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Trump offers to mediate between India and China
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Why can't private hospitals treat patients free, Supreme Court asks Centre
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TRUMP OFFERS TO MEDIATE BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA
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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday offered to mediate between India and China over their “raging border dispute,” in another wild swing at diplomatic intervention in the region.
The US President’s offer, dismissed or ignored in both China and India, surprised most observers given its timing – coming when Washington’s own ties with Beijing are fraught.
Both Indian and Chinese analysts took a dim view of Trump’s offer, some viewing it as ploy to sell more U.S arms to India.
Chinese analysts see it differently, accusing India of trying to change the status quo with border incursions, believing Beijing is in the international doghouse because of the coronavirus pandemic.
HONG KONG 'NO LONGER AUTONOMOUS FROM CHINA' - POMPEO
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told Congress that Hong Kong no longer merits special treatment under US law.
The declaration could have major implications for Hong Kong's trade hub status and is likely to anger Beijing.
"No reasonable person can assert today that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy from China, given facts on the ground," he said in a statement.
It follows Beijing's plan to impose a controversial new security law on the territory.
The security law was "only the latest in a series of actions that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong's autonomy and freedoms
Until now the US has given Hong Kong - a global financial and trading hub - special status under US law. The provision dates from when the territory was a British colony and gives it favourable trading terms.
But since last year this status has been conditional on the US secretary of state regularly certifying that Hong Kong maintains sufficient autonomy from mainland China.
It could jeopardise billions of dollars worth of trade between Hong Kong and the US and could dissuade people from investing there in the future.
It would also hurt mainland China, which uses Hong Kong as a kind of middleman for transactions with the rest of the world. Mainland companies and multinational firms use the territory as an international or regional base.
Source : BBC ( https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52824839 )
WHY CAN'T PRIVATE HOSPITALS TREAT PATIENTS FREE, SUPREME COURT ASKS CENTRE
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked why the private hospitals, given land free of cost by the government, cannot treat Covid-19 patients for free. It questioned the central government if there is any impediment in obligating such private hospitals with the treatment of coronavirus patients.
They have been given land either free of cost or at a very nominal cost. These private charitable hospitals should treat them for free.
The bench asked Mehta to identify such private hospitals, which have been allotted land on the ground of charity, and submit its views after a week.
The petition by Sachin Jain had regretted that private hospitals are trying to make a fortune out of the national pandemic, and hence there must be a regulation. He claimed private hospitals were charging between Rs 10-12 lakh from Covid-19 patients even though the treatment did not even involve any surgery.