Author: Mike Harrison

The White House said in a statement that Joe Biden told Ashraf Ghani the United States would continue to support the Afghan people through development, humanitarian and security assistance President Joe Biden said Wednesday he will withdraw remaining U.S. troops from the “forever war” in Afghanistan, declaring that the Sept. 11 attacks cannot justify American forces still being there 20 years after the deadliest terror assault on the United States.His plan is to pull out all American forces — numbering 2,500 now — by this Sept. 11, the anniversary of the attacks, which were coordinated from Afghanistan.The U.S. cannot continue…

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Scarcity of hospital beds, oxygen supply and medicines like Remdesivir injections in major cities The COVID-19 situation in Gujarat is turning grimmer by the day. On Wednesday, the numbers saw a massive jump with 7,410 cases and 73 deaths while the number of patients recovered has remained stagnant at 2,642. The number of active cases stands at 39,250. The rise in cases across the main cities like Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara has led to scarcity of hospital beds, oxygen supply and shortage of medicines like Remdesivir injections. “The second wave is ferocious and sparing no one. There are too…

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Rahul Chahar is a far improved bowler this edition. The leg-spinner, who has been under Mumbai Indians’ wings since 2018, dismissed superstars such as Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow.The experience against England, besides bowling to MI power-hitters at the nets, helped the India international brought out his top game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. The leggie returned 4/27 as the five-time champion clinched the game from the jaws of defeat. Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi were his victims. “I think I enjoyed Tripathi’s wicket the most. The ball turned really…

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Administration on a war footing to make oxygen available at medical facilities, says Maharashtra Chief Minister Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said mutations of the novel coronavirus had been found in a number of samples and the administration was on a war footing to make oxygen available at medical facilities across the State. “Several samples have revealed mutations of the virus. The rate of infection is much higher than last year, with many among the younger generation now getting infected. Reining in the contagion will be even more challenging this year and all restrictions announced by the government…

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EMA to make recommendation on J&J shot next week. Denmark announced on Tuesday it would stop using the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine altogether, becoming the first European country to do so over suspected rare but serious side-effects.Despite recommendations from the World Health Organization and European medicines watchdog to continue using the inoculation, “Denmark’s vaccination campaign will go ahead without the AstraZeneca vaccine,” Health Authority director Soren Brostrom told a press conference.Denmark was the first country in Europe to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca jab in its vaccination rollout, after reports of rare but serious cases of blood clots among those…

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Around 7,000 non-U.S. forces from mainly NATO countries rely on the U.S. for air support, leadership Foreign troops under NATO command will withdraw from Afghanistan in coordination with a U.S. pull-out by September 11, Washington’s top diplomat said on Wednesday, after Germany said it would match American plans to leave after two decades of war.Around 7,000 non-U.S. forces from mainly NATO countries, also from Australia, New Zealand and Georgia, outnumber the 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but still rely on U.S. air support, planning and leadership for their training mission.U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Brussels that it…

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Fraud victims included Hollywood royalty, Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel; Madoff had expected to be exposed sooner; original market-maker for Nasdaq. Bernard Madoff, who was convicted for running the largest known Ponzi scheme in history, died on April 14 in federal prison where he was serving a 150-year sentence, the Bureau of Prisons said. He was 82.Madoff had been suffering from chronic kidney failure and several other medical ailments.He had been held at a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, after being sentenced in June 2009 to a 150-year term for engineering a fraud estimated as high as $64.8…

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There are seven manufacturers of Remdesivir in the country. Several manufacturers of Remdesivir, that is being used in treatment of COVID-19, said they have ramped up production of the drug to meet its rising demand across the country. In view of increased demand for the medicine due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, the centre on Sunday prohibited the export of Remdesivir injection and its active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) till the situation in the country improves. A Zydus Cadila spokesperson said, “The current spike in COVID-19 cases has led to a higher demand of Remdesivir. We are currently producing Remdesivir…

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India and South Africa have called for the WTO to suspend Intellectual Property Rights related to COVID-19 for a limited period of time The 46-member grouping of the Least Developed Countries has said it supports a request made by India and South Africa to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to temporarily suspend intellectual property rights for the COVID-19 vaccines to increase their access in these countries.India, which has been at the forefront of the global fight against COVID-19, told the U.N. General Assembly last month that vaccine inequity will defeat the collective global resolve to contain the coronavirus as the…

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Promise of a ‘sonar Bangla’ is just a mirage and the party wants to divide the State, says Rahul Gandhi Describing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) promise of a “sonar Bangla” (golden Bengal) as a “mirage” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the BJP is out to destroy the culture of West Bengal.“Wherever the BJP goes, Narendra Modi goes, the RSS goes, they start spreading hatred and start dividing the people,” Mr. Gandhi said while addressing a rally in Darjeeling district of the State.Mr. Gandhi, who started his poll campaign in West Bengal three days before the fifth phase of the…

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