QUARANTINED INDIANS FROM CHINA DISCHARGED

ANM News Desk: All 248 people at an Army camp in Manesar and another batch of 100 at an ITBP facility in Delhi, quarantined after being evacuated from coronavirus-hit Wuhan earlier this month, were discharged on Tuesday.

The remaining people housed at the ITBP camp will be released by Wednesday.

Military sources said India will send a C-17 military aircraft to Wuhan on February 20 to evacuate more Indians from Wuhan. All released persons were advised to remain self isolated for the next 14 days at their respective places.

SAVING TRADE DEAL WITH INDIA FOR LATER: TRUMP

ANM News Desk: US President Donald Trump has stated that he is “saving the big (trade) deal” with India for later and he “does not know” if it will be done before the presidential election in November, indicating that a major bilateral trade deal during his visit to Delhi next week might not be on the cards. Trump is slated to mark his big visit to India on February 24 and 25. The US and India may reportedly sign a “trade package” during the visit.

Trump on Tuesday stated that he “liked Prime Minister Modi a lot” and that he is looking forward to his visit in India.

COVID-19 DEATH TOLL CROSSES 2000 IN CHINA

ANM News Desk: The death toll from the new coronavirus in China has reached 2,004 on Wednesday but the number of new cases have reportedly fallen for a second straight day, as authorities tightened already severe containment measures in the worst-hit city of Wuhan.

China’s National Health Commission reported 1,749 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, while Hubei province – the epicentre of the outbreak – reported the lowest number of new infections since Feb. 11.

The latest figures bring the total number of cases in China to over 74,000 with 2,004 deaths.. The city of 11 million people, where the virus first appeared last year, is under virtual lockdown.

Chinese officials have stated that the apparent slowdown in infection rates is evidence the outbreak is under control but global health officials mention that it is still too early to predict how the epidemic will play out.

COVID-19 DEATH TOLL CROSSES 1700 MARK IN CHINA

ANM News Desk: The death toll in China, related to the novel coronavirus outbreak, reached 1,770 on February 17. 100 more people have reportedly died in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak. The province’s health commission also reported 1,933 new cases. At least 70,500 people have now been infected across China.

Number of new cases outside Hubei is said to be declining as officials stated that the slowing figures were a sign the outbreak was being controlled.

However, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned it is “impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take”.

WAR AGAINST CRIMINAL AND TERROR: SINGH IS KING

He was known to wield the stick in his younger days. A fun loving, charismatic, dare devil IPS officer, Harman preet Singh has even commanded police force in a foreign land and led the war against terror from United Nation. In a free wheeling chat with ANM News, Harman Preet Singh spoke about his early days in West Bengal, during which he smashed criminal dens irrespective of party affiliation. Usually officers move on to central deputation but Singh had other ideas. He did a stint in UN as a part of peacekeeping force in an African country and then moved on to join the United Nations headquarters in New York. The West Bengal cadre IPS officer was a key member of anti terrorist operation at the UN. While his colleagues policed the state and country, Singh became the first Indian police officer to be the top cop of trouble torn East Timor. Singh opened out his mind in a chat with Editor-in-Chief of ANM News, Avijit Nandi Majumdar in ANM er Adda.

ROCKETS HIT CLOSE TO US EMBASSY IN IRAQ

ANM News Desk: Multiple rockets hit near the US embassy in Iraq’s capital early Sunday. The assault sent warning sirens blaring across the diplomatic compound but it was unclear exactly what was hit and how many rockets made impact, according to sources.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. Strong explosions were heard followed by aircraft circling near the Green Zone, the high-security enclave where the US mission is located.

It was the 19th attack since October to target either the embassy or the roughly 5,200 US troops stationed alongside local forces across Iraq.

MORE THAN 10,000 PERSONNEL TO BE DEPLOYED FOR MODI-TRUMP ROADSHOW

ANM News Desk: More than 10,000 police personnel, who will be led by 25 senior IPS officers, are expected to be deployed for US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s roadshow in Gujarat on February 24.

Trump will take part in a roadshow in Ahmedabad and also tour the Sabarmati Ashram. He is also scheduled to inaugurate the newly-built cricket stadium in Motera.

The 10,000 police personnel include 65 assistant commissioners, 200 inspectors and 800 sub- inspectors, will be deployed at strategic locations in the city,

This massive deployment will be in addition to officials of the United States Secret Service, and officials of the National Security Guards (NSG) and the Special Protection Group (SPG)

WHO EXPERTS TO VISIT CHINA AS COVID-19 DEATH TOLL RISES

ANM News Desk: Death toll due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus in China has climbed to 1,665 after 142 more people died, mostly in the worst-hit Hubei Province.

The total confirmed cases climbed to around 68,500. China’s National Health Commission has confirmed 2,009 new cases across the country. Atleast 9,419 infected patients had been reportedly discharged from hospital after recovery so far.

Experts from the WHO are expected to pay field visits in Beijing on February 16 to join Chinese health authorities in containing the virus, which has spread to several other countries.

WILL FOLLOW 2015 NUCLEAR DEAL IF EU PROVIDES BENEFITS: IRAN

ANM News Desk: Iran has stated that it is willing to move back towards the 2015 nuclear deal if Europe provides meaningful economic benefits.

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif stated Iran is prepared to slow down or reverse their nuclear programme depending on what Europe does. He stated that they have received irreversible harm because of US sanctions.

The European parties to the Iran nuclear deal Britain, France and Germany have been battling to save it since US President Donald Trump withdrew from it and reimposed tough sanctions on Tehran. Iran has responded to it with a series of steps back from its own commitments under the deal including by increasing uranium enrichment. 

“J&K INTEGRAL PART”: INDIA SLAMS ERDOGAN

ANM News Desk: India slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments on Kashmir  and asked him not to interfere in India’s internal affairs.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar stated that India rejects all references made by the Turkish president on Jammu and Kashmir, stating that the region is an integral and inalienable part of India.

In an address at Pakistan’s Parliament on Friday, Erdogan compared “the struggle of Kashmiri people with that of fight by Turkish people against foreign domination during the World War I”.

“We call upon the Turkish leadership not to interfere in India’s internal affairs and develop a proper understanding of the facts, including the grave threat posed by terrorism emanating from Pakistan to India and the region,” Raveesh Kumar mentioned.