ByteDance applies for tech export licence in China amid TikTok deal talks.

ByteDance has applied for a tech export licence in China as it races to seal a deal with Oracle Corp and Walmart Inc that it hopes will end U.S. government plans to ban its TikTok video-streaming app on security grounds.The Beijing-based firm submitted the application to Beijing's municipal commerce bureau and is awaiting a decision, it said in a statement on its Toutiao online news platform on Thursday, without referring to ongoing talks over its U.S. operations.The application comes about a month...

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620 recover from coronavirus; 552 new infections.

Kuwait’s Ministry of Health said Thursday 552 people tested positive for the coronavirus while two persons died of the pandemic in the past 24 hours. Ministry spokesman Dr. Abdullah Al-Sanad, in a statement to KUNA, said total registered cases reached 101,851 while deaths topped 592.He said distribution of cases in health areas was: 154 in Hawally, 128 in Ahmadi, 113 in the Capital, 95 in Farwaniya and 62 in Jahra.Al-Sanad said 101 patients were in the intensive care units while number of patients...

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Moody’s downgrades Kuwait ratings.

Moody’s Investors Service, (“Moody’s”) has downgraded Kuwait’s long-term foreign and local currency issuer rating to A1 from Aa2, and changed the outlook to stable, concluding the review for downgrade initiated on March 30, 2020.The decision to downgrade the ratings reflects both the increase in government liquidity risks and a weaker assessment of Kuwait’s institutions and governance strength. In the continued absence of legal authorization to issue debt or draw on the sovereign wealth...

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PM Modi, President Kovind and others mourn veteran nuclear scientist Sekhar Basu’s demise.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tributes to veteran nuclear scientist Dr Sekhar Basu, who died due to the coronavirus disease.Dr Basu was the former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).“Demise of veteran scientist Padma Shri Dr Sekhar Basu is a huge loss to the nation. A former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, he was a stalwart of nuclear science research & immensely contributed to nuclear powered submarine INS Arihant. Condolences...

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‘Will put coronavirus in lockdown and hold Durga puja’: Mamata Banerjee.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday rolled out plans on how to hold the Durga puja – the biggest festival in West Bengal – during the coronavirus pandemic, while showering sops on thousands of puja organisers and hawkers.“We will surely organise the Durga puja this year. We have to avoid crowds at any cost because vultures are sitting out there to blame us if we don’t allow the puja or if any spike occurs after the puja. They have no responsibility,” she said while launching a veiled...

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Kashmiri lawyer Babar Qadri shot dead in Srinagar by unidentified gunmen.

Unidentified gunmen shot dead Kashmiri lawyer Babar Qadri in Hawal area of Srinagar on Thursday.Qadri was rushed to the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) hospital in Srinagar where doctors declared him ‘dead on arrival’, news agency PTI reported.Qadri was recently suspended from the bar association. He sought his suspension to be revoked after the bar association president was released from his detention, which was in place since the abrogation of Article 370 in the union...

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Cross-border terror among key challenges for Saarc: Jaishankar.

Cross-border terror, blocking connectivity and obstructing trade are the key challenges that the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) must overcome to ensure lasting peace and security in the region, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday.Jaishankar made the remarks while addressing an informal virtual meeting of foreign ministers of the eight-member grouping, whose functioning has stalled because of differences between India and Pakistan.The meeting of the foreign...

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Kuwait participates in Arab-German Health Forum.

Kuwait’s Ambassador to Germany Najeeb Al-Bader participated in the 13th Arab-German Health Forum and got acquainted with ongoing efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Bader said yesterday that the forum, which was held in the North Rhine-Westphalia State in western Germany, enabled him to take first-hand account of the European state’s attempts to confront COVID-19 with the objective of eliminating the virus.He said he exchanged views with experts attending the forum about efforts by some...

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Kuwait, US discuss culture, arts cooperation.

The Secretary General of the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Letters Kamel Suleiman Al-Abduljaleel welcomed to his office the Ambassador of the United States of America to the State of Kuwait Alina Romanowski yesterday morning. The two parties discussed aspects and ways of sustainable cultural and artistic cooperation.Abduljaleel described the meeting as fruitful and constructive, as several proposals and ideas were discussed to be formulated into programs and implemented in the future through...

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Rail roko agitation: Freight trains to be hit, passenger train services suspended.

As farmers in Punjab began their three-day ‘rail roko’ agitation to protest against the three farm bills, freight movement is likely to be hit largely. Punjab loaded 990 rakes in August and 816 till September 23. The Food Corporation of India is loading over 35 rakes of food grains daily from Punjab, the movement of which is likely to be stalled.Railway authorities said 14 pairs of special trains will remain suspended from September 24 till 26. The decision has been taken keeping in mind the safety...

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