According to Pentagon, the United States military carried out airstrikes across Afghanistan to support the Afghan security forces who are fighting the Taliban alone. The Taliban, in recent days, has gained over many areas of Afghanistan by pushing back the Afghan military and taking over important territories. The defense officials reported that the US has carried out approximately six to seven airstrikes in the past 30 days.
Courtesy: The Hindu
A group of 15 US state attorneys general negotiated a settlement deal from large drug companies for $26 billion for allegedly distributing addictive drugs and opioids. The deal became the second-largest cash settlement ever, after the $246 billion tobacco agreement in 1998. Under the deal, the three largest US drug distributors, McKesson Corp, Cardinal Health Inc, and AmerisourceBergen Corp would pay a combined $21bn, while Johnson &… read-more
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The US has said that India "remains a challenging place" to do business. In its 2021 Investment Climate Statements report, the country's state department urged the Indian government to reduce barriers and bureaucratic hurdles for easy and attractive investment in the country. The report further mentioned the removal of constitutional status from Jammu and Kashmir and the process of the Citizenship Amendment Law.
Courtesy: The Economic Times
All employees working in the US' Nebraska outlet of Burger King resigned with a signboard as they were unhappy with the working environment. "We all quit. Sorry for the inconvenience," read the sign board. Manager Rachael Flores reported that the air conditioning in the kitchen was malfunctioning due to which the employees were dehydrated from high temperatures. Besides, the manager reported to the officials, but didn't get the issue fixed… read-more
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After the US, Brazil surpassed half a million deaths due to COVID-19 according to Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga's tweet. The third wave of COVID-19 has hit the country into a frenzy as more than 80% of the intensive care unit beds still remain occupied. Although in the cities, life has come back to normal, and 19 out of 27 states of the country are in critical condition.
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United States is bracing for a surge of kindergartners as the pandemic takes a back seat. The school enrollments have seen a drop of 4-year-old preschoolers from 71% to 54% during the pandemic. Children of a higher age were also reportedly held off from admissions due to several health factors and issues contributing to the overwhelming numbers this year. More and more kindergarten teachers are being hired for the fall session.
Courtesy: The Times of India
Zee Entertainment Enterprise Ltd. has announced the launch of its OTT platform "ZEE5" in the United States on June 22. The company has decided to roll out its service at a discounted price during the introductory phase that is $49.99 as opposed to the original charge of $84. “The United States represents our most significant market,” the company said. Notably, "ZEE5" is… read-more
The emergency use authorisation of Bharat Biotech COVID-19 vaccine 'Covaxin' has been rejected by the US drug regulator. The company will now submit only a biologics license application for 'Covaxin'. Meanwhile, Bharat Biotech has decided to publish its phase-3 clinical trial data in July. Notably, 'Covaxin' has secured an approval in India and is one of those COVID vaccines which are being administered to people.
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The first solar eclipse of 2021 will be visible on June 10. This time it will be the ‘Ring of Fire or annular eclipse’. Visible with one-tenth of the sun's normal light, the eclipse is supposed to last for three minutes and 51 seconds. Although the eclipse won't be visible in India, it will be visible from the northeastern US and eastern Canada with partial view from Scandinavia and UK.
Senior advisor to the World Health Organisation, Bruce Aylward, stated that, US, India and China have consumed 60% of the two billion COVID-19 vaccines doses distributed globally. As per sources, only about 0.5% of doses have reached the low-income countries accounting for about 10% of the world's population. However, Aylward highlighted the significant role played by ‘COVAX’ – the global vaccine alliance, to help 127 countries start their… read-more