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Azerbaijan military helicopter crashes, some crew killed


Azerbaijan military helicopter crashes, some crew killed

A military helicopter of Azerbaijan’s Border Service crashed on Tuesday during a training exercise, leaving some crew members dead and others injured.

A military helicopter of Azerbaijan’s Border Service crashed on Tuesday during a training exercise, leaving some crew members dead and others injured, according to authorities.

The helicopter came down in the northeastern Azerbaijani district of Khizi at about 10.40 a.m. local time (06.40 GMT), the Border Service and Office of the Prosecutor General said in a joint statement, Xinhua news agency reported.

Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the accident.




La Nina impacts temperature, precipitation but not climate change: WMO


La Nina impacts temperature, precipitation but not climate change: WMO

Pointing out that La Nina has developed for the second consecutive year, influencing temperatures and precipitation and is expected to last into early 2022.

Pointing out that La Nina has developed for the second consecutive year, influencing temperatures and precipitation and is expected to last into early 2022, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) on Tuesday said it will, however, not have a direct impact on climate change.

“Despite the cooling influence of this naturally occurring climate phenomenon, temperatures in many parts of the world are expected to be above average because of the accumulated heat trapped in the atmosphere as a result of record high levels of greenhouse gases,” WMO said in a release.

Many land areas are expected to see above average temperatures, with the only large exceptions being north-western North America, the Indian subcontinent, the Indochinese peninsula, and Australia.

Even so, climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, health, water resources and disaster management will be affected, it said.

“The cooling impact of the 2020/2021 La Nina – which is typically felt in the second half of the event – means that 2021 will be one of the tenth warmest years on record, rather than THE warmest year. This is a short-lived respite and does not reverse the long-term warming trend or reduce the urgency of climate action,” said WMO Secretary General Professor Petteri Taalas.

La Nina refers to the large-scale cooling of the ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, coupled with changes in the tropical atmospheric circulation, namely winds, pressure and rainfall. It usually has the opposite effects on weather and climate as El Nino, which is the warm phase of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

This ENSO is the dominant driver of naturally occurring climate variability and also the main source of seasonal climate predictability. In a warmer world, the associated ENSO precipitation variability on regional scales is likely to intensify, according to the latest Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR6 WRI).

El Nino and La Nina are not the only factors and no two La Nina or El Nino events are the same. WMO therefore now issues a monthly Global Seasonal Climate Update (GSCU) to provide additional actionable information to decision-makers.

According to the latest WMO Update, there is a high chance (90 per cent) of tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures remaining at La Nina levels until the end of 2021, and a moderate chance (70-80 per cent) for them to persist at La Nina levels through the first quarter of 2022. This is based on forecasts from WMO Global Producing Centres of Long-Range Forecasts and expert interpretation.




Physician’s daughter kidnapped in Afghanistan


Physician’s daughter kidnapped in Afghanistan

Confirming the incident, the father of the kidnapped child Mohammad Dawod Rateb said “The eight-year-old Sedra was kidnapped at about 7 a.m. local time.”

A group of men kidnapped the daughter of a physician near a school in Mazar-i-Sharif city, capital of Balkh province in Afghanistan, police said.

“The kidnapping took place on Monday morning and an investigation has been initiated into the case,” senior police official Qari Abdul Hai Abid said.

Confirming the incident, the father of the kidnapped child Mohammad Dawod Rateb said “The eight-year-old Sedra was kidnapped at about 7 a.m. local time today in an area close to Balhika private school.”

Rateb, who is in charge of the drug addiction section of the Balkh provincial public health department, said that he had informed police of the abduction and sought early release of his daughter, Xinhua news agency reported.

This is the second case of abduction in Mazar-i-Shrif over the past two months.

Earlier, some men had kidnapped famous psychologist Mohamad Nader Alemi in Mazar-i-Sharif.

The psychologist was killed last week when his family failed to pay $800,000 as ransom for his release, according to family sources.




No Omicron case in India so far: Mandaviya


No Omicron case in India so far: Mandaviya

The states were also asked to focus on timely testing for early identification and ensuring adequate health infrastructure.

No case of Omicron variant has been detected in the country so far, Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday told the Rajya Sabha that there is no case of Omicron variant detected in the country so far,

He was responding to a question during the Question Hour.

The Covid situation in the country, he said, is under control but measures are being taken to prevent it from spreading further. A total of 124 crore vaccination doses have been administered to the eligible population to date.

Earlier in the morning, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in a meet, told the states and UTs to ramp up testing for early identification of Omicron positive cases and its management.

Also, the Centre has directed to extend the ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign till December 31 with a focus on 100 percent first dose and completing backlog of second dose vaccinations.

The states were also asked to focus on timely testing for early identification and ensuring adequate health infrastructure.

On Monday, the World Health Organisation said that the overall global risk related to the new Omicron has been assessed as “very high”.

Omicron labelled as ‘variant of concern’ is a highly divergent variant with a high number of mutations, including 26-32 in the spike, some of which are concerning and may be associated with immune escape potential and higher transmissibility. However, there are still considerable uncertainties, the global health body said.

“Given mutations that may confer immune escape potential and possibly transmissibility advantage, the likelihood of potential further spread of Omicron at the global level is high”, it said.




Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel conferred 'Mahatma Phule Samta Award'


Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel conferred 'Mahatma Phule Samta Award'

Mahatma Phule was the leading leader of the social revolution, while the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was the preeminent social reformer of the political revolution: Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

Mahatma Gandhi carried forward the work of Mahatma Phule, We are following the path of these Mahatmas to establish social justice in Chhattisgarh

Chief Minister Mr. Baghel was honored for extraordinary works and crucial decisions taken towards providing justice to the deprived sections of the society

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has been conferred the 'Mahatma Phule Samta Award' in Pune on the occasion of 131st death anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule today.

The award was presented to him by the National President of the council, Mr. Chhagan Bhujbal in a function organized by All India Mahatma Phule Samta Parishad at Mahatma Phule Memorial 'Samta Bhoomi' in Pune. Mr. Bhujbal honored the Chief Minister Mr. Baghel with a Phule turban, a shawl, award money and a memento.

"In the history of five thousand years of India, three and a half thousand years were ruled by the backwards. The country's economy was shattered during the British rule. In such a situation, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule worked for the establishment of an egalitarian society through social reform. Mahatma Phule was the leading leader of the social revolution, while the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was the preeminent social reformer of the political revolution. We are working for the establishment of social justice in Chhattisgarh by following the path shown by these Mahatmas", said the Chief Minister addressing the function.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has been selected for this year's award for his extraordinary works and crucial decisions taken towards providing justice to the deprived sections of the society during his tenure. A copy of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule's book 'Kisan Ka Koda' was presented to the Chief Minister in the program. Earlier, the Chief Minister paid floral tributes to the statues of Mahatma Phule and Smt. Savitri Bai Phule at Mahatma Phule Memorial 'Samta Bhoomi'.

"Mahatma Phule and Smt. Savitri Bai Phule devoted their life working for the welfare of the underprivileged and downtrodden, showed them the way of life and earned respect in the society. Mahatma Phule, a fervent revolutionary, looked closely at the problems of his time, understood them and found their solution. He directly attacked the stereotypes prevailing in the society, while working to solve the issues of education, medicine and equality of that time and contributed significantly to the creation of an egalitarian society. He carried forward the works of Mahatma Gandhi", said Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel in his address at the function while paying homage to Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Smt. Savitri Bai Phule.

On this occasion, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel while paying homage to the holy land of Maharashtra said that this is the land of many saints and revolutionary leaders including Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar. "There was a time when India used to have 23 per cent of the GDP of the whole world. People practiced agriculture and craftsmen and artisans used to make artwork. India's economy flourished back then, making the country popularly known as "golden bird". This continued in the Mughal Empire, however, India's economy shattered during the British rule. Agriculture was affected and skilled people were left unemployed. In such a situation Mahatma Phule emerged as a guiding light, who worked for the establishment of an egalitarian society through social reform", he said.

He added that he worked towards uplifting the downtrodden and gave special emphasis on the education of women. He founded the Satyashodhak Samaj. He said that Mahatma Phule was the leading leader of the social revolution, while the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was the preeminent social reformer of the political revolution. Mahatma Gandhi emphasized on establishing cottage industries to make people financially capable. The spinning wheel and spindle were made weapons.

Mr. Baghel also paid tributes to Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, the architect of Indian Constitution saying that he has ensured equal rights for all of us through the Indian Constitution. "Today our constitution and institutions are in danger and it is the need of hour to save them" said the Chief Minister while referring to the current scenario.

He stressed on the need of utilizing goods produced by small artisans to fight capitalism and marketism in today's conditions. He said that today the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes are getting less reservation in proportion to their population. However, everyone is silent on this matter. He informed that quantifiable data is being collected by the state government to provide 27 per cent reservation to other backward classes in Chhattisgarh. This will be presented in the High Court very soon. He said that we are making every possible effort to provide them rights and a respected place in society they deserve.

Mr. Baghel said that soon after formation of our government we had taken a historic step of returning 4200 acres of land acquired from 1700 farmers for setting up a steel plant at Lohandiguda in Bastar. Started procuring paddy at support price besides giving input subsidy to farmers under Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana to give farmers fair price for their produce.

Referring to the Godhan Nyay Yojana, he said that in this scheme, self-help groups are producing organic manure in state-run Gauthans (cowsheds) by procuring cow dung at Rs 2 per kg. Through this thousands of women have got employment across the state. Now along with organic manure we are also producing electricity from cow dung. With the production of vermi-compost on large scale, we are moving towards organic farming. Recharging of 12000 drains is being done to stop rain water.

Chairperson of Maharashtra Women's Commission Mrs. Rupali Tai, Mr. Bapu Bhujbal, Mr. Hari Narke, Mr. Siddharth Kushwaha and many office bearers of All India Mahatma Phule Samta Parishad, public representatives and citizens were present on the occasion.




Rwanda reinstates mandatory quarantine to limit new Covid-19 variant


Rwanda reinstates mandatory quarantine to limit new Covid-19 variant

The measures are being taken to limit the spread of the new variant and to protect the gains Rwanda has made so far in managing the Covid-19.

Rwanda will reintroduce the mandatory 24-hour quarantine for incoming travellers following the detection of a new Covid-19 variant in South Africa starting on Sunday, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Following confirmation of the new Covid-19 variant in South Africa, the Ministry of Health is reinstating the obligatory 24-hour quarantine in designated hotels for all persons arriving in Rwanda effective from November 28 noon, added the statement issued on Friday.

The measures are being taken to limit the spread of the new variant and to protect the gains Rwanda has made so far in managing the Covid-19 pandemic and reopening of the economy, it said.

The Ministry called on all, including vaccinated people to continue to strictly observe Covid-19 preventive measures, including the proper wearing of face masks, social distancing, hand washing, ensuring maximum ventilation in indoor spaces, and avoiding crowds, crowded spaces and unnecessary social gatherings, Xinhua news agency reported.

Speaking earlier on a state media channel, Rwandan Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said additional measures will be announced in the coming days as scientists carry out tests to determine whether the mutation is more transmissible or infectious than other variants.

In October, Rwanda had removed quarantine measures for people who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 after arriving in the country.




Russia rejects US claim of Russian plan to invade Ukraine


Russia rejects US claim of Russian plan to invade Ukraine

Russia should remain calm and reinforce its defensive capability as the US is inciting the Ukrainian authorities to attack the insurgent Donbass region.

Russia has no plans to invade Ukraine as “Washington fabricated”, Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergei Naryshkin has said.

The allegation was “malicious propaganda” by the US Department of State, which is aimed at pushing Kiev to escalate the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Naryshkin told a Russian TV program on Saturday.

Russia should remain calm and reinforce its defensive capability as the US is inciting the Ukrainian authorities to attack the insurgent Donbass region, he added.

Kremlin Spokesman, Dmitry Peskov has also denied recent reports in the West and Ukraine about a Russian plan of aggression against Ukraine, saying that “this hysteria is being boosted artificially,” Xinhua news agency reported.




Ukraine holds staff exercise on border amid migrant crisis


Ukraine holds staff exercise on border amid migrant crisis

The maneuvers were held at four different parts of the border in Ukraine northern Chernihiv region, the SBGS said in a statement

The Ukrainian forces have conducted staff exercise at the frontier with Belarus, as a part of the operation “Polissya” that is aimed at preventing a migrant crisis, the State Border Guard Service (SBGS) of Ukraine has said.

The exercise, which started on November 23, was conducted by the SBGS together with the National Guard, the National Police, the Armed Forces and other law enforcement units of Ukraine.

The maneuvers were held at four different parts of the border in Ukraine northern Chernihiv region, the SBGS said in a statement on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.

According to the statement, the main task of the exercises is to obtain the necessary skills to act in response to any abrupt changes in the situation on the border.

As a part of the operation, the Ukrainian authorities have increased the number of border patrol servicemen and equipment at the frontier to prevent possible attempts of illegal migrants to break through the border.

Ukraine used aviation, unmanned aerial vehicles and technical means of surveillance during the operation.

Since August, thousands of migrants, mostly from war-torn countries in the Middle East, attempted to enter the European Union (EU) yet are stranded at the border between Belarus and the EU.

Ukraine shares about 1,084 km of border with Belarus in the north.




India’s GDP expected to grow by 8.5% YoY in Q2FY22: Acuite


India’s GDP expected to grow by 8.5% YoY in Q2FY22: Acuite

As per the rating agency, the gradual removal of lockdown restrictions by most states towards the end of the last quarter will also help the GDP to grow.

India’s Q2FY22 GDP is expected to grow by 8.5 per cent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis amid support from a favourable base, Acuite Ratings and Research said.

As per the rating agency, the gradual removal of lockdown restrictions by most states towards the end of the last quarter will also help the GDP to grow.

Besides, it predicted a GVA growth of 7.5 per cent on a YoY basis in Q2FY22.

According to the agency, the steady progress in vaccination has improved consumer sentiments.

Furthermore, the economy has been supported by the relative resilience of the industrial sector and a gradual rebound in the services sector with improved mobility, buoyancy in exports, and improved government capital expenditure.

“For FY22, we continue to retain our GDP growth forecast at 10 per cent albeit with some downside risks emanating from global supply chain disruptions, elevated commodity prices that may tighten inflationary pressures as demand makes a comeback and a potential volatility in global markets as central banks attempt a normalisation of monetary policies,” its Chief Analytical Officer Suman Chowdhury said.




Global Covid caseload tops 259.9 mn


Global Covid caseload tops 259.9 mn

The second worst hit country in terms of cases is India (34,544,882 infections and 466,980 deaths), followed by Brazil (22,055,238 infections and 613,642 deaths).

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 259.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.18 million and vaccinations to over 7.52 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number number of vaccine doses administered stood at 259,944,465, 5,181,026 and 7,523,941,771, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 48,126,373 and 775,785, respectively according to the CSSE.

The second worst hit country in terms of cases is India (34,544,882 infections and 466,980 deaths), followed by Brazil (22,055,238 infections and 613,642 deaths).

The other worst countries with over 5 million cases are the UK (10,076,115), Russia (9,303,751), Turkey (8,654,142), France (7,619,656), Iran (6,097,672), Germany (5,623,056), Argentina (5,322,127), Spain (5,121,100) and Colombia (5,057,897), the CSSE figures showed.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are Mexico (293,186), Russia (263,934), Peru (200,961), the UK (144,875), Indonesia (143,782), Italy (133,486), Iran (129,376), Colombia (128,290), France (119,758) and Argentina (116,480).




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