Martin Bashir leaves BBC amid inquiry into his interview with Princess Diana

Written by Michael Levenson Journalist Martin Bashir has left the British Broadcasting Corp. as it prepares to publish the findings of an investigation into accusations that he used dishonest tactics to secure a major 1995 television interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. In an email to colleagues Friday, Jonathan Munro, the BBC’s deputy director of news, said that Bashir had stepped down from his position as the BBC’s religion editor and was leaving the corporation. “He let us know of his decision last month, just before being readmitted to hospital…

Go maskless? Some Americans skeptical of new guidelines, other say it’s high time

allowing people to go without masks in most places provided one more topic of disagreement among Americans who have found little common ground throughout the pandemic. Some cited caution and confusion, while others who have rarely worn masks rolled their eyes at the advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can mostly avoid wearing them indoors. The looser mask guidance does not apply to situations such as public transportation and prisons. The…

China lands on Mars in latest advance for its space program

China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time in the latest advance for its space programme. The official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that the lander had touched down, citing the China National Space Administration. Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an icy area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. It will join an American one that arrived at the red planet in February. China’s first Mars landing follows…

‘Possibility of India-UK FTA higher now than ever’

On doubling India-UK trade Despite the huge amount we do with India, there has been a bit of unfulfilled promise. We’ve got 850 Indian companies in the UK and these employ over 116,000 employees, so there’s a huge amount of activity that goes on between India and the UK. Having said that, there are barriers in our trade, but I’m sure that with goodwill on both sides, if we move down the path of a free trade agreement, the mere act of removing some of those barriers will no doubt…

Afghan police say Kabul mosque bombing kills 12 worshipers

The death toll in a bombing that ripped through a mosque in northern Kabul during Friday prayers has jumped to 12, Afghan police said. Spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said the imam of the mosque was among the dead, adding that another 15 people were wounded. The bomb exploded as prayers had begun. No one claimed responsibility for the bombing, but initial police investigations suggest the Imam may have been the target, Faramarz said. An image circulating on social media showed three bodies lying on the floor of the mosque, which showed…

Palestinians flee as Israeli artillery pounds northern Gaza

Palestinians grabbed their children and belongings and fled neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Gaza City on Friday as Israel unleashed a heavy barrage of artillery fire and airstrikes, killing a family of 6 in their home. Israel said it was clearing a network of militant tunnels ahead of a possible ground invasion. Palestinians grabbed their children and belongings and fled neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Gaza City on Friday as Israel unleashed a heavy barrage of artillery fire and airstrikes, killing a family of 6 in their home. Israel said…

K P Oli sworn in as Nepal PM for third time

K P Sharma Oli was sworn in as Nepal’s Prime Minister for the third time on Friday, days after he lost a vote of confidence in Parliament. President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to Oli, 69, at a ceremony at Shital Niwas, after he was re-appointed to the post on Thursday night as the Opposition parties failed to secure majority seats in Parliament to form a new government. Oli, the Chairman of CPN-UML, lost a crucial trust vote in the House of Representatives on Monday.…

Australia resumes repatriation flights from India for stranded citizens amidst disastrous virus spread

The repatriation flights facilitated by the Australian government for its stranded citizens in India resumed from Friday, according to foreign minister Marise Payne. Payne said that a flight on Friday departed from Sydney to pick up Australian passengers in New Delhi before arriving back in Darwin on Saturday. “It has also carried life-saving oxygen equipment to India to support its COVID-19 response,” she said. Payne said the passengers would have to undergo a strict quarantine to make sure they are not carrying the variant of the coronavirus first identified in…

Ukraine opposition leader and Putin ally under house arrest

A top Ukrainian opposition politician with close links to Russian President Vladimir Putin was placed under house arrest Thursday, days after being charged with treason. Viktor Medvedchuk, who heads the Opposition Platform for Life party, the largest opposition force in parliament, denies the charges brought against him last week and says they’re politically motivated. Medvedchuk, who has close personal ties with Putin, the godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter, could face 15 years in prison if tried and convicted. Prosecutors had asked a court in Kyiv to put Medvedchuk in jail, but…

Venezuela sets date for regional elections as opposition weighs participation

Venezuelan Electoral Council President Pedro Calzadilla said on Thursday that the country would hold regional and local elections on Nov. 21, despite the opposition’s call this week for presidential and parliamentary votes as well. The mayoral and gubernatorial elections will be the first overseen by the new council, named earlier this month, which includes three members linked to President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling Socialist Party and two members close to the opposition. Previous boards had been made up solely of Maduro loyalists. The naming of the new board prompted some opposition…

Pfizer got no response to offers to supply vaccine to Brazil last year, exec says

Pfizer Inc repeatedly offered to sell its COVID-19 vaccine to Brazil’s Health Ministry between August and November last year, but got no answer from the government, Pfizer’s chief executive for Latin America told lawmakers on Thursday. A Senate commission is investigating whether President Jair Bolsonaro’s government mishandled the pandemic by failing to secure vaccines in time to curb a surge that has killed more than 430,000 Brazilians — the worst COVID-19 death toll outside the United States. Pfizer executive Carlos Murillo said that on Sept. 12 the company’s CEO sent…

Chinese firm’s COVID-19 drug claims draw scientists’ skepticism

Chinese biotech firm Kintor Pharmaceutical Limited saw its stock price jump by more than 20% the day after it announced on April 25 that it had “completed the first patient enrollment and dosing” in a late-stage U.S. clinical trial of its experimental COVID-19 treatment. It was the company’s latest announcement about the progress of the drug, Proxalutamide. The Hong Kong-listed company’s stock price has nearly quadrupled since March 1 as some analysts wrote about the big sales potential for a COVID-19 treatment. Kintor has seen its market capitalization soar to…

Texas lawmakers approve abortion ban as early as 6 weeks

Texas would ban abortions after as early as six weeks “before many women even know they are pregnant” and allow private citizens to enforce the rule through civil lawsuits against doctors and others under a measure given final approval by state lawmakers. The Senate vote sends the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it into law. That would bring Texas in line with about a dozen other GOP-led states that have passed so-called “heartbeat bills” that federal courts have mostly blocked. The Texas measure is…

UN Security Council to meet on Sunday about Israel, Gaza

The UN Security Council will publicly discuss the worsening violence between Israel and Palestinian militants on Sunday, diplomats said, reaching a compromise over US objections to a meeting on Friday. Diplomats said the United States, a close ally of Israel, had initially suggested a virtual public meeting could be held on Tuesday. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday he hoped waiting a few days would allow for “diplomacy to have some effect and to see if indeed we get a real de-escalation,” adding that Washington was “open…

Gaza Attack Live: Israel threatens Gaza ground invasion

Rockets are launched from Gaza Strip to Israel, Friday, May 14, 2021. (AP Photo) Gaza Attack Live Updates: Amid heightened tensions in the Gaza Strip, clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants intensified on Friday with both sides launching air strikes at each other. Clashes between Arab and Jewish mobs on the streets have also prompted Israeli leaders to warn of a possible civil war.   Even as cross-border fighting enters its fifth day, there appears to be no end in sight. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the campaign “will…

Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of violating its territorial integrity

Armenia’s prosecutor general on Thursday opened a criminal case into “an infringement of territorial integrity” by Azerbaijan, Russia’s news agency RIA said, after Armenia’s defence ministry accused Azerbaijan of moving forces into its territory. Armenia and Azerbaijan remain at loggerheads after the latest bloody conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave last year that locked in territorial gains for Azerbaijan and was eventually brought to a halt by a Russian-brokered ceasefire. Armenia’s defence ministry said Azeri armed forces on Thursday “carried out another provocation against the sovereign territory of the Republic of…

Delayed second Pfizer COVID-19 shot produces more antibodies: Study

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine generates antibody responses three-and-a-half times larger in older people when a second dose is delayed to 12 weeks after the first, a British study said. The study released on Friday is the first to directly compare immune responses of the Pfizer shot from the three-week dosing interval tested in clinical trials, and the extended 12-week interval that British officials recommend in order to give more vulnerable people at least some protection quickly. After Britain moved to extend the interval between doses, Pfizer and vaccine partner BioNTech said…

Indian-Americans have been pillar of support in fight against COVID-19: Ambassador Sandhu

Indian-Americans have been a pillar of support for India in its fight against COVID-19, Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu said here. Sandhu, India’s Ambassador to the US, held a virtual interaction with some of the prominent Indian-American leaders from across the country on Thursday, during which he appreciated their overwhelming support. “Interacted with Indian American community leaders across the US this afternoon. Diaspora in the US has been a strong pillar of support in our fight against the pandemic. Appreciate their efforts,” Sandhu said in a tweet later. The outpour of…

US: 9 wounded, 3 critically, in shooting in Providence, Rhode Island

Nine people were wounded in a shooting in Rhode Island’s capital in what police there believe to be the largest shooting in city history. Of the nine, three were critically wounded in the shooting just before 7 pm on Thursday, Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements told reporters at the scene. He said multiple guns were used and it involved an “ongoing feud” involving groups known to authorities. He said the shooting began with gunfire emanating from a vehicle, targeting a home. A person or people inside the home…

Israel fires artillery into Gaza, Palestinian rocket attacks persist

Israel fired artillery and mounted more air strikes on Friday against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip amid constant rocket fire deep into Israel’s commercial centre. As hostilities entered their fifth day, with no sign of abating, the Israeli military said in a statement shortly after midnight that air and ground forces were attacking the Hamas-run enclave. Rocket barrages from Gaza swiftly followed. Although the statement gave no further details, Israeli military affairs correspondents who are briefed regularly by the armed forces said it was not a ground invasion, and…

US CDC says vaccinated people can avoid masks in most places

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday advised that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places, updated guidance the agency said will allow life to begin to return to normal. The CDC also said fully vaccinated people will not need to physically distance in most places. The agency also hopes the guidance will prod more Americans to get vaccinated. The revised guidance is a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, but the agency…

Nowhere to run: Fear in Gaza grows amid conflict with Israel

Screams and flying debris enveloped Umm Majed al-Rayyes as explosions hurled her from her bed in Gaza City. Groping in the dark, the 50-year-old grabbed her four children and ran as Israeli bombs struck their apartment building Wednesday, shattering windows, ripping doors to splinters and blasting away concrete. While casualties mounted this week in the most severe outbreak of violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war, al-Rayyes and other Palestinians in the line of fire faced an all-too-familiar question: Where should we go? “This whole territory…

Oli set to be Nepal PM again as Oppn parties fail to stake claim

With opposition parties failing to stake their claim to form government by the deadline set by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister KP Oli is all set to be re-appointed as Prime Minister barely three days after he lost the vote of confidence in Parliament. The Chief of the Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba, informed his party colleagues and other allies shortly ahead of the deadline that he could not manage a majority to stake the claim for the post as such has decided to withdraw from the race. While…

Is it Covid or the Flu? New combo tests can find out

In January, a man in his 60s with heart disease and diabetes went to a South Dakota hospital with a cough and fever, worried he had Covid. A nurse swabbed the inside of his nose, and the sample went into a small device resembling an inkjet-printer cartridge, which was then placed into a machine about the size of a printer. This so-called quad test, now available at thousands of hospitals and clinics around the country, could detect not only the coronavirus, but two types of influenza and the respiratory syncytial…

Young people are unsure of what happened on 9/11, an award will try to fix that

Before the pandemic, about half a million people visited the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, each year. The visitor center details the events of the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when passengers and crew members stormed the cockpit of a hijacked jetliner and thwarted terrorists, possibly preventing an attack on the U.S. Capitol. A wall of phones is central to the exhibit. Pick one up and guests will hear a goodbye message left by one of the 40 passengers and crew members for their families before the plane…

Getting the vaccine? It doesn’t have to be dull

For many Americans, gone are the days of staying up late to constantly refresh government websites or of lingering at pharmacies at closing time for a chance at a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Shots are now available across the United States at walk-up sites, which experts say are critical to helping get more people inoculated. Even in other parts of the world, like in Europe, where vaccinations are picking up after a slow start, the shots are becoming more available and in more convenient locations. And the vaccines aren’t being given…

Mixing Astra and Pfizer shots triggers more fatigue, headaches

Mixing doses of two leading Covid-19 vaccines increased patients’ side effects such as fatigue and headaches in early findings from a study that has yet to show how well such a cocktail defends against the virus. People who got a first dose of AstraZeneca Plc’s shot followed by Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine four weeks later reported more short-lived side effects, most of them mild, researchers from the University of Oxford reported in The Lancet medical journal. That was also true when the order of the shots was switched. Researchers and public…

China wants to boost births. But it’s wary of losing control

Written by Sui-Lee Wee When Fan Jianhua had her third daughter last year, she was afraid that she would be fined for violating China’s birth limits. Fan was already heavily in debt paying for treatment for her 6-year-old, who has leukemia. To her relief, when she registered her new baby with the police, she did not have to pay the $7,500 fine. “I was really happy and could finally relax,” said Fan, 34, a stay-at-home mother in the central city of Danjiangkou, in Hubei province. Slowly, in fits and starts,…

Climate change is making big problems bigger

Written by Christopher Flavelle Wildfires are bigger and starting earlier in the year. Heat waves are more frequent. Seas are warmer, and flooding is more common. The air is getting hotter. Even ragweed pollen season is beginning sooner. Climate change is already happening around the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday. And in many cases, that change is speeding up. The freshly compiled data, the federal government’s most comprehensive and up-to-date information yet, shows that a warming world is making life harder for Americans in ways that threaten…

Drop in Xinjiang birthrate largest in recent history: Report

Xinjiang in far western China had the sharpest known decline in birthrates of any territory in recent history. Xinjiang in far western China had the sharpest known decline in birthrates between 2017 and 2019 of any territory in recent history, according to a new analysis by an Australian think tank. The report from the Australian Strategy Policy Institute obtained exclusively ahead of publication by The Associated Press, showed the 48.74% decline was concentrated in areas with many Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other largely Muslim ethnic minorities, based on the Chinese government…

California governor says mask mandate to end after June 15

California Governor Gavin Newsom has said the nation’s most populous state would stop requiring people to wear masks in almost all circumstances on June 15, describing a world he said will look a lot like the world we entered into before the pandemic. California has required people to wear masks in public places since June 18. The guidance requires people to wear a mask when gathering indoors with people who are not vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people can meet indoors without wearing a mask. They can also not wear a mask…

As Gaza war escalates, new front opens in Israeli cities

Written by Patrick Kingsley A new front opened in the military showdown between the Israeli army and Palestinian militants in Gaza on Wednesday as a wave of mob violence between Jews and Arabs spread across several Israeli cities, leading to riots and attacks in the streets as rockets and missiles streaked across the sky. Israel said it assassinated 10 senior militants and continued to pound both military and residential areas across the Gaza Strip with airstrikes, while Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza, and its allies continued to fire…

US-approved vaccines effective against B1617 variant of COVID-19: Official

COVID-19 vaccines approved by the United States like Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson have effectiveness against the B1617 variant of the virus that is predominant in India, which is experiencing one of the worst outbreaks of the pandemic, a top American health official said. The observation is based on the latest data about the variant and the three major vaccines approved by the United States, said Dr Francis Collins, Director of National Institute of Science. “The data is coming in, and it looks very encouraging that the U.S.-approved vaccines,…

Joe Biden signs cybersecurity executive order after Colonial Pipeline attack

US President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that advances federal cybersecurity capabilities and encourages improvements in digital security standards across the private sector which has been hit by a spate of cyber attacks. The executive order establishes a series of initiatives designed to better equip federal agencies with cybersecurity tools. It follows a cyberattack against the Colonial Pipeline that caused some internal computer systems to be disabled with ransomware. This led Colonial to shut the pipeline, triggering fuel shortages and panic buying in the southeastern United States.On…

Brazil poll projects Lula would beat Bolsonaro soundly in 2022

An opinion poll published on Wednesday found Brazil’s former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would handily defeat far-right President Jair Bolsonaro by 55% to 32% in a run-off vote if the 2022 elections were held today. In a first-round vote, Lula would get 41% of votes compared to 23% for Bolsonaro, the poll by Datafolha showed, while no other potential challengers polled above 7%. If no presidential candidate gets more than 50% of Brazil’s first-round vote in October 2022, the top two finishers advance to a second-round run…

Israeli president warns of civil war as Jews, Arabs clash over Gaza

Israel’s president warned of a civil war between the country’s Arabs and Jews on Wednesday as fury and fear over shelling exchanges with Palestinian militants in Gaza ignited violence in Israel’s streets. Appeals by religious and political leaders for calm, and police reinforcements and mass-arrests, appeared to do little to stem riots in several ethnically mixed towns. Israeli TV showed what it described as “near-lynchings” of Jewish and Arab motorists. The strife was touched off by sometimes violent pro-Palestinian protests by members of the Arab minority incensed at an Israeli…

Biden spoke to Netanyahu, believes Gaza conflict will conclude soon

President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he was hopeful that a cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians would end soon, after a phone conversation he had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “My expectation and hope is this will be closing down sooner than later, but Israel has a right to defend itself,” Biden told reporters at the White House. Biden did not explain the reasons behind his optimism. He said his national security team had been in frequent contact with counterparts in Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the…

Nepal extends ban on international flights till May 31 as COVID situation worsens

The Nepal government has extended suspension on operation of international flights till May 31 as coronavirus cases continue to rise at an alarming rate in the Himalayan nation. The deadly virus has so far infected 413,111 people and claimed 4,084 lives in the country, which has a population of approximately 29.5 million. The suspension period of international schedule flights has been extended till May 31, the Civil Aviation Authority said in a notification on Tuesday. However, two weekly flights on the Kathmandu-Delhi sector — one of Nepal Airlines and the…

Donald Trump administration officials to testify on January 6 riot

Two senior Trump administration officials plan to defend their actions during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol when they appear before Congress, with former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller standing behind every decision he made that day. Miller will tell the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday that he was concerned before the insurrection that sending troops to the building could fan fears of a military coup and cause a repeat of the deadly Kent State shootings, according to a copy of prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press.…

Donald Trump administration officials to testify on January 6 riot

Two senior Trump administration officials plan to defend their actions during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol when they appear before Congress, with former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller standing behind every decision he made that day. Miller will tell the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday that he was concerned before the insurrection that sending troops to the building could fan fears of a military coup and cause a repeat of the deadly Kent State shootings, according to a copy of prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press.…

China’s Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine seen highly effective in real world study

Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s vaccine is wiping out Covid-19 among health workers in Indonesia, an encouraging sign for the dozens of developing countries reliant on the controversial Chinese shot, which performed far worse than western vaccines in clinical trials. Indonesia tracked 128,290 health workers in capital city Jakarta from January to March and found that the vaccine protected 98% of them from death and 96% from hospitalization as soon as seven days after the second dose, Pandji Dhewantara, a Health Ministry official who oversaw the study, said in a Wednesday press…

China gives Bangladesh 500k vaccine doses

China delivered 500,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine as a gift to Bangladesh on Wednesday to help it cope with a shortage. Bangladesh, a nation of 160 million people, is in desperate need after India banned exports of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines produced by the Serum Institute of India because of its own devastating surge in infections. Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming formally handed over the Sinopharm vaccines in Dhaka on Wednesday. Bangladesh has already approved the Chinese vaccines after the World Health Organization has recently listed the Sinopharm for emergency use…

Nepali Congress to stake claim to form next government; political parties busy doing number games

Nepal’s main Opposition party the Nepali Congress has decided to stake a claim for the prime minister’s post, a day after the President called on political parties to form a new government by Thursday as the one headed by K P Sharma Oli lost a crucial trust vote. The decision to form a new government was taken after the office bearers of the Nepali Congress (NC) met on Tuesday. The party, led by Sher Bahadur Deuba, has the backing of the Nepal Communist Party Maoist Centre (CPN-MC) and hopes to…

Gaza attack live updates: 35 killed in Gaza in Israeli strikes

Violence in East Jerusalem started off during the last ten days of Ramadan. This led to many Palestinians getting injured at Al Aqsa leaving 300 people injured. The attack on Palestinians began on what Israel believes to be Jerusalem day. While many worshippers gathered in the Jerusalem old city for Laylat al-Qadr, they were attacked by Israeli police. Israeli forces blocked the roads that led to Al Aqsa, this threatened the freedom of religion for the Palestinian worshippers. The Israeli Foreign Ministry gave a statement declaring the cause of the…

India opened up prematurely, Dr Fauci tells US Senators on Covid-19 crisis

India made the “incorrect assumption” that it was finished with the Covid-19 pandemic and opened up prematurely that has left the country in such “dire straits”, America’s top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci has told senators. India has been severely affected by the unprecedented second wave of the coronavirus and hospitals in several states are reeling under the shortage of health workers, vaccines, oxygen, drugs and beds. “The reason that India is in such dire straits now is that they had an original surge and made the incorrect assumption…

Novavax reports more delays for its Covid-19 vaccine

Written by Katie Thomas Novavax, one of the first players in the race to vaccinate the world against COVID, delivered disheartening news Monday, saying that its highly protective vaccine would not be authorized in the United States or Britain until at least July, and that it would not reach peak production until the end of the year. The delays, announced during an earnings call with investors, are the latest setback for the little-known Maryland company, which was granted up to $1.6 billion from the U.S. federal government last year and…

Violence in Israel challenges Biden’s ‘stand back’ approach

President Joe Biden took office in January with little interest in pursuing an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, for understandable reasons. President Bill Clinton hosted an Israeli-Palestinian summit during his first year in the White House. President Barack Obama appointed a Middle East peace envoy on his second full day in office. And before his swearing-in, Donald Trump vowed to secure an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal “which no one else has managed to get.” All of them failed to achieve a peace deal, as did President George W. Bush, who took up the…

China Sinovac shot seen highly effective in real world study

Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s vaccine is wiping out Covid-19 among health workers in Indonesia, an encouraging sign for the dozens of developing countries reliant on the controversial Chinese shot, which performed far worse than western vaccines in clinical trials. Indonesia tracked 25,374 health workers in capital city Jakarta for 28 days after they received their second dose and found that the vaccine protected 100% of them from death and 96% from hospitalization as soon as seven days after, said Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin in an interview on Tuesday. The workers…

Over 100 Republicans, including former officials, threaten to split from GOP

More than 100 Republicans, including some former elected officials, are preparing to release a letter this week threatening to form a third party if the Republican Party does not make certain changes, according to an organizer of the effort. The statement is expected to take aim at former President Donald Trump’s stranglehold on Republicans, which signatories to the document have deemed unconscionable. “When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice,”…

India’s decision allowing 5G trials without Chinese companies a sovereign one: US

India’s recent decision authorising 5G trials without Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE is a sovereign one, a top State Department official has said, asserting that America is deeply concerned about the dangers of installing networks with equipment that can be manipulated, disrupted or potentially controlled by China. India’s Department of Telecom last week approved applications of telecom companies Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and MTNL to conduct 5G trials but none of them will be using technologies of Chinese entities. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price, at his daily news…