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Six Indian-Americans part of Trump’s economic revival advisory group

PTI Washington President Donald Trump has roped in six Indian-American corporate leaders, including Sunder Pichai from Google and Satya Nadella from Microsoft, to seek advice from the “brightest” and the “smartest” people on how to restart US economy that has been crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. America’s economy, the world’s largest, has come to a standstill due the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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Silicon Valley braces for layoffs, reduction in salary and job freeze

Washington: The Silicon Valley, hub of Indian entrepreneurship that showcases excellence of Indian IT professionals, is bracing itself for a post coronavirus period with layoffs, pay cuts and freeze on new jobs, a top venture capitalist has said. M Rangaswami told PTI that while the IT giants like Google and Facebooks might have a different approach, many of the startups …

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Spain’s virus death toll tops 18,000

Madrid: Spain’s death toll from the novel coronavirus topped 18,000 on Tuesday, as the rise in new infections dropped to its lowest level since the country imposed a nationwide lockdown last month. The 567 new deaths reported by the health ministry were slightly up from Monday’s death toll and they take the total number of fatalities to 18,056 — officially …

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Trump hints at consequences for China’s misinformation on COVID-19

Washington: US President Donald Trump has hinted that there would be consequences for China’s alleged misinformation to the international community and the WHO on coronavirus, that originated from its Wuhan city last year, and has claimed 119,666 lives with nearly two million infections globally. Trump shot back at a reporter on Monday during his White House press conference on coronavirus …

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US slams Pakistan for denying food to Hindus and Christians

Washington: Terming as “reprehensible” the reports of food being denied to Hindu and Christian communities in Pakistan amidst the coronavirus crisis, a US government organisation has urged Islamabad to ensure that food aid from distributing organisations is shared equally with all religious minorities in the country. “As COVID-19 continues to spread, vulnerable communities within Pakistan are fighting hunger and to …

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Top oil producers agree on record output cuts amid coronavirus crisis

AFP Vienna Top oil-producing countries agreed Sunday to record output cuts in order to boost plummeting oil prices due to the new coronavirus crisis and a Russia-Saudi price war. OPEC producers, dominated by Saudi Arabia, and allies led by Russia met via videoconference for an hour Sunday in a last-ditch effort to cement an accord struck early Friday that hinged …

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Boris Johnson recuperates after hospitalisation at country retreat

PTI London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on Monday recuperating from his Covid-19 hospitalisation at his country retreat of Chequers, where he has been joined by his pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds. Downing Street has said that the prime minister would not be returning to work immediately and will be based at the sprawling 1,000-acre estate in Buckinghamshire, south-east England, …

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Covid-19 sees resurgence in China; 100 new cases reported

PTI Beijing China has reported over 100 new COVID-19 cases for the first time in recent weeks, while two more people have died in the central Hubei Province, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus, taking the death toll in the country to 3,341, health officials said on Monday. According to China’s National Health Commission (NHC), a total of 1,378 imported …

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Pope celebrates Easter amid sorrow of COVID-19

Vatican City: Pope Francis and Christians around the world marked a solitary Easter Sunday, forced to celebrate the most joyful day in the liturgical calendar amid the sorrowful reminders of the devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. Families who normally would attend morning Mass in their Easter best and later join friends for celebratory lunches hunkered down at home. Police …

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Trump played down coronavirus crisis amid warnings from intelligence, health officials: NYT

New York: US President Donald Trump was warned about the potential for a pandemic but he repeatedly played down the seriousness of the virus and focused instead on controlling the message, protecting gains in the economy and batting away warnings from senior officials, a lengthy investigative report in a leading American newspaper has said. The report in The New York …

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