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Trump’s immigration plans to impact 3 lakh Indian-Americans, EU ready to welcome more Indian skilled workers

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Trump’s immigration plans to impact 3 lakh Indian-Americans, EU ready to welcome more Indian skilled workers

Posted on 22 February 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Nearly 300,000 Indian-Americans are likely to be impacted by the Trump administration’s sweeping plans that put the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.

President Donald Trump has laid the groundwork for potentially deporting millions of undocumented immigrants by issuing new guidance that drastically broadens the ways in which federal immigration laws should be enforced.
“The Department no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in an enforcement memo.

“Department personnel have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws,” it said.

The Department of Homeland Security has issued two enforcement memos, which among other things, tightens deportation of illegal immigrants.

The emphasis is on criminal aliens, though, but opens up the door for others too.

Indian-Americans as per unofficial figures account for nearly 300,000 illegal aliens.

According to the memo, the DHS Secretary has the authority to apply expedited removal provisions to aliens who have not been admitted or paroled into the US, who are inadmissible, and who have not been continuously physically present in the US for the two-year period immediately prior to the determination of their inadmissibility, so that such aliens are immediately removed unless the alien is an unaccompanied minor, intends to apply for asylum or has a fear of persecution or torture in their home country, or claims to have lawful immigration status.

The memorandum said when illegal aliens apprehended do not pose a risk of a subsequent illegal entry, returning them to the foreign contiguous territory from which they arrived, pending the outcome of removal proceedings, saves the government detention and adjudication resources for other priority aliens.PTI

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CCTV captures man jumping on tracks to save 8-year-old Russian kid, video goes viral

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CCTV captures man jumping on tracks to save 8-year-old Russian kid, video goes viral

Posted on 21 February 2017 by GGS News

Moscow : This is the moment a brave commuter selflessly jumped onto live train tracks to save the life of a young boy – while others stood by watching.
The shocking incident happened in the central Russian city of Yekaterinburg and was captured on CCTV cameras.
Footage shows the moment the unidentified eight-year-old fell onto the tracks on his way back from football practice.
He can be seen wandering around the platform while playing a video game on his mobile phone. At one point he wanders too close to the side and distracted, he falls onto the tracks.
He tries to get up but falls.
The rushing commuters take a few moments to check whether a train is oncoming before one selflessly jumps down and scoops the boy up.
He picks him up and passes him up to other passengers on the platform.
Just minutes later a train pulls in the station.
Police say the boy was hospitalised with a thigh joint fracture. It is not known who the rescuer was.
The boy’s father, identified only as Sergey, said: ‘He does not understand how he fell. He was walking, wanted to call his mother, got distracted by the phone and fell.
‘Some young men saved him and ran away. The kid is in state of shock. I would like to find the man to say thanks to him.’. (DailyMail)

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Robert Mugabe turns 93, vowing to rule on in Zimbabwe

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Robert Mugabe turns 93, vowing to rule on in Zimbabwe

Posted on 21 February 2017 by GGS News

Harare Province : Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the world`s oldest national ruler, turns 93 on Tuesday, defiantly vowing to remain in power despite growing signs of frailty and failing health.
He will celebrate with his staff in a private ceremony in Harare while supporters use state media to send their annual gushing messages of goodwill and congratulations.

The main celebrations will be held Saturday at Matobo National Park outside Bulawayo, Zimbabwe`s second-largest city, and are expected to attract thousands of officials and ZANU-PF party faithful.

Large game animals are often slaughtered for the occasion. In previous years, Mugabe has reportedly been offered elephants, buffalo, and impala for the feast.

Mugabe has ruled out any prospect of retiring soon, saying that ZANU-PF officials believe there is no “acceptable” alternative.

“The call to step down must come from my party… In such circumstances I will step down,” the state-owned Sunday Mail newspaper quoted Mugabe as saying in an interview aired late Monday.

“They want me to stand for elections… If I feel that I can`t do it any more, I will say so to my party so that they relieve me. But for now, I think I can`t say so,” he said.

“The majority of the people feel that there is no replacement, a successor who to them is acceptable,” Mugabe added.

The veteran leader came to power when Zimbabwe won independence in 1980 and his rule has been criticised for ruthless repression of dissent, election rigging, and for causing the country`s economic collapse.
Several incidents in recent years have highlighted his advanced age — including a fall in February 2015 at Harare airport.

In September of the same year he read a speech to parliament apparently unaware that he had delivered exactly the same address a month earlier.

Despite growing calls to step aside, his party has endorsed him as its candidate for general elections next year, and he remains widely respected as a liberation hero by other African leaders.

On Friday, his wife, Grace, claimed that Mugabe would be the voters` choice even after he dies.

She has also vowed to use a wheelchair to transport him to election rallies if needed.

Mugabe has avoided naming a successor, and his party is divided between factions hoping to succeed him.

Grace, 51, was appointed head of the ruling party`s women`s wing in a surprise move that could make her a possible successor to Mugabe.

Another leading candidate is Mugabe`s vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Last year, security forces brutally quelled a series of street protests in Harare, a rare public expression of opposition to Mugabe`s regime.

According to Bloomberg News, Zimbabwe`s economic output has halved since 2000 when many white-owned farms were seized by ZANU-PF supporters, leaving the key agricultural sector in ruins.AFP

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Donald Trump appoints HR McMaster as new National Security Advisor

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Donald Trump appoints HR McMaster as new National Security Advisor

Posted on 21 February 2017 by GGS News

Washington : Donald Trump tapped respected Army lieutenant general H.R. McMaster as his national security advisor Monday, hoping to course correct after his first pick resigned and his second turned down the vital post.
Trump announced the counterinsurgency strategist’s appointment at his Florida holiday estate Mar-a-Lago, ending a one-week search to replace Michael Flynn, who lasted less than a month on the job.
Flynn was forced to resign on February 13, after questionable contacts with the Russian government and revelations that he lied about them to the vice president and the FBI.

Trump scrambled to replace Flynn after retired vice admiral Robert Harward turned down the post, amid a wrangling over lower-level NSC appointments and a meandering Trump press conference.

The White House said that Trump “gave full authority for McMaster to hire whatever staff he sees fit.”

The 54-year-old McMaster who is know for his criticism of the US military’s handling of Vietnam War and his own service as a commander in northern Iraq in 2005.

A 1997 book he authored is pointedly titled “Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies That Led to Vietnam.”

His experience in Iraq’s Tal Afar is likely to come in useful as US and allied forces attempt to retake nearby Mosul from the Islamic State group.

McMaster, still dressed in uniform, appeared with Trump on a sofa in the glitzy living room of Mar-a-Lago as music played overhead.

Trump described McMaster as “man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”

“He is highly respected by everyone in the military and we’re very honoured to have him.”

McMaster is another name on the long list of Trump advisors who have been plucked from the military.

Among others, Trump has named retired officers as his defense secretary and homeland security secretary.

McMaster was most recently the deputy commanding general of the Futures Center at US Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis.

Trump said McMaster would work in a “very, very special” collaboration with Keith Kellogg, a retired three-star general who had served as acting national security advisor since Flynn resigned a week ago.

The post of national security advisor is a crucial, if discreet, engine for White House power and the smooth functioning of government.

Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell are among those who previously held the post.

The national security advisor manages hundreds of staff members, arbitrates between sometimes feuding government departments, balances foreign policy and military policy and ensures the president’s national security agenda gets implemented.

Current and former staffers fear that under Trump the council is currently being bypassed as political aides like strategist Steve Bannon seize the agenda.

They point to an ill-conceived ban on travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations that further complicated counter-terrorism partnerships in the Middle East and sullied America’s image abroad, but was ultimately struck down by US courts anyway.

If policy is “being done over dinner with the president, or in Steve Bannon’s office or haphazardly via email or phone calls” said Loren DeJonge Schulman — a veteran of Barack Obama’s NSC — then “they are shooting themselves in the foot because you can’t implement foreign policy from the White House.”

“This is something that President Obama learned, this is something that every administration goes through,” she told AFP.

“Being on Fox News and announcing a policy doesn’t mean that policy is going to be executed.”
Current NSC spokesman Michael Anton said that although the full National Security Council — chaired by Trump — had not met since he became president, the deputies and principals committee had.

Peter Feaver, a veteran of George W. Bush’s national security council, said that under current circumstances the administration could struggle to handle crises that have both diplomatic and military components.

“Some kind of crisis will be more challenging for this team until they fix there process,” he said.
The more difficult potential problems “that would stress them would be (those where) you have to integration across cabinet, departments and agencies,” Feaver added.

Reuters |

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Pakistan: Triple blasts rock Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda district, several feared dead

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Pakistan: Triple blasts rock Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda district, several feared dead

Posted on 21 February 2017 by GGS News

Islamabad : Three massive explosions, back to back, were heard near a court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda district of Pakistan on Tuesday noon.As per the reports doing round, the nature of the blast still remains unknown. However, a large number of casualties are expected in the area.

As per official reports, the attackers barged into the court premises, opened fire and also hurled grenades. This prompted retaliatory fire by security forces deployed at the court.In the retaliatory firing, one bomber was killed at the gate whereas the second was killed as he entered the court. The third bomber was killed after he detonated his explosives.

Following the reports of the blast, security personnel have been deployed at the spot of the blasts. Charsadda is 40 minutes away from KP’s provincial capital Peshawar and has been a target of terror attacks for nearly a decade.

Previously on February 18, a blast was reported near the Sufi shrine of Lal Shashbaz Qalandar in Sindh’s Sehwan which claimed over 100 lives. In the last 10 days, over 100 people have killed in terror attacks in Sindh, Balochistan, KP, Fata and Punjab.NEWSX

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Pakistan’s Defence Minister admits Hafiz Saeed a serious threat to country

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Pakistan’s Defence Minister admits Hafiz Saeed a serious threat to country

Posted on 21 February 2017 by GGS News

Lahore : Pakistan has said Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, who has been listed under an anti-terrorism law, can pose a “serious threat” to the nation and was thus placed under house arrest in the country’s “larger interest”.
The acknowledgement of the danger the Mumbai attacks mastermind poses came from Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif during an international security conference in Munich, Germany.

“Saeed can pose a serious threat to the society,” Asif told the audience at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, The Nation reported.

Saeed was “arrested in the larger interest of the country”, he added, according to the report.

Saeed was placed under house arrest under the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) on January 30 in Lahore, provoking an uproar from his party and allies. Saeed’s inclusion in the list shows he is linked with militancy in some way. Saeed was earlier this month put on the Exit Control List, barring him from leaving the country.

During a panel discussion on countering extremism and terrorism, Asif said: “Terrorism is not synonymous to any religion. Terrorists aren’t Christians or Muslims or Buddhists or Hindus. They are terrorists, they are criminals.”

The action against Saeed was taken after Pakistan was hit by at least eight terror attacks this month in which more than 100 people died, the latest being a suicide bombing on a famed Sufi shrine in Sindh province that claimed 88 lives.

Saeed was also put under house arrest after the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008 in which 166 people died, but he was freed by a court in 2009. He carries a reward of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities.

In a statement critical of the American policies, Asif said Pakistan is determined to fight terrorism: “Let me assure the world community that Pakistan is a frontline state in this war and it will continue to fulfil its obligations to its own people and the international community but if the West’s policies are going to be isolationist it won’t help the fight against terrorism, only fuel it.” PTI

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Donald Trump says he will unveil overhauled immigration order next week

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Donald Trump says he will unveil overhauled immigration order next week

Posted on 17 February 2017 by GGS News

Washington/San Francisco : At a White House news conference on Thursday, Trump said the new order would seek to address concerns raised by federal appeals court judges, who temporarily blocked his original travel ban.
“The new order is going to be very much tailored to what I consider to be a very bad decision,” Trump said, adding: “We had a bad court.”

Trump gave no details about the replacement order. Legal experts said a new directive would have a better chance of withstanding courtroom scrutiny if it covered some non-Muslim countries and exempted non-citizen immigrants living in the US legally.

The original order, issued on January 27, triggered chaos at some US and overseas airports, led to international protests, complaints from U.S. businesses and drew more than a dozen legal challenges.

In a court filing on Thursday, the Justice Department asked for a pause in proceedings before the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which sided with a federal court in Washington state to suspend the travel ban, while litigation over its legality according to the US Constitution played out.

The Justice Department asked the court to vacate that ruling once the administration has rescinded its original order and issued a new one. In an order later on Thursday, the 9th Circuit put proceedings over the ban on hold but did not say whether it would eventually withdraw its previous ruling.

The ban has been deeply divisive in the United States, with a Reuters/Ipsos poll indicating about half of Americans supported it shortly after the order took effect.


Trump’s decision to issue a new directive plunges court proceedings over his earlier order into uncertainty. Litigants around the country said they will carefully examine any new policy to see if it raises similar constitutional issues and will continue to pursue legal action if necessary.

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who filed the case that produced the 9th Circuit ruling, claimed victory on Thursday.

“Today’s court filing by the federal government recognizes the obvious – the president’s current executive order violates the Constitution,” Ferguson said, in a statement. “President Trump could have sought review of this flawed order in the Supreme Court but declined to face yet another defeat.”

Trump has said travel limitations are necessary to protect the United States from attacks by Islamist militants. His original order barred people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days. Refugees were banned for 120 days, except those from Syria, who were banned indefinitely.

Trump said on Thursday that the widely criticized rollout had been “very smooth” and once again blamed the court for “a bad decision.”The Justice Department court filing on Thursday said Trump`s order would be “substantially revised” but provided no more details than the president did at his press conference. Last week an congressional aide who asked not to be identified told Reuters that Trump might rewrite the original order to explicitly exclude green card holders, who have legal permission to live and work in the United States.

Stephen Griffin, a professor of constitutional law at Tulane University, said adding non-Muslim countries could also help a new order withstand accusations that it discriminates based on religion. Given that the administration already identified the seven Muslim-majority countries as a threat, he said, it would be unlikely to remove any of those.

“I`d speculate they would add to the list, as opposed to walk it back,” he said.Reuters 

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Pakistan asks Afghanistan to handover 76 ‘most wanted’ terrorists

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Pakistan asks Afghanistan to handover 76 ‘most wanted’ terrorists

Posted on 17 February 2017 by GGS News

Islamabad : In an unusual move, Pakistan Army today handed over a list of 76 “most wanted” terrorists to Afghan embassy officials and demanded “immediate action” against them, amidst a spurt in terror attacks in the country.
Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz also telephoned Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and urged him to take action against militants involved in terrorism inside Pakistan.

Aziz called the Afghan National Security Adviser after an unnamed official from the Afghan embassy was summoned to military headquarters in Rawalpindi and handed down a list of 76 “most wanted” terrorists for “immediate action” or extradition to Pakistan.

The Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement that Aziz underlined that the government and the people of Pakistan were in a state of deep anguish and pain at the recent terrorist incidents in various parts of Pakistan resulting into loss of precious human lives.
He conveyed to the Afghan National Security Adviser that terrorist group Jamat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) was behind these barbaric acts of terrorism in Pakistan.

Director General, Inter-Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor said that the Afghan official was summoned to lodge protest against the use of Afghan soil by terrorists to carry out attacks in Pakistan, he said.

Afghanistan was asked to either take “immediate action” against the named terrorists or hand them over to Pakistan, he said.

The move comes two days after a senior Afghan diplomat was summoned to the Foreign Office in Islamabad to receive protest over the use of territory of his country for launching terrorist attacks in Pakistan, Dawn newspaper reported.

The Afghan diplomat was given a demarche containing details of the recent terrorist attacks and supporting information.

Pakistan army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa yesterday vowed to avenge “every drop of blood” spilled by terrorists in Pakistan.

“Recent terrorist acts are being executed on directions from hostile powers and from sanctuaries in Afghanistan. We shall defend and respond,” he had said.
Pakistan has been hit by a series of terrorist attacks since Afghanistan-based JuA announced its ‘Operation Ghazi’.

The current wave of terrorism sweeping the country took a turn for the worse yesterday when a suspected woman suicide attacker set off explosives at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sindh province, leaving at least 80 devotees dead and over 200 injured.

Pakistan closed its border with Afghanistan after the shrine attack due to security concerns.

On February 13, a suicide bomber had struck a protest in Lahore, killing 13 and injuring 85. The attack had happened right outside the gates of Punjab’s Provincial Assembly. The attack was claimed by JuA.

On the same day, two personnel of Balochistan’s bomb disposal squad were killed as they attempted to defuse an explosive device planted under a bridge in Quetta, the provincial capital.PTI

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Anti-India LeT, JuD and JeM have umbilical links with Karachi’s madrasas: Report

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Anti-India LeT, JuD and JeM have umbilical links with Karachi’s madrasas: Report

Posted on 17 February 2017 by GGS News

Brussels : The port city of Karachi in Pakistan has become a hub of anti-India jihadists, according to a new report by a prominent European think-tank.

The International Crisis Group said in its report titled ‘Pakistan: Stoking the Fire in Karachi’ that security forces were allowing “anti-India outfits like the Lashkar-e-Taiba/Jamaat-ud-Dawa (LeT/JuD) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) to operate madrasas and charity fronts”.

“Pakistan’s most dangerous groups actively contest Karachi’s turf and resources. The anti-Shia Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and anti-India LeT/JuD and JeM have umbilical links with the city’s large, well-resourced madrasas,” the report said.

“Any time Pakistan-India or Kashmir tensions flare, these groups mobilise in the heart of the city. You can’t treat (LeT and JeM) as your friends in one part of the country and your enemies elsewhere,” it quoted a recently retired senior provincial official as saying.

The Brussels-based think tank, an independent group working towards preventing global conflict, warned that decades of neglect and mismanagement have turned Karachi, Pakistan’s largest and wealthiest city, into a “pressure cooker” and called on the Nawaz Sharif led government to restore the Sindh police’s authority and operational autonomy while also holding it accountable.

It traced the primary divide back to the Partition in 1947 and the influx into Karachi of millions of Mohajirs, or Urdu-speaking migrants from India and their descendants, which reduced Sindhis to a minority.

“Criminal gangs, to varying degrees in collusion with political parties and state authorities, have flourished, including MQM-linked extortion groups and a Baloch-dominated outfit that had PPP (Pakistan People’s Party) patronage.”

Jihadist groups have benefited from a combination of lax law enforcement and state support,” the report says.

According to the analysis, the heavy-handed, highly politicised operation by Rangers, who fall under Pakistan’s interior ministry but operate under military command, has “targeted but not dented” the support base of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the megacity’s largest party.

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s federal government should realise that retaining the force in Karachi at the cost of Sindh’s regular law-enforcement apparatus would fail to stabilise Pakistan’s economic hub and could further undermine civilian authority in the midst of a fragile democratic transition,” the report concluded.

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Ahead of proposed ‘strategic dialogue’, China asks India to give ‘solid evidence’ to back Masood Azhar ban at UN

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Ahead of proposed ‘strategic dialogue’, China asks India to give ‘solid evidence’ to back Masood Azhar ban at UN

Posted on 17 February 2017 by GGS News

Beijing : Ahead of its strategic dialogue with India, China On Friday said “solid evidence” was needed for it to back efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and China’s Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui will hold a new round of strategic dialogue in Beijing on February 22, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang told a media briefing here.

The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on the international situation and other regional and global issues of mutual interest in the strategic dialogue which is an important communication mechanism between India and China, he said.

Commenting on reports of “friction points” in the bilateral relationship, including the Masood Azhar issue and India’s admission into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Geng said “differences are only natural”.

“Through all kinds of conversation and exchanges, including (the) upcoming Strategic Dialogue, (the) two sides can step up communication to narrow differences and reach new consensus on achieving cooperation,” he said.

On the Azhar issue, over which China has put a technical hold on the recent US move to list the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief as a terrorist in the 1267 committee of the UN Security Council, Geng said China will support the move if there is solid evidence.

“China upholds principles of objectivity, impartiality and professionalism and takes part in relevant discussions. Whether last year’s application by India or this year’s by (the) relevant country, our position is consistent,” Geng said.”Our criteria is only one, we need solid evidence. If there is solid evidence the application can be approved. If there is no solid evidence there is hardly consensus,” he said.

Stating that China has reiterated its stand several times, Geng said, “On (the) 1267 committee, the latest development is relevant countries have made another application with the committee.

Relevant members of (the) committee are in consultation and relevant parties have failed to reach consensus so far.” IANS

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