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It's a first - a 2nd chance to crack H-1B lottery odds

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Probably for the first time ever, H-1B applicants who were not selected by the lottery process in April have a second chance to be selected. This will be especially useful to students who are already in the US and who were to transition to an H-1B visa, say immigration experts.
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RBI transfers Rs 57k crore surplus to govt for 2019-20

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday announced a dividend payout of Rs 57,128 crore to the government, in line with Budget expectations but not enough to make up for revenue shortfalls from other heads. This year’s dividend is not comparable to last year’s surplus transfer of Rs 1,76,051 crore, which included a one-time transfer of extra reserves in line with the recommendation of the Bimal Jalan-headed committee.
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Trump stokes ‘birther’ conspiracy about Kamala

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US President Donald Trump on Thursday breathed life into right wing conspiracy theories about Kamala Harris’ eligibility to run for vice-president, saying he “heard it today that she doesn't meet the requirements” and that he’d “take a look” into the matter.
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‘Warrior’ Pilot by his side, Gehlot wins trust vote

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The more-than-a-month-long suspense on the stability of Ashok Gehlot-led government in Rajasthan, following a rebellion within the state Congress, ended with the ruling party winning a trust vote in the Assembly on Friday.
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PM Modi to address nation from Red Fort on I-Day

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unfurl the national flag and deliver his seventh consecutive Independence Day speech from the iconic Red Fort on Saturday. According to a Defence ministry statement, the prime minister will also receive the Guard of Honour contingent, consisting of one officer and 24 men each from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police.
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Indian envoy to China meets PLA brass

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As the India-China military stand-off in Ladakh entered its 100th day this week, and with the disengagement process having stalled, India’s envoy to China Vikram Misri met senior People’s Liberation Army officers in Beijing to explain India’s position on the border situation that has sought restoration of status quo as before the confrontation began in early May.
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Day after Israel deal, UAE minister briefs Jaishankar

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UAE foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan spoke to external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Friday and briefed him on the historic peace agreement signed by the Gulf nation with Israel for normalisation of ties. Soon after the conversation, Jaishankar tweeted, “Deeply appreciate the call today from FM HH Abdullah bin Zayed of UAE.
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Can’t use free speech to malign courts, says SC

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In convicting activist-advocate Prashant Bhushan for contempt, the Supreme Court on Friday tread cautiously in dealing with the age-old clash between right to free speech and contempt of court to rule that free speech was important but could not be used to maliciously interfere with the administration of justice.
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Prez to host some special guests ‘At Home’ today

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The annual guest list of over 1,500 people, a gathering of who's who from across the country, has been pruned in light of the Covid pandemic this year.
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Covid precautions in place for Independence Day event at Red Fort

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 23:42
Special arrangements have been made to maintain the sanctity of the Independence Day flag-hoisting ceremony at Red Fort on Saturday while factoring in requisite precautions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The defence ministry said the measures range from quarantining the armed forces personnel who will present the guard of honour to PM Modi to inviting NCC cadets instead of young school children to witness the event.
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'EMI of Ankita's flat paid from Sushant's account'

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 23:04
According to Ani, the EMI of a flat where SSR's ex-girlfriend used to stay was deducted from the Kai Po Che actor's bank account, claimed a ED officer. However, Ankita has strongly reacted to the claims and issued pictures of her bank statement proving that she paid her EMIs.
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Ahead of I-Day, Jaish terrorists gun down J&K cops

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 21:29
A day ahead of Independence Day, Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorists shot dead two J&K policemen and wounded another in Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar city on Friday morning. he police party was on checkpost duty on Nowgam Bypass road when the terrorists came in a car through a narrow lane and fired indiscriminately at them, injuring the three cops.
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2nd Test: Pakistan's Rizwan frustrates England

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 21:18
Mohammad Rizwan frustrated England as he marked Pakistan's Independence Day with a fine unbeaten fifty in the second Test at Southampton on Friday.
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Bihar: 'LJP may withdraw support to Nitish govt'

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 20:50
The Lok Janshakti Party may withdraw its support to the Nitish Kumar-led govt in Bihar, its sources said on Friday after the party accused senior JD(U) leader Lalan Singh of "insulting" PM Modi. LJP chief Chirag Paswan met BJP president JP Nadda on Thursday and discussed the matter among other issues. Paswan has called a meeting of party leaders at Patna office on Saturday.
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Isro names Chandrayaan-2 crater after Sarabhai

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 20:19
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LAC stand-off: 'State of border & future of our ties can't be separated'

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 19:58
The India-China standoff in Ladakh entered its 100th day this week, and, with the disengagement having stalled, India’s envoy to China, Vikram Misri, met senior PLA officers in Beijing to explain India’s position on the border situation.
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Happy Independence Day: Wishes, messages

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 19:00
While this year, the celebration would be held in a different way, owing to the pandemic, the festive spirit doesn't need to simmer down. With some selected greetings, photos, messages and quotes which can be shared with your near and dear ones, you can keep up the patriotic spirit and mark the day.
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Noted singer Balasubrahmanyam tests Covid +ve

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 18:28
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