DeBriefed: The news you need to know for March 6, 2020
Here are the news headlines you need to know today.
Coronavirus grows globally, concerns rise for India
India is bracing itself to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, with 29 cases so far. The epidemic has so far infected more than 95,000 people globally and killed at least 3,300. The virus has now spread to more than 80 countries and territories across every continent.
The infections in India are particularly worrisome, as it is the second-most populous country in the world. This makes us far more vulnerable to a serious outbreak.
World Health Organisation officials believe that countries are not taking the crisis seriously enough, and warn of a disturbing trend of hospitals being underprepared.
Special flights starting between India and Iran for stranded nationals
In the face of steadily rising cases across the world, India and Iran are coordinating for evacuation and relief.
Today, Iran will send an empty flight to Delhi to carry back Iranian nationals from India to Tehran. Tomorrow, another empty flight will come to India to carry Indian equipment to Iran for stranded Indian nationals.
ANI has reported that from tomorrow, special flights will start to ferry these stranded passengers back. Over 2,000 Indians are stranded in Iran. They can only be brought back to India after approval from Indian authorities.
Iran’s Supreme Leader asks India to stop violence against Muslims
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged India to "confront extremist Hindus" and "stop the massacre of Muslims", adding to the international fallout over the deadly communal violence in New Delhi.
At least 53 people have been killed and hundreds injured in the worst riots in the Indian capital in decades.
"The hearts of Muslims all over the world are grieving over the massacre of Muslims in India," Khamenei said in a tweet in English, just days after New Delhi rebuked Iran's Foreign Minister for commenting on the same issue.
"Iran condemns the wave of organized violence against Indian Muslims," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had tweeted earlier this week, in response to which New Delhi summoned the Islamic Republic's ambassador and lodged a protest.
"We do not expect such comments from a country like Iran," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said in a statement later.
Delhi Court Rejects Tahir Hussain’s Anticipatory Bail Plea
Absconding AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain was arrested by Delhi Police on Thursday.
The court dismissed his plea seeking to surrender before it in connection with the alleged killing of Intelligence Bureau (IB) official Ankit Sharma during the recent violence in Northeast Delhi.
He had also made an anticipatory bail plea, which was also rejected by the court.
The Delhi Police are likely to produce Hussain in the Karkardooma court today to seek remand. The death toll in the Delhi riots has reached 53, and 654 FIRs have been registered so far.
Yes Bank is in crisis; withdrawals capped at Rs 50,000
The government has put private sector lender Yes Bank under moratorium till April 3 and capped deposit withdrawals at ₹50,000 after severe deterioration of the bank’s financial position.
Yes Bank is India’s fifth largest private sector lender and the RBI has officially taken over its affairs in the face of a deepening crisis. In doing so, the RBI is in the process of devising a bail out plan for the bank.
Yes Bank’s financial position has been undergoing a steady decline largely due to its inability to raise capital. The bank has also experienced serious governance issues and practices in recent years, leading to a steady decline.