News Updates Live: 14 Jammu and Kashmir leaders to meet Prime Minister Modi today

Among the leaders who are scheduled to participate in the meeting are Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad, Tara Chand and GA Mir; National Conference’s Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah; PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti, J-K Apni Party’s Altaf Bukhari; BJP’s Ravinder Raina, Nirmal Singh and Kavinder Gupta; CPI(M)’s M Y Tarigami; National Panthers Party’s Prof Bheem Singh; and Peoples Conference’s Sajad Gani Lone.

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Indonesia detects 211 more contagious variants of concern

As many as 211 or 9.41 per cent of the total 2,242 samples of COVID-19 cases tested with the whole genome sequencing method in Indonesia are more contagious variants of concern, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The ministry’s research and development agency said amongst the 211 cases, 160 cases were of the Delta variant first detected in India, 45 cases were of the Alpha variant first detected in Britain and six cases were of the Beta variant first identified in South Africa.

Afghanistan to arm, train civilians against Taliban

Naqibullah Fayeq, the newly-appointed deputy interior minister, on Wednesday said that Kabul would support public mobilization against Taliban “in every province”, reported Afghanistan Times. “Taliban will be suppressed. There is an extraordinary support from security officials to people,” he told army and police in Mazar-e-Sharif.

Plea in Kerala High Court seeks ban on WhatsApp

In a PIL, Omanakuttan K G from Idukki district alleged the instant messaging platform has a separate privacy policy for the European region which is in tune with the laws prevailing there. “If the APP is amenable to laws of European region and can change its functionality in accordance with the laws of European region; why is it hesitant to abide by the laws of our country?” the petitioner asked.

WHO raises concerns over Sputnik V manufacturing plant

In a statement, Pharmstandard-UfaVITA, a leading pharmaceutical company in Russia, said that the WHO inspectors’ attention was focused on only four technical issues mostly related to one of the filling lines, which have all been subsequently fully addressed. The company said that the WHO did not raise any questions about the safety and efficacy of the produced and finished vaccine as the “Sputnik V” vaccine undergoes strictest double quality output control.

John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison

The creator of the McAfee antivirus software, has been found dead in his cell in a jail near Barcelona, a government official has said.Hours earlier, a Spanish court issued a preliminary ruling in favor of the 75-year-old tycoon’s extradition to the United States to face tax-related criminal charges.

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