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From sanitation to IT sector: Bill Gates-CM Yogi discuss key issues

Lucknow, Nov 17: Microsoft founder Bill Gates on Friday met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and discussed the repercussions of lack of clean water.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Principal Secretary Information Avnish Awasthi said the two leaders spoke about the consequences of encephalitis and water-borne diseases on the natives.

To this effect, Awasthi said a...

330,000 expats in Saudi working beyond retirement age

Riyadh, Nov 17: More than 330, 000 expatriates working in Saudi Arabia are over the age of 60 years as of the first half of this year, according to statistics published by “Mal” magazine and quoted by “Okaz” newspaper.

This prompted some Saudi Twitter users to demand an age limit for foreigners.

Others called on the GCC countries...

Gulf storm played bigger role in Delhi air pollution

New Delhi, Nov 17: A West Asian dust storm has been identified as the chief trigger behind the recent air pollution crisis in Delhi.

While stubble burning was said to be a key cause for the toxic smog in the national capital, prompting a spat between Delhi government and governments of neighbouring states, a Centre-run monitoring agency said the...

Moody's India upgrade: Will continue reforms, says FM

New Delhi, Nov 17: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today termed the upgrade of India's credit rating by Moody's after a gap of 13 years as a "belated recognition" of reforms in the last few years and vowed to continue them while maintaining fiscal discipline.

Commenting on Moody's upgrading India to Baa2, from Baa3, he said it is...

Kerala businessman's 20-year-old son killed after high-speed crash while racing

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 17: A Kerala businessman's son on Friday died after crashing his brand new car into an autorickshaw in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday night.

Last night, Adarsh, who was believed to be racing, lost control of his car after ramming into an autorickshaw. The 20-year-old graduate died in the morning after he was admitted in critical condition.

The...

Padmavati: Karni Sena threatens Deepika; cops beef up security

Mumbai, Nov 17: The controversy over Bollywood film 'Padmavati' took an ugly turn today as a leader of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena cited Ramayana's Surpanakha nose-chopping incident and warned her against "inciting" sentiments.

Reacting to the development, the Mumbai police soon stepped up actor's security.

Meanwhile, protests were held in several parts of the country, including Uttar...

In a big boost to Narendra Modi govt, Moody's raises India's rating, hails GST

New Delhi, Nov 17: Pinning faith in the continued progress on economic front backed by institutional reforms, Moody`s Investor Services lifted the Government of India`s local and foreign currency debt ratings to Baa2 from Baa3.

The rating agency said that the reforms will improve the business climate in the country and raise productivity.

Moody`s also changed its rating...

Red X marks in few Muslim societies trigger panic in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Nov 16: Panic gripped Muslim families in some pockets of a Hindu-dominated area here after they found red "cross marks" on the main gates of their societies last Sunday.

An investigation, however, revealed that the marks were painted by the civic body's sanitation staff.

The residents wrote in the letter that they feared it (putting the marks)...

Close shave for Amitabh Bachchan in Kolkata; actor escapes unhurt

Kolkata, Nov 16: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan had a miraculous escape in the city last week when one of the rear wheels of his Mercedes got detached, prompting the state government to show-cause the travel agency from where the car was provided, a senior official said today.

Bachchan had visited the city on an invitation from the state government for...

Indian student shot dead at grocery store in US

Washington Nov 16: A 21-year-old Indian student has been shot dead reportedly by four armed robbers, including an Indian-origin man, at a grocery store in the US state of California, according to a media report.

Dharampreet Singh Jasser was on duty at a grocery store next to a gas station in Fresno city in California on Tuesday night when...