Morning Headlines 14th July 2022

Amalendu Upadhyaya
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UN chief hails ‘critical step forward’ on resuming Ukraine grain exports

The UN chief on Wednesday described progress between Russia and Ukraine on allowing the resumption of grain exports during UN-brokered talks in Türkiye, as a “ray of hope to ease human suffering and alleviate hunger around the world.”

More women work in health and care but they earn 24 per cent less than men: UN report

Women working in the health and care sector earn nearly 25 per cent less than their male counterparts – a larger gender pay gap than in other economic sectors, two UN agencies said in a new report on Wednesday.

Sustainable Development Goals can be reached ‘despite our grim times’: ECOSOC President

Despite two years of a “surreal struggle” against the COVID-19 pandemic, and amidst rising global challenges, optimism for achieving sustainable development persists, a senior UN official declared on Wednesday.

Mystery child hepatitis outbreak passes 1,000 recorded cases, says WHO

In addition to tackling COVID and the monkeypox outbreak, the UN health agency has also been keeping a close eye on the puzzling spread of hepatitis in previously healthy children, which has left dozens needing life-saving liver transplants.

Russia: Human rights experts condemn civil society shutdown

Top UN-appointed independent rights experts have condemned Russia’s “continued and heightened crackdown on civil society groups, human rights defenders and media outlets”.

COVID-19 cases down in Americas but Omicron subvariants driving new infections -PAHO

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned of the growing number of COVID-19 cases caused by the highly infectious BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants of the coronavirus even as overall cases dipped in the Americas.

Heat waves scorch China

Officials in Shanghai have warned people of the risk of heatstroke. Temperatures are typically high there this time of year, but this year’s heat has been exceptional. Al Jazeera reports.

Cabinet approves Taranga Hill-Ambaji-Abu Road new rail line to provide connectivity and improve mobility

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the construction of the Taranga Hill-Ambaji- Abu Road’s new rail line to be constructed by the Ministry of Railways at an estimated cost of Rs.2798.16 crore.

The total length of the new rail line will be 116.65 kms.  The project will be completed by 2026-27. The project will generate direct employment during construction for about 40 lakh man-days.

PM Modi to visit UP and inaugurate Bundelkhand Expressway on 16th July

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Uttar Pradesh on 16th July 2022 and inaugurate Bundelkhand Expressway at Kaitheri village in Orai tehsil of Jalaun district at around 11:30 AM.

According to a PMO’s press release the government has been committed to enhancing connectivity across the country, a key feature of which has been the work towards improvement in road infrastructure. A significant endeavour towards this was the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of the Bundelkhand Expressway by the Prime Minister on 29 February 2020. The work on the Expressway has been completed within 28 months and it will now be inaugurated by the Prime Minister.

The National Commission for Minorities congratulates Prime Minister Modi and his Cabinet for having approved Taranga Hill-Ambaji-Abu Road’s new rail line.

The Chairman National Commission for Minorities Shri Iqbal Singh Lalpura and Members of the Commission has congratulated Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and his Cabinet for having approved Taranga Hill-Ambaji-Abu Road new rail line. Particularly Taranga Hill is a pilgrimage centre for the Jains wherein there are about 19 temples, out of which one temple (Jinalaya) is of Bhagwan Ajitnath Tirthankar.

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