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Horrifying day of bloodshed in Myanmar

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(Asian News Hub) – Security forces killed more than 90 people, including some children, across Myanmar on Saturday in one of the bloodiest days of protests since a military coup last month, news reports and witnesses said.

The lethal crackdown, which took place on Armed Forces Day, drew strong renewed criticism from Western countries. British Ambassador Dan Chugg said the security forces had “disgraced themselves” and the U.S. envoy called the violence horrifying.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy.

State television had said on Friday that protesters risked being shot “in the head and back”. Despite this, demonstrators came out on the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other towns, as they have done almost daily since the Feb. 1 coup that ousted elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Myanmar Now news portal said 91 people were killed across the country by security forces.

At least 29 people, including a 13-year-old girl, were killed in Mandalay, and at least 24 people were killed in Yangon, Myanmar Now said. A boy as young as five was earlier reported among the dead in Mandalay but there were conflicting reports later that he may have survived.

Another 13-year-old was among the dead in the central Sagaing region.
“Today is a day of shame for the armed forces,” Dr. Sasa, a spokesman for CRPH, an anti-junta group set up by deposed lawmakers, told an online forum.

Meanwhile, one of Myanmar’s two dozen ethnic armed groups, the Karen National Union, said it had overrun an army post near the Thai border, killing 10 people – including a lieutenant colonel – and losing one of its own fighters.

A military spokesman did not respond to calls seeking comment on the killings by security forces or the insurgent attack on its post.

“They are killing us like birds or chickens, even in our homes,” said Thu Ya Zaw in the central town of Myingyan, where at least two protesters were killed. “We will keep protesting regardless… We must fight until the junta falls.”

The deaths on Saturday would take the number of civilians reported killed since the coup to well over 400.

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Teenager undergoes surgery to get USB cable removed from Penis

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Srinagar, Sept 09: A 15-year-old boy in the United Kingdom had to be operated to remove a USB cable that was stuck inside his penis. According to Metro UK, the teenager was attempting to measure the inside of his penis with the USB cable as a form of “sexual experiment”.

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The wire then got tangled and he was unable to remove it. The urology case was reported in November 2021. Due to the tangled wires, he started experiencing blood while urinating which led to his mother taking him to the hospital.

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The child then obviously waited for her mother to exit the room to tell the doctor what actually happened. The Science Direct report, written by the doctors, mentioned that the two distal ports of the USB wire were protruding from the external urethra while the middle part of the tangled wire remained inside.

The doctors first tried to remove the knotted cord with the help of a metal rod but were unable to do so due to the number of knots and tangles the wire had formed. They then decided to do surgery on the boy to remove the wire.

The report mentioned that the youngster will have to be monitored on a long-term basis as “the insertion of foreign objects into the urethra can cause pain while urinating, blood to appear in pee, painful erections and urine retention.”

The report revealed that the USB cable wasn’t the most unusual thing found to be inserted in the urethra. Hospital admissions due to needles, pins and pistachio shells were also registered at the doctors. (With Inputs from Agencies)

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Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96

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Srinagar, Sept 08: Queen Elizabeth II, whose seven decades on the throne of the United Kingdom was a longer reign than any other British monarch, has died at the age of 96.

The queen “died peacefully” on Thursday afternoon at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands, royal family officials announced. Charles, her son, was by her side.

The queen had been placed under medical supervision earlier Thursday, officials said.

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Imran Khan praises India’s foreign policy

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Islamabad, Aug 14: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again commended India for its independent foreign policy as he slammed the West for being critical of India for buying Russian oil, IANS reported.

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Addressing a huge gathering in Lahore, Imran played a video clip of India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar from Bratislava Forum held in Slovakia and praised the Indian minister for standing firm to the US pressure over buying cheap oil from Russia.

“If India which got independence at the same time as Pakistan and if New Delhi can take a firm stand and make their foreign policy as per the need of its people then who are they (Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif government) who are towing the line,” Imran Khan said at the gathering, a video of which was shared by several media outlets.

“They (US) ordered India to not buy oil from Russia. India is US’ strategic ally, Pakistan is not. Let us see what India’s Foreign Minister said when the US asked them not to buy Russian oil.”

Imran Khan then played out External Affairs Minister Jaishankar’s video clip.

“Jaishankar is telling them who are you? Jaishakar said that Europe is buying gas from Russia and we will buy it as people need it. This is what an independent country is (‘yeh hoti hai Azad Haqumat’),” he said while praising India, as per IANS.

“We had spoken to Russia about buying cheaper oil but this government has no courage to say no to US pressure. Fuel prices are skyrocketing, people are below the poverty line. I am against this slavery.”

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He also slammed the Shehbaz government for bowing down to US pressure on buying Russian oil.

The clip of EAM Jaishankar played during Lahore Jalsa was of June 3, when in response to a question on India buying Russian oil, he counter questioned, ‘Is buying Russian gas not funding the war?”

Jaishankar made these remarks at the GLOBSEC 2022 Bratislava Forum being held in Slovakia on the topic ‘Taking Friendship to the Next Level: Allies in the Indo-Pacific Region’.

EAM Jaishankar had hit back at the unfair criticism of Indian oil purchase from Russia amid the Ukraine war that has created a knock-off effect on the world economy.

While defending India’s oil imports from Russia, Jaishankar stressed that it is important to understand how the Ukraine conflict is impacting the developing countries. He also questioned why only India was being questioned while Europe continues to import gas from Russia amid the Ukraine war.

Responding to a question on whether India’s oil imports from Russia is not funding the ongoing Ukraine war, Jaishankar said, “Look I don’t want to sound argumentative. If India funding Russia oil is funding the war. Tell me then buying Russian gas is not funding the war? It’s only Indian money and Russian oil coming to India funding the war and not Russia’s gas coming to Europe not funding? Let’s be a little even-handed.”

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