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Total Govt Liabilities Rise To Rs 101.3 Lakh Cr In First Quarter: Finance Ministry Report

Total liabilities of the government increased to Rs 101.3 lakh crore at end-June 2020 from Rs 94.6 lakh crore at end-March 2020, according to the latest data on public debt. The total debt of the government stood at Rs 88.18 lakh crore at end-June 2019. Public debt accounted for 91.1 per cent of total outstanding liabilities at end-June 2020, the quarterly report on public debt management released on Friday said. Nearly 28.6 per cent of the outstanding dated securities ........

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International Flights: Now Indians Can Travel to Japan, UK, Canada And 10 Other Countries | Who is Allowed & Who is Not?

Though International flights in India will remain suspended till September 30, the country has established bilateral air bubble arrangements with 13 countries — Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Maldives, Nigeria, Qatar, UAE, UK and US. Making the announcement on Twitter, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “Air Bubbles are in place with 13 countries. Others are being finalised. In addition to existing countries, people can also fly between India & Afghanist........

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Tablighi Event Led To Covid Spread Among "Many": Government To Parliament

A huge gathering of the Islamic sect Tablighi Jamaat in March in Delhi, despite orders issued by various authorities after the outbreak of coronavirus, "also" led to the spread of the virus among "many persons", the government today informed parliament. "As reported by Delhi Police, despite guidelines/orders issued by various authorities in pursuance of the outbreak of COVID-19 a huge gathering assembled inside a closed premise; over a protracted period of time, without any semblance of social distancing or provision of masks and sanitizers. This also caused spread of Corona Virus i........

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Schools Reopen from Today: Here's a State-Wise List of Rules for Students, Parents and Teachers

After almost six-months, schools in some states will reopen their gates to students of Classes 9-12 with a long list of rules to be followed as per the Covid-19 protocol announced in Unlock 4 by the central government. In the Unlock 4 guidelines, the union home ministry had permitted schools to reopen from September 21, Monday but left the final call to the states. It did, however, lay down a set of rules for schools to reopen. Students and teachers residing in containment zones are not permitted to attend schools.........

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Govt may allow companies with over 300 workers to fire staff without its nod

Companies having not less than 300 workers will soon be allowed to hire and fire workers without seeking prior government permission, with the labour ministry proposing changes to rules in a bill introduced in Lok Sabha on Saturday. The proposal, which was the bone of contention between the ministry and trade unions, is part of the Industrial Relation Code Bill 2020. Currently, only those industrial establishments with less than 100 employees are permitted to hire and fire their staff without permission of the government. ........

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Rules & regulations: Trai suggestions no free pass for OTTs, data privacy still concern

The recent recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India stating that over-the-top (OTT) players like Facebook, Viber, Telegram, etc, do not need to be brought under any form of regulatory framework, will in no way stop the government from drafting intermediary guidelines and data protection laws aimed at governing them. This is significant because the intermediary guidelines would make it mandatory for apps ........

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Police arrested a local journalist alleging spying for China

Police in India’s capital city on Saturday said they had arrested a local freelance journalist on allegations he was passing “sensitive information” to Chinese intelligence officers. In a statement, the Delhi Police said 61-year-old Rajeev Sharma was arrested earlier this week and officers had seized some confidential documents related to the Indian defence department from the journalist’s residence. One Chinese woman and her ........

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Bills of Agriculture Marketing Reforms will enhance farm income

On the background of COVID 19 , GOI has taken a series of measures to bring the paralysed economy due to lockdown on resilience mode through various policy decisions and economical packages. Being greenfield and largest employment generating sector, agriculture was boosted through various schemes and programs along with agriculture marketing reforms promulgated through ordinances. Amidst opposition, Loksabha has passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Pro........

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Covid-19: Single Day Recovery Surpasses Fresh Cases As Record 95,880 Recover

India's single-day recovery outstripped the number of new infections as nearly 96,000 people recuperated from the novel coronavirus, even as the total number of cases went past 53 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Saturday. Early morning figures shows 95,880 people recovered from the virus in 24 hours pushing the recovery rate to 79.28 per cent. However, the total caseload mounted to 53,08,014 with 1,247 people succumbing to death.showed that while 95,880 people recovered from the virus in a span o........

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India's coronavirus cases rise to 5.2 million, with 96,424 new infections

India recorded 96,424 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its tally to 5.2 million, data from the federal health ministry showed on Friday. India has been posting the highest single-day caseload in the world since early August, and seems on course to cross the United States as the country with the most number of cases. Deaths in India have been relatively low, and it has a fatality rate of 1.62%. On Friday, the health ministry said 1,174 people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking total mortalities from the disease to 84,372.........

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Consistent ‘nudges’ by PM Modi played crucial role in India’s Covid battle: Cambridge study

Prime Minister Narendra Modi motivated India’s billion-plus population to stay home during the nationwide lockdown despite high economic and social costs, finds a Cambridge analysis. The University of Cambridge did to the media and the people. The study found that consistent “nudges” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi played a crucial role in influencing people to stay home and follow other restrictions during the lockdown. A reactiv........

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Unemployment crisis: Over 60 lakh white collar professional jobs lost during May-August

India’s formal sector unemployment has been rising sharply ever since a strict lockdown was imposed in the country towards the end of March. The 20th wave of CMIE’s Consumer Pyramids Household Survey (CPHS) has now revealed that nearly 6.6 million or 66 lakh white collar professionals (WCP) lost jobs between May and August. White collar professionals like software engineers, physicians, teachers, accountants and analysts have suffered the bigges........

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Explained: The Agri Reform Bills That Led to Farmer Protests in 3 States, Oppn Walkout & a Shock Resignation

Amid walkout by opposition parties and the resignation of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal as the Union minister, the Lok Sabha on Thursday passed two key bills pertaining to the agriculture sector during the Monsoon Session of Parliament. The legislations, Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, were passed by voice vote in the Lok Sabha. Earlier on Tu........

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TikTok’s Deal With Oracle Will Not Avert India Ban On The App: Report

It recently came to light that Oracle won the bidding for the U.S. operations of TikTok, beating out Microsoft in a deal. However, this partnership will not have any impact on the TikTok ban in India and the app will continue to remain banned in the country. As by the ET, this partnership between TikTok and Oracle will not be enough for India as there’s no guarantee that the data of Indian users will remain safe and secure. The report that as per the two senior gover........

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Tata Group Wins Bid to Construct New Parliament Building at Cost of Rs 861.90 Crore

The new Parliament building will be built as part of the Narendra Modi government’s plan to redevelop the central Vista in New Delhi. The Tata Projects Ltd has won the bid to construct the new Parliament building at a cost of Rs 861.90 crore, officials said. After the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) opened financial bids on Wednesday for the construction of the new building, Tata Projects Ltd submitted a bid worth Rs 861.90 crore, while Larsen and Toubro Ltd quoted Rs 865 crore. The new building will be built a........

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How Telangana farmers will benefit from the state becoming Seed Bowl of the World

In Covid times, agriculture has emerged as the major driver of the Indian economy. States across the country have realised the value of agriculture in getting their economy back on track. In Telangana, the state government is pushing forward on its efforts to make the region the “Seed Bowl of the World” in order to multiply farm earnings. Seed production on alarge scale can increase farmerprofits by 400 p........

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India's COVID-19 Tally Crosses 49 Lakh-Mark With 83,809 New Cases, Death Toll Goes Beyond 80K

With no respite from the rising number of infections, the coronavirus tally in India crossed 49 lakh on Tuesday with 83,809 new cases, said the Union Health Ministry. The death toll rose to 80,776 with 1,054 more people dying of the virus. The case fatality rate stands at 1.64 per cent, according to the ministry data. There are 9,90,061 active cases of COVID-19, comprising 20.08 per cent of the total 49,30,236 cases, it said. Meanwhile, 38.59 lak........

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Yoga, chyawanprash, turmeric milk: Health Ministry issues guidelines for post-Covid care

The Union Health Ministry on Sunday issued a post Covid-19 management protocol for recovered patients. Among the long list of suggestions, the Health Ministry advised mild exercise like yoga, consuming a healthy diet and seeking social support or counseling. The ministry also suggested a number of home remedies and immunity boosting Ayush medicine. 3. In healthcare facility setting Details of medicines and their dosage........

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Before foiling Chinese moves, India worked on plan for almost a month

On the night of August 29-30, almost four months after the PLA made significant ingress into Indian territory in eastern Ladakh, India, for the first time, . By the crack of dawn, Indian forces had taken dominant positions on some key heights along the (LAC), snaking through the south bank of to Rechin La near Rezang La. This move threatened key Chinese positions on its side of the LAC, and provided India a bulwark against lost ground on the north bank of the lake. The Indian Army........

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India Readies Itself for ‘Hot Winter’ Ahead as Tense Calm Prevails at LAC With Troops Holding Position

A signboard is seen from the Indian side of the Indo-China border at Bumla, in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, on November 11, 2009. Tense calm prevailed over the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh for the fourth night on Saturday. Officials told News18 that though troops continued to hold their respective positions, there has been no incident anywhere along the Line of Actual Co........

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