Washington, December 28
US President Donald Trump has signed into law a massive $2.3 trillion spending Bill that includes a $900 billion Covid relief package, averting a government shutdown and extending Covid aid to millions suffering from the economic impact of the pandemic.
Gandhi-King scholarly initiative okayed
- Trump has signed into law the Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative
- It paves the way for a forum to study the work of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr
- The law authorises $1 million a year for the initiative
Trump initially refused to approve the legislation, calling it a disgrace. “I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add money for PPP, return our airline workers back to work, add substantially more money for vaccine distribution, and much more,” Trump said.
In the UK, hospitals are canceling non-urgent procedures and scrambling to find space for Covid patients as cases continue to surge despite tough new curbs. It saw 41,385 new cases on Monday. Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said more areas would face toughest curbs if case numbers do not fall. — Agencies