That s Axon Capital co founder Dinakar Singh giving a nod to the president and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a recent note to investors cited by Reuters.Trump, of course, has embraced that role, acknowledging he s had to be a cheerleader to avoid creating havoc and shock in a country with the world s highest number of infections and deaths.
But analysts fear it could lead to a miscalculation at sea if it prompts the Communist Party to become more aggressive in asserting its claims, both to rebuff the U.S. and to deter other claimants in Southeast Asia to avoid taking action. China s campaign to build artificial structures intensified after the Obama administration announced a pivot to Asia in 2011. This may not necessarily change the texture of what the U.S. military is already doing in the South China Sea, said Collin Koh Swee Lean, research fellow at Singapore s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. The concern we have is the Chinese may decide to step up their challenge against these U.S. activities in the SCS, thus increasing the risk of incidents.
The vast majority of cybersecurity executives believe the global shift to homeworking during the Covid 19 pandemic has led to a rise in cyber attacks, a new survey has revealed.
England lost the series opener by four wickets with Jermaine Blackwood leading West Indies to a memorable victory.Questions were raised even before the match began as senior pacer Stuart Broad was dropped from the crucial encounter. Stokes then handed the visitors the ball after winning the toss under grey skies, resulting in England being bowled out from 204 in the first innings.
The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSE) attack in Karachi and a series of terrorist attacks in Ghotki, Hyderabad and Rawalpindi coupled with the assaults on Pakistani patrolling troops at Iran ''s bordering areas marks a new wave of terrorism in Pakistan. The Baloch, Sindhi and MQM London linked ethno separatist groups have forged a new alliance under the Indian patronage. Pakistan ''s top political and military leadership has blamed India for the PSE attack. This new wave of terrorism in Pakistan should be seen in the broader context of the evolving regional security situation, particularly the intra Afghan peace process and the India China border dispute in the Himalayan region. The shifting geopolitical sands in South Asia are throwing up new opportunities to a plethora of anti Pakistan militant groups, particularly the ethno separatist outfits. Of the 73 terrorist groups banned by the National Counter Terrorism Authority, 13 are ethno nationalist outfits. IHC issue notices regarding inclusion of PM advisors in Privatisation committee
Smartphones have become an integral part of life these days. Patriotism makes us want to shun Chinese brands, but the reality is that we are in no position to do so. Smartphone companies from across the border have a solid grip on the market. The only non Chinese company that is able to compete is South Korean Samsung. Even with non Chinese brands or those that are manufactured in India, a lot of parts are sourced from China. In a nutshell, China is the factory of the world.According to Counterpoint Research, Chinese brand Xiaomi leads the India smartphone shipments with a market share of 30 per cent in Q1 2020. Vivo (also Chinese) is second with 17 per cent, Samsung is third with 16, Realme (Chinese) is at 14, Oppo (Chinese) is at 12, while the remaining brands account for 11 per cent.
The then Congress government at the Centre levelled false and baseless allegations against me. They filed a case out of political animosity, Singh told reporters here. He did so after appearing before a CBI special court here in connection with the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.The 88 year old leader also had other points to offer. As UP chief minister, I and my government ensured adequate three tier security of the disputed structure in Ayodhya.
BJP national general secretary, Kailash Vijayvargiya, met President Ram Nath Kovind to discuss the political situation in West Bengal. ”We met the president and apprised him of the political violence in the state," said Vijayvargiya, adding that the death of Ray was also discussed during the meeting. Giving the details of the meeting on his Twitter account, the BJP leader said we informed the president about the lsquo;suspicious ' death of 105 BJP supporters in the last three years in Bengal.A delegation of BJP leaders comprising Kailash Vijayvargiya, Arvind Menon, Babul Supriyo, Swapan Dasgupta and Raju Bista called on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Russia has had heavy military involvement in Libya s civil war. The United Nations reported in May that 800 to 1,200 Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group are fighting in Libya. The private security company, also sighted on the battlefields of Ukraine and Syria, is run by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian oligarch and close friend of Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinAmerica cannot stand by while Russia plays games in Libya Congress pulls punches on Russian bounties firestorm Trump calls for ''sick' author of 2016 dossier to be jailed MORE. Despite Russian denials that the group is an arm of the state, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Russia was managing the conflict in Libya at the highest level. To prove his point, he showed the media a photograph of Wagner s leader in discussions with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the general staff. The Wagner Group is not a classic private contractor; it is an unofficial arm of the Defense Ministry, said Ruslan Leviev, whose Conflict Intelligence Team studied the clandestine Russian deployment in Syria.
Loading Covid 19 The coronavirus effect on Pakistan s digital divide Share using EmailShare on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on LinkedinBookmark this articleBy Mehreen Zahra Malik 14th July 2020 Coronavirus has rammed home the extent of Pakistan s digital divide. Could it lead to a useful debate about the future of technology in education? FFive days a week, 12 year old Khairunnisa Hussain logs into a 0900 Zoom conference with her classmates and head teacher, and then for the next four hours works quietly by herself on downloadable maths, science and French worksheets. Last month, an art assignment required replicating images of Damien Hirst s butterfly paintings sent via email. On Tuesdays, the PE teacher shares links of yoga videos for the students to practice.
Rishi Kapoor had his first lead role as an adult opposite Dimple Kapadia in 1973 with the film Bobby and received the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 1974. The film became a blockbuster, the top grossing Indian hit of 1973, the second top grossing hit of the 1970s at the Indian box office. Superstar Akshay Kumar took to Twitter to express his sorrow. He said, "It seems like we re in the midst of a nightmare...just heard the depressing news of #RishiKapoor ji passing away, it s heartbreaking. He was a legend, a great co star and a good friend of the family. My thoughts and prayers with his family."Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) was directed and produced by Manmohan Desai, and written by Kader Khan. The film featured Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor opposite Shabana Azmi, Parveen Babi and Neetu Singh in the lead roles. The news of the demise of the 67 year old was revealed by superstar and longtime friend Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter. Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, "He''s gone. Rishi Kapoor, gone, just passed away. I am destroyed."
Around the world, there are more than 135 potential candidates at the preclinical stage. 14 potential candidates for the COVID19 vaccine are at the Phase I stage. Over 22 potential vaccines for Coronavirus are in the human trials.Russia has claimed that Moscow State Medical University has successfully completed the clinical trials for the world ''s first coronavirus vaccine. Director of the Institute for Translation Medicine and Biotechnology Vadim Tarasov has revealed that the first batch of volunteers will be discharged on July 15 and the second group will be discharged on July 20. Clinical trials of coronavirus vaccine began at the Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology on June 18.Reports are indicating that COVAXIN, jointly developed by Bharat Biotech, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and National Institute of Virology, Pune, has entered the human trials phase. Another potential candidate Zydus Cadila is still at Phase I.In the UK, two potential Coronavirus vaccine candidates have raised hopes. One is developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca is at Phase III. Another is being developed by Imperial College London and its has entered the Phase II stage.In the US, a potential COVID19 vaccine developed by Moderna is at the Phase II stage and another vaccine Novavax is at the Phase II stage.In China, there are four potential coronavirus vaccine candidates that are at different stages of development. Wuhan Institute and Sinopharm ''s COVID19 vaccine candidate is at the Phase II stage. Sinovac and Instituto Butantan are developing one which is at the Phase III stage. CanSino Biological Inc. and Beijing Institue of Biotech ''s potential coronavirus candidate has been approved for military use. Beijing Institute of Biological products and Sinopharm ''s vaccine candidate is at the Phase II stage.In Germany, BioNTech, Pfizer, and Fosun Pharma ''s potential vaccine candidate has managed to reach the Phase II stage of development.In Australia, Vaxine Pty Ltd and Medytox ''s potential vaccine candidate is at Phase I stage.
Raising a series of questions over Chinese transgression into the Indian territory, a senior Congress leader, while addressing the media through video link, showed May to June satellite images of Ladakh;s Pangong Tso to pinpoint Chinese structures and asked the Prime Minister to speak truth about that.Noting that "pictures don ''t lie ", Kapil Sibal asked the Prime Minister to tell the nation truth about the latest and the first Chinese occupation of the Indian territory up to Finger 4 Ridge in the Pangong Tso Lake area.
Kathmandu Nepal , July 13 (ANI): Members of the Hindu Civic Society in Nepal held a protest in front of the Pakistan Embassy in Kathmandu over atrocities committed against the Hindu community.Protestors held placards and chanted slogans, demanding Pakistan to allow construction of the Krishna temple in Islamabad, which was halted after a boundary wall of the temple was demolished."We condemn the Pakistan government''s actions as it is violating the basic human rights of a citizen. By holing this protest, we demand Pakistan allow the continuation of the construction of Krishna temple," said Vinay Yadav, the lead demonstrator of Rastriya Ekata Abhiyan.Earlier this month, the Islamabad Hindu Panchayat had announced to discontinue construction of the boundary wall of Krishna temple after it was demolished by a mob. (ANI)
Rajasthan GOVT Political Crisis LATEST UpdatesCongress Rajasthan legislators are scheduled to meet at 10 am on Tuesday, party leader and spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.
Madhav and a delegation of senior BJP leaders visited the union territory to offer condolences to the family of the party s local leader Wasim Bari and his father and his younger brother, who were killed by militants in north Kashmir s Bandipora last week, and then attend a condolence meeting at Srinagar s Tagore Hall. The delegation included Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister s Office and Udhampur MP Dr Jitendra Singh, BJP national vice president Avinash Rai Khanna and J amp;K BJP president Ravinder Raina.The killings were followed by militant threats asking people to dissociate from the BJP. Local leaders told ThePrint on the condition of anonymity that one of the reasons for the senior leaders visit was to boost the morale of the cadres.
A longer wait for a vaccine against COVID 19 virus may lead to a contraction of up to 7.5 per cent in the Indian GDP in FY21, a foreign brokerage said on Monday. Economists at Bank of America Securities also revised down their base case estimates on the real GDP within a week, and now expect it to contract by 4 per cent because of a drop in economic activity.It can be noted that multiple efforts to find a vaccine against the dreaded virus are on both globally as well domestically, but no timelines have been announced yet. Many analysts are expecting the Indian economy to contract by 5 per cent in FY21 as a result of the nationwide lockdowns, with some also estimating a contraction of up to 7.2 per cent in the GDP.
The subtext behind the Congress decision is a lack of strong leadership, as reflected in the fact that at least three of the party s aspiring chief ministers Shaktisinh Gohil, Arjun Modhwadia and Siddharth Patel lost their own seats even as it put up its strongest fight against the BJP in two decades in the last assembly elections in 2017.Hardik Patel told ThePrint after his appointment Saturday night that he was not aware of the promotion until it was announced. I will do the same work that I have been doing reaching out, he said when asked about his plans.
Ericsson India head Nitin Bansal said that the company remains "very confident " of its technology prowess. Bansal was responding to a question on whether the anti China sentiments in the country would provide a competitive edge to non Chinese gear vendors in Indian telecom market, where data and voice consumption patterns are charting new highs. "We do not base our business plans on things which we cannot control... we believe in technology leadership. And, if you see globally, we have been winning on our technology leadership, " Bansal told PTI.
In fresh inputs now available in open source domains, China and Iran are on course to chalk out a comprehensive 25 year strategic partnership based on an agreement signed during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Teheran in January 2016. Iranian President after the visit had stated the visit to be beginning of a new chapter aimed to build economic ties worth up to $600 billion within the next 10 years.Though the number of investments appeared sceptical, it is only now that the details have emerged to give a semblance to the agreement concluded between the two countries in 2016. As per leaked data Iran s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif, during his visit to China in August 2019 presented to his counterpart, Wang Li, a comprehensive roadmap for a 25 year China Iran strategic partnership based on the signing of 2016 agreement by the leaders of two countries.The Iran China strategic partnership is aligned to President Xi Jinping ''s cornerstone of its foreign and domestic policy envisaged under Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which is the new name for its One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative.As per available information, China is to invest US $ 120 billion for upgrading Iran s transport infrastructure beginning with the 2,300 kilometre road that will link Tehran with Urumqi in China s Xinjiang province. This road will be dovetailed with the Urumqi Gwadar link developed under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor under the New Silk Road . The road link when completed would have an ambitious plan to provide connectivity with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and thereafter via Turkey into Europe.The connectivity is to be juxtaposed with development and electrification of the main 900 kilometre railway line connecting Tehran to the north eastern city of Mashhad. Another project to be taken up under the strategic partnership is the completion of Tehran Qom Isfahan the high speed train line and extending this upgraded network to link the north west through Tabriz, which is home to a number of key sites relating to oil, gas, and petrochemicals, and the starting point for the Tabriz Ankara gas pipeline.Major expenditure of the US $ 280 billion would be earmarked for developing Iran s petrochemical, oil and gas industries which have suffered immensely as a result of US led economic sanctions. Interestingly, as per reports, China will position up to 5000 Chinese security personnel to protect its projects in Iran. As part of the agreement, China would increase the import of Iranian oil in defiance of US sanctions.Another significant aspect of the strategic partnership is military cooperation between the two countries which includes weapons development, training between Iranian and Chinese armed forces and intelligence sharing. China would also be allowed the use of Iranian air bases although it is any body s guess as to the utility of such measure. There are indications that the strategic agreement has the backing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, which has sway over strategic matters impacting Iran.There is however also resentment against the Iran China Strategic Agreement amongstIranians who feel that the same has not been disclosed to the Iranian parliament or people; with Iran ''s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying, "The Iranian nation will not recognize a new secret 25 year agreement between Iran and China, " and warned that any contract signed with a foreign country without the people knowing about it will be void.Another important issue that is not lost on every one is total Chinese silence or reaction to the purported salient aspects of the Strategic Agreement between the two countries.Would China risk further isolation after retching up the ante in the South China Sea, Hong Kong and Indo China border is any one s guess. Although China may continue to show defiance to US sanctions against Iran, would it be willing to burn economic ties with middle east and gulf nations who trade substantially with China would be hard to fathom.On the economic front China s overseas investments during the decade gone by averaged the US $ 200 billion annually. Its ability to commit a similar amount specifically towards a troubled region would also be suspect. The CPEC which has been in the works for over a decade with over US $ 60 billion committed to it, is yet to realise its true potential. Any further commitment to link the Xinjiang Gwadar project to Tehran through restive Baluchistan would need careful consideration and commitment by the Chinese.The Iran China strategic agreement signed in 2016 has not seen much movement since the two sides penned it. The details of the road map as revealed now have also been in the public domain for nearly a year now and point towards Iranian predicaments.In essence, the current revelations point to the Iranian wish list who seem to be too eager to come out of isolation from the US sponsored economic sanctions by piggy banking on Chinese shoulders. It also reflects on a measure of acute desperation on part of Iranian leadership as also to satisfy the appetite of the restive population which seems to be desperate to see some measure of economic revival and activity in spite of being endowed with rich mineral and natural resources.From the Indian perspective growing Iran China relationship is a reason for worry and changing strategic landscape. It points to growing Chinese dominance in alignment with Pakistan which threatens its relations with Afghanistan.The development of Chabaharand future of India Afghanistan Iran Trilateral Agreement for the development of Chabaharhas also not seen anticipated progress. Similarly, China backed Pakistan Iran Taliban alignment emerging in India ''s immediate neighbourhood is also a reason for Indian concern.India s relations with Iran cooled off substantially after India agreed to reduce its trade relations with Iran after imposition of sanctions. The visit of President Trump and increasing Indo US economic and strategic partnership seems to have been the last straw. It is unlikely that relations with Iran would improve in the near term.Growing Chinese footsteps in Iran will have a long lasting impact on our relationship with not only Iran but also on Afghanistan and Central Asian nations.(The author is an Indian Army Veteran. Views expressed are personal.)