Day: July 22, 2021

China rebuffs WHO’s terms for further COVID-19 origins study

BEIJING — China cannot accept the World Health Organization’s plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday. Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the National Health Commission, said he was “rather taken aback” that the plan […]

Biden says getting vaccinated ‘gigantically important’

CINCINNATI — President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration over the slowing COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. and pleaded that it’s “gigantically important” for Americans to step up and get inoculated against the virus as it surges once again. Biden, speaking Wednesday night at a televised town hall in […]

Angry Indian growers gather near parliament to protest over farm laws

NEW DELHI, July 22 – Indian farmers, protesting against new agriculture laws they say threaten their livelihoods, started a sit-in on Thursday near parliament in the capital, renewing a push for repeal of the laws. In the longest-running growers’ protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, tens of […]

Israeli lawmaker eyes spyware export curbs as Macron convenes cabinet

JERUSALEM, July 22 – Israel’s parliamentary review panel may recommend changes to defence export policy over high-profile allegations that spyware sold by Israeli cyber firm NSO Group has been abused in several countries, a senior lawmaker said on Thursday. Among suspected targets of NSO’s Pegasus software is French […]

Opening ceremony director fired on Tokyo Games eve over Holocaust joke

Summary Tokyo reports six-month high of 1,979 new COVID-19 cases Japan PM Suga says organisers taking scandals seriously Former PM Abe, advocate for Tokyo 2020, won’t attend – media First Lady Jill Biden arrives in Tokyo with U.S. delegation TOKYO, July 22 (Reuters) – Tokyo Olympics organisers have […]

Use of A Blend of 12% and 15% Ethanol in Gasoline as Automotive Fuels Facilitated

DELHI, JULY 22: This Ministry has notified G.S.R. 439(E) dated 28-06-2021 to facilitate use of a blend of 12 percent and 15 percent ethanol in gasoline as automotive fuels. Comments and objections have been solicited from concerned stakeholders.  The target date for achieving 20 percent ethanol blending with […]

All lanes of fee plazas on National Highways declared as “FASTag Lane of the fee plaza” for collection of fee through digital payment

DELHI, JULY 22: Government has declared all lanes of fee plazas on National Highways as “FASTag lane of the fee plaza”  for collection of user fee through digital payment via FASTag w.e.f. midnight of 15th/16th February 2021. At present, all fee plazas on National Highways are fully equipped […]

Programme and Policy initiatives to provide relief to MSMEs due to Covid-19 pandemic

DELHI, JULY 22: The Government of India simplified the process of registration of MSMEs by replacing the Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum (UAM) with Udyam Registration (UR) on 1st July 2020. UR is free of cost, transparent, online, hassle free and is based on self-declaration. It does not require any […]

Government includes Retail and Wholesale Trade as MSMES

DELHI, JULY 22: From 2nd July, 2021, the Government has included Retail and Wholesale Trades as MSMEs. The Government, vide notification no. S.O. 2119(E) dated 26.06.2020, had notified composite criteria of classification of MSMEs based on investment in plant and machinery or equipment and turnover of the enterprise. With […]

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