China to establish a cultural centre in Finland – agreement into force in April
Ministry of Education and Culture 15.4.2021 13.26PRESS RELEASE
On 15 April, the Government adopted a decree bringing into force an agreement between Finland and the People’s Republic of China on the establishment of a China Cultural Centre in Finland. Negotiations on the agreement lasted for several years and the agreement was signed in Beijing in autumn 2019.
Under the agreement, the China Cultural Centre is a non-profit cultural institute. China is responsible as a whole for establishing and organising the Centre. Finland does not incur any costs in relation to the agreement and it does not require the adoption of other legislation.
The Cultural Centre must be established and managed in accordance with the legislation in force in Finland. This means it becomes a Finnish legal entity. Finland does not currently have any plans to establish a cultural centre in China, so the agreement only applies to the China Cultural Centre that will be established in Finland.
The purpose of the China Cultural Centre is to promote cultural cooperation between the two countries as well as mutual understanding and knowledge of Chinese culture in Finland. China determines the activities and programme of the Cultural Centre. Preliminary information suggests that the Centre might organise exhibitions, concerts, presentations and culinary courses.
This agreement enters into force on 17 April 2021.
Covid second waves more lethal to contain its spread.
Centrally protected monuments, sites & museums under ASI closed till May 15
In view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation, the Centre has decided to close all the Centrally Protected Monuments, Sites and Museums under Archaeological Survey of India with immediate effect. In a tweet, Culture Minister Prahlad Patel said these monuments will be closed till 15th of May.
At the scene of a mass casualty shooting at a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, a worker at the scene says, “I saw a man with a submachine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open.”
Indianapolis airport mass shooting:
There is a mass shooting event at the #FedEx building by the Indianapolis Airport going on right now. So far at least 8 people have been shot, several dead. I have 2 friends that work there night shift. They think the shooter/shooters are still in the building.
IMPD is expected to hold a briefing shortly after 1 a.m. Friday in regard to a mass casualty shooting at the FedEx facility at IND airport IMPD said they found “multiple victims” at a shooting scene at the FedEx facility near the airport. I-70 shut down in both directions in area.
Mass casualty’ shooting in U.S. city of Indianapolis. Reports of mass shooting at FedEx facility in Indianapolis.
Police & EMS personnel are responding to a FedEx facility where reports say 8 people have been shot. The shooter has not been detained and may still be shooting
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Genae Cook said during a media briefing just after midnight. Authorities said there is no active threat now.
Police said the alleged shooter “has taken his own life.”
It is unclear how many people have been shot at this time or their conditions, but multiple victims have been transported to various hospitals in the area, Cook said.
“We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport. Safety is our top priority, and our thoughts are with all those who are affected,” FedEx said in a statement early Thursday morning. “We are working to gather more information and are cooperating with investigating authorities.”
UAE played part in India-Pakistan cease-fire: Emirati ambassador to U.S.
Al-Otaiba acknowledged in his remarks that Pakistan and India “might not sort of become best friends”, but that such communication is important.
“At least we want to get it to a level where it’s functional, where it’s operational, where they are speaking to each other, where there’s lines of communication,” al-Otaiba said. “That’s our goal.”
United Arab Emirates played a role in getting longtime Asian rivals India and Pakistan to agree to a cease-fire amid tensions over the disputed region of Kashmir, said Yousef al-Otaiba the Emirati ambassador to the United States of America.
The comments by Yousef al-Otaiba come as the Emirates tries to recalibrate its diplomacy to Washington following U.S. President Joe Biden taking office. After enjoying a close relationship to President Donald Trump, the autocratically ruled UAE has sought to underline its importance in regional affairs as Biden has struck a harder tone with Saudi Arabia and suggested he wants to rejoin Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
Speaking in a video released on Wednesday by Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, al-Otaiba acknowledged an Emirati role in bringing the Kashmir escalation down between the two nuclear-armed nations.
That the UAE could be a trusted interlocutor isn’t surprising.
The federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai has a large expatriate workforce of Indians and Pakistanis across both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Emirati sheikhs maintain close relations to both countries because of it.
In Pakistan, a security official told The Associated Press the UAE did play a role in brokering the cease-fire. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorised to brief journalists, declined to say where these meetings took place.
An Indian security official told the AP the two countries had decided to keep the talks “secret and low key”. But he described the UAE’s role as providing “nothing but the venue” in Dubai. The official also spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorised to talk to reporters.
2 Ballot Boxes Stolen During UP Panchayat Elections, 8 Arrested: Police
Voting for 1st phase of Panchayat elections concluded peacefully in UP
Voting for the first phase of Panchayat elections concluded peacefully in 18 districts of Uttar Pradesh. No untoward incident was reported from any place during the voting barring few sporadic incidents at some places. State election commission has made all arrangements for free and fair elections. Higher police and administrative officers visited polling booths in their areas throughout the day to maintain peace and law and order.
People especially the first time voters are very enthusiastic in casting their votes. state election commission has informed that voter turnout was 61% till 5 PM despite of the scorching heat people long queues were seen at the polling centres. Voting started at 7 am this morning and continued till 6 pm in evening.
Strict adherence to the covid protocol during the polling was observed because of the growing covid cases in a state. 51179 polling booths have been prepared for more than 3 crore 18 lakh voters. During polling, the police personnel and employees involved in election process appealed voters to put up a mask and maintain social distancing. circles at a distance of six-feet were also made at the polling centres for social distancing. In this first phase 69541 Members for village panchayats 85 village pradhana and 550 district panchayat members have already been elected unopposed in state.
Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections are being held in four phases – April 15, April 19, April 26 and April 29 while the counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Bangladesh COVID 19 death toll crosses 10,000 mark
The COVID 19 death toll in Bangladesh crossed 10 thousand with 84 deaths being reported on Thursday. According to the latest figures released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 4192 fresh Corona Positive cases were also reported during the same period. The death toll has now gone up to 10081 and the total number of Coronavirus infected people is over 7 lakh. The positivity rate of the samples collected for testing is reported at a high level of 21 percent.
Meanwhile, the second day of the 8-day long countrywide hard lockdown was being enforced across the country strictly. In Dhaka city, the roads had few vehicles as all modes of public transport including buses, trains, railways, waterways and flights were suspended. However, compared to day 1 of the lockdown, the number of vehicles on the road was larger.
Most of the shops in the town were closed except for grocery, fruits and vegetables and medical shops. However, factories are open.
Police have asked people to stay indoors during the lockdown.
Other towns and cities of Bangladesh are also observing lockdown with heavy police presence in some places to enforce the restrictions. At several towns and cities, including places like Bhola, police are enforcing the lockdown strictly.
The High Commission of India on Wednesday announced that it is temporarily suspending the visa operations in Bangladesh in view of the lockdown implemented by the government of Bangladesh from April 14. Visa operations in Bangladesh had resumed in October last year after remaining closed for more than 6 months since Covid pandemic hit Bangladesh in March last year.
Campaigning concludes for by-polls to two LS seats, 12 Assembly Constituencies
The election campaign ended this evening for the By-Elections to two Lok Sabha seats including Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh and Belgaum in Karnataka along with 12 Assembly Constituencies spread over Nine states. The by-polls to Lok Sabha seats and assembly constituencies will be held on Saturday simultaneously with the fifth phase of assembly elections in West Bengal.
The assembly seats where By-Polls will take place include three in Rajasthan, two in Karnataka and one each in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Telangana and Uttarakhand. There are 151 candidates in the fray for 12 Assembly seats indicating largely multi-cornered contests.
In Odisha, the Bye-Election to Pipili Assembly seat has been postponed following the death of Congress candidate Ajit Mangaraj yesterday. Briefing the media in capital Bhubaneswar today, the Chief Election Officer Sushil Kumar Lohani said that the Election Commission will issue a fresh notification in this regard. Earlier, H. Chuba Chang was declared elected unopposed being the only candidate in fray for the Noksen Assembly seat in Nagaland.
In Andhra Pradesh, there are 28 candidates vying for the Tirupati Lok Sabha Seat.
In Karnataka, 10 candidates are contesting for the Belgaum Lok Sabha seat.
As far as the Assembly by-polls are concerned, 12 candidates are vying in Basavakalyan and eight are contesting in Maski Constituency.
In Madhya Pradesh, 22 candidates are in the fray including 16 independents for Damoh Assembly seat.
In Maharashtra, total 19 candidates including 10 independents are in fray for Pandharpur Assembly seat.
In Rajasthan, ten candidates are contesting in Rajsamand while nine candidates are in fray for Sujangarh and eight are there in Sahara Assembly Constituency.
In Telangana, maximum 41 candidates are in fray for the Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly seat.
In West Bengal, campaigning ended yesterday for the fifth phase of assembly elections. The state is witnessing eight-phase election this time. The Election Commission had extended the silence period to 72 hours from 48 hours, for the fifth phase of assembly polls in the state after violence in Cooch Behar district in the fourth phase of polling. Polling, in fifth phase, will be held on Saturday for 45 seats spread across six districts of Purba Bardhaman, Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, North 24 Parganas and Nadia. 319 candidates including 39 women are in the fray in this phase. The Election Commission has set up 12,198 polling stations for 11 million voters. Our correspondent reports that fifth phase is crucial as maximum number of seats are going to the polls this time.
Meanwhile, the election campaign is gaining momentum for the Sixth Phase with the prominent leaders of different political parties engaging in whirlwind tours for canvassing in favour of their candidates. In all, 43 Assembly seats spread over four districts of West Bengal will go to polls on 22nd of April in this phase.
BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani held roadshows in Malda Town, English bazar and Malatipur of Malda district. She also addressed a rally after the roadshow. TMC Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a roadshow in Kolkata today. Senior Samajwadi Party leader and actor Jaya Bachchan attended the roadshow.
The campaign has also picked up now for the Seventh as well as the Eighth and Final Phase of the Assembly Elections in the state. In all, 36 Assembly Constituencies spread over five districts will go to polls in the Seventh Phase on 26th of this month while remaining 35 Assembly Constituencies spread over four districts will go to polls in the Eighth Phase on 29th of April. The counting of votes will be taken up together on 2nd of May.
11.44 Cr doses of Covid-19 vaccines administered in India so far
Coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in the country. The rapid rise in the Covid-19 cases has increased the active caseloads in the several States and Union Territories. As a result, the recovery rate is continuously declining in India. However, the vaccination drive is progressing smoothly in the various parts of the country.
The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has informed today that over eleven crore forty four lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered to the beneficiaries so far. In the 24 hours, over 33 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been inoculated to the beneficiaries.
The Ministry further informed that a record number of over two lakh new cases have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours. With this, cumulative positive cases crossed one crore forty lakh mark. This is the first time when the country has registered over two lakh new cases in a single day since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said, there are more than fourteen lakh seventy one thousand active cases in the country which comprises 10.45 per cent of the total positive cases. In the last 24 hours, a total of one thousand thirty eight deaths have been reported in the country taking the toll to over one lakh seventy three thousand across the country.
Amid the rising new cases, the recovery rate has further declined to 88.31 per cent. The Ministry informed that more than 93 thousand people have recovered from the corona virus infection within 24 hours. So far, more than one crore twenty four lakh patients have already been recovered from this infectious disease in the country.
Central Drug Regulator, DCGI will now take decisions on usage of foreign COVID vaccines in the country within three days of their application. The Centre today informed this along with issuing regulatory pathway for emergency use authorisation of COVID-19 Vaccines approved by US FDA, EMA, UK MHRA, PMDA Japan are listed in WHO Emergency Use Listing.
The Government had earlier on Tuesday approved a significant fast tracking system for quicker access to foreign COVID-19 vaccines. Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in its latest regulatory pathway for granting emergency approval to foreign COVID vaccines has said that such applications will be processed and decision will be taken by DCGI within 3 working days from the date of submission of complete application by the applicant company or pharma organisation. However, it added , the permission for Restricted Use in Emergency situations would be granted with the condition that Vaccines will be used in the country as per the guidelines prescribed under National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme.
The CDSCO has said that the first 100 beneficiaries of such vaccines will be assessed for 7 days for safety outcomes before the vaccine is rolled out for further Vaccination program. It also said that the applicant company shall initiate conduct of post approval bridging clinical trials within 30 days of approval granted to them. The DCGI will review the permission granted for Restricted Use of the Vaccines after receipt of the bridging trial results.
PiyushGoyal: Reviewed the availability & supply of medicalOxygen in the country, with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and different states. Govt is committed to ensuring an adequate supply of Oxygen for COVID-19 patients across the country.India to import 50,000 MT of Medical Oxygen, MEA tasked to explore sources.Despite the increase in beds, there’s shortage. There’s oxygen shortage too, its requirement at COVID hospitals has gone up by 2-3 times. We’ve written to the CM to direct oxygen manufacturers to sell 100% oxygen to health care: Former President, Ahmedabad Medical Association
Sufficient stock of medical oxygen available, assures Centre to States.
Amid the growing demands of medical oxygen in the country, the government has assured that sufficient stocks of oxygen are available in the country. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has informed that the present oxygen stocks are more than 50 thousand metric tonnes in the country. It also informed that the country’s daily production capacity of oxygen is more than seven thousand metric tonnes and the production capacity has further scaled up. The Central Government has asked the States to make rational use of medical oxygen and avoid wastage to fulfil the growing demands.
Empowered Group has also initiated action to ensure the sufficient availability of medical oxygen. The government assured that the surplus oxygen available with the steel plants is also being utilized as per the need. States have also been asked to set up Control Rooms to ensure smooth supply of oxygen to the districts.
The government has initiated several measures to ensure supply of medical oxygen to various affected states. Steps have been taken to increase production of medical oxygen, utilization of the surplus stocks available with steel plants and mapping the requirements of states with oxygen sources. Mapping of the surplus sources with States that have greater need for oxygen such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, is being finalised in consultation with the manufacturers, States and other stakeholders.