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Russian security arrests US spy in Moscow

15452055549521875840937Russian security agency on Monday said that it has detained a US citizen in Moscow accused of spying.US citizen detained in Moscow ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations.

‘Caught in the act of spying’: US citizen detained in Moscow ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations
The FSB security service said in a statement that the American was detained on Friday while carrying out an act of espionage and that a criminal case had been opened.

FSB agents detained a US national named Paul Whelan on Friday during “a spying action,” the agency’s press office toldTASS.

Criminal proceedings were launched against the man under Article 276 of the Russian Criminal Code, which covers the crime of espionage.

No details of the suspect’s identity or facts surrounding the operation were immediately disclosed.

The statement identified the American as using a Russian name that appeared to translate as Paul Whelan. No other details have been released yet.

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Storm Usman devastated the Philippines

Sixty-eight people died in the storm that swept through central Philippines last week, according to a new report announced today Monday by the authorities, and which could get even worse.

A total of 57 people were killed in the mountainous region of Bicol, south-east of Manila, and 11 others on the island of Samar. Most of the deaths occurred by drowning or landslides. The previous death toll was 22.
Storm Usman  generated intense rainfall that has caused flooding and weakened soils, resulting in many landslides.  The  heavy rain, triggered deadly landslides hit the Bicol region in Manila yesterday. According to the disaster management agency, 19 people are missing and the death toll is likely to increase.

The tropical depression has destroyed infrastructure and displaced more than 40,000 people nationwide. Certain areas are also experiencing power outages. Several houses have been buried in landslides. Rescue teams are conducting search and retrieval operations. Bicol civil defence minister said that no precautions were taken as there was no tropical cyclone warning.

The authorities said that the storm has already started receding away from the Philippines to the South China Sea.

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Manmohan Singh Performed:Modi has out performed Singh:Analysis

Modi has out performed Manmohan Singh.

UPA-II NRI Deposits Growth 151% – NDA-II 4 Yrs Figure 21%   

December31, 2018 (C) Ravinder Singh progressindia2015@gmail.com

In this yearend report – though unqualified and uneducated politicians are de-rating Dr. Manmohan Singh performance and control over the government but there is no doubt he was SILENT PERFORMER. Even when India was recovering from Global Recession, Petroleum Prices were Double-Triple of present level throughout – Imports of Petroleum products was half of GOI Annual Budget and there was daily campaign to over throw his government – Government of India was PERFORMING & GLOBALLY RESPECTED.

https://rbidocs.rbi.org.in/rdocs/Publications/PDFs/TABLE%2014693970C22311B4975837273AAE766990C.PDF

Dr. Manmohab Singh rarely met NRIs yet NRI deposit grew by 151% under UPA-II – last 4 years growth is barely 21%.

https://rbidocs.rbi.org.in/rdocs/Publications/PDFs/TABLE469F915A18B9434420B79EDCC46043F457.PDF –

NDA-II Credit growth to Private Sector under Dr. Manmohan Singh was 51% in three years and to Industry was 57% – NDA-II Credit growth in 4 years was 39% only and credit to Industry was less than 2%.

https://rbidocs.rbi.org.in/rdocs/Publications/PDFs/TABLE477BC7DC5CC388454DBBA5C40264A14A9B.PDF

Worse of all credit to Food Processing almost Doubled – 90% in 3 Yrs from Rs.76,841 cr to Rs. 1,46,254 cr but in 4 Yrs under to Rs.1,55,358 or just 6% only.

NDA-II Personal Loans nearly doubled to Rs.19,08,400 cr, 25% of all private sector credit and almost equal to credit to Large Industry or Double of Agriculture Credit.

India didn’t invest or NEGLECTED INVESTING in CLEAN ENERGY – Hydro Power, Nuclear Power, Rooftop Solar, Energy Efficiency etc – When Developed countries are Lowering Their GHG Emissions – Indian Emissions are rising.

Only 15 of the top 50 Fortune 500 India companies paid dividend, was 23 last year.

4 of 50 Loan GUZZLERS Pay Dividend – Top 10 Com Pay 0.5% Dividend of Rev

Companies

2018 Rev

Dividend

Companies

2017 Rev

Dividend

1. Indian Oil

4,24,321

9,004

1. Indian Oil

3,74,915

8,531

2. RIL

4,10,295

00

2. RIL

3,19,935

00

3. ONGC

3,31,143

00

3. SBI

2,98,640

2,109

4. SBI

3,06,527

00

4. Tata Motor

2,79,029

00

5. Tata Motors

3,01,174

00

5. Rajesh Exp

2,42,179

00

6. Bharat P.

2,38,638

3,037

6. Bharat P.

2,10,074

4,838

7. Hindustan P.

2,21,693

00

7. Hindustan P.

1,95,558

00

8. Rajesh E.

1,87,748

00

8. ONGC

1,36,822

00

9. Tata Steel

1,47,192

00

9. Coal India

1,26,214

12,353

10. Coal India

1,32,897

10,242

10. TCS

1,22,187

9,162

Total

27,01,628

14,183

Total

23,05,553

36,993

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CAIT ASSURES PRABHU FOR SUPPORT ON FDI IN E COMMERCE ISSUE

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CAIT ASSURES PRABHU FOR SUPPORT ON FDI IN E COMMERCE ISSUE

HOPED GOVERNMENT WILL NOT BOW DOWN UNDER ANY PRESSURE

” The business community of the Country stands in solidarity with the Union Government on issue of changes made in FDI policy in e commerce for bringing transparency, even level playing field and fair competition and to bring an end to era of unethical business practices of exclusivity, predatory pricing, deep discounting and loss funding being constantly adopted by global e commerce players”- said the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in a communication sent today to Union Commerce Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu.

The CAIT has said categorically said that any move to bring further changes in FDI Policy to the advantage of global players under any kind of pressure or coercion will be stoutly opposed by the business community of the Country.

CAIT National President Mr. B.C.Bhartia & Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal in communication to Mr. Prabhu said that various media reports states that several US based Forums and Chambers have criticised Indian Government for clarifying the issue and attempting to maintain some kind of pressure on the Government to bring changes in the already clarified policy. It appears that it is nothing but the pressure tactics of few big global e commerce players which are using these Forums and Chambers as their mouthpiece with a view to bring further changes to their advantage. It is noteworthy to mention that their business methodology and ultimate aim to capture, control and dominate Indian retail trade through e commerce has been greatly shattered with announcement of clarifications by the Government and therefore now they are bent upon in using all methods of pressure and coercion.

The trade leaders said that in furtherance of the intention of the Government, it is more necessary that the policy is strictly implemented in its true letter and spirit and for this purpose an Independent Regulatory Authority for E Commerce should be constituted to regulate and monitor the e commerce trade. The said Authority should be duly empowered to take action against any entity which defy the policy. They have further demanded that E Commerce Policy which is long awaited should be framed and declared immediately without taking much time.

Both Mr. Bhartia & Mr. Khandelwal also demanded that FDI norms as spelled out in the policy should also be made applicable on domestic e commerce players as well to restrict them for adopting any unethical business practices and remain at par with other e commerce players.

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‘Urban Renaissance: Rejuvenating & Transforming Indian Cities’

Press Conference

Ministry of housing and Urban Affairs GOI – Urban Renaissance Rejuvenating Transforming Indian Cities:

MoS H&UA at ‘Urban Renaissance: Rejuvenating & Transforming Indian Cities‘, an interaction with members of the media in New Delhi. Sh. D. S. Mishra, is also present on the occasion.

Ministry of housing and Urban Affairs GOI – Urban Renaissance Rejuvenating Transforming Indian Cities: Mr Hardip Singh Puri,address  PM Avaas Yojana Home sanctions 6.85 million, subsidy paid 19.5 Cr, Houses for all Indian in 2022.

Under PMAY-U, 68.7 lakh houses have been sanctioned to date. 37 lakh houses have been grounded while 13.5 lakh houses have been completed and handed over. An investment of ₹3.85 lakh crore has been envisaged under the mission.” – MoS H&UA @HardeepSPuri

Smart Cities Mission, the progress of projects has tripled over the last one year. The value of projects tendered has seen a tremendous 198% increase while the value of projects started/completed has seen a remarkable jump of 207%.
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Israeli right-wing Ministers form new party

Israel as hawkish ministers Bennett and Shaked quit Habayit Hayehudi, launch new party.

Israel, two right-wing government ministers have launched a new party aimed at winning over secular voters ahead of snap elections in April.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said at a press conference in Tel Aviv yesterday that they were quitting the far-right Jewish Home party to found the New Right party.

Nationalist Jewish Home  of which Bennett was the head and Shaked deputy leader has been part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition with eight seats in parliament. The New Right party has a similar platform to Jewish Home, including its opposition to the creation of a Palestinian state.

Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to dissolve parliament and hold snap elections on April 9 after Netanyahu’s government agreed on early polls.

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Afghanistan presidential election delayed until July 20

Afghanistan’s presidential election will be delayed until July 20 next year, three months later than the ballot had been scheduled to be held.

The announcement by the Independent Election Commission comes after weeks of speculation that the vote would be postponed to create space for US-led efforts to end the 17-year war with the Taliban.

The election commission chief said, provincial and district council elections, as well as a previously postponed parliamentary vote in Ghazni province, will be held on the same day.

The presidential ballot was originally scheduled for April 20

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PM Modi congratulates Bangla PM Hasina

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on registering a landslide win in the general elections and assured her of India’s continued support to the country’s developmental strides.
Hasina’s ruling Awami League-led alliance has won over 267 seats in the 300-member Parliament, according to the latest report released by the Election Commission.
Prime Minister Modi had a telephonic conversation with his Bangladeshi counterpart Hasina following the results, said press secretary of Bangladesh Prime Minister Ihsanul Karim.
During the talks, Modi said that “Hasina’s victory was the reflection of Bangladesh’s stunning development under her dynamic leadership”, according to Karim.
“Prime Minister Modi assured her of India’s continued support to Bangladesh’s developmental strides,” the press secretary added.
According to the EC, Hasina’s alliance has won the parliamentary vote with a
thumping majority.
Awami League-led coalition won more than 260 seats in the 300-member House. DBC TV aired results of 299 seats out of 300.

The ruling Awami League-led grand alliance bagged 266 seats and its ally Jatiya Party secured 21. The opposition National Unity Front (UNF) with BNP being its key partner got only seven seats. Independent candidates won in two seats. The election was postponed in one seat due to the death of a candidate.

Election Commission has declared result of Gopalganj constituency from where Sheikh Hasina bagged more than 2.29 lakh votes, while her BNP opponent got only 123 votes.

Opposition NUF alliance has rejected the outcome of the general election and demanded fresh polls under a neutral caretaker government.

The main opposition has rejected the “farcical” elections which claimed 18 lives and left over 200 injured, making it one of the deadliest polls in the country.
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New metro line in Delhi inaugurated:

The 9.7-km Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 corridor of the Delhi Metro’s Pink Line was inaugurated by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri here on Monday, which directly connects south and east Delhi on the rapid transit network.


The new segment is part of the 59-km-long Pink Line, which spans from Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar. According to a senior official, passenger services on the corridor will commence from 4 pm. “This is the sixth time a metro corridor has been inaugurated this year, which is truly a great achievement. The work on the Phase-III of the DMRC has been almost completed with nearly 96 km of it being made operational this year,” the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) said.

This extension of the Pink Line, part of the Phase-III of the DMRC network, was inaugurated jointly by Puri and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia from Metro Bhawan.

Only a 1.4-km stretch between Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 and Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake stations of the Pink Line remain to be linked. The Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 corridor has five stations — Lajpat Nagar, Vinobapuri, Ashram, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Mayur Vihar Ph-I and Mayur Vihar Pocket-1. Mayur Vihar Ph-I and Mayur Vihar Pocket-1 are elevated stations and the rest are underground, the official said. — PTI

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Houthi hand over control of Hodeida port

Yemen’s Shiite rebels have handed over control of the main port in the Red Sea city of Hodeida to the government’s navy and coastguard, security officials said on Saturday.

The transfer was carried out under the supervision of UN monitors as part of a deal reached in peace talks in Sweden earlier this month, AP reports.

The Houthi rebels now control most of northern Yemen, including Hodeida. A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting on the government side since 2015. The talks in Sweden also produced a deal on the exchange of thousands of prisoners of war from both sides