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Bhutan ordered its first nationwide lockdown starting from Tuesday as the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country reached 113. The lockdown was ordered after a 27-year-old Bhutanese woman, who returned from Kuwait and was discharged from quarantine after testing negative, tested positive again. Bhutan has not reported any death from COVID-19 so far.
short by Nandini Sinha / 04:25 pm on 11 Aug
Russia has named what it claims to be the world's first COVID-19 vaccine 'Sputnik V' after the world's first satellite, said Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia's sovereign wealth fund. Russia had already received requests from over 20 countries for 1 billion doses of the vaccine, Dmitriev added. Russian President Vladimir Putin said one of his daughters has already been vaccinated.
short by Nandini Sinha / 04:55 pm on 11 Aug
COVID-19 vaccine approved by Russia today is still in Phase 3 trial
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
The COVID-19 vaccine which was granted regulatory approval by Russia today began Phase 3 trial last week. Professor Alexander Gintsburg, head of the Gamaleya Institute that developed the vaccine, said that vaccination will start while the trials continue. The final-stage study, generally involving thousands of participants, is vital to prove if an experimental vaccine is safe and effective.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 04:42 pm on 11 Aug
Our vaccine forms strong immunity, passed all checks: Russian Prez Putin
short by Pragya Swastik / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, who announced that the country has developed the world's first COVID-19 vaccine, assured that the vaccine passed all the needed checks. "I know it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity," Putin said, who also disclosed one of his daughters received two shots of the vaccine. "The most important thing is to ensure full safety," he added.
short by Pragya Swastik / 06:37 pm on 11 Aug
Discussing prequalification of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine: WHO
short by Nandini Sinha / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that it is discussing with Russian authorities the process for possible WHO prequalification of the country's newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine 'Sputnik V'. "Prequalification of any vaccine includes the rigorous review and assessment of all required safety and efficacy data," WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said.
short by Nandini Sinha / 06:43 pm on 11 Aug
Coronavirus found on frozen seafood packaging in China
short by Ankush Verma / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
The Yantai city government in China has said that authorities have found the novel coronavirus on the packaging of imported frozen seafood that arrived from the port city of Dalian. Coronavirus had also been found last month by customs officers in Dalian in the packaging of frozen shrimps imported from Ecuador.
short by Ankush Verma / 04:38 pm on 11 Aug
Indonesia starts Phase 3 trial of China-made COVID-19 vaccine
short by Kiran Khatri / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
Indonesia has launched late-stage human trials of CoronaVac, a vaccine made by China's Sinovac Biotech, that will involve over 1,600 patients in the country. Once the vaccine clears the trials successfully, state-owned Bio Farma may begin production from January, President Joko Widodo said. The vaccine candidate is among just a few in the world to enter Phase 3 clinical trials.
short by Kiran Khatri / 04:55 pm on 11 Aug
Lebanese security officials had in July warned country's leaders about the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut, according to a Reuters report. Security officials said that the ammonium nitrate posed a security risk and could destroy the capital if it exploded, the report added. The ammonium nitrate went up in a massive blast, killing at least 163 people.
short by Ankush Verma / 04:39 pm on 11 Aug
Trump says '1917 pandemic probably ended WWII' that began in 1939
short by Nandini Sinha / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
During a press briefing, US President Donald Trump said that the "1917 pandemic probably ended the Second World War". "It certainly was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people...All soldiers were sick. That was a terrible situation," Trump said. The Spanish flu pandemic actually occurred in 1918, while World War II began in 1939.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:39 pm on 11 Aug
A 60-year-old Indian-origin man has been jailed for four years and three months for molesting a 36-year-old woman jogger in Singapore. The delivery driver was watching a pornographic video inside a van when he spotted the victim, the court was informed. He groped the woman and tried to push her towards nearby bushes, but she was saved by passers-by.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 07:51 pm on 11 Aug
Canada city allows temples to broadcast Hanuman Chalisa, Gayatri Mantra
short by Nandini Sinha / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
The Canadian city of Mississauga has allowed local Hindu temples to broadcast the Hanuman Chalisa and Gayatri Mantra through loudspeakers over the course of Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi and Onam. Hindu Forum Canada had sought the permission for temples to broadcast, stating that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hindu devotees, especially senior citizens, were unable to visit the temples.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:37 pm on 11 Aug
Israel shares AI based technology with AIIMS to tackle COVID-19
short by Kiran Khatri / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
Israel has contributed state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) based technologies and equipment, including contactless monitoring applications and AI assistant robots, to AIIMS, Delhi to help India in the COVID-19 fight. "Some of it was contributed by companies...some of it was purchased with special funds allocated by our foreign minister," Ron Malka, Israel's Ambassador to India, said.
short by Kiran Khatri / 10:58 pm on 11 Aug
Trump says 'great' relationship with Xi changed amid pandemic
short by Shailesh / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
US President Donald Trump said that his "great" relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping has changed amid the coronavirus pandemic. "I like him, but I don't feel the same way now...I haven't spoken to him in a long time," Trump added. The US is the worst coronavirus-hit country in the world with nearly 51 lakh cases.
short by Shailesh / 07:57 pm on 11 Aug
Trump considers banning re-entry by citizens who may have COVID-19: Report
short by Sharangee Dutta / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
US President Donald Trump is considering new immigration rules to temporarily block a US citizen or a permanent legal resident from returning to the nation if they're suspected to be COVID-19 infected, as per a New York Times report. The draft proposal reportedly says that any order blocking citizens "must include appropriate protections to ensure no constitutional rights are infringed".
short by Sharangee Dutta / 04:38 pm on 11 Aug
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday urged for political stability amid a coalition crisis. "We need to make every effort to avoid elections...and fight for the reopening of the economy," he said. A dispute has been going on over the state budget between the Israeli PM and Benny Gantz, with whom Netanyahu formed a unity government.
short by Sharangee Dutta / 05:41 pm on 11 Aug
Taiwan has sent coronavirus aid to other countries "quietly" to avoid protests from China, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said. Taiwan has donated 5.1 crore face masks abroad, including 1 crore masks to the US, along with other items of personal protective equipment, Wu added. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and reportedly seeks to isolate the island diplomatically.
short by Shailesh / 06:21 pm on 11 Aug
Nicholas Koumjian, head of UN's Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, said Facebook hasn't released evidence of "serious international crimes", including the Rohingya issue. He said Facebook has material "highly relevant and probative of serious international crimes". However, he added IIMM's discussions with Facebook continue and he is hopeful it'll eventually receive the evidence.
short by Aishwarya / 06:11 pm on 11 Aug
EU to provide ₹14.5 crore to support flood victims in South Asia
short by Kiran Khatri / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
The European Union has said that it is providing ₹14.5 crore in humanitarian aid funding to support people affected by severe flooding in South Asia, most notably Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The EU added that this is in addition to the ₹15.8 crore announced earlier this year to support families affected by a series of disasters, including Cyclone Amphan.
short by Kiran Khatri / 05:27 pm on 11 Aug
2 Iraqi border guards killed in Turkish strike: Iraq's military
short by Shailesh / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
Iraq's military said a Turkish drone strike killed two Iraqi border guard officers and their driver, marking the first time that high-ranking Iraqi personnel were killed in Turkey's operation against the Kurdish militants. Reportedly, the strike took place when the officers were meeting members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Turkey regularly carries out operations against the PKK in Iraq.
short by Shailesh / 11:36 pm on 11 Aug
China trying to turn us into next Hong Kong: Taiwan Foreign Minister
short by Kiran Khatri / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
China is trying to turn Taiwan into "the next Hong Kong", island's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said during a meeting with US Health Secretary Alex Azar. "Our daily lives have become...difficult as China continues to pressure Taiwan into accepting its political conditions," he added. Azar is the highest-level US official to visit Taiwan since diplomatic relations were severed in 1979.
short by Kiran Khatri / 10:42 pm on 11 Aug
Li Shengwu, the grandson of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew, said that he'll pay ₹8.1 lakh in fine over a Facebook post that reportedly questioned the independence of the country's judiciary. "I disagree that my words were illegal," Li said about the 2017 post. However, Li said he'll pay the fine "in order to buy some peace and quiet".
short by Shailesh / 05:00 pm on 11 Aug
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced that she would retire next month after the city council reduced the police department's $409 million annual budget by $3.5 million following months of public protests. The protesters had demanded a 50% cut to the department's annual budget following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in police custody on May 25.
short by Shailesh / 10:24 pm on 11 Aug
Police bust 'largest' cocaine lab in Netherlands; 17 arrested
short by Shailesh / on 11 Aug 2020,Tuesday
The "largest" cocaine laboratory in the Netherlands was busted by the police after it raided a former horse riding school in the country's rural north, an official statement said. Seventeen people, including 13 Colombians, have been arrested during the raid, it added. The laboratory has a capacity to produce 150 to 200 kilograms of cocaine per day, it further said.
short by Shailesh / 09:09 pm on 11 Aug
The World Food Programme will send 50,000 tonnes of wheat flour to Lebanon after last week's blast in Beirut destroyed its only grain silo, a United Nations (UN) report said. The flour would be sent to "ensure there is no food shortage" in Lebanon, it added. The first batch of 17,500 tonnes will arrive in 10 days, it further said.
short by Shailesh / 07:46 pm on 11 Aug
Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has left Belarus after rejecting the result of the presidential election. Tikhanovskaya, who is now in Lithuania, said that she has left the country for the sake of her children. President Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected for a sixth term after winning 80% of the votes, sparking violent protests against the poll result in the country.
short by Shailesh / 06:23 pm on 11 Aug
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