Union ministers start ninth round of talks with protesting farmer unions

Union ministers start ninth round of talks with protesting farmer unions

New Delhi: The ninth round of talks between protesting farmer unions and three central ministers got underway here on Friday afternoon to break the over-a-month-long deadlock on the three new agri laws. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railways, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, who is […]

Xi asks Starbucks’ Schultz to help repair US-China ties

Xi asks Starbucks’ Schultz to help repair US-China ties

Beijing:  President Xi Jinping is asking former CEO Howard Schultz of Starbucks to help repair US-Chinese relations that have plunged to their lowest level in decades amid a tariff war and tension over technology and security. A letter from Xi to Schultz reported Friday by the official Xinhua News Agency was a rare direct communication […]

COVID-19: India records 15,590 fresh cases

COVID-19: India records 15,590 fresh cases

New Delhi: India’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,05,27,683 with 15,590 people testing positive for the infection in a day, while recoveries have surged to 1,01,62,738, according to Union health ministry data updated on Friday. The country’s death toll increased to 1,51,918 with 191 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people […]

BSF shoots intruder dead at Punjab border

BSF shoots intruder dead at Punjab border

    Chandigarh:A Pakistani intruder was shot dead by the BSF along the International Border in Punjab’s Amritsar district, an official said on Friday.    The force personnel noticed suspicious activity near the border fence on Thursday evening, said the BSF official. Sensing threat, troops shot him dead at around 8:30 pm, the official further […]

Biden announces USD 1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus plan to revive US economy

Biden announces USD 1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus plan to revive US economy

Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has announced a USD 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package to tackle the economic fallout from the pandemic, including direct financial aid to average Americans, support to businesses and to provide a boost to the national vaccination programme. The relief package, announced on Thursday, includes USD 415 billion focused on combating […]

Farm bills have potential to represent significant step forward for agricultural reforms in India: IMF

Farm bills have potential to represent significant step forward for agricultural reforms in India: IMF

Washington:The International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes the farm bills passed by the Indian government have the potential to represent a significant step forward for agricultural reforms, a spokesperson of the organisation said here. There is, however, a need to strengthen the social safety net for those who might be adversely affected by the transition to […]

US blacklists Xiaomi, CNOOC, Skyrizon, raising heat on China

US blacklists Xiaomi, CNOOC, Skyrizon, raising heat on China

Hong Kong:The US government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China’s third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trumps last week in office. The Department of Defense added nine companies to its list of Chinese companies with military links, including Xiaomi and state-owned plane manufacturer […]

Call, sms, email, or download app 112 for emergency

Call, sms, email, or download app 112 for emergency

Jammu: Police on Thursday informed people to use the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) to address emergencies of citizens. The ERSS is designed to address all emergency signals received from citizens through voice calls, SMS, email, panic SOS signal, ERSS web portal, a police spokesperson said. An SOS alert can be activated through the “112-Mobile […]

More than 270 militants active in J&K: Officials

More than 270 militants active in J&K: Officials

Jammu: More than 270 militants are currently active in Jammu and Kashmir, which is less than the 2019 and 2020 figures, official sources have said. The Union Territory has seen a decrease in militant related incidents, infiltration and civilian killings in 2020, while security forces carried out more than 100 “successful” counterinsurgency operations killing 225 […]

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