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UNSC approves Pakistan’s request, allows Hafiz Saeed to access bank accounts

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Islamabad, Sep 24: Pakistan requested the United Nations Security Council to release the funds of 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Mohammed Saeed for monthly expenses.

The Council approved the request after no objections were raised by the set deadline, 15 August 2019.

Saeed, the globally-designated terrorist, whose financial assets were frozen under the UNSC resolution 1267.

“The Chair has the honor to refer to his draft letter to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan communicating the Committee’s decision with respect to the intention of the Pakistani authorities to authorize certain expenditures to the benefit of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed (ODi.263), Haji Muhammad Ashraf (ODi.265) and Zafar Iqbal (ODi.308) to cover basic expenses, as specified in the note verbale of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan pursuant to paragraph 81 (a) of resolution 2368 (2017),” the UNSC committee said in a notification dated August 15, in compliance with Resolution 1267, 1989 and 2253.

Pakistan in its letter had stated that Lashkar-e-Taiba terror chief Saeed has to support a family of four and is the sole person responsible for their food and other expenses.

Elaborating that his bank account was made inaccessible after the UNSC’s resolution to freeze his assets, Pakistan said Saeed has requested PKR 1,50,000 to cover the expenses.

“The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United Nations presents its compliments to the Security Council concerning Jamaat Ud Da’wa and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities, and has the honour to notify the committee, pursuant to paragraph 1(a) of security council resolution 1152(2002) and paragraph 81(a) of resolution 2360(2017), that the government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has received a request from a Pakistani citizen Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who is listed on the list established and maintained by the committee under permanent reference 001.263″

“… His bank account was blocked by the government of Pakistan under compliance with UNSC Resolution 1267 requesting an asset freeze exemption to access frozen funds In the amount of Pakistani rupees 011,50,000 to cover the necessary basic living expenses for himself and his family,” Pakistan said in its letter to the UNSC.

The letter said that the mastermind behind 2008 Mumbai terror attack was an assistant professor of engineering and technology in Lahore.

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Trump says people flushing toilets 10-15 times, internet ROFL

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New Delhi, Dec 7 If there’s one person who knows how to go viral on social media, it has to be US President Donald Trump.

This time, Trump made the internet burst into laughter after he said during a small business roundtable at the White House that “people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once.”

Trump told the high-level meeting that the US government is ‘looking very strongly’ at water pressure troubles in the nation’s bathrooms.

A Twitter user shared a clip of the business roundtable at the White House where Trump is heard saying: “We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms, where you turn the faucet on in areas where there’s tremendous amount of water, where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it.

“People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So EPA is looking at that very strongly at my suggestion.”

Trump’s comment triggered a series of jokes online as people couldn’t shy away from the toilet humour.

A post read, “My pipes have clogged countless times since we have had the low flush toilet. Our water pressure is lower and it DOES take longer to clean.”

“#POTUS and his royal flush… next he’ll be telling us that toilets flush #ANTIclockwise for Democrats and #CLOCKWISE FOR REPUBLICANS…HE’s stuck in the #ANALstage of development, obviously”, added another.

A user commented, “My low flush toilet requires 4 flushes 2 get the job done. Showers take longer because the water flow is 2 weak to rinse shampoo from my hair quickly.”

Another remarked, “He’s going to make sure we waste water because low flow sinks and toilets are such a big problem. Only for the states that have plenty of water. He wants the headlines ‘trump lets the water flow’… But really ‘Trump thinks people flush 15 times and doesn’t understand govt’.”

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California firm to pay $13.5bn to wildfire victims

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San Francisco, Dec 7– Californian utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has agreed on a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of wildfires in the state, it was reported on Saturday.

The company’s equipment has been linked to several blazes including the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history, 2018’s ‘Camp Fire’, the BBC reported.PG&E filed for bankruptcy this year and has already settled with insurers and local authorities.

The agreements should allow the firm to emerge from bankruptcy.PG&E’s settlement relates to claims over several deadly blazes, including the Camp Fire, Northern California wildfires (2017), Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland (2016) and Butte Fire (2015).

The four combined killed more than 150 people and destroyed properties worth millions of dollars. PG&E President Bill Johnson said since entering the bankruptcy process “getting wildfire victims fairly compensated, especially the individuals, has been our primary goal.

“We want to help our customers, our neighbours and our friends in those impacted areas recover and rebuild after these tragic wildfires,” the BBC quoted Johnson as saying on Friday. This year saw yet more rampant wildfires and the firm sought to prevent them by cutting off power to customers in California.

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2nd Epstein victim claims to have slept with Prince Andrew

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London, Dec 7 : A second victim who was allegedly abused by late American financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has claimed that she slept with the UK’S Prince Andrew, a media report said on Saturday.

The revelation comes after the Duke of York denied having slept with another victim, Virginia Roberts Giuffre at the Belgravia home of Ghislaine Maxwell, who has been accused of trafficking in young women for Epstein, the Daily Mail quoted the Mirror newspaper as saying in its report.

The second woman, who has not been named, has communicated with lawyers who are representing Epstein’s other alleged victims, according to the Mirror report which cited sources as saying.

It was now being decided whether these allegations would form part of a lawsuit against Epstein’s estate and a “rigorous investigation” was underway, the sources said.

In response, a Palace spokesperson said the allegation were “not something we would comment on”.

The victims have said that Prince Andrew witnessed how people were given massages at the sex offender’s homes.

But the Duke of York has denied the claims, adding that he did not witness or suspect any suspicious behaviour during visits to Epstein’s homes.

Criticism of Andrew for his relationship with the well-connected financier increased after the airing of the Prince’s interview with the BBC last month.

Besides denying any memory of having met victim Giuffre, Andrew evinced no sympathy for the late financier’s victims.

Giuffre has produced a photograph of her then-17-year-old self with Prince Andrew, his arm around her waist, and Maxwell standing in the background.

Though the sex-trafficking case against Epstein ended with his death four months ago inside a federal detention centre in New York, victims were suing his estate and prosecutors have left open the possibility of charging others people as accomplices.

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