Manju Rani defeats top-seed to confirm India’s second medal at World Boxing Championships 2019

Sixth-seed Manju Rani defeated top seed Kim Hyang Mi of North Korea 4-1 to confirm atleast a bronze medal for India in 48kg category at World Boxing Championships. Competing in her first Worlds tournament, Rani made it into the semifinal.Earlier, the World Championships debutant demolished Venezuela’s Rojas Tayonis Cedeno 5-0 to enter the quarter-finals of light flyweight category (48kg) in Ulan-Ude, Russia. Speaking after making it to the quarters, she had spoken about making a name in the category...

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Magnificent Mary Kom in semis, assured of 8th Worlds medal

“One punch, back and long,” India’s coach Raffaele Bergamasco shouted out to MC Mary Kom from the corner, during the first round of her quarter-final against Colombia’s Valencia Victoria at the world championships in Ulan Ude, Russia, on Thursday.Those five words were all he needed to capture the spirit of Kom’s new strategy in the ring: hit accurately, retreat, and then control the fight from a distance, landing punches from the counter.In the next two rounds, Kom’s corner hardly had to say a word—so...

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NASA aims for first manned SpaceX mission in first-quarter of 2020

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronaut capsule will be ready for its first manned test flight into orbit in the first quarter of next year, provided that “everything goes according to plan” in upcoming tests, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said on Thursday.On a visit to the SpaceX headquarters, Bridenstine praised Elon Musk’s company for its “fail fast, then fix” approach to spacecraft design after a personal tour and briefing at the sprawling manufacturing plant - a display of unity amid a rare...

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Apply for visa 90 days prior to employment start date: US Embassy

The United States (US) Embassy here on Thursday asked visa applicants to apply up to 90 days before their employment begins.“Applying for your work #USvisa? You can apply up to 90 days before the employment start date noted on your I-797 form,” the US Embassy wrote in a tweet.The I-797 form is a document the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) uses “to communicate with applicants/petitioners or convey an immigration benefit,” reads the USCIS website.The US work visa...

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Pakistan Army spokesperson defends Rajnath Singh over Shastra Puja row

In an unusual departure from his relentless attacks against the Indian government, Pakistan Army spokesperson Asif Ghafoor on Thursday defended Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh who has been facing heat for performing ‘Shastra Puja’ after receiving the first Rafale fighter jet in France, saying, “Nothing wrong in Rafale Puja as it goes by the religion.”“Nothing wrong in #RafalePuja as it goes by the religion and that must be respected. Please, remember....it’s not the machine alone...

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Kuwaitis reluctance to work due to low pay & work pressure

Minister of Finance Dr Nayef Al-Hajraf said the low salaries and work pressure are the main factors in the reluctance of citizens to work in the Public Institute for Social Security (PIFSS) pointing out that the institution had published 46 advertisements in the local newspapers for employment since 2013 until now, and out 2,029 applicants that were hired only 1,055 continue working, that is about 52% have refused to work or resigned, reports Al- Qabas daily.Al-Hajraf explained in response to a parliamentary...

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New customs zone for dispatching parcels and couriers

The Assistant Undersecretary for Postal Affairs in the Ministry of Communications Buthaina Al-Suba’e announced that the sector is on the verge of creating new customs zones for dispatching parcels and couriers, reports Al-Qabas daily.Al-Suba’e made the statement after the World Postal Day celebrations in Al-Sadeeq Post Office and said works in those zones will be done in coordination with the General Customs Administration to ensure safe delivery of parcels and couriers between both agencies.She...

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Kuwait economic steps right direction

The World Bank has lauded economic steps that have been taken by the Kuwaiti Government for boosting the private sector saying these moves “are on the right track.”The Kuwaiti Government is seeking to limit the state participation in the economy to bolster the private sector and minimize barricades facing commerce and investments, the report notes.Key initiatives that have been taken by the Kuwaiti Government cover laws, privatization, partnership of the private and public sectors in fields such...

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Health ministry to pay a businesswoman KD 40,000 for medical error

The Court of Appeals ordered the Ministry of Health to pay KD 40,000 in compensation to a businesswoman who suffered damages from medical error when doctors forgot a needle in her stomach during a surgical operation.The lawsuit filed by Lawyer Abdul-Aziz Al-Balwan on behalf of the woman indicated her client underwent a cosmetic operation in the stomach at the Amiri Hospital, which resulted in complications due to the needle forgotten in the process. She later went through several other surgeries...

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MP completely rejects implementation of VAT and selective tax – Kuwait lacks real financial reforms

MP Ahmad Al-Fadel alleges that Ministry of Finance is currently deliberating on the prospects of implementing taxes, affirming he completely rejects the idea of taxation alongside other colleagues, especially in the absence of real financial reforms.The MP stated “there are no such items in their agenda according to the officials from Finance Ministry”, and if he was to remain as chairman of the parliamentary committee for state priorities in the next legislative term, bills related to the implementation...

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