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India reviewing around 50 investment proposals from Chinese firms: sources

The Indian government is reviewing around 50 investment proposals involving Chinese companies under a new screening policy, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Under new rules announced by India in April, all investments by entities based in neighboring countries need to be approved by the Indian government, whether for new or additional funding. China is the biggest of these investors and the rules drew criticism from Chinese investors and B........

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India, China Agree to 'Completely Disengage, De-escalate Row' After NSA Doval's Call With China's Foreign Minister

India and China on Monday agreed that it was necessary to ensure at the earliest “complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC and de-escalation from border areas for full restoration of peace and tranquillity” after a telephone conversation between NSA Ajit Doval and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi. In the call on Sunday, the two sides had a frank and in-depth exchange of views on the recent developments in the western sector of the India-China border areas, a press release by the government said.........

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PM Modi Reaches Ladakh To Review Security Situation Amid Border Standoff With China

PM Narendra Modi arrived in Ladakh to review the on ground security situation amid the ongoing border standoff with China.Modi is accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief MM Naravane in his visit. Modi is presently at one of the forward locations in Nimu where he is interacting with personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP.Located at 11,000 feet, this is among the tough terrains, surrounded by Zanskar range and on the banks of the Indus. Dragon On Doorstep But India Fails To Decipher China’s Nefarious Pattern And Motive The armies of India and China hav........

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ICMR Head’s Letter Says Launch of Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Latest by August 15’

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has set an ambitious launch date of August 15 for the public use of the Coronavirus vaccine being developed in partnership with Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech. “It is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by 15th August 2020 after completion of all clinical trials. BBIL is working expeditiously to meet the target, however, final outcome w........

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Unlock 2.0 guidelines: Gyms, schools remain closed; night curfew relaxed, more domestic flights soon

The Union Home Ministry has announced guidelines for Unlock 2.0 and said it has decided to open up more activities outside the containment zones, while maintaining that there shall remain strict enforcement of lockdown in the containment zones. The new guidelines issued today for Unlock 2.0 will come into effect from July 1. The government said with this, the process of phased re-opening of activities in the country........

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'Keep Doors & Windows Closed': Delhi Issues Advisory as Swarms of Locusts Reach Outskirts from Gurugram

After swarms of crop-destroying desert locusts reached the outskirts of Delhi on Saturday, the city government directed the district magistrates to make all possible arrangements to distract them. The Delhi government has put all districts on high alert and asked the district magistrates to coordinate with the fire department for spraying of pesticides and insecticides to prevent a possible attack of the locusts. An advisory issued by the Delhi development commissioner said residen........

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India's Nasa: Why privatisation of Isro is the right call

Space is vast and intriguing. Here lies our past and future. Understanding it costs money. The earth was always a sphere hanging in space. But it was not known as such until scientists conducted experiments and built telescopes. All of this cost money. Space exploration is expensive. Nasa is a thriving behemoth because it has robust engagement with the private sector. Last year, Nasa opened up its part of the Internationa........

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Will Never Forget, Says Rajnath Singh in First Reaction to Killing of 20 Soldiers; Army, Navy, IAF Told to be 'Prepared for Worst'

The political establishment has asked all three forces that India needs to be prepared for the worst. Army, Navy and Air Force are on highest level of alert and there is a forward movement of assets. The sources said that a complete free hand to local commander has been given. They’ve been told that if there are hostilities, give a befitting reply irrespective of what SOPs say, sources added. Sources also say that ITBP may now come under Army Control.........

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Complete lockdown in Chennai: Tamil Nadu reimposes restrictions in 4 districts from June 19-20

As coronavirus cases continue to soar in Tamil Nadu, the state government has reimposed a complete lockdown in four districts from June 19 to June 30. A complete lockdown will be imposed in Chennai, Chengalpattu, Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram for 12 days. Certain relaxations will be provided for essential services. Hospitals, testing centres, labs and medical-related activities will remain functioning. Flight and train services will remain operational as per protocol. However, rental cabs and autori........

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Ahmedabad architect presents latest iteration of Central Vista project

Presenting the latest iteration of the Central Vista redevelopment project over a webinar organised by the Maharashtra Association of Schools of Architecture (MASA), Ahmedabad-based architect and president of the CEPT University Bimal Patel laid out the plan for retrofitting the existing circular Parliament building with the new proposed triangular building for Parliament, so as to have the two buildings as........

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What online education when 56 per cent of children have no access?

About 56 per cent of children were found to have no access to smartphones which have emerged as essential tools for online learning during the coronavirus-induced lockdown, according to a new study that surveyed 42,831 students at various school levels. The study ‘Scenario amidst COVID 19 - Onground Situations and Possible Solutions’ was conducted by child rights NGO Smile Foundation with an aim of analysing the access to technology. ........

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Nepal's Parliament amends map, India terms move 'politically-driven'

Nepal's Lower House of the Parliament passed a Constitutional Amendment Bill revising the Coat of Arms and amending the country's map to incorporate Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura areas. The bill now will be sent to the Upper House and once passed, it will only require President's signature. While the decision once sealed by parliament cannot be changed, foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali, in an exclusive interview, told India Today on Thursday emphasised that both sides have opened up informal channels of communication to restart dialogue but Kathmandu did not receive any........

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Covid-19 Negative Certificates Mandatory for Non Resident Keralites Returning from Gulf as Cases Surge

The Kerala Government has made COVID-19 negative certificates mandatory from June 20 for Non-Resident Keralites in the Middle East taking chartered flights to the state, a decision which drew flak from the opposition Congress-led UDF. With some NRKs raising concerns on the matter, the government has requested the Indian Ambassadors in the Middle East to inform it of the testing infrastructure, cost and protocols available in the Gulf, NORKA (Non Resident Keralites Affairs) Principal Secretary D........

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ISI magazine is Kashmiri separatists’ platform

A Lahore-based magazine called Invite, which is published by the Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF)—a front for Jamaat-ud Dawah, whose chief is Hafiz Muhammad Saeed—is being funded by Pakistan’s ISI as a platform to spread misinformation against India, by giving space to Kashmiri separatists. The aim of the magazine is to spread ISI, as well as Kashmiri separatist propaganda. Security experts say that the magazine is “inspired” by Dabiq, a pr........

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Here Is How India Is Making Smart And Silent Moves To Counter China’s ‘String Of Pearls’ Strategy  

India has been moving quietly over the past few years to counter China’s ‘String Of Pearls’ strategy to encircle India and limit its role in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).The Mutual Logistics Support Agreement that India signed with Australia on 3 June is the latest in a series of such deals that New Delhi has been inking with friendly countries to foil China’s expansionist designs and hegemonic tactics in the IOR.........

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France replaces Russia as India's best friend? New Delhi says both are important

The development came after a question was asked to French Emmanuel Lenain at a virtual meeting of ORF in Delhi that has France replaced Russia as India's new best friends. French envoy was quick to reply that, "Being Russia in India is quite a compliment." Sources appreciated the sentiments expressed by the French envoy. France with a veto at UNSC, growing defence partnership and increased political ties have led to some suggesting that Paris could be new Moscow for Delhi. The support India got from the erstwhile Sovi........

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All you need to about Remdesivir drug prescribed by ICMR to treat coronavirus

The drug is being touted as a potential treatment for COVID-19. The Indian Council of Medical Research had earlier said anti-viral medication remdesivir, which was used during the Ebola outbreak, may inhibit the SARS-CoV-2 replication and research on its efficacy in the treatment of COVID-19 is a part of WHO's 'Solidarity Trial'. According to a recently published study in the New England Journal of Medicine, two out of three critically ill coronavirus patients who w........

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From medicines to cash payments, postmen deliver it all to ease lockdown anxiety

Workers from the unorganised sectors were also paid financial assistance under government schemes by the bank. Thanjavur postal division with 900 employees has been continuously working irrespective of lockdown. "While we serve the people, we have also taken all corona prevention measures. Our employees were asked to wear masks, keep social distancing, kept water and soap for hand washing, not only for employees but also for people who come to the post office, use san........

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Make in India vs Made in China: Who outweighs the other?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has issued a clarion call to Make in India. Sonam Wangchuk had added a clamour of ‘boycott everything Chinese’ to muffle the demand of Made in China. To begin with, popular satirist Saloni Gaur has decided to deprive TikTok of her uber cool and super funny satires. An app, Remove China Apps, developed by Indian firm OneTouch AppLabs, that tried to take the clamour to a crescend........

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India, Australia Sign Landmark Agreement To Allow Access To Each Other’s Military Bases For Logistics Support  

The agreement will facilitate reciprocal access to military logistics facilities, allow more complex joint military exercise and improve interoperability between the security forces of the two nations. The first-ever virtual bilateral summit between India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison saw inking of seven agreements in total, including the agreement on access to military bases.........

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