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Shashi Tharoor praises govt move to approach ICJ on Jadhav

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New Delhi, May 11 : Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday congratulated the government for approaching the International Court of Justice on Kulbhushan Jadhav, even as his party has expressed caution over the move.

“Congratulations to our government for deciding to pursue international action on Kulbhushan Jadhav. It was the best way,” said Tharoor on his official Twitter account.

On Wednesday, the Congress said that approaching the ICJ on the issue of Jadhav might expose India to the “risk” of Pakistan raising issues internationally and stressed that issues must be solved bilaterally. The ICJ has asked Pakistan to put on hold the death sentence on Jadhav.

Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said on Wednesday: “Does it ever give Pakistan the right to question, and if that is what they are looking for to internationalise this issue, then India has to be careful about this.”

“The best resolution between India and Pakistan can be discussed at bilateral level all the times irrespective of however intransigent and badly behaved Pakistan is,” said Kumar.

He also asked if the government has thought through all the ramifications of its move on approaching the ICJ.

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J&K BJP chief Ravinder Raina tests corona positive

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Ravinder Raina, president of the Jammu and Kashmir BJP party tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, doctors said.

“Yes, his test report for COVID-19 has come positive”, doctors said.

The doctors said Raina was being put under isolation in the Narayana hospital in the Katra town of Reasi district.

Just two days back, Raina accompanied Union Minister of State (PMO) Jitendra Singh, national General secretary of the BJP, Ram Madhav and some other senior leaders to offer condolences to the family of Wasim Bari, the local BJP leader who was killed along with his father and brother by terrorists in the Bandipora town in north Kashmir.

Earlier on Tuesday, the test reports of J&K police chief, Dilbag Singh and Additional DGP, Javaid Mujtaba Gilani came negative.

The two top police officers of the union territory had undergone COVID-19 test after a senior police officer working at the police headquarters had tested positive.

Reports said the police officer who tested positive is asymptomatic and is recovering after he was shifted into isolation by the doctors.

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After Pilot sacking, Congress leaders hail his contribution to party

wo other Pilot loyalists and ministers — Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena — were also removed from the council of ministers.

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New Delhi, July 14 : After the removal of Sachin Pilot as Rajasthan’s Deputy Chief Minister and state Congress chief, many party leaders sided with him, recalling his work to strengthen the party.

Pilot was sacked as Deputy Chief Minister and relieved from the post of state unit chief along with two other Rajasthan Cabinet ministers by the party on Tuesday afternoon. Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada took to Twitter and wrote, “Sachin Pilot is not just a colleague but my friend. No one can take away the fact that all these years he has worked with dedication for the party. Sincerely hope the situation can still be salvaged. Sad it has come to this…”

Prasada and Pilot were ministers in the Congress-led UPA-2 government. Party spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill also tweeted, “Unfortunate and sad turn of events.” Meanwhile, former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi urged Pilot not to be emotional and be patient. “My advice to Sachin Pilot is to be patient, not to be emotional. Having bright future your turn will come. I also had similar hurdles but ultimately patience helped. Better not to run after power which will come automatically. Ashok Gehlot may also give due recognition to Pilot,” Gogoi said in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, in a direct fallout of the Congress’ political crisis over the leadership issue in Rajasthan, Pilot was divested of both the posts. Two other Pilot loyalists and ministers — Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena — were also removed from the council of ministers.

State Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara was appointed the new Pradesh Congress Committee chief. Congress leaders had called two meetings on Monday and Tuesday and appealed to Pilot to attend these in order to pacify him. However, as he remained absent, disciplinary action was taken against him.

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Indian-origin leader elected Suriname President

Suriname has had a chequered history after its independence in 1975 marked by ethnic polarisation, a coup and a civil war.

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New York, Jul 14 : Chandrikapersad Santokhi has been elected the President of Suriname by the Latin American country’s National Assembly, according to media reports.

A former Justice Minister, Santokhi of the Progressive Reform Party (PRP) was elected unopposed on Monday, the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) reported on Monday.

He will succeed Desi Bouterse, a former military strongman, whose National Party of Suriname (NPS) lost the election in May as he sent the country to an economic precipice.

Suriname is a former Dutch colony where people of Indian descent make up the largest ethnic group comprising 27.4 per cent of the population of 587,000.

The PRP, known in the Dutch language as Vooruitstrevende Hervormingspartij or VHP by its initials, largely represents the Indian community and had originally been called the United Hindustani Party.

Santokhi inherits an economy run to the ground by the populist Bouterse, who mismanaged the country while forging closer ties with China and Venezuela.

Speaking at the National Assembly on Monday, Santokhi acknowledged that the country faced an economic collapse and said his government will reorient policies to work for Suriname’s recovery.

Suriname had depended on bauxite exports but recently vast oil reserves have been found in its territorial waters and they could help the country tide over the economic crisis when they eventually come on line.

Till then it may need bailouts from international financial institutions and the Netherlands, whose colony it once was.

Relations with the Netherlands and other western countries had deteriorated under Bouterse, first because of the coup and after his election due to his convictions and his drift to Venezuela and China.

Sanotokhi will have to try to repair relations with the west.

He also faces the strange task of having to deal with Bouterse’s conviction by a Suriname court for the killing of 15 opponents after the 1980 coup in which he overthrew the elected government and seized power.

Sentenced to 20 years, Bouterse had appealed the conviction while he was President. Santokhi had investigated the case while he was with the police.

Suriname’s economy depended on bauxite exports but recent oil finds

Santokhi, 61, was trained in a police academy in the Netherlands and rose to be the chief police commissioner of Suriname.

He later served as the Justice Minister in an earlier administration in 2005.

After Santokhi became Pts president in 2011, the PRP began to broaden its base reaching out to people of other ethnicities with its centre-left policies.

The PRP is in a coalitition with the General Liberation and Development Party (GLDP) and its head Ronnie Brunswijk, who is of African descent was elected Vice President, CMC reported..

Suriname has had a chequered history after its independence in 1975 marked by ethnic polarisation, a coup and a civil war.

After a brief return to democracy in 1987 following the 1980 coup, Surinam had another coup 1990, but democracy was restored a year later.

Meanwhile, a brutal civil war took place between the government and rebels led by Brunswijk known as the Surinamese Liberation Army from 1986 to 1992.

Bouterse’s army brutally suppressed Brunswijk’s forces.

In a strange twist, Bouterse became President in a democratic election in 2010 with the support of Brunswijk and was re-elected in 2015.

Both of them have been convicted in the Netherlands on drug-smuggling charges but remain free in Suriname.

The NPS is dominated by Surinamese of African and mixed ancestry, while the GLDP is mostly made up of people of African ethnicity who are descendants of runaway slaves who settled in the interior and are known as Maroons.

Indians were brought over by the Dutch as indentured labourers after slavery was abolished in the colony in 1863 in an arrangement similar to that in neighbouring Guyana, a former British colony.

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