India Proposes UNSC Counter-Terror Panel Meet On Misuse Of New Technologies

Achievers news: Warning about the dire threat from terrorists exploiting emerging digital technologies, from cryptocurrencies and NFTs to 3D printing and artificial intelligence, New Delhi has proposed holding a meeting of the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) in India to consider ways to tackle the danger comprehensively. Announcing the proposal on Monday at the Council, India’s Permanent Representative T.S. Tirumurti, who is the chair of the CTC, said: “The need for member states to comprehensively address and tackle the implications of terrorist exploitation of the digital technologies more strategically has…

5 Dead, 200 Injured In SL Violence, Houses Of Politicians Torched

Achievers news: At least five people, including an MP, were killed in Sri Lanka, with over 200 others injured in the wake of the violence in the island nation, which also led to a number of houses belonging to resigned Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and other politicians, being torched. On Monday night, anti-government protesters surrounded the Prime Minister’s official residence in Colombo, Temple Trees, and tried to enter it. Later, they burnt vehicles parked outside the house. Additional military personnel were called in to protect Mahinda Rajapaksa and police fired…

Elon Musk Buys Twitter For $44bn, Company To Go Private

Achievers News: Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally caught an elusive Twitter bird for $44 billion, as the company’s board decided to give in to his takeover bid with his “best and final” offer. Twitter announced late on Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Musk for $54.20 per share in cash in a transaction valued at nearly $44 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, Twitter will become a privately-held company. The purchase price represents a 38 per cent premium…

India, US To Sign Space MoU During 2+2 Meeting

Achievers News: A pact to share information on space activities is to be signed by the US and India during the 2+2 meeting of their diplomatic and defence leaders in Washington on Monday, according to the State Department. The Space Situational Awareness Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aims to protect the satellites of the two countries. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin for the Fourth 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue that will finally take place…

UK Foreign Secretary On Diplomatic Visit To Washington To Discuss Ukraine

Achievers News: British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will hold talks in the US on Wednesday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, as well as members of Congress. “The UK, the US and our allies have shown remarkable strength and unity in supporting Ukraine and imposing severe sanctions on Russia. We need to maintain that unity and do more to ensure Russian President Vladimir Putin fails in Ukraine,” she said in a statement ahead of her trip as reported by the BBC.…

US Slaps Ban On Oil, Gas Imports From Russia

Achievers News:  The US on Tuesday banned all oil and gas imports from Russia, President Joe Biden said in a Twitter post. “Today, I’m announcing that the United States is targeting the main artery of Russia’s economy. We are banning all imports of Russian oil and gas,” he tweeted. The move to ban imports from Russia is seen as a support to war-torn Ukraine. In another tweet, Biden said that Americans have rallied to support the people of Ukraine and made it clear that the country will not be part…

Russia Alone Responsible For Death & Destruction This Attack Will Bring

Achievers News: Post the announcement of a ‘military operation’ in Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden said that Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring. “The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces. President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering,” said Biden. “Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack…

UK Watchdog Fines Meta $2 Mn Over Giphy Acquisition

Achievers News: The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has fined Meta (formerly Facebook) $2 million for failing to disclose key changes regarding its $315 million acquisition of online database and search engine Giphy. According to the CMA, Meta failed to notify the regulator about the resignation of three key employees and the reallocation of their roles. In November, the UK anti-trust watchdog had ordered Meta to sell Giphy, as the acquisition could harm social media users and UK advertisers. Facebook had moved to buy the online GIF platform in May…

Expert Panel Recommends Regular Market Approval For Covaxin And Covishield

Achievers News: A Government expert panel on Wednesday recommended granting regular market approval to Covishield and Covaxin, subject to certain conditions. The vaccines against COVID-19, manufactured by both Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech was authorised for emergency use in the country. The two vaccines were granted Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) on 3 January. The recommendations will be sent to DCGI for final approval.  

‘New Covid Cases Increase Sharply As New Deaths Decreased Worldwide’

Achievers News: The global number of new Covid-19 cases increased sharply by 71 per cent last week compared to the previous week, but the number of new deaths decreased by 10 per cent, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. WHO said in a weekly update on the pandemic situation that there were about 9.5 million new cases and over 41,000 new deaths reported from December 27 of 2021 to January 2 of this year, Xinhua news agency reported. All regions reported an increase in the incidence of weekly cases, with…