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Failure to protect UK’s borders led to more COVID-19 cases

IANS London The UK government’s failure to impose stricter measures along the country’s borders and to have proper quarantines measures in place during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak, led to a surge in the number of confirmed cases, an official report published by a Parliament committee said. The report by the House of Commons (lower house) Home Affairs …

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US reportedly looking to ramp up arms sales to India

PTI Washington The US is looking to ramp up arms sales to India, including those of armed drones that can carry over 1,000 pounds of bombs and missiles, said a media report, noting the “new push” comes following the violent clashes in June between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh. Twenty Indian army personnel were killed during the clashes with …

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Pak will continue to raise Kashmir issue at world stage, says Imran

PTI Islamabad Notwithstanding the unsuccessful attempts made by him to raise the Kashmir issue at the world stage, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday reiterated that his country would continue to raise the matter at all international forums. Addressing the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s legislative assembly on the first anniversary of India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and …

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French President travelling to ‘troubled country’ to offer support

AP Paris French President Emmanuel Macron is travelling to Lebanon on Thursday to offer support for the troubled country after a massive, deadly explosion that has drawn global pledges of medical and humanitarian aid. Macron’s office told on Wednesday that the French leader will meet with Lebanese political leaders. It provided no further details. Lebanon is a former French protectorate …

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Indian-origin doctor appointed New York City’s new health commissioner

PTI New York Dr Dave A Chokshi, a 39-year-old Indian-origin physician with expertise in public health, has been appointed as New York City’s new health commissioner by Mayor Bill de Blasio who praised him for playing a crucial role in addressing the unprecedented coronavirus challenges faced by the city. Chokshi was named Commissioner of the City’s Department of Health and …

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COVID-19 pandemic affected about 1.6 billion students across world: UN

PTI United Nations The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion students in all countries and continents and an additional 23.8 million children and youth could drop out or not have access to school next year due to the pandemic’s economic impact alone, the UN Secretary General’s policy brief on education said. …

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Indian-Americans to celebrate Ram Temple foundation laying ceremony

PTI Washington Temples across the US have announced special events to celebrate the foundation laying ceremony of the historic Ram Temple in Ayodhya, with a tableau truck displaying digital images of the Ram Temple going around the US Capitol Hill, according to Hindu community leaders. The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the temple would take place on August 5 …

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China, WHO in talks on plans to trace coronavirus origin

AP Beijing China and the World Health Organization are discussing plans to trace the origin of the coronavirus outbreak following a visit to the country by two experts from the UN Agency, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters the experts conducted “preparatory consultations on scientific research cooperation on virus tracing” during their two-week stay, which …

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