Monday, December 7, 2020

Govt committed to ensuring quick completion of Dedicated Freight Corridor: Piyush Goyal

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal reviews progress of DFC (Photo Credit: Twitter/Piyush Goyal)

New Delhi [India], December 7: Union Minister of Railways, Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal on Monday held a gathering with Minister of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland and evaluated the advancement of the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC). 

In an audit meeting, Piyush Goyal examined with Ville Skinnari, Minister of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland on fortifying business and industry for the financial success of both the nations. 

"Held a gathering to audit the advancement of the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC). Govt is focused on guaranteeing snappy consummation of DFC. It will open genuine cargo capability of Indian Railways, guarantee quicker and efficient transportation of merchandise and spike work creation," Piyush Goyal wrote in a tweet. 

"Had a productive conversation with Minister of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland, @VilleSkinnari, on reinforcing business and industry for the monetary flourishing of both the nations. Likewise thought on improving speculation relations for common development," Goyal wrote in another tweet. (ANI)

PM Modi talks to Macron, expresses support to France in fight against terrorism, extremism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmauel Macron

New Delhi [India], December 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a phone discussion on Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron and repeated India's full help to France in the battle against psychological oppression, fanaticism and radicalism. 

The pioneers likewise talked about other reciprocal, provincial and worldwide issues of common interest, including improving the reasonableness and availability of COVID-19 immunizations, post-COVID monetary recuperation, participation in the Indo-Pacific district, sea security, safeguard collaboration, computerized economy and network protection, reinforcing multilateralism, and environmental change and biodiversity. 

"The Prime Minister passed on to President Macron his sympathies for fear assaults in France, and emphasized India's full help to France in the battle against psychological warfare, fanaticism and radicalism," a PMO discharge said. 

It said the two chiefs communicated fulfillment at the profundity and strength that the India-France Strategic Partnership has obtained as of late and consented to keep working intently together in the post-COVID time. 

Leader communicated his desire to invite President Macron in India after the standardization of the general wellbeing circumstance. (ANI)

Georgia records 2,501 new coronavirus cases

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Tbilisi [Georgia], December 7: Georgia announced 2,501 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, carrying its absolute to 164,776, the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health said. 

Among the new cases, 1,060 were affirmed in the capital city of Tbilisi. 

As of Monday, 137,499 patients have recuperated while 1,540 others have passed on, said the middle. 

Georgia announced its originally affirmed case on Feb. 26. (ANI/Xinhua)

Bangladeshi Education minister tests Covid-19 positive

Bangladeshi Education minister tests COVID-19 positive (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Dhaka [Bangladesh], December 7: Bangladeshi Education Minister Dipu Moni has tried positive for the novel Covid. 

"Aftereffects of the pastor's examples came positive on Sunday," Dhaka Tribune cited MA Khair, advertising official of the Education Ministry as saying. 

"The priest is presently in segregation at her habitation," Khair added. 

Prior, previous instruction priest and Awami League presidium part Nurul Islam Nahid additionally tried positive for Covid-19, Dhaka Tribune further detailed. 

The all out number of affirmed Covid-19 cases in Bangladesh has arrived at 479,743, the Johns Hopkins University and Medicine covered Monday. (ANI)

Israel forces shot at Palestinian man for behaving suspiciously at West Bank checkpoint

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Tel Aviv [Israel], December 7: Israel security powers took shots at a Palestinian man who had been acting dubiously and disregarded gatekeepers' call to stop at the Qalandiya checkpoint between the West Bank and Israel on Monday. 

The man is in genuine condition, The Times of Israel revealed. 

Prior, it was accounted for that the man was attempting to do a wounding assault. Nonetheless, police later explained that he wasn't attempted to complete an assault. 

As indicated by police, the man started strolling in a segment of the checkpoint held for cars. 

"From an underlying examination, it shows up the watchmen called for him to stop a few times and when he didn't answer their calls, they did a capture convention where they terminated at his lower body," the police said. 

The man is supposedly in genuine condition. Surgeons were called to the scene. "The conditions of the occasion are being explored," it added. 

In August watchmen at Qalandiya shot a hard of hearing man who didn't hear them approaching him to leave a limited zone. (ANI)

Spanish head of CIAT kidnapped in Colombia

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Bogota [Colombia], December 7: Spanish resident Jesus Quintana Garcia, top of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), has been abducted in the southwest of Colombia, the nearby RCN radio broadcast announced. 

As per Colombian Police General Oscar Atenhortua, the Spanish agronomist was hijacked on Sunday in the area of Cauca on his approach to Huila. He grabbed the eye of a criminal gathering who might most likely make "monetary requests." 

Colombian Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo clarified that Garcia is an official who has political status in Colombia and requested the gathering of hijackers who are as yet unidentified to deliver Garcia at the earliest opportunity. 

Colombian Palmira Mayor Oscar Escobar denounced on Twitter the grabbing of Spanish residents and requested that the specialists demonstration expeditiously to deliver Garcia. 

"I reject this demonstration which influences the CIAT, yet additionally the whole rural examination organization that from Palmira and the southwest of Colombia adds to the development in country territories," Escobar said. 

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture is an examination association devoted to the advancement of horticultural efficiency and the utilization of normal assets in non-industrial nations. It is situated in Palmira, a district of Valle del Cauca in southwestern Colombia. (ANI/Sputnik)

Hong Kong police arrest 8 people including districts councillors over peaceful protests

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Hong Kong, December 7: Hong Kong police on Tuesday captured eight individuals incorporating two area councilors regarding a tranquil supportive of popular government showing a month ago on the Chinese University grounds, Hong Kong Free Press announced refering to neighborhood media. 

Among those captured was graduate and network coordinator Arthur Yeung. Yeung was arrested by police at 7 am (neighborhood time), as per a post on his Facebook page. 

Supportive of Beijing organization lately has dispatched a crackdown against favorable to majority rule government activists and lawmakers, and have a few captures since the death of security law, which is considered as draconian by individuals of Hong Kong and nations like the United States. 

Around 100 understudies held a dissent walk during their graduation day on November 19 after their function was dropped attributable to COVID-19 social removing rules. 

They showed banners that read "Hong Kong, the main way out" and "Free Hong Kong, the unrest of our occasions," showered spray painting of the trademarks and sang the dissent song of devotion Glory to Hong Kong. They walked calmly from the neighborhood train station to the "Million Boulevard" walkway. 

Around 40 officials from Hong Kong's public security police division entered the grounds to research after a portion of the trademarks were considered to be favorable to freedom. 

The public authority, around then, had said that the police "seriously denounce the unmitigated infringement of the National Security Law and criminal harm at the grounds. 

Then, Beijing's Liaison Office additionally denounced graduates who took an interest in the assembly for "advancing" freedom and conspicuously "destroying society." 

The representative additionally hammered the alumni as being severe and corrupting the grounds with their spray painting: "We solidly uphold the uncommon authoritative district's public security bodies to implement the law fearlessly and quickly handle the case as per law." 

The new captures have come days after news investor Jimmy Lai, the originator of the Apple Daily paper, on Thursday was accounted for to have been accused of extortion and afterward denied bail. 

In August as well, the mogul was captured under the disputable new public security law. 

Various previous supportive of majority rules system legislators have been captured in the period of October over fights after the draconian public security law was forced on the city by Beijing. The law condemns severance, disruption and arrangement with unfamiliar powers and conveys with it exacting jail terms. It became effective from July 1. 

A few of those excluded were sitting administrators, who were in this manner catapulted from the parliament by Beijing overruling established point of reference and bypassing Hong Kong's courts on November 11, starting the mass abdication of the whole favorable to majority rule camp. 

A few nations have reprimanded China, with the European Council saying the transition to preclude resistance officials established a "further extreme blow" to opportunity of feeling in the city and "altogether sabotages Hong Kong's self-governance." (ANI)

33 including police chief wounded in car bomb blast in Afghanistan's Kandahar

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Kandahar [Afghanistan], December 7: As numerous as 33 individuals incorporating police boss injured in a vehicle bomb impact close to Daman police central command in Kandahar territory of Afghanistan, Tolo News revealed refering to commonplace lead representative Bahir Ahmadi. 

Ahmadi said those harmed were nine cops including boss Abdul Wadoud, 2 NDS faculty, 15 regular people and 7 representatives at the region lead representative compound. 

No dread gathering has so far assumed the liability of the assault. 

There has been an uptick in the savagery in Afghanistan in ongoing time notwithstanding talks among government and Taliban. (ANI)

Police detain Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav

SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav (Photo: ANI)

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], December 7: Samajwadi Party (SP) boss and previous boss clergyman Akhilesh Yadav was kept by the state police while he was arranging a demonstration fight in Lucknow on Monday. 

Prior, the SP boss and his gathering laborers had arranged the demonstration fight as their vehicles on the way to Kannauj were halted by the state police. 

The previous boss clergyman was planned to visit Kannauj to organize an exhibition on the side of ranchers disturbing against Center's new homestead laws. 

The SP Chief requested that the Center annulment the homestead laws and said it should tell the ranchers when will they bring the MSP (Minimum Support Price) that will twofold the ranchers' pay. 

"On the off chance that the laws were for ranchers advantage, and the ranchers are not content with them, for what reason was the Center not revoking them?" asked Akhilesh. 

Yadav blamed the BJP for attempting to end vote based system and stifling the voice of ranchers. 

"On the off chance that the BJP sorts out any program, there is no Coronavirus except for in the event that somebody accomplishes something for ranchers, a pandemic is spread," he affirmed. 

Asserting that his gathering laborers were not terrified of going to prison the SP boss said that his laborers fighting at a few areas in the state have been captured. 

"The police can place us in prison in the event that they need. They have additionally halted our vehicles yet we will walk," he said. 

The SP boss inquired as to why blockades were put at his living arrangement and why staff were not permitted to enter the gathering office. 

Police power was sent external the SP's living arrangement at Vikramaditya Marg in Lucknow where they took two gathering MLCs Rajpal Kashyap and Aashu Malik into care while they were attempting to visit the gathering office. 

The SP pioneer asserted that his gathering consistently worked for the ranchers' advantages. 

In the interim, resistance groups, including Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Samajwadi Party (SP), All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), Shiv Sena and National Congress Party (NCP) stretched out help to the require a Bharat bandh on December 8. 

The fifth round of talks stayed uncertain with government and ranchers concurring on drafting another arrangement of corrections to the current homestead laws. 

Several ranchers have been fighting on various outskirts of the public capital since November 26 against the three recently sanctioned homestead laws- - Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)

3 terrorists killed in central Nigeria

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Abuja [Nigeria], December 7: The Nigerian military said Monday that three fear mongers were killed after soldiers defeated a furnished assault on a town in the focal territory of Benue. 

Troops of the "Activity Whirl Stroke" killed the fear mongers at Tsehombe-Adaka town in Benue following solid data on Sunday, military representative John Enenche said in an explanation on Monday. 

Following up on "solid insight on the assault by crooks," the soldiers quickly prepared to the scene and connected with the outlaws, Enenche said. 

The soldiers drew in the psychological militants with unrivaled capability, murdering three, said the representative, adding that "others fled in disorder into the shrubs with projectile injuries." 

The soldiers additionally recuperated a few weapons from the fear mongers in the wake of thwarting the assault, he added. (ANI/Xinhua)

MTV Movie & TV Awards: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair redo 'Cruel Intentions' kiss behind glass

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Washington [US], December 7: Hollywood stars Sarah Michael Gellar and Selma Blair on Sunday night (nearby time) had their kissing believability established by being delegated with the 'Incredible Lip Lock' title at the 'MTV Movie and TV Awards: Greatest of All Time' show. 

As per People Magazine, the two c-stars broadly shared a hot kiss in the 1999 film 'Pitiless Intentions', for which they won a MTV Movie and TV Award for best kiss at that point. After twenty years, the 43-year-old star Gellar and Blair have accomplished another achievement in light of that epic kiss. 

In a video shared on the Twitter handle of 'a MTV Movie and TV Awards', Gellar kidded that theirs is currently the "absolute most granted kiss in film history - you don't need to Google it, I previously did." 

While Blair stated, "I think the explanation the kiss has resounded with individuals so long isn't only for the underlying stun esteem, but since it was an impetus for so numerous youngsters to assist them with understanding certain parts of their sexuality and help make individuals agreeable to be who they truly are." 

"It additionally spoke to a change in perspective to another dynamic towards acknowledgment in mainstream society," said Gellar, prior to adding, "Great, likewise it was super-hot." 

Blair concurred with a chuckle, saying, "You're not off-base. Before which they "reproduced" the kiss behind a sheet of glass, which later on was uncovered by the camera- - and it isolated them. Gellar then stated, referring to the progressing pandemic, "Remain safe, MTV. What's more, 2020: end soon." 

According to People Magazine, in 'Brutal Intentions,' which likewise featured Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, the pair's kiss came when Gellar's character Kathryn Merteuil endeavors to show Blair's Cecile Caldwell how to kiss somebody. Gellar and Blair have stayed close since making the film, even energetically reproducing the PDA every once in a while. 

The 'MTV Movie and TV Awards: Greatest of All Time' broadcasted on December 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (ANI)

India, Nepal review progress on wide-ranging bilateral agenda

The virtual meeting was led by commerce secretaries of both countries.

Kathmandu [Nepal], December 7: A gathering of the India-Nepal Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) on Trade and Transit was hung on Monday, during which the two sides assessed the advancement made on wide-running reciprocal plan including audit of settlements of exchange and travel, expressed the Indian consulate here. 

The virtual gathering was driven by business secretaries of the two nations. The IGC is the summit two-sided component to audit and set the route forward for additional improving two-sided exchange and financial ties. 

"Anup Wadhawan, Commerce Secretary, Government of India was joined by the Ambassador of India to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra and a 15 part appointment drawn from different Ministries and the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, while his partner, Baikuntha Aryal, Secretary (Commerce and Supplies) of Nepal was helped by agents of different Ministries and Departments of Government of Nepal," the consulate articulation read. 

As indicated by the Indian international safe haven, the gathering finished up with the two sides looking into progress made on the advancement of exchange framework just as venture advancements including the new proposition of improvement of cross-fringe financial zones and holding meeting of Joint Business Forum. 

During the gathering, both business secretaries noted with gratefulness that in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was "smooth and unhampered" exchange and business freight development by trucks over the land outskirt with help and assistance of both the public authority, the government office said. 

"The wide-running conversations today and the advancement made in the gathering 

are relied upon to additional help the extension in monetary and business ties 

among India and Nepal," it added. 

The Inter-Governmental Sub-Committee (IGSC) at the degree of Joint Secretaries met on December 3-4, 2020 in the groundwork for IGC meeting. 

The gathering was held days after Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla visited Nepal. During his visit, Shringla had approached Nepali initiative President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. 

Shringla had additionally met Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and his Nepali partner Bharat Raj Paudyal. 

The government office said India remains the biggest exchange and speculation accomplice of Nepal both regarding Nepali imports and Nepali fares. 

"Truth be told, India is the main exchanging accomplice of Nepal with whom Nepali fares have reliably expanded in the last a few years," it added.(ANI)

Tamil Nadu CM, French envoy discuss opportunities in Indo-Pacific region, people-to-people exchanges

Tamil Nadu CM Eddappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday met French ambassador Emmanuel Lenain

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], December 7: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Eddappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday met French represetative Emmanuel Lenain and examined openings in the Indo-Pacific area and individuals to-individuals trades. 

Taking to Twitter, Lenain said he and Palaniswami had "profitable talks" wherein they examined ways, in which French organizations can add to Tamil Nadu objectives in industry R&D and supportability. 

"Extremely profitable talks with Hon'ble @CMOTamilNadu, Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami. We examined how French organizations can add to #TamilNadu's objectives in industry, R&D and supportability, just as circumstances in the #Indopacific and to wrap things up individuals to-individuals trades," Lenain tweeted. (ANI)

Pakistan Auditor General report reveals financial irregularities of Rs 2.77 billion in Peshawar's BRT project.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], December 7: Pakistan's Auditor General report has uncovered monetary inconsistencies worth over Rs 2.77 billion in Peshawar's Bus Rapid Transport venture. 

SAMAA TV refered to the AGP report as saying that the progressions made to the plan of the uber venture have expanded its expense by Rs17 billion (from Rs 49 billion to Rs 66 billion). 

The report has additionally featured that "unapproved installments" of Rs 17.7 million were made to a few authorities including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's extra boss secretary, from the Project Implementation Unit's asset, SAMAA TV said. 

After the disclosure, Ikhtiyar Wali, Pakistani Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N) representative from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has requested the blamed to be dealt with and the BRT venture be taken care of by an outsider. 

In the interim, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's commonplace pastor Shaukat Yousafzai has disproved the report of any debasement in the BRT venture. 

This comes a long time after Pakistan's top notch transport based travel framework went under the line of fire when one of its transports separated on the primary hall close to the Abdara station prompting the online media clients scrutinizing the nation's transport based travel framework and the Imran Khan-drove organization. 

Recently, the BRT venture in Peshawar city confronted analysis by the individuals after the stations got overwhelmed and seen water spillages during substantial downpours. 

A few recordings circulated around the web via online media demonstrating water spillages at the stations. 

The BRT venture has been developed by a consortium drove by China Railway 21st Bureau Group and it has seen a few mishaps since its initiation on August 13. 

The venture, worked at an expense of Rs 70 billion is a 27.5 kilometer-long hallway track with 31 stations and seven feeder courses extending 62km with 146 stops to encourage a great many travelers consistently. (ANI)

US on alert after link between Nevada govt website and ISI-linked company surfaces

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Washington [US], December 7: The United States and the Nevada government have been put on alarm by an Anti-Voter Fraud bunch after a dubious connection was found between the state government site and a Lahore-based organization supposedly connected to the Pakistani insight administrations. 

As indicated by an article by Kristina Wong named 'Against Voter Fraud Group Finds Suspicious Link Between Nevada State Website and Intelligence-Linked Pakistani Company' distributed in Breitbart News on December 5, "The association, True the Vote, cautioned state and government specialists after it mentioned a Nevada elector enrollment list through the Nevada secretary of state's site, and got an email back with a downloadable citizen document. That email showed up with a representative of Pakistani organization Kavtech carbon replicated." 

Catherine Engelbrecht, 'Genuine the Vote' President, educated John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security in a letter, gotten only by Breitbart News, that after accepting the email, "I was stunned to see the consideration of another email address in the CC line." 

"The location was Waqas Butt is the CEO of Kavtech Solutions Ltd.. Kavtech is a Pakistani possessed organization, situated in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, with binds to Pakistani knowledge, military, and the inside," she said in the letter. 

Then, the political decision scientists acquainted with the occurrence has believed that the consideration of another email address in the CC line could either be "a mishap by a temporary worker who took a shot at the Nevada secretary of state's site" or even a sign of the contribution of an unapproved organization supposedly connected to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) into the backend of the Nevada government's site framework. 

"Such an interruption could be hazardous if downloading the elector enlistment list additionally functioned as a phishing assault, where programmers could pick up section into the workers of those mentioning the rundowns, or if programmers approached state government email correspondences," Kristina said. 

"The way that this organization was cc'ed on an email containing admittance to the Nevada citizen enrollment information base seems, by all accounts, to be proof of a penetrate inside the Nevada Secretary of State's email framework," Engelbrecht told Demers. 

"Clearly, the issues that such a break may prove incorporate admittance to in any event the citizen enlistment data of Nevada inhabitants. To say the least it could uncover a penetrate that gives an unfamiliar force admittance to the State of Nevada's frameworks, yet in addition to the email frameworks of anybody whom the State speaks with by means of email," she added. 

Post the episode, Engelbrecht said in a meeting with Breitbart News, "For what reason would they [Pakistani company] be getting this data? For what reason would they appear on a cc line? There's awful method to see that should cause anybody to feel certain about the security of this cycle." 

"Further, everything we can address is our experience. Who knows what other place that is appearing and what else they're following? In the event that it's implanted in a structure that way, they could be doing that for quite a few things," she further said. 

"The suggestion here that an unfamiliar public organization with known connections to the knowledge network in Pakistan - it is highly unlikely to disregard that. It's mysterious and it should be explored," she added. 

This episode comes even after a Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) chief advisory group on November 12 had said in an explanation, "While we know there are numerous unwarranted cases and open doors for falsehood about the cycle of our races, we can guarantee you we have the most extreme trust in the security and uprightness of our decisions, and you ought to as well." 

Then, in spite of sending demands for input to the Arizona secretary of state and the Justice Department with respect to the issue, Breitbart News isn't gotten any remarks. (ANI)

Czech Cabinet may return some tough measures against COVID-19: Deputy Prime Minister

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Prague [Czech Republic], December 7: The Czech government will consider, at its gathering on Monday, the conceivable return of various intense measures taken before to battle the novel Covid infection (COVID-19) episode and dropped on December 3, Deputy Prime Minister and Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlicek told correspondents.

"Information on the epidemiological circumstance in the nation lately are disturbing, the circumstance is progressively returning back, the day by day number of patients is developing. Likewise, numerous business people, particularly in the café business, have mishandled trust of the public authority, which has permitted eateries, stores and administrations to continue activity with reservations from December 3," Havlicek said.

"Many infringement were submitted, essentially with respect to restricting the activity of eateries and bars to 10 p.m., just as the conduct of their guests," he said.

Havlicek said he had by and by observed such infringement, having visited a few cafés and bars in Prague on Saturday night.

"In such manner, the public authority will change its arrangements on Monday and will dedicate the vast majority of the gathering to looking at the circumstance with the Covid. It is conceivable that some facilitating in the crisis circumstance system, made on Thursday (December 3), should be reexamined," the representative head administrator said. (ANI/Sputnik)

COVID-19 death toll in France crosses 55,000 mark

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Paris [France], December 7: More than 55,000 individuals have passed on of the novel Covid infection (COVID-19) in France, the nation's public general wellbeing office, Sante Publique, said in an explanation. 

France's Covid loss of life adds up to 55,155 individuals, 175 of them have kicked the bucket in the previous 24 hours, the office said. 

Altogether, 2,292,497 instances of COVID-19 have been enlisted in the nation, with 11,022 diseases affirmed over the previous day. 

More than 8,560 individuals have been admitted to emergency clinics in the previous week. (ANI/Sputnik)

Global COVID-19 count surpasses 67 million

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Maryland [US], December 7: The quantity of Covid cases affirmed everywhere on the world has outperformed 67 million, as indicated by the most recent information from the Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center. 

As of 04:30 Moscow time on Monday (01:30 GMT), there are 67,004,543 affirmed Covid cases on the planet. The worldwide loss of life from COVID-19 stands at 1,535,038. The quantity of recuperated people remains at 43,032,444. 

The United States, India and Brazil remain the main three nations as far as the complete number of affirmed Covid cases. Russia comes fourth with over 2.4 million cases. (ANI/Sputnik)

Ecuador reports 607 new cases of COVID-19

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Quito [Ecuador], December 7: Ecuador enrolled another 607 instances of the novel (COVID-19) over the most recent 24 hours, carrying the complete number of cases to 197,998, the Ministry of Public Health detailed Sunday. 

In the interim, 16 additional passings were accounted for, bringing the affirmed loss of life to 9,268, the service said. 

Another 4,510 passings are associated with having been brought about by the infection, however have not been affirmed, as per the service. 

The service added that each of the 24 territories have demonstrated an expansion in contaminations, with the best expansions in Azuay, Galapagos, Imbabura, Manabi and Pichincha. 

As per official measurements, the city of Quito, the capital of the nation situated in the territory of Pichincha, remains the focal point of the flare-up, with 65,356 cases. 

Specialists are encouraging the populace to follow essential biosecurity measures to try not to spread the infection. 

Areas that have seen an expansion in cases, as indicated by the public authority, are to a great extent because of residents disregarding wellbeing conventions. 

The public authority has said that it hopes to get the primary immunizations for COVID-19 in January 2021, to inoculate 65 percent of the populace. (ANI/Xinhua)

Biden to name California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary

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Washington [US], December 7: US President-elect Joe Biden is required to select California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to fill in as the top of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), affirmed an individual acquainted with the choice to The Hill on Sunday. 

Becerra will be the subsequent Latino named to a prominent Cabinet position by Biden. 

The President-elect is required to officially report Becerra as the single out Monday or Tuesday. 

He will be entrusted with driving the organization answerable for dealing with the reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has just asserted more than 280,000 lives in the US. 

As indicated by The Hill, Becerra, 62, recently served 12 terms in the House speaking to Los Angeles. He was chosen California head legal officer in 2016.

First debate of Georgia Senate runoff elections kicks off

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Washington [US], December 7: Weeks in front of Georgia's two overflow decisions drawing closer close, which will choose the overall influence in the US Senate, two of the applicants are set to discuss each other on Sunday night that will offer them the chance to put forth their perspective. 

Occupant Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler and her Democratic rival, Reverend Raphael Warnock, have both acknowledged solicitations from the Atlanta Press Club to take an interest in the discussion at 7 pm ET (5:30 am IST), revealed CNN. 

Prior, the other Republican applicant, officeholder Senator David Perdue, had declined the challenge to go head to head against Democrat Jon Ossoff. 

The discussion will be directed by anchor Russ Spencer, while Greg Bluestein, a political journalist and Lisa Rayam, a host, will be specialists, as per CNN. 

The discussions will be partitioned into three rounds, with the first including every up-and-comer being posed in any event one inquiry by a specialist. 

In the second round, the up-and-comers will be permitted to pose their rivals in any event one inquiry, with time for a rejoinder. The third round includes specialists alternating posing an inquiry to a competitor of their decision until time runs out. 

Then, the Republican Party needs one more seat to keep up its lion's share in the US Senate. 

Voice of America announced that if the Republicans lose, bringing about a 50-50 Senate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be given the assignment to make the tie-breaking choice. (ANI)

US Deputy State Secretary Biegun to visit Seoul on December 8-11

US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun (File photo)

Washington [US], December 7: US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun will visit South Korea this week, the US State Department declared in an articulation. 

"Delegate Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun will head out to Seoul December 8-11. He will meet with authorities in the Republic of Korea to talk about the U.S.- ROK Alliance and our common obligation to local security, solidness, and success all through the Indo-Pacific, and proceeded with close coordination on North Korea," the Sunday articulation says. 

A month ago, South Korean media revealed that Biegun was relied upon to visit South Korea in December as a component of a multi-country Asia visit and was probably going to be joined by Alex Wong, the US State Department's agent emissary for North Korean undertakings. 

The US-North Korea exchanges have been in an in-between state since a year ago and the between Korean discourse has been slowed down since June when Pyongyang cut all correspondences lines with Seoul after pressures over promulgation flyers sent in from the South. (ANI/Sputnik)

Taiwan's long-range radar system set to play key role against Chinese attacks

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Taipei [Taiwan], December 7: Taiwan's long-range radar framework, which gives early admonition of ballistic rockets and warplanes, has gotten significant for oneself governed island and the United States, as experts state that the framework would assume a vital part in case of an assault from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), including from its submarine base in the South China Sea. 

The USD 1.4 billion-Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System, or PAVE PAWS, was worked by US organization Raytheon, and has been operational since 2013. The monster radar framework is situated at a height of 2,600 meters on Leshan in Hsinchu area, and can identify a rocket dispatched from to the extent 5,000 km away, and can follow shots even from a distance of 2,000 km, a reach that covers China and the South China Sea, detailed South China Morning Post. 

Nonetheless, concerns remain that the radar framework would be a need focus for pulverization if the PLA expects to assault Taiwan. 

"In case of a Chinese assault, the PLA would be relied upon to ... first take out the radar framework so that Taiwan's battle information interface frameworks get cut off," said Sun Hai-tao, a resigned Taiwanese significant general and previous leader of a Lafayette-class frigate. 

Notwithstanding, regardless of whether that occurs, investigators said that it would give a significant early admonition to oneself administered island. 

"Hostile to rocket shields have been introduced - the Patriot III enemy of rocket framework and the privately evolved mid-range Tien Kung 2 and the long-range Tien Kung 3... That is notwithstanding early-cautioning airplane and a short-range hostile to air ordnance organization," SCMP cited Wang Kung-yi, top of the Taiwan International Strategic Study Society. 

He further educated that a GPS obstruction framework was additionally set up to keep the PLA from precisely finding the site. 

"Imparting insight progressively to the US implies it can help track and counter any unexpected submerged rocket assaults from the PLA, which has developed a submarine armada in the South China Sea in the previous decade," said Su Tzu-yun, a vital investigations teacher at Tamkang University in Taipei. 

As indicated by South China Morning Post, pundits have considered it a radar office worked for the United States, and the expense of the framework has likewise been addressed, as Taiwan spends NTD 700 million out of a year to keep up the office. 

This improvement comes as China lately has expanded military drills around Taiwan, with just about 40 Chinese warplanes crossing the middle line between the territory and Taiwan on September 18-19, one of a few fights the island's President Tsai Ing-wen called a "danger of power". 

China views Taipei as a "breakaway region" and has said that it wouldn't see any problems with utilizing power to guarantee it. 

Taipei, then again, has countered the Chinese animosity by expanding vital binds with majority rule governments including the United States. 

Then, the US and China have competed over a scope of issues lately - China's transition to force public security law in Hong Kong, its basic liberties infringement in Xinjiang and regional hostility in the South China Sea - have all drawn savage analysis from Washington. (ANI)

PM Modi to inaugurate construction work of Agra Metro Project today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi [India], December 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will initiate the development work of the Agra Metro Project on Monday through video conferencing.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister had said that the Agra Metro venture will support 'simplicity of living' for the individuals of Agra just as sightseers.

"At 12 early afternoon tomorrow, seventh December, development work of the Agra Metro Project will start. This undertaking is spread across two halls and will support 'Simplicity of Living' for the individuals of Agra just as advantage sightseers who visit this lively city," Prime Minister Modi tweeted yesterday.

The venture contains two halls with an all out length of 29.4 km and interfaces significant vacation spots like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandra with railroad stations and transport stands.

The assessed cost of the undertaking will be Rs 8,379.62 crores and it will be finished in five years.

Association Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will likewise go to the occasion.

A year ago on March 8, the Prime Minister had initiated the Agra Metro venture alongside the beginning of business tasks of Lucknow Metro on the whole 23 km long North-South passage from CCS Airport to Munshipulia. (ANI)

Opposition parties extend support to Dec 8 Bharat Bandh call of protesting farmers

A visual from farmers' protest site in New Delhi. (File photo)

New Delhi [India], December 6: The resistance groups, including People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Samajwadi Party (SP), All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), National Congress Party (NCP) and Congress party, have expanded their help December 8 'Bharat Bandh' call by ranchers who are challenging the homestead laws.

The heads of the resistance groups gave a joint articulation while broadening fortitude with ranchers require a Bharat Bandh on December 8 requesting the withdrawal of "retrograde Agri-laws" and the Electricity Amendment Bill.

"These new Agri-Laws passed in the Parliament in a baldfaced against vote based way forestalling an organized conversation and casting a ballot, undermine India's food security, crush Indian horticulture and our ranchers, lay the reason for the abolishment of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and home loan Indian farming and our business sectors to the fancies of worldwide agri-business corporates and homegrown corporates," the assertion peruses.

"The focal government must cling to the popularity based cycle and standards and satisfy the authentic needs of our Kisan-Annadatas," it added.

The assertion delivered from CPI (M) office is endorsed by Congress party boss Sonia Gandhi, DMK boss M K Stalin, NCP boss Sharad Pawar, RJD pioneer Tejashwi Yadav, PAGD administrator Farooq Abdullah, SP boss Akhilesh Yadav, CPI (M) General Secretary, Sitaram Yechury, CPI General Secretary D Raja, CPI (ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya, AIFB General Secretary Debartata Biswas and RSP General Secretary Manoj Bhattacharya.

Then, K. Chandrashekar Rao-drove Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Arvind Kejriwal-drove Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Uddhav Thackeray-drove Shiv Sena have additionally upheld the 'Bharat Bandh' called by ranchers on December 8.

Sukhbir Singh Badal drove Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which left the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to challenge ranch laws, has likewise declared to loan its help to Bharat Bandh.

The Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP), a partner of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan has additionally stretched out its help to the call for 'Bharat Bandh by ranchers' on December 8. Requesting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi pull out the homestead laws, party boss Hanuman Beniwal on Sunday reported that the gathering will take a choice on whether to remain in National Democratic Alliance (NDA) after December 8.

A group of entertainer Kamal Haasan-drove ideological group Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) on Sunday joined the unsettling ranchers at Singhu fringe in New Delhi.

It could be noticed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 30 tending to an occasion at Varanasi said Opposition is "utilizing stunts to restrict notable horticulture changes laws and ranchers are being deluded". He likewise stated that his administration's new horticultural changes have engaged the ranchers and given them new alternatives and legitimate insurance. He said that the advantages of these new laws will be knowledgeable about the coming days.

The ranchers have been fighting on various fringes of the public capital since November 26.

After the fifth round of talks stayed uncertain with ranchers' chiefs, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has assembled another conference on December 9.

A large number of ranchers are challenging the three recently sanctioned homestead laws- - Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)

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