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Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in Sandouping, Hubei province

China’s era of mega-dams is ending as solar and wind power rise

China’s hydro industry is down-shifting toward smaller projects and pumped storage. Rival energy sources are also deterring the move to more challenging locations.
A cyclist wearing a protective mask rides past the closed ANZ Stadium during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Sydney, Australia. | Photographer: Brendon Thorne | Bloomberg

Australia’s most-populous states to close shared border as Covid cases spike

The decision by the governments of New South Wales and Victoria marks escalation of efforts to contain the virus despite its impact on Australia's economic recovery.
File photo of a Huawei 5G router on display in London

UK to start phasing out of Huawei’s 5G equipment as soon as this year

The move comes as UK's National Cybersecurity Centre concluded that new US sanctions mean Huawei will have to use untrusted technology, which shoots up security risks.
A security guard takes the temperature of a man wearing a protective mask at an entrance to a fresh produce market in Shanghai, China, on 15 February 2020 | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Covid-like virus was sent to Wuhan in 2013, Sunday Times report says

Frozen samples were sent to a Wuhan lab in 2013 after six men clearing out bat feces in a former copper mine in southwest China contracted severe pneumonia.
Bubonic Plague smear demonstrating the presence of Yersinia pestis bacteria.

City in China’s Inner Mongolia region sounds alert for bubonic plague

Authorities said the warning period will last till the end of 2020. Bubonic plague can kill an adult in less than 24 hours if not treated in time.
Doctors treat Covid-19 patients in an intensive care unit at a Hospital in Rome, Italy | Bloomberg

48 doctors in Pakistan resign citing shortage of protective gears

The health department of Pakistan's Punjab province said the doctors, mostly young ones, resigned from govt teaching hospitals & their resignations were accepted.
A European Union (EU) border sign on a road on Germany's border with Austria | Photo: Michaela Handrek-Rehle | Bloomberg

New studies show novel coronavirus could have been in Europe as early as March 2019

Wastewater is a key to understanding coronavirus outbreaks in a region as the virus is found in faeces.
Huawei

Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei CFO at the heart of China-US-Canada political & diplomatic crisis

Meng's arrest in Canada is being seen as the result of the US-China tussle but it has also raised questions about whether Huawei is a private firm or an arm of the Communist Party.
Kanye West speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in 2018. | Bloomberg

Kanye West says he’s running for US President, gets Elon Musk’s support

West’s Saturday night Twitter post, saying he's running for president, instantly went viral, with more than 100,000 retweets within the first hour.
Beer (Representational Image) | piqsels.com

Amid China-Australia’s barley feud, it’s Canada that’s brewing some profits

Canada, the second-largest malt-barley exporter to China, had already been trying to win a bigger share of China’s beer market from Australia.

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Yogi Adityanath said ‘gunda raj’ over and people bought it. But UP crime still the worst

The Yogi Adityanath govt’s brazen touting of encounter killings has gained popular support, but has failed to curb crime on the ground in Uttar Pradesh.
People on bike passing through a deserted market in Hyderabad on 26 June

World economy that took elevator down faces steep stairs back up

President of European Chamber in China, Joerg Wuttke, said the recovery isn't V or W, it's looking like the top of a chainsaw — up and down and painful all the way.

Defence

Pangong lake area and its eight fingers marked out, near LAC | Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | Twitter

Indian and Chinese troops begin disengagement in Ladakh, Army to remain very cautious

The Indian Army will carry out a verification process in a 72-hour window to ensure China's PLA soldiers have adhered to the agreement arrived at the Corps Commander-level meetings.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.