Taliban Sent Letter With Commitments To Protect UN Staff, Says Chief

<!– –> We discussed with them humanitarian aid, the protection of UN, said Guterres. (FILE) New York: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that he received a letter from the Taliban, in which the outfit committed to protecting UN personnel working in the country and addressing issues related to women’s rights. “We discussed with them humanitarian aid, [having] the possibility of the UN to extend humanitarian aid to the whole territory without discrimination, the protection to the UN by the Taliban and also our concerns with the special rights of…

Google Pulled Russia Opposition App Under “Extraordinary Duress”: Report

<!– –> Google Pulled Russia Opposition App Under “Extraordinary Duress”: Report San Francisco: Google blocked new downloads of a Russian opposition voting app under “extraordinary duress,” sources close to the matter said Friday, as international outrage and concern built over the decision. The company faced public threats from the Russian government and private threats of serious criminal charges and incarceration of local staff, the source added, similar to pressure that hit Apple before it pulled the app. Allies of jailed critic Alexei Navalny accused the tech giants of “censorship” after…

“Not True”: IMF Chief Denies Pro-China Pressure On World Bank Report

<!– –> The IMF chief said that she highly values data and does not pressure staff to change it. (FILE) Washington: International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva on Friday denied allegations that she pressured World Bank staff to alter data to favor China during her time as World Bank CEO, as the IMF’s executive board launched a formal review of the matter. Georgieva used a previously scheduled meeting with the IMF’s 2,700-strong staff to address findings contained in an independent report issued on Thursday on data irregularities in the World…

US Panel Recommends Covid Boosters For Only Elderly, People At High Risk

<!– –> The panel concluded that the benefit-risk balance differed for younger people. Washington: A panel of leading US medical experts advising the government voted in favor of authorizing boosters of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for everyone aged 65 and up, as well as people at high risk of developing severe Covid. The same committee however rejected an initial proposal, submitted by Pfizer and backed by President Joe Biden’s administration, to fully approve boosters to everyone aged 16 and over. The decisions came after a day-long meeting full of data presentations…

WHO Emergency Approval For Covaxin Delayed Till October 5

<!– –> The assessment of the SAGE working group on the available pieces of evidence will determine EUA. New Delhi: World Health Organisation’s (WHO) approval for the emergency use authorisation (EUA) to COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, developed by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, is likely to be delayed till October 5. As per WHO, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) will be meeting on October 5 to granting EUA to Covaxin. Hanna Nohynek, SAGE member will be introducing session objective setting, an update on regulatory decisions and an overview…

US Panel Recommends Covid Boosters For Only Seniors, People At High Risk

<!– –> The panel concluded that the benefit-risk balance differed for younger people. Washington: A panel of leading US medical experts advising the government voted in favor of authorizing boosters of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for everyone aged 65 and up, as well as people at high risk of developing severe Covid. The same committee however rejected an initial proposal, submitted by Pfizer and backed by President Joe Biden’s administration, to fully approve boosters to everyone aged 16 and over. The decisions came after a day-long meeting full of data presentations…

SpaceX Tourists Talk To Tom Cruise From Orbit, Give Update On Flight

<!– –> Inspiration4 crew member Jared Isaacman seen communicating while looking out of an observation window Washington: Four space tourists orbiting the Earth in a SpaceX capsule at 17,500 miles per hour (28,162 kph) talked to movie star Tom Cruise on Friday and provided a live update about life aboard the spacecraft. The first space tourism mission by Elon Musk’s SpaceX blasted off from Florida on Wednesday for a three-day voyage that is to end with a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean at 4:06 pm Pacific time (2306 GMT) on…

PM Praises Frontline, Health Workers As India Administers Record Doses

<!– –> PM Praises Frontline, Health Workers As India Administers Record Doses New Delhi: As India set a new record on Friday by administering over 2 crores COVID-19 vaccine doses, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the success of the vaccination drive to the country’s doctors, innovators, administrators, nurses, healthcare and all front-line workers. “Every Indian would be proud of today’s record vaccination numbers. I acknowledge our doctors, innovators, administrators, nurses, healthcare and all front-line workers who have toiled to make the vaccination drive a success. Let us keep boosting vaccination…

Visva-Bharati Professor Files Harassment Complaint Against Student

<!– –> A varsity official denied that the professor had made any racist comment against the student Kolkata/Bolpur: A professor of the Visva-Bharati on Friday filed a police complaint alleging harassment by one of the three pupils expelled by the varsity after the student, who has now been granted relief by the Calcutta High Court, accused him of hurling casteist slurs. Somnath Sow, the student, alleged that he came across professor Sumit Basu at a tea stall in Shyambati area of Santiniketan in the morning. It was at that time,…

France Recalls Ambassadors From US, Australia Over Submarines Row

<!– –> France accused Australia of back-stabbing and US of Trump-era behaviour Paris: France has recalled its ambassadors to the US and Australia for consultation, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced Friday, after Canberra ditched a deal to buy French submarines in favour of US vessels. Le Drian said in a statement that the decision was made to immediately recall the two French ambassadors due to “the exceptional seriousness of the announcements made on September 15 by Australia and the United States”. US President Joe Biden announced the new Australia-US-Britain…