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FGN19 UK-FLIGHTS-LD INDIA UK's Heathrow Airport refuses to allow extra flights from India ahead of 'red list' ban London: Heathrow Airport in London, the UK's largest and busiest airport, has declined requests from at least four international aircraft carriers to land eight extra flights from India on Thursday, ahead of the coronavirus pandemic 'red list' travel ban which comes into force from Friday. By Aditi Khanna FGN22 VIRUS-AUS-LD INDIA Australia to reduce number of flights from India by 30 per cent due to a coronavirus spike Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday announced a 30-per cent reduction in flights coming from high-risk COVID-19 nations like India, following an alarming rise in coronavirus cases in institutionalised quarantine centres in the country. By Natasha Chaku FGN18 US-CLIMATE-SUMMIT-BIDEN Biden to set new target to achieve a 50-52 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas pollution by 2030 Washington: US President Joe Biden on Thursday will announce a new target for his country to achieve a 50-52 per cent reduction from 2005 levels in economy-wide net greenhouse gas pollution in 2030, officials said. By Lalit K Jha FGN21 UK-INDIA-BUSINESS Indian footprint expands in UK despite Covid crisis, finds new ‘India Meets Britain Tracker’ London: The number of Indian companies operating in the UK and their job creation levels have registered growth despite the challenges of Brexit and COVID-19 pandemic over the past year, the 'India Meets Britain Tracker' concludes in a report released here on Thursday. By Aditi Khanna FGN13 UK-TATA-LIBERTY-STEEL-COURT Tata Steel takes Liberty Steel to court in UK over ‘missed payments’ London: Indian steel major Tata Steel has filed a commercial court claim in the UK against British Indian steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta led GFG Alliance, which owns Liberty Steel, over alleged missed payments from an acquisition dating back to 2017. By Aditi Khanna FGN14 PAK-LD BLAST Bomb blast in hotel parking in Pakistan kills 5 Karachi: A powerful bomb blast in the parking area of a luxury hotel in the restive southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta has killed at least five persons and injured 12 others, authorities have said, dismissing reports that the Chinese Ambassador was present in the building when the explosion occurred.

FGN3 US-LD VANITA GUPTA Vanita Gupta scripts history as first Indian-American to be US' associate attorney general Washington: Prominent Indian-American civil rights lawyer Vanita Gupta has been confirmed by the US Senate as associate attorney general, making her the first person of colour to occupy the third highest position at the Department of Justice. By Lalit K Jha FGN8 US-CHINA-BILL Senate committee approves China strategic competition bill; backs enhanced security ties with India Washington: A powerful Senate committee has overwhelmingly approved the key China strategic competition bill which among other things supports the QUAD grouping and enhances security partnership with India. By Lalit K Jha IND