- Cyprus has discovered a new variant dubbed as “Deltacron”, which has the same genetic background as the delta variant, coupled with 10 mutations from Omicron. This variant has already affected 25 people in Cyprus. According to Dr Leondios Kostrikis, Head of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Molecular Virology at the University of Cyprus, 11 of the 25 samples taken in Cyprus were hospitalized due to the virus, while 14 were from the general population.
- Indonesia will move its capital to mineral-rich East Kalimantan, an Indonesian province on the island of Borneo. The new capital will be named Nusantara, which means “archipelago” in Javanese. It will be based in the areas of Penajam North Paser and Kutai Kartanegara. The new project is expected to cost around $32 billion.
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- India has announced a financial assistance of $ 900 million line of credit to Sri Lanka to build up its dwindling foreign reserves and food imports. Sri Lanka is currently facing crisis of almost all essential commodities due to paucity of dollars to pay for imports. India is extending its support through the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay met Governor of Sri Lanka’s central bank and expressed India’s strong support to Sri Lanka.
- A volcano erupted last week in the South Pacific island of Tonga. Tonga has since been cut off from the rest of the world, as under water communication cables have been damaged. According to the New Zealand government, it may take a month to recover. The tsunami was caused by the eruption of the volcano. NASA scientists have estimated that the eruption of the volcano was 500 times more than the 10-megaton capacity nuclear bomb dropped by the US on Hiroshima in 1945. Scientists have told that such an explosion has never been seen before in the last 100 years. The sound of this explosion could be heard at Alaska, which is 9744 km away. In New Zealand, about 2300 km away, the waves after the explosion caused damage.
- The Guinness World Record holder for the oldest living male, Saturnino de la Fuente García of Spain has died at the age of 112 years and 341 days. Saturnino claimed the record as the oldest person (male) in September 2021, when he was exactly 112 years and 211 days old. He was born on February 11, 1909, in the Puente Castro neighborhood of León in Spain.
- The International Labor Organization (ILO) has released its World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2022 report. The report analyzes comprehensive labour market projections for 2022 and 2023 and assesses how the labour market has improved around the world. In WESO 2022, the ILO has lowered its forecast for labour market reforms in 2022. The global unemployment level is projected to be 207 million in 2022, compared to 186 million in 2019. Total working hours globally in 2022 are projected to drop 2% from pre-pandemic levels, and this equates to the loss of 52 million full-time jobs. The global labour force participation rate in 2022 is projected to be down 1.2 percentage compared to 2019 before the pandemic began. About 40 million people will not participate in the global labour force in 2022.
- Shaylyn Ford, 37, was crowned as the winner of Mrs World 2022. She was crowned by the incumbent Queen of Ireland, Kate Schneider. Mrs Jordan Jaclyn Stapp and Mrs UAE Debanjali Kamstra were the runners-up. Shaylyn Ford represented the United States in the competition and competed with 57 other competitors from around the world to claim the title.
- Within 5 months of the Taliban capture of Afghanistan, the economic situation of the country has become very poor. Countries around the world stopped foreign aid to Afghanistan for 20 years. Its effect was seen in the budget of the country. In 2020, where the budget of Afghanistan was about 41 thousand crores, it has now reduced to only 3,800 crores. A shortfall of about 91% has been registered in the budget. Already facing poverty and drought, Afghanistan’s financial aid of 70 thousand crore rupees was stopped. Nearly 800,000 Afghan workers have not received salaries since August 2021. The Taliban government is only promising to release salaries. The value of Afghan currency is continuously decreasing in the international market.
- The Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen has been going on since last week. More than 80 people have died in this attack. At the same time, more than 150 injured have been admitted to the hospital so far. The Ministry of Health of the Houthi rebels has given information about this. The Health Ministry says that the search is on for the injured buried under the rubble, the death toll may rise further. According to media reports, Saudi coalition forces have carried out more than 60 airstrikes on a detention center in Yemen’s northern Saada province. The Detention Center building was completely destroyed in the airstrike. Saada is considered a stronghold of the Houthi rebels. Due to this attack, the internet connectivity of the country has come to a standstill. Hundreds of Houthi rebels are protesting in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, against the attack by coalition forces.
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- 36.74 lakh new corona infections have been confirmed in the world on the last day. 16.71 lakh people have been cured, while 9233 people have died. In the case of new infections, America tops with 8 lakh patients, while France is at number two with 4 lakh new cases. India is at number three with 3.31 lakh cases. There are 66 million active cases all over the world. Of these, 26.5 million are in the US alone. So far, more than 349.5 million people have come under the grip of this virus. Of these, 279.3 million have been cured. At the same time, 5.6 million have lost their lives.