Support efforts to end Ukraine conflict, says India after Brics joint statement



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India supports efforts aimed at ending the Ukraine conflict as it believes in finding a way forward through diplomacy and dialogue, external affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Friday against the backdrop of the Brics grouping backing mediation proposals.

A joint statement issued after a meeting of foreign ministers of Brics (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) member states in Cape Town said they had “noted with appreciation relevant proposals of mediation and good offices” aimed at peaceful resolution of the conflict.

Asked at a weekly news briefing if the joint statement amounted to an endorsement of a so-called peace plan proposed by China, Bagchi said: “I would not be sure whether to characterise the peace plan you have referred to as a mediation effort or not.”

India, he said, has always supported mediation efforts and the “idea of finding a way forward through diplomacy and dialogue”. He added, “Any mediation effort that works in that direction would be welcome.”

The Brics foreign ministers recalled their national positions on the “situation in and around Ukraine” as expressed at international forums such as the UN Security Council and General Assembly and called for the “full and effective implementation” of the Black Sea Grain Initiative and the memorandum of understanding between Russia and the UN Secretariat on promoting Russian food products and fertilisers to world markets.

The ministers further stressed the “importance of allowing grains and fertilisers to continue to reach those most in need”, according to the joint statement.

Besides calling for reforms of the principal organs of the UN, including the Security Council, so that they can better respond to global challenges, the joint statement said China and Russia reiterated the importance of the role of Brazil, India and South Africa in global affairs and their aspiration to play a greater role in the UN.

At a time when the G7 has sought to raise Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the G20, the Brics foreign ministers emphasised the importance of the grouping of 20 largest economies acting as the premier multilateral forum for economic cooperation and jointly seeking solutions to global challenges.

The foreign ministers also strongly condemned all forms of terrorism and said the Brics states are committed to combating cross-border movement of terrorists, terrorism financing networks and safe havens.

“They also stressed the need for a comprehensive approach of the whole international community to effectively curb the terrorist activities, which pose a serious threat...The ministers rejected double standards in countering terrorism and extremism conducive to terrorism,” the joint statement said.

Source: Hindustan Times

The US is monitoring what is happening in the quota movement: Miller



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The US Embassy in Dhaka and Washington are keeping a close watch on what is happening in Bangladesh in the student quota reform movement, the State Department said. In addition, spokesperson Matthew Miller commented that the United States continues to convey its concerns on the Bangladesh issue from the podium of the State Department.

This spokesperson said that there can be no direct talk about listing the organization as a banned organization due to the torture and violence that the Chhatra League has been carrying out on students for the past one and a half decades.

Participating in the briefing, State Department Correspondent Mushfiqul Fazal Ansari raised the issue of violence conducted by Chhatra League and law enforcement forces in the ongoing movement of students and wanted to know, 'The ruling government has continued to attack the movement of students in Bangladesh. At least 6 students have lost their lives so far at the hands of government-backed law and order forces. Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student body of the ruling government, is brutally torturing students, especially female students. This organization has been doing such activities for the past decade and a half. Will you list BCL as a terrorist organization?'

In response, Miller said, 'I'm not going to say anything about the issue you mentioned (banning Bangladesh Chhatra League). We have observed the violence that has spread during the student protests in Dhaka. I am once again calling for the movement to be peaceful. At the same time condemn any form of violence in peaceful protests.'

In another question, this reporter wants to know, 'Abu Sayed, a student of the English department of Begum Rokeya University, stood with his chest in front of the police gun during the protest for the safety of his classmates. The police did not hesitate to shoot him. He himself could not understand that the police would shoot him like this while protecting his classmates. After the fraudulent election, Sheikh Hasina has held on to her power by torturing her like this. Foreign Minister Anthony  Blinken said, 'The whole world's eyes are on the Bangladesh elections. The United States will take whatever steps are necessary for this election.' But the moment the people's rights are taken away, you become completely silent. Why did this happen?'

In response, Miller said, 'First of all, what you said is not true. We are not silent. You've seen me speak over and over throughout the week. As I said last Monday and I say again today, we condemn any form of violence against peaceful protests.'

He said, 'The US Embassy in Dhaka and our officials from Washington are closely monitoring what is happening in Bangladesh. Students are being killed in protests, people are dying, it is under our watch.'

"We call on the government to respect a citizen's right to peaceful protest," Miller said.

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Joe Biden infected with Corona



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US President Joe Biden has been infected with the Coronavirus. According to the White House, Biden is suffering from mild symptoms of Corona.

This information was published in a report by AFP on Thursday (July 18).

According to the report, Biden was diagnosed with Corona while campaigning in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday. After the Virus was detected, Biden left for the state of Delaware on Air Force One, the plane used by the president of the United States. He will be in isolation at his home there. "I feel good," he told reporters from the car before boarding the plane.

However, Biden was infected with Corona at a time when pressure is increasing on him within his own party, the Democratic Party, to withdraw from the presidential election to be held in November. At the age of 81, questions are being raised about how capable he is of contesting the election against rival candidate Donald Trump. That question has intensified since last month's debacle in a debate with Trump.

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Trump chose a new partner as vice president



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The former president of the country, Donald Trump, has chosen a new partner as the vice president of the Republican Party in the upcoming US presidential election. Trump announced Ohio State Senator JD Vance for this position. At the same time, Trump himself received the party's nomination as the presidential candidate.

On Monday (July 15), the British media BBC reported the information.

The Republican Party's four-day national convention has begun in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On the first day of the conference, Trump announced JD Vance as his vice president in the country's presidential election to be held in November.

The crowd at the conference erupted in "JD" chants as the former president announced his decision on social media.

The National Convention of the Republican Party will continue till July 18. The party holds this conference every four years. Trump was officially nominated for the presidential election at this year's convention by state representatives of the party.

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KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Prime Minister of Nepal



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KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Prime Minister of Nepal

KP Sharma Oli sworn in as Prime Minister of Nepal

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KP Sharma Oli has been sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Nepal.

He was sworn in as Prime Minister in a special ceremony at the President's office at Shital Nibas in Maharajganj, Kathmandu on Monday (July 15).

President Ramchandra Paudel administered the oath of office and secrecy to Oli at the ceremony.

This is Oli's fourth term as the country's chief executive.

President Paudel on the same evening invited political parties to form a new government under Article 76 (2) of the Constitution after outgoing Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal failed to win the confidence of the House of Representatives during Friday's floor test.

Soon after the President's call, 72-year-old Oli accompanied his new alliance partner, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, to the President's office to demand the Prime Minister's post.

Unopposed, Oli submitted the signatures of 166 legislators (88 from the Congress and 78 from the UML) in his support. A minimum of 138 seats was required to form a government in the 275-strong House of Representatives.

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