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Washington: US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have agreed to send immediate aid to Lebanon in the wake of the two deadly blasts in capital Beirut which killed over 150 people. In a phone call on Friday, the two leaders “expressed their deep sadness over the loss of life and devastation […]

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Washington: US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have agreed to send immediate aid to Lebanon in the wake of the two deadly blasts in capital Beirut which killed over 150 people.

In a phone call on Friday, the two leaders “expressed their deep sadness over the loss of life and devastation in Beirut”, Xinhua news agency quoted the White House as saying in a statement.

They agreed to work together with international partners to provide immediate aid to the Lebanese people, the statement added.

Taking to Twitter later in the day, Trump said: “Had a lengthy discussion this morning with President Macron of France concerning numerous subjects but in particular the catastrophic event which took place in Beirut, Lebanon.

“At 3 p.m. this afternoon, spoke to President (Michel) Aoun of Lebanon to inform him that three large aircraft are on the way, loaded up with Medical Supplies, Food and Water. Also, First Responders, Technicians, Doctors, and Nurses on the way.

“We will be having a conference call on Sunday with President Macron, leaders of Lebanon, and leaders from various other parts of the world. Everyone wants to help.”

Meanwhile, Macron said that France has already sent support to Lebanon and it would send more medical equipment in the coming days.

During his trip to Beirut on Thursday, the President had announced that France would organize an international aid conference to raise funds for emergency relief.

Two massive explosions rocked the Port of Beirut on Tuesday evening, killing at least 154 people and injuring about 5,000 others.

(IANS)

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Donald Trump Drops Election Delay Idea, Targets Postal Voting https://odishatv.in/world/donald-trump-drops-election-delay-idea-targets-postal-voting-466020 Fri, 31 Jul 2020 05:48:28 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=466020

New York: US President Donald Trump is using the impossible suggestion of delaying elections as a tool to scuttle plans by many states to allow all voters to cast their ballots by mail and to lay the basis for questioning the validity of the results. After asking in a Thursday morning tweet, “delay the Election […]

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New York: US President Donald Trump is using the impossible suggestion of delaying elections as a tool to scuttle plans by many states to allow all voters to cast their ballots by mail and to lay the basis for questioning the validity of the results.

After asking in a Thursday morning tweet, “delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”, he said at an evening news conference: “I don’t want a delay. I want to have the election.”

“But I also don’t want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing and the election doesn’t mean anything,” he said.

The President does not have the authority to delay the polls and the Constitution gives only the Congress the power to set the election day and the Democrats hold the majority in the House of Representatives.

The election day is fixed by an 1845 law as the first Tuesday in November, unless it falls on the first day of the month in which case it will be the next one.

Even in the Senate, which his Republican Party controls, Trump’s suggestion was promptly shot down.

“We’ll find a way to do that again this November 3” as scheduled, the leader of the Republican Majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, told a TV interview.

“Never in the history of the country, through wars, depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time,” he said.

Senator Kamala Harris, a front-runner to be the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential candidate tweeted: “Donald Trump is terrified because he knows he’s going to lose to @JoeBiden.”

The issue of postal voting by all registered voters has, however, created a split along the party lines with Democrats supporting it while Republicans are sceptical.

Trump’s tweet said: “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA.”

He returned to the theme at the news conference criticising the plan by California, the largest state, and six others to send out postal ballots to all voters this year instead of the earlier system under which voters would have had to request them and in many give a valid reason for not being able to vote in person.

Several other states are also considering extending postal ballots to all.

Trump said: “It’s very, very unfair to our country. If they do this, our country will be a laughingstock all over the world because everyone knows it doesn’t work.”

He may have a point going by the experience with postal ballots that surged in recent primary elections as people wanted to avoid coming to voting booths because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In New York state, for example, the Board of Elections has not been able to announce all the results even a month after the primaries on June 23 because of problems with postal ballots.

One of the candidates in the congressional primaries, Suraj Patel, said that about 25 per cent of the postal ballots had been rejected, most on technicalities. That may be costing him the election.

Even the Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post, which leans towards the Democratic Party, criticised it with a headline that called it “a train wreck and a warning to us all”.

Trump cited such reports in the newspaper, although overall it ran articles favourable to universal postal ballots, to make his case questioning the ability of states to handle hundreds of millions of mail-in votes in a timely and safe manner.

When most voting is done in person at the polling boot results are known almost immediately after the close of polls.

The process becomes cumbersome if postal votes are the majority of votes cast as they will need to be verified individually to see if they met various regulations and can be challenged by candidates’ representatives and even end up in court.

In some states, postal ballots can be sent in 60 days before the November 3 election day, which means that in their cases the election campaign effectively ends on September 4, while in others it continues.

Trump also raised the threat of foreign countries like Russia or China manipulating the election results with a flood of forged votes.

The 2000 election in which Al Gore ran against George W. Bush was last time there was a delay in knowing the results.

In the close race, the counting of paper votes was decided 35 days later after a final verdict by the Supreme Court following a series of legal challenges.

(IANS)

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Amid COVID-19 Resurgence In US, President Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Drops https://odishatv.in/world/amid-covid-19-resurgence-in-us-president-donald-trumps-approval-rating-drops-465715 Thu, 30 Jul 2020 06:11:28 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=465715

Washington: A new poll has found that US President Donald Trump’s approval rating dropped 44 per cent amid the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, which currently accounts for the world’s highest number of confirmed cases and deaths. The poll, conducted online by US media outlet The Hill and survey research company HarrisX […]

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Washington: A new poll has found that US President Donald Trump’s approval rating dropped 44 per cent amid the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, which currently accounts for the world’s highest number of confirmed cases and deaths.

The poll, conducted online by US media outlet The Hill and survey research company HarrisX between July 24-26, collected the opinions of 2,842 registered voters in the US, reports Xinhua news agency.

The approval rating figure decreased 2 percentage points compared with the same survey conducted three weeks ago, the poll said.

In addition, 58 per cent of registered voters in the poll expressed disapproval of Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, while 42 per cent approved.

The poll found support among Republican and independent voters to be higher when it came to the president’s overall job approval compared to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Eighty-one per cent of Republican voters approve of Trump’s job in office, while 76 per cent approve of his handling of COVID-19.

Forty-five per cent of independent voters approve of Trump’s overall job in the White House while 39 per cent approve of his handling of the crisis.

Democratic voters reported low approval of Trump and his handling of the coronavirus, polling at 13 per cent and 16 per cent on those topics respectively.

According to Realclear Politics, Trump’s approval rating is 42.8 per cent.

The poll comes as the US currently accounts for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities at 4,424,806 and 150,676, respectively, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

(IANS)

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COVID-19 Cases Soar In US Due To Black Lives Matter Protests: Trump https://odishatv.in/world/covid-19-cases-soar-in-us-due-to-black-lives-matter-protests-trump-463955 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 14:02:58 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=463955

Washington: US President Donald Trump has blamed the surge of coronavirus cases in the country on the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests triggered by the May 25 death of George Floyd under police custody, the media reported. Addressing the media on Wednesday, Trump suggested that young people demonstrating against police brutality and racism are the […]

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Washington: US President Donald Trump has blamed the surge of coronavirus cases in the country on the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests triggered by the May 25 death of George Floyd under police custody, the media reported.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Trump suggested that young people demonstrating against police brutality and racism are the cause for the increase in cases, which have been seen in about 30 states across the country over the recent weeks, the Metro newspaper reported.

“There are likely a number of causes for the spike in infections. Cases started to rise among young Americans shortly after demonstrations which you know very well about.

“Which presumably triggered a broader relaxation of mitigation efforts nationwide and a substantial increase in travel.”

He went on to say that “increased gathering on holidays such as Memorial Day, as well as young people closely congregating at bars and probably other places, maybe beaches, four or five listed places likely also contributed”.

The President also blamed Mexico for the recent spike, reports the Metro newspaper.

“Sharing a 2,000 mile border with Mexico, as we know very well, and cases are surging in Mexico unfortunately… It’s a big problem for Mexico.”

Trump however, failed to mention why New York City, which saw some of the largest protests in the country in the wake of Floyd’s death, has since flattened the curve while hospitalizations and deaths have dropped amid the ongoing demonstrations.

Trump further said that he was “comfortable” reopening schools and claimed children do not spread the virus.

“I am comfortable with that,” he responded when asked if he was comfortable opening schools to young children, including his son Barron and his grandchildren.

The President’s remarks come as the US currently accounted for the world’s highest number of COVID-19 infections and fatalities at 3,967,917 and 143,147, respectively.

(IANS)

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Want To Do Everything Possible To Keep Peace For People Of India, China: Donald Trump https://odishatv.in/world/want-to-do-everything-possible-to-keep-peace-for-people-of-india-china-donald-trump-462518 Fri, 17 Jul 2020 04:28:16 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=462518

Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that he wants to do everything possible to keep peace for the people of India and China, according to his spokesperson. Over the past several weeks, the Trump administration has come out in support of India against China. He (Trump) said I love the people of India and […]

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Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that he wants to do everything possible to keep peace for the people of India and China, according to his spokesperson.

Over the past several weeks, the Trump administration has come out in support of India against China.

He (Trump) said I love the people of India and I love the people of China and I want to do everything possible to keep the peace for the people, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at a news conference here on Thursday.

She was responding to a question on Trump’s message to India, which recently had a standoff with China in eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control.

Earlier in the day, White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow described India as a great ally, saying President Trump is a great friend of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that India has been a great partner of the US.

India has been a great partner They are an important partner of ours. I have a great relationship with my foreign minister counterpart. We talked frequently about a broad range of issues. We talked about the conflict they had along the border with China. We’ve talked about the risk that emanates from the Chinese telecommunication infrastructure there, Pompeo told reporters in response to a question.

Travelling in Europe, US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien told reporters that China has been very aggressive with India.

O’Brien said that India is a democracy and is a great friend of the United States. Prime Minister Modi and President Trump have a super relationship, he said.

In fact, it was the last foreign trip that I took with the president before the COVID-19 crisis hit, was to India, and we had a great reception of the Indian people there. We have a lot in common with them, we speak English, we’re democracies. We’ve got a growing, very strong relationship with India, O’Brien said.

Welcoming the White House statement, Al Mason, co-chair of the Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee, said that unlike his predecessor, President Trump has come out openly in support of India.

Most of the Indian-Americans have observed that every earlier president – be it a Democrat or Republican, like Clinton or Bush Senior or Bush Jr or Obama have been very scared to side with India openly, for fear of hurting China.

Only President Trump has had the courage to say that I love India, America respects India US stands with India – and that also, to over one billion Indians in India at the Namaste Trump rally held in India and that too near India’s neighbour China, Mason said in a statement.

And he is consistent in his love for India and Indian-Americans, he added.

(PTI)

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China Warns US: We Will ‘Definitely Hit Back’ If Trump Implements New HK Act https://odishatv.in/world/china-warns-us-we-will-definitely-hit-back-if-trump-implements-new-hk-act-462307 Wed, 15 Jul 2020 15:56:50 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=462307

Beijing: China on Wednesday warned the US that it will definitely hit back with sanctions if Washington goes ahead with the implementation of President Donald Trump’s ‘Hong Kong Autonomy Act’ to end the preferential treatment to the former British colony. President Trump has signed an executive order to end the preferential economic treatment for Hong […]

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Beijing: China on Wednesday warned the US that it will definitely hit back with sanctions if Washington goes ahead with the implementation of President Donald Trump’s ‘Hong Kong Autonomy Act’ to end the preferential treatment to the former British colony.

President Trump has signed an executive order to end the preferential economic treatment for Hong Kong after China introduced a controversial national security law in the Asian trading hub to curb autonomy and democratic freedoms.

Reacting to Trump’s announcement of signing the ‘Hong Kong Autonomy Act’, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said the US should not implement it.

“We urge the US side to correct its mistake, not to implement the so-called ‘Hong Kong Autonomy Act’ and immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs in any way,” she told a media briefing here.

This act smears our law on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). If the US insists on going on the wrong path, China will definitely hit back, she said.

The US attempt to obstruct China’s national security legislation for the HKSAR will be to no avail and China will make necessary responses to protect its legitimate interests and impose sanctions on relevant US personnel and entities, she said.

“This US move has grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs and seriously violated international law, as well as the basic norms governing international relations,” she said.

After passing the national security law which drew global condemnation and criticism, China on July 8 opened its first security office at the leading global hub for international business.

The office facilitated for the first time the presence of China’s security establishment in the global business hub after it came under the control of Beijing in 1997. Till now, the security was maintained by Hong Kong police.

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

China passed the sweeping national security law on Hong Kong to take full control of the former British colony which witnessed massive protests by millions of locals opposing Beijing’s growing controls over the city’s seven million population.

The Trump administration has been openly critical of Beijing’s sweeping national security law aimed at limiting Hong Kong’s autonomy and curb political dissent against the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

Earlier, Trump in Washington said he has signed legislation to sanction Chinese officials responsible for cracking down on political dissent in Hong Kong.

“Today, I signed legislation and an executive order to hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong,” Trump said at a White House press conference on Tuesday.

The president also said he signed an executive order ending US preferential treatment for Hong Kong, a former British territory handed over to China in 1997.

“Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China. No special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of sensitive technologies. In addition to that, as you know, we are placing massive tariffs and have placed very large tariffs on China.

Trump signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act.

“The Hong Kong Autonomy Act was passed unanimously by the Congress,” he said, adding that the law gives his administration powerful new tools to hold responsible the individuals in the entities involved in extinguishing Hong Kong’s freedom.

(PTI)

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Trump Administration Rescinds Visa Ban Order For Online-Only Students https://odishatv.in/world/trump-administration-rescinds-visa-ban-order-for-online-only-students-462160 Wed, 15 Jul 2020 04:27:49 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=462160

New York: In a victory for universities and foreign students, President Donald Trump’s administration has dropped its order to deny visa status to those taking only online cases because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal Judge Allison Burroughs said on Tuesday that the government agreed to rescind the rule that would have required foreign students on […]

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New York: In a victory for universities and foreign students, President Donald Trump’s administration has dropped its order to deny visa status to those taking only online cases because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal Judge Allison Burroughs said on Tuesday that the government agreed to rescind the rule that would have required foreign students on F-1 or M-1 visas to leave the US or transfer to another university if they cannot take at least some in-person courses. Those staying on could have faced deportation.

The judge made the announcement about the government backtracking during an emergency hearing asked by the two institutions that were held by teleconference and lasted only a few minutes.

The case was brought in the federal court in Boston by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University on July 8 and it had snowballed with scores of colleges and tech companies backing them in court briefs and 18 state attorneys general filing another case against the order.

The Trump administration’s order issued last week reversed another issued in March that permitted students to take all their courses online because of the national COVID-19 emergency, which still continues.

Many universities, including Harvard, have announced plans to conduct only online classes in the Fall semester starting in August or September, while some like Columbia and Yale plan to offer a hybrid programme that combines online and in-person teaching if local authorities permit classroom attendance.

The administration’s order against online-only teaching seemed to be a tactic to force educational institutions to comply with Trump’s agenda to open the nation fully before the November election.

When the case was filed, Harvard President Larry Summers said, “It appears that it was designed purposefully to place pressure on colleges and universities to open their on-campus classrooms for in-person instruction this fall, without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors, and others.”

At least two other cases against the government’s order are pending before other federal courts: One is by Johns Hopkins University in Washington and the other is by the University of California in San Francisco.

Harvard and Yale said in court documents that although it may be argued that the students can continue their studies online from their home countries, “they may have their research and learning inhibited by time zone variations, unavailable, unreliable or state-managed Internet connections, and other barriers to online learning”.

They said that students can suffer irreparable harm from the order if they are forced out of the country.

Tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Facebook said in their brief that “America’s future competitiveness depends on attracting and retaining talented international students”.

According to the International Institute of Education, there are over one million foreign students in the US and of them about 200,00 are from India.

several US institutions are dependent on tuition from foreign students, many of whom pay full fees.

But another factor of importance to both the universities and the economy is the pre-ponderance of graduate students in engineering and science.

Foreigners make up over 75 percent of graduate students in electrical, computer, petroleum and industrial engineering fields, according to Inside Higher Ed.

They not only back up the faculty as teaching assistants and researchers but go on to work for or found tech companies.

(IANS)

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Global COVID-19 Cases Near 12.7 Million, Death Toll Reaches 564000 https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/coronavirus-pandemic-global-covid-19-cases-near-12-7-million-death-toll-reaches-564000-461692 Sun, 12 Jul 2020 04:34:22 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=461692

Washington: The overall number of global COVID-19 cases was nearing 12.7 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 564,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 12,681,472, while the fatalities rose to 564,420, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed […]

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Washington: The overall number of global COVID-19 cases was nearing 12.7 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 564,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 12,681,472, while the fatalities rose to 564,420, 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 3,245,158 and 134,764, respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil came in second place with 1,839,850 infections and 71,469 deaths.

In terms of cases, India ranks third (820,916), and is followed by Russia (719,449), Peru (322,710), Chile (312,029), Mexico (295,268), the UK (290,502), South Africa (264,184), Iran (255,117), Spain (253,908), Pakistan (246,351), Italy (242,827), Saudi Arabia (229,480), Turkey (211,981), France (208,015), Germany (199,709), Bangladesh (181,129), Colombia (140,776), Canada (109,150) and Qatar (103,128), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the UK (44,883), Italy (34,945), Mexico (34,730), France (30,007), Spain (28,403), India (22,123), Iran (12,635), Peru (11,682) and Russia (11,188).

Trump wears mask on camera for 1st time during hospital visit

US President Donald Trump was seen wearing a mask while visiting a military hospital near Washington, D.C., the first time he did so on camera since the coronavirus pandemic broke out in the country.

“I’ll probably have a mask,” Trump told reporters on Saturday ahead of his trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he visited injured soldiers and medical workers tasked with containing the coronavirus, Xinhua news agency reported.

“I think when you’re in a hospital especially in that particular setting, where you are talking to a lot of soldiers, people that in some cases just got off the operating table,” the president said. “I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask. I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place.”

Trump has been refusing to wear a mask himself since the pandemic broke out, citing his good health and frequent negative tests for the virus. “I have no problem with a mask. I don’t think you need one when you’re tested all the time, everybody around you is tested, you’re quite a distance,” he said on Thursday.

Even Republican lawmakers have advised him to do so publicly so as to curb the spread of the contagion.

Regretting the fact that the “simple lifesaving practice” of wearing a mask has been politicized to showcase whether one supports Trump or not, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said on June 30 that he had “suggested the president should occasionally wear a mask even though there are not many occasions when it is necessary for him to do so.”

Trump wore a mask behind the scene in late May during a visit to a Ford factory in Michigan. “I did wear. I had one on before,” he told reporters on camera at the plant when asked why he decided not to wear a mask.

“But I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” Trump said, showing the reporters a mask with a presidential seal on it that he said was the one he wore.

As the latest 1 million cases in the United States were added over merely 28 days, more than 20 states in the country have now mandated wearing face coverings in public, either statewide or limited to counties where the case rate has surpassed government thresholds.

Cases in the United States jumped by a staggering record of 71,389 Saturday from the previous day, according to Bloomberg News. The total number of infections in the country is approaching 3,240,000 Saturday afternoon, with death toll topping 134,000, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University showed.

(IANS)

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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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Assessing Impact Of US Decision On blocking H1B visas: MEA https://odishatv.in/nation/assessing-impact-of-us-decision-on-blocking-h1b-visas-mea-458818 Thu, 25 Jun 2020 16:58:12 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=458818

New Delhi: India on Thursday said it was assessing the impact of the Trump administration’s decision to block H1B visas on Indian nationals and industry but indicated its dismay over it saying people-to-people linkages and economic cooperation are an important dimension of ties between the two countries. In a huge blow to Indian IT professionals […]

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New Delhi: India on Thursday said it was assessing the impact of the Trump administration’s decision to block H1B visas on Indian nationals and industry but indicated its dismay over it saying people-to-people linkages and economic cooperation are an important dimension of ties between the two countries.

In a huge blow to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market, the Trump administration suspended the most sought-after H-1B visas along with other types of foreign work visas until the end of 2020 to protect American workers in a crucial election year.

“This is likely to affect movement of Indian skilled professionals who avail of these non-immigrant visa programmes to work lawfully in the US. We are assessing the impact of the order on Indian nationals and industry in consultation with stakeholders,” Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava said.

He was replying to a question on the issue at an online media briefing.

“People-to-people linkages and trade & economic cooperation, especially in technology and innovation sectors, are an important dimension of the US-India partnership,” he said.

The decision by the Trump administration is going to impact a large number of Indian IT professionals and several American and Indian companies who were issued H-1B visas by the US government for the fiscal year 2021 beginning October 1.

Srivastava said high-skilled Indian professionals bring important skill sets, bridge technological gaps and impart a competitive edge to the US economy.

“They have also been a critical component of the workforce that is at the forefront of providing COVID-19 related assistance in key sectors, including health, information technology and financial services,” he said.

“The US has always welcomed talent and we hope our professionals will continue to be welcomed in the US in the future,” Srivastava said.

(PTI)

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Donald Trump Freezes H-1B, Other Work Visas Till Year End https://odishatv.in/world/donald-trump-freezes-h-1b-other-work-visas-till-year-end-458414 Tue, 23 Jun 2020 07:46:52 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=458414

New York: US President Donald Trump is suspending several categories of work visas, including the H-1B prized by Indian professionals, till the end of the year, according to White House officials. The restrictions will not affect those already in the US on the H-1B and the other work visa categories being put on pause, officials […]

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New York: US President Donald Trump is suspending several categories of work visas, including the H-1B prized by Indian professionals, till the end of the year, according to White House officials.

The restrictions will not affect those already in the US on the H-1B and the other work visa categories being put on pause, officials said on Monday.

A senior official who briefed the media linked the freeze to the high unemployment level in the US because of the COVID-19 blow to the economy.

When Trump imposed a 60-day pause on permanent immigrant visas or green cards on April 22, the H-1B temporary work visas, which are now affected, escaped the freeze.

The green card restrictions, which do not apply to spouses and children of immigrants, will now continue until the end of the year.

Indians are the single largest group of H1-B visa-holders accounting for nearly 74 per cent of the work visas.

The official said that newly announced freeze of the H-1B, H-2B, H-4, L-1 and J-1 visas would help workers already in the country get access to more than 500,000 jobs.

However, those in the healthcare field and those considered important for national security will continue to receive visas.

The official said that Trump had also asked his staff to look at a long-term plan for revamping the US immigration system to make it merit-based unlike the current programmes for green cards that benefit the extended families of immigrants.

The COVID-19 pandemic has become a handy excuse for Trump’s longtime intent to restrict immigration, a demand of a part of his base as well as of some in the Democratic Party who have reservations about the impact of immigration on wages.

The economic disruption caused by the pandemic has led to a groundswell of opposition among Americans to immigration with various polls showing more than two-thirds supporting restrictions.

On the other hand, US businesses — particularly in the Silicon Valley — have opposed restrictions on the visas and asserted that they would, in fact, affect the nation’s economy, where immigrants and those on work visas have disproportionately been founders of companies, besides holding up America’s global leadership in technology.

The Indian government considers restrictions on H-1B an important issue and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in December that he had told US officials that the visas “should not be obstructed” or “unreasonable legislative provisions should not constrain” them.

While most technologists and engineers would be temporarily barred, exemptions are made for seasonal agricultural workers and nannies.

H-2B visas are for non-professional workers. An exemption would be made for agricultural labour in this category on whom the US food supply depends, the official said.

Similarly, in the J-1 category nannies or au pairs — who are employed by the elite across the political spectrum — would be exempt, while it would apply to scholars and researchers except those in certain health or specialised fields or to professors.

The H-4 visas are for spouses of H-1B workers and the restrictions are linked.

Employees transferred by their companies to work in the US are given L-1 visas.

Under new rules announced on Monday by the immigration service, asylum applicants cannot apply for work authorisation for a year.

(IANS)

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US Talking To India And China, Will Try And Help Them Out, Says Donald Trump https://odishatv.in/world/us-talking-to-india-and-china-will-try-and-help-them-out-says-donald-trump-458011 Sun, 21 Jun 2020 03:33:43 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=458011

Washington: The United states is talking to both India and China to help them resolve their ongoing border tensions, President Donald Trump said on Saturday. It’s a very tough situation. We’re talking to India. We’re talking to China. They’ve got a big problem there, Trump told reporters at the White House before boarding Marine 1 […]

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Washington: The United states is talking to both India and China to help them resolve their ongoing border tensions, President Donald Trump said on Saturday.

It’s a very tough situation. We’re talking to India. We’re talking to China. They’ve got a big problem there, Trump told reporters at the White House before boarding Marine 1 on his way to his first post-COVID19 election rally in Oklahoma.

They’ve come to blows, and we’ll see what happens. We’ll try and help them out, Trump said when asked about his assessment of the situation between India and China.

Over the past few days, the entire Trump Administration has rallied behind India against the illegitimate incursions of the Chinese Army into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.

As many as 20 Indian soldiers achieved martyrdom in fierce clashes against Chinese intruders into Galwan Valley in Ladakh early this week. Indians, according to US intelligence sources, killed more than 35 Chinese soldiers during the skirmish.

The United States has accused China of escalating border tension with India and other neighbours by trying to take benefit of these countries busy fighting coronavirus pandemic.

The PLA (People’s Liberation Army) has escalated border tensions with India, the world’s most populous democracy. It’s militarizing the South China Sea and illegally claiming more territory there, threatening vital sea lanes, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, in a major speech on China a day earlier.

In his virtual address on ‘Europe and the China Challenge’ during the 2020 Copenhagen Democracy Summit on Friday, Pompeo described the ruling Chinese Communist Party as a ‘rogue actor.’

Early this week, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president is aware of the situation and the US is monitoring the situation between Indian and Chinese forces along the line of actual control in Eastern Ladakh.

During a phone call on June 2nd that Trump had with Prime Minister Modi, they did discuss the situation on the Indo-China border, McEnany said.

Trump and Modi have a terrific relationship and trust between them, Al Mason, co-chair of the Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee said, adding that the statements coming from the White House, the State Department and the US Embassy in New Delhi are reflective of this.

Coming out in support of India, Texas Congressman Lance Gooden said that China cannot be trusted.

As more news comes out about the deadly conflict between China and India, once again CHINA appears to be an aggressive bad actor, the Republican Congressman said.

The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) cannot be taken at their word, EVER, Gooden said in a tweet.

On the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that on land, for the sake of grabbing territory, the PLA appears to have instigated the most violent clash between China and India since those nations went to war in 1962.

Needless to say, the rest of the world has watched with grave concern this violent exchange between two nuclear states. We are encouraging de-escalation and hoping for peace, McConnell said.

Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell earlier said that this Chinese activity is similar to activity the world has seen in the past on border disputes with the Peoples Republic of China.

I would point you to those I think it was 2015 when Xi Jinping travelled to India the first time, he said.

The PLA (People’s Liberation Army) invaded this contested area deeper and longer, with more people than ever before historically. Whether that was a negotiating tactic or just a punch in the nose to demonstrate their superiority, I don’t know, he told reporters early this week.

But then we saw the Doklam issue down near Bhutan, where we saw similar concerns. I wish I knew. Again, we don’t have a lot of visibility and we don’t have a lot of open dialogue with our Chinese counterparts, and honestly, I’d like to see more of that if we can, Stillwell said.

US experts feel that the latest Chinese behaviour will swing India towards China.

Even before the latest flareup, a majority of Indian strategists saw Chinese assertiveness as India’s biggest foreign-policy challenge. This has resulted in an unspoken but unmistakable swing toward the US,” Jeff Smith from The Heritage Foundation think tank said.

The bullying of US partners and allies needs to come at a cost, Smith said in a tweet.

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Joe Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination to challenge Donald Trump in November polls https://odishatv.in/world/joe-biden-formally-clinches-democratic-presidential-nomination-to-challenge-donald-trump-in-november-polls-455636 Sat, 06 Jun 2020 09:20:44 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=455636

Washington: Former vice president Joe Biden, a votary for strong US-India relations, has formally become the Democratic presidential nominee to run for the White House against President Donald Trump in the elections in November. Biden, 77, on Friday night took his tally of pledged delegates over the halfway mark of 1,991 from a total of […]

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Washington: Former vice president Joe Biden, a votary for strong US-India relations, has formally become the Democratic presidential nominee to run for the White House against President Donald Trump in the elections in November.

Biden, 77, on Friday night took his tally of pledged delegates over the halfway mark of 1,991 from a total of 3,979, thus becoming eligible to earn the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

The veteran Democrat, who served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017 during the presidency of Barack Obama, would formally be nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Wisconsin in August.

In the presidential elections to be held on November 3, Biden will challenge Republican incumbent Trump, 73, who is seeking re-election.

In his remarks after winning a majority of delegates in the Democratic presidential primary, Biden said this is a difficult time in America’s history and Trump’s angry, divisive politics is no answer.

The country is crying out for leadership. Leadership that can unite us. Leadership that can bring us together, he said.

We need an economy that works for everyone now. We need jobs that bring dignity now. We need equal justice and equal opportunities for every American now. We need a president who cares about helping us heal now, Biden said.

Biden has been consistently supportive of the India-US relations. In 2008 as a Senator, he had voted to approve the landmark civilian nuclear deal between the two countries.

During his visit to India in 2013, Biden had said: “We want to deepen our strategic partnership on regional as well as global issues. The United States is elevating our engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. We refer to it as rebalance.

“Twenty, even 10 years ago, some might have suggested that not have included India in these discussions. Today, India is an indispensable part of our rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific. Indians have looked east through travel and trade for a millennia. These ties are reemerging. India is negotiating a trade deal with ASEAN. It is becoming more involved in regional institutions. And that is good news for the region and for us”.

At the start of 2020, there were more than a dozen Democratic candidates in the race to the White House.

It was an honour to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election as a united party.

I am going to spend every day between now and November 3rd fighting to earn the votes of Americans all across this great country so that together we can win the battle for the soul of this nation and make sure that as we rebuild our economy, everyone comes along, Biden said.

The nomination of Biden is considered as a mere formality after his prime rival Senator Bernie Sanders withdrew from the race in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

The two teams that of Biden and Sanders are now working together to defeat Trump.

According to Real Clear Politics, which tracks all major national polls, Biden is leading Trump by more than seven percentage points.

However, Trump seems to be confident of pulling it off in the November elections.

Today, I’m once again asking every American who feels knocked down, counted out and left behind to join our campaign. Because we aren’t just building the movement that will defeat Donald Trump, we are building the movement that will transform our nation.

I truly believe that when we stand together, finally, as One America, we will rise stronger than before. This is the United States of America. There is nothing we can’t do, if we do it together, Biden said.

Earlier in the day, he said that Trump is mismanaging the coronavirus health crisis and his action has cost tens of thousands of lives.

According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the US, which is the worst-hit country, has reported nearly 1.9 million cases and over 1,09,000 deaths.

In a statement on Friday, Biden alleged that Trump has not done enough to address the coronavirus pandemic, saying in part “no amount of campaign-style excursions can change the fact that Donald Trump has been completely absent during this crisis.

Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David in a statement said that in this presidential primary, Democrats chose a nominee from among the most pro-equality field in the nation’s history.

For the first time, voters had a substantive discussion of issues with the candidates on topics ranging from healthcare to civil rights protections to the epidemic of violence facing black transgender women, he said.

Trump describes Biden as Sleepy Joe.

“Nobody in 50 years has been WEAKER on China than Sleepy Joe Biden. He was asleep at the wheel. He gave them EVERYTHING they wanted, including rip-off Trade Deals. I am getting it all back!” Trump said in a tweet in recent months.

He alleged that Biden wants to raise taxes, open borders.

They want to open the borders. Can you imagine opening up borders right now? Tijuana is the most heavily infected place anywhere in the world, as far as the plague is concerned.

You know the plague; it came in from China, unfortunately. Most heavily infected or one of the most heavily infected right along the border. But we built a wall. We have more than 200 miles of wall, Trump added.

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US to bar Chinese airlines’ entry from June 16 https://odishatv.in/world/us-to-bar-chinese-airlines-entry-from-june-16-455218 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 03:40:01 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=455218

New York: Retaliating to the bar on US-based airlines from entering China, the Trump administration has said it will suspend all operations of all passenger flights of China-based airlines to and from the US starting June 16. The order can be put to effect even before the due date if US President Donald Trump so […]

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New York: Retaliating to the bar on US-based airlines from entering China, the Trump administration has said it will suspend all operations of all passenger flights of China-based airlines to and from the US starting June 16.

The order can be put to effect even before the due date if US President Donald Trump so directs.

“The US Department of Transportation, responding to the failure of the Government of the People’s Republic of China to permit US carriers to exercise the full extent of their bilateral right to conduct scheduled passenger air services to and from China, is suspending the scheduled passenger operations of all Chinese carriers to and from the United States,” said an order by the department.

It said that as air transportation demand between the US and China decreased in late January 2020, the three US carriers operating scheduled passenger flights between the US and China — American Airlines Inc, Delta Air Lines Inc, and United Airlines Inc — drew down their scheduled US-China combination services by the beginning of February.

Chinese carriers also suspended some, but not all, of their US-China scheduled combination services.

In early January 2020, among US and Chinese carriers, there were approximately 325 weekly scheduled combination flights operated between the two countries. By mid-February, only 20 weekly scheduled combination flights by four Chinese carriers remained in the market. In mid-March, Chinese carriers increased service levels to 34 weekly flights.

The order copy said that by March 12, US airlines had completely ceased flying passenger services to and from China, but Chinese carriers generally maintained a degree of passenger service during that time frame.

“In establishing an arbitrary ‘baseline’ date of March 12, 2020, as well as the other restrictions cited above, the CAAC (Civil Aviation Authority of China) Notice effectively precludes US carriers from reinstating scheduled passenger flights to and from China and operating to the full extent of their bilateral rights, while Chinese carriers are able to maintain scheduled passenger service to and from each foreign market served as of the baseline date, including the United States,” it said.

The department views these restrictions as inconsistent with the Agreement and has voiced its objections to the CAAC, said the order.

The department further said that it has learned through diplomatic channels that Chinese carriers may be using passenger charter operations as a way of circumventing the CAAC Notice limitations on scheduled passenger services and thereby further increasing their advantage over US carriers in providing US-China passenger services.

“The Department is also concerned that some of the applications submitted to it for a number of these charter operations may not have accurately reflected the true nature of the services involved. All such charters are subject to prior approval by the Department,” it said.

The decision by the US comes as a major development as the US-China relations continue to deteriorate.

(IANS)

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George Floyd Protests: Thousands joins protests across US major cities defying curfew https://odishatv.in/world/george-floyd-protests-thousands-joins-protests-across-us-major-cities-defying-curfew-455082 Wed, 03 Jun 2020 03:59:38 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=455082

Washington: Americans, defying curfews in several cities including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington DC, protested, in some cases violently, against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death on May 25 has sparked civil unrest that has since spread nationwide. The 46-year-old, a native of Houston, was handcuffed and pinned to […]

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Washington: Americans, defying curfews in several cities including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington DC, protested, in some cases violently, against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Floyd’s death on May 25 has sparked civil unrest that has since spread nationwide.

The 46-year-old, a native of Houston, was handcuffed and pinned to the ground on May 25 by a white police officer who kneeled on his neck as he gasped for breath.

In some cases, peaceful protests turned violent resulting in large scale looting, damage to properties and monuments, and vehicles being set ablaze.

The civic unrest is said to be the largest in the US in recent decades.

Curfew was imposed in several cities, including New York and Washington DC, as most protests turned violent during the night.

Reportedly, protesters defied curfew in many of these cities.

In Washington DC, military vehicles were seen on streets close to the White House and there was heavy deployment of armed security personnel at the Lafayette Park, where thousands had gathered to protest the death of Floyd, a native of Houston.

Thousands of people marched on the streets of New York against police brutalities.

The city, on Monday night, had witnessed looting, including that at a popular departmental store in midtown Manhattan.

“The NYPD and the (city) mayor did not do their job last night, I believe that,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told a news conference.

In St Louis, four police officers were hospitalised after they suffered serious injuries during a protest, while a police officer is said to be in critical condition in Las Vegas after he was shot while attempting to quell an unruly mob.

In Atlanta, Georgia, six police officers face criminal charges after a video captured them pulling two college students out of their car and firing tasers at them while enforcing curfew on Saturday night, according to media reports.

Several armoured vehicles formed a tight cordon around the Georgia Capitol after tear gas shells were fired on protesters to scatter them, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Confrontation between security personnel and protestors were reported from across the US, while Minnesota Governor on Tuesday ordered an investigate into the Minneapolis Police Department’s policies and practices over the past decade.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced that the state will update its guidelines governing the use of force by police for the first time in two decades.

He also announced a mandatory statewide licensing programme for all officers.

Thousands rallied in Boston against the recent deaths of Black people across the country at the hands of people, a local newspaper said.

“The protesters, protected from cars by marshals in yellow vests, chanted, ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘No Justice No Peace!’ They then stood up and began marching through a park to rally peacefully at a large open area outside the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, Boston Globe reported.

According to The New York Times, hundreds of protesters gathered steam for hours before converging at the corner of Hollywood and Cahuenga Boulevard, a Los Angeles landmark that in many ways is the heart of the city’s film roots.

The Los Angeles Times reported that several hundred people have been arrested in the city.

In Washington DC, thousands of people remained in a park facing the White House in defiance of the curfew.

The Washington Post described it as the largest crowd since the protest started on Friday night. Senator Elizabeth Warren joined the protestors in Washington DC.

Let’s remember why people are protesting. They are protesting for the black lives who matter. For the black lives who were taken from us, Senator Kamala Harris said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Right now, America is raw. Her wounds are exposed. But instead of having a president who understands it, who empathises and acknowledges the pain, we have someone who chooses to hold up the Bible like a prop for a photo-op after tear gassing peaceful protestors, the Indian-origin Senator said.

According to The Wall Street Journal, more than 20,400 troops have been deployed in 28 states and district of Columbia to maintain peace.

Meanwhile, a Chicago man was arrested on a federal arson charge for allegedly setting fire to a Chicago Police Department vehicle this past weekend.

Timothy O’Donnell placed a lit object into the gas tank of the marked police vehicle while it was parked in the 200 block of North State Street in downtown Chicago on Saturday, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in US District Court in Chicago.

The vehicle ignited in flames. At the time, Chicago Police officers were in the area investigating reports of various malfeasances and unrest.

O’Donnell set the fire while wearing a joker mask that partially covered his face, the complaint states, the complaint said.

Similarly, in New Jersey, Justin Spry, 21, was arrested by FBI on charges of attempting to set fire to a marked police vehicle after a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

(PTI)

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PM Modi Accepts Donald Trump’s Offer To Be Part Of ‘Expanded’ G7 To Discuss China https://odishatv.in/nation/pm-modi-accepts-donald-trumps-offer-to-be-part-of-expanded-g7-to-discuss-china-455048 Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:14:54 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=455048

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a telephonic conversation with the US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, accepted his offer to be part of the ‘expanded G7′, the group of most powerful nations to discuss the collective approach to China. Earlier this week, Trump decided to postpone the G7 meeting till September and invite […]

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a telephonic conversation with the US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, accepted his offer to be part of the ‘expanded G7′, the group of most powerful nations to discuss the collective approach to China.

Earlier this week, Trump decided to postpone the G7 meeting till September and invite India, Russia, Australia and South Korea to discuss a plan on how to deal with the future of China.

The US and China have been in an open confrontation since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which originated in Wuhan.

The phone conversation is significant in view of the ongoing face-off between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. Though Trump had offered to mediate between the two Asian giants to resolve the violent stand-off, neither India nor China used the services of his office.

Both India and China are talking using diplomatic channels to resolve the issue. Last week, however, Trump had claimed that Modi was not pleased with the Xi Jinping regime over the ongoing border conflict.

On Tuesday, an official statement of the Ministry of External Affairs said that Modi had a telephone conversation with Trump.

During the phone call, Trump spoke about the US Presidency of the Group of Seven, and “conveyed his desire to expand the ambit of the grouping beyond the existing membership, to include other important countries including India”.

In this context, the statement said, “He extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to attend the next G-7 Summit to be held in the US.”

The government, however, did not elaborate on the mechanics of the ‘expanded G7′ and in what capacity will India participate in the group.

Modi, as per the statement, commended Trump for his “creative and far-sighted approach, acknowledging the fact that such an expanded forum would be in keeping with the emerging realities of the post-Covid world.”

India would be happy to work with the US and other countries to ensure the success of the proposed summit, the Modi told Trump.

Modi also expressed his concerns regarding the ongoing civil disturbances in the US, and conveyed his best wishes for an early resolution of the situation, the statement said.

The two leaders also exchanged views on other topical issues, such as the Covid-19 situation in the two countries, the situation on the India-China border, and the need for reforms in the World Health Organization.

During the conversation, Trump warmly recalled his visit to India in February this year. Modi reciprocated by saying that the visit had indeed been memorable and historic on many accounts, and had also added new dynamism to the bilateral relationships.

The exceptional warmth and candour of the conversation reflected the special nature of the Indo-US ties, as well as the friendship and mutual esteem between both the leaders, the statement said.

(IANS)

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WHO says it hopes to continue collaboration with US https://odishatv.in/news/who-says-it-hopes-to-continue-collaboration-with-us-454936 Tue, 02 Jun 2020 05:35:08 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=454936

Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that his organisation hopes to continue cooperation with the United States. “The world has long benefited from the strong, collaborative engagement with the government and the people of the United States,” he said at a virtual press conference from Geneva on Monday, Xinhua news […]

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Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that his organisation hopes to continue cooperation with the United States.

“The world has long benefited from the strong, collaborative engagement with the government and the people of the United States,” he said at a virtual press conference from Geneva on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The WHO chief said that the US government and people’s contribution and generosity towards global health over many decades has been immense, and it has made a great difference in public health all around the world.

“It is WHO’s wish for this collaboration to continue,” he said.

Stating that the funding of the WHO would now be diverted to other global public health organizations, Trump announced a series of decisions against China including issuing a proclamation to deny entry to certain Chinese nationals and tightening of regulations against Chinese investments in America.

Donald Trump also announced that the US will end the special treatment of Hong Kong in response to the Chinese imposition of new controls.

(With Agency Inputs)

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Donald Trump threatens to use military to quell violent protests across US https://odishatv.in/world/donald-trump-threatens-to-use-military-to-quell-violent-protests-across-us-454922 Tue, 02 Jun 2020 03:46:45 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=454922

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Monday threatened that he would deploy the military to quell violent protests against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd, if the states and cities fail to take necessary actions. But at the same time, in his address to the nation from Rose Garden of the White House, Trump […]

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Washington: US President Donald Trump on Monday threatened that he would deploy the military to quell violent protests against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd, if the states and cities fail to take necessary actions.

But at the same time, in his address to the nation from Rose Garden of the White House, Trump also said all Americans were “rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death” of Floyd, and asserted that justice will be served.

Considered to be the worst ever civil unrest in the US in decades, the violent protests have engulfed at least 140 cities across America in the days following the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old man who was pinned to the ground in Minneapolis on May 25 by a white police officer who kneeled on his neck as he gasped for breath.

Trump assured the nation that he is taking actions to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America.

The President said he has mobilized all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including the Second Amendment rights.

“Today I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets. Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and proper of their residents, then I will deploy the US military and quickly solve the problem for them,” he threatened.

Trump said the country, in the recent days, has been gripped by “professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa and others”.

A number of state and local governments have failed to take necessary action to safeguard their residents, he said. “Innocent people have been savagely beaten, like the young man in Dallas, Texas who was left dying on the street, or the woman in upstate New York viciously attacked by dangerous thugs”.

“Small business owners have seen their dreams utterly destroyed. New York‘s finest have been hit in the face with bricks,” Trump said.

“Brave nurses who have battled the coronavirus are afraid to leave their homes. A police precinct has been overrun. Here in the nation’s capital, the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial have been vandalized. One of our most historic churches was set ablaze. A federal officer in California, an African-American enforcement hero, was shot and killed,” he said.

“These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of domestic terror. The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against God,” Trump said.

“I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do. All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd. My administration is fully committed that, for George and his family, justice will be served. He will not have died in vain,” he said .

Asserting that his administration has not allowed the righteous cries and peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob, Trump said the biggest victims of the rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities.

“And as their president, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you. I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters,” Trump said trying to calm down the situation.

“America needs creation, not destruction; cooperation, not contempt; security, not anarchy; healing, not hatred; justice, not chaos. This is our mission and we will succeed 100 per cent. We will succeed. Our country always wins,” the President said.

Describing the violence in Washington DC as a “total disgrace”, Trump said he has dispatched thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property.

“We are putting everybody on warning our 7 pm curfew will be strictly enforced. Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

“I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail. This includes Antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence,” Trump said.

The nationwide protests sparked by the killing of Floyd have left at least five people dead. Over 4,000 people have been arrested and curfews imposed in at least 40 cities following the violent protests.

(PTI)

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US states clamp down on protests against George Floyd’s death https://odishatv.in/world/us-states-clamp-down-on-protests-against-george-floyds-death-454709 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 05:50:41 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=454709

Washington: Some 5,000 US National Guard troops were deployed in major states amid the ongoing protests against the death of the unarmed African-American man, George Floyd in police custody on May 25 in the city of Minneapolis, while also demanding an end to racism and police violence. The troopers would assist law enforcement officers in […]

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Washington: Some 5,000 US National Guard troops were deployed in major states amid the ongoing protests against the death of the unarmed African-American man, George Floyd in police custody on May 25 in the city of Minneapolis, while also demanding an end to racism and police violence.

The troopers would assist law enforcement officers in the states who are in charge of security in the face of riots, and “thousands more stand ready if needed”, Xinhua news agency quoted the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Joseph Lengyel as saying in a tweet on Sunday.

Demonstrators in at least 30 cities across 16 states in the US have been protesting against police violence and racism since May 25, when Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old man, died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, held him down with a knee on his neck though he repeatedly pleaded, “I can’t breathe”, and “please, I can’t breathe”.

Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

On Saturday evening, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy directed the activation of Washington D.C. National Guard in response to the US Park Police asking for assistance with the protests, Commanding General William Walker said in a statement.

As many as 25 cities have imposed curfews while at least eight states and Washington D.C. have called on the National Guard to help respond to protests as of Saturday, said a CNN report.

Nearly 1,400 people have been arrested during the protests in 17 cities since May 28. But the actual number is likely higher as protests continued over the weekend.

According to CNN, among the cities imposing night-time curfews on Sunday are Los Angeles, Denver, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Rochester, Cleveland, Portland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Charleston, Nashville, Salt Lake City and Seattle.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Sunday announced another night-time curfew from 8 pm to 6 a.m. in Minneapolis and neighbouring St. Paul, reports Efe news.

At a Sunday press conference, Walz explained his decision, saying that it would be “naive and irresponsible to abandon strategy” considering how well the curfew had worked on Friday and Saturday night, combined with the fact that the Minnesota National Guard was fully mobilized on Saturday evening.

In Washington D.C. on Saturday night, about 70 Secret Service agents and Metro Police officers were injured during the disturbances near the White House and elsewhere and where police arrested 18 people, both departments reported on Sunday.

The law enforcement and presidential protection service personnel were injured by being punched, having bricks, stones, bottles, firecrackers and other objects thrown at them.

The Secret Service said that nobody was able to penetrate into the grounds of the White House and none of the people inside the presidential residence, including the President, were ever in danger.

A number of popular landmarks of the US capital around the National Mall in central Washington D.C. were defaced with graffiti also on Sunday.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday extended a curfew, which was initially applied only to downtown, to the whole city, requiring everyone within the City of Los Angeles to stay indoors from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

New York authorities on Sunday promised that “rapid” and “independent” investigations will be conducted into the violent confrontations between police and demonstrators on Saturday.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Sunday press conference that the police had done many things right, but they had also made some mistakes that will be thoroughly investigated.

Besides Minnesota and the District of Columbia, the states that have activated their National Guard troops are: Ohio, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker had ordered – at her request – a National Guard contingent to maintain a limited presence in the city on Lake Michigan to support the local police so that the disturbances that occurred on Saturday night would not be repeated.

During the riots and other unrest this week, at least three people have died by gunfire in Indianapolis, Detroit and Oakland, although police evidently were not involved in those deaths.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump lashed out at the media on Sunday, saying on Twitter: “The Lamestream Media is doing everything within their power to foment hatred and anarchy. As long as everybody understands what they are doing, that they are FAKE NEWS and truly bad people with a sick agenda, we can easily work through them to GREATNESS!”


In one of a number of tweets, Trump said “congratulations to our National Guard for the great job they did immediately upon arriving in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night. The ANTIFA led anarchists, among others, were shut down quickly. Should have been done by Mayor on first night and there would have been no trouble!”

Trump’s mention of “antifa” refers to “anti-fascists” with a radical and anti-capitalist movement in the US, activists who seek to achieve their objectives by direct action and a group that Trump has said he intends to designate as a “terrorist organization”.

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Donald Trump postpones G7 summit, wants India to be included https://odishatv.in/world/trump-postpones-g7-summit-wants-india-to-be-included-454529 Sun, 31 May 2020 06:03:37 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=454529

Washington: US President Donald Trump has announced he was postponing the G7 leaders’ summit, adding it was “outdated” and that he would like to invite more countries to the meeting, including India. “I’m postponing it because I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It is a […]

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Washington: US President Donald Trump has announced he was postponing the G7 leaders’ summit, adding it was “outdated” and that he would like to invite more countries to the meeting, including India.

“I’m postponing it because I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It is a very outdated group of countries,” Trump told reporters travelling with him aboard Air Force One back to Washington D.C. on Saturday after visiting Florida to attend the launch of the NASA-SpaceX Demo-2 mission from Cape Canaveral.

He said that the summit could be held over the weekend just before or after the UN General Assembly, which is scheduled to start on September 15, or after the US presidential election in November, reports Efe news.

Trump added that he would like to see more countries within the group made up of the US, Japan, France, the UK, Italy, Canada and Germany.

He said he wanted to invite India, Australia, Russia, and South Korea to the meeting, and that it could be a G11 or a G10.

The G7 leaders’ meeting, which the US is to host this year as it occupies the rotating presidency of the group, was scheduled from June 10 to 12.

Trump announced in April the cancellation of the in-person summit due to the rapid expansion and severity of the pandemic and said it would take place virtually.

Earlier in the week, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that Trump planned to hold the G7 summit in person at the White House at the end of June.

“The president thinks no greater example of reopening in his transition to greatness would be the G7 and the G7 happening here,” McEnany told reporters.

Alyssa Farah, White House director of strategic communications, on Saturday said that Trump wants to discuss China at the summit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week said she will not attend a face-to-face meeting in the US unless the course of the coronavirus spread changed.

Currently, the US has 1,770,165 confirmed cases and 103,776 deaths, both tallies account for the highest in the world, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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We Are Terminating Relationship With WHO, Says Donald Trump https://odishatv.in/world/we-are-terminating-relationship-with-who-says-donald-trump-454279 Sat, 30 May 2020 01:58:30 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=454279

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Friday said that America is terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization as he blamed it and China for the deaths and destruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe. Stating that the funding of the WHO would now be diverted to other global public health organizations, […]

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Washington: US President Donald Trump on Friday said that America is terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization as he blamed it and China for the deaths and destruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe.

Stating that the funding of the WHO would now be diverted to other global public health organizations, Trump announced a series of decisions against China including issuing a proclamation to deny entry to certain Chinese nationals and tightening of regulations against Chinese investments in America.

Donald Trump also announced that the US will end the special treatment of Hong Kong in response to the Chinese imposition of new controls.

He said that the US will revise its travel advisory to warn of surveillance in Hong Kong.

The world needs answers from China, Donald Trump said in his aggressive speech on a bright sunny day from the Rose Garden of the White House.

The president, however, did not take any questions.

For decades it has ripped off the US as no one has ever done before, he said, reiterating his charges against China.

China not only stole intellectual property, took away billions of dollars from the US and offshored the jobs but also violated its commitment under the World Trade Organization, he said, adding that it was able to get away with the theft, like no one before because of past politicians and past presidents.

China, he alleged, has unlawfully claimed territories in the Indo-Pacific ocean, threatening freedom of navigation and international trade and broke its word to the world on ensuring the autonomy of Hong Kong.

The United States wants an open and constructive relationship with China, but achieving this relationship requires us to vigorously defend our national interest, he said.

Trump alleged that the Chinese government has continually violated its promises to the US and many other nations.

These plain facts cannot be overlooked or swept aside, he said.

Observing that the world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government, Trump reiterated that China’s cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world, instigating a global pandemic that has cost more than 100,000 American lives and over one million lives worldwide.

Chinese officials ignored their reporting obligations to the World Health Organization and pressured the World Health Organization to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered by Chinese authorities. Countless lives have been taken, and profound economic hardship has been inflicted all around the globe, he said.

China, he said, has total control over the WHO despite only paying USD 40 million per year compared to what the US has been paying which is approximately USD 450 million a year.

We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engage with them directly, but they have refused to act.

Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs, Trump said.

The world needs answers from China on the COVID-19 virus, Donald Trump said.

We must have transparency. Why is it that China shut off infected people from Wuhan to all other parts of China? It went nowhere else; it didn’t go to Beijing, it went nowhere else, but they allowed them to freely travel throughout the world, including Europe and the United States. The death and destruction caused by this is incalculable, he said.

We must have answers not only for us but for the rest of the world. This pandemic has underscored the crucial importance of building up America’s economic independence, reshoring our critical supply chains, and protecting America’s scientific and technological advances. For years, the government of China has conducted illicit espionage to steal our industrial secrets of which there are many, Trump said.

Trump said that later in the day, he will issue a proclamation to better secure America’s vital university research and to suspend the entry of certain foreign nationals from China who have been identified as potential security risks.

Asserting that he is also taking action to protect the integrity of America’s financial system, Trump said he is instructing his presidential working group on financial markets to study the differing practices of Chinese companies listed on the US financial markets with a goal of protecting American investors.

Investment firms should not be subjecting their clients to the hidden and undue risks associated with financing Chinese companies that do not play by the same rules. Americans are entitled to fairness and transparency, he said.

Referring to the unilateral Chinese action control over Hong Kong security, Trump said that this was a plain violation of Beijing’s treaty obligations with the UK in the declaration of 1984 and explicit provisions of Hong Kong’s basic law which has 27 years to go.

China’s latest incursion, along with other recent developments that degraded the territory’s freedoms, makes clear that Hong Kong is no longer sufficiently autonomous to warrant the special treatment that we have afforded the territory since the handover, he said.

China has replaced its promised formula of one country, two systems with one country, one system; therefore, I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment, Trump added.

(PTI)

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Sino-India border standoff: China rejects Donald Trump’s offer to mediate https://odishatv.in/world/sino-india-border-standoff-china-rejects-donald-trumps-offer-to-mediate-454123 Fri, 29 May 2020 09:17:50 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=454123

Beijing: China on Friday rejected US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between India and China to end their current border standoff. In a surprise move, Trump on Wednesday offered to “mediate or arbitrate” the raging border dispute between India and China, saying he was “ready, willing and able” to ease the tensions, amid the […]

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Beijing: China on Friday rejected US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between India and China to end their current border standoff.

In a surprise move, Trump on Wednesday offered to “mediate or arbitrate” the raging border dispute between India and China, saying he was “ready, willing and able” to ease the tensions, amid the continuing standoff between the armies of the two Asian giants.

Reacting for the first time to the US president’s offer, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, the two countries did not want the “intervention” from a third party to resolve the current military standoff.

Between China and India we have existing border-related mechanisms and communication channels, Zhao told a media briefing here when asked about Trump’s offer.

We are capable of properly resolving the issues between us through dialogue and consultation. We do not need the intervention of the third party, he said.

Several areas along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh and North Sikkim have witnessed major military build-up by both the Indian and Chinese armies recently, in a clear signal of escalating tension and hardening of respective positions by the two sides even two weeks after they were engaged in two separate face-offs.

India has said the Chinese military was hindering normal patrolling by its troops along the LAC in Ladakh and Sikkim and strongly refuted Beijing’s contention that the escalating tension between the two armies was triggered by trespassing of Indian forces across the Chinese side.

The Ministry of External Affairs said all Indian activities were carried out on its side of the border, asserting that India has always taken a very responsible approach towards border management. At the same time, it said, India was deeply committed to protect its sovereignty and security.

(PTI)

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Trump Offers To Mediate Between China, India On Border Row https://odishatv.in/nation/trump-offers-to-mediate-between-china-india-on-border-row-453858 Wed, 27 May 2020 14:27:49 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=453858

New Delhi/Washington: The US on Wednesday revealed that it has offered to mediate in the ongoing standoff between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Union Territory of Ladakh. In his morning tweet, US President Donald Trump said that the White House has “informed both India and China that the […]

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New Delhi/Washington: The US on Wednesday revealed that it has offered to mediate in the ongoing standoff between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Union Territory of Ladakh.

In his morning tweet, US President Donald Trump said that the White House has “informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute.”

Though China has been aggressive against India at the border in the eastern sector in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, its latest offensive at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the western sector in Ladakh has resulted in Indian and Chinese soldiers locked in a face-off in Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldie.

The offer for arbitration came a day after both China and Pakistan issued blatant threats of war on India’s both fronts. The Pakistan Army also initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation with intense mortar-shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Balakote sector of Poonch district in Jammu & Kashmir, early Tuesday.

On Tuesday, China’s President Xi Jinping, was quoted by state news agency Xinhua, saying “It is necessary to explore ways of training and preparing for war” and “to step up preparations for armed combat, to flexibly carry out actual combat military training, and to improve our military’s ability to perform military missions.” His statement was preceded by a decision to increase the budget for the Chinese military by 6.6 per cent.

China’s close ally, Pakistan expressed similar views threatening war. Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during his second visit in a month, to the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on Sunday, said “Kashmir is a disputed territory and any attempt to challenge disputed status, including any political-cum-military thought related to aggression will be responded with full national resolve and military might,” threatening that “disturbing strategic stability matrix in South Asia can lead to dire consequences”.

“Pakistan Army is fully alive to the threat spectrum and will remain ever ready to perform its part in line with national aspirations,” he warned.

Both China and Pakistan which have occupied portions of the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir have aggressively opposed India’s bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories last year.

Though China has already built heavy infrastructure on the occupied territory, it is now suddenly objecting to the infrastructure development work that India has been carrying out on its side of the LAC.

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(IANS)

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Twitter labels Donald Trump tweets with a fact check for the first time https://odishatv.in/world/twitter-labels-donald-trump-tweets-with-a-fact-check-for-the-first-time-453799 Wed, 27 May 2020 07:47:24 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=453799

Washington: For the first time, Twitter put a warning label under two posts by Donald Trump, prompting the US president to accuse the popular social media platform of “interfering” in the presidential election scheduled in November. Twitter highlighted two of Trump’s tweets on Tuesday that falsely claimed mail-in ballots would lead to widespread voter fraud […]

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Washington: For the first time, Twitter put a warning label under two posts by Donald Trump, prompting the US president to accuse the popular social media platform of “interfering” in the presidential election scheduled in November.

Twitter highlighted two of Trump’s tweets on Tuesday that falsely claimed mail-in ballots would lead to widespread voter fraud in the elections, appending a message the social media giant has introduced recently to fight misinformation or unverified claims.

“There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Main-in Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed. The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone…..,” Trump tweeted.

Twitter’s notification displays a blue exclamation mark underneath the two tweets, suggesting readers “get the facts about mail-in ballots”.


Trump, who has some 80 million followers on Twitter, responded by tweeting again, saying the social media company “is completely stifling free speech”.

“Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post….,” a visibly upset Trump tweeted.

“Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!” he said in another tweet.

Trump, a Republican, seeking reelection in the November 3 presidential election, has been tweeting several times about the mail-in ballots in recent days. He has been accusing California, Michigan and other states ruled by the Democrats of enabling voter fraud by distributing the mail-in ballots during the raging coronavirus pandemic in the country that has killed over 98,000 people and infected over 1.6 million people.

Twitter had pledged to increase the warning labels under false or misleading information on its platform – but it has been slow to take steps against the US president who has been using the site daily, even to sack his top officials. Trump has also used Twitter as a platform to pick fights with other politicians and celebrities.

“Twitter has placed a fact-checking warning on a tweet issued by President Trump in which he claims without evidence that mail-in ballots are fraudulent,” the National Public Radio reported.

Twitter spokesman Trenton Kennedy told the NPR that while the tweet about mail-in voting does not violate Twitter’s rules since “it does not directly try to dissuade people from voting,” it does contain “misleading information about the voting process, specifically mail-in ballots.”

The Trump Campaign alleged that Twitter was interfering with the president getting his message through to American voters.

“We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting his message through to voters,” Brad Parscale, Trump 2020 campaign manager said.

“Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility. There are many reasons the Trump campaign pulled all our advertising from Twitter months ago, and their clear political bias is one of them,” Parscale said in a statement.

In a recent opinion survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 66 per cent of Americans said they would not be comfortable going to a polling place to cast their ballot during the current coronavirus outbreak.

Such public concerns have increased pressure on some states to expand the availability of mail-in ballots for all voters as part of the efforts to minimise the risk of viral exposure from in-person voting.

(PTI)

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China Accuses US Of Spreading ‘Conspiracies’ On COVID-19 Pandemic https://odishatv.in/world/china-accuses-us-of-spreading-conspiracies-on-covid-19-pandemic-453515 Mon, 25 May 2020 12:45:08 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=453515

Beijing: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has accused the US of spreading “conspiracies and lies” about the coronavirus pandemic, ratcheting up tensions between the two nations, it was reported. Speaking at an annual news conference during China’s parliamentary session on Sunday, Wang said that “some political forces in the US are taking China-US relations hostage”, […]

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Beijing: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has accused the US of spreading “conspiracies and lies” about the coronavirus pandemic, ratcheting up tensions between the two nations, it was reported.

Speaking at an annual news conference during China’s parliamentary session on Sunday, Wang said that “some political forces in the US are taking China-US relations hostage”, the BBC reported.

He did not specify what those forces were, but said they were trying to “push our two countries to the brink of a new Cold War”.

“Aside from the devastation caused by the novel coronavirus, there is also a political virus spreading through the US,” he said.

“This political virus is the use of every opportunity to attack and smear China.

“Some politicians completely disregard basic facts and have fabricated too many lies targeting China, and plotted too many conspiracies,” the BBC quoted Wang as saying.

But he called for co-operation between Washington and Beijing in tackling the outbreak.

“Both of us bear a major responsibility for world peace and development… China and the US stand to gain from co-operation, and lose from confrontation.”

US President Donald Trump and China have traded repeated barbs in recent weeks, on issues from the World Health Organization (WHO) to potential lawsuits against Beijing over its alleged cover-up of the outbreak.

The two world powers have experienced longstanding friction over issues such as trade and human rights, but tensions have risen dramatically amid the pandemic, said the BBC report.

On Sunday, Wang said the suggestion that US states could bring legal action against China was “a daydream” and lacked any precedent.

He also defended the WHO and its head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has been the target of recent US criticism.

Last week, President Trump accused the WHO of being a “puppet of China” that had let COVID-19 spin “out of control” at the cost of “many lives”.

He then shared a letter he had sent to Tedros, which outlined specific issues the US had regarding the WHO’s COVID-19 response.

The coronavirus pandemic first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December and was widely reported to have originated in a food market.

Since then, however, some senior US politicians have suggested that the source was a research facility in Wuhan that had been carrying out research on bat coronaviruses.

China has dismissed the idea.

(IANS)

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COVID-19 Updates From Around The World Today https://odishatv.in/coronavirus/covid-19-updates-from-around-the-world-today-452896 Fri, 22 May 2020 02:50:45 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=452896

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought countries around the world to a standstill. Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis from around the globe on Friday. Global COVID-19 cases top 5.1 mn: Johns Hopkins The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surged to over 5.1 million, while the death toll stood at 332,900, […]

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought countries around the world to a standstill. Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis from around the globe on Friday.

Global COVID-19 cases top 5.1 mn: Johns Hopkins
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The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surged to over 5.1 million, while the death toll stood at 332,900, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 5,101,967, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounts for the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 1,557,140 and 94,709, respectively.

In terms of cases, Russia has the second highest number of infections at 317,554, followed by Brazil (310,087), the UK (252,246), Spain (233,037), Italy (228,006), France (181,951), Germany (179,021), Turkey (153,548), Iran (129,341), India (118,226) and Peru (108,769), the CSSE figures showed.

Meanwhile, the UK came in second after the US with 36,124 COVID-19 deaths.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Italy (32,486), France (28,218), Spain (27,940) and Brazil (20,047).

Donald Trump says US not to shut down in case of 2nd coronavirus wave
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US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the US would not close in the case of a second coronavirus wave.

“People say that’s a very distinct possibility. It’s standard. And we’re going to put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country. We’re going to put out the fires,” Trump told reporters when asked if he was concerned about a second wave of COVID-19 during a tour of a Ford manufacturing plant in the state of Michigan, Xinhua reported.

“A permanent lockdown is not a strategy for a healthy state or a healthy country. Our country wasn’t meant to be shut down,” the president said.

“A never-ending lockdown would invite a public health calamity. To protect the health of our people we must have a functioning economy.”

The coronavirus has sickened over 1.5 million Americans and caused over 90,000 domestic deaths. The death toll is expected to reach 100,000 by the beginning of June, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Italy looks ahead three months after first COVID-19 outbreak
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The coronavirus infection curve has continued downward overall in Italy, three months after the pandemic officially broke out in the country’s northern Lombardy region on February 21.

Nationwide, the number of active infections dropped by 1,792 to 60,960 cases, according to the Civil Protection Department on Thursday. Recoveries increase by 2,278 compared to Wednesday, bringing the nationwide total to 134,560, Xinhua reported.

A further 156 COVID-19 patients had died in the past 24 hours in Italy, bringing the country’s toll to 32,486, out of total infection cases of 228,006.

Of those who tested positive for the new coronavirus, 640 are in intensive care, 36 fewer compared to Wednesday, and 9,269 are hospitalized with symptoms, down by 355 patients from Wednesday.

In a report to the Lower House of Parliament on Thursday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte outlined the government’s strategy for Phase Two or the post-lockdown phase.

“We realize the challenge that lies ahead is even more difficult and just as dangerous as the one we faced at the beginning of the emergency,” he said.

“Exactly three months after the first case was confirmed (in Lombardy), we can state in good conscience that we made the right choice, the only one that could prevent the epidemic from spreading throughout the national territory,” Conte said in reference to the March 10-May 3 national lockdown decreed by his government.

Although “the epidemiological picture is not completely resolved,” the government believes it is time to return to normality, the prime minister said.

UN launches global initiative to combat COVID-19 misinformation
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The UN on Thursday launched an initiative called “Verified” to counter COVID-19 misinformation by increasing the volume and reach of trusted, accurate information.

“We cannot cede our virtual spaces to those who traffic in lies, fear and hate,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who announced the initiative, Xinhua reported.

“Misinformation spreads online, in messaging apps and person to person. Its creators use savvy production and distribution methods. To counter it, scientists and institutions like the United Nations need to reach people with accurate information they can trust.”

Verified, led by the UN Department for Global Communications (DGC), will provide information around three themes: science, solidarity and solutions. It will also promote recovery packages that tackle the climate crisis and address the root causes of poverty, inequality and hunger, said the United Nations in a press release.

The initiative is calling on people around the world to sign up to become “information volunteers” to share trusted content to keep their families and communities safe and connected. The volunteers will receive a daily feed of verified content optimized for social sharing with simple, compelling messaging that either directly counters misinformation or fills an information void.

The DGC will partner with UN agencies and UN country teams, influencers, civil society, business and media organizations to distribute trusted, accurate content and work with social media platforms to root out hate and harmful assertions about COVID-19.

UK COVID-19 deaths top 36,000
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Another 338 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 36,042, the Department of Health and Social Care said on Thursday.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. As of Thursday morning, 250,908 people in Britain have tested positive, Xinhua reported citing the department.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told lawmakers on Wednesday that the country will have a “world-beating” test, track and trace operation which will be in place by June 1.

On Thursday, his spokesman confirmed at Downing Street that the contact-tracing app will not be ready at that time, saying that the app would be ready in the coming weeks.

“There is certainly no requirement to have the app in order to have an effective trace and system, which the PM spoke about, in place by June 1,” said the spokesman.

Africa’s COVID-19 cases pass 95,000 mark
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The number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases across Africa surpassed 95,000 as of Thursday afternoon, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, specialized healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union (AU), in its latest situation update issued on Thursday revealed that the number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases across the continent rose from 91,598 on Wednesday to 95,201 as of Thursday afternoon, registering about 3,603 new cases during the stated period, Xinhua reported.

The death toll due to the COVID-19 pandemic across the African continent also surged from 2, 912 on Wednesday afternoon to 2,997 as of Thursday afternoon, eventually registering about 85 new deaths during the past 24-hours period, according to the Africa CDC.

The Africa CDC also disclosed that some 38,075 people who have been infected with the COVID-19 have recovered across the continent as of Wednesday afternoon, registering some 2,267 new recoveries during the past 24-hours period.

The continental disease control and prevention agency also noted that the virus has so far spread into all of the 54 African countries.

Figures from the Africa CDC also show that amid the rapid spread of the virus across the continent, the highly COVID-19 affected African countries include South Africa with 18,003 confirmed cases, Egypt with 14,229 confirmed cases, Algeria with 7,542 confirmed cases as well as Morocco with 7,133 confirmed cases.

(With IANS Inputs)

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Took HCQ after valet tested Covid-19 positive, says Donald Trump https://odishatv.in/world/took-hcq-after-valet-tested-covid-19-positive-says-donald-trump-452578 Wed, 20 May 2020 08:09:30 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=452578

New York: President Donald Trump says he began taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) “as a frontline defence” after his valet and Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary tested positive for COVID-19. After the two of them tested positive, “I thought, you know, from my standpoint, not a bad time to take it, because we had the combination […]

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New York: President Donald Trump says he began taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) “as a frontline defence” after his valet and Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary tested positive for COVID-19.

After the two of them tested positive, “I thought, you know, from my standpoint, not a bad time to take it, because we had the combination of those — the two people,” he said on Tuesday.

Trump has been criticised by Democratic Party leaders and some doctors for taking HCQ, which has been described in the media as a dangerous drug.

Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Party leader in the Senate, said Trump taking HCQ was “dangerous” and accused him of giving false hopes.

Trump said, “I’ve had no impact from it. I’ve now – I’ve had no – I feel the same. I haven’t changed, I don’t think, too much.”

“But it seems to be an extra line of defence, and it’s gotten tremendous reviews from some people, including many, many doctors all over the world,” he added.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) National Task Force on COVID-19 has recommended that healthcare workers and others caring for coronavirus patients use HCQ as a preventive.

While it has been used by millions around the world for decades to fight malaria and is commonplace, in the US the focus has been on the side effects of interference with heartbeats in some people.

Trump said, “It’s gotten a bad reputation only because I’m promoting it. So I’m obviously a very bad promoter. If anybody else were promoting it, they’d say, ‘This is the greatest thing ever’.”

Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie pointed out that HCQ is widely used in the military.

“Those of us who’ve had a military life — some of us around this table — we’ve been taking this drug for years,” he said.

Both he and Trump disputed a study attributed in the media to the VA, the department that provides services for ex-servicepersons and runs a network of hospitals.

University of Virginia researcher Jayakrishna Ambati reported that the risk of death was found to be higher in ex-servicemen suffering from COVID-19 who were treated with it compared to those who were not.

Wilkes said, “That was not a VA study. Researchers took VA numbers and they did not clinically review them. They were not peer-reviewed.”

Trump added, “That was a phony study, and it’s very dangerous to do it.”

Some studies in France and elsewhere have shown positive results for the use of HCQ and several studies are underway in the US, India and elsewhere.

Trump had personally requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to relax the ban on HCQ export and allow India to export doses ordered before the COVID-19 pandemic.

India agreed and sent the US 3.5 million tablets and nine tonnes of ingredients to manufacture it.

(IANS)

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Donald Trump warns permanent freeze of WHO funding over subservience to China https://odishatv.in/world/donald-trump-warns-permanent-freeze-of-who-funding-over-subservience-to-china-452412 Tue, 19 May 2020 08:22:50 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=452412

Washington: US President Donald Trump has warned the WHO that he would reconsider America’s membership in the UN health body and “permanently freeze” the funding to it if it does not demonstrate its “independence” from China in the next 30 days. On April 14, President Trump halted America’s funding of up to USD 500 million […]

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Washington: US President Donald Trump has warned the WHO that he would reconsider America’s membership in the UN health body and “permanently freeze” the funding to it if it does not demonstrate its “independence” from China in the next 30 days.

On April 14, President Trump halted America’s funding of up to USD 500 million annually to the World Health Organisation while a review is being done to assess its role in “severely mismanaging and covering up” the spread of the deadly coronavirus when it first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

In a four-page letter to WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom, Trump said, “It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organisation in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world. The only way forward for the WHO is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China.”


My administration has already started discussions with you on how to reform the organisation. But action is needed quickly. We do not have time to waste, he wrote in his letter, which he tweeted on Monday night.

That is why it is my duty, as President of the United States, to inform you that, if the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the WHO permanent and reconsider our membership in the organisation, Trump said.

“I cannot allow American taxpayer dollars to continue to finance an organisation that, in its present state, is so clearly not serving America’s interests, he added.

In his letter dated May 18, Trump alleged that the WHO has failed to publicly call on China to allow for an independent investigation into the origins of the virus, despite the recent endorsement for doing so by its own Emergency Committee.

On Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping dispelled the criticism of secrecy and cover-up, saying “all along, we have acted with openness, transparency and responsibility. We have provided information to WHO and relevant countries in a most timely fashion.

Trump has accused China of covering up, while Australia and the European Union have called for more transparency in China’s COVID-19 control efforts including an independent inquiry into the origins of the virus.

The WHO’s failure to do so has prompted its member states to adopt the “COVID-19 Response” Resolution at this year’s World Health Assembly, which echoes the call by the US and so many others for an impartial, independent, and comprehensive review of how the WHO handled the crisis.

Last month, in response to President Trump’s criticism, Ghebreyesus gave a strident defence of his agency’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and said that the COVID-19 pandemic should not be “politicised” as unity is the only option to defeat the disease.

The resolution also calls for an investigation into the origins of the virus, which is necessary for the world to understand how best to counter the disease, he wrote.

In 2003, in response to the outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in China, Director-General Harlem Brundtland boldly declared the WHO’s first emergency travel advisory in 55 years, recommending against travel to and from the disease epicentre in southern China, he said.

She also did not hesitate to criticise China for endangering global health by attempting to cover up the outbreak…, the president said.

Trump alleged that the WHO has repeatedly made claims about the coronavirus that were either grossly inaccurate or misleading.

On January 14, the WHO gratuitously reaffirmed China’s now-debunked claim that the coronavirus could not be transmitted between humans, stating: “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) identified in Wuhan, China.” This assertion was in direct conflict with censored reports from Wuhan, he said.

On January 28, after meeting with President Xi in Beijing, you praised the Chinese government for its “transparency” with respect to the coronavirus, announcing that China had set a “new standard for outbreak control” and “bought the world time.”

“Even after you belatedly declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, you failed to press China for the timely admittance of a WHO team of international medical experts, Trump charged.

As a result, this critical team did not arrive in China until two weeks later, on February 16. And even then, the team was not allowed to visit Wuhan until the final days of their visit, he said.

Trump alleged that as of February 3, China was strongly pressuring countries to lift or forestall travel restrictions.

This pressure campaign was bolstered by your incorrect statements on that day telling the world that the spread of the virus outside of China was “minimal and slow” and that “the chances of getting this going to anywhere outside China (were) very low,” he said.

By the time you finally declared the virus a pandemic on March 11, it had killed more than 4,000 people and infected more than 100,000 people in at least 114 countries around the world, he said.

More than 300,000 people have died due to the coronavirus pandemic and over 4.8 million people infected around the world. The US is the worst-hit country with over 90,000 deaths and over 1.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.

(PTI)

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. Here are the latest updates on the COVID-19 crisis from around the globe on Sunday. Global COVID-19 cases top 4.6 mn: Johns Hopkins The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 4.6 million, while the death toll has surpassed 311,000, according to […]

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. Here are the latest updates on the COVID-19 crisis from around the globe on Sunday.

Global COVID-19 cases top 4.6 mn: Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 4.6 million, while the death toll has surpassed 311,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 4,634,068, while the death toll increased to 311,781, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US currently accounts for the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 1,467,796 and 88,754, respectively.

In terms of cases, Russia has the second highest number of infections at 272,043, followed by the UK (241,461), Brazil (233,142), Spain (230,698), Italy (224,760), France (179,630), Germany (175,752), Turkey (148,067) and Iran (118,392), the CSSE figures showed.

Meanwhile, the UK accounted for the second highest COVID-19 deaths worldwide at 34,546.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Italy (31,763), Spain (27,563), France (27,532), and Brazil (15,662).

Donald Trump says US reopening, ‘vaccine or no vaccine’

US President Donald Trump says the US will reopen, “vaccine or no vaccine”, as he announced an objective to deliver a coronavirus vaccine by year end.

He likened the vaccine project, dubbed “Operation Warp Speed”, to the World War Two effort to produce the world’s first nuclear weapons.

But Trump made clear that even without a vaccine, Americans must begin to return to their lives as normal, the BBC reported on Saturday.

Many experts doubt that a coronavirus vaccine can be developed within a year.

“I don’t want people to think this is all dependent on a vaccine,” he said. “Vaccine or no vaccine, we’re back. And we’re starting the process.”

“In many cases they don’t have vaccines and a virus or a flu comes and you fight through it,” he added. “Other things have never had a vaccine and they go away,” said Trump.

Canada approves first clinical trial for potential COVID-19 vaccine

The first Canadian clinical trial for a potential COVID-19 vaccine has been officially approved, according to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

At his press conference in Ottawa on Saturday, Trudeau said the Canadian Center for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University has been given the green light by Health Canada to begin clinical trials of the vaccine candidate, Xinhua news agency reported.

“If these vaccine trials are successful we could produce and distribute it here at home,” Trudeau said. “Research and development take time, and must be done right, but this is encouraging news.”

Trudeau said the National Research Council of Canada will work with the manufacturers of the potential vaccine so that it will be able to be manufactured domestically should the trials be successful.

As of Saturday afternoon, at least 75,770 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, with 5,677 deaths in the country.

Health Canada reportedly has authorized 33 clinical trials for supportive care or treatments for COVID-19 to date.

New single-day deaths from COVID-19 continue to drop in France

France had registered 96 new deaths from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, fewer than the previous two 24-hour periods, while the balance of the coronavirus-related hospitalization remains negative, France’s Health Ministry said.

According to the ministry, the 96 new single-day deaths were lower than 104 registered on Friday and 351 on Thursday. So far, 27,625 people have succumbed to the coronavirus-caused disease across France, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Meanwhile, France is now the world’s fourth worst-hit country in terms of human loss caused by COVID-19 after the United States, Britain and Italy.

Saudi Arabia’s coronavirus cases exceed 50,000

Saudi Arabia’s coronavirus cases reached 52,016, with the registration of 2,840 new infections, health authorities said.

The health ministry tweeted on its Twitter account on Saturday that ten more died from the coronavirus, raising the death toll to 302, and 1,797 individuals recovered, bringing the accumulated number of recoveries to 23,666, Xinhua news agency reported.

Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Bandar bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef, recently said that the coronavirus would reshape the global commercial shape, the Saudi Press Agency reported Friday.

He said that the virus outbreak would be followed by radical changes in various concepts of global trade.

(IANS)

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COVID-19 Crisis: US President Donald Trump Announces To Donate Ventilators to India https://odishatv.in/world/covid-19-crisis-us-president-donald-trump-announces-to-donate-ventilators-to-india-451769 Sat, 16 May 2020 03:21:47 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=451769

Washington: United States President Donald Trump has announced that the US will donate ventilators to India, moments after he underlined the close partnership between the two countries and called Prime Minister Narendra Modi his “good friend”. India”s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed 85,000 on Friday, surpassing China”s count of 82,933 confirmed cases. “I am […]

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Washington: United States President Donald Trump has announced that the US will donate ventilators to India, moments after he underlined the close partnership between the two countries and called Prime Minister Narendra Modi his “good friend”.

India”s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed 85,000 on Friday, surpassing China”s count of 82,933 confirmed cases.

“I am proud to announce that the US will donate ventilators to our friends in India,” Trump tweeted on Friday. However, the White House did not say how many breathing devices would be sent.

“We are sending a lot of ventilators to India. I spoke to Prime Minister Modi. We are sending quite a few ventilators to India. We have a tremendous supply of ventilators,” Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One on his way to Camp David.

The president is scheduled to spend his weekend at Camp David for a number of meetings.

At Trump”s request, India had last month allowed the export of 50 million hydroxychloroquine tablets to treat COVID-19 patients in America, the country worst hit by the pandemic.

Earlier in the day, Donald Trump praised India and Prime Minister Modi. “India has been so great and as you know your prime minister has been a very good friend of mine. I just got back a short while ago from India and we are very much together,” the president said, referring to his visit to New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Agra in February.

During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, “The president just extolled our great relationship with India. India has been a great partner to us for quite some time. I am encouraged to hear ventilators to India.”

She said India would be among several countries that would get the ventilators.

Trump on Friday said the US and India are cooperating to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. “Together we will beat the invisible enemy! We stand with India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during this pandemic,” Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House.

Trump recognised Indian-Americans as ‘great’ scientists and researchers, who are contributing to the development of coronavirus vaccine.

He said a COVID-19 vaccine would likely be available by the end of the year. He has announced appointing former head of vaccines at GlaxoSmithKline to spearhead the vaccine development effort.

(With agency inputs)

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