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Breathing tubes hang next to a Covid-19 patient on a ventilator in Connecticut | Bloomberg

Stanford study estimates fewer than 10% US adults had Covid antibodies in July

The study that assayed patients undergoing dialysis also found higher incidence of the disease among ethnic minorities.
Patients recovering from Covid-19 practice deep breathing (Representative image)

At 42.08 lakh, India records most Covid recoveries in the world, US comes second

India now accounts for close to 19% of total global recoveries with a recovery rate of 79.28%, the Union Health Ministry said Saturday.
Keith Krach, US Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, alights from an aircraft after landing at the Sungshan airport in Taipei. | Photographer: Pei Chen| AFP / Getty Images via Bloomberg

China launches aggressive military exercises in Taiwan Strait amid US envoy’s visit

China has stepped up military activities in the waterway, as Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen courts greater military and diplomatic support from the U.S. and its allies.
Passengers walk past thermal imaging cameras at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) | Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg

US will no longer screen international travellers for Covid at airports

The system, which directed all flights from high-risk areas to 15 US airports, was deemed ineffective since many travellers with the disease didn't show symptoms.

America isn’t really a middle-class nation, but Clinton to Obama, all relied on the myth

In ‘The Sinking Middle Class’, David Roediger writes about how Democrats and Republicans praise the middle-class as America’s heart. But numbers tell a different story.

‘I am a cultural leech’ — White US professor apologises for pretending to be Black for years

Jessica Krug teaches African-American history at Georgetown University and even wrote a book on transatlantic slave trade.
Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison and Shinzo Abe

What really matters to China when it comes to the Quad. It’s not the security pacts

Despite India, Australia, US and Japan’s efforts for a multinational alternative to China, it’s not going to take off for quite a while.
Representational image of Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping| Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

‘Standing up against China’ — India set to step into another minilateral within Indo-Pacific

Foreign ministers of India, Australia and Indonesia to meet soon to formalise agenda on security and economic connectivity.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with Indian-origin senator Kamala Harris | Twitter/Joe Biden

Modi’s India prefers Trump but Indian-Americans like Biden-Harris more

Here's why the Indian-American community is the toast of town—Republican and Democrat—as US presidential election nears.
An image released by the US Treasury Department identifying Chinese national Zhang Taotao and his drug network. | Photo: US Treasury Department

US sanctions one of world’s most ‘significant’ drug traffickers — 32-year-old Chinese national

US imposed sanctions against Zhang Taotao and his Hong Kong-based Allyrise Technology Group Co. Ltd for trafficking fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.

On Camera

Security personnel guard a street during a strike call given by traders in protest against the extension of Central laws to Jammu and Kashmir and ban on Jamaat-e-Islami

Kashmiris like lawyer-activist Babar Qadri pay for the Valley’s silence on Jamaat-e-Islami

The extent of the conspiracy of silence is such that even leaders like Farooq Abdullah, who are hated by the Jamaat-e-Islami, oppose its ban.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.