Godhra Train Carnage Convict Dies Of Poor Health In Gujarat: Police

<!– –> Godhra train carnage: Police said Haaji Bilal was punished with life imprisonment. (File) Vadodara: Haaji Bilal, one of the convicts in the infamous 2002 Sabarmati train carnage in the Godhra case, died of poor health at a hospital in Vadodara on Friday, said the police. Speaking to the media, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Vadodara), AV Rajgor, said that Bilal was not keeping well for the past several years and died due to pre-existing health issues. “Haaji Bilal was the convict of the Godhra case in 2002. He was…

World Trade Organization’s Big Conference Postponed Over New Covid Strain

<!– –> The World Trade Organization ministerial conference normally takes place every two years. (File) Geneva: Next week’s World Trade Organization ministerial conference, the global trade body’s biggest gathering in four years, was postponed at the last minute Friday due to the new Omicron Covid-19 variant. The WTO hoped the four-day gathering in Geneva would breathe new life into the crippled organisation, which has been stuck for years trying to make progress on resolving issues like fishery subsidies. New director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was also hoping, against the odds, to conclude…

Ukraine President Says “Entirely Prepared” If Russia Attacks

<!– –> The Ukraine president called on Vladimir Putin to deny he was planning an invasion. (File) Kiev: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday that Russia was sending “very dangerous” signals with troop movements on the border, warning that his military was ready to push back any offensive. He also claimed Kiev had uncovered a coup plot involving Russian citizens, but did not give full details. His warning came as Western governments raise worries over Russian troop movements on Ukraine’s border, with Washington saying it has “real concerns” over the…

Brazil Regulator Calls For Africa Travel Curbs, Bolsonaro Noncommittal

<!– –> The news of the new Covid variant has hammered travel stocks in Brazil. (File) Sao Paulo/Brasilia: Brazilian health regulator Anvisa recommended on Friday that travel be restricted from some African countries due to the detection of a new COVID-19 variant, though it was unclear if President Jair Bolsonaro would adopt any measures. Anvisa said its recommendation, which would need government approval to be implemented, was to immediately suspend flights from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The EU and Britain are already tightening border controls as…

Delhi Assembly Adopts Resolution For Law On MSP, Union Minister’s Removal

<!– –> The resolution was passed during the one-day special session of the Delhi assembly. (File) New Delhi: The Delhi Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution for providing compensation to the farmers who lost their lives during the protest against the three farm laws, removal of cases against them and removal of Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni. The resolution was passed during the one-day special session of the assembly. Delhi Minister Gopal Rai moved the resolution which said that the families of the farmers who lost their…

EU Countries Agree To Ban Travel To Southern Africa Over New Covid Strain

<!– –> The new coronavirus variant, first detected in South Africa, has caused global alarm (File) Brussels: European Union states have agreed to suspend travel from southern Africa after the detection of a new COVID-19 variant, the presidency of the EU said on Friday. A committee of health experts from all 27 EU states “agreed on the need to activate the emergency break & impose temporary restriction on all travel into EU from southern Africa”, the Slovenian presidency of the EU said on Twitter. Restrictions will apply to Botswana, Eswatini,…

“High To Very High” Risk New Strain Will Spread In Europe: EU Agency

<!– –> The EU health agency said the risk level of new Covid strain is assessed as high to very high. (File) Stockholm: There is a “high to very high” risk that the new Covid variant, dubbed Omicron and originally detected in South Africa, will spread in Europe, the European Union’s health agency said Friday. In a risk assessment report, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said the “overall level of risk for the EU/EEA associated with the SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron is assessed as high to very…

“Draconian, Unjustified”: South Africa On Travel Bans Due To New Strain

<!– –> New Covid strain: Britain was the first slap a flight ban from countries in southern Africa. (File) Johannesburg: South Africa’s health ministry on Friday attacked a global rush to impose travel bans to slow the spread of a new Covid variant as “draconian,” unscientific and contrary to WHO advice. The new strain, named Omicron, has been blamed for a surge in cases in South Africa, but has already cropped up in Hong Kong, Belgium, Israel and Botswana. “We believe that some of the reactions have been unjustified,” Health…

Netherlands To Shut Down At Night To Curb Covid Spike

<!– –> Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the daily Covid figures are still too high. The Hague: The Netherlands will be “effectively closed” in the evenings with bars, restaurants and shops shutting early to curb a spike in Covid cases, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday. Dozens of protesters held a peaceful demonstration in The Hague as Rutte tightened the country’s partial lockdown, as hospitals warned they are being overwhelmed. But fears of a repeat of the riots that swept the country last weekend over the government’s coronavirus restrictions…

Tourists Rush To South Africa Airport After Travel Bans Over New Strain

<!– –> New Covid strain: At Johannesburg airport, “cancelled” signs flashed next to London-bound flights. (File) Johannesburg: Anxious-looking travellers stood in long queues at Johannesburg’s international airport on Friday, desperate to squeeze onto the last flights to countries that had just shut their doors to South Africa. Many cut short their holidays, rushing back from safaris and vineyards when Britain announced late Thursday night that all flights from South Africa and its neighbours would be banned the following day. A flurry of nations have since followed suit, concerned about the…