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Justice Department:Trump son-in-law Kushner can serve as White House


President Donald Trump can hire his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior White House adviser without breaking federal anti-nepotism laws, the US Department of Justice said.
In a letter dated Jan. 20 posted on its website, the department’s Office of Legal Counsel said the president has special hiring authority that exempts White House positions from laws barring the president from naming a relative to lead a federal agency.
The New York Times first reported the decision, saying it was posted to the department’s site on Saturday.
Questions about Kushner’s role emerged as voters and lawmakers questioned potential conflicts of interest for Trump, given his wide-ranging business interests, history of employing family members, and the influence of his daughter Ivanka Trump, who is married to Kushner.
The office of White House counsel had asked the Justice Department for a definitive opinion on Kushner’s role.
The Justice Department said that if Trump chooses to officially hire Kushner and give him security clearance usually granted for White House staff, then conflict-of-interest laws would apply and Kushner would have to abide by their restrictions.
“Congress has not blocked, and most likely could not block, the president from seeking advice from family members in their personal capacities,” the department wrote in its 14-page opinion.

Hirakhand Express derails

Railway Minister reaches accident site in Andhra Pradesh where Hirakhand Express derailed claiming 39 lives so far. (ANI)


Hirakhand Express derails in Andhra Rail minister and Chairman rushing to the site. As per reports nine coach derailed killing 41 and injuring 50 passengers . PM Modi has expressed shock grief.Eight coaches of Jagdalpur - Bhubaneswar Hirakhand express train derailed near Kuneru station of Andhra 41  dead 50 injured as per latest reports.

Nawaz not to go scot-free

 Imran Khan on Sunday claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not going to escape in the Panama Leaks case being heard by the Supreme Court.
Speaking at a rally here, Imran Khan slammed the rulers over non-provision of heath and other basic necessities to the people of country.
He said the present rulers have been in power for nearly 30 years, but the situation in public hospitals could not be improved.
The PTI chief said these insensitive rulers have no idea of conditions in public hospitals, adding that people are forced to breath their last on hospital floor as there are not enough beds available for patients.
"They (rulers) themselves go abroad for medical check-ups and consider it below their dignity to go to a hospital in the country," he said.
"Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not going to escape in the Panama Leaks case," Khan said, adding if the letter by a Qatari prince turns out to be bogus then the PM will have to go home.
He regretted that the nation's wealth is laundered out of country and this is actual Panama case.
Khan criticized the prime minister for asking for immunity regarding his speech in the Parliament. "A lay man goes to prison for speaking a lie, but they (rulers) want immunity for doing the same."
"I am glad that people took to streets on my call. Our activists were jailed but they could not be unnerved," Khan said.
He contended that the youth of the country will not have a future unless corruption is not rooted out from the country.

Gujarat tableau to display Kutch’s world famous ‘Bhungo’ house, embroidery and lifestyle at R-Day Parade in New Delhi on January 26

New Delhi: Gujarat Government has decided to display the arts, culture and lifestyle of the state’s westernmost district of Kutch in this year’s tastefully decorated tableau for the National Republic Day Parade to amble through the Rajpath ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi on January 26, 2017.

The front portion of the tableau depicts Kutchhi women busy embroidery with rapt attention. There are 16 varieties of world famous Kutchhi embroidery, each distinctly different from the other. Domestic and foreign tourists coming to Kutch carry back embroidered work as souvenirs and gifts for their near and dear ones. 

The rear portion of the tableau shows Kutch’s equally famous naturally cool ‘Bhungo’ mud house with thatched roof that protects the people from the semi-arid region’s hot and harsh summer, the iconic bedecked camel giving a feel of the unkind weather. Kutch’s traditional musical instruments, like Nagfali, Surangho, Boridho, will also be on display.

Artists in their traditional attire will perform live folkdances like Raas along the way.


The tableau was prepared by Ahmedabad-based Smart Graph Art Advertising Pvt. Ltd.’s Siddheshwar Kanuga and his team, under the guidance of Director of Information A.J. Shah (IAS), Additional Director Arvind Patel, Deputy Director (Advertisement) Pankaj Modi and Deputy Director (Films) Mukund Patel

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Donald Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States,

Donald Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, and his inauguration has drawn a mammoth crowd and as per official estimates 1.5 millions natives were present but US media speak of meagre number..
Many countries expressed hope for cooperative relations with the new U.S. administration, but what worries about Trump’s “America first” policy dominate responses from officials, experts and the public.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet Trump to congratulate him on taking office, but preparations for the possible meeting may take months, Russian media quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying. But tinkles meet is soon as possible as per Russian officials.
Prime Minister Theresa May will meet US President Donald Trump in Washington DC on Friday. The White House said Mrs May will be the first foreign leader to meet the new president after his inauguration. A post-Brexit free trade deal is thought likely to be high on her agenda as she travels to the US for talks.
Confirmation of the meeting came as hundreds of thousands of people around the world joined women’s marches to protest Mr Trump’s presidency. Mr Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer gave details of Mrs May’s visit in his first briefing to journalists at the White House yesterday.
Earlier, while visiting the CIA’s headquarters, President Trump said the Prime Minister is coming over to the country very shortly. He said Nato, the European Union, defence and Russia are all likely to be discussed in the meeting.

US President Donald Trump has said, the United States has no choice but to get rid of ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism. He told members of the CIA community at its headquarters in Langley that US has been fighting these wars for longer than any wars it has ever fought.
In his maiden address to the CIA officials, Mr Trump said, ISIS has to be eradicated just off the face of the Earth. Referring to CIA, the president said, he believes that this group is going to be one of the most important groups in the US towards making the country safe, towards making it winners again, toward ending all of the problems. Mr Trump’s nominee for CIA Director Mike Pompeo has not been confirmed by the Senate yet.

Saina Nehwal wins Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title

India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title at Sarawak. Saina, the top seed in the tournament, defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand in straight games 22-20, 22-20 a shortwhile ago. Saina said, I really would like to thank my physios Heath Mathews , Chandan Poddar and Arvind Nigam for the Malaysia Masters title.. In four months from knee surgery to the title it was very tough and emotional journey for me ..I would also like to thank my coaches Vimal Kumar sir and Umendra Rana sir for supporting me throughout this journey …🙏🙏
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Discussion on Effects of Demonetisation on Political Financing & Black Money”

Discussion on Effects of Demonetisation on Political Financing & Black Money”  being organised by Association for Democratic Reforms, on 24th January, 2017, Tuesday, at 10:30 AM at Lecture Room No. 1, India International Centre Annexe Building New Delhi.
The discussion will be followed by a Press Conference to release a report on ‘Sources of Income of National and Regional Parties: FY 2004-05 to 2014-15 (11 years) between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM at the same venue.
Kindly find attached the Agenda of the event for your reference and perusal.

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Discussion: Effects of Demonetisation on Political Financing & Black Money
Date & Venue: 24th January, 2017; India International Centre (Annexe), New Delhi
Registration
10:00 – 10:30: Registration – (Lecture Room I)
Session 1: Finances of Political Parties and Demonetisation
10:30 – 12:15
Chair person Maj Gen Anil Verma (Retd) – Head, ADR
Recommendations of the ECI and
Law Commission on Political
Reforms
Prof Trilochan Sastry (Founder-Trustee: ADR/ NEW),
Mr HS Brahma (Former CEC), Prof (Dr.) Moolchand Sharma (Former
member, Law Commission of India)
Legal recourse to usher in
transparency in party finances
Prof Jagdeep Chhokar (Founder-Trustee: ADR/ NEW), Justice GC
Bharuka (ex-CJ of Karnataka HC), Dr Jeet Singh Mann (Associate Prof
of Law, NLU –Delhi)
RTI and Tax exemption for Political
Parties
Dr Vipul Mudgal (Director: Common Cause, Trustee: ADR/NEW), Prof
Sudarsan Padmanabhan (Trustee-ADR/NEW), Prof Arun Kumar
(Former Professor, JNU)
Questions
Session 2: Proliferation of Political Parties
12:30 – 14:15
Chair person Maj Gen Anil Verma (Retd) – Head, ADR
De-listing of political parties: Effect
on black money
Prof Jagdeep Chhokar (Founder-Trustee: ADR/ NEW), Prof Sanjay
Kumar (Director – CSDS), Mr Shahid Khan (Former Member, CBDT)
State/ Public Funding of Political
Parties
Dr SY Quraishi (Former CEC), Mr. Siddharth Varadarajan (Founding
Editor: The Wire), Mr Satya Prakash (Legal Editor – Tribune)
Anonymous donations and party
proliferation
Dr Ajit Ranade (Founder-Trustee: ADR/ NEW), Mr Maneesh Chhibber
(Bureau Chief: Indian Express), Mr Dilip Pandey (Spokesperson, AAP)
Questions
Lunch
14:15 – 15:00: Lunch
Press Conference – (Lecture Room I)
15:00 – 16:00
Panel Members
Prof Jagdeep Chhokar, Prof Trilochan Sastry, Dr Ajit Ranade,
Dr Vipul Mudgal, Prof Sudarsan Padmanabhan, Mr Jaskirat Singh,
Dr Kiran Chhokar, Maj Gen Anil Verma (Retd)
Report to be released
Sources of income of National and Regional Political Parties
– FY 2004-05 to 2014-15 (11 years)
Press Release: Issues discussed during the Round Table
Discussion Interactive session with the media
RSVP: Aparna Lall – M: +91- 99584 05338 E: adr@adrindia.org


Regards,
Maj. Gen. Anil Verma (Retd.)
Head – NEW/ADR,
011 4165 4200,
+91 88264 79910
anilverma@adrindia.org
Prof. Jagdeep Chhokar
IIM Ahmedabad (Retd.)
Founder Member & Trustee – NEW/ADR,
+91 99996 20944
jchhokar@gmail.com
Prof. Trilochan Sastry
IIM Bangalore
Founder Member & Trustee NEW/ADR,
+91 94483 53285
trilochans@iimb.ernet.in
RSVP: Ms Aparna Lall, adr@adrindia.org, +91 9958405338
Association for Democratic Reforms
T-95A, C.L. House, 1st Floor,
(Near Gulmohar Commercial Complex)
Gautam Nagar
New Delhi-110 049
M: +91 8010394248
T: +91 11 41654200
F: 011 4609 4248

RECOVERY OF DEAD BODY BY INDIAN COAST GUARD



TUTICORIN – 21 JAN 17  INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP AADESH RECOVERED CORPSE OF V. DILEEP AGED 16 YRS WHO HAD DROWNED AT MUTTAM SEASHORE WHILE BATHING AT 1230 HRS ON 20 JAN 2017. AT ABOUT 2030 HRS 20 JAN 2017 ON RECEIPT OF INFORMATION INDIAN COAST GUARD STATION TUTICORIN TASKED INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP AADESH TO CARRY OUT SEARCH AND RESCUE OF THE MISSING BOY. INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP AADESH CARRIED OUT EXTENSIVE SEARCH AND RECOVERED THE CORPSE AT 1220 HRS ON 21 JAN 2017. THE DEAD BODY WAS HANDED OVER TO COASTAL SECURITY GROUP, COLACHEL AND THEREAFTER SHIP PROCEEDED TO SEA FOR NEXT DEPLOYMENT.

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