Thursday, 21 January 2021

Business

UK plans to create ‘freeports,’ cut taxes

LONDON: British finance minister Rishi Sunak is preparing to introduce sweeping tax cuts and an overhaul of planning laws in up to 10 new “freeports” within a year of the UK’s becoming fully independent from the European Union in December, the Sunday Telegraph said. Sunak will open the bidding for ...

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Emirates airline to cut up to 9,000 jobs amid virus pandemic

DUBAI: Emirates airlines has cut a tenth of its workforce during the novel coronavirus pandemic in layoffs that could rise to 15 percent, or 9,000 jobs. This was announced by the airline’s president Tim Clark, according to a report. The Middle East’s largest carrier, which operates a fleet of 270 ...

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UK expected to order removal of Huawei 5G equipment by 2025

The British government is expected to set a deadline of 2025 for removing equipment made by China’s Huawei from the country’s 5G telecoms networks, the Telegraph newspaper said on Friday. The Telegraph reported that British culture minister Oliver Dowden will make a statement in Parliament on Tuesday about Huawei, and ...

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United States unveiled heavy import duties on France

WASHINGTON: The United States unveiled heavy import duties on France in retaliation for the country’s tax on American tech giants, but will hold off on collecting the fees to allow time for the dispute to be resolved. The office of US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer found France’s digital services tax ...

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Apple warns against closing MacBook with camera cover on

LONDON: If you re concerned about privacy and have a camera cover on your MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, you could damage your laptop s display by closing your notebook with that cover on, Apple said earlier this month on a support page on its site. The iPhone maker said closing ...

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World entering new military ‘drone age’: UN

GENEVA: The world is entering a military “second drone age” with uncontrolled proliferation and no standards governing their use, a United Nations expert told the UN Human Rights Council. Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said the global community needed to take stock of ...

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U.S. bans PIA flights over pilot concerns

SYDNEY: The U.S. Department of Transportation said it has revoked permission for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to conduct charter flights to the United States, citing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) concerns over Pakistani pilot certifications. The information is contained in a revocation of special authorization dated July 1 provided by the ...

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UK’s top civil servant is set to stay in Downing Street

MANCHESTER: Downing Street has placed an advert for £135,000 job to head up “skunkworks” in Number 10, in what appears the latest in Dominic Cummings’ shakeup of Whitehall. The new job will be responsible for a new data science unit in Number 10, aimed to “transform” decision-making in government. A ...

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Asia’s largest solar power plant inaugurated in India

REWA: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated Asia’s largest 750 MW solar power plant at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh, via video conferencing. “Today, Rewa has really created history. This place has been identified with mother Narmada and white tiger. Now the name of Asia’s largest solar power project ...

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Facebook takes down accounts tied to Roger Stone

OAKLAND: Facebook said it has removed dozens of accounts linked to the hate group Proud Boys, to President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone and to employees of Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, among others. A network tied to both Stone and the Proud Boys had fake accounts post about local ...

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