Day: April 7, 2021

Leaders of Russia and China tighten their grips, grow closer

MOSCOW — They’re not leaders for life — not technically, at least. But in political reality, the powerful tenures of China’s Xi Jinping and, as of this week, Russia’s Vladimir Putin are looking as if they will extend much deeper into the 21st century — even as the […]

Russian foreign minister visits Pakistan in search of Afghan peace

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and the country’s army chief for talks on the troubled peace process in Afghanistan, where both countries have long histories of involvement. It was the first time a Russian foreign minister had visited Pakistan in […]

Indian rupee loses 1.5% in biggest single-day fall for 20 months

The Indian rupee lost 1.5% on Wednesday, suffering its biggest single-day fall in 20 months as the central bank mapped out plans for a massive government bond buying programme. The partly convertible currency ended at 74.55 per dollar versus its previous close of 74.43, having earlier touched 74.5550, […]

Some Indian states warn of vaccine shortage as COVID-19 cases peak

India reported a record 115,736 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a 13-fold increase in just over two months, raising pressure on the government to expand its vaccination campaign. Some states, including hardest-hit Maharashtra and Odisha, have complained of a scarcity of vaccines during a second wave that has […]

U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait amid China tensions

The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain conducted a “routine” transit of the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the U.S. Navy said, as China sent more fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defence zone and a Chinese carrier group drilled near Taiwan. “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait […]

Myanmar security forces kill 13 protesters; small blasts hit Yangon

Myanmar troops fired at anti-coup protesters on Wednesday, killing at least 13 people and wounding several, media said, as a series of small blasts hit the commercial capital Yangon and a Chinese-owned factory was set on fire. The country’s military ruler said the civil disobedience movement was “destroying” […]

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh reviews measures undertaken by DoPT to contain spread of COVID-19

Appeals to all Central Government Employees aged 45 years and above to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest Dr Jitendra Singh calls upon the various State and Union Territory governments to adopt the guidelines/advisories issued for the Central Government employees DELHI, APRIL 7: Union Minister of State (Independent […]

Man fatally assaults step-daughter, in judicial custody

Pathanamthitta, Apr 7: A 23-year-old man was remanded in judicial custody on Wednesday for allegedly fatally assaulting his five-year-old step-daughter, police said. Alex Pandiyan, a native of Tamil Nadu’s Sivakasi, was arrested on Monday from his house near here based on a complaint from the child’s mother. Pandiyan, […]

FCI should purchase wheat at MSP in Delhi : Gopal Rai

New Delhi, Apr 7:  Delhi Agriculture Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday demanded that the Centre direct the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to set up counters in Narela and Najafgarh markets and start procuring wheat from farmers at minimum support price. Rai said his department had written two […]

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