Brazil Crosses 500,000 Covid Deaths, Says Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga

Experts are concerned about the slow rollout of Brazil’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign (File).

Rio de Janeiro:

Brazil on Saturday crossed the grim threshold of 500,000 coronavirus deaths, the country’s health minister said, trailing only the United States in lives lost to COVID-19.

“500,000 lives lost due to the pandemic that affects our Brazil and the world,” Marcelo Queiroga tweeted, without giving the death count from the past 24 hours.

As of Friday, the Health Ministry had recorded 498,499 deaths, with a daily average of more than 2,000 in the last seven days.

According to a consortium of the country’s main media groups, the overall death count rose to 500,022 Saturday afternoon. The government releases its toll after 2100 GMT.

Brazil, with a population of 212 million, became the second country after the United States to surpass 500,000 COVID-19 deaths.

The South American country experienced a second wave of the pandemic this year, when it topped 4,000 deaths per day.

Brazil now appears to be grappling with a third wave in its outbreak, with infections and deaths spiking.

According to the latest weekly report from the Fiocruz medical research foundation, the country is in a “critical” situation with a high number of deaths and the possibility of things worsening in coming weeks as winter arrives in the southern hemisphere.

Experts are concerned about the slow rollout of the country’s vaccination campaign, the spread of more aggressive virus variants and President Jair Bolsonaro’s hostility toward preventative measures like mask wearing and lockdown restrictions.

Queiroga tweeted that he was working “tirelessly to vaccinate all Brazilians in the shortest possible time and change this scenario that has plagued us for more than a year.”

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Myanmar Protesters Wear Flowers To Mark Suu Kyi’s 76th Birthday

Flowers tucked into a bun have long been a signature look of Suu Kyi, who turns 76 on Saturday.

Yangon, Myanmar:

Anti-coup protesters in Myanmar donned flowers in their hair Saturday to mark the birthday of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains under house arrest and is due to face court again next week.

Suu Kyi’s elected government was overthrown in a February 1 coup that sparked mass protests and renewed clashes between the military and ethnic rebel armies in border regions.

Flowers tucked into a bun have long been a signature look of Suu Kyi, who turns 76 on Saturday.

Many replicated the floral hairstyle and uploaded pictures onto social media across Myanmar on Saturday.

Among them was Myanmar Miss Universe beauty queen Thuzar Wint Lwin, who wore red flowers in her hair and wrote: “May our leader be healthy.”

In Yangon’s north, protesters put up posters on power lines wishing Suu Kyi a happy birthday and expressing solidarity.

“Happy Birthday Mother Suu. We are right behind you,” the signs read.

Some marched with black umbrellas and banners that read “freedom from fear” alongside pictures of Suu Kyi.

In the border region of Karen state, some rebel soldiers were photographed holding their guns and yellow, white and purple posies and single flowers tucked behind their ears.

Demonstrators in the south-eastern city of Dawei made a giant pink birthday cake and brought it to their street protest.

The Noble Peace Prize Laureate’s international reputation was damaged after she defended Myanmar’s military over allegations of genocide against the ethnic minority Rohingya population in troubled Rakhine state in 2017.

Back in court

Not all Myanmar flower protest participants were full of praise for Suu Kyi.

“I am involved in this campaign because now she is unfairly detained by the military and her civilian rights… and freedom is denied,” a 35-year-old activist told AFP, adding it wasn’t personal support.

“After she is free from her detention, she will have to take full responsibility over her silence concerning the suffering of Rohingya and other ethnic groups.”

The civilian death toll since the coup is estimated to be at least 870 people and close to 5,000 protesters are in detention after being arrested, according to a local monitoring group.

The UN General Assembly on Friday took the rare step of calling on member states to “prevent the flow of arms” into Myanmar, part of a non-binding resolution condemning the military coup in the violence-wracked country.

The resolution — which did not go so far as to call for a global arms embargo — also demands that the military “immediately stop all violence against peaceful demonstrators”.

It was approved by 119 countries, with 36 abstaining including China, Myanmar’s main ally. Only one country, Belarus, voted against it. 

Suu Kyi is due back in court next week and has been hit with an eclectic raft of criminal charges, including accepting illegal payments of gold and violating a colonial-era secrecy law.

She went on trial for sedition on Tuesday, but journalists were barred from observing proceedings.

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Israel Raises Alarm On Iran’s New President Ebrahim Raisi’s Views On Nuclear Programme

Ebrahim Raisi is set to take over at a time when Iran seeks to salvage the tattered 2015 nuclear deal.

Tel Aviv:

Israel said Saturday the international community should be alarmed by hardliner Ebrahim Raisi’s election as Iranian president because of his commitment to a “rapidly advancing military nuclear program”.

Raisi’s election “makes clear Iran’s true malign intentions, and should prompt grave concern among the international community”, foreign ministry spokesman Lior Haiat wrote on Twitter.

Iran has “elected its most extremist president to date”, he said following Friday’s vote. Raisi is “committed to Iran’s rapidly advancing military nuclear program”.

Israel fiercely opposes the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that offered its arch-foe Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme.

It argues the deal, from which US President Donald Trump withdrew three years later, could enable the Islamic republic to develop nuclear arms.

Iran has always denied seeking a nuclear weapon.

Raisi, an ultraconservative cleric, is set to take over at a critical time as Iran seeks to salvage the tattered deal and free itself from punishing US sanctions.

Israel’s newly sworn-in Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has called efforts to revive the deal a “mistake that will give one of the darkest regimes legitimacy”.

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Footprints Of Last Dinosaurs To Walk On UK Soil 110 Million Years Ago Found: Report

The dinosaur footprints were discovered in the cliffs in Folkestone, Kent. (Representational)


Footprints from at least six different species of dinosaur – the very last dinosaurs to walk on UK soil 110 million years ago – have been found in Kent, a new report by researchers has claimed.

The discovery of dinosaur footprints by a curator from Hastings Museum and Art Gallery and a scientist from the University of Portsmouth is the last record of dinosaurs in Britain.

The footprints were discovered in the cliffs and on the foreshore in Folkestone, Kent, where stormy conditions affect the cliff and coastal waters, and are constantly revealing new fossils.

“This is the first time dinosaur footprints have been found in strata known as the ‘Folkestone Formation’ and it’s quite an extraordinary discovery because these dinosaurs would have been the last to roam in this country before becoming extinct,” said David Martill, Professor of Palaeobiology, at the University of Portsmouth.

“They were walking around close to where the White Cliffs of Dover are now – next time you’re on a ferry and you see those magnificent cliffs just imagine that,” he said.

The findings have been published in the journal ‘Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association’ this week and some of the footprints are on display at Folkestone Museum.

The footprint fossils formed by sediment filling the impression left behind when a dinosaur’s foot pushes into the ground, which then preserves it.

The footprints are from a variety of dinosaurs, which shows there was a relatively high diversity of dinosaurs in southern England at the end of the Early Cretaceous period, 110 million years ago.

They are thought to be from ankylosaurs, rugged-looking armoured dinosaurs which were like living tanks; theropods, three-toed flesh-eating dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus rex; and ornithopods, plant-eating ‘bird-hipped’ dinosaurs so-called because of their pelvic structure being a little bit similar to birds.

Philip Hadland, Collections and Engagement Curator, at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is lead author on the paper.

“Back in 2011, I came across unusual impressions in the rock formation at Folkestone. They seemed to be repeating and all I could think was they might be footprints,” said Hadland.

“This was at odds with what most geologists say about the rocks here, but I went looking for more footprints and as the tides revealed more by erosion, I found even better ones. More work was needed to convince the scientific community of their validity, so I teamed up with experts at the University of Portsmouth to verify what I’d found,” he said.

Most of the findings are isolated footprints, but one discovery comprises six footprints – making a “trackway”, which is more than one consecutive print from the same animal.

This trackway of prints are similar in size to an elephant footprint and have been identified as likely to be an Ornithopodichnus, of which similar, but smaller-sized footprints have also been found in China from the same time period.

The largest footprint found – measuring 80 cm in width and 65 cm in length – has been identified as belonging to an Iguanodon-like dinosaur.

Iguanodons were also plant-eaters, grew up to 10 metres long and walked on both two legs or on all fours.

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Ahead of CPC centenary, Xi Jinping administers loyalty pledge to senior leaders of party | CPC के 100 साल पूरे होने से पहले शी ने वरिष्ठ नेताओं को दिलाई वफादारी की शपथ

Ahead of CPC centenary, Xi Jinping administers loyalty pledge to senior leaders of party | CPC के 100 साल पूरे होने से पहले शी ने वरिष्ठ नेताओं को दिलाई वफादारी की शपथ – India TV Hindi News

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Joe Biden’s Dog Champ, “Cherished Companion” For 13 Years, Dies

The Bidens had Champ – a German Shepherd, living with them since 2008

Champ, one of the two family dogs of Joe Biden, has died, the US President announced on Saturday. “We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always,” the US President and first lady remembered their companion for 13 years on Twitter.

The Bidens had Champ – a German Shepherd, living with them since 2008, when Joe Biden was serving as the US Vice President under Barack Obama. The Bidens have another German Shepherd – Major, who is the first animal from an animal rescue shelter to live in the White House.

“He was our constant, cherished companion during the last 13 years and was adored by the entire Biden family,” the president said. “Even as Champ’s strength waned in his last months, when we came into a room, he would immediately pull himself up, his tail always wagging, and nuzzle us for an ear scratch or a belly rub,” the US President and the first lady, Jill Biden, said in a heartfelt note.

The arrival of Champ and Major marked the return of pets to the White House after a four-year hiatus under former President Donald Trump, who was the first president since Andrew Johnson in the 1860s not to share the presidential digs with a dog or a cat.

“When we came into a room, he would immediately pull himself up, his tail always wagging, and nuzzle us for an ear scratch or a belly rub,” the statement continued.

When Champ was younger, they said, he was “happiest chasing golf balls on the front lawn of the Naval Observatory or racing to catch our grandchildren as they ran around our backyard in Delaware.”

After Joe Biden won the US Presidential Election, a Twitter account dedicated to the first dogs of the US revealed that the two are looking forward to “playing all day and receiving countless treats” at the White House.

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16 Dead, 22 Missing In A Week After Heavy Rain Batters Nepal

Landslides and floods kill hundreds in Nepal every year during the monsoon


At least 16 people have died, while 22 are still missing due to flooding and landslide incidents in Nepal since Sunday, as monsoon rain battered the Himalayan nation.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has recorded the mayhem caused by monsoon rain in over half a dozen districts where 16 people, including three foreign nationals, have lost their lives.

“We are yet to receive a report about the damage to the structures and properties. The Government is now focusing on search, rescue, and providing relief materials to those affected. In the past one week, since Sunday we have recorded 16 fatalities, 22 reports of missing and 11 cases of injuries in landslide and flooding incidents across the country,” Janakraj Dahal, Spokesperson at the Ministry told ANI.

As per the ministry, Sindhupalchok and Manang Districts have recorded damage in terms of lives and structures. Till Saturday morning, Lamjung, Myagdi, Mustang, Manang, Palpa, Kalikot, Jumla, Dailekh, Bajura and Bajhang along with Sindhupalchok districts were the most affected areas due to floods and landslide.

Landslides and floods kill hundreds in Nepal every year during the monsoon.

With continuing rainfall across the nation, various local administrations have been issuing notices and alerting people to remain safe. Another hilly district of Dolakha, late on Friday night, issued a release warning people living near the Tamakoshi River of a possible flash flood.

Issuing a press statement on Friday night, the District Administration Office (DAO) of Dolakha said, “Landslide after a heavy rain at Rongxia city of Tingri Country in Nepal-China border point has blocked the flow of the river and it is likely to witness a flash flood in Tamakoshi River at any time.”

Heavy rains at Rongxia city at Nepal-China border point have triggered fears of fresh landslide and flash flood in the Tamakoshi River.

The DAO has also urged people living along the Tamakoshi riverbank and Nepal-China border area to stay alert and move to higher ground.

Earlier, meteorologists of Nepal and other South Asian nations had predicted that the monsoon for the year 2021 will arrive earlier than last year and that Nepal and some other Asian countries are expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall.

As per Nepal’s Meteorological Forecasting Division, the monsoon has already hit Nepal from June 1 and it will continue for about three months.

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Iran Ultraconservative Cleric Ebrahim Raisi Named Presidential Election Winner

Iran’s ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi was elected president with just under 62 % of the vote

Iran’s ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi was elected president with just under 62 percent of the vote, according to figures released Saturday by Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli.

Voter turnout for Friday’s election was 48.8 percent of the more than 59 million eligible voters, he said — a record low for a presidential election in the Islamic republic.

In second place by a wide margin was the ultraconservative Mohsen Rezai, a former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, who won 11.8 percent.

He was followed in third place by the only reformist left in the race, former central bank chief Abdolnasser Hemmati, who scored 8.4 percent.

Last placed out of the four candidates was another ultraconservative, Amirhossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi, who won 3.5 percent.

Over 3.7 million ballots were declared void — more votes than were won by second placed Rezai.

Three of the original seven candidates had dropped out two days before the election — reformist Mohsen Mehralizadeh and ultraconservatives Saeed Jalili and Alireza Zakani.

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India misrepresenting ICJ verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan । कुलभूषण जाधव मामले में आईसीजे के फैसले को गलत ढंग से पेश कर रहा: पाकिस्तान

India misrepresenting ICJ verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan । कुलभूषण जाधव मामले में आईसीजे के फैसले को गलत ढंग से पेश कर रहा: पाकिस्तान – India TV Hindi News

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Third Wave Of COVID-19 Definitely Underway In UK, Says Vaccine Expert

UK recorded a further 10,476 cases of COVID-19 on Friday. (FILE)


The UK is undergoing a third wave of coronavirus infections as a result of the highly transmissible Delta variant, an expert who advises the government on its vaccination programme said on Saturday.

Professor Adam Finn, who advises on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), told the BBC that the country is now in a firm race between the vaccines and the Delta variant – first identified in India.

“It’s going up, perhaps we can be a little bit optimistic it’s not going up any faster, but nevertheless it’s going up, so this third wave is definitely underway,” said Prof. Finn.

“We can conclude that the race is firmly on between the vaccine programme, particularly getting older people’s second doses done, and the Delta variant third wave,” he said.

He was asked about how confident he was that the UK’s vaccination programme can outpace the Delta variant with the current rate of jabs, which have now opened up to all adults.

“No, I don’t feel confident, but I think there’s some grounds for optimism. The latest ONS [Office for National Statistics] figures continue to show a rise, but that rise has not accelerated quite as much as I”d feared over the last week,” he said.

“So, the race is on. The sooner we can get, particularly second doses, into older people, the less of a hospitalisation wave we’ll see this time around. That’s the critical thing, that’s what’s grounded us all in the past, and if we’ve managed to protect enough older people that we can avoid a great big surge of hospitalisations and deaths, then things will be able to move back towards normal,” he said.

The latest ONS figures show that one in every 540 people is infected, with the Delta variant now the dominant strain of the deadly virus circulating in the country and accounting for almost all infections.

According to the latest data from Public Health England (PHE), a single dose of vaccine reduces a person’s chances of catching coronavirus and needing hospital treatment by about 75 per cent, even with the Delta variant.

And among people who had received the recommended two doses, the chances of catching and being hospitalised by coronavirus was reduced by more than 90 per cent.

The latest R number – or rate of infection – is between 1.2 and 1.4, which means on average every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 14 other people.

It comes as the UK recorded a further 10,476 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, showing a steady rise in the number over the past few weeks.

It had led UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to delay a planned end to all lockdown measures on Monday by four weeks, with July 19 now the expected timeline.

Meanwhile, surge testing is being rolled out in further parts of England, including south London, to track the spread of the growing Delta variant.

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Winston Churchill Painting From Onassis Superyacht To Auction In New York

Winston Churchill kept the painting for 40 years before offering it in 1961 to his friend.

New York, United States:

A piece of art weaving together one of the great statesmen of the 20th century, an icon of the jet set and the world’s first “super yacht” will go under the hammer at New York auction house Phillips on June 23.

“The Moat, Breccles,” a signed 1921 oil landscape by Winston Churchill, is estimated by Phillips at $1.5 million to $2 million, far from the $11.6 million netted by another painting from the wartime British prime minister sold by Angelina Jolie at Christie’s last March.

But even if it doesn’t shatter records, this landscape — which Churchill mentioned in a December 1921 essay titled “Painting as a Pastime” — could appeal to both history and celebrity buffs.

Churchill kept the painting for 40 years before offering it in 1961, four years before his death, to his friend the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, Phillips Deputy Chairman Jean-Paul Engelen told AFP.

The tycoon was so proud of his gift that he hung it in a place of honor — behind the bar of his yacht — alongside works by Vermeer, Gauguin, Le Greco and Pissarro.

This super yacht, named “Christina” after Onassis’s daughter, was a former Canadian Navy frigate, nearly 100 meters long. It had been a part of the Normandy landings before Onassis bought the ship post-war for $34,000.

Onassis had it lavishly renovated to the tune of $4 million, making it “one of the most incredible structures that floated,” Engelen said.

It was a favored gathering spot for the rich and famous, including Elizabeth Taylor, John F. and Jackie Kennedy, Richard Burton, Grace Kelly, J. Paul Getty, Eva Peron and others.

When Onassis died in 1975, seven years after his marriage to Jackie Kennedy, the yacht was sold and everything on board placed in storage, until his heirs recently decided to part with the painting.

To spur interest in the canvas, Phillips has recreated the bar on the “Christina” — known as Ari’s Bar — in its New York showroom, including facsimiles of its famous whale teeth, and filled the shelves with Pol Roger champagne, Churchill’s preferred bubbly.

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What Happens On World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is observed around the globe to draw attention to the plight of refugees.

At this moment, someone somewhere is fleeing their homes due to internal strife, or persecution in a country, or water and climate crisis. These people who are forced to find shelter in a safer place, likely in a foreign land, are known as refugees. Sometimes, abandoned by their home country, these vulnerable people are made to spend their lives in temporary or community camps set up by civil society organization in the host country. To honour their resilience and courage in the face of extreme discrimination, the United Nations has designated a day, June 20, as a mark of respect.

What Is World Refugee Day And What Is Its Significance?

The day is observed around the globe to draw attention to the plight of refugees and mobilize political will and resources to urgently help these people rebuild their lives. This day is also important as it highlights the needs and dreams and rights of refugees. The United Nations General Assembly officially designated June 20 as World Refugee Day in December 2000 and it was held for the first time next year.

What Happens On This Day?

A number of events are organised across the world in support of refugees on June 20. These activities are largely led by refugees themselves and involve government officials, host communities, companies, celebrities, school children and the general public. Many of these events create opportunities to support refugees.

With the pandemic ravaging populations and families across the world for the second year, the UN Refugee Agency has themed the day, “Together we heal, learn and shine”. It has urged people and governments to help expand refugees’ access to health care, to donate for educating talented young refugees, and to support refugees by other creative means such as organizing sports and art contests.

The 1951 UN Refugee Convention states that refugees are those who fled their countries and homes due to a “well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her nationality, race, religion, political opinion or membership of a particular social group”. According to UNHCR, 82.4 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced by the end of 2020 as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order.

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Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Hails Vote As Victory Over Enemy Propaganda

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hailed a presidential election won by an ultraconservative cleric (File)


Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Saturday hailed a presidential election won by an ultraconservative as a victory for the nation over “enemy propaganda”.

“The great winner of yesterday’s elections is the Iranian nation because it has risen up once again in the face of the propaganda of the enemy’s mercenary media,” he said.

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Five Facts You Need To Know About Refugees

World Refugee Day 2021: More than 6 million refugees live in camps worldwide, as per the UN records.

World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 to respect and honour the courage and resilience of refugees across the globe. The United Nations designated the day to celebrate the strength and courage of people forced to flee their homes and countries to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is also a day to build empathy and understanding of their plight and to recognize their efforts in rebuilding their lives. The day recognises the rights, needs and dreams of refugees. 

Here are five facts about refugees you need to know this World Refugee Day:

1) Who is a refugee?

A person forced to flee his or her country following persecution, war or violence is a refugee. According to the United Nations people who fled their homes and countries due to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion” is a refugee.  

2) What’s the number of refugees worldwide?

At the end of 2020, a mammoth 82.4 million remained forcibly displaced worldwide due to persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations. According to the UN, the COVID-19 pandemic slowed the rate of displacement, and thus the number of people seeking asylum remains high. In 2020 alone, asylum-seekers submitted 1.1 million new claims, the UN said. 

3) A refugee camp

More than 6 million refugees live in camps worldwide, as per the United Nations records. These camps are temporary facilities offering immediate protection and assistance to people forced to flee their homes due to war, persecution or violence. The camps are not a permanent solution, but they give shelter to refugees and help them meet their basic needs – such as food, water, shelter, medical treatment and other basic services in times of emergencies.

4) Which country hosts the largest number of refugees?

Turkey currently hosts 3.6 million refugees, the largest by a single country, followed by Columbia that shelters 1.8 million people, including people who fled Venezuela in the last few years, according to the latest United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report on forced displacement.

5) Countries most refugees came from

Over two-thirds of the refugees worldwide come from just five countries, the UNHCR report added.

Syria: 6.6 million

Venezuela: 3.7 million

Afghanistan: 2.7 million

South Sudan: 2.3 million

Myanmar: 1.0 million

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Indo-Canadians Prabhmeet Sarkariya And Parm Gill Join Cabinet In Canada’s Ontario Province

Prabhmeet Sarkariya is the first turban-wearing Sikh Cabinet minister in Ontario.


Two more Indo-Canadian politicians have been appointed as ministers in a Cabinet reshuffle in Canada’s Ontario province, taking the representation of the community members in the Executive Council to three.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Friday reshuffled his Cabinet, with former finance minister Rod Phillips – who resigned from his post following a Caribbean vacation during the COVID-19 pandemic – returning as the new minister of long-term care.

The reshuffle comes just under a year before next June”s provincial election.

In the previous ministry, there was one Indo-Canadian – Prabhmeet Sarkariya, who was the associate minister of small business and red tape reduction.

Mr Sarkariya, 30, has now been promoted to take over as president of the Treasury Board.

He is the first turban-wearing Sikh Cabinet minister in Ontario.

“It is an honour to be sworn in as #Ontario”s President of the Treasury Board. I am dedicated to working hard with Premier @fordnation and my colleagues to support Ontarians as we continue to tackle the #COVID19 pandemic & work towards our recovery! ,” Mr Sarkariya tweeted taking over the new role.

Mr Sarkaria’s parents immigrated from Punjab, India in the 1980s.

Parm Gill, 47, took on the new portfolio of citizenship and multiculturalism.

Mr Gill was born in Moga, Punjab. He moved to Canada at a young age.

“Thank you Premier @fordnation for this great honour and thank you to my community of Milton for allowing me to represent you each and every day as part of this Provincial Government,” he tweeted after his appointment.

“Who would have thought a young boy who immigrated from India to Canada at a young age, raised by a single mother, would today be sworn in as Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism for the Province of Ontario,” Mr Gill added.

Nina Tangri was appointed associate minister of small business and red tape.

”Excited to be sworn in as the Associate Minister of Small Business & Red Tape Reduction. Thank you to Premier @fordnation for his confidence in me and to my family and staff for their continuous support,” she tweeted.

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इंडोनेशिया में पिछले 24 घंटों में कोविड-19 के 12,990 नए पुष्ट मामले दर्ज किए गए, जो जनवरी के अंत के बाद से सबसे अधिक दैनिक मामले हैं।

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Four Killed, Four Badly Injured In Plane Crash In Siberia

A medical services spokesman said the injured were being airlifted to hospitals. (Representational)


Four people were killed and four badly injured on Saturday when a small plane crashed in Russia’s Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia, the local emergency medical service said.

TASS news agency earlier said at least seven people were killed when the twin-engine L-410 crashed near the Tanay aerodrome, which provides parachuting services.

It also cited the local prosecutors’ office as saying the crew had sent a distress signal about engine failure.

A medical services spokesman told Reuters the injured were being airlifted to hospitals.

Social media showed pictures of the heavily-damaged plane with an ambulance nearby.

A spokesman at a Siberian branch of Russian civil aviation agency Rosaviatsia said a search and rescue operation was under way, declining to provide details.

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Apple Daily Editor Ryan Law, CEO Cheung Kim-hung Denied Bail In Hong Kong

Apple Daily editor-in-chief Ryan Law being escorted by police. (File)

Two executives of Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, charged under a national security law, were denied bail on Saturday in a case that has drawn international condemnation and stoked fears over media freedoms in the financial hub.

Editor-in-chief Ryan Law 47 and chief executive officer Cheung Kim-hung 59 were among five Apple Daily executives arrested on Thursday when 500 police also raided the outlet’s newsroom, which authorities described as a “crime scene.”

Police said on Thursday dozens of the newspaper’s articles were suspected of violating the national security law. It was the first case in which authorities have cited media articles as potentially violating the contentious legislation.

Law and Cheung, who are charged with “collusion with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security” appeared at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Saturday and were denied bail by Judge Victor So.

They will next appear in court on August 13.

The pair are accused of colluding with Apple Daily owner and staunch Beijing critic Jimmy Lai between July 1 2020 and April 3 April 2021 to request a foreign country, person or organisation “to impose sanctions or blockade or engage in other hostile activities against the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or the People’s Republic of China,” according to a charge sheet.

The National Security Law came into force in Hong Kong just before midnight on June 30, 2020.

Judge So said Law and Cheung were denied bail because there was insufficient evidence to believe they would not endanger national security.

Under the security law, the onus is on defendants to prove they will not pose a security threat if released on bail.

As part of their bail application, Law and Cheung had offered to resign their roles at Apple Daily, not speak to media and foreign politicians and pay cash bail – HK$3 million ($386,463.47)for Cheung and up to HK$200,000 for Law.

Three companies related to Apple Daily that are also being prosecuted for collusion with a foreign country appointed people to represent them in court. Authorities have frozen HK$18 million ($2.32 million) of the companies’ assets.

The other three executives arrested on Thursday, Chief Operating Officer Chow Tat-kuen, Deputy Chief Editor Chan Puiman and Chief Executive Editor Cheung Chi-wai, were released on bail late on Friday, according to Apple Daily.

“We will still publish the newspaper tomorrow. We will try our best to keep running,” said Chan, who attended Saturday’s hearing and was speaking outside the court after bail had been denied.

Earlier on Saturday, crowds had gathered outside the court ahead of the hearing, some holding yellow umbrellas or wearing Apple Daily T-shirts saying, “No fear, fight on.”

The National Security Law punishes what Beijing broadly refers to as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.

The arrests and scale of the Apple Daily raid have been criticised by Western nations, global rights groups, press associations and the chief U.N. spokesperson for human rights.

Apple Daily and its listed publisher Next Digital have come under increasing pressure since Lai was arrested last year under the legislation.

Lai, whose assets have been frozen under the security law, is already in jail for taking part in unauthorised assemblies and awaiting trial in his national security case.

As investigations into Apple Daily and its senior executives ramp up, some employees and observers have expressed deepening concern over the newspaper’s future.

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Iran Ultraconservative Cleric Ebrahim Raisi Named Presidential Election Winner

“I congratulate … Ebrahim Raisi, elected by the nation,” Ghazizadeh-Hashemi said.

Congratulations poured in for Iranian ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday for winning presidential elections even before official results were announced.

Iran’s outgoing moderate President Hassan Rouhani said his successor had been elected in the previous day’s vote, without naming the widely expected winner, Raisi.

“I congratulate the people on their choice,” said Rouhani. “My official congratulations will come later, but we know who got enough votes in this election and who is elected today by the people.”

The other two ultraconservative candidates — Mohsen Rezai and Amirhossein Ghazizadeh-Hashemi — explicitly congratulated Raisi. 

“I congratulate … Raisi, elected by the nation,” Ghazizadeh-Hashemi said, quoted by Iranian media.

And Rezai tweeted that he hoped Raisi could build “a strong and popular government to solve the country’s problems”.

The only reformist in the race, former central bank governor Abdolnasser Hemmati, also tweeted his congratulations to Raisi.

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