New, humane President for South Korea
In a fresh and welcome change in world politics, a former human rights lawyer became President of South Korea, a country important to world economy and world peace, as it is a major hub of technological innovation as well as a central player in China-US-North Korea relations.
Adding to the humane expectations from this change, President Moon Jae-In at his swearing in ceremony on Wednesday promised the country and the world that he will go to North Korea and the US if needed, but will do his best to achieve world peace. He changed up the staff at South Korea’s power centre, giving responsibility to civil rights activists more than traditional politicians.
A tragic death in Hyderabad
Hyderabad woke up to the gloomy news of the death of Nishith Narayana, the only son of Andhra Pradesh State Minister for Municipal Administration P Narayana.
Nitish and his friend Ravi Varma died in a car accident in the wee hours of Wednesday at Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad, as their car rammed into a Metro Rail pillar. Both were rushed to Apollo Hospital nearby, where doctors declared them brought dead. Nitish had recently been made director of the Narayana group of Educational Institutions, owned by the Minister.
Trump sacks FBI chief
In yet another bizarre move, US President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. The shocking dismissal comes less than a month after Comey told a congressional committee that the FBI was investigating whether there was any Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections.
However, according to White House officials, Comey was fired over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Comey’s dismissal is likely to raise questions from the Opposition about the White House’s possible interference in the said investigation.
CRPF lieutenant murdered
Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz Parrym was found murdered in Shopian, south Kashmir by terrorists on Wednesday morning. He was reportedly kidnapped from his house and his bullet-riddled body was found by CRPF officials. The violence was condemned by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley as a ‘dastardly act of cowardice’.
Shopian district gained importance from the time of Mughals. It was previously known as ‘Sheen-e-van’ meaning ‘forest of snow’ but marred by continuous turbulence the district lost its ‘sheen’ (luster) on the whole and turned out to be ‘forest of blood’. There has been a spike in militant activities in most districts of south Kashmir including, Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag, Bandipore, Baramula and Pulwama.
CRPF officials say the brutal killing marks a worrying trend of terrorists targeting army officers even when they are off duty. And, the incident of killing a young, unarmed officer of the Rajputana Rifles clearly exhibits dominance of militants in south Kashmir.