Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Shah thanks people for support, congratulate party members for bypoll victories

Union Home Minister Amit Shah

New Delhi [India], November 10 (ANI): Thanking the people for their "immense support" in the Assembly bypolls, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday congratulated his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members in the states where the party emerged victorious.

Apart from Telangana, all other states -- Karnataka, Manipur, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh -- where the BJP won the bypolls, are under the party's rule.

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, he tweeted separately, congratulating each chief minister of the BJP-ruled states.

Starting with his home state, he tweeted, "The overwhelming victory of the BJP in the Gujarat by-elections is the victory of @narendramodi, @vijayrupanibjp, and the unwavering faith in the BJP government. Heartfelt gratitude to the people of Gujarat for their immense support and hearty congratulations to the state president @CRPaatil and all the workers of @BJP4Gujarat," Shah tweeted.

The BJP swept all eight seats in the Gujarat bypolls.

Similarly, he went on to thank his party and people in Telangana, Karnataka, Manipur, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.

"Thank you, Karnataka for your continuous support to BJP. I congratulate CM @BSYBJP ji, Shri @nalinkateel and karyakartas of @BJP4Karnataka unit on this fantastic victory! BJP under the guidance of PM @narendramodi will leave no stone unturned towards the development of the state," Shah tweeted after the party won both seats.

With four out of five seats secured in Manipur, Shah tweeted, "I congratulate CM @NBirenSingh ji, @STikendraBJP and karyakartas of @BJP4Manipur unit on BJP's resounding victory in the assembly by-polls. Grateful to the people of the state for their unwavering trust in BJP and PM @narendramodi's commitment towards the development of Manipur."

He said the results of the Uttar Pradesh by-elections reflect the public's confidence in the development of the BJP government. "Under the leadership of @narendramodi ji and @myogiadityanath ji, the state is setting new standards of progress. Congratulations to Shri @swatantrabjp and all the workers on this victory and thanks to the public," Shah added in Hindi after the party won six of the seven seats in the state.

With the victory of the single Dubbak seat in Telangana, the home minister said the BJP is committed towards a developed and prosperous Telangana. "Modi govt will continue to deliver on the trust of the people of Telangana," he tweeted.

As the BJP leads the high-stake Madhya Pradesh bypolls with 16 out of 28 seats, Shah tweeted that the people of the state have expressed confidence in PM Modi and Chief Minsiter Shivraj Singh Chouhan, along with the BJP's development policy.

"Hearty congratulations to the Chief Minister @ChouhanShivraj, State President @vdsharmabjp and @ BJP4MP's hard-working workers on the BJP's resounding victory in the Madhya Pradesh by-elections," Shah tweeted in Hindi.

As of 11.00 pm, the BJP has won 16 seats in the Madhya Pradesh bypolls, while leading in three. Opposition Congress won seven seats, leading in two.

The BJP swept all eight seats in Gujarat, six of the seven seats in Uttar Pradesh, four out of five in Manipur, the single Dubbak seat in Telangana, and both the seats in Karnataka. (ANI)

PM Modi wishes Ukrainian President 'speedy recovery' from COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi


New Delhi [India], November 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday wished Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speedy recovery from COVID-19 and good health.

"Best wishes for a speedy recovery and good health to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy," Modi wrote on Twitter.

Zelenskiy on Monday
 announced that he has been tested positive for coronavirus.

"There are no lucky people for whom #COVID19 does not pose a threat. Despite all the quarantine measures, I received a positive test. I feel good & take a lot of vitamins. Promise to isolate me, but keep working. I will overcome COVID19 as most people do. It's gonna be fine!" he had tweeted.

Ukraine has so far reported 4,69,018 COVID-19 cases, 2,09,143 recoveries and 8,565 lethal cases from the disease since the start of the pandemic. (ANI)

Shringla's visit further consolidates India-Maldives close relations: High commission

Indian High Commission here said that the visit served to reinforce core values of the Maldives and India partnership. (Photo: ANI)

Male [Maldives], November 10 (ANI): Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla concluded his two-day Maldives visit, during which Male and New Delhi signed four agreements -- including on Greater Male Connectivity Project -- on Tuesday.

The Indian High Commission here said the two-day visit served to reinforce core values of the Maldives-India partnership.

"After a two-day visit packed with productive meetings and civil society engagements, Foreign Secretary @harshvshringla departed for Delhi. The visit served to reinforce core values of the #MaldivesIndia partnership & further consolidated our close friendly relations," the Indian High Commission here tweeted.

The Indian High Commission here added that Shringla had called on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Monday and briefed him on the satisfactory status of implementation of decisions taken during his interactions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2018 and June 2019.

President Solih had expressed his deep appreciation for the support received from India in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, the USD 250 million financial assistance provided in September 2020 as budget support.

During an event, Shringla had also said the country would be among the first nations to receive the COVID-19 vaccines as soon as one developed in India.

"The Maldives will be among the first countries to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, as soon as one is developed in India," Shringla noted.

Earlier, Solih and Modi had also interacted through a video-conference in April 2020 to discuss assistance to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also, while reviewing the state of bilateral relations with his counterpart Abdul Ghafoor, Shringla discussed the respective national approaches to deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ghafoor conveyed his government's appreciation for India's substantial assistance to the Maldives to tide over the effects of the pandemic.

Ghafoor and Shringla positively assessed the robust growth in the diverse planks of the bilateral ties between the two countries, including development partnership, health cooperation, connectivity, trade, and economic relations.

Among his other high-level bilateral meetings, Shringla held one with Speaker Mohamed Nasheed, during which he acknowledged the latter's long-standing support to the strengthening of India-Maldives relations.

Shringla, along with Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, witnessed the signing of the agreement for extending USD 100 million grant to the Maldives to part-finance the Greater Male Connectivity Project.

Memoranda of Understanding on setting up of a Drug-detox Centre (MVR 7,980,536.69 grant) in Addu City and upgrading the Agricultural Research Centre in Hanimaadhoo (MVR 1,711,434.60 grant) were also concluded.

Shringla also participated in the event to handover equipment for the setting up of Children's Parks in 67 islands spread out across the Atolls.

He even visited the site of the Ekuveni ground in Male where a new running track is being laid out with funds from an Indian grant.

Both these projects are included in the roughly 30 projects being implemented in the Maldives under the Rs 90 crore (USD 13 million) grant assistance from India.

According to the high commission, this is the first high-level bilateral visit from India to the Maldives this year and follows the interaction held on August 13, 2020, between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid in digital video-conference format.(ANI)

Protests break out in Peru following President's impeachment

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Peru [Lima], November 10: Protests were held in various cities of Peru after the decision of the Peruvian Congress to impeach President Martin Vizcarra, local media reported.

As national news agency Republica reported on Monday, the protests were held in the center of Peru's capital Lima. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets while thousands of people expressed their disagreement with congress's decision on social networks.

Protesters gathered on San Martin square in the historic center of Lima and then headed to congress to show their disagreement. The agency reported clashes with police and various detentions.

According to Radio RPP, protests also took place in various cities throughout the country, such as Trujillo, Chiclayo and Huancayo. In Arequipa, the second-most populous city of Peru, one person was detained after clashing with the police.

On Monday, the Peruvian congress voted in favour of impeaching Vizcarra with 105 votes for and 19 against. Vizcarra was accused of corruption and bribery.

Peruvian Congress Chairman Manuel Merino is to become the interim president of the country. (ANI/Sputnik)

Uyghur activist describes Chinese atrocities in Xinjiang: Women talk about seeing other women taken away to be gangraped

Rushan Abbas, an Uyghur American activist,

Washington [US], November 10 (ANI): Rushan Abbas, an Uyghur American activist, has disclosed the inhumane treatment meted out to Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang province by the Chinese regime, saying that women are subjected to mental and physical torture, and are given unknown injections, and medications.

Abbas, whose sister went missing in China almost two years ago and is believed to be locked in a detention camp, said the world is unaware of the lies of Chinese regime because it tightly controls information flow.

"My sister disappeared in September of 2018, six days after I spoke out on a panel regarding the disappearance of my husband's entire family. I have tried for two years to get proof of life, without any progress," Middle East Monitor quoted Executive Director of Campaign for Uyghurs, Rushan Abbas as saying.

The activist's sister, Gulshan Abbas, is a retired Uyghur medical doctor and mother who went missing two years ago.

"It is a constant struggle, especially for my nieces, to live normally with the weight of this burden. And yet, this is the same struggle that all Uyghurs have," she said.

"Most people are largely unaware of just how many lies the Chinese regime gets away with because they so tightly control information. They find it unbelievable because they aren't living in a similar system and don't understand the realities of how barbaric a seemingly modern country like China actually is," she added.

Rushan, who was born in the capital of Xinjiang in Urumqi, moved to the United States and attended Washington State University in 1989 where she pursued studies in Plant Pathology. She became a vocal activist and advocate for the human rights of Uyghurs.

On September 5, 2018, Rushan Abbas participated in a panel discussion named "China's 'War on Terrorism' and the Xinjiang Emergency". She talked about the fate of her in-laws and conditions of China's camps. Six days later, Rushan's sister and aunt were detained by the Chinese government as retaliation for her speech at Hudson Institute.

In order to discover what her missing sister may be going through, Rushan has interviewed former camp inmates who told her chilling details of the detention centres, including survivor Zumret Dawut, who last year testified that she was forced to undergo permanent sterilisation surgery.

In April 2018, Dawut, a mother of three, was detained at an internment camp where she was forced to recite Chinese propaganda, beaten for providing food to an ailing fellow prisoner, and injected with unknown drugs, according to her account at a UN event.

Prisoners are shackled 24-hours a day, she added.

This is a strikingly different picture to the one China has painted, claiming that the camps provide 'vocational training' and that prisoners can leave at any time.

"Women talk about seeing other women taken away to be gang-raped. They describe mental torture, physical torture, being given unknown injections, and medications. They describe being mocked for their faith as they are required to verbally worship [Chinese President] Xi Jinping and the [Chinese Communist Party] CCP before being given meagre rations of food," explains Rashun.

"It's hard to even grasp how these things can be happening in the modern age. Each time I listen to their horrific stories I picture my sister going through the same, or worse. With her delicate health, it's very difficult to imagine how she could go through such things," she added. (ANI)

Violence in Afghanistan remains high despite Taliban commitments to reduce it: Ghani at SCO

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Kabul [Afghanistan], November 10 (ANI): Violence in Afghanistan by Taliban remained high despite the terrorist group's promise to reduce attacks on civilians, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday adding that regional and global framework is key to dealing with all terror networks attempting to disrupt peace, progress and cooperation in the country.

Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit through a video conference, the Afghan President said Afghanistan is faced with "multiple forms of turmoil" but peace remains "most urgent and important priority" for the country, Tolo News reported.

"Unfortunately, not only the promised reduction of violence and comprehensive ceasefire has not been realized, but the violence by the Taliban has increased substantially," Ghani said.

"As respect for sovereignty is a cardinal principle of SCO, we ask all of you to support a sustainable peace process within the framework of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan," he said.

The talks between a government delegation and the delegation of Taliban have been going on in Doha since mid-September but progress has been slow amid rising violence by the terror groups in Afghanistan.

This virtual meeting was the 20th meeting of the Council of Heads of State held in the backdrop of major regional and global developments. The meeting was attended by leaders of all eight member countries including India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

President Ghani mentioned Kabul University attack in which over 22 people were killed, calling it inhumane. He said the attack "is a symptom of a cult of violence and reliance on drug production and smuggling of our natural capital and cultural heritage as sources of funding that requires a reality check."

He said Afghanistan is right at the centre of the untapped potential that could bring enhanced prosperity and peace to the region.

"By location, history outlook and choice, we are poised to provide a platform for regional and global cooperation, especially by connecting Central, South and West Asia to and from East Asia by land," he added. (ANI)

5 Taliban terroists killed, 3 injured in Eastern Afghanistan

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Kabul [Afghanistan], November 10: Five Taliban terrorists have been killed and other three injured in an attack on a police checkpoint in Afghanistan's eastern province of Logar, the provincial governor's office said on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the Taliban attacked a checkpoint in the area near the province's capital last night.

"Five Taliban terrorists were killed and three others were wounded in the retaliatory clash," the statement read.

Meanwhile, a source at Logar's police headquarters told Sputnik that a security checkpoint in central Logar had been attacked last night.

"Seven soldiers were killed in the attack and all the weapons were taken away by the Taliban," the source said.

The heavy fighting is taking place in the country as Kabul and the Taliban are engaged in peace talks in the Qatari capital of Doha. Both sides have claimed to be looking for a secure and lasting ceasefire, even though little progress has been made since the start of the negotiations on September 12. (ANI/Sputnik)

Several Pakistani airlines may face ban in 188 countries over pilot licensing issue

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Islamabad [Pakistan], November 10 (ANI): Several airlines operating in Pakistan may face a ban in 188 countries for failing to meet the international standards of pilot licencing recommended by an UN specialised agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Express Tribune reported.

The country's national flag carrier-- Pakistan International Airlines -- has already been barred from flying to the United Kingdom and European Union over the licencing scandal.

In a meeting, the ICAO approved a mechanism for addressing Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) to its member states. Pakistan being a member state of the ICAO was identified among eight countries that had failed to address the SSCs.

The ICAO issued a serious warning to the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) - the regulator for all aspects of civil aviation in the country - over the safety concerns.

In its letter dated November 3, the ICAO stated that PCAA had failed to meet the international standards regarding the personnel licensing and training in relation to the licensing process for pilot.

Therefore, the country's aircraft and pilots, are likely to be barred from flying to 188 countries in the world.

The European Union Air Safety Agency had suspended flight operations of PIA for a period of six months from July 1.

The suspension had come after it was revealed that the credentials of as many as 262 pilots were "dubious". The pilots in the line of fire included 141 from PIA, nine from Air Blue and 10 from Serene Airline.

Post the revelation, Vietnam had grounded all of the 27 Pakistani pilots flying their aircrafts due to concerns about their qualifications.

All major airlines across the world have also begun to make Pakistani pilots redundant. Even the UK has decided to follow the EASA ban and barred any PIA flights to take off or land in the country.

Speaking about the warning issued by the ICAO, Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (Palpa) spokesperson said: "This will have serious consequences and could be a total disaster for Pakistan's aviation industry."

He said, "Palpa had been raising this issue since June 2020 but unfortunately it was neglected by the authorities concerned."

"Palpa had forwarded several options to revamp the system in accordance with the international practices and also given a presentation," he added. (ANI)

Shopian encouter: AK rifle, pistol and grenade recovered

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Shopian (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], November 10 (ANI): The Indian Army on Tuesday recovered one pistol, one AK rifle, and one grenade from the Kutpora area of Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district in a joint operation in the area.

At least two unidentified terrorists were neutralised in the operation that took place earlier in the day.

According to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the troops of 178 Bn CRPF, along with the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police conducted a joint cordon and search operation.

A brief exchange of fire had occurred between the troops and terrorists at 6 am, the CRPF said. (ANI)

Senior Palestinian official Erekat dies of COVID-19

Saeb Erekat, the veteran Palestinian peace negotiator

Ramallah [Palestine], November 10: Saeb Erekat, the veteran Palestinian harmony mediator, who was in a basic condition because of COVID-19, passed on Tuesday, individuals from Erekat's internal hover affirmed to Sputnik.

The Fatah development has additionally affirmed this data.

The authority gotten the disease in mid-October. Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Erekat's condition had accordingly crumbled and he was taken to the Jerusalem-based Hadassah clinical focus.

The lawmaker's treatment had been additionally confounded as a result of a past lung relocate medical procedure. (ANI/Sputnik)

India stands against terrorism, arms smuggling, money laundering: PM Modi at SCO meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi [India], November 10 (ANI): India stands against terrorism, arms smuggling, drug and money laundering, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday and noted the country is firm in its commitment to work under Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as per the principles laid down in the SCO charter.

"We stand against terrorism, arms smuggling, drugs and money laundering. India is firm in its commitment to work under SCO as per the principles laid down in the SCO Charter," Prime Minister Modi said addressing the 20th Summit of Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

The meet, which was attended by all SCO member countries, was held virtually due to coronavirus pandemic.

Member countries of the SCO are expected to issue a statement on countering the spread of terrorism including on the internet.

During his address, Prime Minister Modi highlighted that India's pharma industry has sent essential medicines to more than 150 countries during the pandemic.

He added that India will use its vaccine production and distribution capacity to help the entire humanity in fighting this crisis.

"In this very difficult time of unprecedented epidemic, India's pharma industry has sent essential medicines to more than 150 countries. As the world's largest vaccine producing country, India will use its vaccine production and distribution capacity to help the entire humanity in fighting this crisis," he said.

The Prime Minister called for "reformed multilateralism" that reflects the global realities of the present times.

He said the United Nations has completed 75 years but the basic goal of the world body is still incomplete.

"The United Nations has completed its 75 years. But despite many successes, the basic goal of the United Nations is still incomplete. The world struggling with the economic and social suffering of the epidemic is expecting that there are radical changes in the system of the UN," PM Modi said. (ANI)

Respect 'sovereignty and territorial integrity': PM Modi's message to China, Pakistan at SCO meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi [India], November 10 (ANI): In a harsh message to Pakistan and China during Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) yearly meet on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it is significant that the part nations regard each other's "sway and regional uprightness".

In the virtual meet went to by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping, PM Modi said it is "shocking" that superfluous endeavors are being made to acquire reciprocal issues the SCO plan, which is infringing upon SCO Charter and Shanghai soul.

"India has solid social and authentic binds with Shanghai Cooperation Organization countries...India accepts that to upgrade availability it is significant that we push ahead while regarding each other's power and regional honesty," PM Modi said.

"Tragically there are pointless endeavors to get reciprocal issues the SCO plan, which is infringing upon SCO Charter and Shanghai soul," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while tending to the twentieth Summit of SCO Council of Heads of State.

The yearly culmination, which is occurring practically was likewise gone to by all SCO part satiates including Pakistan and China.

It is the first occasion when that PM Modi and the Chinese President are sharing a stage since fringe stalemate between the Indian and Chinese soldiers in May. The two nations have held a few rounds of discretionary and military talks over fringe pressures.

The meet additionally comes after Pakistan Prime Minister Khan in August had delivered Pakistan's new political guide laying unsound cases to Indian domains. India had named the go about as an "activity in political craziness."

This is the third gathering, where New Delhi will be partaking as a full part. It was allowed the spectator status of SCO in 2005 and in June 2017 it turned into a full part.

The highest point is required to close with the arrival of a Moscow statement, which will mirror the expansive plan of the coalition for 2021.

Executive Modi said India remains against psychological warfare, illicit arms carrying and medications and tax evasion.

"We remain against psychological oppression, illicit arms carrying, medications and illegal tax avoidance. India is firm in its responsibility to work under SCO according to the standards set down in the #SCO Charter," he said.

During his location, Prime Minister Modi called for "transformed multilateralism" that reflects worldwide real factors of the current occasions and talked about subjects, for example, desires for all partners, contemporary difficulties and human government assistance.

The Indian Prime Minister additionally said the United Nations has finished its 75 years however the essential objective of the world body is as yet deficient.

"The United Nations has finished its 75 years. However, notwithstanding numerous victories, the essential objective of the United Nations is as yet fragmented. The world battling with the financial and social enduring of the scourge is relied upon to get revolutionary changes the arrangement of the UN," PM Modi said. (ANI)

Al-Qaeda has agreed to conceal presence in Afghanistan till US maintains troops: Expert

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Kabul [Afghanistan], November 10 (ANI): Al-Qaeda's recent silence on violence being perpetrated in Afghanistan is an agreed strategy to conceal its presence in the country to facilitate the US-Taliban peace deal, according to the geopolitical analyst Abdul Sayed.

Writing for Asia Times, Sayed argued that many experts believe that a US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan will restore the Taliban to power and revert the country back to Islamist militancy.

He writes that Al-Qaeda has adopted this strategy to remain quiet, keeping in mind the "key clause" in the United States' peace deal with Afghanistan's Taliban is a commitment to disallow any militant group from using Afghan soil to plot against America and its allies.

However, the geopolitical expert says that "Taliban is merely pretending that its long-time ally al-Qaeda no longer maintains bases and fighters in the areas it controls in Afghanistan just to appease the US and withdraw its troops from the country?"

Sayed writes that Taliban's action is contrary to the Afghan peace deal that was brokered by the US in February this year, in which the Taliban agreed not to shelter terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and to sever ties with the other such groups.

The report in the Asia Times further states that "...a departure (of US from Afghanistan) that some speculate could pave the way for the Taliban's eventual return to power. There are now around 5,000 US troops in the country, a number that will fall to 2,500 by early 2021."

Sayed further said that despite Taliban's denial about al-Qaeda's presence in Afghanistan, most credible reports about its existence come from the United Nations Security Council's sanction committee team monitoring al-Qaeda, Islamic State (ISIS) and the Taliban.

These reports have claimed that the Taliban maintains close ties with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, even after the US-Taliban deal announced on February 29, 2020.

"The latest such claim came from the coordinator of the UN's monitoring team, Edmund Fitton-Brown, who stated in a recent online seminar about Afghanistan's future that the Taliban keeps close contact with al-Qaeda's leadership in Afghanistan, including Ayman al-Zawahiri, the terror group's Egyptian leader," Sayed said.

Supporting Sayed's arguments, UN Monitoring Team Coordinator Fitton-Brown has claimed that the Taliban regularly consulted al-Qaeda during their negotiations with the US.

The diplomat even claimed that the Taliban offered "informal guarantees" to al-Qaeda to honour their close historical ties. However, the Taliban and its sympathizers have said such claims, saying they are a conspiracy to sabotage the US-Taliban deal.

Talking about the setting up of AQIS, the regional South Asian branch of al-Qaida, Sayed said that this can be seen as part of al-Qaeda's wider strategy for driving America's withdrawal from Afghanistan.

"As al-Qaeda's history shows, the terror group was never seriously involved in the Kashmir conflict, although it did have pre-9/11 close ties with certain Kashmir-based jihadist groups. Instead, it absorbed Kashmiri jihadists into its ranks, utilizing them for its global goals," he said.

Sayed concludes by saying that "Al-Qaeda's attempt to establish an indirect symbolic presence in Kashmir likely really aims to divert attention away from its enduring presence in Afghanistan, contrary to the terms of the Taliban's deal with the US."

Furthermore, he states that the Taliban is still al-Qaeda's "most vital strategic partner" in the region. (ANI)

Confident of forming Mahagathbandan govt in Bihar: RJD

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Patna (Bihar) [India], November 10 (ANI): As the counting of votes progresses in Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Tuesday said the party is confident of forming the Mahagathbandan government in the state and asked its candidates and workers to be present at counting centre till the end as the electoral procedure will continue till late night.

"We are in touch with all candidates and workers. Information received from all districts is in our favour. The counting will go on till late at night. We are assured of forming Mahagathbandan. Bihar has done the change. All the candidates and counting agents to be at counting centre till counting of votes is not complete," RJD tweeted in Hindi.

hm sbhii kssetroN ke ummiidvaaroN aur kaarykrtaaoN se sNprk meN hai aur sbhii jiloN se praapt suucnaa hmaare pkss meN hai / der raat tk gnnnaa hogii / mhaagtthbNdhn kii srkaar sunishcit hai / bihaar ne bdlaav kr diyaa hai / sbhii prtyaashii aur kaauNttiNg ejeNtt mtgnnnaa puurii hone tk kaauNttiNg hoNl meN bne rheN /

— Rashtriya Janata Dal (@RJDforIndia) November 10, 2020

The early trends suggest yet another victory for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leading in the majority of seats in the 243-seat Bihar Assembly. Tejashwi Yadav-led grand alliance is closely following the NDA's tally and it remains to be seen how both alliances would fare by the time the counting of votes is over.

The 243-member Assembly is witnessing a fierce competition for the chief minister's post, and as per current trends, the NDA is comfortably ahead of the Opposition camp. A party or coalition must secure 122 seats in the 243-member Assembly to form the government in Bihar.

Elections were conducted in three phases - October 28, November 3, and November 7, and the exit polls predicted the RJD-led 'Mahagathbandhan' to stage an upset for the incumbent NDA government. As many as 3,755 candidates are in the fray this year. (ANI)

Japanese PM orders drawing up of third COVID-19 economic relief package

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

Tokyo [Japan], November 10 (ANI/Sputnik): Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga taught his bureau to frame a financial alleviation bundle, the third of its sort, to fight off the negative impacts of the Covid pandemic, media detailed Tuesday.

The new spending hopes to support the nation's monetary establishments through the primary quarter of 2021, albeit a whole still can't seem to be assessed, NHK news telecaster detailed.

The bundle will hope to address recuperation in the occupation market, new measures to control the spread of infection, catastrophic event help among others, the telecaster announced.

Prior in the day, Japan's Labor Ministry said that more than 70,000 positions have been lost because of the pandemic up until this point, regardless of an administration sponsorship program to bear wage troubles.

Japan shows up on target for one more multiplication in COVID-19 diseases with every day new cases floating around the 1,000 imprint. After an underlying episode in April, the majority of the contaminations occurred in July and August prior to dying down.

The East Asian country has enlisted more than 108,000 cases and 1,818 passings from the illness up until now. (ANI/Sputnik)

Uyghur body hails US decision to drop ETIM from 'terror' list

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Washington DC [US], November 10 (ANI): A pro-Uyghurs organisation has hailed the US administration's decision of removing East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) from the terror list, which Beijing used for years to justify the genocide of Uyghurs in China.

"Campaign For Uyghurs is delighted by the news of the important step by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to revoke the designation of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement," the Washington-based rights group said in a release, adding that China falsely linked people of the community to ETIM when they expressed their ethnic identity and religious beliefs.

The US administration, in 2004, blacklisted ETIM- a move used by China to justify attacks on Uyghurs and Turkic-speaking people in its Xinjiang province.

Though ETIM did not figure in the Foreign Terrorist Organisation list, it was included in the US Terrorism Exclusion List, affecting the entry of people into the country.

"As the leadership of the Chinese regime has changed to a softer tone as it tries to suck up to what it views as the sure next U.S. administration, it is absolutely clear that despite any domestic political changes, the United States must continue with resolve on the same path to hold the Chinese regime accountable," Campaign for Uyghurs (CFU) added in their statement.

For several years now, China has tried to control Xinjiang with a strong iron fist against the native Uyghurs. Beijing was quick to react over the delisting of ETIM as a terror group. It expressed "strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to the US decision", urging the US to "stop backpedalling on international counterterrorism cooperation."

According to Campaign for Uyghurs' website, the rights body works to "promote and advocate for the human rights and democratic freedoms for the Uyghurs and other Turkic people in East Turkistan, which is referred to in China as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region."

The organisation urged the international community to recognise China's nefarious designs. "It is our sincere hope that all will recognise the reality of how China has constructed its false narrative to paint an entire ethnic group as extremists while they have been merely seeking for decades to live with the freedom to practice their beliefs and live equally," the statement added.

The US move comes amid worldwide condemnation of China's policies in Xinjiang, where a large population of Muslim minorities is detained in re-education camps.

A sizeable Muslim population in Xinjiang has been incarcerating in an expanding network of "political re-education" camps, according to US officials and UN experts.

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 practicing their religion or speaking their language.

CFU Executive Director Rushan Abbas stated that "It is our hope that the new US administration will continue the vital work of taking the reins of control from this authoritarian monster. It must be recognised that the CCP has only continued its history of blatantly breaking promises while violating the human rights and conscience of the entire globe."

The right group also said the United States must continue to stand as a true leader in the international community who stands for what is right and the values of humanity, necessary excluding the false "friendship" that China offers as a pretence for its terrors to continue. (ANI)

NLD's Aung San Suu Kyi wins parliamentary seat in Myanmar's general elections

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (Photo: ANI)

Yangon [Myanmar], November 10 (ANI/Xinhua): Aung San Suu Kyi, administrator of the decision National League for Democracy (NLD), has won a seat in the House of Representatives (Lower House) for the following parliament in Sunday's multiparty general races, as indicated by a declaration from the Union Election Commission (UEC) on Tuesday.

Suu Kyi, the present status Counselor of Myanmar, contended in Yangon's Kawmhu supporters against rival competitors from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the Union Betterment Party, United Nationalities League for Democracy, Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party and one free sprinter.

A sum of 5,639 competitors including 1,106 up-and-comers from the decision NLD party and 1,089 from the USDP competed for the 1,117 parliamentary seats in Sunday's political race.

As of Tuesday morning, 47 delegates have been chosen for parliament at three levels and the NLD made sure about 44 parliamentary seats remembering 12 for the Lower House, eight in the House of Nationalities (Upper House) and 24 in the local or state parliaments up until this point, as per the UEC's outcome declaration.

The USDP won three seats - one in the Lower House and two in the territorial or state parliaments up until this point.

Suu Kyi challenged a seat in the Lower House in Kawmhu municipality in 2012 by-political decision and 2015 general races.

The decision NLD party won an outright lion's share of parliamentary seats in the keep going general races on Nov. 8, 2015, and has been running the legislature since 2016. (ANI/Xinhua)

Working in misogynist society for the last 10 years: PoK leader after harassment at President House

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Islamabad [Pakistan], November 10 (ANI): Maria Iqbal Tarana, a former head of the women's commission of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) has alleged harassment against an official at Pakistan's President House, adding that she has been working in "misogynist society for the last 10 years".

Maria Tarana, in a Twitter post, narrated the incident which happened during an event at the President House. She accused the Protocol officer of harassment and called for an investigation in the matter.

In a video posted on Tuesday, she asked, "If the men from the second-highest office in Pakistan don't know how to behave with women, then who does?"

"Today I was harassed in the President House Pakistan. I was invited for an event where after refusing the uncomfortable physical proximity of a responsible, I was told that I did not belong there," Iqbal Tarana tweeted on Monday.

"Working in misogynist society for the last 10 years, I have lost my most beautiful asset 'smile', she said in a subsequent tweet on Tuesday.

While narrating the whole story, she named the accused official on her social media handle, asking for him to be punished. She also tagged the official handles of various people including President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

"If I do not let you stand extremely close to me, doesn't mean I don't have a standing! The person in question was Afaaq Ahmed Protocol officer, the matter needs to be investigated and the responsible be punished," she said.

Officials from the President House are yet to respond to the allegations. (ANI)

Bihar Polls: NDA crosses halfway mark while leading on 125 seats

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Patna (Bihar) [India], November 10 (ANI):
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has crossed halfway mark as per the Election Commission of India's (ECI) latest trends for 238 of 243 seats at around 11:30 am, leading on 125 seats - BJP 70, JDU 48, VIP 6, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) 1.

While Mah
agathbandhan is ahead on 101 seats - RJD 62, Congress 20, Left 19, BSP leads on 1, AIMIM on 2, LJP on 5 and independents also ahead on 4.

ECI trends for 223 of 243 seats at around 10:56 am -- NDA was leading on 117 seats -- BJP 63, JDU 48, Vikassheel Insaan Party 5, HAM-1.

Mahagathbandhan was ahead on 95 seats - RJD 61, Congress 19, Left 15 BSP and All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) have a lead on one seat each, LJP on four and independents on five.

Counting of votes polled in Bihar Assembly elections began at 8 am on Tuesday at 55 counting centres across 38 districts of the state.

On one side is the NDA, which includes JD-U (115 seats), BJP (110 seats), Vikassheel Insaan Party (11 seats) and Jitan Ram Manjhi's Hindustani Awam Morcha (7 seats).

Mahagathbandhan constitutes RJD (144 seats) and the Congress with 70 seats. Other alliance partners include the CPI-ML (19 seats), CPI (6 seats), and the CPIM (4 seats).

Incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was the face of the NDA while Mahagathbandhan declared Tejashwi Yadav as its chief minister candidate. (ANI)

Armenian opposition trying to get Yerevan out of new ceasefire deal: Lawmaker

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Yerevan (Armenia), November 10 (ANI/Sputnik): Armenia's resistance Prosperous Armenia is gathering marks to meet a remarkable meeting of the parliament to drop Yerevan's cooperation in the new Nagorno-Karabakh truce arrangement, Iveta Tonoyan, individual from the National Assembly for Prosperous Armenia, told Sputnik.

Prior, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an explanation that he had marked a joint presentation with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on another truce in Nagorno-Karabakh, which is coming into power beginning Tuesday. Under the new arrangement, Azerbaijan and Armenia will stop at their present positions, trade detainees and take into consideration Russian peacekeepers to be conveyed in the Nagorno-Karabakh district.

"We are gathering marks to assemble an unprecedented gathering to drop this choice," Tonoyan told Sputnik.

Fights began in Armenia's capital after the declaration of the new truce, with demonstrators raging the administration working in Yerevan.

As indicated by a Sputnik reporter, a great many individuals accumulated in the focal point of the city and dissenters additionally constrained their way into parliament, requiring another legislature to be framed that would drop Armenia's cooperation in the new truce.

"All the coordinators of the present wrongdoings will be dealt with to the furthest reaches," Pashinyan said remarking on the fights, as communicated on Facebook.

Sputnik Armenia announced that dissidents in Yerevan assaulted President of Armenia's National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan, hauling him out of his vehicle and thumping him. Eduard Aghajanyan, Chief of Staff to the Armenian Prime Minister, said as refered to by Sputnik Armenia that Mirzoyan was harmed however not in a dangerous way.

Pashinyan said that the choice to sign the truce presentation was made dependent on the appraisals made by individuals who are generally mindful of the military circumstance.

Afterward, he composed on Facebook that he was approaching all the dissenters to return home.

"Each one of the individuals who trust me and trust us, prepare for a battle. Try not to question for a second that we didn't do anything untrustworthy and I didn't make bargains and acted so as to have answers to all the inquiries and be clean before the country and the individuals," Pashinyan composed. (ANI/Sputnik)

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant meets Union ministers in Delhi

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New Delhi [India], November 10 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday held a series of meetings here with Union Ministers and others and discussed various developmental works in the State.

He held a meeting with Union Minister of Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel and discussed various matters related to tourism promotion in the State, especially cultural tourism with support from the Centre. Sawant invited the Union Minister for the forthcoming 60th Goa Liberation Day celebration.

Later, the Chief Minister met Shandilya Giriraj Singh, Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and discussed various initiatives to scale up the production in fisheries and dairy sector in the State of Goa.

The Chief Minister said he had healthy discussions, which will benefit in the overall development and growth of the State. (ANI)

US imposes sanctions against 19 Syrian individuals, entities

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Washington [US], November 10 (ANI): The US Department of State and the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Monday imposed sanctions on 19 individuals and entities for allegedly providing support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime's oil production network.

According to a press release, OFAC took action against Syrian military officials, members of the Syrian Parliament, Government of Syria entities, and Syrian and Lebanese persons attempting to revive Syria's deteriorating petroleum industry.

OFAC specifically added seven individuals and 10 entities to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, pursuant to Syria sanctions authorities. These sanctions focus on individuals and entities that provide support to the Bashar al-Assad (Assad) regime's oil production network.

This action is the Treasury Department's fifth round of Syria-related actions since the provisions of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019 (Caesar Act) came into full effect. Today's action complements the international effort to compel the Assad regime to cease the war it is waging against its own people and reinforces the US government's continued effort to achieve a peaceful, political resolution of the Syrian conflict in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

Concurrent with the Treasury Department's designations, the State Department took action today against two Syrian persons pursuant to Section 2 of Executive Order (EO) 13894,

"Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Syria', as per the Treasury Department's release.

OFAC also designated Arfada Petroleum Private Joint Stock Company (Arfada) and Sallizar Shipping SAL (Sallizar), two companies based in Syria and Lebanon, respectively, that have entered into substantial contracts with the Government of Syria to develop the Syrian oil sector.

"The Treasury Department is determined to continue to apply economic pressure on the Assad regime and its supporters for the repression conducted by the regime," said Secretary Steven T Mnuchin.

Individuals and entities designated by OFAC include General Ghassan Jaoudat Ismail, Brigadier General Nasr Al-Ali, parliamentarians Nabil Toumeh Bin Mohammed (Toumeh) and Amer Taysir Khiti, and Military Construction Establishment (MCE) and the Productive Projects Administration.

As per the release, all property and interests in property of these persons that are in the United States or in the possession or control of US persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: "Just over five years ago, on October 30, 2015, Bashar al Assad's forces, backed by Iran and Russia, killed over 70 Syrian civilians, and injured nearly 500 more in the Douma marketplace bombing. Today, the Assad regime continues its futile attempt to impose a military solution to the Syrian conflict."

Pompeo further stated that the Administration's sanctions targeting military commanders, members of parliament, Government of Syria entities, and financiers, highlight how deeply the Assad regime has corrupted Syria's institutions. (ANI)

Man shot dead during Biden's victory celebrations in Seattle

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Washington [US], November 10 (ANI): Seattle police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man in the early morning of November 8 at 10th Avenue East and East Pike Street in Seattle, according to an official statement.

The shooting took place near the Capital Hill Organised Protest (CHOP) zone, an infamous area set up after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, during a celebration for Joe Biden's potential victory in the presidential elections, reported Sputnik.

According to police, the victim was "transported to Harborview Medical Center but later succumbed to his injuries".

Sputnik reported that a handgun was reportedly found near the crime scene and taken to the police. However, no suspect in the killing has been identified.

Celebrations in the US began after President-elect Joe Biden was projected the winner of the US Presidential elections, defeating President Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the country.

In his third attempt, Biden, a four-decade Washington figure as a Senator and then a vice president, will become the oldest president to assume the role. (ANI)

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