In this interview with The Hindu’s National and Diplomatic Affairs Editor Suhasini Haidar, former National Security Advisor and former ambassador to China, Shivshankar Menon, perhaps the country’s foremost authority on India-China ties, assesses the recent disengagement along the LAC. What we’re seeing now, he warns, “is more of the same strategy that China has followed in the South China sea, where she changes facts on the ground, presents you with a fait accompli, takes two steps forward and then negotiates one step back”. … [Read more...] about We are still in crisis and need a full reset of India-China ties: former NSA Shivshankar Menon | The Hindu In Focus podcast
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When Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee, P Chidambaram were finance ministers, they would constantly in touch with experts and political leaders cutting across party lines to ascertain their views on various issues facing the country. "This is not happening now," he said. … [Read more...] about China ‘bigger threat to India’ than Pakistan: Pawar
“The results of that survey are still being processed and peer-reviewed and as soon as we are ready it will be shared,” said Rajesh Bhushan, OSD, Health Ministry, at a press conference. “There is yet another survey being planned to estimate prevalence across the country as also, an exercise by the National Centres for Disease Control, to estimate spread in Delhi. Those results will be available sooner.” … [Read more...] about ICMR plans new survey to estimate COVID-19 spread
But does that mean that we can allow these animals to be killed? “Of course not,” says Sukumar Raman, a member of the National Board for Wildlife. He told The Hindu that the population of animals such as nilgai, blackbuck and elephants had shot up over the last several years, which led to increasing conflict. However, culling may not offer a meaningful solution. … [Read more...] about Vermin or victim?
Hyderabad: Their fears may be unfounded, but, the people of Bansilalpet in Secunderabad are worried that the electric crematorium that remained shut for more than four years is now reopened for cremation of Covid-19 victims. While the house owners at Arun Jyoti colony adjoining the crematorium are fighting for its permanent closure, several tenants began vacating no sooner than a Covid-19 victim's body was cremated in the electric furnace on July 8. "Several families vacated and some are searching for houses," says colony secretary C Sudheer. the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials reopened it for quick and safe disposal of the Covid-19 victims. The electric crematorium was originally installed four years ago, adjacent to the traditional (firewood) cremation ground with 50 bodies per day capacity. When people complained about leakages in the chimney leading to spread of smell with particles in the residential area, state minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav got it … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Residents of Bansilalpet colony vacate homes as government reopens electric crematorium