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BREAKING NEWS: Record 381 deaths; 3,000 new COVID-19 cases in UK in 24 hours

A record 381 COVID-19 deaths have been announced in UK on Tuesday (31) in the past 24 hours, taking the total fatalities to 1,789. A 19-year-old with no underlying health conditions has also died. The total number of positive cases passed 25,000 with 3,000 more positive tests in 24 hours. The death toll in England […]

Do not judge the police ‘too harshly’, says Neil Basu as he denounces excesses

The UK’s counter-terrorism chief, Neil Basu, has made a plea for compassion as police officers adjusted to “new responsibilities” of dealing with the lockdown, adding that “how we police this pandemic will be remembered for many years to come”. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner struck a personal note: “As the son […]

UK supermarket visits jump by 79 million before lockdown: Nielsen

BRITONS made over 79 million extra grocery shopping trips in the four weeks to March 21 year-on-year as they stocked their “pandemic pantries”, driving a 20.5% jump in supermarket sales, industry data published on Tuesday (31) showed. Market researcher Nielsen said British consumers spent an additional 1.9 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) on groceries. The data […]

Domestic violence cases rise in India during lockdown

DOMESTIC violence cases in India have increased since the March 24 lockdown with husbands venting their frustration on wives, who have no escape from their abusers, say experts. The National Commission for Women (NCW), for instance, received 58 complaints from March 23 to March 30, according to reports.     Many of these complaints have come from […]

Indians ‘will have to wait decades’ for Green Card: US report

Indians will have to wait for decades for the coveted Green Card, as employment-based backlog for legal permanent US residency is expected to double by 2030, says a new Congressional report. The Green Card allows a non-US citizen to live and work permanently in America. Indian IT professionals, most of whom are highly skilled and […]

India cracks down on Muslim missionary centre feared to be Covid-19 hot spot

Indian authorities sealed off the headquarters of a Muslim missionary group on Tuesday (31) and ordered an investigation into accusations it held religious meetings that officials fear may have infected dozens of people with the coronavirus. India has registered 1,251 cases of the coronavirus, of whom 32 have died, the health ministry said. The numbers […]

UK set to organise repatriation flights from India

Dominic Raab has announced that the UK government was planning to charter special flights to bring back British nationals who find themselves stranded in the Covid-19 worldwide travel lockdown. The UK foreign secretary and his counterparts from about 20 countries had held discussions with Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar over the weekend. Raab, who […]

COVID-19 to hit Asia’s growth: World Bank

THE coronavirus pandemic is expected to sharply slow growth in developing economies in East Asia and the Pacific as well as China, the World Bank said on Tuesday (31). The bank said that the growth in developing economies in the region to slow to 2.1% in 2020, and to -0.5% in a lower-case scenario, compared […]

Publishing titan Terry Mansfield dies after contracting coronavirus

TRIBUTES have been paid to leading publisher Terry Mansfield CBE, who died at the weekend, after he acquired the Covid-19 virus. Mansfield, a former director of the Hearst Corporation, died on Saturday (28). He was 81. Mansfield started his career in the magazine industry as a 16-year-old office boy at an advertising agency. Following time […]

UK asks nationals in Bangladesh to stay

THE British High Commission in Dhaka has said that it is working with the Bangladesh authorities and airlines to support British nationals who want to leave Bangladesh and return to the UK. Bangladesh government has decided to suspend flights to the UK for 7 days from March 31. This will disrupt the plans of British […]

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