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Achhe Din? GDP growth hits 3-yr low

Achhe Din? GDP growth hits 3-yr low Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday that the slowdown in India's GDP growth in the first quarter to 5.7 per cent was a matter of concern. "A major sector that has seen a sharp decline is industry". It admitted that the low GDP wasa challenge for the government in the coming quarters. [Full Article...]

Viewpoint: Why Modi's currency gamble was 'epic failure'

Viewpoint: Why Modi's currency gamble was 'epic failure' The Finance Ministry, led by Arun Jaitley , also claimed that the demonetisation drive had resulted in "a substantial increase in the number of Income Tax Returns filed". 15.28 lakh crore of the Rs. 15.44 crore sucked out of circulation by PM Modi's announcement, had returned to the banking system. If that is indeed the case, it means that people who had made money by evading tax on it simply... [Full Article...]

White House says Trump will donate $1 million to hurricane aid

White House says Trump will donate $1 million to hurricane aid USA president Donald Trump will donate $1 million of his personal money for flood relief operations in Texas and Louisiana which have been hit by the catastrophic Hurricane Harvey, the White House has said. He gave his first installment to the National Park Service and his second to the Department of Education. President Donald Trump points as he walks from Marine One across the South Lawn t... [Full Article...]

Gas prices jump overnight in some Canadian markets, led by BC, Quebec

Gas prices jump overnight in some Canadian markets, led by BC, Quebec Major gasoline refineries in the USA were shut down by Harvey, which also caused the temporary shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline - what McTeague calls the "aortic artery" of gasoline transportation for the US Atlantic Coast. "I think about three weeks is a good estimate, until then I don't see the prices dropping", he said. "It's crisis 101 - 31 per cent of all US gas production is now idle", he... [Full Article...]

GOP Voters Think Media Is Bigger Threat Than White Supremacists — Fox Poll

That's according to the latest Fox News Poll . A new poll on Wednesday from Fox News - the only major news station Trump publicly admires - showed more than half of voters disapproving of his performance and believing he is unraveling the United States. [Full Article...]

Bakers stranded by Harvey floodwaters make pan dulce for evacuees

Bakers stranded by Harvey floodwaters make pan dulce for evacuees When faced with the prospect of being trapped inside their bakery all weekend, these bakers chose to do what they do every day: They baked bread . Their inspiring act of kindness quickly spread all over social media, and it even caught the attention of George Lopez, who shared a post about them on his Instagram with the caption "So proud". [Full Article...]

Hurricane Irma packing 115 miles per hour wind and gaining strength in Atlantic

Hurricane Irma packing 115 miles per hour wind and gaining strength in Atlantic Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center said they expect Irma to continue to strengthen, likely into a substantial Category 3 hurricane , which would generate winds of 111 to 129 miles per hour. Obviously it's way too soon to predict what Irma will do. Dennis Feltgen, a NHC spokesman and meteorologist, told NBC News the "rapid intensification" of Irma's strength caught everybody's atte... [Full Article...]

NY's Air National Guard helps in Harvey relief

NY's Air National Guard helps in Harvey relief The Louisiana National Guard is acting at the direction of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. On Wednesday, Abbott said that number increased to 14,000 with many being sent to Southeast Texas. Keith Reed, Commander of the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, said. It's been a busy August for the Oregon National Guard. "We expect to be operational within... [Full Article...]

Six Flags announces new record-breaking coaster

Six Flags announces new record-breaking coaster HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity promises "epic thrills" as it swings people higher and higher into the air, rotating them counterclockwise until they reach a height of nearly 150 feet above ground. "This hybrid, zero-gravity slide complex packs two extreme slide thrills into one unbelievable attraction", according to a release about the ride, which will be part of the park's Hurricane Harbor. [Full Article...]

Two million pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for key Hajj rite

Two million pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for key Hajj rite After the Wuquf-e-Arafat, the pilgrims would move towards Muzdalafa and there they would perform remaining two prayers, Maghrib and Isha, together. In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuf Olaniyonu, Saraki said that Nigerians back home should join in the prayers on the Arafat Day as Muslims believe that wherever you are on this special day if you supplicate to ... [Full Article...]

Triad swift water rescue team sent to Houston

Triad swift water rescue team sent to Houston According to the NYPD, "New York Task Force 1 (NY-TF1) conducted search and rescue operations in Brazoria County, Texas". If the team is deployed they could be in Texas throughout the early part of September. "These men and women will be going out up to 12 hours a day at least, and they need the hydration, they need the meals, they need to snacks and that's what we're going to do", said Scott La... [Full Article...]

At Least 21 Rohingyas Die as Boat Sinks off Bangladesh

At Least 21 Rohingyas Die as Boat Sinks off Bangladesh Rohingya Muslims are a persecuted minority in Myanmar, which is predominantly Buddhist. Bangladesh border guard commander Lt. Col. S.M. Ariful Islam said at least three boats carrying an unknown number of Rohingya Muslims sank in the Naf River at Teknaf in Cox's Bazar on Wednesday. [Full Article...]

In 'Spirit Of Parity,' US Orders Russia To Close Consulate, 2 Annexes

In 'Spirit Of Parity,' US Orders Russia To Close Consulate, 2 Annexes The Russians will still own the property, and they can choose to keep them or sell them. The U.S. embassy and consulates' employees are largely Russian nationals, and there were reports that some 600 Russians would lose their jobs because of the cuts while 100 Americans would be forced to leave their posts. [Full Article...]

United Kingdom said to ask European Union for more Brexit negotiating rounds

United Kingdom said to ask European Union for more Brexit negotiating rounds The divorce bill has become a major sticking point in negotiations between Britain and the EU. "The talks this week are technical, before we move on to more substantive talks in September". Like the Conservatives and much of the country, Labour is split over Brexit , and by offering this kind of proposal has opened the way for different factions to put forward their views of how Britain should ... [Full Article...]

RBI annual report: 762072 fake notes detected in 2016-17

RBI annual report: 762072 fake notes detected in 2016-17 Following the report , the Opposition quickly poun-ced on the data to attack the government, with former finance minister P. Chidambaram wondering if demonetisation was "a scheme created to convert black money into white". According to RBI , it has got back 98.6% of all the old 1000 rupees note. As remonetisation gathered pace, the currency in circulation (CIC) also moved up week after wee... [Full Article...]

Mattis assembling panel to discuss transgender troops

Mattis assembling panel to discuss transgender troops The BBC said the measure could affect between 4,000 and 10,000 active-duty and reserve service members. Despite what some headlines might suggest , Mattis isn't exactly putting a freeze on Trump's transgender policy. . And that's why Mattis ordered his study: to determine if new transgender recruits are worth that investment. Recently, Mattis announced that his decision regardin... [Full Article...]

Led airstrikes block IS evacuees from reaching eastern Syria

Led airstrikes block IS evacuees from reaching eastern Syria Islamic State group fighters and their families began evacuating a Syrian-Lebanese border region on Monday, under an unprecedented deal to end three years of militant presence there, Syrian state television and Hizballah said . State news agency SANA said 10 people were killed and 28 wounded when the vehicles they were traveling in drove over mines. The statement was referring to the Islamic... [Full Article...]

Mumbai rains: Here's how Mumbaikars turned heroes to help stranded people

Mumbai rains: Here's how Mumbaikars turned heroes to help stranded people Last 24 hours have been quite tough for the Mumbaikars, as the financial capital of India was struck with heavy rainfall, the highest to be recorded since 2005. Operations at Mumbai airport has been suspended for some time due to low visibility while the Bandra-Worli sealink has also been shut down due to flooded roads at the Worli end of the sealink. [Full Article...]

US Open betting preview: Federer leads Nadal atop men's odds for tournament

The U.S. Open will be played August 28-Sept. Federer also beat Nadal in the final of the Miami Open to complete the "Sunshine Double" in March. "In general, I know that, when he takes a break and is refreshed and ready to go, happy to play and motivated... [Full Article...]

Automatic voter registration keeps expanding, reaches 10th state

Automatic voter registration keeps expanding, reaches 10th state Rauner signed the Illinois TRUST Act , which prevents law enforcement agencies and officials from detaining individuals exclusively on the basis of immigration detainers or administrative warrants and also puts limitations on the ways immigration agents can operate within the state of Illinois . [Full Article...]


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