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Saudi Arabia says hajj to go ahead with ‘very limited numbers’ amid coronavirus pandemic

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Saudi Arabia says hajj to go ahead with 'very limited numbers' amid coronavirus pandemic

Only around 1,000 Muslims, who are inside the Saudi Arabia’s kingdom already, will be permitted to attend one hugely pared-down variant of hajj for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, announced the officials on Tuesday.

The ones who wish to take part in the highly-anticipated pilgrimage headed Mecca should be below 65 years and must agree for quarantine prior to and post the event.

The officials had been cancelling the yearly pilgrimage since the last few weeks due to fear of coronavirus. However, they settled on letting only a limited no. of individuals to attend the pilgrimage in the ninety year history of the Saudi Arabia kingdom.

In a virtual media conference on Tuesday, Muhammad Benten, Minister, Saudi Arabia Hajj said that the officials are reviewing the number of people who would be attending Hajj so that it can be a little more or less than 1000. The event generally draws over 2mn people from across the globe.

Just the worshippers of several nationalities within the kingdom would be permitted to participate, which is a major blow to the Muslims globally who have waited to make the trip.

Notably, the kingdom is among the highly infected coronavirus region in the Middle East, having reported over 161,000 cases, including around 1300 deaths.

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Australia closes state border for first time in 100 years after COVID-19 spike

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Australia closes state border for first time in 100 years after COVID-19 spike

Starting Tuesday, the border present between two most famous states in Australia will remain closed for an unspecified period as the authorities struggle to contain the coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne city.

On Monday, the move announced is the first time that the border built between New South Wales and Victoria has been closed in hundred years. The officials previously blocked the movement between these two states back in the year 1919, at the time of the Spanish Flu epidemic.

However, this move will probably be a major blow to the economic recovery of Australia as it advances towards first recession in almost thirty decades.

The no. of coronavirus cases have surged in Melbourne in the last few days, prompting the authorities to implement stringent social-distancing measures in thirty suburbs as well as place 9 public housing blocks in complete lockdown.

Melbourne reported 127 new coronavirus infections overnight, which is its biggest spike in one day since the time the outbreak started. The state has also reported 2 deaths, taking the overall toll to 106.

Notably, Kensington is among the thirty suburbs which have re-imposed the social distancing initiatives. The 9 public housing towers, which have been ordered to be placed in complete lockdown, are located in the neighboring Flemington and North Melbourne.

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China launches draconian measures to slash birth rates among minorities

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China launches draconian measures to slash birth rates among minorities

China has launched draconian measures in order to slash the birth rates among the minorities- the Uighurs community in particular- as a part of its campaign to reduce Muslim population.

Media reports suggest that the nation has introduced a systematic and widespread campaign to reduce the birth rate in the minorities.

This campaign, which has been going in since more than 4 years in Xinjiang’s far west area, is now leading to a kind of demographic genocide as per the experts.

The media reports indicated that the state subjects the minority women regularly to pregnancy check and pressurizes sterilization, abortion and intrauterine devices on most of these women.

Even when the utilization of sterilization and IUDs has dropped nationwide, it’s rising in Xinjiang sharply.

The measures to control population are supported by detention as a punishment and a threat both in case anyone fails to abide to the regulations.

The major reason why individuals are sent to the detention camps is because they have too many kids. Meanwhile, the parents who have 3 or more kids are ripped away unless they are capable to pay large fines.

The police raid houses, terrifying the parents while they look for hidden kids.

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China Launches Final Satellite in GPS-Like Beidou System

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China Launches Final Satellite in GPS-Like Beidou System

China launched its final satellite into the Beidou constellation on Tuesday, which emulates the United States GPS (Global Positioning System), thus marking a step further in the nation’s advance to a chief space power.

The satellite launch onboard the Long March-3 missile was broadcasted live directly from Xichang’s launch base briefly before 10am. Around 30mins later, the satellite deployed in the orbit and spread the solar panels to receive energy from the sunrays.

The initial launch of the satellite for the previous week was canned after checks showed unspecified technical glitches.

The 3rd iteration of Beidou Navigation Satellite System would offer worldwide coverage for navigation and timing.

The 55th satellite launch in Beidou family reveals China’s attempt to offer worldwide coverage was completely successful, said Yang Changfeng, the chief of the system.

China’s space mission has rapidly developed in the last 20 years as the nation’s government devotes key resources towards the development of advanced technologies.

The first Beidou version, meaning the ‘Big Dipper,’ had been decommissioned back in 2012. The future plans seek smarter, more integrated and accessible system with Beidou at the core, and are expected to go on floor by the year 2035.

Notably, China became the 3rd nation to launch a space mission independently with crew-onboard back in 2003. Since then, the nation has developed an experimental space observatory and sent a few rovers to Moon’s surface.

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