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Kartarpur corridor: India-Pak talks amid J&K tensions

The prolonged tensions between two nuclear armed neighbours: India and Pakistan in South Asia takes another turn with the duo preparing to go for another round of Kartarpur talk that would provide easy access to visit the shrines in both countries despite contentious situation in Jamu and Kashmir after the central governemnt made the state of J&K into two separate union territories in early August this year.

India and Pakistan have had many meetings regarding Kartarpur corridor since 1999, which will give access to Sikhs to visit Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib (located in Punjab, India) and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan without visa.

India had conveyed its concerns over the presence of Sikh separatist movement in a 10-member committee Pakistan had set up for the Kartarpur project. Separatist leader Gopal Singh Chawla was subsequently dropped from the panel. He was the secretary-general of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, which would facilitate the pilgrims after opening of the corridor.

India has also sought consular presence in the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara to assist the pilgrims. Both sides have agreed to maintain a channel of communication and work towards finalisation of the agreement on the corridor.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised to facilitate the visit of pilgrims to Kartarpur and Nankana Sahib Gurdwaras for Guru Nanak Dev ji’s 550th birth anniversary, according to ANI report.

Carrie Lam: Hong Kong leader ‘never tendered resignation to Beijing’

Carrie Lam | BBC

The anti extradition bill has caused widespread chaos in the past few months. Riots and protests have garnered immense international support since the law would put China in power to extradite anyone from Hong Kong without reasonable cause. The bill was finally suspended due to the widespread protests

Among this chaos, reuters leaked an audio wherein Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong was apparently claimed to resign due to her pushing for the bill that caused the riots. Carrie Lam has now come forward with a response to this leak claim that she isn’t going to quit and is going to continue working with the country through these tough times.


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Hurricane Dorian strikes Bahamas

Dorian, the most powerful storm hit the Bahamas since records and later moved “dangerously close” to the US east coast, according to forecasters.

It hit the Bahamas as a category five hurricane but has now weakened to a category four with maximum sustained winds near 150mph (240 km/h).

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis broke down in tears as he addressed a news conference, calling it “probably the most sad and worst day of my life”.

Footage shot in Cooper’s Town, Abaco and obtained by AFP showed waves crashing violently onshore, sending up huge clouds of spray along the coastline.