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Two Asian pharma companies hold key to Oxford vaccine, China woos ASEAN & 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.

These elite contact tracers show the world how to beat Covid-19

The work of Immediate Response Teams offers a look at how South Korea has succeeded in largely quelling its spread without the lockdowns that have derailed lives worldwide.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Rajnath Singh talks to South Korean counterpart to strengthen defence ties

The two countries, who finalised on joint production of land and naval systems last year, discussed ways to launch similar lines for military hardware and key platforms.
A screen showing a broadcast, featuring South Korean President Moon Jae-in meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un | Bloomberg

Why North Korean defectors are facing the wrath of both Seoul and Pyongyang

President Moon, who seeks both stronger human rights protections and a better relationship with North Korea, has often prioritised the latter over the former.

Football match during pandemic, ‘mask rage’ incidents in South Korea & 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.
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Japan seeking to keep South Korea out of G-7, Kyodo says

According to Kyodo News, Japan wants to maintain its status as the only Asian country in the Group of Seven summit.
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India, China hit the most by US visa ban, second wave fear in South Korea & 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.
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Kim Jong Un shows how little has changed between North and South Korea

Kim Jon Un's shocking act of destruction appears to be a part of a calculated gamble to force the South Korean president to break with US and support North Korea.
A man wearing a T-shirt with the words "Korea Army" looks across to the North Korean side of the border at the Imjingak pavilion near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Paju, South Korea | Photographer: SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg

South Korea warns Kim Jong Un against ‘reckless’ provocation after North blows up joint office

South Korea urged North Korea to tread carefully after the country reduced to rubble a $15 million liaison office set up in 2018 as a symbol of reconciliation.
South Korean soldiers patrol along a barbed wire fence Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea, on the South Korean island of Ganghwa on April 23

North Korea to send troops to disarmed areas where it has joint projects with the South

Joint projects, once seen as symbols of reconciliation, are now a focal point of a pressure campaign by North Korea to force South Korea to break from US-led sanctions.

On Camera

Attendees view the Apple Inc. iPhone 11 after an event in Cupertino, California, U.S. | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Apple & Samsung’s assembly partners pledge Rs 11,000 crore investment in India

Foxconn & Wistron are among firms picked to make smartphones under a new government plan that’s aimed at encouraging global companies to shift manufacturing beyond China.

Defence

Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

5th military-level LAC meeting on, India could press for Chinese troops’ return from Finger 4

India will ask for the Chinese troops to fall back behind Finger 8 at Pangong Tso. Since the last meeting, the status quo has remained on the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.