Morning digest | Mike Pompeo slams China for pandemic; COVID-19 vaccine supplies likely from early 2021, says Health Secretary, and more

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar with the U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at a meeting in Tokyo, on October 6.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Mike Pompeo slams China for pandemic, Indo-Pacific tensions at Quad meeting

Directly criticising China for the coronavirus crisis as well as for its actions in the Indo-Pacific region, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for the Quadrilateral dialogue, or “Quad”, to “collaborate” in countering China.

Vaccine supplies likely from early 2021: Health Secretary

The Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday that it was expecting COVID-19 vaccine supplies to be available from early next year.

Nadal passes Sinner test to storm into French Open semi-finals

Claycourt master Rafael Nadal passed his first real test of this year's French Open with a 7-6(4) 6-4 6-1 victory against Italian rising star Jannik Sinner as his quest for a record-breaking 13th title gathered momentum on Tuesday.

Panel suggests limiting pilgrims during Sabarimala season

Allowing pilgrims only through Pampa, limiting the number of pilgrims to 1,000 on weekdays and 2,000 on weekends, and making COVID-19-negative certificate mandatory are among the recommendations made by the high-level committee for the Mandala-Makaravilakku pilgrimage season at the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple that begins on November 16.

Edappadi K. Palaniswami ahead in CM candidate race

On the eve of Wednesday’s scheduled announcement of the AIADMK’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the 2021 Assembly election, there were indications that the incumbent CM and the ruling party’s co-coordinator, Edappadi K. Palaniswami, would be nominated for the top job.

Trump stirs controversy by pulling out of talks with Democrats on aid package

President Donald Trump stirred controversy on Tuesday, his first full day as a COVID-19 outpatient, by pulling out of talks with Democrats on an economic aid package for the country and drawing rebukes from Facebook and Twitter for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

Shaheen Bagh protests case | Supreme Court verdict today

The Supreme Court will pronounce its judgment on Wednesday on balancing the right to protest against the right to public movement, in the background of the marathon Shaheen Bagh protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.

High Court appointments: No stand-off between Executive and Judiciary, says Law Minister

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said there is no stand-off between the Executive and the Judiciary over appointment of High Court judges and whenever a difference of opinion arises, it is mutually reconciled to ensure only a suitable person is appointed as a High Court judge.

A child has to learn his mother tongue to gain a foundation, says Supreme Court

A child has to learn his mother tongue to gain a foundation, the Supreme Court accosted Jagan Mohan Reddy-led Andhra government’s logic that children, without learning English, get ‘isolated’.

Guitar rock legend Eddie Van Halen dies of cancer aged 65

Eddie Van Halen, the guitar virtuoso whose blinding speed, control and innovation propelled his band Van Halen into one of hard rock’s biggest groups, fueled the unmistakable fiery solo in Michael Jackson’s hit “Beat It” and became elevated to the status of rock god, has died. He was 65.

IMF chief says global economy less dire but long climb ahead

The global economy is looking ‘less dire’ than it did in June and the International Monetary Fund will make a ‘small’ upward revision to its 2020 global output forecast, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Tuesday.

Indian Premier League 2020 | Suryakumar, Bumrah fire Mumbai Indians to third straight win

In addition to having a battery of reliable all-rounders, one of the features of Mumbai Indians’ consistent success in the Indian Premier League over the years has been its all-round performance on the field. This was on full display at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, as a well-oiled MI machine reversed its adverse recent head-to-head record against Rajasthan Royals with a stylish 57-run win.

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