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China probed weaponising COVID in 2015: ReportsRediff.com4 days ago
The paper also includes musing that SARS -- which hit China in 2003 -- could have been a man-made bioweapon deliberately unleashed by "terrorists".
Sadiq Khan wins second term as London Mayor, hails overwhelming mandateRediff.com5 days ago
The Pakistani-origin former Labour member of Parliament was the first Muslim mayor of a European capital city when he was first elected in 2016. The mayoral poll was due last year but was postponed by a year at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
Jaishankar concludes UK visitRediff.com7 days ago
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar left London at the end of a four-day visit to the United Kingdom on Friday with a message of convergence as the two countries agreed on an ambitious '2030 Roadmap' towards a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
2 members of S Jaishankar's team to London test Covid positiveRediff.com6 May 2021
Two members of the small delegation accompanying External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to the UK have tested positive for Covid-19, forcing him to rework his official schedule in London.
Can't not have elections, they are sacrosanct: Jaishankar in LondonRediff.com5 May 2021
External Affairs Minister Jaishankar on Wednesday described the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic as an "all consuming" challenge posed by a virulent strain of coronavirus and welcomed the enormous goodwill from countries around the world as a sense of solidarity in diplomacy.
India, UK unveil 10-year roadmap to boost tradeRediff.com4 May 2021
Britain has finalised 1 billion pounds worth of new trade and investment with India, creating over 6,500 jobs in the UK, to be signed off at a virtual summit between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday. The investments confirmed by Downing Street on Monday evening form part of an Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP), which will set the ambition to double the value of UK-India trade by 2030 and declare a shared intent to begin work towards a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA). "Like every aspect of the UK-India relationship, the economic links between our countries make our people stronger and safer," Johnson said.
'Aggression over Covid vaccines is unprecedented'Rediff.com1 May 2021
CEO of Serum Institute of India hints that he may start producing in Britain and speaks about threatening calls from the rich and powerful
UK official caught COVID during India visit aimed at securing vaccineRediff.com25 Apr 2021
David Quarrey, 55, a 10 Downing Street aide, had tested negative in his pre-travel test but tested positive a week after his return when the National Health Service flagged that someone on his flight had been traced as COVID-positive, The Sunday Times reports.
British PM cancels India visit due to COVID crisisRediff.com19 Apr 2021
Johnson will instead speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month to launch their plans for the future UK-India partnership, with their physical meeting expected later in the year.
Britain's Prince Philip laid to rest in royal ceremonyRediff.com17 Apr 2021
The funeral incorporated hymns and readings chosen by the late royal himself and focussed on the "unwavering loyalty" of the longest-serving consort in British history to his wife, the monarch, and service to Britain and the Commonwealth.
Prince Philip's funeral to mark his 'unwavering loyalty'Rediff.com17 Apr 2021
The ceremony, which officially begins at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle with a national minute's silence at 1500 local time on Saturday, will be a religious one though without any sermons, as planned by the Duke, who passed away aged 99 last week on Friday.
British PM reduces length of India visit due to COVID-19Rediff.com14 Apr 2021
Johnson was to spend a few days in India starting April 26 as part of a planned itinerary, which is expected to include finalising a UK-India Enhanced Trade Partnership.
Queen returns to royal duties 4 days after husband's deathRediff.com14 Apr 2021
While the UK's national mourning after the passing of Prince Philip last Friday will run until the morning after his funeral at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday, the royal family is observing two weeks of mourning.
William, Harry pay tribute to 'extraordinary' grandpa Prince PhilipRediff.com12 Apr 2021
Both brothers, reportedly estranged in recent months since Harry stepped back as a frontline royal after his wedding to Meghan Markle, make references to the late Duke's sense of humour and describe him as a man of service.
Prince Philip helped design Land Rover that will carry his coffinRediff.com11 Apr 2021
The coffin of the senior royal will be loaded into the Land Rover for an eight-minute procession to the gates of St George's Chapel, where the funeral is to begin with a national minute's silence at 1500 local time on April 17.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, passes awayRediff.com9 Apr 2021
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle," the Buckingham Palace tweeted.
'7 blood clot deaths after 18.1 mn jabs, AstraZeneca vaccine safe'Rediff.com3 Apr 2021
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said in its latest Yellow Card monitoring of the coronavirus vaccine programme this week that of the 18.1 million people who had the Oxford vaccine in the UK, 30 people developed blood clots and seven had died as of March 24.
Mountbatten's Indian valuables auctioned for Rs 56 croreRediff.com30 Mar 2021
A diamond bracelet and jewelled decorative elephants from Jaipur are some of the Indian heirlooms that made up a collection of 350 personal items belonging to Patricia Mountbatten, Lord Louis Mountbatten's eldest daughter, which fetched over £5.6 million (Rs 56 crore) at an auction in London.
Oxford jabs effective against severe Covid: US trialRediff.com22 Mar 2021
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is also being produced as part of a tie-up by the Serum Institute of India.
Germany, France, Italy suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccineRediff.com15 Mar 2021
The British-Swedish pharmaceutical major and the UK's medicines regulator said that the vaccines produced by Oxford University in collaboration with AstraZeneca to protect against COVID-19 are safe.