In this week's news from the world outside, as a goodwill gesture, India has started supplying vaccines to neighbouring countries. The rival faction in the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) expelled caretaker PM KP Sharma Oli from the party. Russia has been seeing massive protests against President Putin and in support of Alexei Navalny.
- India started supplying vaccines to neighbouring countries as a goodwill gesture.
- The chunk of vaccines on grant are as follows - 1.5 lakh doses to Bhutan, 1 lakh doses to Maldives, 10 lakh doses to Nepal, 20 lakh doses to Bangladesh, 15 lakh doses for Myanmar, 1 lakh doses to Mauritius and 50,000 doses to Seychelles.
- Vaccine supplies to Afghanistan and Sri Lanka on grant basis is in the pipeline.
- These are all Serum Institute of India’s COVISHIELD vaccines.
- Contractual supplies are also being undertaken to Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Morocco, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
India-China Corps Commander level talks
- India and China held the 9th round of Corps Commander level talks on the LAC friction in Eastern Ladakh.
- The Indian delegation was led by Lt Gen Menon and Ministry of External Affairs representative – Additional Secretary (East Asia) Naveen Srivastava.
- The joint statement issued after the 16 hours of talks said – They agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, strengthen communication on the ground, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoid taking any actions that may complicate the situation.
Nepal: Prachanda-Nepal faction expels KP Sharma Oli from NCP
- The rival faction in the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) expelled caretaker PM KP Sharma Oli from the party.
- The rival faction has called his move to ask for dissolution of House of Representatives as unconstitutional.
- The Election Commission rejected the claim of both factions to the NCP
- It is expected now that Oli will revive the Communist Party of Nepal – UML (CPN-UML)
- Listen to our podcast with Senior Journalist from Nepal Santosh Ghimire on what it means for the politics in Nepal and for neighbour India.
Massive anti-Putin protests rock Russia
- Anti-Putin protests were seen across Russian cities on 23rd January.
- About 100 cities and towns from Siberia to Moscow and St Petersburg saw simultaneous protests break out against President Putin and in support of Alexei Navalny.
- The protestors clashed with the police and reports from Russia suggested that more than 3000 people were arrested.
- The supporters of arrested opposition leader Alexei Navalny were seen being beaten and dragged by the riot police in Moscow.
Donald Trump’s Senate trial
- The Senate received the article of impeachment – charging Trump with incitement - from the House on 25th January.
- Though reports from the US suggest that the matter will be taken up only around/post 26th of January.
- This will be an unprecedented move in the history of the US as it sits to convict a former President.
- Analysts however believe that it will be a tall order to convict former President Trump as it will require at least 17 Republicans to cross over.
- This may not be possible, as (a) there has been a backlash against the ten Republicans who voted against Trump in the House by his supporters (b) The Republicans are wary of losing the backing of the still quite massive support base of Trump (c) since Trump didn’t pardon any of the insurrectionists before demitting office, the mood against him in his own party has been arrest to some extent.