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Nigeria’s amputee football team prepares for World Cup debut

LAGOS: Sixteen years after Emmanuel Ibeawuchi lost a leg in a road accident, his dream of playing soccer in a World Cup is about to become a reality. He will captain Nigeria’s team when it makes its debut at the Amputee Football World Cup in Mexico in October. The team hopes to follow in the footsteps of Nigeria’s disabled athletes who won eight gold medals at the 2016 Paralympics, along with two silver and two bronze medals, to finish 17th in the medal table and top among African countries. “We are the best all…

Govt prepares draft for ‘National Tariff Policy’

ISLAMABAD: The government has prepared draft for 'National Tariff Policy' to simplify existing tariff structure for enhancing economic activity with the focus on exports.  The policy has been drafted by Commerce Division and National Tariff Commission to facilitate local manufacturers, including Small and Medium Enterprises. The draft National Tariff Policy recommends to gradually reduce duty on raw materials and machinery for export-oriented industries. The tariff slabs are proposed to be re-fixed at 5 per cent, 10…

France prepares 1.5 billion euro push to foster AI research

PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron is to unveil Thursday a bold plan to make France a centre of reference for artificial intelligence (AI) research, aimed at drawing homegrown and foreign talent in a field dominated by US and Chinese players. The proposals, which Macron's office said would be backed by 1.5 billion euros ($1.85 billion) in public funds, follow months of interviews with AI experts worldwide by star mathematician Cedric Villani, now a lawmaker in Macron's Republic On The Move (LREM) party. Villani's report,…

As Modi prepares for Trump meeting, US expected to OK India drone purchase

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON: The United States is expected to authorize India's purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, two sources familiar with the situation said, ahead of a visit next week by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to try to revitalise ties in his first meeting with President Donald Trump. Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones, worth more than $2 billion, is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defence ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump,…