UK Launches Innovation Challenge Fund In India

News: The UK government has launched a £3 million innovation challenge fund in India. Facts: Innovation Challenge Fund: The fund aims to support scientists in academia and industry to tackle the most acute global challenges like Covid-19 and the threat to the environment. The fund will help to build on the UK-India Tech partnership which… Continue reading UK Launches Innovation Challenge Fund In India

It’s humanity against the virus, British PM tells COVID-19 global summit

News:British Prime Minister at the Coronavirus Global Response International Pledging Conference has said that all countries should step up their efforts and work together on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Facts: Coronavirus Global Response International Pledging Conference :It was co-hosted by the UK and eight other countries and organisations including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway,… Continue reading It’s humanity against the virus, British PM tells COVID-19 global summit

UK announces new points-based visa system

News:The United Kingdom has announced the launch of the UK’s new points-based visa system. Facts: About the points based visa system: The system is aimed at attracting the brightest and the best from the world and cutting down the low-skilled workers coming to the United Kingdom. The system will come into force from January 1,… Continue reading UK announces new points-based visa system

Brexit:UK leaves the European Union

News:Britain has officially left the European Union(EU) and has become the first country to leave the 28-member bloc. Facts: UK-EU Brexit withdrawal agreement: As part of the withdrawal agreement,there will be a transition period until December 31st,2020. The transitional period is designed to make the separation process smoother and will be used by UK and… Continue reading Brexit:UK leaves the European Union

Explained: Why Mauritius is calling UK an ‘illegal colonial occupier’ over a tiny set of islands

News:Mauritius has called the UK an illegal colonial occupier after it ignored a UN mandated deadline to return the Chagos Islands. Facts: About Chagos Islands: The Chagos Archipelago is an island group in the central Indian Ocean.It is located about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) south of the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. In the… Continue reading Explained: Why Mauritius is calling UK an ‘illegal colonial occupier’ over a tiny set of islands

U.K. opens up two-year post-study work permit visa again

News:United Kingdom has decided to re-introduce the two-year post-study work visa for international students. Facts: The new visa rules will allow International students to stay in the UK for two years after graduation to find a job. The move reverses a decision made in 2012 by the UK Government that forced overseas students to leave… Continue reading U.K. opens up two-year post-study work permit visa again

Modi, Johnson agree to step up bilateral cooperation

Indian Prime Minister has met the UK Prime minister at the sidelines of G-7 summit being held in Biarritz,France.  The two leaders discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in trade, defence and security. This meeting came against the backdrop of the Indian government revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the state… Continue reading Modi, Johnson agree to step up bilateral cooperation

UK Researchers develop new technique to make cancer treatment more effective, affordable

Researchers from the UK have developed a technique that could make light-based cancer treatment more effective and safer for patients while reducing its cost. Light-based or photo-dynamic therapy is a clinically-approved treatment which uses drugs that only work when exposed to light to destroy cancer cells.  However,many of these drugs are frequently toxic even without… Continue reading UK Researchers develop new technique to make cancer treatment more effective, affordable

U.K. joins U.S. to ensure safety of vessels in Gulf

The UK will join a US-led taskforce to protect merchant ships travelling in the Gulf. This move comes amid growing tensions between the two countries and Iran over the shipping route in the Strait of Hormuz. This decision was taken after Iran had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.UK has accused… Continue reading U.K. joins U.S. to ensure safety of vessels in Gulf

New India-UK scheme to fund students from UK to visit India

A new India-UK bilateral pilot scheme known as “UKEIRI Mobility Programme:Study in India” has been launched. The scheme aims to support Britain’s universities to collaborate with Indian partners in order to send UK students to India during their studies. The program is an initiative of Universities UK International (UUKi) and British Council India. The program… Continue reading New India-UK scheme to fund students from UK to visit India

UK scraps landing Cards for Indians, others at airports

The UK government has decided to scrap the requirement of filling out landing cards by international travellers coming to the UK from countries like India. Earlier,landing cards were required for all passengers arriving by air or sea from outside the European Economic Area(EEA). A UK landing card (or arrival card) were issued to non-EEA travelers… Continue reading UK scraps landing Cards for Indians, others at airports

U.K. law secures rights of Sikhs to carry kirpans

The U.K. government has passed an amendment under the Offensive Weapons Bill.The amendment will allow Sikhs to own a longer ‘kirpan’(dagger) and use it during religious and cultural functions. The Offensive Weapons Act covers new offences around possession of certain offensive weapons in public and enforces new restrictions on the online sales of bladed articles… Continue reading U.K. law secures rights of Sikhs to carry kirpans

Pulwama reference cut for UN listing of Azhar

Britain’s diplomat has said that the United Kingdom had played a key role to secure the designation of Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a UN Security Council sanctioned terrorist. He said that China had agreed to the listing after all references to terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, including the Pulwama strike, were dropped.However,he said… Continue reading Pulwama reference cut for UN listing of Azhar

UK Becomes First Parliament to Declare Climate Emergency

The United Kingdom parliament has declared an environment and climate emergency. The UK is the first national government to declare such an emergency. Declaration of the climate emergency is one of the prime demands of the Extinction Rebellion- a protest group that has been using non-violent civil disobedience to campaign on environmental issues in UK.… Continue reading UK Becomes First Parliament to Declare Climate Emergency

Theresa May seeks further Brexit extension from EU until June 30

UK Prime minister has written to the European Union to request a further delay to Brexit until 30 June.The UK is currently due to leave the EU on 12 April and as yet no withdrawal deal has been approved by British Parliament. Earlier,British Parliament had approved a bill that will force UK Prime minister to… Continue reading Theresa May seeks further Brexit extension from EU until June 30

European Union offers UK more time to leave the bloc

The European Union has agreed to grant Britain a short Brexit delay.It removes the immediate threat of the United Kingdom leaving the EU without a deal by March 29,2019. EU has told UK Prime Minister that if she gets her Brexit deal passed through the Parliament next week,the UK PM will have until May 22… Continue reading European Union offers UK more time to leave the bloc

Indians to get more time to find work in U.K.

Indian and International students will benefit from an improved post-study visa regime announced by the UK government.It is a part of a new “International Education Strategy” launched by the UK government in preparation for its post-Brexit policies. The strategy is aimed at increasing the total number of international students from around the world choosing to… Continue reading Indians to get more time to find work in U.K.

U.K. unveils tariff plan for ‘no-deal’ scenario

UK Government has announced temporary tariff plans if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal.The tariff plans are (a)eliminate import tariffs on a wide range of goods and (b)keep the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland free of customs checks. The tariff plans would apply both to imports from the EU and from… Continue reading U.K. unveils tariff plan for ‘no-deal’ scenario

May’s deal faces another crunch test today

UK Parliamentarians will vote on Brexit deal after UK prime minister has said that she had secured “legally binding” changes to the backstop agreement with the European Union(EU).She said that this would mean that the European Union(EU) cannot keep the UK in the [Irish] backstop indefinitely. The “backstop” agreement reached between the EU and the… Continue reading May’s deal faces another crunch test today

London mayor for Brexit delay to break deadlock

London Mayor has urged United Kingdom Prime Minister to delay Brexit by either extending the notice period for Article 50, or by withdrawing Article 50. Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon gives any EU member state the right to quit unilaterally and outlines the procedure for doing so. It gives the leaving country two… Continue reading London mayor for Brexit delay to break deadlock