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Two Rowdies To Address 50K Indo Americans in”Howdi Modi” at Houston

[Washington]Two Rowdies To Address 50K Indo Americans in”Howdi Modi” at Houston
Leaders Of Two Largest Democracies To Address 50K Indo Americans
at Houston’s mega “Howdy, Modi!” event on September 22
This is for the first time in recent history that the leaders of the two largest democracies Donald J Trump and Narendra Modi would be addressing a joint rally anywhere in the world.
More than 50,000 Indian-Americans from across the US have registered for the September 22 mega “Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures” event to be held at the sprawling NRG Stadium in Houston.
“Howdy”, short for ‘How do you do?’, is a friendly greeting commonly used in southwestern United States.
This would be the third meeting between the two leaders this year. The previous two were on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in June in Japan and in France in July on the sidelines of the G7 Summit.
In October 2016, Trump, then as Republican presidential nominee, had addressed a strong crowd of some 5,000 Indian-Americans in New Jersey, a few weeks away from his historic win in the November 2016 elections.
So far, Trump is the only presidential candidate to address the Indian-Americans solely during an election year. In his address, Trump had said that if elected, he would be the best friend of India in the White House.
The Houston event will be Modi’s third major address to the Indian-American community after he became the prime minister in 2014 and the first after his re-election in May.
The previous two were at the Madison Square Garden in New York in 2014 and the Silicon Valley in 2016. Both the events were attended by more than 20,000 people.
The “Howdy, Modi!” event is being organised by non-profit Texas India Forum, a recently-formed representative body of hundreds of Indian American organisations in Texas and other parts of the US.

Jack Ma Of Alibaba Faces”Churr”In Shoes So Steps Down

[Beijing]Jack Ma Of Alibaba Faces Churr In Shoes So Steps Down
Jack Ma, founded Alibaba Group, the world’s biggest e-commerce company
Ma stepped down Tuesday as part of a succession announced a year earlier. He will stay on as a member of the Alibaba Partnership, a group of 36 people with the right to nominate a majority of the company’s board of directors.
Ma, 55, founded Alibaba in 1999 to connect Chinese exporters to American retailers.
The company has shifted its focus to serving China’s growing consumer market. Domestic businesses accounted for 66 % of its USD 16.7 billion in revenue in the quarter ending in June.

Imran’s Former MLA Seeks Asylum In India

[Chd,Pb]Imran’s Former MLA Seeks Asylum In India
Baldev Kumar (43), along with his wife and two children came to India last month and is presently staying at Khanna in Punjab’s Ludhiana district.He is Former MLA Of Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from Barikot seat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
When asked why he left his country and came to India, Kumar said, “the whole world is watching what is the situation in Pakistan now. We were expecting from (Pakistan PM Imran) Khan Sahib that when he came (to power), the fate of Pakistan will change, he said, claiming Imran failed to do so.
“You are watching the situation (in Pakistan) and I am also watching the same. That day our Sikh girl was kidnapped. Such things should not take place,” said Kumar.
.He said, “had minorities been getting rights in Pakistan, such situation should not have arisen.”
He further said he has also requested his other family members to leave Pakistan.
Kumar said that there were several families in Sindh and Nankana Sahib which told him that if he got asylum there (India), then they would also try to leave Pakistan.

Capt To Approch World Bank to Canalise Rivers In Punjab

[Chd,Pb]Capt To Approch World Bank to Canalise Rivers In Punjab
The Punjab government will take the technical support of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to canalise all rivers in the state.
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh announced this after taking stock of flood-hit area in Sultanpur Lodhi,
In Sarupwal of Sultanpur Lodhi, where the overflowing Sutlej led to a breach in the embankment, affecting 62 villages, the Chief Minister promised due compensation to the affected farmers as soon as the water receded and a special ‘girdawri’ (crop loss assessment) was completed.
The chief minister told mediapersons in Jalandhar district that even if the Union government failed to extend its support, the state government would ensure full assistance to the affected people.
The state government had sought a Rs 1,000-crore special package from the Centre.
The CM also inspected the breach in Gidderpindi of Jalandhar, resulting from the release of excess water from the Bhakra dam.
For the first time, the Bhakra, which normally filled to its permissible storage level of 1,680 feet by September, was overflowing in August, said the CM.

Prez Trump May Discuss Kashmir with PM Modi at G7 Summit in France

[Washington]Prez Trump May Discuss Kashmir with PM Modi at G7 Summit in France
US President Donald Trump has said that he would discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the situation in Kashmir and help ease the Indo-Pak tensions when they meet at the G7 Summit in France this weekend.Trump’s comments to a question on the tension between India and Pakistan came a day after he made separate phone calls to Prime Minister Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday while welcoming visiting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Trump said he was happy to try and help calm the situation in Kashmir amidst fresh Indo-Pak tensions after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan.
India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality

Pak Nervous About India’s Steps On Article 370 in J-K : MEA

[New Delhi]Pak Nervous About India’s Steps On Article 370 in J-K : MEA
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said steps have been taken keeping in mind the best interests of Jammu and Kashmir.
He asserted Pakistan’s efforts to link peace deal with Kashmir issue have not worked.
“There is a feeling that Pakistan is nervous over India’s initiative in Jammu and Kashmir,” Kumar said.
“Pakistan thinks it will not be able to mislead people if there is development in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
His remarks come days after the Indian government scrapped special status for Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two Union territories

Trump Distances Himself From Cryptocurrency

[Washington]Trump Distances Himself From Cryptocurrency Saying Cryptocurrency is ‘Not Money’
Donald J Trump expressed his mistrust of cryptocurrency Thursday, Tweeting
“I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air,”
He added that cryptocurrency, whose electronic nature makes it nearly untraceable, could facilitate illegal activity.
Cryptocurrency has flourished since Bitcoin launched in 2009. But when Facebook unveiled plans last month for its own virtual currency, Libra, the announcement rattled financial regulators the world over.
With more than two billion Facebook users, the social media giant’s cryptocurrency — which is slated for a 2020 launch and already has multiple partners — could completely disrupt the financial world.
But Trump said that Libra has “little standing or dependability.” He also warned Facebook and other companies that, should they launch their own cryptocurrency, they would have to abide by both American and international banking regulations.
“We only have one real currency in the USA, and it is stronger than ever,” he tweeted.
“It is called the United States Dollar!”

अमेरिका ने ग्रीन कार्ड पर लगी सीमा हटायी:भारतीय पेशेवरों को राहत

[वाशिंगटन]अमेरिका ने ग्रीन कार्ड पर लगी सीमा हटायी:भारतीय पेशेवरों को राहत
अमेरिकी सांसदों ने ग्रीन कार्ड जारी करने पर मौजूदा सात प्रतिशत की सीमा को हटाने के उद्देश्य से बुधवार को एक विधेयक पारित किया। इस विधेयक से भारत के हजारों उच्च कुशल आईटी पेशेवरों को लाभ मिलेगा।
ग्रीन कार्ड किसी व्यक्ति को अमेरिका में स्थायी रूप से रहने और काम करने की अनुमति देता है।
फेयरनेस ऑफ हाई स्किल्ड इमिग्रेंट्स एक्ट, 2019 या एचआर 1044 नाम का यह विधेयक 435 सदस्यीय सदन में 65 के मुकाबले 365 मतों से पारित हो गया।
नए विधेयक में इस सीमा को सात प्रतिशत से बढ़ाकर 15 प्रतिशत कर दिया गया है।
इसी तरह इसमें हर देश को रोजगार आधारित प्रवासी वीजा केवल सात प्रतिशत दिए जाने की सीमा को भी खत्म कर दिया गया है।
इस विधेयक को कानून की शक्ल लेने के लिए अमेरिका के राष्ट्रपति के हस्ताक्षर की जरुरत है लेकिन इससे पहले इसे सीनेट की मंजूरी की आवश्यकता होगी जहां रिपब्लिकन सांसदों की अच्छी-खासी संख्या है।

Pope to declare Indian Nun Mariam Thresia as Saint on October 13

[Kochi]Pope to declare Indian Nun Mariam Thresia as Saint on October 13
Pope Francis will declare Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, an Indian nun, a saint on October 13
The Pope has formally approved the canonisation of Mariam Thresia, foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family, at an ordinary public consistory of cardinals on causes of canonisation at the Vatican on July 1
He has decreed that the canonisation will take place in St Peters Square on October 13 this year
The nun from Kerala will be canonised during a Mass along with John Henry Newman from England, Italian Josephine Vannini, Swiss Marguerite Bays and Brazilian Irm Dulce Pontes
The nun belongs to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.
She was born in Puthenchira in Thrissur district on April 26, 1876 and died in Kuzhikkattussery on June 8, 1926.
The Vatican had earlier declared three Kerala-born Indian Catholics as Saints.
While Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia were canonised into the league of saints by Pope Francis in 2014, sister Alphonsa was declared a saint in 2008

Pompeo Meets Modi and Discusses India-US Strategic Partnership

[New Delhi]Pompeo Meets Modi and Discusses India-US Strategic Partnership
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and discussed various aspects of the bilateral relationship to strengthen the India-US strategic partnership.
Pompeo, who arrived here last night, will hold detailed discussions with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in the afternoon and have a working lunch with him.
Besides India’s missile defence system deal with Russia, terrorism, H-1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran, are likely to be discussed on Wednesday during the talks between Jaishankar and Pompeo.
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The US Secretary of State, Mr. Michael R. Pompeo calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on June 26, 2019.