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The Secret Service Is Running Out of Money to Pay Its Agents

More than 1,000 Secret Service agents have already hit caps for salary and overtime allowances that were supposed last for all of 2017, according to Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex'' Alles.There are 42 people receiving Secret Service protection in the Trump administration, compared to 31 when Barack Obama was in the White House, Alles said.

Qatar denies blocking Saudi Arabia’s hajj pilgrimage flights

An official source in the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority on Monday “described as baseless the news… that allegedly claimed that the state of Qatar refused to allow Saudi Airlines to transport the Qatari pilgrims,” according to a report carried on the state-run QNA news agency.The hajj to Mecca, a pillar of Islam that capable Muslims must perform at least once, takes place at the start of September this year.

Bihar NGO scam: 11 FIRs, 18 arrested, says DGP

Director General of Police (DGP) P K Thakur told reporters that a total of 11 separate FIRs have been lodged in the alleged scam.86 crore from various departments in Bhagalpur alone, one each FIR has been lodged for alleged embezzlement of funds of Rs 162.

No Mughals in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government has decided to revise the state curriculum in history textbooks for Class VII.However, removing the Mughals from textbooks has deeper meanings.

West Indies, Sri Lanka confirm tour to Pakistan for T20Is

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday confirmed that the country will host two international teams as it tries to bring back international cricket to the country.The PCB confirmed this after announcing that a World XI side will be in Lahore to play three T20Is in October.

Saudi plane for Qatari pilgrims waits at Doha airport amid diplomatic dispute between two countries

Between 2 million and 3 million Muslims travel to Mecca each year for the pilgrimage – which every able-bodied Muslim has a duty to undertake at least once in their lifetime.Along with reopening its land border with Qatar, Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday that King Salman had ordered the dispatch of a Saudi Arabia Airlines plane to fly Qatari pilgrims to Jeddah at his own expense so that they could go on to Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.

Create well-paid, productive jobs: Arvind Panagariya to young CEOs

Panagariya was addressing 200 young CEOs who have gathered here to participate in the ‘Champions Of Change’ programme organised by the Niti Aayog.The pvt sector has to deliver to create well-paid, high productivity jobs: NITI VC @APanagariya,” the government think-tank said in a tweet quoting Panagariya.

Bollywood mourns the death of comedy legend Jerry Lewis

The telethon, long known as The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, began airing on Labour Day weekend in 1966, and Lewis served as host until 2011.Here’s what the famous Bollywood celebrities tweeted:Rishi Kapoor: The greatest face maker, truly legendary, the man responsible for my smiles and laughter — “Jerry Lewis” bids adieu!

South Africa vs India: Traditional Boxing Day, New Year’s Tests doubtful

The likelihood of India playing South Africa in the Boxing Day Test or even on New Year’s looks increasingly bleak due to a packed schedule for the top-ranked India.This would severely hamper the Boxing Day Test which has been the highlight of South Africa’s domestic calendar with Cape Town hosting the second Test from January 2.

Nepal Parliament fails to endorse Constitution amendment bill

Nepal’s parliament on Monday failed to endorse the much-awaited Constitution amendment bill to address the issues of Madhesis as the ruling coalition could not garner a two-thirds majority required for its passage.In the 592-member House, 395 votes were required to get the amendment bill through.

Train accidents have declined in last 3 years, says Railway ministry

Under attack after the Utkal Express derailment, the railway ministry said on Monday that there has been a decline in the number of train accidents in the last three years after it initiated a series of safety measures.In the current year, train accidents decreased from 29 to 15 during the April-June span in comparison to the corresponding period of 2016, an improvement of 48.

It’s hard work being a video referee, says Italy’s VAR chief

The official responsible for implementing the use of video replays at the Italian league said on Monday that the job of Video Assistant referees (VARs) is harder than it looks.After VARs were implemented in the Italian league this season, former referee Roberto Rosetti told Reuters, “It is an irreversible process that needs to be improved in times and procedures.

Who owns my data?

Beyond ownership over the content, there are issues of data protection relating to data that identifies you (personal data) and data that describes you (which may have been created by observing you, your content and your activities).With advances in AI (artificial intelligence) and Big Data, this data has become very valuable.