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Ram Nath Govind elected as new President of India

Ram Nath Kovind, 71, has been elected as India’s new president, the Election Commission said Thursday.  Kovind, a lawyer, was born into a humble farmer’s family in Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India. He has been a member of the Rajya Sabha, or parliament’s house of elders, held various posts within the BJP and was governor of eastern Bihar state.

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Expats, citizens urged to avoid fines from expired Saudi visas

Citizens and expats in Saudi Arabia must present the Passport Department with the Muqeem cards of their employees or dependents who have not returned to Saudi Arabia before the visa expiry date in order to avoid fines, Al-Ekhbariya reported. The Muqeem cards of those who have been sponsored must be presented to the Passport Department within 30 days of the expiry date of the exit-reentry visa expiration date. The department will change the status of the visa to ‘Exited, did not return’ and will mean that employers and expats will avoid legal liability and fines.

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Village school gets Rs 10 lakh makeover from NRI

A US-based NRI, Amrik Singh, has donated Rs 10 lakh for the renovation of Government Elementary School in Kalewal, Khamano block. The school is now equipped with Wi-Fi system and the children are being provided education through internet and projectors. Amrik Singh, a former student of the school earlier resided in the village before shifting to USA.

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Dust storm hits UAE, to continue till Saturday

A dust storm hit several areas of the UAE on Thursday morning, the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said. In a cautionary message, NCMS warned residents of strong winds and dust storms. The dust storms are expected to continue until Saturday night.