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India open for dialogue

Open to discussing ‘other issues’ with Pakistan: S Jaishankar

@DrSJaishankarExternal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said India is open to discussing outstanding issues other than Jammu and Kashmir bilaterally with Pakistan in an atmosphere free of terror and violence. 

In a series of tweets after meeting European Union Commissioner Christos Stylianides in Brussels yesterday, the Minister said that he conveyed India’s openness to discussing other outstanding issues with the neighbouring country. He said they spoke of expectations for better governance and more development in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. 

In his meeting with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Federica Mogherini, the Minister shared India’s perspective on better governance and greater development in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. 

He said he emphasized the need to renounce hostility, terror and violence by Pakistan to build normal neighbourly relations. 

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TSMC major gainer in slowdown

Taiwanese semiconductor companies are expected to benefit both from increasing demand for 5G network development worldwide as well as the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, analysts said Sunday.

As countries around the world are speeding up their 5G network development, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, is speeding up its 5-nanometer chip manufacturing process to meet growing demand, particularly from makers of 5G wireless devices, the analysts.

The company has estimated a higher-than-expected capital expenditure this year than its original estimate of between US$10 billion and US$11 billion, they said.

MediaTek Inc., the largest integrated circuit designer in Taiwan, meanwhile, also expressed optimism in the 5G market as global sales of 5G smartphones could reach 140 million in 2020.

With the expected higher demand, MediaTek’s 5G chipset shipments are likely to reach 22 million units in 2020, jumping to 87 million units in 2021, according to the analysts.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese companies are also expected to benefit as the tariff war between the U.S. and China continued to heat up as President Donald Trump made official Wednesday an additional 5 percent tariff on US$300 billion-worth of Chinese imports and set a collection date of Sept. 1.

To avoid being affected by the higher tariffs of 15 percent, many Chinese companies have been looking elsewhere to have their products manufactured, including Taiwan.

Thanks to the order transfer, Taipei-based radio frequency integrated circuit supplier RichWave Technology Corp. (立積) is expected to see a 20 percent increase revenue in the third quarter this year compared with Q2, the analysts said.

Integrated circuit designer eMemory Technology Inc. (力旺) said it is also making progress in its business cooperation in China, as it is currently helping its Chinese client on security monitoring product design.

A source at the Metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) manufacturer, Excelliance MOS Co., Ltd., said there are many opportunities in China for Taiwanese chip makers.

China’s IC industry currently only has a 21 percent self-sufficiency rate, meaning that it has to depend largely on foreign imports for many of its key components and chips to sustain its operations, the source said. 

(By Chang Chien-chung and Joseph Yeh) 

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Manmohan Singh slams govt over state of economy and Institution

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today criticised the NDA government over the current economic situation in the country saying the state of the economy is worrying.  Former PM Man Mohan S said . Mr. Modi put aside his ego and heed the “Wise Economist’s” advice in national interest.

Our economy has not recovered from the man made blunders of demonetisation & a hastily implemented GST… I urge the govt to put aside vendetta politics & reach out to all sane voices to steer our economy out of this crisis: Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh. Modi government has eroded autonomy of major institution.

He said, the last quarter’s GDP growth rate of five per cent signals that India is in the midst of a prolonged slowdown. 

In a statement, Dr. Singh said, the country’s youth, farmers and farmworkers, entrepreneurs and the marginalized sections deserve better. 

Meanwhile, BJP has hit back at Dr. Singh alleging that the country’s economy is still facing difficulties due to his government’s wrong policies. 

Talking to official media , party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, the economic situation across the world is not good but India is in a better position as compared to other countries on economic front. He said, Narendra Modi government has taken several measures to boost the economy.

Special Protection Group (SPG) protection given to former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has been withdrawn following a review by multiple security agencies. 

The officials said, Dr Singh will continue to get Z plus security. The former Prime Minister’s Z plus security cover, one of the highest, will be given by one of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), preferably the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The government’s decision had been conveyed to Dr Singh, who was Prime Minister from 2004 and 2014. A Home Ministry official said, the current security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception that is purely based on professional assessment by security agencies. 

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EC launches Electors Verification Programme

EC launches Electors Verification Programme

PIBThe Election Commission today launched new mega Electors Verification Programme (EVP)  across the country. The programme, which seeks to electoral rolls through crowdsourcing, will go on till 15th of October.  

Under the programme, a voter from each family will get a username and password, allowing a person to upload all documents related to electoral registration and tag similar details about his or her family members. 

These details will then be verified by block-level officers. It will be done by 36 CEOs at the state headquarters level, by 740 district electoral officers at the district level and by BLOs and electoral registration officers in around one million polling stations. 

The EVP programme can be effected both online and offline. 

On the occasion of the nationwide mega million launch of Electors Verification Programme, a special camp was held at Election Commission Headquarters in New Delhi. 

Unveiling the initiative,  Chief Election Commissioner  Sunil Arora said the electoral roll is the foundation on which the entire superstructure of the Election Commission stands. He urged all the citizens to participate in the verification programmes so that the Commission can provide better electoral services in all forthcoming elections.

Reiterating the importance of a healthy electoral roll, Election Commissioner   Ashok Lavasa said, the participation of people is paramount to the success of the drive and urged all to come forward and ensure an error-free Electoral Roll. 

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Five States Governors appointed

5 States get new Governers

Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister  Bhagat Singh Koshyari has been appointed as the new Governor of Maharashtra

Former Union Minister Arif Mohammed Khan will take the responsibility of Kerala governor. 

Former Union Minister and BJP leader, Bandaru Dattatraya will be the new Governor of Himachal Pradesh

Kalraj Mishra given the charge of Governor of Rajasthan. 

Former Tamil Nadu BJP chief, Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan is the new Governor of Telangana. 

President Ram Nath Kovind today approved these appointments. 

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Culture, heritage of Ladakh to be protected

Culture, heritage of Ladakh will be protected, assures J&K Guv

File Pic: PTIJammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik has assured that the rich culture and heritage of Ladakh will be protected. He said, Ladakh will enter in a new era of all-around development.

Speaking in Leh, Mr. Malik said that jobs in government and seats in education Institutions will be protected after the creation of Ladakh as a Union Territory. 

Share in seats of Ladakh students meant for them will also remain. Mr. Malik inaugurated a 4 Day Ladakh festival in Leh Polo grounds today.

Earlier, the cultural show in Polo grounds to represent the vivid and colourful culture of the region was also held.