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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Krishn Kaushik


Delhi: Drugs to oxygen, amid Covid-19 surge, black market flourishes
Sat, May 15, 2021

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”.

Explained: Here’s how Israel’s Iron Dome intercepts rockets
Tue, May 18, 2021

Videos on social media showed rockets fired from Gaza being intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome air defence system. It appeared that the rockets were hitting an invisible shield.

Paid Waze Rs 25 lakh after FIR in TRP case: BARC official
Sun, May 09, 2021

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.

Delhi has sufficient oxygen if cases remain at this level, says INOX Director
Wed, May 05, 2021

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.

Judge to Secy: In city of power, almost powerless in the face of scarcity
Fri, Apr 30, 2021

A top economist who has worked with the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council needed remdesivir last week and friends had to go to Twitter to spread the word and get help.

Air Force Chief updates PM about Covid relief ops; DRDO to set up 500 oxygen plants across country
Wed, Apr 28, 2021

The Air Force Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria also informed the PM that “near saturation vaccination coverage has been achieved” in his force.

‘Need all hands on deck’: Navy ready to bring oxygen containers from IOR nations
Wed, Apr 28, 2021

A senior Navy officer said that “Navy's heavy lift capable ships are ready for bringing in Covid-19 supplies and equipment from the IOR and South East, East Asian countries”.

India third highest military spender in 2020, states data published by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Tue, Apr 27, 2021

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.

UK’s Indo-Pacific tilt: Britain’s aircraft carrier to visit India, Japan on maiden deployment
Mon, Apr 26, 2021

The British Government said that the UK Carrier Strike Group’s “globe-spanning maiden deployment will feature visits to India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore”.

CDS Bipin Rawat briefs PM Narendra Modi about operation by Armed Forces in handling Covid surge
Mon, Apr 26, 2021

The Defence Ministry mentioned in a statement that Rawat apprised Modi about nursing personnel being employed in “large numbers to complement the doctors at the hospitals”.

IAF brings oxygen containers from Singapore, Navy on standby
Sun, Apr 25, 2021

The Navy has been kept on standby, and the other forces are creating new facilities in different districts for Covid-19 patients, the ministry stated.

Uttarakhand: 10 die in glacier break in Chamoli, 400 rescued
Sun, Apr 25, 2021

The Uttarakhand Police said eight people were unaccounted for, with bad weather affecting rescue operations.

Chamoli glacier burst: At least 8 dead, Indian Army rescues 384 BRO workers
Sat, Apr 24, 2021

Chamoli glacier burst: The area is “experiencing heavy rains and snow for the last 5 days”, an Army statement read.

99% in armed forces have got first vaccine dose, 75% both
Sat, Apr 24, 2021

Nearly 75 per cent have been given both doses.

Centre considers using IAF to import oxygen containers
Fri, Apr 23, 2021

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”.

World Press Freedom index: India retains 142 of 180 spot, remains “one of the world’s most dangerous countries” for journalists
Wed, Apr 21, 2021

For India, the latest report has blamed an environment of intimidation created by BJP supporters for any critical journalist, who, the report said, is marked as “anti-state” or “anti-national”.

Before troops took Kailash heights, Army looked East to relieve Ladakh pressure
Mon, Apr 19, 2021

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”.

Explained: In India-China border dispute, strategic significance of Hot Springs, Gogra Post
Thu, Apr 22, 2021

China, according to the source, informed India that it should be “happy” with what has been achieved regarding the disengagement in the Pangong Tso area.

China refuses to leave Hot Springs, Gogra: ‘India should be happy with what has been achieved’
Sun, Apr 18, 2021

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

India will not be pushed, stood firm against China, says CDS Rawat
Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Rawat also spoke about the exit of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan. He said India has “concerns about Afghanistan” and would “like to see peace and tranquillity returning to that region”.

Regular Chinese Navy presence in Indian Ocean Region over past decade: Navy Chief
Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Karambir Singh said China looks west for its energy, markets and resources and hence “it won’t be surprising that soon they would be coming into the Indian Ocean Region” because “flag follows trade”.

LAC: India, China share proposals, agree on need to resolve standoff
Sun, Apr 11, 2021

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.

Explained: Freedom of Navigation Operations, US’s 7th Fleet and India’s EEZ
Sat, Apr 10, 2021

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".

US warship stirs the waters ‘without Indian consent’, Delhi conveys concern
Sat, Apr 10, 2021

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.

China has capability to launch cyber attacks: CDS General Bipin Rawat
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

He said India is focusing on cyber defence and working on offensive cyber capabilities as well to counter such threats.