Mitt Romney's support strengthens Republican bid to move quickly on U.S. Supreme Court nominee
News/World: Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he supports voting to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, all but ensuring President Donald Trump has the backing needed to push the nomination over Democratic objections that it's too close to the November election.
Russia says world's largest nuclear icebreaker embarking on Arctic voyage
News/Canada/North: A nuclear-powered icebreaker that Russia says is the world's largest and most powerful set off on Tuesday on a two-week journey to the Arctic as part of Moscow's efforts to tap the region's commercial potential.
UK's Boris Johnson announces new coronavirus prevention measures: 'This is the moment we must act'
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new coronavirus prevention measures Tuesday in a bid to stop the United Kingdom’s steadily increasing number of infections, vowing that “this is the moment that we must act.”
Russia to register second Covid-19 vaccine by October 15
The vaccine has been developed by Siberia's Vector Institute, which completed early-stage human trials of the vaccine last week. Russia registered its first vaccine candidate, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, in August. Late-stage trials, involving at least 40,000 people, are ongoing.
Khao Yai National Park in Thailand will ship your trash back to you
Asia|World|: A national park in Thailand has a solution for littering tourists, they send the rubbish right back to them. The park management ships the trash to people’s homes as a reminder that when out in Nature, you must clean up after yourself. See more ChinaJoy: Gamers and cosplayers flock to Asia's biggest game event Thailand's reopening is 'same-same but different' COVID-19: Thailand's unemployed elephants migrate to home village Thailand: Michelin-star volunteers feed residents hit by COVID-19 pandemic Authorities at the popular Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok will start sending rubbish back to litterers, Thailand's environment minister said, according to media reports. Offenders will also be registered with the police. Visitors have to register with their addresses, making it easy for rangers to track them down if they leave rubbish behind. Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa posted pictures of litter collected in cardboard parcels ready to be shipped on his Facebook account. "Your trash - we'll send it back to you," the post read, reminding people that littering in a national park is an offence and punishable with up to five years in jail and hefty fines in the country. Along with empty plastic bottles, cans and chips wrappers, the box in the Facebook post contains a note saying: "You forgot these things at Khao Yai National Park." Park authorities say the rubbish left behind can be particularly dangerous for animals who may try to eat it, reported the BBC. See more Trees, birds, ponds: Mexico City's ancient lake reclaims scrapped airport Inside the 'Frost Magical Ice of Siam' park outside Pattaya Three rare Barbary lion cubs born in Czech zoo park India's largest crocodile park strapped for cash after COVID-19 lockdowns Appreciating the tactic, tweep @LicypriyaK wrote: “In this Khao Yai National Park of Thailand, if you dropped any litter inside the park then the authorities will mail your trash to your house with a letter ‘You forgot these’. We need such a system in every country.” Established in 1962 as Thailand's first national park, Khao Yai National Park is the third largest national park in the country. It covers more than 2,000 square kilometers of forest and grassland.
Pakistan: Police official allegedly raped woman who called him to complain against harassment
A case has been registered against a police official for allegedly raping a woman on September 21 at her home in the city of Gujranawala in Pakistan. According to the victim’s father, Assistant sub-inspector of police (ASI) Mubashir was called to their home for an investigation into her complaint against a few men who were harassing her. See more Pictures: Heavy rains in Pakistan kill 90, disrupt life in Karachi UAE aid to Pakistan, free COVID testing, UAE-Israel ties, US defiance, India parliament, Lebanon government, issues in Europe, here are the top news in pictures today Embassies and consulates in the UAE – all you need to know Photos: Dozens dead as record rains lash Pakistan Local media reported that the woman said that the men tried to assault her during an altercation. As a result, ASI Mubashir was appointed as the inquiry officer. The altercation took place on September 9 in the Bismillah Colony area. The woman was later rushed to a hospital for medical treatment. However, when the police official was called to her home for further investigation, he allegedly raped her. Local news outlets also reported that the victim has alleged that initially senior police officers worked to keep Mubashir’s name out of the case and the woman was pressured to change her statement against the cop. However, now the woman has submitted a petition against the inquiry officer to the Chief Police Officer (CPO) of Gujranwala, Rai Babar, and he has directed officials to conduct an inquiry. The incident has sparked outrage on social media, as netizens continue to advocate for women’s rights and safety in Pakistan. Sharing a clip of the victim recalling the incident circulating on social media, Twitter user @broader_the wrote: “Are these our people who pledge to protect us?” See more Pictures: Pakistan reopens restaurants, cinemas and gyms as COVID-19 counts drop Photos: Heavy monsoon rains flood roads in Lahore In pictures: Floods and Monsoon rains affect several regions of Pakistan UAE: Emirates Polio Campaign vaccinates 722,500 kids in Pakistan Referring to a recent rape case in Pakistan, in which two men raped a woman at gunpoint while she was waiting for help on a motorway after her car stopped working in Punjab, user @maaaahammm tweeted: “Police officer named Mubashir sexually assaulted a woman during an inquiry in Gujranwala. This is so disturbing, just want (Capital City Police Officer) CCPO Lahore to tell us which route the lady should've taken?” @maaaahammm was referring to CCPO Umar Sheikh’s comments during several television interviews about the incident in which he suggested that the woman should have taken another way to her destination amongst other remarks deemed problematic.
India has joined Afghan peace process at the right time, should engage Taliban directly: Hamid Karzai
International: The former Afghanistan President says, “Ceasefire is a demand of an overwhelming majority of Afghan people, especially Afghan mothers. This goes to both sides of the talks to the government side and to the Taliban side.”
Pakistan: Shirtless gang of robbers apply oil on themselves to escape arrest
A gang of half-naked robbers has instilled fear in residents of the city of Khushab in Pakistan’s Punjab province after they burglarised at least five houses in one night. According to local media reports, police said five half-naked dacoits have robbed houses in the city’s Azeem Town, Gulshir Town, Shehzad Town, and Canal Rest House areas on the night of September 21. See more Pictures: Heavy rains in Pakistan kill 90, disrupt life in Karachi UAE aid to Pakistan, free COVID testing, UAE-Israel ties, US defiance, India parliament, Lebanon government, issues in Europe, here are the top news in pictures today Embassies and consulates in the UAE – all you need to know Photos: Dozens dead as record rains lash Pakistan The culprits also had a tactic to escape arrest, the police said: “The gang applied mustard oil on their bodies to evade police arrest.” In closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage shared on social media, the shirtless culprits can be seen holding weapons and firing in the air after committing the crime. See more Pictures: Pakistan reopens restaurants, cinemas and gyms as COVID-19 counts drop Photos: Heavy monsoon rains flood roads in Lahore In pictures: Floods and Monsoon rains affect several regions of Pakistan UAE: Emirates Polio Campaign vaccinates 722,500 kids in Pakistan Police further said that cases have been registered against the accused and that they will be arrested soon, as investigations are underway.
World leaders, including Trump and Putin, take the stage virtually at UN meeting
News/World: The UN's first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from heads of state kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year.
India: Teen rapes 18-month-old girl in Damoh, held from Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur
An 18-month old girl was allegedly raped at her home by a teen relative who was later caught, nearly 110 kilometres away from where the incident happened in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, on Saturday. The toddler’s mother approached police after the incident, following which the 19-year-old was held under the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act (POCSO) 2012. The Act was established to protect children against offences like sexual abuse, sexual harassment and pornography. See more: From the editors: A plea for flexibility in UAE rental contracts From the editors: UAE gets a wake-up call as COVID-19 numbers spike, have we become numb to others' plight? Top news in pictures: India’s MX TakaTak soars, typhoon ravages Korea, US-China trade row, biggest airshow cancelled, oil declines, Akshay’s new look, Russia ‘poisoning’ case Top news in pictures: TikTok's 'suicide clip', Pakistan deaths, Navalny poisoning, India-China issue, Trump like a 'mob boss', Taj Mahal to reopen... According to Indian media reports, Additional Superintendent of Police Shiv Kumar Singh said: “The incident happened at night when the infant’s mother had gone out to buy vegetables, and the father had not returned home from work. “When the woman came home, she found the infant in a distressed condition and rushed her to hospital. Reportedly, the child is out of danger.” Police said the accused was held from a village in Jabalpur’s Katangi area in Madhya Pradesh. In another incident, a man was arrested on Friday in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district for allegedly killing his 22-month-old daughter as she was unwell for a long time, a senior official said. Read more: Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) exams held amid stringent precautions in India What's happening in India, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Philippines, Europe? News in pictures from East to West today India's Telangana starts alternative e-education Cartoons: Trump’s re-election bid to India’s spluttering economy Superintendent of Police identified the accused as 39-year-old Sudarshan Valmik, a resident of Bhairav Nagar, who was arrested earlier in a rape case. “Police investigations found Valmik was an accused in a rape case filed earlier in Bhedaghat police station. He also threatened his pregnant wife not to reveal how the child died. He was booked for abduction, murder and causing disappearance of evidence," the official informed.
No shortcuts to success: Kerala's 'Chhota Rafi' Saurav Kishan
Music|India|: Kozhikode (Kerala): Saurav Kishan has earned the unique distinction of having made people happy when the entire world leads a troubled existence. Indeed, the heavens too have opened up, as if this young musical wonder has beckoned them to do so with a perfect rendition of the 'Megh Malhaar'. It is as if he, with his soulful voice is attempting to reach out to his icon Mohammad Rafi to guide him and take him through his long musical journey, one that he knows is riddled with trials and tribulations. It has been almost a month since Saurav's voice was discovered as the next best thing that happened since the legendary Mohammed Rafi. Or so tweeted noted industrialist Anand Mahindra who called him "the new Mohammad Rafi, the world has been waiting for", after Saurav posted his rendition of Rafi's popular retro song "Teri Aaankhon ke siva duniya me rakha kya hai." Mahindra went on to tweet "We have been waiting for decades for a new Mohammad Rafi. It sounds as if we may have to wait no longer. I just couldn't switch the clip off." Though social media has gone into an absolute tizzy over his voice which bears a striking resemblance to Rafi, this 23-year-old prefers to remain grounded. "Rafi Saab has his own uniqueness but I want to be me." He asserts that though he has been tagged as 'Chhota Rafi' ever since he was 10 years old, he hates emulating any singer. "I believe I have my own vocal texture and am nothing compared to the great Mohammad Rafi. I am still learning and have very long way to go", Saurav told IANS. Inspiration from Rafi, for this Kozhikode-based youth, comes not just from his music. He quotes Rafi's humility and care for the lesser privileged as a motivating factor in his life. "It is perhaps Rafi Saab's ability to understand human beings and particularly the needy that brought about the feel in his songs. He was a wonderful human being and I have heard several stories of his kind bearing. Though I can never touch the pinnacle of music that Rafi Saab touched, I would like to learn from his life in all aspects. I am trying hard and perhaps this is bringing out a little bit of Rafi Saab in me." Demonstrating this in his mellifluous voice Saurav sings "Jaane bahar husn tera bemisaal hai", a Rafi number in his favourite raag 'Malkauns'. This raag is perhaps the most ancient and beautiful of raagas in Hindustani classical music and one cannot miss his unmistakable attempt at perfection like Rafi, who did so, with "Man tadpat Hari darshan ko aaj" in the yesteryear's hit musical film "Baiju Bawra." At the Xin Jiang Medical University, China, where Saurav is into his fifth year, he was fortunate to be spotted by music loving fellow Chinese students, who taught him the art of perfection in voice modulation. "They also taught me to play the Chinese violin or 'Erhu' and helped me perform in a lot of shows within the University. Surprisingly they loved Hindi songs too and even taught me the technicalities when I went wrong. I have constantly incorporated these techniques into my music. In fact, I never imagined I would gain so much knowledge about music away from home," he adds. Although he has hogged the limelight recently for his rendition of Rafi songs, Saurav follows several other genres of music like contemporary Rhythm and Blues too. His perfect vibrato while crooning the Elvis Presley number "Can't help falling in love" justifies his statements on the finer aspects of music. An ardent follower of Sadhguru, Saurav firmly believes that one's character defines everything in life. "This excitement and public attention will dwindle soon. Tomorrow everything might go against me, but I am prepared because as Sadhguru says, life is just a bubble. But as long as I have the support of my parents, grandparents and all those who have taught and guided me, I will come out strong even in adversities," says Saurav. "Thirty seconds is all Pablo Picasso needed to complete an admirer's painting with absolute finesse, but it took him over 30 years of practice to get there," points out Saurav citing Picasso on his famous 30-second masterpiece. "My masterpiece too will be born in time. Practice makes a man perfect and I'm sure Rafi Saab did just that to become the legend he was. Geniuses are born thus, and some day when I follow these principles I may get somewhere close. Till then I just have to wait, learn and practise," he says.