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Pakistan EXPOSED! It’s selling nuclear stuff to N Korea; China knew

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Even as Pakistan continues to urge the international community to accept its membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group, highly placed sources in the United States who are involved with the tracking of nuclear commerce have claimed that Islamabad is still selling nuclear materials to North Korea.

In making this dramatic revelation, the sources said that entities of the Pakistan Energy Commission have been continuing to supply restricted items such as Monel (a nickel-copper alloy with high tensile strength and resistance to corrosion) and ‘ Inconel (an alloy of nickel containing chromium and iron, resistant to corrosion at high temperatures) material to North Korea in violation of UN sanctions.

The sources said that nuclear materials supplied to the PAEC by Chinese entities have also found their way to North Korea, with the China Atomic Energy Authority recently receiving a written complaint that supplies of a Chinese company, Beijing Suntech Technology Company Limited, to Pakistan were being diverted to North Korea by the Pakistani authorities.

The Chinese government hushed up the matter, as it could have consequences for Beijing’s bid to support Pakistan at the NSG.

But this information leaked out of North Korea and came to the knowledge Of Western governments who are members of the NSG.

In another alarming revelation, informed sources said Pakistan has been giving North Korea equipment which has a direct bearing On producing nuclear weapons.

Sources said the Beijing Suntech Technology Company Limited manufactures Vacuum Induction Melting furnaces, which find application in refining hard metals such as uranium and plutonium, which are used in making nuclear warhead cores.

Pakistan is known to have procured these items from China and has passed them along to North Korea.

When asked if this evidence of Pakistan’s illicit nuclear trade with North Korea has been brought to the notice of NSG nations, US sources said all evidences which confirm the violation of sanctions against North Korea and more so the ongoing dangerous nuclear trade has been brought to the notice of “those who need to be informed at the NSG level.”

Behind the scenes, Pakistan is aware that its nuclear trade with North Korea has been uncovered, but is counting on China to keep the global pressure at bay, said sources.

Giving details of North Korea’s nuclear commerce links with Pakistan, informed sources mentioned that two North Korean diplomats — Kim Yong Choi and Jang Yong Son — posted in the North Korean Embassy in Tehran visited Pakistan eight times between 2012 and 2015.

They were associated With the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation — an entity sanctioned several times by the United Nations Security Council since 2005 for its involvement in North Korea’s Weapons of Mass Destruction programme.

These diplomats met Pakistani officers involved in the nuclear programme. They were tracked and investigated by the Western authorities as yet another proof of Pakistan’s continuing nuclear links with North Korea.

Based on Western inputs on these links, the United Nations Security Council 1718 Committee, which is monitoring the implementation of sanctions against North Korea, sought information from Pakistan in November 2015 regarding the frequent visits of the two North Korean diplomats from Tehran to Islamabad and Karachi.

At first, say informed sources, Pakistan denied it, but when confronted with photographs and other recorded evidence, Pakistan acknowledged that the two North Korean officials under investigation had indeed visited Islamabad and Karachi.

Highly-placed sources said that the West has so far kept this information under wraps in recognition of Pakistan’s value in the war against terror.

But now, when Pakistan has gone into overdrive to upset the equilibrium of the NSG, Western nations of the grouping are saying that Islamabad needs to “look at itself in the mirror ” and ask “how can it run with the hare and hunt with the foxes”, meaning it can’t claim to fulfill the NSG’s requirements, and at the same time, sell nuclear weapons materials to North Korea.

Source : ANI

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Rains have been lashing Delhi since the past two days causing a slowdown in vehicular movement following waterlogging.

New Delhi, Sep 25: Following overnight rains, the sky remained overcast in the national capital on Tuesday, with the Met predicting off and on showers through the day.

Rains have been lashing Delhi since the past two days causing a slowdown in vehicular movement following waterlogging. The road leading to Chirag Dilli, Badarpur, Mehrauli, Mayur Vihar, Minto bridge, and ITO came to a near standstill with vehicles moving at a snail’s pace on Monday morning.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 22 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average. The city received 13.1 mm of light rainfall in the last 24 hours, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

“The sky will remain generally cloudy during the day with intermittent rains in parts of Delhi and NCR,” he said.

Humidity at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 98 percent. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 29 degrees Celsius.

On Monday, the maximum temperature settled at 27.8 degrees Celsius, six degrees below the average while the minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius, at par with the season’s average.

Monsoon rains in the national capital were likely to abate from Saturday.

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SC to decide if politicians facing criminal charges can be barred from polls

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New Delhi, Sep 25 : The Supreme Court will on Tuesday pronounce its verdict on whether chargesheeted lawmakers should be disqualified from contesting elections even before their conviction in criminal cases and whether an MP or MLA who is also a lawyer can be allowed to perform the dual role.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is to deliver its verdict on a batch of petitions filed in 2011 by NGO Public Interest Foundation and Delhi BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay among others which demanded debarring politicians facing serious criminal charges in order to de-criminalise Indian politics. It had reserved the verdict on the issue on August 28.

The Bench includes Justice RF Nariman, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra.

Appearing for the Centre, Attorney General K K Venugopal told the court during the hearing that the judiciary cannot get into law-making, which is reserved for the legislature.He also opposed suggestions that a person who is chargesheeted could be barred from contesting polls as, under the Indian law, there is presumption of innocence unless proven guilty.

Venugopal had told the Bench that Article 102 provided for Parliament to make law on the issue and hence the top court should leave it to the wisdom of the parliamentarians. He had reminded the Bench of the concept of separation of powers.

”Everybody understands that. We cannot direct Parliament to make a law. The question is what we can do to stem the rot,” the Bench had commented.

Advocate Dinesh Dwivedi, appearing for NGO has claimed there were 34 per cent lawmakers with criminal background in 2014 and alleged it was quite “impossible” that the parliament will make any law to restrict their run.

The court may direct Election Commission to ask every member of a political party to declare if they have any case against them.

“That will not disqualify them from being a member of the party but will help people know how many members of the party have criminal cases against them. When these people want to contest, they will not get symbols,” the court had said.

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Fuel prices continue to rise, Petrol at Rs 90.22/litre in Mumbai

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New Delhi, Sep 25: The fuel prices continued to hit new highs on Tuesday, as petrol is being sold at Rs 90.22 per litre and diesel is retailed at Rs 78.69 per litre in Mumbai. 

While in Delhi, a litre of petrol has touched Rs 82.86 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs 74.12 per litre.

On Monday, the petrol price in Mumbai crossed the Rs 90-run mark.

Yesterday, in Patna petrol was reportedly sold at Rs 91.96/litre , the highest price in the country and diesel at Rs 79.68/litre.

According to the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), a litre of petrol in Bengaluru is being capped at Rs 83.37, in Hyderabad Rs 87.84, in Lucknow Rs 85.25, in Chennai Rs 86.13 and in Kolkata Rs 84.68.

In the meantime, Diesel price has reached Rs 74.40 a litre in Bengaluru, Rs 74.25/litre in Lucknow, Rs 80.62/litre in Hyderabad, Rs 78.36/litre in Chennai and Rs 75.97/litre in Kolkata.

As fuel prices have been witnessing steep hike since the past few weeks, the Opposition party has repeatedly blamed the Narendra Modi government for not taking effective measures to keep a check on fuel price hike.

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