Westminster Magistrates Court To Revise Its Ruling To Say No Bars Exist To Sanjeev Chawla’s Extradition

New Delhi: The Westminster magistrates court is due to revise its earlier ruling and recommend to the home secretary that no bars exist to cricket bookie Sanjeev Chawla’s extradition to India following the November 2018 judgement of the high court.

In a legal victory for India, the high court had ruled that conditions in the Tihar Jail in Delhi did not pose any “real risk” to Chawla’s human rights, which was the only ground on which the magistrates court had blocked his extradition in October 2017.

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service, which acts on behalf of India in extradition cases, said: “Following the High Court ruling, the case has to be sent back to the district judge at Westminster magistrates’ court who discharged it.”


White House Says, Trump Not To Sign Bills Passed By Democratic-Controlled House Of Representatives

New Delhi: In a sign of how far apart Republicans and Democrats remained on the border wall funding, the White House has announced that President Donald Trump will even not sign the bills that the newly constituted Democratic-controlled House of Representatives had passed for the reopening of the shuttered federal agencies.

If either of the two legislative measures “were presented to the President, his advisors would recommend that he veto the bill”, the White House said in a statement Thursday evening, hours before the House passed two separate legislative measures to end the partial shutdown and reopen the affected departments.

A six-bill package fully funded departments of agriculture, transportation, state, treasury, interiors for a year, and the second bill provided temporary funding to the department of homeland security till February, to allow more time for negotiations over President Donald Trump’s wall along the border with Mexico.


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government In Pakistan Declares Panj Tirath In Peshawar As National Heritage

New Delhi: The provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in northwest Pakistan has declared the ancient Hindu religious site of Panj Tirath in Peshawar as national heritage.

Panj Tirath, which got its name from the five pools of water present there, also contains a temple and a lawn with date palm trees. The five pools of the heritage site now come under the ambit of Chacha Yunus Park and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The KP Directorate of Arcahaeology and Museums issued a notification under the KP Antiquities Act 2016 declaring the land in the Panj Tirath park as a heritage site.


China Building The First Of Four Most Advanced Naval Warships For Its All-Weather Ally

New Delhi: In its move to strengthen Pakistan against China, it is building the first of four “most advanced” naval warships for its “all-weather ally” as part of a major bilateral arms deal to ensure among other things “balance of power” in the strategic Indian Ocean.

Equipped with modern detection and weapon systems, it will be capable of anti-ship, anti-submarine and air-defence operations, China Daily quoted state-owned defence contractor China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) as saying.

The under-construction ship is a version of the Chinese Navy’s most advanced guided missile frigate, it said.


Trump signs Law reinforcing US commitment for Indo-Pacific Recognising strategic ties with India

New Delhi: United States President Donald Trump signed into law a legislation that reinforces US commitment to its evolving strategy for the Indo-Pacific — to deal with China — and recognises the “vital role” its strategic ties with India will play in promoting peace and security in the region.

The law recalls, reaffirms and endorses ongoing India-US cooperation under all existing instruments, such as the “New Framework for the United States-India Defense Relationship” of 2005 to the designating of India as a Major Defense Partner by a 2017 law, and “calls for the strengthening and broadening of diplomatic, economic, and security ties between the United States and India”.

It is not an India-centric law, and details US relations with all major powers and entities in the region, including China, Australia, Japan and the ASEAN.

Called the “Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, 2018”, it builds on the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy announced in 2017 that had defined the Indo-Pacific as a region that “stretches from the west coast of India to the western shores of the United States”, which, it had said, was witnessing a “geopolitical competition between free and repressive visions of world order”.

The top challenge facing US and the international system backed by it is “China’s illegal construction and militarisation of artificial features in the South China Sea and coercive economic practices”, which is a concern that America shares with India, Japan, Australia and others, the new law said.

The other threats, in that order, were North Korea’s “acceleration of its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities”; and terrorisms, “increased presence throughout Southeast Asia of the Islamic State … and other international terrorist organisations that threaten the United States”.

The law also recognises US’s growing engagement with India, Australia and Japan under the framework of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue — popularly called the Quad — that had two meetings in 2018 alone, still at the level of officials though.