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101 carat diamond to be auctioned in Geneva jewellery sale(Reuters)

101 carat Russian diamond will soon be auctioned in Geneva jewellery sale

Reuters | , Geneva
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2021 09:48 AM IST
Alrosa Spectacle or the largest diamond ever cut in Russia will soon be auctioned in Geneva. The 101 carat diamond can fetch between 12 and 18 million Swiss francs.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said members of the international scientific team have begun to leave from their home countries to China.(AP)
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said members of the international scientific team have begun to leave from their home countries to China.(AP)

Covid-19: WHO chief ‘disappointed’ at delayed access for China investigation team

Geneva | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 11:37 PM IST
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference that Chinese officials have not yet finalized the necessary permissions for the team’s arrival in China.
Covid-19 has killed nearly 1.8 million people around the world, and over 80 million have been infected.(Reuters)
Covid-19 has killed nearly 1.8 million people around the world, and over 80 million have been infected.(Reuters)

Coronavirus pandemic severe, but ‘not necessarily the big one’: WHO

Geneva | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 06:35 AM IST
“This is a wakeup call,” WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan told reporters at a briefing marking a year since the UN agency first learned of the new virus spreading in China.
Recently discovered in the American soil of a ranch the skeleton is among nearly forty natural history pieces that will be auctioned on December 8, 2020 in Geneva.(AFP photo)
Recently discovered in the American soil of a ranch the skeleton is among nearly forty natural history pieces that will be auctioned on December 8, 2020 in Geneva.(AFP photo)

Nearly 40-million-year-old ‘sabre-toothed tiger’ skeleton sells for more than $84,000

Geneva | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 03:03 PM IST
A nearly 40-million-year-old skeleton belonging to what is popularly called a sabre-toothed tiger has sold for $84,350, a year after its discovery on a US ranch.
Bernard Piguet, director and auctioneer of Piguet Auction House prepares the skeleton.(REUTERS)
Bernard Piguet, director and auctioneer of Piguet Auction House prepares the skeleton.(REUTERS)

Rare skeleton of saber-toothed tiger that roamed the northern US about 37 million years ago up for auction

Geneva | By Reuters Posted By: Trisha Sengupta
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2020 06:16 PM IST
The fossilized skeleton, discovered in South Dakota, is that of a robust Hoplophoneus weighing about 160 kilograms (350lb) which hunted primitive horses and small rhinoceros.
Some 1,299,173 voters, or 50.7 percent, backed the initiative, according to full results published by the ATS national news agency. The turnout was 46.7 percent.(HT Archive)
Some 1,299,173 voters, or 50.7 percent, backed the initiative, according to full results published by the ATS national news agency. The turnout was 46.7 percent.(HT Archive)

Switzerland fails to impose world’s strictest corporate responsibility plan

Zurich | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 11:01 PM IST
The proposal would have amended the Swiss constitution and forced such companies to ensure they and their suppliers respected strict human rights and environmental protection standards.
Former J&K Governor GC Murmu is the 14th Comptroller and Auditor General of India. He will take charge as IPU’s external audi
Former J&K Governor GC Murmu is the 14th Comptroller and Auditor General of India. He will take charge as IPU’s external audi

CAG to be external auditor of IPU, Geneva for 3 years

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 05:08 PM IST
Europe, which on Tuesday saw its total number of coronavirus infections climb past 15 million, remained the hardest-hit region.(Bloomberg)
Europe, which on Tuesday saw its total number of coronavirus infections climb past 15 million, remained the hardest-hit region.(Bloomberg)

Europe sees first dip in Covid-19 cases in months, but deaths up: WHO

Geneva | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 10:57 PM IST
In total, nearly four million cases of the novel coronavirus were registered worldwide during the week ending Sunday, and almost 60,000 people died from the disease during the same period, the World Health Organization said.
The logo of the World Health Organization is seen at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.(AP)
The logo of the World Health Organization is seen at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.(AP)

65 coronavirus cases, with 1 cluster, in WHO Geneva staff

Geneva | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 10:28 PM IST
Farah Dakhlallah, a WHO spokeswoman, confirmed the accuracy of the information about the case count in an email to the AP and that officials were still investigating.
The stone is mounted on a platinum and gold ring flanked by two heart-shaped diamonds.(www.christies.com)
The stone is mounted on a platinum and gold ring flanked by two heart-shaped diamonds.(www.christies.com)

Super rare purplish-red diamond sold at a whopping $2.77 million at auction

Geneva, Switzerland | By Asian News International
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 11:17 PM IST
The ring set a world record at the famous Christie’s auction in Geneva.
Previous diplomatic initiatives to end the conflict have repeatedly collapsed - but the UN-brokered deal aims to cement a months-long lull in fighting and gives a boost to the political process.(REUTERS)
Previous diplomatic initiatives to end the conflict have repeatedly collapsed - but the UN-brokered deal aims to cement a months-long lull in fighting and gives a boost to the political process.(REUTERS)

Libya’s warring factions sign UN- brokered, ‘permanent’ ceasefire

Geneva | By Associated Press, Geneva
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 03:23 AM IST
The breakthrough, which among other things orders foreign mercenaries out of the country, sets the stage for political talks in November to find a lasting solution to the chaos unleashed after a 2011 Nato-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
“This is humbling,” Tomson Phiri told reporters during a regular briefing in Geneva, adding it was “really a proud moment” for the UN organisation.(REUTERS)
“This is humbling,” Tomson Phiri told reporters during a regular briefing in Geneva, adding it was “really a proud moment” for the UN organisation.(REUTERS)

Nobel Peace Prize win is a ‘proud moment’: World Food Programme spokesman

Geneva | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 07:14 PM IST
Nobel Peace Prize 2020: “One of the beauties of WFP activities is that not only do we provide food for today and tomorrow, but we also are equipping people with the knowledge, the means to sustain themselves for the next day and the days after.”
Filippo Grandi had addressed delegates from the podium in the UN Assembly Hall in Geneva on the first day of the event, but participated remotely on Tuesday.(AFP)
Filippo Grandi had addressed delegates from the podium in the UN Assembly Hall in Geneva on the first day of the event, but participated remotely on Tuesday.(AFP)

UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi tests positive for Covid-19

Geneva | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 07, 2020 04:53 PM IST
Filippo Grandi, who kicked off UNHCR’s week-long Executive Committee meeting in Geneva on Monday, told participants via video-link that he would need to continue following the event from home.
This UN handout photo shows Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan address the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25.(AFP)
This UN handout photo shows Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan address the general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25.(AFP)

Pakistan should tackle influx of outsiders in PoK, India tells UN rights body

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 04:52 PM IST
Exercising its “right of reply” at a discussion in Geneva on situations requiring the attention of the UN Human Rights Council, India also pointed to Pakistan continuing to be a “safe harbour for terrorists”
First Aid(Unsplash)
First Aid(Unsplash)

World First Aid Day 2020: History and significance of first aid

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 02:07 PM IST
World First Aid Day is an annual campaign to ‘promote the importance of first aid training in preventing injuries and saving lives’. Every year, the second Saturday of September is observed as World First Aid Day, this year the day falls of September 12.
An activist holds a placard during a "rise up for change" national day of protest and action against climate change in Lausanne, Switzerland.(REUTERS)
An activist holds a placard during a "rise up for change" national day of protest and action against climate change in Lausanne, Switzerland.(REUTERS)

Build-up of greenhouse gases hits new record despite lockdowns: UN report

London | By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 06:10 PM IST
The sharp, but short, dip in emissions earlier this year represented only a blip in the build-up of climate-warming carbon dioxide.
An electric powered Candela Seven boat is pictured on Lake Lucerne near Luzern, Switzerland September 2, 2020. Picture taken September 2, 2020.(REUTERS)
An electric powered Candela Seven boat is pictured on Lake Lucerne near Luzern, Switzerland September 2, 2020. Picture taken September 2, 2020.(REUTERS)

Energy efficient, sea-sickness proof ‘flying’ electric speedboat debuts on Switzerland’s lakes

Lucerne, Switzerland | By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2020 06:31 PM IST
The world’s first electric-powered hydrofoil speedboat, which reduces energy consumption and noise - as well as sea sickness - by “flying” above the waves, has made its debut on Switzerland’s lakes.
Representational image.(Unsplash)
Representational image.(Unsplash)

Covid-19 pandemic: Switzerland may add France to coronavirus quarantine list

Bloomberg | By Bloomberg | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 06:24 PM IST
The Swiss government is weighing its options regarding the Covid-19 situation in France and hasn’t yet decided whether to place it on a list of risky countries requiring quarantines for travellers.
A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.(REUTERS)
A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.(REUTERS)

Coronavirus pandemic: There may never be a ‘silver bullet’ for Covid-19, WHO warns

Geneva | By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2020 05:32 PM IST
The World Health Organization warned on Monday that, despite strong hopes for a vaccine, there might never be a “silver bullet” for COVID-19, and the road to normality would be long.
James Robson, a biomedical engineering graduate student, holds a swab and specimen vial in the new COVID-19, on-campus testing lab.(AP)
James Robson, a biomedical engineering graduate student, holds a swab and specimen vial in the new COVID-19, on-campus testing lab.(AP)

WHO says Covid-19 pandemic is ‘one big wave’, not seasonal

Geneva | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2020 04:42 PM IST
Margaret Harris also warned against thinking in terms of virus waves, saying: “It’s going to be one big wave. It’s going to go up and down a bit. The best thing is to flatten it and turn it into just something lapping at your feet.”
On Tuesday, Dharavi recorded only one case, its lowest single-day figure in over two months.(HT Photo)
On Tuesday, Dharavi recorded only one case, its lowest single-day figure in over two months.(HT Photo)

WHO praises Dharavi’s Covid fight

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Eeshanpriya M S, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2020 12:49 AM IST
Experts say Dharavi managed to flatten the curve by the end of June. Throughout June, Dharavi recorded an average of 18 new cases daily, with the highest single-day spike in recorded cases on June 1 (34 new cases). Since July, the number of new cases has declined.
A woman wears a protective face mask as she walks along a road, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Karachi, Pakistan.(REUTERS)
A woman wears a protective face mask as she walks along a road, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Karachi, Pakistan.(REUTERS)

WHO acknowledges ‘emerging evidence’ of airborne spread of novel coronavirus

Geneva | By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 07, 2020 10:01 PM IST
Speaking at a briefing in Geneva, WHO expert Benedetta Allegranzi said the organization believed it had “been open to the evidence on modes of transmission” of the new virus.
A healthcare worker in protective gear collects a swab sample to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from a civil servant at a traditional textile market in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan(REUTERS)
A healthcare worker in protective gear collects a swab sample to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from a civil servant at a traditional textile market in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan(REUTERS)

Coronavirus pandemic: WHO warns some nations still face ‘long, hard’ battle with Covid-19

Geneva | By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 01:49 PM IST
Nations who fail to use every mechanism available to combat the still-raging novel coronavirus will struggle to beat it, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
Health worker collects a swab sample from a man at Mugda Medical College and Hospital, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 23, 2020.(REUTERS)
Health worker collects a swab sample from a man at Mugda Medical College and Hospital, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 23, 2020.(REUTERS)

Coronavirus: WHO suggests dexamethasone usage for critical Covid-19 cases

Geneva, Switzerland | By Asian News International | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 04:59 PM IST
The WHO emphasised on a rapid increase in production of dexamethasone, a cheap steroid which after clinical trials has shown life-saving potential for critically ill COVID-19 patients.
George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a white police officer -- since charged with murder -- pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.(AFP)
George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a white police officer -- since charged with murder -- pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.(AFP)

‘Black lives do not matter’ in US: George Floyd’s brother tells UN

Geneva | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2020 10:18 PM IST
Philonise Floyd made an impassioned speech via video-link to an urgent United Nations Human Rights Council debate on “systemic racism” in the US and beyond.
According to a person closely associated with the WEF, the announcement suggests the forum is unlikely to cancel the physical meeting. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
According to a person closely associated with the WEF, the announcement suggests the forum is unlikely to cancel the physical meeting. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

WEF to hold ‘twin summit’ in January

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 06:49 AM IST
The WEF said the political, economic and social disruptions caused by the crisis had exposed the inadequacies of health, financial and energy systems, leaving leaders at a crossroads.
The UN health agency said it was concerned that the inappropriate use of antibiotics during the coronavirus crisis would further fuel the trend.(File photo for representation)
The UN health agency said it was concerned that the inappropriate use of antibiotics during the coronavirus crisis would further fuel the trend.(File photo for representation)

Covid-19 pandemic antibiotics surge will cause more deaths: WHO

Geneva | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 04:59 PM IST
Increased antibiotics use in combating the Covid-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond, the World Health Organization said Monday.
A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland(REUTERS)
A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland(REUTERS)

When US threatened to leave WHO | Opinion

By NN Vohra
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 06:30 PM IST
Four decades ago, WHO faced a deep crisis over a resolution on Palestine. There are lessons
Covid-19 spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks, according to WHO.
Covid-19 spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks, according to WHO.

Study finds fragments of virus in airborne droplets

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 07:48 PM IST
An important finding of the study was that ventilation and sterilisation brought down airborne genetic shards (RNA) of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, to undetectable levels and reduced the risk of airborne exposure.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. saxophonist Charles Lloyd performs during the 50th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: U.S. saxophonist Charles Lloyd performs during the 50th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo(REUTERS)

Montreux Jazz Festival, set to include Lionel Richie, Lenny Kravitz, cancelled amid coronavirus pandemic

Geneva, Switzerland | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2020 07:42 AM IST
The iconic Montreux Jazz Festival announced Friday the cancellation of this year’s edition due to the pandemic, marking the first time since 1967 that the show can not go on.
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