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Journalists Maria Ressa, Dmitry Muratov win 2021 Nobel Peace Prize 

Journalists Maria Ressa from the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Both were chosen for their courageous fight for freedom of expression which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.  

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Journalists Maria Ressa from the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Both were chosen for their courageous fight for freedom of expression which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.  

The Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo has given the 2021 Peace Prize on Friday (today).

Committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen announced, "Ms. Ressa and Mr. Muratov are receiving the Peace Prize for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia”.

"At the same time, they are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions," she added.

Maria (58) is the founder and CEO of Rappler, an online news site combating misinformation and documenting the human rights abuses carried out by Philippine President Rodridgo Duterte's administration as part of his brutal war on drugs.

In 2020, she was convicted of online libel under the country's controversial anti-cybercrime law, which critics say is merely a guise for "cyber-authoritarianism."

Muratov was the editor-in-chief of Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta from 1995 to 2017. Known for its investigative journalism covering corruption and crime, seven of the paper's journalists have been murdered since 2000.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called Novaya Gazeta the "only truly critical newspaper with national influence in Russia today," amidst President Vladimir Putin's crackdown on dissent.

Each year, the committee permits nominations from a large pool of experts, such as academics, lawmakers, and previous recipients.

In addition, the winners are invited to Norway to give a Nobel lecture and receive a monetary prize worth 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1.14 million; €980,000).

Last year’s prize went to the World Food Programme for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe.

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Coronavirus: Pakistan records lowest daily death toll of fourth wave

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 689 cases of coronavirus were reported while 18 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,152.

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Coronavirus: Pakistan records lowest daily death toll of fourth wave

Islamabad: Amid a steady decline in Covid-19 infections, Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio further fell to 1.62% with 689 new cases. 

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 689 cases of coronavirus were reported while 18 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,152.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

The total number of cases has reached 1,259,648.

As many as 1,189,742 patients have recovered from the disease with 2,280 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 436,442 in the province with 12,792 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 463,167 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,502.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,048 in the province with 5,650 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,083 confirmed cases while 350 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,354 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 739. On the other hand, there are 10,353 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,201 cases in the capital city while 933 people have lost their lives.   

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‘First in world’; BTS’ Jimin gets customized helicopter birthday banner for exclusive routes in US, Australia

On his 26th birthday, the artist became the first person in the world to receive a customized helicopter birthday banner for exclusive routes in the United States (US) and Australia.

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‘First in world’; BTS’ Jimin gets customized helicopter birthday banner for exclusive routes in US, Australia

Seoul: Renowned K-POP idol and member of boyband BTS, Park Jimin continues to set records as the first person in the world with different highly innovative and grand-scale birthday support projects. 

On his 26th birthday, the artist became the first person in the world to receive a customized helicopter birthday banner for exclusive routes in the United States (US) and Australia.

The exclusive birthday-themed banner will be up to 35 meters long for both the US and Australia routes, which is a giant size to ensure visibility. Both flights will have a specialized light aerobatic aircraft utilized for the birthday project.

In US, the banner will pass through famous sites including the Statue of Liberty and the George Washington Bridge—a strategy that will foster drawing attention to the project. 

The US flight will be for 3 hours, which is also a long period to ensure enough buzz for the project—ensuring a grand-scale promotion for Jimin in the most sophisticated way imaginable.

For the Australian route, the flight will be on Gold Coast, and the duration will be two hours.

The Australian route will include a highlighted tourist resort named after the 42 km of golden sandy beach—adding prestige to the project.

In addition to incredible birthday support projects, fans known as ARMY are also showing their love to the singer through various hashtags on Twitter.

To commemorate BTS Jimin's birthday today, Ukraine ARMYs have also prepared a "first-in-the-world" project that involves the ‘Serendipity’ singer being featured on the biggest LED screen in all of Europe.

Another birthday support project for BTS member Jimin that is also the first in the world is a digital ad in Kyoto, Japan. Jimin became the first foreign artist to be featured on that ad space in the country.

The advertisement will run for a week.

Moreover, ARMYs in France are celebrating BTS Jimin's birthday by lighting up the Eiffel Tower, which is a famous landmark in the city.

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As fourth wave continues, Pakistan reports over 1000 cases, 27 deaths

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,086 cases of coronavirus were reported while 27 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,228.

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As fourth wave continues, Pakistan reports over 1000 cases, 27 deaths

Islamabad: Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,086 cases of coronavirus were reported while 27 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,228.

The total number of cases has reached 1,262,771.

As many as 1,194,590 patients have recovered from the disease with 2,132 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 437,316 in the province with 12,821 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 464,746 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,520.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,501 in the province with 5,673 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,108 confirmed cases while 352 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,380 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,363 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,357 cases in the capital city while 936 people have lost their lives. 

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