In an interview to PTI on Tuesday, Al Mason, co chair of the Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee, asserted that due to the aggressive outreach of Trump, there are indications of a sizable swing of the community away from the Democratic Party they have traditionally supported and voted for. "More than 50 per cent of Indian Americans in the battleground states, who have been voting for Democrats thus far, are crossing over to support President Trump, in his re election bid, " he said.The US presidential election will be held on November 3. Trump, a Republican, is expected to be challenged by former US vice president Joe Biden, who is set to be nominated by the Democratic Party in August.Mason said his analysis is based on the findings of his team at the grassroots level in some of the key battleground states like Michigan, Florida, Texas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.There is an estimated four million Indian American population of which about 2.5 million are potential voters in the November 2020 presidential election. "These 50 per cent of the Indian Americans (switching away from Democrats), which constitute 50,000 to 60,000 additional votes for President Trump in each of the battleground states, will make a big difference, " Mason asserted.In Michigan, Mason claimed, 45,000 of the 70,000 Indian American voters who vote for Democrats, will switch sides in favour of Trump #8212; giving him a total of 65,000 votes. Similarly, in Florida, his study revealed that 50,000 of the 110,000 Indian Americans who vote for Democrats will switch sides in November, he claimed.According to Mason, 50,000 of the 200,000 voters in Texas, 40,000 of the 110,000 voters in Pennsylvania and 45,000 of the 100,000 voters in Virginia who vote for Democrats are expected to switch sides in favour of Trump in the election.Political pundits have identified Michigan, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania as the top key battleground states. While Michigan has 120,000 potential Indian American voters, Florida has 190,000, Texas 470,000 and Pennsylvania 170,000.Mason said there are substantive reasoning and influencing factors for the probable mass exodus of Indian American voters from the Democrats camp to the Trump side. Majority of the Indian Americans, he said, highly approve of Trump ''s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as all prudent steps he has taken for the revival of the US economy. "But there is also a major factor in play #8212; Respect. Indian Americans feel respected and acknowledged for the first time by a US president #8212; President Trump. They notice that the India US relation has never been better, as it is now under Trump, " Mason said in response to a question. "Right from the start of his presidency, Trump has been the best friend of India and Indian Americans. Therefore, they value the genuine friendship between President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi #8212; giving Trump credit for the same, " he said.Responding to a question, Mason exuded confidence that the recent temporary suspension of the H 1B visa is unlikely to have any impact on this swing. "No amount of temporary suspension on H 1B, H 4 visas, which is most sought after among Indian IT professionals, will ever affect the existing great relation between India and the US, " he said.Mason noted that Trump has directed his administration to reform the H 1B visa system and move in the direction of merit based immigration. "These reforms, the White House said, will prioritise those workers who are offered the highest wage, ensuring that the highest skilled applicants are admitted. Such a move was long due and is not only a win win situation for the US and India, but also Indian Americans because IT professionals in India and Indian Americans offer the biggest and highest skilled applicants talent pool in this sector, " he said.
More specifically, the new policy is "extending and expanding " on President Donald Trump s April pause on issuing new green cards, which will continue beyond the initial 60 day period until the end of the year, according to a senior official of the Trump administration.Under these reforms, the H 1B program will prioritise those workers who are offered the highest wage, ensuring that the highest skilled applicants are admitted, the White House said.
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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised, in a meeting with finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the need to aid businesses, expedite infrastructure projects and ensure financial stability and liquidity as India sees gradual lifting of the national lockdown, an official statement said late on Saturday night.Modi and Sitharaman discussed interventions needed in the financial sector and structural reforms to spur growth as restrictions on movement and commerce imposed since 25 March are being gradually lifted. Modi discussed strategies to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and farmers as well as ways to boost liquidity and credit flows. Financial stability and steps needed to help businesses recover quickly from the coronavirus impact were highlights of the discussions.
What to make of the new Chinese defense white paper, the first since 2015.China s State Council Information Office has just released a new national defense white paper, which is the first since the launch of major military reforms in 2015. This document includes an assessment of the international security situation and provides an official explanation of China s defense policy, missions, military reforms, and defense expenditure. While unsparing in its critique of power politics and American hegemonism, the defense white paper also calls for China s armed forces to adapt to the new landscape of strategic competition. In Xi Jinping s new era, the People s Liberation Army (PLA) is urged to strengthen its preparedness and enhance combat capabilities commensurate with China s global standing and interests. As the PLA pursues the objective of transforming into world class forces by mid century, the U.S. military may confront the unprecedented challenge of a potential adversary with formidable and rapidly advancing capabilities.
Kejriwal railed against Rahul Gandhi, the Congress President for failed talks to form an alliance in Delhi between AAP and Congress. I am saying this with huge sadness that if Modi and (BJP President Amit) Shah return to power, only one person will be responsible - Rahul Gandhi,; Kejriwal told reporters at the manifesto release. Gandhi, on the other hand, tweeted about the possible alliance earlier this month and accused Kejriwal of making a U turn and holding off negotiations.Back to the manifesto, the 35 page document promises transformation in twelve key areas: Education, Health, Women Safety, Police Reforms, Zero Corruption, Jobs, Land and Housing, Prevention from Sealing, Cleanliness, Pollution, Transport, and Yamuna Rejuvenation. These reforms take up almost all of the manifesto but interlink in a way that forms the subtext of the only point AAP seems to be stressing on, Full Statehood for Delhi. Their tagline on the cover page itself is Le kar rahenge poorna rajya . It is clear early on that AAP s political strategy is to demand (and promise) full statehood with little to nothing else.
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In a free and frank interview to Swarajya on 30 June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the challenges faced by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government when it took over from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in 2014, its approach to economic reforms, especially the privatisation of public sector units (PSUs), the efforts to put Indian banking back on the rails, the political challenges from a Mahagathbandhan against the NDA in 2019, the NDA s own allies problem, the Kashmir crisis, the alleged concentration of power in the Prime Minister s Office (PMO) and the Bharatiya Janata Party s (BJP s) talent deficit, and many other topics.In the interview, Modi makes the following points:
The Sciences14 Apr 2018K. VijayRaghavan, India 's new principal scientific advisor to the Government of India, has brought a lot of hope with him into the role as a result of his illustrious career as a biologist and former secretaryship with the Department of Biotechnology. Many stakeholders of the scientific establishment are already looking to him for positive changes in S amp;T policy, funding and administration in India under a government that, on matters of research and education, has focused on applications, translational research and actively ignored the spread of superstitious ideas in society.
Since the rise of the BJP in the early 1990s, a common complaint about the Congress has been that it doesn t have the narrative. We don t know what the Congress party is offering, pundits and politicians complain.The question is asked in many forms. If the Congress is doing soft Hindutva, how is it any different from the BJP? What does Rahul Gandhi stand for? The Congress and the BJP both agree on reforms, but the Congress is apologetic about them, disowning Narasimha Rao, and so on.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dropped one of the most contentious elements of his proposed labour reforms, paving the way for his long awaited industrial relations legislation to be introduced to India 's parliament by 6 April.Modi has been battling opposition 's attempt to paint him as a government that favours the business elite over the poor by moving to make it easier to hire and fire factory workers and buy farmers ' land. He 's also faced hostility from unions and his party allies since he first sought to reform labour laws after coming to power in 2014. While smaller changes have passed, the most crucial reforms have until now remained out of reach.
;Our government will continue to work together for the benefit of the State of Israel for a long time until the end of its term,; he added.The new budget includes many social reforms, including increased support for working families, an agreement with labor unions on slightly shortening the work week and a longer school year that cuts about 10 days off mandatory vacations. It also includes provisions that seek to increase competition in the television market; new regulations that make it easier for customers to switch banks; attempts to tackle the high costs of private surgery; and new rules on cash transactions as part of the government 's long term plan to reduce the use of cash in the Israeli economy.
New Delhi: With economic growth estimated to pick up further momentum after the shake up from structural reforms, the government is getting into broad based consultation for a new economic policy for the future.Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with senior cabinet colleagues will discuss on Wednesday the road ahead ” for social, economic and fiscal policy with experts and economists from all over the country. The idea is to get diverse views on the challenges confronting the government mdash;rural distress, government 's fiscal position after the indirect tax reform, private investments and job creation.
New Delhi: Niti Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar on Sunday said the time has come for consolidation of reforms, including goods and services tax (GST), bankruptcy code and benami law, initiated by the Modi government in the last 42 months to ensure that the steps deliver the desired fruits ”. The new initiatives in the next 18 months, Kumar said, should focus on health and education sectors as these two are going to be critical for human resource development. You know Modi government has done far too much in those 42 months, it has taken some very major steps. My view is that time has come for consolidation and making sure that these reform steps which have been taken yield the desired fruits, ” he told PTI in an interview.
Reform measures such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) are major initiatives, says Niti Aayog. Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar today said the time has come for consolidation of reforms, including GST, bankruptcy code and benami law, initiated by the Modi government in the last 42 months to ensure that the steps deliver the "desired fruits ". The new initiatives in the next 18 months, Kumar said, should focus on health and education sectors as these two are going to be critical for human resource development.
"There is a wide agreement between France and Germany when it comes to the proposals although we must work on the details," Merkel told reporters before an EU leaders dinner to discuss a raft of reforms proposed by Macron in a landmark speech on Tuesday.Macron offered a sweeping vision for Europe's future in a speech on Tuesday, calling for the EU to cooperate more closely on defense, immigration, tax and social policy, and for the single currency bloc to have its own budget.
Maharashtra is the first state in the country to formulate a law to punish social boycott. Punishment for an offence under the Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill includes a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh and imprisonment of up to seven years or both. While stating the aims of the bill, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said: There cannot be any compromise on human dignity which is supreme. In a progressive state like Maharashtra, which has a glorious legacy of social reforms, there cannot be any tolerance of a social menace that attacks the very basic fundamentals of humanity. Before introducing the Bill for debate and passage in the state legislature, he had held a series of deliberations with various social organisations and political leaders across parties to evolve a broad consensus. According to the Act, social boycott will be treated as a crime and individuals or groups or families or communities indulging in such activity would invite stern action.
According to a YouGov poll on behalf of The Sunday Times, the Conservatives are down to 44 per cent, while Labour were up to 35 per cent, with the drop being blamed on the reforms to social care and pledges to remove the winter fuel allowance for wealthier pensioners.But Damian Green, the Pensions Secretary, brushed off concerns around the polls, and ruled out any backtracking when it came to their social care reforms, which will mean just 100,000 of a pensioner s wealth will be protected from care costs.
Romani children in Slovakia are being failed by a discriminatory primary school system which continues to segregate them and seriously hinder their education, condemning them to lives of poverty and exclusion, Amnesty International and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) said in a new report published today.A Lesson in Discrimination: Segregation of Romani children in Primary Education in Slovakia reveals that limited reforms, and even the threat of fines from the European Union for breaching EU law, have done little to end the routine practice of placing Romani children in separate classrooms or schools. Romani children are also routinely being assessed as having mild mental disabilities and sent to special schools where the quality of education is inferior.