Indian security personnel guards at the Line of Control (LoC).ReutersIndian intelligence agencies have suggested Pakistan is planning to push 100 ‘hardcore’ terrorists from Afghanistan into the Kashmir Valley. “We have credible intelligence that Pakistan is bringing over 100 hardcore terrorists from Afghanistan and they will be pushed into Kashmir in the next few weeks,” said a military source.It was revealed that Pakistan’s assessments indicated the local terrorists in Kashmir are not adequately trained and have “low shelf-life”, leading to a leadership crisis after their elimination in anti-terror military operations.Abdul Rauf Azhar, the younger brother of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar, reportedly held meetings with top commanders at the Bahawalpur headquarters on August 19 and 20 regarding ways of pushing experienced Afghan militants into the valley.Intelligence reports also claimed around 15 Jaish militants are waiting for instructions to infiltrate into Kashmir from terror cells located in Pakistan’s Lipa valley along the Line of Control (LoC).Pakistan-based terror groups are suspected of targeting vital installations in several major cities in the next few weeks, according to the sources. It was also revealed that serial attacks in Kashmir are being planned in an attempt to deceive the international community into showing the deteriorating situation in the valley, following the abrogation of special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir through Article 370.Earlier intelligence reports had stated Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has given JeM full permission for suicide bomb attacks in the valley to cause as many casualties as they can, without worrying about “collateral damage”.Indian security forces have been on high alert following multiple updates on the reactivation of terrorist-training camps in border regions with “backing by the Pakistan army”.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has also made ominous statements about a military conflict between the two countries after New Delhi’s decision on Kashmir and said that “Pulwama-like attacks” can be expected. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/7:41Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-7:40?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Revocation of Article 370
In this file photo taken on 13 June, 2018 Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland gestures as she speaks after receiving Foreign Policy’s 2018 Diplomat of the Year award in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPSaudi Arabia said Monday it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and had recalled its envoy while freezing all new trade, in protest at Ottawa’s vigorous calls for the release of jailed activists.The kingdom gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country, in an abrupt rupture of relations over what it slammed as “interference” in its internal affairs.The move, which underscores a newly aggressive foreign policy led by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, comes after Canada demanded the immediate release of human rights campaigners swept up in a new crackdown.“The Canadian position is an overt and blatant interference in the internal affairs of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Saudi foreign ministry tweeted.“The kingdom announces that it is recalling its ambassador to Canada for consultation. We consider the Canadian ambassador to the kingdom persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours.”The ministry also announced “the freezing of all new trade and investment transactions with Canada while retaining its right to take further action”.Canada last week said it was “gravely concerned” over a new wave of arrests of women and human rights campaigners in the kingdom, including award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi.“We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists,” the foreign ministry tweeted on Friday.‘Unprecedented crackdown’Samar was arrested along with fellow campaigner Nassima al-Sadah last week, the latest victims of what Human Rights Watch called an “unprecedented government crackdown on the women’s rights movement”.Samar is a vocal campaigner for blogger Raif Badawi, her brother who was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam” in a case that sparked an international outcry.The latest arrests come weeks after more than a dozen women’s right campaigners were detained and accused of undermining national security and collaborating with enemies of the state. Some have since been released.The Saudi foreign ministry slammed the Canadian statement, signalling its growing irritation over Western criticism of the kingdom’s poor human rights record.“Using the phrase ‘immediately release’ in the Canadian statement is very unfortunate, reprehensible, and unacceptable in relations between states,” the ministry tweeted.Prince Mohammed, heir to the region’s most powerful throne, has introduced a string of reforms such as lifting a decades-long ban on women drivers in a bid to overhaul the kingdom’s austere image as it prepares for a post-oil era.But the 32-year-old has simultaneously pursued a hawkish foreign policy-including leading a blockade of neighbouring Qatar and a bombing campaign against Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen-while cracking down on dissent at home.‘Serious concern’“The rupture in Saudi diplomatic relations with Canada reinforces how the ‘new’ Saudi Arabia that Mohammed bin Salman is putting together is in no mood to tolerate any form of criticism of its handling of domestic affairs,” said Kristian Ulrichsen, a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute in the United States.In April, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau expressed his “serious concern” over the continued jailing of Badawi to Saudi King Salman.Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar has been granted asylum by Canada, where she is raising their three children now aged 14, 13 and 10 as a single mother.Riyadh’s expulsion of the Canadian ambassador was meant to send a strong message to other critical Western governments, observers say.“Canada is easier to cut ties with than the rest,” Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, told AFP.“There isn’t a strong bilateral trade relationship and poking the Trudeau government likely resonates with Saudi’s hawkish regional allies. At jeopardy, are the tens of thousands of Saudi students in Canada.”
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that Bangladesh has now become a ‘subservient’ country as the current government has destroyed all the achievements the nation earned through the 1971 Liberation War, reports UNB.”The country is passing through a critical time. It’s a crisis of the entire nation. We’ve lost all our achievements. We got independence in 1971 through a Liberation War, but now we can’t say Bangladesh is an independent country. It’s become a subservient one,” he said.Speaking at a photo show arranged by Nationalist Research Centre at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, the BNP leader also said Awami League destroyed democracy, all democratic values and institutions. “Awami League annihilated democracy by introducing one-party Baksal in 1975. This party is behind all the bad things happened in the country.”He also alleged that Awami League has politicised the country by restoring one-party rule in a different style. “They (govt) are now completely controlling the judiciary, law enforcement agencies, administration, the election commission and even the media to hang onto power.”Fakhrul recalled that their party founder Ziaur Rahman established multiparty democracy freeing the nation from one-party rule. “Ziaur Rahman was the symbol honesty…we must follow the ideas and political philosophy of Ziaur Rahman.”He said their chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail in false cases. “It’s our duty to free her through a movement involving people.”The BNP leader also urged their party colleagues to get ready for making the highest sacrifice in a movement to free Khaleda Zia from jail.Accusing the government of usurping power, Fakhrul urged it to take steps for holding a fair and credible election immediately annulling the 30 December one. Or else, he warned, that people will realise their justified demand through a movement.
Teens who have a history of bipolar disorder and depression are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease later in life, according to a new study released by the American Heart Association (AHA).While the connection may seem vague at first, scientists say the shared risk factors and side effects make the link very clear.“There are a number of possible biological bridges between mood disorders and cardiovascular disease. One of the most likely bridges is inflammation. Inflammation is part of the body’s response to a host of problems including infections and injury,” said lead author Dr. Benjamin I. Goldstein, a child-adolescent psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto in Canada. “Mostly this is a helpful process, but excessive inflammation can be damaging to the body, including blood vessels and the brain.”Dr. Goldstein said that while studies show the number of a child’s “mood episodes” correlates to greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease at an earlier age, the statistics for African-American youths are not clear.“We really need to learn more about specific sub-groups, such as African-American teens and also teenage girls,” Dr. Goldstein told the AFRO. “Some studies have shown that, among youth with mood disorders, African Americans are more likely to have heart disease risk factors such as obesity. The combination of a mood disorder plus obesity places one at especially high risk for heart disease.”The new research hopes to increase access to awareness, preventative screening, and intervention for teens fighting to stay mentally healthy.Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that 610,000 deaths each year occur from heart disease in America, with non-Hispanic Black Americans making up 23.8 percent of heart disease fatalities.Risk factors include diabetes and obesity, which also disproportionately affect African Americans. Symptoms of heart disease include shortness of breath, nausea, physical pain in the chest or upper body, and cold sweats.“As of now, we can’t say for certain whether mood disorders take a while to impact blood vessels and other cardiovascular risk factors, or whether these differences emerge together with the onset of mood disorders,” said Dr. Goldstein. “There is some evidence of greater inflammation in early-stage versus late-stage mood disorders. So it’s not simply a matter of longer time with mood disorders, it also seems that the [recentness] of onset, and as mentioned earlier, the age of the person, is important.”According to Goldstein, preventative measures include routine physical activity combined with “good sleep routines, healthy nutrition, and minimizing alcohol and substance use.”“This type of heart-healthy leaving is especially important for youth with mood disorders,” he said. “Both because they’re at risk for heart disease and because heart-healthy living is also mood-healthy living.”Read the entire study here.