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UK starts probe into Microsoft's hiring of former Inflection AI staff

In March, Microsoft hired Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of Google DeepMind, as head of its newly-created AI unit, followed by a number of employees from Inflection, which he set up in 2022

UK starts probe into Microsoft's hiring of former Inflection AI staff
Updated On : 16 Jul 2024 | 7:08 PM IST

King Charles writes to Donald Trump after assassination attempt

Britain's King Charles III has written to US presidential candidate Donald Trump after an assassination attempt on the former president during an election rally in the United States, Buckingham Palace said on Monday. The 78-year-old Republican nominee for the November presidential race was addressing supporters in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Sunday when he was shot at by a gunman. The British monarch's letter, the contents of which have not been disclosed by the palace, was delivered soon after by the UK Embassy in Washington DC. In 2019, then as Prince of Wales, the royal hosted then President Trump and his wife Melania for afternoon tea at his Clarence House residence during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) summit in London. His mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, hosted a state banquet for Trump during his State Visit to the UK earlier that year. The news of the King's letter came as Buckingham Palace announced that the 75-year-old monarch, who was undergoing treatment

King Charles writes to Donald Trump after assassination attempt
Updated On : 15 Jul 2024 | 5:32 PM IST

Highlights: Will have your back, says Labour's Keir Starmer after victory

United Kingdom Labour Party highlights: Keir Starmer's Labour Party bagged the victory the UK general election by passing the magic number. Incumbent Prime Minister Rishi Sunak retained his seat

Highlights: Will have your back, says Labour's Keir Starmer after victory
Updated On : 05 Jul 2024 | 3:11 PM IST

Former PM Liz Truss among big name losses amidst landslide win for Labour

Former British prime minister Liz Truss and several Cabinet colleagues of outgoing prime minister Rishi Sunak's Conservative Party on Friday lost their seats as the Opposition Labour Party was swept to power. Truss, whose turbulent 45-day period in power has been blamed by many Conservatives for Thursday's historic defeat, lost her South West Norfolk constituency to Labour candidate, Terry Jermy, by 630 votes, having previously held a huge 24,180 majority, the BBC reported. The result in South West Norfolk is likely to become an emblem of what looks set to be the Tories' worst-ever election result, with the exit poll predicting they will win just 131 seats nationwide. Britain's Labour Party swept to power Friday after more than a decade in opposition, as a jaded electorate handed the party a landslide victory - but also a mammoth task of reinvigorating a stagnant economy and dispirited nation. Labour leader Keir Starmer will officially become prime minister later in the day, leadin

Former PM Liz Truss among big name losses amidst landslide win for Labour
Updated On : 05 Jul 2024 | 1:53 PM IST

Who is Keir Starmer, the man on course to become new British Prime Minister

The Labour Party, led by Keir Starmer, has won 360 seats and crossed the majority mark of 326 seats to form the government in the UK

Who is Keir Starmer, the man on course to become new British Prime Minister
Updated On : 05 Jul 2024 | 10:56 AM IST

UK trade union Unite suspends strike action at Tata Steel's Port Talbot

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham termed it as a 'significant' development in the battle to protect jobs and the long-term future of steelmaking in South Wales

UK trade union Unite suspends strike action at Tata Steel's Port Talbot
Updated On : 02 Jul 2024 | 12:25 AM IST

Who is Keir Starmer, Labour leader favoured to win UK's July 4 election?

Dutiful, managerial, a bit dull Keir Starmer is no one's idea of a firebrand politician. The Labour Party hopes that is just what Britain wants and needs after 14 turbulent years of Conservative rule. Starmer, the centre-left party's 61-year-old leader, is the current favourite to win the country's July 4 election. Starmer has spent four years as opposition leader dragging his social democratic party from the left towards the political middle ground. His message to voters is that a Labour government will bring change of the reassuring rather than scary kind. A vote for Labour is a vote for stability economic and political, Starmer said after Prime Minister Rishi Sunakcalled the election on May 22. If opinion polls giving Labour a consistent double-digit lead are borne out on election day, Starmer will become Britain's first Labour prime minister since 2010. A lawyer who served as chief prosecutor for England and Wales between 2008 and 2013, Starmer is caricatured by opponents a

Who is Keir Starmer, Labour leader favoured to win UK's July 4 election?
Updated On : 27 Jun 2024 | 1:02 PM IST

Rishi Sunak struggles with missteps while trying to lift Conservatives

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has portrayed himself as thorough and evidence-led throughout his relatively brief political career, but there's always been a nagging question over the keenness of his political antenna. The general election campaign over the past five weeks has clearly shown that he hasn't got the instinctive touch of some of his predecessors, such as Tony Blair or even Boris Johnson. Sunak's campaign has seen several missteps since he announced the July 4 election date in the pouring rain in late May, including his suspension of candidates mired in a scandal over betting on the date of the election a week after Labour Party leader Keir Starmer pressed him to do so. The biggest blunder one that prompted him to apologize was his decision to leave the 80-year D-day commemorations in northern France on June 6 early. Critics said the decision to skip the international event that closed the commemorations showed disrespect to the veterans and diminished the U.K.'s

Rishi Sunak struggles with missteps while trying to lift Conservatives
Updated On : 27 Jun 2024 | 12:42 PM IST

UK general election betting scandal now engulfs Opposition Labour Party

The escalating scandal of candidates placing general election-related bets has widened from the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak-led Conservative Party to engulf the Opposition Labour Party after its leader, Keir Starmer, suspended one of his candidates for betting against himself ahead of the July 4 polls. Kevin Craig is running to become Labour's member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich in eastern England, considered a safe Conservative seat. It was previously held by Dan Poulter, who defected from the Tories to Labour ahead of the election before exiting politics. On Tuesday, Craig took to social media to confirm his huge mistake of betting in favour of the Tories holding on to their stronghold. "A few weeks ago when I thought I would never win this seat I put a bet on the Tories to win here with the intention of giving any winnings to local charities, said the now-suspended Labour candidate. "While I did not place this bet with any prior knowledge of the ...

UK general election betting scandal now engulfs Opposition Labour Party
Updated On : 26 Jun 2024 | 2:47 PM IST

BII bullish on Indian EV ecosystem, expects to invest $300 mn in 3 yrs: MD

British International Investment, UK's development finance institution, is betting big on the Indian electric vehicles ecosystem and expects to invest another USD 300 million in the next three years, according to its MD and Head of Technology & Telecoms, Abhinav Sinha. The company, which has backed Mahindra group's electric vehicles (EV) arm besides other startups like Euler Motors, Turno and Battery Smart, has already invested around USD 300 million in the Indian EV sector and sees further investment opportunities in EV manufacturing, components and financing segments in the country. "India has quite an evolved auto market... On the EV side, the penetration right now lags the rest of the world... The (overall) penetration of EVs in India is something like 6 per cent and we see it quite easily expand, double and more than double quite quickly," Sinha told PTI in an interview. He further said, "the leader today is China, but for India to be significantly ahead of where it is ...

BII bullish on Indian EV ecosystem, expects to invest $300 mn in 3 yrs: MD
Updated On : 23 Jun 2024 | 12:24 PM IST

High cost of living bites UK. Many believe election won't change anything

Dominic Watters watches his gas and electricity metre like a hawk. He topped it up a few days ago, but now there's just 1.85 pounds (USD 2.40) of credit left. That may determine what kind of dinner he and his teen daughter get tonight, he says. Watters, a campaigner for better access to nutritious food, is a single dad in Canterbury in southern England who relies on government welfare. He knows microwave meals don't compare to home-cooked dinners, but sometimes he simply cannot afford to use the gas stove or oven. It's become more and more of a struggle, especially for single parents on benefits, he said. It leaves you feeling stranded. It doesn't allow you enough to pay for fresh fruit and vegetables, and also to pay for the gas and electric to cook the food. Since calling a general election for July 4, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been at pains to repeat a key message on the campaign trail: The economy is turning a corner. Inflation is down. Things are looking up. That'

High cost of living bites UK. Many believe election won't change anything
Updated On : 17 Jun 2024 | 10:51 AM IST

Cargo ship hit by missile in suspected attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels

A missile struck an Antigua and Barbuda-flagged cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday in a suspected attack by Houthi rebels in Yemen, authorities said. The missile hit the ship's forward station, starting a fire that those on board later put out, the private security firm Ambrey said. A second missile fired at the ship missed and people on board small boats in the vicinity opened fire on the ship during the incident, Ambrey added, though no one was hurt onboard. The British military's United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center similarly reported an attack late Saturday in the same area off Aden, but provided no further details. Suspicion for the attack immediately fell on the Houthis. The rebels did not immediately claim the assault, though it can sometimes take hours or even days for them to acknowledge their attacks. The Houthis, who seized Yemen's capital nearly a decade ago and have been fighting a Saudi-led coalition since shortly after, have been targeting shipping .

Cargo ship hit by missile in suspected attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels
Updated On : 09 Jun 2024 | 9:07 AM IST

UK polls: Britain's rich race to save their wealth from election hit

The UK was expected to lose a net 3,200 high-net-worth individuals last year, the most in Europe and double 2022's level, citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners estimated

UK polls: Britain's rich race to save their wealth from election hit
Updated On : 07 Jun 2024 | 12:55 AM IST

RBI transfers 100 tonnes of gold from UK to its domestic vaults in India

Reports say that another similar amount of gold could be en route to the country in the coming months

RBI transfers 100 tonnes of gold from UK to its domestic vaults in India
Updated On : 31 May 2024 | 10:34 AM IST

US, UK in focus as pharma companies eye $31 billion exports in FY25

Industry also working to pump up business in Africa and Russia, regions battling geopolitical crises

US, UK in focus as pharma companies eye $31 billion exports in FY25
Updated On : 30 May 2024 | 10:56 PM IST

US, European nations taking steps to vaccinate workers exposed to bird flu

US officials last week said they were moving bulk vaccine from CSL Seqirus that closely matches the current virus into finished shots that could provide 4.8 million doses of vaccine

US, European nations taking steps to vaccinate workers exposed to bird flu
Updated On : 27 May 2024 | 11:28 AM IST

Britain's regulator seeks to rein in Mastercard and Visa fees on retailers

Cards are the most popular form of payment in Britain, with 27.1 billion transactions in 2022 worth 954 billion pounds

Britain's regulator seeks to rein in Mastercard and Visa fees on retailers
Updated On : 21 May 2024 | 2:24 PM IST

UK's post-Brexit border arrangements to cost $6 bn after repeated delays

The first phase of Britain's so called new Border Target Operating Model, requiring additional certification, came into force on Jan. 31

UK's post-Brexit border arrangements to cost $6 bn after repeated delays
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 9:05 AM IST

India's technical assistance important, says Commonwealth chief

India's technical assistance is critically important to the Commonwealth, the Secretary General of the 56-member organisation said, asserting that it gives a huge amount of hope to many of the developing states to leapfrog the developmental challenges which have already been undertaken and surpassed by India. Patricia Scotland's remarks came as she hosted the 22nd Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers meeting in London on the theme of Driving Resilience, Equity, and Skills for an Inclusive Future. Scotland welcomed India's willingness to share technological developments with the Commonwealth in an open-source way and hoped for greater commitment towards the organisation's educational goals. At the two-day meeting at the Commonwealth Secretariat Marlborough House headquarters in London which opened on Thursday, she called on ministers to help eliminate the barriers that impede access to education, harness technology and encourage lifelong learning. India has made it clear t

India's technical assistance important, says Commonwealth chief
Updated On : 17 May 2024 | 9:32 AM IST

UK tightens scrutiny of all Indian spice imports amid contamination claims

"The use of ethylene oxide is not allowed here and maximum residue levels are in place for herbs and spices," James Cooper, Deputy Director of Food Policy at the FSA

UK tightens scrutiny of all Indian spice imports amid contamination claims
Updated On : 16 May 2024 | 2:34 PM IST