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1. Bollywood Actor Irrfan Khan has died at 53
Famous Bollywood actor, Irrfan Khan, who also played big roles in Hollywood movies like Jurassic Park, The Amazing Spiderman, etc has died at age 53 after battling colon cancer. Irrfan Khan died on Wednesday, April 29, in Mumbai where he was admitted at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital.
According to the media, the actor had been battling cancer since 2018 and his spokesman had confirmed he was under doctors’ observation. The spokesman had issued a statement days earlier urging fans not to panic and promising them that they will be kept up to date about his health.
It is reported that in 2018, Khan said the words “I trust I have surrendered,” in a note while opening up about his battle with cancer.
2. COVID-19: NLC rejects El-Rufai’s 25% pay cut
The Kaduna chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress has rejected the 25 per cent salary cut for senior civil servants in the State by the state government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The labour union asked the state government to return the deduction or face the wrath of the union.
The state government had announced that it would deduct 25 per cent from salaries of civil servants receiving above ₦67,000 to provide palliatives for the vulnerable citizens affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.
However, the state NLC Chairman, Ayuba Suleiman, while addressing a press conference in Kaduna on Wednesday, urged the government to stop the 25 per cent deduction forthwith. Suleiman said the deduction should be done with workers’ consent, saying anything other than that was unacceptable.
3. Tunisia to ease lockdown restrictions
Tunisia’s Health Minister Abdelatif el-Makki says his country has controlled the first wave of its coronavirus outbreak. The North African nation has had 40 deaths and less than 1,000 confirmed cases. It now plans to ease its lockdown.
Parts of its food and construction sectors will be allowed to re-open next week and half of the government’s employees will go back to work.
4. German company begins human trials of coronavirus vaccine
German pharmaceutical company BioNTech has begun testing a potential vaccine for the novel coronavirus on volunteers.
BioNTech, which is working with the US-based Pfizer, said on Wednesday that 12 participants of a clinical trial in Germany received doses of the vaccine BNT162 since April 23.
Numerous pharmaceutical companies are racing to deliver a vaccine for the virus that has caused a pandemic and led to more than 215,000 deaths worldwide and sickened at least three million people.
BioNTech said in a statement that in the next step, it will begin increasing the dose of BNT162 in a trial involving about 200 participants aged 18 to 55.
5. La Liga plans to return to training as soon as possible after a government go-ahead
La Liga is working towards its clubs returning to training as soon as possible after being given the green light by the Spanish government. Football in Spain was suspended indefinitely in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The country’s top division has created a detailed protocol for the return to training so proper health safety measures are observed. The aim is a potential restart the league in mid-June behind closed doors.
There are 11 rounds of matches remaining, with Barcelona two points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table. Spain has announced a four-phase plan to lift the country’s stringent lockdown and during ‘phase zero’ from 4-11 May, professional sports leagues can go back to training.
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