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Vande Bharat flights facilitated repatriation, outbound travel of over 16.25 lakh people
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Vande Bharat flights facilitated repatriation, outbound travel of over 16.25 lakh people

Indian Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said international flights under Vande Bharat Mission facilitated repatriation and outbound travel of more than 16.25 lakh people from different countries amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic."Mission of hope and happiness. International flights under Vande Bharat Mission, in addition to other modes, facilitate repatriation and outbound travel of more than 16.25 lakh people from different countries. We continue to reach out to more every day," Puri said in a tweet.According to the Ministry, 4,170 people returned on September 13, 2020.The Vande Bharat Mission started in early May to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus-induced travel restrictions. Under the mission, more than 2.2 million passengers have been flown home.The A...
1.77 lakh tourists visited Nepal in 8 months of 2020, Indians top list
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1.77 lakh tourists visited Nepal in 8 months of 2020, Indians top list

According to Nepal’s Department of Immigration (DOI), as many as 1,77,675 foreign tourists visited the country in the first eight months of 2020 and among them, Indian travelers topped the list despite the lockdown imposed in Nepal to curb the COVID-19 infection.In early January, a total of 16,800 Indians visited Nepal, 16,558 in February, 6,793 in March, two in April, seven in May, 26 in June, 41 in July and 23 in August, the DoI data said.In January, 65,983 tourists had visited the Himalayan nation while the figures soared to 77,064 in February. The numbers came down to 34,025 in March before the enforcement of nationwide COVID-19 lockdown that month.A total of 13 foreign nationals entered Nepal in April, out of which two were Indians, 30 in May, 100 in June, 195 in July and 265 in Augus...
Covid-19: Govt evacuates over 5 lakh stranded J&K residents
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Covid-19: Govt evacuates over 5 lakh stranded J&K residents

The government of the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir has evacuated about 5,93,703 of its residents stranded in other states of India due to the coronavirus induced lockdown.The evacuation was conducted via Lakhanpur and through special trains and buses amid strict observance of all necessary guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures.As per official data, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has received 155 special trains at Jammu and Udhampur railway stations from different states and UTs, so far, with about 1,40,292 passengers. About 4,53,411 persons from other states and UTs including 937 from abroad have been evacuated by the government through Lakhanpur till date.As per the detailed breakup of figures, about 6,564 stranded passengers have entered through Lakhanpur from Octobe...
Panchayats in J&K to be new model of equitable development, growth: Lt. Governor
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Panchayats in J&K to be new model of equitable development, growth: Lt. Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Manoj Sinha said the panchayats in J&K will be a “new model of equitable development and growth”, where people will decide their own priorities and the administration will be the facilitator.“No hollow announcements, will deliver what I promise”, Sinha said during his visit to Nesbal in Bandipora district on the second day of phase three of the Back to Village (B2V) programme.Delivering on the promise of providing requisite handholding and assistance to at least two young educated aspiring entrepreneurs from every Panchayat in J&K, Sinha presented loan assistance of Rs 5 lakhs each to two educated young aspiring entrepreneurs of Nesbal.More than 8,000 youth will be benefitted from this initiative across t...
##  J&K: DIC Ramban hosts awareness events to encourage entrepreneurship ##
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## J&K: DIC Ramban hosts awareness events to encourage entrepreneurship ##

In the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Ramban’s District Industries Centre (DIC) organized a series of awareness events to encourage entrepreneurship in the District as envisaged under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (self-reliant India programme).The awareness programmes were held at Khar, Banihal, Karoal and Thore area of Batote Tehsil in a limited way in consonance with coronavirus protocol.GM, DIC, Vishwa Jeet informed the participants that the Indian government has launched various schemes to provide employment opportunities to unemployed youth, strengthen the industries sector and mitigate the problems being faced by the entrepreneurs, especially in the MSME sector due to COVID-19 pandemic.He said that there is a need for the private sector to be price competitive a...
COVID-19 outbreak: J&K’s admin provides jobs under MGNREGA to villagers near border areas
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COVID-19 outbreak: J&K’s admin provides jobs under MGNREGA to villagers near border areas

In India’s union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Department of Rural Development is providing jobs to people of Panjgrain block in Rajouri District who were facing problems in getting employment due to the coronavirus pandemic.There are 11 panchayats in Panjgrain block, out of which eight are along the India-Pakistan border.The jobs are being provided under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme and it is benefiting daily wage labourers during the coronavirus induced lockdown.Naureen Choudhary, Block Development Office (BDO) of the area, said her department is trying to come up with more work during the COVID-19 pandemic to help the locals sustain themselves in the absence of other employment options.“We have done a lot of work in border areas. We are t...
COVID-19: 74 stranded Pakistanis return home from India
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COVID-19: 74 stranded Pakistanis return home from India

Pakistan High Commission in India said a batch of 74 Pakistani nationals who were stranded in India due to coronavirus pandemic returned to Pakistan through Attari Wagah border on September 10."Today, another 74 Pakistanis, who were stranded in different Indian cities due to COVID-19 pandemic, were repatriated to Pakistan via Attari-Wagah border," the high commission said in a statement.Since March 20, more than 760 stranded Pakistanis have returned home.Pakistan High Commission said it will continue to extend all possible assistance to the remaining stranded Pakistanis in India for their earliest, safe and smooth repatriation.
How floods and Covid-19 slowly distorting Xi Jinping-led China’s superpower dream
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How floods and Covid-19 slowly distorting Xi Jinping-led China’s superpower dream

China is currently facing severe food shortage and is struggling to feed its people, say reports.If reports are to be believed, a number of factors have directly contributed to the food crisis. China's surging population, the growing industrial economy and an increase in consumerism have given rise to demand for agricultural products. Apart from that, floods have played a key part in disturbing China's food stability.According to Chinese local media, the recent floods have cost the country at least $29 billion, affecting 70 million Chinese citizens across 28 provinces.Li Kungang, an official of the Emergency Management Ministry, has warned of another flooding during autumn. "It is the first time that three major river basins experienced a regional or above-average flood since 1998," the of...
China fails to tackle flooding problem, billions of dollars at stake
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China fails to tackle flooding problem, billions of dollars at stake

Over the last several years, China has built many reservoirs, levees, dikes and dams on its seven major river systems, however, it is still struggling with a spike in crippling floods, which has destroyed huge agricultural and industrial land, and millions of homes.Flooding in cities is a worrying trend and it is a clear sign of rising populations and failure to execute urbanisation policies.In August, flooding in the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric dam, on the Yangtze River peaked and officials feared it could overflow. Authorities elsewhere have blown up barriers that were creating more damage than help.According to China Water Risk, a research firm based in Hong Kong, over 40 per cent of China’s population lives in the Yangtze River Economic Belt and accounts for nea...
Thailand delays US$724m China submarine deal after public anger
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Thailand delays US$724m China submarine deal after public anger

Facing heat from the public, Thailand has delayed its controversial US$724 million purchase of two submarines from China as the kingdom's economy flatlines due to the coronavirus pandemic.Under a 2015 deal, Thailand was one of the first countries to buy Chinese naval hardware and finalised its purchase of three submarines in 2017, with the first one expected to be delivered in 2023.An order for two more for 22.5 billion baht (US$724 million) was approved in August by a parliamentary sub-committee - a move which drew public outrage as Thailand struggles with a freefalling economy.Angry citizens took to social media to criticise the deal, and the hashtag "People don't want submarines" trended on Twitter.Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri later announced that Prime Minister Prayut Chan...