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Elections 2015: Victory – Defeat – Gain – Loss

With Assam state elections scheduled for 2016, Congress faced a major setback as Tarun Gogoi had to step down after BJP won 340 wards in the aftermath of Delhi elections and Congress was left with 232 wards.

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Dishant said that he would ask all the children to be brave, and not get bogged down by fear.

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Live: Bhangra, Gidda, Dandiya take over Wembley Stadium as wait for PM Modi fast ends

Nov 13, 2015

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Tonight is another night of frenzy for the Modi fan club, this time though not in Madison Square but on the opposite coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Electrifying atmosphere has gripped London’s famous Wembley Stadium on Friday as the 70,000-strong crowd of Indian diaspora basking in patriotic delirium flocked together from all over United Kingdom to listen to their favourite charmer of the evening — Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Just how big the event that ain’t football promises to be on this soccer paradise may be gauged from what Wembley Stadium wrote on its website. “It will be the largest reception any foreign head of government has ever received in the UK and also the largest at any event for the Indian Prime Minister outside India…. The Reception themed, ‘Two Great Nations, One Glorious Future’ will kick off with a specially produced cultural show featuring some of the very best British Indian artists.

For those who might not be familiar with Wembley, this is what we have picked for you from Wikipedia. Wembley “is an area of northwest London, England, and part of the London Borough of Brent. It is home to the famous Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena. Wembley formed a separate civil parish from 1894 and was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1937. In 1965, the area merged with the Municipal Borough of Willesden to create the London Borough of Brent, and has since formed part of Greater London.

PM Modi, who is on a three-day maiden visit to United Kingdom, has already struck a chord with the island nation.

“This is a relationship of immense importance to us. The familiarity of history, the extraordinary people-to-people ties and our shared values give it a special character. We also have vibrant and growing partnerships across all areas – trade and investment, defence and security, science and education, clean energy and health, technology and innovation, and culture. We have a broad range of shared interests at the international level that are vital to both countries,” the Indian premier said in a press statement after holding delegation-level talks with his British counterpart Prime Minister David Cameron.

During his address to the business community of the City of London, at Guildhall, PM Modi said, “UK and India have known each other very well since several centuries. Our system of Governance is also based largely on the Westminster model. Our institutions know to interact with each other. Our people know to work with each other. Our businesses know to grow with each other. That is the reason that UK is among India’s major trading partners.”

So much for the pomp and grandeur during PM Modi’s visit to the United Kingdom that even the iconic London landmarks of Tower Bridge and London Eye were draped in the colours of India – saffron, white and green. PM Cameron also hosted his Indian counterpart for a private dinner at Chequers, his country-house retreat.

It is now over to Wembley Stadium where all nine Red Arrows display pilots from frontline Royal Air Force squadrons will also flypast leaving a colour trail of fumes forming the Indian tricolour. Time to find out who has the bigger shrill — the jets or the Indian diaspora.

Modi in UK: Full text of PM Modi’s speech at British parliament

He had earlier given a joint statement with UK PM David Cameron on issues of terrorism, intolerance and civil nuclear agreement.

PM Narendra Modi spoke at the British Parliament and addressed the lawmakers there. PM Modi is on a three-day trip to the United Kingdom. He had earlier given a joint statement with UK PM David Cameron on issues of terrorism, intolerance and civil nuclear agreement.Here is the full text of PM’s address to the British Parliament:Lord Speaker, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Prime Minister I am delighted to be in London. Even in this globalised world, London is still the standard for our times. The city has embraced the world’s diversity and represents the finest in human achievements. And, I am truly honoured to speak in the British Parliament. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mr. Speaker, thank you for opening the doors to us, here in this magnificent setting of the Royal Court. I know that the Parliament is not in Session. Prime Minister Cameron looks relaxed and relieved. But, I want to remind you, Mr. Prime Minister, that you owe me royalty for an election slogan. I know that you are hosting me at the Chequers this evening. But, I also know that you will understand if I am fair to both sides of the floor. Especially since British MPs of Indian Origin are evenly balanced between the Treasury and the Opposition benches. So, I also extend my good wishes to the Labour. Indeed, since these are still early days after the election, my warm congratulations to the Members of the House. And, greetings to the eminent leaders of Britain and great friends of India present here today. So much of the modern history of India is linked to this building. So much history looms across our relationship. There are others who have spoken forcefully on the debts and dues of history. I will only say that many freedom fighters of India found their calling in the institutions of Britain. And, many makers of modern India, including several of my distinguished predecessors, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Dr. Manmohan Singh, passed through their doors.There are many things on which it is hard to tell anymore if they are British or Indian: The Jaguar or the Scotland Yard, for example. The Brooke Bond tea or my friend late Lord Ghulam Nun’s curry. And, our strongest debates are whether the Lord’s pitch swings unfairly or the wicket at Eden Gardens cracks too early. And, we love the Bhangra rap from London just as you like the English novel from India. On the way to this event, Prime Minister Cameron and I paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi outside the Parliament. I was reminded of a question I was asked on a tour abroad. How is it that the statue of Gandhi stands outside the British Parliament? To that question, my answer is: The British are wise enough to recognise his greatness; Indians are generous enough to share him; we are both fortunate enough to have been touched by his life and mission; and, we are both smart enough to use the strengths of our connected histories to power the future of our relationship. So, I stand here today, not as a visiting Head of Government, given the honour to speak in this temple of democracy. I am here as a representative of a fellow institution and a shared tradition. And, tomorrow, Prime Minister and I will be at the Wembley. Even in India, every young footballer wants to bend it like Beckham. Wembley will be a celebration of one-half-million threads of life that bind us; one and half million people – proud of their heritage in India; proud of their home in Britain. It will be an expression of joy for all that we share: values, institutions, political system, sports, culture and art. And, it will be a recognition of our vibrant partnerships and a shared future. The United Kingdom is the third largest investor in India behind Singapore and Mauritius. India is the third largest source of Foreign Direct Investment projects in the United Kingdom. Indians invest more in Britain than in the rest of European Union combined. It is not because they want to save on interpretation costs, but because they find an environment that is welcoming and familiar. It takes an Indian icon, Tata, to run a British icon and become your nation’s largest private sector employer. The UK remains a preferred destination for Indian students. And, I am pleased that an Indian company is taking a thousand British students to India to skill them in Information Technology. We are working together in the most advanced areas of science and technology. We are finding solutions to the enduring human problems of food and health security, and seeking answers to emerging challenges like climate change. Our security agencies work together so that our children return home safe and our increasingly networked lives are not prey to the threats on cyber space. Our Armed Forces exercise with each other, so that they can stand more strongly for the values we represent. This year alone, we have had three exercises together. And, in the international arena, your support has made it more possible for India to take her rightful place in global institutions and regimes. And, it has helped us both advance our common interests. Mr. Speaker, Strong as our partnership is, for a relationship such as ours, we must set higher ambitions. We are two democracies; two strong economies; and, two innovative societies. We have the comfort of familiarity and the experience of a long partnership. Britain’s resurgence is impressive. Its influence on the future of the global economy remains strong. And, Mr. Speaker, India is new bright spot of hope and opportunity for the world. It is not just the universal judgment of international institutions. It is not just the logic of numbers: a nation of 1.25 billion people with 800 million under the age of 35 years. This optimism comes from the energy and enterprise of our youth; eager for change and confident of achieving it. It is the result of bold and sustained measures to reform our laws, policies, institutions and processes. We are igniting the engines of our manufacturing sector; making our farms more productive and more resilient; making our services more innovative and efficient; moving with urgency on building global skills for our youth; creating a revolution in Startup enterprises; and, building the next generation infrastructure that will have a light footprint on the Earth. Our momentum comes not just from the growth we pursue, but from the transformation that we seek in the quality of life for every citizen. Much of India that we dream of still lies ahead of us: housing, power, water and sanitation for all; bank accounts and insurance for every citizen; connected and prosperous villages; and, smart and sustainable cities. These are goals with a definite date, not just a mirage of hope. And, inspired by Gandhiji, the change has begun with us – the way the government works. There is transparency and accountability in governance. There is boldness and speed in decisions. Federalism is no longer the fault line of Centre-State relations, but the definition of a new partnership of Team India. Citizens now have the ease of trust, not the burden of proof and process. Businesses find an environment that is open and easy to work in. In a nation connected by cell phones, Digital India is transforming the interface between Government and people. So, Mr. Speaker, with apologies to poet T.S. Eliot, we won’t let the shadow fall between the idea and reality. If you visit India, you will experience the wind of change. It is reflected in the surge of investments from around the world; in enhanced stability of our economy; in 190 million new bank accounts of hope and inclusion; in the increase in our growth to nearly 7.5% per year; and, in the sharp rise in our ranking on Ease of Doing Business. And, the motto of Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas, is our vision of a nation, in which every citizen belongs, participates and prospers. It is not just a call for economic inclusion. It is also a celebration of our diversity; the creed for social harmony; and, a commitment to individual liberties and rights. This is the timeless ethos of our culture; this is the basis of our constitution; and, this will be the foundation of our future. Mr. Speaker, Members and Friends, The progress of India is the destiny of one-sixth of humanity. And, it will also mean a world more confident of its prosperity; and, more secure about its future. It is also natural and inevitable that our economic relations will grow by leaps and bounds. We will form unbeatable partnerships, if we combine our unique strengths and the size and scale of opportunities in India. We will see more investment and trade. We will open new doors in the Services sector. We will collaborate more – here and in India – in defence equipment and technology. We will work together on renewable and nuclear energy. We will explore the mysteries of science and harness the power of technology and innovation. We will realise the opportunities of the digital world. Our youth will learn more from – and with – each other. But, a relationship as rich as this, with so much promise as ours, cannot be measured only in terms of our mutual prosperity. Mr. Speaker, Ours is an age of multiple transitions in the world. We are yet to fully comprehend the future unfolding before us. As in the previous ages, it will be different from the world we know. So, in the uncharted waters of our uncertain times, we must together help steer a steady course for this world in the direction that mirrors the ideals we share. For, in that lies not just the success of our two nations, but also the promise of the world that we desire. We have the strength of our partnership and the membership of the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the G-20. We live in a world where instability in a distant region quickly reaches our doorsteps. We see this in the challenges of radicalization and refugees. The fault lines are shifting from the boundaries of nations into the web of our societies and the streets of our cities. And, terrorism and extremism are a global force that are larger than their changing names, groups, territories and targets. The world must speak in one voice and act in unison to combat this challenge of our times. We must adopt a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the UN without delay. There should be no distinction between terrorist groups or discrimination between nations. There should be a resolve to isolate those who harbour terrorists and willingness to stand with nations that will fight them honestly. And, we need a social movement against extremism in countries where it is most prevalent and, every effort to delink religion and terrorism. Oceans remain vital for our prosperity. Now, we have to also secure our cyber and outer space. Our interests are aligned across many regions. We have a shared interest in stable, prosperous and integrated South Asia, drawn together in a shared march to prosperity. We want an Afghanistan that is shaped by the dreams of the great Afghan people, not by irrational fears and overreaching ambitions of others. A peaceful, stable Indian Ocean Region is vital for global commerce and prosperity. And, the future of Asia Pacific region will have profound impact on all of us. We both have huge stakes in West Asia and the Gulf. And, in Africa, where, amidst many challenges, we see so many promising signs of courage, wisdom, leadership and enterprise. India has just held an Africa Summit, in which all 55 countries, and 42 leaders participated. We must also cooperate to launch a low carbon age for a sustainable future for our planet. This is a global responsibility that we must assume in Paris later this month. The world has crafted a beautiful balance of collective action – common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities. Those who have the means and the know-how must help meet the universal aspiration of humanity for clean energy and a healthy environment. And, when we speak of restraint, we must not only think of curbing fossil fuels, but also moderating our lifestyles. We must all do our part. For India, a target of 175 GW of additional capacity in renewable energy by 2022 and reduction in emission intensity of 33-35 % by 2030 are just two of the steps of a comprehensive strategy. I have also proposed to launch during the COP 21 meeting an International Solar Alliance to make solar energy an integral part of our lives, even in the most unconnected villages. In Britain, you are more likely to use an umbrella against rain than the sun. But, my team defined the membership of the Solar Alliance in more precise terms: you have to be located within the Tropics. And, we are pleased that the United Kingdom qualifies! So, we look forward to an innovative Britain as a valuable partner in this endeavour. Prime Minister Cameron and I are, indeed, very pleased that cooperation on affordable and accessible clean energy is an important pillar of our relations. Mr. Speaker, This is a huge moment for our two great nations. So, we must seize our opportunities, remove the obstacles to cooperation, instill full confidence in our relations and remain sensitive to each other’s interests. In doing so, we will transform our strategic partnership, and we will make this relationship count as one of the leading global partnerships. Ever so often, in the call of Britain’s most famous Bard that we must seize the tide in the affairs of men, the world has sought the inspiration to act. And, so must we. But, in defining the purpose of our partnership, we must turn to a great son of India, whose house in London I shall dedicate to the cause of social justice on Saturday. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, whose 125th birth anniversary we are celebrating now, was not just an architect of India’s Constitution and our parliamentary democracy. He also stood for the upliftment of the weak, the oppressed and the excluded. And, he lifted us all to a higher cause in the service of humanity; to build a future of justice, equality, opportunity and dignity for all humans; and, peace among people. That is the cause to which India and the United Kingdom have dedicated themselves today. Thank you very much, thanks a lot. Also read: LIVE| Modi in UK: Modi speaks about ‘growing intolerance’, says strict action is taken against such incidents

BJP confident Bihar election debacle won’t dampen PM Modi’s UK visit

BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh affirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was working tirelessly for the growth and prosperity of the nation.

PM Narendra Modi

Brushing aside speculations that the Bharatiya Janata Party”s (BJP) dismal show in the Bihar election would dampen Prime Minister Narendra Modi”s U.K. visit, the ruling party said the visit will be an advantageous one for India.”Prime Minister Modi”s visit has no bearing of the results of the Bihar assembly polls,” BJP leader Sidharth Nath Singh told ANI.”This visit would help the growth that India is seeking, the power push that India wants globally and the same time it is the popularity of Prime Minster Modi which will be once again be witnessed in the U.K and the world is going to appreciate the efforts of the Indian government,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: Modi in UK: 200 international writers urge British PM David Cameron to ‘protect freedom of expression in India’Singh further affirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was working tirelessly for the growth and prosperity of the nation. “It is a festive season and yet the Prime Minister continues working tirelessly for the prosperity and growth of the nation. Therefore, the visit of Prime Minister Modi to the United Kingdom is an important visit as this would help in improving the bilateral relationship between India and U.K,” he added.Pointing out the areas where this visit of the Prime Minister is going to benefit the nation, Singh said “It will help in the financial sector India needs, lot of investment be it for Make in India, Digital India and many other programmes and similarly in the defence, energy and climate change”.”It is an important visit and we all Indians are looking forward for a successful visit of the Prime Minister,” he added. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi on Thursday departed for his three-day visit to United Kingdom, where terrorism and economic reforms seeking to boost investment will be his major agenda besides paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue near the Parliament and addressing thse Indian diaspora at Wembley.

Modi visit will tackle challenges of our time: UK minister

Swire said in a statement: “As the Minister of State for India at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, I am delighted that Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi will be visiting the United Kingdom this week. The UK and India have a natural affinity rooted in a longstanding friendship, shared values and deep links between our people.”

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The UK and India have a natural affinity rooted in a longstanding friendship and shared values, a senior minister here has said as the country paid homage to troops from the Indian sub-continent who fought alongside their British colonial leaders. “This week we also commemorate, once again, the men and women from our two countries who fought together in both World Wars for freedom and democracy. India made a huge contribution to Britain’s war effort and staggering numbers fought on behalf of the allied forces,” Britain’s minister in charge of India in the UK Foreign Office Hugo Swire said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Today, British Indians contribute immensely to the UK and are a cornerstone of British life. We see their success in culture, business, media, public services and, increasingly, in politics too,” he said. Britain marked ‘Remembrance Sunday’ in honour of the troops who laid their lives in the wars.Swire said in a statement: “As the Minister of State for India at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, I am delighted that Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi will be visiting the United Kingdom this week. The UK and India have a natural affinity rooted in a longstanding friendship, shared values and deep links between our people.””The visit by Prime Minister Modi this week is an opportunity to celebrate the ties between our two great countries and deepen our existing bonds in business, education, security, and culture,” he said. “This visit will also ensure that our partnership plays an indispensable role in tackling the immense challenges of our time, from climate change and migration, to economic development and security.” “As the oldest democracy and the largest democracy in the world it is right that we come together and build two great futures for our two nations.”

Bring back Lalit Modi, sack Sushma Swaraj & Vasundhara Raje: Congress to PM Modi

Earlier today it was reported that UPA in 2013 had asked the United Kingdom to deport Lalit Modi. Former Finance Minister P Chideambaram had requested UK to deport him.

Surjewala charged BJP led government’s EAM Sushma Swaraj of hurting India’s case to get Lalit Modi back.

Congress spokesman RS Sujrewala has on Friday asked PM Narendra Modi to bring back Lalit Modi, the former IPL Chairman embroiled in allegations of money laundering. “PM should tell us when he will get Lalit Modi back into the country,” he said.Earlier today it was reported that UPA in 2013 had asked the United Kingdom to deport Lalit Modi. Former Finance Minister P Chideambaram had requested UK to deport him as he had a lot of cases pending were against him. “UPA wanted Lalit Modi to be brought back so that his case can be expedited,” said Surjewala.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Surjewala charged BJP led government’s EAM Sushma Swaraj of hurting India’s case to get Lalit Modi back. “Our deportation case was annulled when our EAM helped him get travel documents.”We demand PM to give a statement on his ministers aiding Lalit Modi, for him to sack EAM Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje,” he added.

Saudi hand-chopping incident: Kin of Indian maid dismiss ‘mental disturbance’ claim

The family has alleged that the woman’s right hand was chopped off by her Saudi employer when she tried to escape “harassment and torture”.

Screengrab of Tamil Nadu maid whose hand was chopped off

The family of an Indian woman domestic help, whose hand was allegedly chopped off by her employer in Saudi Arabia, has dismissed as “lies and conspiracy” the claim of police in the Kingdom that she was suffering from “mental disturbances”.”Such claims are plain lies and conspiracy,” M Mohan, son of 55-year-old Kasturi Munirathinam said from Vellore, her native place, reacting to the claim of the Saudi employer. The family has alleged that the woman’s right hand was chopped off by her Saudi employer when she tried to escape “harassment and torture” and sought the intervention of Tamil Nadu and Central governments to bring her back home. However, Saudi Police has said she was suffering from “mental disturbances” and tried to flee her sponsor’s house.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> They had claimed that her hand was amputated as a result of her fall from a residential building during her bid to escape. Questioning the claims, Mohan said: “She was absolutely fine, she was certified by competent medical authorities that she is fit both mentally and physically (a mandatory requirement for overseas jobs). “I want the experts to say if somebody could lose their arm if they fall down,” he said. Mohan claimed that his mother, who went to Saudi Arabia three months ago, had prior to the incident, expressed apprehensions that something could happen to her. “She said something could happen to her.. she narrated torture by her employer… I spoke with my mother over phone even recently and I know for sure that their claim (of mental disturbance) is false,” he said. Kasturi’s sister S Vijayakumari, who resides in Chennai, asked, “If what they claim is true, why did not the employer notify the authorities about her mental disturbance and send her back?” “For about three months she worked there, during that period there was no such claim. The truth is my sister endured torture, harassment and she was not even provided food, then when she tried to escape torture her right hand was chopped off by her employer,” she charged. “The whole world knows that for overseas employment it is mandatory to be medically fit (both mental and physical) without which no employer would arrange a visa.” “In their effort to end the case in Saudi employer’s favour, they have spun stories like that of mental disturbances,” she said.

Kin of Tamil Nadu maid in Saudi dismiss ‘mental disturbance’ claim

Vellore/Chennai: The family of an Indian woman domestic help, whose hand was allegedly chopped off by he employer in Saudi Arabia, has dismissed as “lies and conspiracy” the claim of police in the Kingdom that she was suffering from “mental disturbances”.

“Such claims are plain lies and conspiracy,” M Mohan, son of 55-year-old Kasturi Munirathinam told PTI from Vellore, her native place, reacting to the claim of the Saudi employer.

The family has alleged that the woman’s right hand was chopped off by her Saudi employer when she tried to escape “harassment and torture” and sought the intervention of Tamil Nadu and Central governments to bring her back home.

However, Saudi Police has said she was suffering from “mental disturbances” and tried to flee her sponsor’s house. They had claimed that her hand was amputated as a result of her fall from a residential building during her bid to escape.

Questioning the claims, Mohan said: “She was absolutely fine, she was certified by competent medical authorities that she is fit both mentally and physically (a mandatory requirement for overseas jobs).

“I want the experts to say if somebody could lose their arm if they fall down,” he said.

Mohan claimed that his mother, who went to Saudi Arabia three months ago, had prior to the incident, expressed apprehensions that something could happen to her.

“She said something could happen to her.. she narrated torture by her employer… I spoke with my mother over phone even recently and I know for sure that their claim (of mental disturbance) is false,” he said.

Kasturi’s sister S Vijayakumari, who resides in Chennai, asked, “If what they claim is true, why did not the employer notify the authorities about her mental disturbance and send her back?”

“For about three months she worked there, during that period there was no such claim. The truth is my sister endured torture, harassment and she was not even provided food, then when she tried to escape torture her right hand was chopped off by her employer,” she charged.

“The whole world knows that for overseas employment it is mandatory to be medically fit (both mental and physical) without which no employer would arrange a visa.”

“In their effort to end the case in Saudi employer’s favour, they have spun stories like that of mental disturbances,” she said.

Mohan and Vijayakumari urged the Central and State governments to bring back Kasturi to Tamil Nadu as soon as possible.

Both of them requested the government to get adequate compensation from Saudi authorities.

They also appealed to the Central and state governments to extend all support for her further treatment.

According to them, the alleged attack by Kasturi’s employer occurred on the intervening night of September 29-30.

India has lodged a strong protest with Saudi Arabia over the incident and demanded a probe.

PTI

Hand-chopping case: Indian maid mentally disturbed, claims Saudi police

The police also claims that her hand was amputated, not chopped off.

The help lost balance and fell down, hitting on the edge of an electricity generator located on the lower part of the house that resulted in severing her arm on the scene itself, say Saudi reports.

A 55-year-old Indian domestic help, who had her right hand severed in Saudi Arabia, was suffering from “mental disturbances” and tried to flee her sponsor’s house, police said. Kasturi Munirathinam, who hails from Vellore in Tamil Nadu, is in a stable condition after undergoing a series of surgeries and will soon leave the hospital. The family of Munirathinam, working as a domestic help in Saudi Arabia, had alleged that her right hand was chopped off by her employer when she tried to escape harassment and torture, but Saudi police said it was amputated as a result of her fall from a residential building during her bid to escape.”Riyadh’s Al-Sahafa police had received information from a local hospital about admitting a domestic help in its emergency section, saying that the woman’s arm was severed following a fall,” said Fawaz Al-Maimaan, spokesman of Riyadh police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The domestic help, who arrived in the Kingdom nearly two months ago, was suffering from mental disturbances and therefore tried to flee the sponsor’s house,” Al-Maimaan was quoted as saying by the Saudi Gazette today. He added that the case file of the maid was handed over to the branch of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution and rejected reports in various media outlets about the maid. “All people in the Kingdom are equal and they will get all their rights guaranteed by the law based on the Islamic Shariah,” he said.According to Al-Maimaan, the maid made a rope ladder out of ragged pieces of cloth in order to escape out of the window of the sponsor’s apartment on the third floor of the building.However, she lost balance and fell down, hitting on the edge of an electricity generator located on the lower part of the house that resulted in severing her arm on the scene itself. This was testified by eye witnesses, including her compatriots, the report added. When the sponsor heard about the incident, he rushed to the scene and took her to hospital. India has recorded its strongest protest and demanded a full-scale inquiry into the incident.

What is the UN General Assembly negotiation on UNSC reform and why it is important for India?

In a significant development, the UN General Assembly on Monday unanimously adopted a negotiating text for the Security Council reforms, setting the stage for talks on the long pending process at the 70th session of the global body which commences tomorrow.

What is the UN Security Council?The UNSC is the body responsible for maintaining international peace and security. As per the UN charter’s direction, the body can take actions on its behalf with regards to global peace. During disputes and threats to international peace and security, the body can ask to probe into issues, ask members to apply economic sanctions and take military action on the aggressor.UN peacekeeping operations is one of its major responsibilityWho forms the UNSC?The UNSC has five permanent members and ten non-permanent members. China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States form the five permamnent members while the the non-permamnent members change every two years in order to provide representation to all continents in the world.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Why the need for reforms are imperative to India?While other organs of the UN can make recommendations, the UNSC body can alone make decisions which the members have to follow.However, while the the council can make a decision, the resolution that it passes for the same can be vetoed by the permanent members. However, this isolates the power in their hands. Often the permanent members are blamed for using the vetoes in operations related close to their allies.What are the reforms being proposed?One is to expand the council and include non-nuclear members in it. India has aspired to be a permanent member and hence the decision to adopt an irreversible negotiations draft is a small step towards it.However, there are also reformative suggestions to remove permanent membership all together.What is the current decision to use text-based negotiation?So, a negotiation text where the positions and proposals of all UN members were taken, which will be used for further discussions, has been unanimously accepted by them. However, Russia, US and China abstained from sending their position on reforms negotiation.

Absence of treaty no bar to extradition of fugitives, MEA tells Delhi High Court

The Centre on Friday told the Delhi High Court that there was no illegality in its decision to extradite a French woman to Chile for her alleged involvement in the killing of a Senator there, saying the Extradition Act applies to fugitive criminals irrespective of a treaty.

The Centre on Friday told the Delhi High Court that there was no illegality in its decision to extradite a French woman to Chile for her alleged involvement in the killing of a Senator there, saying the Extradition Act applies to fugitive criminals irrespective of a treaty.The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) made the submission before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath in response to the woman’s plea against her extradition by citing a 118-year-old treaty which was signed between the United Kingdom and Chile in 1897 and was applicable to all British colonies including India.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>56-year-old Marie Emmanuelle Verhoeven, who was arrested on February 16 from Uttar Pradesh while she was entering India from Nepal and has been in judicial custody ever since, has contended there was no treaty in existence between India and Chile.She is alleged to have participated in the assassination of Chilean Senator Jaime Guzman Errazuriz on April 1, 1991.Challenging her arrest, she has also claimed that the Extradition Act 1962 does not apply to her.The MEA in an affidavit filed in court has refuted her contentions, saying even if there was no treaty between the two nations, the Act would apply to fugitive criminals.It said that in the absence of a treaty, the Act would apply to fugitive criminals but the government would have discretion whether to extradite them or not.Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, appearing for the ministry, also told the court that as per the Act an extradition treaty includes treaties, relating to extradition of fugitive criminals, which were made before August 15, 1947 and extended and were binding on India.”Change in form of government of a contracting state does not put an end to its treaties,” the MEA has said in an affidavit filed in the court. “Thus, there was always a treaty in existence between India and Chile and it was duly notified on April 28, 2015,” the affidavit has also said. The ASG said that an extradition treaty is notified only when a request for extradition is received from a foreign state.In the present case, it was notified after receiving a request from Chile on March 24 in which the foreign country had assured to reciprocate when India in future had a similar request, the ASG told the court.The ministry said the extradition request was received from Chile after it had informed that country that Verhoeven has been arrested pursuant to a Red Corner Notice issued against her by Interpol.On April 28, the MEA, through a notification, had validated an 118-year-old extradition treaty between the United Kingdom and Chile, which when signed in 1897, was applicable to all British colonies including India.Verhoeven has contended, in her plea filed through advocate Ramni Taneja, that the MEA’s decision to give retrospective effect to the treaty was “illegal, arbitrary, mala fide and discriminatory”.On July 1, a single-judge bench of the high court had observed that not granting bail to Verhoeven was “harassment” and the government should look into it.Extradition proceedings were initiated against Verhoeven on the request of Chilean government which had alleged that she had participated in a conspiracy to commit a terror attack which had led to the death of Senator Errazuriz.She has countered the allegations of the Chilean government, saying she was falsely implicated in the case due to political vendetta as she was a “member of the Latin American Economic and Social Committee and had participated in special human rights missions”.She also claimed that she was an “officer of the prison administration in Chile as an assistant to the National Directorate” when she was staying there from 1985 to 1995.In her plea, she has said that pursuant to the Red Corner notice, she was apprehended in Germany on January 25 last year and kept in pre-trial detention. The German court had rejected the extradition request of Chile after which she came here on a valid Indian visa but was arrested in Uttar Pradesh on the basis of the Red Corner notice, her plea challenging the treaty said.

Google’s BR Ambedkar birth anniversary doodle on 7 other countries apart from India

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Google has dedicated its doodle to mark Dr. BR Ambedkar’s 124th birth anniversary. The doodle appears notonly on India’s Google home page, but that of seven others countries as well, say reports. Argentina, Chile, India, Ireland, Peru, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom are the countries with the doodle visible on the home page.Popularly known as Babasaheb, the Indian jurist, politician, economist and social reformer, who was born in 1841 in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, was known for his campaigns against social discrimination against dalits, women and labour.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr. Ambedkar, who had inspired the Modern Buddhist Movement, had died in his sleep on 6 December 1956 at his home in Delhi.Also read: Hijacking Ambedkar’s legacyAlso read: Not a happy Ambedkar Jayanti in Babasaheb’s ancestral village of AmbeTembe

UK has fifth highest number of rapes, claims new video

The video begins with dramatic music and pictures of cowering, traumatised women, as subtitles highlight the scale of Britain’s grim rape and sexual violence statistics.

Britain has the fifth highest number of rapes in the world but only one in ten rapists are convicted, according to a video made in response to the BBC’s controversial documentary which was banned in India last week.Leslee Udwin’s documentary ‘India’s Daughter’, which featured an interview with Mukesh Singh, one of five men convicted of the brutal gangrape and murder of a Delhi student in 2012, caused anger in India among nationalists who felt it had sought to tarnish the country’s reputation and suggest many Indian men believed women were to blame for rape.According to a report in The Telegraph, video-maker Harvinder Singh released ‘United Kingdom’s Daughter’ in response to the controversial documentary to show how sexual violence is a universal problem and not unique to India.The video begins with dramatic music and pictures of cowering, traumatised women, as subtitles highlight the scale of Britain’s grim rape and sexual violence statistics.
“United Kingdom is fifth at the world’s rape list,” it said.”The number of rapes is more because many do not report,” it added.”Ten per cent of women in the United Kingdom experience sexual victimisation,” but “a third of Britons believe women are responsible for rape,” the film claimed in a direct response to the BBC’s documentary which suggested the views of a convicted gangrapist and murderer were more widely shared.In the response video, a selection of photographs, graphic statistics and clips from another BBC documentary, the producer claimed women in Britain “don’t resist the rape so killing figures are a few.”
The claims made in his video reflect a widespread anger in India, especially among nationalists, who believe the BBC’s India’s Daughter unfairly maligned the country and made false generalisations about the attitudes of its men.Some of its claims appear to be factually incorrect.According to official figures, 233 women are raped in Britain every day, while the conviction rate is 60 per cent -– considerably higher than India’s 24 per cent but regarded as shamefully low regardless.The film also sought to make wider criticisms of British society -– 41 per cent of marriages “broken in just 20 years” while “11 per cent population living under the poverty line” and “31 per cent of people age of 65 or more living in old age homes.”

No plans to telecast Delhi gangrape documentary in India: BBC

New Delhi: The BBC has said that it has no plans to telecast the controversial documentary on 16 December, 2012 gangrape incident in India even though it went ahead and broadcast it in the UK, defying the ban imposed by the Indian government.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

In a communication to the Home Ministry, the BBC said that in compliance with the Government of India’s directive, it would not telecast the documentary in India, official sources said.

However, in the same communication, the British media giant said that it has broadcast the film in United Kingdom at 10 pm (GMT) on Wednesday night.

The Union Home Ministry had on Wednesday asked BBC not to broadcast the documentary anywhere.

Officials had said the Home Ministry is also planning legal action against British filmmaker Leslee Udwin for allegedly violating stipulated permission conditions.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that provisions for allowing such shoots inside jails would be reviewed.

A Delhi court had said the order restraining airing or broadcasting the interview of the convict Mukesh Singh, which was conducted inside the Tihar jail in New Delhi, will continue till further orders.

The documentary includes an interview conducted by Udwin and BBC, of Mukesh Singh, the driver of the bus in which the 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally gangraped by six men on 16 December, 2012. Mukesh has made derogatory statements against women in the documentary.

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