Indian president arrives in Manila for state visit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2019   •   679

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind (R) arrives at Manila International Airport in Manila, Philippines, 17 October 2019. The Indian head of state is in Manila on an official visit to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of India-Philippines bilateral relations. EPA-EFE/STR

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in the Philippines on Thursday evening for a state visit from October 17 to 21.

Kovind will visit Rizal park on Friday (October 18) for a wreath-laying ceremony and will formally meet President Rodrigo Duterte later in the afternoon for a welcome ceremony at Malacañan Palace.

The two leaders are expected to hold an expanded bilateral meeting and will witness the exchange of agreements between the two governments.

On Saturday (October 19), the Indian Chief Executive will meet with liver transplant patients as well as the beneficiaries of the Mahaveer Philippines Foundation, an organization that helps amputees.

Kovind will also attend the Philippine-India Business Conclave and the 4th Association of Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN) Business Summit

On the last day of his visit, the Indian President will meet with the Indian Community in Taguig City.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Filipino repatriates from Sri Lanka, India return to their provinces

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020

Filipino repatriates from Sri Lanka and India returned to their respective provinces on Wednesday (June 17).

The Philippine Navy facilitated the return of the Filipino repatriates who were stranded overseas due to travel restrictions spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. They were accommodated by BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) during the Naval Task Forces humanitarian mission in the Middle East.

“These repatriates considered as returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) already finished the required quarantine period aboard ship and were tested negative for coronavirus in the swab testing conducted upon their arrival,” the Navy said. AAC

China conducts high-altitude military drill as tensions flare with India

UNTV News   •   June 18, 2020

China recently conducted a military drill at the south of the Tanggula Mountains in Tibet, according to the state broadcaster CCTV, amid rising tensions between China and India.

The drill, involving dozens of tanks and armed vehicles, was to test troops’ capabilities operating in extreme situations at a high elevation, reported CCTV.

Tensions have been running high along the border of China and India.

India’s army said on Tuesday (June 16) 20 of its soldiers had been killed in clashes with Chinese troops at a disputed border site in the western Himalayas.

The deaths were the first since the last major border clash in 1967 between the nuclear-armed neighbors – also the world’s two most populous countries – which have been unable to settle the dispute along their lengthy frontier.

Since early May, hundreds of soldiers have fronted up against each other at three locations, each side accusing the other of trespassing. (Reuters)

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India’s biggest city Mumbai braces for “severe” cyclone

UNTV News   •   June 3, 2020

India’s most populous city Mumbai braced for its first-ever cyclone in living memory on Wednesday (June 3).

The cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea was “very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm” later on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Authorities were working until late in the night on Tuesday (June 2) to move thousands of people away from the coast, amid fears that a city already ravaged by COVID-19 infections could see its healthcare system further overwhelmed.

The cyclone, called Nisarga, could make landfall on the coastal border of Maharashtra and Gujarat states, where officials have evacuated more than 100,000 people.

Mumbai emergency services are already struggling with the nation’s largest outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

The city and its surrounding areas have so far reported some 55,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 1,700 deaths from the disease.

In Mumbai, authorities shifted 150 Covid-19 patients to other hospitals as the newly built makeshift hospital they were being treated in was located in low-lying area. (Reuters)

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