China Again Declines to Back India’s Appeal to List JeM Chief Masood Azhar as Global Terrorist…..

       China again declines to back India’s appeal to list JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN following the Pulwama attack. Beijing had earlier today condemned the terror attack, saying it was deeply shocked over the incident and firmly opposed to terrorism. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said Pakistan will have to pay a heavy price for the terror attack in Pulwama a day after a car bomber belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad killed 40 CRPF jawans. The government has also announced it will withdraw the most favoured nation tag given to Pakistan, effectively closing down trade further between the two countries. “We firmly oppose and strongly condemn all forms of terrorism. We hope relevant regional countries will cooperate to cope with the threat of terrorism and jointly uphold regional peace and stability,” Geng said. When asked about China’s stand on the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council, he said: “As for the issue of listing, I could tell you that the 1267 Committee of Security Council has a clear stipulation on the listing and procedure of the terrorist organisations”. “JeM has been included in the Security Council terrorism sanctions list.

China’s Guarded Response To Pak Bringing Saudi In Trade Corridor Work…….

        China on Monday reacted guardedly to Saudi Arabia’s plan to invest in Pakistan, saying it is a “positive factor” if any other party would like to contribute to promote the inter-connectivity and prosperity of the region on the basis of consultation. After the recent visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia, it was announced that Riyadh will be the third “strategic partner” of $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC.The CPEC is the flagship project of the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative or BRI, a project of President Xi Jinping aimed at enhancing China’s influence around the world through China-funded infrastructure projects.However, Islamabad later clarified that the Saudi Arabian investments will not be under the CPEC, which will remain a bilateral project between China and Pakistan.Asked about China’s reaction to Saudi Arabia’s investments in Pakistan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing that “the CPEC is an important project under the Belt and Road Initiative”.He said BRI projects followed wide consultations and shared benefits.

India, Russia ink $5 bn S-400 deal despite US sanctions threat…….

      India has signed an over $5-billion deal to buy Russia’s S-400 aerial-defense system during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India. India earlier approved the deal to buy five units despite the US imposing sanctions against the country after Russia invaded Crimea in 2014. The US had warned India that buying Russian military equipment came under “focus area” for sanctions. India signed a $5.43 billion deal to purchase five advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia, defying threats of potential sanctions from Washington.The deal was finalized after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in New Delhi.The advanced air defense system can defend against different kinds of cruise and ballistic missiles. China was the first foreign nation to purchase S-400 systems.With its S-400 purchase, India now risks being sanctioned under Washington’s Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which targets countries that purchase arms from Russia.During a joint media conference after their meeting, Putin said that Russia would work with India to boost bilateral cooperation in the United Nations, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and G20.

LinkedIn to allow researchers access to user data……

        After Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Microsoft-owned professional networking service LinkedIn has said that it will provide access to data of over 500 million users for approved academic studies. However, researchers will only have access to aggregate, anonymised data and will only be able to use it within a secure “sandbox”, without being able to download it, the company said.

        The data will be restricted to only those whose academic proposals have been approved. The researchers will only have access to aggregate, anonymised data and will only be able to use it within a secure “sandbox,” Perisic said in his blog post. That means they won’t be able to download the data themselves.LinkedIn said the academics will not be able to “obtain or retain data beyond the scope of the research project.” Additionally, LinkedIn said its legal and security teams would vet all proposals to access the data. Only projects related to “economic opportunity with an eye toward enabling a level playing field for economic outcomes,” will be approved.

Imran Khan sworn in as 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan…….

      Pakistan’s Cricket World Cup-winning captain and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan took oath as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan at the President House in Islamabad on Saturday. Khan was elected the PM after winning 176 votes in the polling that took place in the National Assembly on Friday. Ex-India cricketer and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu attended the ceremony.

WWII plane crash kills 20 during Swiss Alps tour…….

A vintage Ju-52 aircraft with 20 people aboard went down during a sightseeing flight in the Alps, Swiss officials said. Hours before the incident, a family of four was killed when their small plane crashed near Lucerne.

All 20 people abroad a German-made Ju-52 plane were killed when the WWII-era aircraft crashed in the Alps, Swiss authorities said on Sunday.

“The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished,” police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference.

The plane was built in 1939 and can carry up to 17 passengers and three crew members. It was flying a group of 14 Swiss nationals and a three-member family from Austria on a sightseeing tour for the company JU-AIR.

Police said the plane hit the western side of the mountain Piz Segna (top picture) at about 2,540 meters (8,333 feet) above sea level on Saturday. No reason for the crash has so far been given.

Bridge ‘supported’ by hand-shaped concrete opens in Vietnam…..

      A new footbridge which appears to be supported by two hand-shaped concrete has recently opened near Da Nang in Vietnam. Cau Vang (golden bridge), is 150 metres long and 1,400 metres above sea level. The bridge was designed to evoke the image of the “giant hands of Gods, pulling a strip of gold out of the land,” said an official.

      The pedestrian walkway, designed by TA Landscape Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City, sits at over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level and extends over the treetops from the edge of a leafy cliff face, offering tourists uninterrupted views of the majestic landscape beneath. The bridge was designed to evoke the image of the “giant hands of Gods, pulling a strip of gold out of the land,” said Vu Viet Anh, Design Principal at TA Landscape Architecture.

Army will now run Pak foreign office: Imran’s ex-wife on win……

     After Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats in Pakistan general elections, the cricketer-turned-politician’s ex-wife Reham Khan has said the Army will now run the country’s foreign office. “I am not surprised, it was a predictable result…It’s a rigged election,” she added. Earlier, she said Imran will hand over the country to extremists.

     “I am not surprised, it was a predictable result. There are a lot of people who are grooming Imran Khan for this role and investing a lot of money. It’s a rigged election. Army will now run Pak foreign office,”the PTI chief’s ex-wife told CNN-News 18 in an interview. Meanwhile, the PTI is still short of 22 seats to form government on its own. While PTI leaders had earlier maintained that they will not need support of any other party,  two other major political parties, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on the other hand, are expected to meet in a couple of days to devise a joint strategy in a bid to give a tough time to Imran Khan’s PTI in parliament.

World’s oldest person aged 117 dies days after record confirmed……

      Chiyo Miyako, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, died on July 22, days after her applications for the titles of ‘oldest person living’ and ‘oldest person living (female)’ were approved. Chiyo was born in Wakayama in Kansai region of Japan on May 2, 1901, and was 117 years 81 days old when she died. The new record-holder is yet to be confirmed.

         Chiyo was born in Wakayama, located in Kansai region of Japan, on 2 May 1901, and was  117 years 81 days when she died. According to her family, Chiyo was very chatty. Referring to her as “the goddess”, they described her as a patient and kind person who brought happiness to those who met her. Her love was calligraphy, something she started learning during childhood, and had been creating calligraphic works until recently. Her other pastime was eating delicious food, with sushi and eels being her regular favourite. Chiyo’s husband, Shoji, worked for Japanese National Railways, which meant that she had the chance to travel. Guinness World Records has three longevity categories: the Oldest person living (male)Oldest person living (female), and Oldest person living.  The oldest male title is held by fellow Japanese Masazo Nonaka, who turned 113 on Wednesday (25 July), while the oldest person and oldest female titles are yet to be confirmed in the wake of Chiyo’s passing. Jeanne Louise Calment from France, who lived to the age of 122 from 1875-1997, has the record for the oldest person ever. Chiyo’s record was confirmed following an extensive research and evidence review process by Robert Young, Guinness World Records’ senior consultant for gerontology and the co-director for the Gerontology Research Group.