HTLS 2020: Rajnath Singh to open day 3 of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh will open the third day of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2020 on Thursday as he would be conversing with Prashant Jha, editor-views, Hindustan Times. The session will be followed by one in which State Bank of India chairman Dinesh Kumar Khara will be talking to Shereen Bhan, managing editor of CNBC TV-18. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will participate in the third and the last session of the day to be moderated by Sunetra Choudhury, national political editor, Hindustan Times.
The theme of this year’s summit — being held virtually for the first time ever owing to the Covid-19 pandemic — is Defining a New Era.
On day one, AIIMS director Randeep Guleria, Brown University School of Public Health dean Dr Ashish K Jha and Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla talked about the ongoing pandemic, the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ and Covid-19 vaccine.
Veteran cricketer Kapil Dev and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were the guests on day two. While Kapil Dev talked about post-Covid cricket scenario among many other things, Kejriwal spoke about Delhi’s Covid-19 situation.
The Hindustan Times Leadership Summit was launched in 2003 to enhance the level of discourse on critical issues, encourage interaction among leaders in important areas and present international quality thought- platforms aimed at solutions. The last seventeen Summits have been outstanding successes with attendance by leaders from India and across the world. The audience comprised of senior politicians, bureaucrats, diplomats, business executives, thinkers, commentators and analysts. Over the years, the Summit has become one of India’s most prestigious and eagerly awaited fora.
Two successful editions of the Summit have also been hosted in Singapore where top leaders of the region gathered together to discuss the unstoppable rise of Asia & the East, amid the political and economic surge and the changing paradigm of the world order.
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- In view of high active caseload the state had sought more vials in the first stage but it was told that in the second stage more vials will be given. Once lauded for its Covid-19 management, now Kerala is the virus hotspot of the country.
- The two countries will also work together in the field of telecom security, submarine optical fibre cable system to islands of India.
- Nepal is looking to India to provide vaccines as grant assistance for the first phase of its vaccination programme, which requires 12 million doses to cover 20% of its population. Nepal also plans to buy millions of doses from foreign suppliers, including SII and Bharat Biotech.
- Chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami will participate in the vaccination drive tomorrow in Madurai where a sanitary worker of a hospital is expected to receive the first shot.
- The Bihar chief minister reassured that the state’s law and order situation is stable and promised a speedy trial.
- Tomar also attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi over her party’s stand on the laws. He said that both leaders should clarify if they were lying about these reforms in their election manifesto.