No deal on Brexit trade 'very very likely', says British PM Boris Johnson

LONDON: Britain is likely to complete its journey out of the European Union in three weeks without a trade deal, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission (EU) chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday. Britain quit the EU in January but remains an informal member until December 31 – the end of … Read more

This is how Carlsberg, SABMiller and UB fixed beer prices in India: Report

NEW DELHI: Top executives of Carlsberg, SABMiller and India`s United Breweries (UB) exchanged commercially sensitive information and colluded to fix beer prices in India over 11 years, according to a government antitrust investigation report seen by Reuters. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) in 2018 raided the offices of the three brewers and started an … Read more

US authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, first shot to be administered in 'less than 24 hours'

New York: The US Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer`s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use on Friday for the prevention of coronavirus disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.  “The FDA`s authorization for emergency use of the first COVID-19 vaccine is a significant milestone in battling this devastating pandemic that has affected so … Read more

India, Nepal inching closer to finalise cross border electricity sales regulatory modality

Kathmandu: India and Nepal are inching closer to finalize the regulatory modality for allowing Nepali power producers access to Indian power market which will provide an outlet for Nepal’s surplus power in the coming months, the Indian embassy said on Friday (December 11). Issuing a statement, the embassy said the power/energy secretaries of India and … Read more

Relations with Moscow on its 'own merit', says India after Russian FM remarks west undermining ties

India-Russia Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Anurag Shrivastava said, “India has always pursued an independent foreign policy based on its national interest. India’s relationship with each country is independent of its relations with third countries.” Adding, “We hope that this is well understood and appreciated by all our partners.”   Source link

Maharaja Ranjit Singh's statue vandalised in Pakistan; second incident in a year

LAHORE: A statue of 19th-century ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore in Pakistan was vandalised by unidentified men on Friday (December 11). According to reports, the miscreants were reportedly upset over speeches of a few radicals in Pakistan.  The nine-foot-tall statue of Singh, who died in 1839, was unveiled in June on his 180th death … Read more

COVID-19: Israel collaborates with NGOs to help and support underprivileged people in India

New Delhi: The Embassy of Israel in India collaborated with NGOs in different parts of India to help and support underprivileged communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. This collaboration was in the form of short-term social projects and was implemented across India. NGOs that were part of the first phase of this collaboration are Gulshan Foundation, … Read more

US returns 12 out-of-use military bases on Korean Peninsula to Seoul

Moscow: The United States on Friday (December 11) returned 12 closed military bases to the South Korean government, including some in the Yongsan Garrison complex in central Seoul, amid fear growing that an additional delay would further hamper regional development efforts, the Yonhap news agency reported on Friday (December 11), citing South Korean officials. According … Read more

Afghanistan, counter-terror top focus by PM Narendra Modi at India-Uzbekistan virtual summit

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about Afghanistan and counter-terror at the India-Uzbekistan virtual summit, the first such summit with any central Asian country. On the issue of “terrorism, extremism, and radicalism”, PM Modi said, “we have similar concerns” and similar views on “regional security situation”. Mentioning the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, he … Read more

Beirut blast: Lebanon Prime Minister, 3 ex-ministers charged with criminal negligence

Beirut: A Lebanese judge charged caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab and three ex-ministers with criminal negligence over the explosion in Beirut`s port in August that killed more than 200 people. According to CNN — while citing Lebanon`s state-owned National News Agency — Diab as well as two former public works ministers and an ex-minister were … Read more