Friday, February 15, 2019

China “shock” over the Pulwama terror attack

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China expressed deep “shock” over the Pulwama terror attack carried out by a Jaish suicide bomber yet again declined to back India’s appeal to list the Pakistan-based terror group’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN.
“China has noted the reports of suicide terrorist attack. We are deeply shocked by this attack. We express deep condolences and sympathy to the injured and bereaved families,” spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang told a media briefing in Beijing.
“We firmly oppose and strongly condemn all forms of terrorism. We hope relevant regional countries will cooperate to cope with the threat of terrorism and jointly uphold regional peace and stability,” Geng said.
When asked about China’s stand on the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council, he said: “As for the issue of listing, I could tell you that the 1267 Committee of Security Council has a clear stipulation on the listing and procedure of the terrorist organisations.”
“JeM has been included in the Security Council terrorism sanctions list. China will continue to handle the relevant sanctions issue in a constructive and responsible manner,” Geng said in an apparent reference to India’s External Affairs Ministry’s appeal to all members of the UN Security Council to list Azhar as a global terrorist.
China is a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council and has repeatedly blocked India’s request on Azhar.

Opposition stands with security forces, govt: Rahul


Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday described the Pulwama terror assault as an attack on India’s soul and said his party as well as the entire opposition was fully supportive of the government and the security forces.
No amount of hatred or anger can do anything to the love and affection that India is built on, Gandhi said at a press conference along with former prime minister Manmohan Singh and senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and A K Antony.
“This is a terrible tragedy. This type of violence done against the most important Indians, our soldiers, is absolutely disgusting. I want to make it very clear that the aim of terrorism is to divide this country and we are not going to be divided for even one second, no matter how hard people try,” he said.
Asserting that the terror incident was an “attack on India’s soul”, Gandhi said those who have done this should not get the impression that they can harm the country in any way.
They should know that the country does not forget these things, Gandhi said, a day after an explosives laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar, killing 40 soldiers.
When asked about the government’s statement that security forces will be given a free hand, the Congress chief said, “This is a time of mourning. This is a time of respect. We are fully supporting the government and our security forces.
“We are not going to have any conversation other than the fact that our most beloved people have been killed, their families need us, and we are going to stand with them.” There is going to be no other discussion from the Congress party over the next couple of days on this matter, he asserted.
Thursday’s attack, for which the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed has taken responsibility, is one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.
Asked about comments by politicians calling for a strong response to the attack, Gandhi said, “I don’t want to get into these comments. I am very clear, I am hurt, every single person is hurt, and I want to tell the families of the security forces that we are standing with you and our full force is with you.”
“We will support the government in its actions. The entire Congress party and all of the opposition, in this difficult time, are going to stand with our jawans and the government,” he added.
Singh told journalists that the priority was to convey to the families of those who have been killed and those seriously injured that “we are with them in condemning this act of terrorism”.”We shall never compromise with terrorist forces. Whatever the country requires, we will work together as one united nation to deal with this menace of terrorism,” he said.
The former prime minister described terrorism as a scourge and said it was something with which India could never compromise.
“As the Congress president said, today is not a day to raise contentious issues. Our role today is to convey to our soldiers, their families, our heartfelt condolences… We will do all that is necessary to keep this country united in support of anti-terrorist measures,” he said.
Azad said the Pulwama strike was an attack on the entire country.
Budgam, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and J-K DGP Dilbagh Singh lend a shoulder to the coffin of the CRPF jawans martyred in the terror attack at Pulwama. J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik and Army’s Northern Command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh also paid tribute to the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack.
The coffins carrying the remains of the 41 CRPF jawans will be taken to their homes after the ceremony.  Slogans of ‘Veer Jawan Amar Rahe’ were raised at the CRPF camp in Budgam as the wreath laying ceremony before the rows upon rows of coffins draped in the tricolour.
CRPF Director General RR Bhatnagar and senior officials of the force have left for Kashmir as part of a team led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to assess the situation. They are also expected to meet the injured who are admitted to the 92 base hospital of the Army in Srinagar.
More than 2,500 CRPF personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir around 3.15 pm on Thursday.

United Nations Seeks USD 920 Million for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis in 2019

The appeal seeks to raise USD 920 million to meet the massive needs of more than 900,000 refugees from Myanmar and over 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in host communities.
Critical aid and services such as food, water, sanitation and shelter represent more than half of the funding needs this year. Other key sectors of the appeal include health, site management, protection activities including child protection and addressing sexual and gender-based violence, education and nutrition.
More than 745,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh since August 2017, escaping violence in Myanmar and joining roughly 200,000 others already displaced in the Cox’s Bazar area by previous cycles of violence.
With the generosity and support of the Bangladeshi authorities and local communities, who were the first to respond to the emergency, critical needs were met and many lives were saved.
“The solidarity shown by the Government of Bangladesh and the commitment of humanitarian partners ensured the successful implementation of the first Joint Response Plan in 2018. Moving forward, we reiterate our commitment to meeting the dire needs of this population and urge the international community to support these efforts,” said International Organization for Migration Director General Antรณnio Vitorino.
“Our humanitarian imperative today is to stabilise the situation of stateless Rohingya refugees and their Bangladesh hosts. We are hoping for timely, predictable and flexible contributions in order to meet the goals of this year’s appeal,” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “But while we tackle these immediate humanitarian needs we must not lose sight of solutions. I repeat my call to Myanmar to take urgent action to address the root causes of this crisis which have persisted for decades, so that people are no longer forced to flee and can eventually return home in safety and dignity. We encourage countries in this region and beyond to show solidarity with Bangladesh and to support Myanmar to start creating conditions for voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya,” Grandi continued.
The new JRP sets out a comprehensive humanitarian effort shaped around three strategic objectives. By bringing together 132 partners – UN agencies, international and national NGOs and government bodies in a collective effort – the Plan aims to deliver protection to refugee women, men, girls and boys, provide life-saving assistance and foster social cohesion.
The 2019 JRP is the second such appeal and builds on humanitarian achievements made thus far in order to further stabilize the situation of Rohingya refugees.
Over the past 12 months aid agencies have worked to improve the conditions across refugee settlements through the support provided under the 2018 JRP -– providing basic assistance, upgrading living conditions in displacement sites and putting in place disaster risk mitigation measures for monsoon and cyclone seasons.
The environmental impact of the influx has been reduced, through efforts such as reducing the demand for firewood through provision of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) as an alternative cooking and heating fuel.
The prevalence of Global Acute Malnutrition, at emergency levels in late 2017, has now dropped below the emergency threshold (from 19 per cent to 12 per cent), food security has improved, immunization coverage has grown to 89 per cent, and women delivering their babies in health facilities has risen from 22 per cent to 40 per cent.
Despite these and other achievements, the Rohingya remain in an extremely precarious situation, highlighting the importance of sustained support.  Until root causes of displacement in Myanmar are addressed and refugees are able to voluntarily return in safety and dignity, support must be provided to the Bangladeshi authorities to meet the needs of refugees and the host communities.
For example, the entire refugee population received basic emergency shelter kits to help them cope with the rainy season in 2018, but safer and more robust shelters are now required. Around 860,000 refugees regularly receive food assistance, yet only 240,000 are able to diversify their diet beyond the minimum package of rice, lentils and oil. These resources must be expanded to ensure their nutrition and health.
Similarly, continued investments into safe water and sanitation, health and protection services are vital.
For more information, please contact: Fiona MacGregor at IOM Cox’s Bazar. Tel: +88 0 1733 335221, Email: fmacgregor@iom.int or Angela Wells at IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Tel: +41 7940 35365, Email: awells@iom.int
United Nations Seeks USD 920 Million for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis in 2019
Geneva – United Nations aid agencies and NGO partners launched today the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. The appeal seeks to raise USD 920 million to meet the massive needs of more than 900,000 refugees from Myanmar and over 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in host communities.

Critical aid and services such as food, water, sanitation and shelter represent more than half of the funding needs this year. Other key sectors of the appeal include health, site management, protection activities including child protection and addressing sexual and gender-based violence, education and nutrition.

More than 745,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh since August 2017, escaping violence in Myanmar and joining roughly 200,000 others already displaced in the Cox’s Bazar area by previous cycles of violence.

With the generosity and support of the Bangladeshi authorities and local communities, who were the first to respond to the emergency, critical needs were met and many lives were saved.

“The solidarity shown by the Government of Bangladesh and the commitment of humanitarian partners ensured the successful implementation of the first Joint Response Plan in 2018. Moving forward, we reiterate our commitment to meeting the dire needs of this population and urge the international community to support these efforts,” said International Organization for Migration Director General Antรณnio Vitorino.

“Our humanitarian imperative today is to stabilise the situation of stateless Rohingya refugees and their Bangladesh hosts. We are hoping for timely, predictable and flexible contributions in order to meet the goals of this year’s appeal,” said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “But while we tackle these immediate humanitarian needs we must not lose sight of solutions. I repeat my call to Myanmar to take urgent action to address the root causes of this crisis which have persisted for decades, so that people are no longer forced to flee and can eventually return home in safety and dignity. We encourage countries in this region and beyond to show solidarity with Bangladesh and to support Myanmar to start creating conditions for voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya,” Grandi continued.

The new JRP sets out a comprehensive humanitarian effort shaped around three strategic objectives. By bringing together 132 partners - UN agencies, international and national NGOs and government bodies in a collective effort – the Plan aims to deliver protection to refugee women, men, girls and boys, provide life-saving assistance and foster social cohesion.

The 2019 JRP is the second such appeal and builds on humanitarian achievements made thus far in order to further stabilize the situation of Rohingya refugees.

Over the past 12 months aid agencies have worked to improve the conditions across refugee settlements through the support provided under the 2018 JRP -– providing basic assistance, upgrading living conditions in displacement sites and putting in place disaster risk mitigation measures for monsoon and cyclone seasons.

The environmental impact of the influx has been reduced, through efforts such as reducing the demand for firewood through provision of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) as an alternative cooking and heating fuel.

The prevalence of Global Acute Malnutrition, at emergency levels in late 2017, has now dropped below the emergency threshold (from 19 per cent to 12 per cent), food security has improved, immunization coverage has grown to 89 per cent, and women delivering their babies in health facilities has risen from 22 per cent to 40 per cent.

Despite these and other achievements, the Rohingya remain in an extremely precarious situation, highlighting the importance of sustained support.  Until root causes of displacement in Myanmar are addressed and refugees are able to voluntarily return in safety and dignity, support must be provided to the Bangladeshi authorities to meet the needs of refugees and the host communities.

For example, the entire refugee population received basic emergency shelter kits to help them cope with the rainy season in 2018, but safer and more robust shelters are now required. Around 860,000 refugees regularly receive food assistance, yet only 240,000 are able to diversify their diet beyond the minimum package of rice, lentils and oil. These resources must be expanded to ensure their nutrition and health.

Similarly, continued investments into safe water and sanitation, health and protection services are vital.

For more information, please contact: Fiona MacGregor at IOM Cox’s Bazar. Tel: +88 0 1733 335221, Email: fmacgregor@iom.int or Angela Wells at IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Tel: +41 7940 35365, Email: awells@iom.int

PM May suffers defeat on Brexit

British lawmakers have rejected a motion asking them to support the prime minister’s plan to continue negotiations with the European Union over the country’s scheduled exit from the bloc.
The defeat has no legal force and Downing Street said it would not change the PM’s approach to talks with the EU.
But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged Mrs May to “admit her Brexit strategy has failed” and to come forward with a plan Parliament would support.
Parliament voted down the motion with 258 votes in favor and 303 opposed. 67 members of the governing Conservative Party abstained.
Theresa May announced earlier this week her plan to continue negotiations with the EU through February 26 on changes to her withdrawal agreement with the bloc.
The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he was going to ask the prime minister to admit her strategy has failed and bring forward a coherent plan to Parliament.
May’s office issued a statement, pledging that the government will continue working until the deadline of March 29 to ensure the UK leaves the EU.

Afghan Spy arrest 2 IS terrorist

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Afghanistan, spy agency has claimed to arrest two terrorists of Islamic State group suspected to be behind a twin bombing at a sports club in Kabul in 2018 that killed at least 26 people, including two journalists.
The Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement yesterday that the two men who had planned and facilitated the deadly attack had been detained in Kabul, though it did not mention the date and time of their arrest.
The arrests come days after the Afghan spy agency said it had detained three suspected of being behind a truck bombing that killed 150 people in Kabul’s diplomatic area in May 2017.

Afghan Spy arrest 2 IS terrorist

 Afghanistan, spy agency has claimed to arrest two terrorists of Islamic State group suspected to be behind a twin bombing at a sports club in Kabul in 2018 that killed at least 26 people, including two journalists.


The Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement yesterday that the two men who had planned and facilitated the deadly attack had been detained in Kabul, though it did not mention the date and time of their arrest.
The arrests come days after the Afghan spy agency said it had detained three suspected of being behind a truck bombing that killed 150 people in Kabul's diplomatic area in May 2017.

China “shock” over the Pulwama terror attack China expressed deep “shock” over the Pulwama terror attack carried out by a Jaish suici...