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US, China impose tariffs on each other
WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Mar 23 (Agencies): The trade war between US and China picked steam after the two biggest economies in the world slapped half-baked tariffs on each other. Escalating Trump's 'America first' trade policy, US President Donald Trump on Thursday imposed $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods, alleging 'unfair' intellectual property theft. The action followed a seven-month investigation into the allegations, a long-standing point of contention between US-China trade relations. Immediately after, China also raised the tariffs on US pork, aluminium and other goods in response to Trump tariff hikes. The official website of China's commerce ministry has a proposed list of 128 US products as potential retaliation targets. In addition to tariffs, the White House also pla...
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BJP minister says 3 lakh tablets used in Mantralaya, not 3 lakh rats killed
MUMBAI, Mar 23 (Agencies): Amid the ongoing controversy over how 3 lakh rats were killed in just seven days in Mumbai, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister Ram Kadam has issued a clarification. The minister said that 3,19,400 is the number of tablets that were used and not the rats that were killed. "3,19,400 rats is the number of rat killing tablets and not the number of rats. There's no machine to count the number of rats. People assumed that 45,000 rats were killed every day, this is false," Ram Kadam said. He also added that these rat killing tablets were procured in 2010-11 at the rate of Rs 1.50. "It's like making a mountain out of a molehill," he added. The issue was brought to light by senior BJP leader and former Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse who had demanded an inquiry i...
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Delhi HC grants bail to Karti Chidambaram
NEW DELHI, Mar 23 (Agencies): The Delhi High Court granted bail to Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidamabaram, in connection with the INX Media corruption case. The order was delivered by Justice S P Garg who had reserved his verdict on March 16 after hearing arguments on behalf of Karti and the CBI which had opposed grant of the relief to him. The agency had contended that he should not be granted bail as he has already destroyed evidence in the case and was an "influential" person. Karti's counsel had argued that no case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was made out against him since the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had neither questioned any public servant, nor made them an accused in the matter. Karti's lawyers had denied allegations of tamperin...
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ED attaches Rs 3 lakhs terror funds of LeT in Kashmir
NEW DELHI, Mar 22: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today said it has attached Rs 3 lakh cash of alleged terror funds in connection with its money laundering probe against terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) which operates in the Kashmir Valley. The central probe agency said that it attached the cash, in Indian currency, after it was found that the money was the “proceeds of crime” of terrorism and that it was to be delivered to hardcore militant Mohammed Hussain Dar alias Raju by his associate Abdul Hamid Lone. “The attached amount was meant for militant activities,” the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said in a statement....
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India making IWT `dysfunctional’: Pak
ISLAMABAD, Mar 22 (Agencies): Pakistan on Thursday accused India of making the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) “dysfunctional” and said it has taken up the matter with the World Bank. The IWT was signed in 1960 after nine years of negotiations between India and Pakistan with the help of the World Bank, which is also a signatory. The World Bank’s role in relation to “differences” and “disputes” is limited to the designation of people to fulfill certain roles when requested by either or both of the parties. “Indus Waters Treaty has been made dysfunctional by India. Its dispute resolution mechanism is currently not working, which includes the contentious Kishanganga and Rattle power projects,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said while addressing the weekly press briefing here. Faisal...
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Don't mess with India's electoral process'
Ravi Shankar Prasad warns facebook of 'Strong Action'
NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): India today warned social media platforms like Facebook of stringent action if any attempt was made by them to influence the country's electoral process through "undesirable means". Amid probe by US privacy watchdog and British lawmakers over a potential breach of user confidentiality by Facebook, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Indian government fully supports freedom of press, speech and expression and is all for free exchange of ideas on social media. However, any attempt by social media sites, including Facebook, to influence India's electoral process through undesirable means will not be tolerated, he told reporters in Parliament House complex. "...Let me make it very, very clear, we fully support freedom of press, speech and expressi...
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Will Congress win on data theft
Govt takes on Rahul over Facebook data breach
NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (Agencies): The government has targeted Congress president Rahul Gandhi over the massive data breach involving social media giant Facebook. Addressing mediapersons on Wednesday, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, raised question on the role of Cambridge Analytica in social media profile of the Congress president. This comes as Facebook is facing the heat after Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting company, was accused of harvesting data of up to 50 million users without permission and using the data to help politicians, including US President Donald Trump and the Brexit campaign. Hitting out at the Congress party and its leadership, the Union minister asked, “Will Congress party depend on data theft and manipulation to w...
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CCTV cameras and WiFi in all trains: Goyal
LUCKNOW, Mar 18 (Agencies): Soon, all trains in India will be equipped with Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and WiFi connection, said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal at an event in Lucknow. “Our government is determined to ensure that all the railway stations in the country are clean, safe and have all kind of facilities. We've decided to put CCTV cameras in all trains and also provide WiFi facility,” said Goyal. The announcement comes two days after the news of Indian Railways deciding to remove all LCD screens from Tejas and Shatabdi Express emerged. The decision was taken due to vandalism and the high cost of repairing broken screens. Apart from LCD screens, headphones also went missing and the general indulgence in acts of vandalism prevailed. Goyal, in his public speech,...
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Ola, Uber drivers threaten to go on indefinite strike from today in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru
NEW DELHI, Mar 18 (Agencies): Commuters taking Ola, Uber to commute are likely to face a tough time travelling as the drivers have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from March 19. The strike is expected to be observed in key cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune among other cities. The call for strike was made after drivers claimed that they were given big assurances but they are even unable to cover their costs. "Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers, but today they are unable to cover their costs. They have invested Rs 5-7 lakh, and were expecting to make Rs 1.5 lakh a month but are unable to even make half of this, owing to the mismanagement by these companies," Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena, who is organising the strike, s...
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Singer Daler Mehndi convicted for human trafficking, jailed for 2 yrs
PATIALA, Mar 16 (Agencies): Singer Daler Mehndi was on Friday convicted in a human trafficking case by a Patiala court in Punjab and sentenced to two years in jail. The singer was taken into custody by the Punjab Police soon after his conviction but was soon granted bail. A case against Mehndi, his brother Shamsher and some of his associates, was registered by the Patiala police following a complaint filed by one Bakshish Singh of Balbehra village in Punjab in 2003. The complainant had alleged that he had been duped by the Mehndi brothers who received lakhs of rupees from him on the pretext of sending him abroad as a member of the troupe of Daler Mehndi. The Punjabi pop singer was arrested after the case was registered but was released on bail after a few days.Shamsher died in October ...
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