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US, China welcome N Korea halt on Nuclear, Missile tests



US, China welcome N Korea halt on Nuclear, Missile tests

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Japan calls it “positive” with caution

The US and China have, on Saturday, welcomed North Korea’s decision to halt its nuclear and missile tests and shut down its nuclear test site ahead of its summit with South Korea and Unites States. However Japan has called it a “positive” development with caution.

Earlier on Saturday morning, North Korea’s state media announced that country would immediately halt nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and shut down the Punggye-ri nuclear test site located in the northern area of the country. This was part of its “bid to pursue economic growth and peace in the Korean peninsula”. Pyongyang is three hours ahead of New Delhi.

The move comes as North Korea is planning to hold summits with South Korea and Unites States. Denuclearization is likely to top the agenda during the historic talks.

US, China welcome N Korea halt on Nuclear, Missile tests

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“The Chinese side believes that North Korea’s decision will help ameliorate the situation on the peninsula,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on its website. “China welcomes this.”

According to official Japanese news agency Yonhap, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has welcomed North Korea’s decision calling the latest development “positive,” but cautioned that it remains to be seen whether the action would lead to a complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North’s nuclear program. He was quoted saying “We will surely pay close attention”.

He made it clear that Japan and US discussed their cooperative approach against various possibilities regarding the North during their recent summit talks in Florida. Japanese PM also promised to maintain close cooperation with South Korea and the US in dealing with the North’s nuclear issue going forward.

Meanwhile, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters in Washington that it “can’t be satisfied” with North’s latest action as Pyongyang did not mention the abandonment of its short and mid range missiles capable of hitting Japan. He warned that Tokyo will continue to put maximum pressure on Pyongyang.

North Korea fired intermediate range ballistic missiles twice, in September and November last year, passing over Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. The whole country was shocked with North Korea’s behaviour. Japan is US ally along with South Korea in the region. Three countries have also conducted joint exercises in the Pacific Ocean close to North Korea.

In another positive development, ahead of the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade, officials have announced that North and South Korea have set up a telephone hotline between their two leaders. This is the first such a direct line of communication between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae In, who are due to meet later this month.

Both sides conducted successful test calls between the South’s presidential Blue House and the North’s State Affairs Commission, which is headed by Kim Jong Un.

US, China welcome N Korea halt on Nuclear, Missile tests

According to North Korea Times, Youn Kun-young, a senior Moon aide, told journalists, “The historic direct telephone line between the leaders of the South and North was connected a short while ago. The test call went on for 4 minutes and 19 seconds starting at 3.41pm with both sides speaking to each other. The connection was smooth and the voice quality was very good. It was like calling next door.”

Last month North and South Korea had agreed to set up the phone link when Moon’s top security adviser travelled to Pyongyang for an unprecedented meeting with Kim, who had then agreed to hold the inter-Korean summit. This would be third inter-Korean summit between the two countries. Earlier top leadership met in 2000 and 2007.

The leaders of two Koreas are planned to meet on April 28 on the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area.

Since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, with neither side able to claim an outright victory the two states remain technically at war. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected hold a summit with US President Donald Trump sometime in late May or early June this year. Trump had endorsed the North Korea-US Summit about an hour after receiving the report.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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World Earth Day 2024: Google Doodle showcases aerial view of planet’s natural beauty

Google celebrated Earth Day 2024 with a special doodle featuring an aerial view of our planet’s biodiversity.



Google shared a doodle today to celebrate World Earth Day 2024, which showcased aerial photos of the planet’s biodiversity and natural beauty. Google reminded us of the importance of protecting planet earth for future generations with the help of this doodle.

The Google letters depict specific locations across the globe where people, communities, and governments work every day to help protect the planet’s natural beauty, biodiversity, and resources, according to the explanation of the annual Earth Day 2024 doodle on their website.

It said, these examples remind us that there’s much more to do to address the climate crisis and biodiversity loss, but also offer the promise of hope and optimism.

The islands of Turks and Caicos are represented by the letter “G.” The islands’ conservation efforts are concentrated on protecting important regions for biodiversity and addressing persistent environmental problems.

The largest reef in the southern Gulf of Mexico and a UNESCO biosphere reserve, Scorpion Reef National Park, is represented by the letter “O” in the Mexican flag.

The letter “O” features Iceland’s Vatnajokull National Park, which was designated as a national park in 2008 following decades of advocacy. The ecology within and surrounding the biggest glacier in Europe is safeguarded by this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The letter “G” has the Jau National Park in Brazil on it. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the biggest forest reserves in South America.

The Great Green Wall of Nigeria is represented by the letter “L,”  and the Pilbara Islands Nature Reserves of Australia are represented by the letter “E.”

Meanwhile, Earth Day is a worldwide event that promotes protection of the environment every year. April 22 serves as a reminder of the importance of conservation efforts and sustainable practices to guarantee a healthier world and a brighter future.

The occasion inspires people across the world to come together and take action to protect the environment, strengthening our bonds with nature and promoting good change.

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Bigg Boss 14 contestant Rahul Vaidya struggles walking in knee deep water, compares Dubai rains with Mumbai floods

Singer and TV personality Rahul Vaidya was recently stranded in the Dubai rains.



Rahul Vaidya, who was in Dubai ahead of his show which was scheduled to take place today, left the country due to heavy rains and reached Kolkata. The artist shared on social media his encounters in the UAE city, including challenges like walking through knee-deep water. Rahul provided an update regarding the heavy rainfall in Dubai on his Instagram profile.

The Bigg Boss 14 contestant revealed that he was in Kolkata and prepared to do an evening performance. Recalling the terrifying period he went through, Vaidya said there was a lot of confusion and panic in Dubai. The situation was similar to that when heavy floods hit Mumbai in 2005.

Vaiday also posted seval other images and videos of cars that were underwater and flooded roadways. The Bigg Boss 14 contestant, who shared his ordeal, claimed that even though it had just rained for two hours, the situation was dire.

In one of the video, which went viral he can be seen struggling in walking in knee-deep water. He can be also seen holding his sneakers in one hand and with other hand he was seen managing other things.

This is the result of the two hours of rain that it had, he can be heard saying in the video. Vidya also said he dosen’t believe Dubai is accustomed to a lot of rain. Everything had stopped working, he remarked.

After taking part in the first season of the singing reality show Indian Idol, Rahul Vaidya gained widespread recognition. In addition to Bigg Boss, he took part in Khatron Ke Khiladi 11.

Meanwhile, heavy rains that triggered flooding in the UAE and Bahrain, which left 18 people dead in Oman on Sunday and Monday, have paralyzed the financial hub of the Middle East, Dubai.

A lot of incoming flights were diverted from Dubai’s international airport because of the rain. At 7:26 p.m., the busiest airport in the world for foreign visitors stopped accepting new arrivals; a gradual resumption was announced for more than two hours later.

Images of planes navigating flooded tarmacs are making the rounds on social media.

According to pictures shared on social media, the flagship malls Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates both experienced heavy floods, while at least one Dubai Metro station had water up to the ankles.

There were several road collapses, severe flooding in residential areas, and numerous reports of leaks from windows, doors, and roofs.

Due to the unfavourable weather, schools around the United Arab Emirates were forced to close, and as more storms are predicted, the closures are anticipated to last until Wednesday. The government of Dubai allowed its staff to work remotely till this Wednesday.

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Dubai sky turns green during storm in UAE, video goes viral

The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain.



1 person was killed in UAE as it witnessed heavy rainfall on Tuesday, stranding commuters, flooding roads, disrupting trains and flights and resulting in water leakage from mall ceilings. The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain. It is being said that the rainfall was the highest documented since the start of data collection in 1949.

The heavy rainfall in UAE came days after a similar situation in neighbouring Oman, where 13 people were killed in flash floods. Many parts of Oman saw torrential rains, which caused students to be trapped in buses and swept away motorists and trapped people in their homes.

Videos from Dubai circulating on social media showed widespread waterlogging on roads in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other important cities. This left daily commuters in cars and other vehicles struggling to get back home. Dubai metro station too was seen flooded and closed.

One such video circulating on social media shows the aerial view of the city of Dubai from the top of a building. In the video the stormy winds are seen blowing over the city of Dubai. As the storm intensifies the Dubai sky turns green and ultimately gets covered by heavy rainfall. The video has gone viral on social media with more than 1.1 million views.

Another video showed water leakage from the ceilings of shopping malls, flooding the floors and destroying goods. A video which was shot in the famous Mall of the Emirates, showed pieces of ceiling falling as the rainwater gushed inside. Videos from many outlets of the Deira City Centre mall chain showed escalators being rendered unusable. Majid Al Futtaim, the company which owns the Mall of Emirates, said that the shopping complexes have been kept open and the customers are being sent away from the flooded areas. 

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