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President of China, Xi Jinping | Yorgos Karahalis | Bloomberg

Don’t suffer alone — India and the world need to act against China’s intimidation tactics

Countries in the region are speaking against China’s aggressiveness. President of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte criticised its actions against Vietnam.
File image of US President Donald Trump and PM Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Extend visas of Indians stranded in US: Modi govt asks Trump administration

Amid a growing clamour for India to rescue its citizens stranded abroad, Modi govt has been speaking to US about extending visas under all categories, including H-1B.
A deserted road in Delhi on the first day of total lockdown Monday | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

US, UK, Germany, France scramble to fly out their citizens as India enters lockdown mode

Germany has already obtained permission from Modi govt to send back its citizens stuck in the country, while others are still working to get the necessary approvals.
Medics interact with a patient at a help desk, set- up in view of coronavirus pandemic, at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on 14 March

US, China rivalry spills over into India’s neighbourbood in the form of coronavirus aid

US and China have been on a coronavirus aid-giving spree to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal amid the unprecedented crisis the South Asian countries are facing.

US strikes back at Iran-backed militia after deadly attack on Iraqi base

Two Americans & a Briton were killed when rockets struck an Iraqi base that hosts coalition personnel for training & advising missions Wednesday.
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Forget top 100 list, India doesn’t even have a mechanism to identify research universities

Indian research universities lack voice to represent their views. Carnegie Classification in the US will be a good starting point for India to learn from.
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US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wades into Kashmir issue, calls for blackout to end

The democratic frontrunner and US senator also called on the US to support a UN-backed peaceful resolution in the region.
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Your air conditioner is actually making the world a hotter place

Heat waves across the globe has led to more people turning on their airconditioners, and for longer durations. But while we keep cool, we're also caught in a vicious cycle of these machines making the climate hotter.
US President Donald Trump

Trump’s racist tweet: Most vile made by a recent President?

Leaders such as Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter too have passed racist comments but Trump's latest verbal assault on 4 Congresswomen is a contender for a top spot.
Legislation to remove cap on Green Cards

US Congress to vote on bill to lift cap on Green Cards, could benefit Indians with H1-B visas

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act is set to sail through the 435-member House of Representatives Tuesday and is being supported by more than 310 lawmakers.

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Doctors treat Covid-19 patients in an intensive care unit at a Hospital in Rome, Italy | Bloomberg

Why coronavirus treatments shouldn’t take back seat to vaccines

Everything would have to go right to get a vaccine this year, but several types of treatments may be able to help patients in a matter of months.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Chinese troops present in sizeable numbers at LAC, India has done what’s needed: Rajnath

Defence Minister says India and China perceive LAC differently, leading to regular jostling; Beijing ‘should seriously deliberate’ and resolve the issue amicably.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.