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India becomes third hardest-hit country for virus cases

India announced Monday that it has nearly 700,000 coronavirus cases, taking it past Russia to become the third-hardest-hit nation in the global pandemic. The health ministry said 697,358 cases had now been recorded, a rise of 24,000 in 24 hours, while Russi
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India becomes third hardest-hit country for virus cases

India announced Monday that it has nearly 700,000 coronavirus cases, taking it past Russia to become the third-hardest-hit nation in the global pandemic. The health ministry said 697,358 cases had now been recorded, a rise of 24,000 in 24 hours, while Russia has just over 681,000. The United States and Brazil have the highest numbers of cases but India's tally is not expected to peak for several more weeks and experts predict the one million figure will be passed this month. India has registered 19,963 deaths from the virus, a much lower number than many other badly hit countries. India's major cities have been worst hit by the pandemic. New Delhi and Mumbai each have about 100,000 cases, with 3,000 dead in the capital and nearly 5,000 in Mumbai. New Delhi has opened a new 10,000-bed temporary virus hospital while other cities are tightening restrictions on movement to head off a new surge in cases. The Kerala state capital, Thiruvananthapuram imposed a new lockdown from Monday with public transport shut and only pharmacies allowed to open. The clampdown came after hundreds of new cases were reported across the state, which had been praised for its action to curtail the pandemic. © Agence France-Presse

Trust fund to help women in Seychelles start business initiatives during COVID slowdown

Faced with dwindling economic activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more women in Seychelles are being encouraged to try a new business venture thanks to specially allocated funding through the Seychelles Women’s Trust Fund. “Given the COVID-19 pandemi
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Trust fund to help women in Seychelles start business initiatives during COVID slowdown

Faced with dwindling economic activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more women in Seychelles are being encouraged to try a new business venture thanks to specially allocated funding through the Seychelles Women’s Trust Fund. “Given the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on people’s lives, especially at the economic level, the trust has modified the focus of its 2020 campaign to support women individually or in groups who are involved in, or who wish to set up, small- or medium-scale economic activities that use local resources to offer a product or service to the public,” Janick Bru, the secretary of the trust, told SNA. Bru said by email that women are being asked to be innovative and that emphasis is being put on maximizing the use of locally available products to remove pressure on foreign exchange. The colourful jewelries are made from seashells, driftwood and textiles. (Zil Lokal/facebook) Photo License: CC-BY «I must emphasize that we want to re-energise our local industry and encourage people to buy local and stop the importation of items that can be made here for the local market,» stressed Bru. The aim of the Seychelles Women’s Trust Fund is to provide access to resources to invest in capacity building aimed at developing self-reliance and leadership and entrepreneurial skills. It also supports innovative and practical initiatives aimed at solving social-related problems affecting women in the community. Marie Celine Zialor head of the Entrepreneurship Department at the Guy Morel Institute said that this generally a good initiative. «It is much-needed resources that women involved in economic activities need especially now with so many uncertainties not only in Seychelles but around the world. But it would be good for the grantees to receive additional support to ensure the sustainability of their businesses,» explained Zialor. Monia Florentine of Mo's Dream Creation has developed a new line of Creole dolls with a twist - using recyclable materials - which she said is aimed at reviving the dying tradition of locally made dolls. (Monia Florentine) Photo License: All Rights Reserved Zialor added that support is crucial for women entrepreneurs not only to ensure viability of their businesses but to ensure that they grow and become big businesses as for nowwomen entrepreneurs are involved in small and medium scale businesses. Lyn Asba, from a community-based organization on the man-made island of Perseverance promoting home gardens amongst female-headed household, told SNA that such support should not come only during times of crisis but all the time. According to Bru a simple monitoring mechanism will be used to follow the implementation of projects by grantees so that they fulfil the terms of the grant. “It should also be noted that part of the evaluation of the initial proposals would be the sustainability of the project itself,” concluded Bru. The call for proposals will open until July 8.

At a Glance - Control of the financial activities of the European Investment Bank – Annual report 2018 - 06-07-2020

During its July plenary session, the European Parliament is set to discuss the Committee on Budgetary Control’s report on the control of the European Investment Bank's financial activities for 2018. Among other things, the report highlights the role of the
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At a Glance - Control of the financial activities of the European Investment Bank – Annual report 2018 - 06-07-2020

During its July plenary session, the European Parliament is set to discuss the Committee on Budgetary Control’s report on the control of the European Investment Bank's financial activities for 2018. Among other things, the report highlights the role of the Bank in financing the European Green Deal, the Just Transition Fund, and its future shift towards becoming 'the EU Climate Bank'. The report also stresses the need for more effectiveness and synergies when it comes to the European Fund for Strategic Investments, and highlights the need for more transparency and accountability of all the Bank's operations, stronger external scrutiny and reinforced mechanisms to fight fraud and corruption. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Briefing - The EU budget and coronavirus [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 06-07-2020

European Union leaders and institutions are now discussing plans to provide a major boost to the European economy to help it recover from the coronavirus crisis. They are doing so in the context of the new long-term EU budget, which would see the total ‘ow
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Briefing - The EU budget and coronavirus [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 06-07-2020

European Union leaders and institutions are now discussing plans to provide a major boost to the European economy to help it recover from the coronavirus crisis. They are doing so in the context of the new long-term EU budget, which would see the total ‘own resources’ ceiling for the Union more or less doubled. On 19 June 2020, the members of the European Council exchanged views by video-conference on the European Commission’s linked proposals, tabled on 27 May, for (i) a new ‘Next Generation EU’ recovery fund, and (ii) an updated Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the next seven-year financing period, from 2021 to 2027, in which the recovery fund would be embedded. The European Council will discuss these proposals again (in person) on 17-18 July in Brussels. In this context, think tankers and policy analysts have been debating the proposals and assessing their potential effectiveness. This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports from international think tanks on coronavirus and related issues. Earlier publications on financing the fight against the coronavirus can be found in a previous item in this series, published by EPRS on 8 June. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

At a Glance - The European Investment Bank's financial activities – 2019 annual report - 06-07-2020

During its July plenary session, Parliament is scheduled to vote on the 2019 report on the European Investment Bank's financial activities, drafted by the Committee on Budgets. Among other things, the report highlights the need for the bank to put more focus
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At a Glance - The European Investment Bank's financial activities – 2019 annual report - 06-07-2020

During its July plenary session, Parliament is scheduled to vote on the 2019 report on the European Investment Bank's financial activities, drafted by the Committee on Budgets. Among other things, the report highlights the need for the bank to put more focus on climate, digitalisation and just transition; further invest in the EU and beyond; provide continuous support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-cap firms; and ensure better governance and increased transparency. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

At a Glance - 2018 report on protection of the EU's financial interests – Fight against fraud - 06-07-2020

In October 2019, the European Commission published its annual report on the fight against fraud affecting EU financial interests in 2018. In total, 11 638 fraudulent and non-fraudulent irregularities were reported to the Commission in 2018, 25 % fewer than i
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At a Glance - 2018 report on protection of the EU's financial interests – Fight against fraud - 06-07-2020

In October 2019, the European Commission published its annual report on the fight against fraud affecting EU financial interests in 2018. In total, 11 638 fraudulent and non-fraudulent irregularities were reported to the Commission in 2018, 25 % fewer than in 2017. They involved approximately €2.5 billion, a value that remained stable in comparison with 2017. The Committee on Budgetary Control has adopted a report on the Commission's annual report, which is due to be voted during the July plenary session. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

At a Glance - Road transport: Social and market rules - 06-07-2020

Alongside the liberalisation of transport and the setting-up of the internal market in the transport sector, the EU established social and market measures. On 31 May 2017, to enhance these measures in the road haulage sector, the European Commission adopted
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At a Glance - Road transport: Social and market rules - 06-07-2020

Alongside the liberalisation of transport and the setting-up of the internal market in the transport sector, the EU established social and market measures. On 31 May 2017, to enhance these measures in the road haulage sector, the European Commission adopted a set of three legislative proposals on driving and rest times, posting of drivers, and access to the profession and cabotage, as part of the 'Europe on the Move' package. The European Parliament is expected to vote at second reading during the July plenary session on a set of texts agreed with the Council in trilogue. After three years of intense negotiations, their adoption would lead to improvements in road drivers' working and rest conditions, better enforcement of rules and ensure fairer competition between road operators. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Sixty Years On: A New Dawn for Somalia

Somalia celebrates its 60th Independence Day this year while the country continues on the path of fundamental recovery. In a quest to shed the stubborn label of a “failed state,” the once war-torn country has made significant strides towards rebuilding de
Hiiraan Online

Sixty Years On: A New Dawn for Somalia

Somalia celebrates its 60th Independence Day this year while the country continues on the path of fundamental recovery. In a quest to shed the stubborn label of a “failed state,” the once war-torn country has made significant strides towards rebuilding despite grappling with Al Shabaab and their grand attacks against civil society.

133 Somali nationals evacuated to Somalia

ENTEBBE- At least 133 Somali nationals have been repatriated to Somalia after being stranded in Uganda for close to three months when flights were suspended after the breakout of coronavirus pandemic.
Hiiraan Online

133 Somali nationals evacuated to Somalia

ENTEBBE- At least 133 Somali nationals have been repatriated to Somalia after being stranded in Uganda for close to three months when flights were suspended after the breakout of coronavirus pandemic.

Academics: Outdated structures, discrimination behind migrant students' poor performance in Finland

A combination of outdated education structures and racist attitudes are the main reasons that migrant-background students lag behind their Finnish peers, researchers say.
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Academics: Outdated structures, discrimination behind migrant students' poor performance in Finland

A combination of outdated education structures and racist attitudes are the main reasons that migrant-background students lag behind their Finnish peers, researchers say.

Tanzania in International Tax Law: Moving towards full tax transparency?

On 11 June, 2020, Tanzania’s Finance Minister Dr Philip Mpango presented the National Budget for FY 2020/21, stating that specific legislative amendments would be introduced in the Income Tax Act, 2004 with an eye toward fulfilling the requirements for the
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Tanzania in International Tax Law: Moving towards full tax transparency?

On 11 June, 2020, Tanzania’s Finance Minister Dr Philip Mpango presented the National Budget for FY 2020/21, stating that specific legislative amendments would be introduced in the Income Tax Act, 2004 with an eye toward fulfilling the requirements for the country’s membership in the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (“the Global Forum”).

Two South Sudanese arrested in Elegu for attacking UPDF soldiers

A South Sudanese soldier and civilian have been arrested in Elegu Town Council in Amuru District following an attack on UPDF soldiers patrolling the porous border entry points.
The Citizen | Tanzanias leading English news site - Home

Two South Sudanese arrested in Elegu for attacking UPDF soldiers

A South Sudanese soldier and civilian have been arrested in Elegu Town Council in Amuru District following an attack on UPDF soldiers patrolling the porous border entry points.

Kenyans come through for TikTok star Alvan Gatitu as Covid-19 woes bite

As massive job losses from the Covid-19 pandemic throw Kenya into one of the worst employment crises the country has faced, many Kenyans find themselves staring at the possibility of not being able to make a living wage to meet their basic living expenses.
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Kenyans come through for TikTok star Alvan Gatitu as Covid-19 woes bite

As massive job losses from the Covid-19 pandemic throw Kenya into one of the worst employment crises the country has faced, many Kenyans find themselves staring at the possibility of not being able to make a living wage to meet their basic living expenses.

Rwanda: Former Prime Minister Habumuremyi Arrested

[New Times] Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has confirmed the arrest of former Prime Minister Pierre-Damien Habumuremyi over issuing bounced cheques and breach of trust.
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Rwanda: Former Prime Minister Habumuremyi Arrested

[New Times] Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has confirmed the arrest of former Prime Minister Pierre-Damien Habumuremyi over issuing bounced cheques and breach of trust.

Ethiopia: At Least 150 Killed in Clashes Following Death of Outspoken Singer

[VOA] At least 150 people have been killed in the Oromia region of Ethiopia as riots following the killing of a popular singer continue.
AllAfrica News: Latest

Ethiopia: At Least 150 Killed in Clashes Following Death of Outspoken Singer

[VOA] At least 150 people have been killed in the Oromia region of Ethiopia as riots following the killing of a popular singer continue.

Africa: COVID-19 Cases Across Continent Surpass 476,600 Mark, With 11,364 Deaths

[allAfrica] As of July 6, confirmed the COVID-19 case total from 55 African countries has reached 476,637.
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Africa: COVID-19 Cases Across Continent Surpass 476,600 Mark, With 11,364 Deaths

[allAfrica] As of July 6, confirmed the COVID-19 case total from 55 African countries has reached 476,637.

Transgender model Munroe Bergdorf slams JK Rowling as 'dangerous'

Harry Potter author JK Rowling today likened hormone therapy and surgery for transgender young people to 'a new kind of conversion therapy'. Munroe Bergdorf slammed Rowling.
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Transgender model Munroe Bergdorf slams JK Rowling as 'dangerous'

Harry Potter author JK Rowling today likened hormone therapy and surgery for transgender young people to 'a new kind of conversion therapy'. Munroe Bergdorf slammed Rowling.

Holidaymakers face 'maze' of red tape as only 25 of 59 'air bridge' countries have no restrictions

Only 25 countries, out of the Government's list of 59 destinations, allow travel without any restrictions. The other countries have measures in place, from quarantining to outright bans on UK visitors.
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Holidaymakers face 'maze' of red tape as only 25 of 59 'air bridge' countries have no restrictions

Only 25 countries, out of the Government's list of 59 destinations, allow travel without any restrictions. The other countries have measures in place, from quarantining to outright bans on UK visitors.

Senior Myanmar Police Officer Jailed for Demanding Sex From Female Subordinates

A senior officer in charge of approving appointments within the police force has been jailed for sexually exploiting female subordinates.
The Irrawaddy

Senior Myanmar Police Officer Jailed for Demanding Sex From Female Subordinates

A senior officer in charge of approving appointments within the police force has been jailed for sexually exploiting female subordinates.

New Support Center Opens for Foreign Residents in Japan

The Japanese government has opened a new support center for foreign residents in Tokyo amid a push to bring in more foreign workers to the country.
The Irrawaddy

New Support Center Opens for Foreign Residents in Japan

The Japanese government has opened a new support center for foreign residents in Tokyo amid a push to bring in more foreign workers to the country.

Flooded Southwestern Japan Gets More Rain as Rescue Efforts Continue

Scores of people are feared dead as search-and-rescue operations continued following severe rain and flooding in Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture.
The Irrawaddy

Flooded Southwestern Japan Gets More Rain as Rescue Efforts Continue

Scores of people are feared dead as search-and-rescue operations continued following severe rain and flooding in Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture.

Chakwera says no lockdown strategy for Malawi:  Announces tax exemptions on ‘essential goods’ 

Malawi does not require nationwide lockdown to get its coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak under control, despite the fact that there is a surge in national daily infection rate but it will be business unusual with strict new curbs on life to tackle the spread o
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Chakwera says no lockdown strategy for Malawi:  Announces tax exemptions on ‘essential goods’ 

Malawi does not require nationwide lockdown to get its coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak under control, despite the fact that there is a surge in national daily infection rate but it will be business unusual with strict new curbs on life to tackle the spread of the virus, President Lazarus Chakwera has said. Malawi virus pandemic cases […] The post Chakwera says no lockdown strategy for Malawi:  Announces tax exemptions on ‘essential goods’  appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.

CSOs differ on DPP persecution claims: Malawi Watch question police, YAS backs crackdown

Malawi Watch executive director Billy Banda, a human rights activist , has questioned the conduct by the law enforcing agencies   Malawi Police Services and the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB)  of persecuting the opposition while serving the interest of the s
Malawi Nyasa Times – Malawi breaking news in Malawi

CSOs differ on DPP persecution claims: Malawi Watch question police, YAS backs crackdown

Malawi Watch executive director Billy Banda, a human rights activist , has questioned the conduct by the law enforcing agencies   Malawi Police Services and the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB)  of persecuting the opposition while serving the interest of the state while  Youth and Society (YAS) says there long arm of the law should reach offenders. […] The post CSOs differ on DPP persecution claims: Malawi Watch question police, YAS backs crackdown appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.

DPP in restructuring and rebuilding process – Mzomera

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is already quickly in a restructuring and rebranding process after losing the historical fresh presidential elections with the aim of forming a strong and constructive opposition which should find its way bac
Malawi Nyasa Times – Malawi breaking news in Malawi

DPP in restructuring and rebuilding process – Mzomera

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is already quickly in a restructuring and rebranding process after losing the historical fresh presidential elections with the aim of forming a strong and constructive opposition which should find its way back into government in the next general elections. The Northern Region party executive led by Regional Governor Christopher […] The post DPP in restructuring and rebuilding process – Mzomera appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.

Chilima, wife test coronavirus negative: ‘Malawi surge in virus cases is alarming and frightening’

Malawi vice-president Saulos Chilima has said with his wife he has undertaken a coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic tests following the surge of cases in the country and both tested negative. Chilima said in his post on Facebook that he went with his wife Mary fo
Malawi Nyasa Times – Malawi breaking news in Malawi

Chilima, wife test coronavirus negative: ‘Malawi surge in virus cases is alarming and frightening’

Malawi vice-president Saulos Chilima has said with his wife he has undertaken a coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic tests following the surge of cases in the country and both tested negative. Chilima said in his post on Facebook that he went with his wife Mary for Covid-19 tests on Sunday and “we both tested negative.” He said: […] The post Chilima, wife test coronavirus negative: ‘Malawi surge in virus cases is alarming and frightening’ appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.

CCAP Blantyre Synod to lift suspension of 4 clerics

Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has said it will lift the suspension of four clerics who accused the synod’s leadership of politicising the pulpit by urging clerics to campaign for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in th
Malawi Nyasa Times – Malawi breaking news in Malawi

CCAP Blantyre Synod to lift suspension of 4 clerics

Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has said it will lift the suspension of four clerics who accused the synod’s leadership of politicising the pulpit by urging clerics to campaign for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the fresh presidential election held on June 23. The four are the Reverend Donnex Mateyu Ngalande […] The post CCAP Blantyre Synod to lift suspension of 4 clerics appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.

GE2020: 'Don't be taken for a ride', says PM Lee at lunchtime rally; questions opposition's ability to run Singapore

The stakes have hardly been higher than now due to the Covid-19 crisis, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his lunchtime rally today (July 6), which was live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. With much riding on the 2020 General Election, PM Lee urge
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GE2020: 'Don't be taken for a ride', says PM Lee at lunchtime rally; questions opposition's ability to run Singapore

The stakes have hardly been higher than now due to the Covid-19 crisis, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his lunchtime rally today (July 6), which was live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. With much riding on the 2020 General Election, PM Lee urged Singaporeans not to be «taken for a ride» by the opposition parties. He said: «The opposition says they are offering Singaporeans insurance in case you need it. »Don't buy insurance from someone on a promise, especially when you have reason to suspect this company cannot pay out on the insurance, and their cheques will bounce.« With the country in the »middle of a crisis«, he criticised the opposition parties for talking as though »the crisis did not exist«, staying »completely silent on how to tackle Covid-19 — both during the last six months and in this election campaign."

As China asserts its dominance over post-pandemic world, countries unite against Beijing's 'bully tactics'

Chinese President Xi Jinping has apparently decided that this is the right time to assert dominance and territorial expansionism when the global economies are reeling with the side-effects of a deadly pandemic outbreak, but instead of just rolling over, a gro
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As China asserts its dominance over post-pandemic world, countries unite against Beijing's 'bully tactics'

Chinese President Xi Jinping has apparently decided that this is the right time to assert dominance and territorial expansionism when the global economies are reeling with the side-effects of a deadly pandemic outbreak, but instead of just rolling over, a growing number of nations are fighting back, the New York Post reported.

Syama Prasad Mookerjee would've been proud about Article 370 abrogation: Harsh Vardhan

«Mookerjee will be very proud today that the members of the party formed by him played a key role in the abrogation of Article 370 in the Parliament. The country will always remain thankful to PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and the Parliamen
India News, Latest News Headlines & Live Updates from India: TOI

Syama Prasad Mookerjee would've been proud about Article 370 abrogation: Harsh Vardhan

«Mookerjee will be very proud today that the members of the party formed by him played a key role in the abrogation of Article 370 in the Parliament. The country will always remain thankful to PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and the Parliament for this step. Both Mookerjee and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay were the icons of the country in the last century, especially for our party», the minister said during a speech addressing the party workers.

Galwan Valley 'disengagement': What we know so far

The Chinese Army has moved back tents, vehicles and troops by 1-2 km from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander level talks, Indian Army sources reported on Monday. However, Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in the d
India News, Latest News Headlines & Live Updates from India: TOI

Galwan Valley 'disengagement': What we know so far

The Chinese Army has moved back tents, vehicles and troops by 1-2 km from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander level talks, Indian Army sources reported on Monday. However, Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in the depth areas in Galwan river area, the sources added.

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