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Hindus in Bangladesh fast dwindling: Human rights activist



Hindus in Bangladesh

Kozhikode (Kerala) March 11: The Hindus of Bangladesh were dwindling with their strength decreasing from one-third in 1947 to one-fifteenth in 2016, said a human rights activist and professor.

Richard Benkin, the US-based activist who is also a frequent traveller to Bangladesh, told IANS during a visit here that he was working against the ethnic cleansing of Hindus in the South Asian nation.

“There has been a concerted attempt in that country to see that the Hindu’s there are eradicated. The successive Bangladeshi governments under Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia have been unable to take actions against those who are out to eliminate the Hindus,” said Benkin.

Of the present 150 million Bangladeshi population, 90 per cent are Muslims with the Hindu population down at around 9.5 per cent, he said.

Benkin was here to deliver a lecture organised by the Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram.

He also pointed out that in Bangladesh, there were missing cases of Hindu women and children.

The whole idea was to destroy women so that they do not give birth to Hindu and the children were being targeted to finish of the next generation of Hindus, he said.

Benkin opined that the Hindus of Bangladesh should think of forming their own sledge defence forces under the legal methods of that country to fight against this persecution.

He also pointed out that even though there are several Hindu organisations, except for Bangladesh Minority Watch, the other organisations were not active on the ground.

Benkin said he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him of the atrocities faced by the Hindus there.


Taliban orders fighters from visiting government-held areas




Kabul, June 17 :The Taliban on Sunday ordered its fighters not to visit areas controlled by the Afghan government, a day after an attack by the Islamic State terror group against a gathering of insurgents and civilians left 25 dead.

The attack cast a shadow over the rapprochement between the Taliban and the Army after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a unilateral truce, which was followed two days later by the announcement of a three-day ceasefire by the Taliban marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, reports Efe news.

“Yesterday, a mysterious explosion took place at a park in Rodato district of Nangarhar province resulting in a number of countrymen embracing martyrdom and sustaining injuries,” Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.

“In order to prevent such events from re-occurring, the Islamic Emirate (the Taliban) orders all its Mujahideen to remain in their trenches and areas of control and to not venture into enemy controlled areas or cities even briefly.”

Since Friday, for the first time in 17 years of conflict, Taliban fighters and security force members had been praying together in the same mosques in different parts of the country, visiting areas controlled by the opposite side and even had photos taken that showed them hugging each other.

A large number of insurgents entered Kabul on Saturday with the government’s permission after leaving behind their weapons with the security forces and were welcomed by Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak near the western entrance to the capital.

The joy was cut short by an attack by the Islamic State in Nangarhar province, where the Taliban and civilians had gathered to celebrate the ceasefire, which caused 25 deaths and left 54 wounded.

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Highly qualified Indians in US may have to wait 151 years for green card



Washington, June 16 : A Washington- based think tank -Cato Institute in its report has revealed that Indians having advanced degrees will have to wait for over 150 years to become green card holders.

Cato’s findings are based on the calculation of the number of green card issuances in 2017. As of April 20, 2018, there were 632,219 Indian immigrants and their spouses and minor children waiting for green cards also known as legal permanent residency cards.

A green card authorises to live and work in the US permanently.

Cato Institute, a Washington-based think-tank has reportedly come out with such a calculation after the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released number of applicants for such cards.

Indians with the highest skilled category fall in the category of extraordinary immigrants will have to wait “only” six years, Cato Institute said in its latest report.EB-3 immigrants (EB stands for Employment-based) implies Indians having bachelor’s degrees will have to wait about 17 years, Cato Institute said.

In 2017 only 22,602 Indians have issued the legal permanent residency cards. Of these 13,082 were in the EB-1 category, 2,879 in EB-2 category and 6,641 in EB-3 category, according to the latest USCIS figures.

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Trump threatens Abe: ‘I can send 25 million Mexicans to Japan’



Washington, June 16 : US President Donald Trump threatened Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he could send 25 million Mexicans to his country.

The alleged statement was made during G7 meet , according to a report on Friday.

The G7 summit, gathering of top industrialized democracies finished in disarray after the US president abruptly rejected its consensus statement and attacked Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being dishonest.
Trump said migration was a problem for Europe and then turning to Abe, he said : “Shinzo, you don’t have this problem, but I can send you 25 million Mexicans and you’ll be out of office very soon.”

Trump made another controversial comment to French President Emmanuel Macron when terrorism was being discussed, saying: “You must know about this, Emmanuel, because all the terrorists are in Paris.”

The recent G7 summit is a  grouping of the ‘rich kids’ of the world, accounting for just 11 percent of the population and some 60 percent of the net global wealth.

US President Donald Trump tweeted a picture of G7 summit  expressing that he had good relations with Angela Merkel .

I have a great relationship with Angela Merkel of Germany, but the Fake News Media only shows the bad photos (implying anger) of negotiating an agreement – where I am asking for things that no other American President would ask for!

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