Amnesty International calls for action against solitary confinement of 26/11 accused

By Staff Reporter,

Mumbai: Amnesty International, a global Human Rights Watchdog has criticized solitary confinement of Zabiuddin Ansari, a 26/11 terror attack case accused by Mumbai Central Prison and has called for action to end it.

Ansari, 35 is lodged in Mumbai Central Prison under solitary confinement since last 33 months and after finding no relief from various courts he has gone on hunger strike from August 5, 2015.

US airstrikes kill 16 Taliban militants in Afghanistan

Kabul: At least 16 Taliban militants, including their chief Maulavi Salam, were killed in US airstikes in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, country's intelligence agency said on Wednesday.

"Taliban chief Maulavi Salam, who was actively coordinating the attack in Kunduz city, along with 15 other militants, was killed in an airstike in Kunduz," Khaama press cited the National Directorate for Security (NDS) statement.

The air attack was conducted in close coordination with the NDS, the statement said but did not disclose the exact time of the raid.

Iran to sue Saudi Arabia over deaths of Iranian pilgrims

Tehran: Iran will file a complaint against Saudi Arabia for its "shortcomings" which led to the death of Iranian pilgrims during the Haj pilgrimage in the Arab state, Iran's government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said here on Tuesday.

Iran will sue the Saudi government via legal actions and the mechanisms in the international arena, said Nobakht, also the vice president, according to Tasnim news agency.

Iran will spare no efforts to defend the rights of the Iranian pilgrims, the missing ones and those injured in the disaster, he added, Xinhua news agency reported.

Number of Nigerian pilgrims killed in Haj stampede rises to 64

Abuja: The official toll of Nigerian Haj pilgrims who died in the stampede last Thursday in Saudi Arabia rose to 64 after ten more bodies were identified on Tuesday, an official said.

National Haj Commission of Nigeria spokesman Uba Mana, who confirmed the figure to Xinhua news agency, said 244 Nigerian pilgrims are still missing following the incident.

The official said 10 more pilgrims from Nigeria were injured in the stampede bringing the number of injured to 71.

Nigerian authorities on Monday declared 54 Nigerians dead in Mina.

India-Saudi ties growing stronger: Envoy

New Delhi: India-Saudi Arabia ties are going strong and their bilateral energy cooperation is at a high level, the kingdom's envoy, Saud bin Mohammed Al-Sati, said on the occasion of his country's national day.

The embassy celebrated its National Day on Monday. The day is celebrated across Saudi Arabia on September 23 to mark the unification of the nation.

Text of remarks by Obama after meeting Modi

New York: The following is the full text of remarks made by US President Barack Obama after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York on Monday:

Well, it is a great pleasure to meet once again with my good friend, Prime Minister Modi.

Our meeting builds on the progress that was made during the wonderful visit that I was able to make to India, to the prime minister's invitation, and the historic participation that I had with Republic Day.

India announces more troops for UN peacekeeping, pushes for UNSC reform

New York: India on Monday announced plans to contribute an additional 850 troops to the UN Peacekeeping Missions around the world and also pushed for reform of the UN Security Council.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address at the Leaders' Summit on UN Peacekeeping here, also said India is ready to contribute monetarily to a memorial for slain UN Peacekeepers.

Modi said India's commitment to UN Peacekeeping remains strong and will grow.

"We have announced new intended contributions to the UN Peacekeeping operations.

Modi, Obama renew resolve to meet terrorism, climate change challenges

New York: Meeting for their third summit in a year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama on Monday renewed their resolve to together meet the twin challenges of terrorism and climate change.

"As terrorism threats grow, we have resolved to deepen our cooperation," Modi said at a joint briefing with Obama after an over-hour-long bilateral meeting that began with the two leaders sharing a hug.

"President and I share an uncompromising commitment on climate change without affecting our ability to meet the developmental aspirations of humanity," he said.

Protests put spotlight on Modi’s record during his visit to the Silicon Valley

By TCN News,

San Jose, California: Passionate crowds of protesters greeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with loud slogans and a sea of placards upon his arrival at San Jose's SAP Center for a stage-managed Silicon Valley “community reception.”

The posters, chants, and surprise banner drop challenged the Modi PR team's attempts to whitewash the controversial politician's record. The protest was the culmination of a month-long campaign to educate Silicon Valley leaders and elected officials about Modi's troubling human rights record.

Makkah stampede: 10 more Indians die, toll 45

New Delhi: The toll of Indian Haj pilgrims killed in the stampede near Makkah in Saudi Arabia has risen to 45, with 10 more injured dying, the government announced on Monday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted: "The death toll of Indians killed in Haj stampede is now 45. We have 50 Indian pilgrims in various hospitals in Saudi Arabia."

Among the 10 who have died now, three are from West Bengal, two each from Kerala and Jharkhand, one each from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, and an Indian who is a local resident.