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UK lagging behind in using face masks: Nobel scientistRediff.com20 hours ago
'It used to be quite normal to have quite a few drinks and drive home, and it also used to be normal to drive without seatbelts. Today both of those would be considered antisocial, and not wearing face coverings in public should be regarded in the same way'
UK allows quarantine-free travel to low-risk countriesRediff.com4 days ago
India and the US are among the countries excluded from the list of nearly 60 low-risk countries.
Serious breach of agreement: UK PM on Hong Kong security lawRediff.com6 days ago
Johnson said China's new National Security Law is a threat to the rights and freedom of the region and in direct conflict with Hong Kong Basic Law.
6 injured in mass stabbing in Glasgow, suspect shot deadRediff.com26 Jun 2020
Police Scotland said that the incident is not being treated as terrorism but that their investigation into the motive behind the attack remains ongoing.
UK PM terms Sino-India standoff 'as very worrying situation'Rediff.com25 Jun 2020
Responding to Conservative Party MP Flick Drummond on the implications for British interests of a dispute between a 'Commonwealth member and the world's largest democracy on the one side, and a state that challenges our notion of democracy on the other,' he described the escalation in eastern Ladakh as "a very serious and worrying situation", which the UK is "monitoring closely".
Billionaire Hinduja brothers land in court over assetsRediff.com24 Jun 2020
The case has been brought by Srichand Parmanand Hinduja, 84, described as the "patriarch" of the family, against brothers G P Hinduja, 80, P P Hinduja, 75, and A P Hinduja, 69, and revolves around the "validity and effect" of a letter dated July 2, 2014. The letter includes statements to the effect that the brothers appoint each other as their executors, and that assets held in any single brother's name belong to all four. A related second letter, dated July 1, 2014, is also linked to the dispute.
First volunteer given COVID-19 vaccine in UKRediff.com24 Jun 2020
If the vaccine is safe and shows a promising immune response in humans, then larger trials would be planned for later in the year.
UK PM unveils big lockdown relaxationRediff.com23 Jun 2020
Boris Johnson on Tuesday announced July 4 as the date for a significant lifting of lockdown restrictions in the country, with cinemas, museums, bars, pubs and restaurants being allowed to open their doors to the public once again.
UK park stabbing spree that killed 3 declared terrorist attackRediff.com21 Jun 2020
A lone attacker, believed to be a Libyan refugee, went on a stabbing spree in a busy park in the southern English city of Reading, killing three people and injuring three others, the deadliest terrorist incident to strike Britain since 2017 London Bridge attack.
UK ditches its coronavirus-tracing app in favour of Apple-Google techRediff.com18 Jun 2020
The UK will now be taking forward a solution that brings together the work on the National Health Service app and the Google/Apple solution.
UK queen's official birthday marked with smaller ceremonyRediff.com13 Jun 2020
The monarch, who turned 94 in April, was honoured on the grounds of Windsor Castle -- where she is self-isolating with 99-year-old husband Prince Philip -- with a small number of Welsh Guardsmen and military musicians.
Nirav Modi remanded in custody till July 9 by UK courtRediff.com11 Jun 2020
The 49-year-old jeweller, who has been lodged at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London since his arrest in March last year, appeared via videolink for the remand hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.
Indian-origin doctor couple begin legal battle with UK govtRediff.com11 Jun 2020
Dr Nishant Joshi and his pregnant wife, Dr Meenal Viz, had initiated the legal action in April with a pre-action letter seeking answers from the UK's Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England. They decided to push ahead with the case in the high court in London on Wednesday because they feel they are "no longer willing to wait".
UK COVID-19 toll crosses 40,000; highest in EuropeRediff.com5 Jun 2020
Italy, previously Europe's worst-hit, has recorded 33,600 COVID-19 deaths.
Britain refuses to extradite Dawood aide Tiger HanifRediff.com18 May 2020
The British government has turned down India's request for the extradition of Tiger Hanif, an alleged aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim wanted in India in connection with two bomb blasts in Surat in 1993, the UK home office has confirmed.
UK begins trial to see if Covid dogs can sniff out virusRediff.com16 May 2020
The trial brings together leading disease control experts from the universities with Medical Detection Dogs, who have already successfully trained dogs to detect the odour of many different diseases in humans, such as cancer, malaria and Parkinson's disease.
Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine test on monkeys shows promiseRediff.com15 May 2020
The researchers found that after being exposed to high levels of the novel coronavirus, none of the six monkeys that were given the vaccine developed viral pneumonia. Also, there was no sign that the vaccine had made the animals more vulnerable.
Nirav Modi extradition case adjourned till SeptemberRediff.com14 May 2020
The charges against the diamond merchant centre around his firms Diamonds R Us, Solar Exports and Stellar Diamonds making fraudulent use of a credit facility offered by the Punjab National Bank, known as 'letters of undertaking'.
Mallya's extradition expected within 28 daysRediff.com14 May 2020
The UK Crown Prosecution Service said Mallya's appeal to certify a point of law was rejected on all three counts, of hearing oral submissions, grant a certificate on the questions as drafted, and grant permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Indian govt submits more proof against Nirav ModiRediff.com13 May 2020
District Judge Samuel Goozee expressed his concern at the late submission of the documents, said to include largely bank statements relating to the diamond merchant's companies, but has agreed to consider the application for their submission.
COVID-19 vaccine may never be found, warns UK PMRediff.com12 May 2020
Admitting that a vaccine or drug-based treatment is the only feasible long-term solution, he said the UK has accelerated this with promising vaccine development programmes and a collaboration between Oxford University and pharma major AstraZeneca was a vital step that could help rapidly advance the manufacture of a Covid-19 vaccine when it is ready.
UK's COVID-19 toll highest in Europe as it crosses 32,000Rediff.com5 May 2020
The latest Office for National Statistics data takes the UK's figure past the 29,079 in Italy -- so far with the region's highest death toll from the deadly virus.
Vijay Mallya files appeal against extradition in UK Supreme CourtRediff.com4 May 2020
The leave to appeal to the Supreme Court is on a point of law of general public importance, which according to experts is a very high threshold that is not often met.
UK PM says doctors prepared for his death in COVID-19 battleRediff.com3 May 2020
They gave me a face mask so I got litres and litres of oxygen and for a long time I had that and the little nose jobbie, Boris said.
UK PM and fiance name baby boy Wilfred Lawrie NicholasRediff.com3 May 2020
Announcing the news on social media, Symonds, 32, said the baby was named after the UK Prime Minister's grandfather Wilfred and her grandfather Lawrie, with Nicholas a nod to the National Health Service doctors - Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart.
UK hits daily COVID-19 tests target of 1L; toll at 27,510Rediff.com1 May 2020
The officials revealed that hospital admissions, particularly in London which was way ahead in terms of the infection than other parts of Britain, is continuing a downward trend and the number of people in critical care is also falling across the board.
Meghan Markle loses first round in court media battleRediff.com1 May 2020
The 38-year-old former American actress and wife of Prince Harry had filed the claim for alleged breach of privacy and copyright infringement against Associated Newspapers, the publishers of the 'Mail on Sunday', in the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
UK PM, fiancee announce birth of 'healthy baby boy'Rediff.com29 Apr 2020
The birth is believed to be slightly premature but both mother and baby are said to be doing very well.
Nirav Modi's extradition trial to begin on May 11Rediff.com29 Apr 2020
The five-day extradition trial of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi will begin from May 11 in a part-remote setting, a UK court has ordered. Modi is fighting his extradition to India over the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case.
PHOTOS: UK falls silent in honour of COVID-19 warriorsRediff.com28 Apr 2020
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson led the tributes with UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak at 10 Downing Street for the National Health Service (NHS) and other key workers across care homes and public transport at 11 am local time. So far 82 NHS staff are known to have died after testing positive for the coronavirus, including many with their roots in India.
UK PM back at work, says tide being turned on COVID-19Rediff.com28 Apr 2020
Boris Johnson urged the public to contain their impatience against the lockdown.
Princess Charlotte to mark birthday with virtual party with QueenRediff.com27 Apr 2020
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are isolating at their Anmer Hall residence in Norfolk, eastern England, during the coronavirus lockdown have planned all the usual trimmings of birthday cake and some games as well as a surprise video call from her great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
UK coronavirus death toll crosses grim 20,000 milestoneRediff.com25 Apr 2020
The UK's death toll now makes it just one of a number of countries to have crossed the 20,000 fatalities mark, after France, Spain, Italy and the United States.
COVID-19: Prince Charles launches emergency fund for South AsiaRediff.com24 Apr 2020
The 71-year-old heir to the British throne, who himself recovered from the coronavirus at the end of last month, praised Britain's Asian community for the 'vital role' it has been playing during the pandemic as he called for the diaspora to donate generously to help the most vulnerable in their countries of origin.
UK rolls out plans to ramp up COVID-19 tests as death toll hits 18,738Rediff.com23 Apr 2020
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that though the daily rise in the toll was lower than previous days, it was important not to forget any one of the victims of the deadly virus and continue to strictly follow the social distancing norms in place to control its spread.
Human trials of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford beginRediff.com23 Apr 2020
The United Kingdom government has pledged 20 million to support the "ChAdOx1 nCoV-19" coronavirus vaccine trial programme, with UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock saying the government would "throw everything at" finding a vaccine against the deadly virus.
UK coronavirus toll hits 18,100 as peak nearsRediff.com22 Apr 2020
United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said during the daily Downing Street briefing that the UK's strict social distancing rules were making a difference and saving lives.
Will continue to pursue legal remedies: MallyaRediff.com21 Apr 2020
Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who lost his UK high court appeal against an extradition order to India, has said that he is "disappointed" with the ruling but will continue to seek legal remedies as advised by his legal team. The 64-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss reiterated that he has repeatedly offered to pay the Indian banks the loan amount owed by his now-defunct airline, an offer which the banks have rejected.
COVID-19 may impact timescale for Mallya's extraditionRediff.com20 Apr 2020
An extradition expert in the UK said the strict social distancing norms in place to try and curb the spread of COVID-19 may add a further dimension to the UK's Article 3 obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, relating to inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.
William admits coronavirus fears for Charles, QueenRediff.com17 Apr 2020
William, the Duke of Cambridge who is second in line to the throne, also spoke of his worry for his grandparents -- Queen Elizabeth II, 93, and her husband Prince Philip, 98 -- who are both isolated away at Windsor Castle during the pandemic.