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A mask is put on a statue of the Hindu goddess Durga to spread awareness of Covid-19 at the start of the five-day Durga Puja festival.
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Darjeeling's Gorkha leader Bimal Gurung joins Mamata's camp
Bimal Gurung and his men have created a stir in the political arena, by returning after three years, announcing that they wanted to see Mamata Banerjee as the chief minister in 2021. Speculations abound about these changed equations in the hill politics.
Bimal still has clout in the hills of West Bengal, Turai and Duars. He has joined hands with the state government so is returning to his old turf. He adroitly declared, there are no such things as friends or enemies in politics.
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Pompeo to ask China partner Sri Lanka to make 'difficult' choices
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will ask Sri Lanka to make "difficult" choices on its growing relationship with China amid criticism the island is sliding toward authoritarianism, an official said Thursday.
Pompeo plans to warn of risks surrounding China on a trip next week that will take him to Colombo as well as India, Maldives and Indonesia.
The trip will come days after Sri Lanka's parliament voted to give sweeping new powers to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a move that the opposition decried as a step toward authoritarian rule.
RAW chief's meeting with Nepal PM sparks criticism
Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has come under fire, including from the ruling Communist Party leaders, for breaching diplomatic norms over his meeting with Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief Samant Kumar Goel.
Goel called on Prime Minister Oli at his official residence at Baluwatar on Wednesday evening. However, the Indian intelligence chief's visit did not go down well with some political leaders of the country, including members of the ruling party Nepal Communist Party (NCP).
China builds new structures, deploys counter-space jammers near LAC
Even as India and China discuss disengagement from friction points in Ladakh at the military-diplomatic talks, the People’s Liberation Army is constructing new structures and relocating troops and equipment to occupied Aksai Chin in Tibet as well as Xinjiang with no intention of backing off from the 1,597 km of Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh at least this winter.
Senior military officials said they had noticed construction of a huge structure spread across 3 lakh square feet - almost the size of four football fields - has been noticed around 10 kilometres from the LAC in occupied Aksai Chin across Gogra-Hot Springs area.
Opinion US elections 2020 Donald Trump reverts to type in debate – and it isn't 'magnificently brilliant'
They flunk their first in a fit of presidential pique about standing on stage with their upstart rivals. They over-correct their second after a frantic period of long-delayed rehearsals. By the time the third comes along, they usually remember what got them elected in the first place.
He whiffed his first debate by forcing himself down the throat of Joe Biden. He skipped his second debate because he was sick with the pandemic he failed to take seriously. And he never prepped for the third debate, on Thursday night.
It showed. After 25 minutes of failing to shout down his opponent, Trump couldn’t hold it in any longer.
Bangladesh receives KrAZ Spartan APCs from Ukraine
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) took delivery of the first batch of KrAZ Spartan Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) from Ukraine.
In this batch 12 Spartan APCs were delivered to the BGB Headquarters in Peelkhana, Dhaka along with respective RK-3 Korsar (Corsar) short range anti-tank guided missile systems.
The acquisition is part of modernising the response capabilities of Bangladesh's premier land border management force. It is in addition to purchase of all-terrain vehicles. watercraft and Mi-171E helicopters.
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