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A new report revealed that 193 countries generated 8 million tons of waste during the coronavirus pandemic.

And the report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences continued that about 26,000 tons of the eight million tons of waste of personal protective equipment used during the pandemic, which is mostly plastic waste, seeped into the world’s oceans and ended up on beaches and the seabed.
“The (COVID-19) pandemic has led to an increase in demand for single-use plastics that is intensifying pressure on the already out-of-control global plastic waste problem,” said study authors Yiming Peng, Bibi Wu, Amina T Shartop, and Yanxu Zhang.

The researchers believe that about 87 percent of the waste is coming from hospitals rather than individuals, that countries are unable to deal with and efficiently treat the huge amount of plastic waste, and that most of the global dump comes from Asia with 72 percent.

The researchers added that there are 10 rivers that represent 79 percent of the plastic waste discharge associated with the Corona pandemic, and the rivers that take the first place are the Shatt al-Arab in Iraq, the Indus River in India, and the Yangtze River in China.

In the summary of their study, they indicated that “the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in the demand for single-use plastics, which increases pressure on the already out-of-control global plastic waste problem,” they said.

The report also noted that “plastic is suitable for the production of personal protective equipment and packaging due to its durability and cheap price, but this plastic endangers marine life and threatens long-term issues for the coastal environment and the ecosystem.”

The authors of the new study are from the School of Atmospheric Sciences at the Nanjing University of China, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, California.

In a related context, another report revealed that 1.56 million medical masks were thrown into the ocean during the past year 2020.

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India’s partition with Pakistan: A look at the history

Polarised by religion, friends and neighbors turned on each other. Hundreds of thousands were killed and millions displaced. The atrocities were horrific; pregnant women and infants were not spared.

That was the unexpected result of Britain’s haphazard plan to leave the subcontinent in 1947 after nearly three centuries and split it into Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan, itself carved into two regions more than 1,000 miles apart.

The partition, as the division came to be known, triggered one of the biggest migrations in history.

It would forever change the face and geopolitics of South Asia; almost 25 years later, for instance, Bangladesh was born from East Pakistan.

Some historians argue that partition would have been unnecessary had Britain granted self-rule earlier to India, where Hindus and Muslims had lived side by side for centuries.

But the idea of a separate state for British India’s Muslims had gained traction by the 1930s even though it was opposed by Mahatma Gandhi. A decade later, Britain was reeling from World War II and prepared to hand over power.

The demand for Pakistan, led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah of the All-India Muslim League, contributed to one of the biggest Hindu-Muslim riots in India in August 1946, when at least 2,000 people were killed over five days in Calcutta (now Kolkata), then the capital of the province of Bengal.

Over the next few months more communal fighting followed, especially in Bengal and Punjab, another area with a large mixed population that also included Sikhs.

As India and Pakistan prepared for independence, Jinnah, set to be president of the Muslim-majority state, proclaimed a liberal Pakistan.

And on Aug 15, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, famously celebrated his nation’s independence and “tryst with destiny”. But trouble was already afoot.

Lord Louis Mountbatten, the recently appointed last viceroy of British India, had not yet revealed where the new borders, which created East and West Pakistan with India wedged between the two, would be. That would come two days later, on Aug 17.

Muslims left India for Pakistan, mostly heading west, while Hindus and Sikhs made the opposite journey.

As many as 20 million people fled. Both sides left devastation in their wake. Documentation is scarce, but hundreds of thousands, and as many as two million people, were killed. There are no tallies for how many were raped.

“It’s a really, really massive part of world history,” said Guneeta Singh Bhalla, founder of the 1947 Partition Archive, a decade-old oral history project. “It has really defined where we are culturally, sociologically, politically,” she said of South Asia.

Most Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis today were born a generation after partition. But its repercussions endure.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars, skirmishing often over claims to Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state. The liberal ideals espoused by the founders of both countries now appear to be forgotten to history.

 

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES

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Britney Spears’ ex-husband convicted of crashing her wedding

A man once briefly married to Britney Spears has been convicted of aggravated trespassing and battery after appearing uninvited at the pop star’s wedding in June.

Jason Alexander, 40, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanour counts in a California court, prosecutors in Ventura County said.

Spears married Sam Asghari at her home in Thousand Oaks, California, on 9 June. The wedding guests included Selena Gomez, Drew Barrymore, Paris Hilton and Madonna.

Alexander, a childhood friend of Spears to whom she was married for less than three days in 2004, appeared uninvited at the house before the ceremony while livestreaming on Instagram.

He entered the house and went up to the locked door of Spears’ bedroom while she was inside getting ready for the wedding, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing.

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Rare McLaren Elva flown in from US among supercars in photo shoot at the Padang

Adding to the shine on Sunday night (Aug 7) at the Padang were 38 supercars gathered for a colorful photo shoot under the city’s lights.

In the line-up were rare high-performance sports cars such as the Koenigsegg Agera RS Genesis, which can cover more than 127m a second, and the open-top McLaren Elva, which was specially flown in.

The Padang is the latest landmark chosen for the annual photo shoot organised by supercar enthusiast club Scuderia FSG, which marks its 11th anniversary this year. The club’s previous photo shoot destinations included a private hangar in Seletar Airbase and Pasir Panjang Power Station.

Scuderia FSG vice-president Kevin Lim, 41, said the photo shoot at the Padang was a special occasion for the club’s members, with it taking place so close to the nation’s 57th birthday.

“I think what struck me the most was the significance of the place, as well as how beautiful the backdrop looked,” he added.

The Padang, which was officially gazetted as Singapore’s 75th national monument on Tuesday, has been the site of countless historic events in the nation’s history.

The 4.3ha site, roughly the size of six football fields, was where the first National Day Parade had taken place in 1966.

Lim said: “The Padang is such an important place from a national perspective, so I’m glad we managed to take photos there.

“With the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix taking place next month, it also just seemed apt that we shot there.”

The Padang is part of the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore’s F1 race.

Apart from the McLaren Elva, three other McLaren supercars, the Sabre, Senna and Speedtail, were to have been flown in from the United States for the shoot, but were not included as they could not be released from the port in time.

Regardless, the number of cars still posed a challenge for Adrian Wong, 34, who took the photos.

He had to line up all the cars with only their headlights and the ambient light guiding him.

“But the end result was worth it,” said the commercial photographer.

 

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES

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