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Two drones leased by India from the United States arrive. Indian media: can be used to monitor the Sino-Indian border



India’s Asia International News Agency (ANI) reported on the 25th that two MQ-9B drones leased by the Indian Navy from the United States were put into use last Saturday (21st) and are currently deployed on the southeast coast of the country for maritime patrols. The Indian media said that this drone can also be used to monitor the Sino-Indian border area.

According to a high-level person in the Indian government, two Predator drones leased from an American company arrived in India in the second week of this month and carried out a mission on the 21st at Rajari Naval Base in Tamil Nadu, southeast India. . The UAV is painted by the Indian Army and the lease term is one year.

Two drones leased by India from the United States arrive

According to the report, based on the lease agreement between India and the United States, the two drones will be controlled and planned by the Indian side, and the collected data will be kept by the Indian Navy. The United States also has personnel stationed in the Rajari base, but they are only responsible for maintenance and technical support.

Since the Sino-Indian border conflict in May this year, the Indian Ministry of Defense has granted emergency procurement rights to the Indian Navy and leased two drones from the United States.

According to sources, this “Predator” has a life span of up to 30 hours and is an important piece of equipment for maritime patrol and surveillance in the Indian Ocean. The Indian armed forces plan to purchase 18 “Predators” from the United States.

ANI reported that the drone may be used to monitor the Sino-Indian border area. However, the original words of the source in the article only mentioned that India and the United States had “closely cooperated” on the issue of the border dispute between India and the so-called “East Ladakh region”, including the provision of “full-scale surveillance and information sharing.”

At the end of October, India and the United States signed the “Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement” for intelligence sharing during the “2+2” talks between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense to further strengthen bilateral military cooperation. The agreement allows India to obtain more accurate geospatial data and improve the accuracy of drone strikes.

Prior to this, the two countries had signed the “Memorandum of Agreement on Logistics Exchange” and the “Communication Compatibility and Security Agreement.” The Indian media said that the signing of these three agreements opened the door for the United States to export sensitive equipment such as drones to India.

It is worth mentioning that the two UAVs leased by the Indian Army belong to the MQ-9B “Seaguard”, which is the naval version of the “Predator” and is not equipped with arms.

Two drones leased by India from the United States arrive

The Russian “Satellite News Agency” reported that during the “2+2” talks, the United States had pressured India to purchase an armed MQ-9B “Reaper” drone. However, sources in the Indian government said that the Indian side is not in a hurry to advance this $3 billion transaction. In addition to the main reasons for price reservations, the Indian army is also evaluating how much combat advantage the “Reaper” can bring.

An Indian official declared at the time: “The essence of India-US relations is a partner, not an ally. Therefore, India will not make a decision in a hurry just because the US makes a proposal.”

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7 countries including Iran are suspended from voting by the UN General Assembly due to arrears of UN dues



According to French media “France 24”, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated on January 18 that seven countries, including Iran, have been suspended from voting in the UN General Assembly due to arrears.

Guterres notified the incident in a letter to the President of the UN General Assembly and Turkish President Volkan Bozkir. The seven countries are Iran, Niger, Libya, Central African Republic, Congo (Brazzaville), South Sudan, and Zimbabwe.

According to the report, the letter lists the amount that the seven-member states must pay to restore their voting rights. For example, Iran must pay about 16.2 million U.S. dollars, but it does not list the total amount of their respective arrears.

According to Article 19 of the Charter of the United Nations: “Any Member State that owes the Organization’s financial funds shall lose its right to vote in the General Assembly if the amount in arrears is equal to or exceeds the amount due for the previous two years. If the reason for arrears is due to circumstances beyond the control of the member state, the member state may be allowed to vote.”

Comoros, Sao Tome, and Principe, and Somalia have also experienced arrears of dues under Article 19 of the Charter of the United Nations. However, the United Nations General Assembly ruled that this was due to “uncontrollable circumstances” and therefore permitted these 3 The country continues to vote in the UN General Assembly until the end of the current session (75th).

The annual budget of the United Nations is about 3.2 billion U.S. dollars, and the budget for the peacekeeping part is prepared separately at about 6.5 billion U.S. dollars. United Nations membership dues are the main source of funding and the regular budget of the United Nations. They are paid by each member, and the share is determined every three years based on the members’ national income, foreign debt, and other objective economic indicators.

It is worth noting that, according to Yonhap News Agency, South Korean Foreign Ministry officials confirmed on the 18th that Iran has proposed to South Korea and the United Nations to use South Korea’s frozen oil export payments to pay dues to the United Nations.

Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Khatibzad said on the 17th local time that Iran has still insisted on paying UN dues in the past few years under the situation of US sanctions and blockade of remittance channels.

Khatibzad also stated that in view of the United States’ malice towards Iran and the danger of embezzlement of Iranian property, Iran urges the United Nations to bypass US banks when choosing remittance channels, and the United Nations Security Council should ensure the safe turnover of dues.

Yonhap News Agency reported on January 14 that South Korea and Iran have been approved by the U.S. Treasury Department to conduct transactions through the Korean Won accounts opened by the Central Bank of Iran in two Korean banks since 2010. The US President Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA, the Iran Nuclear Agreement) in May 2018 and included the Iranian Central Bank on the sanctions blacklist of the US Treasury Department. South Korea wanted to avoid the two banks from being boycotted by the US, Freezing the 7 billion U.S. dollars of funds held by the Iranian Central Bank in the Korean won account.

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South Africa found that the mutated new coronavirus is more contagious, not sure whether the vaccine can prevent it



African epidemiologists said on the 18th that the new coronavirus mutant virus discovered for the first time in South Africa is more infectious than previous viruses, and it is not yet possible to confirm whether vaccines on the market can prevent it.

According to a report from Reuters on the 19th, studies have found that this new variant virus binds human cells stronger and easier. Salim Abdul Karim, a well-known South African epidemiologist, said that this helps explain why the mutated new coronavirus discovered in South Africa spreads about 50% faster than previous viruses.

According to the report, South African genomics experts identified the 501Y.V2 mutant virus at the end of 2020, which is also the culprit of the second wave of outbreaks in South Africa. Earlier this month, the daily infection rate of the virus reached a new peak of more than 21,000 cases. Prior to this, the United Kingdom and Brazil have also discovered new mutant new coronaviruses one after another. Scientists are worried that these new viruses will accelerate the spread of the new coronavirus epidemic. British scientists and politicians are also worried that the vaccine currently being deployed or developed may be less effective in preventing this mutant virus.

In this regard, the scientists also said the same day that there is no clear answer to this question, and research is continuing. Alex Siegel, a virologist at the African Institute of Health, said: “We have reason to be concerned because the virus has found a way to escape from previous antibodies. The world underestimates this virus. This virus can evolve. , It may be adapting to us.” But the researchers also said, “Our immune system is very smart, it is possible to compensate through other branches of the immune system so that the vaccine can still work.”

The report also pointed out that at present, the mutant new coronavirus discovered in South Africa has spread to Europe, Asia, and the Americas, as well as several other African countries. Many countries have imposed restrictions on travel to and from South Africa.

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Germany reports 7 deaths suspected to be related to COVID-19 vaccination



The Paul Ehrlich Institute, a German vaccine approval agency, recently released a report saying that the agency has counted 325 cases of adverse reactions suspected to be related to the new coronavirus vaccine, of which 51 were serious adverse reactions and 7 died. However, experts from the agency said that although these adverse reaction reports are time-related to vaccination, they may not be causal.

On December 27, 2020, Germany officially launched the large-scale vaccination of the new coronavirus vaccine. The first batch of vaccines was jointly developed by the German Biotech Company and Pfizer Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. This report by the Paul Ehrlich Institute shows that as of January 10 this year, about 600,000 people in Germany have been vaccinated with this vaccine, with an adverse reaction report rate of 0.53‰ and a serious adverse reaction report rate of 0.08‰.

The report showed that the most reported adverse reactions were headache, pain at the injection site, fatigue, limb pain, etc. The average age of the vaccinators who reported adverse reactions was 47.7 years old, the youngest was 18 years old, and the oldest was 98 years old.

According to the report, 7 dead, 4 women and 3 men, aged between 79 and 93, died within 2 and a half hours to 4 days after vaccination. These all suffered from serious diseases before their lives, such as cancer, renal insufficiency, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. The specific causes of death need to be further investigated.

The report points out that adverse reactions are important indicators for evaluating the safety of pharmaceutical products, but at the same time, it is necessary to note that although these reported reactions are time-related to vaccination, they may not be causal.

Brigitte Keller-Stanisławsky, head of the medical product safety department of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, told the media: “Based on the data currently available, we believe that the patient’s death from the underlying disease is only a matter of time. It happens to be related to vaccination.”

According to data released by the German Ministry of Health on the 16th, Germany has completed more than 1 million doses of new coronavirus vaccination. Health Minister Jens Spann recently stated that with other new coronavirus vaccines approved, it is expected to provide vaccines to everyone in Germany this summer.

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