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Donald Trump calls India one of ‘highest taxing nations’

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President Donald Trump has called India “one of the highest taxing nations in the world” this time, repeating, as evidence, an outdated and misleading claim that India continued to levy a steep 100% tariff on high-end Harley-Davidson motorcycles imported from the United States.

“They charge us 100% tariffs on goods. So they send a motorcycle–and they make a lot of them–Indian cycles,” Trump said at the annual spring dinner of the National Republican Congressional Committee on Tuesday.

He continued: “They send them to our country, we charge them nothing. We send a Harley Davidson to India and they charge us 100%. Not fair, okay. Not reciprocal. It’s not fair.”

He went on to refer to a phone conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but did not go into the details, which, however, he has spoken about before. “I got a call from Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi of India. They’re one of the highest taxing nations in the world. They taxed us 100%.”

President Trump has raised the issues of tariff barriers many times before, and once called India the “tariff king”. He has also threatened to retaliate with reciprocal taxes.

Trade difference between the two countries remain the chief irritant in bilateral ties, which have otherwise been on the upswing in recent years. And Trump escalated it by, first, slapping a 25% tariff on steel and 10% aluminum in March 2018, as he did with many other countries, and then, second, announcing his intention past March to end zero-tariff benefits for India under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) scheme that the US has run for decades to help developing countries.

Talks are on to resolve these and other outstanding trade differences, but President Trump has continued to put pressure through these public pronouncements.

But his claims about Indian import duty on Harley-Davidson motorcycles are both outdated and misleading. India had a prohibitively high import duty on these vehicles and other high-end motorcycles such as UK’s Triumph. But it has brought it down to 50%, since Trump started complaining about it.

For context, though, India doesn’t import that many of these Harleys — just 84 in 2017, worth a measly $1.17 million; compare that to the $126 billion in total bilateral trade the same year. Most Harleys sold in India are assembled locally by the company’s plant in India, an estimated 3,000 in 2017.

The Trump administration has also identified India as one of the top countries with whom the United States has an adverse balance of trade. And that matters to the US president who has routinely complained about trade deficits, as he did at the NRCC dinner as well. It’s the highest with China, at $335 billion in 2017..

US trade deficit with India is low in comparison, $27 billion in 2017. And India has been chipping away at it since, through ramped up purchases of gas, aircraft and defense equipment. New Delhi felt let down thus when the Trump administration announced its plans to terminate GSP benefits for India in March.

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Who owns the Qutub Minar complex? The court will pronounce its verdict on December 12.

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The matter of demanding the right of worship in the Qutub Minar complex is once again in discussion. In fact, the Saket court has reserved its decision on the reconsideration petition filed in the matter. Delhi’s Saket court will pronounce its verdict on December 12.

This reconsideration petition was filed by petitioner Kunwar Mahendra Dhawaj Prasad in Saket Court. In fact, the Saket court had rejected the petitioner Kunwar Mahendra Dhawaj Prasad’s petition in the matter of ownership of Qutub Minar. Kunwar Mahendra Dhawaj Prasad Singh had filed a petition claiming ownership over Qutub Minar.

By filing the first petition, Mahendra Dhawaj Prasad Singh had demanded to make himself a party in this matter. It was said in his petition that the government had taken over the entire property in 1947 without our permission. This petition was rejected by the court.

The last time in September, when the ASI’s lawyer opposed the petition of Kunwar Mahendra Dhawaj Prasad Singh, saying that Sultan Begum had claimed the ownership rights over the Red Fort, we had opposed that petition in the Delhi High Court. Even then the court had accepted that there is no basis for the demand made in the petition. ASI had requested to dismiss the petition of Kunwar Mahendra Dhawaj Prasad Singh.

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Dry day, holiday in schools, metro timings also changed… know the changes before the MCD elections in Delhi

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The noise of campaigning for the Municipal Corporation elections in Delhi has come to an end. On Sunday i.e. December 4, votes will be cast to elect councilors in 250 wards. Before this, the Delhi government made three major changes so that the election arrangements can be implemented smoothly. In view of the elections, the Excise Department has declared a dry day for three days in Delhi. That is, there will be a ban on the sale of liquor in Delhi from Friday to Sunday. Liquor shops will remain closed on all three days. Apart from this, a holiday has been declared for all government schools on Saturday by the Delhi government. Due to the next day being Sunday, there will be a holiday in the schools. The third decision has been taken by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. Metro services will be available every half an hour from 4 am on Sunday, the day of voting. This process will continue till 6 in the morning.

On behalf of the Education Department of the Delhi government, it was told that due to the preparations for the voting to be held on Sunday, a holiday has been declared for all government schools on Saturday. In return, schools will remain open on 10 December i.e. on the second Saturday of the month.

Liquor shops will remain closed for three days in the capital

Similarly, Delhi will have a dry day for three days from Friday. Delhi Excise Commissioner Krishna Mohan Uppu told that under Rule 52 of Excise Rules 2010, December 2 to 4 and December 7 will be dry days. Dry days are those days when the government bans the sale of liquor in shops, clubs, bars. According to the notification, there will be a dry day in Delhi from 5.30 pm on Friday, 2 December to 5.30 pm on 4 December. Not only this, there will be a dry day on 7th December i.e. the whole day of the results. That means there will be a ban on the sale of liquor.

Metro service will start at 4 am on Sunday

At the same time, Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) has made changes in metro operations on the day of polling. Metro services will be started at 4 am on December 4 (Sunday), the day of voting in MCD elections. Metro will be available on all lines at an interval of every half an hour from 4 am to 6 am. After 6 am, the normal frequency will continue like normal days. Delhi Metro is currently providing services on a total of 10 lines, including Red Line, Yellow, Blue, Green, Violet, Pink, Magenta, Gray, and Airport Express Line.

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Man kills live-in partner with cleaver in West Delhi

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According to police, a 45-year-old man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly murdering his 35-year-old live-in partner at her rented house in Ganesh Nagar, West Delhi. According to police, the woman’s 16-year-old daughter was asleep in another room at the time of the incident.

According to the police, the victim, Rekha Rani, had lived in Ganesh Nagar with her daughter for more than 15 years, and the partner, Manpreet Singh, had stayed with them for the past 7-8 years.

According to police, Manpreet gave Rekha’s migraine patient daughter some pills and told her to go to sleep on December 1 at around 6 a.m.

“He informed her that her mother had gone to the market when she became suspicious and inquired about her mother. She called her cousin and went to his Paschim Vihar home. They then called the police when they discovered that their house in Ganesh Nagar was locked. Ravindra Singh Yadav, Special CP (Crime Branch), stated, “The victim’s daughter stated in her statement that she suspected that Manpreet had harmed her mother and that Manpreet and her mother had been fighting over money for some time.”

According to the police, the suspect allegedly stabbed Rekha in the neck and face while she resisted and mutilated a finger on her right hand.

Manpreet moved in with Rekha after meeting her in 2015. He claimed that Rekha stopped letting him visit and talk to his family because, over time, she started to feel insecure. A police officer stated, “He purchased a chopper (cleaver knife) recently to murder her and planned to kill her.”

According to the police, the accused is allegedly involved in six cases in Delhi, including kidnapping for a ransom, an attempt to kill, the arms act, and forgery.

According to the police, the suspect drove to his home village of Nabha in Punjab after killing the woman. Police said the car was found through toll barriers and he was caught using technical investigation.

Source: IndianExpress

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