Female journalist from KSA honored in India

Updated 14 November 2015
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Female journalist from KSA honored in India

HYDERABAD: Saudi media personality and filmmaker Sameera Aziz was honored in Hyderabad, India, for promoting Urdu in Saudi Arabia by the government of Telangana State at a function held to mark the Minority Welfare Day recently.
Indian state of Telangana celebrates Minority Welfare Day every year on the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, a senior political leader of the Indian independence movement and the first education minister of India.
The “Special Award for the Promotion of Urdu” was conferred on Sameera for her contribution to Urdu language in Saudi Arabia.
Sameera has been associated with Urdu and English journalism for the past 15 years and has written articles and stories for various newspapers in Urdu and English.
She is aiming for academic research on the practice of Urdu language by Saudi nationals in Saudi Arabia.
Bandaru Dattatreya, union minister of state for labour and employment; Mohammed Mahmood Ali, deputy chief minister of the government of Telangana; Rahimullah Khan Niyazi and many prominent personalities of government of Telangana were present on this occasion. Sameera is in Mumbai these days in connection with her pre-production work and casting for her first Bollywood movie REEM.


Trump drops new North Korea sanctions because he ‘likes’ Kim

In this file photo taken on February 27, 2019 US President Donald Trump (L) speaks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi. (AFP)
Updated 23 March 2019
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Trump drops new North Korea sanctions because he ‘likes’ Kim

  • “President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary,” the president’s spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly announced the cancelation of sanctions imposed by his own Treasury Department to tighten international pressure on North Korea.
“It was announced today by the US Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!” Trump said in a tweet.
He appeared to be referring to measures unveiled Thursday that targeted two Chinese companies accused of helping North Korea to evade tight international sanctions meant to pressure Pyongyang into ending its nuclear weapons program.
But The Washington Post reported, citing Trump administration officials, that the president’s tweet referenced future sanctions that had not been announced and were scheduled for “the coming days.”
The Thursday sanctions were the first new sign of pressure since talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke down in Hanoi less than a month ago.
However, Trump, who has previously spoken of “love” for the totalitarian leader, appears to retain hope that his strong personal relationship will bear fruit.
“President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary,” the president’s spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said.
Adam Schiff, a Democrat who heads the intelligence committee in the House of Representatives, blasted Trump for canceling sanctions “imposed only yesterday and championed by his own national security adviser, because he ‘loves’ Kim.”
“Foolish naivete is dangerous enough. Gross incompetence and disarray in the White House make it even worse,” Schiff tweeted.
On Thursday, Trump national security adviser John Bolton had tweeted that the sanctions were meant to put an end to “illicit shipping practices” by North Korea.
“Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea’s sanctions evasion,” he said.
China complained, saying that it did enforce all UN resolutions and opposed “any country imposing unilateral sanctions and taking long-arm jurisdiction against any Chinese entity according to their own domestic laws.”
This was Trump’s second major, unexpected foreign policy announcement by Twitter in two days.
On Thursday, he sent a tweet reversing decades of US policy and pledged to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the hotly contested Golan Heights border area with Syria.