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Khaleej Times is an English language daily newspaper published in the UAE. It features several categories such as business, finance, sports, life and style, entertainment, culture, and more.

3 female polio vaccination health workers shot dead. Gunmen killed three female polio vaccination health workers in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, officials said, adding that a blast had also rocked the provincial health department headquarters but left no casualties.

3 female polio vaccination health workers shot dead

Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, head of the immunisation programme at Afghanistan's Health Ministry told Reuters the explosion took place at the entrance to the health department for the province of Nangarhar late on Tuesday morning. Around the same time unknown gunmen shot vaccination workers at two separate locations in Jalalabad, killing two volunteers and one supervisor in the polio immunisation programme, all of them women, he said. It was not clear who was behind the attacks. A Taliban spokesman did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Three female journalists were killed in Jalalabad this month, an attack claimed by Daesh. Covid vaccine UAE: 86,942 doses administered in 24 hours. The UAE has administered 86,942 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the past 24 hours.

Covid vaccine UAE: 86,942 doses administered in 24 hours

The country's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said the total doses administered now stands at 8.22 million. This takes the rate of doses per 100 people to 83.12. UAE is 10th largest investor in India's FDI sector: Ambassador Kapoor. The Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Pavan Kapoor, who assumed office in October 2019, spoke exclusively to Khaleej Times on a range of issues such as bilateral ties, growing trade and commerce between the two countries, a sneak peek into the India Pavilion at the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020, upskilling of Indian workers to how the UAE has emerged as one of the leading seats of Arab culture in the region.

UAE is 10th largest investor in India's FDI sector: Ambassador Kapoor

This is the second part of a three-part series. The UAE has emerged as the 10th largest investor in the foreign direct investment (FDI) sector in India. The ambassador spoke about the sectors that the UAE can invest more in and how New Delhi could reciprocate. “The investment relationship between India and the UAE stands on a strong foundation of mutual trust and common aspirations.

UAE is 10th largest investor in India's FDI sector: Ambassador Kapoor. UAE industry on the verge of a new era. The UAE has become one of the most attractive investment propositions for international investors.

UAE industry on the verge of a new era

The UAE’s economy stands on the verge of a new era. One that will be marked with a dynamic industrial growth spurred by a raft of new local and foreign investments. This, thanks to the launch of Operation 300bn, the new strategy from the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) which seeks to fortify the nation’s well-established industries like petrochemicals, metals and advanced machinery and equipment, while stimulating new levels of productivity and performance in strategic sectors like healthcare and food security. The strategy will pay special focus on unleashing a wave of locally-driven future industries such as space, medical technologies, and hydrogen.

Biotechnology also offers an avenue of vast potential. Then there’s what’s been described as “the ultimate green fuel” . — Covid vaccine: BioNTech-Pfizer to produce 2.5 billion doses in 2021. BioNTech said on Tuesday that it and partner Pfizer would increase manufacturing capacity of their Covid-19 vaccine to 2.5 billion doses by the end of 2021, unveiling for the first time projected sales of close to 10 billion euros ($11.73 billion) from the product this year.

Covid vaccine: BioNTech-Pfizer to produce 2.5 billion doses in 2021

Pfizer previously said the two partners would likely produce between 2.3 billion and 2.4 billion doses this year. Also read: How to get free Covid vaccine in Dubai BioNTech cited its new facility in the German city of Marburg and an expansion of the pair's network of third-party manufacturers and suppliers as drivers behind the larger volumes.

"Additional measures and discussions with potential partners to further expand the manufacturing capacity and network are ongoing," it added. As of last week, more than 200 million doses of the product, known as BNT162b2 or Comirnaty, have been supplied, while signed orders for delivery in 2021 currently amount to 1.4 billion doses, said BioNTech. UAE Covid-19: Free kidney health consultations for dialysis patients. A new centre is offering free consultations and sheltered medical care to Abu Dhabi dialysis patients who are at high mortality risk if they contract Covid-19.

UAE Covid-19: Free kidney health consultations for dialysis patients

“We are welcoming renal care and dialysis patients from Abu Dhabi with a free kidney health consultation – an exclusive offer for residents from the Capital,” said Pyramids Dialysis Center, a new stand-alone specialist, in a statement to Khaleej Times. “With higher mortality rates in the last year due to exacerbating complications, dialysis and renal care patients continue to live with an increased risk of severe illness exposure.

For dialysis patients, heeding the call to ‘stay home, stay healthy’ and limit visits to hospitals is unmanageable, therefore this new centre is dedicated exclusively to dialysis treatments and comprehensive renal care and, as such, provides a more sheltered medical environment for renal patients, offering access to dialysis services outside the premises of the hospital,” it added. WHO explains: How, where did Covid first emerge? Key takeaways from WHO report on the origins of Covid-19 virus.

WHO explains: How, where did Covid first emerge?

The long-awaited World Health Organisation (WHO) report from Wuhan on the origins of Covid-19 is now out. The 123-page report says that the Covid-19 virus that killed more than two million people globally, probably originated in animals. However, the report, which is more cautious than conclusive, throws open many questions.

Experts begin probe into ship that blocked Suez Canal for a week. Experts on Tuesday boarded a colossal container ship that had been stuck sideways for nearly a week in the Suez Canal before it was dislodged, as questions swirled about the grounding that had shaken the global shipping industry and clogged one of the world’s most vital waterways.

Experts begin probe into ship that blocked Suez Canal for a week

>> Suez Canal crisis: Traffic resumes after stranded ship refloated >> Suez Canal blockage may cost up to $100 billion The Ever Given was safely anchored Tuesday in the Great Bitter Lake, a wide stretch of water halfway between the north and south ends of the canal, after salvage teams succeeded in finally freeing the skyscraper-size vessel on Monday afternoon. The grounding of the ship had halted billions of dollars a day in maritime commerce. A senior canal pilot, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to journalists, told The Associated Press that experts were looking for signs of damage and trying to determine the cause of the vessel’s grounding.

Lt. UAE travel: Full list of items that are banned and allowed. Travellers to and from the UAE have to abide by customs procedures as laid down by a pan-Gulf unified law and other relevant legislations in the country.

UAE travel: Full list of items that are banned and allowed

The UAE's Federal Customs Authority (FCA) has listed what travellers can legally carry, and items that are banned. The authority has also specified the maximum cash a traveller can carry. Here is the full list of what's allowed and what's not; penalties; and some tips to ensure risk-free travel. >> Value of gifts brought in with travellers should not exceed Dh3,000. >> All travellers coming to or departing from the country should disclose any currencies, negotiable instruments payable to bearer, and/or precious metals of stones valued more than Dh60,000.

Gulf region to turn green with Saudi plan to plant 50 billion trees. Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz announced the launch of the Green Middle East initiative.

Gulf region to turn green with Saudi plan to plant 50 billion trees

>> UAE: Dubai's first environment nanosatellite DMSat-1 lifts off >> UAE to raise clean energy use to 50% by 2050 under environment policy According to Arab News, the initiative is set to apply a number of ambitious programmes that will reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent in the region and plant 50 billion trees in the world’s biggest afforestation project.

“As a leading global oil producer, we are fully aware of our responsibility in advancing the fight against the climate crisis,” said the Saudi Crown Prince. The tree-planting project will be double the size of the Great Green Wall in Saudi’s Sahel region, the second-biggest regional afforestation initiative. The initiative will work to increase the percentage of protected land to more than 30 per cent, exceeding the global target at 17 per cent per country. UAE Ramadan: Reduced school timings, rules announced. Private schools in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah will reduce school hours during the Holy month of Ramadan. Dubai Private schools in Dubai will also hold classes for not more than five hours during the Holy Month. Mohammed Darwish, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Permits and Compliance at Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said, “Private schools in Dubai can hold classes up to five hours during Ramadan. We've given schools the flexibility of choosing their start and end time in consultation with parents.”

Coronavirus: UAE reports 2,289 Covid-19 cases, 2,422 recoveries, 6 deaths. The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Tuesday reported 2,289 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 2,422 recoveries and 6 deaths. >> Covid-19: Flight attendant jailed for breaking quarantine rules >> Pakistan: After PM Imran Khan, President Alvi tests positive for Covid-19 The new cases were detected through 223,799 additional tests. Video: Mom narrowly saves child from being buried under slab of snow. UAE Covid: E-learning or in-person schooling for your kids next term? Survey launched by UAE education authorities. Education authorities in the UAE are conducting an opinion poll of parents about the mode of education they would like their children to pursue during the forthcoming third term.

>> Ministry issues update on education model for next school year. 2 UAE-bound Filipinas saved from fake job scam. The Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration said it had intercepted two UAE-bound Filipinas at Clark International Airport because they were suspected to be victims of a job scam. Also read: Expats in UAE relieved as Philippines revises travel restrictions The victims presented themselves as legitimate overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with valid overseas employment certificates (OEC) and employment contracts. But officials noted discrepancies in the documents and referred them to the Bureau of Immigration’s Travel Control Enforcement Unit (TCEU) officers for an inspection. “During the checks, it was confirmed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration officer on-duty that the contract the victims submitted were not verified by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) in Dubai, and were fake,” said Jaime Morente, Immigration Commissioner.

Later, the victims admitted that they had received their employment contract from an agent they had met online a day before their flight. Gold prices drop further in Dubai, worldwide; 24K price at Dh210. Gold prices continued to fall on Tuesday, dragged down by gains in equity markets and the US dollar. >> Latest forex rate in the UAE >> Time to buy: Gold slips; 22K price falls below Dh200 in UAE Spot gold prices fell 0.3 per cent to $1,733.69 per ounce by 0119 GMT (5.19am UAE time). Meanwhile, US gold futures were down 0.1 per cent to $1,736.20 per ounce. In the UAE, 24K gold was priced at Dh210 on Tuesday morning (versus Dh211.50 on Monday morning); Dh22K at Dh197.25 (versus Dh198.5); Dh21K at Dh188.25 (versus Dh189.25) and 18K at Dh161.25 (versus Dh162.5).

Dubai: Asim Riaz loves the city's vibe. Dubai: Asim Riaz loves the city's vibe. Covid: Low-cost drug may have saved 1 million lives around the world. Covid: Low-cost drug may have saved 1 million lives around the world. UAE: Driverless cars to transport passengers for free. Driverless vehicles will transport passengers in Abu Dhabi for free as the UAE Capital trials the technology later this year. Look: Pakistanis in UAE celebrate National Day. Full list: UAE staff who must take Covid PCR tests every week or two. The UAE has implemented stringent Covid safety measures across the country.

Among them are compulsory Covid PCR tests every week or two. Multiple announcements have been made about the mandatory PCR tests for private and public sector employees this year. Here is a list of who all need to take the test and how often. Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli plans to open tennis academy in Dubai. Marion Bartoli, the former French tennis star and 2013 Wimbledon champion, is planning to open a tennis academy in Dubai with the aim of discovering and nurturing future Emirati champions. Covid-19: How health passports can kickstart international travel. From digital certificates to 'health passports', countries across the globe are hoping to relaunch travel by letting people prove their Covid-free status.

But with patchy vaccine access around the world and mounting concerns over data privacy, questions are swirling about how the measures will work in practice. Video: UAE Mars Mission chief gets candid in exclusive KT interview. UAE: Ministry issues update on education model for next school year. The Ministry of Education has issued an update regarding the education model for the next school year. EU set to rule on AstraZeneca vaccination. Europe's medical regulator is set to give its verdict on the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Thursday, following a chaotic few weeks that has seen nations suspend its use over blood clot fears. Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli plans to open tennis academy in Dubai. UAE: Virtual school for Covid-hit students launched. Abu Dhabi has announced the launch of the first Virtual Charter School to assist students in the Capital who have been impacted by Covid-19. An initiative of Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (Adek), in partnership with Horizon Private School, its goal is to ensure uninterrupted access to education for pupils in the emirate whose families have been hit by the ongoing pandemic. .

@ADEK_tweet, in partnership with Horizon Private School, has launched Abu Dhabi’s first Virtual Charter School to provide students in #AbuDhabi who have been impacted by #Covid_19 with continued access to education.— (@admediaoffice) March 18, 2021. Coronavirus: UAE reports 2,101 Covid-19 cases, 2,628 recoveries, 10 deaths. Up to Dh100,000 fine: New UAE law on burial passed by FNC. Cabin crew, doctor help deliver baby mid-air, on board flight. Video: Abu Dhabi cops speak 5 languages; how many do you know? Video: Abu Dhabi cops speak 5 languages; how many do you know? UAE: Woman racks up traffic fines of Dh247,000 with 414 offences. UAE leaders change social media profile photos. Here's why. Coronavirus: UAE reports 2,051 Covid-19 cases, 2,741 recoveries, 8 deaths. Fed officials emphasize policy ‘patience’ as outlook improves.

Oil up as Opec+ considers rollover rather than raising output. Expat on a mission to cross UAE on foot for kids in Uganda. Video: Dubai's Floating Bridge opens, closes for traffic daily. Video: Dubai's Floating Bridge opens, closes for traffic daily. Dubai: 4-year-old girl dead after dad forgot her in a car. Look: Dubai charity food drive forms world’s largest greeting card mosaic. Coronavirus: UAE reports 2,692 Covid-19 cases, 1,589 recoveries, 16 deaths. Covid UAE: 13 fined for playing cricket, breaking safety rules. Covid UAE: 13 fined for playing cricket, breaking safety rules. Photos: UAE's first-ever hotel and how it started 90 years ago. Video: Dubai girl in tears after marriage proposal at Expo site.

Covid UAE: Look, students return to schools in Abu Dhabi. Covid UAE: UAQ is third Emirate to announce 100% online school classes. Abu Dhabi launches new 'creative visa' scheme. UAE Covid-19: Ajman postpones all events effective immediately. Coronavirus: UAE reports 3,167 Covid-19 cases, 5,059 recoveries, 13 deaths. Hope Probe: UAE leaders share first image of Mars. UAE citizenship law: Full list of announcements, reactions. Pakistan reduces PCR test validity for travellers from UAE, other countries. Covid: New Emirates app to offer cheaper PCR tests, ease travel procedures. 11 UAE banks fined Dh45.75 million for breaking anti-money laundering rules. Coronavirus: UAE reports 2,948 Covid-19 cases, 4,189 recoveries,12 deaths. UAE Covid vaccine: 71,710 residents vaccinated in 24 hours. Sheikh Mohammed names UAE's best government department. World's Coolest Winter in UAE: Dh1 billion revenue and 950,000 tourists. Dubai: Missing since Feb 2020, 'heartbroken' Indian youth flies home.

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