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Anwar disapproves of Sidhu’s Muslim pitch

first_imgSenior Congress leader Tariq Anwar on Wednesday disapproved of Navjot Singh Sidhus appeal to Muslims to defeat BJP and said he would have stopped the Punjab Minister from doing so had he been present at the rally held in his Lok Sabha constituency of Katihar. “I have always held the view that votes must never be sought in the name of religion and caste. This has also been the policy of the Congress party. I do not approve of what Sidhu has uttered. I would request the party leadership to take note for suitable action,” Mr. Anwar said in a statement.Mr. Sidhu, against whom an FIR has been lodged at Katihar in Bihar for violating the model code of conduct, made the controversial statement at a rally in Barsoi police station area of the district on Monday. The matter came to light when a video footage of his utterances were beamed on TV news channels on Tuesday wherein he could be heard asking Muslims, who have a sizeable presence in Katihar, to be wary of Asaduddin Owaisis AIMIM alleging that it was being propped up by the BJP. He also urged the Muslim voters to unite in favor of the Congress candidate Tariq Anwar and drawing an analogy from cricket, remarked Modi will go for a six if you do so. “I was not present at the Barsoi rally. Had I been there, I would have immediately stood up and expressed my disapproval of the way he was canvassing for me,” Mr. Anwar clarified in his statement. The episode in Bihar came close on the heels of the Election Commission taking punitive action Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati for violating the poll code of conduct.last_img read more

Asian Games: Rowers scoop two silver as India pick up three medals

first_imgThe rowers provided an unexpected boost to India’s medal hunt in the 16th Asian Games with two silver medals but poor form continued to haunt the fancied shooters with Gagang Narang flopping yet again on the sixth day of competitions in Guangzhou on Thursday. MEDAL TALLYApart from the silver-winning feat of the rowers, shooter Vijay Kumar bagged a bronze medal and Paramjeet Samota assured himself of at least a bronze after punching his way into the semifinals of super heavyweight on yet another mediocre day for India’s large contingent.With the addition of two silvers and a bronze, India took their medals tally to one gold, seven silver and eight bronze but the failure to win the coveted gold has resulted in a continuous slide in the position on the table in the last few days.Tennis star Sania Mirza had a trouble-free day as she sailed into the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s singles with a straight-set demolition of Hong Kong’s Chan Wing Yau Venise while the racqueters got off to a good start with both men’s and women’s team progressing to the quarterfinals of the squash singles event.On the gloomier side, the Indian challenge in table tennis ended with Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj bowing out in the pre quarterfinals of the men’s singles event. It was a similar story in men’s singles badminton with Arvind Bhatt crashing out out in the pre-quarterfinals.It was the men’s rowing four team of Anil Kumar, Saji Thomas, Ranjit Singh and Jenil Krishnan which began the silver collection as they completed the distance of 2000m in 6:16.79, behind China (6:06.40). Uzbekistan won bronze with a timing of 6:22.70.advertisementIn the men’s lightweight four event final, the Indian quartet of Lokesh Kumar, Manjeet Singh, Rajesh Kumar Yadav and Satish Joshi finished second with a timing of 6:13.32, behind Japan who clocked 6:10.14. Hong Kong won the bronze, clocking 6:14.84.After three barren days at the Aoti shooting range, Vijay Kumar notched up his second and India’s fifth medal in shooting by bagging a bronze in men’s 25m center fire pistol but Commonwealth Games hero Narang missed out on a bronze by a whisker in 50m rifle 3 positions.Vijay shot 583 (290+293) to finish third behind South Korea’s Park Byung Taek who scored 586 (290+296) and Liu Yadong of China who fired 585 (290+295).last_img read more

No barrier to probe atrocities against Rohingyas ICC team

first_imgRohingya refugee carries an elderly man at the Palongkhali refugee camp near Cox`s Bazar. Reuters file photoThe Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC) does not see any barrier in carrying out “preliminary examination” and subsequent investigation into alleged atrocities committed against Rohingyas by the Myanmar military though Myanmar is not a State Party to the Rome Statute, reports UNB.”The ICC process is not about Myanmar, it’s not about Myanmar as a state. It’s about individual’s criminal responsibility,” ICC’s director of Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division Phakiso Mochochoko told reporters at a city hotel on Monday evening.The delegation from the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is set to leave Dhaka on Tuesday.Explaining further about individual criminal responsibility, he said it is all about the people who are responsible, who have given instructions, who have commanded and the people who did all other things and facilitated to commit these alleged crimes.Mochochoko said it will not in any way be a hindrance despite the fact that Myanmar is not a State Party and will not cooperate with the Office of the Prosecutor into this.Expecting cooperation from everyone, he said Myanmar’s noncooperation might present a little bit of challenge for them in terms of investigation but there is no barrier to go ahead without cooperation from Myanmar.Mochochoko said this is not the first time they engaged in this kind of process but they had got many other situations where they had been engaged. “Almost all of them have come to fruition – in one way or another.”He said the independent and impartial preliminary examination of the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar is going on and will follow its course.”A preliminary examination is not an investigation, but an assessment of the Rome Statute criteria to decide whether an investigation into the situation at hand is warranted,” he said.Therefore, during their Bangladesh mission that ended on Monday, he said the delegation did not collect any evidence or perform any other investigative activities as it is the standard practice of the Office.Meanwhile, they had interactions with relevant ministers and meetings with representatives of international organisations, and visited Rohingya camps.Earlier, the ICC wanted to know Bangladesh’s opinion on whether The Hague-based court has the jurisdiction to run a case on atrocities against Rohingyas.The pretrial chamber of the ICC sent a letter to Bangladesh in this regard on 7 May 2018 seeking opinion on three specific matters by June 11, either publicly or confidentially.Bangladesh responded to the request of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Rohingya issue, as the country is seeking a “sustainable solution” to the crisis.last_img