Joe Biden Authorises Emergency Funds Of $100 Million For Afghan Migrants

<!– –> The money would come from the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund Washington: US President Joe Biden on Friday authorized the use of up to $100 million to address migration emergencies related to the situation in Afghanistan, the White House said. The statement said the money would come from the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund “for the purpose of meeting unexpected urgent refugee and migration needs, victims of conflict, and other persons at risk as a result of the situation in Afghanistan.” The funds will also support…

At Kisan Sansad, Farmers Appoint Agriculture Minister, Who Then Quits

<!– –> The Kisan Sansad will continue till August 9 New Delhi: The second day of “Kisan Sansad” in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar saw a 37-year-old man acting as the agriculture minister, who subsequently resigned after failing to answer questions related to the farmers’ issues. Thousands of farmers have been seeking a repeal of the three farm laws that were enacted last year. Ravneet Singh Brar, from Punjab’s Muktsar with an MBA degree, was chosen to play the role of the “Krishi Mantri” (Agriculture Minister) at the Kisan Sansad for a…

Tokyo Olympics Day 2: Shooters, Mirabai Chanu Headline India’s Schedule

Japanese Emperor Naruhito announced the Tokyo Olympics open on Friday and on Day 2 of the Tokyo Games, the promising shooting contingent and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu headline India’s schedule. World No.1 Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela will be the first Indians in action on Saturday, with the 10m Women’s Air Rifle qualification round scheduled for 5 am IST. The medal round for the same will begin at 7 am. The badminton men’s doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and table tennis star Manika Batra will be some of…

Use Mobiles At Work Only If Necessary: Maharashtra Tells State Employees

<!– –> Personal calls on mobile phones must be answered out of office, the order said (Representational) Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Friday asked its employees to restrict the use of mobile phones to a minimum during office hours, saying that landlines are more preferable amid the Pegasus snooping scandal. An order issued by the General Administration Department (GAD) said mobile phones should be used only if necessary for official work. Indiscriminate use of mobile phones in office maligns the government’s image, the order said, without any reference to the…

NASA Selects SpaceX For October 2024 Mission To Jupiter Moon Europa

<!– –> The Europa clipper orbiter will make about 40 to 50 close passes over Europa (Representational) Washington: NASA on Friday said it had selected SpaceX to launch a planned voyage to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, a huge win for Elon Musk’s company as it sets its sights deeper into the solar system. The Europa Clipper mission will launch in October 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with the total contract worth $178 million. The mission was previously supposed to take off on…

Former Virgin Galactic CEO To Fly To Space On Next Test Flight: Report

<!– –> George Whitesides will be leading Virgin Galactic’s next flight, the media report said Former chief executive officer of Virgin Galactic Holdings, George Whitesides, will fly to space on the aerospace company’s next test spaceflight, CNBC reported on Friday. Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, flew to space earlier this month, beating Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos to the final frontier. Branson announced the news about Whitesides during a party in New Mexico on July 11, following his own spaceflight, the report said. Lori Garver, a former deputy administrator…

6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Philippines: US Geological Survey

<!– –> The Philippine seismological agency said it did not expect damage (Representational) Manila: A strong earthquake shook the Philippines on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, but it was deep, and local authorities said they did not expect damage. The 6.7-magnitude quake struck off the main island of Luzon at 4:48 am (2048 GMT) at a depth of 112 kilometres (70 miles), USGS said. It was followed a few minutes later with a 5.8-magnitude quake in the same region that was also deep. “It’s very strong, we’re alarmed,” said…

UN Urges China To Cooperate With WHO On 2nd Phase Of Covid Origins Probe

<!– –> The United Nations ‘implored’ all member states to cooperate with the WHO probe New York: The United Nations Friday called on all member states, including China, to fully cooperate with the World Health Organization (WHO) amid Beijing’s rejection of a further probe into the origins of the Covid-19. “We implore all member states, including China, to cooperate fully with the World Health Organization, and if the World Health Organization believes it requires further information, we hope that they will all cooperate,” UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq, was quoted…

Death Penalty For Madhya Pradesh Man For Rape, Murder Of Underage Girl

<!– –> The court also awarded a seven-year rigorous prison sentence to the convict (Representational) Sagar, Madhya Pradesh: A court in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar on Friday sentenced a 24-year-old man to death for killing an underage girl after raping her over two years ago, the prosecution said. The judge of the special court set up under the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act awarded the death sentence to the convict, Virendra Adivasi, under the relevant Section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for killing the girl, Public Prosecutor…