United Nations Security Council Backs Antonio Guterres for Second Term

The United Nations Security Council backed Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday for a second term, recommending that the 193-member General Assembly appoint him for another five years from Jan. 1, 2022, said Estonia’s U.N. Ambassador Sven Jürgenson, council president for June. Jürgenson said the General Assembly was likely to meet to make the appointment on … Read more

Lanka Agent Deleted Vital E-mails, Court Told as Indian Sailor Among Crew Being Probed in Ship Sinking Case

A Sri Lankan court hearing into the fire and sinking of a container ship off Colombo was told Monday that its local agent had deleted e-mails vital to the investigation. The Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl reported an onboard acid leak to its representative Sea Consortium Lanka who in turn failed to alert local authorities, the … Read more

Centre’s New Guidelines for Free Vaccines to States Take Note of Population, Caseload; Partial Covid-19 Curfew lifted in All UP Districts

Centre’s New Guidelines for Free Vaccines to States Take Note of Population, Caseload, Wastage of Shots Covid-19 vaccine doses provided free of cost by Centre will now be allocated to states and union territories based on criteria like population, disease burden and the progress of vaccination, the government said in its revised guidelines on Tuesday. … Read more

Lifting Covid-19 Restrictions Too Quickly Can Be Disastrous for Those Not Vaccinated: WHO Chief

With the increased global transmission of variants of concern including the Delta variant, lifting restrictions too quickly could be disastrous for those who are not vaccinated, warned World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday. According to ANI, Tedros said that the number of Covid-19 deaths reported last week increased in three out … Read more

On US Report Concluding Coronavirus May Have Leaked from Wuhan, China Releases Rebuttal Cartoon

Warning that US’s virus lab leak theory will turn out to be a “farce of self-deception”, China on Tuesday released a ‘comicomment’ titled ‘I just won’t listen’, depicting how America’s ‘intelligence community’ prompted the Wall Street Journal to publish a report on the hypothesis while the WHO has been screaming that the possibility is ‘extremely … Read more

Variants Like Delta, First Found in India, ‘Spreading Fast’; WHO Says High Vaccination Rates Only Option

A top World Health Organization official estimated Monday that COVID-19 vaccination coverage of at least 80% is needed to significantly lower the risk that imported coronavirus cases like those linked to new variants could spawn a cluster or a wider outbreak. Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO’s emergencies chief, told a news conference that ultimately, high levels … Read more