Britain to ban new petrol cars and vans by 2030

LONDON: Britain will move up a ban on new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030 and is eyeing 250,000 new jobs as part of a green industrial revolution. Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement to meet Britain’s

Jeremy Corbyn readmitted to UK Labour party

LONDON: Britain’s former main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he has been readmitted to the Labour Party after being suspended following his comments downplaying a report critical of its handling of anti-Semitism complaints. The Equality and Human Rights Commission said

Lord Nazir Ahmed retires from House of Lords

LONDON: Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham has announced his retirement from the House of Lords, the upper house of the United Kingdom’s parliament. The British-Pakistani confirmed that he has decided to retire from the House of Lords after 23 years

PTI leader Jahangir Tareen returns after seven months

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Jahangir Khan Tareen on Friday returned to Pakistan after seven months stay in the United Kingdom. Jahangir Khan Tareen arrived at the Allama Iqbal International Airport early on Friday on a foreign airline flight.

Pakistan, UK hold consultations on arms control, non-proliferation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the United Kingdom virtually held the fifth round of bilateral consultations on arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament. During the talks, Director-General Arms Control and Disarmament at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Kamran Akhtar represented Pakistan. The British

Virgin Atlantic to operate directs flights between Pakistan, UK

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has allowed British airline Virgin Atlantic to start direct flights between Pakistan and the United Kingdom. The airline had also announced three routes to Pakistan from the UK from London-Lahore, London-Islamabad and Manchester-Islamabad from December 2020.

‘Ertugrul’ star Selcan Hatun to model for Pakistani fashion designer

ISTANBUL: Famous Pakistani designer Maria B has recently announced to cast Turkish actress Didem Balcin as her model in her brand’s upcoming winter collection.  Famous for her role as Selcan Hatun in the ‘Dirilis: Ertugrul’, Didem Balcin has signed for

Uber wins London licence after appeal

LONDON: Uber won a London court appeal allowing the ride-hailing giant to operate in the capital for the next 18 months. Uber overturned Transport for London’s (TfL) refusal last year to renew its operating licence around the issue of unauthorised

UN, Britain to host climate summit on December 12

NEW YORK: The United Nations and Britain will co-host a global climate summit on December 12, the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement. The announcement came days after Chinese President Xi Jinping told the UN that emissions would peak

Moazzam Khan assumes charge as high commissioner to UK

LONDON: Moazzam Ahmad Khan has arrived in London and assumed charge of the office of new High Commissioner for Pakistan to the United Kingdom. According to a Pakistan High Commission’s press release, Moazaam Khan’s diplomatic career spans over three decades.

UK pledges support for flood victims in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom government has pledged to provide clean water, sanitation and shelter to over 55,000 vulnerable people in Pakistan affected by the devastating floods. The announcement was made by Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for

Restaurant to introduce calories labelling on menus in UK

LONDON: The British government has directed the restaurants to display calories on menus to tackle the UK’s obesity problem. Other measures outlined include bans on ‘buy one get one free deal’ on unhealthy items, junk food television adverts being aired

Global virus deaths pass 650,000 as new cases prompt fresh curbs

WASHINGTON: Officials around the world reintroduced new restrictions in coronavirus hotspots as the official global death toll passed 650,000. European countries are trying to repair the economic damage caused by the earlier lockdowns to balance keeping tourism open while guarding

UK bans purchase of Huawei technology after 2020

LONDON: The United Kingdom has banned the purchase of Huawei technology after December 2020. It follows sanctions imposed by Washington, which claims the firm poses a national security threat something Huawei denies. Despite rising tensions between the United States and

UK could see 120,000 COVID-19 deaths in second wave

LONDON: The United Kingdom faces a potentially more deadly second wave of COVID-19 in the coming winter that could kill up to 120,000 people over nine months in a worst-case scenario, health experts warned. The coronavirus is more likely to

UK offers citizenship to Hong Kong residents

LONDON: The United Kingdom has offered Hong Kong residents a broader path to citizenship in response to China’s sweeping new security law. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement represents the most direct international response to the legislation that has been condemned

PIA allowed to operate Europe, UK flights till July 3

ISLAMABAD: The European Union has given permission to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to temporarily operate flights till 3rd July. The permission was given to bring back Pakistanis stranded abroad after hectic efforts by the government. European Union has relaxed the

UK launches human trials of new coronavirus vaccine

LONDON: A trial of a new vaccine has been launched in the United Kingdom to treat the coronavirus infection. Volunteers are being immunized to test the new vaccine. At least 300 people will be vaccinated in the next few weeks

UK’s entertainment venues to be reopened from July 4

LONDON: Many entertainment venues which were closed due to the COVID-19 will be reopened in England from 4th July. Cinemas, museums, and galleries will be reopened from the upcoming month as safety measures are in place. These centres were closed

Brazil’s death toll from COVID-19 second highest in the world

BRASILIA: Brazil’s death toll from COVID-19 has overtaken the United Kingdom to become the second-highest in the world after the United States. In the US, several states have posted record daily case totals, signaling the crisis is far from over

Britain starts mandatory self-quarantine for arrivals

LONDON: Britain introduced a two-week quarantine on Monday for most people arriving from abroad to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus. British residents and overseas visitors will have to comply with the 14-day self-isolation rules or face a

UK provides further assistance to fight COVID-19

ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom is providing more assistance to Pakistan in the fight to stop the spread and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus. According to an official statement, the British High Commission Islamabad and the UK Department of International

UK appoints first hijab-wearing judge

LONDON: A 40-year old woman has become the first-ever hijab-wearing judge in the United Kingdom. Raffia Arshad, a 40-year old woman was appointed as a deputy district judge on the Midlands circuit last week after a 17-year career in law.

UK to introduce quarantine for international arrivals from June 8

LONDON: United Kingdom will introduce a COVID-19 quarantine for travellers arriving from abroad from June 8, interior minister Priti Patel said on Friday, to help slow the spread of coronavirus. All international arrivals, including returning Britons, will have to self-isolate

Coronavirus vaccine ‘might not come to fruition’: British PM

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said there might never be a vaccine for COVID-19 despite the huge global effort to develop one. Johnson, who was hospitalised last month after contracting the new coronavirus, speculated that a vaccine may

UK to introduce 14-day quarantine for travellers

LONDON: The United Kingdom government has planned to introduce a 14-day mandatory quarantine for most international arrivals, the country which has the world’s second-highest coronavirus death toll. Despite growing pressure on the UK government to relax virus lockdown measures, the

COVID-19 death risk for Pakistan-origin victims higher: UK study

LONDON: The risk of dying from coronavirus is two to three times higher for England’s black and minority ethnic communities, according to an academic analysis of health service data reported on Thursday. The study conducted by University College London (UCL)

UK, US warn of cyber threat to health sector fighting virus

LONDON: Britain and the United States warned on Tuesday of a rise in cyber attacks against health professionals involved in the coronavirus response by organised criminals often linked with other state actors. The cyber security agencies of both countries have

ECB seeks help from UK govt for cricket revival

The England Cricket Board (ECB) has sought assistance from the UK government for the revival of cricket during the coronavirus crisis. According to the ECB, the government will cooperate with the board to hold international matches in a closed environment.

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 3.5 million, total deaths top 247,000

NEW YORK: Global confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 3.5 million, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, which maintains a tally of worldwide cases. A total of 247,107 people worldwide have died of the