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Indian-origin home minister Suella Braverman wins first Queen Elizabeth II award

Britain's Indian-origin Home Secretary Suella Braverman has been named winner of the first-ever Queen Elizabeth II Woman of the Year award at a ceremony in London. The 42-year-old barrister, who was appointed to the Cabinet earlier this month by British Prime Minister Liz Truss, said it was the "honour of her life" to take on the new role at the Asian Achievers Awards (AAA) 2022 ceremony, dedicated to the memory of the late monarch who passed away recently. Braverman, the London-born daughter of Tamil mother Uma and Goan-origin father Christie Fernandes, sent a recorded message to the ceremony where her parents collected the award on her behalf. "My mum and dad came to this country from Kenya and Mauritius in the 1960s," said Braverman in her message. Also Read: Queen Elizabeth II death: Late monarch begins solemn final journey "They've been proud members of our Asian community and I was born in Wembley, the heart of the Asian community, and to be elected to serve in the UK Parliament and now to serve our phenomenal and amazing and welcoming country as Home Secretary is the honour of my life. I hope to do you proud," she said. The awards, now in their 20th year, recognise the achievements of individuals from across Britain's South Asian community via public nominations. Other Indian-origin winners across the different categories included broadcaster Naga Munchetty in the media category, chairman and CEO of celebrated visual effects firm DNEG Namit Malhotra in the Arts and Culture category, and Captain Harpreet Chandi in the Uniformed and Civil Service category for her solo expedition across the Antarctic to the South Pole earlier this year. Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian was named Professional of Year for his pioneering DNA sequencing discovery and Karenjeet Kaur Bains won Sports Personality of the Year as the first female Sikh powerlifter to represent Britain on the global stage. Sherry Vaswani, CEO of IT services firm Xalient, won Entrepreneur of the Year and restaurateur brothers Shamil and Kavi Thakrar were named Business Persons of the Year as the founders of the successful Dishoom chain of restaurants. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Kartar Lalvani, the founder of the UK's well-known health supplements brand Vitabiotics. "The AAA will continue to be the platform to identify, recognise and support the innovators, visionaries and community giants that will build Britain and make the world a better place," said Pratik Dattani, Managing Director of EPG " the global advisory firm behind the awards founded in 2000 by Asian Business Publications Limited (ABPL). The organisers said more than 500 nominations were received across the 10 categories, which were then shortlisted by judges to be evenly divided between male and female candidates. The judging panel was made up of a diverse range of professionals, including Former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bas Javid, former president of the Royal College of General Practitioners Mayur Lakhani, Monzo Bank COO Sujata Bhatia, music producer Bally Sagoo, Welsh Assembly Member Natasha Asghar, and Artistic Director of Darbar Festival, Sandeep Virdee. A charity auction conducted by celebrated author Lord Jeffery Archer raised around 100,000 pounds for the educational non-profit organisation Pardada Pardadi " which is focussed on girls' education in India. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

24 September,2022 05:18 PM IST | London | PTI
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At least 4 killed, 10 wounded after blast near Kabul mosque

At least four people are dead and 10 wounded after explosion went off near a mosque in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Friday, with a hospital confirming the number of casualties. A column of black smoke rose into the sky and shots rang out several minutes after the blast in the city's diplomatic quarter. The Italian Emergency Hospital in Kabul said it had received 14 casualties and that four people were dead on arrival. Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said the blast targeted worshippers leaving the mosque after Friday prayers. Also Read: Russia: Vladimir Putin orders partial mobilisation of citizens Interior Minister spokesman Abdul Nafi Takor said the blast went off on the main road near the mosque. He said the cause was under investigation. Takor said police teams were at the site and that an investigation was underway. Mosques have previously been a target for attacks. The blast took place near the Wazir Akbar Khan mosque which, in 2020, was struck by a bomb that killed two people, including the mosque's prayer leader. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

23 September,2022 05:36 PM IST | Kabul | AP
Demonstrators take to the streets of Tehran during a protest for Mahsa Amini

‘We will die, we will die but we’ll get Iran back’

Protesters in Tehran and other Iranian cities torched police stations and vehicles on Thursday as unrest triggered by the death of a woman detained by the morality police intensified, with reports of security forces coming under attack. Mahsa Amini, 22, died last week after being arrested in Tehran for wearing “unsuitable attire”. She fell into a coma while in detention. The authorities have said they will launch an investigation into her death. Kurdish and Lebanese women take part in a rally in Beirut to protest the death of Amini Wednesday. Pics/AFP The incident unleashed huge anger and the worst protests in the Islamic Republic since 2019. Most have been concentrated in the Kurdish-populated northwest but  spread to the capital and at least 50 cities and towns nationwide, with police using force to disperse protesters. A member of an Iranian pro-government paramilitary organisation, the Basij, was stabbed to death in the city of Mashhad on Wednesday, two semi-official Iranian news agencies reported on Thursday. There was no official confirmation of the death. Tasnim agency said another member of the Basij was killed on Wednesday in the city of Qazvin bringing the total reported number of security force members killed in the unrest to four. Also Read: Court lifts hold on Mar-a-Lago records In the northeast, protesters shouted “We will die, we will die but we’ll get Iran back” near a police station which was set on fire, a video posted on Twitter account 1500tasvir showed. The 1500tasvir account focuses on Iran protests and has around 1,00,000 followers.  Another police station was set ablaze in Tehran.  Amini’s death has rekindled fury across the country over issues including restrictions on personal freedoms – including strict dress codes for women – and an economy reeling from sanctions. Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards called on the judiciary to prosecute “those who spread false news and rumors”, in a statement on Thursday. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

23 September,2022 09:12 AM IST | Dubai | Agencies
Ukrainian serviceman Mykhailo Dianov in the Azovstal iron and steel works factory in Mariupol (top) in May and below, on Thursday after release in a mass POW exchange. Pic/AFP

Some Russians rush for the border after mobilisation order

Some Russian men rushed for the exit on Thursday after President Vladimir Putin ordered partial mobilisation, with traffic at border crossings with Finland and Georgia surging and prices for air tickets from Moscow rocketing. Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two and backed a plan to annex swathes of Ukraine, warning the West he was not bluffing when he said he’d be ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia. Prices for air tickets out of Moscow soared above $5,000 for one-way tickets to nearest foreign locations, with most air tickets sold out for coming days. Social media groups popped up with advice on how to get out of Russia while one news site in Russian gave a list of “where to run away right now from Russia.” Also Read: Court lifts hold on Mar-a-Lago records “This is panic demand from people who are afraid they won’t be able to leave the country later – people are buying tickets not caring where they fly to,” a tourism industry  source said. In Moscow’s first update on casualty numbers in Ukraine in almost six months, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said 5,937 Russian soldiers had been killed. Police detained over 1,300 people in Russia Wednesday at protests denouncing mobilisation, a rights group said. The Kremlin on Thursday said reports of an exodus of draft-age men from Russia after Putin’s announcement of partial mobilisation were “exaggerated”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to deny reports that some protesters had been given draft papers, saying only, “This is not against the law.” As part of an unexpected prisoner swap involving almost 300 people, including foreigners, under a deal which Turkey helped broker, 215 Ukrainians were released on Wednesday. In exchange, Ukraine sent back 55 Russians and pro-Moscow Ukrainians. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

23 September,2022 09:11 AM IST | Tbilisi | Agencies
Ex-Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan in the Courts of Cambodia. Pic/AFP

Khmer Rouge tribunal ends work after 16 years, 3 judgments

Cambodia’s UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal on Thursday rejected the appeal of a genocide conviction by the communist group’s last surviving leader in what is expected to be the special court’s last session. The historic international court issued its ruling on an appeal by Khieu Samphan, who served as head of state in Cambodia’s 1975-79 Khmer Rouge government. He was convicted in 2018 of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentenced to life in prison. Also Read: Court lifts hold on Mar-a-Lago records The tribunal spent $337 million and 16 years to convict just him and two other defendants in connection with a reign of terror that caused the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people. Khieu Sampan denied having had any real say in policies when Khmer Rouge sought to establish a utopian agrarian society, causing their countrymen’s deaths from execution, starvation and inadequate medical care. It was ousted from power in 1979 by an invasion from Vietnam. 1.7 millionNo of approximate people killed by Khmer Rouge This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

23 September,2022 09:08 AM IST | Phnom Penh | Agencies
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Court lifts hold on Mar-a-Lago records

In a stark repudiation of Donald Trump’s legal arguments, a federal appeals court on Wednesday permitted the Justice Department to resume its use of classified records seized from the former president’s Florida estate as part of its ongoing criminal investigation. The ruling from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit amounts to an overwhelming victory for the Justice Department, clearing the way for investigators to continue scrutinising the documents as they consider whether to bring criminal charges over the storage of top-secret records at Mar-a-Lago after Trump left the White House. In lifting a hold on a core aspect of the department’s probe, the court removed an obstacle that could have delayed the investigation by weeks. Also Read: Mumbai: Decision on road repairs likely next week after survey report, says BMC  The appeals court also noted that Trump had presented no evidence he had declassified the sensitive records, as he maintained as recently as Wednesday, and rejected  possibility that Trump could have an “individual interest in or need for” the roughly 100 documents with classification markings seized by the FBI in its Aug. 8 search of the Palm Beach property. “If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying ‘It’s declassified.’ Even by thinking about it...You’re the president, you make that decision,” Trump claimed in a Fox News interview Wednesday before the ruling. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

23 September,2022 09:05 AM IST | Washington | Agencies
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Protests outside Hindu temple in UK's Smethwick

A mob staged a violent demonstration outside the Durga Bhawan temple in United Kingdom's Smethwick on Tuesday triggering fears of clashes that erupted in the country's eastern city of Leicester over the past weeks following an India-Pakistan cricket match. Videos that surfaced on social media showed a large crowd of people marching towards the Durga Bhawan Hindu Centre on Spon Lane. They were also heard raising religious slogans. Several from the mob were seen climbing the temple's walls. Sandwell Police had earlier tweeted, "We're aware of a planned protest in West Bromwich later today (20 September). We understand this is in relation to concerns around a speaker at the Temple in Spon Lane, but we're informed the event has been cancelled and this person is not staying in the UK." Also Read: UK: Violence erupt in East Leicester post India-Pak match, 15 arrested This incident comes after recent social media reports about Pakistani organised gangs were seen vandalising and terrorising Hindus in the UK's Leicester City. The incident follows a spate of violence and disorder in the eastern part of the city. The Indian High Commission in London on Monday condemned the violence perpetrated against the Indian community in Leicester and sought immediate action against those involved in the attacks. "We strongly condemn the violence perpetrated against the Indian community in Leicester and vandalisation of premises and symbols of Hindu religion. We have strongly taken up this matter with the UK authorities and have sought immediate action against those involved in these attacks. We call on the authorities to provide protection to the affected people," the statement read. The cycle of violence was triggered on August 28 after India won the Asia Cup T20 match against Pakistan. On Sunday, a clash broke out among groups of young men in Leicestershire, according to the police statement. A total of 47 arrests have been made so far, Leicestershire Police said. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

21 September,2022 02:41 PM IST | London | ANI
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Russia: Vladimir Putin orders partial mobilisation of citizens

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced a partial mobilisation in Russia as the war in Ukraine reaches nearly seven months and Moscow loses ground on the battlefield. Putin's address to the nation comes a day after Russian-controlled regions in eastern and southern Ukraine announced plans to hold votes on becoming integral parts of Russia. The Kremlin-backed efforts to swallow up four regions could set the stage for Moscow to escalate the war following Ukrainian successes. Putin said he has signed a decree on the partial mobilisation, which is due to start on Wednesday. "We are talking about partial mobilisation, that is, only citizens who are currently in the reserve will be subject to conscription, and above all, those who served in the armed forces have a certain military specialty and relevant experience," Putin said. The referendums, which have been expected to take place since the first months of the war, will start Friday in the Luhansk, Kherson and partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions. Also Read: Putin's limo attacked in 'assassination attempt': Report Putin said the decision to partially mobilise was "fully adequate to the threats we face, namely to protect our homeland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, to ensure the security of our people and people in the liberated territories." Earlier Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday dismissed Russian plans to stage referendums in occupied regions in eastern and southern Ukraine as a "noise" and thanked Ukraine's allies for condemning the votes scheduled to start Friday. Four Russian-controlled regions announced plans Tuesday to start voting this week to become integral parts of Russia, which could set the stage for Moscow to escalate the war following Ukrainian successes on the battlefield. Former President Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy head of Russia's Security Council chaired by Putin, said referendums that fold regions into Russia itself would make redrawn frontiers "irreversible" and enable Moscow to use "any means" to defend them. In his nightly address Zelenskyy said there were lots of questions surrounding the announcements but stressed that they would not change Ukraine's commitment to retake areas occupied by Russian forces. "The situation on the front line clearly indicates that the initiative belongs to Ukraine," he said.  "Our positions do not change because of the noise or any announcements somewhere. And we enjoy the full support of our partners in this." The upcoming votes, in the Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions are all but certain to go Moscow's way. But they were quickly dismissed as illegitimate by Western leaders who are backing Kyiv with military and other support that has helped its forces seize momentum on battlefields in the east and south. "I thank all friends and partners of Ukraine for today's mass principled firm condemnation of Russia's attempts to stage new sham referenda," Zelenskyy said. In another signal that Russia is digging in for a protracted and possibly ramped-up conflict, the Kremlin-controlled lower of house of parliament voted Tuesday to toughen laws against desertion, surrender and looting by Russian troops. Lawmakers also voted to introduce possible 10-year prison terms for soldiers refusing to fight. If approved, as expected, by the upper house and then signed by Putin, the legislation would strengthen commanders' hands against failing morale reported among soldiers. In the Russian-occupied city of Enerhodar, shelling continued around Europe's largest nuclear power plant. Ukrainian energy operator Energoatom said Russian shelling again damaged infrastructure at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and briefly forced workers to start two diesel generators for emergency power to the cooling pumps for one of the reactors. Such pumps are essential for avoiding a meltdown at a nuclear facility even though all six of the plant's reactors have been shut down. Energoatom said the generators were later switched off as main power weas restored. The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant has been a focus for concern for months because of fears that shelling could lead to a radiation leak. Russia and Ukraine blame each other for the shelling. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

21 September,2022 02:15 PM IST | Kyiv | AP
Homes flooded on Salinas Beach after the passing of Hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Monday. Pic/AP

Turks and Caicos Islands brace for Hurricane Fiona

Residents were ordered to take shelter on the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday as an increasingly powerful Hurricane Fiona churned towards the Caribbean archipelago, leaving death and destruction in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The strengthening Category 2 storm, predicted to become a Category 3 event by Tuesday afternoon with winds exceeding 111mph (178kmh), was on track to pass close to the eastern end of the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday evening, before heading for the southern Bahamas.  Having caused a total blackout, killed at least two and caused catastrophic flooding in Puerto Rico, followed by torrential rain and powerful winds in the Dominican Republican, Fiona gained power as it churned northwards across the warm Caribbean waters on Monday. It was on course to become the first “major hurricane” of the 2022 season if it becomes a Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. On the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory with 40 low-lying coral islands and a population of about 40,000 that sits about 700 miles southeast of Florida, the government’s National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) told residents of three eastern islands to shelter in place, and ordered businesses to close. Fiona is on track to hit the eastern Bahamas on Wednesday, when it could have reached Category 4 strength. In Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States, residents were still facing strong winds, frequent lightning and heavy rain on Monday. Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon, dumping up to 30 inches (76.2 cm) of rain in some areas 2No. of people killed due to Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

21 September,2022 09:05 AM IST | San Juan | Agencies
Locals collect wood Monday from a destroyed school where Russian forces were based, in Izium. Pic/AP

Ukraine marches farther into liberated lands

Ukraine said its troops have marched farther east into territory recently abandoned by Russia, paving the way for a potential assault on Moscow’s occupation forces in the Donbas region as Kyiv seeks more Western arms. “The occupiers are clearly in a panic,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a televised address late on Monday, adding that he was now focused on “speed” in liberated areas. “The speed at which our troops are moving. The speed in restoring normal life,” Zelensky said. He also hinted he would use a video address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday to call on countries to accelerate weapons and aid deliveries. “We are doing everything to ensure Ukraine’s needs are met at all levels - defence, financial, economic, diplomatic,” Zelensky said.  Russian-installed separatists in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region said on Tuesday they will stage a referendum on Sept 23-27 on joining Russia, and called on President Vladimir Putin to admit their territory to Russia as soon as possible after the vote. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

21 September,2022 09:05 AM IST | Izium | Agencies
A motorbike burns at an intersection during protests for Mahsa Amini in Tehran, Monday. Pic/AFP

‘Five killed in Iran protests over death in custody’

Five people were killed in Iran’s Kurdish region on Monday when security forces opened fire during protests over the death of a woman in police custody, a Kurdish rights group said, on a third day of turmoil over an incident that has ignited nationwide anger.  Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old from Iran’s Kurdistan province, fell into a coma and died following her arrest in Tehran last week by the morality police, sparking demonstrations in numerous areas including the capital. Two of the people were killed as security forces opened fire on protesters in the Kurdish city of Saqez, Amini’s hometown, the Hengaw Human Rights Organization said on Twitter. It said two more were killed in the town of Divandarreh “by direct fire” from security forces, and a fifth was killed in Dehgolan, also in the Kurdish region. There was no official confirmation of the deaths. The official news agency IRNA said there were “limited” protests in a number of cities in seven provinces that were dispersed by police. State TV said a number of protesters had been arrested but rejected “some claims of deaths on social media” by showing two injured youths who denied reports they had been killed.  In the nationwide condemnations of Amini’s death, the Persian hashtag #MahsaAmini reached nearly 2 million Twitter mentions. The police said Amini fell ill as she waited with other women held by morality police who enforce strict rules in the Islamic republic requiring women to cover their hair and wear loose fitting clothes in public. But her father has repeatedly said his daughter had no health problems, adding she had bruises on her legs. He held police responsible for her death. The governor of Tehran has accused protesters of attacking police and destroying public property during demonstrations ignited by the death of the young woman. Tehran governor Mohsen Mansouri, in a post on Twitter overnight, said “the main elements of tonight’s gatherings in Tehran were fully organised, trained and planned to create disturbances in Tehran”. “Burning the flag, pouring diesel on the roads, throwing stones, attacking the police, setting fire to motorcycles and garbage cans, destroying public property, etc. are not the work of ordinary people,” he said.  Amini’s death could raise tension between the establishment and the Kurdish minority, which human rights groups say have been long oppressed by Iran’s leadership. The Islamic Republic denies persecuting Kurds. UN office speaks  Acting U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif on Tuesday called for a probe. “Mahsa Amini’s tragic death and allegations of torture and ill-treatment must be promptly, impartially and effectively investigated by an independent competent authority, that ensures, in particular, that her family has access to justice and truth,” Nashif said. “The authorities must stop targeting, harassing, and detaining women who do not abide by the hijab rules,” he added.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

21 September,2022 09:05 AM IST | Dubai | Agencies
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