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Amid Covid resurgence, Saudi Arabia suspends travel to 16 nations including India

New Delhi: With the Covid-19 cases showing a resurgence, Saudi Arabia has suspended international travel to and from 16 countries. These countries include India. The others are Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Indonesia, Vietnam, Armenia, Belarus and Venezuela. The Saudi Arabia health ministry has...

Covid-19: India reports 44,230 cases, 555 deaths in 24 hours

New Delhi: The number of Covid-19 cases in the country rose to 44,230 in 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday morning. This is higher than the previous day’s tally of 43,509 cases. A total of 555 patients succumbed to the infection, taking the death toll so far to 4,23,217. The case tally has...

PM Modi at G20 summit says new global index required for post-COVID world

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that a new global index is required for the post-COVID world, which should be based on talent, technology, transparency and trusteeship towards the Earth. PM Modi was addressing the G20 summit, which is being held virtually by Saudi Arabia due to the coronavirus pandemic. PM Modi said COVID-19 pandemic...

Ahead of rise in VAT rates, Saudis splurge to avoid paying more later

Retailers in Saudi Arabia saw a sudden surge in sales as shoppers decided to stock up before an additional 15% Value Added Tax was imposed on items across the board. The citizens are bracing for a surge in prices as the government has tripled the VAT to overcome the losses due to the COVID-19 and...

No Haj this year, applicants to get complete refund, Centre says

The Centre has decided to refund the Haj application money after the announcement by Saudi Arabia that “very limited number” of people will be allowed to perform Haj this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have decided that Haj pilgrims from India will not be sent to Saudi Arabia for Haj 2020. Application...