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Succession claims continue in Bombay High Court for Bohri head’s post

Taher Fakhruddin Saheb, son of the deceased original challenger to the post of Syedna, which is currently being held by the 53rd Dai Ul Mutlaq and Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, said, “Parents and siblings of my wife, have not given misaq (oath of allegiance) to me on my succeeding as the 54th Syedna and I don’t know if they gave it to my father, late Khuzaima Qutbuddin.”Fakhruddin has been testifying in the declaratory suit filed by Qutbuddin before his demise, seeking to declare him as the 53rd Syedna.On Tuesday, during the cross examination in the Bombay High Court, Fakhruddin replied to the question raised by counsel Iqbal Chagla, appearing for Mufaddal, by saying, “My father appointed me as the 54th Dai. When I succeeded him, I did take misaq from my siblings.”However, to another question he said, “His in-laws, who stay in the United States of America have not given him misaq.”Replying to a question on the way misaq is given, Fakhruddin said, “It is given by people on their own free will and also by the persons who believe in the faith.”Fakhruddin also said that his father (Qutbuddin) had over several occasions, spread over years, bestowed special knowledge and dawat secrets to him which were not disseminated in the many sermons given while his father was alive. He pressed that this knowledge was given so that he could serve the dawat sincerely and with devotion.Qutbuddin, who passed away pending the trial, in the declaratory suit had claimed that the 52nd Dai Syedna Mohammed Burhanudin had conferred nass on him but told him to keep it secret until his death. However, the incumbent Syedna has claimed that he was conferred the nass by Burhanudin in London. Qutbuddin had publicly challenged the succession after the death of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddinm, the 52nd Syedna, on January 17, 2014. The deposition will continue on Wednesday.

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Wrongly incarcerated people not being properly compensated: Delhi HC

People who have been wrongly incarcerated are “left to their devices without any hope of reintegration into the society or rehabilitation since the best years of their life have been spent behind bars, invisible behind the high prison walls”, the Delhi High Court has said.A bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice I S Mehta expressed concern over non-presence of a legal scheme for compensating these people who, at various instances, have been acquitted by the High court or the Supreme Court after many years of imprisonment.“There is at present in our country no statutory or legal scheme for compensating those who are wrongfully incarcerated. The instances of those being acquitted by the High Court or the Supreme Court after many years of imprisonment are not infrequent.“They are left to their devices without any hope of reintegration into society or rehabilitation since the best years of their life have been spent behind bars, invisible behind the high prison walls,” the bench said.The court said that even though there is a provision of compensating the victims through Sections 357 and 357 A to C of the Code of Criminal Procedure, its effective implementation hinges upon the concerted efforts of legal services authorities and governments.“As far as compensating ‘persons groundlessly arrested’, Section 358 Cr PC offers some token relief. This provision, however, fails to acknowledge the multiple ways in which not only the prisoner, who may ultimately be declared to be innocent, but the family of the prisoner faces deprivation and hardship. Particularly poignant is the plight of the spouse, children and aged parents of the prisoner who are unable to find legal redress for their losses,” the court held.It stressed on “an urgent need for a legal (preferably legislative) framework for providing relief and rehabilitation to victims of wrongful prosecution and incarceration”.“Whether this should be an omnibus legislation or scheme that caters to both the needs of the victim of the crime, as well those wrongfully incarcerated, including the family and dependants of the prisoner, or these have to be dealt with in separate legislations or schemes is a matter for discussion, deliberation and consultation with a cross-section of interest groups.The observation came while dealing with three wide issues which had come up while hearing a criminal appeal. The court had directed GS Bajpai Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice and Registrar, National Law University, Delhi to be the amicus curiae and submit a report on the three issues.The other two included Fines and default sentences and Suspension of sentence.The court also requested the Law Commission of India to undertake a comprehensive examination of the issue of incarceration and make its recommendation thereon to the Government of India.The report submitted by Prof Bajpai had referred to the practice in the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK). He had pointed out that there are 32 states in the USA including District of Columbia (DC) which have enacted laws that provide monetary and non-monetary compensation to people wrongfully incarcerated. There are specific schemes in the UK and New Zealand in this regard.
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‘Provide evidence or stop crying’: LeT founder Hafiz Saeed’s son-in-law tells India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>.A day after 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed filed a plea in United Nations to remove his terrorist tag, his son-in-law has asked India to stop crying and provide evidence against him. The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head, who carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for terror activities, walked free on Friday after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any other case. He was under house arrest since January this year.“India is always crying internationally. Why don’t you provide evidence instead of just using television clips of the Mumbai attacks?,’’ Khalid Waleed, the son-in-law of Hafiz Saeed told Hindustan Times.He also said that the America has asked for Hafiz Saeed’s re-arrest only because of pressure from India and he would continue to fight for the liberation of Kashmir. ALSO READ ‘I am not a terrorist’: LeT founder Hafiz Saeed files petition in UN to remove tagHe also questions how Saeed can be rearrested when he has been released by a three-judge bench of the review board.Meanwhile, influential Democratic lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard termed as ‘ridiculous’ the release of Hafiz Saeed from house arrest.”Not only did Pakistan give refuge to Bin Laden, responsible for attacks against US on 9/11, Pakistan set free a terrorist who has a USD 10 million American bounty on his head,” she said.The US has sought immediate re-arrest of Saeed, warning Islamabad that there would be repercussions for bilateral ties if it fails to act. ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: Hafiz Saeed’s release shows Pakistan not serious about bringing perpetrators to justice”If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan’s global reputation,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Sanders said.India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said that Saeed’s release confirmed once again the lack of seriousness by the Pakistan government in bringing to justice perpetrators of terrorism, including individuals and entities designated by the UN.”It also appears to be an attempt by the Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists. Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is visible for all to see,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in New Delhi. ALSO READ Committed to implementing UN sanctions, says Pak as US seeks Hafiz Saeed’s re-arrest

Full text of PM Modi’s speech at GES 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invited global entrepreneurs to invest in India, saying that the government has undertaken a host of taxation and other reforms to create an investor friendly environment.Speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2017, being attended by US President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, Modi said his government has scrapped over 1,200 outdated laws, eased 87 rules for foreign investment in 21 sectors, and taken several processes online.He said efforts by his government to improve business environment have resulted in a jump in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business Report’, from 142 to 100, in three years.
ALSO READ Watch: Mitra – a humanoid robot – helps PM Modi and Ivanka Trump kickoff GES 2017Besides, global credit rating agency Moody’s has upgraded India’s sovereign bond rating.”To my young entrepreneur friends from India, I would like to say, each of you has something valuable to contribute towards creating a New India by 2022. You are vehicles of change and instruments of India s transformation.
ALSO READ Watch: PM Modi inaugurates Hyderabad Metro, takes first ride”To my entrepreneur friends from across the globe, I would like to say: ‘Come, Make in India, Invest in India – for India, and for the world’. I invite each one of you to become a partner in India s growth story. And once again assure you of our whole-hearted support,” he said.Read the full text below:
ALSO READ Hyderabad’s tech centers may soon outshine its biryani: Full text of Ivanka Trump’s GES 2017 speechWe are happy to host the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in partnership with the Government of the United States of America.The Summit is being held in South Asia for the first time. It brings together leading investors, entrepreneurs, academicians, think-tanks and other stakeholders to propel the global entrepreneurship ecosystem.This event not only binds the Silicon Valley with Hyderabad but also show-cases the close ties between the United States of America and India. It under-lines our shared commitment towards encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation.The topics picked for this year’s summit include healthcare and life sciences; digital economy and financial technology; energy and infrastructure; and media and entertainment. These are all important issues, relevant to the well-being and prosperity of mankind.The theme “Women First, Prosperity for All” makes this edition of GES stand out. In Indian mythology, woman is an incarnation of Shakti- the Goddess of power. We believe women empowerment is crucial to our development.Our history has references to women of exceptional talent and determination. Gargi, an ancient philosopher, around the seventh century BC, challenged a male sage to a philosophical discourse -something unheard of in those times. Our warrior queens like Rani Ahilyabai Holkar and Rani Lakshmibai fought bravely to defend their kingdoms. Our freedom struggle too is replete with such inspirational instances.Indian women continue to lead in different walks of life. Our space programmes, including the Mars Orbiter Mission, have had immense contribution from women scientists. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, both of Indian origin, have been part of US space missions.Three out of four oldest High Courts in India are now headed by women judges. Our sportswomen have done the country proud. This very city of Hyderabad is home to Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Sania Mirza, who have brought laurels to India.In India, we have constitutionally provided for not less than one third of women representation in rural and urban local bodies, ensuring women’s participation in grass-root level decision-making.More than sixty percent of workers in our agriculture and allied sectors are women. Our milk co-operatives in Gujarat and the Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, are examples of highly successful and globally acclaimed women-led co-operative movements.Friends. Over the next two days, you will meet many women who have dared to be different, in their own walks of life. They now inspire a new generation of women entrepreneurs. I hope the deliberations in the summit would focus on how women entrepreneurship can be further supported. Ladies and Gentlemen. India has been an incubator for innovations and entrepreneurship over the ages. The ancient Indian treatise, Charaka Samhita, introduced the world to Ayurveda.Yoga is another ancient Indian innovation. The entire world now comes together, to celebrate Yoga Day on 21st June every year. Many entrepreneurs are involved in promoting Yoga, spirituality, traditional Ayurvedic medicinal and herbal products. The digital world we live in today is based on the binary system, the foundation of computing. The invention of zero and its recognition as a number, which laid the foundation of this binary system, happened with Aryabhatta’s work in India. Similarly, many nuances of modern day economic policy, taxation system,and public finance policies are outlined in our ancient treatise Arthashastra by Kautilya. Ancient India’s expertise in metallurgy and minting of coins is also well known. Our many ports and harbours and the world’s oldest dockyard at Lothalbear evidence to vibrant trade linkages. The tales of Indian voyagers travelling to foreign lands reflect the entrepreneurial character and spirit of our forefathers.What are the core qualities that distinguish an entrepreneur? An entrepreneur uses knowledge and skills to fulfil a motive. Entrepreneurs see opportunity in adversity. They try to meet felt needs by making processes more convenient and comfortable for the end user. They are patient and determined. Swami Vivekananda had said “Each work has to pass through three stages – ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.” Most entrepreneurs would be familiar with this.The power to think differently and ahead of the times for the betterment of mankind is what sets entrepreneurs apart. I see that power in India’s young generation today. I see 800 million potential entrepreneurs who can work towards making the world a better place.The number of smartphone users in India is projected to grow to over 500 million by 2018. This offers immense potential for the growth of any entrepreneurial venture, in terms of outreach and job creation.Our Start-Up India programme is a comprehensive action plan to foster entrepreneurship and promote innovation. It aims to minimize the regulatory burden and provide support to startups. Over 1200 redundant laws have been scrapped, 87 rules for FDI have been eased in 21 sectors, and several government processes have been taken online.Our government has taken several steps to improve the business environment. The jump in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report, from 142 to 100, in three years, is a result of this.We have improved on indicators like dealing with construction permits, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.The process is yet not complete. This is an area where we are not satisfied with 100. We would strive towards 50.We have launched the MUDRA scheme to provide easy finance of up to one million rupees to entrepreneurs. Since its launch in 2015, over 90 million loans worth 4.28 trillion rupees have been sanctioned. Of these, more than 70 million loans have been sanctioned to women entrepreneurs. My government has launched the “Atal Innovation Mission”. We are opening Tinkering Labs in more than 900 schools to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among children. Our “Mentor India” initiative engages leaders to guide and mentor students through these tinkering labs. In addition,19 incubation centres have been created in various universities and research institutions. These will nurture innovative start-up businesses to become scalable and sustainable.We have created Aadhaar – the world’s largest biometric based digital database. This currently covers over 1.15billion people and digitally authenticates over 40 million transactions daily. We now digitally provide monetary benefits of various government schemes to the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer using Aadhaar.Almost 300 million bank accounts with deposits of over 685 billion rupees have been opened through the Jan Dhan Yojana. These bring previously un-banked sections of society into the formal financial system. Of these, 53 per cent accounts are of women.We are steadily working towards a less cash economy and have launched a Unified Payment Interface App called BHIM. In less than a year, this platform is facilitating almost 280 thousand transactions daily.Having almost completed our programme to connect all villages with electricity, we have launched the Saubhagya scheme. This will provide electricity connections to all families by December 2018.We have launched a programme to provide high-speed broad-band internet to all rural areas by March 2019.Under our clean energy programme, in just 3 years, we have doubled the renewables capacity from 30 thousand Megawatts to about 60 thousand Megawatts. Solar energy generation has increased over 80 percent in the last year. We are working on developing a national gas grid. A comprehensive national energy policy is also in the pipe-line.|Our Swachh Bharat Mission to improve sanitation and cleanliness, and the rural and urban housing missions under-line our commitment towards dignity of life.Our infrastructure and connectivity programmes like Sagarmala and Bharatmala offer entrepreneurs many business opportunities for investment.Our recent World Food India initiative helped us engage with entrepreneurs in the food processing industry and agricultural waste sectors.My government understands that an environment of transparent policies and a rule of law providing a level-playing field are necessary for entrepreneurship to flourish.A historic overhaul of the taxation system has been recently undertaken, bringing in the Goods and Services Tax across the country. Our Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code introduced in 2016 is a step towards ensuring timely resolution for stressed ventures. We have recently strengthened this further, preventing wilful defaulters from bidding for stressed assets.Tough measures have been adopted to tackle the parallel economy, check tax evasion and control black money.Our efforts have been recognized by Moody’s recent upgrade of India’s government bond ratings from Baa3 to Baa2. This upgrade comes after a gap of almost 14 years.India has improved from its rank from 54 in 2014 to 35 in 2016 on the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index. This signifies the relative ease and efficiency with which products can be moved into and from a country.An investment-friendly environment needs to be stable from the macro-economic perspective. We have succeeded in containing the fiscal and current account deficits, and curbing inflation. Our foreign reserves have crossed 400 billion dollars, and we continue to attract large foreign capital flows.To my young entrepreneur friends from India, I would like to say: each of you has something valuable to contribute towards creating a New India by 2022. You are vehicles of change and instruments of India’s transformation.To my entrepreneur friends from across the globe, I would like to say: Come, Make in India, Invest in India – for India, and for the world. I invite each one of you to become a partner in India’s growth story. And once again assure you of our whole-hearted support.I am informed that President Trump has declared November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month. America has also observed National Entrepreneurs’ Day on November 21st. This summit will certainly resonate with those themes. Let me conclude by wishing you fruitful, engaging and rewarding deliberations at this summit.

Kashmiri teen picks up pen, reaches for the stars

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>His family wanted him to be an engineer, but western music and books were his first love. He dropped out of engineering college to pursue his passion of writing, much to the chagrin of his family.A year and half later, the 19-year-old Faheem Bhat has made his parents proud by penning one of the best selling English novels in Kashmir.For a debutante, it was a dream come true when his first novel, `Wandering for Love’ was released on different e-commerce sites where he shared space with top-notch writers. The icing on the cake? It will now debut in bookfairs across Delhi and Chennai in January 2018.Published by Notion Press, the novel is set in America and revolves around a young man who loses faith in reality and takes refuge to fiction. “Wandering for Love is not about romance. It is actually the love for books. It is a story about a young man who escapes reality. It is about a reverse psychology,” said Faheem.Born to a business family in the old city, Faheem has always been passionate about reading books. Listening to western songs and taking down the lyrics was his passion.After completing his matriculation, he was enrolled in an engineering college for diploma in computer sciences. Faheem could not cope with engineering and ultimately opted out after the first semester itself.”It shattered the confidence of my parents. They wanted me to prioritise academics. I focussed on writing instead and contacted my publishers. I needed Rs 65,000, which I did not have. So, I started editing the blogs and novel of my friend and earned Rs 20,000. My sisters pooled in some more and I borrowed the rest,” he said.It took him one and half years to write the novel. “Now my father is happy and is helping me repay my loans,” Faheem said.Not letting stardom get to him, Faheem has already decided the theme of his second novel. “I am planning to write fiction and will hopefully start the work soon,” he said

National Milk Day: Here’s how Verghese Kurien’s vision made India the world’s largest milk producer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Milk day is celebrated on 26th November to mark the birth anniversary of Verghese Kurien. Known as the Father of the White Revolution in India, Kurien was born on 26th November 1921 in Calicut, Madras. He was the man behind the White Revolution in India. His “billion-litre idea” was world’s largest agricultural dairy development programme in India. Kurien’s efforts and ideas made dairy farming in India one of the largest self-sustaining industry that not only provides India with employment opportunities but also made the nation prosper and grow using country’s diary resources. In 2016-17, a record breaking, 164 million tonnes of milk was produced and consumed making it the largest producer of milk across the globe once again. DAIRY INDUSTRY IN INDIAIndia is also known as the Oyster of the global dairy Industry. India is the largest nation to capitalize on the largest and fastest milk and milk products market. More than 10 million farmers are connected to over 96,000 local dairy cooperatives. The milk industry contributes to the national economy at a a large scale. This industry also provides employment to a vast majority of the rural house holds. Employing over 9 million people on an yearly basis, 70% out of which are women. Indian Dairy Industry being the largest producer all over the world with an output of Rs.1180 billion in 2004-05 which is equal to the combined output of paddy and wheat crops. The Indian dairy market is witnessing great success globally over a large period of time and Amul is the big daddy of this industry.VARGHESE KURIEN’s EFFORTS Varghese Kurien is regarded as a strong proponent of Milk Industry in India. He made the country grow from a milk-deficient nation to the largest producer and consumer of milk in the world. He took his primary education from the Diamond Jubilee Higher Secondary School and later went to Loyola College in Madras for his graduation in mechanical engineering. He went to Institute of Animal Husbandry in Bangalore (now, National Dairy Research Institute, southern station, Bengaluru) where he spent nine months, and merely bid time out to be sent to America at Michigan State University.(Kurien, Tribhuvandas & Dalaya at their dairy plant at Anand in 1970)Verghese Kurien was the co-founder of India’s largest food brand named Amul. He introduced, first time in the world, the concept of production of powder milk from the buffalo-milk. The idea was to try convert the surplus milk available to milk powder.He organised the system and linked the dairy farmers directly to the consumers in the market. This eliminated the cost and effort of the middleman and hence ensured a regular income. Tribhuvandas Patel, co-founder of Amul took help from Kurien to process the milk of farmers brought together and formed a cooperative society to purchase their milk. Tribhuvandas’s efforts and the trust placed in him by farmers inspired Kurien to dedicate himself to establishing the dairy cooperative, ‘Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Limited now popularly known as Amul dairy.(Kurien shows Shastri how his dairy works, in 1964. Impressed, PM asks him to replicate it nationwide)In 1965, Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri tasked Kurien to replicate the dairy’s ‘Anand pattern’ nationwide for which, the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) was founded under Kurien on his conditions, that it be independent of governmental control and tbat it be set up at. He also dealt with donors like UNICEF for his dairy cooperative.India then became the world’s largest milk producer by 1998, surpassing the United States of America, with about 17 percent of global output in 2010–11.

US Congressional leaders asks Pentagon to develop enduring defence ties with India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pentagon has been asked by US Congressional leaders to develop a “forward-looking” strategy to form an enduring defence relationship with India.Congressional leaders reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA-2018) also asked the US and India to work closely in Afghanistan.The new version of the NDAA-2018 require the Secretary of Defence to “develop a forward-looking strategy that would build upon current objectives and goals, underlining a mutual desire to develop an enduring defence relationship with India”.According to it, the US and India “should work closely with Afghanistan” to promote stability in the region to include targeted infrastructure development and economic investment, means to address capability gaps in country, and improved humanitarian and disaster relief assistance.The US Congress in its last NDAA-2017 had designated India as a ‘Major Defence Partner’.In its latest conference report, the Congressional leaders on Thursday said that the designation of ‘Major Defence Partner’ is unique to India, and institutionalises the progress made to facilitate defence trade and technology cooperation between the United States and India to a level commensurate with the closest allies and partners of America.”The designation promotes joint exercises, defence strategy and policy coordination, military exchanges, and port calls in support of defence cooperation between the United States and India,” it said.Reconciled version of the NDAA-2018 now heads to the House and Senate floor for formal approval, before it is sent to the White House for US President Donald Trump to sign it into a law.Among other things, it asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to develop a strategy for advancing defence cooperation between the United States and India.

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God willing we will make Rahul the party president by November end: Captain Amarinder Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh made a strong case for Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s elevation to the post of party president saying that time is opportune. In an interview with Sanjay Jog, Singh, who addressed CII’s Invest North meet here in Mumbai, also spoke about government’s initiatives to boost development in the state.Does Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as Congress party president remain a mere formality now?The time is ripe for Rahul to take over as the party president. When else will you see him as the party president? He is 47 now. Alexander had conquered half the world when he was 35. Then why are you worried about it? At the end of this month after party meets we will make him the party president.Will Congress’s revival be fast under Rahul’s leadership?Look at Rahul’s performance in America, and also during his visit to Gujarat and couple of other states. There is a positive charm.It’s a good sign that Congress has recently won in Gurdapur. The recent poll victories have revived the grand old party. It will grow further in the days to come.After seven months in power, the opposition is alleging that you failed to fulfil poll promises. What do you have to say?The opposition has no other role to play but making a noise about it. The fact is we have just announced our industrial policy. Everything takes time. We assumed office just seven months ago. Punjab had excellent crops this season, the state is also getting more investments.There have been some law and order incidents, but it is under control. It has improved a lot from the previous government’s rule.Can you please brief the key features of your new industrial policy?The policy makes decisive shift from department-centric approach to a business-centric approach. It is based on the eight core strategic pillars of infrastructure, power, MSME, ease of doing business, startup and entrepreneurship, skills, fiscal and non-fiscal incentives, and stakeholder engagement supported by sector specific strategies for growth. Special incentives will be offered for industries investing in areas closer to Pakistan border.Do you justify the recent power tariff cleared by the state power regulator?We are subsidising agriculture 100 per cent these days. The revenue has to come from somewhere. We have cut down the power tariff charged for industries and made it affordable to attract more investments. With the industry’s development, revenue will grow and people will get also jobs. So somebody has to contribute and it has come back to individuals. All of us have to contribute.

Chuck Schumer, Tulsi Gabbard and other top US lawmakers bat for strong ties with India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top US lawmakers cutting across party lines have advocated strengthening of ties with India and asked the Indian-American community to chip in to find new opportunities for growth.Senators and Congressmen from both the Republican and the opposition Democratic party said that relationship with India was important and Indian-Americans have a significant role to play in this. “I have worked very very hard on allowing more immigrants and particularly South Asian immigrants, people from India come to America,” Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, who is often criticised for his strong anti-H-1B stand both inside and outside the Congress.The H-1B visa, the most popular among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. “The Indian community has done so much for our country in terms of science, in terms of business, in terms of creativity,” Schumer said in his address to the 20th annual Legislative Conference of Indian American Friendship Council. Schumer said when he wrote the immigration bill, he made special provisions to allow more Indians to come to America. The top American Senator from New York said that he plans to travel to India soon.Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said that over the years, the US and India have made great strides in strengthening the important relationship, from cooperating in education to business to counterterrorism and so much more. As co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans and through her work on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, Gabbard said she had been working to strengthen the friendship and bonds that the two nations already share, and to encourage new opportunities for growth.”The Indian American Friendship Council s work to promote mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas, further understanding between elected leaders and those in the private sector, and provide a voice to the more than three million Indian Americans living in the United States has furthered this progress and expanded the US -India relationship for the benefit of both countries and their citizens,” Gabbard said.Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the powerful House Foreign Relations Committee said the two countries have a historic opportunity moving forward. India, he said, lives in a tough neighborhood.He called for counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries.Congressman Eliot Engel, Ranking Member of the powerful House Foreign Relations Committee, said that the relationship between the United States and India will continue to strengthen and will continue to be strong.The gathering was also addressed by more than a dozen lawmakers including Ami Bera, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Frank Pallone and Sheila Jackson Lee.

Govt for new cadre for court management

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has sent a communication to chief justices of all High Courts seeking their suggestion on the need for a separate cadre of administrators for court administration, court management, finance etc.The need for a separate administrative cadre was felt “in order to keep judges/judicial officers free from such administrative, managerial and financial work so that they can devote their time to more judicial work,” the letter read.In his letter, Prasad said that the 13th Finance Commission had earmarked Rs 300 crore for the appointment of Court Managers for the period 2010-2015 to assist judges in streamlining administrative duties. In the one-page letter, he also listed reasons for the lack of success on this front. Only one-third of the money was released and one-seventh utilised, the letter read.”Recruitment on contract basis, low remuneration package, reluctance on the part of the judiciary to accept Court Managers to participate in judicial process have been identified as some of the reasons for failure to attract suitable candidates,” the letter read.The issue of court administration was also broached during the 2013 Conference of Chief Justices wherein it was decided that National and State Judicial Academies would take steps for imparting training to judicial officers on managerial skills. It was also decided that judicial officers would be sent to the Indian Institution of Management to receive training, the law minister said.Prasad said that during a week-long discussion at Maharashtra Judicial Academy in February 2016, participating court managers identified lack of clear direction from judges and their ambiguous status in the court system as one of the reasons why this issue was a non-starter.Earlier this year, the Niti Aayog has made a few suggestions that need to be immediately implemented in the next three years to bring about much needed critical reforms in the Indian judicial system. Niti Aayog’s draft report in April had suggested the introduction of an administrative cadre – reporting directly to the Chief Justice of the High Courts, which was ease the burden of administrative duties currently borne by the judges.The Niti Aayog suggested the introduction of a ‘judicial performance index’ to check delay in trials and address the issue of pendency of cases. “The index can also include certain progress on process steps that have already been approved by high courts, like burden of day-to-day activity being removed from judges and given to administrative officials.Since 2000, 81.8% of the cases have taken more than five years to be disposed of, while, 57% took more than 10 years in the district and lower courts. In four higher courts where sufficient data were available, 87% cases took 10-15 years to be disposed of, and only 5% of the cases were cleared in less than five years. Comparatively, in the United States of America (USA), the median time from filing to disposal took 7-8 months for criminal and civil cases respectively (in 2015).The Indian judiciary has been largely crippled on account of shortage of judges, which in turn has led to a high pendency of cases in courts. However, data released by the law ministry suggests that the number of pending cases in the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts has gone down in the past three years, though, the cases of pendency in the lower judiciary has risen.The lack of judges is perhaps the biggest issue facing the judiciary and the Law Ministry today. According to data available on the Department of Justice website, 24 high courts across the country are now working, with 692 judges, as opposed to the required strength of 1,079. With a shortfall of 387 judges, this means that on average a judge is hearing and dealing with almost double the number of cases that he should be.The lower courts are functioning with an approved strength of nearly 20,000 judicial officers, falling short by 4,937 judicial officers.This shortage of judges has taken its toll, as seen in the number of pending cases above. Sources within the Law Ministry reveal that the Centre will focus on simply filling up the vacancies as and when a judge retires as opposed to increasing the strength of judges.”The budgetary allocation for judicial services has been a constant 0.04 percent,” Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said while delivering an address on the concluding day of the two-day 15th All India State Legal Services meet up in the national capital earlier this year. Accordingly, the judiciary’s impact was akin to the same, he observed.

Interstate migration in India doubled between 2001-2011, Pune and Surat most affected: WEF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Interstate migration in India doubled between 2001 and 2011 compared to the previous decade, with Pune and Surat emerging as the most affected cities in the Asian region, says a WEF report.According to the World Economic Forum’s report on ‘Migration and Cities’, India is home to one-fourth of the 100 fastest-growing cities in the world while Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata are among the 10 most populous urban areas worldwide. The report further said in the Asian region, Pune and Surat have been named among the most affected cities, besides Guangzhou and Davao City.According to the United Nations, there are three times more internal migrants than international migrants in the world. In India, interstate migration doubled between 2001 and 2011 compared to the previous decade, growing 4.5 per cent annually, WEF said, adding annual interstate migration in the country averaged about 5-6 million migrants a year. “Migrants are drawn to cities in search of economic, social and creative opportunities,” said Alice Charles, Lead, Cities, World Economic Forum.Citing examples, the report said, Bihar, a state with one of the highest outflows of domestic migrants, has a per-capita income roughly equivalent to Somalia’s (around USD 520) and a birth rate of 3.4 children per woman, on the other hand, Kerala, a destination for in-migrants, has a per-capita income four times that of Bihar’s (about USD 2,350) and a birth rate of 1.6 children per woman, on par with Denmark. Moreover, cities like Faridabad, Ludhiana and Surat total over 55 per cent of in-migrants, whereas the rate in Agra and Allahabad is below 15 per cent, demonstrating the significant variation among Indian cities regarding in-migration.Regionwise, the report highlighted 22 of the most affected cities around the world, including from North America (Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, New York, Boston), Latin America (Sao Paulo, Medellin). The report further noted that in Middle East and North Africa (Dubai, Amman, Ramallah) were the most affected cities, in sub-Saharan Africa (Cape Town, Dakar), Asia (Pune, Surat, Guangzhou, Davao City), Europe (Berlin, Athens, Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam) and Oceania (Auckland).The report looked at the solutions implemented or initiated to meet the needs of the migrant population, particularly in the delivery of vital urban infrastructure and services like housing, education, health, employment, integration and social cohesion, and safety and security. “Partnerships between cities will have greater prominence in the years to come, with possibilities of migrant redistribution and responding to labour market needs with immigrants,” said Gregory Hodkinson, Chairman, Arup Group Ltd; Chair of the World Economic Forum Future of Urban Development and Services Initiative.

Briton dies in fall while taking pictures near Laxmi Narayan temple in Madhya Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A British man fell and died while taking picture at a temple in India.56-year-old, Roger Stotesbury while, visiting Orchha town of Madhya Pradesh with his wife, died after he plummeted 30ft (9m) from the Laxmi Narayan temple, reported the Independent.The incident took place when Stotesbury, the documentary maker, had just finished taking some shots of the scenery from a temple in Orchha.The couple, on their ‘middle-aged gap year’, had to return to the UK after completing their Indian adventure.”Roger took lots and lots of photographs, and he had gone to take some views from the temple,” said a family spokesman.”He put his equipment down and then he fell,” he added.The couple has planned two-month tour and started their tour with Italy, followed by South and North America, Australia and several Asian countries. India was their final stop.The couple had also posted picture of Taj Mahal on their website, a day before the tragedy

IIM Calcutta and govt to hunt for 50 solutions to transform India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) has aligned with the government’s Startup India initiative to launch ‘Smart Fifty -50 Solutions To Transform India.’ Businesses from Singapore and north America will also be looped in for the initiative.The project, being carried out in association with the Department of Science and Technology, will identify, recognise and reward aspiring and early-stage entrepreneur participants to present solutions that are SMART (Sustainable, Motivating, Affordable, Responsible and Transformative). The entrepreneurs have to come up with innovative solutions to transform India from a socio-economic perspective.Organisers say that in the beginning, around 3,000 selected participants will receive startup kits and get to attend knowledge sessions. Of these 3,000 participants, 400 of them will be selected and they will get access to mentoring, funding and incubation opportunities. Through this platform, entrepreneurs and innovators will be able to network strategically and access seed funding.Of the 400, organisers say that 40 SMART solutions will be selected from the regional or quarter final rounds (quarter-finals) while 10 such innovations will be chosen in the international rounds (Singapore, North America). These will make up the SMART 50.The SMART 50 will get to attend structured multi-day Boot camp at IIM Calcutta Campus. Following this, a jury in the semi-finals will identify 10 innovators for the grand finale. The ten will then compete in Delhi before the jury selects the top three winning ideas.Funding for top 50Top 50 entrepreneurs will receive a seed grant of Rs 4 lakhs each, the Top 10 entrepreneurs will pitch for a total funding of Rs 10 crore.

‘US wants India to play a more active role in Afghanistan’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The US wants India to play a more active role in finding a political solution in Afghanistan, a senior official has said, as she welcomed India’s financial support in rebuilding the war-torn nation. US President Donald Trump has sought an enhanced role for India in bringing peace in Afghanistan as he ruled out a hasty withdrawal of troops while announcing his Afghanistan and South Asia policy on Monday. Trump had said that a “critical part” of his South Asia policy was to further develop America’s strategic partnership with India. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said: “It (India) has done a lot in terms of development and helping to promote Afghanistan’s economy. “So we appreciate that, we’re grateful to that and we look forward to India continuing to play a role in what we believe is an eventual peace process in Afghanistan”. “It has done a lot in terms of providing development funds to Afghanistan so far. We applaud them for that. It has pledged about USD 3 billion since 2001. So we continue to thank it for that and look forward to it hopefully doing more to be a part of the solution,” she told reporters yesterday. India has provided developmental assistance and provided economic assistance, she said. “India is emerging as a very important regional strategic partner. It has played an important role in supporting the Afghan government and, in particular, supporting the economy,” Nauert said. Trump, in his first prime-time televised address as the commander-in-chief on Monday, also issued the sternest warning yet by an American leader to Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists. “We want Pakistan to be able to do more and we intend to work with those countries for an Afghan-led peace process,” the State Department official added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Trump rules out Afghan troops withdrawal

The president indicates he will send more US troops to a conflict he once called “a complete waste”.

India welcomes Donlad Trump’s resolve to tackle cross-border support

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India on Tuesday welcomed US President Donald Trump’s determination to enhance efforts to overcome the challenges facing Afghanistan and confront issues of safe havens and other forms of cross-border support enjoyed by terrorists.”India shares these concerns and objectives,” External Affiars Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.Kumar said India was also committed to supporting the government and the people of Afghanistan in their efforts to bring peace, security, stability and prosperity to their country.”We have been steadfast in extending reconstruction and development assistance to Afghanistan in keeping with our traditional friendship with its people. We will continue these efforts, including in partnership with other countries,” he said in a statement.India’s reaction came after Trump ruled out a hasty withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan to end America’s longest war, as he warned Pakistan of consequences for providing safe havens to terrorists and sought an enhanced role for India to bring peace in the war-torn country.
ALSO READ ‘We can no longer be silent’: Pakistan will pay for harbouring terrorists, warns Donald TrumpIn his first prime-time televised address to the nation as commander-in-chief, Trump laid out his South Asia policy, saying a “critical part” of it was to further develop US’ strategic partnership with India.

Cocaine seized from 27-year-old man

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has seized Rs 10 crore worth cocaine from a Delhi-bound man here, the agency said today. The 3.1 kg contraband was recovered from 27-year-old Vishal based on “specific information,” a release from the NCB Zonal Director, Bruno A, said. Vishal had boarded a Delhi-bound train last night and officials had recovered the cocaine at the Central railway station here. “The seized cocaine was in a packet concealed in the backpack of the accused which is worth Rs 10 crore in illicit drug market,” it said. An African had handed over the cocaine to Vishal to be delivered in Delhi, it said, adding, the contraband was “in pure form and might have been sourced from the cocaine production belt in South America.” Vishal was suspected to be working at the behest of the South American cocaine cartel, it said, adding, further probe was on to find out his links here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RS members want action against ‘Blue Whale’-like games

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Linking a recent teen suicide in Mumbai to the so-called ‘Blue Whale’ challenge, an online game that has allegedly led to suicide by a large number of teenagers globally, members of the Rajya Sabha on Thursday demanded action against online games.Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the House, Amar Shankar Sable of the Bharatiya Janata Party claimed that a teenager Manpreet Singh, who allegedly committed suicide by jumping from a building, had been playing ‘Blue Whale’ game for 50 days.He said about 130 suicides linked to the game have taken place in America, Russia, England and Italy. Sable further elaborated that the participants in the game are given instructions like ‘watch horror movies’, ‘travel without ticket in train’, and are finally asked to commit suicide.”Manpreet has become the first victim (of the game),” he said. The minister demanded measures to ensure young people are not affected due to the the game. He said the matter had also been raised in the Maharashtra assembly. His party colleague Vikas Mahatme said there are other similar games that are very interactive and addictive.Manpreet, a class IX student, jumped off the fifth floor of the building in suburban Andheri last month. Mumbai Police suspected that he was playing the online game, which asks teenagers to perform self-harming acts over a period of 50 days and ultimately kill themselves at the end of it, if they want to win the challenge.

Demand in Rajya Sabha against online games like ‘Blue Whale’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajya Sabha members on Thursday demanded action against online games like ‘Blue Whale’, alleging that it was linked to suicide of a young boy in Maharashtra last week.Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the House, Amar Shankar Sable (BJP) said Manpreet, who allegedly committed sucide by jumping from a building, was playing ‘Blue Whale’ game for 50 days. He said about 130 suicides linked to the game have taken place in America, Russia, England and Italy.Sable said participants in the game are given instructions like ‘watch horror movies’, ‘travel without ticket in train’, and later they are asked to commit suicide.”Manpreet has become the first victim (of the game),” he said and demanded measures to ensure young people are not affected due to the ‘Blue Whale’ game. He said the matter was also raised in the Maharashtra assembly.His party colleague Vikas Mahatme said there are other games also which are very interactive and addictive. In agreement with the BJP members, Sanjay Seth of SP said there should be provisions to remove such games from website.Manpreet, a class IX student, jumped off the fifth floor of the building in suburban Andheri last month.In his Zero Hour mention, Dilip Kumar Tirkey (BJD) said farmers in Odisha were facing problems in registration for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna due to technical problems in the portal.AIADMK member Vijila Sathyananth said livelihood of beedi workers was being threatened due to 28 percent GST on beedi.

PM Modi’s meeting with Donald Trump was a ‘clear meeting of minds’: S Jaishankar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>United States is one of India’s indispensable partners with whom it is seeking to work closely on security as well as economic issues, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said on Wednesday.Speaking at a discussion on strengthening of US-India strategic and commercial partnership, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first meeting with US President Donald Trump in June was a “very clear meeting of minds”.India, he said, is going through big changes and “in making those changes happen, the US is the, or (is) one of the, indispensable partners.” On Modi’s June visit to the US where Trump praised him for being “such a great prime minister” of India, Jaishankar said there was quality of discussion, “chemistry” between them, participation on the larger theme and perception of similar challenges for working together.It was “very clear meeting of minds,” he said, adding a lot was said about the challenges of forging a relationship. “I must tell you that we came out of that very confident of that relationship.” India’s relations with the US has seen a “steady climb” in three preceding administration. “There are no pressing issues, no huge problems. When I look at the rest of the world looking at the Trump administration and India approaching, I found we have a very solid base here,” he said.Stating that he was “very optimistic” about US-India economic ties, he said a big change in relations between two nations has been that business today has become central to the relationship. “Look at the business content of the relationship and to my mind of the many changes this is a very big change,” he said. America’s relations with Europe, the UK and Japan are “ultimately sustained by business”. “Good politics, grand strategy – I accept all of that but the bread and butter was business,” he said, adding the good sense of Modi’s meeting with American CEOs has been “actually carried to the White House”.”It was very very helpful for us to have both the tailwinds because what it did was it created an impression and a pre-conception that this is the government which is committed to do more business with America, and I think that gave the relationship a positive direction,” he said. India would aspire to be in a similar situation with other countries. “I think there are countries which will be closer to where we are with the US in terms of business, they are the countries where we are still struggling to make business central as we have managed to do with the US,” he said. On things that were important for India to derive from relations with the US and vice versa, Jaishankar said top on the list was to have a “political supporting position” and working together on security issues as well as very strong economic aspects.Issues like terrorism, maritime security, energy and lifestyles are not issues that any country can work by itself or on purely bilateral basis, he said. “When you go into these big discussion and say we are supporting each other we may not fully agree but you created a much larger comfort level for the relationship,” he said. Three-four decades back, there was not enough resilience and comfort. “There wasn’t enough of a relationship.” Things have gone beyond that stage.”I think few years from now, may be five, may be less, there is a sense … this country is going through big changes. If there is a sense that in making those changes happen, the US is the, or one of the, indispensable partners,” he said.The relationship should have a visible impact on everyday quality of life. “If you look at the chemistry between President Trump and Prime Minister Modi, the quality of discussion, he is a leader very well briefed, a lot of participation on the larger theme and I would say on the big political strategic issues – a very clear meeting of minds, perception of similar challenges where to work together,” he said.

To combat narco-terror, NCB to hire 195 intelligence officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of Home Affairs has sanctioned 195 post of intelligence officers in Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) to target international and national drug cartels active across the country. The demand was for 301 posts, but 195 have finally been sanctioned.The bureau is framing recruitment rules for these intelligence officers. They will be selected through competitive examination. Few seats, however, will be marked for government employees who want to work as intelligence officers on deputation in the bureau. “60 per cent of the total posts will be filled by direct recruitment, and 25 per cent by promotion,” a senior NCB officer said.The bureau has reserved 10 per cent seats for limited departmental competitive examination among the surveillance assistant, Upper Division Clerks, Lower Division Clerks, hawaldar, and sepoy, and five per cent seats for surveillance assistants to be recruited via promotion.”It is intimated that 195 post of Junior Intelligible Officer has been sanctioned in NCB. The framing of the recruit rules of Junior Intelligence Officers is in process,” Deputy Director (Administration) Rohit Katiyar said in a letter to Deputy Director Generals of Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai regions. He also sought views from the all officers pertaining to the recruitment process.The Central government wants to strengthen NCB to combat illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs that is fuelling terrorism on Indian soil. The government is more concerned about the connection between drugs and terror happening across the country.An Intelligence Bureau dossier on narco-terrorism stated that Pakistan’s drug industry, which relies on the produce, has risen recently, and Pakistan’s ISI is allowing the smooth flow of narcotics into India and the rest of the world.The Intelligence Bureau had stated Dawood probably has one of the best networks in the world when it comes to drug-smuggling; it not only has its fallout in India, but in the United States of America, Nairobi and Thailand among other nations.Till now, the bureau used to have all officers — from intelligence officers to Director General — on deputation. These were mostly drawn from police forces or revenue services for a period of three years. Now to ensure better functioning of the agency so that officers develop long-time information networks and thus be more effective, government ruled that the NCB would have 80 percent of its strength through direct recruitment and only 20 percent of officers would come from outside on deputation.The senior officer stated that trafficking of drugs from southwest Asia to India is gaining ground as is trafficking of hashish and cannabis from India to across the world. Also other controlled substances as well as pharmaceutical preparations and prescription drugs containing psychotropic is an increasing operation. “Many traffickers are taking virtual routes to distribute drugs across the country and India is becoming a transit point,” the officer stated.AnalysisWith the recent escalation in drugs trade across LoC, this move is a welcome one. However, it is to see how only 195 officers will improve the case, while the demand was for 301 officers.

US, China should mind their business: Mehbooba Mufti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rejecting any third party intervention from China or the US, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday batted for bilateral talks between India and Pakistan under the Lahore Declaration and Shimla Treaty to resolve the vexed Kashmir issue.”We have a roadmap,” Mehbooba told reporters. “Even after the war, we (India and Pakistan) have to talk to each other. We have Vajpayee-ji’s Lahore Declaration. We have the Shimla Agreement. We have to sit together and talk to each other. What will America, Englistan and Turkistan do? They have made a mess of the issues confronting the world.”Mehbooba’s remarks came against the backdrop of former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah’s call for third party intervention urging New Delhi to seek help from China and US to mediate the Kashmir issue.”America and China should mind their own business,” continued Mehbooba. “Wherever America has intervened, they have made a mess of these countries. China is mired in its own issues in Tibet. Look at the situation in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Does Farooq-sahab want us to suffer like these countries or he wants our state to prosper?”Invoking former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Chief Minister said they should look up to their leaders who have charted a road map for resolving the Kashmir issue. “We should take it the road map forward,” she said. “Every day, there is firing on the borders and our people and soldiers die. Common people on the other side also die. There should be permanent cure to this problem. It can only happen when we respect these agreements.”Earlier, Mehbooba had visited sensitive south Kashmir, which has been the epicenter of the 2016 unrest that affected development in that region, and inaugurated several developmental projects. “People were seen in large numbers enroute, eagerly awaiting the Chief Minister,” says a government spokesperson. “They projected their demands and sought resolution. They were seen struggling to have a word with their leader.”

‘Dealing with counter-terror threats will make Indo-US ties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s partnership with the US will be strengthened further if the two countries deal with the “unconventional” counter-terrorism threats together, US Congressman Tulsi Gabbard has said. Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress said security and counter terrorism are critical areas of the US and India partnership. The number of military-to-military engagement and exercises between the two nations exceed any other partner in the region and is only continuing to grow. She was addressing the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum organised here yesterday in partnership with the Asia Society Policy Institute. “From the top all the way to the Pacific Commander, there is a recognition of the benefit to continuing to strengthen this partnership, continuing to engage in ways that haven’t been before to ensure that the two countries are stable and that we are dealing with this unconventional counter-terrorism threat together because if we do that together we are stronger,” she said at the forum with the theme of ‘India and the United States: Partners in Progress’. Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna said the need for the US and India to cooperate both bilaterally and in other global foras as well as in the UN is extremely important. Gabbard, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, said there is still “quite a lot of excitement” in Washington and a feeling of momentum around the visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the American capital for his first bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump. “Those of us on the US-India caucus feel it and believe it and those who have been working on the partnership over the years are saying over and over again this is the most exciting time in the friendship between our two countries” not only on the political front but also in areas of economic ties, technology, education, culture and arts. She noted that IIFA awards being organised in the city shows how much interest America as a whole has in films coming from India. “We at the US-India caucus are excited about the opportunities that exist that are mutually beneficial for both of us,” she added. Gabbard said there had been concerns over uncertainties and possible obstacles in the India-US relations under the Trump administration. “What we have seen come forward before, during and after Modi’s visit was that while heads of state can meet and have these important diplomatic talks and negotiations, the heart and backbone of the relationship exists not only at the government level but also in the private sector, businesses and research facilities that are not waiting for marching orders from anyone in government,” she said. Addressing the valedictory session, Sarna said it is important to underline that the support for the India-US engagement is clearly bipartisan and across the political spectrum. He termed the visit by Modi as “landmark”, saying the two leaders “hit it off” in terms of understanding, engaging each other and listening to each other concerns. “There was convergence on strategic and defence issues, economic cooperation for the global good, cyber security and space,” he said. Gabbard added that the joint statement released at the end of the bilateral visit was “impressive and extensive” in covering the different sectors and areas, laying down the pathway forward for the two countries. She stressed that the US can also benefit and learn as India deals with different challenges and opportunities. Noting that India has a large worker base, she said job training is needed for that. “If we can look at some of the innovative ways of how some of the companies are providing that training we can use that in some of our communities where jobs have either been replaced by technology or whose industries have been shut down or shipped off to other countries,” she said. “As we are looking at new opportunities here whether it is in the middle part of the country or inner cities, we can see how countries like India are taking the best of technology and are able to empower people in their communities,” she said. Sarna added that he does not see contradiction in Modi’s focus on ‘Make in India’ and Trump’s call for ‘Make America Great Again. “Here are two countries that are wanting to grow and surely there must be a place in this world for the two countries to grow and help each other rather than at each other’s cost. The two countries are being positioned now as two engines of growth which are going to help each other grow,” he said, adding that there are tremendous opportunities in areas of energy and civil aviation where the two countries will need to depend on each other to grow and actually create employment opportunities in each other’s countries through this growth.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Religious leaders harp on harmony in inter faith meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Representatives of various faiths today gave a call for peace and harmony and stressed on the need for dialogue among them at an inter-faith meet at the American Center here. The meet took place on the occasion of inauguration of a photo exhibition on Indian religious traditions in the US, Swami Muktidananda of Ramakrishna Mission said, “All faiths can flourish in the world by carrying flags of harmony.” The monk also referred to the democratic principles on the soils of both America and India. Jewish Community Affairs General Secretary A Cohen said, “None should say my religion is better than others.” She touched on the over 200-year history of the Jewish community in Kolkata and how Jewish-run schools were imparting lessons of harmony among the children. Referring to the problems worldwide, General Secretary of Mahabodhi Society of India, Ven P Seewali Thero said, “The Only difference among humans are cultural differences.” The Buddhist monk too called for continuing peace initiatives and dialogues and referred to the spiritual history of India where gurus had talked about love and compassion for thousands of years. Father Dominic Gomes, Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta, said “There is the need of seers to enlighten us” in the wake of “the severe and diabolical problems we are faced with.” “Somewhere we are not getting to the bottom line. Dialogue is important,” the Priest said. Another RKM monk Swami Shuddhidananda said, Swami Viveknanda’s visit to US “had opened floodgates of spirituality in America. And in a very silent way Americans started accepting Indian spirituality.” The Imam of Nakhoda Mosque, Md Shafique Qasmi, who was not present due to illness, sent a message supporting the initiative. Ajmer Singh, president of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Jagat Sudhar, was also present on the occasion. Expressing happiness over the discourse, US Consul General Dr Craig L Hall said, “The more our two countries share in the practice of our ideals, the more we can show the world our common commitment to foster tolerance towards all religions.” The exhibition ‘Keeping Faith’ contains photographs of celebration of various Indian festivals in the US, across multiple faiths — Charles river Ganga Aarti at Cambridge, Eid Milan at Houston, Turban Day at Manhattan, Holi at Harvard, Ganesh Chaturthi in New York among others. The exhibits were on display in New Delhi earlier and later tour to Hyderabad.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ismailis conclude celebration of their leader’s Imamat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai’s Shia Ismaili community’s week-long celebration to mark the diamond jubilee celebration of the leadership of their spiritual head His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan’s, culminated on Wednesday.Aga Khan’s leadership as the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community began on July 11, 1957, following the passing of his grandfather Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan. To mark the celebration, Aga Khan, who lives in Paris, asked his community to promote early childhood and primary education, strengthen community institutions, and invigorate civil society.Besides participating in activities such as dandiya, mehendi, flash mobs and community dinners, the community also opened a bone marrow transplant unit at the Prince Aly Khan Hospital in Mazgaon.The Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, also known as the lsmailis, belong to the Shia branch of Islam. Ismailis are spread across the central and south Asia, Africa, the Middle-East, Europe, north America, In India, they reside mainly in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Telangana.”To mark the anniversary, the bone marrow transplantation opened on July 12. Plans for redevelopment of the hospital are also in the pipeline,” said Dr Sanjay Oak, CEO of the Prince Aly Khan Hospital.

Cong will not reconsider GST launch boycott: Anand Sharma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is no possibility of the Congress reconsidering its decision to boycott the special midnight meeting to launch GST, senior party leader Anand Sharma said here today. “This is not a minor issue that the government will request and just few hours before the event a major opposition party will amend its decision. Keeping in mind Parliament’s decorum and country’s tradition, we have decided not to participate in the celebration,” Sharma told reporters here. There have been big achievements and also problems in the past but the government has never called a midnight Parliament session, he said. “In 1971, India tasted victory when Bangladesh got independence and Pakistan’s Army had surrendered that time… Indira Gandhi had not called a midnight Parliament session. “Nuclear experiment happened, India made its mark in space, economic reforms took place, several major things happened. But when this was not done ever before why do it now,” he added. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should give an explanation to the public on why the issue of H1B1 visas was not raised with US President Donald Trump during their recent meeting, Sharma said. “Before PM had left for his state visit to USA we had urged him that he must protect the interests of IT professionals who go to America and discuss the issue of H1B1 visas because they cannot be treated as immigrants as they are skilled professionals. “He has returned without bringing any credible assurance from the US president. Why is he silent? He owes an explanation to the people…” Sharma also expressed concern about the current security scenario — recent “serious incidents”, which have come as “signals” from neighbours including Pakistan and China. The government, he demanded, should take the “senior leadership of the opposition into confidence about the security scenario and how government plans to address this situation”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Figure skating champion hopes to win Olympic medals for India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a country where cricket is treated as a religion, 18-year-old Nishchay Luthra opted for a lesser known sport in the country ‘figure skating’. Luthra has won over 100 medals internationally and nationally. He is currently undergoing training in Florida for the upcoming Winter Olympics in 2018 to be held in South Korea.Neelam Kanta, a head constable with the Delhi Police has undergone endless struggles to make her son Nishchay reach this level in the sport. Kanta is reeling under a debt of around Rs 20 lakhs for which she has mortgaged her residence in Kalkaji as well.”The only property we owned is the house we live in but have mortaged it for his career,” said Sanjeev Luthra, Nishchay’s father.Nishchay began his career at the age of four when children are not even sure off what they want from their lives. From waking up at 3 am, to falling on ice multiple times, and recovering from injuries, his first pat on the back was a gold medal in Shimla in 2011 at the National Ice-Skating championship. He also won several other zonal and state level competitions by 2016.The young lad has since then travelled to Hong Kong and the Philippines and won three medals in the Asian Junior Figure Skating challenge.Nishchay’s desire for a gold medal at the Olympics made him quit the reality show “India’s Got Talent” mid way. “Nishchay decided to quit the reality show which could have earned him a lot so that he could keep his training on track and win medals for India at the Olympics. Ultimately my son wanted to bring a gold medal for India in Olympics,” said SanjeevHowever, Nishchay’s passion for the sport has now been put to halt because of financial constraints. Unlike Cricket and football, figure skating is an expensive sport to play.”Union government funded us Rs. 10 lakh back in 2015 for his training but the sport needs much more for world class training. It would take more than 2 lakhs just to buy the desired shoes and blades for competitions like Winter Olympics. Moreover even after financial constraints we decided to train Nishchay in America but for last two months the institute has kept the training on hault, as we cannot pay for rest of the training” told Neelam who is presently serving as Head constable in the Delhi police’s PCR unit.Nishchay require more than four lakh rupees to train for one month in America. The crowd funding site Milap is gathering fund for the training of the boy, however the amount gathered by now is just around two lakh.

Chana dal, Chana make it to Oxford English Dictionary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian food essentials – chana and chana dal – are among the many new entries in the ‘Oxford English Dictionary’ (OED) unveiled on Tuesday.Chickpeas (chana) and the split chickpea lentils (chana dal) join the vast list of more than 600 other words and phrases that the authoritative Oxford English Dictionary has deemed popular enough to be included in its quarterly update.The clutch of words debuting in the world’s definitive guide to the evolving English language covers everything from lifestyle and current affairs to the educational world.The other prominent new entries include a batch of tennis-related words like “forced error” as well as slang such as “bagel” – which refers to a score in a set of six games to love, due to the similarity of the numeral zero to the shape of a bagel. Robert McNicol, Librarian at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), who was invited to offer his expertise on the tennis-themed words for their inclusion in the dictionary, said the words were part of tennis’ tradition.”Tennis is renowned for its many long-held traditions, and part of that is the unique language used to describe particular playing shots and racket techniques,” said McNicol.In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries had announced ‘post- truth’ as its “Word of the Year”. Since then, the huge increase in usage of the word has given the lexicographers enough evidence to add it to the latest edition of ‘OED’.A new sense of woke, which was shortlisted for ‘Word of the Year’, has also been added, meaning “alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice”. Its use by supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, and in particular the phrase “stay woke”, is thought to have introduced the word to a broader audience, especially on social media.Since the introduction of the term ‘academy’ to the English school system in 2000, this type of independently publicly run school has featured heavily in UK news. The latest ‘OED’ update also includes a new related sense of the verb academise, to convert a school into such an academy. “Often displaying a playful side to the English language, colloquialisms and slang words have always had their place in the ‘OED’,” the OED noted.Other remarkable entries in the latest update are: footless (as in, footless drunk, an alternative to the more familiar ‘legless’), swimmer (sperm), and son of a bachelor (a euphemistic alternative to son of a bitch ). ‘To have a canary’ or ‘to lose one’s composure’ and a new usage of ‘thing’ – often used in questions conveying surprise or incredulity, such as ‘how can that be a thing?’ have also found their way into the OED’s new list of words.In the scientific word news, ‘Zyzzyva’ a set of tropical weevils native to South America and typically found on or near palm trees has become the latest entry in the dictionary.

Not single taint on my govt in three years, says Modi in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Highlighting his achievements in rooting out corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there has been “not even one taint or blot” on his government in the past three years. Modi said corruption was the main reason why governments in India were voted out in the past. “Indians hate corruption,” he told the nearly 600 Indian-American community members at a reception in Virginia. The prime minister assured the Indian diaspora in the US that his government will continue to strive to take India to newer heights. “I humbly state that whatever work my government has done in the last three years, till now there is not even one taint or blot on this government.” He underscored that technology has brought about transparency and is being used to achieve great heights across sectors in India. “I can give various examples where India is making great achievements with the help of technology,” whether it is space or agriculture. “Renewed focus is being given to technology-driven governance and development,” he said. In several parameters, the country is moving at a rapid pace. Noting that infrastructure is essential for sustainable development, Modi said the focus is on global benchmark, setting high standards of development. The increase in aspiration of the common people is the greatest cause of this fast track development of the country. “We are working to convert the aspiration of the people of India,” he said amidst applause from the audience. Modi said that India is now receiving record number of foreign direct investment and all credit agencies and multilateral fora are giving a positive rating about India. “The world today sees India as a top investment direction,” he said and urged the diaspora to work for and help in the development of India. He added that India is growing at an unprecedented pace. He lauded the contribution of Indians living in America, saying they flourished once they received a conducive environment to grow and prosper in the US. “The billion strong Indians in India are also now getting a conducive environment and they are also changing the face of India at a fast pace,” he said. Modi assured the diaspora he will work to fulfil the dreams they have seen for their country’s development.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Not a single stain of corruption on my government’: PM Modi’s top quotes in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian diaspora in the United States showered praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his comprehensive speech as he addressed them and said his efforts to make a better India are praiseworthy.Addressing a a community reception at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Modi said that India has succeeded in telling the world about the need to uproot the menace of terrorism.While asking CEOs of top US companies to invest in the country, Modi said India has now emerged as a business-friendly destination, more so with the upcoming implementation of landmark GST beginning next month, .Here are PM Modi’s top quotes in US ► When India talked of terrorism 20 years back, many in the world said it was a law and order problem and didn’t understand it. Now terrorists have explained terrorism to them so we don’t have to.
ALSO READ Modi in US: Surgical strikes prove India can defend itself, world experienced our power► When India conducted surgical strikes the world experienced our power and realised that India practices restrain but can show power when needed.► There has not been a single stain of corruption on my government.
ALSO READ Modi in US: Sundar Pichai says everyone looking forward to investing in India, excited by GST rollout ► MEA is one ministry of the government which has demonstrated through the use of social media, for the first time, that it cares for poorest of Indians.► The Indian diaspora now has faith in the Indian Embassies that their issues will be resolved.
ALSO READ Modi in US: Civil nuclear deal to figure in talks with Trump, pact on reactors unlikely ► I assure you that whatever you have dreamt of India, I will fulfill them in your life time. ► Keep the bridge with India. Younger generations must continue your strong bond with India.► People back in India are like you, you developed here and helped America grow because you got an environment to flourish, now back in India people are getting an environment to grow, they soon will make India developed.► The whole world is looking at India. 7,000 reforms alone by GOI for ease of (doing) business and minimum government, maximum governance.► I can see that every Indian wants to contribute towards India’s development. India is progressing at a record pace today.► The implementation of the landmark initiative of GST could be a subject of studies in US business schools.

Hope PM Modi shares vision of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ahead of the much awaited meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Donald Trump, Divine Shakti Foundation president Sadhvi Bhagwati on Sunday hoped the vision of ?Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam? was conveyed to the U.S. President by the Prime Minister. ?Hope Modi ji will be able to share with Trump our beautiful vision of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. I hope, pray and faith that he will touch and transform Mr. Trump and also the relationship with U.S. and India that he has already made so strong and so wonderful with President Obama and he will continue with President Trump,? she told ANI. Meanwhile, Pramarth Niketan Ashram?s spiritual Head Chidanand Saraswati asserted that it?s a historic moment for both India and America as two great leaders, democracies and nations are coming together. ?I believe this is a historic moment for both India and America, two nations, two great leaders and two great democracies coming together. Leaders are fearless, both are ready to accept challenges and both have the capability to bring change in the society,? he said. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a round table meeting with US business leaders here, including the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. At the conference, the Prime Minister stressed that the whole world is looking at India today adding that growth for New Delhi also presents a win-win partnership for the United States. Prime Minister Modi who touched down the Andrews Air Force base in Washington yesterday is on a bilateral visit to meet U.S. President Donald Trump. He would be the first world leader to have a working dinner with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday. Speaking ahead of the visit, India’s Ambassador to the U.S., Navtej Sarna, said that Prime Minister Modi and President Trump would discuss crucial issues such as counter-terrorism, security and cyber security. Earlier, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that he is expecting a very robust discussion to take place between the two leaders.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Modi to meet Trump at White House, get acquainted over personal dinner

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Besides holding official level talks on June 26, US President Donald Trump will host Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a personal dinner at the White House. Apart from official engagements, Modi will meet the Indian diaspora, in a modest meeting unlike the Madison Square Garden bash he had held during his last visit to New York.“We had indeed looked at some options… but with the overall time factor, we don’t have the flexibility. But, in Washington DC, he will have a community interaction,” said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Bagley. But insiders said the event was curtailed as the new American dispensation is not as immigrant-friendly as the earlier government.Both sides are expecting strong shared sentiments on combating terrorism, and progress on greater cooperation in maritime security, particularly in the Indian Ocean. But experts feel that more than a declaration meeting was necessary for the two leaders to get to know each other, and also to set the tone and the framework for the bilateral relationship. Since Trump has remained inconsistent with his policies, be it for the Middle East or China, Modi will have to hard-sell his Make in India initiative as it collides with Trump’s America First policy. “We aren’t seeing this visit in terms of big announcements, and would not like to raise expectations. The first meeting between the two leaders will be important, and they will have ample opportunities to speak again this year,” an official said.Modi is scheduled to land in America on the evening of June 24. On June 25, he is slated to meet the CEOs of major companies and address a reception of about 600 Indian community leaders in Washington, hosted by Ambassador Navtej Sarna.

Black or white, all money is under the scanner; new law hurts ordinary investors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The new law enacted to monitor investments made by foreign nationals in India and by Indians in other countries is creating problems for ordinary investors. Disbursements of funds to investors have been withheld because of lack of information to be mandatorily provided under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), an act that was enacted this year.In 2015, the United States of America began to enter into agreements with countries across the world under the rubric of the FATCA in order to procure information about investments by Americans in these countries. America warned less-than-enthusiastic countries that it would stop cooperating with them or would look adversely upon them under the framework of its laws.Many countries including India acquiesced before America’s bullying and consented to share information about investments made by Americans. As a result, Americans with overseas investments began to sell these off, so that they would escape the stern gaze of American law.After entering into an agreement with the US, the CBDT began to use FATCA notices as a means of gathering information about overseas investments. To make this possible, the Income Tax Act’s section 61-B was amended.Now the CBDT has a new form according to FATCA rules as well as the Common Reporting Standard (CSR), in which investors must furnish information about all their overseas investments. Experts say that the declarations made under FATCA will enable the government not only to monitor American investments in India, but also Indian investments in other countries. This means that black money flowing into India as well as black money flowing out of India will now be detected.
ALSO READ From war on black money to dealing with Pakistan: How Modi govt has fared Banks and financial institutions have now begun to stop transactions of those account holders who have yet to furnish information the disclosure of which is mandatory under FATCA. Tax consultants say that depositors whose investments have matured but who have not yet furnished information under FATCA have not received the sums due to them, because these disbursals have been frozen by the financial institution concerned. For instance, the disbursal of funds from matured fixed deposits has been frozen. It is a similar situation with mutual funds. Mutual fund companies have refused to disburse money from matured investments to investors who have not yet furnished information.A sign of just how stringent this new law is: financial institutions have changed their application forms for new investments to include details needed under FATCA.
ALSO READ India’s trail of black money leads nowhereThe American government’s move to gather information about American investments around the world should be welcomed. The American government can use this information about American investments abroad to stem the misuse of American black money around the world. In the same way, the Indian government has acted to curb the flow of black money across the country’s borders. Experts say that the foreign investments coming into India already pass under the Reserve Bank of India’s eye; to make it responsible for collecting information from the common man would be to place an additional burden on it.Soon to be a realityWhile the move to make the common man furnish information under FATCA and CRS may seem baffling, it is possible that this will take the Prime Minister’s dream of bringing Indian black money from abroad close to reality to a large extent.

Funk up your school life with these out-of-the-box accessories

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The initial euphoria of schools’ reopening is fueled not only by reuniting with classmates but also indulging in funky school accessories. Remember the excitement of owning that compass box with multiple compartments, sharpeners and pen holders? Or pencils topped with funky erasers? DNA scoured the unusual that’s trending in the markets, most of which is ‘Made in China’ of course, and put together a list.Piano Compass Box (Rs 225)Along with buttons to eject slots for sharpener, erasers and pen/pencils, this compass box masquerades as a mobile piano. Your child can play their own tune or opt to hear pre-recorded nursery rhymes or carols. Spiderman Marvel Web-Slinger Mask-beneath-the-Mask bag (Rs 1,710)This Peter Parker is so vehement to stay anonymous that he wears two masks. You can lift up and stretch the top mask to its maximum. Backpack in classic red and blue Spiderman colours. The bag is boxy with two spacious zipper compartments for textbooks, external mesh pockets for water bottles and zipper pockets for miscellaneous storage.Velvet Iron Man (Rs 349)This is the softest Iron Man ever. So much so, your child can cuddle and snooze off on the bus ride back home from school. The compact backpack with a single spacious compartment and one front zipper pocket is apt for half-days at school.Car Compass Box (Rs 245)With phrases like ‘Need for Speed’, ‘Deviate Into’, ‘Don’t Kiss Me’, ‘Best Wishes’, ‘Good Luck’ all over this compass box, your child will be driven to focus on his/her studies. The inside opens to a two transparent storage trays and have holes to hold pens.Avengers Textbook Labels (Rs 20)Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Moon, Hulk, Falcon, Nick Fury… these superheroes from the Marvel Avengers Assemble spell out your child’s name, subject and school in style.Pencil box with LED lamp (Rs 299)What on earth would you need one for? Maybe, just maybe, for those dark nights when the electricity’s out and you need to hunt for a pencil or rubber inside — after you’ve managed to find said pencil box in the dark. Children, of course, adore such add-ons, however pointless. Bone Compass Box (Rs 400)Is it a bone? Is it a toy? No it’s a pencil box, shaped like a dog bone. Made of soft silicone, this attractive, bright-yellow zipper pouch is not just the right size to hold all your pens and stuff, but leave out the compass, please, it’s shape is also such that it can slide easily in a corner of the school bag.Fluorescent Highlight Markers Set of 5 (Rs 75)Unlike the usual chunky markers, this detachable-stack of five inks – strawberry (pink), grape (purple), banana (yellow), pineapple (green) and orange (orange) – is easy to use and carry. Your kid can highlight references and cross-references in diverse colours to foster faster learning.Amazing UmbrellaRed fairy lights grace the ribs and ferrule of this umbrella to complement the red and blue colours of the most beloved action hero from Marvel Comics. It’s the same switch that opens the umbrella, activates the battery-operated lights and a torchlight.

Paris Climate Accord | Trump’s statement is shocking, hope US Prez will rethink on it: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that US President Donald Trump’s statement withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement had come as a shock for India but he was sure America would rethink its decision.Inaugurating a two-day national level conference on ‘Capacity Building of State Disaster Response Force-2017’, Singh said it was cause of concern for India and the world community if a country thinks only about its own interests.”The US President’s statement on Paris agreement has come as a shock for us and the international community. I am sure the US will rethink its decision,” he said.
ALSO READ Paris Climate Accord was not for ‘billions’ of dollars: Swaraj counters Trump’s accusationsIt has to be seen, the home minister added, in what circumstances the US president made the statement on the Paris accord.Announcing the US withdrawal from the Paris deal on June 1, Trump claimed that India had made its participation in the agreement “contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions dollars in foreign aid”.
ALSO READ Paris climate accord: India should not tell us what to do, says Trump’s UN envoy Nikki HaleyExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj rejected Trump’s comment yesterday and said India signed the Paris climate pact not because of pressure from any country or due to the lure of money.”Our signature in the pact was not because of greed, it was not because of fear. We signed it due to our commitment to protecting the environment… India will continue to be part of it irrespective of whether the US remains in it or not,” Swaraj told reporters while speaking on three years of the Modi government.

Paris Climate accord: India should not tell us what to do, says Trump’s UN envoy Nikki Haley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The US does not need India, China and France telling it what to do on the issue of Paris Climate agreement, American Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said, strongly supporting the controversial decision of President Donald Trump to withdraw from the landmark accord.Trump last week withdrew the US, the second largest polluter after China, from the Paris Agreement.He said that India would get billions of dollars for meeting its commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement along with China and gain a financial advantage over the US.He had put the US in league with two other nations – Syria and Nicaragua – who have not signed onto the deal agreed by over 190 other nations.”I think the rest of the world would like to tell us how to manage our own environment and I think that anybody in America can tell you that we’re best to decide what America should do. We don’t need India and France and China telling us what they think we should do,” Indian-American Haley was quoted as saying by CBS News.
ALSO READ Paris Climate Accord: How Donald Trump got everything wrongResponding to a question on global reaction to Trump’s decision, Haley said countries should continue doing what’s in their best interest.”They should continue doing what’s in the best interest. And if the Paris agreement was something that works for them, that they can achieve, they should do that,” Haley said.
ALSO READ Drop dead, says Trump to the world: How world media reacted to US pulling out of Paris Climate dealHaley defended Trump’s decision saying business could not be run under the kind of regulations imposed by the Paris Climate deal.”There’s a reason that President Obama didn’t go through the Senate to get this cleared, because he couldn’t. The regulations were unattainable. I mean you could not actually have a business run under the regulations that we had,” she said.
ALSO READ #WorldEnvironmentDay | Reaffirm commitment to nurture a better planet: PM ModiShe said that the US is conscious about the environment and it will continue to do its part in protecting climate change.”We know that there are issues with the environment. We know that we have to be conscious of it. But we can’t sit there and have Angela Merkel telling us to worry about Africa.She should continue doing her part. We’re going to continue doing our part. We’re going to continue encouraging other countries to do what they think is in the best interests of them. But American sovereignty matters,” Haley said.The top American diplomat said that Trump believes the climate is changing, and he does know that pollutants are a part of that equation.”He believes that climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of that equation. He is absolutely intent on making sure that we have clean air, clean water, that he makes sure that we’re doing everything we can to keep America’s moral compass in the world when it comes to the environment,” she said.”We’ve done that in the past. We’ll do it in the future.It’s what the US does. It’s what we’ll continue to do,” she added.

Paris climate deal: Trump pulls US out of 2015 accord

The move drew criticism, with Germany, France and Italy immediately rejecting any renegotiation.

SJM asks Centre to review India’s global trade ties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS-affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has said India should comprehensively review its present and proposed international trade agreements as “days of globalisation are over.” The Narendra Modi-led government has crossed its mid-term and now it is time for them to evaluate the current national and international economic situation, SJM co-convener Ashwani Mahajan said. Trump’s victory on the plank of ‘America first’ and Britain’s exit from the European Union point out that after 25 years of aggressive globalisation, de-globalisation has started, he said. “It is high time the Centre reviews the trade agreements of India with other countries and instead of relying on international trade growth, the government should focus on domestic demand-led growth,” he said. The RSS forum also appreciated the Centre’s stand on One Belt one Road (OBOR) issue, and demanded a ban on all Chinese companies from tender processes in government-related projects. India has expressed reservations over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of China’s prestigious One Belt and Road (OBOR, citing violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Farm loan waivers to touch 2% of GDP in run-up to 2019 polls’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Within a fortnight of UP’s farm loan waiver and calls for the same in other states, a foreign brokerage today estimated the burden from such populist measures to touch 2 per cent of GDP by the 2019 elections. “Farm loan waivers of up to 2 per cent of GDP in the run up to the 2019 hustings pose fiscal/rate risk and impacts credit culture,” analysts at Bank of America Merill Lynch said in a note today. They said the Yogi Adityanath government’s debt waiver of USD 5 billion or 0.4 per cent of the state GDP, will lead other states to follow such populist suit. Even though the Centre has asked the states to take care of its finances while declaring such schemes, the note said the states will continue to be in breach of the indicative 3-3.5 per cent fiscal deficit numbers. Already most of the states are running over 3.5 per cent deficits. It can be noted that such demands are being made in other states, including Maharashtra, Haryana and Tamil Nadu. In fact, the Madras High Court ordered the state to write of the entire farm loans in the state which would entail a hit of over Rs 4,000 crore to the state finances. Terming such measures as a “worry”, the note welcomed Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel’s warning on the farm loan waivers creating a moral hazard by inducing farmers not to pay and also spiking rates. The American brokerage said the farm loan waivers are a “key risk” to the new fiscal deficit roadmap proposed by the NK Singh committee. Once the demand for credit picks up, such measures can spike yields and put pressure on lending rates as banks will want to lend to high-yielding commercial credit, it said. It can be noted that the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has also raised flags of concern on the issue. It also welcomed the provisions to make fiscal deficit number counter cyclical, saying it is on expected lines. The achievement of fiscal gap numbers — 3 per cent between fiscal 2018 and 2020 and reduction to 2.8 per cent in fiscal 2021, 2.6 per cent in fiscal 2022 and 2.5 per cent in the next year– depends on the global situation. “If it (global economy) turns up/down, rising/falling tax collections from higher/lower activity will contract/expand the fiscal deficit,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tanzania approves extradition to US of alleged drug kingpin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court in Tanzania has approved the extradition to the United States the alleged leader of a global drug trafficking ring. The court today approved the Tanzanian government’s plan to extradite Ali Khatib Haji Hassan, or “Shkuba,” to face drug trafficking charges. He is accused of leading a drug trafficking ring based in East Africa but with operations in Asia, Europe and North America. He was arrested in 2014 in Tanzania, two years after more than 200 kilograms of heroin was seized there. The US Treasury Department last year sanctioned Hassan and his organization, calling him “a major international drug kingpin who smuggles multi-ton shipments of heroin and cocaine.” The Tanzanian court also approved the extradition of Idd Mafuru and Emmanuel Adam to the US on drug trafficking charges.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC notice to WhatsApp Inc in sexual offence video blocking

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court has sought the response of US-based instant messaging application firm WhatsApp Inc in a matter relating to blocking of videos of sexual offences on social networking sites. The court, while making WhatsApp Inc a party in the matter, said that the petitioner might send a detailed e-mail to them to make a presentation, if possible through video conferencing, to assist the committee set up by the court to explore a technical solution to block such videos. The court’s order came after advocate Aparna Bhat, who is representing the petitioner, mentioned the matter before it seeking to make WhatsApp a party in the case. “On an oral request made by the counsel for the petitioner, WhatsApp Inc having office at 1601, Willow Road, Menlo Park, California 94025, United States of America is made a party-respondent,” a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said. “Since the meetings pursuant to our earlier orders are being held on a day-to-day basis, (we) issue notice to WhatsApp Inc returnable on April 13,” the judges said. “In the meanwhile, the counsel for the petitioner may also send a detailed e-mail to the newly added respondent to make a presentation, if possible through video conferencing, to assist the committee,” they noted. The court had on March 22 constituted a committee comprising representatives from the Centre and Internet majors to explore a technical solution to block videos of sexual offences on social networking sites. It had given the nominees of Google India, Microsoft India, Yahoo India, Facebook and other internet intermediaries 15 days to meet and come up with a solution. The Centre had earlier informed the apex court that it would set up a specialised agency to block and curb sharing of sexual offence videos on social networking platforms. The court was hearing a letter sent to then Chief Justice of India H L Dattu by Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala along with two rape videos in a pen drive. It had taken cognisance of its own of the letter about posting of those videos and had asked the CBI to launch an investigation with immediate effect to apprehend the culprits. The NGO’s letter had also mooted the idea of maintaining a national sex offenders’ register which should contain details of persons convicted for offences like eve-teasing, stalking, molestation and other sexual assaults. It had also suggested that the Ministry of Home Affairs should have a tie-up with YouTube and WhatsApp to ensure that such offensive videos are not uploaded and the culprits are punished.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

US should not interfere in India’s internal matter BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the US human rights report denouncing New Delhi over alleged violations including the Vyapam scam and encounter killing of eight suspected SIMI activists in Madhya Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said America should not interfere in India?s internal matters. BJP leader and Madhya Pradesh Minister Vishwas Sarang said the people in the Congress backing this report are no less than traitor. ?Trump and America should not interfere in our internal matters. Any state government of our country does not need any kind of certificate from Trump and America. America and Trump should not forget this fact that even they could not resist the 9/11 terror attacks. They should not comment upon us. We are very much able to secure our states and country,? he told ANI. Sarang further said the Congress leaders making an issue out of it are acting like a traitor, adding this is against national interest. ?What, where and how corruption took place this is our internal matter and to publicize this on international level for mere political rivalry is not right,? he added. A US State Department report on ‘Human Rights Practices in India for 2016′ has criticized the Indian Government over alleged human rights violations and lack of transparency, citing the police case against activist Teesta Setalvad and the encounter killing of eight suspected SIMI activists in Madhya Pradesh. Referring the police case against Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and others for allegedly misusing donors’ fund, the report termed it an instance of “governmental attitude regarding international and non-governmental investigation of alleged violations of human rights”. The report also mentioned the killing of eight suspected members of the SIMI in a police encounter after they escaped from Bhopal central jail under a sub-section “arbitrary deprivation of life and other unlawful or politically motivated killings”. The Madhya Pradesh?s Vyapam scam where irregularities were unearthed in recruitment in government jobs and admissions also found a mention in the report.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kansas attack: Indian-Americans raise $100,000 for man who took a bullet for Srinivas Kuchibhotla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 24-year-old American, who took a bullet for an Indian, has been honoured as ‘A True American Hero’ by the Indian-American community in Houston which raised USD 100,000 to help him buy a house in his hometown Kansas.Ian Grillot, who was injured when he tried to intervene in the shooting by a Navy veteran targetting Indians at a bar in Olathe, Kansas last month, was honoured as ‘A True American Hero’ at the 14th annual gala of India House Houston here.”On behalf of the Indian-American community in Houston, India House recognised this selfless act beyond the call of duty and has extended the community’s gratitude to Ian Grillot by helping him to buy a house,” said a statement posted on the India House Houston Facebook page.India House raised USD 100,000 as part of an initiative supported by the Consul General of India in Houston Dr. Anupam Ray to help Ian buy a house in his hometown, it said.India’s Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna handed over a cheque of USD 100,000 to Ian.”I don’t know if I could’ve lived with myself if I wouldn’t have stopped or attempted to stop the shooter because that would’ve been completely devastating.”I do now have a very powerful message and if I can help empower people and spread hope and love, then why not? I am honored to be at India House that serves so many families from so many communities in the Houston area,” Ian said.India House is a community center built by Americans of Indian origin in the Greater Houston area.”It is not every day that one meets a genuine hero a person who risks his life for another, and takes a bullet for a complete stranger. Ian Grillot is a man who reminds us of the promise of America and its greatness,” said Jiten Agarwal, a prominent Houstonian and Chair of the annual gala.

Half of people facing water scarcity live in India, China

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Half of the world’s two-third population that live in areas that experience water scarcity at least one month a year are from India and China, a UN report said today. The 2017 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report, entitled “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource”, said that two-thirds of the world’s population currently live in areas that experience water scarcity for at least one month a year. “Noteworthy is that about 50 per cent of the people facing this level of water scarcity live in China and India,” it said. The report also noted that about 500 million people live in areas where water consumption exceeds the locally renewable water resources by a factor of two. This includes parts of India, China, the Mediterranean region and the Middle East, Central Asia, arid parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, Central and Western South America, and Central and Western North America. In several areas, from the western US and southern Europe through Northern Africa and the Middle East to parts of China and India, freshwater resources are already severely stressed and service providers are struggling to meet the ever-increasing demand for freshwater. “Reusing water enhances freshwater availability for meeting human and environmental needs and is indeed already happening in several places. Depending on its level of treatment, wastewater can be and is being used for multiple purposes, ranging from irrigation and landscaping to industrial uses, and even as a source of potable drinking water,” the report said. Another report issued by UNICEF on World Water Day said some 600 million children or one in four children worldwide will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040. The report ‘Thirsting for a Future: Water and children in a changing climate’ looks at the threats to children’s lives and wellbeing caused by depleted sources of safe water and the ways climate change will intensify these risks in coming years. “Water is elemental; without it, nothing can grow. But around the world, millions of children lack access to safe water — endangering their lives, undermining their health, and jeopardising their futures. This crisis will only grow unless we take collective action now,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said. According to the report, 36 countries are currently facing extremely high levels of water stress, which occurs when demand for water far exceeds the renewable supply available. Warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, increased floods, droughts and melting ice affect the quality and availability of water as well as sanitation systems. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM may push drive against black money after UP sweep: BofA-ML

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the stunning election victory in Uttar Pradesh indicating validation of BJP-led government’s demonetisation move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to intensify the drive to push black money hoarders to declare funds under income disclosure scheme, says a report. As per Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA-ML), the Centre will step up the drive against black money “through make-an-example raids and seizures” and the income disclosure scheme II (IDS II) is expected to net Rs 1,000 billion — almost double of what is budgeted. “We expect PM Modi to intensify the drive to push black money hoarders to declare under the IDS II, ending March 31, after his party, the BJP, swept the critical Uttar Pradesh (UP) polls last week,” BofA-ML said. “We see this as a reconfirmation of political stability, with the UP victory likely improving the prospects of a BJP re-election in 2019,” it added. The report noted that the Modi-led government “would surely want to build on the perception that the UP victory has validated the government’s demonetisation drive”. Accordingly, the union ministry of finance, among other measures, is likely to threaten to investigate black money hoarders’ property investments using the Benami Property Act. The government had announced demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in November, last year, with an aim to curb the black money menace. The government on December 16, 2016, had announced that the second income disclosure scheme will run till March 31. Under this scheme, black money hoarders would have time until March-end to come clean by paying 50 per cent tax on bank deposits of junked currencies post-demonetisation. For those holding unaccounted cash, it offered a new tax evasion amnesty scheme wherein 50 per cent tax will be charged on declarations and a quarter of the total sum would be parked in a non-interest bearing deposit for four years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hold that thought for 16 hours: Choked toilets spell trouble on US-bound Air India flight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Imagine a scenario where you’re flying 16 hours non-stop only to realise that four out of the 12 toilets on the flight aren’t functioning. That’s what happened to 331 individuals (323 adults and seven infants) travelling on a Boeing 777 Air India flying between New Delhi and Chicago.According to a report, the flight had taken off at 2 am from New Delhi. According to Air India officials, four of its 12 toilets were clogged and we tried to clear them by nitrogen flushing but could not do so. Since the aircraft was booked to take a full of passengers to Chicago from Delhi and no alternate aircraft could be arranged at such a short notice, it was felt that the eight functional toilets will be enough for the journey and the plane was released under minimum equipment list (meaning with an issue that can be tackled later).But this calculation proved very wrong. By the time the plane crossed the Atlantic and was over Canada (AI nonstop flights take the polar route between India and America’s east coast over the Atlantic), the other toilets started packing up. When about one or two hours away from the destination, ALL the toilets got full and could not be used.
ALSO READ Air India plane loses ATC contact over Hungary, escorted by fighterThe only solace Air India can have is that the flight was only 16 hours. In 2014, the Carnival, a US-based cruise liner had 4,000 passengers when a fire knocked out the ship’s power. According to CNN, the ship drifted four days before it could be towed into Mobile, Alabama — the whole time without air conditioning, and largely without lights, water, food and working toilets. People have recounted horror stories of how sewage and human waste was put in bags and kept outside rooms, earning the ship the unimaginative name ‘the poop cruise’.

16 Indian-origin people charged in identity theft ring in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sixteen Indian-origin people, including a woman, in the US have been charged for their alleged role in a massive stolen credit card and identity theft operation resulting in losses of over USD 3.5 million to individuals, financial institutions and retail businesses. Muhammad Rana, 40, of Queens in New York, was the leader of the massive fraud scheme who was helped by his deputy Inderjeet Singh (24). In all 30 individuals have been charged as authorities cracked down on the extensive stolen credit card and identity theft ring. The ring was allegedly responsible for stealing the personal credit information of hundreds of consumers and costing the individuals, financial institutions and retail businesses more than USD 3.5 million in losses over the course of the alleged scheme. Others charged in the multiple-count indictment are Sonam Kukreja, 26, Balwinder Singh, 36, Ranjet Singh, 30, Ankit Chadha, 29, Kamaljot Singh, 24, Tanveer Sidhu, 25, Gauruv Chhabra, 33, Pradeep Grover, 46, and Gurbachan Singh, 55, Shingara Singh, 28, Sukhjinder Singh, 32, Tajinder Singh, 25, Vinny Maksudpuri (age not given), Varinder Singh, 27, of 118th Street in Richmond Hill, Queens. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said yesterday many of the defendants charged are accused of going on shopping sprees, purchasing tens of thousands of dollars worth of high-end electronics and fashion merchandise with forged credit cards that contained the account information of unsuspecting consumers. As part of their alleged scheme, the defendants ordered new credit cards for cardholders and stole them out of the cardholders’ mailboxes when they were delivered, Brown added. Brown said 24 search warrants were executed earlier this week throughout Queens and Nassau Counties and numerous items recovered including USD 400,000 in cash, numerous gold coins and gold bars valued at about USD 1,300 dollars each – binders with the personal information of hundreds of thousands of individuals, firearms, card readers and various amounts of raw material, such as blank credit cards and fake identifications. Authorities said the defendants have been charged in a 389-count indictment accusing them of being members and associates of an organised criminal enterprise that operated in Queens and between April 2015 and January 2017, systematically schemed to defraud scores of unsuspecting consumers and financial institutions such as Citibank, Bank of America, Chase, American Express. The investigation leading to the indictments and arrests began in April 2015 when police officers assigned to the Police Department’s Identity Theft Squad commenced the investigation into an identity theft ring. The investigation involved physical surveillance, intelligence gathering and court-authorised electronic eavesdropping on dozens of different telephones in which thousands of conversations were intercepted, which required them to be translated from Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Spanish into English.(MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

As Congress awaits results, Sonia leaves for US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who was conspicuous by her absence from the campaign for the Assembly Elections in five states, especially in Uttar Pradesh has left for the the United States for medical tests and treatment, at a time when the party is awaiting the results with bated breath. She is expected to return on March 22, subject to her doctor’s advice, the party sources said.Congress sources said Gandhi’s absence from the campaign was due to her ill health. She had taken ill during the Varanasi roadshow in August 2016, and had to be hospitalised. She also wanted to leave field open for Rahul Gandhi, who spearheaded the party’s campaign.In 2011, she was also operated in the US. But, her party has so far refused to provide details of her condition, saying only that she was being treated in America. Her attendance in parliament has also been irregular.Before flying out, she spoke to senior Congress leaders informing them of her plans. She stated that her son Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Vice President, will take decisions on her behalf.Rahul is expected to chair an informal meeting with Congress MPs on Friday to discuss their strategy for the Parliament session that began on Thursday and will run till April 12.

RSS, which doesn’t believe in Constitution, is in power today:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Activist Teesta Setalvad termed the Narendra Modi government “more dangerous” than the Trump administration saying the RSS “is in power today” in the country and “does not believe” in the Constitution. “We may curse the US for all we like, but look at the protests taken out in America everyday. The media, the women, the workers and all sections of the society are challenging the extremely crass president. “But the leadership here is more dangerous. Trump doesn’t have the RSS behind him. The RSS is in power in India today. RSS is a proto-facist force and it does not believe in the Indian constitution,” Setalvad said during the launch of her book ‘Foot Soldier of The Constitution’ here today. The journalist-turned-social-activist also pointed out the recent violence at Delhi University and several such instances across universities in the country to buttress her point. “Look at what is happening in our universities now. Young leaders are increasingly charged with sedition. The kind of violence perpetrated against women in DU should shock all of us…but nobody is willing to come out as we all are scared,” Setalvad said. The society is being “gripped by a stupor”, Setalvad said, adding, “This sense of fear and isolation is really in the favour of the perpetrator and we need to think about it.” The book was originally scheduled to be launched at the Oxford Bookstore on March 6 here, but the bookstore cancelled the launch apprehending “disruption” by “external elements”. Setalvad had called the bookstore’s move an “act of self-censorship”. “It appears to be an act of self-censorship. There was absolutely no need for it. It is sad that such things are happening in the capital of the country. We are dealing with forces that cannot tolerate dissent of any kind, particularly political dissent,” Setalvad had told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indians now wary of migrating to US, says Andhra CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today said there is no security for anyone in America and Indians are now wary of migrating to the US. “There is no security for anyone in America today. Now, our people are wary of migrating to that country,” he said in an apparent reference to the recent killing of a Telugu engineer and the other attacks on Indians in the US. “We are seeing what’s happening to the prestige of America. Its future is in jeopardy because of one leader,” the CM said without naming US President Donald Trump. Chandrababu was speaking at a press conference in the Assembly premises here this afternoon wherein he spoke on a wide range of issues. “What is America? Best brains in the world migrate to the US. If there are best brains, they will produce best results. But today, there is no security for anyone there.” “America was once the safest place. I used to ask our people why they were going there. They used to say `America is the safest place. “The systems are perfect, law and order is perfect. Now, parents are worried (about their children in USA), those who are already there are worried. Those who wanted to go are now wary. They have started thinking ‘what is the point in going’ (to the US),” Chandrababu said. The Chief Minister expressed dismay at the current state of affairs in the US. “America is a world leader, one that gives guidance to others. But now, in the current state of affairs, what will it tell others,” he wondered.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian partnership important for ‘growing America’: S Jaishankar on H1-B visa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, presently on a US visit, said on Friday they have conveyed to the new administration that Indian partnership is important for the growing American economy to stay competitive.When asked about discussion held with the Trump administration over the H1-B visa issue, the Foreign Secretary said the issue was discussed in a number of meetings with administration officials as well as the Congress.During the meetings, the Indian side conveyed that the HIB was a category of trade and services which actually helps the American economy.”If the trump administration’s intention is to bring back American companies to America and attract more foreign investment in America therefore there will be more growth then it is important that growing America remains competitive. So, there actually will be a growing need for this partnership,” said Jaishankar during a conference at the Indian embassy in Washington DC.He added, “Of course in the US context it is seen as part of an immigration basket but what I would remind you is that the President himself in his address to the Congress referred to a merit based approach to this subject.”We heard across the board a lot respect expressed for the Indian skills and Indians in the United States.He said that the Indian side has certainly made its point quite forcefully both in the Congress and the administration and believes that it met with a degree of understanding.The Foreign Secretary held meetings with a number of senior US administration officials including Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, House speaker Paul Ryan along with meetings with senior member of the Congress.Jaishankar said a wide range of issues were discussed during these meetings. The Foreign Secretary also interacted with American business through the US-India Business Council.He added that overall it has been a very productive visit and that the new administration has a very positive view of India and there was a lot of interest in taking this relationship forward.He also mentioned that he extended an invitation to Tillerson and Ross to visit India at an early date, which they accepted in principal.Jaishankar’s four-day visit to the US aimed at sensitising the Trump administration over India’s concerns over the security of Indian nationals in the U.S. following a possible cut in H1B and L1 visas.This is his second visit to the US since the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the US.

Kansas shooting ‘hero’ Ian Grillot invited to India

Ian Grillot was shot when he tried to stop a gunman who opened fire at two Indian engineers.

When Trump’s spy pick was shocked by ISRO’s launch of 104 satellites

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>US President Donald Trump’s top spymaster nominee has said he was “shocked” to know that India successfully launched over 100 satellites in one go, asserting that America cannot afford to be seen lagging behind.”I was shocked the other day to read that India, on one rocket launch, deposited more than 100 satellites in space,” former Senator Dan Coats told lawmakers yesterday during his confirmation hearing for the position of Director of National Intelligence.He said the US cannot afford to be seen lagging behind.”They may be small in size with different functions and so forth but one rocket can send up, I think it was 104 platforms,” said Coats, who if confirmed would be in-charge of all major American intelligence agencies including the CIA. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on February 15 successfully launched a record 104 satellites on a single rocket from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.

Kansas shooting: Hundreds attend funeral in India

Relatives and friends recall a happy man who enjoyed life in the US, at his cremation in Hyderabad.

US firm extends helping hand to wife of slain Indian techie

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>US firm Garmin, where slain Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla was employed, has pledged to ensure that his wife is able to return to America after she travels to India for her husband’s last rites. Sunayana Dumala expressed concern after her 32-year-old husband’s shooting death at a Kansas bar, that her travel visa would become invalid, making her ineligible to continue living in the United States. “Garmin has to make sure that I can come back to this country at my will and pursue his dreams of me being successful in any field that I choose,” Dumala said during a press conference. Company officials said that Kuchibhotla had a work permit or a H1B visa and that Dumala had an H4 visa. He is the main holder of the visa, which allowed his wife to live and work in the United States. “My husband came to the United States with lots of dreams. We made Kansas our home, we made Olathe our home,” Dumala said. “Garmin’s in-house legal counsel as well as its immigration counsel are working on Dumala’s travel arrangements. Several local law firms, including Bryan Cave, have come forward to offer free legal assistance, said Laurie Minard, Garmin’s vice president of human resources. The law firm also works to ensure that spouses of Garmin’s employees have access to various resources and are able to connect with people in their community. Garmin had sponsored Kuchibhotla as well as other employees from India, Asia and other countries throughout their tenure with the company. “That is why she was very concerned with him not being here and if she left would she be able to come back,” Minard said. “We have assured her that we will help her with that,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Olathe, Kansas, shooting suspect Adam Purinton in court

Adam Purinton wears a safety smock designed to prevent him from harming himself during the hearing.

Olathe shooting: Friend and widow on US shooting

The Indian survivor of a Kansas bar shooting speaks about his ordeal for the first time.

Kansas shooting: Wife of Indian shot dead by American asks ‘do we belong here’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The wife of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in an apparent hate crime by a Navy veteran at a bar in Olathe city, has said that she had her doubts about staying in the US but was assured by her husband that “good things happen in America”.Speaking at a news conference organised by GPS-maker Garmin where Srinivas worked, Sunayana Dumala said reports of bias in the US make minorities afraid as she questioned “do we belong here”.She said she now wonders what will the US government do to stop hate crimes against minorities.Dumala said she was concerned about shootings incidents in America and had doubted whether they should stay in the country, but her husband said that assured her saying that “good things happen in America.”Consul General of India in Houston Anupam Ray is supervising the current situation and providing all possible help for the grieving family and the community in Olathe area of Kansas.”Immediately when the incident occurred, Consulate rushed Deputy Consul R D Joshi and Vice Consul H Singh to Kansas to be with the family of Srinivas at this trying moment,” Ray told.L to R: File picture of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was killed in a shooting in a Kansas City and accused Adam Purinton.Ever since, they have been with the family of Srinivas and have assured Sunayna of all possible support and help at this grieving moment, he said.Consul Joshi also met the shocked and frightened Indian community in Olathe and Alok Madasani injured in the shooting on Wednesday night.Madasani is now stable and has been discharged from the hospital.A third person, an American man identified as Ian Grillot, 24, who tried to intervene also received injuries in the firing at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe in Kansas City in the US state of Missouri.A University of Kansas Hospital spokeswoman said he is in fair condition.The incident evoked outrage from in the US and India with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expressing shock over the incident.”I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family,” she said in a tweet yesterday.The shooter, Adam Purinton, reportedly got into an argument with the victims in the terms of racism, and shouted “get out of my country”, “terrorist” before shooting them.He reportedly provoked them into an argument asking about their presence and work in his country, and how they are better than him. According to police, Purinton left the bar after the argument and then returned with a gun and shot the three men.He was arrested on Thursday, five hours after the incident and charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder in Johnson County, Kansas, District Attorney Stephen Howe told reporters.Howe, however, declined to elaborate on the motive of the incident, although local police said they were working with the FBI to investigate the case.The FBI was looking at whether it was a hate crime.An FBI spokesperson said agents and police canvassed the area on Thursday and the investigation continued yesterday.Some eye-witnesses have said the attack was racially motivated.One bystander told the Kansas City Star that the gunman shouted “get out of my country” before shooting the Indian victims.Grillot said in a recorded interview on Thursday that the bullet went through his right hand and into his chest, just missing a major artery but fracturing a vertebra in his neck The shooting incident comes at a time when hate crimes and acts of bigotry have risen notably in America after President Donald Trump came to power.According to Garmin, Kuchibhotla and Madasani worked in the company’s aviation systems.”Unfortunately, two associates on our Aviation Systems Engineering team, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, were shot. We are devastated to inform you that Srinivas passed away and Alok is currently recovering in the hospital,” Garmin said.Kuchibhotla and Madasani hailed from Hyderabad and Warangal respectively. Kuchibhotla posted on LinkedIn in 2014 that he managed helicopter programmes. He had a master’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad.A 2014 post on LinkedIn said Madasani was an aviation programme coordinator manager at Garmin.

Manish Tewari calls Pak action on Hafiz Saeed ‘eye wash’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari has termed as an “eye wash” the detention of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan and asked it to hand over the JuD chief to India. “It (Pakistan’s action) is a mere eye wash. If Pakistanis are really serious, they need to hand Hafiz Saeed to India,” Tewari told a group of reporters at the Atlantic Council yesterday. Responding to a question, he said there are enough strong evidence against Saeed both in public domain and those provided by India to Pakistan through official channels. “It is essentially an eye wash,” he said citing similar experiences of the previous UPA government with other terrorists based in Pakistan who were temporarily detained, but were released later on. Tewari said that the US needs to pressurise Pakistan in order to solve the problem of terrorism. “Either the US comes down heavily on Pakistan for not taking action against terrorist groups or being selective in its approach, or the democratic dispensation in Pakistan reigning in ISI and its elements.” he said. “The third way is that India starts playing the Pakistani game (proxy war). But for any democratic country like India, the moral question is whether responsible and mature democracies should use non-state actors each to meet its national security objectives,” he added. According to him, the successive Indian governments have given a thought about it but concluded that “responsible government should not use non-state actors to serve its national goals”. On US President Donald Trump’s comments that America would be willing to help India and Pakistan resolve its disputes, he said “It is a no go area”. The Congress leader also termed this as a “red line” which no Indian government will ever contemplate. Maintaining that it is too early to comment on the Indo-US relationship under the Trump administration, Tewari said the seriousness of the White House on having strong ties would be evident through five indicators. “First being the US position on Afghanistan. Second what is their attitude on Pakistan,” he said adding the optimal outcome from India’s standpoint would be Trump Administration getting hard on Pakistan to dismantle terror camps there. The other three indicators are the US policies towards China, engagement in the Asia Pacific region and the attitude towards global trading regimes, he added. “Policy makers in Delhi would be looking at these four-five things,” Tewari said, adding that developments on these fronts are being carefully watched in New Delhi. He believed that there is a “fundamental incompatibility” between Modi’s Make in India, and Trump’s America First policy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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