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Sri Lanka election: Early results show Rajapaksa clan heading for landslide win

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa family-run Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) appeared to be heading for a landslide win in the country’s twice-postponed parliamentary election, according to early results announced on Thursday.

Prachanda meets former Speaker to resolve intra-party rift

Kathmandu: Nepal Communist Party’s executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda’ on Thursday held talks with former Speaker Subhash Nembang, a close ally of Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, to resolve the intra-party rift. By Shirish B Pradhan

Israel claims ‘excellent vaccine in hand’; set to start human trials

Jerusalem: Israel on Thursday claimed that it already has in hand an “excellent” vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic, but it has to go through regulatory processes which are set to begin with human trials following the autumn holidays. By Harinder Mishra

Singapore could see a surge in COVID-19 cases after foreign workers are tested: Wong

Singapore: Singapore could see a surge in the number of coronavirus cases after testing of the majority of the 300,000-odd workers from Bangladesh, India and China living in dormitories is complete this week, a senior member of the COVD-19 task force warned on Thursday. By Gurdip Singh

Indian, British experts to study impact of antibiotic disposal in India’s waterways

London: Indian and British experts are joining forces to investigate the impact that releasing antibiotics from manufacturing plants into India’s waterways has on the spread of potentially fatal drug-resistant infections, the University of Birmingham said on Thursday. By Aditi Khanna

Nirav Modi further remanded in custody until August 27, trial begins in Sept

London: Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, fighting extradition to India, was on Thursday further remanded in custody until August 27 after he appeared via videolink at a regular remand hearing before a UK court on charges over the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case. By Aditi Khanna

Indian-American doctor wins Democratic Congressional primary in Arizona

Washington: Dr Hiral Tipirneni, an Indian-American emergency room physician, has won the Democratic party primary for the US House of Representatives in the US state of Arizona. By Lalit K Jha

Obama endorses Indian-origin senatorial candidate Sara Gideon

Washington, Aug 6 (PTI) Former US president Barack Obama has endorsed Indian-origin Democratic senatorial candidate Sara Gideon in Maine state, which is seen as one of the most high profile Senate races in the November presidential polls. By Lalit K Jha

Nepal reimposes virus restrictions following spike in cases

Kathmandu: The Nepal government on Thursday reimposed restrictions in capital Kathmandu and other coronavirus-affected districts following a spike in the number of fresh virus cases. By Shirish B Pradhan

Source: PTI