Day: March 17, 2020

India halts key policy plans as revenues shrink: sources

NEW DELHI – India has dropped at least three crucial policy initiatives, including lowering import taxes on vegetable oils, as the outbreak of the coronavirus hits government revenue collection, two sources said on Tuesday. India’s income tax revenues contracted 3.5% in the first 11 months of the current […]

Salesforce hires former banker Arundhati Bhattacharya as India CEO – source

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI – U.S. cloud-based service provider Inc (CRM.N) has hired Arundhati Bhattacharya, one of India’s best-known former bankers, as its India chief executive officer, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. Bhattacharya declined to comment, while Salesforce did not immediately respond […]

India shuts Taj Mahal; Pakistan cases rise after quarantine errors

MUMBAI/KARACHI – India closed the Taj Mahal, its principal tourist site, and the financial hub of Mumbai ordered offices providing non-essential services to keep half their staff at home in increased measures to curb the coronavirus in South Asia. Mumbai, a metropolis of 18 million people, also authorised […]

Iraq names new PM as rockets hit base hosting foreign troops

Iraq’s president on Tuesday named pro-Western lawmaker Adnan Zurfi, a former Najaf city governor, as the next prime minister, tasked with ruling a country hit by military unrest, street protests and the coronavirus outbreak. The nomination came hours after two rockets hit an Iraqi military base hosting US-led […]

Biden-Sanders vote proceeds in 3 US states despite virus fears

Polls opened in two of the three US states — Florida, Illinois and Arizona — holding Democratic primaries Tuesday in the face of a rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic that has cast a pall over the presidential nomination race between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. A fourth primary state, […]

‘Virus at Iran’s gates’: How Tehran failed to stop outbreak

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Appearing before the cameras coughing and sweating profusely, the man leading Iran’s response to the new coronavirus outbreak promised it was of no danger to his country. “Quarantines belong to the Stone Age,” Iraj Harirchi insisted. A day later, he himself would be […]

Trump changes his tone, gets real on the coronavirus threat

WASHINGTON — He called on the country to come together. He warned of pain to come. And he deferred to the nation’s public health experts while at least momentarily putting aside petty squabbling. After weeks of trying to play down the risk posed by the coronavirus pandemic, President […]

Stranded travelers struggle to get home as borders close

BERLIN — Traffic jams swelled along borders and some travelers appealed to their governments for help getting home Tuesday as countries in Europe and beyond imposed strict controls along their frontiers aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Tens of millions around the world are already hunkered […]

Rehabilitation of Beggars

open view news desk The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is exploring the possibilities of a scheme for persons engaged in the act of begging which would cover identification, rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, counselling, education, skill development with the support of State Governments/UTs/Local Urban Bodies and […]

Caste or Economic Reservation Policy in Private Sector

open view news desk As per the information provided by the Department for Promotion of Industrial and Internal Trade (DPIIT), a coordination Committee on Affirmative Action for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes in Private Sector was set up by the Prime Minister’s office in 2006. So far 9meetings of Coordination […]

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