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Tension in Catalonia

Spain PM Mariano Rajoy ordered to strip the Catalonian ministers led by Carles Puidegemont of their jobs and their ministries taken over, on Saturday.
“Yesterday (Saturday) there was a fully fledged coup against Catalonian instituitions”, said a spokesperson from the Catalonian governement.

PM Rajoy has ordered fresh elections to be called within six months, which would see polls held by mid-June at the latest.

Analysts have said that the current situation in Catalonia is as bad as the times of Franco who stamped down on the local tongue and banned everything Catalonian.
In Northern Italy, regions of Lombardy and Venetto were voting on Sunday in referendum on autonomy.

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Trump addresses the UN General Assembly

US President Donald Trump’s spoke for the first time before the 193 member organisation on Tuesday. Trump boasted of America’s military strength.

Mr Trump also touched upon his recently announced Afghanistan policy, calling for driving terrorists “our of our nations”.

President Trump focussed largely on North Korea and Iran, and while he thanked China and Russia for supporting the efforts to deal with Pyongyang, he also indirectly criticised them when he said that any trade with North Korea was morally questionable. Trump has also threatened to rescind the nuclear deal with Iran.

Trump’s speech was greeted with periods of silence interspersed with polite applause.

US vs Pakistan cold war

Enraged at being called out by President Trump for nurturing terrorist groups, Islamabad is believed to have devised a “three option toughest diplomatic policy” where it could block access for US and NATO supplies to land locked Afghanistan.

Pakistan will limit diplomatic ties with US and wouldn’t procure more F-16 jets from them.

US has already banned Habib Bank’s operations in USA, which is Pakistan’s leading financial institution. It has also threatened Pakistan of stripping the status of a non-NATO Ally, cutting off all aid, imposing a travel ban on suspected ISI personnel and finally, formal designation as a terrorist state.

This could result in problems for Pakistan as it would limit weapon sales and affect  the monetary condition in respect to loans from the World Bank and the IMF. The political leaders remain unfazed and are hoping that either Russia or China will come to their rescue.

LeT commander killed

Lashkar-e-Taiba’s recently anointed operational commander Abu Ismail, said to be responsible for July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims that left eight dead, was killed along with his associate in an encounter on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday afternoon.

“We had prior information about the presence of two foreign terrorists”, said J&K Director General of Police, SP Vaid. Abu Ismail was the main accused in the Amarnath yatra attack, he added.

Ismail and his associate Chota Qasim were killed in a brief encounter at Aarigam area near Nowgam on the outskirts of Srinagar.

Barcelona defeats the Old Lady of Turin

FC Barcelona was back with a bang against Juventus in the first match day of Champions League at Camp Nou, Barcelona. The group match between them resulted in a win for the Catalonia side by 3-0, with Lionel Messi scoring twice and Ivan Rakitic getting a goal from a misplaced clearance by Barzagli.

This was a highly intense match as Juventus had defeated Barcelona in last year’s edition of the Champions League. The Juventus side missed some of their regulars through injury or suspension and the team lacked determination which it is famous for.

The first half of the match was fairly balanced with Luis Suarez misplacing passes left, right and centre. This was also Dembele’s first start for the Blaugranas after a world record transfer. Barcelona’s Marc Ter Stegen kept off shots in the first half leaving Barcelona with some respite, before Messi scored in the 45th minute.

The second half was all guns blazing for Barcelona who were keen on seeking redemption and the magical man didn’t disappoint. This is the first time that Messi has managed to get past Gigi Buffon in his career.

The win will come as a huge plus for Barcelona after the appointment of a new manager, and the mess of Neymar leaving riddled with the gross mismanagement of the club. 

Two militants killed, one arrested during encounter in Kulgam

Security forces on Monday morning killed two unidentified militants in an overnight encounter in Kulgam district of Kashmir while the third was caught alive, the police said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Khudwani area of Kulgam district following specific information about the presence of some militants there, a police spokesperson said.

The two forces engaged in a gun battle, after which two militants was killed.

Their identity and group affiliation are being ascertained, added the police spokesperson.

Oncology startup raises capital

OncoStem Diagnostics, a Bengaluru-based oncology focused startup, said that it has raised $6 million in a funding round led by a venture capital firm Sequoia India. The firm said that it was focused on personalised cancer treatment planning through the development of innovative tests that effectively predict the chance of recurrence in patients.

OncoStem said that it would use the funds to deepen research and development, develop effective tests for oral, brain and colon cancer and automate these tests. The company plans to expand it’s presence in India and introduce the test in new markets in Asia as well as in Europe.