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India posts record COVID-19 cases, 13-fold jump over two months

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The number of new coronavirus cases in India on Wednesday hit a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic with 115,736 new cases. U.S. President Joe Biden wants to take time to make the right decision and it will be tough to meet the May 1 deadline for U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the White House said on Tuesday. The IMF in its recent report has said inflation and unemployment will increase in Pakistan during the current fiscal year. Pakistan's already fragile economy had only just been moving towards stability when the pandemic struck and experts fear its economic fallout will considerably derail the recovery process. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan's recent comments on the causes of sexual violence and rape have drew sharp reactions from lawyers and rights groups, who are now demanding apology from the premier. A top Sri Lankan Minister said on Tuesday that a radical cleric, who is now under detention, has been identified as the mastermind of the deadly 2019 Easter Sunday attacks. This comes as Catholic church leaders over the past weekend warned protests over an inquiry report that failed to name the masterminds even two years after the incident. Nepal on Wednesday began inoculating its citizens against coronavirus with China-made Vero Cell. Authorities in Nepal have transferred a 10-year-old male man-eater tiger from the Bardiya National Park to the Central Zoo in capital Kathmandu after it attacked and killed two people in recent weeks. U.S. climate envoy John Kerry has commended India as a world leader in renewables as he held talks with government leaders in New Delhi aimed at cutting carbon emissions faster to slow global warming.
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