• August 1, 2021

News Extra: A Collection Of Fresh News Items

=.Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has announced a plan to enact anti-open grazing law in the state. The governor said with the reopening of the Rivers State House of Assembly following the suspension of the strike by the assembly workers, his government is preparing to send the bill for legislative consideration.

=.A total of 749 polling units have been relocated from inappropriate locations in various states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on Wednesday at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

=.The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has called on Nigerians to continue to take the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Addressing reporters on Tuesday in Abuja, the Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, stated that the vaccine was not only effective but was capable of protecting people against the Indian variant of the virus.

=.India’s battle with Twitter escalated on Wednesday with the government accusing the US firm of deliberately ignoring new IT rules, as reports suggested it can now be prosecuted for users’ tweets. Currently social media companies operating in India are classed as intermediaries, shielding them from criminal liability for anything posted on their platforms.

=.France midfielder Paul Pogba has played down Antonio Ruediger’s apparent attempted bite on his back during the world champions’ Euro 2020 win over Germany. Television replays showed Chelsea defender Ruediger putting his mouth on Pogba’s shoulder just before half-time in France’s 1-0 win over Germany in Munich on Tuesday.

=.Japan is planning to set a cap of 10,000 fans at sports events ahead of the Olympics, a cabinet minister said Wednesday, as organisers weigh how many domestic spectators can attend the Games. The proposed measure would come into force after a Covid-19 state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of the country ends on June 20, and would last until the end of August, said Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of virus measures.

=.Israel carried out air strikes on the Gaza Strip early Wednesday after militants in the Palestinian territory sent incendiary balloons into the south of the country, in the first flare-up between the two sides since a major conflict in May in which hundreds were killed. The strikes were the first under the new coalition government headed by Naftali Bennett, who took over on Sunday after ousting former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

=.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the addition of 56,872 more polling units in various parts of the country. INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who made the announcement on Wednesday at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, noted that the move was in line with the resolve to expand voters’ access to polling units.

=.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the dates to conduct the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States. INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the announcement on Wednesday at the meeting of the commission held at its headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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