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Fully Vaccinated Travellers From All Countries Will Soon Be Able To Travel To Canada Freely
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Fully Vaccinated Travellers From All Countries Will Soon Be Able To Travel To Canada Freely

New Delhi: Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday that fully vaccinated Americans could be allowed entrance as early as mid-August for non-essential travel. By early September, Canada should be able to welcome fully vaccinated passengers from all nations, he said.Trudeau spoke with provincial leaders, and his office shared a transcript of the call. He stated that the border might be opened if Canada's existing positive immunisation rate and public health conditions remain.ALSO READ | Pulitzer Prize Winning Indian Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui Killed During Clashes In Kandahar“Canada would be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September,” the readout said. “He noted the ongoing discussions with the U...
US Senate confirms Indian-American Seema Nanda as solicitor for labour deptartment
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US Senate confirms Indian-American Seema Nanda as solicitor for labour deptartment

The United States Senate has confirmed Indian-American Seema Nanda as the solicitor for the Department of Labour. A former CEO of the Democratic National Committee who also served in the Department of Labour during the Obama Administration, Nanda was confirmed by the Senate with 53-46 votes on Wednesday. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus chair Judy Chu applauded the Senate vote. “I am thrilled to congratulate Seema Nanda on her confirmation to serve as Solicitor for the Department of Labour. Whether it’s risks from coronavirus, rising temperatures from climate change, or unscrupulous employers, workers continue to face difficult challenges every day,” she said. This is why it’s so significant that President Joe Biden chose somebody with Nanda’s experience as t...
Brazil’s economy in ‘jobless recovery’ after inflation surge
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Brazil’s economy in ‘jobless recovery’ after inflation surge

Brazil’s economy will continue experiencing a so-called “jobless recovery” after this year’s inflation surge, while prospects for growth in Mexico look brighter despite concerns about a potentially stricter monetary policy in the United States, a Reuters poll showed. On the surface, Brazil’s macro outlook is improving as consumers shrug off the COVID-19 pandemic, companies enjoy a revival of M&A deals and the agricultural sector thrives on strong global demand. Recent upgrades in gross domestic product forecasts are at odds with a series of problems, though. Soaring inflation, currently the main issue, is likely to be followed by persistently high unemployment into next year, when Brazilians vote in general elections. “As the economy will take some time to re-absorb wor...
Cuba blames unrest on U.S. sanctions, social media campaigns
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Cuba blames unrest on U.S. sanctions, social media campaigns

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday blamed historic protests this weekend on U.S. “economic asphyxiation” and social media campaigns by a minority of counter-revolutionaries while U.S. President Joe Biden said he stood with the Cuban people.The protests erupted amid Communist-run Cuba’s worst economic crisis since the fall of former ally Soviet Union, with the tightening of decades-old U.S. sanctions exacerbating shortages of food and medicine as well as power outages amid a surge in COVID-19 infections. “In the last few weeks the campaign against the Cuban revolution has increased in social media, drawing on the problems and shortages we are living,” Diaz-Canel said in a televised address alongside his Cabinet. A minority of counter-revolutionaries were foment...
Biden signs executive order promoting competition among companies to lower prices, increase wages
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Biden signs executive order promoting competition among companies to lower prices, increase wages

Asserting that capitalism without competition has no meaning, US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order aimed at promoting competition among companies to lower prices and increase wages. Biden described it as another critical step toward an economy that works for everybody. “The heart of American capitalism is a simple idea: open and fair competition — that means that if your companies want to win your business, they have to go out and they have to up their game; better prices and services; new ideas and products,” Biden said in his remarks during the executive order signing ceremony in the State Dining room of the White House on Friday. Biden said that Capitalism without competition isn’t capitalism; it’s exploitation. “Without healthy competition, big players c...
US adds 14 Chinese companies to trade blacklist over alleged role in abuse of Muslim minorities
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US adds 14 Chinese companies to trade blacklist over alleged role in abuse of Muslim minorities

The Joe Biden administration added 14 Chinese companies to a trade blacklist on Friday over their alleged role in that country’s abuses of its Uyghur civilians and other Muslim ethnic minorities. The Commerce Department said in a statement that the electronics and technology firms and other businesses helped enable Beijing’s campaign of repression mass detention and high-technology surveillance against Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province. The penalties which prohibit Americans from selling equipment or other goods to the firms are the latest from the United States as it steps up financial and trade penalties over China’s treatment of the Uyghur people. The Chinese government since 2017 has detained a million or more people in the northwest province of Xinjiang. Critics a...
Taliban Claims 85 Percent Control Of Afghan Territory; Joe Biden Decides To Pull Out US Troops
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Taliban Claims 85 Percent Control Of Afghan Territory; Joe Biden Decides To Pull Out US Troops

Kabul: Hours after US President Joe Biden ordered his troops to pull out of the war-torn nation, the Taliban on Friday claimed to be in control of 85 percent of Afghanistan’s territory.The Taliban claimed that its fighters had seized the border town of Islam Qala, thereby completing an arc of territory from the Iranian border to the frontier with China.A delegation of Taliban officials in Moscow said that they controlled around 250 of Afghanistan’s 398 districts.READ: India Gives Stern Response Over Pakistan Alleging Involvement In Blast Near Hafiz Saeed's HouseTaliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid too confirmed the same and said that the Islam Qala border crossing was “under our full control”.Meanwhile, the Afghan government officials in Kabul said: “efforts are unde...
Tree Crashes Into US Home Due To Storm Baby Monitor Capture Video, Family Safe
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Tree Crashes Into US Home Due To Storm Baby Monitor Capture Video, Family Safe

New Delhi: A series of shocking videos and images were shared by an American woman of a tree crashing into her home pretty much destroy a part of her roof. One of her videos was footage from the baby monitor that captured debris the moment the tree fell and the debris falling into the baby's crib.Luckily, the baby is just fine but a part of the house is destroyed and would need a lot of work to be done. ALSO READ: Kanwar Yatra 2021: Uttar Pradesh Gives Approval For Annual Pilgrimage Amid Pandemic, Detailed Guidelines SoonOn July 2nd, Courtney Buchholtz had just put her son, Cannon, down to sleep in their Prairieville home in Baton Rouge, a Louisiana suburb when a storm began to rage. Then a huge tree came crashing through the roof. The monitor captures the baby who w...
White House says it is reaching out to ransomware victims
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White House says it is reaching out to ransomware victims

The White House said on Sunday it was reaching out to victims of a wide-ranging ransomware outbreak centered on a Florida-based information technology company. In a statement, deputy national security adviser for cyber Anne Neuberger said the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber arm “will reach out to identified victims to provide assistance based upon an assessment of national risk. “The full impact of the intrusion at Kaseya is still coming into focus, in part because the affected Kaseya software tool is used by so-called managed service providers, outsourcing shops that other businesses use to handle their back-office IT work, like installing updates. Targets included schools, small public-sector bodies, travel and leisure organizations, credit unions and ...
Almost All Covid Deaths In America Among Unvaccinated People: Report
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Almost All Covid Deaths In America Among Unvaccinated People: Report

Washington: Almost all deaths due to Covid-19 in America are among the people who did not get inoculated. This is proving how effective the vaccine is. The number of daily deaths in the US has come down to 300, and if all eligible people are vaccinated, this number can come down to 0 as per reports.The Associated Press has analyzed government data since May. This shows out of 853,000 cases of breakthrough infection in fully vaccinated people, less than 1,200 were admitted to hospitals. About 0.1% are getting admitted to the hospitals. At the same time, out of 18,000 Covid-19 deaths in May, only 150 people were fully vaccinated. which is about 0.8% or an average of 5 deaths per day.ALSO READ | US Confirms Wuhan Coronavirus Sequences Removed From Database At Request Of...
John Mcafee Suicide: Antivirus Software Pioneer Found Dead In Jail Cell
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John Mcafee Suicide: Antivirus Software Pioneer Found Dead In Jail Cell

Madrid: Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was found dead in his jail cell in Spain on Wednesday, a prison official said, shortlyThe 75-year-old was found dead in his cell in the Brians 2 penitentiary near Barcelona "apparently from suicide", a spokeswoman for the prison system in the northeastern Catalonia region said as reported by news agency AFP.McAfee was arrested at Barcelona airport in October 2020 when he was about to board a flight to Istanbul. He has remained in jail since then. The Antivirus software pioneer is wanted in the US for tax evasion. He is accused of deliberately failing to file tax returns between 2014 and 2018, even after earning millions from consulting work, cryptocurrencies and selling the rights to his life story.ALSO READ | Corona Del...
Delta Variant ‘Greatest Threat’ To US’ Efforts In Fight Against COVID-19: Dr Fauci
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Delta Variant ‘Greatest Threat’ To US’ Efforts In Fight Against COVID-19: Dr Fauci

Washington: The highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is the "greatest threat" to America's attempt to eradicate the COVID-19 pandemic, White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr Anthony Fauci has warned.Speaking at a White House briefing on COVID-19 on Tuesday, Fauci said the variant, which was first identified in India, now makes up more than 20 per cent of all new cases in the US, a significant increase from nearly 10 per cent two weeks ago."Similar to the situation in the UK, the Delta variant is currently the greatest threat in the US to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19, Fauci told reporters during a virtual news conference here.ALSO READ | Centre Declares Delta Plus A 'Variant Of Concern'; Puts Maharashtra, Kerala, MP On AlertHowever, the good news is t...
Chinese Expert Says Focus Should Shift To US On Covid-19 Origin
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Chinese Expert Says Focus Should Shift To US On Covid-19 Origin

New Delhi: After a study showed that the virus could be circulating in the U.S. in December 2019, a senior Chinese expert has said that the next phase of investigation on the origin of Covid-19 should be done in the United States. A study was published by the U.S. National Institutes for Health (NIH) which said that at least 7 people were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 weeks before the first official cases were reported.ALSO READ: All You Need To Know About The New ‘Moscow’ Strain Found In RussiaZeng Guang, chief epidemiologist with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention while speaking to state-owned Global Times said that it's time to shift the attention to the United States which was slow to test people when the outbreak first happened and it was the h...
Ocugen selects Jubilant HollisterStier as manufacturer for Covaxin in US
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Ocugen selects Jubilant HollisterStier as manufacturer for Covaxin in US

Ocugen Inc, Bharat Biotech’s US and Canada partner for its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, said it has chosen Jubilant HollisterStier of Spokane,Washington as its manufacturing partner for the vaccine for the North American countries. “We are fully committed to bringing Covaxin to the US and Canadian markets because we believe it has the potential to save lives by adding a weapon to the arsenal in the fight against emerging variants, J P Gabriel, Ocugen’s Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Supply Chain said in a release on Tuesday. Bharat Biotech has entered into a definitive agreement with OcugenInc, a US-based biopharmaceutical company, to co-develop, supply, and commercialise, its Covaxin for the American and Canadian markets. The US Food and Drug Administration recently...
China’s Top Virologist Speaks Out Against Origin Of Covid-19; Denies ‘Lab Leak’ Theory
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China’s Top Virologist Speaks Out Against Origin Of Covid-19; Denies ‘Lab Leak’ Theory

In a rare statement to the media, Dr. Shi Zhengli denied that her institution was to blame for the health disaster. The Chinese scientist at the centre of theories that the coronavirus pandemic was caused by a leak from her specialised lab in Wuhan has denied that her institution was to blame for the health disaster.“How on earth can I offer up evidence for something where there is no evidence?” Dr. Shi Zhengli told the New York Times. “I don’t know how the world has come to this, constantly pouring filth on an innocent scientist,” she told the U.S. daily.ALSO READ | India's First: Govt AEFI Panel Confirms Death Of Person After Covid Vaccine DoseLast month, US President Joe Biden directed intelligence agencies to look into the origins of the pandemic, including the l...
No Emergency Use Approval For Covaxin In US; Phase 3 Trial Data Expected To Be Published In 7-8 Days, Says Dr VK Paul
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No Emergency Use Approval For Covaxin In US; Phase 3 Trial Data Expected To Be Published In 7-8 Days, Says Dr VK Paul

New Delhi: In a significant development, the Food and Drug Administration has "recommended" Ocugen Inc, the US partner of Bharat Biotech, to go for Biologics Licence Application (BLA) route for Covaxin with additional data, nixing hopes of Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) in the USA.Ocugen confirmed this is in a statement adding that it will pursue submission of a biologics licence application (BLA) for Covaxin. BLA is a "full approval" mechanism by the FDA for drugs and vaccines.ALSO READ | ICMR Approves Another Indigenous Covid-19 Self-Test Kit - CovidFind; Check Price & More"The company will no longer pursue an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Covaxin. The FDA provided feedback to Ocugen regarding the Master File. The company had previously submitted and...
US To Handover First Set Of Three MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Multi-Role Helicopters To India In July
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US To Handover First Set Of Three MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Multi-Role Helicopters To India In July

The Indian Navy is set to boost its fleet with the addition of three 24 MH-60 “Romeo” multi-role helicopters in July. The United States is set to hand over the first set of multi-role helicopters to the force. According to reports, the first batch of Indian Pilots has also reached the US for receiving the training on helicopters. Last year, India inked a deal worth over-Rs 16,000 crore to buy 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters from Lockheed Martin. India signed the deal  under fast track procedures on a government-to-government deal to hasten the process. News agency ANI quoted Navy sources saying as, "The First batch of the Indian pilots has reached the US for training on the helicopters and we would be receiving three of these helicopters in the US in July. The training of...
US to pull El Salvador funds on ‘deep concerns’ over recent dismissals
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US to pull El Salvador funds on ‘deep concerns’ over recent dismissals

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is pulling aid from El Salvador’s national police and a public information institute and will instead redirect the funding to civil society groups, the agency’s head said in a statement on Friday. The statement cited concerns over votes earlier this month by legislative allies of President Nayib Bukele to oust the attorney general and top judges. USAID Administrator Samantha Power expressed “deep concerns” with the dismissals as well as “larger concerns about transparency and accountability” in the Central American country. The earmarked funds will now go to “promoting transparency, combating corruption and monitoring human rights” in concert with local civil society groups, the statement said, without specifying the amoun...
US Supreme Court gives big oil a win in climate fight with cities
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US Supreme Court gives big oil a win in climate fight with cities

Written by John Schwartz The Supreme Court handed a victory to fossil fuel companies on Monday in a major climate change case, but gave the industry far less than it had asked for. The decision in the case did not deal with the merits of the lawsuit, which Baltimore filed to try to compel fossil fuel companies to help pay the costs of dealing with climate change. Instead, the justices focused on narrow issues concerning the rules for appealing lower-court decisions that send cases to state courts. By a 7-1 decision, the Supreme Court on Monday sent the case back to the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to reconsider the industry’s demand that it review a lower-court decision to have the case proceed in state courts. The issue of whether to hear these cases in federal or ...
US warns extremists may strike as COVID-19 restrictions ease
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US warns extremists may strike as COVID-19 restrictions ease

A national terrorism alert issued Friday warns that violent extremists may take advantage of the easing of pandemic restrictions to conduct attacks. The alert does not cite any specific threats. But it warns of potential danger from an increasingly complex and volatile mix that includes domestic terrorists inspired by various grievances, racial or ethnic hatred and influences from abroad. Those threats were exacerbated by COVID-19, which spawned conspiracy theories and deepened anger at the government in some quarters over the shutdown of the economy. As virus conditions improve, the alert says new dangers loom. “Violent extremists may seek to exploit the easing of COVID-19-related restrictions across the United States to conduct attacks against a broader range of targets a...