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UN calls on Maldives to respect Supreme Court decision, says 'ready' to help ease political impasse

By Deepak Arora

UNITED NATIONS: Following the Maldives' Supreme Court decision ordering the release of convicted opposition leaders and the reinstatement of 12 parliamentarians, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed the world body's continued readiness to facilitate all-party talks in finding a solution to the Indian Ocean nation's political stalemate. “The Secretary-General takes note of the important ruling by the Supreme Court” and calls on the Government to respect it, said a statement issued overnight by his Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric....more More

Maldives Prez Yameen facing biggest threat

MALE: Maldives president Abdulla Yameen is facing the biggest threat since he wrested power in 2013 after the Supreme Court quashed charges against former president Mohamed Nasheed and nine more political dissidents this week. The government of the Maldives will resist any attempt by the Supreme Court to impeach president Abdulla Yameen for disobeying its order last week to release jailed opposition leaders, the attorney general said on Sunday.Following are details of the tussle between the court and the president, which is threatening to spark a constitutional crisis and undermine Yameen’s control of the Indian Ocean nation since he took power in 2013....more More

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India seeks inclusive, holistic document for negotiations on UNSC reforms

UNITED NATIONS: India on Friday sought an inclusive and holistic document that will enable all parties to base their negotiations transparently on the UN Security Council reforms. India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, said UN member states wanted continuity in terms of building on available documentation and a change in terms of style, so as to focus on negotiating the rolling document. He said lack of a rolling document is the bane in current process on Security Council reforms....more More

LeT militants held in Kashmir ‘got arms training in Pakistan’

SRINAGAR: Police arrested last week two young Kashmiri men who had travelled to Pakistan on valid visa allegedly for weapons training at camps run by the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group, underscoring the movement of militants through routes they would avoid. According to police, Abdul Majeed Bhat from Kreeri and Mohammad Ashraf Mir Nilla of Pattan, both places in northern Kashmir’s Baramulla district, were taken into custody at the Wagah-Attari border post in Punjab when they returned from Pakistan....more More

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Arun JaitleyFocus on farmers and rural infra, healthcare for poor in India Budget 2018

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance presented a populist farm- and poor-friendly budget, as it prepares for key state elections this year and parliamentary polls in 2019. The highlights of the Union Budget presented by finance minister Arun Jaitley in an hour-and-45 minute speech that alternated between Hindi and English were undoubtedly: the promise that the government would acquire key crops at a guaranteed 150% (or 1.5 times) the cost of production; a spend of Rs 14.3 lakh crore on rural infrastructure; health insurance for around 100 million poor families up to a maximum of Rs 5 lakh a family; and a slew of incentives (and sops) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)....more More

Rahul GandhiThankfully, the NDA govt has only one more year: Rahul Gandhi

NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi hit out at the government on Thursday over the Union Budget, saying only promises were made in the past four years and “thankfully” just one year of the NDA dispensation is left. Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said four years of the NDA regime are over but it continues to only promise farmers about fair price to their produce. He alleged the government came out only with fancy schemes during this period and did not provide employment to the country’s youths....more More

Modi‘Modicare’ to provide health insurance to 500 million Indians

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government has announced a transformative public health programme offering health insurance cover of up to Rs5 lakh to 100 million poor and vulnerable families, with the benefits expected to reach 500 million individuals, 40% of India’s population. “It is taking health care to a new aspirational level as it is going to be the world’s largest government-funded programme,” said Arun Jaitley, finance minister, in his budget speech about the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), which is being referred to as ‘Modicare’....more More

Padmaavat earns Rs 200 crore worldwide

NEW DELHI: Even as Padmaavat crossed Rs 100-cr-mark at the domestic ticket windows over the weekend, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus also surpassed the lifetime collections of Shah Rukh Khan’s Dilwale, Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai and Bajrangi Bhaijaan and is also likely to cross Aamir Khan’s Dangal records in Australia. The film is expected to earn about Rs 200 crore, according to a boxofficeindia report....more More

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Indonesian Minister calls for deepening engagements with India

JAKARTA: The 69th Republic Day of India Reception was held here on Wednesday where Indonesian Industries Minister Airlangga Hartarto called for deepening engagements with India. The reception was hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Jakarta by Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat. Indonesian Industries Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who was the chief guest on the occasion, addressed the gathering. The high profile gathering of over 300 guests at the reception included I Nyoman Nuarta, Padma Shri Awardee; Sofjan Wanandi, Advisor to Vice President of Indonesia, H.S. Dillon, former Advisor to President of Indonesia on Poverty Alleviation, I Made Andi Arsana and Ibu Shinta, members of India-Indonesia Eminent Persons Group; Suryo Bambang Sulisto, Chairman of Advisory Board of KADIN, captains of the business community, senior officials from various Ministries of the Indonesian government, representatives of think-tanks, academia, media, the Indian community and the diplomatic corps....more More

Sachin PilotCongress trounces BJP in Rajasthan bypolls, Trinamool wins in Bengal

NEW DELHI: The Congress snatched two Lok Sabha and one assembly seat from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in high-stakes bypoll fights in Rajasthan on Thursday, delivering a jolt to chief minister Vasundhara Raje ahead of state elections later this year. The Congress won the Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha seats by 196,496 and 84,414 votes respectively. In the Mandalgarh assembly seat, the Congress won by almost 13,000 votes. Despite a high-voltage campaign led by the CM, the BJP couldn’t take the lead in any of the 17 assembly segments. “Well done Rajasthan Congress! Proud of each and every one of you. This is a rejection of the BJP by the people of Rajasthan,” Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted....more More

Thai Golf Passport launched in India

By Deepak Arora

NEW DELHI: When it comes to hospitality no country comes closer to perfection than Thailand offering something for everyone of diverse interest, every age and every budget. From pristine sandy beaches to lush jungles, bustling busy cities to traditional villages, Michelin star menus to roadside noodle stalls, historic Buddhist temples to 21st-century skyscrapers Thailand is truly amazing! Amazing Thailand also has Amazing Golf facilities. Ideally located more than 200 golf courses throughout the country,by the sea, by the mountains, by the lakes, inside the cities even besides the airports. Top quality courses, reasonable green fees, friendly caddies. From the beach resorts in the south such as Phuket to the mountainous surroundings in the north, or the bustling cities of Bangkok and Pattaya, there are golf courses to suit every preference....more More

GST e-way bill implementation deferred due to glitches

NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday deferred implementation of requirement to carry e-permits for inter-state transportation of goods following technical glitches. GST provision requiring transporters to carry an electronic waybill or e-way bill when moving goods between states was to be implemented from Thursday to check rampant tax evasion. “In view of difficulties faced by the trade in generating e-way bill due to initial technological glitches, it has been decided to extend the trial phase for generation of e-way bill, both for inter and intra-state movement of goods. It will be applicable from a date to be notified,” the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) tweeted....more More

Baba Jaswant Singh Opens Masonic Centre In Karnal

KARNAL: Baba Jaswant Singh Ji Nirmal of Zarifa Farm inaugurated the Gaurav Dhamija International Masonic Centre here on Thursday. The centre has been built in memory of the son of a prominent Freemason, Inderjit Dhamija, by the Grand Lodge of India, New Delhi, for the charitable and socio-religious activities in Karnal by the Karnal Freemasons. Freemasonry is an organisation formed in india by the Britishers in the late seventeen century in Calcutta, the English capital of those times, and in Karnal a branch of it was opened in the year 1836 with its head quarters at the Mall Road opposite to the now DC house....more More

Economic Survey says Indian economy expected to grow at 7-7.5% in FY19

NEW DELHI: The Economic Survey says the worst is over and the Indian economy is poised to rebound to grow in the range of 7-7.5% in 2018-19. It credits this recovery to structural policy fixes, including the decision to put in place a bankruptcy code to deal with the bad debt problem--which it believes had become a binding constraint on economic growth. According to the Survey, demonetisation of high-value currencies, together with the roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), has led to more people being brought under the tax net and the formal economy is much bigger than what it is estimated at....more More

 

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According to a recent study funded by the International Nut & Dried Fruit Council (INC), consumption of nuts has beneficial effects on the human health. The study examined the effect of the intake of nuts on inflammatory biomarkers and endothelial function associated with cardiovascular disease. It also analyzed the intake of total and specific types of nuts and heart health. The study has been published in the BMJ Open journal. Here are 5 reasons why nuts are good for your heart.

 

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