Nirmala Sitharaman

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Govt to open all sectors to private players: FM Sitharaman

The government will frame a policy where private entities are allowed to participate in all sectors, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on May 17.

The government will also notify a list of strategic sectors where the presence of public sector enterprises (PSEs) is required.

In strategic sectors, at least one enterprise will remain in the public sector but private sector will also be allowed, Sitharaman said.

 In other sectors,PSEs will be privatised, the Finance Minister added.

Companies in areas such as arms and ammunition, atomic energy and CPSEs are categorised as strategic CPSEs.

Source: Moneycontrol

Bharti Singh

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Bharti Singh says she talks to Kapil Sharma everyday: ‘Bond between us is like brother and sister’

Comedian Bharti Singh has said she is already making holiday plans with TV star Kapil Sharma even as they struggle to get through the ongoing lockdown amid Covid-19 pandemic. She added that they share a bond similar to that of a brother and sister.

She told Hindustan Times in an interview, “I share a great bond with Kapil bhai. I may not talk to anyone else but I definitely talk to Kapil and his wife daily. As he is fond of travelling, we keep making travel plans for the next year. And every evening around 6-7, he would call me and joke saying ‘should we go to Greece first?’. The bond between us is like brother and sister.”

Source: Hindustan Times

Yuvraj Singh

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‘Never again’: Yuvraj Singh regrets his support for Shahid Afridi

Yuvraj Singh has lashed out at Shahid Afridi for his recent comments on Kashmir and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Yuvraj, who had recently come under fire for lending his support to Afridi’s charity foundation in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Pakistan, said he now regrets supporting Afridi.

“As a responsible Indian who has played for the country, I will never accept such words. I made an appeal on your behest for the sake of humanity. Never again,” Yuvraj tweeted on Sunday.

Source: The Indian Express

Gautam Gambhir

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Gautam Gambhir slams Shahid Afridi over controversial Kashmir remarks

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Sunday hit back at former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi over his recently reported remarks against India Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to a video clip reported by ABP news which is being shared on social media, Afridi was heard criticising PM Modi. In reply to Afridi’s remarks, Gambhir wrote: “Pak has 7 lakh force backed by 20 Cr ppl says 16 yr old man @SAfridiOfficial. Yet begging for Kashmir for 70 yrs.”

“Jokers like Afridi, Imran & Bajwa can spew venom against India & PM @narendramodi ji to fool Pak ppl but won’t get Kashmir till judgment day! Remember Bangladesh?” he added. 

Source: Hindustan Times

Narendra Modi

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Fourth tranche of economic package will boost job opportunities: Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI : The economic measures announced by his government on Saturday will create many business opportunities and contribute to economic transformation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

Taking to Twitter, the prime minister said important sectors such as coal, minerals, defence, aviation, space and atomic energy have been covered in the announcements made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday.

“The measures and reforms announced will create many business opportunities and contribute to economic transformation,” he said.

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Allu Arjun

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Allu Arjun’s ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’ Gets 1 Billion Music Streams on YouTube

Southern superstar Allu Arjun has a reason to celebrate as the music album of his film “Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo” has reached one billion music streams on their YouTube channel.

“Thanks to each & every music lover for making our scintillating audio such a big success. #AVPLMusic. 1 Billion music streams and counting on a single channel on @YouTubeIndia for #AlaVaikuntapurramuloo

@alluarjun #Trivikram @hegdepooja

[email protected] #1BillionStreamsForAVPL,” read a tweet by Aditya Music.

This comes as no surprise as the soundtrack of the film had been promoted well.

Source:News18

Abdul Qadeer Khan

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Architect of Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons Programme Tells Court He is ‘Kept Prisoner’

Abdul Qadeer Khan, who made international headlines in 2004 after publicly confessing his role in global nuclear proliferation, has petitioned Pakistan’s top court to say he is being “kept prisoner” by government agencies and not allowed to plead his case for freedom of movement.

Khan, widely described as the architect of the nuclear weapons programme in Pakistan, which tested its first atomic bomb in 1998 to rival that of neighbouring India, was sacked from his official position after his confession, but granted clemency by then President Pervez Musharraf.

He has since lived a heavily guarded and mostly secluded life in an upscale Islamabad neighbourhood. Authorities say he is under guard for security reasons.

“I had been kept as a prisoner having no free movement or meeting with anybody,” Khan said in a handwritten note submitted to the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Source: News18

Donald Trump

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Coronavirus vaccine or no vaccine, US is reopening: Donald Trump

WHITE HOUSE: President Donald Trump has assured Americans that the United States, which has badly suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen whether a vaccine is developed to combat the deadly virus or not.

Speaking at a White House Rose Garden news conference on Friday, President Trump urged ”Americans to return to their lives as normal.”

“As of this morning, almost every state has taken steps to begin reopening, and the American people are doing an extraordinary job of continuing to take precautions while, at the same time, wanting to start.  And they will be starting to resume their American way of life,’’ Trump said.

Source: Zee News

Nelson Teich

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Brazil’s health minister resigns after one month on the job

Brazil’s health minister resigned on Friday after less than a month on the job in a sign of continuing upheaval in the nation’s battle with the COVID-19 pandemic and President Jair Bolsonaro’s pressure for the nation to prioritize the economy over health-driven lockdowns.

Nelson Teich’s resignation was confirmed by the Health Ministry.

The oncologist, a former health care consultant, took the job on April 17 under pressure to align the ministry’s actions with the president’s view that the economy must not be destroyed by restrictions to control spread of the virus.

Source: The Hindu

Barack Obama

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Barack Obama emerges as central figure in 2020 presidential race

About eight years after he was keep going on the polling form, Barack Obama is developing as a focal figure in the 2020 presidential political race.

Democrats are eagerly embracing Obama as a political wingman for Joe Biden, who spent two terms by his side as vice president. Obama remains the party’s most popular figure, particularly with black voters and younger Democrats, and Biden’s presidential campaign is planning for him to have a highly visible role in the months to come.

For President Donald Trump, that means an opportunity to focus the spotlight on one of his favorite political foils. In recent days, Trump and his allies have aggressively pushed conspiracy theories about Obama designed to fire up the president’s conservative base, taint Biden by association and distract from the glut of grim health and economic news from the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: Hindustan Times