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Alok Sharma has been leading the UK’s climate diplomacy, since assuming the role in February 2020, and will now focus on it exclusively.(REUTERS)

Alok Sharma made president of UN climate conference in Glasgow

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:49 PM IST
COP26, the conference of parties of UN climate negotiations, will be the largest summit the UK has ever hosted, bringing together representatives from nearly 200 countries, including leaders, experts, and campaigners.
A file picture of Indian jewellery designer Nirav Modi at his office in Lower Parel, Mumbai.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
A file picture of Indian jewellery designer Nirav Modi at his office in Lower Parel, Mumbai.(Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

UK court to deliver judgement on Nirav Modi extradition on Feb 25

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:37 PM IST
Claire Montomery, Modi’s lawyer, and Helen Malcolm of the Crown Prosecution Service representing India, quoted from emails, witness statements, bank and other documents, and presented their versions on issues such as prison conditions, mental health treatment facilities and the possibility of a Modi receiving a fair trial, if extradited.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran.(VIA REUTERS)
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran.(VIA REUTERS)

Iran’s Khamenei bans import of Covid-19 vaccines from US, UK, demands revoking of sanctions

Tehran | By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:35 PM IST
In a live televised speech, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei raised the prospect of the two Western countries, long-time adversaries of the Islamic Republic, possibly seeking to spread the infection to other countries.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents arrive at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.(Bloomberg Photo)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents arrive at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.(Bloomberg Photo)

UK-US race for mini trade deal slowed by Trump’s mob crisis

By Bloomberg| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:22 PM IST
With less than two weeks in the Trump administration, the goal is still to resolve parts of a longstanding transatlantic dispute over illegal aid to Boeing Co. and Airbus SE. A so-called mini deal would see the US end tariffs on some UK imports, including on Scotch whisky, a month after Britain made a similar gesture to Washington.
After returning from the UK, the man had come in contact with 39 persons, 34 of them from outside Indore district, a local health official said. These 34 persons were contacted and informed about his status.(AP Photo. Representative image)
After returning from the UK, the man had come in contact with 39 persons, 34 of them from outside Indore district, a local health official said. These 34 persons were contacted and informed about his status.(AP Photo. Representative image)

First case of infection of UK-strain of coronavirus found in Madhya Pradesh

Indore | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:58 PM IST
The patient, who is asymptomatic, has been placed in home isolation, district collector Manish Singh said. It was the first case of infection of the UK variant of the virus in the state, said Dr Veena Sinha, additional director, MP Health Department.
An employee shows the Moderna coronavirus disease vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York on December 21, 2020.(Reuters file)
An employee shows the Moderna coronavirus disease vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York on December 21, 2020.(Reuters file)

UK regulator approves Covid-19 vaccine from Moderna

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:42 PM IST
Supplies will begin to be delivered from spring once Moderna expands its production capability, officials said. The vaccine will be available to people for free.
File photo: Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
File photo: Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

‘India reports 82 positive cases of new Covid-19 strain’: Health ministry

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:40 PM IST
The Central government created a network of 10 advanced labs across the country last month to step up disease surveillance in the wake of mutations detected in the Sars-Cov-2 virus.
The Moderna vaccine works in a similar way to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that is already being offered by the National Health Service (NHS).(Reuters)
The Moderna vaccine works in a similar way to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that is already being offered by the National Health Service (NHS).(Reuters)

UK approves Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

London | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:10 PM IST
However, supplies of the new jab are not expected to be available until the spring in a few weeks’ time as the UK has pre-ordered 7 million doses.
Aradhana Bhandari
Aradhana Bhandari

Keeping India alive in the UK

UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:09 PM IST
Aradhana Bhandari, a London-based entrepreneur is set to launch a wellness brand rooted in Ayurvedic knowledge on February 6, 2021.
Representational Image(Unsplash)
Representational Image(Unsplash)

Majority people want suspension of flights from countries with new virus strain: Survey

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 04:19 PM IST
The findings are based on the responses received from over 8,000 citizens across 207 districts in India.
Chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Passengers wearing protective face masks leave upon arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport after India cancelled all flights from the UK over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Mumbai.(REUTERS)
Passengers wearing protective face masks leave upon arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport after India cancelled all flights from the UK over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Mumbai.(REUTERS)

Flights from UK resume today amid scare about new coronavirus strain

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:32 PM IST
The ban on flights to the UK was lifted on January 6. 30 flights will operate each week - 15 each by Indian and UK carriers. This schedule will continue till January 23, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had informed earlier.
Thursday’s results “injected that bit of optimism we all need” to keep trying with arthritis medicines as well, Martin Landray, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Oxford, said in a statement.(AFP (Representative Image))
Thursday’s results “injected that bit of optimism we all need” to keep trying with arthritis medicines as well, Martin Landray, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Oxford, said in a statement.(AFP (Representative Image))

UK to use arthritis drug for severely ill coronavirus patients

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:19 PM IST
The findings could have “immediate implications for the sickest patients with Covid-19,” Anthony Gordon, chair in anesthesia and critical care at Imperial, said in a statement. Released in a preprint on Thursday, the results have not yet been peer-reviewed.
Previous academic studies have indicated how being outdoors, particularly in green spaces, can improve mental health.(Unsplash)
Previous academic studies have indicated how being outdoors, particularly in green spaces, can improve mental health.(Unsplash)

Here’s how heading outdoors keeps lockdown blues at bay

Cambridge [England] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:42 AM IST
A new study has found that spending time outdoors and switching off our devices is associated with higher levels of happiness during a period of Covid-19 restrictions.
Under new rules announced by the British government, anyone failing to produce the evidence of a negative test will be hit with an immediate fine of 500 pounds ($678).(Pixabay)
Under new rules announced by the British government, anyone failing to produce the evidence of a negative test will be hit with an immediate fine of 500 pounds ($678).(Pixabay)

UK imposes mandatory Covid tests on all incoming travellers

By Bloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:18 AM IST
All passengers arriving in the U.K. will be required to prove they do not have coronavirus, showing a negative test result taken within 72 hours of the start of their journey.
The mutation could be responsible for greater transmissibility and there had been concern it could also make the virus escape antibody neutralization elicited by the vaccine, said Phil Dormitzer, one of Pfizer’s top viral vaccine scientists.(Reuters image)
The mutation could be responsible for greater transmissibility and there had been concern it could also make the virus escape antibody neutralization elicited by the vaccine, said Phil Dormitzer, one of Pfizer’s top viral vaccine scientists.(Reuters image)

Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine appears effective against mutation in new coronavirus variants: Study

New York | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:07 AM IST
The not-yet peer reviewed study by Pfizer and scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch indicated the vaccine was effective in neutralizing virus with the so-called N501Y mutation of the spike protein.
People line up to enter a grocery store before an impending lockdown due to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brisbane, Australia.(REUTERS)
People line up to enter a grocery store before an impending lockdown due to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brisbane, Australia.(REUTERS)

Australian city on lockdown over UK variant case

Bribane | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:05 AM IST
Masks will also become compulsory for the first time in Brisbane and some surrounding municipalities, the Queensland state government said.
Australia to require negative Covid-19 results for international travellers(Pexels)
Australia to require negative Covid-19 results for international travellers(Pexels)

International travellers will have to show negative Covid-19 test before boarding flight to Australia

Sydney | By Reuters | Posted by Nishtha Grover
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:44 AM IST
Australia is applying stricter travel rules in order to curb the spread of the new strain of coronavirus. For the same reason, all international travellers will have to show a negative Covid-19 test before boarding a flight.
The Centre partially lifted the ban and resumed India to UK flights from January 6.
The Centre partially lifted the ban and resumed India to UK flights from January 6.

Extend ban on flights from UK: Kejriwal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:18 AM IST
Calling the Covid-19 situation in the UK “extremely serious”, Kejriwal demanded that the ban on India-UK flights be extended till January 31.
Fountains in Trafalgar Square are lit with blue lights to show support for the NHS in London, on January 7, 2021.(AP)
Fountains in Trafalgar Square are lit with blue lights to show support for the NHS in London, on January 7, 2021.(AP)

Covid-19: UK trial finds 2 more drugs reduce deaths, ICU stay

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:41 AM IST
Two widely available drugs typically used to treat rheumatoid arthritis – tocilizumab and sarilumab – reduce the risk of death from the coronavirus disease by 24% and reduce stay in the intensive care unit by up to 10 days
Britain’s free-trade deal with the EU saw it negotiate a 25% increase in the catch for UK’s boats in British waters over the next five years, followed by annual negotiations(AP)
Britain’s free-trade deal with the EU saw it negotiate a 25% increase in the catch for UK’s boats in British waters over the next five years, followed by annual negotiations(AP)

Scottish fishermen hit by Brexit delays, shortage of vets

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 07:37 PM IST
The UK’s fishing sector, is one of the worst-hit by new bureaucracy, requiring forms such as catch certificates and health documents issued by a vet to be able to sell to the EU, its biggest export market. A shortage of vets to issue the forms is causing delays.
“His comments directly led to the violence, and so far he has failed to condemn that violence and that is completely wrong,” said Patel.(AP file photo)
“His comments directly led to the violence, and so far he has failed to condemn that violence and that is completely wrong,” said Patel.(AP file photo)

Trump’s comments directly led to violence, says UK’s Priti Patel

London | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 09:18 PM IST
The senior Cabinet minister told the BBC that it was the outgoing President’s words that fuelled the violence and accused Trump of doing nothing “de-escalate that”.
A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) gets out of the ambulance outside the Southend University Hospital, as the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) hospital admissions rise in the UK, in Southend-On-Sea, Britain.(Reuters)
A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) gets out of the ambulance outside the Southend University Hospital, as the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) hospital admissions rise in the UK, in Southend-On-Sea, Britain.(Reuters)

Pandemic pressures threaten 4,000 small UK finance firms

By Bloomberg| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 04:24 PM IST
About half of retail lenders have furloughed staff and more than a third took government-backed loans, FCRA said
(L-R) Phalgun Kompalli, Mayank Kumar, and Ronnie Screwvala - Co-founders of upGrad.(upGrad)
(L-R) Phalgun Kompalli, Mayank Kumar, and Ronnie Screwvala - Co-founders of upGrad.(upGrad)

upGrad records 100 percent growth since start of fiscal year

UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 04:10 PM IST
The edtech major crossed 1 million learners in 5 years and aims to reach the next million in the 18 months; targets INR 2500 crore Revenue run-rate for FY’22.
Kejriwal on Thursday said Centre should not lift the ban on UK flights till January 31.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Kejriwal on Thursday said Centre should not lift the ban on UK flights till January 31.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

‘Why expose our people to risk?’ Kejriwal urges Centre to extend ban on UK flights

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 03:26 PM IST
Covid-19 situation in the United Kingdom is extremely serious, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Thursday.
“The total number of cases infected with the new strain of the novel coronavirus first reported in the UK now stands at 73,” the ministry said.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
“The total number of cases infected with the new strain of the novel coronavirus first reported in the UK now stands at 73,” the ministry said.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

15 more test +ve for new UK Covid strain, total 73

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 06:23 AM IST
The results are based on the genome sequencing of positive samples released by the Indian Sars-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium labs that the Centre has specifically created for the purpose of monitoring any kind of mutations in the virus.
The two Air India flights that left India on Wednesday will land at Heathrow airport in London on Thursday.(REUTERS)
The two Air India flights that left India on Wednesday will land at Heathrow airport in London on Thursday.(REUTERS)

UK flights resume after two-week suspension

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anvit Srivastava, New Delhi:
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 01:28 PM IST
Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Tuesday that the number of flights to the UK from India have been reduced by 50%.
A man runs across the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle on Wednesday as England began a new lockdown to tackle the spread of Covid-19.(Bloomberg)
A man runs across the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle on Wednesday as England began a new lockdown to tackle the spread of Covid-19.(Bloomberg)

UK Covid deaths, cases hit records as England starts third lockdown

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:20 PM IST
Official figures showed 1,041 people died in the last 24 hours and 62,322 new cases were recorded, with 30,451 patients in hospital, 2,645 of them on ventilators.
Britain urged Iran to stop enriching uranium to up to 20% without delay.(REUTERS)
Britain urged Iran to stop enriching uranium to up to 20% without delay.(REUTERS)

‘Deeply concerned’: UK on Iran resuming 20% uranium enrichment

London | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 07:39 PM IST
Iran has resumed 20% uranium enrichment at an underground nuclear facility, breaching a 2015 nuclear pact with major powers.
Scotland Yard said people in “obvious, wilful and serious” breach of the restrictions are increasingly likely to face fines or fixed penalty notices.(REUTERS)
Scotland Yard said people in “obvious, wilful and serious” breach of the restrictions are increasingly likely to face fines or fixed penalty notices.(REUTERS)

UK police to get stricter with fines for Covid-19 lockdown breaches

London | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:58 PM IST
The public is being alerted that there are fewer “reasonable excuses” for people to be away from their home in the latest regulations.
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