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Not just India, even Japan is worried about ceding influence to China in Myanmar

For Japan and India in particular, two countries along with Australia that make up the Quad, tough measures against the junta only risk increasing the regional influence of China.

US shielded Japanese war criminals after WW2 for biowarfare data — China cites Russian report

The report by the Chinese state-owned Xinhua news agency comes amid a renewed debate on Covid origins & strained Japan-China ties.
Athletes compete during an athletics test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the National Stadium in Japan, on 9 May 2021 | Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota | Bloomberg

Japanese don’t want the Olympics, but it’s not just up to Japan to cancel the games

Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga earlier told members of a parliamentary committee that although he has 'never put the Olympics first,' it’s was the IOC that has the final say.
People wait to receive a dose of the Moderna vaccine at a newly-opened mass vaccination site in Tokyo, on 24 May 2021

Covid pandemic: Japan starts mass vaccination before Olympics, Israel to reopen cinemas

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
A Chinese health care worker gives a Covid-19 vaccine shot to a man at a mass vaccination center for Chaoyang District on 15 January 2021 in Beijing, China | Kevin Frayer | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Covid pandemic: China administers 15 million shots in a day, virus grips Thailand’s prisons

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the first Quad Leaders’ Virtual Summit with US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga, in New Delhi on 12 March. | Photo: ANI

India ‘raises’ Covid vaccine concerns, supply chain issues with Quad partners as cases surge

The concerns raised are over restrictions in the export of raw materials required for making Covid vaccines, not just with the US bilaterally but also under the Quad framework.
A file photo of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. | Photo: ANI

Quad is not ‘Asian NATO’, India never had ‘NATO mentality’, Jaishankar says

Speaking at Raisina Dialogue, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar says the Indo-Pacific construct is about overcoming the Cold War, not reinforcing it.
A nurse handles a vial of the the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Wolfson medical center in Holon | Israel Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg

Pfizer halts vaccines to Israel as it fails to pay up & French ministers `caught’ partying

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
Sebastian Kurz, Austria's chancellor, stands with other European Union (EU) leaders during a roundtable meeting at a EU leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. | Dursun Aydemir | Anadolu Agency | Bloomberg

Covid-19 pandemic — Austria warns EU on vaccines, UK variant in most new cases in Turkey

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
Taro Kono, Japan's foreign minister, (Center) speaks as Mike Pompeo, former US secretary of state (Left), and Kang Kyung-Wha, South Korea's foreign minister (Right) listen during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday, July 8, 2018. | Photographer: David Mareuil | Pool via Bloomberg

US plans to hold NSA-level trilateral talks with Japan, South Korea on North Korea next week

The US is convening the trilateral meet at this level for the first time to discuss its North Korea policy review, which is in its final stages, say officials.

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Poverty and inequality in India

Kerala’s poor is UP’s rich — how access to basic services varies in Indian states

West Bengal and Rajasthan have remarkably improved the delivery of basic services to their poorest 20% population between 2005-06 and 2015-16, NFHS data show.
Representational image | Modes of digital payments in India | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

How the pandemic can help make digital currencies truly global

We know that digital cash will be a direct claim on a central bank, just like its physical counterpart. But there the similarity ends.

Defence

Dhanush artillery guns | Ministry of Defence

Army plans to buy 2,000 gun-towing vehicles to move medium guns on hilly & desert terrain 

The vehicles will replace the Kraz and Scania GTVs that are in use for the Russian-era 130 mm towed field guns and the Swedish Bofors guns respectively.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.