Israeli airstrikes destroy Gaza media building and kill several Palestinian children
Daily NEWS Summary | 15-05-2021; An Israeli airstrike on Friday destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices for the Associated Press and other media outlets, the army’s latest move to silence reports from the territory amid its battle with the militant group Hamas.
- The strike came nearly an hour after the army ordered people to evacuate the building, which also housed Al-Jazeera, other offices and residential apartments.
- The attack toppled the entire 12-story building, collapsing with a gigantic cloud of dust. There was no immediate explanation for why he was attacked.
- It came hours after another Israeli airstrike on a densely populated refugee camp in Gaza City killed at least 10 Palestinians from extended families, mostly children, in the country’s deadliest attack.
- Latest outbreak of violence began in Jerusalem and spread throughout the region, with Jewish-Arab clashes and riots in mixed cities in Israel.
- There were also widespread Palestinian protests in the occupied West Bank on Friday, where Israeli forces shot and killed 11 people.
- The escalation of violence has raised fears of a new Palestinian “intifada,” or an uprising at a time when there have been no peace talks in years.
- Palestinians celebrate Nakba (Disaster) Day on Saturday, when they commemorate the roughly 700,000 people who were evicted or fled their homes in what was now Israel during the 1948 war that surrounded its creation. This raised the possibility of even more unrest.
- US diplomat Hady Amr arrived on Friday as part of Washington’s efforts to defuse the conflict, and the United Nations Security Council was scheduled to meet on Sunday.
- But Israel rejected an Egyptian proposal for a one-year truce that Hamas leaders had accepted, an Egyptian official said on Friday to discuss the negotiations.
- Since Monday night, Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets at Israel, which hit the Gaza Strip with attacks. In Gaza, at least 139 people were killed, including 39 children and 22 women.
- In Israel, eight people were killed, including the death on Saturday of a man killed by a rocket that hit Ramat Gan, a Tel Aviv suburb.
- The attack on the building that houses the media offices took place in the afternoon, after the owner of the building received a call from the Israeli army warning him that he would be beaten.
- Palestinian Authority personnel and others in the building were immediately evacuated Al-Jazeera, the Qatar government-funded news network, broadcast the airstrikes live when the building collapsed.
Cairn Energy sues Air India in US court.
Daily NEWS Summary | 15-05-2021; Cairn Energy sued flagship airline Air India to enforce a $ 1.2 billion arbitration award it won in a tax dispute against the country, according to a US District Court file reviewed by Reuters.
- The move increases pressure on the Union government to pay the $ 1.2 billion plus interest and fees that an arbitration court awarded to UK-based Cairn in December.
- The body ruled that India had violated an investment treaty with Britain and said New Delhi was in debt.
- Cairn filed the lawsuit on May 14 in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, seeking to hold Air India accountable for Cairn’s ruling.
- The suit argued that the carrier, as a crown corporation, is “legally indistinguishable from the state itself.”
- Nominal distinction between India and Air India is illusory and only serves to help India improperly protect its assets against creditors like [Cairn], the file says.
- Air India and the Union government did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
- In February, Cairn filed a separate case in a US court to recognize and maintain the arbitration award, including payments due since 2014 and interest compounded semi-annually.
“Cairn is taking the necessary legal measures to protect the interests of shareholders in the absence of a resolution of the arbitration award. Cairn remains open to continuing a constructive dialogue with the Indian government to achieve a satisfactory outcome on this long-standing issue. “Responding to questions about the case before a US court, a company spokesperson said
Government must explain massive underreporting of Covid-19 deaths in Gujarat, Congress says
Daily NEWS Summary | 15-05-2021; On Saturday, Congress raised the issue of the underreporting of Covid-19 deaths in some states, particularly Gujarat, and demanded an explanation from central and state governments.
- Congress leaders P Chidambaram and Shaktisinh Gohil at a joint press conference noted that deaths in Gujarat this year were more than double than in 2020 and said the substantial increase could only be attributed to a pandemic.
- The two congress leaders cited a report showing that Gujarat issued around 1.23,000 death certificates between March 1 and May 10, compared to 58,000 certificates issued during the same period last year, and they said verified them after collecting data in 33 districts in the state.
- Congress leaders said the sum of the number of death certificates collected almost matches the published figures, rising to 1,23,873 in 2021 from 58,068 last year.
- However, during the period from March 1 to May 10, the government of Gujarat only officially admitted 4,218 deaths related to Covid.
- Chidambaram said the difference between the increase in the number of death certificates (65,805) and official Covid-related deaths (4,218) needs to be explained.
- This cannot be explained as a “natural annual increase” or “due to other causes,” he noted.
Cyclone Tauktae intensified, heading for Gujarat: IMD
Daily NEWS Summary | 15-05-2021; Cyclonic Storm Tauktae has intensified and is heading towards the coast of Gujarat and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, although it could bring gusts of wind and rain to Mumbai, announced Saturday Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
- The cyclonic storm is very likely to escalate further into a “very severe cyclonic storm” late Saturday evening, IMD said, adding that it is very likely to move north-northwest and that I crossed the coast of Gujarat between Porbandar and Naliya around May 18th.
- As this would cause very heavy rains to this region, cities like Mumbai would not be greatly affected, IMD added. There will be strong winds and heavy rain in isolated places on May 17 over northern Konkan, including Mumbai, the meteorology department said.
Daily NEWS Summary | 15-05-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 2,45,77,613 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 2,68,139.
- The West Bengal government on Saturday announced a full lockdown from Sunday to May 30 to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the state.
- During this period, all government and private offices, shopping complexes, shopping malls, bars, sports complexes, pubs and beauty salons will remain closed, he said.
- The circulation of private vehicles, taxis, buses, subways, commuter trains will also be prohibited during the 15-day lockdown period.
- Meanwhile, in Tamil Nadu, the vaccination program for people aged 18 to 45 will start in two to three days.
- Minister of State for Medicine and Family Welfare Ma. Subramanian said on Saturday that Tamil Nadu had already paid 46 million rupees for 15 doses of lakh, Covishield and Covaxin vaccines, of which five lakh doses came from.