Myanmar, China ink deals to accelerate Belt and Road as Xi courts an isolated Suu Kyi
Saturday, 18 January 2020 China and Myanmar inked dozens of deals on Saturday to speed up infrastructure projects in the Southeast Asian nation, as Beijing seeks to cement its hold over a neighbor increasingly isolated by the West.
China and Myanmar inked dozens of deals on Saturday to speed up infrastructure projects in the Southeast Asian nation, as Beijing seeks to cement its hold over a neighbor increasingly isolated by the West. Emer McCarthy reports.
US President Donald Trump on Monday said that the US "has already responded" in many ways to the sanctions posed by Beijing on American officials and added that phase-1 deal with China means "very little". Trump told reporters here. He asserted that China should not have allowed the global spread of COVID-19. Trump further went on to say that China is treated "way more differently" than the US. Speaking about the Iran and US deal, the US President said, "Iran would make a deal with the US within a month if he wins the elections in November". However, with regard to a deal with China, he said that Washington "may not want" to have a deal with Beijing.
CNN reports Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested early Monday. Lai is known for his support of the city's pro-democracy movement and criticism of China. The arrest comes under the new security law imposed on the city last month by Beijing, which bans "collusion with foreign forces." The Hong Kong Police Force say seven people were arrested, aged 39 to 72. Charges against them include collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, and conspiracy to commit fraud.
In a controversial move, Jimmy Lai, a media mogul in Hong Kong was arrested reportedly under a new security law. He is the owner of Next Digital Ltd which runs the flagship newspaper, Apple Daily. Police personnel were seen carrying boxes out of Lai's organisation's office. The news organisation has backed pro-democracy protests rocking the city since last year when Beijing tried to enforce a controversial extradition law which critics said was an assault on Hong Kong's autonomy. Large-scale, and sometimes violent, protests have gripped the territory in opposition to an alleged assault on the 'one country, two systems' principle which has ensured that the former British colony enjoys greater personal freedoms than mainland China. Beijing's critics have also slammed the new security law, calling it a tool to crush dissent and protests. It contains punishment for charges like secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Lai has reportedly been accused of the last one. Many countries like the United States of America and the United Kingdom have also unequivocally criticised the security law. However, pro-China voices claim that the legislation will help end unrest and bring 'normalcy' back to the city. Watch the full video for more.
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India is now third on the Johns Hopkins University tally of countries struggling with the novel coronavirus COVID-19, following the US and Brazil. Far from flattening the curve, CNN reports India's number of cases are reaching for the stars. First observed in 1857 by Florence Nightingale, India has struggled to provide basic public health services for its people. On the Health Care Access and Quality Index, India trails its neighbors Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.
The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing rapid progress since after the abrogation of Article 370 last with. Public facilities are being enhanced in Baramulla as the construction of foot-bridge is ongoing in full swing. Earlier, locals used to use old, wooden bridge to cross the Jhelum River. The bridge connects the civil line area with the old town of Baramulla district. The construction work of this bridge is being executed by Roads and Bridges Dept of Kashmir with the cost of Rs 5.25 crore. The construction work also offered employment to people of the Valley.
A body was found near waterlogged road under Minto Bridge on July 19. It was retrieved by a trackman working at New Delhi yard. Trackman Ramniwas Meena said, "I spotted the body while I was on duty at the tracks. I came down, swam and retrieved it. The body was floating in front of a bus." Road was severely waterlogged following rainfall early morning on July 19.
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has left many Americans reluctant to fly to their vacation destinations. According to Business Insider, RV sales are skyrocketing, and summer could see a resurgence in the all-American road trip. But even during a road trip in your own car, it's important to stay safe and plan ahead. Be sure to pack plenty of sanitizing wipes and spray, use hand sanitizer, and wash your hands often and vigorously.
The World Health Organisation's Regional Director for South-East Asia, Poonam Khetrapal Singh on July 22 hailed India's response to COVID-19 pandemic. "India is responding with utmost urgency to COVID19 from start. It's been continually strengthening preparedness and response measures, including ramping up testing capacities, readying more hospitals, arranging and stocking up medicines and essentials," said Poonam Khetrapal Singh. "We are aware of varying capacities at sub-national levels. Not unusual in country as big as India and its population size, that measures taken may often not be uniformly sufficient across all areas. Scaling up capacities and response remains constant need in India," Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh
While addressing a press conference in the national capital on July 20, the director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Professor Randeep Guleria spoke on vaccine trail amid coronavirus pandemic. He said, "If you look at the data from Southeast Asia, not just India, the mortality rate is much lower than what happened in Italy and Spain or what is happening in the United States." "Certain areas have hit their peak. Delhi seems to have done so because the cases have declined significantly. Certain areas have yet to reach the peak. Cases are increasing in certain states. They will reach the peak a little later," AIIMS Director added.