US to operationalise India as Major Defence Partner: Lt Gen Lloyd Austin
During his confirmation hearing in Congress, the former US Central Command chief was asked on how he would enhance the overall defence relationship between the US and India and what priorities would he establish.
Lloyd Austin confirmed as US Defence Secretary
Austin received 93 votes in the Senate, while two votes went against him. The second Biden pick to be confirmed after Avril Haines who becomes the first woman to be Director of National Intelligence, Lloyd is the first African-American to be the chief at the Pentagon.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is back, America gets a Covid-19 reality check
The ambitious project is the Joe Biden administration's biggest challenge and remains a big 'if' because of "vaccine hesitancy", as Fauci put it. Achieving widespread or "herd" immunity would require vaccinating as many as 280 million people.
EU strongly discourages non-essential travel
The leaders also agreed to introduce another colour code -- dark red -- to indicate where the virus is circulating at a very high level, according to Von der Leyen. The European Commission President also stressed the need to accelerate vaccination, insisting that the summer deadline for the inoculation of at least 70 per cent of the adult population was "doable".
Antonio Guterres hails Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty's coming into force
He commended the states that have ratified the treaty and welcomed the instrumental role of civil society in advancing negotiation and entry into force. The survivors of nuclear explosions and nuclear tests offered tragic testimonies and were a moral force behind the treaty, and its entry into force is a tribute to their enduring advocacy, the UN chief said.
Senate Republican leader proposes postponing Trump's impeachment trial
On a conference call with Republican senators on Thursday, McConnell suggested "Trump should have at least as much time as the president had in previous trials, which means he would like to postpone the proceeding until the second week of February".
Joe Biden ‘respects and values’ bipartisan ties between US and India: White House
Ever since Biden’s victory was confirmed in Presidential elections held in November 2020, the former US vice president has at least once, called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both the leaders could talk again soon as the newly appointed American President looks to repair diplomatic relations with the countries after former President Trump’s withdrawal policies.
Too early to say when curbs will be lifted: UK PM
Johnson said figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and other studies showed clearly that the new coronavirus variant, which was first discovered in the country late last year, is very contagious.
‘Normal construction on our own territory’: China defends its settlement along Arunachal border
The Chinese foreign ministry described the construction as a matter of its sovereignty and insisted that it never recognised the "illegally established” Indian state Arunachal Pradesh. China further said that its stance on the China-India boundary along the eastern sector has been consistent and clear.
Pak actions on anti-Indian terrorists incomplete: US Defence chief nominee
In written replies to questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee, he said, "If confirmed, I will press Pakistan to prevent its territory from being used as a sanctuary for militants and violent extremist organizations." Austin who needs the US Senate confirmation to be the defence secretary, provided written answers to questions from the Committee ahead of its hearings held earlier this week.