Daily Briefing :- 11,12/11/16

Here is CurrentHow’s Daily Briefing™ for the 11th and the 12th of November, 2016 :-

1. 30 killed, 100 injured in a bomb explosion in Balochistan, Pakistan :-

Nearly 30 people, including women and children, were killed and more than 100 injured today in a blast at a popular shrine in Pakistan’s volatile Balochistan province, officials said.

The blast occurred in the remote Hub region in Lasbela district where devotees were attending a Sufi dance called “dhamaal” at Dargah Shah Noorani shrine.

Balochistan Interior Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed the blast in which “several” people were killed.

However, an official of the Edhi Trust Foundation told local media that nearly 30 people, including women and children, were dead and around 100 injured in the blast.

So far nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack.

2. India and Japan sign a historic civil-nuclear deal :-

Japan has signed a deal to sell  civil nuclear power equipment and technology to India, despite resistance from campaigners, as the two countries seek to boost business and security ties.

The pact, signed on Friday in Tokyo by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi , marked the first time Japan agreed to such a deal with a country that is not a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The treaty bans nations other than the five permanent members of the UN Security Council from developing and possessing nuclear weapons.

Critics in Japan, the victim of US atomic bombings in the final days of World War II, have previously raised concerns about a risk of the country’s technology being diverted to India’s nuclear weapons programme.

Yet, the deal is limited to peaceful commercial use, and Tokyo cam terminate it if India conducts a nuclear test.

The pact allows India to reprocess fuel and enrich uranium, though highly enriched uranium that can be used to make nuclear weapons is not permitted without written agreement by Japan.

Energy-hungry India wants to increase nuclear power generation to support its strong economic growth. The country has signed similar nuclear agreements with France, Russia, Britain and the United States.

3. Petition for electoral college coup against Trump gets a record 3.2 million signatures :-

Anger and discontent over President-elect Donald Trump’s victory is being channeled into an electoral college coup attempt. More than 3 million people have signed a petition urging electors from states Trump won to cast their votes instead for Hillary Clinton.

“Mr. Trump is unfit to serve,” said the Change.org petition. “His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic.”

Trump, it can be imagined, would disagree with the petition’s assessment of his fitness and behavior. His campaign website says the presidential election “created a government that is once again of, by and for the people.”

In U.S. presidential elections, victory is achieved via the electoral college rather than the popular vote. Aside from Maine and Nebraska, which use a proportional-representation formula for determining whom electors will vote for, states use a winner-take-all system, so a candidate who wins the popular vote in a state gets all that state’s electoral votes.

Electors are scheduled to cast their votes Dec. 19. Although expected to vote for the candidate chosen by their state’s voters, electors are not absolutely compelled to do so.

“There is no Constitutional provision or federal law that requires electors to vote according to the results of the popular vote in their states,” said a federal government fact sheet.

“Clinton would need more than 20 GOP electors to go rogue and vote instead for her — a mighty tall order,” the New York Post reported.

Even then, the new, Republican-controlled Congress meets Jan. 6 to approve the electoral college vote, and would certainly vote to void any roguery, handing the victory firmly back to Trump.

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