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Assam floods: Amit Shah promises full assistance, and the army joins rescue efforts

Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke with Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma over the phone on Tuesday about the overall flood situation in Assam and promised him that the Centre will provide all feasible assistance. In separate English and Assamese tweets, the Home Minister stated: "Concerned about the situation in the wake of heavy rainfall in parts of Assam. Spoke to CM Himanta Biswa Sarma to take stock of the situation. NDRF teams are already been deployed. Assured all possible ...
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global steel industry

With increased crude steel production, India and Southeast Asia’s emission profile would worsen

According to an industry analysis released on Tuesday, India and Southeast Asia would worsen their emission profile as crude steel production develops through the Blast Furnace (BF) and Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) routes. India has set a goal of producing 300 million tonnes by 2030-31, when local demand is likely to exceed 200 million tonnes. In 2021, Indian steel mills produced 118 million tonnes of crude steel. According to a new analysis, global steel industry carbon emissions are predicted to drop ...
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world's largest wheat importers

Egypt plans to purchase 500,000 tonnes of wheat from India

Egypt, one of the world's largest wheat importers, is seeking alternatives to Black Sea grain shipments, which are being disrupted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, two of Egypt's key wheat suppliers. "We have agreed to acquire half a million tonnes from India," Moselhy said during a press briefing on the sidelines. Amid a searing heatwave that has the restricted local output and driven up domestic prices, New Delhi slapped a restriction on wheat exports on Saturday. During the press conference, ...
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Covid vaccination

For foreign flyers, the government allows a precautionary dose before the waiting period

On May 12, the Union government eased the requirements for the Covid vaccination precaution dose, allowing persons travelling abroad to acquire the vaccine before the nine-month waiting period mandated by the destination country. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya made an official declaration on Twitter. "Indian citizens & students travelling overseas can now take the precaution dose as required by the guidelines of the destination country. This new facility will be available soon on the Cowin portal," he wrote on Twitter. On ...
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oil prices

Oil is easing after previously soaring due to Russian sanctions against EU companies

Early Asian trade on Thursday saw oil prices fall after surging more than 5% the previous session in response to new Russian sanctions on some European gas companies. Russia sanctioned 31 enterprises headquartered in countries that placed sanctions on Moscow following Russia's February invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, Russian gas flows to Europe via Ukraine plummeted by a fifth, causing market unrest. It was the first time since the invasion that exports through Ukraine had been disrupted. By ...
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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa

Protesters in Sri Lanka demand a new government a day after riots killed eight people

On Tuesday, protesters and a leading trade group in Sri Lanka called for a new administration to take control of the country's crisis, while the president appealed for calm a day after rioting killed eight people and forced his brother to resign as prime minister. Sri Lanka is in the midst of its greatest economic crisis in history, with a severe lack of foreign cash preventing crucial imports such as drugs and fuel from reaching the country. For months, India ...
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RailTel's public Wi-Fi

RailTel makes its public WiFi services available through the PM-WANI initiative at 100 stations

RailTel said in a statement on Monday that it has launched Prime Minister Wi-Fi Access Network Interface (PM-WANI) scheme-based access to its public WiFi services across 100 train stations. At a ceremony conducted here on Monday, Puneet Chawla, Chairman and Managing Director of RailTel, gave a soft launch of these public-friendly services. By the end of June 2022, PM-WANI-based access to RailTel's public Wi-Fi services would be expanded to all 6,102 railway stations (where Wi-Fi is presently provided) in phases ...
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Reliance Industries (RIL) shares

Reliance Industries loses 3% after the March quarter results; it has dropped 9% in the last six days

Reliance Industries (RIL) shares fell up to 3% to Rs 2,542.1 on the BSE in intraday trade on Monday after the Mukesh Ambani-led oil-to-chemicals (O2C) firm reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 16,203 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 (Q4 FY22), up 22.5 percent from the year-ago period's Rs 13,227 crore, but falling short of expectations. The stock was trading lower for the sixth consecutive trading day, down 9% over time. On April 29, 2022, it reached ...
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coronavirus cases

Since April 22, Delhi government has imposed fines of Rs 22 lakh on masks

According to government data, more than 4,500 persons in Delhi have been fined a total of Rs 22 lakh for not wearing masks since the mask mandate was reinstated amid a spike in coronavirus cases. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) agreed last month to reinstate the mask mandate, with a Rs 500 punishment for any infringement. It reinstated the requirement to wear masks in public areas on April 22. Between April 23 and May 4, 4,504 persons were punished ...
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UN Security Council

France supports India’s ambition for permanent membership in the reconstituted UNSC, NSG

According to a joint statement issued by the two countries after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with French President Emmanuel Macron, France reiterated its commitment to support India's bid for permanent membership in a reformed UN Security Council and New Delhi's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers' Group. India has been in the vanguard of UN efforts to press for long-overdue Security Council reform, emphasizing that it rightfully deserves a seat at the UN high table as a permanent member. The ...
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