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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Donald Trump has called India “one of the highest taxing nations in the world” this time, repeating, as evidence, an outdated and misleading claim that India continued to levy a steep 100% tariff on high-end Harley-Davidson motorcycles imported from the United States.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But his claims about Indian import duty on Harley-Davidson motorcycles are both outdated and misleading.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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Pleasant weather in Delhi, it will rain for the next two days.

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The weather pattern is changing in Delhi. The weather in the national capital has been pleasant since morning today (Wednesday). The wind is blowing between the movement of clouds, due to which the temperature has come down. According to the Meteorological Department (IMD), it will be partly cloudy in Delhi today i.e. on September 14. Also, there may be light rain or drizzle with winds at some places.

After the rains on Monday in Delhi, there was a slight drop in the temperature on Tuesday and people got a slight respite from the sultry heat. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a change in the weather and light rain in Delhi-NCR from today i.e. Wednesday.

According to the forecast of the Meteorological Department, there may be light rain in Delhi for the next two days from today. It will be cloudy and winds will blow at a speed of 30 to 40 kilometers per hour. In Delhi today, September 14, the minimum temperature may be 26 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature may remain 34 degree Celsius.

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Make Noida part of Delhi, AAP leader writes open letter to PM Modi

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Aam Aadmi Party’s Gautam Buddh Nagar region president Bhupendra Singh Jadaun has composed an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the incorporation of Noida inside the province of Delhi.

In the open letter dated September 12, posted from Jadaun’s twitter account, he has requested that Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has been giving essential conveniences, for example, water, power, schooling, wellbeing, and transport to individuals of Delhi, which the occupants of Gautam Buddh Nagar locale (Noida) have been denied of. “Very much like Delhi, individuals of Gautam Buddh Nagar ought to likewise have the option to get free power, good education, the advantages of Farishte scheme; the ladies inhabitants ought to have the option free transportation; senior residents ready to go on pilgrimage free of charge; and they are not made to go around different offices to get their Aadhaar card, ration card or driving permit,” the letter peruses.

Jadaun has expressed that the occupants of Noida ought to likewise get the option to choose their delegates in the neighborhood enterprises, very much like it occurs in Delhi. Further, the occupants living in metropolitan and country regions in the area ought to get the possession freedoms of their territory, while the people who live in alleged unlawful provinces ought to likewise get proprietorship privileges alongside essential conveniences like in Delhi, he said.

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New rule on free electricity in Delhi, subsidy will not be available without applying from today, CM Kejriwal announced

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has made a big announcement. Now only those people will get electricity subsidy in Delhi, who will apply for it. The applications for this will start from today itself.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that some people do not want to take free electricity. In such a situation, now only those people in Delhi will get electricity subsidy who will apply for it.

Form to be filled

A form will come along with the electricity bill. The form has to be submitted to the electricity bill center. He said that we are issuing a number (7011311111). A missed call has to be made on this number. A message will come on a missed call. There will be a link in it. Which will open the form on WhatsApp. Messages will also be sent to those whose mobile numbers are registered. The number of people who will fill the form on 31 October. They will get the benefit of the scheme. On filling the form in the next month, the bill of the previous month will have to be submitted. He said that his government would run door-to-door awareness campaign regarding this.

The facility will be applicable from October 1

Arvind Kejriwal said, earlier there used to be a lot of electricity in Delhi. We fixed it. Now electricity is available 24 hours. Electricity is available free of cost in Delhi. The money saved by stopping corruption is giving convenience to the people. He told that there are 58 lakh consumers of electricity in Delhi, out of which 30 lakh electricity bills come to zero. Half the bills of 17 lakh consumers come. We will give subsidy to those who ask for subsidy. This facility will be applicable from 1st October.

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