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ദക്ഷിണാഫ്രിക്കയില്‍ പള്ളി തകര്‍ന്നു വീണ് 22 മരണം

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ദക്ഷിണാഫ്രിക്കയില്‍ ക്രിസ്ത്യന്‍ പള്ളി തകര്‍ന്നു വീണ് 22 മരണം.ഘാനയിലെ അസെന്‍ – മാന്‍സോ ജില്ലയിലാണ് സംഭവം.ആറ് നിലകളുള്ള പള്ളിയാണ് തകര്‍ന്നു വീണത്. അവശിഷ്ടങ്ങള്‍ക്കിടയില്‍ നിന്നും എട്ട് പേരെ രക്ഷപ്പെടുത്തിയതായി ദേശീയ ദുരന്ത നിവാരണ സംഘടനാ കോര്‍ഡിനേറ്റര്‍ അഗ്യേമാംഗ് പ്രേംപെ പറഞ്ഞു.

സംഭവ സമയത്ത് 60 ലധികം ആളുകളാണ് പള്ളിക്കകത്ത് ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നത്. പരിക്കേറ്റവരെയെല്ലാം അടുത്തുള്ള ആശുപത്രിയില്‍ പ്രവേശിപ്പിച്ചിരിക്കുകയാണ്. ഇതില്‍ ചിലരുടെ നില ഗുരുതരമാണെന്നാണ് വിവരം.

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UAE suspends visa-free travel agreement with Israel until July

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The United Arab Emirates has suspended an agreement to inaugurate visa-free travel for Israelis to the Gulf country until July 1, citing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said.

Until then, Israeli citizens seeking to travel to the UAE will need to obtain a visa, as will UAE citizens seeking to travel to Israel, the ministry said on Monday. The UAE has taken a similar step regarding travel from most European countries, as well as India and Pakistan, the Israeli ministry said.

Israel is in its third lockdown and discussing the possibility of extending it beyond Jan. 21 as the number of new cases remains high.

The UAE ratified the agreement on visa-free travel with Israel last week and it was set to go into effect 30 days from then. The agreement follows a normalization accord between the countries signed in September.

The announcement of the suspension comes a day after Israel’s cabinet voted to require all people returning from the UAE and Brazil to quarantine in government-run hotels. A similar decision made previously regarding travelers returning from South Africa and Zambia was extended for 10 days.

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Christian Group in India Documents 327 Incidents of Persecution in 2020

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India – According to the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI), Indian Christians endured at least 327 incidents of persecution in 2020. This was despite the fact that most of India’s population lived under locked down conditions for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to EFI, 327 cases of persecution were documented in 2020. At least five Christians were murdered and six churches were burnt or demolished in religiously motivated attacks. In addition, EFI noted 26 incidents of social boycotts where Christian communities were shunned by their non-Christian neighbors due to their religious identity.

EFI’s report documents the continuation of an ongoing trend of growing religious intolerance and violence in India. Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took political power in 2014, incidents of Christian persecution documented by EFI have more than doubled. In 2014, the year the BJP rose to political power, EFI recorded 147 violent attacks on Indian Christians. In 2019, after five years of BJP rule, EFI recorded 366 violent attacks.

The incidents documented by EFI likely represent only a portion of the violence experienced by India’s Christian community. Most incidents go unreported due to fear of reprisal and lack of confidence in India’s justice system.
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