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Government’s new scheme to help laborers, implement lockdown

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(Last Updated On: March 29, 2020)

The Afghan government speaks of a new scheme to help the poor, laborers and make the city lockdown possible to slow the coronavirus outbreak down.

Following the plan of curfew in the capital Kabul, the government has decided to form a committee to reach out to the poor.

Presidential Advisor Waheed Omer says, “A committee led by the governor of Kabul and membered by representatives of various governmental bodies will be formed to reach out and aid the poor in the time of the lockdown which may extend further.”

On the other hand, some members of parliament believe that providing help for the poor is a difficult task because people will find it hard to believe that food will be provided on their tables.

MP Nilofar Ibrahimi said, “A different and long term procedure should be devised to help the poor because one never knows how long the coronavirus problem will last. People, who labor outside on daily bases to provide food for their families, are not sure whether the food will really be provided for them. This is serious.”

On one hand, poverty in the country has had people go out of their homes every day and work to win bread for their families, on the other, the curfew in the city has made it even challenging.

Sayed Nemat, a laborer, says, “The government doesn’t care for us. I work up to AFn200 daily and buy food for my family. Now the police do not let us work. We don’t know what to do?”

Sayed Nemat’s little daughter, Hasina, who is concerned about the situation, says, “If my father doesn’t work and make money to bring food for us, what will we do? We are poor.”

The coronavirus pandemic has added to the problems of the people, especially the poor. If the administration proves unable to tackle the situation and meet people’s problems, the country will face a severe humanitarian crisis.

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Leading tennis player charged with assaulting ex-wife

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(Last Updated On: June 5, 2020)

Nikoloz Basilashvili, a leading tennis player has been sued by his ex-wife for assault, CNN reports.

A statement from the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia indicates that Nikoloz Basilashvili, who is ranked No. 27 in the world, was charged with violence against Neli Dorokashvili.

Although an investigation into the criminal case is ongoing, Basilashvili was released on a bail of $31,300 and is due to return to court on July 16 for the next hearing.

In a statement on Basilashvili’s Facebook page posted after he posted bail, his legal representatives said the allegations are “false and totally unsubstantiated.”

The couple, who have a five-year-old son together, divorced last year.

His lawyers have said, “We would like to ensure Nikoloz Basilashvili’s fans that video footage already submitted to the court evidences our client’s position and fully discharges him from the abovementioned untrue allegations.”

On the other hand, Dorokashvili’s lawyer says there is evidence to support her claims, noting “There are people who are witness to their relationship. There are some video records and audio records. There also some transcripts, there are dialogues of phone text messages and so forth.”

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Twitter disabled Trump’s video tribute to Floyd for copyright reasons

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(Last Updated On: June 5, 2020)

Twitter has pulled down Donald Trump’s tribute video to George Floyd on its platform.

On a copyright complaint, Twitter has pulled down Donald Trump’s tribute video to George Floyd on its platform, news agencies report.

A Twitter representative has said, “We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,”

The clip is said to be a collation of photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, with Trump’s voiceover.

The three-minute 45-second video is still on YouTube, with over 60,000 views and 13,000 likes – it was tweeted by Trump’s campaign on June 3.

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Afghanistan records highest Coronavirus death toll in single day

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Nine people have died of Coronavirus in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry.

In a statement released on Friday, the ministry said that three people in Balkh, two in Herat, two in Samangan, and two others in Kunduz lost life after suffering COVID-19.

According to the statement, 915 people were tested positive for the Coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

The cases were registered as follow: 423 in Kabul, 201 in Herat, 116 in Balkh, 29 in Kunduz, 23 in Kunar, 21 in Kandahar, 21 in Farah, 21 in Sar-e-Pul, 20 in Helmand, 15 in Samangan, 11 in Paktia, 7 in Nangarhar, 4 in Maidan Wardak, and three in Laghman, the statement said.

It brings the total affected people to 18,969 in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, 178 people have recovered and fully discharged from the hospitals, bringing the total recoveries to 1,763, the ministry added.

So far, 309 people have died of the virus since its first case was detected in western Herat province.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health stated that the decision to fight the Coronavirus is in the hands of the people – any negligence could lead to a serious humanitarian crisis.

In addition, First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said that the country is in the worst condition in the fight against the Coronavirus. He also has said that some of his family members and colleagues have been infected by the virus, urging people to abide by the health guidelines and measures.

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