Modi Palestinian

Modi Speaks To Palestinian Prez, Reaffirms Aid

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the President of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday and expressed his condolences at the loss of lives at Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza.

PM Modi also reaffirmed India’s commitment to provide the Palestinian people with humanitarian assistance while reiterating India’s long-standing principled position on the Israel-Palestine issue.

“Spoke to the President of the Palestinian Authority H.E. Mahmoud Abbas. Conveyed my condolences at the loss of civilian lives at the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza. We will continue to send humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people,” posted PM Modi on X.

PM Modi in his conversation with Abbas also expressed his concern at terrorism and violence amid the ongoing war and also reiterated India’s position on the issue.

“Shared our deep concern at the terrorism, violence and deteriorating security situation in the region. Reiterated India’s long-standing principled position on the Israel-Palestine issue,” PM Modi’s post added.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi has said that India’s position concerning the Palestine issue has been “longstanding and consistent”.

“India has always advocated the resumption of direct negotiations towards establishing a sovereign, independent and viable state of Palestine living within secure and recognised borders side by side at peace with Israel. That position remains the same,” he said.

PM Modi on Wednesday condoled the loss of lives in an explosion at a hospital in Gaza, saying he was “deeply shocked” by the incident. Expressing concern over the mounting civilian casualties in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, the PM said that those behind such deaths should be “held responsible”.

Taking to his official handle on X, PM Modi posted, “Deeply shocked at the tragic loss of lives at the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, and prayers for speedy recovery of those injured. Civilian casualties in the ongoing conflict are a matter of serious and continuing concern. Those involved should be held responsible.”

An explosion at the hospital in Gaza City on Tuesday claimed the lives of hundreds of people.

Earlier today, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Official Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India has strongly condemned the “horrific” terrorist attack on Israel and believes the international community must combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

“We have strongly condemned the horrific terrorist attack on Israel. The international community must stand together in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations…” Bagchi said during the MEA weekly briefing on Thursday.

Bagchi further said, “There was also the issue of Palestine and on that, we have reiterated our position in favour of direct negotiations for establishing a two-state solution. We have also expressed our concern at the civilian casualties and the humanitarian situation. We would urge the strict observance of international humanitarian law…”

He added, “You would have seen the comments, the tweets as well as a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi” on the situation in Israel.

As the Israel-Hamas war enters its 13th day, global protests over deadly strike at Gaza hospital continue with arrests of Jewish anti-war demonstrators reported inside US Congress, according to CNN.

The Palestinian Mission to the UN in Geneva has denounced Israeli disinformation and propaganda after the deadly Gaza hospital explosion. At least 3,785 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since Hamas’s October 7 attack inside Israel, which killed more than 1,400 people, CNN reported. (ANI)

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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day 2022: Celebs Who Battled HIV/AIDS

World AIDS Day is observed annually on 1 December. It is celebrated globally to encourage people to come together in the battle against HIV, to support those who are living with HIV, and to remember those who have passed away from the disease.

On this important day, let’s remember the celebrities who battled HIV/AIDS.
1. Freddie Mercury

Iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury lost his battle against AIDS 31 years ago today when he was just 45. He kept his AIDS diagnosis secret due to the stigma attached to the disease back in the day. He disclosed it just hours before his untimely death on November 24, 1991.

His heartbreaking statement read, “Following enormous conjecture in the press, I wish to confirm that I have tested HIV positive and have AIDS.

“I felt it correct to keep this information private in order to protect the privacy of those around me.

“However, the time has now come for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth, and I hope everyone will join with me, my doctors, and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease.”

2. Magic Johnson

At a time when people used to avoid discussions related to HIV/AIDS, NBA superstar Magic Johnson stunned everyone by announcing his HIV diagnosis three decades ago. Today, Johnson is living a healthy lifestyle and works to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.

3. Charlie Sheen

Actor Chalie Sheen went public with his HIV diagnosis in November 2015, four years after he was first diagnosed.

In August 2022, he settled a lawsuit filed by an ex in which she claimed the actor knowingly exposed her to HIV. According to Page Six, the actor settled the lawsuit for USD 1,20,000. Page Six reports that in her initial filing in June 2017, the plaintiff, who is only referred to as Jane Doe in the court records, asserted that she had first met Sheen in September 2015 and that they had started having intercourse soon after. Initially, he is said to have worn a condom. Still, as of October 26, 2015, he allegedly switched to having unprotected intercourse with the woman, who is described in the legal documents as a “Russian emigre.” She had questioned whether he had any STDs before the skin-to-skin contact and he had said, “‘I’m good,'” she said.

But after the act, he allegedly admitted to her that he was HIV positive, which he had known since 2011, and provided her medicines to prevent getting the virus.

4. Billy Porter

In 2021, actor Billy Porter revealed that he has been living with HIV for 14 years and decided to make the revelation now as he hopes to free himself from “that shame in silence”. In fact, the 51-year-old actor made history by winning an Emmy in 2019 for his role as Pray Tell, a character who is HIV-positive, on the acclaimed FX series Pose.

“The truth is the healing. And I hope this frees me. I hope this frees me so that I can experience the real, unadulterated joy I can experience the peace I can experience intimacy so can sex without shame. This is for me,” Billy told The Hollywood Reporter.

5. Greg Louganis

Olympic diver Greg Louganis found out he was HIV positive six months before the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He faced several challenges as he was accused of putting other divers at risk of HIV. (ANI)

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