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China sees rising India as ‘rival’, wants to constrain partnership with US, report says

A 70-page detailed report by the US State Department states that China intends to displace the US to become the world's foremost power.

US should partner with allies in Europe to counter China, senators say

A US Senate Foreign Relations Committee report said neither the US nor Europe can respond to the challenge created by China alone and the only way forward is to work together.

China won’t engage in ‘decoupling’ or form small circle, Xi Jinping says

Xi Jinping’s speech during Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit came as he — and the world — await clues on how US President-elect Joe Biden will approach the region.

Trump’s gambit to overturn states’ election results is running out of time

Donald Trump's campaign has mounted legal challenges but states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona and Wisconsin seem on track to certify their election results.

USFDA approves first at-home test kit for detecting Covid

While some Covid tests allow people to to mail in samples collected at home, this is the first that can be fully self-administered & provides results at home in 30 minutes or less.

Facebook content moderators say move to work from office risks lives

At the start of pandemic, moderators were asked to work from home. But in cases where content needed to be viewed in a secure environment, Facebook asked some to work in offices.

Five Eyes alliance urges China to ‘stop undermining rights’ of Hong Kong

US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK, the countries that make up the alliance, called on China 'to re-consider their actions against Hong Kong’s elected legislature.'

Here’s a list of 31 Chinese firms named in US investment ban

While these companies remain the focus of concern in the market, they represent just a fraction of the many Chinese firms targeted by the Trump administration.

Iran’s foreign minister strikes conciliatory tone on US

Mohammad Javad Zarif Wednesday said his country is willing to return to full compliance if President-elect Joe Biden lifts the crushing sanctions ordered by Donald Trump.

Boeing 737 Max is finally cleared to fly as US FAA ends grounding

The actions announced Wednesday mark the end to the longest grounding of a jetliner in US history & set stage for airlines globally to resume passenger service with the plane.

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Wild elephants monitored under thermal UAVs in Maharashtra | RESQ Charitable Trust

We monitored wild elephants, leopards in villages with thermal drones first time in Maharashtra

Whether it's monitoring wildlife, mitigating conflict, capturing of wildlife on field, UAVs are effective tools to complement existing on-ground efforts.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.

Defence

File photo of former Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria after flying a MiG-21 of 51 Squadron at the Srinagar airbase | ANI

Famed IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG-21 Squadron bows out from Srinagar today

Known as the ‘Sword Arms’, number-plating of the squadron was done Friday. It has made way for MiG-29s to be the new 'guardian of the Valley'.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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