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US to add citizenship question in 2020 Census: Commerce Dept

WASHINGTON: A question about citizenship status will be included on the 2020 Census to help enforce the Voting Rights Act, federal officials said on Monday, but California sued to block the move arguing that it would discourage immigrants from participating. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross decided to add the question to the count after a Department of Justice request based on the desire for better enforcement of the voting law, the US Department of Commerce said in a statement. “Secretary Ross determined that obtaining…

Trump to add sanctions on North Korea, but not on oil: US

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States will add more sanctions against North Korea, while US allies have called for enforcing existing international sanctions as the best way to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program. The sanctions are not expected to further target oil, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters. Tensions have risen in recent weeks over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests, despite intense pressure from world powers. The U.N. Security…

Govt plans to add 10,000 mw to national grid by next year

CHUNIAN: Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Monday said there would be no power shortfall in the country by next year as speedy work is in progress on several power projects. “The government plans to add 10,000 mw to national grid by next year,” he said while talking to newsmen at under-construction Balloki power project near Chunian. He said load management will be done only in those areas, where bills are not paid. He said the new power plants will provide affordable electricity to consumers and…