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London: A French city defied Islamist terrorism by projecting huge images of Charlie Hebdo caricatures on a local government building on Wednesday as heavily armed police officers stood guard. The projections, which included caricatures of Prophet Mohammed, came as part of a French national tribute to middle-school teacher Samuel Paty which took place on Wednesday […]

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London: A French city defied Islamist terrorism by projecting huge images of Charlie Hebdo caricatures on a local government building on Wednesday as heavily armed police officers stood guard.

The projections, which included caricatures of Prophet Mohammed, came as part of a French national tribute to middle-school teacher Samuel Paty which took place on Wednesday evening.

Paty, a history teacher in the greater Paris area, was murdered on Friday by a refugee Islamist terrorist after Paty showed caricatures of Prophet Mohammed to his students in a class on freedom of speech.

The images were projected onto two town halls in the Occitanie region – Montpellier and Toulouse – for four hours on Wednesday evening.

Regional mayor, Carole Delga, was quoted by FranceBleu, a network of local and regional radio stations in France, and a part of the national public broadcasting group Radio France: “There must be no weakness in the face of the enemies of democracy, facing those who transform religion into a weapon of war… those who intend to destroy the Republic.”

In 2015, Islamist gunmen attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo and killed most of the paper’s editorial board for publishing caricatures of Prophet Muhammad.

The court cases surrounding the killings finally being heard this year led to another attempted attack in September 2020, with a new would-be killer attempting to attack the old offices of the paper again.

The latest attack over the Charlie Hebdo caricatures took place last week when Samuel Paty was beheaded after showing the drawings of Prophet Mohammed to his students in a freedom of speech class.

Related Story: French Teacher Decapitated For Showing Prophet Mohammed Cartoon In Class

Paty’s beheading has prompted a strong response from the French government, including police raiding individuals and organisations that expressed support for the attack and attacker in the immediate aftermath of the beheading.

A well known mosque in a northern suburb of Paris was shut down by French authorities as part of their clampdown on Islamist groups and suspected extremists.

French President Emmanuel Macron is under pressure to come up with an effective response to the latest in a series of Islamist terror attacks that have rocked France since the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre.

More than 240 people have died from Islamist violence since 2015, prompting opposition politicians – particularly on the right – to accuse the government of waging a battle of words rather than taking decisive action.

(IANS)

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POK President: Talks With India Under UN Supervision Is Must To Implement Resolutions On Kashmir https://odishatv.in/world/pok-president-talks-with-india-under-un-supervision-is-must-to-implement-resolutions-on-kashmir-486956 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:44:03 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486956

Islamabad: Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) aka Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) has said that Pakistan should make it a matter of principle that “talks with India should be held only under the UN auspices”. “Side-by-Side with Pakistan and India, and presence of Kashmiris on the negotiations table in a must”, […]

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POK President: Talks With India Under UN Supervision Is Must To Implement Resolutions On Kashmir

Islamabad: Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) aka Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) has said that Pakistan should make it a matter of principle that “talks with India should be held only under the UN auspices”.

“Side-by-Side with Pakistan and India, and presence of Kashmiris on the negotiations table in a must”, he said.

“The UN supervision of the talks is essential in order to carry forward and implement the Security Council resolutions on Kashmir”, he added.

Masood Khan lashed out at India, stating that New Delhi has “used the bogey of bilateral talks to consolidate its illegal occupation of Kashmir and to keep the United Nations and the Kashmiris out of negotiation process”.

Related Story: Pakistan Building New Missile Sites Along PoK With Help Of China

“And now, it can one again use the talks as a ploy to divert attention from its recent illegal actions in Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK)”, he said.

Masood Khan also advised that the talks on Kashmir dispute should not be held in Islamabad or New Delhi, adding that they should be held in New York.

“However, to ensure participation of Kashmiris, these can be also conducted in Islamabad, New Delhi or Muzaffarabad and Srinagar”, he said.

Highlighting the importance of UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir, Masood Khan said that no matter where the talks are held, the agenda of the talks should be as per the framework of the UNSC resolutions on Kashmir only.

Reiterating and seconding Islamabad’s stance on the Kashmir dispute, Masood Khan said that Kashmir is not a bilateral dispute between India and Pakistan.

“Pakistan’s stand on talks is very clear that Kashmir is not a bilateral dispute between Pakistan and India but it is an international issue which must be resoled by the UN Security Council”, he said.

“However, India does not consider it even a bilateral and describes it as its internal matter”, he added.

Masood urged that the Kashmir dispute must remain with the international community, insisting that expulsion of the global community from it would allow “India to turn Occupied Kashmir into its colony, and stop it from depriving the Kashmiri people of their land and homes”.

Masood Khan brushed aside the stance undertaken by Kashmiri leaders including Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who were known to be anti-India and have recently shifted their stance to being pro-India.

“These elements have never been Kashmiri leaders, but these were the people who had sold Kashmir to India in the lust of power, and after they have lost power and privileges, they want to strike some deal with India through blackmailing”, he said.

Masood Khan called on the Pakistani and the Kashmiri community living in countries spread across the world to rise up, and establish contacts with the international community on a political level with an aim to gather support in their favour and “stop India from the illegal process of demographic change in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir”.

(IANS)

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12 Peaceful Demonstrators Shot Dead By Security Forces In Nigeria https://odishatv.in/world/12-peaceful-demonstrators-shot-dead-by-security-forces-in-nigeria-486787 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 07:34:20 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486787

Abuja: Nigerias security forces fired upon two large gatherings of peaceful demonstrators, killing 12 people protesting against police brutality in Lagos, according to a report by Amnesty International on Wednesday. Soldiers fired at the protesters who had gathered in the Lekki district of Nigeria’s largest city on Tuesday night in defiance of an indefinite curfew […]

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Abuja: Nigerias security forces fired upon two large gatherings of peaceful demonstrators, killing 12 people protesting against police brutality in Lagos, according to a report by Amnesty International on Wednesday.

Soldiers fired at the protesters who had gathered in the Lekki district of Nigeria’s largest city on Tuesday night in defiance of an indefinite curfew imposed hours earlier by the authorities, according to several witnesses.

Hundreds of people were at the site at the time of the shooting, which witnesses said took place around 7 p.m. (local time), according to media reports.

The #EndSARS protests began amid calls for Nigeria’s government to close the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS, but has become a much wider demand for better governance in Nigeria.

Amnesty International said it had received “credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force occasioning deaths of protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos”, adding that it was investigating “the killings”.

In a Twitter post, the Nigerian Army said no soldiers were at the scene of the shooting on Tuesday night.

The state government earlier said it would open an investigation into the shooting. A Nigerian army spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(IANS)

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Sindh Police Defy Against Pakistan Army, Threaten To Go On Mass Leave https://odishatv.in/world/sindh-police-defy-against-pakistan-army-threaten-to-go-on-mass-leave-486596 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:46:29 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486596

New Delhi/Islamabad: In a major show of open defiance against Pakistan Army, police officers in Karachi have threatened to go on mass leave after the Sindh Police chief was allegedly kidnapped and coerced to act against PML(N) Vice President Marayam Nawaz Sharif. Sources in Islamabad said that Pakistan is rapidly slipping into a civil war-like […]

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Sindh Police Defy Against Pakistan Army, Threaten To Go On Mass Leave

New Delhi/Islamabad: In a major show of open defiance against Pakistan Army, police officers in Karachi have threatened to go on mass leave after the Sindh Police chief was allegedly kidnapped and coerced to act against PML(N) Vice President Marayam Nawaz Sharif.

Sources in Islamabad said that Pakistan is rapidly slipping into a civil war-like situation with the ongoing tussle between the opposition parties and the Army.

In Karachi in Sindh province, headed by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Sindh Police in a major show of defiance against the Pakistan Army have threatened to go on leave after they were pressurised to arrest PML(N) Vice President Marayam Nawaz’s husband Safdar Awan.

Sources said that Sindh IGP Mushtaq Mahar and at least two additional inspector generals, seven deputy inspector generals and six senior superintendents of Sindh Police on Tuesday applied for leave in order to “come out of the shock” caused by the “episode of registration of FIR against Capt (R) Safdar”.

The Sindh Police on Monday had arrested Safdar Awan, the husband of Maryam Nawaz Sharif, and the son-in-law of exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, from a hotel in Karachi.

The arrest came just hours after the PML(N) Vice President criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government at a massive rally of People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) — an alliance of 11 opposition political parties which have joined hands to challenge the Imran Khan government backed by the Pakistan Army. He was later released on bail.

Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has ordered an inquiry into Safdar Awan’s arrest after Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari questioned the Army and the ISI about the incident in a tweet.

Pakistani media quoted Bilawal alleging that the Sindh Police chief was abducted by Pakistan Army and its intelligence wing for a few hours before Safdar Awan was arrested. Bilawal insinuated that Pakistan military had pressurised the Sindh Police to act against Safdar Awan.

The Dawn newspaper reported that a purported voice message by PML(N) leader and former Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair was shared by a journalist in which Zubair alleged that the Sindh Inspector General of Police, Mushtaq Mahar, was kidnapped and forced to register an FIR against Maryam, her husband Safdar and 200 others for violating the sanctity of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s mausoleum.

The leave applications submitted by Sindh Police officers to IGP Mahar said that it had become hard for them to “discharge duties in a professional manner” due to the stress caused by Safdar’s arrest.

“The recent episode of registration of FIR against Capt (R) Safdar in which the police high command has not only been ridiculed and mishandled, but all ranks of Sindh Police have been demoralised and shocked. In such stressful situation, it is quite difficult for me to discharge my duty in a professional manner,” the letters read.

All the letters were identical.

However, the tense situation in the province forced IGP Mahar to defer his own leave as he ordered his officers to set aside their leave applications for 10 days.

In a tweet, the Sindh police said the decision was taken “in the larger national interest” and pending the conclusion of the inquiry into how the arrest of PML(N) leader Safdar unfolded.

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5 Dead, 20 Injured In Karachi Building Explosion https://odishatv.in/world/5-dead-20-injured-in-karachi-building-explosion-486495 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 08:00:47 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486495

Karachi: At least five people were killed and 20 others injured in an explosion in a multi-storey building in Karachi’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal area on Wednesday, according to officials. While the cause of the explosion suspected to have taken place on the second floor is yet to be ascertained, a senior police official said that it “seems […]

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Karachi: At least five people were killed and 20 others injured in an explosion in a multi-storey building in Karachi’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal area on Wednesday, according to officials.

While the cause of the explosion suspected to have taken place on the second floor is yet to be ascertained, a senior police official said that it “seems to be a cylinder blast”, Dawn news reported.

TV footage shows the infrastructure of the building located near Maskan Chowrangi has been badly damaged.

According to witnesses, windows of nearby buildings as well as some vehicles were also damaged as a result of the blast.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has directed the Karachi commissioner to submit a detailed report over the incident.

Wednesday’s incident came a day after five people were injured after a bomb exploded at the entrance of a bus terminal near the city’s Sheerin Jinnah Colony, said the Dawn news report.

Police investigators said it was an improvised explosive device (IED) that was planted at the gate of the terminal.

(IANS)

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Pakistan Unlikely To Exit FATF Grey List: Report https://odishatv.in/world/pakistan-unlikely-to-exit-fatf-grey-list-report-486469 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 07:04:32 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486469

Islamabad: Islamabad, Oct 21 (PTI) Pakistan might remain on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as it has been unable to comply with six of the 27 points in the global watchdog’s action plan, a media report said on Wednesday. The Paris-based global watchdog for curbing terror financing and money laundering will […]

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Islamabad: Islamabad, Oct 21 (PTI) Pakistan might remain on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as it has been unable to comply with six of the 27 points in the global watchdog’s action plan, a media report said on Wednesday.

The Paris-based global watchdog for curbing terror financing and money laundering will hold its virtual plenary session from October 21 to 23. It will review Pakistan’s progress on the 27-point action plan.

The FATF had placed Pakistan on the grey list in June 2018 and asked Islamabad to implement a plan of action to curb money laundering and terror financing by the end of 2019, but the deadline was extended later on due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“The country will succeed in exiting the FATF’s grey list by June next year,” The Express Tribune reported, quoting diplomatic sources.

The report said Pakistan is unlikely to exit FATF grey list, but the country has managed to avert being blacklisted.

It said that the country had completed its legal formalities and informed the watchdog that it had managed to comply with 21 of the points in the action plan.

Pakistan has succeeded in making 20 per cent progress in the remaining six points of the action plan, it said.

The country has complied with the points related to money laundering. The remaining six points pertain to terrorism financing.

The International Cooperation Review Group of the FATF has acknowledged that Pakistan had complied with 21 points of the action plan, the report said.

Seeking to wriggle out of the FATF’s grey list, debt-ridden Pakistan in August imposed financial sanctions on 88 banned terror groups and their leaders, including 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Pakistan won a three-month further extension to complete FATF’s 27-point action plan because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The deadline was June this year, but the FATF extended it due to the postponement of its plenary.

In February, the FATF gave Pakistan, which missed 13 targets, a four-month grace period to complete its 27-point action plan against money laundering and terror financing committed with the international community.

In its third plenary held virtually in June, the FATF decided to keep Pakistan in the grey list as Islamabad failed to check flow of money to terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

With Pakistan’s continuation in the ‘grey list’, it is increasingly becoming difficult for the country to get financial aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Union, thus further enhancing problems for the nation which is in a precarious financial situation.

In July, Pakistan’s Senate unanimously approved two bills related to the tough conditions set by the FATF. In August, Parliament’s lower house passed four FATF-related bills as part of the efforts by Pakistan to move from the FATF’s grey list to the white list.

In September, the joint session of the Parliament amended about 15 laws to upgrade its legal system matching international standards as required by the FATF.

If the FATF in its meeting finds that Pakistan has failed to meet its requirements, there is every possibility that the global body may put the country in the ‘Black List’ along with North Korea and Iran.

In August, Prime Minister Imran Khan had warned that if blacklisted at the FATF, Pakistan’s entire economy will be destroyed due to inflation and a massive fall in Pakistani Rupee.

The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing, and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system. It currently has 39 members including two regional organisations – the European Commission and Gulf Cooperation Council.

(PTI)

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US Election Outcome Won’t Affect Ties With India: Senior Official https://odishatv.in/world/us-election-outcome-wont-affect-ties-with-india-senior-official-486378 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 03:18:54 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486378

New York: A high-ranking US official said that he is optimistic that any possible outcome of the November 3 presidential election won’t affect the deepening ties with India because “this relationship is much bigger than any one political party”. “What leaves me optimistic is the longer-term perspective I have on the US-India relationship,” US Deputy […]

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New York: A high-ranking US official said that he is optimistic that any possible outcome of the November 3 presidential election won’t affect the deepening ties with India because “this relationship is much bigger than any one political party”.

“What leaves me optimistic is the longer-term perspective I have on the US-India relationship,” US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said on Tuesday.

He said, “One of the constants in US-India relations has been that every presidential administration here in the United States has left the relationship in even better shape than the one it inherited from its predecessor and that is an amazing legacy.”

Asked by a reporter about the future of India-US relations in the context of the upcoming elections, he said that India has been immune to policy changes with different administrations.

“Oftentimes we can see international relations move with the political shifts here in the United States, but India has been a constant,” he said.

“There are many sinews that tie us together, and it leaves me confident that this relationship is much bigger than any one political party,” said Biegun, the second-in-command at the State Department.

“The United States and India, I think, face many of the same challenges in the world, so you also have, I suppose, what you might call the negative incentives that are driving us to make very sound judgments about our interests, but also lead naturally to collaboration,” he added.

Biegun, who had visited Indian last week for meetings with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla, spoke to reporters by telephone from London on his way back.

He was sending a message for reassurance to New Delhi about the course of Washington’s relations with India if the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate Joe Biden and vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris were elected next month.

Questions arise if having been critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kashmir policy and under pressure from the party’s progressive flank they would prioritise Kashmir and related issues over other aspects of relations like the shared strategic interests with India if elected.

A Washington public policy expert, Anik Joshi, wrote in the influential Foreign Policy’s web site, “A Biden administration is likely to take a tough stance if he wins the presidency this November — especially compared to the one under President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.”

He noted Harris’s criticism of the Kashmir policy and wrote, “Former Vice President Biden himself has also been willing to criticise Indian political decisions. On Biden’s ‘Agenda for Muslim-American Communities’, Biden stated that the ‘Indian government should take all necessary steps to restore rights for all the people of Kashmir’ and, further, that restrictions akin to the ones seen in the region weaken democracy.”

At his briefing Biegun said that his visit was “to talk about security issues and how we make sure that we do our utmost, working together, with a series of partners in the Indo-Pacific to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific that guarantees sovereignty and prosperity for the nations in the region.”

“And it was to take stock of and deepen US relations and set a course forward for how we can expand our cooperation in people-to-people areas, in various areas of government interest, including science and culture and medicine in particular,” Biegun added.

An important element that binds the two nations, he said, is “the democratic values that underpin both of our systems steer our systems in a certain direction that I think naturally converges US and Indian relations and interests”.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen deepening cooperation between India and the US in action, he said.

“Shringla and I have maintained a steady engagement with a number of other Indo-Pacific partners on coordination around responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also sketching out how we recover from this pandemic,” Biegun said.

He cited the cooperation on developing and producing therapeutics and vaccines and said, “it’s just you have another element of a deepening US-India relationship.”

The two countries cooperated in ensuring that lifesaving medicines and personal protective equipment can be moved between them and in repatriating citizens who were trapped abroad when travel restrictions were imposed, he said.

(IANS)

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China Hopes Its Missing Soldier Held By Indian Army Will Be Released Soon https://odishatv.in/world/china-hopes-its-missing-soldier-held-by-indian-army-will-be-released-soon-486074 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 06:07:47 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486074

Beijing:  The Chinese military has expressed hope that its missing soldier apprehended by the Indian Army in Eastern Ladakh will be released soon. A Chinese soldier was apprehended by the Indian Army in the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh on Monday after he had “strayed” across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), an incident that […]

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Beijing:  The Chinese military has expressed hope that its missing soldier apprehended by the Indian Army in Eastern Ladakh will be released soon.

A Chinese soldier was apprehended by the Indian Army in the Demchok sector of Eastern Ladakh on Monday after he had “strayed” across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), an incident that comes amid a massive deployment of troops by the two militaries in the region following the border standoff since May.

The Indian Army said in a statement on Monday that the soldier, a Corporal in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has been identified as Wang Ya Long and he will be returned to the Chinese military at the Chushul-Moldo border point after completion of formalities.

“China hopes that India will hand over soon the Chinese soldier who got lost in China-India border areas on the evening of October 18 when helping local herdsmen retrieve a yak at their request,” said Senior Colonel Zhang Shuili, spokesperson for the Western Theater Command of the PLA said in a statement on Monday night.

“The PLA border troops informed the Indian military right after the incident and hoped the Indian side would aid in search and rescue, and the Indian side promised to offer help and return the missing soldier timely after finding him, he said.

The latest information from the Indian side is that the lost Chinese soldier has been found and will be handed over to the Chinese side after receiving medical examination, Col. Zhang said.

“We hope that the Indian side will live up to its promise to hand over the missing Chinese soldier as soon as possible and implement the consensus reached by the two sides in the 7th round of Senior Commanders meeting, so as to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas,” Zhang said.

(PTI)

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Pro-Trump Indian-American Campaign Video Stresses Safety, Economy, India Support https://odishatv.in/world/pro-trump-indian-american-campaign-video-stresses-safety-economy-india-support-486068 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 05:02:09 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486068

New York: Safety, the economy and friendship for India are the themes of video ads supporting US President Donald Trump produced by an entrepreneur in the duel of the two political parties Indian-American votes in key states in the November 3 election. “When I heard Trump had Covid-19, I said, ‘What the hell, I must […]

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New York: Safety, the economy and friendship for India are the themes of video ads supporting US President Donald Trump produced by an entrepreneur in the duel of the two political parties Indian-American votes in key states in the November 3 election.

“When I heard Trump had Covid-19, I said, ‘What the hell, I must gear up and do something for this guy rather than stay home and fume about the news’,” Danny Gaekwad, who has produced a series of video ads backing the President, told IANS about his foray into the campaign.

Describing himself as a grassroots political activist who has stayed away from national politics and has supported both Democrats and Republicans, Gaekwad said that he made an exemption for Trump because he is a “real guy” who “supports India 100 per cent”.

He said that till he met Trump he had been turned off from national politics because at that level most leaders were “fakes” and working at the grassroots for local, state and federal legislators was more effective.

Gaekwad, who traces his lineage to the family that had ruled the Baroda princely state, is a serial entrepreneur, developer and investor, is a member of the advisory committee of the ‘Indian Voices for Donald Trump’ campaign.

Two of his ads on the theme, “Trump hai toh safe hai” (With Trump we’re safe), feature clips of him speaking in Ahmedabad earlier this year about the “special place” India has in his heart and extolling Indian-Americans.

About the stress on safety, Gaekwad said that Indian-owned businesses were looted and burned during the Black Lives Matter protests backed by the Democratic Party against police brutality and racism.

He asked: “Is this the Democratic agenda? Indian lives don’t matter?”

His videos are straightforward, with direct messages, unlike the video for the Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden with Bollywood music.

Another video released on Monday by Gaekwad makes an appeal to the purse, especially of businesspeople, extolling Trump’s economic record as president and as a job-creating entrepreneur while attacking Biden’s policies and his personal career of 47 years on the public payroll.

In the ad, he also defends Trump’s record in the pandemic crisis asserting that he acted fast and also helped saved businesses like his hotels through the programme to help with payroll when the occupancy plunged.

He takes another jab at Biden, calling him a “China lover”.

Besides circulating on social media, Gaekwad claimed that his ads are running on several TV programmes.

Another Trump video ad was circulated earlier this year by the Trump campaign on social media with clips from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Howdy Modi” rally in Texas last year and Trump’s Ahmedabad “Namaste Trump” meeting this year, with both leaders proclaiming their and their nations’ close friendship.

Credit for the ad’s concept was given to Al Mason, the co-chair of the Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee.

Kimberly Guilfoyle, the chair of the Trump Victory Finance Committee, tweeted soon after its release: “America enjoys a great relationship with India and our campaign enjoys great support from Indian-Americans.”

Although Indian-American voters are estimated to number only about 1.3 million, they could make a difference in the swing states where neither party has a lock on the voters and could go either way with small margins.

The electoral college made up electors representing states gave Trump the victory in 2016 although he got 2.8 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton.

She lost one of the swing states, Wisconsin, by just about 10,000 votes.

Explaining why he shows up in two of the videos with a gun, Gaekwad said that he is a strong defender of the Constitution’s Second Amendment giving citizens the right to bear arms, having grown up in India with guns and with a son in the US Army.

Gun rights, which the Democratic Party wants curbed, are an important issue for Trump supporters.

Gaekwad traces his lineage to the Gaekwad family, which was once the ruler of the Baroda princely state.

Asserting that he supported many Democratic politicians like House of Representatives member Raja Krishnamoorthi, Maryland state legislator Kumar Barve and former Iowa state legislator Swati Dandekar, and others he said that he backs all Indian-American candidates in elections at all levels a” as long as they were not anti-India.

Indian-Americans as a tiny minority have to support candidates from the community realising that “if we are not at the table, we will be on the menu”, Gaekwad said.

Asked why then he was not supporting Kamala Harris, the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential candidate who is of Indian descent, he said: “Her comments are anti-India.”

“I am not gonna help Kamala Harris who is running against my candidate Donald Trump” who “stands by his friend India”, he said.

Gaekwad claimed that he has not seen Harris proudly say on national TV that she is Indian-American and her recent overtures to the community are only because she thinks it is like a bank cash dispensing machine.

“We have to ask what we get in return” for supporting a candidate, he said.

(IANS)

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Pak Invites Indian Sikhs For Guru Nanak’s 551st Birth Anniversary https://odishatv.in/world/pak-invites-indian-sikhs-for-guru-nanaks-551st-birth-anniversary-485777 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:41:11 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=485777

Islamabad: The Pakistan government has sent out invitations to Indian Sikhs to attend celebrations marking the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. As per the details of the invitation, sent in advance via the Indian Sikh Sangats, the devotees will be offered a five-day visa to enter Pakistan after a mandatory […]

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Islamabad: The Pakistan government has sent out invitations to Indian Sikhs to attend celebrations marking the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.

As per the details of the invitation, sent in advance via the Indian Sikh Sangats, the devotees will be offered a five-day visa to enter Pakistan after a mandatory Covid-19 test.

“All pilgrims coming to partake in the festivities of Baba Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary will required to observe and abide by all Covid-19 SOPs throughout their stay, even after showing the mandatory negative Covid-19 test,” an official of the Abandoned Waqf Property Board said.

The country’s Waqf board and the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee have also sent regular invitations and itineraries to various other Sikh societies including the Shiromani Committee of India, inviting them to the festivities.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Indian Sikhs will be allowed to stay in Pakistan only for a limited period of time, without any extensions.

A three-day celebration known as Guru Nanak Gurpurab will begin on November 27 at the Nankana Sahib, with celebrations continuing throughout the month.

“The stay of Indian Sikhs in Pakistan had to be revised in consideration of closed borders and rising coronavirus tally in India,” said Sardar Satwant Singh, head of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.

“There will be no new restrictions placed on the number of Indian Sikh pilgrims making the journey.”

However, as per bilateral agreement between India and Pakistan, 3,000 Indian Sikh pilgrims will be allowed entry into Pakistan, specifically for the Gurdwara celebrations.

However, the pilgrims will be restricted to Nankana Sahib only, unlike before when they were provided with an option of a 10-day vista to visit multiple gurdwaras in Lahore, Nankana Sahib, Hasan Abdal, Kartarpura, Rohri Sahib and Farooqabad.

For the first time, the pilgrims will also not have the option to stay or shop in Lahore.

“Indian pilgrims will be welcomed at the Wagah border on November 27, from where they will be shuttled to Nankana Sahib through a special bus service,” said Sawant Singh.

“The pilgrims will have access to various gurdwaras in Nankana Sahib and also participate in the Nagar Kirtan custom,” he added.

It has also been reported that certain Sikh societies including Shiromani Committee in India, have called on the Indian government to open the Kartarpur Corridor of India for Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary.

Sources reveal that Pakistan has expressed its willingness to promote religious tourism in the country.

However, no response has been received from the Indian government on the matter.

(IANS)

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16 Dead In Pakistan As Landslide Hits Passenger Bus https://odishatv.in/world/16-dead-in-pakistan-as-landslide-hits-passenger-bus-485674 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 03:39:15 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=485674

Islamabad: Sixteen people were killed when a passenger bus was hit by a landslide in Skardu district of Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan, a senior official said. In a statement, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Skardu, Anas Iqbal the accident took place on Sunday morning when the bus, which was en route to the district from Rawalpindi, was […]

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Islamabad: Sixteen people were killed when a passenger bus was hit by a landslide in Skardu district of Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan, a senior official said.

In a statement, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Skardu, Anas Iqbal the accident took place on Sunday morning when the bus, which was en route to the district from Rawalpindi, was struck by the landslide, Xinhua news agency reported

He added that everyone on board the bus were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the rubble.

“The landslide occurred in a remote area, miles away from residential settlement, so there was no loss of life or property except for the passengers.”

Sources from Skardu told Xinhua that the victims included women and children.

The bodies have been shifted to a nearby hospital from where they will be handed over to their relatives, meanwhile the area is being cleared for traffic, the DC said.

Landslides are prevalent in the Gilgit-Baltistan region owing to its mountainous terrain.

Talking to Xinhua about the incident, Rashid Bilal, spokesperson of Pakistan meteorological department said that lately there have not been enough rains in the area to cause landslides.

The possible reason of the accident might be the slow meltdown of the ice in the affected area as the region is receiving good sunlight due to clear weather, he added.

(IANS)

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Pak Fails To Fulfill 6 Key Mandates Of FATF; No Action Against Most Wanted Terrorists https://odishatv.in/world/pak-fails-to-fulfill-6-key-mandates-of-fatf-no-action-against-most-wanted-terrorists-485546 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 11:18:01 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=485546

New Delhi: Pakistan’s failure to fulfill six key obligations of the FATF, including action against two of India’s most wanted terrorists Maulana Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed, and the sudden disappearance of more than 4,000 terrorists from its official list will most likely lead to its continuation in the ‘grey list’ of the Global money […]

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Pak Fails To Fulfill 6 Key Mandates Of FATF; No Action Against Most Wanted Terrorists

New Delhi: Pakistan’s failure to fulfill six key obligations of the FATF, including action against two of India’s most wanted terrorists Maulana Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed, and the sudden disappearance of more than 4,000 terrorists from its official list will most likely lead to its continuation in the ‘grey list’ of the Global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, officials said on Sunday.

The virtual plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), to be held on October 21-23, will take the final call on Pakistan’s continuation on its grey list after a thorough review of Islamabad’s performance in fulfilling the global commitments and standards in the fight against money laundering and terror financing.

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The FATF had given Pakistan a total of 27 action plan obligations for completely checking terror financing of which so far it has cleared 21 but has failed in some of the key tasks, an official privy to the developments said.

The mandates which Pakistan has failed include action against all UN-designated terrorists like Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Azhar, Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Seed and the outfit’s operational commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

Besides, FATF has strongly noted the fact that there was sudden disappearance of the names of more than 4,000 terrorists from its original list of 7,600 under Schedule IV of its Anti Terrorism Act.

Under these circumstances, it is almost certain that Pakistan will continue in the FATF grey list, the official said.

Also, the four nominating countries the United States, Britain, France and Germany are also not satisfied with Islamabad’s commitment to taking strong action against the terror groups operating from its soil.

Azhar, Saeed and Lakhvi are most wanted terrorists in India for their involvement in numerous terrorist acts, including the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes and the bombing of a CRPF bus at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir last year.

With Pakistan’s continuation in the grey list, it is increasingly becoming difficult for Islamabad to get financial aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Union, thus further enhancing problems for the neighbouring country which is in a precarious financial situation.

The FATF will also judge if competent authorities in Pakistan were cooperating and taking action to identify and taking enforcement action against illegal money or value transfer services and had proven implementation of cross-border currency and bearer negotiable instruments controls at all ports of entry, including applying effective, proportionate and dissuasive sanctions.

The country’s outstanding action areas also include effective implementation of targeted financial sanctions (supported by a comprehensive legal obligation) against all 1,267 and 1,373 designated terrorists and those acting for or on their behalf, including preventing the raising and moving of funds, identifying and freezing assets (movable and immovable), and prohibiting access to funds and financial services, another official said.

The FATF plenary was earlier scheduled in June, but Pakistan got an unexpected breather after the global watchdog against financial crimes temporarily postponed all mutual evaluations and follow-up deadlines in the wake of grave health risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The watchdog also put a general pause in the review process, thus giving additional four months to Pakistan to meet the requirements.

Pakistan needed 12 votes out of 39 to exit the grey list and move to the white list. To avoid the blacklist, it needs the support of three countries. China, Turkey and Malaysia are its consistent supporters.

Currently, North Korea and Iran are on the FATF blacklist.

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Pakistan was placed on the grey list by the FATF in June 2018 and was given a plan of action to complete it by October 2019. Since then, the country continues to be on that list due to its failure to comply with the FATF mandates.

The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terror financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.

The FATF currently has 39 members, including two regional organisations — the European Commission and Gulf Cooperation Council.

India is a member of the FATF consultations and its Asia Pacific Group.

(PTI)

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Powerful Explosion In Afghanistan Leaves 16 Dead, 90 Injured https://odishatv.in/world/powerful-explosion-in-afghanistan-leaves-16-dead-90-injured-485532 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 10:25:48 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=485532

Kabul: At least 16 people were killed and 90 others injured after a powerful explosion on Sunday rocked the city of Firoz Koah, capital of Afghanistan’s Ghor province, an official confirmed. “The final number of casualties would be shared with media later in the day. The number of casualties may change as the rescue of […]

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Powerful Explosion In Afghanistan Leaves 16 Dead, 90 Injured

Kabul: At least 16 people were killed and 90 others injured after a powerful explosion on Sunday rocked the city of Firoz Koah, capital of Afghanistan’s Ghor province, an official confirmed.

“The final number of casualties would be shared with media later in the day. The number of casualties may change as the rescue of victims from under debris is continuing,” the provincial government official told Xinhua news agency.

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The official added that many of the injured remained in critical condition.

The blast occurred roughly at 11.15 a.m. when an explosive-laden minibus was detonated in an area where the provincial police department and several other government offices are located, a security official told Xinhua.

“The nature of the blast could be a suspected suicide bombing. The blast sent a column of thick smoke into the sky and triggered panic, besides causing destruction,” he said.

Security forces have cordoned off the area for precautionary measures.

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No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

(IANS)

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Armenia, Azerbaijan Agree On New ‘Humanitarian Ceasefire’ https://odishatv.in/world/armenia-azerbaijan-agree-on-new-humanitarian-ceasefire-485402 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 02:52:42 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=485402

Yerevan: Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed on a new “humanitarian ceasefire” in the Nagorno-Karabakh region starting midnight (2000 GMT), the two countries’ foreign ministries announced on Saturday evening via identical statements. It is the second ceasefire both sides have agreed on in weeks. The first came on October 10, following lengthy negotiations in Moscow on […]

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Yerevan: Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed on a new “humanitarian ceasefire” in the Nagorno-Karabakh region starting midnight (2000 GMT), the two countries’ foreign ministries announced on Saturday evening via identical statements.

It is the second ceasefire both sides have agreed on in weeks. The first came on October 10, following lengthy negotiations in Moscow on October 9, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the Nagorno-Karabakh region since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a ceasefire was reached, but there still have been sporadic minor clashes.

(IANS)

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New Zealand PM Wins Landslide Victory In General Elections https://odishatv.in/world/nz-pm-wins-landslide-victory-in-general-elections-485307 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 12:50:58 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=485307

Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday won a landslide victory in the country’s general elections held earlier in the day, securing her a second term in office. With most ballots tallied, Ardern’s ruling Labour Party has won 49 per cent of the vote and is projected to win 64 seats – enough […]

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NZ PM Wins Landslide Victory In General Elections

Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday won a landslide victory in the country’s general elections held earlier in the day, securing her a second term in office.

With most ballots tallied, Ardern’s ruling Labour Party has won 49 per cent of the vote and is projected to win 64 seats – enough for an outright majority, which will be a first in the country since it introduced a voting system known as Mixed Member Proportional representation (MMP) in 1996, the BBC reported.

According to the Electoral Commission, opposition centre-right National Party, currently on 27 per cent, has admitted defeat in Saturday’s poll.

The ACT New Zealand and Green parties came in third with 8 per cent of the votes.

Addressing her supporters following the results, Ardern said: “New Zealand has shown the Labour Party its greatest support in almost 50 years.

“We will not take your support for granted. And I can promise you we will be a party that governs for every New Zealander.”

After conceding, National Party’s leader Judith Collins congratulated Ardern and promised her party would be a “robust opposition”, adding “we will be back”.

Saturday’s election was initially scheduled for September 19 but was postponed due to a second Covid-19 outbreak.

The previous Parliament, which was elected on September 23, 2017, was officially dissolved on September 6 paving the way for the polls, Xinhua news agency.

Polling stations across the country opened at 9 a.m. and closed at 7 p.m.

More than a million people have already voted in early polling which opened on October 3.

Besides the general election vote, New Zealanders also cast their ballots for two referendums on the end of life choice and legalisation of the recreational use of cannabis.

Preliminary referendum results will be released on October 30, and the official results of the election and referendums will be released on November 6.

(IANS)

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French Teacher Decapitated For Showing Prophet Mohammed Cartoon In Class https://odishatv.in/world/french-teacher-decapitated-for-showing-prophet-mohammed-cartoon-in-class-485132 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 06:23:17 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=485132

Paris: A history teacher who opened a discussion with students on caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad was decapitated in a French street on Friday and police have shot the suspected killer dead, a police official said. The attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) as police confronted him, a cry often heard in jihadist attacks, […]

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French Teacher Decapitated For Showing Prophet Mohammed Cartoon In Class

Paris: A history teacher who opened a discussion with students on caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad was decapitated in a French street on Friday and police have shot the suspected killer dead, a police official said.

The attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) as police confronted him, a cry often heard in jihadist attacks, a police source said.

The French anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the slaying for murder with a suspected terrorist motive, the prosecutor’s office said. The gruesome incident occurred in the town of Eragny, in the Val d’Oise region northwest of Paris.

A police official said the suspect, armed with a knife and an airsoft gun was shot to death by police about 600 meters (yards) from where the male teacher was killed.

The teacher had been threatened after opening a discussion the debate, the police official told The Associated Press.

The official could not be named, not being authorised to discuss ongoing investigations.

It was the second terrorism-related incident since the opening of an ongoing trial on the newsroom massacre in Jan 2015 at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

French President Emmanuel Macron called the beheading of the teacher an “Islamist terrorist attack”, and pledged quick and firm action by his government to combat extremism.

“One of our fellow citizens was murdered today because he was teaching students freedom of expression,” Macron told the media on Friday evening after visiting the middle school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine hours after the attack.

“It is a teacher that this terrorist killed because he wanted to destroy the Republic…destroy the possibility of making our children free citizens,” he added.

Macron stressed that terrorists will not divide France and obscurantism will not win.

(AP)

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Barack Obama To Campaign For US Presidential Candidate Joe Biden https://odishatv.in/world/barack-obama-to-campaign-for-us-presidential-candidate-joe-biden-485066 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 02:34:33 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=485066

Macon: Former US President Barack Obama will campaign for Democratic party presidential candidate Joe Biden in Pennsylvania next week, the Biden campaign has said. President Donald Trump, however, told his supporters here that Obama was an “ineffective” campaigner and this was good news for him as in 2016 “they did a lousy job and that’s […]

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Barack Obama To Campaign For US Presidential Candidate Joe Biden

Macon: Former US President Barack Obama will campaign for Democratic party presidential candidate Joe Biden in Pennsylvania next week, the Biden campaign has said.

President Donald Trump, however, told his supporters here that Obama was an “ineffective” campaigner and this was good news for him as in 2016 “they did a lousy job and that’s why I’m your president”.

Biden, 77, was the vice president during Obama’s two terms. While Obama has endorsed Biden and his running mate and India-origin Senator Kamala Harris by making online campaigns for them, this would be the first time that the 59-year-old former president would be campaigning in person.

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Four years after he left the presidency, Obama because of his oratory skills, still remains the biggest crowd puller for the opposition Democratic party.

“On Wednesday, October 21, (former) President Obama will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to campaign on behalf of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” the Biden campaign said in a statement on Friday afternoon.

No other details were immediately available.

Biden, as per the latest opinion polls, leads against Republican incumbent President Donald Trump by over nine points on an average.

However, there are signs that the polls are tightening, especially after Trump resumed his rallies after recovering from COVID-19. He has been attracting thousands of supporters to his election rallies in the battleground states.

President Trump said, “Well he campaigned harder than Hillary last time, so why do we care? The other thing he refused to endorse Joe. He knows what’s going on up here with Joe. Obama refused to endorse him and even after Joe had won he didn’t want to and then finally like a long time later he finally came out and endorsed him.”

“But they called me they said, you know, Obama is going to start campaigning? I said, is that good or bad? I think it’s a good thing because you know, they did a lousy job and I wouldn’t be president of the United States if they did a good job. I probably wouldn’t have run and if I did I probably wouldn’t have won. It’s one of those things. They did a lousy job and that’s why I’m your president,” he said.

Obama is the only Democratic leader who can attract a big crowd in his election rallies. His jumping into the campaign, with a little over a fortnight left for the presidential elections, is likely to motivate and encourage Black Americans and fence sitters to come out and vote, Biden strategists believe.

A day earlier, the Democratic National Committee released a new ad featuring Obama — “The 2020 Election Is Already Here”.

It highlights the stakes of this election, the importance of Americans voting now to make their voices heard and how they can find all the information they need to make their plan to vote.

Millions of Americans are already voting, make sure you stand up and join them, Obama said in the ad.

There will always be reasons to think your vote doesn’t matter — that’s not new. What is new is a growing movement for justice, equality and progress on so many issues. This really is a tipping point, and that momentum only continues if we win this election. But it’s gonna be close. It could come down to a handful of voters just like you. So I’m asking you to bring this thing home. Leave no doubt. Vote early, he said.

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The ad is being run in all the battleground States through digital platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Hulu, and YouTube.

During the Democratic National Convention this summer, Obama had launched a blistering attack against Trump. Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t,” he said in August.

“And the consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone while those at the top take in more than ever. Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before,” Obama said.

(PTI)

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Joe Biden Leads Donald Trump By 7 Points Nationwide https://odishatv.in/world/joe-biden-leads-donald-trump-by-7-points-nationwide-484872 Fri, 16 Oct 2020 10:27:26 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=484872

Washington: A new poll has revealed that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was currently leading US President Donald Trump by seven points nationwide, with just 18 days remaining for the November 3 election. Related Story: Joe Biden Leads Donald Trump In Wisconsin, Michigan: Poll According to the new national Hill-HarrisX poll released on Thursday, 47 […]

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Joe Biden Leads Donald Trump By 7 Points Nationwide

Washington: A new poll has revealed that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was currently leading US President Donald Trump by seven points nationwide, with just 18 days remaining for the November 3 election.

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According to the new national Hill-HarrisX poll released on Thursday, 47 per cent of registered voters have said that they would cast their ballots for Biden if the election was held today, a 2-point spike from an October 3-6 survey, while 40 per cent said they would vote for Trump.

Three per cent of the voters said they would prefer someone else as their candidate for President and another 3 per cent do not plan to vote.

Seven per cent of the surveyed remains unsure.

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The former Vice President was also leading Trump among independents, at 40 per cent versus 32 per cent.

Donald Trump Raises $135mn Less Than Joe Biden In September

US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee have announced a joint fundraising haul of $247.8 million in September, but it was far behind than the $383 million raised by his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

In September 2016, the then Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton had only raised $154 million, CNN said in a report on Friday.

In a video announcing the latest figure, Biden shared the news with a grassroots supporter.

“That’s more money than I’ve ever raised in my whole life. I’m really humbled by it.”

With just 18 days left for the November 3 election, Biden also has $432 million worth of cash in hand, while the Trump campaign has $251.4 million.

Despite the disadvantage, the Trump campaign said that it was confident they will have enough resources to sustain the effort to re-elect the President.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Tim Murtaugh, the campaign’s communications director, said: “President Trump hits final stretch with strength, resources, record and huge ground game needed to spread message and secure re-election.”

(IANS)

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Terror Attack In Pakistan: 8 Soldiers, 7 Civil Security Personnel Killed https://odishatv.in/world/terror-attack-in-pakistan-8-soldiers-7-civil-security-personnel-killed-484868 Fri, 16 Oct 2020 09:50:22 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=484868

Islamabad: Eight soldiers and seven civil security personnel were killed in a terrorist attack in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, police sources said. The incident took place on Thursday in Ormara area, when a group of militants ambushed and attacked a convoy of the Frontier Corps (FC) and Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), and fled […]

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Terror Attack In Pakistan: 8 Soldiers, 7 Civil Security Personnel Killed

Islamabad: Eight soldiers and seven civil security personnel were killed in a terrorist attack in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, police sources said.

The incident took place on Thursday in Ormara area, when a group of militants ambushed and attacked a convoy of the Frontier Corps (FC) and Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), and fled the scene, the sources told Xinhua news agency.

“Two vehicles of OGDCL were being escorted by three FC vehicles on their way to Karachi when they were attacked by the militants who used sophisticated weapons in the offensive,” the sources added.

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The vehicles were also burned and destroyed by the militants following the attack.

Paramilitary troops and personnel from the Pakistan Navy reached the attack site and shifted the bodies to a nearby naval base.

A search operation to arrest the fleeing militants was launched in the area.

Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar (BRAS), an outlawed organization formed with the coalition of several extremist outfits of the province, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The same outfit killed some 14 personnel of the navy in an attack launched in the same area in April 2019.

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Condemning the attack, Prime Minister Imran Khan sought a solicited report into the incident and directed the concerned authorities to make every possible effort to identify and bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.

(IANS)

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3 Billion People Globally Lack Handwashing Facilities At Home: Unicef https://odishatv.in/world/3-billion-people-globally-lack-handwashing-facilities-at-home-unicef-484787 Fri, 16 Oct 2020 07:34:38 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=484787

Geneva: Although handwashing with soap is vital in the fight against infectious diseases, including the novel coronavirus, 40 per cent of the world’s population, or 3 billion people, do not have access to it, according to new Unicef estimates. The estimates issued on Thursday revealed that the number is much higher in the least developed […]

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Geneva: Although handwashing with soap is vital in the fight against infectious diseases, including the novel coronavirus, 40 per cent of the world’s population, or 3 billion people, do not have access to it, according to new Unicef estimates.

The estimates issued on Thursday revealed that the number is much higher in the least developed countries, where nearly three-quarters do not have handwashing facilities at home, reports Xinhua news agency.

Kelly Ann Naylor, associate director of water, sanitation and hygiene at Unicef, said that it was “unacceptable” that the most vulnerable communities are unable to use the simplest of methods to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“The pandemic has highlighted the critical role of hand hygiene in disease prevention. It has also stressed a pre-existing problem for many: handwashing with soap remains out of reach for millions of children where they’re born, live and learn.

“We must take immediate action to make handwashing with soap accessible to everyone, everywhere — now and in the future,” she said.

The situation is also alarming at schools: 43 per cent globally (70 percent in the least developed countries) lack a handwashing facility with water and soap, affecting hundreds of millions of children, according to the estimates.

Against this backdrop, Unicef, along with the World Health Organization, launched the “Hand Hygiene for All” initiative to support the development of national roadmaps to accelerate and sustain progress toward making hand hygiene a mainstay in public health interventions.

The initiative brings together international, national, and local partners, to ensure affordable products and services are available and sustainable, especially in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

The estimates coincided with the Global Handwashing Day marked annually on October 15, which serves as a platform to raise awareness on the importance of handwashing with soap.

The global campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of handwashing with soap as a key factor in disease prevention.

(IANS)

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US Appoints Special Officer For Tibet After Chinese Prez Asks Troops To Prepare For War https://odishatv.in/world/us-appoints-special-officer-for-tibet-after-chinese-prez-asks-troops-to-prepare-for-war-484557 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 11:39:52 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=484557

New Delhi/Washington: A day after President Xi Jinping called on Chinese troops to prepare for war, the United States appointed a senior official as its special coordinator for Tibetan issues. Tibet, which has been under Chinese occupation since 1950, remains a sensitive issue for Beijing diplomatically. The Chinese Communist Party regime has persistently refused to […]

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US Appoints Special Officer For Tibet After Chinese Prez Asks Troops To Prepare For War

New Delhi/Washington: A day after President Xi Jinping called on Chinese troops to prepare for war, the United States appointed a senior official as its special coordinator for Tibetan issues.

Tibet, which has been under Chinese occupation since 1950, remains a sensitive issue for Beijing diplomatically. The Chinese Communist Party regime has persistently refused to engage with the US coordinator on the Tibet issue.

The Tibetan government in exile, established in India, is headed by the Dalai Lama.

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Since the beginning of President Donald Trump’s term in 2017, the position for the US special coordinator for Tibetan issues was vacant.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Robert Destro, assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labour, would assume the additional charge.

“Destro will lead US efforts to promote dialogue between the People’s Republic of China and the Dalai Lama or his representatives; protect the unique religious, cultural, and linguistic identity of Tibetans; and press for their human rights to be respected,” Pompeo said in a statement.

He added that the US remains concerned with the PRC’s “repression of the Tibetan community.”

The Trump administration in the past has threatened to restrict visas for the Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in Tibet and blocking diplomatic access to the region.

A day before the US announced special coordinator for Tibet, Xi while visiting the People’s Liberation Army Marine Corps in Chaozhou city, asked the troops to “put all their minds and energy on preparing for war” and “maintain a state of high alert.”

The statement assumes significance in view of the India-China tense face-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh since May this year and the US pushback against China’s aggressive stand on South China Sea. China has been facing stiff resistance from India, the US and several other nations over its expansionist policies.

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The US government’s appointment of a special coordinator for Tibetan issues, has potential to further escalate the crisis between the two superpowers which are already warring over the terms of their bilateral trade, China’s curbing of freedoms in Hong Kong, threats against democratic island of Taiwan, abuse of human rights of Uighurs in Xinjiang and mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

(IANS)

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COVID-19: G20 Extends Debt Relief For Poor Countries https://odishatv.in/world/covid-19-g20-extends-debt-relief-for-poor-countries-484420 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 07:47:58 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=484420

Riyadh: G20 Finance Ministers and central bankers have agreed to extend the debt relief for poor countries by six more months until June 2021 in an effort to help the nations weather the coronavirus-induced impact on their economies. During a virtual meeting on Wednesday, the participants committed to continue working together to support the poorest […]

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Riyadh: G20 Finance Ministers and central bankers have agreed to extend the debt relief for poor countries by six more months until June 2021 in an effort to help the nations weather the coronavirus-induced impact on their economies.

During a virtual meeting on Wednesday, the participants committed to continue working together to support the poorest countries as they address health, social and economic challenges associated with the pandemic, Xinhua news agency quoted a communique issued by the Saudi G20 Presidency.

“In light of the continued liquidity pressure, while progressively addressing debt vulnerabilities, we agreed to extend the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) by six months,” the communique said, adding that it could be further extended until the end of 2021 when the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meet next spring.

It also said that G20 nations were “disappointed” with the response from the private sector on debt relief, and “strongly encourage” them to participate in the DSSI.

“Our collective efforts to maximize international assistance to countries in need is further complemented by multilateral development banks’ commitment of $75 billion to DSSI-eligible countries, part of their $230 billion commitment to emerging and low-income countries, as a response to the pandemic,” Saudi Arabia’s Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan told the media after the meeting.

The G20 remains committed to implementing the DSSI, allowing the poorest countries to suspend official bilateral debt-service payments and secure additional much-needed resources for targeted investments, he added.

The G20 nations endorsed in April the DSSI to help the poorest countries manage the impact of the pandemic, allowing them to suspend payments on official bilateral debt until the end of 2020.

(IANS)

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Global TB Progress Mired By Scarce Funding, Covid-19: WHO https://odishatv.in/world/global-tb-progress-mired-by-scarce-funding-covid-19-who-484359 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 05:29:45 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=484359

Geneva: Despite a steady progress in tackling tuberculosis (TB) across the world, global targets for its prevention and treatment will likely be missed due to insufficient funding and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, according to a latest World Health Organization (WHO) report. The WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2020 released on Wednesday said that between 2015 and […]

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Geneva: Despite a steady progress in tackling tuberculosis (TB) across the world, global targets for its prevention and treatment will likely be missed due to insufficient funding and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, according to a latest World Health Organization (WHO) report.

The WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2020 released on Wednesday said that between 2015 and 2019, there was a 9 per cent reduction in TB incidence and a 14 per cent drop in deaths, together with high-level political commitments at global and national levels delivering results, reports Xinhua news agency reported.

However, about 14 million people were treated for TB in the period 2018-2019, just over one-third of the way towards the five-year target of 40 million for 2018-2022.

The WHO’s End TB Strategy, which has been adopted by all its members, aims for a 90 per cent reduction in TB deaths and an 80 per cent reduction in the TB incidence rate by 2030, compared to the 2015 baseline.

Milestones for 2020 included a 20 per cent reduction in the TB incidence rate and a 35 per cent reduction in TB deaths.

Funding is a major issue, according to the report.

In 2020, funding for TB prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care reached $6.5 billion, representing only half of the 13 billion target agreed by world leaders in the UN political declaration on TB.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to further setbacks on access to TB service, as in many countries, human, financial and other resources have been reallocated from TB to the coronavirus response.

Data collated from over 200 countries has shown significant reductions in TB case notifications, with 25 to 30 per cent drops reported in three high burden countries, namely India, Indonesia, the Philippines, between January and June 2020, compared to the same six-month period in 2019, the report said.

These reductions in case notifications could lead to a dramatic increase in additional TB deaths, according to WHO modelling.

According to WHO statistics, about 85 per cent of TB funding in 2020 came from domestic sources, with Brazil, Russia India, China and South Africa providing 57 per cent of the global total.

The WHO has called for urgent action and investments to meet the global TB targets.

“Equitable access to quality and timely diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care remains a challenge. Accelerated action is urgently needed worldwide if we are to meet our targets by 2022,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

(IANS)

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UNHRC Draws World-Wide Flak Over Election Of China & Pak As Members https://odishatv.in/world/unhrc-draws-world-wide-flak-over-election-of-china-pak-as-members-484186 Wed, 14 Oct 2020 10:17:21 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=484186

New Delhi/Washington: While rebuking the UN Human Rights Council over the election of China, Russia and Cuba as its members, the US on Wednesday said its stand to withdraw from the council two years ago, has been vindicated. “The election of China, Russia, and Cuba to the UN Human Rights Council validates the US’ decision […]

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New Delhi/Washington: While rebuking the UN Human Rights Council over the election of China, Russia and Cuba as its members, the US on Wednesday said its stand to withdraw from the council two years ago, has been vindicated.

“The election of China, Russia, and Cuba to the UN Human Rights Council validates the US’ decision to withdraw from the Council in 2018 and use other venues to protect and promote universal human rights. At UNGA this year, we did just that,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted.

The US’ commitment to human rights, he said, is far more than just words. “We have identified and punished human rights abusers in Xinjiang, Myanmar, Iran and elsewhere, and call for all nations to take this moment to recommit to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).”

While China won a seat at the UNHRC by a small margin on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia was defeated in the elections to the premier global body for human rights. Pakistan, however, was re-elected to the UNHRC.

China’s got elected to the UNHRC despite the fact that the UN experts earlier this year called on the international community to take collective and decisive action to ensure that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime ends violations of its international obligations and human rights of its citizens.

In a statement issued by the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR), the experts, who are part of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, had said that it is time for renewed attention on the human rights situation in China, particularly in light of the moves against the people of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), minorities of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, the Tibet Autonomous Region, and human rights defenders across the country.

They had urged the UNHRC to act with a sense of urgency to take all appropriate measures to monitor Chinese human rights practices.

In a strong reaction to the election of Russia, China, Pakistan and Cuba, the countries known for their abysmal record on human rights violations, many people on social media lashed out at the UNHRC.

Hillel Neuer, an international lawyer on human rights and executive director of United Nations Watch based in Geneva condemned the election of the four countries. “Today is a black day for human rights–UN’s newest world judges on human rights include: Pakistan–persecutes Christians, Hindus, Ahmadis. China–herded one million Uyghurs into camps. Russia–poisons dissidents. Cuba–police state. The inmates are running the asylum.”

India’s top foreign policy expert Brahma Chellany tweeted,”China, despite incarcerating more than a million Muslims, unleashing harsh repression in Tibet and killing detainees to harvest their organs for transplant, wins a UN Human Rights Council seat. It secures 30 votes less than its proxy, Pakistan. The Council is becoming irrelevant.”

Apart from dozens of journalists and activists who expressed outrage, social media influencers like Surendra Poonia questioned the UNHRC too. “How come your organization is not able to see atrocities on minorities in Pakistan and torture camps in China where Uyghur Muslims are tortured? It is like a brutal killer getting awarded for non-violence,” he tweeted.

In a scathing commentary, Pakistan’s own human rights commission earlier this year had expressed deep concerns about the state of human rights of ethnic minorities in the country. In its annual report, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said, “The year 2019 will be remembered for the systematic curbing of political dissent by various means, constraints to the freedom of the mainstream media, digital surveillance, and the over-regulation of social media spaces.”

Curbs on freedom of opinion and expression continued to escalate, the commission said pointing out that it had become “more difficult to speak or write openly — if at all — on ‘sensitive’ issues such as enforced disappearances, or to criticise state policy or security agencies in these areas” for journalists in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular.

(IANS)

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Donald Trump Says He Feels Like ”Superman” After Coronavirus Treatment https://odishatv.in/world/donald-trump-says-he-feels-like-superman-after-coronavirus-treatment-484101 Wed, 14 Oct 2020 05:25:05 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=484101

Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that he felt like a “Superman” after his experimental COVID-19 treatment and boasted about his new immunity to the disease which has claimed the lives of 216,000 Americans. Trump, who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 1 and was admitted to a military hospital for three nights and […]

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Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that he felt like a “Superman” after his experimental COVID-19 treatment and boasted about his new immunity to the disease which has claimed the lives of 216,000 Americans.

Trump, who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 1 and was admitted to a military hospital for three nights and four days, declared himself cured after he was treated with an experimental antibody drug cocktail.

White House doctors have now cleared him for holding election rallies.

Holding his second rally since contracting coronavirus, Trump told a crowd of his supporters packed onto an airport tarmac in Johnstown, Pennsylvania that he felt like “Superman” after the treatment.

Trump was briefly forced to pause his re-election campaign after he tested positive for COVID-19 and he returned to the campaign trail from the battleground State of Florida on Monday.

Addressing his supporters in Pennsylvania, another battleground State, Trump, 74, thanked the doctors that treated him.

All I know is I took something, whatever the hell it was, I felt good very quickly. I don’t know what it was, antibodies, antibodies. I don’t know. I took it, I said I felt like superman, Trump said.

Then I said, let me at ’em. Nah, and I could’ve been here four or five days ago. It’s great, we have great doctors. I want to thank the doctors at Walter Reed and Johns Hopkins, and–great doctors, he said.

Trump said, that “one great thing about being president, if you’re not feeling 100 per cent you have more doctors than you thought existed in the world. I was surrounded with like 14 of them. Where are you from? I’m from this one. Where are you from? I’m from Johns Hopkins, I’m from Walter Reed. But what great, talented people. They did a great job.”

Boasting about his new immunity to the disease, Trump said he can kiss everyone in the audience.

And now I’m immune they tell me. I’m immune. I could come down and start kissing everybody. I’ll kiss every guy–man and woman. Man and woman. Look at that guy how handsome he is. I’ll kiss him. Not with a lot of enjoyment but that’s okay, the president joked.

Trump also did an informal poll of the crowd and asked his supporters who has had the virus. A lot of people, a lot of people, Trump said, and added those people are now immune.

Trump said he could have stayed in the basement of the White House or maybe the top floor of the White House.

I could have done that. But I’m the president of the US. I can’t do that. I gotta get out and I have to meet people and I have to see people. And I know it’s risky to do that. But you have to do what you have to do. I’m the president. I can’t sit in the basement and say let’s wait this thing out. I’m not gonna do that, he said.

(PTI)

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Joe Biden Leads Donald Trump In Wisconsin, Michigan: Poll https://odishatv.in/world/joe-biden-leads-donald-trump-in-wisconsin-michigan-poll-483869 Tue, 13 Oct 2020 09:46:04 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=483869

Washington: A new poll has revealed that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has gained big leads against US President Donald Trump in the swing states of Wisconsin and Michigan. In the 2016 election, Trump had won both the states. The latest New York Times-Siena College survey released on Monday revealed that Biden was leading the […]

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Joe Biden Leads Donald Trump In Wisconsin, Michigan: Poll

Washington: A new poll has revealed that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has gained big leads against US President Donald Trump in the swing states of Wisconsin and Michigan.

In the 2016 election, Trump had won both the states.

The latest New York Times-Siena College survey released on Monday revealed that Biden was leading the President with a 10 point advantage in Wisconsin, or 51 per cent to 41 per cent, reports The Hill news website.

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In Michigan, Biden had an 8 point advantage, 48 per cent to 40 per cent.

Meanwhile, a CBS News-YouGov tracking poll released on Sunday revealed that Trump was trailing Biden by 52 per cent to 46 per cent in both in Michigan and Nevada.

Also, Biden was leading by 5.5 points in the RealClearPolitics average of Wisconsin and by 7 points in the same site’s average of Michigan.

Last week, a Reuters-Ipsos poll revealed that the former Vice President currently held a 5 percentage point lead in Pennsylvania and a 6 percentage lead in Wisconsin, another two key swing states, The Hill news website reported.

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While Biden had a 50 per cent support in the two states, Trump had 45 per cent in Pennsylvania and 44 per cent in Wisconsin.

The swing states are Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin/

(IANS)

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Donald Trump Tests Negative For Covid-19: White House Doctor https://odishatv.in/world/donald-trump-tests-negative-for-covid-19-white-house-doctor-483718 Tue, 13 Oct 2020 03:37:13 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=483718

Washington: Donald Trump has tested negative for the novel coronavirus “on consecutive days”, White House doctor Sean Conley said in the first public disclosure about the US President’s health status after his October 2 announcement that he and the First Lady has contracted the disease. Conley made the revelation in a memo on Monday shortly […]

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Washington: Donald Trump has tested negative for the novel coronavirus “on consecutive days”, White House doctor Sean Conley said in the first public disclosure about the US President’s health status after his October 2 announcement that he and the First Lady has contracted the disease.

Conley made the revelation in a memo on Monday shortly before Trump left for a re-election campaign rally in Sanford, Florida, his first since the announcement.

The physician said that Trump’s latest Covid-19 results came from an antigen test from Abbott Laboratories, adding that a variety of laboratory data have all indicated that the virus was no longer active in the President’s body, CNBC News reported.

“Repeatedly negative antigen tests, taken in context with additional clinical and laboratory data, including viral load, subgenomic RNA, and PCR cycle threshold measurements, as well as ongoing assessment of viral culture date, all indicate a lack of detectable viral replication,” Conley wrote.

The memo, however memo did not specify on which consecutive days Trump had tested negative.

After the Florida rally, Trump will campaign in Pennsylvania on Tuesday and Iowa the following day.

Monday’s development came after Trump made his first public appearance at a White House event on October 10.

At the South Lawn event, titled “Peaceful Protest in Support of Law and Order”, the President addressed the attendants, many who did not wear masks or were socially distancing, from the Blue Room Balcony.

Trump wore a face mask but took it off later when he started addressing the gathering.

On October 8, Conley cleared the President for public engagements “based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting”.

(IANS)

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2020 Nobel Prize For Economics Awarded To 2 Stanford Economists For Auction Theory https://odishatv.in/world/2020-nobel-prize-for-economics-awarded-to-2-stanford-economists-for-auction-theory-483567 Mon, 12 Oct 2020 12:29:41 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=483567

Stockholm: Two American economists won the Nobel Prize on Monday for improving the theory of how auctions work and inventing new and better auction formats that are now woven into many parts of the economy. The discoveries of Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson have benefitted sellers, buyers and taxpayers around the world, the […]

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2020 Nobel Prize For Economics Awarded To 2 Stanford Economists For Auction Theory

Stockholm: Two American economists won the Nobel Prize on Monday for improving the theory of how auctions work and inventing new and better auction formats that are now woven into many parts of the economy.

The discoveries of Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson have benefitted sellers, buyers and taxpayers around the world, the Nobel Committee said, noting that the auction formats developed by the winners have been used to sell radio frequencies, fishing quotas and airport landing slots.

Both economists are based at Stanford University in California, and Milgrom said he received news of their win in a strange way. I got a knock at my door from Bob Wilson, he told The Associated Press.

He was my Ph.D. advisor, and he lives right across the street from me. Milgrom said students, friends and colleagues had long suggested he and Wilson might be due for the prize.

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“It’s really sweet actually, he said. “It’s nice to have their respect but their affection as well.

The winners were announced in Stockholm by Goran Hansson, secretary-general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, rounding off a week of Nobel Prizes.

Technically known as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, the award was established in 1969 and is now widely considered one of the Nobel prizes.

The committee said Wilson’s work showed why rational bidders tend to place bids below their own best estimate of the common value, that is, the value which is uncertain beforehand but, in the end, is the same for everyone.

(Bidders) are worried about the winner’s curse that is, about paying too much and losing out, the committee said.

Wilson, 83, described his former student as sort of the genius behind all of this auction work, noting that they first worked together on auctions in the 1970s.

We’re really motivated to use theory in a very practical way to improve various economic processes, Wilson said.

Milgrom, 72, developed a more general theory of auctions that takes into account what is known as the private value of what’s being sold that can vary greatly from bidder to bidder.

Speaking to reporters in Stockholm by phone after learning of his win, Wilson struggled to think of an auction he himself had participated in.

But then added: My wife points out to me that we bought ski boots on eBay. I guess that was an auction. Americans have figured prominently among this year’s Nobel winners. Leaving aside the peace prize, which went to the U.N.’s World Food Program, seven of the 11 laureates have been Americans.

After the Second World War there’s been an enormous investment in research and higher education in the United States, and that has paid off in all the sciences, said Hansson.

And we’ll see how that trend may change in in the future.” Last year’s award went to two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a third from Harvard University, for their groundbreaking research into efforts to reduce global poverty.

Few economists could have predicted last fall that the globe would come to a virtual standstill within months, as governments closed their borders, imposed lockdowns and ordered other measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, triggering a sharp dip in business activity worldwide.

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Wilson said that, given the ongoing pandemic, he had no immediate plans for what to do with his share of the the 10-million krona (USD 1.1 million) cash prize that comes with the award, along with a gold medal.

There’s not much I can use it for, in terms, you know, travel or something, he told reporters on the phone from Stanford. Probably I’ll just save it for my wife, my children.

Last week, the Nobel Committee awarded the prize for physiology and medicine for discovering the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus. The prize for physics honored breakthroughs in understanding the mysteries of cosmic black holes, and the chemistry prize went to scientists behind a powerful gene-editing tool.

(AP)

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Washington: A new poll has revealed that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was leading US President Donald Trump by six points in the swing states of Michigan and Nevada, while the two rivals were tied in Iowa. In the 2016 election, Trump won the states of Iowa and Michigan, while his Democratic opponent and former […]

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Joe Biden Leads Donald Trump In Michigan, Nevada, Tied In Iowa: Poll

Washington: A new poll has revealed that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was leading US President Donald Trump by six points in the swing states of Michigan and Nevada, while the two rivals were tied in Iowa.

In the 2016 election, Trump won the states of Iowa and Michigan, while his Democratic opponent and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared victory in Nevada.

The CBS News-YouGov tracking poll released on Sunday revealed that Trump was trailing Biden by 52 per cent to 46 per cent in both in Michigan and Nevada.

In Iowa, both candidates registered support from 49 per cent of registered voters.

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According to the poll, Biden is buoyed in Nevada by a 2-to-1 advantage over the President among Hispanic voters and the former Vice President also holds a 9-point lead among independent voters in Michigan.

Last week, a Reuters-Ipsos poll revealed that the former Vice President currently held a 5 percentage point lead in Pennsylvania and a 6 percentage lead in Wisconsin, another two key swing states, The Hill news website reported.

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While Biden had a 50 per cent support in the two states, Trump had 45 per cent in Pennsylvania and 44 per cent in Wisconsin.

The swing states are Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

(IANS)

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FATF’s Regional Group Keeps Pak On ‘Enhanced Follow-Up’ For Meagre Progress Against Terror Financing https://odishatv.in/world/fatfs-regional-group-keeps-pak-on-enhanced-follow-up-for-meagre-progress-against-terror-financing-483405 Mon, 12 Oct 2020 06:59:14 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=483405

Islamabad: Noting that Pakistan’s measures against money laundering and terror financing “is not yet sufficient to justify a re-rating”, a regional affiliate of the Financial Action Task Force on Monday retained the country on its ‘Enhanced Follow-up’ list, according to a media report. The development came only a few weeks ahead of the meeting of […]

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Islamabad: Noting that Pakistan’s measures against money laundering and terror financing “is not yet sufficient to justify a re-rating”, a regional affiliate of the Financial Action Task Force on Monday retained the country on its ‘Enhanced Follow-up’ list, according to a media report.

The development came only a few weeks ahead of the meeting of the FATF — the Paris-based global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog — to decide on Pakistan’s grey list status.

The first Follow-Up Report on Mutual Evaluation of Pakistan released by the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) underlined that the country’s progress on the 40 FATF recommendations on the effectiveness of anti-money laundering and combating financing terror (AML/CFT) system largely remained unchanged — non-compliant on four counts, partially compliant on 25 counts and largely compliant on nine recommendations, the Dawn News reported.

Pakistan has improved its full compliance on only two of the 40 FATF recommendations, the APG report noted.

Pakistan will remain in enhanced (expedited) follow up, and will continue to report back to the APG on progress to strengthen its implementation of AML/CFT measures, the APG concluded in its 12-page report.

The APG Mutual Evaluations is a peer-review system to determine whether countries meet the compliance standards for money laundering and terror financing.

After a country submits a Mutual Evaluation report, APG members can decide to place a member either through regular or enhanced follow-up. While a regular follow-up means just biennial reports, a country put under enhanced follow-up has to send four reports of compliance the following year.

The APG report noted that though the country has taken measures on recommendations pertaining to money laundering and terror financing, the progress is not yet sufficient to justify a re-rating .

Pakistan had requested for re-ratings on three areas declared partially compliant by the APG in October last year. The request was accepted on one count and rejected on two due to “insufficient” progress to the satisfaction of international experts.

The 41-member APG in August last year had downgraded Pakistan’s status to ‘Enhanced Follow-up’ category from ‘Regular Follow-up’ over technical deficiencies to meet normal international financial standards by October 2018.

‘Enhanced follow-up’ is an intensive process of correction that deals with members with significant deficiencies (for technical compliance or effectiveness) in their AML/CFT systems.

The APG’s report came ahead of the virtual FATF plenary scheduled for October 21-23 during which it would be decided if Pakistan should be excluded from its grey list, based on a review of Islamabad’s performance to meet global commitments and standards on fight against money laundering and terror financing (ML&TF).

FATF had placed Pakistan on its grey list in June 2018 and asked Islamabad to implement a plan of action to curb money laundering and terror financing by the end of 2019 but the deadline was extended later on due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Seeking to wriggle out of the FATF’s grey list, debt-ridden Pakistan in August imposed financial sanctions on 88 banned terror groups and their leaders, including 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

In February, the FATF gave Pakistan, which missed 13 targets, a four-month grace period to complete its 27-point action plan against ML&TF committed with the international community.

In its third plenary held virtually in June, the FATF decided to keep Pakistan in the grey list as Islamabad failed to check flow of money to terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

With Pakistan’s continuation in the ‘grey list’, it is increasingly becoming difficult for the country to get financial aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Union, thus further enhancing problems for the nation which is in a precarious financial situation.

The APG report noted that Pakistan considered 12 terrorist organisations, including eight UN-designated entities of concern (EOCs), for threat profiles but only in terms of inflows and not outflow of funds to support terrorist activities.

It also noted that the National Risk Assessment (NRA) 2019 has confirmed that abuse of non-profit organisations for terror financing purposes continued to pose a significant threat both domestically and externally and that charities and fund-raising was a source of funds for almost all EOCs.

(PTI)

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