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  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Sunday that any US military action against Iran would conform to international law after President Donald Trump was accused of threatening a war crime by declaring cultural sites as potential targets.

    According to the latest reports, the death toll in the deadly coronavirus has climbed to 25 with confirmed cases rising sharply to 830, mostly in Hubei province. Beijing has reported 26 cases so far. The Indian embassy in China has cancelled the Republic Day ceremony.

    Vital projects are starved for funds following the crisis. The desperation for solutions is palpable.

    Mishra who resigned from the PS to the PM post last year is a UP cadre IAS officer, closely associated with the think tank Vivekananda International Foundation. At NMML, he replaces Lokesh Chandra, former president of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, as the chairman.

    A 2017 military crackdown on the Muslim minority, which UN investigators have called genocide, forced some 740,000 people over the border into Bangladesh. Beijing has stood strongly beside Myanmar and the Asian giant is now the country's largest investor even as distrust of its ambitions lingers among the public.

    APAC Cyber Resiliency and Risk Report said that 98% of Indian companies surveyed were likely to invest more in security due to regulation. India is most likely to have ‘high’ impact (58%) of cybersecurity incidents on businesses compared with 42% in Singapore and 16% in Australia. India also topped the list in belief in cyber-resilience.

    The plantation sector included tea, rubber and coffee industries and the Act stipulates them to comply with providing drinking water, housing, medical, education and toilet facilities to the workers besides wages. The Centre has already tabled a Bill in Parliament on occupational safety, health and working conditions code which is now under discussion.

    China sought a “closed-door consultation” under ‘AOB (any other business)’ at the UNSC after the listed issues were discussed. The meeting was based on an earlier request by Pakistan which was scheduled for December 24 last year but could not take place at the time.

    China's comments came a day after India asserted that Beijing's latest attempt to raise the Kashmir issue at the UNSC on Pakistan's behalf has failed, with an overwhelming majority of the 15-member body expressing the view that it was not the right forum to discuss the bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.

    While the Moscow has formed closer partnership Beijing as part of their global strategy to counter USA, the two do not share similar views on the Kashmir issue. China is in favour of internationalising the matter but Russia has consistently favoured a solution under bilateral format.

    In an attempt to address concerns of patients suffering from any rare disease and reeling under its exorbitant cost of treatment, the health ministry has come up with a new draft National Policy for Rare Diseases, 2020, which highlights “scarce resources” to provide financial support for treatment of rare diseases.

    India is hosting Iranian foreign minister M Javad Zarif next week, eyeing to safeguard its energy and financial interests in West Asia amid the escalating US-Iran conflict.

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