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GOLD SMUGGLING THROUGH DIPLOMATIC CHANNEL: A FLASHBACK

FOR OPEN-MARKET DUBAI, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOLD TRADING
Author: K Raveendran - Published 29-07-2020 09:53 GMT-0000
The sensational case of Kerala gold smuggling through diplomatic channel takes one half a century back in the history of trade ties between India and Dubai.

STEEP REDUCTION OF TARIFFS ON COVID RELATED MEDICINES IS IMPERATIVE

GREATER CO-ORDINATION NEEDED FOR FLOW OF CROSS BORDER DATA
Author: Nilanjan Banik and Philip Stevens - Published 29-07-2020 09:49 GMT-0000
The news about Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trials moving to the third phase of a clinical trial is making everyone ecstatic. The stock market in particular is rewarding the shareholders of all the major pharmaceutical companies conducting the clinical trials. Price data from the US stock market show in a matter of four months, starting mid- March, stock prices of these companies went up between 27 per cent and 400 per cent. Moderna Inc. up by 400 per cent, BioNTech by 228 per cent, Emergent Biosolutions Inc. by 100 per cent, Astra Zeneca by 46 per cent, Johnson & Johnson by 37 per cent, and Pfizer by 27 per cent. However, vaccines are not going to be available for the general public any time before next year.

OPINION POLLS SUGGEST DEFEAT OF TRUMP IN NOVEMBER POLL

PRESIDENT RESORTING TO UNDEMOCRATIC WAYS TO DEAL WITH PROTESTS
Author: Juan Lopez - Published 28-07-2020 09:57 GMT-0000
By sending federal militarized units in fascist-like fashion into major cities to attack peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators, President Donald Trump is assaulting democracy and setting a dangerous precedent less than 100 days before the November elections.

FACTIONAL FIGHTING IN NEPAL COMMUNIST PARTY INTENSIFIES

DECISION EITHER WAY WILL IMPACT TIES WITH INDIA
Author: Barun Das Gupta - Published 28-07-2020 09:52 GMT-0000
Departing from usual diplomatic norms, the Chinese envoy in Nepal, Hou Yanqi, is openly intervening in the domestic politics of Nepal. She has been tasked by her bosses in Beijing to bring about somehow, anyhow, a rapprochement between the two squabbling factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party(NCP), one led by Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli and the other by Pushpa Kumar Dahal “Prachanda”, a former prime minister and now a co-chairperson of the NCP along with Oli. The two are now at daggers drawn, each trying to oust the other. China is desperately trying to keep the NCP united and avert a split in the party. Oli has publicly threatened to split the party.

BOTH SHORT AND LONG TERM STRATEGY NEEDED FOR COVID MANAGEMENT

STEEP HIKE IN SPENDING FOR HEALTH SECTOR HAS BECOME IMPERATIVE
Author: Gyan Pathak - Published 27-07-2020 10:21 GMT-0000
The same lackadaisical approach of the rulers over spending on health continues. COVID-19 infection and related deaths have ever been increasing. In absence of health facilities, governments resorted to lockdowns, which crippled the world economy and created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis of survival and hunger. This cost is too high to bear compared to a world without lockdown which will need only an average ten-fold increase in the present meager spending on health sector to respond to COVID-19 crisis, and also any other future crisis. Not to increase spending and resorting to only lockdowns due to capacity constraints will not be tenable in the long run.

PLASTIC RECYCLING HAS BECOME NORMAL IN COVID ERA

MANAGEMENT OF WASTE DISPOSAL IS NOW IMPERATIVE
Author: Sunita Narain - Published 22-07-2020 11:09 GMT-0000
The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is all-subsuming. The pandemic makes it difficult to think or act on all the issues that made up our world yesterday and will stay in our world of tomorrow.

WHY RELIANCE CAN RISE FIVE TIMES ITS CURRENT VALUATION

INDIAN SUPERNOVA HAS WALL STREET SMART MONEY INTO A FRENY
Author: Matein Khalid - Published 21-07-2020 10:18 GMT-0000
DUBAI: Last week witnessed a feeding frenzy from the crème de la crème of Wall Street’s smart money (and some Dubai’s smart money LOL!) to be part of the private market financing of Reliance Jio, the emerging supernova of India’s digital ecosystem.

STRONGER PUTIN EMERGES AS A BIG CHALLENGER TO CAPITALIST WEST

REJUVENATING ECONOMY DURING PANDEMIC IS HIS MAJOR TASK NOW
Author: Arun Srivastava - Published 20-07-2020 10:19 GMT-0000
The political leadership of the capitalist countries and their policymakers are in a state of utter slipup on how Putin got massive mandate and also how to deal with Russia and its economy under him. While slapping sanction the Western world had visualised that Putin would come to his knees and abide by their dictates. But it did not happen.

TRUMP TURNS TO NEO-NAZI SYMBOLS TO ATTRACT RACIST VOTES

POTUS BANKS ON FASCIST, ULTRA-NATIVIST ‘AMERICA FIRST’ SLOGAN
Author: C.J. Atkins - Published 18-07-2020 11:18 GMT-0000
It’s really no longer controversial to state that Donald Trump embraces the ideas and thinking of the racist right; he’s been brandishing his bigoted credentials since long before he was elected. But the recent adoption of explicit neo-Nazi and white nationalist imagery and symbols by his campaign suggests Trump is going all out to attract every possible extremist vote he can get.

CUBAN PRESIDENT WELCOMES RETURNEES OF MEDICAL BRIGADES

52 PARTICIPANTS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE IN HEALTHWORK ABROAD
Author: Arleen Rodríguez Derivet - Published 17-07-2020 10:22 GMT-0000
HAVANA – The Cuban president arrived early, when the blazing summer sun was still just a gentle caress over the beautiful gardens of the La Pradera International Health Center, in the western part of the capital, Havana. “We made this really early, 7:30 in the morning, so you can be home soon, which you must be longing for,” he said to the room full of medical personnel who had just returned home from helping people in other countries battle the COVID 19 pandemic.

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