Myanmar extend covid restriction

Myanmar extends COVID-19 stay at home restriction to new areas as infections approach 10,000

Myanmar has brought more areas under the stay at home restrictions as COVID 19 cases reached close to 10,000 on Saturday. In an announcement on Friday, the Ministry of Health and Sports ordered that eleven new areas under Mon state, Mandalay region, Bago region, and Ayeyawady regions will have to observe stay at home restrictions to effectively control the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

The people from these regions are ordered to stay at home with government employees to work in rotation from home and office in a two week cycle. Excluding essential services and people working at ports, communications, banking and financial institutions, other offices and companies, work places have been ordered to be closed temporarily.

In her report to people about the latest COVID 19 situation on Saturday, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi called upon people to observe health guidelines like wearing masks, regular hand washing and social distancing norms. She also cautioned people not to try household remedies to cure coronavirus infection based on social media recommendations.

In the meanwhile, to deal with the growing cases of Corona infection straining the civilian health facilities, the Myanmar military Tatmadaw is preparing hospital facilities for approximately 1500 persons. It has assembled 40 medical teams with 15 members each to provide treatment to civilians. 

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WB: BD $200Mn Water & Sanitation

World Bank approves 200 million dollar loan for safe water & sanitation in Bangladesh

@WorldBankThe World Bank (WB) has approved a 200 million dollar loan for Bangladesh to improve access to safe water and sanitation services in the rural areas of the country. The Bangladesh Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project will help 6 lakh people to have access to clean water through piped water schemes in rural areas. 

According to a Press Release issued by the World Bank on Friday, the project will also provide sanitation services to over 3.6 million rural people in Bangladesh. 

The WB said that the project will help prevent diseases and protect from pandemics like COVID 19 by providing better access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities at homes and in public places. 

World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan Mercy Tembon said that the project will provide clean water and sanitation services that will reduce diarrheal diseases, improve nutrition, health and reduce stunting among children under five. 

The project will also help in setting up more than 2500 handwashing stations in public places with overhead tanks for running water and sanitation facilities. To ensure quality and sustainability of piped water scheme and fecal sludge management, the project will also train local entrepreneurs.

The 30 year concessional credit has a five year grace period. It comes from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA). Bangladesh currently has the largest ongoing IDA program totaling over USD 13.5 billion.

US: SC Judge Amy Coney Barrett

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Trump officially nominates ’eminently qualified’ Judge Amy Coney Barrett to US Supreme Court

Donald Trump has selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the US Supreme Court to fill the seat left vacant following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Trump vowed last week that he would nominate a woman for the vacancy within a week, saying he had an“obligation” to act without delay.

The president made the announcement with Barrett at his side in a Rose Garden ceremony on Saturday. He praised her legal background, saying she is “eminently qualified for the job.” Barrettwill decide cases “based on the text of the constitution, as written,” he said.

Donald Trump officially nominates ’eminently qualified’ Judge Amy Coney Barrett to US Supreme Court. Barrett said she was “truly humbled”by the prospect of serving on the Supreme Court. She also paid tribute to the late Justice Ginsburg.

Barrett, 48, currently serves on the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. If confirmed, she’ll be the only Supreme Court justice who didn’t attend Harvard or Yale University — and the first who didn’t get an Ivy League law degree since the late John Paul Stevens was nominated in 1975. Barrett, a New Orleans native, attended Notre Dame University, where she graduated first in her class in 1997.

Ajerbaijan Air Attack Armenia

Azerbaijan launched “an offensive” against Nagorno-Karabakh thus Armenia retaliated.

Armenia’s new attack against Azerbaijan is an act of aggression and use of force. It is yet another provocation of Armenia since Tovuz incident. Political-military leadership of Armenia bears full responsibility.tweets HikmetHajiyev. Assistant of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration.

Armenia has shot downed two helicopters and three UAVs of Azerbaijan.

Armenia says that Azerbaijan has launched a large air attack against Artsakh, with several Armenian missile systems destroyed and losses in Azerbaijan’s air force.

Hostilities break out between Armenia & Azerbaijan over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, both countries claims.

Azerbaijan and Armenia have clashed over control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region for decades. On Monday, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported that one member of the armed forces was killed as a result of a shelling incident along the border with Armenia.

Azerbaijan launched “an offensive” against Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian PM said amid reports of Azeri aircraft being shot down.

Baku insists it is taking “retaliatory measures” in the disputed Armenian-populated region.

Spokesperson of the president of the unrecognized breakaway Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic), Vahram Poghosyan, says the city of Stepanakert has been shelled.

“Civilian settlements, including the capital, Stepanakert, were also subjected to artillery fire,” Poghosyan said on Facebook on Sunday, adding that the response will be “proportionate.”

Earlier in the day, a spokesperson of Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministry said that Armenia’s armed forces opened fire at settlements along the line of military confrontation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the early hours of Sunday.

According to the spokesperson, at least six settlements came under attack and there are dead and wounded among the local population.

The defenсe ministry’s spokesperson said that civilian infrastructure was seriously damaged and that information on casualties and wounded among the civilian population and the military was being verified.

According to the spokesperson, the Azerbaijani army is taking “retaliatory measures.”

Azerbaijan and Armenia have clashed over control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region since the early 1990s. The latest armed clashes broke out in July, with both sides reporting casualties.

Micronesia plead US-China be detente

With Covid rattling economy of majority of nations.

Islands with no recorded Covid-19 cases, have some of the most obese inhabitants. But the economy (fishing/tourism) has come to a halt. Palau, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu,Samoa,Vanuatu,Tonga.

Micronesia – with a frugal population of about 113,000 long been stuck diplomatic tug-of-war between the world’s biggest economic powers as China takes on U.S. influence in a region Washington has considered its backyard since mid 40s.

China and the United States (US) continued to squabble at the United Nations, one of the smallest states in the world, Micronesia, called on both sides to practice restraint. 

“Micronesia asks our American and Chinese friends to reinforce their cooperation and friendship with each other to achieve what is best for our global community,” the Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo told the UN General Assembly in a video address.

Micronesia – with a population of about 113,000 – and its Pacific Island neighbours have long been stuck in a diplomatic tug-of-war between the world’s biggest economic powers as China takes on US influence in a region Washington has considered its backyard since World War Two.

During his Friday address to the gathering of world leaders – pre-recorded due to the pandemic – Panuelo acknowledged that competition had been beneficial for some people in the Pacific.

But he warned that the efforts “also potentially threaten to fracture long-standing alliances within our Pacific community, and could become counterproductive to our collective desire for regional solidarity, security, and stability.”

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Micronesia’s plea stood out during the annual – yet virtual – gathering of world leaders at the United Nations this week because while most countries called for unity to combat COVID-19, other references to the US and Chinese frictions were generally oblique.

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He said the US economy was doing great, then it got hit with this virus from China. The US is the worst-affected country from the virus. Over 200,000 Americans have lost their lives and devastated the country’s economy, resulting in the loss of millions of jobs.

Earlier in the day, in his address to the Black Empowerment event in Atlanta, US President said before the China virus hit the country, his administration had built the greatest economy for African Americans in the history of the country.

Trump said that if voted to power, in the next four years, he will make America the manufacturing superpower of the world. US will end its reliance on China once and for all he said.

The US on September 14 banned the import of five goods from China, including computer-parts, cotton and hair products, alleging that they are produced in forced labour camps in the restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province.

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4.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Valley on Saturday with its epicentre reported 64 kilometers north west of Gulmarg in north Kashmir.

As per the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) the earthquake occurred at 12:02 pm at a depth of 120 kilometers. However, there were no reports of any damage to property or loss of life, officials said.

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Boris:Leader unite against Covid

British PM Boris urges world leaders to unite against COVID-19

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that Coronavirus pandemic has frayed the bonds between nations, and urged world leaders to unite against the common foe of COVID-19. Mr. Johnson, who made the remarks in a pre-recorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly, said that, nine months into the pandemic, the very notion of the international community looks tattered.

Mr Johnson set out a plan for preventing another global pandemic, including a network of zoonotic research labs around the world to identify dangerous pathogens before they leap from animals to humans.

British Prime Minister also committed 636 million US dollars through the global COVAX vaccine-procurement pool. He announced that the UK is boosting its funding for the World Health Organization by 30 per cent to 432 million US dollar for next four years.

SAD Snaps its Ties with BJP

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Shiromani Akali Dal has snapped its ties with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal announced the decision after four-hour long meeting of the party’s core committee yesterday. Addressing a press conference in Chandigarh, he said, the core committee at its emergency meeting decided unanimously to leave the NDA on the issue of farm bills