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Denmark becomes 1st in EU to drop AstraZeneca vaccine over blood clot fears
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Denmark has become the first nation in European Union to drop the AstraZeneca vaccine from its COVID-19 inoculation program. Danish Health Authority said "there's a link between rare, but serious" side effects and the AstraZeneca vaccine, including blood clots risk and haemorrhaging. People who have already received the vaccine's first shot will be offered their second dose from another producer.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 09:53 pm on 14 Apr
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence in its report to the US Congress, said, "Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, India is more likely than in the past to respond with military force to...Pakistani provocations." Although a general war between India and Pakistan is unlikely, crises between the two are likely to become more intense, ODNI added.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 03:15 pm on 14 Apr
UK PM reduces length of visit to India amid rising cases of COVID-19
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
UK PM Boris Johnson has reduced the length of his trip to India scheduled for later this month because of the COVID-19 situation in the country, his spokesman said on Wednesday. The spokesman added that Johnson would meet PM Narendra Modi. "This programme will be focused on high-level discussions with the Indian government and Indian business leaders," he stated.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 08:14 pm on 14 Apr
A 48-year-old Indian-origin driver has been jailed for 22 years for ploughing his heavy vehicle into Australian police officers and killing four of them last year on Melbourne's Eastern Freeway. Mohinder Singh had stopped on his route to do a drug deal, before hitting the police officers and their vehicles. The judge said that the crash "shocked the public conscience".
short by Anmol Sharma / 03:55 pm on 14 Apr
Bernie Madoff, the mastermind of the world's largest Ponzi scheme, died in a US federal prison aged 82 on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported. Madoff died at the Federal Medical Center from natural causes, it added. Madoff was serving a 150-year prison sentence for cheating thousands of clients of as much as $65 billion.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:16 pm on 14 Apr
A government official in northeastern China has been fired after a video showing a female employee beating him with a mop and accusing him of sexual harassment went viral online. She's also seen making phone calls, claiming the man had sent harassing texts to multiple women in the office. Many people praised the woman for standing up to her harasser.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 10:57 pm on 14 Apr
Officials in Egypt have seized the 'Ever Given' container ship as authorities in the country demand the ship's owners pay $916 million (₹6,900 crore) compensation for blocking the Suez Canal for several days last month. The ship’s insurer for third-party losses, UK P&I Club, said that it received the claim for $916 million, the size of which is “largely unsupported.”
short by Anmol Sharma / 09:58 am on 14 Apr
Bangladesh announces 8-day complete lockdown till April 21
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Amid rising COVID-19 cases, Bangladesh has announced an eight-day-long complete lockdown in the country from April 14 to April 21. As per the order from the government, all government, semi-government, autonomous and private offices will be closed and all public transport services will be suspended. It's announced plans to ban all international and domestic flights for a week from Wednesday.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 10:01 pm on 14 Apr
Brazil reports 3,808 COVID-19 deaths in a single day
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Brazil on Tuesday reported 3,808 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, raising its pandemic death toll to 3,58,425. According to Brazil's Health Ministry, the country reported 82,186 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,35,99,994. Brazil has the world's second-largest pandemic death toll only after the United States.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 07:09 pm on 14 Apr
Pause on J&J shots shows govt putting safety first: US Prez Biden
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
US President Joe Biden said the "pause" on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine shows that his administration is putting safety first. This will not affect the vaccine rollout and there is enough supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for all Americans, he added. US health agencies recommended a pause after six people developed rare blood clots after receiving the vaccine.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 04:42 pm on 14 Apr
US Prez Biden greets people celebrating Navratri, other festivals
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
US President Joe Biden on Tuesday extended greetings to the South Asian and Southeast Asian communities, celebrating festivals like Navratri. Biden tweeted, "Jill [US First Lady Jill Biden] and I send our warmest wishes to the South Asian and Southeast Asian communities who are celebrating Vaisakhi, Navratri...and the incoming New Year this week." "Happy Bengali...and Vishu New Year," he tweeted.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 07:24 pm on 14 Apr
Myanmar activists throw red paint on road, stage 'bloody' protests
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Anti-coup protesters splashed red paint on roads representing the blood of people killed protesting against Myanmar junta on Wednesday, the second day of traditional new year holiday. People threw red paint on roads and on signs outside government offices after activists called for a "bloody paint" strike. They marched with signs calling for releasing ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 04:39 pm on 14 Apr
US First Lady Jill Biden to undergo medical procedure: White House
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
The White House announced on Tuesday that US President Joe Biden's wife and US First Lady Jill Biden will undergo a medical procedure on Wednesday. The White House said the President would accompany his wife to an appointment where she will undergo the "common medical procedure". They'd return to the White House afterwards and "resume their normal schedule", it added.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 09:12 pm on 14 Apr
Pakistan bans Islamist party after clashes leave 7 dead, 300 hurt
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Pakistan has decided to ban a radical Islamist party, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, after its supporters clashed with the law enforcement agencies, leaving seven people dead and over 300 policemen injured. Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said, "I've approved a proposal...to ban...TLP." The TLP had launched the protest on Monday after its head Saad Hussain Rizvi was detained in Lahore.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 11:13 pm on 14 Apr
Putin critic Navalny sues Russian prison for withholding Quran
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Russian President Vladimir Putin's critic Alexey Navalny said he's suing the prison for withholding the Quran. Navalny, a Christian, added that "deeply studying" the Quran was one of several "self-improvement" goals he had set for himself while in prison. Navalny, who's serving two-and-a-half years for embezzlement, has been on a hunger strike for two weeks demanding proper medical treatment.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 10:39 am on 14 Apr
Russian President Putin gets second COVID-19 vaccine shot
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he got his second COVID-19 vaccine shot, three weeks after getting the first dose. He announced this at a session of the Russian Geographical Society, wherein he took part via video link. "[I've]...gotten the second jab...I hope everything will be fine...I don't even hope as much as I'm sure of it," Putin said.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 08:47 pm on 14 Apr
Sri Lanka bans 11 extremist groups, including ISIS & al-Qaeda
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Sri Lanka has banned 11 hardline Islamist organisations, including ISIS and al-Qaeda, for their links to extremist activities in the nation. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa under a special gazette notification proscribed the groups under Prevention of Terrorism (temporary) Provisions Act. It said any person who acts in contravention or conspires to act would be jailed for between 10 and 20 years.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 04:40 pm on 14 Apr
US First Lady Jill Biden tolerated medical procedure well: WH
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
After undergoing a "common medical procedure" on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden's wife and US First Lady Jill Biden came through it "well", the White House said. "The First Lady tolerated the procedure well," communications director Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement. President Joe Biden had accompanied his wife to an outpatient centre near the campus of George Washington University.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 10:52 pm on 14 Apr
VW to repay buyers who took loans to buy rigged diesel cars
short by Ravi Dutta Mishra / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Volkswagen must fully compensate customers who took out loans to buy diesel cars that were discovered to be fitted with devices to cheat emissions tests, a German court ruled. The court said that the carmaker has to pay $3,926 to a customer who bought one of its diesel cars in 2013, including interest payments on the loan.
short by Ravi Dutta Mishra / 09:30 am on 14 Apr
Only half of women in 57 nations in charge of their own bodies: UN
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Only about half of women in 57 countries globally could make decisions over their bodies, including issues around sex, contraception and health care, a UN report said. Despite constitutional guarantees of gender equality in many countries, on average, women enjoy just 75% of legal rights of men, it added. Thirty countries restrict women's right to move outside home.
short by Dharini Mudgal / 08:10 pm on 14 Apr
Queen returns to royal duties 4 days after husband's death: Report
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
UK's Queen Elizabeth II returned to royal duties on Tuesday, four days after the death of her husband Prince Philip, to mark the retirement of her household's most senior official, PA Media reported. Prince Philip, the Queen's husband for more than seven decades, had died at Windsor Castle aged 99 on Friday. His funeral will take place on April 17.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 11:08 am on 14 Apr
One of world's most wanted human traffickers released by Libya
short by Dharini Mudgal / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Libyan authorities have released a man described as one of the world's most wanted human traffickers, who was sanctioned by the UN for sinking migrant boats. The coastguard commander Abd al-Rahman al-Milad is suspected of being part of a criminal network operating in Libya's Zawiya. Milad was freed on Sunday after charges against him were dropped "for lack of evidence".
short by Dharini Mudgal / 05:03 pm on 14 Apr
North Korea could resume nuclear tests this year: US intel report
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "may be considering...to resume long-range missile or nuclear testing this year to try to force...US to deal with him on Pyongyang's terms", a US intelligence report stated. "Kim views nuclear weapons as the ultimate deterrent against foreign intervention and believes that over time he'll gain international acceptance and respect as a nuclear power," it added.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 12:30 pm on 14 Apr
Police chief, officer resign over killing of black motorist in US
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
The patrol officer, who shot dead a black motorist in US city of Brooklyn Center in Minnesota, and the city's police chief resigned on Tuesday. The resignations follow two nights of violent protests. Earlier, police chief Tim Gannon had said that officer Kim Potter meant to use a Taser, but mistakenly drew her gun, when she shot at Daunte Wright.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 02:42 pm on 14 Apr
60% uranium enrichment response to Israel's 'evilness': Iran Prez
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 14 Apr 2021,Wednesday
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said its decision to boost uranium enrichment to 60% was a response to Israel's "terrorism" and "evilness". This comes after Iran blamed Israel after the country's Natanz nuclear facility suffered electrical problems on Sunday. He added that Israel, with the attack, wanted to derail ongoing talks aimed at reviving Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 05:03 pm on 14 Apr
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