That s Axon Capital co founder Dinakar Singh giving a nod to the president and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a recent note to investors cited by Reuters.Trump, of course, has embraced that role, acknowledging he s had to be a cheerleader to avoid creating havoc and shock in a country with the world s highest number of infections and deaths.
The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSE) attack in Karachi and a series of terrorist attacks in Ghotki, Hyderabad and Rawalpindi coupled with the assaults on Pakistani patrolling troops at Iran ''s bordering areas marks a new wave of terrorism in Pakistan. The Baloch, Sindhi and MQM London linked ethno separatist groups have forged a new alliance under the Indian patronage. Pakistan ''s top political and military leadership has blamed India for the PSE attack. This new wave of terrorism in Pakistan should be seen in the broader context of the evolving regional security situation, particularly the intra Afghan peace process and the India China border dispute in the Himalayan region. The shifting geopolitical sands in South Asia are throwing up new opportunities to a plethora of anti Pakistan militant groups, particularly the ethno separatist outfits. Of the 73 terrorist groups banned by the National Counter Terrorism Authority, 13 are ethno nationalist outfits. IHC issue notices regarding inclusion of PM advisors in Privatisation committee
The then Congress government at the Centre levelled false and baseless allegations against me. They filed a case out of political animosity, Singh told reporters here. He did so after appearing before a CBI special court here in connection with the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.The 88 year old leader also had other points to offer. As UP chief minister, I and my government ensured adequate three tier security of the disputed structure in Ayodhya.
BJP national general secretary, Kailash Vijayvargiya, met President Ram Nath Kovind to discuss the political situation in West Bengal. ”We met the president and apprised him of the political violence in the state," said Vijayvargiya, adding that the death of Ray was also discussed during the meeting. Giving the details of the meeting on his Twitter account, the BJP leader said we informed the president about the lsquo;suspicious ' death of 105 BJP supporters in the last three years in Bengal.A delegation of BJP leaders comprising Kailash Vijayvargiya, Arvind Menon, Babul Supriyo, Swapan Dasgupta and Raju Bista called on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Russia has had heavy military involvement in Libya s civil war. The United Nations reported in May that 800 to 1,200 Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group are fighting in Libya. The private security company, also sighted on the battlefields of Ukraine and Syria, is run by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian oligarch and close friend of Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinAmerica cannot stand by while Russia plays games in Libya Congress pulls punches on Russian bounties firestorm Trump calls for ''sick' author of 2016 dossier to be jailed MORE. Despite Russian denials that the group is an arm of the state, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Russia was managing the conflict in Libya at the highest level. To prove his point, he showed the media a photograph of Wagner s leader in discussions with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the general staff. The Wagner Group is not a classic private contractor; it is an unofficial arm of the Defense Ministry, said Ruslan Leviev, whose Conflict Intelligence Team studied the clandestine Russian deployment in Syria.
Raising a series of questions over Chinese transgression into the Indian territory, a senior Congress leader, while addressing the media through video link, showed May to June satellite images of Ladakh;s Pangong Tso to pinpoint Chinese structures and asked the Prime Minister to speak truth about that.Noting that "pictures don ''t lie ", Kapil Sibal asked the Prime Minister to tell the nation truth about the latest and the first Chinese occupation of the Indian territory up to Finger 4 Ridge in the Pangong Tso Lake area.
Rajasthan GOVT Political Crisis LATEST UpdatesCongress Rajasthan legislators are scheduled to meet at 10 am on Tuesday, party leader and spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.
Madhav and a delegation of senior BJP leaders visited the union territory to offer condolences to the family of the party s local leader Wasim Bari and his father and his younger brother, who were killed by militants in north Kashmir s Bandipora last week, and then attend a condolence meeting at Srinagar s Tagore Hall. The delegation included Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister s Office and Udhampur MP Dr Jitendra Singh, BJP national vice president Avinash Rai Khanna and J amp;K BJP president Ravinder Raina.The killings were followed by militant threats asking people to dissociate from the BJP. Local leaders told ThePrint on the condition of anonymity that one of the reasons for the senior leaders visit was to boost the morale of the cadres.
The subtext behind the Congress decision is a lack of strong leadership, as reflected in the fact that at least three of the party s aspiring chief ministers Shaktisinh Gohil, Arjun Modhwadia and Siddharth Patel lost their own seats even as it put up its strongest fight against the BJP in two decades in the last assembly elections in 2017.Hardik Patel told ThePrint after his appointment Saturday night that he was not aware of the promotion until it was announced. I will do the same work that I have been doing reaching out, he said when asked about his plans.
Ericsson India head Nitin Bansal said that the company remains "very confident " of its technology prowess. Bansal was responding to a question on whether the anti China sentiments in the country would provide a competitive edge to non Chinese gear vendors in Indian telecom market, where data and voice consumption patterns are charting new highs. "We do not base our business plans on things which we cannot control... we believe in technology leadership. And, if you see globally, we have been winning on our technology leadership, " Bansal told PTI.
In fresh inputs now available in open source domains, China and Iran are on course to chalk out a comprehensive 25 year strategic partnership based on an agreement signed during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Teheran in January 2016. Iranian President after the visit had stated the visit to be beginning of a new chapter aimed to build economic ties worth up to $600 billion within the next 10 years.Though the number of investments appeared sceptical, it is only now that the details have emerged to give a semblance to the agreement concluded between the two countries in 2016. As per leaked data Iran s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, during his visit to China in August 2019 presented to his counterpart, Wang Li, a comprehensive roadmap for a 25 year China Iran strategic partnership based on the signing of 2016 agreement by the leaders of two countries.The Iran China strategic partnership is aligned to President Xi Jinping ''s cornerstone of its foreign and domestic policy envisaged under Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which is the new name for its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.As per available information, China is to invest US $ 120 billion for upgrading Iran s transport infrastructure beginning with the 2,300 kilometre road that will link Tehran with Urumqi in China s Xinjiang province. This road will be dovetailed with the Urumqi Gwadar link developed under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor under the New Silk Road . The road link when completed would have an ambitious plan to provide connectivity with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and thereafter via Turkey into Europe.The connectivity is to be juxtaposed with development and electrification of the main 900 kilometre railway line connecting Tehran to the north eastern city of Mashhad. Another project to be taken up under the strategic partnership is the completion of Tehran Qom Isfahan the high speed train line and extending this upgraded network to link the north west through Tabriz, which is home to a number of key sites relating to oil, gas, and petrochemicals, and the starting point for the Tabriz Ankara gas pipeline.Major expenditure of the US $ 280 billion would be earmarked for developing Iran s petrochemical, oil and gas industries which have suffered immensely as a result of US led economic sanctions. Interestingly, as per reports, China will position up to 5000 Chinese security personnel to protect its projects in Iran. As part of the agreement, China would increase the import of Iranian oil in defiance of US sanctions.Another significant aspect of the strategic partnership is military cooperation between the two countries which includes weapons development, training between Iranian and Chinese armed forces and intelligence sharing. China would also be allowed the use of Iranian air bases although it is any body s guess as to the utility of such measure. There are indications that the strategic agreement has the backing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, which has sway over strategic matters impacting Iran.There is however also resentment against the Iran China Strategic Agreement amongstIranians who feel that the same has not been disclosed to the Iranian parliament or people; with Iran ''s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying, "The Iranian nation will not recognize a new secret 25 year agreement between Iran and China, " and warned that any contract signed with a foreign country without the people knowing about it will be void.Another important issue that is not lost on every one is total Chinese silence or reaction to the purported salient aspects of the Strategic Agreement between the two countries.Would China risk further isolation after retching up the ante in the South China Sea, Hong Kong and Indo China border is any one s guess. Although China may continue to show defiance to US sanctions against Iran, would it be willing to burn economic ties with middle east and gulf nations who trade substantially with China would be hard to fathom.On the economic front China s overseas investments during the decade gone by averaged the US $ 200 billion annually. Its ability to commit a similar amount specifically towards a troubled region would also be suspect. The CPEC which has been in the works for over a decade with over US $ 60 billion committed to it, is yet to realise its true potential. Any further commitment to link the Xinjiang Gwadar project to Tehran through restive Baluchistan would need careful consideration and commitment by the Chinese.The Iran China strategic agreement signed in 2016 has not seen much movement since the two sides penned it. The details of the road map as revealed now have also been in the public domain for nearly a year now and point towards Iranian predicaments.In essence, the current revelations point to the Iranian wish list who seem to be too eager to come out of isolation from the US sponsored economic sanctions by piggy banking on Chinese shoulders. It also reflects on a measure of acute desperation on part of Iranian leadership as also to satisfy the appetite of the restive population which seems to be desperate to see some measure of economic revival and activity in spite of being endowed with rich mineral and natural resources.From the Indian perspective growing Iran China relationship is a reason for worry and changing strategic landscape. It points to growing Chinese dominance in alignment with Pakistan which threatens its relations with Afghanistan.The development of Chabaharand future of India Afghanistan Iran Trilateral Agreement for the development of Chabaharhas also not seen anticipated progress. Similarly, China backed Pakistan Iran Taliban alignment emerging in India ''s immediate neighbourhood is also a reason for Indian concern.India s relations with Iran cooled off substantially after India agreed to reduce its trade relations with Iran after imposition of sanctions. The visit of President Trump and increasing Indo US economic and strategic partnership seems to have been the last straw. It is unlikely that relations with Iran would improve in the near term.Growing Chinese footsteps in Iran will have a long lasting impact on our relationship with not only Iran but also on Afghanistan and Central Asian nations.(The author is an Indian Army Veteran. Views expressed are personal.)
The United Kingdom has long been proud of the role and status of the Department for International Development (DfID) as a world leader in providing support for life changing and life saving services for millions of people around the world from vaccines to clean water to education. It has also consistently been rated as the most effective, transparent department at delivering real value for money for British taxpayers.
That is the view of VMware CIO and chief digital transformation officer Bask Iyer who made the comments during a recent interview with Which 50.com.We asked Iyer to describe his own experience as an information technology leader during a period of significant organizational stress.
Islamabad: There was a lot of opposition to the construction of a Hindu temple in Islamabad, Pakistan. Many organizations and leaders called it anti Islam and even warned of the terrible consequences. Now a group of Muslim organizations have supported the construction of the temple. The organization has also condemned the controversy over the issue. The organization says that everyone;s officers are given in the Constitution clearly.The Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) has said that the constitution of Pakistan clearly defines the rights of Muslims and non Muslims living in the country, according to a report in Pakistan newspaper #8216;Dawn '. Many Islamic religious leaders and legalists of various Islamic traditions are members of this group.
In a statement, a spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian said that helping Pakistan to build the Isolation Hospital and Infections Treatment Centre (IHITC) was an important consensus reached between the leaders of the two countries during President Dr Arif Alvi;s visit to China in March this year. Thanks to the joint efforts of both sides. The hospital, built within only three months, will be helpful in Pakistan ''s fight against the epidemic after it starts running. China and Pakistan are all weather strategic cooperative partners and iron clad friends sharing weal and woe. We will never forget the precious assistance we received from the Pakistani side at the most trying moment of our combat against the pandemic, he said.
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President J.P. Nadda on Sunday said that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was meeting the Chinese Ambassador "secretly" during the Doklam stand off and alleged that his love for the nation is "fake"."The people of India know that Rahul Gandhi was meeting the Chinese Ambassador secretly during the Doklam stand off and you misled the nation and did not inform the country. India got to know only when the Chinese Ambassador broadcast your picture with him online. This 'love for your nation' is fake. You've missed all 11 defence committee meetings. This is how you run a country?" he said after inaugurating the newly constructed BJP District Committee office 'Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Mandiram' in Kasaragod, Kerala.
While senior Congress leaders claim that there is no threat to the Rajasthan government, the crisis has prompted many leaders to recall the exit of Jyotiraditya Scindia and the fall of the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh just three months ago.At the heart of the tussle in Jaipur, senior Congress leaders say, is the ego clash between Gehlot and Sachin. The leaders admit that there is deep distrust between the two, manifested multiple times in the last one and a half years. Referring to Scindia s exit in MP, a former Union minister and AICC general secretary went to the extent of saying that nothing is guaranteed in such situations .
Kathmandu: Under mounting pressure to resign, Nepal ''s beleaguered Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has downplayed the intra party rift and said such disputes are "regular phenomena " that can be resolved through dialogue, as a crucial meeting of the ruling party was postponed by a week to give more time to the warring factions to reach a power sharing deal. Prime Minister Oli also vowed to protect Nepal ''s sovereignty and territorial integrity, amidst a border row with India. Top NCP leaders, including former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal #8216;Prachanda ', have demanded Prime Minister Oli ''s resignation, saying his recent anti India remarks were "neither politically correct nor diplomatically appropriate. " But in his prime time address, Oli tried to downplay the intra party rift and growing demand for his resignation. "It is natural for the people to wonder why parties are indulging in dispute while the country is beset by a pandemic and natural disasters, said Oli. "Such disputes are regular phenomena that can be resolved through discussion and dialogue, " he added. "I will assure all that I will make every effort to consolidate national unity, protect democratic republic and uplift national pride. " Amidst a border row with India, the prime minister said, "I will also also commit myself to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity. " The differences between the two factions of the NCP, one led by Oli and the other led by party ''s executive chairman #8216;Prachanda ' on the issue of power sharing, intensified after the prime minister unilaterally decided to prorogue the budget session of Parliament. The political future of Oli is now expected to be decided on July 17 during the Standing Committee meeting, amidst the growing involvement of Chinese ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqui to save his chair. The Prachanda faction, backed by senior leaders and former prime ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhalanath Khanal, has been demanding Oli ''s resignation. (PTI)
Osama bin Laden s Syrian mother was one of the many wives of his millionaire Yemeni father. While his brothers went to the West for higher education, Osama preferred going to Jeddah s Abdel Aziz University where his fondness for Islamic studies was spurred by two charismatic teachers, Muhammad Qutb and Abdallah Azzam the first an Egyptian, a brother of the great Ikhwan leader, Syed Qutb and the second, a Palestinian who merged the Qutb doctrine of jahiliyya (ignorance) with modern jihad against the West.Osama came to Peshawar in 1980 to conduct jihad against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. By 1984, Osama got used to spending a lot of time in Peshawar, renting a number of guest houses in the city, and frequenting the office of Al Jihad, the Arabic newspaper that his mentor Azzam was bringing out from Peshawar. (Azzam later gave Pakistan a university in Islamabad that only spread extremism in a state that needed moderate thinking.) Osama s jihad against the Soviets received a setback in 1989 when the mujahideen suffered a defeat at Jalalabad.
Global health leaders are referring to Latin America as the world''s "new hotspot" for COVID 19 infections.