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Pak -Mob Demolishes Hindu Temple

KP police arrested Maulvi Mohammad Sharif the main culprit behind attack on a Hindu Temple in Karak district Pakistan.

Radical mob led by members of Pakistan”s radical Islamist party demolished a temple after setting it on fire in a deeply conservative northwestern town, a senior police official said.

Radical mob attacks, demolishes temple in Karak northwestern Pakistan, draws strong condemnation.

Police inspect the burned Hindu temple a day after a mob attack in a remote village in the Karak district, some 160 kilometers southeast of Peshawar, on December 31.

Pakistani officials say at least 31 people have been arrested after a mob of hundreds of people attacked and set ablaze a century-old Hindu shrine.

Local police said on December 31 that raids were under way to arrest individuals involved in the attack the previous day in the Karak district of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Rahmat Salam Khattak, a leader of the Islamist Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (JUI) party and former district administrator, is among those already detained.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police has arrested more than 31 suspects and registered a case against 350 people for their alleged involvement in the vandalising of a Hindu temple in Karak district. 

Karak DPO Irfanullah said JUI-F district leader Maulana Mirza Aqeem is also nominated in the case. He added that the security officials were conducting raids to detain suspects. 

A day earlier, an angry mob attacked and set ablaze the shrine of a Hindu saint in Karak. Video clips going viral on social media show hordes of people breaking and desecrating the site while chanting slogans. Smoke could also be seen emitting from the shrine after it was set on fire.

CJP Gulzar Ahmed takes suo motu notice of incident met chief PHC,NCM.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed took suo-motu notice of the incident after a meeting with Pakistan Hindu Council chief patron Dr Ramesh Kumar. The case will be heard in the apex court on January 5.

The top court has also sought a report from the National Commission of Minorities as well as police chief and chief secretary of the northwestern province by January 4.Pakistan media reports.

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Auckland Welcome New Year 2021

Auckland, the first major world city welcomes in the new year!

Auckland with no Covid restriction

Happy New Year in New Zealand begins

Happy New Year New Zealand! Auckland welcomes in 2021 with celebratory fireworks.

Did you know? Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, is home to approximately 50 volcanoes.

Sydney next to beginning of New Year fire works.

Sydney Harbour fireworks display is seen over a near-empty Sydney Opera House forecourt during New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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News Rolls 2020

Till 2020 has been ‘annus horribilis’ so far, but science and technology and human ingenuity could make 2021, ‘annus mirabilis’
Happy New Year 2021

PUDUCHERRY: Despite restrictions, tourists throng Pondy for New Year celebrations.
Several hotels have 90% occupancy, and despite the ban on events, tourists are flocking to the beach
A ban on New Year celebrations in hotels and restrictions imposed on the beach promenade due to COVID-19, has not deterred a large number of domestic tourists from travelling to Puducherry to celebrate New Year’s.

The govt has not taken any official decision to impose night curfew in the coastal state, says Goa CM Pramod Sawant. Earlier today, state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane stated that the state health dept had moved a file before the govt to consider imposing night curfew.

Covid Vaccine Roll out preparations across the nation on cards.With the objective of gearing up for the roll-out of COVID19 vaccine across the country, the Central Government has asked all States and UTs to ensure effective preparedness for the vaccine rollout: Government of India

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan today chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness at session sites for COVID-19 vaccination with Pr. Secretaries (Health), NHM MDs and other health administrators of all States/UTs through video conference: Govt of India

With the objective of gearing up for the roll-out of COVID19 vaccine across the country, the Central Government has asked all States and UTs to ensure effective preparedness for the vaccine rollout: Government of India

Dry run will be conducted by all the State & UT governments on 2nd Jan 2021. The activity is proposed to be conducted in all State Capitals in at least 3 session sites; some States will also include districts that are situated in difficult terrain/have poor logistical support:GoI

Kerala Assembly passes resolution urging Centre to scrap farm laws.

BJP MLA O. Rajagopal opposes the resolution moved by Kerala CM opposing Centre’s farm laws.

During discussion in Kerala Assembly, I opposed certain references made in the resolution against farm laws. But I do not object to the general consensus reached by the House against the farm laws: O. Rajagopal, BJP MLA, Kerala O. Rajagopal stated that he abstained from voting.

IAF sends helicopter to tame wildfire in Dzukou Valley on Manipur-Nagaland border

Mutant U.K. virus: Five more test positive after genome sequencing, 25 cases so far in India, says Health Ministry

All shops, commercial establishments, offices, institutions and movement of individuals shall remain closed/prohibited between 10 pm today to 5 am tomorrow throughout the State: #Odisha Government

Facebook to close Irish units at centre of tax dispute

Well-preserved Ice Age woolly rhino found in Siberia

Australia vs India | Shardul likely to play in Sydney Test, Umesh out of series

2020 finally ending, but New Year’s revelries muted by virus

Premier League club Burnley taken over by American investors

Entire EPF interest amount likely to be credited today

Artificial Intelligence knows when you feel lonely

Rupee surges 19 paise to 73.12 against U.S. dollar in early trade.

Schools will reopen on 4th January in Puducherry and Karaikal regions for conduct of regular classes for students of standards I to XII to be conducted in forenoon sessions from 10am to 1pm on all 6 days: govt of Puducherry

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Rajkot AIIMS

This project will improve healthcare infrastructure in Gujarat.For the project, 201 acres of land has been allotted. It will be built at an estimated cost Rs. 1195 crores, and is expected to be completed by mid of 2022.

PM @NarendraModi lays the Foundation Stone of #AIIMS at Rajkot, Gujarat.

Rajkot AIIMS cost Rs 1195 crore project is expected to be completed by mid 2022. The state-of-the-art 750 bed hospital will also have a 30 bed #AAYUSH block

It will have 125 MBBS seats and 60 nursing seats.

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HongKong Activists Jailed

WHO seeks to inform fear of Virus in its variant diction but fails to bring vaccine and other health guidelines enforcement done diligently.

Human rights aberration are common in Hongkong, Tibet, Million Uighurs into camps jails human rights activist crushed with iron hand in China and weaponising Chinese virus bigger lead killing millions and spread covid pandemic in all seven continents.

Chinese activist who retweeted ‘ink girl’ video charged with inciting subversion.

Chinese court sentenced 10 Hong Kong activists to between seven months and three years in jail on Wednesday for illegally crossing the border, in a case that has drawn international attention and concern over the defendants’ treatment.

The group had all faced charges in Hong Kong over anti-government protests in the Chinese-ruled city and they have been held virtually incommunicado in a mainland prison since their boat was intercepted on August 23 after leaving Hong Kong, allegedly en route to the democratic island of Taiwan.

The court in the city of Shenzhen, which borders the semi-autonomous former British colony of Hong Kong, found eight of the defendants guilty of the illegal crossing and sentenced them to seven months in jail and a 10,000 yuan ($1,533) fine.

Chinese court jails 10 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists over a bid to flee the city by speedboat to seek sanctuary in Taiwan. One jailed for 3 years, another 2 years and 8 get seven months.

Tang Kai-Yin, 31, and Quinn Moon, 33, were found guilty of organising an illegal border crossing and sentenced to three years and two years, respectively, with fines of 20,000 and 15,000 yuan. The court said the pair had acted under the instruction of others, suggesting more arrests could follow.

The defendants’ family-appointed lawyers, who were denied access to their clients, rights groups and relatives criticised the legal process.

Two minors from the so-called “Hong Kong 12” to be returned to Hong Kong

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New Year Delhi Night Curfew

Delhi bans public celebrations on New Year with night curfew.

Ahead of the New Year, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Thursday imposed a night curfew in Delhi, disallowing celebrations and the assembly of over five people at public places in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the new strain of the virus. 

As per an order signed by chief secretary of Delhi Vijay Dev, no new year celebratory events, congregations, and gatherings at public places will be permitted from 11 pm of December 31 to 6 am of January 1, and also from 11 pm of January 1 to 6 am of January of 2.
‘A detailed assessment of the situation in Delhi has been made and considering the threat posed by the mutant UK strain of COVID-19 virus and after observing the local incidents of COVID-19 pandemic in Delhi, it is apprehended that gatherings, congregations, and public celebrations of New Year pose a considerable threat of the spread of the virus and may cause a setback to the appreciable gains made in the suppression of chain of transmission of COVID-19 cases in Delhi,’ the order said.
There will, however, be no restriction on the interstate and intrastate movement of persons and goods during the curfew period.
With this, Delhi joins the Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Rajasthan in the imposition of the night curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
As many as 677 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths were reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 6,24,795, including 5,838 active cases and 6,08,434.
A total of 10,523 deaths have been reported here so far. — ANI

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Nepal Seek India procure Vaccine

Nepal has sought India’s help to procure COVID-19 vaccines for around 20 per cent of its population, as the Himalayan nation ramps up its efforts to contain the deadly virus that has killed more than 1,800 people and infected over 260,000 others, a media report said on Wednesday.    The Nepal government has written to the Indian government, requesting for procurement of COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate around 20 per cent of the Nepali population, the Kathmandu Post reported.  Nepal will pay for the vaccines it sources through India, the paper added.  At least two vaccine candidates including Oxford’s AstraZeneca and domestically developed candidate Bharat Biotech’s vaccine are in the final stages of a third phase trial in India.  “To get the vaccines at the earliest, the government has requested the Indian government to buy vaccines for 20 per cent Nepalis, the paper said, quoting a Health Ministry official.  Nepal is also pursuing vaccines made in other countries.  “Around 15 vaccine candidates of different countries and companies are in third phase trials. The government has written letters to most of the countries for help and to the individual companies to procure the vaccines, said Dr Shyam Raj Upreti, coordinator of Nepal’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee.  Last month, the government sent diplomatic notes to India, China, Russia, the UK and the US, countries whose vaccines against the coronavirus have either completed the third phase trials or are near their completion, for early availability in Nepal, the report said

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India Vaccine Jan2

Dry run for COVID-19 vaccination will be conducted by all state and union territory administrations on January 2 to test the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges, the Centre said on Thursday.

Encouraged with approval of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for use in the UK as a ‘big step forward’, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Wednesday said that India will have the COVID-19 vaccine within days.
“This is very good news that AstraZeneca got approval for its vaccine by UK regulatory authorities.
“They have robust data and in India and the same vaccine is being developed by the Serum Institute of India.
“This is a big step forward not only for India but many parts of the world,” Guleria told ANI in an interview.
“This vaccine can be stored at two to eight degrees centigrade. Therefore it would be easy to store and transportation.
“Storage can be done using a simple fridge rather than what is required in the Pfizer vaccine of minus 70 degrees centigrade,” AIIMS, New Delhi Director Dr Guleria said.
On the issue of COVID-19 vaccination drive in India, he said, “India to roll out COVID-19 vaccines for a large part of the country and therefore we will see the vaccine available in our country in the very near future.”
When asked about how much time is needed for the roll-out of COVID vaccine in the country, Dr Guleria said, “Now, we have a data, and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved based on the studies in UK, Brazil and South Africa.
“There is also data from Serum Institute of India (SII). I think, once the data is shown to the regulatory authority, we should get approval for the vaccine in the county within a few days. I would say days rather than weeks or months.”
Dr Guleria, who is a member of the national task force on Covid-19 management, said that the country has a ‘robust plan as far as the vaccination is concerned’.
“We vaccinate children and pregnant women as part of our universal immunisation program. Using the same platform to store vaccines at 2 to 8 degrees centigrade, it will be easier for us to store COVID-19 vaccines,” he added while emphasising on the easy storage process in comparison to Pfizer vaccine of minus 70 degrees centigrade.
Meanwhile, the Pune-based Serum Institute of India has sought emergency approval for the vaccine — Covishield — developed along with global pharma giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University.
In what could be termed as New Year gift, Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer, Serum Institute of India on Monday said 40-50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have already been stockpiled, adding that Covishield rollout is expected in January. — ANI

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Farmers Consensus on two

Govt and Farmers’ Unions agree on Environment ordinance & Electricity Act during sixth round of talks next round of meeting on Jan 4

Today’s talks were held in a very good environment & it concluded on a positive note. Consensus on 2 out of 4 issues was reached between both sides :Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on 6th round of talks with farmers’ unions at Vigyan Bhawan

Indian government and farm unions reached some common ground on Wednesday to resolve protesting farmers’ concerns over rise in power tariff and penalties for stubble burning, but the two sides remained deadlocked over the main contentious issues of the repeal of three farm laws and a legal guarantee for minimum support price.

The deliberations ran for nearly five hours of the sixth round of negotiations between three union ministers and a 41-member representative group of thousands of farmers protesting on Delhi borders, agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said at least 50 per cent resolution has been reached with mutual agreement on two out of four items on the agenda and discussions would continue on the remaining two on January 4 at 2 pm.

He also hoped that the new year will herald new solutions and asserted that the Modi government has always been sensitive to farmers’ issues.

Further discussions on the three farm laws and MSP are not complete and will continue in the next round of talks. We are hopeful that consensus would be reached for resolving the two remaining issues also,” Tomar told reporters 

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Major Landslide Norway

With such landslide craters found region need to be evacuated till snow or rain not end quick clayey sand may bring continue caving. Dwelling units in such soil condition need to be avoided.

Crater is formed in houses with house still at danger are evacuated, Other buildings hung on the edges of the crater, with one house seen collapsing, TV footage showed.

“It is a catastrophe,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg told reporters after visiting the site.

“There could be people trapped… but at the same time we can’t be sure because it is the New Year’s holiday which means people could be elsewhere,” she said, warning that rescue operations could take a long time.

“This could take days. The situation is still so unstable that it is impossible to do any (rescue) effort other than from helicopters.”

Landslide swept more than a dozen buildings away in the municipality of Gjerdrum.The worst landslide in Norway in 30 years. Happened at 3 AM tonight. A lot of people aren’t found, and 1500 people has been evacuated. tweet read.

Continuous snow cold wet weather with quick clay give rise to caving took time causing landslide,the region need to be evacuated because of crater May enlarge with seepage are on rise till snow or rain do not end.

Ten people have been wounded and 11 are missing after a landslide in southern Norway, police said.

One of the victims was critically injured and more than a dozen buildings were swept away early on Wednesday in the municipality of Gjerdrum, about 19 miles north of Oslo.

Police spokesman Roger Pettersen said officials could not rule out the possibility of people in collapsed buildings.The missing may have evacuated themselves but may also still be in the landslide area, Mr Pettersen told news agency NTB.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told broadcaster TV2 it should have been a New Year’s weekend with “peace and quiet.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who travelled to the village of around 1,000 people on Wednesday, described the landslide as “one of the largest” the country had seen.

“It’s a dramatic experience to be here,” Solberg told reporters, expressing particular concern for those still missing.

“The situation is still so unstable with the mud that it’s not yet possible to do anything.

Norway’s King Harald said the landslide had made a deep impression on him.

“My thoughts are with all those who are affected, injured or have lost their homes and those who now live in fear and uncertainty of the full extent of the catastrophe,” the 83-year-old monarch said in a statement released by the royal palace.