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Trust Indian industry: WHO on delay in Covaxin nod

Trust Indian industry: WHO on delay in Covaxin nod

Rediff.com29 Oct 2021

A technical advisory group of the UN health agency which met on Tuesday has sought "additional clarifications" from Bharat Biotech for Covaxin to conduct a final "risk-benefit assessment" for Emergency Use Listing of the vaccine.

WHO meet next week to discuss Covaxin approval

WHO meet next week to discuss Covaxin approval

Rediff.com18 Oct 2021

The World Health Organisation's technical advisory group will meet on October 26 to consider the Emergency Use Listing (EUL) of Covaxin, a vaccine developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech protecting against COVID-19, the global health agency's chief scientist said.

Deeply concerned over spread of weapons of mass destruction: India at UN

Deeply concerned over spread of weapons of mass destruction: India at UN

Rediff.com5 Oct 2021

Ambassador Pankaj Sharma, Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament (CD), Geneva, said India has been drawing the attention of the world towards these threats and the need to strengthen international cooperation to address them through its annual consensus UNGA resolution titled 'Measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction'.

'Immunity will get us through Covid'

'Immunity will get us through Covid'

Rediff.com24 Sep 2021

'Vaccination is the only safe way to get immunity.'

India slams Pak, OIC for raising Kashmir at UN Human Rights Council

India slams Pak, OIC for raising Kashmir at UN Human Rights Council

Rediff.com15 Sep 2021

India on Wednesday hit out at Pakistan and the OIC for raising the Kashmir issue at the UN Human Rights Commission and said the grouping has 'helplessly' allowed itself to be held 'hostage' by Islamabad.

India to get 3rd set of Swiss bank details, info on real estate this month

India to get 3rd set of Swiss bank details, info on real estate this month

Rediff.com12 Sep 2021

Marking a key milestone in the Indian government's fight against black money allegedly stashed abroad, India will get this month the complete information on flats, apartments and condominiums owned by Indians in Switzerland as also on earnings made from such properties to help it look into tax liabilities associated with those assets.

What the World Expects From the Taliban

What the World Expects From the Taliban

Rediff.com6 Sep 2021

The world's attention is on the new Taliban and the imminent announcement of an inclusive government in Kabul, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar

Will evacuate all Indians: Govt at all-party meet on Afghanistan

Will evacuate all Indians: Govt at all-party meet on Afghanistan

Rediff.com26 Aug 2021

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar briefed the leaders on the latest situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban captured power there last week.

Hope LeT, JeM don't use Afghanistan: India at UN

Hope LeT, JeM don't use Afghanistan: India at UN

Rediff.com24 Aug 2021

'We hope that the situation in Afghanistan does not pose a challenge to its neighbours and its territory is not used by terrorist groups'

'Delhi is a dream posting for a Pakistani diplomat'

'Delhi is a dream posting for a Pakistani diplomat'

Rediff.com17 Aug 2021

'Kashmir is the main issue between the two countries.' 'We have not been able to resolve it bilaterally.' 'As the two major countries in South Asia, we have to go back to the drawing board and start engaging.'

Vaccination, good behaviour may reduce/delay 3rd wave

Vaccination, good behaviour may reduce/delay 3rd wave

Rediff.com20 Jul 2021

'If we vaccinate quickly, it could be pushed to January, February, and the longer it can be pushed, the smaller the wave is likely to be, because by that time vaccination will scale up.'

Covishield: 'Single dose gives 71% effectiveness'

Covishield: 'Single dose gives 71% effectiveness'

Rediff.com20 Jul 2021

'You have sufficient protection if you take the second dose of the Covishield vaccine at 12 weeks, because this vaccine works in a way where it provides protection in the first dose.'

Who's the Greatest General of the 20th Century?

Who's the Greatest General of the 20th Century?

Rediff.com17 Jul 2021

My candidate for the best general of the last century hailed from a little, poor colonised Asian nation whose impact on world affairs rarely amounted to much, notes Shankar Acharya.

'Vaccinations are not a 100% guarantee'

'Vaccinations are not a 100% guarantee'

Rediff.com14 Jul 2021

'The reality of this virus is that as long as it is circulating, it can mutate into new variants and by the time you realise that this is a new virus, which is more dangerous, and more transmissible, it is too late.'

Important Takeaways from Biden-Putin summit

Important Takeaways from Biden-Putin summit

Rediff.com18 Jun 2021

The summit probably fulfilled the expectations on both sides, but the bar of expectations was intentionally kept low, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

Biden-Putin summit: Envoys to return to their posts

Biden-Putin summit: Envoys to return to their posts

Rediff.com17 Jun 2021

After wrapping up a summit with United States President Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said that the American and Russian ambassadors will return to their diplomatic posts and take up their functions, adding that when that would happen is a 'purely technical one'.

Biden-Putin shake hands, hold much-anticipated meet in Geneva

Biden-Putin shake hands, hold much-anticipated meet in Geneva

Rediff.com16 Jun 2021

United States President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday smiled and greeted each other awkwardly with a handshake outside a villa in Geneva, before heading in for a highly-anticipated summit.

The 10 Top Liveable Cities in the World

The 10 Top Liveable Cities in the World

Rediff.com14 Jun 2021

Auckland in New Zealand has been named the world's most liveable city.

Global nuclear warhead stockpile appears to be growing: SIPRI

Global nuclear warhead stockpile appears to be growing: SIPRI

Rediff.com14 Jun 2021

The nine nuclear-armed states -- the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) -- together possessed an estimated 13,080 nuclear weapons at the start of 2021.

Modi, Xi capable of solving issues without outside help: Putin

Modi, Xi capable of solving issues without outside help: Putin

Rediff.com5 Jun 2021

Asserting that both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are 'responsible' leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said they both are capable of solving issues between the two countries, and that it was important that no 'extra-regional power' should interfere in the process.

Biggest upsets on Day 1 at the French Open

Biggest upsets on Day 1 at the French Open

Rediff.com30 May 2021

Thiem knocked out by Andujar in French Open first round

Another year, same question - Can anyone stop Nadal?

Another year, same question - Can anyone stop Nadal?

Rediff.com28 May 2021

With each passing year questions are inevitably asked about whether Nadal's vice-like hold on the French Open will be loosened. Each time, the answer has been an emphatic NO.

Biden to meet Putin on June 16 in Geneva

Biden to meet Putin on June 16 in Geneva

Rediff.com25 May 2021

Earlier this month, the White House said that US President Joe Biden believed that his meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will be a good step forward in the US-Russia relationship to de-escalate tensions and have stable relations.

Expect WHO nod to Covaxin in July-Sept: Bharat Biotech

Expect WHO nod to Covaxin in July-Sept: Bharat Biotech

Rediff.com25 May 2021

The company said regulatory approvals for Covaxin are in process in more than 60 countries including the USA, Brazil and Hungary among others.

Tennis: Raina wins opener at French Open qualifiers

Tennis: Raina wins opener at French Open qualifiers

Rediff.com25 May 2021

Shapovalov pulls out of French Open.

Nagal to clash with Marcora at French Open qualifiers

Nagal to clash with Marcora at French Open qualifiers

Rediff.com23 May 2021

Ruthless Ruud topples Shapovalov to win Geneva Open.

Credit card, passport details of 45 lakh flyers leaked in massive Air India data breach

Credit card, passport details of 45 lakh flyers leaked in massive Air India data breach

Rediff.com22 May 2021

Air India's passenger service system provider SITA faced a sophisticated cyberattack in February this year leading to leak of personal data of 4.5 million passengers -- which included passengers of the national carrier -- from across the world, an official statement said on Friday. Personal data -- including name, date of birth, contact information, passport information, ticket information and credit card data -- which was registered between August 11, 2011, and February 3, 2021, has been leaked of a certain number of Air India's passengers, the statement issued by the airline said. "While we and our data processor continue to take remedial actions...We would also encourage passengers to change passwords wherever applicable to ensure safety of their personal data," it said.

Why Federer can't even think of winning French Open

Why Federer can't even think of winning French Open

Rediff.com19 May 2021

Federer's preparations for the claycourt Grand Slam were cut short in Geneva

The Forgotten Hero of the Indian Air Force

The Forgotten Hero of the Indian Air Force

Rediff.com19 May 2021

Did Vinod Sehgal die in Tsangdgar or was he taken PoW to Tibet or China? Why has the IAF kept so quiet for all these years, asks Claude Arpi.

Federer beaten by Spaniard Andujar on Tour return

Federer beaten by Spaniard Andujar on Tour return

Rediff.com18 May 2021

Andujar, ranked 75th in the world, made a strong start, while Federer struggled to settle into his serving rhythm early on.

Federer greatest men's player of all time, says Serena

Federer greatest men's player of all time, says Serena

Rediff.com18 May 2021

23-times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams said she is a Roger Federer 'superfan'.

WEF cancels 2021 annual meeting, next summit in 1st half of 2022

WEF cancels 2021 annual meeting, next summit in 1st half of 2022

Rediff.com17 May 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unravel in various parts of the country, the World Economic Forum on Monday announced the cancellation of its high-profile annual meeting for 2021 after postponing it at least twice along with two changes in venue. The next annual meeting will now take place in the first half of 2022, while the location and date would be determined after assessing the situation later this summer, said the Geneva-based organisation that has been hosting a yearly congregation of the rich and powerful from across the world in Swiss ski resort town of Davos for 50 years. This year's Davos summit was originally scheduled for January 2021, but was later moved to a different location in Switzerland, Lucerne, and then to Singapore with an August 2021 schedule.

Federer hopes clay swing will help Wimbledon bid

Federer hopes clay swing will help Wimbledon bid

Rediff.com17 May 2021

Roger Federer said he has never faced problems in switching from claycourts to grass and hopes his decision to play on his least favourite surface at Roland Garros will prove beneficial to his Wimbledon bid.

When will the uncertainty over Olympics end?

When will the uncertainty over Olympics end?

Rediff.com15 May 2021

The Olympics are set to run from July 23 to Aug. 8 after being postponed in March last year over the coronavirus pandemic.

Tennis: Bopanna-Shapovalov knocked out of Madrid Open

Tennis: Bopanna-Shapovalov knocked out of Madrid Open

Rediff.com8 May 2021

Murray to practise with Djokovic in Rome before return from injury.

When Rafi sang for Hanuman, Manna for Ravan...

When Rafi sang for Hanuman, Manna for Ravan...

Rediff.com6 May 2021

'Rafi was singing for Hanuman and I was singing for Ravan.' 'C Ramachandra corrected Rafisaab and he became red in the face.' 'I asked Anna (Ramachandra), "How could you do this?"' 'He replied, "How could I not do this? My song was being spoilt".'

Federer confirms French Open participation

Federer confirms French Open participation

Rediff.com18 Apr 2021

Roger Federer will kickstart his claycourt campaign at next month's Geneva Open as he steps up his preparations for the French Open.

COVID-19 pandemic a long way from over: WHO chief

COVID-19 pandemic a long way from over: WHO chief

Rediff.com13 Apr 2021

He voiced concern that confusion, complacency and inconsistency in public health measures and their application are driving transmission and costing lives. Cautioning that the disease is not flu, he said young, healthy people have died from the coronavirus.

The doc who returned from US to fight his first election

The doc who returned from US to fight his first election

Rediff.com30 Mar 2021

'It is sad that Kerala had so many Covid patients which is primarily due to the mismanagement of the Left government.' 'The technical committee was full of CPI-M leaders who happen to have medical degrees with no experience in public health.' 'They were advising the CM and we are paying for those mistakes.'

After abstaining in UNHRC, India urges Lanka to meet commitments

After abstaining in UNHRC, India urges Lanka to meet commitments

Rediff.com23 Mar 2021

India, which abstained during the vote on a strong resolution against Sri Lanka's human rights practices at the UNHRC, on Tuesday urged Colombo to fulfill its commitments on the devolution of political authority, to carry forward the process of reconciliation and address the aspirations of the Tamil community in the island nation.

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