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Shopkeeper sells ‘Om’-inscribed shoes in Pakistan

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Hindus sentiments put on shoes in Pakistan’s Sindh Province as some shopkeepers allegedly sold shoes with sacred Hindu word ’Om’ inscribed on them, which sparked anger among the minority community.

Police has held a shopkeeper who sold shoes with sacred Hindu word ‘Om’ inscribed on them and seized the offensive foot-wears after protests by the country’s minority community.

“The shopkeeper was arrested and the shoes in question have also been confiscated,” said Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) patron-in-chief Ramesh Kumar Vankwani.

Mr. Vankwani said police have found that the controversial shoes that were purchased from a manufacturer in Lahore and Punjab police were being approached for taking action against them

The patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) Ramesh Kumar said that they had already lodged protests with the Sindh government and local authorities in Tando Adam Khan after it was noticed that shoes were being sold with the sacred word ‘Om’ inscribed on them.

“The pictures of these shoes have been circulated on the social media… and we demand they be removed from the shops immediately,” he said.

He added the sale of such shoes was an insult to the Hindu community in Pakistan as it is blasphemous to use the sacred word ’Om’ on shoes.

According to local Sindhi newspapers reports similar shoes were also being sold in some other areas of Sindh.

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Russian Deputy PM Yury Trutnev tests positive for COVID-19

Russia registered 5,102 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 902,701, the country’s COVID-19 response centre.

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Moscow: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev has tested positive for COVID-19.

Trutnev’s trip to the Far East as part of the visit of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has been postponed so far, Xinhua news agency.

“Before the trip, Yury Trutnev was tested for coronavirus. He showed a positive result,” he said.

Russia registered 5,102 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 902,701, the country’s COVID-19 response centre.

The death toll stood at 15,231.

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Afghanistan: 4 police officers killed in bomb attack in Western Farah Province

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FARAH, Afghanistan, Aug. 13 : At least four police officers were killed and 16 people wounded after a bomb explosion took place outside a provincial police station in Afghanistan’s western Farah province on Wednesday, a local official confirmed.

“Four killed and 16 wounded were admitted to a provincial main hospital following a bomb explosion in Farah city, capital of Farah province this evening,” Dr. Abdul Jabar Shahiq from provincial health directorate told Xinhua.

Those among the wounded were child and a police officer, he added.

Security forces have cordoned off the area for precautionary measures.

The blast sent a column of thick smoke into the sky and triggered panic, Muhibullah Muhib from provincial police told Xinhua, adding the explosion damaged several vehicles and buildings.

Unofficial sources said the blast was caused by a suicide bomber who detonated a tricycle, targeting a passing convey of provincial intelligence official roughly at 6:40 p.m. local time.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Since the signing of a Taliban and United States peace agreement in late February, Afghan leaders, including President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, have frequently demanded the Taliban to reduce violence.

The militants, however, have intensified attacks, killing and injuring scores of combatants and civilians.

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5.5-magnitude earthquake rattles northern Philippines

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MANILA, Aug. 13 : An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 shook Batanes province in the northern Philippines on Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (Phivolcs) said.

The institute said the quake, which struck at 6:32 a.m. local time, hit at a depth of 14 kilometers, about 49 kilometers southwest of Sabtang town.

The institute said the quake, which was tectonic in origin, will trigger aftershocks but will not cause damage.

The Philippines has frequent seismic activity due to its location along the Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

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