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CIA one of the world’s most powerful intelligence organization, known for their high tech gadgets, spies, covert missions and torture!

The Senate state select on investigation is releasing a redacted version of its report of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program also known as the “CIA torture report”

CIA Interrogation Techniques Described

This report which is expected to show in detail about the CIA’s enhanced interrogation technique (EIT) which includes such dire methods that the human rights claim as torture.

What Happened?

It was in the year 2002 when the CIA initiated a program  to capture al Qaeda members and interrogate them in classified locations also known as ‘black sites’. Detainees were interrogated to prevent future attacks and eventually lead to the capture Osama Bin Laden. Some of the detainees in the list were Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ramzi bin al Shibh who were the masterminds behind the 9/11 attacks

In the same year the CIA were secretly authorized by the justice department to the use of specific Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EIT), to help CIA extract informations more effectively. These techniques included stress positions, waterboarding, prolonged sleep deprivation

However in the year 2006 when Bush was in power he made a public revelation about these black sites and passed an order for the detainees of these prisons to be transferred to Guantanamo Bay. Then President Obama announced the order on banning the use of EIT.

What happened later

In the year 2009 the senate select committee on intelligence began its review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation programme.

It was during one of these reviews that the senate reviewed more than 6.2 million pages of classified CIA documents from the CIA’s own secure facility with its own network and are said to have accessed the senate investigators computer system

In the report the senate confirmed that the use of EIT did not lead to the capture of Osama Bin Laden. Moreover they claimed in the report that it was the source through other detainees and not the ones under the CIA who helped in finding the al Qaeda leader.

Whats the big Issue?

The senate made public on 2009 a secret 2004 CIA Inspector general report which showed incidents of times when the CIA went even beyond the authorized EIT, like using of power drill, mock executions and many other

The CIA are also said to have misled the white house about how good the EIT was helping in acquiring information

 

 

 

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Minneapolis Updates: Outrage sparks amid George Floyd supporters

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Violent protests are being led on over the death of an African-American man who died in police custody. A man was shot during the protests in Minneapolis for the second night. The protesters were looting stores bordering the police confined area. They were also setting fires that continued to burn until Thursday morning.

Minneapolis is in a bizarre state over the death of George Floyd as he died while in-custody of white police officers. The situation escalated since Wednesday night as fatal shooting near the site of the demonstrations due to widespread looting and deployment of tear gas.

The demonstrations in the city began peacefully for the second night but grew violent as time went by. It became very unsafe and hence the citizens were requested to leave the area.

His death is being investigated by the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The Mayor, Mr. Jacob Frey pleaded with residents to calm down. He demanded that charges must be filed against the officer who had his knee on Floyd’s neck. Police had said Floyd resisted arrest, but Frey said “I saw nothing that would signal that this kind of force was necessary.”

“I’m imploring our city, imploring our community, imploring every one of us to keep the peace. Let’s honor George Floyd’s memory,” he said in a phone interview.

He also tweeted this on his twitter account. “Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy. The area along Lake has become unsafe. We are asking for your help in keeping the peace tonight.”

An unidentified victim was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center as the police officers found him at the protest site. He was found lying down on a sidewalk. At the hospital he was declared dead, they stated that he was shot.

Video of Floyd’s death has sparked outrage all around the country. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said about the incident on Tuesday“tragic reminder that it was not an isolated incident, but a part of an ingrained systemic cycle of injustice that still exists in this country.”

President Donald Trump took to his twitter and said “My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”

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George Flyod, 46-year-old man died due to police brutality

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A Minneapolis police officer had been kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed black man who complained several times that he couldn’t breathe. He was later pronounced dead. This was seen on a viral video being circulated around on social media for the last 24 hours.

The department took prompt action on Tuesday and fired the four officers involved in this incident. But this was certainly not enough for his family members as well as prominent individuals.

“I would like for those officers to be charged with murder,” his sister Bridgett Floyd said during a Wednesday appearance on the “Today Show.” “Because that’s exactly what they did. They murdered my brother. He was crying for help.” “And almost the whole world has witnessed that,” she added, “because somebody was gracious enough to record it.”

READ : Minneapolis Updates: Outrage sparks amid George Floyd supporters

The state and federal authorities are investigating the case. Minneapolis police said officers were countering an alleged forgery on Monday evening. They suspected Geroge Floyd who was sitting in his car. The police claimed that he “physically resisted” after he got out hence their suspicion grew. The four Officers handcuffed Floyd who seemed to be suffering from medical distress. The police said he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead,

Videos were captured by eye witnesses who were present at the scene of the arrest. The video clearly shows that an officer had his knee pressed against the neck of the 46-year-old, who was handcuffed on the pavement. He was constantly complaining that his body hurt and he couldn’t breathe. Two officers handled the man on the ground while another stood nearby with his eyes on the bystanders as traffic passed.

The FBI are looking into it and have said they will present their findings to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota for consideration of possible federal charges.

The FBI also said that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is conducting its own investigation into possible violations of Minnesota statutes.

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PIA Updates: Careless pilot; ignores 3 warnings from the control room

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A plane was crashed on 22 May in Karachi, Pakistan. On investigating the reason of the plane crash, 3 mistakes are coming out. According to a News Channel of Pakistan, Air Traffic Control gave 3 warnings to pilot. He turned a deaf ear towards the warning. In other words, the pilot didn’t obey the orders of ATC. On the other hand, the investigating team made by the pilot association didn’t have a single commercial pilot despite the fact the crashed plane was a commercial one.

On 22 May, a PIA plane A-320 was heading towards Karachi. This plane was crashed near Jinnah International Airport. In this accident, 97 were killed and 2 survived.

Warning 1 – Jio News with reference to ATC told that the when PIA plane A-320 was 15 nautical miles (27.78 km) away, it was at a height of 10,000 feet. At that time, ATC told the pilot to reduce the height to 7,000 feet to which the pilot responded that he was comfortable/satisfied by this height.

Warning 2 – When the plane was 10 nautical miles (18.52 km) away, the plane was 7,000 feet high. The height should be 3,000 feet to which he received the second warning from ATC. The pilot turned a deaf ear to this warning as well and responded that he was comfortable with height and will handle the situation.

Warning 3 – When the plane was not able to land in the first attempt, the pilot himself decided to go-round (roundabout motion). At the time of go-round, the plane was at a height of 1800 feet. ATC again issued the warning and told the pilot to take the plane to 3,000 feet to which the pilot responded he was trying to do so and in a few minutes, the plane crashed.

There was no lack of fuel

This is proved that there was no lack of fuel. According to reports, there was enough fuel to fly for 2.34 hours. It takes only 1.33 hours to fly from Lahore to Karachi. The investigating team is now working on was the pilot only responsible for the crash or some technical fault was also there which led to the crash.

CAA reports have been published

According to the reports of the Civil Aviation Association of Pakistan, the flight touched the runway 3 times when tried for the first landing. The sparks were also produced when flight rubbed the surface. The flight was taken off after the third touch by the pilot. It is assuming that during this time, the oil and fuel pump was damaged. It started to leak which was the reason for the plane not reaching a specific height to go-round and crashed. The crew members present in the cockpit didn’t notify the ATC.

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President Donald Trump criticized by media as he was seen playing golf during Memorial day weekend

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Mr. Donald Trump, the President of the United States, was paying his tributes to the deceased members of the American military on Monday as to mark the Memorial Day. He spent most of the Memorial day holiday weekend playing gold for which he was criticized by the media.

“Some stories about the fact that in order to get outside and perhaps, even a little exercise, I played golf over the weekend. The Fake & Totally Corrupt News makes it sound like a mortal sin – I knew this would happen!,” Trump tweeted.

President Trump received some unexpected support from one-time Obama adviser David Axelrod.

“I don’t often defend this @POTUS but I don’t begrudge him a round of golf,” Axelrod, now a political commentator, said on Twitter.

Besides, it gives the rest of us a respite from those crazy tweets! Yes, it’s hypocritical for @realDonaldTrump to have attacked @BarackObama for seeking some relief from the pressures of the presidency on the golf course when Trump has logged many more rounds,” he said.

“It’s also hypocritical to attack Trump for it now if you defended Obama then.”

Before becoming president, Trump had repeatedly criticised his predecessor, Democratic President Barack Obama, for playing golf, including during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

“There are times to play and times that you can’t play. It sends the wrong signal, You know when you’re president you sorta say, like, ‘I’m gonna give it up for a couple of years and I’m really gonna focus on the job’,” he said at the time.

The US death toll due to the novel coronavirus neared 100,000. It was reported that The United States has more than 1.6 million novel coronavirus infections, and 98,223 deaths as of Tuesday. The death toll would exceed 100,000 by June 1, predicted the forecast models. All the 50 states have started relaxing their coronavirus restrictions hence causing the mounting death toll.

Trump has been urging the governors to restart their regular economic activities which were put on a hold due to the pandemic. He had also told the governors to reopen the places of worship over the weekend.

 

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U.S President Donald Trump prohibits entry of Foreigners from Brazil indefinitely

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On Sunday the United States President Mr. Donald Trump introduced new travel restrictions on Brazil. It has been extremely affected because of the coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions will not allow foreigners to travel to the U.S. if they have travelled to Brazil any time during the 14-days prior to when their travel which is scheduled to the U.S.

“The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from Brazil threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security,” said the suspension order published by the White House on Sunday.

The travel ban exempts the permanent U.S. residents, legal guardians of permanent residents under the age of 21, their spouse and others.

“Today’s action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

“These new restrictions do not apply to the flow of commerce between the United States and Brazil.” added Kayleign McEnany.

The South American nation recently became the world’s second major hotspot for coronavirus cases.

Brazil has accounted for more than 360,000 cases and over 22,000 people have died with the virus, announced the country’s health ministry on Sunday.

The number of cases can be seen to diminish in Europe and East Asia whereas they are escalating rapidly in Brazil. The World Health Organization is calling South America the center of the pandemic.

“We hope that’ll be temporary, but because of the situation in Brazil, we’re going to take every step necessary to protect the American people,” Mr O’Brien said.

He added that “we’ll take a look at the other countries on a country-by-country basis for sure”.

China, Iran, the European Schengen area, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland had been prohibited from entering the US earlier

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Plane crash updates: PIA flight got crashed a few kilometres from the airport

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The runway was empty for the flight to land but the pilot told the control room that they have lost the engine. Initially, the plane hit the mobile tower first and then was crashed over homes. 15 homes were damaged in this crash and the plane crashed just a few kilometres from the Airport. The engine caught fire before the plane was crashed.

On Friday afternoon, the Pakistani Airline Company PIA’s plane got crashed. It had 98 passengers on board including the crew members. The plane took off from Lahore around 1 pm and at 2.33 pm, it was around 275 feet high. Till now 57 deaths have been confirmed by the officials including a 5-year-old child and a senior journalist Ansari Naqvi. But the deaths are not confirmed to be of all passengers,i.e., some dead bodies may include local residents.

6 huge plane accidents in the past 10 years

1) 28 July 2010 – The private plane of AirBlue (AirBus 321) flew from Karachi and crashed in mountains while landing in Islamabad and all 152 people on board died.

2) 5 November 2010 – After taking off in a while, a twin-engine plane was crashed in which an employee of an Italian oil company was present. 21 people died in this crash.

28 November 2010 – The cargo plane of a Georgian airline was crashed in which 12 people were dead.

20 April 2012 – A Bhoj Airbus 737’s aeroplane was crashed in which 128 passengers including the crew members were dead.

5) 8 May 2015 – Pakistani Army’s helicopter was crashed in Gilgit in which 8 people died including the ambassadors of Norway, Philippines and Indonesia along with the wives of Malaysian and Indonesian Ambassadors.

6) 7 December 2016 – 48 passengers including crew members died when an aircraft from going to Chitral from Islamabad.

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Plane carrying 90 passengers slammed near Model colony in Karanchi-Pakistan

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A Pakistani aircraft carrying 90 passengers and eight crew members crashed at a residential area near the Karachi Airport on Friday. It was reported that the plane crashed near the airport ground area as it was approaching to land.

Local television reports showed smoke coming from the direction of the airport. Ambulances were immediately sent to the site of accident

News agency PTI said Sindh’s Ministry of Health and Population Welfare has declared emergency in all major hospitals of Karachi due to the plane crash.

The flight PK 8303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony. According to PIA chief executive officer Arshad Malik, the pilot had informed the control room of facing a technical issue and then decided to go around rather than land even though two runways were ready for landing. It was reported that the plane had attempted to land on the ground two or three times before the crash had occurred.

Imraan Khan said rescue and relief teams were on the ground and the unfortunate incident will be inquired about to get to know the minute details. He has also sent his condolences to the families of the deceased. As of now the number of casualties have not been confirmed.

“Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.” Tweeted Pakistani PM Imran Khan.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to his twitter and offered his condolences and wished for the well-being of the families of the deceased.

“Deeply saddened by the loss of life due to a plane crash in Pakistan. Our condolences to the families of the deceased, and wishing speedy recovery to those injured.”

Social media has received some footages which show how smoke has filled out from the site of the crash. Ambulances and rescue officials are working to help residents. According to reports, several houses and cars have been damaged in the residential area that witnessed this incident.

 

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Tension reignites between two largest economies, U.S and China

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Tensions have been reignited between the United States and China. The world’s greatest economies are in a state of anguish as a result of accusing each-other on various occasions since the virus spread and became a pandemic.

The virus has affected both countries as their economies have fallen into the deepest contractions since decades. This has contributed in destroying several employment opportunities. China has almost recovered from this pandemic as the number of positive cases have largely declined but other countries are still facing tremendous difficulties to rekindle their economies such as the U.S.

President Donald Trump’s recent threat of new tariffs on China will cause more inconvenience and affect their present tensed situations.

“Clearly, the timing of renewed trade tension could not be worse,” economists   of S&P Global Ratings said earlier this month. The threat of higher tariffs and the intensifying technology cold war could yet disrupt technology trade and investment, de-powering what still promises to be an engine for recovery in 2020.”

In January the deal only reduced some of the tariffs each side had placed on the other, it allowed Beijing to avoid additional taxes on almost $160 billion worth of goods. China had made a commitment to the US of buying $200 billion goods and services for two consecutive years.

According to the S&P economists, China would have had to increase its imports more than 6% each month for two years to honor the terms of the deal struck between the two countries. Instead, US imports fell 6% during the first four months of 2020.

“With consumer demand down in the Chinese economy, it’s unlikely that Beijing will be able to commit to buying more American goods or if they do commit … they will renege later” because of the lack of demand said Alex Capri, a trade scholar and visiting senior fellow at the National University of Singapore Business School.

Trump also does not have the next two years to find out whether China will honor its agreement or not. He will have to face the elections next in November.

 

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US government provide ventilators to India.

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On Friday India has crossed around 85,000 Corona cases which is more than China’s count of 82,933 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

After this US president Donald Trump has decided to provide aid of ventilators to India, he emphasized the close relationship between India and US by saying Narendra Modi is “good friend”.

US president told to media that “The US has a huge number of ventilators, so the government decided to send few of them to India. Trump spoke Prime Minister Modi about this deal.

In Trump’s reply, Narendra Modi tweeted “Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. This pandemic is being fought collectively by all of us. In such times, it’s always important for nations to work together and do as much as possible to make our world healthier and free from COVID-19.  More power to India and America friendship!”.

The Secretary Kayleigh McEnany of White House said in Media that the” this announcement will encourage the relationship between two countries. I’m so happy to hear about this deal”.

Last month Trump requested Pm Modi for 50 Million hydroxychloroquine tablets for the treatment of Coronavirus Patients in America. The country was adversely affected by Covid-19 with 87,530 deaths and over 1.4 million infections reported.

In February Trump visited India and praised Pm Modi and the way he is setting an example as a great leader across the world.

Meanwhile, in India the total number of Covid-19 patients increased to 85,940, which is beating China’s count of 82,933 infections. Around 2752 people died from this deadly virus in India.

On Friday Trump said that US and India both are together trying to develop the Covid-19 vaccine.  Trump told to media in White House Together we will beat the invisible enemy! We stand with India and Prime Minister Modi during this pandemic.

 

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World Bank announces $1 Billion to rekindle the Indian economy

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The World Bank has announced USD 1 billion to India to combat the after effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday. The total commitment from the world bank to provide assistance to the poor and vulnerable in India has added up to USD 2 billion as the World Bank announced assistance of USD 1 billion to India last month.

The bank said that the focus of this fund will be to enable India to integrate all of its 400-plus society security schemes at a technology level.

“The project will be crucial to rebalance social security towards urban poor, as much as rural.  I think PMs ‘Atma nirbhar mission’ is very important in terms of directions and India is not making distinction between life and livelihoods in the aftermath of Covid-19,”” said Junaid Ahmad, country director, World Bank.

India was the largest beneficiary of the first wave of programme with a facility for US $1 billion.

Shrayana Bhattacharya, senior World Bank official said, “The World Bank said the support in collaboration with the government is aimed at integrating platforms so that people should not have to run around from one place to another to access a myriad of social schemes.

The deadly virus had caused several countries to announce a nationwide lockdown. India, with one of the largest lockdowns, has been severely impacted. It resulted in bringing the economic activities to a grinding halt, a huge percentage of the population now lack job opportunities especially in the informal sector. They have no source of income.

Out of the USD 1 billion commitment, USD 550 million will be financed by a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) – the World Bank’s concessionary lending arm and USD 200 million will be a loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), with a final maturity of 18.5 years including a grace period of five years. The remaining USD 250 million will be made available after June 30, 2020.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 20 lakh crore support package on Tuesday for boosting the economy as this will help to mitigate the damage caused by the lockdown which was announced to prevent further transmission of coronavirus.

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