US ‘hasn’t seen’ North Korean leader Kim Jong-un recently, Mike Pompeo

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 791 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.bbc.com/news/ US officials “haven’t seen” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un recently and are watching reports about his health “closely”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. He also expressed concern that the hermit state could be hit either by the coronavirus outbreak or a famine. Mr Kim, 36, last appeared in state media on 12 April, triggering speculation that he was seriously ill. But officials in South Korea later said such reports were not true. Kim Jong-un illness rumours denied amid intense speculation Who might…

Pakistan has lowest Covid-19 mortality rate, says minister as country records highest single-day fatalities

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 822 total views,  1 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ With 26 fresh fatalities, Pakistan on Wednesday recorded the highest single-day jump in the number of deaths due to coronavirus disease Covid-19, health authorities said. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Security Moeed Yusuf told the media that besides the new 26 deaths, there were 44 infected people in critical condition, Pakistani media reported. However, he said the mortality rate was only 2.1 per cent in Pakistan as compared to around seven per cent in other countries. Meanwhile, the government has decided…

‘Major strategic achievement’: Xi Jinping hails China’s Covid-19 battle

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 840 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ Chinese President Xi Jinping has termed China’s battle against Covid-19 as a major strategic achievement, as the ruling Communist Party is all set to hold the postponed Parliament session on May 22 amid a steady decline in the coronavirus cases. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) on Thursday said the country reported only four new confirmed Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the total number to 82,862, while no death due to the disease was registered. The virus has claimed 4,633 lives in the country. China’s arduous efforts…

US finds tentative cure for Covid-19, hunts chutes for a vaccine

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 748 total views A lab technician visually inspects a filled vial of investigational coronavirus disease treatment drug remdesivir at a Gilead Sciences facility in La Verne, California, US. (Gilead Sciences Inc/Handout via Reuters) COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ A sliver of hope ran through a nation ravaged by a new virus and shuttered at home after a top US government scientist announced Wednesday that data from ongoing federal trials demonstrated that an antiviral drug can significantly shorten the duration of the illness and hasten recovery from coronavirus. News reports indicated the US Food…

Rishi Kapoor, Bollywood’s original chocolate boy, dies at 67, Amitabh Bachchan says ‘he’s destroyed’

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 6,160 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ Actor Rishi Kapoor has died at 67 after a two-year battle with leukaemia. Rishi breathed his last at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. His wife and actor Neetu Kapoor was by his side. “Yes, he is no more,” Rishi’s elder brother Randhir Kapoor told Hindustan Times. A statement from the family read: Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained…

PM Modi discusses coronavirus issue with Bangladesh counterpart

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 618 total views PM Modi and Bangladesh PM spoke regarding efforts to contain the pandemic in the region. (Mohd Zakir/HT FILE PHOTO) COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday discussed collaboration in the fight against Covid-19 and the cross-border movement of essential items amid the lockdown in both countries. Modi, who spoke on the phone with Hasina, assured her of India’s readiness to help Bangladesh in containing the spread of Covid-19 and mitigating the health and economic impact of the pandemic, according to…

Singapore reports 690 new Covid-19 cases, mostly foreign workers

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 593 total views Medical personnel attend to migrant workers at a dormitory amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore, April 29, 2020.(Reuters file photo) COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ Singapore on Wednesday reported 690 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of Covid-19 patients, a vast majority of whom are foreigners, to 15,641, the health ministry said. Out of the 690 fresh cases, six are Singapore citizens or permanent residents while the rest of them are foreigners with work permits residing in dormitories, it said. “We are still working through the details…

Smith is ‘strange’ but a ‘genius’, says Stokes

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 2,003 total views “Australia’s Steve Smith was the top-scorer during last year’s Ashes series in England. ©AFP” /> New Delhi (AFP) – England’s Ben Stokes has said his Australian rival and IPL teammate Steve Smith is a “genius” as well as “strange” as he hailed the number one Test batsman. “He’s still strange to play against and he’s still strange to play with.And the best thing about it is that he admits it,” Stokes said in a podcast broadcast by their Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. “But I…

Australia’s Warner says England tour ‘highly unlikely’

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 1,878 total views “Australia’s David Warner cast doubt on the tour in July. ©AFP” /> Sydney (AFP) – Veteran batsman David Warner believes Australia’s upcoming limited -overs tour of England will be scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Australians were scheduled to play three one-dayers and three Twenty20 matches against England in July. But last week the England and Wales Cricket Board delayed the start of their season until July 1 at the earliest and players may need some warm-up cricket before returning to the international arena. There has been speculation…

England captain Root reveals Ellen DeGeneres sledges

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 1,878 total views “Ellen lookalike? – England captain Joe Root . ©AFP” /> London (AFP) – England captain Joe Root said Tuesday he had been sledged during his cricket career for looking like American comedian and chat show host Ellen DeGeneres. Sledging, the practice where a fielding side verbally abuses a batsman to disturb his concentration, can take many forms. But Root said he understood what had led opponents to come up with the unusual jibe. “I’ve been called Ellen DeGeneres on a number of occasions over the course of my…