THE WORLD WIDE STORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW

Canada

While the world is busy in building walls and concrete parapets to keep the immigrants at bay and out of reach, Canada brazenly announces to welcome I million permanent residents over the next three years, just one percent of the total population yearly.

This is in addition to the 286,000 permanent residents in 2017 and could reach 350,ooo this year.

The Canadian Parliament has confirmed its plans to

add 360,000 in 2020.

And 370,000 in 2021.

Ahmed Hussen ,Canada’s minister of Immigration ,Refugees and Citizenship(IRCC) said

“Thanks in great part to the newcomers we have welcomed throughout our history, Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant country we all enjoy,”

Hussen, himself an immigrant from Somalia, clarified that the influx will help Canada to offset ageing population and reducing birth rate while growing its labour force

Canada’s friendly stance towards new residents comes in contrast to other Western nations, including the United States, adopting more restrictive immigration policies to bar the immigrants coming and settling permanently.

Canada is dedicated to offering protection to refugees. IRCC has pledged $5.6 million to support global resettlement initiatives.

 

Japan

The recent revision to the immigration law in Japan opens a gateway for as many as 345,000 migrant workers to enter Japan in the next five years.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, however, has vehementally clarified amply that this new visa system does not constitute an immigration policy.

“This system is needed for talented foreign personnel to play bigger roles in Japan amid the nationwide labor shortage,” Abe said in justifying the revision at a Dec. 10 2018 news conference.

“We will clearly present a cap for the numbers and time frame for acceptance. This is not an immigration policy.”

He said further to the question of a reporter. Of Japan Times.

Experts ,however, differ with the Abe administration and admit that this new visa system epitomizes the contradictory realities surrounding it. They rather say that Japan has already brought hundreds of thousands of immigrants and the number will go on rising.

Akihiro Koido, a sociology professor who studies immigration policies at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, said “the law is an immigration policy regardless of Abe’s staunch denial.”

So get ready and pack up your bags off to Toronto or Tokyo.

SYRIA

Following Trump’s announcement last month to pull out American troops from the war ravaged Syria in about 30 days,

the American military has begun to withdraw some equipment, but not yet troops, from Syria to wind down the troops from the battle ground against the Islamic state.

There are about 2,000 troops — mostly Army soldiers and Marines in Syria currently.

Mr Trump has made no secrets of his desire to bring troops back home stating the mission of fighting the Islamic state has been accomplished.

The United States had intervened in Syria to work with local, Kurdish-led militias to fight the Islamic State, which had occupied the border between Syria and Iraq.

Before Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw the troops, American air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria were accelerated . According to American Air Force data released , American bombers conducted 1,424 strikes in November, a more than 60 percent increase from the month before.

Additionally, American Force reported that 221 civilians killed by the American-led air campaign in November — an increase in casualties similar to the number of civilians killed in the bloody culmination of the battle of the northern Syria city of Raqqa in October 2017.

Syria is now a balkanized version after pushing itself in a calamitous civil war since eight years .

Tehran is also celebrating the exit of American troops, as it may give Iran “solid control over the entire arc of the Levant from Baghdad to Beirut,” said Nicholas Heras, Middle East expert .in an interview with NBC NEWS.

Let us pray wisdom finally dawns on the world leaders of America and Russia to bring peace and tranquility to the people at large.

 

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I love to loiter

I love to loiter and lounge

around

the emerald mountains and

prance

the long beautiful pastures

in bleary trance.

Loving the ephemeral moments

to my fill

I love to loiter and lounge

around

the dense bushes

unknown unbound

the stillness broken occasionally

,by

the cacophony of the

 animals

and

 the shrill of a strong wind.

I love to mingle in the crowds

of the hustling bustling

bazaars.

throbbing with cries of

Vendors men and women

displaying

myriad wares on the

pavements

of the huge macadamized

roads.

Haggling over the prices

With

The women vendors for a good meal of

fishes

my pleasant pastime

enjoying

their fury and frown

Smiles and serenity

 Amazing selling skills of

theirs

enthral me the most.

I love to loiter and lounge

around

the delightful Dal

lake

pedalling on the rippling waters

in a colourful shikara

sipping ‘Kahwa’

looking at the bewitching

marvels

of scintillating beauty of the

Surroundings..

KASHMIR AT CROSS ROADS.

Kashmir continues to be at the cross roads facing the multilateral onslaught primarily from Pakistan sponsored militants and the inbreed local militants infested with the germ of defiance, targeting the state police posts in support of Pakistan militants who are determined to keep the valley burning without respite thus pushing Kashmiris towards the suicidal upsurge against India.

Indian Army in relentless combat ,defending the sovereignty of India from the full fledged undeterred Pakistan armed attacks from across the Indo- Pakistan borders to the killing and maiming of the civilians and Army personnel on Indian side ,without respite or remorse.

There is no let up in hostilities from Pakistan even after the new Prime Minister Imran Khan ,who was seen as harbinger of peace and tranquility between the two Nations.

In an interview with ANI on Tuesday 2nd January 2019 PM Narander Modi ji said “ India whether under UPA or NDA has never opposed the dialogue with Pakistan . It has been consistent policy of the country – not Modi government or Manmohan Singh government –that there should be dialogue on Issues. We only say one thing ; dialogue can not be in the middle of noise of bombs and guns.”

Pakistan has never been serious, sincere in building up  relationship with India, always playing politics of revenge and retribution.

 The separators have successfully managed to keep the Kashmir conflict ticking by holding street protests ,occasionally unleashing bullets on a state Police soft targets thus pressurizing  the Central and state Government to pursue with the policy of repression and coercion against the protestors.

Four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists including a Pakistani national were killed in an encounter in Rajpora village of Pulwama district on Saturday 29th December 2018. Eleven civilians also fell to the bullets in an encounter that ensued between joint team of the Army ,CRPF and Special Operations Group   launched cordon–search operations on the basis of intelligence reports ,the terrorists fired on the team leading to the retaliatory fire ,killing the terrorists.

Source Times of India

On Friday 28th December 2018 about a dozen masked men were reported to wave ISI flags of Islamic state terror group inside the Jamal Masjid in Srinagar soon after Hurriyat leader Mirage Umar Farooq addressed the congregation .

However the joint Resistance leadership comprising Syeed Ali shah Geelani , Mirwaz,and jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Mohammed Yasin Malik while condemning the act said on Saturday ” in the past some elements at the behest of certain agencies and handlers have indulged in hooliganism in and outside of Jama Masjid.”            Source Times of India

 

 The alienation of people in the valley has widened to a great extent.

This alienation was seen in recent Srinagar by- poll when voter turnout was just 7.1 percent in contrast to assembly polls of 2014 where 65 percent voters came out for voting.

No attempt is being made by the Central government either to vouchsafe for people’s grievances to bring a modicum of peace in the battered valley.

Conclusions

 The muscular lethal weaponry military policy of   the Centre government has yielded no positive results.

We have seen that the terrorism masters of Pakistan radicalized the youth of Kashmir and militancy as such showing no signs of let up in their attacks on our Army and Police posts.

In fact the policy of repression followed so far have added more fuel to the rise of gory violence in terms of men and materials

Thus we need concrete  strategy to douse the fire of vengeance.

The lives of even common peace loving Kashmiri Muslims are  miserable otherwise eager to seek peace and prosperity. .

They need to be forged into a combative peaceful force to educate the warring groups to come to terms with Central Authorities.

A difficult proposition but with motivation of offering better future , this could become a bonanza for one and all.

There is no second thought to the fact Kashmir needs democratic and non violent strategy to achieve people’s aspirations.

The strategy should be to find political solution within the framework of India’ s Constitution.

In fact no one tried sincerely to put their thoughts on this proposition seriously till date.

BJP had clear cut mandate to do that but they frittered away energy on non political solutions and thus lost the opportunity at least for the present.

Kashmiris need to be heard. The process of dialogue with Kashmiris must start and go on till peace returns to the valley.

Last but not the least the true spirit of free debates on all ranges of issues including re-settlement of Kashmiri pandits should be allowed.

Across India spectrum the  representation of political , business, educational bodies  should be allowed to be heard and debated freely with Kashmiris so that they feel part of their big democratic country.   This would provide platform to express freely on the much needed National integration with Kashmir and help Kashmiris to be heard  and sought for .

 Let us think positively.

 

 

 

 

 

THE CITY OF THE SUN.

Srinagar

 Dal  lake  in  Morning Sun rays      THE CITY OF THE SUN                                                    

 I love my city immensely

The city of the Sun.

Swathed

In the morning Sunshine

Crimson cool but sublime

Sprakling the snow capped cliffs

of the faraway mountains

The river

Refracts the sunrays falling

on to the shimmering placid

waters.

The quietness is broken by the leap splash

Of the roaming frisking birds

A growling leopard

The village folks singing songs

While

rowing rickety boats

With their daily wares.

To sell..

I love my city so adorable

The city of the Sun.

adorned by the Natural beauty

Of

Turquoise waterfalls ,lakes with

Green pastures carpeted

all over with glorious

Fruit, flora and fauna

I love my city so immensely

The city of the Sun

Waking up

To the agog of its early risers

Leaping up on to their regular

chores.

Peddling off their bike

 listening

to the Tongas’ honking horns

Cars fleeting with a screech

And the scores of peddlers humming

Melodies of  the taste

getting

melted into the city crowds.

for the love of their

Lovables

I love my city immensely

The city of the Sun.

ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS AND AFTERMATH

The recent five Assembly state elections have brought big discernible gains to the Congress Party , winning three main Hindi speaking states , thus breaking up BJP’s aura of invincibility significantly.

The Congress is back with a bang under its leader Rahul Gandhi ,hitherto an object of derision and mockery, has demonstrated his leadership acumen and established his political claim as a serious credible alternative face in Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Starting with Gujrat by fighting fierce election battle visa vis Mr Narender Modi and Amit shah on their home turf ,Rahul Gandhi strategized skillfully to regain power in Karnataka.

And now won with pride the three Hindi heartland states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

 

Contrary to BJP Rahul Gandhi has struck a right chord by maintaining an appreciable balance between old Congress stalwarts and the new emerging leaders giving thereby adequate roles to one and all to forge ahead in strengthening the Party from the grass roots.

He has been digging new popular leaders from the lower strata of the party to be groomed for bigger roles in the near future. These leaders are chosen from every state ,an important step in the direction of making Congress Party self reliant one.

The reasons for the BJP losing election in all the five state assemblies could be to some extent attributed to the pursuit of its divisive agenda ,but also largely to not providing jobs to the restless educated youths of the country.

The youths have been important vehicle for motivating voters in 2014 elections for supporting Narender Modi who had promised abundance of   jobs and “Ache Din” for the Nation .

The other reason could be constant acrimonious personalized attacks on Rahul Gandhi and Nehru Gandhi family by no other leader than Prime Minister Narender Modi himself.

These invectives made Rahul combative one but did not speak the language of hatred ,instead addressed himself  to the problems of farmers, unemployed and the other underdogs of economic disparity,  thus winning hearts and votes both.

The hateful chastisement unleashed on Rahul has in realty invoked sympathy for him in the public eye.And more so ever the public in general cannot dismiss , forget the great sacrifices and positive contributions made to the growth of the Nation by the great leaders like Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

Prime Minister Modi has not ,perhaps, understood the real psyche of the Indian voter who primarily supported him and aligned with BJP for its development commitment but were dismayed to find nothing concrete happening even after being in office for four and half years .

The large number of voters have no affinity for the Hindutva politics of Modiji. They have definitely shifted their support as their hopes of economical revival have been belied .and not adhered to .

Also promises made at the time of 2014 elections for bringing major positive transformation in the country administration have not been fulfilled.

For a large section of people the issues of good livelihood ,good governance ,affordable housing, good roads form the electoral decisions rather than religion or culture.

Democracy provides options to change and thus people choose the best from the alternatives to suit to the demands of the time and society.

 

Conclusions

To base the current results as any indication for 2019 elections may be overrated but it does open up new vistas for the Congress and opposition to pride upon to work for better results in  the coming Lok Sabha elections .

For BJP it is  dire need to save the 2014 support base rather than resting on Mr Modi’s popularity which in any case has been dented largely.

What it needs to do is to shun the war of attrition and rework on its Hindutva plank .

BJP needs to make leadership of Modiji as dominant issue and forge alliance with diverse political interests.

 

 

 

 

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BREXIT. BY BRIJ KAUL

20181128_113002 MAY

THERESA MAY ADDRESSING  BRUSSEL SUMMIT

The British Prime Minister Theresa May had a turbulent time in unveiling  her Brexit deal compromise to the public last week.

Theresa May had to fight the political storm amidst the calls for her ouster from the members of her own party , facing the wrath of resignations of two of her cabinet Ministers as well.

The Union European leaders approved a landmark agreement on Britain’s exit from European union on Sunday .

British Prime Minister Theresa May will find it hard to sell the deal to her recalcitrant parliamentarians over the next two weeks — a huge responsibility to dispense off with , considering the intense opposition from her Conservative lawmakers having voiced towards the Brexit deal.

Looking to the vexed deal the new Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay is urging earnestly the colleagues to support the deal as May Theresa, British Prime Minister  fears “more division and uncertainty” in case law makers reject the hard fought deal.

Concluding the special summit in Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called Sunday a “sad day.”

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker further said “I don’t think that Britain will be a third country like other third countries.”

“There is, between us — something — which are the remainings of love,” he continued.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said with a regret  “the deal — the product of a year and a half of often grueling negotiations between Britain and the EU — was regrettable, but acceptable. I believe that nobody is winning. We are all losing because of the U.K. leaving,” Rutte said. “But given that context, this is a balanced outcome with no political winners.”

 

It took minutes for the leaders at Sunday’s summit in Brussels to endorse the  withdrawal ,  a withdrawal agreement that settled the divorce of Britain from the European Union. However the bill protects the rights of U.K and EU citizens affected by Brexit and ensures that the Irish border to be open.

Speaking at the Brussels Summit May said “ the British people don’t want to spend any more time arguing for Brexit.”

When asked to explain if she shared the sentiment, May said, “No: but I recognize that others do; I recognize that some European leaders are sad at this moment.”

The most difficult task to get her deal passed by the House of Commons , striking a defiant note she expressed “one of the most significant votes for many years”

She further clarified that despite knowing the fact that the MPs hold the key of her fate but she would “directly talk to the people of Britain” and would most likely start the campaign of selling deal to the public at large in a few day’s time.

The campaign would essentially revolve round explaining the merits of deal ,halting “vast annual payments roughly 350m Pounds a week“ to the EU, diverting the same to the health services. ,and also ending jurisdiction of the European Court of justice some of the many other advantages of the Brexit deal. May stressed the government’s keenness to address to domestic priorities .

She refused to rule out resigning if the deal was rejected by parliament next month concluding “it is not about me”

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt that the odds ends of the deal itself for smooth sailing are “ looking challenging “and could even collapse the government in case MPs reject it in the Parliament.

He told BBC : “It’s not possible to rule out anything, and that’s why all of us have to do is say, what do your constituents actually want in this situation, and we have to work out what’s in the national interest, and it’s all about the balance of risks. This isn’t a perfect deal for everyone, but does have a lot of what everyone wants.”

May insisted she would leave no stone unturned to see the Brexit deal through the Parliament and in an open “letter to the nation” released Sunday, May said she would be “campaigning with my heart and soul to win that vote and to deliver this Brexit deal, for the good of our United Kingdom and all of our people.”.

Conclusions

May is doing her best to sell the Brexit deal to the recalcitrant House of Commons with a choice to back the deal or face the economic crunch of crashing out of Europe without an adequate plan.

However pro Europeans argue if the European court confirms that Britain has right to stop the countdown and return to European Union.

Under the   Article 50 of the European Treaty any member state can declare its intention to quit the union , and follow Britain to quit the EU on 29th March 2018, after the voters backed the Brexit in Nationwide referendum on 29th March 2017.

So the dice is cast. Theresa May is on tenterhooks awaiting the results  anxiously next month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRUE LOVE


You may buy everything

from pin to car

but

alas cannot buy anywhere.

True Love

not a commodity

to

Share or tear

unavailable even on auction

at the highest

bid.

Not a princess or gorgeous beauty

for sale on a price

either.

 True Love

is

call of one soul

to

another soul

from

the inner recesses of unknown

infinity..

True Love

is

lovely and

is

lovely.

Struck by the Cupid

Rousing flames of irrepressible

Desire

Intoxicating body and mind

into the sweetness of

Madeira

Tossing up the lovers’ hearts

into

the fantasies of romance

and charm

True Love

   is

lovely and

  is

      Lovely .