Categories
Uncategorized

Key hearing in SC on 6 Raj BSP legislators today | India News


NEW DELHI: Ahead of the Rajasthan assembly session from August 14, the Supreme Court in a crucial hearing on Tuesday will take up a BJP MLA‘s petition challenging the Speaker’s decision to recognise the merger of BSP legislature party, comprising all six MLAs, with Congress in September 2019.
The SC’s decision on the legality of the Speaker’s decision to recognise the merger would be key to Congress retaining support of the six MLAs.
In the 200-member House, Congress had 101 MLAs. Later, six BSP MLAs merged with it to take the party’s tally to 107. The Ashok Gehlot government also claimed support of 13 independents and other smaller parties to command a comfortable majority. But if the 19 rebel Congress MLAs are taken out of the equation, the BSP members will be key for the Gehlot government.
A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and M R Shah on Monday said it would hear BJP MLA Madan Dilawar’s petition along with the plea filed by the six MLAs seeking transfer of Dilawar’s petition in the HC challenging the Speaker’s rejection of his plea for their disqualification.
When 19 Congress MLAs led by Sachin Pilot rebelled against chief minister Ashok Gehlot and put the Congress in a spot, the BSP had issued a whip to its six MLAs asking them not to support Congress on the floor of the House. It had said since BSP as a party had not merged with the Congress, the merger of BSP legislature party with the Congress would not shield them from disqualification if they defied the whip.
Sensing opportunity to weaken the Congress in the assembly, Dilawar had moved a petition before the Speaker seeking disqualification of the six erstwhile BSP MLAs on the ground that there was no merger of the parties and defiance of the BSP whip would render them disqualified under the anti-defection provisions of the Tenth Schedule.
The six MLAs, through advocate Amit Pai, said the moot question involved in the petition pending before the HC was whether merger of political parties was needed to avoid disqualification under Paragraph 4 of the Tenth Schedule and whether merger of legislature parties was enough.
They said in a case relating to Nagaland assembly, the Gauhati High Court in 2014 had ruled that merger of legislature parties was enough to ward off disqualification under the anti-defection law. This decision was challenged in the SC and is pending consideration. They said the issue pending in Rajasthan HC was similar to the one pending in the SC and hence it would be better to get the petition transferred to the apex court.



Source link

Categories
Uncategorized

Rs 10,000cr trans-shipment port for Great Nicobar Island: PM | India News


NEW DELHI: Great Nicobar Island will get a trans-shipment port with investment of Rs 10,000 crore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.
For years, Indian ports have lost out to Colombo, which is a major trans-shipment hub in the region and the proposed facility may be an alternative given its location and is seen to be close to the channel connecting China, Japan and Australia.
While inaugurating the 2,300-km-long submarine optical fibre cable (OFC) connecting Andaman and Nicobar Islands with Chennai, which will bring rapid net and telephone connectivity to the archipelago, Modi said the Centre’s focus is to reduce the “distance” between Delhi and other parts of the country, as far as development is concerned.
The PM said the aim is to ensure the islands are “not far away from Delhi and from the hearts of the Mainland”, while adding that the focus is also on promoting ‘ease of business in the sea’ and simplifying maritime logistics.
Modi said the trans-shipment port would enable large ships to anchor and increase India’s share in maritime trade, while creating new employment opportunities.
A detailed project report (DPR) was prepared several years ago for developing the trans-shipment port at South Bay in Great Nicobar Island. They added the Island Development Authority has awarded the task of re-validating the DPR to WAPCOS, a PSU under the Jal Shakti ministry.
Modi said islands of India would be playing an important role under the country’s new trade strategy for Indo-Pacific region. He added that under the Act-East policy, the role of Andaman and Nicobar in India’s strong relations with east Asian countries and other countries connected to the sea is very high and is going to increase.
PM said with the submarine OFC connectivity will improve ‘ease of living’ and will prove to be a boost for tourism. He added internet connectivity is important to promote tourism.



Source link

Categories
Uncategorized

Sachin Pilot cancels flight from Congress after meeting Rahul, Priyanka | India News


NEW DELHI: A month after he revolted against chief minister Ashok Gehlot and left Jaipur with 18 supporting MLAs, Sachin Pilot met Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and rolled back his rebellion on the assurance that his grievances would be “redressed” even though the terms of the peace deal remain to be worked out in detail.
TOI, in a front page report on August 5, had pointed to the possibility of a thaw between Congress and the rebels.
The development marks a win for Gehlot who has all along claimed that he has the numbers for a floor test and has been reluctant to accommodate Pilot. The rebel’s meeting with Rahul and Priyanka was followed by a Congress statement, which said Pilot had expressed his grievances in detail. “They have had a frank, open and conclusive discussion. Pilot has committed to working in the interest of Congress and the Congress government in Rajasthan,” the party said.

Pilot, too, struck a conciliatory tone. “The party gives us post and can also take it back. I’ve no desire for any post but I wanted our self-respect to remain intact. I’ve contributed to the party for 18-20 years now. We’ve always attempted to ensure the participation of people who worked,” he said.
“Several things were said, I heard a lot of things. I was surprised by a few things that were said. I think we should always maintain restraint and humility. There is no place for personal malice in politics,” he added.
The afternoon meeting was followed by a discussion between Priyanka, Ahmed Patel, K C Venugopal and the rebel MLAs where details such as accommodation of the dissidents in a cabinet reshuffle and appointments to corporations were considered. A committee to go into the grievances of Pilot and the other dissidents will work in a time-bound manner. The day’s discussions, the Pilot camp said, did not rule out consideration of the leadership issue even though it is not on the table at present.
There was no discussion on the posts of deputy CM and PCC chief that Pilot had held and he did not bring it up either. The events seemed to highlight the role played by Priyanka in keeping in touch with Pilot and later being the political manager in interacting with dissident MLAs who were keen on hearing how their interests would be protected.
Pilot drove to Rahul’s residence in the capital in the afternoon where he met the leader and Priyanka and held discussions for over two hours. The meeting was seen as a culmination of two weeks of talks between Pilot and Priyanka. It is, however, clear that the demand for leadership change in Rajasthan was a non-starter.
The compromise between the warring factions ended the stalemate that triggered a prolonged crisis in the desert state amid the Covid-19 pandemic and resulted in resort politics and petitions in the high court and the Supreme Court, besides bringing Raj Bhavan into the political warfare over summoning of the state assembly. It would seem the impending floor test and uncertainty over unseating the government, as well as his reluctance to join BJP, left Pilot will limited options.
The truce ahead of the assembly session on August 14 will end the uncertainty hanging over the Gehlot government.
As part of the deal, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will form a three-member committee and this may turn out to be an exercise in protecting the rebels’ political interests in the wake of bitterness with Gehlot and ensuring “fair” appointments to state boards and corporations. Pilot is said to have been assured about his future and political interests. He also wants the Congress team looking after Rajasthan — general secretary in-charge and secretaries — to be changed.
As it turned out, a worried Congress high command adopted a line that was distinct from Gehlot’s frontal aggression and courted Pilot who had kept a line open with Priyanka, though for long he insisted on his demand for leadership change to be addressed. A meeting between them also took place around a fortnight ago.
While Pilot was not budging on his demand that Gehlot be ejected, sources said Priyanka offered him a meeting with Sonia and Rahul, but made it clear that change of guard was not possible. However, Priyanka is also learnt to have told Pilot that “we all are family and we want you to stay”. Also, the stance of former CM Vasundhara Raje, who met BJP chief J P Nadda last week, injected uncertainty in the minds of the rebels.
But as talks stretched, Pilot apparently realised that he was taking a high-risk gamble. While he was short of numbers, sustained pressure from the state leadership to pursue disqualification of the rebel MLAs also took its toll. Besides, some MLAs from the Pilot camp opened negotiations with the CM while some were opposed to joining BJP.
Given the situation, Pilot is learnt to have assured his interlocutors that he would not join BJP, which ensured further discussions. During this time, he floated the possibility of launching a regional party to show that he had options.
With time, sources said Pilot came down on his terms and sought an assurance that interests of the rebel MLAs would be protected. As a deal, the sacked ministers may be reinstated.
A Congress office-bearer said Pilot could be projected as leader in the future. Also, the leadership is said to be keen that he assume the post of party general secretary in-charge of a key state.



Source link

Categories
Uncategorized

SC to decide if Prashant Bhushan committed contempt | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday decided to scrutinise activist-advocate Prashant Bhushan’s 2009 allegation that “half of the 16 former CJIs were corrupt” to determine whether it would amount to contempt of court.
In a single-sentence order, a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari said, “Before reaching any finding whether the statement made as to ‘corruption’ would per se amount to contempt of court, the matter is required to be heard.” The bench posted the matter for further hearing on August 17.
As the court decided to go ahead with scrutiny of Bhushan’s 2009 media interview in which he accused former CJIs of “corruption”, it appears that the SC is of the view that it is not a case to be closed on the basis of Bhushan’s August 4 in-camera statement. The lawyer had refused to tender an apology while expressing complete faith in the judiciary. However, he had regretted that his remarks meant to attribute “lack of propriety” to the CJIs were misunderstood as accusations of financial corruption.
Bhushan had said, “In my interview with Tehelka in 2009, I used the word corruption in a wide sense, meaning lack of propriety. I did not mean only financial corruption or deriving any pecuniary advantage. If what I have said caused hurt to any of them or to their families in any way, I regret the same.” Then editor of Tehelka Tarun Tejpal too faces contempt proceedings along with Bhushan.
Before deciding to hold in-camera proceedings on August 4, the bench had said, “We are for freedom of speech but there is a thin line between freedom of speech and contempt of court. Can you (Bhushan’s counsel Rajeev Dhavan) as an officer of the court solve this puzzle — save freedom of speech and save the grace and dignity of the judicial system? Can you suggest a way out of this rigmarole? The system does not curtail freedom of speech.”
After the hearing got over, Bhushan’s office had said, “In the hearing of the 2009 contempt matter against Prashant Bhushan… the bench instead of open-court hearing, spoke to the counsel for the respondents, Dhavan and Kapil Sibal over WhatsApp calls. The judges told the counsel that they wanted to put an end to the matter to protect the dignity of the court and of the judges. They, therefore, asked the parties to issue statements tendering their apologies. Bhushan refused to tender an apology.”
Bhushan’s statement, annexed to theac release, said, “I unreservedly state that I support the institution of the judiciary and especially the Supreme Court of which I am a part, and had no intention to lower the prestige of the judiciary in which I have complete faith. I regret if my interview was misunderstood as doing so, that is, lower the reputation of the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, which could never have been my intention at all.”



Source link

Categories
Uncategorized

Pranab Mukherjee put on ventilator after brain clot surgery | India News


NEW DELHI: Former President Pranab Mukherjee was put on ventilator support on Monday after undergoing surgery for removal of a clot in his brain. He has also tested positive for Covid-19.
Sources at the Army (Research and Referral) Hospital said the few hours after the surgery would be critical as there is need for ventilator support that may not have been required if he was not Covid positive. Mukherjee, 84, tweeted on Monday, saying, “On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for Covid-19 today.”
“I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self-isolate and get tested for Covid-19,” Mukherjee, who was President from 2012 to 2017, added.
Sources said the former President is ‘critical’. “He needed to be put on ventilator during the surgery for the removal of the clot in his brain. Normally, he would have been weaned off the device after the success of the surgery. However, the doctors are unable to do so in the current situation because he is suffering from Covid-19,” said a source, adding, “Next few hours are going to be critical”.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh visited the Army (R&R) Hospital and enquired about the former President’s health on Monday during the day. Singh was at the hospital for around 20 minutes.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, along with several of his party colleagues, wished Mukherjee, who was a Congress leader for years, a speedy recovery. “We wish former President Pranab Mukherjee a speedy recovery from Covid,” Congress said on its official Twitter handle.
Abhijeet Mukherjee, Congress member and the former president’s son, tweeted, “I wish my father a speedy recovery! I appeal to all my countrymen to pray for his speedy recovery & good health.” Several leaders from across the political spectrum also wished Mukherjee an early recovery.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted, “I have come to know former President of India Sh. Pranab Mukherjee has tested positive for Covid-19…concerned about his health. Wish him a speedy recovery.”
“Wishing Sri Pranab Mukherjee a speedy recovery. I am sure he will be out of this sooner than later,” said Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge. Union minister Piyush Goyal also wished good health for Mukherjee and said he is confident that the former president will quickly recover from the virus.
Congress member Abhishek Singhvi said, “Astonishing and matter of concern that former President Pranab Mukherjee tested positive for Covid. Very active, regular walker, wish him quick recovery and restful convalescence.”



Source link

Categories
Market Updates

Choosing the Style of Inland Empire Bridal Hair – X herald

Bridal hair styling is an artwork and is the newest trend in hairstyles.  Many stylists specialize in one or more different styles. The Inland Empire Bridal Hair is the latest style that is sweeping the bridal world today.  These styles include half-up hair, long hair, hair braids, side-bends, and more.  Most will also include accessories such as colorful hair extensions, bridal combs, hair flowers or vines, tiara, and headbands in order to get the right look.  Generally, the bride’s hair is swept back to make it look beautiful and elegant so long hair is preferable for this type of style but some styles will fit a bride with short hair.  There is a hairstyle collection for every bridal occasion.

Choosing the Right Inland Empire Bridal Hair Stylist

  • Experience: This is the most important thing that you need to be assured of as they are trained professionally to fulfill all of the bride’s needs.  They will know exactly which style of Inland Empire Bridal Hair that will be perfect for the bride on her special day.  They will have all the knowledge of the different styles and accessories for this particular hairstyle and which will accent her beauty, wedding dress, and wedding theme.
  • Place to place services: Getting ready for that big day can be stressful enough without having to worry about getting to the salon to get her hair done, especially if the bridesmaids and mothers are all getting their hair done too.  Check to see if the stylist can come to the bride’s home or to the church where they will get ready to do the hair.
  • Extensive Catalog: The hairstylist should have a catalog of various styles of Inland Empire Bridal Hair for the bride to choose from.  The stylist should know just how to do each style that is featured in her catalog.  There should also be pictures of the styles so the bride can have an idea of what her hair will look like on her day.
  • Products that are non-toxic: They should be using products that are non-toxic to your hair because if they contain harmful chemicals, it can damage your hair.  They can make her hair thin, brittle, and rough.  It will not look natural and when taking pictures of the happy day, this type of hair can cause the pictures to not look so great and could even go so far as to ruin the pictures and make them look unnatural.  And it can also be time-consuming to try to get these chemicals out of her hair once the big day is over with.  In addition to the products being non-toxic, they should also be of good quality.

Accessories the Inland Empire Bridal Hairstylist can Use

  • Bridal Combs: This is the most popular choice and it is both elegant and simple.  It is very easy to coordinate them with the bride’s wedding style
  • Hair Flowers: These are for the bride that wants to give off the boho look.  It is a simple flower in her hair and is perfect for that beach or backyard wedding.
  • Tiara: This will give the bride a classic bridal look.  The dainty tiara will bring out all the glamour in the wedding dress.  This is a wedding accessory for the Inland Empire Bridal Hair that will never go out of style; classy yet elegant.
  • Hair Vines: Wearing these hair accessories will make her look and feel like a medieval bride.  With this, it can be easily twisted and bent to how she wants it.  The stylist can weave it through her hair, or have her wear it like a headband across her forehead.

Most hairstylists that do the Inland Empire Bridal Hair will offer different packages with services that range from the scalp and/or head massages to coloring her hair.  They may even offer group packages that include the entire bridal party.

When choosing this style, make sure that it reflects the bride’s personal preference.  Whether she chooses the simple flower for a summer wedding or a flower crown, make sure that it represents who the bride is.  She also needs to make sure that it will match the wedding dress.  This is important as the bride does not want a really fancy embellished wedding dress and then some type of outlandish hair accessory.  She will want them to complement or accent her wedding dress, not clash with it.

For example, if the bride has a wedding dress that has few to no embellishments, then she would want to have hair accessories with intricate details.  Also, make sure that the colors of the bride’s hair accessories match or compliment her wedding colors.  The best suggestion is to stick with gold or silver and if the bride is choosing a flower or flowers, make sure that they are a light color so they do not look garish.

Conclusion

When choosing the style of Inland Empire Bridal Hair, keep these tips in mind when the bride is choosing just which hairstyle would look best for that special day.  Remember, the right accessories can make the bride stand out as the star of the wedding and bring out her best look.  Choosing the right hair accessories is very important, whether she wants to be a boho bride or a romantic classic bride.

When choosing this style, the bride can even choose contrasting hair colors or extensions or a hairstyle that will compliment the groom.  Again, make sure that the stylist has the experience to do this type of hairstyle and that they also have all the modern technology that is needed.  It is a hairstyle that when done right will be elegant, make the bride feel special, but yet look natural and will keep its style throughout the wedding and reception.  To pull off this glamorous hairstyle the bride will need to make sure that she is choosing not only the right stylist but also the right accessories, which the hairstylist will help her do.

For More information visit: https://www.captureyourbeauty.me/

Press Release Distributed by Xherald

Categories
Uncategorized

Looters descend on downtown Chicago; more than 100 arrested


CHICAGO: Hundreds of looters and vandals descended on downtown Chicago early Monday following a police shooting on the city’s South Side, smashing the windows of dozens of businesses and making off with merchandise, cash machines and anything else they could carry, police said.
Hours earlier, police shot a man after he opened fire on officers Sunday afternoon an incident that apparently prompted a social media post urging looters to converge on the business district, Police Superintendent David Brown told a news conference.
Some 400 additional officers were dispatched to the area after the department spotted the post. Over several hours, police made more than 100 arrests and 13 officers were injured, including one who was struck in the head with a bottle, Brown said.
Brown dismissed any suggestion that the chaos was part of an organized protest of the shooting, instead calling it “pure criminality” that included occupants of a vehicle opening fire on police who were arresting a man they spotted carrying a cash register.
No officers were wounded by gunfire, but a security guard and a civilian were hospitalized in critical condition after being shot, and five guns were recovered, he said.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot agreed that the melee had nothing to do with a protest. “This was straight-up felony criminal conduct,” she said. “This was an assault on our city.”
The looting brightened the national spotlight that has been on Chicago for weeks after a surge in gun violence that resulted in more homicides in July than any month in decades. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the city’s handling of the violence, recently ordered more federal agents to Chicago to take part in what Attorney General William Barr called “classic crime fighting.”
Further ratcheting up the tensions in the city was a video that circulated on Facebook hours before the looting that falsely claimed that Chicago police had shot and killed a 15-year-old boy. Posted at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the video shows upset residents confronting officers near the scene where officers shot and wounded an adult suspect who they said had fired at them that day. By Monday morning, it had been watched nearly 100,000 times.
Witnesses to the looting described a scene that bore a striking resemblance to the unrest that unfolded when protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis devolved into chaos. Brown suggested that the lenient treatment of people arrested then played a role in what happened Monday.
“Not many of those cases were prosecuted to the full extent,” he said. “These looters, these thieves, these criminals being emboldened by (the lack of) consequences … emboldened to do more.”
At the same news conference, Lightfoot addressed the looters directly, telling them that police had collected a lot of surveillance video and other evidence that will be used to arrest and prosecute as many as possible.
“We saw you, and we will come after you,” she warned.
Videos of the vandalism showed huge crowds of people smashing their way into businesses and streaming out of the broken windows and doors with clothes and other merchandise. They loaded up vehicles and drove off, some leaving behind boxes of rocks that they had apparently brought to shatter the windows. Cash register drawers and clothes hangers were strewn about the streets, along with automatic teller machines that had been ripped from walls or pulled from inside businesses.
Stores miles from downtown were also ransacked, their parking lots littered with glass and boxes that once contained television sets and other electronics.
“This was obviously very orchestrated,” the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a prominent Roman Catholic priest and activist on the city’s South Side, told Chicago television station WBBM.
Train and bus service into downtown was temporarily suspended. Bridges over the Chicago River were lifted, preventing travel to and from the downtown area, and state police blocked some expressway ramps into downtown. Access was to be restored later in the day.
Brown said the department would maintain a huge presence in the downtown area indefinitely, telling reporters that all days off had been canceled until further notice.
On the South Side, police responded about 2:30 p.m. Sunday to a call about a person with a gun in the Englewood neighborhood and tried to confront someone matching his description in an alley. He fled from officers on foot and shot at officers, police said.
Officers returned fire, wounding the man, who was taken to a hospital for treatment. He was expected to recover. Three officers also were taken to a hospital for observation, the statement said.
Brown later said the 20-year-old man had a long criminal history, including arrests for domestic battery and child endangerment, He said a gun was recovered at the scene.
More than an hour after the shooting, police and witnesses said a crowd faced off with officers after someone reportedly told people that police had shot and wounded a child. That crowd eventually dispersed.
But police later came across the social media post about a caravan of cars “being prompted to go to our downtown to loot,” Brown said. “Within 15 minutes, we respond and almost immediately the caravan is in our downtown area.”



Source link

Categories
Uncategorized

Have raised important ideological, governance issues: Sachin Pilot | India News


NEW DELHI: The political crisis in Rajasthan seems to have blown over for now, with Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Monday returning to the party fold after the intervention of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi.
“The issues raised by us were ideological and it was important to highlight them in the interest of the party,” Sachin Pilot said after meeting the three-member panel set up by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi to hear the grievances of the rebels.
“We raised issues of principles before Congress leadership and welcome their assurance of time-bound redressal of our grievances,” Pilot said.
Pilot did express surprise at some of the remarks made during the crisis, an obvious hint at the sharp comments like “Nikamma and Nakara”(useless) and by chief minister Ashok Gehlot.
“Several things were said, I heard a lot of things. I was surprised by a few things that were said. I think we should always maintain restraint and humility. There is no place for personal malice in politics,” Pilot said.
The crisis, which exposed the deep differences between the two leaders, will now be resolved by the three-member panel which includes Priyanka Gandhi, Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal.
Amid speculations about his role after the truce, Sachin Pilot said, “I don’t crave for any post, party has given the position and can take it back.”



Source link

Categories
Uncategorized

Lebanese PM Hassan Diab steps down in wake of Beirut explosion, protests


BEIRUT: Lebanon’s prime minister says he is stepping down from his job in the wake of the Beirut port explosion last week that triggered public fury and mass protests.
In a brief televised speech, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said on Monday that he is taking “a step back” so he can stand with the people “and fight the battle for change alongside them.”
He said: “I declare today the resignation of this government. May God protect Lebanon,” repeating the last phrase three times.
A brief while earlier, Diab’s Cabinet resigned. The developments follow a weekend of anti-government protests in the wake of the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut’s port that caused widespread destruction, killed at least 160 people and injured about 6,000 others.
Diab blamed corrupt politicians who preceded him for the “earthquake” that has hit Lebanon.
“They (political class) should have been ashamed of themselves because their corruption is what has led to this disaster that had been hidden for seven years,” he added.
Lebanon’s government resigned Monday amid widespread public fury at the country’s ruling elite over last week’s devastating explosion in Beirut. The move risks opening the way to dragged-out negotiations over a new Cabinet amid urgent calls for reform.
Prime Minster Hassan Diab headed to the presidential palace to submit the Cabinet’s group resignation, said Health Minister Hamad Hassan. It follows a weekend of anti-government protests in the wake of the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut’s port that caused widestpread destruction, killed at least 160 people and injured about 6,000 others.
The moment typified Lebanon’s political dilemma. Since October, there have been mass demonstrations demanding the departure of the entire sectarian-based leadership over entrenched corruption, incompetence and mismanagement.
But the ruling oligarchy has held onto power for so long _ since the end of the civil war in 1990 _ that it is difficult to find a credible political figure not tainted by connections to them.
Although Diab’s resignation had appeared inevitable after the catastrophe, he seemed unwilling to leave and only two days ago made a televised speech in which he offered to stay on for two months to allow for various factions to agree on a roadmap for reforms. But the pressure from within his own Cabinet proved to be too much.
Diab’s government was formed after his predecessor, Saad Hariri, stepped down in October in response to the demonstrations. It took months of bickering among the leadership factions before they settled on Diab.
His government, which was supported by Hezbollah and its allies and seen as one-sided, was basically doomed from the start, tasked with meeting demands for reform but made up of all the factions that reformers want out. His government was basically doomed from the start, tasked with meeting demands for reform but made up of all the factions that reformers want out.
Now the process must start again, with Diab’s government in a caretaker role as the same factions debate a new one.
“I hope that the caretaking period will not be long because the country cannot take that. Lets hope a new government will be formed quickly,” Public Works Minister Michel Najjar told reporters. “An effective government is the least we need to get out of this crisis.”
The weekend protests saw clashes with security forces firing tear gas at protesters.
The explosion is believed to have been caused by a fire that ignited a 2,750-ton stockpile of highly volatile ammonium nitrate. The material had been stored at the port since 2013 with few safeguards despite numerous warnings of the danger.
The result was a disaster Lebanese blame squarely on their leadership’s corruption and neglect. Losses from the catastrophic blast are estimated to be between $10 billion to $15 billion, with nearly 300,000 people left homeless.
The last decision taken by Diab’s government before its resignation was to refer the case of the explosion to the Supreme Judicial Council, which handles crimes infringing on Lebanon’s national security as well as political and state security crimes. The Supreme Judicial Council is Lebanon’s top judicial body.
A judge on Monday questioned the heads of the country’s security agencies. Public Prosecutor Ghassan El Khoury questioned Maj. Gen. Tony Saliba, the head of State Security, according to state-run National News Agency. It gave no further details, but other generals are scheduled to be questioned.
State Security had compiled a report about the dangers of storing the material at the port and sent a copy to the offices of the president and prime minister on July 20. The investigation is focused on how the ammonium nitrate came to be stored at the port and why nothing was done about it.
Najjar, the public works minister, said he learned about the material’s presence 24 hours before the blast, receiving a report about the material and holding a meeting with port officials before calling its chief, Hassan Korayetem.
“I wrote a report in the morning the explosion happened in the evening,” Najjar said. Asked why he only learned of it the day before, Najjar said, “I don’t know. Truly I don’t know.”
About 20 people have been detained after the blast, including the head of Lebanon’s customs department and his predecessor, as well as the head of the port. Dozens of people have been questioned, including two former Cabinet ministers, according to government officials.
On Sunday, world leaders and international organizations pledged nearly $300 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Beirut, but warned that no money for rebuilding the capital would be made available until Lebanese authorities commit themselves to the political and economic reforms demanded by the people.
Iran, meanwhile, expressed concern that Western countries and their allies might exploit anger over the explosion to pursue their political interests. Iran supports the Hezbollah militant group, which along with its allies dominates the government and parliament.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said “it is natural for people to be frustrated.” But he said it would be “unacceptable if some individuals, groups and foreign countries use the incident as a pretext for their purposes and intentions.”
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz drew a line Monday between the blast and claims that Hezbollah stores its rockets and weapons deep inside civilian areas.
While he did not accuse Hezbollah and its arms of being linked to the blast, Gantz said villages and towns across Lebanon were packed with Hezbollah arms that, if set off _ whether by Israeli operations or by accident _ would destroy homes. He said Hezbollah was Lebanon’s biggest problem.



Source link

Categories
Uncategorized

Former President Pranab Mukherjee on ventilator support | India News


NEW DELHI: Former President Pranab Mukherjee was put on ventilator support on Monday at Army’s Research and Referral hospital in the national capital, according to sources.
The former President underwent a successful brain surgery for removal of clot earlier today.
The 84-year-old had said that he tested positive for Covid-19 during his visit to the hospital for the surgery.
“On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID19 today,” he tweeted earlier today.
“I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for COVID-19,” Mukherjee, who was the president from 2012 to 2017, said.



Source link