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AUSTRALIAIt has agreed to buy 135 million doses: 34 million from AstraZeneca, 40 million from Novavax Inc, 10 million from Pfizer and 51 million from CSL Ltd. It expects delivery of 3.8 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in January and February next year. It hopes to lock in 60 million doses in total and also is in talks with Pfizer and Sinovac. BANGLADESHBangladesh signed a deal with India’s Serum to buy 30 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. It also expects to receive 68 million doses from GAVI at a subsidized rate, a senior health ministry official said.
Persons: Dado, Sputnik, Johnson Organizations: Reuters, Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca Plc, REUTERS, AstraZeneca, Novavax Inc, Pfizer, CSL Ltd, Western, Shenzhen Kangtai Biological, Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group, Tibet Rhodiola Pharmaceutical, Johnson, Shionogi, Co, SOUTH, drugmakers, Serum Institute of India, Sputnik, Sinovac, India’s Locations: AUSTRALIA, CHINA China, China, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Tibet, China . China, JAPAN Japan, Japan, SOUTH KOREA, COVAX, India, TAIWAN Taiwan, PHILIPPINES, Philippines, INDONESIA, Indonesia, VIETNAM, BANGLADESH Bangladesh
Hundreds evacuated in Indian city of Chennai as cyclone nears
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Sudarshan Varadhan | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
CHENNAI (Reuters) - Hundreds of people in low lying areas in India’s southern city of Chennai were evacuated and more than 150 relief centres were on standby ahead of a “very severe cyclonic storm”, government officials said on Wednesday. Vessels in the city’s port have been moved to sea and port operations will likely remain shut until the cyclone makes landfall, a senior port official said. Local government officials in Chennai released water from a major reservoir, cleared fallen trees and readied relief centres as they evacuated people from low lying areas. “Residents are shifted from low lying areas close to Adyar river. Authorities have so far evacuated 528 people and 150 more relief shelters are being readied in the city, officials said.
Persons: “ Nivar ”, , Edappadi Palaniswami, Alby John Organizations: Indian Meteorological Department, IMD, Tamil Nadu state’s, South Asia ”, Twitter, Local, Chennai, Authorities Locations: CHENNAI, India’s, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Detroit, South Asia, Chennai’s, Adyar
India bans 43 more mobile apps as it takes on China
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India banned 43 mobile apps on Tuesday, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s e-commerce app Aliexpress, in a new wave of web sanctions targeted at China after the neighbours’ months-long standoff on their rugged Himalayan border. The 43 mostly Chinese-origin applications, which also include a few dating apps, threaten the “sovereignty and integrity of India”, the technology ministry said in a statement. India has previously banned more than 170 apps, saying they collect and share users’ data and could pose a threat to the state. Its subsidiary UC Web laid off staff in India earlier this year after New Delhi first banned 59 Chinese-origin mobile apps that included UC Web’s browser and two other products. India’s slew of app bans has also jolted the ambitions of Chinese tech titans such as Bytedance and Tencent in the South Asian country, which is trying to reduce Beijing’s influence on its burgeoning internet economy.
Persons: , , Alibaba, Aliexpress, Walmart Inc’s, BigBasket, India’s Organizations: Alibaba, Walmart, UC, New, Reuters Locations: DELHI, India, China, New Delhi
Breakingviews - India adds distress to distressed debt deals
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Una Galani | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas - RC1A39ADCF00MUMBAI (Reuters Breakingviews) - India’s stressed asset deals are starting to look cosy. The higher offer from Adani Enterprises might be welcomed by creditors led by State Bank of India. It is something of a test case because India does not have a dedicated framework to deal with failed lenders. Underwhelmed by the bids from four short-listed suitors in the first round, creditors asked for revisions. With controversies like these, India is only adding distress to debt deals.
Persons: Francis Mascarenhas, RC1A39ADCF00, Gautam, Oaktree, India’s, Adani Organizations: Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd, REUTERS, Reuters, U.S, Adani Enterprises, State Bank of India, Dewan Housing Finance Corp Ltd, Reserve Bank of India, Hong Kong’s SC Lowy, Abu, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Locations: Mumbai, India, RC1A39ADCF00 MUMBAI, Hong, Abu Dhabi
NEW DELH—India banned 43 more Chinese apps in New Delhi’s latest move to pressure China in the online industry as tensions fester following a deadly border clash between the neighboring countries. India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued an order citing growing concerns about data security in blocking the Chinese apps, effectively restricting China’s access to one of the largest and fastest-growing online markets in the world.
Organizations: India’s Ministry of Electronics, Information Technology Locations: India, China
FILE PHOTO: A man works in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech, developing an experimental coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, during a government-organized media tour in Beijing, China, September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File PhotoSAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil has gathered enough infection data from a late-stage trial of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech and expects to have interim results on its efficiency in early December, trial organizers said on Monday. He said an independent committee is likely to release the efficiency results in the first week of December based on its analysis of the data. Covas said Brazil’s health ministry now has all the information needed to include Coronavac in the national program, while São Paulo Health Secretary Jean Gorinchteyn expected on Monday Brazil’s regulator to approve the use of the Sinovac vaccine, CoronaVac, by January. The Sinovac vaccine has been promoted by Sao Paulo Governor João Doria, a move which has put him at odds with President Jair Bolsonaro who is a vocal China skeptic.
Persons: Thomas Peter, Dimas Covas, Covas, Jean Gorinchteyn, João Gabbardo, Sinovac’s, João Doria, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Janssen, Johnson Organizations: Sinovac Biotech, REUTERS, SAO PAULO, Reuters, China’s Sinovac Biotech, AstraZeneca, Monday, U.S, Pfizer, Moderna, São Paulo Health, Sao Paulo, Pfizer Inc, India’s Bharat Biotech, Russian Direct Investment Fund, Moderna Inc, Johnson Locations: Beijing, China, Brazil, Russia
With a Kiss, Netflix Gets Tangled in India’s Religious Tensions
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Emily Schmall | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.51   time to read: +1 min
The party has won over a wide swath of Hindu voters with its nationalist pitch, but it has also divided the country and presided over an increase in religious tensions and sometimes violence, particularly against Muslims. Thomas Cherian, a spokesman for Netflix, said the company had no comment on the police complaint. Netflix, which launched in India only in 2016, has a small but growing audience in the country. “A Suitable Boy” is based on a 1993 novel by Vikram Seth and revolves around a young Hindu woman struggling with her mother’s edict that she must soon be wed. The series was directed by Mira Nair, who was born in India and has had a long career as a filmmaker in India and Hollywood, directing movies including “Monsoon Wedding,” “Mississippi Masala” and “Vanity Fair.”
Persons: , Gilles Verniers, Thomas Cherian, Vikram Seth, Mira Nair Organizations: Bharatiya Janata Party, Netflix, Ashoka University, BBC, Hollywood Locations: Madhya Pradesh, India, Pakistan
Brazil signs letter of intent to purchase five COVID vaccines
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Diego Vara/File PhotoBRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s health ministry said on Sunday it will sign non-binding letters of intent to purchase coronavirus vaccines from four companies and Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, adding that any purchase will depend on the approval of the nation’s regulators. According to the ministry, officials met last week with representatives of Pfizer Inc, India’s Bharat Biotech, the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Moderna Inc and Janssen, a unit of Johnson & Johnson. So far, the Brazilian federal government’s main bet is on a vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca PLC, with which it has already signed a supply contract. In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest state, local authorities have signed a deal with China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd to test and produce a vaccine locally. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a long-time critic of China, has dismissed that vaccine as untrustworthy, without presenting evidence.
Persons: Diego Vara, Janssen, Johnson, Jair Bolsonaro Organizations: Senhora, REUTERS, Reuters, Pfizer Inc, India’s Bharat Biotech, Russian Direct Investment Fund, Moderna Inc, Johnson, AstraZeneca PLC, China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd Locations: Conceicao, Porto Alegre, Brazil, BRASILIA, Sao Paulo, Brazil’s, China
India summons Pakistani diplomat over Kashmir gun battle
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Sanjeev Miglani | Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - India on Saturday summoned a senior Pakistani diplomat over what New Delhi said was a foiled attack this week in the frontier territory of Jammu and Kashmir by a Pakistan-based militant group, a charge the neighbouring country denied. FILE PHOTO: An armed policeman stands guard outside Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, India, February 15, 2019. India’s Ministry of External Affairs said a protest was lodged with Pakistan’s charge d’affaires in New Delhi. Tension between the nuclear-armed rivals has sharpened since last August, when Modi’s government ended the autonomy of its only Muslim-majority region. India will hold district-level elections this month in Jammu and Kashmir, the first such exercise there since the federal government took away the area’s statehood more than a year ago.
Persons: Anushree, Narendra Modi, Mohammed Organizations: NEW, Pakistan, Commission, REUTERS, External Affairs, India, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Locations: NEW DELHI, ISLAMABAD, India, Pakistani, New Delhi, Jammu, Kashmir, Pakistan, India’s, Afghanistan
Tibetan political leader visits White House for first time in six decades
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.62   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Thomas PeterSHANGHAI (Reuters) - The head of the Tibetan government in exile has visited the U.S. White House for the first time in six decades, a move that could further infuriate Beijing, which has accused the United States of trying to destabilise the region. Lobsan Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), was invited to the White House to meet the newly appointed U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Robert Destro, on Friday, the CTA said in a press release. Tibet has become one of the areas of dispute between the United States and China, with relations between the world’s two biggest economies at their lowest point in decades. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Beijing in July of violating Tibetan human rights and said Washington supported “meaningful autonomy” for the region. Beijing officials have since accused the United States of using Tibet to try to promote “splittism” in China.
Persons: Thomas Peter SHANGHAI, Sangay, Robert Destro, , Mike Pompeo, Destro, Xi Jinping Organizations: Tibet Autonomous, REUTERS, . White, Central Tibetan Administration, Tibetan, CTA, U.S, Beijing, Washington Locations: Lhasa, Tibet, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, Beijing, United States, India’s Dharamshalah, China . China
FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed logo for Twitter is seen in this picture illustration January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationThe renewed heat from Indian legislators comes a day after an Indian parliamentary panel said Twitter submitted a written apology for geo-tagging a northern Himalayan region as part of China. The fresh scrutiny comes at a time when India has taken a tough stance around policing digital content. Twitter has been given seven days to explain its stand on the matter, she added. He has previously publicly said that he would not retract his tweets or apologise for them.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, Twitter, Meenakashi Lekhi, Kunal Kamra, Kamra, “ Kamra, ” Lekhi, Lekhi Organizations: Twitter Inc, Twitter, REUTERS, Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP, India’s, Reuters Locations: DELHI, China, India
India’s Aircraft Carrier Battle Group: The uniqueness of this exercise is the fielding of an Aircraft carrier-based Battle Group from the Indian side. India’s sole carrier INS Vikramaditya is the Flagship along with indigenous destroyers IN Ships Kolkata and Chennai, stealth frigate Talwar, Fleet tanker ship Deepak along with their integral helicopters. The indigenous submarine INS Khanderi is the underwater contingent during the exercise and P8I ASW maritime reconnaissance aircraft as Fleet ASW submarine hunter and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) aircraft. This carrier-based Task Force fielded by the Indian Navy is definitely a potent sea supremacy force to reckon with, and its joint operations with QUAD naval force is expected to emanate some very interesting statistics for the Indian Navy to sharpen its Warfare tactics. With only one operational Aircraft Carrier in the fleet presently, Vikramaditya shall gain a lot from this opportunity to conduct joint fighter jet exercises with another Carrier Group (from the US Fifth fleet).
Persons: Vikramaditya Organizations: India’s Aircraft Carrier, Aircraft, Ships, Fleet, Khanderi, Intelligence, Task Force, Indian Navy, Aircraft Carrier, Carrier, Fifth Locations: India’s, Ships Kolkata, Chennai
Madhya Pradesh by election result 2020: MP bypoll updates
  + stars: | 2020-11-10 | by ( ) www.financialexpress.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
Madhya Pradesh by election result 2020: MP seats fell vacant after Congress MLAs close to Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from the party and joined the BJP. ALSO READ | Madhya Pradesh By Election Winners List 2020The results of these three seats, which the ruling party won, were declared post-midnight. The saffron party’s Munna Lal Goyal lost by a margin of 8,555 votes against Congress Dr Satish Sikarwar from Gwalior-East. Bypolls were held in 16 seats in this region and among them Scindia’s supporters won nine seats, which were basically the Congress seats,” BJP spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said. In March this year, 22 Congress MLAs, mostly loyalists of Scindia, had resigned from the party and their Madhya Pradesh Assembly membership.
Persons: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Imarti Devi, Girraj Dandotia, Adal Singh Kansana, Scindia, Tulsi Silawat, Bhadoria, Munna Lal Goyal, Satish Sikarwar, , Kamal Nath, Nath, Raksha Santram Saronia, Phool Singh, Bypolls, Scindia’s, Pankaj Chaturvedi, Ashok Nagar, Tulsiram, Mahendra Singh Sisodia, Govind Singh Rajput, Dr Prabhuram Choudhary, Pradyumna Singh Tomar, Choudhary, , Digvijay Singh, Chouhan, ” Nath, Singh Organizations: BJP, Madhya, Sanver, Mehgaon, Scindia Locations: Madhya Pradesh, BJP, Dabra, Dimani, Gwalior, East, Chambal, Sumaoli, Bhander, Karera, Shivpuri district, , Bamori, Guna Lok, bypoll, Sanchi
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s Future Retail Ltd (FRL) said on Sunday that a Singapore arbitrator’s order in its dispute with Amazon.com Inc is not enforceable under Indian law and not binding on the company. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is pictured inside the company's office in Bengaluru, India, April 20, 2018. Calling the proceedings before the so-called “emergency arbitrator” void, FRL told Indian exchanges that any attempt on the part of Amazon to enforce the order will be resisted. “FRL is also in the process of taking appropriate legal action to protect its rights,” the company’s regulatory filing said on Sunday. The dispute centres around FRL’s decision in August to sell its retail, wholesale and some other businesses to Reliance for $3.38 billion, including debt.
Persons: Abhishek, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance, Jeff Bezos, FRL, “ FRL, Mukesh Ambani’s Organizations: Retail, Amazon.com Inc, Reliance Industries, Reuters, Saturday, Reliance, Singapore International, India’s Future Retail Ltd (FRL), Amazon, India, REUTERS/Abhishek N Locations: DELHI, Singapore, Bengaluru, India, Reuters
Kamala Harris’s Style Mixes Courtroom...and Converse
  + stars: | 2020-10-31 | by ( Rory Satran | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +9 min
Senator Kamala Harris, a lawyer who has often spoken of her desire to “prosecute the case” on the campaign trail, has rarely diverged from that strategy during her runs for president and vice president. While most female politicians such as Hillary Clinton and Nikki Haley favor TV-friendly rainbow hues, Sen. Harris adheres to a serious signature style honed during her years as a prosecutor. ”Sen. Harris has consistently used the sober codes of attorney style during her political career (with some notable, strategic exceptions—a sequined jacket, her Converse low-tops). ”Granted, the type of impeccably fitted tailoring that Senator Harris favors does not come cheap. For Kamala Harris, they’re not just a marker of wisdom and propriety; they’re a link to her sorority at Howard University, Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Persons: Marcia Clark, Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton, Nikki Haley, Sen, Harris, “ She’s, , Fordham Susan Scafidi, , ” Sen, Converse, Elle, Scafidi, she’s, Emmanuel Macron’s, John, Sarah Palin, Alicia Florrick, ” Julianna Margulies, prepping, Jana Taylor Jennings, Harris’s, , ’ ”, Jennings, Julianna Margulies, Chanel, Brenda Swauger, Irene Neuwirth, — they’ve, Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Margaret Thatcher, India’s Indira Gandhi, Sandra Day O’Connor, Amy Coney Barrett, they’re, Chuck Taylor, she’s loath, Howard, Dr, Shelley Young Thompkins, Kamala, Winston, Theresa May’s, zipping, Sanna Marin, Jana Taylor Jennings, Chuck Taylor Organizations: Fashion Law, Fordham, Republican National Committee, Inc, San, Howard University , Alpha Kappa Alpha, San Francisco Pride, ABC, Elle, Senator Harris, Howard University, Alpha Kappa Alpha, The 20 Pearls, ABC Locations: Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Columbia, Md, San Francisco, California, Chicago, Sen, Harris’s San Francisco, Liberia’s, San Francisco Pride, , Complex
Dario Pignatelli | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesSINGAPORE — Gold demand in India fell 30% in the previous quarter, but a sense of "cautious optimism" has returned to the market, according to the World Gold Council. The precious metal plays an important role in India's culture — it's considered auspicious to buy gold during festive occasions or to give gold jewelry as a gift at weddings. Global trendsThe World Gold Council's gold demand trends report said global demand for gold declined 19% year-on-year to 892 tonnes for the July-September quarter — it was the lowest quarterly total since the third quarter of 2009. Though overall demand for gold fell, the three months saw a significant uptick in investment demand which rose 21% year-on-year as investors bought gold bars, coins and gold-backed ETFs. Jewelry demand fell 29% compared to a year ago.
Persons: Dario Pignatelli, , it's, Somasundaram, Louise, Dhanteras, Buyers Organizations: Bloomberg, Getty, SINGAPORE, World Gold Council, Somasundaram PR, World Gold, Reserve Bank of India, Thailand Locations: Bangkok, Thailand, India, lockdowns, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Bangkok, India, Uzbekistan
ruthlessness may backfire and drive Muslims into radicalism. The results may be social strife, radicalism, decline of economic progress, and the ruination of India’s image abroad. The country is already being criticized by human rights organizations for violating human rights in Kashmir, and more recently for forcing Amnesty International’s office in India to close. In Pakistan’s case, this means the hegemony of Sunni Muslims at the expense of minorities such as Shiite Muslims, Ahmadis or Christians. And in the parlance of Islamist movements everywhere, “liberalism” and “secular state” are only dirty words, if not heresies.
Persons: Sharik, ” Irfan Ahmad, Umar Khalid, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, , B.J.P. Organizations: Max Planck Institute, Amnesty, Umar Khalid, Malaysia, Malay-Muslim Locations: Indian, Germany, Delhi, India, Kashmir, Pakistan, Malaysia, Malay, Turkey, Islam
A Corporate Feud Stings London Stock Market, Global Banks
  + stars: | 2020-10-25 | by ( Rory Jones | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +10 min
Mr. Shetty says the pair fostered a father-sons relationship with him before they betrayed him, leaving his reputation in tatters. In some instances, Mr. Shetty says, he never met or communicated with banks that loaned money and credit was obtained with his forged signature. Mr. Shetty subsequently invited the older brother, also an accountant, to come work for another company he had founded making generic drugs. “I was so convinced by their earnestness,” Mr. Shetty said in the criminal complaint of the Manghats’ bid to take control. As CEO, Mr. Manghat quickly sought to expand NMC’s global footprint, making acquisitions across the U.K., Sweden, Spain and Italy.
Persons: Raghuram Shetty, Shetty, Promoth Manghat, , , Christopher Pike, Prasanth Manghat, Binay Shetty, hasn’t, Abu, Harry Murphy, Mohammed bin Zayed, Prasanth, Bharata, Rama, Mr, Manghat, NMC’s, Finablr, Muddy Waters, Waters, Michael Davis, Rory Jones, Michael Davis Organizations: NMC Health, Finablr, Bureau of Investigation, United Arab, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Investors, BlackRock Inc, California’s, Cos, NMC, United, Bloomberg, NMC’s, New Medical Center, UAE Exchange, Finablr PLC, Getty Images, London Stock Exchange, Mr, Forbes, India’s Bank of Baroda, Wall Street, Bank of Fujairah, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC and Standard Chartered, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Bloomberg News The brothers, Promoth Manghat, Ramayan, Bharata, Sweden, The Wall Street Journal Locations: Europe, Persian, London, India, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Indian, Karnataka, UAE, Dublin, Ireland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, U.A.E, Palakkad, India
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