UNGA's newly elected President Abdullah Shahid arrives in India on a three-day visit

UNGA's newly elected President Abdullah Shahid arrives in India on a three-day visit

New Delhi: Newly elected President and Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid arrived in India on Wednesday on a three-day visit for the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). According to the Ministry of External Affairs, India is the first country for Shahid to visit in his official capacity as the elected President of the United Nations General Assembly after being elected to the post on June 7. India had supported Shahid's candidature for the coveted post.

The Ministry of External Affairs said Shahid will make a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discuss major international, multilateral, regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. An agreement will also be signed for high impact community development projects to be implemented in Maldives with Indian grant-in-aid during the visit. The Ministry of External Affairs said Jaishankar will also host an official dinner in honor of the newly elected President of the United Nations General Assembly. 

"The visit of the newly elected President will provide an opportunity to exchange views with him on the many global challenges that are currently facing the United Nations," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. It will also provide an opportunity to reiterate India's commitment to multilateralism and to the leadership of the United Nations in meeting these challenges." Shahid last visited India in April as Foreign Minister of Maldives. 

The Ministry of External Affairs said that Maldives holds a central position as part of India's 'neighbourhood first' policy and the Prime Minister's SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) vision. It said Jaishankar and Shahid are expected to review all aspects of bilateral cooperation. "The discussions are expected to give further impetus to the rapidly growing ties between the two countries," the Ministry of External Affairs said. An agreement will also be signed to implement high-impact community development projects with Indian grant-in-aid in Maldives. " 


Chinese police arrested four Tibetans on charges of espionage

Chinese police arrested four Tibetans on charges of espionage

BEIJING: Chinese police have arrested four Tibetans on charges of espionage while trying to take photographs of the Dalai Lama. A search of his phone found several suspicious pictures. According to media reports, one of the four accused includes a local village leader who was arrested on suspicion of possessing politically sensitive material.

A source confirmed on condition of anonymity that he had been arrested on suspicion of having pictures of the Dalai Lama on his mobile phone. Actually he has not done anything criminal and his family members are not losing hope. They are hoping for his early release." According to media reports, three PSB uniformed police officers entered the Jangchup Gefel Monastery in Dartsang Township and searched the prayer hall. The officers allegedly found a picture of the Dalai Lama on the altar. confiscated and all the concerned chiefs were called to the police station for further questioning.

According to media reports, this action by China is being seen by the Tibetan community in July with the celebration of the 86th birthday of the Dalai Lama and the centenary of the CPC as the authorities of Sethar County have prohibited any civil celebrations/festivals except government functions. Or monasteries and religious gatherings are banned. Six prominent Tibetans were arrested in Serthar County in April, including Gangke Drupa Kyabe, a writer and critic of the Chinese Communist Party, who worked as a teacher in Dartsang before moving to Drango County.