Monday, June 1, 2020

12 migrant workers killed in road accident on Nepal highway

Road accident on Nepal Highway. (Photo: ANI)
Kathmandu (ANI): Twelve migrant workers were killed and 21 others sustained injuries in a road accident near Thuriya forest area in Banke District along the East_West Highway on Sunday midnight, the police said.

The vehicle, which was ferrying Nepali migrant workers en route to Nepal's Salyan District from Bahraich District in Uttar Pradesh, rammed into a truck othe highway at around midnight in the intervening night of the Sunday and Monday.

"The migrant workers were returning from India. The accident occurred at midnight. All the bodies, as well as those injured, were shifted to Bheri Hospital in Nepalgunj city," Banke District's Officer, Rambahadur Kurungwang told ANI over the phone.

Banke District's Police Officer, inspector Hrideyesh Sapkota further informed that the vehicle seemed to be speeding and the driver lost control and hit the backside of a stationary truck on the roadside.

Three among those injured are in critical condition, the police said. The Bheri Hospital is preparing to refer the three district hospitals for further treatment.

Meanwhile, the postmortem of the deceased, including 11 males and one female, will be conducted at the hospital this week.

Beijing warns India not to engage in US-China confrontation

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New Delhi (UNI): Cautioning India to be careful about being involved in the US-China rivalry, Beijing has said that India has little to gain from engaging in a US-China conflict over any topic.

In an article in the influential newspaper "The Global Times", the daily wrote that as US-China tensions escalate over a wide range of issues covering almost every realm, some are predicting that the world's two largest economies are about to enter a new Cold War. At this juncture, India needs to be careful about being involved in the US-China rivalry.

'Fundamentally speaking, India has little to gain from engaging in a US-China conflict over any topic, with more to lose than gain, which is why the Modi government needs to face the new geopolitical development objectively and rationally,' the newspaper said.

It observed that with the nationalist sentiment on the rise in India, there have been some voices calling for the Indian government to join the new Cold War and exploit its position for more gains.

"Such irrational voices are nothing but misleading, which should not represent the mainstream voices and sway the Indian government's stance,' it said.

"Under the current circumstance, India needs to be careful not to include the US factor in its handling of any problem in its relations with china, otherwise it will only complicate the issue, The same is true of the recent China-India border tension, and the offter of US mediation is unnecessary and the last thing both sides could use. China and India have the ability to resolve their problems, and there is no need for any third-party intervention,' the article read.

The advice to India comes amid the standoff in Eastern Ladakh where troops from both the countries have been deployed since early this month amid rising tension on the border row.

The newspaper said, "If in a new Cold War, India leans toward the US or becomes a US pawn attacking China, the economic and trade ties between the two Asian neighbors will suffer a devastating blow. And it would be too much for the Indian economy to take such a hit at the current stage.'

One the Covid-19 pandemic, the daily observed that over the weekend, the Indian government just announced to lift the national lockdown measures by allowing malls, restaurants and places of worship in some places to open from June 8. The move comes at a time when its strict restrictions have not flattened its curve of coronavirus infections.

"The total number of COVID-19 cases in India surpassed the 1,80,000 mark on Sunday. Still, the end to lockdown is understandable, as its economy has been under enormous strain from the lockdown, with its worst recession forecast for the second quarter by Goldman Sachs.
Ultimately, the crippling Indian economy cannot afford any more shocks,' it said.

The article said that China's tone of maintaining a cooperative relationship with India has not changed, so they are still willing to offer support to India's lockdown lifting by strengthening bilateral cooperation to help its economic recovery and deepening bilateral trade ties during the process.

"China doesn't want to see a situation where politics leads to economic repercussions, so the Indian government is advised to always view the India-China relations with rational minds instead of being lured by domestic nationalist sentiments," it said.

Belgian Prince Joachim tests positive for COVID-19

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Brussels (ANI): Belgian Prince Joachim, a nephew of Belgium's King Philippe, has tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a party during the lockdown in Spain, according to local media reports cited by China's CGTN network.

Th reports said the party took place at a private residence and was attended by 27 people. Prince Joachim's symptoms are said to be mild.

Prince Albert II of Monaco was the first known royal to become infected with the deadly disease. The palace confirmed he had caught COVID-19 in March, just days after he announced a string of new reforms to tackle the outbreak.

As the contagion continued to spread across Europe, the British royal family also came under its grip. Prince Charles, the 71-year old heir to the throne, tested positive for the coronavirus in March.

Prince Philip was flown to Windsor to self-isolate with Queen Elizabeth during the coronavirus crisis. Thankfully, no members of the UK royal family have so far been diagnosed with the deadly disease.

In the same month, Spanish Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma became the first royal to pass away due to coronavirus complications. According to Fox News, the 86-year-old was a cousin of Spain's King Felipe VI. Her brother Prince Sixto Enrique de Borbon, the Duke of Aranjuez, announced on Facebook that she died after contracting COVID-19.

The next month, the New York Times reported that as many as 150 members of the Saudi royal family were sickened by the virus doctors at the elite hospital that treats Al-Saud clan members are preparing as many as 500 beds for an expected influx.

King Salman, 84, has secluded himself for his safety in an island palace near the city of Jeddah on the Red Sea, while Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his son and the 34-year-old de facto ruler, has retreated with many of his ministers to the remote site on the same coast where he has promised to build futuristic city known as Neom.

The respiratory illness has infected over 6 million people globally and killed more than 3,67,000 other, though the true number is thought to be higher as testing is still limited and many countries haven't counted fatalities outside of hospitals.

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