Kamala Harris Top Choice For Democrats’ Nomination For The White House In 2020

New Delhi: Democratic women of color have spoken. Their top choice for the party’s nomination for the White House in 2020 is Kamala Harris, the first time senator from California who expects to announce her run, or not, after the holidays.

Harris, who is an American of Indian and African descent, is followed by Beto O’ Rourke, a congressman whose unsuccessful but valiant senate run from Texas, a deeply red state, to unseat the incumbent Republican senator turned him into a star. Former vice-president Joe Biden, and senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren were the others claiming the top five slots, in that order.


Vladimir Putin Suggests He Is Open To The Idea Of Other Countries Joining A Key Cold War Treaty

New Delhi: Russian president Vladimir Putin suggested that he was open to the idea of other countries joining a key Cold War treaty limiting mid-range nuclear arms or to starting talks on a new agreement.

The president spoke after Washington this month said it would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) within 60 days if Russia did not dismantle missiles that the US claims breach the deal.

At a defence ministry meeting, Putin repeated accusations that Washington had itself violated the bilateral treaty and suggested other countries join the US-Russia agreement in a bid to salvage it.


US Government Heads Towards A Partial Shutdown Over Trump’s Proposal To Build A Wall Along Mexico Border

New Delhi: The United States federal government is heading towards a partial shutdown with no end in sight yet to differences over President Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the border with Mexico that are holding up the passage of a spending plan.

Most of the government, three-fourths, will remain open with their spending plans approved till next September, the end of the next fiscal year. Bills regarding the budgets of the department of homeland security, which deals with immigration, and the departments of justice and interior. are held up over Trump’s demand of $5 billion for the wall.

The deadline is Friday midnight. Building the wall to stop illegal immigration has been a key election plank for President Trump and he has been under pressure from his base to deliver. But the likelihood of the Congress giving him that money has been slim, and he hasn’t had any success even with his own party controlling the two chambers.


Mallya Faces Bankruptcy Proceedings In London Court By SBI And 12 Other Lenders

New Delhi: Controversial businessman Vijay Mallya is facing bankruptcy proceedings in a London court brought by the State Bank of India and 12 other lenders seeking to recover £1.145 billion extended as loans to Kingfisher Airlines that Mallya guaranteed.

The lenders had won in the commercial court of the high court on May 8 when it dismissed Mallya’s applications to set aside a ruling of India’s Debt Recovery Tribunal and an associated worldwide freezing order.

In June, the business and property court of the high court allowed searches and seizure of goods at his two properties at the same address in Tewin, Herfortdshire, but legal experts said the ruling did not have the effect of triggering any enforcement.


China Announced A 90-Day Suspension Of Tariff Hikes On $126 Billion Of US Cars

New Delhi: Following its cease-fire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth, China announced a 90-day suspension on Friday of tariff hikes on $126 billion of US cars, trucks and auto parts.

The suspension is China’s first step in response to President Donald Trump’s December 1 agreement to suspend US tariff hikes for a similar 90-day period while the two sides negotiate over American complaints about Beijing’s technology policy and trade surplus.

China has indicated it plans to move ahead with the talks despite strains over the arrest of a Chinese technology executive in Canada to face possible US charges related to a violation of trade sanctions on Iran.