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Europe’s Discovery looks for drug to treat COVID-19

The results from the Discovery Drug Trials of Europe have started coming out while the death toll from COVID-19 continues to increase. Discovery Trial The Discovery drug trial is an add-on drug trial to WHO’s Solidarity trial. It aims to speed up the drug trials by selecting a sub-set of drugs being tested by the ..

France imposes fine on Apple for anti-competitive behaviour

The competition authority of France recently slapped a record 1.1 billion euro (equivalent to $1.2 billion) fine on US tech major Apple. The fine was imposed for the firm’s anti-competitive behaviour towards its independent retail distributors. The country’s authority announced that it found Apple prevented independent retailers in France from competing on price and allegedly used ..

India joins IOC as the fifth observer

The Indian Ocean Commission, IOC (COI in French) is an inter-governmental organisation comprised of five African Indian Ocean nations: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion (an overseas region of France), and Seychelles. Recently, India joined the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) as the fifth observer. As it is an important regional institution in the Western Indian Ocean, this is a strategic step in India’s maritime governance.

13-year-old D. Gukesh wins Cannes Open Chess Tournament

The world’s second youngest Grandmaster, India’s 13-year-old D. Gukesh has recently won the Cannes Open Chess Tournament, held in Cannes, France. He defeated Harutyun Bargseghyan of France in the final round and scored 7.5 points. The Tamil Nadu player remained unbeaten in the tournament and had defeated the top-seeded Chongsheng Zeng of China. Gukesh had ..

Ahmer Khan wins 2019 Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize

Ahmer Khan, the 27-year-old Indian freelance reporter, was selected as the winner of the 2019 Agence France-Presse (AFP) Kate Webb Prize. The award is named after one of the best correspondents of Agence France-Presse (AFP), an international news agency headquartered in Paris, France. He was selected for the coveted award for his coverage illustrating Kashmir ..

‘Dennis’ storm hits UK and France

The United Kingdom recently witnessed a devastating storm named ‘Dennis’, after which the weather agency of the country issued a Danger to life warning. There were widespread flooding and heavy winds across the country. In the last 48 hours, as many as 594 warnings and alerts had been issued. The places which were affected include ..

Tamil Nadu and French Province to make fusion music

The Tamil Nadu Minister for Culture, Pandiarajan and the Minister from the French province Center-Val de Loire, Olivier Frezot had a meeting in the state capital Chennai. During the meeting, they announced that Tamil Nadu and the French Province of Center-Val de Loire are set to make Tamil and French fusion music, which is to ..

Historic Apology issued by Netherlands Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte on Sunday, 26th January 2020, made the country’s first apology for the persecution of Jews during the 2nd World War. He made this historic apology, first-of-its-kind made by any government in this regard, during the country’s annual Holocaust commemoration in Amsterdam, on the eve of the 75th anniversary ..