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About 11,000 People Rescued in Mediterranean Sea off North Africa in Last Two Days

The vast majority of refugees come from Africa, including Nigeria, Eritrea, Guinea, Gambia, Sudan, Ivory Coast and Somalia

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October 6, 2016: Nearly 11,000 people, including children traveling alone, were rescued at sea in the past two days, while 50 people were found dead, according to Italy’s coast guard.

More than 4,600 migrants were saved Tuesday and more than 6,000 were rescued Monday in the Mediterranean Sea off North Africa.

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The migrants were rescued Tuesday from 33 boats, including 27 rubber dinghies and one wooden boat, the Italian coast guard said.

A rescue boat is filled with migrants taken from a vessel in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya in this Oct. 4, 2016 image taken from video.
A rescue boat is filled with migrants taken from a vessel in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya in this Oct. 4, 2016 image taken from video.

Italian authorities also said three women had given birth Monday on a coast guard vessel that was bringing some 1,000 refugees to Sicily, most of them Eritrean and Nigerian, who were rescued north of Sabratha, Libya.

At its nearest tip, Libya is 290 kilometers from the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The mothers and their three children, two baby boys and one baby girl were all reported to be in good health.

The coast guard said new rescue operations were underway on Wednesday, but considerably fewer than on the previous two days.

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The vast majority of refugees come from Africa, including Nigeria, Eritrea, Guinea, Gambia, Sudan, Ivory Coast and Somalia.

Even with the closure of the so-called Balkan route in March, used by nearly one million migrants last year to cross to European Union countries, hundreds of people have daily have attempted to reach the European Union.

More than half of refugees registered with UNHCR come from just three countries

An estimated 6,000 migrants are stranded in Serbia after Hungary introduced strict limits for asylum-seekers this summer.

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About 142,000 migrants have reached Italy this year and around 3,100 have died making the perilous trip through the Mediterranean Sea, according to the International Organization for Migration. An estimated 154,000 arrived in Italy in 2015 and 2,892 died. (VOA)

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)