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Trump’s revised travel ban targets same seven countries: OfficialUS President Donald Trump. AFP

Trump’s revised travel ban targets same seven countries: Official

20 Feb 2017 | 9:32 AM

WASHINGTON: A draft of President Donald Trump’s revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the US, even if they haven’t used it yet.

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Washington, February 20

A draft of President Donald Trump’s revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the US, even if they haven’t used it yet.

A senior administration official said the order, which Trump revised after federal courts held up his original immigration and refugee ban, will target only those same seven Muslim-majority countries—Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.

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The official said that green-card holders and dual citizens of the US and any of those countries are exempt. The new draft also no longer directs authorities to single out—and reject—Syrian refugees when processing new visa applications.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the order before it’s made public. The official noted that the draft is subject to change ahead of its signing, which Trump said could come sometime this week.

Asked about the revised order, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the document circulating was a draft and that a final version should be released soon. The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Wall Street Journal also reported that the current draft of the revised order focused on the seven countries but excluded those with green cards.

Trump’s original executive order triggered chaos at airports around the world, as travelers were detained when the order rapidly went into effect, US permanent residents known as green-card holders among them. Attorneys provided legal assistance to those held and protesters descended on the airports as news of the order’s implementation spread. In its original form, the order temporarily suspended all travel to the US for citizens of those seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days.

The original order also called for Homeland Security and State department officials, along with the director of national intelligence, to review what information the government needs to fully vet would-be visitors and come up with a list of countries that can’t or won’t make the information available. It said the government will give countries 60 days to start providing the information or citizens from those countries will be barred from traveling to the United States. — AP

Jat leaders to step up quota stir in Haryana

Jat leaders to step up quota stir in Haryana

20 Feb 2017 | 9:35 AM

CHANDIGARH:Announcing that dharnas in Haryana would continue till its demands were met, the All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) today said it would step up its agitation beginning March 1.

‘Terror hunt’ takes lid off illegal cattle trade

20 Feb 2017 | 9:45 AM

PATHANKOT:What began on Saturday as a police hunt for “terror suspects” ended today in the unravelling of an inter-state cattle smuggling racket active in neighbouring Jammu and Kashmir and the border area of Dinanagar in Punjab.

Nagaland CM Zeliang resigns, successor to be chosen today

Nagaland CM Zeliang resigns, successor to be chosen today

20 Feb 2017 | 9:44 AM

Kohima: Bowing to the sustained pressure by agitating tribal bodies, Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang resigned on Sunday.

1% tax if over Rs 2 lakh in cash spent on jewellery

1% tax if over Rs 2 lakh in cash spent on jewellery

20 Feb 2017 | 9:35 AM

NEW DELHI:Cash purchase of jewellery will attract 1 per cent TCS (tax collected at source) from April 1 if the amount exceeds Rs 2 lakh, as against the current threshold of Rs 5 lakh.

Former CJI Kabir passes away at 68

Former CJI Kabir passes away at 68

20 Feb 2017 | 1:54 AM

KOLKATA: Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir passed away at a city hospital here this afternoon.

61% turnout in UP's Phase 3 polling

61% turnout in UP's Phase 3 polling

20 Feb 2017 | 1:54 AM

LUCKNOW:Except for stray incidents of violence in Mainpuri, Etawah and Kanpur, the third phase of polling for 69 seats in Uttar Pradesh went off peacefully with a voter turnout of 61.

PM drags religion into poll cauldron

PM drags religion into poll cauldron

20 Feb 2017 | 9:41 AM

FATEHPUR (UP): Addressing a poll rally at Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh, PM Narendra Modi today accused the Akhilesh Yadav government of indulging in discrimination on the basis of religion.

Grand entry into literacy

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20 Feb 2017 | 1:54 AM

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Move to replace MCI with national medical panel

20 Feb 2017 | 12:57 AM

NEW DELHI: The government has begun inter-ministerial consultations on the most awaited reform in the medical education sector, the revamp of the Medical Council of India.

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Differently abled man held for kidnapping girl

Differently abled man held for kidnapping girl

20 Feb 2017 | 1:48 AM

Chandigarh: Call it the “skill” of a Kajheri resident, who has no legs, or “strange ways” of the UT police, he has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a young girl. Vijay Pal, who is in his mid-twenties and moves around using his hands, “even took away” the girl to Uttar Pradesh from Chandigarh after kidnapping her. The local police said they arrested him from UP yesterday and recovered the girl.

NoBihar CM Nitish Kumar with SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar at the Golden Temple on Sunday

SGPC honours Nitish for hosting Parkash Utsav

20 Feb 2017 | 1:06 AM

AMRITSAR: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today honoured Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for organising a mega function to celebrate the 350th Parkash Purb of Guru Gobind Singh in Patna in January.

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CNG push for langar at Golden Temple

20 Feb 2017 | 1:06 AM

AMRITSAR: Under the Smart City project, work has been launched to lay a CNG (compressed natural gas) pipeline to replace LPG and wood as the cooking fuel at Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji langar hall in the Golden Temple.

Sacrilege, dera row weigh on voters’ mind

20 Feb 2017 | 1:06 AM

NEW DELHI: It will be a tough fight between the Badals’ Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the SAD (Delhi) led by the Sarna brothers in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) elections to be held on February 26.

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Don’t pay power, water bills: Jat body

Don’t pay power, water bills: Jat body

20 Feb 2017 | 12:11 AM

JASSIA (ROHTAK): Taking its ongoing agitation to the next level, the All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) has declared to increase the number of their statewide dharnas from 20 to 30, launch a non-cooperation movement against the government with non-payment of electricity and water bills and loan instalments and stage a demonstration in Delhi on March 2.

CM, HPCC rift comes to fore again

CM, HPCC rift comes to fore again

20 Feb 2017 | 12:26 AM

MANDI: The rift between the government and the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) came to the fore when Chief Minister Virbhadra again raised the issue of nominated party office-bearers from the dais during Sankalp Rally at Kansa Chowk in Balh today, where a large number of people were gathered from different parts of the district.

Signs of thaw: Bukhari, Ansari meet CM

Signs of thaw: Bukhari, Ansari meet CM

20 Feb 2017 | 12:28 AM

SRINAGAR: In signs of a thaw, two senior PDP ministers who submitted their resignations on Friday from the Cabinet met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti separately in Srinagar. While Basharat Bukhari met the Chief Minister today, Imran Ansari had a meeting with Mehbooba late Saturday. Bukhari held a nearly two-hour meeting with the Chief Minister wherein he discussed issues which he had raised in his resignation letter.

Back in campaign mode, Trump vows to defeat ‘dishonest’ media

Back in campaign mode, Trump vows to defeat ‘dishonest’ media

20 Feb 2017 | 1:26 AM

WASHINGTON:President Donald Trump has said he wants to speak to Americans “without the filter of fake news” and vowed to expose the “dishonest media” as he returned to campaign mode less than a month after assuming the office.

Opening bank account? Appoint a nominee

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20 Feb 2017 | 12:26 AM

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NoIndia A batsman Shreyas Iyer hit 27 fours and seven sixes in his unbeaten knock of 202 runs against Australia at the Brabourne Stadium. AFP

Iyer crushes Oz spinners

20 Feb 2017 | 2:09 AM

MUMBAI:Shreyas Iyer completed his double century, finishing unbeaten on 202 off 210 balls, before India A were bowled out for 403 by the visiting Australians at the Brabourne Stadium here today.

Smith replaces Dhoni as Pune skipper, Starc pulls out of IPL

20 Feb 2017 | 2:09 AM

KOLKATA:Australia skipper Steve Smith will replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the Rising Pune Supergiants captain in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), the franchise said on Sunday.

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Auction today, focus on uncapped Indian players

20 Feb 2017 | 2:09 AM

BENGALURU:There will be a strong focus on buying uncapped Indian players with eight franchises gearing up to pick a maximum of 76 out of the 350-plus players at the auction for the 10th IPL here tomorrow.

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