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‘Alarming’ virus surge prompts new Bangladesh lockdown

‘Alarming’ virus surge prompts new Bangladesh lockdown

DHAKA: Bangladesh has announced it will impose a tough new lockdown starting Monday, after a "dangerous and alarming" surge in Delta variant cases of coronavirus. All government and private offices will be shut for a week and only medical-related transport will be allowed, the government said late Friday. "No one can step out of their homes except in emergency cases," a statement added. Health department spokesman Robed Amin said police and border guards would be deployed to enforce the lockdown and the army may be involved if needed. "It is a dangerous and alarming situation. If we don't contain it…
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Prince Harry back in UK for Princess Diana’s statue unveiling at Kensington Palace

Prince Harry back in UK for Princess Diana’s statue unveiling at Kensington Palace

LONDON: The Duke of Sussex, Prince, has returned to England five days ahead of Princess Diana's statue unveiling event at Kensington Palace. Harry will attend the unveling of a statue honouring his late mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace on July 1, on what would have been her 60th birthday. According to People Magazine, his wife Meghan Markle stayed in California with the couple's two children: their 2-year-old son Archie Harrison and newborn daughter Lilibet Diana. This marks Harry's second visit to the UK after he relocated to the US with his family, following the royal family tension. The last…
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Russia reports 21,665 new Covid-19 cases, 619 deaths

Russia reports 21,665 new Covid-19 cases, 619 deaths

MOSCOW: Russia reported 21,665 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, including 8,457 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 5,430,753. The government coronavirus task force said 619 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, pushing the national death toll to 132,683. The federal statistics agency has kept a separate count and has said Russia recorded around 270,000 deaths related to Covid-19 from April 2020 to April 2021.
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India is ‘incredibly important’ partner to United States in the region and globally: White House

India is ‘incredibly important’ partner to United States in the region and globally: White House

WASHINGTON: India is an "incredibly important" partner to the US in the region and globally, the White House has said, underlining that America is working with the country on wide-ranging issues like economic, strategic and security. White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday said that the US took a range of steps to help India to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. "India is an incredibly important partner to the United States in the region and globally. We work with India on a range of issues, as you well know - economic, strategic, security," White House press secretary Jen Psaki…
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Myanmar torches over half-billion dollar drugs stash

Myanmar torches over half-billion dollar drugs stash

YANGON: Myanmar authorities torched over half a billion dollars worth of narcotics across the country on Saturday, sending opium, heroin and methamphetamine up in smoke as experts warn smugglers have adapted to Covid-19 travel restrictions and are back in business. Sacks of green-brown cannabis were stacked high at a compound in the commercial capital Yangon, alongside bin-liner-sized bags of red-pink pills, marking one of Myanmar's offerings for the annual World Drug Day burning.Slabs of heroin, bags of ketamine and tramadol and ice were also laid out on the pyre. Stashes were also burned at ceremonies held in Mandalay and Taunggyi…
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Biden vows ‘sustained’ help as Afghanistan drawdown nears

Biden vows ‘sustained’ help as Afghanistan drawdown nears

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden on Friday promised Afghanistan's top leaders a ``sustained`` partnership even as he moves to accelerate winding down the United States' longest war amid escalating Taliban violence. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, chair of the High Council for National Reconciliation, met at the Pentagon with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin before their sit-down with Biden at the White House later in the afternoon. While Biden vowed that the US was committed to assisting Afghanistan, he also insisted that it was time for the American military to step back. "Afghans are going to have to decide their…
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US lawmakers ask Biden administration to protect ‘documented dreamers’ from deportation

US lawmakers ask Biden administration to protect ‘documented dreamers’ from deportation

WASHINGTON: A group of influential US lawmakers on Friday urged the Biden administration to take all necessary steps to prevent the deportation of 'documented dreamers'. They are estimated to number around 200,000, a significant majority of whom are kids of H-1B visa holding Indian professionals who are on the Green Card waiting list, that as of now is expected to last for several decades. Congresswoman Deborah Ross and Indian American Congressman Dr Ami Bera led the group of 36 of their Congressional colleagues in the House of Representatives in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro…
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Sydney, Australia’s largest city, in two-week hard Covid-19 lockdown

Sydney, Australia’s largest city, in two-week hard Covid-19 lockdown

MELBOURNE: Sydney and some surrounding areas will enter a hard two-week Covid-19 lockdown on Saturday as authorities struggle to control a fast-spreading outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant that has grown to 80 cases. More than a million people in downtown Sydney and eastern suburbs of Australia's biggest city were already under lockdown due to the outbreak, but health authorities said they needed to expand the curbs after more infections were recorded, with exposure sites increasing beyond the initial areas of concern. "Even though we don't want to impose burdens unless we absolutely have to, unfortunately this is a…
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US intelligence report confirms over 140 UFO sightings

US intelligence report confirms over 140 UFO sightings

WASHINGTON: The US intelligence community on Friday (local time) released its long-awaited report on a series of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) that have been seen moving through restricted military airspace over the last several decades. The unclassified document marks one of the first times the US government has publicly acknowledged that these strange aerial sightings by Navy pilots and others are worthy of legitimate scrutiny, reported CNN. The report examined 144 reports of what the government terms "unidentified aerial phenomenon". The investigators found no evidence that the sightings represented either extraterrestrial life or a major technological advancement by a foreign…
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On visit to Novavax facility, Indian ambassador lauds ‘robust’ Indo-US healthcare cooperation | India News

On visit to Novavax facility, Indian ambassador lauds ‘robust’ Indo-US healthcare cooperation | India News

WASHINGTON: India's Ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu on Friday visited the facilities of pharma major Novavax saying its partnership with Serum Institute of India (SII) is an example of the “robust” India-US healthcare cooperation. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Novavax is a biotechnology company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of vaccines to prevent infectious diseases. During his discussions with Stanley C Erck, President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Novavax, Sandhu said the partnership between Novavax and SII is another example of the “robust India-US healthcare cooperation”, especially in the manufacturing of affordable and accessible…
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