GANDHI STATUE SPARKS CON­TRO­VERSY IN MALAWI AS MANY SIGN PE­TI­TION

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION -

BLANTYRE, MALAWI: Over 3,000 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing a planned statue of Ma­hatma Gandhi in Malawi’s com­mer­cial cap­i­tal Blantyre, say­ing the In­dian in­de­pen­dence hero had done noth­ing for the south­ern African coun­try. The Malawi govern­ment says the statue is be­ing erected as part of a deal that will see New Delhi con­struct a con­ven­tion cen­tre in Blantyre. “Ma­hatma Gandhi has never con­trib­uted any­thing to Malawi’s strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence,” a state­ment from the “Gandhi Must Fall” group said. “We there­fore, feel that the statue is be­ing forced upon the peo­ple of Malawi and is the work of a for­eign power aim­ing at pro­mot­ing its im­age and do­min­ion on the un­sus­pect­ing peo­ple of Malawi.” AP

At least 14 killed in bomb at­tack on Afghan poll rally

KUNDUZ: A mo­tor­cy­cle car­ry­ing ex­plo­sives blew up among sup­port­ers of an Afghan election can­di­date on Satur­day, killing at least 14 peo­ple, of­fi­cials said. More than 30 were wounded in the ex­plo­sion in the north­east­ern prov­ince of Takhar where can­di­date Naz­ifa Youse­fibek had been cam­paign­ing, pro­vin­cial gov­er­nor spokesman Mo­ham­mad Jawad He­jri told AFP. A spokesman from in­te­rior min­istry said most of the 14 killed were civil­ians. No group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Pope de­frocks two bish­ops for sex abuse of mi­nors

VAT­I­CAN CITY: Pope Fran­cis has de­frocked two Chilean bish­ops for the al­leged sex­ual abuse of mi­nors, the Vat­i­can said in a state­ment on Satur­day. The de­ci­sion to ex­pel for­mer arch­bishop Fran­cisco Jose Cox Huneeus and for­mer bishop

Marco An­to­nio Or­denes Fer­nan­dez could not be ap­pealed, it said. De­frock­ing is con­sid­ered the harsh­est penalty for priests and means the of­fender is for­bid­den from ex­er­cis­ing any cler­i­cal du­ties at all, even in pri­vate.

Saudi­led airstrike kills 17 in Ye­meni port city

CAIRO: Ye­meni rebel of­fi­cials say an airstrike by the Saudi-led coali­tion tar­get­ing Shi­ite rebels has killed at least 17 peo­ple in the port-city of Hodei­dah. A spokesman for the Houthi-rebel-run

Health Min­istry, said 20 oth­ers were wounded in the strike on the Ga­bal Ras area. Hodei­dah, with its key port in­stal­la­tions that bring UN hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, has be­come the cen­ter of con­flict, with ground troops al­lied to the coali­tion strug­gling to drive out the rebels who con­trol it.

Bea­tles al­bum ‘Sgt. Pep­per’ named most pop­u­lar in UK

LON­DON: The Bea­tles’ psychedelic mas­ter­work “Sgt. Pep­per’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” has been named the most pop­u­lar Bri­tish al­bum in his­tory. The Of­fi­cial Charts Com­pany said Satur­day that the band’s 1967 clas­sic is Bri­tain’s fa­vorite al­bum based on phys­i­cal sales, down­loads and streams in the UK. The al­bum found the four mates from Liver­pool at their most ex­per­i­men­tal and in­ven­tive and in­cludes fa­vorites like “With a Lit­tle Help from My Friends” and “A Day in the Life.” AP

Malaysia’s Pm­in­wait­ing wins landslide vic­tory

PORT DICKSON: An­war Ibrahim has won a by-election for a par­lia­men­tary seat with a landslide vic­tory in a come­back to help him pre­pare for his even­tual takeover from PM Ma­hathir Mo­hamad. The Election Com­mis­sion said An­war re­ceived 31,016 votes. His clos­est ri­val se­cured only 7,456 votes. An­war was des­ig­nated as Ma­hathir’s suc­ces­sor af­ter they aside a feud and joined hands to cap­ture a stun­ning vic­tory in May’s election. AP

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