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  • 'Double bonus' awaits Man United in Stockholm, says Mata
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Republicans tweak Obamacare bill as Trump moves to promote overhaul

Washington, March 21 (Reuters) Congressional Republicans recrafted their Obamacare replacement bill in hopes of satisfying critics as US President Donald Trump prepared to promote his first major legislative initiative on Capitol Hill.
In a sign of deepening concern among Republicans about the bill's future, Trump will speak to the party's lawmakers in Congress on Tuesday about the healthcare overhaul, two House Republican aides said.
According to a Republican source who asked not to be identified, House leaders will propose an $85 billion fund for tax credits to help people aged 50-64 get health insurance.
However, the Politico newspaper reported that the matter would be handled in an unusual way: instead of establishing the fund in the House of Representatives bill, the Senate would be instructed to do so when it takes up the Republican healthcare legislation.
Earlier on Monday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters that new language was expected on taxes and Medicaid provisions in an effort to move the bill to the floor of the House by Thursday.
"Later today, we will release some technical and policy changes that further strengthen the bill," Brady said of planned changes to treatment of Obamacare taxes, optional work requirements for Medicaid and an option for states to accept Medicaid funding as a block grant.
Trump met House Speaker Paul Ryan, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Zeke Emanuel, an architect of former Democratic President Barack Obama's healthcare law, at the White House on Monday to discuss the issue.
At a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday night, Trump said he wanted to add a provision to the bill that aims to lower prescription drug costs through a "competitive bidding process."
"We're trying to add it to this bill and if we can't, we'll have it right after," he said. During the presidential campaign, Trump called for allowing Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, something the law currently prohibits.
The Congressional Budget Office analysis of the original House Republican bill a week ago severely damaged its prospects. It said 14 million people would lose health coverage under the measure over the next year.
Republicans are divided over the plan, with Senate moderates concerned it goes too far and House conservatives saying it does not go far enough.
Two parts of the plan face resistance among Republicans: a proposal to end enrollment in Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid in 2020, and provisions to change eligibility for tax subsidies for individuals to buy health insurance.
Democrats oppose the Republicans' plan, which they say would throw millions off health insurance and hurt the elderly, poor and working families while giving tax cuts to the wealthy.
Democrats as well as hospitals and insurers have urged Republicans to consider how their plan would affect access to healthcare for the 20 million people insured by Obamacare.
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Will stand shoulder to shoulder with Africa: Modi

Will stand shoulder to shoulder with Africa: Modi

Gandhinagar, May 23 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that India will always stand by and support African countries in the long run for the progress and betterment of the latter.

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23 May 2017 | 12:50 PM
21st century would not be Asia's alone but belong to Africa also: Jaitley

21st century would not be Asia's alone but belong to Africa also: Jaitley

Gandhinagar, May 23 (UNI) Stating that the African nations are transforming rapidly despite sluggish global economic scenario, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said 21st century would not be Asia's alone but would belong to both Asia and Africa.

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23 May 2017 | 1:52 PM
One year of troubles and turmoils for AIADMK, more challenges ahead

One year of troubles and turmoils for AIADMK, more challenges ahead

Chennai, May 23 (UNI) The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, which has split into two groups, has completed a tumultuous one year in office, that saw the party losing its charismatic leader late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, virtually putting the party at the cross roads and an uncertain future, with a full four year term left to be completed.

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23 May 2017 | 1:47 PM
Bengal Govt to introduce five vessels for ferrying people across the Ganga

Bengal Govt to introduce five vessels for ferrying people across the Ganga

Kolkata, May 23 (UNI) The state Government is soon going to introduce five steel vessels, each with a capacity of 250 passengers, for ferrying passengers across the Ganga.

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23 May 2017 | 1:46 PM
Shiv Sena leader Satish  Pradhan to surrender in special Ayodhya court tomorrow

Shiv Sena leader Satish Pradhan to surrender in special Ayodhya court tomorrow

Lucknow, May 23 (UNI) The decade-long trial in the Ayodhya demolition case is likely to see the light of the day tomorrow, when the last accused Shiv Sena leader Satish Pradhan surrenders before the special CBI court.

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23 May 2017 | 12:51 PM
Delhi MCD bypoll: AAP wins Maujpur, Cong bags Sarai Pipal Thala

Delhi MCD bypoll: AAP wins Maujpur, Cong bags Sarai Pipal Thala

New Delhi, May 23 (UNI) The Aam Aadmi Party, which has been shrouded with alleged 'irregularities' and infighting, today received shot in the arm after its candidate Reshma won the Maujpur MCD bypoll while Congress bagged Sarai Pipal Thala.

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23 May 2017 | 1:49 PM
Shah unveils statue of Pt Deen Dayal

Shah unveils statue of Pt Deen Dayal

Hyderabad, May 23 (UNI) Continuing his three-day visit to the backward Nalgonda district in Telangana today, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah went round the Vellugupalli village after unveiling the statue of Economist and Social Reformer Pandit Deen Dayal there.

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23 May 2017 | 11:52 AM

Delhi MCD bypoll: Setback for BJP as AAP, Cong win bypolls from Maujpur, Sarai Pipal Thala wards

23 May 2017 | 2:10 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (UNI) In a setback for the BJP, which secured a huge victory in the recent polls to the three Municipal corporations in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress secured a victory in the bypolls for the Maujpur and the Sarai Pipal Thala wards respectively.

Three Engineering students died in a road mishap

23 May 2017 | 2:06 PM

Kalaburagi, May 23 (UNI) Three Engineering students were killed on the spot and two others injured when a car in which they were travelling overturned near Geeta Nagar on the outskirts of the city today.

'Double bonus' awaits Man United in Stockholm, says Mata

23 May 2017 | 2:08 PM

Undated, May 23 (Reuters) Manchester United have had a long, hard season but the prospect of winning a European trophy and booking a spot in next season's Champions League will be enough to revitalise tired minds and bodies for one more match, midfielder Juan Mata has said.

JPCC celebrates 26th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

21 May 2017 | 6:22 PM

Ranchi, May 21 (UNI) The Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee today paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna late Rajiv Gandhi on his 26th death anniversary which was celebrated by the party as ‘Shahdat Diwas’.

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