No need of constitutional amendment to make changes in birthright citizenship: Trump

Washington, Nov 1 (PTI) President Donald Trump has said that no constitutional amendment was required to do away with the birthright citizenship — the process by which babies born in the country to the non-US nationals automatically become citizens — as this can be done with an executive order, bringing his tough stance on immigration ahead […]

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Enough supply of petroleum for countries to cut oil import from Iran: Trump

Washington, Nov 1 (PTI) President Donald Trump said on Wednesday in a presidential memorandum that he had determined there was sufficient supply of petroleum and petroleum products for countries to “significantly” reduce their purchase of crude oil from Iran, which is going face US sanctions from November 5. In May, Trump had pulled out of the […]

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India jumps 23 notches to 77th rank on World Bank’s ‘ease of doing biz’ ranking

Washington/New Delhi, Oct 31 India improved its ranking on the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ report for the second straight year, jumping 23 places to the 77th position on the back of reforms related to insolvency, taxation and other areas. India was ranked 100th in the World Bank’s Doing Business report last year. The […]

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First action in Khashoggi ‘killing’, US to revoke Saudi visas

Washington, Oct 24 (PTI) The United States has announced to revoke visas of Saudi officials allegedly involved in the “killing” of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, amid an international outrage over the scribe’s death. Saudi Arabia has admitted that Khashoggi, 59, a contributor for The Washington Post, was killed in its Istanbul consulate. The US will continue to […]

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Pak must make sincere efforts to curb terrorism on Afghan border: Pompeo

Washington, Oct 24 (PTI) Pakistan will be held responsible if they do not make sincere efforts to curb terrorism on their western border with Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. Talking to reporters Tuesday at the State Department’s Foggy Bottom headquarters, Pompeo said this was the message he had delivered to the Pakistani […]

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Khashoggi killing is one of the worst cover-ups: Trump

Washington, Oct 24 (PTI) US President Donald Trump has said Saudi authorities have staged the “worst ever cover up” in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia has admitted that Khashoggi, 59, a contributor for The Washington Post, was killed in its Istanbul consulate. “They (the Saudis) had a very bad original concept. It was […]

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Punjab signs MoUs with Israel for agri research, water conservation and management

Tel Aviv, Oct 24 (PTI) The Punjab government has signed four MoUs with Israeli institutions to address issues of farmers and depleting groundwater level in the state. The memorandums of understandings (MoUs) were signed here in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Tuesday, the second day of his five-day visit to the Jewish nation. […]

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Switching to clean energy may save 11mn life years in India: Study

Boston, Oct 18: India could save an estimated 11 million life years annually by replacing coal-fired powerplants with clean, renewable energy, according to a Harvard study. The 2.7 billion people who live in India and China — more than a third of the world’s population — regularly breath some of the dirtiest air on the planet, […]

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US plans major changes in H-1B visas by Jan, move to impact Indian IT firms

Washington, Oct 18: The Trump administration has said it is planning to “revise” the definition of employment and specialty occupations under the H-1B visas by January, a move which will have an adverse impact on Indian IT companies in the US and small and medium-sized contractual firms mostly owned by Indian-Americans. The H-1B visa, most sought-after […]

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Pope says abortion is like hiring ‘contract killer’

Vatican City, Oct 10 Pope Francis on Wednesday compared having an abortion to hiring a “contract killer”. “Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone,” Francis said in an address to worshippers in the Vatican. “Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem,” he added. “Is it […]

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