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Rohingya issue riles up Valley
Six police personnel were injured and a police vehicle burnt as protestors clashed with the security forces in Jammu & Kashmir Valley in relation to the alleged killings and displacement of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. According to a police spokesperson, miscreants pelted stone on police and security forces which were deployed in Anantnag's Lal Chowk. The Rohingyas are a persecuted ethnic Muslim minority who used to reside in Rakhine province in Myanmar. They, however, have been shunned by the people of Myanmar denouncing them as 'outsiders' and not from the original ancestors of Burma. This led to them losing all citizenship rights with no medical or health facilities. The recent attacks on Rohingyas by the Myanmar military junta and other Buddhist groups led them fleeing to neighboring countries for refuge. In the J&K Valley, protests were held by people carrying placards calling for an end to the 'persecution of Rohingya Muslims'. In Srinagar, areas falling under five police stations were held under restrictions. A joint resolution which was framed by the MMU was passed unanimously in all the mosques and shrines where the UN as well as other world human right bodies were asked to play a part in stopping the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Various protest marches were held across the Valley.
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Bali action puts India on other side of debate
The decision of India to reject a joint statement given by the World Parliamentary Forum in Indonesia was a major support move for the Suu Kyi government. The joint referred to human rights in Myanmar in its Bali declarations. However, this move has placed India on the other side of Rohingya issue debate in comparison to other countries and neighbors of Myanmar. The countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka joined the Bali declaration in Nusa Dua on Thursday wherefrom India disassociated itself from. The Rohingyas are a persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar and have been shunned by the Myanmar people denouncing them as outsiders and not originating from the descendants of Burma. The Rohingyas are also harassed and attacked by the Burmese military and other Buddhist groups which led them to flee to neighboring countries. In an explanation to the opt out, Indian delegation in Myanmar, headed by the Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan stated that the reference to Myanmar was added at the last moment and was unjustified as the Parliamentary forum was only meant to focus on Sustainable Development Goals and not a specific country. The Bali declaration expressed concerns about the recent violence which occurred in Myanmar's Rakhine state. According to the UN, at least 1000 (No Suggestions) Muslims have been killed, about 2, 70,000 have fled mostly to Bangladesh.
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No shift in policy on Pakistan: China
China on Friday reassured Pakistan that there was not any shift in the policy of recognizing Islamabad's role in countering global extremism. This statement comes after it recognized the Pakistan-based outfits Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as international terror groups during the BRICS summit. In a press conference with the Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said it saw Islamabad as a very close ally and that it is a major part of the battle against international terrorism. Following the statement made on the terror groups of Pakistan in BRICS summit, the Pakistan Foreign Minister stated that in reference to the ban by China on JeM and LeT, 'friends shouldn't be tested each and every time, especially in a changed scenario.' He said that partners should impose restrictions on activities of terror groups like JeM and LeT so that they can show the global community that the country is in order. The press conference was devoted to the joint cooperation of Beijing, Islamabad, and Kabul for ensuring peace in Afghanistan.
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Nepal, China discuss railway connectivity project
On Thursday, Nepal began its talks with China about a railway connectivity project. The Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Krishna Bahadur Mahara, on his visit to Beijing, held talks with the senior Chinese decision-makers stating that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) opens up the railway's connectivity program a national priority of Nepal. According to the press release from Beijing, it stated that Krishna Bahadur Mahara visited Beijing with a common consensus among all the political leaders of the government and in the Opposition for carrying forward the railway connectivity projects on a national priority basis. Both the countries agreed to taking all necessary steps to carry out the technical study of the BRI project. The government of Nepal has given high importance to the implementation of MoU on the BRI project which is signed between the two countries. In addition to the on the railway project, both countries sealed an agreement on effective energy cooperation. A third agreement which was signed on Thursday also opened up Nepal's tourism sector well for effective investment by China. The agreements come two days after China held the BRICS summit and also indicated Nepal's desire to reach out to China and Eastern markets as a better alternative to India.
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Indicators that matter
The Governments of a country can be judged on the quality and the extent of the public health facilities they provide to the people. The recent deaths of more than around 70 children in Gorakhpur and 49 in Farukhabad- both in Uttar Pradesh highlight the appalling state of the public health scenario of India. One should also notice that the public health sector of India is already failing with time. As per the recent Global Burden of Disease Study, India ranks in the 154th position. It has been observed that states across India are reducing their health-care spending efforts when it comes to total government spending. In the year 2013-14, the per capita public expenditure on the health sector in U.P was Rs 452. Also, the number of primary health centers went down from 3,808 in 2012 to 3,497 in 2015. The lack of government understanding of the public health sector has played a major role in the health predicament of UP. With the public health care provisions becoming more limited and quality of the services deteriorating, the majority of the people opt for private health care providers though they know well of the higher bills. Each year, about 60 million people become impoverished from paying health care bills across India. In comparison to other nations, it can be seen that the public health sector is much developed due to the political commitment to health and it is a prerequisite for the country's development. For the people to enjoy better and improved health facilities, there should be more resources available and also the approach of the government towards the health facilities should be developed.