How the U.S. saw 200,000 people die from COVID-19 in 8 months
News/World: The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world's richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies.
Video of biker in Colombia saving toddler rolling down steep road goes viral
World|Offbeat|Americas|: A video of a man jumping off his motorcycle to save a baby rolling down a steep road in a walker taken on September 14 has gone viral online and is earning the ‘hero’ praise internationally. According to news reports, the clip was taken in the Rincon de la Estrella neighbourhood of the city of Florencia in Colombia. See more 7 of our favourite Bollywood throwback pictures 7 Easy ways to reduce your toddler's sugar intake 10 tips for teaching your toddler to talk Photos: Animal baby boom at Palestinian zoo after people disappear In the widely shared clip, the man is seen riding his motorcycle when he notices the toddler rolling down a steep slope at high speed while still secured to his or her walker. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage shows the motorcyclist stopping his bike in the middle of the road, throwing his bag away and running to catch the baby. Seconds after he managed to stop the speeding walker and saved the toddler, a woman is seen running towards the two and the man hands her the baby. The biker is then seen holding the walker and helping the woman as the clip ends. See more Singapore artist channels 'creepy-cute' with baby heads in sushi rolls Photo essay: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the bushfires Photos: 'Baby dragons' go on display in Slovenia How to throw a virtual baby shower in times of COVID-19 On Twitter, one of the posts of the video has garnered over 1.7 million views. Social media users appreciated the man’s quick thinking skills and called him a ‘hero’. Tweep @Bramsraja wrote: “He didn't care about his bike. He didn't care about his bag. He even didn't care about whether the vehicles are coming in [from the] other end or not. He just cares about the baby. To save the baby. Massive. Great heart.” Twitter user @whitecrescent posted: “Great presence of mind. Most of us would have taken some time to know what's happening.” According to a news website, the baby was not hurt in the incident.
India: Kangana Ranaut says she will quit Twitter if proven that she called protesting farmers as ‘terrorists’
India|Entertainment|BollyWood|: Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut has landed in the eye of a fresh social media storm. Indian Twitter users were left shocked after she used the word “terrorists” in a tweet referring to protesting farmers, in the Indian state of Punjab. On September 20, Ranaut replied to a tweet by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which he was trying to allay farmers’ concerns over agriculture bills that were recently passed in the Indian Parliament. Modi’s tweet came after farmers and opposition party members in Punjab marched in protest against the recent legislation. Modi tweeted that the bills would liberate farmers from the constraints of middlemen, and called it a "watershed moment in the history of Indian agriculture". He wrote: "We are here to serve our farmers. We will do everything possible to support them and ensure a better life for their coming generations." Quoting the PM's tweet, the 33-year-old actress wrote in Hindi: "Dear Prime Minister, someone who is asleep can be awakened… but what about those who are just acting to being asleep or naive? These are the same terrorists who shed blood even though not a single person lost their citizenship due to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act." Her tweet did not go down well with netizens, and several users questioned whether the actress referred to the suffering farmers as “terrorists”. Many asked her if she was unaware of the plight of farmers in India. Taking to Twitter once again, Kangana responded to the accusations. She blamed “Pappu’s army” (former Congress President, Rahul Gandhi’s supporters) for spreading fake rumours, and said that she would apologise and quit Twitter if the charges were proven.
Chinese tycoon who called Xi Jinping a 'clown' and ripped his coronavirus response gets 18-year sentence
A Chinese real estate mogul who once called President Xi Jinping a “clown” and criticized his government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on corruption charges, a Beijing court announced Tuesday.
Pakistan: Meeting to discuss K-Electric monopoly ends in chaos
Pakistan|: Karachi: A meeting to discuss a proposal to end the monopoly of K-Electric as the only electricity distribution company in Karachi was marred by protests as participants levelled charges against each other. The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) conducted the meeting at a hotel chaired by Tauseef H Farooqi, the NEPRA Chairman. The hearing remained inconclusive as its proceedings were adjourned due to pandemonium caused by heated exchange of arguments and noisy protests by some of the participants. The public hearing was important because of the recent incidents of massive breakdown in electric supply system of K-Electric in Karachi, several instances of deaths due to electrocution during monsoon rains, power outages due to persistent electricity shortfall, and complaints of the consumers regarding overbilling. See more Photos: Pakistan celebrates 74th Independence day From Urwa Hocane to Zoya Nasir, Pakistani celebrities are in holiday mood Pictures: Schools and colleges reopen in Pakistan after six months Photos: Dozens dead as record rains lash Pakistan Speaking on the occasion, representative of businessmen of Karachi, Siraj Kassim Teli, said the traders were ready to establish a new power distribution company in the city if the government made the move to end the monopoly of K-Electric. Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman, leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi, said the electric supply system of K-Electric in Karachi suffered a breakdown even if there were a few drops of rain. He said that citizens had to suffer power failures even when humidity level goes up. He said that power consumers in Karachi had to suffer power outages even during winter on the pretext of gas shortfall faced by the power generation units of the company. Naeem-ur-Rehman said over the years K-Electric had failed to transform its power generation units for electricity generation. Khawaja Izharul Hassan, lawmaker of Muttahida Quami Movement, (MQM) said K-Electric had faced shortfall even during the recent lockdown in Karachi when most business and industrial activities were suspended. Resolution He said that the Sindh Assembly had passed a unanimous resolution demanding the government to allow more power distribution companies in Karachi to end the monopoly of the K-Electric and safeguard the interests of the power consumers. The proceedings witnessed an uproar when former Sindh governor Kamal Azfar alleged that the MQM had acted as a facilitator when the deal of privatisation of K-Electric had taken place during the regime of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. He said leaders of MQM had no right to talk on this issue due to their past role in the matter. Chief Executive Officer of K-Electric, Moonis Abdullah Alvi, said that the management of K-Electric had made investments in the power utility more than its contractual obligations. He said the company had reduced losses in the system of electric supply by 16 per cent.