The Islamic State (IS) terror group has said that they will attack Shia Muslims everywhere, Khaama Press reported.
The group's Al-Naba weekly has published the warning on Saturday, which adds that Shia Muslims will be targeted in their homes and centre.
The warning came a day after the terror group's Khorasan branch (IS-K) carried out the twin bombings inside the Shia mosque in Kandahar, that claimed the lives of 63 people while injuring 83 others.
Friday's attack took place exactly after a week when another Shia mosque in Kunduz city was hit by a suicide bombing which claimed the lives of at least 50 people.
The IS-K had claimed responsibility for the attack, which was the deadliest since the US forces left Afghanistan at the end of August.
Saturday's warning has especially threatened Shia Muslims living in Afghanistan, and the IS added that they cooperate and support Iran and other countries against the IS-K.
The IS-K is now the biggest threat that threatens the Taliban government after they took over Afghanistan.
In the meantime, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has purportedly said that their fighters will be deployed to man the security of mosques, especially of the Shia Muslim ones.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had warned of IS fighters entering Afghanistan from Iraq and Syria and added that there were presently up to 2,000 affiliates in the north of the war-torn nation.
Iranian and Pakistani military commanders have agreed to cooperate in manufacturing military vessels and submarine maintenance, state media reported.
In a visit to Pakistan Navy's shipyards in the port city of Karachi, Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, visiting Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, was briefed on the process of building warships, boats and submarines, Xinhua news agency quoted the state media report as saying.
The military officials of the two neighbours agreed to work together on the construction and maintenance of ships and submarines, according to the report.
The two sides also agreed to share experiences in various naval fields to fight against drug trafficking and terrorism, as well as exchange students.
According to a similar report by Iran's official IRNA news agency, the military officials of Tehran and Islamabad also stressed for regional cooperation for ensuring the security in the region.
In the meantime, Baqeri drew upon the importance of maritime security at the common sea borders by conducting joint exercises.
The Second UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference, which brought together more than 100 countries along with thousands of experts, activists and business leaders, concluded with a call to accelerate progress towards achieving sustainable transport that would result in major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and in improving the lives of millions of people.
At the conference participants agreed that without a profound shift to sustainable mobility, achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals -- already off-track -- would be impossible.
The three-day conference, hosted by China and concluded on Saturday, came at a critical juncture, just over two weeks before COP26 in Glasgow where the world will address the climate emergency, and as the world stands on the cusp of a transport revolution -- driven in part by the Covid-19 pandemic -- that requires sound direction.
Speaking at the opening of the conference virtually, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted: "Covid-19 has pushed an estimated 120 million people into extreme poverty, 160 million into hunger, and set back education for around 100 million children. We are further from realizing the Sustainable Development Goals on climate, ocean, and biodiversity than we were when they were agreed six years ago."
Warning that the door on climate action was closing, he called for the decarbonization of all means of transport, in order to get to net-zero emissions by 2050 globally.
More specifically, the Secretary-General specifically called for phasing out the production of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035 for leading manufacturing countries, and by 2040 for developing countries; for zero emission ships to become the default choice, and commercially available for all by 2030, in order to achieve zero emissions in the shipping sector by 2050; and that companies start using sustainable aviation fuels now, in order to cut carbon emissions per passenger by 65 per cent by 2050.
The conference concluded with the Beijing Statement, which called for adopting integrated, interdisciplinary, and cross-sectoral approaches, supported by greater international cooperation.
In his remarks to the conference, China's President Xi Jinping committed to establishing a Global Innovation and Knowledge Center for Sustainable Transport as a contribution to global transport development.
Countries participating in the conference said the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the important role that the transport sector plays in building communities and supporting livelihoods, impacting the movement of both freight and people.
The pandemic caused job losses and a disruption to global supply chains. As a result, communities and countries that depend on tourism experienced huge losses in revenue.
Connectivity is also an issue. Over one billion people worldwide still lack adequate access to an all-weather road, especially in developing countries, including countries in special situations.
In Africa, 450 million people, more than 70 per cent of the total rural population, remain unconnected to transport infrastructure and systems. Transport tailpipe emissions alone are linked to almost 400,000 deaths and in addition to human loss and suffering, road traffic accidents cause billions of dollars of associated costs which amounts, in many countries, to three per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The transition to e-mobility -- transport that is resilient, safe, affordable and green -- can improve lives and have a positive impact on the environment.
From bike sharing and carpooling to improved public transit and the increased use of electric vehicles and buses powered by renewable energy, countries, businesses and communities are stepping up efforts to transition to more environmentally friendly modes.
"We have the opportunity now to capture the innovation and technology that can revolutionize transport," said conference Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.
"But these new technologies have to work for everyone. We have the solutions, and now we need the global cooperation to ensure that sustainable transport will be the engine that powers our efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the Paris Agreement."
However, challenges remain. While some member states have made some initial steps to address emissions from shipping and aviation, for example, current commitments are not enough to meet the 1.5-degree goal of the Paris Agreement.
Countries in special situations, remote rural communities and vulnerable groups, risk being left behind as the number of new and emerging transport-related technologies increase.
More than $2 trillion of transport infrastructure investments will be needed each year until 2040 to fuel economic development. There is also a need for stronger policies on road safety measures and regulations on the import of new and used vehicles.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday hinted at reducing cess and sales tax on petrol and diesel in the state to ease the fuel prices which have touched an all-time high.
Speaking to the media, Bommai said it all depends on the economy.
"I have called an economic review meeting. If the economic situation seems to be good, there is all possibility for the consideration," he added.
Earlier, the Chief Minister had rejected any tax deduction on fuel in the state.
The petrol price has reached Rs 109.16 per litre and diesel price has touched Rs 100 in Karnataka.
The Opposition Congress has demanded reduction of taxes on fuel on similar lines of Tamil Nadu government which has reduced the taxes on petrol by Rs 3 per litre.
The Congress has blamed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party governments for the hike in fuel prices.
Bommai had defended that during the the United Progressive Alliance government, fuel prices had increased by 60 per cent between 2004 and 2014 while fuel prices have risen by 30 per cent in seven years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.
Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah targeted the present BJP government, saying that inflation under its tenure is nothing but criminal loot.
The Islamic State (IS) terror group on Saturday claimed responsibility for the bombings inside a mosque in Afghanistan's Kandahar city, which claimed the lives of 47 persons and injured 90 others, a local official has confirmed.
The official from Kandahar's Cultural and Information Directorate confirmed the updated death toll to Xinhua news agency.
In a statement, the IS claimed responsibility and said that two assailants were involved in the deadly attacks which took place on Friday inside the Bibi Fatima Shia mosque in police district one (PD1) when hundreds of worshippers were offering prayers.
Witnesses told TOLO News that three back-to-back explosions hit the mosque, one of the biggest in Kandahar city.
The Taliban government has condemned the attack.
Zabihullah Mujahid, deputy minister for the Ministry of Information and Culture, called it a "major crime".
The UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan said that those behind the incident should be brought to justice.
Friday's attack came exactly after a week when another Shia mosque in Kunduz city was hit by a suicide bombing which claimed the lives of at least 50 people.
The IS-K, a local branch of the IS, had claimed responsibility for the attack, which was the deadliest since the US forces left Afghanistan at the end of August.
Following the Taliban takeover, the security situation in Afghanistan has remained calm yet uncertain.
A series of bombings were launched by the IS affiliated militants in recent weeks.
On Thursday, a Taliban district police chief was killed and 11 people were wounded when a vehicle came under attack in Kunar province.
India and the US have said they would reinvigorate action against terrorism-financing, tax evasion and money laundering after a high-level meeting on economic and financial partnership led by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.
"We continue to strengthen our cooperation in tackling money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism through increased information sharing and coordination," they said in a joint statement after the Eighth US-India Economic and Financial Partnership (USIEFP) meeting on Thursday in Washington, which was also attended by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das.
The meeting of the financial chiefs was the latest in a series of consultations by leaders of the two countries before and after last month's summit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden as New Delhi and Washington draw closer.
Leaders in defence and foreign affairs have met in the two countries in recent weeks.
In thier joint statement, Sitharaman and Yellen stressed "the importance of fighting financial crimes and on the effective implementation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards to protect our financial systems from abuse".
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is the Paris-based 49-member international organisation that fights terrorism financing and money laundering.
Among the countries that it monitors for the financing of terrorists is Pakistan, which it has placed on its grey list of nations with lax controls on or inadequate safeguards against terrorists getting funds, but the joint statement made no mention of Islamabad.
Sitharaman and Yellen SAID their countries looked forward to continuing to share information for tackling offshore tax evasion.
They also took up the issue of tax avoidance by multinational companies, which is not necessarily illegal but results in revenue losses for some countries because others have low corporate tax levels to attract companies to situate themselves there.
India and the US would work together for the early adoption of last month's agreement by the G20 grouping of major economies on taxing multinational corporations, they said.
They called it a "significant accomplishment for updating the international tax architecture" to make it "more stable, fairer, and fit for purpose for the 21st century".
"We should work together and with other partners at the technical level in order to expeditiously implement Pillars 1 and 2 by 2023," they said referring to two of the elements in the agreement on taxation agreed to by 136 countries last month.
Pillar 1 would allow the countries where large multinationals earn their profits and have business activities to tax them and Pillar 2 WILLset a minimum corporate tax rate of 15 per cent.
The US and Indian finance chiefs said they would continue to discuss having a full reciprocal arrangement for an Inter-Governmental Agreement under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) that would require individuals and financial institutions having account holdings in the other country to report them to tax authorities in both countries.
With Biden's high priority for action against global warming, Sitharaman and Yellen's climate finance was the highlight of their meeting "reflecting our respective commitments to driving urgent progress in combatting climate change and the critical role of climate finance in achieving this shared global goal".
They said that that they "reaffirmed the collective developed country goal to mobilise $100 billion annually for developing countries from public and private sources" for climate change mitigation actions.
"We are continuing our successful collaboration on attracting more private sector capital to finance India's infrastructure needs, which will support growth in both countries."
The ruling BJP has made up its mind to get Nitin Agarwal elected as the deputy speaker of the Legislative Assembly, its alliance partner Apna Dal (S), has thrown a spanner by demanding that a Dalit or an OBC MLA be elected to the post. The election of the deputy speaker of the Uttar Pradesh legislative Assembly is due on October 18.
Apna Dal national working president and MLC Ashish Patel said that at present there is nobody belonging to OBC and Dalit communities on the post of speaker of the UP Legislative Assembly and chairman of Legislative Council.
"In such a situation, the MLA of OBC or SC community should be made the deputy speaker of the state Assembly. This will send out a good message to the backward and downtrodden," he said.
Ashish Patel, husband of Union Minister Anupriya Patel, said that the people from the backward and the Dalit community had played a key role in bringing the BJP-led NDA government to power at the Centre in 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections as well as in 2017 UP Assembly elections.
Party's national spokesperson Rajesh Patel said that the BJP state leadership should consider Apna Dal demand seriously.
"We have raised our demand to the government on the issue. The government has numbers and will take a call on the issue," said Patel.
Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party is unhappy with the BJP government's move to field Nitin Agarwal, a rebel SP MLA, and is considering fielding party MLA Narendra Verma for the post.
A Samajwadi Party MLA, Nitin Agarwal along with his father former MP Naresh Agarwal had joined the BJP in 2018. The Samajwadi Party's petition seeking Nitin Agarwal's disqualification was recently rejected.
Following a meeting with officials from the US and the European Union (EU), a Taliban delegation has urged the two sides to lift sanctions on the Afghan Islamic Emirate and allow banks in the country to "operate normally", the media reported.
According to a statement issued by the Taliban-led government's Foreign Ministry, the delegation led by Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi held talks with the officials in Doha on Tuesday. TOLO News reported.
Muttaqi said that the payment of civil servants' salaries and the resumption of unfinished economic projects were his government's top priority.
"In this regard we urge world countries to end existing sanctions and let banks operate normally, so that charity groups, organisations, and the government can pay salaries to their staff with their own reserves and international financial assistance," TOLO News quoted the Minister as saying.
"Weakening the Afghan government is not in the interest of anyone because its negative effects will directly affect the world in the security sector and economic migration from the country."
Some of the topics discussed during the meeting were the current situation in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule; relations with other countries; prevailing economic difficulties; humanitarian assistance; and resumption of incomplete development projects, the Ministry statement said.
Besides the meeting on Tuesday, the Taliban delegation and the US side also met during the weekend in the Qatari capital.
This was the first time that the two sides met in-person following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan in August after American forces withdrew from the country after 20 years.
India hit out at China on Wednesday for questioning the recent visit of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to Arunachal Pradesh, saying the state is an integral and inalienable part of India.
Naidu visited Arunachal Pradesh on October 9 and addressed a special session of the state assembly.
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China has never recognised the state. "China's position on the boundary issue is consistent and clear. The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh established unilaterally and illegally by the Indian side and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the area concerned," Zhao said.
In response to a media query about Lijian's comments, India's Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said: "We have noted the comments made today by the Chinese official spokesperson. We reject such comments. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India."
He said Indian leaders routinely travel to the state of Arunachal Pradesh as they do to any other state of India. "Objecting to the visit of Indian leaders to a state of India does not stand to reason and understanding of Indian people," he said.
Talking about the current situation at Line of Actual Control, Bagchi further stated that the current situation along the LAC in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas has been caused by unilateral attempts of Chinese side to alter the status quo in violation of the bilateral agreements.
"Therefore, we expect the Chinese side to work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols rather than trying to link unrelated issues," he said.
India and China have been engaged in border disputes for the last 17 months.
Last week, India and China military talks to end border dispute did not result in resolution of the remaining disputed areas with the Chinese not agreeable to "constructive suggestions" provided by the Indian delegation.
Further, the Chinese also could not provide any forward-looking proposals. "The meeting thus did not result in resolution of the remaining areas," the Indian Army had said in a statement.
So far, 13 rounds of India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting have taken place since the border dispute.
The sensational findings of the Income Tax Department during the recent raids in Bengaluru and other places on former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa's close aide B.R. Umesh and others is a setback for the BJP veteran, party sources said.
During the search and seizure, undisclosed income of about Rs 750 crore was found. Out of this, an amount of Rs 487 crore has been admitted by the respective group entities as their undisclosed income. The searches which started on October 7 have been carried out at 47 premises spread across 4 states.
Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has made serious allegations that the IT raids have been conducted on the close aides of Yediyurappa only with an intention of giving him a 'checkmate' and taming him.
"Yediyurappa and Opposition leader Siddaramaiah met in Mysuru to plan how to weaken BJP in Karnataka. Anyone with little common sense could sense why close aides of Yediyurappa and his son B.Y. Vijayendra have been targeted by the IT department. It is being done with an intention to put brakes on Yediyurappa by the BJP," he charged.
"I do not have any hesitation in saying this. BJP wants to control Yediyurappa," he underlined. However, the findings of the raids have given a serious turn to the events as an in-depth probe is expected to be conducted into the misappropriation now.
During the search, unaccounted cash of Rs 4.69 crore; unaccounted jewellery and bullion valued at Rs 8.67 crore; and silver articles valued at Rs 29.83 lakh have been seized.
The Income Tax Department carried out search and seizure operations in the case of three major contractors based out of Bengaluru, engaged in the execution of irrigation and highway projects including B.R. Umesh, the aide of Yediyurappa for three days from October 7.
Sources explained that there are all chances of money trail reaching Yediyurappa as the raids were focused on projects of the Irrigation department under the Water Resources ministry involving implementation of various projects more than Rs 20,000 crore.
IT department further claimed that one of the groups has admitted to having indulged in inflating labour expenses amounting to Rs 382 crore. Further, another group has been found to have taken accommodation entries, from non-existing paper companies to the extent of Rs 105 crore, which has been admitted by this group.
These huge misappropriations would attract investigation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in future, according to sources. Yediyurappa, who has begun to assert himself after stepping down as the Chief Minister now will have no other way but to fall in line with the party diktats, sources add.
Yediyurappa, despite being asked to step down from the top post, continues to be a mass leader and has a good hold on BJP legislators. Sources explain that he is disappointed with the party's decision to corner him by not allowing him to take up a state tour and by not allocating cabinet berth to his son B.Y. Vijayendra.
Yediyurappa has all the capacity to cause damage to the prospectus of the BJP party in Karnataka in the next assembly elections. Since BJP high command wants his support to come back to power but at the same time, it does not want to be under his shadow. Sources say that, with the IT raids, the party wanted to achieve these aims and findings of IT raids made the job of the party easier.
Meanwhile, the IT sleuths have conducted raids on the 'Design Box' company office and a hotel room where company owner Naresh Arora is residing. The company manages the social media platforms of powerful politicians in Bengaluru and also into the branding of politicians. The raids continued till midnight on Tuesday. Earlier it was said that the company is owned by Congress President D.K. Shivakumar. However, Shivakumar has denied it.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has told the military that he was not on board with the decision to change the Director-General of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Faiz Hameed, Friday Times reported.
Senior Pakistan journalist Najam Sethi said on a TV show that the prime minister's position on the matter has led to a standoff, which is why the notification has not been signed.
After the announcement from ISPR, there was no confirmation from the PM House and this delay was unusual. It has emerged that the decision has resulted in tensions between the PM and the military, the report said.
Sethi said that the announcement about Lt Gen Faiz Hameed's posting as Peshawar Corps Commander and General Nadeem Anjum's appointment as the new DG ISI should have come from the Prime Minister's house because as per usual, Prime Minister appoints the DG ISI.
That the press release announcing the same came from Rawalpindi not Islamabad was fishy, Sethi said.
Also unusual was Lt Gen Faiz Hameed's presence in the national security committee meeting called by the Pak PM. His transfer orders were issued but Gen Faiz attended the meeting as the DG ISI.
Sethi also said that a deadlock of this nature between civil and military leadership often takes the parties to a point of no return, suggesting that this episode may affect civil-military relations.
Nothing substantial came out of the national security meeting, the report said. Both ISPR and the PM House are silent.
According to Sethi, some cabinet members also got involved to ease the tensions, but the deadlock remains as of now, the report said.