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Coronavirus: Has the pandemic really peaked in India?
Has the coronavirus pandemic already peaked in India? And can the spread of the virus be controlled by early next year?

A group of India's top scientists believe so. Their latest mathematical model suggests India passed its peak of reported infections in September and the pandemic can be controlled by February next year. All such models assume the obvious: people will wear masks, avoid large gatherings, maintain social distancing and wash hands.
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Rwanda's clothing spat with the US helps China
More than 100 sewing machines rattle away at a factory on the outskirts of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.

A cooperative of 83 of the African nation's tailors established the company - the Kigali Garment Centre - last year.

Located in an industrial area built on one of the rolling green hills surrounding the city, it was set up in line with the Rwandan government's strategy of boosting the country's clothing manufacturing sector.
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Sir James Dyson to sell Singapore penthouse at a loss
Sir James Dyson has agreed to sell his Singapore penthouse at a loss, just one year after buying it.

Singapore’s Business Times reported that he accepted an offer for $62m Singapore dollars ($47m; ?36m) from US-based billionaire Leo Koguan.

The sale price is lower than the reported purchase price of S$73.8m.

Sir James bought the luxurious flat - said to be Singapore's largest - last year after announcing he was moving Dyson’s headquarters to the city state.
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Brexit: New government publicity campaign says 'time is running out' for firms to prepare for no deal
Businesses that trade with Europe are to be warned by Boris Johnson this week that time is running out to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

The prime minister and Michael Gove - the cabinet minister in charge of no-deal planning - are to hold talks with business leaders, urging them to step up their efforts.

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Tornado-hit residents get help from Social Development ministry
Mere hours after the rooftops of their homes were blown off after a mini tornado passed through the Chase Village area on Wednesday afternoon, affected residents were receiving damage assessment and immediate disaster relief assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services. The heavy wind and rains resulted in damage to the roofs of three homes, and several houses in the area. Following a visit by the Disaster Management Unit of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation, it was disclosed that at least nineteen (19) families were affected and some were without shelter. More..
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China, Russia and Saudi Arabia set to join UN human rights council
China, Russia, Cuba, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are expected to be elected to the board of the UN human rights council on Tuesday, leaving human rights campaigners in the countries aghast and pleading with EU states to commit to withholding their support.

The Geneva-based monitoring NGO UN Watch described the situation as the equivalent of allowing five convicted arsonists to join the fire brigade.

The UN has 15 three-year term vacancies on the 47-strong council, with the seats grouped into five regions. Due to secretive backroom deals, the only regional group in which seats are being contested is in Asiaand the Pacific, where five candidates are vying for four available seats. A candidate can only be defeated if fewer than 97 countries positively vote for them in the secret ballot at the UN general assembly in New York.
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Kofi Annan: Former UN secretary general and Nobel Peace Prize laureate
The Ghanaian national was the first and only black African to be appointed as the world’s top diplomat, a tenure that saw him mediate in some of the biggest crises of the 21st century

In December 1996, the selection of Kofi Annan as the seventh secretary general of the United Nations had been a milestone. This was the first time in the history of the UN that a secretary general had been chosen from the UN staff, and Annan, an international civil servant, had come up through the ranks in management and personnel departments.

There were immediate comparisons made between Annan and the third secretary general, Dag Hammarskjold. Hammarskjold had also been welcomed as a quiet and ghanaunassuming bureaucrat but had gone on to transform the office of secretary general from one of an international administrator to that of a world statesman and had become a world figure.
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Chinese shelf launched at UTB Library
The bilateral trade volume between Brunei and the People’s Republic of China reached USD1.26 billion from January to August 2020, a year-on-year increase of 108.5 per cent, People’s Republic of China Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Yu Hong said.

“The cooperation between the two countries in various fields enjoys a more promising future, and is providing more choices for Bruneian students,” she said.

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Canada ready to mediate dispute between Turkey and Greece, says Champagne
Canada is ready to be "an honest broker" in an escalating dispute between Turkey and Greece over offshore exploration rights in the Eastern Mediterranean, says Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.

Champagne is in Greece for the first leg of his week-long tour of European capitals to discuss with allies the tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, the war between Azerbaijan and Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh and the situation in Belarus.

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Fresh US$500 Mn Chinese loan for Budgetary support: Cabraal
The government will use the US$500 million loan from the China Development Bank (CDB) for budgetary support, Money, Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal told Daily Mirror yesterday.

He said this would be in addition to the US$500 million loan obtained earlier this year and that the agreement for the fresh loan would be signed between the Finance Ministry and the CDB.

The minister said the government would reduce its dependence on international sovereign bonds as an instrument for raising financial capital.

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South Australia stung with $1.3 billion GST write-down in 2020 Federal Budget
South Australia's forecast GST revenue for the 2020-21 financial year has been dealt a blow of more than $1.3 billion in the Federal Budget as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

State Treasurer Rob Lucas said the GST write-down was "not unexpected", but was a larger hit than foreshadowed in the June Budget and Economic Update for SA.

"This massive GST write-down obviously presents further challenges as we prepare to deliver our own budget next month," Mr Lucas said.

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Centre asks Assam to be ready for Covid-19 vaccination programme between January-July 2021
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarna said Centre has asked the state to be ready for the vaccination programme between January to July. The central government has informed Assam that frontline staff and people above 60 years will be given priority, he said.
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Digital Community Centres in Sarawak to ensure no one left out from digital economy mainstream
KUCHING, Oct 9 — The setting-up of Digital Community Centres (DCC) in the state is to empower the skills and abilities of the community so that they will not be left out from the digital economic transformation mainstream, said Pustaka Negeri.

In a statement yesterday, Pustaka Negeri said it is responsible for coordinating the 42 Digital Community Centres (DCC) throughout the state which are equipped with broadband internet services, laptops and tablets, digital video conferencing, makerspace equipment including 3D printers, 3D pens and computers, micro and online books collections and digital information.

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Harry and Meghan: News agency apology over 'drone photos' of son
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have won an apology from a US news agency after drones were allegedly used to take pictures of their son, Archie.

The couple's case at Los Angeles County Superior Court said the 14-month-old was photographed at their home in the city by an unnamed person during the coronanvirus lockdown.

They described the incident as an invasion of privacy.

The X17 agency will also reimburse some of the royal couple's legal fees.
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