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Feel pride when Kerala diaspora is praised in Gulf countries: Modi

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Kozhikode (Kerala)  L Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reached out to Kerala, saying he feels a sense of pride when he hears praise for its diaspora during his visits to Gulf nations.

He also announced that the BJP will one day be the instrument to change Kerala’s fortunes.
Addressing a rally here to coincide with the BJP national council meeting here, Modi said: “Whenever I got an opportunity to visit Gulf countries, apart from my official talks with their leaders, I asked them to arrange a meeting with the people of India residing there, and especially the people of Kerala.”

“I felt a sense of pride when I heard the praise of people of Kerala for their hard work and dedication,” the Prime Minister added.

Thanking the state for electing a BJP lawmaker for the first time during the state elections, Modi said: “The destiny of Kerala will change (for the better) and the BJP will be the instrument to bring the change.”

Modi also said that Kerala is God’s Own Country, and is the “land of great saints. The place has an impression of purity and holiness.”

“The devotion, spirituality is not because of the land but because of people, saints and culture here,” Modi said, adding, “The people of Kerala are seen with respect in the country and the world.”

The Prime Minister also hailed the sacrifice of the RSS and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in the state and said, “Sangh and BJP Karyakartas from Kerala have seen and faced so much. Today too, when the party isn’t in power here but they are continuing to serve.”

“I want to assure the party workers in Kerala that their sacrifice and hard work will never go in vein,” Modi added.

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Indian economy to contract by 10.3% in 2020; may show 8.8% growth in 2021: IMF

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New Delhi, 13 Oct. : The Indian economy, severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic, is projected to contract by a massive 10.3 percent this year, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

However, India is likely to bounce back with an impressive 8.8 percent growth rate in 2021, thus regaining the position of the fastest growing emerging economy, surpassing China’s projected growth rate of 8.2 percent, the IMF said in its latest ‘World Economic Outlook’ report.

Released ahead of the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, the report said global growth would contract by 4.4 percent this year and bounce back to 5.2 percent in 2021.

America’s economy is projected to contract by 5.8 percent in 2020 and grow by 3.9 percent the next year, the IMF said.

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Johnson & Johnson Pauses COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Participant Became Unwell

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New Delhi, 13 Oct.: US pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced that it has temporarily paused its Covid-19 vaccine trial after a participant became unwell.

“We have temporarily paused further dosing in all our Covid-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials, including the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE trial, due to an unexplained illness in a study participant,” company as saying in a statement on Monday.

The patient’s condition was being reviewed and evaluated by the ENSEMBLE independent Data Safety Monitoring Board as well as internal clinical and safety physicians, it added.

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Govt LTC scheme: Employees may have to spend over Rs 1 lakh for reimbursment

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New Delhi, 12 Oct : The government’s measures to boost consumption demand by providing more money into the hands of individuals would require a central government employee to spend in excess of Rs 1 lakh to claim leave travel concession reimbursement of just over Rs 30,000.

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