MORNING NEWS BRIEF: 18 JANUARY
PICTURE OF THE DAY
Nepali mountaineer Sona Sherpa holds the banner of Seven Summit Treks at the K2 summit. A team of 10 Nepali mountaineers made the first successful winter ascent of K2. With a height of 8,611 metres, it is the second highest mountain in the world.
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Pakistan: Public posts require psychological filtering
The latest drama in the US should initiate a thought process. Having a mentally disturbed person in an elected office may disturb the political system and law and order.
Suffering from a weak political system for decades, necessary reform in Pakistan has been delayed because an overwhelming number of politicians are unsuited for their jobs. This government is in the process of reorganising its political system and a ‘fit for office’ test for candidates who register to stand for elections could be made a precondition for taking part in the electoral race. The test would have to check the non-medical personality and character including leadership potential.
India supplies radar spare parts to Sri Lankan Air Force
As part of India’s commitment to maintaining high serviceability of weapons equipment provided by government of India to the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, an Indian Air Force (IAF) An-32 aircraft landed at Bandaranaike International Airport on January 10, with 341 Indra Radar Spares worth LKR 200 million to augment maintenance support for four INDRA Mk-II Air Surveillance Radars, gifted to the Sri Lanka Air Force by India in 2011.
The spares were formally presented to the Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana, by Gopal Baglay, High Commissioner of India, at a grand function organized by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) at SLAF Base, Katunayake.
Neighbours may have concerns, but no interference accepted: Nepal
Nepal’s close neighbours may have “concerns”, but the government does not accept interference from outside, Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep K. Gyawali said on Saturday.
However, just before Gyawali’s trip, Dahal had accused Oli of splitting the ruling party and dissolving parliament at “the direction of India”.
India's move to bring out NRC in Assam had met with resistance from Bangladesh
The BJP government's implementation of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, is learnt to be suffering a delay, with South Block trying to pacify Dhaka on its concerns over the mention of ''Bangladeshis'' in the law which provides citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who entered the country on or before December 31, 2014. The law passed by Parliament in December 2019 is aimed at allowing persecuted non-Muslim minorities like Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians in these three countries to enter the country and get Indian citizenship.
Pompeo’s attempts to link al-Qaeda to Iran intended to please Israel: Pakistan PM
The prime minister of Pakistan has said the purpose behind U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's anti-Iran’s remarks is to appease the Zionists, but the world does not believe in his false allegations.
In an interview with Pakistani Bol News, Imran Khan stressed that Pompeo's accusations against Iran and its affiliation with al-Qaeda are never credible and the world does not accept such remarks.
Joe Biden executive orders will reverse Trump on climate, Iran, Covid and more
Joe Biden will sign a series of executive orders in his first days in office, attempting to roll back damage done at home and abroad by Donald Trump, whom the Democrat will replace as president on Wednesday.
Biden, 78, has already outlined plans to send an immigration bill and a Covid stimulus and relief package to a newly Democratic-controlled Congress. On Friday he said he would shake up the delivery of vaccines against Covid-19, mired in chaos under Trump.