Daily News Summary – July 21, 2017

 

Pakistan created Taliban to keep India off-balance

Washington: Pakistan created terror groups such as the Taliban, the Haqqani network and the Lashkar-e-Toiba to keep India “off-balance” and protect Islamabad’s interests in war-torn Afghanistan, according to former US diplomats and officials. William Milam, a former US ambassador to Pakistan, and Philip Reiner, a former senior director for South Asia at the National Security Council during the Obama administration, said Pakistan’s notorious spy agency, the ISI, continues to protect and assist these groups, according to The Cipher Brief. “As for the LeT, it is a reminder that Pakistan still sees India as its primary existential threat and still relies on proxies to keep India off-balance. “A virulently anti-Indian extremist organisation, Lashkar-e-Toiba serves as one proxy. Inside India, in the last several years, it has carried out very serious raids which appear to have had ISI help”, said Milam. Milam was US ambassador to Pakistan from 1998 until 2001.

 

A village n Haryana named after President Trump

A village in Haryana, Marora in Mewat, renamed itself “Trump Village”, reportedly to honour the friendship between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, The Indian Express reports. The village was renamed because another village within 30 kilomtres had the same name, and it was this second village that turned up on Google Map searches. The renaming came at a function organised by Sulabh International on June 18. A new signboard was put up declaring “Welcome to Trump Village.” Perhaps appropriately given the nature of Trump’s controversial administration, the signboard was removed because it was found that the rules for changing a village name had not been followed.

 

Chandrababu Naidu’s VIP culture 

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government banned the red beacon in the country; the VIP culture refuses to die down in the Indian political system. The latest example of VIP culture came into fore in Hyderabad where a policeman slapped a man for crossing the road while Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s convoy was passing through on Thursday. The shocking incident was caught on camera. Earlier on June 10, Andhra Pradesh Police went a step further and allegedly stopped an ambulance, which was ferrying a patient to a hospital, for about 20 minutes to allow Naidu’s convoy to pass through at Kakinada in East Godavari.

 

Kovind enters Rashtrapati Bhavan with big win

Ram Nath Kovind was declared elected as India’s 14th President polling 65.6% of the vote defeating the Opposition’s joint candidate, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who secured 34% of the vote. The polling was marked by cross-voting in various States where many Opposition members favored Mr. Kovind. Mr. Kovind will be the second Dalit President of India after late President K.R. Narayanan but, more significantly, the first from politically significant Uttar Pradesh and the first person from the BJP to hold the office of President since Independence. “I never dreamed of this position nor was it a goal. My election to this post is a message to all those who discharge their duties with honesty and integrity,” he said, promising to uphold the Constitution of India.

 

 In a major jolt to Gujarat Cognress, Shankarsinh Vaghela today expelled from Congress

He made the announcement at a public meeting of his supporters held here on his 77th birthday, amid speculation that the veteran leader was all set to break ranks with the Congress, which he had joined about two decades back after quitting the BJP. The former Gujarat chief minister has been at loggerheads with the Congress leadership for quite some time over his demand that he be projected as the chief ministerial face in the poll-bound state. Vaghela had been contending that if was projected as the CM candidate in the upcoming assembly polls, the party would be able to take on the BJP effectively in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state. Vaghela’s move comes close on the heels of the Congress failing to muster its entire strength in the presidential election held on July 17. The Congress candidate Meira Kumar could garner only 49 votes against the party’s strength of 57 in the state assembly.

Businesswoman pleads guilty to H1B visa fraud

Aiyaswamy admitted that between April 2010 and June 2013 she made numerous false statements and submitted more than 25 fraudulent documents for the purpose of obtaining H1-B nonimmigrant classifications for skilled foreign workers, according to prosecutors. A San Jose businesswoman who obtained H1-B visas for skilled foreign workers by telling immigration officials they had job offers from Cisco Systems Inc. when they in fact did not has pleaded guilty to visa fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. On Wednesday, Sridevi Aiyaswamy, 50, of San Jose, pleaded guilty to three counts of visa fraud, a crime that carries a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

Happy Birthday to Lyricist Anand Bakshi

Anand Bakshi was a famous poet and lyricist, who gave words to many beautiful songs. He came to the industry with the aim to earn his name in the field of writing and singing but ended up being one of the renowned lyricist of the industry. He was the only lyricist who has worked both in the Navy and the Army. In 1956, Anand left his job and decided to make writing his full-time career. In an interview to a magazine, Anand Bakshi revealed that “Generally, the tune is composed first and you have to fit your lyric to that. As for me, I generally like to ‘see’ what my given song-situation looks like, before I write it.”

 

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