Malaysian News

Daripada Wang Tepus ke UNESCO, tokoh mek mulung luah

ALOR SETAR: Dua tokoh mek mulung melahirkan kegembiraan sehingga menitiskan air mata apabila seni warisan yang diperjuangkan mereka sejak lima dekad lalu mendapat pengiktirafan daripada Pertubuhan Pendidikan Saintifik dan Kebudayaan Bangsa Bersatu (UNESCO).

Kamarusdin Debak, 68, dan rakan seperjuangannya, Ishak Man, 62, itu merupakan antara 11 delegasi Mek Mulung yang ke Kasane, Republik Botswana bagi mengadakan persembahan sebelum terpilih sebagai Senarai Warisan Budaya Tidak Ketara yang Memerlukan Perlindungan Segera.

Menurut Kamarusdin selaku pemuzik dalam teater tradisional itu, beliau mewakili semua pihak yang terlibat dalam bidang itu berbesar hati apabila perjuangan mereka memartabatkan seni berkenaan akhirnya menerima pengiktirafan tersebut.

“Saya sudah berkecimpung dalam bidang ini sejak berusia 9 tahun dan pelbagai cabaran sudah kami lalui termasuk pada 2011 apabila Mek Mulung hampir terkubur kerana dipandang sepi.

“Namun banyak pihak membantu termasuk Jabatan Kesenian dan Kebudayaan Negeri (JKKN) dan terbaru, Mek Mulung sudah mendapat pengiktirafan UNESCO. Perasaan saya tidak boleh gambarkan bagaimana lagi,” katanya ketika ditemui di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Sultan Abdul Halim (LTSAH) di sini, semalam.

Mek Mulung yang merupakan teater tradisi warisan Kedah Tua telah berjaya disenaraikan di bawah kategori Senarai Pemuliharaan Warisan Budaya Tidak Ketara yang Memerlukan Perlindungan Segera oleh UNESCO, pada 5 Disember lalu.

Pada sesi penilaian ke-18 Jawatankuasa Antara Kerajaan bagi pemuliharaan itu, seni yang berakar umbi di desa Wang Tepus, Kubang Pasu itu antara enam warisan budaya yang diiktiraf berbanding keseluruhan 45 warisan yang disenaraikan di peringkat awal.

Sementara itu, dengan pengiktirafan di peringkat antarabangsa itu, Ishak pula berharap Mek Mulung akan terus dipersembahkan dan dihargai di seluruh dunia terutama untuk tontonan generasi akan datang.

“Ini sebenarnya kali pertama mek mulung pergi ke peringkat antarabangsa, melihat ia dipersembahkan di hadapan orang ramai dari seluruh dunia membuatkan saya sangat bangga,” tambahnya yang berkecimpung dalam bidang itu sejak berusia 11 tahun.

Ishak yang memegang watak pelawak dalam mek mulung itu berkata, pihaknya gembira apabila Mek Mulung kini sudah mempunyai pelapis hasil daripada kerjasama agensi terlibat.

“Generasi terawal mek mulung di Wang Tepus ini seramai 18 orang tetapi kini tinggal kami berdua sahaja. Tetapi Alhamdulillah melalui kerjasama dengan JKKN banyak pelapis baharu dilahirkan,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Pengarah JKKN Kedah, Sabarina Masadi berkata, pihaknya merancang untuk terus menggerakkan teater tersebut pada masa hadapan untuk terus menghidupkan warisan kebudayaan itu.

“Antara inisiatif yang dirancang termasuk kerjasama erat dengan peminat teater Mek Mulung untuk menghasilkan modul yang boleh dijadikan rujukan. Kami juga akan mengadakan bengkel bagi mewujudkan kumpulan perantis dan menyediakan platform serta peluang kepada kumpulan ini untuk mengamalkan mek mulung,” katanya.-UTUSAN


UK News

Greatest vacuum cleaners for pet hair 2023 tried and examined

Greatest for: Energy, efficiency and practicality

The primary evaluate mannequin to reach on the loosely hirsute place I name residence, the Vax ONEPWR Blade 5 Twin Pet and Automobile definitely had its work minimize out for it, because it was to sort out the preliminary assault on the cat hair havoc the home was in. Nonetheless, this impressively versatile and featured choice proved greater than as much as the duty.

Capable of tackle each carpet and exhausting flooring thank to its dual-brushbar VersaClear know-how, the second, bristled bar is totally adept at pulling pet hair out of the carpet, which is what we’re right here for. Not solely that, however this Vax’s three-stage filtration system ensures as much as 99.8 per cent of particles right down to 0.3-microns in measurement are captured and stored within the grime bin, so fur and dander is completed and dusted.

Able to changing from full-size vac right into a handheld to sort out hair-troubled upholstery, the Blade 5 additionally has one other very good function, specifically a digital show on the deal with that exhibits you what mode you’re in and the way a lot runtime you may have left earlier than its time to hit the recharge.

Additional specializing in the pet-possessing market, the Blade 5 additionally features a mini motorised pet instrument and options an anti-odour filter and antimicrobial safety, so it’s greater than adept at coping with fur and all of the allergens that come each related along with your pets or, certainly, in any other case.

Lastly, sealing the deal in my eyes, the Blade 5 additionally comes bundled with a free ONEPWR toolkit, valued at £50, that features a stretchy versatile hose, a textile instrument, robust brush, and versatile and extendable crevice instrument to allow you to clear up in all corners of your crib.

Giving 45-minutes of perform per battery (it comes with two) earlier than needing three-hours to completely recharge, the Vax ONEPWR Blade 5 Twin Pet & Automobile is a extremely efficient little bit of equipment that despatches mud, dander and lifeless hair to the inescapable confines of its 0.7-litre bin virtually effortlessly.

With the afore-reviewed Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plus Pet Professional IZ400UKT at the moment having fun with a £100 value discount, the Vax Blade 5 out of the blue finds itself in direct competitors and, if it helps, I pity these confronted with the agony of that individual alternative. Yeah, I do know that doesn’t assist in any respect, however then I can’t select both.

Australian News

NRL 2024: Your membership fullbacks revealed

Melbourne are a fullback manufacturing facility underneath coach Craig Bellamy. It’s a superb drawback to have, nevertheless it additionally makes it tough to retain gamers.

Nick Meaney stepped into the position with surprising success whereas Ryan Papenhuyzen was sidelined for a lot of the previous two seasons, nevertheless it’s arduous to miss Papenhuyzen if he returns match from his newest setback.

For Melbourne legend Billy Slater, it’s a no brainer who begins on the again.

“Ryan Papenhuyzen,” Slater mentioned. “I look ahead to season 2024 for ‘Paps’. He has endured greater than his justifiable share of hurdles during the last three years. He’s a troublesome competitor who I believe will rise once more.”

As for Meaney and Sualauvi Faalogo, who stole the present throughout his worldwide debut for Samoa within the Pacific Championships, Slater mentioned he can nonetheless see them enjoying within the Melbourne again line subsequent season.

“Nick Meaney and Sua Faalogo can play an integral a part of Melbourne’s marketing campaign in plenty of positions. They may all characteristic,” he mentioned.

Bulldogs: Stephen Crichton, Blake Taaffe, Hayze Perham, Connor Tracey

Connor Tracey, Stephen Crichton, Blake Taaffe and Hayze Perham are all combating for fullback in 2024.Credit score: NRL Photographs

There are many unknowns in terms of Canterbury’s fullback in 2024. Connor Tracey entered the race final week when he shifted to Belmore as a part of a participant swap, however he’s up in opposition to two different new signings – Stephen Crichton and Blake Taaffe.

Having Tracey at fullback would add expertise to the Bulldogs’ again line, however Taaffe didn’t depart the Rabbitohs to take a seat behind one other fullback, and incumbent Hayze Perham gained’t surrender his jersey to a newcomer.

Three-time premiership-winning centre Crichton has been tipped for a transfer to fullback, however for those who ask Slater, he belongs someplace else.

“Stephen has the category to achieve many positions,” he mentioned. “He’s arguably the perfect centre within the sport. That’s the place I see his most worth.”

AJ Brimson and Jayden Campbell are the Titans’ apparent decisions for fullback.Credit score: NRL Photographs

Titans: AJ Brimson, Jayden Campbell

AJ Brimson and Jayden Campbell are the frontrunners to play fullback on the Titans subsequent yr, however 19-year-old Keano Kini is an out of doors likelihood.

It’s simply one of many powerful calls incoming coach Des Hasler must make in 2024, with all three choices signed to the membership till 2026.

“They’re all high-class complications to have,” Hasler informed this masthead in October. “You’ve additionally received younger Jojo Fifita. The flexibility that every one these gamers supply is a bonus. There are all these conditions to work by over the following couple of months.”

In line with Maroons coach Slater, Campbell is the perfect rising fullback within the competitors.

“I’ve received a excessive opinion of Jayden as a fullback. I consider he has all of the components to be a premier No.1 in our sport,” he mentioned.

Dragons: Zac Lomax, Tyrell Sloan

Tyrell Sloan and Zac Lomax are two fullback choices for the Dragons in 2024.Credit score: NRL Photographs

Tyrell Sloan appears to be like set to begin 2024 at fullback, however new coach Shane Flanagan has made it clear Zac Lomax is an choice.

Sloan performed all the 2023 season at fullback, with 10 tries, eight attempt assists and 16 line breaks.

Past subsequent yr, the Dragons have their eyes on Joseph Manu. The Kiwi worldwide is predicted to re-sign with the Roosters, however ought to he need to check himself on the open market, Flanagan mentioned he would have an interest.

“From what I see when he performs fullback, his involvement is big. I believe he might make an actual fist of it,” Flanagan informed this masthead final month.

“I’d like to have him, however I simply don’t know if he’s going to maneuver. In the long run, it’s not us, it’s not the Roosters, it’s simply what Joey needs to do. I do know he loves the Roosters, I do know Nick [Politis, Roosters chairman] loves him. Does he need to depart and have a crack at fullback? He clearly gained’t get to play an excessive amount of there.”

Younger gun Chevy Stewart (left) is in rivalry for Canberra’s No.1 jersey alongside Jordan Rapana and Sebastian Kris.Credit score: NRL Photographs

Raiders: Sebastian Kris, Chevy Stewart, Jordan Rapana

The Raiders’ apparent decide at fullback is Sebastian Kris, however the 24-year-old will miss the beginning of the season after accepting a five-game ban for a harmful sort out on Cronulla’s Sione Katoa final yr.

Jordan Rapana completed the season within the No.1 jersey, however there’s a proficient rookie on the horizon, Chevy Stewart.

Stewart’s efficiency for Canberra in reserve grade stored younger prospect Xavier Savage on the wing for a lot of the yr, and he’s signed with the membership till 2026, with an choice for 2027.

Savage can also be a risk. The 21-year-old had a breakout yr with the Raiders in 2022, getting his first begin at fullback in spherical 12 and ending the season there, together with in Canberra’s 28-20 finals victory over Melbourne. Savage has a contract till 2025, however he’ll should outshine Stewart.

Kris can also be signed to the membership till 2027, however with the retirement of Jarrod Croker, there’s a spot within the centre to lock down, and it might have Kris’ title on it.

Ought to have the jersey locked down

Sea Eagles: Tom Trbojevic

Tom Trbojevic’s profession has been suffering from damage, however his health is vital to Manly’s success.Credit score: Getty

Tom Trbojevic performed solely 11 video games for Manly in an injury-plagued 2023, however in response to Minichiello, Trbojevic remains to be their No.1.

“If he’s match, then he’s actually the fullback. There’s little doubt about it,” Minichiello mentioned.

“[In 2021] the shape he was in simply, he was unstoppable with each contact, so hopefully he’s been taking care of his physique and getting robust for subsequent season. But when he can play a full season and get into his groove, he’s arduous to cease.”

Reuben Garrick is a helpful substitute at fullback in Trbojevic’s absence, however his desire is to play within the centres. Manly even have rising expertise Tolutau Koula as an choice, with the 21-year-old deadly in his two video games at fullback to complete the season. The one query for Manly is, can Trbojevic keep match?

Eels: Clint Gutherson

Eels skipper Clint Gutherson is the staff’s best choice at fullback. Credit score: Getty

Clint Gutherson is not only the Eels’ best choice at fullback, he’s the guts and soul of the staff.

Andrew Johns mentioned it himself, Gutherson has “been essentially the most constant participant just about since he’s been at Parramatta. He scores tries, however have a look at what he does on the opposite facet of the ball. He saves so a lot of them.”

As reported this season, Parramatta are out there for an X-factor participant so as to add to their again line, which could imply shifting Gutherson from fullback.

Roosters: James Tedesco

James Tedesco’s kind slipped in 2023.Credit score: Getty

Make no mistake, James Tedesco’s place at fullback is protected, however the 30-year-old’s kind took a tumble in 2023.

Tedesco remains to be the NSW and Australian fullback, however the Kangaroos’ dramatic loss within the closing of the Pacific Championships, and the Blues’ collection defeat, had pundits questioning his future within the No.1 jersey.

Nevertheless, Minichiello says he’s essentially the most dependable participant within the sport.

“‘Teddy’ for me, has been one of the vital constant fullbacks during the last 5 – 6 years,” Minichiello mentioned.

“He’s enjoying the utmost variety of video games annually [for Roosters], plus NSW, plus Australia, in order that 100 per cent takes it toll. For him to remain at that degree for that variety of years is phenomenal.

“Clearly, this yr, there was a slight kind drop from in all probability Teddy’s requirements, and he form of received ridiculed within the media for that, however I believe in direction of the top of this yr he got here out of that and performed some improbable soccer and labored himself out of that. That’s what champion gamers do.”

Dolphins: Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow shone within the Dolphins inaugural season.Credit score: Getty

There are few gamers as dynamic as Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, and the Dolphins fullback made his mark within the membership’s inaugural season.

With 15 tries, 4 attempt assists, 11 line breaks and a median of 148 run metres per sport, and an Origin and Kangaroos call-up, Tabuai-Fidow shall be at fullback when the season begins.

The speedster does have some competitors on his fingers, although. Canterbury’s Jake Averillo joins the membership subsequent yr, together with Bronco Herbie Farnworth, and Kodi Nikorima is a helpful fullback choice, too.

Warriors: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad thrived on the Warriors in 2023.Credit score: Getty

After rejoining the membership he made his debut for in 2017, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad thrived underneath new coach Andrew Webster on the Warriors.

With seven tries, eight attempt assists, eight line breaks and a median of 188 run metres per sport final season, Nicoll-Klokstad helped elevate the Warriors to their finest end since 2011.

His gallant effort within the Kiwis’ Pacific Championships closing win final month will assure him a begin at fullback subsequent yr, and the one apparent menace is the return of former Dally M winner Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

Tuivasa-Sheck is ready to begin within the centres, but when the Warriors wrestle to maintain up the shape they present in 2023, it might result in a positional swap.

Sharks: Will Kennedy

Sharks fullback Will Kennedy.Credit score: Getty

Will Kennedy is prone to be Cronulla’s beginning fullback, however the return from damage of Kade Dykes could give coach Craig Fitzgibbon an alternative choice within the place. Dykes had two begins at fullback in 2022, however an ACL damage sidelined him final season. The 21-year-old is not third in line for fullback, after Connor Tracey moved to Canterbury.

Cronulla halfback Nicho Hynes has described Kennedy as one of many “most humble, nicest people you’ll come throughout” and the best teammate.

“Will doesn’t need the limelight or any fuss made about him. However he’s somebody you need in your staff. On the finish of his profession, teammates will say he’s the primary one you wished in your staff,” Hynes mentioned.

The gold normal

Panthers: Dylan Edwards

The 27-year-old has simply re-signed with the Panthers till the top of 2028.Credit score: Getty

With three premierships underneath his belt, and a $3.4 million contract extension which is able to preserve him on the membership till the top of 2028, Dylan Edwards has the No.1 jersey locked down at Penrith for the following 5 years if he stays match.

The 2022 Clive Churchill medallist is likely one of the most spectacular fullbacks within the sport, with 12 tries, six attempt assists, 12 line breaks and a whopping common of 207 run metres a sport.

Teammate Nathan Cleary has beforehand mentioned Edwards is “not simply essentially the most underrated fullback. He’s essentially the most underrated participant”.

Melbourne skipper Christian Welch described the Penrith fullback as a “phenomenal participant”.

“Folks have a look at his run metres, however there’s so many different little issues he does for that staff,” Welch mentioned.

“Take a look at the best way he returns the ball and the momentum and fast play-the-balls he received. Rapidly, you’re simply reeling backwards. Dylan Edwards begins that and for those who don’t do a superb job on him, you’re chasing your tail for the remainder of the sport.”

Rabbitohs: Latrell Mitchell

So long as he’s match, Latrell Mitchell shall be at fullback for the Rabbitohs in 2024.Credit score: Getty

It’s been a troublesome yr for Latrell Mitchell. Between damage and public criticism, which included recommendations he shouldn’t play at fullback, and that Jack Wighton might substitute him within the position, the 26-year-old performed solely 16 video games for South Sydney in 2023.

But when he’s injury-free in 2024, he shall be on the again for the Bunnies.

Teammate Cody Walker mentioned he had by no means seen a participant like Mitchell, apart from predecessor Greg Inglis.

“I’ve performed with a few fullbacks in my profession, and there’s none in all probability higher than Latrell and Greg [Inglis]. Their ball expertise, their such fast, highly effective human beings, it’s remarkable how Latrell can throw a cut-out (cross), left-to-right and right-to-left with ease,” Walker mentioned.

“He can flip a sport on its head when he’s on. Not many gamers within the sport can do this, and he’s a pleasure to play alongside.”

The one method Reece Walsh would lose his No.1 jersey could be damage or dangerous behaviour.Credit score: Getty

Broncos: Reece Walsh

Brisbane have little doubt who their fullback shall be in 2024 – Reece Walsh. The 21-year-old flourished in 2023, with 26 attempt assists, 21 line breaks, 9 tries and a median of 152 run metres per sport, capped by a profitable State of Origin marketing campaign and a grand closing look.

His explosive type makes him weak to errors, however he has an infinite quantity of expertise. Rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns believes he’s one among a form.

“We discuss a once-in-a-generation participant, we may be taking a look at a once-in-a-lifetime participant,” Johns informed this masthead this yr. “He’s received all of it. Groups have tried to get at him, and he takes it – and with swagger, too.”

The problem for the Broncos is to lock him down previous 2025.

Tigers: Jahream Bula

The Tigers had the discover of the yr once they put rookie Jahream Bula at fullback in spherical eight. Since then, the younger star has been a beacon of hope for the battling membership, and the 21-year-old has change into a central a part of coach Benji Marshall’s rebuild after signing a multimillion-dollar deal to remain on the membership till 2026, with an choice for 2027.

Not many gamers can pressure an error from Nathan Cleary, however Bula did simply that with a try-saving sort out in his second week at fullback when the Tigers baffled the then two-time premiers with a 12-8 victory in Bathurst. He impressed Cleary in doing so.

Jahream Bula has been a revelation for the Wests Tigers.Credit score: Louise Kennerley

“Jahream is a gun. I actually take pleasure in watching him play,” Cleary mentioned. “[The Tigers] have struggled all year long, however he’s typically been their brilliant mild, and it’s spectacular for a younger man, particularly enjoying in a troublesome place. I fee him extremely.”

Knights: Kalyn Ponga

Kalyn Ponga’s stint at five-eighth in 2023 was Newcastle in injury management. After his fourth concussion in 10 months, coach and membership wished to maintain the 25-year-old out of the firing line.

However Ponga is a fullback, and he proved he’s the game-changer Newcastle want when he led them on a nine-game profitable streak and walked away because the 2023 Dally M medallist.

Ponga led the Knights to a nine-game profitable streak on the finish of 2023.Credit score: Getty

His kind in 2023 even invited reward from Storm coach Craig Bellamy, who mentioned: “He’s [Ponga] all the time been a uncommon expertise and performed properly, he’s had the damage issues and HIAs [head injury assessments], however he’s one hell of a expertise.”

With a contract that takes him to the top of 2027, Ponga is the way forward for Newcastle.

Cowboys: Scott Drinkwater

North Queensland’s Scott Drinkwater.Credit score: Getty

North Queensland didn’t stay as much as expectations in 2023, however fullback Scott Drinkwater nonetheless delivered after his breakout yr in 2022.

The 26-year-old has been an integral a part of their assault for the previous two years, to the purpose Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow needed to take his companies elsewhere.

The transfer raised questions given Tabuai-Fidow’s gorgeous rise, and the Cowboys’ failure to make the finals, however coach Todd Payten stood by his choice after the staff’s loss to the Dolphins in spherical six.


“Look, we decided round ‘Hammer’ based mostly on a number of the phrases and his actions on the again finish of final yr,” Payten mentioned.

“I’m not dissatisfied or bitter about him enjoying properly. He’s a pleasant child. He left right here a greater individual and a greater footballer. The Dolphins are reaping the rewards of a few of our arduous work and his utility and expertise on the pitch.”

Drinkwater has a contract till 2027 and shall be a significant component in North Queensland’s skill to problem the highest groups.

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Indian News

At UN, India Votes In Favour Of Decision Demanding Gaza Ceasefire

Indian envoy at UN Ruchira Kamboj additionally expressed her concern for the Israeli hostages taken by Hamas.

United Nations:

The United Nations Normal Meeting has adopted a decision ‘Safety of civilians and upholding authorized and humanitarian obligations’ demanding a right away humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

India voted in favour of the ceasefire decision within the UNGA’s emergency session on the Center East on Tuesday.

As many as 153 nations, together with India, voted in favour of the decision, whereas 10, together with US, Israel and Austria, voted in opposition to and 23 nations, together with Argentina, Ukraine and Germany abstained from voting.

The decision calls for an “rapid humanitarian ceasefire,” the rapid and unconditional launch of all hostages and effectively as “guaranteeing humanitarian entry.”

It additional calls for that every one events adjust to their obligations below worldwide legislation, together with humanitarian legislation, with regard to safety of civilians.

India’s Everlasting Consultant to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj, mentioned {that a} terrorist assault occurred in Israel on October 7. She famous that there’s an unlimited humanitarian disaster and a large-scale lack of human lives.

“India has voted in favour of the decision simply adopted by the Normal Meeting. The scenario that this August physique has been deliberating upon has many dimensions. There may be the terrorist assault in Israel on 7 October and the priority for the hostages taken at the moment. There is a gigantic humanitarian disaster and a large-scale lack of civilian lives, particularly of girls and youngsters.There may be the problem of observing worldwide humanitarian legislation in all circumstances. And there may be the endeavour to discover a peaceable and lasting two-state resolution to the longstanding Palestine query,” Ms Kamboj mentioned.

She mentioned that India welcomes the unity of worldwide neighborhood find a standard floor the handle the a number of challenges confronted by the area nowadays.

Ruchira Kamboj mentioned, “Our problem, on this terribly troublesome time, is to strike the proper steadiness. The gravity and complexity of what the worldwide neighborhood faces are underlined by the secretary basic invoking Article 99 of the Constitution of the United Nations. We, subsequently, welcome the truth that the worldwide neighborhood unity has been capable of finding a standard floor to deal with the a number of challenges dealing with the area proper now.”

In the meantime, United States-led modification to the draft decision was not handed on the UN Normal Meeting. As many as 84 nations voted in favour of the modification; 62 voted in opposition to whereas 25 voted abstained.

Moreover, Austria-led modification to the draft decision on the Gaza disaster did not go on the UN Normal Meeting. 89 nations have voted in favour of the modification, 61 voted in opposition to the modification and 20 abstained from voting.

Israel’s Everlasting Consultant, Gilad Erdan, mentioned that the UN Normal Meeting finds itself “about to vote on one other hypocritical decision.”

He mentioned, “Not solely does this decision fail to sentence Hamas for crimes in opposition to humanity, it doesn’t point out Hamas in any respect. It will solely lengthen the demise and destruction within the area, that’s exactly what a ceasefire means.”

Erdan mentioned that Hamas’ solely intention is to destroy Israel and the group has introduced that it’ll repeat its atrocities time and again till Israel ceases to exist. He referred to as for the necessity to maintain Hamas accountable and added {that a} ceasefire means just one factor which is the “survival of Hamas.”

He requested, “So why would anybody wish to support Hamas in persevering with their rule of terror and actualizing their satanic agenda?” He additional mentioned, “Everyone knows that the so name humanitarian ceasefire on this decision has nothing to do with humanity. Israel is already taking each measure to facilitate the entry of humanitarian support into Gaza.”

Munir Akram, Pakistan’s Everlasting Consultant to the UN, mentioned it was a matter of “deep remorse, that some associates of Israel have launched amendments to as soon as once more condemn just one aspect however exonerate the opposite.”

He mentioned, “It is a struggle in opposition to the Palestinian folks.” He added, “Israel’s aim is to erase not solely a folks however all the concept of Palestine. It is marketing campaign is a carbon copy of the large campaigns of racial slaughter by different settler colonial regimes in historical past.”

The vote comes because the struggle between Israel and Hamas enters its third month, with medics and support teams expressing concern over the humanitarian scenario in Gaza. In the meantime, Israel has mentioned it is not going to cease its army marketing campaign till it destroys Hamas. Israel launched a counter-offensive in opposition to Hamas’ after its assault on Israel on October 7.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

Malaysian News

Some hits, extra misses in cupboard revamp

YOURSAY | ‘Simply hope Sivakumar received’t begin one other Indian occasion.’

Anwar unveils new cupboard, Sivakumar sole minister casualty

Vijay47: A charade from an indecisive man. Pretence from a frontrunner too cowardly to take the agency steps to create a workforce of proud calibre to result in efficient change.

A major minister unable to boldly cleave the Gordian Knot. As a substitute, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim dabbles with numbers, hoping and anticipating us to consider that extra should certainly imply higher.

This excuse for ministers will definitely entice wave upon wave of relentless criticism, to which the usual response, after all, could be that no cupboard may be anticipated to please everybody.

With the added defence that the outcomes would justify choice.

To some extent, an assault from a sure path has already been anticipated, therefore the assertion that the brand new cupboard is smaller than these from earlier governments however, surprisingly, including extra members via the division of ministries!

Sleight-of-hand from the Madani magician. Three particular names had been felt worthy of the chopping block, or guillotine, in line with Anwar’s affinity with the French Revolution.

Former human sources minister V Sivakumar was a executed deal, a gone case over how he managed the shambles referred to as the Human Assets Ministry.

Rife because it was with misdeeds, to place it mildly, the minister was merely out of his depth to manage and remove the Deep State buried inside.

V Sivakumar

And to take care of the façade of racial steadiness, Gobind Singh is roped in. Within the first place, why was he not included within the authentic cupboard?

Let’s lower to a business: The civil service, government-linked firm chairpersons, secretaries-general, heads of departments and businesses. What do all of them have in widespread? No, this isn’t a trick query.

The House Ministry is one other nationwide embarrassment with stumbles and falls at nearly each step.

If House Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail along with his once-promising begin weren’t a favoured son, if he had been from the business sector, would he be allowed to proceed a day longer?

And thirdly, the bitter icing on the cake – the Training Ministry. This establishment, supposedly the muse of our future, couldn’t have carried out worse even when it provided a full-blooded PhD course on “Reaching Failure”.

But Training Minister Fadhlina Sidek stays as protected and safe as ever. Training calls for greater than bathroom circumstances.

With the proposed enhance of faith in colleges, is she being retained as a result of she is anticipated to serve this trigger admirably?

I’m not disillusioned. I didn’t count on something totally different from Mr Madani.

Apanama is again: Anwar, you deserve one of the best workforce, however you might be being indecisive.

From the listing of ministers and deputies, I can see you might be nonetheless enjoying protected and never keen to take a large leap to make sure Malaysia will stay aggressive.

You talked about that Dzulkefly Ahmad is taking on the well being portfolio because the unity authorities requires his expertise as a result of the Well being Ministry was burdened by many points, a few of which had been handed on by earlier administrations.

Dzulkefly Ahmad

Why not the identical apply to the Training and House ministries? You shouldn’t retain the present two ministers, one as a result of hutang budi (debt of gratitude) and one other one as a result of taat setia (loyalty).

I are not looking for my nation to undergo as a result of appointments primarily based on these two causes. Appointments ought to be primarily based on competency, benefit, and deep expertise.

Your administration might be a one-term administration. That’s it. There might be no extra second probabilities. It is going to be over.

Enjoying protected is just not an choice any extra. We’re shedding in loads of features and areas, however right here you might be enjoying a musical chair recreation. Oh my goodness!

Salvage Malaysia: A number of hits however many misses. Johari Abdul Ghani, as the brand new plantation industries and commodities minister, is within the mistaken portfolio.

He ought to both be the second finance minister or the minister within the Prime Minister’s Division (Federal Territories). That’s his power.

However hopefully, Senator Amir Hamzah Azizan can show himself to be an efficient second finance minister.

You set the mistaken particular person into the Well being Ministry earlier and now once more, you redesignated the identical mistaken particular person, Dr Zaliha Mustafa, as minister within the Prime Minister’s Division (Federal Territories).

Dr Zaliha Mustafa

The one proper one was bringing Dzulkefly again into the Well being Ministry. Too many different deadwood are nonetheless retained in the identical ministries.

Anwar continues to be enjoying it too protected by retaining his loyalists. He had a very good probability to prop up this authorities, however total, it appears like a missed alternative.

However by no means thoughts, let’s wait and see if issues get higher.

RimauTongkatAli: All of the hype of the cupboard reshuffle is nothing greater than principally smoke and mirrors aside from the Human Assets Ministry.

What occurred to key ministries corresponding to schooling, dwelling, well being, and finance? All these ought to have been reshuffled with certified folks and Anwar ought to have given up the finance minister’s portfolio.

It’s once more a disappointment to see Anwar’s principally speak and little motion.

Only a Malaysian: Ministers are solely directors of a given coverage or technique. The important thing path should come from the prime minister.

With out aggressive forward-looking methods, the minister’s job is simply one other day on the workplace protecting the identical equipment buzzing alongside.

Shuffle all you need however with out a clear path ahead, it’s extra of the identical.

Pink: Why on earth do we want a digital minister? Is Fahmi Fadzil too busy to deal with each the communications and digital portfolios?

I’ve not seen him doing a lot in each areas besides tagging behind Anwar on a regular basis.

What occurs to his KPI report that he promised to do?

Tetraigrat: I’m totally shocked {that a} deputy minister, Lim Hui Ying, who couldn’t even reply a parliamentary query when she was deputy schooling minister, was retained and moved to the finance ministry as deputy minister.

If this isn’t nepotism, then please inform me what it’s. The Lim clan must be maintained, I suppose.

Meritocracy Not race: Simply hope that Sivakumar won’t be beginning one other Indian occasion anytime quickly.

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World News

UN Basic Meeting votes overwhelmingly in favour of Gaza ceasefire | Israel-Palestine battle Information

The US and Israel had been among the many few votes in opposition to the non-binding decision calling for an finish to the combating.

The 193-member United Nations Basic Meeting (UNGA) has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a decision calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in war-torn Gaza.

Tuesday’s decision handed with 153 international locations voting in favour, 23 abstaining and 10 international locations voting in opposition to, together with Israel and the US. Whereas the decision is non-binding, it serves as an indicator of worldwide opinion.

“We thank all those that supported the draft decision that was simply adopted by an enormous majority,” Saudi Arabia’s UN ambassador Abdulaziz Alwasil stated in remarks following the vote. “This displays the worldwide place to name for the enforcement of this decision.”

The vote comes as worldwide strain builds on Israel to finish its months-long assault on Gaza, the place greater than 18,000 Palestinians have been killed, nearly all of them ladies and kids. Greater than 80 % of Gaza’s 2.3 million residents have additionally been displaced.

Relentless air strikes and an Israeli siege have created humanitarian situations within the Palestinian territory that UN officers have referred to as “hell on earth”. The Israeli navy offensive has severely restricted entry to meals, gasoline, water and electrical energy to the Gaza Strip.

Tuesday’s vote comes on the heels of a failed decision within the UN Safety Council (UNSC) on Friday, which likewise referred to as for a humanitarian ceasefire.

The US vetoed the proposal, casting the only real dissenting vote and thereby dooming its passage. The UK, in the meantime, abstained. Not like UNGA votes, UNSC resolutions have the ability to be binding.

After Friday’s scuttled UNSC decision, UN Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres took the extraordinary step of invoking Article 99 of the UN Constitution, which permits him to difficulty warnings about severe threats to worldwide peace. The final time it was used was in 1971.

However the passage of the non-binding UNGA decision on Tuesday likewise confronted US opposition.

Each the US and Austria launched amendments to the decision to sentence the lethal Hamas assault on October 7, which marked the beginning of the present battle.

Al Jazeera correspondent Kristen Saloomey stated Arab international locations noticed these amendments as an effort to politicise the vote. They each did not move.

“What we’re listening to from many international locations is that the credibility of the United Nations is on the road right here, that respect for worldwide legislation requires respect for humanitarian efforts,” Saloomey stated.

Egyptian UN Ambassador Osama Abdelkhalek referred to as the draft decision “balanced and impartial”, noting that it referred to as for the safety of civilians on either side and the launch of all captives.

Israel’s envoy Gilad Erdan railed in opposition to requires a ceasefire, calling the UN a “ethical stain” on humanity.

“Why don’t you maintain the rapists and youngster murderers accountable?” he requested in a speech earlier than the vote. “The time has come to place the blame the place it belongs: on the shoulders of the Hamas monsters.”

The administration of US President Joe Biden has firmly supported Israel’s navy marketing campaign, arguing that it should be allowed to dismantle Hamas.

However as Israeli forces degree whole neighbourhoods, together with faculties and hospitals, the US has discovered itself more and more at odds with worldwide opinion.

In remarks on Tuesday, nonetheless, Biden sharpened his criticism of the US ally, saying that Israel was shedding worldwide assist because of “indiscriminate bombing” in Gaza.

The US, which has strongly criticised Russia for comparable actions in Ukraine, has been accused of using a double normal on human rights.

“With every step, the US seems to be extra remoted from the mainstream of UN opinion,” Richard Gowan, the UN director on the Worldwide Disaster Group, an NGO, instructed Reuters.

UK News

Rishi Sunak Wins Crunch Vote On Rwanda Invoice

Rishi Sunak has survived a Tory rebel to win a crunch Commons vote on his flagship Rwanda invoice.

MPs backed the controversial laws at second studying by 313 to 269 following a day of drama at Westminster.

However 43 Tory MPs didn’t vote vote for it, demonstrating the extent of Conservative dissatisfaction with the laws.

Amongst those that abstained have been the right-wingers who Sunak invited to breakfast in Downing Avenue this morning to attempt to persuade them to vote for it.

The prime minister has staked his political authority on passing the Security of Rwanda Invoice, which he says is essential to reaching his intention of stopping small boats carrying asylum seekers throughout the Channel from France.

He’ll face harder parliamentary battles within the New 12 months as these right-wing MPs attempt to amend the laws to present ministers the ability to disregard courtroom rulings on immigration circumstances.

But when they handle to take action, that might then set off a significant rebel from dozens of reasonable Conservatives, which could possibly be sufficient to defeat the invoice and doubtlessly finish Sunak’s premiership.

In an indication of Downing Avenue’s nervousness over tonight’s vote, internet zero minister Graham Stuart was ordered to fly again from the COP28 local weather summit to participate within the vote.

He’ll now fly again once more for the conclusion of the gathering – a spherical journey of 6,800 miles.

In a put up on X, previously Twitter, following the vote, Sunak stated: “The British folks ought to determine who will get to return to this nation – not prison gangs or international courts. That’s what this invoice delivers.

“We’ll now work to make it legislation in order that we are able to get flights going to Rwanda and cease the boats.”

Australian News

One other yr of Australia’s damaged freedom of knowledge scheme

When wanting on the state of play in freedom of knowledge (FOI) legal guidelines in Australia, a scene from season two of Utopia is evergreen. Rhonda (Kitty Flanagan) presents Nat (Celia Pacquola) with an FOI request, and lays down the regulation on how one can take care of it: 

You merely reply, ‘We reject this software on the next grounds: firstly, the variety of paperwork requested is much too voluminous. Secondly, sourcing stated paperwork would represent an unreasonable burden on the workplace by way of time and sources.

“Rhonda, have you ever really learn the request?”


“Has the minister?” 

“I wouldn’t have thought so.” 

“Am I lacking one thing?” 


FOI legal guidelines are essential to information organisations having the ability to publish details about authorities businesses and politicians that will in any other case by no means see the sunshine of day, and time and vitality is devoted to scouring authorities departments for scoops to FOI — the acronym itself having change into a verb in newsrooms. 

Among the largest tales damaged this yr got here off the again of FOIs, together with particulars of the deaths of Kumanjayi Walker and Clare Nowland on the arms of police, the Darwin Port lease, and the revelation that ethnic communities have been overrepresented in Victoria’s COVID fines

Regardless of that, Australia’s FOI legal guidelines, ruled federally by the Freedom of Data Act 1982, and later additionally by the Workplace of the Australian Data Commissioner (OAIC), have change into much less and fewer environment friendly in offering the knowledge it says Australians have a proper to. Earlier this yr, Crikey introduced you REDACTED, an eight-part collection showcasing how the damaged FOI system stops the circulate of knowledge. Veteran political journalist Laurie Oakes as soon as described the system as “a sick joke, marked by delays, obstruction and a presumption towards releasing paperwork”.

However journalists across the nation work diligently to deliver you data. They came upon that prime NSW cops coated up the tasering of 95-year-old Nowland in a nursing residence, with paperwork obtained beneath FOI revealing greater than half of a draft assertion had been lower after overview by senior officers to omit any point out of a taser being deployed, in addition to Nowland holding a knife. 

Additionally they came upon that the inquest into the dying of Walker after he was shot by former officer Zachary Rolfe, which has been operating for over a yr, has price the Northern Territory authorities greater than $3 million

And Crikey revealed completely that in 2022, somebody despatched Scott Morrison hashish.

Though the yr featured some wins, there have been additionally numerous losses. Movie critic Simon Miraudo advised Crikey about attempting to get a overview report from the Australian Classification Board. His request was promptly rejected, however then the findings have been launched every week later. Miraudo stated his inquiries associated to successive governments sitting on the report for 3 years earlier than it was all of a sudden launched.

The Tasmanian Inquirer’s Bob Burton shared with Crikey his failures to get the Tasmanian authorities to launch modelling on its political donations invoice from earlier this yr. Solely closely redacted paperwork noticed the sunshine of day.

A Senate inquiry into the FOI system launched its findings earlier this week, and located the present regime is “not functioning as meant”, leading to “years of delays earlier than many FOI purposes are finalised”. It discovered the system as a complete is crippled by under-resourcing and cultural issues throughout the public service that end in typically comical delays. 

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese promoted transparency and accountability as a major a part of his marketing campaign platform — certainly Labor’s 2021 nationwide platform stated a Labor authorities would “make authorities open and accountable”, and “strengthen freedom of knowledge legal guidelines and foster compliance all through the federal government”. 

However Labor rejected the bulk report’s findings, supported by each the Liberals and Greens, as “simply one other try by the Liberal Social gathering to abolish the Workplace of the Australian Data Commissioner”. The dissenting report stated the bulk report did “not correctly acknowledge the influence of the previous Liberal authorities’s choice to defund the OAIC on the backlog of FOI issues.” 

Geoffrey Watson SC is director on the Centre for Public Integrity, and advised Crikey the issues raised by the Senate inquiry have been bipartisan: “Labor had accomplished nothing however bitch beneath 11 lengthy years of the Coalition, [and] repeatedly promised that it might do one thing about it. What you’ve discovered within the report is that almost all discovered the system was actually damaged, and quite a lot of that breakage was accomplished beneath the Coalition.”

Watson, who gave proof to the inquiry, stated: “The inquiry was carried out in a very reasonable trend by individuals who have been legally certified. Sadly, it’s change into like a political beachball — to kick at one another for no motive.

“I used to be horrified to see the dissenting report by Labor, seeing the robust language they utilized in opposition. It appears Labor has [refused] to unravel the issue about which it was bleating within the run-up to the final election. It appears they’ve misplaced curiosity in transparency.” 

He stated this was a function of governments of all stripes: “It’s good to see the Coalition have picked up an curiosity in transparency as a result of they actually didn’t show it beneath the final authorities.”

Of the report’s suggestions, Watson stated if applied they “would go a good distance in the direction of fixing a damaged system”, including that the FOI Act because it was constructed was “nearly as good as wherever on the earth”, however that the system’s failures got here from software reasonably than statutory development. 

“It’s simply not being utilized — not making use of cut-off dates, and never making use of a presumption in favour of disclosure.”

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Indian News

SOTTO To Well being Dept    

Set up Corneal Retrieval Centres In All Dist Hospitals In State: SOTTO To Well being Dept     |

Indore (Madhya Pradesh): Aiming to spice up organ donation throughout the state, the State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (SOTTO) has requested the regional administrators and chief medical and well being officers throughout the state to ascertain corneal retrieval centres in all district hospitals.

In its letter, the dean of MGM Medical School and ex-officio SOTTO Dr Sanjay Dixit talked about concerning the gazette notification on Transplantation of Human Organs Act (THOA) by the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare and requested the well being officers to organize a proposal to ascertain cornea retrieval centre and guarantee getting the approval for a similar from SOTTO.

“An organ donor provides a brand new lease of life to many needy sufferers. Consciousness is most vital in organ donation and the folks of Indore and its medical doctors are enjoying a serious position within the noble trigger.

We’ve got requested the Well being Division officers to behave over the orders of the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare to advertise organ donation and retrieval for giving new lease of life to the needy,” Dr Sanjay Dixit stated.

He added that after getting the proposal, they are going to represent a staff of consultants which can examine the well being facility earlier than giving the approval for a similar.

“Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, and Gwalior are main centres for corneal retrieval and donation. With the ability being began in all of the district hospitals, the variety of donations could be elevated and we might help these in want,” Dr Dixit stated.

11 corneal donations, one physique donation in two days

As per the SOTTO’s report, Indore leads in organ donation within the state adopted by Bhopal and Jabalpur. Furthermore, as many as 11 corneal donations, 5 pores and skin donations, and one cadaver donation have taken place within the final two days within the metropolis.

In line with sewadar of Muskan Group JituBagani, corneal donations of Dr Kirti Swaroop Rawat, Manohar Lal Chawla, Surendra Chopra, Ramabai Kothare, Neelu Hundlani, Rishabh Kasbe, Shakuntala Lahadiya, Leela Sachdev, SampatLal Jain, Shantilal Kochhar, and Harsiddhi Sharma was accomplished by their relations. Cadaver donation of Dr Rawat was accomplished at MGM Medical School.

Corneal retrieval in Indore’s district hospital a distant dream

Corneal retrieval in Indore’s district hospital is a distant dream because the hospital is beneath building for the final 5 years. “District Hospital in Indore is beneath building.

We can not apply for establishing the corneal retrieval centre until it will get accomplished. At current, the primary flooring of the hospital is beneath building and it’ll take extra time to finish the constructing building,” civil surgeon Dr GL Sodhi stated.

Malaysian News


KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) — Each view and proposal may be taken up for discussions however with out ignoring the Federal Structure, system of parliamentary democracy and precept of constitutional monarchy, mentioned Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar mentioned this included Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar’s suggestion that extra obligations be given to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, together with direct oversight of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Fee (MACC) and Petronas.

“We will focus on it however the ideas of the Structure, parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy will likely be defended. And we uphold the identical precept.

 “So there should not be any issues over any statements and views, together with from the Sultan of Johor. These views may be taken up for discussions however won’t affect nationwide insurance policies and our precept of constitutional monarchy,” he mentioned.

Anwar informed reporters this after launching the exhibition ‘A Journey by way of Islamic Artwork’ and ‘Alif Lam Ra: Modern Muslim Calligraphy’ at the side of the twenty fifth anniversary celebration of Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) right here tonight.

Anwar was commenting on former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s assertion which appears to precise disagreement with Sultan Ibrahim’s suggestion relating to MACC and Petronas.

Anwar mentioned he had no issues with the views expressed by Dr Mahathir.

“He (Dr Mahathir) was simply expressing his views, and we (can) focus on. To me, it isn’t an issue. His views won’t undermine the Structure of our nation,” he mentioned.




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