Indian-origin White House deputy spokesman Raj Shah quits Trump administration

Raj Shah, the first Indian-American to hold a top White House Press Office post, has quit to join an arm of a prominent communications and lobbying firm, becoming the latest of several senior officials to leave the Trump administration in recent months. Shah, 34, White House deputy spokesman and a former researcher at the Republican National Committee, was in the administration since president Trump took office in January 2017. “I’m excited to join Brian, Jamie and the top-notch team to launch Ballard Media Group. Our team, with years of proven…

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China asks state firms to avoid travel to US, its allies

China asked some state-run enterprises to avoid business trips to the US and its allies and to take extra precautions to protect their devices if they need to travel, according to people familiar with the request. Advertising In recent weeks, the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission — a regulatory body that oversees about 100 government-run companies — has told some firms to only take secure, company-issued laptops meant for overseas use if traveling is necessary, the people said. They said the warning extended to countries in the Five Eyes…

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Govt nod to 7th pay commission recommendations for state govt teachers

The Central government has approved a proposal to extend 7th Pay Commission benefits to teachers and academic staff of state governments and government-aided technical institutions. The revised pay scales will be applicable from 1.1.2016 and the annual financial liability on account of this measure will be about Rs 1,241.78 crore. Addressing a press conference HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government would reimburse 50 per cent of the total additional expenditure that would be incurred by the institutes for payment of arrears on account of the revision in accordance with…

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Former captain Sardar Singh named in selection committee of Hockey India

Former captain Sardar Singh has been included in a 13-member Hockey India selection committee, to be headed by B P Govinda, a member of the 1975 World Cup winning team. Sardar, who wanted to continue playing till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but was forced to quit after a disappointing Asian Games campaign last year, confirmed the development. “Yes, I was offered the role and I accepted it. It is a new challenge for me and I am always eager to serve Indian hockey in any way I can,” Sardar said.

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Parupalli Kashyap enters main draw of Malaysia Masters

Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap entered the main draw of the Malaysia Masters 2019 after defeating Vladimir Malkov of Russia 21-12 21-17 in straight games in the men’s singles qualification round here on Tuesday. Advertising Kashyap, who recently married London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, will take on Rasmus Gemke from Denmark in the opening round of the BWF World Tour Super 500 event at the Axiata Arena on Wednesday. But it was curtains for Subhankar Dey as he lost 18-21 13-21 to Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand in another men’s singles…

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Arunachal Pradesh’s women’s cricket team all out for 14 in U-23 match

The Arunachal Pradesh women’s U-23 side faced embarrassment Tuesday as it was bowled out for only 14 runs in a Twenty20 match against Himachal Pradesh in New Delhi. The Arunachal Pradesh women’s U-23 side faced embarrassment Tuesday as it was bowled out for only 14 runs in a Twenty20 match against Himachal Pradesh in New Delhi. Advertising Himachal completed the victory formality with all 10 wickets to spare in the BCCI-organised women’s league and knockout U-23 T20 tournament. Opting to bat first, Arunachal Pradesh’s innings lasted 11 overs, in which…

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India beat Australia in last-over thriller in 2nd Odi.

It was a reminder of yesteryears as MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli combined to take India to a thrilling last-over win in Adelaide. While Kohli hammered 39th ODI ton, MS Dhoni fired 54-runs in 55 balls, including a much-needed six in the final over. India beat Australia by 6 wickets to level the series 1-1. Virat Kohli produced a sublime 104-run knock as India defeated Australia by six wickets in the second One-day International (ODI) in Adelaide on Tuesday to level the three-match series 1-1. Riding on the 39th century…

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Ahead of Lok Sabha Polls, Fadnavis Tries to Woo Bickering Ally With a Dose of Praise for Balasaheb

Ahead of Lok Sabha Polls, Fadnavis Tries to Woo Bickering Ally With a Dose of Praise for Balasaheb

In one of the rare political events in Maharashtra, NCP president Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut were seen sharing dais during a promotional event of ‘Thackeray’ movie late Monday night. Not only did they share the dais, but also talked of the alliance on stage, where Fadnavis tried to woo back its alliance partner. He called himself an ardent admirer of Balasaheb Thackeray. All of this happened even as Uddhav Thackeray sat in the front row, raptly listening to the rapid question…

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Shehla Rashid, D Raja’s Daughter Charged in JNU Sedition Case But ‘No Sufficient’ Evidence Found

JNU Sedition Case

New Delhi: Even as JNU students Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid have been named as main accused in 2016 sedition case, there were 36 others, including student activist Shehla Rashid, against whom sufficient evidence has not been found. These participants were involved in organising the event and some were even spotted carrying posters of Afzal Guru, but were not found to be supporting “anti-national” occurrence on the day. The chargesheet, which contains mobile footage as visual evidence against Kumar, Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, shows participants like Rama Naga and Anant…

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On Army Day, Gen Rawat Warns Pakistan Against Infiltration Attempts

On Army Day, Gen Rawat Warns Pakistan Against Infiltration Attempts

New Delhi: The Indian Army will not hesitate to take strong action to deal with terror activities along the border with Pakistan, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Tuesday. The country along India’s western border is providing support to terror groups and the Indian Army is dealing with them effectively, General Rawat said in an obvious reference to Pakistan. “We are ensuring moral dominance along border in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said while addressing Army personnel on the occasion of Army Day here. The Indian Army will not hesitate…

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