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Donald Trump reveals highly anticipated ‘Fake News Awards’


Washington DC: President Donald Trump’s highly anticipated fake awards are out. While people thought the news was “error 404” turns out the website had crashed moments after the link was tweeted by President Trump.

“2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news. Studies have shown that over 90% of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative,” wrote the website GOP that had published the list.

Following are the winners of “Fake News winners” as mentioned by the website:


The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.
ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.
CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.
TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.
Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.
CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.
CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”
Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.
CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.
The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.
And last, but not least: “RUSSIA COLLUSION!” Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!
However, the list emphasised on President Trump’s achievements under his tenure till now. “While the media spent 90% of the time focused on negative coverage or fake news, the President has been getting results,” said the website. “The economy has created nearly 2 million jobs and gained over $8 trillion in wealth since the President’s inauguration,” stated one of the points.

It also said that African Americans and Hispanics “are enjoying the lowest unemployment rate” in recorded history. “ISIS is in retreat, having been crushed in Iraq and Syria,” stated another point. Earlier this month, Trump promised to unveil the award winners on Wednesday, and was questioned about the delayed awards.




Employ merit-based system for Indian immigrants: US admin


A merit-based immigration system, the Trump administration feels would admit the best and the brightest around the world while making it harder for people to come to the country illegally.

Washington : The Trump administration wants to admit immigrants who have skills, talent and can speak English, a top official has said, giving insight into the proposed merit-based system that may benefit individuals from countries like India.

President Donald Trump has been pushing for the merit- based immigration system to reduce overall immigration to the US.


A merit-based immigration system, the Trump administration feels would admit the best and the brightest around the world while making it harder for people to come to the country illegally.

The president also wants to scrap diversity lottery visa and chain migration to reform the current system. “..And so, our position, is that a system that prioritise individuals based on their individual skills and merit will certainly produce better results than the system we have now,” the senior administration official said on condition of anonymity.

“We want to bring in individuals, wherever they may be from, who love this country, who love its people, who have skills, who have talent, who have — who speak English, who are committed to supporting our values and our very way of life,” said the official. Such individuals could be from any part of the world given that they fulfil the requirements, the official said.       If such a policy is developed and implemented, it could benefit individuals from countries like India, the majority of whom meet the criterion.

 The Trump administration wants to reform the immigration system to serve the US’ national interest, the official said. The official said some of the existing programmes for immigrants ignored such requirements which are important for individuals to succeed in the US.

“So, what we have with the Diversity Lottery Program or through chain migration is that in these cases there are identified examples of individuals who were not selected to come to the US based on their love of this country, skills, merit, and individual attributes that will lead them to their success,” the official said. “We would like to admit individuals from all backgrounds or any place in the world, based on their own individual merit and their likelihood of success, into the US,” the official said.

The admission of any foreign national who goes on to commit a terrorism-related offense or who conspires to support terrorists is simply an unacceptable outcome for the US, no matter what, the official said. “Our goal is to eliminate terrorism in all of its forms, wherever it may emanate from,” the official said, reports PTI.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that the president is pushing for a merit-based system irrespective of the country, religion and ethnicity of an applicant. “He wants immigrants to come in from everywhere, but he wants to do that through a merit-based system,” said Sanders. “By definition a merit based system is colour blind. It’s not basing it on any of that criteria.It’s not based on race, religion or country of origin. It’s actually based on the merits of whether or not this person’s going to be contributing to society,” she said in response to a question. Sanders said it was a “much more fair system” and the one supported and voted by Democrats “just years ago”. The White House said the current immigration system jeopardises the US’ national security, reiterating its call to end the chain migration and visa lottery system.

“By failing to impose meaningful selection criteria, such as skills or likelihood to assimilate, our current family- based system is incompatible with national security,” the White House said.

The remarks came soon after the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security released a new report showing three out of every four convicted terrorists entered the US through the current immigration system.




Second high-level inter-Korean meeting on Winter Olympics


Seoul: South and North Korea began their second high-level meeting on Wednesday to discuss North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympic Games to be held in South Korea. The Winter Olumpic Games will begin on February 9 in the South Korean county of Pyeongchang.

This is the second high-level inter-Korean meeting in little more than a week, after both countries held their first such meeting in two years on January 9, Efe reported. Both countries agreed to convene future military meetings to avoid further conflicts and to discuss the appointment of a North Korean delegation to Pyeongchang.

The South Korean delegation is led by Deputy Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung, while the three-member North Korean delegation is led by Jon Jong-su, vice chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC), an organization in charge of inter-Korean affairs.


The meeting will be carried out “in a calm manner, on the basis of the spirit of mutual respect and understanding,” South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun said. During the meeting, North Korea is expected to announce its decision on South Korea’s offer to march together during the opening and closing parades of the games, as well as on whether or not North Korea will allow its athletes to officially compete in the events.

However, Pyongyang has yet to respond to the request made by Seoul on January 9 to hold a meeting in mid-February for families whose members were separated by the 1950-1953 Korean Wars. South Korea’s vice Unification Minister noted that, given the approaching start of the 2018 Winter Olympics, it is very likely that the Wednesday dialogue will focus only on the sports event.




US President Donald Trump given clean bill of health by White House doctor


Washington: US President Donald Trump is in”excellent” health and mentally fit for the presidency, according to the presidential physician. “All clinical data indicates that the president is currently very healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency.. the president’s overall health is excellent,” said Navy Rear Adm Dr. Ronny Jackson, who shared the results of Trump’s first physical.

Jackson held an extraordinary news conference — onTrump’s insistence — yesterday at the White House that lasted for about an hour. Amidst allegations from his opponents and some physicians about the status of his mental health, Jackson said that Trump asked him to conduct a test on him in this regard, even though it was not required by law. “A cognitive screening exam using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment was normal, with a score of 30 over 30,” he said. This exam is conducted in older patients for cognitive disorders like Alzheimer disease.

“There is no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues. And, on a day-to-day basis, it has been my experience that the president — is very sharp, he is very articulate when he speaks to me. And, I have never known him to repeat himself around me,” Dr Jackson said. Trump, 71, is 6’3, weighs 108 pounds and has normal cardiac health, Jackson said. “He continues to enjoy the significant long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol,” he said.


Based on the blood profile and other health parameters, Jackson said he has recommended diet and exercise plan for the president for weight loss. Trump has agreed to get rid of 4.5-6 kg of body fat in the next one year by combining diet, exercise, and medication. “He has a history of elevated cholesterol and is currently on a low dose of Crestor.

In order to further reduce this cholesterol level and further decreases his cardiac risk, we will increase the dose of this particular medication,” Jackson said. Apart from this, Trump has no problems in vision, head, ears, nose, and throat. Tests of the liver, kidney, and thyroid were all normal.




Hafiz Saeed criticises Pakistan government for not ushering Islamic rule in country


Lahore [Pakistan]: The Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief and UN-designated global terrorist Hafiz Saeed has lashed out at the Pakistan government for not ushering Islamic rule in the country. “They have started this work by finishing the message of Prophet Muhammad. Let us unite and pledge that we would not let it happen,” Saeed has said at an event.

Already at loggerheads with the United States (US), especially over its decision to suspend military aid to Pakistan, the 26/11 mastermind criticised both the U.S. and Israel for the political chaos in the country. “This is Israel’s agenda, which America is executing effectively. After losing in Afghanistan, it wants to wage a new war here in Pakistan. The unity that I am seeing today here is good but we need bigger and better unity and start a revolution. We have to stand up and do something better for Islam and Pakistan,” Hafiz Saeed added.

Hafiz Saeed incited jihad in UK in 1990s, says BBC
The JuD chief is also looking to contest the 2018 general elections in Pakistan and has, thereby, formed a party by the name of Milli Muslim League (MML). Earlier this week, Saeed invited all Islamic states to launch ‘Jihad’ against the United States and Israel. Meanwhile, Pakistan recently prohibited Saeed’s JuD and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) from collecting donations.


Saeed has recently been released from house arrest after a Pakistani court cited lack of evidence against him in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case. India has, time and again, protested against Pakistan for harbouring Saeed, who is wanted for plotting the Mumbai attacks.




North Korea steps up tunnelling at nuclear test site


Seoul: North Korea has stepped up tunnelling at its main nuclear test site, a US think tank said, even as tensions cool on the peninsula following the resumption of long-stalled inter-Korean dialogue.

Satellite images showed increased activity at the Punggye-ri site, with mining carts and personnel frequently visible, and excavation waste piles growing, the respected 38North website said Thursday. “These activities underscore North Korea’s continued efforts to maintain the Punggye-ri site’s potential for future nuclear testing,” it said.

The last five of Pyongyang’s six nuclear tests have been carried out under Mount Mantap at Punggye-ri in the country’s north-west, all of them at the North Tunnel. After a series of small earthquakes in the area, 38North said last October that the site may be suffering from the geological condition “Tired Mountain Syndrome”. The syndrome refers to the effect of below-ground nuclear blasts on the surrounding rock, which is extensively fractured and becomes increasingly permeable.

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The latest pictures indicated the North Tunnel was “dormant” with water draining from its entrance, but that “tunnel excavation has been stepped up at the West Portal”. Elsewhere at the site there was unusual activity with some 100-120 personnel lined up in formation in the courtyard, their purpose unknown.

The images were taken in December, shortly before North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un gave a New Year speech warning US President Donald Trump of a “nuclear button” on his desk, while also offering to hold talks with Seoul. The olive branch led to the first official dialogue between the two Koreas in more than two years, and an agreement for Pyongyang to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in the South.

The apparent rapprochement came after months of confrontation, during which Pyongyang carried out multiple missile tests and by far its biggest nuclear detonation to date. But North Korea made no promises on its weapons programme at the talks, and lashed out when asked about denuclearisation by South Korean journalists, saying it was not up for discussion.

“The target of all our nuclear and hydrogen bombs and ICBMs and all other sophisticated weapons is the US,” the North’s chief delegate Ri Son-Gwon said. Since Kim inherited power in 2011, North Korea has made rapid progress towards its goal of developing a missile that can deliver an atomic warhead to the United States, which significantly strengthens its negotiating position.




French President Emmanuel Macron discusses Iran, North Korea with Trump over phone


Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron has held talks with his US counterpart Donald Trump on telephone, in which they discussed issues related to Iran and North Korea, according to the Elysee Palace.

In his conversation on Thursday, Macron has reiterated “the determination of France to support the strict implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and the importance of it being respected by all signatories,” the President’s office said in a press release. “The agreement should be accompanied by a strengthened dialogue with Iran on its ballistic program and its regional policy, in order to guarantee improved stability in the Middle East,” it quoted Macron as saying.

In addition, Macron hailed the “historic” talks between North and South Korea as “a positive signal”, Xinhua news agency reported. “The continuation of the firm policy of the UN Security Council will bring about a political solution and move towards the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” Macron told Trump.




World Bank says India has huge potential, projects 7.3% growth in 2018


Washington: With an “ambitious government undertaking comprehensive reforms”, India has “enormous growth potential” compared to other emerging economies, the World Bank said today, as it projected country’s growth rate to 7.3 per cent in 2018 and 7.5 for the next two years.

India, despite initial setbacks from demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST), is estimated to have grown at 6.7 per cent in 2017, according to the 2018 Global Economics Prospect released by the World Bank here today. “In all likelihood India is going to register higher growth rate than other major emerging market economies in the next decade. So, I wouldn’t focus on the short-term numbers. I would look at the big picture for India and big picture is telling us that it has enormous potential,” Ayhan Kose, Director, Development Prospects Group, World Bank, told PTI in an interview.

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He said in comparison with China, which is slowing, the World Bank is expecting India to gradually accelerate. “The growth numbers of the past three years were very healthy,” Kose, author of the report, said.


In 2017, China grew at 6.8 per cent, 0.1 per cent more than that of India, while in 2018, its growth rate is projected at 6.4 per cent. And in the next two years, the country’s growth rate will drop marginally to 6.3 and 6.2 per cent, respectively. To materialise its potential, India, Kose said, needs to take steps to boost investment prospects.

There are measures underway to do in terms of non-performing loans and productivity, he said. “On the productivity side, India has enormous potential with respect to secondary education completion rate. All in all, improved labor market reforms, education and health reforms as well as relaxing investment bottleneck will help improve India’s prospects,” Kose said.

Noting that India has a favourable demographic profile, he said it is rarely seen in other economies. “In that context, improving female labour force participation rate is going to be important. Female labour force participation still remains low relative to other emerging market economies. Bringing force right now idle outside of the productive activities will make a huge difference,” he said.

Reducing youth unemployment is critical, and pushing for private investment, where problems are already well-known like bank assets quality issues…If these are done, India can reach its potential easily and exceed, Kose asserted. “In fact, we expect India to do better than its potential in 2018 and move forward,” he said.

India’s growth potential, he said, would be around 7 per cent for the next 10 years. The Indian government is “very serious” with GST being a major turning point and banking recapitalisation programme is really important, Kose said. “The Indian government has already recognise some of these problems and undertaking measures and willing to see the outcomes of these measures,” he said.

“India is a very large economy. It has a huge potential. At the same time, it has its own challenges. This government is very much aware of these challenges and is showing just doing its best in terms of dealing with them,” the World Bank official said. The latest World Bank growth estimate for 2017 is 0.5 per cent, less than the previous projection, and 0.2 per cent less in the next two years.

“It is slightly lower than its previous forecast, primarily because India is undertaking major reforms,” Kose said. These reforms, of course, will bring certain policy uncertainty, he said, “but the big issue about India, when you look at India’s growth potential and our numbers down the road 2019 and 2020, is that it is going to be the fastest growing large emerging market.”

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“India has an ambitious government undertaking comprehensive reforms. GST is a major reform to have harmonised taxes, is one nation one market one tax concept. Then, of course, the late 2016 demonetisation reform was there. The government is well aware of these short-term implications,” Kose said. He said there might have been some temporary disruptions but “all in all” the Indian economy has done well.

“The potential growth rate of the Indian economy is very healthy to 7 per cent. I think the growth is going to be at a high rate going forward,” the World Bank official said. The big question is whether Indian policymakers would, under the necessary reforms, push its potential growth up, Kose said.

“So far we have seen ambitious policy initiatives and implementation like GST. And we have all the reasons to expect this government to continue economic policies to create friendly environment for businesses and push its growth potential up,” he said. In a South Asia regional press release, the World Bank said India is estimated to grow 6.7 per cent in fiscal year 2017-18, slightly down from the 7.1 per cent of the previous fiscal year.

This is due in part to the effects of the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax, but also to protracted balance sheet weaknesses, including corporate debt burdens and non-performing loans in the banking sector, weighing down private investment, it said.




China’s second aircraft carrier’s sea trial in Feb


Beijing : China’s first indigenous aircraft carrier is expected to conduct its maiden sea trials next month, even as the country’s navy began building a third carrier vessel in Shanghai.

China had launched its second aircraft carrier in April 2017 after it commissioned the first carrier the Liaoning, a re-fitted Soviet Union-made vessel in 2012.

“China’s first homemade aircraft carrier might conduct its sea trials around Spring Festival in mid-February,” Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval expert, told state-run Global Times.


He said it was possible the Liaoning could carry training personnel from China’s second aircraft carrier for them to study and gain experience.

Taiwan’s defence authorities last week in a statement on its website had said that the Liaoning, which passed the west side of the Taiwan Straits, was expected to embark on a long- distance voyage.

China has developed a new jet fighter called A J-15 fighter to operate from the decks of its carriers, the report said. The Liaoning conducted three cross-sea area training exercises in 2013, 2016 and 2017.

“Passing the Taiwan Straits is not strange for the aircraft carrier and its naval formation,” Li stressed. He added that this time the Liaoning might go through Miyako Strait to complete another circle of Taiwan.

Last week the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post had reported that China has started building its third aircraft carrier with a hi-tech launch system.

The third aircraft, a second home-grown, is being built at a Shanghai shipyard since last year, it quoted People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officials as saying.




First gay weddings take place in Australia


Canberra, Same-sex weddings took place across Australia on Tuesday, as Australia celebrated its first official day of marriage equality. In December, Australia’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage following a postal survey of 12.7 million people which returned a 61.6 per cent “yes” result, reports Xinhua news agency.

However, same-sex couples had to wait another month before they could tie the knot due to Australian law requiring 30 days of notice before getting married. The waiting period expired on Tuesday with some couples wasting no time and marrying just minutes after midnight.

Australian Commonwealth Games sprinter Craig Burns and his now-husband Luke Sullivan, also an athlete, were one of those couples, marrying each other in a midnight ceremony attended by 50 family and friends in New South Wales. “People I have never met I don’t know who are just sending love and congratulations, it’s really touching,” Sullivan told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Tuesday.


Ron van Houwelingen and Antony McManus were another couple who wed on Tuesday following 30 years together and 16 unofficial wedding ceremonies. “Our first wedding was on our sixth anniversary, that was a big deal with family and friends,” Van Houwelingen said.

“Most of the others have been more protests – we’ve renewed our vows at rallies, married on TV and on radio. They’ve been a statement in the fight for marriage equality.”




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