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Coronavirus likely to drag global GDP by 1 percentage point if containment delayed beyond June

New Delhi:  The cascading effect of coronavirus epidemic might cause a drag of about a percentage point on global GDP growth, if the containment is delayed beyond June, a report said Thursday. According to the report by Dun & Bradstreet, the outbreak of coronavirus is already having a considerable impact on the Chinese economy, and its implications will increase for global businesses with operations or suppliers in the region. On January...

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China objects to Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh

Beijing: China, which claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of south Tibet, has objected to Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit there to attend the statehood day Thursday, saying it is “firmly opposed” to his trip as it violated Beijing’s “territorial sovereignty and sabotaged political mutual trust”. Shah is in Arunachal Pradesh to attend the 34th Statehood Day function and launch a number of projects related to industry and roads, officials said. China...

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India ranks 77th on sustainability, 131st in child flourishing index rankings, says UN report

United Nations: India ranked 77th on a sustainability index that takes into account per capita carbon emissions and ability of children in a nation to live healthy lives and secures 131st spot on a flourishing ranking that measures the best chance at survival and well-being for children, according to a UN-backed report. The report was released Wednesday by a commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the...

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Odisha Assembly Speaker asks minister to fix paddy procurement woes

Bhubaneswar: Speaker S N Patro Wednesday directed Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain to convene a meeting of the district officials and MLAs to resolve the problems of paddy procurement. The Speaker gave the direction after members cutting across party lines, expressed serious concern during the Question Hour and Zero Hour about the problems faced by the farmers in selling their paddy due to the introduction of token...

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Maharashtra government will provide all help to foreign investors: Aaditya Thackeray

Mumbai: Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray met consul generals of various countries Thursday and assured them that the state government will provide all necessary help to foreign investors. In an interaction with consul generals of various countries, the minister said the state government is focusing on employment generation in Maharashtra and the state has tremendous potential in...

China defends decision to expel 3 journalists of ‘Wall Street Journal’

Beijing: China defended Thursday the expulsion of three foreign journalists of the Wall Street Journal. It said that media which insults, smears the country and support racial discrimination ‘must pay the price’. Three journalists of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) were expelled Wednesday following an article in the newspaper titled ‘China Is the Real Sick Man of...

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Asian Wrestling: Sarita Mor bags gold medal in women’s 59kg

New Delhi: Indian wrestler Sarita Mor eked out a 3-2 win over Battsetseg Atlantsetseg of Mongolia in the women’s 59kg final to clinch the gold medal at the Asian Championships here Thursday. The 23-year-old edged out Atlantsetseg in the summit clash at the KD Jadhav Indoor stadium here. Pinki (55kg) and Divya Kakran (68kg) had also won...

Torture of Dalits in Rajasthan, 7 arrested

Jaipur: Seven people were arrested for torturing two Dalit men in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district, an incident that triggered protests in the state assembly and condemnation by political leaders Thursday. Apart from the seven arrested, seven others have been detained in this connection, police said. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi termed the torture of the Dalits as ‘horrific and...

Pro-Left student bodies retain control in Jadavpur University

Kolkata: Pro-Left student bodies retained their hold in two of the three faculties of the Jadavpur University, where results were declared Thursday. Counting of votes has been held up in another faculty where the SFI was leading before counting of votes was stopped there due to a technical reason, a university official said. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi...

Abhay Deol’s ‘Jungle Cry’ to have world premiere in Wales

Mumbai: Actor Abhay Deol and Emily Shah-starrer Jungle Cry will have its world premiere March 10 in Wales.        The premiere, to be held at the ‘Ffwrnes Theatre’ in Llanelli, will be hosted by the government of Wales. “Jungle Cry is a story that defines nothing is impossible. It is an incredible story and I am really proud...

Guru Ravidas temple: Ex-MP Ashok Tanwar moves SC, seeks action against DDA, Delhi government

New Delhi: Former Congress MP Ashok Tanwar moved Thursday the Supreme Court seeking contempt proceedings against the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Delhi government for allegedly ‘wilfully and deliberately disobeying’ its orders allowing construction of a permanent structure for the Guru Ravidas temple at Tughlaqabad here. The temple was demolished by the DDA following the apex...

Ram Mandir Trust members meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi: Members of the Ram Mandir Trust, including its president Nritya Gopal Das, Thursday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence here. The meeting came a day after the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra, set up recently to oversee the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, met for the first time on Wednesday....

Asian Championships: Nirmala Devi settles for silver after losing in 50kg final

New Delhi: Indian wrestler Nirmala Devi settled for a silver medal after going down narrowly to Japan's Miho Igarashi in the 50kg final of the Asian Championships here Thursday. Nirmala, a 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, lost 2-3 to Igarashi in the summit clash. The Haryana wrestler had defeated Mongolia's Munkhnar Byambasuren 6-4 and Uzbeskitan's Dauletbike Yakhshimuratova...

Amit Shah dismisses talks on scrapping of Article 371

Itanagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah dismissed Thursday as ‘misinformation’ the talk of repeal of Article 371 of the Constitution, as he reaffirmed the government’s commitment to protecting the unique culture of the Northeast. Most states that have special provisions under Article 371 are in the Northeast. These provisions are aimed at preserving their cultural heritage and...

 

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