China ‘recognises and appreciates’ India’s contributions during its chairmanship of BRICS

China ‘recognises and appreciates’ India’s contributions during its chairmanship of BRICS

BEIJING: China on Friday said it “recognises and appreciates” India’s contributions during its one-year presidency of the BRICS bloc culminating in its 13th summit presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. India was this year’s chair for the five-member bloc that holds the rotating Presidency. This was the second time Prime Minister Modi […]

Mass booster doses not needed, says UK COVID-19 vaccine creator

Mass booster doses not needed, says UK COVID-19 vaccine creator

London: widespread booster shots campaign as planned by the UK government is not required for everyone as immunity against COVID-19 among fully vaccinated people is lasting well , the creator of the Oxford University vaccine said on Friday. Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, a leading scientist who led the development of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine being […]

No cash, only soft incentives for taking vaccine: S Africa minister

South Africa is exploring the possibility of incentivising people to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus, but there will be no cash incentives, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said on Sunday. Phaahla also said that government would not participate in any debate to make vaccines compulsory, leaving this to the private sector to implement as it […]

Japan to extend virus emergency until end of month

Japan is to further extend a state of emergency in Tokyo and nearly 20 other areas until the end of September as the health care systems remain under severe strain though coronavirus infections have slowed slightly. The current emergency, which was to end on Sunday, was issued in Okinawa in May and gradually expanded. Despite […]

Halt booster shots for rest of year: World Health Organisation

Halt booster shots for rest of year: World Health Organisation

Geneva: The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling on rich countries with large supplies of Covid vaccines to refrain from offering booster shots through the end of the year, expanding a call that has largely fallen on deaf ears. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said on Wednesday he was “appalled” […]

Former President Donald Trump to serve as boxing commentator

Former President Donald Trump to serve as boxing commentator

Washington: Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to provide commentary from ringside Saturday for an exhibition boxing card headlined by 58-year-old former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. Trump will be joined by his son, Donald Jr., in Hollywood, Florida, for the alternate feed for the four-bout card, which will be available on pay-per-view on FITE.TV. According […]

As its immediate neighbour, India has one of the highest stakes in development in Afghanistan: Lekhi

As its immediate neighbour, India has one of the highest stakes in development in Afghanistan: Lekhi

New York: As an immediate neighbour of Afghanistan with long-standing historical linkages, India has one of the highest stakes in the development in the war-torn country, Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi has said, highlighting that the USD 3 billion Indian investment in different welfare projects was aimed for the benefit of the […]

UN appeals for $606 million to aid Afghans rest of year

UN appeals for $606 million to aid Afghans rest of year

United Nations: The United Nations is making an emergency appeal for $606 million to help nearly 11 million people in Afghanistan for the four remaining months of 2021. It says they face a humanitarian crisis exacerbated by drought, displacement, chronic poverty and the sharp increase in hostilities as the Taliban swept to power. The UN […]

Ex-Afghan president Ashraf Ghani apologises, regrets ‘how it ended’

Ex-Afghan president Ashraf Ghani apologises, regrets ‘how it ended’

KABUL: Former president Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country last month as the Taliban entered Kabul, apologised Wednesday to the Afghan people, because “I could not make it end differently”. In a statement on Twitter, Ghani said he left at the urging of the palace security in order to avoid the risk of bloody street […]

Weight gain in pandemic increased type 2 diabetes risk: UK study

Weight gain in pandemic increased type 2 diabetes risk: UK study

Extra weight gained as people lived through the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple lockdowns means they are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new UK study reported. The study, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology’, shows that people aged under 40 enrolling on the National Health Service (NHS) Diabetes Prevention Programme […]