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Hindu political party registered in S Africa

Johannesburg: A Hindu political party, which aims to provide voice to the minority community in South Africa, has been registered with the country’s Electoral Commission.        The Hindu Unity Movement (HUM) strives to uplift the community members and provide them a voice in the government. Durban resident Jayraj Bachu is the new national leader of HUM while Hindu religious leader Ram …

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Germany starts Beethoven’s 250th birth anniversary celebrations

Bonn: Germany has started year-long celebrations to commemorate the 250th birth anniversary of composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven which will take place on December 17, 2020.  About 300 projects, including thousands of events, will be implemented under the brand “BTHVN2020” until December 17, 2020, Beethoven’’s 250th birthday, reports Xinhua news agency. The celebrations started on Monday with a festive …

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Bahrain confers highest civil award on Imran

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was conferred with Bahrain’’s highest civil award, an honour which was also presented to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi earlier this year.  Khan is visiting Bahrain for the first time since he assumed office on the invitation of King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa to attend the Gulf country’’s National Day celebrations as a guest …

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Rich nations urged to do ‘fair share’ in global refugee meet

Geneva: UN chief Antonio Guterres called on countries to take joint responsibility for caring for a surging number of displaced people as he opened a global refugee summit in Geneva Tuesday. “It is a moment to build a more equitable response to refugee crises through a sharing of responsibility,” Guterres said in his opening speech to the Global Refugee Forum. …

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First stop, Brexit: UK’s Johnson gets down to work

AFP London Prime Minister Boris Johnson got down to work on Monday following his sweeping election victory, appointing ministers and announcing plans to publish legislation this week to get Britain out of the European Union. The Conservative leader was expected to carry out a limited cabinet re-shuffle before welcoming new MPs to Parliament following his landslide win in Thursday’s general …

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Amnesty raises to 304 number of Iranians killed in protests

AP Dubai Amnesty International said Monday that at least 304 people were killed in last month’s anti-government protests in Iran, a significantly higher number than what the rights group had reported previously. The protests, which lasted about four days in several cities and towns in Iran in November, were sparked by a sharp rise in gasoline prices. During the violence …

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Bangladesh marks 49th ‘Victory Day’ with grand parade

PTI Dhaka Bangladesh on Monday celebrated its 49th ‘Victory Day’ that marks its liberation from Pakistan, as the country showcased its military might at a parade which included spectacular aerobatics and display of defence acquisitions.  For the first time, a band contingent of the Indian Army also took part in the parade watched by Bangladesh President M Abdul Hamid and …

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Longest UN climate talks end with no deal on carbon markets

Madrid: Marathon international climate talks closed Sunday with negotiators postponing until next year a key decision on global carbon markets. After two weeks of negotiations on tackling global warming, delegates from almost 200 nations passed declarations calling for greater ambition in cutting planet-heating greenhouse gases and in helping poor countries suffering the effects of climate change. But despite holding the …

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Indian-origin MP in race to replace Corbyn after Labour Party’s defeat

London: Lisa Nandy, one of the Indian-origin MPs who was re-elected in Thursday’s General Election amidst a disastrous performance by her Labour Party, on Sunday confirmed plans to throw her hat in the ring to replace party leader Jeremy Corbyn. The 40-year-old MP won her Wigan seat in the north-west of England, holding on to one of the key bricks …

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Police targets of both love, anger at Hong Kong rallies

Hong Kong: Several thousand people, some making heart signs with their hands, turned out in Hong Kong on Sunday in an unusual display of support for the police force, even as riot officers clashed elsewhere with protesters and pepper-sprayed a crowd. Competing rallies on Hong Kong Island and wildcat protest actions, including vandalism, by black-clad youths at shopping malls dramatically …

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