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India gets comparatively easy draw; clubbed with Qatar, Oman, Afghanistan, Bangladesh

PTI Kuala Lumpur The Indian football team was on Wednesday handed a comparatively easy draw for the 2022 World Cup second round Asian qualifiers, being clubbed with Qatar, Oman, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Group E. The 40 Asian countries were divided into eight groups of five teams each in the draw held at the Asian Football Confederation headquarters here. All …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Need For Practical, Responsive Govt We are told that Modi 2.0 is brimming with ideas and setting fantastic targets for the people’s benefit. I beg to disagree and so do eminent industrialists like Adi Godrej among others who dare speak out. If the government keeps putting the cart before the horse, the people will keep suffering, especially the poor, uneducated …

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Congress Open To Leadership Challenge

Jayanta Ghosal The opposition’s role in democracy is always very important. Ruling party and opposition dialectics is the core strength of democracy. It keeps the balance of power in the system. The ruler becomes a dictator if the opposition is weak. From President Donald Trump to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, a new right-wing populism has emerged. It has also emerged in …

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‘Representation of SCs, STs in govt jobs above prescribed percentage’

PTI New Delhi The representation of SC and ST members in central government services is more than the prescribed percentage while that of other backward classes is lower, Lok Sabha was informed Wednesday. Responding to a written question, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said reservation of OBCs has shown an increasing trend since it started in September, 1993. …

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UK wants India raise its first international sovereign bond in London

UNI London UK Prime Minister Theresa May has voiced the hope that India would raise its first ever international sovereign bond this year in London’s capital market and the growing business links between the two countries would create jobs and prosperity from Manipur to Manchester. She also said new immigration rules after the UK left the European Union would help …

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Easter Sunday attack suspects should be hanged: Sirisena

PTI Colombo Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has demanded death sentence to all the suspects arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks, amid his differences with the governing coalition over reintroduction of capital punishment after four decades. Sirisena said the move to bring in a motion in Parliament to abolish the capital punishment is a move to prevent the …

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Food for thought

NT BUZZ The fifth edition of PechaKucha Goa ‘Foodies Unite’ was held at And So, Porvorim. The presenters for the evening were Sujit Sumitran, Desmond Nazareth, Snigdha Manchanda, Nolan Michael Mascarenhas, Zubin Vazifdar, Kunal Arolkar, Darryl D’Souza, Sandeep Sreedharan, Hansel Vaz, Punam Singh and Drasty Shah. The concept of PechaKucha rests on a simple 20×20 presentation format, wherein a highly …

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The spirit of music

NT BUZZ On the occasion of the annual ‘Gandha Puja’, Goan vocalist Pravin Gaonkar along with his disciple Pallavi Patil will be performing devotional songs on July 20, 7 p.m. at Anant Devasthan – Savai Verem. Gaonkar began his musical training under the guidance of Kamalakar Naik. He received further training from the great vocalist of Agra and Jaipur gharanas, …

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Cabinet approves bill to scrap 58 redundant laws

PTI New Delhi In its effort to weed out archaic and dead statutes, the Union Cabinet Wednesday approved a bill to scrap 58 laws which have lost their relevance. The NDA government in its two terms has sent to the chopping block 1824 old laws which had become redundant. After the Repealing and Amendment Bill, 2019 gets parliamentary nod, 137 …

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‘Mutual interest of India, US to have smooth trading relationship’

PTI New York It is in the mutual interest of India and the US to have a smooth trading relationship and they can find ways to deal with some of the “minor speed bumps”, Indian Ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, amid bilateral trade frictions. Trade tensions between India and the US have been rising with President Donald …

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