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Banks provided UAH 6.1B of loans under state guarantees – Finance Ministry

As of October 1, 2021, ten banks provided loans for a total sum of UAH 6.1 billion under state guarantees on a portfolio basis, Ukrinform reports, referring to the Finance Ministry’s press service.

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PM Modi: Centre assured VIP culture doesn't overpower Covid vaccination drive

“The ‘Sabko vaccine, muft vaccine’ (free vaccine for all) initiative was started by taking everyone along. The country had one mantra- if the Covid-19 disease does not discriminate, then there cannot be any discrimination in vaccination too. Hence, it was ensured that the VIP culture does not overpower the vaccination drive,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

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Exclusive-Apple's talks with Chinese battery makers CATL and BYD mostly stalled -sources

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Apple Inc's talks with China's CATL and BYD over battery supplies for its planned electric vehicle

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Halyna Hutchins: 'Rust' crew member killed by Alec Baldwin was a 'restless dreamer'

Hayla Hutchins was a Ukrainian woman who worked as a Director of Photography in Hollywood films

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NEET MDS Exam 2022 postponed, check new exam date here

NEET MDS Exam 2022 has been postponed. The examination will be conducted on June 4, 2022.

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Cybercriminals beware! India just took this big step to launch crackdown

With increasing usage of gadgets in the Covid-19 era, cyberciminals are taking advantage of the fact that users are not too aware about how they can be duped. In fact users freely provide secret information to strangers even. This step by India and the US will ensure that the cybercriminals are deterred or caught.

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People say, 'he is the Inzamam-Ul-Haq of India': Shoaib Akhtar names batter whom 'Pakistan considers greater than Kohli'

Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has lauded the Indian cricket team, saying that cricket fans in Pakistan are fond of certain batsmen from Team India.

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Kareena Kapoor on making Taimur-Jeh aware of gender equality: Important for boys to know mother is their father’s equal

Kareena Kapoor Khan has spoken about how she makes sure her sons Taimur Ali Khan and Jehangir Ali Khan are aware of gender equality.

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Birthday girl Parineeti Chopra happy that cinemas in Maharashtra are reopening on her special day

Actor Parineeti Chopra is currently in Kathmandu, Nepal for a film shoot and will have a working birthday.

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Umar Khalid's Father, Akhilesh Yadav 'Hatching a Conspiracy': CM Yogi Adityanath

Delhi riots-accused Umar Khalid's father had met Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on 2 October.

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Wait before Covid booster jabs ‘could be cut to five months’ to speed up rollout

The delay between a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and a booster could be cut from six months to five under plans reportedly being considered to speed up the rollout of third doses. Boris Johnson said the time period between jabs was an “extremely important point” and stressed the need to “keep going as fast as possible” to deliver booster vaccines. A media blitz is to be launched to encourage people to take up the booster shots, which ministers hope will drive up demand which has so far failed to match the enthusiasm of the initial vaccination programme. Government officials and ministers said the time interval between doses was a matter for the experts on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). But The Guardian said Downing Street sources confirmed the option was being examined, while The Daily Telegraph said the JCVI was showing an interest in the idea of giving booster doses a month early. Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Does it really matter when it’s only nine weeks until the Christmas holidays if someone has their booster jab after five months? “And should we not look at whether there should be flexibility in that decision so we can get more people in more quickly for their booster jabs?” During a visit to Northern Ireland, the prime minister said: “On the issue of timing, all I will say is I think we just need to keep going as fast as possible.” Mr Johnson stressed that, unlike the early stages of the vaccine rollout, there were no problems with supply of doses, instead “it’s a demand issue”. Speaking on Friday, the care minister told Sky News: “The JCVI look at all the data. They’ve advised us six months. Of course they continually look at the data but they are the only people who can really answer this question. “If they advise us, our job then would be to get ready to do whatever they say. But at the moment it is six months. It is not unknown, the JCVI have changed over periods of time and have reacted.” In a sign that demand may be picking up, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said a record 234,000 booster vaccine bookings were made on Wednesday. “Getting your booster when offered is vital to keep you protected from Covid-19 over winter,” he said. “I urge everyone to book theirs as soon as eligible.” A booster shot of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech has a dramatic effect, the firms claimed after a trial. In the trial, a booster dose given to patients who had the initial two jabs showing a relative vaccine efficacy of 95.6 per cent when compared to those who did not receive a booster. The Prime Minister said the findings, which have not yet been peer reviewed, were “great results”. The push to encourage vaccine take-up came as the daily number of cases reported in the UK surpassed 50,000 for the first time since mid-July. But Mr Johnson is continuing to resist calls from health leaders for tighter Covid restrictions despite the rising levels of infections. The Prime Minister acknowledged the numbers were “high” but said they were “within the parameters” forecast by scientists advising the Government. His comments followed calls from the NHS Confederation and the British Medical Association (BMA) for ministers to activate their winter Plan B for England amid fears the health service could be overwhelmed. BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said the refusal to introduce supplementary measures - including Covid passports, mask-wearing in crowded public spaces and a return to working from home - amounted to “wilful negligence”. Read More Reshuffle in full: Who is out and who has been promoted? Boris Johnson flexes muscles with cabinet shake-up for post-Covid era PM won’t say how Universal Credit claimants can recoup lost £20-a-week

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Exclusive-UK public's inflation expectations rocket to record high: GfK

By Andy Bruce LONDON (Reuters) -A record proportion of the British public thinks inflation will accelerate over the next 12

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U.K. Retail Sales Fall Unexpectedly in Longest Ever Weak Patch

(Bloomberg) -- U.K retail sales fell unexpectedly for a fifth month as consumer confidence plunged, adding to evidence that the

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Experience the Grand Lifestyle as Grand Summit Hotels soft opens in General Santos City

Set in the bustling city of General Santos City, Robinsons Hotels and Resorts’ newest and upscale local brand, Grand Summit Hotels, held its soft opening last Oct. 13, 2021. The intimate event was attended by Robinsons Land Corporation’s (RLC) president and CEO Frederick D. Go, Robinsons Hotels and Resort’s (RHR) SVP and business unit general manager Arthur Gindap, group general manager Annalyn Yap, group director of sales and marketing Joy de Mesa, and government officials, South Cotabato 1st District Representative Congresswoman Shirlyn Bañas–Nograles, General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, and First Lady Jane Rivera. Adhering to the safety and security protocols set by the city, only the hotel and casino’s employees, and PAGCOR officials were present during the ceremony. A simple luncheon took place at the hotel’s all-day restaurant, Café Summit, right after the blessing presided by Fr. Ricky Legario. Grand Summit Hotel is the smart choice for travelers who are looking for more than just a place to stay. More than a destination, Grand Summit Hotel offers the finest experience. With its distinctly Filipino warmth and flair coupled with intuitive and personalized service, the hotel aims to build meaningful connections with its guests. Every touchpoint of your stay is as unforgettable as the beauty and warmth of GenSan and its people. Arthur Gindap, SVP and Business Unit GM of Robinsons Hotels and Resorts said, “We, at Robinsons Hotels and Resorts, remain steadfast in our vision of extending our brand of hospitality and service all throughout the country and beyond. Ours is a vision built on a tradition of solidarity and perseverance, and this is what the Grand Summit stands for–a brand that can withstand the weathers of the highs and lows of economies–always at the forefront of what hotel service ought to be.” Grand Summit Hotel puts deluxe hospitality within reach. An exquisite balance of style and comfort awaits the guests. Equipped with world-class facilities and premium amenities, all 102 rooms and suites at the hotel are carefully-designed to meet the evolving needs of its guests. Dine in style every day at the Grand Summit Hotel, and enjoy a wide range of cuisines at Café Summit. The all-day dining restaurant brings the best of the region to give you a dining experience unlike any other. Situated in the Tuna Capital of the Philippines – General Santos City, Café Summit does not only offer this local favorite but provides a variety of choices from regional delicacies to international cuisines, catering to the different tastes and preferences of its guests. Apart from the exquisite dishes, it also boast of its signature drinks such as Whisper of the Hill, Summit Lady, and Mango de Papa. For intimate gatherings, business luncheons or any exclusive dining, private dining is available for the guests’ convenience. With multiple function rooms and a ballroom, Grand Summit Hotel is the ideal venue for business meetings, exhibits, training and social gatherings. Function rooms can conveniently accommodate up to 30 guests while the spacious, pillarless, and elegantly-designed Grand Summit Ballroom can comfortably fit up to 500 guests (banquet set-up) and 700 guests (theatre set-up). Each room is equipped with top-of-the-line audio-visual and technical facilities to make your event a success. Grand Summit Hotel also puts convenience and leisure at its priority. The hotel offers leisure facilities including a spa, gym, and a swimming pool. Guests can enjoy the pool and suite facilities by December 2021 while the Grand Summit Ballroom, spa, and fitness center are scheduled to be open by the second quarter of 2022. How safe is it to travel in the time of the pandemic? Robinsons Hotel and Resorts and Grand Summit Hotel understand the concerns of its guests when traveling in the new normal. Robinsons Hotel and Resorts implements safety protocols in every touch point from pre-arrival to post-departure to ensure a worry-free and safe experience for all guests. Grand Summit Hotel General Santos follows the Circle of Clean (COC) protocol, which is modeled after the World Health Organization’s hygiene and cleanliness standards as well as the Department of Health New Normal protocol. Aside from common precautions seen in almost every establishment today, the COC has extra safety measures including a seamless online check-in, luggage disinfection upon check-in and checkout, COC ambassadors stationed in common areas ready to assist, and also rigorously conducts effective food handling hygiene. “This is not a mere hotel opening for us and the residents of General Santos, but a testament of the wonderful things to expect in the coming days here in our beloved city,” says Annalyn Yap, group general manager of Summit and Go Hotels Experience the beauty of Grand Summit Hotel with its introductory offer of P3,988 nett per room per night when you book and stay from Oct. 15, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021. To book, visit www.grandsummithotels.ph or email: reservations@summithotels.ph. Call +63 998 888-7788 or +63 917 888-7788.

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US Rowing accepts resignation of longtime men's coach Teti

Longtime U.S. rowing coach Mike Teti, who has been criticized by some of his former athletes as being emotionally abusive and using physical intimidation, has resigned but immediately accepted a position funded by a large donor leading a new high-performance training club that still has ties to the national program ahead of the 2024 Olympics in Paris

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FTSE 100 Live: Evergrande set to make debt payment, UK retail sales and consumer confidence figures disappoint

Expectations that debt-laden property firm Evergrande will make a key interest payment at the weekend should boost confidence after London-listed miners fell sharply yesterday. The FTSE 100 index is poised to open higher, although the underlying picture for the UK economy continues to cause concern after this morning's disappointing retail sales figures and the Gfk’s consumer confidence index that shows “all vital signs weakening”. The uncertain picture adds to the pressure on Bank of England policymakers as they consider whether to hike interest rates next month amid a warning from its chief economist last night that inflation could get close to 5% early next year.

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Ukraine sets new daily COVID vaccination record

Nearly 270,000 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Ukraine on October 21, the Ukrainian Health Ministry has reported on Facebook.

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UK foreign secy to visit India this week; tech, infrastructure deals on cards

The tech and infrastructure deals to be finalised during Truss’ two-day visit are aimed at boosting jobs and increasing green growth.

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Japan OKs plan to push clean energy, nuclear to cut carbon

Japan has adopted a new energy policy that promotes nuclear and renewables as sources of clean energy to achieve the country’s pledge of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050

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Japanese firms tie up for cold chain solution for PH

Three Japanese auto and manufacturing players are forging a partnership to assemble an all Japanese refrigerated van as they vie for a stake in the growing cold chain industry in the Philippines. The partnership is among Japanese firms Centro Nippon Fruehauf Cooltech (CFCI), Denso, and Hino Motors Philippines (HMP). Under the plan, a Hino 300 series light truck will be mounted either on a 10 or 11-footer Japanese Cooltech ref van body from Centro Nippon Fruehauf (CFCI). The cooling power will be provided by a Japanese Denso DS2 cooling system, which will supply the need for a chilled or frozen cargo condition. The finish product will be called the Hino 300 ref van. The aim is to provide the transport solution from the first and up to the last mile delivery segments of the cold chain industry, the group said in a statement. The partnership was born at the recent Cold Chain Logistics Workshop between the Philippines and Japan. At the work, Cold Chain Association of the Philippines President Anthony Dizon showed that the cold chain industry is projected to grow to 550,000 pallet positions this year. The domestic cold chain industry is expected to grow 10 percent. “And we see the need nationwide for ref vans to transport goods from the farm or piers, to the cold storage facilities, then to the processing plants, then back to the cold storage facilities for its last-mile delivery to the retail outlets,” said Dizon. Hiroki Senoo, vice president for business planning division of Hino Motors Philippines (HMP), cited the outstanding features of Hino 300 ref van calling it a game changer in the cold chain industry. “It will fill the need for a reliable ref van and its durability and uncompromising quality will be backed by Hino’s one-stop solution where servicing of the ref system and body can also be done at any Hino dealership nationwide. That will make after sales service very convenient,” Senoo said. HMP Vice President for Sales Division Oliver dela Cruz said the Hino 300 ref van is expected to change the country’s trucking and logistics landscape. “With the tough and tested Hino 300 light truck as platform in combination with a Denso cooling unit and Cooltech ref van body, it is designed to take on the rough and challenging terrains in the countryside. Customers can thus look forward to what is probably the best in Japanese technology in a ref van,” he said. For its cooling power, Denso has its highly reliable DS2 ref system which Mr. Masahiko Tanaka, unit head of Denso’s Sales unit said, its DS2 ref system has been proven to perform efficiently at lower operating cost. “It can handle the cargoes at the temperature desired by the customer whether in chilled or frozen condition. On top of that, it is environmentally friendly based on the materials and refrigerant used. We have engineered it to work well with the Hino 300 light truck and the Cooltech ref van body and deliver outstanding performance expected of an all-Japan product,” he said. The Cooltech ref van body uses extruded polystyrene which is a less water-absorptive insulating material. CFCI Production Manager Edd Nieva explained that the production of the insulated sandwich panels and subsequent assembly of ref vans utilizes Japanese technology, process and stringent quality control standards. “The Cooltech ref van body is engineered to fuse perfectly well with the Japanese Hino 300 light truck and the Japanese Denso ref system to come up with a reliable all-Japan ref van. It is the perfect fusion among a tough, durable truck muscle, a cost- efficient cooling unit and a high-quality ref van body,” he said.

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Zelensky holds phone conversation with PM of Israel

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had a phone conversation with Prime Minister of the State of Israel Naftali Bennett.

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture

Dean Smith wants an improvement in game management from Aston Villa after a shocking collapse against Wolves last time out saw them go from two up to losing 3-2. “At 2-0 up with 10 minutes to go you obviously question the game management and what we have done to enable them to win so many set pieces,” said Smith. “They had three set pieces, two from corners and we have actually won the first contact but after the second phase we went to sleep a little bit. Whether that was a lack of concentration or not I don’t know.” They now head to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal on Friday, with the Gunners one point and one place above them in the Premier League table - both teams can move into the top half if they take the three points. Arsenal have been far from convincing themselves again, needing a late goal from Alexandre Lacazette to rescue a point against Crystal Palace earlier in the week. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game. When is the match? The game kicks off at 8pm BST on Friday 22 October at the Emirates Stadium. Where can I watch it? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Ultra HD. Subscribers can stream the match via the Sky Go app. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription. We may earn commission from some of the links in this article, but we never allow this to influence our content. What is the team news? Granit Xhaka remains sidelined for Arsenal and there are question marks over Bukayo Saka and Keiran Tierney, who both took knocks on Monday night against Palace. Leon Bailey should be back in the squad and Matty Cash is fit after a minor leg injury so is likely to start. Trezeguet is out injured. Predicted line-ups ARS - Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Thomas, Lokonga, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette AST - Martinez; Konsa, Mings, Tuanzebe, Cash, McGinn, Luiz, Targett, Buendia, Ings, Watkins Odds Arsenal Evens Draw 11/4 Aston Villa 16/5 Prediction Arsenal to just about edge a match between two sides who seem to feel they should be punching well above where they are right now - but haven’t shown any real reason to take those ambitions seriously as yet. Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa.

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture tonight

Arsenal will look to get back to winning ways on Friday night when they host Aston Villa in the Premier League. The Gunners needed a late Alexandre Lacazette equaliser to take a point at home against Crystal Palace on Monday, leaving them stuck in the bottom half with three wins from eight this term. Aston Villa are just behind, 13th with one point fewer than their opponents, and suffered an incredible late collapse against Wolves in their own last outing, having been two goals up with 10 minutes to play - yet ended up losing. Neither manager can be happy with the inconsistency shown so far this term and will be looking for improvements in both penalty boxes here. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game. When is the match? The game kicks off at 8pm BST on Friday 22 October at the Emirates Stadium. Where can I watch it? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Ultra HD. Subscribers can stream the match via the Sky Go app. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription. We may earn commission from some of the links in this article, but we never allow this to influence our content. What is the team news? Granit Xhaka remains sidelined for Arsenal and there are question marks over Bukayo Saka and Keiran Tierney, who both took knocks on Monday night against Palace. Leon Bailey should be back in the squad and Matty Cash is fit after a minor leg injury so is likely to start. Trezeguet is out injured. Predicted line-ups ARS - Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Thomas, Lokonga, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette AST - Martinez; Konsa, Mings, Tuanzebe, Cash, McGinn, Luiz, Targett, Buendia, Ings, Watkins Odds Arsenal Evens Draw 11/4 Aston Villa 16/5 Prediction Arsenal to just about edge a match between two sides who seem to feel they should be punching well above where they are right now - but haven’t shown any real reason to take those ambitions seriously as yet. Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa.

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight

The Premier League weekend kicks off early this time, as Arsenal host Aston Villa on Friday night at the Emirates Stadium. Mikel Arteta’s side continue to underwhelm and lack consistency, though the Gunners are now five unbeaten in the league after securing a late home draw with Crystal Palace last time out. They remain in the bottom half, however, 12th in the table and looking to move up to ninth ahead of the weekend action with a win. Villa can also go ninth if they take the points, currently sat one place and one point behind Arsenal. Dean Smith’s team have yet to hit top gear themselves this season and suffered back-to-back defeats to Tottenham and Wolves either side of the international break - the latter a late collapse from two up to 3-2 down. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game. When is the match? The game kicks off at 8pm BST on Friday 22 October at the Emirates Stadium. Where can I watch it? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Ultra HD. Subscribers can stream the match via the Sky Go app. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription. We may earn commission from some of the links in this article, but we never allow this to influence our content. What is the team news? Granit Xhaka remains sidelined for Arsenal and there are question marks over Bukayo Saka and Keiran Tierney, who both took knocks on Monday night against Palace. Leon Bailey should be back in the squad and Matty Cash is fit after a minor leg injury so is likely to start. Trezeguet is out injured. Predicted line-ups ARS - Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Thomas, Lokonga, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette AST - Martinez; Konsa, Mings, Tuanzebe, Cash, McGinn, Luiz, Targett, Buendia, Ings, Watkins Odds Arsenal Evens Draw 11/4 Aston Villa 16/5 Prediction Arsenal to just about edge a match between two sides who seem to feel they should be punching well above where they are right now - but haven’t shown any real reason to take those ambitions seriously as yet. Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa.

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Week 8 Preview: Chip vs. Oregon; Pickett's Heisman chance

The last three weeks have featured a team ranked in the top three of the AP college football poll losing to an unranked team

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