Friday, 28 January, 2022

Topic: UK

Boris Johnson confirms first Omicron death in UK, urges public to take booster shot

Omicron is leading to hospitalisations, so people need to shed idea that it is a milder version of the virus and recognise the ‘sheer pace’ at which it spreads, UK PM warns.

UK’s MI6 to be ‘more open to stay secret’, says chief in 1st public speech, calls China priority

MI6 chief Richard Moore expressed his desire to 'judiciously change' the idea that it is unusual for the chief of a secret intelligence service to give public speeches.

Children with poorly controlled asthma need Covid vaccine on priority, study in Lancet says

The study says children aged 5–17 years with poorly controlled asthma are at higher risk of Covid-19 hospital admission compared with those without asthma.

France scraps talks with UK govt over migrant crisis, says Johnson ‘not serious’

The UK & France have been at loggerheads on several issues since Britain’s exit from EU. The rift has hampered efforts to agree to an approach to tackling boats crisis in the Channel.

Pakistan has a confused relationship with the West. Imran Khan a living embodiment

Imran Khan has been famous in Pakistan because of his Western pursuits of an Oxford education, a playboy lifestyle and as a player in the most English of games.

UK cuts gap between second dose and booster jabs of Covid vaccine for vulnerable groups

UK Health Security Agency has updated the medical advice and is expected to help groups such as housebound patients, so that they can have their flu and Covid-19 vaccines at the same time.

Covid-19 pandemic: Experts urge UK to reimpose restrictions, 1st case of Delta mutation in Israel

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic

UK to lift quarantine rules for Indians fully vaccinated with Covishield from 11 October

Indian travellers who have received both doses of Covishield or another UK-approved vaccine at least 14 days before arrival in the UK can travel without having to quarantine now.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar contradicts govt on UK vaccine row, says nations doing what’s best for them

MoS Rajeev Chandrasekhar says he is not speaking on behalf of Modi govt but notes UK govt decision is simply a case of country doing what's in its best interest.

India, UK moving towards early harvest trade deal, FTA next step, Piyush Goyal says

Taking to Twitter after a virtual meeting with his UK counterpart Monday, the Commerce Minister said the discussions reflected further strengthening of India-UK trade ties.

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Covid isn’t behind us, but the world’s next big health emergency is already here

Covid has led to 5.6 million deaths, but antimicrobial resistance is likely to log 10 million deaths annually by 2050. Its treatment has led to antibiotics' overuse, which has spiked drug resistance.
An Assicurazioni Generali SpA logo sits above an entrance to their offices in Rome | Bloomberg

Italian Generali buys 25% stake worth Rs 1,250 cr in insurance JV from embattled Future Group

The stake sale, which will give Generali majority control over the JV, comes as the Future Group is locked in a prolonged legal battle with partner Amazon.


The Indian Army's Akash missiles on display during the 73rd Republic Day Parade, at Rajpath, in New Delhi | ANI

Not just 1st R-Day, 26 Jan 1950 also significant as Indian Army, Navy shed ‘Royal’ prefix

Both the ‘Royal’ prefix for the Navy and Air Force in India, as well as the absence of such a label for the Army, have their roots in British military and political history.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.