EXCLUSIVE |Ronan Keating: India gave me my crazy Beatles moment

2021-07-26 16:04:37

International pop sensation Ronan Keating first fell in love with India when he happened to experience the warmth and revelry of the culture while on a tour.

“I have two good vivid memories (about my visit to India), one in Bengaluru and one in Mumbai. I did a show with my band, Boyzone, and after the show, we went back to this magnificent, beautiful, old colonial hotel in the middle of the city. I felt like I was

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Diageo’s home delivery plans hit, exits HipBar at 98% loss

2021-07-26 07:04:40

(This story originally appeared in on Jul 26, 2021)

NEW DELHI: Diageo’s alcohol-delivery ambitions in India have hit a roadblock with the UK-based liquor company exiting from its investment in Chennai-based startup HipBar at around a 98% loss.

While the move comes at a time when several Indian states are putting in place norms to allow home delivery of alcohol, Diageo which invested Rs 27 crore in HipBar through its domestic entity USL for a 26% stake

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UK Briefed on Covid-19 Situation in India to Review ‘Red List’ Travel Ban

2021-07-24 20:59:16

London: The UK Foreign Office officials have been briefed on the current COVID-19 pandemic situation in India, where many big cities are practically COVID-free, and encouraged to consider a review of the travel ban on visitors from India, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Saturday. Shringla, who arrived in the UK for a two-day visit on Friday to take stock of the Roadmap 2030 towards closer UK-India ties agreed between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Boris Johnson,

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India, UK Conduct Mega Wargame in Bay of Bengal

2021-07-23 04:05:36

The Indian Navy and the UK’s largest warship HMS Queen Elizabeth and its strike task group carried out a mega wargame featuring a range of complex drills in the Bay of Bengal, signalling a resolve to deepen military cooperation in critical sea lanes. The Indian Navy said the military exercise on July 21 and 22 was designed to hone the ability of the two navies to operate together in the maritime domain. The UK’s aircraft carrier was deployed

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Jimmy Brown of UB40: I’m not a big fan of Bollywood, but I do have a soft-spot for old Hindi film

2021-07-21 18:35:39

“I always had a love affair with India,” says reggae veteran Jimmy Brown of acclaimed English pop band UB40 while looking back at his bond with the country. And that’s why he was deeply moved when India battled hard with the second wave of Covid-19 crisis earlier this year.

“My message for the country in these trying times would be a message of commiseration. Both India and England are unfortunate enough to have the wrong people in charge

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UK imposes export bar on 1-million pound colonial era Mughal dagger, scabbard

The UK government has stepped in to place a temporary export bar on an 18th century Mughal era dagger and scabbard, worth over 1 million pounds, to allow a British institution or buyer to bid for the rare historic artefact.

The dagger was owned by Robert Clive, referred to as Clive of India for his early colonisation role, and collected during his time in the country.

It is likely to have been acquired by Clive in 1757 following his

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Tata Motors board okays plan to raise Rs 500 cr via NCDs

2021-07-20 12:15:29

New Delhi: on Tuesday said its board has approved a proposal to raise up to Rs 500 crore through the issue of securities on a private placement basis. A meeting of the duly authorised committee has approved for subscription, on a private placement basis, up to 5,000 rated, listed, unsecured, redeemable, non-convertible debentures (NCDs) E30-B Series of face value Rs 10,00,000 each aggregating up to Rs 500 crore, the auto major said in a regulatory filing.

The Mumbai-based

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Norovirus: What is Norovirus, its causes, symptoms. Everything you need to know.

The UK has removed most of the restrictions even as Covid-19 cases have started to rise again. However, another cause for worry has been the rapidly surging Norovirus.

The Public Health England (PHE) has recently issued a warning over the outbreak noting that cases have risen to 154 since end of May, which is three times the cases reported in the same period in last five years.

What exactly is Norovirus?
A contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea

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UK companies hire at record pace as economy reopens

Britain’s unemployment is falling as the nation’s Covid-hit economy reopens — but vacancies are soaring as businesses struggle to recruit sufficient staff, official data showed Thursday.

The unemployment rate dipped to 4.8% in the three months to the end of May, the Office for National Statistics said in a statement. That was down from 5.0% in the three months to February, the ONS added.

Unemployment remains 0.9 percentage points higher than its pre-pandemic level.

But the labour market has picked

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Clash in UK Parliament over Johnson-Modi handshake by-election leaflet

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Opposition Leader Keir Starmer clashed in the House of Commons over a controversial by-election leaflet, which had been branded “divisive” and “anti-India” by Indian diaspora groups in Britain.

During a heated debate over the issue of racism at the Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) session on Wednesday, Johnson held up the leaflet showing him in a handshake with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G7 Summit in 2019 with the message “Don’t risk a

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Unlikely that Delta sub-lineages more transmissible than Delta: INSACOG

2021-07-14 20:59:11

Sub-lineages of variant — AY.1, which is commonly known as the Delta Plus, and AY.2 — are unlikely to be more transmissible than the parent, said INSACOG, a consortium of government panel involved in genome sequencing of coronavirus.

These two sub-lineages are also below 1 per cent in the genome samples sequenced in the country in June, it said in a recent bulletin.

INSACOG also said AY.3 has been identified as a new Delta sub-lineage and it

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UK police make record cryptocurrency seizure

British police on Tuesday announced they had seized a record £180 million ($250 million, 210 million euros) of cryptocurrency that is suspected of having being used in criminal enterprises.

The country’s largest ever haul was made as part of an ongoing investigation into international money laundering and used intelligence received about the transfer of criminal assets, according to police.

They also believe it is linked to the previous record criminal cryptocurrency haul, made just last month.

“Less than a month

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Covid-19: Risk of Severe Illness, Death in Children Very Low, UK Study Finds

The risk of severe illness and death from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is extremely low in children and teenagers, according to a new comprehensive analyses of public health data released on Friday by researchers in the UK. However, the analyses also found that Covid-19 increases the likelihood of serious illness in the most vulnerable young people, those with pre-existing medical conditions and severe disabilities, although these risks remain low overall.

The preliminary findings, published in three new pre-print

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Banking, insurance key interest areas at 1st India-UK Financial Markets Dialogue

Banking, insurance, capital market and international financial centre GIFT City have emerged as key interest areas of bilateral ties in the financial sector between India and UK during the first India-UK Financial Markets Dialogue on Thursday, the finance ministry said.

At the meeting, both sides agreed to engage bilaterally on these areas in coming months, in the run-up to the next Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) and the beginning of negotiations for a future India-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA), expected

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New, deadlier COVID-19 variant ‘Lambda’ detected in more than 30 countries – Deadlier variant

2021-07-08 13:57:06

According to an ANI report, the new COVID-19 strain called ‘Lambda’ is much more dangerous than the Delta variant, said the UK Health Ministry adding that it has been detected in more than 30 countries in the past four weeks.

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Under fire in many countries, Binance says it’s ramping up compliance team

2021-07-07 15:05:25

Changpeng Zhao, founder and chief executive of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has a message for regulators. Amid intense scrutiny in Europe and the US, the Candian-born CEO
wrote in a blog post that the company is ramping up its compliance team and partnerships, and localising operations to adhere to local regulations.

India’s largest crypto exchange WazirX, which was acquired by Binance in 2019, is
under investigation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). During the

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Germany lifts travel ban on travellers from India, 4 other countries

Germany is lifting a ban on most travellers from five countries hit by ” variant of COVID-19, including India and the UK from Wednesday, said German envoy Walter J Lindner.

“From tomorrow, Germany is removing the entry ban and easing travel rules for five countries where Delta variant is widespread, including India,” tweeted German ambassador to India, Walter J Lindner on Tuesday.

German public health agency the Robert Koch Institute on Monday said India, Nepal, Russia, Portugal

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UK Govt ‘Taking Internationalist Approach’ for Indians Looking to Migrate for Work

Neal Vithlani, a member of The 1928 Institute, an organisation set up to represent the views of British Indians, has said that Indians are expected to get more opportunities for work in the UK in future if European Union workforce continues to fall post-Brexit.

On being asked about work opportunities for Indians looking to migrate to the UK, he said, “The government is taking a more internationalist approach.”

Asking about the kind of jobs Indians could hope to have in

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News18 Evening Digest: Why Pushkar Dhami’s 2015 Tweet is Going Viral and Other Top Stories

2021-07-04 17:20:14

Face Masks to Become ‘Personal Choice’ as UK Lifts Covid-19 Lockdown

The use of face masks as protection against coronavirus will become a matter of “personal choice” as the UK lifts legal lockdown measures in place later this month, a Cabinet minister said on Sunday. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said there will be a move towards greater personal responsibility as the UK prepares to end lockdown restrictions from July 19. READ MORE

Forgotten at Platform, Distraught Labourer Gets

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