Tiananmen mothers call for investigation of 1989
A group of mothers whose children were killed in the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square have renewed calls to China's leaders for a full investigation as the 20th anniversary approaches. The Tiananmen Mothers a group of mothers and relatives who lost family in the June 4 pro-democracy crackdown called for an official investigation, compensation to the victims' families and punishment for those responsible.
In the open letter made public on Friday, Chinese leaders were also urged to "break the taboo" of the demonstrations and seek the truth behind the military crackdown against student-led protesters. China's leaders sent tanks and troops to crush the peaceful protests on June 3-4, which were deemed a threat to Communist Party rule. Hundreds possibly thousands of people were believed to have been killed, but the government has never allowed for a full accounting of the events.
"This will require each deputy to demonstrate extraordinary courage and resourcefulness, political courage and wisdom, to break the taboo and face head-on the unspeakable tragedy that took place 20 years ago and resolve "June Fourth" with the truth," said the letter, referring to delegates to the annual legislature. The activist group has released a version of the letter every year for two decades ahead of the annual session of the National People's Congress, which starts March 5.
As Japan is sweltering under extremely hot weather conditions, the government has reportedly made an appeal to the residents of Tokyo to “conserve power”. The Japanese government and utility providers have warned of the electricity supply being “tight”. According to Japan's meteorological agency data, the temperatures will be as high as 35 degrees Celsius. On Saturday, Japan witnessed the highest temperature of above 104 degrees (40 Celsius) for the first time in June.
Sri Lanka is sending two government ministers to Russia to negotiate for fuel — one of the necessities nearly exhausted amid the Indian Ocean island nation's economic collapse. Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said two ministers are scheduled to leave for Russia on Monday to continue in-person talks that Sri Lanka has been having with Russian authorities to directly purchase fuel, among other related issues.
Egypt has contracted to buy 180,000 tonnes of wheat from India, less than previously agreed, but is looking at ways to extract more flour from grain and even use potatoes in bread making as it tries to trim imports, the supply minister said on Sunday. Egypt relies mainly on imported wheat to make heavily subsidised bread available to more than 70 million of its 103 million population.
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday will hold his first in-person bilateral meeting with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in over four years, in Germany. The bilateral meeting has been confirmed by the Canadian prime minister's officer and is scheduled for 6pm local time (9:30 pm IST) in Schloss Elmau, on the margins of the ongoing Group of Seven (G7) summit. The meeting is expected to last for about 20 minutes.
Russia defaulted on its foreign-currency sovereign debt for the first time in more than a century, a result of its further alienation from the global financial system following West-led sanctions imposed over its war in Ukraine. “There is money and there is also the readiness to pay," Russian finance minister Anton Siluanov said last month. “This situation, artificially created by an unfriendly country, will not have any effect on Russians' quality of life.”