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US to recognize disputed Golan heights as Israeli territory

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President of United States Donald Trump has announced to recognize occupied Golan heights as Israeli territory, which it captured from Syria in 1967 war.
In a tweet he justified the statement citing “critical strategic” and “regional stability” reasons favoring its all-weather ally Israel.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu was long speculated for being pressing for this move from US.

Golan heights lies about 60 kilometer south of Syrian capital of Damascus with an area over 1,200 square kilometer with a 70-km long demilitarized zone guarded by United Nations Observer Force.

Netanyahu quickly tweeted his appreciation to Trump on the issue, who is scheduled to meet Trump next week in United States.
A bill passed in Israeli parliament in 1981 to recognize the plateau as Israeli territory, was widely condemned internationally. Even former President Barack Obama voted against a resolution in United Nations citing violation of UN laws which doesn’t recognizes any territory captured through war.

The stand of Trump administration is no new taking into account the 2017 decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital from earlier Tel Aviv challenging the status quo and policies by previous administration. It was widely condemned by United Nations and Palestinians. Within few days a delegation led by first-daughter Ivanka Trump inaugurated new US embassy office in disputed Jerusalem city.

The move is in backdrop of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Israel and also seen as a last-minute poll gimmick for supporting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in general elections for another term in the office who has faced grave corruption charges recently.

A rare shift of policy in recent state department reports highlight description of Gaza and West Bank as “Israeli-controlled” and not “Israeli-occupied” as earlier known and internationally accepted designations.
Golan heights has around 30 Israeli settlements with over 20,000 people living with few Druze Muslim Arabs who didn’t escape the annexation of provinces from Syria.

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Coronavirus outbreak to hit global growth which have less impact on India: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

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RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das has said “The coronavirus outbreak will have a less impact on India but the global GDP and trade will definitely get affected due to the large size of the Chinese economy. Only a couple of sectors in India are likely to see some disruptions but alternatives are being explored to overcome those issues”.

He told in PTI interview that “The deadly virus has brought a large part of the world’s second-largest economy China to a standstill and its impact has been felt across industries. India’s pharmaceutical and electronic manufacturing sectors are dependent on China for inputs and they may be impacted”.

He further said”It is definitely an issue which needs to be closely monitored by every policymaker whether in India or any other country. Every policymaker, every monetary authority needs to keep a very close watch. So coronavirus issue needs to be closely watched .

A similar problem, perhaps on a lower scale, occurred last time during the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, he said adding that the Chinese economy had slowed down by about 1 per cent during that time.

At the time of SARS outbreak, China was the sixth-largest economy and accounted for only 4.2 per cent of the world’s GDP. While, the Asian giant is now the world’s second-largest economy, accounting for 16.3 per cent of the global GDP, therefore, any slowdown in the Chinese economy would impact the global economy.
The RBI governor said that the coronavirus outbreak appears to be larger than SARS and this time China’s share in world GDP and world trade is much higher. “So, the coronavirus will definitely have an impact on the global GDP and global trade,” he said adding that every major economy today will have to be very careful and must monitor the situation closely.

For India, China is an important trading partner and policymakers both in the government and the monetary authority “are very watchful of the developments that are taking place,” he said.

If the Chinese authorities are able to contain the problem, the impact on the global economy and on India will be minimised, Das said.
On the impact on India, he said the pharmaceutical sector is sourcing raw materials from China.

“Most of the large pharma companies, according to information that we have, always keep stock for three-four months. So, therefore, they should be able to manage and also those provinces from where these pharma intermediates are sourced have not been impacted by the virus outbreak. Therefore, there is an expectation that the supply of pharma raw materials will be maintained,” he said.

The other areas where India is dependent on China is mobile handsets, TV sets and certain other electronic products. “There again it is important that our manufacturers are able to develop alternative places of sourcing these raw materials.”

“So, I think there is evidence that already our manufacturers are discussing with other countries in the Asian region. So, if they are able to quickly access raw materials from these other countries, then to that extent the problem on our manufacturing will be contained,” he said.

He noted that the critical thing to be watched and monitored now is how quickly Chinese authorities are able to contain the problem. For India, he said, the important aspect is manufacturer should be able to quickly develop alternative sources.

India exports iron ore to China and it could be impacted, he said. “But in economics, something negative in one place always works positive elsewhere. So if your iron ore exports are impacted, then perhaps the raw material supply to our local domestic steel manufacturers will be at reduced costs. So their cost of production may go down.”

Das said Coronavirus is a big human tragedy and the focus has to be on containing this menace. China’s GDP has risen dramatically since SARS outbreak in 2003. In 2002, China contributed 23 per cent to the world GDP growth, in 2019 China contributed an estimated 38 per cent of world growth.

The 11 Chinese provinces have announced an extended holiday period. Meanwhile, the death toll from the coronavirus epidemic in China crossed the 2,000-mark on Wednesday with the death of 136 more people, while the overall confirmed cases climbed to 74,185, authorities said.

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IGNOU Result December 2019 End Declared @ignou.ac.in: Direct link here

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The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has declared the December 2019 term results today, February 19, 2020, evening. Candidates can check the IGNOU result 2019 December on the official website, ignou.ac.in. The December Term End Exam was held from December 2, 2019, to January 3, 2020. Nearly 6, 39,000 candidates at various test centres across the nation appeared for the IGNOU December Term End Exam 2019. This is the second set which got released today, the first set of TEE December 2019 exam result was declared on January 31, 2020.

IGNOU gives 30% weightage to the assignments and 70% weightage to the Term End theory marks while calculating the grades/marks/ percentage of the students. As the term-end December examination is over, next June 2019 Term End Examination will be held for various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

How to check IGNOU Result December 2019?

  1. Visit the official website of IGNOU: ignou.ac.in or click on the direct link as mentioned below
  2. On the right top of the home page of the website, navigate to the “Student Support” section and click on it.
  3. Click on the “Results” link on the dropdown list
  4. On the left side of the screen, click on the option “Term-End”
  5. Click on “December 2019 Exam Result” link
  6. Enter 9 digit numeric enrolment number
  7. Click on Submit
  8. IGNOU December 2019 results will appear on the screen

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Source: IGNOU website

Direct Link for IGNOU December Term End Exam 2019: Click here

Details on IGNOU Result December 2019

Check the list of details available on IGNOU December Result.

  • Program Name
  • Enrollment Number
  • Course Code
  • Maximum Marks
  • Marks/Grade
  • Date of Update on Website
  • Month/Year
  • Remarks

IGNOU Grade Card 2019

The qualified candidates can download their IGNOU 2019 grade card from the official website of the university for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. If for any reason, the grade card got misplaced or lost, the students through a Demand Draft (DD) has to pay Rs.250 drawn in favour of IGNOU payable at “New Delhi”. Check below the details available on IGNOU Grade Card 2019.

Details on Grade Card

  • Student Name
  • Program name
  • Theory Marks
  • Course Course
  • Practical Marks
  • Assignment marks
  • Status (Complete/Not Completed)

If any student is not satisfied with IGNOU results, they can avail the facility of IGNOU revaluation.

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Taika Waititi Movies: All that you need to know

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Taika Waititi is an Oscar victor. Suppose that once more, one of the innovative brains behind Flight of the Conchords, and the entertainer who offered a voice to Korg in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has an Oscar for screenwriting—in a film where he played blockhead nonexistent Adolf Hitler, no less. The world’s an interesting spot, right?

 

However, it additionally has a propensity for advising you that ability as electric (and offbeat) as Waititi is difficult to measure as only a certain something. To a great many fans, he may be the sweet directorial eye behind Thor: Ragnarok, yet he truly is a lot more. Regardless of whether you’re now a fan or a fledgling, here is the place you can stream each motion picture Taika Waititi has coordinated.

 

Eagle versus Shark (2007)
Waititi’s first motion picture is likewise a sound representative for governments that worth supporting their crafts. Subsidized by the New Zealand Film Commission, Eagle versus Shark slung Waititi from a nearby non-mainstream voice to one who had his reality debut at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

The motion picture is a lighthearted comedy of sorts, yet with that protected despairing trailing sensation that is very commonplace for Waititi fans. The film is about a kid and a young lady (visit Waititi teammate Jemaine Clement and Loren Horsley) who bond after secondary school during a critical outfit party in which one dresses like a bird and the other a shark. They additionally associate in their craving to seek retribution on their school menaces. However, that ends up being a more nuanced dream than anticipated right now.

 

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Kid (2010)
Waititi’s subsequent motion picture presented a repetitive topic in his movies about kids and the dads (or surrogates) they wish they had in their lives. On account of Boy, this is exemplified by James Rolleston’s eponymous youngster, an 11-year-old living in 1980s New Zealand with fantasies of meeting his venerated image, Michael Jackson.

 

He rather winds up running into his truant and ex-con father rather—played by Waititi himself. The elderly person is named Alamein, and Boy is persuaded he has gotten back home to be a dad. Be that as it may, Waititi’s disagreeable dad has something different at the forefront of his thoughts—to be specific the cash he and his “posse” covered on the family ranch before being sent away. All things considered, he is happy to engage the idea of at last being a dad, regardless of whether Boy ought to tune in to his wearier more youthful sibling Rocky (Te Aho Eketone-Whitu)…

 

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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
Here we happen upon my most loved Waititi motion picture, and his silliest. Demonstrating that short movies can be rearing justification for trenchant thoughts, What We Do in the Shadows develops a 2005 short film he made by throwing himself and Jemaine Clement as Eurotrash vampires who’ve fled mistreatment just to end up in New Zealand throughout the previous 70 years.
Probably the best case of how to work off the mockumentary arrangement, Waititi and Clement’s What We Do in the Shadows screenplay utilizes its false way to deal with deconstruct each sort of vampire motion picture buzzword while training in on Interview with the Vampire, Nosferatu, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Seek the vampire giggles and remain for the scene where they run into some werewolf brothers on a full moon night.

 

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Chase for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Here and there, Hunt for the Wilderpeople remains Waititi’s generally adult and impactful motion picture—regardless of whether it includes a kid fleeing in the New Zealand hedge with a survivalist as they’re sought after by social administrations like an advanced Robin Hood people saints. So you know… it’s still very Waititi.
Highlighting probably the best work of Sam Neill’s vocation, the Australian actor plays Hec, a disillusioned and aloof rancher who hesitantly consents to encourage Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) at his significant other’s command. Be that as it may, after her shocking passing, Hec needs to ask Julian to take a hike. He’s hence disinclined to get familiar with the child has tailed him into the wild on a chase, similarly as he’s stunned that in shielding Ricky from a hog, he’s additionally been hovelled for the following month. That is sufficiently long for a wide range of unsavory bits of gossip and legends to frame—just as a significant companionship.
Accessible on: Hulu, Amazon

 

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Here is the film that transformed Waititi into a commonly recognized name the world over. Joining forces with Disney and Marvel Studios, Waititi inhaled new life into the brand’s Thor establishment, and in the process transformed one of the studio’s lamest adventures into one of its wackiest.

 

Superficially, it is superhuman motion picture standard: Chris Hemsworth’s saint learns he has malice more established sister (Cate Blanchett), who thusly wants to lead over the entirety of Asgard. That is decent, yet how Waititi makes this motion picture heaps of fun is by transforming it into an amigo film between Thor, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) as they attempt to get by on a planet devoted to loving Jeff Goldblum. If lone the entire film was as absurd as its sizable center segment…
Accessible on: Disney+

 

Jojo Rabbit (2019)
The one that won Waititi the Oscar, Jojo Rabbit is without a doubt the producer’s most eager motion picture and one that feels adept for the age it was made in: a period where many miracle how they can relate or understand those they detest—or with those loaded up with so much contempt. Take Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), and in any case a sweet child who is enchanted with his nation’s Hitler Youth program.
Undoubtedly, Jojo is a sprouting Nazi-to-be in 1940s Germany, and his closest companion is a nonexistent variant of Uncle Adolf (played by Waititi). Better than the genuine beast Jojo is adoring, this false in any case makes Jojo safe to the empathy of his mom (Scarlett Johansson) and at first uninformed of the more established Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie), who his mom is covering up in the storage room. Elsa is Jewish and in this manner a wellspring of dread and disturbs Jojo… yet she and her attentive idea of fellowship may likewise be his last chance to turn into the great man his mom realizes he can be.
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World richest Jeff Bezos will spend $10 billion to fight with climate change

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he “plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change”. Bezos, the world’s richest person, said in an Instagram post that “he’ll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect Earth”. Bezos said in the post “I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change,” .

Amazon, the company Bezos runs, has an enormous carbon footprint. Last year, Amazon officials said “the company would work to have 100% of its energy use come from solar panels and other renewable energy by 2030”.

The online retailer relies on fossil fuels to power planes, trucks and vans in order to ship billions of items all around the world. Amazon workers in its Seattle headquarters have been vocal in criticizing some of the company’s practices, pushing it to do more to combat climate change.

Bezos said in the “post Monday that he will call his new initiative the Bezos Earth Fund. An Amazon spokesman confirmed that Bezos will be using his own money for the fund”.

Despite being among the richest people in the world, Bezos only recently became active in donating money to causes as other billionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have done. In 2018, Bezos started another fund, committing $2 billion of his own money to open preschools in low-income neighborhoods and give money to nonprofits that help homeless families.

Bezos founded Amazon 25 years ago, has a stake in the company that is worth more than $100 billion. In September, Bezos announced Amazon’s climate pledge to get the company carbon-neutral by 2040, 100% renewable energy by 2o30, and 100,000 electric delivery vehicles by 2030.

The move follows pressure from Amazon employees to push the company to do more to fight climate change. More than 350 employees signed a Medium blog in January calling for net-zero emissions by 2030, among other requests.

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Who is Debbie Abraham and Why is she deported from India?

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Debbie Abraham is a British MP and Labor Party, leader. She is critical of the government’s decisions on Kashmir under Article 370. Yesterday her e-visa was revoked due to her involvement in anti-India activities. She had reached Delhi on a two-day visit. Harpreet Uppal, who accompanied her, told the news agency that her valid Indian visa was rejected by the authorities at the airport. Officials did not give any reason for the cancellation of Abraham’s visa, while the visa was valid until October 2020. At the same time, a Home Ministry official, on the condition of anonymity, said that Abraham did not have a valid visa to travel. Hence she was barred from entering India. She was put on the UK return flight from Delhi Airport. 

The British MP stated “When he came back he was very rude and aggressive shouting at me to ‘come with me’. I told him not to speak to me like that and was then taken to a cordoned-off area marked as a Deportee Cell. He then ordered me to sit down and I refused. I didn’t know what they might do or where else they may take me, so I wanted people to see me,”

Although she has justified in a twitter post that e-visa has been issued by the Indian Government.

Sources in the government said, “It is the prerogative of the country to grant a visa or e-visa to any person, to cancel it or to cancel its application. Her e-business visa was canceled by the government on 14 February 2020, in view of activities against India’s interests. Abraham was also informed by the government about the cancellation of his visa. ”

The politics heated over it as one of the Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi supported sending Debbie Abraham back from the airport. Singhvi tweeted on Tuesday – “It was necessary to stop Debbie from coming to India because she works as a representative of Pakistan, not an MP.” She is associated with the Government of Pakistan and the ISI. It is necessary to thwart attempts to attack India’s autonomy.

 Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on the other hand given a statement “that it is being said on behalf of the British MP that he had a valid visa, yet he was not allowed to enter India”. They believe that this has happened because of their views on Kashmir.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor further said that I think it is unfortunate. By not allowing such people to enter India, we will be considered a country with a narrow mind and intolerant, which is not right for our country, there is diversity in our country. We have the ability to tolerate negative attitudes of people coming from outside.

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