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Naidu Meets Rahul To Gather Opposition Against The BJP For 2019 Lok Sabha Polls

New Delhi: To gather Team Opposition against the ruling BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu met Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. Gandhi described it as “momentous” and said it is critical for all opposition parties to unite to “defend the democracy and institutions and future of this country.” Naidu called it a “democratic compulsion.”

“We are coming together... both agreed are not going to get into the past and will talk about the present and the future... It is critical for the country that all opposition parties get together and provide a vision to the country,” said Gandhi on his coming together with a Naidu, boss of the Telugu Desam Party, the Congress’ traditional rival in Andhra Pradesh and a BJP ally till March this year.

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Ease Of Doing Business Ranking Of India Jumps To 77th Spot; 23 Notches Up Over 2017

New Delhi: According to the World Bank, ‘ease of doing business’ ranking of India has jumped to the 77th spot improving by 23 places over its 2017 standing on the back of reforms that made it easier to get construction permits, pay taxes and access electricity.

The World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2019 report said India carried out six business reforms during the past year that earned it the credential of being a top global improver for the second year in a row. The country recorded a rise of 30 places in the rankings last year, clinching the 100th spot.

“The target of 50 is no longer out of reach… Ultimately, the ease of doing business is maximising the governance with minimal government personnel and procedures so that the environment itself is eased,” finance minister Arun Jaitley said at a news conference after the report was released, referring to the target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he came to power in 2014. Jaitley added that India moved from the 142nd place in the index to the 77th spot in the Modi regime.

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Trump Wants To End Constitutional Right To Citizenship For Babies Of Legal Migrants

New Delhi: In another move to curtail rights and tighten noose against migrant, US President Donald Trump wants to end of the constitutional right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born in the United States.

Trump made the comments to “Axios on HBO” ahead of midterm elections that he has sought to focus on his hardline immigration policies. Trump, seeking to energize his supporters and help Republicans keep control of Congress, has stoked anxiety about a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the US-Mexico border. He is dispatching additional troops and saying he’ll set up tent cities for asylum seekers.

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Indian Army Pounds Pakistan Army’s Administrative Headquarters In Hajira Area Of PoK

New Delhi: Indian Army does it again when it pounded the Pakistan Army’s administrative headquarters in Hajira area of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) across the Line of Control (LoC). The attack, which also targeted 2-3 terror camps, came days after Pakistani army pounded the 93rd infantry brigade headquarters and an army camp in Poonch on October 23.

An intelligence source said the Indian army used 120 mm mortars and artillery ammunition and pounded the administrative headquarters with nearly 12 rounds in the wee hours of the day. He also said that the Pakistani army did not retaliate at that time.

The Pakistani army’s administrative headquarters at Hajira is around 18-20 km from the LoC in PoK’s territory, he said. Defence sources, who confirmed the development, have also released a video of India’s retaliatory action.

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Modi Says, India-Japan Partnership Strengthened as Special, Strategic And Global

New Delhi: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held informal talks at a resort near Mount Fuji before visiting a factory of an industrial robot manufacturer on the first day of their two-day summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the partnership between India and Japan was fundamentally transformed and strengthened as a “special strategic and global partnership”.

Modi, who arrived in Japan on Saturday evening to attend the 13th India-Japan annual summit, later rode an express train to travel to Tokyo with Abe as the leaders spent eight hours together. Abe and Modi will hold a more formal summit in Tokyo on Monday, during which strengthening bilateral security and economic cooperation is expected to be high on the agenda.

The two prime ministers are reaffirming their ties amid growing worries about trade and regional stability. Relations with China are a major issue shared by Modi and Abe, as their cooperation may balance China’s growing regional influence and military assertiveness.