The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation wrote to the drugs controllers of all states on April 7 that some states were “reporting shortage of remdesivir” and that “this may lead to its hoarding and black marketing”.
The letter, sent in March this year, claims that the money was paid to stop Waze from allegedly harassing BARC employees. Calling it a false allegation, Waze's lawyer Sudeep Pasbola denied that he had demanded money from BARC officials.
Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Siddharth Jain mentioned that the spike in cases that the country has seen in the second wave was not predicted, and that only a lockdown can break the chain, unless the entire country’s population is vaccinated.
The US spent a total of $778 billion in 2020, China spent $252 billion and India’s military expenditure was $72.9 billion. All three countries saw their military spending go up compared to 2019, even during a pandemic year.
A Defence Ministry source said the "feasibility of using the Air Force" for the task "is being discussed". The source said that looking at the grim situation in parts of the country, “all options are being considered at the moment”.
According to the source, the Eastern Command was told “you take measures first to augment your defensive capability, and then be ready to go launch (an offensive) to relieve pressure in the area of Ladakh”.
The Sunday Express has learnt that on April 9, during the last round of talks at the Corps Commander-level, China refused to pull back its troops from Hot Springs and Gogra Post which, along with Depsang Plains, remain the friction points between the two sides
A senior military officer said “both sides shared their proposals” and “more talks will be required” since “there has been no agreement”. The officer said the Indian side raised the issue of all friction points in eastern Ladakh during the discussions.
The US Navy announced on April 7 that the USS John Paul Jones from its 7th Fleet had "asserted navigational rights and freedoms inside India’s exclusive economic zone, without requesting India’s prior consent".
Reacting to the development, the Ministry of External Affairs adhered to the government's stand on not allowing military exercises in its exclusive economic zone without consent and said it has conveyed its concerns to the US government through diplomatic channels.