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Iranian students rally against IAEA inspections of universities

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Tehran, July 30 : Students at Tehran universities on Sunday held protest rallies against recent UN nuclear agency’s inspections of Iranian universities and demanded a ban for such visits in future, media reports said.

UN nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) carried out inspection programmes in two Iranian universities last week which sparked reactions from the Iranian political groups.

At Shahid Beheshti University, the students carried pictures of Iranian nuclear scientists assassinated over the past decade, Xinhua reported.

A similar rally was held at Tehran’s Sharif University of Technology, where students formed a symbolic human chain.

They called on state officials to prevent such visits which have sparked a flurry of condemnation by Iranian officials.

Last week, Fereidoun Abbasi, former head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, denounced as “unacceptable” the recent inspections of two Iranian universities by IAEA inspectors.

The IAEA inspections of Iranian academic centers were an inherently “wrong and unacceptable” move, Abbasi said.

Besides, there was no reason for the inspectors to visit the offices of professors at the universities either, he added.

Abbasi also expressed doubts that future inspections of Iran’s universities and scientific centers would be limited to specific time and places.

He said that the inspections might go on as long as Iran’s nuclear dossier is being considered as a “special case” by the IAEA.

“Such visits and inspections may even spread to military sectors and to our military and research universities,” Abbasi warned.

The IAEA inspectors had visited Iran University of Science and Technology and Sharif University of Technology.

Following the media releases, Science Minister Mansour Gholami said Iran’s Supreme National Security Council had authorized the inspections.

He denounced the claims that such visits would damage national interests, saying that the inspections by the IAEA did not go any further than “visiting the laboratories” and it was not followed by any problems.

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Trump wants replacement of Ginsburg without delay

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Washington, Sep 20 : US President Donald Trump has said he wants a new Supreme Court judge to be sworn in “without delay”, following the death of the long serving liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Ginsburg, 87, died on Friday, just six weeks before the presidential election.

Trump’s Democrat rival, Joe Biden, insists the decision on her replacement must wait until after the vote. The ideological balance of the nine-member court is crucial to its rulings on the most important issues in US law.

“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday, the BBC reported.

In 2016, Senate Republicans blocked Democratic President Barack Obama’s pick for the US top court. At the time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell justified the move on grounds that it was an election year.

But on Friday, Senator McConnell said he intended to act on any nomination Trump made.

Ginsburg, a liberal icon and feminist standard-bearer, died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at her home in Washington DC, surrounded by her family. She was only the second-ever woman to sit on the US Supreme Court.

Supporters gathered outside the court on Friday night to pay tribute to the woman who had become affectionately known as “The Notorious RBG”.

The appointment of judges in the US is a political question which means the president gets to choose who is put forward. The Senate then votes to confirm – or reject – the choice.

Ginsburg, who served for 27 years, was one of only four liberals on the nine-seat bench. Her death means that, should the Republicans get the vote through, the balance of power would shift decisively towards the conservatives.

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450 jobless Indian workers forced to begin Saudi, shifted to detention centres

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the situation of the economy of many countries has worsened. The effect can be seen in Saudi Arabia as well. As there are no jobs 450 Indian workers have no other choice but to beg for survival.

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the situation of the economy of many countries has worsened. The effect can be seen in Saudi Arabia as well. As there are no jobs 450 Indian workers have no other choice but to beg for survival.

The workers are mainly from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Delhi, Rajasthan and Karnataka. The work permits of these workers have now expired and thus they have to beg as their situation is worse.

These workers are now being shifted to detention centres. Videos have gone viral where the workers are being taken to the Shumaisi detention centre in Jeddah. Among the workers 39 belong to the state of Uttar Pradesh, 10 belong to Bihar, 5 are from Telangana and four each from the state of J and K, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Workers said that they have not committed any crime but had to beg as they had lost their jobs and were helpless.

Social worker and MBT leader Amjed Khan told TOI that the workers with an expired work permit were taken to detention centres .

A total of 2.4 lakh Indians were reported to return to the country but only 40,000 have made it so far.

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Families affected by Beirut blasts to be given $300 monthly

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The Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) announced on Saturday that it will provide $300 for seven months for 10,000 families affected by August 4 Port of Beirut explosions.

“We will also make assessments about the families that are very much in need for this amount after the first month,” Xinhua news agency quoted George Kettaneh, secretary general of the LRC, as saying.

Kettaneh said that LRC will cooperate with other associations and the Lebanese army to make sure that support is distributed fairly among all families, while it will continue to provide medicines for chronic diseases.

Two explosions rocked the port destroying a big part of the capital city.It killed around 190 people and wounding at least 6,000 others.

The explosions, caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate detonating at a warehouse in the port, also led to at least 300,000 people being homeless, while plunging more into poverty.

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