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Celebrated Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh dies of coronavirus

Celebrated Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh died in Kolkata on Wednesday after suffering from COVID-19. He was 89. He breathed his last around 11 am, India Today reports. Ghosh, a recipient of the coveted Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi awards, had been suffering from age-related ailments for a while. He was also admitted to the hospital in January this year. Ghosh tested ...

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Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death

Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. Chauvin, 45, was immediately led away with his hands cuffed behind his back and ...

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Covid-19: India to start vaccinating all adults over 18

India has widened its vaccination programme as infections surge and the capital goes into lockdown. All adults over the age of 18 will be offered a coronavirus jab starting from 1 May, the government said on Monday. The government said last week that it only had 27 million doses – or enough jabs for nine days at current rates of ...

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India records 2.59 lakh fresh Covid cases, 1,761 deaths

India recorded 2,59,170, new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours till Tuesday, taking the total caseload to over 1.53 crore, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The country’s total caseload now stands at 1,53,21,089 with 20,31,977 active Covid-19 cases. This is the sixth straight day that the country has recorded over 2 lakh cases. With 1,761 deaths ...

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11 dead, 98 hurt after train derails in Egypt

Eleven people were killed and 98 injured on Sunday in a train accident in Egypt’s Qalioubia province north of Cairo, the health ministry said in a statement. The train was heading from Cairo to the Nile Delta city of Mansoura when four carriages derailed at 1:54 p.m. (1154 GMT), about 40 kms (25 miles) north of Cairo, Egyptian National Railways ...

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Kenosha bar shooting leaves at least 3 dead

A person of interest in the Kenosha shooting that killed three and injured three others early Sunday morning has been located and will be criminally charged with one count of first degree intentional homicide, according to the Kenosha Police Department. Gunfire broke out both inside and outside the The Somers House tavern around 12:40 a.m. Sunday, Sheriff David G. Beth ...

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‘US can’t do two things at once’: Biden on not immediately raising refugee cap

US President Joe Biden on Saturday explained his initial decision to not increase the limit on refugee admissions to the United States stating that his administration “couldn’t do two things at once”. Biden while speaking to reporters in Delaware said that he couldn’t initially increase the cap due to burdens that the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is facing because ...

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Florida nurse arrested for threatening to kill Kamala Harris

A 39-year-old nurse in the US state of Florida has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill Vice President Kamala Harris, according to media reports on Saturday. Niviane Petit Phelps was arrested following an investigation by the US Secret Service, CNN reported. Harris, 56, is the first woman, the first Black American, and the first South Asian American to be ...

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Myanmar’s junta releases 23,000 prisoners in New Year’s amnesty

The junta is planning to release more than 23,000 prisoners nationwide, an official said Saturday, even as the military continues to detain and issue arrest warrants for anti-coup dissidents. Myanmar typically grants an annual amnesty to thousands of prisoners to mark its traditional Buddhist New Year holiday — which in previous years have been joyous affairs with city-wide water fights. ...

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8 dead in mass shooting at Indianapolis FedEx facility

Eight people have been killed and many injured in a shooting in the US city of Indianapolis late Thursday. Witnesses heard several gunshots at a FedEx facility and one said he saw a man firing an automatic weapon, quoting police, BBC reports. The gunman, said to have been acting alone, is reported to have killed himself. Authorities said there was ...

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