Asia International

First community cases of Omicron coronavirus strain detected in Vietnam

Hanoi [Vietnam] (ANI/Sputnik): Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City has identified the country’s first cases of the Omicron coronavirus strain in people who have not traveled abroad, media reported.According to the Vietnamese VnExpress news outlet, three COVID-19 patients in Ho Chi Minh City were confirmed on Tuesday to be infected with the Omicron variant. Local authorities are currently testing people who have had close contacts with those infected, the media said.According to VnExpress, a total of 73 cases of the Omicron strain were reported in the country, 70 of those infected people arrived from abroad.The first case of the Omicron infection was detected in Vietnam in late December last year.The Omicron strain was first detected in South Africa in late November. The strain contains more mutations in the spike protein — 32 — than all previous variants, meaning that it could hamper the body’s immune…

Games Sports

Asia Youth Paralympic Games: Kashish Lakra wins gold as India bags three medals

Manama [Bahrain]: Indian contingent bagged three more medals in the ongoing 2021 Asia Youth Paralympic Games on Friday.The Tokyo Paralympian Kashish Lakra (F51) bagged a gold medal in the club throw while Laxit (F54) won bronze in the javelin throw. Sanjay R. Neelam (F11) clinched bronze in Shotput. “#TeamIndia continues its medal run at the ongoing Asian Youth Para Games 2021 with 3 more [medals] Club Throw(W) @KashishLakra (F51) wins GOLD Javelin Throw(M) Laxit (F54) wins BRONZE Shotput(M) Sanjay R. Neelam (F11) wins BRONZE Congratulations,” SAI Media tweeted.Earlier, Ananya Bansal won the country’s first medal – silver, in Shotput in the F20 category at the 2021 Games.Bahrain is hosting its biggest Para sport event ever, the 4th Asian Youth Para Games (AYPG), from December 2 to 6.Around 750 Para athletes under 23 years of age from 30 countries are competing across nine sports –…


Vietnam named as Asia’s leading country for girls’ rights

Hanoi [Vietnam]: Vietnam is ranked 4th on the list of top Asian countries for girls’ rights.Vietnam is one of the leading Asian countries in promoting girls’ political participation rights, according to a report released November 5 by Plan International. The report also identifies opportunities for girls and women in 19 countries in Asia and 14 countries in the Pacific. Vietnam ranks 4th in the above list. In particular, Vietnam leads the way in law and politics, along with the Philippines and Thailand; ranks second in political voice after Singapore. Vietnam’s health and education indicators also rose from those released in 2020.

International Middle East

Will the grey wolves- Erdogan’s long arm in the world-end up on EU and US terrorist list?

By John Solomou Nicosia [Cyprus], September 20 (ANI): Last week US Representative (D. Nevada) Dina Titus proposed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defence Authorization Act to ban the Turkish ultranationalist group known as the Grey Wolves.She also asked US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to report to the Congress within 180 days on the activities of the Grey Wolves – described by some as a paramilitary death squad- “including a review of the criteria met for designation as a foreign terrorist organization.” The far-right Group has already been banned by France, after its members desecrated a memorial for the victims of the Armenian Genocide near Lyon and scuffled with Armenian protesters. Last October, French Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin announced that the Grey Wolves Group had been banned in France, saying it “incites discrimination and hatred and is implicated in violent actions.”…


Tokyo Paralympics: India’s Praveen Kumar wins silver in high jump (T64 event), scripts Asian Record

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian athlete Praveen Kumar (Sport Class T44) on Friday clinched a silver medal in the men’s high jump T64 final in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics. Praveen registered scores of 1.88m, 1.93m and 2.01m before creating the Asian Record as he leapt the mark of 2.07m in the finals.Praveen cleared his first mark of 1.88m on his first attempt and was tied at the top after his opening jump before Jonathan Broom-Edwards of Great Britain toppled him. The Indian athlete then cleared the 1.93m mark in his next attempt to occupy the third spot. In subsequent attempts, Praveen cleared the 2.01m mark and continued his fine form to further surpass the 2.04 mark. Riding high on confidence, the Indian athlete then created the Asian Record.Earlier this week, Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar won silver and bronze respectively in the men’s high jump final…

International TOP NEWS UPDATES World Updates

China’s grip over South China Sea compels US to speed up coalition efforts

Washington [US]: China’s baseless claims over the South China Sea has compelled the US to speed up the formation of a coalition of claimants to challenge the communist regime in the region, a media report said.Washington is planning to follow the 2016 verdict by the International Court of Justice that thwarted Beijing’s claims over much of the South China Sea. However, Beijing had denied to follow the ICJ ruling. The Biden administration is following the path of the Trump administration over the South China Sea as the current administration stands behind ICJ’s 2016 ruling that rejected Beijing’s claims over much of the South China Sea. The current administration has also continued the US naval operations in the region that were implemented during the Trump administration, Foreign Affairs said.Washington’s attempt to counter China at the South China Sea without a collaboration of claimants would be…