The ninth ministerial meeting of the China Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) will be held today via videoconference.
NEW DELHI: India added a record number of coronavirus cases Sunday, approaching Russia as the world s third most infected nation as it opens a mass treatment center in the capital to fight the pandemic. The health ministry reported just under 25,000 cases and 613 deaths in 24 hours the biggest daily spike since the first case was detected in late January. The sharp rise came as Delhi started treating patients at a spiritual center converted into a sprawling isolation facility and hospital with 10,000 beds, many made of cardboard. About the size of 20 football fields, the facility will treat mild symptomatic and asymptomatic cases. State government officials fear the metropolis could record more than half a million cases by the end of the month. India s surge took the total tally to more than 673,000 cases and 19,268 deaths, with the country on the cusp of surpassing badly hit Russia. A strict lockdown in place since late March has gradually been lifted, allowing most activities as the economy nose dived amid the shutdown. Schools, metro trains in cities, cinemas, gyms and swimming pools remain closed however and international flights are still grounded. Authorities have made wearing masks mandatory in public places, while large gatherings are banned and shops and other public establishments are required to implement social distancing. The western state of Maharashtra, the worst hit state and home to financial hub Mumbai, recorded over 7,000 new cases. Southern Tamil Nadu state and the national capital New Delhi recorded more than 4,200 and 2,500 fresh cases respectively. Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, Tamil Nadu s capital, are the worst affected cities. The national government says it has tackled the virus well but critics allege India is conducting very few tests, leaving the true scale of the pandemic unknown. ROME: Ennio Morricone, one of the world s best known and most prolific film composers, died in Rome on Monday at the age of 91. Tributes poured in for the man who composed the music for about 500 films, including his old childhood friend Sergio Leone s 1966 spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Quentin Tarantino s The Hateful Eight for which he finally won an Oscar in 2016. Morricone died in hospital where he was being treated for a fractured femur following a fall, according to a statement from lawyer and family friend Giorgio Assuma. Morricone passed away in the early hours of July 6 with the comfort of his faith, the statement said. He remained fully lucid and with great dignity right until the end, it added. Tributes began pouring in for the maestro soon after his death was announced. We will remember forever and with infinite gratitude the artistic genius of maestro Ennio Morricone, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said. He made us dream, he moved us and made us think, writing unforgettable notes that will remain forever in the history of music and cinema, he said on Twitter. Italian film actress Monica Bellucci said of Morricone that there are people who have the ability to make the world better because they know how to create beauty, while Gilles Jacob, the former head of the Cannes film festival, described him as the emperor of film music. Famed Italian conductor Riccardo Muti called Morricone a master for whom I nurtured friendship and admiration, describing him as an extraordinary musician who could jump with ease from film scores to classical music. Born on November 10, 1928, Morricone began composing at the tender age of six, and at just 10 he enrolled in trumpet school at the prestigious Saint Cecilia conservatory in Rome. He played in jazz bands throughout the 1940s before beginning to ghost write for film and theater. In 1961, at the age of 33, he collaborated with director Luciano Salce in Mission Ultra secrete before going on to gain fame with the score for A Fistful of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood in 1964. Before winning the elusive Oscar for best film score at age 87 in 2016, the Rome born son of a trumpeter had been nominated no fewer than five times. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences embarrassed that such a talent had not been recognized sooner presented him with a lifetime achievement award in 2007. Morricone s previous nominations were for Days of Heaven (1978), The Mission (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Bugsy (1991) and Malena (2000). Although he is most closely associated in the public mind with Leone s westerns starring Eastwood, Morricone s composition for Roland Joffe s Jesuit drama The Mission is considered by many critics to be his cinematic masterpiece, an epic and eclectic reflection of South America s musical melting pot. Throughout his career, Morricone worked with some of Hollywood s most acclaimed filmmakers as well as arthouse directors. After his collaboration with Leone, he worked with Italian screen legends Federico Fellini and Pier Paolo Pasolini and later with the likes of Pedro Almodovar, Bernardo Bertolucci, Brian De Palma and Oliver Stone.
So, what did it signify? The Prime Minister''s speech and his itinerary suggests that he was addressing a domestic audience, or rather, a domestic audience made up of three constituencies. These were the troops in front of him seated in socially distanced rows of chairs in a desolate terrain. Elsewhere, there was the large constituency of former soldiers and veterans outraged by the Chinese ambush who are politically significant because at times like this they help make the political weather. Encompassing both constituencies was the nation at large waiting to hear how its Prime Minister, avowedly committed to meeting military aggression with swift retaliation, planned to deal with China''s violent encroachment.It became clear that the speech''s forward location did not betoken a more forthright posture. Apart from paying tribute to the valour and sacrifice of the soldiers arrayed in front of him, the Prime Minister spoke in general terms about the futility of 'expansionism' and India''s readiness, despite its peaceful nature, to defend itself against aggression. In keeping with the tenor of his speeches to India''s Chief Ministers and the recent all party conference, he did not name the enemy.
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday said that the "country will have to learn to live with coronavirus as there are no options".Yediyurappa made the remark after paying tribute to Babu Jagjivan Ram, on his death anniversary, at a ceremony in Vidhana Soudha.
Tokyo: Tokyo''s governor and her political rival, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, agreed Monday to cooperate on handling the coronavirus outbreak to safely hold the Olympics next year.Gov. Yuriko Koike met with Abe a day after she won her second term representing the Japanese capital in an overwhelming election victory buoyed by public support for her handling of the pandemic despite a recent rise in infections in the capital region.
The contrast couldn t have been more stark. And yet there was no mistaking the echo of his own words from Tokyo on September 1, 2014, during his first bilateral visit to Japan as Prime Minister, four months after taking charge.Addressing a luncheon attended by Japanese and Indian industrialists, Modi said: "Today, we see all around what happened in the 18th century there is expansionism visible kisi desh mein encroachment karna, kahin samundar mein ghus jaana, kabhi kisi desh ke andar ja kar kabza karna in cheezon ki pravritti chal rahi hai (some country is encroached upon, one enters the seas somewhere, sometimes go inside a country and capture territory, we are witnessing such tendencies). "
DiplomacySecurity39 minutes agoThe Ladakh crisis has two narratives: Indian and Chinese. In the perception versus reality war, it will be a battle of nerves between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, who having met 18 times, seemingly know one another.
Despite the ongoing rift within his party, Oli on Saturday evening warned his cabinet members to embrace themselves for the worst, asking them to decide on ”whose side they would perform ” hinting at the possible split of the party.Oli also deferred the Central Standing Committee meeting, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday morning, till July 6 (.i.e. Monday), raising suspicion amid the party factions. Despite the heaving political drama in the country, the parliamentary session has been prorogued on Thursday without any clue as to when it will resume.
”And I have no doubts that the United States will be our major client, ” he said in a tweet.The federal minister said that, ”We are already exporting sanitizers and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the United States ”.
The Fourth of July #8212; also known as Independence Day or July 4th is a federal holiday in the US commemorating the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.Prime Minister Modi on Saturday congratulated President Trump and the people of the US on the country ''s 244th Independence Day, saying as the world ''s largest democracies "we cherish freedom and human enterprise that this day celebrates ".
The premier was briefed about the prevailing situation and analysis of the pattern of Covid 19''s spread in the country during a visit to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) in Islamabad.Federal ministers, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and other high ranking officials were present on the occasion as the government marked 100 days of the establishment of the NCOC. The provinces were also represented via video link.
His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch granted the audience to the Prime Minister at Wat Ratchabophit temple in Bangkok.
Joint operationIndian Intelligence agencies believe that Pakistan and China are acting in tandem. Additional Pakistani troops have been moved closer to the LoC in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir sector as well as near the Punjab and Jammu borders. The Chinese People;s Liberation Army, which was very active from May 1 to May 18, has massed troops at 18 locations near the LAC. In seven locations in Ladakh they had crossed the border, and of these, in five positions they moved 3 to 4 km inwards. The Chinese forward movement was accompanied by the building of huts, bunkers and roads. Since then there has been some pull back of Chinese forces.Bypassing chiefGeneral Bipin Rawat became the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in January this year. But since the post is newly created, the profile and duties of the CDS on a daily basis are still unclear. It is learnt that sometimes Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane is taken aback when General Rawat talks directly to Army officers on defence matters, going over his head.Waiting in wingsAttorney General K K Venugopal, 89, was keen to step down after his three year tenure ended earlier this year, due to his advanced age. But, he was persuaded to accept a year ''s extension. The government is in talks with senior counsel Harish Salve, currently based in London, to eventually take over the AG ''s post. Salve has impressed Prime Minister Modi after his legal victory on Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice. He charged a token fee of one rupee for the complex case. Salve has requested a grace period of eight months to decide on the offer, as he has some personal work to tie up first.Cup and lip slipThe Congress believed it had sewn up the lone Rajya Sabha seat in Manipur, and would also succeed in toppling BJP Chief Minister N Biren Singh, since it had persuaded a few disgruntled former Congress MLAs who has switched to the BJP to return to its fold. But there is many a slip between the cup and the lip. Thanks to some deft moves by Assam Deputy Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Biren Singh survived, at least temporarily. The Congress was so flat footed that it sent Ajay Maken and Gaurav Gogoi as election observers for the Rajya Sabha poll without first finding out the quarantine rules in Manipur. When the observers landed in the state, they were sent into quarantine since they had failed to book return tickets for the same day. The Congress also did not reckon that blood is thicker than water. Though Congress MLA Imo Singh is from an old Congress family, he is the chief minister ''s son in law and took full advantage of the relationship. Imo Singh jumped ship as did several other turncoats. The BJP may have won this round, but the question is how much longer Sarma will remain content to play second fiddle to CM Sarbananda Sonowal in Assam, considering he is the BJP ''s master strategist for the entire Northeast.Veteran ''s victoryWhen the 77 year old Lingayat leader B S Yediyurappa was appointed Chief Minister of Karnataka it was presumed it was a stop gap arrangement and the real power in the state would lie with BJP General Secretary (Organisation) B L Santhosh, who would eventually succeed him. But BSY ''s masterful handling of the Covid pandemic in Karnataka has silenced his critics. Even though Bengaluru is the third largest city in India, its Covid 19 figures and death rate are lower than all other metropolises such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Ahmedabad. The experienced BSY enlisted the cooperation of the Opposition and the minorities, in the all out war against the disease. The CM heeded the advice of medical experts and senior bureaucrats. Santhosh may have had his way in selecting non entities as BJP candidates for the three Rajya Sabha seats, but BSY remains boss of Karnataka. An impressed Amit Shah consulted the Karnataka CM for advice on how to tackle the pandemic in the National Capital Region.
With the amounts of money being tossed around in Ottawa these days, $900 million doesn t quite seem as significant a figure as it might once have.While it may pale in comparison to the price tags of some other recent government initiatives, it s still the sort of expenditure that ought to require scrutiny and oversight.
NEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump on Saturday thanked prime minister Narendra Modi for his greetings on America s 244th Independence Day saying America loves India " Thank you my friend. America loves India " Trump said in a Twitter post which was in response to Modi s message earlier in the evening.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday extended something of an olive branch to India by offering to share Pakistan s cash transfer programme to help those facing financial trouble in India, which includes a large chunk of migrant workers.
After meeting with President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Oli on Saturday evening told his ministers to make their position clear whether to side with him or his opponents. The prime minister told us to remain prepared for any action within a day or two, as anything could happen, said a Cabinet minister after an informal meeting at Baluwatar.
NEW DELHI (UrduPoint News Sputnik 03rd July, 2020) India will oblige companies to receive special government permission for importing power supply equipment from China and Pakistan in light of border tensions, Indian Power Minister Raj Kumar Singh said on Friday."The total import in the power sector in 2018 19 was 710 billion rupees $9.4 billion of which 210 billion rupees were from China. We cannot tolerate this. A country which tries to transgress into our territory, kills our soldiers and we create jobs in that country? ... We have decided that we will not allow any imports from Prior Reference countries China and Pakistan," Singh said at a press conference, as quoted by NDTV.
Amid speculations of cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu leaving the Congress party and joining the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday said that Sidhu is very much a part of the Congress party and that he is not joining AAP.The Chief Minister said that he had confirmed this with election strategist Prashant Kishor. Amarinder Singh told NDTV, "Navjot Sidhu is very much a part of our party. As far as Prashant Kishor approaching Sidhu to join AAP is concerned, it is not true and it has been confirmed to me by Prashant himself."