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Bangladesh rejects Chinese Corona vaccine co-financing request

India will be deliver a Kilo Class submarine INS Sindhuvir to Myanmar Navy as part of defence cooperation. This will be the first submarine of Myanmar Navy. Briefing media, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, cooperation in the maritime domain is an important part of India's enhanced engagement with Myanmar.He said, it is in accordance with India's vision of SAGAR and in line with build capacities and self-reliance in all the neighbouring countries.

-Telangana state has suffered losses to a tune of Rs. 5000 Crore due to heavy rains and flash floods. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has stated this in a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Chief Minister has also urged the centre to release 1350 crore rupees immediately for rehabilitation and relief works.The damages assessed is based on the initial reports.Meanwhile, relief works gained momentum as there is some respite from rains in the state especially in Hyderabad.However, the flood water has not yet receded from the residential colonies at several places and many places remained inundated.Meanwhile, relief operations picked momentum and about 44 thousand people are taking shelter in the  relief camps in Hyderabad.The authorities have been directed to provide food, water, and blankets to them as the night temperatures dip due to rains.Medical teams have been pressed into service especially in the low lying areas and rain affected areas.Following release of surplus water from Himayat Sagar upstream, Musi river is flowing dangerously at Moosarambagh, flooding adjacent areas in Hyderabad.Army, teams of the National Disaster Management Force and the  Disaster Response Teams  of the GHMC continued rescue and relief works in the flood-hit areas. Lakshmi airnews, Hyderabad.

-The US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E Biegun has said that Bangladesh is a key partner of the US in the Indo-pacific region. Speaking at the joint media briefing with the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen in Dhaka on Thursday, Biegun said that Bangladesh’s economic growth, geo-political location and stability has increased its impression in the US. Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr A.K. Abdul Momen said that the Rohingya issue was also discussed with the visiting US Deputy Secretary of state.Stephen Biegun said that the Rohingya crisis requires a regional and global response. He advocated a role of every major country in the region including India to resolve the issue.

-Chinese capital city Beijing has tightened the entry of people from Qingdao after it reported five close contacts linked to confirmed COVID-19 cases in east China city.
People in Qingdao have been advised not to enter Beijing in the near future unless necessary. Those who need to come to Beijing must present a negative nucleic acid test certificate within seven days before arriving in Beijing, local authorities said.People in Beijing are also advised not to go to Qingdao soon. Those who are currently in Beijing and have travelled to Qingdao in the past 14 days should report their traveling information to residential communities, conduct nucleic acid tests, and monitor their health conditions.Qingdao emergedas new cluster of local infections as it had reported 12 new confirmed cases ofCOVID-19 since the virus re-emerged in the city over the weekend, said the local municipal health commission.Over 9 million people had been sampled for nucleic acid testing by Thursday in Qingdao. As per state media report, top official of Qingdao Health Commission and head of the Qingdao Chest Hospital have been suspended after loopholes in epidemic prevention were found.

-Bangladesh will not co-finance the phase 3 trial of the Corona vaccine being developed by the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech.Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said that co-financing was not in the agreement and the company never asked for money when they approached the Bangladesh government. The Minister said that Sinovac had agreed to bear all expenses and give 1.10 lakh free vaccines to the country, reports Reuters. They had also agreed to share the technology with Bangladeshi pharmaceutical companies to make the vaccine. Health Minister Zahid Malequ said that Bangladesh is in talks with at least five frontrunners for the vaccine including Astra zeneca. The Chinese company Sinovac Biotech had originally put up the proposal for phase 3 trial of the COVID 19 vaccine to Bangladesh through the Dhaka based International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr’b). Government granted final clearance for the clinical trial on August 27. The request for co-financing was made later by the Chinese vaccine company earlier this month.

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