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"These results are very encouraging and have given us great reasons to be optimistic for the future," said Aziz Sheikh, a professor at the University of Edinburgh who co-led the study.(Reuters | Representational image)

Study shows Covid-19 vaccines effective in preventing severe infection

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 08:28 PM IST
Results of the study covering the entire Scottish population of 5.4 million showed that by the fourth week after the initial dose, the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines cut the risk of hospitalisation by up to 85% and 94% respectively.
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A snow-covered house and car are picture during a snowfall in Braemar, Scotland, Britain, February 11, 2021.(REUTERS)
A snow-covered house and car are picture during a snowfall in Braemar, Scotland, Britain, February 11, 2021.(REUTERS)

Siberian blast freezes Britain to coldest since 1955: Minus 23 Celsius

Reuters, Braemar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 10:37 AM IST
The temperature in the village of Braemar fell to minus 23C (minus 9.4 Fahrenheit) at 0813 GMT, the lowest temperature recorded since 1955.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to view the vaccination programme at the Chase Farm Hospital in north London, Monday.(AP)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to view the vaccination programme at the Chase Farm Hospital in north London, Monday.(AP)

Covid-19: Boris Johnson locks down UK again, says ‘variant spreading at an alarming rate’

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 06:57 AM IST
UK PM Boris Johnson said in an address to the nation that the variant has been spreading at an “alarming rate”, which makes another lockdown imperative.
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Photo of former Manchester United and Scotland manager Tommy Docherty(Twitter)
Photo of former Manchester United and Scotland manager Tommy Docherty(Twitter)

Ex-Manchester United, Scotland manager Tommy Docherty dies at 92

By Associated Press | Manchester
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 10:57 PM IST
Docherty spent most of his playing career — nine years — at Preston before joining Arsenal and then Chelsea. He played 25 times for Scotland.
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People walk through Oxford Circus as shops remain closed under Tier 4 restrictions, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in London, Britain.(REUTERS)
People walk through Oxford Circus as shops remain closed under Tier 4 restrictions, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in London, Britain.(REUTERS)

UK can avert new catastrophe, needs tighter rules, epidemiologist warns

By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai | London
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 07:54 PM IST
More than 71,000 people in Britain have died within 28 days of a positive test for the disease.
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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gives an update on COVID-19 restrictions, at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tuesday Dec. 22, 2020. Scotland has imposed some increased restrictions for the Christmas season. (Russell Cheyne/PA via AP)
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gives an update on COVID-19 restrictions, at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tuesday Dec. 22, 2020. Scotland has imposed some increased restrictions for the Christmas season. (Russell Cheyne/PA via AP)

‘Stupid mistake’: Scottish leader Sturgeon apologises for breaking Covid-19 rules

By Associated Press | Posted by Karan Manral | London
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 02:43 PM IST
Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, took off her mask briefly while attending a funeral wake on Friday for a civil servant.
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A Union Jack flag flutters in front of Big Ben's clock face in London, Britain.(REUTERS)
A Union Jack flag flutters in front of Big Ben's clock face in London, Britain.(REUTERS)

UK to set out tougher holiday guidance as Covid-19 cases soar

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 04:20 PM IST
Doctors called on Tuesday for Johnson to cancel the planned relaxation of rules, which would see families crossing between nations and regions.
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A plane is seen shortly after take-off at sunset, from Heathrow Airport, London, Britain.(REUTERS)
A plane is seen shortly after take-off at sunset, from Heathrow Airport, London, Britain.(REUTERS)

UK cuts quarantine time to 10 days for foreign arrivals

By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 11:40 PM IST
Chief medical officers of England, Wales, Scotland the Northern Ireland said in a statement that after reviewing evidence, they were now confident that the number of days can be reduced to 10 days.
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The image shows a part of the maths textbook.(Twitter@Will_Sutcliffe8)
The image shows a part of the maths textbook.(Twitter@Will_Sutcliffe8)

Man shares pic of ‘stereotypes’ in daughter’s maths textbook, sparks mixed reaction

By Srimoyee Chowdhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 05:06 PM IST
Several corrections can be spotted throughout the page, and the caption by William Sutcliffe gives an explanation for that.
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Ireland beat Scotland 31-16(Twitter)
Ireland beat Scotland 31-16(Twitter)

Ireland boss Scotland 31-16 to finish Autumn Nations Cup 3rd

By Associated Press | Dublin
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 10:20 PM IST
Finishing third equaled rebuilding Ireland’s Six Nations placing and gave a little gloss to the assessment of coach Andy Farrell’s first year in charge as “an average return.”
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Scottish Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney looks at First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she makes a statement to the Scottish Parliament.(Reuters)
Scottish Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney looks at First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she makes a statement to the Scottish Parliament.(Reuters)

Scotland to make period products freely available to all

By Associated Press | Posted by Mallika Soni | Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 10:53 PM IST
Lawmakers in the Scottish Parliament unanimously approved a bill that will require local authorities to provide free access to items such as tampons and sanitary pads.
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Pedestrian pass shops in central London, UK., on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.(Bloomberg)
Pedestrian pass shops in central London, UK., on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.(Bloomberg)

Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new Covid-19 plan

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | London
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2020 10:22 PM IST
Johnson confirmed to lawmakers that on December 2 the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction introduced early this month to curb a new surge in coronavirus cases.
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England's manager Gareth Southgate .(AP)
England's manager Gareth Southgate .(AP)

Southgate hopes fans can return when England host Scotland at Euro finals

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 09:13 PM IST
teve Clarke’s side secured a 5-4 penalty shootout playoff win in Serbia with the game ending 1-1 after extra time to book their spot in the 24-nation tournament’s Group D, which includes England, Czech Republic and 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia.
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The image shows the two and a half years old bear named Hamish.(Instagram/@highlandwpark)
The image shows the two and a half years old bear named Hamish.(Instagram/@highlandwpark)

Goodbye Hamish: First polar bear born in UK in 25 years leaves Scotland for new home in England

By Trisha Sengupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 05, 2020 12:48 AM IST
In England, Hamish will be a part of European Endangered Species Programme.
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Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that restrictions across England will begin after midnight on Thursday and last until December 2.(AP)
Boris Johnson announced on Saturday that restrictions across England will begin after midnight on Thursday and last until December 2.(AP)

UK’s Johnson says there is no alternative to lockdown

By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | London
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 06:40 AM IST
The United Kingdom, which has the highest official Covid-19 death toll in Europe, is grappling with more than 20,000 new cases a day. Scientists have warned a worst-case scenario of 80,000 dead could be exceeded this winter.
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A matrix sign on the A48(M) heading towards Cardiff informing motorists to Wales entering a "firebreak" lockdown, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.(AP)
A matrix sign on the A48(M) heading towards Cardiff informing motorists to Wales entering a "firebreak" lockdown, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.(AP)

No escaping from Wales: UK police to enforce travel ban

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | London
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 05:58 PM IST
Under the UK’s system of devolved authority, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have established their own public health rules.
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The course is to be named MacLeod after Trump’s mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, and will be built next to the current course on his Menie Estate.(AFP Photo)
The course is to be named MacLeod after Trump’s mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, and will be built next to the current course on his Menie Estate.(AFP Photo)

New Trump golf course in Scotland gets go-head despite environmental fears

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | London
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 02:26 AM IST
Many locals objected to the application, citing loss of public space and the impact it would have on water supply, private roads and nearby estates.
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Lara Dutta recounts shooting for Bell Bottom in the thick of a global pandemic.
Lara Dutta recounts shooting for Bell Bottom in the thick of a global pandemic.

Surreal experience to shoot; hope this is not going to be the new normal: Lara Dutta Bhupathi

UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 02:16 PM IST
The actor shares her experience of shooting in Scotland for the Akshay Kumar-starrer Bell Bottom and how though she felt anxious
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Rishi Sunak had previously resisted calls to increase the generosity of the government’s support schemes amid fast-rising job losses and his announcement on Friday is likely to herald the temporary closure of bars and other businesses.(REUTERS)
Rishi Sunak had previously resisted calls to increase the generosity of the government’s support schemes amid fast-rising job losses and his announcement on Friday is likely to herald the temporary closure of bars and other businesses.(REUTERS)

UK’s Rishi Sunak offers lockdown-hit companies more help to keep jobs

By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | London
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 07:46 PM IST
In a move likely to cost billions of pounds over the six-month duration of the new scheme, Sunak said the government will pay up to two-thirds of each employee’s salary, with a cap of 2,100 pounds ($2,724.33) a month, if they work for companies that are forced to close temporarily.
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A video grab from footage shows Scottish National Party MP Margaret Ferrier speaking in the House of Commons on September 28.(AFP)
A video grab from footage shows Scottish National Party MP Margaret Ferrier speaking in the House of Commons on September 28.(AFP)

Covid-19 infected UK MP attended House; told to resign

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 08:52 PM IST
Margaret Ferrier, MP from Rutherglen and Hamilton West, has also been suspended by her party.
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Akshay Kumar offered prayers at a gurdwara in Scotland.
Akshay Kumar offered prayers at a gurdwara in Scotland.

Akshay Kumar shares photo from gurdwara in Scotland: ‘I feel a sense of calm I haven’t in months’

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 08:48 PM IST
Akshay Kumar visited a gurdwara in Glasgow, Scotland, where is he shooting his upcoming film Bell Bottom. The actor shared a picture on Instagram and said that he felt a sense of calm that he had not felt in months.
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The alert level was reduced from level four to three on June 19, when new cases on successive days and weeks were recorded in the hundreds.(REUTERS)
The alert level was reduced from level four to three on June 19, when new cases on successive days and weeks were recorded in the hundreds.(REUTERS)

UK raises Covid-19 alert to second highest level

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 05:08 AM IST
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to make a statement in parliament on Tuesday to announce new measures to deal with the virus, seeking to strike a balance between ensuring public health and preventing further blows to Britain’s battered economy.
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Critics say it has lost control of the virus and that’s why new measures are being introduced.(REUTERS)
Critics say it has lost control of the virus and that’s why new measures are being introduced.(REUTERS)

‘This is a big moment:’ UK government cautions on coronavirus

By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | London
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 03:34 PM IST
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Friday that the country has to “come together” over the coming weeks to get on top of the spike, which he noted is leading to a doubling in the number of people being hospitalized with the virus every seven to eight days.
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Akshay Kumar is currently in Scotland, shooting for Bell Bottom.
Akshay Kumar is currently in Scotland, shooting for Bell Bottom.

Akshay Kumar thanks fans for celebrating his birthday: ‘I exist because of you’, watch

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 08:05 AM IST
Akshay Kumar took to Twitter to thank fans for celebrating his birthday, earlier this month. The actor is currently in Scotland, shooting for his upcoming film, Bell Bottom.
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the VJ Day National Remembrance event, held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Britain.(REUTERS)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends the VJ Day National Remembrance event, held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Britain.(REUTERS)

UK’s Boris Johnson urged to rethink face mask advice in schools

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | London
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 11:33 PM IST
A day after the World Health Organization tweaked its guidance over mask-wearing by children, Scotland changed its advice, a move that’s piled pressure on the other nations of the U.K. to follow suit.
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Lara Dutta and Huma Qureshi are in Scotland with the rest of the team of Bell Bottom for a shoot.
Lara Dutta and Huma Qureshi are in Scotland with the rest of the team of Bell Bottom for a shoot.

Bell Bottom: Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta enjoy post-quarantine sun in Scotland. Watch video

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 11:29 AM IST
Actor Huma Qureshi shared a funny video with Lara Dutta as the two step out into the sun after a mandatory quarantine period in Scotland. Watch.
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Sonam Kapoor with husband Anand Ahuja and friends in Scotland.
Sonam Kapoor with husband Anand Ahuja and friends in Scotland.

Sonam Kapoor steps out into the Scottish countryside with husband Anand, friends: ‘All we need to warm our hearts’

By HT Entertainment Desk | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 04:39 PM IST
Sonam Kapoor, who has been in the UK for a while now, has shared a picture from her travel to Scotland.
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Investigators uncovered that between November 2011 and February 2015, the businessman knowingly caused the company to submit false tax returns.(Representational image)
Investigators uncovered that between November 2011 and February 2015, the businessman knowingly caused the company to submit false tax returns.(Representational image)

Punjab-origin businessman banned for false UK tax returns

By Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2020 12:30 AM IST
Hardip Singh Khaira, 43, was director of HK Construction incorporated in 2011 to provide groundwork construction services, including drainage and concreting. The company traded from its premises in Coatbridge, north Lanarkshire, until July 2019
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Aberdeen officials published a list of 28 bars and restaurants, three golf clubs and a soccer club visited by about 200 people so far traced from the cluster. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Aberdeen officials published a list of 28 bars and restaurants, three golf clubs and a soccer club visited by about 200 people so far traced from the cluster. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Covid-19: Lockdown reimposed in Scotland’s Aberdeen due to virus cluster

By Associated Press | Posted by Saumya Sharma | London
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 11:04 AM IST
Britain asked travellers from some countries to voluntarily self-quarantine in February and early March, but the government lifted all border restrictions on March 13.
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As of Monday night, seven new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the overall figure to 45,759 and the number of cases to 300,111. Scotland did not report any death for several days.(REUTERS)
As of Monday night, seven new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the overall figure to 45,759 and the number of cases to 300,111. Scotland did not report any death for several days.(REUTERS)

Signs of second wave of Covid-19 in Europe, says UK PM Boris Johnson

By Prasun Sonwalkar| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 05:07 PM IST
Spain has seen a spike in the number of cases in recent days, prompting UK officials to impose the 14-day quarantine on Britons and travellers arriving from that country. The decision has thrown holidays of millions of Britons into disarray.
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