Tuesday, January 19, 2021


Every UK adult to get 1st Covid vaccine dose by Sep'

LONDON: The UK government plans to offer a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine to every adult in the country by September 2021, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said.

The Turbulent Presidency: 13 books on the Trump era

NEW DELHI: Donald Trump began and served his term as US President amid controversy, polarisation and general ignorance. He is set to leave office under the shadow of an unprecedented second impeachment, with the country reeling under a devastating pandemic, its society bitterly divided and its international credibility at its lowest ebb. What do we make of it?

Biden aims to release nearly every available Covid vaccine dose

WASHINGTON: US President-elect Joe Biden has recently announced a controversial shift in Covid-19 vaccination strategy, aiming to release all available doses as soon as possible.

RBU pharma students get placements as pharmacy officer

MOHALI: Riding high on the crest of placements the Rayat Bahra University has achieved another milestone. This time it’s the students of the University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences who have done the university proud.

Crowd storming Capitol to have public health consequences'

WASHINGTON: A US health official said that the violent storming of the Capitol by a largely mask-less crowd earlier this week in the midst of the raging Covid-19 pandemic will have "public health consequences".

Goa AAP rejects pre-poll alliance with Congress

PANAJI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Goa on Friday rejected any possibility of an alliance with the Congress ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections, state AAP convenor Rahul Mahambre said on Friday.

Silence continues on space scientist's allegations on attempt on his life

CHENNAI: Two days after serving senior Indian space scientist Tapan Misra alleged that he was poisoned with a deadly chemical at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) headquarters on May 23, 2017, there is silence on the issue by the scientific community.

Capt Amarinder urges PM to listen to farmers'voice & repeal farm laws to resolve crisis

CHANDIGARH: Stressing that there was nothing wrong with the demands of the farmers, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday urged the Prime Minister to immediately repeal the Farm Laws in order to resolve the crisis.

Senior Indian space scientist alleges attempts to murder him

CHENNAI: Senior Indian space scientist Tapan Misra on Tuesday has alleged that he was poisoned with a deadly chemical on May 23, 2017 at the headquarters of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) when he had gone there to attend a promotion interview.

Portuguese PM lays out main goals for EU Presidency

LISBON: Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that global understanding, economic recovery and social support are the main goals during his country's presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).

Google adds new Stadia Pro games for Jan 2021

NEW DELHI: Google's game streaming platform Stadia has received five new games to its collection as part of Stadia Pro.
The January 2021 games -Ary and the Secret of Seasons, Figment, F1 2020, and Hotline Miami - are now available for Stadia Pro subscribers, reports 9To5Google.

Harsimrat Badal can't deny her role in being party to bring black farm laws: Randhawa

CHANDIGARH: Senior Congress Leader and Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa today lashed out on Harsimrat Kaur Badal for making misleading statement on the senditive issue of draconian agriculture laws. He said Badals cannot be run away from their involvement to bring draconian farm laws.

Bigg Boss 14: Kashmera Shah roots for Vikas Gupta, Rahul Vaidya

MUMBAI:Bigg Boss contestant Kashmera Shah feels winner of the ongoing season 14 should either be singer Rahul Vaidya or television producer Vikas Gupta.In an interview with IANS, she said: "I don't think any of the old contestants including Rubina (Dilaik) and Jasmine (Bhasin) have the ability to win the show because they can't stand for themselves. I think anybody who deserves to win the show is Rahul (Vaidya) or Vikas (Gupta). I feel Vikas is a really tough competitor because he is intelligent and he has the maturity and stability. He is a good strategist."

Prithvi Shaw's bat and foot reacting late to ball: Sachin Tendulkar

NEW DELHI: Opening batsman Prithvi Shaw's legs and bat are reacting late to the ball and that opens up a gap between his bat and pad, and that happens to batsmen when they have too many things going on in their heads or if they are expecting a short delivery, points out maestro Sachin Tendulkar in an exclusive interview with IANS.

Fight it out: Tendulkar to India ahead of Boxing Day test

NEW DELHI: The only way out for the Indian cricketers to overcome the crushing defeat to Australia in the first Test is to "fight it out" and do "something magnificent" in the remaining three matches that would change negative thinking, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has said in an exclusive interview with IANS.

Colombia to launch mass Covid-19 vaccination in Feb

BOGOTA: Colombia plans to launch a mass vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus in February 2021, President Ivan Duque said.
In an interview with a local radio station, Duque on Monday said a trial vaccination run could begin between this week and the first week of January, reports Xinhua news agency.

Hopeful of an early solution to the farm law impasse: Minister

NEW DELHI: Minister of State for Agriculture, Kailash Chowdhary talking exclusively to IANS said that he was confident that talks between the government and the farmers will resume soon for a negotiated solution to end the present protests over the recently-passed farm laws.

Farmers fear new laws will end MSP, govt procurement: Harish Rawat

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Harish Rawat has accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to weaken the ongoing farmers' protest against the three farm laws by alleging that the opposition was seeking to mislead them.

New Agri Acts catalysts for doubling farmers' income'

NEW DELHI: Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur, who comes from Himachal Pradesh, has an understanding of farm issues. In an exhaustive conversation with IANS, he provides the government's point of view on the contentious farm laws which have seen farmers laying siege to Delhi.

India to produce 300 million doses of Sputnik vaccine

NEW DELHI: India will produce about 300 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in 2021, Head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Kirill Dmitriev, said in an interview with Rossiya 24 TV channel.

Kangana asks Hrithik Roshan to stop crying over a 'little affair'

MUMBAI: His sob story starts again, actress Kangana Ranaut remakred, while reacting to the latest development by actor Hrithik Roshan. She has asked the Bollywood superstar to move on from their little affair.

Rebel YSRCP MP Raju denies he's severely ill, says doing fine

AMARAVATI: Categorically denying reports that he is severely ill, rebel YSRCP MP Kanumuru Raghu Rama Krishna Raju asserted that he is rather doing fine and flayed his political detractors for wishing that he does not enjoy good health.

Govt intentions clear, farm leaders will find way: Tomar

NEW DELHI: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said he is confident of a consensus between the government and protesting farmers on the issue of the new agricultural laws and that the farmer protest movement would end soon.

Trump refuses to rule out possibility of skipping Biden's inauguration

WASHINGTON:US President Donald Trump, who still disputes the outcome of the November 3 election, has refused to rule out the possibility of skipping his successor Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, 2021, the media reported.

2nd Sero survey finds 24.19% covid-19 positivity in Punjab, 96% Asymptomatic

CHANDIGARH:A total of 24.19% of Punjab’s population has been infected by Covid, as per the second Sero-Survey conducted in 12 districts of the state.

Meghan Trainor says she is 'crushing' pregnancy

LOS ANGELES: Singer Meghan Trainor says she has gestational diabetes, but is still crushing pregnancy. She admitted that she enjoyed being pregnant while in quarantine.

Ecuador's Covid-19 cases top 200,000 mark

QUITO: Ecuador has reported 1,151 fresh Covid-19 infections, pushing the tally to 200,379.
According to the Ministry of Public Health, the South American country also registered 25 more fatalities from the disease, raising the toll to 9,320, since the country's first case was reported on February 29, Xinhua reported.

Randhawa hands over appointment letter to 11 assistant manager of Milkfed

CHANDIGARH:In the present time of COVID-19 when the whole country is reeling under economic slowdown in the Industry and Service Sector, Milkfed is growing by leaps and bounds and executing various projects to expand its handling capacities. 

Diana Penty is sure of what she won't wear at her wedding

MUMBAI:Actress Diana Penty is pretty sure about what she will not wear on her wedding day. She also gave a hint of where she would like her destination wedding to be held.

Brazil's Covid-19 death toll nears 179,000

BRASILIA:Brazil registered 836 new coronavirus fatalities in the last 24 hours, which increased the overall death toll to 178,995, said the Ministry of Health.

WH adviser Peter Navarro accused of violating Hatch Act

WASHINGTON:The US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has accused White House trade adviser Peter Navarro of having violating the Hatch Act and urged President Donald Trump to take "appropriate disciplinary action", such as a fine or removal from office, the media reported.

Greece extends Covid-19 restrictions until January 7

ATHENS:Greece will extend some of the current nationwide lockdown restrictions to January 7, 2021, in order to control the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, it was announced here.

Biden to urge Americans to wear masks for 1st 100 days after taking office

WASHING: US President-elect Joe Biden has said that he will urge Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days after taking office next month in an effort to stem the spread of the raging Covid-19 pandemic.

Brahmaputra Bridge will link Bhutan with Vietnam

NEW DELHI: The longest bridge over the Brahmaputra, which has been cleared for construction will become the lynchpin of a giant trans-Asian corridor that will connect landlocked Bhutan and Northeast India, with Dan Nang in Vietnam.

Urmila Matondkar: Kangana Ranaut has been given undue importance

MUMBAI:  Actress-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar, who has officially joined Shiv Sena, says she has no interest in engaging in a war of words with actress Kangana Ranaut, adding that Kangana has been given much more importance than she actually deserves.

Drew Barrymore: Cooking is very dear to my heart

NEW DELHI: Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore says cooking is very important to her, ritualistic and romantically.
Cooking is something very near and dear to my heart and important to me and ritualistic and romantic. One of the ways I self-educated myself growing up, because I didn't go to school, was I became a reader, a voracious reader," Barrymore told IANS.

Australia's east coast on high alert for bushfire

CANBERRA: A high alert was issued on Monday for the states of New South Wales and Queensland on Australia east coast for potential bushfires due to extreme heatwave that has hit the region.

Wont talk to Khattat unless he apologises for inflicting brutality on Punjab farmers: Capt Amarinder

CHANDIGARH: Lashing out at his Haryana counterpart for inflicting such brutality on Punjab’s farmers, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday demanded an unequivocal apology from ML Khattar, accusing him of spreading lies and sticking his nose into a matter in which his state had no role to play.

Pennsylvania court halts certification of election results

WASHINGTON: The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in the US on Wednesday ordered an injunction halting the certification of the rest of the ballots in the presidential election, pending a hearing about a case filed by Republicans alleging irregularities in mail-in voting.

Temples must be free of govt control, says top VHP leader

NEW DELHI:Alok Kumar, International Working President of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), has demanded that temples across the country be freed of government control. Kumar said that such are the laws in certain states that there isn't even a single Hindu devotee in the temple committees. Only bureaucrats are running the show in governance of temple operations.