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China was surprised in Doklam, never thought India would challenge it: China scholar Yun Sun
World

China was surprised in Doklam, never thought India would challenge it: China scholar Yun Sun

Three years ago when Indian soldiers stopped their Chinese counterparts from constructing a road near the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction at Doklam, China was taken by surprise as it never expected India would challenge it, said Yun Sun, a China expert and co-director of East Asia Program at the Stimson Centre in the US.Yun Sun said this during an interview with India Today TV on Tuesday.Speaking about the 2017 Doklam standoff between India and China, Yun Sun said, "During the Doklam standoff in 2017, China was surprised because it was not expecting India to stand up to it and to stage a 72-73 day long standoff over a piece of barren land near Bhutan."This, Yun Sun, said was one of the major developments that made China revisit its strategy and focus regarding engaging with India.Asked ...
Additional exams to be conducted for students who can’t appear for it in July: Kerala University tells HC – Times of India
Career and Education

Additional exams to be conducted for students who can’t appear for it in July: Kerala University tells HC – Times of India

KOCHI: The Kerala University on Tuesday informed the Kerala High Court that it has taken a decision to conduct additional examinations for candidates who cannot appear for the examinations scheduled from July 1 due to Covid-19 pandemic. "Such exams will be treated as special examinations and no additional fee will be collected for the same. Also, the special examination will not be treated as a supplementary examination and will have the legal status of an ordinary examination," the Kerala University submitted. In the light of such submissions, a single bench of Justice CS Dias turned down the pleas seeking directions to stay the Kerala University exams scheduled to be held from July 1. However, the court also directed the Vice-Chancellor of the varsity to take a decision by today its...
Fitch Ratings:  Fitch cuts India growth projection to 8% for FY22; economy to shrink by 5% this fiscal – Times of India
Business

Fitch Ratings: Fitch cuts India growth projection to 8% for FY22; economy to shrink by 5% this fiscal – Times of India

(Representative image)NEW DELHI: Fitch Ratings on Tuesday cut India's growth forecast for 2021-22 fiscal to 8 per cent from 9.5 per cent projected last month. It, however, retained its projection of Indian economy contracting by 5 per cent in the current fiscal. Indian economic growth stood at an estimated 4.2 per cent in 2019-20. In its June update of Global Economic Outlook, Fitch projected Indian economy to grow 5.5 per cent in 2022-23. "In India, where authorities imposed one of the most stringent lockdowns globally to try to halt the spread of the virus, measures are being relaxed only very gradually; with a limited policy easing response and ongoing financial sector fragilities, we have pared our 2021 forecast to 8 per cent from 9.5 per cent in the previous GEO," Fitch said. In Ma...
Air Force Develops Airborne Locust Control System On Mi-17 Helicopters
India

Air Force Develops Airborne Locust Control System On Mi-17 Helicopters

The system is being offered for deployment in the locust control operation.New Delhi: The Indian Air Force has indigenously modified two Mi-17 helicopters for atomised airborne spraying of pesticide to deal with locust attack, according to a statement issued by the IAF on Tuesday.Using all indigenous components, the atomised airborne spraying of pesticide has been successfully achieved in air through a configuration of nozzles mounted both sides on external trusses of a Mi-17 helicopters, the statement added.The nozzles used for the purpose are a mix of commercially available as well as the ones developed by the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh.The pesticide malathion in appropriate concentration would be filled in the internal auxiliary tank of 800 litres ...
Never Said Patanjali Medicine Can Cure COVID-19: CEO Acharya Balkrishna
India

Never Said Patanjali Medicine Can Cure COVID-19: CEO Acharya Balkrishna

The Ministry of Ayush had asked Patanjali to provide details of the medicine (File)New Delhi: Yoga teacher Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved never claimed it can cure COVID-19 with its medicines, Coronil and Swasari, the firm's Chief Executive Officer Acharya Balkrishna said on Tuesday, adding it just shared the favourable outcome of clinical trials on patients. The Centre had barred the firm from advertising the products after Ramdev, in a sensational claim last week, said they cured 280 patients within days in trials."We never said the medicine (coronil) can cure or control corona, we said that we had made medicines and used them in clinical controlled trial which cured corona patients. There is no confusion in it," Acharya Balkrishna, CEO Patanjali, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.T...
Cup ganda hai: KL Rahul gets trolled by Virat Kohli over his ‘coffee’ post
Sports

Cup ganda hai: KL Rahul gets trolled by Virat Kohli over his ‘coffee’ post

Team India's wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul shared a picture in which he was drinking coffee and his skipper Virat Kohli came up with hilarious response to the post. PTI PhotoHIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul shared a picture drinking coffee on his social media handlesSkipper Virat Kohli trolled KL Rahul over his latest coffee postKL Rahul has been away from the game since March due to coronavirus suspensionIndia opener KL Rahul engaged in a funny banter with skipper Virat Kohli after he posted a picture on social media platforms having a cup of coffee.Rahul took to social media and shared a very simple picture wherein he could be seen enjoying a cup of coffee. Rahul's 'coffee' post invited quite a few reactions by fans on Twitter, with Virat Kohli also poking fun at KL in his quirky manner.India skipp...
Chandigarh University comes to rescue of Indian students who have the dream of studying abroad – Times of India
Career and Education

Chandigarh University comes to rescue of Indian students who have the dream of studying abroad – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Chandigarh University has come to the rescue of Indian students whose dream of studying abroad has been shattered due to the global pandemic crisis. With an aim to fulfill the aspirations of Indian students to study in Australia, Chandigarh University has established an 'Indo-Australian Study Centre' at its campus where top-notch Australian Universities are offering International Articulation programs in the field of Commerce, Business Administration, Software Engineering, Business Informatics, and Civil Engineering. "Due to the current pandemic situation, many Indian students who wished to study abroad are not able to pursue their dreams. For Australia, Chandigarh University has established tie-ups with La-Trobe University Melbourne for offering 2+2 Bachelors of Civil Eng...
HC stays 50 pc reservation for Delhi students in NLUD, says varsity’s decision taken in haste – Times of India
Career and Education

HC stays 50 pc reservation for Delhi students in NLUD, says varsity’s decision taken in haste – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court Monday stayed the National Law University, Delhi (NLUD) decision to reserve 50 per cent seats for candidates from the national capital, saying the decision was taken by the varsity in haste without acting in accordance with the NLU Act. A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad directed the NLUD to issue a notice on or before July 2, informing the public at large about the decision taken above and granted a further period of one week from the date of issuance of the notice to enable the interested candidates to submit their applications for admission. The high court said a prima facie case was made out for a stay on the university's decision and the redrawn schedule will not interfere with the entrance examinations that are to take place in ...
India, China Discuss Ladakh Stand-Off In Over 10-Hour-Long Military Talks
India

India, China Discuss Ladakh Stand-Off In Over 10-Hour-Long Military Talks

The talks took place on the Indian side of LAC in Chushul sector (File)New Delhi: Indian and Chinese militaries on Tuesday held a Corps Commander-level dialogue for over 10 hours with a focus on finalising modalities for the disengagement of troops from various stand-off points in eastern Ladakh, and explored ways to ease tension in the region, government sources said.In the meeting, the Indian delegation conveyed concerns over China's "new claim lines" in the region and demanded restoration of status quo ante as well as immediate withdrawal of Chinese troops from Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso and a number of other areas, they said.The talks took place on the Indian side of Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Chushul sector in eastern Ladakh. The meeting began at 11 AM and was continuing beyon...
Airbus To Cut Around 15,000 Jobs Worldwide Amid Pandemic
World

Airbus To Cut Around 15,000 Jobs Worldwide Amid Pandemic

Airbus is facing the gravest crisis this industry has ever experienced, its chief executive said. (File)Paris: European aircraft maker Airbus said on Tuesday it is planning to cut around 15,000 jobs worldwide, 11 percent of its total workforce, in response to the coronavirus which it described as the "gravest crisis" the industry has seen.The cuts are to be implemented by the summer of 2021, Airbus said in a statement, and follow a drop of nearly 40 percent of the commercial aviation business in recent months."With air traffic not expected to recover to pre-COVID levels before 2023 and potentially as late as 2025, Airbus now needs to take additional measures to reflect the post COVID-19 industry outlook," it said in a statement.The company said 5,000 positions would be cut France, 5,100...