Day: March 4, 2020

Companies (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 would enable the listing of Indian companies on stock exchanges in foreign jurisdictions

open view news desk The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Companies (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 to amend the Companies Act, 2013. The Amendment Bill, inter alia, would enable the listing of Indian companies on stock exchanges in foreign jurisdictions. The […]

Virus halts pilgrimages to Mecca, Friday prayers in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — The coronavirus outbreak disrupted Islamic worship in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia on Wednesday banned its citizens and other residents of the kingdom from performing the pilgrimage in Mecca, while Iran canceled Friday prayers in major cities. The decisions in Riyadh and Tehran affected […]

Bloomberg quits the 2020 presidential race, endorses Biden

NEW YORK — Billionaire Mike Bloomberg ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. It was a stunning collapse for the former New York City mayor, who had his 2020 hopes on the Super Tuesday states and pumped more […]

India lifts some internet restrictions in Kashmir, opening access to social media

SRINAGAR, India – India lifted some restrictions on internet access in Kashmir on Wednesday, including allowing access to social media websites for the first time since the restive Himalayan region was locked down and its autonomy revoked in August. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government withdrew the […]

Netanyahu election lead shrinks, raising prospect of another Israel vote

JERUSALEM – Israel appeared headed into another political stalemate on Wednesday after nearly-complete results indicated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had failed to secure a clear majority for a right-wing bloc in parliament, despite his claim of victory. With 99% of votes counted, Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party was seen […]

Pakistan struggles to combat devastating locust plague

Pakistan’s farmers are struggling to combat the worst locust plague in nearly three decades as insect swarms decimate entire harvests in the country’s agricultural heartlands and send food prices soaring. Heavy rains and cyclones sparked “unprecedented” breeding and the explosive growth of locust populations on the Arabian peninsula […]

Amnesty says Iran killed two dozen children in November crackdown

Human rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday accused the Iranian security forces of killing 23 children, mostly with live ammunition, during a November crackdown on anti-government protests. Protests broke out across Iran from November 15 after the announcement of a surprise petrol price rise. The authorities responded with […]

Italian tourists in India quarantined with coronavirus

A group of Italian tourists were under quarantine in India Wednesday, with 16 testing positive for the new coronavirus, prompting authorities to tighten controls. Italy is a hotspot of the virus with 79 deaths and over 2,500 infected, while India’s case total stands officially at just 28 — […]

Global supplier India curbs drug exports as coronavirus fears grow

BENGALURU/NEW DELHI – India, the world’s main supplier of generic drugs, has restricted the export of 26 pharmaceutical ingredients and the medicines made from them, including Paracetamol, a common pain reliever also sold as acetaminophen, as the coronavirus outbreak plays havoc with supply chains. The Indian government urged […]

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