Jaishankar Meets China Counterpart Amid LAC Standoff, Says India Never Tried to Change Status Quo Ante
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a bilateral meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on Thursday amid a massive spike in border tensions in eastern Ladakh, triggered by fresh face-offs between the two armies. In meeting which lasted more than two hours, sources said Jaishankar stressed on the need to maintain peace and tranquillity in the region, and reiterated that Indian forces never tried to change the status quo ante along the Line of Actual Control.
BJP Asks its Overseas Wing Members to Refrain From Using Party Logo in US Polls amid Probe Row
After allegations surfaced about the Overseas Friends of BJP’s (OFBJP) US chapter being investigated by the US's Justice Department, Vijay Chauthaiwale, who is in-charge of the party’s foreign affairs department, has issued a statement to members of the OFBJP to "participate in US election campaign and support any candidate or a party in their personal capacity" but "not to use BJP or OFBJP’s name during the campaign." The controversy comes in the wake of a campaign video, titled 'Four More Years', launched by the Republican Party that has visuals from rallies of Trump's India visit Modi's US visit.
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Desperate wait: The Serum Institute of India paused clinical trials of AstraZeneca-Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate in the country until the British drugmaker restarts them. “We are reviewing the situation and pausing India trials,” Serum Institute, the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturer by volume, said in a brief statement.
Setback: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has refused to accept Raghuvansh Prasad Singh’s resignation from the party, saying he would speak to the disgruntled senior leader once he is out of hospital. Singh had resigned in a brief one-line letter, written from his bed in AIIMS where he is undergoing treatment for previous Covid-related complications.
Taking on Covid: The UN called for an immediate "quantum leap" in funding for global programmes to combat the coronavirus and restore prosperity. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries to find $15 billion over the next three months to fund the ACT-Accelerator programme, a global collaboration to hunt for a vaccine and treatments led by the WHO.
Another mishap: A huge fire raged in Beirut port, sparking alarm among Lebanese still reeling from a devastating dockside explosion that disfigured the capital last month. Thick black columns of smoke rose into the sky, as the army said the blaze had engulfed a warehouse storing oil and tyres.
Fall from grace: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will no longer be invited to events of the European Parliament’s human rights prize, which she won in 1990, EU lawmakers said. Her suspension was “a response to her failure to act and her acceptance of the ongoing crimes against the Rohingya community in Myanmar”.
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Covid woes: Parents are disheartened as private schools are removing children from online classes due to non-payment of fees. Many parents joined strikes outside the schools to fight for the children’s right to education, and demanded time to pay the fees, as during the lockdown the business were badly hit. They are mulling making their children drop a year, taking a legal recourse or just staying hopeful for the change of heart of schools’ administration ahead of half yearly examinations starting from September 14, Eram Agha reports.
On different pages: The Congress’s Bengal appointment could resonate in Parliament which begins next week after the first setback to opposition unity came with a no-show by them for the deputy chairman election in Rajya Sabha. But now, all eyes are on the post of deputy speaker in Lok Sabha as both Trinamool Congress and Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury have made it clear that the post needs to be filled. However, writes Pallavi Ghosh, there could be another embarrassment or roadblock for the Opposition here too, the genesis being the bad blood between the Bengal units of both the parties.