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Art (And Science) of the deal: Trump and Modi convey positive outcome as trade details hammered out behind closed doors

At a press conference before moving behind closed doors for intensive discussions between the two leaders of the largest and oldest democracies and their teams of experts at the G-20 Summit in Osaka June 28, President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi put a brave face on the outcome of thorny trade and tariff issues plaguing the bilateral relationship. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi stride down corridor with entourage during the bilateral meeting at Osaka on thesidelines of the G-20 Summit, June 27. (Photo: courtesy Narendra Modi Twitter) When asked about his complaint about Indian tariffs, Trump said only: “We’ll be talking about trade…. It’ll be very positive.” The U.S.-India bilateral discussions ranged from Iran, to 5G, trade and defence relations, though by the account given by India’s Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, there was not much time left to flesh out defense cooperation in light of…

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Sufi Music Epitomizes Love Between “Ashik And Mashuk”: Bhavin Shastri

The power of Sufi music lies in its appeal across all religions and traditions, in its ability to bring people together rather than divide them, says famous Sufi singer and performer Bhavin Shastri, who did a wide-ranging interview on ITV Gold’s popular program “Insight Tonight With Ashok Vyas,” June 26. Renowned Sufi singer Bhavin Shastri gave an extensive interview to ITV Gold host Ashok Vyas June 26. Seen in photo are from left, folk singer Bhavika who accompanied Shastri to the interview; Shastri, and Vyas. (Photo: ITV Gold) “Sufi sangeet has Arab roots and that may be why it gets connected to Islam, but we cannot say it is ‘Islamic’ – if you look at Mira (Bai) and Narsi (Bhagat),” contemporaries who were deep devotees of Krishna, Bhavin Shastri said during his interview. “This whole tradition is about God and Love – on the relationship between Ashik aur Mashuk,” (Lover…

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In breakout debate performance, Kamala Harris challenges Biden on race

MIAMI (Reuters) – Presidential candidate Kamala Harris dominated her Democratic rivals in a debate on Thursday, confronting front-runner Joe Biden on race and calling his remarks about working with segregationist senators “hurtful.” Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris debate racial issues as Senator Bernie Sanders listens during the second night of the first U.S. Democratic presidential candidates 2020 election debate in Miami, Florida, U.S., June 27, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar) In a breakout performance, the daughter of a black father from Jamaica and an Indian mother was at the center of several heated exchanges during the second night of debates among Democrats vying for the right to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Harris said the issue of race was deeply personal for her. She noted she was bused to school as part of integration efforts in California, and she questioned Biden’s 1970s opposition…

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Prime Minister Modi meets Indian community in Japan, hold bilat with PM Abe

PM Modi greeting a crowd of more than 500 Indians who came to see him in Kobe June 26/27, 2019 on the sidelines of the G 20 Summit. (Photo: Narendra Modi Twitter account) On the sidelines of his visit to Japan for the G-20 Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met members of the Indian community in Kobe, June 27. He was scheduled to meet U.S. President Donald Trump later that evening, where controversial trade tariffs that the President has railed against, were expected to dominate the discussion. “Had a wonderful community progamme in Kobe. Interacting with the Indian diaspora is always special,” Modi tweeted. Indians living in Japan came to see PM Modi in Kobe June 26, 2019 (Photo: courtesy Narendra Modi Twitter) Hundreds came to hear the Prime Minister and pplauded repeatedly during his speech. Modi dealt at length upon his decisive victory. In a tweet, Modi said, “Outcome…

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Manulife CEO sees India becoming big part of Asia business

Manulife Financial Corp. has done business in Asia for more than a century, but never in India. Now the insurer sees the country becoming a big part of its operations in the region. Roy Gori, president and chief executive officer of Manulife Financial Corp., during an interview at the company’s head office in Toronto on June 26, 2019. (Bloomberg photo by Cole Burston) “We think that India can be an important part — and quite a significant part — of our business there” in the next 10 to 20 years, Manulife Chief Executive Officer Roy Gori, 50, said in an interview at the insurer’s Toronto headquarters. Manulife last week announced a joint venture with India’s Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services, a firm with more than 6 million customers and assets under management in excess of $8.5 billion. India was one of the few countries in the region the insurer had…

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Several of South Asian origin among 11 charged in credit card scheme

Several individuals of South Asian origin are among eleven people charged with alleged credit card fraud, according to the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. A posting on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. (Photo: Justice.gov/usao-edny) Five complaints were unsealed June 26, in federal court in Brooklyn charging 11 defendants,  who prosecutors say, carried out an alleged  scheme to defraud banks by using fake, or “synthetic,” identities to obtain credit cards, and making approximately $3 million in charges that were never repaid to the issuing financial institutions, according to U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue and other officials, who made the announcement in a June 27, press release from his office. Three of the defendants were also charged with money laundering conspiracy, designed to conceal the source of the proceeds of their scheme. Nine defendants were arrested…

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Fact-checking the first Democratic debate

Democratic 2020 presidential candidates before the start of the first Democratic presidential candidates debate in Miami, Florida, June 26, 2019. (Photo: Reuters / Carlo Allegri) In the initial debate of the Democratic primary season, 10 presidential hopefuls rarely strayed over the factual line. Many were armed with statistics, but only a handful of the stats were stretched past the breaking point. Instead, most ranged from mostly or partly true. Here’s a roundup of 13 statements that caught our attention. As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios during live events. – – – “A two-trillion tax cut that favored corporations.” – former congressman Beto O’Rourke of Texas. O’Rourke suggests that the bulk of tax cuts in the 2017 tax law went to corporations, but that’s not correct. The $1.5 trillion tax cut – not $2 trillion – was estimated by the Joint Tax Committee to provide $654 billion in…

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Economic plans, immigration take spotlight of first Democratic debate

Deep divides over health care and economic policy dominated the first Democratic presidential debate Wednesday (June 26, 2019) U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks as former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Senator Amy Klobuchar listen during the first U.S. 2020 presidential election Democratic candidates debate in Miami, Florida, U.S., June 26, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar) , as 10 candidates jousted in Miami over the best formula for beating President Donald Trump and fixing the economic struggles of the middle class. The result was a prime time display – the first national event of the election season – showcasing economic and regulatory differences that have riven the Democratic Party, including transformative plans to eliminate private health insurance, fund free college for most Americans, break up giant corporations and sharp tax increases for the wealthiest Americans. The ambitious slate of proposals highlights the Democrats’…

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Trump doubles down on trade war with India

NEW DELHI – President Donald Trump believes trade wars are good and easy to win. Now he has a new target firmly in his sights: India. A man holds the flags of India and the U.S. while people take part in the 35th India Day Parade in New York August 16, 2015. (Photo:REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz) En route Thursday to the Group of 20 summit in Japan, Trump lobbed a fresh salvo at India, a country the United States has sought to cultivate as a friend and strategic partner. Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to speaking with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the summit “about the fact that India, for years having put very high Tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the Tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn!” Trump’s tweet came only a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited…

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Trump says India’s tariff hike unacceptable, demands withdrawal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday asked India to withdraw retaliatory tariffs that New Delhi imposed this month, calling the duties “unacceptable”. U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks on immigration reform in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts India slapped higher tariffs on 28 U.S. products following Washington’s withdrawal this month of key trade privileges for New Delhi. “I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the tariffs even further,” Trump said on Twitter. “This is unacceptable and the tariffs must be withdrawn!” said Trump, who will meet Modi at this week’s G20 summit in Japan. India’s trade ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters email seeking comment. Trump’s remarks could further worsen a trade row…