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    Govt makes crop insurance schemes voluntary for farmers

    MPOST BUREAU New Delhi: The government on Wednesday made its flagship crop insurance schemes voluntary for farmers with existing crop loans or those willing to take new ones, as it seeks to address the concerns raised by farmers' body and states in implementation of these programmes. "The Union Cabinet has approved revamping of 'Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana...

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    S Africa land reform plan would be 'disastrous', says Pompeo

    Agencies Addis Ababa: America's top diplomat on Wednesday asserted that South Africa's plan to permit expropriation of private property without compensation would be disastrous for the country's economy and its people. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the comments in an address in Ethiopia on the final day of an Africa visit largely aimed at countering China's...

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    Chance of a deal with Taliban, says Trump

    Agencies Washington DC: Ahead of his visit to India next week, US President Donald Trump has reiterated that he sees "a chance" of a peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The US has been negotiating with the Taliban and Trump earlier, too, suggested there had been progress between the two sides to reduce violence in the war-torn country and end America's...

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    Passengers leave Japan virus ship as China toll tops 2,000

    Agencies Yokohama: Hundreds of relieved passengers finally disembarked a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship in Japan Wednesday after testing negative for the disease that has now claimed more than 2,000 lives in China and spread panic worldwide. With 542 positive cases, the Diamond Princess is easily the biggest cluster outside China, and Japan has faced mounting criticism for its...

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    Critics slam UK post-Brexit immigration plans

    Agencies London: Britain's government on Wednesday faced a backlash over its new post-Brexit immigration plans, which are designed to cut "cheap Labour from Europe" in favour of high-skilled English speakers. The points-based system is due to start on January 1, 2021, and was billed as "taking back control" of Britain's borders -- a key demand of anti-EU campaigners...

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    Malaysia suspected MH370 downed in murder-suicide: Aussie ex-PM

    Agencies Sydney: Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has claimed "very top" level Malaysian officials believed vanished Flight MH370 was deliberately downed by the captain in a mass murder-suicide. The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished on March 8, 2014 carrying 239 people -- mostly from China -- en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. No sign of the plane was...

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    Yemen drones connect Iran to attacks on Saudi oil industry

    Agencies Dubai: A small instrument inside the drones that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry and those in the arsenal of Yemen's Houthi rebels match components recovered in downed Iranian drones in Afghanistan and Iraq, two reports say. These gyroscopes have only been found inside drones manufactured by Iran, Conflict Armament Research said in a report...

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    Man arrested in another fatal mall shooting

    Agencies Bangkok: Police in Thailand on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of killing his ex-wife in the country's latest incident of deadly gun violence in a shopping mall. The suspect, a salesman at another Bangkok mall, acknowledged he fatally shot his former spouse who was working at a beauty clinic at the Century Plaza mall and wounded another female employee on Tuesday, police deputy...

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    Iran poll watchdog defends decision to bar candidates

    Agencies Tehran: Iran's electoral watchdog on Wednesday defended its decision to disqualify thousands of candidates for a parliamentary election in two days, saying it was done in accordance with the law. The Guardian Council, a powerful body that vets candidates for Iranian elections, also said it expected at least 50 per cent of registered voters to turn out at Friday's ...

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    PAN card, land and bank documents no proofs of citizenship: Gauhati HC

    MPOST BUREAU Guwahati: PAN card, land and bank documents do not prove one's Indian citizenship, the Gauhati High Court has observed while dismissing a woman's plea against a tribunal order that rejected her citizenship claim. A division bench comprising justices Manojit Bhuyan and P J Saikia dismissed Jabeda Begum's plea as the documents submitted by her...

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