Author: International Desk

Satyaprakash Sharma, a resident of Aligarh district in Uttar Pradesh, and his wife Rukmini Sharma have made a 400 kg lock for the Ram temple in Ayodhya. This is known to be the largest lock in the world(News of the Gulf News). The key to open the lock weighs 30 kg. It took six months to make these 10 feet lock. It cost two lakh rupees to make the lock. Satyaprakash is a lock trader. He said many changes will be made to the lock before it is sent to Ayodhya. The lockbox, lever, and hood will be made of…

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A police operation in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, has killed six members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and wounded four others. A report quoting Pakistani police said this on Monday. The Balochistan branch of the Pakistani police raided an IS hideout in Quetta on a tip-off, AFP reported. The staff tried to escape from the dormitory by anticipating the presence of the police. At that time 6 people were killed in the police firing, the remaining 4-5 people were able to escape. A senior Pakistani police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said…

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday people who have not taken Covid-19 shots will be arrested if they disobeyed stay-at-home orders as infections hit a three-month high. Duterte in an televised address to the nation said he was asking community leaders to look for unvaccinated people and make sure they were confined to their homes. “If he refuses, if he goes out his house and goes around the community, he can be restrained. If he refuses, the captain is empowered now to arrest recalcitrant persons,” Duterte said. Daily coronavirus infections in the Philippines hit the highest since Sept. 26…

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A building housing a canteen in Chongqing State in China’s southwest collapsed on Friday after an explosion suspected to have been caused by a gas leak, killing at least 16, state broadcaster CCTV said. As of midnight (1600 GMT) on Friday, 26 people had been taken from the site, of whom 16 had died, the broadcaster said on Saturday. One person was in critical condition and the other injured people were also in hospital. The Ministry of Emergency Management dispatched a team to of more than 600 personnel to the scene in Chongqing’s Wulong district, CCTV said.

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Israel’s The Jerusalem Post newspaper said on Monday its website had been hacked, in what it said was an apparent threat to the country. Instead of displaying a main news page, the website showed an illustration that appeared to recall top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in a US drone strike in Iraq on this day in 2020. The illustration showed a bullet-shaped object shooting out of a red ring worn on a finger, an apparent reference to a distinctive ring Soleimani used to wear. The Jerusalem Post, an English-language daily, tweeted that it was working to resolve…

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Twitter on Sunday permanently suspended the personal account of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, after the company said she had violated its COVID-19 misinformation policies. Twitter suspended Greene’s account after she tweeted Saturday, falsely, about “extremely high amounts of COVID vaccine deaths.” She included a misleading chart that pulled information from a government database of unverified raw data called the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS, a decades-old system that relies on self-reported cases from patients and health care providers. Twitter said that Greene had a fifth “strike,” which meant that her account will not be restored. The company…

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A team of Afghan intelligence agents poured around 3,000 litres of liquor into a canal in Kabul, the country’s spy agency said on Sunday, as the new Taliban authorities crack down on the sale of alcohol. Video footage released by the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) showed its agents pouring alcohol stored in barrels into the canal after seizing it during a raid in the capital. “Muslims have to seriously abstain from making and delivering alcohol,” an intelligence official said in the footage the agency posted on Twitter on Sunday. It was not clear when the raid was carried out…

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Europe has recorded over 100 million covid-19 cases, more than a third of all infections worldwide, since the start of the pandemic, an AFP tally on Saturday (Jan 1) showed. The continent has once again become the pandemic’s epicentre in recent months, and is battling an upsurge of cases spurred on by the highly transmissible Omicron strain of the virus. The European region, including 52 countries and territories from the Atlantic coast to Azerbaijan and Russia, has recorded 100,074,753 infections of Covid-19 over the past two years, an AFP tally of official figures showed at 1845 GMT. That is equivalent…

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Global Covid-19 infections hit a record high over the past seven-day period, Reuters data showed on Wednesday, as the Omicron variant raced out of control and governments tried to contain its spread without paralyzing fragile economies. Almost 900,000 cases were detected on average each day worldwide between December 22 and 28. Several countries posted all-time highs during the previous 24 hours, including Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, the United States, and many nations in Europe. Studies have suggested Omicron is less deadly than some previous variants. But the sheer number of people testing positive could overwhelm hospitals in some countries and leave…

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