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Thai Party Faces Ban For Nominating Princesses For PM Race

New Delhi: The Thai political party that nominated a princess as its candidate for Prime Minister could be banned from a general election in March after an activist said on Sunday he would file a petition seeking its dissolution. Thailand's Election Commission is to meet on Monday to consider the candidacy of Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, 67, who stunned the nation on Friday when she said she would be the prime ministerial candidate for a populist party loyal to ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Her announcement drew a swift rebuke from King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the princess's younger brother, who issued a statement hours later saying it was "inappropriate" for members of the royal family to enter politics. The March 24 election is the first since a military coup in 2014 toppled an elected pro-Thaksin government. The current junta leader, Prayuth Chan-ocha, is also contesting the race for prime minister, as the candidate of a pro-military party.

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Qureshi Claims Pakistan Has Strong Case Against Jadhav

New Delhi: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that his country will present a strong case against alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at a hearing scheduled for later this month. Addressing a reception in Manchester on Thursday, Qureshi said: "Pakistan has all the evidence against Jadhav of sabotage activities inside Pakistan. Jadhav has admitted to being involved in such activities."

"Pakistan's legal team will present its stance in the case at The Hague on the 19th of this month," he was quoted as saying by Geo News. The ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the UN, will hold public hearings in the Jadhav case from February 18 to 21 at the Peace Palace in The Hague. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for espionage in April 2017 following which India moved the ICJ.

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US Agrees To Sell Two Advanced Missile Defence Systems To India For Two Boeing-777 Head-of-State Aircraft

New Delhi: The US has agreed to sell two advanced missile defence systems to India for two Boeing-777 Head-of-State aircraft for an estimated cost of $190 million. This is the decision that will enhance the security of the planes flying the president and the prime minister.

According to the Pentagon, the sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship.

The Trump administration approved the purchase of the two systems known as Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS) for an estimated cost of $ 190 million, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a notification to the Congress on Wednesday.

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Trump’s rectifying calamitous trade may have implications on bilateral trade with countries like India

New Delhi:  US President Donald Trump vowed to rectify “calamitous” trade policies and sought to expand his power to impose reciprocal tariffs which could have implications on bilateral trade with countries like India.

Trump during his annual State of the Union address told Congress that Washington’s aggressive trade negotiations with China would mean an end to its alleged “theft” of US jobs and wealth.

“We are now making it clear to China that after years of targeting our industries, and stealing our intellectual property, the theft of American jobs and wealth has come to an end,” Trump said in his address to the joint session of the US Congress.

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US Disputes India’s Suggestion That The Students Arrested May Have Been Duped

New Delhi: The US has said the Indians arrested and prosecuted for getting enrolled at a fake university run by undercover government agents “were aware they were committing a crime”, disputing India’s suggestion the students “may have been duped” and were unwitting victims of “entrapment”.

Some Indians have already left for home, but many remained in US custody, faced with deportation on account of their enrollment at the University of Farmington in Michigan state. It was a fake educational institution run as a sting operation to expose a pay-to-stay immigration fraud. Eight Indian origin persons have been criminally charged as recruiters working on commission.