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Sudanese security forces fire tear gas at anti-coup protests – The Maravi Post

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Sudanese security forces fired tear gas Thursday at thousands of protesters who rallied against a deal that saw the prime minister reinstated after his ouster in a military coup last month, witnesses said.

Demonstrators in the capital, Khartoum, chanted “the people want the downfall of the regime” while in the capital’s twin city Omdurman others shouted “power to the people, a civilian government is the people’s choice”.

Security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters in Omdurman as well as in the central state of North Kordofan and in North Darfur, witnesses said.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan seized power and detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on October 25, but after international condemnation and mass protests he reinstated the premier in a deal they signed on Sunday.

“I initially went out to protest to demand retribution for people killed after the coup, and now I am protesting against the Burhan-Hamdok deal,” protester Soheir Hamad told AFP in south Khartoum.

This deal “blocks the way toward a full civilian rule. We don’t want the military to play a role in politics”, she said.

Protests also broke out in other states including Wad Madani, Kassala, and the western Darfur region, according to witnesses.

Pro-democracy activists in Sudan have accused Hamdok of “betrayal” and vowed to maintain pressure on the military-civilian authority.

Protest organisers have dubbed Thursday as “Martyr’s day”, to pay tribute to the 42 people killed, according to medics, in the deadly crackdown against anti-coup demonstrators.

– ‘Stop the bloodshed’ –

Hamdok, who has been prime minister in the transitional government since the ouster of long-time autocratic ruler Omar al-Bashir in 2019, has defended the deal.

He said on Wednesday he had partnered with the military to “stop the bloodshed” and to “not squander the gains of the last two years”.

Protesters in North Khartoum slammed him, chanting “Hamdok is weak but the streets are powerful” and “Burhan is dirty” and has been “brought to power by Islamists”, connected to Bashir’s regime.

At one demonstration in Khartoum, protester Sediq al-Zubair said Hamdok’s partnership with the military is a “stab in the back of the revolution” that ousted Bashir.

Another protester, Amany Abdalla, said “we have no problem with Hamdok” but “we don’t want the military, we want a purely civilian” rule.

Ahead of Thursday’s protests, Hamdok met with senior police officials and urged them to secure the protests.

Volker Perthes, the UN special envoy to Sudan who helped mediate between the military and civilian factions after the coup, said Wednesday that the rallies were “another test of credibility” of the agreement.

He urged authorities to allow demonstrations to go ahead “without bloodshed or arbitrary arrests”.

Hamdok also said the agreement with Burhan has outlined a “clear date” for Sudan’s first free elections in three decades slated for July 2023.

Sunday’s deal raised hopes that Sudan will be able to return to its tenuous transition process but critics slammed the agreement as “whitewashing” the coup.

About 12 out 17 ministers from Sudan’s main civilian bloc calling for a full civilian rule, who were part of Hamdok’s cabinet before the coup, resigned Monday saying they rejected the deal which “legitimises the coup regime”.

Meanwhile, the agreement was welcomed by the United Nations, African Union, Western countries as well as Arab powerhouses Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which have strong ties with the Sudanese military.

Several civilian leaders who were arrested since the coup were released this week but key figures have remained in detention.

Perthes welcomed the releases but said “if the ‘political agreement’ is to be taken seriously, all detainees should be released immediately”.

Source: Africanews

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Watch Super Queen Grand Premiere 27th November 2021 Full Episode & Contestants Zee Telugu

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Hey entertainment lovers, just gearing up yourself to catch a phenomenal show of Zee Telugu called “Super Queen” which is ready to make your weekend over the top, as the viewers have released the broadcasting date. Ever since the die-hard fans of the Zee Telugu network got acquainted with the promo, their curiosity is hitting the bricks to know everything. So below you can get the comprehensive details, which will help you at the time of catching the telecast because as soon as the time is passing the interest of the audience is enhancing enough.

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According to the reports, the broadcasting of “Super Queen” will take place on Sunday 28th November 2021 on Zee Telugu at 12:00 PM. Karthika Masam is a count in the month for the auspicious beginnings, no matter it is a new show, alliance, or something else. So, therefore, the Makers of the show have decided to make the viewers familiarized with the show in the last week of November 2021, as still, a few days are left in the ending of the Karthik Masam. Many surprises are also brought by the makers as well, whose everyone is eagerly waiting for, but still, a few hours are left in telecasting so you will have to wait for a bit.

The makers have been conferred the exclusive promos of the show officially, in which you can watch the glimpse of upcoming activities, which are ready to take place on the stage to make the audience entertained up to the next level. Even the makers are doing such things to enhance the entertainment level so that, viewers could feel tied with them till the end. Even the contestant’s lists have also been shared by the makers, this is the reason everyone is paying attention more to them.

 Super Queen 27th Nov 2021

  • Shiva Jyoti
  • Shobha Shetty,
  • Snigdha
  • Pooja Moorthy
  • Bhanu Shree
  • Sri Satya
  • Madhumita
  • Navya Swamy
  • Lasya Manjunath
  • Yashmi

Here we have mentioned such details about the new show Super Queen and these details will be proven beneficial for you, which streaming the show. These 10 queens will spread the magic of their charm, and make the audience surprised due to their astonishing moves. These contestants will battle against each other to make the title of the show in their name as the winner. When it comes to the special guest so Anupama Parameswaran, Raj Tarun, and Niharika Konidela will be seen a special guests in the show.

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Solomon Islands Tension – The Maravi Post

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Three bodies were found in a burnt out building in Honiara amid this week’s violence in the capital of the Solomon Islands, Australian media reported. Authorities had put a curfew in place on Friday night in an attempt to stem the unrest and the situation seemed to be calmer on Saturday. But the government showed no signs of addressing the underlying grievances that sparked two days of riots, including concerns about the country’s increasing links with China. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare sought to deflect attention from domestic issues by blaming outside interference for stirring up the protesters, with a thinly veiled reference to Taiwan and the United States. Honiara’s Chinatown and its downtown precinct were focuses of rioters, looters and protesters who demanded the resignation of Sogavare, who has been prime minister intermittently since 2000. Sogavare has been widely criticized by leaders of the country’s most populous island of Malaita for a 2019 decision to drop diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of mainland China. His government, meanwhile, has been upset over millions in U.S. aid promised directly to Malaita, rather than through the central government. Those issues are just the latest in decades of rivalry between Malaita and Guadalcanal, where the capital, Honiara, is located, said Jonathan Pryke, director of the Sydney-based Lowy Institute think tank’s Pacific Islands program. The Solomon Islands, with a population of about 700,000, are located about 1,500 kilometers (1,000 miles) northeast of Australia.

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Immunology professor talks about the new coronavirus variant – The Maravi Post

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Passengers at Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo airport scrambled this Saturday to find flights to Europe as more and more countries are shutting doors to passengers coming from African countries.

The emergence of the new coronavirus Omicron variant in South Africa sparked a worldwide reaction.

Professor of Immunology Danny Altmann explains.

“I know it feels very harsh to people in South Africa who have really done the right thing and been terribly speedy and vigilant in their reporting. But I just feel that we were so slow to act on Delta and the whole world paid such a high price for it. Let’s try and be forewarned and do it properly this time. So, I think it probably is warranted”, said the academic working at Imperial College London.

Last minute PCR tests are now mandatory.

The UK-based professor believes that vaccination still offers protection against the worst effects of this disease.

“I think it’s a case of kind of hope for the best and fear the worst, isn’t it? So in some ways, if you look at the straight molecular biology limitations, it looks potentially quite a lot scarier even than Delta. And don’t forget, we thought of Delta. I certainly thought Delta as a peak variant, and probably it couldn’t get much worse than that. This looks potentially worse. On the other hand, there’s no reporting from South Africa yet that cases are more severe, and it looks like vaccines may still be doing something because we heard there yesterday that the people in hospital tended to be the unvaccinated people rather than the vaccinated”, said Professor Altmann.

In Africa vaccination rates are significantly lower compared to Europe, the United States and other regions.

According to Professor Altmann, distribution of vaccines throughout Africa is essential to stop future variants.

“You know, in this particular case, if it did come out of Botswana and or South Africa, there has been quite a lot of vaccine available there. But as you say in the African continent as a whole, they’ve been very short of vaccines compared to Europe or North America. And things like this demonstrate how foolhardy that is. We’re just breeding the future variants to come and haunt us. Why do it?”

The latest available data indicate that South Africa has registered almost 3 million cases of Covid-19 and close to 90,000 deaths.

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