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India

Decision On Opening Kartarpur Corridor Depends On Covid Guidelines: Centre

Kartarpur Corridor is the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev (File)New Delhi: India on Saturday said a decision to re-open the Kartarpur corridor would be taken in accordance with the protocols relating COVID-19 and easing of restrictions.The comments by spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava came in the wake of Pakistan's proposal to reopen the corridor which was shut in March in view of the coronavirus pandemic.In November last year, the two countries threw open the corridor linking Dera Baba Sahib in Gurdaspur in India and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, in a historic people-to-people initiative."As you are aware, movement was suspended in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. We remain in touch with all concerned authorities includi...
India

“Amarinder Singh Was On Farm Bills Committee”: Union Minister

Amarinder Singh Was On Farm Bills Committee, Said Union Minister Raosaheb Danve. (FILE)Aurangabad: Union Minister Raosaheb Danve on Saturday said Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, whose party is protesting against the new farm sector laws, was part of a committee which studied the draft legislations.Mr Singh's government was in favour of the bills, he claimed. The Congress, which rules in Punjab, is opposing the new laws.Mr Danve, Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution, said the three bills were introduced after extensive consultations with all stakeholders, and claimed they were being opposed for "political purposes"."These bills were not brought by the BJP alone. A committee of chief ministers, including CM Amarinder Singh of Punjab, deliber...
India

MRI Scan At Rs 50: “Cheapest” Facility To Begin In Delhi From December

The country's "cheapest" diagnostic facility will start functioning at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib.New Delhi: The country's "cheapest" diagnostic facility will start functioning at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in December and an MRI will cost just Rs 50, according to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC).A dialysis centre is also being set up at Guru Harkrishan Hospital on the gurdwara premises. It will start functioning next week. A dialysis procedure will cost only Rs 600, DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa said.Diagnostic machines worth Rs 6 crore were donated to the hospital. These include four machines for dialysis, and a machine each for ultrasound, X-Ray and MRI, he said.Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services will be available for the needy for just Rs 50. For others, an ...
Business

Lufthansa’s Swiss unit plans 1,000 job cuts over two years through attrition – Times of India

VIENNA: Lufthansa unit Swiss International Air Lines plans to cut roughly 1,000 jobs over the next two years through voluntary measures rather than layoffs, its outgoing chief executive Thomas Kluehr said in remarks published on Saturday. The Swiss government has granted the airline more than 1 billion euros ($1.17 billion) in loan guarantees to help it cope with the collapse in air travel due to the pandemic. Like many of its peers it decided to shrink its staff and fleet. "We are initially relying on three socially acceptable measures: a hiring freeze, part-time models with salary reductions, and early retirement," Kluehr told a newspaper, adding that based on staff fluctuations in recent years it should be possible to cut 1,000 jobs without layoffs. Swiss and Edelweiss Air, a much sm...
Business

Opposition spreading misinformation, outright lies: Hardeep Puri on farm laws – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday defended the farm laws passed in Parliament recently as he accused the Congress and other opposition parties of spreading "misinformation, disinformation and outright lies" over the three legislations. He also said the Narendra Modi government was committed to safeguarding the interest of farmers and said the minimum support price (MSP) system would continue. "Misinformation, disinformation and outright lies that the Central government intended to dismantle the MSP system and open the agriculture sector whereby our farming community will be the losers," Puri said while addressing the media here. The minister further said "lies" were being spread that farmers' land would be "snatched" by big corporates. Sale, lease or mortgage of ...
India

Chirag Paswan Seeks People’s Support For ”Bihar First” Vision Document

The vision document has been inspired by PM Modi, said Chirag Paswan. (FILE)New Delhi: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Chirag Paswan on Saturday sought people's "blessings" for his party's "Bihar first Bihari first" vision document in yet another indication that it may not fight the state assembly polls as part of the National Democratic Alliance.In a statement, he heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said all his party's candidates will strengthen the BJP leader's hand.The vision document has been inspired by PM Modi, said Mr Paswan who has often made it clear that his main grouse is against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led JD(U)."It is not only my hope but confidence that you will bless me to make Bihar first and restore its pride so that all my candidates could ...
India

Cannot Hide Behind Minor’s Consent: Rights Panel Member On Alleged Rape

Two sisters went missing on September 19 and were found on September 22 (Representational)Jaipur: A member of the National Commission for Women on Saturday asked why action cannot be taken in the alleged Baran rape case in Rajasthan even if the girls went out with the accused on their own, saying consent does not matter when minors are involved.Two minor sisters of Baran district went missing on September 19 and were found in Kota on September 22. After recording their statements, girls were handed over to their families.According to police, both the girls in their statements made it clear that they were not raped and had gone to Kota on their own without being forced."I saw the chief minister's statement that the girls in their statement admitted that they had gone with their own will,...
Career and Education

Online research ‘a myth’, claim JNU scholars – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A survey conducted by JNU students has called online research "a myth" and claimed that research work has been badly hit due to Covid-19. Over 67% research scholars at Jawaharlal Nehru University are dependent on the material available on the campus as many don’t have regular internet access, claimed the survey, which was conducted between June 27 and July 6 among 530 research scholars who had to leave the campus in March when it was shut due to the pandemic. The situation has triggered anxiety among 87% of the research scholars, it added. The survey, conducted by three research scholars, has found that four out of five — 78.1% — scholars could not even take enough research resources from their hostels, library lockers and laboratories while leaving for home. JNU Students’ ...
Health and Lifestyle

How khadi can become the festive fabric of choice – Times of India

When someone says khadi is a not a fabric but an image, you’d have to agree. The heavy-handed stereotyping of this handspun, handwoven but actually quite light fabric has weighed it down. But designers and khadi champions want it to be India’s answer to handmade luxury. Fashion impresario Prasad Bidapa says that a true fashionista knows that a beautiful khadi ensemble is the last word in beauty and luxury. Many designers like Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal, Purvi Doshi, and more have used khadi silk for their bridal couture. Bal at Rajasthan Heritage Week sent out his brides in khadi ensembles encrusted with his signature embroidery. Designer Neeta Lulla says that khadi actually translates well into festive wear. “It’s a versatile fabric, cool in summer and warm in winter woven with cotton or s...
Business

Pakistan International Airlines sacks 54 more employees for fake degrees, other malpractices – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has sacked 54 more employees for having fake degrees, abusing drugs and for poor performance, according to a media report on Saturday. Of the 54 employees sacked by the national carrier, seven were dismissed for tampered documents, eight for absence, two for taking bribe, four for immoral acts and one for being intoxicated, The Dawn newspaper reported. Another two employees were removed for theft. Apart from the sacked personnel, 13 employees were given letters of appreciation. Seven officials got bonuses for excellent performance. Now, the number of employees sacked in the airline in the last four months has gone upto 220. The PIA has taken up a so-called 'cleaning up' exercise of its staff following Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan'...