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Under a ‘blood moon’; world sights historic lunar eclipse 

Those who can witness the moon are indeed lucky as it is the longest eclipse since 1440— offering stargazers a unique opportunity to observe a lunar eclipse.

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Under a ‘blood moon’; world sights historic lunar eclipse 
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The world is witnessing the historic and last lunar eclipse of 2021 on Friday (November 19). The last time such eclipse took place was in February 18, 1440, and the next longest partial umbral eclipse will not appear until February 8, 2669. 

The lunar eclipse is visible from North and South America, Australia, and parts of Europe Asia, North and South America, Australia, and parts of Europe and Asia, much of Europe, much of Asia, Australia, North/West Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Arctic.  

The lunar eclipse will not be visible in Pakistan due to daylight. 

A partial lunar eclipse occurs when Earth comes between the sun and a full moon but the three are not precisely aligned.

The eclipse remains from the moment the moon enters Earth’s penumbral shadow, to the moment it leaves.

The eclipse began at 11:02am and will end at 05:04pm. 

Those who can witness the moon are indeed lucky as it is the longest eclipse since 1440— offering stargazers a unique opportunity to observe a lunar eclipse.

The overall duration of the today’s eclipse will be around 21,693 seconds (about 6 hours and 2 minutes) – this is an unusually long duration.  

In 1,200 years, so far, there are 973 partial lunar eclipses and it is the longest partial umbral eclipse of this century. 

Eclipses repeat with very small differences – in a 6,585-day cycle known as the Saros.

The Moon doesn't go completely dark in the same way the Sun is blotted out during a total solar eclipse. Instead, some sunlight bends through Earth's atmosphere, giving the Moon an eerie red glow.

This red color gives the phenomenon its nickname of a 'blood moon'.

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Pakistani boxer Muhammad Waseem wins WBC Silver title

Muhammad Waseem clinched the silver title by defeating the Colombian boxer

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Dubai: Another success for Pakistan, former WBC champion Muhammad Waseem defeated Colombian boxer Rober Barrera in a bout at the Boxing Arena in Dubai.

According to reports, in a 12-round fight of World Boxing Council (WBC), Muhammad Waseem clinched the silver title by defeating the Colombian boxer.

Waseem has so far won 11 bouts during his career with eight knockouts. He lost just one. During his excellent career Waseem has won the WBC flyweight world silver title two times. He also remained WBC No1 for quite some time. He won the WBC world silver title only in his fourth professional bout.

Barrera is said to be more experienced, as he competed in 26 fights and lost 3. The foreign fighter, who has a record of 13 knockouts, will try his best to obtain a triumph that will catapult him to a greater projection at world level.

 

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Oil plummets $10 a barrel as new Covid variant spooks investors

News of the variant has caused ructions in a market previously caught between producer and consumer nations.

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Oil plummets $10 a barrel as new Covid variant spooks investors

Oil prices dropped about $10 a barrel on Friday, their largest one-day drop since April 2020, as a new variant of the coronavirus spooked investors and added to concerns that a supply surplus could swell in the first quarter.

Oil fell with global equities markets on fears the variant could dampen economic growth and fuel demand.

The World Health Organization has designated the new variant as "of concern," according to the South African health minister, while Britain, Guatemala and European countries are among those to restrict travel from southern Africa, where the variant was detected. read more

Top U.S. infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Friday that a ban on flights from southern Africa was a possibility.

Brent crude fell $8.62, or 10.5%, to $73.60 a barrel by 12:45 p.m. EST (1745 GMT).

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down $9.36, or 11.9%, at $69.03 a barrel, in high volume trading after Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.

Both contracts were heading for their fifth week of losses and their steepest falls in absolute terms since April 2020, when WTI turned negative for the first time.

News of the variant has caused ructions in a market previously caught between producer and consumer nations.

"The biggest fear is that it will be resistant to vaccines and be a massive setback for countries that have reaped the benefits from their rollouts," said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA.

OPEC+ is also monitoring developments around the variant, sources said on Friday, with some expressing concern that it may worsen the oil market outlook less than a week before a meeting to set policy. 

Scientists have so far only detected the B.1.1.529 variant in relatively small numbers, mainly in South Africa but also in Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel, but they are concerned by its high number of mutations which could make it vaccine-resistant and more transmissible. read more

Drug makers Pfizer and BioNTech said if necessary they would be able to redesign their shot within 6 weeks and ship initial batches within 100 days. 

The foreign ministry said South Africa would speak to Britain to try to get it to reconsider its travel ban.

"Our immediate concern is the damage that this decision will cause to both the tourism industries and businesses of both countries," Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said in a statement.

Oil prices rose early in the week as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies (OPEC+) suggested it could taper production in response to a strategic release from large consuming countries that are members of the International Energy Agency. read more

Such a release was likely to swell supplies in coming months, an OPEC source said, based on findings of a panel of experts that advises OPEC ministers. 

The forecasts cloud the outlook for a Dec. 2 meeting when the group will discuss whether to adjust its plan to increase output by 400,000 barrels per day in January and beyond.

"OPEC's initial assessment of the co-ordinated (stockpile) release and the sudden appearance of a new variant of the coronavirus raises serious concerns about economic growth and the oil balance in coming months," PVM analyst Tamas Varga said.

SOURCE: REUTERS

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2 killed in Lahore road accident

Mishap took place when a speeding vehicle rammed into the people standing on the sidewalk

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Lahore: Two young men were killed in a traffic accident in Defense area of Lahore on Saturday morning.

According to GNN, the vehicle collided with the sidewalk due to high speed in Defense J Block Phase 6. Faisal, 24, and Ali Ahmed, 25, died on the spot when the vehicle overturned.

According to the traffic police, another young person named Amir was also injured in the accident and was shifted to General Hospital for medical treatment.

Earlier on yesterday, at least three students have lost their lives in an accident in Bahawalpur.

According to details, the mishap took place when a speeding trailer rammed into the students in Musafir Khana area.

Receiving information about the incident, rescue teams and security personnel arrived at the scene and shifted the victims to the nearby hospital.  

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