China to impose sanctions on U.S. firms over Taiwan arms sales
The decision taken was taken to protect China’s national interest said Zhao Lijian (Foreign Ministry spokesman)
In what form the sanction shall take place is still unclear.
Jubilation as Chile votes to rewrite the constitution
An overwhelming majority voted in support of rewriting Chile’s constitution
78% had voted “yes” in a referendum that was called after mass protests against inequality.
Thailand Parliament meets to debate political protest tensions
A special session was called to address political tensions amid near-daily pro-democracy protests.
The protestors are demanding PM’s resignation, constitutional changes, and reforms to the monarchy
Belarus protests: National opposition strike gains momentum
A nationwide strike was called by exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, to press for the president’s resignation
The strike was heeded by groups of workers and students in Belarus.
Turkey’s Erdogan urges boycott of French goods
Ties between France and Turkey worsen over secular values and radical Islam
Beheading of teacher deepens divisions in France
French Muslims fear state aims to control their faith
BJP MP Saakshi Maharaj urges to demarcate cremation grounds and graveyards on basis of population
BJP MP Saakshi Maharaj said that demarcation of cremation grounds and graveyards at several places in UP should be done on the basis of population of two major communities. He also marked that the Muslims should also begin burning their dead instead of burying them.
Saakshi Maharaj further added that there should be a law or provision which would allow that no land should be given for burials and all communities should opt for cremation. “Otherwise, one day, we will not even have land left for farming in the country,” he added that “our patience and decency should not be tested”.
Sonia Gandhi said right to freedom of speech suspended, dissent is now labelled as terrorism
Now that Bihar Assembly elections are coming, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has attacked the Modi government calling it “targeting political opponents and civil society members” and cautioned that the world’s largest democracy was at the crossroads as “dissent was stifled as terrorism or branded anti-national activity”.
The opposition leader marked that the Indian state had switched comcebtstion from the “real problems” of the people by pronouncing bogus threats to ‘national security’ everywhere.
She further said the BJP government by saying that “every organ of the State that could possibly be used to target political opposition has already been pressed into service, the Police, the Enforcement Directorate, the Central Bureau of Investigation, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), and even the Narcotics Control Bureau”.
Big ransomware attack hits PTI, services have been resumed
Hackers broke into the servers of news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) this weekend, disabling its service for hours on Saturday night before it started again.
According to sources, no ransom was given and the engineers worked through the night to fix and recover the services by Sunday morning.
The ransomware was identified as LockBit that encrypted data and an application, hampering the news delivery to subscribers. According to cyber security firm Kaspersky, LockBit ransomware is malicious software made to block user access to computer systems in exchange for a ransom payment.
This ransomware is used for huge targeted attacks against enterprises and other organisations.
NSA Doval said that India has never went to a war for selfish causes
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval told that India has never went to war with anyone for selfish reasons and asked spiritual gurus to spread the Indian civilizational values of peace and spirituality around the world.
Addressing ascetics, sages and priests at Parmarth Niketan, the greatest spiritual centre on the banks of the river Ganga in Rishikesh on Saturday, he told about the strength of India’s spiritual history and the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda.
He said that, the role of Indian gurus and spiritual centres is to guard this bigger sense of collective identity. While also responding to few of the comments made by the hosts at the centre, Doval said the state does not go to war with anyone just because some sections of society desire or wants it.
A jeweller from Hyderabad makes Guinness world record for embedding 7,801 diamonds in only one ring
Kotti Srikanth, the owner of The Diamond Store by Chandubhai made a flower shaped ring with 7,801 diamonds.
The ring is named ‘The Divine – 7801 Brahma Vajra Kamalam’ after a unique Himalayan flowers Brahma Kamalam.
The ring that has made a world record has total six layers. The first five layers have eight petals each. The last layer features six petals with three filaments in the centre.
The official website states that the making of this ring began in September 2018. Once the design was complete, computer-aided design (CAD) was supposed to know the appropriate number of diamonds.
Alibaba led Ant Group to raise $34.5 billion in world’s biggest IPO
Chinese fintech company Ant Group, an affiliate company of billionaire Jack Ma-led Alibaba Group, is set to raise $34.5 billion in its IPO in the coming weeks.
It’ll be the world’s largest IPO, surpassing Saudi Aramco’s IPO where the oil company raised over $29 billion.
Ant Group shares have been listed on stock exchanges in Hong Kong and Shanghai.