In India, 26 Maoists killed in police firing



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At least 26 Maoists have been killed in clashes with police in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

The incident took place in Gadchiroli in eastern Maharashtra on Saturday (November 13), NDTV reported.

According to NDTV, a group of Maoists was stationed in the forest of Mardintola, about 250 km from the Chhattisgarh border. Meanwhile, specially trained C-60 unit personnel were patrolling the area to suppress them. At that time, the Maoists suddenly fired at the soldiers from inside the forest. The casualties were reported when Indian troops returned fire.

Local police superintendent Ankit Goyal said, we have so far recovered 26 bodies of Naxalits from the forest. The dead included several women.

The identities of the slain Maoists are not yet known. One of the dead is suspected to be a top rebel leader.

Tsunami warning for the coastal area of USA & Japan



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After the volcanic eruption below the South Pacific Ocean floor, a tsunami alert was issued. People have already been told to stay at a safe distance from the coast.

The BBC reports that waves up to 3 meters high in the sea off the coast of Japan and 1.2 meters high in the south of the country have been warned.

Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least two places in the United States.

A tsunami alert was issued in the Pacific island nation of Tonga on Saturday (January 15) following a volcanic eruption.

Footage released through social media showed a church and several houses flooded after a volcanic eruption on the seabed.

The New Zealand national daily, the New Zealand Herald, reported that the country's volcanic mountains, Hunga Tonga and Hunga Hapai, became active on Thursday. The eruption has caused huge waves in the sea.

In addition, ash, gas and smoke from volcanic eruptions have risen up to 20 km above sea level. Volcanic ash has been falling like rain for two days in the capital Nuku'alofa.

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Bangladesh is on the ‘exceptional red list’ of travel policy of Qatar



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Qatar's Ministry of Public Health has included nine countries, including Bangladesh, in the COVID-19 exceptional red list. Qatar will introduce new travel rules for passengers from these countries, which are expected to take effect on Saturday (January 8).

As a result, Bangladeshi passengers will have to face many difficulties in coming and going to the country. However, Bangladesh Civil Aviation said Bangladeshis have nothing to worry about.

Counselor of the Bangladesh Embassy in Qatar Muhammad Mustafizur Rahman said that the country's Ministry of Public Health has put Bangladesh on its website as 'Covid-19-Exceptional Red List Countries'.

As can be seen on the website of the Ministry of Health of the country, there are names of nine countries including Bangladesh in this list. The rest are Egypt, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

An official of Bangladesh Civil Aviation, who did not want to be named, said there was nothing to worry about coming and going from Bangladesh because of the list. This is done to make sure that the Covid protocol is being followed properly.

Qatar had two lists, red and green, based on the risk of Covid-19. Now the country has made an 'exceptional red list' outside of it.

Even if a full dose of the vaccine is taken, Qatari residents will have to be quarantined for two days after returning from the exceptional red list countries, including Bangladesh. The PCR test should be done within 72 hours before landing in Qatar and within 36 hours after arrival.

And non-vaccinated passengers will have to do home quarantine for seven days after arriving in Qatar. In addition to the PCR test within 72 hours of arrival in the country, the test must be done on the sixth day of quarantine. The passenger will be released from the quarantine only on the seventh day if the test is negative. The Ministry of Health has said that no unvaccinated passenger will be allowed to enter the country.

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Even though they are twins, their birth year and month are different!



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Preparations to welcome a new guest into a family begin as soon as it is known while the news comes that twins are coming together, that joy seems to double. There is a lot of curiosity around them.

It is estimated that 3 percent of the world's population is twins. According to medical science, when two sperm fertilize two eggs together, twins are born. In terms of age, they are usually one to 10 minutes older or younger than each other.

Can the birth year of twin children in the womb of the same mother be considered different? Surprisingly, two such babies were born in 2021 and 2022 in Greenfield, California, USA. Residents Fatima Madrigal and Robert Trujillo recently welcomed twin children.

Alfredo, the son of the Fatima-Robert couple, was born on December 31, 2021 at 11:45 pm, according to a report in the Western Daily Mail. Their daughter, Eileen Alfredo, was born 15 minutes later, on January 1, 2022.

Fatima, the mother of Alfredo-Eileen, was overwhelmed by the incident. "Even though my children are twins, their birth dates are different," she said. This is a great thing. Eileen was born on January 1, 2022 and gave me a gift. '

In the United States, 120,000 twins are born each year. But births of twins on different dates or years are rare.

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Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu passes away



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South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has died.

He was 90 years old at the time of his death. South  African President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed his death in a statement. BBC reports.

Desmond Tutu is a South African clergyman and rights activist. He was instrumental in ending apartheid in South Africa.

Today, the nation has to say goodbye to another outstanding personality, said Cyril Ramaphosa, President of Africa who made important contributions to give independent South Africa.

Desmond Tutu was a well-known figure outside of South Africa for his colorful career.

Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. .He received the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999 and the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007.

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