US asks Pakistan to ‘freeze without delay’ the funds of designated terror groups, supports actions against JeM

US asks Pakistan to ‘freeze without delay’ the funds of designated terror groups, supports actions against JeM

The US Friday asked Pakistan to “freeze without delay” the funds and other financial assets of the UNSC-designated terrorist networks and their leaders. It also said it fully supports “actions to prevent” the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed “from conducting future attacks”. Pakistan-based JeM has claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday that left at least 40 CRPF soldiers dead and five others critically wounded. A State Department spokesperson told PTI, “Pakistan outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed in 2002. However, the group still operates in Pakistan. The US designated…

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Amid Global Outrage on Pulwama, China Again Rebuffs India on Action Against JeM Chief Masood Azhar

New Delhi: Hours after the terrorist attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the governments of several countries came out in outright condemnation of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the terror group which has claimed responsibility for the strike that left 40 CRPF personnel dead. But, it took the China government over a day to join in the condemnation, even as the world waited for their response. The Chinese foreign spokesperson Geng Shuang, finally, on Friday said that it “condemned all forms of terrorism” and that “it hoped relevant regional countries will cooperate to cope with…

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Donald Trump to Declare ‘Emergency’ to Fund Mexico Border Wall

Washington: US President Donald Trump will sign a spending bill averting a government shutdown but will also issue an emergency declaration to fund his controversial border wall, the White House and lawmakers said Thursday. Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell told colleagues that he spoke by phone with Trump, who “indicated he’s prepared to sign the bill. He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time.” The White House confirmed the plan minutes later. “He will also take other executive action — including a national emergency —…

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Ex-Coca-Cola Engineer Charged with Stealing Trade Secrets for Chinese Company

Washington: A former senior engineer at Coca-Cola was indicted Thursday in Tennessee for stealing trade secrets worth an estimated $120 million to give to a Chinese company, the Justice Department announced. US national You Xiaorong allegedly stole technology for valuable BPA-free packaging jointly owned by several companies, including a former “Atlanta-based” employer that was unnamed in the indictment. A spokeswoman for Coca-Cola, whose headquarters is in Atlanta, declined to comment on the case but confirmed that You previously worked for the company. “Because this is a pending legal matter, it…

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NASA bids farewell to history-making Mars rover ‘Opportunity’.

During 14 years of intrepid exploration across Mars, it advanced human knowledge by confirming that water once flowed on the red planet — but NASA’s Opportunity rover has analyzed its last soil sample. The robot has been missing since the US space agency lost contact during a dust storm in June last year and was declared officially dead Wednesday, ending one of the most fruitful missions in the history of space exploration. Unable to recharge its batteries, Opportunity left hundreds of messages from Earth unanswered over the months, and NASA…

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Climate change could leave thousands of lakes ice-free

Global warming is melting glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica, but for millions of people, ice is vanishing closer to home as lakes lose their winter cover. In a study published last month in the journal Nature Climate Change, scientists for the first time quantified the effects of rising temperatures on ice cover across 1.4 million lakes in the Northern Hemisphere. They found that, from Wisconsin to Japan, thousands of lakes that used to freeze reliably every winter already see some years without ice, and that “an extensive loss of lake…

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11 Astonishing Facts About Jagannath Temple In Puri

It took three generations worth of time and effort to brick up the humongous walls of the famous Puri’s Jagannath Temple located in Odisha. The temple is of utmost importance to the Hindu devotees as it is one of the Char-Dham Pilgrimages. It also serves as a mighty historical structure built about millennia ago, in the year 1078. Millions of people visit Odisha to gain Lord Jagannath blessings. The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra which is witnessed by millions as the three colossal chariots carry the deities.…

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When parents sue their children for support

For years, Mr Taher ran a small clothing shop in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He retired with little money and became reliant on his son and daughter for financial support. “My wife and I had to go through a lot of hardship to raise our son,” Mr Taher says. “But after he got married, he changed and stopped caring about his parents.” Despite help from his daughter, Mr Taher struggled. The 75-year-old says he had no choice but to pursue legal action against his son, Mohammad Shahjahan, for maintenance. “It was a…

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Japanese couple robbed of 400-year-old Bonsai tree.

Two Bonsai enthusiasts have launched an emotional plea to thieves who stole seven trees from them, offering care instructions for their “children”. Seiji Iimura and his wife Fuyumi said the prized miniature trees were taken from their garden in Saitama, near Tokyo. “There are no words to describe how we feel,” Mr Iimura wrote. “They were precious [to us].” The tiny trees are worth at least 13m yen ($118,000, £91,750), Stemming from East Asia and often associated with Japan, Bonsai is a delicate art-form based on specialist cultivation techniques. The…

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Trump supporter attacks BBC cameraman

(courtesy – BBC) A supporter of US President Donald Trump has attacked a BBC cameraman at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas. Sporting a Make America Great Again cap, the man shoved and swore at the BBC’s Ron Skeans and other news crews before being pulled away. Mr Skeans said the “very hard shove” came from his blindside. “I didn’t know what was going on.” Mr Trump saw the attack and confirmed Mr Skeans was well with a thumbs up after it happened. The BBC has written to White…

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