The World Health Organization on May 12 claimed that Indian variant of the coronavirus, B.1.617, has been found in 44 countries across 6 WHO regions. The health agency also said that Britain has reported the most number of cases of the Indian variant so far. Moreover, B.1.617 has been added to the list wherein three other deadly variants, found in Britain, Brazil, and South Africa, have already been mentioned.
India and UK on May 4 decided to jointly develop complex weapons and combat aircraft. Meeting over a virtual summit, PM Narendra Modi and UK President Boris Johnson extended maritime cooperation and welcomed the Memorandum of Understanding on new logistics. Vowing to expand bilateral defence cooperation and increased maritime cooperation they issued a 10-year roadmap to take 'decisive and concerted actions' against globally proscribed… read-more
Courtesy: The Economic Times
Vaccine maker the Serum Institute of India will be investing Rs 2,400 crore in Britain to support clinical trials, research and development along with vaccine manufacturing. The deal is a part of the India-UK enhanced trade partnership, which altogether involves an investment of Rs 10,000 crore. According to sources, SII's investment aims to create 6,500 new jobs and intends to generate new business worth over $1 billion in the UK.
Courtesy: The Times of India
Businessman Nirav Modi, whose extradition was earlier approved by the UK government, has appealed against the order in the UK High Court on April 28. He has challenged the orders of the Westminster magistrate court and UK Home Secretary Priti Patel. Nirav Modi claimed that he was being targeted due to political reasons and also alleged that he would not be getting a fair trial in India.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times
Taking responsibility of ill recognition of Indian Army martyrs of World War-I, the United Kingdom has apologised for its misdeeds. The report by Common Wealth Graves Commission named 45,000-54,000 martyrs including Indian, East African, West African, Egyptian and Somali officials who were not given their due recognition. Besides, UK's Secretary Ben Wallace's formal apology, CWGC's director general Claire Horton expressed discontentment… read-more
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A UK woman named Selwa Hussain carries a 6 Kg artificial heart in her backpack. The bag consisting batteries, electric motor and a pump is attached to her chest, which in turn pumps blood inside her body. Diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a natural heart condition, Selwa in 2017 underwent a treatment in Harefield hospital following her infirm health. Fitted during a 6-hour operation, the artificial heart costed around Rs 88.72 lakh.
Courtesy: Times Now
United Kingdom has approved the sanction of money laundering accused diamond merchant Nirav Modi to India. Convicted for Punjab National Bank Scam, Modi will be imprisoned in the special cell of Mumbai's Arthur Road jail. While losing a two-year long legal battle, district judge Samuel Goozee did not wish to ascertain Modi's health records. Earlier, a UK court on February 25, ordered to extradite the accused.
A London-based woman named Flora Blathwayt has established an innovative business of making trendy cards out of discarded plastic. Under her 'Washed up Card' initiative, Flora collects bits of plastic from the beaches around the UK to make cards for different occasions. Interestingly, the 34-year-old also writes the places' name, from where the piece was retrieved, behind every card. Founded during the pandemic, the business has five-star… read-more
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International drug racket mastermind Kishan Singh was extradited from the UK to India on March 21. Accused of supplying recreational party drugs to India, the kingpin was arrested on August 23, 2018 and later was granted bail too. Reportedly, he challenged the UK court's May 2019 extradition order saying he will not get a fair trial in India. However, denying his arguments, the court extradited Kishan - a British citizen - to India for trials… read-more
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British PM Boris Johnson will be visiting India in April amid the UK's ongoing effort to boost trade relations between the countries. It will be his first major international trip after Britain’s exit from the European Union. Reportedly, Britain aims to zoom in on Indo-Pacific regions as part of its Integrated Review of government policy. Earlier, Johnson was invited to attend India's Republic Day Parade, though he could not come due to COVID… read-more
Courtesy: Indian Express