[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Parliament asked to distribute President’s powers
A dream of having separate homeland for Kurds in Iraq has ended with complete failure. The adventurist and ambitious leader Masoud Barzani has decided not get his term extended as President of Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) beyond November 1, the day he had earlier planned to hold polls for Presidential and parliamentary elections.
Saturday witnessed dramatic events in Erbil and Sulemania, the cities where two major Kurdish groups have their headquarters. Erbil, which is considered to be the capital of the whole Kurdistan is the centre for Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by Masoud Barzani while Suleymania is the centre for other group called as Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) lead by Kosrat Rasul Ali. This group was earlier led by Jalal Talabani, former President of Iraq who died in 2015.
PUK has not raised voice against Baghdad’s military operations clearing Kirkuk, the oil rich province claimed by three ethnicities: Kurds, Arabs and Trukmans.
In Erbil a Kurdish official announced that Masoud Barzani will not extend his presidential term beyond November 1. His decision came just weeks after a referendum on Kurdish independence backfired and triggered a crisis for Iraq’s Kurds who had been enjoying a period of unprecedented autonomy.
Barzani, wrote a letter to Kurdish parliament, on Saturday, outlining a plan to divide up the president’s powers. He asked parliament to distribute the president’s powers among the government, parliament and judiciary. On Sunday the Barzani’s letter was discussed by parliament.
Barzani’s current term was set to expire on October 31. However, the proposed elections were postponed indefinitely last week, amidst an escalating regional crisis.
Observers believe that September 25 independence referendum conducted by the 71-year-old Barzani, has left a bleak future for the Iraqi Kurds.
The independence referendum was conducted on September 20 despite central government’s opposition. Less than four weeks a military offensive was mounted to clean oil rich Kirkuk province from the KRG forces locally known as Peshmarga. Kirkuk was considered to be a key source of revenue for their would-be independent state.
Baghdad’s move was also supported by Iran, Turkey and Syria where ethnic Kurds have been dreaming for a unified homeland carved out the four countries.
Iraqi military and mobilization force known as Hashd al-Shaabi have played important role in transforming the balance of power in northern Iraq, exerting tremendous pressure on Barzani to step aside and shattering decades-old dreams of creating separate Kurdistan, independent of central Iraqi government.
On Thursday, Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi had demanded that Kurds declare their recently held independence referendum void. He had also rejected the Kurdish autonomous region’s offer to suspend its independence movement and begin talks to resolve the crisis.
Masoud Barzani has been holding KRG’s presidency since 2005. The region held its last presidential election in 2009 which went in barzani’s favour. His term had expired in 2013 which was extended twice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Hardeep Nijjar killing row: Canada’s defence minister says ties with India important
The Defence Minister further mentioned that if the allegations are proven true, there is a very significant concern that Canada will have with respect to the violation of our sovereignty.
Canada’s defence minister Bill Blair said that his country’s ties with India are important. HIs statement amidst a diplomatic standoff between both the countries. However, he also added that his country wants a thorough investigation into the allegation.
The escalating tensions between both the countries began after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asserted that his country’s security agencies were investigating a link between the Indian government and the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Defence Minister Bill Blair noted that they understand this can be, and has proven to be, a challenging issue with respect to their relationship with India. However, at the same time, they have the responsibility to make sure that they carry out a thorough investigation and get to the truth, he added.
The Defence Minister further mentioned that if the allegations are proven true, there is a very significant concern that Canada will have with respect to the violation of our sovereignty. On the other hand, India rejected the allegation as absurd and motivated.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs remarked that Canada has shared no specific information regarding its charges, flagging politically condoned hate crimes and criminal violence in that country. Furthermore, the foreign ministry has advised its nationals in Canada and those contemplating travelling there to exercise utmost caution.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also claimed that such credible allegations were shared with India weeks ago. He added that they want to work constructively with India and hope that New Delhi engages with them so that they can get to the bottom of this very serious matter.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said that Washington is deeply concerned about the allegations and that they want to see accountability in the case.
Khalistani terrorist, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was shot dead outside a gurdwara in Canada’s British Columbia in June. He was chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force and reportedly one of India’s most wanted terrorists.
National Daughters Day 2023: History, significance, theme and wishes
The purpose of National Daughter’s Day is to serve as a reminder that girls should be given equal chances, including access to education, practical life skills, and sports participation, among others.
In India, Daughter’s Day is observed on the final Sunday in September, which falls on September 24, 2023. India is the only big nation with a higher mortality rate for females than boys, according to UNICEF.
At birth, there are 900 females for every 1000 boys in the nation. In the world, boys are 7% more likely than girls to die before the age of five. In India, though, the figures are dismal, with 11% more girls dying before turning five.
Given these troubling numbers, it is crucial to invest in the wellbeing of girls in order to empower them. The purpose of National Daughter’s Day is to serve as a reminder that girls should be given equal chances, including access to education, practical life skills, and sports participation, among others.
The first National Daughters Day was observed in India in 2007, which is where the holiday’s origins can be found. Daughters have frequently been overlooked in a society where males have long been regarded with awe. The noble goal of this day is to inspire parents to show their admiration for their daughters.
In certain cultures, having daughters has been seen as more of a burden than a blessing. With the goal of reversing this perception, National Daughter’s Day exhorts parents to acknowledge the extraordinary gift that their daughters are.
The significance of National Daughters Day can be found in our ever-changing society. It’s a day set aside to gleefully acknowledge the daughters in our lives. Falling on a Sunday presents a chance for parents and daughters to spend quality time together, cherish one another, and have intimate life-related dialogues. It’s a day for giving, caring, and fostering the cherished relationship between mothers and daughters.
- Daughters are special and highly valued, which demonstrates that they were sent from heaven above
- Daughters are special; once we have them, we can never live without them. Happy Daughters’ Day!
- Daughters are the pride of their parents’ hearts; from birth, they are beautiful
- My darling daughter, my baby you will always be, no matter where you are. You are a little part of me, whether near or far. Happy Daughters’ Day!
- Daughters will soon be married and grown, then they may start a family of their own
Canadian PM Trudeau wants to work constructively with India, says Canada shared credible allegations with New Delhi weeks ago
India has repeatedly denied claims of receiving any intel regarding the allegations from Canada before Justin Trudeau’s announcement on Monday revealing them.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday asserted that Canada shared credible allegations that the Indian government may have been involved in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar weeks ago, according to reports.
The Canadian Prime MInister added that his country wants to work constructively with India and hope that New Delhi engages with them so that they can get to the bottom of this very serious matter. Meanwhile, India has repeatedly denied claims of receiving any intel regarding the allegations from Canada before Justin Trudeau’s announcement on Monday revealing them.
On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged that there was a potential link between an Indian government agent and the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force, who was gunned down in Surrey in June. Justin Trudeau made the allegations in the Canadian Parliament.
India has debunked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement deeming the allegations of the Government of India’s involvement in any act of violence in Canada as both absurd and motivated. Issuing a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated that they have seen and rejected the statement made by the Canadian Prime Minister in their Parliament. It added that they also rejected the statement made by their Foreign Minister.
After the allegations by PM Trudeau, the Canadian government expelled a top Indian diplomat. In a tit for tat move, New Delhi also expelled a Canadian diplomat. The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also claimed that the Indian High Commission and consulates are facing security threats in Canada and therefore cannot process visa applications temporarily.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar was among India’s most-wanted terrorists, carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head. He was fatally gunned down by two unidentified assailants outside a gurdwara in Surrey, a province of British Columbia in Canada, on June 18, according to reports.