Days after Colombia rejects peace deal, prez gets Nobel
Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to end Latin America's longest-running conflict, an honour that came five days after Colombians dealt him a stunning blow by rejecting a peace deal with left-wing rebels. The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Santos for his “resolute“ attempts to stop a civil war that has killed more than 200,000 Colombians and displaced millions since the 1960s. In a departure from its tradition of honouring both sides of a peace process, the five-member committee left out rebel leader Rodrigo Londono aka Timoleon `Timochenko' Jimenez from the honour. “Giving the prize to Santos is not a belittlement to any of the other parties,“ committee chair Kaci Kullman Five said.
Ghana to `relocate' Gandhi statue
Ghana has decided to “relocate“ Mahatma Gandhi's statue installed at a university in Accra to a “safer place“ after a group of lecturers and students launched a petition alleging he was “racist“. “Decision has been taken by the Ghanian foreign ministry that instead of locating it (statue) in the university, where youth is obviously more excitable... move it to a more safer place,“ Amar Sinha, secretary in the ministry of external affairs, said in New Delhi.
`India will seal border with Pakistan by 2018'
India has decided to completely seal its international border with Pakistan by December 2018. A “border security grid“ would also be put in place as per the suggestions of the four states that border Pakistan. The decisions were taken at a review meeting chaired by Union home minister Rajnath Singh at Jaisalmer on Friday . “We have set up a target of fully sealing the IndoPakistan border by December 2018. The action plan prepared is fully time-bound and its implementation will be monitored periodically -monthly and quarterly ,“ Singh told reporters after the meeting.