Thursday, November 12, 2020

May recommend Russian vaccine for emergency use if criteria met: WHO

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Geneva [Switzerland], November 12 (ANI/Sputnik): The World Health Organization (WHO) may add Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V to the list of recommended vaccines for emergency use if the candidate meets necessary criteria, it has told Sputnik in a statement.

"The WHO has been in touch with the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, which expressed interest in applying for the WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL), and we look forward to receiving the data for their Sputnik V candidate vaccine. If a product submitted for assessment is found to meet the criteria for listing, the WHO will publish the results widely," the statement says.

The WHO emphasises that the process of submitting data on medicines for prequalification or listing for emergency use is confidential. The period of time needed to evaluate data received from the vaccine manufacturer depends on the quality of the data and on how it meets the WHO criteria.

The WHO has not yet prequalified any COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. The WHO prequalification ensures that vaccines used in immunisation programmes are safe, and efficacious and meet the recommended standards for Good Manufacturing Practice and Good Clinical Practice. (ANI/Sputnik)

Turkmenistan President unveils 6-m-tall golden statue of his 'favorite dog'




Ashgabat [Turkmenistan], November 12 (ANI): Five years after a golden statue of Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on horseback was unveiled in 2015, it was time for his "favorite dog".

President Berdymukhamedov unveiled a 19-ft (6 m) gold statue of his favourite dog breed, Alabai, in the capital city of Ashgabat on Tuesday.

"Turkmenistan. The leader of this state, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, solemnly opened a monument for his favorite dog," journalist Andrzej Poczobut tweeted, along with a video of the grand ceremony, aired on a state television channel.

The structure is mounted on a pedestal with a wraparound LED display screen that shows footage of real Alabais at play.

According to media reports, Alabai is a home-bred Turkmen variety of Central Asian Shepherd Dog. Besides the honour of the statue, the President's favorite dog breed is also listed as Turkmenistan's national heritage.

Reportedly, this is not the first time the breed has been honoured by the president. In 2019, he devoted a book to Alabais.

Moreover, the Turkmenistan President's love for animals can be seen from the fact that in the past as well he had given a puppy or a horse to world leaders, including late Uzbek President Islam Karimov and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (ANI)

Pakistan FIA list glaringly omits mastermind, key conspirators of 26/11 terror attack: MEA

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New Delhi [India], November 12 (ANI): India on Thursday said it has seen reports of Pakistan's Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) listing several Pakistani nationals involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in an updated 'book on most wanted/high profile terrorists' but it glaringly omits the mastermind and key conspirators of the heinous terror attack.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at the regular media briefing that Pakistan possesses all the necessary information and evidence on conspirators and facilitators of the Mumbai terror attack based on its soil but it a matter of serious concern has not shown sincerity in delivering justice to the families of 166 victims from 15 countries across the globe.

"We have seen media reports in Pakistan about Pakistan's Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) releasing an updated 'book on most wanted/high profile terrorists' listing several Pakistani nationals involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. While the list includes a select few members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, a UN designated terror entity based in Pakistan, including the crew members of the boats used to execute the 26/11 attack, it glaringly omits the mastermind and key conspirators of the heinous terror attack," he said.

"It is a fact that the 26/11 terror attack was planned, executed and launched from Pakistan's territory. The list makes it clear that Pakistan possesses all the necessary information and evidence on the conspirators and facilitators of the Mumbai terror attack based in Pakistan," he added.

Srivastava said India has repeatedly called on Pakistan government to give up its obfuscation and dilatory tactics in discharging its international obligations in the Mumbai terror attacks trial.

"Several other countries have also called upon Pakistan to expeditiously bring the perpetrators of the dastardly terror attacks to justice. It is a matter of serious concern that, despite its own public acknowledgement as well as the availability of all necessary evidence, including that shared by India, Pakistan is yet to show sincerity in delivering justice to the families of 166 victims from 15 countries across the globe, even as we near the 12th anniversary of 26/11 attacks," he said.

According to reports, rhe FIA has admitted that 11 terrorists involved in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks were Pakistanis. The list has over 1,200 names including of the terrorist who purchased the boat for the attack but does not mention Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the attack as also wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. (ANI)

UK slams China for disqualifying elected legislators in Hong Kong

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London [UK], November 12 (ANI): UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday slammed China for disqualifying the elected legislators in Hong Kong, saying that Beijing has once again broken its promises and undermined Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy.

"Beijing's imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong constitutes a clear breach of the legally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration," Raab said in a statement.

The Foreign Secretary Raab said the UK will stand up for the people of Hong Kong, and call out violations of their rights and freedoms.

"China has once again broken its promises and undermined Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy. The UK will stand up for the people of Hong Kong, and call out violations of their rights and freedoms. With our international partners, we will hold China to the obligations it freely assumed under international law," Raab said.

This comes after four Hong Kong opposition lawmakers were disqualified with immediate effect after the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) passed the resolution, South China Morning Post reported.

The statement by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said the decision is part of a pattern apparently designed to "harass and stifle all voices critical of China's policies."

"We judge that this decision breaches the legally-binding Sino-British Joint Declaration. It breaches both China's commitment that Hong Kong will enjoy a 'high degree of autonomy' and the right to freedom of speech guaranteed under Paragraph 3 and Annex I of the Declaration," the statement said.

It said the new rules for disqualification provide a further tool in this campaign, with vague criteria open to wide-ranging interpretation.

The lawmakers unseated on Wednesday were the Civic Party's Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Kwok Ka-ki and Dennis Kwok, alongside Kenneth Leung of the Professionals Guild, who were previously barred from running in the now-postponed Legislative Council elections, originally slated for September.

The four were originally disqualified in July from contesting the Legco elections - which were subsequently postponed for a year by the government, citing coronavirus pandemic concerns - for previously calling on foreign governments to sanction Beijing and Hong Kong. They were, however, at the time allowed to carry on and serve out the extended one-year term. (ANI)

Austria to create criminal offense called 'political Islam' to tackle radicalism: Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz


Vienna [Austria], November 12 (ANI): In view of the recent terrorist attacks, the Austrian government, led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is planning to create a criminal offense called 'political Islam' to tackle the growing radicalism in the country.

"In the fight against political Islam - the ideological basis behind it - we are going to create a criminal offense called 'political Islam' in order to be able to move against those who aren't terrorists but are preparing the ground for it," Kurz said was quoted as saying by Al Jazeera.

The Austrian government also plans to simplify the process of closing associations deemed to play a role in "radicalisation".

Moreover, Austria will introduce a new electronic surveillance system targeting convicted felons who have served sentences for crimes related to extremism.

"Those who were recently released will be electronically monitored, by means of anklets or bracelets. This is a serious encroachment of privacy but, in my opinion, it constitutes a necessary step to minimise the threats posed to the population," Kurz said, as quoted by Sputnik.

These measures come in the backdrop of the November 2 terrorist attack in Vienna that saw a gunman believed to be a supporter of Islamic State opened fire and killed four people.

Sputnik reported that the assailant, an Austrian native of ethnic Albanian descent had been released from prison after being sentenced to 22 months incarceration in 2019, for terrorism-related offenses.

Earlier on Monday, the Austrian police had arrested 30 people in a series of coordinated anti-terrorism raids. (ANI)

Strategic partnership with ASEAN has been core of India's Act East Policy: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi


New Delhi [India], November 12 (ANI): The strategic partnership among India and ASEAN depends on shared verifiable, topographical, and social legacy and it has consistently been the center of India's Act East Policy, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.

In his introductory statements at the seventeenth ASEAN-India Summit, he said that improving network among India and ASEAN has been a need region.

"It is of prime significance for us to improve physical, monetary, cultural, computerized, budgetary and oceanic associations among India and ASEAN. We've come nearer in these areas over the most recent few years and I accept this culmination will go further to connect holes," he said.

He noticed that there are numerous likenesses between India's 'Indo Pacific Oceans Initiative' and ASEAN's 'Point of view toward Indo Pacific'.

"Strategic Partnership of India and ASEAN depends on our common authentic, topographical and social legacy. ASEAN has consistently been the center of our Act East Policy. There are numerous similitudes between India's 'Indo Pacific Oceans Initiative' and ASEAN's 'Attitude toward Indo Pacific'," Modi said.

Executive Modi alongside Vietnamese partner HE Nguyen Xuan Phuc, is co-leading the seventeenth ASEAN-India Summit.

The heads of every one of the ten ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) part states are taking an interest in the virtual culmination to survey the status of the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership and check out advancement made in key regions, for example, network, sea collaboration, exchange and trade, instruction and limit building.

The most recent seventeenth ASEAN-India Summit is the eighth ASEAN-India Summit went to by Prime Minister Modi.

Service of External Affairs said on Wednesday said that ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership remains on a solid establishment of shared topographical, verifiable and civilisational ties and India's Act East Policy, underlining ASEAN centrality, mirrors the significance, India joins to commitment with ASEAN. (ANI)

French envoy congratulates Indian Navy for fifth Scorpene-class submarine Vagir

Scorpene class submarine 'Vagir' (Photo Credit: Indian Navy)


New Delhi [India], November 12 (ANI): French envoy to India, Emmanuel Lenain congratulated the Indian Navy for the launch of the fifth Scorpene class submarine in Mumbai on Thursday.

The French ambassador has hailed the launch as another achievement of the longstanding France-India cooperation in the defence industry.

"Congratulations @indiannavy and Mazagon Dock on the launch of the #Scorpene class submarine INS Vagir! Designed by French @navalgroup_IN, entirely built in India. Another achievement of the longstanding France-India cooperation in the defense industry," said Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India.

Earlier today, Indian Navy's fifth Scorpene class submarine 'Vagir' was launched at Mumbai's Mazagon Dock.

"The 5th of #IndianNavy's Kalvari Class submarines (Project 75) launched today #12Nov 20. Named 'Vagir' in accordance with the Naval traditions by Smt Vijaya Shripad Naik. Hon'ble Rajya Raksha Mantri Shripad Y. Naik, was Chief Guest and joined via VC," Indian Navy said.

According to an official statement, Union Minister of State for Defence, Shripad Naik launched the fifth Scorpene class submarine 'Vagir' of Project 75 in Arabian sea waters at Mazagon Dock, in Mumbai through video conferencing today.

On the occasion, Vice Admiral R B Pandit, Western Naval Command Chief, said: "I expect Vagir will be commissioned in a year's time. We have two Kalvari-class submarines already operational in Navy. We will be happy to receive the balance four in a very quick time."

Vagir is part of the six Kalvari-class submarines being built in India. The submarines, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, are being built as part of Indian Navy's Project-75. (ANI)

Four Irani nationals held for robbery in Kerala's Cherthala

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Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], November 12 (ANI): Kerala police arrested four Irani nationals from a private hotel in Thiruvananathapuram for their alleged involvement in a robbery at Cherthala area in Alappuzha on Wednesday.

The arrested persons have been identified as Dawood, Mohsin, Majeed and Eynola. The Irani gang had allegedly stolen money from a financial company in Cherthala.

The Cantonment Police reached the hotel after the hotel management raised suspicion that the visas of two foreigners staying in the hotel were expired. After initial verification, the police interrogated to check their criminal links. It was later confirmed that the foreigners were involved in the robbery in Cherthala.

"The four foreigners were part of a 24 member team camping in Delhi and carrying out robbery across the country. They had reached Kerala in a car registred in Maharashtra," according to the police.

Kerala police arrested the four accused and handed them over to Cherthala police for further proceedings. (ANI)

Pakistan records highest single-day COVID-19 death toll in 4 months

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Islamabad [Pakistan], November 12 (ANI): Pakistan recorded its most elevated single-day COVID-19 loss of life in four months when the disease asserted 34 lives on November 11, as per the information gave by the National Command and Operations (NCOC) on Thursday.

The last time the nation detailed more than 30 passings was on July 24 when 35 individuals capitulated to the infection, announced Geo News.

A sum of 7,055 individuals have capitulated to the Covid in the nine months since the pandemic hit Pakistan.

The NCOC announced 1,808 new cases the nation over in the previous 24 hours, carrying the complete number of contaminations to 349,992. An aggregate of 784 individuals have recuperated from the infection, taking the count of recuperations to 320,849.

The NCOC likewise shared that 22,088 individuals are at present being treated for the infection.

As indicated by Geo News, Pakistan has been seeing a consistent ascent in Covid cases with authorities recognizing that the second flood of COVID-19 has shown up in the nation.

The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has just forewarned against the savage second wave and encouraged individuals to adhere to the standard working techniques. (ANI)

Russia needs evidence to investigate case of Navalny: Envoy to UN

Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny


New York [US], November 12 (ANI/Sputnik): Russia is ready to investigate the alleged poisoning of opposition figure Alexey Navalny, but it needs to see evidence first, yet does not have access to it, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Vassily Nebenzia told Sputnik.

Navalny was hospitalised in the city of Omsk on August 20, after he fell ill on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. Doctors in Omsk diagnosed him with metabolism malfunction, which led to a sudden change in blood sugar levels. It is unclear what caused that, but Omsk doctors found no trace of poisonous substances in his blood and urine. Navalny was later transported to Germany.

Shortly after his arrival in a clinic in Berlin, the German government claimed, citing military doctors, that he had been poisoned with a Novichok-type nerve agent. Berlin then said that the conclusions of Germany were backed by laboratories in Sweden and France. Neither Germany, not the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have shared the formula of the alleged poison with Russia.

"They [Germans] are in a difficult situation. We are asking fair questions, to which they do not want to reply. We are ready to launch an investigation, but we need evidence, which they refuse to supply," Nebenzia said. (ANI/Sputnik)

Boris Johnson urges Pakistan govt to guarantee fundamental rights of citizens

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London [UK], November 12 (ANI):
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during a Parliament session on Wednesday, urged Pakistan to guarantee the fundamental rights of its citizens.

The Prime Minister was responding to Member of Parliament Imran Ahmad Khan, who asked whether the government should make
 it clear to Pakistan that state-supported persecution must end.

Johnson replied: "I agree passionately with my honourable friend, and I can tell him that that is why the Minister of South Asia recently raised this very issue with Pakistan's Human Rights Minister, and we urged the Government of Pakistan to guarantee the fundamental rights of all its citizens."

Ahmad Khan, while addressing the Parliament, stated that while the country was rightly focused on battling COVID-19, it should not ignore humanitarian injustices and the plight of persecuted minorities.

He also recounted the tragic murder of an Ahmadi civilian in Pakistan's Peshawar on Sunday.

"On Remembrance Sunday, 82-year-old Mahboob Ahmad Khan was shot dead, the fourth Ahmadi recently slain in Peshawar. His crime under Pakistani law? To call himself an Ahmadi Muslim, whose creed is 'love for all, hatred for none'. Does my right honourable friend agree with me that hatred preached in Pakistan ends up on the streets, and it is in the interest of our own security that His Majesty's government should make clear to Pakistan that state-supported persecution must end?" asked Ahmad Khan.

Pakistan has been slammed for its treatment of minorities, who continue to face persecution in the hands of government authorities. (ANI) 

Bilawal Bhutto urges people of Gilgit-Baltistan to drive 'puppet govt' out of power

PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (File photo)


Gilgit-Baltistan [PoK], November 12 (ANI): Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday appealed to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan needed to work together with his party to drive the 'selected, puppet government' out of power.

Addressing people here during an election campaign ahead of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly poll, Zardari praised the efforts of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) to make the election campaign a success. He added that the PPP will soon celebrate its victory with them.

"You have helped us run a historical election campaign. November 15 will be the last day of your test....We would like to thank the people of GB for standing with the Pakistan People's Party," he said.

The PPP chief also claimed that if people let 'selected people' come to power again, they will carry out a widespread privatisation drive and deprive people out of their jobs.

"They [the government] already deprived more than 3,000 people of jobs in the name of privatisation. Today, we have heard that they will fire more employees of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). We will fight against this injustice and this incompetence together....We have to send these puppets, these selected people away," Geo News quoted Zardari as saying.

"The selected government will take a U-turn as they have always done. They said they will create 10 million jobs, but they failed to deliver their promises," he added.

Pakistan had earlier announced that they will hold elections to the Gilgit Baltistan legislative assembly on November 15.

The Imran Khan government had earlier announced granting provisional province status to the region, which was not received well by the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, who have protested against Islamabad's decision of integrating the illegally occupied region with the rest of Pakistan. (ANI)

Pak violates ceasefire in J-K's Poonch, Rajouri

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Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], November 12 (ANI): Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation in Nowshera Sector, Rajouri district and Shahpur, Kirni and Qasba sectors in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir around 9 am on Thursday.

"On November 12, at about 9 am, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with Small Arms and intense shelling with Mortars along LoC in Nowshera Sector, District Rajouri and Shahpur, Kirni and Qasba sectors in District Poonch (J-K)," said Army officials.

The Indian Army retaliated befittingly to the violation, they added.

Pakistan had violated the ceasefire in Shahpur, Kirni and Qasba sectors in Poonch on Wednesday as well. (ANI)

Canada condemns disqualification of Hong Kong opposition lawmakers

Canadian foreign minister Francois-Philippe Champagne (File Photo)


Ottawa [Canada], November 12 (ANI): Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne on Wednesday condemned the recent disqualification of four Hong Kong opposition lawmakers.

Champagne stated that the Hong Kong government's decision was a further assault on Hong Kong's high degree of freedoms under the Sino-British Joint Declaration, reported Sputnik.

Earlier on Wednesday, four Hong Kong opposition lawmakers were disqualified with immediate effect after the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) passed the resolution, South China Morning Post reported.

According to Sputnik, the United States, Canada, and other Western alliance partners have asserted that China is intent on stripping away Hong Kong's autonomy guaranteed by the Sino-British Joint Declaration following the enactment of China's national security law.

The US had said that sanctions will continue to be imposed on "those responsible for extinguishing Hong Kong's freedom", according to an official statement issued by National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien.

Following the dismissal of lawmakers, all Hong Kong's opposition lawmakers resigned together in the protest against China's top legislative body's resolution, which gives local authorities power to unseat politicians without having to go through the city's courts, Hong Kong Free Press reported.

Democratic Party lawmaker Wu Chi-wai, convenor of the pro-democracy bloc slammed Beijing resolution as "ridiculous" and said the decision signaled Beijing complete abandonment of the Basic Law.

"Hong Kong, from today onward, can no longer tell the world that there is 'one country, two systems'," Wu said.

The lawmakers unseated on Wednesday were the Civic Party's Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Kwok Ka-ki and Dennis Kwok, alongside Kenneth Leung of the Professionals Guild, who were previously barred from running in the now-postponed Legislative Council elections, originally slated for September. (ANI)

South Korean President says discussed bilateral relations with Biden

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (File Photo)


Seoul [South Korea], November 12 (ANI/Sputnik): South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that he had held a phone conversation with projected US President-elect Joe Biden to discuss the bilateral relations and global challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

"I just spoke to @JoeBiden and congratulated him on his election. We reaffirmed our firm commitment to a robust ROK-US alliance and peaceful and prosperous Korean Peninsula. Going forward, I will work closely with him to meet global challenges including COVID19 and climate change," Moon wrote on his Twitter page.

According to US media, Biden from the Democratic Party won the presidential election. He has already declared his victory.

However, his opponent and incumbent President Donald Trump has not yet admitted defeat, with his lawyers filing lawsuits with the courts of different states with demands to suspend the counting of votes and investigate alleged violations. (ANI/Sputnik)

Many elderly widows celebrate Deepawali on the banks of River Yamuna in Mathura

Many elderly widows celebrate Deepawali at Keshi Ghat (ANI Photo)


Mathura (Uttar Pradesh) [India], November 12 (ANI): Some orthodox people do not allow widows to celebrate festivals, but due to the initiative of a social service organisation, several elderly widows lit earthen lamps at Keshi Ghat, Vrindavan, on Wednesday and infused some positivity to their lives ahead of Diwali.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the women were wearing masks and practising social distancing.

This year, this event was organised by a social service organisation, Sulabh International. Talking to the Vice-President of Sulabh International Vinita Verma, she said, "We plan to celebrate Diwali, Dusshera, Holi and several other festivals with these widowed women and infuse some positivity in their life. For the past eight years, we have been celebrating Deepawali with these widows and hope to continue the trend forward. "

She said that due to COVID-19 pandemic, Sulabh International has ensured to take adequate measures for the safety of the widows.

A widow said, "We are delighted to celebrate Deepawali this year. Due to COVID-19, the celebrations have been minimal. I have also made rangoli today."

Another widow said, "I have made Rangoli and lighted up diyas at Keshi Ghat today. I really enjoyed the festivities."

Many elderly women were seen wearing white coloured sarees and chanting prayers in chorus. (ANI)

Pakistan's economy controlled by a ruthless conglomerate - the army

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London [UK], November 12 (ANI): Pakistan's economy is constrained by a savage business combination - the military, that claims everything in the nation, from industrial facilities and bread kitchens to farmland and fairways.

With 620,000 warriors, Pakistan brags about being the world's seventh-biggest standing armed force, yet its senior officials have some time in the past understood the advantages to be picked up from business adventures, composes Elliot Wilson for UK-based The Spectator.

Since autonomy in 1947, the military has consistently interwoven itself into Pakistan's economy: to such an extent that it's difficult to tell where the military stops and any similarity to unrestricted economy private enterprise starts.

Under mounting tension from London and Washington to catch famous fear based oppressor pioneer Osama canister Laden, accepted to stow away in Balochistan, Islamabad's battling powers rather directed their concentration toward an undeniably more productive endeavor, which was building greens.

Wilson composes that in her 2007 book Military Inc: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy, Dr Ayesha Siddiqa had uncovered the uncontrolled corporate greed infesting each part of the nation's military powers, up to this point headed by then-President Pervez Musharraf.

Dr Siddiqa, a previous analyst with the nation's maritime powers, gauges the military's total assets at in excess of 10 billion pounds, which is around multiple times the absolute unfamiliar direct speculation created by Islamabad in 2007. Besides, the most senior 100 military authorities are assessed to be worth, in any event, 3.5 billion pounds.

A considerable lot of Pakistan's biggest companies are likewise constrained by the military, on account of an obscure organization of amazing 'establishments' initially set up to take care of the annuity needs of armed force staff. The biggest three - the Fauji, Shaheen and Bahria establishments, constrained by the military, flying corps and naval force individually, control in excess of 100 separate business substances engaged with everything from concrete to oat creation.

The Fauji Foundation, the biggest establishment of the parcel, is assessed by Dr Siddiqa to merit a few billion pounds. It works a security power, permitting serving armed force faculty to twofold in their extra time as private security specialists, an oil terminal and a phosphate joint endeavor with the Moroccan government.

Bread in the nation is provided by military-possessed pastry shops, which is fronted by regular people. Armed force controlled banks take stores and dispense advances. Up to 33% of all hefty assembling and 7 percent of private resources are figured to be in armed force hands.

Then again, the normal Pakistani acquires only 1,500 pounds per year, making the nation less fortunate than everything except 50 of the world's countries. The greater part of the military's lesser officials and different positions live in abhorrent tents pitched by the side of fundamental streets, even in Islamabad.

Monetary self-governance has likewise given the military a hazardous feeling of privilege. At the point when any chief or driving government official endeavors to restrict the military's capacity, or even castrate it, they get smacked down, a model being Benazir Bhutto, who attempted to secularize the military without progress.

The article likewise portrays the military starting to act in the way of a primitive proprietor. At the point when landless laborers in focal Punjab griped in 2001 that the military had changed the status of the land on which they depended for their resource, compelling them to pay lease in real money, instead of working the land on a sharecropping premise, the military broke down, beating numerous and leaving eight dead.

In the event that full majority rule government were allowed in Pakistan, it would comprise a danger to the military's choking power, and since political force, thusly, makes more noteworthy monetary chances, it's in light of a legitimate concern for the military crew to propagate it. While different nations have armed forces, Pakistan's military has a nation.

In any case, the one factor that could even now hurt the military is its self-important, cavalier disposition to its own kin. Its egregious profiteering causes tremendous hatred in country and more modest regions, where the military is progressively observed as an attacking power instead of a defender. (ANI)

Moderna expecting to announce results of COVID-19 vaccine by end of month

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Washington [US], November 12 (ANI): Moderna expects to have an announcement on the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine after it finished accumulating data for a first analysis of the vaccine, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Moderna is conducting a clinical trial of about 30,000 participants, with half of the participants receiving the vaccine and the other half receiving a placebo, which is a shot of saline that does not seem to have any effect, reported CNN.

In order for the vaccine to be considered for authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), at least 53 study participants needed to become ill with COVID-19.

The trial hit the 53-mark Wednesday, but Moderna doesn't know if the participants who became ill received the vaccine or the placebo. The company is now preparing data to send to the trial's Data and Safety Monitoring Board, an independent panel of experts.

If a statistically significant number of participants received the placebo, that would mean that the vaccine is effective against the virus.

Since cases are rapidly rising in the US, more than 53 participants will become ill with COVID-19 by the time the announcement is made, according to CNN.

Meanwhile, Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases, said on Wednesday that Pfizer's promising outcomes are good news for Moderna as well.

Fauci mentioned that Pfizer's results from the never-before-approved mRNA technology were better than expected.

This came after the coronavirus vaccine developed by drug giant American Pfizer and German biotechnology firm BioNTech was more than 90 per cent effective at protecting people from infection as compared to placebo saline shot, according to an analysis.

This was regarded as a 'historical moment' by Kathrin Jensen, head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer. (ANI)

US hits new all-time high in daily COVID-19 cases

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Maryland [US], November 12 (ANI/Sputnik): The United States hit a record-setting 136,325 new daily cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, the latest data from Johns Hopkins University revealed.

The United States has reported more than 10.3 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 240,800 deaths caused by the disease, data showed on Wednesday.

The third wave of COVID-19 infections is underway in the United States as winter approaches.

Numerous US states are facing strained resources at medical facilities, such as shortages of medical personnel and hospital beds, forcing additional lockdowns in the communities considered hotspots.

The Trump administration has vowed to have a vaccine ready to be distributed by the end of the year. (ANI/Sputnik)

US hints at more sanctions on China over Hong Kong

US National Security Advisor Robert C O-Brien


Washington [US], November 12 (ANI): The United States on Wednesday slammed China for the recent disqualification of four Hong Kong opposition lawmakers and said that sanctions will continue to be imposed on "those responsible for extinguishing Hong Kong's freedom".

According to an official statement issued by National Security Advisor Robert C O'Brien, "Beijing's recent actions disqualifying pro-democracy legislators from Hong Kong's Legislative Council leave no doubt that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has flagrantly violated its international commitments under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and its promises to the people of Hong Kong, including those under the Basic Law."

He further said that "One Country, Two Systems" has become merely a "fig leaf covering for the CCP's expanding one-party dictatorship in Hong Kong".

"The United States will continue to utilize all the powers granted under the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, and the Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization to identify and sanction those responsible for extinguishing Hong Kong's freedom," he added.

Earlier, four Hong Kong opposition lawmakers were disqualified with immediate effect after the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) passed the resolution, South China Morning Post reported.

Following this, all Hong Kong's opposition lawmakers resigned together in the protest of China's top legislative body's resolution, which gives local authorities power to unseat politicians without having to go through the city's courts, Hong Kong Free Press reported.

Democratic Party lawmaker Wu Chi-wai, convenor of the pro-democracy bloc slammed Beijing resolution as "ridiculous" and said the decision signaled Beijing complete abandonment of the Basic Law.

"Hong Kong, from today onward, can no longer tell the world that there is 'one country, two systems'," Wu said.

The lawmakers unseated on Wednesday were the Civic Party's Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Kwok Ka-ki and Dennis Kwok, alongside Kenneth Leung of the Professionals Guild, who were previously barred from running in the now-postponed Legislative Council elections, originally slated for September. (ANI)

Brazil allows resumption of Chinese coronavirus vaccine trial

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Ankara [Turkey], November 12 (ANI):
Brazil's health regulator Anvisa on Wednesday (local time) announced the resumption of clinical trials of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine.

Quoting the latest official statement issued by Anvisa, Anadolu agency's said, "After evaluating the new data presented by t
he sponsor ... Anvisa understands that it has sufficient reasons to allow the resumption of vaccination."

"It is important to clarify that a suspension does not necessarily mean that the product under investigation is not of quality, safety or efficacy...The suspension and resumption of clinical studies are common events in clinical research and all studies aimed at registering medicines that are authorized in the country are previously evaluated by ANVISA in order to preserve safety for the study volunteers," the statement further read.

This comes days after the trial was suspended following " a severe incident".

In its earlier statement, the company had referred to the "incident", that occurred on October 29, without revealing further information.

"National Health Surveillance Agency ANVISA has temporarily suspended human testing of the Chinese vaccine Coronavac due to 'a serious adverse effect,'" Sputnik reported, citing Anvisa's statement.

Both the Sinovac and Pfizer vaccines are in the final stage of testing before regulatory approval. (ANI)

WHO chief Tedros thanks PM Modi for strong commitment to Covid vaccine

WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus


New York [US], November 12 (ANI): World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his strong commitment to Covax and making Covid-19 vaccines a global public good.

"I thanked Prime Minister @narendramodi for his strong commitment to COVAX and making #COVID19 vaccines a global public good. The pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for the world, and we agreed to work shoulder to shoulder to end it. #ACTtogether," Tedros said in tweet.

Tedros said he had a "very productive" telephone call with PM Modi during which both of them talked about ways to "strengthen our collaboration and advance access to knowledge, research and training in traditional medicine globally".

The WHO chief said in a tweet, "Namaste, Prime Minister @narendramodi, for a very productive call on how to strengthen our collaboration & advance access to knowledge, research and training in traditional medicine globally. @WHO welcomes India's Flag of India leading role in global health, and to universal health coverage."

Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for WHO's important role in facilitating a coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a statement issued by the PMO said.

He also noted the need to not lose sight of the battle against other diseases and appreciated the importance of WHO's support to the health systems of developing countries.

According to the release, PM Modi Minister informed Dr Tedros about the planned celebration of Ayurveda Day in India on November 13 under the theme of 'Ayurveda for COVID-19'. (ANI)

World heading towards new balance of power: External Affairs minister S Jaishankar

EAM Dr. S Jaishankar


New Delhi [India], November 12 (ANI): The world is heading towards new balances of power and interests, which will manifest itself in a more multi-polar global architecture. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday.

Addressing the virtual Asian Leadership Conference 2020 on the theme "Emerging geopolitics and economic landscape in Asia, Jaishankar noted India's shared interest to work towards a multi-polar Asia, and said that with central Asia becoming part of the global economy the world will now get a "truly multi-polar world".

The conference was themed "Emerging geopolitics and economic landscape in Asia" and Jaishankar noted that in a world that was already under stress, the coronavirus pandemic has been "an additional and really serious complicating factor."

He said that many countries have expanded their definition of national security as a result. "Equally, there is a stronger sense of strategic autonomy with a greater emphasis on resilient supply chains," Jaishankar said.

Jaishankar noted that the theme of the conference was "not just indicative of our changing times but eminently appropriate, given the integral connection between geopolitics and economic shifts in our continent."

"Indeed, these two developments are reflected in two key phenomena that drive current global politics: globalization and rebalancing. Both have had their own consequences and reactions. But feeding on each other, they offer an explanation for much that is happening in our contemporary world," he said.

The minister said that we are heading towards new balances of power and interests is not in doubt. "Nor is the reality that this will manifest itself in a more multi-polar global architecture."

"Recent events suggest that the accompanying mindsets will put multilateralism under stress. Not all of us want that, though actions rather than words will speak for intentions. If the old order erodes and a new one has yet to emerge, we are probably headed for a long transition. It will be one characterized by convergences among powers and working arrangements to give that practical shape. Middle powers are likely to have a greater role and regional solutions perhaps more space to unfold. New concepts and mechanisms will co-exist with established ones, leading to more animated discussions amongst us all," he said.

Speaking on India's steps to tackle the economic situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the EAM said that like the rest of the world India too is focussed on recovery and resilience.

"Our economic numbers for September and October have been encouraging and we are confident that they will only become better. However, we feel that this is also the moment to undertake ambitious reforms that would put us on a higher trajectory. Some of these have already unfolded in the domains of agriculture, labour, education and energy.

"Recognizing the importance of employment generation, the focus on ease of doing business has further increased. As a national strategy, we are aiming for aAtmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India), one that would expand its capabilities to make a greater contribution in the global economy. We want to make in India, and make for the world." (ANI)

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