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India sacks officers for accidental firing of missile into Pakistan

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A court of inquiry has found that deviation from standard operating procedures by three officers led to the accidental firing of the missile, the Indian Air Force says.

The Indian Air Force says the government has sacked three officers for accidentally firing a missile into Pakistan in March, an incident that the two nuclear-armed rivals handled calmly as there were no casualties.

Military experts have in the past warned of the risk of accidents or miscalculations by the neighbours, which have fought three wars and engaged in numerous smaller armed clashes, usually over the territory of Kashmir.

The BrahMos missile — a nuclear-capable, land-attack cruise missile jointly developed by Russia and India — was fired on March 9, prompting Pakistan to seek answers from New Delhi on the safety mechanisms in place to prevent accidental launches.

“A Court of Inquiry, set up to establish the facts of the case, including fixing responsibility for the incident, found that deviation from the Standard Operating Procedures by three officers led to the accidental firing of the missile,” the air force said in a statement.

It said the government had dismissed the three officers with immediate effect on Tuesday.

India had initially said a “technical malfunction” during routine maintenance led to the accidental firing of the missile,

According to the US-based Arms Control Association, the BrahMos missile’s range is between 300 kilometres and 500 kilometres, making it capable of hitting Pakistan’s capital Islamabad from a northern Indian launch pad.

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President and First Lady depart to Bahrain on an official visit

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed have departed for Bahrain on an official visit.

The Spokesperson at the President’s Office Miuvaan Mohamed said President Solih will be visiting Bahrain from October 5-8 at the invitation of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

During the visit, President Solih is scheduled to sign a number of high-level agreements with Bahrain, which will further strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries.

President Solih last travelled abroad to the United Kingdom (UK) last month to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

 

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Education sector essential for building nation’s workforce: President

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated the education sector is essential for building the nation’s workforce and human resources. He made the statement in a written address to the nation on World Teachers’ Day 2022.

In the address, President Solih reflected on the changes in the education sector over the years, noting the unprecedented advances in science and technology. He emphasised the importance of teachers familiarising with the new technology and modern teaching techniques and said the goal of the education sector should be to raise children who are knowledgeable enough to adapt to these advances.

Additionally, President Solih said anyone who wants to bring positive changes to society should begin their work in the education sector since societal reform is closely linked to the education sector. He went on to say the education sector is essential for building the nation’s workforce and human resources. He conveyed his best wishes to all teachers and educators in the Maldives on the occasion of Teachers’ Day and expressed his heartfelt gratitude for their invaluable service to the nation.

In an earlier tweet, President Solih conveyed his gratitude and deep appreciation to teachers across the Maldives by highlighting the positive impression that teachers leave on students. He said individuals owe much to their selfless hard work to educate children and to guide and prepare them for life.

The theme of World Teachers’ Day 2022 is The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers.

 

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China urges U.S. to end police violence against Black Americans during UN session

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A senior Chinese diplomat on Monday urged the U.S. to take concrete action to address systemic racism, racial discrimination and police violence in the country.

In the United States, tens of millions of African Americans continue to suffer from discrimination and injustice of all kinds, and justice and equality are just empty laws for them, said Jiang Duan, minister of the Chinese Mission to the UN at Geneva, during the 51st regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Vienna.

Noting that African-Americans in the U.S. face unfair law enforcement, Jiang said that based on the statistics, they are more than twice as likely as white people to be shot by police, 2.9 times as likely to die due to police brutality, and nearly six times as likely to be incarcerated.

He said colonialism and the slave trade were the root causes of racism and racial discrimination and that although this dark chapter of human history has been turned over, the ideas of “white supremacy” that underpinned it remains.

Referring to George Floyd’s death, which sparked international protests about racial injustice, Jiang said China urges the U.S. to take action to solve the domestic problems of systemic racism, racial discrimination and police violence, fully and conscientiously implement the relevant resolutions of the UN General Assembly and the UNHRC, and implement the Durban Declaration and Program of Action so that the tragedies like Floyd’s will not be repeated.

China stands ready to work with all parties to combat all forms of racial discrimination, ensuring that all people can live in dignity and build an inclusive, equal and free society, Jiang said.

 

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