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Donald Trump and Melania Trump exit the White House before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn in Washington, D.C., on 20 January | Photo via Bloomberg

‘Will be back in some form’ — Donald Trump exits White House, leaves note for Biden

Before boarding the plane to leave for his Florida resort, Trump spoke for 10 mins listing his administration’s achievements and claiming success managing the coronavirus pandemic.
Protesters hold photographs of journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the White House in Washington, D.C.|

Biden’s nominee for intelligence chief vows to release murder report of Saudi critic Khashoggi

The report on who was responsible for Saudi-insider-turned critic Jamal Khashoggi’s murder could be embarrassing for Crown Prince Salman & is likely to strain Saudi-US ties.

US President-elect Joe Biden to mend ties with WHO, send Anthony Fauci to speak

Biden is underscoring that he intends to set a new science-based tone in seeking to reverse Donald Trump’s ways of responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Pfizer logo on the lab coat of an employee at the company's research and development facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts. | Bloomberg

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could foil the UK Covid strain, new study shows

The results published Wednesday showed that antibodies in the blood of people who had been vaccinated were able to neutralize a version of the mutant virus that was created in the lab.
US President-elect Joe Biden

Biden plans to sign at least 15 executive orders to unwind Trump legacy on Day 1

Biden’s aides say he’ll sign more Day One executive actions than any of his predecessors, to be followed by additional regulatory and policy changes over the coming weeks.

Biden unveils sweeping climate plan, moves to rejoin Paris accord

Environmentalists said Biden’s actions will signal to the world that the US has returned to the global fight against climate change.

Joe Biden to reverse Trump’s travel ban, stop border wall construction

Biden is also proposing a sweeping immigration bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for roughly 11 million people living illegally in the US.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Australian PM Scott Morrison | ANI

India, Australia competitors on field, solid partners off it — Modi tells Australian PM

The Indian Cricket team, led by Ajinkya Rahane, braved all odds to defeat Australia by three wickets at the Gabba in Brisbane and win the test series 2-1.

UK aviation regulator faces Brexit test with Boeing 737 Max approval

Britain’s aviation regulator, granted new powers in the Brexit split, faces an early test of how it uses them with the looming return of...

Biden taps veteran team to manage fractured relationship with China

Ties between US & China have sunk to their lowest point since the height of the Cold War, while the US’s alliances have been strained by Trump’s combative trade policies.

On Camera

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as US President and Vice-President, respectively, this week | ThePrint

Biden now in White House, vaccine partnership should be India-US priority

The Biden-Harris team understands that the US is still only one of the few countries with the capacity and resources to lead a global vaccination effort. India is another.
RBI Governor Shakikanta Das speaks Friday | Photo: ANI

Prospects of a strong rupee face headwinds from RBI desire to hoard dollars

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said emerging markets need to build reserves as buffers against external shocks even at the risk of being added to US' watchlist for currency manipulation.

Defence

File image of the Dakota vintage aircraft of the IAF | Twitter | @IAF_MCC

This R-Day, catch a glimpse of IAF’s vintage Dakota that ‘saved Srinagar’ in 1947-48 war

The aircraft, which participated in the 1971 war too but began to be phased out soon after, will be flanked by two Mi-17-1V at the flypast in a Rudra formation — a first for the Dakota.

Neither ‘udta’ nor ‘padhta’ Punjab. Question is how India’s no. 1 state in 2003 fell to 13

Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse.