Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Pashtuns hold protest at UNHRC against Pakistan army for abducting and killing activists

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Geneva [Switzerland], September 22 (ANI): Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) Europe organised a protest in front of UNHRC headquarters in Geneva to condemn gross human rights violations in Pakistan.


The Pashtuns were joined by Sindhis, Baloch and activists from Pakistan oc
cupied Kashmir (PoK) who jointly raised a voice against atrocities committed by Pakistan Army and spy agencies, the ISI and Military Intelligence.

Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmir, exiled PoK leader said in his address, "the democratic forces in Pakistan are victims of state-run forces, who are committing enforced disappearances, killings of the Pashtuns, Baloch, Sindhi and other persecuted people."

"The situation in PoK and Gilgit Baltistan is very grim as people are being put behind bars for more than 50 years", said Shaukat.

Baseer Naveed, a Sindhi human rights activist said, "Sindhis have been struggling for the past many decades. With an intention to marginalize Sindhis, people from other parts of Pakistan are being settled in Sindh."

"Trend of Enforced disappearances started from Sindh and now extended to Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This is the most heinous crime as law does not allow enforcement agencies to keep a person for over 24 hours", said Naveed.

Fazal-ul Afridi, PTM leader based in France said, "Despite deteriorating health conditions due to COVID 19, Pakistan is financing and re-grouping Taliban and other terrorist groups in the former FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Enforced disappearances, target killings and collective torture by the Pakistan Army is on the rise. If not stopped, it will plunge the whole region into chaos."

Pashtuns are holding massive protests in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as incidents of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings are on the rise in the province. (ANI)

Amit Shah hails passage of Jammu Kashmir Official Languages Bill in LS

Union Home Minister Amit Shah (File photo)


New Delhi [India], September 22 (ANI): Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday hailed the passage of Jammu Kashmir Official Languages Bill in Lok Sabha and said that long-awaited dream of the people of Jammu and Kashmir has come true.


Amit Shah, who made a series of tweets, also expressed gratitude to Pr
ime Minister Narendra for his commitment towards restoring the culture of Jammu and Kashmir through the bill.

"A momentous day for the people of J&K as Jammu Kashmir Official Languages (Amendment) Bill was passed in Lok Sabha. With this historic bill...Long-awaited dream of the people of J&K comes true! Kashmiri, Dogri, Urdu, Hindi and English will now be the official languages of J&K," Shah said.

He said Modi government will leave no stone unturned to bring back the glory of Jammu and Kashmir.

"I thank PM Narendra Modiji for his commitment towards restoring the culture of Jammu and Kashmir through this bill. I also want to assure our sisters and brothers of Jammu and Kashmir that the Modi govt will leave no stone unturned to bring back the glory of Jammu and Kashmir," the minister said.

He said special efforts will be made towards the development of major regional languages like Gojri, Pahari and Punjabi.

"Under this bill, special efforts will be made towards the development of major regional languages like 'Gojri', 'Pahari' and 'Punjabi'. Along with this, the bill will also strengthen the existing institutional structure for the promotion and development of regional languages," the minister said.

Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill to include Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi as official languages of Jammu and Kashmir in addition to English and Urdu. (ANI)

SAD workers protest in Delhi against atrocities on Sikh community in Pakistan

Workers of Shiromani Akali Dal staged a protest at Teen Murti in Delhi on Tuesday (Photo/ANI)


New Delhi [India], September 22 (ANI): Workers of Shiromani Akali Dal staged a protest at Teen Murti in the National Capital against the atrocities on the members of the Sikh community in Pakistan.


Raising slogans and placards against Pakistan, a protester said, "Many of our girls have been abducted
 and are being converted forcibly. We demand that they must be released."

"It is the government's duty to ensure the safety of its citizens but the Pakistan Government has miserably failed in this regard. Girls there are forced to convert their religion. We demand that all the girls should return safely to their homes. Our Muslim sisters and brothers have also joined us in this protest," she added.

The protesters carried placards reading: " Ensure Safety of Sikh Girls in Pakistan and Stop Persecution of Sikh Girls in Pakistan."

Another woman protester stated that the way everyone took to the road in order to protest today is a symbol of unity among the Sikh community across the world.

Earlier on Monday, members of the Sikh community in Delhi staged a protest outside the Pakistan High Commission against the abduction of the Panja Sahib head granthi's daughter in Pakistan and her forcible conversion to Islam.

Pakistan in the past has been guilty of religious persecution in the past, carrying out forcible conversions of Sikhs to Islam.

The protestors were seen carrying placards that read "Stop religious persecutions of Sikhs in Pakistan" while demanding justice for the abducted girl in Pakistan.

The protesters shouted, "Down with Pakistan, and raised slogans against Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan".

There are several historical Sikh gurudwaras in Pakistan which are either in a dilapidated condition or are occupied by the land mafia and locals. The Sikhs are facing persecution across Pakistan. There are many instances of Sikh girls being kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslims.

The minorities in Pakistan, especially Hindus, Sikhs continue to face persecution in the hands of state and non-state actors as incidents of violence and forced conversions are on the rise.(ANI)

China replicates Xinjiang's military-style training centers in Tibet

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London [UK], September 22 (ANI): As the world continues to condemn China's ongoing human rights violation in Xinjiang, Beijing is busy pushing Tibetan rural labourers into recently built military-style training centers to forcefully train them as factory workers.


After reviewing over a hundred state
 media reports, policy documents from government bureaus in Tibet and procurement requests released between 2016-2020, Reuters in its exclusive report said that Beijing has set quotas for the mass transfer of rural labourers within Tibet and to other parts of China. This quota is part of the initiative designed to provide loyal workers for the Chinese market.

Reuters reported that a notice posted to the website of Tibet's regional government website last month said over half a million people were trained as part of the project in the first seven months of 2020 - around 15% of the region's population. While about 50,000 people have been given jobs within Tibet, several thousands have reportedly been sent to other parts of China.

Adrian Zenz, an independent Tibet and Xinjiang researcher, who compiled the core findings about the programme, was quoted as saying, "This is now, in my opinion, the strongest, most clear and targeted attack on traditional Tibetan livelihoods that we have seen almost since the Cultural Revolution."

Meanwhile, the China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied any involvement of forced labour.

"What these people with ulterior motives are calling 'forced labour' simply does not exist. We hope the international community will distinguish right from wrong, respect facts, and not be fooled by lies," it said.

While the movement of surplus labour into the industry is China's move to boost the economy and reduce poverty, in the case of Xinjiang and Tibet the analysts believe that it is a move to train the population ideologically. Besides, the government quotas and military-style management suggest that the transfers are symbols of coercion.

According to the Reuters report, the Tibetan programme is expanding as international pressure is growing over similar projects in Xinjiang, some of which have been linked to mass detention centers.

However, Reuters was unable to ascertain the conditions of the transferred Tibetan workers as foreign journalists are not permitted to enter the region, and other foreign citizens are only permitted on government-approved tours.

Similar to that of Xinjiang, the state officials had carried out more than a thousand anti-separatism education sessions in villages near the Tibetan capital apparently to allow "people of all ethnic groups to feel the care and concern of the Party Central Committee."

According to the state media reports, these sessions included songs, dances and sketches in "easy to understand language". Such "education" work took place prior to the rollout of the wider transfers this year, Reuters reported.

The government documents reviewed by Reuters emphasised on the ideological education to correct the "thinking concepts" of labourers. "There is the assertion that minorities are low in discipline, that their minds must be changed, that they must be convinced to participate," said Zenz.

The exclusive report by Reuters said, "Rural workers who are moved into vocational training centers receive ideological education - what China calls "military-style" training - according to multiple Tibetan regional and district-level policy documents describing the program in late 2019 and 2020. The training emphasizes strict discipline, and participants are required to perform military drills and dress in uniforms."

In both Xinjiang and Tibet, it was former Tibet Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, who took over the same post in Xinjiang in 2016 and took charge of the development of Xinjiang's camp system.

"In Tibet, he was doing a slightly lower level, under the radar, version of what was implemented in Xinjiang," Allen Carlson, Associate Professor in Cornell University's Government Department, was quoted as saying. (ANI)

US COVID-19 death toll surpasses 200,000

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Washington [US], September 22 (ANI/Sputnik): The COVID-19 death toll in the United States has surpassed 200,000, while the number of recorded infections is nearing 7 million, with the country accounting for more than one in every five coronavirus fatalities worldwide, the latest data from Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center showed on Tuesday.


The exact death toll now stands at 200,005, while the number of confirmed cases reached 6,861,211, according to the university's data.

The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11. The US remains the worst-hit nation, both in terms of the number of cases and the death toll. (ANI/Sputnik)

Army should avoid meddling in country's politics: Pashtun leader

Chairman of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Mahmood Khan Achakzai. (Photo: ANI)


Islamabad [Pakistan], September 22 (ANI): A noted Pashtun leader and Chairman of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Mahmood Khan Achakzai on Tuesday said that the Army should not meddle in the country's politics as it violates the very essence of the Constitution.


Speaking to MJ TV, Achakzai said, "If a 
person chooses to be a part of the Army then he should not meddle in country's politics."

He said, "There are more powerful armies in the world and everywhere it is a rule that if a person opts the army he/she doesn't involve themselves in politics. It is written in our Constitution even. But because of this, the law has become a joke."

He further said that the Army should follow the Constitution as "Pashtuns, Balochis, Sindhis, Punjabis are all different and don't know each other. But it is the Constitution that has kept all of us connected. If the Constitution's sanctity is lost then the base of Pakistan will be shaken."

He, however, was quick to add that "Without the intelligence agencies the country can not survive but they should not involve in politics."

"We want our country to be run by people who care for the public," he added.

Earlier in the day, Dawn reported Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and head of the Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen Faiz Hameed meeting with key opposition figures days before their multiparty conference counselled them to refrain from dragging the military into political issues.

The meeting was attended by 15 opposition figures including Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Jamaat-i-Islami emir Sirajul Haq, ANP's Amir Haider Hoti, JUI-F's Asad Mahmood, PML-N leaders Khawaja Asif and Ahsan Iqbal, PPP's Senator Sherry Rehman and other government ministers.

The meeting came after former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif criticized the army, saying there was "a state above the state in the country". (ANI)

Top platforms to help student navigate for right scholarship for future study plans abroad

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Washington [US], September 22 (ANI): Every year thousands of students aspire to study abroad, and are on a lookout for the right scholarship which can help them to get admission to their dream college. To help the students narrow their search for the best scholarship here is the list of top platforms that can help choose the right scholarship to pursue education overseas:


Edvoy

Edvoy is a digital-driven AI - platform that was created by a highly experienced team at IEC Abroad. It was founded by Sadiq Basha, who is also the CEO and Founder of IEC Abroad. Edvoy focuses on empowering students worldwide through impartial advice by making them informed to make better decisions about their future. It not only helps place students into institutions, but Edvoy makes it a seamless process for the students with the help of a centralized process. Established in 2007, IEC has a multi-lingual team of over 100 highly qualified education consultants and has placed over 20,000 students worldwide. Edvoy further simplifies the application process by navigating the right scholarship options for the students through Artificial Intelligence to help them make the best decision about their academic future in their dream countries, which are the UK, US, Cannada and many more.

Study Group

Study Group is the leading global company that prepares international students for university degree programmes, teaches high school education, and teaches English language courses. Study Group owns and operates colleges and has been working with more than 40 universities across the UK, Europe, North America, and Australasia for 25 years. They foster ambitious students from multiple academic backgrounds and prepare them for success at their chosen university through their on-campus International study centers. Study Group has the most extensive global marketing and recruitment network in the industry, helping the institutions they work with to connect with International students in over 140 countries.

Their pathway programs provide the language, academic and social skills that students need for university progression and continued success after they graduate. It helps the students by navigating them through multiple universities and best scholarship packages available to them and making it a hassle-free process for them.

Buddy4study

Buddy4study is India's largest scholarship network that provides detailed information about current scholarships and competitions to schools and college students. They provide easy access to scholarships and simplify scholarship accessibility for students and disbursement process for providers. It has helped more than 45,000 students to get scholarships worth more than INR 50 crores through international and national scholarships. It helps in providing matching scholarships based on the profile of a student through email/app notifications. Backed by its robust scholarship search engine, it is the only platform in the country that allows both seekers and scholarship providers to access curated scholarship information across the globe.

Leverage Edu

Founded in 2017 by Akshay Chaturvedi, Leverage Edu is one of the world's fastest-growing ed-tech companies. It is an AI-enabled market place that empowers students across India to choose the best-matched career and higher education options, with one-touch access to personalized mentors and leading global universities. The platform brings together 2000 + mentors from around the world today. It is transforming access to higher education and accelerating exponential career growth by coordinating mentorship, breaking traditional systems, and helping new students jump over the artificial high walls. It further uses AI to help students in pursuit of finding their best-matched scholarship according to their profile. The company also helps enrolled students on its platform with value-added services like education loans, accommodation options, and long - term mentoring. (ANI)

For India, Africa's rise as one of global system's poles is not just desirable, it is absolutely necessary: Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar speaking at the 15th CII-Exim Bank digital conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership. Photo/ANI


New Delhi [India], September 22 (ANI): Ministery of External Affairs on Tuesday said that Africa is fundamental to India's foreign policy thinking and Africa's rise as one of the global system's poles is not just desirable but it is absolutely necessary.


Speaking at the 15th CII-Exim Bank digital co
nclave on India-Africa Project Partnership, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that India is Africa's third-largest export destination.

"For India, Africa's rise as one of the global system's poles is not just desirable, it is absolutely necessary. In fact, it is fundamental to our foreign policy thinking," Jaishankar

In an address at a conclave on India-Africa partnership, Jaishankar said New Delhi welcomes the evolution and rise of the continent as a key factor in the contemporary world.

He further said, "India is Africa's third-largest export destination. With a cumulative investment of USD 54 billion, it is also one of the biggest investors in the continent."

Jaishankar also talked about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and said its consequences will be far-reaching and will define the world order as de-colonization did in the 1950s and 1960s.

The External Affairs Minister touched upon India's digital journey which had been a force multiplier in the delivery of education, health care and welfare benefits to Indians and how this could be of use to Africa as well: through e-Vidya Bharati and e-Arogya Bharati, premier Indian educational institutions and hospitals had been linked with 16 African countries to offer tele-education and tele-medicine services.

Jaishankar also detailed how Indian investment had created jobs and opportunities in African countries in energy, mining, banking, textiles and other sectors, mentioning, in particular, India's energy investment of about US$ 7 billion in a gas field in Mozambique as well as energy investments in South Sudan, north and west Africa. He mentioned India's welcome to several thousand African students studying for their degrees as well as in short-term courses in myriad subjects; the Indian-origin communities found across Africa also found mention for their contribution to the African continent's human capital and the hospitality that Africa had offered them. (ANI)

75 years after World War II, world is again engaged in a great global struggle due to China virus: Trump at UNGA

US President Donald Trump speaking at the 75th United Nations General Assembly.


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Washington [US], September 22 (ANI): US President Donald Trump on Tuesday once again hit out at China and said that though it has been 75 years since the end of World War II, once again the world is engaged in a great global struggle due to China virus.


Speaking via video conferencing at a high-leve
l meet to commemorate 75 years of the United Nations General Assembly, Trump said that the China virus has claimed countless lives in 188 countries.

"75 yrs after end of World War II and the founding of United Nations, we're once again engaged in a great global struggle. We have waged a fierce battle against the invisible enemy-- the China virus, which has claimed countless lives in 188 countries," he said.

He further said, "As we pursue a bright future, we must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world-- China. In the earliest days of the virus China locked down travel domestically while allowing flights to leave China & infect the world."

He also slammed the Chinese government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for falsely declaring that there is no evidence of human to human transmission of coronavirus.

"Chinese government and WHO, which is virtually controlled by China, falsely declared that there was no evidence of human to human transmission. Later they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease. UN must hold China accountable for their actions," he said.

On the US' contribution amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, "In the United States, we launched the most aggressive mobilisation since the Second World War. We rapidly produced a record supply of ventilators, creating a surplus that allowed us to share them with friends and partners all around the globe."

Speaking on the environment, the US President said, "Every year China dumps millions and millions of tonnes of plastic and trash into the oceans over other country's waters destroying vast swathes of coral reef and emitting more toxic mercury into the atmosphere than any country anywhere in the world."

"China's carbon emissions are nearly twice what the US has, and it's rising fast. By contrast, after I withdrew from the one sided Paris Climate accord, last year America reduces carbon emissions by more than any country in the agreement. Those who attack America's exceptional environmental record while ignoring China's ramping pollution, are not interested in the environment," he said.

Trump urged the United Nations to be an effective organisation by focusing on the real problems of the world including terrorism, oppression of women, forced labor, drug trafficking, human sex trafficking, religious persecution and the ethnic cleansing of religious minorities. (ANI)

India stresses on data sovereignty, economic reforms at G20 Trade and Investments ministers meet

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal. (Photo: ANI)


New Delhi [India], September 22 (ANI): Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday emphasized on the role of small traders, India's data sovereignty and economic reforms while speaking at the virtual G20 Trade and Investments ministers meet.


The third meeting of the G20 Trade and Investme
nts ministers began on Sunday.

The meet was established under the Chinese G20 presidency in 2016.

The G20 is holding most events remotely as the coronavirus disease pandemic continues. The Saudi Arabian presidency will end in mid-November. (ANI)

Pakistan wants to make Gilgit Baltistan its province to save CPEC project, says activist

Dr Amjad Mirza, a political activist from Pakistan occupied Kashmir. (Photo: ANI)


Geneva [Switzerland], September 22 (ANI): A political activist from Gilgit Baltistan has said that Pakistan is forced to make occupied Gilgit Baltistan as its fifth province as the multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project passing through the region is in the doldrums. Pakistan and China are facing intense pressure since after the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status by India.


"They is so much pressure from the Pakistani public to counter the Indian support which India is receiving on a global level after the abrogation of the Article 370 and Article 35 A of the Indian Constitution that they have to come up with some kind of gimmick, or some kind of announcements that could satisfy the people of Pakistan", said Dr Amjad Mirza, a political activist from Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

Dr Mirza believes that it is not easy for Pakistan to annex Gilgit Baltistan and make it the fifth province simply because Gilgit Baltistan is part of the Kashmir issue, which is lying pending in the United Nations.

"Imran Khan's announcement that they are going to give transitional provincial status to Gilgit Baltistan is just carrot and stick policy because if they are honest in developing Gilgit Baltistan or if they really want Gilgit Baltistan to integrate into Pakistan, the first thing they should do is to release all the political prisoners.

"Pakistan should abolish Schedule IV that deprives all the citizens of Gilgit Baltistan from freedom of speech and finally they should stop all land grabs, they should stop the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam and they should take other steps towards restoring human rights in Gilgit Baltistan. Well, that is not the case. So, by announcing that they are going to give Gilgit Baltistan a status of province and making it the fifth province of Pakistan they are trying to influence the electorate of Gilgit Baltistan because in November, elections are being held in Gilgit Baltistan"

The CPEC project enters Pakistan via Gilgit Baltistan from China's Xinjiang province.

The CPEC is the flagship project of Beijing's ambitious multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). India has protested to China over the project as it is being laid through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. (ANI)

Never procured, consumed any narcotic or contraband substance: Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza (Image courtesy: Instagram)


Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], September 22 (ANI): Actor Dia Mirza clarified on Tuesday that she has never procured or consumed any narcotic or contraband substance in any form in her life and "strongly refuted" any news claiming otherwise.


"I would like to strongly refute and categorically deny this
 news as being false, baseless and with mala fide intentions. Such frivolous reporting has a direct impact on my reputation being besmirched and is causing damage to my career which I have painstakingly built with years of hard work," the 38-year-old actor wrote on Instagram and Twitter.



"I have never procured or consumed any narcotic or contraband substances of any form in my life. I intend to pursue the full extent of legal remedies available to me as a law abiding citizen of India. Thanks to my supporters for standing by me," she added.
Earlier, some media reports claimed 'Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein' actor's involvement in drug consumption and suggested that the actor would be summoned soon for interrogation. (ANI)

Manage a medical emergency with an online personal loan from Bajaj Finserv

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Pune (Maharashtra) [India], September 22 (ANI/BusinessWire India): When you face a medical emergency, there is a possibility that you will need quick access to financing.


Time is of the essence, and while medical insurance is bound to cover most expenses, a personal loan can be a handy tool to have 
access to.

A personal loan, as you may already be aware of, is an unsecured loan that is easy to avail of and comes with a number of convenient repayment options. Not only can you get one with relative ease, but it can help you manage your emergency without having to dip into your savings or investments.

Bajaj Finserv, through its lending and investment arm Bajaj Finance Limited, offers online personal loans that can be used to finance a medical emergency or any other unplanned expense.

How to get a personal loan to manage your medical emergency

With Bajaj Finserv, you can apply online and avail of a medical emergency loan in just four simple steps. Read on to know what these steps are:

Step 1: Check if you meet the eligibility criteria

The first step before you start on the paperwork for any personal loan is to see if you meet your NBFC's eligibility criteria. The criteria is a list of parameters that assures the lender of your creditworthiness. Bajaj Finserv has a very basic set of parameters that it considers, mainly:

- You must be an Indian citizen residing in the country

- Your credit score should be 750 or higher

- You should have a steady source of income

- You should be between 25 and 57 years of age.

Step 2. Learn about the different features of the Personal Loan

Personal loans today are offered with several accompanying features - they are unsecured loans; approval is usually instant and some even offer disbursal in minutes. You can apply for these online and repay over flexible tenures. Understand all the features on offer and take an informed decision.

For instance, Bajaj Finserv Personal Loans come with the following cool features:

* 2-click application process: Existing customers of Bajaj Finserv only need to submit their name and contact number to check their pre-approved loan offer. From here, you can select the amount you want to borrow from the approved amount and get the money.

* High loan amount: You can get sizeable funds with our personal loan, which can cover almost all aspects of treatment and expenses without straining your savings.

* Long tenures for loan repayment: Bajaj Finservoffers customers convenient repayment tenures. You can use the online EMI calculator to plan your EMIs better.

Step 3. Read about fine print and the terms of your personal loan

If you are an existing customer and you meet the personal loan eligibility parameters, you can get the funds you need without having to submit your income proof. But while you do, it is important that you that you read about the terms and conditions that define your loan. Bajaj Finserv Personal Loans are completely transparent - what you see is what you get. Learn about the fees, charges and other details during the application process.

Step 4: Get your personal loan

If you are a new customer or an existing one, you can get a personal loan from Bajaj Finserv to finance your emergency by availing it online. Visit the NBFC's website and share your details. Once your loan application is completed successfully, you can get the funds in your account within as little as 24 hours. Additionally, the disbursal of funds is 100 per cent online.

So, whether you have an insurance cover to meet your needs or not, you can count on a personal to meet your planned and unplanned medical expenses with ease.

This story is provided by BusinessWire India. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of this article. (ANI/BusinessWire India)

iPhone's latest change helps users set Gmail as default email client

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California [US], September 22 (ANI): Tech giant Google has updated its latest version of Gmail, adding the option for it to become the default email option on iPhones.


According to Mashable, the new option is in response to a change made by Apple to the new iOS 14, which dropped last week. At WWDC i
n June, Apple announced that users would be able to change their default web option from Apple's Safari browser and switch the Mail email service to non-Apple services.

Until now, if the users opened a link, it would open in Safari. Or if one clicked on a person's email to send them a message, a new email would open in Mail. If a Gmail user wanted to send a person an email, the user would have to specifically open Gmail, compose a new message, and either copy and paste or type in their email.

However, now, if one has made his/her default email client Gmail, and if he/she wants to go to a contact in the phone, they need to click on that person's email, which will lead to a new email addressed to that address will open in Gmail.

As Mashable reported, Chrome was able to take advantage of Apple's new flexibility with an update last week, while the update came to Gmail on Monday. Once the user updates to iOS 14, they can go to Settings and click on Gmail. Then, click on the 'Default Mail App' bar, and select Gmail from the list. (ANI)

Johnson announces new COVID-19 restrictions for England, refrains from total lockdown

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: ANI)


London [UK], September 22 (ANI/Sputnik): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday announced a set of new restrictions for England, citing the spike in the coronavirus hospitalisations.


According to the prime minister, hospitalisations in England have more than doubled recently.

"I want to stress t
hat this is by no means a return to the full lockdown of March. We're not issuing a general instruction to stay at home. We will ensure that schools, colleges and universities stay open because nothing is more important than the education, health and well-being of our young people," the prime minister said.

Businesses are allowed to stay open in a "COVID-compliant way," the prime minister said.

Office workers who can work from home are encouraged to do so, Johnson said. All pubs, bars and restaurants should operate a "table-service only" except for take-aways.

"We will extend the requirement to wear face coverings to include staff in retail, all users of taxis and private hire vehicles and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at the table to eat," Johnson said.

Businesses will be fined for violations.

Johnson said he was expecting the new rules to remain in place for six months. (ANI/Sputnik)

India, Nepal jointly launch website on post-earthquake reconstruction initiatives in education sector

India and Nepal jointly launched the CBRI project website on post-earthquake reconstruction initiatives in education sector. Photo/ANI


Kathmandu [Nepal], September 22 (ANI): Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay M Kwatra and Sushil Gyewali, CEO of National Reconstruction Authority, on Tuesday jointly launched the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) project website on post-earthquake reconstruction initiatives in education sector through video conference.


According to an official statement issued by the Indian Embassy in Nepal, "The website, available in both English and Nepali versions, is a one-stop, user-friendly window for all information related to education projects under GOI-assisted post-earthquake reconstruction initiatives. The website is accessible at www.goicbrinepal.com."

The project has been conceptualised and developed by the CBRI, Roorkee under India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The CBRI, Roorkee, is the Design and Project Management Consultant for the project.

The statement further read, "After their role in the education sector projects, the CBRI has also been appointed as the Design and Project Management Consultant for health sector projects under the Indian government's post-earthquake reconstruction initiative. An agreement for their role in the health sector was recently signed between the Indian Embassy and CBRI."

Meanwhile, steady progress has been recorded under India's commitment of USD 1 billion for post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Nepal. In the housing sector, over 46,000 out of 50,000 houses have been completed for Indian government-supported beneficiaries in Nuwakot and Gorkha districts. Education, health and cultural restoration projects including 70 schools, one library, 147 health facilities and 28 cultural heritage sector projects are under implementation for reconstruction/retrofitting.

India remains committed to continue supporting the socio-economic development of Nepal, including through post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Nepal, the Indian Embassy added. (ANI)

IndianOil clears plan for Rs 17,825 crore integration project in Gujarat

The project will be a building block for production of niche chemicals. (Image: ANI)


Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Sep 22 (ANI): Oil marketing firm IndianOil Corporation (IOC) said on Tuesday that its board of directors has approved the plan for implementation of a petrochemical and lube integration project at the Gujarat refinery with an estimated cost of Rs 17,825 crore.


The proje
ct will not only increase the capacity of Gujarat refinery from 13.7 million tonnes per annum to 18

million tonnes per annum but also result in integration to petrochemicals with the production of 500 kilo tonnes per annum polypropylene.

In addition, production of lube oil base stock of 235 kilo tonnes per annum is also proposed, said the state-owned company.

"The project will be a building block for production of niche chemicals in future with a potential to increase petrochemical and speciality products integration index on incremental crude oil throughput which will enhance the corporate margins of IndianOil," it said in a statement. (ANI)

India tells China to move back to positions before April-May timeframe in eastern Ladakh

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New Delhi [India], September 22 (ANI): During the sixth Corps Commander level talks held on September 21, India insisted that China should move back to the positions which existed before April-May 2020 timeframe in the Eastern Ladakh sector.


According to sources, India and China have agreed to conti
nue talking to each other on the ground and keep lines of communication open to avoid the aggravation of the situation.

The sources further said that during the sixth Corps Commander level talks, China asked India to vacate the positions taken over by it on the south bank of Pangong Tso after August 29.

India insisted that China should move back to the positions which existed before April-May 2020 timeframe in the Eastern Ladakh sector, the sources added.

14 Corps Chief Lt Gen Harinder Singh and his likely successor Lt Gen PGK Menon along with a Joint Secretary from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had attended the meeting from the Indian side at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The meeting started on Monday at around 10 am and went on till 11 pm.

The Corps Commanders of the two sides met after more than a month as both sides had been engaged in at least three firing incidents that have taken place along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Corps Commanders met at the Moldo hut opposite Chushul on the Indian side.

Prior to the meeting, the agenda and issues of the Indian side were discussed and finalised during a high-level meeting attended by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, last week on Friday.

The talks happened at a time when the Indian side has also occupied six major hill features which are helping the Indian Army to be in dominating positions on heights. (ANI)

India, Nepal launch dedicated website on post earthquake reconstruction of education sector projects

 

The homepage of Nepal's post earthquake reconstruction of education sector projects website. (Photo credit: India in Nepal twitter)

Kathmandu [Nepal], September 22 (ANI): Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay M Kwatra and Sushil Gyewali, CEO of Nepal's National Reconstruction Authority, on Tuesday launched a dedicated website for post-earthquake reconstruction of education sector projects in Nepal.

"In a virtual launch ceremony today, Ambassador Kwatra and Sushil Gyewali, CEO NRA jointly unveiled a dedicated website on GOI assisted post-earthquake reconstruction projects in the education sector in Nepal," Indian Embassy said in a tweet.

The Embassy further said both countries -- India and Nepal -- are partners in development.

The devastating earthquake of 2015 that shook the Himalayan nation of Nepal had claimed nearly 10,000 lives, injuring thousands and displaced over half-a-million people. Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha were the epicentres of the earthquake. Hundreds of families were forced to sleep under the open sky or in the temporary settlement.

Post the earthquake, the Indian Government had committed USD 1 billion for the reconstruction of Nepal in form of grant and Line of Credit. Around USD 150 million was allocated for reconstruction in the housing sector, USD 100 million as grant and USD 50 million to be drawn from Line of Credit.(ANI

WHO reports highest weekly increment of nearly 2 million in COVID-19 cases worldwide

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Geneva [Switzerland], September 22 (ANI/Sputnik): The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported a record number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus registered across the world over the past week -- almost 2 million infections -- which marks the highest number in a single week so far.

"From 14 through 20 September, there were almost 2 million new cases of COVID-19, which represents a 6 per cent increase compared to the previous week, and the highest number of reported cases in a single week since the beginning of the epidemic During the same period, there was a 10 per cent decrease in the number of deaths, with 36,764 deaths reported in the past seven days," the WHO said in a situation report late on Monday.

In particular, an increase in the weekly case incidence rate was reported across all regions in the last seven days, except for Africa, with the two Americas remaining the worst-hit areas and accounting for over 38 per cent of all new cases reported over the past week.

 Meanwhile, Europe showed the greatest increment in the number of fatalities in the past week, with a 27-per cent increase compared to the previous week. (ANI/Sputnik)

Huma Qureshi Comes Out In Support Of Anurag Kashyap After #MeToo Allegations

Huma Qureshi comes out in support of Anurag Kashyap after #MeToo allegations


Mumbai (Maharashtra) [US], September 22 (ANI): Actor Huma Qureshi on Tuesday issued a statement in support of filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and demanded people to protect the sanctity of the #MeToo movement.

The 34-year-old actor, who made her Bollywood debut with Kashyap's 'Gangs of Wasseypur' shared a detailed statement on Twitter. It read, "Anurag and I last worked together in 2012-13 and he is a dear friend and an extremely talented director. In my personal experience and to my knowledge he has neither misbehaved with me or anyone else. However, anyone who claims to be abused must report it to the authorities, the police and the judiciary."

The statement further read, "I chose not to comment till now because I don't believe in social media fights and media trials. I feel really angry at being dragged into this mess. I feel angry not just for myself but also every woman whose years of hard work and struggle get reduced to such baseless conjecture and allegations in their workplace. Please let's refrain from this narrative."

Qureshi added that it is the responsibility of both men and women to carefully protect the sanctity of #MeToo movement.

On Saturday, Ghosh accused Kashyap of sexual harassment. Speaking to ANI, she said, "Five years ago I met Anurag Kashyap regarding work. He called me to his house. When I went there, he took me to a separate room and tried to sexually assault me. He forced himself on me."

"I request the authorities to kindly take action and let the country see the demon behind this creative guy. I am aware that it can harm me and my security is at risk. I am seeking action against him," said Ghosh.

Post the allegations, Kashyap responded on Twitter in which he denied the allegations, claiming that they were 'baseless'. "I neither behave like this nor do I ever tolerate this at any price," he said. (ANI)

India, China have agreed to continue talks on border situation: Beijing

Chinese Spokesperson Wang Wenbin


Beijing [China], September 22 (ANI): Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that the sixth round of corps commander-level talks with India was held on September 21 wherein both countries agreed to continue talks and discussion on the border issue.


Global Times quoted Spokesperson Wang Wenbin as sa
ying, "China and India held the 6th round of corps commander-level talks yesterday, in which the two sides exchanged their views on the current border situation before agreeing to continue talking and discussing on the issue."

14 Corps Chief Lt Gen Harinder Singh and his likely successor Lt Gen PGK Menon along with a Joint Secretary from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had attended the meeting from the Indian side at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The meeting started on Monday at around 10 am and went on till 11 pm.

The Corps Commanders of the two sides met after more than a month as both sides had been engaged in at least three firing incidents that have taken place along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Corps Commanders met at the Moldo hut opposite Chushul on the Indian side.

Prior to the meeting, the agenda and issues of the Indian side were discussed and finalized during a high-level meeting attended by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, last week on Friday.

The talks happened at a time when the Indian side has also occupied six major hill features which are helping the Indian Army to be in dominating positions on heights. (ANI)

Indian Ambassador Suresh K Reddy presents his credentials to Brazil President

India's Ambassador to Brazil Suresh K Reddy presented his credentials to Jair M Bolsonaro on Monday. (Photo credit: India in Brazil twitter)


Brasilia [Brazil], September 22 (ANI): India's Ambassador to Brazil Suresh K Reddy has presented his credentials to Jair M Bolsonaro, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil.


"On 21 September 2020, Ambassador H.E. Suresh Reddy presented his credentials to H.E. @jairbolsonaro, President of the
 Federative Republic of Brazil," Indian Embassy in Brazil tweeted.

Earlier, the Ambassador had said in a tweet, "Deeply honoured to present my credentials to H.E.@jairbolsonaro. His visit to India in January had opened a new era in our relations. A relationship of convergence and infinite opportunities!"

The diplomat was earlier serving as an Additional Secretary in the ministry. (ANI)

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