first_imgOn Sunday, federal interior minister Amit Shah, one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s closest aides, as well as the chief minister of the southern state of Karnataka, were hospitalized. The chief of the central state of Madhya Pradesh is also recovering in hospital.It was not immediately clear whether Shah’s cabinet colleagues, including the finance minister, had isolated themselves.As infections continue to surge in the country, having registered a record of 57,118 on Saturday, India has also stepped up efforts to test more people and search for a vaccine.The health ministry said on Twitter that the country’s drugs authorities had allowed Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume, to conduct clinical trials of a vaccine candidate developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca Plc.  India’s interior minister and the chiefs of two big states have been hospitalized with COVID-19 as the country’s daily cases topped 50,000 for a fifth straight day on Monday.The country reported 52,972 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 1.8 million – the third highest in the world after the United States and Brazil – data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Monday.With 771 new deaths, the COVID-19 disease has now killed 38,135 people in India, including that of a minister on Sunday in the most-populous state of Uttar Pradesh. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgWith only a few days until the launch of Seabourn’s newest ultra-luxury vessel, Seabourn Encore, the award-winning cruise line has revealed that its latest ship will feature its first dedicated sushi restaurant.To be named Sushi, the new restaurant will feature a menu that is a perfect blend of authenticity, to maintain the root of the cuisine, and a twist of Seabourn’s culinary expertise.Hamachi, tuna, prawns and other fresh fish products will be shipped from Japan and served a la carte for dinner while at lunchtime the restaurant will feature three varieties of bento boxes: meat, seafood and vegetarian.Seabourn Encore designer Adam D. Tihany said Sushi’s dining space was intimate and beautifully appointed, with views overlooking the ocean: “The décor is all off-white, almost like a very delicate Japanese eggshell. The sushi bar is bespoke with Venetian glass fixtures to create a shimmering effect.”Sushi will also feature a private dining table secluded from the rest of the restaurant offering small groups of guests a more intimate experience.The 600-guest Seabourn Encore will cruise Australian waters during its first season, making nine maiden calls to Australian ports from Darwin to Geelong between 22 January 2017 and 17 March 2017 following its gala naming ceremony in Singapore in early January. The ship will embark on its first sailing from  Athens on 4 December.The ship expands and builds on the line’s award-winning and highly acclaimed Odyssey-class ships, which revolutionised ultra-luxury cruising with enhanced accommodations and innovative amenities when they were introduced between 2009 and 2011. A sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018.last_img read more