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Xi Jinping Prepares China For The Worst-Case Scenario

China has stepped up its battle preparedness amid a face-off with Indian soldiers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Chinese Premier Xi Jinping ordered the military to be ready for the worst-case scenario without mentioning any specific threat to the country.

Chinese preparedness for battle

Recently China increased its defense budget by 6.6% to $179 billion. It is the second larges military spender after the US and its defense budget is nearly three-times that of India. But the recent increase in the defense budget is the lowest in recent years.

Power to Xi Jinping

The 66-year old leader is the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). Also, he has prospects of lifelong tenure in power. As head of two-million-strong military, he called a meeting of all country’s top military and police officials during the current parliament session in Beijing to update them about the present situation.

Battling the US

The US has increased its patrolling in the disputed South China Sea as well as the Taiwan Straits. Also, the US has alleged China of spreading coronavirus pandemic to the world. And this war of words … Read the rest

Indian-American Scientist Bags Prestigious Science Award

Renowned Indian-American inventor Rajiv Joshi has bagged the prestigious Inventor of the Year award for his great work in the field of electronic industry and artificial intelligence.

Early life and qualification of Dr Joshi

The master inventor has more than 250 patented inventions in the US and he works at the IBM Thomson Watson Research Center in New York. He is an alumnus of IIT Mumbai and holds an MS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Also, he has done PhD in mechanical/electrical engineering from Columbia University, New York.

He remembered that his parents always inspired him with the stories of the renowned inventors like Guglielmo Marconi, Madame Curie, Right Brothers, James Watt, Alexander Bell, Thomas Edison and others. He said that the stories of the great stalwarts shaped his mind and encouraged him to do inventions.

Award

The prestigious annual award was presented by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association early this month but it was a virtual award ceremony. In his acceptance speech, Dr Joshi said that could, artificial intelligence and quantum computing not only remained the buzzwords but their utility, widespread usage was advancing … Read the rest

Cyber Bullying Takes Another Life In South Korea

Hanna Kimura 22, a professional female wrestler who also participated in the popular Japanese reality series “Terrace House” died on Saturday. Her wrestling organization shared and confirmed the news. The organization also said that Hanna Kimura reportedly faced online bullying.

Cause of death of Hanna Kimura

The organization that shared information about her death said that the reasons for her death were unknown. The wrestler turned actor had recently postage messages on social media saying goodbye to her fans. But local media said that her death is related to the online bullying she faced over her remarks and behavior in the reality show.

Terrace House show

Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 was a popular series about six strangers. They all were looking for love and were locked under the same roof. It was a popular show on Netflix. It was also broadcasted by Japan’s Fuji Television.

World Wonder Ring Stardom, a women’s wrestling league in Japan, said in a statement that they were very sorry to report that their Hanna Kimura had passed away. The statement further read urged people to be respectful to allow some time for things to process. … Read the rest

Did US Buy Substandard Drugs For COVID-19?

Bayer AG made a hefty donation of chloroquine drugs after the President Donald Trump touted the tablet as a “gamechanger” in their fight against COVID-19. But the chief of staff of the US Food and Drug Administration, Keagan Lenihan, was found alerting the government about the need for 3-4 days of testing of the drugs.

FDA alerts the US government

Reuters reviewed the emails among federal health officials in which the FDA chief was seen alerting the administration. Bayer had since donated 3 million tablets of Resochin to add to the US stockpile of COVID-19 drugs. Also, the US government approved use of those medicines on an emergency basis. But three US government sources raised serious concerns about the quality of the drugs.

Concerns raised by US officials

The drug Resochin is made in India and Pakistan and according to the sources, the FDA dropped its quality-standards to get the drugs. But the fact is that the plants that make Resochin in India and Pakistan have never been registered or inspected by FDA.

Drugs Regulatory Authority of Pakistan noticed gross failure in manufacturing process of Resochin in a Pakistani … Read the rest

White House Follows Narendra Modi On Twitter

The only world leader, White House follows on Twitter is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. White House is official residence of President of US and a major power center in the world.

World leaders followed by White House

The White House boasts of having 21 million followers on Twitter but it follows only 19 people and 16 of those are Americans. And the exception remaining three includes PM Narendra Modi. It proves that US gives priority to India over other countries.

In addition to PM Modi, the White House also follows President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister’s Office. It also follows Indian Embassy in USA and Indians in USA.

Modi Trump bonhomie

Both the leaders share a good rapport. They have met several times on different occasions. Also, they have jointly addressed two massive informal gatherings – first in the US and the second in India.

Earlier this week, President Trump said that he would be surprised, if the PM Modi stood firm on his ban on the export of hydroxychloroquine that is an anti-malaria drug but considered useful for treating COVID-19 patients.

Trump threatened

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Trump Accuses WHO Of Bias And Threatens To Cut Funding

US President Donald Trump accused the World Health Organization of bias towards China during the coronavirus pandemic and said that he could cut US funding to the WHO for its biased behavior.

Trump threatened WHO

Donald Trump said WHO, the UN body, could see a very powerful hold on funding from the US. It is well-known that the US is the biggest contributor of funds to WHO.

Trump pursues an America First policy and he has criticized WHO and other UN and multinational organizations in pursuance of his policy. But he revealed no details about the amount of fund to be withheld. On the contrary, he said that he was not saying, he was going to do that. He would look at ending the funding, added Trump.

Trump accuses WHO of bias

Donald Trump accused WHO of being very China centric while giving a faulty recommendation against curtailing international travel to stop the virus that first spread in China. He said that fortunately he rejected their advice on keeping the US borders open to China early on.

China also faced criticism from Republicans for mishandling … Read the rest