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“Not In India’s Best Interest To Invest In Russian Equipment” Says US Defence Secretary

“Not In India’s Best Interest To Invest In Russian Equipment,” Says US Defence Secretary

On Tuesday, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers that it is not in India’s best interest to continue investing in Russian military equipment. Speaking about the same, Mr Austin said: “We continue to work with them (India) to ensure that they understand that it’s not in their — we believe that — it’s not in their best interest to continue to invest in Russian equipment,” “And our requirement going forward is that they downscale the types of equipment that they’re investing in and look to invest more in the types of things that will make us continue to be compatible,” he added. The Defence Secretary also added that the United States have the finest weapons systems in the world, and they have a range of capabilities that they can provide to India. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 1,086 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.76% 

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India logged 1,086 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 11,871. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with recording 1,198 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.23% and 0.22%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 79.20 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 185.04 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

China Covid Crisis: China Reports Over 20,000 Cases, Highest Tally Since Start Of The Pandemic

On Wednesday, China reported more than 20,000 cases which is the highest daily tally since the start of the covid-19 pandemic. As cases continue to spike, the country’s zero covid strategy has been failing. China had the covid-19 pandemic until March with localised lockdowns and strict restrictions on international travel. However, the country is recording the highest-ever tally in recent weeks, with officials saying that they have detected a new mutant of the Omicron variant near Shanghai. China’s largest city, Shanghai, accounts for more than 80% of the national tally of the country. For the unversed, China is the country where the coronavirus is said to be originated as the country recorded the first-ever covid-19 case back in 2019. 

Sri Lanka Economic Crisis: President Rajapaksa Revokes State of Emergency 

Late Tuesday night, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa revoked the state of emergency with immediate effect in the island nation that he had declared on 1st April 2022. The President said that he has withdrawn the emergency rule ordinance, which seeks to give the country’s security forces unlimited powers to curb any disturbance. As the island nation is witnessing its worst-ever economic crisis since decades, mass protests are being done by citizens due to the economic hardships they are facing. Meanwhile, the entire cabinet has resigned except the President and Prime Minister. A foreign exchange crisis in the country has led to a shortage of essential commodities, including fuel, water and electricity. However, President Rajapaksa has constantly been defending his government’s action by saying that the current economic crisis is largely driven by the covid-19 pandemic and therefore, not a forex crisis.  

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