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Trump, in Oval Office, signs first order on ObamacareUS President Donald Trump hands Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (R) an executive order that directs agencies to ease the burden of Obamacare, after signing it in the Oval Office in Washington, US, on January 20, 2017. —Reuters

Trump, in Oval Office, signs first order on Obamacare

21 Jan 2017 | 11:33 AM

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump directed government agencies on Saturday to freeze regulations and take steps to weaken Obamacare, using his first hours in the White House to make good on a campaign promise to start dismantling his predecessor's healthcare law.

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Washington, January 20

President Donald Trump directed government agencies on Saturday to freeze regulations and take steps to weaken Obamacare, using his first hours in the White House to make good on a campaign promise to start dismantling his predecessor's healthcare law.

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Heading into the Oval Office shortly after the conclusion of his inaugural parade, Trump signed an order on the Affordable Care Act that urged government departments to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation" of provisions that imposed fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals.

It also called for efforts to give states greater flexibility in implementing healthcare programs while developing "a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance." Health experts had speculated that Trump could expand exemptions from the so-called individual mandate, which requires Americans to carry insurance or face a penalty, or the requirement that employers offer coverage.

Experts also believe the administration could try to reduce the "essential benefits," such as maternity care and mental health services, which insurance plans must cover.

The White House did not provide further details about the executive order.

Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer said the White House also directed an immediate regulatory freeze for all government agencies in a memo from Trump's chief of staff, Reince Priebus.

He did not offer details.

Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, one of former President Barack Obama's signature laws, was a central pledge for Trump during the presidential election campaign.

Republicans in the US Congress have not yet laid out a plan to recast the insurance program.

In a hastily arranged ceremony, surrounded by some of his aides, Trump sat behind the presidential Resolute Desk and signed the order. He also signed commissions for his newly confirmed defense secretary, James Mattis, and his homeland security secretary, John Kelly.

Trump spoke briefly about his day with reporters. "It was busy, but good. It was a beautiful day," he said.

Vice-President Mike Pence then swore in Mattis and Kelly in a separate ceremony.

There were other signs of change in the Oval Office, which Obama vacated on Friday morning. Golden drapes hung where crimson ones had earlier in the day and new furniture dotted the room.

 —Reuters

Blast at crowded vegetable market in northwest Pakistan kills 20

Blast at crowded vegetable market in northwest Pakistan kills 20

21 Jan 2017 | 1:34 PM

PESHAWAR: At least 20 people were killed and over 50 others injured on Saturday in a powerful blast at a crowded vegetable market in northwest Pakistan’s restive Kurram Agency, officials said.

All efforts to fulfil cultural aspirations of Tamil people: PM

All efforts to fulfil cultural aspirations of Tamil people: PM

21 Jan 2017 | 9:29 AM

NEW DELHI: A day after the Centre cleared the jallikattu ordinance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said all efforts are being made to fulfil the cultural aspirations of the people of Tamil Nadu.

Trump thanks Clinton for attending his inauguration

Trump thanks Clinton for attending his inauguration

21 Jan 2017 | 12:25 PM

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has thanked his defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton for attending his inauguration.

Suspend work on hydro projects in J-K: Pak tells India

Suspend work on hydro projects in J-K: Pak tells India

21 Jan 2017 | 12:28 PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's two parliamentary committees in rare joint resolution asked India to immediately suspend work on two hydropower projects in Jammu and Kashmir and agree on the constitution of an arbitration court to resolve the water dispute.

Assam junior engineer made to apologise by touching BJP MLA’s feet

21 Jan 2017 | 12:36 PM

MORIGAON: A junior engineer in Assam’s Nagaon district was allegedly made to apologise by touching the feet of a BJP MLA for removing the legislator’s car.

‘People once again identifying themselves with political parties’Punjab elections

‘People once again identifying themselves with political parties’

21 Jan 2017 | 9:44 AM

As the sun plays hide-and-seek with clouds on a wintry day, we set off on our journey to assess the mood of the people with election to the state Assembly just two weeks away.

Khalra murder:  Rs 49 lakh damages for key witness

Khalra murder: Rs 49 lakh damages for key witness

21 Jan 2017 | 2:32 AM

PATIALA:A local court today ordered Rs 49-lakh compensation for Kirpal Singh, a key witness in the Jaswant Singh Khalra kidnapping and murder case, who was framed in a false rape case but was acquitted in 2007.

Boy ‘killed’ by schoolmate, his body cut into pieces

Boy ‘killed’ by schoolmate, his body cut into pieces

21 Jan 2017 | 12:50 PM

LUDHIANA:A Class VIII student allegedly killed an eight-year-old boy, chopped his body into pieces and "devoured" human flesh. The sheer savagery of the crime has left the police stunned.


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Jallikattu ordinance: Tamil Nadu Governor reaching Chennai today

Jallikattu ordinance: Tamil Nadu Governor reaching Chennai today

21 Jan 2017 | 11:46 AM

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who holds additional charge of Tamil Nadu, is reaching Chennai on Saturday in the backof the Centre clearing the state government’s proposal to promulgate an ordinance to hold Jallikattu, the bull-taming sport banned by the Supreme Court.

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NoMothers and daughters of debt-ridden farmers and agricultural labourers, who committed suicide, have been struggling to get compensation. Tribune File photo

On farm front, red is the new green

21 Jan 2017 | 1:31 PM

CHANDIGARH: Village after village and house after house, we come across badly Photoshopped photographs framed and placed on shelves. The dash of gaudy red and green in the background of the photographs stares us in the face.

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In Lambi, Kejri bats for change

21 Jan 2017 | 1:32 PM

LAMBI: “Jhadu wala button daba deyo Punjabiyo, Badala nu sabak sikha deyo Punjabiyo…” AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s cavalcade plays this track loudly from atop an Innova vehicle as he arrives for the day’s first public meeting at Sarawan Bodla village in Lambi Assembly constituency.

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Liquor baron Doda to ‘back’ BJP’s Abohar candidate

21 Jan 2017 | 1:32 PM

ABOHAR: The Doda family and local units of SAD today expressed their willingness to back BJP candidate from Abohar Arun Narang.

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Govt cracks whip; 2 more DSPs chargesheeted

Govt cracks whip; 2 more DSPs chargesheeted

21 Jan 2017 | 1:25 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Khattar Government has started cracking the whip against the officials indicted in the Prakash Singh Committee report for their alleged dereliction of duty during last year’s violent Jat quota agitation.

Jaitley fires graft salvo at Virbhadra

Jaitley fires graft salvo at Virbhadra

21 Jan 2017 | 1:01 AM

CHAMBI (DHARAMSALA): Union Minister for Finance Arun Jaitley attacked Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for the cases registered against him.

Italy hotel avalanche: 10 found alive after 48 hours

Italy hotel avalanche: 10 found alive after 48 hours

21 Jan 2017 | 1:03 PM

ROME: Rescuers in central Italy have found 10 survivors after an avalanche buried a mountain hotel, the authorities said. Firefighters were able to pull out first a woman and her child, and then three children on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Demonetisation to benefit economy: RBI Governor

21 Jan 2017 | 12:41 AM

NEW DELHI: RBI Governor Urjit Patel today told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament that the demonetisation exercise will benefit the economy and though there have been initial problems, the central bank is trying to overcome them.

NoIndia captain Virat Kohli greets Yuvraj Singh after India won the second ODI against England at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Thursday. PTI

Worked hard for this: Yuvi

21 Jan 2017 | 2:03 AM

CUTTACK:Yuvraj Singh did contemplate retirement at one stage after his fight with cancer but his never-say-die attitude helped him get over that phase and he continued his efforts to win back his place in the Indian team.

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HPCA ‘allows’ Thakur to remain president for now

21 Jan 2017 | 2:03 AM

DHARAMSALA:Nearly three weeks after the Supreme Court removed Anurag Thakur as the president of the Indian cricket board (BCCI), he was retained as the president of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), which he has been heading since 2000.

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Gandhi ton rescues Gujarat

21 Jan 2017 | 2:03 AM

MUMBAI:Middle-order batsman Chirag Gandhi struck an unbeaten hundred, his maiden first-class ton, to help newly-crowned Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat finish at 300/8 against Rest of India in the Irani Cup at the draw of stumps on Day 1.

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