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The Canadian Parvasi - Issue 39


The International News Weekly World March 30, 2018 | Toronto 06 Kim secretly meets Xi in Beijing, Indo-Asian News Service pledges denuclearisation Beijing: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un secretly met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing and pledged to denuclearise the Korean peninsula, surprising the world. The surreptitious meet between the leaders came before Kim's talks with South Korean President Moon Jaein and US President Donald Trump in April and May, respectively.A special train used by his father and grandfather in the past ferried Kim to Beijing on Sunday, but that was not confirmed by North or China until Wednesday morning when Xinhua put out a story about the reclusive leader having met Xi. The news outlet described Kim's visit from Sunday to Wednesday as "unofficial" and said the North Korean leader and Xi discussed the Korean Peninsula nuclear crisis. Kim told Xi that the situation on the Korean Peninsula was "improving" as Pyongyang took the initiative to ease tensions and decided to talk to Seoul and Washington. The development contradicted a view that China, North's sole ally, had found itself sitting on the fence when Kim agreed to directly talk to Moon and Trump. This may give Kim more leverage when holding talks with Trump. China is North's sole ally and their ties date back to the Korean War in which Mao Zedong's elder son died fighting against the South. It is also believed that the North pays heed to what Beijing says. However, an isolated North has frustrated China in the past one year by firing off ballistic missiles and carrying out nuclear tests. Experts say China sees the North as a buffer state between it and the US ally South Korea. Kim said that North Korea "was determined to transform the inter-Korean ties into a relationship of reconciliation, cooperation and hold summit between the heads of the two sides". Pyongyang was willing to have a dialogue with the US and hold a summit of the two countries, he said. "The issue of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved, if South Korea and the US respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realisation of peace," said Kim. Xi said positive changes had taken place on the Korean Peninsula since this year and China appreciated the important efforts made by North Korea. Xi said China sticks to the goal of denuclearisation of the peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula and solving problems through dialogue and consultation. He also said that China will continue to play a constructive role on the issue and work with all parties, including North Korea, towards a thaw in the situation in the peninsula. Meanwhile, Washington said China briefed the Trump administration on the visit. "We see this development as further evidence that our campaign of maximum pressure is creating the appropriate atmosphere for dialogue with North Korea," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. Japan, on the other hand, asked China for explanations on the visit. "We want to receive a complete explanation from China," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. British Airways apologizes to female Sikh TV anchor London: British Airways apologized this month to Harsharan Kaur, who was last year travelling on a 10-hour flight from Vancouver to London, when she had an unpleasant experience of not being served during the meal and refreshments service. Harsharan Kaur is the first female turbaned Sikh television anchor in India. The apology was made following a direction from a mediation body, CEDR. The mediation body found that she did not receive the regular service that she was eligible for, while on board a long-haul BA flight in September last year. While she was travelling in September last year, repeated polite requests were made by her to receive the basic that other passengers would get too. Although she was eventually given a meal for which she was not given a choice, it was only after repeated requests and after everyone else had long been served. “I had brought my own food on board. But they did not know this and should have offered me a meal when others were being served. I had not carried any water on board. Through the night as I waited for some water, I was dehydrated and very uncomfortable,” Harsharan Kaur had said on her live Facebook video, on landing at Heathrow airport, where she lodged a complaint against BA. After failing to receive an apology from BA for her treatment, Harsharan Kaur contacted the United Sikhs organization to take on the case, which subsequently went to CEDR for mediation, because she ‘did not want anyone else to go through the same humiliating and uncomfortable experience.’ CEDR, a London-based mediation and alternative dispute resolution body, found that Harsharan Kaur had not received a service that she could have reasonably expected and directed BA to apologize personally to her, because they had failed to do so on receiving the complaint from her. In their written apology to Harsharan Kaur, BA said this month: “We are very sorry to hear about your experience when travelling with us from Vancouver on 27 September 2017…It’s extremely disappointing to hear you didn’t receive the service you’d expect when travelling with us”. 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The International News Weekly World March 30, 2018 | Toronto 07 Malala breaks down in tears on return to homeland The Canadian Parvasi Islamabad: In an emotional visit to her country, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the heat by Taliban forces some years ago, came to Pakistan to dedicate a school for girls, which was through a charity started in her name. Returning after six years, the Nobel Prize Winner met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the capital, Islamabad. She then delivered a speech on national TV, advocating greater education for girls. “I don’t normally cry … I’m still 20 years old but I’ve seen so many things in life,” added Yousafzai, Trump replaces Veteran Affairs secy with presidential physician Indo-Asian News Service Washington: Donald Trump has announced that he will replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Ronny Jackson, who currently serves as physician to the US President, the media reported. On Wednesday, Trump thanked Shulkin via Twitter for his "service to our country and to our great veterans" and said Robert Wilkie, the under secretary of defence for personnel and readiness, will serve as acting secretary until Jackson was confirmed, reports CNN. A White House official said the embattled clad in a traditional shalwar khameez outfit with her head covered with a red and blue duppata scarf.Yousafzai spoke of the importance of education and about the efforts of her charitable foundation to help girls, often switching between English and the Pashto and Urdu languages.“Welcome home,” Prime Minister Abbasi told Yousafzai. “When she went away, she was a child of 12. She has returned as the most prominent citizen of Pakistan ” It was Yousafzai’s first visit to her homeland since she was airlifted for medical treatment in Britain in 2012. But she is unlikely to travel to her home region of Swat, in mountains northwest of Islamabad, due to security threats against her, a relative and Shulkin was no longer effective in his role, saying his "distractions were getting in the way of carrying out the President's agenda". Shulkin won unanimous confirmation from the Senate last year and had enjoyed bipartisan support and the backing of the President, who touted his legislative victories at the Veterans Affairs department. But the situation grew tenuous in recent months with Shulkin telling reporters that Trump administration's political appointees have been working to oust him over policy differences. Jackson, who is an active duty Navy physician, was nominated last week for a military promotion by the President. Meanwhile, Jackson security sources told Reuters. “It’s been long-held desire of Malala Yousafzai and her parents to visit Swat and see her relatives and friends. But she was was appointed as physician to the president by Trump's predecessor Barack Obama in 2013, after having served on not given permission due to security concerns,” said one relative, who declined to be identified. Earlier, Pakistan’s Geo TV showed footage the White House medical team since 2006. He continued in that role after Trump came into office and the two quickly developed a bond, CNN reported. "He's like central casting -- like a Hollywood star," Trump told donors during a fundraiser in Florida last month. Jackson took on an unusually public role earlier this year when he took to the White House briefing room to field questions of Yousafzai after she arrived at Islamabad airport, walking to a car escorted by security officials. In October 2012, masked gunmen stopped a bus taking Malala and some friends home from school and shot her. Two of her friends were also wounded. At the age of 17, in 2014, Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her education advocacy. She also become a global symbol of the resilience of women in the face of repression. Malala has made a Honourary Citizens of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau couple of years ago. about Trump's health, just days after questions about the President's mental fitness for office were raised. Shulkin's firing comes after a string of other White House terminations earlier this month. Trump fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew Mc- Cabe on March 16, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster was removed from his post on March 15 and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sacked on March 13. classified • I, Kamal Sidhu S/o Sh Gurdas Ram Sidhu, R/o 7494 Netherwood Rd, Mississauga, L4T 2N6, ON have changed the name of my minor daughter Maanvi to Maanvi Sidhu. Concerned Note. 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