Category: International


NASA Astronaut Christina Koch Breaks Longest Female Stay Record

Christina Koch became the first woman astronaut to spend close to 11 months aboard the International Space Station. She was there in space with Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency.

NASA’s astronaut Christina Koch

Koch was seated and smiling while touching down at 0912 GMT. She dropped on the Kazakh steppe after spending 328 days in space. The world saw her as she was extracted from the Soyuz descent module in the video footage of Roscosmos space agency.

The 41-year old Michigan-born engineer was blasted off on March 14 last year. She returned safely to earth on February 7, 2020. The US President Donald Trump congratulated Koch on Twitter.

Trump hailed Koch

Donald Trump congratulated Koch on breaking the female record of longest stay in the space. He also said that she was inspiring the young women and making the US proud.

Koch broke record

The earlier record of 289 days was made by NASA veteran Peggy Whitson in 2016-17. But Koch broke that record on December 28. Today, she is only female astronaut to stay … Read the rest


Why Are Chinese Netizens Calling Li Wenliang A Martyr?

With over 560 dead and more than 28,000 infected, novel coronavirus infection is really a pandemic. But one of the dead persons include a doctor who was the among the first to warn the public about the outbreak and its severity.

Li Wenliang

An ophthalmologist by profession, Li was working in Wuhan Central Hospital in Hubei province that was the epicentre of the outbreak. He observed symptoms of the deadly SAARS virus in the early patients visiting the hospital. And the 34-year old doctor lost no time in understanding that there was another outbreak of virus. He sent alert messages his friends on December 30 but was later summoned for “rumour-mongering” along with other whistle-blowers.

China mourns death of Li Wenliang

The hospital where Li worked made a statement after his death. The statement read that the doctor got infection while treating other patients. And that he breathed his last on February 7. The hospital tried its best to save a valuable life but he couldn’t be saved.

People reacted to Li’s death

Li was summoned along with others for “rumour-mongering” and later he was made to sign a statement … Read the rest


Senate Acquits The US President Donald Trump Of All Impeachment Charges

US President Donald Trump came out of impeachment charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He easily defeated the effort to expel him from office with the staunch Republican support.

Impeachment of Donald Trump

Donald Trump was charged with illegally seeking help from Ukraine to bolster his 2020-re-election efforts. And there were strong evidences against Trump. But Republicans stayed loyal to him and defeated the impeachment by 52 to 48 on the first and 53 to 47 on the second. The Democrats were short of two-thirds supermajority required for conviction.

The Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts pronounced that with two-thirds present senators not found Donald Trump guilty, the Senate adjudges the President of the United States not guilty as charged.

Republican Mitt Romney voted Donald Trump as guilty in the first count but voted not guilty on the second count. But he was found to be a staunch critic of Trump and he risked White House wrath only due to his hatred for Trump.

Donald Trump celebrated the victory

Trump called the impeachment process a hoax and a witch hunt. He said … Read the rest


Novel Coronavirus Took 360 Lives In China And 1 In Philippines On Sunday

The novel coronavirus has claimed 360 lives in China exceeding the 349 mainland fatalities from SARS outbreak in 2002-03. The fresh death was reported from a major city far from the epicenter. The city is under lockdown.

China under the threat of novel coronavirus outbreak

56 new fatalities were reported from Hubei that is the epicenter of the outbreak. But Chinese authorities are still struggling to contain the virus but locking their cities down. On Sunday, the authorities confined people to their homes and closed roads in the eastern city of Wenzhou.

Wenzhou is approximately 800 kilometers from Wuhan from where the novel coronavirus emerged at the world stage. The virus has infected close to 17,000 people and spread to 24 countries outside China.

International outbreak of novel coronavirus

The first international fatality was reported from Philippines where a 44-year old patient from Wuhan died due to infection. The virus has spread to G7 countries – Canada,France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States have confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection. The G7 countries would discuss a joint response said Germany’s health minister Jens Spahn.

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Second Suspected Case of Novel Coronavirus Also Found In Kerala

The second case of novel coronavirus in India is reported from Kerala. The patient returned from China on January 24 and it suspected to have coronavirus infection but is said to be stable.

Novel coronavirus cases in India

On Thursday, the first case of novel coronavirus was reported from Kerala where a medical student from China’s Wuhan city reported the throat infection. Soon she was quarantined at a hospital in Thrissur.

The second suspected case of novel coronavirus was also from Kerala. But the case is yet to be confirmed said Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja. The minister said that the government was informed about the suspected case of coronavirus by National Institute of Virology in Pune. The institute said that there could be possibility of another positive case in Alappuzha.

NIV Pune is conducting detailed examination of the patient to confirm the case. Meanwhile, the government has released an advisory for people coming from China to report to health department. NIV Pune would confirm the second case in a short time.

Kerala, that has two cases of novel coronavirus, has 1,700 people under surveillance … Read the rest

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Britain Puts An End To Brexit On Friday 11 PM

On Friday 11 p.m., Britain bade farewell to the European Union. It has been nearly a half-century since UK joined the world’s largest trading bloc but it decided to walk out of EU to an uncertain future as a midsize economy.

Brexit timeline

Three-and-a-half ago, the then prime minister of Britain Theresa May proclaimed that “Brexit means Brexit” but she couldn’t keep her promise and had to resign in the wake of her inability to negotiate a Brexit deal.

The present prime minister Boris Johnson was voted to power only for Brexit and he kept the promise. He got commanding majority in election last month only on the promise to get Brexit done. After Brexit, he tweeted that spread hope and opportunity to every part of the UK.

Mr. Johnson met his cabinet in Sunderland to celebrate Brexit and promise that his government would undertake the biggest revival of the infrastructure since the Victorians. Sunderland is an industrial city in the north and also a traditional labor stronghold.

UK before and after Brexit

Brexit debate split the country geographically and generationally. But the future of … Read the rest