Morning Digest: Attack by State-sponsored Chinese hacker groups foiled, says Power Ministry; U.S. trade report flags challenges from Make in India policy, and more

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U.S. trade report flags challenges from ‘Make in India’ policy

The report terms India’s policies “trade-restrictive” and saying the “Make in India” campaign epitomises the challenges to the trade relationship.

Attacks by Chinese groups thwarted: Power Ministry

While the government refused to confirm or deny a New York Times report, based on a U.S. cyber security firm’s claim that the Mumbai power outage in October 2020 was part of a coordinated cyber attack by China, it said it has suffered “no data breach” as a result of the threat.

India’s percentage CO2 emissions rose faster than the world average

By comparison, China posted a 0.4% increase in 2016-19 and the United States registered a decline in emissions of 0.7%, though in absolute numbers they dwarf India’s emissions.

China appoints veteran PLA border General to NPC panel

General Zhao Zongqi, who handed over the leadership of the military’s Western Theatre Command, its biggest military command responsible for the India border, will serve as the vice-chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) special committee on foreign affairs.

‘G-23’ fire a fresh shot at Congress

West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who is also the party’s leader in the Lok Sabha, had shared a stage with Left leaders and ISF founder Abbas Siddiqui of Furfura Sharief at a public rally of the grand alliance.

WHO: ‘Premature,’ ‘unrealistic’ to think COVID-19 will end soon

The world’s singular focus right now should be to keep transmission of COVID-19 as low as possible, said Dr. Michael Ryan, director of WHO’s emergencies program.

Democrats backpedal on raising minimum wage in COVID-19 bill, but hopes for hike alive

Democrats and some Republicans have voiced support for the idea of raising the minimum wage, now $7.25, for the first time since 2009, though they disagree on how much.

United Nations experts urge independent probe into Navalny’s poisoning

Agnès Callamard, the Special U.N. Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions said Navalny’s poisoning was intended to “send a clear, sinister warning that this would be the fate of anyone who would criticize and oppose the government.”

How Akshar became Axar — and turned from pace to spin

His variation, especially the arm-ball, has bamboozled the England batsmen in the ongoing series, but the spelling of his name has been a mystery ever since Axar Patel became an IPL sensation in 2014.

ATP rankings | Novak Djokovic ties Roger Federer’s record

Novak Djokovic matched Roger Federer's all-time record for the most weeks as ATP World No. 1 on Monday, holding the top spot for the 310th week. Djokovic's ninth Australian Open title last month ensured the 18-time Grand Slam champion would surpass Federer's record.

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