Category: World

Indian channel, Republic TV fined £20,000 for hate speech against Pakistanis

British media regulator Ofcom has imposed a £20,000 fine on Indian TV channel Republic TV for promoting hatred against Pakistanis on a talkshow. Ofcom found an episode of Puchta Hai Bharat, hosted by firebrand anchor Arnab Goswami, containing hate speech against Pakistanis.  The episode that aired on July 22, 2019 showed a debate between Goswami, three Indians and three Pakistani

Co-founder BioNTech says vaccine for new coronavirus variant in UK can be made within 6 weeks

The co-founder of BioNTech, Ugur Sahin has shown hope that its vaccine against the coronavirus works against the mutated strain detected in Britain, but if necessary, it could also adapt the vaccine in six weeks. Sahin said the variant detected in Britain has nine mutations, rather than just one as is usually common. He said tests are being run on the variant, with results expected in two weeks.

Man who designed the Kaaba door passes away in Germany

Muneer Al Jundi, an engineer who designed the door of the Holy Kaaba, passed away in Stuttgart, Germany. Engineer Al Jundi also has the honour of having his name inscribed on the door of the Kaaba as a designer. Al Jundi designed the door of the Holy Kaaba by the order of King Khalid bin Abdul Aziz.

Hong Kong and India cancel flights to UK after Australia detects new UK strain

Hong Kong and India have decided to suspend flights from Britain after Australia said it had detected cases of the new fast-spreading coronavirus strain identified in the United Kingdom. Two travellers from the United Kingdom to Australia’s New South Wales state were found carrying the mutated variant of the virus that Britain has said could be up to 70% more infectious.

Saudi Arabia suspends all international commercial flights for a week

Saudi Arabia has suspended all international commercial flights for a renewable week except for the foreign flights already in the kingdom. The entry to the kingdom through land and sea ports will be also suspended for a renewable week. These measures come after the spread of a new strain of Covid-19 among a number of countries.

Mystery illness hits India: 1 dead, more than 300 people hospitalized

An unidentified illness has hospitalized more than 300 people in southeastern India, including one who has died. Patients in the city of Eluru, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, reported a range of symptoms including seizures, loss of consciousness and some nausea over the weekend. Some 168 of the patients have been discharged.  The cause of illness is not known so far.

BJP minister contracts COVID-19 despite getting India’s locally produced vaccine

Health minister of India’s Haryana state has tested positive for COVID-19, days after he volunteered himself to received locally developed vaccine against the virus in the human phase trials. The BJP minister, Anil Vij announced about his infection on Twitter. India media reports says Vij took vaccine shot of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin less than two weeks ago. The India-made vaccine

A remote-controlled car race on the lunar surface is due to take place in 2021

A remotely-controlled car race will now be held on the Moon in 2021, reports New Atlas. Moon Mark, a multimedia and education content company in collaboration with Intuitive Machines, the global leader in commercial space and airborne systems are pulling in some extraordinary resources to plan the race. The two racecars will be partially designed by high school kids, and McLaren P1 designer Frank Stephenson.

Award winning author becomes first Niqabi to get featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list

An award winning author and Niqabi from America, Hafsah Faizal, has become the first woman with a veil to be featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Hafsah’s novel “We hunt the flame” has won many awards and was featured as a New York Times best seller. Hafsah was listed in the Forbes Art and Style category of the year 2020.

Nike and Coca-Cola press Congress to alter legislation banning products made by Uyghur Muslims in China

Nike and Coca-Cola are lobbying Congress to weaken a bill that would ban imported goods made with forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region. The legislation, called the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, has become the target of multinational companies including Apple whose supply chains touch the far western Xinjiang region, as well as of business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.