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US President Donald Trump, with Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, speaks during a Coronavirus Task Force news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, D.C. | Photographer Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg

White House shelves coronavirus task force, says US has entered ‘regular routine’

Trump, who is pressing ahead with reopening the economy and resuming his campaign schedule, claimed this week the virus will 'fade away' even without a vaccine.
Demonstrators gather at Lafayette Park for protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd | Photographer: Drew Angerer | Getty Images North America via Bloomberg

Will protests further spread Covid? Experts say it’s too soon to tell

Tens of thousands of people have been out on streets and into close contact in cities across US, raising concerns of new Covid clusters.
The murder of George Floyd by the police has led to angry protests in the US (representational image) | Photo: Fibonacci Blue | Wikimedia Commons

Taylor Swift calls out Trump for stoking ‘fires of white supremacy’ over Minneapolis protests

Protests erupted in Minneapolis after police killed a black man. President Trump tweeted 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts'.
(Representative image) | pixabay.com

US raises ante in race for coronavirus vaccine with pledge of $1.2 billion to AstraZeneca

President Trump is pushing his way toward the front of the line to secure a shot to protect Americans from the outbreak and allow business to resume.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo | File image | @SecPompeo | Twitter

‘Cease this malicious activity’ — Mike Pompeo accuses China of stealing US’ Covid research

Pompeo tweet comes after two US security agencies, FBI and CISA, released a warning about alleged attempts by Chinese hackers to steal coronavirus research.
Representational image | An employee stacks protective face masks on the personal protective equipment (PPE) production line | Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg

Face masks — the ultimate pro-freedom, pro-life fashion accessory

Wearing masks appears to be the simplest way to get much of normal life back while we still figure out how defeat Covid-19 by less-primitive means.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar commenced preparations for ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ to bring back Indians stuck abroad, in New Delhi on 5 May 2020

15,000 Indians stranded abroad to be brought back on ‘compelling grounds’

A total of 64 flights will be operated from 12 countries. Passengers would be charged Rs 50,000 each for London-Delhi flight & Rs 1 lakh from the US.
A magnified coronavirus germ is displayed on a desktop computer monitor during coronavirus patient sample detection tests in the virology research labs (Representational Image) | Photographer: Geert Vanden Wijngaert | Bloomberg

US scientists guarding precious living collections during Covid lockdown

Hundreds of scientists are fighting against pandemic to protect everything from crickets, to tissue cultures, mice, powdery mildews, zebrafish and even rust fungi.
Medical workers remove a body from a refrigerator truck outside of the Brooklyn Hospital in New York on March 31. Photo | Bloomberg

US runs out of emergency medical supplies needed to fight coronavirus

Recently, Russia sent a cargo plane carrying 60 tonnes of medical supplies, including ventilators and masks to the US, to help in treating coronavirus patients.
Cui Tiankai | Wiki Commons

Chinese envoy to US disagrees with Beijing that coronavirus came from American military lab

Donald Trump has taken to calling the pandemic the “Chinese virus” and has blamed US’s outbreak on China’s early failures to control the disease.

On Camera

File photo | An employee inspects a godown of Food Corporation of India (FCI) where rice bags are being stored during a nationwide lockdown, in Srinagar | PTI

FCI has highest rice, wheat stock since 2005. Modi govt continuing legacy of bad economics

It is clear from the rising stock of rice and wheat that the government has been buying more from farmers than what it requires during a pandemic.
Representational image | Picpedia

Modi govt drops plan to merge 3 state-owned general insurance companies

Decision to merge the 3 companies — National Insurance Co Ltd, United India Insurance Co Ltd, and Oriental Insurance Co Ltd — ahead of their proposed listing was announced in 2018 budget.

Defence

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

There’s ‘thinning down’ of Chinese troops at Finger 4 at Pangong lake, but no pullback yet

India-China disengagement at Pangong lake will be a focus area in the next round of military talks at the corps commander level. 
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.