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Caste rivals ally to beat ruling party in India’s state

WT24 Desk India — Political archrivals in India’s most populous state have stitched an inventive political alliance that fuses votes from the ancient caste system to take on the ruling Hindu nationalist party-led government, AP reports. The low-caste-dominated Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party, which holds sway among a section of so-called “backward” castes and Muslims, have decided to contest ...

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US H-1B visa reaches 65,000 limit for 2020 in first season after new rules

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it has reached Congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for the fiscal year 2020, after it started receiving the applications for the most sought-after work visa among foreign, including Indian, professionals. WT24 Desk The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it has reached Congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for the fiscal year ...

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Coastal forest fire kills 2

Destroys 120 homes in S. Korea WT24 Desk Seoul — A forest fire burning in the mountainous region where South Korea hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics has destroyed 120 homes and caused two deaths, authorities said Friday as thousands of people fled, AP reports. The fire likely started Thursday night from a transformer spark near a resort in the town ...

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India is one of the ‘highest taxing nations’ in the world: Donald Trump

Such a high tariff is not fair, Trump said Tuesday while addressing the National Republican Congressional Committee Annual Spring Dinner here. WT24 Desk India is one of the world’s “highest taxing nations”, US President Donald Trump has alleged as he again criticised the country for imposing 100 % tariffs on American products, including the iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycles, PTI reports. Such ...

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May to ask for short Brexit extension and reaches out to Labour

PM seeks to agree compromise withdrawal plan with Labour that could lead to softer Brexit WT24 Desk Theresa May is to ask for another brief Brexit extension in order to seek a compromise withdrawal plan with the Labour party, she has announced, signalling the likelihood of Downing Street backing a softer Brexit, The Guardian reports. In a brief TV statement ...

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Shooting down of satellite could threaten ISS, says Nasa

Space agency chief says shooting down of satellite has created 400 pieces of orbital debris WT24 Desk India’s destruction of one of its satellites has been labelled a “terrible thing” by the head of Nasa, who said the missile test created 400 pieces of orbital debris and posed a threat to astronauts onboard the International SpaceStation (ISS), The Guardian reports. Jim ...

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Erdoğan’s grip on Turkey slips as opposition makes election gains

Local elections viewed as referendum on president’s handling of economic crisis WT24 Desk Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s grip on Turkey has been challenged by a resurgent opposition in local elections, with his ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) losing control of Ankara and on track to lose Istanbul, according to unofficial local election results, The Guardian reports. Voting in 30 ...

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Earth Hour: landmarks to switch off lights to help save planet

UK sites including London Eye and Eden Project take part in WWF event highlighting climate change WT24 Desk More than 100 landmarks across the UK, from Buckingham Palace to Edinburgh Castle, are switching off their lights to mark this year’s Earth Hour PA reports. The lights will go off at famous buildings and structures across the country between 8.30pm and 9.30pm ...

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Christchurch memorial: standing ovation for Ardern at New Zealand service

Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison among estimated 20,000 attending national remembrance service near site of attacks WT24 Desk New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern was greeted with a standing ovation as she took the stage to address a crowd of thousands gathered at Hagley Park for a nationwide remembrance service in honour of 50 people killed in the country’s worst terrorist ...

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