Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' today resigned after a brief stint of nine months, honouring a power sharing understanding reached between his party and the ruling partner Nepali Congress. Mr Prachanda, 62, announced his resignation while addressing the nation in a live telecast. It was his second stint as the Prime Minister.

He was elected as the 39th prime minister of Nepal after forging alliance with the Nepali Congress on August 3, 2016. Prachanda, the Chairman of CPN (Maoist Centre), had reached an understanding with Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba that he would step down as Prime Minister and hand over the leadership to him after nine months. The pact was to run the government on a rotational basis until elections to the parliament are held in February 2018.

Mr Prachanda was to hold office until local polls are held whereas the remaining two elections - provincial and central - were to be conducted under Mr Deuba. Millions of Nepalese on May 14 voted in the country's first local-level polls in two decades as the Himalayan nation took a crucial step towards cementing democracy amid political turmoil.

Local-level elections could not be held after 1997 largely as a result of the decade-long insurgency that claimed more than 16,000 lives in Nepal. The elections were supposed to be held every five years but due to the political instability, they were halted since May 1997.

Source: NDTV

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A day after the Indian Army released a video of ‘proactive attacks’ on Pakistan army posts, Pakistan Air Force jets reportedly flew over Siachen glacier on Wednesday morning. The Indian Air Force has, however, categorically rejected the reports of any such flight over Siachen.

A report in the Pakistan media said that all operating bases of the Pakistan Air Force had been made operational. According to the report, Chief of Air Staff Sohail Aman paid a visit to the forward airbase in Skardu on Wednesday. He was said to have been accompanied by the top brass of the Pakistan Air Force.

The report in Pakistan media further said that Aman met pilots and the technical staff and a fighter squadron soon carried out higher and lower attitude flights. Aman, himself, is said to have flown over the region.
The move comes a day after a video clip, provided by Army sources, showed heavy artillery bombing on Pakistani bunkers. Indian Army spokesperson Major General Ashok Narula said Pakistan Army has been supporting armed infiltration in Kashmir and targeted attacks have been carried out to put an end to such activities.

Earlier on Tuesday, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa had said that the military would give a befitting response to the enemy in case of any aggression across the LoC.

Source: News18

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Following the deadly terror attack at the Manchester Arena in England, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday said that it will look into the safety and security of all the teams participating in the Champions Trophy, which begins June 1.

According to sources, the ICC is concerned with what has happened in Manchester and, therefore, they will have a meeting later in the day in order to address the issue. "The ICC is concerned with what has happened in Manchester and will have a conference call later in the day with stake holders joining from various places,” the ICC source said. The blast took place on Monday night during a pop concert performed by American singer Ariana Grande, in which 22 people were killed and about 50 injured.
The Manchester Police confirmed that a lone male suicide bomber was behind the explosion. The attack is being touted as the worst in Britain in a decade.

Last England saw such a deadly terror attack was in 2005 when on July 7, which killed 52 people after terrorists carried out a series of coordinated suicide bomb attacks in central London targeting civilians using the public transport system during the rush hour.

Source: Indian Express

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Indian Army has recently taken ‘proactive action’ against Pakistani attempts of infiltration and targeted Pakistan Army forward posts in Naushera sector across the Line of Control. In a video clip provided by Army sources, heavy artillery bombing on Pakistani bunkers can be seen which decimates the Pakistani base.

Indian Army spokesperson Major General Ashok Narula said Pakistan Army has been supporting armed infiltration in Kashmir and targeted attacks have been carried out to put an end to such activities. According to Indian Army, attempts of infiltration are likely to go up in the near future as snow has begun to melt and passes in the Valley have become more accessible. Commenting on the development, former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army General Bikram Singh said, “I am glad that Army has responded in this manner. Congrats to the Northern Command for sending Pakistan a strong message... After the beheading of Indian soldiers, the present COAS had said that the Army will be strict.” In a separate operation in Naugham, four alleged terrorists were killed by Indian Army.

When asked about the attack, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit told CNN-News18 that he had not received any reports from Pakistani side on this. “There is nothing to brag about. It reinforces Pakistan’s contention that we need to resolve the issue peacefully. We are ready to talk with India. Why can’t the two countries have a comprehensive dialogue? Terrorism is also an issue with which Pakistan has strong concerns. Pakistan is not shying away from discussions. Kashmir is the root cause of all our problems,” he said.

Source: News18

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Nineteen people have been killed in a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in the northwest English city of Manchester, police said Tuesday. There were scenes of panic as Grande's audience of youthful fans fled the 21,000-capacity venue after what eyewitnesses described as a "huge bomb-like bang" in the foyer area at the end of the concert. 

A fleet of ambulances was seen rushing to the venue and bomb disposal teams were dispatched soon after, as city residents opened up their doors to stranded concert-goers after train services were shut down.

"So far 19 people have been confirmed dead, with around 50 others injured. This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise," police said in a statement. British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the "appalling terrorist attack". "All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected," she said in a statement.

The first unconfirmed reports of an explosion emerged shortly after 21:45 GMT on Monday.

Gary Walker from Leeds told BBC Radio 5 Live he was hit by shrapnel in his foot and his wife sustained a stomach wound as they waited for their daughters to come out of the concert.

"We heard the last song go and then suddenly there was a massive flash and then a bang and smoke," he said.

Manchester Arena said the incident "took place outside the venue in a public space".

Source: Pune Mirror

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The mother decided to donate her uterus as her daughter was born without one. “What is the use of my uterus if it cannot help my daughter?” the mother had told the transplant team.

Doctor Shailesh Puntambekar said he and his team were euphoric after successfully conducting the country’s first uterus transplant in a day-long operation at Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital.
“The first case always takes time and in the case of this 21-year-old girl who was born without a uterus, we had to recreate the blood supply before fitting the womb that was donated by her 41-year-old mother,” Puntambekar, who is the director of the hospital, told The Indian Express.

The mother decided to donate her uterus as her daughter was born without one. “What is the use of my uterus if it cannot help my daughter?” the mother had told the transplant team.
On Thursday, the woman from Akkalkot in Solapur was fitted with the donated womb in a procedure that went on till late Thursday night.
“We started at noon on Thursday. It took us four-and-a-half hours to retrieve the uterus from the 41-year-old woman,” Dr Puntambekar said.
Dr Sanjeev Jadhav, who has done heart, lung and kidney transplants, assisted Puntambekar.
“The uterus needed to be properly anchored to nearby organs and the blood supply had to be recreated. So we had to take extreme care for vascular anastomosis (connection to blood vessels),” Dr Jadhav explained.

This is the first such case in the country and hence, it took time. The operation was completed by 9 pm. According to the doctors, both mother and daughter have responded well.
“Initially, the transplant had been planned on another patient — a 26-year-old woman from Baroda,” Dr Milind Telang, a gynaecologist on the team, said. But because of fitness related issues, that transplant will be performed on her on Friday. Telang along with Dr Pankaj Kulkarni, Dr Uday Phadke and others were on the team and said the transplant was a huge achievement in the field of medicine.

Source: Indian Express

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Well, apart from the free beer at the event you can also win more beer worth Rs 50,000! Get your A game on and head to Pune for this scrumptious, slightly inebriated beer chugging fest.

Source: India Times

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Law to ensure tax compliance: FM


Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the fear of consequences owing to strict and expeditious enforcement of law would ensure that as India evolved from a developing to a developed economy, it would be a highly tax compliant society. “Once we are able to make an example out of some of the offenders, the others will realise the benefits compliance,” said Mr. Jaitley at an Enforcement Day event.

Advocating use of technology for detecting evasion, Mr. Jaitley said the Enforcement Directorate should expeditiously use the penalising powers to deal with any non-compliance, particularly money laundering.

“Full compliance in taxation and currency laws has always been one of the features of developed states. If you go to the developed world, violations are rare. Those who violate are strictly called upon and are answerable to the law and there are very strict penal consequences,” he said.

Mr. Jaitley said over the years, in India, non-compliance was never considered a moral wrong, it was rather considered smart. “Non-compliance has hit the larger public and national interest,” he said, adding that compliance would help generate funds for development in various sectors.

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In a clear message to visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had advocated a multilateral dialogue to resolve Kashmir issue, India today asserted that it is a Indo-Pak bilateral matter, essentially due to cross-border terrorism.

The virtual rejection of Erdogan's suggestion came in the course of his discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which the two countries held that "no intent or goal or reason or rationale can validate terrorism" and decided to work together to deepen cooperation, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to effectively counter this menace. Erdogan also assured India of his country's full support in the fight against terrorism as he held "extensive" discussion on this evolving threat with Modi, who described it as a "shared worry".

However, Modi-Erdogan meeting came in the shadow of Turkish president's comments on Kashmir, made during a TV interview ahead of his visit to India. Erdogan had said, "We should not allow more casualties to occur (in Kashmir). By having a multilateral dialogue, (in which) we can be involved, we can seek ways to settle the issue once and for all." The remarks were not well received here as they were contrary to the position of India, which maintains that the Kashmir issue is a bilateral matter between it and Pakistan, and that there is no scope for a third party mediation.
Asked if the Kashmir issue or Erdogan's proposal of multilateral dialogue to resolve it figured during the meeting between the two leaders, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said India's position that Kashmir is its integral part is very sharp and publicly known. "We conveyed our viewpoint clearly on terrorism and Kashmir (to the Turkish side). It was made clear that there cannot be any justification for terrorism whatever is the intent. We clearly conveyed that the issue of Kashmir is essentially an issue of terrorism. "We told them that we have been victims of cross-border terrorism and and state-sponsored terrorism for 40 years. As far as Kashmir issue is concerned, we have always been ready to resolve it with Pakistan. Not only Kashmir but also all other bilateral issues should be resolved in a peaceful manner," Baglay said.

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Hyderabad: Alleging the BJP won the Uttar Pradesh polls by "spreading communal hatred and using money power", the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday asked the "democratic forces" to join hands to defeat communalism. "It is imperative to bust the myth that the BJP and Sangh Parivar are undefeatable. In the wake of the results of current Assembly elections, many are expressing the opinion that they cannot be defeated. However, I do not think that it is true," Vijayan said addressing a public meeting on Sunday evening. The veteran CPM leader alleged that the BJP used undemocratic means to form governments in Goa and Manipur despite having lost the polls. "In Punjab, they won only three seats. The peoples' mandate was clearly not in their favour, but this manipulation was done," he said. Vijayan said the BJP's vote share in UP in the 2014 general elections stood at 42.3 percent whereas in recent Assembly polls in the northern state the party's vote share was 39.7 percent.

"Those who are saying that the BJP has won a stellar victory are conveniently overlooking the fact that more than 60 percent of the people in UP have voted against the BJP," the Kerala CM said. He said the BJP won by "spreading communal hatred, through heavy injection of money and concentration of entire machinery of the Central government in Uttar Pradesh." "Opposition was not united against the right wing in UP. We should not be led to believe that this victory is here to stay. In the fight against communalism people will win," he said. Targetting the Congress, Vijayan said the national party did not stake claim to form the governments in Manipur and Goa despite emerging as the single largest party. "There are several examples of the Congress leaders joining the BJP, including SM Krishna (in Karnataka) and Rita Joshi (in UP).

"Even historically there are a plenty of instances where the Congress has been soft on communalism. Thus they have lost their identity and those who once used to call themselves as the guardian of secularism are not even a force to reckon with now," he said. Vijayan said the Congress was no more a credible ally in the fight against communal politics. "It is clear that time has come for all democratic and progressive forces to come together to defeat communalism and neo-liberalism which are the bedrocks of all injustice, inequality and misery that exists in our society today," the CM said. He accused the Central government of violating the federal principles enshrined in the constitution.

News source: First Post

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