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Joe Biden Oath Ceremony: How To Watch And All Other Details

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Joe Biden Oath Ceremony:  How To Watch And All Other Details

US President-elect Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the 46th President and 49th Vice-President of the United States today, January 20. Ms Harris will make history as America's first woman, first Black and first person with south Asian roots to take the office of the Vice President.

Joe Biden, 78, will take the oath on his 127-year-old family Bible, which will be held by his wife, Dr Jill Biden, news agency PTI reported.

The Inauguration will take place amid a deadly coronavirus pandemic that has infected over 2.4 crores Americans and killed 3.9 lakh patients so far. The ceremony comes days after an unprecedented storming of the US Capitol building, which is the seat of the US Congress, by pro-Trump supporters who took over the building, leading to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol and five deaths.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in on the West front of the US Capitol building, the official Inauguration website has announced. "After they take their oaths of office, President-elect Biden will deliver an inaugural address laying out his vision to defeat the pandemic, build back better, and unify and heal the nation," it said.

Joe Biden has also invited top Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders to a bipartisan prayer session at church before his inauguration, people familiar with the plans said, reported news agency AFP.

All you need to know about Biden-Harris Inauguration today:

Inaugural Ceremonies

The Inaugural ceremony will begin with an invocation and the singing of the national anthem at 8:30 pm today. The ceremony will also include the Pledge of Allegiance, poetry reading, musical performances and a benediction ceremony. Biden and Harris will be sworn in keeping in mind the pandemic situation and the "top priority will be keeping people safe and healthy while honoring and resembling American inaugural traditions", the office website said.

Where to watch

Officials have urged Americans to refrain from traveling to Washington for the oath-taking ceremony. The ceremony will be streamed on all major US news networks and on The ceremony can also be viewed on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch along with on Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNow from Fox, AT&T U-verse (Channel 212/1212 in SD/HD) and AT&T DIRECTV (Channel 201).

"The Livestream, hosted by award-winning entertainer and advocate Keke Palmer, will feature a special message from Dr Jill Biden," the office website said.

UNHCR to impart primary education to 61,500 refugee children

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UNHCR to impart primary education to 61,500 refugee children

ISLAMABAD, Jan 19 (APP): United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) would enroll 61,500 refugee children during the year 2021, providing them access to primary education.

The children would impart education in 137 schools of 54 refugee villages set up across the country, said UNHCR Pakistan report.

UNHCR had been providing access to primary education to Afghan refugees from the past four decades.

At the outset of their arrival, some 96 percent of the refugee population was living in camps and villages and emergency education was provided on-site, said the report.

Only 32 percent of the registered refugee population resides in 54 villages throughout the country, while the majority (68 percent) was living in urban and semi-urban areas alongside their host communities.

At the end of 2019 there were still 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan, out of which 500,000 children are in school going age.

Many of these children had been accessing Pakistan’s national education system.

Available data suggests that more than 20 percent of refugee children that are enrolled in schools attend Pakistani public schools, followed by Afghan and Pakistani private schools, it added.

The UNHCR education strategy will demonstrate the importance of burden-sharing with government and support the absorption capacity of schools to mitigate the impact of refugee children’s inclusion within the national education system.

For the past 40 years UNHCR has and will continue to, fully fund the refugee education programmes over 146 schools in the refugee villages (103 schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 35 in Balochistan, 8 in Punjab) catering for the education needs of some 56,000 children.

UNHCR continued to assist students in obtaining a quality education through the provision of textbooks, learning material and uniforms alongside scholarship support to those seeking higher education.

UNHCR also provided financial assistance for the salaries of 1,319 teachers, education advisers and supportive staff.

Pakistan calls for placing endangered Islamic monuments in India on UN’s Roster of Religious Sites

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Pakistan calls for placing endangered Islamic monuments in India on UN’s Roster of Religious Sites

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 20 (APP): Pakistan has highlighted the threat posed by state-sponsored extremist Hindu groups to thousands of Islamic monuments in India, and called for including those religious shrines on the U.N.’s Roster of Religious Sites.

Speaking at the launch of the UN program on the protection of religious sites from terrorist attacks, Ambassador Munir Akram described as “most dangerous” the threat posed by state-sponsored violent nationalist ideologies and movements.

“Their programme is to eliminate the heritage and legacy of Islam in India through the destruction of Islamic shrines and monuments and the transformation of India’s Muslims into second class citizens, or non-citizens,” the Pakistani envoy said.

“This ominous neo-fascist plan commenced with the criminal destruction of the historic Babri Mosque in Ayodha by BJP-RSS zealots in 1992,” he said, pointing out that the Indian Supreme Court had acquitted the criminals who destroyed it.

“Far from being punished,” Ambassador Akram added, “they were given the site of the demolished Babri Mosque to construct a Hindu temple.” And, “shamefully”, the foundation stone of the temple was laid by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first anniversary of India’s latest siege in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“Like the Babri Mosque, there are thousands of Muslim Islamic religious shrines and monuments which are threatened by the Hindutva fanatics,” he said.

“The OIC has repeatedly called on the Government of India to take immediate steps to ensure the protection of the over 3,000 mosques and Islamic Holy sites across India and the protection of India’s beleaguered 180 million Muslims who have been mercilessly massacred in numerous large and small pogroms.”

Ambassador Akram pointed out that the terrorism of hate does not stop at India’s borders, and was being perpetrated in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and against Pakistan.

Pakistan, he said, has been a victim of consistent terrorist attacks: in 2009, over 40 people killed in a Mosque attack in Rawalpindi; in 2013, 127 died in twin suicide bombing at a Church in Peshawar; in 2015, 15 innocent Pakistanis died in a Church attack in Lahore; and in 2017, 90 people lost their lives in an attack on a Sufi shrine.

“We have ample evidence that the attacks by the UN-designated terrorist group, the TTP and JuA, are being sponsored by Indian intelligence agencies,” he said, adding that evidence has been shared with the Security Council’s 1267 Sanctions Committee, with the hope it would take appropriate actions.

“Pakistan will do whatever it takes to defeat terrorism and the designs of our enemy with a comprehensive, whole of government and whole of society strategy,” Ambassador Akram said in conclusion.

Tuesday’s launch event was organized by the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and INTERPOL, and in cooperation with the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).

PM to visit South Waziristan today to focus on uplift of tribal districts

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PM to visit South Waziristan today to focus on uplift of tribal districts

ISLAMABAD, Jan 20 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit South Waziristan today with a vision to focus on the development of the tribal districts.

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for the expansion project of Cadet College Wana, established to provide quality education to the local population.

To provide social security to the population of South Waziristan, cheques will be distributed among the beneficiaries under the Ehsaas Kifalat program.

The Prime Minister will also be briefed on the digital survey of the Ehsaas program.
The Prime Minister will meet with local tribal elders in Wana.

He will give away cheques to local youth who were chosen on merit under the Loan Scheme and the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme of the Kamyab Jawan Programme.

The Prime Minister will inaugurate a state-of-the-art hospital at Maula Khan Sarai and meet local elders.

West Ham v West Brom live stream

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West Ham v West Brom live stream
West Ham host former manager Sam Allardyce and his relegation-threatened West Brom side at the London Stadium this evening.

The Irons have been in excellent form of late having won three on the bounce in all competitions and David Moyes’ men are yet to concede a goal in 2021. 

That is in stark contrast with the Baggies, who sit 19th in the Premier League table, but did pick up their first win of Allardyce’s tenure when beating rivals Wolves on Saturday. 

West Ham vs West Brom is scheduled for a 6pm kick-off today (Tuesday, January 19, 2021).

The game will be played behind closed doors at the London Stadium because of government coronavirus restrictions. 

How to watch West Ham vs West Brom

TV channel: The game will be shown live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting at 5:30 pm 

Live stream: Subscribers can watch the game live on the BT Sport website and app. 

West Ham vs West Brom Premier League head to head (h2h) results

  • West Ham wins: 7
  • Draws: 9
  • West Brom wins: 4
  • Last meeting: West Ham 2-1 West Brom (January 2, 2018)
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