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Voting concludes in Iran’s Parliament and Assembly of Experts elections after 16 hours

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Voting for Iran’s 12th Parliament and sixth Assembly of Experts ended after 16 hours, with more than 15,000 candidates competing for 290 parliamentary seats and 144 candidates vying for Assembly of Experts positions. A total of 61.17 million people were eligible to vote in the elections, which saw multiple extensions in the voting period.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi cast their votes early in the process, emphasizing the importance of the election in shaping Iran’s future. Both leaders highlighted the global scrutiny on the elections, urging the Iranian people to participate and make their voices heard.

Iran’s Police Chief Ahmad Reza Radan confirmed that no security issues occurred at polling stations across the country, ensuring full security during the voting process. Iran’s Constitutional Council spokesman Hadi Tahan Nazif stated that the turnout would be announced after the closing of the voting process, with 230,000 monitors overseeing polling stations.

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The previous election turnout for the Iranian Parliament in 2020 was reported at 42 per cent, indicating the importance of citizen participation in shaping Iran’s political landscape. The final turnout for the latest elections will be revealed after the voting process concludes, providing insights into the engagement of the Iranian electorate in the democratic process.

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Tel Aviv, April 16 (IANS/DPA) Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz has initiated a “diplomatic offensive” against Iran in response to a major Iranian attack on Israel. Katz reached out to 32 countries and numerous foreign ministers, urging for sanctions on Iran’s missile programme and the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization.

Katz believes that imposing sanctions and designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization would weaken Tehran and prevent further escalations. He emphasized the urgency of taking action, stating, “Iran must be stopped now – before it is too late.”

In addition to the diplomatic efforts, Katz also called for a military response to Tehran’s recent attack, which included over 300 missiles, cruise missiles, and drones. Israel and its allies successfully intercepted the majority of the incoming projectiles, but Katz stressed the need for a comprehensive approach to the situation.

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Following the major Iranian attack, Israel’s military leadership has indicated that a response is imminent. The attack, which occurred on Saturday night, was reportedly in retaliation for a suspected Israeli strike on an Iranian diplomatic compound in Syria, resulting in casualties among Iranian military personnel.

The escalating tensions between Israel and Iran have raised concerns about the potential for further violence in the region. Katz’s diplomatic offensive aims to address these tensions and prevent further hostilities through a combination of diplomatic and military measures.

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Who was Joel Cauchi Who Killed the Millionaire’s Daughter, a Pakistani Man and 4 Others?

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Who was Joel Cauchi Who Killed the Millionaire's Daughter, a Pakistani Man and 4 Others?

The entire world wants to know who Joel Cauchi is, the 40-year-old man who went on a rampage and injured around 12 people and killed six others, reported TimesNow.

Who Was Joel Cauchi?

Joel Cauchi has been shot dead during an escalation that happened in a shopping mall in Sydney where he killed six people and injured a dozen others. 

He hailed from the state of Queensland, Australia and has been accused of the stabbing spree that occurred at a shopping center in Sydney. 

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After a thorough investigation led by the law enforcement authorities and agencies, Cauchi’s identity emerged. However, authorities unveiled that Joel Cauchi “had encountered them in the past due to issues related to mental health.”

According to police, at the age of 17, Joel Cauchi was diagnosed with a mental ailment. 

Cauchi’s parents claimed that their son’s doings were “truly horrific.” They stated,

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“We are still trying to comprehend what has happened. He has battled with mental health issues since he was a teenager.”

It is believed that a month ago Cauchi traveled to Sydney. According to police, he hired a small storage unit where he kept his personal belongings, including a boogie board. 

As per Joel Cauchi’s parents, their son had been living in hostels and a vehicle. Moreover, Cauchi’s parents added that he was in contact with the family only via text messages. 

Why Joel Cauchi Is In the News?

Until now, the exact reason behind Joel’s motivation to attack remains unclear, says Karen Webb, the New South Wales Police Commissioner. 

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As per The Guardian, New South Wales (NSW) Police, while investigating the matter, said whether the suspect targeted women, but added it was an “obvious line of inquiry.”

Police added,

“Five other people – including four women believed to be aged between 20 and 55 and a man, aged in his 30s – who were in the center, died at the scene. They are yet to be formally identified. Twelve others – including nine women, two men and a 9-month-old child – suffering stab wounds, were treated by paramedics and taken to various Sydney hospitals.”

The tragedy took place on Saturday at Bondi Junction, a shopping center in Sydney in which Cauchi claimed the lives of six people. 

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He attacked five women and a man, a security guard who intervened during the attack. Among the women, 25-year-old Dawn Singleton was a victim.

Moreover, the daughter of John Singleton, the Australian multi-millionaire, was another victim and the security guard was a 30-year-old Pakistani man, who was identified on Sunday.

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Johnson Controls subsidiary Tyco Fire Products to pay $750 mn to settle ‘forever chemicals’ lawsuit

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Johnson Controls subsidiary Tyco Fire Products to pay $750 mn to settle 'forever chemicals' lawsuit

Johnson Controls subsidiary Tyco Fire Products has settled a lawsuit and agreed to pay $750 million to some U.S. public water systems which charged the company of contaminating the water supplies with toxic “forever chemicals’ ‘ which was used in the firefighting foam made by the company.

However, the settlement will have to be approved by the federal judge before it could be utilized by public water systems in cities, towns to remove the contamination of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

The settlement and the money which will be paid by the company does not constitute in any way an admission of liability or wrongdoing by Tyco, Johnson Controls which it made clear in its regulatory filing. It also added that a charge for the amount was recorded in the second quarter ended March 31.

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Paul Napoli, an attorney for the water systems said,  “This settlement resolves claims involving contaminated drinking water and provides compensation critical to protecting our nation’s drinking water supplies and upgrading our water treatment infrastructure to deal with this new emerging threat,”

What Is PFAS And Why Is It Dangerous?

PFAS is an acronym for polyfluoralkyl substances which is a class of chemicals which finds wide use in a number of consumer and commercial products, including firefighting foams, non-stick pans and stain-resistant fabrics. However, the chemical has been designated as carcinogenic or a cancer causing substance. The chemicals have also been named as ‘forever chemicals’ because they remain unchanged in the body or nature for infinite periods.

Dozens of companies including Tyco are facing a slew of lawsuits which have been brought by water systems accusing them of contaminating water sources with PFAS pollution in a South Carolina federal court. The lawsuits alleged that the groundwater was polluted with PFAS after it was used in firefighting foams at firehouses and airports across the country. The lawsuits led to settlements which amounted to $11 billion between major chemical companies and U.S. water systems. The most recent settlement was between water systems and Chemours (CC.N),  Corteva (CTVA.N), and DuPont de Nemours (DD.N) last year for $1.19 billion.

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 The latest lawsuit was being heard by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in Charleston and he also warned that the lawsuits on companies facing PFAS claims could threaten their very existence. The latest settlement which still needs the nod from Judge Richard Gergel will require Tyco to pay $250 million of the settlement by May, and the remaining $500 million six months after the court gives its preliminary approval.

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