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Mutations of virus leading to delay in Hajj announcement; Majid Al-Qasabi

RIYADH — Minister of Commerce Majid Al-Qasabi, who is also the acting minister of media, said that the coronavirus vaccine is not mandatory in Saudi Arabia, while indicating that mutations of the virus and uncertainty surrounding the vaccines have led to the delay in the announcing the details of this year’s Hajj. Al-Qasabi announced in a press conference on Sunday that 40% of the Kingdom’s population has been vaccinated so far. “If we want to coexist, go to markets and return to schools and work, we should take the vaccine,” theRead More

Al Jazeera reporter forcefully detained by Israel

Israeli border police forcefully detained a veteran correspondent for the Al Jazeera satellite channel while she was reporting from an embattled Jerusalem neighbourhood where dozens of Palestinian families are slated for eviction by Jewish settlers. Givara Budeiri was released late on Saturday, several hours after border police detained her in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, where she had been wearing body armor marked “press”. Al Jazeera said police also destroyed equipment belonging to a cameraman for the channel. Budeiri suffered a broken arm and remained under observation on Sunday at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital, said Walid Omary,Read More

Britain reports 5,341 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

LONDON – Britain reported 5,341 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, up 68% from a week ago, and 4 more deaths within 28 days of a positive test. Government data also showed 40,333,231 people had now received their first vaccination and 27,661,353 had been given two doses.

Balance in consumption, production vital for ecosystem restoration: experts

ISLAMABAD, JUN 6 (DNA) – Behavioral change is key to strike balance between the consumption and production patterns to ensure sustainability of the resources and the ecosystem restoration. The environmental experts said this while sharing their views with the participants of the webinar ‘Ecosystem restoration through sustainable consumption and production,’ organized by sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), in connection with the World Environment Day. Ms Romina Khurshid Alam, Member National Assembly, emphasized that South Asian countries need to work together to find solutions of the issues resulted by climate changeRead More

Countries get bankrupted by corrupt heads: PM

ISLAMABAD, June 06 (DNA): Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday said that the countries get bankrupted and indebted when the head of state or government and the ministers were corrupt, not the bribery by low level officials. “When low level officials take bribes it creates problems for the citizens as speed money is like a tax on them but countries get bankrupted and indebted when the head of state/govt and his ministers are corrupt,” the prime minister said on Twitter. He also shared an excerpt of a “Memorandum on Establishing the FightRead More

Knowledge-based proactive governance urged for ecosystems restoration 

ISLAMABAD, JUN 6 (DNA) – Speaking at a regional webinar on Sunday, the experts urged for governance reforms and integrated regional approaches towards identifying the challenges and threats confronting the ecosystems of the region from mountains to the coastal areas and deserts. They said the governments have to increase public funding into the ecosystems conservation and repair of the degradation done. We need to tag a price to the ecosystem services so that the people who are the actual beneficiaries should know how valuable the ecosystems are for human lifeRead More