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Jordan’s Prince Hamza bin Al-Hussein says he’s been placed under house arrest

Jordan’s Prince Hamza bin Al-Hussein says he’s been placed under house arrest

World
The half-brother of Jordan's King Abdullah has said he has been placed under house arrest, claiming he was being punished for taking in part in meetings in which the king had been criticised.In a video leaked to several broadcasters, Prince Hamza bin Al-Hussein said he was visited early on Saturday by the country's military chief and told "I was not allowed to go out, to communicate with people or to meet with them". He said his security detail was removed, and his phone and internet service had been cut.He accused Jordan's "ruling system" of incompetence and corruption, saying it had decided "that its personal interests, that its financial interests, that its corruption is more important than the lives and dignity and futures of the 10 million people that live here"."I'm not part of any c...
Japan puts Osaka, 2 other areas under virus semi-emergency

Japan puts Osaka, 2 other areas under virus semi-emergency

Health
Japan has designated Osaka and two other areas for new virus control steps as infections in those areas rise less than four months before the Tokyo OlympicsBy MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated PressApril 1, 2021, 10:10 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTOKYO -- Japan designated Osaka and two other areas for new virus control steps on Thursday as infections in those areas rise less than four months before the Tokyo Olympics.Osaka, neighboring Hyogo and Miyagi in the north have had sharp increases in daily cases since early March, soon after Japan scaled down its partial and non-binding state of emergency that began in January. Japan lifted the state of emergency in the Tokyo area on March 21, fully ending the measures aimed at slowing the coronavirus and relieving pre...
Liberty Steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta promises workers ‘no plants will close under my watch’

Liberty Steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta promises workers ‘no plants will close under my watch’

Business
Liberty Steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has promised thousands of UK workers facing uncertainty after the collapse of lender Greensill that he will not close any of its plants.In an interview with Sky News, Mr Gupta gave a bullish assessment of prospects for the business - while admitting the collapse was a "shock to the system". He said his business empire had already been in the process of switching away from Greensill as a source of financing and that his only regret was not doing so earlier. Image: The Liberty plant at Rotherham is part of Mr Gupta's steel empire In comments directed at Liberty Steel's 3,000 UK workers, Mr Gupta said: "I will not give up on you. You are my family."Under my watch, none of my steel plants will close, I p...
Germany halts use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to those under 60

Germany halts use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to those under 60

World
March 31 (UPI) -- German health officials restricted the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine to those over the age of 60 due to concerns of rare yet severe cases of blood clots in younger people who had received the shot. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Health Minister Jens Spahn made the announcement during a press conference on Tuesday to halt administering the drug to those under 60 years of age on the recommendations of the country's independent Standing Vaccination Commission. Advertisement Merkel added that those below 60 may still receive the life-saving jab at a doctor's discretion. Concerning the 2.2 million younger Germans who have already received the first shot of the two-dose regimen, Merkel said the STIKO will make a recommendation by the end of April. "The recommendations o...
Government extends deadline for filing declarations under VsV scheme till Mar 31, payment till Apr 30

Government extends deadline for filing declarations under VsV scheme till Mar 31, payment till Apr 30

Finance
The government has extended the last date for availing of the direct tax Vivaad Se Vishwas dispute resolution scheme to March 31, 2021, from the earlier date of February 28. This is the fifth extension of the scheme. Those willing to settle their tax disputes under the Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Act can file their declarations till March 31 and pay the settled tax amount by April 30, 2021, the Central Board of Direct Taxes said in a notification Friday. “CBDT further extends the date for filing of declarations under the Vivaad Se Vishwas Act, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Date for payment without additional amount under VsV extended to 30th April, 2021,” the income tax department said in a Twitter post. So far 125,144 cases have opted for the scheme which is 24.5% of the entire long pending 510...