US Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley, who oversees the NATO military advisory mission in the southern region of Afghanistan, was injured in the insider attack on Thursday that took place in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
Navy Cdr. Grant Neeley, a spokesman for the NATO Resolute Support mission said that he can confirm that Smiley is recovering from a gunshot wound which he received during the attack in Kandahar.
Smiley who is the commander of Train, Advise, Assist and Command -South, is based in Kandahar. Though he is getting treated for the wound, he is still in charge of the command.
Before this, the NATO-led coalition had identified two Americans wounded in the attack as a civilian government employee and a military service member.
Two Afghan officials which included the police chief of Kandahar province, got killed in the Thursday incident.
A coalition member who had direct knowledge of what happened said that Gen. Scott Miller (the head of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan) drew his sidearm during the attack but did not fire.
Princess Charlotte will not use her royal title at elementary school
Princess Charlotte, the sweet 4-year-old daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton, is starting elementary school at St Thomas’s Battersea from September 5 but by an entirely different last name.
People across the world know her best by Princess Charlotte. However, ‘Princess’ feels a little too formal and is not exactly a good look in a school setting.
As per a report by PEOPLE, Charlotte’s classmates will not call her by her royal title at school. Instead, she will go by the title Charlotte Cambridge, taking the last name of her father’s royal title, ‘Duke of Cambridge.’ She will be called Charlotte by close friends.
Well, this certainly falls in line as her elder brother, Prince George also uses Cambridge as the last name at the school, according to Insider. Apparently, he is nicknamed ‘P.G’ by his close friends. Prince George reportedly is coming back for his 2nd year at the $23,000-a-year private school.
The last name of the royal family members technically is ‘Mountbatten Windsor.’ It’s a combination of the surnames of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Archie is given this title because he wasn’t given a royal last name.
Using a merger of the last name of parents seems to have become common custom for the royals. As per PEOPLE, when Prince Harry and Prince William were in school, they were called Harry Wales and William Wales. This was to pay homage to their father, Prince Charles’ royal title, ‘Prince of Wales.’
Meanwhile, other news suggests that George, 6, will look after and help his younger sister while she gets comfortable at the school. The big brother is said to be extremely protective of his sister, said Penny Junor, a royal biographer to Hello! magazine.
Notably, Charlotte will not just have George from the royal family to keep her company. Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor also attends St Thomas’s Battersea.
Sushma Swaraj: India’s popular former foreign minister dies
Sushma Swaraj India’s former foreign minister expires at the age of 67. India lost one of its influential woman leaders. She was the second lady to hold the office of Minister of External Affairs of India after Indira Gandhi.
Swaraj held the post under the Narendra Modi government (2014-19). At a tender age of 25, she got elected as the Cabinet Minister of the state of Haryana.
How did Sushma Swaraj expire?
Recently, she had withdrawn herself from the Lok Sabha elections giving health issues as the reason. Her doctors advised her to stay away from dust and infection.
In the year 2016, she had also undergone a kidney transplant. The kidney transplant was successful. Finally, in the evening of 6th August, she took her last breath and died of cardiac arrest.
Though she was taken to AIIMS, the doctors proclaimed that it was too late for her. Despite their hard work to save the 67-year-old influential leader, they failed miserably. Bansuri Swaraj, the only child of the veteran leader, happens to be a Barrister.
Sushma Swaraj was born in Ambala Cantt, Haryana in the year 1953. Her father Hardev Sharma was the member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
Sushma holds a bachelors degree in Sanskrit and Political Science. After that, she went over to study law from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Her career started in the year 1973 being an advocate in the Supreme Court of India.
Her political career started with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. Later on, she went onto join Bharatiya Janata Party or the BJP. She served as the Education Minister of Haryana and also became the State President of Janata Party.
After her resignation from the Union Cabinet, she went over to become the first female Chief Minister of Delhi. She also served as the Union Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Pakistan officials in an uproar over India’s Kashmir moves
The Indian Government took a significant decision on one of its most favored states. Presidential order will now govern the state of Kashmir from Monday 5th of August, 2019. The special status, according to Article 370, is canceled.
Previously Indian citizens were not allowed to purchase, sell and reside permanently in the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir.
But now, Indians from all across the country can do so if they wish to. Jammu and Kashmir had permission to take decisions on their own.
A different constitution came out for them. No other citizens of India residing in other parts of the country can hold a governmental post or secure an education in the land.
Thousands of army officials arrived in the region to take charge of law and order. The internet and the phone services were cut off for some days as Kashmiris consider the Indian Government as their enemies.
How the Government of Pakistan reacts to the decision?
Criticisms have already started to pour in against the Hindu fanatic government. Critics see it as a gateway to make the entry of Hindus within the paradise where settlers are majority Muslims.
The Foreign Minister of Pakistan told a Pakistani media that Pakistan would take all measures to ensure that the newly made decision by the Government of India doesn’t last.
He also goes on to comment that India is playing a dangerous game. The Government of Pakistan will take strict actions against India.
Protests by the Kashmiri activists residing in Islamabad, Pakistan has already begun. After the announcement of Presidential control in Kashmir, the group started protesting outside the Indian embassy in Pakistan.
The security officials kept the mob away from the building. Ghulam Mohammad Safi, a Kashmiri leader, residing in Pakistan, urged the western bodies to intervene into the matter.
Mehbooba Mufti, a former Chief Minister of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, tweeted that the Government’s decision is illegal. She also remarked that a war could break out with Pakistan in no time.
Today marks the darkest day in Indian democracy. Decision of J&K leadership to reject 2 nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired. Unilateral decision of GOI to scrap Article 370 is illegal & unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in J&K.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) August 5, 2019
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