Friday, November 13, 2020

Chinese actions against Uyghurs must be recognised as 'genocide': Activist Rushan Abbas

Uyghur activist Rushan Abbas

Ankara [Turkey], November 13 (ANI): Urging the international community to act against China over Xinjiang issue, Uyghur American activist Rushan Abbas said that it is necessary that Chinese government practices against minority Uyghurs Muslims be recognised as 'genocide'.

Speaking to Turkish media upon her arrival here, Abbas, the president of Uyghur Movement, said the concentration camps where millions of Uyghur Muslims have been detained are "forced labour factories", where "slavery continues even in the 21st century".

Replying to a question by Independent Turkish in Istanbul, Abbas stated that they expect the international public to take greater steps against China and said, "It is necessary to prevent the introduction of goods produced by the forced labour of Uyghurs into foreign markets through international laws."

Abbas said that they demanded the Beijing administration's practices against the Uyghurs to be recognised as genocide, Haberimim reported.

"According to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted by the United Nations in 1948, what happened in East Turkestan is a genocide. There are five articles to describe a situation as genocide. they all are taking place in East Turkistan."

The activist revealed how her family members were abducted after she started campaigning for the Uyghurs and raising awareness about the ongoing genocide against the ethnic minorities.

On September 5, 2018, 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.

Stating that the reason her family was taken to the camps was a speech she made at a think-tank in the USA, Abbas said, "I explained what was done against the Uyghurs in this speech with the evidence. Only six days later, arrest operations were launched against our family. I have been living in America since 1989."

"As an American, I used my right to speak under the US law. If there is a liability, I am responsible, but my family is being punished. Last year my aunt was released, but I still do not know where my sister is. I cannot find any traces."

Citing the findings of the Uyghur Congress that more than three million Uyghur Turks are in concentration camps, Abbas stated that one to four persons of every Uyghur's family are either living outside of China or were taken to the camps. (ANI)

Next batch of Indian UN peacekeepers all set to leave for South Sudan

Indian UN Peacekeepers set to leave for South Sudan.

New Delhi [India], November 13 (ANI): The next batch of Indian UN peacekeepers are all set to leave for South Sudan for their next assignment.

Major General MK Katiyar, Director-General SD (Staff Duties) on Friday interacted with troops going to South Sudan.

While interacting with media he said: "In
dian troops are the most sought after troops in UN. the reason is that our culture teaches Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. Taking care of people is among one of the most important tasks of troops."

"During the recent pandemic, our troops have done a great job. We are also emphasising on selecting the right people," Major General Katiyar said.

India has contributed to 51 missions out of 71 UN missions so far. 5,200 troops are going to South Sudan. (ANI)

Locked Amit Shah's account due to inadvertent error, restored immediately: Twitter

Screenshot of Union Home Minister Amit Shah Twitter Account

New Delhi [India], November 13 (ANI): Twitter on Friday expressed that they had incidentally bolted Union Home Minister Amit Shah's record "because of a unintentional mistake" on November 12 and explained that the choice was switched quickly and the record reestablished.

Notwithstanding, sooner or later, they reestablished the record. "Because of a coincidental blunder, we briefly bolted this record under our worldwide copyright approaches. This choice was switched quickly and the record is completely useful," said a representative of the microblogging webpage.

Association Home Minister Amit Shah's Twitter show picture was on Thursday eliminated by the microblogging webpage, in light of a "report from the copyright holder".

Tapping on Shah's Display Picture on his checked handle indicated a clear page with the message: "Media not showed. This picture has been taken out in light of a report from the copyright holder."

Twitter's copyright strategy states: "by and large, the picture taker and not the subject of a photo is the real rights holder of the subsequent photo." (ANI)

Pope Francis congratulates US President-elect Joe Biden, offers blessings

Pop Francis

Washington [US], November 13 (ANI): Pope Francis applauded US President-elect Joe Biden on his projected presidential victory and offered him blessings during a phone conversation on Thursday, according to Biden's transition team.

"The President-elect thanked His Holiness for extending blessings and congratulations and noted his appreciation for His Holiness' leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation and common bonds of humanity around the world," the transition team said in a statement, reported Voice of America.

Biden also expressed a desire to collaborate with the Pope to advance 'a shared belief in the dignity and equality of all humankind on issues such as caring for the marginalised and the poor, addressing the crisis of climate change, and welcoming and integrating immigrants'.

Biden is the second catholic to be elected US President, the first one being Democrat John F Kennedy was the first to win the White House in 1960, Voice of America reported.

The President-elect has also spoken this week with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Biden, in his third attempt at the White House, defeated Trump in a closely contested election. (ANI)

9 killed, 34 hurt as bus veers off road in far-western Nepal

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Kathmandu [Nepal], November 13 (ANI): At least nine individuals were killed and 34 others continued wounds in Baitadi locale of far-western Nepal when a traveler transport veered off the street late on Thursday night.

According to the police, the mishap happened at Khodpe of Patan Municipality-8 in Baitadi along Dasarath Chand Highway at around 11 PM on Thursday while it was on the way to Mahendranagar from Ganna of Darchula District.

"The transport was in transit to Mahendranagar. It tumbled off the street, around 500 meters down incline at a lofty turn. Personalities of perished are yet to be determined however seven of the dead are male while 2 are female," Narayan Prasad Adhikari, Deputy Superintendent of Police at District Police Office, Baitadi told ANI via telephone.

Police had the option to pull out just eight dead bodies from the transport while one is as yet stuck inside the doomed transport starting at 8 AM (neighborhood time).

Out of the harmed 34 harmed travelers, seven with genuine wounds have been alluded to Dhangadhi for additional treatment while 27 are going through treatment at Dadheldura District Hospital. (ANI)

Screening travellers at airports for Covid-19 symptoms ineffective: CDC

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Washington [US], November 13 (ANI): Screening protocols such as checking temperatures and monitoring symptoms among passengers flying in from countries with high rates of Covid spread are ineffective for air travellers, cites a new report.

Citing the report, CNN said that the enhanced screening programme for air passengers that was started in January had a low case detection rate.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its latest report said that between January 13 and September 13 more than 766,000 travellers were screened.

As per the CDC data, "Nearly 300 met the criteria for public health assessment, 35 were tested for the coronavirus, and nine tested positive. That means the program identified about one case per 85,000 travellers screened," CNN reported the CDC as saying.

The reasons for the failure of this style of screening were -- coronavirus has a number of nonspecific symptoms common to other infections, high number of asymptomatic cases, travellers may deny symptoms or take steps to avoid detection and passenger data was limited.

Quoting the CDC report, CNN said that travellers and their local communities would be better protected if there was "more efficient" collection of contact information for international air passengers before they arrive and real-time data that could be sent to US health departments.

According to the latest data by Johns Hopkins University, the United States has reported 10,523,260 cases of coronavirus and 242,577 deaths so far. (ANI)

PM Modi announces USD 1 million aid to Covid-19 ASEAN Response Fund

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi [India], November 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced a contribution of USD 1 million to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund at the 17th ASEAN-India Summit, which was held virtually

In his address to leaders from the 10 ASEAN countries, PM Modi also highlighted India's response and broader support to the international community and welcomed the association's initiatives to fight the pandemic.

According to an official statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), "On COVID-19, the Prime Minister highlighted India's response and broader support to the international community and welcomed ASEAN's initiatives to fight the pandemic. Prime Minister announced a contribution of US$ 1 million to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund. The Prime Minister also underscored the importance of greater physical and digital connectivity between ASEAN and India and reiterated India's offer of US$ 1 billion Line of Credit to support ASEAN connectivity."

On trade and investment, PM Modi underlined the importance of diversification and resilience of supply chains for post-COVID economic recovery.

The MEA statement further said that the Prime Minister underlined the centrality of ASEAN in India's Act East Policy while addressing the ASEAN-India Summit.

"He noted that a cohesive, responsive and prosperous ASEAN is central to India's Indo-Pacific Vision and contributes to Security And Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR). The Prime Minister underscored the importance of strengthening convergence between India's Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative and the ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific, to ensure a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific region. He also invited the ASEAN countries to cooperate on various pillars of India's Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI)," the MEA said.

During the Summit, the ASEAN leaders acknowledged India's contribution towards promoting peace and stability in the region and welcomed India's support to ASEAN centrality. The Leaders also welcomed the adoption of the new ASEAN-India Plan of Action for 2021-2025, the MEA said in its statement.

It further said, "The discussions also covered regional and international issues of common interest and concern, including the South China Sea and terrorism. Both sides noted the importance of promoting a rules-based order in the region including through upholding adherence to international law, especially the UNCLOS."

The leaders affirmed the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, stability, safety and security in the South China Sea, and ensuring freedom of navigation and overflight, the MEA added. (ANI)

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