Obama support Iran deal

Obama wins enough Senate support for Iran deal

Obama wins enough Senate support for Iran deal

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday earned sufficient congressional backing to ensure the Iran nuclear deal does not get blocked, when a 34th senator announced her support for the accord.

Most US lawmakers are opposed to the deal, which would ease punishing economic sanctions on Tehran while preventing it from advancing its nuclear program. Many Republicans warn that the Islamic republic will seek to cheat its way to an atomic bomb.

Should Congress pass a resolution that disapproves of the deal, Obama would veto it. Overcoming the veto would require a two-thirds vote in the Senate and House of Representatives.

With veteran Senate Democrat Barbara Mikulski announcing her support Wednesday, the deal now has 34 backers in the Senate — the number needed to uphold Obama´s veto.

While the deal is not perfect, Mikulski said, “I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb.”

She added that while she will vote for the deal, “Congress must also reaffirm our commitment to the safety and security of Israel.”

Republicans are unified in their opposition to the Iran accord, warning that the easing of sanctions will provide Iran with a windfall of up to $150 billion, which they say could be funnelled toward terrorist operations or actions against US ally Israel.

Democrats “own it,” number two Senate Republican John Cornyn posted on Twitter. “Iran deal done. With Mikulski, Obama has all the votes he needs.”

Wednesday 2nd September 2015

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Sun-roof of Benazir Bhutto’s car was opened on Naheed Khan’s behest: —

Sun-roof of Benazir Bhutto’s car was opened on Naheed Khan’s behest:

Sun-roof of BB’s car was opened on Naheed Khan’s behest: driver

 Javedur Rehman, the driver of Benazir Bhutto’s armoured vehicle, recorded his statement during today’s hearing in connection with BB’s murder case here at Adiala jail on Wednesday.

Rehman said on the day of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, her security was not adequate.

He said Benazir Bhutto was answering phone calls in which people were greeting her on holding a successful public meeting in Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi.

Since, the security was not enough on the route of her return from Liaquat Bagh, the supporters who were chanting slogans in her favour got the chance to get close to her moving vehicle, he said.

The driver said the vehicle was surrounded by a sea of people from all directions, blocking the way completely and leaving no other option for the vehicle but stop. “I kept blowing the horn, but to no avail,” he added.

He went on to say that Naheed Khan, who was present in the car, asked for opening the sun-roof. The next moment, BB got up and put her head out of the sun-roof, as she began responding to the supporters slogans and cheers. Then a big blast took place, he added.

After recording his account, the court directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to submit a report on US journalist Mark Siegel’s statement in the next hearing.

The court also summoned for next hearing one more witness named Professor Yousuf.

Former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in bomb and gun attack on December 27, 2007, as she returned in her armoured vehicle after addressing a public meeting in Liaquate Bagh, Rawalpindi.GeoTV-News

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UN Development Agenda 2015



UN General Assembly Transmits Text on Ambitious  Post-2015 Development Agenda

In a historic move on 1 September, the General Assembly adopted a resolution transmitting to its seventieth session a sweeping post-2015 development agenda aimed at eliminating poverty and hunger, protecting the planet and fostering peace, to be acted on during a high-level summit later this month.
Known as “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” — annexed in draft resolution A/69/L.85, which was adopted as orally revised — most notably lays out a set of 17 sustainable development goals with concrete targets ranging from the achievement of gender equality to taking urgent action to combat climate change.
“Agenda 2030 aims high,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, proclaiming it “the start of a new era” as he addressed the Assembly prior to the consensus adoption. The new plan marked a “paradigm shift” as it sought to foster peace and prosperity on a healthy planet and eliminate inequality.
The agenda broke new ground in the way it linked peace and security to sustainable development, rule of law, and access to justice, he said. It presented new options to deal with the root causes of present crises, from migration to gender inequality and beyond.
Looking forward, he said that, at the upcoming summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda — to be held from 25 to 27 September — more than 150 world leaders, as well as Pope Francis, would come together to begin the new era for sustainable development. “We must act with utmost ambition and show unwavering political will,” he stressed in that regard.
General Assembly President Sam Kutesa (Uganda) said the spirit with which the agenda was formulated was a triumph for multilateralism. “We have proven that the global community can work together to address pressing issues facing humanity while making the necessary commitments for the benefit of all,” he said.
The 17 sustainable development goals were comprehensive and addressed the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in an integrated way, he said. While they would be universally applicable, there was also recognition of national circumstances, different levels of development and the needs of countries in special situations.
Many of the more than 30 speakers taking the floor welcomed the spirit of consensus that had led to the agreement on the new agenda. Others hailed the “unprecedented” transparency of the negotiation process, with the representative of Colombia praising the involvement of thousands of civil society stakeholders who had been consulted prior to the finalization of the text.
Another resounding theme was the importance of respecting unique national circumstances and the priorities of States. The representative of Senegal, speaking on behalf of the African Group, endorsed the new agenda but warned that the follow-up to the goals and targets should not undermine the right of States to create their own national policies. Indeed, the agenda should not seek to “universalize” the values of the world’s people.
Similarly, a number of delegations, including those of Egypt, China and Brazil, lauded the inclusion of the principle of common but differentiated responsibility — which recognized the wide differences in levels of economic development between States — in the new agenda.
While a number of States listed reservations to the text, including references to sexual and reproductive rights, sexual orientation and the definition of the word “family”, broad consensus emerged on the need to move forward with the new agenda’s implementation.
In that connection, some speakers expressed high expectations that the newly established High-Level Political Forum under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council would be up to the task of monitoring and following up on the implementation process. Future generations must be able to look back and celebrate what had been achieved by the 2030 agenda, said the representative of Argentina, adding: “Now begins the difficult task of making this a reality.”
Also speaking, were the representatives of South Africa (on behalf of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China), Tonga (on behalf of the 12 Pacific small island developing States), Jamaica (on behalf of the Caribbean Community), Paraguay (on behalf of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries), Qatar (on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council ), Maldives (on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States), Indonesia (speaking on behalf of 12 countries), Venezuela, Kazakhstan, Japan, Republic of Korea, India, Iran, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Hungary, Sudan, Iceland, Chad, Russian Federation, Turkey, United States, Israel, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Norway and Panama.
In addition, the representative of the European Union Delegation and the observer for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See took part.

Secretary-General Applauds ‘Agenda 2030’ as Mark of Global Commitment at Dawn of New Era for Sustainable Development

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the General Assembly plenary meeting to adopt a draft resolution to transmit the Agenda 2030 outcome document, in New York on 1 September:
1 September is the start of a new era. We have travelled a long way together to reach this turning point. For 15 years, our pursuit of development has been inspired by eight Millennium Development Goals that captured our ambition to eradicate extreme poverty and appalling social ills.
Five years ago, you asked me to initiate thinking on a post-2015 development agenda. Two years later, at the Rio+20 summit meeting, you embarked on a process to craft a set of sustainable development goals — the SDGs — to be at the centre of this agenda.
You set in motion unprecedented international reflection, consultation and negotiations. All Member States joined in. We asked countless people what they want the world to be like in 2030. You listened to civil society organizations, academia, the private sector and many others, establishing a new standard for the inclusion of stakeholders in UN policy-shaping.
You spoke to each other and carried on a constructive dialogue. You have overcome differences in the interest of common good and after three years of negotiations, you reached an agreement in early August on a bold vision for transforming our world.
I commend the President of the General Assembly, as well as the co-chairs of the Open Working Group and the co-facilitators of the post-2015 negotiations, for their extraordinary leadership.
Today, we are ready to hand over this agenda to world leaders for endorsement at the Summit later this month. Agenda 2030 aims high. It puts people at the centre of development. It aims to foster human well-being, prosperity, peace and justice on a healthy planet. It pursues respect for the human rights of all people and gender equality. It speaks to all people in all countries and calls for action from everyone everywhere. It aims to inspire and create genuine partnerships among all countries and actors.
This agenda marks a paradigm shift. It completes the unfinished business of the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals], lifts the level of ambition and tackles emerging issues and challenges. It recognizes the close interdependence of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. It breaks new ground in the way it links peace and security to sustainable development, highlighting the centrality of the rule of law, accountable institutions and access to justice. It presents solutions to deal with root causes of the complex problems in our world today, from migration and conflict to exclusion, violence against women and humanitarian crises, and it prioritizes the vulnerable and marginalized, vowing to leave no one behind.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an agreement of which you can be proud. Implementation will require all stakeholders to continue to champion this cause. Reliable data and indicators will be essential for measuring progress and making sure our efforts reach everyone.
Ladies and gentlemen, 2015 is a watershed year for putting the world on a sustainable pathway. The Financing for Development Agreement reached in Addis Ababa in July and efforts to forge a new path forward on climate change in Paris in December are critical elements for the success of our endeavours. Together, they are foundational steps to begin implementing the 2030 Agenda.
They will be followed next year by further crucial steps, including the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May, the Habitat III Conference in Quito in October and the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the World Drug Problem. I urge you to continue showing the same strong commitment, flexibility and vision you have demonstrated in adopting the new development agenda.
At this month’s Summit, we expect Heads of State and Government to not only endorse the new Agenda, but to affirm their strong political commitment to its timely implementation. I am delighted that more than 150 world leaders, as well as His Holiness Pope Francis will join us to start this new era for sustainable development. We must all now act with utmost ambition — and mobilize maximum political will.
Seventy years ago, the United Nations was born from the experiences and convictions of great men and women who had seen the horrors of war. With today’s resolution, the United Nations has brought the international community to the cusp of decisions that can help realize the founders’ dream of a world of peace and dignity for all.
I thank you for having taken the world so far on our collective journey towards a better world for all the world’s peoples. Let us all now work with determination to reach that destination. Thank you, Mr. President.

Putin: Russia-China relations at its best

Russia and China, the countries face common development targets, such as changing the structure of the economy to favor high-technology sectors, Vladimir Putin said in an interview to Chinese and Russian media.
The Russian president spoke to TASS and Xinhua agencies as he prepared for a visit to China that kicks off on September 2.


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US-led coalition conducts airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq and Syria

The USA and its allies have carried out 19 airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria on Monday, the US military said in a statement on Tuesday. Syria witnessed six attacks against tactical units, fighting positions, a training camp and other IS targets. In Iraq the US-led coalition carried out 13 airstrikes near the cities of Bayji, Mosul, Ramadi and others. The USA announced Operation Inherent Resolve against the IS last year after the Islamists seized large territories in northern Iraq including the city of Mosul, the second biggest city of the country.

Islamic State (IS formerly ISIS/ISIL) on Tuesday claimed a car bomb attack against an oil company co-owned by Italy’s Eni in the Libyan capital. In a statement on Twitter, IS said that one of its “security detachments targeted the headquarters of Mellitah Oil and Gas with a car bomb in the Dhahra district in downtown Tripoli,” AFP said. At least one unidentified person was hurt in the explosion on Monday, a few meters away from the offices of the oil firm, which is also owned by the Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC). Mellitah’s offices sit on the same street as the shuttered embassies of Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands.


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Abbas won’t seek top PLO, Fatah posts

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told confidants he won’t seek re-election to the top posts in the Palestine Liberation Organization or his Fatah movement in upcoming elections, AFP reported, citing two officials. Abbas, 80, intends to retain his most important post, as president of the Palestinian self-rule government, according to the sources. The planned election of a new PLO Executive Committee is due in mid-September.

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UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York

Dear Media Colleagues,

On 25-27 September, over 160 Heads of State and Government, together with leaders of civil society and the private sector, will gather at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York for the adoption of the new sustainable development agenda. This bold and ambitious agenda aims to end poverty and promote prosperity and people’s well-being while protecting the environment over the next 15 years.

The Summit represents a key milestone in this year of global action. Following an address by His Holiness Pope Francis to the General Assembly, the three-day Summit will feature the ‘gavel moment’ when the Sustainable Development Goals are adopted (expected to be during the opening ceremony on the first day). The draft Summit schedule is attached


“Abhigyana Shakuntalam

Invitation for preview – 2nd year students production “Abhigyana Shakuntalam

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Dear friend,

It gives me an immense pleasure in informing you that NSD is organizing an effort to recreate the classical theatre. Sanskrit Classical Theatre is a highly developed theatre technique and its training is an integral part of NSD curriculum giving an opportunity to the students to interpret contemporary theatre practice inspired by classical theatre. NSD has invited one of the senior most theatre teachers Prof. Rita Ganguly who has been responsible for introducing a syllabus called Movement & Mime at NSD and taught in the School for 35 years. Abhigyana Shakuntalm is presented with incorporating great contemporary poets along with Kalidasa’s immortal verses. The play is being presented by second year students of NSD under the direction of Prof. Rita Ganguly, hence, all the media people are welcome to interview, see rehearsals and discuss the project with Prof. Ganguly. She will be happy to share her expertise in this subject.

Synopsis of the play

“Kalidasa’s immortal work Abhigyana Shakuntalam has been a seminal text through centuries. NSD presents the play as a contemporary subject of women’s emancipation against today’s atrocities and trauma that a young girl faces every day in our country. Shakuntala a young woman, been brought up at the hermitage of Kanvarishi was seduced by the king of the land Dushyant. He refuses to recognize the girl or even the possibility of the girl being impregnated by him on a later occasion. She was rejected and insulted in the court of the king. Years after he comes to Shakuntala to get back both the abundant wife and his son Bharata. In the presentation, Shakuntala refuses to go back, but like Ramayana as Sita sends forth Luv & Kush to Ram but refuses to go back with her husband, Shakuntala decides upon the same.

There is a growing awareness, the world over, to preserve ancient traditions. Thus Globe Theatre is being revived in London, Noh and Kabuki Theatre is zealously preserved in Japan and Classical Greek Theatre in Greece. In this backdrop it becomes imperative for us to look at our own heritage and attempt to revive our classical theatre which goes back at least 5000 years”.

Director, NSD invites you to see the whole process of the rehearsal and an interaction with Prof. Rita Ganguly as well.

Meeting with Prof. Rita Ganguly and view of ongoing rehearsal, you may contact the undersigned so that meeting session and rehearsal schedule can be updated accordingly.

Looking forward for a very favourable gesture at your end.

With warm regards,

Yours sincerely,

A.K. Barua

Public Relations Officer

National School of Drama