'Scientists silenced and disappeared'

LONDON, May 31 A new study, quoted by ANI, has found that Chinese scientists created the virus in a lab in Wuhan, then tried to cover their tracks by reverse-engineering versions of the virus to make it look like it evolved naturally from bats.The novel c..

Prices of goods and services soar under military ruleMyanmar folks face cash shortage

NAYPYITAW, May 30Amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar due to the February 1 military coup, people are facing a shortage of cash and rising prices of goods and services as they are withdrawing their savings from banks out of concern for the future.Four months into military rule since a February 1 military coup that ousted the civilian Government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, and with a weakening local currency, the junta has yet to rein in the economic woes precipitated by the power grab, reported ..

Vietnam detects hybrid of COVID-19 variants from India and UK

HANOI, May 29 Vietnam Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said on Saturday (May 29) the country has detected a new variant of the coronavirus, a mix of the COVID-19 variants from India and the United Kingdom that spreads quickly by air, online newspaper VnExpress reported.After successfully containing coronavirus for most of last year, Vietnam is now battling an outbreak that is spreading more quickly. Nearly 3,600 people have been infected in 31 of its 63 cities and provinces since late April, accounting ..

No talks till prisoners are freed : MUG to ASEAN

NAYPYITAW, Apr 28Myanmar’s pro-democracy Unity Government, which includes members of Parliament ousted by the military coup, has told Southeast Asia’s regional bloc that it will not engage in talks until the junta releases all political prison..

Myanmar military using NE rebels to attack refugees

Kolkata, Apr 17 Myanmar military comman-ders posted along the borders of Northeast India are using separatist rebels from the region to attack refugees fleeing the Pagoda Nation after the February 1 coup.Senior Indian intelligence officials told IANS the local Tatmadaw (military) commanders have struck a deal with Northeast rebel groups to carry out such attacks."This may not be national policy but a tactical move by local commanders desperate to stop refugee flow into India. The deal is the Northeast ..

Myanmar protest 11 killed as protesters fight troops with handmade guns, firebombs

YANGON, Apr 8Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar fought back with handmade guns and firebombs against a crackdown by security forces in a town in the northwest but at least 11 of the protesters were killed, domestic media reported on Thursday.Initially, six truckloads of troops were deployed to quell protesters in the town of Taze, the Myanmar Now and Irrawaddy news outlets said. When the protesters fought back with handmade guns, knives and firebombs, five more truckloads of troops were brought in.Fighting ..

Emergency rule may be extended by 2 years

Yangon, Apr 8Since launching their February 1 military coup, Myanmar’s Generals have largely stayed out of the limelight, secluded in the country’s ghost town capital of Naypyidaw.In both a figurative and literal echo chamber that are the cave..

Myanmar crackdown death toll edges up to 550

NAY-PYI-TAW, Apr 3Security forces in central Myanmar opened fire on anti-coup protesters on Saturday in violence that a human rights group said has killed 550 civilians since the February 1 military takeover.The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group said security forces have killed 550 people, 46 of them children, since the military overthrew an elected Government led by Aung San Suu Kyi.Some 2,751 people have been detained or sentenced, the group said.At least two deaths were ..

Suu Kyi appears before Court

NAYPYIDAW, Apr 1Myanmar’s deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi today appeared before a Court a day after a UN envoy warned of the possibility of civil war and an expected “bloodbath” as the junta represses pro-democracy demonstrations.Since the military deposed Suu Kyi on February 1, more than 535 people have died in protests, putting an end to Myanmar’s decade-long democratic experiment.On Wednesday, the UN Security Council held an emergency closed-door meeting to discuss ..

"Kill me instead” Photo of Myanmar nun pleading with military goes viral

Yangon, Mar 10 Kneeling before them in the dust of a northern Myanmar city, Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng begged a group of heavily armed police officers to spare "the children" and take her life instead.The image of the Catholic nun in a simple white habit, her hands spread, pleading with the forces of the country's new junta as they prepared to crack down on a protest, has gone viral and won her praise in the majority-Buddhist country."I knelt down... begging them not to shoot and torture the children, ..

At least 7 dead in Myanmar protest

YANGON, Feb 28Myanmar police fired on protesters on Sunday in the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations against a military coup and at least seven people were killed and several wounded, political and medical sources and media said.Myanmar has been in ..

WHO expert team arrives in Wuhan to begin investigating the origins of COVID-19 pandemic

BEIJING, Jan 14 A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. The 10-member team sent to Wuhan by the World Health Organization was approved by President Xi Jinping’s Government after months of diplomatic wrangling that prompted an unusual public complaint by the head of the ..

Indonesian plane feared to have crashed with 62 aboard

JAKARTA, Jan 9A Sriwijaya Air plane with 62 people on board lost contact after taking off from Indo-nesia’s capital Jakarta on a domestic flight on Saturday and rescuers said suspected debris had been found in the sea off the city.The Boeing 737-500, en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan, disappeared from radar screens after taking off just after 2.30 pm (0730 GMT).Indonesian Transport Minister Budi Karya told a news conference that 62 people had been aboard, including 12 crew. Another official ..

Biden beats Trump to win White House

WASHINGTON, Nov 7: Joe Biden is now projected to have 284 Electoral College votes, the Associated Press (AP) news agency said on Saturday, above the threshold needed to clinch the hard-fought United States presidential election.The president-elect was pro..

President Trump, wife Melania test positive a month before US election

Washington, Oct 2President Donald Trump and his wife Melania have contracted the coronavirus, he announced early Friday, after months in which he has played down a pandemic that has killed more than 205,000 Americans and sickened millions more.Trump, 74, was diagnosed hours after it became publicly known that Hope Hicks, a top Trump aide who traveled with him on Air Force One and Marine One this week, tested positive on Thursday morning."Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19," the President ..

EU lawmakers suspend Myanmar's Suu Kyi from rights prize events

BRUSSELS, Sep 10Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will no longer be invited to events of the European Parliament’s human rights prize, which she won in 1990, EU lawmakers said on Thursday, a protest over accusations of genocide in her country.Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner of Myanmar’s then ruling military junta in the 1990s who now rules as state counselor, was awarded the parliament’s Sakharov Prize in 1990.As part of that honor, she is also invited to gatherings of prize laureates, ..

Russia releases first batch of Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V into public

Moscow, Sep 8The first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19, developed by Russia’s Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has been released into civil circulation, ..

India-Myanmar Border Area Development India hands over $5 million to Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Aug 28 Indian Ambassador to Myanmar Saurabh Kumar on Friday gave a cheque for $5 million to Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Minister for Border Affairs, for the third year of the India-Myanmar Border Area Development.In 2012, then Prime Minister Manmohan Sin..

Cases continue to surge

NEW DELHI, Aug 26 : India has recorded 67,151 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total way past the 3.2 million mark. India's tally now stands at 3,239,096. With 1,066 fatalities reported on Tuesday, the country's death toll is nearing 60,..

Vaccine is safe, says Putin; his daughter gets 2 shots Russia registers COVID vaccine

NEW DELHI, Aug 11 Russia on Tuesday became the first country to officially register a coronavirus vaccine and declare it ready for use, despite international scepticism. President Vladimir Putin said that one of his daughters has already been inoculated.Putin emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. However, scientists at home and abroad have been sounding the alarm that the rush to start using the vaccine ..

Chinese doctor alleges Covid-19 cover-up... Says Wuhan market was 'clean already'

BEIJING, Jul 27 A Chinese doctor, who diagnosed early coronavirus cases in China, has accused the local authorities of a cover-up of the initial scale of the outbreak at the epicentre Wuhan, saying the evidence was already destroyed when they went for investigation, according to a media report.Speaking to the BBC, Professor Kwok-Yung Yuen, a microbiologist, physician and surgeon in Hong Kong, who helped to investigate the COVID-19 outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, said the physical evidence ..

ISIS terrorists in Kerala, Karnataka: UN report

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 25A UN report on terrorism has warned that there are “significant numbers” of ISIS terrorists in Kerala and Karnataka, noting that the al-Qaida in the Indian sub- continent terror group, which reportedly has between 150 and..

Oxford University's vaccine prompts immune response in early trial

London, Jul 20Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot.British researchers first began testing the vaccine in April in about 1,000 people, half of whom got the experimental vaccine. Such early trials are usually designed only to evaluate safety, but in this case experts were also looking to see what kind of immune response was provoked.In research published ..

Russian university successfully completes trials of world’s 1st Covid-19 vaccine

Moscow, Jul 12The clinical trials of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine on volunteers at Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University has been successfully completed, Vadim Tarasov, the director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Biotechnology, told Sputnik, adding that the first group of volunteers would be discharged on Wednesday and the second on July 20.The university began clinical trials of the vaccine produced by Russia’s Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiolo..

Virologist who fled to US from Hong Kong accuses China of coronavirus cover-up

Hong Kong, Jul 11At a time when Covid-19 has infected over 12 million people across the globe, a scientist from Hong Kong has revealed that China knew about the deadly virus well before it claimed it did, in an extraordinary claim about cover-ups at the highest levels of government.In an exclusive interview to Fox News on Friday, Li-Meng Yan, who has specialised in virology and immunology at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, said that China likely had an obligation to tell the world, given their ..

Coronavirus Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug

LONDON Jun 16A cheap and widely available drug can help save the lives of patients seriously ill with coronavirus.The low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly virus, UK experts say.The drug is part of the world's biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus.It cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut deaths by a fifth.Had the drug had been used to treat patients ..

Chinese Covid-19 vaccine... Expected to begin mass output this year

BEIJING, May 30 A front-running Covid-19 vaccine candidate being developed in China is expected to be available as soon as the end of this year, according to a report published in the official Wechat account of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.The vaccine, jointly developed by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products and China National Biotec Group Co., has completed phase II testing and may be ready for the market at the end of this year or early next year, said ..

'Enormous evidence' that coronavirus came from China lab : US

WASHINGTON, May 4US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said "enormous evidence" showed the new coronavirus originated in a lab in China, further fueling tensions with Beijing over its handling of the outbreak.Pompeo's comments came as Europe and parts of the United States prepared to cautiously lift virus lockdowns as signs emerge that the deadly pandemic is ebbing and Governments look to restart their battered economies.More than 243,000 people have been killed and 3.4 million infected worldwide ..

51 recovered COVID-19 patients in South Korea test positive again

SEOUL, Apr 8 Dozens of people who were diagnosed as recovered from coronavirus in South Korea have tested positive again for the virus after leaving quarantine, according to officials.Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said Monday 51 ..

Coronavirus can live in your body for 37 days : New study

LONDON, Apr 8A new study in The Lancet medical journal published Wednesday found that the novel coronavirus lived in the respiratory tracts of some patients for more than five weeks. Some of the patients received antiviral medications but the drugs did no..

Analysis box by health correspondent

Intensive care is where doctors look after the sickest patients - his admission to ICU is the clearest indication of how ill the Prime Minister is.We do not know the full details of Mr Johnson's condition, but he is conscious and not being ventilated.Not every patient in intensive care is ventilated, but around two-thirds are within 24 hours of admission with Covid-19.This is a disease that attacks the lungs and can cause pneumonia and difficulty in breathing.This leaves the body struggling to get ..

Coronavirus Boris Johnson moved to ICU as symptoms worsen

LONDON, Apr 7Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms "worsened", Downing Street has said.A spokesman said he was moved on the advice of his medical team and was receiving "excellent care".Mr..

WHO says coronavirus is spread by respiratory droplets, not through air

BEIJING, Apr 3The virus that causes the COVID-19 disease is pri-marily transmitted through "respiratory droplets and close contacts", and does not seem to stay long in the air, a recent WHO publication said.Respiratory infections can be transmitted throug..

Myanmar confirms first two coronavirus cases

YANGON, Mar 24: Myanmar confirmed its first cases of coronavirus late Monday (March 23) after weeks of increasing scepticism over the under-developed South-east Asian Nation's claims to be free of the disease.The country of 54 million people had been the ..

With 4 deaths in Iran and more cases in 3 continents.. Fears of coronavirus pandemic rise, spread

HONG KONG, Feb 22An alarming surge of new coronavirus cases outside China, with fears of a major outbreak in Iran, is threa-tening to transform the con- tagion into a global pand-emic, as countries around the Middle East scrambled to close their borders and continents so far largely spared reported big upticks in the illness.In Iran, which had insisted as recently as Tues- day that it had no cases, the virus may now have reach-ed most major cities, in- cluding Tehran, and has killed at least four ..

Covid-19 claims doc

Beijing, Feb 18 : The Director of a hospital in Wuhan died from the coronavirus on Tuesday morning as the death toll and the number of new infections from the outbreak continues to mount in China.Liu Zhiming, the Director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital and a n..

China reports fall in new virus cases for 3rd straight day

BEIJING, Feb 16China reported Sunday a drop in new virus cases for the third straight day, as it became apparent that the country’s leadership was aware of the potential gravity of the situation well before the alarm was sounded.There are 2,009 new cases in mainland China, bringing its total number of confirmed cases to 68,500, according to the country’s National Health Commission.The fatality rate remained stable with 142 new deaths. The death toll in mainland China from COVID-19, a disease ..

UK faces another fierce storm; 2 found dead in seas

LONDON, Feb 16Rescuers pulled two male bodies from rough seas off the coast of southeast England and military personnel mobilized to help build flood barriers as a second straight weekend of stormy weather wreaked havoc across Britain.The fourth named sto..

Nepal evacuates 175 citizens from Wuhan

KATHMANDU, Feb 16Nepal on Sunday evacuated 175 of its nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak, an official said, after protests by parents of students studying in the city. A plane operated by state-owned Nepal Ai..

Coronavirus deaths surge beyond 1500 in China

Beijing, Feb 15China reported another sharp jump of more than 140 deaths from the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak overnight as capital city Beijing imposed mandatory 14-day self-qua-rantine for those returning to the city.Beijing authorities announced the new rule late on Friday night as the city attempts to cope with a staggered return of millions after the extended Chinese New Year (CNY) holidays amid the outbreak.Those not following the quarantine or the rules in containing the outbreak will be ..

1716 medics infected, 6 dead, China finally reveals

Beijing, Feb 14More than 1700 medical workers have been infected and at least six have died fighting the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in China, health officials revealed for the first time on Friday.At least 87 percent of the 1716 were working at hospi..

Coronavirus : Senior Chinese officials ‘removed‘ Death toll passes 1,000 mark

BEIJING, Feb 11 China has "removed" several senior officials over their handling of the coronavirus outbreak - as the death toll passed 1,000.The party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission, and the head of the commission, were among those who lost th..

China coronavirus deaths rise past 800, overtaking SARS toll

BEIJING, Feb 9The death toll from the novel coronavirus surged past 800 in mainland China on Sunday, overtaking global fatalities in the 2002-03 SARS epidemic, even as the World Health Organization said the outbreak appeared to be “stabilising”. With 89 more people dying — most in Hubei, the province at the centre of the outbreak — the toll is now higher than the 774 killed worldwide by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome nearly two decades ago, according to figures from national ..

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY, Feb 9A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit just after 4pm local time (0600GMT) at a depth of 31 k..

Pakistan PM Imran’s party suspends leader for posters insulting Hindus

LAHORE, Feb 9 The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party led by Prime Minister Imran Khan has suspended the general secretary of its Lahore chapter over posters that featured an insulting slogan targeting the minority Hindus after public backlash, a media report said on Saturday. Mian Akram Usman put up the poster in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day, which was observed across the country on February 5, with the slogan “Hindu baat se nahi, laat se maanta hai” (Hindus cannot be ..

Two US troops killed by Afghan soldier in Nangarhar attack

KABUL, Feb 9Two US service members were killed and six wounded when an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on them with a machine gun in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military and two senior Afghan officials said on Sunday. The shootout on Saturda..

Coronavirus death toll in China jumps to 722

BEIJING, Feb 8The number of deaths from China's coronavirus outbreak has risen to 722 on Saturday, surpassing the death toll from the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak on the mainland and Hong Kong almost two decades ago. The total number of infections across China has now reached 34,546.The virus has also killed two people outside mainland China, one in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines, and at least 25 countries have confirmed cases.On Friday, the death of 34-year-old Wuhan ..

Baby tests positive for nCoV 30 hrs after birth

Beijing, Feb 5A baby in China’s epidemic-hit Wuhan city has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus just 30 hours after being born, Chinese State media reported Wednesday.The infant is the youngest person recorded as being infected by the virus, w..

WHO: 'No known effective' treatments

GENEVA, Feb 5The World Health Organization played down media reports on Wednesday of “breakthrough” drugs being discovered to treat people infected with the new coronavirus, which is causing an epidemic in China and has spread to at least 20 o..

Cocktail of flu, HIV drugs appears to help fight coronavirus: Thai doctors

BANGKOK, Feb 2Thai doctors have seen success in treating severe cases of the new coronavirus with combination of medi-cations for flu and HIV, with initial results showing vast improvement 48 hours after applying the treatment, they said on Sunday.The doctors from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok said a new approach in coronavirus treatment had improved the condition of several patients under their care, including one 70-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan who tested positive for the coronavirus for 10 ..

Coronavirus outbreak: WHO declares 'global emergency' as death toll hits 213 in China

WUHAN, Jan 31The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the new coronavirus, as China reported Friday the death toll had climbed to 213 with nearly 10,000 infections.The UN health agency based in Geneva had initially downplayed the thr..