ജമ്മു: ജമ്മു കാഷ്മീരിലെ ബന്ദിപ്പോറയില് ഭീകരര് സൈനികര്ക്ക് നേരെ നടത്തിയ ആക്രമണത്തില് രണ്ട് സൈനികര്ക്ക് പരിക്ക്. ഷാകുന്ദ് ഹജിൻ ഗ്രാമത്തിൽ ബുധനാഴ്ചയായിരുന്നു വെടിവെയ്പ്പ്. മേഖലയിൽ ഭീകരർക്കായി സുരക്ഷാസേന തെരച്ചിൽ നടത്തുകയാണ്.
As her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination racked up another victory, front-runner Hillary Clinton on Sunday dismissed the notion of a contested party convention and said she was not preparing for such a scenario.Bernie Sanders won the Wyoming caucuses on Saturday, beating Clinton in seven out of the last eight Democratic nominating contests as the two gear up for a crucial matchup in New York.The U.S. senator from Vermont is trying to chip away at Clinton’s big lead in the number of delegates needed to secure the party’s nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election.He said on Sunday he believed he could close the gap, and left the door open for a so-called floor flight at the Democratic National Convention in July if neither has won an outright majority of delegates.
In that case, a system of multiple ballots takes place governed by complex rules, with candidates hoping to convince delegates to vote for them.Asked on CNN if she were preparing for such a scenario, Clinton said, “No, I intend to have the number of delegates that are required to be nominated.”
Clinton said she was leading Sanders by 2.5 million popular votes and in pledged delegates. “I feel good about the upcoming contests, and I expect to be the nominee,” she said.The Wyoming results did not change the delegate math for the Democratic contenders. Each won seven, since delegates are awarded proportionally based on caucus-goers support.Going into Wyoming, Clinton had more than half of the 2,383 delegates needed to win the nomination. Sanders trailed her by 250 pledged delegates, those awarded based on the results of the state nominating contests.But Sanders said future contests in the West and East Coast looked favorable to him, including New York, Pennsylvania, California and Oregon.
“We believe that we have the momentum. We believe that the polling is showing that we’re closing the gap,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week.”While the majority of the 4,763 delegates are pledged, 15 percent are held by so-called superdelegates, who get to vote however they like and could hold the key to a tight contest.
Sanders sidestepped questions on Sunday on whether he was prepared to take the nomination to a floor fight if Clinton did not win the magic number of pledged delegates, but he left the possibility open.“If neither candidate ends up, you know, having the kind of votes they need, yes, I think there will be some discussion,” Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”Sanders predicted he could draw away “a lot of our superdelegates” if he keeps doing better than Clinton in opinion polls on who could defeat Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
Iraqi Commander Declares Defeat Of Islamic State In Falluja
Iraqi forces recaptured the last district held by Islamic State militants in the city of Falluja on Sunday and the general commanding the operation declared the battle over after nearly five weeks of fighting.Iraqi forces reached the center of Falluja last week but militants remained holed up in some parts of the city west of Baghdad, including in its Golan district, which Iraqi forces retook on Sunday.The assault is part of a wider offensive by Iraqi forces against Islamic State militants who seized swathes of territory in 2014 but are now being driven back by an array of forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition.
The success of the Falluja operation launched on May 23 gives fresh momentum to Iraqi forces in the campaign to retake Mosul, the largest city anywhere in the militants’ self-proclaimed caliphate spanning Iraq and Syria.“As we promised you, today this flag is flying high in Falluja and, God willing, it will soon fly in Mosul,” said Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, standing in front of Falluja’s main hospital waving the Iraqi flag.
The swift entry of Iraqi forces into central Falluja last week surprised many who expected a drawn-out battle with Islamic State for the bastion of Sunni insurgency, where some of the toughest fighting of the U.S. occupation took place after 2003.Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saidi, who was in charge of the operation, told state TV on Sunday that at least 1,800 Islamic State fighters had been killed in the operation to retake Falluja and the rest had fled. Some militants were still holding out in buildings, he said.Iraqi forces are now dismantling bombs and booby-trapped houses, whilst pursuing militants who slipped out of the city from the northwest, Sabah al-Numani, a spokesman for the counter-terrorism forces that spearheaded the offensive, told Reuters.
The insurgents had put up limited resistance in Falluja and folded after some of their commanders abandoned the fight.Defence Minister Khalid al-Obeidi said on Twitter around 90 percent of Falluja remained “safe and habitable”, comparing that favorably with the cities of Ramadi and Sinjar, which were recaptured from Islamic State but badly damaged in the process.Fighting to recapture the Iraqi city has forced more than 85,000 residents to flee to overwhelmed government-run camps. The United Nations says it has received allegations of abuse of civilians fleeing the city, including by members of Shi’ite armed groups supporting the offensive.The militants seized Falluja in January 2014, six months before they declared a “caliphate” over parts of Syria and Iraq.
The mayor of Falluja told Reuters that displaced families could return to the city within two months if the government and intentional aid agencies provided assistance.“The city doesn’t just require a rebuilding of its infrastructure but also serious rehabilitation of its society,” said Esa al-Esawi.“Daesh (Islamic State) worked to brainwash people and we need serious programmes by the international community to help people get rid of Daesh’s deviant ideologies and restore their normal life.”
Italy’s 5-Star Thrives Without Grillo
The unruly comedian who founded Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement is no longer whipping crowds into a frenzy at political rallies, but 5-Star, against all predictions, has proved it can outlive its creator.
Beppe Grillo’s fiery rhetoric, which almost got the movement into power in a 2013 national election, frightened off many moderate voters and his retreat to the theatrical stage the following year marked 5-Star’s coming of age, not its demise.It paved the way for a more serious makeover that has appealed to the center of Italian politics, positioning the party a close second to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party and favorite to win the mayor’s job in Rome on Sunday.
Scepticism was widespread when Grillo, now 67, announced he was stepping back in a blog portraying himself as Forrest Gump, the slow-witted, athletic character played by Tom Hanks in the eponymous 1994 movie.Grillo and the movement he founded in 2009 were seen as virtually the same thing. His supporters, elected to parliament with no political experience, were known simply as “Grillini,” meaning “little Grillos”.
“I’m pretty tired, as Forrest Gump would say,” he wrote in November 2014 beneath a mock-up of himself as Gump telling an enthusiastic group of followers he will stop running to and fro across the United States.Most commentators assumed it was another of his jokes, but Barbara Lezzi, an influential 5-Star senator, said the blog post did not take its parliamentarians by surprise.“Beppe had come to see us several times in the Senate and let us know what he had in mind,” she said. “He always wanted the movement to be able to stand on its own feet.”
Grillo set up a more formal leadership structure, with a five-member committee, or “directorate,” approved by an online poll, taking over day-to-day running of the movement.“5-Star is evolving from a ‘movement’, made up of followers of a charismatic leader into a ‘party’ with an organization and an internal structure,” said Raffaele De Mucci, a political science professor at Rome’s LUISS university.
“Rome will be a fundamental test if its mayor is elected, because it offers the chance to disprove the theory that it is too inexperienced to govern.”Its candidate Virginia Raggi, a softly-spoken, 37-year-old lawyer, is about as far from Grillo, personality-wise, as is possible and while she adheres to his anti-establishment message, her campaign is focused on everyday city issues such as transport and rubbish collection.
Many of the party’s ideas appeal to left and right-wing voters alike, something that sets 5-Star apart from other European anti-system parties such as the leftist Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain, or the far-right National Front in France.But its progress has been anything but smooth since its 2013 breakthrough. It has had setbacks at European and local elections and been so beset by internal divisions that 37 of its original 163 parliamentarians have left to join other parties.
It is widely criticized for an alleged lack of internal democracy and, in the handful of towns and cities it controls, several of its inexperienced mayors have run into trouble.So why has its appeal continued to grow?Weak economic and jobs growth, and a stream of corruption scandals affecting the established parties have certainly helped. Its trademark call for “honesty” in public life continues to resonate, and remains its chief asset.
But analysts say it has outgrown its image as purely a party of protest and its proposals are now also being taken seriously.These include universal income support for the poor, tougher penalties on white collar crime and tax evasion, building more prisons, closing down or privatising many publicly owned companies and cutting taxes for small businesses.
It wants to cut state generous pensions that are not fully funded by contributions and says the Bank of Italy should be owned by the state instead of the private banks it supervises.Most controversially, it proposes a referendum on whether Italy should remain in the euro zone, though it has sharply cut its anti-euro rhetoric since Grillo’s role declined and now seldom addresses the issue. “We have other priorities at the moment,” said senator Lezzi.
The party’s support comes mainly from the young and well-educated, data shows, while it has little following among pensioners. It gets a generally hostile press in Italian media.“They dismiss us as populist as a way to avoid discussing our proposals,” said Luigi Di Maio, the 29-year-old deputy speaker of the Chamber of Deputies who is tipped to be 5-Star’s candidate for prime minister at the next election, due in 2018.
“We are not populist. Our policies, from welfare to spending cuts and justice reform, are detailed and fully funded.”Grillo maintains a behind-the-scenes role as “guarantor” of the party’s internal rules. Its new, less aggressive leaders like Di Maio, offer voters a more reassuring public face.
Francesco Galietti, of Rome-based consultancy Policy Sonar, said 5-Star will have trouble maintaining its anti-establishment image if it assumes more positions of power.“Italy’s establishment has a long history of making peace with odd political bedfellows and if it tires of Renzi it may well seek to favor the normalization of the 5-Star Movement,” he said.
Penn State’s Paterno Knew Of Sandusky Abuse In 1976
Late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was told by a 14-year-old boy in 1976 that he had been sexually assaulted by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky but ignored the complaint, according to court documents unsealed on Tuesday in a Philadelphia court.The alleged attack occurred long before a 1998 incident that investigators had set as the earliest date that Paterno and university officials knew, or should have known, about reports to authorities of sexual abuse by Sandusky.
The victim, who was identified in court records as John Doe 150, gave graphic testimony in 2014 about an abusive touching incident he said he suffered at the hands of Sandusky when he was in a shower while attending a football camp at Penn State.His redacted statement released in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas was among excerpts of depositions by accusers who said they reported abuse to Paterno or his assistants in the 1970s and 1980s.When staff members were told about the molestation they did nothing, the man said. He said he then spoke to Paterno, with several people nearby.“‘I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about,\\\'” the man recalled Paterno as saying before walking away.
“I was insulted,” said the man, who is among more than 30 Sandusky accusers paid almost $93 million by Penn State.The deposition was among records unsealed in an legal fight between Penn State and its insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Insurance Co, over who should bear the costs of the claims linked to Sandusky.Sandusky, 72, is in prison after a jury convicted him in 2012 of molesting 10 boys in incidents dating back to the 1990s.Paterno, the most successful coach in major college football history, died in 2012 at 85. He denied any knowledge of sexual abuse by Sandusky.Through its lawyer, Wick Sollers, the Paterno family rejected allegations in the materials that had been ordered unsealed by Judge Gary Glazer.“The overwhelming evidence confirms that Joe Paterno never engaged in a coverup of Jerry Sandusky’s crimes,” Sollers said in a statement.Penn State President Eric Barron said in a statement that the school would not comment on the materials. Penn State’s overriding concern has been for Sandusky’s victims, he said.
Afghan passport least powerful in world
Kabul: The Afghan passport has been identified as the least powerful in the world for the restrictions the countrymen face in terms of visa-free travel, an index by a London-based consulting firm showed on Friday.
The index found Germans held the most powerful passports in the world for third year in row in 2016, Tolo news reported on Friday.
A number of the European nations and the US, Japan and Canada closely follow Germany as the top nations holding the most powerful passports in the world.
The countries listed below Afghanistan were South Sudan and Palestinian territories, according to the index -- South Sudan being the youngest sovereign state in the world and Palestinian territories less diplomatically recognised by countries in the West.
The index update by Henley & Partners attempts to quantify the power of passports based on the judgements in the world by the amount of visa-free travel they entitle their owner to.
The update comes as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) imposed restrictions on Afghan nationals\\\' visit who were heading towards Dubai for business and tourism.
The issue with the UAE emerged with the issuance of the new electronic Afghan passports amid concerns that the citizens of the other countries misused the Afghan passports.
However, the issue was later resolved as an agreement was reached between the two countries to improve the information quality of the newly issued e-passports.
Meanwhile, the demand by Afghans for passports has increased last year with the deteriorating security situation across the country, forcing many Afghans to travel abroad, specifically to the Western countries by risking their lives and travelling through dangerous routes.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള് താഴെ എഴുതാവുന്നതാണ്.
ദയവായി അവഹേളനപരവും വ്യക്തിപരമായ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങളും ഒഴിവാക്കുക.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായ പ്രകടനങ്ങള്ക്കോ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങള്ക്കോ അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങള്ക്കോ 24ന്യൂസ്ലൈവ്.കോം , അമ്മത്തൊട്ടിൽ.കോം ഉത്തരവാദിയായിരിക്കില്ല.