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Envoy in Hafiz Saeed rally: Palestine recalls ambassador in Pak, says ‘unintended mistake’ but not justified

The Palestinian Authority today described as “unintended mistake”, but “not justified” the presence of its ambassador to Pakistan at an event also attended by Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and decided to recall him immediately.India today issued a strong demarche to Palestine after its Ambassador to Pakistan, Walid Abu Ali, was seen sharing stage with JuD chief Saeed during an event in Rawalpindi organised to express solidarity with Jerusalem. “On the basis of the principled and firm Palestinian position, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates considered the participation of our Ambassador in Pakistan in a mass rally in solidarity with Jerusalem, held in Rawalpindi on Friday and in the presence of individuals accused of supporting terrorism is an unintended mistake, but not justified,” a statement from the Palestinian Authority (PA) said.”Accordingly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, under the direct instructions of the President of the State of Palestine, decided to recall the Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan immediately,” it said. The statement from the PA described Palestine as a “real partner” of India in its war against terrorism and also expressed its appreciation for New Delhi’s vote in favour of the resolution at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the issue of Jerusalem.Also readEnvoy in Hafiz Saeed’s rally: Palestine issues ‘regret’, recalls himThe statement quoted the Spokesman of the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stressing on the “commitment of the State of Palestine and its keenness to maintain strong and friendly relations with the Republic of India, as well as its support to the efforts made by the Republic of India in its war against terrorism”. “In that regard the State of Palestine affirms its stand with the Republic of India in dealing with its terrorist threats, as our nations are real partners in the war against terrorism,” it said.India’s vote in favour of a UNGA resolution that made US President Donald Trump’s unilateral announcement declaring Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel “null and void” was also appreciated by the PA in its announcement. “The State of Palestine highly appreciates India?s support in its tireless efforts to end the Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital and this is especially seen in the honourable position that India has taken by voting in favour of the resolution in the United Nation General Assembly last week,” it further added.The External Affairs Ministry (MEA) had earlier today condemned the act by the Palestinian Ambassador in strong words and called it “unacceptable”. “The government has strongly conveyed to the Palestinian side that the Palestinian Ambassador’s association with terrorist Hafiz Saeed, who is proscribed by the United Nations, at an event in Rawalpindi on December 29 is unacceptable,” the MEA said. Here’s the full statement: The Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stressed on the commitment of the State of Palestine and keenness to maintain strong and friendly relations with the Republic of India, as well as its support to the efforts made by the Republic of India in its war against terrorism and in that regard the State of Palestine affirms its stand with the Republic of India in dealing with its terrorist threats, as our nations are real partners in the war against terrorism.The State of Palestine highly appreciates India’s support in its tireless efforts to end the Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent State of Palestine on the 1967 boarders with East Jerusalem as its capital and this is especially seen in the honorable position that India has taken by voting in favor of the resolution in the United Nation General Assembly last week.On the basis of the principled and firm Palestinian position, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates considered the participation of our ambassador in Pakistan in a mass rally in solidarity with Jerusalem, held in Rawalpindi on Friday and in the presence of individuals accused of supporting terrorism is an unintended mistake, but not justified. Accordingly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates under the direct instructions of the President of the State of Palestine to recall the Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan immediately.

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Manipur: Civil society members meet PM Modi over Naga peace talks

Representatives of civil society organisations of Manipur on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking details of the Framework Agreement signed between Naga rebel group NSCN(IM) and the Centre.At a meeting this morning, an eight-member team apprised Modi that due to lack of transparency in the ongoing Naga peace talks, there have been apprehensions in Manipur over territorial integrity of the state, said a statement by the joint committee of the civil society bodies.These organisations include United Committee Manipur (UCM), All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO) and Committee on Civil Societies Kangleipak (CCSK).The prime minister asked the members to have faith in Indian government and not to believe in hearsay, it added.Stating that the Centre till date has not made any announcements regarding the details of the Naga talks, Modi said that his government was always open to suggestions on various issues regarding the state, the statement said quoting the prime minister.He also asked the civil society representatives to apprise concerned officials whenever they have any suggestions or apprehensions, it added.In August 2015, the Centre and the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) faction had signed an agreement paving the way to end the country’s oldest insurgency.Termed as Framework Agreement it has, however, failed to yield a final outcome.Among others, NSCN(IM) has sought integration of Naga inhabited areas of the North East and autonomy of the proposed region. The demand affects Manipur as the state has vast areas inhabited by Nagas.During the meeting, Modi pointed out that Manipur is today among the most economically backward states in the North East due to violence and focus should be on growth and development to bring peace in the state, the statement said.

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Diplomat Eenam Gambhir’s phone snatched in Rohini

Two bike-borne men on Saturday evening snatched the mobile phone of Eenam Gambhir, the first secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.The incident took place in Delhi’s Rohini area when Gambhir was out with her mother on a walk.Police are yet to identify the accused and make any arrests in the case. The phone had US-registered SIM card and some important files related to Gambhir’s work.As told to police, the two men, who were on a bike, approached Gambhir on the pretext of asking an address and when they came close, the pillion rider snatched her phone. Both of them sped away on the two-wheeler. Since it was dark, Gambhir informed that she could not note down the vehicle’s registration number, police said.The diplomat also told the police that her iPhone had a US-registered SIM card and some important files related to her work. Police are now scanning CCTV footages from the area to identify the accused. Efforts to arrest the accused and recover the diplomat’s phone are being made, police stated.In September this year, Ukraine’s ambassador to India, Dr Igor Polikha’s phone was also snatched while he was clicking pictures near the Red Fort.Exercising India’s right to reply after Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly, in September this year, Gambhir had made a strong rebuttal by calling Pakistan a “terroristan”.Gambhir, who is a mathematics graduate from Delhi University’s Hindu College, hails from Delhi. At the United Nations, Gambhir is in charge Security Council reform, counter-terrorism, cybersecurity issues.Delhi Police has registered as many as 7,870 cases of snatching this year till November 30.

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Jerusalem vote will affect UN budget, fear diplomats

Braving threats of retaliation from Washington, India and 128 countries voted in favour of the resolution in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that called upon the US to withdraw its decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But officials now say that it could have been a ploy by the US to scale down its budgetary commitments to the UN.The Committee on Contributions at the UN uses estimates of each member state’s gross national product (GNP) and a number of adjustments, including data for external debt and for low per capita incomes for their financial commitments to the regular and peace-keeping budget of the world body. The percentage shares range from a minimum of 0.001% to a maximum of 22%, and a maximum of 0.01% for those nations designated as “least developed countries.The US is the biggest economy in the world with the highest share of 22%, followed by Japan with 9.68% and China (7.921%). According to the assessment made for the years 2016-18, India has to contribute 0.737% to the UN regular budget, placing it at 24th position in the list of highest contributors. Officials here attributed the US’s intransigence coupled with unparalleled threatening communications to countries to a ploy to scale down its commitments to the UN and its various programmes particularly the peace-keeping efforts. The US contributions to the UN regular budget in 2017 stood at $611 million. It is also committed to providing $2 billion annually to peacekeeping, and hundreds of millions more to programs, including the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Program. The US had already conveyed to cut $150 million next year to peace-keeping budget.At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump asserted, “Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars and nobody knows what they’re doing.” Expressing “deep regret” over recent decisions over the status of Jerusalem, the resolution did not specifically mention the US, but states that the final status of the city will be “resolved through negotiations in line with relevant United Nations resolutions”.Officials here agree that the US communications to the smaller nations intimidating them to vote in its favour were highly inappropriate and the only explanation could be the US attempting to run away from its financial commitments. The resolution, which was tabled by Turkey and Yemen and supported by a slew of Muslim and non-aligned movement countries, was approved by 128 votes – two-thirds of the 193-member UNGA. While 35 countries abstained, only nine countries voted against the resolution – the US, Israel, Honduras, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Togo and Micronesia. Twenty-one countries did not vote at all.While officials here stated that India’s position on Palestine was unchanged, the lack of reiteration of East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital over past many months had raised questions. The ambassadors of Arab countries posted to Delhi meeting with the minister of state for external affairs, M.J. Akbar to discuss the issue. Arab countries were also apprehensive of India’s stand, apprehending that Modi government may change its policy in the wake of hosting Israeli PM early next year in New Delhi. Diplomats, who attended the meeting said there was no explicit demand made by the Arab envoys to take a stronger position, but they only reminded Akbar to convey the PM the 2016 Manama Declaration, which India signed with Arab countries, recognising East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital and also called for the sanctity of UNSC resolutions.India’s positionAccording to the assessment made for the years 2016-18 by the United Nations, India has to contribute 0.737% to the UN regular budget, placing it at 24th position.

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40,000 Rohingya living illegally in India, Kiren Rijiju tells Lok Sabha

Around 40,000 Rohingya migrants were illegally living in India and none of them had been deported so far, Union minister Kiren Rijiju informed Parliament on Tuesday.In a written reply to a question, the Union minister of state for home affairs informed the Lok Sabha that the entry of illegal migrants was clandestine and surreptitious and thus, an accurate figure of how many of them were currently living in the country was not available.As per an estimate, the number of Rohingya migrants could be around 40,000, he said, adding that none of them had been deported so far.Rijiju said though India was not a signatory to the 1951 United Nations Convention on the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol thereon, the country’s track record in dealing with or providing protection to refugees had internationally been acclaimed.He added that there was no legislation to deal with refugees and asylum-seekers in India.

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SEBI to auction assets of Pancard Clubs on Jan 10

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) will auction seven properties, estimated to be worth Rs 282 crore, of Pancard Clubs Limited (PCL) on January 10. The assets include a four-star hotel in Thane and the company’s registered office in Mumbai.Meanwhile, the Mumbai Economic Offence Wing (EOW) is urging the investors duped by the company to enroll themselves by submitting the receipt certificate and complaint letter to them.According to SEBI, the properties to be auctioned include a four-star hotel called Hotel United 21 in Thane, a registered office in Prabhadevi, United 21-Emerald at House no 446 in Salcete, Goa, an office at Atlanta Estate in Goregaon, five office spaces in Nerul, a row house in Versova and a plot of open land in Baner, Pune. The total worth of the properties, which will be e-auctioned, amounts to Rs 2,82,12,43,110.Further inquiry by SEBI has also revealed that the company’s Chairman and Managing Director, Sudhir Moravekar, has passed away and only five of the company’s directors now remain alive to refund the duped investors through the auctioning of the properties. “We are in the process of estimating the worth of the other properties and have already frozen the bank accounts of the defaulting companies,” said a senior SEBI official.”We are recording the statements of the victims and collecting documents which were given to them as receipts acknowledging the acquiring of the holiday package schemes,” said an EOW official.ALLEGED CHEATING COMPANYPCL has been alleged to have been conducting business by raising public money via Cumulative Investment Schemes (CIS) by selling holiday packages without acquiring the requisite permissions from SEBI. SEBI had concluded that PCL was not a timeshare company but was running CIS. The company is alleged to have duped 50 lakh investors across the country to the tune of Rs 7,000 crore.

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Alpha to Bravo

The joint exercises between the Indian and the British Armies, third in the series, culminated on Thursday at the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges near Bikaner.Meanwhile, heli-borne exercises were also conducted while methods of insertions were also taught followed by actual practice for the intended target. As the days progressed officers of both the armies started focusing on specific counterterrorism operations with lectures and demonstrations by UK contingent on search and destroy mission while cordon and search demonstration by Indian contingent. Interestingly the contingents were shown handling of venomous snakes during jungle survival training.In his closing remarks, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh of the Indian Army conveyed that in the current flattened world and the ever-changing militancy environment, such joint endeavors are the need of the day to find a solution to this global menace and such exercise are a small but concrete step in the right direction.The closing ceremony was attended by observers and senior military dignitaries from both the Armies. Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner in India and Major General Robert Harry Talbot Rice from the United Kingdom and Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding STRIKE 1 and Major General Rupinder Singh, General Officer Commanding Cockerel Division from Indian Army were present.

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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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Indian shot in Chicago; family asks for Sushma Swaraj’s help

An Indian man was allegedly shot by unidentified assailants at a parking lot in Chicago, US.The 30-year-old student from Hyderabad was shot at Albany Park area on December 6, according to an NDTV report. He has been seriously injured and is currently hospitalised in critical condition.The victim, Mohammed Akbar, has suffered bullet injuries on his cheek, according to his family.Also readKansas man indicted on ‘hate crime’ charges for killing Indian national Srinivas KuchibhotlaAkbar has gone to US to pursue higher studies and is doing his masters in computer science at DeVry University.The victim’s family has sought for Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s help on the matter. They have asked for Swaraj’s help on issuing an emergency travel visa to United States. They had also asked for Telengana home minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy’s help to raise the issue with the concerned US authorities.The nature of the incident is not yet known and if it is hate crime incident in US. In February this year, an engineer from Hyderabad, Srinivas Kuchibolta, was shot dead and his two friends were seriously injured in United States’ Kansas by a Navy man who yelled “get out of my country”.

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Speaking to China at ‘all levels’ to include India into the Nuclear Supplies Group: Russia

India has found an ally in Russia, who has been speaking to China at ‘all levels’ to include India in the Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG). In June 2016, China had maintained that it opposes India’s entry into the NSG, a group of nations seeking to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons by controlling access to sensitive technology.However, in the latest development, according to a report by The Hindu, Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov said that the political committee of the 41-member Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies is likely to decide on India’s membership request, and said he hoped for some “positive action, fingers crossed.” The members are currently in Austria’s capital Vienna.Ryabkov was in Delhi for bilateral negotiations ahead of a spate of visits from Moscow over the next few weeks. The foreign minister also took a subtle dig at the United States. Without naming anyone, Ryabkov said that unlike other countries that only speak of support, Russia takes the first to help and actions speak more than words.Also readWilling to discuss ‘possibilities’ with India on Nuclear Suppliers Group, says ChinaIn 2016, China led the opposition to a push by the United States to bring India into the NSG which aims to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation by stopping the sale of items that can be used to make nuclear arms.The United States, which has a nuclear cooperation deal with India, considers it a nuclear power that plays by the rules and is not a proliferator, and wants to bring Asia’s third largest economy into the 48-member group.Also readResistance to India joining nuclear suppliers group softens, but China defiantIndia already enjoys most of the benefits of membership under a 2008 exemption to NSG rules granted to support its nuclear cooperation deal with Washington.With inputs from Reuters
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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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Bhopal: Remove toxins in Union Carbide under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, NGOs tell PM Modi

Two organisations working for survivors of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to get the toxic waste lying in the defunct Union Carbide factory here removed under the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.Bhopal Gas Peedith Mahila Udyog Sanghathan (BGPMUS) and Bhopal Gas Peedith Sangharsh Sahayog Samiti (BGPSSS) have made the request in a letter sent to Modi on November 30.”It is inexplicable as to why the issue of the urgent need for cleaning up the highly toxic spots in and around the former pesticide factory of Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL) at Bhopal is not a vital part of that (SBA) campaign,” they said in the letter.Toxic gas spewed from the Carbide factory on the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984, killing thousands of people and gravely affecting about 5,50,000 others.”Kindly direct the officials concerned to take requisite steps to re-mediate the polluted environment (including 1,10,000 tons of contaminated soil alone) by seeking necessary technical help from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),” stated the letter.Abdul Jabbar Khan, convener of BGPMUS and N D Jayaprakash, co-convener of BGPSSS, wrote the letter.
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GES 2017: In phone call with PM Modi, Donald Trump expresses ‘satisfaction’ over entrepreneurship summit

US President Donald Trump spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone on Friday and the two leaders “expressed satisfaction” over the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017, the White House said today. The GES 2017 was co-hosted by India and the United States in Hyderabad late last month. Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who is also a senior advisor to the President, had led the US delegation at the three-day event. Her participation in the annual summit was announced during Modi’s visit to the White House in June.“The leaders expressed satisfaction with the recent Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), co-hosted by the United States and India, which brought together entrepreneurs and investors from around the world, including 38 US states, the District of Colombia, and Puerto Rico,” the White House said in a brief readout of the call.This year’s summit, with the theme “Women, First Priority for All”, focused on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.PM Modi had attended the inauguration of the summit with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman on November 28.About 1,500 delegates including entrepreneurs, investors and eco-system supporters from 150 nations participated in the event, more than half of them women.Also readGES 2017: India falls in love with Ivanka TrumpOn Thursday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters that the summit was “a tremendous success when we bring in 1500 entrepreneurs from around the world”.“For all of our progress, gender divides on access to technology, nutrition, and health, preventing women, their families, and their communities from reaching their full potential,” Nauert said.(With agencies)
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UP civic polls 2017: BJP’s Sanyukta Bhatia creates history, becomes Lucknow’s first woman mayor in 100 years

BJP leader Sanyukta Bhatia created history today as she was elected the first woman mayor of Lucknow defeating nearest rival, Samajwadi Party’s Meera Vardhan, by a huge margin of 1,31,356 votes.A woman had never been the mayor of state capital Lucknow but this time the seat was reserved for women.Bhatia polled 3,77,166 votes while Vardhan, kin of educationist Acharya Narendra Dev, came second polling 2,45,810.Congress candidate Prema Awasthi, wife of the former legislator Surendra Nath Awasthi and BSP candidate Bulbul Godiyal were relegated to the third and the fourth place respectively in a field of 19.The polling was held in the ‘City of Nawabs’ on November 26 in the second leg of the three-phased municipal elections across Uttar Pradesh.The Uttar Pradesh Municipalities Act came into being in 1916 and Barrister Syed Nabiullah became the first Indian to head the local body.Lucknow has, however, thrice sent a woman to the Lok Sabha as its representative with Sheila Kaul being elected in 1971, 1980 and 1984.Uttar Pradesh gave India its first woman governor and chief minister also. Freedom fighters Sarojini Naidu and Sucheta Kriplani were the country’s first woman governor and chief minister respectively.Naidu, popularly known as the ‘Nightingale of India’, was the governor of the United Provinces, now known as Uttar Pradesh, from 1947 to 1949.Kriplani held the chief minister’s office from 1963 to 1967.
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Pakistan yet to give a sovereign guarantee about safety and security of Kulsbhushan Jadhav: VK Singh

Pakistan is yet to give a sovereign guarantee about the safety and security of Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife if she visits that country to meet her husband, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said today.Talking to journalists on the sidelines of an event here, Singh rubbished as “rumour” reports that China has erected a 400 metre high wall to camouflage the construction going on in Dokalam, the scene of a prolonged stand-off between Indian and Chinese armies.The minister also said India “does not care” about 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed approaching the United Nations to get his name struck off the list of designated terrorists.”Talks are still in progress. They (Pakistan) are yet to provide guarantee on the safety aspect.”Pakistan’s foreign office had earlier this month said it will allow Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife.Responding to Pakistan s offer of arranging a meeting between the former naval officer and his wife, India also requested that his mother be allowed to meet him too.A military court in Pakistan had in April this year sentenced Jadhav, a former navyman, to death on the charge of his alleged involvement in espionage and terror attacks. India strongly denied the allegation.The International Court of Justice has stayed Jadhav’s execution.Talking about Saeed, Singh said, “The government has been saying this from the beginning…Those who are terrorists are terrorists. We have no doubt about it. We don’t care where a terrorist goes and approaches whom to seek protection.” Saeed has petitioned the UN seeking removal of his name from the list of designated terrorists on the ground that none of the allegations against him either related to terrorism or otherwise have been proved in the Pakistani courts.The 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.”Do not believe in such rumours,” he said when asked to comment on reports about China having built a 400 metre high wall to hide construction activities in Dokalam on Sikkim- Bhutan-Tibet trijunction.Singh said India wanted its citizens going abroad to believe that their government will help them in the event of any trouble.He said India was working on maintaining healthy relations with every country.
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Technology helping women entrepreneurs tremendously: Ivanka Trump

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The United States President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump on Wednesday said technology held an immense potential in the present scenario to help women entrepreneurs grow in both – their personal and professional lives.”Technology offers a tremendous opportunity to women entrepreneurs, and we are seeing that in terms of the explosive global and domestic growth,” Ivanka Trump said, while addressing the plenary session on the topic “We Can Do It! Innovations in Workforce Development and Skills Training” at the 8th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), in Hyderabad.She also said that technology had helped reduce barriers and was empowering and enabling women to become more flexible. ALSO READ GES 2017: India falls in love with Ivanka Trump”Technology is a great driver of entrepreneurship because a lot of women are leaving and saying this doesn’t work for me. It is emboldening them to go out on their own. It is reducing barriers to starting new businesses, and creating flexibility around schedule,” Ivanka Trump maintained.She also lauded the efforts made by women and women entrepreneurs to manage both their personal and professional lives, concluding that the way ahead required a fundamental change.”One of the reasons we are seeing an explosion of women’s entrepreneurship is because traditional workplaces often haven’t worked for us. We are disproportionately providing unpaid care, while also needing to support our families financially,” the 36-year-old businesswoman remarked. ALSO READ You inspire us: Ivanka Trump hails the journey of India”These cultural, social, work institutions were not set up with the assumption that there would be two parents in the workforce. So we just have to fundamentally change things. It is starting to happen in the corporate world,” she concluded.Also present at the session were state cabinet minister for IT E&C KT Rama Rao; ICICI Bank, Managing Director and CEO, Chanda Kochhar; Cherie Blaire and Karen Quintos.

I am Lashkar-e-Taiba’s biggest supporter, was always in favor of action in Kashmir: Pervez Musharraf

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan’s former dictator Pervez Musharraf, who faces treason charges, told a news channel that he is the biggest supporter of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its founder Hafiz Saeed.Hafiz Saeed, who was released from house arrest in Lahore, is the founder of LeT and also the chief of Jammat-ud-Dawa (JuD).Speaking to Pakistan’s ARY News, Musharraf said, “I am the biggest supporter of LeT and I know they like me and JuD also likes me.” ALSO READ With promised comeback to Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf forms ‘grand alliance’He also said that he likes Hafiz Saeed, and have met him.In May 2008, the United States Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as Terrorist and the Jamat- ud-Dawah (JuD) was declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014.Musharraf also said that he was in favour of action in Kashmir. “I was always in favour of action in Kashmir and of supporting Indian Army in Kashmir. They are the biggest force (LeT), India got them declared as terrorist by partnering with the US,” he said. Musharraf also said that they (LeT) is involved in Kashmir and in Kashmir, it is between us (Pakistan) and India. ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: Hafiz Saeed’s release shows Pakistan not serious about bringing perpetrators to justiceSince he left Pakistan in March 2016, Musharraf is staying in Dubai. He faces several charges, including treason for abrogating the Constitution and declaring the emergency in 2007.

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.

Hyderabad’s tech centers may soon outshine its biryani: Full text of Ivanka Trump’s GES 2017 speech

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ivanka Trump, daughter of and advisor to US President Donald Trump, today pitched for access to capital and equitable laws for women entrepreneurs, saying closing the gender entrepreneurship gap could grow global GDP by up to 2 per cent.In her keynote address at the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), she said that despite the soaring rate of female entrepreneurs, women still face steep obstacles to starting, owning, and growing their businesses.”Fuelling the growth of women-led businesses isn’t simply good for our society — it’s good for our economy. One study estimates that closing the gender entrepreneurship gap worldwide could grow our global GDP by as much as 2 per cent,” she said.Ivanka, 36, a businesswoman, fashion designer and the eldest daughter of the US President, was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the White House in June to speak at the Summit. She is leading the US contingent at the Summit themed ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’.
ALSO READ Full Schedule: PM Modi, Ivanka Trump to address Global Entrepreneurship Summit todayShe opened her speech by stressing how all over the world entrepreneurs are “revolutionising our economies, and improving our societies”.Global Entrepreneurship SummitRemarks by Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the PresidentNovember 28, 2017, Hyderabad International Convention Centre(As prepared)Thank you, Chief Minister Rao, for that kind introduction.On behalf of the United States, and the 150 other countries represented in this room, thank you for hosting The Global Entrepreneurship Summit here in Hyderabad – a city that is quickly emerging as the innovation hub of India.And thank you, Prime Minister Modi, for joining us here today – and for all that you are doing to build India as a thriving economy – a beacon of democracy – and a symbol of hope to the world.What you are achieving is truly extraordinary.From your childhood selling tea to your election as India’s Prime Minister, you’ve proven that transformational change is possible. And now you are bringing that promise to hundreds of millions of people across your country. Thank you.To the people of India, I want to congratulate you as you celebrate the 70th anniversary of your Independence.You are celebrating it as the world’s largest democracy, and one of the fastest growing economies on earth.Through your own enterprise, entrepreneurship, and hard work, the people of India have lifted more than 130 million citizens out of poverty – a remarkable improvement, and one I know will continue to grow under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi.All of you are helping India’s middle class reach its goal of nearly 500 million people by 2030. You have opened new universities across the Country. Your doctors and scientists are discovering medical cures and life-saving technologies. Your engineers and architects have built modern wonders that grace your skies. And Indian spacecraft have traveled to the Moon and to Mars.The people of India inspire us all.This is the first time India has hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. It is a symbol of the strengthened friendship between our two peoples, and the growing economic and security partnership between our two nations. As President Trump said earlier this year: India has a true friend in the White House. I would like to thank the State Department for co-hosting this incredible gathering. I also want to thank Governor Narasimhan and all elected Indian officials who are here tonight for welcoming us to your beautiful country.It’s wonderful to be in this ancient city brimming with transformative technology – now, your tech centers may even outshine your world-famous Biryani.CEOs like Microsoft’s Satya Nadella went to school right here in Hyderabad. Just a few kilometers away, T-hub’s brand new facility is set to open next year – and will become the largest incubator in Asia.In this “City of Pearls” the greatest treasure is YOU – the dreamers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who never give up – never abandon your aspirations – and always strive for a better tomorrow.Today, we come together to celebrate what is happening here in India, what is happening in the United States – and all over the world: entrepreneurs are revolutionizing our economies, and improving our societies.You are rewriting the rules.You have the inspiration and drive to serve our communities through the projects you start and the businesses you build.You have the grit – the perseverance – and the WILL to succeed.Each of you started with an idea. You’ve worked long days and nights to code the next robot, create the next app, find the next cure, and discover the next breakthrough to improve millions of lives.Some may have tried to convince you that the risk is too great – and the reward too small.But you are here today because you are not afraid to fail. You want to OWN your future.So before I go further, I want to congratulate you on all you have already accomplished.And I especially want to congratulate the women entrepreneurs here today.This year’s Summit is focused on a theme that is key to our future: WOMEN FIRST, PROSPERITY FOR ALL. I am proud that for the first time ever, women make up the majority of the 1500 entrepreneurs selected to attend.Only when women are empowered to thrive; will our families, our economies, and our societies reach their fullest potential.As a former entrepreneur, employer, and executive in a male-dominated industry, I have seen firsthand that all too often, women must do more than their male counterparts to prove themselves at work, while also disproportionately caring for their families at home.After my father’s election, I saw an opportunity to leave my businesses for the privilege of serving our country and empowering all Americans – including women – to succeed. Our administration is advancing policies that enable women to pursue their careers and care for their families, policies that improve workforce development and skills training, and policies that lift government barriers and fuel entrepreneurship so that Americans can turn their dreams into their incredible legacies. In the last decade, women have made remarkable strides in starting new businesses.Globally, between 2014 and 2016, entrepreneurship activity among women increased by 10 percent.In the United States, within the last decade, the number of women-owned firms has grown by 45 percent. Even more promising, minority women have started nearly 8 in 10 new women-owned businesses.Today, more than 11 million women in the United States own businesses. They employ nearly 9 million workers, and generate over $1 trillion dollars in revenue.Many women become entrepreneurs and job creators out of necessity – some weren’t given the flexibility they needed at work to care for their families. Others lacked professional sponsors, or they weren’t given a fair shot at a promotion.Instead, women, just like many of those here today, are charting their own courses and achieving incredible feats.Fueling the growth of women-led businesses isn’t simply good for our society – it’s good for our economy. One study estimates that closing the gender entrepreneurship gap world-wide could grow our global GDP by as much as 2 percent.The women in this room can help lead the way to closing this gap and ushering in a new age of greater prosperity.Yet, despite the soaring rate of female entrepreneurs, women still face steep obstacles to starting, owning, and growing their businesses.We must ensure women entrepreneurs have access to capital, access to networks and mentors, and access to equitable laws.In developing countries, 70 percent of women-owned small and medium-sized businesses are denied access to capital. The result has been a nearly $300 billion dollar annual credit deficit for women entrepreneurs in the developing world.In the United States, a Harvard Business Review report found that investors ask men questions about their potential for gains whereas they ask women questions about their potential for loss. This could in part explain why women entrepreneurs received less than 3 percent of venture capital funding in 2016.We are working to reverse this trend. The U.S. Small Business Administration, for example, increased its lending to women by over $500 million dollars this year alone.When it comes to networks and mentorship, roughly half of women in the United States say they have difficulty finding a mentor.Yet, mentorship is critical to success. Entrepreneurs need professional guidance to help them start and grow their businesses. In the United States, we are fostering mentorship through programs such as SCORE – a nationwide initiative where successful men and women coach those who want to become their own CEOs.And when it comes to equitable laws, while many developed and developing countries have made tremendous strides, there is still much work to be done.In some countries, women are not allowed to own property, travel freely, or work without the consent of their husbands. In even more countries, the cultural and family pressure is so great that women do not feel the freedom to work outside the home.Our Administration is striving to promote greater opportunity for women around the world, both through our domestic reforms and our international initiatives.This summer, at the G20 conference, the United States was a founding member of a bold, new initiative with the World Bank – the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or WeFi. This facility provides access to capital, networks, and mentorship for women in developing countries.WeFi is the first facility to support women entrepreneurs at this scale, and we anticipate it will be able to leverage in excess of $1 billion dollars in public and private financing. This facility also seeks to address the legal and regulatory barriers that limit opportunities for women entrepreneurs.In the last decade, USAID has promoted women entrepreneurship through a number of programs, including providing micro-finance loans to women in Afghanistan, and bringing Internet access to women in Nigeria and Kenya.USAID Administrator Mark Green is with us here today. I want to thank him and the entire U.S. delegation for their tireless work to improve the lives of millions, both domestically and abroad.Further, as you can all attest, this Summit is yet another powerful example of a U.S. initiative that connects entrepreneurs around the world with investors who believe in your mission and will champion your success.I want to thank the U.S. business leaders who have traveled all the way to Hyderabad for this inspiring event. I also want to congratulate the more than 350 American entrepreneurs who were selected to be here with us to represent America’s brightest talent.At home, our administration is committed to empowering women entrepreneurs through domestic reforms.In the past 11 months, we have expanded apprenticeship programs and prioritized STEM education to ensure that women – and men – have more opportunities to master the skills that drive progress in the 21st century.We have dramatically reduced job-crushing regulations, which disproportionately hurt entrepreneurs and small business owners.And we are laser focused on passing long over-due tax cuts. This will provide much needed relief to working families and businesses of all sizes. Also this year, for the first time ever, the President’s Budget included a proposal to establish a nationwide program for paid family leave.We are committed to supporting women, and men, who work, inside and outside of the home.When women work, it creates a unique multiplier effect. Women are more likely than men to hire other women, and to give them access to capital, mentorship and networks. Women are also more likely to reinvest their income back in their families and communities.Here in India, I want to applaud Prime Minister Modi for his firm belief that “The progress of humanity is incomplete without the empowerment of women.”Just consider, if India closes the labor-force gender gap by half, your economy could grow by over $150 billion dollars in the next three years.As we kick off this three-day Summit, I encourage everyone here today to come together, to learn from each other, and to find new ways to lift the barriers in our societies so that women are free to innovate, empowered to succeed, and able to leave our children a brighter future. —As we strive for change, we must never forget that the best hope for our future is far greater than any single government policy – the source of our success is found in the spirit, the drive, and the talent of our people.Here with us today from San Francisco is Dara Dotz. Dara spent over a decade working in underserved communities around the world. She witnessed firsthand that many times people need very simple items – a bucket for carrying water, a splint to treat an injury, or a part to fix a generator. Dara co-founded Field Ready to provide life-saving supplies through 3-D printing. Today, Dara’s company responds to disasters all over the world and delivers humanitarian aid with cutting-edge technology.Through her innovative solutions, Dara is saving lives and bringing hope to thousands of communities. Thank you, Dara. Please stand.Rajlakshmi Borthakur joins us from Bangalore, India.When her son began having seizures at a young age, she decided to create her own solution to better monitor his health. She invented a smart glove that predicts, manages, and detects different diseases and disorders using Artificial Intelligence.Now her company, Terra Blue, aims to make specialty healthcare accessible in even the most remote places in India.Rajlakshmi – your courage and determination is truly remarkable. Please stand.Also here today with us is Reyhan Camalova from Azerbaijan. Reyhan is 15 years old. But that hasn’t stopped her from founding a company that harvests energy from rainwater. Reyhan has a powerful motto – “Light up one house at a time.” Reyhan, each home you light up is illuminating the world. We are all inspired by your brilliance and hard work. Thank you. Please stand.These women represent the vision, ambition, and grit of every entrepreneur here today.You are saving lives, creating jobs, and bringing hope to our communities. You are transforming our societies one business, and one customer, at a time.You prove to the world that we have the power to rise above the challenges of our day – to pioneer new pathways forward – and to leave our mark on this moment in history.Just think how much better our world will be if ALL OF US, men and WOMEN, are empowered to dream big, aim high, and work together towards a more just and prosperous future. A future where all mothers and fathers can work hard and build a better life for their families – where all boys and girls can go to school, discover their talents, and pursue their ambitions – and where the people of all nations can live and work with one another in dignity and peace.This is the future we can and will build together.And this is the promise of the visionaries gathered here today.Thank you.

JD(U) in Gujarat announces new party after polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unnerved by the Election Commission’s rejection of its party symbol, the Sharad Yadav-led Janata Dal – United (JDU) faction held its national executive meet on Monday and announced that it will form a new party after the Gujarat elections.The faction is fighting the elections in alliance with the Congress. Lifting the suspense on the party’s symbol, general secretary Arun Shrivastava said its unit in the state under Chhotu Vasava will fight the polls under the banner of Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP) on the symbol of the auto rickshaw.“We will hold a convention after the Gujarat polls and form a new party. Our candidates will contest seven seats under the banner of Bhartiya Tribal Party in alliance with the Congress,” Shrivastava said after the national executive meeting that was attended by Yadav.Tribal heavyweight Vasava, who wields lot of influence in Bharuch and around, had floated BTP after the EC recognised Nitish Kumar-led faction as the real JD(U) and gave it rights over the poll symbol of arrow.

Remembering 26/11: President Kovind takes pledge to make India safer, pays tribute to victims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the ninth anniversary of the deadly Mumbai attacks, President Ram Nath Kovind paid his tribute to the victims and took a pledge to fight hard against terrorism more than ever to make India and its citizens safer. President Kovind took to micro-blogging site Twitter to convey his regards. He tweeted that the country is in debt of the soldiers who fought for their motherland. Meanwhile, in a strict warning, White House told Pakistan that there would be repercussions of Hafiz Saeed’s release.The White House said on Saturday there would be repercussions for U.S.-Pakistan relations unless Islamabad took action to detain and charge a newly freed Islamist accused of masterminding a 2008 assault in Mumbai, India.A Pakistani court ordered the release on Wednesday of Hafiz Saeed, who was put under house arrest in January after years of living freely in Pakistan, one of the sore points in its fraying relationship with the United States. His freedom had also infuriated its arch-foe India.
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: Rahul Gandhi questions Narendra Modi’s ‘hugplomacy’The White House on Saturday urged Pakistan to arrest Saeed, calling for him to be prosecuted over the Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including Americans.”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,” the White House said in a statement.
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: P Chidambaram didn’t allow us to question Central officers, says ex-Union Home SecretaryThis is the first time the United States has acknowledged that the recent decision could have an impact on relations between the two countries, who are allies but view each other with suspicion.Saeed has repeatedly denied involvement in the Mumbai attacks in which 10 gunmen attacked targets in India’s largest city, including two luxury hotels, a Jewish centre and a train station in a rampage that lasted several days.
ALSO READ Masterminds of 26/11 attacks must be hanged in public, says Maruti PhadThe violence brought nuclear-armed neighbours Pakistan and India to the brink of war.The United States had offered a $10 million bounty for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Saeed, who heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD). Members say the JuD is a charity but the United States says it is a front for the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group.The White House said Pakistan’s failure to charge Saeed sent a “a deeply troubling message about Pakistan’s commitment to (combating) international terrorism.” It added that it also was counter to Pakistan’s claim that it did not provide sanctuary to militants.

‘Ready to strengthen connectivity…’: China hints it may rename CPEC to address India’s ‘concerns’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A week after a proposal by Chinese envoy to India to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to address New Delhi’s concerns, Beijing has hinted that it mayn rename CPEC if India joins OBOR initiative.China’s ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui during an interaction with experts on Chinese affairs and students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) last week offered to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as build an alternative corridor through Jammu and Kashmir.However, On Lu’s reported remark about building an alternative corridor through Jammu and Kashmir, the foreign ministry said, “China is ready to strengthen connectivity with all neighbouring countries and promote regional economic cooperation and common prosperity”.According to The Times of India, the Chinese ministry neither endorsed or denied Luo’s statement, indicating that it may be willing to discuss the issue with New Delhi while ensuring that the move does not affect its ties with Pakistan.The Chinese Foreign Ministry also said China s stand is that the CPEC is an economic cooperation initiative and has ‘nothing to do with territorial sovereignty disputes’. The CPEC “does not affect China and Pakistan’s position on the Kashmir issue,” it said.India skipped the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in May this year due to its sovereignty concerns over the nearly $ 60 billion CPEC, a flagship project of China’s prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR), which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).India has raised concerns over the project as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The CPEC is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking southern Pakistan, and the Gwadar Port, to China’s restive Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region.In his address to the United Services Institution in New Delhi on May 5, Luo Zhaohui had echoed similar views.His remarks were, however, subsequently removed from the transcript of his address posted on the website of the Chinese Embassy amid reports that Pakistan sought a clarification on it.

Hafiz Saeed’s release shows Pakistan’s attempt to mainstream proscribed terrorists, says outraged India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a sharp reaction to the release of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed after a 10-month-long house arrest, India on Thursday said the development confirms once again the lack of seriousness on the part of Pakistan government and shows its attempt to mainstream proscribed terrorists. “His release confirms once again the lack of seriousness on the part of Pakistan government. It also appears to be an attempt by Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said today. “It is evident that Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non state actors, and its true face is visible for all to see,” he added. Kumar said that not only India but the entire International community is outraged that a self confessed and a UN proscribed terrorist is being allowed to walk free and continue with his evil agenda.India’s reaction came a day after a Judicial Review Board of Pakistan’s Punjab province ordered the release of amaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief, who has been under house arrest since January. The United States has also expressed its displeasure over the potential release of Hafiz Saeed, a terrorist leader designated by both the United Nations and the US. Saeed carries a bounty of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities.”The government is ordered to release JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if he is not wanted in any other case,” the board said in its order on Wednesday.The government of Pakistan’s Punjab province had asked for a three-month extension to Saeed’s detention but the request was turned down by the board.Last month, the board had allowed a 30-day extension to the detention of Saeed which will expire next week.Saeed and his four aides – Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain – were detained on January 31, by the Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997.Saeed’s four aides were set free in the last week of October.Lashkar-e-Toiba, an outfit founded by Hafiz Seed, is believed to be responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack, in which 166 people were killed.

Win wouldn’t have been possible without PM Modi and Sushma Swaraj: Dalveer Bhandari after ICJ re-election

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India’s Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the International Court of Justice with more than two-thirds of the UN members backing him, forcing Britain to withdraw its candidate amidst high drama in the hard-fought race to the world court.In one of the country’s “biggest diplomatic victories” in the multilateral arena, Bhandari received 183 of the 193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all 15 votes in the Security Council to fill the final vacancy on the Hague-based International Court of Justice after separate but simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters here.”The win wouldn’t have been possible without the support of PM Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj,” Dalveer Bhandari said, adding,”the win happened due to coincidence.”Reflecting on the victory, Bhandari said India is known as an “emerging nation worldwide”.Bhandari, 70, was declared re-elected for a fresh nine- year term at the ICJ after Britain withdrew its candidate Christopher Greenwood from the race about an hour before the scheduled voting.According to observers, Bhandari’s victory has sent a strong message to the leading powers about the winds of change in the world and underscored the point that India is now a force to reckon with.The ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term. To be elected, the candidate needed majority in both the chambers.Established in 1945, the role of the ICJ is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by states and to give advisory opinions on legal questions.Soon after the election results were announced, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin was congratulated by representatives of other countries on the floor of the General Assembly.”Vande Matram – India wins election to the International Court of Justice. JaiHind,” tweeted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.In the previous 11 rounds of voting, Bhandari had consistently polled nearly two-thirds of the members of the General Assembly.With Bhandari’s election, Britain will not have a judge on the world court’s 15-member panel for the first time.Also for the first time in 70 years, a permanent member of the Security Council lost to a non-permanent member for a seat in the ICJ.The British move to block voting in the Security Council and go for the joint consultation mechanism, which was last used some 96 years ago, also felt flat yesterday.This is because, many of the Security Council members including some Permanent Members which were consistently supporting Britain in the secret ballot, backed off from voting in favour of the UK move to stop next rounds of voting as this required open voting, observers said.”It is actually perhaps the biggest diplomatic victory we have in a multilateral arena,” a long-time friend of India at the United Nations said.In a dramatic move, British Permanent Representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft wrote identical letters to the presidents of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council before the two chambers were scheduled to meet at 3 pm (local time) for the 12th round of voting.Rycroft said in his letter the current deadlock is unlikely to be broken by further rounds of voting and the UK therefore has decided to withdraw Greenwood’s nomination.”In taking this step, we have borne in mind the close relationship that the United Kingdom and India have always enjoyed and we will continue to enjoy…,” Rycroft said.Noting that Britain is a major player in the UN system, sources said the “signal to all the membership is clear that Indians are now a force to reckon with”.According to informed sources, three hours before the voting, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak and Italian Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi in his capacity as Security Council President for the month of November convened a consultative meeting with the Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN Rycroft and Akbaruddin.India refused to budge against any kind of pressure and insisted to complete the democratic process, sources said.It was unclear what transpired in the next two hours that forced Britain to withdraw from the race.In Washington, US President Donald Trump in between had a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Indian- origin Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.It is learnt that many of the Britain’s supporters at this point of time clearly told them that they would vote for Greenwood only in a secret ballot but could not be seen voting in open against India and that too at a time when two-thirds of the world community was backing New Delhi.Reading the writing on the wall, Britain decided to withdraw from the race, sources said.At the start of the General Assembly and the Security Council meeting both Lajcak and Cardi read similar letters from Rycroft informing them about UK’s decision to withdraw from the race.Thereafter Lajcak and Cardi announced to complete the rest of the election process by having the name of just Bhandari on the ballot. Soon Bhandari was declared elected.In the last 10 days, it is learnt that India mounted an unprecedented diplomatic campaign to win the ICJ seat.Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself is believed to have taken up the matter with some of the world leaders.

ICJ election: Amid Britain resorting to ‘dirty politics’, India and UK face off today for last seat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UN General Assembly and the Security Council will meet on Monday for a new round of voting for the last seat at the International Court of Justice, amid reports of the UK trying to ‘misuse’ its UN Security Council membership by pushing for a joint conference mechanism.India’s nominee Dalveer Bhandari and Britains Christopher Greenwood are locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election.On Monday, PTI quoting sources saying that the UK is trying to ‘misuse’ its UN Security Council membership. The ‘dirty politics’ being played by India’s former colonial ruler, as one UN insider put it, has sent a sense of “uneasiness” among other members of the powerful UN Security Council, many of whom are aware of the long-term implications of a move to ignore the voice of the majority of the United Nations General Assembly.Bhandari, 70, has the support of nearly two-thirds of 193 UN members. Greenwood, who has already served one nine-year term in ICJ, is trailing behind more than 50 votes in the General Assembly. However, he received nine against five for Bhandari in the Security Council.To win ICJ election a candidate needs to get a majority in both the General Assembly and the Security Council, which has not been the case in the 11 rounds of voting so far.In all previous incidents, the candidate getting a majority in the General Assembly has eventually been elected a judge of The Hague-based International Court of Justice.Last week, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin asserted that the momentum lies with India.”The situation is clear even at this stage. One candidate has failed to reach anywhere near the absolute majority mark in the General Assembly for numerous consecutive rounds – when he was in a group of six and when he is on a ballot with two names,” he said.Based in The Hague, the ICJ has a bench of 15 judges, five of whom are elected every three years for a nine-year term.Established in 1945, the role of the ICJ is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by states and to give advisory opinions on legal questions.(With PTI inputs)

Desperate for ICJ seat, UK pushing for joint conference of UNSC and UN Gen Assembly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as India’s Dalveer Bhandari has got an overwhelming support at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to fill last vacant seat at the Hague based International Court of Justice (ICJ), the rival candidate Britain’s Christopher Greenwood and diplomats from his country are attempting to turn tables by pushing for a joint conference mechanism through the UN Security Council.Diplomatic sources here said that Britain is aggressively pushing in the UNSC, where it has veto power for resorting to the joint conference mechanism which was last used some 96 years ago and against which there exists an unequivocal legal opinion. Under this, three members each from the General Assembly and Security Council would be formed to come out with a name, which would again have to be voted through both the Security Council and the General Assembly.In all previous incidents, the candidate getting majority in the General Assembly has eventually been elected a judge to the ICJ. Almost 193 countries in the General Assembly voted for Bhandari, as against just 50 in favour of Greenwood. To win ICJ election a candidate needs to get majority in both the UNGA and the UNSC. But so far while India has got majority of support in the UNGA, the UK has won support in the UNSC.Sensing that majority is not on Indian side, the UK has approached the UNSC for an informal consultation proposing that voting in the UNSC be stopped after first round on Monday and they go for joint conference mechanism. Britain needs nine votes for the voting be stopped. The only time the option of joint conference mechanism was used way back in 1921, prior to the birth of the UN when Deputy Judges for the Permanent Court of International Justice were selected.Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, has strongly opposed the joint conference mechanism. “Those who talk of bringing the UN and updating it to the 21st Century world cannot look back to the toolkit of 100 years ago and try to take out a tool which has never been used in the history of the UN and perhaps for valid reasons,” he told the diplomats from more than 160 countries.”Because it opens a can of worms. We will forget about the electoral process and go after a can of worms? You are diplomats, you are sagacious people. Diplomacy is the solution. Voting is the way that diplomats resolve their differences, rather than through convoluted, cabalistic solutions of a bygone era,” Akbaruddin had said.In the past most of the times the candidate who was consistently leading in the General Assembly, was elected ultimately. Diplomats here say, the UK move raises series of questions, as to what happens if the three representatives of the General Assembly stick to the voice of the majority, or if it does not provide any names or every time says that it does not agree with the names being proposed by the Security Council, they said.

Cheap! Shashi Tharoor sorry after ‘Chhillar’ jibe, says he praised Manushi’s answer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even before the dust could settle on his ‘maharaja’ comments amid row over the movie Padmavati, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor waded into a fresh controversy on Sunday over a tweet while he alluded to the surname of Haryana girl Manushi Chhillar who won Miss World crown this week after 17 years since Priyanka Chopra had won it last in 2000.Tharoor, while mocking the government’s demonetisation decision, referred to Chhillar’s achievement saying, “What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World!” However, Tharoor was quick to apologise after being slammed on social media.His tweet read: “Guess the pun IS the lowest form of humour, & the bilingual pun lower still! Apologies to the many who seem to have been righteously offended by a light-hearted tweet today. Certainly no offence was meant to a bright young girl whose answer i’ve separately praised. Please: Chill! (sic).”In Hindi, the word chillar means (loose change).The National Commission of Women (NCW) said it will summon the Congress leader for his ‘derogatory and degrading’ tweet on newly-crowned Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar.A series of tweets by NCW read, “NCW condemn the tweet of @INCIndia leader @ShashiTharoor. He degraded the achievement of daughter of #haryana and #India who got glory to the country. Will he call his own daughter chillar? He must apologize immediately. NCWIndia will summon Shashi Tharoor to commission on his derogatory tweet.”Bharatiya Janata Party also accused Tharoor of “demeaning” a Haryana subname.BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted, “Is it real tweet of Sh Tharoor? This is ridiculing the great achievement of Ms Chhillar! Repeat of “Cattle Class” comment? Should apologise demeaning a Haryana Surname!”Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Chairman Anupam Kher called Tharoor a “fool” and asked why his standard had gone so low.”Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” Best wishes on #InternationalMensDay.:),” Kher further tweeted.One twitterati reminded Tharoor of the difference between Hindi word chillar and Chillar, the surname of the Haryana girl.This is not the first time that Tharoor has got into a Twitter controversy.The ‘cattle class” remark was made by Tharoor way back in 2009, when he had tweeted in a reply that he would travel “cattle class” in solidarity with all our “holy cows.” As it sparked off a political storm and widespread outrage on social media, Congress disapproved the remarks from party podium. Tharoor had later tweeted an apology.The two-term MP from Thiruvananthapuram has served as Union Minister and was also under Secretary General of the United Nations for Communications and Public Information.At the height of the JNU row in 2016, he said said that Bhagat Singh was a young man who had great passion for motherland, Kanhaiya has the same. Congress was quick to distance itself then.Addressing a literary event in Mumbai this week, Tharoor said, “Every single one of these so-called valorous maharajas, who today are after a Mumbai filmmaker because their honour is at stake, they were less concerned about their honour when the British were trampling all over it and they scurried to accommodate themselves.”Not only the Rajput groups were up in arms over his remarks but even Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, himself a Maharaja, reacted sharply saying he thinks that Tharoor should “study history”.Tharoor later said said he did not wish to offend the Rajput community.

Manmohan Singh wants Left to cooperate with Congress to fight BJP

Updated: Nov 18, 2017, 01:58 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former prime minister Manmohan Singh urged the Left parties in India to cooperate with the Congress leadership at the national level to fight together against the “wrong” policies of the BJP-led Union government.”At the national level, are we going to oppose the BJP as a united front or will the CPI(M) keep BJP and Congress at the same distance?” he asked at a public meeting organised by the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF).He urged the party to cooperate with the Congress leadership at the national level and put up a united fight against the BJP’s misrule and divisive policies.The former prime minister also criticised Kerala’s CPI (M)-led LDF government, saying “rule of law has crumbled, women in the state do not feel safe and economic progress is slow” under the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government.

Janata Dal United’s symbol war ends, Election Commission awards arrow to Nitish Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ending suspense over who controls the real Janata Dal United, the Election Commission on Friday has recognised the faction led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s claim over the arrow symbol.The order follows a month-long tussle between the groups led by Kumar and former JD-U chief Sharad Yadav.“The group led by Nitish Kumar is hereby recognised as the Janata Dal (United) in terms of paragraph-15 of the Symbols Order. Consequently the group led by Nitish Kumar is entitled to use the reserved symbol Arrow of the party as a recognized party in Bihar,” the Election Commission said in its order today.The order has come after the poll panel conducted the hearing with parties on the petition of lone Guiarat MLA from JDU Chhotubhai Vasava, who is working president of Sharad Yadav faction of JDU.The faction had approached the Election Commission after Nitish Kumar junked the alliance with the grand alliance of Congress-RJD and JDU in Bihar and joined hands with BJP in July.Yadav opposed the move and made the claim that his faction of the JDU was the ‘real JDU’.He later petitioned the EC seeking the Arrow symbol for itself. Nitish Kumar camp filed a counter submission in its favour.The Election Commission, however, in its order concluded that that the Nitish Kumar group has demonstrated overwhelming majority support in the legislature wing as well as the majority in the national council of the party, which is the apex organizational body of the party.The move comes at a time when both factions of JDU have announced to field candidates in its erstwhile influence pockets in Gujarat assembly polls. While Sharad faction is seeking to forge alliance with Congress, Nitish faction has decided to contest on its own. The Nitish Kumar faction had this month written to the EC not to allow Arrow symbol to Sharad faction for Gujarat polls.The EC has also taken note of it saying “in view of the above urgency in the matter on account of the current general election to the Legislative Assembly of Gujarat, which is already in progress since November 14, the Commission passes the following order in the matter.”

Ivanka Trump ‘excited’ to attend Global Entrepreneurship Summit, PM Modi looks forward to welcome her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ahead of the India visit of US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that cooperation between the two countries helps people, particularly the talented and innovative entrepreneurs.”We look forward to welcoming you @IvankaTrump. Closer economic cooperation between India and USA helps our people, particularly our talented and innovative entrepreneurs,” he tweeted. Earlier, Ivanka had tweeted that she is excited to join “many of these remarkable entrepreneurs with Prime Minister @narendramodi in India for #GES2017 in just two weeks!”.She will be attending the plenary session of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held in Hyderabad from November 28 to 30. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held “very expansive” talks with Trump in Manila during which the two leaders carried out a “broad review” of the strategic landscape in Asia. Thousands of Indian entrepreneurs want to attend the three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), from Nov. 28 in the city of Hyderabad, though organisers say they can accommodate only 400 from India and 800 from the United States and the rest of the world. “Definitely, the response was much, much more than the 400. India has become a very important start-up destination,” said Jayesh Ranjan, a government official in Hyderabad who is helping organise the event.”Also, when she speaks as the head of the U.S. delegation, in a way she would be communicating what is the official position of the U.S. government about entrepreneurship, about start-ups,” he said of Ivanka Trump.GES was conceived by former U.S. President Barack Obama. It was previously held in Washington, Istanbul, Dubai, Marrakech in Morocco, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur and Silicon Valley in the United States.This will be the first such summit under Trump, who this year said on the social network Twitter that his daughter would lead the U.S. delegation to support women’s entrepreneurship globally.The theme of the conference this year is “Women First, Prosperity for All”.

Trump, Modi want India, US to have world’s greatest armies: White House

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have pledged that the US and India should have the world’s greatest militaries as they discussed bilateral strategic partnership and their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, according to the White House.The two leaders met on Monday on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, the Philippines. The two leaders discussed the comprehensive strategic partnership between the United States and India and their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, the White House said in a statement. “They pledged to enhance their cooperation as Major Defence Partners, resolving that two of the world’s great democracies should also have the world’s greatest militaries,” it said.President Trump expressed appreciation that Indian purchases of oil from the United States have surpassed 10 million barrels in recent months, and expressed confidence that stronger energy cooperation will be a geopolitical and economic game changer for both countries. The first consignment of American crude oil reached India in October and Indian petroleum companies plan to purchase crude oil worth USD 2 billion from the US in the next one year.Prime Minister Modi said that he looked forward to hosting the US delegation to the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit, showcasing innovation and collaboration between the two countries. India and the US will co-host the entrepreneurship summit. The American delegation will be led by Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who is also his senior advisor. The talks between Trump and Modi came after officials of India, the US, Japan and Australia held their first meeting to give shape to the much talked about quadrilateral alliance to keep the Indo-Pacific region “free and open”.Giving details of Monday’s deliberations, Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar in Manila said Modi and Trump undertook “a broad review of the strategic landscape in Asia” without further elaboration.Asked whether the formation of India-Australia-the US- Japan quadrilateral was discussed, Jaishankar had said there was a passing mention of it, adding that the meeting of the officials of the four countries was part of diplomacy. “It was a very expansive discussion,” Jaishankar said, adding that Trump also shared his “impression” of his ongoing Asia trip which also took him to Japan and China.

Opposition cries foul as Mamata embarks on visit to UK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition parties in West Bengal have criticised Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her official visit to the United Kingdom terming it a pretext for health benefits. Mamata has been invited to London to unveil a commemorative blue plaque in the memory of Sister Nivedita on Monday. Former Trinamool Congress MP Mukul Roy, who recently joined the BJP, state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury and CPI(M) MP Md Salim were among the leaders who attacked Mamata.The CM is expected to unveil the plaque at Sister Nivedita’s residence in Wimbledon, where she lived before moving to India in 1898. On Wednesday, Mamata is scheduled to visit Scotland to meet prospective investors to attract investment in West Bengal.Chowdhury told DNA: “It is nothing but her annual tour to restore her health and disposition at the cost of the exchequer. We all respect Sister Nivedita, but the CM should not have concocted such a cock-and-bull story to justify her trip.”Salim said the people of Bengal can’t be fooled anymore. “Haven’t we seen such trips before? To Rome, London, Singapore and Dubai. What is the result? Is this how a business meet is done? Without any preparation and homework?.”Lack of infrastructure in the state is one of the main reasons for the government’s failure to attract big-ticket projects, said BJP national secretary and former state president Rahul Sinha. “Just like these trips, the Bengal Global Business Summit and the trip to Mumbai had all failed to bring in even a rupee.”There should be an environment of setting up business so that people would automatically want to invest in Bengal, he said. “Earlier it was the CPI(M)’s red flags that shut down industries and prevented investment and now it is the extortionist TMC leaders who repel investment and investors,” said Sinha.Earlier on November 10, Roy had compared Mamata’s foreign visits to the ones taken by former chief minister Jyoti Basu. He said they never materialised in any gain for the state.

Didi’s UK visit is to improve health: Oppn

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition parties in West Bengal have criticised Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her official visit to the United Kingdom terming it a pretext for health benefits. Mamata has been invited to London to unveil a commemorative blue plaque in the memory of Sister Nivedita on Monday.The CM is expected to unveil the plaque at Sister Nivedita’s residence in Wimbledon, where she lived before moving to India in 1898. On Wednesday, Mamata is scheduled to visit Scotland to meet prospective investors to attract investment in West Bengal.State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury told DNA: “It is nothing but her annual tour to restore her health and disposition at the cost of the exchequer. We all respect Sister Nivedita, but the CM should not have concocted such a cock-and-bull story to justify her trip.” Him apart, former TMC MP Mukul Roy, who recently joined the BJP, and CPI(M) MP Md Salim were among the leaders who attacked the Mamata.

Lean on Asian saint’s teachings to tackle terror

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as India is planning to host a high-level international conference on countering radicalization, Central Asian country Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Sunday proposed to establish the Imam Bukhari International Research Center in Samarkand—after the name of ninth century saint and scholar to provide effective intellectual tools to contest extremism and misinterpreting religious texts.Addressing a security conference on Central Asia under the auspices of the United Nations, which was also attended by an Indian delegation led by Minister of State for External Affairs General (rtd) V K Singh, President Mirziyoyev said his country was also establishing the Center for Islamic Civilization in the historic city of Tashkent.In the Indian context, a Centre in the name of Saint scholar Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari holds significance as most of religious texts and curricula in Indian madrasas originate from his scholarly works. Commonly referred to as Imam Bukhari, he authored the hadith collection known as Sahih al-Bukhari, regarded by Sunni Muslims as one of the most authentic collections. After Quran Hadith is important source of Islamic teachings, based on record of the traditions or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. The Uzbek President, the main goal is to turn Central Asia into a stable and economically developed region by joint efforts.‘EDUCATION IS KEY’One of the effective tools for countering extremism is education, said Mirziyoyev
He said people should be explained the humanistic essence of Islam and the true values of Islamic culture

ASEAN: India meets with USA, Japan and Australia to address common interests in Indo-Pacific

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Officials from India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and United State’s Department of State met in Manila on November 12, 2017 for consultations on issues of common interest in the Indo-Pacific region.The discussions focused on cooperation based on their converging vision and values for promotion of peace, stability and prosperity in an increasingly inter-connected region that they share with each other and with other partners.They agreed that a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large. The officials also exchanged views on addressing common challenges of terrorism and proliferation linkages impacting the region as well as on enhancing connectivity.The Indian side highlighted India’s Act East Policy as the cornerstone of its engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.

You want clean air? Odd-even plan not an answer, Mexico advises Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Delhi tries to figure out ways to combat toxic smog, there’s a special advice coming all the way from Mexico.Melba Maria Pria Olavarrieta, Mexico’s ambassador to India spoke exclusively to WIO-DNA saying that pollution can be combated but constant efforts are required. She said that engagement to tackle pollution cannot be episodic.Known for her colourful official autorickshaw, Olavarrieta spoke extensively about anti-pollution drive.“We are not here to give suggestions. We have worked on tackling pollution for 25 years, and we are here to share that experience. We did a lot of things like, like pushed all the industries out of the city limits, added catalytic converters in cars, changed type of fuel we were using. We buy about one million cars from India, and add catalytic converters in all of them. Ironically, the car I use here in India does not have any such device,” Olavarrieta said in an exclusive interview to WION-DNA.She said that Mexico City has had a no car policy for a day in a week for over a year and it has worked.“No Car Day was a civic programme. You have an odd-even programme for a week and you expect it to work. It cannot be like this. The effort to keep the air clean has to be a continuous effort,” she said. She said that there is a consensus in Delhi to improve the environment hence, something needs to be done.She added, “Pollution affects the life of everyone – you, me, our children. Pollution brings problems for economy because you have to spend too much to improve the air quality. So, we need to have a long-term solution to the problem. Today we are talking so much about pollution because the air quality index has reached 800. In 10 days, when things will normalise, everyone will forget about this. This needs to change.”Mexico has been battling pollution for years now. In 1992, the United Nations declared Mexico City the most polluted on the planet. It is said that Mexico City’s air has gone from being among the world’s cleanest to among the dirtiest.”We always keep our children inside whenever pollution level reaches 150. I didn’t have lead in my blood when I was young, but my children had. And this is serious,” Ms Olavarrieta said.”We asked school children about the colour of the sky. Eighty per cent of the kids said it’s grey. The half of remaining 20 per cent said it’s brown, and only the remaining said it was blue.”There was no respite from toxic smog and dangerously high levels of air pollution for New Delhi on Friday with residents complaining of irritated eyes and respiratory problems.Pollution in New Delhi has been hovering at alarming levels with air quality readings of tiny particulate matter PM 2.5 hitting over 796 on Friday, the most severe level on the government’s scale. A reading of anything over 100 is considered unhealthy.PM 2.5 is particulate matter about 30 times finer than a human hair. The particles can be inhaled deep into the lungs, causing heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer and respiratory diseases.Residents complained of headaches, coughs and smarting eyes. Many stayed home and restaurants in some of the city’s most crowded parts were deserted.Illegal crop burning in the farm states surrounding New Delhi, vehicle exhaust emissions in a city with limited public transport and swirling construction dust have caused the crisis, which arises every year. The problem has been compounded this year by still conditions, the weather office said.

Point is to defeat BJP not reservation: Hardik Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hardening his stand against the ruling BJP, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel on Friday in a press conference clarified that it was all about defeating BJP.”Muddo BJP ne haravano che, Anamat no nathi (the point is to defeat the BJP and not reservation),” said Patel. He was in Thakkarbappanagar area of the city where a massive crowd mostly of Patels gathered, to welcome their hero, as part of a Samvad (discussion) programme.Hardik also claimed that there was nothing in the Constitution that prevented people from getting a reservation. I have studied it for 7 days have not found anything that says over 50 percent reservation can’t be given,” claimed Hardik.Talks of split in the community over Hardik’s support for Congress seemed to be forgotten as the crowd shouted ‘Hardik, Hardik’.He clarified that he was not going to join any party. “Every party needs to have the intention first and foremost,” said Hardik. When asked if he felt that the Congress had the intention (to give reservation), he said, “If they did not have the intention, they would not have discussed at length the possibilities that can be explored.”“They met me at 12 in the night, we discussed the matter for three hours. If they did not have the intention they would not have talked at length, ” said Hardik.He said an announcement will be made in two days when one more meeting was scheduled. ” Whatever will be agreed upon will be on the basis of consultation with the community,” he claimed.The alleged opposition he faced in Nikol earlier he said was organised by the BJP. As several organisations oppose Hardik’s call to support Congress, he clarified that the only two organisation that mattered to the Patidar community was the Khodal Dham and Umiya Dham, the religious and social body of the two sets of Paatidars.He said the farmers were suffering under the BJP and they need to be United. He said in the next five days he will go around meeting people and understanding their problem. He also clarified that the OBCs we’re not against the Paatidars.

23-yr-old- youth with a ‘fortune’ in ATS net

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty three years of age, huge bank balance, swanky cars, regular trips to foreign countries, running a real estate empire, interested in shooting competitions and now an accused in the fake licence case. These characteristics sum up who Anaas Khan is. A native of Gujarat, Anaas was arrested by the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Wednesday for getting a gun licence made but not in his name. The youth rather got the licence made impersonating a official of the Border Security Force.Conducting its first arrest outside the state in the fake gun licence and weapons case, the state ATS nabbed a 23-year-old youth from Ahmedabad who was in possession of three weapons. Shockingly, the youth alleges that he takes part in local shooting tournaments organised in Gujarat.“Anaas is the first person from outside Rajasthan who has been arrested in the fake licence case. Khan paid Rs 4 lakh through hawala transaction to get a licence made in the name of a constable of the BSF,” said Vikas Kumar, ATS Superintendent of Police.Interestingly, even his father has been arrested in the past in a similar case. “Anaas’ father Salim Khan was arrested by Gujarat police earlier in a similar matter and was put behind bars too. Salim spends one quarter of a year in the United States,” officials said.Interestingly, Anaas – after getting the licence made – got the weapons, a .22 rifle, .12 bore rifle and .32 bore pistol, from Dewas through one Zafar. “Zafar provided the weapons and through Zafar he came in contact with Zubair – both have been arrested earlier. He claims that he takes part in .22 shooting events in Gujarat but we do not think he is a professional shooter. This point will be investigated thoroughly,” officials said.“This arrest shows that the gang has pan-India presence. We are conducting further investigation in the matter,” the SP said.

JeM Chief Masood Azhar is a ‘bad guy’, should be called global terrorist: US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar is a “bad guy” and should be declared a global terrorist, the US today said as China blocked a bid at the UN to list Pathankot terror attack mastermind as a designated terrorist. Last week, China for the fourth time had blocked a proposal backed by the US, France and Britain to list Azhar as a global terrorist, citing a lack of consensus among the members of the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.The JeM, founded by Azhar, has already been in the UN’s list of banned terror outfits. “We certainly think that he is a bad guy. We would like to have him on that list,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said at a press conference when asked about China’s move.“There are some committee discussions that are underway over whether to add him or the entity to the sanctions list. That list is confidential under the United Nations, so unfortunately, I am not going to be able to comment on the deliberations at the UN under that,” Nauert said. “I’d have to refer you to the Chinese Government to explain why they voted the way they did, but we certainly think that this guy is a bad guy,” she said when asked about China’s action.“We consider the organisation to be a foreign terrorist organisation under the US law,” Nauert said. A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India’s move to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.China had in August extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK-backed proposal to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN after having blocked the move in February this year at the United Nations. Notably, China was the only country opposing the designation of Azhar by the Security Council as a terrorist.All other 14 of the 15 members of the UN Security Council were supporting the bid to place Azhar on the sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban. Azhar is accused of several terrorist attacks in India, including one on the Pathankot air force station in January 2016.

India in touch with Myanmar and Bangaldesh on Rohingya issue: Foreign Secretary to Parl panel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India is in touch with Myanmar and Bangladesh on the issue of Rohingya Muslims, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is understood to have told the members of a parliamentary panel here today.The agenda for today’s meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, headed by senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, was ‘relations with Myanmar and the Rohingya situation’.The foreign secretary told the panel that the government was keeping a close watch on the Rohingya issue and was examining the matter through humanitarian prism, said a member present in the meeting.India was in touch with both Myanmar and Bangladesh over the situation arising out of the crisis, another member quoted Jaishankar as saying.Asked about the deliberations, Tharoor, a former Minister of State for External Affairs, said, “It was an interesting and thorough discussion on the India-Myanmar relations, especially on Rohingya crisis.”Thousands of Rohingyas have fled Myanmar following incidents of violence in the Rakhine province.Around 14,000 Rohingyas living in India are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. An estimate puts the number of illegal Rohingya immigrants in India at 40,000.The Rohingyas are an ethnic group, largely comprising Muslims, who predominantly live in the western Myanmar province of Rakhine. Their language is linguistically similar to Bengali. The commonly spoken language in Myanmar in Burmese.Though they have been living in Myanmar for generations, the country considers them as persons who migrated to their land during the colonial rule. Therefore, the population has not been granted full citizenship.

Hours before his name turned up in Paradise papers, Amitabh said he has always cooperated with the ‘system’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Actor Amitabh Bachchan has spoken at length about his name featuring in the Panama papers and Bofors scandal, explaining that he has always cooperated with the “system” but wishes to be left alone at this stage of his life.Bachchan wrote his anguished post on his blog yesterday and said, “Tomorrow there could be more and the process of cooperation shall continue…”His outpouring came hours before the Indian Express newspaper reported that the actor is one of the more than 700 Indian individuals and entities figuring in the Paradise Papers, an investigation into offshore and banking assets carried out by the newspaper with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).It is not clear if the actor knew about the Paradise Papers beforehand or that his name was going to figure in the list.The actor’s post began as a response to a BMC notice sent to him for alleged “illegal construction” on his property and went on to discuss his experiences after he was named in the Panama Papers, another ICIJ investigation, and the Bofors gun pay-off scandal. It did not mention the Paradise Papers.”At this age and time of my life, I seek peace and freedom from prominence… To be left to lead the last few years of my life with and within myself…,” Amitabh posted on his blog on Sunday.The 75-year-old actor said he is yet to receive the notice from BMC authorities but, trusting the media reports, his lawyer has already given a statement on the matter.”In recent months I find my name appear again in the leaks of Panama, as produced by the Indian Express… The paper has asked for reactions, for responses, for justification or not, for replies to their investigative queries.”The actor said two “instant replies” were given out by him of “denial and misuse of name” but the questions continued.”Immediately after this, the system took over and since its revelation in the Express, has summoned me… At least 6 summons have been served to us and continue to come…Each one of them, he said, was “diligently, dutifully and duly replied to”.Personal appearances were ordered and he complied — at different agency offices, both in Mumbai and in Delhi, both from Tax and Enforcement Departments and of their respective Intelligence Wings.The actor said some queries take time as the matter is more than 25 years old.”It takes a while to dig out old files and to compile all that they want… The fullest cooperation has been extended at all hours as dutiful citizens… And even after, if there is any more query that needs to be addressed, we shall comply… It is the norm…,” he said.Bachchan said he will continue to cooperate if there is any fresh issue as he believes in abiding by the law of the land.The actor also spoke about allegations against his family and him in the Bofors scandal.For years, he and his family were “grilled, declared traitors, abused and humiliated by the hour”. When it became unbearable, they moved court in the United Kingdom.”…We moved against a UK paper and won…,” he said, adding that while he suffered, those who accused him never faced anything.The actor said it took 25 years for him to know that his name was planted.Many in the media, he said, asked whether he would seek retribution after his name was cleared or seek information on who had planted his name.Will retribution take away the “years of suffering and mental torture” that he and his family went through, Bachchan asked in return and said he had told the media that the matter was over for him.

Scholarship for children of police staff is best gift: Vasundhara Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dream of a former police director general, Dharam Pal Gupta for contributing to his department has materialized in a scholarship program for the children of policemen at state duty. The scholarship shall now help children of police officers and staff to realise their dream of education from institutes at the United States.The family of the former police officer has provisioned for Rs 51 crore for the scholarship scheme through the Dharam Pal Gupta foundation. Unveiling the scholarship scheme at a ceremony held at Rajasthan Police Academy (RPA), chief minister hailed education as the ‘best’ gift.“A person gifted with knowledge is able to overcome all hurdles, it is the best gift for any child. The scholarship is a step in the direction,” said chief minister Vasundhara Raje thanking the philanthropist family on behalf of state police.Late Dharam Pal Gupta was born in Alwar district of the state and retired as DGP in June 1984. However, his affection for the department did not retire and his sentiment has been materialised by his son Pradeep Yohanne Gupta and daughter in law Linda Haynes Gupta in form of a scholarship to be funded from the linked investment of the Rs 51 crore fund.Also present at the ceremony, director general of Rajasthan police, Ajit Singh Shekhawat held it as a milestone in extending quality education for wards of police staff. “Children from police families will be selected by the foundation through a procedure after they had cleared their 10th standard examination,” said DGP Ajit Singh.The scholarship will be extended on basis of merit and not on need base and will cover all expenses, academic and boarding. A board of the foundation that also includes a couple of police officers from the state will decide on the applications. As per the founder director of the foundation, Pradeep Yohanne Gupta has spent all family savings to fund his education at the USA. These financial hardships faced by his father inspired him for the scholarship program.

Deeply disappointed, says India as China once again blocks move to ban Masood Azhar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a sharp reaction, India on Thursday slammed China’s double standards as it once again blocked a move by the US to sanction Masood Azhar as ‘global terrorist’.Beijing used its veto power to block a resolution by the US to ban the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief.All 15 nations, except China, have agreed for sanction against Masood Azhar.“Deeply disappointed that once again, a single country blocked international consensus on designation of an acknowledged terrorist Masood Azhar,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.“India strongly believes that double standards and selective approaches will only undermine international community’s resolve to combat terrorism,” the statement read.“Can only hope that there will be a realisation that accommodating with terrorism for narrow objectives both short sighted and counter-productive,” New Delhi said.A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India’s move to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.The JeM, founded by Azhar, has already been in the UN’s list of banned terror outfits. China had in August extended by three months its technical hold on the the US, France and UK-backed proposal to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN after having blocked the move in February this year at the United Nations.This is the second year in succession that China has blocked the resolution. Last year, China had done the same to stall India’s application before the same Committee.

Indian man rearrested after completing 10 years in prison in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian national has been rearrested after he was released from prison following the completion of his 10 years term as authorities believe that he poses threat to public safety.Jerald Peter Dsouza, 58, was arrested by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers after he was released from a private jail where he served sentence for using the internet to induce a minor, who he believed to be a 13-year- old girl, to engage in criminal sexual activity.Dsouza remains in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), federal authorities said yesterday.He was convicted in US District Court, Eastern District of California, in March 2009, ICE said.”ICE places a high priority on identifying, arresting and removing foreign nationals with criminal records who pose a threat to public safety — whether they’re in the United States legally or illegally,” said William P Joyce, acting field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in El Paso.

PM Modi, President Trump resolve to fight terrorism together: White House

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump have resolved to fight against the global scourge of terrorism together, the White House said after Modi offered his condolences to Trump over phone following the New York terror attack.Trump spoke with Modi and accepted his condolences following yesterday’s terrorist attack in New York City that left eight people dead and about a dozen others injured, the White House said.Modi strongly condemned terrorism, and offered thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families, a readout of the call said.”The two leaders resolved that India and the United States will continue to fight together against the global scourge of terrorism,” the White House said.Earlier in a tweet yesterday, Modi had condemned the attack seen as the deadliest in New York since 9/11.”Strongly condemn the terror attack in New York City. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with those injured,” he said.British Prime Minister Theresa May also spoke with Trump over phone, according to the White House.”President Trump and Prime Minister May agreed on the importance of closer counterterrorism coordination between the United States and the United Kingdom,” the White House said.

NTPC blast, Manhattan attack, India vs New Zealand T20 and Khichdi: DNA evening must reads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 15 killed, 100 injured after explosion in NTPC plant in Rae BareliAn Ash-pipe at the NTPC plant in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli exploded on Wednesday leaving at least 15 killed and over 100 injured. According to Reuters, the coal plant has been closed until they find out he reason behind the blast. Around 40-50 people received burn injuries, and the condition of some of them was serious. All of them were being rushed to hospitals for treatment, he added. dnai.in/f87VAfter New York truck attack, Donald Trump proposes change in US visa systemUS President Donald Trump on Wednesday criticized the nation’s visa system in the wake of Tuesday’s truck attack in New York City that left eight dead, blaming Democrats and pressing a ‘merit based’ program for immigrants to the United States. “The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter, referring to the Senate Democratic leader. dnai.in/f87PWill there be a life ban on convicts contesting elections?The Centre on Wednesday told Supreme Court that it is actively considering recommendation of EC and Law Commission favouring life ban of convicted politicians in criminal cases. Centre told apex court that decriminalisation of politics has to be done and it favours setting up of special courts to deal with criminal cases against politicians. dnai.in/f87sKhichdi to be designated as India’s national food, announcement on November 4Khichdi, India’s ultimate comfort food, is set to be designated as the national food. According to recent media reports, the announcement is likely to be made during the World Food India 2017. The mega event organised by the Ministry of Food Processing will also see India’s best chefs coming together to make 800 kg of Khichdi. According to a Navbharat Times report, food ministry headed by Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had proposed khichdi’s name for national dish to the Centre, which was duly approved. dnai.in/f87oIndia bat first in Ashish Nehra’s farewell gameVeteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra will bid adieu to his illustrious 18-year international career when he turns out one last time for the Men in Blue in the first T20I of the three-match series against New Zealand at his home ground on Wednesday. Catch all action here. dnai.in/f88c

Pune horse trainer murders man, chops body, sets pieces ablaze over unpaid dues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pune Police has arrested five people for allegedly murdering a man over unpaid dues on Tuesday.The prime accused is Vikram Shekhar Pillai, who along with his four friends, hatched the plan to murder Vicky Ramesh Potan earlier this year.The 25-year-old victim was brutally murdered in January. To avoid being detected, the accused chopped the body and set the pieces ablaze. They, in fact, thought that it would look like a bonfire in winter and nobody would suspect a foul play.According to Pankaj Dahane, the Deputy commissioner of police (crime), Pillai had worked as a horse trainer in countries such as Malaysia and the United Kingdom. “He was earning good money there but recently, he left the job and he came to Pune where he started his own fast food joint,” Dahane added.According to the police, Potan, the victim, was known to Pillai and he had criminal background. Police officials said Potan would often visit Pillai’s fast food joint where he would have food but he would not pay.Senior police inspector Nitin Bhosale Patil, in charge of the Pune Police’s crime branch unit I said, “Pillai was fed up with Potan and he hatched a plan of killing him with his other four friends. In the month of January this year, they called Potan for a drink and after he consumed alcohol they killed him.”Cops said that the five men killed Potan on BT Kawade road area near Mundhwa and set his body on fire. Bhosale Patil added that “It was a planned murder. After killing Potan, they chopped his body into pieces. They had also brought a five liters of petrol to set it on fire.””They set the body parts on fire in a bushy area on the roadside. The body kept on burning for one-and-half day and all five accused were present near body till that time. Since it was a winter time, they projected as if they had set a bonfire so that no one would suspect them,” he added.Meanwhile, Potan’s mother had registered a missing complaint with Mundhwa police. “Now since they have confessed of the murder, we will be handing them over to Mundhwa police who will be registering the case of murder against them,” the official said.

Shivrajji right, many roads in MP better than those in USA: Uma Bharti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday backed Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for his statement on the roads of the United States.Bharti said, ‘Shivraj ji was right, many roads in Madhya Pradesh are much better than those in the USA.’She also added that why is it presumed that the U.S. is better than India in every sense.’For example, around 30 crore bank accounts are opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, which is probably equivalent to the population of the US. Isn’t it unique?,’ Bharti questioned.During his U.S. tour, Chouhan grabbed headlines when he said that the roads in Madhya Pradesh are better than of the U.S. roads.On October 24, Chouhan, while addressing the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum meeting, said, “When I got down at the Washington Airport and travelled on roads, I felt the roads in Madhya Pradesh are better than the United States.”He further added, “Few years back, MP was termed as a diseased state, but when I became the Chief Minister 12 years back then it was in my mind that without basic infrastructure no state can develop. Our first focus was on building the roads. Today, we have constructed around 1.75 lakh kilometer roads in the state and all the villages have been well-connected with roads.’Chouhan on Sunday re-emphasized that the roads in his state were actually better than that of Washington DC.”I had gone (to United States) for branding of Madhya Pradesh and discussed good roads of the state there. I would like to re-emphasize that some of the roads in Madhya Pradesh are actually very good. Not just me, studies say that 92 percent roads of Washington DC are not in good condition,” the Chief Minister told media in Bhopal.Chouhan, who was earlier trolled for citing Madhya Pradesh’s roads better than that of Washington DC, blamed the Congress party for politicising the issue.

China likely to again block move to list Masood Azhar as global terrorist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today hinted at no change in its policy of blocking efforts to list JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist during the second tenure of President Xi Jinping, as Beijing continued to harp on its familiar stand that there was no consensus among UN Security Council members.A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India’s move to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. JeM has already been in its banned list. China had in August extended by three months its technical hold on the the US, France and UK-backed proposal to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN after having blocked the move in February this year at the United Nations.”We have made our position clear many times from this podium. The relevant resolutions of Security Council have clear stipulations as to the mandate of 1267 Committee and also clear stipulations when it comes to the listing of relevant organisations and individuals,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here. Replying to questions whether China will block the ban on Azhar again when the 1267 Committee of the UNSC takes up the issue on Thursday, Hua said “as for listing application by the relevant country, there are disagreements”.China’s latest hold is due to lapse on Thursday. India has identified Azhar as the mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack on January 2, 2016. It has also blamed his brother Rauf and five others for carrying out the attack in which seven Indian soldiers were killed. Hua’s remarks indicate that China will continue its policy to block moves by India and other countries led by US to list Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN during the second term of President Xi.Hua said that China had put a technical hold to allow for more time for more parties to deliberate on this matter. “To our regret the committee is so far yet to reach consensus,” she said. China in the past had asked India to discuss the issue directly with Pakistan in order to reach an understanding. In the last two years, China has stonewalled efforts by India and then later by the US, the UK and France to declare Azhar as a global terrorist, stating that there was no consensus on the issue.She also put up all familiar defence of Pakistan, shielding it against criticism for sheltering terror groups. “You mentioned Pakistan. Pakistan is also a victim of terrorism and we support Pakistan in countering terrorism in accordance with the its own national conditions,” she said, adding that China advocated international cooperation on combating terrorism. On the Azhar issue, Hua said the UNSC resolutions have clear stipulations when it comes to the mandate of 1267 Committee and the listing of terrorist groups and individuals.”So far consensus has yet to be reached by the members of the Committee and the actions taken by China are meant to safeguard the authority and effectiveness of this committee,” she said, defending Beijing’s actions.She also claimed that China’s stance showed a “sense of responsibility”. “China will continue to follow the resolutions and the rules of procedure of the Committee and remain in touch and coordination with relevant parties,” she said, adding that the Chinese actions are meant to ensure the authority and efficacy of the UN Committee.”We believe that the Committee should follow the principles of objectivity, professionalism and fairness and reach decision by a consensus based on solid proof,” she said when asked if China is blocking India’s efforts at the behest of Pakistan. Last year in March, China was the sole member in the 15- nation UN organ to put a hold on India’s application with all other 14 members of the Council supporting New Delhi’s bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban.

Sushma Swaraj instructs embassy in Kuala Lumpur to work on weekend to help stranded family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Another day, another intervention. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj again showed her considerate side on Twitter to help an Indian family stranded in Kuala Lumpur to get their travel documents. Meera Ramesh Patel had tweeted hoping for Minister’s intervention saying they are stranded in the airport after losing their airport. The problem was, that Indian embassy is closed in the weekend so they had no option of being reissued fresh documents. Responding to this distress call, Swaraj tweeted: Soon, Indian embassy swung into action and sorted out the matter. In yet another case, the external affairs minister requested the Indian embassy in Washington to help an Indian student who had lost her passport. In a tweet, Anusha Dhulipala said she was a student in the United States and had lost her passport because of which she could not travel anywhere.”@SushmaSwaraj I really need help as they say I have to go to India to get my Visa its my exams time I cant travel without passport sooner,” she said.With agency inputs

RSS to take up Baloch issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will soon start a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about ‘illegal Pakistani occupation’ of estranged Balochistan province.Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), the Muslim arm of the Sangh, is making preparations to hold seminars in educational institutions across the country to build public opinion in favour of an Indian intervention into the Baloch conundrum. They intend to focus on human rights violations in the Pakistani province, such as summary trials and political murders by Pakistan’s armed forces.This move aimed at pressurising the Modi government to take a pro-active appraoch in the matter is the brain child of senior RSS pracharak Indresh Kumar. Prime Minister Modi had raked up the issue at last year’s Independence Day speech and had formally added Balochistan in the country’s policy quiver to tackle Pakistani propaganda of rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had also raised the issue in the United Nations and described Pakistani actions in the province as the ‘worst form of state repression’.”At a recent meeting of MRM in Agra a couple of days ago, we decided that we are going to hold seminars and talks across the country on the Pakistani excesses in Balochistan. For long Pakistan has tried to mislead the world regarding Jammu and Kashmir, but here is a region that was an independent entity, and was annexed by the Pakistani forces without rhyme or reason,” said MRM national convenor Mohammad Afzal.In his address in Agra, Indresh Kumar said, “Pakistan government is perpetrating human rights violations in Balochistan. Baloch people are original Indian people. In Pakistan, 62 per cent of the land and 40 per cent of the population is Baloch. As these people are Indian people, it is the duty of Indian citizens to empathise with Balochs.”

See pics: India, Russia military exercise in final phase

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Indra 2017′, the first tri- service military exercise between India and Russia, entered its final phase today in Russia, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.The 11-day exercise, which is being carried out under the mandate of the United Nations since October 19, saw simulations of various settings and possible exigencies in dealing with terrorists.In one such setting, the Indian and Russian task force comprising armoured, mechanised infantry and infantry elements, supported by fighter aircrafts and armed helicopters successfully extricated a humanitarian aid convoy from a terrorist attack, which was simulated as per the exercise setting.The humanitarian assistance was aimed for trapped civilians in a counter insurgency environment. The attack tested the response mechanism of the combined task force of Indian and Russian defence forces.The terrorists were successfully isolated and the humanitarian aid convoy was escorted to safety, the statement said giving details of the exercise.Simultaneously, fighter aircraft and armed helicopters pulverised the target while artillery elements comprising 122mm GRAD and howitzers further softened the target.Armoured tanks closed in on the target along with mechanised infantry elements and cordoned off the entire area, and the stage was set for the infantry to launch the final assault.The last drill of Exercise Indra 2017 will be carried out tomorrow when landing of ground forces at Cape of Klerk training area, using an amphibious vessel, will be undertaken by Indian and Russian naval elements with air Support.The exercise will culminate on October 29 in a grand closing ceremony which will be held at Vladivostok.ndia, Russia military exercise in final phase

The Milind Deora interview | Congress doesn’t change its economic policies, whether in or outside power

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From Rahul Gandhi’s UC Berkeley address to BJP’s flip-flop on economic reforms, Congress leader Milind Deora spoke about a range of issues. In a candid interview with Kartikeya Sharma, he said that Congress doesn’t have the luxury of building party block by block, it must have coalition as a short-term goal. He added that the Congress must tell a compelling story to the aspirational class that they are a better alternative.Q: What was the purpose of Rahul Gandhi’s trip to the US?A: I addressed UC Berkeley two years ago and I realized that India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Lal Nehru addressed the university in 1949 which was then the epicenter of liberal politics globally. I suggested to them the possibility of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing them and they got very excited. I subsequently got the programme approved by Rahul Gandhi. He liked the idea and from there on I started to work around it. Then we decided to meet more people and companies including universities. We also decided to meet politicians in Washington. The objective was to meet a cross section of people in the United States and I connected to people I had been in touch with.Q: Lot of people back home said that the trip portrays that Rahul Gandhi isn’t a left of centre politician?A: If you are in Silicon-valley you have to meet companies like Tesla. If that comes out as not left of centre then it is an interpretation. It is important to know that these companies also want to have a relationship with India as many Indians work in this sector and for this reason, they were very happy to meet the delegation. I’m glad it went well. None of the optics were planned. People also connected it with Rahul’s imminent elevation but that wasn’t the case. So, nothing was planned for an effect. I’m glad it had a positive effect but optics weren’t pre-planned.Q: Where does Congress stand ideologically? Has it turned left of centre?A: Congress socially is an inclusive party but economically we have evolved over a time. 70 years ago, we were left of centre party and did not have a good relationship with the US. We were then left of centre party and left of centre country. At the time of independence, some said that we were more right of centre party than left. Everything is very relative to the West. As time, progressed Congress took many initiatives economically.Q: What about today?A: We don’t have a hard and fast rule about left or right. There are issues on which you need to be extreme left and on some issues, you need to be extreme right. We know the right balance. We were right in the sense of economic reforms and pushed GST but on the other hand created left of centre schemes like MNREGA. We need a healthy balance of both. It is relative. BJP in opposition was more left of centre than us.Q: On one hand Congress aligns with left and on other hand we see Rahul Gandhi visiting temples. What is the message that is being sent?A: To say that Congress or Rahul Gandhi has changed ideologically is not a fair point. Congress has demonstrated a consistent economic ideology. BJP was anti-GST then but today it has turned pro GST. They were anti Aadhar and now they are pro Aadhar. Same was the case with land law. We have exhibited consistency. We have exhibited the same position on issues whether either in power or out of it.Q: There was a Congress under Indira Gandhi. There was a Congress under Rajiv Gandhi. What is Rahul Gandhi’s Congress?A: Rahul Gandhi’s economic view, in my opinion, is a mix of economic reforms which unleashes private enterprise, innovation, growth and private opportunities along with strong social security net backed by technology like Aadhar which eliminates wastage. I have never heard him say something purely socialist. I have not heard him say like remove all the regulations. So, it is a healthy mix of both. Congress is an economically centrist party. Some in Congress think that it should be leftish and some say it should be capitalist but I say that Congress should remain centrist.Q: Congress has been tagged post 2014 as an anti-majority party? Your views on it?A: Someone is anti-minority and if you don’t tow their lines then they will call you anti-majority. We are inclusive. We aren’t anti anyone. We respect all social communities.Q: Currently if you look at the narrative it is caste configuration versus Hindutva?A: There is a challenge when there is a populist movement which is not inclusive and against a minority group. It is harder to sell unity than fear. It makes our work harder. Communalisation leads to polarization and then radicalization which creates national security situation. Even Democrats face the same problem. They are also grappling with Trump. How to deal with him. These trends are also visible in Europe.Q: Urban constituencies don’t look predisposed towards BJP?A: I don’t think that there is an urban-rural divide but I think we need to do more to connect with aspirational classes of India. It can be both urban or rural India. This government attracted aspirational segments as they felt that BJP would do away with its communal politics. Today aspirational India feels dissatisfied with the social politics of BJP. In fact, there is an erosion of this constituency. They are concerned as the economy is not reviving and on top of it they are disgusted with their social politics. But it is for us to tell a compelling narrative and to assure people that we have a better economic agenda. We are still working on it and trying to flesh it out. We have not reached the point of fully convincing the people but we are reaching there.Q: Do regional alliances work for Congress organizationally?A: It works on state to state basis. In UP if we would have had a rainbow coalition then it would have worked. Alliances are important but also doesn’t hold true in every state.Q: Doesn’t it worry you that BJP is expanding organizationally and Congress is vanishing organizationally across the state? Your electoral alliances have damaged Congress organizationally?A: This is a debate which political parties have internally. UP for longest time use to say that fight alone and then the view came that have an alliance. It is my view that it all depends on alliance partner, states and long-term and short-term view. Today Congress needs to stitch together a larger rainbow coalition and I insist that it is my personal view. Congressmen may object to that as less will get to contest the elections. Today is the time when Congress doesn’t have the luxury of time to build the party block by block, booth by booth. We should do that in long run and have the aspiration to fight elections alone as BJP is doing today. That should be the long-term goal. The short and medium-term goal is that we need to stitch a coalition.

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.

India will retain North Korean embassy to keep channels open: Sushma Swaraj to Tillerson

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tillerson held talks with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj as part of a new effort by the Trump administration to deepen economic and strategic ties, as a way to balance China’s growing clout across Asia.Both sides pledged to strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation and Tillerson said Washington stood ready to provide India with advanced military technologies.”The United States supports India’s emergence as a leading power and will continue to contribute to Indian capabilities to provide security throughout the region,” Tillerson told a joint news conference with Swaraj.Swaraj said the issue of India’s diplomatic and economic relations with North Korea came up during the talks but she conveyed to the top U.S. diplomat that some level of diplomatic presence was necessary.”As far as the question of embassy goes, our embassy there is very small, but there is in fact an embassy,” she said.
ALSO READ Such a simple man: Rex Tillerson bowled over by Mahatma Gandhi’s aura and simplicity”I told Secretary Tillerson that some of their friendly countries should maintain embassies there so that some channels of communication are kept open.”India and North Korea maintain diplomatic offices in each other’s capitals, though New Delhi recently banned trade of most goods with the country, except food or medicine. Trade was minimal, Swaraj said.
ALSO READ India and US are natural allies, stand shoulder to shoulder against terror, says Rex Tillerson after meeting Sushma SwarajThe focus on North Korea comes as U.S. President Donald Trump heads to China next month, where he is expected to urge President Xi Jinping to make good on his commitments to pressure North Korea.SHOULDER TO SHOULDERTillerson landed in New Delhi on Tuesday night after a day-trip to India’s arch rival, Pakistan, which he called an important U.S. ally in the restive region that includes war-torn Afghanistan.On Wednesday, he said Washington was concerned about the stability of the Pakistan government against militant groups and that it stood with India in the fight against terror.”In the fight against terrorism the United States will stand shoulder to shoulder with India. Terrorists’ safe havens will not be tolerated.”India has long blamed Pakistan for failing to act against militant groups operating from its soil, a concern shared by the United States and the Afghan government trying to fight Taliban insurgents who they say are also sheltered in northwest Pakistan.Tillerson’s visit comes a week after he made a speech in Washington about the United States wanting to “dramatically deepen” cooperation with India, which it sees as a key partner in the face of what he considers to be negative Chinese influence in Asia.”This visit could not come at a more promising time for the U.S.-India partnership, as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of relations between our two countries and look forward to co-hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in (the Indian city of) Hyderabad next month,” Alice G. Wells, a senior U.S. state department official, wrote in a blogpost. (http://bit.ly/2yMLPpa)Tillerson, who toured India on several occasions as an oil executive before joining President Donald Trump’s government this year, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later on Wednesday.Fast-growing India is already a major market for the United States, with bilateral trade last year standing at around $115 billion, which the two countries aim to raise to $500 billion by 2022.

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan says roads in MP better than US; social media has a hearty laugh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made quite a tall claim on Tuesday at the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum meeting.”When I got down at the Washington airport and travelled on roads, I felt the roads in Madhya Pradesh are better than the United States,” the MP CM said. “Few years back, MP was termed as a diseased state, but when I became the Chief Minister 12 years back then it was in my mind that without basic infrastructure no state can develop. Our first focus was on building the roads. Today, we have constructed around 1.75 lakh kilometer roads in the state and all the villages have been well-connected with roads,” Chouhan said.Sure enough, the claim raised eyebrows and Twitterati rose to the occasion with a flood of sarcastic responses.

Child Abduction: Committee to hold consultations on India’s position in Bengaluru

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The committee deliberating India’s position on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction is likely to hold a second round of consultations in Bengaluru this month. Concentrating till now on cases of parental abduction of NRIs from North India, the committee, has been approached by spouses from South India in the first round of talks that were held in Delhi on September 16 and 17.”There were a significant number of cases from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. Because of the cultural differences the kind of cases will vary differently. There’s a need to study these cases as well,” said a member of the panel headed by Justice Rajesh Bindal, which was formed in February. In July this year, the panel asked the public for comments.In the consultation, panel heard cases from both sides. “While the men point at the host country’s robust domestic violence laws and say that the child will suffer from the ‘parental alienation syndrome’, the women say that when a complaint of domestic assault is made, the child protection forces take away the child,” said the member. “At this point, we are in a Catch-22 situation.”While over 50 pleas were heard in the panel’s first consultation, there are over 95 cases still lodged with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The United States have been pursuing India to sign the Convention to which over 96 countries are signatories. But the plight of women who flee to India from abuse, in most cases, prompted women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi to carry on the consultation.The panel, which has representation from the Chandigarh Judicial Academy Chandigarh, along with NRI Commission of Punjab, will also study the Civil Aspect of the International Child Abduction Bill, 2016.Both sidesMen point at the robust domestic violence laws and say that the child will suffer from ‘parental alienation syndrome’. Women say when a complaint of domestic assault is made, the child protection forces take away the child

It’s terrorists vs terrorist in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The United Jihad Council (UJC), an umbrella group of over a dozen militant outfits based in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, has stirred the hornet’s nest by claiming that a new Ikhwan (the disbanded pro government militia) is being created in the name of ISIS and al-qaeda using the facade of Zakir Musa.”A new Ikhwan is being created for the past several months in the name of ISIS and Al-Qaeda using the façade of Zakir Musa. Indian-paid agents are being recruited for this brigade. They are being hailed by the Indian media and the impression is being given that these paid agents are the real heroes of the Kashmir freedom struggle,” Syed Sadakat Hussain, the spokesperson for UJC, told a local news agency.Hussain claimed that Indian intelligence agencies are busy hatching conspiracies and trying to “use the paid agents to weaken the ongoing “freedom struggle in Kashmir.””For the past few days, the media has been busy cooking up a cock-and-bull story claiming that Zakir Musa is meeting with militants who had managed to enter into the Valley through Gulmarg route. We appeal to the people of Kashmir to be alert and expose such types of conspiracies,” Hussain said.After breaking ranks with Hizbul Mujhadeen, Musa formed the Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind and was named chief in July.

Pollution linked to millions of deaths worldwide, says study

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pollution is killing millions of people worldwide, mostly through the diseases it causes including heart conditions, strokes and lung cancer, according to a large international study.Almost all pollution-related deaths – around 92 percent – are in poor or middle-income countries, the research found. And in rapidly industrialising countries such as India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Madagascar, pollution is linked to as many as a quarter of all fatalities.”Pollution is much more than an environmental challenge – it is a profound and pervasive threat that affects many aspects of human health and wellbeing,” said Philip Landrigan, a professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the United States who co-led the study.The study found pollution was linked to around nine million deaths in 2015.Dirty air – caused by everything from transport and industry to indoor fires – was the biggest contributor linked to 6.5 million deaths, it said.The next biggest was polluted water that spread gastrointestinal diseases and parasitic infections and killed 1.8 million people.The greatest numbers of deaths linked to pollution in that year were in India with 2.5 million, and China with 1.8 million.The research, conducted by about 40 international scientists, used data from the Global Burden of Disease study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. It was published in The Lancet medical journal on Friday.

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