Thursday 6th August 2020

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    • U.S. COVID-19 death toll projected to top 230,000 by November

      The death toll from COVID-19 in the U.S. is expected to climb to 230,822 by November, said the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. On July 22, the institute forecasted a total of 219,864 deaths from COVID-19 by November in the United States, reported CNN on Thursday. The updated projection is based on the current scenario in the United States where the number of cases continue to rise, with some still refusing to wear masks or social distancing, or other measures, said the IHME in its projection model. “We can now see the...

    • South Africa coronavirus cases surpass 500,000

      South Africa has surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50 percent of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa’s 54 countries. It also reported more than 8,000 deaths. Mexico has racked up a record number of new confirmed coronavirus infections, registering more than 9,000 daily cases for the first time and passing the previous peak for the second day running. Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to demand the resignation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his handling of the coronavirus emergency, and the alleged corruption in his government. More than 17.75 million...

    • Human-elephant conflict worsens amidst corruption, project delays Human-elephant conflict worsens amidst corruption, project delays

      COLOMBO: Corruption-riddled large scale projects and illegal cultivation have aggravated the unresolved human-elephant conflict amidst delays in setting-up an elephant reserve, a survey has shown. As elephant habitats become depleted and fragmented, the longstanding tussle had killed 405 elephants and 121 people last year alone, the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform said in a report. This problem was at its worse at the proposed Managed Elephant Reserve in Hambantota, which is yet to be set-up, although the proposal received a nod from authorities after a three-year survey since 2009. “Plans have been made to declare this area free...

    • Turkey passes controversial bill tightening grip on social media Turkey passes controversial bill tightening grip on social media

      Turkey’s parliament passed a controversial bill that gives the government greater control of social media, sparking concerns about freedom of expression in the country. Under the new law approved on Wednesday, social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter have to ensure they have local representatives in Turkey and to comply with court orders over the removal of certain content. Companies could face fines, the blocking of advertisements or have bandwidth slashed by up to 90 percent, essentially blocking access, under the new regulations. The law, which targets social networks with more than a million unique daily visits, also...

    • India eases rules for security forces to acquire land in Kashmir India eases rules for security forces to acquire land in Kashmir

      The Indian administration of Jammu and Kashmir has lifted a requirement set in place by a 1971 circular under which Indian security forces had to obtain a special certificate in order to acquire land in the disputed region. The order allows “Indian Army, Border Security Forces, paramilitary forces and similar organisations” to acquire land without a “no objection certificate” (NOC) clearance from the region’s home department, according to a report by the Anadolu Agency on Tuesday. The order cites the extension of the 2013 Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act to the...

    • Model Pritam and Abanti in the new advertisement of Benco Electronics

      Besides acting, Pritam Khan and Abanti Ahmed Rani are also busy making advertisements. They have recently created a new ad. Samsul Islam Lelin is on camera. They will be seen in the advertisement of TV, fridge, AC of Benco Electronics Industries BD Company under the direction of Cellis Razor. The pair are working as goodwill ambassadors for Benco Electronics Industries BD Company. They participated in this advertisement in its continuation. This is their first job after a long period of country lockdown due to the epidemic. They have completed the shooting in a house in Niketan of the capital....

    • China reiterates its sovereignty and rights in South China Sea China reiterates its sovereignty and rights in South China Sea

      China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday that China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea would not be altered by unjustified accusations from any country. The spokesperson made the remarks at a daily press conference in response to Australia’s accusations against China over the South China Sea. China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea were established throughout a long course of history and have been upheld by successive Chinese governments, Wang said “They are consistent with international law including the United Nations Convention on the Law...

    • U.S. experts criticize Pompeo’s ‘primitive’ anti-China rhetoric U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tours the Richard Nixon Presidential Library with Hugh Hewitt, president and CEO of the Nixon Foundation, in Yorba Linda, California, U.S., July 23, 2020. /Reuters

      U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent attacks on China have drawn the ire of American experts, who called the speech “primitive” and said his approach towards dealing with China was “bound to fail.” Pompeo’s attempt to drive a wedge between the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese people was “primitive and ineffective,” said Daniel Russel, former U.S. assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. His “angry lament” and “extended ideological rant” will achieve an opposite effect, Russel told CNBC on Friday, noting that the speech will only deepen anger at the United States among the...

    • Eid Al Adha: UAE announces holiday for private sector Eid Al Adha: UAE announces holiday for private sector

      Dubai: The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced on Thursday that the period from 9 to 12 Dhu al-Hijjah 1441H, corresponding to July 30-August 2, shall be a paid leave for all workers in the private sector on the occasion of the day of Arafat and Eid Al Adha. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced that from 9 to 12 Dhu al-Hijjah 1441, will be paid holidays for all employees working in the private sector, on the occasion of Arafat day and Eid Al Adha. #holiday #privatesector pic.twitter.com/Fm7e3PWJQF — MOHRE_UAE وزارة الموارد البشرية والتوطين (@MOHRE_UAE) July 23,...

    • Police declare riot at Seattle protests, make arrests Police declare riot at Seattle protests, make arrests

      The United States city of Seattle has declared a riot following large demonstrations in its Capitol Hill neighbourhood, and police have deployed flash bangs and pepper spray to try to clear a weeks-olds “occupied protest zone” that stretches for several blocks. Via Twitter, police said they had made at least 11 arrests and were investigating “possible explosive damage” to the walls of the city’s East Precinct police station on Saturday. Authorities said rocks, bottles and mortars were thrown at officers as they attempted to clear the area. One officer was hospitalised with a leg injury caused by an explosive....