All villages to be connected with optical fibre in next 1,000 days, says PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime MinisterNarendra Modion Saturday announced that the task to connect India’s over six lakh villages withoptical fibre networkwill be completed in the next 1,000 days. Besides, ahigh speed internet connectivityvia submarine optical fibre cable will be extended to Lakshadweep in this period, he said.Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort…

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COVID-19 recovery rate rises to 70.77 pc, record high of over 8.3 L tests conducted

New Delhi: TheCOVID-19 recovery ratehas risen to 70.77 per cent on Thursday with the total number of patients recuperating from the disease reaching nearly 17 lakh, while the case fatality rate has further declined to 1.96 per cent, theUnion health ministrysaid. With 56,383 patients recuperating in 24 hours, the highest in a day, the total…

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America is crying out for leadership: Kamala Harris says during first joint appearance with Biden as running mates

WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential nomineeJoe Bidenmade a maiden public appearance with his running mateKamala Harrison Wednesday during which the Indian-American shredded PresidentDonald Trump’s White House record, saying America is “crying out for leadership.”Biden, a 77-year-old white man, on Tuesday named 55-year-old Harris as his vice-presidential running mate, making history by selecting the first Black woman to…

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Facebook steps up efforts to fight misinformation ahead of 2020 US election

OAKLAND: Beginning Thursday,US Facebook userswho post about voting may start seeing an addendum to their messages — labels directing readers to authoritative information about theupcoming presidential election. It’s thesocial network’s latest step to combat election-related misinformation on its platform as the November 3 election nears – one in which many voters may be submitting ballots…

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Joe Biden ‘nailed this decision’ in picking Harris to be his running mate: Obama

Washington: Former US president BarackObamahas joined top Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, to praise Indian-American SenatorKamala Harris’ selection as the party’s vice presidential candidate in the November election, sayingJoe Bidenhas “nailed this decision”.Presumptive Democratic party presidential nominee Biden on Tuesday named 55-year-old Harris as his vice presidential running mate, making history by selecting the first black…

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‘PM SVANidhi’: Government receives over 5 lakh loan applications from street vendors

Thegovernmenthas received over five lakh applications under the ‘PM SVANidhi’ scheme which aims to providestreet vendorsloans of up to Rs 10,000 to restart their business post theCOVID-19lockdown, according to an official statement issued on Wednesday. The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said the PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi scheme has generated considerable enthusiasm among…

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Plea in SC seeks commission for inquiry into mismanagement of Covid-19 pandemic

NEW DELHI: TheSupreme Courtis scheduled to hear on Friday a plea which has sought a direction to the Centre to appoint a commission, headed by a retired apex court judge, for inquiry into the alleged mismanagement of theCOVID-19 pandemicin the country.The petition has alleged that the Centre failed to undertake timely and effective measures for…

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India-Bhutan border trade via Bengal suspended due to lockdown in Himalayan kingdom

Alipurduar: Trade across the India- Bhutan border throughJaigaoninWest Bengal’s Alipurduar district was suspended after a lockdown was imposed to curb the rise in COVID-19 cases inthe Himalayan kingdom, an official said on Wednesday. The border gates between India’s Jaigaon and Bhutan’s Phuentsholing were closed after the total lockdown came into force in the neighbouring country…

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US hits five million coronavirus pandemic cases: Johns Hopkins tally

WASHINGTON: The United States has registered over five million cases in thecoronavirus pandemic,Johns Hopkins University’s real-time tally showed Sunday, as well as over 162,000 deaths as the country struggles to control the disease.The US tally reached 5,000,603 cases on Sunday morning and 162,441 deaths — both totals by far the highest of any country in…

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