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EU Parliament on Issue of Kashmir

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Constructive meeting with President of @Europarl_EN@DavidSassoli at Brussels, Belgium. Discussed a number of issues of interest to members of EU Parliament. Appreciated his understanding and regard for India. Tweets MEA Minister

European Parliament will take on the issue of Kashmir in its upcoming session on Monday, September 2nd.

With unabated violence in Pok, Balochistan and Minority condition in Pakistan.EU to take up holistic view on Kashmir .

The European Parliament which will resume after a recess of six weeks has requested the European External Action Service (Foreign Ministry of European Union) to submit a full report consisting of violation of human rights and international law.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooqi Haider will be present at the European Parliament when it will discuss the Kashmir issue.

The chairman of the Kashmir Council EU has said that the lockdown in Kashmir which entered its fourth week, this week is a matter of concern.

A large number of Pakistanis gathered at the Pakistani embassy in Brussels on Friday to show solidarity with the Kashmiris upon the call of Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

Since August 5, the Kashmiri Diaspora, the Kashmir Council EU, JKLF, Free Kashmir organizations have been protesting in front of the EU Foreign Ministry. They have also organised protests in front of the Indian embassy in Belgium and various other European cities.

Large demonstration were also held on Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s visit to Paris last weekend.

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Taliban attack on Kunduz

Taliban have launched a new large-scale attack on one of Afghanistan’s main cities, Kunduz, and taken hospital patients as hostages. 

Presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said, Afghan security forces are repelling the attack in parts of the city. A Defence Ministry spokesman asserted that 26 Taliban fighters have been killed in an airstrike. 

Taliban have continued bloody assaults on civilians and security forces even as their leaders meet with a US peace envoy in Qatar to negotiate an end to nearly 18 years of war.

Taliban insurgents on Saturday launched a multi-pronged assault on Kunduz, a strategically important city in northern Afghanistan that has come under frequent attack since 2015.

The ongoing offensive came as the US and the Taliban continue to seek an agreement in Doha that would see thousands of American troops leave Afghanistan in return for various security guarantees.

Officials said the fighting started around 1:00 am (2030 GMT Friday), when Taliban militants advanced on the city from several directions.

Gunfire could be heard across Kunduz, the capital of Kunduz province, and as the day wore on, both sides claimed units from the other´s forces were surrendering.

The Taliban said they had captured several important buildings, while the Afghan air force conducted at least five strikes and Afghan security officials insisted they had enough manpower on the ground to repel the attack.

The Taliban attack shows they “don´t believe in the peace opportunity provided by the US and the government of Afghanistan,” Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, said on Twitter.

“On the one hand they are talking with the US, on the other hand they are attacking people´s houses and villages. We will not leave their attack unanswered.”

According to government spokesman Feroz Bashari, at least 42 Taliban fighters had been killed and Afghan commandos had joined the counter-attack.

An AFP reporter in Kunduz earlier said small-arms and heavy-weapons fire could be heard in four areas of the city but by mid-morning all cellphone coverage appeared to have been cut.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed Saturday´s attack had resulted in the capture of several important structures.

“The Taliban attacked Kunduz city from several directions this morning. We are in the city now capturing government buildings one after the other,” he told reporters.

The US often provides air support and advice to ground troops during complex operations. A spokesman for the US military in Afghanistan referred questions to the Afghan forces.

In late September 2015, the Taliban attacked Kunduz, located near the border with Tajikistan.

The insurgents overwhelmed local forces and briefly seized the city, and it was only through extensive US air support that the Taliban were repelled.

The event garnered particular global attention after a US gunship struck a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), killing dozens of patients and staff.

The fall of Kunduz also underscored the vulnerability of Afghan security forces and played a role in stopping the pull-out of US forces under president Barack Obama.

Since then, the city has come under frequent Taliban attack but the insurgents have not been able to repeat a full capture.

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Russian opposition to hold protest

 Russia´s opposition was set to hold a new protest march in central Moscow on Saturday, despite a ban by authorities, a week before controversial regional polls in the capital.

Demonstrations have been held on an almost weekly basis since July after authorities denied most opposition candidates registration in the elections for city parliament next Sunday.

Moscow prosecutors warned that the latest rally, called by Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for 2 pm (1100 GMT) on part of the city´s Boulevard Ring, was not authorised and participants would “bear responsibility.”

On social networks, Muscovites shared a photo of water cannons allegedly stationed along the route of the protest, dubbed the “March against political repressions.”

Opposition politicians had requested permission to hold the march but were turned down.

In the past, the Moscow polls have generated little public interest.

But this summer they have spiralled into the biggest political crisis since the wave of protests in 2011-2012 against Vladimir Putin´s return to the Kremlin.

Authorities have launched a wide-ranging probe into “unrest” which could lead to long prison sentences for a number of suspects and made thousands of arrests.

Another probe has been launched against Navalny´s anti-corruption foundation, which has produced numerous videos alleging massive graft among officials at City Hall run by Putin´s ally, mayor Sergei Sobyanin.

Many of the candidates were told the signatures they gathered to qualify were invalid, with Putin alleging they were “falsifications.”

“Election committees found that their (signature) lists had… people who had died long ago,” he said last week.

But opposition candidates, such as politician Ilya Yashin, hit back, accusing Putin of lying and appealed this week to Russian Supreme Court to have his candidacy reinstated.

On Wednesday, Yashin was detained for the fifth time since July for violating rules on public gatherings.

Another candidate Lyubov Sobol, an associate of Navalny, was assaulted near her home Thursday.

According to OVD Info, an independent monitor of arrests and other politically-tinged persecution, police detained some 2,700 people at this summer´s demonstrations.

In addition, there are multiple criminal cases against participants on charges such as “mass unrest” and “violence against police.”

At least two couples who took their children to the protests have been threatened with losing parental rights.

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US: Transparency in Afghan peace

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Pres. Ghani on 5th round of talks with Taliban in Qatar, said Head of Afghan HPC secretariat, Umar Daudzai said. It comes after Afghanistan’s national security adviser accused Khalilzad of lack of transparency on peace process.

Former Afghanistan president Karzai calls on U.S. to Observe Complete Transparency in Afghan Peace Talks

An influential group of three lawmakers has sought assurance from the Trump administration that it will make available to the Congress the full text of any agreement signed with the Taliban. 

In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the three Congressmen also sought assurances that any deal signed would verifiably require the Taliban to break ties with all its terrorist allies, including in Pakistan, and that withdrawal of US troops will be conditioned on an agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban. 

In the letter, the Congressmen — Tom Malinowski, Mike Gallagher and Brad Sherman — asked for a written commitment that there will be no secret understandings or annexes with the Taliban that will not be shared with the Congress. 

Mr Malinowski said, it’s time for the administration to talk to the Congress, not just to the Taliban, about the future of Afghanistan. He said, we need to make sure that any withdrawal of US forces does not come at the cost of everything they fought for. 

In their letter, the three lawmakers asked whether the Taliban’s commitment to break with international terrorists also extend to Taliban activities in Pakistan.

Further Hamid Karzai met the Afghan Women’s Network on Saturday. In support of the peace process, the meeting emphasized transparency in the process and the need for inclusive national participation in peace talks

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FM Qureshi ready to dialogue

Pakistan PM Imran Khan cry foul is exposed with terror unabated in Afghanistan and cross border terrorism. Imran assurance to Trump peace in Afghanistan is critical with bombing and blast frequently happening, cease fire violation are daily experience by the neighbouring countries. US troops exodus from Afghanistan is chief agenda finds Pakistan crying foul and spreading canards sickening to contain terrorism. Pakistan ISI and army design to train terrorist and attack neighbouring countries is daily encounter of international intelligence.

Taliban insurgents on Saturday launched a multi-pronged assault on Kunduz, a strategically important city in northern Afghanistan that has come under frequent attack since 2015.

The ongoing offensive came as the US and the Taliban continue to seek an agreement in Doha that would see thousands of American troops leave Afghanistan in return for various security guarantees.

Afghanistan and Pakistan is an important geopolitical nation for US to keep her interventions in Asia in big way and needs permanent friends to find its base to counter the other Super powers Russia and China in check.Thus Pakistan with its lies and fake news will finds its disintegration automatically in two to three entities.

Pakistan tattered economy shall prove beneficial to US in getting its access in Balochistan, and Pok back in kitty of India due to citizen of PoK prefer India rather than pakistan with no development but corruption at all levels. UK the mentor of Pakistan finds itself in catch situation keep Pakistan pep up for reasons best known to them. With most of their attention on Brexit and reliance on EU and US, Britain has to struggle with its democracy back on rails.

In abridging the diplomacy stances, US exodus Afghanistan. US need base against big power Russia and China to bring Tibet too free in near future. Reasons for PoK and Balloch to be free from Pakistan In abridging the diplomacy stances

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday said that Pakistan was ready to hold dialogue with India on all outstanding issues provided that New Delhi agreed to ease tensions in Indian-Occupied Kashmir (IoK). 

Qureshi made the offer while talking to United Kingdom-based news outlet British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and stressed that Pakistan had always welcomed dialogue with India. 

“Pakistan has never refused to negotiate, but India has never created the right atmosphere needed for dialogue,” said the foreign minister. He also added that Pakistan had no objection to bilateral talks. 

“Pakistan has no objection to bilateral talks, and any third-party support or mediation will also be welcomed,” remarked Qureshi. The statement from Qureshi follows a similar comment made by PM Imran Khan in an opinion piece for The New York Times on Friday. 

In a shift from official policy on bilateral talks with India so far, PM Imran had on Friday said that talks would India could go ahead only if New Delhi agreed to reverse the illegal annexation of Kashmir. 

FM Qureshi appeared to elaborate on the statement made by the premier, outlining that bilateral talks with India hinged on Delhi ending curfew in IoK, restoring human rights, and releasing detained Kashmiri leaders. 

“In an environment where curfew is enforced, people are suffering from life and death, gang rapes are taking place, people are being held in captivity, I don’t see any negotiating environment,” said the minister. 

Earlier in August, India had revoked the special constitutional autonomy of the occupied valley and imposed a military curfew in the area following the decision. 

Thousands of Kashmiris have been detained since, and nearly 700,000 troops deployed to quash dissent. Allegations of torture and abuse of those detained by Indian security forces have been pouring in. 

FM Qureshi ruled out war with India in his interview to the UK-based news outlet, saying that Pakistan had never adopted an aggressive foreign policy and always called for peaceful resolution of disputes. 

“The two neighboring countries with nuclear weapons cannot afford the risk of war. People will be destroyed by war and the world will be affected by this as well,” elaborated Qureshi. 

The foreign minister also talked about Pakistan’s relations with the Gulf countries, other Muslim nations, and the United States in his interview, praising the role Pakistani allies have played to highlight the Kashmir cause on the international stage. 

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Hong Kong protesters defy rally ban

U.S. President Donald Trump urged China, Friday, August 30, to handle Hong Kong protests in a “humane fashion,” saying U.S. economic pressure on Beijing was responsible for preventing them from carrying out a harsher crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators. (AFP)

Hong Kong protesters create a human chain all way to Loin Rock yesterday that is tribute to the Baltic Way.

Hongkong mass arrest and deployment of 2 million riot force and permission not granted do not deter anti govt & pro -democracy protesters.

Hong Kong, thousands of pro-democracy protesters defied a police ban on rallying today, a day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has vowed not to give up after he was charged with inciting others to join a protest outside a police station in June. “We will continue our fight no matter how they arrest and prosecute us.”

Police banned a planned demonstration on security grounds after last weekend saw some of the most violent clashes in three months of political turmoil but nevertheless warned residents to expect severe disruption. 

Police erected fresh barricades near the highly guarded Liason Office — the department that represents China’s central government — and water cannon were driven onto the streets in anticipation of renewed clashes. 

By early afternoon, a few thousand protesters in their signature black t-shirts had filled an outdoor sports ground in the city centre, with some marching through surrounding streets. 

In an attempt to sidestep the protest ban, crowds carried crosses after calling on protesters to form religious gatherings, which do not require the same stringent permission from authorities.

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Chinese FM Wang Yi to visit Pyongyang

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to North Korea for talks with his North Korean counterpart, Pyongyang’s state media reported Saturday.

Wang will visit North Korea following an invitation by the North’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, without providing any further details.

Beijing’s foreign ministry also said Friday that Wang will leave China on Monday for a three-day visit to the North.

The visit comes as North Korea has been ramping up pressure on Seoul and Washington amid a deadlock in its denuclearization talks with the United States.

The two ministers could also discuss North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s possible visit to China in return for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to the North Korean capital in June, experts said.

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NK talks with U.S. ‘disappearing

North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui speaks during a press conference after the second meeting of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump held in Hanoi, Vietnam, on March 1, 2019. (Yonhap)

A top North Korean diplomat said Saturday that expectations for talks with the United States are fading away, bristling strongly at U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s description of Pyongyang’s behavior as “rogue.”

First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui also warned the U.S. not to test Pyongyang’s patience, claiming that Pompeo’s remarks made the resumption of working-level negotiations between the two countries more difficult.

“Our expectations of dialogue with the U.S. are gradually disappearing and we are being pushed to reexamine all the measures we have taken so far,” Choe said in a statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

“We are very curious about the background of the American top diplomat’s thoughtless remarks and we will watch what calculations he has. The U.S. had better not put any longer our patience to the test with such remarks irritating us if it doesn’t want to have bitter regrets afterwards,” she said.

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Chandrayaan-2 all set to reach polar synchronous orbit around moon

Chandrayaan-2 all set to reach polar synchronous orbit around moon

@isroIndia’s second lunar probe Chandrayaan-2 is all set to reach a polar synchronous orbit around the moon tomorrow. 

ISRO, in a release, said that the final round of lunar-bound orbit reducing manoeuvre would be held by 6 PM tomorrow to reach the circular path. 

It is planned to take the integrated lunar craft Chandrayaan-2 consisting of the orbiter, lander Vikram and rover Pragyaan in about a hundred-kilometre distant path around the moon with tomorrow’s last such operation. 

A similar operation held yesterday evening has been a resounding success, as it reached the intended path.

The circular and low distant path is considered the best-suited one, for the separation of the lander from the orbiter on September 2. 

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‘National Figure Ice skating Championship’ concludes at iSKATE

New Delhi, 30thAugust, 2019:The 2019 National Figure Skating Championship concluded this morning at iSKATE- ice skating rink & cafe at Ambience Mall, Gurugram. This was the sixteenth edition of National Ice Figure Skating Championship with about 100 figure skaters from all over India participating in this prestigious event. Andhra Pradesh was the leading team  with high standard athletes.

The figure skating championship was conducted in various age groups independently for boys and girls. There were distinctive classifications like solo and synchronized skating. The jury comprised of experienced figure skating coaches – Mr. J. S. Sahney, Mr. Vasu dev Tandi, Mr. NishchayLuthra and Mr. Pavan Kumar Akula.

The competitive event culminated to an award ceremony and honor service that was held on 30th August 2019 at 11 am wherein winners (at first position ) in different categories were awarded a cash prize of INR 10,000. Further a cash prize of INR 20,000 was awarded to the first position holder team in SNYCHRONIZED SKATING. The Results are placed below :

16th NATIONAL FIGURE SKATING RESULTS 2019
CATEGORYBelow 10 YearsSTATEBELOW 10YRSSTATE
     
POSITIONGIRLS BOYS 
     
FIRST (awarded cash of INR 10,000)B Sri SahitiAndhra PradeshAadarsh Singh RawatUttarakhand
SECONDApurva SinghUttarakhandArnab PalAndhra Pradesh
THIRDSameeksha PondalaAndhra PradeshBhavik GhaiDelhi
     
CATEGORY10-13 YEARSSTATE10-13 YEARSSTATE
FIRST(awarded cash of INR 10,000)Aanya SinghDelhiAaditabh GuptaDelhi
SECONDDontara GreeshmaAndhra PradeshM. Ram Sai TejaAndhra Pradesh
THIRDSaheera PondalaAndhra PradeshDodda NidhishAndhra Pradesh
     
CATEGORY13-15 YEARSSTATE13-15 YEARSSTATE
     
FIRST(awarded cash of INR 10,000)A.Sai SamhitaAndhra PradeshManit SinghDelhi
SECONDTanishka SinghUttarakhandK. Vaishnav VemamAndhra Pradesh
THIRDAshyaTamil NaduJatin SherawatHaryana
     
CATEGORY15-19 YEARSSTATE15-19 YEARSSTATE
     
FIRST(awarded cash of INR 10,000)Ishita KapoorDelhiPriyam TatedAndhra Pradesh
SECONDRiya SabooAndhra PradeshAbhijith Amal Rajkerala
THIRDS. Sai. Sri SwethaAndhra PradeshAnandhu Ajay RajKerala
     
CATEGORYAbove 19STATEAbove 19STATE
FIRST(awarded cash of INR 10,000)Parrii SrohiDelhiArun Kumar RayuduAndhra Pradesh
SECONDSimran ChughDelhiPratham TatedAndhra Pradesh
THIRDElisetty PallaviAndhra PradeshVyshnav R. NairKerala
 SYNCHRONIZED SKATING   
FIRST(awarded cash of INR 20,000)Winter Games Association of Andhra Pradesh   
SECONDDelhi   
THIRDUttarakhand   
     
 STATE WITH MAXIMUM WINS   
 Andhra Pradesh   

Commenting on the same, Karan Rai, Head iSKATE said “I wish to congratulate the winners for their outstanding performance. It is an absolute honor for iSKATE to be associated with the Ice Skating Association of India once again and host this esteemed championship. As one of the only true ice sports facility in India, iSKATE takes it upon itself the responsibility of encouraging young talent in this arena. With a vision to aid the overall development of winter sports in India, we are always keen to host and support National level events in Ice Skating, Speed Skating and Ice Hockey along with training camps to motivate and nurture the upcoming talent.”

Located on the 6th floor of Ambience Mall, Gurgaon, iSKATE has been visited by more than 18 lakh ice skating enthusiasts till date for leisure as well as professional training sessions in winter sports such as ice skating and ice hockey. The ability to play winter sports at India’s only all year ice skating rink iSKATE has made it extremely popular among youth, families and corporates appealing to age group spanning 5 years to 55 years.

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