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India stopping WHO to make global Covid deaths public, claims NYT
WHO alerts as more monkeypox cases reported in Britain

Monkeypox is a sylvatic zoonosis with incidental human infections that usually occur in forested parts of Central and West Africa. It is caused by the monkeypox virus which belongs to the orthopoxvirus family, the WHO added.

Britain Adds India To COVID19 Travel 'Red List' Amid 103 New Variant Cases In UK
Britain Adds India To COVID19 Travel 'Red List' Amid 103 New Variant Cases In UK

London: Britain on Monday added India to its COVID-19 travel “red list”, which effectively bans all travel from the country and makes a 10-day hotel quarantine compulsory for UK residents…

COVID-19: Britain Reports 30 Blood Clot Cases After AstraZeneca Shots
COVID-19: Britain Reports 30 Blood Clot Cases After AstraZeneca Shots

London: Of the more than 18 million AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine doses administered in Britain, only around 30 cases of blood clots were reported, British regulators have said. The new number…

Mutant Covid-19 Strain: British Hospitals Scramble For Space As Virus Cases Soar

London: British hospitals are canceling non-urgent procedures and scrambling to find space for COVID-19 patients as coronavirus cases continue to surge despite tough new restrictions imposed to curb a fast-spreading new variant of the virus. Dr. Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said Monday that the rising number of hospitalized […]

'New Variant' Of Coronavirus Identified In Britain

London: A new variant of coronavirus has been found which is growing faster in some parts of England, British MPs have been told. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said at least 60 different local authorities had recorded Covid infections caused by the new variant, the BBC reported on Monday. He said the World Health Organization had […]

90-Yr-Old Granny First To Receive Pfizer Shot As Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Begins In Britain

London: Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old woman from Northern Ireland on Tuesday became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine – marking the start of the UK’s mass vaccination programme against the deadly disease. Keenan, from Enniskillen, said she felt “so privileged” to receive the jab at University Hospital, Coventry. Keenan became […]

China Warns UK Against Interference On Hong Kong

London: China has hit back with a warning that Britain must bear the consequences if it continues what it believes is interference in its internal affairs after the UK suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the House of Commons on Monday that China’s new National Security Law had […]

Coronavirus Updates From Around The World Today

The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. Here are the latest updates on the COVID-19 crisis from around the globe on Saturday. Global COVID-19 cases over 5.2 mn: Johns Hopkins The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 5.2 million, while the death toll surged past 338,000, according to […]

Coronavirus: Updates From Around The Globe Today

Global COVID-19 cases top 3.5 million Global confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 3.5 million, reaching 3,502,126 as of 7 p.m. (2300 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. A total of 247,107 people worldwide have died of the disease, according to the CSSE, Xinhua news reported on Sunday. […]

Column: Too Obsessed With Brexit

By Ashutosh Mishra London: Political analysts here appear worried that Brexit fixation of major party leaders is going to make the Christmas elections terribly skewed. One commentator calls it the hijacking of the elections by Brexit which, by all indications, has turned into an obsession. Everything else has become secondary. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who […]

Column: Britain Gears Up For Crucial Elections

By Ashutosh Mishra London: Britain is getting ready for its first December election since 1923. Before that, the country had gone to polls in the year-end month in 1918 when troops returning from World War I had joined women voting for the first time. A December election follows opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn’s willingness to pick […]

Column: Can Boris Weather This Storm?

By Ashutosh Mishra London: Barely two months into office Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is facing one of the toughest challenges of his political career with calls for his resignation getting louder. The crisis surrounding him and his government has deepened following a ruling of the British Supreme Court that he had suspended the Parliament unlawfully. […]

Column: The Brexit Challenge

By Ashutosh Mishra London: Brexit has Britain on the edge. Public opinion over the issue is sharply divided and the stand-off between the ruling Conservatives and the Labour party seems set to worsen as the October 31 deadline for Prime Minister, Boris Johnson to make good his promise of leading Britain out of the European […]

Britain urges Iran to release seized tanker

London: British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has urged Iran to reverse its “illegal” seizure of a British-flagged tanker in the Gulf. Hunt said on Saturday it “raises very serious questions” about the security of British and international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, the BBC reported. It comes as Iran released new footage of the […]

UK MPs to vote on part of May's Brexit deal

London: UK Prime Minister Theresa May will put only half of her Brexit deal to a vote on Friday, the day Britain was originally meant to leave the European Union. MPs will vote on the withdrawal agreement, which sets out the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU. May had promised to step aside […]

UK Cabinet meets to scale up no-deal Brexit planning

London: The UK Cabinet Tuesday ramped up contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit, which could see Britain leave the European Union without a formal divorce agreement in place in time for the March 29 deadline. Preparations for such a chaotic scenario have become necessary because the deal proposed by British Prime Minister Theresa May remains […]

EU dismisses Brexit summit in November, citing lack of progress

Brussels: The leaders of the 27 countries that will remain in the European Union (EU) after Britain’s withdrawal called off an extraordinary summit on the Brexit in November due to insufficient progress to organise the meeting. “For now, the 27 are not planning to organise an extraordinary summit on Brexit in November,” European sources said […]

British pound falls lower against dollar, euro

London: The pound has fallen below $1.29 for the first time in almost a year on continuing worries Britain will leave the EU without a trade deal. Sterling also hit a nine-month low against the euro, and was down against the yen and Swiss franc, BBC reported on Thursday. Bank of England governor Mark Carney […]

Hamilton wins French GP, regains top spot in F1 driver standings

Le Castellet (France): Defending Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton of Britain (Mercedes) won the French Grand Prix on Sunday, regaining the overall top spot in the 2018 drivers’ standings from German driver Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), who finished fifth. In second place was Max Verstappen of the Netherlands (Red Bull), while Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) completed […]

First robot minesweeper system delivered to British navy

London: Britain’s Royal Navy has taken delivery of its first unmanned autonomous minesweeping system, Defence Minister Guto Bebb said on Saturday. Bebb said the system, capable of safely clearing sea lanes of mines, could go on to be used in the future to defeat the threat of modern digital mines following a period of successful […]

Queen Elizabeth II tips Prince Charles to follow her as Commonwealth head

London: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has asked Commonwealth leaders gathered at Buckingham Palace for the opening of a major summit to appoint her son Prince Charles to succeed her as their head. She said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles takes over “one day”, as she opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting […]

WhatsApp image helps cops catch drug dealer in Britain

London: In what could begin a new era for forensic science, the police in Britain have arrested a drug dealer based on fingerprints they found on a WhatsApp image sent by the criminal to his clients. The photograph showed part of the dealer’s hand “and there was potentially a fingerprint,” the BBC reported late on […]

Syria missile strike: India calls for restraint

New Delhi: India on Saturday, while describing an alleged chemical attack in Syria as “deplorable”, called for restraint after the US, Britain and France launched coordinated missile attacks on the West Asian nation. “We have taken note of the recent strikes in Syria. India is closely following the situation. The alleged use of chemical weapons, […]

Qantas Airways
First non-stop Australia-Britain flight lands after 17 hours

London: The first non-stop scheduled flight from Australia to Britain landed in London on Sunday after a 17 hour, five minute journey across 14,875 km from Perth. The historic Qantas flight QF9, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with more than 230 passengers and crew on board, touched down at 5.03 a.m., at Heathrow, reports the Guardian. […]

Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger on smartphone
WhatsApp not to share British users' data with Facebook

London: WhatsApp has signed a public commitment with Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) not to share users’ personal data with Facebook until data protection concerns are addressed. Facebook-owned WhatsApp signed an “undertaking” wherein they have given a public commitment not to share personal data with Facebook until they can do so in compliance with the upcoming […]

British scientist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

London: Legendary British scientist Stephen Hawking has died at his home in Cambridge aged 76, his family said today. Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live […]

Sasikala's husband surrenders before CBI court

Chennai: Expelled and now jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala’s husband M. Natarajan on Thursday surrendered before a CBI court here in connection with a case involving evasion of duty on the import of a luxury car from Britain. The Madras High Court had in November upheld a trial court order sentencing Natarajan and three others in […]

Britain must apologize for Balfour declaration: Palestinian PM

Ramallha: Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Sunday called on Britain to apologize for the Balfour declaration that has aided the establishment of Israel on the lands of Palestine, instead of celebrating it. Hamdallah said that Britain “should undertake its responsibility and apologize for the historic injustice that it has caused for the Palestinian people […]

London retains number one world city rank

London: London has retained its rank as the number one city in the world shrugging off Brexit worries, according to Global Power City Index (GPCI). The GPCI, published by the Mori Memorial Foundation, ranked London as number one for the sixth year in a row, highlighting the city’s strengths in, its cultural offer and transport links […]

Smart roads could power street lamps, electric cars

London: Researchers in Britain are working on smart materials that when embedded in road surfaces would be able to harvest and convert vehicle vibration into electrical energy to power street lamps or electric vehicle charging points. The research project aims to design and optimise energy recovery of around one to two megawatts per kilometre under […]

Vatican denies it paid to keep abducted schoolgirl in Britain

Vatican City: The Vatican on Tuesday denied it paid around 250,000 euros to keep schoolgirl Emanuela Orlandi in London after she vanished in Rome over three decades ago, saying a letter claiming this was “completely false and without foundation”. “The Secretariat of State firmly denies the authenticity of the document and declares the information contained […]

British PM to urge Facebook, Google to tackle online radicalisation

New York: Following several deadly terror attacks in Britain over the past six months, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is set to urge Facebook and Google to perk up their efforts in cracking down on online radicalisation. May will demand tougher action to combat online radicalisation at a showdown in New York this week, The Mirror […]

Rooney's drunk-driving rap dominates Britain's tabloids

London: It started off as a story about British football ace Wayne Rooney nabbed by police on a drink-driving charge. Saturday’s probing tabloids cascaded the story into a real life drama centered on 31-year-old Rooney, his pregnant wife Coleen and brunette office worker Laura Simpson who was a passenger in the car when Rooney was […]

233 people treated after suspected chemical leak in UK

London: Health officials Sunday confirmed that 233 people were being treated after a suspected chemical leak along Britain’s southern coast. The officials in East Sussex confirmed the news on Sunday night after British emergency services evacuated a beach in Sussex, reports Xinhua news agency. On Sunday morning, some 50 people on the beach at Birling […]

Lesbian Hindu, Jewish women wed in Britain

London: A Hindu woman and her Jewish partner have married in what is believed to be Britain’s first interfaith lesbian wedding. Kalavati Mistry and Miriam Jefferson met more than 20 years ago on a training course in the US and tied the knot in a Hindu ceremony last week in Leicester, the Daily Mail reported. […]

Alcohol may enhance memory, says study

London: Consumption of alcohol may help in improving memory for recalling information learned before the beginning of the drinking session, claimed researchers of University of Exeter in Britain. The new study highlights the limited positive effect of alcohol. However, the researchers are keen to stress that this limited positive effect should be considered alongside the […]

World's oldest emergency phone line marks 80th anniversary

London: The introduction of the world’s first emergency call telephone number 80 years ago was celebrated on Saturday by police forces across Britain. Now the 999 number to alert police, fire, ambulance and coast guard in emergencies is the best known phone number in Britain, reports Xinhua news agency. In London, the Metropolitan Police described […]

Leader of British minority party quits

London: Less than a week after his party made gains in the general election, leader of the Liberal Democrats in Britain Tim Farron on Wednesday announced that he was quitting. Farron took over what is considered the third party in British politics after his predecessor, Nick Clegg stood down in 2015, Xinhua news agency reported. […]

UK gets 1st female Sikh, 1st turbaned MPs in general election

London: Britain today got its first female Sikh and first turban-wearing MPs as the general election results began pouring in with Indian-origin Labour Party candidates winning more seats than their rival Conservatives. Labour Party candidate Preet Kaur Gill won her Birmingham Edgbaston seat by polling 24,124 votes, defeating ruling Conservative party rival Caroline Squire by […]

Conservative Party
Conservatives woo British-Indians with Hindi campaign song

London: Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has released a Hindi campaign song today in an attempt to woo the nearly 1.6 million strong Indian diaspora in the country. The song ‘Theresa Ke Saath’ for the June 8 general election has been produced by Conservative Friends of India (CFI) co-chair and UK-based Indian businessman Ranjit S Baxi […]