In order to attend the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday and express condolences on behalf of the Government of India, the President will be travelling on official business to the United Kingdom from September 17 to September 19. At 20:50 IST, Murmu and her entourage, which included Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra, arrived at London’s Gatwick Airport from the hotel she had just left on her way to the hotel where she will be staying during this tour.
The president was greeted by the Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom as she arrived at the airport.
Official reports state that she will sign a condolence book on behalf of the Indian government at Lancaster House near Buckingham Palace on Sunday. She will also attend the Queen’s coffin’s lying-in-state service at the Palace of Westminster.
She will attend King Charles III’s reception for world leaders later in the day at Buckingham Palace in London before the funeral service on Monday at 11 a.m. local time.
She will attend the state funeral service the next day at Westminster Abbey’s West Gate. She will also attend James Cleverly, the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs reception, in the afternoon.
On September 8, Queen Elizabeth II, 96, who served as the Commonwealth of Nations’ and the United Kingdom’s head of state, passed away. On September 19, she will be buried at Westminster Abbey with military honours.
In India, a day of state mourning was marked on September 11 in remembrance of UK monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
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WFP calls for $1.1 billion aid for food-insecure Afghans
Due to a massive surge in food insecurity amid the Ukraine war, the World Food Programme has called for $1.1 billion to continue delivering monthly food and nutritional assistance for the next six months to 15 million acutely food-insecure people in Afghanistan.
“Our plan for winter is to provide food assistance to more than 15 million every month,” said Wahidullah Amani, WFP Afghanistan Spokesman, TOLOnews reported. The report highlighted the political developments, security, regional cooperation, human rights, and economic development in Afghanistan.
“The sudden stop of aid inflows … accompanied by political uncertainty, inadequate access to services and women’s exclusion from economic participation, continued to lead to slow growth,” the report added.
World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Afghanistan condemned the ongoing economic crisis in Afghanistan as people in the country are on the brink of starvation and facing poverty.
In a tweet, OCHA in Afghanistan wrote, “19 M people are facing food insecurity, 25M people are living in poverty, 5.8M people are in protracted internal displacement, thousands of houses damaged by floods and earthquakes,” expressing concerns about the plight of Afghans, TOLOnews reported.
“To survive the winter, they require food, nutrition support, warm clothing & a roof over their heads,” tweeted OCHA.
Meanwhile, the World Food Programme has also raised concerns about the economic crisis in Afghanistan. “The economic crisis wiped out jobs, salaries & livelihoods across Afghanistan, helping families & communities support themselves is more important than ever,” wrote WFP on Twitter.
According to a survey, “nearly all Afghans (94 per cent) rate their lives poorly enough to be considered suffering” since the Taliban’s takeover of the country with a population of around 40 million, reported TOLOnews.
The rising crisis in Afghanistan has hit small enterprises the hardest and private companies have laid off more than half of their employees due to a shortage in sales and a drastic decline in the consumer demand for products.
Pakistan spends $450 million on F-16 package amid $28b loss due to floods
While Pakistan at UNGA recently urged the international communities to help it with economic losses amid the unprecedented flooding, which is estimated to be USD 28 billion, on the other hand, it recently received F-16-related equipment from the United States worth USD 450 million.
The recent flooding in Pakistan which created havoc in the country is estimated to cause damage to the extent of USD 28 billion and an upsurge in poverty by 5 per cent, indicating that nine to 12 million people might fall below the poverty line, The News International reported. Pakistan has a total of 160 districts. To date, half of these across the country is declared “calamity hit.” But the Balochistan and Sindh provinces were majorly hit during this unprecedented flooding.
Sindh has suffered the most and its damages stand at a whopping sum of USD 5.9 billion. Balochistan is second with USD 3.04 billion in losses.
The losses in Punjab stand at USD 0.55 billion, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at USD 0.54 billion, while Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan suffered a loss of USD 0.02 billion and USD 0.03 billion respectively, the officials noted.
Despite this, Pakistan received F-16-related equipment for an estimated cost of USD 450 million from the US while its own people remain in dire need of food and medical assistance.
The locals of the Sindh and Balochistan province claim that no officials have visited the flood-affected area to ascertain the magnitude of the disaster leaving the people to suffer.
There is also an outbreak of diseases in the two provinces, children are dying from cholera.
The stagnant floodwaters have led to widespread cases of skin and eye infections, diarrhoea, malaria, typhoid and dengue fever across numerous provinces, triggering health threats to people.
Myanmar beauty queen seeks asylum in Canada amid threats from military junta
Myanmar beauty queen Han Lay who was facing threats from the military junta is seeking asylum in Canada.
The 23-year-old who took refuge in Thailand after criticizing her home country’s ruling military junta has left Bangkok for Canada where she is expected to seek asylum, Thai immigration officials told CNN. Han Lay captured international attention with an emotional pageant speech during the finals of the Miss Grand International Myanmar competition in 2021 when she held up a banner with the words “Pray for Myanmar” to raise awareness of human rights atrocities committed by junta officials. She received death threats after the speech and decided not to return home after the competition – which was held in Thailand. However, she appeared to face the threat of deportation after returning to Thailand last Wednesday following a trip to Vietnam, reported CNN.
She was stopped by officials at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport who said they had discovered a problem with her passport and since then she had been in limbo.
Archayon Kraithong, deputy chief of Thailand’s immigration bureau, told CNN on Wednesday that Han Lay had left Bangkok on Tuesday night.
Why Investing In Toowoomba Real Estate A Wise Choice?
Toowoomba is a popular real estate hotspot located in Queensland, Australia. The region is home to 160,777 residents. The median home listing price in the destination is $459,000. Families are moving to Toowoomba to live a better life, and many wage earners have access to jobs that pay well in the nearby Surat Basin. So, if you want to buy or invest in properties in the place, you can get the help of a Toowoomba real estate company that picks the best listings for you with all the needed amenities and negotiates a fair deal between you and the seller while undertaking all the paperwork.
The town is constantly developing into a regional centre for business and government and is becoming the primary economic driver for the region. Due to the following reasons, it is a perfect decision to invest in the booming place with the help of a Toowoomba real estate professional.
Investment Properties In Toowoomba
Properties in the city are prized possessions, and the growth in rental demand has caused rental yields to spike. The city frequently ranks within the top 10 hotspots and has seen its value increase by 25% in the last three years.
Common properties available in the city centre and surroundings are houses, villas, and commercial shopping centres.
Homeowners can easily relocate to properties near markets, education centres, hospitals, and malls. Most homes consist of about 3 to 6 inbuilt spacious bedrooms, one modular kitchen with all these essential supplies, three bathrooms, open dining and living space, separate storage room, media rooms, remote lock garage, concrete paths and driveway, etc.
Property Experts Are Ready To Help
To conveniently locate and invest in Toowoomba, homeowners can use professional help like a land or house investment expert who assists them in the selection of the most fruitful investment options with an upscale standard of living.
These expert agencies’ services include property management, rental inspections, purchasing and selling properties, etc. These and other services ensure that customers get the most luxurious spaces in the town.
Toowoomba is close to the Surat Basin, with many expanding work opportunities. Surat Basin is only 127km west of rapidly growing Brisbane. It is The Gateway and Service Town to the Basin. More than $1 billion annually is being pumped directly and indirectly into the region’s economy due to its industrial activities.
The city has more than 23 private schools in the town and vicinity. Technical colleges and the University of Southern Queensland Campus make it the perfect city to raise and educate your children. The excellent quality of education is also an important attraction for people who move to the area.
The region is well-served via Bus Queensland with frequent inter-city train and bus services. The air services are on the verge, with planned new airport investments. The acquisition is $1.055 billion for restoring the region’s transportation network, which finished on June 15, 2015.
The airport and the business park’s total expense is approximately $300 million. It is in addition to the investments in the airport after the work is complete.
In the region, $3.5 billion is being invested across Infrastructure and Services. The building boom includes new retail areas: The $25 million North Point Shopping Centre was recently ready, as has the $20 million Drayton Shopping Centre and ready to go are the Garden Town and Grand Central cutting centres that are worth $150 million.
Reasons To Invest Here
Town stats show a population rapidly growing each year, and it will continue to expand at a rate that matches the population’s growth. It also opens many employment opportunities for low-skilled and even high-skilled workers. Employment has a high and high success rate of 98.5 per cent. It is considered one of the most desirable locations in Australia as it is home to multiple-faceted industries (not dependent on any specific industry). In Toowoomba, ample affordable housing and commercial space options are available in the large vicinity, and residents can enjoy convenient and peaceful living.
With all such features, Toowoomba real estate has proven to be a profitable opportunity because it checks most investors’ boxes and has all of the basic requirements for living.
Toowoomba is a city with a booming economy, with the highest employment rate, continuous population increase, high demand for homes, and a healthy rental yield. If you choose Toowoomba right now, you could start looking for properties in this area. However, if you’re ready to invest in an opportunity that will harvest capital growth and higher rental yields, in that case, Toowoomba is anticipated to be a long-term investment hotspot.
Experts in India say there is no connection between heart disease and COVID booster shots
Health professionals have stated that there is no proven connection between heart problems and the precaution dosages of the COVID shots, clearing up any confusion over the effects of a booster dose of the vaccines. The scientists spoke out in support of the immunizations as queries about the consequences of booster dose on the human heart swamped social media.
There have been a few cases of heart-related problems in patients following vaccination, according to Dr. Vivek Chaturvedi, Professor & HOD, Cardiology, Amrita Hospital, Faridabad, but there isn’t concrete proof to support this.
“Given that heart attacks do occur, this is a really difficult question. Not simply attacks, fluid surrounding the heart, and occasionally cardiac arrhythmias following vaccination. However, given that these events also occurred in the past, it is quite challenging to confirm this “he added.
However, according to Dr. Vivek, COVID can affect the heart and those who contract it may experience a flare-up of a heart condition.
“Covid can affect the heart in many ways. The most common problem which has been found is that the people who have already had heart disease, their heart disease can get flared and aggravated, and they can have heart attacks, heart failure, and also arrhythmia. Secondly, people who have not previously had heart disease but have diabetes, and blood pressure can have a heart attack, and many such cases have come which are precipitated by COVID.”
The expert advised the people undergoing recovery not to engage in moderate to strenuous exercises or gym initially for nearly six weeks.
“Go slow, and do not resume moderate to strenuous exercises or gym initially for 4 to 6 weeks post-COVID diagnosis. Patients returning to high-level sports or physically demanding occupations following confirmed heart involvement require a 3-6 months or longer period of complete rest. If you continue to experience symptoms after a few weeks, consult your doctor to rule out long covid syndrome,” he said.
MLA Amanatullah Khan gets bail in Delhi Waqf Board case
In a case related to alleged irregularities in appointment, theft of funds, and misuse of official position as chairman of the Delhi Waqf Board, Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court on Wednesday granted bail to AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan.
After a whole day of interrogation and raids at various places, including the premises of the Okhla MLA, the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) arrested Khan on September 16.
According to the FIR, Khan, while working as chairman of the Delhi Waqf Board, had illegally recruited 32 people in violation of norms and government guidelines.
On Khan’s plea for bail, special judge Vikas Dhull had reserved judgement a day ago.
Amanatullah Khan, an AAP MLA, was given 14 days in judicial prison on Monday by the court.
Senior advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for Khan, said no rules were violated and the allegations were at best a procedural lapse, attracting departmental proceedings.
The counsel said that the prosecution had “cherry-picked the chairman of the Waqf Board (Khan) for reasons of their choice” and that all the elements required by Section 409 of the IPC (Criminal breach of trust by a public servant or by a banker, merchant, or agent, etc.) were missing.
Mehra further said there was “absolutely no misappropriation of funds,” nor was there any prima facie evidence of any money having exchanged hands, adding “every penny was tracked and accounted for”.
According to additional public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava, the case has not progressed to the point where bail can be granted, and Khan lied to the agency about his phone being lost.
The judge also wanted to know the amount, if any, of any losses the public exchequer may have suffered as a result of Khan’s alleged misconduct.
The court remanded Khan’s alleged aide, who was also charged in the case, to a two-day ACB remand.
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