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PM Modi discusses India-EU partnership and bilateral ties with Belgian counterpart

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PM Modi speaks to Belgian counterpart on India-EU partnership, bilateral ties

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo to discuss strengthening bilateral ties and congratulating on the successful hosting of the First Nuclear Energy Summit in Brussels. They also affirmed commitment to enhance the India-EU Strategic Partnership under the ongoing Belgian Presidency.

During the conversation, Prime Minister Modi expressed, “Spoke to Belgium PM @alexanderdecroo… Exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties; advancing India-EU Partnership under Belgian Presidency; and cooperation on regional and global issues.” The leaders reviewed the excellent relations between India and Belgium and discussed enhancing partnerships in diverse sectors like trade, investment, clean technologies, and more.

Both leaders agreed on the need to support the early restoration of peace and security in the West Asia region and the Russia-Ukraine war. They exchanged views on regional and global developments and committed to remaining in touch. The discussions aimed at further strengthening cooperation between the two nations.

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The First Nuclear Energy Summit, jointly organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Belgium, had global leaders reaffirming their commitment to nuclear energy for reducing carbon emissions. India, as a responsible nuclear power with advanced technology, reiterated its commitment to expanding peaceful applications of nuclear technology and ensuring nuclear safety.

Ajit Kumar Mohanty, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, stated India’s aim to increase nuclear energy’s share in the country’s electricity mix by 2047 and to triple nuclear power generation capacity by 2030. India also expressed commitment to international civil nuclear cooperation for the nation’s development needs and engagement with foreign companies to expand the nuclear energy program.

The summit highlighted India’s three-stage nuclear power programme and its efforts to enhance nuclear safety and security globally. India continues to support the IAEA in its mission to provide a robust and sustainable framework. The discussions at the summit aimed at promoting the use of nuclear energy for sustainable development goals.

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The dialogue between Prime Minister Modi and Belgian Prime Minister De Croo signifies the commitment of both nations to deepen their ties and collaborate on various issues of mutual interest. The discussions aimed at exploring opportunities for partnership and cooperation in multiple sectors for the benefit of both countries.

The engagement between the two leaders reflects a shared vision of furthering bilateral relations and contributing to global peace and security. The dialogue also underlines the importance of collaboration between India and Belgium in advancing common goals for prosperity and sustainability in the region and beyond.

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Chronic Wasting Disease: Death of 2 hunters in US raises fear of zombie deer disease spreading in humans

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Chronic Wasting Disease: Death of 2 hunters in US raises fear of zombie deer disease spreading in humans

The specter of COVID is still fresh in everyone’s mind about how disease which originates from animals can create havoc on the health of humans. The scientific community is worried after a new report which outlines how the death of two hunters who were stricken by a rare neurological disease was caused by eating infected deer meat.

The two hunters who consumed the meat of a Deer infected by “zombie deer disease” started showing symptoms of a rare neurological disease known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and died within a month. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) affects the proteins which are malformed and start collecting in the brain causing damage to the brain cells. The disease is somewhat akin to the Mad Cow Disease and there is no treatment available for the ailment. The person starts losing his cognitive abilities and death can occur within one to six months.

Chronic wasting disease was first found in the deer inhabiting the northern Colorado and southern Wyoming in the 90’s and as per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease was also detected in free-ranging deer, elk and moose in at least 32 states across the US.

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When a deer is infected by CWD or Chronic Wasting Disease it leads to extreme weight loss, poor coordination, drooling, and lack of fear of people. The Medical fraternity is worried of the possibility of the disease being transmitted to humans much like the Mad Cow Disease which was pandemic in the UK in the 90’s. The latest study was published in 2022 by a group of scientists in Canada based on mice research, suggesting a risk of CJD transmission to humans.

Researchers from the University Of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have discovered that the two hunters who ate deer meat and died in 2022 suffered from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), which is a neurological disease. Both the men developed symptoms like confusion and aggression and died within a month despite treatment.

The researchers added that there was a distinct possibility of the transmission of the disease from animal-to-human. The report was presented earlier this month at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, and published in peer-reviewed journal Neurology. The report did not make it clear where the men lived or hunted but the highest concentration of CWD-infected deer can be found in Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Wyoming as per CDC.

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Watch Viral Video: Deserts Around Saudi Arabia’s Mecca and Medina Turning Green

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The dry and arid lands of the Arabian Peninsula is undergoing a big transformation and the region between holy cities of Mecca and Madinah is becoming greener. This has been caused thanks to the heavy rainfall which has converted this desolate and barren land into a region rich in flora.

The change is clearly visible in the western parts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is today covered with a carpet of greenery. A vast supply of water has helped to change this desolate region into amazing shades of green. The desert sandy soil is now getting drenched in frequent episodes of rain and this stimulates the growth of rich flora.

Netizens have posted pictures of this amazing transformation on social media and one such post on Instagram stated, “After heavy rains, parts of Saudi Arabia’s desert near Mecca and Medina have turned green. This transformation, particularly in the West, is due to excess water, leading to the growth of grass and plants. Photos show camels grazing on fresh grass, and once arid areas are now vibrant with color. This unusual sight has also been visible from NASA satellites,”

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The post further stated that the greening of desert is visible from space . Scenes of camels munching on new grass, a sight that is unusual in deserts. The brown landscape is now interspersed with large tracts of greenery.

The post has also attracted comments by other viewers. While one user has commented about the extra rain another quote a verse from the Bible which has prophesied this event.

 “ Indeed God knows the beginning and the end. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. Isaiah 35:6-7 NIV.”

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Saudi Arabia is also using cutting edge technology like cloud seeding to bring artificial rains. Cloud Seeding basically involves spraying special chemicals like silver iodide or potassium iodide, into clouds using aircraft or helicopters. The chemicals stimulate the coalescence of water vapor in clouds increasing precipitation.

Also Read: Watch: Dubai Floods Gushing Every Year As Storm Dumps 1.5 Years of Rain 

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Charles Todd Hill Sentenced to 4 Years Jail over Multi-million Dollar Scams

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Charles Todd Hill, the former reality show star, was sentenced to four years in prison on April 16, Tuesday. He was convicted of financial and real estate fraud worth $10 million, reported KGW.

The ex-reality show star hails from Los-Gatos. As per the District Attorney’s (DA) Office of Santa Clara County, Charles was asked to return money to the 11 victims by the court. 

In November 2019, he was indicted for the first time after a DA investigation. 

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Exploring the charges against Charles Todd Hill

Earlier this week, Charles “Todd” Hill was asked to return $9,402,678.43 to 11–12 victims for carrying out fraudulent activities in real estate finances.

In 2014, the 58-year-old was a part of the 1st season of “Flit It and Win It.” The HGTV reality series was about procuring damaged houses, renovating them and then selling them for a profit. 

However, Charles misused the opportunity and committed financial and real estate scams. 

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How Charles “Todd” Hill Committed the Fraud 

Jeff Rosen, the District Attorney in this regard wrote, “Some see the huge amount of money in Silicon Valley real estate as a business opportunity. Others, unfortunately, see it as a criminal opportunity – and we will hold those people strictly accountable.”

In September 2023, Charles was convicted for committing multiple frauds. 

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Currently, Charles “Todd” Hill has been charged with numerous felonies, which include “grand theft against all victims and aggravated white-collar enhancement, after pleading guilty.”

The court saw evidence, according to which the 58-year-old bought exotic cars, high-end hotels, and opulent vacations from his laundered money. 

Reportedly, he stole the money reserved for construction and used it for personal gains. He used up the money and built a lavish lifestyle for himself rather than buying properties. 

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Charles “Todd” Hill obtained loans by presenting false balance sheets and hiding his crimes.

Along with four years of imprisonment, the 58-year-old newer is required to serve a decade on probation. As per CBS News, Charles “Todd” Hill will be transferred to Elmwood Men’s Facility in Milpitas shortly.

Also Read: NBA Youngboy Arrested: Faces 63 Felony Charges, Check the List Here

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