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3 casualties and 60 injured after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan

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A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Luxian County of Luzhou City in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, killing three people and sending 60 more to the hospital.

According to the city’s emergency management bureau, three of those hospitalized were critically injured. The earthquake struck at 4:33 a.m., according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. The epicenter was located at 29.2 north latitude and 105.34 east longitude. The tremor occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The Sichuan earthquake relief headquarters, which has been authorized by the provincial administration, has triggered a level-II reaction, the second highest in China’s four-tier earthquake emergency response system.

Luzhou City has activated a level-I emergency response in the aftermath of the quake, and approximately 3,000 people have been recruited for rescue. Tents have been set up in a village in the county’s Fuji Township for the residents’ temporary evacuation. Some base stations and cables for telecommunications were damaged.

According to railway officials, the Luzhou high-speed railway station has been closed. All coal mines have been told to suspend underground activities and remove miners who are trapped in shafts.

According to Zhang Zhiwei, deputy chairman of the Sichuan earthquake administration, the quake occurred near the fracture zone of Huaying Mountain, as opposed to the deadly Wenchuan Earthquake and Lushan Earthquake in the province. An expert investigation indicated that a larger earthquake is unlikely in the area, but aftershocks are possible.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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Developmental projects of Maldives progressing substantially

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India’s Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar has affirmed that the developmental projects of the Maldives carried out with the assistance of India have been progressing considerably. The remarks were made by the minister during the Confederation of Indian Industry (CIIs) Annual Business Summit.

Speaking at the summit, Minister Jaishankar stated that some developmental projects were slightly politically influenced, hindering the progress. However, he assured that the progress of the projects have propelled at a notable rate.

Following the Minister of Foreign Affairs Moosa Zameer’s official visit to India at the invitation of Minister Jaishankar, discussions were held highlighting the spectrum of initiatives across the nation has been kickstarted through loans and grants from the Government of India during the previous administration. He emphasised the current government’s commitment to prioritising the resumption and completion of these projects.

Meanwhile, the Government of India has reaffirmed its commitment to the development and prosperity of the Maldives by extending a budgetary support of USD 50 million to be repaid within a term of one year.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Police officers complete training to prevent maritime terrorism acts

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A team of 22 police officers has successfully completed a specialised training programme focused on thwarting maritime terrorism activities.

Entitled “Training on Strengthening Capabilities to Disrupt Maritime Crimes as Related to Terrorist Threats,” the program was conducted through a collaborative effort between the Maldives Police Service (MPS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Running from May 13 to 15, the intensive training equipped participants with essential skills and knowledge crucial for combating threats in maritime environments.

The concluding ceremony, graced by the presence of Chief Superintendent of Police Ibrahim Adnan Anees, Head of Marine Police, along with senior officials from the Marine Police Department, UNODC’s Head of Office Enrico Boninsegna, and course instructor Kenneth Alferdo Pennington, highlighted the significance of such initiatives in enhancing national security.

Addressing the gathering, Adnan underscored the importance of ongoing education and skill development, urging participants to actively apply the knowledge garnered from the program in their professional endeavors.

The training, conducted at Dhoonidhoo, Kaafu Atoll, imparted vital insights into the prevention and detection of maritime terrorism activities, emphasizing protocols for safe navigation in high-risk areas. Furthermore, officers received guidance on investigative procedures essential for effectively addressing such crimes, thereby bolstering the nation’s capabilities in combating maritime threats.

Source(s): PsmNews

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President reverts land act amendment to parliament

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has reverted the Ninth Amendment Bill to the Maldives Land Act to Parliament for further consideration.

This bill, which seeks to establish criteria for recipients of residential land and mandates that land be allocated within three months of the publication of the permanent list of recipients in the gazette, was initially passed during the twenty-second sitting of Parliament’s first session this year and sent to the President’s Office for ratification on May 2.

In returning the bill, President Muizzu invoked Article 91(a) of the Constitution, which grants the President the authority to return legislation to Parliament for reconsideration.

The President’s Office has confirmed this, indicating the need for further review and potential revisions to the proposed amendment.

Source(s): PsmNews

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