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India rapidly losing scribes to Covid-19, global tally reaches 1175

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(Asian News Hub) – India is fast losing working journalists to Covid-19 and crossed 100 mark, where as the global tally hit 1,175. The country lately starts losing three journalists every day.

Brazil continues to be the worst affected country with 181 media corona-casualties followed by Peru (140) and Mexico (106), stated the Switzerland based media rights & safety body Press Emblem Campaign (PEC).

India, which witnessed the death of nine journalists due to novel corona virus infection aggravated ailments in the last three days, is just behind of Mexico with 101 casualties since the pandemic broke out in March 2020. The nation with a billion plus populace comes far ahead of Italy (52 dead), Bangladesh (51), USA (47), Colombia (47), Ecuador (46), United Kingdom (28), Dominican Republic (27), Pakistan (25), Turkey (22), Iran (21), etc.

Expressing apprehensions that the situation may worsen for the safety of journalists on the ground due to the corona-pandemic, Blaise Lempen, general secretary of PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN (PEC), advocates for adequate compensations to the victim families. He also emphasized on early vaccinations to media workers so that they can perform their duties as corona warriors after the doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, etc without endangering their lives.

Even after the launch of a massive corona-vaccination program covering around 13 million Indian citizens India till now in the backdrop of around three million reported infections every day mounting its cumulative Covid-19 cases to over 16 million (total casualty crosses 190,000).

Reported names of recent corona-victims include Shailesh Raval (Gujarat), Sopan Bongane, Ashok Tupe, Motichand Bedmutha (Maharashtra), P Tataiah, Chandrashekar Naidu, Srinivasa Rao (Andhra Pradesh), Ashish Yechury, Chanchal Pal Chauhan (New Delhi), Chinta Naga Raju, Ramachandra Rao (Telangana), Govind Behera, Manoj Kumar Sahu, Karunakar Sahu, Naresh Behera (Odisha), Jodu Chutia (Assam), etc.

“India has the probability to increase the number of media corona-victims as a number of States went on under-reporting about the actual figures because of various reasons,” commented PEC’s country representative Nava Thakuria adding, in many cases even the established media houses had not reported about their own corona-positive cases to avoid unwanted interferences from the authority under the health protocols.

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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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