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India’s Fight For Kulbhushan in ICJ continues

Sonu Kanojia



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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague has adjourned hearing in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav for lunch break, the alleged Indian spy sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. After Lunch break the court will start its proceedings again. Indian legal team led by former Solicitor General Harish Salve is arguing the case.

After 18 years, an India-Pakistan dispute is playing out in the world court.

Series of court proceedings 

3.13pm : Court adjourned hearing for lunch break. After lunch break court will hear Pakistan.

3pm: Graver the charges, greater the need for continued adherence of Vienna Convention: Harish Salve.

2.40pm: The trial was conducted without informing Jadhav: Harish Salve tells ICJ.

2.26pm: India tells ICJ it fears Kulbhushan Jadhav will be executed before its arguments are heard in the case.

2.21pm: India refutes Pakistan’s claims against Kulbhushan Jadhav, says he was kidnapped from Iran.

2.15pm: The ICJ appeal has been filed as a measure of desperation, Harish Salve tells the court.

2.12pm: India calls for immediate suspension of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s sentence, accusing Pakistan of violating Vienna Convention of consular access.

2.05pm: India made innumerable requests to Pakistan for consular access which were denied: Harish Salve.

2:04 pm: Deepak Mittal says no response from Pakistan to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s parents’ visa.

2:02 pm: India has been seeking consular access since March 2016, says VD Sharma.

1:58 pm: India may avail a “short extension” beyond 90 minutes to present its case, says ICJ Judge.

1:56 pm: India’s agent in ICJ Deepak Mittal says, “consular access denied repeatedly.”

1:54 pm: India claims that the Jadhav case is violation of Vienna conventions.

1:52 pm: India’s agent Deepak Mittal urges for provisional measures.

1:50 pm: India terms Pakistan military court’s trial as ‘farcical’.

1:46 PM: Joint secretary Deepak Mittal is presenting India’s case at the ICJ.

1:43 pm: India demands suspension of Jadav’s death sentence.

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26 people killed and 18 injured in Kabul suicide bombing

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A spokesman from the interior ministry told the BBC that suicide bomber reached the shrine of Sakhi on foot and detonated the bombs when he was identified by the police.

A good number of 26 people have been killed and 18 have been left severely injured in a suspected attack by a suicide bomber close to a shrine in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, said the officials.

As per the initial reports, the bomber planted an attack on a crowd of hundreds of people who had come together to celebrate the occasion of Navroz, the Parsi New Year festival.

A number of people who were there in the crowd were Shia, however, the reports suggest that the number of people killed and injured may only increase.

No immediate assertions of responsibility have been made so far.

More so, a spokesman from the interior ministry told the BBC that suicide bomber reached the shrine of Sakhi on foot and detonated the bombs when he was identified by the police.

The blast happened outside the Ali Abad hospital that is near the Kabul University in the west of the city, said the spokesperson.

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Facebook Data Breach row: Zuckerberg working on action to be taken against Cambridge Analytica

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Reportedly, the Cambridge Analytica used as much as 50 million Facebook user account information in an unauthorised manner.

The Western media was completely shaken by the shocking revelation about the misuse of Facebook data by a data mining firm called Cambridge Analytica. The firm is also said to be the one which helped the American President Donald Trump in his Presidential campaign during elections.

Reportedly, in what can be considered as the biggest data breach, the Cambridge Analytica used as much as 50 million Facebook user information in an unauthorised manner. The Facebook after learning the information had suspended Cambridge Analytica’s account from the social media site.

On Tuesday, Facebook issued a statement saying that the firm was outraged by deceiving techniques used by Cambridge Analytica to illegally harvest the data of 50 million users. Apparently, it is believed that the firm used the data to spread its client’s propaganda during election campaigns.

The statement issued by Facebook also said that the Britain-based firm violated the terms and conditions of the social media site

“The entire company is outraged we were deceived. We are committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people’s information and will take whatever steps are required to see that this happens,” the statement said.

The statement also noted that the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg are working to devise a future course of action.

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Revered scientist Stephen Hawking dies at the age of 76

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Though Stephen Hawking’s physical mobility was restricted to the wheelchair, his mind was always curious about secrets of the Universe.


The revered British scientist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76 years on Wednesday, a family spokesperson informed. Stephen Hawking came across as a source of motivation as his success story of establishing his mental genius by overcoming his physical disability inspired many.

He died at his home in the British university city of Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning. As the news spread, people from across the globe mourned his death.

Born on 8 January 1942, Hawking was an English theoretical physicistcosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. He collaborated with Roger Penrose to work on gravitational singularity theorems to examine the General relativity and radiation from the black holes which are often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first-ever scientist to put forth a cosmology theory using the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He was a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

Hawking had a rare form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that paralysed him over the decades. However, inside the body that was slowly becoming ineffective was a genius mind. Though his physical mobility was restricted to the wheelchair he used, his mind was always curious about secrets of the Universe.

It was “A Brief History of Time”, a book written by him in 1988 which became a bestseller across the world. His intellectual was even compared with the geniuses of Albert Einstein and Issac Newton.

Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said, “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.”

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