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PM Modi asked to take on the US to ensure TB drugs remain affordable

Modi announced India’s plan to eliminate TB by 2025 four months ago, but American intervention has put spanner in the works.
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World’s most precious metal Rhodium set to get costlier due to supply shortage

Rhodium can resist high temperatures and outperforms other platinum-group metals in removing nitrogen oxides from car exhausts.
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Why didn’t Modi’s Africa trip get wall-to-wall coverage?

Media’s reluctance to cover Africa is a possibility, but there’s the elephant in the room — Chinese rise in the continent.
Narendra Modi departs for a three-nation tour to Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa | YouTube

South Africa rejects demand by Kashmir groups to arrest Narendra Modi for ‘war crimes’

PM scheduled to visit the country for BRICS summit; SA’s prosecuting agency says UN report ‘inadequate’ for legal action
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Here’s the solution for 1.3 billion people still lacking electricity

Geospatial analysis shows that 'mini-grids' would be the cheapest technology to provide universal electricity access by 2030.
Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen will deliver MAK Pataudi lecture. And that’s not cricket, is the chorus

Invitation to flamboyant English cricketer to speak at Pataudi lecture divides BCCI; ex-players says former Indian great ‘doesn’t deserve this spat’ and that BCCI not keen on hosting lecture.
Xi Jinping and Kim Jong un

Global Pulse: China is on the sidelines for North Korea-US talks

Kim Jong-un will meet South Korean president Moon Jae-in later this week and with Donald Trump later this month. If a diplomatic decision is reached, China could find itself losing influence in the region. 
Raul Castro

Global Pulse: For the first time in 60 years, there will be a non-Castro Cuban president tomorrow

April 17 is Raul Castro's last day as the President of Cuba, and the transition to a new presidency is a landmark for the country.
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Global Pulse: The Venezuelan exodus is now Latin America’s worst refugee crisis

The human outflow from Venezuela is now more than 1.1 million people — which makes it the largest displacement of people in Latin America.
Berlusconi

Global Pulse: Italy is witnessing the resurrection of Silvio Berlusconi in its search for stability

In the run up to the upcoming Italian elections, Silvio Berlusconi has somehow become a reliable "candidate of calm."

On Camera

India is a leading global player in the manufacturing of HCQ with Ipca laboratories, Zydus Cadila and Wallace Pharmaceuticals as top pharma companies

The HCQ study mess: How 3 Indian researchers put reputation of Lancet, NEJM at stake

In episode 489 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta discusses the controversial studies that were retracted after scientists around the world raised questions on its data accuracy.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

Defence

File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

India, China army commanders to meet tomorrow. These are the issues 14 Corps chief will raise

14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh is scheduled to meet China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District chief at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point Saturday.
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Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.