462

Tulsi Gabbard Responded To Criticism About Advocating Against Gay Rights By Apologizing In A Video

New Delhi: Presidential candidate US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard responded to criticism about her past work advocating against gay rights by apologizing in a video. The nearly four-minute-long clip, which was shot in her Washington, D.C. backyard, shows Gabbard standing in the snow saying that her views have changed significantly since she made statements that were hurtful to LGBTQ people.

The Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii has apologized for such statements before. But she has come under renewed criticism since she announced during a CNN interview last week that she would run for president.

442

Labour Party To Highlight Issues And Concerns Of The 1.5 Million-Strong Indian Community In The UK

New Delhi:  An India-focused lobby within Britain’s Labour Party recalled strong and historic ties with the country and said it would highlight the issues and concerns of the 1.5 million-strong Indian community in the UK as they are hoping to return to power at the next election.

Set up in 1999, the Labour Friends of India was relaunched at an event attended by the Indian high commissioner, Ruchi Ghanshyam, and members of the shadow cabinet such as John McDonnell and Barry Gardiner, councillors and functionaries at the party headquarters in London. The group is headed by co-chairmen Rajesh Agarwal, deputy mayor of London, and Darren Jones, Labour MP for Bristol North-West.

402

British Lawmakers To Vote On Whether They Have Confidence In The Government Or Not

New Delhi: British lawmakers will vote on whether they have confidence in the government, after Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffered a heavy defeat in parliament.

Here is how the process, which could ultimately trigger a general election, will work:

How does the process work?

The opposition Labour Party, backed by other smaller opposition parties, has put forward a motion which states “That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government.”

362

A Lawmaker Postpones Giving Birth In Order To Vote On Britain’s Divorce Deal With The EU

New Delhi: Tulip Siddiq, 36, was due to have a Caesarian section on the big day, but medics have agreed to delay the operation until January 17 so that she can vote on the withdrawal agreement struck between London and Brussels.

The lawmaker has postponed giving birth in order to vote on Britain’s divorce deal with the EU. The opposition Labour MP plans to be pushed through the voting lobby in Parliament in a wheelchair.

“If my son enters the world even one day later than the doctors advised, but it’s a world with a better chance of a strong relationship between Britain and Europe, then that’s worth fighting for,” she told the London Evening Standard newspaper.

332

Pakistan To Shelve A Major Coal-Based Power Plant Project Under The $ 60 Billion CPEC

 

New Delhi: Citing sufficient generation capacity already lined up for the next few years, the cash-strapped Pakistan government will shelve a major coal-based power plant project under the $ 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The CPEC, which connects Gwadar Port in Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had pushed for the construction of the 1,320 MW Rahim Yar Khan power project by China.