Karunanidhi passes away at 94

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Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi breathed his last here today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be travelling to Chennai on Wednesday morning to pay his last respects to the departed leader.

The veteran 94- year old leader died shortly after 6 pm in the city hospital where he was admitted.

“We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide,” Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director of Kauvery Hospital, said in a press statement.

Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond, the doctor said in his statement adding: “With deep anguish we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M Karunanidhi on 7 August 2018 at 6.10 pm.


Flash reaction from our readers on social media:

“Let’s see how the DMK now fares. May split into two – major faction with Stalin and smaller with his other son Alagiri. Kanimozhi might support Stalin. Interesting days ahead in TN.”

“Political turmoil in Tamil Nadu”

“Great leader. RIP”

“RIP M.Karunanidhi, fondly called Kalaignar. Whether one agreed with his ideology or not, he remained a very important figure in Tamil Nadu’s and national political landscape.

The void he leaves behind will be hard to fill.”


Supriya urges Centre to review decision to cancel export of sheep & goats to UAE

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New Delhi: Nationalist Congress Party MP from Baramati in Maharashtra Supriya Sule has urged the Central Government to review its decision to cancel export of over 100,000 sheep & goats to UAE.

Ms. Sule raised this issue in Lok Sabha on Monday (6 August 2018). Drawing attention towards this matter, she said that the Central Government’s decision to cancel the export of of over 100,000 sheep and Goats to UAE from Nagpur last month came in response to protests and a petition in the Bombay High Court by the Jain community.

Ms. Sule told the House that the Dhangar community in particular has suffered the most by the cancellation of the export by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. She also expressed serious concern over the plight of Maharashtra’s farmers.

Ms. Sule said that the income of the Dhangar community of traditional shepherds, butchers and farmers were supposed to be the primary beneficiaries of the international transaction. She further underscored that this export of live sheep and goats was intended to generate additional revenue for farmers of the Vidarbha region in Maharashtra, which has high farmer suicide rate.

In 2015-16, India exported nearly 7385.61 tonnes of livestock.

Trump is reimposing sanctions lifted under the Iran Deal

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The Trump Administration intends to fully enforce the sanctions reimposed against Iran, and those who fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences.

Washington DC: The US President Donald J. Trump’s Administration is taking action against Iran to reimpose sanctions lifted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

President Trump made clear when he ended United States participation in the JCPOA that his Administration would be reimposing tough sanctions on the Iranian regime.

In connection with the withdrawal from the JCPOA, the Trump Administration laid out two wind-down periods of 90 days and 180 days for business activities in or involving Iran.

Consistent with Trump’s decision, the US Administration will be reimposing specified sanctions after August 6, the final day of the 90-day wind-down period.

On August 7, sanctions will be reimposed on:

  • The purchase or acquisition of United States bank notes by the Government of Iran.
  • Iran‚Äôs trade in gold and other precious metals.
  • Graphite, aluminum, steel, coal, and software used in industrial processes.
  • Transactions related to the Iranian rial.
  • Activities relating to Iran‚Äôs issuance of sovereign debt.
  • Iran‚Äôs automotive sector.

The remaining sanctions will be reimposed on November 5, including sanctions on:

  • Iran‚Äôs port operators and energy, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors.
  • Iran‚Äôs petroleum-related transactions.
  • Transactions by foreign financial institutions with the Central Bank of Iran.
  • The Administration will also relist hundreds of individuals, entities, vessels, and aircraft that were previously included on sanctions lists.

The US President has emphasised that the US will continue to stand up to the Iranian regime‚Äôs “aggression”, and the United States will fully enforce the reimposed sanctions.

Trump said in his statement:

  • Iranian regime has exploited the global financial system to fund its malign activities.
  • The regime has used this funding to support terrorism, promote ruthless regimes, destabilize the region, and abuse the human rights of its own people.

The Trump Administration intends to fully enforce the sanctions reimposed against Iran, and those who fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences.
Since the President announced his decision on May 8 to withdraw from the JCPOA, the US Administration has sanctioned 38 Iran-related targets in six separate actions.

The JCPOA was defective at its core and failed to guarantee the safety of the American people, Trump has pointed out.

It is being projected by the US that Trump‚Äôs decision to withdraw from the Iran deal has upheld his highest obligation: “to protect the safety and security of the American people”.¬† In defence of this action, it has been pointed out that the¬†Iranian regime “only grew more aggressive under the cover of the JCPOA and was given access to more resources to pursue its malign activities.¬†The regime continues to threaten the United States and its allies, exploit the international financial system, and support terrorism and foreign proxies.”

The US Administration, ut has been underscored, is working with allies to bring pressure on the Iranian regime to achieve an agreement that denies all paths to a nuclear weapon and addresses other malign activities.

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Statement from the US President on the Reimposition of United States Sanctions with Respect to Iran

The US President’s Executive Order Reimposing Certain Sanctions with Respect to Iran