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Australia: Demand for imposition of sugar tax to tackle obesity, diabetes

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Canberra, 10 June : Australia’s top medical body has urged the government to impose taxes on sugary beverages to tackle obesity, diabetes and poor health. In an address at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Australian Medical Association (AMA) President Omar Khorshid advocated a tax that would reduce consumption of sugary drinks, Xinhua reported. “Australia consumes more than 2.4 billion liters of sugary drinks every year. This is enough to fill 960 Olympic-sized swimming pools,” he said.

“Diabetes, obesity and poor vascular health are huge contributors to the burden on our health system.” “Sugar-containing drinks, and especially those with little or no nutritional value, promote this problem. It’s time for action.” A study published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in 2019 found that 9.1 percent of Australian adults consumed sugar-sweetened drinks daily. Read also:

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, an average Australian consumes 60 grams or 14 teaspoons of sugar per day. The AMA has proposed that the retail price of sugar-sweetened beverages should be increased by an average of 20 percent. According to Khurshid, this is in line with a recommendation from the World Health Organisation, and over a period of 25 years, there could be 16,000 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes, 4,400 fewer cases of heart disease and 1,100 fewer strokes. “It could save lives and millions of dollars in health care costs,” he said.

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Biden-Putin Meeting: Agreed on sending ambassadors of both countries back to their posts

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Putin said there was “no animosity” during the talks, which ended in less time than expected. Both sides had said that they expected the meeting to last four to five hours but the meeting between the two leaders lasted less than three hours. This included a preliminary meeting in which both the president and the two had top aides. After the meeting ended, Putin held a one-on-one press conference to explain the results, while Biden addressed reporters separately. Putin acknowledged that Biden raised human rights issues with him, including the case of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Putin defended Navalny’s prison sentence and repeatedly asked questions about his mistreatment of Russian opposition leaders, referring to the domestic turmoil in the US including the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests and on the capitol on January 6. Violence is involved.

Putin said he and Biden agreed to start talks about a new ‘START’ treaty limiting nuclear weapons that could potentially replace it after it expires in 2026. Washington halted talks with Moscow in 2014 in response to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Talks resumed in 2017, but did not succeed in expanding the new START treaty during the Trump administration. The Russian president said they had agreed to send their ambassadors back to their respective deployments. The two countries had in recent months withdrew their top ambassadors from Washington and Moscow due to deterioration in relations. Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov was recalled from Washington nearly three months ago after Biden called Putin a murderer. US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan left Moscow about two months ago. Putin said ambassadors are expected to return to their posts in the coming days. Also read: America: Thousands of Indian students have taken visa ‘appointments’ in July, August – US Embassy

Putin also said that the two sides have agreed in principle to start consultations on cyber security issues. However, he denied US allegations that the Russian government was responsible for recent high-profile hacks against business and government agencies in the US and around the world. The meeting between Biden and Putin on Wednesday took place in a Swiss mansion on the banks of a lake. The meeting took place at a time when both the leaders said that the relations between their countries were at the lowest level ever. Before the start of the meeting, both the leaders briefly appeared before the media and termed it as a meeting between two great powers and said that face-to-face meeting is always better. Putin said he hoped the meeting would be fruitful. However, during this time both the leaders were seen avoiding looking directly at each other in front of the cameras.

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Global cases of corona increased to 17.69 crores

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Global cases of corona increased to 17.69 crores

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Washington, June 17 : The global cases of corona have increased to 17.69 crores. At the same time, the death toll from this epidemic has increased to 38.3 lakh. Johns Hopkins University gave this information. In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global corona cases and death toll have risen to 176,960,993 and 3,830,127 respectively.

According to the CSSE, the US remains the most affected country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 33,498,145 and 600,648 respectively. India ranks second in terms of infection with 33,498,145 cases. The other worst-hit countries with more than 3 million cases are Brazil (17,628,588), France (5,809,319), Turkey (5,348,249), Russia (4,605,805), UK (4,605,805), Italy (5,189,260), Argentina (4,198,620), Colombia (3,829,879), Spain (3,749,031), Germany (3,726,767) and Iran (3,060,135). Also read: Monsoon Alert: Heavy rain forecast in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar in next 3 hours

In terms of deaths, Brazil is second with 493,693 deaths. More than 100,000 people have died in India (379,573), Mexico (230,624), UK (128,190), Italy (127,153), Russia (125,443) and France (110,740).

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UPDATE: Death toll in Nepal floods rises to 7, many still feared missing

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Kathmandu, June 16: The death toll in the floods in Sindhupalchok district in central Nepal has risen to seven. Apart from this, there is still a possibility of missing many people. It is being told that the flood has originated from the main source of the Melmachi and Indravati rivers.

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