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Wockhardt wins UK government deal on Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing

As per the terms of the agreement, the company has reserved manufacturing capacity to allow for the supply of multiple vaccines to the UK government in its fight against Covid-19, including AZD1222, the vaccine co-invented by the University of Oxford and its spin-out company, Vaccitech and licensed by AstraZeneca.

Kerala HC extends ban on all protests till August 31

The court had, on July 15, ruled that there should be no protests or demonstrations in the state till July 31, as these would violate the Covid-19 guidelines of the Centre.

Bengal government revises lockdown schedule for August

The revised dates for the lockdown would be on August 5, 8, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 31. The lockdown is being enforced to curb the spread of Covid-19 across the state.

There might never be a ‘silver bullet’ for Covid-19, says WHO chief

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference that for now, stopping Covid-19 outbreaks come down to the basics of public health and disease control, including testing, isolating and treating patients, and tracing and quarantining their contacts, Xinhua reported.

Twitter plans ‘Undo Send’ button with paid subscription service

The micro-blogging platform hinted last month it is planning a paid subscription platform that can be reused by other teams in the future. Twitter is building a subscription platform with a team codenamed "Gryphon".

Chief priest of Ram temple sent on quarantine

Acharya Satyendra Das, said, "As one of my assistants, Pradeep Das, tested COVID positive on July 30, the trust has asked me not to enter Ram temple premises for three days. I will not be performing 'bhumi pujan' as other priests have been engaged for that ceremony."

Centre issues guidelines for reopening of gyms from August 5

Yoga institutes and gymnasiums are slated to open from August 5. The guidelines aim to minimize possible physical contacts between staff, members and visitors and maintain social distancing, other preventive and safety measures in context of COVID-19.

Irish Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume dies

He passed away in the early hours of Monday at the Owen Mor nursing home in Londonderry, reports the BBC.

Curfew in Assam town after stone pelting incidents

A district administration official said that Cachar District Magistrate Keerthi Jalli apprehending breach of peace and tranquility, promulgated curfew in the areas under Malugram police outpost of Silchar town prohibiting the movement of individuals with immediate effect.

Karti Chidambaram tests Covid positive, in home quarantine

He stated that he is presently in-home quarantine as his symptoms are mild. He, however, advised people who had come in contact with him over the past few days to follow prescribed COVID protocols.

Kerala CM faces call for resignation from Congress

"Pinarayi Vijayan is the Modi of Kerala. The voice of Kerala is going to get stronger and none can crush it, even though Vijayan will try to do it. The gold smuggling case and numerous other corruption scandals that have surfaced under Vijayan's watch have brought shame to the state," said Wasnik.

Tamil Nadu CM says no to Centre’s 3-language plan in NEP

Describing the three-language formula as "saddening and painful" the Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister to reconsider it and let the states handle it according to their policy. "Our state has implemented the two-language policy for decades, and will continue. I request the Prime Minister to listen to the sentiments of people of Tamil Nadu," the statement read.

Pakistan’s Punjab province lifts COVID-19 lockdown

The lockdown was imposed till August 5 across the province ahead of Eid-ul-Adha in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus, reports The Express Tribune.

Afghan government releases 317 Taliban prisoners, total reaches 4,917

"Release will continue until the total reaches 5,100," TOLO News quoted the Council as saying in a tweet on Sunday.

SpaceX Crew Dragon returns with 2 NASA astronauts

The Demo-2 test flight for NASA's Commercial Crew Programme has become the first to deliver astronauts to the space station and return them safely to Earth onboard a commercially built and operated spacecraft.

Sensex loses over 400 points, Nifty below 11,000 mark

Heavy selling in banking and finance stocks weighed on the indices.

Serum Institute gets DCGI nod for clinical trials of Oxford vaccine

The SII received approval by India's top drug regulator on Sunday after a thorough evaluation based on the recommendations of the Subject Expert Committee on COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases in India cross 18 lakh mark

The country had crossed the 17 lakh mark on Sunday. Notably, as many as 1,07,707 coronavirus cases were added in a day.

US presidential election on November 3 as planned, say WH officials

Speaking to CBS News on Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the President was only raising concerns about mail-in ballots when he floated the idea of delaying election in a tweet last week.

Microsoft confirms talks to acquire TikTok by September 15

"Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States," the tech giant said in a blog post late on Monday.

British GP: Hamilton wins record 7th title in dramatic race

Hamilton extended his Formula One world championship lead to 30 points after he limped to the finish line in an astonishing climax to a race he had dominated from pole position.

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 18 million

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 18,002,567 and the fatalities rose to 687,930, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa tests Covid positive

"The Chief Minister took a test after feeling unwell. As the test was positive, he has been admitted in a private hospital on the recommendation of doctors," the official told media here.

Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle reopens

With COVID-19 lockdown rules in Scotland easing, the castle, perched on a rock high above the Scottish capital city, reopened on Saturday along with two other major historic sites, Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle, reports Xinhua news agency.

New MacBook Air with Magic Keyboard woos new users in India

Apple saw a very strong double-digit growth for Mac in its June quarter globally despite early supply constraints and India is no exception.

Israel to resume international flights on August 16

As the number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition has not increased sharply, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently approved the resumption of international flights, reports Xinhua news agency.

With nearly 55k new COVID-19 cases, India crosses 17 lakh mark

A total of 853 deaths were also reported in this period.

UAE announces operation of first Arab nuclear plant

The milestone achievement was announced through a tweet by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE prime minister on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Amar Singh passes away at 64 in Singapore

From Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan condolences poured in as the news broke.

Global COVID-19 cases top 17.7 million

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 17,791,377 and the fatalities rose to 683,988, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Andhra ex-Minister P Manikyala Rao succumbs to Covid-19

On July 4, Rao had announced on social media that he had tested Covid-19 positive. A week ago, he was shifted to a private hospital in Vijayawada. For the past few days, he was on ventilator support.

It is unfortunate that Gehlot government is working from hotels, says Rajasthan Governor

He rues the fact that seasoned politicians did not guide the younger lot and that is exactly why this situation arose in the first place.

Indians in UAE can get passports renewed in 2 days

Also, the Indian Consulate in Dubai will accept passport applications from expats living across the UAE, irrespective of their place of residence or the emirate that issued their visas, he announced, Puri told Gulf News on Friday.

Air India commences fifth phase of Vande Bharat Mission

Accordingly, the airline is expected to operate close to 700 flights between India and at least 53 countries during this phase, airline sources said.

Record 57,117 new Covid cases in India in a day

The Ministry said that 10,94,374 patients had recovered till now, including 36,559 who were discharged from quarantine centres or hospitals in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate is 64.54 per cent.

Trump says he’ll ban TikTok from operating in US

Speaking to reporters onboard the Air Force One on Friday, the President said: "As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the US."

Former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, R D Pradhan, dies

An IAS officer of the Maharashtra cadre who served in Gujarat, Maharashtra, at the Centre and global positions, Pradhan was one of the architects of drafting the peace accords in Punjab, Assam and Mizoram.

Global COVID-19 cases top 17.5 million

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 17,516,264 and the fatalities rose to 678,226, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Microsoft to open offices on January 19, 2021, says Report

According to The Verge, the tech giant is planning a "hybrid workplace" for a six-phase reopening of its offices.

No COVID-19 case reported among Haj pilgrims so far, says Saudi Ministry

Health Ministry spokesperson Mohammed Abdulaali told a press briefing on Friday that health services would continue all throughout the Haj rituals, reports Xinhua news agency.

Karnataka will implement NEP from August, says Minister

"In two weeks' time, the NEP and a state policy would be merged to bring out a separate policy for Karnataka," said Primary and Secondary Education Minister S. Suresh Kumar.

ED files money laundering case in Sushant case

The development comes amid the complaint of K.K. Singh, father of Sushant Singh Rajput, to Bihar Police against actress Rhea Chakraborty.

Andhra government relents, reinstates Ramesh Kumar as SEC

The state government issued a gazette notification in the name of Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, reinstating the retired IAS officer as SEC.

SC Says Maharashtra should take steps to send back stuck migrants

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah had in a June 9 order directed all states/UTs to transport all stranded workers by trains or other modes of transportation to their native places within 15 days.

Removing hate speech ‘right thing’ to do, says Facebook COO

Her comments during an earnings call with investors on Thursday as the company discussed its second quarter results came after advertisers responded to an ad boycott call by civil rights organisations for failing to remove hate speech.

Delhi riots: HC dismisses Ishrat Jahan’s plea

"Accordingly, finding no merit in the present petition, the same is accordingly, dismissed with no order as to costs. The trial court shall not get influenced by the observations made by this Court while passing the order," said a single judge bench of the high court presided by Justice Suresh Kumar Kait.

International flights to remain suspended till August 31

"The Government has decided to extend the suspension on the Scheduled International Commercial Passenger Services to or from India upto 2359 hours IST of 31st August," an official statement said.

Centre in talks with RBI for loan restructuring

"The focus is on restructuring. The Finance Ministry is actively engaged with the RBI on this. In principle, the idea that restructuring may be required is well taken," Sitharaman said at a FICCI webinar.

Khushbu denies move to BJP, says views on NEP personal

Her view was contrary to the party's official stance on the policy.

Jammu and Kashmir government extends Mehbooba Mufti’s detention

An order issued by Principal Secretary, Home, Shaleen Kabra, said that in order to prevent her from acting in any manner prejudicial to maintenance of public order, the government directs that the period of detention of Mehbooba Mufti under the PSA be extended for a further period of three months and she may be lodged in subsidiary jail, Fairview, on Gupkar Road here.

Spurious liquor tragedy toll reaches 21, Punjab CM orders probe

Five more deaths were reported on Friday in Batala. One person was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition.

Kerala train passenger tests Covid positive, sent to hospital midway

The man works as a contract worker in Kozhikode. According to the health department officials, he was unwell for the last few days. Thereafter, he had given a swab sample for a Covid-19 test, the report of which was awaited.

JKPC chief Sajad Lone released from home detention

Lone was among the 50-odd mainstream leaders arrested at the time of abrogation of Article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution on August 5 last year, including three former Chief Ministers.

Major Canadian airports begin mandatory temperature checks

The government said on Thursday that temperature screening stations have been set up at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Toronto's Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport, reports Xinhua news agency.

Sergio Perez tests positive for COVID-19, to miss British GP

Perez was absent from the circuit on Thursday after self-isolating following what his team called an "inconclusive" test. But after being re-tested later in the day, it was confirmed he had registered positive for the virus.

9 die after consuming sanitizer in Andhra

While three people died on Thursday, six succumbed on Friday. The incident occurred in Kurichedu mandal headquarters in Prakasam district.

Ex-Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui passes away

Lee died on Thursday from septic shock and multiple organ failure in Taipei, after being in the hospital for nearly six months, the BBC reported.

India: Record spike of over 55K coronavirus cases

More than one million people have recovered till now, over 1.9 times the number of active cases. As many as 10,57,805 have been discharged, while 5,45,318 still remain affected.

Horse trading rates up in state after session announced, says Gehlot

Gehlot on Thursday met the MLAs camping in Fairmont Hotel and said that they will have to stay in the hotel till August 14 as the Governor has given his nod to call a special assembly session from the said date.

Pakistan lifts PUBG ban

In a statement on Thursday, the authority said that it had met with the legal representatives of the game, reports Dawn news.

Trump denies intention to delay November election

"Do I want to see a date change? No," Xinhua news agency quoted Trump as saying during a press conference at the White House on Thursday.

Karnataka Wakf board permits ‘namaz’ in mosques on Eid

"The state Minority Welfare Department has permitted namaz inside mosques after the Board's Hilal committee announced Eid celebration on August 1 across the southern state," the Board chief executive Islahuddin Gadyal said here.

Karnataka lifts Sunday lockdown; no more night curfew

"In accordance with the unlock 3.0 guidelines from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Sunday lockdown on August 2 has been lifted along with night curfew from August 1 between 9pm and 5am," state Chief Secretary T.M. Vijay Bhaskar said in an order.

Global COVID-19 cases top 17.2 million

As of Friday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 17,237,642, while the fatalities rose to 671,909, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

No flights from six cities to Kolkata now till August 15

Kolkata:   The suspension of domestic flight operations to Kolkata from six major cities has been extended till August 15.Accordingly, flight services to West Bengal's capital from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai, and Ahmedabad will be...

Postpone Presidential polls till people can safely vote, says Trump

Trump, who will be seeking re-election against Democrat rival Joe Biden, alleged increased postal voting, due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.

Plasma to be provided free of cost, says Punjab CM

An official statement quoting Singh said he has directed authorities to strictly ensure Covid patients are not charged for plasma therapy and that nobody is allowed to buy or sell plasma.

NASA sends Perseverance rover on 7-month journey to Mars

"We have LIFTOFF to Mars! The @ulalaunch Atlas V takes flight with our @NASAPersevererover. The #CountdownToMars continues as Perseverance begins her 7-month journey to the Red Planet," NASA said in a tweet.

Ayodhya priest, security men test positive for corona

Besides, 16 policemen on duty at Ayodhya, where the 'bhoomi pujan' ceremony for the Ram temple is scheduled to be held on August 5, have also tested positive for Covid-19.

Islamabad HC to hear plea in Jadhav case on August 3

The federal government, under the Presidential Ordinance, has appointed a legal representative for Jadhav, who will be presenting his case before the IHC. Chief Justice Athar Minallah, who will be hearing the petition on Jadhav's case, heads the bench.

Delhi HC suspends sentence against Jaya Jaitly in defence graft case

The orders were passed by a single judge bench of the high court presided over by Justice Suresh Kumar Kait on Thursday after he admitted the appeal filed by Jaitly through senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi seeking suspension of her conviction and the sentence awarded later.

Taliban to release all Afghan government prisoners by Eid

"The other side must also complete the process of releasing the pledged 5,000 detainees in accordance with the Doha Agreement, and the list, in order to facilitate the start of intra-Afghan talks after Eid," TOLO News quoted Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban's Qatar office, as saying in a tweet on Wednesday.

Priyanka Gandhi vacates government bungalow at Lodhi Estate

A top source close to Priyanka said that she has vacated the house at Lodhi Estate.

UK extends COVID-19 isolation period to 10 days

The change comes as Ministers were trying to avoid a resurgence of the virus, reports the BBC.

Sushant’s father files caveat in Supreme Court on Rhea plea on transfer of probe

"Let nothing be done in the above mentioned matter without prior notice to the undersigned," said the caveat by advocate Nitin Saluja on behalf of Sushant's father. The apex court also declined to entertain a plea seeking a CBI investigation into the death of Sushant.

Priyanka writes to Uttar Pradesh CM, demands release of Kafeel Khan

In her letter to the UP Chief Minister, she said that she wanted to raise the issue of Kafeel Khan who has spent around 450 days in jail. Khan has selflessly served the people in tough times.

Bypolls for 2 Rajya Sabha seats in UP, Kerala on August 24

The seats were left vacant due to the deaths of Beni Prasad Verma from Uttar Pradesh and M.P. Veerendra Kumar from Kerala on March 27 and May 28, respectively. Verma's term was upto April 7, 2022, while Kumar's tenure was upto April 2, 2022.

Former Samata Party chief Jaya Jaitley, 2 others get 4-year jail term in defence...

Two other convicts and Jaitley's former party colleague Gopal Pacherwal and Major General (Rtd) S.P. Murgai have also been awarded a similar jail term by the court.

Bihar floods worsen, 38 lakh people affected in 12 districts

Meanwhile, the government is claiming relief and rescue work is on.

Collapse of telecom, aviation sectors to cost thousands of jobs, says Chidambaram

"Millions have lost their jobs or livelihood in the last 12 months. The collapse of two major industries - telecom and aviation - will cost many more thousands of direct and indirect jobs," Chidambaram said in a statement.