Thursday, November 5, 2020

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US President Donald Trump


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

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

In another tweet, he said, "ANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL 
NOT BE COUNTED!"

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

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

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

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

PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Australia signs COVID-19 vaccine deals with Novavax, Pfizer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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