South Asia and Beyond

Russia Begins Supplying S-400 Air Defence Systems To India: Govt

DUBAI: Russia has started delivering the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems to India; the deliveries are going as planned, Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugaev told Sputnik ahead of the Dubai Airshow. “The supplies of the S-400 air defense system to India have started and are proceeding on schedule,” Shugaev […]Read More

Russia Becomes First Country To Register Covid-19 Vaccine: Putin

MOSCOW: Russia has become the first country in the world to register a vaccine against COVID-19, President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday during a government meeting. The president also asked Health Minister Mikhail Murashko to keep him informed about the vaccine, while at the same time noting that he knows “it works quite effectively” and […]Read More

China Sets No 2020 GDP Goal Due To Coronavirus-Caused Economic

MOSCOW: For the first time in years, Beijing will not set a numerical target for its gross domestic product for 2020, according to the text of a government work report from Premier Li Keqiang at the National People’s Congress in China. “We do not set the specific GDP target mainly due to the global pandemic […]Read More

Putin’s Press Secretary Shares ‘Secrets’ Of Russian President’s Special Communications

MOSCOW: In February, Putin announced that he was not using a smartphone for work as he had other means of communication. The President stressed that while technological progress must go on, he was comfortable without modern gadgets. Vladimir Putin’s special communications phone allows the president to contact the government, administration and other senior officials with […]Read More

EU Wades Into German-US Covid-19 Spat, Offers Incentives To ‘Scale

MOSCOW: Brussels has weighed in on the diplomatic spat between Germany and the U.S. over CureVac—the company developing a vaccine against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. The European Commission said Monday it would offer the company based in the German town of Tübingen a guaranteed loan to a tune of €80 million “to scale up development […]Read More

Russian Virologist Details Main Obstacle In Creation Of Vaccine Against

MOSCOW: The total number of confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-2019) worldwide equals 1,21,564. The World Health Organization (WHO) made the decisive step on Wednesday to declare a pandemic as more countries are rethinking travel or visa restrictions over the spread of coronavirus disease. Alexander Lukashev, director of the Martsinovsky Institute of Medical Parasitology, […]Read More