MORNING NEWS BRIEF: 05 APRIL
PICTURE OF THE DAY
People attend an Easter mass at the Sacred Heart cathedral. Millions of Christians around the world celebrated a second Easter under coronavirus restrictions on Sunday with Pope Francis calling for vaccines to be shared among the poorest nations as Covid-19 surges.
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Peace is still a far cry in Afghanistan
The new US Administration's starting position bodes ill for the US-Taliban “Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan” concluded in the Qatari capital Doha about a year ago. Not many are surprised that the agreement has not ended the four decades long war. Whether it will bring it to an end at all is the relevant question.
Maoist insurgents kill 23 Indian forces in ambush
At least 23 Indian security forces were killed in an ambush by Maoist militants in the central state of Chattisgarh, officials said on Sunday, reviving concerns around a decades-old insurgency that appeared to have been largely contained in recent years.
Indian premier visits Bangladesh to counter China
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a two-day visit to Bangladesh arriving last Friday to develop political and economic ties and undermine Chinese influence in the region. Modi wanted to patch up ties with Bangladesh, which have been strained due to his government’s anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which discriminates against Muslim immigrants from South Asia, including Bangladesh. He held talks with his counterpart Sheikh Hasina and other government and opposition leaders.
US State Department report slams India on media curbs
In a wide ranging report on human rights violations in India in the year 2020, the US State Department has, among other things, detailed attacks on press and media freedom. Released on March 30, the report quoted Indian journalists as saying that press freedom declined during the year. Reporters without Borders 2020 World Press Freedom Index said that physical attacks and “coordinated hate campaigns waged on social networks” against journalists were cited as major areas of concern.
Bangladesh wants to produce Astrazeneca Vaccine locally
Bangladesh government has requested AstraZeneca to authorise production of its Covid-19 vaccine in the country. A proposal was sent to the British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company seeking its technology to produce vaccine from seed (manufacturing the vaccine) or vaccine in bulk (importing and repackaging it). "We have sent a letter to AstraZeneca 10 days ago, requesting them to provide us their technology so that we can produce the vaccine locally and we have that capacity," Health Minister Zahid Maleque told The Daily on Thursday.
Jordan gov’t accuses ex-crown prince of ‘malicious plot’
Jordan’s former crown prince, Prince Hamzah, had been liaising with foreign parties over a “malicious plot” to destabilise the country, the Jordanian deputy prime minister has said. On Saturday the military said it had issued a warning to the prince over actions targeting “security and stability” in the kingdom. Prince Hamzah, King Abdullah’s half-brother, later said he was under house arrest. Several high-profile figures were detained.