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US-led strikes on Syria justified: Israeli official

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Retaliatory airstrikes led by the US on Syria are justified because of the “murderous actions” said an Israeli official of the Damascus government today.

The official who denied disclosing his identity said, “ Last year (US) President Donald Trump said that the use of chemical weapons would violate a red line. This night, under America’s guidance, the United States, France and Britain acted accordingly (because) Syria continues to carry out its murderous actions”.

He further added, “Syria also serves as a base to carry out such action, namely on behalf of Iran, endangering its territory, its forces and its leadership”.

The public radio stated that Israel had been earlier apprised quite ahead of time of the air strikes that were today done by the United States, Britain and France.

Tensions seem to have been intense between Israel and Iran that is a chief backer of the Syrian regime that provides military advisors and “volunteer” ground forces to Damascus.

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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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Former US First Lady expires at 92

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Only the second woman ever to see both her husband and son sworn in as US president, the Bush family reveals Barbara Bush passed away in the early hours of Wednesday after battling a heart illness for a long time.

Barbara Bush, the former US first lady and literacy campaigner, has died at the age of 92. Her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, was by her side throughout this painful process, according to a family statement that described him as “broken-hearted.”

Bush’s two most prominent sons, the former president George W Bush and the former Florida governor Jeb Bush, paid tribute to their mother in separate heartfelt statements after the news of her death broke.

Relatives said she died of complications from congestive heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. It was recently announced that Mrs Bush had declined further medical treatment after a series of hospital visits, but the statement did not reveal the nature of her ailments. She said she wanted to spend her last days in “comfort care” with her family.

As the first lady, Mrs Bush went beyond the traditional role of a political wife, founding the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to help parents and children from disadvantaged communities to read and write.

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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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