During a surprise visit to address the troops this morning in Nimu in Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday that “the era of expansionism is over” and that countries around the world have joined expansionism and are oriented towards an era of development and open competition.
- “The age of expansionism is over; we are now in an age of development and open competition. In the last century, examples are rife of countries that had adopted an expansionist attitude and threatened world peace but were eventually either destroyed or had to beat an ignominious retreat,” he said in a rather direct reference to China and its troop build-up on the Indian border. Modi was accompanied on his visit by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief Gen MM Naravane.
- Meanwhile Beijing, reacted sharply to Modi’s remarks. “China has demarcated boundary with 12 of its 14 neighbouring countries through peaceful negotiations. It is groundless to view China as ‘expansionist’, exaggerate and fabricate its disputes with neighbours,” Ji Rong, the spokesperson of the Chinese embassy said.
“India and China are in communication and negotiations on lowering the temperatures through military and diplomatic channels. No party should engage in any action that may complicate the situation at this point,”Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian said at a ministry briefing on Friday.
The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) plans to launch the first indigenous Covid-19 vaccine by August 15, 2020, after all clinical trials have been completed. The ICMR said it has partnered with Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) to speed up clinical trials.
- Bharat Biotech had recently received approval for a clinical trial of its vaccine, called Covaxin.
- It is the first indigenous vaccine developed by India and is being monitored at the highest level of government.
- The vaccine is derived from a SARS-CoV-2 strain isolated by ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune.
- The ICMR and BBIL are working together for the preclinical and clinical development of this vaccine, noted a letter published by the ICMR.
The Union Department of Health has stated that early detection and timely clinical management of Covid-19 cases have resulted in increased daily recoveries, with recovery rates for coronavirus patients exceeding today 60% .
- It’s a positive number to celebrate, as coronavirus cases in India soared for the first time by more than 20,000 a day, bringing the country to 625,544, while the number of deaths rose to 18,213 with 379 new deaths.
- Thanks to state contributions, the number of cases confirmed at the time of publication of this Daily News summary was 6,444,577, with approximately 18,598 deaths. The number of people recovered was 3,90,262.
Regular international commercial passenger flights will not be able to operate to and from India before July 31, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced today.
- The ban was originally in effect until July 15, This decision comes at a time when other countries are starting international flights.
- These include the Dutch airlines KLM, Emirates and Qatar Airways.
- Qatar predicts that by mid-July its airline network will expand to 430 weekly flights covering 65 international destinations.
The JEE and NEET exams have been postponed until September due to the Covid-19 situation. JEE-Main will now take place from September 1 to 6, JEE-Advanced will take place on September 27 and NEET will take place on September 13, said Union Human Resources Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
- Originally, the NEET entrance medical examination was to take place on July 26, the JEE (sector), for admission to engineering schools, was scheduled from July 18 to 23, and the JEE (advanced) , for admission to IIT, was scheduled for August 23.
The UK said on Friday that it would allow international quarantine travel to certain low-risk countries on its green zone list of 50 countries. British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the United States was in the red zone. The classification of India remains to be confirmed. While the full list of 50 low-risk countries has yet to be released, Germany, France, Spain and Italy have been confirmed in the green zone.