, she has decided to set up an alliance with the Green Party, giving the gathering two priest portfolios outside the bureau.

The EC additionally delivered the official aftereffects of the finish of life decision and cannabis authorization and control submissions.

New Zealanders have casted a ballot on the side of the End of Life Choice Act, and against the Cannabis Legalization and Control Bill turning out to be law in the submissions on October seventeenth alongside the overall political decision.

As per Friday's end-product, about 65.1 percent of the electorate casted a ballot for authorizing willful extermination, which was 1,893,290 votes, and 33.7 percent said "no" toward the End of Life Choice submission or 979,079 votes.

In the cannabis question, 48.4 percent of the citizens, or 1,406,973 votes, said indeed, and 50.7 percent or 1,474,635 voting forms picked "no," the outcome appeared. (ANI/Xinhua)

South Korea, US, Japan hold talks on post-election security cooperation

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Seoul [South Korea], November 6 (ANI/Sputnik): Top security authorities from South Korea, the United States and Japan held virtual converses with talk about denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and security participation after the US decisions, the South Korean official organization said on Friday.

The discussions were held by US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, South Korean National Security Chief Suh Hoon and Japanese National Security Council Secretary General Shigeru Kitamura.

"During the discussions, the three sides talked about different security issues, including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the foundation of the harmony settlement, and consented to proceed with participation on these issues. They likewise traded sees on the circumstance on the Korean Peninsula and examined a plan for a potential resumption of discourse with North Korea," the assertion from the official organization of South Korea said.

The three nations concurred that the three-dimensional security participation ought to go on "with no vacuum" paying little heed to the result of the US official political decision.

The South Korean side stressed the need to continue the US-North Korea exchange at the earliest opportunity.

Agents of the three nations additionally consented to reinforce participation in the battle against the Covid and improvement of COVID-19 antibodies and medicines. (ANI/Sputnik)

Over 7,600 people infected with dengue in Laos

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Vientiane [Laos], November 6 (ANI/Xinhua): An aggregate of 7,612 instances of dengue fever have been recorded the nation over since January, as per the Lao Ministry of Health.

Representative Director-General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under Lao Ministry of Health, Phonepaserd Sayamoungkhoun, told a public interview in Lao capital Vientiane on Friday that the dengue fever has caused 12 passings since January.

The most noteworthy number of dengue patients was accounted for in Lao capital Vientiane with 1,740, while 893 cases were recorded in Bolikhamxay territory, and 709 in Bokeo area.

The 12 passings remembered four for Vientiane, two in Bolikhamxay and Khammuan separately, and one each in Xayaboury, Xieng Khuang, Savannakhet, and Phongsaly.

Lao wellbeing specialists have encouraged individuals to clear potential mosquito reproducing locales around their homes and work environments to help control the spread of the infection. (ANI/Xinhua)

General Naravane meets Nepal PM, Oli reiterates long-standing and special relationship

Army Chief General MM Naravane with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the latter's residence in Baluwatar. [Photo/ANI]


Kathmandu [Nepal], November 6 (ANI): The Chief of Army Staff Indian Army, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, who is on a three-day visit to Kathmandu, met Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli at the last's living arrangement on Friday in Baluwatar.

"Head administrator KP Sharma Oli had a kindness meeting with Indian Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane. During the gathering, the Prime Minister said that Nepal and India have a long-standing and uncommon relationship," Rajan Bhattarai, Political Advisor to Nepal PM, told ANI in a telephonic discussion.

He further said that the Prime Minister said that there was a convention of giving the status of privileged Maharathi on the military heads of the two nations.

"During the gathering, the Prime Minister communicated certainty that there was a decent kinship among Nepal and India and that the issues between the two nations would be settled through exchange," the Political Advisor added.

On November 4, Naravane began his visit by visiting strict spots. He went to Kumari Ghar in Kathmandu Durbar Square and adored Living Goddess "Kumari" and later visited around Basantapur Durbar Square alongside his mate Veena Naravane.

During the visit, he additionally talented clinical gear, including X-beam machines, figured radiography frameworks, ICU ventilators, video endoscopy units and sedation machines, for two field clinics of the Nepali Army.

On November 5, the Chief of Army Staff was given the privileged position of General of the Nepali Army by Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari. He was additionally given a blade and look during the capacity within the sight of PM Oli, Indian Ambassador Vinay M. Kwatra and other senior authorities of both the nations. (ANI)

Raninder Singh seeks adjournment on ED summons over FEMA case, says lawyer

Advocate Jaiveer Shergill speaking to ANI in New Delhi on Friday. Photo/ANI


New Delhi [India], November 6 (ANI): Raninder Singh, the son of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who was summoned by Enforcement Directorate today in a FEMA case, has sought adjournment on health grounds, said his lawyer on Friday.

"My client Raninder Singh is suffering from high fever, cold and cough. He has also given a sample for COVID-19 test. He has sought a short adjournment solely on health grounds keeping his and everyone's safety in mind," advocate Jaiveer Shergill told ANI here.

Shergill said Raninder Singh will not be able to appear before ED, Jalandhar today.

Raninder Singh was summoned for recording his statement in connection with a case related to the alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) by him.

Singh had also sought adjournment from appearing before the economic offences watchdog on the previous summon, October 27, as he was required to be present before Parliamentary Committee in relation to Olympic Games 2021.

A case was filed in the matter after the Income Tax department reportedly received intelligence that Singh was allegedly holding an offshore account in the Alpine nations. (ANI)

EU prepares to slap Belarusian President with post-vote sanctions

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Geneva [Switzerland], November 6 (ANI/Sputnik): The European Union (EU) will target Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and 14 officials with sanctions on Friday, in a bid to increase pressure on a government it does not recognise.

The newest restrictions will include travel bans and asset freezes and will be published in the EU's Official Journal, more than a month after the bloc unveiled similar measures against 40 Belarusians.

The EU has accused the Belarusian government of repressing protesters who have been holding weekly demonstrations in the capital after the August 9 presidential election saw the incumbent secure a new term.

Brussels does not recognise the declared victory of Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years following the fall of the Soviet Union. It has called for a new vote and an "inclusive national dialogue" with the opposition. (ANI/Sputnik)

Russian, Belarusian Prime Ministers discuss energy, fight against coronavirus

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin file photo. (Photo: ANI)


Moscow [Russia], November 6 (ANI/Sputnik): Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko, talked about issues of energy and the battle against Covid via telephone, the Russian government said on Thursday.

"On November 5, 2020, a telephone discussion occurred between Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko. The heads of government talked about effective issues of exchange and monetary participation, including energy, industry, and transport foundation," the assertion says.

Mishustin and Golovchenko additionally addressed the subject of countering the spread of the new Covid contamination, it says. (ANI/Sputnik)

Nearly 300 illegal migrants rescued off Libyan coast: UNHCR

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Tripoli [Libya], November 6 (ANI/Xinhua): The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday said that nearly 300 illegal migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast.

Nearly 300 persons were returned to Tripoli by the Libyan Coast Guard, the UNHCR Libya tweeted.

"UNHCR and IRC
 (International Rescue Committee) were at the disembarkation point and provided all survivors with medical assistance, water, food, and humanitarian items," it said, confirming that all the rescued migrants have been released.

Libya has become a preferred point of departure for migrants who attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea towards European shores due to the insecurity and chaos that have plagued Libya since the fall and death of its former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Thousands of illegal migrants, who were either rescued at sea or arrested by the Libyan authorities, are detained in overcrowded reception centers in Libya, despite repeated international calls to close those centers.

The UNHCR has repeatedly stressed that Libya is not a safe point of disembarkation for rescued migrants. (ANI/Xinhua)

Three police officers killed, two injured in blast in Afghanistan's Kandahar: Source

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Kabul [Afghanistan], November 6 (ANI/Sputnik): Three cops have been killed and two more harmed by a blast in the southern Afghan area of Kandahar, a security source told Sputnik on Friday.

The occurrence occurred in the prior long periods of Friday when a side of the road bomb hit cops in the nation's south, the source added.

Neither Afghan authorities nor the Taliban Islamist development has remarked on the episode yet.

The Afghan government appointment and the Taliban are proceeding with the exchanges in Doha that may clear an approach to political settlement after just about twenty years of contention in the nation.

Notwithstanding the progressing talks, Afghanistan is still immersed in savagery, with the Taliban arranging assaults the nation over and the law authorization powers being occupied with activities against the Islamist gathering. (ANI/Sputnik)

Tamil actor Vijay distances himself from political outfit floated by his father

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], November 6 (ANI): Tamil actor Vijay on Thursday removed himself from an ideological group enrolled in his name by his dad and movie producer S A Chandrasekar.

In an assertion, the entertainer explained that he has no association with the ideological group 'All India Thalapathy Vijay Makkal Iyakkam' enlisted by his dad and chief SA Chandrasekar. The entertainer delivered a proclamation saying he has nothing to do with the move.

"Severe move will be made against any individual who utilizes or participate in any exercises including my name," he said.

Vijay added that he would not be influenced by the political choices of his dad. "I demand my fans not to join the outfit just on the grounds that it is my dad who began it," he said in an official assertion. (ANI)

Impacting morale of Pak employees, Lahore Metro pays more to its Chinese staff

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Lahore [Pakistan], November 6 (ANI): The Chinese staff selected by the Punjab Mass Transit Authority for Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) venture is getting gigantic pay rates in contrast with their Pakistani representatives, The News International detailed.

The immense difference in the compensations is affecting the resolve of the Pakistani staff, who are likewise given an alternate evaluation framework than the Chinese. Furthermore, even as the Chinese staff is being paid in Yuan, local people are getting their pay rates in Pakistani rupees (PKR).

"On Wednesday, the estimation of 1 CNY against 1 PKR was equivalent to Rs 24.02. As per the information of the pay rates of 93 Chinese working at the OLMT venture, the Chinese staff is generously compensated. In the event that the compensations of Pakistani authorities taking a shot at the equivalent/identical seats are contrasted and those of Chinese staff, the Pakistan representatives are getting simple peanuts. As indicated by information, a Chinese-inception vice president chief/CFO/chief with grade L2 is being paid 136,000 CNY every month which is equivalent to over Rs 3.26 million. There were three positions and all were loaded up with Chinese. No Pakistani was recruited on this assignment," The News International expressed.

While a Chinese authority presented on the DGM rank gets 83,000 CNY every month, comparable to more than Rs 1.9 million every month, Pakistani authority Umer Chishti, who holds the situation of DGM Equipment and Maintenance, get simply Rs 625,000 every month.

The News further revealed that upwards of 43 individuals of Chinese root were enrolled on the spaces of experts/train administrators and every individual is being paid 47,500 CNY, equivalent to over Rs 1.13 million.

Notwithstanding, a privately enrolled train administrator/train group gets just Rs 60,000.

Giving another case of the difference in compensations, The News International said while 12 individuals of Chinese starting point dealing with the space of train dispatcher/train group are getting 57,000 CNY each, equivalent to Rs 1.36m, the privately selected representatives chipping away at the OLMT venture are getting a lot of lower pay rates.

The Pakistani workers have requested a compensation climb from the administration keeping in see the compensation of their Chinese partners.

In the interim, Uzair Shah, General Manager (activities) of Punjab Mass Transit Authority, has been cited as saying that the confidence of Pakistanis working at OLMT would not be down in the event that they contrasted their pay rates and their neighborhood partners. He added that the correlation in pay rates between the Chinese and Pakistani workers can't be made. (ANI)

US-China tensions will remain even if Biden joins Paris climate pact, say observers

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Beijing [China], November 6 (ANI): Chinese observers say that Washington and Beijing have more challenges to overcome even if they work together on the climate change issue, even as US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has said that he will immediately rejoin the Paris climate pact if elected as the president.

Even though the relationship between the US and China might improve on the climate change issue if Biden fulfills his promise, Shi Yinhong, an expert on US affairs at Renmin University in Beijing, stated that both sides would have other challenges to deal with, reports Echo Xie for South China Morning Post.

"China and the US could seek cooperation on areas such as climate change, non-proliferation, global health, and civilian cybersecurity in principle, but the results would be limited," he said.

Li Shuo, a senior global policy adviser for Greenpeace East Asia in Beijing, said that even though there were uncertainties about how both countries might work together on climate change, it was unlikely they would be able to rekindle the relationship they had in 2015.

"The variables include how the US designs its China policy and what are their priorities...But the situation is different from 2015 and that close cooperation model will be hard to copy," SCMP quoted Shuo.

Li further opined that if Biden did rejoin the pact, the US would have to submit its nationally determined contributions, which are its individual climate plans, in 2021, which could be challenging because of the 'scale of damage caused by the Trump administration over the past four years'.

"We shouldn't think we can finally take a breath as the tense relationship and confrontation between China and the Trump administration are paused....We should not be too optimistic," said Pang Zhongying, a professor of international relations at Ocean University.

Biden had made the pledge on Twitter on Wednesday, the day the US formally left the accord reached in the French capital in 2015.

"Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it," he said.

The deal, involving almost 200 countries, aims to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels this century while pursuing ways to reduce it to 1.5 degrees, according to SCMP. (ANI)

Over 100 people arrested from anti-lockdown protests in London

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Moscow [Russia], November 6 (ANI/Sputnik): The Metropolitan Police said 104 members of the convention against the Covid connected lockdown in London had been captured over the penetrate of limitations.

Many individuals assembled on Thursday in focal London to communicate their dissent against the harder limitations that came into power in the United Kingdom.

"Officials policing exhibits in focal London on Thursday, November 5 have so far made 104 captures. Shows occurred regardless of new public limitations that have been acquainted with limit the spread of Coronavirus. When groups started assembling, officials made quick move to guide individuals to return home, captures were made as individuals neglected to follow the bearing of officials. Most of captures were for breaks of the Coronavirus guidelines," police said in an assertion on late Thursday.

Officer Jane Connors has censured the penetrates of the Covid limitations by the dissenters.

"Our primary need tonight has been to protect Londoners. We are eight months into this public pandemic and in all honesty, there can be no reason for individuals to perilously break guidelines which are there to forestall additionally spread of Coronavirus," Connors said.

The authority added that the quantity of captured individuals was probably going to additional expansion.

The World Health Organization pronounced the COVID-19 episode a pandemic on March 11. Until now, more than 48.5 million individuals have been contaminated with the Covid around the world, with over 1.23 million fatalities, as per Johns Hopkins University.

The United Kingdom has affirmed more than 1.12 million Covid cases up until now, with more than 48,000 fatalities. (ANI/Sputnik)

Vietnam wary of new Chinese legislation allowing weapons use

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Hanoi [Vietnam], November 6 (ANI): Vietnam's foreign ministry has expressed concern regarding Chinese legislation, which would allow Beijing's coast guard to use weapons in waters which it considers being under its jurisdiction, reported NHK World.

At a news conference on Thursday, a deputy spokesperson for Vietnam's foreign ministry mentioned the names of the islands in the South China Sea that are claimed by both countries.

The spokesperson said that Vietnam's claims on the areas are based on historical grounds.

The official further added that Vietnam supports the position that all disputes must be peacefully resolved in accordance with international law.

According to NHK World, the draft legislation released by China on Wednesday would allow China's coast guard to use arms in waters China considers to be under its jurisdiction if foreign ships conduct operations there that Beijing deems illegal, and if foreign vessels defy orders to stop.

The draft also calls for measures to safeguard artificial islands and facilities. The provision is believed to be referring to islands China has been militarising in the South China Sea.

In April, a Vietnamese fishing boat sank near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. While Vietnam alleged that the ship was rammed and sunk by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel, China maintained that the vessel was fishing illegally in the area and refused to leave.

At the same time, Vietnam had also lodged a protest against China's announcement of the establishment of two new administrative districts, Paracel Islands and the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea.

China claims most of the sea, often invoking its so-called nine-dash line to justify its alleged historic rights to the key waterway, which is also contested by the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Brunei. It rejected a 2016 UN-backed tribunal's ruling that its claims were without legal basis. (ANI)

Beijing's rising assertiveness against counter claimants in the East and South Sea has resulted in unprecedented agreement across the Indian-Pacific. (ANI)

PTI govt allies express dissent over issues at Imran Khan's luncheon

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Islamabad [Pakistan], November 6 (ANI): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday invited his government's allies to a luncheon, where the coalition partners expressed dissent over some issues, informed sources.

The coalition parties, including Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), other political parties of Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), were relentless in pushing their complaints, and Khan eventually had to make concessions and agree to address their grievances in the near term, reported The News.

Sources informed that the allies had expressed reservations over the non-provision of development funds and lack of development projects in their constituencies. They had also protested against the unresolved issues of the people belonging to the constituencies.

Dr Fehmida Mirza, the Minister for Inter-provincial coordination, regretted that neither the federal government nor the Sindh government had undertaken any mega projects or development works in Sindh.

"The people of Sindh are being treated like stepchildren," said Dr Mirza, urging the Prime Minister to pay attention to their problems.

The PML-F also expressed reservations over the neglect felt by the people of Sindh, according to The News.

"We are your allies, but the government does nothing to prove it," complained Pir Pagara.

The coalition members also targeted the Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP)-led Sindh government, alleging that the bureaucracy of Sindh was running federal projects according to the PPP's own whims and wishes.

"The Sindh government is deliberately ignoring our constituencies," the MQM-P leaders lamented, requesting the PTI-led (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) regime to consult the coalition parties over federal projects.

After hearing the protests and reservations by the allies, Khan assured that the coalition parties would 'see implementation soon', according to The News.

"All the promises we made to the allies will be fulfilled," he added.

The Prime Minister also slammed the Opposition, alleging that they were 'hell-bent on harming Pakistan."

He also claimed that his party would win the elections on the basis of their performance in the next two and a half years.

This comes amid a tense political situation in Pakistan, with a pro-democracy coalition organised in Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan in October by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) which is gathering support amongst the masses.

The campaign to topple Khan's government had brought the tabooed topic of military intervention up for discussion. (ANI)

COVID-19 pandemic is the most catastrophic event after WWII: Shringla

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla


New Delhi [India], November 6 (ANI): The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is the most catastrophic event after the Second World War, said Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla on Thursday, adding that it was inevitable that the people were going to experience a different world in the post-pandemic era.

While speaking on the topic 'Leveraging Strategic Autonomy in a Turbulent World; at the Diamond Jubilee Seminar of the National Defence College, Shringla said: "The COVID-19 pandemic is the most catastrophic event after the 2nd World War. It is therefore inevitable that we will experience a different world in the post-pandemic era. We are in the midst of trying to cope with the new reality of going virtual in our day to day life. At the international level, it has uncovered the vulnerabilities of nations and showed us the real manifestation of the practice of international relations."

He said that while there was a strong intent to cooperate, the need to retain 'strategic autonomy' was greater, and the last few months had been an attempt to deal with the domestic situation and look for ways to cooperate.

The Foreign Secretary further mentioned that the global economic fallout of the pandemic was going to be a challenge in times to come.

"As we saw during the 2008 global recession, economic setbacks of this magnitude require a carefully deliberated approach. The breakdown of the global supply chains has, perhaps for the first time, led us to think and explore alternative possibilities. India's view has been to look at this challenge not as a constraint but as an opportunity for our economy as well as for rebalancing in the international system," he added.

Shringla also highlighted India's 'proactive domestic response' in dealing with the pandemic, giving details about the expansion of capacity in the healthcare sector, also channelling of India's public resources to the critical sector for the development of hospitals, emergency rooms, provision of equipment and supplies and training of healthcare professionals, and the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan and its stimulus packages introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"India has played a leading role in initiating and encouraging global conversations on evolving a coordinated response to the pandemic. Further, living up to the teaching of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" (the whole world is one family), India played an instrumental role in enhancing global health security by ensuring the supply of essential medicines even while meeting its own domestic requirements," he said.

"We provided medical supplies, in the form of essential drugs, test kits, protection gear, etc. to over 150 countries, and are extending medical assistance under grants-in-aid to over 80 countries; we sent rapid response medical teams to help Maldives, Kuwait, Mauritius, and Comoros deal with the pandemic; and we dispatched naval assets to deliver COVID related assistance to Maldives, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles. We have also successfully brought back over 1.8 million Indian nationals stranded abroad due to COVID-19 pandemic under the Vande Bharat Mission," added the Foreign Secretary.

In his address, Shringla talked about various topics, including India's global engagements, its membership of the UN Security Council next year, its position as a 'net security provider' in the extended neighbourhood among others. (ANI)

US Elections 2020: Trump campaign files lawsuit against Philadelphia election officials

US President Donald Trump


Washington [US], November 6 (ANI): US President Donald Trump's election campaign on Thursday filed a new lawsuit against Philadelphia elections officials for allegedly violating their due process rights by blocking the observation of ballots in the city.

However, the complaint does not seem to include any details about how and why canvassing might have been blocked, reported CNN.

This is a new claim in federal court alleging violations of constitutional instead of state law. There is a 5:30 pm hearing scheduled.

Earlier, Trump's 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. (ANI)

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