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US Congress Passes Bill Against Chinese Crackdown over Hong Kong

(Washington) US Congress Passes Bill Against Chinese Crackdown over Hong Kong
The U.S. legislation would impose sanctions on groups that undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy, including police units that have cracked down on Hong Kong protesters, as well as Chinese Communist Party officials responsible for imposing the new security law. The bill also imposes sanctions on banks that do business with entities found to violate the law.
The Senate gave final legislative approval to the measure on Thursday, a day after the House approved it. It now goes to the White House.
In a television interview on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence called the new Hong Kong security law a betrayal of the international agreement China signed.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., a co-sponsor of the Senate bill, said passage of the “Hong Kong Autonomy Act” makes it clear that the United States “will not stand by as China seeks to crush freedom, human rights and democracy in Hong Kong”.
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., the bill’s other lead sponsor, urged Trump to sign it into law. “With our bill, the CCP will learn there are ramifications for repressing Hong Kongers’ freedom,” Toomey said, referring to the Chinese Communist Party.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also praised the sanctions bill as an urgently needed response to the cowardly Chinese government’s passage of its so-called national security law.”
Lawmakers from both parties have urged the Trump administration to take strong action in response to the crackdown by China against the former British territory, which was granted partial sovereignty under a treaty that took effect in 1997.

Google Temporarily Blocks Access to Banned Apps in India

(New Delhi) Google Temporarily Blocks Access to Banned Apps in India
Spokesperson Of Internet Mughal did not disclose details of the apps that Google had blocked.
According to sources, developers of many of the 59 banned apps had taken down their apps from Google Play Store voluntarily.
India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including TikTok, UC Browser, SHAREit and WeChat, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.

NDMC Hikes License Fee for Cinema Halls to ₹ 6,120 p a

(New Delhi) NDMC Hikes License Fee for Cinema Halls to ₹ 6,120 per annum
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has announced a marginal hike in license fee for operation of various trades, ranging from dry cleaning shops to cinema halls, in its areas.
While the license fee for a meat shop in the area has been revised to Rs 1,224 per annum from Rs 1,200,
‘dangerous offence trades’ including petrol pumps, service stations and dry cleaning shops will be charged Rs 510 per annum from the earlier Rs 500.
Similarly, the license fee for cinema halls has been hiked to Rs 6,120 per annum from Rs 6,000.

मेरठ में प्रतिष्ठित आनंद अस्‍पताल के संस्थापक हरिओम आनंद ने जहर खाया

(मेरठ,यूपी) मेरठ में प्रतिष्ठित आनंद अस्‍पताल के संस्थापक हरिओम आनंद ने जहर खाया,
स्थानीय पुलिस के अनुसार थाना नौचंदी के शास्त्रीनगर स्थित एच ब्लाक निवासी हरिओम आनंद ने शनिवार दोपहर गढ़ रोड के मुरालीपुर स्थित अपने फार्म हाउस पर जहर खा लिया। उन्हें आनंद अस्पताल में उनके ड्राइवर द्वारा भर्ती कराया गया जहां उपचार के दौरान उनकी मौत हो गई।
एसएसपी अजय साहनी का कहना है कि पुलिस मामले की जांच में जुटी है।
बताया जाता है कि हरिओम पर करीब 400 करोड़ रुपये का कर्ज था।

BJP Throws 10 Questions on Congress over RGF, China

(New Delhi)BJP Throws 10 Questions on Congress over RGF, China
BJP president J P Nadda on Saturday asked the opposition party 10 questions, including about alleged links between the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and China.
“Under the garb of China and COVID-19 crisis, one should not shy away from questions the nation wants to know,” Nadda told reporters while attacking Congress president Smt Sonia Gandhi.
Amid standoff with China, BJP President Nadda asserted that India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is safe and secure, and that its brave armed forces are fully capable of protecting the country.
Nadda alleged that the RGF, which is headed by Sonia Gandhi, continuously received donations from the Chinese embassy between 2005-09, from the “tax haven” of Luxemburg between 2006-09 and NGOs with commercial interests.
National interest was “sacrificed” and donations into the family-run foundation were accepted, Nadda said.
The Congress had on Friday dismissed Nadda’s attack on the RGF over alleged donations to it from the Chinese embassy and the Prime Minister National Relief Fund as a “diabolical game of deception” by the ruling party to divert attention from the alleged Chinese occupation of Indian territory.
Nadda asked the Congress on Saturday to come clean on its “links” with China, and the details of its MoU with the Communist Party of China.
He said India’s trade deficit with China soared to USD 36.2 billion in 2013-14 from USD 1.1 billion in 2004 and asked if it was “quid pro quo” from the Congress. The Congress-led UPA was in power between 2004-14.

केंद्र ने पका छिले नरियल के लिए 5.2% बढ़ाकर एमएसपी घोषित किया

(नई दिल्ली)केंद्र ने पका छिले नरियल के लिए 5.2% बढ़ाकर एमएसपी घोषित किया
केंद्र सरकार ने पके छिले नारियल के लिए 2020 सीजन का न्यूनतम समर्थन मूल्य (एमएसपी) प्रति क्विंटल 2,700 रुपये घोषित किया है। इस प्रकार, 2019 सीजन के प्रति क्विंटल 2,571 रुपये के मुकाबले 5.02 प्रतिशत की बढ़ोतरी एमएसपी में की गई है।
केंद्रीय कृषि एवं किसान कल्याण, ग्रामीण विकास तथा पंचायती राज मंत्री श्री नरेंद्र सिंह तोमर ने कहा है कि मोदी पके छिले नारियल के न्यूनतम समर्थन मूल्‍य में वृद्धि से ताजा नारियल की खरीद सुगम होगी। साथ ही,लाखों छोटे नारियल किसानों को बढ़ी हुई एमएसपी का लाभ मिलेगा।

Google Top Brass Disappointed over Trump’s Immigration Policy

Google Top Brass Disappointed over Trump’s Immigration Policy
Google CEO Sunder Pichai has expressed disappointment over the proclamation issued by US President Donald Trump to temporarily suspend foreign work visas, including the H-1B, and said he would stand with immigrants and work to expand opportunity for all.
Immigration has contributed immensely to America’s economic success, making it a global leader in tech, and also Google the company it is today, Indian-American Pichai said in a tweet hours after Trump issued his proclamation in this regard.
Disappointed by today’s proclamation – we’ll continue to stand with immigrants and work to expand opportunity for all, Pichai said.
In a separate statement, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, slammed the latest move of the Trump administration.

MP Govt Rubbishes Reports of COVID-19 in Chicken

(Bhopa,MP )MP Govt Rubbishes Reports of COVID-19 in Chicken
The Animal Husbandry Department of Madhya Pradesh has termed as “baseless” the reports doing rounds on social media that coronavirus was found in chicken in some poultry farms in the state.
It has also made it clear that consumption of chicken was completely safe and does not cause infection.

Punjab Demands ₹ 80,845 Crore aid from Centre

(Chd,Pb)Punjab Demands ₹ 80,845 Crore aid from Centre
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed towards a ‘large-scale devastation and distress’ caused to the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Centre’s urgent intervention was needed to avert any major socio-economic upheaval in the coming future, as also to assure our next generations of safe living and security of livelihood, said the CM demanding an aid of Rs 80,845 crore.
The Punjab government feels that states alone cannot meet the new challenges, therefore, in the true spirit of cooperative federalism, needs the Union government to assist them in an unusually big way, which the country has never seen since the Independence in 1947, the CM said. central schemes should be 100 per cent funded by the Centre in 2020-21
The Punjab government also sought Rs 6,603 crore for improvement in the state’s public health infrastructure.
Besides seeking Rs 5,040 crore as fiscal assistance for the welfare of migrant labourers, the CM demanded that the Inter-State Migrant Workers Act should be revamped to safeguard their interests and basic rights.

Drug Remdesivir is an Investigational Therapy Only

(New Delhi)Remdesivir is an Investigational Therapy
An updated Clinical Management Protocol for COVID-19 has been released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 13th June, 2020 in which the drug Remdesivir has been included as an “investigational therapy” only for restricted emergency use purposes along with off label use of Tocilizumab and Convalescent Plasma.
This drug has still not been approved (market authorization) by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), where like India it continues only under an Emergency Use Authorization.