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US welcomes Kartarpur corridor construction

WASHINGTON: The US has welcomed the construction of the Kartarpur corridor to link two Sikh shrines across the border between India and Pakistan, saying it supports anything that increases people-to-people ties between the two countries.

Next transformative idea, 80mn connections under Ujjwala in 100 days

NEW DELHI: The next big goal of Modi 2.0 is to take its flagship 'Ujjwala' scheme to 80 million households within the first 100 days of the government.

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill tabled in Lok Sabha

NEW DELHI: Seeking to increase penalties for traffic rules violations, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday introduced the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha.

Indian real estate firms fast adopting AI technology: Report

NEW DELHI: The real estate companies in India and China are fast adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in the development of applications that comprise machine vision for easy analysis and surveying of buildings and structures.

Muslims, Dalits to apply for arms licenses

LUCKNOW: Muslims, Dalits and tribals will now start applying for arms licenses for self-defence, following increase in incidents of mob lynching.

Capt Amarinder appreciates Pak decision to remove permit for passage through Kartarpur corridor

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has welcomed Pakistan’s decision to remove the requirement of separate permit system to allow pilgrims to travel through the historic Kartarpur Corridor, as had been demanded by him, but requested waiver of passport also to facilitate devotees from the rural areas of the state.

Due to obstacles by Delhi LG's office, AAP government could deliver only 191 Mohalla clinics

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has been praised for its work in the field of health, has not been able to provide the promised 1,000 Mohalla Clinics even after 4.5 years of rule, as only 191 clinics were operational till March.

Six-fold increase in UP Board's examination fees

LUCKNOW:  The Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board has increased six-fold the examination fees for high school and intermediate board examinations in 2020.

RTE out of reach for the poor children in modern city of Chandigarh

CHANDIARH: When Monsoon in Chandigarh has its own flavor and romance for many that touches all our senses but for Jinterder it is a test for his dream house a “Jhugi.” All huddled on the cot thinking about the future of his four children. After nine years of its implementation, it is time to analyse if the RTE Act has managed to achieve its goal. It legally makes the Administration responsible to ensure elementary education to children between six and 14 years free and compulsory education. There is also a provision to provide 25 per cent reservation for students of weaker section in private schools.

Uttarakhand fuel hike move comes under fire, Congress urges review

DEHRADUN:  In a move that has come under fire from all quarters, the Uttarakhand cabinet has also decided to increase the prices of petrol by Rs 2.5 per litre, and of diesel by Rs 1, following on the footsteps of the Union Budget.

There's still hope for Congress' revival: Ex-Goa CM

PANAJI:  Raided and ravaged thrice in two years by the ruling BJP, the Congress in Goa, now left with only five MLAs in the 40-member Assembly, has hope of revival, former Chief Minister and party MLA Digambar Kamat said on Thursday.

Railways plans to add 4 lakh berths by leaving power cars

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways which carries over 12 lakh passengers every day, aims to provide four lakh more berths for passengers every day from October when it will adopt the technology to generate power from the locomotives instead of the two power cars, railway officials said on Wednesday.

Federer, Nadal set up blockbuster Wimbledon semifinal

LONDON:  Swiss legend Roger Federer rallied from a set down to defeat Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and set up a showdown in the Wimbledon semifinals against arch-rival Rafael Nadal, a contest that will be their first at the Cathedral of Tennis since the epic 2008 men's singles final.

US House passes bill to cut green cards for Indian techies

NEW YORK:  The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to help Indian technology professionals get their permanent residentship sooner by cutting short the decade-long wait they now endure, but it is facing an unexpected roadblock in the Senate.

Gold customs duty hike worries Jaipur jewellers

JAIPUR: Jewellers and gold traders in Jaipur have expressed concern on the Union Budget 2019 increasing the customs duty on gold and precious metals from 10 per cent to 12.5 per cent.

Opposition Congress to bring white paper on Kerala's poor finances

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) is working on a 'white paper' on the exact state of Kerala's finances, a top Congress leader said on Wednesday.

Homicide rate falling for males in India, holding steady for females: UN

UNITED NATIONS: Fewer men and boys were falling victims to homicide in India but more women and girls are, according to the UN.

RS passes resolution slapping 200% duty on Pakistani goods

NEW DELHI: The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed a statutory resolution for levying 200 per cent duty on all goods exported from Pakistan.

Haryana school students start sit-ups to sharpen brain

CHANDIGARH: A government school in Haryana on Monday started a brain-teaser exercise on a pilot basis at the morning prayer session in which the students will do 14 sit-ups everyday.

Asia's homicide rate lowest globally: UN study

VIENNA:  A UN study revealed on Monday showed that Asia's average homicide rate was the lowest in the world with only 2.3 killings per 100,000 people per year, making the continent a relative haven of peace, especially compared to South America, which has a rate of 25 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.

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