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Indian Army briefs on recent accusation by China
- While India is committed to disengagement & de-escalating situation on the LAC, China continues to undertake provocative activities to escalate. At no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing
- In the instant case on 07 September, it was China’s PLA troops who were attempting to close-in with one of our forward positions along the LAC & when dissuaded by own troops, PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate own troops
- It is the PLA that has been blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manoeuvres, while engagement at military, diplomatic and political level is in progress.
- Despite grave provocation, own troops exercised great restraint & behaved in a mature & responsible manner. We are committed to maintaining peace & tranquility, however are also determined to protect national integrity & sovereignty at all costs
Fitch projects 10.5 per cent contraction in Indian economy this fiscal
- Fitch Ratings on Tuesday projected a massive 10.5 per cent contraction of India’s economy in the current financial year.
- India recorded one of the sharpest gross domestic product (GDP) contractions in the world in April-June.
- India’s GDP shrank by a staggering 24 per cent year-on-year amid the imposition of one of the most stringent global nationwide lockdown.
- “GDP should rebound strongly in 3Q20 (October-December) amid a re-opening of the economy, but there are signs that the recovery has been sluggish and uneven,” Fitch said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that China acted in an open and transparent manner on the COVID-19 outbreak and that it had taken concrete efforts that helped save tens of millions of lives around the world during the pandemic: Reuters
India records highest coronavirus deaths in more than a month
- India recorded its highest daily deaths from the coronavirus in more than a month on Tuesday, even as new infections slowed, data from the health ministry showed.
- The health ministry said 1,133 people had died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest since July, taking total mortalities to 72,775. But new daily cases were at 75,809, the lowest in a week.
- India surprassed Brazil on Monday to become the country with the most number of coronavirus cases outside of the United States and has a cumulative caseload of 4.28 million.
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A total of 5,06,50,128 samples tested up to 7th September 2020. Of these, 10,98,621 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research
The Summer of COVID-19 ends with health officials worried
- The Lost Summer of 2020 drew to a close Monday with many big Labor Day gatherings cancelled across the U.S. and health authorities pleading with people to keep their distance from others so as not to cause another coronavirus surge like the one that followed Memorial Day.
- The U.S. had about 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases around Memorial Day, before backyard parties and other gatherings contributed to a summertime surge.
- It now has more than 6.2 million cases, according to the count kept by Johns Hopkins University. Deaths from the virus more than doubled over the summer to nearly 190,000.
Samsung wins USD 6.6 billion contract from Verizon to create 5G
- Samsung Electronics Co. will develop 5G network infrastructure for Verizon Communications under a USD 6.65 billion deal announced Monday.
- The contract runs through 2025, according to a Samsung corporate filing.
- Samsung and Verizon have worked together before. In 2018, for example, Samsung technology was behind a 5G home service that Verizon offered to some customers in California, Texas and Indiana.
- “Samsung has demonstrated their commitment to collaborating with us to drive innovation in 5G,” New York-based Verizon said in a statement.
External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr. S Jaishankar to leave for Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Foreign Ministers’ meet in Moscow. Dr. S Jaishankar will have a short halt in Tehran (Iran); he is likely to meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif today: Sources
India, US, Israel collaborating in 5G tech: Official
- India, Israel and the United States have begun collaboration in developmental area, and in next generation of emerging technologies, including a transparent, open, reliable and secure 5G communication network, a top official has said.
- The branching out of this trilateral initiative in development and technological arena is a result of the people-to-people collaboration, in particular those by Indian diaspora in the US and Israel, that was initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his historic visit to Israel three years ago in July 2017, community leaders said.
- A collaboration in 5G is a just tip of the iceberg and a first step, according to US Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick.
Telangana Cabinet gives nod to GST and FRBM Bills among others
China government-owned Global Times claims that Indian troops crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near the south bank of Pangong Tso Lake on Monday
First batch of Russian COVID-19 Vaccine released into public
- The first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, developed by Russia’s Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has been released into civil circulation, regional deliveries are planned in the nearest future, the Russian Health Ministry informs.
- “The first batch of the ‘Gam-COVID-Vac’ [Sputnik V] vaccine for the prevention of the new coronavirus infection, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Ministry of Health of Russia, has passed the necessary quality tests in the laboratories of Roszdravnadzor [medical device regulator] and has been released into civil circulation,” the ministry said in a statement.
Kamala Harris will never be president: Trump
- US President Donald Trump has slammed the “rhetoric” against the coronavirus vaccine by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate Senator Kamala Harris, who he said would “never” be the president.
- Trump was apparently responding to a CNN interview by Harris on Sunday, in which the vice-presidential nominee said she would not trust the president unless there was a credible source of information that talks about the vaccine’s efficacy and reliability.
- “She (Harris) is talking about disparaging a vaccine so that people don’t think the achievement was a great achievement,” Trump said at a Labor Day press conference at the White House on Monday.
China reports 10 new cases
- China reported 10 new COVID-19 cases for Sept. 7, down from 12 a day earlier, the national health authority said on Tuesday.
- The National Health Commission said in a statement that all new cases were imported infections involving travellers from overseas, marking the 23nd consecutive day of no local infections.
- The commission also reported 13 new asymptomatic infections, down from 17 a day earlier. China does not count symptomless patients as confirmed cases.
Chinese border defense troops were forced to take countermeasures to stabilize the situation after Indian troops outrageously fired warning shots to PLA border patrol soldiers who were about to negotiate, PLA Western Theater Command spokesperson said, according to Global Times
Indian Army again illegally crossed the Line of Actual Control in Shenpao mountain near the south bank of Pangong Tso Lake on Monday, PLA Western Theater Command spokesperson said: China govt owned Global Times
Australian media firms pull journalists from China over security worries
- Two of Australia’s leading foreign correspondents in China have rushed home for their own safety after they were questioned separately by China’s Ministry of State security, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday.
- China correspondents for the ABC and the Australian Financial Review (AFR) sought shelter in Australia’s embassy in Beijing and consulate in Shanghai as diplomats negotiated with Chinese officials to allow them to leave the country, the ABC and the AFR reported.