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US Senators propose aid package to support arms purchases by Taiwan

Washington [US]: Amid the increasing Chinese military aggression, several high ranking US senators have introduced the “Taiwan Deterrence Act,” to boost deterrence across the Taiwan Strait and strengthen its ability to defend against China’s coercion.This legislation authorises USD 2 billion a year for Taiwan in Foreign Military Financing, subject to Taiwan meeting certain conditions, US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations said in a statement. The Taiwan Deterrence Act, proposed by Republican Senators Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, Bill Hagerty, Mitt Romney, John Cornyn and Marco Rubio, calls for amendment in the US Arms Export Control Act to better facilitate arms transfers to Taiwan.It also calls for an annual assessment on Taiwan’s efforts to advance a credible defence strategy vis-a-vis China. “The defence of Taiwan is critical to the future peace and security of the entire Indo-Pacific region,” said Risch.“This legislation authorizes USD 2 billion a…

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Cabinet approves Rs 23,123 Cr for India COVID 19 Emergency response & preparedness package

New Delhi: Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday approved a new scheme ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response & Health System Preparedness Package: Phase-II’ amounting to Rs 23,123 crore for the financial year 2021-22. This scheme aims to accelerate health system preparedness for immediate responsiveness for early prevention, detection and management, with the focus on health infrastructure development including for Paediatric Care and with measurable outcomes. The Phase-II of the Package has Central Sector (CS) and Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) components. Under the Central Sector components, the release said, support would be provided to Central Hospitals, AIIMS, and other institutions of national importance under DoHFW (at VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi, LHMC & SSKH, Delhi, RML, Delhi, RIMS, Imphal and NEIGRIMS, Shillong, PGIMER, Chandigarh, JIPMER, Puducherry and AIIMS Delhi (existing AIIMSs) and new AIIMSs under PMSSY for repurposing 6,688 beds for COVID-19…

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Cabinet approves Rs 23,123 Cr for India COVID 19 Emergency response & preparedness package

Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday approved a new scheme ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response & Health System Preparedness Package: Phase-II’ amounting to Rs 23,123 crore for the financial year 2021-22. New Delhi : This scheme aims to accelerate health system preparedness for immediate responsiveness for early prevention, detection and management, with the focus on health infrastructure development including for Paediatric Care and with measurable outcomes. The Phase-II of the Package has Central Sector (CS) and Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) components. Under the Central Sector components, the release said, support would be provided to Central Hospitals, AIIMS, and other institutions of national importance under DoHFW (at VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi, LHMC & SSKH, Delhi, RML, Delhi, RIMS, Imphal and NEIGRIMS, Shillong, PGIMER, Chandigarh, JIPMER, Puducherry and AIIMS Delhi (existing AIIMSs) and new AIIMSs under PMSSY for repurposing 6,688 beds for…