Queen to honour UK well being employees


London: Doctors, nurses, fundraisers and volunteers who have made “outstanding contributions” to the UK’s Covid response will be recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list to be unveiled on October 10, Downing Street said on Sunday. The list, which is traditionally published in early June to coincide with the 94-year-old monarch’s official birthday celebrations, was postponed this year in order to consider nominations of people playing crucial roles during the first months of the Covid-19 effort.Downing Street said following approval from Queen Elizabeth II, hundreds of additional people will be honoured for their contributions tackling the deadly virus on the frontline and in their communities. PTI

Indian-American running for Lt-Guv of Virginia

Washington: Puneet Ahluwalia, an Indian-American business consultant, is running for the Republican nomination for Lt-Governor of Virginia, saying the state needs a new leadership to attract investment, jobs, growth and wealth, it was reported. “Virginia is in trouble right now, and we’re running out of time as Democrats offer the same old tired promises,” The American Bazaar reported on Saturday citing the 55-year-old as saying while announcing his run. “Virginia needs new ideas and a business environment that will attract investment, jobs, growth and wealth,” said the Delhi-born Ahluwalia in a note to his supporters. IANS

Attenborough gives shark tooth fossil to Prince George

London: Veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough has given Britain’s Prince George a giant shark tooth fossil after a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace. Photos released by the palace showed the seven-year-old prince looking intrigued as he looked at the tooth from a carcharocles megalodon, a species that lived more than 3 million years ago and was three times the size of modern great white sharks. Attenborough, 94, found the tooth during a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s. Attenborough has been making nature documentaries since the 1950s and helped underscore the global threat posed by plastic waste in his 2017 series “Blue Planet II”. AP



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