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EU imposes sanctions on Belarus as Lukashenko orders police to clear the streets

EU imposes sanctions on Belarus as Lukashenko orders police to clear the streets

World
The European Union has announced financial sanctions against those involved in electoral fraud in Belarus.European Council President Charles Michel said the bloc does not recognise the result of a contentious election which saw incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko claim 80% of the vote. "The EU will impose shortly sanctions on a substantial number of individuals responsible for violence, repression and election fraud," he said at the end of an emergency summit of EU leaders. Image: Belarusian President Lukashenko has ruled the country for 26 years As hundreds more protesters defied a new order from President Lukashenko and gathered on the streets of Minsk for continued demonstrations, Mr Michel said the situation in Belarus is "in...
Climate change: Siberian heatwave ‘clear evidence’ of warming

Climate change: Siberian heatwave ‘clear evidence’ of warming

Science
A record-breaking heatwave in Siberia would have been almost impossible without human-caused climate change, a study has found.The Russian region's temperatures were more than 5C above average between January and June of this year.Temperatures exceeded 38C in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk on 20 June, the highest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic circle.The Arctic is believed to be warming twice as fast as the global average.An international team of climate scientists, led by the UK Met Office, found the record average temperatures were likely to happen less than once every 80,000 years without human-induced climate change.That makes such an event "almost impossible" had the world not been warmed by greenhouse gas em...
Coronavirus: Lockdown prompts clear fall in UK air pollution

Coronavirus: Lockdown prompts clear fall in UK air pollution

Science
Air pollution has started to fall in many UK cities in response to the lockdown measures introduced as a result of the coronavirus crisis.The trend mirrors that seen across continental Europe as people have spent less time in vehicles, offices and factories and more time at home.Data collected by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science shows marked reductions in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and in particulate matter (PM2.5).And the falls look set to continue."If you look at traffic volumes, they're still going down. And so we probably haven't reached the bottom yet," said Prof Ally Lewis, director of science at the NCAS."A few days ago, we were talking about journeys by car going down by about a third, and now it's nearly a 50-60% ...

YES Bank customers can pay credit card dues, clear loan obligations from other bank accounts

Finance
The YES Bank has allowed its credit card customers to clear their dues and make loan repayments from other bank accounts. The bank said that it has enabled inward payments through IMPS/NEFT and customers can make payments towards their credit card dues and loan obligations through other accounts. The development comes a day after its newly appointed administrator, Prashant Kumar, said that the moratorium on withdrawals could be lifted by Saturday. He also added that the bank is working towards restoring full services for its customers. The RBI had capped withdrawals from YES Bank at Rs 50,000 and put the bank under moratorium for a month as it struggled to meet capital requirements. The central bank also appointed Prashant Kumar as the administrator. Inward IMPS/NEFT services have now bee...
Coronavirus: Nasa images show China pollution clear amid slowdown

Coronavirus: Nasa images show China pollution clear amid slowdown

Science
Satellite images have shown a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China, which is "at least partly" due to an economic slowdown prompted by the coronavirus, US space agency Nasa says.Nasa maps show falling levels of nitrogen dioxide this year. It comes amid record declines in China's factory activity as manufacturers stop work in a bid to contain the coronavirus.China has recorded nearly 80,000 cases of the virus since the outbreak began. It has spread to more than 50 countries but the vast majority of infections and deaths are in China, where the virus originated late last year.Nasa scientists said the reduction in levels of nitrogen dioxide - a noxious gas emitted by motor vehicles and industrial facilities - wa...