a voice to all the nation’s many minorities.   ”I am Hindu, I come from a privileged background, so for people like me, no matter which part y comes to power, we aren’t going to face the brunt of it. The most affected are the minorities and the poor… If a certain party comes to power, these people will face huge problems.   ”They are the people I want to keep in mind when I choose a party.”   For Aastha Kulshrestha, a 23-year-old law student from New Delhi, her expectation of the n ext government is that it should not pit one group or religion against theRead More →

  of the kind of politics the parties do. Going forward, it is important to restore confidence in the electoral system we have,” Simte said.   ”The moment we restore that confidence, there will be a social and political tran sformation. More people will come out and vote, more people will stand for elections.”   Mumbai-based student Kutty believes “voting gives you the right to critique the government.”   ”If you want to make a change, you cannot just complain about it — you do your part and you vote,” she said.   Kulshrestha, from New Delhi, wholeheartedly agrees.   ”It is absolutely pertinent that every citizen exercises their right. ItRead More →

  2016 that British voters would reject leaving the European Union in a referendum while he had predicted they would vote to exit the bloc.   Obama did not bet on the outcome. But he did however warn Britons they would go “to the back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US if they left the EU.   Then Trump claimed — wrongly — that the EU was unwilling to “negotiate with the Obam a administration” about trade. In fact, the previous administration sought to conclude a Tran satlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — or TTIP — with Europe, though was unable to get theRead More →

  when he flew into his Turnberry golf course in 2016. In fact, Trump arrived on the west coast of Scotland hours after the result of the referendum was announced.   Whether the President knows he’s lying, or has convinced himself of the truth of his a lternative reality, is unclear. But his continued use of a discredited fact is a core element of his political technique.   Trump also put Varadkar on the spot — asking h im to comment on Brexit, threatening to expose their differences on the issue.   Then Trump interrupted Varadkar, who watched with a bemuse d look as the President savaged the EURead More →

  ern city of Dunedin, some 225 miles from Christchurch late Friday night local time.   Evacuations were made as a precaution, according to police, and alternative accommodation has been provided for residents.   ”There is no further information available at this time,” police said on Twitter.   In a press conference, Prime Minister Ardern described the attack as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”   ”What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” she said, adding that the attackers have “no place in New Zealand.”   ”For now my thoughts and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who are being affectedRead More →

  My thoughts are with all of those affected by this sickening act of violence,” she wrote.   France has also stepped up security at places of worship in the light of the shootings.   Interior Minister Christophe Castaner called for increased surveillance and patrols near “denominational spaces.”   CNN’S Yazhou Sun, Paul Murphy and Eric Cheung, and journalist Matthew Mckew contributed to this report.   ”I’m very lucky to come from a place like this and that’s why I became an activist,” says Toby Thorpe.   Thorpe grew up in the Huon Valley in the far south of Tasmania. He is helping to organize the strike in Tasmania’s capital –Read More →

  dual responsibility of offering suggestions and building consensus, and shoulder its political responsibilities of impleme nting the CPC Central Committee’s decisions and plans, of meeting its requirements for CPPCC wo、 rk, and of pooling the wisdom and strength of all Chinese people, at home and overseas, for national rejuvenation, it says.   ang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and cha irman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), presides over the closing meet ing of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee at theRead More →

panel of the CPPCC, where retired champions, sports officials, scholars and entreprene urs agreed to make a joint proposal this year to call for greater investment and policy support from the edu cation, finance and rural-urban development authorities to raise the level of student participation in sports. In response, the Ministry of Education has pledged to enhance the role of physical education on campus by making school PE classes more fun, providing be tter training of PE teachers and investing more in facility upgrades as a primary task in 2019. “We’ve taken serious measures to address the decline in student fitn ess levels, and weRead More →

tems and formed 10 departments to handle criminal, civil, administrative and public interest cases, he said in an interview. “Justice and fairness should not only be achieved, but also be felt and seen by the public in a more sensible way,” Zhang said. To achieve that goal, prosecutors have been closely watching crimes that most affect people’s daily lives. For example, 43,929 p eople were charged in 2018 with telecom fraud — a crime to which everyone is vulnerable — up by 29.3 percent year-on-year. Another 42,195 people were prosecuted for damaging the environment and resources, an i ncrease of 21 percent annually, and 12,360Read More →

ngful convictions and better protect human rights in the past year and will continue to do so this year, according to the work reports of the top court and top procuratorate, which were released on Tuesday. In 2018, 819 defendants were declared not guilty and 10 high-profile wrongful convictions w ere overturned, Chief Justice Zhou Qiang said in the annual work report of the Supreme People’s Court to the top legislature. He said judges have upheld two key principles: that no punishment should be handed down in cases where doubt exists, and evidence obtained illegally should not be allowed. Procuratohe country have also intensified theirRead More →