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Donald Trump tweets Spoke to “my two good friends”-tough situation, but good conversations

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Donald Trump once again offered to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir issue

On Tuesday Donald Trump describing the Kashmir situation as tough, US President Donald Trump has urged India and Pakistan to work towards reducing tensions in the region.

Mr.Trump tweeted that “Spoke to my two good friends, Prime Minister Modi of India, and Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan, regarding Trade, Strategic Partnerships and, most importantly, for India and Pakistan to work towards reducing tensions in Kashmir. A tough situation, but good conversations!”

After his around a 30-minute conversation with PM Modi, during which the PM raised the issue “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence” by leaders of Pakistan, Donald Trump asked Imran Khan over the phone on Monday to “moderate rhetoric” with India.

He said that “A tough situation, but good conversations!”

Donald Trump spoke by telephone with Imran Khan on Monday to discuss “the need to reduce tensions and moderate rhetoric with India over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” the White House said in a readout of the call.

During the conversation, Trump “reaffirmed the need to avoid escalation of the situation, and urged restraint” on both sides, the White House said.

On Sunday, Imran Khan had called the Indian government “fascist” and “supremacist”, alleging that it poses a threat to Pakistan as well as to the minorities in India. He also said the world must also seriously consider the safety and security of India’s nuclear arsenal as it impacts not just the region but the world.

Before Imran Khan, US President Donald Trump spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During their conversation, Donald Trump sought a reduction of tension between India and Pakistan.

During the talks, which lasted for 30 minutes, the two leaders discussed regional developments and the ways to “strengthen US-India economic ties through increased trade”, it said.

“The President conveyed the importance of reducing tensions between India and Pakistan and maintaining peace in the region,” the White House said.

Modi is scheduled to attend the G7 summit meeting in France later this month where the two leaders are likely to get an opportunity to interact.

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Kiren Rijiju posted P Chidambaram’s old video on unifying language, Again triggered language conflicts

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Some minister Amit Shah’s comments, in which he pitched for making Hindi a common language in the country, has re-ignited the debate on ‘Hindi imposition’ with political leaders, particularly those from the south, warning the government against any move to make Hindi a common language in the country.

As a political slugfest erupted over the matter, Minister of State Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter to share an old video in which Congress leader P Chidambaram is heard saying that he hopes efforts to make Hindi as the country’s language would continue.

Rijiju’s tweet came a day after the Congress reacted to Amit Shah’s statement by warning the government against stirring up controversies over “emotive and sensitive issues” and against tinkering with the three-language formula.

Meanwhile, voices of dissent came in from the Bharatiya Janata Party itself with Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa tweeting that for his state “Kannada is the principal language”. “We will never compromise its importance and are committed to promoting Kannada and our state’s culture,” Yediyurappa also said.

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J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik briefed Modi about Kashmir situation

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J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik briefed Modi about Kashmir situation

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in the state.

Normal life remained affected in the Kashmir Valley for the 43rd consecutive day on Monday.

“Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called on PM @narendramodi,” the prime minister’s office tweeted.

Malik is believed to have apprised Modi about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.

On August 5, the central government had announced the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into Union territories.

The two UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will come into existence on October 31.

While security forces have eased restrictions in many parts of the Valley, normal life continues to be affected as business establishments remained shut and only a few vehicles plied on the roads.

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Nirmala Sitharaman steps up to boost economic growth

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Nirmala Sitharaman steps up to boost economic growth

On Saturday Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a series of steps to boost exports to improve the growth and uplift consumer sentiments.

Nirmala Sitharaman has sought to address concerns over infrastructure spending, improved access to credit for businesses, more capital for state-run banks, boosting the prospects of the auto sector; and improving credit flow.

Minutes of  the Press Conference :

On September 19, the Finance Minister will be meeting all PSB heads to assess how the credit flow system is working up.

She further added that Inflation is under control and there is a clear sign of revival of industrial production.

Sitharaman said that there will be the total removal of human interface in the tax assessment.

Small tax-payers with minor defaults will not be prosecuted.

To boost exports the government has come up with a six-point plan. Remission of duties or taxes on export products particularly in textile dispensation will completely replace all MEIS from Ist Jan 2020

Export Credit Guarantee Corp will expand the scope of ECIS and offer higher insurance cover to banks lending working capital for exports in a move which will cost Rs.1700 crore per annum to the government.

Data on export Finance will be regularly published by RBI. The inter-ministerial group will be formed which will be monitoring export finance on a weekly basis.

Annual mega shopping festivals will be held to boost small and medium scale enterprises.

Rs 50,000 cr revenue will be foregone with the introduction of remission of duties or taxes on export products, said the minister.

 Government moves to enable handicrafts industry to effectively harness e-commerce for exports; announces mass enrolment of artisans across India for handicraft promotion.

 With a focus on the construction of unfinished units, the government announces special window to provide last-mile funding for housing projects which are non-NPA and non-NCLT and are net worth positive in the affordable and middle-income category.

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