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Over 500 pilgrims died of extreme heat during Hajj

323 of the pilgrims who died of the heat are from Egypt, while 144 are from Indonesia

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Riyadh: At least 577 pilgrims died due to heatstroke during the current Hajj season in Makkah.

According to the foreign news agency, 323 of the pilgrims who died of the heat are from Egypt, while 144 are from Indonesia.

The news agency reported that 60 pilgrims from Jordan and 35 from Tunisia died due to heat, while 11 pilgrims from Iran and three from Senegal died due to heat during Hajj.

According to the news agency, the temperature in Makkah was recorded as high as 51.8 degrees Celsius on Monday.

It is pertinent to note that the Saudi Meteorological Department had predicted severe heat during the Hajj season this year and accordingly, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah had arranged water fountains and cold water for the pilgrims.

Apart from this, the Saudi administration had also instructed pilgrims from different countries to take precautionary measures to avoid the heat.

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Australia quietly expel four Indian spies

The latest eviction of the spies is being hailed as a huge blow to the Modi government in Australia as well

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Sydney: Australia has quietly expelled four Indian spies for targeting defense technology, politicians and airport security.

The latest eviction of the spies is being hailed as a huge blow to the Modi government in Australia as well.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in its investigation revealed the expulsion of four spies from India.

Despite strong public relations between Canberra and New Delhi, in 2020 Australian authorities discovered an Indian espionage network aimed at gaining access to defense technology, security protocols, and sensitive information about former and current politicians and to monitor the Indian Australian community.

India's espionage activities have already been exposed in Canada and the US, and a network of spies was being created to influence Australian lawmakers.

In 2021, Australian intelligence chief Mike Burgess uncovered an unnamed ‘network of spies’ in India and exposed spies masquerading as diplomats.

Burgess confirmed that spies posing as diplomats developed relationships with politicians and state police and sought classified information about airport security.

The ABC revealed that the ousted spies were targeting Australian politicians and individuals and organisations associated with defense technologies as a result of the investigation.

However, these spies have been quietly removed from the country by the authorities so as not to be a source of embarrassment and shame for the Modi government, but voices are being raised from within Australia for not publicly condemning espionage.

Greens’ Senator David Shoebridge has demanded that Australia publicly condemn India, that Australia should speak openly about the matter and name the country whose espionage network has been caught.

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Cleaning operation continues on Eid 3rd day

LWMC has disposed of more than 42,500 tons of garbage and animal remains

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Lahore: On the third day of Eid al-Adha, the cleaning operation continues without interruption to dispose of the garbage.

The central control room is active 24 hours a day for the cleanliness of the city. 24 hours monitoring of the grand cleaning operation is going on. The Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) has disposed of more than 42,500 tons of garbage and animal remains since Chand Raat. The roads are being washed with water mixed with rose water and phenyl and lime is also being sprinkled.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) LWMC Babar Sahib Din said that more than 15,700 citizens contacted the helpline during Eid. The immediate resolution of more than 15,300 complaints was ensured. On the first day of Eid, more than 16,000 tons of garbage were stored. Over 8,000 tons of waste was transported to the landfill site at night.

Babar Sahib Din further said that 15,000 workers of LWMC are present in the field in three shifts. 105 temporary collection points established in the city are being zero-wasted daily. As per the instructions of Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, the cleaning operation continues with the same spirit on the third day of Eid.

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