Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 in an escalation of the health crisis that has engulfed Latin America’s largest economy.“I’m perfectly well,” Bolsonaro told CNN Brasil in a live interview, after announcing the result of his test. He added he is taking hydroxichloroquine, an anti-malaria medicine he’s been touting as being effective against the virus though its use hasn’t been authorized by most health experts globally and could carry dangerous side effects.The...

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IAF projects day-night, all-weather combat capability in Ladakh

The Indian Air Force is projecting its capability to carry out day-and-night, all-weather combat missions in the Ladakh sector, with front-line fighter jets, attack helicopters and multi-mission choppers getting airborne for demanding night-time missions from a forward airbase in the area even as the Indian and Chinese armies have kicked off a complex disengagement process to defuse tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), people familiar with the developments said on Tuesday.The air force’s...

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Chinese envoy to Nepal in fresh row for her meetings with Nepalese political leaders

China’s envoy to Nepal Hou Yanqi is at the centre of a fresh controversy for her meetings with Nepalese political leaders amid growing pressure on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli from within his party to step down over charges of poor governance.Hou is no stranger to such controversies, as she held a series of meetings with leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) in late April and early May after an internal rift in the party became public and threatened to lead to the ouster of Oli. Political...

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Behind the Indo-China border de-escalation

At 8.45am on Sunday, army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane called up defence minister Rajnath Singh to inform him that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was moving out troops from the Y-junction of Galwan Valley, towards its base camp in the rear.The same evening, between 5pm and 6pm, National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, also the Special Representative (SR) on the Boundary Dialogue between the two countries, had a candid conversation with Chinese SR Wang Yi (also the country’s...

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Encounter underway between security forces, terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama

An encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, police said.Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Goosu village of Pulwama following information about presence of militants there, a police official said.He said the search operation turned into an encounter after terrorists opened firing towards security forces positions.There were no reports of any casualties so far.Source : Hindustan Times

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Ending terror sanctuaries essential for peace in Afghanistan, says India

India on Monday told a meeting on the development of Afghanistan that putting an end to terror sanctuaries and safe havens is an essential condition for ensuring peace and stability in the war-torn country.JP Singh, the new head of the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran desk in the external affairs ministry, represented India at “Strengthening Consensus for Peace”, a meeting of regional partners that was hosted by the Afghan government.The meeting was chaired by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Twenty countries...

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Months of trial and error in the ICU offer clues on how to save Covid patients

Sanja Jelic’s worst day in almost two decades as a critical care doctor in New York City was April 6.Faced with an unmanageable influx of coronavirus patients at Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s step-down unit, an intermediate care ward, Jelic made an unorthodox decision: she asked those struggling to breathe to roll onto their bellies while they waited for intubation to mechanically ventilate their inflamed lungs.It wasn’t a random guess. Laying patients in the stomach-down prone...

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India-China ties in complex situation, says Beijing after Doval-Wang icebreaker

China on Monday said the consensus reached with India to disengage troops at the border should be implemented as soon as possible, indicating cooling down of tension with India at the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC). India and China clashed earlier last month along the disputed border in Galwan Valley, resulting in death of 20 Indian soldiers and purported casualties of Chinese troops.Acknowledging that current bilateral ties were facing a “complex situation”, Beijing said both sides should...

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India eyes acquisition of Predator-B drones from US

In the wake of multiple prolonged stand-offs with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in eastern Ladakh, India has conveyed to the US its renewed interest in the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) armed Predator-B drone, which not only collects intelligence through surveillance and reconnaissance but also locates and destroys the target with missiles or laser-guided bombs.While India is operating Israeli Heron unarmed drones in eastern Ladakh, the acquisition of an armed drone has acquired...

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China to supply 4 attack drones to Pak, prompts India to revive Predator-B plan

China is in the process of supplying four armed drones to Pakistan, ostensibly to protect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s new base at Gwadar port, according to people familiar with the development said on Sunday.Gwadar, in the highly restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, is described as the crown jewel of China’s $60 billion investment in Belt and Road Initiative projects in Pakistan.The supply of two systems (each has two drones and a ground...

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