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Bengal tiger dies at Delhi zoo
Source:  The Hindu
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:01

Feline, brought from Mysore zoo in 2014, had been unwell since July 27

Trump announces toughest sanctions ‘ever’ on Iran
Source:  The Siasat Daily
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:00

Trump announces toughest sanctions ‘ever’ on Iran

Washington: President Donald Trump on Friday announced new sanctions on Iran’s central bank, calling the measures the toughest ever imposed on another country by the United States.

Iranian national bank

“We have just sanctioned the Iranian national bank,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

“These are the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country,” he said.

The Trump administration has vowed a response after US officials blamed Iran for weekend blasts on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure, which caused a sharp hike in global crude prices.

The United States already maintains sweeping sanctions on Iran including on its central bank, with anyone who deals with it subject to prosecution.

Elaborating on Trump’s remarks, the Treasury Department said it was authorizing sanctions on the central bank not only over Iran’s alleged nuclear work but for “terrorism.”

Such a designation may be more difficult to lift, even if Trump loses next year’s election to a Democrat who wants to ease sanctions as part of a future deal.

“Iran’s brazen attack against Saudi Arabia is unacceptable,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

“Treasury’s action targets a crucial funding mechanism that the Iranian regime uses to support its terrorist network, including the Qods Force, Hezbollah and other militants that spread terror and destabilize the region,” he said.

The Qods Force conducts international operations for Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, who are in charge of protecting the clerical regime.

Hezbollah

Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group and political party in Lebanon, is among Iran’s closest regional partners.

The Treasury Department said that the Iranian central bank has provided “billions of dollars” to the two units, which were both previously designated as terrorists by Washington.

The United States also imposed sanctions on Iran’s sovereign wealth fund, whose board of trustees include President Hassan Rouhani, as well as Etemad Tejarate Pars, a company that the Treasury Department said had sent money internationally on behalf of Iran’s defense ministry.

Trump in June authorized a military strike after Iran shot down a US drone, only to call it off at the last moment. 

He recently said that he hopes for talks with Rouhani, which responded that Trump must first ease sanctions.

Trump last year pulled out of a nuclear accord with Iran negotiated under former president Barack Obama, sending tensions soaring as he tried to stop all countries from buying Iran’s oil.

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DCW chief alleges threat from spa owners, writes to police chief
Source:  The Hindu
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:00

DCW chief Swati Maliwal on Friday wrote to Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik over alleged threats she has received from spa centre owners. She cla

Vembanad: A lake in the cross-hairs of development
Source:  The Hindu
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:00

Residents of four high-rise apartment complexes along the Vembanad lake in Maradu, Kerala, are protesting against a recent Supreme Court order to raze down their homes, reportedly built in flagrant violation of CRZ guidelines. K.S. Sudhi chronicles the controversy

Day after BJP leader assaults wife, party orders probe
Source:  The Hindu
Saturday, 21 September 2019 01:58

Sacked BJP Mehrauli district president may lose primary membership; he was replaced by Vikas Tanwar

The Zoya Factor movie review: Not a faithful adaptation!
Source:  Deccan Chronicle
Saturday, 21 September 2019 01:57

Film and the book -- The Zoya Factor -- may be titled the same, but it is not the same thrill and excitement.

AAP govt. plans to expand its bike ambulance fleet
Source:  The Hindu
Saturday, 21 September 2019 01:56

Move comes after pilot project gets positive response

No eligible youth in J-K should be deprived of MSME schemes benefits: Joint Secy Srinivas
Source:  Samachar
Saturday, 21 September 2019 01:55

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Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir), Sept 21 (ANI): Joint Secretary of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, B Srinivas on Friday said that no eligible youth in Jammu and Kashmir should be deprived of the benefits of various schemes under MSME like PMEGP, CGTMSE and IDS.
Srinivas chaired a meeting to review the implementation of various schemes under MSME like Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), Credit Guarantee Trust for MSMEs (CGTMSE) and infrastructural facilities (IDs).
In the meeting, the Joint Secretary exhorted upon the concerned officers to ensure that no eligible youth is deprived of the benefit of these vital flagship programmes. He also assessed the potential areas in the Industries arena of Jammu and Kashmir in view of the upcoming Investors Summit in the state.
He was briefed about the aim and objective of MSME saying that it enables the artisans to get all the facilities under a single roof thus empowering them socially and economically.
Meanwhile, Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma said that awareness camps would be held both at block and village level to make people aware about the schemes of MSME so that maximum artisans and self-help group working under different traditional arts are identified and benefited.
He added that the district administration would work hard for the promotion of local industrial units by encouraging local unitholders and investors. (ANI)


BJP to launch Jan Sampark Abhiyan across unauthorised colonies tomorrow
Source:  The Hindu
Saturday, 21 September 2019 01:54

Campaign aims at exposing AAP government’s ‘falsehood and fraud’

Westlife development rating: Buy; Store expansion in existing core cities
Source:  The Financial Express
Saturday, 21 September 2019 01:53

Despite weak near-term consumer sentiment, the management remains confident of achieving 7-9% SSSG (same-store sales growth) for FY20 due to— Western fast food continuing to grow at robust 14-15% in value terms, while Indian fast food and particularly hawkers being hit the most by slowdown.

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