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FGN28 TAJIKISTAN-LD JAISHANKAR Jaishankar says huge potential for further strengthening Indo-Tajik economic cooperation Dushanbe: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday said that there is potential for further bolstering India-Tajikistan economic cooperation after his meeting with his Tajikistan counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin and urged the business community on both the sides to engage more intensively with each other.

FGN22 WB-LD INDIA India bounced back big way but not out of woods; real GDP growth to be 7.5 to 12.5 per cent: WB Washington:India’s economy has bounced back amazingly from the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown over the last one year, but it is not out of the woods yet, according to the World Bank, which in its latest report has predicted that the country’s real GDP growth for fiscal year 21/22 could range from 7.5 to 12.5 per cent. By Lalit K Jha FGN29 PAK-INDIA-TRADE Pakistan to import sugar, cotton from India: Finance Minister Hammad Azhar Islamabad: Pakistan will import sugar and cotton from India, newly appointed Finance Minister Hammad Azhar announced on Wednesday, lifting a nearly two-year old ban on their import from the neighbouring country.

FGN11 US-H1B US completes H-1B initial electronic registration selection process Washington: The US has received enough electronic applications during the initial registration period to reach the 2022 fiscal year cap for the H-1B foreign workers visa, the most sought-after work visa among Indian professionals.

Pakistan to import sugar, cotton from India: Finance Minister Hammad Azhar Islamabad: Pakistan will import sugar and cotton from India, newly appointed Finance Minister Hammad Azhar announced on Wednesday, lifting a nearly two-year old ban on their import from the neighbouring country. By Lalit K Jha FGN23 NASA-MARS-DATA NASA exchanges data of its Mars mission with India, China, UAE & European Space Agency Beijing: The US space agency NASA has exchanged data of its current Mars mission with its counterparts in China, India, the UAE and the European Space Agency to lower the risk of a collision as their spacecraft were also currently hovering the red planet, a media report said on Wednesday. By K J M Varma FGN21US-BIDEN-INFRA-PLAN Biden to unveil once-in-a-century USD 2 tn investment plan to transform America’s infrastructure Washington: US President Joe Biden will announce a massive once-in-a-century USD 2 trillion plan on Wednesday to transform America’s aging infrastructure, and position the country to out-compete China, according to officials. By Lalit K Jha FGN13 US-CHINA-LEGISLATION US senators introduce bill to prohibit funds from being used to buy Chinese solar panels Washington: A group of powerful Republican senators has introduced a legislation to prohibit federal funds from being used to buy solar panels from companies based in China, allegedly using forced labour in Xinjiang. By Lalit K Jha RUP