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Trump to move on border security, immigration enforcement

By pti On January - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Washington, Jan 25 (AP) President Donald Trump will begin rolling out executive actions on immigration, beginning with steps to tighten border security including his proposed wall along the US-Mexico border and other domestic immigration enforcement measures, according to two administration officials.

Later in the week, the president is expected to take steps to restrict the flow of refugees to the United States.

One official said the president was expected to roll out immigration measures over the next few days.

The officials insisted on anonymity in order to confirm the plans ahead of Trump’s official announcement. The president is expected to sign the first actions today during a trip to the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump campaigned on pledges to tighten US immigration policies, including beefing up border security and stemming the flow of refugees. He also called for halting entry to the US from Muslim countries, but later shifted the policy to a focus on what he called “extreme vetting” for those coming from countries with terrorism ties.

As president, Trump can use an executive order to halt refugee processing. President George W Bush used that same power in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Refugee security vetting was reviewed and the process was restarted several months later.

While the specific of Trump’s orders were unclear, both officials said Wednesday’s actions would focus in part on the president’s plans to construct a wall along the southern border with Mexico. He has insisted Mexico would pay for the wall, though the Mexican government has repeatedly said it would not.

Trump will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the White House next week.

The Trump administration also must adhere to a decades-old border treaty with Mexico that limits where and how structures can be built along the border. The 1970 treaty requires that structures cannot disrupt the flow of the rivers, which define the US-Mexican border along Texas and 24 miles in Arizona, according to The International Boundary and Water Commission, a joint US-Mexican agency that administers the treaty

India, UAE ink defence, security pacts

By pti On January - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

New Delhi, Jan 25 (PTI) Seeking to boost security collaboration, India and the United Arab Emirates today inked two pacts to enable cooperation in the areas of cyberspace, armaments, defence industries and transfer of technology.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Mohammed Al Bawardi, UAE’s Minister of State for Defence, exchanged Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of defence industry.

The agreement aims to establish cooperation in the identified fields of defence manufacturing and technology, including through studies, research, development, innovation and cooperation between public and private sector institutions of the two nations.

Under this MoU, the two sides will also collaborate in areas of armaments, defence industries and transfer of technology.

The second MoU exchanged between Parrikar and Shaikh Khalid bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy National Security Adviser and Chairman of the State Security Department, UAE, was aimed at technology development and cooperation in cyberspace.

It is noteworthy that in May last year, Parrikar’s visit to the Gulf country focused on widening conversation with the UAE military on defence and security issues.

Possibilities of Indian defence manufacturers selling military equipment to the UAE were also explored during Parrikar’s visit.

Parrikar had also inked an MoU on the Mutual Protection of Classified Information.

Bilateral defence interaction between India and the UAE has been witnessing a steady growth.

There have been regular high level exchanges at the level of service chiefs, functional level exchanges and military education exchanges between the countries.

The ships of the navies of both countries have regularly made port calls enhancing bilateral defence cooperation.

India and UAE also hold an ‘Annual Defence Dialogue’ to discuss the security and defence cooperation issues between the two countries.

Akhilesh shares stage with Cong in first joint campaign in UP

By pti On January - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Lakhimpur Kheri (UP), Jan 25 (PTI) Sharing the stage with Congress in their first joint campaign, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today hit out at BJP, saying the saffron party will have to do an ‘ulta asana’ after people will vote against it in large numbers in the upcoming Assembly polls.

Akhilesh, who shared the dais with Congress leader Prem Prakash Agrawal, defended the alliance of the two parties, saying now the ‘bicycle’ (SP symbol) will run even faster as there is a ‘hand’ (Congress symbol) to help in the ride.

Samajwadi Party and Congress on Sunday sealed a pre-poll pact to contest the upcoming UP assembly elections, with the two parties declaring that while SP will have the lion’s share of 298 of 403 seats, Congress will contest the remaining 105.

“There is an ‘ulta asana’ in yoga, which is being propagated by BJP, but this time round, people will come out in large numbers to vote against BJP and make the party do ‘ulta asana’,” Akhilesh said, addressing an election meeting of his party in flood-prone Dhaurehra constituency here.

“See how have these people (BJP) misled us…We have already seen bad days by standing in long queues (because of demonetisation), now tell me where are the achche din,” he said.

“We felt the country will make progress but these people pushed it back by bringing demonetisation and statistics prove this…note ban which was brought to check corruption saw corruption also in deposits of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes…

“The entire country stood in queues…it was only the SP government which extended financial help to families of those who lost their lives in queues,” he said.

Attacking the BJP government for surgical strikes, he said several jawans were killed on the border later and questioned what help was extended to their families.

“It was the SP government which gave an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh to their families…our government helped everyone…I appeal to people that the state elections are also going to decide the direction of the country and all should cast their votes judiciously,” he said.

The chief minister was flanked by SP national general secretary Ravi Prakash Verma, party district chief Anurag Patel, Dhaurehra SP candidate Yash Pal Chaudhary and the Congress leader.

“Till now, I was riding ‘bicycle’ (SP symbol) alone. Now that we have a ‘hand’ (Congress symbol) to help in the ride, the ‘bicycle’ will run even faster,” he said.

“SP does what it says and there is no difference between its words and deeds,” he said, exuding confidence that the party will get thumping majority after its alliance with Congress.

Mocking BJP, Akhilesh said its leaders lack even in common sense that money is not black or white, “rather transactions make currency black or white”.

“But the BJP government banned all high denomination currency causing trouble to everyone–traders, farmers, rural women,” he said. .

Fortress Washington braces for anti-Trump protests, New Yorkers march

By indian express On January - 20 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Washington turned into a virtual fortress on Thursday ahead of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, while thousands of people took to the streets of New York to express their displeasure with his coming administration.

Some 900,000 people, both Trump backers and opponents, are expected to flood Washington for Friday’s inauguration ceremony, according to organizers’ estimates. Events include the swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and a parade to the White House along streets thronged with spectators.

The number of planned protests and rallies this year is far above what has been typical at recent presidential inaugurations, with some 30 permits granted in Washington for anti-Trump rallies and sympathy protests planned in cities from Boston to Los Angeles, and abroad in cities including London and Sydney.

The night before the inauguration, thousands of people turned out in New York for a rally at the Trump International Hotel and Tower, and then marched a few blocks from the Trump Tower where the businessman lives.

The rally featured a lineup of politicians, activists and celebrities including Mayor Bill de Blasio and actor Alec Baldwin, who trotted out the Trump parody he performs on “Saturday Night Live.”

“Donald Trump may control Washington, but we control our destiny as Americans,” de Blasio said. “We don’t fear the future. We think the future is bright, if the people’s voices are heard.”

In Washington, police cars lined much of Pennsylvania Avenue, the parade route, as workers unloaded crowd control fences from flatbed trucks, erected barricades and marked off pavement with tape.

US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said police aimed to keep groups separate, using tactics similar to those employed during last year’s political conventions.

TN to issue ordinance to ensure conduct of Jallikattu

By pti On January - 20 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

New Delhi, Jan 20 (PTI) In a bid to defuse the swelling street protests, Tamil Nadu government today said it will issue an ordinance to ensure the conduct of Jallikattu sport in a day or two and has submitted a draft of it to the Union Home Ministry.

After discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and consultations with legal experts, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam announced this morning that the state government will amend a Central act on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to allow conduct of Jallikattu in the state with Centre’s backing and urged protestors across the state to withdraw their agitation following the likelihood of the bull taming sport to be held in a “day or two.”

Panneerselvam, who stayed back in Delhi yesterday to discuss the matter with legal experts and government officials, said the draft ordinance has been prepared and sent to the Union Home Ministry today, and after Centre’s approval, it will be sent for Presidential assent.

“I stayed back in Delhi yesterday and discussed with legal experts and senior government officials the matter of making amendments to Centre’s animal cruelty prevention act (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960) at the state level. On the basis of that it was decided to bring an amendment to the Act at the state level,” he told reporters here.

“It was also decided to issue an ordinance to make this amendment. Under the Constitution of India, this draft ordinance has to be sent to Union Home Ministry and on Centre’s recommendation it has to be sent to the President for his approval,” he said.

After securing a Presidential order, Tamil Nadu Governor can issue an ordinance on the matter, he said, adding, he had asked his senior officials to liaison with their Central government counterparts on the matter by staying put in Delhi.

Panneerselvam sounded confident of seeing the matter through as he recalled the Prime Minster’s assurance of support to any legal steps by his government to allow the bull taming sport in the state and said the ordinance will be issued in a day or two.

“As said by the Prime Minster, we will get full Central cooperation on this matter. So, with the ban about to be removed and Jallikattu likely in a day or two, I request the public, students and other organisations who have been protesting to withdraw their agitation,” he said, flanked by among others, state Animal Husbandry Minister P Balakrishna Reddy. .

Gold declines by Rs 70 on easing demand, silver recovers

By pti On January - 20 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

New Delhi, Jan 20 (PTI) Gold prices fell by Rs 70 to Rs 29,630 per 10 gram, owing to slackened demand from local jewellers even as the metal strengthen overseas.

On the other hand, silver recovered by Rs 50 to Rs 41,600 per kg on increased offtake by industrial units and coin makers.

Traders attributed the slide in gold prices to a fall in demand from local jewellers and retailers but a firm trend overseas capped the losses.

Globally, gold rose 0.12 per cent to USD 1,206 an ounce in Singapore as weakness in the dollar boosted demand for the precious metal as a safe-haven.

In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent and 99.5 per cent purity slipped by Rs 70 each to Rs 29,630 and Rs 29,480 per 10 grams respectively.

Sovereign, however, held steady at Rs 24,300 per piece of eight gram.

On the other hand, silver ready edged up by Rs 50 to Rs 41,600 per kg and weekly-based delivery traded higher by a similar margin to Rs 41,450 per kg.

Silver coins, however, continued to be traded at previous level of Rs 72,000 for buying and Rs 73,000 for selling of 100 pieces.

Bengaluru tops list, five other Indian cities among world’s most dynamic places

By indian express On January - 19 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Six Indian cities have made it to the world’s 30 most dynamic places that have the ability to embrace technological change, absorb rapid population growth and strengthen global connectivity, with Bengaluru topping the chart. Cities in India, China and Vietnam, along with several in the US, head the list of world’s fastest changing cities in JLL’s fourth annual City Momentum Index. Other Indian cities in the list are Hyderabad at the 5th position, Pune (13), Chennai (18), Delhi (23) and Mumbai (25). Asia Pacific cities comprise half the top 30 fastest-changing cities.

“India has taken over from China as home to some of the world’s most dynamic cities. Six Indian cities feature in the CMI Global Top 30, with the country’s primary technology hub, Bangalore, moving into the top spot for the first time,” JLL said. Top 10 cities in the JLL index are Bengaluru, Ho Chi Minh City, Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Hyderabad, London, Austin, Hanoi, Boston and Nairobi.

“With more than half the world’s population currently living in cities, a proportion that is expected to grow substantially over the next few decades, the success of our cities takes on great importance,” said Jeremy Kelly, JLL Director in Global Research. The report noted that dynamic labour markets help fuel some ‘Emerging Megacities’ such as Chennai, Manila, Delhi and Mumbai. However, this group faces significant infrastructure and quality of life issues, with high levels of inequality, congestion and pollution hindered by weak city governance.

In all, 134 cities were assessed by CMI using 42 variables including recent and projected changes in city GDP, population, corporate headquarter presence, commercial real estate construction and rents. Other factors included education, innovation and environment.

Congress approaches EC against PM Modi for invoking Lord Ram

By indian express On January - 19 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Congress on Wednesday went to the Election Commission, seeking action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for invoking Lord Ram at a recent function. The Congress complaint was in connection with a speech made by the Prime Minister through video conference on January 12.

Referring to the Prime Minister’s inaugural address to Ramayana Darshnam Exhibition at Vivekanand Kendra, Kanyakumari, Congress said he utilised the event “as part of election campaign in the name of religion by invoking and making statements regarding ‘Bhagwan Shri Ram’, ‘Ayodhya’, ‘Ram Rajya’ ‘Hanumanji’ and ‘Bharat’ repeatedly.”

“He deliberately mentioned about Bhagwan Shri Ram, Hanuman and other characters… and compared the policies of his government with that of Bhagwan Shri Ram. The whole idea and tenure of his speech was to invoke religion to further the election prospects of BJP,” the complaint said.

Jallikattu matter is sub-judice: PM tells Tamil Nadu CM

By pti On January - 19 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

New Delhi, Jan 19 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday virtually indicated his government’s inability to promulgate an ordinance on allowing Jallikattu noting that the matter is sub-judice as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam met him here seeking Centre’s intervention

“While appreciating the cultural significance of Jallikattu, the Prime Minister observed that the matter is at present sub-judice,” the PMO said after the meeting

At the same time, it said, “The Centre would be supportive of the steps taken by the state government.”

As protests demanding the lifting of the ban on bull taming sport Jallikattu spread across Tamil Nadu, the Chief Minister rushed here last night to meet the Prime Minister with a request for ordinance

With regard to the drought situation in Tamil Nadu, Modi assured Paneerselvam that all possible assistance would be provided to the state.

A central team would be deputed to Tamil Nadu shortly to assess the drought situation, the PMO said.

Amarinder promises reinvestigation into drug racket

By pti On January - 19 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Amritsar, Jan 19 (PTI) Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh today said he will order a reinvestigation into the drug racket case in which cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia was given a clean shit by the SIT if his party came to power.

“We will order a reinvestigation into the drug racket case in which Majithia was given a clean chit by the SIT and throw behind bars those involved in the narcotics trade after coming to power in the state,” he said at a press conference here.

Amarinder, flanked by Amritsar East candidate Navjot Singh Sidhu and party nominee for Assembly and Lok Sabha bypoll from Amritsar, made it clear that the cricketer-turned-politician had joined Congress sans a precondition and will seek votes as a star campaigner.

“He is a foot soldier of the party and has joined it without any condition. He never put forth any condition,” he said.

On AAP’s charge that he was going soft on Parkash Singh Badal, an aggressive Amarinder asked if the media wanted him to “thrash” the chief minister.

He said he had chosen to contest from Lambi Assembly seat to hand Badal a crushing defeat and the public mood was against the ruling family.

The Congress chief claimed his party will sweep all nine seats in Majha.

He alleged that the state was in “total ruins” under the Badal rule and that he needed an absolute majority to make a “real” difference and put Punjab back on the path to progress.

Asked if AAP posed a threat to SAD in the polls, he said the rival party was in doldrums and has no connect to Punjab.

“So many AAP workers, including founding members, are joining Congress. Many AAP leaders were entering the party fold in Amritsar today,” he said. .

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