China Hopes For Political Stability In Sri Lanka After Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Defeat In Trust Vote

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out by a no-confidence motion in Parliament. (File)


China today expressed hope that Sri Lanka, where it has made huge investments, would see the return of stability as pro-Beijing Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out by a no-confidence motion in Parliament.

Asked about the Sri Lankan Parliament passing a resolution of no-confidence against Rajapaksa after the nation’s Supreme Court issued a stay order against President Maithripala Sirisena’s order to dissolve the national legislature, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Beijing is closely following the evolving situation in Sri Lanka.

“China is a traditional friendly neighbour of Sri Lanka. We are closely following the situation unfolding there,” she said.

“We hope Sri Lanka will see stability and we believe that parties have the wisdom and capability to deal with the situation,” she said.

China has high stakes in Sri Lanka since it invested over $8 billion in the island, including the Hambantota port and the Colombo port project, during the previous tenure of Mr Rajapaksa as president who is widely regarded as pro-China.

President Sirisena’s government subsequently handed over Hambantota port on a 99-year lease to China in a $1.1 billion debt swap deal raising concerns in India as Beijing stepped up its presence in the Indian Ocean.

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Melania Trump Says There Are People In The White House She Doesn’t Trust

First lady Melania Trump said in an interview broadcast Thursday that there have been people in her husband’s White House whom she doesn’t trust, including some who still work there.

During the interview with ABC News, conducted during her recent solo trip to Africa, Trump also asserted that she is one of the most bullied people in the world, as she discusses her child-welfare initiative, Be Best, which includes a focus on combating cyberbullying.

Trump was asked by ABC’s Tom Llamas if the president has had people working for him that she didn’t trust.

“Yes,” she replied, adding that she has let her husband know.

“Some people, they don’t work there anymore,” Trump said.

Asked if there are still people in the administration she can’t trust, Trump said yes.

“It’s harder to govern,” the first lady said. “You always need to watch your back.”

Her comments come in the wake of an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times last month claiming there is a “resistance” within the Trump administration. The Times said the piece was written by a senior administration official, whose identity still has not become public.

During the interview, Llamas also asked Trump if she has the most control over her husband’s decisions of those in the White House.

“Oh, I wish,” she said, laughing.

“I give him my honest advice and honest opinions, and then he does what he wants to do,” Trump said.

During the interview, Trump also said, “I could say I’m the most bullied person on the world.”

Pressed on that assertion, she added: “One of them, if you really see what people are saying about me.”

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North Korea Says No Way It Will Disarm Without Trust In United States

There has been little progress since the landmark summit between the leaders of the two nations.

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North Korea’s foreign minister on Saturday told the United Nations there was “no way” that his country would disarm first as long as the United States continued to push for tough enforcement of sanctions against Pyongyang.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Ri Yong Ho accused Washington of creating a deadlock in talks on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. 

“The recent deadlock is because the US relies on coercive measures which are lethal to trust-building,” Ri told the assembly.

“Without any trust in the US, there will be no confidence in our national security and under such circumstances, there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first.”

The United States is insisting on a “denuclearization-first” policy that “increases the level of pressure by sanctions to achieve their purpose in a coercive manner,” said the foreign minister.

“The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant about us.”

Led by the United States, the UN Security Council adopted three sanctions resolutions last year aimed at depriving North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

A landmark summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June led to a warming of ties and a halt in Pyongyang’s missile launches, but there has been little concrete progress since.

While in New York, Ri met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who agreed to return to Pyongyang next month to discuss US demands that the North scrap its weapons programs.

Pompeo will also try to arrange a second summit between Trump and Kim, whose June meeting in Singapore was the first ever between sitting leaders of the long-time enemy states.

Russia, China want sanctions relief

The North Korean foreign minister told the UN assembly that his government had stopped nuclear and missile tests, dismantled a nuclear test site and continued to make efforts to build trust.

“However we do not see any corresponding response from the US,” he said.

North Korea’s complaints have gotten a sympathetic ear from Russia and China, which this week called for an easing of sanctions to encourage Pyongyang to make concessions.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the “positive developments” in relations between North and South Korea — combined with warmer US-North Korean ties — should lead to sanctions relief.

The United States however has pushed for full enforcement of the tough measures that include a cap on oil and fuel deliveries, a ban on exports of North Korea’s raw commodities and an end to contracts for its workers abroad.

China is Pyongyang’s top trading partner, while Russia has welcomed tens of thousands of North Korean laborers that provide a vital source of hard currency. Human rights groups say the laborers often work in slave-like conditions. 

The United States is also hearing calls for step-by-step sanctions relief from ally South Korea, whose left-leaning President Moon Jae-in helped arrange Trump’s diplomatic drive.

That view is not shared by Japan, which wants complete and verified disarming of North Korea as a condition for lifting any sanctions.

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Indian-Origin Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Says People Realising They Don’t Trust Donald Trump

Pramila Jayapal is the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives


Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on Sunday said people are increasingly recognising that they do not trust US Presidenrt Donald Trump as how it could possibly be the case he knew nothing about what was going on in his campaign.

Her comments came days after Paul Manafort, who once headed Donald Trump’s campaign, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives, told CNN: “When you think about this, it isn’t just the individual pieces that we’re seeing, but what we’re seeing is top advisers, people who ran the campaign, the campaign manager, the deputy campaign manager, the president’s personal lawyer who have all pleaded guilty”.

“You have to begin to wonder how it could possibly be the case that the president knew nothing about what was going on. We obviously still have ways to go in terms of connecting Russia to the campaign and the president. That is still out there,” she said.

This is reflected in the polls, she said.

“You see people recognising they don’t trust the president. They believe that Bob Mueller is doing a good job and that the investigation should continue. People are saying, look, this is outrageous,” Ms Jayapal said about the ongoing investigations by former FBI director Mueller on the allegations of Russian interference in 2016 elections.

“This level of corruption, greed, some of the individual charges that are outlined in the Manafort, charging document really show that this guy (Paul Manafort, former Trump Campaign manager)… is in in jail because of jury tampering. This was the person who ran Donald Trump’s campaign. Not just some junior person, the person who ran his campaign. I think that’s a problem,” said the Indian-American Congresswoman from the Washington State.

Pramila Jayapal said people want a check on the president.

“They see the chaos of the last 18 months. They don’t want it. They don’t like shattering of norms. What does a person who has the biggest bully pulpit of the White House do? They don’t like the tweets that come from the president, contesting what happened in Maria,” she said.

“People want him to be focused, to be presidential and Trump is none of those things. But in addition to that, people are not seeing their own lives changing. Healthcare is the number one issue on the table. It really is,” she said.

“When you look at what Republicans have done to undermine healthcare costs, to drive premiums up, to strip pre-existing, the ability to qualify for health care with pre-existing conditions, these are things that Americans care about. They do not see healthcare getting better,” Pramila Jayapal added.

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Jaguar Land Rover’s Self-Driving Pod Seeks Trust From Humans

The pods are run autonomously on a fabricated street in Coventry, while the behaviour of pedestrians is analysed as they wait to cross the road.

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The ‘eyes’ have been devised by engineers, working in JLR’s Future Mobility division.

As part of the engineering project, Jaguar Land Rover has enlisted the help of a team of cognitive psychologists to better understand how vehicle behaviour affects human confidence in new technology. The trust trials form part of Jaguar Land Rover’s government-supported UK Autodrive project. The friendly-faced ‘eye pods’ have a vital job: helping work out how much information future self-driving cars should share with users or pedestrians to ensure that people trust the technology.

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The pods are run autonomously on a fabricated street in Coventry, while the behaviour of pedestrians is analysed as they wait to cross the road. The ‘eyes’ have been devised by a team of advanced engineers, working in Jaguar Land Rover’s Future Mobility division. The pods seek out the pedestrian – appearing to ‘look’ directly at them – signalling to road users that it has identified them, and intends to take avoiding action.


The pods seek out the pedestrian – appearing to ‘look’ directly at them – signalling to road users that it has identified them 

Engineers record trust levels in the person before and after the pod makes ‘eye contact’ to find out whether it generates sufficient confidence that it would stop for them. Previous studies suggest as many 63 per cent of pedestrians and cyclists say they’d feel less safe sharing the road with a self-driving vehicle.

Pete Bennett, Future Mobility Research Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, “It’s second-nature to glance at the driver of the approaching vehicle before stepping into the road. Understanding how this translates in tomorrow’s more automated world is important. We want to know if it is beneficial to provide humans with information about a vehicle’s intentions or whether simply letting a pedestrian know it has been recognised is enough to improve confidence.”


The trust trials form part of Jaguar Land Rover’s government-supported UK Autodrive project. 


Jaguar Land Rover has been investing in self-driving technology, which will help it gain prowess in autonomous, connected, electric and shared mobility. The trials are part of a wider study exploring how future connected and autonomous vehicles can replicate human behaviour and reactions when driving. As part of the study, more than 500 test subjects have been studied interacting with the self-driving pods, designed by UK Autodrive partner Aurrigo.

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INDvsENG: Wil Team Managemnet be able to trust Karun Nair

नई दिल्ली : टीम इंडिया को इंग्लैंड दौरे में पांच टेस्ट मैचों की सीरीज के दौरान शर्मिंदगी उठानी पड़ी जब पहले टेस्ट मैच में 31 रनों की नजदीकी हार के हारके बाद दूसरे टेस्ट मैच में एक पारी और 159 रनों की करारी हार का सामना करना पड़ा. इसकी वजह से टीम इंडिया की चारों तरफ से आलोचना हो रही है जिसमें खास तौर पर टीम इंडिया की बल्लेबाजी आलोचकों के खास निशाने पर रहे. दो टेस्ट में शीर्ष क्रम बुरी तरह से लड़खड़ाया और पहले टेस्ट में नाकाम रहे शिखर धवन को हटाने का कोई फायदा नहीं हुआ. 

अब टीम एक बार फिर प्लेइंग इलेवन को चुनने की चुनौती हैं क्योंकि शिखर धवन, मुरली विजय, अजिंक्य रहाणे, चेतेश्वर पुजारा, केएल राहुल दिनेश कार्तिक और दूसरे टेस्ट में विराट कोहली की नाकामी के चलते अब टीम प्रबंधन के सामने विकल्पों का भी संकट होगा. अब यह कयास भी लगाए जा रहे हैं कि ऋषभ पंत और करुण नायर को भी मौके मिलने चाहिए. 

दूसरे टेस्ट में तो बुरी तरह नाकाम रही टीम इंडिया
पांच टेस्ट मैचों की सीरीज के पहले टेस्ट में टीम इंडिया 194 रनों के लक्ष्य का पीछा नहीं  कर सकी थी और 31 रनों से हार गई थी. इस मैच में विराट कोहली ने पहली पारी में 149 रन और दूसरी पारी में 51 रनों की पारी खेली थी जबकि बाकी पूरी टीम नाकाम ही साबित हुई. इसके बाद लॉर्ड्स टेस्ट में तो  टीम का और भी बुरा हाल हो गया था. इस मैच की पहली पारी में टीम इंडिया पहली पारी में 107 रनों पर ढेर हो गई थी. और उसके बाद दूसरी  पारी में भी केवल 130 रन ही बना सकी जिससे उसे एक पारी और 159 रनों की शर्मनाक हार का सामना करना पड़ा. 

मुरली विजय लॉर्ड्स की दोनों पारियों में शून्य पर आउट होने का रिक़ॉर्ड बना बैठे वहीं केएल राहुल ने 4 पारियों में सिर्फ 35 रन बनाए. दिनेश कार्तिक  4 पारियों में 21 और अजिंक्य रहाणे 48 रन बना पाए तो मॉडर्न वॉल के नाम से मशहूर चेतेश्वर पुजारा दो पारियों में सिर्फ 18 रन बना पाए. अब तो यह सवाल भी उठने लगे हैं कि अगर बदलाव भी किए गए तो नए खिलाड़ी कितना चल पाएंगे. 

करुण का मौजूदा फॉर्म ही दिला सकता है टीम में जगह लेकिन
करुण नायर की टीम में जगह लेने की भरपूर गुंजाइश है. इस समय में अच्छे फॉर्म में भी है. करुण ने अपने करियर की शुरुआत इंग्लैंड के खिलाफ ही नवंबर, 2016 में की थी. इसी सीरीज में उन्होंने नाबाद 303 रनों की रिकॉर्ड पारी खेल चुके हैं. लेकिन रिकॉर्ड तो विराट कोहली का भी कितना अच्छा है और वे कितने अच्छे फॉर्म में चल रहे थे सब जानते हैं. ऐसे में किस पर भरोसा किया जाए किस पर नहीं यह टीम इंडिया के मैनेजमेंट के लिए जुआ ही होगा.

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Proud Paul Pogba Happy To Repay Trust As Manchester United Captain

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba declared his pride at being named captain for Friday’s Premier League opening 2-1 win over Leicester City, but pointedly suggested he wants to be trusted more by manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho surprisingly put Pogba straight into the starting line-up and handed him the armband even though the Frenchman had just returned to training on Monday after his exertions in lifting the FIFA World Cup 2018 less than a month ago. Pogba responded with what Mourinho described as a “monster” performance and took responsibility from the penalty spot to open the scoring after just three minutes of the season.

“Of course it makes me proud, it makes me happy to wear this (armband) at a big club like Manchester United,” said Pogba.

The man who cost United a then world record 89 million pounds (105 million euros, USD 116 million) in 2016 was routinely dropped by Mourinho last season, and had been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent days with Barcelona’s interest reportedly piqued by his frosty relationship with the Portuguese coach.

And Pogba seemed to call for more trust from Mourinho this season.

“Like I always say, I always give my best for the fans, for my team-mates, for the people that trust me,” the midfielder said.

Mourinho has clashed with the club’s hierarchy in recent weeks and showed his frustration at not adding to his squad before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

“Football is changing, and managers should be called head coaches,” said Mourinho after beating Leicester, who he flagged as a side that should not be underestimated as they “invest more than us.”

Yet, despite Mourinho’s earlier warning that United face a “difficult” season after failing to be back him in the transfer market, a winning start did brighten the mood around Old Trafford.

“It’s three points, it’s what we wanted,” said Pogba.

“Of course the performance wasn’t the best, but it’s better to start like this and finish well than start very well and finish bad.

“We know the players, and myself as well, didn’t have a lot of training and we played a game.

“We knew we were not going to be fit, 100 per cent, but the most important was to start well the Premier League.”

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Kapil Sibal Attacked PM narendra Modi loksabha No Trust Motion – सिब्बल का पीएम मोदी पर निशाना, बोले

सिब्बल का पीएम मोदी पर निशाना, बोले- ‘अविश्वास प्रस्ताव’ पर उनका भाषण नफरत से भरा हुआ

कपिल सिब्बल (फाइल फोटो)

खास बातें

  1. सिब्बल का पीएम मोदी पर निशाना
  2. बोले- ‘अविश्वास प्रस्ताव’ पर उनका भाषण नफरत से भरा हुआ
  3. उन्होंने कहा कि देश नफरत से नहीं चल सकता

मुंबई: वरिष्ठ कांग्रेस नेता कपिल सिब्बल ने शनिवार को कहा कि अविश्वास प्रस्ताव पर लोकसभा में चर्चा के दौरान प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी का जवाब ‘ नफरत से भरा ’ हुआ था. यहां युवा कांग्रेस द्वारा आयोजित ‘ भारत बचाओ ’ बैठक में सिब्बल ने कहा, ‘‘ देश नफरत से नहीं चल सकता. मेरा देश एक परिवार है. मोदी का शुक्रवार को लोकसभा में भाषण नफरत से भरा हुआ था. समय की जरूरत देश और इसके संविधान को बचाने की है. ’’उन्होंने आरोप लगाय, ‘‘ यह भाजपा नहीं बल्कि वह आरएसएस है जो देश चला रही है.’’ सिब्बल ने कहा कि कांग्रेस किसी से नफरत नहीं करती है.

यह भी पढ़ें: पीएम मोदी के भाषण पर विपक्ष की प्रतिक्रिया : कांग्रेस ने बताया ‘ड्रामेबाजी’, चंद्रबाबू नायडू ने कहा- पीएम खुद अहंकारी


इससे पहले पीएम मोदी के भाषण को कांग्रेस ने ‘ड्रामेबाजी’ करार दिया था. पार्टी ने कहा था कि पीएम मोदी से राफेल डील, नीरव मोदी, समेत अन्य मुद्दों पर सवाल पूछे गए, लेकिन उन्होंने किसी भी सवाल का जवाब नहीं दिया. कांग्रेस नेता मल्लिकार्जुन खड़गे ने कहा कि उनकी स्पीच ‘ड्रामेबाजी’ थी. उन्होंने आंध्र प्रदेश के लोगों के लिए कुछ नहीं कहा. वह हमें बता रहे थे कि पिछली सरकारों ने क्या नहीं किया और उनकी सरकार ने 4 साल के दौरान क्या-क्या किया है. 

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वहीं कांग्रेस नेता ज्योतिरादित्य सिंधिया ने कहा कि PM मोदी ने अपने 2 घंटे के भाषण के दौरान आम जन से जुड़े किसी भी मुद्दे को नहीं छुआ. बीजेपी जो कह रही है और जो किया है, उसमें बहुत अंतर है.

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A Day After Trust Vote, Jagan Mohan Reddy Calls Andhra ‘Bandh’

Jagan Mohan Reddy said they have called an Andhra Pradesh bandh over special status issue

New Delhi: 

A day after the no-confidence motion moved by Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party was defeated in the Lok Sabha, Jagan Mohan Reddy of YSR Congress has called a state-wide bandh against what he claimed was the “injustice done by the BJP government”.

Andhra Pradesh has been demanding a special status, which would involve extensive financial benefits. The state says its economy has taken a blow after Telangana was formed.

“We will support any party at the national level. Our only demand is special category status to Andhra Pradesh,” Jagan Mohan Reddy said, news agency ANI reported. “We are calling for Andhra Pradesh bandh on July 24, against the injustice done by the BJP government,” Mr Reddy said.

Chandrababu Naidu had quit the NDA earlier this year over this issue. PM Modi said he told the Chief Minister that he moved the no-confidence motion “just because of your internal politics with the YSR Congress Party”.

In his speech, PM Modi had revealed that when the TDP decided to walk out of the NDA, he had warned Mr Naidu that his party was “getting entangled in a race of one-upmanship with the YSR Congress”.

“I told the chief minister that you are doing this just because of your internal politics with the YSR Congress,” PM Modi said, adding that the TDP had used parliament to deal with his “domestic problems”.

But Mr Naidu had long suspected that it was the BJP that had been blatantly “promoting” Jaganmohan Reddy and his party, the YSR Congress, which left him with no option but to end the partnership.

With inputs from ANI

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