Wednesday, June 19, 2024 ਪੰਜਾਬੀ हिंदी


Death toll rises to 13 as heavy rains, floods hit China

At least 13 people died in heavy rains, floods and landslides in southern China, while scores more were missing, state television reported. Continuous rain fell for 24 hours in Shanghang in the south-eastern Fujian province, affecting some 66,500 people, the Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. The situation in other areas of southern China remained tense. Heavy rainfall was forecast for Wednesday in the provinces of Guangxi, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang. Authorities

Heat claims lives of tourists in Greece, Italy forecasts heatwave

At least five tourists have died in Greece and others are missing as temperatures soar, according to media reports, with a heatwave also set to hit Italy in the coming days. "Many tourists underestimate the effort associated with a walk in direct sunlight," Athens cardiologist Thomas Giannoulis said. "The temperature can rise to 37 degrees in the shade and easily up to 60 degrees in the sun." This increases the risk of dehydration and heatstroke. "And the danger rises the older a person is," Giannoulis said. All of those who have died or gone missing are tourists aged from 55 to 80. The first was a 67-year-old British journalist who went missing on Simi off the Turkish coast at the beginning of June and whose body was found a few days later. He had wandered off the path and collapsed at a spot where it was difficult for the search party to find him, the local authorities reported. Two others died on Crete. An 80-year-old man who went for a walk on his own and a 70-year-old man who collapsed on a beach and died. On Mathraki, a small 

Four missing after rain triggered mountain torrents, landslides in China

Torrential rains triggered mountain torrents and landslides in the city of Changji, northwest China's Xinjiang.

The landslides hit the region at about 6:50 p.m. Monday, leaving roads clogged and four people missing, according to local emergency response and fire departments, reports news agency.

Police received reports of vehicles being trapped at around 7:55 p.m. Monday, and immediately launched rescue operations.

By 3 a.m. Tuesday, roads had been cleared, with trapped people and vehicles moved to safe locations.

Search and rescue efforts for the four missing people are still underway.

Three killed in Toronto office building shooting

Three people, including the shooter, were killed in a shooting incident in Toronto, the largest city in Canada.

According to local media, police were called to an office building in the Don Mills area for reports of gunshots at approximately 3:25 p.m. local time (1925 GMT) on Monday, reports news agency.

Two men and a woman were found dead at the scene, with one of the men identified as the shooter, said the police, adding that they believe an altercation took place before the shooting.

A daycare center and an elementary school located near the scene were placed in lockdown as police investigated the shooting.

Russia expresses concern over Argentina's involvement in Ukraine crisis

Russia has expressed deep disappointment and concern over Argentina's recent actions related to military assistance to Ukraine, Russian media cited Dmitry Feoktistov, the Russian ambassador to Argentina, as saying on Friday.

Feoktistov specifically criticised the participation of Argentine Defence Minister Luis Petri in the Ukraine Defence Contact Group meeting in Brussels, known as the "Ramstein format," reports news agency.

"As for the participation of Argentine Defence Minister Luis Petri in the Brussels meeting within the framework of the Ramstein coalition, there are no official comments from the Argentine side yet. The very fact of rapprochement between Buenos Aires and the military sponsors of Ukraine causes us deep disappointment," Feoktistov told reporters.

Four killed in Nepal landslide

Four members of a family were killed in a landslide in Taplejung district in northeastern Nepal, a local official said on Friday.

A couple and their twin daughters died in Phaktanglung Rural Municipality after their house was buried in the debris on Thursday night, reports news agency.

"All four were killed on the spot. Their bodies were recovered on Friday morning," said Rajan Limbu, Chairperson for the rural municipality.

यूक्रेन पर बड़े पैमाने पर रूसी हवाई हमले हो रहे

यूक्रेनी वायु सेना ने एक बयान में कहा कि शुक्रवार तड़के पूरे यूक्रेन में हवाई हमले की चेतावनी जारी की गई क्योंकि देश रूसी सेना के हवाई हमलों की एक श्रृंखला से प्रभावित था।

समाचार एजेंसी की रिपोर्ट के अनुसार, बयान के अनुसार, मिसाइलों के कई बैच शुक्रवार तड़के उत्तरी सुमी और चेर्निहाइव क्षेत्रों के हवाई क्षेत्र से यूक्रेन में प्रवेश कर गए और कीव, पश्चिमी शहर रिव्ने और पश्चिमी खमेलनित्स्की क्षेत्र के स्टारोकोन्स्त्यन्तिनिव शहर की ओर चले गए।

बयान में कहा गया है कि हमलों की दूसरी लहर के दौरान, रूस ने यूक्रेन पर किंजल मिसाइल लॉन्च की।

ਯੂਕਰੇਨ ਰੂਸ ਦੇ ਵੱਡੇ ਹਵਾਈ ਹਮਲਿਆਂ ਦੇ ਅਧੀਨ ਆਉਂਦਾ

ਯੂਕਰੇਨ ਦੀ ਹਵਾਈ ਸੈਨਾ ਨੇ ਇੱਕ ਬਿਆਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਸ਼ੁੱਕਰਵਾਰ ਤੜਕੇ ਪੂਰੇ ਯੂਕਰੇਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਇੱਕ ਹਵਾਈ ਹਮਲੇ ਦੀ ਚੇਤਾਵਨੀ ਜਾਰੀ ਕੀਤੀ ਗਈ ਸੀ ਕਿਉਂਕਿ ਦੇਸ਼ ਰੂਸੀ ਬਲਾਂ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਲੜੀਵਾਰ ਹਵਾਈ ਹਮਲਿਆਂ ਨਾਲ ਪ੍ਰਭਾਵਿਤ ਹੋਇਆ ਸੀ।

ਬਿਆਨ ਦੇ ਅਨੁਸਾਰ, ਮਿਜ਼ਾਈਲਾਂ ਦੇ ਕਈ ਸਮੂਹ ਸ਼ੁੱਕਰਵਾਰ ਤੜਕੇ ਉੱਤਰੀ ਸੁਮੀ ਅਤੇ ਚੇਰਨੀਹਾਈਵ ਖੇਤਰਾਂ ਦੇ ਹਵਾਈ ਖੇਤਰ ਤੋਂ ਯੂਕਰੇਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਦਾਖਲ ਹੋਏ ਅਤੇ ਪੱਛਮੀ ਖਮੇਲਨਿਤਸਕੀ ਖੇਤਰ ਦੇ ਪੱਛਮੀ ਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਕੀਵ ਅਤੇ ਪੱਛਮੀ ਖਮੇਲਨੀਤਸਕੀ ਖੇਤਰ ਦੇ ਸਟਾਰਕੋਨਸਟੈਨਤੀਨਿਵ ਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਵੱਲ ਚਲੇ ਗਏ।

ਬਿਆਨ ਵਿਚ ਕਿਹਾ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਹਮਲਿਆਂ ਦੀ ਦੂਜੀ ਲਹਿਰ ਦੇ ਦੌਰਾਨ, ਰੂਸ ਨੇ ਯੂਕਰੇਨ 'ਤੇ ਕਿੰਜਲ ਮਿਜ਼ਾਈਲ ਦਾਗੀ।

Ukraine comes under massive Russian air attacks

An air-raid alert was issued throughout Ukraine early Friday as the country was hit by a series of air attacks by Russian forces, the Ukrainian Air Force said in a statement.

According to the statement, several batches of missiles entered Ukraine over the airspace of the northern Sumy and Chernihiv regions early Friday and moved towards Kyiv, the western city of Rivne and the town of Starokonstyantyniv in the western Khmelnytskyi region, reports news agency.

3 Palestinians killed in Israeli raid in West Bank

Three Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli raid in the town of Qabatiya, south of Jenin in the northern West Bank, a Palestinian official said.

The Israeli side informed the Palestinian liaison (security coordination office) that the three young men were killed on Thursday inside a besieged house, Kamal Abu al-Rub, the Governor of Jenin, told news agency.

The Israeli army besieged the house for several hours and exchanged gunfire with the three men, whose identities were not officially disclosed.

Philippines confirms Filipino crew aboard ship attacked in Red Sea

The Philippines on Friday said Filipino sailors were among the crew on board a commercial ship attacked by Houthi in the Red Sea on June 12.

"The Philippine government will take all necessary measures to secure the safety and well-being of the Filipino crew on board and ensure justice. We call on all UN member states to protect the human rights of seafarers," said the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The DFA did not say how many Filipinos were on board, but according to news agency sources, over 20 Filipino crew members were working on the ship.

Hospital workers urge doctors to scrap planned strike in South Korea next week

A union representing hospital workers on Friday urged doctors to abandon their plan for a one-day walkout scheduled for next week, as the medical sector has been experiencing a nearly four-month-long vacuum due to physicians protesting the increase in medical school quotas.

The Korea Medical Association (KMA), a major lobby group for doctors, earlier announced the plan to stage a one-day walkout on Tuesday, which could involve community doctors and medical professors nationwide, reports news agency.

"There is no cause or justification for the collective walkout of doctors," the Korean Health and Medical Workers' Union, which holds nurses and other related workers as members, said in a statement.

One dead, 2 missing as fishing boat capsizes in South Korea

A sailor was confirmed dead, and two others went missing, as a fishing boat capsized in waters off southwestern South Korea.

The 33-tonne trawler was overturned in waters northeast of Gageo Island in Sinan County, around 310 km southwest of the capital Seoul, at about 3:18 a.m. local time (1818 GMT Wednesday), reports news agency.

Of the nine people aboard the ill-fated vessel, the captain was found dead, and two sailors went unaccounted for.

ਅੱਗ ਦਾ ਹਾਦਸਾ: ਕੇਰਲ ਦੀ ਸਿਹਤ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਵੀਨਾ ਜਾਰਜ ਕੁਵੈਤ ਲਈ ਰਵਾਨਾ

ਕੁਵੈਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਇੱਕ ਇਮਾਰਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਲੱਗੀ ਭਿਆਨਕ ਅੱਗ ਦੇ ਮੱਦੇਨਜ਼ਰ, ਜਿਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਬਹੁਤ ਸਾਰੇ ਭਾਰਤੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਮੌਤ ਹੋ ਗਈ ਸੀ, ਕੇਰਲ ਦੀ ਸਿਹਤ ਮੰਤਰੀ, ਵੀਨਾ ਜਾਰਜ, ਪੀੜਤਾਂ ਦੀਆਂ ਲਾਸ਼ਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਭਾਰਤ ਵਾਪਸ ਭੇਜਣ ਦੇ ਤਾਲਮੇਲ ਲਈ ਬਾਅਦ ਵਿੱਚ ਅਲ-ਮੰਗਫ ਲਈ ਰਵਾਨਾ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ।

ਇਹ ਫੈਸਲਾ ਵੀਰਵਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਪਿਨਾਰਾਈ ਵਿਜਯਨ ਦੀ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨਗੀ ਹੇਠ ਹੋਈ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਕੈਬਨਿਟ ਮੀਟਿੰਗ ਵਿੱਚ ਲਿਆ ਗਿਆ।

ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਵਿਜਯਨ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੇ ਮ੍ਰਿਤਕਾਂ ਦੇ ਵਾਰਸਾਂ ਨੂੰ 5-5 ਲੱਖ ਰੁਪਏ ਅਤੇ ਜ਼ਖਮੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ 1 ਲੱਖ ਰੁਪਏ ਮੁਆਵਜ਼ਾ ਦੇਣ ਦਾ ਫੈਸਲਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ।

ਕੁਵੈਤ ਦੇ ਦੱਖਣੀ ਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਅਲ-ਮੰਗਫ ਵਿਚ ਇਕ ਇਮਾਰਤ ਨੂੰ ਤਬਾਹ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲੀ ਭਿਆਨਕ ਅੱਗ ਵਿਚ ਮਰਨ ਵਾਲੇ 14 ਕੇਰਲ ਵਾਸੀਆਂ ਵਿਚੋਂ 13 ਦੀ ਪਛਾਣ ਕਰ ਲਈ ਗਈ ਹੈ।

Fire tragedy: Kerala Health Minister Veena George to leave for Kuwait

In the wake of the massive fire in a building in Kuwait that left many Indians dead, Kerala Health Minister, Veena George, will leave for Al-Mangaf later in the day to coordinate the repatriation of the bodies of the victims to India.

This was decided at a special Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday.

The CM Vijayan government has also decided to give a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh to those who were injured.

Kuwait fire tragedy: 13 out of 14 victims from Kerala identified

Thirteen of the 14 Keralites, who died in a deadly fire that devastated a building in Kuwait's southern city of Al-Mangaf, have been identified.

The fire that broke out in a labour camp in Kuwait killed 49 employees attached to a Keralite-owned company.

The families on receiving the information were devasted.

“My son was a teacher at an engineering college here and it was only last month that he went to Kuwait. He got his salary on the 5th of this month and it was transferred the same day to us. We spoke to him on Tuesday night also,” said a grieving father, George Pothen at Pathanamthitta.

Bhutan PM, Sri Lankan President arrive in Delhi to attend PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony

Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay and Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived in New Delhi on Sunday for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers. Upon arrival, Tshering Tobgay was welcomed by Secy (West) Pavan Kapoor, and the Sri Lankan President received a warm welcome from OSD (ER & DPA) P. Kumaran at the airport. Earlier, Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu and Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth arrived in the national capital to attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi

Investigation into Russian-Ukrainian man after explosion in Paris

The French anti-terrorism prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into a Russian-Ukrainian man who was seriously injured when a homemade explosive device detonated.

The 26-year-old is to be remanded in custody, the public prosecutor's office announced in Paris on Friday.

The exact plans of the man and others who may have been involved are now to be investigated.

According to initial investigations, the man had only arrived in France a few days earlier. In a hotel in Roissy near Paris Charles-de-Gaulle International Airport, he had seriously injured himself while making explosive devices on Monday evening.

US urges Israel to be 'fully transparent' after strike on UN school

The United States has called for an investigation into the deadly Israeli airstrike on a school building run by the UN agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees in central Gaza and told Israel it must be "fully transparent."

US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said on Thursday that even if Israel's army intended to target Hamas militants, the claims of children killed in the strike "show that something went wrong."

Miller said it was Israel's right to target Hamas militants while also stressing the obligation to minimise civilian harm and take every possible step to do so.

Sunita Williams dances her way to international space station

Indian-origin NASA astronaut Sunita Williams danced her way to the International Space Station (ISS) in the early hours on Friday, as the Boeing Starliner spacecraft successfully docked to the orbital laboratory.

Along with NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore, she will spend about a week at the ISS.

“Docking confirmed! @BoeingSpace's Starliner docked to the forward-facing port of the @Space_Station's Harmony module. NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams will spend about a week. That feeling when you're back on the station!” NASA said in a post on X.

SK Group chairman meets TSMC chief, discusses AI chips

SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won had held a meeting with CC Wei, Chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), in Taiwan and they discussed bolstering cooperation on artificial intelligence (AI) chip technologies, SK Group said on Friday.

SK Group has SK hynix, the world's second-largest maker of memory chips, under its wing. Chey and Wei agreed to enhance the two companies' collaboration on the high-bandwidth memory (HBM) chips, group officials said, reports news agency.

"Let's lay the foundation of the AI era together to benefit the humankind," Chey told Wei, according to a statement released by SK Group.

South Africa's ANC will seek national unity government

South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) party has announced it will seek a national unity government after the historic loss of its absolute majority.

"We agreed to invite political parties to form a government of national unity as the best option to move our country forward," South Africa's President and ANC party leader Cyril Ramaphosa told reporters, following a meeting of the party's leadership on Thursday evening.

The ANC, the party of former anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela, won 159 of the 400 seats in the parliamentary elections on May 29 and failed to secure an absolute majority for the first time in 30 years.

Mayor of Gaza's Nuseirat killed in Israeli attack: Sources

The Palestinian Mayor of central Gaza's Nuseirat refugee camp, Iyad al-Mughari, was killed in an Israeli airstrike, Palestinian medical and security sources have said.

The mayor was killed, along with a number of his family members, as an Israeli attack targeted a building in the camp on Thursday, news agency reported, citing Palestinian security sources.

Medical sources said al-Mughari's body was transferred to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah city in central Gaza.

Al-Mughari, one of the cadres of the Hamas movement, was appointed mayor by acclamation, the sources noted.

India, Qatar hold talks on bolstering economic ties

The first meeting of the Joint Task Force on Investment (JTFI) between India and Qatar held here on Thursday reaffirmed the commitment of both the nations to strengthen bilateral economic relations.

The joint task force was co-chaired by Ajay Seth, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, and Mohamed bin Hassen Al-Malki, Undersecretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, government of Qatar.

"In the spirit of fostering mutual growth and prosperity, the Joint Task Force on investment has reaffirmed the commitment of both the nations to strengthen bilateral relations and to leverage the collective potential for accelerated growth, investment opportunities and synergistic collaboration across diverse sectors ranging from infrastructure and energy to technology and innovation," according to a Finance Ministry statement.

Australian Police warns of frequent road accidents during winter afternoons

Police in the Australian state of Victoria on Thursday called on motorists to take extra care, as crash data suggested that afternoon is a dangerous period during winter.

Victoria Police noted in a statement that over the last five years, on average, 43 per cent of collisions resulting in injury occurred between midday and 6:00 p.m. local time in winter, news agency reported.

There were around 7,800 injury collisions recorded during the time period between 2019 and 2023.

Boeing Starliner mission with Sunita Williams safely on its way to ISS

The Boeing Starliner's first-ever crewed mission is safely on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) with Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams and Butch Wilmore onboard, NASA said on Thursday.

The capsule carrying NASA astronauts was expected to reach the orbiting space laboratory at 9.45 p.m. on Thursday.

Starliner will then approach the space station for a docking to the forward-facing port of the Harmony module.

Sunita was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1998 and is a veteran of two space missions, Expeditions 14/15 and 32/33. This is her third mission aboard the International Space Station.

New Zealand, Fiji to strengthen partnership

New Zealand and Fiji leaders met on Thursday to discuss how to further strengthen their partnership and canvass a range of issues, including defence and regional security, trade, and people-to-people links.

"Fiji is a critical partner for New Zealand, and we look to Fiji for its leadership in the Pacific," New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon said after meeting with his Fijian counterpart, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka in the Fijian capital Suva.

According to a joint statement by the two leaders which set ambitious goals for future cooperation, the two sides have joint aspiration to grow the trade and investment opportunities between New Zealand and Fiji, with a goal of lifting two-way trade to 2 billion NZ dollars ($1.24 billion) by 2030, news agency reported.

30 killed in Israeli bombing on Gaza school

Thirty Palestinians were killed, most of them children and women, and dozens injured in an Israeli airstrike targeting a school housing displaced people in the Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip, medical sources told the media on Thursday morning.

According to the sources, an Israeli fighter jet bombed at least three classrooms with several missiles, news agency reported.

In a statement, Hamas-run Gaza government media office condemned Israel's attack on the school as a "terrible massacre," saying that the continued implementation of these attacks by the Israeli army "is clear evidence of the crime of genocide committed against civilians".

Death toll from fishing boat fire in Philippines rises to 6

The death toll from the fire that broke out on a fishing boat in the central Philippines has risen to six, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Thursday.

In a statement, the PCG said six bodies had been recovered and that six other people survived the accident, news agency reported.

Of the six survivors, one is in critical condition due to a third-degree burn.

The boat caught fire around 8:25 p.m. local time on Wednesday in waters, nearly 1.5 nautical miles off the shoreline of Naga City in Cebu province.

IDF attacks Hamas men inside UNRWA school in Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that it had attacked Hamas men inside a UNRWA school in central Gaza.

The statement added that it had taken precautions not to harm civilians.

The IDF in a statement said, "The IDF fighter jets have conducted a precise strike on a Hamas compound embedded inside an UNRWA school in the Nuseriat area and several terrorists were eliminated."

Pro-Palestinian protesters arrested after taking over Stanford University president's office

Thirteen pro-Palestinian protesters at Stanford University were arrested after they briefly took over the varsity president's office, authorities said.

In the latest campus action calling for divestment from Israel, students and alumni entered President Richard Saller's office on early Wednesday morning, according to the pro-Palestinian group's spokesperson.

They vowed to "remain inside the building and are refusing to leave until their demands are met", the spokesperson said in a statement.

After several hours, the building was back in university control after campus police and Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputies took action, officials were quoted as saying by news agency

Yemen's Houthis launched two ballistic missiles into Red Sea, no damage: US Navy

The US Navy said that the Yemeni Houthi group launched two anti-ship ballistic missiles into the Red Sea in the past 24 hours.

"In the past 24 hours, Iranian-backed Houthis launched two anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBM) from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen into the Red Sea. There were no injuries or damage reported by the US, coalition, or commercial ships," the US Central Command said on X late Tuesday.

"This continued malign and reckless behaviour by the Iranian-backed Houthis threatens regional stability and endangers the lives of mariners across the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden," it said.

Hoax bomb threat disrupts Air Canada flight from Delhi

In yet another incident, an email was received regarding a bomb inside an Air Canada flight scheduled to depart for Toronto from IGI airport on Tuesday, an official said on Wednesday, adding that it turned out to be a hoax.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI airport) Usha Rangnani said that at 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday, the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) office at IGI airport received an email with the threat of a bomb inside an Air Canada flight which was scheduled to depart for Toronto.

“Following standard security protocols, a thorough inspection was conducted and nothing suspicious was found,” said the DCP.

Biden signs executive order to curb unlawful border crossings by immigrants

US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that would immediately turn down requests for entry into the country by asylum-seekers crossing the southern border illegally, in the event that officials deem the border is overwhelmed.

The long-awaited measure, which Biden has been contemplating for months, would kick in once the seven-day average for illegal crossings between ports of entry along the US-Mexico border hits 2,500 per day, effectively shutting down the border, news agency reported, citing senior administration officials.

Given that the daily encounters are already above the threshold now, the order could take effect right after being signed, empowering border officers to repatriate migrants within "days, if not hours," the officials told reporters during a press call.

Iraq arrests vandalisers of American, UK companies in Baghdad

The Iraqi Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday that its forces had arrested some individuals responsible for attacking branches of American and UK companies in the country's capital, Baghdad.

According to a ministry statement, sabotage incidents occurred on May 26, 27, and 30, targeting American restaurants Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Chili House, as well as Lee's, a language education centre of the British Cambridge Institute, and American heavy machinery company Caterpillar, reports news agency.

Following an investigation, security forces identified and arrested some of the vandalizers after issuing arrest warrants, the statement noted.

It said that the detainees confessed to participating in acts of sabotage alongside other fugitive defendants, stressing that arrest warrants were also issued to hunt other vandalisers.

Six railway workers dead after being hit by freight train in China

Six workers have been confirmed dead after they were hit by a freight train in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Tuesday morning, according to China Railway Harbin Bureau Group Co., Ltd.

The accident occurred around 1:55 a.m. when the workers were on the track of a railway section on the outskirts of Jiamusi City, sources with the company said.

Two of them died on the spot, while the other four died after rescue efforts failed, reports news agency.

Turkey: Two soldiers killed in plane crash during military training

Two soldiers were killed in a plane crash during military training in the central Turkish province of Kayseri on Tuesday, said the Turkish Defense Ministry.

"An SF-260D type training aircraft of our Air Force Command, which took off from the 12th Air Transportation Main Base Command in Kayseri for training/testing, was involved in a crash due to an unknown reason," the ministry said in a statement.

According to the local governorate, the plane crashed in the Hasan Arpa neighbourhood of the Kocasinan district in Kayseri province, reports news agency.

Further details are awaited.

Over 300 Afghan refugee families return home from Pak, Iran in two days

 More than 300 Afghan refugee families have returned home from Pakistan and Iran over the past couple of days, reported news agency on Tuesday.

A total of 303 families who used to stay as refugees for years in the two neighbouring countries returned to their homeland a couple of days ago, added the state-controlled media outlet in its report without revealing the exact number of the returnees, reports news agency.

More than one million Afghan refugees, with the majority of them undocumented migrants, have reportedly returned home from the two countries since last November.

Australian Defence Force recruitment to be opened to non-citizens

Foreigners who have lived in Australia for at least 12 months will be eligible to join the nation's armed forces from 2025, the federal government has announced.

Richard Marles, the minister for defence and deputy prime minister, and Defence Personnel Minister Matt Keogh announced the initiative on Tuesday in Canberra, saying it would help grow the Australian Defence Force (ADF), news agency reported.

Under the expanded eligibility criteria, New Zealanders who are permanent residents of Australia and have lived in the country for at least 12 months will be able to join the ADF from July 1.

Malaysia's manufacturing PMI improves in May

Malaysia's manufacturing sector conditions improved midway through the second quarter of 2024, with the seasonally adjusted S&P Global Malaysia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rising to 50.2 in May from 49 in April.

S&P Global Market Intelligence said in a statement on Tuesday the latest data signalled a renewed improvement in manufacturing sector conditions following 20 months of moderation, news agency reported.

The latest PMI reading also suggested that Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) growth is running at a slightly improved rate than that seen in the first quarter of 2024, as well as pointing to modest year-on-year improvements in official manufacturing production data.