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The magnitude 7.5 quake struck in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan's extreme north, in the Hindu Kush mountain range, at a depth of 130 miles in the year 2005. More than two minutes of continuous earthquakes were reported in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital. According to officials, at least 147 individuals were killed in Pakistan and 33 in Afghanistan. Unlike the previous 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Pakistan in 2005, this earthquake was far deeper, resulting in less damage. It was a sort of quake that experts could not fully comprehend, despite the fact that it occurred in what the US Geological Survey (USGS) describes as "one of the most seismically dangerous places on Earth."
As governments and humanitarian organizations continue to rescue and relief operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, several survivors of huge earthquakes say they have lost everything, even the chance of returning to regular life. News agencies reached out to people to lost their loved ones in this devasting tragedy.
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One person named Adbul Qader exclaimed that he lost six of his cousins to the calamity. He claimed he knew of one family who perished as a whole, as well as another that lost many children. Some survivors stated they had nothing to look forward to after losing children, animals, and their houses."We have lost it all. We had stocked some grains and flour, but all is gone," said Fazle Wahab, who is from Pakistan's Bajur area, along the Afghan border.
Many individuals had lost their houses and were in dire need of food and shelter. Saddam Hussain of Pakistan's Upper Dir region, which was among the most impacted, related his experience: "Our cattle were killed, and our kitchen was entirely destroyed." I'm not sure if we'll be able to cook anything for supper tonight."
According to Pakistan's military, engineers were successful in restoring sections of the Karakoram Highway that had been closed due to landslides triggered by the earthquake. The reopening enabled officials to begin bringing relief supplies to impacted communities in the northern regions, where scores of people were murdered and hundreds were displaced. According to Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa, an army spokesperson, helicopters and military planes were bringing relief supplies, while military engineers were trying to restore communication links destroyed by landslides.
People in Afghanistan were pleading with the government to come to their aid and provide financial assistance. "In addition to the loss of human life, we have lost our possessions, and we want the government to provide us with financial assistance," an Afghan civilian stated. Sonatullah Taimor, a spokesman for the governor of Afghanistan's Takhar province, said food, blankets, and tents were in short supply, at a time when people have been warned to sleep outside, in near-freezing temperatures, in case of aftershocks. (VOA/JC)
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Hackers have stolen crypto tokens worth $120 million from Blockchain-based decentralised finance (DeFi) platform BadgerDAO. Several crypto wallets were drained before the platform could stop the cyber attack. In a tweet, Badger said it has received reports of unauthorised withdrawals of user funds. "As Badger engineers investigate this, all smart contracts have been paused to prevent further withdrawals. Our investigation is ongoing and we will release further information as soon as possible," the company said late on Thursday.
According to the blockchain security and data analytics Peckshield, the various tokens stolen in the attack are worth about $120 million, reports The Verge. According to reports, someone inserted a malicious script in the user interface (UI) of their website. Badger has retained data forensics experts Chainalysis to explore the full scale of the incident and authorities in both the US and Canada have been informed. "Badger is cooperating fully with external investigations as well as proceeding with its own," it said. DeFi is a collective term for financial products and services that are open, decentralised and accessible to anyone. DeFi products open up financial services to anyone with an internet connection and they are largely owned and maintained by their users. While the attack didn't reveal specific flaws within Blockchain tech itself, it managed to exploit the older "web 2.0" technology that most users need to use to perform transactions, according to reports. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: crypto wallets, BadgerDAO, decentralised finance, Blockchain, 120 million, crypto tokens, Hackers)
A total of 120 top Bollywood and other celebrities are expected to attend the wedding of film stars Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal which is scheduled on December 9 in Rajasthan, said Rajendra Kishan, the District Collector (DC) of Sawai Madhopur district of the state on Friday. The District Collector told mediapersons: "These 120 guests shall follow all COVID-19 protocols and fully vaccinated guests will get entry in the much-hyped celebrity wedding."
Kishan said that the organisers have been asked to strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols. Also, those who are not vaccinated, will not be allowed without the negative RT-PCR test report, he added. "We have been informed by organisers that a total of 120 guests are invited to the wedding and the events will take place between December 7 to December 10," he added.
Earlier at 10.30 a.m., Kishan called a meeting which was attended by administrative, police and forest department officials, hotel and event managers to ensure adequate arrangements for crowd control, smooth regulation of traffic, and law and order situation amid the VIP movement. The wedding venue Fort Barwara, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, is situated in the panchayat samiti Chauth Ka Barwara. The venue is around 22 km away from Sawai Madhopur and is around 174 km from Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur district is famous for the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve and as per reports, the guests are likely to be taken for a tiger safari. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Rajasthan, December 9, Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif, film stars, celebrities, Bollywood, Katrina-Vicky)
The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), which confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron variant in Bengaluru on Thursday, is continuously monitoring the situation in four cities - Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Pune. The NCBS is a part of a consortium of national laboratories performing genomic surveillance across four city clusters. The consortium was established four months ago with support from The Rockefeller Foundation's Pandemic Prevention Institute, and is led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad.
Dr Rakesh Mishra at the CCMB said on Friday that the consortium is continuously monitoring the situation in all the four cities and has upscaled its efforts to sequence as many samples as possible Apart from the CCMB and the NCBS, the consortium includes CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology - IGIB in New Delhi and the Pune Knowledge Cluster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune.
The first case of the Omicron variant was detected in South Africa and reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. | Unsplash
The consortium is focused on upscaling genomic surveillance as part of national efforts led by the INSACOG - Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium - to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The consortium intensified its sequencing efforts after the World Health Organisation announced Omicron as a Variant of Concern. Such an intensified effort enabled the Bengaluru team at the NCBS, a member laboratory of INSACOG, in collaboration with Strand Life Sciences and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to detect, rapidly sequence and verify the existence of the omicron variant in samples from two Covid-19 infected individuals.
They hope this will aid in a rapid response to contain the spread of variants of concern. Prof Satyajit Mayor from the NCBS conveyed the information to local and national authorities, and the Indian government released a statement on December 2, all within four days of receiving the samples. Both SARS-CoV-2 genomes have also been uploaded to the global repository for SARS-CoV-2 sequences, GISAID, so that they can be publicly available to the scientific community, the NCBS said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Hyderabad, New Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Situation, NCBS, Omicron)