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5 - 11 February, 2018 Vol - 28 No. 1 Email : info@newdelhitimes.com Founder : Dr. Govind Narain Srivastava ISSN -2349-1221

Rhetoric of Pakistan’s

Policy on Terror

Democracies Challenged

David Kilgour

Page 12

erik solheim

Taking Sleep Seriously

Mark Parkinson

Page 12

NDT Special Bureau Page 2

Stop Consuming extra Oestrogen

Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Page 14

Domestic Abuse : Let’s start a Conversation

Dr. Pramila Srivastava

Page 13

India’s coveted entry into export

control regimes

Dr. Ankit Srivastava

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Trump doesn’t understand the

damage he’s done

Tarek Fatah

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By Tarek Fatah

Author & Columnist, Canada




Rhetoric of Pakistan’s Policy

on Terror


By NDT Special Bureau



n an article titled “Mother of all

confusions” dated January 28,

2018 published in Pakistani daily Dawn,

security analyst Muhammad Amir Rana

provides a very sensible, bold, brilliant and

introspective analysis depicting truth and

reality of Pakistan’s current predicament on

grappling with the leaders of terror.

Despite international condemnation, Pakistan

has continued with support to terror

networks. Its defence of terror, built on

national security narrative, has moulded

public opinion and misguided comity of

nations. Now that the bluff has been called,

the narrative has lost appeal and needs review

but the establishment still hangs on to old

wretched arguments creating confusion and

Trump doesn’t understand the damage he’s done

o American president in recent history


has faced as many obstacles from day

one of his presidency as Donald J. Trump.

But it must also be said no other president

has inflicted more wounds on himself than

The Donald.

The American writer Edward Klein, writing

in his latest book All Out War: The Plot to

Destroy Trump, gives a credible account of

how the Trump presidency was being set up

for failure, months before he took his oath

of office.

Klein, a former foreign editor of Newsweek,

is an unapologetic Trump supporter but he,

too, has no answer as to why Trump creates

controversy every time he opens his mouth.

To be sure, the book documents a long list

of actions taken by Trump’s adversaries

in what Rolling Stone magazine called “a

fierce resistance … to constrain the Trump


Just days after Trump’s victory, Rolling

Stone observed: “From the ACLU to the

Sierra Club to Everytown for Gun Safety,

civil society, is girding up for battle —

reinforced by an unprecedented upswelling

of activist support and donations.” This was

distraction. Presence of non-state actors on

its soil has crudely exposed Pakistan before

the international community. Diplomatic

pressure has annoyed Islamabad no end as

it tries to convince the world of its sustained

anti-militant actions without distinguishing

between good and bad militants and resultant


However, US drone strikes and the subsequent

public demonstration or press conference by

banned terror leaders deflates governmental

assertions. Fearing house arrest banned

terrorist Hafiz Saeed obtained stay from

the Lahore High Court on the eve of

the visit of the UN Security Council’s

sanctions monitoring team that looks into

implementation of UNSC Resolution 1267

prescribed sanctions on designated militant


The media coverage of his news conferences

took his views abroad and punctured Pak

narrative of punitive measures against

banned groups. Pak government took pains

to convince the UNSC monitoring team that

was acting upon Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD)

and other banned groups operating under

the garb of welfare organisations. PM even

indicated taking over of JuD charities and


Banned militant groups like JuD have

become a strategic burden for Pakistan. By

providing recruitment bases to anti-Pakistan

and global terrorist networks they cause

internal security problems, impact relations

within law-enforcement departments and

no secret to Trump and his team when they

walked into the White House, where the

outgoing Obama administration made sure

every possible hurdle that could be placed in

Trump’s way, was.

In a column during the presidential race, I

suggested people like me who had originally

supported Senator Bernie Sanders in his

campaign to win the Democratic presidential

nomination against Hillary Clinton, should

hold their nose and vote Trump.

To my mind, a Clinton presidency, given both

her email scandal and the Clinton Foundation

shenanigans, would have been unethical

and immoral, especially considering how

enhance diplomatic stress. The Financial

Action Task Force, the international body

combating money laundering and terror

financing, provides expose of Pakistan

terror groups with many other international


Taking refuge under the nationalist agendas,

they portray themselves on the social media,

as the ‘ultra-patriotic’ custodians of the

ideology of Pakistan and defenders of its

borders. The silence of state institutions

on their activities in cyberspace creates

confusion and ambiguities at multiple levels

in public perception and frightens ordinary


The National Action Plan involved banning

militant groups who devised a counterstrategy

of improving clout through political

outreach, e.g. Milli Muslim League. These

banned leaders also endorsed the new

initiative of ‘Paigham-i-Pakistan’, drafted

by religious scholars to counter militant

narratives. Interestingly, Pak media failed to

take note.

The counter-strategy is working. Interior

Minister believes that JuD workers are

‘ex-militants’ now engaged in welfare

work but could join terrorist outfits if

disturbed. Interestingly, he expressed this

after attending the graduation ceremony of

the Counterterrorism Force at the Police

Lines Headquarters in Islamabad! He spoke

of 4,000- 5,000 militants quitting militancy

and raising funds for welfare activities. The

civilian and military establishment may

her campaign and the Democratic party

manipulated the nomination process to

ensure Sanders’ defeat.

The Women’s March held a day after

Trump’s inauguration, led by the Islamist,

hijab-wearing Linda Sarsour, made no secret

of its contempt for Trump as the protesters

marched with Cher, Katy Perry and

Madonna, who announced: “Yes, I’m angry.

Yes, I’m outraged. Yes, I have thought an

awful lot of blowing up the White House.”

But the problem was Trump, in response,

acted recklessly, like a spoiled child. The

more his detractors attacked him, the worse

his Twitter output became.This has gone

attempt course correction but state’s long

association with militant groups helps them

hijack state’s ideological narrative. Without

coherent policy the strategy of rehabilitating,

reintegrating and mainstreaming terror

groups prove difficult.

That national security policy and internal

security review are under way all ambiguities

and confusion must be removed now through

comprehensive and workable mechanism.

The parliament should have a frank debate.

Army chief in his address to the Committee

of the Whole in December asked parliament

to take the lead in devising policies,

including defence and foreign affairs and

assured army would abide by such policies.

Parliament must assert for policy discourse on

critical challenges. Pakistan’s policymakers

and establishment created and mollycoddled

terror organizations for benefit of state

policy against India and Afghanistan.

Disengaging now won’t be easy but has to be

tried nonetheless. Pakistan keeps on making

strategic mistakes and miscalculations to

compound its ‘strategic burden’, hoping

world to forgive every time.

The policy makers should act on these

excellent analytical solutions suggested

by Rana but it is much difficult to wake

up those who are pretending to be asleep.

Wisdom and positive thinking should dawn

on people who matter before it is too late.

on for over a year, with Trump bellowing

out tweets providing ammunition for his

enemies inside and outside America.

His first tweet of 2018 accused Pakistan

of harbouring terrorists and threatened to

withdraw U.S. aid. Pakistan responded by

mocking Trump. Within days a U.S. soldier

was killed in an encounter with insurgents

on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

But the straw that broke the camel’s back

was Trump’s recent racist remarks depicting

Black Africans and Haitians negatively.

Never before has an entire continent — all

55 countries in Africa — reacted in unison

to condemn an American president, as they

did after Trump reportedly referred to them

as “shithole countries”.

Such racism, intended or not, cannot be

allowed to surface globally, not in India,

or the Arab world, or America. There is no

going back for Trump. No wiggle room.

A U.S. president who is unwelcome in Great

Britain and who cannot set foot anywhere in

Africa is an embarrassment for the western

world. Three more years of Trump will only

make things worse.

If Trump has any sense of the damage he has

done to himself and his agenda, he must step

down and let Vice President Mike Pence

pick up the pieces.


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India’s coveted entry into export control regimes




By Dr. Ankit Srivastava

Editor - in - Chief



he year 2008 was a watershed in

India’s history as the country struck

the civil nuclear deal with the US after

getting a waiver at the Nuclear Suppliers

Group (NSG). It has been trying ever since

for entry into export control regimes -

NSG, MTCR, the Australia Group and the

Wassenaar Arrangement - which regulate

the conventional, nuclear, biological and

chemicals weapons and technologies. The

memberships will enable India to trade more

effectively in critical high-tech areas.

Missile Technology Control regime (MTCR)

India’s non-proliferation credentials got a

boost when it joined the Missile Technology

Control regime (MTCR) on June 27, 2016

as its 35th member with consensus of all

existing 34 members. India’s joining the

Hague Code of Conduct facilitated the

membership marking India’s first entry

into any multilateral export control regime.

China could not play spoil sport as it is not

a MTCR member. The MTCR chair at The

Hague offered India ‘full participation in

organisational activities’.

The export control regime MTCR restricts

the proliferation of missiles, rockets systems,

unmanned air vehicles and related technology

capable of carrying a 500 kg payload up to

300 km or systems for delivery of weapons of

mass destruction (WMD). India’s entry could

Paigham-i-Pakistan fatwa: A mullah-drafted


By NDT Pakistan Bureau



akistan announced on January 16

the ‘Paigham-i-Pakistan’ fatwa in

Islamabad. The political party leaders and

religious scholars called for unity and a

unanimous narrative to counter terrorism.

President Mamnoon Hussain, expressed

confidence that the unanimous fatwa,

drafted through a consultative process and

issued by religious scholars of various

schools of thought, would help address the

challenges posed by terrorism, extremism

and sectarianism.

He hoped that the move would portray a

‘soft and positive image of Pakistan’ and

highlight Islam as a religion of peace,

brotherhood, tolerance and accommodation.

Interior Minister underlined the urgent need

for Muslim nations to progress and have

something positive to show over the next

400 years. For progress the society must

be peaceful and stable. Introspection and

look within instead of hypothesising about

conspiracies is the way forward.

The leaders hoped the fatwa to provide a

platform for national unity to make Pakistan

be mutually beneficial in the furtherance of

international non-proliferation objectives.

MTCR membership will benefit India from

control of advancement of missile technology

and enable and facilitate purchase of high-end

missile technology as well as enhance joint

ventures with Russia.

Wassenaar Arrangement (WA)

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export

Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-

Use Goods and Technologies - Wassenaar

Arrangement (WA) in short - is an elite club

of countries, similar to the Nuclear Suppliers

Group (NSG) and the Missile Technology

Control Regime (MTCR).

Members of this multilateral forum exchange

information on sensitive dual-use goods and

technologies and report on such transfers

and/or denials of controlled items to nonparticipants.

The agreement was reached in 1995 at

Wassenaar, a suburb of The Hague but came

into being in 1996 to succeed the Cold Warera

Coordinating Committee for Multilateral

Export Controls. The Vienna headquartered

WA aims to ‘promote transparency and greater

responsibility in transfers of conventional

arms and dual-use goods and technologies’.

Participants are required to ‘ensure that

transfers of these items do not contribute

to the development or enhancement of

military capabilities which undermine the

goal’ of preventing the terrorists acquiring

these items. Western companies and

governments are restricted from supplying

document to fight terror!

a distinguished country, an Asian tiger in the

21st century. Leaders urged the nation to own

the narrative of the fatwa, back all national

institutions working against terrorism and

to convey the entire world that all national

institutions are united against terrorism.

“We have rejected all forms of terrorism

and extremism. The land of Pakistan at no

time shall be allowed to be used for the

propagation of any kind of terrorism.”

That included training and recruitment of

terrorists, along with execution of terror

activities in other countries ‘and other

such ulterior motives’. Before unveiling the

crucial technologies to emerging markets. All

the permanent members of the U.N. Security

Council, except China, are members. The

WA admitted India on 7th December, 2017

as its 42 nd member and the latest entrant.

Australia Group

The Australia Group admitted India as its

43 rd participant on January 19, 2018 to help

counter the ‘spread of materials, equipment

and technologies’ that could contribute to

the development or acquisition of chemical/

biological weapons. The membership will

be mutually beneficial and contribute to

international security and non-proliferation

objectives towards a more secure world.

The Australia Group’s membership is a

show of support from the international

community that vindicates India’s credentials

Paigham-i-Pakistan, religious scholars had

urged state institutions to act collectively to

cleanse society of the menaces of extremism

and terrorism.

Religious scholars from all

sects had reportedly deliberated

over each word in decree for

months before finalisation.

The younger generation should

be taught to become tolerant

and respectable members of


Reform in educational curriculum,

investment in modern progressive

education, media campaigns for

gender-equality, encouragement

to entrepreneur and private

enterprises, taking mind-set off conspiracy

theories and the world vision through a

positive perspective are the needs of the


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Musharaf had tried this but there seems to be

sincere intent this time. Neighbours can just

hope that Pakistan changes, and changes for

better, not for worse.

This belated step needs to be appreciated.

These should not be mere lip service

on non-proliferation of weapons of mass

destruction (WMD). It reaffirms that

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India’s export controls and safeguards for

biological and chemical agents, equipments

and technologies meet the benchmarks

established by the international community.

China continues to stonewall India’s entry

into the 48-nation NSG but memberships

of both Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) and

Australia Group have raised India’s stature

in the field of non-proliferation. Apart from

boosting credentials, the memberships allow

India access to critical technologies.

With memberships of MTCR, Wassenaar

Arrangement and Australia Group in its

bag, India now covets the membership of

Nuclear Suppliers’ Group. NSG remains the

last frontier.

and empty words meant for Trump, the

Americans are not so gullible anymore. The

Paigham-i-Pakistan, if properly implemented,

has the potential to improve the present and

set the future.

This fatwa need validation by ratification in

the parliament to acquire judicial approval.

It should be binding on all government

bodies and non-state-actors with detailed

mechanism for enforcement to make the

fatwa more than a mere symbol of good

intentions. Old laws that fan sectarianism

and target minorities should be abrogated

and new laws be promulgated on equal

opportunity to all citizens and secular


Cleansing Pakistan of terrorism is like

cleaning the Augean stable, but possible with

real spirit and true intent. Pak government

has finally woke up after sixteen years

of war, sacrifice of thousands of lives and

strong international condemnation.

The recent Faizabad sit-in and Government

caving in to extremists’ demands was the

tilting point. It should now honestly recognize

the problem, self-reflect, and introspect. No

more self-denials and deflections. Conspiracy

theories had had their shelf-life. Pakistan

must strive to be a respected member of the

comity of nations.

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Eurozone inflation falls despite

buoyant economy


he eurozone economy may be enjoying

its best growth in a decade and seeing

unemployment drop sharply, but there are

few signs that is fueling the inflation that the

European Central Bank is looking for.

In fact, figures on 31st January from the

European Union’s statistics agency showed

annual consumer price inflation across the

19-country bloc fell to 1.3 percent in January

from the previous month’s 1.4 percent.

The January rate is the lowest since July

and suggests the buoyant euro has weighed

on prices by lowering import costs. For a

variety of reasons, including the eurozone’s

strong growth, the euro has been hugely

in demand. On 31st January, it was up 0.4

percent at $1.2448, just shy of the recently

struck three-year high near $1.25.

Inflation has been below the European

Central Bank’s target of just under 2 percent

for most of the past few years. While low

inflation is good for consumers as it allows

their income to go further, it is a sign that

workers have little power in getting the wage

increases they are striving for from firms that

are still operating on relatively tight margins.


That is evident in the fact that the core

inflation rate, which strips out potentially

volatile items like food and energy, remains

stubbornly below the headline rate, though

it did increase modestly in January to 1

percent from 0.9 percent.

The low inflation backdrop is the main

reason why the ECB has yet to follow its

peers such as the U.S. Federal Reserve or

the Bank of England in reversing some of

its crisis-era stimulus measures — the main

interest rate remains at zero while the bank’s

hefty bond-buying program continues to

keep a lid on borrowing rates in the markets.

Last week, ECB President Mario Draghi

gave few further hints about whether the

bank will extend past September its current

stimulus program, which involves the

purchase of 30 billion euros ($36 billion)

of bonds per month. The purpose of the

purchases is to pump newly created money

into the economy to raise inflation and

growth in the wake of the debt crisis that

has afflicted the eurozone for years. With

the crisis abating, the eurozone is growing

strongly — figures 30th January showed that

the bloc expanded by 2.5 percent in 2017, its

highest rate for a decade. The hope, certainly

among policymakers at the central bank,

is that the growth will eventually boost

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inflation as consumers spend more and wage

increases accelerate. Once inflation is back

at target and growth remains firm, the ECB

is expected to start to reverse course.

Draghi has said that the recent “remarkable”

falls in unemployment will soon begin to see

wages rise strongly and offset any legacy of

the crisis, which has led many unions across

the bloc to focus more on keeping jobs than

on securing higher pay.

“Some recovery in wage growth seems

imminent; German unions are pushing for higher

Britain’s May meets China’s Xi on visit

focused post-Brexit

hinese President Xi Jinping touted the

advantages of his “Belt and Road”

mega-plan for trade and infrastructure links

across Asia in a meeting on 1st February

with British Prime Minister Theresa May,

whose government has been slow to endorse

the initiative.

The trillion dollar-plus blueprint is an

“open, transparent, inclusive and win-win

initiative,” Xi told May, according to state

broadcaster CCTV.

arrangements between the two countries

following Britain’s departure from the

European Union.

May has been hesitant to endorse the Belt

and Road initiative, although on 31st January

she expressed conditional support for British

involvement as long as such projects adhere

to established global business practices.

May had also called for expanding the

“global strategic partnership” between the

50 British business leaders, including the

chief executives of Jaguar Land Rover and

drug firm AstraZeneca. She also visited the

financial hub of Shanghai.

Britain has promoted itself as a center for

transactions in China’s yuan currency and

on a December visit, finance minister Philip

Hammond announced up to 25 billion

pounds ($35 billion) in support for British

businesses involved in the Belt and Road


However, May appears more cautious about

embracing Chinese investment than her

predecessor, David Cameron. She annoyed

Beijing in 2016 by temporarily delaying

approval for a Chinese-backed nuclear power

plant in southwestern England.

wage increases in collective bargaining

negotiations for example, but it will likely

take at least until 2019 until wage growth is

back at pre-crisis levels,” said Bert Colijn,

senior eurozone economist at ING.

Separate figures released on 31st Januaryfrom

Eurostat showed the eurozone’s unemployment

fell a further 134,000 in December but that

the jobless rate held steady at a near nineyear

low of 8.7 percent.

Though unemployment has been falling

consistently across the bloc for the past few

years — evidence that the recovery is broadbased

— it’s still double the rate in the U.S.

and that’s acting as a break on wage rises.

The countries that were at the forefront of

the debt crisis have seen some of the sharpest


One standout has been Portugal. In

December, its unemployment rate fell to

7.8 percent from the previous month’s 8.1


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EU says asylum

numbers dropped

by almost half in



he European Union’s asylum agency

says the number people seeking

international protection in Europe in 2017

dropped by almost half compared to the year

before and that most applicants were Syrian.

EASO said that 706,913 people sought

asylum in the 28 EU nations plus Norway

and Switzerland in 2017, 43 percent lower

than the year before.

Despite that, May has echoed China’s

reference to a “golden era” in relations

proclaimed in 2015 by Xi and Cameron.

China and the United Kingdom “can have

broader, higher-level and deeper cooperation

under the framework,” Xi said, adding that

the initiative “operates under market and

international rules.”

May responded that she hoped for

cooperation between the sides under the plan

and that they would “promote regional and

global economic growth,” CCTV reported.

The meeting came on the second day of

May’s visit to China aimed at building

economic ties and mapping out new trading

two countries.

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Business deals worth more than 9 billion

pounds ($13 billion) were also announced.

Bolstering ties with China became more

urgent after Britain voted in 2016 to leave

the EU, compelling it to forge new trade

agreements outside of the 28-nation bloc.

British exports to China are up 60 percent

since 2010, and China is expected to be one

of the U.K.’s biggest foreign investors by


May is being accompanied on her visit by

Some analysts have said China is increasing

pressure on May due to her perceived

political weakness at home, where her

job is under threat from rivals within her

Conservative Party who are divided over

whether to make a clean break with the EU

or seek to keep the closest possible economic


May insisted to reporters flying with her to

China, “I’m not a quitter.”

There is “a long-term job to be done” by her

government, she said, according to the Press

Association news agency.

Credit : Associated Press (AP)

It’s the second consecutive year that

numbers have gone down, after more than

one million people entered Europe, mostly

Syrian refugees, in 2015.

More than 98,000 Syrians applied for

asylum, twice anywhere else. Over 40,000

claims were made by nationals from Iraq,

Afghanistan and Nigeria.

EASO says that around 40 percent of all

asylum applications in 2017 were successful.

Credit : Associated Press (AP)

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Trump calls for unity; warns about gangs, drugs, North Korea


ddressing a deeply divided nation,

President Donald Trump summoned

the country to a “new American moment”

of unity in his first State of the Union,

challenging Congress to make good on

long-standing promises to fix a fractured

immigration system and warning darkly of

evil forces seeking to undermine America’s

way of life.

Trump’s address night blended self-congratulation

and calls for optimism amid a growing

economy with ominous warnings about

deadly gangs, the scourge of drugs and

violent immigrants living in the United

States illegally. He cast the debate over

immigration — an issue that has long

animated his most ardent supporters — as

a battle between heroes and villains, leaning

heavily on the personal stories of White

House guests in the crowd. He praised a law

enforcement agent who arrested more than

100 gang members, and he recognized the

families of two alleged gang victims.

He also spoke forebodingly of catastrophic

dangers from abroad, warning that North

Korea would “very soon” threaten the

United States with nuclear-tipped missiles.

“The United States is a compassionate

nation. We are proud that we do more than

any other country to help the needy, the

struggling and the underprivileged all over

the world,” Trump said. “But as president

of the United States, my highest loyalty,

my greatest compassion, and my constant

concern is for America’s children, America’s

struggling workers and America’s forgotten


Trump addressed the nation with tensions

running high on Capitol Hill. An impasse

over immigration prompted a three-day

government shutdown earlier this year, and

lawmakers appear no closer to resolving the

status of the “Dreamers” — young people

living in the U.S. illegally ahead of a new

Feb. 8 deadline for funding operations.

The parties have also clashed this week

over the plans of Republicans on the House

intelligence committee to release a classified

memo on the Russia investigation involving

Trump’s presidential campaign — a decision

the White House backs but the Justice

Department is fighting.

The controversies that have dogged Trump

— and the ones he has created— have

overshadowed strong economic gains

during his first year in office. His approval

ratings have hovered in the 30s for much of

his presidency, and just 3 in 10 Americans

said the United States was heading in the

right direction, according to a poll by The

Associated Press-NORC Center for Public

Affairs Research. In the same survey, 67

percent of Americans said the country was

more divided because of Trump.

At times, Trump’s address appeared to be

aimed more at validating his first year in

office than setting the course for his second.

He devoted significant time to touting the

tax overhaul he signed at the end of last

year, promising the plan will “provide

tremendous relief for the middle class and

small businesses.”

He also highlighted the decision made early

in his first year to withdraw the U.S. from a

sweeping Asia-Pacific trade pact, declaring:

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“The era of economic surrender is totally


He spoke about potential agenda items for

2018 in broad terms, including a call for

$1.5 trillion in new infrastructure spending

and partnerships with states and the private

sector. He touched only briefly on issues like

health care that have been at the center of the

Republican Party’s policy agenda for years.

Tackling the sensitive immigration debate that

has roiled Washington, Trump redoubled his

recent pledge to offer a path to citizenship

for 1.8 million young immigrants — but

only as part of a package that would also

require increased funding for border

security, including a wall along the U.S.-

Mexico border, ending the nation’s visa

lottery method and revamping the current

legal immigration system.

Some Republicans are wary of the hardline

elements of Trump’s plan and it’s unclear

whether his blueprint could pass Congress.

“Americans are dreamers too,” Trump said,

in an apparent effort to reclaim the term used

to describe the young immigrants in the U.S.


A former New York Democrat, the president

also played to the culture wars that have

long illuminated American politics, alluding

to his public spat with professional athletes

who led protests against racial injustice

by kneeling during the national anthem,

declaring that paying tribute to the flag is a

“civic duty.”

Republicans led multiple rounds of

enthusiastic applause during the speech, but

for the opposition party it was a more somber

affair. Democrats provided a short spurt

of polite applause for Trump as he entered

the chamber, but offered muted reactions

throughout the speech. A cluster of about

two dozen Democrats, including members of

the Congressional Black Caucus, remained

planted firmly in their seats, staring sternly

at the president and withholding applause.

After devastating defeats in 2016, Democrats

are hopeful that Trump’s sagging popularity

can help the party rebound in November’s

midterm elections. In a post-speech rebuttal,

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy, the

grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, was seeking

to undercut Trump’s optimistic tone and

remind voters of the personal insults and

attacks often leveled by the president.

“Bullies may land a punch,” Kennedy said.

“They might leave a mark. But they have

never, not once, in the history of our United

States, managed to match the strength and

spirit of a people united in defense of their


The arc of Trump’s 80-minute speech

featured the personal stories of men and

women who joined first lady Melania Trump

in the audience. The guests included a

New Mexico policeman and his wife who

adopted a baby from parents who suffered

from opioid addiction, and Ji Seong-ho, a

defector from North Korea and outspoken

critic of the Kim Jong-un government.

On international affairs, Trump warned

of the dangers from “rogue regimes,” like

Iran and North Korea, terrorist groups, like

the Islamic State, and “rivals” like China

and Russia “that challenge our interests,

our economy and our values.” Calling on

Congress to lift budgetary caps and boost

spending on the military, Trump said that

“unmatched power is the surest means of

our defense.” Trump’s biggest foreign policy

announcement of the night concerned the

Guantanamo Bay detention center, which

former President Barack Obama tried but

failed to close.

Reversing Obama’s policy, Trump said

he’d signed an executive order directing the

Pentagon to keep the prison open while reexamining

the military’s policy on detention.

Trump said he was also asking Congress to

ensure the U.S. had needed powers to detain

Islamic State group members and other

“terrorists wherever we chase them down,”

though it was unclear whether he was

referring to a new war powers authorization

or some other mechanism. Trump also said

he wanted Congress to pass a law ensuring

U.S. foreign aid goes only “to America’s

friends” — a reference to his frustration at

U.S. aid recipients that voted at the U.N. to

rebuke his decision to recognize Jerusalem

as Israel’s capital. Mrs. Trump arrived at

the Capitol ahead of her husband to attend

a reception with guests of the White House,

but she rode back to the White House with


It was the first time she was seen publicly

with the president following a report that his

lawyer arranged a payment to a porn star,

Stormy Daniels, to prevent her from talking

about an alleged affair. Daniels denied the

affair in a new statement released hours

before the speech.

Credit : Associated Press (AP)

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Delhi/NCR News

Brahma Kumaris organises spiritual program on

Teachings of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita


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rahma Kumaris in association with

New Delhi Times, Dantah – a unit of

ANR Health Care Pvt Ltd and Amaara, Delhi

NCR’s first human milk bank organised

a spiritual program on the theme “Family

Wellbeing through Teachings of Shrimad

Bhagavad Gita” on 29th January 2018 at

Kalyan Kendra, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi.

The event was attended by many luminaries

which included Senior Brother BK Brij

Mohan, Additional Secretary General,

Prajapati Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya

Vishwa Vidyalaya, Raj Yogini BK Asha,

Director, Om Shanti Retreat Centre,

Rajyogini BK Usha, BK Sushma Behan, BK

Sundari Behan, BK Kshira Behan and Mr

Feroz Ahmad Bakht.

Also present were Mr Manish Agarwal,

Councillor Vasant Vihar, Smt. Anita Rai,

Secretary, Vasant Vihar Welfare Association,

Mr Radhey Shyam Sharma, ex councillor

Vasant Vihar, Mr Anil Sharma, ex MLA

RK Puram, and Mr JM Dave, Director,

Akshardham Temple.

The event began with an introduction of the

ideology of Brahma Kumaris organisation.

This was followed by a spiritual song

sung and written by Brahma Kumari Rina

Behan. Dr. Pramila Srivastava, Editor, New

Delhi Times introduced and welcomed the

dignitaries. She said that the teachings of

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Bhagavad Gita were the key to happiness in

the present world. Rajyogini BK Usha said

that Bhagavad Gita was the text of humanity.

She talked of the many struggles faced

today by everybody occupied with home

and family and then said that such struggles

could be faced by following the teachings of

the Bhagavad Gita.

Bhai Brij Mohan said we are the descendants

of god. Gods were happy because there was

a balanced order. Endearment and desires

led to disturbances in the balanced order.

The teachings of Gita helped one to

overcome one’s individualism and his

desires and restore the balanced order. Gita

said the soul was inseparable from the body.

Firoz Ahmed Bakht said that teachings of

Lord Krishna and the Bhagavad Gita were

his primary source of knowledge. He also

appreciated the work carried out by the

Brahma Kumaris.

BK Gita called for the understanding of the

real meaning of Bhagavad Gita. BK Sushma

Behan also presented her views on the

Bhagavad Gita.

Smt. Anita Rai gave the vote of thanks to

the dignitaries and the audience who were

present at the program.

The program was a huge success and

witnessed a huge gathering from eminent

personalities from diverse background.



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Union Budget 2018: No Change in Personal Income Tax rates

inance Minister Arun Jaitley Presents

Union Budget 2018 Indian Finance

Minister presented the Union Budget

2018 in the Indian Parliament on February

1, 2018. For the first time, budget was

presented both in English and Hindi. Jaitley

said that there was an average growth of

7.5% in first three years of this government

and India hopes to grow to 7.2-7.4 per cent

in the second half. FM said that Indian

economy is now 2.5 trillion dollar economy

in the world and expected to become the

fifth largest economy very soon. IMF has

projected India will grow at 7.4% next year.

As regards Personal Income Tax, no change

was proposed in Personal Income Tax in

2018 Union Budget.

The main highlights of Union Budget 2016

are as follows:

• Minimum support price for kharif crops

will now be 1.5 times the production cost.

• 22000 Gramin haats will be converted into

rural infrastructure markets.

• Government will work with NITI Aayog

to develop system of optimal farm price


• Cluster based development of agrocommodities.

• Encourage organic farming

• 500 crores allocated to Operation Green to

promote processing facilities, professional

management among other things

• Allocation for food processing increased to

1400 crore in 2018-19

• Rs 10,000 crore allocation for fisheries,

aquaculture and animal husbandry fund

• Gas connections to 8 crore poor women

under Ujwala Yojana

• Swachh Bharat Mission has led to over 6

crore toilet facilities being provided so far.

In the next 2 years another 2 crore toilets

will be added

• A special scheme will be implemented to

support the efforts of state governments of

Haryana, Delhi-NCR, and Punjab to help

tackle air pollution

• Propose to treat education holistically

without segmentation

• Integrated Bed program for teacher

• Increase digital intensity in education

through Deeksha portal

• By the year 2022, every bloc with more

than 50% ST population and 20000 tribal

will have Eklavya model school

• 1.5 lakh centres health care centres will

bring health closer to every household.

• The centres will provide free essential

drugs and diagnosis. Corpus will be roughly

Rs 1,200 crore

• Proposal to launch a flagship National

Health Protection Scheme initiative with

nearly 50 crore beneficiaries which will

provide up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year.

This will be the largest government funded

healthcare in the world

• One medical college to be started per every

three constituency.

• Govt to establish a dedicated affordable

housing fund under National Housing Bank

for priority sector lending

• MSMEs sector to get Rs 3,794 crore in the

form of capital support and interest subsidy

• Govt will contribute 12% of wages of new

employees in EPF for all sectors for the next

3 years

• 76% of loan accounts are of women and

more than 50% belong to SC, ST and OBC

under the Mudra Yojana. Rs 3 lakh crore will

be lent under Mudra Yojana in 2018-19:

• Sanctioning of 187 projects under Namami

Gange scheme

• Redevelopment of 600 major railway

stations taken up; Mumbai transport system

being expanded; suburban network of 160

km planned for Bengaluru

• Railways capex for FY19 will be at Rs

1.48 lakh cr

• 35,000 km will be completed under

Bharatmala project with outlay of Rs 5.35

lakh cr

• Railway stations with more than 25,000

footfalls will have escalators, trains will

have WiFi and CCTV services

Delhi HC demand facts

for 20 AAP MLA’s

disqualification, asks EC to

explain grounds

he Delhi High Court has asked the

Election Commission to file an

affidavit on the factual aspects based on

which the poll body decided to disqualify 20

AAP MLAs for holding office of profit.

A Bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and

Chander Shekhar asked the poll panel to

file the affidavit after the EC said it wanted

to respond to some of the allegations

made in the MLAs’ pleas challenging their

disqualification from the Delhi Assembly.

The case will be heard in HC on February 7.

The HC had sought a reply of all respondents

including the Election Commission ECI on

the plea of disqualified MLAs.

The Delhi HC had earlier asked EC not to

issue any notification for Delhi by-polls.

The court also extended till then the

January 24 interim order of the single

judge restraining the EC from issuing any

notification announcing bye-elections to

fill the vacancies of the 20 Assembly seats

whose legislators have been disqualified.

The matter was transferred to a Division

Bench on January 29 after advocate

Prashant Patel, on whose plea the EC had

recommended the MLAs disqualification

which received the presidential nod, moved

an application for transfer of the matter to a

Division Bench.

• 56 unserved airports to be connected

through UDAAN

• 99 cities selected with outlay of Rs 2.09

lakh crore under Smart City Program

• Cryptocurrency will not be considered as

legal tender.

• Revision of the emoluments of President

to Rs 5 lakh per month, Rs 4 lakh for Vice

President and Rs 3.5 lakh for Governor.

• Rs 80,000 crore disinvestment target for

2018-19; target for 2017-18 exceeded and

will reach Rs 1 lakh crore

• Proposal for inflation-linked revision of

salary of Members of Parliament

• Revised fiscal deficit for 2017-18 is at Rs

5.95 lakh crore or 3.5% of GDP.

• Projected fiscal deficit at 3.3% of GDP for


• The growth rate of direct taxes in 2017-

18 has been significant of nearly 12.6% in

current year in direct taxes

• 81.51 lakh new taxpayers filed their returns

in the last year.

• 41% more returns were filed this year

under simplified tax scheme

• Companies with turnover of upto Rs. 250

cr to be taxed at 25%

• Senior citizens can claim benefit of

reduction Rs. 50,000/ year w.r.t any general

health expenditure and health insurance


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Delhi/NCR News

No free pass for residential

parking, L-G notifies new policy

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ew parking policy for the national

capital was notified by Delhi L-G Anil

Baijal, paving the way for levying charges

on parking of vehicles on designated streets

and lanes in residential areas.

The ‘Delhi Maintenance and Management

of Parking Rules, 2017’, approved by

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, is likely to

be implemented in March and new parking

rates for public and residential areas are

likely to be finalised by July.


India to Regain

Title of Fastest

Growing Economy


ndia has projected its economy will

grow by 7 to 7.5 percent this year

regaining the position of the world’s fastest

growing major economy as it shrugs off the

disruptive impact of a currency ban and tax

reform. But the government has warned that

rising international oil prices pose a risk to

a country that depends heavily on energy


“The economy seems to be picking up quite

nicely, quite robustly,” said the country’s

chief economic adviser, Arvind Subramanian

presenting the country’s annual economic

survey. “Several indicators of activity show

manufacturing growth, even investment,

exports, credit, have all started to pick up.

The direction is very good.”

Within four months of notification of the

rules, civic agencies, including the MCDs

and the DDA will come out with ‘Local Area

Parking Plans’, including for residential


The fees for parking on designated streets

and lanes in residential areas will be decided


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by the civic agencies in consultation with

the Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs),

the notification said.

Parking charges will be according to a base

parking fee. It will be determined by the

top committee through a base parking fee

panel that will be headed by the transport

commissioner, it said.

“The municipal corporations will be given

four months to prepare ‘area parking plans’

in their respective zones. The parking fees

will be decided after these plans are ready,”

Varsha Joshi, commissioner (transport),


India Moves to Counter Growing Chinese

Presence in Indian Ocean Region

ndia has signed a pact to build naval

infrastructure in the Indian Ocean

archipelago of Seychelles to counter

growing Chinese influence in the region.

The Indian foreign minister has also made

an unusual visit to Nepal where Communist

parties friendly with China are due to take


Analysts said the two moves in the past week

underline India’s concerns about looming

Chinese presence both in the Indian Ocean

and in its immediate neighborhood.

Under the agreement concluded last week

with Seychelles, India would build an airstrip

and a jetty for its navy on Assumption Island.

The base will help firm up its presence in the

Indian Ocean and extend the reach of India’s

navy by allowing it to rotate its ships and

aircraft through the islands.

“Relations with countries in the Indian

Ocean Region and nurturing a climate of peace

and stability are important cornerstones

of India’s foreign policy,” Indian foreign

secretary, Subramaniam Jaishankar said after

sealing the pact, which was renegotiated on

the basis of an earlier deal signed in 2015.

India’s quest for strategic bases overseas

comes amid intensified worries about being

encircled by an increasingly assertive China.

Beijing formally opened its first overseas

military base in Djibouti in East Africa last

August. A greater concern, say analysts, is

that Chinese assets are beginning to ring

India in countries such as Bangladesh,

Myanmar, Maldives and Sri Lanka that

have signed on to Beijing’s ambitious Belt

and Road Initiative (BRI). “What we have

got in our midst is a constriction of the

Indian strategic maneuver space within

our own geographical area,” says Director

of National Maritime Foundation in New

Delhi, Pradeep Chauhan. “As China begins

to develop bases in the Indian Ocean, there

is a higher risk of this competition turning

into areas of conflict.” Although some of the

projects under the BRI have recently been

cancelled or are being renegotiated due to

fears of tough financial terms, it has not

allayed concerns in India, which worries

that a region that needs billions of dollars in

infrastructure investment will not be able to

resist the lure of Chinese investments.

“The real problem is of money and

resources which all these countries want.

There are aspirations which have gone up.

Everybody wants to modernize and why

not? And the Chinese are willing to offer

money to them,” points out Sukh Deo Muni,

a South Asia expert at the Indian Institute

of Defense Studies and Analyses. And the

worry is that the economic presence leads

to a strategic presence “because they are

using infrastructure projects for strategic

purposes.” India’s insecurities about

Beijing’s looming presence in the Indian

Ocean and in its neighborhood stem from

China’s assertive behavior in the South

China Sea, where it has conflicts with

several countries such as Vietnam, Japan

and Philippines. These concerns intensified

after Beijing refused to accept the results

of an international tribunal in 2016 over

territorial claims in the South China Sea.

“That undermines the entire fabric of

international law,” says Chauhan.

The growing economies of Asia have

made the Indian Ocean a hugely strategic

region for countries like India and China

with a bulk of their trade and crude oil

imports traveling over these waters.

India’s concerns about Beijing’s growing

political clout in neighboring Nepal also

prompted Indian foreign minister Sushma

Swaraj to visit Kathmandu days before

an alliance of Communist parties is set to

takes power. The alliance, backed by China,

won a landslide victory in elections held

in December.Swaraj’s visit is seen as New

Delhi’s outreach to Nepali leader Khadga

Pradad Oli who is expected to head the new


“It [Swaraj’s visit] speaks, it reflects a

nervousness. That should have been done

after he assumes the prime ministership,”

said Muni, pointing out that the visit would

usually take place after the new government

takes power.

Relations between the two countries had hit

a low point during Oli’s previous stint as

Nepal’s prime minister in 2015. Accusing

New Delhi of imposing an economic

blockade on the country, he had built

friendly ties with China in a bid to reduce

the landlocked country’s dependence on


China has pledged about $8 billion in

investments in Nepal and has promised

rail links between the two countries. In the

run up to the election, Oli also promised to

revisit the previous government’s decision

to scrap a $2. 5 billion dollar contract with

China for a hydroelectricity project.

While India has also reached out to

help small, neighboring countries like

Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh develop

infrastructure projects such as dams and

roads, it is unable to match Chinese resources

and is often accused of moving too slowly to

implement the projects.

Credit : Voice of America (VOA)

The projections for Asia’s third largest

economy are in line with recent forecasts

by the World Bank and the International

Monetary Fund. The revival is good news

for India where growth had flagged to a

three-year low last year disappointing a

country that had boasted of surpassing

China to become the world’s fastest growing

economy in 2015.

India’s slowdown was at variance with many

countries where growth has been picking up.

It was blamed on two major policy reforms

that came within six months of each other.

Businesses were disrupted for many months

last year as the government scrambled to

replace cash following a currency ban that

sucked out 86 percent of the country’s cash.

A long overdue, but poorly implemented tax

reform called the Goods and Services Tax

(GST) implemented last July resulted in

more chaos for businesses.

“The temporary impact of demonetization

and GST have dissipated. Corrective

actions have been taken,” said Subramanian

expressing optimism about the new growth

projections. The government said both

measures have helped by increasing the

numbers of people paying taxes.

Returning the momentum of growth is

crucial for India as it pitches itself as an

attractive destination for international

investors. Indian Prime Minister Narendra

Modi wooed investors last week at the

World Economic Forum held at Davos

saying that protectionism is gaining ground

and globalization is losing its appeal, but

India is open for business. The reviving

economy is also good news for Modi’s

Hindu nationalist government, as it gears up

for general elections next year.

“The world is extremely optimistic about

India. The budget 2018 will add new vigor

to India’s development and fulfill the

aspirations of people,” the prime minister

tweeted as parliament opened on 30th January.

The survey also highlighted the challenges

faced by India’s huge rural population and

said farmlands that are not irrigated are

experiencing the adverse impact of climate

change — extreme temperatures and rainfall

deficiencies. Alleviating the plight of farmers

is a major challenge for the government.

Credit : Voice of America (VOA)



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Pakistan Launches Application to Combat Cyberextremism

n an effort to combat extremism online,

Pakistan’s government has launched

an application that will allow its citizens

to report websites that publish extremist

content and hate speech.

Called Surfsafe, it was developed by

Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Authority

(NACTA) and works in both Android and

iOS devices.

NACTA is a government body responsible

for designing the country’s counterterrorism

strategies. “Strict enforcement of cybercrime

laws is absolutely necessary to overcome

this massive challenge of online extremism.

Surfsafe is a step in that direction,” Ehsan

Ghani, NACTA’s director, told VOA.

“People, unfortunately, at times get attracted to

extremist ideologies without even realizing

it. Through this program [application],

we will create awareness and block online

materials involved in provoking extremism

in any capacity,” Ghani added.

Numerous militant, sectarian and radical

groups continue to operate online in Pakistan

despite the country’s strict cybercrime laws.

Officials are optimistic that Surfsafe will

help them rein in websites that promote

extremist ideologies.

The application is part of the implementation

of the National Action Plan, a 20-point

strategy adopted by Pakistan in 2015 to

crack down on terrorism and extremism

in the country. The NAP reiterates that

militant groups, under any circumstances,

must not be allowed to use the internet as a

propaganda tool.



monetary policy



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angladesh’s central bank has announced

the country’s monetary policy statement

(MPS) for the second half of the current

fiscal year 2017-18 (FY18).

The key interest rates remain unchanged

while private sector credit growth is targeted

at 16.8% to gain 7.4% GDP growth with a

5.5% inflation rate equivalent to the rate set

by the government.

Epo and reverse repo policy interest rates

have been left unchanged at 6.75 and 4.75


Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir

said: “The new credit growth target will

focus on containing the inflationary target

while it will also avoid the contraction of

domestic credit growth.

The new policy will keep giving importance

to easing the ongoing pressure of foreign

exchange transaction on the economy.”

In January 2016, the central bank last cut its

key interest rate by half a percentage point,

for the first time in nearly three years, as

easing inflation gave it room to help boost

economic growth.

Daunting task

Social media experts in Pakistan say

restricting the presence of terrorists on the

internet is a daunting task because militant

networks have become more tech savvy

in recent years. “We do not think such

initiatives of cosmetic nature will do any

good,” Shahzad Ahmad, director of Bytes

for All, a Pakistani digital rights advocacy

group, told VOA.

“Extremist groups have hired cyberarmies

in large numbers which are being used to

manipulate democratic discourse, stifle political

expression and undermine fundamental

rights in cyberspace,” he added.

Selective usage

Nighat Dad, the executive director of the

Digital Rights Foundation, a Pakistani

nongovernmental organization that helps

people cope with online abuse, told VOA

that online extremism is a global issue. “It

becomes more complex in Pakistan because

the government has no political will to deal

with it,” Dad said.

“The government needs to have their

priorities right. They crack down on activists

vocal about the government, military and the

state despite those who’re using internet for

their dark purposes,” she added. According

to Bytes for All, despite government’s

initiatives and cybercrime laws, militants

continue to easily reach millions of internet

users in the country through their high-tech


A detailed investigative report published in

the English daily Dawn last year noted 41

of the 64 banned terror organizations, such

as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamaat-ul-

Ahrar, Sipah-i-Sahaba and Ahle Sunnat Wal

Jamaat, operate on social media openly.

Hundreds of their personal and group

pages are accessible to millions of users on

Facebook and Twitter.

The report further noted that these pages are

regularly updated with photos and videos

in the Urdu language and urge people to

get in touch for information or recruitment

purposes. A majority of these pages are

reportedly managed by radical religious

groups who openly show sympathy and

support for different terror networks.

Social media companies

Pakistan’s government last year announced

it would ask major social media companies

such as Facebook and Twitter to block

pages promoting “hatred,” “violence” and


“In order to enforce Surfsafe fully, the

government will continue to contact social

media networks to take down pages and

accounts involved in inciting hatred and

terror,” Ghani told VOA. “This is a matter

of our national security.”

Major social media companies have shown

the will to urgently tackle extremist contents

online. Twitter last year announced it had

suspended 376,890 accounts globally that

were promoting violence and terrorism.

According to the Pakistan Telecommunication

Authority, about 51 million of the country’s

190 million people have internet access.

Officials express concern that militant

groups continue to reach and lure youth.

Last year in April, Pakistani authorities

arrested a woman named Naureen Laghari

who wanted to target a Christian gathering

on Easter Eve in Lahore.

The young woman had been recruited by the

Islamic State group through social media

networks. She had reportedly gone to Syria

to get military training.

Tackling them physically

Some critics charge that unless the government

stops the terrorist groups’ activities on the

ground, silencing them on the internet would

not be that effective. “Our leaders should

denounce extremism, but what we see is

that many are hand in hand with extremists

either in the name of religion or for their

own political agendas,” Shahzad Ahmad of

Bytes for All said. “This needs to be stopped

if the country is serious [about stopping]


Credit : Voice of America (VOA)

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Canada News


gender equality

on agenda at G7

Canada meeting


limate change will be on the agenda

for this year’s Group of Seven summit

in Quebec despite Canada’s difference of

opinion with the Trump administration.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s personal

representative for the summit said in an

interview that implementation of the Paris

climate accord will be discussed even

though U.S. President Donald Trump has

pulled the U.S. out of the agreement.

“If we agreed on everything then there

wouldn’t be a reason to meet,” said Peter

Boehm, Canada’s deputy minister for the


The June gathering of leaders from seven

wealthy democracies will be Trump’s first

trip to Canada as president.

Trump has shown disdain for many

international multilateral groups, but when

it comes to the club of like-minded G7

democracies — rounded out by the Germany,

France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Japan

— Trump is engaged, Boehm said.

“Mr. Trump attended the summit last year

in Italy and was an active participant. We

expect no less this year. He’ll be at the table

engaged with other leaders,” he added.

Boehm is hosting a meeting with the

representatives of each country in Waterloo,

Ontario, this week and said Trump’s

representative and the others are happy with

Canada’s focus. “The U.S. government as

well as the other governments at the table

quite like our agenda,” he said

Gender equality and women’s empowerment

will also be major themes.

“Certainly with the #metoo movement you

could argue this a theme that is quite relevant

now,” he said.

Boehm said the disruption of technology on

jobs will also be a focus.

Credit : Associated Press (AP)

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Police say Canadian billionaire, wife

apparently murdered


olice said they believe Canadian drugcompany

billionaire businessman

Barry Sherman and his wife were both


Det. Sgt. Susan Gomes said investigators

came to the conclusion after six weeks of

investigation, but said there are no suspects.

The founder of generic drugmaker Apotex

and his wife, Honey, were found dead in

their mansion on Dec. 15. Police said then

the deaths were suspicious, but said there

were no signs of forced entry and they were

not looking for suspects.

Gomes said the two were found hanging by

belts from a railing that surrounds

their indoor pool and were in a semiseated

position on the pool deck.

“We have sufficient evidence to

describe this as a double homicide

investigation and that both Honey

and Barry Sherman were in fact

targeted,” Gomes said.

She said they were last seen alive

in the evening hours of Dec. 13 and

were not heard from again until their

bodies were found late. Gomes said

there are no signs of forced entry

at access points of the home. She

declined to discuss the evidence,

possible motives or suspects.

“We haven’t developed any suspects,”

Gomes said.

The day after the bodies were found, some

prominent news media outlets quoted

unidentified police officials as saying the

deaths appeared to be a murder-suicide. That

upset the couple’s four adult children, who

then hired their own team of investigators

and a pathologist, who conducted second

autopsies on the Shermans.

The family said in a statement that the new

conclusion “was expressed by the family

from the outset and is consistent with the

findings of the independent autopsy and

investigation. “The family continues to

support the Toronto Police Service in their

efforts to seek justice for their parents

and pursue those responsible for these

unspeakable crimes,” the statement added

Police have released the home back to the


Toronto police investigators have scoured

the 12,000-square-foot home, hauled away

the couple’s cars and even checked the

sewers in one of Toronto’s most exclusive

neighborhoods for clues. Police have

taken 125 witness statements and analyzed

surveillance video in the neighborhood.

Sherman, 75, was known for litigiousness

and aggressive businesses practices as he

developed Apotex Inc., which has a global

workforce of about 11,000. In “Prescription

Games,” a 2001 book about the industry, he

mused that a rival might want to kill him.

Photo Credit : AP Photo

“The branded drug companies hate us. They

have hired private investigators on us all the

time,” he said.

“The thought once came to my mind, why

didn’t they just hire someone to knock me

off? For a thousand bucks paid to the right

person you can probably get someone killed.

Perhaps I’m surprised that hasn’t happened.”

Canadian Business magazine recently

estimated his worth at 4.77 billion Canadian

dollars ($3.65 billion), making him the 15th

richest person in the country.

As they became wealthy, the couple became

known for philanthropy. They gave tens

of millions to the United Jewish Appeal,

donated to a geriatric hospital in Toronto

and sent medicine to disaster zones. Prime

Minister Justin Trudeau attended the funeral

and Sherman is posthumously due to receive

one of the country’s highest civilian honors

this year.

Friends and family say the couple had

been making plans for the future. They had

recently listed their home in Toronto for

6.9 million Canadian dollars and they were

building a new home in the city. Gomes

said anybody who had access to a realtor’s

lock box and the home in recent months is

important to them.

Frank D’Angelo, a close friend of Barry

Sherman, felt vindicated by the double

homicide ruling after some thought it was

a murder suicide following the early


“There was absolutely unequivocally

no way that he would hurt his wife,

and hurt his grandkids, his family

and his reputation,” Sherman said.

“What a horrible ending for a great


The chief executive of Apotex,

meanwhile, announced that he is

leaving the company. Dr. Jeremy

Desai had been CEO of Apotex since


Apotex spokesman Jordan Berman

said that he didn’t know why Desai was

leaving, but said he resigned to pursue other


Berman sad Desai’s departure was not related

to the Toronto police press conference.

Desai’s resignation comes as he faces

allegations in a U.S. lawsuit from Teva

Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. for allegedly

accepting trade secrets from a Teva

employee that he was thought to be in a

romantic relationship with.

The lawsuit, filed last July in a Pennsylvania

federal court, accuses Barinder Sandhu,

who worked as a senior director of

regulatory affairs for Teva’s U.S. generics

division, of sharing trade secrets and other

confidential information about Teva’s product

development with its competitor Apotex

through Desai.

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Canadian Senate passes bill to make

anthem gender neutral


anada’s Senate has passed a bill to

make the country’s national anthem

gender neutral.

The legislation to change “O Canada” won

its final approval with the Senate vote. The

bill changes the second line of the anthem

from “true patriot love, in all thy sons

command” to “in all of us command.”

The bill had stalled in the Senate as the

opposition Conservatives fought its passage,

but it won Senate approval on a voice vote.

The change was proposed by late Liberal

lawmaker Mauril Belanger, who was

diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and

did not live to see it become law.

The unelected senate usually rubberstamps

legislation passed by the House of


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Africa News


Rwanda, Uganda trade claims over

treatment of refugees


ore than a month after he was allegedly

tortured by members of Uganda’s secret

service, Rwandan citizen Fidel Gatsinzi is

still limping from his injuries.

Gatsinzi claims he was arrested by security

agents after visiting his son at a Ugandan

university in December and that 12 days

of being hooded and beaten left him in a

wheelchair for days after his release.

“They were accusing me of being a Rwandan

spy and a killer. That I was in Uganda to hunt

down Rwandan refugees living in Uganda to

harm them,” Gatsinzi told The Associated

Press, denying the accusations. He said he

saw another Rwandan who had been tortured

and was “really in a bad shape.”

The neighboring East African countries

have faced years of uneasy relations over

Uganda’s refusal to forcibly repatriate

Rwandan refugees, including some who

are suspected of involvement in Rwanda’s

genocide in 1994. People like Gatsinzi claim

they are caught in the middle, suspected by

one country or the other. Now some are

taking their claims to court.

For Rwanda’s government, the continuing

existence of refugees challenges its narrative

of peace and stability after years of recovery

from the genocide. But many of those

refugees worry they would be jailed on

trumped-up charges if they returned home.

As Uganda pursues Rwandans it suspects of

hunting down refugees, some are subjected

to torture in the process, said Gawaya

Tegulle, a Ugandan lawyer who has visited

Rwandan nationals in detention.



“I visited Gatsinzi and the kind of torture

he was subjected to is inhumane. He could

not speak,” Tegulle said. He plans to file a

case with the High Court against Uganda’s

government claiming illegal detention and


After such claims were made public in recent

weeks, Rwandan President Paul Kagame

chaired a meeting last month between the

two countries to discuss the issue. The

Jan. 5 meeting in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali,

addressed, among other things, “arrests

and disappearances of Rwandan citizens in

Uganda,” Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise

Mushikiwabo said on Twitter.

Uganda’s state minister for international

relations, Henry Okello Oryem, has said

tensions will not escalate. “Rwanda is a

historical strategic ally of Uganda and both

countries work for peace,” he told the AP.

Uganda army spokesman Brig. Richard

Karemire declined to comment on the

allegations of detention and torture of

Rwandan citizens.

Rwanda’s president has long been accused

by critics and human rights groups of

plotting the assassination or disappearance

of former allies and dissidents, including in

other countries. He has denied it.

Late last year, Ugandan police officers

and a retired Rwandan army officer, Rene

Rutagungira, were arrested and charged by a

military court in Uganda’s capital, Kampala,

in the kidnapping of a Rwandan refugee and

his transfer to Rwandan authorities. They

are charged with conspiracy with Rwanda to

carry out the abduction.

They are accused of kidnapping Lt. Joel

Mutabazi, a former bodyguard of Kagame

South Africa’s Zuma faces another no

confidence vote Feb. 22

outh Africa’s parliament will vote on a

motion of no confidence in embattled

President Jacob Zuma on Feb. 22, the

parliamentary speaker said in an escalation

of pressure on the leader to resign after a

series of scandals.

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Parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete decided

to hold the vote in response to a request

from the Economic Freedom Fighters, an

opposition party that has often disrupted

proceedings in parliament because of

corruption allegations against the president,

Mbete’s office said.

While Zuma has survived similar votes

in parliament, many former allies in the

ruling African National Congress party

have since abandoned him and are pushing

for his replacement by Deputy President

Cyril Ramaphosa, the new party leader who

in recent days has delivered hard-hitting

messages about the fight against corruption.

ANC leaders have been considering terms

of an early exit for Zuma but previously

have been uncomfortable with the idea of an

opposition-sponsored vote of no confidence

that would embarrass the ruling party.

On the other hand, Zuma has become

a liability and many members want the

president to leave soon so the ANC, in

power since the end of apartheid in 1994,

can rebuild ahead of 2019 elections.

The timing of the motion of no confidence

later this month took into account a busy

parliamentary schedule, including a Feb. 8

state of the nation address to be delivered by

the president, according to Mbete’s office.

The speaker turned down a request from

another opposition party, the Democratic

Alliance, to postpone the address until the

ruling party had resolved its internal conflict

and a new president was in place.

Zuma is a “lame-duck president” and he

shouldn’t address the nation on Feb. 8

because “neither he nor his administration

will be around to implement any of the

policies or plans he announces,” the

Democratic Alliance said.

Zuma has been embroiled in scandals,

including multi-million-dollar upgrades

to his private home with state money and

his association with the Guptas, a business

family accused of looting state enterprises

and influencing Cabinet ministers for their

own benefit.

Zuma and the Guptas deny any wrongdoing,

though the president paid back some

money for the home upgrades after the

Constitutional Court ruled against him.

In a separate case, Zuma’s lawyers this

week submitted arguments to prosecutors

about why he shouldn’t be prosecuted for

corruption charges tied to an arms deal two

decades ago. The charges had been thrown

out but a court reinstated them last year.

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who fled the country in 2011 while alleging

persecution, and forcefully taking him back

to Rwanda in 2013.

Mutabazi was sentenced to life in prison for

involvement in terrorism and other charges,

which he denied.

It is not clear how Mutabazi, who was in

the care of the U.N. refugee agency, ended

up in the hands of Ugandan police and then

Rwandan authorities.

“It’s unconscionable that they handed him

over summarily to the police force of the

country whose persecution he fled,” Daniel

Bekele with Human Rights Watch said at the

time. The group has long urged Uganda’s

government to protect Rwandan critics now

living in the country.

The return of refugees must be voluntary,

a U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman in

Rwanda, Nana Heltberg, told the AP, saying

about 250,000 Rwandan refugees are still in

exile today.

Meanwhile the lawyer for the former

Rwanda army officer who faces charges told

the AP that he was held in Ugandan custody

for longer than the permitted 48 hours and

subjected to beatings, electric shocks, water

immersion and solitary confinement while

accused of being a spy.

Lawyer Eron Kiiza said a case has been filed

with the High Court seeking damages and

Rutagungira’s unconditional release.

Credit : Associated Press (AP)

900 trapped South

Africa miners evacuated

after power outage


t least 900 miners who were trapped

in a South African gold mine for more

than 24 hours after a power outage have been

safely evacuated. The Sibanye-Stillwater

company, which manages the Beatrix mine

in Free State province, said that the miners

will have medical tests and counseling and

that it expects the mine to start operating

again soon.

Mine unions and others, however, expressed

concern that there was no functioning backup

plan for evacuation after a storm knocked

out power om 31st January night and say the

incident reflects continuing safety problems

in South Africa’s mines. Company managers

and unions said food and water was delivered

to the trapped miners while they awaited

the restoration of power, which enabled

elevators to ferry them to the surface.

“I am relieved because for about 32 hours

of being underground ... The fans were not

working, so everything was not working,”

said Lawrence Sithole, a production

supervisor who was trapped underground.

“But we managed to calm down all the

employees. So I think the management of

Beatrix mine or Sibanye-Stillwater must

make sure for the next time something like

this must not happen.”

Credit : Associated Press (AP)

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North America News

Puerto Rico reports

78 killings in one of

deadliest months

ne of Puerto Rico’s deadliest months in

recent years has closed, with 78 killings

reported in January as the U.S. territory

struggles with a surge in violent crime and

growing discontent among thousands of

police officers.

The killings included a 20-year-old woman

found kneeling and burned to death inside

a car in the upscale city of Guaynabo and

a triple homicide reported in the eastern

mountain town of San Lorenzo.

Puerto Rico’s homicide rate is roughly 20

killings per 100,000 residents, compared

with 3.7 per 100,000 residents on the U.S.


has said most of the killings in January were

tied to drugs but added that there was “no

rhyme or reason” to explain the surge.

In mid-January, local and federal officials

announced they would implement a “broken

windows” policing campaign to help reduce

the number of killings.

The plan is to crack down on all types of

violations, including traffic infractions and

illegal tints on car windows, to help get

criminals off the street and prevent bigger


The increase in killings came weeks after

thousands of police officers began calling in


Cuba state media: Fidel

Castro’s son has killed



he oldest son of late Cuban leader Fidel

Castro killed himself on 1st February

after months of treatment for depression,

state media reported. He was 68.

Official website Cubadebate said Fidel

Castro Diaz-Balart had been in a “deeply

State. He was vice president of the Cuban

Academy of Sciences. He previously led its

nuclear program.

Castro Diaz-Balart was born to Fidel

Castro’s first wife, Mirta Diaz-Balart, a

woman from Cuba’s aristocracy who Fidel

“I’m gravely concerned about these violent

incidents reported in recent days,” said Sen.

Miguel Laureano. “It’s a dramatic situation

that requires immediate attention.”

The majority of people killed last month

were young men shot to death. The central

mountain town of Caguas reported the

highest number of homicides at 18, followed

by the capital of San Juan with 14.

Police have issued warrants or arrested

suspects in only a handful of the cases.

On 1st February, authorities asked the public

for help in solving the case of the young

woman found burned inside the car.

Police said they believe she was on her way

to pick up a family member the day she was


Hector Pesquera, head of Puerto Rico’s

newly created Department of Public Safety,

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sick daily to protest millions of dollars owed

in overtime pay following Hurricanes Irma

and Maria.

Absences have returned to the normal daily

average, Pesquera says, but thousands of

police officers are still upset about austerity

measures, including a sharp reduction in

their monthly pensions and an end to being

able to cash in unused sick days.

Puerto Rico Rep. Felix Lassalle, president of

the commission of public security, is holding

public hearings to address those issues.

“There’s a big commitment ... to address

situations that can affect police officers and

find solutions,” he said.

Last year, Puerto Rico reported an overall

drop in killings with 679 homicides

compared with 700 in 2016.

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depressed state.” A brief note read on state

television said his treatment had “required

an initial hospitalization then outpatient


The oldest son of Cuba’s late revolutionary

leader was known for his resemblance to his

father, earning him the nickname Fidelito or

Little Fidel.

Castro Diaz-Balart studied nuclear physics

in the former Soviet Union and served

as scientific adviser to Cuba’s Council of

married in his youth before beginning the

revolutionary struggle that later brought him

and his brother Raul to power.

Because of his maternal lineage, Castro Diaz-

Balart is cousin to Republican Congressman

Mario Diaz-Balart, who represents Cuban

exiles in Florida.

Fidel Castro, the father, died in November

2016 at age 90.

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Oil giant Shell wins 9

blocks in Mexican deep

water bidding


oyal Dutch Shell has won nine of the

29 deep-water oil exploration blocks

Mexico put up for bid in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant won four of those

bids in alliance with other companies.

Shell was the biggest winner in the bidding

round, in which 10 blocks drew no bids.

Malaysia’s PC Carigali won seven blocks

alone or in alliances, and Mexico’s stateowned

Pemex won four blocks, two of them

as part of an alliance.

The head of Mexico’s National Oil

Commission said that the bidding ensures

that nearly two dozen deep-water exploration

wells would be drilled as part of billions of

dollars in investment.

Shell said in a statement México “is ready

to successfully compete in attracting

investment in the oil and gas sector.”

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By David Kilgour

Author & Lawyer

n 1989 as the Berlin Wall crumbled,

totalitarianism as devised by Lenin

for Russia in 1917 appeared to be gone;

a more peaceful and just world seemed

achievable. Francis Fukuyama of the U.S.

State Department penned an article and later

a book, “The End of History”, indicating

that liberal democracy was the final form of


Liberal democracy, respecting voters and

human dignity, political and gender equality

and the rule of law, was then thought by

many to have won the great ideological

battle of the 20th century. Today surprisingly,

it is democracies that finds themselves

under siege. For the 12th consecutive year,

according to Freedom in the World recently

published by the 76-year-old Freedom House

in the United States, nations that suffered

democratic setbacks last year outnumbered

those that registered gains.

States that a decade ago were promising

success stories—Turkey and the Philippines,

for example—are sliding into authoritarian

if not totalitarian rule. The military in

Myanmar, which after half a century

allowed a limited democratic opening in

2010, committed a ruthless campaign of

ethnic cleansing against approximately

a million Rohingya in Rakhine state and

then rebuffed international criticism of its

actions. Meanwhile, the world’s longestestablished

democracies are mired in seemingly

intractable problems at home, including

rapidly widening social and economic

disparities, partisan fragmentation, terrorist

attacks, and an influx of refugees that have



By Mark Parkinson




he weight of evidence is so strong that

we really have to kill off all the macho,

heroic myths around sleep deprivation. I

remember that, years ago, there was much

talk about how Margaret Thatcher only

needed four hours of sleep each night when

she was Prime Minister of Great Britain.

I’ve also seen similar claims related to Tony


In my student days, it was almost seen as a

badge of honour when you put yourself in

the situation to ‘pull an all-nighter’ to get n

assignment completed and handed in with

minutes to spare the next morning.

Now I’m older, and hopefully a bit wiser, i

can see that it was a basic equation between

prioritising time for what was necessary/

important or what was fun, immediate and

wanted. I don’t think I can really remember a

single occasion when a night spent working

and getting no sleep wasn’t the result of

bad judgement and lack of self-control/

regulation rather than genuine volume of

responsibilities and necessity.

I’ve been writing for some time about

how sleep deprivation is exacting a toll on

Democracies Challenged

strained alliances and increased xenophobia.

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Challenges in democracies have fueled the

rise of populist leaders, who appeal to antiimmigrant

sentiment and provide short shrift

to basic civil and political liberties. Rightwing

populists gained votes and parliamentary

seats in France, the Netherlands, Germany,

and Austria during 2017. While they were

kept out of government in all but Austria,

their success at the polls helped to weaken

established parties from across the political

spectrum. Centrist newcomer and staunch

supporter of the European Union, Emmanuel

Macron handily won the French presidency,

but in Germany, the Netherlands and Cyprus

mainstream parties struggled to create stable

governing coalitions.

The key findings from the 2018 Freedom

House report:

• Democracy faced its most serious crisis

in decades during 2017 as its basic tenets—

including guarantees of the right to choose

leaders in free and fair elections, the rights

of minorities, freedom of the media, and the

rule of law—came under attack and went

into retreat globally.

• Political rights and civil liberties

deteriorated to their lowest point in a period

characterized by emboldened autocrats,

beleaguered democracies, and the United

States’ withdrawal from its leadership role

in the global struggle for human freedom.

• Seventy-one countries suffered net declines

in political rights and civil liberties, with

only 35 registering gains. This marked the

12th consecutive year of decline in global

freedom. Over the period since the 12-year

global slide began in 2006, 113 countries

have seen a net decline, and only 62 have

experienced a net improvement.

• The U.S. retreated from its traditional role

as both a champion and an exemplar of

democracy amid an accelerating decline in

American political rights and civil liberties.

Meanwhile, two of the world’s leading

dictators in China and Russia not only

increased internal repression, but exported

malign influences to other countries, some

of which are increasingly copying their

behavior and adopting their disdain for

democratic governance.

Chinese president Xi Jinping recently

proclaimed that China is “blazing a new

trail” for developing countries to follow-

-one that would no doubt seek to include

endemic official corruption, no rule of law,

no dissent, crony capitalism, state violence

against citizens and single party elections.

Carl Gershman, president of the U.S. National

Endowment for Democracy, recently noted,

“Russia, China and other authoritarian

countries are using sophisticated soft power

techniques and multilateral coalitions like

the Shanghai Cooperation organization to

subvert the global norms contained in the

Universal Declaration of Human Rights and

to replace them with the norm of unlimited

state sovereignty…They are using trackers,

trolls, and other instruments to subvert the

integrity of the media space and to spread

Taking Sleep Seriously

students and limiting their learning potential.

here’s a very well written and presented

article from McKinsey & Co that looks at

another perspective – the organisational

costs of insufficient sleep, especially when

leaders are making decisions without getting

enough shut-eye;

McKinsey – The organisational Cost of

Insufficient Sleep

The article sets out a very strong case that

the implications are so great that this must

really matter to organisations. Rather than

perpetuating cultures where people are

recognised and rewarded for appearing to

make personal sacrifices by going without

sleep, organisations need to see that they

potentially pay a heavy price when people

are operating in less than effective states.

In other words, they have to educate their

workforce and help them to develop positive

and healthy habits. Two days ago, i wrote

about the Netflix culture. Interestingly, that

was very clear that there should be n rewards

or recognition for people according to how

long they spend on the job or how much

time they put in to work. Recognition should

link purely to outcomes and the link to time

should be de-emphasised.

I think it’s often quite hard to change such

habits in adulthood. As a result, the right

habits need to be established from an early

age. This means;

a) Developing good routines and patterns

around sleep and bed time for very young


b) Not treating staying up late as a special

treat (too many do it with junk food as well).

c) We should teach our children about the

basics of the science related to sleep, so that

they understand why it’s important (not just

tell them to do what we say),


confusion and divisions and to undermine

the institutions of the West.”

The global spread of antidemocratic practices

is not just a setback for fundamental freedoms.

It also poses economic and security risks.

When more nations are free, all countries—

including the U.S.—are safer and more

prosperous. When more are autocratic and

repressive, treaties and alliances weaken,

nations and regions become unstable, and

violent extremists have increased room to


Democratic governments allow people to

set the societal norms while protecting the

rights of minorities to be different. This

fosters a broader respect for peace, fair play,

and compromise. Autocrats, in contrast,

impose arbitrary rules on their citizens while

ignoring constraints themselves, spurring a

vicious circle of abuse and radicalization.

Most worrisome for the future is that some

young people, who have little memory of

the long struggles against totalitarianism

in various forms, might be losing faith in

the democratic project. The very idea of

democracy and its promotion has been

tarnished, contributing to a dangerous apathy.

Former White House Press Secretary Bill

Moyers is correct in saying, “Democracy

works when people claim it as their own.” A

determined struggle to reclaim it must begin


David Kilgour, a lawyer by profession,

served in Canada’s House of Commons for

almost 27 years. In Jean Chretien’s Cabinet,

he was secretary of state (Africa and Latin

America) and secretary of state (Asia-

Pacific). He is the author of several books

and co-author with David Matas of “Bloody

Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong for

Their Organs.”

d) We need to set good examples to our

children about getting a healthy amount of

sleep, including things like switching off

devices an hour before bed.

When we are at a less than optimal level of

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effectiveness due to lack of sleep, we should

acknowledge this to our children.

In the past, we really didn’t know just

how harmful these sleep issues could be.

Ignorance is no longer an excuse, so we

must change our ways.

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Domestic Abuse : Let’s start a Conversation


By Dr. Pramila Srivastava



ll too often women believe it is a sign

of commitment, an expression of love,

to endure unkindness or cruelty, to forgive

and forget. In actuality, when we love rightly

we know that the healthy, loving response to

cruelty and abuse is putting ourselves out of

harm’s way.”

Bell Hooks

So today let’s talk about a topic that is

calling out for our attention, I know it’s

a heavy topic and usually we talk about

lighter thing but I feel that in order for our

spiritual growth dealing with abuse that has

happened personally or in someone else’s

life is essential. Abuse comes in many forms;


By International Institute

for Non - Aligned Studies



all over the world millions face domestic or

intimate partner violence (IPV) this statistic

includes both men and women.

A shocking statistic was that in America, 20

people per minute are abused by an intimate

partner, one would think that the rate in a

developed country would be less.

That’s our first mistake as a society to think

that only people of lower economic strata

face domestic violence, it is present in all

strata’s of economy and all countries be it

third world or a highly developed country.

We are all at risk for being abused or

becoming an abuser in this aspect of human

psychology we are all alike.

The abuser

Well If you think that abuse means

to hit the other person and break

things you are right but that is not

the only form, abuse means to crave

control and dominate and this can

be done in various ways, besides

the obvious and very damaging

physical abuse there is verbal abuse,

emotional abuse etc.

Verbal abuse is so tricky, so you

think I’m not hitting that person,

but you are still damaging another

person by being selfish, impatient,

highly critical, showing lack of empathy etc.

Emotional abuse is similar, when the person

manipulates you using strategies like

isolating you from your friends which is

called ‘taking hostages’, because by the time

you need to talk to someone, you have no

friends and you’re completely emotionally

dependent on that person. Because none

of them were ‘good enough’ or they are

‘the worst things for you’ ‘they’re jealous

of us’. Emotional abuse also means that

the victim is being treated to hot and cold

moods, they can go from fun loving to angry

to completely silent as a way to punish the

other person, so the victim is constantly

walking on eggshells trying to figure out that

person’s mood.

How to emerge as a survivor

The first thing to know is that there is

no shame, most abusers take years of

emotionally manipulating you to the point

where whatever they do you feel like you

have no other choice but to stay. Maybe

you’re financially dependent on the person,

or emotionally whatever may be the scenario

know that you are the one in control, stop

blaming yourself because you are not

responsible for his/her moods, you are not

his/her punching bag, there is nothing that

you could do to make them stop being an

abuser except leaving them.

Because of the way the relationship has been

built in your mind, the abuser’s first trick is

to make you feel worthless and small.

By picking up on your smallest mistake or

imagined mistakes, by calling you worthless,

by telling you repeatedly that you are not

good enough and that they are putting up

with you. An intimate relationship is so

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sacred so there is a lot of trust that we place

on our partners, so when they start saying

these things a part of us believes it.

Don’t be scared of confrontation, the worst

thing you can do is believe in the lies he/she

is feeding you. Stand up for yourself, don’t

be scared set your limits.

If you feel like you are in danger, get help;

reach out to someone who can get you out.

If there isn’t danger then find a way and the

strength within you to walk out the door

because you are worth it.

No matter what the other person has told

you don’t forget that you are so special and

deserve a chance at a happy life. So if you

are in an abusive relationship right now, stop

blaming yourself and find a way out and let

the healing begin.

If you have just gotten out of an abusive

relationship, then good on you because

unlike what the outside world will say it

is an extremely difficult thing to leave that

kind of a relationship.

The trick is to never forget who you are and

what you’re worth. Though your abuser

would have attempted to tear down your self

worth don’t fall for it.

You are an amazing person with so much

potential; you are not what your abuser says

you are. So stand up for yourself, fight for

yourself and remember you will emerge as a

victorious survivor not a victim.

NAM reaffirms the importance of Biological Weapons Convention

he Biological Weapons Convention

(BWC), the first multilateral disarmament

treaty banning the development, production

and stockpiling of an entire category of

weapons of mass destruction, was opened

for signature on 10 April 1972. The BWC

entered into force on 26 March 1975. As

mentioned in the text of the Convention,

the States Parties to this Convention are

determined to act with a view to achieving

effective progress towards general and complete

disarmament, including the prohibition

and elimination of all types of weapons of

mass destruction, and convinced that the

prohibition of the development, production and

stockpiling of chemical and bacteriological

(biological) weapons and their elimination,

through effective measures, will facilitate

the achievement of general and complete

disarmament under strict and effective

international control.”

BWC relies primarily on a network approach

based on coordination with international,

regional, and nongovernmental organizations

and initiatives as well as other nonproliferation

regimes in order to address the

interconnected nature of biological threats

in a holistic manner. Under the framework

of the BWC, improved coordination would

provide positive externalities for managing

disease, whatever the cause. Such an

approach ensures that resources are used

optimally to provide benefits for many.

Disarmament has been a key objective of the

Non-Aligned Movement since its inception,

The Movement has taken cognizance of the

threats posed by biological and toxic weapons

and thus has reiterated the significance of the

BWC. NAM Member States that are party to

BWC have reaffirmed that the possibility of

any use of bacteriological (biological) agents

and toxins as weapons should be completely

excluded, and the conviction that such use

would be repugnant to the conscience of

humankind. They recognized the particular

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Sanjay Gandhi


n today’s newspapers I read that

doctors in the US have advised that

men who want children should freeze their

sperm before they are 25, as one in 6 men

become infertile very quickly. In a previous

article, I had discussed the studies that prove

animal fats are related to decline in semen

quantity and quality. While this may have

seemed like enough reason for men to stay

away from meat and dairy, there are still

more compelling factors.

Fat-soluble oestrogen – the primary female

sex hormone – is present in very high

concentration in dairy and other animal

products like eggs. In fact, milk and dairy

products are the largest source of dietary

oestrogen for humans. They account for

60-70% of the estrogens consumed. This

has a ‘feminizing’ effect on men. Studies

have shown that men who consume more

milk and dairy products have higher levels

of estradiol, a ‘female’ hormone. This can

lower the body’s production of testosterone

– the primary male sex hormone – with the

effect of raising voice pitches, increasing

male breasts and erectile dysfunction.

Modern dairy farming practice is even

worse for men. Over 75% of commercial

milk originates from pregnant cows – a time

when their oestrogen levels are markedly

high. With years of genetic tampering, cows

and buffaloes now give milk throughout their

pregnancy. Further, most milk producers

make their animals pregnant within a couple

of days of their giving birth, to maximize

production. The cow is thus pretty much

always pregnant, producing oestrogen high

milk through the year. There was a time

when 3 litres of milk in a native cow was

considered excellent. Now, the cow/buffalo

owner aims for up to 15 litres a day, and

abroad this goes up to 24 litres per day. This

is far from natural. The whey of milk from

non-pregnant cows has about 30 pg/mL of


By Dr. Anveeta Agarwal



ooth hypersensitivity is a common

dental problem. It is a sharp dental

pain of short duration which arises from

various triggers like thermal (hot and cold),

evaporative, chemical, osmotic or electrical.

It can develop over time, as a result of other

problems like receding gums and enamel

wear. People with age between 20 and

50 years are more likely affected by this


What causes tooth sensitivity?

Gum recession: It is one of the leading

causes of tooth sensitivity. Gum recession

can be caused by frequent aggressive tooth

brushing, by using a hard tooth brush, long

standing gum disease and even aging. Gum

recession exposes the root surface of tooth

which is covered by a softer layer called

cementum. This layer wears off easily with

tooth brushing exposing the underlying

estrone sulphate – a natural steroid found

in oestrogen. This increases to 151 pg/mL

during early pregnancy and goes up to 1000

pg/mL at the last stages of the pregnancy.

Milk particularly holds high levels of

steroids from oestrogen, twice as much as

is found even in the plasma of the animal

(which means her milk is worse than her

meat for men). The average range of healthy

estradiol levels in men is usually 10 to 40

pg/mL. Estradiol is a steroid, an oestrogen,

and the primary female sex hormone. It is

used to treat symptoms of menopause such

as hot flashes, and vaginal dryness, burning

and irritation.

The increased oestrogen levels in pregnant

cows are essential to sustain the new life

in their wombs and when they are young.

However, most calves of dairy cows are

separated from the mothers soon after their

birth and bottle fed with powdered milk, or

the milk that is considered unfit for humans.

The milk, along with its high oestrogen

content intended for the growth of the baby

in the womb and the baby calf, is diverted to

humans instead.

Meat is another major source of oestrogen in

our diet. This is more prominent in modern

animal farming practice, where it is common

to give cattle food, injections or subcutaneous

implants of oestrogen, often in combination

with other hormones. This encourages early

maturity of animals, increases their weight

faster so that slaughterhouses can kill them

sooner, thus increasing production and


Xenoestrogens – chemicals with demasculinizing,

or feminizing effects, are found in animal

fat and cannot be removed by washing

and cooking. Through consumption, these

accumulate in human fat. A study by

Maruyama et al. in 2010 shows that dairy

food intake has also been related to decreased

secretion of LH, FSH and testosterone in

men. LH and FSH work together to regulate

the development of the sex glands and sperm

production. Both together stimulate the

production of testosterone. A Japanese study

conducted with men and pre-pubertal boys,

found that drinking cow’s milk resulted in

increased serum oestrogen and progesterone

levels. This increase suppressed GnRH

secretion from the brain, in turn resulting

in lowered testosterone secretion in the men

and boys.

The study found the intake of milk, and other

dairy products, is associated with higher

levels of estrone, estriol and pregnanediol in

boys . Excess oestrogen can delay attainment

of puberty in the case of boys, and speed it

up for girls.

In 2013, Afeiche et al., at the University of

Rocehster, conducted a study with young,

physically active men as subjects. It was

found that the more these men consumed

dairy food, the lesser the number of their

sperm and the lower was this sperm’s activity.

A study done in 2014 by Schisterman et al.

came to the same conclusion.

As males grow older, there is a reduction

in the amount of testosterone produced by

the testes, while estradiol levels continue

to remain high. While a certain level of

estradiol is necessary for vascular health,

excess levels can have a negative impact.

Excess oestrogen can manifest itself in

symptoms such as developing breasts,

excess abdominal weight, tiredness, loss of

muscles mass and emotional disturbances.

In a study conducted in the USA with

approx. 40,000 men visiting a sperm lab, it

was found that an increase in semen quality

was associated with a decrease in mortality,

pointing to the fact that semen quality may

therefore be an important marker of overall

male health.

This is not to be taken lightly. Apart from the

‘feminizing’ effect that dairy and meat can

have on men, they also increase the chances

of testicular and other kinds of cancer, due to

increased levels of oestrogen.

Studies show that high level of oestrogen

can increase the risk of heart disease.

Conversely, there are numerous studies

indicating that higher testosterone levels can

drastically reduce the risk of cardiovascular

disease among men. If you are worried that


Stop Consuming extra Oestrogen

Dental Hypersensitivty

dentin layer of the tooth. As dentin layer is

traversed by thousand of channels from the

outer surface toward the centre, external

triggers can stimulate the nerves inside the

tooth causing sharp sensation.

Enamel wear: On the outermost surface teeth

are covered with enamel which is the hardest

substance in the human body. Enamel layer

prevents the underlying dentin layer from

direct exposure to external triggers. Enamel

can wear away over time leaving the

underlying dentin exposed which leads to

dental sensitivity.

Enamel wear can be caused by tooth

grinding during night or day, too frequent or

hard tooth brushing, using tooth pastes that

contain too much abrasives or acid erosion.

Acidic foods and drinks like fruit juices,

carbonated drinks, and tomato ketchups

can remove minerals from the layers of

enamel. This demineralization of the enamel

makes its external surface softer which

can easily wear off leading to exposure of

underlying dentine layer. As few as four

acidic challenges during the day can put the

enamel at the risk of acid erosion. Patients

experiencing teeth hypersensitivity should

consult their dentist for advice on dietary

counseling and correct tooth brushing

technique. Dentists can detect early signs of

enamel wear, so it is extremely important to

have regular dental checkups to maintain a

sound oral health.

How to prevent tooth sensitivity?

The painful situation of dental hypersensitivity

can be prevented by various self-care strategies

and evidence-based recommendations.

• Maintain good oral hygiene.

Photo Credit : Shutterstock

• Oral self-care influences the degree of

hypersensitivity. Patients having little time

for practicing optimum oral health should

giving up milk will affect calcium intake,

think again. Green leafy vegetables not only

contain more calcium than milk, this calcium

is also absorbed much more easily into our

bodies through vegetable consumption. So,

if you find that your body looks less and less

like that of a male, and you have a problem

sexually, stop consuming extra oestrogen.

This means cutting out animal fats, such as

milk, milk products, eggs and meat, from the

diet. Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli

and cauliflower, contain indole-3-carbinole,

which is effective in reducing the oestrogen

levels in the body.

Other effective foods are mushrooms,

pomegranate, red grapes, seeds (flax,

sesame etc.), whole grains (wheat, oats,

millet, barley, rice etc.) and green tea. So go

on. Make the change.

PS: Scientists in the journal Proceedings

of the National Academy of Sciences have

found that the pesticide atrazine can turn

male frogs into females. The atrazine levels

experimented with were what the frogs

would experience in environments where

the pesticide is used, and below levels that

are considered safe for drinking water.

Scientists compared this atrazine-exposed

group with male frogs reared in atrazinefree


At the end of the experiment, all frogs in the

atrazine-free group remained male, while 10

percent of the frogs exposed to atrazine were

completely feminized — they had female

anatomy, including ovaries. Frogs exposed

to atrazine also had reduced testosterone

levels, decreased fertility, and showed less

mating behaviour.

Atrazine is used commonly in India,

specially on corn (bhutta). It is banned in

Europe. Since atrazine interferes with the

production of the sex hormone oestrogen,

present in people and frogs, the findings

could have implications for humans as well.

To join the animal welfare movement

contact gandhim@nic.in,


consult their dentist for instructions on

proper tooth brushing techniques to avoid

excessive or use of undue pressure while

brushing, to prevent gum recession.

• Avoid use of highly abrasive tooth pastes.

• Avoid consumption of acidic food and

beverages like carbonated drinks, vinegar,

pickles, lemons, citrus drinks etc. Avoid tooth

brushing immediately after consumption

of acidic beverages as this can exacerbate

dissolution of both enamel and dentin. Wear

of enamel and dentin can be dramatically

increased if tooth brushing follows an

erosive challenge. It is for this reason that

the patient should avoid tooth brushing for a

minimum of 30 to 60 minutes or longer after

consuming acidic foods or drinks to reduce

the effects of acids and abrasion.

For Full Article : http://www.


By Dr. Anveeta Agarwal, BDS, MDS,

Consultant Oral Pathologist, Associate

Dental Surgeon & a Specialist at


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Entertainment & Lifestyle

Mario and Minions? Illumination



to co-produce Nintendo film

ario is getting together with the


Japanese video-game company Nintendo

Co. says a movie starring the plumber in the

Super Mario franchise is in the works, coproduced

with Chris Meledandri, the chief

executive of Illumination Entertainment, the

U.S. animation studio behind the popular

“Despicable Me” series.

Nintendo’s star game designer Shigeru

Miyamoto told reporters that the script is

mostly finished. He’s promising a “fun”

movie, since Meledandri shares his

thinking on creative projects.

The movie, two years in the making

after a meeting between Meledandri and

Miyamoto, is set for global distribution

through Universal, which co-owns

Illumination, according to the Kyoto-based

maker of Pokemon games and the popular

Switch machine.

They did not give other details, including the

release date.

Miyamoto said some people mistakenly

think that making games is similar to

making movies. “Creating in an interactive

medium is totally different from doing that

Won’t you be his

neighbor? Tom

Hanks to play

Mister Rogers

t’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood

for Tom Hanks, who’ll star as Mister

Rogers in the upcoming biopic “You Are My


TriStar Pictures announced that it has

acquired worldwide rights to the film, to be

directed by “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”

filmmaker Marielle Heller.

The film will focus on the friendship between

the host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”

and journalist Tom Junod. Junod reluctantly

agreed to profile Fred Rogers only to find

“his perspective on life transformed.”

Production will begin in September, with a

2019 release expected.

The role will surely add to the America’s

Dad image of Hanks, who gave a very

Rogers-like opening monologue while

hosting “Saturday Night Live” before the

in a passive medium,” he said, saying he’d

wanted to make such a film for years.

Meledandri and he hit it right off: “We want

to make something great,” he said.

Nintendo reported on 31st January of an

October-December profit of 83.66 billion

Meryl Streep, Debbie


Photo Credit : AP Photo

yen ($768 million), up 29 percent from

the previous fiscal third quarter. Quarterly

sales ballooned to nearly 483 billion yen,

up from 174 billion yen the previous year,

on the success of its Switch, a hybrid game

machine that can be played both as a home

console as well as a handheld.

Nintendo now expects to sell 15 million

Switch consoles in this fiscal year, which

ends in March. That’s up from its initial

Harry named to New

Jersey Hall of Fame

cademy Award winner Meryl Streep,

former New York Yankees pitcher Al

Leiter (LY’-tur) and E Street Band member

Steven Van Zandt are among the 20 newest

members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

The class of 2017 also includes singers

projection to sell 10 million Switch

machines, which was raised last year to

14 million. Nintendo brought the world

the FamiCom game machine in the 1980s

and has had its up and downs as people’s

entertainment tastes changed.

In recent years, Nintendo did an about-face

to its past policy of shunning smartphone

games, and has scored success in that

sector as well. It has brought back a

revamped version of the FamiCom,

which proved so popular it will go on

sale again later this year.

Nintendo executives also expressed

hopes for its upcoming Nintendo Labo

, whose trailer shows the Switch being

played with cardboard concoctions,

resembling a piano, fishing rod, robot

and other items.

Nintendo Labo, set to go on sale April 20,

is based on the idea that the Switch, which

is a controller packed with sensors, can be

used with different attachments for many

kinds of play. Executives joked that they

initially thought cardboard would be cheap

but it turned out to be more expensive than

they thought.

Credit : Associated Press (AP)

public service are astronauts Mark and Scott

Kelly, late Republican Rep.

Millicent Fenwick and Army nurse Clara

Maass, who died as a result of volunteering

for medical experiments to study yellow

fever. Other class members are real estate


Lorde scribbled

thanks to fans

for embracing



orde has scribbled her thanks to


fans back home for embracing her

Grammy-nominated album.

Her handwritten thank-you note was

published as an ad in The New Zealand


The note has doodles honoring fellow Kiwi

musicians as well as sightings of other

attendees at the Grammy ceremony in New


She also thanks them for believing in female

musicians, “You set a beautiful precedent!”

Social media took her absence among the

night’s performances as a snub, since other

album of the year nominees performed as did

classic rockers with no current nominations.

Recording Academy President Neil Portnow

had said backstage that it was hard to have a

balanced show, but later had to walk back a

comment that women had to “step up.”

Credit : Associated Press (AP)

Chloe Grace

Moretz LGBTQ

pic gets Sundance

grand jury prize


he Chloe Grace Moretz film “The

Miseducation of Cameron Post” has

won the Sundance Film Festival’s grand jury


Photo Credit : AP Photo

Awards were announced in Park City, Utah.

Adapted from a 2012 novel by Emily M.

Danforth, “The Miseducation of Cameron

Post” is about a teenage girl who is sent to

a gay conversion center. Moretz dedicated

the award to LGBTQ survivors of sexual

conversion therapy.

The film from director Desiree Akhavan

does not yet have a distribution deal in place.

2016 presidential election, swapping his

jacket for a sweater and giving America a

pep talk.

Rogers died in 2003 at age 74.

Credit : Associated Press (AP)

Photo Credit : AP Photo

Debbie Harry and Frankie Valli and “Cake

Boss” reality TV star Buddy Valastro for the

performing arts.

Authors Harlan Coben and Anna Quindlen

represent arts and letters.The inductees for

developer Jon Hanson, magazine publisher

Steve Forbes, politician Joe Buckelew and

running champion Mary Decker. All will be

inducted during a ceremony in May.

Credit : Associated Press (AP)

Photo Credit : AP Photo

“Kailash,” about a Nobel Prize winner’s fight

to end child slavery in India, was named the

U.S. Documentary grand jury prize winner.

In the world competition, Turkey’s “Butterflies”

won the grand jury prize and “Of Fathers

and Sons” got the documentary award.

Credit : Associated Press (AP)

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How do the IPL teams stack up after the auction?

Part I- Review of Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal

Challengers Bangalore

◆◆By NDT Bureau



he auction for the Indian Premier

League (IPL), the most competitive

T20 league in the world, saw some

aggressive bidding by the eight franchisees.

A whopping Rs. 431.7 crore was spent in

total by the eight franchisees. In this two

part article, New Delhi Times takes a look

at how the teams have stacked up after the

2018 IPL auction

Mumbai Indians (MI): Defending Champions

Mumbai Indians retained three of India’s

best T20 players in Rohit Sharma, Hardik

Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah and exercised

their Right to Match cards to retain Keiran

Pollard and Krunal Pandya. MI has a strong

batting line up with stroke makers like

Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary

and Ishan Kishan. Pollard and the Pandya

brothers are quality all-rounders who can

turn a contest in a matter of minutes. Pat

Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman, Jason

Behrendroff and Pradeep Sangwan lend

depth to the bowling department. Mumbai

though lack a spinner with pedigree in their

squad and will expect Akila Dananjaya to

deliver the goods.

MI squad: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah,

Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur

Rehman, Pat Cummins, Suryakumar Yadav,

Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar,

Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting,

Pradeep Sangwan, JP Duminy, Jason

Behrendoff, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Sharad

Lumba, Siddesh Lad, Tare, Mayank Markande,

Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin

Khan, Nidheesh.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK): CSK have

clearly gone for experience in the IPL auction.

The team has successfully managed to retain

impact players like MS Dhoni, Suresh

Raina, Ravinder Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and

Faf Du Plessis who are proven performers in

IPL. CSK look strong with plenty of depth in

every department. Dhoni, du Plessis, Raina,

Bravo, Murali Vijay Shane, Watson, Kedar

Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu and Jadeja provide

a formidable batting line up. Shardul Thakur

and Deepak Chahar are good domestic fast

bowlers while Lungi Ngidi and Mark Wood,

though inexperienced in Indian conditions

CSK have quality spinners in Karn Sharma,

Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh and Mitchell


CSK squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni,

Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Faf du

Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo,

Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati

Rayadu, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur,

Jagadeesan Narayan, Mitchell Santner,

Deepak Chahar, Asif K M, Lungisani Ngidi,

Dhruv Shorey, Kanish Seth, Murali Vijay,

Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Singh

and Chaitanya Bishno

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): With

19 players, KKR have the smallest squad

among all the 8 IPL franchisees. However,

the team has a number of T20 impact players

like hard hitting all-rounder Andre Russell,

spinner Sunil Narine who is also turning out

to be a batting revelation, Kuldeep Yadav,

Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn and Piyush


KKR have also invested in three India Under

19 star cricketers – Shubham Gill, Shivam

Mani and Sudhakar Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

The addition of Australian pacers Mitchell

Johnson and Mitchell Stark provide the

spark in fast bowling department. KKR may

face a problem though on account of their

short squad if one of their key performers

gets injured or loses form.

KKR squad: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell,

Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc, Dinesh Karthik,

Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Singh Yadav,

Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh

Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson,

Shubman Gill, Ranganath Vinay Kumar,

Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon

MCG to host women’s, men’s T20

he men’s and women’s finals of the

Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in 2020

will be played at the Melbourne Cricket

Ground as Cricket Australia affords both

tournaments equal billing.

For the first time, the men’s and women’s

tournaments will be played as stand-alone

events in the same country.

The 10-team women’s event will run from

Feb. 21 to March 8 and the 16-team men’s

tournament from Oct. 18 to Nov. 15.

Both semifinals of the women’s tournament

will be played in Sydney while the men’s

semifinals will be split between the Sydney

Cricket Ground and Adelaide Oval.

Finals will then take place at the 100,000-

seat MCG, Australia’s largest stadium and

venue for the final of the 2015 men’s oneday

international World Cup, which drew

93,000 fans.

A total of 13 stadiums in eight Australian

cities — Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide,

Canberra, Geelong, Hobart, Perth and

Brisbane — will host matches during the

two events.

World Cup finals

The men’s tournament has been expanded

so that the previous Super 10 stage now

becomes a Super 12 with eight automatic

qualifiers, and the top two teams from two

four-team pools which will contest the

group stage.

The International Cricket Council is hoping

the women’s final will draw a world record

crowd for a women’s sports event after

24,000 attended the final of the women’s

50-overs World Cup at Lord’s in July last

year. The Australian record for a women’s

sports event is 41,000, which attended a

soccer match in Adelaide in 1929. The world

record is 90,185 for the women’s FIFA

World Cup final in 1999.

“Australia is a sporting nation, with diverse

and passionate fans who love cricket,”

organizing committee chief executive Nick

Hockey said.

“We’ve designed ICC World T20, comprising

stand-alone women’s and men’s events, to

be more inclusive, more accessible and more

connected than ever before so that everyone

can join in.”

The Australian women’s

team has won three of the

previous five Twenty20

World Cups and will be

attempting to win back

the world crown they

lost to the West Indies in


The West Indies are also the

current men’s champions.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): RCB

led by Indian captain Virat Kohli will be

looking to end the title brought. Apart from

Kohli, RCB retained AB De Villiers and

promising Indian batsmen Sarfaraz Khan.

RCB have plenty of choices for all positions

this season.

Brendon McCullum and Quniton De Kock

are the wicket-keeping choices while the

squad has all round depth with the inclusion

of Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, and

Chris Woakes. In the bowling department,

RCB have a quality T20 spinner in

Yuzvendra Chahal.

Umesh Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile,

Mohammad Siraj and Tim Southee provide

a talented pool of fast bowlers. RCB,

however need to end their over-reliance on

Kohli and AB De Villiers to be considered

title contenders.

RCB squad: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers,

Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Yuzvendra

Singh Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Brendon

McCullum, Washington Sundar, Navdeep

Saini, Quinton De Kock, Mohammed

Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin De

Grandhomme, M. Ashwin, Parthiv Patel,

Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra,

Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya,

Aniket Choudhary, Pavan Deshpande,

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Pliskova, Kvitova to

lead Czechs against


he Czech Republic will have its top

players available next weekend for the

Fed Cup against Switzerland.

Fifth-ranked Karolina Pliskova, who reached

the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, will

lead the host Czechs on Feb. 10-11 on an

indoor hard court at the O2 Arena. Two-time

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will

return to the team for the first time since

recovering from injuries suffered during a

knife attack at her home in December 2016.

Also, Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova

have been named in the team by captain Petr


The winner will face Germany or Belarus in

the semifinals in April.

Credit : Associated Press (AP)

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