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  • Trump to nominate Textron executive for Pentagon acquisition post
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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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India, Netherlands call for zero tolerance to terror

India, Netherlands call for zero tolerance to terror

Amsterdam, June 27 (UNI) After sending out a strong message to Pakistan on terrorism from the US soil, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with his counterpart of the Netherlands Mark Rutte today called for a unified and collective effort by the international community to eliminate terrorism.

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27 Jun 2017 | 9:48 PM
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Prez Trump "gladly accepts" Modi's invite for India visit

Washington, Jun 27 (UNI) The US President Donald Trump would be visiting India soon as Mr Trump today gladly accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to visit India.

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27 Jun 2017 | 2:26 PM
India – Myanmar explores more shipping and air connectivity at 6th JTC

India – Myanmar explores more shipping and air connectivity at 6th JTC

New Delhi, Jun 27 (UNI) India and Myanmar today explored the feasibilities of direct shipping lines with Vizag/Chennai and the need for direct air connectivity with Chennai/ Guwahati.

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27 Jun 2017 | 8:58 PM
GST is akin to 'tax terrorism': Congress

GST is akin to 'tax terrorism': Congress

New Delhi, Jun 27 (UNI) Hardly four days before the much awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime is enforced in the country, the Congress today said the uniform taxation norm is like 'tax terrorism' and will only result in adding to the burdens of the common man.

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27 Jun 2017 | 8:51 PM
Bilaspur-Manali-Leh railway line will boost tourism in Ladakh: Suresh Prabhu

Bilaspur-Manali-Leh railway line will boost tourism in Ladakh: Suresh Prabhu

Leh, Jun 27 (UNI) Terming opening of Bilaspur-Manali-Leh Railway line as an important step, Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said this important railway line would prove a boon not only in tourism promotion, but would open so many employment opportunities to the locals besides strengthening the nation’s security.

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27 Jun 2017 | 10:00 PM
Textbooks must be designed to suit needs of children: Sisodia

Textbooks must be designed to suit needs of children: Sisodia

New Delhi, Jun 27 (UNI) Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia today said the design of the textbooks must be with the sole purpose of improving learning outcome of the children.

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27 Jun 2017 | 8:51 PM
100 days in office; Yogi blames opposition for mess in UP

100 days in office; Yogi blames opposition for mess in UP

Lucknow, Jun 27 (UNI) Blaming opposition for prevailing mess in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said that BJP government has put the redressal mechanism at place so that people have been deprived of government benefits could avail them and state could march to the path of progress.

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27 Jun 2017 | 8:52 PM

Trump to nominate Textron executive for Pentagon acquisition post

28 Jun 2017 | 7:26 AM

WASHINGTON, Jun 28 (Reuters) US President Donald Trump intends to nominate Textron Systems Chief Executive Ellen Lord for the position of under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, the White House said in a statement.

Action against Sarpanches and Councillors on cards for attesting fake documents

27 Jun 2017 | 11:45 PM

Jalandhar, 27 Jun (UNI) Setting the wheels of District administration in motion for two major fresh surveys, deputy commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma today directed all the sub divisional magistrates (SDMs) to conduct fresh surveys for distribution of wheat and pensions in fair and transparent manner.

Ostapenko chases more Wimbledon glory as Kasatkina lurks

28 Jun 2017 | 7:32 AM

* London grand slam is Latvian's favourite tournament * French Open champion won junior Wimbledon in 2014 * Russian near-contemporary Kasatkina also in frame * She beat Latvian to win first WTA title in April By John Stonestreet LONDON, Jun 28 (REUTERS) 'Can she do it again on grass?' is a question fans and pundits are asking after 20-year-old Jelena Ostapenko upset the established tennis order by winning the French Open last month.

Smriti Irani to inaugurate 65th National Garment Fair in Mumbai on July 10

Smriti Irani to inaugurate 65th National Garment Fair in Mumbai on July 10

27 Jun 2017 | 10:27 PM

Mumbai, Jun 27 (UNI) The 65th National Garment Fair, billed as the country’s largest apparel trade show and organized by The Clothing Manufacturers' Association of India (CMAI), will be held from July 10 to 12 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Goregaon, north Mumbai.

European Union Film Festival in Goa from Jul 1

European Union Film Festival in Goa from Jul 1

27 Jun 2017 | 11:26 PM

Panaji, Jun 27 (UNI) The European Union Film Festival, organized jointly by the Delegation of the European Union, Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) and Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, will be held in Goa from July 1 to 8.

Namibia bans poultry imports from South Africa, Belgium after bird flu outbreaks

Namibia bans poultry imports from South Africa, Belgium after bird flu outbreaks

27 Jun 2017 | 2:28 PM

WINDHOEK, Jun 27 (Reuters) Namibia has suspended poultry imports from South Africa and Belgium with immediate effect following outbreaks of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu in the two countries, its Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) said today.

Ubisoft founding family raises stake to ward off Vivendi

Ubisoft founding family raises stake to ward off Vivendi

27 Jun 2017 | 4:10 PM

PARIS, Jun 27 (Reuters) France's Guillemot family has raised its stake in videogames maker Ubisoft, according to a stock market filing released on Tuesday, as part of their ongoing battle to fend off Vivendi's rival interest in the company.

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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