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Oxford vaccine doing 'everything expected': StudyRediff.com3 days ago
A team at Bristol University used recently developed techniques to validate that the vaccine accurately follows the genetic instructions programmed into it by the Oxford University team.
UK court extends Nirav Modi's remand till Nov 3Rediff.com9 Oct 2020
The 49-year-old jeweller, wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering in the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case, further remanded in custody during a routine call-over hearing held via videolink at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.
Couple in UK pull off COVID-secure drive-in weddingRediff.com7 Oct 2020
Londoners Roma Popat and Vinal Patel were originally due to get married on April 20 but when lockdown disrupted their plans, they discussed the concept of a drive-in wedding with their wedding coordinator, Saheli Events, almost as a tongue-in-cheek thought rather than a serious plan.
Oxford Covid vaccine could be rolled out within 6 months: ReportRediff.com3 Oct 2020
The UK government has ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine once it is ready for rollout and the doses are being manufactured before it has been shown to be successful in order to save time once it clears all the regulatory stages.
Indian-origin billionaire bros to pick stake in UK supermarket chain AsdaRediff.com2 Oct 2020
Indian-origin billionaire brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa are set to acquire a majority stake in the leading UK supermarket chain Asda from its US owner Walmart after a $ 8.8-billion deal was struck as part of a consortium involving private equity firm TDR Capital.
Anil Ambani tells UK court he leads disciplined, not lavish lifestyleRediff.com26 Sep 2020
Asked about his fleet of luxury cars and other references to his lavish lifestyle as the counsel for the banks cross-examined him, the Reliance Communications chief dismissed them as "speculative" media stories.
Oxford, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trials resume in UKRediff.com12 Sep 2020
AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, as the trial sponsor, said that they cannot disclose further medical information but confirmed that independent investigations concluded that the trials were safe to restart.
Nirav Modi's mental health, Indian prisons in focus at UK extradition caseRediff.com9 Sep 2020
The third day of the five-day hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court, presided over by Justice Samuel Goozee, was devoted to the defence laying out further arguments against a prima facie case of fraud and money laundering against Modi.
Will Nirav Modi be extradited to India by the end of 2020?Rediff.com7 Sep 2020
Modi is subject to two sets of criminal proceedings, the first brought by the CBI relating to a large-scale fraud said to have been committed upon PNB and the ED case, relating to the laundering of the proceeds of that fraud.
1 killed, 7 injured in multiple stabbings in BirminghamRediff.com6 Sep 2020
A hunt has been initiated for a male suspect, who is believed to have gone on a stabbing spree, starting at Constitution Hill in Birmingham.
Schools, colleges reopen after months of lockdown in UKRediff.com1 Sep 2020
Face coverings are mandatory in communal areas and corridors at schools and colleges within areas of the country deemed at high risk of COVID-19 infections.
Cambridge kicks off vaccine race to fight all coronavirusesRediff.com26 Aug 2020
The new vaccine candidate, DIOS-CoVax2, uses banks of genetic sequences of all known coronaviruses, including those from bats, believed to be the natural hosts of many relatives of human coronaviruses.
London mansion fit for Indian prince goes on sale for 15.5 millionRediff.com23 Aug 2020
Prince Victor Albert Jay Duleep Singh's mansion is located in one of south-west Kensington's most sought after residential addresses.
Gandhi's iconic glasses sold for record 260,000 in UKRediff.com23 Aug 2020
The auction house said that the lot had attracted interest from all over the world, including bids from India, Qatar, American, Russia, Canada.
Spectacles worn by Gandhi emerge at UK auctionRediff.com9 Aug 2020
East Bristol Auctions in Hanham, south-west England, said on Sunday that they were pleasantly surprised to find that the spectacles, dropped through their letterbox in an envelope, may have such a rich history behind it.
'Chief mouser' Palmerston retires as UK's top diplomatic catRediff.com7 Aug 2020
Lord Palmerston, famed for regular territorial tiffs with neighbouring Downing Street mouse-catcher Larry, will see out his retirement in the English countryside, where he has been spending lockdown already at the home of a member of Foreign Office staff.
Nirav Modi's trial will start from Sep 7Rediff.com6 Aug 2020
Besides, completing the arguments on establishing a prima facie case against Modi, the trial next month will deal with a second extradition request, made by the Indian authorities and certified by UK Home secretary Priti Patel earlier this year.
UK PM rides made-in-India Hero bike at launch of cycling driveRediff.com30 Jul 2020
Johnson, 56, a known cycling enthusiast, was seen riding on a Hero Viking Pro bike to Canalside Heritage Centre at Beeston in Nottingham, central England, on Tuesday when he unveiled plans for thousands of miles of new protected bike lanes, cycle training for everyone and bikes available on prescription as part of a new fitness strategy.
Nizam of Hyderabad wants 'clean break' from funds battle in UKRediff.com24 Jul 2020
The titular eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, Prince Mukarram Jah, says he wants a 'clean break' from a decades-old legal fight over funds lying in a United Kingdom bank account belonging to his ancestors, as he waived his right to a share in the estimated 4,00,000 pounds leftover after an English high court order from last year.
COVID-19 herd immunity will take time: WHO chief scientistRediff.com24 Jul 2020
'Even if the clinical trials are successful and we have a couple of vaccines by the end of this year, we still need the hundreds of billions of doses, which will take time'
China warns UK against 'interference' on Hong KongRediff.com21 Jul 2020
The Chinese Embassy in London and the Chinese ambassador to the UK issued strong statements condemning the UK's move as a disregard for its representations and 'blatant' interference in its internal affairs.
Scientists say Oxford Covid vaccine looks safe, induces immunityRediff.com20 Jul 2020
The results show they induced strong antibody and T-cell immune responses for up to 56 days after they were given. T-cells are crucial for maintaining protection against the virus for years.
UK signs deal for 90 million COVID-19 vaccine dosesRediff.com20 Jul 2020
To enable large-scale vaccine studies to take place across the UK, the aim is to get 500,000 people signed up by October, which is considered vital in the fight against coronavirus.
Arise Sir Tom! Queen knights 100-yr-old fundraising CaptainRediff.com17 Jul 2020
The World War II veteran earned himself a knighthood after raising some 33 million for health service charities.
UK Queen's granddaughter weds in secret ceremonyRediff.com17 Jul 2020
Beatrice, 31, and Mozzi, 37, had been due to marry at the Chapel Royal, at St James's Palace in London with 150 guests in May but postponed the plans amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Oxford COVID-19 vaccine hopes rise with strong trial resultsRediff.com16 Jul 2020
Blood samples taken from a group of UK volunteers given a dose of the vaccine showed that it stimulated the body to produce both antibodies and 'killer T-cells', a senior source from the trial was quoted by The Daily Telegraph as saying.
UK lagging behind in using face masks: Nobel scientistRediff.com7 Jul 2020
'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.com3 Jul 2020
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.com1 Jul 2020
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.