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Dubai: A majestic new Hindu temple with a distinct Arabian look is expected to open its doors for worshippers in Dubai by October next year during Diwali. The new temple is being constructed adjacent to the Guru Nanak Darbar in Jebel Ali, making the locality a multi-religious corridor in the city. The temple is an […]

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New Majestic Hindu Temple In Dubai To Open Its Door For Devotees By Diwali Next Year

Dubai: A majestic new Hindu temple with a distinct Arabian look is expected to open its doors for worshippers in Dubai by October next year during Diwali. The new temple is being constructed adjacent to the Guru Nanak Darbar in Jebel Ali, making the locality a multi-religious corridor in the city.

The temple is an extension of the Sindhi Guru Darbar Temple in Souq Baniyas, Bur Dubai, one of the oldest Hindu temples in the United Arab Emirates, open since the 1950s.

According to a report in Khaleej Times in February last year, the 25,000 sq.ft. temple will be built at an estimated cost of Dirham 75 million (Rs 1,48,86,24,396).

Raju Shroff, an Indian businessman and one of the trustees of the Sindhi Guru Darbar Temple, announced on Sunday that the construction of the temple is underway, and the basement of the structure is complete.

Piling, shoring and casting of basements one and two are complete as of now. We are on track to open during Diwali 2022, Khaleej Times quoted Shroff as saying.

The temple’s foundation-stone-laying ceremony took place in February last year.

Once complete, there will be several churches, the Sikh Guru Nanak Darbar, and a Hindu temple in the same location, Shroff said.

The temple will be home to 11 Hindu deities, he added.

The temple’s architecture will have a distinct Arabian look.

We want to give back to the local economy and this our way to repay the gratitude we have for the UAE leadership for celebrating religious tolerance, Shroff said.

He added that worshippers could use the spacious 4,000 sq ft banquet hall for cultural events, religious gatherings and community get-togethers.

The temple intends to display a subtle blend of contemporary Hindu and Arabic elements, Gulf News said.

The temple is an east-facing structure, designed as per norms of Indian Temple Architecture and Hindu Vastu Shastra. The temple structure includes two basements, a ground floor and first floor. The total height of the temple is 24 metres, it said.

The columns on the fa ade and interior take inspiration from the traditional columns of the Somnath Temple in Gujarat.

The main dome is inspired by the Nagara style of Hindu temple architecture found predominantly in north India.

(With PTI Inputs)

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Biden Administration Appoints Indian-Americans To Key Posts In Energy Dept https://odishatv.in/world/biden-administration-appoints-indian-americans-to-key-posts-in-energy-dept-512185 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 02:45:11 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=512185

Washington: The Biden Administration has appointed four Indian-Americans to senior positions in the crucial Department of Energy. The administration appointed Tarak Shah as the Chief of Staff, making him first Indian-American to serve in that position. Tanya Das has been named as the Chief of Staff to the Office of Science, Narayan Subramanian will occupy […]

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Washington: The Biden Administration has appointed four Indian-Americans to senior positions in the crucial Department of Energy.

The administration appointed Tarak Shah as the Chief of Staff, making him first Indian-American to serve in that position.

Tanya Das has been named as the Chief of Staff to the Office of Science, Narayan Subramanian will occupy the position of Legal Adviser in the Office of General Counsel, and Shuchi Talati has been appointed as Chief of Staff in the Office of Fossil Energy.

These talented and diverse public servants will deliver on President Biden’s goal to tackle the climate crisis and build an equitable clean energy future, said Shah as the Department of Energy announced 19 senior-level appointments.

Guided by their expertise, breadth of experience and following the science, these Department of Energy appointees will contribute to creating a clean energy economy that produces millions of good-paying American jobs and safeguards the planet for future generations, Shah said.

In addition to the Biden-Harris appointees, David G Huizenga will serve as the Acting Secretary of Energy. He was most recently Associate Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration and has been a career employee at the department since 1987.

Tarak Shah is an energy policy expert who has spent the last decade working on combating climate change. At the Biden-Harris transition, Shah was the personnel lead for the climate and science team.

From 2014-2017, he served as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the department. Shah has also worked on political campaigns, including President Obama’s senate and presidential campaigns.

He had received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his MBA from Cornell University.

Tanya Das was most recently a professional staff member on the US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where she worked on a range of issues in clean energy and manufacturing policy.

She earned her PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her BS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Narayan Subramanian was a visiting research fellow at the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment at Berkeley Law, leading a project tracking regulatory rollbacks, and served as a fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins University and Data for Progress.

Subramanian holds a JD from Columbia Law School, an MPA from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a BS in earth and environmental engineering from Columbia University.

Shuchi Talati was most recently a Senior Policy Adviser at Carbon180, where she focused on policies to build sustainable and equitable technological carbon removal. She also served as a policy volunteer on the Biden-Harris campaign.

Dr Talati earned a BS from Northwestern University, an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.

The Department of Energy said the new leaders will direct policy at the DOE, coordinate across the Administration and enact President Joe Biden’s vision for bold action on the climate crisis and on safeguarding the Americans most affected by it.

These experienced professionals reflect President Biden’s pledge to equip his Administration with a team that represents America’s diversity, it said.

(Lalit K Jha/PTI)

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Pakistan Okays Russian COVID-19 Vaccine For ‘Emergency Use’ https://odishatv.in/world/pakistan-okays-russian-covid-19-vaccine-for-emergency-use-512063 Sun, 24 Jan 2021 09:33:44 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=512063

Islamabad: The Pakistan government has approved Russias Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine for “emergency use authorisation” (EUA) and also gave a go-ahead to a local pharmaceutical company for its import and distribution, an informed official has confirmed. The Sputnik V has become the third vaccine to be approved for emergency use in the country — the […]

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Islamabad: The Pakistan government has approved Russias Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine for “emergency use authorisation” (EUA) and also gave a go-ahead to a local pharmaceutical company for its import and distribution, an informed official has confirmed.

The Sputnik V has become the third vaccine to be approved for emergency use in the country — the first one being the Oxford University-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and the second one by Chinese state-owned firm Sinopharm.

“In a meeting conducted by the registration board of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap), another vaccine has also been given EUA which was developed with the backing of Russian Develop­ment Investment Fund,” Dawn news reported on Sunday citing the official as saying.

“Russia’s state-owned Sputnik-V has developed a double-dose vaccine, which is administered by syringes,” said the official.

A local pharmaceutical AGP, he said, had been authorised as the sole importer and distributor of the Russian vaccine.

The development comes as Pakistan’s overall coronavirus caseload has increased to 532,412 as of Sunday, while the death toll stood at 11,295.

(IANS)

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First Look Of Russian Prez ‘Vladimir Putin’s Billion-Dollar Palace’, Navalny Releases Investigation Report https://odishatv.in/world/first-look-of-russian-prez-vladimir-putins-billion-dollar-palace-navalny-releases-investigation-report-511838 Sat, 23 Jan 2021 11:58:19 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=511838

Moscow: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has claimed that President Vladimir Putin owns a 1 billion euro palace which has a ‘lap-dancing club’, theatre and a casino inside its premises, according to media reports. In less than two days after Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s arrest earlier this week, his team has released a report about […]

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Navalny releases investigation into decadent billion-dollar 'Putin palace'

Moscow: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has claimed that President Vladimir Putin owns a 1 billion euro palace which has a ‘lap-dancing club’, theatre and a casino inside its premises, according to media reports.

In less than two days after Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s arrest earlier this week, his team has released a report about a sprawling, opulent Black Sea palace allegedly owned by Vladimir Putin.

(Image: Twitter/Alec Luhn)

In a video posted on Instagram, Navalny, who is known to be a harsh Putin critic, claimed to possess the leaked floor plans of Putin’s lavish property on Russia’s southern Black Sea coast, The Daily Mail reported.

3D images of the estate’s interior allege “Putin’s Palace” features an arcade room with slot machines and a dance mat, a spa and a theatre inside the mansion, along with an underground ice rink and even vineyards in the grounds.

Navalny also claimed that the estate, which also includes a church and strip club fitted with a lap dancers’ pole, is 39 times the size of Monaco.

“It is a separate state within Russia. And in this state, there is a single, irreplaceable tsar, Putin,” The Daily Star newspaper quoted the opposition figure as further saying in the video.

The video is part of an investigation published on Navalny’s blog with a two-hour Youtube video, which was recorded just before his arrest on Sunday upon his arrival in Moscow from Germany where he was treated after being allegedly poisoned.

(Image: Twitter/Alec Luhn)

However, Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has rejected Navalny’s claims, saying the latter claim that Russian federal troops were guarding the compound was “pure nonsense”, adding that Putin “doesn’t own palaces”.

Peskov further said that the colossal estate “has nothing to do with either the President or the Kremlin so we haven’t the slightest desire to be interested” in who owns it.

Reportedly on August 20, 2020, Navalny fell into a coma on a flight from the Russian city of Tomsk to Moscow, after which he transferred to a Berlin hospital with suspected poisoning symptoms. In September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent.

Russian authorities have repeatedly denied the accusations and demanded solid evidence from Germany.

The opposition figure on probation was put on a wanted list on December 29, 2020, and he will remain in detention until a court ruling.

(IANS)

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Global Covid-19 Cases Top 98 Million Mark, Death Toll Rises To 2.1 Million https://odishatv.in/world/global-covid-19-cases-top-98mn-mark-death-toll-rises-to-2-1-million-511685 Sat, 23 Jan 2021 03:55:10 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=511685

Washington: The total coronavirus cases across the world crossed 98 million mark, while the death toll surged to more than 2.1 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 […]

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Washington: The total coronavirus cases across the world crossed 98 million mark, while the death toll surged to more than 2.1 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 98,129,394 and 2,105,056, respectively.

The US is the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 24,815,084 and 413,925, respectively, according to the CSSE.

India comes in second place in terms of cases at 10,625,428, while the country’s death toll soared to 153,032.

The other countries with more than a million confirmed cases are Brazil (8,753,920), Russia (3,637,862), the UK (3,594,094), France (3,069,695), Spain (2,499,560), Italy (2,441,854), Turkey (2,418,472), Germany (2,125,261), Colombia (1,987,418), Argentina (1,853,830), Mexico (1,711,283), Poland (1,464,448), South Africa (1,392,568), Iran (1,360,852), Ukraine (1,222,459) and Peru (1,082,907), the CSSE figures showed.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of fatalities at 215,243.

The countries with a death toll above 20,000 are Mexico (146,174), the UK (96,166), Italy (84,674), France (72,788), Russia (67,376), Iran (57,225), Spain (55,441), Germany (51,277), Colombia (50,586), Argentina (46,575), South Africa (40,076), Peru (39,274), Poland (34,908), Indonesia (27,453), Turkey (24,789), Ukraine (22,698) and Belgium (20,620).

(IANS)

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US To Operationalise India As Major Defence Partner https://odishatv.in/world/us-to-operationalise-india-as-major-defence-partner-511658 Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:21:25 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=511658

New Delhi: US Secretary of Defense nominee, Lt Gen Lloyd Austin (retd) has said that he would further operationalise India’s major “Major Defence Partner” status. During his confirmation hearing in Congress, the former US Central Command chief was asked on how he would enhance the overall defence relationship between the US and India and what […]

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US To Operationalise India As Major Defence Partner

New Delhi: US Secretary of Defense nominee, Lt Gen Lloyd Austin (retd) has said that he would further operationalise India’s major “Major Defence Partner” status.

During his confirmation hearing in Congress, the former US Central Command chief was asked on how he would enhance the overall defence relationship between the US and India and what priorities would he establish.

Austin said: “If confirmed, my overarching objective for our defence relationship with India would be to continue elevating the partnership. I would further operationalise India’s ‘Major Defence Partner’ status and continue to build upon existing strong defence cooperation to ensure the US and Indian militaries can collaborate to address shared interests.”

“I would also seek to deepen and broaden our defence cooperation through the Quad security dialogue and other regional multilateral engagements,” he added.

On Pakistan, Austin said: “I understand Pakistan has taken constructive steps to meet US requests in support of the Afghanistan peace process.”

Austin said that Pakistan has also taken steps against anti-Indian groups, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, although this progress is incomplete.

“Many factors in addition to the security assistance suspension may impact Pakistan’s cooperation, including Afghanistan negotiations and the dangerous escalation following the Pulwama terrorist attack,” he said.

On the Afghanistan issue, Austin said that Pakistan is an essential partner in any peace process in Afghanistan. “If confirmed, I will encourage a regional approach that garners support from neighbours like Pakistan, while also deterring regional actors, from serving as spoilers to the Afghanistan peace process,” he added.

Austin said Pakistan will play an important role in any political settlement in Afghanistan. “We also need to work with Pakistan to defeat al Qaeda and the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) and to enhance regional stability,” he said.

Austin said he will press Pakistan to prevent its territory from being used for terrorist purposes. “If confirmed, I will press Pakistan to prevent its territory from being used as a sanctuary for militants and violent extremist organisations.”

Continuing to build relationships with Pakistan’s military will provide openings for the United States and Pakistan to cooperate on key issues, Austin said.

(With IANS Inputs)

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UNGA Adopts Resolution To Safeguard Religious Sites https://odishatv.in/world/unga-adopts-resolution-to-safeguard-religious-sites-511506 Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:43:48 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=511506

United Nations: The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution to promote a culture of peace and tolerance to safeguard religious sites all across the world. The resolution adopted on Thursday calls for strengthened international efforts to foster a global dialogue on the promotion of a culture of tolerance and peace at all levels, based […]

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United Nations: The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution to promote a culture of peace and tolerance to safeguard religious sites all across the world.

The resolution adopted on Thursday calls for strengthened international efforts to foster a global dialogue on the promotion of a culture of tolerance and peace at all levels, based on respect for human rights and for the diversity of religions and beliefs, Xinhua news agency reported.

It condemns all acts or threats of violence, destruction, damage or endangerment, directed against religious sites and denounces any moves to obliterate or forcibly convert any religious sites.

It invites all member states, the UN system, regional and nongovernmental organisations and other relevant stakeholders to support UN initiatives that promote tolerance, including the UN Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites.

The resolution expresses concern about the increase in incidents of racial and religious intolerance, discrimination and related violence, as well as of negative racial and religious stereotyping.

It condemns any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, and urges states to take effective measures to address and combat such incidents.

It expresses deep concern at the continued serious instances of derogatory stereotyping, negative profiling and stigmatization of persons based on their religion or belief, as well as programs and agendas pursued by extremist individuals, organisations and groups aimed at creating and perpetuating negative stereotypes about religious groups.

It reaffirms the essential need to strengthen international, regional and sub-regional cooperation aimed at enhancing the national capacity of member states to prevent and effectively suppress attacks on places of worship.

It deplores damage to the cultural heritage of countries in situations of crisis, conflict and post-conflict, and calls for an immediate end to such acts.

The resolution calls on the UN to continue to develop strategies, educational initiatives and global communications campaigns and tools aimed at strengthening the protection of religious sites and cultural heritage, fostering mutual respect and understanding, enhancing media awareness and countering religious intolerance and hate speech.

It invites all member states to enhance education and capacity-building to counter incitement to violence through fostering the messages of unity, solidarity and inter-religious and intercultural dialogue, raising awareness and mutual respect toward promoting the culture of peace, non-violence and non-discrimination, and promoting understanding among people of all cultures, religions and beliefs, as well as the importance of peaceful coexistence.

(IANS)

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Joe Biden Launches ‘100 Days Mask Challenge’; Makes COVID-19 Test, Quarantine Mandatory For People Entering US https://odishatv.in/world/joe-biden-launches-100-days-mask-challenge-makes-covid-19-test-quarantine-mandatory-for-people-entering-us-511409 Fri, 22 Jan 2021 03:08:49 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=511409

Washington: US President Joe Biden has signed a series of executive orders to address COVID-19 challenges, including making coronavirus test followed by quarantine mandatory for all travellers coming from overseas. In addition to wearing masks, everyone flying to the United States from another country will need to test before they get on that plane, before […]

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Washington: US President Joe Biden has signed a series of executive orders to address COVID-19 challenges, including making coronavirus test followed by quarantine mandatory for all travellers coming from overseas.

In addition to wearing masks, everyone flying to the United States from another country will need to test before they get on that plane, before they depart, and quarantine when they arrive in America, Biden said at a White House event wherein he signed the orders.

Our national plan launches a full-scale wartime effort to address the supply shortages by ramping up production and protective equipment, syringes, needles, you name it. And when I say wartime, people look at me like wartime? Well, as I said last night, 4,00,000 Americans have died. That’s more than World War II… this is a wartime undertaking, he said.

The death toll will likely top 5,00,000 next month, he said, adding that the cases will continue to mount.

“We didn’t get into this mess overnight and it’s going to take months for us to turn things around but let me be equally clear we will get through this, we will defeat this pandemic, and to a nation waiting for action, let me be the clearest on this point, help is on the way, he said.

Unveiling a national strategy on COVID-19 and executive actions to beat the pandemic, Biden said this plan reflects the ideas he set forward during the campaign and they have been further refined over the last three months.

The national strategy is comprehensive and detailed, and is based on science and truth not politics and denial, he said.

Biden said the plan starts with mounting an aggressive, safe, and effective vaccination campaign to meet the goal of administering 100 million shots in the first 100 days in office.

We are on day one. This will be one of the greatest operational challenges our nation has ever undertaken, and I am committed to getting it done; we’re committed to getting it done. We will move heaven and earth to get more people vaccinated for free and create more places for them to get vaccinated to mobilise more medical teams to get shots in people’s arms and to increase vaccine supply and get it out the door as fast as possible, he said.

Biden said that he has directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to start standing up the first federally supported community vaccination centres. The goal is to stand up 100 centres within the next month, he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will launch the federal pharmacy programme to make vaccines available to communities beginning early February.

We will also task the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare and expand the pool of medical professionals who can administer the vaccine, and ensure that we have enough vaccinators to meet the nation’s needs and quickly, he said.

Biden also signed an executive action to use the Defense Production Act and all other available authorities to direct all federal agencies and private industry to accelerate the making of everything that’s needed to protect, test, vaccinate, and take care of people.

Biden said that he, Vice President Kamala Harris, and the entire administration will always be honest and transparent with Americans about both the good news and the bad.

We will level with you when we make a mistake. We’ll straight up say what happened, he said.

(Lalit K Jha/PTI)

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Bangladesh PM Hasina Thanks PM Modi For Covid-19 Vaccine https://odishatv.in/world/bangladesh-pm-hasina-thanks-pm-modi-for-covid-19-vaccine-511401 Fri, 22 Jan 2021 02:42:20 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=511401

Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has thanked her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for sending 20 lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to assist the country in its fight against the novel coronavirus. “I’m thanking Prime Minister Modi for sending the vaccine as a gift, I do expect that Bangladesh will get rid of the […]

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Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has thanked her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for sending 20 lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to assist the country in its fight against the novel coronavirus.

“I’m thanking Prime Minister Modi for sending the vaccine as a gift, I do expect that Bangladesh will get rid of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Hasina said on Thursday while thanking Modi for sending the Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh.

Hasina and Modi also discussed the ongoing bilateral collaboration between the private sectors.

“We’ve taken all the steps to face the Covid-19 situation in the country,” she said.

Bangladesh has already planned to proceed with the vaccine, she said while virtually addressing an international conference on 100 Years of the University of Dhaka.

On Thursday afternoon, Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami handed over the Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Maleque.

Doraiswami said: “It is part of commitment made at the highest level — Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — and as part of ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy.”

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted on “VaccineMaitri”, saying India reaffirms the highest priority to its relations with Bangladesh.

Doraiswami also said that Bangladesh and India will fight the disease together as friends.

At least 50 lakh doses of the vaccine from India are expected to arrive within this month while another 50 lakh doses of the vaccine are scheduled to arrive in each of the next six months as per the agreement.

On December 17 last year, Indian Prime Minister Modi assured that vaccines would be made available to Bangladesh as and when produced in India.

Abdul Momen said the arrival of 20 lakh doses of the vaccine from India shows the sign of strong relations and goodwill between Hasina and Modi.

“Today’s gift from India is the sign of partnership, cooperation and collaboration,” he said.

After receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as ‘gift’ from India, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister said: “It’s a historic day. They’ve (Hasina and Modi) achieved such a goodwill and strong relations! It shows the sign of that bonding.”

Momen said many developed countries are yet to get the vaccine and Bangladesh is one of its earliest recipients in the world.

(Sumi Khan/IANS)

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Twitter Locks Account Of Chinese Embassy In US Over Uyghur Tweet https://odishatv.in/world/twitter-locks-account-of-chinese-embassy-in-us-over-uyghur-tweet-511315 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:26:19 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=511315

New Delhi: Twitter has locked the official account of China’s Embassy in the US over a controversial post that referred to Muslim Uyghur women as “baby-making machines” prior to government intervention. The tweet was originally shared on January 7. The micro-blogging platform removed the tweet, with a notification that it is no longer available. Now, […]

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New Delhi: Twitter has locked the official account of China’s Embassy in the US over a controversial post that referred to Muslim Uyghur women as “baby-making machines” prior to government intervention.

The tweet was originally shared on January 7. The micro-blogging platform removed the tweet, with a notification that it is no longer available.

Now, the account has also been permanently locked, according to several media reports.

“We have taken action on this Tweet for violating our policy against dehumanisation,” Twitter had said in an earlier statement.

China has faced fierce criticism of its treatment of minority Uighur Muslims living in the Xinjiang province.

In a statement which came less than 24 hours before leaving office, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that China “has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang”.

In a tweet on January 7, the Chinese Embassy in the US had shared a China Daily report on the population change in Xinjiang published by the Xinjiang Development Research Center defending China’s oppression of Uyghur Muslims.

The report said that the Muslim women in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are “no longer baby-making machines” and that the decrease in population growth throughout the province has led to a drop in terrorism.

The tweet backing the Chinese government’s policies against the Muslim community in spite of several reports revealing shocking data on involuntary abortions and sterilisations performed over the years in the region, invited instant scathing criticism from all corners of the globe.

“It is utterly appalling & shameful for the @ChineseEmbinUS & Communist #China to justify its genocidal policy in the #Uyghur region. I call on the international community to join USCIRF in condemning #CCP in the strongest terms,” USCIRF (US Commission on International Religious Freedom) Commissioner Nury Turkel had tweeted.

Twitter first said that the Chinese embassy’s “baby-making machines” tweet is not against its rules, which ban “the dehumanisation of a group of people based on their religion, race, or ethnicity” but reversed its decision by removing it, saying it “violated the Twitter Rules.”

Much has already been written about the Chinese government policies aiming at reducing birth rates among Uyghurs including involuntary abortions and sterilisations. It has been revealed that in 2018, 80 per cent of all the Intrauterine Device (IUD) placements in China were performed on women in the Uyghur Region, despite the region making up only about 1.8 per cent of China’s total population.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced on Thursday that the government has decided to impose sanctions against Pompeo and 27 other high-ranking officials of the Trump administration, accusing them of “prejudice and hatred” against Beijing.

The announcement came a day after Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the US on Wednesday.

(IANS)

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Iraq: Twin Suicide Bombings Rock Baghdad, 21 Killed https://odishatv.in/world/iraq-twin-suicide-bombings-rock-baghdad-21-killed-511310 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:18:33 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=511310

Baghdad: At least 21 people were killed and 53 others injured on Thursday in twin suicide bombings at a crowded market area in Baghdad, according to Iraqi officials. A suicide bomber blew up his explosive belt in a crowded market in Bab al-Sharji area, and a second one detonated his a few minutes later in […]

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Baghdad: At least 21 people were killed and 53 others injured on Thursday in twin suicide bombings at a crowded market area in Baghdad, according to Iraqi officials.

A suicide bomber blew up his explosive belt in a crowded market in Bab al-Sharji area, and a second one detonated his a few minutes later in the same market, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua news agency.

Meanwhile, the source added that ambulances and civilian cars have evacuated the wounded to nearby hospitals and medical centres.

It was the first such attack in the Iraqi capital city in nearly two year, as the security situation has improved since the Iraqi security forces fully defeated the Islamic State terror group across the country late in 2017.

However, sporadic deadly incidents still occur in the war-ravaged country

No group has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s bombings yet.

(IANS)

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Biden Says Trump Wrote A ‘Very Generous’ Letter Before Departing WH, Plans To Talk To Him https://odishatv.in/world/biden-says-trump-wrote-a-very-generous-letter-before-departing-wh-plans-to-talk-to-him-511190 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 06:40:08 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=511190

Washington: US President Joe Biden has said his predecessor Donald Trump has left him a “very generous” letter in the Oval Office before departing the White House. It is customary for outgoing presidents to write their successors a letter and leave it for them on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. However, given that […]

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Washington: US President Joe Biden has said his predecessor Donald Trump has left him a “very generous” letter in the Oval Office before departing the White House.

It is customary for outgoing presidents to write their successors a letter and leave it for them on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

However, given that the former president broke several of the past traditions, including by opting to skip Biden’s inauguration ceremony and never formally congratulated him on his election win, it was unclear until Wednesday whether Trump would maintain the tradition of outgoing presidents leaving notes for their successors.

“The President wrote a very generous letter. Because it was private, I will not talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous,” Biden told reporters in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.

The president said he plans to talk to Trump.

In her maiden news briefing on Wednesday night, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that she was with Biden when he was reading the letter in the Oval Office right before he signed the executive actions.

However, she declined to offer more details on the letter, saying, it “was private, as he (Biden) said to you all”.

“It was both generous and gracious, and it was just a reflection of him not planning to release the letter unilaterally, but I wouldn’t take it as an indication of a pending call with the former president,” Psaki said.

(Lalit K Jha/PTI)

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Joe Biden Reverses US Withdrawal From WHO https://odishatv.in/world/joe-biden-reverses-us-withdrawal-from-who-511135 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 03:07:36 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=511135

Washington: US President Joe Biden has reversed the US process of withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO). Hours after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order ceasing a withdrawal process that his predecessor Donald Trump initiated last year, Xinhua news agency reported. “Americans are […]

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Washington: US President Joe Biden has reversed the US process of withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Hours after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order ceasing a withdrawal process that his predecessor Donald Trump initiated last year, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health. On my first day as President, I will rejoin the @WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage,” Biden tweeted in July when the former administration notified the United Nations of withdrawal from the WHO.

According to media reports, Biden picked Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, to lead a US delegation at the WHO’s annual meetings later this week.

Trump and his administration had repeatedly assailed the WHO.

Experts and Democrats had criticized that the Trump administration was trying to shift blames for its mishandling of Covid-19 response and would be counterproductive to addressing the public health crisis.

The United States has registered more than 24.4 million confirmed Covid-19 cases with related deaths exceeding 405,000 as of Wednesday afternoon, showed a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

(IANS)

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US Prez Joe Biden Rejoins Paris Climate Accord In Fight Against Slow Global Warming https://odishatv.in/world/us-prez-joe-biden-rejoins-paris-climate-accord-in-fight-against-slow-global-warming-511130 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 02:39:03 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=511130

Washington: President Joe Biden returned the United States to the worldwide fight to slow global warming in one of his first official acts and immediately launched a series of climate-friendly efforts that would transform how Americans drive and get their power. A cry for survival comes from the planet itself, Biden said in his inaugural […]

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Washington: President Joe Biden returned the United States to the worldwide fight to slow global warming in one of his first official acts and immediately launched a series of climate-friendly efforts that would transform how Americans drive and get their power.

A cry for survival comes from the planet itself, Biden said in his inaugural address on Wednesday.

A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear now.

Biden signed an executive order rejoining the Paris climate accord within hours of taking the oath of office, fulfilling a campaign pledge.

The move undoes the US withdrawal ordered by predecessor Donald Trump, who belittled the science behind climate efforts, loosened regulations on heat-trapping oil, gas and coal emissions, and spurred oil and gas leasing in pristine Arctic tundra and other wilderness.

The Paris accord commits 195 countries and other signatories to come up with a goal to reduce carbon pollution and monitor and report their fossil fuel emissions.

The United States is the world’s number 2 carbon emitter after China.

Biden’s move will solidify political will globally, former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday.

Not a single country in this world, however powerful, however resourceful one may be, can do it alone, said Ban, speaking virtually at a briefing in the Netherlands for an upcoming Climate Adaptation Summit.

We have to put all our hands on the deck. That is the lesson, very difficult lesson, which we have learned during last year,” as Trump made good on his pledge to pull out of the global accord.

The current UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, welcomed Biden’s steps, saying the US reentry to the climate agreement means countries producing two-thirds of carbon pollution have committed to carbon neutrality.

Biden signed other directives to start undoing other Trump climate rollbacks.

He ordered a temporary moratorium on new oil and gas leasing in what had been virgin Arctic wilderness, directed federal agencies to start looking at tougher mileage standards and other emission limits again, and began revoking Trump’s approval for the Keystone XL oil and gas pipeline.

Another first-day order directed agencies to consider the impact on climate, disadvantaged communities, and on future generations from any regulatory action that affects fossil fuel emissions, a new requirement.

Human-caused climate change has been linked to worsening natural disasters, including wildfires, droughts, flooding and hurricanes.

However, there was no immediate word on when Biden would make good on another climate campaign pledge, one banning new oil and gas leasing on federal land.

After Biden notifies the UN by letter of his intention to rejoin the Paris accord, it would become effective in 30 days, UN spokesman Alex Saier said.

Rejoining the Paris accords could put the U.S. on track to cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent to 50 per cent by 2030, experts said.

There’s a lot we can do because we’ve left so much on the table over the last four years,” said Kate Larsen, former deputy director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality during the Obama administration.

Biden has promised that the needed transformations of the US transportation and power sectors, and other changes, will mean millions of jobs.

Opponents of the climate accord, including Republican lawmakers who supported Trump’s withdrawal from it, have said it would mean higher gas prices and higher electricity prices even though wind and solar have become more affordable than coal, and competitive with natural gas, in generating electricity.

The Paris climate agreement is based on the backward idea that the United States is a culprit here, when in reality the United States is the leading driver of climate solutions, said Sen. John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican.

Republican senators are expected to introduce legislation that would require Biden to submit the Paris plan to the Senate for ratification.

It’s not clear whether the narrowly divided Senate would have the two-thirds votes needed to ratify the agreement, which was never approved by Congress.

Supporters say congressional approval is not needed. Most of the pollution-reduction goals set by the agreement are voluntary.

The climate deal is based on each nation setting a goal for cutting carbon pollution by 2030.

Other countries submitted theirs by last month. The US did not.

Saier said America just needs to submit its goal some time before November climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland.

A longtime international goal, included in the Paris accord with an even more stringent target, is to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius since pre-industrial times. The world has already warmed 1.2 degrees since that time.

As of 2020, US emissions were 24 per cent below 2005 levels, but that reflected the extraordinary economic slowdown stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, said climate scientist Zeke Hausfather, energy and climate director for the Breakthrough Institute.

There are two big areas where climate policy deals with day-to-day American life. One is electricity generation, and the other is transportation.

Market forces have made wind and solar cheaper than dirtier coal, fueling a quiet transformation toward cleaner fuels, and that’s expected to continue so that eventually nearly all of the nation’s power will be low or zero carbon, Larsen and other experts say.

What happens to cars, trucks and buses will be far more noticeable. Several experts foresee the majority of new cars purchased in 2030 being electric.

(Ellen Knickmeyer and Seth Borenstein/AP)

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China Imposes Sanction Against Outgoing Trump Officials https://odishatv.in/world/china-imposes-sanction-against-outgoing-trump-officials-511127 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 02:23:53 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=511127

Washington: China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday. In a statement released just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing slapped travel bans and business restrictions on Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O’Brien and UN ambassador, Kelly Craft. Others […]

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Washington: China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday.

In a statement released just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing slapped travel bans and business restrictions on Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O’Brien and UN ambassador, Kelly Craft.

Others covered by the sanctions include Trump’s economic adviser Peter Navarro; his top diplomat for Asia, David Stilwell; health and human services secretary, Alex Azar; along with former national security adviser John Bolton and strategist Stephen Bannon.

The sanctions are largely symbolic but underscore Beijing’s antipathy toward a US administration it regarded as hostile.

Over the past few years, some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the interests of the Chinese and American people, have planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China’s internal affairs, undermined China’s interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-US relations, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Pompeo announced that he had declared China’s repression of Muslim ethnic minorities a genocide,” possibly opening the door to new US sanctions against Chinese officials.

The Trump administration had steadily ramped up pressure on China since last year but had increasingly so over the past several months. During its last weeks in office, the administration had hit numerous officials with sanctions for their actions on Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the South China Sea.

(AP)

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Wishes Pour In As Joe Biden Takes Oath Of Office https://odishatv.in/nation/wishes-pour-in-as-joe-biden-takes-oath-of-office-511105 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:44:23 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=511105

New Delhi/Washington: As the new era of Joe Biden begun in United States following the swearing in ceremony at the Capitol Hill, wishes from leaders across the globe pour in including PM Narendra Modi. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi stated, My warmest congratulations to Joe Biden on his assumption of office as President of the […]

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New Delhi/Washington: As the new era of Joe Biden begun in United States following the swearing in ceremony at the Capitol Hill, wishes from leaders across the globe pour in including PM Narendra Modi.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi stated, My warmest congratulations to Joe Biden on his assumption of office as President of the United States of America. I look forward to working with him to strengthen India-US strategic partnership.

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu greeted Biden too.

British PM Boris Johnson wished Biden by tweeting, “America’s leadership is vital on the issues that matter to us all, from climate change to COVID, and I look forward to working with President Biden.”

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu released a video in his Twitter handle congratulating Biden.

And last but not the least, Pakistani PM Imran Khan too seemed to be quite happy on Biden’s oath taking ceremony. He displayed his pleasure through a tweet that read, “I congratulate President Joe Biden on his inauguration. Look forward to working with Potus in building a stronger Pak-US partnership through trade & economic engagement.”

Earlier singer Lady Gaga performed on stage by singing the National Anthem marking Biden’s oath taking.