Sunday, November 15, 2020

34 killed in terror attack on bus in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa [Ethopia], November 15 (ANI): At least 34 people have been killed in a terror attack in Ethiopia on Saturday, according to the country's Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

In a press statement sent to Xinhua, EHRC said an armed attack in Ethiopia's western Benishangul-Gumuz regional state on Saturday left 34 people dead.

EHRC said that a passenger bus in Benishangul-Gumuz region on Saturday evening was ambushed by armed attackers, leaving 34 people dead.

The statement did not disclose the identity of the attackers and the possible motives for the attack.

Ethnic violence among members of various ethnic groups in Benishangul-Gumuz regional state in recent months has left hundreds dead and thousands of others displaced.

The clashes are mainly over access to power and land resources. (ANI)

7 killed, over 10 injured in building fire in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong, November 15 (ANI/Xinhua): Seven people were killed and more than 10 others were injured after a fire broke out at a tenement building in Hong Kong on Sunday night, the police said.

The fire, which occurred around 8 p.m. local time at the building along the Canton Road, Jordan, was extinguished about two hours later.

In a statement, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam said she was saddened by the tragedy and demanded all-out efforts to treat the injured and investigate the accident. (ANI/Xinhua)

COVID-19: Sri Lanka to impose lockdown in Colombo, Gampaha

Srilanka to go into lockdown after high risk of COVID-19

Colombo [Sri Lanka], November 15 (ANI): Sri Lanka on Sunday decided to impose a lockdown, from 5 am tomorrow, in 25 police areas in Colombo and Gampaha districts as those areas remain high risk for COVID-19.

Daily Mirror Sri Lanka quoted Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said that Maradana, Fort, Pettah, Slave Island and Dam Street police areas in the Colombo District and Kelaniya in the Gampaha District will be locked down from 5 am tomorrow while the isolation status in 19 other police areas in both districts will continue.

According to Daily Mirror, Mattakkuliya, Modara, Bloemendhal, Kotahena, Grandpass, Foreshore, Barber Street, Maligawatte, Dematagoda, Wellampitiya, Keselwatte, Borella, and Angulana in Colombo and Negombo, Ja-Ela, Ragama, Kadawatha, Wattala, and Peliyagoda police are in Gampaha remain locked down.

However, the lockdown was lifted in Horana and Ingiriya in the Kalutara District, Mawanella, and Ruwanwella in the Kegalle District, Kuliyapitiya and the Kurunegala Town in the Kurunegala district from 5 am today, Daily Mirror further reported. (ANI)

Pakistan's COVID-19 situation worsens with 2,443 new cases

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Islamabad [Pakistan], November 15 (ANI): The COVID-19 situation in Pakistan seems to worsen as over 2,000 new positive cases have been reported for the third consecutive day, reported ARY News.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), as many as 2,443 more infections were detected over the past 24 hours, lifting the national tally of COVID-19 cases to 356,904.

The number of active cases in the country has also soured to 26,538, while 32 people have succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 7,141.

1,377 of the patients currently under treatment are said to be in critical condition. A total of 323,225 people have recovered from the deadly disease while 49,210,50 samples have been tested thus far.

According to ARY News, since the COVID-19 outbreak began, Sindh has reported 154,738 cases, while Punjab recorded 109,993, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (41,990), Balochistan (16,393), Islamabad (23,994), Gilgit-Baltistan (4,447), and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (5,349). (ANI)

Madagascar Culture Minister, Ambassadors and Indian community celebrate Diwali in Antananarivo

Indian Ambassador Abhay Kumar with Madagascar's Minister of Culture, Indian community and Ambassadors during Diwali celebrations.

Antananarivo [Madagascar], November 15 (ANI): Minister of Culture of Madagascar, Presidents and prominent members of the Indian community, Ambassadors of several countries including United States, Russia, Japan, European Union, South Africa, Cd'A of Iran among others, UN country representatives and prominent Malagasy people joined Ambassador Abhay Kumar at his residence to celebrate Diwali in Antananarivo on November 14 in Madagascar.

This is the first time that Diwali was celebrated with the participation of the high dignitaries in the Indian Ocean island which has over 20,000 members of the Indian diaspora.

The occasion was celebrated by members of all faiths including Hindus, Khojas, Bohras, Ismailis, Sunnis, Christians, among others showing the growing universal appeal of Diwali, the festival of victory of light over darkness, across the world.

Speaking on the occasion the Minister of Culture said: "I would like to extend Diwali greetings on behalf of the Government of Madagascar."

He thanked Ambassador Abhay Kumar for organising Diwali celebrations in Antananarivo.

India's Ambassador to Madagascar and Comoros, Abhay Kumar, said: "Diwali is an occasion to celebrate light over darkness, hope over despair and love over hatred. It is a festival that brings together people of all faiths and communities and unites humanity."

A cultural group consisting of ITEC alumni performed Indian dance on the occasion.

In a separate event, the Hindu Samaj of Madagascar also organised a cultural programme at the newly built grand temple hall in Antananarivo which included dance performances by children, Garba by women among others. (ANI)

At least two rockets launched from Gaza towards Israel - IDF

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Tel Aviv [Israel], November 15 (ANI/Sputnik): At least two rockets have been fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

"2 rockets were fired from Gaza toward central and southern Israel earlier tonight," IDF said on Twitter in the early hours of Sunday.

ccording to the IDF, the rockets triggered air raid sirens in the southern city of Ashdod and in the south-central Shfela region.

The Iron Dome Aerial Defense System was activated to intercept the rockets, the IDF said.

There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties. (ANI/Sputnik)

PM Modi congratulates people of Jharkhand on state's foundation day

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New Delhi [India], November 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the people of Jharkhand on the foundation day of the state on Sunday.

In a tweet in Hindi, the Prime Minister congratulated the people of Jharkhand and wished them prosperity and good health.

"My heartiest greetings to all the
 residents of the state on the foundation day of Jharkhand. On this occasion, I wish all the people happiness, prosperity and good health," PM Modi wrote.

Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar in the year 2000. (ANI)

Violence erupts in Washington as protesters clash with Trump supporters

Police attempt to separate Trump supporters and counterprotesters in Washington on Saturday. (local time)

Washington [US], November 15 (ANI): Violence erupted on Saturday in Washington DC during the 'Million MAGA March' held in support of US President Donald Trump, as counterprotesters clashed with Trump supporters, shouting threats, throwing punches and launching projectiles.

Thousands of people had turned up in the US capital on Saturday to show support to Trump and protest against the results of the presidential elections.

Fox News reported that Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) groups had counter-clashed with conservative group Proud Boys, said Daily Caller contributor Matthew Miller.

When darkness fell, counterprotesters triggered more mayhem as they harassed Trump advocates, stealing red hats and flags and lighting them ablaze. Scuffles continued well into the night as the provocateurs overturned the tables of vendors who had been selling pro-Trump gear and set off dozens of fireworks, reported Washington Post.

Violence broke out five blocks east of the White House between the President's supporters and his detractors. The brawl went on for several minutes before the police arrived and cleared the intersection.

On both sides, people were injured, and at least 10 were arrested, including four on gun charges.

In the melee, a DC Fire official said, a man in his 20s was stabbed in the back and rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

Meanwhile, as the left-wing protesters chased out Trump's supporters and besieged a hotel, the police used pepper spray to forcefully scatter the crowd.

The conflict began when a small group holding bright orange "Refuse Fascism" posters arrived at the edge of Freedom Plaza and were almost immediately surrounded by Trump fans shouting "USA! USA!" into their faces, according to Washington Post.

Earlier, Trump's supporters gathered in Freedom Plaza near the White House starting early Saturday morning, with a large crowd amassed by noon, when an event organised by Women for America First was set to kick-off, The Hill reported.

Since Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was declared as President-elect, Trump has refused to concede defeat and has promised to legally challenge the results of the elections. (ANI)

Global COVID-19 death toll crosses 1.3 million

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Maryland [US], November 15 (ANI): The global tally of deaths due to coronavirus has crossed 1.3 million, according to the latest update by the Johns Hopkins University.

The global death toll rose to 1,309,713, while there were more than 53 million cases worldwide.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 ca
ses worldwide has risen by 657,312 within the past 24 hours marking the largest daily increase since the outbreak of the pandemic, Sputnik reported the World Health Organisation as saying on Saturday.

Austria will enter a second national lockdown on Tuesday for at least two and a half weeks, after its target infection rate of Covid-19 exploded to 10 times higher than expected, CNN reported.

The WHO had declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11. (ANI)

Hindus in Pakistan celebrate Diwali following COVID-19 SOPs

Hindus in Pakistan celebrated Diwali while following the protocols set to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Karachi [Pakistan], November 15 (ANI): The Hindu community in Pakistan's Karachi city celebrated Diwali while following the protocols set to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

"The festival of Diwali is celebrated with lamps, lights and fireworks. You can see that children, young people, older people , everyone is celebrating Diwali today," said Pooja, one of the Hindus living in Pakistan.

She further said, "We have also come here to celebrate this festival, and to enjoy with paints and art work. So I feel that instead of playing with blood, it is so much better to celebrate our festivals with colours."

Karachi's Swami Narayan Temple was illuminated to mark the occasion.

"We are celebrating Diwali while observing SOPs. During these celebrations, we are praying to God to wipe out this pandemic as soon as possible," said Geeta Kumari, a Hindu homemaker.

It is believed that on this day Lord Rama (the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu) returned from a 14-year-long exile, during which he fought and won a battle against the demon king Ravana.

People across India and around the world celebrate the festival by decorating their houses, exchanging gifts, and offering prayers in order to commemorate the "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance". (ANI)

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