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8 lakh Indians in Kuwait could lose jobs, WHO inquiry in China & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.

8 lakh Indians in Kuwait may have to leave as country passes draft expat quota bill

According to the bill, Indians should not exceed 15% of Kuwait's 4.3 million population, currently out of which only 1.3 million are Kuwaitis.
A C-17 'Globemaster' aircraft of the Indian Air Force in Hindon

Why Air Force won’t be a part of India’s massive Covid evacuation for now

India plans to bring home over 2 lakh Indians stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic. But unlike earlier evacuations, the IAF is on stand-by.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi | Photo: Lisi Niesner | Bloomberg

Iraq and Kuwait are beginning a beautiful friendship

Iraq, currently dealing with a faceoff between US and Iran in the Gulf and another between Saudi Arabia and the Tehran regime, sees Kuwait as a safe harbour.

On Camera

A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.