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Indian men’s hockey team set to tour Germany and Belgium
Sports

Indian men’s hockey team set to tour Germany and Belgium

After a year since they last played an international match, the Indian men's hockey team will be traveling to Europe where they will play two matches each against Germany and Great Britain national teams during the 17-day tour. The 22-member squad is scheduled to leave on February 21, 2021, from Bengaluru for Krefeld, Germany where they will play the home team on February 28 and March 2, 2021. They will then travel to Antwerp, Belgium where they are scheduled to play against the Great Britain team on March 6 and March 8, 2021. The Indian men's team last participated in an international competition in February 2020 when they took on Australia during the FIH Hockey Pro League matches held in Bhubaneswar. As a result of the Indian team's good performance, the team had climbed to 4th in ...
Rajesh Exports bags Rs 1,352 cr order from Germany
Business

Rajesh Exports bags Rs 1,352 cr order from Germany

Rajesh Exports, the world's largest manufacturer of gold products, has bagged its first major prestigious order post-Covid outbreak worth Rs 1,352 crore of a designer range of gold jewellery from Germany. It is to be completed by March 31. Till recently, international passenger flights were not operating normally due to which there was a constraint in shipping the goods. Now the company has started accepting orders. Rajesh Exports will execute the order from its own manufacturing facilities which are the world's largest gold manufacturing facilities. These facilities have an annual processing capacity of 250 tonnes of jewellery and gold products. "The company is confident of executing this order well within the timeframe on the back of its expertise, skilled craftsmen, artis...
Germany plays catch-up in bid to monitor coronavirus mutations
Health, Lifestyle, Science, World

Germany plays catch-up in bid to monitor coronavirus mutations

Germany wants to jump-start gene sequencing efforts to closely track coronavirus mutations and catch up with European nations such as Britain and Denmark which have taken the lead on decoding viral genomes. More contagious coronavirus variants are believed by scientists to have fuelled a surge in global coronavirus cases which have now passed 90 million, and nations are racing to procure vaccines and tighten lockdown measures. A draft government order released for discussion by the German Health Ministry this week would require 5% of all samples from positive coronavirus tests to be sent to specialised laboratories for a complete genetic read-out. That compares with a rate of about 5%-10% of viral samples being sequenced in Britain, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’...
Forest loss ‘hotspots’ bigger than Germany
Lifestyle, World

Forest loss ‘hotspots’ bigger than Germany

More than 43 million hectares of forest — an area bigger than Germany — have been lost in a little over a decade in just a handful of deforestation hotspots, conservation organisation WWF said today. Swathes of forest continue to be flattened each year — mainly due to industrial-scale agriculture — as biodiversity-rich areas are cleared to create space for livestock and crops. Analysis by WWF found that just 29 sites across South America, Africa and South East Asia were responsible for more than half of the global forest loss. The Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado, the Bolivian Amazon, Paraguay, Argentina, Madagascar, along with Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia and Malaysia were among the worst affected, it said. In Brazil’s Cerrado region, home to five per cent of the planet’s anima...
Germany says Covid-19 vaccinations to start by early Jan
World

Germany says Covid-19 vaccinations to start by early Jan

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff says he expects coronavirus vaccinations to start in Germany “in the very first days” of the new year. The trained doctor says he’s prepared to help vaccinate people himself. European Union authorities are expected to make a decision by Dec 29 on approving the first vaccine for use. Germany is getting special vaccination centers ready. Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, told the Bild newspaper late Sunday that he will tell medical authorities he’s prepared to help. He said “that won’t work at every hour of the day or night as chief of staff, but at the weekend I’m prepared to join in.” He said that he and Merkel will get vaccinated “when it’s our turn.” Infection figures in Germany have more or less stabilized at a high level since a pa...
Germany extends partial shutdown to curb virus spread
World

Germany extends partial shutdown to curb virus spread

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors on Wednesday agreed to extend a partial shutdown well into December in an effort to further reduce the rate of Covid-19 infections ahead of the Christmas period. Germany embarked on a so-called “wave-breaker” shutdown on Nov. 2, closing restaurants, bars, sports and leisure facilities but leaving schools, shops and hair salons open. It was initially slated to last four weeks. Merkel said the measures will now be extended until at least Dec. 20, with a goal of pushing the number of new coronavirus cases in each region below 50 per 100,000 inhabitants per week. “We have to continue to pursue this goal,” she told reporters in Berlin. Merkel said that while existing measures have succeeded in halting an surge in n...
Germany says coronavirus tracing app ready to go
Technology

Germany says coronavirus tracing app ready to go

Germany's smartphone app to trace coronavirus infections is ready to be launched this week, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Sunday. "It's coming this week," Spahn told ARD television, but he declined to confirm German media reports that the app would be launched on Tuesday. The app uses Bluetooth short-range radio to detect and contact people at risk of infection by coronavirus and does not rely on a centralised database. Deutsche Telekom and software company SAP are involved. Italy launched a similar app last week. Spahn also urged people wishing to go on holiday after European border controls are eased on Monday to be careful and ask themselves whether their trip was necessary. On Monday, Germany lifts its blanket travel warning for European Union nations and Britain, a...
Germany won’t punish players for George Floyd protests
Sports

Germany won’t punish players for George Floyd protests

As more players spoke out against racial discrimination and injustice, the German soccer federation said it will not punish those who protest against the killing of George Floyd. The Bundesliga has seen several players feature messages on their clothing and make gestures since Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee for several minutes on his neck. The players’ campaign grew online Wednesday with Schalke and U.S. midfielder Weston McKennie publishing a video which mixed footage of police officers using force against black people with clips of leading soccer players and other athletes saying: “Enough is enough.” Chelsea and US midfielder Christian Pulisic took part in the video, as did Bayern Munich and Canada left back Alphonso Davies and Women’s World Cup w...
France, UK, Germany, EU ‘extremely concerned’ by Iran’s nuclear deal breach
World

France, UK, Germany, EU ‘extremely concerned’ by Iran’s nuclear deal breach

France, Germany, Britain and the European Union have said they are “extremely concerned” by Iran’s decision to re-start nuclear activities at one of its key sites, in breach of a landmark 2015 deal with international powers. “The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom and the High Representative of the European Union are extremely concerned by the latest announcements that Iran is restarting uranium enrichment activities at the Fordow facility, as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in its November 11 report,” they said in a joint statement on Monday. Paris, Berlin, London and Brussels said that Iran’s action was “inconsistent” with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPoA, under which Tehran had agreed to curb some of its nucl...
‘We are not Muslim-hating Nazis’: EU lawmaker on delegation visiting Kashmir
India

‘We are not Muslim-hating Nazis’: EU lawmaker on delegation visiting Kashmir

Member of Germany’s rightwing Alternative for Germany (AFD) and of the European Parliament (EP), Lars Patrick Berg, was on the delegation of European parliamentarians currently visiting Kashmir, met PM Narendra Modi and other dignitaries in New Delhi but had to return to Germany for personal reasons. He spoke to Padma Rao Sundarji over the phone on the invitation to visit J&K and on media reports that the delegation consists primarily of ‘Muslim-hating’ rightwingers. Q: Twenty-seven members of the European Parliament (EP) including yourself met PM Narendra Modi earlier this week. Your colleagues are currently in J&K as the first foreigners to travel there since August this year. Who invited you and when? A: About 2-3 months ago, a cross-section of European parliamentarians be...