Current Affairs 18 July

  • No extension of lockdown in Bengaluru, Karnataka Deputy CM on coronavirus surge

Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwathnarayan responded to various questions concerning the novel coronavirus outbreak and the state government’s strategy to manage the pandemic. “Lockdown will not be extended anymore. Wearing a mask is lockdown itself. Everyone should take precautions,” CN Ashwathnarayan said. Earlier on Friday, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa had also told reporters that lockdown is not a solution. These statements have put to rest speculation that the lockdown to contain Covid-19 will be extended any further in Bengaluru.

  • Proud of brave, courageous soldiers: Rajnath Singh after visiting forward post near LoC

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited a forward post near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. Later, in a tweet, Rajnath Singh said the country is proud of the brave and courageous soldiers who have been defending the country in every situation. He said, “Visited a forward post near LoC in Kupwara District of Jammu-Kashmir today and interacted with the soldiers deployed there. We are extremely proud of these brave and courageous soldiers who are defending our country in every situation.” The defence minister’s trip to the holy cave comes on the second day of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Foreign ministers of China, Russia oppose ‘US unilateralism’ in phone call, says Chinese state media

The foreign ministers of China and Russia held a telephone conversation on Friday, in which they opposed “US unilateralism”, China’s state news agency Xinhua reported. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Beijing felt the United States was reviving a “Cold War mentality” in its policy toward China, according to the report. It quoted Lavrov as saying that Russia opposed unilateralism in international affairs. The remarks come as tensions between the United States and China have increased over China’s imposition of its national security law in Hong Kong, an ongoing trade war between the two economies and their handling of the coronavirus outbreak, among other diplomatic rifts.

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