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“Extraordinary times” for Reckitt CEO Laxman Narasimhan

Laxman Narasimhan, CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, one of the world’s biggest consumer goods companies, says these are “extraordinary times”.  With the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, his wife and two children were trapped in New York as the family was in the process of relocating to Britain. Now, the 52-year-old CEO runs the global corporation from […]

IMF declares global recession

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that the world has entered a recession due to COVID-19 pandemic. It projects a recovery next year. “We have reassessed the prospects for growth for 2020 and 2021. It is now clear that we have entered a recession as bad as or worse than in 2009. We do project […]

Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

British Prime minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating at his Downing Street residence but said he would still lead the government’s response to the accelerating outbreak. Johnson, 55, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday – a day after he answered at the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session in parliament’s House of […]

Modi letter pays tribute to AMG founder

INDIA’S prime minister Narendra Modi has expressed his deep, personal sadness as he paid tribute to Asian Media Group (AMG) founder and editor-in-chief Ramniklal Solan­ki CBE, who passed away after a short illness on March 1. In a letter to Kalpesh Solanki, Mr Solanki’s elder son and AMG group managing editor, the prime minister said, […]

Accused New Zealand mosque shooter shocks with switch to guilty plea

An Australian man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand’s worst mass shooting changed his plea to guilty in a surprise move on Thursday (26). Brenton Tarrant, who appeared by video link, admitted to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of committing a terrorist act in a […]

Mithali Raj wants women’s IPL in 2021, says BCCI shouldn’t ‘wait forever’

The BCCI should not “wait forever” to start the women’s IPL, India’s women’s ODI captain Mithali Raj has said, urging the board to make it happen next year on a smaller scale before gradually developing it. “I personally feel they should start a women’s IPL by next year, even if it’s on a slightly smaller […]

UK’s Indian doctors want ‘discriminatory’ surcharge scrapped

INDIAN doctors working with the NHS have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to scrap an “unfair and discriminatory” surcharge imposed on foreign doctors, many of whom are on the front line against the coronavirus pandemic that has infected over 9,500 people in the country. The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), introduced in April 2015, was […]

Acts of faith by volunteers help self-isolating Asians

By Nadeem Badshah PLACES of worship are leading the effort across the UK to look after the elderly and vulnerable people who are self-isolating. Mosques, temples and gurdwaras have been forced to stop prayer congregations in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But hundreds are volunteering at their local places of worship in […]

India condemns terror attack on gurdwara in Afghanistan which killed 11 

INDIA strongly condemned the terror attack on a gurdwara in Afghanistan’s Kabul on Wednesday (25) which killed 11 people. Targeting of a religious place in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak reflects the “diabolical mindset” of the perpetrators and their backers, the external affairs ministry said. Heavily armed gunmen and suicide bombers stormed a Sikh […]

Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19

PRINCE CHARLES has tested positive for COVID-19, after displaying “mild symptoms”. He “otherwise remains in good health”, said Clarence House, adding that he had been self-isolating in Scotland with the Duchess of Cornwall, who tested negative. “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus,” the statement said. “He has been displaying mild symptoms but […]