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1st dose of COVID-19 vaccination given to 799 Tibetan people in Ladakh, Jangthang
Asia

1st dose of COVID-19 vaccination given to 799 Tibetan people in Ladakh, Jangthang

Leh, Ladakh, India: 799 adults of Tibetan residents in Ladakh and Jangthang received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine that constitutes the 80% of the population. Despite the vaccine shortage across India, the authorities and staff of Tibetan Primary Health Centre in Ladakh has successfully done the vaccination.Despite the vaccine shortage across India, especially for the age group of 18-44, vaccinated 799 adults from 18-44 with the first dose.The COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched by Tibetan Primary Health Center (TPHC) with the support from Indian Union Territory Government of Ladakh starting March 2021, reported Central Tibet Administration.As of 11 June, the TPHC has so far vaccinated 2597 Tibetans and 840 locals (all 18 plus) with the first dose of the Covid vaccine in addition...
J&K: Army rescues 41 civilians stranded due to heavy rains in 3 hour long operation
Asia

J&K: Army rescues 41 civilians stranded due to heavy rains in 3 hour long operation

Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India: The Indian Army rescued 41 civilians in a 3 hour long rescue operation. People were stranded at blocked Mughal Road in Jammu following heavy rains, informed Defence PRO, Jammu on Saturday.According to Defence PRO, the Mughal Road was blocked due to heavy rainfall, uprooted trees and lightning."On 11 June, in swift 3 hrs long night rescue ops, #IndianArmy rescued 41 civilians, stranded at blocked #MughalRoad due to heavy rainfall, uprooted trees and lightning at between Ratta Chamb and Mansar Mod in #Poonch. All help and support extend to them," Defence PRO had said in a tweet.The rescued passengers were provided food and heating arrangements and no injuries were reported in the operation."The civilians were highly appreciative of the swift action of the Ar...
China being held by other G7 countries for forced labour in Xinjiang
China

China being held by other G7 countries for forced labour in Xinjiang

London, UK: In China’s Xinjiang region the people are kept to do forced labour against which US is trying to gather other G7 countries.According to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Biden will join leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom for a session focused on China on the second day of the G7 summit. The main issue during the session will be how China has divided world leaders and Biden will be urging democratic nations to jointly confront Beijing and French President Emmanuel Macron calling for a more cautious approach.The G7 leaders and their delegations were still negotiating the details of a communique expected to be released at the end of the summit, although it is unclear that the document will call out China by name."It's an expression of our shared
Uyghurs in Xinjiang are being killed by China
Asia, China

Uyghurs in Xinjiang are being killed by China

Beijing, China: China is carrying out a slow genocide of Uyghur population, came up in newly published research has provided compelling evidence. The killing is being done due to Beijing's perception of the community as a national security threat.Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow in China studies, and Erin Rosenberg, an attorney specialising in international criminal law, wrote for Foreign Policy that the five governments had declared China's actions against Uyghurs as genocide, based on evidence of systematic suppression of births.In an upcoming peer-reviewed publication in the Central Asian Survey, Zenz presents comprehensive and compelling new evidence based on published statements and reports from Chinese academics and officials. The core message is that the Uyghur population as such is a ...
China again slammed by US Secretary over lack of transparency over COVID-19 origins
Asia, China

China again slammed by US Secretary over lack of transparency over COVID-19 origins

Washington, China: Once again China is slammed by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday for the lack of transparency on the origins of the coronavirus, as global pressure mounts for a fresh probe in Wuhan. “What we’ve seen, more than unfortunately, from the PRC (People’s Republic of China) since the beginning of this crisis is a failure to meet its basic responsibilities in terms of sharing information and providing access,” Blinken told the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, reported Voice of America (VOA).In his opening remarks to the Committee, the Secretary of State said that China and others are working hard to “bend international organizations to their worldview” and stressed that organisations should remain grounded in the values, principles, and rules of road and r
Surveillance to increase the productivity of tech employees, forced to work long hours
Asia, Business, China

Surveillance to increase the productivity of tech employees, forced to work long hours

Beijing, China: In order to bring productivity-enhancing tools into everyday office life of techies in China, a software driven surveillance management and monitoring into their professional lives.Nikki Sun for Nikkei Asia writes that rapid technological development in China's tech industry is accompanied by poor labour regulations, which has created a potential for labour abuse. The big tech companies themselves, locked in cutthroat competition for new business opportunities, are pioneering these technologies and tools in their own operations.Andy Wang, an IT engineer at a Shanghai-based gaming company, said that a surveillance software called DiSanZhiYan, or "Third Eye" was installed on the laptop of every employee to track their screens in real time, recording their chats, browsing act...
Birth control policy of the Xinjiang region could cut millions of Uyghur births
China

Birth control policy of the Xinjiang region could cut millions of Uyghur births

China has been accused by some Western nations of genocide in Xinjiang, partly through forced birth-control measures. Now the analysis shows that regional policies could cut between 2.6 and 4.5 million minority births in that time. China denies the allegations, saying birth-rate declines have other causes.The new study, by researcher Adrian Zenz, is the first such peer-reviewed academic paper on the long-term population impact of China's crackdown on the Uyghurs and other minority groups in Xinjiang. It found that under China's birth-control policies in the region, the population of ethnic minorities in southern Xinjiang would reach somewhere between 8.6 and 10.5 million by 2040, compared to 13.1 million projected by Chinese researchers before Beijing's crackdown."This [research and...
Knife attack in China, at least six killed
China

Knife attack in China, at least six killed

Beijing, China: A knife attack was held in eastern China in which six people were killed and 14 others sustained injuries.The authorities in Anqing, a city in Anhui province, said a 25-year-old unemployed man from Huaining county named Wu had been arrested over the attack, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported."He killed out of anger, because of family troubles and pessimism," the municipal government said in a statement.As of noon on Sunday, six victims of the attack were dead and 14 others were being treated for injuries, as per SCMP.One of the injured was in a critical condition while the other 13 were in stable condition.It was the third such attack in China in recent weeks.Videos circulating on the internet show several pedestrians wounded and covered in blood on a walkway along R...
Singapore labour shortage after ts complete ban on India, S Asian countries
Asia, Singapore

Singapore labour shortage after ts complete ban on India, S Asian countries

Singapore: Singapore is facing labour shortage as it banned the flights from India and other South Asian countries to crub the spread of COVID-19. Foreign nationals comprise about a third of the total workforce in Singapore, where construction and shipbuilding sectors rely heavily on low-cost labour especially from India and Bangladesh, says Kentaro Iwamoto in the Nikkei Asia.Even before Singapore stopped entries from India and other South Asian nations, departures and tighter travel rules were already keeping foreign workers away from the country.According to Iwamoto, the crunch has led to delays of construction projects by as much as a year, resulting in a surge of 30 per cent in the price of labour and sparking worries over excessive workloads.“Some workers have even told us that th
Sri Lankan concern over omission of Tamil language
Asia, China

Sri Lankan concern over omission of Tamil language

Colombo, Sri Lanka: Plaque has been made to declare the opening of the Smart Library of Attorney General’s Department. It is scripted in many languages but the official language of Sri Lanka that is Tamil was missing. After which concerns have been raisedDaily Mirror reported that the incident came under much criticism on social media platforms, leading to the plaque being removed later. The AG's department did not comment regarding the issue.In a tweet, Tamil Progressive Alliance Leader and Opposition parliamentarian Mano Ganesan stated that the Chinese are violating the language law and that the non-inclusion of Tamil was a violation of Sri Lanka's Official Language Act. "It appears Chinese learn to ignore Tamil from our government since GoSL's usage of Official Language Tamil is no bet