German government approves first aid of $472 million in flood relief

German government approves first aid of $472 million in flood relief

BERLIN: Germany's cabinet on Wednesday approved the first release of $472 million in aid to immediate flood-affected people. Along with this, a pledge was taken to rebuild the area ruined by the floods. It is believed that billions of dollars will be spent on the reconstruction of this ruined area.

Finance Minister Olf Scholzo said half of the relief package would be released by the federal government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, while the remaining 50 percent would be provided by the state government to help those affected by last week's floods. He said that the relief amount would be increased if needed. 

A total of 171 people lost their lives in floods after heavy rains on Wednesday and Thursday, about half of them in Ahrweiler County. At the same time, floods have also wreaked havoc in the neighboring country of Belgium and 31 people have died there. 


Chinese police arrested four Tibetans on charges of espionage

Chinese police arrested four Tibetans on charges of espionage

BEIJING: Chinese police have arrested four Tibetans on charges of espionage while trying to take photographs of the Dalai Lama. A search of his phone found several suspicious pictures. According to media reports, one of the four accused includes a local village leader who was arrested on suspicion of possessing politically sensitive material.

A source confirmed on condition of anonymity that he had been arrested on suspicion of having pictures of the Dalai Lama on his mobile phone. Actually he has not done anything criminal and his family members are not losing hope. They are hoping for his early release." According to media reports, three PSB uniformed police officers entered the Jangchup Gefel Monastery in Dartsang Township and searched the prayer hall. The officers allegedly found a picture of the Dalai Lama on the altar. confiscated and all the concerned chiefs were called to the police station for further questioning.

According to media reports, this action by China is being seen by the Tibetan community in July with the celebration of the 86th birthday of the Dalai Lama and the centenary of the CPC as the authorities of Sethar County have prohibited any civil celebrations/festivals except government functions. Or monasteries and religious gatherings are banned. Six prominent Tibetans were arrested in Serthar County in April, including Gangke Drupa Kyabe, a writer and critic of the Chinese Communist Party, who worked as a teacher in Dartsang before moving to Drango County.