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Modi’s takes stance against terror, warns UN of risking relevance

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Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 2.16.39 PMBELGIUM (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned the United Nations of risking its relevance in the absence of a tough and structured response to terrorism, during a speech Wednesday night. He relayed a sentiment of disappointment that the world has not yet formulated an effective response to terrorism, and worries about the threat the continued acts pose to humanity.

“The world has failed to understand the threat of this hideous monster,” he said to the mostly Indian crowd at the UN’s Brussels Expo.

He described a scenario in which India itself has been battling terrorism for almost a half century, and that the rest of the world hadn’t taken notice of the rising problems until 9/11. “When we raised our concern, we were told it is a mere law and order problem — until 9/11 happened,” he said. “And when the earth shook beneath their feet, they began to understand what terrorism is.”

His words were delivered just days after capital city was struck with terrorist attacks that killed more than 30 people. The United Nations has not yet equipped itself to understand this “new challenge of the new era,” he said. India has been requesting for years that the UN seek a resolution which defines who a terrorist is and which country’s are terrorist nations.

“I don’t know when this will happen but the way situations are changing, it won’t be too late when this organization will become irrelevant.

“The United Nations knows everything about a war and how to stop it. But if you ask about terrorism, even the UN doesn’t know. The world body of such a grand stature has failed to perform its responsibility,” said Modi.

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India agrees to supply Hydroxychloroquine to U.S.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — India confirmed they will fulfill the order the U.S. made for hydroxychloroquine, just a couple of days after they banned all exports of the malaria treatment without exception. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi spoke about keeping the supply chain intact over the weekend. And India says the U.S. purchase was approved before President Trump said there would be ‘retaliation’ if the drug was not released, medicine that is being used to treat coronavirus patients without definitive evidence it works. India says they have enough hydroxychloroquine stock for its people today, but reserves the right to hold back the supply if their COVID-19 caseload increases.

One day after he defended firing Captain Brett Crozier from command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt by calling him “stupid,” Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned. Modly was severely criticized for firing Crozier, after the captain wrote an alarming letter seeking faster assistance for his sailors exposed to COVID-19 on board, a letter that was leaked to the press.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump calls on Modi to supply Hydroxychloroquine

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — President Trump spoke to Prime Minister Modi over the weekend about how the two nations would combat the coronavirus, with a focus on ensuring the supply chain for pharmaceuticals and medical goods continues. But at a press conference, when informed India had banned the export of the drug hydroxychloroquine “without any exceptions,” Trump threatened retaliation. Hydroxychloroquine is typically used to treat malaria, but some COVID-19 patients have found it helpful. And the President has been touting it during his press conferences, without a clinical trial proving if it is indeed effective. India provides nearly half of America’s supply of the medicine. It is not clear whether India’s ban would apply to orders already placed.

Prime Minister Modi called on his nation to unite in the battle against COVID-19 by lighting diyas for 9 minutes at 9 pm Sunday night. Millions of people around India took part, which is now entering its third week of being mandated to stay at home to stop the spread of the virus.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump tells India to supply hydroxychloroquine or face ‘retaliation’

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During a White House Press briefing, President Trump recounted having a conversation with Indian Prime Minister Modi Sunday morning about the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. When informed by reporters that Modi was unlikely to release to any nation hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria that may be helpful in treating COVID-19, Trump responded in shock, stating that he didn’t like the plan and that he would be surprised if this was the Prime Minister’s decision due to India’s strong economic ties with the United States in the trade sector. Trump stated that this course of action wouldn’t be consequence free, and that there may be retaliation in response. 

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