The United States is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing scheduled next year. Addressing reporters at the White House, US President Joe Biden on Thursday said that the United States was considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which observers feel is an attempt by Washington to show toughness over China’s human rights abuses.
On the sidelines of a meeting with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Biden said, “Something we are considering,” when asked by a reporter about the US planning a diplomatic boycott.
The US President’s recent comment came after he had a long-awaited video summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, where both the leaders said that they wanted to ensure stability and prevent any type of conflict between Washington and Beijing. The human rights groups in the United States have pressurized the leadership in Washington to speak against China’s human rights abuses, in the Xinjiang region of China about which different international agencies and human rights watch groups argue that state repression faced by the Uyghur Muslims in the province qualifies as genocide.
Western human rights groups say that at least two million Uyghurs and other minorities, mostly Muslim minorities, have been incarcerated in camps in Xinjiang, where China is also accused of forcibly sterilising women and imposing forced labour.
China’s government brushed off the rights accusations as “inconsistent with truth and completely groundless,” and said that “politicising sports is against the Olympic spirit, and harms the interests of athletes from all countries”.
Satish Jha, a Delhi University professor of political science told The Daily Guardian, “We have entered into a new kind of cold war. The United States had to show that it is acting tough on China. The world is watching the United States closely. The boycott will send a signal across the world that the US is willing to counter Beijing. The countries which are facing Chinese aggression will also get emboldened by this and would feel that with an engaged US in the Asian continent there would be a rules-based order. The boycott will be an important development in the current political environment.”
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Raju Srivastava on ventilator, manager informs about slow recovery
Comedian Raju Srivastava was hospitalised on August 10 after having a heart attack. Later, Raju had an angioplasty for the same, and he is currently on a ventilator. Raju’s management said in a new media exchange that the actor is gradually getting better.
Raju’s manager, Nayan Soni, stated, “Raju’s condition is slowly getting better. He is responding to the treatment. There is an improvement in his health and he can now move his body parts a bit. He continues to remain in the ICU and on a ventilator. Doctors have informed us that it will take about a week for him to regain consciousness.”
In a message posted on Raju Srivastava’s official Instagram profile last week, his family stated that his status was “stable” and urged people to “ignore any rumour or fake news being propagated.
The statement on social media read, “Dear all, Raju Srivastava Ji’s condition is stable. We are praying for his speedy recovery. The doctors are treating him and are doing their best. Thanks to all the well-wishers for their continued love and support. Please ignore any rumours or fake news being circulated. Please pray for him.”
According to reports, actor Amitabh Bachchan sent Raju an audio message wishing him a swift recovery ” It’s enough Raju. Rise up Raju, and keep teaching us all to laugh.”
The movies Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya are some of movies featuring Raju. He also made an appearance in Bigg Boss’ third season. He gained notoriety for his superb comic timing after his appearance as a stand-up comedian on the programme The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He is the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council’s chairman.
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin to meet President Murmu, PM Modi on 17 August
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin who is on a two-day visit to Delhi is scheduled to meet President Droupadi Murmu. Stalin is also scheduled to meet Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar on Wednesday.
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin is on a two-day visit to Delhi. Stalin arrived in Delhi on Tuesday. He will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
Earlier on 15 August, Stalin unfurled the tricolor at Fort St George. While addressing people he said, “These are the urgent and necessary ideals for the nation today. We are administering the Dravidian model government which encompasses all such humanitarian ideals.”
“I am desirous of fulfilling the aspirations of every single individual of Tamil Nadu. I am involving myself every day in that initiative,” Stalin said.
Moreover, Chief Minister MK Stalin and PM Narendra Modi met at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai.
Bihar BJP expects significant organisational changes
Following its defeat in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is anticipated to extend its social base and make significant organisational changes.
In New Delhi on Tuesday, the state BJP core committee and the party’s national leadership discussed the adjustments.
The conference was called after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar severed his ties with the BJP in Bihar and formed the Grand Alliance led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal this month.
The local leadership, according to BJP leaders, was not seen with the same satisfaction as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. By the second week of September, when the party’s Bihar chief Sanjay Jaiswal’s term ends, the state organisation should have undergone reform. The [Tuesday] meeting’s agenda included choosing a new Bihar BJP president and a formidable opposition leader, according to a BJP leader who asked to remain anonymous.
Extremely Backward Classes (ECB) and Mahadalits, the primary voter bases of Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), have been targeted by the BJP.
According to the estimates, Dalits and Scheduled Tribes make up 17% of the state’s population, while EBC and other backward classes make up close to 50%.
Jaiswal claimed that on Tuesday, they talked about Bihar’s political situation in light of the formation of a new alliance government that has betrayed the will of the people. “In the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, we will win no less than 35 [out of 40] seats and emerge a stronger party in state.”
Maharashtra train accident: 50 passengers injured as 3 coaches of a train derail
A major accident took place on Wednesday in which more than 50 passengers were injured. The three coaches of a passenger train derailed in Maharashtra. As of now, no casualties have been reported in the incident.
“Prima facie, the loco pilot of the express – Bhagat Ki Kothi SF Express (20843) – could not control the train, due to which it hit the brake van of a goods train that was standing ahead of it,” a senior SECR official said.
Maharashtra | More than 50 persons were injured after 3 bogies of a train derailed in Gondia around 2.30 am at night. A collision b/w a goods train & passenger train- Bhagat ki Kothi, due to non-receipt of signal, led to this accident. No deaths were reported.— ANI (@ANI) August 17, 2022
The accident happened after a passenger train collided with a good train at around 2.30 am on Wednesday. The passenger train was going from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh to Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The injured passengers were referred to government and private hospitals in Gondia for treatment.
“Due to the impact, four wheels of a coach of the express train got off the tracks. But no passenger was seriously injured in the incident. Only a few received minor injuries. One passenger suffering from anxiety was admitted to a hospital,” a senior SECR official said.
Meanwhile, people who were trapped inside the train after the accident was also pulled out. According to media reports, a goods train going from Raipur to Nagpur was hit hard by a passenger train coming from behind. The driver applied the emergency brake, but could not avoid hitting the goods train.
6 people of the same family found dead in jammu
In Jammu, six family members were discovered deceased on Wednesday in strange circumstances at their homes. According to news agency ANI, two of the six bodies retrieved were located in one house and four more were discovered in another house in Tawi Vihar, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Jammu city in the Sidhra region. The cause of death is still unknown.
Inquest proceedings have been started in accordance with Section 174 of the CrPC, and the bodies have been moved to the Government Medical College and Hospital for the post-mortem.
The deceased has been identified as Sakina Begum, the widow of the late Ghulam Hassan; her two children, Naseema Akhter and Rubina Bano; her son Zafar Salim; and two relatives, Noor Ul Habib and Sajad Ahmad.
Police have initiated an investigation and further details are awaited.
S Jaishankar on buying Russian oil: ‘duty towards the people’
The world has somewhat accepted New Delhi’s stance on buying Russian oil in light of Moscow’s ongoing conflict in Ukraine, according to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, because New Delhi has not been defensive about its choice and instead has helped other nations understand the responsibility they have to their citizens.
“Once you lay it out very openly and honestly, people accept it.” Jaishankar remarked, “They may not always appreciate it, but once it is there and you are not trying to be too clever about it, you actually have laid out your interest in a very direct manner, my sense is that the world somewhat accepts that as reality,” addressing a meeting with the Indian community in Bangkok, Jaishankar remarked.
Jaishankar, who has frequent liaison with Americans, remarked, “I do see that—not just in the United States but including the US—that they know what our position is and they move on with that.”
Since Europe is buying less oil from Russia, many of India’s suppliers have switched their shipments to Europe, according to the foreign minister. “Oil prices are unreasonably high, and so are gas prices. A lot of traditional suppliers to Asia are diverting to Europe because Europe is buying less oil from Russia. It is a situation today where every country will try to get the best deal possible for its citizens to try to cushion the impact of these high energy prices. And that is exactly what we are doing,” Jaishankar said.
“We are not doing it in a defensive way. We are being very open and honest about our interests. I have a country which has a per capita income of two thousand dollars. These are not people who can afford higher energy prices. It is my obligation, my moral duty to actually ensure that I get them the best deal,” he further added.
In light of India’s continued purchase of Russian oil, questions regarding the relations between India and the US were put to the foreign minister. To participate in the 9th India-Thailand Joint Commission Meeting as both nations commemorate 75 years of the start of diplomatic relations, Jaishankar arrived in Thailand on Tuesday. Following the meeting, India and Thailand will sign their MoUs.
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