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WHO must report to UNSC on pandemics, make independent assessments

At present, the WHO cannot work independently of governments. The governance structure around the election of its leadership must be reformed.
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UN Security Council to discuss coronavirus pandemic in closed session on 9 April

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will participate as a briefer. It remains to be seen whether any press statement on the COVID-19 situation is issued after the meeting.
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China’s stand on Kashmir isn’t surprising. Modi denying global reality is

India is not China’s equal. And overconfidence is dangerous in power politics — another lesson that New Delhi refuses to learn.
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France again blocks China move to discuss Kashmir at UNSC — ‘must be settled bilaterally’

Beijing wanted to hold an informal discussion on Kashmir at UNSC under the ‘any other business’ category.
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China likely to bring up Kashmir at UNSC but France, Germany ‘not ready’ to discuss issue

Paris and Berlin have made it clear to New Delhi that they will not discuss the matter as Europe considers Kashmir to be a “bilateral” issue between India and Pakistan. 
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Iran will upgrade its weapons when UN embargo expires, warns Pentagon

The US is pushing the international community to keep Iran from purchasing advanced weapons, arguing it will add to instability in the region.
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Three strands of a diplomatic hurdle India needs to watch out for after Kashmir wrangle

India needs to brace itself after the move on Jammu and Kashmir has thrown open diplomatic challenges on civil liberties, the Kashmir dispute per se and China's posture. 

Pakistan’s ‘jumla’ talk with China and ‘other charges’ against Pehlu Khan

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India's Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin

Indian envoy to UN Syed Akbaruddin extends ‘hand of friendship’ to Pakistani journalists

After UNSC meet, Syed Akbaruddin makes a statement on India's national position on Kashmir and Article 370.
India's Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin

Revoking J&K special status ‘entirely an internal matter’ with ‘no external ramifications’: India

After UNSC meet, Indian envoy Syed Akbaruddin says abrogation of Article 370 intended to ensure that good governance is promoted in J&K.

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Despite Covid, China will spend more on defence in 2020 than it did last year

Actual Chinese military spending may be much higher. In 2019, China reported an official defence budget of just under $178 billion, but is estimated to have spent $261 billion.

Does Trump help or harm India’s interests when he offers to mediate with China, Pakistan?

US President Donald Trump Wednesday offered to mediate between India and China over the "raging border dispute".

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Indian and Chinese soldiers jointly celebrate the New Year 2019 at Bumla along the Indo-China border, Arunachal Pradesh

Chinese aggression in Ladakh also a message for domestic and external audience: Experts

International experts say the timing is troubling as it comes at ‘a critical phase in India's internal difficulties with the Covid-19 pandemic’.
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PM, CM, DM: India’s 3 big power centres have been exposed by one disaster

The prime minister, chief minister and district magistrate are the three engines of India’s governance, but their handling of the coronavirus pandemic is going awry.