Yoshihide Suga elected as new leader of Japan’s LDP

WhatsAppFacebookTwitterTelegramEmailPrint Tokyo, (Samajweekly) Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was on Monday elected as the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), replacing outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced his resignation last month due to health issues, from the top post. The 71-year-old was elected at a joint plenary meeting of party members from both houses of the Diet (Parliament) and delegates from local chapters earlier in the day, reports Xinhua news agency. At the meeting, Suga won 377 votes while the other two contenders, LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida and former Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba garnered 89 and 68 votes, respectively. In the scaled-down vote, 394 Diet members cast their ballots. A total of 141 votes were cast by three delegates each from the country’s 47 prefectural chapters. Under normal circumstances, the top leader of the LDP would be chosen with Diet members belonging to the party and rank-and-file members holding 394 votes each. Suga is now expected to win a vote at an extraordinary Diet session on Wednesday to become the new Prime Minister. Monday’s election was triggered by Abe’s abrupt August 28 announcement that he was stepping down citing his chronic illness, but said he would remain in power until a successor was chosen.

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5th Ex-UK PM speaks out against market bill

WhatsAppFacebookTwitterTelegramEmailPrint London, (Samajweekly) David Cameron on Monday became the fifth former UK Prime Minister to speak out against the new controversial market bill that will override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, it was reported. The Internal Market Bill, which will be formally debated in the House of Commons for the first time on Monday, addresses the Northern Ireland Protocol – the part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement designed to prevent a hard border returning to the island of Ireland, the BBC reported. The government is expected to win a vote in the Commons later on the next stage of the bill – which is expected at around 10 p.m. on Monday – but it is expected to face more difficulties in later stages, especially when the legislation heads for debate in the Lords. Addressing the media, Cameron, who called the European Union (EU) referendum in 2016 when he was Prime Minister, said he had “misgivings about what is being proposed”. “Passing an act of Parliament and then going on to break an international treaty obligation is the very, very last thing you should contemplate. It should be the absolute final resort.” Cameron said the “bigger picture” was about trying to get a trade deal with the EU, urging the government to “keep that context (and) that big prize in mind.” The comments follow stronger criticism by the four other former Prime Ministers of the UK.

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Global Covid-19 cases surpass 29.1mn: Johns Hopkins

WhatsAppFacebookTwitterTelegramEmailPrint Washington, (Samajweekly) The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 29.1 million mark, while the deaths have increased to over 927,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 29,182,198 and the fatalities rose to 927,015, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update. The US accounted for the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 6,553,303 and 194,489 respectively, according to the CSSE. India is currently in the second place in terms of cases at 4,846,427, while the country’s death toll stood at 79,722. In terms of cases, Brazil ranks third (4,345,610), and is followed by Russia (1,064,438), Peru (729,619), Colombia (716,319), Mexico (671,716), South Africa (650,749), Spain (593,730), Argentina (565,446), Chile (436,433), France (425,870), Iran (404,648), the UK (373,553), Bangladesh (339,332), Saudi Arabia (326,258), Pakistan (302,020), Iraq (294,478), Turkey (292,878), Italy (288,761), Philippines (265,888), Germany (263,222), Indonesia (221,523), Ukraine (160,679), Israel (160,368), Canada (140,072), Bolivia (127,619), Qatar (121,975), Ecuador (118,911), Kazakhstan (106,920), Romania (104,187), Dominican Republic (104,110), Panama (102,204) and Egypt (101,177), the CSSE figures showed.

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UK lawmakers vote to give Internal Market Bill 2nd reading

WhatsAppFacebookTwitterTelegramEmailPrint London, (Samajweekly) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson cleared a major hurdle in the House of Commons when lawmakers rejected a challenge to his controversial Internal Market Bill. MPs voted to give the UK Internal Market Bill a second reading by 340 to 263, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. Johnson said the legislation was necessary to prevent the EU taking an “extreme and unreasonable” interpretation of the provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement relating to Northern Ireland. The prime minister opened a debate in the House of Commons at the start of the bill’s legislative journey where it faces a rough ride over the coming days. During the debate, Johnson claimed the EU’s current approach could lead to excessive checks and even tariffs on goods moving from Northern Ireland to Britain’s mainland. He said the bill would ensure the UK’s “economic and political integrity.” Summing up the reading before MPs went to vote, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said that the UK is committed to making a success of its negotiations with the EU. “What this bill is not doing is not walking away from negotiation with the European Union. Those negotiations go on,” Gove said. MPs who opposed to the bill claimed it would breach international law by overriding some parts of the Brexit deal signed by Britain and the EU.

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Key sites honoured to mark Battle of Britain’s 80th anniversary

WhatsAppFacebookTwitterTelegramEmailPrint London, (Samajweekly) To mark the 80th anniversary of the decisive Battle of Britain during the Second World War, official protection was announced for a number of key sites across England. The new listings were awarded on Monday by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England, reports Xinhua news agency. The sites include an air raid shelter at St John’s Primary School, Redhill, Surrey, where colourful Second World War murals were painted by school boys between 1939 and 1941. Depicting scenes from books including Treasure Island, Robin Hood, and Gulliver’s Travels, the murals were intended to provide distraction and comfort during bombing raids. The work of art by the boys in the school’s art classes, according to Historic England, are the only known example of a complete decorative scheme produced for a school air raid shelter. A rare Second World War radar air defence tower in Essex has also been listed, with another tower as part of the same key system being upgraded to a higher level of official listing. Built in late 1930s, the towers are rare surviving physical components of the world’s first radar air defence network and among very few from the network to remain standing today.

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Biden attacks Trump’s climate policy as wildfire ravages west coast

Washington, (Samajweekly) US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden criticised President Donald Trump’s denial of climate change, calling the latter a “climate arsonist” as he addressed an audience in the state of Delaware about the ongoing wildfire sweeping the country’s west coast. Biden, the former US vice president, mentioned in his speech on Monday that a broad range of natural disasters, including the wildfires raging across the western states like California, Oregon and Washington, the flooding hitting the Midwest, and the hurricane battling the Southeast, blaming Trump’s inaction in curbing global warming for causing those catastrophes, Xinhua news agency reported. “What we’re seeing in America, in our communities, is connected to all of this, with every bout with nature’s fury caused by our own inaction on climate change,” Biden said. “If we give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze? If we leave a climate denier with four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised when more of America is underwater. We need a president that respects science, understands that the damage from climate change is already here. Unless we take urgent action, it will soon be more catastrophic,” he said. Biden has incorporated his climate plan into his economic vision, viewing it as a way to create jobs. With a focus on funding for research and development, the plan is aimed at a transition to cleaner technologies, including electric vehicles and renewable energy, as well as a requirement that all power be free of carbon by 2035. “When Donald Trump thinks about climate change, he thinks hoax. When I think about climate change I think jobs,” Biden said.

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UN peacekeeping chief names challenges for future operations

United Nations, (Samajweekly) UN Undersecretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix on Monday named eight challenges for future operations. He asked for efforts to ensure that all peace operations are coherent with, and contribute to overarching political strategies that further a positive peace, Xinhua news agency reported. “Aiming for short-term stability is not enough. Our missions should be vectors for inclusive, responsive and transformative futures for the people we serve. This means linking particular mandate areas … back to politics,” he told the Security Council in an annual briefing on peacekeeping reform. He said the pandemic has shown, painfully, how widespread inequality is, and how social justice, development and peace go hand in hand. “We need more substantive, strategic integration with development and peacebuilding actors, on an ongoing basis, not only during drawdown and transitions.” Lacroix called for efforts to deepen integration within UN peacekeeping operations, among civilian and uniformed components, as well as with the UN country team. He also called for cooperation with regional organisations and actors that have a tangible influence in conflict-affected countries. He stressed the need to improve performance of peace operations and to improve the safety and security of peacekeepers. He called for the strengthening of strategic guidance and planning capacities, including by developing clear objectives, and for efforts to achieve a more robust and agile posture, including by drawing upon new technologies and effective strategic communications.

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Russian FM cancels visit to Berlin for talks

Moscow, (Samajweekly) The visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Berlin on Tuesday was canceled due to changes in the working schedule of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “As you know, the timing of the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Berlin, as well as the modality of his joint participation with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in the closing ceremony of the Russian-German Year of Scientific and Educational Partnerships 2018-2020 in Berlin on September 15 were agreed a year ago and were confirmed during the negotiations in Moscow on August 11, 2020,” it said on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported. On Sept. 3, the German side notified about changes in the working schedule of Maas, in connection with which his participation in the ceremony was cancelled, and only an hour and a half were given for bilateral negotiations, according to the statement. “Thus, the initial and main purpose of Lavrov’s visit to Berlin turned out to be irrelevant, and the proposed format of bilateral negotiations was greatly curtailed,” it said. “Against this background, a decision was made to cancel the mentioned visit. The relevant information was brought to the attention of the German side,” it added. Lavrov will send his greetings to the participants of the closing ceremony, the ministry said.

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Covid-19: 1,686 test positive in J&K, tally breaches 54K

Srinagar, (Samajweekly) Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday reported 1,686 new Covid-19 cases, taking the Union Territory’s tally to 54,096, health officials said. A statement issued by the Information and Public Relations Department said that of the 1,686 new cases, 875 were from Jammu division and 811 from Kashmir division. As many as 14 patients succumbed to the disease on Sunday. So far, 878 people have died of Covid-19 in J&K while 35,737 have completely recovered. The number of active cases is now 17,481 of which 9,298 are from Jammu division and 8,183 from Kashmir division.

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Maha, Guj, 5 others told to ensure adequate oxygen in hospitals

New Delhi, (Samajweekly) The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Sunday asked seven big states to ensure adequate oxygen availability in hospitals while facilitating unrestricted intra- and inter-state movement of the gas. The virtual meeting was called by the Union Health Secretary, in which the Industries and Internal Trade Secretary and the Pharmaceuticals Secretary urged Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to make sure of seamless supply and availability of oxygen in all their healthcare facilities. Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal also attended the virtual meeting. The states were given a number of suggestions to tackle shortage of oxygen in their territories. These included ensuring facility-wise/hospital-wise oxygen inventory management and advance planning for timely replenishment so that there are no stockouts, imposing no restriction on movement of medical oxygen between states/UTs, and provision of a “Green Corridor” for liquid medical oxygen (LMO) tankers within cities. Noting hospitals and institutions have long term tender/contract agreement for supply with oxygen manufacturers, which need to be honoured, the Central officials stressed that states must not impose restrictions on free movement of oxygen.

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LS Speaker directs immediate action on minor requirements ahead of Monsoon Session

WhatsAppFacebookTwitterTelegramEmailPrint New Delhi, (Samajweekly) Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Sunday directed the officials in his secretariat to immediately address the minor requirements ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament which will commence from Monday. His instruction came during his visit in the Parliament complex earlier in the day when he took stock of health security measures and other preparations. Birla inspected every point from the building gates to the Lok Sabha chamber and also instructed officials to provide sanitisers to every employee posted at the building gates and understood the working of the thermal camera installed there. He also visited the chamber, corridor, inner lobby, outer lobby, waiting hall, media stand, and other places in the complex and gave necessary instructions to officers concerned. After the inspection, the Speaker said as the Monsoon Session of Parliament is being held under adverse times due to the coronavirus pandemic, all health security arrangements had been made for the Session. It has been ensured that sanitation and other arrangements are in place at all places, following the guidelines of the government and the suggestions of expert institutions. Birla hoped that the conduct of the proceedings of the House would be uninterrupted and orderly and all parties would be successful in achieving maximum productivity. Birla further said that all MPs and their family members had undergone COVID-19 tests before the session and they have been given kits of sanitiser, mask, gloves and other health-related material.

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ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ (ਸਮਾਜ ਵੀਕਲੀ) : ਸ਼੍ਰੋਮਣੀ ਕਮੇਟੀ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਲੌਂਗੋਵਾਲ ਨੇ ਜੰਮੂ ਕਸ਼ਮੀਰ ਦੀਆਂ ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾਵਾਂ ਦੀ ਸੂਚੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਨੂੰ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਨਰਿੰਦਰ ਮੋਦੀ ਨੂੰ ਪੱਤਰ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ। ਸ੍ਰੀ ਲੌਂਗੋਵਾਲ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਬੀਤੇ ਦਿਨੀਂ ਭਾਰਤ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੀ ਕੈਬਨਿਟ ਮੀਟਿੰਗ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਪ੍ਰਵਾਨ ਕੀਤੇ ਗਏ ਜੰਮੂ ਕਸ਼ਮੀਰ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਬਿੱਲ ਵਿੱਚੋਂ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਨੂੰ ਬਾਹਰ ਰੱਖਿਆ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ, ਜਿਸ ਕਾਰਨ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਅੰਦਰ ਰੋਸ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ ਹੋਰ ਖੇਤਰੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾਵਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਮਾਨਤਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਗਈ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਨੂੰ ਆਖਿਆ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਬਿੱਲ ਜੋ ਮੌਨਸੂਨ ਸੈਸ਼ਨ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਸੰਸਦ ਵਿਚ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਣਾ ਹੈ, ਨੂੰ ਸੋਧਣ ਉਪਰੰਤ ਹੀ ਪਾਸ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਵੇ। ਸੰਸਦ ਵਿਚ ਬਿੱਲ ’ਤੇ ਮੋਹਰ ਲਾਉਣ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਇਸ ਵਿਚ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਅਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਖੇਤਰੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾਵਾਂ ਦਰਜ ਕੀਤੀਆਂ ਜਾਣ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਜੰਮੂ ਕਸ਼ਮੀਰ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਬਿੱਲ ਵਿੱਚੋਂ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਅਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਖੇਤਰੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾਵਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਮਾਨਤਾ ਨਾ ਦੇਣੀ ਕਿਸੇ ਵੀ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਠੀਕ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ। ਕੇਂਦਰ ਦੇ ਇਸ ਫੈਸਲੇ ਨਾਲ ਘੱਟ ਗਿਣਤੀਆਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਭਾਵਨਾਵਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਠੇਸ ਪਹੁੰਚੀ ਹੈ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਜੰਮੂ ਕਸ਼ਮੀਰ ਵਿਚ ਵੱਡੀ ਗਿਣਤੀ ਲੋਕ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਅਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਖੇਤਰੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾਵਾਂ ਬੋਲਦੇ ਹਨ। ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਨੂੰ ਜੰਮੂ ਕਸ਼ਮੀਰ ਦੇ ਸੰਵਿਧਾਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਵੀ ਮਾਨਤਾ ਸੀ, ਇਸ ਲਈ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਨੂੰ ਨਜ਼ਰਅੰਦਾਜ਼ ਨਹੀਂ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਨੂੰ ਲਿਖੇ ਪੱਤਰ ਵਿਚ ਆਖਿਆ ਕਿ ਜੰਮੂ- ਕਸ਼ਮੀਰ ਵਿਚ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਹੀ ਘੱਟ ਗਿਣਤੀ ਦੇ ਦਰਜੇ ਤੋਂ ਵਾਂਝਾ ਰੱਖਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ ਹੈ ਅਤੇ ਹੁਣ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਨਾਲ ਅਨਿਆਂ ਕਰ ਕੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਇਕ ਹੋਰ ਧੱਕਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ।

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ਪਟਨਾ (ਸਮਾਜ ਵੀਕਲੀ) : ਸਾਬਕਾ ਕੇਂਦਰੀ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਰਘੂਵੰਸ਼ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦ ਸਿੰਘ (74) ਦਾ ਅੱਜ ਸਵੇਰੇ ਕਰੀਬ 11 ਵਜੇ ਦਿੱਲੀ ਦੇ ਏਮਸ ਹਸਪਤਾਲ ਵਿੱਚ ਦੇਹਾਂਤ ਹੋ ਗਿਆ। ਉਹ ਸਾਹ ’ਚ ਪ੍ਰੇਸ਼ਾਨੀ ਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਤਕਲੀਫ਼ਾਂ ਕਾਰਨ ਹਸਪਤਾਲ ਵਿੱਚ ਭਰਤੀ ਕੀਤੇ ਗਏ ਸਨ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਦੋ ਪੁੱਤਰ ਤੇ ਇਕ ਧੀ ਹੈ ਜਦੋਂ ਕਿ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਪਤਨੀ ਦਾ ਦੇਹਾਂਤ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਹੀ ਹੋ ਚੁੱਕਿਆ ਹੈ। ਜ਼ਿਕਰਯੋਗ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਚਾਰ ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਹੀ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੇ ਹਸਪਤਾਲ ਵਿੱਚ ਆਪਣੇ ਬਿਸਤਰੇ ਤੋਂ ਹੀ ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰੀ ਜਨਤਾ ਦਲ ਛੱਡਣ ਦਾ ਐਲਾਨ ਕੀਤਾ ਸੀ ਜਿਸ ਕਾਰਨ ਉਹ ਖ਼ਬਰਾਂ ’ਚ ਰਹੇ ਸਨ। ਉਹ ਬਿਹਾਰ ਦੀ ਰਾਜਨੀਤੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਾਫੀ ਸਰਗਰਮ ਰਹੇ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਨਜ਼ਦੀਕੀ ਕੇਦਾਰ ਯਾਦਵ ਨੇ ਪੀਟੀਆਈ ਨਾਲ ਫੋਨ ’ਤੇ ਕੀਤੀ ਗੱਲਬਾਤ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਸਾਬਕਾ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਦੀ ਮ੍ਰਿਤਕ ਦੇਹ ਨੂੰ ਆਖ਼ਰੀ ਰਸਮਾਂ ਲਈ ਪਟਨਾ ਲਿਆਂਦਾ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ। ਸ਼ੁੱਕਰਵਾਰ ਰਾਤ ਨੂੰ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੀ ਹਾਲਤ ਕਾਫ਼ੀ ਵਿਗੜ ਗਈ ਸੀ, ਜਿਸ ਕਾਰਨ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਏਮਜ਼ ਦਿੱਲੀ ’ਚ ਵੈਂਟੀਲੇਟਰ ’ਤੇ ਰੱਖਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ ਸੀ। ਇਸ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਜੂਨ ਮਹੀਨੇ ਦੇ ਸ਼ੁਰੂ ਵਿੱਚ ਉਹ ਕਰੋਨਾਵਾਇਰਸ ਲਾਗ ਤੋਂ ਪੀੜਤ ਪਾਏ ਗਏ ਸਨ ਜਿਸ ਕਾਰਨ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਪਟਨਾ ਦੇ ਏਮਜ਼ ’ਚ ਭਰਤੀ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਸੀ। ਕਰੋਨਾਵਾਇਰਸ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਹੋਈਆਂ ਤਕਲੀਫ਼ਾਂ ਕਰ ਕੇ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਕੌਮੀ ਰਾਜਧਾਨੀ ਸਥਿਤ ਏਮਜ਼ ’ਚ ਭਰਤੀ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਸੀ। ਸਾਬਕਾ ਕੇਂਦਰੀ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਰਘੂਵੰਸ਼ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੀ ਮੌਤ ’ਤੇ ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰਪਤੀ ਰਾਮਨਾਥ ਕੋਵਿੰਦ, ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਨਰਿੰਦਰ ਮੋਦੀ ਨੇ ਦੁੱਖ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਗਟਾਵਾ ਕਰਦਿਆਂ ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸ਼ਰਧਾਂਜਲੀ ਭੇਟ ਕੀਤੀ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਸਿੰਘ ਦੀ ਮੌਤ ਨਾਲ ਬਿਹਾਰ ਤੇ ਕੌਮੀ ਰਾਜਨੀਤੀ ਨੂੰ ਕਦੇ ਨਾ ਪੂਰਾ ਹੋਣ ਵਾਲਾ ਘਾਟਾ ਪਿਆ ਹੈ। ਸ੍ਰੀ ਮੋਦੀ ਨੇ ਰਘੂਵੰਸ਼ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੂੰ ਗ਼ਰੀਬੀ ਤੇ ਗ਼ਰੀਬਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਸਮੱਸਿਆਵਾਂ ਦੀ ਸਮਝ ਰੱਖਣ ਵਾਲਾ ਜ਼ਮੀਨੀ ਪੱਧਰ ਦਾ ਆਗੂ ਕਰਾਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਮਰਹੂਮ ਆਗੂ ਨਾਲ ਹੋਈਆਂ ਕੁਝ ਮੁਲਾਕਾਤਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਚੇਤੇ ਕੀਤਾ।

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a month ago

Elon Musk forgets son’s name, says sounds like ‘password’

WhatsAppFacebookTwitterTelegramEmailPrint Berlin, (Samajweekly) SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk momentarily failed to recognise his son’s name when a reporter asked him about the baby boy during his recent visit to Germany. With a smile he told members of the press that the name of his son X Æ A-Xii “sounds like a password.” Musk and musician partner Grimes initially named their son X Æ A-12 Musk which is supposed to be pronounced “Ex Ash A Twelve”. The baby was born on May 4. Later that month, the kid’s name was changed to ‘X Æ A-Xii’, apparently to avoid violating California naming laws which allow the use of only the 26 letters of the English alphabet, besides hyphens apostrophes. The interesting incident when Musk appeared to forget his son’s name momentarily occurred during his visit to the Gigafactory in Berlin. In a video of a press conference that has now gone viral, Musk looks confused when an interviewer asked him “how is X Æ A-12?” Unable to understand the question at first, he asked the interviewer to repeat. He laughed out loud when he understood the question. “Oh, you mean my kid. That sounds like a password,” he said. Musk even added that the bay boy was doing fine.

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a month ago

Global Covid-19 cases top 28.6mn: Johns Hopkins

Washington, (Samajweekly) The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 28.6 million, while the deaths have increased to over 918,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 28,650,588 and the fatalities rose to 918,796, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update. The US accounted for the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 6,482,503 and 193,670 respectively, according to the CSSE. India is currently in the second place in terms of cases at 4,659,984, while the country’s death toll stood at 77,472. In terms of cases, Brazil ranks third (4,315,687), and is followed by Russia (1,053,663), Peru (716,670), Colombia (702,088), Mexico (663,973), South Africa (648,214), Spain (566,326), Argentina (546,481), Chile (432,666), France (402,811), Iran (399,940), the UK (367,592), Bangladesh (336,044), Saudi Arabia (325,050), Pakistan (300,955), Turkey (289,635), Iraq (286,778), Italy (286,297), Germany (260,817), Philippines (257,863), Indonesia (214,746), Ukraine (155,558), Israel (152,722), Canada (138,163), Bolivia (125,172), Qatar (121,523), Ecuador (116,451), Kazakhstan (106,729), Dominican Republic (103,092), Romania (102,386), Panama (101,041) and Egypt (100,856), the CSSE figures showed. The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the Brazil (131,210), Mexico (70,604), the UK (41,712), Italy (35,603), France (30,902), Peru (30,470), Spain (29,747), Iran (23,029), Colombia (22,734), Russia (18,426), South Africa (15,427), Chile (11,895), Argentina (11,263) and Ecuador (10,864).

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a month ago

Brazil reports over 131,000 deaths from Covid-19

WhatsAppFacebookTwitterTelegramEmailPrint Sao Paulo, (Samajweekly) Brazil registered 814 new deaths from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the last 24 hours, which brought the death toll to 131,210, the Ministry of Health reported on Saturday. The ministry also said that the number of cases rose to 4,315,687 after the incorporation of 33,523 new cases, Xinhua reported. Similar to last weekend, high temperatures on the country’s coasts brought thousands of people to the beach, particularly in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, despite warnings to respect social distancing and avoiding crowds. The state of Sao Paulo, which had seen a decline in the death rate from the virus for four weeks, is the current epicentre of the virus in Brazil with 32,567 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro with 16,985 deaths.

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a month ago

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