Government readies next round of measures to boost economy

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and top officials of the finance ministry are working on administrative measures and incentive packages to boost the sluggish economy as the government is “deeply” concerned about the steep fall in key economic parameters besides dwindling revenue collections, three officials aware of the developments have said.The PMO and the North Block have been conducting a series of meetings with central and state government officials to boost revenue generation, which...

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PM Modi to inaugurate Kartarpur corridor on Nov 8, tweets minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Pakistan to inaugurate the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor to Sri Kartarpur Sahib on November 8, Union Minister Harsimrat Badal tweeted on Saturday."With the blessings of Guru Nanak Dev ji, Sikh Panth’s ardaas for 'khule darshan deedar’ of Sri Kartarpur Sahib to finally become reality! On November 8th, history will be created with PM Narendra Modi ji inaugurating the Kartarpur corridor (ICP),” Badal said in a tweet."What could not have been made possible...

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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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Post-Dussehra pollution in Delhi lowest in 5 years

People in the national capital breathed the cleanest air in five years for a day that falls immediately after Dussehra, environment monitoring officials said on Wednesday, but warned that the situation is likely to deteriorate in less than a week.The celebration of Dussehra includes the burning of towering effigies and fireworks, and has been followed by a spike in air pollution at a time when meteorological factors and farm fires in neighbouring states usually turn Delhi’s air unfit for breathing.Central...

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Suspected Pakistan drone spotted along border

A suspected Pakistani drone was spotted flying over two villages along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab’s Ferozepur district late on Tuesday, police said.The drone was first sighted at Hazarasingh Wala at 7.20 pm and later at Tendiwala around three hours later at 10.10 pm, the police added. Villagers captured pictures and made videos of the drone on their cellphones.On Monday night, the Border Security Force (BSF) spotted a drone five times between 10 pm and 10.40 pm near Hussainiwala border....

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China asserts it will protect ally Pakistan’s core interests

Two days ahead of his informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India, President Xi Jinping said China was closely following the situation in Kashmir and will support Pakistan on issues related to its “core interests”.Xi’s remarks, made during a meeting with visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday, reflected China’s consistent support to its all-weather ally Pakistan – an issue that emerged as an irritant in the run-up to the second India-China informal summit...

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