<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Mehbooba Mufti government announced amnesty to first time stone throwers, centre’s Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma is all set to kick-start `Mission Kashmir’ 2.0 and meet the cross sections of society in strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir.Unlike his previous visit last month, Sharma is starting his tour from the winter capital city Jammu on Friday. Sharma will be visiting the migrant pandit camps and meet the representatives of the community to discuss their problems.During his last visit he had met the delegation of Panun Kashmir, an apex body of Kashmir migrant pandits in Jammu. This time around he is touring their camps in Jagti and take on the spot view of their problems.Official figures reveal that around 41,117 migrant families from Kashmir are registered in Jammu and 21,000 others in Delhi and other states. Of the total migrant families living in Jammu, 37,128 are Hindus, 2,246 Muslims, and 1,758 Sikhs.Figures released by Kashmir Pandit Sangrash Simiti (KPSS), an apex body of non-migrant pandits, reveal that 677 Kashmiri pandits have been killed by the militants since 1990. The figures include the mass massacres of Kashmiri Pandits at different places at different times. However, the state government figures reveal that only 219 Kashmiri Pandits were killed in the state since 1989.“From day one we have been saying pandit townships in Kashmir are not alternative to our miseries. We believe that homeland for pandits in the valley with Union territory status is the only solution”, said Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, president of Panun Kashmir.In a resolution passed by Panun Kashmir in December 1991, Kashmiri Pandits demanded that the Centre create a homeland comprising the regions of the valley to the East and North of river Jhelum. The homeland, according to Panun Kashmir, should have a union territory status where the Constitution of India is made applicable in letter and spirit to ensure a right to life, liberty, freedom of expression and faith, equality and rule of law.“We have met Sharma last time and we do not have any problem in meeting him again if he desires so this time around. We will be pressing for a homeland. We also want to reiterate that the sovereignty of the country is non-negotiable. It is the bottom-line and government should make it clear during discussions”, said Chrungoo.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Tuesday welcomed the re-election of Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and said that the extraordinary support from the UN members was reflective of the respect for India’s strong constitutional integrity of the polity.Hailing Bhandari’s re-election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed it as a proud moment and credited External Affairs Ministry Sushma Swaraj and her ministry’s officials for their efforts in ensuring his success.On her part, Swaraj made a special mention of India’s Permanent Representative at the UN Syed Akbaruddin while hailing her ministry’s team.”Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re- election as a Judge of the ICJ. Huge efforts by Team – MEA. Syed Akbaruddin, our Permanent Representative in the UN deserves a special mention,” she said on Twitter.In a statement, the MEA said the UN Security Council and the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of India and Judge Bhandari received all 15 votes in the UN Security Council and 183 out of the 193 votes in the UN General Assembly.”The extraordinary support from the UN membership is reflective of the respect for strong constitutional integrity of the Indian polity and the independence of the judiciary in India,” it said.It may be recalled that the Indian National Group to the Permanent Court of Arbitration had re-nominated Judge Dalveer Bhandari as India’s national candidate in June 2017, the ministry said.”India has been supporting the campaign of Judge Bhandari through diplomatic efforts at different fora. The UK decided to withdraw its candidate after a closely fought electoral process. We appreciate the UK decision. We thank all those governments who supported India in this election.In a series of tweets, the prime minister also expressed gratitude to members of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council for “their support and trust in India.””Congratulations to EAM SushmaSwaraj and her entire team at MEA and diplomatic missions for their untiring efforts that have led to India’s re-election to ICJ,” Modi tweeted.Bhandari, 70, and UK’s Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election as the UN could not decide between them after electing four out of five judges to the ICJ.Terming Bhandari’s re-election as a “huge diplomatic win”, BJP president Amit Shah said his win is a reflection of a “strong and decisive” leadership.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UN General Assembly and the Security Council will meet on Monday for a new round of voting for the last seat at the International Court of Justice, amid reports of the UK trying to ‘misuse’ its UN Security Council membership by pushing for a joint conference mechanism.India’s nominee Dalveer Bhandari and Britains Christopher Greenwood are locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election.On Monday, PTI quoting sources saying that the UK is trying to ‘misuse’ its UN Security Council membership. The ‘dirty politics’ being played by India’s former colonial ruler, as one UN insider put it, has sent a sense of “uneasiness” among other members of the powerful UN Security Council, many of whom are aware of the long-term implications of a move to ignore the voice of the majority of the United Nations General Assembly.Bhandari, 70, has the support of nearly two-thirds of 193 UN members. Greenwood, who has already served one nine-year term in ICJ, is trailing behind more than 50 votes in the General Assembly. However, he received nine against five for Bhandari in the Security Council.To win ICJ election a candidate needs to get a majority in both the General Assembly and the Security Council, which has not been the case in the 11 rounds of voting so far.In all previous incidents, the candidate getting a majority in the General Assembly has eventually been elected a judge of The Hague-based International Court of Justice.Last week, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin asserted that the momentum lies with India.”The situation is clear even at this stage. One candidate has failed to reach anywhere near the absolute majority mark in the General Assembly for numerous consecutive rounds – when he was in a group of six and when he is on a ballot with two names,” he said.Based in The Hague, the ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term.Established in 1945, the role of the ICJ is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by states and to give advisory opinions on legal questions.(With PTI inputs)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua accused India of creating a “two-front situation” for Pakistan, saying such a policy would be detrimental to regional peace and stability.His statement came during his talks with visiting Special Representative of Germany for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel who was accompanied by German Ambassador Martin Kobler here.According to a statement by the NSA office, the two sides discussed the regional security situation and the prevailing situation in Afghanistan.Janjua said that Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan but the same is under stress due to involvement of India which wants to create a “two front situation” for Pakistan.”India is self-seeking a two front situation which does not augur well for the region. All major powers of the world need to play their role in keeping the region stable and balanced,” he said.He meant to say that Pakistan was being stretched to fight militants on the western front with Afghanistan and face Indian army on the eastern border with India.The NSA also said that for “regional peace and stability, it is imperative for both the countries to engage with each and resolve their disputes”.He said Pakistan and India should resolve their disputes for the sake of better future.Janjua also said Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan and urged for a political settlement of the Afghan issue.”To end miseries of Afghanistan and its people, warring sides should seek a political solution to the conflict as the perpetual war of last 16 years has given us nothing but human miseries and sufferings,” Janjua added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of children shared their ideas on how businesses can ensure protection and promotion of children’s rights at the National Stock Exchange on Children’s Day. Children from NGOs such as Nine is Mine and Ashramshalas raised their voice for protecting the rights of the world’s most vulnerable children, and later also rang the bell at NSE.The children also presented interpretations of Child Rights and Sustainable Development Goals and what they mean for children. According to the kids, ‘all rights are children rights’. While Right To Education is an important right, they feel Right To Information and Freedom of Expression too are important for them.Henriette Ahrens, Deputy Representative – Programmes, UNICEF India said, “One very important right for children is their right to participate. They are the most influential change agents. We believe that children are not only the future but also a big part of the change we need to bring. We try to learn from them too.”The private sector can play a significant role in ensuring every child has a fair start in life. “There are NGOs coming forward to help us while we are in school but they need to make our future bright by helping us get higher education,” said class 10 student Gulam Shah.“Many students in tribal areas have potential to perform but are not explored properly. The private sector should involve social causes more in tribal areas so that the children from the tribal regions like adivasi community gets a platform to show their talent,” said student Prakash Mali.“I never saw Sustainable Development Goals with a perspective of child rights. There are lack of facilities. Giving a facility is not important but looking at what is necessary for the child is. People look at girl child education has a single topic but there are many issues which needs to be explored. The private sector also has limited resources,” said Anurag Pratap, CSR Leader, Capgemini Technology Services Limited.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RSS-affiliated ABVP and the Congress-backed NSUI have claimed victory in the student union elections held today in government colleges across the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, after a gap of nearly six years.The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) also claimed its maiden win in the elections.The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) alleged that its candidates and supporters were beaten up at several places and that the poll was “rigged” in favour of the ABVP.However, the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) said the polls were conducted in a peaceful manner.”ABVP has registered victories in colleges in all districts. Parishad won in 90 per cent places (colleges) in these elections,” ABVP organisation secretary, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Prafull Akaant, said.He said the ABVP registered victories at several colleges including in Jhabua, Khandwa, Barwani, Indore, and in Barkatullah University in Bhopal.In Madhya Pradesh, direct elections were discontinued on campus after clashes took place among student groups. The elections resumed in 2005, but on the basis of merit only. The last student elections were held in colleges in 2011-12.”Holding student union elections peacefully is a reply to the people who were expressing apprehension of violence in these polls,” the ABVP leader said.NSUI’s state president Vipin Wankhede said they have won in “60 per cent” of the colleges.”Candidates of NSUI registered victory in 60 per cent colleges of the state including those in Dewas, Singrauli, Harda and several other districts,” he said.Wankhede alleged that NSUI candidates and supporters were beaten up by activists of ABVP at some places.He alleged that NSUI members have emerged victorious in elections at the Barkatullah University in Bhopal, “but the administration declared results in favour of the ABVP”.CYSS convener Nishant Gangwani said his organisation registered victory at 86 posts of Class Representative (CR) and four posts of (college) presidents among others.”We won the elections in Katni district, the home turf of state Cabinet minister Sanjay Pathak, and at Churhat Assembly constituency of the Opposition Leader Ajay Singh,” Gangwani claimed.The process to conduct the elections started from October 23 and the results were announced today.In these polls, the students elect CR of each class.These CRs then contest for student council of their respective colleges. The council comprises president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary who are directly elected by students. These representatives of students then elect the university councils.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> China’s top diplomat and Special Representative for India-China border talks has been elected to the powerful Central Committee of the CPC, belying speculation that he is set to retire.Yang Jiechi, 67, along with Foreign Minister Wang Yi, 64, were elected to the 204-member central committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) which concluded its once-in- five-years Congress here today. Former Chinese Ambassador to India, Le Yucheng was among the 172 alternate members elected to the Central Committee.Yang, a former Chinese foreign minister who took part in the India-China border talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval also played a major role in the talks to resolve the 73-day Dokalm standoff which ended on August 28.Observer say that Yang may get elevated to the 25-member Politburo of the CPC which will be unveiled tomorrow along with the seven-member Standing Committee which governs the country. If he gets into the Politburo, Yang could become vice premier becoming first Chinese foreign ministry official to get the post in over a decade, observers said.If he gets elevated, Wang could become state councillor and the new Special Representative of India-China border talks in March. The elevation of Yang, Wang and Le shows President Xi Jinping’s plans to give a big diplomatic push for his multibillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative as well as to counter US push into Asia-Pacific. The absence of the country’s top diplomat from the Politburo was largely due to an unwritten party rule which favoured seniority over competence, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said in a recent write-up.It quoted officials as saying that Yang appeared keen to cling on to power and he had been particularly active in the past few months, taking personal credit for establishing a personal rapport between Xi and Trump and bringing an end to China’s border stand-off with India. Beijing was “seriously considering” the elevation of the country’s top diplomat because China now saw itself as a global power and the increased prominence would help implement Xi’s ambitious initiatives such as the ‘Belt and Road’ infrastructure and trade development scheme, it said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after Pakistan misused the photo of a Gaza attack victim to pass it off as ‘proof’ of violence in Kashmir, the United Nations has said that it will look into the matter.According to media reports, Miroslav Lajcak, President of the United Nations General Assembly, said that he will “certainly think” about how to deal with erroneous use of pictures.When asked if he would like to see “some sort of factual baseline” set Lajcak said, “I will certainly think about it.”But he also added that it was matter of diplomacy and the rights and sensitivities of nations.”It is not for me to answer. It’s for the delegations that are involved.”Last week, Pakistan envoy Maleeha Lodhi had used the photograph of a Gaza victim and said it was ‘face of democracy’ in India.Lodhi alleged that “in her vitriol she (Sushma Swaraj) deliberately ignored the core issue” of Kashmir.But Islamabad was on backfoot as soon as the social media unmasked the its lie.Days later, India also exercised Right to Reply, and showed the picture of Lt Ummer Fayaz, a bright young Kashmiri man, who was kidnapped and killed by terrorists.“The Permanent Representative of Pakistan misled this Assembly by displaying this picture to spread falsehood about India. A fake picture to push a completely false narrative,” said Indian envoy Paulomi Tripathi said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In their Right to Reply, India called out Pakistan’s grave mistake at the UN and countered with a picture that captured the trauma of Kashmiris and Indians who have to bear the burnt of Pakistan-sponsported terrorism in the Valley. On Sunday, Pak’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi had flashed a picture of an injured Gaza girl with no connection to India while alleging she was a victim of pellet guns in Kashmir.Exercising her right to reply hours after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj blasted Pakistan for its support to terrorism, Lodhi, on the floor of the UN General Assembly, held up a photograph of a woman whose face was peppered with alleged pellet gun wounds. “This is the face of Indian democracy,” Pak’s Lodhi claimed.However, the picture was a fake and India pointed that out when they replied to Pakistan. Ms Paulomi Tripathi, Permanent Mission of India to UN pointed out that the picture was taken on July 22 2014 by an American photographer. She called it a fake picture to push a completely false narrative.
ALSO READ We made IITs, IIMs, you created LeT & JEM: Sushma Swaraj tears into Pakistan at UNGAShe also shared a picture of Lieutenant Ummer Faiyaz, a soldier who was kidnapped at a wedding celebration by terrorists in May 2017, calling it ‘a picture of terrorism’. She said: “This is a true picture. It portrays a harsh and tragic reality. A picture of terrorism emanating from across our borders that the people of India, especially in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have to struggle with, every day. This is the reality which the Permanent Representative of Pakistan sought to obfuscate. ” Here’s the full text of her reply: 72nd session of UNGA 25 September 2017 Statement in exercise of India’s Right of Reply by Ms. Paulomi Tripathi Mr. President, The Permanent Representative of Pakistan, in her statement, yet again sought to divert attention from Pakistan’s role as the hub of global terrorism. She did so by callously holding up a picture of an injured girl. It was a photograph of Rawya abu Jom’a, a girl from Palestine. The picture was taken on 22 July 2014 by an American photographer Heidi Levine. This photograph was published by New York Times on 24 March 2015 under the caption ‘Conflict, Courage and Healing in Gaza’. The Permanent Representative of Pakistan misled this Assembly by displaying this picture to spread falsehoods about India. A fake picture to push a completely false narrative. Mr. President, In view of this cynical and misleading attempt by Pakistan, we are constrained to show this Assembly, a photograph that reflects the real picture of pain inflicted by the nefarious designs of Pakistan on India. This is a real and not a fake picture of Lt. Umar Faiyaz. A young officer from the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. Ummer Faiyaz was kidnapped at a wedding celebration. He was brutally tortured and killed by Pakistan supported terrorists in May 2017. This is a true picture. It portrays a harsh and tragic reality. A picture of terrorism emanating from across our borders that the people of India, especially in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have to struggle with, every day. This is the reality which the Permanent Representative of Pakistan sought to obfuscate. Mr. President, The true face of Pakistan is not hidden from anyone. Thank you Mr. President. The incident took place when Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of a relative. Fayaz was abducted by five to six militants from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian last night. His bullet-riddled body was found in Harmain area of Shopian on Wednesday morning, a police official said. Hailing from Kulgam district, Fayaz was in the Infantry and posted in Akhnoor area in Jammu. He was commissioned in the Army in December last year.His death, particularly the brutal nature of it had shaken the Valley. With inputs from PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Pakistan mulling to raise the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, a top Indian diplomat on Sunday said while Islamabad is fixated on the same matter, India is focusing on a progressive approach, adding that raising the issue would be like ‘Miyan ki daud masjid Tak’ for them, a reference to a Hindi idiom.Talking about the same, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said, ” If they (Pakistan) focus on an issue which has not been on the discussion table in the UN now for decades, not for years, for decades, if this is what they want to focus on, so be it. To be his own… Miyan ki daud masjid tak (Some people think within a limited focus and are unable to think beyond that).”He further said that India’s main issues are global and future-centric unlike Pakistan’s.”I have outlined our approach, that is progressive forward looking. We are visionary in our goals. If on the other hand there are other countries, who as you say, focus on yesterday’s issues then they are yesterday’s people,” he said.Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is set to attend the UN General Assembly on Monday and will raise Kashmir issue in the United Nations General Assembly.The Pakistan Foreign Minister said that they will continue its engagement at the UN to protect national interests, including on core issues such as Jammu and Kashmir, reform of the Security Council, counter-terrorism, human rights, peacekeeping.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India has favoured a discussion in the UN General Assembly, the first in 12 years, on ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.As many as 113 countries, including India voted in its favour, while 21 others including Pakistan opposed the idea of having a debate. Seventeen countries registered their abstention.Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, said that the discussions on the concept required open, inclusive and transparent deliberation.The Responsibility to Protect was one of the foremost of every State, and as such, India would support the inclusion of such an item on the agenda for the current session, he said.Akbaruddin said India is voting in support of the recommendation of the General Committee to include it on the agenda of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly with the understanding that the sponsors of the proposal aim to have a debate at the 72nd Session only.This is the for the first time in 12 years that the General Assembly voted to include the item on the formal agenda.”They have articulated their objective as wanting to have a thematic debate and not one that addresses country-specific situations, and have also indicated that they do not seek the adoption of any resolution.”This is in line with our understanding that the gravity of the normative concepts at stake requires careful deliberation rather than pre-emptive decision making, he said.India like many others recognises the need to find appropriate ways to address these legally complex and politically challenging issues, he noted.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has trashed reports that an affidavit has been filed by the government in the Supreme Court calling the Rohingya Muslims a ‘national threat’.“Not filed any affidavit yet on Rohingyas,” Union Minister Kiren Rijiju was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.It should be noted that WION had earlier reported about the fact that the Ministry of Home Affairs had said no such affidavit had been filed before the apex court and that the matter was “under consideration”.“The official position of the MHA is that no such affidavit has been filed before the SC. Filing of the affidavit is still under consideration,” an official in the MHA told WION.This position taken by the ministry is set to create a flutter given the reports that emanated from the Supreme Court earlier on Thursday that Rohingya Muslims were a serious threat to national security and were vulnerable to be exploited for terrorist activities by ISIS.Reports from the top court also stated that the Centre had told the apex court that Rohingyas must be deported in the larger national interest.India has been facing some degree of criticism from the international community over it’s decision to deport 40,000 Rohingyas migrants illegally staying in various Indian cities. This latest episode on whether an affidavit was filed before the Supreme Court or not is only going to fuel the controversy.Only days ago, the Human Rights Commissioner at the United Nations had “deplored” Indian government’s decision to deport approximately 40,000 Myanmarese Rohingya refugees.“India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations,” the UN Human Rights body had said.Sharply reacting to this, India’s Ambassador Rajiv K Chander, who is the Permanent Representative of India to the UN in Geneva had said that India was perplexed at “some of the observations made by the High Commissioner in his oral update”.“There appears to be inadequate appreciation of the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed and practised daily in a vibrant democracy that has been built under challenging conditions. Tendentious judgements made on the basis of selective and even inaccurate reports do not further the understanding of human rights in any society,” Chander had said.“Like many other nations, India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenges. Enforcing the laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion,” Chander had further stated.The Indian Permanent Representative to the UN also stated that “it is also surprising that individual incidents are being extrapolated to suggest a broader societal situation” and that “India is proud of its independent judiciary, freedom of press, vibrant civil society and respect for rule of law and human rights.“A more informed view would have not only recognized this but also noted, for example, that the Prime Minister himself publicly condemned violence in the name of cow protection. India does not condone any actions in violation of law and imputations to the contrary are not justified,” Chander had stated.
Updated: Sep 8, 2017, 05:34 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has told Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir will remain its integral part and criticised Islamabad for using terrorism as “tool of state policy” to covet the Indian territory.Senior Indian diplomat Srinivas Prasad said it was “well known” that Islamabad provides safe havens to terrorists.In a reply to Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi who raised the Kashmir issue during a debate yesterday, Prasad said Islamabad has used “terrorism as a tool of state policy” and was using the UN platform to “covet Indian territory”.”May I remind our neighbour that Jammu and Kashmir is and will remain an integral part of India. It is time that Pakistan too reconciles to this. As a democracy India always abides by the choice of the people and will not allow it to be undermined by terrorists and extremists.”It reiterates the principle of the need for promotion of peace through non-violence, a principle Gandhiji so eloquently expressed in his life message,” Prasad said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol that commits countries to contain the emission of greenhouse gases, reaffirming its stand on climate action. In a brief statement, India’s Permanent Mission to the UN said that India deposited its Instrument of Acceptance of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol under the UN Convention on Climate Change here yesterday. With this, India became the 80th country to accept the amendment relating to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the international emissions reduction treaty. “India’s acceptance reaffirms our continued commitment to climate action,” the Indian mission said in a statement. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, who handed over India’s Instrument, tweeted “maintaining momentum on Climate Change. India submits instrument of acceptance of Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol”. The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which commits its Parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets. The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997 and entered into force in February 2005. The first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol was from 2008-2012. The Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in Qatar in December 2012. The amendment includes new commitments for parties to the Kyoto Protocol who agreed to take on commitments in a second commitment period from January 2013 to December 2020 and a revised list of greenhouse gases to be reported on by Parties in the second commitment period, according to the UNFCCC website. The Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in January given its approval to ratify the second commitment period of the international treaty.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi today discussed “major problems” in bilateral ties, the foreign ministry here said after the first high-level meeting between India and China since the military standoff erupted in the Sikkim sector on June 16. The Chinese foreign ministry, in a brief readout on Doval-Yang meeting, said Yang “elaborated China’s position on bilateral issues and major problems”, which is being seen as an apparent reference to the standoff in the Dokalam area. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency also reported that Yang met separately with Doval and his other counterparts from South Africa and Brazil. Though there were no direct reference to the Sikkim standoff in the Xinhua report, it said the talks between Doval and Yang included bilateral relations, international and regional issues and multilateral affairs. Though China had maintained that there won’t be a meaningful dialogue without the unconditional withdrawal of Indian troops, India has been maintaining that the unilateral action by China to build a road in the area was altering the status quo and had serious security implications for India. India has also been pitching for diplomatic solution to resolve the standoff but sought simultaneous withdrawal of troops of both the sides from the tri-junction with Bhutan. However, the Chinese official media has been carrying a blistering campaign accusing India of trespassing into the Chinese territory. Doval arrived here yesterday to take part in the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) NSAs meeting being hosted by Yang, who, like Doval, is the Special Representative for India-China boundary talks. His visit has raised expectations about the likelihood of India and China finding a way-out of the over the month-long standoff. While the media had no access to today’s meetings, it will be allowed to cover tomorrow’s joint meeting of the NSAs of the five-member bloc. Doval, along with other heads of the delegations, will also call on Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow evening. About the BRICS NSAs meeting, the Chinese foreign ministry on Monday said that the meeting on security issues is a major platform for BRICS countries to discuss and conduct cooperation in politics and security fields. “It bears great significance for these countries to strengthen strategic communication, enhance political mutual trust and elevate their impact on global affairs.” As agreed by all parties, those at the meeting will discuss on topics including global governance, anti-terrorism, internet security and energy security, as well as major international and regional hot spot issues and national security and development, Lu said. The military standoff began on June 16 when Chinese troops attempted to lay a road in the Dokalam area. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. India and China share a 220-km-long border in Sikkim section.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Security Adviser Ajit Doval will be travelling to Beijing to attend a BRICS meeting on July 27 and 28, the External Affairs Ministry said today. The visit comes amid deterioration in bilateral ties between the two neighbours due to the Dokalam standoff with Beijing ratcheting up its rhetoric against New Delhi on the dispute. “As far as visit of the National Security Adviser to China for the meeting of BRICS NSAs is concerned, I can confirm that he will be visiting. The visit will take place on Jul 27 and 28,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. Asked whether Doval will have any bilateral meeting with any Chinese leader or the Special Representative for boundary talks on the sidelines of the meeting of NSAs from BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), Baglay did not give a direct reply “We will keep you informed as and when there are developments,” he said. Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off in Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India said today it will continue to use diplomatic channels with China to resolve Dokalam stand off and insisted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held “conversation on range of issues” in Hamburg.There is a stand off between the armies of India and China in the Dokalam area in the Sikkim sector, where Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers on June 16.”We have diplomatic channels available. We have embassies in both countries. Those channels will continue to be used,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said when asked about the nearly month-long stand off in Dokalam.He also referred to Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s remarks at an event in Singapore on the issue. Baglay noted that there were well-established and mutually agreed mechanisms to address differences on border issue as well as tri-junctions.”I would only refer you back to the information we put out after the meeting (in Hamburg). There was a picture that we had tweeted. There was a brief text that…said at the BRICS leaders’ informal meeting at Hamburg on the sidelines of the G0-20 summi, the BRICS leaders an informal meeting was hosted by China.”Prime Minister Modi and President Xi had a conversation on a range of issues,” Baglay said when asked about the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman’s remarks that there was no bilateral meeting between the two leaders.However, he refused to give details on the “range of issues”, saying, “It is not for me to comment as to what grounds the two leaders covered.”On whether Dokalam stand off also figured during the “conversation on range of issues” between Modi and Xi, Baglay said, “There was a conversation between them. There were a range of issues that was the subject matter of that conversation.”Asked if his remarks on diplomatic resolution of Dokalam stand off indicated any shift in Chinese demand for withdrawal of Indian troops from the area, he said India has already outlined its position on the issue.”There was also a ‘conversation on a range of issues’ between the leaders of India and China in Hamburg. And today I have said that there are diplomatic channels which will continue to be used. So, you have to see everything in totality,” he asserted.On strong rhetorics in Chinese media warning India on the Dokalam stan doff, Baglay said, “This matter we are dealing with is a serious matter and it has implications. We remain engaged in addressing this matter…”On whether National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was travelling to Bejing on July 26, he said there was no information with him.Doval, who is the Special Representative for the India- China border talks, is expected to visit Beijing on July 26 to attend the meeting of the NSAs from BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.Baglay also declined to comment on recent meeting between the top Chinese envoy and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, saying the MEA does not comment on activities of embassies or political parties.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India at the United Nations 35th session of the Human Rights Council highlighted Pakistan’s role in supporting terrorism in Kashmir and called upon the global body for a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism.India’ s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Rajiv K Chander, noted at the session that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and that Pakistan remains in illegal occupation of a part of our territory.Therefore, the neutrality of the phrase “Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir” is artificial. He furthermore added that Jammu and Kashmir has an elected democratic government that represents all sections of the people unlike the situation in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.’The central problem in Jammu & Kashmir is cross-border terrorism, and Pakistan’s use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy. This fact needs due recognition by one and all. We firmly believe that a policy of zero tolerance to terrorism is as much an international obligation as it is a commitment to our own people,’ said the ambassador.He asserted that a robust independent media and civil society combined with an impartial judiciary, act as the sentinels of Indian democracy.Chander also pointed that India remains unconvinced by the belief in certain quarters that the true promotion and protection of human rights can be achieved only through naming and shaming, particularly in the case of thriving pluralistic societies with deep-rooted democratic traditions and institutions.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Access to rural population to tangible assets and making farm and manufacturing sector workers equity partners are key factors in addressing “growing problems of inequality,” noted Bangladeshi economist Rehman Sobhan today said. Also, establishment of a 21st century Agrarian Reforms Commission and the “need to address the sources of inequality” were important, said Sobhan, who is chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue (Dhaka-Bangladesh). He was delivering the “UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Madanjeet Singh second memorial lecture on addressing the structural sources of inequality in South Asia” at Pondicherry University here. “Establishment of an agrarian reforms commission, providing access for rural population to tangible assets, ensuring better quality education in institutions run by the government and also electoral reforms” are key factors needed to address the growing problems of inequality, he said. “Even within the prevailing inequitable social dispensation across South Asia there is no reason why we can’t explore agrarian reforms which are politically feasible as well as economically sustainable,” he said. Economic intervention programmes by the governments across South Asia such as employment guarantee schemes, welfare programmes and subsidies had helped reduced poverty, “but inequality and social disparity have widened in the region,” he said. Suggesting mandatory offering of equity stake in the value addition process, he said, “it is actually making a farmer a business partner of the corporate entity which finally sells his produce.” The ultimate aim should be to move towards a “common school system which provides high quality public education.” Chairman of Kasturi and Sons Limited and President of Madanjeet Singh Foundation N Ram outlined the need for South Asian countries to promote understanding. Chairperson of South Asia Foundation (India chapter) Mani Shankar Aiyar, Vice-Chancellor (officiating) of Pondicherry University Anisa Basheer Khan and Representative of the South Asia Foundation to UNESCO France Marquet were among those who spoke.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>EU Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini will visit India this month to hold talks with the Indian leadership on a range of regional and global issues including climate change. High Representative/Vice-President (HRVP) Mogherini will hold consultations with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on April 21, her office in Brussels said in a statement. Mogherini and Swaraj will discuss preparations for the 14th EU-India Summit to be held later this year in New Delhi. “Bilateral, regional and global issues are also on the agenda,” the statement said. Mogherini will also hold talks with the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and with other members of the Indian government, it said. She will also travel to China and Russia besides India during her week-long schedule from April 18 to 24, her office said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has said its decision to stay away from a UN conference on negotiations for a total ban on nuclear weapons “has not been easy” but it feels the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament (CD) is the “right place” for pursuing such agenda. “CD is the right place for pursuing nuclear disarmament in all its essential elements. It has the mandate, the membership and the rules for embarking on the path to nuclear disarmament. Accordingly, India is not participating in the work of the conference on the prohibition of nuclear weapons that has started this week in New York,” Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill said in Geneva yesterday. India is not participating in the United Nations conference aimed at a total ban on nuclear weapons, as other major world powers US, China, United Kingdom and Russia also boycotted the talks. The conference, that began on March 27, will run through March 31. Gill said the decision to stay away from the conference “has not been easy for India”. “We appreciate the sincere effort behind the initiative and remain willing to work with the sponsors to reduce the role and military utility of nuclear weapons, to prohibit their use under any circumstances and to eliminate them globally,” Gill said. He added that nuclear disarmament requires a universal commitment and an agreed multilateral framework and will have to rest on the three pillars of a universal prohibition, complete elimination and international verification. “India is ready to begin work on these essential elements through the establishment of a subsidiary body of the CD with an agreed mandate as part of a comprehensive and balanced programme of work,” he said. More than 120 nations had in October last year voted on a UN General Assembly resolution to convene the conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. India had abstained from voting on that resolution. UN Security Council permanent members the US, UK, China, Russia and France are not participating in the conference. In all, over 40 nations are protesting the UN talks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has said there is need to improve the significantly lower participation of women in the workforce in the country’s urban areas, stressing that considerable challenges still remain to women’s effective empowerment across the world. “It is estimated that nearly 120 million Indian women, 80 per cent of the total female workers, are employed in the rural sector. This is around 30 per cent of the total number of workers in rural areas,” India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Tanmaya Lal said here. Addressing the ongoing session of the UN Commission on Status of Women yesterday, Lal said “the women worker participation rate in India’s urban areas is significantly lower and needs improvement. “Several important measures are being implemented to increase the participation of women in the workforce,” he said. He said while there is much wider recognition and implementation of women’s rights across the world, considerable challenges to their effective empowerment still remain. Lal underscored that India remains committed at the highest level to empowering women for achieving sustainable development. He cited Prime Minister Narendra Modi s message that the multi-tasking skills of women are their strength. Lal added the Prime Minister has stressed that progress of humanity is incomplete without the empowerment of women and that the issue is no longer women development but ‘Women-led Development’. Lal told the session that India has been led by women Heads of State and Government, from Indira Gandhi to Pratibha Patil. While several women have served as Chief Ministers of states in the country, Sumitra Mahajan is the current Speaker of the lower house of Parliament. He said a large number of women in India are active as political leaders and workers at the grassroots level. “This has been enabled by the reservation of seats for women between one-third to half of total seats in local government down to village level. This translates into one million women actively participating in decision making,” he said. He also highlighted the prominent role played by Indian women scientists in satellite design and launch, adding that India was the first county to deploy an all women Formed Police Unit for UN peacekeeping operations a few years back. Lal told the session that last week, the Indian Parliament passed a landmark legislation that extends maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks for both commissioning and adopting mothers, significantly higher than the minimum duration of 14 weeks prescribed by the International Labour Organisation. In 2013, the Indian Parliament adopted an Act that provides protection against sexual harassment of women at workplace and for the prevention and redressal of such complaints. He outlined several measures taken by the Indian government for women empowerment and gender equality, including online digital marketing platform called e-Haat’ for women entrepreneurs, the biometric-based unique identity system ‘Aadhar’ and the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign that focuses on empowering the girl child through education.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has stressed that gender euality and women empowerment are essential factors for the success of the peace process in Afghanistan. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin cited the example of an Indian NGO named Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) which is working with the women in Afghanistan and providing vocational training in areas of food processing, garment stitching and embroidery. “Women empowerment and gender equality are essential to peace building,” he said during a session here yesterday on opportunities for women’s economic empowerment in insecure areas of Afghanistan. So far nearly 4,000 poor women and widows have benefited from the program and thousands more will receive the training in the second phase of the project by next year, he said. He said that under the project Afghan a federation named Sabah Bagh-e-khazanah, which has 22 women’s groups who formulate their business plans, run their production centers and sell their products in the local markets. Initially about 45 local master trainers received training from visiting SEWA teams from India. They also visited India for vocational training and in turn imparted the skills to thousands of Afghan women, particularly war widows and destitute women, he added. The total cost of the project was about USD 2 million. Akbaruddin pointed out that in the second phase, the project has spread beyond Kabul and attracted other funds such as from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to train master trainers from Mazar-e-Sharif, Baghlan and Parwan Provinces. Over 3,000 women would benefit in this phase which would run through mid-2018, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has conveyed its “deep concern” to the US administration over attacks on Indians there, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday, asserting that the safety of Indian diaspora was a top priority.As Lok Sabha members thumped their benches to welcome her to the House following her absence due to health issues, she highlighted the steps taken by the government following three recent incidents of attacks, including suspected hate crimes, rejecting opposition criticism that it had kept mum.”To say that we did not take any step or maintained silence is absolutely wrong. This government can never keep silent over such incidents. This is not in our work culture.We always do more that what is expected of us,” she said, responding to Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s critcism.The Minister said that even when she was convalescing, she had spoken to the family members of the victims and officers of Indian consulate general had reached out to them.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is being accused of silence, sought daily updates from her ministry amid his busy election campaign, Swaraj said.”The government has taken up this issue with the US government at very high-levels and conveyed our deep concerns.We have called for necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of Indian diaspora and expeditious investigation into these incidents,” she said.Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar discussed the matter with ministers and senior functionaries of the US administration as well as with the Congressional leadership during his recent visit there during February 28-March 3, she said.”I would like to reassure the House and the members that safety and security of India diaspora abroad remains a top priority for this government… We will remain vigilant to developments impacting the lives of Indians abroad and do everything possible to safeguard their interests and welfare,” she said.Swaraj also referred to President Donald Trump’s condemnation of Kansas shooting in which Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla (32) was shot dead by an American in a suspected hate crime and condolences from other top US officials including House of Representative Speaker Paul Ryan.”The fact that broad sections of the American society have expressed their deep sorrow and regret over these incidents reassures us that despite these individual incidents, the American society values the people-to-people engagement between our two countries,” she told the Lok Sabha.People-to-people contacts are the foundation on which the India-US strategic partnership has been built, she said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a strong-worded statement, India has asserted that Pakistan continues to illegally occupy a part of their territory, referring to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, at the 34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. “The whole state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan remains in illegal occupation of a part of our territory. The two cannot and should not be equated. The neutrality of the phrase ‘Indian Administered Kashmir’ is, therefore, artificial. Furthermore, the state of Jammu and Kashmir has an elected democratic government that represents all sections of the people unlike the situation in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir,” a statement by Ajit Kumar, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to UN offices and other International Organisations, said. The statement also said that states were the primary bearers of responsibility when it came to promotion of human rights, adding countries had unique national circumstances and it was important to invest trust in their efforts. The statement also asserted that the robust and mature Indian democracy had proved once again that it had sufficiently strong and adequate mechanisms to redress any internal difficulties even if they were incited from outside. “Normalcy has returned as 99 percent of the students of Jammu and Kashmir have taken their high school examinations and schools have re-opened,” it said. India also expressed surprise over the silence of United Nations Human Rights Commissioner in a debate regarding Pakistan “that uses terrorism as an instrument of state policy”. “The central problem in Jammu and Kashmir is cross-border terrorism and hence we are a little surprised that the High Commissioner was silent regarding Pakistan that uses terrorism as an instrument of state policy,” the statement added. The 34th session of the UNHRC began on February 27 with Pakistan?s Law Minister Zahid Hamid’s address. Hamid called on the UNHRC to remain ?seized? of the ?grave systematic violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Jammu and Kashmir? while describing India as the ?occupying power? which is ?brutalising? the Kashmiri people ?so that they can give up their just struggle for the inherent right to self-determination?. India?s to reply was delivered by the Indian embassy?s counsellor (political), Alok Ranjan Jha, who underlined it was “unfortunate that Pakistan?s trust in the methods of terror were so deep that it did not hesitate from “using air power against its own people?.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The G4 nations of India, Brazil, Germany and Japan said they are open to innovative and differing ideas to reform the UN as a mere expansion of the non-permanent Security Council will not address the “malaise” afflicting the body. In a joint statement, delivered by India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin at an inter-governmental negotiations meeting yesterday, the G4 nations emphasised that an overwhelming majority of the UN member-states supports expansion of both permanent and non-permanent membership in a reformed Security Council. The statement points out that a negotiating text is a basic requirement for work at the UN. “While we are aware of no other way to proceed but this, we are open to innovative ideas to rework the UN system,” it added. The G4 nations said it unfortunate that they have not heard any innovative ideas but a few countries bringing old rejected models for consideration of the member-states yet again. “We are, as a matter of respect, wiling to consider them and have them tabled along with our proposals in a composite text,” it said, adding that for the nations’ and UN’s credibility to be sustained, it is time for “honest engagement and exchange on the basis of a text.” The bloc said it believes there is an “imbalance of influence” within the Security Council between the permanent and non-permanent members and expansion only in the non-permanent category is not going to solve the problem. “It will actually widen the difference between permanent and non-permanent members even more, tilting further the scales in favor of a dispensation that was valid in the special situation in 1945 but is no longer now,” the statement said. Akbaruddin said a “balanced enlargement” in both categories is necessarily the only way to ensure an equilibrium that reflects the current situation and any reform that does not address expansion of both categories will be “incomplete and futile.” “Expansion of non-permanent membership is a solution which adds to the size without addressing the malaise that afflicts the Council,” he said in the statement. (MORE) PRI YAS ABH AKJ ABH 03081428 NNNN(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>with all applicable laws and regulations, employ over 100,000 in US and support efforts towards local hiring and skill building, Chandrasekhar said. “Now is the time to identify new measures that will maximise the synergies between our nations, create jobs in the US and India, and expand bilateral trade and investment,” he added. The delegation also met key Congressional staff and officials in the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the US Trade Representative. The group attended a reception for the National Governors Association at the residence of Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna that was also attended by more than 25 US state governors, along with CEOs of US and Indian companies and key government officials. Last month, Nasscom had met with a delegation of members of Congress visiting India, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today warned India against allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, saying it would cause “serious damage” to the bilateral ties and peace in the disputed border region. “China is gravely concerned over information that India has granted permission to the Dalai to visit Arunachal Pradesh,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the media here. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of Tibet and routinely objects to any visits by top leaders, officials and diplomats to the area. China had also aired similar concerns in October last year when India granted permission to the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit Arunachal Pradesh at the invitation of the state government. The visit is expected to take place this year. “China is strongly opposed to the Dalai visiting disputed areas,” Geng said. “China’s position on the eastern section of China-India border dispute is consistent and clear. The Dalai clique has long been engaging in anti-China separatist activities and its record on the border question is not that good,” he said. Geng said China expressed its concern to India through formal channels. “India is fully aware of the seriousness of the Dalai issue and the sensitivity of China-India border question,” he said. “Under such a background if India invites the Dalai to visit to the mentioned territory, it will cause serious damage to peace and stability of border region and China-India relations,” he said. “We have expressed concerns to the Indian side, urged India to stick to its political commitments and abide by important consensus the two sides have reached on the boundary question, refrain from actions that might complicate the issue, not provide a platform to the Dalai clique and protect the sound and stable development of the Sino-India relations,” he said. Geng’s comments came in the backdrop of an interview to the Chinese media by former Chinese Special Representative on boundary dispute Dai Bingguo in which he said the border dispute between the two nations can be resolved if India gives up claim over Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. Asked about Dai’s comments, Geng said he has not seen the interview. He said China’s principled position on the boundary question with India is to reach an early solution pending China-India border question is in the fundamental interest of the two countries.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. US-India ties rooted in shared values of democracy & freedom, express condolences for Kansas shooting: Paul RyanForeign Secretary S Jaishankar has met US National Security Advisor Lt Gen H R McMaster and discussed counter-terrorism, bilateral relations and ways to take Indo-US ties forward. Read more here2. Manipur Elections 2017: Irom Sharmila’s party vows to revive indigenous script MeiteiWith over 32 tribes in the state, Manipur is a melting pot of varied cultures. Yet, for the longest time, since it attained statehood, the official language of the state was penned in the Bengali script. In the upcoming polls, Irom Sharmila’s party vows to change that. Read more here3. Death threat to Mahesh Bhatt’s family, complaint filed in Juhu police stationTwo years after over 13 people who had plotted to kill the Bhatt family were arrested, Mahesh Bhatt has received another extortion call. Read more here4. India hits out at Pakistan at UNHRC: ‘Global epicentre of terrorism is holding forth on human rights’Pakistan created terror outfits against India and the “monster” is now devouring its own creator, India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva said on Wednesday. Read more here5. #INDvAUS: Back to grind after trekking break for Team IndiaIf someone who was oblivious to the happenings of the first India-Australia Test was to be told about what both teams did after the game, he/she would have, in all probability, guessed the outcome of the match wrong. Read more here
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UN General Assembly is involved only with pious expressions rather than leadership and concrete action, India has said, calling for reinvigorating the world body. “Without effective reform, the UNGA will remain, at best, a marginal player in solving the great problems of our times,” India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Tanmaya Lal said at an ad-hoc working group revitalisation of the General Assembly here. “The General Assembly has steadily lost touch with its core responsibilities and is increasingly involved only with processes rather than substance; pious expressions rather than leadership and concrete action,” he said. Lal said the General Assembly is the “closest thing” to a global parliament that mankind has been able to achieve so far but the role and authority of the Assembly are being “progressively undermined” by the “expansive role and activism of the Security Council”, much beyond what is laid down in the UN Charter. Lal noted that this is not a healthy development for the continued success and relevance of the highest form of multilateralism that the UN represents. “We must proactively work collectively to restore the pre-eminence of the United Nations together with a revitalised and reinvigorated General Assembly as its chief policy-making body,” he said during the February 20 session. Emphasising that faith in the UN cannot be restored until it is reformed to reflect contemporary realities, Lal said the 193-member General Assembly, as the chief deliberative and policy-making body, occupies a pre-eminent place in this process. Lal pointed out that while the overall progress on the General Assembly revitalisation has been slow and marginal, he termed as “encouraging” the recent changes introduced in the selection process of the UN Secretary General. “We need to strive for such concrete changes in various aspects of the role, authority and functioning of the General Assembly to regain the leadership role envisaged for it,” he said. Lal further said the processes of balloting for elections conducted in the General Assembly may be a useful place to begin to address issues relating to its working methods. “Our submission to you is to consider examining the electoral practices and mechanisms that we are currently following at the time of casting ballots in the General Assembly Hall,” he said. Lal underscored that collectively it is time for the UN members to consider fine-tuning the system of balloting in the General Assembly in accordance with the needs of the current times.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>in-charge of nuclear disarmament issues, were present at the talks indicating that both sides will be discussing India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) besides other issues. The talks were being held in the backdrop of vocal differences between the two countries on a host of issues including India’s concern over the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Beijing’s reluctance to back India’s application to join the NSG and the UN ban on Azhar. The strategic dialogue was upgraded during Chinese Foreign Minister Yi’s visit to New Delhi last year. China has deputed Zhang, also the head of the influential Communist Party of China (CPC) committee of the Chinese Foreign Ministry to co-chair the talks. Ahead of today’s talks Jaishankar, who formerly worked as India s Ambassador to China, met China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi yesterday and held talks with him on the critical issues bedevilling the bilateral ties. During their talks, both Yang and Jaishankar expressed strong commitment to develop positive relations despite differences. Yang, who is the State Councillor and Beijing’s Special Representative for border talks between India and China, had said despite differences, relations between the two sides had a positive growth last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup, credited with expanding MEA’s social media outreach and handling sensitive issues deftly, was today appointed India’s High Commissioner to Canada.A 1986-batch IFS officer, Swarup, whose debut novel Q & A was made into the Oscar-winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire”, had helmed the high-profile office since April 2015 when India’s external engagement witnessed a major traction. Swarup is at present an Additional Secretary and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said he is expected to take up his new assignment shortly. Gopal Baglay, who is Joint Secretary in the Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan division in MEA, will succeed Swarup.In his diplomatic career, Swarup has been posted in various countries including Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia, Britain, South Africa and Japan. He had penned his first novel, Q & A when he was posted in London between 2000 and 2003.The novel has been published in 43 languages including Arabic, French, German, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Taiwanese, Thai and Hebrew.He has also written for TIME, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Telegraph (UK), The Financial Times (UK) and Liberation (France), among others. Swarup had taken over charge as the MEA Spokesperson from Syed Akbaruddin, who is now India’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations. The post of the Indian High Commissioner in Canada had been lying vacant after retirement of Vishnu Prakash. India has close ties with Canada in a range of key sectors and the country has sizeable number of Indians.Born in Allahabad in a family of lawyers, he had studied history, psychology and philosophy at Allahabad University. The MEA’s social media outreach had witnessed major expansion during Swarup’s tenure.In December, the ministry had launched a ‘Twitter Seva’ service with an aim to centralising its grievance redressal mechanism by bringing over 200 social media handles under one platform. In August, the MEA had launched an app, bringing websites and various social media handles of over 170 Indian missions on a common platform to further its public outreach.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ace Tennis star Sania Mirza who has been issued summons by the Commissioner of Service Tax here, in connection with an investigation against alleged non-payment/evasion of Service Tax, may not appear before the competent authority in person as she is travelling. According to sources a representative will appear before the authorities in her absence on February 16. The future course of action on whether to pay tax or contest the claims by the Service Tax Department will be decided after the meeting between the officials and her representative. The Principal Commissioner of the Service Tax office here issued the summons to the tennis star on February 6, asking her to appear before it in person or through an authorised agent on February 16. She has gone to Australia. From there she will be travelling to USA. So she may not appear before the authorities. So there was request form them ( Sania Mirza) that one of her representative will appear on her behalf, sources told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India today called for collaborative preventive approach to address terrorist cyberattacks against critical infrastructures, underlining that current international law is not well positioned to deal with the threat.Citing the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, India said that financial hubs are targeted by terrorists to impact a country’s economy.”The investigations into the heinous terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2008 revealed the impact its perpetrators wanted to have on the psyche and economy of the whole of India.”These attacks, including on a hospital, railway station and hotels were carefully planned and crafted from beyond our borders to have crippling effects not only on daily life in a bustling metropolis but targeted a country of a billion people,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said here yesterday.Addressing a Security Council debate on ‘Threats to International Peace and Security caused by terrorist acts : Protection of Critical Infrastructure’, Akbaruddin said big urban centres like Mumbai, New York and London have become targets as impact on cities serving as financial hubs affect the economy of the country in multiple ways.He, however, lamented the lack of adequate international law to deal with the threat of cyber attacks, adding that despite years of concern, states have addressed few international instruments addressing issues of threats from cyberspace.”Current international law is not well positioned to support responses to cyber attacks,” he said adding that protection of critical infrastructure is primarily a national responsibility.”However, given that much of our technologies and base templates for systems around the world are similar, threats of attacks on an international stock exchange, a major dam, a nuclear power plant, possible sabotaging of oil/gas pipelines, air safety systems of airports, or potential blocking of an international canal or straits have much wider implications and pursuant complications far beyond national frontiers,” he said.Akbaruddin said many recent terrorist attacks have revealed that access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and in some cases their manipulation was an “important enabler”.”The global nature of information and communication technologies raises the necessity for an international vision and coordination on policy aspects with the aim of enhancing capabilities,” he said.He noted that Security Council decisions that impose binding counter-terrorism duties do not mention cyber attacks, while Member States have been negotiating the proposed Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism since the latter half of the 1990s, a period corresponding to the rise of worries against terrorist cyber attacks.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Saleem Ahmed today took charge as additional special representative of Karnataka government in the national capital. “I will try to get maximum benefit from centre to the state. I will do my best,” Ahmed told reporters after taking charge here. Ahmed is an ex-MLC and former General Secretary, All India Youth Congress. He has also served in various committees. He will work under Appaji Nadagouda, Special Representative in Delhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to appoint Tehmina Janjua as the new foreign secretary in February. If appointed, she will be the country?s first woman to hold the post. On seniority basis, Masroor A Junejo should replace Aizaz Chaudhry as the foreign secretary, but his chances are bleak, reports the Daily Times. The post will fall vacant after Chaudhry will move to the U.S. as ambassador next month. Envoy to the U.S. Jalil Abbas Jilani?s term expires in February. In the seniority list of Foreign Service of Pakistan (FSP) Masroor Junejo is the senior-most. He is followed by High Commissioner (HC) to India Abdul Basit, HC to the UK Syed Ibn-e-Abbas and former envoy to France Ghalib Iqbal. According to sources, till now Permanent Representative to the United Nation (UN) Tehmina Janjua has been tipped and considered favourite for the foreign secretary?s slot. The government is not considering Basit?s name as he is more close to the military establishment. The government is facing criticism from the opposition and retired diplomats for not appointing a full-time foreign minister. Currently, the Foreign Office is being run by Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Citing heavy bribery being carried out by other political parties in poll-bound Goa, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday attacked the Election Commission for taking on him, and said that the poll panel had failed in stopping corruption ahead of elections.Responding to a tweet by fellow Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh which said that a car was seen distribution money among the poor in Cumbarjua constituency in Goa, Kejriwal said, “EC fails to stop this. EC prevents me from saying-“Take money from them n vote 4 us”. EC’s msg – “vote 4 those who give u money.”Meanwhile, the AAP has filed a complaint with the Election Commission in the same.”In Goa ask anyone, he/she will tell you how political parties distribute money to buy votes.More than 20 crores distributed by candidates. In Cumbarjua constituency our volunteers saw a car distributing money among poor. A complain has been made to EC. It’s just a beginning,” Ashutosh said in a series of tweets.Kejriwal’s fresh attack on the poll panel comes in the wake of the EC censuring him for his bribe remarks made at a poll rally in Goa.The panel had warned that if he continues to violate the model code then stern action would be taken against him and his party including suspension or withdrawal of recognition to the AAP.The Election Commission stated that the statements amount to abetting and promoting electoral offence of bribery under Section 171B and 123(a) of the Representative of Peoples Act, 1951 and under Section 171E of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).”The Commission is, prima-facie, of the opinion that by making the statements you have violated the above said provision of the Model Code of Conduct,” the order read.Attempting to downplay the summons issued against him Kejriwal had said that he was instead trying to end the heinous practice of accept bribes in exchange of votes, adding the poll body must appoint him as its brand ambassador.The AAP supremo in a statement said the notice suggesting that he asked the people to accept bribes in exchange of votes is absolutely baseless.”The truth is I am actually trying to end this heinous practice. The entire nation is aware that the AAP was built for the cause of ending corruption,” said Kejriwal.”I said that if other parties offer you bribe then accept it, but vote only for the Aam Aadmi Party. What wrong did I say? Where am I instigating the people here? Had I asked them to accept bribe and vote for that very party then it would be assumed that I am trying to incite them, but the fact is that I am asking them to do the exact opposite?” he added.Asserting that the Election Commission has been trying to curb the practice of buying votes for the last 70 years, Kejriwal further said this would end in two years if the poll body accepts his assertion.”I am only trying to put an end to the practice. The Election Commission should elect me as its brand ambassador. We even proved it right in the Delhi assembly elections. The people (in Delhi) accepted whatever the Congress and BJP offered, but ultimately vote for us,” he added.
United Nations: Pakistan has handed over a dossier on India’s alleged “interference” in the country to new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and asked the world body to play a role in “restraining” India from such activities.
Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi delivered the dossier on “India’s interference and terrorism in Pakistan” in a meeting with the UN chief at the United Nations on Friday along with a letter from the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.
Guterres’ spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that the meeting was held at the request of the Pakistani envoy. When asked about what was discussed in the meeting, which took place at around noon, he said he did not have “any indication” of what was discussed in the meeting.
“The dossier contains additional information and proof of Indian/RAW interference in Pakistan and involvement in terrorism particularly in Balochistan, FATA and Karachi. This is a follow up to the three dossiers, which were shared with the United Nations in October 2015,” the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement in Islamabad.
In the covering letter sent with the dossier, Aziz claimed that the arrest of “Indian RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav from Balochistan and his confessional statement admitting involvement in activities aimed at destabilising Pakistan, and support to terrorist elements vindicated Pakistan’s long-standing position about India’s involvement in such activities.”
He also claimed that India was carrying out these activities in clear contravention of the UN Charter and the resolutions of the UN Security Council on counter-terrorism and international conventions on terrorism.
Jadhav has been accused by Pakistan of planning “subversive activities” in the country. India has acknowledged that Jadhav had served with the navy but denied that he has any connection with the government.
India’s “hostile intentions” towards Pakistan were also borne out by recent statements of its political and military leadership, Aziz was quoted as saying in the letter.
He claimed Pakistan had made a major contribution to global counter terrorism efforts and secured significant gains in its domestic fight against terrorism.
Aziz urged the Secretary-General and relevant UN bodies to seriously consider the matter in the light of information shared by Pakistan and play a role in “restraining India from these activities, which were in clear violation of international law and posed a threat to regional and international peace and security”.
Dujarric was asked by a Pakistani journalist at the news briefing if the new Secretary-General would talk to Indian authorities about tensions on the border with Pakistan.
The spokesperson responded he did not have “anything new to add to our well-worn and well-stated policy, but if anything changes, I will let you know”.
The Foreign Office statement said, “Pakistan continues to desire peace with all its neighbours including India. It is convinced that the common objectives of economic development and prosperity for our people can best be promoted through regional cooperation, conflict resolution and peaceful settlement of disputes,”
“At the same time, however, Pakistan will resolutely defend its territorial integrity and take all necessary measures to counter any threat to its security,” it said.
First Published On : Jan 7, 2017 11:03 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pakistan handed over a dossier on India’s alleged “interference” in the country to new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and asked the world body to play a role in “restraining” India from such activities, according to the Foreign Office here.Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi delivered the dossier on “India’s interference and terrorism” in Pakistan to the UN chief along with a letter from Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.”The dossier contains additional information and proof of Indian/RAW interference in Pakistan and involvement in terrorism particularly in Balochistan, FATA and Karachi. This is a follow up to the three dossiers, which were shared with the United Nations in October 2015,” the Foreign Office said in a statement. In the covering letter sent with the dossier, Aziz claimed that the arrest of “Indian RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav from Balochistan and his confessional statement admitting involvement in activities aimed at destabilising Pakistan, and support to terrorist elements vindicated Pakistan’s long-standing position about India’s involvement in such activities.”He also claimed that India was carrying out these activities in clear contravention of the UN Charter and the resolutions of the UN Security Council on counter-terrorism and international conventions on terrorism.Jadhav has been accused by Pakistan of planning “subversive activities” in the country. India has acknowledged that Jadhav had served with the navy but denied that he has any connection with the government.India’s “hostile intentions” towards Pakistan were also borne out by recent statements of its political and military leadership, Aziz was quoted as saying in the letter.He claimed Pakistan had made a major contribution to global counter terrorism efforts and secured significant gains in its domestic fight against terrorism.Aziz urged the Secretary-General and relevant United Nations bodies to seriously consider the matter in the light of information shared by Pakistan and play a role in “restraining India from these activities, which were in clear violation of international law and posed a threat to regional and international peace and security.””Pakistan continues to desire peace with all its neighbours including India. It is convinced that the common objectives of economic development and prosperity for our people can best be promoted through regional cooperation, conflict resolution and peaceful settlement of disputes,” the Foreign Office statement said.”At the same time, however, Pakistan will resolutely defend its territorial integrity and take all necessary measures to counter any threat to its security,” it said.