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Covid set back progress on poverty in Asia-Pacific by 2 yrs: ADB

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Manila: The Covid-19 pandemic has set back the fight against poverty in the Asia-Pacific region by at least two years, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Wednesday.

The region’s economic growth this year is expected to reduce extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.90 a day, to a level that would have been reached in 2020 had the pandemic not occurred, the US-based bank said. in Manila in an annual report on Key Indicators.

The region’s economies are recovering from lockdowns and other pandemic restrictions, but progress is uneven and many are likely to find it more difficult than before to escape poverty, the dpa news agency quoted the ADB as saying.

The ADB also noted that the pandemic has worsened food insecurity and access to health and education services.

“Governments in the region must focus on resilience, innovation and inclusion to deliver more balanced economic opportunities and greater social mobility for all,” said Albert Park, chief economist at ADB.

Despite a spike in poverty in 2020, the prevalence of extreme poverty in developing Asia is projected to fall to less than 1 percent of the population by 2030, according to the report.

About 7 percent will be moderately poor and 25 percent may be considered economically vulnerable, while 43 percent may be economically secure and another 25 percent are projected to achieve middle-class status, defined as income or consumption of $15 or more a day.

However, the outlook is threatened by the potential for stagflation, ongoing conflicts involving key global players, rising food insecurity, and energy price shocks.

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Popular Indo-Canadian TikToker dies ‘unexpectedly’ at 21

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toronto: Indo-Canadian TikToker Megha Thakur, known for spreading messages of body positivity and self-confidence, passed away “suddenly” and “unexpectedly” last week, according to an Instagram post from her parents.

The Brampton influencer with 93,000 TikTok followers died last week at the age of 21.

He came from Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the light of our lives, our kind, loving and beautiful daughter, Megha Thakur, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on November 24, 2022 in the early hours of the morning,” Megha’s parents wrote, sharing the tragic news on Instagram.

“Megha was a confident and independent young woman. We will miss her very much. She loved her fans and she would have wanted you to know of her passing. At this time, we ask for her blessings on Megha. Her thoughts and her prayers will be with her on her journey forward.”

The cause of his death was not disclosed.

A funeral was held in his memory on Tuesday.

“Megha knew how much strength she had in the influencer space and how many women looked up to her, I told her all the time. We lost an angel too soon,” wrote an Instagram fan in response to the post.

“Your posts brought so much confidence and light when I was struggling. She was always an angel, and beautiful inside and out. I am sorry for the loss of her and may she rest in peace,” another Instagram user wrote.

Megha was also active on Instagram with close to 101,000 followers.

Her latest TikTok video, posted on November 18, was captioned: “YOU ARE in charge of your destiny. Remember it.”

In the video, Megha was wearing a gray and beige mini dress, white sandals and dark sunglasses, walking through the streets of New York.

She finished her graduation from Mayfield High School and started making TikTok videos in 2019.

His first video got around 3,000 likes and 60,000 views.

(IANOS)


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Around 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed since war began

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kyiv: A senior government official in kyiv has revealed that up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia launched its ongoing war on February 24.

Speaking to Ukrainian media on Thursday, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, said: “We have official assessments from the General Staff, official assessments from the commander-in-chief (Zelensky), and they range from 10,000 to 12,500-13,000 dead.” reported the BBC

He said the number of civilians killed could also be “significant”

Podolyak further suggested that as many as 100,000 Russian soldiers had been killed since the invasion began, and that between 100,000 and 150,000 more had been wounded, missing, or unable to return to combat.

However, the Ukrainian military has not confirmed the count given by Podolyak.

The latest figures come after Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last month that around 100,000 Russian and 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or wounded to date.

But the last update from Moscow in September said that only 5,937 soldiers had been killed since the start of the war.

The US general had also pointed out that between 15 and 30 million refugees have been created since Russia launched its invasion.

The UN has registered 7.8 million people as refugees from Ukraine across Europe, including Russia.

(IANOS)


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Jubin Nautiyal falls from building staircase; Elbow broken, ribs cracked

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Mumbai: Singing sensation Jubin Nautiyal suffered injuries after he fell from the stairs of a building and is being treated at a hospital in Mumbai.

The incident occurred early Thursday morning.

A statement read: “The singer broke his elbow, fractured ribs and injured his head after falling down a building staircase.”

“Jubin will undergo surgery on his right arm after his accident. He has been advised not to use his right arm.”

Singer Jubin has firmly established himself as one of the leaders of the Indian music industry with global hits like ‘Raataan Lambiyaan’, ‘Lut Gaye’, ‘Humnava Mere’ and ‘Tujhe Kitne Chahne Lage Hum’, ‘Tum Hi Aana’ and ‘Bewafa Tera Masoon Chehra’.

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