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Pakistan leader appeals to US Congress to table bill for free Balochistan, Sindh

Ninety per cent people in Balochistan and Sindh provinces want independence from Pakistan, he said.

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Altaf Hussain

New Delhi/Islamabad, May 29 : The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain has appealed to the US Congress to table a bill for the independence of Balochistan and Sindh from Pakistan on the same lines as they introduced a bill on Tibet’s freedom from China.

In his latest statement released on Twitter, Hussain said that the US Congress should table the bill for the sake of the humanity and to save the lives of over 80 million people of Balochistan and Sindh who want independence.

While welcoming the US Congress decision to table a bill on Tibet’s independence, Hussain said he would like to appeal to all the members of the US Congress to also pay attention to the plight of Baloch people of Balochistan province and Sindhi and Urdu speaking people (commonly known as Mohajir) of Sindh province of Pakistan.

He said Baloch and Sindhi men and women are often subjected to enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and put behind bars by Pakistan Army and its intelligence agencies. This, he said, has been going on for the last seven decades.

Ninety per cent people in Balochistan and Sindh provinces want independence from Pakistan, he said.

Praising the move of the US Congress for the bill on Tibet, Hussain said, China had mercilessly curbed the basic fundamental rights of the Tibetans for years. “This is the right time for the Dalai Lama to make more efforts for helpless Tibetans,” he added.

The MQM was founded by Hussain in 1984. However, the party split into two factions — MQM London run by Hussain and MQM Pakistan headed by Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.

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Indian-American wins New Jersey Republican primary

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Rik Mehta

Washington, July 11 : Businessman Rik Mehta has become the first Indian-American to win the Republican primary for New Jersey’s Senate seat, it was reported.

Mehta, a business executive with a law degree and a doctorate in pharmacy, emerged victorious over Hirsh Singh, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2017; Patricia Flanagan of Lawrenceville; Natalie Lynn Rivera of Merchantville; and Eugene Anagnos of East Hanover, india-West news reported on Friday.

Following his win, he will now face Democratic incumbent Senator Cory Booker in November.

According to a New Jersey Globe report, Mehta was leading Hirsh Singh by 12,532 votes, 39 per cent-34 per cent as of Friday.

As of July 8, Singh and Mehta were atop the five-candidate Republican race, with 38.7 per cent and 36.7 per cent, respectively.

Mehta had recently launched his “Made in America” medicines campaign that will require companies to disclose the country of origin of their prescription drugs, the India-West news reported.

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11 dead, 23 missing in Nepal landslides

The municipality official said over 400 affected people have been taking shelter at community building and school building in Takam, Marang and Ghantiwang.

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landslides at Myagdi Nepal

Kathmandu, July 11 : Landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have claimed the lives of 11 people in Nepal’s Myagdi district, while search efforts continued on Saturday for 23 missing persons.

“Ten bodies were recovered from Marang while one from Thadakhani. Efforts are on to recover 11 missing from Rikh, Kalleni, Ramche, Namruk and Kamdi, eight from Dule of Malika Rural Municipality-7 and three from Takam,” The Kathmandu Post quoted a municipality official as saying.

District Police Chief DSP Kiran Kunwar said a rescue helicopter is also preparing to fly towards the site with relief materials following improvement in weather conditions in the lower region, informed police.

Around 43 houses have been buried in landslides in the district.

The total loss of physical property has not been ascertained yet.

The municipality official said over 400 affected people have been taking shelter at community building and school building in Takam, Marang and Ghantiwang.

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Opposition Conservative Party calls for criminal probe into Trudeau’s ties to charity

The call came a day after media reported that WE Charity had financial dealings with Trudeau’s family members.

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Ottawa, July 11 : Canada’s opposition Conservative Party has called for a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to hand almost a billion-dollar program to a charity, which reportedly paid his family a large amount of money to speak at the group’s events.

“Not only did Justin Trudeau not recuse himself from the decision to hand almost a billion dollars to WE Charity, we know now that the organization paid his family almost C$300,000. It is clear that a criminal investigation is warranted. As such, Conservatives will be writing to the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) to encourage them pursue this case,” the opposition said in a statement on Friday.

The Conservative Party also alleged that Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act that “prohibits public office holders from making any decision or participating in the making of a decision that furthers their private interests or improperly furthers the private interests of another person”, reports Xinhua news agency.

The call came a day after media reported that WE Charity had financial dealings with Trudeau’s family members.

Trudeau”s mother and brother have reportedly been paid a total of C$282,000 to appear at WE Charity events, according to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

CTV reported that Trudeau”s wife received C$1,400 for participating in a WE Charity event in 2012, before the Prime Minister became leader of the ruling Liberal Party.

She currently hosts a podcast for the charity group.

Trudeau and his government have been under fire since the charity was announced as the manager of the Canada Student Service Grant program.

Canadian Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion announced last week that he was investigating into a possible breach of federal conflict of interest act by Trudeau after his government”s decision to award the WE Charity the contract to administer a summer student grant program of C$900 million.

In a statement on Friday, New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh said that the hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to the trio of Trudeau”s family members were “more than disturbing”, and illustrate a “pattern of behaviour”.

Meanwhile, Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet called on the Prime Minister to “step aside” until the completion of the ethics commissioner investigation.

WE Charity announced last week that it was pulling out of administering the program.

Some 35,000 students and recent graduates have applied for the program, which connects them with volunteering opportunities in exchange for payments of between C$1,000 and C$5,000, depending on the number of hours worked.

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