KCR’s Daughter K Kavitha Dares Rahul Gandhi To Back Telangana Demands In Parliament

The TRS MP said Mr Rahul’s love for Telangana was only for the sake of votes.


Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MP K Kavitha yesterday dared Congress president Rahul Gandhi to support their demands in Parliament during the winter session next month.

Reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s speech at an election rally in Nizamabad, the TRS Lok Sabha member from Nizamabad said if Mr Gandhi had true love for Telangana, he should back TRS MPs on the issues they plan to raise in Parliament.

Ms Kavitha, who is the daughter of TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, asked Rahul Gandhi if he would stand with TRS MPs on the demand to pass a bill to increase reservation for Muslims and tribals to 12 per cent each in the state.

She also demanded the Congress president to support Telangana farmers by writing a letter to the Prime Minister for setting up the national turmeric board. She also sought his support in their fight for national status to Kaleshwaram irrigation project.

The TRS MP said Mr Rahul’s love for Telangana was only for the sake of votes. She wondered why he never stood with her in Parliament when she was fighting for the establishment of national turmeric board.

She said the Congress president hardly visited Telangana during last four years.

She said the people of Nizamabad knew very well the development activities in the last four years. 

“Mr Rahul needs to know about his constituency Amethi and about development activities there because his constituency has not yet developed,” she said.

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Watch as an earthquake hits Alaska

Watch as an earthquake hits Alaska

Alaskans ran for cover when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit near Anchorage early Friday morning. The quake brought down phone lines, knocked out power and caused devastating damage.

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CBI Says Andhra Pradesh Leaked Secret Info On Arresting Corrupt Officials

CBI said it had asked the Andhra home department to treat the information with utmost secrecy.

New Delhi: 

The CBI yesterday accused the Andhra Pradesh government of leaking secret information to trap some corrupt officials, saying this resulted in the arrest of just one person, while the others escaped.

Enraged by its planned operation to trap the corrupt central government officers getting ruined by the state anti-corruption bureau (ACB) half-baked action, the CBI said it had asked the Andhra home department to treat the information with utmost secrecy.

The turf war between the central agency and the state government became public when the ACB claimed the arrest of a central excise officer when he was allegedly taking a bribe in Machilipatnam district yesterday.

“The CBI had sought the consent of the state government to conduct a trap operation against some central government employees and others suspected of indulging in corrupt practices,” CBI Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.

He said the state home department was asked to treat this information with utmost secrecy. Instead, the department shared this information with its ACB, Mr Dayal said.

“The operation by the Andhra Pradesh anti-corruption bureau resulted in the arrest of only one suspect whereas several others under the scanner managed to escape possible arrest,” a CBI official said.

This comes days after the state government issued an order withdrawing the “general consent” accorded to the CBI under the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act.

This effectively banned the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from exercising its authority in the state.

Central Excise official MK Ramaneswar was caught red-handed while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 30,000 for doing an official favour to a businessman in a Goods and Services Tax related matter, the state ACB said in a press release yesterday.

Mr Dayal said the CBI had received the information that Ramaneswar was seeking a bribe from a businessman.

“Immediately, on receipt of the written complaint, (Superintendent of Police) SP, CBI, Visakhapatnam, wrote a ‘top secret’ letter addressed to the principal secretary (Home), government of Andhra Pradesh on November 28, and sent the letter by hand to the principal secretary through a Deputy SP rank officer of the CBI,” Mr Dayal said.

He said the letter was delivered to the principal secretary in the afternoon. In the letter, it was requested to issue specific consent to the CBI to lay a trap in this particular complaint, the official said.

“It was also requested to keep the information strictly confidential and not to share the information with any other party,” he said.

Mr Dayal said SP, CBI, Visakhapatnam, had also personally called on the principal secretary, home department, at her office in Velagapudy on November 29 morning.

The SP had requested for early action in issuing the specific consent under Section 6 of the DSPE Act to enable the CBI to register the case and lay the trap as the state government has withdrawn the general consent, he said.

This was also followed up by another letter to the principal secretary with a copy to the chief secretary from the CBI’s head of zone on Saturday, requesting for immediate issue of specific consent, Mr Dayal said.

“However the Andhra Pradesh government did not issue the specific consent as requested by the CBI, instead the details were shared by the home department with the state ACB and the state ACB laid a trap on November 30 in the evening against the central government public servant by using the contents of the above request letter,” he said.

CBI deeply regrets such noncooperation by the state home department in this matter, he said.

“This will only make the fight against corruption more difficult for the anti-corruption agencies and the mutual trust between the agencies will be vitiated. Corruption can be eradicated only through mutual cooperation, and trust,” Mr Dayal said.

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US Proposes H-1B Changes, Targets Most Skilled, Top Paid Foreign Workers

The H1-B visa has an annual limit cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year as mandated by the US Congress.


The Trump administration yesterday proposed major changes to the H-1B application process with the aim of awarding the visa to the most skilled and highest paid foreign workers.

Under a new proposed merit-based rule, a notice for which was issued yesterday, companies employing foreign workers on the H-1B visa – under the Congressional mandated annual caps — would have to electronically register with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a designated registration period.

The H1-B visa has an annual numerical limit cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year as mandated by the US Congress. The first 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries with a US master’s degree or higher are exempt from the cap. 

The USCIS would also reverse the order allowing it to select H-1B petitions under the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption.

This is likely to increase the number of foreign workers with a master’s or higher degree from a US institution of higher education to be selected for an H-1B cap number. As such the proposed rule will introducing a more meritorious selection of beneficiaries, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement.

The DHS said public comments on the proposed rule can be submitted from December 3 to January 2.

“Currently, in years when the H-1B cap and the advanced degree exemption are both reached within the first five days that H-1B cap petitions may be filed, the advanced degree exemption is selected prior to the H-1B cap.

“The proposed rule would reverse the selection order and count all registrations or petitions towards the number projected as needed to reach the H-1B cap first,” the DHS said.

Once a sufficient number of registrations or petitions have been selected for the H-1B cap, the USCIS would then select registrations or petitions towards the advanced degree exemption.

“This proposed change would increase the chances that beneficiaries with a master’s or higher degree from a US institution of higher education would be selected under the H-1B cap and that H-1B visas would be awarded to the most-skilled and highest-paid beneficiaries,” it said.

The proposed process would result in an estimated increase of up to 16 per cent (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected H-1B beneficiaries with a master’s degree or higher from a US institution of higher education, the DHS said.

The USCIS said it expects that shifting to electronic registration would reduce overall costs for petitioners and create a more efficient and cost-effective H-1B cap petition process for the agency.

The proposed rule would help alleviate massive administrative burdens on USCIS since the agency would no longer need to physically receive and handle hundreds of thousands of H-1B petitions and supporting documentation before conducting the cap selection process, it said.

“This would help reduce wait times for cap selection notifications. The proposed rule also limits the filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions to the beneficiary named on the original selected registration, which would protect the integrity of this registration system,” USCIS said. 

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Whitaker alerts U.S. trade regulator to his justice role in fraud query response

Whitaker knew of fraud complaints while at World Patent Marketing: documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was aware of fraud allegations against an invention promotion company where he was an advisor and was slow to respond to government investigators probing it, documents released on Friday show.

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker speaks at the Joint Terrorism Task Force office in New York, New York, U.S., November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

World Patent Marketing was a fraud, one angry person wrote in September 2016. “What you don’t know is how many people were scammed by him (Chief Executive Scott Cooper) and how fraudulent they are and how much money they robbed from people,” wrote the person whose email was disclosed along with more than 300 pages of other materials released by the Federal Trade Commission.

The documents paint a picture of a company that heard from angry clients, and some of the emails or responses to them were also sent to Whitaker. It was unclear if he took any action to determine if the complaints were warranted.

Democrats have complained for several reasons about President Donald Trump’s appointment of Whitaker as acting attorney general after Jeff Sessions was forced out this month.

Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee, said the documents released on Friday suggested Whitaker was aware of potential fraud.

“If true, this is extremely troubling and raises serious concerns about his fitness to serve as acting Attorney General and whether he was properly vetted for this critical position,” he said in a statement.

World Patent Marketing, accused by the government of bilking millions of dollars from consumers, admitted no fault but settled with the FTC for more than $25 million earlier this year. Whitaker was not named in that complaint.

The hundreds of pages of documents released on Friday also show the FTC struggled to get in contact with Whitaker, who earned $9,375 for being on WPM’s advisory board.

In March 2017, FTC attorney Colleen Robbins emailed two colleagues to say Matt Whitaker “has not returned any of my calls.”

The FTC, which won a preliminary injunction against the company in August, subpoenaed Whitaker on Oct. 6 but again got no response.

Later that month, one FTC lawyer emailed colleagues to say: “You’re not going to believe this. … Matt Whitaker is now chief of staff to the Attorney General of the United States.”

In a voicemail left for an FTC attorney that was made public on Friday, Whitaker said he was unaware of the subpoena sent to his former law firm, explaining he was in a new job as the chief of staff to then U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Whitaker began that job on Oct. 4, 2017.

“I want to be very helpful,” he said in the voicemail, which was also released on Friday.

Whitaker subsequently spoke by telephone to FTC investigator James Evans on Oct. 24. Evans’ notes from that telephone call show that Whitaker denied responding to “consumers,” presumably clients of World Patent Marketing.

In the call, Whitaker described his role as minimal. He said he forwarded any phone calls or emails to WPM CEO Cooper and never met with anyone else on the advisory board.

Evans also says in the email that Whitaker told him that any documents he had would likely be covered by attorney/client privilege.

Reporting by Diane Bartz and David Shepardson; Editing by Susan Thomas, Frances Kerry and Richard Chang

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Cold War fears cloud Trump-Xi summit

Cold War fears cloud Trump-Xi summit

They meet at a defining moment in US-China ties which are turning sharply more adversarial with Beijing being more assertive on the world stage and Washington shifting to a more confrontational pose.

For decades, US policy on China has been premised on drawing the rising giant into a rules-based international system, on the basis that greater economic opening would inevitably lead to political liberalization.

But that goal, pursued by Democratic and Republican administrations, proved futile. Instead, and especially under the strongman leadership of Xi, China has stuck to market economics but clamped down on political freedoms.

Beijing is now seeking to impose its weight on its own region and beyond, making sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea, sparking concerns of accidental clashes between the US and Chinese navies.

After decades of discrete and careful diplomacy, it is now seeking to extend its political, military and economic influence into Europe and Africa and offers developing nations an alternative model to the West’s liberalized societies.

As a result, there are growing fears that the rising superpower could clash with the existing dominant global force, the United States, and the Xi-Trump summit takes place as anxiety mounts over a possible new, pan-Pacific Cold War.

Suspicion of China is rare bipartisan concern

Trump's embarks on whirlwind G20 after he canceling Putin meeting

While Trump lashed out at China on the campaign trail, and blames it for draining away millions of American industrial jobs, rising suspicion of Beijing’s motives is bipartisan and widely shared in the foreign policy community.

The Trump administration’s new National Security Strategy named China, along with Russia as a “revisionist power” seeking a world “antithetical to US values and interests.” It said China wants to displace the US in the Indo-Pacific region and reorder its economic structure to suit its own interests.
In July, Michael Collins, deputy assistant director of the CIA’s East Asia Mission Center said China was using legal and illicit, public, private, military and economic power to wage a “cold war” against the United States.
Vice President Mike Pence formalized the US turn from engagement to confrontation in a speech in Washington in October.

“America had hoped that economic liberalization would bring China into a greater partnership with us and with the world. Instead, China has chosen economic aggression, which has in turn emboldened its growing military,” Pence said.

Given this backdrop, an agreement on the US-China trade dispute, while welcome, would be only a small step to defusing a building competition between the two great economies.

Miles Kahler, senior fellow for Global Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations, said US-China relations are undergoing a transformation under Trump.

“It doesn’t mean open hostility or some sort of new Cold War, yet, but the list of grievances that they have with China is very, very long and it’s well beyond trade,” Kahler said.

“The consensus has definitely shifted toward a much harder, much less accommodating line toward China. And this is not just the result of changes in politics in the United States; I think it’s a result of perceptions of where Chinese policy has gone under President Xi Jinping in the last few years,” he said.

A rising challenger?

The US shift is not just evident in Pence’s speech. Washington now refers to Asia-Pacific as the Indo-Pacific region, highlighting the role of its ally India, a rising challenger to Beijing. At the G20 summit in Argentina, Trump held a meeting and an unsubtle photo op aimed at China alongside the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Underlining naval tensions, the US this week sent a guided-missile cruiser on the latest “freedom of navigation” exercise in the South China Sea, near the Paracel islands, that are claimed by Beijing.
And earlier this month at the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea, Trump offered China an opening by not showing up. The China-US confrontation cast a shadow over the event which featured hawkish speeches by Xi and Pence.

Both sides do have common interests in preventing an outburst of conflict and Trump has often enlisted China’s help in reining in its recalcitrant ally North Korea during his stick-and-carrot charm offensive.

But Washington and its regional allies have condemned Beijing’s recent drive to establish claims and build military bases on islands and reefs in the South China Sea whose waters are claimed by multiple nations.

Hope for a deal

Still, despite rising geopolitical tensions, there is still hope for a trade deal in Argentina, partly because both sides appear to want a timeout.

“If we could make a deal, that would be good.  I think they want to, and I think we’d like to,” Trump said on Friday.

The President would like some relief from China’s reprisals over his billions of dollars in tariffs that are hammering agricultural heartlands in mid western states crucial to his reelection.

He is also, of course, a self styled master of the deal, and coming home with an agreement would allow him to boast of a political win at a time of extreme pressure back home over the Mueller probe.

It’s often hard to predict what Trump will do — and China policy is no exception. No modern President has been as tough on Beijing with his rhetoric and with tariff policy than Trump. Yet he also often boasts of his relationship with Xi, calling him a good friend. There are also concerns among Trump critics that he gives away the store in on-one-one negotiations.

Going into the talks, Trump’s economic team was talking a tough game. Larry Kudlow, director of the US National Economic Council, said that the President was ready to slap $267 billion in new tariffs on China, and took a swipe at Beijing’s economy.

“Most observers believe China to be in a slump whereas the United States is in a strong solid position going into the summit,” he said.

Deepening splits

Splits in the administration over China are deepening the intrigue ahead of the Xi-Trump meeting. CNN’s Kevin Liptak reported that White House adviser Peter Navarro, a hardliner on China is expected to attend. Navarro has waged a struggle for Trump’s attention on policy towards Beijing with another faction led by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who is more open to talks with Beijing.

If a deal is struck, it will be worth reading the small print. While Trump has honored campaign promises to renegotiate trade agreements, including with South Korea, Mexico and Canada, he often oversells the size of the changes.

He billed an agreement to avert a trade war with the European Union earlier this year as a “very big day for free and fair trade” but in reality the agreement was simply a deal on talking about an overhaul of transatlantic commerce.

His vaunted breakthrough with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, which he said had removed the nuclear threat posed by the isolated state has produced little evidence of denuclearization.

Few experts believe that any agreement that emerges will deliver on top US grievances and halt intellectual property theft or the stealing by China of US technology it sees as crucial to its military and economic development.

Still, given the worrying trajectory of US-China relations, an agreement to talk about talks and suspend the tariffs war might be a hopeful sign.

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Abe tells Macron Renault-Nissan’s future up to private shareholders: spokesman

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday that the future of the Renault-Nissan alliance was up to private shareholders, a spokesman for the Japanese leader said.

“Prime Minister Abe said regarding the alliance, which is a symbol of Japanese-French industrial cooperation, it is important to maintain a stable relationship,” the spokesman told reporters in Buenos Aires, where Abe and Macron met on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

“However, he said the future of the alliance is up to the private-sector shareholders. The government of Japan does not prejudge the future of the alliance.”

Reporting by Daniel Flynn and Maximilian Heath; Writing by Mohammad Zargham

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Wall Street treads water ahead of Trump-Xi trade talk

Wall Street rises on trade hopes; S&P, Nasdaq post best weeks in 7 years

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street rose on Friday as investors hoped for progress on trade in a critical U.S.-China meeting over the weekend, and the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq posted their biggest weekly percentage gains in nearly seven years.

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The Dow saw its largest weekly advance in two years. Investors were encouraged this week by comments by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and subsequent minutes from the central bank’s latest meeting that suggested that the Fed will take a data-driven rather than ideological approach to future rate-hikes.

All three major U.S. indexes recorded modest monthly percentage gains for November.

A Chinese official said “consensus is steadily increasing” in trade negotiations between the U.S. and China as the G20 meeting got underway in Buenos Aires, sparking hopes there would be a positive resolution in the ongoing tariff dispute between the world’s two largest economies.

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Saturday and the outcome could swing stocks for the rest of the year.

“The three key issues that people are really focusing on are how dovish is the Fed going to be going forward, how are trade relations with China going to play out, and what’s going on in the oil markets,” said Charlie Ripley, senior market strategist for Allianz Investment Management in Minneapolis.

“But as we get better news, that’s helped lift the markets,” Ripley added. “That’s why we’re seeing a week like this week.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 199.62 points, or 0.79 percent, to 25,538.46, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 22.4 points, or 0.82 percent, to 2,760.16 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 57.45 points, or 0.79 percent, to 7,330.54.

Of the 11 major sectors in the S&P 500, all but energy .SPNY ended the session in positive territory.

Energy stocks fell 0.2 percent as crude prices LCOc1 extended their slide.

But falling oil prices boosted airlines stocks. The Dow Jones Airlines index .DJUSAR rose 2.8 percent.

Shares of Marriott International Inc (MAR.O) sank 5.6 percent after the hotel operator said hackers stole about 500 million records from its Starwood Hotels reservation system.

General Electric Co (GE.N) shares slid 5.5 percent following a Wall Street Journal report that former employees are being questioned by federal investigators about the company’s failure to acknowledge its insurance business’ worsening results over the years.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.17-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.24-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted 28 new 52-week highs and 6 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 49 new highs and 90 new lows.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 8.39 billion shares, compared to the 7.63 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days.

Reporting by Stephen Culp, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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G20 Summit 2018 LIVE Updates: At G20 Summit, PM Modi

At G20 Summit, PM Modi’s Action Plan Against Economic Fugitives

G20 Summit 2018 LIVE Updates: At G20 Summit, PM Modi's Action Plan Against Economic Fugitives

G20 2018: PM Narendra Modi spoke over an informal BRICS summit meet amid the G20 meet in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina: 

PM Narendra Modi today addressed an informal BRICS summit informal meet in Argentina capital Buenos Aires, amid the G20 Summit which will be held there. PM Modi, in a statement to the media, said that the BRICS countries were ready to co-operate for a new industrial revolution. The Prime Minister said that terrorism and radicalization were the biggest challenges before the world. “We will have to work together against economic offenders,” he said in the statement to the media. PM Modi has also met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit today.

PM Modi had earlier met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and told him about plans to scale up investments in tech, farm and energy sectors in India.

Saudi Arabia has offered to supply India with oil and petroleum products it needs to meet its growing energy demands during a meeting between Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, official Saudi media reported on Friday, according to news agency Press Trust of India.

Here are the LIVE updates on PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Argentina for 2018 G20 Summit:


Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the second session of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires presented a nine-point programme aimed to take action against fugitive economic offenders, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted today. “There is need to work together against financial fraudsters and fugitives. This problem may manifest as a serious threat to the global financial stability,” PM Modi said.

PM Modi met the presidents of China and Russia in a trilateral meet with the nations in Buenos Aires. “Deepening engagement with valued development partners,” the office of PM Modi tweeted today about his meeting with Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

G20 Summit: PM Modi, Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe meet for 1st trilateral meeting on G20 sidelines

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday met for their first trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit to discuss major issues of global and multilateral interests, according to news agency Press Trust of India.

The meeting assumed importance in the wake of China flexing its muscles in the strategic Indo-Pacific region, according to PTI.

Asserting that India will “continue to work together on shared values,” PM Modi said, quoted by PTI, “The ‘JAI’ (Japan, America, India) meeting is dedicated to democratic values…’JAI’ stands for victory (in Hindi).”

G20 Summit 2018: PM Narendra Modi highlights flagship schemes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday highlighted the flagship programmes like the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, MUDRA and Start-up India undertaken by his government to modernise the economy and promote inclusive growth at the opening session of the G-20 summit, according to news agency Press Trust of India.

G-20 is a grouping of the world’s 20 major economies.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri convened the two-day summit, which was attended by several world leaders including US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, British premier Theresa May and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

This year, the theme of the summit is ‘Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development’, according to PTI.

“PM @narendramodi made an intervention at the 1st session of #G20Argentina on Global Economy, Future of Work & Women’s Empowerment. Highlighted flagship programs undertaken to modernise economy & promote inclusive growth #JanDhanYojana #MUDRA #StartupIndia,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) is a financial inclusion programme that aims at expanding and making affordable access to financial services to the last man in the row, a PTI report said.

G20 leaders, including the presidents of the United States, Russia and China, opened summit talks on Friday stalked by the deepest divisions in the group’s 10-year history, reported news agency AFP.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri convened the two-day summit in Buenos Aires, which was attended also by Saudi Arabia’s beleaguered crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, an AFP report said.

As the leaders sat down for the summit plenary, Russian President Vladimir Putin and bin Salman — both arriving at the meeting under a cloud — greeted each other with an enthusiastic, thumping handshake that resembled a high-five, and hearty laughter.

G20 Summit 2018: PM Modi to hold 1st trilateral meet with Trump, Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to voice India’s firm commitment to make the Indo-Pacific a region for shared economic growth during the first trialateral meeting between him, US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital, on Friday, according to news agency Press Trust of India.

The first of its kind meeting between PM Modi, Trump and Abe will take place on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in the capital of Argentina, amidst China flexing its muscles in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the trilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi will be held towards the end of the Trump-Abe bilateral talks, according to PTI.

Sources said PM Modi, Trump and Abe – as the leaders of major democracies, are expected to emphasise the importance of cooperation among the three countries on all major issues of global and multilateral interests such as connectivity, sustainable development, counter-terrorism, maritime and cyber security.

G20 Summit 2018: The G20 Summit has begun: news agency AFP

The G20 Summit in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires has begun, according to news agency AFP.

G20 Summit, Argentina: India committed to globalisation, reformed multilateralism, says PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reaffirmed India’s commitment to globalisation and reformed multilateralism at an informal meeting of the BRICS leaders on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina capital Buenos Aires, according to news agency Press Trust of India.

PM Modi arrived Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires on Thursday to attend the G-20 summit where he will discuss ways to meet the new and upcoming challenges of the coming decade with other world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, reported PTI.

“In his first of the many engagements today, PM @narendramodi participated at #BRICS Leaders’ Informal Meeting on the margins of #G20Summit. Reaffirmed India’s commitment to globalisation and reformed multilateralism,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Ravish Kumar tweeted.

In his departure statement Thursday, Modi said through the 10 years of its existence, the G-20 has strived to promote stable and sustainable global growth.

G20 Summit 2018: PM Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on sidelines of G20 summit in Buenos Aires

PM Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on sidelines of G20 summit in Buenos Aires, according to news agency PTI.

G20: PM Narendra Modi says have to talk in “one voice” for interest of developing nations, on sidelines of G20 Summit

“We have to talk in one voice for the interest of developing nations in the United Nations and other multilateral organizations. This is the reason we have come together for BRICS,” said PM Modi, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina.

G20 Summit: PM Narendra Modi at BRICS informal meeting in Buenos Aires

Terrorism and radicalism are a threat to the world, those who commit financial crimes are also a big threat. We have to work together against black money, PM Modi said on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, according to news agency ANI.

G20 Summit 2018: Saudi Arabia ready to help India meet energy demands: Report

Saudi Arabia has offered to supply India with oil and petroleum products it needs to meet its growing energy demands during a meeting between Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, official Saudi media reported on Friday, according to news agency Press Trust of India.

The two leaders met at Salman’s residence in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, reported PTI.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the horizons of bilateral cooperation between the two friendly countries in the various political, security, economic, investment, agricultural, energy, cultural, and technological fields, Saudi Press Agency reported, according to PTI.

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Nokia 7.1 Launched in India at a Price of Rs. 19,999, Goes on Sale December 7

Nokia 7.1, the newest smartphone from the house of HMD Global, has launched in India. First unveiled at an event in London last month, the smartphone features a PureDisplay panel with HDR10 password as its primary highlight. Other Nokia 7.1 highlights include its dual rear camera setup with Zeiss optics, and a 3,060mAh battery with 18W fast charging. HMD Global on Friday revealed the Nokia 7.1 price in India, its release date, as well as launch offers via a press release.

Nokia 7.1 price in India

Nokia 7.1 price in India is set at Rs. 19,999 (recommended best buy price) for its 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant, and it will go on sale in the country from December 7. The smartphone will be available to buy via top mobile retailers in India, HMD Global said in a statement, apart from Nokia’s own online store. The 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant — which was launched in London — has not been brought to India yet, and there’s no word on whether it will be available in the country at a future date.

As for Nokia 7.1 launch offers, the company has partnered with Airtel to offer prepaid subscribers 1TB of 4G data on eligible plans starting from Rs. 199. Postpaid Airtel subscribers on the other hand will get additional 120GB of data along with a three-month Netflix subscription and a 1-year Amazon Prime subscription, on postpaid plans worth Rs. 499 or higher. Those who decide to purchase the Nokia 7.1 using HDFC credit and debit cards, apart from EMI transactions, will get 10 percent cashback via eligible offline stores.

Commenting on the Nokia 7.1 India launch, Ajey Mehta, Vice President and Country Head, India, HMD Global, said, “We know a lot of our fans in India enjoy creating videos and watching content on their smartphones. That’s why it was important for us to bring both Zeiss optics and PureDisplay technology together in a versatile device that offers a superior content experience, regardless of whether you’re taking photos for your social media or watching the latest series on your favourite streaming service.”


Nokia 7.1 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Nokia 7.1 runs Android Oreo, based on the Android One programme, with an update to Android 9.0 Pie arriving over-the-air for buyers in India. It sports a 5.84-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) PureDisplay panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio, HDR10 support, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Nokia 7.1 bears a vertically aligned pair of dual rear camera setup that consists of a 12-megapixel primary sensor, with autofocus and f/1.8 aperture, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with fixed focus and f/2.4 aperture. The company is also touting two-phase detection and Zeiss optics for the rear camera setup, apart from EIS. On the front, the handset sports an 8-megapixel fixed focus sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree field-of-view. There is 64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB).

nokia 7 1 back gadgets 360 nokiaNokia 7.1 bears a dual rear camera setup with Zeiss optics


Connectivity options on the Nokia 7.1 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors onboard the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, electronic compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Dimensions are 149.7×71.19×7.99mm and weight is 159 grams. There is a 3,060mAh non-removable battery under the hood with 18W fast charging, delivering 50 percent charge in 30 minutes.

The company is touting the Nokia 7.1’s real-time SDR to HDR conversion using a 16-bit engine, letting users experience “HDR quality entertainment, even when the content is not.” The smartphone is built out of 6000 series aluminium CNC machined frame and a die cast metal centre.

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