20 Indian soldiers killed in face­-off at Galwan

  • Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on the night of June 15/16. Seventeen Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand­-off location and exposed to sub ­zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that were killed in action to 20,” the Army said in a late night statement.
  • The violent face­-off took place during the de­-escalation process under way in the Galwan Valley and resulted in “casualties on both sides”, the Army stated. The Indian Army is firmly committed to protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation, it added. However, Army sources said there was no firing during the face­-off.
  • The Indian Army “violated its commitment and crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) again, illegally and deliberately launched provocative attacks, triggered fierce physical confrontation between the two sides, resulting in casualties,” said PLA Western Theatre Command spokesperson Zhang Shuili, making the claim that “the sovereignty of the Galwan Valley region has always belonged to [China]”, something India has always contested.


Cheap drug shows results in COVID patients: study

  • Indian doctors have said the reported success of dexamethasone — an inexpensive steroid that retails for less than ₹10 for 10 ml and is made by several Indian manufacturers — in saving the lives of COVID­-19 patients on ventilators is good news for the country.
  • Scientists administering the WHO­ administered RECOVERY trial, the largest global clinical trial that is checking the ability of several repurposed drugs to treat COVID-­19, reported on Tuesday that dexamethasone reduced deaths by one­third in ventilated patients and by one­ fifth in other patients receiving oxygen only. There was no benefit among those patients who did not require respiratory support.


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  • Many Class 10 and 12 students feel the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has given them a tough choice.
  • The Council has asked students to decide whether they want to write their pending Board exams in July or be graded based on the internal assessment and pre­-Board exams.