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10 Jun 2021, 02:18 GMT+10

NEW DELHI -- India's federal government Wednesday approved allotment of 5 MHz Spectrum in 700 MHz frequency band to Indian railways for public safety and security services at stations and in trains across the country.

"With this spectrum, Indian railways has envisaged to provide LTE (Long Term Evolution) based Mobile Train Radio Communication on its route. The project will be completed in the next five years," reads a statement issued by the federal ministry of railways. "In addition to this, Indian railways has approved TCAS (Train Collision Avoidance System), an indigenously developed ATP (Automatic Train Protection) System, which will help in avoiding train collisions thereby reducing accidents and ensuring passenger safety."

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LISBON -- Drug trafficking in Europe managed to adjust to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and migrate its sales to the digitally-enabled market, revealed a report released on Wednesday by the Lisbon-headquartered European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

"Drug sellers and buyers seem to have adapted, increasing their use of encrypted messaging services, social networking apps, and courier and home delivery services. This raises concerns about a possible long-term impact," noted the study titled "European Drug Report 2021: Trends and Developments."

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia is planning to inoculate 1 million people per day by July, President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday.

"We hope that in June the target for vaccinations per day of 700,000 can really be achieved so that in July we will have entered the target of vaccinations per day of 1 million," he said at the event which the country's Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin and West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil also attended.

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LONDON -- Around 8 percent of adults reported coronavirus vaccine hesitancy in London -- a higher percentage than most other regions in England, a survey by the British Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed Wednesday.

About 72 percent of care staff in London had been vaccinated, compared to an average of 81 percent across England, said the ONS.

"This reflects trends seen in the wider population, with higher vaccine hesitancy and slightly lower vaccination rates among all age groups in London than in other English regions," said the ONS.

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NAIROBI -- The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), a business lobby, plans to promote imports of advanced Chinese machinery in order to boost the country's industrial sector, an official said Wednesday.

Kariuki Theuri, chairman of economic diplomacy committee with KNCCI, told journalists in Nairobi that Kenya heavily depends on foreign manufactured goods due to a lack of competitiveness of domestic industries.

"We will encourage imports of modern machinery from China in order to improve local capacity to produce world class products," Theuri said when Jubilee Allianz and KNCCI launched insurance products aimed at the small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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