The Eastern Link https://theeasternlink.com Connecting Regions of Asia. Sat, 29 Jan 2022 05:36:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9 https://theeasternlink.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cropped-external-link-symbol-32x32.png The Eastern Link https://theeasternlink.com 32 32 Daniel Chima Chukwu on target as Jamshedpur down FC Goa https://theeasternlink.com/daniel-chima-chukwu-on-target-as-jamshedpur-down-fc-goa/ https://theeasternlink.com/daniel-chima-chukwu-on-target-as-jamshedpur-down-fc-goa/#respond Sat, 29 Jan 2022 05:36:33 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=23407

Jamshedpur FC inflicted a huge blow to FC Goa’s aspirations for a semi-final berth with a 1-0 win over the Gaurs in the 2021-22 Hero Indian Super League (ISL). The win takes Owen Coyle’s men to second place in the league table but keeps Derrick Pereira’s men stuck at ninth place with four games without […]

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Jamshedpur FC inflicted a huge blow to FC Goa’s aspirations for a semi-final berth with a 1-0 win over the Gaurs in the 2021-22 Hero Indian Super League (ISL). The win takes Owen Coyle’s men to second place in the league table but keeps Derrick Pereira’s men stuck at ninth place with four games without a win.

The solitary goal came through Daniel Chima Chukwu (49’) who scored on his first outing for the Men of Steel after signing for them in the January transfer window.

The match had an eventful start with Daniel Chukwu sending his left-footed shot narrowly wide off the mark. On the other end, Ivan Gonzalez hit the underside of the crossbar with a header. The rebound fell to Edu Bedia whose low shot was brilliantly saved by TP Rehenesh. The Gaurs threw more subsequent attacks at the JFC defense but to no avail.

The first half was very feisty to say the least, which led to three yellow cards being handed out to Alex Lima, Anwar Ali and Daniel Chukwu respectively. The injuries and stoppages led to four minutes of added time but neither team managed to break through the defenses and score the opening goal.

The second half started with JFC pushing for a goal and they got one through the debutant Chukwu whose volley was too powerful for Naveen Kumar. The custodian got both hands on the ball but could not prevent it from slipping into the back of the net.

Ali came close to equalizing for the Gaurs past the hour mark but the ball did not go in after it hit the crossbar for the second time. At the stroke of the 80th minute, Airan Cabrera struck the crossbar for the third time for FCG with a left-foot volley.

Derrick Pereira made a host of changes in order to change the course of the match. However, despite creating a plethora of chances, the equalizer eluded FCG as Coyle’s men defended their lead with a collective force and secured the three points.

FC Goa will next face an ambitious Odisha FC at the Athletic Stadium on Tuesday while Jamshedpur FC awaits the challenge of an in-form Bengaluru FC on Saturday at the same venue.

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Trial in German museum jewel heist worth over Rs 937 crore starts https://theeasternlink.com/trial-in-german-museum-jewel-heist-worth-over-rs-937-crore-starts/ https://theeasternlink.com/trial-in-german-museum-jewel-heist-worth-over-rs-937-crore-starts/#respond Sat, 29 Jan 2022 05:18:08 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/trial-in-german-museum-jewel-heist-worth-over-rs-937-crore-starts/

According to a spokesman for Dresdan district court Thomas Ziegler, “The defendants allegedly prepared the crime meticulously”. Courtesy – www.dnaindia.com

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According to a spokesman for Dresdan district court Thomas Ziegler, “The defendants allegedly prepared the crime meticulously”.


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'Horrific' destruction, casualties if Russia invades Ukraine: US https://theeasternlink.com/horrific-destruction-casualties-if-russia-invades-ukraine-us/ https://theeasternlink.com/horrific-destruction-casualties-if-russia-invades-ukraine-us/#respond Sat, 29 Jan 2022 03:41:46 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/horrific-destruction-casualties-if-russia-invades-ukraine-us/

Army General Mark Milley made the comments amid fragile Russia-US diplomacy in a broader East-West standoff over Ukraine. Courtesy – www.dnaindia.com

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Army General Mark Milley made the comments amid fragile Russia-US diplomacy in a broader East-West standoff over Ukraine.


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China's Wuhan lab scientists discover NeoCov, the latest variant of coronavirus – Here's all you need to know https://theeasternlink.com/chinas-wuhan-lab-scientists-discover-neocov-the-latest-variant-of-coronavirus-heres-all-you-need-to-know/ https://theeasternlink.com/chinas-wuhan-lab-scientists-discover-neocov-the-latest-variant-of-coronavirus-heres-all-you-need-to-know/#respond Fri, 28 Jan 2022 11:39:42 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/chinas-wuhan-lab-scientists-discover-neocov-the-latest-variant-of-coronavirus-heres-all-you-need-to-know/

According to scientists from the Wuhan University in China, NeoCov can penetrate human cells in the same way as SARS-CoV-2. Courtesy – www.dnaindia.com

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According to scientists from the Wuhan University in China, NeoCov can penetrate human cells in the same way as SARS-CoV-2.


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Xi Tackling Rebellion Within Party https://theeasternlink.com/xi-tackling-rebellion-within-party/ https://theeasternlink.com/xi-tackling-rebellion-within-party/#respond Fri, 28 Jan 2022 11:31:07 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=23395

A faction linked to a disgraced former senior Chinese police official is posing such a serious threat to Chinese President Xi Jinping that China’s Ministry of Public Security has formed a team to crush it. This faction may possibly be attempting a coup against Xi, judging by the urgency with which the Public Security Ministry […]

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A faction linked to a disgraced former senior Chinese police official is posing such a serious threat to Chinese President Xi Jinping that China’s Ministry of Public Security has formed a team to crush it. This faction may possibly be attempting a coup against Xi, judging by the urgency with which the Public Security Ministry is seeking to nip this rebellion.

The former official is Sun Lijun (above), previously vice minister of Public Security. Before his downfall around April 2020, Sun was the most senior Chinese official overseeing Hong Kong when the city was rocked by protests in 2019 and 2020. He is believed to be responsible for the abduction and transfer to mainland China of five people associated with a dissident bookstore in Hong Kong in 2015 and 2016.

Although Sun has been under detention since 2020, the Public Security Ministry has formed a special group to “eradicate the poisonous influence of the political faction of Sun Lijun,” the ministry announced at a meeting dedicated to this task on January 24.

Although Xi appears to be unassailable, having amassed arguably the most power since Mao Zedong assumed power, it is clear he is taking the matter very seriously. He has generated considerable antagonism within the Chinese bureaucracy with his nine-year anti-corruption campaign, which has led to the jailing of more than 120 high-ranking officials including generals, senior executives of state-owned companies, and former top-ranking leaders. 

Ironically, the hostility against Xi arising from his anti-graft crackdown probably engendered more insecurity for the Chinese leader, who in turn recently accelerated the intensity of the anti-corruption campaign. On January 26 alone, the official Chinese anticorruption website announced Zhou Jiangyong, former party secretary of Hangzhou, and He Xingxiang, a former vice president of China Development Bank, were expelled from the party for corruption, while several other officials were under investigation.

The Public Security Ministry has acknowledged the existence of a faction within the ministry which is rebelling against Xi and dividing the Chinese Communist Party. Its announcement said the political faction of Sun “seriously wrecked the unity of the party, seriously endangers the political security of the party and country, severely damaged the image of the party and the party’s hold on power, and also seriously harmed the political environment of the Public Security apparatus.”

Over the next few months, several public security officials, including senior officials, will be apprehended, a risk consultant told Asia Sentinel. In its announcement, the Public Security Ministry asked its various departments to form their own teams “as soon as possible” to unite in eliminating the faction associated with Sun. The ministry ordered its officials to thoroughly investigate people and cases to eradicate political risks, and if they were not thorough in their investigations, they would be severely held to account. The urgency of this call raises the question as to whether the rebel faction is attempting a coup soon.

This is a message to officials who are not loyal to Xi to align themselves with the Chinese leader or face consequences, said the risk consultant, who declined to be named.

“It is clear Sun is only one part of a much larger cell working in concert to take out Xi,” an analyst told Asia Sentinel. “I was very recently told that a vicious internal conflict is playing out,” the analyst said, adding the reports came from “totally separate people.”

“I also heard huge sums of money are pouring out of China from senior people and business leaders. Money is a coward and will always flee trouble. The increased tempo of those in China trying to get their money out is a harbinger of things to come,” disclosed the analyst, who declined to be named.

The Public Security Ministry, in its announcement, called on its officials to ensure a trouble-free 20th party congress scheduled for this fall. At this congress, Xi is expected to give himself a third term, which will break the two-term limit on Chinese presidents set by the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.

“There is a diminishing window of time for the enemies of Xi to make their move, as once the next meeting is over and Xi has demonstrated his dominance as leader, he will consolidate and likely double down on his policies,” the analyst said.

Power struggle

An article from the Jamestown Foundation, a conservative US-based think tank, on January 25 said, “Factional rivalry and internecine bickering within the 95 million-strong Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has become so apparent that usually circumspect propaganda outlets are no longer shy about airing dirty laundry in public.”

The competing cliques include the Shanghai Faction, also called the Shanghai Gang, led by former Chinese President Jiang Zemin and former Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong, the Communist Youth League Faction headed by former Chinese President Hu Jintao, and princelings (descendants of first-generation Chinese Communist leaders) who do not think highly of Xi and oppose his bid for an extra term at the 20th party congress, said the article written by Willy Wo-Lap Lam, a Jamestown senior fellow.

An article in the December 2021 issue of the official China Discipline and Supervision Journal titled “The Party has Become Stronger Through Revolutionary Training” candidly testifies to the high degree of antagonism among different CCP cliques, said the Jamestown Foundation article.

The Journal article said, “There are self-righteous cadres… who openly express views contrary to the [central party authorities] …. Some cadres refuse to obey orders.”

Xi’s most bitter power struggle with his rivals is evidenced by his purge of the political and legal apparatus which includes the Ministry of Public Security, wrote Lam, adding that on the surface, Xi seemed to have clinched a victory earlier this month when he installed his long-term underling Wang Xiaohong as Party Secretary and Vice Minister of the Public Security Ministry, but the Public Security Minister remains Zhao Kezhi, “who is hardly a favorite of Xi.”

Furthermore, some mid-to-senior Public Security officials remain loyal to Minister Zhao including Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission Guo Shengkun and Guo’s predecessor Meng Jianzhu, Lam added. The Central and Legal Affairs Commission oversees all law enforcement institutions in China including the Public Security Ministry.

Zhao, Guo, and Meng are considered important members of the Shanghai Faction and are associated with the Shanghai Faction’s top leaders such as former Vice President Zeng, Lam wrote.

Sun is allied to the Shanghai Gang, which is seeking to oust Xi, Asia Sentinel reported on October 2, 2021. He was announced to be under investigation in April 2020. On January 13, the official Chinese anti-corruption website announced Sun has been charged with taking bribes, manipulating stock markets and illegal possession of guns. The accusation of market manipulation is believed to point to his role in the sharp decline in the bourses of Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong in the latter half of 2015. This implies Sun was part of a syndicate, because as a police officer with little financial expertise, he alone could not have brought down the markets. The charge of illegal possession of guns suggests the possibility that Sun might have been plotting violent acts.

Many mid-ranking and senior cadres in China, whether from the police department or not, have large caches of weapons in their homes, and many of them even have “private armies,” said a professor who declined to be named.

On January 15, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV aired the first episode of a five-part television documentary on corruption titled “Zero tolerance.” The first episode featured Sun confessing to taking bribes and forming a political clique, which is ironic since it is normally police officials like Sun who arrange public confessions. That episode named former senior police officials who have been taken down for corruption, like Fu Zhenghua (a former Public Security vice minister and former Justice Minister) and Gong Dao’an (a former Public Security head of Shanghai).

The documentary left out a crucial piece, where Sun once served as secretary to Meng Jianzhu after the latter became the Minister of Public Security in 2007, wrote Wang Xiangwei in a South China Morning Post column on January 22. Sun’s career and influence grew fastest between 2012 and 2017 when Meng was China’s highest-ranking official in charge of law and order, added Wang, a former chief editor of the Hong Kong newspaper.

Over the past few years, Xi removed four vice ministers of Public Security including Sun, said the professor. “But there is suspicion that cadres higher up the political security chain of command and the Shanghai Faction might be the real masterminds.”

Several sources in mainland China refused to comment on the political situation in Beijing. They are too scared to speak because the current situation is volatile and something dramatic may happen in the near future, the risk consultant explained.

Courtesy – asiasentinel.com

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Most Indians Support Taxing Rich In Budget https://theeasternlink.com/most-indians-support-taxing-rich-in-budget/ https://theeasternlink.com/most-indians-support-taxing-rich-in-budget/#respond Fri, 28 Jan 2022 11:24:08 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=23390

NEW DELHI: More than 80% of Indians support a tax on the rich and corporations who earned record profits during the pandemic, a nationwide survey by Fight Inequality Alliance India (FIA India) revealed on Thursday. Over 90% of participants demanded budget measures to combat inequality such as universal social security, right to health, and expansion […]

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NEW DELHI: More than 80% of Indians support a tax on the rich and corporations who earned record profits during the pandemic, a nationwide survey by Fight Inequality Alliance India (FIA India) revealed on Thursday.

Over 90% of participants demanded budget measures to combat inequality such as universal social security, right to health, and expansion of budget to prevent gender-based violence, according to the survey by FIA India.

The survey is based on inputs from 3,231 Indians from 24 states ahead of the Union Budget 2022-23 on the expectations of common people from the government.

While the wealth of Indian billionaires has more than doubled during the Covid-19 pandemic, 46 million people are estimated to have fallen into extreme poverty in 2020, according to an Oxfam India report.

This means the richest 98 billionaires own the same wealth as the bottom 40% of Indian society.

“While 84% want the government to place a 2% Covid surcharge on individuals earning more than Rs 2 crore per annum, 89.3% want the government to impose a temporary tax on companies making massive profits during the pandemic,” says the survey.

Anjela Taneja, lead, Fight Inequality Alliance India said, “The Union Budget 2022-23 can potentially provide several measures to fight inequality. The stark inequalities exacerbated by Covid-19 have started a global wave of protests to make the rich pay their fair share. The Government of India can listen to the people and make provisions for social security, health, and well-being through the budget.”

Courtesy – NewIndianExpress

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Missile strike in Yemen's Marib kills at least 5, 34 injured https://theeasternlink.com/missile-strike-in-yemens-marib-kills-at-least-5-34-injured/ https://theeasternlink.com/missile-strike-in-yemens-marib-kills-at-least-5-34-injured/#respond Fri, 28 Jan 2022 10:51:46 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/missile-strike-in-yemens-marib-kills-at-least-5-34-injured/

As per a resident of Yemen, the missile had fallen next to a military building in the al-Matar area of Marib city. Courtesy – www.dnaindia.com

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As per a resident of Yemen, the missile had fallen next to a military building in the al-Matar area of Marib city.


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Ten Pak Soldiers Killed By Baloch Rebels https://theeasternlink.com/ten-pak-soldiers-killed-by-baloch-rebels%ef%bf%bc/ https://theeasternlink.com/ten-pak-soldiers-killed-by-baloch-rebels%ef%bf%bc/#respond Fri, 28 Jan 2022 10:43:00 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/?p=23400

Ten Pakistani soldiers were killed after militants attacked a security forces’ checkpost in Balochistan’s Kech district, the military’s media wing said. According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the “fire raid” by militants occurred on the night of January 25-26, Dawn news reported. During the intense exchange of fire, one terrorist […]

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Ten Pakistani soldiers were killed after militants attacked a security forces’ checkpost in Balochistan’s Kech district, the military’s media wing said.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the “fire raid” by militants occurred on the night of January 25-26, Dawn news reported.

During the intense exchange of fire, one terrorist was killed and several injured. While repulsing terrorists’ fire raid, 10 soldiers were killed, said the ISPR statement.

It added that three terrorists were apprehended in the follow-up clearance operation, which it said was still in progress to hunt down the perpetrators of the incident.

“The armed forces are determined to eliminate terrorists from our soil no matter what the cost,” the ISPR statement said.

Earlier this month, a soldier was killed after terrorists attacked a military post in Bannu’s Janikhel.

On January 5, two soldiers were killed and as many terrorists killed in two separate intelligence-based operations (IBOs) conducted by security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Last month, four soldiers of the Pakistan Army were killed in an exchange of fire with terrorists during an IBO in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan tribal district.

Courtesy – thestatesman.com

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Russia-Ukraine conflict: How a war between the two nations can affect India adversely https://theeasternlink.com/russia-ukraine-conflict-how-a-war-between-the-two-nations-can-affect-india-adversely/ https://theeasternlink.com/russia-ukraine-conflict-how-a-war-between-the-two-nations-can-affect-india-adversely/#respond Fri, 28 Jan 2022 10:19:43 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/russia-ukraine-conflict-how-a-war-between-the-two-nations-can-affect-india-adversely/

US President Joe Biden warned that Russia has gathered thousands of troops in the region and could launch the biggest offensive since World War II. Courtesy – www.dnaindia.com

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US President Joe Biden warned that Russia has gathered thousands of troops in the region and could launch the biggest offensive since World War II.


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THIS remote island remained safe from Covid-19 for 2 years, but is now affected https://theeasternlink.com/this-remote-island-remained-safe-from-covid-19-for-2-years-but-is-now-affected/ https://theeasternlink.com/this-remote-island-remained-safe-from-covid-19-for-2-years-but-is-now-affected/#respond Fri, 28 Jan 2022 08:43:52 +0000 https://theeasternlink.com/this-remote-island-remained-safe-from-covid-19-for-2-years-but-is-now-affected/

To stop the virus from entering borders, officials started testing each returning passenger thrice in nearby Fiji. Courtesy – www.dnaindia.com

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To stop the virus from entering borders, officials started testing each returning passenger thrice in nearby Fiji.


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