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Turkey’s top court rules release of 2 jailed journalists

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Ankara, Jan 12: Turkey’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that two jailed journalists be released, saying their rights were violated when in custody.

Some Turkish lawyers and experts said the ruling could set a positive precedent for other journalists detained under the state of emergency since July 2016.

Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay, jailed for more than a year amid purges of media members following the failed coup attempt in July 2016, were accused of “links to terrorist groups” and “attempting to overthrow the government.” They have denied all the charges, Xinhua reported.

On Wednesday, Turkish Journalist Association called on the government to free the 145 imprisoned journalists, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Many of the jailed reporters are charged with propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or the networks of US-based Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of masterminding the 2016 coup attempt.

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Trump: We’re playing a “very hard game of poker” with North Korea

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President Trump tells Reuters that Russia is “not helping us at all with North Korea,” and that the Russian actions are “denting” progress China is making. He also said North Korea is getting “closer every day” to getting a missile that can hit the U.S.

Putin “can do a lot,” Trump said, “but unfortunately we don’t have much of a relationship with Russia, and in some cases it’s probable that what China takes back, Russia gives. So the net result is not as good as it could be.”

Context: Thursday in Vancouver a group of nations met to discuss nuclear security and North Korea, and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called out both Russia and China for helping North Korea.

On future talks with North Korea: Trump said he’s “not sure that sitting down [with the North Koreans] will solve the problem.”

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Telecom loses 40,000 jobs since 2017, may cull 50,000 more: Report

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Once the most growing sector, Telecom is on the edge as the upcoming six to nine months will be very challenging for it. Almost 50,000 more jobs are assumed to fade away from this sector. Since the start of 2017, the sector has witnessed a loss of 40,000 jobs and the further assumption of another 80,000 jobs may hit the sector very hard.

According to a report by CIEL, human resource services, the rapidly increasing competition between companies has declined their profit margin. The profit margin is one of the main reason behind the emergence of more jobs, although there is always a sense of uncertainty in the sector. The report by the company is based on a survey conducted by 65 technology firms and 100 employees.

“The attrition rate is like to remain high at least for the next two-three quarters and the sector is likely to reduce around 80,000-90,000 people,” the Bengaluru-based company’s chief executive Aditya Narayan Mishra told PTI.

“The telecom industry has lost its lustre and this negative sentiment is failing to attract any talent into the sector. The vacant seats continue to remain vacant with no fresh applications,” Mishra added.

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Nation must back SC judges for speaking truth: Shiv Sena

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Mumbai, Jan 15: The nation must back the four Supreme Court judges who have spoken up boldly in favour of justice and national interest, the Shiv Sena said on Monday.

On January 12, four apex court judges alleged that “truth and democracy are being throttled in the Supreme Court” and took on the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra.

This has triggered an open debate on whether the Chief Justice was indeed under pressure in sensitive political cases and whether impartial judges were being kept away from such matters, the Sena said.

Questions are being raised on what exactly are these ‘sensitive cases’ and what compelled Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice M.B. Lokur and Justice J. Chelameshwar to address the media.

In a restrained editorial in the party mouthpieces Saamana and Dopahar Ka Saamana, the Sena said with the four judges coming out in the open, the secrets of the apex court had been exposed and now “everybody can breathe freely”.

Targeting its ally the BJP, the Sena said if a similar thing had happened during the Congress-led UPA regime, the BJP and others would have raised a huge hue and cry over threats to democracy and judiciary.

The Sena said it feared that the four judges may now be at the receiving end for highlighting the truth before the country.

“Tomorrow, they will be branded as Congress agents, then a ‘foreign hand’ will be blamed for their revolt, and later they will be declared ‘Naxalites’ and defamed. The rule of law is finished,” the Sena said.

“People who once accused Indira Gandhi of interfering with the judiciary are in power now and their actions vis-a-vis Constitutional posts seem to suggest that Indira Gandhi was an ‘extremely humane and democratic’ leader,” the Sena pointed out.

Referring to the justice system in the ancient Roman and Indian contexts, it said the Goddess of Justice is shown with her eyes covered and a sword with which justice is rendered irrespective of the person standing before her (blindfolded) eyes.

“After the media revelations by the four senior judges, it is suspected that the Goddess of Justice occasionally peeps out to see the political party or leader before delivering the verdict.

“The judges who have been dispensing justice to all had nobody to turn to for justice, hence they chose to go to the people’s court. It’s a courageous step and in the interest of the country and the nation should stand up with them,” the Sena said.
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