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Washington: The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has surpassed the 13 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 572,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 13,070,097, while the fatalities rose to 572,411, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering […]

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Washington: The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has surpassed the 13 million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 572,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 13,070,097, while the fatalities rose to 572,411, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities at 3,363,056 and 135,605, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil came in second place with 1,884,967 infections and 72,833 deaths.

In terms of cases, India ranks third (878,254), and is followed by Russia (732,547), Peru (330,123), Chile (317,657), Mexico (304,435), the UK (291,691), South Africa (287,796), Iran (259,652), Spain (255,953), Pakistan (251,625), Italy (243,230), Saudi Arabia (235,111), Turkey (214,001), France (209,640), Germany (200,180), Bangladesh (186,894), Colombia (150,445), Canada (109,984), Qatar (104,016) and Argentina (103,265), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (44,915), Mexico (35,491), Italy (34,967), France (30,032), Spain (28,406), India (23,174), Iran (13,032), Peru (12,054) and Russia (11,422).

11 more deaths take UK COVID-19 death toll to 44,830

London: Another 11 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Sunday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 44,830, the British Department of Health and Social Care said.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes, and the wider community.

As of Monday morning, 290,133 people have tested positive for the disease in Britain, a daily increase of 530, according to the department, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

Meanwhile, a London-based children charity warned Monday that deep budget cuts to education and rising poverty worldwide caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could force at least 9.7 million children out of school forever by the end of this year.

The world is facing a hidden education emergency as COVID-19 would leave an estimated US $77 billion gap in education spending for the world’s poorest children over the next 18 months, said Save the Children in its Save Our Education report.

(IANS)

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US Says Chinese Claims In South China Sea ‘Completely Unlawful’ https://odishatv.in/world/us-says-chinese-claims-in-south-china-sea-completely-unlawful-461990 https://odishatv.in/world/us-says-chinese-claims-in-south-china-sea-completely-unlawful-461990#respond Tue, 14 Jul 2020 03:36:22 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=461990

Washington: Asserting that the “Chinese predatory world view” has no place in the 21st century, the Trump administration, in a major policy decision on Monday, categorically rejected the territorial claims made by Beijing in South China Sea, stating that it has no legal grounds to unilaterally impose its will on the region. “The world will […]

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Washington: Asserting that the “Chinese predatory world view” has no place in the 21st century, the Trump administration, in a major policy decision on Monday, categorically rejected the territorial claims made by Beijing in South China Sea, stating that it has no legal grounds to unilaterally impose its will on the region.

“The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire. America stands with our Southeast Asian allies and partners in protecting their sovereign rights to offshore resources, consistent with their rights and obligations under international law,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a major policy announcement.

The United States, he said, stands with the international community in the defence of freedom of the seas and respect for sovereignty and rejects any push to impose “might makes right” in the South China Sea or the wider region.

Pompeo said China cannot lawfully assert a maritime claim — including any exclusive economic zone (EEZ) claims derived from Scarborough Reef and the Spratly Islands — vis-a-vis the Philippines in areas that a tribunal found to be in the Philippines’ EEZ or on its continental shelf.

The US, he said, rejects any Chinese claim to waters beyond a 12-nautical mile territorial sea derived from islands it claims in the Spratly Islands (without prejudice to other states’ sovereignty claims over such islands).

Also, China has no lawful territorial or maritime claim to (or derived from) James Shoal, an entirely submerged feature only 50 nautical miles from Malaysia and some 1,000 nautical miles from China’s coast, Pompeo said.

“We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them,” he said.

In the South China Sea, the US seeks to preserve peace and stability, uphold the freedom of the seas in a manner consistent with international law, maintain the unimpeded flow of commerce and oppose any attempt to use coercion or force to settle disputes, Pompeo said.

He alleged that Beijing uses intimidation to undermine the sovereign rights of Southeast Asian coastal nations in the South China Sea, bully them out of offshore resources, assert unilateral dominion and replace international law with “might makes right”.

Beijing’s approach has been clear for years, Pompeo said. In 2010, then Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi told his ASEAN counterparts that “China is a big country and other countries are small and that is just a fact”, he said, adding that the Chinese predatory world view has no place in the 21st century.

China “has no legal grounds to unilaterally impose its will on the region”, the secretary of state said. Beijing has offered no coherent legal basis for its “Nine-Dashed Line” claim in the South China Sea since formally announcing it in 2009, he added.

In a unanimous decision on July 12, 2016, an Arbitral Tribunal constituted under the 1982 law of the sea convention — to which China is a state party — rejected the country’s maritime claims as having no basis in international law. The tribunal sided squarely with the Philippines, which brought the arbitration case, “on almost all claims”, Pompeo said.

The announcement by the Trump administration was welcomed by several top American lawmakers.

The announcement makes clear that the US will support its regional allies in the defence of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, said Senator Marco Rubio.

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) cannot be allowed to illegally assert control over maritime territory in the region and the US has rightly rejected all of Beijing’s spurious claims, he said.

“China’s unlawful actions will not be tolerated and I urge my colleagues in Congress to swiftly pass my bipartisan South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act (S.1634) to impose costs on Chinese individuals and entities for their flagrant violations of international law,” Rubio said.

President Donald Trump once again countered Chinese aggression by rejecting its absurd claims in the South China Sea, said Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.

“The US must continue to oppose PRC bullying, deception, IP theft and human rights abuses,” he said.

This is a “smart move”, said Senator Jim Inhofe. “The PRC’s claims in the South China Sea are unlawful, plain and simple. The U.S. stands against Beijing’s bullying, and with our allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region,” he said in a tweet.


(PTI)

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Kathmandu: Stoking a potential controversy, embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Monday claimed that the “real” Ayodhya lies in Nepal, not in India and that Lord Ram was born in Thori in southern Nepal. Real Ayodhya lies in Nepal, not in India. Lord Ram is Nepali not Indian: Nepali media quotes Nepal Prime […]

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Kathmandu: Stoking a potential controversy, embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Monday claimed that the “real” Ayodhya lies in Nepal, not in India and that Lord Ram was born in Thori in southern Nepal.

Condemning Oli for his remarks, BJP national spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri said that the Left parties even in India played with people’s faith, and the Communists in Nepal will be rejected by the masses in the same way they have been here.

“Lord Ram is a matter of faith for us, and people will not allow anybody, be it prime minister of Nepal or anyone, to play with this,” he said in New Delhi.

Speaking at an event on the birth anniversary of Nepalese poet Bhanubhakta at the Prime Minister’s residence in Kathmandu, Oli said that Nepal “has become a victim of cultural encroachment and its history has been manipulated.”

Bhanubhakta was born in 1814 in Tanhu of western Nepal and is credited for translating Valmiki’s Ramayan into Nepali language. He died in 1868.

“Although the real Ayodhya lies at Thori in the west of Birgunj, India has claimed the Indian site as the birthplace of Lord Ram, Oli said.

We also believe that deity Sita got married to Prince Ram of India. Actually, Ayodhya is a village lying west of Birgunj, he said, adding that the marriage between bride and bridegroom at such a distance was not possible at the time when there was no communication and transportation system.

“The place called Thori, near Birgunj is the real Ayodhya, where Lord Ram was born. In India there is great dispute on Ayodhya. But, there is no dispute in our Ayodhya,” Prime Minister Oli was quoted as saying by his press advisor Surya Thapa.

Valmiki Ashram is also in Nepal and the holy place where King Dasharath had executed the rites to get the son is in Ridi, which is in Nepal, he said.

As Dasharath was the ruler of Nepal, it is natural that his son Ram was also born in Nepal, Oli argued. Therefore, real Ayodhya lies in Nepal, he claimed.

Many scientific inventions and knowledge originated in Nepal, but unfortunately such a rich tradition could not continue later, Oli said.

Prime Minister Oli, under growing pressure to resign amidst a rift in the ruling Nepal Communist Party over his style of functioning, has alleged that some of the ruling party leaders are aligning with the southern neighbour to remove him from power after his government issued a new political map incorporating three Indian territories of Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura.

His allegations have been criticised by senior NCP leaders, including former prime minister ‘Prachanda’, who demanded Prime Minister Oli’s resignation, saying his recent anti-India remarks were “neither politically correct nor diplomatically appropriate.”

The India-Nepal bilateral ties came under strain after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a 80-km-long strategically crucial road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8.

Nepal reacted sharply to the inauguration of the road claiming that it passed through Nepalese territory. India rejected the claim asserting that the road lies completely within its territory.

Later, Nepal updated the country’s political map through a Constitutional amendment, incorporating three strategically important Indian areas.

India termed as “untenable” the “artificial enlargement” of the territorial claims by Nepal. India has handed over a diplomatic note to Nepal over the map issue, Nepalese media reports said.

(PTI)

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Taliban Militant Attack In Afghanistan: 14 Killed, 63 Injured https://odishatv.in/world/taliban-militant-attack-in-afghanistan-14-killed-63-injured-461963 https://odishatv.in/world/taliban-militant-attack-in-afghanistan-14-killed-63-injured-461963#respond Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:43:10 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=461963

Kabul: At least 14 people, including three assailants, were killed and 63 others wounded when Taliban militants attacked a provincial branch of the country’s national intelligence agency in Aybak, capital of Afghanistan’s northern Samangan province, on Monday, an official said. The attack started after a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a massive car bomb outside Samangan […]

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Kabul: At least 14 people, including three assailants, were killed and 63 others wounded when Taliban militants attacked a provincial branch of the country’s national intelligence agency in Aybak, capital of Afghanistan’s northern Samangan province, on Monday, an official said.

The attack started after a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a massive car bomb outside Samangan National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the morning, causing casualties and destruction, provincial government spokesman Seddiq Azizi told Xinhua.

Following the blast, two armed militants entered to the compound, triggering a gunfight lasting for hours, he said.

Those among the killed were 11 NDS staff, including a female employee, and three attackers, according to the official.

Over 50 of the wounded were civilians, including several women and two children, he said.

“The massive explosion also damaged the nearby provincial municipality office and many other buildings. Most of the wounded are municipality’s workers and employees. Four of the affected people sustained life-threatening wounds,” Azizi said.

The attack came as peace efforts being made. Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack hours after the incident.

Since the signing of a Taliban and US peace agreement in late February, Afghan leaders, including President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, have frequently demanded the Taliban to reduce violence.

The militants, however, have intensified attacks.

The government have released more than 4,000 Taliban inmates and the Taliban insurgents have freed over 600 national security force members since early March.

(IANS)

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Pakistan Restores Bank Accounts Of Hafiz Saeed, His Four Top Aides https://odishatv.in/world/pakistan-restores-bank-accounts-of-hafiz-saeed-his-four-top-aides-461810 https://odishatv.in/world/pakistan-restores-bank-accounts-of-hafiz-saeed-his-four-top-aides-461810#respond Sun, 12 Jul 2020 15:24:13 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=461810

Islamabad: Pakistan has restored the bank accounts of the outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his four top aides, a media report said on Sunday. Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, was arrested on July 17 last year […]

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Islamabad: Pakistan has restored the bank accounts of the outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his four top aides, a media report said on Sunday.

Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, was arrested on July 17 last year in the terror financing cases. He was sentenced to 11 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in February this year in two terror financing cases. He is lodged at the Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail.

Abdul Salam Bhuttavi, Haji M Ashraf, Yahya Mujahid and Zafar Iqbal – all on the UN Security Council’s terrorists list were the other members of the JuD and Lashkar-e-Taiba who got their bank accounts restored, The News reported.

They are currently facing sentences ranging 1 to 5 years in Lahore jail for terror financing cases filed against them by the Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), the paper said.

“The restoration of bank accounts has taken place following formal approval of the Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council, the paper said.

Citing sources, the paper said that the JuD leaders had appealed United Nations for restoring their bank accounts that they could run their family affairs.

“Initially we did not want to file an appeal but we were advised to file it as it was difficult for our leaders to run their affairs,” a senior JuD leader was quoted as saying by the paper.

These leaders in their request to the government of Pakistan had also mentioned about their financial income and sources of earning. The same was forwarded to the UNSC along their bank account numbers and other related details, it added.

Saeed-led JuD is the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. He was listed under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.

His bank accounts were frozen by the Pakistani government complying with the UNSC resolution.

(PTI)

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WHO Chief Praises Efforts To Control COVID-19 In Mumbai’s Dharavi Slum https://odishatv.in/world/who-chief-praises-efforts-to-control-covid-19-in-mumbais-dharavi-slum-461548 Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:02:31 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=461548

Geneva: The World Health Organisation has praised the efforts taken to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in Dharavi, one of the world’s largest slums, underscoring the need for community engagement along with national unity and global solidarity to turn the pandemic around. Dharavi, which is located in India’s commercial capital Mumbai, is spread over […]

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Geneva: The World Health Organisation has praised the efforts taken to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in Dharavi, one of the world’s largest slums, underscoring the need for community engagement along with national unity and global solidarity to turn the pandemic around.

Dharavi, which is located in India’s commercial capital Mumbai, is spread over an area of 2.5 square kilometers and has a population of 650,000. People live in shanties and dilapidated buildings with narrow lanes and open sewers.

The first COVID-19 patient in Dharavi was found on April 1, nearly three weeks after Mumbai recorded its maiden positive case on March 11.

Addressing a virtual press conference here on Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there were many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control.

“And some of these examples are Italy, Spain, and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai,” Ghebreyesus said.

On June 9, the tally of the coronavirus cases in Dharavi, once a COVID-19 hotspot in the city, reached 2,347 after nine new infections were detected.

Mumbai has recorded over 88,000 COVID-19 cases and 5,129 deaths.

Dharavi has only 291 active COVID-19 cases, while 1,815 patients have recovered and discharged from COVID-19 facilities.

Ghebreyesus also underlined that only aggressive action combined with national unity and global solidarity can turn the COVID-19 pandemic around.

He also stressed the importance of leadership, community participation, and collective solidarity to control the virus.

“A strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating, and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus,” he added.

The World Health Organization said the novel coronavirus was yet to be brought under control “in most of the world”, while warning that it was actually “getting worse”.

Speaking at a briefing on Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said: “The virus has upended health systems in some of the world’s wealthiest nations, while some countries that have mounted a successful response have been of modest means.

“In most of the world the virus is not under control. It is getting worse.”

The WHO chief added that the pandemic was “still accelerating”, as the total number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has “doubled in the last six week”, the Metro newspaper reported.

As of Saturday, the total number of global coronavirus cases stood at 12,507,849, while the fatalities rose to 560,460, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

On Saturday, India’s COVID-19 tally reached 8.2 lakh with 27,114 new cases with 22,123 deaths.

According to the Johns Hopkins University data, globally, there are over 12 million COVID-19 cases and the disease has claimed over 560,000 lives.

(PTI)

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China Warns Of Deadlier Than Corona ‘Unknown Pneumonia’ https://odishatv.in/world/china-warns-of-deadlier-than-corona-unknown-pneumonia-461403 Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:12:23 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=461403

Beijing: The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan has issued a warning of deadly ‘unknown pneumonia’ after more than 600 people died of pneumonia in June, a report has said. According to the South China Morning Post, authorities in Kazakhstan — the central Asian country, have reimposed Covid-19 lockdown in some parts of the country amid a […]

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Beijing: The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan has issued a warning of deadly ‘unknown pneumonia’ after more than 600 people died of pneumonia in June, a report has said.

According to the South China Morning Post, authorities in Kazakhstan — the central Asian country, have reimposed Covid-19 lockdown in some parts of the country amid a spike in pneumonia cases last month.

The country as a whole saw 1,772 pneumonia deaths in the first part of the year, 628 of which happened in June, including some Chinese nationals, the Chinese embassy said in a statement.

“The death rate of this disease is much higher than the novel coronavirus. The country’s health departments are conducting comparative research into the pneumonia virus, but have yet to identify the virus,” the embassy was quoted as saying to the South China Morning Post.

While the Chinese embassy described the illness as ‘unknown pneumonia’, Kazakhstani officials and media have only said it is pneumonia.

The embassy’s website, citing local media reports, said the provinces of Atyrau and Aktobe and the city of Shymkent have reported significant spikes in pneumonia cases since the middle of June.

“The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan reminds Chinese nationals here to be aware of the situation and step up a prevention to lower the infection risks,” the embassy said.

“Some 300 people diagnosed with pneumonia are being hospitalised every day,” Saule Kisikova, the health care department chief in the capital Nur-Sultan, was quoted as saying to the local media.

It was also not known if the WHO had been informed about the ‘unknown pneumonia’.

(IANS)

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Nepal Prohibits All Indian Media Except Doordarshan https://odishatv.in/world/nepal-prohibits-all-indian-media-except-doordarshan-461331 Fri, 10 Jul 2020 02:24:29 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=461331

New Delhi: Nepal has banned all Indian news channels, except DD News, for alleged propaganda against the country. Reports say that Nepal cable operators have stopped getting signals of Indian news channels. Nepal government spokesperson Yuvaraj Khatiwada said: “We request all not to disseminate news that infringes sovereignty and self-respect of Nepalis. This includes the […]

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New Delhi: Nepal has banned all Indian news channels, except DD News, for alleged propaganda against the country.

Reports say that Nepal cable operators have stopped getting signals of Indian news channels.

Nepal government spokesperson Yuvaraj Khatiwada said: “We request all not to disseminate news that infringes sovereignty and self-respect of Nepalis. This includes the media of neighbouring countries. We might seek both political and legal remedies.”

Earlier, Nepal has amended its map which show some Indian territory as part of it.

Nepal’s parliament on June 13 adopted unanimously the Constitution Amendment Bill, paving the way for accommodating the updated political-administrative map, which includes Indian areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura, in its symbol.

However, this controversial amendment comes in the backdrop of India’s deteriorating ties with Nepal over Nepal’s alteration of its national map. The inclusion of these disputed territories by means of parliamentary amendment has already created crack in relationship.

(IANS)

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India Has Done Its Best To Respond To Chinese Aggression: Mike Pompeo https://odishatv.in/world/india-has-done-its-best-to-respond-to-chinese-aggression-mike-pompeo-461135 Thu, 09 Jul 2020 02:19:31 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=461135

New York: India has done its best to respond to China’s confrontation and the world must unite to act on Beijing’s pattern of aggressive behaviour seen in Ladakh, Bhutan and around Asia, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. “The Indians have done their best to respond” to China’s “incredibly aggressive action,” which […]

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New York: India has done its best to respond to China’s confrontation and the world must unite to act on Beijing’s pattern of aggressive behaviour seen in Ladakh, Bhutan and around Asia, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.

“The Indians have done their best to respond” to China’s “incredibly aggressive action,” which fits a pattern, Pompeo said at a news conference in Washington.

He said that he had spoken to External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar several times about the Chinese aggression in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control last month.

He said that Beijing’s attack on India has to be put in the context of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “General Secretary Xi Jinping and his behaviour throughout the region, and indeed, throughout the world. I don’t think it’s possible to look at that particular instance of Chinese Communist Party aggression in isolation. I think you need to put it in the larger context”.

After a Foreign Office Consultation between India and the US on Monday, the State Department said Jaishankar and Under Secretary of State David Hale discussed “ongoing threats” to the international order and agreed to “endeavour to support each other’s objectives”.

Pompeo referred to the boundary and maritime disputes launched by China from the Himalayas “to the waters of Vietnam’s Exclusive Zone, to the Senkaku Islands, and beyond, calling them “unequalled anyplace else in the world.”

“There aren’t many neighbours that could satisfactorily say that they know where their sovereignty ends and that the Chinese Communist Party will respect that sovereignty. That’s certainly true now for the people of Bhutan as well.”

“The CCP recently filed a boundary dispute with Bhutan at a meeting of the Global Environment Facility,” he said. “The world should not allow this bullying to take place, nor should it permit it to continue.”

He that the US will soon start a dialogue with the European Union “on how we collectively can respond to this challenge from the Chinese Communist Party.”

Pompeo said that President Donald Trump has taken the global threats from China “incredibly seriously,” which he said previous US administrations had not.

“We will respond to this in a way that we think is appropriate, and we have attempted to communicate to the Chinese leadership that we are serious about this,” he added.

(IANS)

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China Opens Security Office In Hong Kong To Implement Controversial Law https://odishatv.in/world/china-opens-security-office-in-hong-kong-to-implement-controversial-law-461063 Wed, 08 Jul 2020 12:44:39 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=461063

Beijing/Hong Kong: China on Wednesday opened its first office in Hong Kong to implement the controversial national security law, a move which is expected to impact the hundreds of foreign firms which are concerned over the vague language used in the legislation and its implications. The office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s […]

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Beijing/Hong Kong: China on Wednesday opened its first office in Hong Kong to implement the controversial national security law, a move which is expected to impact the hundreds of foreign firms which are concerned over the vague language used in the legislation and its implications.

The office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was inaugurated on Wednesday, establishing for the first time the presence of China’s security establishment in the former British colony after it came under the control of Beijing in 1997.

The new national security office places mainland Chinese agents in the heart of the territory for the first time.

The office is one element of a sweeping new law that outlaws criticism of China’s government, the BBC reported.

Hong Kong was, until the law was passed, only the part of China and not subject to such policies.

The law has caused alarm in Hong Kong, a global business hub, but officials said it will restore stability after the violent pro-democracy protests.

Opening the office — along with Hong Kong’s pro-China Chief Executive Carrie Lam — Luo Huining, China’s newly appointed deputy director for the city said that the headquarters for safeguarding the national security is “the envoy of Hong Kong’s security” and “the gatekeeper of national security.”

The office will analyse and appraise the national security situation in the HKSAR and provide comments and suggestions for major strategies and policies, as per the law.

It shall also collect and analyse intelligence information concerning national security and deal with criminal cases concerning national security in accordance with the law, state-run CGTN TV reported.

China imposed the sweeping national security law on Hong Kong a week ago to take full control of the former British colony which since last year was in turmoil with massive protests by millions of locals opposing Beijing’s growing controls on the city of over seven million

As Chinese pressed ahead with the implementation of the controversial law, foreign firms in Hong Kong said they face huge insecurity’ over the national security law, especially over its vague language, broad provisions and clauses stating they could be punished for imposing sanctions.

The companies said that the legislation could be a wake-up call for businesses to re-evaluate their engagement with China, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

Company insiders and diplomatic sources said it was too early to assess the impact of the law on business in the financial hub. But the vague language and broad provisions have stoked fear, and may result in huge insecurity for foreign firms particularly a clause stating any person or organisation that imposes sanctions could be punished, the report said.

They said that the legislation could be a wake-up call for businesses to re-evaluate their engagement with China, and it may further complicate Beijing’s diplomatic relations with the West.

The US Congress has passed legislation to penalise banks for doing business with Chinese officials who implement the national security law.

Some US companies have already raised concerns about the potential consequences of Article 29 of the new law, a senior official with a trade association told the Post.

The article states that it is an offence to steal, obtain with payment or unlawfully provide state secrets or national security intelligence to a foreign country, foreign entity or individual outside China.

Under Section 4 of the article, any person or organisation imposing sanctions, or blocking or engaging in other hostile activities against China, including Hong Kong, is committing an offence.

The reference to sanctions could be construed to encompass honouring sanctions imposed by an international institution or one’s home government, said Lester Ross, partner-in-charge of the Beijing office of international law firm WilmerHale.

And the term hostile actions’ is entirely vague and open-ended, exposing subject individuals, companies and other entities to investigation and prosecution for a vast array of activities, he told the Post.

Ross also said the term state secrets could be defined very broadly .

If, for example, a financial analyst reports damaging information about a state-owned enterprise or a journalist reports a scandal, would they constitute state secrets because domestic financial analysts and journalists would be barred from reporting the same? he said.

The section would put foreign firms, especially from the US in a difficult position as they imposed sanctions on China at the request of the US government, the report said.

A deepening rift between Beijing and Washington has seen the US moving to suspend Hong Kong’s special trade status and impose visa restrictions on China’s Communist Party officials believed to be responsible for undermining the city’s autonomy.

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the US alone has 85,000 nationals in Hong Kong working in about 1,300 American companies in the city.

US firms have over 300 regional headquarters and 400 regional offices in Hong Kong.

In the past decade, the US trade surplus to Hong Kong reached USD 297 billion.

Besides US, hundreds of British and EU companies too have their regional headquarters in Hong Kong.

(PTI)

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US Formally Notifies UN Of Decision To Withdraw From WHO https://odishatv.in/world/us-formally-notifies-un-of-decision-to-withdraw-from-who-460962 Wed, 08 Jul 2020 02:12:56 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=460962

Washington: The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its decision to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization, officials said, breaking off ties with the global health body amid the expanding coronavirus pandemic. The US has accused the WHO of siding with China on the outbreak of the virus, which originated […]

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Washington: The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its decision to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization, officials said, breaking off ties with the global health body amid the expanding coronavirus pandemic.

The US has accused the WHO of siding with China on the outbreak of the virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, alleging the health body misled the world resulting in deaths of over half a million people globally, including over 130,000 in America.

In April, the US stopped funding to WHO as the Trump administration reviewed the ties. A month later, President Donald Trump announced the US was terminating the relationship. The US is the largest funder to the world health, contributing more than USD450 million per annum, while China’s contribution to the health body is about one-tenth of that of the US.

“I can say that on 6 July 2020, the United States of America notified the secretary-general, in his capacity as depositary of the 1946 Constitution of the World Health Organization, of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, effective on 6 July 2021, said St phane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, in a statement.

Dujarric said the secretary-general is in the process of verifying with the WHO whether all the conditions for such withdrawal are met.

The United States has been a party to the WHO Constitution since June 21, 1948. Its participation was accepted by the World Health Assembly with certain conditions set out by the US for its eventual withdrawal from this world body.

The said conditions include giving a one-year notice, meaning the withdrawal won’t go into effect until July 6 next year, raising the possibility the Trump administration’s decision could be reversed by a new government after the presidential elections in November this year.

The decision was criticised by several Congressmen, who said it “would be a bad policy”.

To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic and incoherent doesn’t do it justice. This won’t protect American lives or interests it leaves Americans sick and America alone, tweeted Senator Robert Menendez, a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Congressman Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said, It would be bad policy to pull out of the world’s leading body coordinating global health efforts under any circumstances, but to do so during a global pandemic is utterly baffling, especially against the backdrop of 130,000 American lives lost.

Remaining in the WHO and exerting American leadership would boost international efforts to develop a vaccine and strengthen other countries’ health systems to better address future outbreaks, he said.

Deflecting blame onto the WHO won’t reverse the administration’s mistakes or undo the suffering our country has endured. The president needs to get serious about stopping this pandemic’s lethal spread by restoring our membership in the WHO, ramping up testing, and encouraging everyone to practice social distancing and wear masks, Engel said.

To withdraw the US from the WHO at the height of a global pandemic is self-defeating and dangerous, said House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer.

Not only will this withdrawal hurt global efforts to develop and deploy critical vaccines, but it will also remove our ability to have a say in the operations and future of that organization, yielding much influence to China, he said.

Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera said America lost its best chance to defeat the virus once the president began to minimize the pandemic and shift blame onto others, instead of assuming responsibility and actually leading the country through this crisis.

Today’s decision comes as no surprise, he said.

No response has been perfect, including the WHO’s. But the WHO is playing a critical role by coordinating the global response and providing important guidance and information about the virus. It is this information and guidance that has helped countries in Europe and Asia tackle and contain the virus. They bent the curve. Our cases are increasing. If the WHO is to blame: why has the US been left behind while many countries from South Korea to New Zealand to Vietnam to Germany return to normal? Bera said.

Senator Patty Murray, a ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labour, and Pensions Committee, also slammed the Trump administration.

This is an abdication of America’s role as a global leader and it is the opposite of putting America first it will put America at risk. Refusing to work with our partners across the world to fight this pandemic will only prolong the crisis, further undermine our international standing, and leave us less prepared for future crises. President Trump needs to realize this crisis doesn’t recognize borders and hiding from it or passing the blame won’t make it go away or make him any less responsible, Murray said.

Senator Jeff Merkley, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee that oversees multilateral institutions, said Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are delivering a huge win for China and a huge blow to the American people.

By pulling out of the WHO, President Trump is strengthening Chinese leadership and power, both within the WHO and more broadly within the international community. This is a huge mistake that damages American interests, Merkley said.

(PTI)

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COVID-Skeptic Brazilian President Tests Positive For Disease https://odishatv.in/world/covid-skeptic-brazilian-president-tests-positive-for-disease-460947 Tue, 07 Jul 2020 17:27:46 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=460947

Brasilia: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, who made light of the coronavirus pandemic and routinely ignored all precautions, has tested positive for the disease, reports said on Tuesday. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for #COVID19 — OTV (@otvnews) July 7, 2020 Bolsonaro, who repeatedly played down the risks posed by the virus which he termed […]

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Brasilia: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, who made light of the coronavirus pandemic and routinely ignored all precautions, has tested positive for the disease, reports said on Tuesday.

Bolsonaro, who repeatedly played down the risks posed by the virus which he termed “a little flu” and asserting that he would not be seriously affected by it, came out positive after undergoing the test – his fourth – on developing high fever, the BBC reported.

His report came as he urged regional governors to ease lockdowns and diluted directions on face masks. In fact, the President has frequently appeared in public events without donning a mask, including the Independence Day celebration at the US Embassy last week.

Brazil currently accounts for the second highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the world at 1,623,284 and 65,487, respectively, according to the Johns Hopkins University. Only the US has more cases and deaths.

Despite the rising numbers, Bolsonaro, who had argued that other kind of flu had killed more people and his country’s tropical climate would retard the spread, has argued that regional lockdowns are having a more damaging effect than the virus itself, and accused the media of spreading panic and paranoia.

(IANS)

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US Looking At Banning Chinese Apps Including TikTok: US Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo https://odishatv.in/world/us-looking-at-banning-chinese-apps-including-tiktok-us-secretary-of-state-mike-pompeo-460908 Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:14:05 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=460908

Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Washington was looking at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok. In a Fox News interview on Monday, Pompeo said that “we’re taking this very seriously”. “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the US will get this one […]

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Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Washington was looking at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

In a Fox News interview on Monday, Pompeo said that “we’re taking this very seriously”.

“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the US will get this one right too… I don’t want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it’s something we’re looking at,” he said in the interview.

India has already banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, saying these apps opened the way for “elements hostile to national security and defence” to exploit them to “ultimately impinge upon the sovereignty and integrity of India”.

Pompeo said people should only download the app “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party”.

TikTok which has a flourishing presence in the US was yet to comment.

TikTok, owned by China-based startup ByteDance, has been repeatedly criticized by US leaders “of being a threat to national security because of its ties to China”.

Pompeo earlier welcomed India’s move, saying the “clean app” policy will promote New Delhi’s national security against the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) spying on the country.

“We welcome India’s ban on certain mobile apps that can serve as appendages of the CCP’s surveillance state. India’s ‘clean app’ approach will boost India’s sovereignty, and will also boost India’s integrity and national security as the Indian government itself has stated,” he said while briefing reporters in Washington earlier this month.

Nikki Haley, the first Indian-American to serve in the US cabinet, had also praised India’s decision, saying New Delhi “is continuing to show it won’t back down from China’s aggression”.

(IANS)

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COVID Scare: Saudi Arabia Announces Haj Restrictions https://odishatv.in/world/covid-scare-saudi-arabia-announces-haj-restrictions-460694 Mon, 06 Jul 2020 11:52:02 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=460694

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Monday announced a series of measures to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus during the annual Haj pilgrimage scheduled to take place later this month. The Kingdom will limit the number of domestic attendees to around 1,000 and touching the Kaaba, Islam’s most sacred monument will be banned, reports […]

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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Monday announced a series of measures to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus during the annual Haj pilgrimage scheduled to take place later this month.

The Kingdom will limit the number of domestic attendees to around 1,000 and touching the Kaaba, Islam’s most sacred monument will be banned, reports the BBC.

Social distancing will also be imposed.

In normal times the pilgrimage is one of the most significant moments in the Muslim religious calendar.

Some two million people were expected to travel to Mecca and Medina this July and August for the annual gathering.

But only Saudi residents will be allowed to attend this year.

Monday’s development came as Saudi Arabia reported a total of 209,509 COVID-19 cases, while the death toll stands at 1,916.

Last month, Saudi Arabia had announced that due to the coronavirus pandemic, only a “very limited number” of people will be allowed to take part in this year’s Haj pilgrimage.

So while this year’s Haj will include non-Saudis, those individuals must already reside inside the borders of the Kingdom to be eligible.

This is not the first time Saudi Arabia has restricted participation in the pilgrimage.

Between 2014 and 2016, Muslim faithful from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and several other African countries were excluded from the Haj due to Ebola.

The Haj represents an important source of income, typically generating between $5.3 billion and $6.9 billion for the local economy, according to Mecca’s chamber of commerce.

In 2019, nearly 2.5 million Muslims performed the Haj, including more than 600,000 Saudis, according to official figures.

The annual pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam, which every Muslim must perform at least once in his or her physical and economic state allows.

(IANS)

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Northern Chinese City Sounds Alert For Bubonic Plague https://odishatv.in/world/northern-chinese-city-sounds-alert-for-bubonic-plague-460637 Mon, 06 Jul 2020 03:18:36 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=460637

Beijing: A city in northern China on Sunday sounded an alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague was reported, according to official media here. Bayannur, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, announced a level III warning of plague prevention and control, state-run People’s Daily Online reported. The suspected bubonic plague case was reported on Saturday by […]

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Beijing: A city in northern China on Sunday sounded an alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague was reported, according to official media here.

Bayannur, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, announced a level III warning of plague prevention and control, state-run People’s Daily Online reported.

The suspected bubonic plague case was reported on Saturday by a hospital in Bayannur. The local health authority announced that the warning period will continue until the end of 2020.

“At present, there is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading in this city. The public should improve its self-protection awareness and ability, and report abnormal health conditions promptly, the local health authority said.

On July 1, state-run Xinhua news agency said that two suspected cases of bubonic plague reported in Khovd province in western Mongolia have been confirmed by lab test results.

The confirmed cases are a 27-year-old resident and his 17-year-old brother, who are being treated at two separate hospitals in their province, it quoted a health official as saying.

The brothers ate marmot meat, the health official said, warning people not to eat marmot meat.

A total of 146 people who had contact with them have been isolated and treated at local hospitals, according to Narangerel.

Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease that is spread by fleas living on wild rodents such as marmots. It can kill an adult in less than 24 hours if not treated in time, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

A couple died of bubonic plague in the western Mongolian province of Bayan-Ulgii last year after eating raw marmot meat.

The news of bubonic plague came after Chinese researchers issued an early warning over another potential pandemic caused by an influenza virus in pigs.

Scientists from China Agricultural University, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and other institutes detected a pig influenza virus bearing genotype 4 (G4), which is contagious among pigs and has the possibility of jumping to humans, as the G4 virus is able to bind with human cells, state-run Global Times reported last week.

The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak, BBC reported.

“Controlling the prevailing G4 EA H1N1 viruses in pigs and close monitoring in human populations, especially workers in the swine industry, should be urgently implemented,” Chinese researchers warned in the paper.

The new diseases were reported even as China grappled with the second attack of COVID-19 in Beijing after controlling it in Wuhan where it was first reported in December last year.

On Saturday, Beijing reported a single-digit COVID-19, local authorities said Sunday.

The number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reached a peak in Beijing on June 13 and 14 and then started declining in general, Xinhua quoted local officials as saying.

From June 11 to July 4, the city reported 334 confirmed locally transmitted cases, 47 per cent of whom are workers of the Xinfadi wholesale food market, the official said.

(PTI)

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Rapper Kanye West Announces Bid For 2020 US Presidential Election https://odishatv.in/world/rapper-kanye-west-announces-bid-for-2020-us-presidential-election-460535 Sun, 05 Jul 2020 07:08:50 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=460535

Los Angeles: American rapper Kanye West has announced his bid for the US presidential election slated to take place in November and has received backing from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Taking to Twitter on Saturday, West wrote: “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. […]

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Los Angeles: American rapper Kanye West has announced his bid for the US presidential election slated to take place in November and has received backing from Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Taking to Twitter on Saturday, West wrote: “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States… #2020VISION.”


Replying to the tweet, Musk said: “You have my full support.”

His wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian had little to say immediately after the news broke, but showed her support by tweeting an American Flag emoji in response.

It was not immediately clear which party the 21-time Grammy winner would pick in his apparent challenge to President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

The rapper has sparked speculation over the years that he would potentially enter the presidential race one day, most recently in November 2019, when he said he planned to run in 2024, said a Daily Mail report on Sunday.

While there is no official deadline to enter the presidential race, candidates must meet certain filing requirements under Ballot Access Laws that vary by state.

The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states, including California.

In October 2018, West infamously revealed his support for Trump following a Twitter rant.

Soon after, he paid a visit to Trump himself at the White House, wearing the President’s trademark “Make America Great Again” hat and delivered a speech in which he discussed alternate universes and his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which he said was actually sleep deprivation, the Daily Mail added.

Speaking to a crowd of reporters in the Oval Office, he added the hat was like a Superman cape and said that Trump made him a billionaire.

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian has also met the President on more than one occasion lobbying for criminal justice reform.

With just Trump and Biden in the race as of now, opinion polls have shown the former Vice President with an almost double-digit lead over the incumbent President as the November 3 election looms.

A poll published on June 26 indicated that Trump’s approval ratings were at their worst level (40 per cent) following protests against police brutality in the US and amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the country.

A record 58 per cent of voters disapprove of the job Trump’s doing at the White House, according to a new survey conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion together with the National Public Radio and PBS NewsHour.

(IANS)

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Pak Foreign Minister Qureshi Tests COVID-19 Positive, Moved To Military Hospital https://odishatv.in/world/pak-foreign-minister-qureshi-tests-covid-19-positive-moved-to-military-hospital-460454 Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:15:19 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=460454

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was shifted to a military hospital in Rawalpindi on Saturday, a day after he tested positive for the coronavirus and went into self-isolation. Qureshi on Friday announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, joining a long list of Pakistani lawmakers who have contracted the deadly virus. […]

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Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was shifted to a military hospital in Rawalpindi on Saturday, a day after he tested positive for the coronavirus and went into self-isolation.

Qureshi on Friday announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, joining a long list of Pakistani lawmakers who have contracted the deadly virus.

“I have now tested positive for Covid-19. By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic. I will continue to carry on my duties from home. Please keep me in your prayers, he said in a tweet.

Qureshi has been moved to Combined Military Hospital in Rawalpindi, the Geo News reported on Saturday, citing sources.

Two weeks ago, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) leader and Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications Syed Aminul Haq had tested positive for the coronavirus, while a week earlier than that PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said she had tested positive.

Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Jai Prakash, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister of State for Narcotics Shehryar Afridi and PTI’s chief whip in the National Assembly Aamir Dogar have also been diagnosed with COVID-19.

In June, Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Munir Khan Orakzai died, days after recovering from the coronavirus.

Eight members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly have been infected with the coronavirus. National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser was also infected but recovered.

Pakistan reported 3,387 new coronavirus infections and 68 deaths on Saturday, taking the total number of cases in the country to 225,283. The death toll stands at 4,619, according to official figures on Saturday.

(PTI)

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Covid-19: WHO Team To Visit China Next Week To Investigate Source Of SARS-Cov-2 https://odishatv.in/world/covid-19-who-team-to-visit-china-next-week-to-investigate-source-of-sars-cov-2-460357 Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:38:31 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=460357

New Delhi: The World Health Organization is finally sending a team to China next week to prepare to investigate the source of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic. The announcement made earlier this week came amid accusations from some quarters that the virus might have originated in a laboratory in China. “WHO has […]

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New Delhi: The World Health Organization is finally sending a team to China next week to prepare to investigate the source of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic.

The announcement made earlier this week came amid accusations from some quarters that the virus might have originated in a laboratory in China.

WHO has been saying that knowing the source of the virus is very, very important. It’s science, it’s public health. We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a media briefing on June 29.

“We will be sending a team next week to China to prepare for that and we hope that that will lead into understanding how the virus started and what we can do for the future to prepare. So we’re planning to send a team next week,” he said.

US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier said that the virus might have originated in a laboratory in China.

With no evidence being presented to back the speculations, China has denied the allegations.

It has now been more than six months since WHO received the first reports of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause in China.

A novel coronavirus was found out to be the cause of the disease, now known as Covid-19.

So far over 11 million people worldwide have tested positive for the disease which has led to over 5,25,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

(IANS)

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20 Sikh Pilgrims Killed In Bus-Train Collision In Pakistan https://odishatv.in/world/20-sikh-pilgrims-killed-in-bus-train-collision-in-pakistan-460250 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:23:38 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=460250

Lahore: At least 20 Sikh pilgrims were killed and many others critically injured in a collision between a passenger bus and train on Friday in Pakistan’s Sheikhupura district, near Lahore. As per details, the Shah Hussain Express train smashed into the bus carrying at least 25 Sikh pilgrims from Nankana Sahib to Lahore, after it […]

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Lahore: At least 20 Sikh pilgrims were killed and many others critically injured in a collision between a passenger bus and train on Friday in Pakistan’s Sheikhupura district, near Lahore.

As per details, the Shah Hussain Express train smashed into the bus carrying at least 25 Sikh pilgrims from Nankana Sahib to Lahore, after it came on the rail tracks and got stuck.

A Pakistan Railways spokesperson said that the collision occurred at a railway crossing located between Farooqabad and Bahali Wala.

It was reported that the Sikh devotees were travelling from Gurdwara Sacha Sauda from Peshawar, while the train was enroute to Lahore from Karachi.

Hospital authorities confirmed that there were at least 60 injured being treated, adding that most of them were in critical condition.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed grief at the incident and ordered the best possible medical facilities to the victims.

Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident.

As per eyewitnesses, the railway crossing did not have any barriers to stop the traffic and keep the train tracks clear.

“The bus was stuck on the train track and was hit hard by the train. The train dragged the vehicle to a good distance. Then the vehicle exploded,” said an eyewitness.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the death of 19 Sikh pilgrims.

“Pained by the tragic demise of Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan. My thoughts are with their families and friends in this hour of grief,” he tweeted.

The Prime Minister said that he will pray that that injured recover at the earliest.

The Sikh devotees were travelling from a gurdwara in Lahore to Peshawar in the bus when it was hit by the train en route to Lahore from Karachi.

Hospital authorities said most of the around 60 injured were in critical condition.

(IANS)

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Catastrophic: Botswana Reports Mysterious Deaths Of Over 350 Elephants https://odishatv.in/world/catastrophic-botswana-reports-mysterious-deaths-of-over-350-elephants-460208 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 10:39:30 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=460208

Gaborone: Mystery surrounds the “completely unprecedented” deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana over the last two months, a media report said. No one knows why the animals are dying, with lab results on samples still weeks away, the BBC report said on Wednesday citing the government as saying. Botswana is home to a third […]

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Gaborone: Mystery surrounds the “completely unprecedented” deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana over the last two months, a media report said.

No one knows why the animals are dying, with lab results on samples still weeks away, the BBC report said on Wednesday citing the government as saying.

Botswana is home to a third of Africa’s declining elephant population.

Niall McCann of the UK-based charity National Park Rescue told the BBC that his colleagues in the southern African country had spotted more than 350 elephant carcasses in the Okavango Delta since the start of May.


Local conservationists first alerted the government in early May, after they undertook a flight over the delta.

“They spotted 169 in a three-hour flight. To be able to see and count that many in a three-hour flight were extraordinary.

“A month later, further investigations identified many more carcasses, bringing the total to over 350.

“This is totally unprecedented in terms of numbers of elephants dying in a single event unrelated to drought,” he told the BBC.

In May, Botswana’s government ruled out poaching as a reason, noting the tusks had not been removed.

There are other things which point to something other than poaching.

“It is only elephants that are dying and nothing else,” McCann told the BBC, adding: “If it was cyanide used by poachers, you would expect to see other deaths.”

He has also tentatively ruled out natural anthrax poisoning, which killed at least 100 elephants in Bostwana last year.

(IANS)

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Japan Extends Strong Support To India On Ladakh https://odishatv.in/world/japan-extends-strong-support-to-india-on-ladakh-460190 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 09:05:36 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=460190

New Delhi: In a strong show of support for India, Japan on Friday hit out at China, saying that it opposes any unilateral attempts to change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh where the Chinese aggression led to the killing of 20 Indian soldiers last month. Tokyo’s envoy in […]

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New Delhi: In a strong show of support for India, Japan on Friday hit out at China, saying that it opposes any unilateral attempts to change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh where the Chinese aggression led to the killing of 20 Indian soldiers last month.

Tokyo’s envoy in New Delhi, Satoshi Suzuki on Friday revealed that he had a conversation with Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla about the government’s efforts at peaceful resolution of the Indo-China face-off in Ladakh.

Suzuki later tweeted: “Had a good talk with FS Shringla. Appreciated his briefing on the situation along LAC, including GOI’s policy to pursue peaceful resolution. Japan also hopes for peaceful resolution through dialogues. Japan opposes any unilateral attempts to change the status quo.”


The statement came weeks after Japan revised a certain legislation which allows it to share defence intelligence with India, Australia and the UK. Until now, the legislation covered only its closest ally, the US.

The move will facilitate joint exercises, tie-ups for developing equipment and sharing data on Chinese troop movements strategically significant issue for Tokyo as its finding harder to keep a track of Beijing’s activities in East China Sea.

Chinese Coast Guard vessels, as per media reports from Tokyo, have been sailing through waters in the East China Sea around the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands for the last 80 days continuously. China disputes Japan’s sovereignty over Senkaku islands.

(IANS)

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Myanmar Jade Mine Landslide Kills Over 126 Miners, Many Go Missing https://odishatv.in/world/myanmar-jade-mine-landslide-kills-over-126-miners-many-go-missing-460037 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:29:15 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=460037

Yangon: At least 126 bodies were found on Thursday, while several others were reported missing after a landslide hit a jade mining site in Myanmar’s Kachin state, officials said. “A more than 304 metre-high cliff collapsed, burying those collecting stones,” Xinhua news agency quoted a rescue worker at the scene as saying. Caused by the […]

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Yangon: At least 126 bodies were found on Thursday, while several others were reported missing after a landslide hit a jade mining site in Myanmar’s Kachin state, officials said.

“A more than 304 metre-high cliff collapsed, burying those collecting stones,” Xinhua news agency quoted a rescue worker at the scene as saying.

Caused by the monsoon rains, the landslide occurred at the site in Sate Mu village tract of Hpakant township at 8 a.m., according to the Fire Services Department.

Rescue work is continuing for people still missing at the site.

Deadly landslides are frequent in Kachin state, known as land of jade.

Many local people make living by jade scavenging in the region and most of the landslides are caused by partial collapse of tailings heaps and dams.

A major landslide, which occurred in the region in November 2015, left at least 116 jade scavengers dead.

Myanmar is the world’s biggest source of jade, said a BBC report.

The country’s jade trade is reported to be worth more than $30 billion a year. Hpakant is the site of the world’s biggest jade mine.

(IANS)

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Russian Voters Agree To Extend Vladimir Putin’s Rule To 2036 https://odishatv.in/world/russian-voters-agree-to-extend-vladimir-putins-rule-to-2036-459956 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 03:53:23 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=459956

Moscow: Russian voters approved changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to hold power until 2036, but the weeklong plebiscite that concluded Wednesday was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities. With most of the nation’s polls closed and 20% of precincts counted, 72% voted for the constitutional […]

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Moscow: Russian voters approved changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to hold power until 2036, but the weeklong plebiscite that concluded Wednesday was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities.

With most of the nation’s polls closed and 20% of precincts counted, 72% voted for the constitutional amendments, according to election officials.

For the first time in Russia, polls were kept open for a week to bolster turnout without increasing crowds casting ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic a provision that Kremlin critics denounced as an extra tool to manipulate the outcome.

A massive propaganda campaign and the opposition’s failure to mount a coordinated challenge helped Putin get the result he wanted, but the plebiscite could end up eroding his position because of the unconventional methods used to boost participation and the dubious legal basis for the balloting.

By the time polls closed in Moscow and most other parts of Western Russia, the overall turnout was at 65%, according to election officials. In some regions, almost 90% of eligible voters cast ballots.

On Russia’s easternmost Chukchi Peninsula, nine hours ahead of Moscow, officials quickly announced full preliminary results showing 80% of voters supported the amendments, and in other parts of the Far East, they said over 70% of voters backed the changes.

Kremlin critics and independent election observers questioned the turnout figures.

We look at neighbouring regions, and anomalies are obvious there are regions where the turnout is artificially (boosted), there are regions where it is more or less real, Grigory Melkonyants, co-chair of the independent election monitoring group Golos, told The Associated Press.

Putin voted at a Moscow polling station, dutifully showing his passport to the election worker. His face was uncovered, unlike most of the other voters who were offered free masks at the entrance.

The vote completes a convoluted saga that began in January when Putin first proposed the constitutional changes.

He offered to broaden the powers of parliament and redistribute authority among the branches of government, stoking speculation he might seek to become a parliamentary speaker or chairman of the State Council when his presidential term ends in 2024.

His intentions became clear only hours before a vote in parliament, when legislator Valentina Tereshkova, a Soviet-era cosmonaut who was the first woman in space in 1963, proposed letting him run two more times.

The amendments, which also emphasize the primacy of Russian law over international norms, outlaw same-sex marriages and mention a belief in God as a core value, were quickly passed by the Kremlin-controlled legislature.

Putin, who has been in power for more than two decades longer than any other Kremlin leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin said he would decide later whether to run again in 2024.

He argued that resetting the term count was necessary to keep his lieutenants focused on their work instead of darting their eyes in search of possible successors.

Analyst Gleb Pavlovsky, a former Kremlin political consultant, said Putin‘s push to hold the vote despite the fact that Russia has thousands of new coronavirus infections each day reflected his potential vulnerabilities.

Putin lacks confidence in his inner circle and he’s worried about the future, Pavlovsky said.

He wants irrefutable proof of public support.

Even though the parliament’s approval was enough to make it law, the 67-year-old Russian president put his constitutional plan to voters to showcase his broad support and add a democratic veneer to the changes.

But then the coronavirus pandemic engulfed Russia, forcing him to postpone the April 22 plebiscite.

The delay made Putin’s campaign blitz lose momentum and left his constitutional reform plan hanging as the damage from the virus mounted and public discontent grew.

Plummeting incomes and rising unemployment during the outbreak have dented his approval ratings, which sank to 59%, the lowest level since he came to power, according to the Levada Center, Russia’s top independent pollster.

Moscow-based political analyst Ekaterina Schulmann said the Kremlin had faced a difficult dilemma: Holding the vote sooner would have brought accusations of jeopardizing public health for political ends, while delaying it raised the risks of defeat.

Holding it in the autumn would have been too risky, she said.

In Moscow, several activists briefly lay on Red Square, forming the number 2036 with their bodies in protest before police stopped them.

Some others in Moscow and St. Petersburg staged one-person pickets and police didn’t intervene.

Several hundred opposition supporters rallied in central Moscow to protest the changes, defying a ban on public gatherings imposed for the coronavirus outbreak. Police didn’t intervene and even-handed masks to the participants.

Authorities mounted a sweeping effort to persuade teachers, doctors, workers at public sector enterprises and others who are paid by the state to cast ballots. Reports surfaced from across the vast country of managers coercing people to vote.

The Kremlin has used other tactics to boost turnout and support for the amendments.

(PTI)

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New Swine Flu Strain With Pandemic Potential Found In China https://odishatv.in/world/new-swine-flu-strain-with-pandemic-potential-found-in-china-459757 Wed, 01 Jul 2020 02:52:33 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=459757

Beijing: Chinese researchers have reportedly discovered a new strain of the H1N1 swine influenza virus that has the potential to become a pandemic. According to the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pigs are the intermediate hosts for the generation of pandemic influenza virus. “Systematic surveillance of influenza viruses […]

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Beijing: Chinese researchers have reportedly discovered a new strain of the H1N1 swine influenza virus that has the potential to become a pandemic.

According to the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pigs are the intermediate hosts for the generation of pandemic influenza virus.

“Systematic surveillance of influenza viruses in pigs is a key measure for prewarning the emergence of the next pandemic influenza,” said study authors from the China Agricultural University in Beijing.

Researchers have said the new strain of swine flu is a descendant of the H1N1 virus, with properties similar to the European avian-like (EA) H1N1 virus that had caused the 2009 pandemic in Mexico (pdm09).

They identified a reassortant EA H1N1 virus possessing pdm/09 and triple-reassortant (TR)- derived internal genes, termed as G4 genotype, which has become predominant in swine populations since 2016.

Similar to pdm/09 virus, G4 viruses have all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus.

Of concern is that swine workers show elevated seroprevalence for G4 virus.

Moreover, low antigenic cross-reactivity of human influenza vaccine strains with G4 reassortant EA H1N1 virus indicates that preexisting population immunity does not provide protection against G4 viruses.

The study revealed that swine workers or people working with farm animals and handling meat have shown evidence for this virus in their bloodstream.

The surveillance showed that 10.4 per cent of swine workers were positive for G4 virus, especially for participants from 18 years to 35 years old, who had 20.5 per cent seropositive rates, indicating that the predominant G4 virus has acquired increased human infectivity.

Such infectivity greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses, the study authors wrote.

“Controlling the prevailing G4 viruses in pigs and close monitoring in human populations, especially the workers in the swine industry, should be urgently implemented,” they added.

The development comes as the world is still struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic that originated in China’s Wuhan city last December.

As of Tuesday, the virus has infected a total of 10,302,867 people globally, while the death toll stood at 505,518.

(IANS)

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Concerned Over Ban On 59 Chinese Apps, China Reaches Out To India https://odishatv.in/world/concerned-over-ban-on-59-chinese-apps-china-reaches-out-to-india-459676 Tue, 30 Jun 2020 12:56:30 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=459676

New Delhi/Beijing: China on Tuesday reached out to India, expressing anxiety about the ban imposed by the Indian government on popular Chinese mobile applications like TikTok and WeChat, among others. During a daily news briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing, “China is strongly concerned about the relevant notice […]

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New Delhi/Beijing: China on Tuesday reached out to India, expressing anxiety about the ban imposed by the Indian government on popular Chinese mobile applications like TikTok and WeChat, among others.

During a daily news briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing, “China is strongly concerned about the relevant notice issued by the Indian side. We are checking on and verifying the situation.”

“We want to stress that the Chinese government always asks the Chinese businesses to abide by international and local laws and regulations,” Zhao said, adding that India also has a responsibility to uphold the rights of Chinese businesses.

“The practical cooperation between China and India is actually mutually beneficial and win-win,” he said.

In a diplomatic reaction to the Chinese aggression along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, where 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops were killed two weeks ago, India on Monday banned over 50 Chinese mobile applications.

The government in its statement said that the 59 applications were prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order. “This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users,” the Indian IT ministry statement said.

Since the violent face-off and aggressive posturing of Beijing, there has been a vocal sentiment against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime in India.

(IANS)

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Iran Issues Arrest Warrant For Trump Over Soleimani’s Killing https://odishatv.in/world/iran-issues-arrest-warrant-for-trump-over-soleimanis-killing-459526 Tue, 30 Jun 2020 04:08:07 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=459526

Tehran: A senior Iranian judge has said that Interpol Red Notices have been issued for the prosecution of dozens of military and political officials of the US, including President Donald Trump, “who were involved in the assassination” of Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, it was reported. “Thirty-six people who were involved in the assassination of […]

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Tehran: A senior Iranian judge has said that Interpol Red Notices have been issued for the prosecution of dozens of military and political officials of the US, including President Donald Trump, “who were involved in the assassination” of Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, it was reported.

“Thirty-six people who were involved in the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani have been identified, including political and military officials from the US and other governments,” Press TV quoted Tehran Prosecutor Ali Alqasi-Mehr as saying on Monday.

“At the top of the list is US President Donald Trump, and his prosecution will be pursued even after the end of his term in office,” he said.

The judge added that Iran’s Judiciary has issued arrest warrants and requested “Red Notices” to be put out for them by Interpol.

Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi, was killed on January 3 in a US airstrike that targeted their convoy near the Baghdad airport.

In a related development on Monday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohsen Baharvand said about 40 people have been identified in relation to the Soleimani’s killing, Press TV reported.

“Our intelligence and security agencies have so far identified about 40 Americans, who have been one way or another involved in this assassination through issuing order or facilitation of the process.

“A number of other people, including some American drone operators, have are not known yet, but will be identified in the near future,” he said.

(IANS)

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Terrorists Attack Pakistan Stock Exchange Building In Karachi, Several Killed https://odishatv.in/world/terrorists-attack-pakistan-stock-exchange-building-in-karachi-several-killed-459348 Mon, 29 Jun 2020 06:31:28 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=459348

Karachi: A gun and grenade attack at the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in Karachi on Monday claimed the lives of two civilians, authorities said, adding that law enforcement agencies have gunned down all four militants that stormed the building and opened indiscriminate fire. Police said militants launched a grenade attack at the main gate of the […]

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Karachi: A gun and grenade attack at the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in Karachi on Monday claimed the lives of two civilians, authorities said, adding that law enforcement agencies have gunned down all four militants that stormed the building and opened indiscriminate fire.

Police said militants launched a grenade attack at the main gate of the PSX and stormed the building after firing indiscriminately, Geo News reported.

A police officer and the security guard stationed outside the PSX building were also injured in the attack.

People inside the PSX building were evacuated from the backdoor.

Confirming the attack in a tweet, PSX Director, Abid Ali Habib said: “An unfortunate incident took place at the Pakistan Stock Exchange.

“They (terrorists) made their way from our parking area and opened fire on everyone.”

Speaking to Geo TV, the Inspector-General Karachi said that the situation was under control and all militants had been killed in the attack.

He said that Rangers and police officials had entered the building and were conducting a search operation.

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail condemned the incident, saying: “Strongly condemn the attack on PSX aimed at tarnishing our relentless war on terror. Have instructed the IG & security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are caught alive & their handlers are accorded exemplary punishments.”

The PSX is located at the heart of Karachi’s business centre. Important buildings like that of the State Bank of Pakistan is located near it.

(IANS)

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To Appease Muslim Voters, Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden Raises Kashmir In Religious Context https://odishatv.in/world/to-appease-muslim-voters-democratic-presidential-nominee-joe-biden-raises-kashmir-in-religious-context-459201 https://odishatv.in/world/to-appease-muslim-voters-democratic-presidential-nominee-joe-biden-raises-kashmir-in-religious-context-459201#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2020 08:14:31 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=459201

New York:  In an openly communal appeal to Muslim voters, Joe Biden, the Democratic Party candidate for President, has dragged Kashmir into his campaign in a religious context rather than as a foreign policy or a general human rights issue. His “Agenda for Muslim American Communities” published by his campaign also criticises the Citizenship Amendment […]

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New York:  In an openly communal appeal to Muslim voters, Joe Biden, the Democratic Party candidate for President, has dragged Kashmir into his campaign in a religious context rather than as a foreign policy or a general human rights issue.

His “Agenda for Muslim American Communities” published by his campaign also criticises the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens.

Biden is assured of being formally nominated by the Democrats as its candidate at the party’s national convention in August to challenge President Donald Trump in the November election as he has won the required delegates in the primary elections.

Unlike in India, parties are allowed to openly appeal to voters on the basis of religion.

Turning what are foreign policy or general human rights matters into a religious issue, Biden’s Muslim agenda says: “In Kashmir, the Indian government should take all necessary steps to restore rights for all the people of Kashmir. Restrictions on dissent, such as preventing peaceful protests or shutting or slowing down the Internet, weaken democracy.”

Turning to other contentious issues, the agenda, which is the basis for outreach to Muslim voters, says: “Joe Biden has been disappointed by the measures that the government of India has taken with the implementation and aftermath of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) into law.

“These measures are inconsistent with the country’s long tradition of secularism and with sustaining a multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy.”

While criticising the CAA, Biden’s Muslim agenda, however, is silent on a US legislation similar to the CAA. Tucked into the US budget bill, the Specter Amendment excludes Muslim refugees from Iran from getting preferential asylum as religious refugees.

The Biden campaign has not issued so far an agenda for Hindu-Americans or Sikh-Americans or Buddhist-Americans.

But separately, Biden has taken up the issue of persecution of Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan.

After a terror attack on a gurdwara in Kabul killed at least 25 Sikhs in March, Biden issued a statement expressing concern over the “intense persecutions of the members of the two religions in Afghanistan and urged the State Department to consider refugee protection for them.

Trump officials have declined to make a commitment to allowing Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan coming to the US as refugees to avoid persecution.

Biden’s Agenda for Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities, which is not religiously-oriented, mentioned Hindus and Sikhs, along with Muslims, as victims of “discrimination and hate” in the US and said the situation was made worse by “Trump’s dangerous rhetoric”.

The Muslim agenda noted that the administration of former President Barack Obama in which he was the Vice President began to separately monitor hate crimes against Hindus and Sikhs.

It said that the Obama-Biden administration “added ‘Anti-Sikh’ and ‘Anti-Hindu’ to the Department of Justice’s hate crime reporting categories”.

It said “his (Biden’s) Justice Department will prioritise prosecuting hate crimes”.

But the Obama-Biden administration had failed to act on anti-Hindu hate crimes like the placing of a severed cow’s head at a Hindu cow sanctuary in 2016 in Pennsylvania.

Biden’s focus on Kashmir, the CAA and the NRC is driven by the ascendancy of the left in the Democratic Party, which is led by House of Representatives members like Pramila Jayapal, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes.

Ocasio-Cortes has tried to link US arms sales to India with communal violence. She tweeted: “President Trump is engaging in arms deals with Modi while his administration is ethnically cleansing the country’s religious minorities. We must not enable this rise in sectarian violence.”

Jayapal and Omar have been at the forefront of the criticism of India in Congress.

A Hindu member of the campaign has been attacked personally and Biden has been asked to remove him because he is considered sympathetic to Modi and his father, according to some media reports, was linked to the Overseas Friends of the BJP.

But Amit Jani, the Asian American Pacific Islander outreach director for the Biden campaign continues so far on the job.

An organisation called Equity Labs published an open letter that said: “To hire a supporter and friend of Narendra Modi opens the door to embracing anti-Muslim and Hindu nationalist politics.

“Progressive Asian Americans and South Asian Americans cannot stand by a candidate with relationships to fascists, here or abroad.”

A Change.org online petition calling for Jani’s removal received 6,668 signatures as of Saturday night.

Such pressures would make it difficult for Biden, if he is elected, to work with India in the global context, even when the interests of the two countries intersect.

How the pressures from the left would translate into Biden policy is an open question and will have to await a better and comprehensive articulation of his foreign policy.

According to the Pew Research Center, Muslims make up 0.9 per cent of the US population and Hindus 0.7 per cent.

Although their numbers are not that far apart, Muslims exert more open influence in the Democratic Party for two reasons: African-Americans, a group that is important in the party and vocal make up an important segment of American Muslims, and the party’s left-wing that is very articulate and increasing in importance is both pro-Muslim and critical of India.

BJP Vice President Jay Panda had also condemned Joe Biden’s agenda.

With respect Vice President JoeBiden do you realise that the “rights” now taken away included the right to child marriage, the right to discriminate against former ‘untouchables,’ the right to deny property ownership by women, & many such horrors? Rather than being woke, wake up,” tweeted Panda.

The Democratic Party has not made overt overtures to Hindus as it has to other religious groups.

On the other hand, Trump attended a Hindu Republican rally during his 2016 campaign. One of the sessions of the Republican National Convention that nominated him opened with a Sikh prayer.

The State Department has expressed concerns about the detentions and other restrictions in Kashmir, but in a non-religious context while also acknowledging India’s democracy.

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China’s Military Aggression Across The Himalayas Is Not First & Won’t Be The Last: Lobsang Sangay https://odishatv.in/world/chinas-military-aggression-across-the-himalayas-is-not-first-wont-be-the-last-lobsang-sangay-459103 Sat, 27 Jun 2020 14:32:56 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=459103

Dharamsala: The ongoing military aggression across the Himalayas is not the first by China and it won’t be the last. India never shared a border with China — it is the Indo-Tibet border. Knowing its strategic significance, India should consider the geopolitical importance of Tibet as one of its core issues. These were the views […]

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Dharamsala: The ongoing military aggression across the Himalayas is not the first by China and it won’t be the last. India never shared a border with China — it is the Indo-Tibet border. Knowing its strategic significance, India should consider the geopolitical importance of Tibet as one of its core issues.

These were the views of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) President Lobsang Sangay, globally known as Prime Minister-in-exile, regarding a Himalayan border clash between India and China that left 20 Indian troops dead earlier this month.

“China recognised Tibet as a core issue in terms of China’s national security and development since 2008, you know, for instance, the Chinese President Xi Jinping has been on the record to say China’s national security and stability depends on security and stability of Tibet,” Sangay, the youngest to head the government-in-exile, told IANS in an exclusive interview here on Saturday.

“That’s how Tibet is geopolitically important for China. Knowing the strategic significance of Tibet, India should consider the geopolitical importance of Tibet as one of its core issues,” he said.

On China’s latest military aggression is just the tip of the iceberg, the 51-year-old Harvard educated democratically elected CTA head, said: “Ongoing China’s military aggressions across the Himalayas are not the first military aggression by China and it won’t be the last.

“As a matter of fact, India never shared a border with China, it’s the Indo-Tibet border. Tibet served as a zone of peace in the form of a buffer between India and China for more than a thousand years ago. Today, it is no longer the case since China’s invasion of Tibet in 1950.

“By invading Tibet, China has militarized the entire Tibetan Plateau, which poses security threats to Tibet’s neighbouring countries. For instance, China’s military encroachment in Doklam in 2017, Ladakh and Sikkim are just the tip of the iceberg.”

Toeing the path adopted by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama for years to resolve the issue of Tibet with China through the ‘middle-way approach’, Sangay described the violent military face-off and death of the Indian soldiers uncalled for.

“Last 70 years, we have been saying that we learn a lesson from Tibet’s experience. When Tibet was occupied, Mao Zedong and Chinese communist leaders strategised that Tibet is the palm and Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal are the five-finger.

“This is China’s strategic design to expand its expansionist policy to South Asia. By invading Tibet the palm, now Chinese troops are coming into these five fingers.

“At the same time, China is putting pressure on India’s immediate neighbours Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives for encircling India to check India’s existence in Asia,” Sangay said.

On boycotting Chinese goods to deal with China economically, he said Beijing is the manufacturing hub of the world and is the major trading partner for many countries.

“I think collectively, countries must cut down their trade dependence on China. There are a lot of things that can be done on the government level, also I think celebrities are a major influencer when it comes to consumerism and therefore, they shouldn’t promote China-made products.”

“As I keep saying, a resolution for resolving the Tibet issue is making Tibet a peace zone,” he said.

“Asia’s future cooperation and development depend on the nature of India-China relations. Having robust relations between China and India, Tibet issue must be resolved, it is because Tibet issue lies the centrality of China-India relations.

“Creating Tibet as a zone of peace in Asia is a win-win approach. Having said that, I see, the future of Asia depends on the Tibet issue,” Sangay was categorically clear in his saying.

On resolving the issue of Tibet with China by the CTA, Sangay, who is at the helm for his second consecutive term, believes in dialogue.

“As per our strategy as a concern, prepare for the worse and hope for the best. We hope for the best to resolve our issue as soon as possible, at the same time, if not, we prepare for the worst situation.”

According to current India-China conflicts ranging from border dispute to international relations, he said, “I see that our ‘middle-way approach’ is the best solution to resolve our issue as well as China-India’s conflict too”.

The ‘middle-way approach’, he said, through dialogue with China is envisioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and followed by the CTA.

Since the early 1970s, the CTA has pursued dialogue with the Chinese government based on the ‘middle-way approach’.

The global support received for the Tibetan cause has further re-affirmed CTA’s commitment to the ‘middle-way approach’. China will achieve the global standing it desires with its current path of coercion and military aggression and record of gross human rights violation.

The middle-way approach neither seeks separation from the People’s Republic of China nor a high degree of autonomy but genuine autonomy for all Tibetan people under a single administration in Tibet.

“To gain international legitimacy to China, I hope that Chinese leadership will realize how important it is soon,” an optimistic Sangay added.

(IANS)

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US Imposes Visa Restrictions On Chinese Officials https://odishatv.in/world/us-imposes-visa-restrictions-on-chinese-officials-459078 Sat, 27 Jun 2020 10:35:58 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=459078

Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Washington was imposing visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party officials believed to be responsible for the national security law for Hong Kong, the media reported. On Friday, Pompeo said the sanctions targeted “current and former” party officials, reports the BBC. China has proposed the security […]

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Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Washington was imposing visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party officials believed to be responsible for the national security law for Hong Kong, the media reported.

On Friday, Pompeo said the sanctions targeted “current and former” party officials, reports the BBC.

China has proposed the security legislation that would make it a crime to undermine Beijing’s authority in Hong Kong, and could also see China installing its own security agencies in the territory for the first time.

Pompeo’s statement on Friday, which did not name the Chinese officials affected by the US visa restrictions, followed a recent vote by the US Senate to impose sanctions on individuals who undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and the banks that do business with them.

Responding to the move, the Chinese Embassy in Washington said on Saturday that it “firmly opposes the US side’s wrongful decisions”.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the Embassy added: “We urge the US side to immediately correct its mistakes, withdraw the decision and stop interfering in China’s domestic affairs.”

Last month, President Donald Trump had also said that he would start to end preferential treatment for Hong Kong in trade and travel, in response to China’s plans, the BBC reported.

He said Beijing was replacing “its promised formula of One Country, Two Systems with One Country, One System”.

(IANS)

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