India’s Allahabad city to be renamed after 443 years

India’s Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced to rename Allahabad, a city in northern India. Yogi announced to rename Allahabad as Prayagraj ahead of the Ardh Kumbh Mela in January next year, Indian media reported. The Chief Minister announced to rename it during his visit to Allahabad on Saturday. Mughal emperor Akbar had named Prayag as ‘Illahabas’ some 443 years ago in 1575. It later became Allahabad. Before Akbar rechristened it, Allahabad was known as Prayag. It may be noted as Allahabad is one of the biggest religious…

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Mental health crisis could cost the world $16 trillion by 2030

LONDON: Mental health disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and could cost the global economy up to $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030 if a collective failure to respond is not addressed, according to an expert report on Tuesday. The “Lancet Commission” report by 28 global specialists in psychiatry, public health and neuroscience, as well as mental health patients and advocacy groups, said the growing crisis could cause lasting harm to people, communities and economies worldwide. While some of the costs will be the direct…

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India on alert as zika virus hits tourism hotspot of Jaipur

NEW DELHI: India has sent experts to try to contain an outbreak of the zika virus in the popular tourist destination of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, with a close watch on pregnant women. Twenty-two people in the city have tested positive, the health ministry said. There is no vaccine to the virus which can cause severe birth defects in unborn children. Pregnant women in the area are being monitored by the National Health Mission, a body set up by the government to improve healthcare across the country. “The situation continues…

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Seven siblings perish in UAE house fire

Dubai: Seven brothers and sisters aged between five and 13 died of smoke inhalation in a house fire in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, police said. Hundreds of fires are reported each year across the UAE, despite attempts by authorities to curb such incidents, but casualties are rarely reported. Police in the eastern emirate of Fujairah said the mother awoke at dawn to the smell of a fire in her house. “When rescue teams arrived at the house, the seven children were found dead: three sons and four daughters…

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Japan’s crown prince to bring global view to Chrysanthemum Throne

TOKYO: Japan’s Oxford-educated crown prince, Naruhito, looks set to bring a more global outlook to the ancient imperial institution while carrying on Emperor Akihito’s legacy of promoting peace and reconciliation with Asia when he ascends the throne in 2019. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet on Friday signed off on an April 30, 2019 date for the octogenarian Akihito’s retirement – the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in two centuries. Akihito, who turns 84 on Dec. 23, has spent much of his nearly three decades on the throne trying to…

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Trump publicly defends Trump Jr: ‘Most people would have taken that meeting’

Donald Trump has defended his son in public over his meeting with a Russian lawyer last year, telling a press conference in Paris “most people would have taken that meeting” and ignoring questions about whether offers of political assistance from potential agents of foreign governments should be reported to the FBI. Pre-empting the New York Times, which first reported the meeting, Trump Jr this week released emails in which he appeared eager to accept information from the Russian government that could have damaged Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. An intermediary had told Trump Jr the…

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Yemen hunger crisis leaves refugee chief ‘shocked to the bones’

One of Europe’s most experienced diplomats has said he was “shocked to the bones” by the hunger he saw in Yemen. Jan Egeland, the current head of the Norwegian Refugee Council, condemned “this gigantic failure of international diplomacy” and said that only 3 million people out of the 7 million people who were starving had been fed last month. “Men with guns and power inside Yemen as well as in regional and international capitals are undermining every effort to avert an entirely preventable famine,” he said, “as well as the…

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