Thousands of inmates were granted a royal pardon on HM the king’s birthday
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Thousands of inmates were granted a royal pardon on HM the king’s birthday

On the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s 69th birthday on Wednesday, more than Two Lakh prisoners have been granted a royal pardon. This includes 35,000 inmates who will be released on parole. According to the director-general of the Department of Corrections Aryut Sinthopphan, Royal Pardon Royal Decree imposed today under 2021, pardons will be granted within the next 120 days. Mr. Aryut said the 35,000 inmates who are allowed parole are now in 143 prisons across the nation. Those prisoners are eligible to be released under the new

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Israel’s green light to vaccinate children for COVID at-risk aged 5-11
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Israel’s green light to vaccinate children for COVID at-risk aged 5-11

Israeli health officials said on Wednesday the children between the ages of five and eleven at high risk of serious health complications can be vaccinated against Covid-19 as of August 1. The health ministry of Israel gave the green light for the vaccination. The spokesperson of the ministry told AFP on Wednesday that this was a special authorization and each vaccination will be studied on a case-by-case basis. Children with brain, heart, lung, or severe immunosuppression, sickle cell anemia, pulmonary hypertension, and severe obesity will be included in this list. They will get vaccinated

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First Ethiopian winner of Caine Prize ‘in shock’
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First Ethiopian winner of Caine Prize ‘in shock’

Author Meron Hadero has become the first Ethiopian author to win the prestigious AKO Caine Prize for African Writing. Her short story “The Street Sweep” was praised by the judges which had a clever twist. Her winning story is about an Ethiopian boy called Getu, where he navigates the fraught power dynamics of NGOs and foreign aid in Addis Ababa. The story has an emotional side. He faces the pain of losing his ancestral home, and that's the real driver of the story that makes him take charge and try to re-write that outcome that seems kind of inevitable. What impressed the judges the mo

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China with new World Heritage Site with links to Hinduism, Tamil Nadu
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China with new World Heritage Site with links to Hinduism, Tamil Nadu

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi agreed to establish a “sister-state relationship'' between Tamil Nadu and Fujian during the visit to Mamallapuram in October 2019. China got its new World Heritage Site with links to Hinduism, Tamil Nadu. On Sunday nearly 22 sites in the southeastern Chinese city of Quanzhou including a temple with links to Hinduism were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. “Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China” a new list is released by the world’s top cultural organization. A maritime silk road will boost t

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Sania Mirza – Third Indian to gets 10 years Dubai Golden Visa
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Sania Mirza – Third Indian to gets 10 years Dubai Golden Visa

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza becomes the third Indian to be granted the much-coveted 10-year UAE Golden Visa. Her husband Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik was also granted the Golden Visa. The new long term residency visa system is the Golden Visa, created by the government of the United African States in 2019. It allows expatriates to live, work and study without a national sponsorship in the country. They also own 100% of their business on the UAE continent. These visas are automatically renewed for five or ten years. Both, Sania and Shoaib, are delighted to spend time and experienc

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Nelson Mandela Day
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Nelson Mandela Day

South Africa's first democratically elected President, the symbol of equality remembered today. 18th July was declared as “Nelson Mandela International Day” by the UN General Assembly in 2009. His contribution towards the culture of peace and freedom cannot be sufficed into words. AsiaOne News stated that this day celebrates the undying legacy of the former South African President Nelson Mandela for his work towards the South African community, as well as his head-on fight against white oppression which was unparalleled. Nelson was globally renowned and loved as an anti-apartheid re

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Bangladeshi actress shines at Cannes
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Bangladeshi actress shines at Cannes

Bangladeshi actress Azmeri Haque was seen dazzling in a beige Dhakai Jamdani saree at the 74th Cannes Film Festival this year. Azmeri opted to stick to her roots and wore a traditional assemblance. The saree was from a Bangladeshi brand Aarong which featured handwoven motifs which she teamed up with a halter-neck blouse whose belt was embellished with silver pieces. She completed her look with an accessorizing bracelet and matching emerald silver ear studs. The look was done with subtle make-up by kohl-rimmed eyes and a dab of matte mauve lipstick. Her tresses were tied to a centre-parted

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2021 celebrates World Emoji Day
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2021 celebrates World Emoji Day

17th July is chosen to be the World Emoji Day in 2014. The word “emoji” is a portmanteau that is made up of two different words in Japanese: ‘e’ stands for picture and ‘moji’ stands for the character. In today's generation, emojis are often used to convey feelings and there's a particular emoji for most of those emotions. Emoji is the outcome of the most recent evolution of human language as most people today communicate over electronic devices and via social media platforms. This flips the gap in the communication which happens virtually. To celebrate these humble characters,

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ZHAO : 1st Asian Woman To Win Best Director Oscar
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ZHAO : 1st Asian Woman To Win Best Director Oscar

Filmmaker Chole Zhao, the first person of Chinese origin and the first Asian woman made history by winning the Best Director at the 93rd Academy Awards. She is also the only second woman ever to win the Best Director Award after Kathryn Bigelow who won it for the first time ever in the Academy Awards history in 2010 for a thriller film based on war. With this Zhao also become the second person from Asia to bag the coveted award, the first being given to director Ang Lee for his 2006 romantic drama film Brokeback Mountain. The 39 year old filmmaker’s Nomadland is an American recession era

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BAFTA Awards: Nomadland Wins Four Prizes
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BAFTA Awards: Nomadland Wins Four Prizes

Director Chole Zhao’s meditative drama depicted in her Hollywood movie ‘Nomadland’ emerged as a winner at the 74th British Academy Awards popularly known as BAFTA Film Awards 2021 by garnering four major awards, including the Best Film. At the event Oscar equivalent in Britain, it was named as the best film beating the likes of ‘The trial of the Chicago 7’ by Aaron Sorkin and much acclaimed ‘Promising Young Woman’. Film maker Zhao was named as the Best Director and Frances McDormand won the Best Actress award. The Director was also only the second woman to get the felicitati

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