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Dubai Customs transactions witnessed 44% growth in 5 years

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Dubai Customs recorded a growth of 44% in number of customs transactions in five years from 2015-2019. The transactions have grown to 13 million in 2019 from 8.9 million in 2015. The report reflects robust economy and pivotal role of Dubai in global trade hub. 10.6 million custom declarations were completed in 2019. It was followed by customs insurance refund requests that increased by 8% to a million requests.

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UAE highest-ranked soft power nation in Arab world: Brand Finance report

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

UAE is named Middle East's highest-ranked soft power nation in Brand Finance's 'Global Soft Power Index 2020'. UAE is in 18th position worldwide in the index and has received a soft power score of 45.9 out of 100. 'UAE's main soft power strength is its stable economy and consensus that it is a great place to do business in and with,' the report noted.

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'Arab Hope Makers' receive new grant worth AED3 million

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

The Hussain Sajwani – DAMAC Foundation has pledged AED3 million to Arab Hope Makers initiative. The foundation is a joint venture between DAMAC Properties and its Chairman, Hussain Sajwani. On behalf of the foundation, Hussain Sajwani, who attended the grand finale of Arab Hope Makers 2020 pledged the amount for construction of Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre in Egypt.

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Turkey’s economy up 5% in Q4 2019

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Turkey's economy witnessed an escalation of 5% in the fourth quarter of 2019 with an expansion of 0.6% in the whole year. The emerging market economy, however, contracted by 2.3% in first-quarter, 1.6% in second-quarter respectively. But the modest year-on-year growth of 0.9% was reported in the third quarter. 2018 crisis in Turkey cut the Lira's value by 30% soaring the inflation and crimping the imports.

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171 teams to participate in Gov Games 2020

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

A total of 171 teams have confirmed their participation in the upcoming Gov Games 2020. This year's edition of the event celebrates 'One team, One spirit' theme. Teams will compete against each other as they are presented with numerous mental and physical challenges. A new 'Battle of Cities' category challenge will also be introduced at this year's games.

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Heavy floods paralyse Jakarta after torrential rain

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Jakarta Metropolitan Region came to a halt on Tuesday, 25 February 2020 after torrential rain lashed the city. Several areas of the Indonesian capital were flooded and more than 30 million people in and around Jakarta were affected by the rains. Officials appealed citizens to share information on the severity of disaster in their area to facilitate aid distribution.

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Violence forces Haiti to cancel Carnival

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Haiti's biggest celebration of the year, Carnival, has been cancelled after deadly protests and gunfire interrupted the first day of festivities in Port-au-Prince. Haiti's vibrant Carnival draws thousands every year for mass celebrations. The three-day festival was cut short violence took over the festivities. Protestors from country's National Police attacked Haitian Armed Forces' headquarters, leaving one soldier dead.

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UAE’s health sector attains numerous milestones

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

As per Joint Commission International (JCI) reports, UAE's health sector has witnessed numerous milestones and achievements since 1971. UAE ranks first globally in terms of the number of accredited health establishments. According to World Health Organization (WHO), UAE ranks first in the Middle East in 19 indexes related to addressing public health risks.

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UAE, Russia to reinforce mutual cooperation in various sectors

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Trade statistics between Russia and the Emirate of Ajman can see more growth in the near future in light of Russian companies operating in the emirate. Around 480 Russian entities operate in Ajman. Non-oil trade exchange between the two countries during the past five years reached AED51.7 billion showing a positive sign of growth for both sides.

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Bollywood actors get trolled for wearing 'decorative' outfits

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Celebrities have a powerful impact on how people view themselves and what trends they follow. But at times these famous personalities also get trolled for their unusual choice of attire. Bollywood actors have been trolled in the past and the trend of celebrities does not seem to be dying anytime soon. Be it Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan or the new buzz Kiara Advani, netizens pity no one.

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Shariah realty market is flourishing & likely to support economic growth

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Sharjah investment landscape is surging and wooing investors from around the world. The flourishing market was seen under directives of Ruler of Sharjah aiming to establish an investment-conductive real estate ecosystem to drive economic growth. The popular Al Mamsha project worth AED3 million in Sharjah recently announced the development of its first phase which is expected to be delivered by December 2020.

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'International Property Show' returns for 16th time in UAE

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Dubai Property Festival will feature 16th edition of International Property Show (IPS). The three-day annual mega property event will be held from 24 to 26 March 2020 at Dubai World Trade Centre. IPS 2020 expects a rise in the number of exhibitors and visitors as it coincides with the 10th edition of Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) that brings together global investors from more than 140 countries.

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Dairy Milk intake may increase breast cancer risk

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Researchers have found that Dairy Milk consumption can increase women's risk of breast cancer. For the findings, dietary intake of nearly 53,000 North American women were evaluated for the study. All the women were initially free of cancer and were followed for nearly eight years. By the end of study period, there were 1,057 new breast cancer cases during follow-up.

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Pakistani bride trolled for wearing 100 kg dress in her wedding

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Photograph of a Pakistani bride wearing a 100 kg extra-long bridal dress is going viral on the internet. People gave comments on the bride's fashion sense and lifestyle. While some users trolled the bride for wasting money on her wedding attire, others gave out possible 'funny' reasons for wearing the dress. "How to prevent relatives from sitting too close", a user wrote.

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Japan to ease norms on foreign investment in stocks further

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

The new liberalisation regulations and policy will help Japan with lucrative investment. Japan is likely to add exemptions to foreign investment restrictions for firms exposed to sensitive national security issues. This move will help in keeping overseas capital in the country. Parliament of Japan passed a change in the law that tightens requirements of foreign investment report related to national security.

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WHO releases recommendations & suggestions to prevent Coronavirus

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, released a list of recommendations for the public to prevent COVID-19 (coronavirus) infection. The advice is related and conceived from earlier respiratory disease outbreaks. Some basic principles like avoiding close contact with people suffering from respiratory disease and frequent hand-washing have been recommended by the apex health governing body.

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UAE’s Hay Festival 2020 began from 25 February

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) took to Twitter inviting people to participate in the ongoing Hay Festival. The fest began on Tuesday, 25 February 2020. This is the event’s first edition organised in the Middle East and Arab World. It aims to enrich intellectual life and enhance cultural communication among countries.

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UK's largest retailer Tesco completes exit from China

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

UK's largest retailer, Tesco, completed its exit from China with USD357 million sale with its joint venture stake to state-run partner China Resources Holdings (CRH). Tesco struggled to crack the Chinese market with 131 stores in China and almost 3,000 stores with its partner. Tesco will further focus and simplify the business on core operations using proceeds for general corporate purpose.

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Romantic tunes to fill air at State banquet for 'Trumps' in Delhi

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

India’s President Ram Nath Kovind is hosting a ceremonial dinner for US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the last day of his visit, 25 February 2020. The evening will be hosted with their favourite songs of Rod Stewart’s, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson. India’s Navy band will also play some melodies in the evening banquet.

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Veteran Bollywood actor launches new book titled 'Assalamualaikum Watan'

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Veteran Bollywood actor-filmmaker Sanjay Khan recently launched his new book titled 'Assalamualaikum Watan'. The book will trace Muslims' role in shaping India's heritage. The launch event took place in Mumbai and saw many celebrities grace the event. This will be Khan's second book. Khan has declared in almost every page of the book that he 'considers himself an Indian first and then a person of faith'.

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Al Jalila Foundation launches campaign to advance medical research in UAE

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Al Jalila Foundation recently announced the launch of 'Bassmat Rashid Bin Saeed' to advance local medical research in UAE. Dedicated to the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the campaign honours his philanthropic spirit and aims to continue his legacy to improve humanity. Bassmat, meaning 'fingerprint' in Arabic, signifies power donors have to leave their distinctive mark on the future of medicine.

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Emirates Airline wins medals at Cellars in the Sky 2019 Awards

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Emirates' wine programme was recently recognised at Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky 2019 Awards. The airline collected multiple awards including two Gold awards, two Silver awards, and a Bronze award for its wine list. The Business Traveller Cellars in the Sky Awards recognise the best wines served in first and business class onboard airlines around the world.

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Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak dies at 91

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Egypt's former long-term former president Hosni Mubarak died on Tuesday, 25 February 2020. Mubarak had been battling illness for long and was recently admitted to an intensive care unit. He took power in 1981 as Egypt's fourth president and resigned from the chair in 2011 after three weeks of mass protests.

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Super-high heels can free women, says French shoe king Louboutin

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Referred globally as ‘Shoe King’, Christian Louboutin recently opened ‘The Exhibitionist’ – a museum showcasing the collection of his thirty-year career in this industry on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 in Paris. Christian insisted that wearing six-inch stilettos is a 'form of liberty' for women. The French designer agreed that heels aren’t comfortable for women and are not meant to be worn all the time.

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Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor turns 39, Mira Rajput wish him by sharing pics

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor turned 39 on 25 February 2020, and is celebrating a working birthday. He is working on his upcoming film ‘Jersey’, in Chandigarh. Since he can't take a break, he has no special plans, but his family will be visiting him to spend time together. The actor’s wife Mira Rajput Kapoor also wished him happy birthday with the couple’s pictures in a post.

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UAE launches ‘Forecasting Healthy Future’ initiative

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Global health, technology, and public sector organisations launched ‘Forecasting Healthy Futures’ initiative, which is convened by Malaria No More. This programme is said to improve health outcomes and accelerate progress against mosquito-borne diseases, a global health challenge. It will help develop strategies and policies to target effective health interventions with changing weather conditions.

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Fake documents can't deceive Dubai’s foolproof system: GDRFA official

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Captain Mohammed Al Marri, Head of Performance Audit Department at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, (GDRFA), Dubai highlighted features of UAE's foolproof visa issuance system. He pointed out that individuals submitting fake documents to obtain a UAE visa fail to realise Dubai's extensive and foolproof application system. A well-trained team handles documentation and detects any wrongdoings.

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Coronavirus death toll reaches 15 in Iran

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

According to Iranian agencies, number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Iran has now reached 95. The number of people who died in Iran due to spread of coronavirus has also reached 15. Iran now has most number of deaths due to coronavirus after China. Virus infection which started in Qom province has now spread to Tehran, Gilan, Mazandaran, and several other places in the country.

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Trump toss flower petals on Gandhi memorial in Presidential Palace

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

US President Trump and first lady Melania Trump tossed flower petals in homage to Mahatma Gandhi on 25 February 2020 in New Delhi, during a wreath-laying ceremony. Trump also signed a guest book and they ended the visit planting a tree at the site. Trump and Modi might talk about an arms deal afterwards, but Trump has cleared that he is in no rush for a trade agreement.

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Ruler of Dubai issues Decree on advertising regulations

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai issued Decree No. 06 of 2020 regarding the regulation of advertisements in the Emirate of Dubai. The new Decree applies to all advertisements in Dubai, including private development zones and free zones. It seeks to regulate the advertisement sector and promote closer interaction between governing bodies and advertisement industry.

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Prime Minister of Canada Trudeau addresses ‘Black History Month’ event

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau addresses the ‘Black History Month’ event, which was held on Monday, 24 February 2020 in Ottawa. The PM tweeted, "Black history is Canadian history". He highlighted the contributions made by black Canadians in helping make Canada. PM Trudeau also talked about opening more opportunities for all Canadians.

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UAE Ministry of Interior receives Huawei certificate of merit

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

UAE Ministry of Interior received a certificate of merit from Chinese technology giant Huawei. Ministry confirmed that they received the title for their mobile application 'MOI UAEE App' which is the first federal government app to be fully integrated with Huawei Mobile Services. The application provides services covering three sectors: Traffic and Licensing, Civil Defense, and Police Headquarters.

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Abu Dhabi Tourism Excellence Awards to set new benchmarks for industry

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) Abu Dhabi recently unveiled a panel of world-class expert judges who will judge inaugural Abu Dhabi Tourism Excellence Awards (ADTEA). The new award scheme has been launched by DCT Abu Dhabi to honour excellence in the travel and tourism industry. The presentation ceremony will take place on 1 April 2020 at Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island.

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IAEA Director Grossi meets Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), tweeted about his first visit to Japan since his election last year. He expressed his honour on meeting the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. They discussed a broad range of IAEA-Japan cooperation. Grossi then thanked Japan for its strong support of IAEA’s work for peace and development.

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Oil prices rise on bargain-hunting amid virus fears cap gains

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Oil prices surged on 25 February 2020 as bargain-hunting is on-demand by the investors after crude price slumped by nearly 4% in the previous session. However, investors are still concerned about the Coronavirus outbreak spreading outside China which is curbing major economies and demand capping profits. Brent crude price increased by 49 cents to USD56.79 a barrel after witnessing a decline of 3.8% on 24 February 2020.

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Singapore discharge 2 more cases of Coronavirus infection

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Singapore discharged two more cases of Coronavirus infection from the hospital on Monday, 24 February 2020. Overall, 53 people have fully recovered from Coronavirus infection in Singapore. One new case was also reported by the Singapore Ministry of Health. It was linked to the cluster at The Life Church and Missions Singapore. Most cases in the country are stable.

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WHO chief meets UN Secretary-General over Coronavirus

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, recently held a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. They discussed ways to control and prevent global health emergencies like COVID-19 and Ebola. Talks were also taken up for ending Polio. Both sides agreed on promoting investment from around the globe to improve preparedness and support for health emergencies.

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Why is Air New Zealand transforming single aircraft?

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Air New Zealand is stepping up to raise awareness on climatic issues of global warming, pollution and smog. It plans to convert an aircraft to impart this awareness globally. This domestic aircraft will monitor environmental issues as part of the 'world-first project' in collaboration with the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA).

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International Quilt Show Dubai to begin on 27 February

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Dubai is all set to bring back International Quilt Show Dubai (IQSD) 2020 from 27 February 2020. The three-day event is said to break records by being the biggest event in the region. It is expected to attract a large number of visitors. This event will feature eight categories, including traditional, contemporary, art (generic), art (portrait), beginners, IQSD challenge, young quilters, and miniature quilt

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Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan defends bullied student

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan had stuttered speech as a child. He has since come out to the masses and has helped raise awareness on 'speech impairment'. A follower whose cousin was bullied by a professor for the same reached out to the actor. Roshan responded to the insensitivity of the professor and shared a body-positive message.

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Global stocks plunge as Coronavirus spreads beyond Asia

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Global stock markets noticed a drop on Monday, 24 February 2020 as Coronavirus crossed borders spreading wide across Europe and the Middle East. Oil prices also slumped by 4% as several infected cases jumped in Iran, Italy, and South Korea. The US crude futures also fell by USD2.05, that accounts to almost 3.8%, reporting at USD51.33. Coronavirus epidemic infected around 79,000 people globally.

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Do children need soft skills 'now' for 'future' profession?

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

The success of the next generation of professionals requires soft skills. According to the British Council UAE-English Language Services Director, Gareth Newman, skills like creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration distinguish humans from machines and are thus important for future generations. He also pointed out that parents play a major role in their children's 'learning journey'.

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Falcon Aviation expands aircraft maintenance service capability

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

One of UAE’s leading business aviation service company, Falcon Aviation, received D1 approval for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). This has been awarded by three authorities, one of them being the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This is said to help allow Falcon Aviation to identify latent issues in customer aircraft with attaining highest safety degree.

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Bahrain temporarily stops Dubai, Sharjah flights over Coronavirus

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Bahrain has temporarily suspended flights to and from UAE over fears about Coronavirus outbreak. The announcement came as Bahrain registered its first case of Coronavirus illness in a bus driver, who transited via Dubai from Iran. Later, a second case was also confirmed in a traveller from Iran who transited via Dubai. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Iraq reported new cases of the virus on Monday, 24 February 2020.

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9 specialised workshops at International Government Communication Forum

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

The Ninth Edition of International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2020) will be held on 4 & 5 March 2020. The event will be held at Sharjah Expo Centre and will host nine workshops targeting students, journalists, photojournalists, and government communication employees. Sixty-four leading global thinkers, top government officials, and communication experts from the Arab region and around the world will participate.

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Melania Trump welcomed at Delhi school to attend ‘Happiness Class’

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

School children across India’s national capital, Delhi, greeted the First Lady of the United States of America, Melania Trump. She is to attend a session of ‘Happiness Centre’ at Delhi’s Sarvodaya Co-Educational Senior Secondary School. Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia took to Twitter to welcome the First Lady and experience the eighteen month old initiative of ‘Happiness Class’.

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Northeast Delhi sees violence as capital welcomes US President Trump

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

As Delhi prepared to host US President Trump, the national capital also saw violence due to CAA protests. Pro and Anti-CAA groups clashed in Jaffrabad area, leaving 54 people injured. The groups engaged in stone-pelting and torched down property. Paramilitary forces were immediately deployed, banning large gatherings to keep violence in check, as five people including a policeman were killed.

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NASA: Marsquakes jolts planet as count passes 450

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

NASA's Mars Lander has confirmed that Planet Mars is regularly experiencing quakes and aftershocks. Research reveals that 174 Marsquakes were noted through September 2019. Stemming from underground triggers, the quakes ranged from 3-4 magnitude and 24 were relatively strong. The quakes are picked by seismometer on InSight Spacecraft, and the quake count has passed 450 till date.

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Emirati woman exempted from huge traffic fines by Dubai Police

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Dubai Police General HQ announced a full discount for an Emirati woman’s traffic fines. They confirmed the news during a press conference on a traffic fine exemption scheme. The woman was surprised when Dubai Police exempted her from traffic fines of AED150,000 on two of her cars for two years. Officials believed that the scheme has solved problems of accumulated fines, and motivated drivers to follow rules.

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Coronavirus fears halt Italian schedule of 'Mission Impossible 7'

Feb 25, 2020 By - AlShorts Web Desk

Shooting for next sequel of Hollywood’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise starring Tom Cruise, has been halted due to Coronavirus fears in Italy. The Italy shoot was planned for three weeks starting Monday, 24 February 2020, and is indefinitely postponed as Italy's Coronavirus cases rise above 200. The franchise's 7th instalment was expected to hit theatres in July 2021, with an eighth sequel planned for 2022.

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