Oct 112017

The government of Pakistan has communicated to the International Court of Justice its designation of former chief justice of Pakistan Justice (retd) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani as its ad hoc judge in the Kulbhushan Jadhav Case. Justice Jillani served as a judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan from July 31, 2004 to December 11, 2013 and subsequently as the 21st Chief Justice of Pakistan from December 11, 2013 until July 5, 2014. Ex-CJP to be Pakistan’s ad-hoc judge for Jadhav case The procedures of the International Court of Justice allow a party to nominate an ad hoc judge in circumstances where there is no judge of the court that has that party’s nationality. Currently, there is no Pakistani judge on the court; whereas India has Judge Bhandari. Ad hoc judges have the same authority on the court as any of the sitting judges. The court will now notify India that Justice Jillani has been nominated by Pakistan. The post Justice Jillani notified as ad-hoc judge in Jadhav Case appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 092017

A ministry of minority affairs’ committee in India has recommended reducing embarkation points for Hajj from 21 to nine, in a bid to cut down government spending. The five-member panel, tasked with drafting a new policy for the pilgrimage between 2018 and 2022, recommended reducing the quota of pilgrims going through the Hajj Committee of India (HCI) by fixing the ratio of HCI pilgrims and those going through private tour operators to 70:30. Court orders India to scrap hajj subsidies According to Hindustan Times, the panel also suggested that purchasing of ‘Adahi’ (animal sacrifice) coupons should be mandatory for all pilgrims. It said the policy was drafted in light of a 2012 Supreme Court order asking the centre to gradually abolish the Hajj subsidy by 2022. It was submitted to Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on October 7, who said the government would come up with a final draft after reviewing the recommendations. “The 2018 Hajj pilgrimage will be in line with the new Hajj policy. It is a better policy, looking at the facilities proposed. It will be a transparent, people-friendly policy. It will ensure safety and security of pilgrims,” said Naqvi. The draft policy, the committee members said, would allow the central government, which has already substantially reduced the subsidy, to quash it all together within a year. “We had to find ways to reduce government spending,” said Kamal Faruqui, one of the committee members also associated with All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AMPLB). The [Read More…]

Oct 072017
Yadav inspires India to big win in rain-hit T20

RANCHI, India: Spinner Kuldeep Yadav led an inspired bowling effort to help India down Australia by nine wickets in the rain-shortened first Twenty20 international here on Saturday. Chasing a revised target of 48 runs in six overs, the hosts achieved the win with three balls to spare. Opener Shikhar Dhawan, on 15, and Virat Kohli, on 22, remained unbeaten. But it was left-arm spinner Yadav who set up India’s 1-0 lead in the three-match series as he returned figures of 2-16 to restrict Australia to 118-8 in 18.4 overs when rain stopped play for about two hours. Opener Aaron Finch’s 30-ball 42 was the only bright spark for the David Warner-led side. Score Board India won toss Australia *D A Warner b Kumar         8 A J Finch b Yadav     42 G J Maxwell c Bumrah b Chahal      17 T M Head b Pandya   9 M C Henriques b Yadav        8 D T Christian run out 9 †T D Paine b Bumrah 17 N M Coulter-Nile b Bumrah   1 A J Tye not out         0 A Zampa not out      4 Extras (lb 1, w 2)     3 Total (8 wickets; 18.4 Overs)         118 Did not bat: J P Behrendorff Fall: 1-8, 2-55, 3-76, 4-87, 5-89, 6-111, 7-113, 8-114 Bowling: Kumar 3.4-0-28-1; Bumrah 3-0-17-2; Pandya 4-0-33-1; Chahal 4-0-23-1; Yadav 4-0-16-2 India R G Sharma b Coulter-Nile   11 S Dhawan not out     15 *V Kohli not out        22 Extras (lb 1)   1 Total 49/1 (1 wicket; 5.3 Overs)     49 To bat: M K Pandey, [Read More…]

Oct 072017
Australia captain Smith out of India T20s due to injury

Steve SmithMUMBAI: Australia captain Steve Smith will return home from the tour of India due to a shoulder injury, Cricket Australia announced just hours before the opener of a three-match Twenty20 series against the hosts on Saturday.Smith hurt his right shoulder diving in the field during the fifth and final one-day international against India at Nagpur on Sunday, adding injury to the insult of a 4-1 series loss for the visitors.The board said an MRI scan had ruled out any serious injury and the 28-year-old would be fit for the start of the domestic season and lead Australia against arch-rivals England at home in the Ashes series starting on Nov. 23 in Brisbane.“Following the (Nagpur) match, he (Smith) complained of shoulder soreness, which has not settled and is restricting his ability to bat and throw,” team doctor Richard Saw said. “Subsequently he has had an MRI scan which has excluded serious injury but we believe the best course of action is for him to not continue to aggravate his shoulder and allow it to recover.“He will have further investigation upon his return to Australia but we remain confident he will be available for the start of the Sheffield Shield season.“Vice-captain David Warner would lead Australia in the Twenty20 series, while all-rounder Marcus Stoinis would replace Smith in the squad,” Cricket Australia added in a statement. Click for detailed story

Oct 052017
More action less rhetoric

Today evening till last reports came in about 20 people were killed and over 22 wounded when a suicide attack took place at Fatehpur Shrine in Jhal Magsi district of Balochistan. After the attack, condemnation statements, condolences from the country’s leadership started pouring in. the resolve to defeat the terrorists was reasserted and India and Afghanistan were blamed once again. Then … Click for detailed story

Oct 042017
Award Honors Slain Indian Journalist’s Courage to ‘Write and Fight’

MUMBAI Two fearless Asian women who have risked their lives campaigning against religious extremism � one of whom was murdered last month � won a joint award on Thursday for their common courage.Gauri Lankesh, 55, a outspoken Indian newspaper editor, was shot dead outside her home by unidentified assailants in the southern city of Bengaluru, at a time of rising nationalism and intolerance of dissent in the country.“This award is a morale booster for people who want to write and fight,” Lankesh’s sister, Kavitha, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. “It honors what Gauri stood for � that you cannot silence me.”Lankesh shared the annual Reach All Women in WAR (RAW in WAR) Anna Politkovskaya Award with Gulalai Ismail, 31, a peace activist who has faced death threats for speaking out against the Taliban in northwest Pakistan.Concerns about press freedom are mounting in India, where journalists seen as critical of Hindu nationalists are often insulted on social media and women reporters have been threatened with assault.“People are wondering if they should get into journalism at all,” said Lankesh’s sister. “There is an apprehension among people who want to do ethical work.”Lankesh, the editor and publisher of a weekly Indian tabloid, was a staunch critic of right-wing, political ideology.She often wrote about religious violence and the malaise of India’s hierarchical caste system, and she criticized the rise of hard-line Hindu groups since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power in 2014.‘Common struggle and courage’Nearly 1,500 miles (2,414 kilometers) away [Read More…]

Oct 022017
Pak hockey team resumes training today

KARACHI: Pakistan senior hockey team will resume its training camp on Tuesday after three days rest.  The training will now continue till the Green-shirts depart for Dhaka on October 8 where they will participate in the Asia Cup. Rizwan Senior and left-half Rashid who are participating in league hockey in Netherlands will join the team on October 4, sources in the PHF said. Pakistan will play only one practice match before the Asia Cup, on October 9. Chief coach Olympian Farhat Khan told ‘The News’ that all teams had equal opportunity and that India had some edge due to its experience and good ranking in the world hockey. “Our toughest match in the pool will be against India, but we are taking each match seriously,” he added. The chief coach said that the lack of international matches’ experience would be covered through participation of some of the boys playing leagues in other countries. “We are training the boys in all possible manners: individual training, group training and team training,” he said. “We are doing our best efforts and training the boys according to the needs of modern hockey. The team is a blend of senior and junior players. Some of them are experienced and some are passing through their learning process,” he added. Click for detailed story

Oct 022017

Every Indian woman has faced sexual harassment at some stage, said woman lawmaker of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Poonam Mahajan as she opened up about her own trauma of being sexually harassed in the past. “I used to take a train to my classes in Versova from Worli,” said the member of the parliament from Mumbai North. “I could not afford to travel by car at the time.” According to Mahajan, she did not feel self-pity that someone was looking at her in a ‘disagreeable way’, Times of India reported. She went on to add that every single woman on the planet, especially in India, had faced such harassment. Indian policeman arrested for raping 7-year-old girl “Every Indian woman has had remarks passed about her or has been touched inappropriately,” she told the participants of a summit held in connection with sexual harassment. Mahajan, however, asserted that self-pity is not the answer to such kind of experiences. “Men can afford mediocrity in politics but women cannot,” she said, adding mediocrity does not suit women. “We need strength and we have shown that.” Citing examples of several women who assumed important national roles, Mahajan said: “It is up to us to continue that tradition; it is up to us not to harbour self-pity,” and added, “If someone harasses you, slap him and don’t think why he did that.” The post Indian lawmaker opens up about being sexually harassed in past appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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