Friday, August 18, 2017

  DEAR SAGAR MEDIA INC,  A 16-YEAR-OLD JUNAID DIED

Dear Sagar Media Inc,
A 16-year-old Junaid died in his brother’s lap on a railway platform. He was beaten to death by a mob, and was called a “beef-eater” and an “anti-national”.
I am a proud Indian, and every time I read about a new case of mob lynching, my head hangs in shame.
Just recently, a 60-year-old Dalit woman was lynched because villagers suspected that she was a ‘witch’ who was chopping of women’s hair.
Hindus, Dalits, Africans, students from the North-East have all been lynched over rumours in the past year.
Shockingly, there is no law against lynchings and mob vigilantism in India. Perpetrators are arrested on vague charges and then let out on bail.
In the last two months, 3 people accused of lynching have been released on bail.
Clearly, we need a law that protects all Indians from vigilante mob violence.
Sagar Media Inc, sign my petition and ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enact a Manav Suraksha Kanoon against mob lynchings.
It feels like the country is being torn apart. That anyone can spark violence with false rumours.
A mob does not lead to justice, it only leads to more violence and fear. No civilized country can be ruled by mobs.
We must take a stand to protect India’s diversity and for the rule of law. Sign my petition and ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pass a strict anti-lynching law.
Thank you for your support,
Swara Bhaskar
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TURKEY ARRESTS NINE JOURNALISTS

A Istanbul court has placed under arrest nine journalists on suspicion of links to the alleged mastermind of the failed 2016 coup, the latest in a series of measures against Turkish media workers. Turkish authorities had on August 10 issued arrest warrants for 35 media employees accused of using the Bylock messaging app allegedly used by US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen to mobilize followers in Turkey and of belonging to a “terror” group. A total of 11 were detained at the time and late on Wednesday an Istanbul court placed nine under arrest ahead of trial and released two under judicial supervision, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Among the nine remanded in custody is the website editor at the leftist opposition Birgun daily Burak Ekici and the former news editor of the TV channel of Turkish football side Fenerbahce, Yasir Kaya.
Turkey and Iran have agreed to boost military cooperation after talks in Ankara this week between the Iranian armed forces chief of staff and Turkish leaders, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Thursday. Erdogan, his defense minister and military chief of staff met Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was the first visit to Turkey by the head of Iran’s military since the 1979 revolution, Turkish media said. Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also said the US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis would visit Turkey within days. media agencies
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TERROR ATTACK IN BARCELONA

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Thirteen people have died and around 100 have been injured after a van ploughed into a crowd of people in Las Ramblas, in the center of the city.
New Delhi offers  sympathy for the victims and their families and condemns violence in all its forms.
Europe Union again in Spain target of suspect ISIS attack, the suspected militant drove a van into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people, in what police suspect was one of a planned wave of attacks.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the deadly rampage along the city´s most famous avenue on Thursday, which was packed with tourists taking an afternoon stroll.
The death toll could rise, with more than 100 injured, authorities said.
As security forces hunted for the van´s driver, who was seen escaping on foot, police said they had killed five attackers on Thursday night in Cambrils, a town south of Barcelona, to thwart a separate attack using explosive belts.
Six civilians and a police officer were injured in Cambrils when the attackers ran them over in a car, before police shot them dead and carried out controlled explosions.
Before the van ploughed into the tree-lined walkway of Las Ramblas, one person was killed in an explosion in a house in a separate town southwest of Barcelona, police said.
Residents there were preparing explosives, a police source added.
Police said they had arrested a Moroccan and a man from Spain´s north African enclave of Melilla, though neither was the van driver.
A third man was arrested in the town of Ripoll on Friday in connection with the attack.
It was still not clear how many people had been involved in the van attack and other incidents on Thursday. Witnesses to the van attack said the white vehicle had zigzagged at high speed down Las Ramblas, ramming pedestrians and cyclists, sending some hurtling through the air and leaving bodies strewn in its wake.
The injured and dead came from 24 different countries, the Catalan government said on Friday in a statement, ranging from France and Germany to Pakistan and the Philippines.
Spanish media said several children were killed.
British tourist Keith Welling, who arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday with his wife and 9-year-old daughter, said they saw the van drive past them down the avenue and took refuge in a restaurant when panic broke out and the crowd started running.
“People were shouting and we heard a bang and someone cried that it was a gunshot … Me and my family ran into the restaurant along with around 40 other people.
“At first people were going crazy in there, lots of people crying, including a little girl around three years old.”
It was the deadliest attack in Spain since March 2004, when militants placed bombs on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and wounding more than 1,800.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced three days of official mourning.
The Spanish royal household said on Twitter: “They are murderers, nothing more than criminals who are not going to terrorise us. All of Spain is Barcelona.

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I’M IN NARESH

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It’s not enough to reject hatred — Republicans must denounce Donald Trump for enabling white supremacists. Co-sign Tom’s letter to the Chairwoman of the GOP:
Naresh —
When white supremacists and Nazis march in our streets, wearing swastikas and chanting racist slogans, threatening to burn synagogues and committing violent acts of terrorism, simply denouncing them does not go far enough. We must also hold accountable all those who embrace these elements of our society or embolden their cause.
Donald Trump has allowed white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan to find a home in the Republican Party. First through his silence in the immediate aftermath of Charlottesville and then with his words since, he has given them cause to feel empowered.
So it is not enough for the Republican Party to reject their hateful ideology — they must also renounce Donald Trump.
Yesterday, I sent a letter to the Chairwoman of the Republican Party to remind her that her party has to not only reject the white supremacists but also the enabler they have found in Donald Trump.
Sign your name next to mine — call on the Republican Party to join us on the right side of history and disavow Donald Trump:
As Democrats, we will keep fighting against racism and oppression in all its forms, and we will never stop working to lift up our Democratic values that make this country great.
Thank you,
Tom
Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee
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CHITRA BHARTI FILM FESTIVAL:

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Chitra Bharti Film Festival: Curtain Raiser at Press Club of India Chief Guest Shri Madhur Bhandarkar. This film festival of short films is slated on 16-18 Feb 2018.
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Ms Bhuvi Gupta declared-winner  of the logo of the film festival. Her relative received the award from the chief Guest Shri Madhur Bhandarkar.
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Padam Shree Madhur Bhandarkar launched the website http://bhartiyachitrasadhan.com of the film festival during curtain raiser.
Madhur and Alok Kumar Chairman of BCS  addressing the press conference dedclared that BCS will hold film festival of short films on 16th-18 th februrary 2018 in New Delhi at sirifort auditorium.
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The entries have been invited through the website of such categories-:
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Short Films: Documentary Films: Animation Films:Campus films:

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M6.8 – NORTH OF ASCENSION ISLAND

M6.8 – north of Ascension Island

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude6.8
Date-Time
  • 18 Aug 2017 02:59:22 UTC
  • 18 Aug 2017 02:59:22 near epicenter
  • 18 Aug 2017 06:59:22 standard time in your timezone
Location1.103S 13.656W
Depth10 km
Distances
  • 760.1 km (471.2 mi) N of Georgetown, Saint Helena
  • 848.9 km (526.3 mi) SW of Greenville, Liberia
  • 870.3 km (539.6 mi) SSW of Buchanan, Liberia
  • 878.1 km (544.4 mi) SSW of Monrovia, Liberia
  • 897.0 km (556.1 mi) SW of Harper, Liberia
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Visit of Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, ON  NOVEMBER 21, 2017  BY  NARESH SAGAR LEAVE A COMMENT EDIT Visit of Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe,...