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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.

India Rejects US’s Religious Freedom Report

[New Delhi]India Rejects US’s Religious Freedom Report Saying it Sees No Locus Standi for a Foreign Government to Pronounce on the State of its Citizens’ Constitutionally Protected Rights.
In its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report, the State Department alleged Friday that mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018, amid rumours that victims had traded or killed cows for beef.
Responding to media queries on the report, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: “India is proud of its secular credentials, its status as the largest democracy and a pluralistic society with a longstanding commitment to tolerance and inclusion.”
The Indian Constitution guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens, including its minority communities, he said.
“We see no locus standi for a foreign entity/government to pronounce on the state of our citizens’ constitutionally protected rights,” he said.
Releasing the report at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week said the report was like a report card which tracks countries to see how well they have respected this fundamental human right

Russia’s Electric Power Grid News In NYT Is a Act Of Treason:Trump

[Washington]Russia’s Electric Power Grid News In NYT Is a Act Of Treason:Trump
US President Donald J Trump on Saturday accused The New York Times of “a virtual act of treason,” after it reported the US is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid.
Current and former government officials have described the classified deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s power grid and other targets, the Times reported.
Trump tweeted that the accusations were “NOT TRUE,” calling the media “corrupt” and repeating accusations that journalists are “the enemy of the people.”
“This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country.”

US Embassy Hosts 1100 Student Visa Seekers In Delhi :Visa Day

[New Delhi]US Embassy Hosts 1100 Student Visa Seekers In Delhi :Visa Day
On the Visa Day, US Embassy in Delhi and its four consulates — Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai — are thrown open exclusively to adjudicate visa applications from Indian students who aspire to pursue higher studies in the US.
The US Embassy in Delhi and its four consulated played host to more than 4,000 Indian students applying for visas to study in the US. In Delhi alone, 1,100 students came to the embassy, according to officials.
In 2018, more than 1,96,000 Indian students were enrolled in US institutions of higher education, more than double the number of students from a decade ago
After China, India is the second leading place of origin for students coming to the US and Indian students comprise over 17 per cent of the total international student population in the US.
This year, students can also access a mobile app to gain knowledge about the visa procedures. The application was launched by EducationUSA, which is a US Department of State network of over 425 international student advising centres in more than 175 countries, offering accurate and current information
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Robert Vadra Gets Judicial Nod For His Foreign Trips Except London

[New Delhi]Robert Vadra Gets Judicial Nod For His Foreign Trips Except London
A Delhi court Monday allowed Robert Vadra, accused in a money laundering case, to travel abroad for six weeks.
Special Judge Arvind Kumar allowed him to travel to USA and the Netherlands for six weeks and asked him to submit his travel schedule.
The court, however, did not allow Vadra, brother-in law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, to go to London.
During the arguments, Vadra’s counsel KTS Tulsi told the court that Vadra will not go to London, as per his earlier prayer, if the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had an objection.
Solicitor Gen Tushar Mehta and advocate Nitesh Rana, appearing for the ED, had opposed Vadra’s plea in which he had sought permission to travel to the UK and other countries citing health reasons.
Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering in purchase of a property in London at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds.

Capt Kicks Drug Menace Into Centre’s Court

[Chd,Pb]Capt Kicks Drug Menace Into Centre’s Court
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, Capt Amarinder Singh urged him to advise ministries of Home, Social Justice and Empowerment, and Health and Family Welfare to address the issue.
The chief minister sought Modi’s personal intervention for the formulation of a national policy focusing on three components — enforcement, de-addiction and prevention — to tackle the menace of drug abuse in the country.Singh said a national policy would enable all states to follow a similar, if not the same, approach on drug abuse, which, he said, “has substantially hampered the health of the people, particularly the youth”.
The chief minister expressed his state’s willingness to associate with the officers concerned of the Centre not only to evolve the policy but also to put in place an effective mechanism for its implementation.
In his letter to Modi, Singh also touched upon several steps which the Congress government in Punjab has taken during the past two years to check the drug menace and to expand its outreach at the grassroots to make towns and villages “drug-free”.
He also sought financial support from the Centre to increase the number of Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) clinics in Punjab, which he said, are currently being run on “meagre state resources”.

Center Makes “Body Scanners” Mandatory For 84 Airports

[New Delhi]Center Makes “Body Scanners” Mandatory For 84 Airports
The Centre has directed 84 airports across the country to install body scanners by March 2020, replacing existing door frame metal detectors and hand-held scanners besides pat-down searches of passengers to detect metallic objects, according to an official document.
“Walk-through metal detectors and hand-held metal detectors cannot detect non-metallic weapons and explosives. Body scanners detect both metallic and non-metallic items concealed on the body,” states the circular sent by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to all airports in April this year.
Of around 105 operational airports in the country at present, 28 are classified as hypersensitive, including those in big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and in conflict areas like Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast while 56 airports are categorized as sensitive.
These 28 hypersensitive and 56 sensitive airports would have to install body scanners by March 2020 while the remaining airports can install it by March 2021, as per the circular.