Author: Mike Harrison

It was not immediately clear if AstraZeneca had reversed a decision to pull out, or if the EU’s information that it would not participate was incorrect. Confusion erupted on January 27 over a scheduled meeting between AstraZeneca and the EU to discuss the pharmaceutical group’s delay in delivering its COVID-19 vaccine.An EU official told AFP that AstraZeneca had abruptly pulled out of the meeting — the third called for this week — in what was seen as an escalation in the contractual row over the deliveries.But shortly afterwards AstraZeneca issued a statement saying: “We can confirm we have not pulled…

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Deeply pained by whatever happened during the tractor parade, says president of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu). Two farmer unions on Wednesday withdrew from the ongoing agitation on Delhi’s borders against the three farm laws, a day after violence broke out in the national capital during the tractor parade.Also read: Conspiracy hatched because Centre was shaken by farmers’ agitation, says SKM Talking to reporters, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) president Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh said he was deeply pained by whatever happened during the tractor parade in the national capital, adding that his union was ending its protest. The union was staging…

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‘Growth across categories spurs profits,’ the consumer goods maker said in a regulatory filing. Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL) reported standalone third-quarter net profit rose 19% to ₹1,921 crore, from ₹1,616 crore in the year-earlier period on broad-based growth across categories.“We have significantly dialled up investments behind our portfolio and in building future-fit capabilities,” the consumer goods maker said in a regulatory filing. “Net revenue management and savings agenda has enabled us to drive a healthy bottom line.” Sales income increased 21% to ₹11,682 crore, from ₹9,696 crore in the same period last year. ‘Market development’ “Our consumer relevant innovations, market development and execution…

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Notably, Senate Minority Leader, who had in recent weeks entertained the possibility of convicting Mr. Trump, joined his Republican colleagues and voted against taking the trial forward. All but five of the U.S. Senate’s 50 Republicans unsuccessfully attempted to block the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump from progressing, in a vote on the constitutionality of impeaching a former President. While Mr. Trump will be tried because 55 of the 100 senators voted to proceed, Tuesday’s vote cast doubt on whether Mr. Trump would be convicted — a move that would need 17 of the Senate’s 50 Republicans to…

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India-made mobile game FAU-G: Fearless and United Guards, which got more than 5 million pre-registrations, was released for Android on Google Play Store on 26 January. Its iOS version is expected to be launched on the App Store in 3-4 months, the company said. The game was downloaded over 1 million times on Google Play Store on day one and received an overall rating of 4.1. However, many players were disappointed with the unavailability of the battle royal mode along the lines of PUBG Mobile. Though FAU-G has 5v5 Team Deathmatch and Free for All modes, they are not accessible…

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He is expected to revitalise State Department and increase diversity of its workforce After his 78 to 22 confirmation at the Senate, new U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had an administrative swearing-in on Tuesday at the State Department, after which he got to work and spoke to his counterparts from Japan, South Korea, Canada, and Mexico on the phone.Speaking to Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Mr. Blinken called the alliance between their two countries “the cornerstone of peace, security, and prosperity for a free and open Indo-Pacific region and across the globe,” according to a State Department readout of…

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Both she and President Joe Biden got the vaccine live on television to help alleviate public resistance to the vaccine and reassure Americans of its safety Vice President Kamala Harris has received the second dose of her COVID-19 vaccine.Ms. Harris was given the shot Tuesday at the National Institutes of Health by nurse Judy Lai Yee Chan, who is chief of the NIH’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic. After receiving the shot, Harris joked, “when are you gonna put it in?” She called it “relatively painless.”Both she and President Joe Biden got the vaccine live on television to help alleviate public resistance…

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Cayetano Heredia University, which is involved with the study, said that it did not know if the volunteer had received the vaccine or the placebo in the double blind trial A volunteer in the local Peruvian trial of a coronavirus vaccine produced by China’s Sinopharm Group Co Ltd has died from COVID-19 related pneumonia, the university carrying out the trial said on Tuesday.Cayetano Heredia University, which is involved with the study, said that it did not know if the volunteer had received the vaccine or the placebo in the double blind trial. Peru is being hit by a second wave…

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Middle order batsman Matthew Wade has been dumped from Australia’s test squad for the tour of South Africa after his lean series against India.Wade will instead head to New Zealand with Australia’s Twenty20 squad for a five-match series starting Feb. 22 in Christchurch.Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey has been included in the 19-man squad along with another uncapped player in Queensland paceman Mark Steketee.Openers Will Pucovski and David Warner, and fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson have all been selected despite suffering recent injuries.The Australian and South African cricket boards are yet to sign off on dates for the three-test tour…

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Sri Lankan government has appointed a three-member committee which will make recommendations on measures to stop poaching by Indian fishermen inside the country’s waters, the Ministry of Fisheries said on Tuesday, a week after four people were killed when an Indian trawler capsized after colliding with a Sri Lankan Navy vessel.Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda has appointed the committee of senior officials from his ministry who would be talking to all stakeholders to try and find a permanent solution to this recurring issue, officials said.Last week, India lodged a strong protest with Sri Lanka over the death of four fishermen in…

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