Iran’s sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown.

Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown, state TV reported on Sunday.An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and would last "for three to four days.”Without elaborating, he said that power outages could result. This is the first time Iran has reported an emergency shutdown of the plant in the southern port city of Bushehr. It went online...

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International Yoga Day: Yoga takes us from stress to strength, says PM Modi.

When there are threats to humanity, yoga offers a holistic way of life and takes us from stress to strength and from negativity to creativity, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday during his address on the occasion of the seventh international Yoga Day, even as he announced the launch of M-Yoga app. The app, which will be available in many languages, will show videos on yoga training based on a common protocol..Referring to the benefits of yoga during the Covid-19 pandemic that has wreaked...

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Free vaccination for all from today as new policy rolls out.

India will begin universal vaccination against Covid-19 on Monday, following the Centre’s decision to give free vaccines to the states for the 18-45 years category from June 21, a move that is expected to help in scaling up daily vaccination numbers.The aim of the government is to vaccinate all adults in the country against Covid-19 by the end of this year.“As announced by Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, the central government will be funding vaccination of the 18-45 years category also. The Centre...

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‘Sonia ji had agreed to join MVA for one reason’: Nana Patole on alliance.

Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole on Sunday said the Congress in 2019 had joined the Maha Vikash Aghadi alliance for only one motive of stopping the BJP from coming to power. "Our leader Sonia Gandhi's stand to be a part of the MVA was to prevent the BJP from coming to power," Patole said amid the ongoing cold war between the Shiv Sena and the Congress in Maharashtra. At that time, there was no agreement that the alliance will contest all elections in the state together, the Congress chief said....

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Covid vaccinations in China cross 1bn mark.

More than one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered across China by the weekend, making it a major milestone for a country that continues to roll out the world’s largest inoculation drive against the deadly disease.China’s vaccination programme has picked up speed in recent months as it tries to protect itself from new variants of the infection coming from abroad.The country’s national health commission (NHC) announced the milestone on Sunday, saying the last 100 million...

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With a hardline president in Iran, ties with Saudi may hinge on nuclear pact.

Gulf Arab states are unlikely to be deterred from dialogue to improve ties with Iran after a hardline judge won the presidency but their talks with Tehran might become tougher, analysts said.Prospects for better relations between Muslim Shi'ite Iran and Sunni Gulf Arab monarchies could ultimately hinge on progress to revive Tehran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers, they said, after Ebrahim Raisi won Friday's election.The Iranian judge and cleric, who is subject to US sanctions, takes office...

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Oman declares overnight curfew to curb coronavirus spread.

Oman will impose an overnight curfew, from 8 pm to 4 am, as of Sunday in response to “unprecedented and severe pressure” on medical staff due to the increasing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.The decision bans the movement of individuals and vehicles and forces the closure of public spaces and commercial establishments, Oman’s Supreme Committee told state news agency, ONA. It will remain in place until further notice.Authorities recorded 2,015 daily cases of the deadly virus in the past 24 hours,...

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Afghanistan violence: Pakistan defends Taliban, blames ISIS instead.

As the Taliban resumes attacks on Afghan security forces and civilians, Pakistan extended support to the terrorist group, saying it would be an "exaggeration" to hold them responsible for violence in Afghanistan.Islamabad has been accused of aiding the Taliban and using them as proxies for its own benefit.Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi defended the Taliban for an increase in violence in Afghanistan and shifted the blame on Daesh, another word for ISIS (another word for Islamic State...

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Taliban insists ‘Islamic system’ only way to women rights. What does it mean?

The Taliban on Sunday insisted that a “genuine Islamic system” was the only way to end the decades-long war in Afghanistan and ensure women’s rights in line with cultural traditions and religious rules. Under the Taliban’s harsh version of Islamic law, girls were banned from school and women accused of crimes such as adultery were stoned to death in stadiums."We understand that the world and Afghans have queries and questions about the form of the system to be established following withdrawal...

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PM Modi congratulates Iran’s new president Ebrahim Raisi on poll victory.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated Iran's new president Ebrahim Raisi and vowed to work with him to strengthen diplomatic ties between the two countries. "Congratulations to Ebrahim Raisi on his election as President of Iran. I look forward to working with him to further strengthen the warm ties between India and Iran," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted from his official handle on the social networking site.Congratulations to His Excellency Ebrahim Raisi on his election as President...

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