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Corona Virus is raising a Global Risk says WHO
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Corona Virus is raising a Global Risk says WHO

On Friday, WHO alerts against the deadly coronavirus and says that it might spread rapidly all around the globe.

WHO representative Christian Lindmeier told correspondents the flare-up was “getting bigger” and emphasized the association’s warning that the dangerous novel coronavirus infection could spread around the world.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that his organization was not underestimating the threat of the disease. He told journalists in Geneva, “That is the reason we said today the worldwide risk is high,” The Reuters reported.

The World share market fell once again, wrapping up their most noticeably awful week since the 2008 global financial crisis and taking the global crash to $6 trillion. The U.S. stock market tumbled for the seventh straight day amid fears of a worldwide epidemic.

People are hoping that the pandemic that began in China at the end of 2019, and the swung financial market would soon come back to normal.

Tedros Adhanom, the director-general of WHO, stated that mainland China had revealed 329 new cases over 24 hours, taking its count to over 78,800 cases with around 2,800 deaths.

South Korea has revealed 571 new cases on Friday, carrying the aggregate to 2,337, with 13 deaths reported.

Switzerland banned significant events from attempting to check the epidemic, canceling the Geneva international car show, which was scheduled for next week.

Japan is booked to host the 2020 Olympics in July. However, organizers are examining whether to proceed with it due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had ordered to close schools and colleges and promised to prevent the epidemic from spreading further.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is taking full measures, and Trump has complete confidence that the U.S. would be able to manage coronavirus.

In Europe, Germany cautioned of a looming pandemic and Greece, declared more tightly border checks.

The loss of life due to the pandemic in Italy rose to 17, and those testing positive increased to 655. France has around 38 and Spain 23, and Germany has almost 60 cases, as per Reuter’s reports.

In India, there have been three affirmed cases of coronavirus detailed in Kerala. However, India is practicing stringent screening tests to curtail coronavirus cases.

On Friday, as per Iran’s Health Ministry, 34 Iranians died, and 388 positive cases were reported.

There are doubts that the new coronavirus (COVID-19) might spread in all the nations and majorly risk many nations that are not fully prepared to face the deadly epidemic with sufficient medical care.

Article Credit: The Reuters/ The Guardian

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Prime Minister of India calls for calm, after the number of clashes deaths raised to 20.
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Prime Minister of India calls for calm, after the number of clashes deaths raised to 20.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for calm after days of clashes between Hindus and the Muslim minority over the controversial nationality law, in some of the worst sectarian violence in New Delhi in decades. A doctor said 20 people were killed and nearly 200 wounded, and many suffered gunshot wounds.

Police and paramilitaries patrolled the streets in much greater numbers. “Peace and harmony are essential to the soul of the people,” Moody said. I appeal to my sisters and brothers in Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. ”

Sonia Gandhi, head of the opposition Congress party, called for the resignation of Interior Minister Amit Shah, who is directly responsible for imposing law and order in the capital. Clashes erupted between thousands demonstrating in support or protest of the new nationality law passed by the Moodi Hindu nationalist government.

The law makes it easier for non-Muslims to obtain Indian citizenship from some neighboring countries that are predominantly Muslim. Critics say the law is biased against Muslims and undermines India’s secular constitution. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has denied any prejudice against India’s more than 180 million Muslims.

Reuters witnesses saw crowds carrying sticks and stones walking in the streets in parts of northeast Delhi on Tuesday, as incidents of burning and looting were common. Black smoke billowed from a tire market, setting fire to the area, as fire trucks rushed to control the fire.

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East-Delhi violence has shaken the Delhi capital – 2 Special Investigation Teams formed to probe
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East-Delhi violence has shaken the Delhi capital – 2 Special Investigation Teams formed to probe

The chaotic north-east Delhi violence has shaken the Delhi capital. Since Sunday, Thirty-nine people died, and more than Two hundred were injured as per reports. The clash first broke out on Sunday between the pro-CAA and anti-CAA protesters.

Since months there have been debates and protests over the controversial bill called the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which was passed by the Parliament on December 11, 2019.

2 Special Investigation Team’s (SIT) has been shaped to probe the deadly violence. The SIT’s will be lead by two Deputy Commissioners who, with their teams, investigate the brutal clashes that spread in north-east Delhi.

As per NDTV news, an uncontrollable mob armed with stones, iron rods, and firearms have been roaming the lanes challenging police orders and vandalizing property, assaulting residents of the area. According to police sources, more than 50 cell phones seized from the accused showed that both groups of rioters might have utilized WhatsApp to organize and instigate violent clashes. On the contrary, there have been hate speeches by political leaders in the BJP, against whom activist Harsh Mandar has filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court.

On Wednesday, prohibitory mandates under section 144 of CrPC have been imposed in 10 violence-affected areas for a month, for example, Maujpur, Mustafabad, Jaffrabad, and Shiv Vihar, Seelampur – in north-east Delhi, which have witnessed deadly conflicts.

The CBSE board exams have been deferred in the impacted zones. The violence left a few neighborhoods consumed and ravaged.

Following three days of brutality, on Wednesday, PM Narendra Modi broke his silence and tweeted and addressed people to maintain “harmony and brotherhood.”

As per the Delhi Police, Over 130 people have been arrested, and 48 FIRs have been recorded regarding the brutality. The situation is now under control, says the Delhi Police. Delhi Police is under harsh criticism for deferring from taking swift action in filing FIRs.

As per the latest news, the Home Ministry in an announcement stated, Curfew in northeast Delhi zones will be lifted for 10 hours today – 4 am to 10 am, and 4 pm to 8 pm.

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New confrontation in Malaysia between Mahathir and Anwar amid political turmoil.
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New confrontation in Malaysia between Mahathir and Anwar amid political turmoil.

Mahathir Muhammad and Anwar Ibrahim, decades-old political rivals in Malaysia, submitted claims to lead the country on Wednesday after the unrest triggered by Mahathir’s sudden resignation. The conflict between Mahathir, 94, and Anwar, 72, who formed a surprising alliance to win the 2018 elections, has shaped political life in Malaysia for more than two decades and is the focus of the country’s latest crisis.

As the interim prime minister, Mahathir, the world’s largest head of government, proposed the formation of a unified government without the allegiance of a political party at a time when Malaysia was suffering from economic downturn and the impact of the emerging corona virus.

“Politics and political parties must be set aside for the time being … I propose a government that is not loyal to any party, but rather prioritizes only the interests of the state,” Mahathir said in a televised message.
Anwar later said he opposed the formation of a “government in the shadows” and that three parties from the former ruling Pakatan coalition had proposed his name to the king for the post of prime minister. “We are awaiting the king’s decision,” he told a news conference.
In an effort to resolve the crisis, Sultan Abdullah meets all 222 elected members of Parliament over two days. Those who attended the meetings said they were asked to determine who they preferred as prime minister or whether they wanted new elections.
Anwar, the People’s Justice Party, has 39 seats in Parliament and coalition partners may give it another 62 votes. Some politicians expressed public support for Mahathir to remain in the position, but it was not clear if enough of them would support him.

The formation of a government that includes various party affiliations would give Mahathir more authority than he had during his tenure as prime minister from the first time in 1981 until he retired in 2003.

But the idea was rejected on Tuesday by a four-party alliance, including the United National Organization for Malay (UMNO), which ruled the country for 60 years until it was defeated by the Mahathir Alliance in 2018. The four parties said they had told the king that they wanted new elections to be held.

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Outside China, the world fights the novel coronavirus infection pandemic
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Outside China, the world fights the novel coronavirus infection pandemic

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization revealed that the number of new cases outside China exceeded in many new coronavirus infection cases. The number of cases in China was 412, while the count in the remainder of the world is 459.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday, “The sudden increase of cases in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea is profoundly concerning.”

As the world attempted to stop the quick spreading infection outside China, where the epidemic began, nations around the globe are avoiding potential risk by scrubbing everything from cash to transports, army bases were on high alert, and quarantines were upheld.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease is spreading rapidly and has affected numerous countries around the globe.

Brazil affirms the emergence of Latin America’s first case. In Europe, where Spain, Germany, and France also reported, around 440 instances of developing coronavirus have been reported. In the Middle East, coronavirus has spread in Bahrain, Kuwait, and Iraq, and South Korea is fighting a mass flare-up in 2.5 million populated city of Daegu. In the United States, 60 cases of coronavirus have been reported. The U.S. affirmed another instance of coronavirus disease in California that could be the prime example of the infection spreading in a U.S. community. The patient in California was not known to have traveled outside the country or be associated with an infected patient. India has three confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of Kerela. India is checking the new coronavirus flare-up at the highest level to forestall a pandemic by screening at different ports of passage and keeping a tab on 15,000 travelers who have come from abroad, says the Health Ministry of India.

WHO is working closely with international experts, governments to expand research on this novel virus rapidly, and to track the spread of the virus, and to give counsel to nations and people on measures to secure the wellbeing and forestall the new epidemic.

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Australian intelligence chief warns about “unprecedented” foreign spy threat.
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Australian intelligence chief warns about “unprecedented” foreign spy threat.

One of the most prominent directors of Australian intelligence said that his country was at risk of espionage and foreign “unprecedented” interference, referring to the case of a client who he described as a “sleeper cell” who spent years building business relationships.

Mike Burgess, director of Australia’s Public Security Organization, said several countries were working hard to influence lawmakers, government officials, media figures, prominent business and academic figures.

“The level of threat we face from espionage and foreign interference is currently unprecedented,” Burgess said at the organization’s headquarters in Canberra on Monday evening, when announcing the organization’s annual risk assessment prepared by the organization.

Burgess did not mention the names of the countries which are interfering in his country, the United States’ ally, although analysts have said it is a veiled reference to China. “It makes sens to assume that China is the country in question,” said Rory Medcave, head of the National Security College at the Australian National University.

Reuters reported in September that Australian intelligence agencies had concluded that China was responsible for a cyber attack on the Australian parliament and on the three largest political parties months before the May 2019 general election.

China, Australia’s largest trading partner, has denied responsibility for the attack. Informed sources told Reuters in September that Australia had decided not to reveal the identity of the attackers to protect its trade ties with China.

“I don’t care about the country we are talking about, whether it is China, Russia or Iran, if people pose a threat to our country then we will deal with them according to the level of that threat,” Home Minister Peter Dutton said in Canberra on Tuesday when asked about China.

Burgess said that one of the reasons why Australia is targeted is its strategic position, alliances and leadership position in science and technology. He added that the sleeping cell from a country that he did not mention by name remained dormant, working for years to build work and social relations before he started providing information about foreign opponents. He said that this information was used to harass opponents in Australia and their families abroad.

He continued, saying that academics and scientists who were visiting the country were infiltrating universities in order to collect information while foreign spies entered the country in order to establish a sophisticated infiltration infrastructure.

Major Australian universities agreed last year to have more transparency in financial dealings with other countries and exchange Internet information with security services in an effort to curb foreign interference. Burgess said that the threat of local right-wing extremists has also increased.

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King of Malaysia accepts Mahathir’s resignation.
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King of Malaysia accepts Mahathir’s resignation.

On Monday, the King of Malaysia accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and asked him to continue his work until a new prime minister is chosen and a new government is formed. “His Royal Highness has given his approval to appoint Dr. Mahathir Muhammad as interim Prime Minister pending the appointment of a new Prime Minister,” Chief Secretary Mahd Zuki Ali said in a statement.

The resignation of Mahathir, leads to the dismantling of a coalition with his former rival Anwar Ibrahim, who had won a surprising victory in the 2018 elections. The resignation does not come within the framework of Mahathir’s promise before the elections that he would hand power to Anwar.

The decision, which Mahathir did not explain, comes in the wake of surprising talks at the weekend between the coalition and opposition groups about forming a new government. But Anwar and people close to Mahathir said he had resigned after accusations he was seeking some kind of partnership with opposition parties that he had defeated less than two years ago on the basis of an anti-corruption program.

“He saw that he should not be treated in this way by linking him to working with those who we think are totally corrupt,” Anwar told reporters after a meeting with Mahathir on Monday morning. “He made it very clear that he will not work in any way with those associated with the previous regime,” Anwar added.
But it was not clear whether this resignation represented the end of the road for Mahathir, as at least two parties from the ruling coalition invited him to remain as prime minister. Some opposition elements also agreed to support him.

“The way is open to him … If he thinks about returning as prime minister, he is free to choose his partners or who wants to participate in the government,” said Ibrahim Sufyan, director of the Merdeka Center for Measuring Public Opinion.

The Mahathir office said that he had submitted his resignation letter to the king of the country and was then seen arriving at the palace to meet the king. Three insiders said that Mahathir, who ended his retirement to run in the national elections in 2018, also resigned from the Persato party he had formed before the elections.

Sources said that there might be a confrontation between Anwar and an alliance between Mohieldin Yassin, head of the Persato party, and Azmin Ali, who was removed on Monday from the Anwar party.bUnder the Malaysian constitution, anyone who can achieve a majority in Parliament can demand the formation of a government. The king’s approval must be obtained before any prime minister takes the oath.

A person close to the Mahathir party said that if anyone did not achieve a simple majority in the 112-seat parliament, the option of holding new elections would be on the table. Anwar did not say in public statements on Monday whether he would ask to form a government. He said that he had met with the king to present his point of view and sought the advice of the king in order to achieve the best for the country. Another source said about the formation of the new government, “It seems that it is a matter of competition now … Who can achieve the majority?”

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How I ll Prepared Is America To Handle Coronavirus
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How I ll Prepared Is America To Handle Coronavirus

The coronavirus is now getting takers for a vaccine and the US has already committed a whooping figure in developing a cure. Vietnam healthy ministry has proudly declared that all the 16 people who was suffering from the virus have been cured.

While political analysts believe that America is very ill equipped under Trump’s leadership to handle an outbreak in America, the White House seems to have sent off an urgent request to lawmakers with a $2.5 billion plan to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The virus outbreak is rapidly spreading to Iran and Middle Eastern countries also and has started to threat the global economy that has now started to rock financial markets too.

The White House budget office has indicated that the funds are being kept away for vaccines, treatment, and protective equipment. The request could advance quickly through Congress and came as coronavirus fears were credited with Monday’s 1,000-plus point drop in the Dow Jones Industrials and are increasingly seen as a potential political threat to President Donald Trump.

Late in January, the World Health Organization has already declared the virus, named COVID-19, a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” and urged an immediate international response. There are still suspicions that the virus could have been triggered through a biological weapon and may not have been bat induced at all.

Everyone is foxed about when did the virus make the jump from animals to humans, and from which species? How widespread are cases, how infectious is the disease and how fatal is it?

Back home, as Trump makes a political statement with his presence in India, the US stocks seemed to have dived amid growing concerns about a deadly virus spreading quickly across continents. The whole situation looks like a bubble about to burst when it comes to Trump’s tall claims and re-election bids while the country isn’t looking prepared to handle the pandemic like conditions. The president has been using a downplaying strategy reassuring public that ‘all is well’.

According to Russell Riley, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, “for a president who has governed by tweet and circus a potential global health crisis that blunts economic growth could expose one of Trump’s main weaknesses as he prepares to face voters in November.”Trump has systematically crippled the emergency response system and medical backbone of the country. By ridding himself of experienced officials and those in the scientific community, he has literally chopped the legs off under him. The time is near when America might find itself extremely ill equipped to handle a catastrophe as declared by WHO.

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Section 144 imposed in North-East Delhi as violent clashes over CAA continue
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Section 144 imposed in North-East Delhi as violent clashes over CAA continue

On Tuesday, clashes in the North-East of Delhi, bringing about the death of seven civilians, include one head constable, who worked at Gokulpuri, East-Delhi Police.

On Sunday evening, the situation turned violent after protesters assembled against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). They blocked streets in the North-East Delhi, and confrontations began between the pro-CAA and anti-CAA crowd. The clashes affected North-East Delhi areas, for example, Chand Bagh, Jafrabad, Maujpur, Kardampuri, Bhajanpura, Gokulpuri, Karawal Nagar and Khajuri.

On Tuesday, In Brahampuri and Maujpur areas, stone-pelting continued, according to Delhi Police sources cited ANI news agency.

On Monday, the angry crowd set fire to a tyre market in East Delhi’s Gokulpuri area, which was reported around 8:30 pm. According to reports, a head constable working at the office of ACP Gokulpur died because of a head injury while he was on duty, attempting to control the agitated crowd. An urgent meeting was held after that by the Commissioner of Delhi and the Seelampur DCP office on Monday night.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressed at a press conference today morning, following the series of violence conflicts in the National Capital continued. He appealed, “the people of Delhi to maintain harmony and abstain from indulging in violence.” “All circumstances can be managed via talks. All hospital authorities have been asked to give their best treatment to the injured. For safety, we have to seal the borders to prevent outsiders from entering Delhi”, he included.

Implementing prohibitory orders under Section 144 is placed for a month in North-East Delhi; the law restricts more than four people to assemble in an area.

Today at noon, Home Minister had called for an urgent meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, LG Anil Baijal, and other party representatives, who are currently discussing the situation in Delhi.

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First official visit in India for US president Donald Trump
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First official visit in India for US president Donald Trump

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, arrived in India on Monday morning for his first official visit to the country and was greeted by a large crowd.

The U.S. President’s plane landed at Ahmedabad International Airport in western India, where he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A busy schedule of appointments for Trump: is expected in Agra to visit the Taj Mahal in the absence of the sun, before going to New Delhi, where he will hold bilateral meetings between American and Indian officials on Tuesday.

This visit will be an opportunity to review the relations between the American President and the Indian Prime Minister, while highlighting the personal compatibility between them in light of the tension between the two countries following the protectionist policies adopted by both.

“We are not getting good treatment from India, but it is fortunate that I greatly appreciate Prime Minister Modi,” Trump said this week before his visit to India. “We are ready to come to India, we are on our way, we will be meeting everyone in a few hours,” he tweeted this morning in the Hindi language before he landed. Modi tweeted in response: “The guest is God”.

According to Al-Arabiya quoting Indian officials, India and the United States have built close political and security ties and Trump’s two-day trip is a sign of their converging interests, including a way to counter China’s rise as a superpower.

During his two-day visit, accompanied by the First Lady Melania, Trump and Modi will participate in a rally in Ahmedabad on Monday with over one hundred thousand people in the largest cricket stadium in the world which will be inaugurated on this occasion.

Modi called this meeting “Namaste Trump”, a greeting to Trump in local dialect, in response to a similar festival held by the American president in Houston, Texas, last September under the slogan “Hoody Modi”. People were carrying Indian flags, many roads were blocked off in Ahmedabad, shops shut and police stationed on rooftops and balconies. School children boarded buses bound for the stadium shouting “We love Trump.”

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