As Pakistan cracks down on illegal migrants, nearly half a million Afghans have left, minister says

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Islamabad: Nearly half a million Afghans who were living in Pakistan without valid documents have returned home in just over two months as part of an ongoing crackdown on foreigners in the country without papers, the caretaker interior minister said Friday. The expulsions are part of a nationwide crackdown by the government in Islamabad that started two months ago. Pakistan insists the campaign is not against Afghans specifically, though they make...

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SC criticises Calcutta HC order on adolescent girls, says judges not expected to preach

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New Delhi: Judges are not expected to express their personal views or preach, the Supreme Court remarked Friday, strongly criticising a Calcutta High Court judgement which advised young girls to "control sexual urges" and adolescent boys to train themselves to respect women. Terming the High Court observations as "highly objectionable and unwarranted", a bench of Justices Abhay S Oka and Pankaj Mithal said the observations are completely in violation of the...

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RBI raises GDP growth projection to 7% for FY24

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Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India Friday raised the GDP growth projection for the current fiscal to 7 per cent from 6.5 per cent earlier on buoyant domestic demand and higher capacity utilisation in the manufacturing sector. Announcing the bi-monthly monetary policy, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, however, flagged protracted geopolitical turmoil and global economic fragmentation as risks to the growth outlook. The RBI kept interest rates unchanged at 6.5 per cent...

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RBI retains repo rate at 6.5% for fifth time in a row

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Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India Friday decided to keep the policy rate unchanged at 6.5 per cent for the fifth time in a row as it maintains a tight vigil on inflation. The rate increase cycle was paused in April after six consecutive rate hikes, aggregating to 250 basis points since May 2022. Announcing the bi-monthly monetary policy, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) unanimously decided...

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Telangana CM resigns from Lok Sabha membership

New Delhi: Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy Friday resigned from his Lok Sabha seat, official sources said. They said Reddy met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla this evening to tender his resignation. He represented the Malkajgiri Parliamentary constituency in Telangana. He was accompanied by party's whip and MP Manickam Tagore during his visit to  Parliament House....

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We remain concerned over deteriorating security situation: EAM S Jaishankar on Hamas-Israel conflict

New Delhi: India Friday said it remains concerned over the deteriorating security situation arising out of the Hamas-Israel conflict and called for "restraint and de-escalation" while emphasising on a peaceful resolution of the conflict through "dialogue and diplomacy". External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar informed the Lok Sabha that India strongly condemned the October 7 terror attack on...

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JSW Steel USA Ohio plans to raise  long-term funds in US

New Delhi: JSW Steel USA Ohio is planning to raise long-term funds in the municipal bond markets in the United States, according to an exchange filing. JSW Steel USA Ohio is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of home-grown steel maker JSW Steel Limited. JSW Steel USA Ohio is considering a proposal for raising long-term funds of around 30...

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ICSE, ISC date sheet 2024 out on; get direct download link here

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has released the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Indian School Certificate (ISC) board examination time sheets. Students who will appear for the upcoming ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) board examinations can download the timetable for 2024 academic year by visiting the official website at...

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Asian Development Bank approves a $200 million loan to debt-stricken Sri Lanka

Colombo: The Asian Development Bank said Friday that it has approved $200-million concessional loan to debt-stricken Sri Lanka to help stabilise the country's finance sector following an unprecedented economic crisis that engulfed the Indian Ocean island nation last year. The bank's announcement comes as Sri Lanka is awaiting International Monetary Fund approval for the second installment of...

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UN Security Council of yesterday is always late today: India

United Nations: In a scathing criticism, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj has said the UN Security Council of yesterday is “always late today” and questioned whether 1945's “security plumbing” will work in the year 2023. “If the trillion dollar question is to ensure peace, do we have a peace infrastructure representative of the...

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WPL auction: Gujarat Giants, RCB look to plug gaps

Mumbai: With the biggest purse going into the WPL auction Saturday, last edition's wooden-spooner Gujarat Giants will look to plug the holes ahead of the 2024 edition of the league, while the four other teams will be keen to fine-tune their squads. Gujarat Giants finished fifth and last in the inaugural edition in March, while another high-profile...

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Former India goalkeeper Subrata Paul announces retirement

Kolkata: One of the greatest Indian goalkeepers Subrata Paul, 36, Friday decided to call it quits, bringing curtains on a glittering career spanning 16 years. "Thank You Spiderman. Blue Tigers custodian hangs up his gloves today," the All India Football Federation posted on X. Paul, who made his debut against Lebanon in the World Cup qualifiers in...

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