Covid vaccines saved 20 million lives in first year, scientists say

Nearly 20 million lives were saved by Covid-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international targets for the shots had been reached, researchers reported Thursday. On Dec. 8, 2020, a retired shop clerk in England received the first shot in what would become a global…

France to sign US-led moon exploration agreement: Report

France is set to sign a US-led multilateral agreement aiming to govern how countries behave in space and on the moon, according to two people familiar with the plans. France’s signing of the pact, called the Artemis Accords, will mark one of the most significant endorsements yet of Washington’s effort to…

Omicron: Compulsory Covid-19 test for international passengers arriving in Karnataka, says health minister

Karnataka’s Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar on Wednesday said that in view of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, passengers arriving from foreign nations in the state will have to undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test at the airport from today, December 1. Passengers may face some delay because…

Matthew Wade plans to defend T20 World Cup title in 2022 and retire: I can sail off into the sunset

Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade revealed that he wants to defend the T20 World Cup title on his home ground in 2022 and then he may announce his international retirement. Wade played a sizzling 41-run knock to help Australia seal a 5-wicket win over Pakistan in the second semifinal of the recently concluded T20…

Venkatesh Iyer keen to learn from coach Rahul Dravid in New Zealand series: I have come with a blank mind

Uncapped all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer is excited at the prospect of learning from the newly-appointed coach and former India captain Rahul Dravid as he gears up for his debut international series against New Zealand. Former captain Dravid, who played 164 Tests and 344 ODIs between 1996 and 2012 and accumulated more than…

CBI busts international rackets of child sexual abuse, people from over 100 countries involved

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) bust an international racket in which people from over 100 countries were allegedly involved in online child sexual abuse, an official said. The CBI also found that over 50 groups with 5,000 offenders from over 100 countries, including Pakistan, Canada, Bangladesh, Nigeria,…

West Bengal Assembly passes resolution against Centre’s move to expand BSF jurisdiction

The West Bengal Assembly has passed a resolution against the central government’s move to expand BSF’s jurisdiction to 50km from the International Border in the state. In October of this year, the central government amended the Border Security Force (BSF) Act to authorize the force to undertake seizure and…

Petrol, diesel prices unchanged after five straight hikes. Check latest rate

Amidst the fluctuating oil prices in the international market, there has been no change in the prices of vehicle fuel ie petrol and diesel in the country on Monday. As per the list released by the Indian oil marketing companies, the prices of petrol and diesel are stable on October 25. Witnessing a hike of 35 paise per…

Australia pacer James Pattinson retires from international cricket, will continue to play domestic cricket

Australian fast bowler James Pattinson announced his decision to retire from international cricket after realising that he won’t be in the reckoning for the Ashes series due to fitness issues. The 31-year-old, who has played 21 Tests and 15 ODIs, though will continue to play domestic cricket. Pattinson had…

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema faces trial over sex tape affair

France and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema will face trial over a sex tape affair in Paris on Wednesday. The star striker is charged with complicity in the attempted blackmail of former international team mate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape. Investigators allege that Benzema encouraged Valbuena to pay a group of…