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Jallianwala Bagh massacre be taught in UK schools
Indian-origin MP writes to PM Theresa May
London, Mar 16 (Agencies): Virendra Sharma, a Labour party MP, has reportedly written to British Prime Minister Theresa May, urging her to consider inclusion of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in the country's school history curriculum. Virendra Sharma is a veteran Indian-origin British MP for Ealing Southall. Sharma has been campaigning for the historic episode to be commemorated in the UK and had raised the issue during Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday. He got a written assurance from Theresa May in this regard. "I was pleased to ask the Prime Minister about her plans to commemorate the Amritsar massacre, and delighted that she will look more closely at the matter,'' he said. "I believe it is important that everyone in the UK is aware of this countrys co...
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Indian-origin former McKinsey partner in US gets 2-year jail in fraud case
New York, Mar 16 (Agencies): An Indian-origin former partner in global consulting firm McKinsey & Company has been sentenced to two years in prison by a US court for scheming to defraud companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Navdeep Arora, a former partner in the Chicago office of McKinsey & Company, plotted with a former internal consultant at State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company to defraud both companies out of fraudulent consulting fees. US District Judge Ronald Guzman imposed the two-year sentence in federal court in Chicago on Thursday. Arora, 53, also fraudulently obtained money from McKinsey, State Farm and other McKinsey clients in the form of purported work-related travel reimbursements for expenses that were actually incurred on his personal trips. He fal...
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Pak calls back envoy from India over ‘harassment issues’
ISLAMABAD, Mar 15 (Agencies): Pakistan has called back its High Commissioner in New Delhi, Sohail Mahmood, for consultation to Islamabad over incidents of "harassing" of its Embassy's staff in the Indian capital, the Foreign Office stated on Thursday. Speaking at his weekly press briefing, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said they will hold consultations with the High Commissioner over "recent incidents of harassing of their diplomats." Faisal claimed that the Indian government had not taken measures to safeguard Pakistani diplomats and their families in India, adding that the Pakistani government lodged protests over the matter with the Indian deputy High Commissioner as well as India's External Affairs Ministry. The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a s...
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'Punish a Muslim Day' hate letter sparks online outrage in the UK
UK, Mar 14 (Agencies): A racist, hate-filled letter that calls on people to attack Muslims has gone viral in the UK. The letter has been posted to many people anonymously and declares April 3 as 'Punish a Muslim Day', and offers 'rewards' for different types of attacks on Muslims. An investigation has been launched into the letter. The letter claims to be from Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), a part of UK's Ministry of Justice (MoJ) that is responsible for the administration of criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales. However, both HMCTS and MoJ have denied any association with the letter. "They have hurt you, they have made your loved ones suffer. They have caused you pain and heartache. What are you going to do about it? Are you a 'sheep' ...
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Bangladeshi experts join probe, death toll rises to 51
Kathmandu, Mar 14 (Agencies): The toll in Nepal's worst aviation disaster rose to 51 on Tuesday with the death of two more passengers. The Dhaka to Kathmandu US-Bangla Airlines flight, with 67 passengers and four crew members on board, caught fire after it careened off the runway and ploughed into a football ground near the Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday. Earlier on Tuesday, hospital authorities confirmed the death of pilot Captain Abid Sultan. His co-pilot First Officer Prithula Rashid died on Monday. Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi delegation on Tuesday joined a six-member Nepali committee to probe the crash-landing. The Bangla delegation includes Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism AKM Shahjahan Kamal, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and senior aviation officials, as...
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United Nations receives 138 allegations of sexual misconduct
UN, Mar 14 (Agencies): The United Nations received 138 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse last year and nearly half were against UN peacekeeping missions, a report said on Tuesday. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in the report that the 62 allegations against personnel in 10 peacekeeping missions and one political mission were a drop from the 104 claims reported in 2016. There was a sharp decrease in allegations recorded for the MINUSCA mission in the Central African Republic: 19 last year compared to 52 in 2016. Gabon last week announced that it was withdrawing its troops from MINUSCA following cases of sex abuse and other problems. MINUSCA has been hit by a string of sex abuse allegations against peacekeepers that led to the firing of the mission commander in 2015 and...
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UN highlights Facebook's role in spread of Rohingya crisis in Myanmar
Geneva, Mar 13 (Agencies): UN human rights experts investigating a possible genocide in Myanmar said on Monday that Facebook had played a role in spreading hate speech there. Facebook had no immediate comment on the criticism on Monday, although in the past the company has said that it was working to remove hate speech in Myanmar and kick off people who shared such content consistently. More than 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar`s Rakhine state into Bangladesh since insurgent attacks sparked a security crackdown last August. Many have provided harrowing testimonies of executions and rapes by Myanmar security forces. The UN human rights chief said last week he strongly suspected acts of genocide had taken place. Myanmar`s national security adviser demanded "clear evidence". ...
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Join us, don't fight us: Iran invites Pakistan to be part of Chabahar project with India
IRAN, Mar 13 (Agencies): Iran has invited Pakistan to become a part of the Chabahar project, Pakistani media have reported. The move would likely put pressure on the Pakistani policy making apparatus, since it would have to weigh involvement in a project that would make it part of a corridor that undercuts its geographical advantage and offers to cut down on India's strategic advantage, against the setback it could deal to its own ambitions over the nearby Gwadar Port. The offer came from Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who is presently on a three-day visit to Pakistan, the Dawn newspaper reported. Iran's offer may also be seen as a move to placate Pakistan's deep misgivings over India's long-standing involvement in the Chabahar Port project. The Chabahar Port has given India acc...
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China’s parliament gives Xi Jinping mandate to rule for life
Beijing, Mar 11 (Agencies): China's rubber-stamp parliament today ratified a historic constitutional amendment abolishing decades old practice of two term limits for the president, paving way for President Xi Jinping to become China's leader-for-life. Set for his second five-year term as President this month, 64-year-old Xi, the most powerful leader in recent decades heading the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and the military, will now be the first Chinese leader after the founder chairman Mao Zedong to remain in power lifelong. The constitutional amendment removing the term limits for the president and the vice president was approved by the parliament with 2,958 in favour, two against and three abstentions, official media reported. The National People's Congress - regarded as t...
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Shoe hurled at former Pak PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore
LAHORE, Mar 11 (Agencies): A shoe was hurled at former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif by a student during an event in Lahore. Nawaz Sharif was meeting those present at the stage when a shoe came towards him. The shoe was thrown by a former seminary student during the former prime minister's visit to Jamia Naeemia seminary in Garhi Shahu. As Nawaz reached the dais to address the event, a shoe was thrown at him by someone from the audience. Caught unaware, the shoe hit the former premier on his chest. The student who hurled it climbed the stage and shouted slogans. The attacker was detained and handed over to the police. The organisers said they were trying to ascertain the identity of the attacker and how he was able to enter the hall. Nawaz addressed the event, marking the deat...
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Diplomats being harassed in India, alleges Pak, threatens pullout of officials
ISLAMABAD, Mar 11 (Agencies): Targeting New Delhi again, Pakistan has accused India of harassing diplomats and their families living in the country. Pakistan-based publication Dawn quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the matter was taken up with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. According to the report, Islamabad has warned that it will pull out its diplomats and their families if the "intimidation" is not put to an end. The diplomatic source was further quoted as claiming that children of Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner were stopped and harassed while they were going to school. He further alleged that members of diplomatic were being abused during their movement in public. A senior diplomat from Pakistan was also harass...
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