Damaged USS John S McCain arrives in Singapore; 10 missing

Damaged USS John S McCain arrives in Singapore; 10 missing

A general view shows the USS John S McCain guided missile destroyer with a hole on its left side after a collision with an oil tanker, outside the Changi Naval Base in Singapore on August 21, 2017.

SINGAPORE: USS John S McCain docked at Singapore’s naval base with “significant damage” to its hull after a morning crash with an oil tanker while several nations ships sought Monday at 10 missing American sailors.

The collision east of Singapore between the guided missile destroyer and Alnic MC of 183 meters (600 feet) was the second involving a ship of the 7th navy fleet in the Pacific in two months.

Ships and aircraft from the United States, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia are looking for the missing sailors. Four sailors were evacuated by a Singapore naval helicopter to a city-state hospital for the treatment of non-fatal wounds, the navy said. A fifth injured sailor does not need any other medical care.

The McCain traveled to Singapore on a regular visit to the port after a sensitive operation of freedom of navigation last week by sailing near one of the Chinese artificial islands in the South China Sea.

The Navy’s 7th fleet said in a statement that the damage to McCain’s hull was flooding the adjacent compartments, including crew berths, machinery and communication rooms. A damage control response prevented further flooding, he said.

The destroyer was damaged on its back side, or left behind, from the collision that occurred at 5:24 am but headed for the port under its own power.

A photo tapped by Malaysian naval chief Ahmad Kamarulamaman Ahmad Badaruddin showed a gaping hole in the side of McCain near the waterline. Janes, a defense industry publication, estimated that the rupture of the hull was 3 meters (10 feet) wide.

One of the wounded sailors, Operations Specialist Navin Ramdhun, posted a Facebook message telling his family and friends that he was OK and was waiting for surgery for an arm injury.

He told The Associated Press in a message that he could not say what happened: “I actually slept at that time, not quite sure.”

The Government of Singapore stated that no member of the crew was injured on Alnic, which suffered damage in a compartment in front of the craft about 7 meters (23 feet) above its line of sight. waterline. There were no reports of spills of chemicals or hydrocarbons.

Singapore sent tugboats and naval vessels and coastguards to search for the missing sailors and Indonesia said it had sent two warships. Malaysia said two ships as well as aircraft from its navy and air force contributed to the search, and USS America deployed Osprey aircraft and Seahawk helicopters.

There was no immediate explanation for the collision, and the Navy said an investigation would be conducted. Singapore, at the southernmost tip of the Malay Peninsula, is one of the most frequented ports in the world and an American ally, with its naval base regularly visited by US warships.

Trump Settles on Afghan Strategy Expected to Raise Troop Levels

Trump Settles on Afghan Strategy Expected to Raise Troop Levels

AMMAN (Jordan) – President Trump, who has been accused by lawmakers of addressing Afghanistan, has set himself a new strategy for the nearly 16-year conflict, administration. The relocation, following a detailed examination, will likely open the deployment of several thousand troops.

“The president has made a decision,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters during a night flight that arrived in Amman, Jordan on Sunday. “I am very confident that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous.”

Mr. Mattis refused to say what measures the president had ordered, including at the troop level, saying that the president wanted to describe the new approach himself.

The Secretary of Defense was given authority in June to send up to 3,900 troops to Afghanistan so that the US army could expand its efforts to advise Afghan forces and support them with US artillery and ‘aviation. But Mr. Mattis refrained from strengthening the US force until the Trump administration accepted a broader strategy.

The White House said in a statement that Mr Trump would approach the American public and American troops “on a path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia” in a speech in Fort Myer , Virginia, Monday night.
US military commanders argued in the multi-month policy assessment that additional troops would allow the United States to reverse the gains made by Taliban and militant groups such as the Afghan Afghan affiliate, the Islamic State of Khorasan.

Administration officials, under the order to let Mr. Trump announce the details, suggested that any US commitment to increase levels of force would require action by the Afghans, such as doing more to fight corruption.

Mr. Trump’s Monday night speech will be his first televised speech across the country, since he spoke before the Congress in January and follows a week of controversy over his reaction to racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia .

In the case of Afghanistan, Mr. Trump has taken up his post as Chief Skeptic, and any increased engagement presents political risks to the President, who has brought tired voters to war with his sharp criticism of involvement American in the country.

“We should have a quick withdrawal Why should we keep wasting our money – rebuild the United States!” Mr. Trump tweeted about Afghanistan in January 2013, when he was planning to report to the office in 2016.

The issue of Afghanistan has been the source of a long-standing debate at the White House, Stephen K. Bannon, recently withdrawn as Trump’s senior advisor, fought the army’s recommendation for more troops and Has supported a number of alternative options – including using Private Entrepreneurs instead of US forces.

The decision on troops is only one element of a military and political plan for the region that Mr. Trump and his assistants have been discussing for months, and it is politically important for the president to distinguish his approach from the politics of the region. The era of Obama. Critical….

Narendra Modi government may declare some bank mergers in current fiscal

The government may announce the merger of some public sector banks (PSBs) since the beginning of this year, and the consultation process was accelerated for this purpose, official sources told EF. Factors that would be considered as government committed construction exercises include financial burden (including stressed assets), human resource transition, regional balance, cultural ethics and geographic reach. NITI Aayog has already asked the Ministry of Finance to prepare a roadmap in strengthening PSB by exploring various options and models to create only a few large banking entities. Consultant McKinsey has learned to make a presentation to finance ministry officials recently in the experience of similar exercises carried out banking consolidation in Europe, Latin America and other parts of the world. Once the department has all the inputs will require a call to consolidation, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Indian Competition Commission (ITC), said the official. The approval of the ICC is also necessary to give the impression that an exercise in such consolidation does not distort competition, he added. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that India needs 5 to 6 major PSBs operating globally and a major consolidation in the banking sector would take place at an appropriate time. For example, a lender like Baroda Bank can support some banks in the South region that have converted or are around the corner like India Overseas Bank. Similarly, Dena Bank could merge with a large bank in southern India, sources said.
Already, five associates and Bhartiya Mahila Bank became members of the State Bank of India from 1 April. The Bikaner and Jaipur State Bank, Hyderabad State Bank, Mysore State Bank, Patiala State Bank and Travancore State Bank merged with the SBI. Another meltdown process will resume the pace once the bad loan crisis is about to begin. In December 2016, commercial banks have underlined assets (gross unproductive assets and standard restructured loans) amounting to Rs 9.64 million lakh, most of which belong to public banks. Gravitées massive debts led to a problem of matched balance: debt to companies and banks seriously borrowed bad debt – which seriously hinders investment in the economy.

Presidential election: CPI says it asked BJP team about Bhagwat, reply, ‘RSS doesn’t contest’

Reddy said he asked about Shiv Sena’s proposal to have RSS boss Mohan Bhagwat be the president. “They said that RSS leaders do not contest the election,” Reddy said. As they held their letters close to his chest, the only signal the ministers gave was that the ruling party would decide its candidate by mid-next week and return to the Opposition once again seeking their support. The Opposition, which does not have a unanimous opinion on the three names it is considering, called the ruling party’s consultations on how to only go through the motions. Read also: Presidential poll: The man who lost 150 elections, a pair of 13 who presented the nomination
While the Congress is said to be interested in former Speaker Lok Sabha Meira Kumar, the Left, Congress-Trinamool, and Nitish Kumar are said to be supporting Gopal Krishna Gandhi. Adding an element of discomfort is JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav “personal offer” to become the common opposition candidate. Yechury met with Gandhi on Thursday in an attempt to resolve the differences. Sources said that Gandhi told Yechury that the Opposition should put a united front.
During the day, Naidu met the leader of AIADMK, M Thambidurai. Singh spoke to Mayawati on the phone. “We expected the BJP leaders to come up with names – one or more than one – so that Congress and other opposition parties could think and discuss those names. (Instead, they tried to ask us about our names), “said the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge met with ministers along with Gandhi in his 10-year residence, Janpath.
Rajnath and Naidu told leaders that the BJP has not decided on its nominee but asked whether opposition parties have any name in mind. Without words, Yechury told the ministers that by prohibiting the election of Neelam Sanjiv Reddy after the Emergency in 1977, there has always been a contest for the office of President.
“So this is a political contest.” The last time against Pranab Mukherjee, BJP pitched PA Sangma. Against Pratibha Patil, the BJP placed Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, therefore they have been organizing (candidates) as a political contest, Told reporters. All opposition leaders said that the question of cooperation and support will only arise when the ruling party reveals a name.
“They are looking for cooperation, and what I can guess … they are just looking for cooperation because they already have something in mind, which is why they have not given names,” Kharge said. He said that if the government had revealed their names, Congress could also have proposed some.

Narendra Modi to inaugurate Kochi Metro, Sreedharan to accompany him on train ride

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in Kerala, where very well received Kochi subway around 10:30 is inaugurated.
Modi was on the subway with the governor of Kerala, P Sathasivam, Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Minister of Urban Development of the Union, M Venkaiah Naidu.
Other officials and dignitaries deputy secretary general Rajiv urban development Guba, the general secretary of Kerala Nalini Netto and KMRL MD Elias George. The ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, who on the eve of the previous detention, will be present.

PM Modi will open the 13-kilometer section of the Kochi Palarivattom subway station. Change the track to 10:35 ET ride on the subway after cutting a tape.
After the train journey, Modi and other officials will go to JLN to Kaloor where a public event has been scheduled.
Yogesh Kumar Saini and Sumit were selected as the operators of trains of Route PM Modi. Pawan Kumar and Anil Kumar also appear in the taxi driver to support and Sumit Yogesh.
Kochi Metro starts Monday revenue operations, starting from 6 hours. The trains will take between the intervals of eight minutes Aluva and Palarivattom and 20 seconds and 219 movements per day.
The metro starts every day at 6 is, with the last class of the day to finish your 10-hour journey. One trip can carry 975 passengers.
Modi inaugurates a 13 km section of Phase 1 of the Kochi Metro, 25 km long. Work in the remaining section is still underway. Once completed, Phase 1 will cover 22 stations.
Work on the Rs 5,000 crore Kochi Metro began in 2013 after the Chandy government was responsible for the project at Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, and senior adviser E Sreedharan has overseen.
Metro services Kochi Metro in India and earlier in an exclusive interview to this, E Sreedharan called the project of life more difficult. “Kochi was a different environment, operating costs are very high, from a material, equipment and man are expensive,” said a Sreedharan.
A unique feature of the Kochi subway is a connection with variable speed boats for food service. “The integration of modes of transport is a credit, water meter to the KMRL credit.” All modes of transportation have a unified ticket, Hui, adding: “With the development of the subway station, Kochi will be the first city with an integrated public transport system.
Kochi Metro also has 23 members of the trans community, who participate in everything from entry into the country. In the report of May 11, the CEO of Kochi Metro Rail Limited reported that the Metro became the first public company in the country (transgender).

Al Jazeera: Good, bad, and a little ugly

The new player was in the middle of a news bulletin, reporting on the Egyptian army’s blowing tanks at a Cairo mosque, in which members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been blocked. It was high drama at first and Al Jazeera was at the top of their game covering the tumult in Egypt after the army resumed a few years ago.

But then the script went wrong. The newsreader was taken and said that the shots were also fired from inside the besieged mosque. What he said was against the narrative that based in Doha the chain based in Doha, always accused of being a supporter of the Muslim Brother wanted to build, and was quickly replaced. After a brief period of news, the newsletter continued with a different anchor.

The attitude the network has played that night in 2013 also illustrates why other nations in its neighborhood, such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, are alarmed. The output of the chain is elegant and stellar journalism, but often rabieux snores for a region that has little freedom of the press. The chain’s dynamic route coverage is also at the heart of the diplomatic conflict between Qatar and the bloc of Saudi-led nations. Among others, who want to do before Qatar ties are normalized, countries want Al Jazeera is closed and the “threat” stops.

Why so many countries that look red to see Al Jazeera is not difficult to guess. The Gulf is not a place for press freedom and that includes Qatar, which has recently blocked an independent news website, Doha News.

Reports even a pet market stolen a local souk or anything that portrays the realm in a rather bad light can invite you to visit the dreaded ICD. A Qatari poet condemned to life to write a poem against the king had only a superficial mention in the local media, including Al Jazeera; The expulsion of a foreign journalist after being stripped and locked up in prison for being diagnosed with HIV a few years ago showed that the media was the right place in the country.

Much of the opprobrium Al Jazeera is reserved for the rest of the region where, mostly despot leaders, they are open to thoughts, but repugnant critics. Country name and all have imprisoned any Al Jazeera journalists, is expelled from the channel at one time or another in their report.

There are a few years, the station Peter Greste and two months he spent in Egyptian prison for his reports. Today, Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein has been behind bars in Egypt for nearly six months.

Practical journalism that the channel is mostly exemplary. The deep pockets of Al Jazeera allow you to hire the best and brightest and the newsroom from all continents and nationalities is a mini-United Nations. More boots on the spot in places like the Arab world and Africa gives you an edge over other international rivals.

But the hunger lines simmer underneath and they are mainly related to religion. Under its open multiculturalism and globalization, Al Jazeera at its heart remains an Arab Muslim channel. Top managers and several editors might be Westerners, but critics call editorials are necessarily taken by those in the region.

So there are many shades of Al Jazeera. His English arms, started in 2006, are soft and sophisticated. The original Arab channel that first courted international fame and notoriety, along with Osama Ben Laden’s tapes a few years after its release in 1996, is a bit more direct. Mubashr Misr, the local variant of the Arab chain was much more stormy and bitter.

The line between journalism and activism is expected to be blurred given the history and personal preferences of executives. Many in the press room of Al Jazeera were put in trouble and outraged to see Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood being ousted by the military as president of Egypt, especially to be Muslim and Egyptian.

BJP leaders who quit last week over cattle trade ban to hold beef fest in Meghalaya

Several Saturday night, several former BJP members organize a beef festival in Meghalaya Tura, protesting the decision of the government of the Union controlled by its old party to ban the trade of cattle for the massacre.

The event, attended by 2,000 people, will include portions of meat dishes and alcohol consumption, opposed by people who follow the Hindutva ideology shared by BJP members. Hindus consider the cow a sacred animal.

“I came out of the BJP when the party was trying to impose the Hindutva ideology on us.” We feel out of place at the party. Beef consumption is part of our tradition and our group is our way of showing how beef is Intrinsic to our culture, “said Bernard N Marak, BJP district president in the West Garo Hills before his resignation last week.

The predominant religion is Meghalaya Christianity and meat consumption is common. Since the government has ordered banning of livestock trade last month, a number of leaders and about 5,000 members of the Garo hills of Meghalaya BJP left the party.

Four days after Bernard Bachu C Marak, president of the northern district of the Garo Hills, also quit smoking BJP. And the resignations of about 5,000 youth workers were followed. On Saturday, two former BJP leaders, hundreds of people who have left the party and their friends and family will gather in Tura, West Garo Hills, to consume beef and “Bitchi” a local drink.

“There will be music, food and parties, we intend to start at 5:30 p.m. and continue until late.
The events are seen as bad news for the BJP before the Assembly elections next year. The Garo Hills region has 24 of the 60 seats in the assembly and is crucial for planning meetings to expel the government from Congress.

But the BJP leaders in the state and the Center do not seem upset by the beef challenge. They say that deserters are opportunists and give up because their chances of getting tickets for the match in the assembly polls were slim.

“We welcome the resignations. There is nothing to fear because we talk about the general ban on the cow slaughter, said Shibun Lyngdoh, party party chairman.

Notification Center sparked rumors in Nagaland and Mizoram. It is expected that the mounting surveys in both countries next year and, like Meghalaya, the two states have dominant Christian population and meat consumption is common.

According to data published by the National Organization of the Survey sample (NSSO) in 2015, seven of the eight states in the region (except Tripura) were among the 10 consumer states consuming beef / buffalo in the country.

Meghalaya has surpassed the list with almost 81% of the total population that consume beef and buffalo. The figure of Nagaland was 57% and 23% for Mizoram.

Modi-Sharif meet in Astana a pit stop in the rough ride that India-Pak ties are

Nothing happens until it happened. The axiom captures better coaster than the ties between India and Pakistan.

Once again, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a milestone with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at the annual meeting of the Shangahi Cooperation Organization (OCS) in Astana on Thursday. It was more than an exchange of pleasures, the sources said. Modi asked him about Sharif’s health. The Pakistani PM had a heart surgery May 31, 2016 and called Modi before the procedure in a hospital in the UK.

“Best wishes to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sahab for his open-hearted operation on Tuesday, and for his speedy recovery and good health,” Modi had then tweeted.

The meeting in the capital of Kazak was its first after surgery and a year of deterioration of bilateral relations.

Modi also asked Sharif’s mother and family when he spoke with the Pakistani leader before the usual SCO concert.

There would have been a better fit and a better time to break the ice, even if it is a meaningful dialogue at a certain distance.

India and Pakistan will be admitted Friday in the SCO, a Eurasian alliance seeking greater security and military cooperation among member countries. The two bad neighbors, with great mutual distrust, would find it difficult to work together unless they control bilateral hostilities. The fact of playing against the script is nothing unusual in relations between India and Pakistan with uncertainty, even at best.

Sharif became the first MP of Pakistan to attend an Indian jurae counterpart when Modi himself and other South Asian leaders invited in Delhi in May 2014.

Modi took them all by surprise when he made an unannounced stop at Lahore Sharif’s residence on 25 December 2015, returning from Kabul.

The Christmas visit came a few days after the two leaders had a brief unscheduled meeting on November 30 in the framework of the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris.

The meeting paved the way for two national security advisers in Bangkok on December 6, 2015. The meeting was kept secret until it was completed.

A joint press release announced the meeting between Indian NSA Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart, Lieutenant General Nasir Khan Janjua and foreign ministers S Jaishankar and Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhury. Discussions focused on “peace and security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and other issues, such as peace along the Line of Control,” the Foreign Ministry said.

But there have been a number of terrorist attacks since the daring attack on the Pathankot air base in January 2016, a week after the Lahore Modi surprise, and the links have been in free fall again.

In March of the same year, Pakistan announced the arrest of the former Indian Navy officer Kulbushan Jadhav for espionage purposes. A military court April 10, 2017 sentenced to death, vitiating the atmosphere even more. India has appealed to the International Court of Justice after 18 years to save Jadhav.

And nothing reflects the complexity of relations between India and Pakistan better than the case of Jadhav.

While the prime ministers met in Astana, the two sides resumed the ICJ, Pakistan demanding an earlier hearing.

The ICJ has Jadhav pending death penalty, but Pakistan has said a security problem, something that the world court can not decide.

Modi, sources, believes that the prejudice of civilian leadership is not the right way to solve bilateral problems, although the Pakistani army, the last word when it comes to links with India.

Facts concocted, CBI raids a signal to free press: NDTV’s Prannoy Roy

NDTV co-founder Prannoy Roy said Friday that CBI bank fraud allegations were a “ridiculous and concise set of facts” and that the move was “a signal to all free press in India.” Addressing a meeting of mediators Press Club of India Friday, four days after the raids were carried out on the properties of the founders of the NDTV, Prannoy and Radhika Roy, said: “It is not NDTV. All of us and that there is no case – there is a ridiculous and concise set of facts – in fact even greater signal They try to tell us – we can punish him even if he has done nothing wrong. ”
Roy was accompanied by senior journalists such as Kuldip Nayar, Om Thanvi, Raj Chengappa, Shekhar Gupta, Rajdeep Sardesai, former minister, author and journalist Arun Shourie, journalist and former member of the Rajya Sabha, H K Dua and jurist Fali Nariman. Speakers criticized the ICC raids as an attempt to curb the freedom of the press, while warning the media against the seizure of power in the hands of the government.
Roy said his fight was not against the IWC, the Department of I-T or erectile dysfunction, but against the politicians who said, use these institutions and “ruin and destroy our country.”
Time and transparent probe in the matter required, said: “Today, they undertake to respond to these false accusations in an open and transparent manner …”. Radhika (Roy) and myself and NDTV have never touched a black silver rupee. Never bribe a person into our lives. ”
Nariman said “The FIR presented by the IWC is definitely an unjustified attack against the press and freedom of the media …. IWC presented the FIR not on the basis of its own discovery, but only and solely on the basis of information provided by An individual, Sanjay Dutt. “Dutt is a former NDTV consultant.
Saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had gathered journalists, Shourie had a verse for him. “He who held the throne before, also had the same belief that he was God.” He added: “It is very sad that we have not responded since we had to choke RTI …” The news is that the government wants to hide … Do not become tools to distract your readers and viewers. ”
Claiming that “there is no minister here, the government is the men and a half,” Shourie said, “Instead of buying peace with the concessionaire, I invite the lack of cooperation.”
Gupta said that organizational and institutional affiliations should be canceled to counter aggression against press freedom. Asking journalists not to be sued for “storm abuse,” he said: “Our job is to tell the truth to power. Many of us have become megaphones for power.
The Broadcasting News Association (NBA), an organization of the television news channel industry, has also expressed concern about the CBI’s incursions into the founding of NDTV.
He condemns “any attempt to muzzle the media,” the NBA said in a statement said it “asserts that no individual or institution is above the law.” Such a move, he said, “undermines the fundamental principles of freedom of expression enshrined in the Constitution of India.”
The NBA added that “hopes” that the CBI ensures a fair investigation and not “risk of harassment concerted” Roys and NDTV. NDTV is a member of the NBA.

No Aadhaar, no sops after June 30: Centre to SC

NEW DELHI: The Center stood before the Supreme Court mandatory registration Aadhaar on June 30 and said that those who do not have the UID out of time would not be entitled to benefits derived from social protection schemes.
He said that only those who could not register under Aadhaar before June 30 due to lack of registration services in their regions are still to get benefits, but not to those who had the opportunity and opportunity to register, but did not.
“It should be noted that the notification requires people to register for Aadhaar before June 30, 2017, which are provided in the notice that if people can not register in Aadhaar before June 30 due to lack of facilities In neighboring areas, who can register their Aadhaar registration application before the competent authorities give their contact information so that, as these registration offices are in the region, they can be included in Aadhar and for these persons , Benefits remain seated, even if they have not enrolled in Aadhaar by June 30, 2017, “the Center said in an affidavit.
He asked the SC not to decide on the maintenance of a mandatory registration for Aadhaar June 30, according to which 95% of the population is already included in the project and that the link between Aadhaar and social assistance plans has saved the government Rs 49,560 crores over the last two years.
The Center’s sworn statement costs responded to the new requests by Shantha Sinha and others who requested to file the notice under Article 7 of the Aadhar Act in 2016. They alleged that many people were not included in Aadhaar and benefits are denied Under social systems if they have not registered before 30 June
He said: “Aadhaar’s uniqueness helps eliminate duplicates and false beneficiaries from the basic data that lead to huge savings by reducing leakage and waste and therefore subjecting vital public interest, not to be suspended due to To the fears of this petitioner, there is also great comfort for elderly, sick and weak people who receive benefits such as pensions, etc., at the door of their e-KYC on Ahahaar basis. ”
If Article 7 of the notice has been suspended by the SC “, this would be tantamount to remaining in the enabling provision that allows the government to insist on Aadhaar for the delivery of the benefits and payment services of the Indian Consolidated Fund and, In this case, irreparable damage would be caused to a large number of vulnerable classes of Indians depend on subsidies and benefits to reach them because of their unique Aadhaar identification, “he said. He quoted a World Bank report, said that once Aadhaar was applied to all programs and social protection programs, the government would save $ 11 billion each year.
The petitioners expressed fear that Aadhaar’s biometric data were dangerous and could allow the government to monitor citizens’ activities in violation of their right to privacy. The Center said. “All premises of the petitioner’s argument that the data are for the purpose of surveillance is completely unfounded and unfounded By design, UIDAI’s technology architecture even excludes the possibility of finding people to monitor their activities, including purpose Of which they can use Aadhaar. “