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Arvind Kejriwal and Ambassador Ralf Heckner also discussed the Delhi government’s initiatives to fight air pollution.(ANI)

Switzerland Ambassador meets Kejriwal, Sisodia over Covid strategy

PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2021 03:28 AM IST
“During the meeting, ambassador Heckner praised the various steps taken by the Delhi government to deal with Covid-19 despite difficult circumstances," a press statement issued by the chief minister’s office said.
A sign is pictured in a street during the outbreak of Covid-19 in Bern, Switzerland, on December 18, 2020. The sign reads: "At the market? Of course, but with a mask." (Reuters/File Photo)
A sign is pictured in a street during the outbreak of Covid-19 in Bern, Switzerland, on December 18, 2020. The sign reads: "At the market? Of course, but with a mask." (Reuters/File Photo)

Switzerland postpones plan to lift Covid-19 curbs

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2021 09:10 PM IST
The number of coronavirus cases in Switzerland and neighbouring Liechtenstein rose by 1,750 on Thursday, well above the seven-day average of 1,285 cases.
Monika Ruegsegger-Hurschler, National Councillor SVP, gives an interview at the meeting place of the supporters of the initiative to ban face coverings.(AP)
Monika Ruegsegger-Hurschler, National Councillor SVP, gives an interview at the meeting place of the supporters of the initiative to ban face coverings.(AP)

Swiss agree to outlaw facial coverings in 'burqa ban' vote

Reuters | | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 10:49 PM IST
The measure to amend the Swiss constitution passed by a 51.2-48.8% margin, provisional official results showed.
As demonstrators gathered in different parts of the city, the police used tear gas to stop their advancement. (Representative image)(AFP)
As demonstrators gathered in different parts of the city, the police used tear gas to stop their advancement. (Representative image)(AFP)

Swiss police fire tear gas on demonstrators at feminist rally

ANI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 05:35 AM IST
According to a report by Sputnik, the police had warned people ahead of a planned protest that mass events are banned in Switzerland amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
A poster of the initiative committee against wearing the burqa reading "Stop extremism! Veil ban - Yes" is seen in Zurich Switzerland.(REUTERS)
A poster of the initiative committee against wearing the burqa reading "Stop extremism! Veil ban - Yes" is seen in Zurich Switzerland.(REUTERS)

Swiss mull 'burqa ban' in vote centering on security, rights

AP | | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 07:22 PM IST
  • In the past, Swiss voters have approved a ban on the construction of minarets in the Alpine country whose flag carries the cross.
Alaa, 21, a student of health and nutrition, born in Copenhagen and wearer of the niqab, tests a face veil she created with members of the group Kvinder I Dialog (Women In Dialogue) during a workshop in preparation for a protest against the face veil ban in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Andrew Kelly / REUTERS)
Alaa, 21, a student of health and nutrition, born in Copenhagen and wearer of the niqab, tests a face veil she created with members of the group Kvinder I Dialog (Women In Dialogue) during a workshop in preparation for a protest against the face veil ban in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Andrew Kelly / REUTERS)

Swiss to vote on banning face veils in referendum criticised as Islamophobic

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 02:56 PM IST
  • The billboard is part of a campaign by the far-right Swiss People's Party to ban face coverings in public and which will be voted on in a binding national referendum on Sunday.
A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo)
A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo)

South Korea extends currency swap agreement with Switzerland for 5 years

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 06:18 AM IST
The renewed 10 billion Swiss francs ($11.05 billion) currency swap deal, which was first signed in 2018, will be effective from March 1 and could be extended again if agreed by both sides.
A Palestinian woman wearing face veil, niqab, works on a Christmas-themed doll in a handicraft workshop.(Representational Image / REUTERS)
A Palestinian woman wearing face veil, niqab, works on a Christmas-themed doll in a handicraft workshop.(Representational Image / REUTERS)

Swiss govt urges rejection of ban on full-face coverings like niqabs, ski masks

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:42 PM IST
Nearly three years after the proposal was first floated, the Swiss are to take up the proposal entitled “Yes to a ban on covering the face” in the vote culminating on March 7.
Health authorities quarantined two hotels and closed ski schools in the posh Swiss resort of St Moritz on Monday to try to curb an outbreak of the highly infectious new coronavirus variant.(Unsplash)
Health authorities quarantined two hotels and closed ski schools in the posh Swiss resort of St Moritz on Monday to try to curb an outbreak of the highly infectious new coronavirus variant.(Unsplash)

A Swiss ski resort quarantines hotels, shuts schools to contain Covid variant

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:47 PM IST
Health authorities quarantined two hotels and closed ski schools in the posh Swiss resort of St Moritz on Monday to try to curb an outbreak of the highly infectious new coronavirus variant.
The findings of a recent study indicate that app-formed couples have stronger cohabitation intentions than couples who meet in a non-digital environment.(Pixabay)
The findings of a recent study indicate that app-formed couples have stronger cohabitation intentions than couples who meet in a non-digital environment.(Pixabay)

Swiss study suggests dating apps don’t destroy love

Geneva | By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kale
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 02:27 PM IST
The findings of a recent study indicate that app-formed couples have stronger cohabitation intentions than couples who meet in a non-digital environment.
A picture taken on December 22, 2020, shows a gondola lift in the Swiss Alpine resort of Verbier, well known by british ski holiday makers, amid the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)(AFP)
A picture taken on December 22, 2020, shows a gondola lift in the Swiss Alpine resort of Verbier, well known by british ski holiday makers, amid the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)(AFP)

British tourists, forced into quarantine, sneak out of Swiss ski resort

Geneva | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 10:18 AM IST
Around 200-420 British tourists in the ski resort of Verbier fled in the night over the 10-day retoactive quarantine ordered by the Swiss government due to the new Covid-19 variant found in England.
Pedestrians walks past a public health warning sign beside a road, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, London, Britain.(REUTERS)
Pedestrians walks past a public health warning sign beside a road, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, London, Britain.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: UK, South Africa strains spark a battle of mutations

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Johannesburg | By HTC and Agencies
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 05:17 AM IST
The unease over mutations in the virus -- first spotted in the UK before similar but distinct variants were seen in South Africa -- continued to spread to more parts of the world on Friday, with Germany, Switzerland and Japan saying they have identified their first cases.
FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in front of the displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in front of the displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo(REUTERS)

Switzerland starts rolling out Covid-19 vaccine, elderly to get initial jabs

Zurich | By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 07:14 PM IST
Germany, Turkey, Israel, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia have barred flights from South Africa to reduce the spread of the new mutation of the coronavirus.(Reuters | Representational image)
Germany, Turkey, Israel, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia have barred flights from South Africa to reduce the spread of the new mutation of the coronavirus.(Reuters | Representational image)

New Covid-19 strain in South Africa: Countries that announced flight suspensions

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 05:05 PM IST
South Africa’s health minister had earlier said that scientists have found out that the increase in the number of Covid-19 infections in the country is being driven by the new strain of the virus
The Human Medicines Expert Committee, an independent advisory body, had recommended the vaccine be approved on Friday.(AP)
The Human Medicines Expert Committee, an independent advisory body, had recommended the vaccine be approved on Friday.(AP)

Switzerland grants authorisation for Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

By Bloomberg | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 05:19 PM IST
The UK and US among others have already approved the vaccine, while European regulators are meeting next week to decide.
Switzerland votes for same-sex marriage, easing legal gender change(Reuters)
Switzerland votes for same-sex marriage, easing legal gender change(Reuters)

Switzerland lawmakers vote for same-sex marriage and legal gender change with declaration

London | By Reuters | Posted by Nishtha Grover
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 09:28 AM IST
On Friday, the lawmakers of Switzerland voted for transgender people to be able to easily legalise their gender change with just a declaration. Not just that, they also voted to make same-sex marriage legal in the country.
The Trump administration removed its currency designation from China in January.(AP)
The Trump administration removed its currency designation from China in January.(AP)

US brands Vietnam, Switzerland as currency manipulators

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 09:23 PM IST
It marked the first time that the United States has labeled another country as a currency manipulator since August 2019 when it called out China at a time when the world’s two largest economies were locked in tense trade negotiations.
US Treasury’s actual data may differ and it has some discretion in applying the label.(Reuters)
US Treasury’s actual data may differ and it has some discretion in applying the label.(Reuters)

Asian countries, Switzerland at risk in US Treasury’s currency report

Washignton | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 03:32 PM IST
While President-elect Joe Biden is expected to be less confrontational with US allies on matters of trade, a new White House could find it politically difficult to immediately walk back designations of currency manipulation by the current administration.
Kavita Krishnamurthy with veteran playback singer Manna Dey, during a concert in Dubai
Kavita Krishnamurthy with veteran playback singer Manna Dey, during a concert in Dubai

“At 22, I was touring the world with Manna Dey,” says singer Kavita Krishnamurthy

Hindustan Times | By Karishma Kuenzang
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 07:43 AM IST
The singer talks about touring the world with some of the greatest Indian musicians, meeting her husband in her 40s and her simple life in Mumbai with her aunt and dog
People stand in the "Mill", a 20m long natural ice cave created by melted water accumulated during the summer and by a siphon effect leaves in the autumn giving way to an ice cathedral, at the Glacier 3000 ski resort in Les Diablerets, Switzerland.(REUTERS)
People stand in the "Mill", a 20m long natural ice cave created by melted water accumulated during the summer and by a siphon effect leaves in the autumn giving way to an ice cathedral, at the Glacier 3000 ski resort in Les Diablerets, Switzerland.(REUTERS)

‘Ice Cathedral’ in Swiss Alps accessible to delighted visitors

Les Diablerets, Switzerland | By Reuters | Posted by: Sanya Budhiraja
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2020 10:33 AM IST
The natural cave, also known as “the Mill”, forms through a siphon effect. Each spring and summer, the cavity fills with water from the snow melt, forming a lake. In autumn, the plug disappears and the water drains, leaving the cave.
Switzerland plans to ban public events apart from church services and limit public gatherings due to the worsening of the Covid-19 situation.(Unsplash)
Switzerland plans to ban public events apart from church services and limit public gatherings due to the worsening of the Covid-19 situation.(Unsplash)

Swiss may ban public events to prevent worsening Covid-19 situation

Zurich | By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kale
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 12:32 PM IST
Switzerland plans to ban public events apart from church services and limit public gatherings due to the worsening of the Covid-19 situation.
People give blood on the stage of the closed MAD (Moulin a Danse) night club during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lausanne, Switzerland.(REUTERS)
People give blood on the stage of the closed MAD (Moulin a Danse) night club during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lausanne, Switzerland.(REUTERS)

Swiss nightclub transformed into a blood donation centre amid Covid-19

Lausanne | By Reuters | Posted by: Sanya Budhiraja
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 10:20 PM IST
Chandeliers that used to illumine the dance floor for thousands of party-goers at the MAD nightclub in the student town of Lausanne now light the way for nurses to insert needles as songs by Queen, the Bee Gees and Michael Jackson play.
Switzerland and Italy will halt all cross-border rail service from Thursday as train personnel do not have capacity to carry out Covid-19 safety checks ordered by the Italian government.(Reuters/ Representational)
Switzerland and Italy will halt all cross-border rail service from Thursday as train personnel do not have capacity to carry out Covid-19 safety checks ordered by the Italian government.(Reuters/ Representational)

Switzerland, Italy to halt all cross-border train service

Zurich | By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 06:13 PM IST
The move, in place indefinitely, affects dozens of daily routes, including long-distance trains between Milan and Frankfurt, Germany, as well as regional trains that connect the two countries, where many workers travel daily across the border from northern Italy to Switzerland.
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.
Chef Sam Brunschweiler wears a protective mask as he displays a pea protein-based hamburger with vegan juicy meat flavor, tomato, salad and sesame bun on a plate at flavour maker Givaudan's innovation centre in Kemptthal, Switzerland.(REUTERS)
Chef Sam Brunschweiler wears a protective mask as he displays a pea protein-based hamburger with vegan juicy meat flavor, tomato, salad and sesame bun on a plate at flavour maker Givaudan's innovation centre in Kemptthal, Switzerland.(REUTERS)

Tricking the taste buds: flavour makers rise to challenge creating delicious plant-based meat alternatives

Zürich | By Reuters | Posted by: Sanya Budhiraja
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 01:12 AM IST
The Swiss company and competitors such as International Flavors & Fragrances and Symrise are vying to create the tastiest plant-based meat alternatives in a market that is growing fast on the back of consumer concerns about health, sustainability and animal welfare.
Belgium's Michy Batshuayi jubilates after scoring his sides second goal during an international friendly soccer match between Belgium and Switzerland at the King Power stadium in Leuven.(AP)
Belgium's Michy Batshuayi jubilates after scoring his sides second goal during an international friendly soccer match between Belgium and Switzerland at the King Power stadium in Leuven.(AP)

Batshuayi nets 2 as Belgium beats Switzerland 2-1

Leuven | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 10:33 AM IST
The Crystal Palace forward showed clinical efficiency to convert Belgium’s two best chances in the second half after Switzerland deservedly took the lead with an early goal that rewarded its intense pressing.
The DSG Mobile App(Digital Swiss Gold)
The DSG Mobile App(Digital Swiss Gold)

Digital Swiss Gold announces the launch of its DSG mobile app that allows Indian consumers to buy and hold physical gold in Switzerland

UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 05:04 PM IST
With the DSG app, Indian consumers will be able to save up to 10% on all gold purchases.
Europe has faced a punishing second wave in recent weeks and has again become one of the epicentres of the Covid-19 pandemic. It tallied a record 927,000 confirmed cases over the last week.(Reuters Photo)
Europe has faced a punishing second wave in recent weeks and has again become one of the epicentres of the Covid-19 pandemic. It tallied a record 927,000 confirmed cases over the last week.(Reuters Photo)

Swiss fear rise in Covid-19 cases could overburden hospitals

Geneva | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON OCT 21, 2020 08:50 PM IST
Alain Berset made the comments after the country of 8.5 million tallied on Wednesday a record 5,583 new cases over the latest 24 hours, obliterating the previous one-day record — set two days earlier — by about 14%.
Switzerland’s Foreign Ministry said Friday that a Swiss woman who was held hostage in Mali has been killed by an Islamist group.
Switzerland’s Foreign Ministry said Friday that a Swiss woman who was held hostage in Mali has been killed by an Islamist group.

Switzerland says Swiss hostage in Mali has been killed

Geneva | By Associated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 12:16 PM IST
The ministry said it was informed by French authorities that the hostage had been “killed by kidnappers of the Islamist terrorist organization Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam Muslimeen about a month ago.”
It is not immediately known exactly how many of these are accounts linked to Indians. (HT Photo)
It is not immediately known exactly how many of these are accounts linked to Indians. (HT Photo)

India gets second set of data on Swiss bank account holders: Official

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 09:40 PM IST
The data will be examined by agencies dealing with black money investigations to see if there are any irregularities in these bank accounts belonging to Indians, said officials.
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