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Onus is on Pakistan to create conducive atmosphere: India at U.N.

India has said it desires “normal” neighbourly relations with all countries, including Pakistan, and asserted that the onus is on Islamabad to create a “conducive atmosphere” and not allow its territory to be used for cross-border terrorism against India in any manner.

The remarks by Counsellor in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, R Madhu Sudan came at the UN General Assembly meeting on ‘Report of the Security Council for 2020′ on Friday.

“India desires normal neighbourly relations with all countries, including Pakistan. Our consistent position is that issues, if any, between India and Pakistan should be resolved bilaterally and peacefully, in an atmosphere free of terror, hostility and violence,” Sudan said in the General Assembly.

“The onus is on Pakistan to create such a conducive atmosphere, including by taking credible, verifiable action to not allow any territory under its control to be used for cross-border terrorism against India in any manner,” he added.

Speaking earlier, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Munir Akram raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir during his remarks.

Sudan said it is rather “unfortunate” that Pakistan continued to indulge in “theatrics not befitting” the forum.

“It is clear that the international community is not getting fooled by this delegation anymore,” he said, adding that the country sought to exploit the UNGA forum and “once again raised matters internal to my country.”

Sudan asserted that the decision taken by the Parliament of India on Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are “matters internal to India.”

India abrogated the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5, 2019 and bifurcated it into two Union territories.

India, currently serving a two-year term on the Security Council as a non-permanent member, further said that as a member of the 15-nation Council it will continue its efforts along with other elected members to pursue reforms in the working methods and for better reporting to the General Assembly.

Sudan said the General Assembly debates on the reports of the Security Council time and again have sought more in-depth analysis by the Council of its work in the annual reports.

“Unfortunately, this request has not been heeded to by the Council, whose functioning is based on anachronistic working methods centred around the principle of decision making by consensus. This principle affects mostly the elected members, who ironically hold the majority voice in the Council,” he said.

He said India believes it is important for the Security Council to pay more attention to its report to the General Assembly rather than view it as a mere formality.

“The General Assembly is indeed the most representative organ of the United Nations. The fact that there exists a separate provision in the UN Charter mandating such a report by the Security Council itself shows the importance with which this report is viewed.

“Hence, the annual report of the Security Council must inform, highlight and analyse the measures that it has decided upon or taken to maintain international peace and security during the reporting period.”

India also reiterated the need for analysis of the UN peacekeeping operations, the flagship tool for the maintenance of international peace and security.

“We need more information on how peacekeeping operations are run, the problems they face, on why certain mandates are set or changed, or on when and why they are strengthened, scaled-down or ended. As most peacekeepers are contributed by non-Council members, who put the lives of their troops at risk to serve the cause of international peace, a better partnership between the Security Council and the Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) is needed,” he said.


Indian scientists develop technique to detect corona variants through paper!

Indian scientists have so far had the greatest success in genomic sequencing science. For the first time in the world, scientists have developed a technique to detect corona variants in just one hour through paper. Whose name is Feluda (RAY).

Last year, a test kit called Feluda was developed, which is now used in many states. From January to May this year, scientists from the IGB Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in New Delhi developed Rapid Variant Detection ACE.

Generally, the genome of a sample takes a long time and value according to the sequence. This also requires a high-end lab, which is very scarce in India. Currently, 10 labs are running sequencing. 17 other labs just started. There is no sequencing facility at the district level. It is estimated that more than 37 crore samples have been tested in the country so far.

Of these, only 30,000 have been sampled. This is the case when many serious variants, including Delta, have appeared in the country since the second wave.


Another cyclone warning in Odisha amid low pressure formation in North Bay of Bengal

The India Meteorological Department has said that another low-pressure area is set to form over the Bay of Bengal today. The weather department sounded warning of heavy rainfall from a low-pressure area that is likely to form over north Bay of Bengal & neighborhood. This usually has the potential to turn into a cyclone.

The Cyclone alert comes a few days after the country witnessed two cyclones – Tauktae and Yaas
Following this, the Odisha government on Wednesday asked district collectors and municipal commissioners to set up 24×7 control rooms to deal with floods and possible landslides in hilly areas.

“The field level functionaries to be in readiness to meet any eventuality including possibility of landslides in hilly areas. District administrations of landslide prone districts are to take special precautionary measures to prevent damage and to make arrangements for evacuating people from vulnerable areas,” Odisha’s special relief commissioner PK Jena said.

Meanwhile, the IMD has said that from June 10, the southwesterly winds would also strengthen over the Arabian Sea. The system is likely to trigger heavy to very heavy rainfall in Odisha. The southwest monsoon is likely to advance into the entire state during the next 2-3 days.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at a few places over the districts of Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Angul and Sambalpur on June 10 and 11, the IMD forecast said.


Rs 134 Crore fraud at Union Bank, CBI files chargesheets

The Union Bank of India (UBI) is now in limbo. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case against a private company and its directors in the case. According to sources, the private company had defrauded UBI of Rs 134.43 crore. The CBI has filed a case against Gandhidham High Press Technology Pvt. Ltd. and its directors in Gandhidham, Gujarat.

The company and its directors have been accused of embezzling Rs 134.43 crore from UBI. In this case, the CBI team has raided various places in Mumbai. According to the FIR, the company and its officials borrowed crores of rupees from banks. The money was used for illegal purposes.

Following the filing of the FIR, the CBI team simultaneously raided the homes of the company and its owners in four different locations in Mumbai. The CBI has taken action after receiving such allegations from Union Bank. The union bank filed complaint on the company and its director. They have been accused of embezzling money from the bank and misusing it.


Dominican high court rejects Mehul Choksi’s bail plea, deems fugitive flight risk

The  Dominican High Court has refused to grant bail to Mehul Choksi due to air travel hazards. During a hearing on Mehul Choksi’s bail application in the Dominican High Court, his lawyer said that Mehul Choksi should be granted bail as a caricature citizen.

“Mehul Choksi is in poor health, so it would be dangerous to travel by plane,” he said. Mehul Choksi should be released on bail in view of his health.

Meanwhile, public prosecutor Lennox Lawrence has opposed the bail. Lenox Lawrence said Mehul Choksi was in danger of boarding the plane and he was issued a notice from Interpol. Mehul Choksi cannot be granted bail in such cases. The public prosecutor told the High Court that Mehul Choksi had not yet lodged a health complaint. So there is no problem with health or hospitalization. Choksi is being provided with all kinds of medical facilities. After hearing arguments from both sides, the court refused to grant bail to Mehul Choksi.

It is learned that Mehul Choksi, who illegally entered Dominica, has been charged. Mehul Choksi went to the High Court after the Rojo magistrate rejected his bail application. The same case was heard in the High Court, but Mehul Choksi could not be released on bail. Notably, on May 23, Mehul Choksi went missing in Antigua.


G7 summit: PM Modi to address the Summit in Digital today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the G7 summit today through digital media. The Prime Minister will attend the digital outreach session of the G7 Summit on June 12 and 13. Last month, the Ministry of External Affairs said that Modi would not go to the UK to attend the G7 summit in view of the coronavirus epidemic situation in the country.

The G7 summit will be attended by countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. The UK has invited India, Australia, South Korea and South Africa to chair the G7. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, announced at the G-7 summit in Carnival on Friday that the UK would provide the world with a 100 million dose of anti-Covid-19 vaccine by next year.

“Since the beginning of the epidemic, the United Kingdom has been working hard to protect against this deadly virus” he said. A year ago, we launched the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine to provide the world with an affordable vaccine. Prior to the summit, Johnson vowed to take major steps to defeat the epidemic. England, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, the European Union and India, South Africa, Australia and South Africa are participating countries.


A call for Global fight against the pandemic before G7 summit- Boris Johnson

Nothing could provide more compelling or tragic proof of the necessity of global cooperation than the pandemic which has swept the world and claimed over 3.7 million lives.

For the first time since the onset of this catastrophe, leaders of the G7 will meet in person on June 11 for a summit that I will chair in Cornwall in the United Kingdom (UK). I have also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the leaders of Australia, South Korea and South Africa, allowing a broader gathering of fellow democracies and free societies.

Our shared task is to overcome the pandemic, minimise the risk of any recurrence and build back better after this tragedy.

Around the table in Cornwall, in-person and virtually, will be the world’s biggest and most advanced economies, ready to deploy our capabilities and expertise against a common enemy.

The genius and perseverance of our scientists have given us safe and effective vaccines against Covid-19. Now our most pressing task is to use them to protect humanity as swiftly as possible.

The UK helped to establish Covax, the global alliance that has so far supplied 80 million doses to developing countries. Almost all have been the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, developed with British government support — using expertise from every part of the UK — precisely so that it would be cheap to administer and easy to store, capable of protecting the maximum number of people worldwide.

Britain has contributed £548 million to Covax and we will also donate the vast majority of any surplus doses from our domestic vaccination programme.

But in the heat of emergency, we must all strive even harder. So I want the G7 to adopt an exacting yet profoundly necessary target— to provide one billion doses to developing countries in order to vaccinate everyone in the world by the end of next year.

Nothing like this has ever been tried before and if you doubt whether it can be done, I would urge you to take heart from the unprecedented feats already achieved in the adversity of this pandemic. Our scientists devised vaccines against Covid-19 faster than any disease had ever been overcome before. Britain and many other countries are inoculating their populations more swiftly than anyone thought possible.

Now we must bring the same spirit of urgency and ingenuity to a global endeavour to protect humanity everywhere. It can be done, it must be done — and this G7 summit should resolve that it will be done.

But the reality is that even if we succeed, our efforts would count for little if another lethal virus were to emerge and inflict disaster all over again.

So we need to strengthen our collective ability to prevent another pandemic and provide early warning of future threats, including by creating a network of surveillance centres — a Global Pandemic Radar.

Our scientists took just 300 days to crack Covid and produce the vaccines, many manufactured in India, but we need to be able to respond even more rapidly. This G7 summit will begin a new effort to accelerate the development of vaccines, treatments and tests for any new virus from 300 to 100 days.

Even as we minimise the risk of another catastrophe, we have an obligation to ensure that something good might come from today’s ordeal. We must build back better with a global economic recovery based on greener and fairer foundations.

It remains a moral outrage — and a grave impediment to economic growth — that millions of girls around the world are denied an education, holding back the development of entire societies. Our shared goal must be to get another 40 million girls into school by 2025. I will ask the G7 and our guests to contribute more towards the Global Partnership for Education’s target of raising $5 billion for schools in the developing world.

As more children enter classrooms, we must create jobs to match their talent and safeguard the environment they will inherit. The G7 can take forward both aims by supporting a green industrial revolution and promising to halve our carbon emissions by 2030, in order to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees.

We will bring the world together to strive towards this essential goal when the UK hosts the COP26 conference in Glasgow in November. In the meantime, I want the G7 to safeguard biodiversity for future generations by pledging to protect at least 30% of our land and oceans by 2030. We’re already partnering closely with India on this crucial issue.

And we should offer developing countries the high quality and transparent investment they need to build clean and green national infrastructure, turbocharging their economies.

This is a compelling agenda for global recovery, ambitious yet achievable, provided we summon the will and the ingenuity. Britain is privileged to chair the G7 and to play our part, alongside our kindred democracies, in setting this immense effort in train. The scale of the challenge demands no less.


By Boris Johnson 

Boris Johnson is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The views expressed are personal.


Bali has become the hotspot of pornographic video shooting: Authorities investigating viral “Porn villa”

In many parts of the world, pornography has been banned and strict laws have been put in place. Indonesia is one of them. Police in Indonesia have been searching for a secret “porn villa” in Bali. Where many pornographic videos were shot during the Covid epidemic.

Indonesia has strict rules about shooting or viralizing pornographic videos. Violators are subject to severe penalties and legal action. Recently, Russia’s ‘porn star’ Veronica Trosina was criticized for shooting porn videos with her boyfriend Mikhail Morozov in a hilly area of ​​Bali. In fact, after Trosina’s video surfaced, local police found out about the pornographic hotspot. Bali is one of the major tourist destinations in the world Many tourists and film stars have come here during the 2020 epidemic.

Many of them were expelled from there for shooting pornographic videos. Violators of the country’s pornography law face severe penalties and jail terms. A Canadian tourist was deported last May on charges of disrespecting local culture.

Notably, a video of this “porn villa” went viral on Tiktok. The caption read, “Welcome to the porn villa.” Most of the pornstars in the video were dressed in shorts and all appeared to be foreigners. The viral video was dubbed the “Sex Party” by Indonesian media. Local police since then began searching for the owner and the location of the secret villa.


WHO warns against the spread of Corona’s ‘Delta’ variant in Europe

Various strains of the coronavirus epidemic are now terrorizing the world. The “Delta” variant in it has caused the most fear. While this type of virus is highly contagious, it is spreading rapidly. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning to Europe. The failure of the WHO’s Dr. Hans Klugo vaccine was a symptom of the virus variant, it said on Thursday.

After the infection subsided, many countries are now considering to remove covid bans. It may also allow cross-border travel, including permission for social activities. The WTO has warned that delta variants could be a cause for concern. The WHO’s regional director for Europe said last summer that Corona was the first to reach out to the youth. As a result, the outbreak of corona in Europe reached its peak.

The death toll in the summer and winter 2020 has also risen due to an increase in Covid-19 infections, Klug said. So we had to lock down. “Now we have to be careful not to repeat the same mistakes again,” he said. This does not mean that people cannot walk out of the house, but caution is needed in the case of passengers.


India’s squad for Sri Lanka tour announced! Sikhar Dhawan named captain

The Indian team has been announced for the tour of Sri Lanka. Sikhar Dhawan will be the captain of Team India’s tour of Sri Lanka as announced on Thursday. The All India Senior Selection Committee has announced the team. Fast bowler Bhubaneswar Kumar has been named the team’s vice-captain. The Indian cricket team will play three ODIs and three T20I matches in Sri Lanka from July 13 to 25.

Nitish Rana got his first chance in the 20-member Indian team. Apart from him, Devdatta Padikal and Rituraj Gaikwad have also been included in the team. The team selected for the tour of Sri Lanka included fast bowler Chetan Sakaria, while all-rounder Kushna Gautam was also included. Team India has four net bowlers. Ishan Porol, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore and Simranjit Singh have been selected as net bowlers.