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Mamata’s party to boycott GST launch function in Parliament

West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has said that her party has decided to “boycott” the special sitting of Parliament that the government has called to roll out the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the midnight of June 30 and called the implementation plan of GST a second “epic blunder” of the government after demonetisation. While there is a possibility of other Opposition parties also taking a similar call, Banerjee in a Facebook post has made it clear that her party will not be attending…

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Syria’s Assad preparing another chemical attack

The White House issued an ominous warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday night, pledging that his regime would pay a “heavy price” if it carried out another chemical attack this year. In a statement, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the United States had detected evidence of preparations for a chemical attack, similar to the preparations that occurred before an attack in April. Russia, a key Syrian ally, dismissed the White House statement on Tuesday and called Washington’s threats against Syria “unacceptable.” “The United States has…

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India-US alliance to check China will be ‘catastrophic’, warns Chinese media

Any attempt by India to become US ally to counter China will not be in its interests and could even lead to “catastrophic results”, a state-run Chinese daily said as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump held their maiden meeting on Tuesday. “Washington and New Delhi share anxieties about China’s rise. In recent years, to ratchet up geopolitical pressure on China, the US has cozied up to India,” an article in the Global Times said. Underlining that India is not a US ally like Japan or Australia,…

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Chinese Troops Transgress Sikkim Border, Destroy Bunkers: Report

Chinese troops crossed the Sikkim border and destroyed two make-shift bunkers of the army, reports the Press Trust of India. The face-off in the remote area lasted 10 days, said the news agency, adding that “the Indian troops had to struggle hard to stop the Chinese personnel from advancing further into Indian territory.” Indian soldiers according to Press Trust of India “formed a human wall along the Line of Actual Control (LAC)” to block the Chinese troops from progressing further into the region. Pictures and videos of the stand-off exist,…

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US President has an entire Indian village named in his honour

The American president has recently had a scaly-headed moth named after him, but how about an entire Indian village? Residents in a small community in the northern state of Haryana are apparently embracing their village’s new name, ‘Trump Village’, with hopes the unusual connection will soon have them flushed with success in improving sanitation. The rebranding is part of a campaign by a toilet charity, as part of a promotional push to raise cash and support for better sanitation through the publicity the group’s stunt will generate. Aid group Sulabh International,…

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Ahead Of PM’s Visit, US Sees No Threat To Pak From Arms Deal With India

With the United States expected to authorise India’s purchase of naval drones, a senior White House official cautioned on Friday that any US military transfer to India would not represent a threat to its neighbour Pakistan. The official spoke to reporters in advance of US President Donald Trump’s first meeting with PM Narendra Modi tomorrow, a White House visit that will include one-on-one talks and a working dinner. Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones, worth more than $2 billion, is seen in New Delhi as a key…

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Narendra Modi to get red carpet welcome at Donald Trump’s first ever White House working dinner

The United States is rolling out the red carpet for Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who will meet US president Donald Trump at the White House on Monday. The two leaders are expected to cap their meeting with a working dinner — Trump’s first evening meal with a visiting head of State in the White House since he took office in January 2017. Modi and Trump will meet for the first time on Monday afternoon, and the entire evening after that is different formats of the Indo-US engagement. ‘Defence, defence, defence’ — that’s what…

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Snub to Trump? Indian IT not dependent on H-1B: Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka has refuted the general impression that the Indian IT industry is overly dependent on H-1B visas for its business mode, amid the Trump administration’s crackdown on firms abusing the visa system to hire foreign workers on a low wage. Sikka also believes that the Indian IT companies need to grab the opportunities provided by new technologies like artificial intelligence in a big way to retain its global leadership edge in this fast changing infotech environment. “It is wrong to say and to think that we are…

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Donald Trump not welcome in Canada: Hepburn

Donald Trump is coming to Canada! That’s the bad news; the good news is he’s not coming until next May and then he will be tucked far away on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. While the very thought of the U.S. president setting foot in Canada is upsetting to many Canadians, there’s nothing we can do about it. Trump will be here to attend the annual G7 summit, which next year will be held at the historic Manoir Richelieu in the small town of La Malbaie, 150…

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President Trump Using Trump Hotel to Hold Trump Re-Election Fundraiser

President. Candidate. Businessman. Three of President Donald Trump’s roles converge next week as he holds his first re-election fundraiser at his hotel in Washington. Trump can see the Trump International Hotel from the White House lawn, making it a premier and convenient location for the June 28 major-donor event, his campaign director Michael Glassner said. But the choice also raises ethics questions, according to conflict of interest attorneys who have been critical of Trump’s decision not to cut financial ties with his global business empire. Kathleen Clark, a former ethics…

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Paul Pisasale,the Mayor who had it all facing extortion charge

Controversial former Queensland mayor Paul Pisasale, who was found with $50,000 in his hand luggage at Melbourne airport last month, has been arrested over an alleged extortion. Queensland’s anti-corruption body charged the former mayor of Ipswich City Council with one count of extortion yesterday. It is believed the extortion charge relates to allegations that Mr Pisasale threatened to expose a businessman’s dealings with a prostitute. Mr Pisasale, 65, had resigned from the mayoralty in dramatic circumstances on June 6, by calling a press conference — while dressed in a hospital…

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London mosque attacker mentally ill, not racist, family claims

The suspected terrorist who ploughed a van into Muslims outside a London mosque was a “lone-wolf” attacker who had recently split from his partner and was thrown out of a pub for loutish ­behaviour the day before the atrocity, it emerged yesterday. Darren Osborne, 47, an unemployed father of four, is alleged to have spoken abusively to a neighbour’s child before he was ejected from his local pub in Pentwyn, south Wales. His family claimed yesterday he had mental health problems and was not racist. The van used to carry…

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