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Beijing: A new Covid-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm has recently been approved for clinical trials. The new recombinant Covid-19 vaccine, developed by the National Vaccine & Serum Institute, a R&D centre of Sinopharm’s bioscience subsidiary the China National Biotec Group (CNBG), got approval from the National Medical Products Administration on Friday, the CNBG said […]

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China Approves New Covid-19 Vaccine For Clinical Trials

Beijing: A new Covid-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm has recently been approved for clinical trials.

The new recombinant Covid-19 vaccine, developed by the National Vaccine & Serum Institute, a R&D centre of Sinopharm’s bioscience subsidiary the China National Biotec Group (CNBG), got approval from the National Medical Products Administration on Friday, the CNBG said on its official Weibo account on Saturday, Xinhua reported.

The vaccine is based on the structural features of the receptor binding domain (RBD) on the virus’ spike protein (S-protein). It uses genetic engineering to grow harmless copies of the virus S-protein to induce neutralising antibodies.

The company said that recombinant vaccine technology is mature and suitable for large-scale production. The production does not require facilities with high biosafety levels since the process does not involve live viruses.

The recombinant vaccine is the company’s third Covid-19 vaccine. Last December, an inactivated vaccine developed by the Beijing Biological Products Institute Co., Ltd. under CNBG became the first Chinese Covid-19 vaccine to have conditional marketing authorisation.

In February, another inactivated vaccine from the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, a CNBG affiliate, was allowed to enter the market on a conditional basis.

More than 161.12 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Friday, the National Health Commission said on Saturday.

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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Honours Indian Business Tycoon Yusuff Ali With Top Civilian Award https://odishatv.in/world/abu-dhabi-crown-prince-honours-indian-business-tycoon-yusuff-ali-with-top-civilian-award-533854 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 13:05:11 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533854

Dubai: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has honoured Indian-origin businessman Yusuff Ali MA and 11 other individuals with Abu Dhabi’s top civilian award for their noble and charitable contributions to the community. Yusuffali, 65, the Chairman and Managing Director of […]

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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Honours Indian Business Tycoon Yusuff Ali With Top Civilian Award

Dubai: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has honoured Indian-origin businessman Yusuff Ali MA and 11 other individuals with Abu Dhabi’s top civilian award for their noble and charitable contributions to the community.

Yusuffali, 65, the Chairman and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi-based LuLu Group which operates hypermarkets and retail companies in many countries, was honoured on Friday by the Crown Prince.

Sheikh Mohamed said, The UAE’s values continue to reflect the deeply-held faith of our Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who believed in the kindness, humanity, and generosity of people. And today, we celebrate 12 extraordinary individuals who chose to practice these values every day through their noble and charitable work, making our country and communities stronger.

The individuals were honoured for a wide range of contributions, including efforts in the healthcare field, community service and volunteering, humanitarian work, as well as culture, heritage and environmental preservation, the Khaleej Times reported.

The awards, which were given at the 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi Awards held at Qasr Al Hosn, a historical landmark and the oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi, celebrate compassionate individuals who have selflessly devoted their time and effort to spreading goodness and serving the community.

The prestigious award was given to Yusuffali, who was born in Kerala, for his outstanding contribution to Abu Dhabi’s business, industry and support to various philanthropic initiatives, the LuLu Group said in a statement.

“A very proud and emotional moment in my life. I am really overwhelmed and humbled to receive such a great honour from Abu Dhabi where I have been living for the past 47 years,” he said after receiving the honour.

“It was on December 31, 1973, I arrived in the UAE with new dreams and hopes. I have reached here after seeing many ups and downs and various challenges, and I take this opportunity to extend my deepest gratitude to the visionary leadership of this great country, especially His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

“Whatever I am today is because of the support and prayers of the rulers of the great country and the expatriate community that includes my fellow Indian brothers and sisters and I dedicate this honour to them,” Yusuffali said.

He is the only Indian among the 12 prominent individuals who received the honour this year.

The Abu Dhabi Awards is a Government of Abu Dhabi initiative that recognises and honours individuals who have selflessly dedicated themselves to support and contribute to the development of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Yusuffali, recently ranked in the Forbes Billionaire list 2021 as the richest Indian in the Middle East, is billed as the most influential Indian in the Middle East due to his close proximity with the Gulf rulers, according to the statement.

During the current COVID-19 period, Yusuffali has contributed over Rs 50 crore, including Rs 25 crore to the PM Cares Fund, Rs 10 crore to the Kerala Chief Minister’s relief fund, Rs 5 crore to the UP Chief Minister’s relief fund, Rs 1 crore to the Haryana Chief Minister’s relief fund and to various social, cultural organisations in the Middle East that provided help and assistance to Indians in distress, it said.

The Lulu Group, one of the top retailers in the Middle East and North African region (MENA), has over 200 hypermarkets and supermarkets in the Gulf countries, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and employs over 58,000 people from various countries and have logistics centres in the US, the UK, Spain, South Africa, the Philippines and Thailand among others.

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Bangladesh Contemplates Full Lockdown https://odishatv.in/world/bangladesh-contemplates-full-lockdown-533716 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 04:20:15 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533716

Dhaka: The Bangladesh’s government is contemplating imposing a “full lockdown” for one week from April 14 in an effort to curb the recent resurgence of new Covid-19 cases, a Minister announced. Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader’s announcement on Friday came after the government on Monday enforced a one-week lockdown, but on Thursday it […]

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Dhaka: The Bangladesh’s government is contemplating imposing a “full lockdown” for one week from April 14 in an effort to curb the recent resurgence of new Covid-19 cases, a Minister announced.

Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader’s announcement on Friday came after the government on Monday enforced a one-week lockdown, but on Thursday it allowed shops and malls to be open for eight hours daily amid protests by the businesses, reports Xinhua news agency.

Bangladesh reported 7,462 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 63 fatalities in the last 24 hours, bringing its total tally to 673,594 with 9,584 deaths.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 31,654 samples were tested for the coronavirus pandemic in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.

The total number of recovered patients in the country stood at 568,541 including 3,511 new recoveries on Friday, said the DGHS.

According to the official data, the Covid-19 fatality rate in Bangladesh is currently 1.42 per cent and recovery rate is 84.40 per cent.

Bangladesh recorded the highest number of daily cases at 7,626 on Wednesday and the highest number of deaths at 74 on Thursday.

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Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 134.5 Million, Deaths Over 2.91 Million https://odishatv.in/world/global-covid-19-caseload-tops-134-5-million-deaths-over-2-91-million-533734 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 03:45:28 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533734

Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 134.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.91 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 134,519,292 and […]

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Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 134.5 Million, Deaths Over 2.91 Million

Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 134.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.91 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 134,519,292 and 2,914,285, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 31,082,621 and 561,052, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil follows in the second place with 13,373,174 cases and 348,718 fatalities.

The other countries with more than two million confirmed coronavirus cases are India (13,060,542), France (5,000,314), Russia (4,572,053), the UK (4,380,167), Turkey (3,745,657), Italy (3,736,526), Spain (3,347,512), Germany (2,977,299), Poland (2,528,006), Colombia (2,504,206), Argentina (2,497,881), Mexico (2,272,064) and Iran (2,029,412), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Mexico comes in the third place with 207,020 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 50,000 are India (167,642), the UK (127,284), Italy (113,579), Russia (100,554), France (98,202), Germany (78,165), Spain (76,328), Colombia (65,283), Iran (64,039), Poland (57,427), Argentina (57,350), Peru (54,285) and South Africa (53,226).

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Explosive Eruption Rocks Volcano On Caribbean’s St. Vincent https://odishatv.in/world/explosive-eruption-rocks-volcano-on-caribbeans-st-vincent-533641 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:12:18 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533641

San Juan (Puerto Rico): An explosive eruption rocked La Soufriere volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Friday following mandatory evacuation orders from the local government. Emergency management officials said the ash column was about 20,000 feet (6 kilometers) high and that the ash was headed east into the Atlantic Ocean. However, […]

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Explosive Eruption Rocks Volcano On Caribbean's St. Vincent

San Juan (Puerto Rico): An explosive eruption rocked La Soufriere volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Friday following mandatory evacuation orders from the local government.

Emergency management officials said the ash column was about 20,000 feet (6 kilometers) high and that the ash was headed east into the Atlantic Ocean.

However, heavy ashfall also was reported in communities around the volcano, said Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies Seismic Center.

More explosions could occur,” she said, adding that it was impossible to predict whether any potential upcoming explosions would be bigger or smaller than the first one.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The volcano last erupted in 1979, and a previous eruption in 1902 killed some 1,600 people.

The new eruption followed mandatory evacuation orders issued Thursday for people who live near the volcano. Officials planned to place them aboard cruise ships, send them to nearby islands or take them to shelters elsewhere in St. Vincent that are outside the danger zone.

Roughly 16,000 people live in the red zone and will need to be evacuated, Joseph, said.

The pandemic could hamper evacuation efforts.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said in a press conference that people have to be vaccinated if they go aboard a cruise ship or are granted temporary refuge in another island. He said two Royal Caribbean cruise ships are expected to arrive by Friday and a third one in the coming days, as well as two Carnival cruise ships by Friday. Islands that have said they would accept evacuees include St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua.

Not everything is going to go perfect, but if we all cooperate … we will come through this stronger than ever, Gonsalves said.

He noted that he was talking to Caribbean governments to accept people’s ID cards if they don’t have a passport.

This is an emergency situation, and everybody understands that, he said.

Gonsalves added that he highly recommends those who opt to go to a shelter in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an island chain of more than 100,000 people, be vaccinated.

Emergency management teams have been going out to communities in the red zone and providing transportation to safer locations, including prearranged shelters, according to Joseph.

They know who doesn’t have transportation because all of this has been canvassed before, she said, adding that those who board the cruise ship would not be taken elsewhere but would remain there for an unspecified period of time.

By late Thursday evening, shelters were filling up as a string of car lights making their way to safer ground twinkled through the darkened mountains.

John Renton, a school principal who was in charge of one shelter, said in a phone interview that they had plenty of masks and other personal protective equipment but needed more cots.

While talking, he was interrupted by a phone call from a government official asking about the state of things. We’re over capacity, he responded, noting that the shelter could hold 75 people and was already filled up.

Government officials tweeted that the dome of the volcano located on the island’s northern region could be seen glowing by nightfall. The alert issued Wednesday follows days of seismic activity around La Soufriere.

Gonsalves urged people to remain calm and orderly.

I don’t want you panicked, he said. That is the worst thing to do.

Scientists alerted the government about a possible eruption after noting a type of seismic activity at 3 am on Thursday that indicated magma was on the move close to the surface,” Joseph said.

Things are escalating pretty quickly, she said of the volcanic activity, adding that it was impossible to provide an exact forecast of what might happen in the next hours or days.

A team from the seismic center arrived in St. Vincent in late December after the volcano had an effusive eruption. They have been analyzing the formation of a new volcanic dome, changes to its crater lake, seismic activity and gas emissions, among other things.

The eastern Caribbean is home to other active volcanoes. Seventeen of the region’s 19 live volcanoes are located on 11 islands, with the remaining two underwater near the island of Grenada, including one called Kick ‘Em Jenny that has been active in recent years.

The region’s most active volcano in recent years has been Soufriere Hills in Montserrat, which has erupted continuously since 1995, destroying the capital of Plymouth and killing at least 19 people in 1997.(AP)

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Husband, Prince Philip Passes Away At 99 https://odishatv.in/world/queen-elizabeth-iis-husband-prince-philip-passes-away-at-99-533568 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 11:37:59 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533568

London: Prince Philip, the consort of UK’s Queen Elizabeth II, passed away on Friday, the Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this […]

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Queen Elizabeth II's Husband, Prince Philip Passes Away At 99

London: Prince Philip, the consort of UK’s Queen Elizabeth II, passed away on Friday, the Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” the statement said, the BBC reported.

He had recently been in hospital.

Hailing from the Greek and Danish families, Prince Philip was also the nephew of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, under whom the country became Independent.

Living in Britain and joining the Royal Navy in 1939, he married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became the Queen.

The couple had four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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US Reports Over 20,000 Coronavirus Variants Infections https://odishatv.in/world/us-reports-over-20000-coronavirus-variants-infections-533376 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 02:42:29 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533376

Washington: The United States has recorded more than 20,000 infection cases of coronavirus variants, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The majority of those variants cases, 19,554 cases were caused by the variant known as B.1.1.7, which was originally detected in Britain, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday. There were […]

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Coronavirus-strains

Washington: The United States has recorded more than 20,000 infection cases of coronavirus variants, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The majority of those variants cases, 19,554 cases were caused by the variant known as B.1.1.7, which was originally detected in Britain, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

There were 424 cases of a new strain initially discovered in South Africa, called B.1.351, and 434 cases of the P.1 strain first discovered in Brazil.

In addition, the B.1.427 and B.1.429 variants, two coronavirus strains first detected in the U.S. state of California, are also being closely monitored by the CDC.

The five coronavirus strains are currently classified by the CDC as “variants of concern,” as evidence shows an increase in their transmissibility, increased hospitalizations or deaths, reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines, and diagnostic detection failures.

Even as the country picks up its Covid-19 vaccination pace, the coronavirus variants are spreading rapidly, and experts warn the variants infections could potentially stall the nation’s recovery from the pandemic.

The B.1.1.7 variant is “now the most common lineage circulating in the United States,” said CDC Director Rachelle Walensky on Wednesday.

“Testing remains an important strategy to rapidly identify and isolate infectious individuals, including those with variants of concern,” she said.

Walensky said earlier the B.1.1.7 strain was starting to become the predominant strain in many regions of the United States, accounting for 26 percent of COVID-19 cases circulating across the nation.

She urged the public to continue pandemic safety measures, such as washing hands, wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

Walensky said the United States must accelerate its vaccination efforts.

About 174 million Covid-19 vaccine shots have been administered by Thursday, while more than 229 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been distributed across the country.

On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden announced that all American adults will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccine by April 19, moving up his original deadline by nearly two weeks.

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AstraZeneca, Blood Clots Link ‘Plausible But Not Confirmed’: WHO https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/astrazeneca-blood-clots-link-plausible-but-not-confirmed-who-533059 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 02:54:35 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=533059

Geneva: A causal link between the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and the rare occurrence of blood clots with low platelets is “considered plausible but not confirmed,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Earlier on the day, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed that the cases of blood clots with low blood platelets were associated with the […]

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AstraZeneca

Geneva: A causal link between the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and the rare occurrence of blood clots with low platelets is “considered plausible but not confirmed,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Earlier on the day, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed that the cases of blood clots with low blood platelets were associated with the administration of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, but should still be listed as very rare side effects.

In an interim statement on Wednesday, the WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) said that the events under assessment are very rare, with low numbers reported among the almost 200 million individuals who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine around the world, Xinhua news agency reported.

However, specialized studies are needed to fully understand the potential link, and the GACVS said it will continue to gather and review further data.

Meanwhile, the GACVS added that rare adverse events following immunizations should be assessed against the risk of deaths from Covid-19 and the potential of the vaccines to prevent infections and reduce deaths. According to the WHO’s statistics, as of Wednesday, at least 2.6 million people have died of Covid-19 worldwide.

Several European countries have already halted or suspended the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine in view of the reported risks. On Wednesday, the WHO said that the side effects, mostly mild and local in nature, are “expected” and “common” within two or three days following vaccination.

It also recommended that individuals who experience any severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain, neurological symptoms such as severe and persistent headaches or blurred vision, tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the site of the injection, from around four to 20 days following vaccination should seek urgent medical attention.

“In extensive vaccination campaigns, it is normal for countries to identify potential adverse events following immunization,” the GACVS said. “This does not necessarily mean that the events are linked to the vaccination itself, but they must be investigated to ensure that any safety concerns are addressed quickly.

“Vaccines, like all medicines, can have side effects. The administration of vaccines is based on a risk versus benefit analysis,” it added.

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Pakistan Football Federation Suspended By FIFA https://odishatv.in/sports/pakistan-football-federation-suspended-by-fifa-532946 Wed, 07 Apr 2021 10:54:17 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=532946

Lausanne: Football’s world governing body FIFA on Wednesday suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect due to third-party interference. It also banned the Chadian Football Association (FTFA) due to government interference. FIFA issued a statement on its website stating, “The situation was prompted by the recent hostile takeover of the PFF headquarters in […]

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Lausanne: Football’s world governing body FIFA on Wednesday suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) with immediate effect due to third-party interference. It also banned the Chadian Football Association (FTFA) due to government interference.

FIFA issued a statement on its website stating, “The situation was prompted by the recent hostile takeover of the PFF headquarters in Lahore by a group of protestors and an alleged decision by certain individuals to remove the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee of the PFF led by Haroon Malik and to hand over the leadership of the PFF to Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah.”

The PFF office was attacked on March 27 this year and people inside held hostage by its former president, Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah, and his group.

The world governing body added that a warning letter had been issued before the action was taken.

FIFA said its order would only be revoked if full control of the PFF is given back to Haroon Malik.

“This suspension will only be lifted once FIFA has received confirmation from the normalisation committee of the PFF that PFF’s premises, accounts, administration and communication channels are again under its full control and it can continue to carry out its mandate without further hindrance.”

The Chadian Football Association (FTFA) suspension was prompted by the recent decisions of Chadian government authorities to permanently withdraw the powers delegated to the FTFA, establish a national committee for the temporary management of football and seize control of the FTFA premises.

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India Is Major Player On Global Stage: US Envoy John Kerry https://odishatv.in/world/india-is-major-player-on-global-stage-us-envoy-john-kerry-532797 Wed, 07 Apr 2021 02:33:11 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=532797

Washington: Observing that India is a major player on a global stage, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry on Wednesday said that decisive action from the country now will determine what this transformation will mean for all generations to come. He also said that advancing gender equality and the promotion of women’s leadership […]

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US climate envoy John Kerry

Washington: Observing that India is a major player on a global stage, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry on Wednesday said that decisive action from the country now will determine what this transformation will mean for all generations to come.

He also said that advancing gender equality and the promotion of women’s leadership is not only critical for economic growth and sustainable development, but also essential in tacking climate crisis.

“India is a major player on a global stage,” Kerry said in his remarks about the India-US relations and collaboration in climate change and sustainability at the South Asia Women in Energy (SAWIE) – a joint initiative of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted their first Leadership Summit in a virtual format .

“Decisive action from India now, in partnership with the rest of the world will determine what this transformation will mean for all generations to come,” he said.

The US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), in partnership with USAID, launched SAWIE in September 2019, a platform built for leaders in the energy, manufacturing and the industrial sectors, to come together and deliberate the importance of gender diversity in decision- making and leadership roles and inspire change.

The leadership summit brought together senior government officials, business leaders, and experts from India, the US, and South Asia to discuss advancing environmental sustainability efforts and the role of gender equity in fighting the climate crisis.

“We need an urgent action plan against the threat of climate change in the same way we have one to fight the pandemic,” USISPF president and CEO, Mukesh Aghi, said.

He said we need gender equity to be the front and center of business priorities.

“We have also seen that the current health and economic crisis and the climate crisis has had a disproportionate impact on women. We need gender equity to be the front and center of business priorities, build a work culture where women can thrive and grow to their true potential,” Aghi said.

Raj Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, said, “Energy unlocks potential – especially for young girls and women and enables them to participate in all walks of life. By scaling up renewable energy, India can unleash its power and compete in the global economy.”

Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability, CSR and Communication Officer of ReNew Power, said, “The SAWIE Leadership Summit provides the perfect platform to discuss ideas and insights that will help boost the representation of women in the energy sector. We know that gender parity and sustainability have close interlinkages and it is imperative that women are integral to the ongoing energy transition and play an enhanced role in the sector.”

She said that the takeaways from this summit will strengthen SAWIE’s efforts to create a more gender responsive energy sector.

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India And Pakistan Cannot Afford A War: Pak FM Qureshi https://odishatv.in/world/india-and-pakistan-cannot-afford-a-war-pak-fm-qureshi-532666 Tue, 06 Apr 2021 11:53:36 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=532666

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that India and Pakistan cannot afford to engage in an all-out war, as both countries are powered by nuclear weapons. Pakistan Foreign Minister’s comments came after questions were raised over a statement by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who had said that some counties changed their […]

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India And Pakistan Cannot Afford A War: Pak FM Qureshi

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that India and Pakistan cannot afford to engage in an all-out war, as both countries are powered by nuclear weapons.

Pakistan Foreign Minister’s comments came after questions were raised over a statement by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who had said that some counties changed their position over just one phone call. Qureshi maintained that the statement made by the Chinese Foreign Minister was not directed at Pakistan.

Commenting about India-Pakistan relations, Qureshi said that it is Pakistan’s firm belief that “all issues could be resolved through dialogue”, adding that it is India’s responsibility to create a conducive environment.

“Pakistan has a clear stance on trade with India. It’s now India’s turn to make the environment conducive for dialogue,” he said.

Saying that Pakistan had “serious concerns” about the in situation Jammu and Kashmir, Qureshi said, “The people of Kashmir and different political parties had already rejected the Indian government’s decision of August 5, 2019.”

Qureshi’s statement comes at a time when the Imran Khan-led government in Pakistan took a U-turn on its decision to open trade with India, summary of which was later rejected in the cabinet meeting, which reiterated that there can be no trade with India until it reverses its decision of August 5, 2019, which changed the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, by abrogating Articles 370 and 35A.

While the Pakistan government maintains that its position on Kashmir cannot change, opposition benches have raised serious questions on the government’s intentions and competency in taking major decisions related to the country’s foreign policy.

Moreover, questions have also been raised over the country’s foreign policy and approach after it was ignored by the US for a recent environment conference. Qureshi, however, maintained that invitations to the conference were only extended to countries, which were creating pollution.

“The US government had invited only those countries, which were creating pollution. Prime Minister Imran Khan is a role model for developing countries regarding his efforts to control global warming and environmental pollution,” he said.

“I wrote a letter to the special envoy to the Joe Biden administration and former Secretary of State of America, in which I have conveyed that Pakistan and America have the same policy on environment and both countries can work together on the issue,” Qureshi added.

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US Capitol Attack Sparks Debate Over ‘Security Vs Public Access’ https://odishatv.in/world/us-capitol-attack-sparks-debate-over-security-vs-public-access-532488 Mon, 05 Apr 2021 17:20:31 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=532488

Washington: Lawmakers are trying to balance openness with safety after Friday’s attack within steps of the Capitol, a challenge for Congress, nearly three months after a mob stormed the seat of American democracy, to make it as secure as it needs to be but as free as we could possibly make it, as one senator […]

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US Capitol Attack Sparks Debate Over 'Security Vs Public Access'

Washington: Lawmakers are trying to balance openness with safety after Friday’s attack within steps of the Capitol, a challenge for Congress, nearly three months after a mob stormed the seat of American democracy, to make it as secure as it needs to be but as free as we could possibly make it, as one senator said Sunday.

The sprawling complex has been ringed by security fencing and National Guard troops since the deadly January 6 riot, when supporters of then-President Donald Trump breached the Capitol as members of Congress were certifying Joe Biden’s election victory.

Friday’s attack, now believed to be an isolated incident by a disturbed man, came just weeks after the outermost layer of fencing was removed and the military’s footprint was reduced at the Capitol. The man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the Capitol, killing one of them before he was shot to death by police.

It quickly underscored the persistence and the range of threats to Congress and the officers charged with protecting the legislative branch.

I think the Capitol has always been a target. … We need to be aware of that, said Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, the top Republican on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, which oversees that chamber’s side of the Capitol.

He told ABC’s This Week that the Capitol is “an important element of who we are. It’s an important symbol of who we are. And we need to keep that in mind with every decision we make.

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honor , who was tapped by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to undertake a security review of the Capitol following the insurrection in January, said it was clear the building had become a greater target.

His task force recommended steps to Congress to bolster the complex’s physical security, including hiring hundreds more police officers, hardening entrances, enhancing its surveillance system and developing plans for quickly deployable fencing. But he indicated on Sunday that large-scale permanent fencing was unlikely.

From inside the Capitol, talking to many members of Congress on both the Senate and the House side, both parties, they all left us with the impression their number one mission is to secure the Capitol, but make sure it has 100 per cent public access, Honor said on ABC.

He said that after the September 11, 2001 attacks, 250 National Guard stayed at the Capitol for two years. And we may look forward to seeing that happen again.

Blunt said the permanent fencing should come down. I don’t think it does the job. In fact, the fencing was right there when the car drove through, he said. I think it would be a mistake for fencing to be a permanent part of the Capitol.

Police identified the slain officer as William Billy Evans, an 18-year veteran who was a member of the department’s first responders unit. That was the same unit to which officer Brian Sicknick, who died from injuries suffered during the January 6 insurrection, belonged. Dozens of officers were injured in the riot, many seriously, and another officer died by suicide later.

Federal prosecutors, in court documents, have argued that the riot was planned in advance, with Trump supporters, militia groups and others plotting in advance to disrupt the counting of Electoral College votes. Chatter of a follow-on attack in March kept thousands of guard troops in Washington for months.

Friday’s attacker, identified by police as 25-year-old Noah Green, rammed a vehicle into Evans and another officer at a barricade just 100 yards from the Capitol building. He exited the car with a knife before he was shot to death by police, officials said. He had been suffering from delusions, paranoia and suicidal thoughts, a U.S. official told The Associated Press.

Investigators are increasingly focused on Green’s mental health as they work to identify any motive for the attack, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation. The official said investigators had talked to Green’s family, who spoke of his increasingly delusional thoughts.

(AP)

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At Least 26 Dead As Launch Capsizes After Collision With Cargo Vessel In Bangladesh https://odishatv.in/world/at-least-26-dead-as-launch-capsizes-after-collision-with-cargo-vessel-in-bangladesh-532332 Mon, 05 Apr 2021 09:07:11 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=532332

Dhaka: At least 26 people died after a small launch carrying over 100 passengers capsized after colliding with a cargo vessel in Bangladesh’s Shitalakkhya river, according to a media report on Monday. The incident took place on Sunday evening at Narayanganj district, about 16 km southeast of Dhaka. While five bodies were recovered on Sunday, […]

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Dhaka: At least 26 people died after a small launch carrying over 100 passengers capsized after colliding with a cargo vessel in Bangladesh’s Shitalakkhya river, according to a media report on Monday.

The incident took place on Sunday evening at Narayanganj district, about 16 km southeast of Dhaka.

While five bodies were recovered on Sunday, the Navy, Coast Guard, fire service and police recovered a total of 21 bodies on Monday, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

The passenger vessel, ML Sabit Al Hasan, sank after colliding with the cargo ship, SKL-3, at the mouth of the Syedpur Koyla Ghat on the Shitalakkhya River in Munshiganj. Police and onlookers said the cargo vessel fled the scene after the collision, it said.

The launch was en route Munshiganj, the report said.

A seven-member committee headed by Additional District Magistrate (ADM) has been formed to investigate the incident, Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner Mostain Billah said.

The district administration will give a compensation of Tk25,000 (USD 296) to each of the deceased’s family for the burial process, he added.

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority has also formed a four-member to probe the mishap, the report said.

The launch had an estimated 150 passengers. Port Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Deepak Chandra Saha confirmed that 50-60 of them were able to swim in the two banks, but three of them had to be rushed to the hospital.

Narayanganj District Deputy Director of Fire Service and Civil Defence Abdullah Al Arefin said due to the storm, they were late in starting the rescue work. The rescue work is still ongoing, he said.

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Nepali Congress Initiates Moves To Topple PM Oli, Form Govt Under Its Leadership https://odishatv.in/world/nepali-congress-initiates-moves-to-topple-pm-oli-form-govt-under-its-leadership-532160 Sun, 04 Apr 2021 11:19:01 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=532160

Kathmandu: Nepal’s main opposition party Nepali Congress has initiated moves to topple Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and form an alternative government under its leadership with the support of the CPN-Maoist Centre and other parties. The Central Working Committee of the Nepali Congress (NC) on Saturday decided to take initiative to form a new government […]

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Nepali Congress Initiates Moves To Topple PM Oli, Form Govt Under Its Leadership

Kathmandu: Nepal’s main opposition party Nepali Congress has initiated moves to topple Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and form an alternative government under its leadership with the support of the CPN-Maoist Centre and other parties.

The Central Working Committee of the Nepali Congress (NC) on Saturday decided to take initiative to form a new government under its leadership, according to party’s senior leader Prakash Man Singh.

The NC will ask Prime Minister Oli to step down and allow formation of a new government, said Singh.

If he does not resign, the NC will move a no-trust motion against him in the House of Representatives and take initiative to form a new government under its leadership to save the democratic achievements of the past, he added.

There is very much possibility of regression threatening the democratic republic system hard earned by the people through various movements, as Prime Minister Oli’s unconstitutional move has posed a threat to democracy, he added.

Being the main opposition and also a key partner of framing the Constitution of Nepal in 2015 it is our responsibility to protect democracy, he said.

Prime Minister Oli’s dissolution of the House of Representatives in December triggered a political crisis in Nepal. However, in a landmark ruling, the apex court in February reinstated the lower house of Parliament.

The political scenario in the country worsened after the Supreme Court last month nullified CPN-MC’s merger with CPN-UML. The two parties had merged in May 2018 to form a unified Nepal Communist Party following the victory of their alliance in the 2017 general elections.

“We will hold talks with all pro-democracy parties before forming a new government,” Singh told PTI.

Informed sources said that a faction of the ruling CPN-UML, Janata Samajwadi Party and CPN-Maoist Centre will also join the move if Nepali Congress takes initiatives to form a new government under its leadership.

Prime Minster Oli led government will lose majority in the lower house if CPN-Maoist Centre led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda’ withdraws its support, according to party sources.

On Saturday, Prachanda said that the country’s politics had taken a new turn after the NC decided to seek PM Oli’s resignation and take initiative to form the next government under its leadership.

“I am going to intensify talks with political parties and am hopeful that a new government will be formed and there will be a new course of events,” he said at a programme in Kaplivastu.

Addressing the participants of the program, Prachanda said a new government will soon be formed and a new political atmosphere will be created.

A senior leader of CPN-Maoist Centre has said that the Maoist party will withdraw its support to the Oli government that would pave way for forming an alternative government under the leadership of the Nepali Congress.

Meanwhile, the Standing Committee meeting of the Maoist party which was scheduled to take place on Sunday has been postponed as most of its members are outside Kathmandu.

During the next Standing Committee meeting of the party a decision is likely to be taken to withdraw support from the Oli government.

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Indonesia Flash Floods: 23 Killed, 2 Missing https://odishatv.in/world/indonesia-flash-floods-23-killed-2-missing-532142 Sun, 04 Apr 2021 10:21:55 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=532142

Jakarta: At least 23 people were killed, while two others reportedly missing in flash floods and landslides that hit villages in Adonara Island in eastern Indonesia, an official said. Raditya Jati, a spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency, said heavy rainfall since Saturday caused the flooding that hit East Flores district of East Nusa […]

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Indonesia Flash Floods: 23 Killed, 2 Missing

Jakarta: At least 23 people were killed, while two others reportedly missing in flash floods and landslides that hit villages in Adonara Island in eastern Indonesia, an official said.

Raditya Jati, a spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency, said heavy rainfall since Saturday caused the flooding that hit East Flores district of East Nusa Tenggara province at 1 a.m. on Sunday, dpa news agency reported.

Dozens of houses were buried by mud in Lamanele village, while in Waiburak village, floods swept away villagers’ homes and caused a bridge to collapse.

“Rescuers are still searching for the two missing people. The flooding also affected 49 households and injured nine villagers. The local disaster mitigation agency reported that heavy rains with strong winds are still occurring in the region,” Jati said.

Photographs shared by the disaster mitigation agency showed powerful currents flowing through a village, while the roads were scattered with debris left behind by the flooding.

Jati said aid and relief efforts for the affected villages were hampered by the absence of transportation to the island. It can only be reached by sea, but links have been suspended due to high waves and the severe weather conditions.

The climatology and meteorological agency predicted that some parts of Indonesia could face extreme weather with heavy and torrential rain, strong winds and large waves during the week ahead.

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Airstrikes In Afghanistan: 82 Taliban Militants Killed https://odishatv.in/world/airstrikes-in-afghanistan-82-taliban-militants-killed-532137 Sun, 04 Apr 2021 10:09:28 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=532137

Kabul: At least 82 militants have been confirmed dead as warplanes pounded Taliban hideouts and positions in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, the former stronghold of the militant group, a top police official said on Sunday. The sorties began on Saturday night in parts of the restive Arghandab district, Xinhua news agency quoted the provincial police spokesman […]

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Airstrikes In Afghanistan: 82 Taliban Militants Killed

Kabul: At least 82 militants have been confirmed dead as warplanes pounded Taliban hideouts and positions in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, the former stronghold of the militant group, a top police official said on Sunday.

The sorties began on Saturday night in parts of the restive Arghandab district, Xinhua news agency quoted the provincial police spokesman as saying.

Besides killing 82 armed insurgents including Taliban’s key commander Sarhadi, two tanks and several vehicles of the insurgents have also been destroyed, the spokesman said.

Without hinting at possible casualties of the security personnel, he said the clean-up operations backed by warplanes were still continuing in parts of the troubled district.

Taliban militants who are active in parts of Kandahar province are yet to comment on the airstrikes.

Earlier on Saturday, at least 35 Taliban militants were killed and 33 others injured in Afghan Army offensives in Faryab and Baghlan provinces, confirmed the Defence Ministry.

In Faryab, 26 militants were killed and 33 wounded after the Afghan Air Force conducted airstrikes on a Taliban position in Sarchakan village of Gurziwan district, Xinhua news agency quoted the statement as saying.

In Baghlan, nine Taliban militants died after the Afghan National Army launched a special operation in Dand-e-Shahabuddin locality.

The victims included six Taliban divisional commanders, the statement said.

A handful of weapons, ammunition and several vehicles were also destroyed during the offensives, the Ministry added.

The militant group is yet to make comments on the development.

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Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 130.6 Million https://odishatv.in/world/global-covid-19-caseload-tops-130-6-million-532047 Sun, 04 Apr 2021 04:04:23 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=532047

Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 130.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.84 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 130,659,436 and […]

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Washington: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 130.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.84 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 130,659,436 and 2,845,012, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 30,671,074 and 554,779, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil follows in the second place with 12,953,597 cases and 330,193 fatalities.

The other countries with more than two million confirmed coronavirus cases are India (12,392,260), France (4,802,545), Russia (4,520,879), the UK (4,371,393), Italy (3,650,247), Turkey (3,445,052), Spain (3,300,965), Germany (2,886,029), Colombia (2,437,197), Poland (2,415,584), Argentina (2,383,537) and Mexico (2,247,357), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Mexico comes in the third place with 203,854 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 50,000 are India (164,110), the UK (127,068), Italy (110,704), Russia (98,363), France (96,439), Germany (76,959), Spain (75,698), Colombia (63,932), Iran (62,999), Argentina (56,106), Poland (54,737), South Africa (52,954) and Peru (52,331).

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23 Dead In Islamist Attacks On 2 Somalian Bases https://odishatv.in/world/23-dead-in-islamist-attacks-on-2-somalian-bases-531901 Sat, 03 Apr 2021 09:50:02 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=531901

Mogadishu: At least 23 people were killed on Saturday Islamist attacks on two military bases in Somalia. Two suicide car bombers struck two army positions in the district of Awdhegle and Bariire village in the volatile Lower Shabelle province, dpa news agency reported. “Al-Shabaab attackers carried out a complex attack on two military bases in […]

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23 Dead In Islamist Attacks On 2 Somalian Bases

Mogadishu: At least 23 people were killed on Saturday Islamist attacks on two military bases in Somalia.

Two suicide car bombers struck two army positions in the district of Awdhegle and Bariire village in the volatile Lower Shabelle province, dpa news agency reported.

“Al-Shabaab attackers carried out a complex attack on two military bases in Lower Shabelle province this morning,” government spokesman Ismael Mukhtar said here.

Shortly after the bombings, the heavily-armed insurgents tried to storm the army bases.

Gunfire was exchanged until the morning, when the Somali armed forces said they had killed 19 militants in both attacks.

“We have repelled the terrorists who wanted to cause havoc on our army. We have lost 4 soldiers and scores of others were wounded,” army commander Abdullahi Rage told dpa.

He said soldiers were pursuing the attackers and further information about casualty numbers would be provided later.

Residents also said civilians had been injured by stray bullets.

The Islamist group al-Shabaab claimed the attack through its Andalus radio station, saying numerous soldiers had been killed.

Al-Shabaab has been fighting for dominance in the Horn of Africa country for years.

The terrorist group controls large parts of the south and centre and repeatedly carries out attacks on civilians and security forces.

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Bangladesh To Impose 1-Week Lockdown Amid COVID-19 Surge https://odishatv.in/world/bangladesh-to-impose-1-week-lockdown-amid-covid-19-surge-531891 Sat, 03 Apr 2021 08:58:31 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=531891

Dhaka: The Bangladesh government has decided to enforce a one-week lockdown from April 5 to control the new Covid-19 wave in the country, a Minister announced here on Saturday. Bangladeshi Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader made the announcement in an online press conference in Dhaka on Saturday. Meanwhile, the country’s Minister of State […]

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Dhaka: The Bangladesh government has decided to enforce a one-week lockdown from April 5 to control the new Covid-19 wave in the country, a Minister announced here on Saturday.

Bangladeshi Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader made the announcement in an online press conference in Dhaka on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the country’s Minister of State for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said they would soon issue fresh guidelines covering people and services to be exempted from the lockdown.

Factories will remain open and workers can work shifts by following hygiene rules.

The first lockdown, described as a general holiday by the government along with a transport shutdown, had started on March 26, 2020 after the first Covid-19 cases and deaths were reported, bdnews24 reported.

The public were told to stay at home with all sorts of public transportation suspended.

Educational instructions were shut from March 17, 2020.

The government ordered offices, public transport system, domestic flights and stock exchanges to reopen on May 31, 2020, after two months of lockdown.

It had issued sets of health safety guidelines for protection from the virus, saying the strict rules would be re-imposed if the situation worsened.

The pandemic took an alarming turn in the second half of March this year.

Bangladesh on Friday logged 6,830 new cases of the coronavirus, the highest count in a day, taking the tally of infections to 624,594.

The death toll climbed by 50 in 24 hours to 9,155, according to data released by the government.

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Death Toll Rises To 51 In Taiwan Train Derailment Tragedy https://odishatv.in/world/death-toll-rises-to-51-in-taiwan-train-derailment-tragedy-531752 Sat, 03 Apr 2021 02:53:12 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=531752

Taipei: At least 51 people were killed when a train collided with a truck and derailed in eastern Taiwan on Friday, officials said, noting that the death toll may rise as recovery efforts continue. The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said late on Friday that the derailment in Hualien County involved a maintenance truck sliding from […]

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Taipei: At least 51 people were killed when a train collided with a truck and derailed in eastern Taiwan on Friday, officials said, noting that the death toll may rise as recovery efforts continue.

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said late on Friday that the derailment in Hualien County involved a maintenance truck sliding from a slope near a construction site above the railway, the DPA news agency reported.

The head of an eight-carriage train with 492 passengers and four crew members travelling from Taipei to eastern Taitung County hit the vehicle shortly before entering a tunnel, officials said.

TRA officials told a news conference that it was suspected that the parking brake was not holding the vehicle and that they were working to gather more concrete details of the crash.

The derailment occurred on the first day of a four-day break for Taiwan’s annual tomb-sweeping tradition. In early April, many Taiwanese people return to their hometowns to pay tribute to their ancestors and clean up family tombs.

The train driver and his assistant were both killed. The 51 victims included one French national, officials said.

The National Fire Agency said that the death toll might rise as some incomplete bodies on the scene were spotted and had not been removed.

The accident also left at least 146 people injured, including two Japanese nationals and one from Macau.

Several carriages were severely damaged in the crash, according to footage aired on local TV. TRA said that it would take a week to remove carriages stuck in the tunnel.

Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang sent his condolences to the families of victims. “I want to express my deep sympathies to the victims’ families and to the passengers who were injured,” Su told a news conference in Taipei.

The accident terrified passengers onboard. “I got out of trouble. I dared not look at the scene, where many people were lying down,” a passenger, surnamed Wu, told state-run Central News Agency. “It’s completely dark there. People had no idea what to do.”

Another passenger called Hsueh told Eastern Broadcasting Company that he and others had had to work together to break a window in order to escape.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has instructed the authorities to comprehensively investigate the cause of the accident, which is the worst of its kind in Taiwan’s history.

The last major train crash in Taiwan was in October 2018, when 18 people died.

Japan said it will be ready to help Taiwan if there is a request from the country.

“We offer our deep condolences to the victims of the accident and express our sympathies to all those involved,” Japanese government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told a news conference in Tokyo.

The express train that derailed in eastern Taiwan was manufactured by Japanese manufacturer Hitachi and started operations in May 2007, Japan’s Kyodo News reported, citing the Japanese conglomerate.

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which acts as the de facto US embassy, also sent its deepest condolences to the victims, families, and communities impacted by the tragic derailment.

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Man Rams Car Into 2 Capitol Police; 1 Officer, Driver Killed https://odishatv.in/world/man-rams-car-into-2-capitol-police-1-officer-driver-killed-531741 Sat, 03 Apr 2021 02:13:58 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=531741

Washington: A Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the US Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife, marking the second line-of-duty death this year for a department still recovering from the Jan. 6 insurrection. Video shows the driver of the crashed car […]

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Washington: A Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the US Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife, marking the second line-of-duty death this year for a department still recovering from the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Video shows the driver of the crashed car emerging with a knife in his hand and starting to run at the pair of officers, Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters. The driver stabbed one of the officers, Pittman said. Authorities shot the suspect, who died at a hospital.

I just ask that the public continue to keep US Capitol Police and their families in your prayers,” Pittman said. “This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of Jan. 6 and now the events that have occurred here today.

Pittman did not identify the slain officer or suspect. Authorities said that there wasn’t an ongoing threat and that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism. There was also no immediate connection apparent between Friday’s crash and the Jan. 6 riot.

The crash and shooting happened at a security checkpoint near the Capitol as Congress is on recess. It comes as the Washington region remains on edge nearly three months after a mob of armed insurrectionists loyal to former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win.

Five people died in the Jan. 6 riot, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was among a badly outnumbered force trying to fight off insurrectionists seeking to overturn the election. Authorities installed a tall perimeter fence around the Capitol and for months restricted traffic along the roads closest to the building, but they had begun pulling back some of the emergency measures in recent weeks.

Pittman said the suspect did not appear to have been on the police’s radar. But the attack underscores that the building and campus and the officers charged with protecting them remain potential targets for violence.

The officer who died Friday is the seventh Capitol Police member to die in the line of duty in the department’s history. Two officers died by suicide following the Jan. 6 attack.

The security checkpoint is typically used by senators and staff on weekdays, but lawmakers are away on break. The attack occurred about 100 yards (91 meters) from the entrance of the building on the Senate side of the Capitol. Fencing that prevented vehicular traffic near that area was recently removed, but there was additional interior fencing between the checkpoint and the building.

The suspect had been taken to the hospital in critical condition. One of the officers who was injured was taken by police car to the hospital; the other was transported by emergency medical crews.

The US Capitol complex was placed on lockdown after the shooting, and staffers were told they could not enter or exit buildings. Video showed National Guard troops mobilizing near the area of the crash.

Video posted online showed a dark colored sedan crashed against a vehicle barrier and a police K-9 inspecting the vehicle. Law enforcement and paramedics could be seen caring for at least one unidentified individual.

President Biden had just departed the White House for Camp David when the attack occurred. As customary, he was traveling with a member of the National Security Council Staff who was expected to brief him on the incident.

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41 Killed, Dozens Injured In Taiwan Train Derailment https://odishatv.in/world/34-killed-dozens-injured-in-taiwan-train-derailment-531539 Fri, 02 Apr 2021 08:02:52 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=531539

Taipei: At least 41 people were killed in a deadly train derailment in Taiwan’s in Hualien county on Friday, officials said, adding 72 passengers were still trapped. At 9.28 a.m. (local time), the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) No. 408 Taroko train en route from Shulin, New Taipei, to Taitung, suddenly derailed as it entered the […]

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Taipei: At least 41 people were killed in a deadly train derailment in Taiwan’s in Hualien county on Friday, officials said, adding 72 passengers were still trapped.

At 9.28 a.m. (local time), the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) No. 408 Taroko train en route from Shulin, New Taipei, to Taitung, suddenly derailed as it entered the Daqingshui tunnel, reports Taiwan News.

The train comprised eight carriages and had more than 350 passengers on board.

The accident took place on the first day of a four-day break for Taiwan’s annual tomb-sweeping tradition.

According to the National Fire Agency, 41 people were killed and at least 66 were injured and are being treated in hospital.

According to a preliminary investigation, workers at a nearby tunnel project parked the vehicle at the top of a slope without fastening the handbrake.

As the train passed, the vehicle rolled down the slope and hit the eighth and last carriage, Taiwan News reported.

Prosecutors have reportedly questioned the person in charge of the tunnel project to find out why the vehicle had not been parked properly.

Premier Su Tseng-chang expressed his apologies to the passengers and sent his condolences to the victims’ families, dpa news agency reported.

“I want to express my deep sympathies to the victims’ families and to the passengers who were injured,” Su told a news conference in Taipei, adding that he regretted the incident.

He said he would immediately leave Taipei for Hualien.

President Tsai Ing-wen has instructed the authorities to continue their rescue activities and to comprehensively investigate the cause of the accident.

The last major train crash in Taiwan was in October 2018, when 18 people died.

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Over 25 World Leaders Call For Pandemic Treaty: WHO Chief https://odishatv.in/world/over-25-world-leaders-call-for-pandemic-treaty-who-chief-531473 Fri, 02 Apr 2021 05:51:53 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=531473

Geneva: Over 25 leaders from “the G20, G7 and from every region” have unanimously called for an international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief said. “The pandemic treaty would be a generational commitment to keeping the world safe from new pathogens with pandemic potential in the future,” Xinhua news […]

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Geneva: Over 25 leaders from “the G20, G7 and from every region” have unanimously called for an international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief said.

“The pandemic treaty would be a generational commitment to keeping the world safe from new pathogens with pandemic potential in the future,” Xinhua news agency quoted WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus while addressing a presser on Thursday.

Ghebreyesus said that there is “an acknowledgment and humility from those leaders that collectively the world was not prepared for the first coronavirus pandemic ever seen and that going forward we must collectively do better in future outbreaks.”

Globally, Covid-19 has infected nearly 129 million people and claimed 2.83 million lives so far.

The world leaders, this week, joined the call for a pandemic treaty, which aims to prepare the world for new pathogens with pandemic potential in the future, which, according to Ghebreyesus, is “not a matter of if but when”, the report said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the WHO in a statement said that the Covid-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge to the global community since the 1940s, and that no single government or multilateral agency can address other pandemics and major health emergencies in the future.

The new treaty will charter an all-of-government and all-of-society approach, strengthening national, regional and global capacities and resilience to future pandemics, the statement said.

It would also be rooted in the WHO constitution and supported by existing global health instruments, especially the International Health Regulations.

“We are convinced that it is our responsibility, as leaders of nations and international institutions, to ensure that the world learns the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic,” it said.

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Pakistan Cabinet Announces ‘NO Trade With India’; Rejects Proposal To Import Sugar, Cotton https://odishatv.in/world/pakistan-cabinet-announces-no-trade-with-india-rejects-proposal-to-import-sugar-cotton-531370 Thu, 01 Apr 2021 13:32:18 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=531370

Islamabad: In a volte-face, Pakistan’s Cabinet on Thursday rejected a proposal of its Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) to import cotton and sugar from India, according to a Cabinet minister. “Cabinet stated clearly NO trade with India,” Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said in a tweet soon after a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister […]

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Pakistan Cabinet Announces 'NO Trade With India'; Rejects Proposal To Import Sugar, Cotton

Islamabad: In a volte-face, Pakistan’s Cabinet on Thursday rejected a proposal of its Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) to import cotton and sugar from India, according to a Cabinet minister.

“Cabinet stated clearly NO trade with India,” Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said in a tweet soon after a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday.

“PM made clear there can be no normalisation of relations with India until they reverse” their actions viz Kashmir of August 5 2019, tweeted Mazari, who is known for her hawkish stand on Kashmir.

The Cabinet decision comes a day after Pakistan’s new Finance Minister Hammad Azhar on Wednesday announced that the country will lift a nearly-two year long ban on the import of cotton and sugar from India after a meeting of the ECC chaired by him.

Ahead of the Cabinet meeting, Mazari had said that all ECC decisions have to be approved by Cabinet and only then can they be seen as “approved” by the government.

“Just for the record – All ECC decisions have to be approved by Cabinet & only then they can be seen as “approved by govt”! So today in Cabinet there will be discussion on ECC decisions incl trade with India & then govt decision will be taken! Media shd be aware of this atleast!” Mazari tweeted.

Azhar’s announcement on Wednesday to import cotton and sugar from India had raised hopes of a partial revival of bilateral trade relations, which were suspended after the August 5, 2019 decision of New Delhi to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

India is the world’s biggest producer of cotton and the second biggest sugar manufacturer.

In May 2020, Pakistan had lifted the ban on import of medicines and raw material of essential drugs from India amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ties between India and Pakistan nose-dived after a terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in 2016 by terror groups based in Pakistan. Subsequent attacks, including one on an Indian Army camp in Uri, further deteriorated the relationship.

The ties strained further after India’s war planes pounded a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp deep inside Pakistan on February 26, 2019 in response to the Pulwama terror attack in 2019 in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.

India’s move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August, 2019 angered Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties with India and expelled the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad. Pakistan also snapped all air and land links with India and suspended trade and railway services.

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Donald Trump Enters Facebook Via Daughter-In-Law’s Page, Kicked Off Again https://odishatv.in/world/donald-trump-enters-facebook-via-daughter-in-laws-page-kicked-off-again-531196 Thu, 01 Apr 2021 06:54:29 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=531196

San Francisco: Facebook has kicked off former US President Donald Trump for the second time from its platform as he tried to evade the ban by posting an interview via a Facebook Page in the name of his daughter-in-law Lara Trump. Lara is married to Eric Frederick Trump, third child and second son of Donald […]

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San Francisco: Facebook has kicked off former US President Donald Trump for the second time from its platform as he tried to evade the ban by posting an interview via a Facebook Page in the name of his daughter-in-law Lara Trump.

Lara is married to Eric Frederick Trump, third child and second son of Donald Trump.

Facebook said in a statement to The Verge on Wednesday that the company has removed content from Lara Trump’s Facebook Page that featured former President Donald Trump speaking.

“In line with the block we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the accounts,” the company added.

Lara later posted screenshots of emails that appear to be from Facebook, saying that a video of the interview was removed because it featured “the voice of Donald Trump,” along with a warning that posting further content would result in account limitations.

Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook since the January 6th attack on the Capitol Hill.

The independent Facebook Oversight Board is asking the public to submit their feedback whether the decision by the social network to suspend former US President Donald Trump’s accounts for an indefinite period after the Capitol chaos on January 6 was right.

The two Trump posts in question include the one-minute video he posted to his account on January 6 as rioters were still present in the Capitol and backup law enforcement personnel were en route.

Facebook removed the video and took down the post. It later banned Trump from its platform and Instagram for 24 hours, and then extended it indefinitely.

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Pfizer-BioNTech Covid Vaccine Shows 100% Efficacy In 12-15 Yrs Old https://odishatv.in/world/pfizer-biontech-covid-vaccine-shows-100-efficacy-in-12-15-yrs-old-531035 Wed, 31 Mar 2021 12:31:17 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=531035

New York: Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech on Wednesday announced that their Covid-19 vaccine — BNT162b2 — demonstrated 100 per cent efficacy and robust antibody responses in a Phase 3 trial in adolescents between 12 to 15 years old. The Phase 3 clinical trial enrolled 2,260 adolescents aged between 12 to 15 years old in […]

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New York: Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech on Wednesday announced that their Covid-19 vaccine — BNT162b2 — demonstrated 100 per cent efficacy and robust antibody responses in a Phase 3 trial in adolescents between 12 to 15 years old.

The Phase 3 clinical trial enrolled 2,260 adolescents aged between 12 to 15 years old in the US.

“We share the urgency to expand the authorisation of our vaccine to use in younger populations and are encouraged by the clinical trial data from adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15,” Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer, said in a statement.

In the trial, 18 cases of Covid-19 were observed in the placebo group (n=1,129) versus none in the vaccinated group (n=1,131).

Vaccination with BNT162b2 elicited SARS-CoV-2-neutralising antibody geometric mean titres (GMTs) of 1,239.5, demonstrating strong immunogenicity in a subset of adolescents one month after the second dose.

This compared well (was non-inferior) to GMTs elicited by participants aged 16 to 25 years old (705.1 GMTs) in an earlier analysis. Further, BNT162b2 administration was well tolerated, with side effects generally consistent with those observed in participants 16 to 25 years of age.

The BNT162b2 has not been approved or licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but has been authorised for emergency use by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to prevent Covid-19 for use in individuals 16 years of age and older.

“We plan to submit these data to FDA as a proposed amendment to our Emergency Use Authorisation in the coming weeks and to other regulators around the world, with the hope of starting to vaccinate this age group before the start of the next school year,” Bourla added.

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Pakistan To Import Sugar, Cotton From India: Finance Minister Hammad Azhar https://odishatv.in/world/pakistan-to-import-sugar-cotton-from-india-finance-minister-hammad-azhar-531014 Wed, 31 Mar 2021 11:39:02 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=531014

Islamabad: Pakistan will import sugar and cotton from India, newly appointed Finance Minister Hammad Azhar announced on Wednesday, lifting a nearly two-year old ban on their import from the neighbouring country. The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on Wednesday allowed the private sector to import five lakh tonnes of white sugar from India, Azhar said. “In […]

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Islamabad: Pakistan will import sugar and cotton from India, newly appointed Finance Minister Hammad Azhar announced on Wednesday, lifting a nearly two-year old ban on their import from the neighbouring country.

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on Wednesday allowed the private sector to import five lakh tonnes of white sugar from India, Azhar said.

“In India, the price of sugar is quite cheap,” he said. “Hence, we have decided to resume sugar trade with India,” he was quoted as saying by Geo TV.

He also said that Pakistan will import cotton from India starting June this year.

“The import of cotton from India was banned and this had a direct effect on our SMEs,” he said. “However, at the recommendation of the Ministry of Commerce, we have also decided to resume the trade of cotton with India,” he added.

The resumption of import of these goods will lead to partial revival of bilateral trade relations, the Dawn newspaper said.

India’s move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August, 2019 angered Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties with India and expelled the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad. Pakistan also snapped all air and land links with India and suspended trade and railway services.

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Dalits In Bangladesh Celebrate ‘Postponed’ Holi https://odishatv.in/world/dalits-in-bangladesh-celebrate-postponed-holi-530894 Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:15:04 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=530894

Dhaka: The Dalit community of Hindu faith in Bangladesh has celebrated the festival of colour — Holi, with much enthusiasm and gusto. Holi in Bangladesh was celebrated on Tuesday — a day later, as Muslims in the country marked ‘Shab-e-Barat’ on Monday. Dalits in Bangladesh are officially referred to as ‘Harijan’. People were seen playing […]

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Dhaka: The Dalit community of Hindu faith in Bangladesh has celebrated the festival of colour — Holi, with much enthusiasm and gusto.

Holi in Bangladesh was celebrated on Tuesday — a day later, as Muslims in the country marked ‘Shab-e-Barat’ on Monday.

Dalits in Bangladesh are officially referred to as ‘Harijan’.

People were seen playing with colours and dancing to the tunes of popular Hindi songs like “Rang barse bheege chunarwali”, among others.

Women were watching the celebrations from upstairs with colour-smeared and smiling faces.

Vasanti Rani, an elderly woman of the Harijan community, said they get to dance to the tunes of popular Hindi songs during Holi.

“During the Covid-19 pandemic, we should follow the safety measures underlined by the government… but how can we dance or enjoy with a mask?” she lamented.

Social activist Nurjahan Khan told IANS: “Harijans delayed their festivities by a day for the Muslims. I hope that the golden days of communal harmony arrive soon… when others too will join to enjoy the happy moments on Holi to share the feeling of harmony.”

She rued that even in 2021, no one is here to celebrate Holi with the Harijans, who are mentioned as ‘untouchables’. Khan has been staying beside the Harijans for the last 46 years.

Meanwhile, the Harijans in Chittagong also celebrated Holi.

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Imran Writes To PM Modi; Says Creation Of ‘Enabling Environment’ Imperative For Dialogue https://odishatv.in/world/imran-writes-to-pm-modi-says-creation-of-enabling-environment-imperative-for-dialogue-530833 Wed, 31 Mar 2021 02:58:09 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=530833

Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, saying creation of an “enabling environment” is imperative for a constructive and result-oriented dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India, in particular the Jammu and Kashmir issue. Khan’s letter was in reply to Prime Minister Modi’s letter […]

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, saying creation of an “enabling environment” is imperative for a constructive and result-oriented dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India, in particular the Jammu and Kashmir issue.

Khan’s letter was in reply to Prime Minister Modi’s letter to him last week to extend greetings on the occasion of Pakistan Day. In his letter, Modi had said that India desires cordial relations with Pakistan but an atmosphere of trust, devoid of terror and hostility, is “imperative” for it.

In his reply to Prime Minister Modi’s letter, Khan thanked him and said the people of Pakistan also desire peaceful cooperative relations with all neighbours, including India.

“I thank you for your letter conveying greetings on Pakistan Day,” he said.

While Prime Minister Modi talked about a terror free environment for peace, Khan said that peace was possible only if outstanding issues like Kashmir were resolved.

“We are convinced that durable peace and stability in South Asia is contingent upon resolving all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan in particular the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” he wrote in the letter dated March 29.

Khan said that creation of an “enabling environment is imperative for a constructive and result-oriented dialogue.”

He also expressed best wishes for the people of India in their struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The militaries of India and Pakistan announced on February 25 that they have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and other sectors.

Weeks later, both Pakistan’s Prime Minister Khan and powerful Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa made peace overtures towards New Delhi saying it was time for the two neighbours to “bury the past and move forward”.

Ties between India and Pakistan nose-dived after a terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in 2016 by terror groups based in Pakistan. Subsequent attacks, including one on an Indian Army camp in Uri, further deteriorated the relationship.

The ties hit rock bottom after India’s war planes pounded a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp deep inside Pakistan on February 26, 2019 in response to the Pulwama terror attack in 2019 in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.

The relations further nosedived after India withdrew special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the State into two union territories in 2019. Since then, India and Pakistan are without high commissioners in each other’s capital — New Delhi and Islamabad, respectively.

On March 18, powerful Army chief Bajwa said it was time for India and Pakistan to “bury the past and move forward”.

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White House Announces New Actions To Curb Anti-Asian Violence https://odishatv.in/world/white-house-announces-new-actions-to-curb-anti-asian-violence-530830 Wed, 31 Mar 2021 02:35:24 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=530830

Washington: The White House on Tuesday announced new actions including additional funding and a cross-agency initiative to curb the alarming rise in violence and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Today’s announcements are additional steps in the Biden Administration’s work to advance equity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and […]

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Washington: The White House on Tuesday announced new actions including additional funding and a cross-agency initiative to curb the alarming rise in violence and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Today’s announcements are additional steps in the Biden Administration’s work to advance equity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities through a whole-of-government approach to racial justice,” the White House said, Xinhua news agency reported.

According to a White House fact sheet, President Joe Biden will “appoint a permanent Director to lead the Initiative in the coordination of policies across the federal government impacting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.”

As part of the initiative, the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department reconvened its Hate Crimes Enforcement and Prevention Initiative with a focus on the surge in anti-Asian hate crimes in the country.

The FBI will also publish a new interactive page that documents hate crimes against the AAPI community and begin holding training events to educate agents on recognizing and reporting anti-Asian bias.

The Department of Health and Human Services is providing nearly $50 million from the American Rescue Plan to assist AAPI survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force, founded in January, has also established a subcommittee on Structural Drivers of Health Inequity and Xenophobia, the White House said. This subcommittee will be specifically focused on combating the surge in anti-Asian bias during the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Endowment for the Humanities also launched a virtual library to expand resources and provide information on Asian-American history.

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