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DEMOCRATIC DEBATE: BIDEN & SANDERS DIFFER ON CORONA COMBAT

SANDERS ADDRESSES STRUCTURAL CRISES, BIDEN WANTS SHORT-TERM FIX
Author: Mark Gruenberg - Published 18-03-2020 10:46 GMT-0000
WASHINGTON—In their first one-on-one debate of the long presidential primary campaign, former Vice President Joseph Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, Indiana-Vermont, went in different directions on what the federal government – aiding the U.S. people – should do to battle the coronavirus pandemic. And that wasn’t the only issue where they parted ways on the evening of March 15, but it was the big one.

INDIA NOT CONDUCTING ENOUGH CORONA TESTS IS A MISTAKE

CHINA, SOUTH KOREA HAVE HALTED THE SPREAD WITH MASS TESTS
Author: Sushil Kutty - Published 17-03-2020 12:07 GMT-0000
United States President Donald Trump has the distinction of being the last world leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugged. The next time the two come face to face, Trump will have a phalanx of his Secret Service to keep Modi at bay. And one of the reasons will be because Modi has not tested himself for Coronavirus while Trump has (tested negative!), and those who hover around him Modi also haven’t, a distinction that they share with the majority of 1.3 billion vulnerable Indians.

A TALE OF TWO HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS TO DEAL WITH CORONA

CHINA MOBILISES MASSIVE INFRA, U.S. IS STILL FALTERING
Author: Ian Goodrum - Published 16-03-2020 12:26 GMT-0000
The world has a Public Enemy No. 1, and it’s the novel coronavirus. Capable of causing severe pneumonia among those it infects, the virus first wreaked havoc on the city of Wuhan in China’s Hubei province and has since spread at an alarming rate. At present, thousands have died and over 100,000 have been infected in dozens of countries, leading the World Health Organization to declare an official pandemic.
INDIA: SPORTS

TABLE TENNIS: SHARATH STORMS INTO FINAL AT OMAN OPEN

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 15-03-2020 16:13 GMT-0000
Muscat: Ace paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal pulled off a stunning come-from-behind victory against Russia’s Kirill Skachkov to enter men’s singles final at the ITTF Challenger Plus Oman Open here on Sunday.
INDIA: SPORTS

TABLE TENNIS: CHANDRA CROWNED U-21 CHAMPION AT OMAN OPEN

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 14-03-2020 15:45 GMT-0000
Muscat: Promising paddler Jeet Chandra stunned World No. 2 Manav Thakkar to clinch U-21 men’s singles title at the 2020 ITTF Challenger Plus Oman Open here on Saturday.
INDIA

HEALTH INFRA MUST GET A FRESH BOOST TO MEET CORONA THREAT

MORE FOCUS IS NEEDED FOR INCREASED PRODUCTION OF DRUG MATERIALS
Author: Ashok B Sharma - Published 14-03-2020 10:16 GMT-0000
Fear has gripped the world with the spread of novel Coronavirus infecting thousands of people and sending many of them to death. The fear is real and natural and is the outcome of the fact no effective medicine has been developed to cure the disease. Only option left is to protect oneself from contamination by novel Coronavirus otherwise called COVID-19. The use of masks, avoiding physical contacts like handshake, washing hands with sanitizer, focusing on cleanliness, keeping distance from people having cough and cold and fever and from pets have become the order of the day. Many public events and visas to foreigners are cancelled. Cinema halls and malls are closed in many cities to avoid public gathering.

INDIA LOSING ITS CLOUT IN GLOBAL DIPLOMACY

JAISANKAR’S SKILL AS FOREIGN MINISTER IS MISSING
Author: Arun Srivastava - Published 14-03-2020 10:14 GMT-0000
Jaishankar, the minister for external affairs is free to warn and issue word of caution against the international fraternity for expressing their concern on what has happened in Delhi ten days back, but he must understand he cannot put a lock on their mouths from expressing their views and opinions.

TIME FOR GLOBAL INTERVENTION TO MEET CORONA CHALLENGE

ANOTHER MAJOR FINANCIAL CRISIS IS ON THE CARDS
Author: Anjan Roy - Published 14-03-2020 10:06 GMT-0000
Economists world over are talking of the possible consequences of the sudden outbreak of coronavirus on global economy. While many are comparing the current crisis with the 2008 financial meltdown, others are seeking lessons from earlier instances of large scale epidemics.
INDIA: SPORTS

TT: PADDLER MUDIT DANI OFF TO FLYING START AT OMAN OPEN

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 13-03-2020 17:53 GMT-0000
Muscat: Paddler Mudit Dani registered a thrashing 4-0 win to begin his campaign on a high note at the 2020 ITTF Challenger Plus Oman Open here on Friday.

US-AFGHAN TREATY DOGGED BY MANY STRATEGIC INDETERMINATES

PHASED RELEASE OF PRISONERS ASIDE, TALIBANS HAVE UPPER HAND
Author: Sankar Ray - Published 13-03-2020 12:10 GMT-0000
The agreement signed between the USA and the Taliban in Doha on 29 February in the presence of representatives from India, Pakistan, Qatar, Turkey, Indonesia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan – signalling a cessation to two decades of bloody war and withdrawal of the US troops in the rugged terrain of landlocked Afghanistan – faces a lemma of uncertainties pertaining to its implementation. As per the deal, in 14 months and a half, the number of US forces will be reduced from about 13,000 to 8,600. In exchange, the Taliban agreed to renounce al-Qaeda and prevent al-Qaeda and other groups from using Afghanistan as a base for terrorism against the USA. They agreed to negotiate a permanent ceasefire also with other Afghan militants and the Afghan government.

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