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India issues new rules for international travelers as mutant virus of COVID surge


In view of rising cases of new COVID strain in India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has announced updated guidelines for international passengers arriving in India. The MoCA stated, "These guidelines will supersede all guidelines issued on the subject since August 2, 2020. This Standard Operating Procedure shall be valid w.e.f. 22nd February 2021 till further...

The Scripps National Spelling Bee to return in mostly virtual format


The Scripps National Spelling Bee will return this year in a mostly virtual format, with the in-person competition limited to a dozen finalists who will gather on an ESPN campus at Walt Disney World in Florida, Scripps announced Monday.Last year's bee was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the first time since World War II...

Americans may have to wear masks in 2022: Fauci


Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden's chief medical adviser for Covid-19, said Americans may still need to wear masks in 2022 even as he suggested that the US could reach some sort of normality by the fall.Fauci told CNN’s Dana Bash on "State of the Union" that while he can't predict when Americans could go...

Meng and Mayor condemn anti-Asian hate in New York City

Post Date: February 25, 2021

During his morning briefing Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined by Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng to condemn the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination that was fueled by the onset of the COVID-19 crisis and racist rhetoric from politicians.“Every community suffered, but there’s been a particular pain, a particular horrible challenge faced by the Asian American...

Vaccine rollout to trigger fastest retail sales growth in 2 decades


New York: Retail sales are expected to grow this year by between 6.5 percent and 8.2 percent, amounting to more than $4.33 trillion in sales, as the economy begins to reopen, and more and more individuals receive the Covid vaccine, the National Retail Federation said Wednesday. A preliminary reading shows that retail sales grew 6.7 percent...

Top court clears way for Trump tax returns

Post Date: February 25, 2021

Washington: The Supreme Court has cleared the way for prosecutors in New York City to receive eight years of former President Trump’s tax returns and other financial records as part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax, insurance and bank fraud in Trump’s business empire. The high court’s decision to turn down Trump’s request for a...

Trump to flex muscles at GOP meet


Washington: Former President Donald Trump will use his Sunday speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to attack his successor President Biden and tease a potential 2024 White House bid, a person familiar with speech confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday.The speech will mark Trump’s first major appearance on the political stage since leaving Washington on Jan. 20. He’s...

America is back: Biden to allies


Washington: President Biden told allies Friday that he hopes to reestablish the U.S. as a reliable player in multilateral dealings with European countries after four years of “America First” policies pushed by former President Donald Trump. “I’m sending a clear message to the world. America is back. The transatlantic alliance is back,” Biden said at a...

New Indian American hotel franchise launched


Experienced hotel owners with 50 plus years in franchise industry launched their first ever Asian Indian hotel franchise named Membership Hotel Organization – MHO Hotels on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at Royal Albert’s Palace in New Jersey.  The event was attended by 100 invited guests and many via virtual platform on Zoom.  The motto...