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India Jat Protests: Curfews After Caste Violence Flares

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Indian authorities have imposed curfews and shoot-to-kill orders in a northern state after two days of violent protests over caste rights. Three people have died and about 80 injured in the clashes involving the Jat community in Haryana state. The Jats are currently listed as upper caste but the demonstrators want job quotas similar to those granted to lower castes.

The army has been deployed to restore order. Violence flared on Friday, with protesters in the town of Rohtak hurling rocks at security forces, blocking traffic, attacking vehicles and attempting to set the finance minister’s home on fire. One demonstrator was shot dead in clashes with police. The unrest continued on Saturday, with protesters torching the station master’s office at a railway station. Talks with the local government have failed to quell their anger.

“The protest will only end when government accepts our demands,” Yashapal Malik, the president of a Jat organisation that is leading the protest, told the AFP news agency. India grants a proportion of its jobs and positions to people from the lower castes in a bid to end discrimination. But Jat leaders say these quotas put them at a disadvantage in government jobs and state-run educational institutes.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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