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60 Villagers In Beaufort, Membakut Hit By Floods Following Incessant Rain

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KOTA KINABALU, Sept 2 — Incessant rain that started late Tuesday and lasted until yesterday has caused 45 villages in Beaufort and 15 villages in Membakut to be hit by floods.

The Beaufort District Disaster Management Secretariat, in a statement today said no one has been evacuated so far, however as a precautionary measure, one relief centre has been opened at Dewan DSP Mohd Dun Banir.

He said among the affected villages in Beaufort were Binunuk, Balibata, Simpang Empat, Bakalau, Sungkadan, Melalugus, Batandok Lubak, Melati, Lumatai; while in Membakut the affected areas included Kampung Bambangan, Sinoko, Sindok, Baitam Ulu, Baitam Laut, and Baitam Baru.

“Continuous downpour in Beaufort, Tenom and the Ulu Membakut area has led to the rise in water level of Sungai Membakut as well as Sungai Padas in two districts.

“Two gates of the Pangi Hydro Dam had to be opened to reduce the quantity of water in the dam, causing the water in Sungai Padas to reach a dangerous level and following that, the Disaster Operations Control Centre was activated yesterday,” it said.

The floods also affected 59 roads in the districts, including Jalan Kampung Binunuk, Jalan Pekan Lama Membakut, Jalan Kampung Baitam Baru, Jalan Kampung Suasa and Jalan Kampung Kangsa.

Also hit were 11 schools, including three in the Membakut district, namely Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Bambangan, Sekolah Kebangsaan Sinoko and Sekolah Kebangsaan Pekan Membakut.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Halal Or Not? This Is What You Need To Know About ‘Royce’ Chocolate’

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Royce’ actually comes from Hokkaido and is the most active brand in making the currently famous nama chocolate. One of the main ingredients in its products is fresh cream from local sources. It prepares many types of aromatic, smooth, and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate by mixing cacao with fresh cream, tea, and unfortunately types of alcohol.

According to the particular Royce’ Chocolate Malaysia webpage, Royce’ chocolates indeed are not certified Halal as some of their chocolates contain liquor. However, the majority of their chocolate selection is entirely liquor-free and gelatin-free, made from plant-based ingredients. For Muslims out there, make sure you read the label before buying.

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If you wanted to buy some of these, the selections for Royce’ chocolates that are completely liquor-free are:

1) Nama Mild Cacao

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2) Nama Ecuador Sweet

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3) Nama Ghana Bitter

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4) Nama Mild White

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Only a few Royce’ Chocolates contain liquor and Muslims should take note of them so that they would not accidentally buy them, namely Nama Chocolate Champagne Pierre Mignon, Nama Chocolate Bitter, Nama Chocolate Au Lait, Nama Chocolate Matcha, and Bar Chocolate Rum and Raisin.

Sources: Royce’ Chocolate Malaysia.

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5 Die After Minister’s Son Runs Car Over Protesting Farmers In India

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NEW DELHI, Oct 4  — At least five people, including two farmers, have been killed and a dozen people injured in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, said an official.

The incident took place in the city of Lakhimpur when farmers were protesting against three farm laws ahead of an event which was to be attended by Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra.

Widespread violence was witnessed after the union minister’s son Ajay Mishra allegedly ran his car over the protesting farmers. Angry farmers allegedly set two vehicles on fire.

Arvind Chaurasia, the district magistrate of Lakhimpur, has confirmed the incident.

“Five people were killed in the incident. Two farmers were crushed to death by a car,” Chaurasia told Anadolu Agency.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Kisan Union, a body of farmers, claimed that at least four farmers have died.

“The farmers were killed after Ashish Mishra… allegedly ran his car over the protesting farmers,” Guramneet Mangal, a farmer leader, told Anadolu Agency.

The farmers union also claimed that a farmer died after being fired upon by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. They demanded that the union minister be immediately dismissed from the council of ministers.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has condemned the incident. He said the one who is silent even after seeing this inhumane massacre is already dead, but we will not let this sacrifice go in vain. “We support the farmers protesting peacefully for a just cause,” he said.

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted: “Crushing of the farmers who were peacefully opposing the agricultural laws by the son of the Minister of State for Home of the BJP government is a very inhumane and cruel act.”

Uttar Pradesh is ruled by Hindu monk Yogi Adityanath. The state is going to the polls next year.

Farmers from different parts of the country, especially Punjab, Haryana, and western Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting at Delhi’s borders since November last year.

They are demanding the repeal of three agricultural laws enacted by the government.

Farmers fear that the laws will end the Minimum Support Price system — the minimum or guaranteed price at which the government purchases certain major crops like wheat, paddy, and soybeans from them.

But the government is touting these laws as major agricultural reforms.

While several rounds of talks with the government have fallen through, farmer leaders insist on the total repeal of the laws. The movement, one of the biggest challenges Prime Minister Narendra Modi has faced since coming to power in 2014, has also attracted international support.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Prophet Muhammad Cartoonist Lars Vilks Dies In Car Crash

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STOCKHOLM, Oct 4  — Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, known for his derogatory depiction of Prophet Muhammad, died in a car accident Sunday, Anadolu Agency reported, quoting local media.

Two police officers who had been assigned to protect him were also killed in the crash, the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter reported.

The car carrying Vilks and the officers collided with a truck and both vehicles caught fire, Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT reported.

The truck driver was injured.

Vilks had been living under police protection since the controversial 2007 sketch due to death threats.

Police said they have launched an investigation into the incident.

In 2007, Sweden’s local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda published Vilks’ cartoon insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Since then, he had been living in a secret location with police guards.

Sources: BERNAMA

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