Qatar finance minister arrested over alleged embezzlement, stripped of his duties

Dubai: Qatar Finance Minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi was arrested over embezzlement allegations and stripped of his duties, officials said on Thursday (May 6). In a statement carried by state news agency QNA, the public prosecutor said Emadi was being questioned over allegations of embezzlement, abuse of power and crimes related to the public sector. An […]

14 crew members of cargo ship from India to South Africa test positive for COVID-19

Johannesburg: Fourteen crew members of a cargo ship that sailed to Durban from India have tested positive for COVID-19, South Africa’s Transnet National Port Authority has said. A spokesperson from Transnet said the cause of a chief engineer’s death aboard the ship was a heart attack and not COVID-19. The 14 were among the entire […]

COVID-19 vaccines are ‘no panacea’: North Korea

Seoul: North Korea`s state media warned on Tuesday of the prospect of a lengthy battle against the coronavirus, saying vaccines developed by global drugmakers were proving to be “no universal panacea”. The country has not officially confirmed any infections, although South Korean officials have said an outbreak there cannot be ruled out, as the North […]

Maintenance issues delay US flights with COVID-19 aid to India

Washington: The United States Department of Defense has said that the final two flights of COVID-19 aid for India have been delayed and will reach at least until Wednesday (May 5). US Transportation Command on Monday (May 3) said that the delay is due to maintenance issues. This comes as India registered a slight dip […]

Nepal bans international and domestic flights amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Kathmandu: Nepal on Sunday (May 2) banned all domestic flights from Monday (May 3) midnight and all international flights from Wednesday (May 5) midnight until May 14 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. “The decision on flight restrictions is in place until May 14,” Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi told the Kathmandu Post. “However, charter flights […]

Slow COVID-19 vaccination in Pakistan, only one jab per 100 people: Report

Islamabad: Pakistan has administered only one COVID-19 vaccine jab per hundred people while the vaccination drive is picking up pace in other countries. Citing April 28 data of doses per hundred people by Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford, The News International reported that Seychelles was at the top with 127 […]

COVID-19: Sri Lanka issues strict guidelines amid surge in coronavirus cases

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s health authorities have issued new tough guidelines, including banning wedding receptions and gatherings at religious sites, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the Island nation continued to record a spike in daily infections. For the fifth day on Friday (April 30), the daily number of cases reported crossed the 1,000-mark. […]

Portugal imposes travel restrictions on countries most affected by COVID-19

Lisbon: The Portuguese Government on Saturday (May 1) extended travel restrictions to and from countries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic until May 16. According to the Ministry of Internal Administration, for travellers to and from countries with a COVID-19 incidence rate equal to or greater than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, only flights considered […]

Britain to host 2022 vaccine summit for future pandemics, aims at raising money for R&D

London: Britain said on Friday (April 30) it would host a summit in 2022 to raise money for vaccine research and development to support an international coalition seeking to speed up the production of shots for future diseases. Britain is using its presidency of the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations to highlight the need […]

Medical help arrives from Ireland containing 700 oxygen concentrators and 365 ventilators

New Delhi: A shipment from Ireland containing 700 units of oxygen concentrators and 365 ventilators arrived here in India, as the country fights the second wave of coronavirus. “International cooperation continues! Shipment containing 700 units of oxygen concentrators and 365 ventilators arrives from Ireland. Deeply value the support from our EU partner and friend,” Ministry […]

China’s global player act: Stepped-up supplies to back India’s fight against COVID-19

New Delhi: After Russia, the US, and the European Union had taken the lead, China, which wants to be counted as a “responsible” global player, has also stepped up supplies to enable India to counter a devastating second wave of Covid 19. Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla said at a media conference on Thursday (April 29) […]