Veteran Indian female politician Sushma Swaraj has died

Sushma Swaraj had been beset by poor health but served as foreign minister for five years until Narendra Modi replaced her with S. Jaishankar during a cabinet shuffle in May. (Reuters)
Updated 06 August 2019

Veteran Indian female politician Sushma Swaraj has died

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi: India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor
  • The Press Trust of India said Swaraj, 67, died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) late Tuesday after a heart attack

NEW DELHI: India’s former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, one of her country’s best-known female politicians, has died, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday.
Swaraj had been beset by poor health but served as foreign minister for five years until Modi replaced her with S. Jaishankar during a cabinet shuffle in May.
“A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end,” Modi wrote on Twitter.
“India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration,” he said, calling her death “a personal loss.”
The Press Trust of India said Swaraj, 67, died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) late Tuesday after a heart attack.
In 2016 she underwent a kidney transplant.
Swaraj was the most senior female leader of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).


London police charge homeless man with mosque stabbing

Updated 36 min 54 sec ago

London police charge homeless man with mosque stabbing

  • Suspect Daniel Horton stabbed London Central Mosque’s muazzin Raafat Maglad during daily prayers on Thursday
  • Horton will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a preliminary hearing later Saturday

LONDON: London police on Saturday charged a 29-year-old homeless man with causing grievous bodily harm and possessing an illegal knife he used to stab a mosque leader during prayers.
Suspect Daniel Horton stabbed London Central Mosque’s muazzin Raafat Maglad during daily prayers on Thursday.
London police quickly ruled out a terror motive.
Maglad was treated at a London hospital and returned to the mosque for Friday’s evening service with his arm wrapped in a sling,
“I forgive him. I feel very sorry for him,” Maglad told reporters on Friday.
“To me, as a Muslim, I don’t need to put any hatred in my heart.”
Several regulars at the Regent’s Park area mosque in northwest London said they had seen Horton attend a few services in the past year.
Horton will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for a preliminary hearing later Saturday.

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