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IMF believes Qatar can pull of a budget feat only few countries can

Qatar’s government revenue has yet to recover to a level it reached seven years ago, before the last oil crash, after slumping more than 30% in 2016.
People waiting to enter a supermarket have their identity documents checked by staff before they can enter the premises, as a protective measure against the spread of COVID-19, in Singapore (Representational image) | Photo: Roslan Rahman | Getty Images/AFP via Bloomberg

Singapore and Qatar, the two rich countries which have kept Covid death toll below 0.1%

Singapore & Qatar are among some of the wealthiest nations in the world, which means they can better afford the test kits and hospital beds they need.
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Migrant worker camps in Qatar on lockdown as coronavirus cases spike among community

Workers from countries like India, Nepal and Bangladesh make up much of Qatar’s blue-collar labour force and typically live in camps on the edges of Doha.
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IndiGo cancels flights to Doha till 17 March following Qatar travel ban over coronavirus

Qatar has temporarily banned entry of people coming from India and 13 other countries in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, which has infected thousands of people.
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Pakistan permits Qatar Emir, 9 others of royal family to hunt endangered houbara bustards

Despite growing backlash, Pakistani govt permits are issued every year to members of the royal families of the Gulf countries.
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Qatar to invest $450 million for 25.1% stake in Adani’s Mumbai power unit

The Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd handles about 55% of Mumbai's electricity supply and caters to more than 3 million customers.
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Qatar is trying to revive ties with Gulf states after over 2 years of hostility

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar in 2017, accusing it of backing terror groups.
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Qatar Airways partners with IndiGo to tap into India’s aviation market

Qatar Airways has been looking to expand in India, but plans to start a new carrier have been scrambled by rules on foreign ownership.
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Qatar refuses to certify China’s human rights record on treatment of Uighur Muslims

Qatar has withdrawn from a 12 July letter signed by mostly majority-Muslim nations supporting China’s human rights record.
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Qatar sends first tranche of $3 billion payment to Pakistan

The Qatar inflow follows Saudi Arabia and UAE sending $5 billion in aid packages to Pakistan to help it avert a balance of payments crisis.

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Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
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Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Artillery guns, assault rifles, AFVs — Here’s a list of 101 items MoD won’t import in future

Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.