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At chalwa village in Kangpokpi district of Manipur, in India’s North-east, a defence wing’s paramilitary team had come under attack from Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA) cadres, and retaliated with minimum force, on 04 June 2021 night. The Kangpokpi police on 05 June,2021, have registered a case against Maj Alok Sathe who led the operation, and three security personnel from the Geinel outpost of Assam Rifles 44 E company, of killing Mangiboilal Lhouvum, a helper with a truck. While the Assam Riffes team was making inquiries, KRA cadres and their accomplices “manhandled” one of the personnel, and attempted to fire on the troops. Seeing imminent danger to their lives, the security personnel reacted using minimum force. While the operation in the village was in progress, a huge mob of local people “surrounded” the Assam Rifles Geilnel outpost and “resorted” to unprovoked violence and arson. The mob “torched” two Assam Rifles vehicles, caused damage to the outpost and disrupted road communications in areas, for more than twenty four hours. The Indian Army has ordered an inquiry into the matter.

Forest Enrcoachers
India’s Supreme Court on 07 June 2021, directed the Faridabed Municipal Corporation in Haryana, to take immediate steps for razing all unauthorized structures dotting the Aravalli forest, near a village. The apex court declined to entertain the plea of around 10,000 families who had sought a stay on the imminent demolition. Since 1980, 10,000 families had been living in a slum in Khori Gaon Basti in Faridabad, on government land.

Maritime Blaze And Fire In Oil Refinery
A mysterious fire on 02 June 2021, devastated the Irawian Navy’s largest warship, which later sank in the Gulf of Oman. The ship sank near the Iranian port of Jask, some 1270 kilometres south-east of Tehran on the gulf of Oman, near the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf. Satellite photos from Planet Labs, analysed by Associated Press, showed the warship “Kharg”, off Jask, with no sign of fire as late as 11 am on 01 June 2021. Twenty four hours after the disaster, Iran’s Fars news agency reported the maritime blaze aboard the “Kharg” warship, without offering any cause for the fire. Iranian officials maintained that an investigation had began. In parallel to the maritime disastu, a massive fire broke out on 02 June 2021 at Tondgooyan Petrochemical Company, the oil refinery which serves Tehran. It was not immediately clear if three were injuries, or what caused the blaze. Temperatures in Tehran had reached 40 degrees Celsius. Hot summers in Iran have caused fires in the past.

Unemployment In South Africa
Living under democratic rule, the first generation of South Africans are being battered by the country’s worst ever youth unemployment. The “born free” generation that never experienced apartheid, is confronting an unemployment rate of 74.7 percent. South Africa is at the top for highest number of unemployed youth, aged between 15 and 24 years. Africa’s most industrial economy has long suffered from high levels of unemployment, trapping millions in poverty, and contributing to inequalities, that persist nearly three decades of white rule in 1994. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the crisis.

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Vol. 54, No. 22, Nov 28 - Dec 4, 2021