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Protests In Jammu & Kashmir Over Killing Of A 36-Year Old Kashmiri Pandit

Protests In Jammu & Kashmir Over Killing Of A 36-Year Old Kashmiri Pandit

After the killing of a 36-year-old government employee from the Kashmiri Pandit community was brutally shot by a terrorist, protests have erupted in Jammu & Kashmir. As per reports, the incident was a targeted attack on the Kashmiri Pandit community after a terrorist barged into the Tehsildar’s office at Chadoora Village, Budgam district and shot Rahul Bhat. In the past three months, Rahul Bhat has been the third Kashmiri Pandit to be killed in the Kashmir valley. The 36-year-old was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Currently, over 4000 Kashmiri Pandits live in transit camps in various areas of Kashmir after being given government jobs in a special employment program launched in 2010. Angry protestors left their transit camps to protest against the central government. They also blocked roads and raised slogans saying that the government had failed them again. The protestors raised slogans against PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Jammu & Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. The targeted killing of Kashmiri Pandits appeared to have started in October when seven civilians were killed in five days. While the union government has announced several schemes for the Kashmiri Pandits, the continued attacks on the community raise a critical question of whether Kashmir is a safe zone for Kashmiri Pandits if they return.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 2,841 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.74%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 2,841 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 18,604. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, registering 3,295 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have now reached 4,25,73,460. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.58% and 0.69%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 84.29 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 190.99 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

World Health Organisation Needs To Be Reformed Says PM Modi At Second Global Covid Summit

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the second global covid virtual summit. In his address, PM Modi said that the World Health Organisation needs to be reformed and strengthened to build a more resilient global health security architecture. He also noted that WHO’s approval process for vaccines and therapeutics must be streamlined to keep the supply chain stable. “It is clear that a coordinated global response is required to combat future health emergencies. We must build a resilient global supply chain and ensure equitable access to vaccines and medicine,” said PM Modi. The Prime Minister also added that India is ready to play a crucial role in these efforts as a responsible member of the global community. Speaking about India’s people-centric strategy, PM Narendra Modi said: “Our vaccination programme is the largest in the world. We have fully vaccinated almost 90 per cent of the adult population, and more than 50 million children. India manufactures four WHO-approved vaccines and has the capacity to produce five billion doses this year,” “India has developed low-cost Covid mitigation technologies for testing, treating and data management. We have offered these capabilities to other countries,” added PM Modi.

Sri Lanka’s New PM Ranil Wickremesinghe Thanks PM Modi For Economic Assistance

As Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took charge, he thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India’s economic assistance to the island nation. The Sri Lankan PM said that he looks forward to building closer ties with India during his term. On Thursday, Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the 26th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka as the country battles with a debt-ridden economy and political turmoil. After violent protests erupted in Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s elder brother and Prime Minister Mahindra Rajapaksa resigned as the Sri Lankan Prime Minister. The 73-year-old PM said his focus would be to tackle the economic crisis and pull Sri Lanka out of it. Meanwhile, India said that it also looks forward to working with the Sri Lankan government. As of now, India has already committed more than USD 3 billion in the form of loans, credit lines and credit swaps to help ease Sri Lanka’s debt-ridden economy.

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