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Jaishankar defends decision to suspend all visas

IANS New Delhi Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar on Thursday defended the government’s decision to suspend all visas, except those of officials and diplomats, arguing that “exceptional situations require exceptional response”. In a statement in the Lok Sabha, the Minister though cautioned that it was important to resolve the problem and not spread panic.  The global spread of coronavirus, …

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Airtel acquires 10% stake in fitness content firm Spectacom

IANS New Delhi Bharti Airtel, on Thursday, acquired 10 per cent stake in a fitness startup, Spectacom Global Pvt Ltd. “The stake Airtel acquired in Spectacom is in early double digits,” the company said. Fighting hard to boost profits and revenues, the company has upped its efforts to offer more content in various domains and laiguages tagretting more subscribers to …

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India reports first coronavirus death

PTI New Delhi India reported its first death due to coronavirus on Thursday as the number of positive cases soared to 74, with authorities taking emergency measures to contain its spread like shutting down schools, colleges and cinema halls in the national capital and some other places. The Union health ministry confirmed that a 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi in Karnataka, …

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ED arrests CEO of Goa firm for duping foreigners

PTI New Delhi The ED has arrested the CEO of a Goa-based company for allegedly laundering money by cheating foreigners on the pretext of selling them real estate in the beach state. Ankit Kumar Jain, CEO and former director of Sanatan Financers and Real Estates Pvt Ltd, was arrested under the provision of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. “The …

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Tourism and aviation sectors may take `8,500-crore hit

PTI New Delhi The coronavirus pandemic could bring Indian travel, tourism and aviation industries to a halt within next ten days, especially with the government suspending visas for a month, a move that could cause an immediate economic impact of at least Rs 8,500 crore, according to industry players. Industry bodies, including Indian Association of Tour Operators, and ASSOCHAM, foresee …

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Beijing orders quarantine for all international arrivals

AFP Beijing Beijing on Wednesday ordered people arriving in the city from any country to go into 14-day quarantine as China reported an increase in imported coronavirus cases, threatening its progress against the epidemic. China has made major strides in its battle against the virus, prompting President Xi Jinping to visit Wuhan, the central city at the heart of the …

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BJP may find Soren an easy target in Jharkhand

IANS New Delhi The BJP, taking a shot at forming government in Madhya Pradesh, can target Jharkhand, where everything is not well with the Mahagathbandhan government, once it is through with the Madhya Pradesh political turmoil. There are reports of divisions between the ruling allies, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Congress, with discontent brewing among ruling MLAs over choice …

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1,487 Indian prisoners in jails of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pak, Lanka: MEA

PTI New Delhi As many as 1,487 Indian prisoners are lodged in various jails of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the External Affairs Ministry (MEA) said on Wednesday. Responding to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said 83 missing Indian defence personnel, including prisoners of war, are believed to be in …

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Suspension of 7 Cong LS members revoked

PTI New Delhi The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a motion to revoke the suspension of seven Congress members, even as Speaker Om Birla returned to the House for the first time since the ugly incidents of March 2 when ruling and opposition members had scuffled. The seven Congress members – Gaurav Gogoi, T N Prathapan, Dean Kuriakose, R Unnithan, …

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Scindia jumps on BJP bandwagon

PTI New Delhi/Bhopal Long-time Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia crossed over to the BJP on Wednesday, leaving the Madhya Pradesh government tottering precariously and both parties scrambling to send their legislators far away from the state capital – and from the machinations of each other. While Madhya Pradesh’s ruling Congress, pushed to the brink of collapse after the resignation of 22 …

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