According to Switzerland's central bank annual report on June 16, funds deposited in Swiss banks by Indian individuals and corporations reached a 14-year high of 3.83 billion Swiss francs (about Rs 30,500 crore) in 2021. This was owing to significant growth in assets via securities and consumer deposits. The sum of money in Indian… read-more
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Belgium is the first European country to impose a 21-day quarantine for monkeypox patients. This follows the discovery of the first monkeypox case in Switzerland on May 21. Currently, 14 countries, including four in Belgium, have reported recurrent outbreaks of the virus. All of the incidents were traced back to a festival in Antwerp, Belgium's port city.
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The Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products (Swissmedic) has seized illegal drugs exported from India to Switzerland. However, about 150 packages out of 9,421 were connected with the COVID-19 related drug. Ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and erectile stimulants were recovered, reported a Swiss Government Agency. "Half of the illegally sold preparations do not contain what they claim to contain,'' stated Swissmedic.
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The Switzerland Government approved 'suicide pod' for an easy death. Known as "Sarco Capsule," this suicide pop will let people fall asleep, leading to a coma-death. The 3D Printed Capsule allows the person to lie down comfortably and press the button leading to death. However, it is manufactured by a nonprofit 'Exit International company', providing painless death. Furthermore, assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland with over 1,300… read-more
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Among the few Western-European-nations that still prohibit gay marriage, Switzerland will hold a vote to decide the legal status of same-sex marriage and foster children on September 26. Swiss Parliament and the federal government have accepted the law but the opposition has demanded a referendum on the subject. Married lesbian couples can have children through artificial insemination, which is currently permitted only for married… read-more
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Under the Automatic Exchange of Information pact with Switzerland, India will receive the third set of details about its citizen's accounts in swiss banks by September. Moreover, Switzerland will share information regarding real estate properties owned by the Indians for the first time. Reportedly, it'll help India to impose taxes on the income from such sources. While Switzerland will try to mitigate the allegation of safe haven for black… read-more
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Serum Institute of India's Covishield vaccine is cleared for a travel pass in eight EU nations- Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Estonia, Iceland, Ireland, Spain, and Switzerland. Amidst issues of Covishield's travel pass clearance, Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute tweeted on June 28, "I have taken this up at the highest levels and hope to resolve this matter soon." In the past, EMA had cleared only four vaccines.
Switzerland's Federal Council of Public Health announced that people from India along with other countries can take entry in Switzerland if fully vaccinated. However, the rest of the people will have to present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test and will have to undergo quarantine. Reportedly, the officials are planning to lift COVID restrictions, reopen restaurants, offices, and large-scale events.
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Switzerland has eased the COVID-19 restrictions from June 26, and has allowed the entry of travellers from other countries including India. People who have been vaccinated and fully recovered with COVID-19 will now be permitted without the need for a negative test report or quarantine. The information about the same was shared by the Swiss government’s Federal Council of Public Health.
A controversial referendum that sought a complete ban on full facial covering, including the niqab and burqa, in Switzerland gained 51.12% of the total votes in favour. The approval means that the facial covering will be banned in all public places. However, it will still be allowed at sacred and religious places. Interestingly, the proposal has been criticized widely by human rights and civic groups as a measure of protecting religious… read-more
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