Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

Topic: U.K.

UK’s ruling Conservative Party is burning bridges with China

Falling out with China is a risky path for the UK as it exits the EU orbit, leaving it more exposed to retaliatory action by the world’s second-largest economy.

Boris Johnson unveils largest UK military spending in 30 years to ‘bolster’ global influence

The mega investment plan will fund space and cyber defence projects and is expected to create thousands of new jobs, Downing Street said.

Lifting lockdown in UK without strict curbs could lead to surge in Covid cases, warn doctors

The British Medical Association says new measures must be brought in to bridge the gap between the end of lockdown and the potential roll-out of a new vaccine.

Boris Johnson pressured on fresh lockdown as 2nd Covid wave in UK reaches ‘critical stage’

According to the latest findings from Imperial College and Ipsos Mori, cases are doubling every 9 days and an estimated 960,000 people are carrying the virus in UK on any one day.

UK’s Covid virus deadlock is indicative of a bigger challenge several countries will face

The standoff with Greater Manchester could well be the proliferation of travel restrictions within and between regions in UK that ultimately lead to a tardy national lockdown.

UK set for more restrictions, tiered alert levels as Covid cases mount

British PM Boris Johnson will unveil plans to divide the UK into areas of 'medium,' 'high' and 'very high' alert, as the virus has surged in the country

UK Covid cases surge as Boris Johnson faces anger over policies from party members

Johnson’s team is preparing to announce new restrictions for the worst-hit parts of UK, potentially including the closing of restaurants and bars.

UK’s Covid restrictions on social contact, gatherings may be working, study shows

According to the Imperial College study, although infections increased substantially across UK, the R rate fell to around 1.1 from 1.7 in late August and early September.

8-fold jump in Hong Kong residents getting UK’s BNO passport in 2019, report says

Political unrest that started last year and the introduction of national security law by China have prompted many Hong Kong residents to plan an exit from the former British colony.

UK on course to record 50,000 Covid cases daily by October if it doesn’t act now

Cases are doubling every week in the UK and could lead to more than 200 deaths a day in mid-November if new measures aren't implemented, said the chief scientific adviser.

On Camera


Mamata Banerjee holding a rally in Kolkata, kali

Bengal has many Kalis, but TMC can’t accommodate them anymore. UP, Haryana is in the way

Moitra, TMC leadership need to have a conversation. And send everyone else a memo: Protecting Bengali identity is not the party’s only line anymore.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma pose with daughter Flying Officer Ananya Sharma in front of the fighter aircraft | Twitter/@DefencePRO_Guj

In a first in IAF, father-daughter fly in same fighter formation as fellow wingmen

Daughter of Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma, Flying Officer Ananya Sharma is currently undergoing training to master ‘superior and faster’ jets.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.