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  • AI flight from Dubai crashes in Karipur Airport, Kerala

17 people lost their lives in a plane crash at Kerela’s Kozhikode on Friday amid heavy rain. Wing Commander Deepak Vasant Sathe was amongst the killed ones. He was one of the pilots of Flight IX-1344 that crashed yesterday.

After a three-hour operation, all people were evacuated, and around 112 injured people were taken to the hospital. The flight was part of the Vande Bharat Programme to bring back Indians that were stuck abroad due to the pandemic.

The incident took place around 7.40 pm on Friday amid very heavy rainfall in the area. Gratefully, the plane did not catch fire, and a greater tragedy was averted.


  • Man accused of raping a 12-year-old in Delhi

A man in Delhi has been arrested for raping and torturing a 12-year-old girl in her house. The victim had to undergo surgery at AIIMS hospital and was critical.

Krishna, a 33-year-old man, has been identified as the accused. He already has four criminal cases against him, including one for murder. The girl told that the accused had entered the house with the purpose of looting.

The girl was repeatedly hit using a sharp object on her head and face, which worsened her condition. She is in a serious state and unconscious. The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, tweeted that such predators cannot be tolerated. BJP MP Gautam Gambhir also demanded justice for the 12-year-old girl through his tweet.


  • Serum Institute joined hands with Gates Foundation for Vaccine doses for India

The Serum Institute of India is likely to receive $150 million as funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the GAVI vaccines. The tie-up is done to produce 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for India and other nations as early as 2021.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will send the funds to GAVI, and it will then be used to support the Serum Institute of India. GAVI is a public-private global health partnership which aims at enhancing the access to immunization in poor countries.



 



  • Donald Trump targets TikTok and WeChat

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has announced sweeping restrictions against TikTok and WeChat. On Thursday, he signed the orders giving Americans just 45 days to stop their business on the Chinese platforms. By doing so, he has set a deadline for the potential pressured sale of TikTok to Microsoft.

Trump said he has taken this decision due to national security concerns. He has been hammering the US and China relationships, challenging China on trade, and economic fronts.

TikTok has been downloaded around 175 million times in the United States and more than a billion times across the world.

 


  • GC Murmu became the Comptroller and Auditor General

GC Murmu resigned from the post of Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir a day ago. Mr Murmu has now been assigned as the new auditor general of India. He resigned from his previous post on Wednesday, and Manoj Sinha was appointed at his post.

Murmu’s resignation came after a media controversy quoting that the elections in J&K can be held after the ongoing delimitation exercise. Even after two years of the collapse of the government in J&K, elections have not been held there.


  • Labourer finds diamonds worth Rs 35 lakh in Madhya Pradesh

A labourer in Madhya Pradesh found three diamonds worth Rs 30 lakh to 35 lakh at a diamond mine.

While digging the shallow mine, he found three diamonds weighing 7.5 carats. He has deposited the diamonds at the district diamond office. The labourer, Subal, will get 88 of the sale proceeds after deduction of 12 per cent tax. A few days back, another labourer had found a 10.69-carat diamond in Panna from one of the mines.



 



  • 11 dead in landslip at Munnar

Around 11 people lost their lives in a major landslip at the Nayamakkad estate near Munnar, Idukki district, on Friday. The Kerala Government has sent a team of 50 members to step up the rescue operation, which is getting difficult due to bad weather.

The victims of this landslip were tea plantation workers. The IMD has issued a red alert warning for Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Wayanad, and Kottayam. For Saturday, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, and Wayanad are on red alert.


  • Ex-Saudi Intel Officer claims that Crown Prince ordered his killing

An ex-Saudi intelligence officer has alleged that the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman planned his assassination and taking his children hostage. The officer said the Prince is doing this because he knows some damaging secrets about the Prince’s rise to power.

Saad Aljabri said in a federal lawsuit filed that the Prince wants him dead because of his relationship with the American Government as a trusted partner of senior US intelligence officials.


  • Bihar Police says Mumbai Cops are helping Rhea Chakraborty

The Bihar Police and Government are putting allegations on Mumbai police for helping Rhea Chakraborty. So far, Rhea Chakraborty has not given any proof that Patna Police is biased against her.

Mumbai police also forcibly asked the IPS officer Vinay Tiwary to practice quarantine. Bihar Police says that Mumbai Police action casts aspersion on it and they are apparently supporting Rhea Chakraborty in this case.


  • Facebook work from home policy extended till July 2021

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Facebook employees are allowed to work from home till July 2021. Facebook Inc. will provide them with $1,000 for meeting their home office needs.

Recently, Alphabet Inc’s Google extended their work from home policy until June 2021. On the other hand, Twitter has extended its work from home policy indefinitely for some of its employees.

Facebook said it would continue to reopen offices in a restricted manner as directed by the government.



 

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