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The Coca-Cola Foundation and charity: water Partner to Bring Clean and Safe Water to Communities in Pakistan

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charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe water to people around the world, has received support from The Coca-Cola Foundation to launch a transformative clean water project in the Balochistan province in Pakistan. The project aims to support 372 new and rehabilitated community water points to ensure access to clean and safe water for more than 3,500 people. Balochistan is Pakistan’s most arid and water-starved province with challenges mounting after the catastrophic floods in 2022.

The Coca-Cola Foundation, known for its commitment to economic empowerment and environmental sustainability, is proud to support this project alongside charity: water. “We believe in the power of partnerships to connect local expertise with global sustainable best practices, so every drop of water goes farther, especially in regions where vulnerable communities have experienced climate-related water stress and are far removed from municipal services,” said Saadia Madsbjerg, President of The Coca-Cola Foundation.

Working with local partner Muslim Aid, charity: water and The Coca-Cola Foundation are committed to improving sustainable water access and sanitation in underserved communities in Balochistan, an arid province in Pakistan at risk of water scarcity. The project will not only bring clean water closer to home for thousands of people but also contribute to community development and improved public health. “We are excited to launch this partnership with The Coca-Cola Foundation,” said Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of charity: water. “Together, we will make a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of people in Pakistan by ensuring they have reliable access to one of life’s most essential resources – clean water.”

Local partner Muslim Aid will play a crucial role in rehabilitating and implementing community and government water systems and building the capacity of relevant stakeholders to manage the systems, ensuring they are sustainable and meet the needs of the communities they serve. Bibi, a woman from a community that will benefit from this project said, “We face severe water shortages in our village forcing us to travel 1.5 kilometers, taking 30-40 minutes, twice daily, to fetch water. Our storage capacity is inadequate, limiting our daily water usage.” She went on to say that she hopes that the construction of a new water system will help in “improving their lives by providing clean water at their doorstep. This [water system] will be helpful in terms of health and education, and safeguarding our children.”

Clean water has the power to improve health and well-being, empower women and girls, open pathways to education, and spark economic growth. Yet, 703 million people around the world lack basic access; 78% of which live in rural communities. The burden of collecting water disproportionately falls on women and girls who collectively spend 200 million hours walking to collect water every day. The work is unpaid, laborious, and time-consuming – locking women and communities into a cycle of poverty and poor health.

The project is part of charity: water’s ongoing commitment to providing clean and safe water to people in need around the world. With the support of partners like The Coca-Cola Foundation and its network of local partner organizations, charity: water continues to make strides toward achieving its mission.

Unleash The Power of Mecha In PUBG MOBILE’S Version 3.2 Update

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PUBG MOBILE, one of the world’s most popular mobile games, reveals new enhancements in its Version 3.2 Update, available until July 9th. Players can explore mechanised marvels in PUBG MOBILE and World of Wonder mode with the new themed mode Mecha Fusion, alongside enhancements to Cycle 6 Season 18 and Metro Royale. Home mode will also be introducing a new competition, allowing players to showcase their creativity for the chance to win exciting prizes.

The Version 3.2 Update introduces Mecha Fusion, a new theme mode available on Erangel, Livik and Miramar, which brings three unique mechs into PUBG MOBILE: Levitron, Strider, and Armamech. The Levitron is a unique vehicle that can transition between speed and magnetic form and features a ‘magnetize’ ability that can be used to grab and toss characters, vehicles, and certain objects; the Strider boasts jumping and missile-firing capabilities, whilst Armamech, a formidable four-seater created by combining the Strider and Levitron, offers unparalleled versatility, equipped with dual weapons and skills of both its counterparts. Armamech can be summoned at Steel Ark, a futuristic-style ship containing loads of supplies that will appear numerous times on each map alongside player transport aircrafts. Steel Ark also features a huge interior space, with a towering and layered structure for players to enjoy. Both Levitron and Strider can also be found at Steel Ark, and Assembly Bases. Assembly Bases will be scattered across the Erangel, Livik and Miramar maps, also providing players the opportunity to replenish the mech’s health and load up on fuel and missiles.

In addition to these new mechs, the Mecha Fusion theme also introduces several new character items to PUBG MOBILE. Among these are the Jetpack, which enhances movement speed and offers brief hovering capabilities, and the Personal AED, which provides players with the ability to self-rescue when knocked down. Players can also equip themselves with the Magnet Gun, acting as a firearm version of the magnetic arm, and the Respawn Beacon, which allows immediate respawning of eliminated teammates.

World of Wonder will also receive its own set of new gameplay mech-inspired gameplay and additions alongside new Target Dummy and Soccer Ball objects. In Military Base Mecha GvG, players fight for victory in a showdown on a military base, whilst Steel Ark Catch Me is all about finding and eliminating players hiding within a time limit to win. Steel Ark Infinite Respawn Royale sees four teams battling around the Steel Ark with unlimited respawns, whilst  players can enjoy an exciting 1v1 mech battle, utilising punch attack and missiles. Lastly, Mecha Mayhem’s 8v8 faction battle summons mechs from the sky, with their close range crushing and launchable missiles disrupting the outcome of the match.

PUBG MOBILE’s Version 3.2 Update also introduces a plethora of Home features and fixes, including new Elegant Ancient Capital themed items alongside an improved blueprint building process. In addition to these exciting items, players are also encouraged to let their creativity shine in the new Home Competition, showcasing their design prowess for the chance to win some exciting prizes! Submissions are open until June 1.

Metro Royale will also receive exciting updates in the Version 3.2 Update, including gameplay experience improvements, new collectibles, and new enemy Strider. Players can open multiple inventory gift packs simultaneously, repair all items with a single tap on the loadout page, and unlock new Honor Rewards and Collectibles. Certain Gold Collectibles can be displayed in players’ Personal Space of the lobby, with the potential to be placed in HOME. Players can now earn Player and Companion EXP in Metro Royale matches, and face a new PvE enemy, Strider.

The Version 3.2 Update also marks the arrival of Cycle 6 Season 18, which introduces a range of new legendary items including the C6S18 Glasses, C6S18 Set, C6S18 Mask, C6S18 Cover, and a C6S18 – DBS.

PUBG MOBILE players can also look forward to an upcoming partnership announcement with a sports car manufacturer, plus an electrifying new collaboration with an iconic anime sensation – stay tuned for further updates!

Further information about what’s included in PUBG MOBILE’s Version 3.2 Update can be found in the official patch notes available here.

PUBG MOBILE’s Version 3.2 Update will be available until July 9th! Download the game and play for free on the App Store and Google Play Store.

New Zealand Coach Confident Ahead of T20 World Cup

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New Zealand’s cricket coach, Gary Stead, exudes confidence as the squad prepares for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup in the Caribbean and the United States. Despite facing setbacks due to injuries, the recovery progress of key players Finn Allen and Devon Conway brings hope for their participation in the tournament.

Finn Allen, known for his explosive batting, has been recovering from a back injury, while Devon Conway underwent surgery for a thumb fracture earlier this year. Speaking from the team’s training camp in Mount Maunganui, Stead provides updates on their progress, with Allen showing positive signs of improvement despite some lingering discomfort. Conway, currently engaged in the IPL, continues to work on his skills through dedicated training sessions.

With no warm-up matches scheduled before their World Cup opener against Afghanistan, Stead emphasizes the team’s rigorous preparation at Bay Oval, focusing on adapting to the conditions expected in the Caribbean. Despite the lack of match practice, Stead trusts in the squad’s collective experience, particularly from players seasoned in the Caribbean Premier League, to navigate the challenges that lie ahead.

As New Zealand gears up for their Group C matches, Stead remains optimistic about the team’s readiness, highlighting the blend of talent, resilience, and thorough preparation as key factors that will drive their performance on the global stage. With a strong focus on acclimatizing to diverse surfaces and conditions, the team aims to make a strong start in the tournament and showcase their capabilities against top international competition.

Pakistan Hockey Captain Confident Ahead of Match Against Japan

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During a recent event hosted by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan hockey captain Ammad Butt expressed his team’s readiness to face Japan in the upcoming event. Reflecting on the team’s performance in the Azlan Shah Cup, Butt expressed satisfaction with the Green Shirts’ display, emphasizing their strong performance and unity on the field.

“The team showed good performance. I do not feel that my team lacked something,” stated Butt, highlighting the positive spirit and determination within the squad as they prepare to take on Japan in the next event. The captain’s confidence in the team’s abilities and cohesion bodes well for their upcoming matches.

Sufyan Khan, another member of the team, echoed Butt’s sentiments, emphasizing the seamless inclusion of senior players and the leadership of the skipper. Khan expressed satisfaction with the team dynamics during the tournament, underscoring the importance of experience and teamwork in achieving success on the field.

Reflecting on his experience, Abdul Rehman shared his thoughts on the Azlan Shah Cup, describing it as his first international event. Despite the challenges faced, Rehman acknowledged the disappointment of a defeat against Japan, highlighting the team’s determination to learn and grow from such experiences.

“The Azlan Shah Cup was my first international event. It was a heartbreaking moment to get drubbed at the hands of Japan,” expressed Rehman, emphasizing the learning opportunities that come with facing tough competition and the resilience required to bounce back stronger.

As the Pakistan hockey team gears up for their upcoming match against Japan, the players’ positive mindset and determination to improve and succeed will be crucial in their quest for victory. With a strong sense of unity and purpose, the Green Shirts are poised to showcase their skills and resilience on the field, aiming for a triumphant performance in their next event.

Kohli’s Aims to Leave No Unfinished Business

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In a recent statement at the Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s Royal Gala Dinner, India’s star batter and former captain Virat Kohli shared his retirement plans, emphasizing his desire to leave no unfinished business before bringing the curtain down on his illustrious career. Kohli, who has been India’s finest player over the last decade, made his international debut in 2008 in an ODI match against Sri Lanka at Dambulla.

Since then, he has featured in 113 Tests, 292 ODIs, and 117 T20Is, amassing an impressive 26,733 international runs across formats, including 80 centuries.“I think as a sportsman, we do have an end date to our careers. So, I am just working backward. I don’t want to finish my career thinking ‘Oh, what if I had done this on that particular day’ because I can’t keep going on and on forever. So, it’s just about not leaving any undone business behind and not having any regrets later, which I am sure I won’t,” Kohli said.

The 35-year-old prolific right-hander, who is currently in great form in the ongoing IPL with 661 runs in 13 innings at 66.10, emphasized his commitment to giving it his all until the very end.” Once I am done, I will be gone, you won’t see me for a while. So, I want to give it everything I have till the time I play, and that’s the only thing that keeps me going,” he added.

Kohli’s tally of international centuries is only fewer than Sachin Tendulkar, who holds the record for the most international tons (100). He will also be a part of India’s squad for next month’s ICC T20 World Cup in the United States and West Indies, where he will look to add another trophy to his already impressive collection. As Kohli approaches the twilight of his career, his words resonate with a sense of purpose and determination to leave a lasting legacy on the sport he has dominated for over a decade. Fans eagerly await to see what the future holds for this cricketing icon as he continues to push the boundaries of excellence

Juventus Clinch 15th Italian Cup Title with Vlahovic’s Early Strike

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Juventus emerged victorious in the Italian Cup final, defeating Atalanta 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The decisive moment came in the fourth minute when Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic found the back of the net, securing Juventus’ 15th Coppa Italia triumph.

Despite Juventus’ recent struggles, having won just three matches since the end of January, they managed to frustrate their opponents from the moment Vlahovic scored the only goal of the game. The 24-year-old forward also had a goal disallowed for offside in the second half.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side ended a three-year trophy drought with this victory, a significant achievement for Italy’s most successful and widely-supported club, who have faced challenges in recent seasons. Juventus’ triumph comes at a time when they have been overshadowed by the Milan clubs and Napoli in Serie A.Atalanta, who were aiming to win their first major trophy since the 1963 Italian Cup, were unable to break down Juventus’ well-organized defense. The Bergamo-based club, known for their attacking prowess, failed to register a single shot on target throughout the match.

The closest Atalanta came to equalizing was in the 80th minute when Ademola Lookman struck the post with a powerful shot. Despite their efforts, Gian Piero Gasperini’s team could not find a way past Juventus‘ resolute backline.

With their Italian Cup triumph secured, Juventus can now shift their focus to securing Champions League qualification through Serie A. Meanwhile, Atalanta will turn their attention to their upcoming Europa League final against Bayer Leverkusen in Dublin, where they will be seeking their first-ever European trophy

US Issues Sanctions Warning After India-Iran Chabahar Port Deal

The United States issued a cautionary warning shortly after India and Iran signed a significant 10-year agreement to operate the Chabahar Port, emphasizing the potential risks associated with engaging in business with Iran and the continued enforcement of sanctions against Tehran. Vedant Patel, the principal deputy spokesperson for the US Department of State, highlighted the importance of understanding the risks involved in such dealings and the consequences of potential sanctions.

During a press conference, Patel acknowledged the reported agreement between India and Iran regarding the Chabahar Port, allowing the Indian government to articulate its foreign policy objectives and bilateral relationship with Iran. He emphasized the need for entities considering business deals with Iran to be fully aware of the risks, specifically the risk of facing sanctions imposed by the United States.

The Long-Term Bilateral Contract signed between Indian Ports Global Limited (IPGL) and the Port & Maritime Organization (PMO) of Iran solidifies the operation of the Shahid-Behesti port within the Chabahar Port Development Project for a decade. This agreement, valued at $370 million, underlines the strategic importance of the Chabahar Port in facilitating trade with landlocked Central Asian nations, including Afghanistan.

Despite the agreement between India and Iran, the US remains steadfast in its commitment to enforcing sanctions on Iran, with Patel clarifying that there will be no exemptions for India under this deal. He reiterated, “US sanctions on Iran remain in place, and we will continue to enforce them,” emphasizing the need for caution and awareness among entities engaging in business with Iran.

The warning from the US underscores the complexities surrounding international agreements and the delicate balance of diplomatic relations in the context of economic partnerships with countries under sanctions.

Palestinians Commemorate Nakba Amid Ongoing Conflict in Gaza

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The annual commemoration of the 1948 “Nakba” or catastrophe, which marks the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during the birth of the state of Israel, holds deep significance for Palestinians, shaping their national identity and influencing their relationship with Israel over the years. This year’s remembrance has been particularly poignant, focusing on the plight of approximately two million Palestinians in Gaza who have been living in temporary shelters following their displacement by the Israeli campaign launched in response to a Hamas-led attack last October.

The impact of the Nakba is profoundly felt by individuals like 80-year-old Umm Mohammed, who survived the original catastrophe as a child in Beersheba and now resides in a tent in Rafah, Gaza, where she reflects on the devastation wrought by the recent conflict. The ongoing Israeli campaign, which has resulted in the deaths of over 35,000 Palestinians and the displacement of a significant portion of the population, has left Gaza in ruins, prompting fears of a second Nakba where Palestinians could be entirely uprooted from the region.

In a tragic turn of events, the United Nations has initiated an investigation into an attack on a UN vehicle in Rafah that resulted in the death of Waibhav Anil Kale, a retired Indian Army officer working with the UN Department of Safety and Security, marking the first international staff casualty in Gaza since October 7. The incident has drawn attention to the escalating violence and humanitarian crisis in Gaza, underscoring the urgent need for international intervention and support to address the dire situation faced by Palestinians in the region.

As the conflict in Gaza continues to unfold, the Nakba remains a poignant reminder of the enduring struggles and displacement experienced by Palestinians, highlighting the ongoing challenges and injustices faced by the Palestinian people in their quest for peace and stability in the region.

BRICS Pledges $1 Billion to Aid Storm-Ravaged Southern Brazil

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The BRICS group of nations, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, has pledged $1 billion to assist the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, which has been devastated by unprecedented flooding. The deluge, which has lasted for days, has claimed at least 149 lives, with 124 people still missing, and has forced more than 600,000 people to evacuate their homes in over 400 cities and towns.

The New Development Bank, led by former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, announced that the funds will be used to help “rebuild urban and rural infrastructure” in the affected areas. The Brazilian government has also committed $10 billion for reconstruction efforts, as roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals have been severely damaged, leaving thousands of residents in need of basic necessities such as food, water, medicine, clothing, and shelter.

The floods have been exacerbated by climate change, with experts blaming the El Nino weather phenomenon. Environment Minister Marina Silva emphasized the need to adapt to climate change by building resilient cities, implementing risk management plans, and relocating communities in high-risk areas. She acknowledged that Brazil, like the rest of the world, was unprepared for the disaster and that more action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow the pace of global warming.

The flooding has also affected neighboring Uruguay, where over 3,000 people have been displaced. The BRICS pledge and the Brazilian government’s commitment to reconstruction efforts demonstrate the scale of the disaster and the need for international cooperation and support to help the affected communities recover and rebuild.

As the world continues to grapple with the impacts of climate change, it is crucial that nations work together to mitigate and adapt to these challenges. The BRICS pledge sets an example of how global cooperation can help alleviate the suffering caused by extreme weather events and support the resilience of vulnerable communities.

The Rise of Islamophobia in India’s Election Campaign

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been accused of employing increasingly divisive and Islamophobic rhetoric during his election campaign, raising concerns about potential violence against the Muslim minority. In recent rallies, Modi has labeled Muslims as “infiltrators,” accused them of having “too many children,” and alleged that the opposition Indian National Congress party is plotting to “loot” the wealth of Hindus and redistribute it among Muslims.

These allegations are part of a broader pattern of Hindu nationalist rhetoric from Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which seeks to create a Hindu state. Critics argue that this rhetoric, which includes references to conspiracy theories like “love jihad” and “land jihad,” could incite further violence against Indian Muslims. They also point out that the creation of a Hindu state would likely lead to discrimination against minorities, as Muslims are already grossly underrepresented in government institutions.

Modi’s inflammatory rhetoric has been accompanied by a BJP campaign video portraying Muslims as outsiders who have plundered India’s wealth. The video was removed after concerns grew about communal violence. The BJP has also used art and culture to promote its Hindutva philosophy, with Hindutva pop stars and influencers spreading messages of Hindu supremacy.

Despite these concerns, Modi’s prospects of winning a third term have been bolstered by a weak opposition and India’s enhanced global standing. His campaign has highlighted economic achievements like making India the world’s fifth-largest economy and boosting military spending. However, analysts argue that the BJP’s use of polarizing speeches may also be a response to lower-than-expected voter turnout in the first two phases of the election.

If Modi wins a third term, he is likely to maintain his pro-Hindutva, anti-Muslim, and hegemonic attitude towards regional countries, particularly Pakistan. However, there are also some lessons that Pakistan could learn from India’s electoral process, such as the large scale of the elections and the largely accepted results.

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