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Oxford varsity enrols volunteers for Covid vaccine trialRediff.com19 hours ago
The researchers, working in an 'unprecedented' vaccine development effort to prevent COVID-19, said they have started screening healthy volunteers (aged 18-55) from Friday for their upcoming trial in the Thames Valley Region of England.
UK PM, health secretary test positive for COVID-19Rediff.com1 days ago
In a video message posted on social media, the British prime minister said that he will continue to lead the United Kingdom government's response to the deadly virus, which has claimed 578 lives.
Harry, Meghan leave Canada to set up base in US: ReportRediff.com1 days ago
The couple, who will formally cease to represent Queen Elizabeth II from April 1 as part of a 12-month transition period agreed with Buckingham Palace, had been living in a mansion in Vancouver since their last formal United Kingdom visit earlier this month. The newspaper quoted the source as saying that their move out to California was planned for some time.
Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19Rediff.com3 days ago
The 71-year-old heir to the British throne is self-isolating in Scotland with wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who has tested negative for the deadly virus which has claimed 422 lives in the United Kingdom.
UK goes into 3-week lockdown to tackle COVID spreadRediff.com5 days ago
The UK prime minister warned that anyone flouting these strict rules would have to deal with police, who will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and force dispersal gatherings.
PNB fraud case: Nirav Modi remanded in custody till April 15Rediff.com5 days ago
Most of the legal cases in the UK are switching to videolink and telephonic options where possible, with all new jury trials suspended amid the social distancing rules in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
UK goes into shutdown to fight against Covid-19Rediff.com21 Mar 2020
The decision, that would be reviewed on a month-by-month basis, came a day after England registered its biggest jump in death toll of 39 to hit 177.
UK calls time on non-essential contact in virus fightRediff.com17 Mar 2020
In a daily briefing from Downing Street after his latest Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms emergency meeting with senior scientists and advisers, Boris Johnson called for people to start working from home and said the government would no longer support mass gatherings in order to focus emergency services towards the health crisis.
Queen shifted out of Buckingham Palace due to COVID-19 crisisRediff.com15 Mar 2020
The 93-year-old monarch and her 98-year-old husband, Prince Philip, are likely to be placed in quarantine at the royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk in the coming weeks as tougher measures are put in place to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the UK affecting over 1,140 people.
Rishi Sunak's Budget to increase UK visa feeRediff.com12 Mar 2020
Sunak announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) would be hiked from 400 pounds to 624 pounds.
UK court rejects Nirav Modi's bail plea for fifth timeRediff.com5 Mar 2020
He appeared via videolink from the prison as his legal team offered a package of "stringent" bail measures, including bail security of 4 million pound, house arrest with a 24-hour electronic tag as well as a private security guard service and a strictly monitored access to gadgets and telephones.
UK expresses concerns over potential impact of CAARediff.com4 Mar 2020
'It is because of our close relationship with the government of India that we are able to discuss difficult issues with them'
Britain's Queen tells Harry he's always welcome backRediff.com3 Mar 2020
During a four-hour-long heart to heart over lunch at Windsor Castle on Sunday, the 93-year-old monarch told the 35 -year-old Duke of Sussex that he was a "much loved" member of her family and that he will be welcome back with open arms if he changes his mind in future.
Rishi Sunak's tweet lands tea company in hot waterRediff.com25 Feb 2020
In a Twitter post last Friday, the 39-year-old son-in-law of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy is seen holding a bag of Yorkshire Tea along with the message: 'Quick Budget prep break making tea for the team. Nothing like a good Yorkshire brew.' It attracted a host of trolls and negative reactions, largely directed against the ruling Conservative Party but also targeted at Yorkshire Tea -- one of the UK's oldest tea brands.
Harry, Meghan agree to drop 'royal' from brandingRediff.com22 Feb 2020
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in talks with the Buckingham Palace team handling their transition away from frontline royal duties, with some complications around the use of Sussex Royal as the phrase to be associated with their charitable work and other causes going forward.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle fix March end for royal exitRediff.com19 Feb 2020
The deal, which now comes into effect from April 1, means the couple will no longer be representing the Queen in an official capacity.
Narayana Murthy's son-in-law named UK finance ministerRediff.com14 Feb 2020
The MP for Richmond in Yorkshire, married to Murthy's daughter Akshata, first entered the UK Parliament in 2015 and has fast risen up the Conservative Party ranks as a staunch Brexiteer who had back Johnson's strategy to leave the European Union.
Please banks, take your money, says Vijay MallyaRediff.com13 Feb 2020
Mallya said, the ED on the one side and the banks on the other are fighting over the same assets.
Mallya's appeal in UK court against extradition enters final dayRediff.com13 Feb 2020
A key defence to disprove a prima facie case of fraud and misrepresentation on Mallya's part has revolved around the fact that Kingfisher Airlines was the victim of economic misfortune alongside other Indian airlines.
Mallya back in UK court to fight his extraditionRediff.com12 Feb 2020
Mallya's barrister, Clare Montgomery, reiterated the central defence that there had been no misrepresentation or fraud on the part of her client and that Kingfisher Airlines was the victim of economic misfortune alongside other airlines.
Anil Ambani says his net worth is nearly zeroRediff.com7 Feb 2020
In what is in effect a deposit to be paid into court pending a full trial in the case, Judge David Waksman has set a six-week timeline for Anil to pay $100 million to three Chinese banks as he concluded that he did not accept Ambani's defence that his net worth was nearly zero or that his family would not step in to assist him when "push came to shove".
India used British mercenary pilots in fight against LTTE: BookRediff.com6 Feb 2020
According to the book, 'Keenie Meenie: The British Mercenaries Who Got Away With War Crimes', authored by UK-based investigative journalist Phil Miller India's secret use of British mercenaries lasted for four months after the Indo-Lanka accord was signed between former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and then Sri Lankan president Junius Jayewardene in 1987.
London attack: Suspect with hoax bomb killed, 3 hurtRediff.com3 Feb 2020
The incident in Streatham was part of an active counter-terror operation during which the male suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. A device strapped on his body was later established as fake at the end of the attack, which counter-terror officers believe to be "Islamist-related".
London court remands Nirav Modi till Feb 27 in PNB caseRediff.com30 Jan 2020
The 48-year-old, who has been lodged at Wandsworth prison in south-west London, appeared via videolink from prison before district judge David Robinson. "I am told that your case is proceeding in accordance with the directions for a final hearing on 11 May," the judge told Modi, as he set the next 28-day remand hearing via videolink for February 27. Modi's extradition trial is scheduled for five days starting May 11, with the case management hearings in the case set to begin once all the evidence has been handed in to the court for the trial.
EU Parliament postpones voting on motion against CAARediff.com30 Jan 2020
The sources said friends of India prevailed over those of Pakistan in the European Parliament on Wednesday.
Joint anti-CAA motion set for debate in European ParliamentRediff.com29 Jan 2020
The motion takes note of the UNHCR statement last month, which described the CAA as 'fundamentally discriminatory in nature', and also of other United Nations as well as the EU guidelines on human rights as it calls on the Indian government to 'repeal the discriminatory amendments'.
Brexit bill crosses UK Parliament finish lineRediff.com23 Jan 2020
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed in a statement on Thursday that the European Union Withdrawal Agreement Bill has cleared its parliamentary stages and is now awaiting Royal Assent by Queen Elizabeth II before it goes on for EU ratification.
At $9.3bn, India's tech investments grew 95% in 2019Rediff.com17 Jan 2020
The data collated by Dealroom.co and revealed in London this week shows that the Indian investment figures coincided with record investment numbers registered by the UK in 2019, at USD 13.2 billion, behind the US (USD 116 bn) and China (USD 33.5 bn). Both India and the UK witnessed a record year in terms of investments into their respective technology sectors in 2019. India attracted tech investments worth USD 9.36 billion last year, which marks a 95 per cent hike on the previous year, it said.
Britain's Queen to meet Prince Harry over #MegxitRediff.com13 Jan 2020
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, his brother William, the Duke of Cambridge, and their father Charles, the Prince of Wales, have all been invited to the emergency meeting at the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk, while Meghan, who is in Canada with the couple's eight-month-old son Archie, is expected to join the discussion over phone.
Britain's Harry delays plans to Canada amid royal split talksRediff.com11 Jan 2020
The UK and Canadian governments are among those being consulted by royal aides to work out a solution after Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced their decision to step back as senior royals and assume more financially independent roles while dividing their time between Britain and North America.
British MPs finally approve Brexit dealRediff.com10 Jan 2020
The bill will now go to the House of Lords on Monday for voting before royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II to become law.
PNB's UK arm loses case in $45-million deceit claimRediff.com18 Dec 2019
The issue in contention was whether the High Court of England and Wales should accept jurisdiction to try the claim by London-based Punjab National Bank International Limited's, involving eight loans it made between March 2011 and December 2014 for oil re-refining and wind energy generating projects in the US.
Johnson wins historic UK election, vows Brexit by Jan 31Rediff.com13 Dec 2019
Voters gave Johnson the huge mandate so that he can get the UK out of the European Union by January -- no ifs, no buts.
Johnson set for huge win in UK's 'Brexit election': Exit pollRediff.com13 Dec 2019
It would be the biggest Conservative victory since 1987, the poll suggests.
Indian banks urge UK court to declare Mallya bankruptRediff.com11 Dec 2019
A consortium of Indian public sector banks led by SBI sought a bankruptcy order against embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya during a high court hearing in London on Wednesday as part of efforts to recoup around 1.145 billion pounds in unpaid loans. Mallya's legal team, led by barrister Philip Marshall, argued for the bankruptcy petition to be dismissed because their client was being unfairly pursued by the banks in India and the UK on opposing grounds.
UK PM visits Hindu temple, vows to partner with ModiRediff.com8 Dec 2019
In an indirect reference to Labour's perceived anti-India stance over the issue of Kashmir, he noted: "There can be no place for racism or anti-India sentiment of any kind in this country."
Nirav Modi in custody, next hearing via video on Jan 2Rediff.com4 Dec 2019
Modi appeared for his regular 28-day "call-over" appearance from London's Wandsworth prison at Westminster magistrates' court, where judge Gareth Branston reconfirmed that his extradition trial will begin on May 11 next year and will last five days.
PoK-linked London Bridge attacker was 'ISIS fighter'Rediff.com1 Dec 2019
'The person who carried out the London attack... was a fighter from the Islamic State, and did so in response to calls to target citizens of coalition countries,' the ISIS statement read.
2 dead in terror attack at London Bridge, suspect shot deadRediff.com30 Nov 2019
Scotland Yard said that they are in the early stages of dealing with an incident at the London Bridge.
Will apologise for Jallianwala if voted to power: UK's Labour PartyRediff.com21 Nov 2019
The manifesto also commits Labour to constitute a judge-led inquiry into Britain's "injustices of the past", including a public review of the country's role in Operation Blue Star -- referred to as the "Amritsar massacre".