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The headquarters of European Central Bank (ECB) is photographed as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues during an extended lockdown in Frankfurt, Germany, January 14, 2021. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach(REUTERS)

Banks in Europe yet to fully feel pandemic’s impact, warns ECB

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 04:19 PM IST
A key challenge is that companies propped up by government support measures in 2020 could find themselves in vulnerable financial positions as those programs are withdrawn.
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A job seeker speaks with Blake Wittman (R), European Business Director of GoodCall recruitment agency, during a job interview conducted in a park amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) restrictions in Prague, Czech Republic.(Reuters)
A job seeker speaks with Blake Wittman (R), European Business Director of GoodCall recruitment agency, during a job interview conducted in a park amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) restrictions in Prague, Czech Republic.(Reuters)

'At 6 pm, life stops': Europe uses curfews to fight coronavirus

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 02:24 PM IST
Big chunks of eastern France, including most of its regions that border Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy, face 6 pm-to-6 am restrictions on movement.
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Ynsect's Chairman and CEO Antoine Hubert shows a container of adult mealworm beetles.(REUTERS)
Ynsect's Chairman and CEO Antoine Hubert shows a container of adult mealworm beetles.(REUTERS)

Pasta to biscuit: Yellow grub becomes EU's first insect food

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 09:08 PM IST
Rich in protein, fat and fibre, they are likely to be the first of many insects to feature on European's plates in the coming years.
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A wooden boat used by migrants from Morocco is seen grounded on the beach at the southeastern coast of the island of Gran Canaria, Spain.(AP)
A wooden boat used by migrants from Morocco is seen grounded on the beach at the southeastern coast of the island of Gran Canaria, Spain.(AP)

2020 was Europe’s warmest year on record

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Berlin
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 03:14 PM IST
Rising global temperatures are tied to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Chief among them is carbon dioxide, which is released by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas.
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Europe began its vaccination drive on December 27 but it has had an uneven start as cases continue to surge across the continent and worldwide, with the World Bank warning that rising infections and delays in vaccine distribution could limit the global economic recovery to just 1.6% this year.(REUTERS (Representative Image))
Europe began its vaccination drive on December 27 but it has had an uneven start as cases continue to surge across the continent and worldwide, with the World Bank warning that rising infections and delays in vaccine distribution could limit the global economic recovery to just 1.6% this year.(REUTERS (Representative Image))

Netherlands play catch-up in Europe’s patchy Covid-19 vaccine drive

By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Veghel, The Netherlands
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:51 PM IST
The Dutch government has faced a public outcry after being left behind in the race to defeat the viral pandemic, and finally launched its vaccination drive on Wednesday morning.
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The medicines authority did not specify at the time why it could not approve the vaccine, but on Tuesday said its experts were “working hard to clarify outstanding issues with the company”.(Reuters file photo)
The medicines authority did not specify at the time why it could not approve the vaccine, but on Tuesday said its experts were “working hard to clarify outstanding issues with the company”.(Reuters file photo)

European drugs authority meets again over Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Amsterdam
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 05:58 PM IST
“The meeting of EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) to discuss Covid-19 vaccine Moderna has started,” the regulator said in a tweet. The CHMP called an unscheduled meeting on Monday to discuss Moderna’s vaccine but failed to reach a conclusion.
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Outline your overseas education with Careers N’ Options

UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 05:03 PM IST
Every year, lakhs of students fly to different parts of the world for higher studies in order to make their career better. Careers N’ Options with proper guidance and high-quality service ensures that all your wishes and aspirations are fulfilled.
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With much of the service industry being forced to close demand also shrank a lot more than thought.(AP file photo)
With much of the service industry being forced to close demand also shrank a lot more than thought.(AP file photo)

Euro zone contraction deeper than thought in December as lockdowns bite

By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma | London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 02:52 PM IST
The bloc’s economy is expected to gain momentum this year on vaccine hopes, a Reuters poll found last month, and will return to pre-crisis levels within two years.
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Britain has been at the forefront of approving the new coronavirus vaccines, becoming the first country to give emergency authorisation to the Pfizer/BioNTech and the AstraZeneca/University of Oxford vaccines last month.(Reuters file photo)
Britain has been at the forefront of approving the new coronavirus vaccines, becoming the first country to give emergency authorisation to the Pfizer/BioNTech and the AstraZeneca/University of Oxford vaccines last month.(Reuters file photo)

Britain will allow mixing of Covid-19 vaccines on rare occasions

By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma | London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 06:56 PM IST
In a departure from other strategies globally, the government said people could be given a mix-and-match of two Covid-19 shots, for example if the same vaccine dose was out of stock.
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Iran’s decision to begin enriching to 20% a decade ago nearly brought an Israeli strike targeting its nuclear facilities, tensions that only abated with the 2015 atomic deal.(AP)
Iran’s decision to begin enriching to 20% a decade ago nearly brought an Israeli strike targeting its nuclear facilities, tensions that only abated with the 2015 atomic deal.(AP)

Iran plans 20% uranium enrichment ‘as soon as possible’

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Dubai, UAE
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 03:38 PM IST
The move comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US in the waning days of the administration of President Donald Trump, who unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal in 2018.
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People in the lawns adjacent to India Gate on Rajpath around sunset on a winter evening in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
People in the lawns adjacent to India Gate on Rajpath around sunset on a winter evening in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: Health ministry asks states to keep strict vigil on New Year’s events

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 03:02 PM IST
In a letter to states and Union Territories, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated that the number of active COVID-19 cases has been declining steadily in the country for the last three-and-half months.
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Gabriel Tachtatzoglou has worked as an ICU nurse in northern Greece for 20-years.(AP)
Gabriel Tachtatzoglou has worked as an ICU nurse in northern Greece for 20-years.(AP)

Greek nurse erects ICU at home to treat relatives with virus

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Agios Athanasios, Greece
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 02:19 PM IST
Gabriel Tachtatzoglou, a critical care nurse, did not feel good about the treatment options available in Greece’s second-largest city when his wife, both her parents and her brother came down with COVID-19 in November.
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A coronavirus warning sign in Covent Garden in London, UK.(Bloomberg)
A coronavirus warning sign in Covent Garden in London, UK.(Bloomberg)

UK hospitals being overwhelmed by new Covid-19 peak: Officials

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | London
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 08:42 PM IST
According to the figures from National Health Service (NHS) England, 20,426 patients were being treated in hospitals on Monday, compared to 18,974 recorded on April 12 during the first peak of the pandemic this year.
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A flightradar24.com handout photo received on December 27, 2020 shows the flight track for a D-ENIG plane.(via REUTERS)
A flightradar24.com handout photo received on December 27, 2020 shows the flight track for a D-ENIG plane.(via REUTERS)

German pilot makes point with syringe-shaped route in the sky

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Frankfurt
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 06:43 PM IST
The 20-year-old pilot mapped out the route he would need to take on a GPS device before taking to the skies near Lake Constance in southern Germany.
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A resident of the Altenpflegeheim Heideweg nursing home receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Magdeburg, Germany December 27, 2020, the day when the country starts its vaccination programme.(via REUTERS)
A resident of the Altenpflegeheim Heideweg nursing home receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Magdeburg, Germany December 27, 2020, the day when the country starts its vaccination programme.(via REUTERS)

EU nations eagerly kick off mass Covid-19 vaccinations

By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Rome
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 06:11 PM IST
Health care workers, the elderly and leading politicians got some of the first shots across the 27-nation bloc to reassure the public that the vaccinations are safe and represent the best chance to emerge from the pandemic.
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Vaccination booths in the Festhalle auditorium hall at the Frankfurt Messe exhibition grounds in Frankfurt, Germany.(Bloomberg Photo)
Vaccination booths in the Festhalle auditorium hall at the Frankfurt Messe exhibition grounds in Frankfurt, Germany.(Bloomberg Photo)

European Union nations kick off mass Covid-19 vaccinations

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Warsaw
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 02:04 PM IST
Altogether, the EU’s 27 nations have recorded at least 16 million coronavirus infections and more than 336,000 deaths — huge numbers that experts still agree understate the true toll of the pandemic due to missed cases and limited testing.
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Countries including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Spain are planning to begin mass vaccinations, starting with health workers on Sunday.(Reuters | Representational image)
Countries including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Spain are planning to begin mass vaccinations, starting with health workers on Sunday.(Reuters | Representational image)

Europe rolls out Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in bid to leave Covid-19 pandemic behind

By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 11:07 PM IST
The region of 450 million people has secured contracts with a range of suppliers for over two billion vaccine doses and has set a goal for all adults to be inoculated during 2021.
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Representational Image(Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby)
Representational Image(Warner Brothers/The Great Gatsby)

Opinion: Are you ready for the Roaring 2020s?

By Andrea Felsted | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 08:55 PM IST
First, we stocked up on sweatpants, then we made home improvements. Next will we be booking vacations and buying beach bags? It’s not the most outrageous idea. 
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Representational Image(Unsplash)
Representational Image(Unsplash)

Scarred by 2020, Gen Z looks to a coronavirus-free future

By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 06:34 PM IST
While a lot was heard about older people at risk from Covid-19, this younger generation - born between the late 1990s and the early 2010s - also saw their worlds turned upside down in 2020.
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Medical workers perform a nose swab on a migrant worker at a dormitory, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Singapore,(REUTERS)
Medical workers perform a nose swab on a migrant worker at a dormitory, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Singapore,(REUTERS)

Singapore detects one case of more contagious Covid-19 strain

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 09:20 AM IST
The presence of a more contagious Covid-19 strain could pose a challenge to Singapore, which has been lauded for its success in quelling the pace of infections in the community.
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An employee walks past a signage board in the Infosys campus at the Electronics City IT district in Bangalore.(REUTERS)
An employee walks past a signage board in the Infosys campus at the Electronics City IT district in Bangalore.(REUTERS)

Infosys, Wipro in billion-dollar tech overhaul deals with German firms

By Nandita Mathur | Livemint, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 05:39 AM IST
While Infosys didn’t disclose financial details of the contract with Daimler, a person familiar with the development said the outsourcing deal is worth more than a billion dollars.
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WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge said on Twitter that Limiting travel to contain spread is prudent until better info is available(AP)
WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge said on Twitter that Limiting travel to contain spread is prudent until better info is available(AP)

WHO calls meeting on new virus variant, European chief says

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Geneva
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 04:32 PM IST
The Geneva-based body has cautioned against major alarm over the variant, saying it was a normal part of a pandemic’s evolution and praising Britain for detecting it.
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Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel played down the concerns over supplies.(REUTERS)
Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel played down the concerns over supplies.(REUTERS)

Britain has plenty of food, no need to worry, says interior minister Priti Patel

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | London
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 02:28 PM IST
On Monday, Britain’s two biggest supermarket groups Tesco and Sainsbury’s, warned that gaps will start to appear on British supermarket shelves within days if transport ties with mainland Europe were not quickly restored.
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The curfew will be effective in all the cities (municipal corporation areas) across the state from 11 pm till 6am.(FILE PHOTO.)
The curfew will be effective in all the cities (municipal corporation areas) across the state from 11 pm till 6am.(FILE PHOTO.)

Maharashtra orders night curfew for 15 days, quarantine for travellers from abroad

By Faisal Malik & Sagar Pillai | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 12:54 PM IST
The decision was taken at a high level meeting called by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday. It was taken as a precautionary measures considering a mutation of the coronavirus infection found in Britain, which is believed to spread faster than its previous strains. Thackeray said they have to be vigilant for the next 15 days.
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Food security is emerging as a key issue as the pandemic enters winter. More than 40 organizations provide food on a daily basis in Milan, Italy’s financial capital.(AP)
Food security is emerging as a key issue as the pandemic enters winter. More than 40 organizations provide food on a daily basis in Milan, Italy’s financial capital.(AP)

The coronavirus pandemic exposes the vulnerability of Italy’s ‘new poor’

By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Milan
PUBLISHED ON DEC 20, 2020 03:43 PM IST
Researchers at Milan’s Bocconi University said in a working paper that blue-collar workers without college degrees paid the heaviest price for Italy’s virus restrictions. Half reported a drop in their salaries, and many did not have the luxury of working remotely.
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If that wasn’t enough of a shock, the cold winds sweeping down from the Himalayas set your teeth chattering. Mine played a veritable symphony(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
If that wasn’t enough of a shock, the cold winds sweeping down from the Himalayas set your teeth chattering. Mine played a veritable symphony(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

In the cold winter, keeping the Gods warm

UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 08:36 PM IST
The truth is our Gods have a much better time than us. The Mahant says the Ram Lalla temple has “an air-conditioner to keep the deities comfortable in summer”. So neither the cold nor the heat worries them.
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The Italian Premier has announced that there will be a partial lockdown in the nation for most of the Christmas holiday season, citing concerns that gatherings of families and friends could re-ignite the virus’s spread.(Unsplash)
The Italian Premier has announced that there will be a partial lockdown in the nation for most of the Christmas holiday season, citing concerns that gatherings of families and friends could re-ignite the virus’s spread.(Unsplash)

Italy imposes partial lockdown for Christmas holiday

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kale | MIlan
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 03:48 PM IST
The Italian Premier has announced that there will be a partial lockdown in the nation for most of the Christmas holiday season, citing concerns that gatherings of families and friends could re-ignite the virus’s spread.
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Journalists sit in front of an electronic screen during Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual end-of-year news conference, held online in a video conference mode, in Moscow, Russia.(REUTERS)
Journalists sit in front of an electronic screen during Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual end-of-year news conference, held online in a video conference mode, in Moscow, Russia.(REUTERS)

Putin says Russia could have killed Navalny had it wanted to

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 11:27 PM IST
Accusing Navalny of ties to US intelligence, Putin said Russian agents needed to monitor him. “But this doesn’t mean at all we needed to poison him. Who is he of use to? If we had wanted to, we would have finished the job,” he told his annual press conference on Thursday.
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If a second wave hits, it may be devastatingly strong, especially given the fierceness of the first wave(AFP)
If a second wave hits, it may be devastatingly strong, especially given the fierceness of the first wave(AFP)

The good news on Covid-19 | HT Editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 05:41 AM IST
All parameters show that it has managed to prevent a strong second wave. But be careful
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