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Himalayan clash: Modi warns India can give ‘befitting reply’ to China

NEW DELHI/BEIJING — A tense military standoff between India and China over a disputed border in the western Himalayas took a dangerous turn this week when 20 Indian soldiers were killed in violent clashes.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India would defend every inch of its territory. “I would like to assure the nation that the sacrifice of our soldiers will not go in vain,” Modi said. “India wants peace, but is capable of giving a befitting reply if instigated.”

In a phone call Wednesday with his Chinese counterpart, Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar blamed China for

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Modi buried under avalanche of COVID-19 cases and 120m jobless

NEW DELHI — India has seen a sharp spike in new coronavirus cases with the total crossing 125,000, about 70% of which surfaced in this month alone. This has forced Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to review its strategy to contain the outbreak, which has shocked an already slowing economy, adding to joblessness and despair.

A high-level ministerial meeting chaired by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on May 15 discussed focusing COVID-19 management on the states having the highest number of cases and fatalities, as well as on treatment, “for which timely detection of infection and contact tracing [are] the best

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India’s Modi declares $265bn in economic relief to fight pandemic

NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled an economic package Tuesday night worth 20 trillion rupees ($265¬†billion) to help the country’s smaller businesses, laborers, farmers and middle-income earners overcome the crisis posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is almost 10% of the country’s GDP,” Modi said in a nationally televised address.

Details of the economic relief will be revealed by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman beginning Wednesday, said Modi, who noted that it also will “focus on land, labor, liquidity and laws.”

“It will cater to various sections, including cottage industry, MSME [micro, small and midsize enterprises], laborers,

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India’s Modi declares $266bn in economic relief to fight pandemic

NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled an economic package Tuesday night worth 20 trillion rupees ($266¬†billion) to help the country’s smaller businesses, laborers, farmers and middle-income earners overcome the crisis posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is almost 10% of the country’s GDP,” Modi said in a nationally televised address.

Details of the economic relief will be revealed by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman beginning Wednesday, said Modi, who noted that it also will “focus on land, labor, liquidity and laws.”

“It will cater to various sections, including cottage industry, MSME [micro, small and midsize enterprises], laborers,

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