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Washington: President-elect Joe Biden turns 78 today on November 21, 2020 and after he takes over the reins of the country from Donald Trump he will be the oldest President in US history.

Biden, whose swearing in ceremony will take place in January 2021, will displace Ronald Reagan as the oldest president in the nation’s history. Reagan had left the White House in 1989 when he was 77 years and 349 days old.

The age and health of both Joe Biden and Donald Trump, who is four years younger, loomed throughout the US presidential race.

Read: US President-elect Joe Biden makes first statement about India, says this about PM Modi

Biden, in an interview with CNN had promised to be ‘totally transparent’ about all facets of his health if elected.

The campaign has made the case that Biden isn’t your average septuagenarian. His physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, in a medical report released by the campaign in December, described Biden as ‘healthy, vigorous … Fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief.’ A report by the Associated Press stated.

While, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Biden after he won the presidential race and reiterated New Delhi’s commitment to the Indo-US strategic partnership and discussed their “shared priorities and concerns”.

Also Read: PM Modi speaks with US President-elect Biden, discusses COVID-19

PM Modi congratulated Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory on Twitter. Modi wrote, “Spoke to US President-elect Joe Biden on phone to congratulate him. We reiterated our firm commitment to the Indo-US strategic partnership and discussed our shared priorities and concerns – Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region.”

Also read | Explained: What does Joe Biden as new US president mean for India, Pakistan?


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Washington: The US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday (November 23, 2020) announced key members of his foreign policy and national security team, ahead of officially entering the White House on January 20, 2021. 

The Joe Biden-led team includes Antony Blinken, Secretary of State; Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security; Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence;  Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the United Nations; Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor; and John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. 

The historic nominees include the first Latino and immigrant as DHS Secretary, the first woman to lead the intelligence community, one of the youngest National Security Advisors in decades and the first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate to sit on the National Security Council.

President-elect Joe Biden said, “We have no time to lose when it comes to our national security and foreign policy. I need a team ready on Day One to help me reclaim America’s seat at the head of the table, rally the world to meet the biggest challenges we face, and advance our security, prosperity, and values.” 

He added, “This is the crux of that team. These individuals are equally as experienced and crisis-tested as they are innovative and imaginative. Their accomplishments in diplomacy are unmatched, but they also reflect the idea that we cannot meet the profound challenges of this new moment with old thinking and unchanged habits — or without diversity of background and perspective. It’s why I’ve selected them.”

US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris expressed, “President-elect Biden and I know that the moment we walk into the White House, we will inherit a series of unprecedented challenges. These crisis-tested national security and foreign policy leaders have the knowledge and expertise to keep our country safe and restore and advance America’s leadership around the world.” 

She also said, “They represent the best of America. They come from different places and reflect different life experiences. But they all share an unwavering belief in America’s ideals and an unshakeable commitment to democracy and the rule of law. And they are the leaders America needs to help meet the challenges of this moment — and those that lie ahead.”


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New Delhi: India on Monday (November 23, 2020) started sharing with the international community the evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the Nagrota terror attack. Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla briefed the first set of foreign envoys of Pakistan’s involvement in the Nagrota terror attack, giving them the detailed evidence of how Islamabad continues to support the cross-border terror.

The US, Russia, France, Japan envoys amongst others were briefed by Shringla, with more such briefings being planned on Tuesday. 

The Chinese envoy was not briefed in the first set of briefing on Monday.

Sources said that the FS informed them of the details of the preliminary investigations which showed how four terrorists of United Nation listed terrorist Jaish-e-Mohammad had planned to do a major terror attack.

The terrorists were neutralized at a toll plaza on Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Nagrota area of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir last week. 

Pakistan’s involvement in the incident has emerged, especially in the supply of phones, the list of items, and ammunition indicating origins from across the line of control.

The phones recovered from the slain terrorists have been manufactured by a Pakistani company. 

In fact, investigators have found that the terrorists entered India through an underground tunnel in the Samba sector.

The incident occurred just ahead of the District Development Council elections in the union territory, the first since the removal of special status under Article 370. 

The Indian side, sources pointed out, sensitized about Pakistan’s sustained effort to destabilize Jammu and Kashmir and subvert the election process.

Jaish has been involved in previous attacks in India, including the Pulwama terror attack of 2019 in which India lost its 40 paramilitary soldiers.

Over the weekend, India had summoned Pakistan’s top diplomat in Delhi and raised the matter with him. A release by ministry of external affairs said, “India demanded that Pakistan desists from its policy of supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from its territory and dismantle the terror infrastructure operated by terrorist outfits to launch attacks in other countries.”

 


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Patrick Quinn, a co-founder of the social media ALS ice bucket challenge died on November 22 (Sunday) at the age of 37, according to the ALS Association. The challenge has raised more than USD 200 million worldwide for Lou Gehrig’s disease research.

Quinn was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, in 2013, a month after his 30th birthday, the organisation said in a statement announcing his death. “Pat fought ALS with positivity and bravery and inspired all around him,” the association said. “Those of us who knew him are devastated but grateful for all he did to advance the fight against ALS. … Our thoughts are with the Quinn family and all of his friends and supporters. Pat was loved by many of us within the ALS community and around the world.”

In 2014, Quinn saw the ice bucket challenge on the social media feed of professional golfer Chris Kennedy, who first dared his wife’s cousin Jeanette Senerchia to take a bucket of ice water, dump it over her head, post a video on social media and ask others to do the same or to make a donation to charity. Senerchia’s husband had ALS.

Quinn and co-founder Pete Frates, along with their teams of supporters, helped popularise the challenge. The ALS Association said Quinn “knew it was the key to raising ALS awareness,” calling it “the greatest social media campaign in history”.

Frates, a former Boston College baseball player, died in December 2019 at the age of 34. When the two picked it up, the phenomenon exploded, the organisation said.

Thousands of people participated in the viral trend, including celebrities, sports stars and politicians ? even Donald Trump before his election and cartoon character Homer Simpson. Online videos were viewed millions of times.

“It dramatically accelerated the fight against ALS, leading to new research discoveries, expanded care for people living with ALS, and significant investment from the government in ALS research,? the organisation’s statement said.

Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the New York Yankees great who suffered from it is also known as ALS or motor neuron disease. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis due to the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain. There is no known cure.

The organisation added that Quinn continued to raise awareness and funds after popularising the challenge. In 2015, the association honoured him, among others, as “ALS Heroes” an award given to people living with the disease who have had a significant positive impact on the fight against it.

On the fifth anniversary of the challenge, Quinn, who was from Yonkers, New York, addressed a crowd in Boston. “Nobody knew the Ice Bucket Challenge would become a worldwide phenomenon, but we united as one because that is what it takes to change a disease like ALS,” he said.

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“There are warriors all over the world unwilling to accept it as a death sentence. ? We will never stop fighting together. I will not leave this Earth until I know the next person diagnosed with ALS has a real plan to live with this disease, not just die from it. 


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