‘Emergence of new variants raise concerns over vaccine efficacy’

World Health Organization (WHO) experts came together to review the efficacy of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, after a study showed that it was less effective against a new variant of the virus discovered in South Africa. At a press briefing here on Monday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said although the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is one

India warns against terrorists getting WMD

India has warned against chemical weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorists noting the reports of the resurgence of the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Syria…writes Arul Louis. “India remains concerned about the possibility of such dangerous weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorist organisation and individuals,” R.

‘Human rights to be “fully respected” in Kashmir’

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has again offered his “good offices” to India and Pakistan to resolve their problems, even though New Delhi has rejected his involvement in bilateral disputes….Arul Louis “Our good offices are always available, and we will insist within it of finding peaceful solutions for problems that have no military solution,” he said

India Joins UN Security Council

India was elected for the eighth time to the Council polling 184 votes of the 192 votes cast for the non-permanent seat to represent Asia…reports Arul Louis India became a non-permanent member of the Security Council on Friday taking a seat at the UN’s highest decision-making body at a time of changing reality even as

Acute malnutrition in children at record-high

More than 10 million children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), northeast Nigeria, the Central Sahel, South Sudan and Yemen will suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021, the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) said. All of these countries and regions are experiencing “dire humanitarian crises”, while also grappling with intensifying food insecurity, the coronavirus

Trump: COVID-19 Relief Bill needs Ammendment

US President Donald Trump has urged the Congress to amend a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill to more than triple its stimulus payments to Americans. In a video message posted on Twitter, he said the package “really is a disgrace”, full of “wasteful” items, the BBC reported on Wednesday. “It’s called the Covid relief bill,