India dismisses Pakistan raising Kashmir issue as mere propaganda
India has dismissed Pakistan raising Kashmir issue in different International fora as mere propaganda. New Delhi said the military rule is the tradition of Islamabad whereas such a rule is unknown in India.
During the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference at Kampala in Uganda, the Pakistani Parliamentary delegation raked up the issue of Kashmir, alleging that Indian military forces had seized Kashmir.
The Pakistani propaganda was strongly opposed by MP Roopa Ganguly and other Members of the Indian delegation, who said that the tradition of military rule is prevalent in Pakistan and that the country had been under army rule for 33 years.
The Indian delegation included MPs Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and L Hanumanthaiah, is led by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
Earlier this month, Pakistan had raised the Kashmir issue too during the South Asian Speakers’ Summit in the Maldives. But, it was rejected in the Male declaration after India’s strong opposition.
PTIIn Uttar Pradesh, moderate to heavy rainfall for the last several days at various places has caused great loss to life and property. Waterlogging has also caused the problem to people in their day to day life.
Torrential rain has thrown normal life out of gear, affecting road traffic badly. AIR correspondent reports, during last thirty-six, hours more than 35 people have lost their lives in rain and rain-related incidents.
Most of the casualties have occurred due to collapsing of mud houses and walls. Five people died in Mirzapur district due to house collapse. Twenty-eight houses have been reported collapsed due to rain.
Chandauli and Varanasi districts including several other places are receiving intermittent rain for the last 72 hours. Met department has warned heavy rain at isolated places in eastern Uttar Pradesh and rains with thundershowers at some places in the Western part of the state.
Bihar, 36 people have died in rain-related incidents throughout the state. Maximum 14 people have lost their lives in Kaimur, Gaya and Sasaram. Torrential rains have worsened the situation in several parts of the state, including Patna, Nawada, Vaishali, Bhagalpur and Purnea.
Over 200 mm rainfall has been recorded in Patna. The capital is witnessing flood-like situation with low lying areas being inundated. People have been confined to their homes NDRF jawans are evacuating affected people. Boats have been pressed into service.
Telephone and mobile phone services are not functioning properly. FM transmission of AIR Patna has been shut down due to waterlogging in the centre. Trains passing through Patna have cancelled. Long route trains have been diverted.
Flights could not land at Patna airport due to inclement weather. The water level of several rivers, including Ganga, Nagmayi, Sone and Punpun are flowing above the danger mark.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is personally monitoring relief and rescue operations. The state government has instructed to step up relief and rescue operations in the affected areas.
India Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rain in parts of north Gujarat and the state’s Saurashtra-Kutch belt over the weekend.
In Andhra Pradesh, River Krishna is in spate again following heavy rain in the upper catchment areas in Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Consequently, the crest gates of major dams were opened for the third time in the last couple of months to let out floodwater into the Bay of Bengal.
A Senegalese combat helicopter from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic has crashed, killing three people, Reuters quoted the mission head as saying on Friday.
The crash occurred as the chopper was landing in the western town of Bouar and also resulted in one injury, MINUSCA chief Mankeur Ndiaye tweeted.
MINUSCA has more than 12,000 uniformed personnel trying to restore stability to the country, where mainly Muslim Selaka rebels overthrew the president in 2013, prompting reprisals from mostly Christian militia.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to give back to President Reuven Rivlin the mandate to form a government, after Sunday’s negotiations by party leaders did not resolves the deadlock.
Israel’s centrist Blue and White party on Friday rejected what it said were demands from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a unity government under his leadership with his right-wing and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies.
Blue and White won the most seats in elections earlier this month. It said after talks with Netanyahu’s Likud that it “made clear from the outset” that it would reject those conditions, AP reports.
“It is clear that the stance taken in setting these two preconditions is aimed at dragging the state of Israel into a third round of elections, in line with the interests of the prime minister,” Blue and White said.
The centrist party, led by former army chief Benny Gantz, won 33 seats, closely followed by Netanyahu’s Likud, with 32. Neither has enough support to assemble a 61-seat majority coalition, and they are fiercely divided over the leadership and makeup of any unity government.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said that in the present circumstances, people need to make more efforts to protect the honour and rights of women. She made the appeal in her message to greet and wish people on the occasion of ‘Shardiya Navratras’ and ‘Durga Puja’.
Gandhi said in the coming nine days, nine forms of the Goddess are worshipped and this worship of power is also related to the important place of women in society. In the present circumstances, ‘we need to make more efforts to protect the honour and rights of women’, she was quoted as saying by a statement from the Congress. Gandhi said nine forms of the Goddess symbolise courage, valour, prosperity, opulence, strength, intelligence, knowledge, wisdom and positive powers. “Hope that worshippers by fasting and worshipping strengthen their will and defeat negative forces,” she said.
On ‘Navadurga Parva’, she wished that there should be communication of brotherhood, love, peace and power throughout the country, the statement said. — PTI
The meeting of BJP Central Election Committee is currently underway at Party Headquarters in New Delhi to discuss names of candidates for upcoming Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections. It is being attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, JP Nada and other senior party leaders.
The two states will go to polls in a single phase on 21st of next month. The last date for filing of nominations is 4th October.
Congress Central Election Committee is also scheduled to meet tomorrow to finalise names of candidates for the two poll-bound states
Afghanistan president election is marred by violence and low turnout. At least 30 security personnel and 10 civilians were killed on Saturday, and at least 40 security forces and 150 civilians wounded in the Taliban attacks in 28 provinces.
IEC showed that with data from slightly more than half the stations, just under 1.1 million people had voted. With low turn out trend holds, it would represent a participation level of less than 25% lower than any of Afghanistan’s three previous presidential elections.
Authorities hailed Saturday’s election as a success because the Taliban were unable to pull off a large-scale attack resulting in high casualty numbers.
The insurgents managed to conduct a string of bombings at polling stations and launch attacks on Afghan security forces across the country. Taliban claims to have conducted 531 attacks, Interior Ministry said “the enemy” had carried out 68 assaults.
Officially eighteen candidates are registered with the IEC as presidential hopefuls, with the two favorites being current President Ashraf Ghani, and his Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
In order to win the election outright, a candidate needs 51% of all votes. In case no one gets a majority, the top two candidates will face off in a second vote.
The preliminary results should be ready by October 17, nearly three weeks after the election. The final tally is expected to be announced on November 7.
Austria is holding snap elections today after a corruption scandal in May prompted collapse of the coalition government. Exit polls suggest former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s conservative People’s Party is on track to win the most votes but will need a coalition partner. The Social Democrats, the far-right Freedom Party, the Greens and the liberals are also in the race.
The scandal toppled Mr Kurz’s government, and the former leader of his coalition partner the Freedom Party (FPÖ), Heinz-Christian Strache. Mr Strache, Austria’s Vice-Chancellor, was caught on video promising government contracts to a woman posing as the niece of a Russian oligarch.
conservative People’s Party (OVP) looks set to take the lead, but not enough to form a majority government. With 6.4 million people eligible to vote, polling stations across the country opened at seven am (0500 GMT). They will close by five pm (1500 GMT) when first projections are expected.
OVP, led by ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, is predicted to win around 33%, up slightly from the last elections two years ago.