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Medical staff with a patient of Covid-19 | Imran Nissar | ANI

Clapping is good, but Indian medical staff fighting Covid-19 need real incentives

If India gives special incentives to healthcare workers like Malaysia and China, it can hasten human resource mobilisation in the fight against Covid-19.
TikTok logo | Shiho Fukada | Bloomberg

TikTok donates protective suits, masks worth Rs 100 crore to India to fight coronavirus

In its official statement, TikTok, the Chinese video-making app, also lauded India’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Airport employees wear full body protective suits at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai on 28 March. | Photographer: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

China has concealed extent of its coronavirus outbreak, US intelligence report says

China’s public reporting on Covid-19 cases & deaths is intentionally incomplete and its numbers are fake, US intelligence report says.
A representational image of a previous United Nations Security Council meeting | Photo: Commons

UNSC in ‘no hurry’ to discuss China role in Covid-19 pandemic as world locks down

China held the presidency of UNSC till 31 March, and blocked a previous attempt. But with countries battling coronavirus, discussion could be put off for later.
File photo | Narendra Modi meets Xi Jinping during the 11th BRICS Summit | PTI

Modi wants ‘closer partnership’ with China, says Covid-19 reminder of interconnected world

Ram Nath Kovind, PM Modi and Jaishankar write to their Chinese counterparts on completion of seven decades of diplomatic ties between India and China.
A market in China (representational image) | Commons

Chinese can step out now, but their online shopping lists show they don’t plan to

China’s experience shows even after outbreaks are contained, lingering fear is likely to change consumer behaviour for longer than expected.

China tries to help Europe but its faulty virus test kits aren’t helping

Beijing hopes to win favour through mass deliveries of medical aid to European nations – part of its wider geopolitical ambitions that go back years.
Medical workers attend to a suspected coronavirus patient as he is shifted to the isolation ward of Gandhi Hospital, in Hyderabad

India receives second batch of medical supplies for Covid-19 from China

Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations donate protective clothes, masks and ventilators to Indian Red Cross Society.
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping

China hasn’t just won its war on coronavirus. It’s also beating US in global diplomacy

Donald Trump, who faces a re-election in eight months, has considerably piped down from two weeks ago when he described Covid-19 as the ‘China virus’.
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India, China likely to escape world recession: UN report

The UNCTAD said that advanced economies & China have put together massive govt packages which, according to the G20, will extend a USD 5 trillion lifeline to their economies.

On Camera

Arnab Goswami | YouTube screengrab

Tablighi Jamaat brought out Republic, Zee and Times Now’s fangs that Covid-19 had withdrawn

The unity of TV channels against coronavirus was too good to be true. The Tablighi Jamaat gave most of them the chance to show their true colours.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Is there a risk of Modi govt using Covid-19 to curb media and freedoms or is it necessary?

Surveillance is becoming a key concern during the Covid-19 crisis. The Supreme Court has also directed media to publish the official version of the developments.

Defence

Representational image | Getty Images

Coronavirus doesn’t stop Indian Army from carrying out its annual cyber security exercise

Army had earlier issued advisory claiming India's adversaries were launching coronavirus-themed campaigns to infect official or personal IT assets of defence personnel.  

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.