New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern got engaged to her longtime partner Clarke Gayford

New Delhi: Donning veil to express her solidarity with the Muslim community after a mosque was attacked in her country, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is engaged to her longtime partner Clarke Gayford after a proposal over the Easter holidays. Gayford, the 41-year-old host of a TV fishing show, takes care of their ten-month-old daughter Neve Te Aroha, while Ardern, 38, runs the country.

Her pregnancy announced in early 2018 was seen by many as a symbol of progress for women in leadership roles. She is only the second elected leader to give birth while in office, after Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto in 1990.

Ardern was asked by the BBC while visiting London in January if she would consider asking Gayford to marry her or wait for him to propose. “Absolutely, I’m a feminist, but I want to put him through the pain and torture of having to agonise about that question himself. That’s letting him off the hook, absolutely not,” she said jokingly.


Thailand King Maha Vajiralongkorn Marries Deputy Head Of His Personal Guard Force And Gives Her Title Queen Suthida

New Delhi: Just days before his official coronation, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn married the deputy head of his personal guard force and gave her the title Queen Suthida. The surprise announcement was carried in the Royal Gazette, and footage from Wednesday’s wedding ceremony was later shown on the nightly Royal News segment aired on all Thai television channels.

Vajiralongkorn, 66, also known by the title King Rama X, became constitutional monarch after the death of his revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in October 2016, after 70 years on the throne.

He is due to be officially crowned in elaborate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies on Saturday, followed by a procession through Bangkok the next day. In 2014, Vajiralongkorn appointed Suthida Tidjai, a former flight attendant for Thai Airways, as a deputy commander of his bodyguard unit.


Julian Assange Sentenced By A London Court To 50 Weeks In Jail For Breaching Bail Conditions

New Delhi: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced by a London court to 50 weeks in jail for breaching bail conditions, after he submitted a letter to the court, apologising to those who “consider I’ve disrespected them”.

The sentence at the Southwark Crown Court was about Assange’s bail conditions, while he faces another hearing in the extradition case at the Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday brought by United States, where he is wanted to face charges of breaching secrecy laws.

Assange, 47, was found guilty of breaching bail laws after his arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy on April 11. He took refuge in the country’s London embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations, which he has denied.


China Signals Sharp Change In Its Stand On Blacklisting The Pakistan-Based Jaish-E-Mohammed Chief

New Delhi: China signaled a sharp change in its stand on blacklisting the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief a day before the UN sanctions committee is to decide on a global terrorist tag for Masood Azhar. Beijing, which has blocked four attempts by the United Nations Security Council over the last decade, on Tuesday spoke about the “positive progress” that had been made.

“This problem can be properly solved,” the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said to a question on media reports that Beijing was finally ready to lift its technical hold on blacklisting the Jaish terror group founder.

China is likely to go along with the terrorist tag for Masood Azhar. In the past, Beijing has cited both lack of evidence and consensus on why it had stood in the way.


Sri Lankan Security Officials Warn Some More Islamist Militants’ Suicide Attacks Imminently

New Delhi: Sri Lankan security officials have warned that the Islamist militants behind Easter Sunday’s deadly suicide bombings were planning more attacks imminently, using a van and bombers disguised in military uniforms.

“There could be another wave of attacks,” the head of ministerial security division (MSD), a unit of the police, said in a letter to lawmakers and other security sections, seen by Reuters on Monday.

“The relevant information further notes that persons dressed in military uniforms and using a van could be involved in the attacks,” the letter said. It said the militants were targeting five locations for attacks on Sunday or Monday.