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Families of COVID-related death victims in India to receive payout

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Those who have lost loved ones due to the pandemic could soon see an extra 50,000 rupees in their bank accounts.

Families in India who have lost a family member to the pandemic, will receive monetary payments.

India’s government will officially begin paying every individual who has had a family member die because of Covid-19 in what is a landmark compensation scheme.

It comes after Justice MR Shah said each impacted next of kith and kin will receive 50,000 rupees, which equates to $674 Australia Dollars, per death.

The payments are expected to total around 300 million US dollars.

The compensation payments will be distributed within 30 days following a family’s submission of the application.

More than 447,000 people in India have died as a result of the pandemic.

Payments mandated under law

India introduced the payments after declaring the pandemic a disaster under their National Disaster Management Act.

The law came into effect in 2005 with its purpose to manage disasters including “preparation of mitigation strategies, capacity-building and compensation for lost lives, injuries and damaged properties,” according to BBC.

The nation’s Ministry of Home Affairs has issued affidavits offering compensation to family members of all Covid victims, including those who took their own life after receiving a positive virus test result.

Under the law, monetary payments of 400,000 rupees is to be paid to the family of victims who have lost their lives to a disaster.

A helping hand for struggling families

Gaurav Kumar Bansal, a petitioner for the law to be applied to the families of COVID-19 victims says all families can benefit from the payment, particularly in such testing times.

“We know the government has spent a lot of money in managing the pandemic,” Bansal tole the BBC.

“But we still think the government should have paid 400,000 rupees compensation to every affected family according to the law.”

The decision has also been upheld by India’s top court with the judges ruling that no state can immediately deny the compensation to those who request it.

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AUKUS meetings wrap up as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

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The first AUKUS meetings wrap up in Washington as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

The first round of AUKUS meetings have wrapped up, with U.S. Defence Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin praising the talks as an “historic endeavour”.

Following an agreement made in Washington, Australia will have nuclear-powered submarines at the “earliest possible date”.

Defence Secretary Austin joined Australia’s Richard Marles and the UK’s Ben Wallace at the Pentagon. The leaders discussed key challenges and opportunities confronting the world right now.

High on the agenda was the contentious Indo-Pacific region, in response to “ongoing Chinese aggression”.

The meeting comes as Australia looks to move away from its conventional Collins-class subs and invest in nuclear-powered vessels.

The U.S. reaffirming its commitment to ensure its pacific partner will acquire this capability at the earliest possible date.

Australia’s Deputy PM and Defence Minister Richard Marles says the submarines are “central” to advancing the military capabilities of the alliance.

“There is an enormous sense of shared mission and momentum across all three countries, in having Australia acquire a nuclear powered submarine,” Marles said.

“The significance of that step shouldn’t be lost on people. There’s only been one occasion where a country has shared that capability with another. That was the United States with the United Kingdom a long time ago.”

But while we’ve heard the meetings went well, leaders are remaining tight-lipped about the exact details and any deals that have been made.

AUKUS has set a target of March 2023 to figure out a plan for Australia to acquire the nuclear subs.

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Arrests made in Germany over a suspicious plan

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Well arrests have been made in Germany over suspicious activity to overthrow the nation’s government.

Twenty-five people have been arrested as part of the raids across the country.

The group reportedly includes far-right and ex-military figures.

It’s understood they were planning to storm the nation’s parliament and take over control.

Suspects include racists and conspiracy theorists, and Q-Anon believers.

Three thousand officers took part in the sting involving 150 operations in 11 of Germany’s 16 states.

Arrests were also made in Italy and Austria.

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Twist in trial over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

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There’s been an unusual development in the trial of Airbus and Air France over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

Ticker’s Europe Correspondent Ryan Thompson has more from Paris

After weeks in court, prosecutors have decided NOT to ask for a conviction of the two French companies – even as they acknowledge that’s not what victims families would want.  

French prosecutors said they were unable to prove the companies were guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Their guilt “appears to us to be impossible to prove. We know that this view will most likely be difficult to hear for the civil plaintiffs,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors initially dropped charges against the companies in 2019. This sparked anger in families of the victims.

A Paris appeals court overturned this decision in 2021 and ordered the trial to go ahead. 

“We have a prosecutor who is supposed to defend the people who in the end is defending the multinational Airbus,” Daniele Lamy, the head of victims’ association Entraide et Solidarite AF447, told reporters.

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