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Day: November 17, 2020

India

Indian Street Dog’s Rocky Road To Recovery Ends In Britain

Rocky, a female dog, had lost her front legs in a train accident (AFP)Faridabad: An Indian street dog that lost its front legs after being run over by a train has found a new home in Britain after enduring a year of therapy and learning to walk again with prosthetic limbs.The three-year-old mutt was found "covered in blood" and her forelegs badly injured by a Railway Protection Force constable in Haryana's Faridabad last October, People for Animals India president, Ravi Dubey, told AFP.The officer carried the wounded canine -- now named Rocky -- to one of PFA's shelters, where she was rushed to a hospital."It is almost impossible to save such a badly injured dog," veterinarian Mahesh Verma said in a video shared by the shelter."There was a lot of bleeding... we arranged a healthy dog an...
Business

Goldman Sachs ups India’s economic forecast on vaccine progress, now expects 10.8% contraction in FY21 – Times of India

MUMBAI: Foreign brokerage Goldman Sachs on Tuesday upgraded its India GDP forecast to a contraction of 10.3 per cent in FY21, as against its earlier estimate of a negative growth of 14.8 per cent. The US-based firm said developments on the vaccine front -- where two candidates have posted satisfactory progress -- will be very helpful in the recovery. The Reserve Bank expects India's GDP to contract by 9.5 per cent on real basis in the ongoing fiscal because of the impact suffered by the economy during the Covid-19 pandemic. The GDP will stage an impressive recovery in FY22, with a growth of 13 per cent on the low base and benefits of the vaccine, Goldman Sachs said in a report. "There is still a high degree of uncertainty around the outlook - and growth could significantly overshoot or ...
Sports

Marcus Rashford Campaigns To Get UK Kids Reading | Football News

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford, after forcing British government to feed poorer children in school holidays, on Tuesday launched a new campaign to encourage kids to read -- this time with official blessing. "I only started reading at 17, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality," the 23-year-old England striker said. "I just wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child, but books were never a thing we could budget for as a family when we needed to put food on the table." Rashford has teamed up with the publisher Macmillan Children's Books to launch a series of youth-oriented titles, starting with...
World

UN Releases USD 100 Million To Avert Famine During Pandemic

United Nations will release $100 million in aid for seven countries (Representational)United Nations, United States: The United Nations said Tuesday it is releasing $100 million in aid for seven countries that include Ethiopia to help them avoid famine because of the coronavirus pandemic.Ethiopia, where fighting has broken out between the central government and the northern Tigray region, will receive one fifth of this money.The other recipients will be Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen."No one should view a slide into famine as an inevitable side effect of this pandemic," said Mark Lowcock, UN under secretary general for humanitarian affairs."If it happens it is because the world has allowed it to happen. Famine can be prevente...
India

Joe Biden “Not A Stranger” To India, Says S Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar US politics has very strong elements of bipartisanship. (File)New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has exuded confidence that ties between India and the US will expand further under Joe Biden's administration, noting that he was part of the period when bilateral relations underwent a radical transformation."As vice president, we dealt with him. I happened to be the ambassador during the last phase of the Obama administration. We'd known him earlier when he was in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the ranking Democratic member and then as the chairman," Mr Jaishankar said.The external affairs minister was speaking at an online discussion organised by leading think-tank Gateway House."He (Joe Biden) is very much part of this peri...
Sports

ATP Finals: Dominic Thiem Registers Impressive Win Over Rafael Nadal | Tennis News

Dominic Thiem held his nerve to claim an impressive 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/4) win against Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals as the Austrian moved to the brink of a place in the semi-finals on Tuesday. Thiem over-powered Nadal behind closed doors at London's O2 Arena to put a dent in the Spanish star's bid to win the ATP Finals for the first time.  The world number three, who defeated reigning champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in his opening game, has won his first two matches in this year's tournament as he looks to go one better than last year's runner-up finish.Thiem will be guaranteed a semi-final place if Tsitsipas beats Russian seventh seed Andrey Rublev in ...
India

Not Against Corporates, But Need To Protect Farmers: Amarinder Singh

"We have to ensure food security, what is plenty today may not be there tomorrow," Amarinder Singh saidChandigarh: Concerned over the difference of opinion between the state and central governments on the agricultural laws, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday categorically said that the state is not against corporates but there has to be a regulation to protect farmers and the long-standing relationship they have with the Arhtiyas (commission agents).Any attempt to do away with this system will not work, he asserted, adding that his government had brought in Bills in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to negate the impact of the central farm laws and had also taken up the issue with the Prime Minister, the Union Home Minister, among others."We have to ensure food security, what is ple...
India

After Madhya Pradesh, Haryana Talks Of “Strict Law” Against “Love Jihad”

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said he had reached out to other states for guidanceChandigarh: The Haryana government will soon pass a "strict law to control love jihad", the state's Home Minister, Anil Vij, said, adding that a committee would shortly be constituted to come up with a draft legislation. He also said he had already met with senior ministry officials and is scheduled to speak to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on this matter.Mr Vij's comments comes hours after his Madhya Pradesh counterpart said his government was planning a similar law and those found guilty could face up to five years of rigorous imprisonment. The Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh governments have also made similar statements, as has Assam."With the enactment of this law strict action will be taken against ...
India

Congress, Left To Hold March In Kolkata Against Farm Bills Next Week

The Congress and Left parties will fight the upcoming Bengal elections together. (Representational)Kolkata: The Congress and Left parties in West Bengal will take out a march in Kolkata on November 23 in a show of unity ahead of all-India protests against the farm bills as well as assembly elections that they will be fighting together.At a meeting of top Left leaders and the Congress in Kolkata today, CPM Politburo member Biman Bose said the fight would be fought not just against the BJP but also against the Trinamool Congress."The BJP is our main enemy," Mr Bose said. "But the party that got the BJP to Bengal - the Trinamool Congress. There is still an understanding between them. Given the raids going on (into cow smuggling and coal mafia), who knows what will happen."Bengal Congress c...
Sports

FIFA Club World Cup In Qatar Rescheduled For February 2021 | Football News

Qatar will host the coronavirus-delayed Club World Cup, an important test event ahead of the 2022 World Cup, in February, FIFA said on Tuesday. The virus has thrown the sporting calendar into chaos with organisers forced to postpone flagship events like the Olympics and Euro 2020, while other events have been cancelled outright. The Club World Cup, which had been due to be played in Doha in December of this year, will instead be held from February 1 to 11, 2021. The competition sees club champions from the six regional confederations and the champions of the host nation, Qatar's Al-Duhail, brought together for the annual contest. Bayern Munich are d...