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Bali international airport closed after Mount Agung spurts ash clouds

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The white and grey ashes from the volcano along with the red glow created towers of cloud. The southwards moving ash cloud could affect the air transport, considering which the airport was shut

If you are planning to enjoy vacation in Bali, here’s a news, you might want to reconsider it. Yes, Bali one of the favourite destination for all the wanderlust seekers out there has closed its International Airport.

The reason behind it is the volcano at Mount Agung, which has been spurting the clouds of ashes since the weekend. The government of Indonesia also ordered the villagers to vacate the island as soon as possible. It is now for the second day that the International Airport has been closed leaving thousands of tourists in puzzle.

The volcano spurted white and grey ashes reaching up to 3,000 meters above along with occasional red glow. The ashes clouds are moving southwards which might affect the air transport. Thus, the authority in the country closed down the airport for about 24-hours yesterday citing security reasons.

On Monday, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency raised the volcano eruption alert at the highest level. It also ordered the evacuation up to 10 Kilometers from the volcano. However, authorities also raised a possibility of major explosion. About 100000 people have been asked to vacate their homes. However, many continue to live there as they said they feel “safe” and “cannot abandon their livestock”.

The last eruption at Mount Agung in 1963 have killed as many as 1,100 people. Indonesia has around 120 active volcanos.

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IMF chief Christine Lagarde wants PM Modi to focus more on women issues

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NEW DELHI: International Monetary Fund chief (IMF) Christine Lagarde on Thursday said she hopes PM Narendra Modi pays more attention to the situation of women in the country.

It wasn’t the first time that the IMF chief has drawn PM Modi’s focus towards women issues.

Yesterday, Lagarde termed the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua “revolting” and hoped that the authorities, starting with Prime Minister Modi, to pay more attention towards it.

“What has happened (in India) is just revolting. I would hope that the Indian authorities, starting with Prime Minister Modi, pay more attention because it is needed for the women of India,” Lagarde said.

Recalling her earlier conversation with the Indian PM in Davos she had told the PM that he didn’t mention women enough while talking about India’s growth story. She said India’s GDP can grow by as much as 27% if women are brought to the same level of men.

“When I was last in Davos after Prime Minister Modi’s speech, I did tell him that he had not mentioned the women of India enough. And it’s not just a question of talking about them,” said the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund said.

Referring to her comments during January’s annual meeting in Davos of women co-chairs of the World Economic Forum, she said that “India must focus on broad-based and true inclusion of women in its economy. She also expressed concern over the high level of discrimination faced by women in rural India and emphasized that there is an urgent need to address this issue”.

She also spoke that if India should focus on the inclusion of women in its economy. “We have research to show that India’s GDP can grow by 27 percent if the women are brought to the same level of men in terms of economic and workforce participation”.

Lagarde clearly stated that it was her position and not the IMF’s view on the comment on Kathua case. However, her January comments did appear to be the IMF’s position.

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Comeback plan of Nawaz Sharif spoiled by Pakistan Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court of Pakistan barred Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif from holding any office for a lifetime.

 

In a landmark judgement, Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Nawaz Sharif from holding any office. The Ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan had to step down after his involvement in Panama papers came up and was unable to declare the source of his income. Earlier the Supreme Court of Pakistan had barred him from holding the position of political party chief.

This comes as a major setback to the ex-premier of Pakistan as he was aiming at a comeback during the upcoming general elections in June.

Nawaz Sharif was disqualified under Article 62 of Pakistan’s constitution in 2017. The article makes being “Sadiq and Ameen” (honest and righteous) a pre-condition to becoming a member of parliament. Today’s verdict, however, was in response to the pleas that sought to know the time period of a ban on Nawaz Sharif. Along with Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen was also disqualified.

The court today banned both of them from holding office for a lifetime.

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“I am sorry. Didn’t take the broad view of the responsibilities”: Mark Zuckerberg in Congressional testimony

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Mark Zuckerberg said that the company will do everything to protect the integrity of upcoming elections in India as well as other countries.

 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday appeared before the US congressional Committee for testimony in the Facebook data breach case. The social media giant has come under fire after Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie had revealed that the company obtained the private data of millions of Facebook users in an unauthorised manner. The company was involved in the Presidential campaign of Donald Trump, which raised more questions on company’s operations.

Facebook, on the other hand, drew a backlash for not deploying enough security measures to protect the user’s data. Answering the congressional committee, Zuckerberg said that the company will do everything to protect the integrity of upcoming elections in India as well as other countries across the world.

“2018 is an essential year for elections. Not only the US midterms but, there are important elections — in India, in Brazil, in Mexico, in Pakistan and in Hungary,” said Mark Zuckerberg.” We are trying to make sure that we do everything we can to protect the integrity of those elections,” he added.

Mark Zuckerberg also took the responsibility of the data breach and admitted it was a mistake that company didn’t take the broad view of the responsibility that comes with it. it was my mistake. “And I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here, ” Zuckerberg testified in front of 44 senators.

He further revealed that data privacy issues and outside interference in elections has always been a matter of concern for Facebook. Zuckerberg told the committee that the company is coming up with a new measures to check the fake accounts. He said Artificial Intelligence tools have been deployed to remove the proliferating fake accounts that can be used for spreading misinformation to meddle in the elections.

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