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Trump Jr speech will send mistaken message: Democratic SenatorDonald Trump Jr, the eldest son of US President Donald Trump. — Reuters.

Trump Jr speech will send mistaken message: Democratic Senator

22 Feb 2018 | 10:46 AM

WASHINGTON: Democratic Senator Robert has written a letter to the US Ambassador to India to ensure that, son of the US president, who is visiting India, is not given any special treatment by the diplomatic mission, except for the one required by the security.

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Washington, February 22

Democratic Senator Robert has written a letter to the US Ambassador to India to ensure that, son of the US president, who is visiting India, is not given any special treatment by the diplomatic mission, except for the one required by the security.

Menendez's wrote a letter, as he said that he was concerned about a speech tomorrow at business summit by Donald J Trump Jr which may send a "mistaken message that he is speaking on behalf of Donald Trump".

The 40-year-old son of the US President is currently on a business trip India. He is executive vice president of the Trump Organization which is developing a number of high profile properties in various parts of the country.

"Given the potential to confuse Mr Trump's private business visit with having an official governmental purpose, I write to ensure that the US embassy presence in India will have no role in supporting Mr Trump or the Trump Organization during his time in India, other than that necessary to provide any security support for the US Secret Service," the New Jersey Senator said in a letter to US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster.

"I expect that the US State Department, including  US Embassy Delhi, will treat Mr Trump no differently than it would any other American individual visiting on private business, and will take every effort to avoid any perception of special treatment or a conflict of interest," he said as he listed a series of questions to Juster on the visit of the son of the US president.

The Trump Administration has said that Donald J Trump Jr is on a personal; business visit to India.

In his letter, Menendez also raised concerns about his scheduled speech on Indo-Pacific relations at the Global Business Summit in Delhi on Friday.

"Given that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and multiple government ministers will speak at the same event, I am concerned that Mr Trump's speech will send the mistaken message that he is speaking on behalf of the President, the Administration or the United States government, not as a private individual, or that he is communicating official American policy," Menendez said. — PTI.

Have not suggested rethink on complete electrification of rlys: Bibek

Have not suggested rethink on complete electrification of rlys: Bibek

22 Feb 2018 | 11:15 AM

NEW DELHI: Bibek Debroy, economist and chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, has said he had not urged the government to rethink its plans for electrification of the railway network and replacement of its diesel fleet.

Ishrat Case

No proof, CBI lets off Gujarat ex-DGP

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

AHMEDABAD:Former Gujarat incharge Director General of Police PP Pandey was today discharged in the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case by a special CBI court for want of evidence.

Businessman shot dead in Guwahati

Businessman shot dead in Guwahati

22 Feb 2018 | 12:02 PM

GUWAHATI: A businessman was shot dead by unidentified assailants here, police said on Thursday.

Fire at Innovative Film City near Bengaluru

22 Feb 2018 | 11:56 AM

BENGALURU: A major fire broke out on Thursday at the Innovative Film City in Bidadi, about 40 km from here, which gutted the sets of reality show "Bigg Boss Kannada" and melted down a wax museum, police said.

Telangana: Couple commits suicide by jumping in front of train

Telangana: Couple commits suicide by jumping in front of train

22 Feb 2018 | 11:51 AM

TUPRAN MANDAL (TELANGANA): A couple allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Telangana's Tupran Mandal, leaving their child behind on the platform.

Students should know how to market themselves: Chetan Bhagat

Students should know how to market themselves: Chetan Bhagat

22 Feb 2018 | 12:21 PM

KOLKATA: Popular author Chetan Bhagat feels scoring high percentage in board examinations is not enough, students should also know how to market themselves.

Fire in Mumbai's Goregaon doused

Fire in Mumbai's Goregaon doused

22 Feb 2018 | 10:30 AM

MUMBAI: A major fire that broke out in Mumbai's Goregaon on Wednesday has been doused.

EPF rate cut by 0.1% to 8.55%

EPF rate cut by 0.1% to 8.55%

22 Feb 2018 | 11:27 AM

NEW DELHI: Retirement fund body EPFO today lowered the rate of interest on Employees Provident Fund to 8.55 per cent for its six crore subscribers for 2017-18. The rate of interest last fiscal was 8.65 per cent.

Haasan calls it ‘Centre for People’s Justice’

Haasan calls it ‘Centre for People’s Justice’

22 Feb 2018 | 10:27 AM

MADURAI (TN):Amid fanfare, with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in attendance, actor Kamal Haasan today launched his political party, christening it “Makkal Needhi Mayyam,” and unfurled its flag that symbolises the strength of unity.

Govt must get free hand to probe fraud: SCPNB scam

Govt must get free hand to probe fraud: SC

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

NEW DELHI:The government must get a free hand to probe the over Rs 11,000 crore PNB fraud case, allegedly involving billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, the Supreme Court said today.

L-G sends report to MHA, 2 AAP MLAs sent to Tihar

L-G sends report to MHA, 2 AAP MLAs sent to Tihar

22 Feb 2018 | 10:21 AM

NEW DELHI:Even as the ruling Aam Aadmi Party cried foul over the arrest of two of its MLAs — mentioning them as being from the “Dalit and minority communities” — for allegedly attacking Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal today submitted a report to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in this regard.

Vemula’s mum accepts Rs 8L aid

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

HYDERABAD:Research scholar Rohith Vemula’s mother has accepted compensation of Rs 8 lakh offered by the University of Hyderabad for her son’s suicide two years ago and said it is in “no way a compromise” with the management.

First solo sortie by IAF woman pilot

First solo sortie by IAF woman pilot

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

NEW DELHI:Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi of the Indian Air Force (IAF) has created history by becoming the first Indian woman pilot to fly solo in a super-sonic fighter jet.

Pak claims no grey listing by FATF

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

NEW DELHI:Pakistan today claimed it is not being grey-listed at ongoing meetings of the UN-led Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global watchdog that combats terror financing and money laundering.

RSS Dalit ideologue quits, joins Mevani

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

NEW DELHI:In a move which does not augur well for the BJP in Gujarat, the saffron party’s one of the tallest Dalit ideologue, Mulchand Rana, has quit the Sangh Parivar and joined hands with Jignesh Mevani, a new rising young Dalit leader from the state.

Ayodhya railway station to be Ram temple replica: Minister

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

NEW DELHI:Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today said the railways is planning to build Ayodhya station on the model of a temple to connect people to Lord Ram's birthplace and there was nothing objectionable if its design was the one conceptualised by the VHP for the Ram Janmabhoomi temple.

‘Magician’ Modi can make democracy disappear: Rahul

‘Magician’ Modi can make democracy disappear: Rahul

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

JOWAI/SHILLONG:Narendra Modi is a “great magician” who can make even democracy “disappear”, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said today, taking a swipe at the Prime Minister over disgraced businessmen Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya fleeing the country following accusations of fraud.

AI centre to come up in Hyderabad

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

HYDERABAD:The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) will establish a Centre of Excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (CoE-DS&AI) in Hyderabad in association with the Telangana Government.

SC relief for ‘wink’ Varrier

SC relief for ‘wink’ Varrier

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court today came to the rescue of actress Priya Prakash Varrier, who shot into limelight after her ‘wink’ video went viral, by staying criminal proceedings against her in some states on the grounds that a song from her film allegedly hurt religious sentiments of the Muslim community.

Centre can pull out forces from Darjeeling

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court today allowed the Centre to withdraw the remaining four companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) from West Bengal’s troubled Darjeeling area after March 8, amid the state government’s demand that they be kept for four more weeks.

SC: Law may cure Aadhaar breach

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court today said the alleged defect that citizens’ biometric details under the Aadhaar scheme were being collectedwithout any law, could be cured by subsequently bringing a statute.

Truck rams into roadside shops; 5 killed

Truck rams into roadside shops; 5 killed

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

BHOPAL:At least five persons, including two children, were killed and as many seriously injured, when a truck rammed into three roadside shops today at Barela village, 15 km from the Jabalpur district headquarters.

IRS officer held for ‘molesting’ minor in Patna

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

PATNA:The Patna police on Wednesday arrested Income Tax Department Joint Commissioner Rambabu Gupta for allegedly molesting a minor in Patna.

Sedition: Hardik’s petition rejected

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

Ahmedabad: A sessions court here on Wednesday rejected Patidar leader Hardik Patel’s plea for discharging him in the sedition case.

UP MLA among 5 dead in road mishap

22 Feb 2018 | 2:15 AM

LUCKNOW/JAIPUR:The BJP MLA representing Nurpur in Bijnore, Lokendra Singh Chauhan, and four others died in a road accident in Sitapur district early this morning.

Amitabh Bachchan starts following Cong leaders on Twitter, triggers speculation

Amitabh Bachchan starts following Cong leaders on Twitter, triggers speculation

22 Feb 2018 | 12:13 PM

NEW DELHI: Amitabh Bachchan has started following some senior Congress leaders on Twitter of late, triggering speculation over his sudden interest in the party.

Amitabh Bachchan starts following Cong leaders, triggers speculation

Amitabh Bachchan starts following Cong leaders, triggers speculation

21 Feb 2018 | 10:35 PM

NEW DELHI: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has started following some senior Congress leaders on Twitter of late, triggering speculation over his sudden interest in the party that he was once close to and had drifted away from.

Law may cure defect Aadhaar data collection defect: SC

Law may cure defect Aadhaar data collection defect: SC

21 Feb 2018 | 10:04 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that the alleged defect that citizens' biometric details under the Aadhaar scheme were being collected without any law could be cured by subsequently bringing a statute.

Court extends ED custody of Karti Chidambaram's CA by 2 days

21 Feb 2018 | 8:59 PM

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Wednesday extended by two days the ED custody of Karti Chidambaram's chartered accountant S Bhaskararaman in connection with the INX Media money laundering case.

Ayodhya railway station to be built on temple model: Goyal

Ayodhya railway station to be built on temple model: Goyal

21 Feb 2018 | 8:54 PM

AYODHYA: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today said the railways is planning to build Ayodhya station on the model of a temple to connect people to Lord Ram's birthplace and there was nothing objectionable if its design was the one conceptualised by the VHP for the Ram Janmabhoomi temple.

EPFO lowers interest rate to 8.55 pc for 2017-18

EPFO lowers interest rate to 8.55 pc for 2017-18

21 Feb 2018 | 8:33 PM

NEW DELHI: Retirement fund body EPFO on Wednesday lowered the rate of interest on employees provident fund to 8.55 per cent for over 6-crore subscribers for 2017-18, from 8.65 per cent in the previous fiscal.

Kamal Haasan launches party, names it 'Makkal Needhi Mayyam'

Kamal Haasan launches party, names it 'Makkal Needhi Mayyam'

21 Feb 2018 | 10:16 PM

MADURAI (TN): Amid fanfare, actor Kamal Haasan on Wednesday launched his political party, naming it “Makkal Needhi Mayyam”, and unveiled its flag that symbolises the strength of unity.

Sohrabuddin case: HC says not getting enough assistance from CBI

21 Feb 2018 | 8:10 PM

MUMBAI: Almost two weeks after it began day-to-day hearing on petitions challenging the discharge of police officials in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case, the Bombay High Court said on Wednesday that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had failed to adequately assist it due to which it was still unclear on the agency's overall case.

Khan, Jarwal targeted for being Dalit, Muslim: AAP

Khan, Jarwal targeted for being Dalit, Muslim: AAP

21 Feb 2018 | 7:27 PM

NEW DELHI: The AAP on Wednesday cried foul over the arrest of two of its MLAs for allegedly attacking Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, and claimed the two were being targeted as they belong to the Dalit and minority communities.

Aditya Birla Group to invest Rs 25,000 crore in UP

Aditya Birla Group to invest Rs 25,000 crore in UP

21 Feb 2018 | 7:20 PM

LUCKNOW: Aditya Birla Group on Wednesday said it will invest Rs 25,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh over the next 5 years across various sectors.

Trump Jr visiting India as private US citizen: State Department

Trump Jr visiting India as private US citizen: State Department

21 Feb 2018 | 6:49 PM

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump Jr, son of US President Donald Trump is travelling to India as a private citizen and not in an official capacity, the State Department has said, amidst ethical concerns raised by some groups.

Class 7 student threatens to rape teacher, daughter on Facebook

Class 7 student threatens to rape teacher, daughter on Facebook

21 Feb 2018 | 7:00 PM

GURUGRAM: A 13-year-old Class 7 student of an elite Gurugram school threatened to rape one of his teachers and her minor daughter in a post on social media site Facebook rattling the institution’s administration.

India expresses ‘deep dismay’ over emergency extension in Maldives

India expresses ‘deep dismay’ over emergency extension in Maldives

21 Feb 2018 | 6:04 PM

NEW DELHI: A day after President Abdulla Yameen extended emergency in Maldives by another 30 days, India on Wednesday expressed its “deep dismay” over the development.

Situation in Doklam fine: Army chief

Situation in Doklam fine: Army chief

21 Feb 2018 | 6:09 PM

NEW DELHI: The situation in Doklam is "absolutely fine" and there is no reason to worry, Army chief Bipin Rawat said here on Wednesday, amid reports of China developing defence infrastructure near the strategically key area.

CS row: Court dismisses plea for custodial interrogation of AAP MLAs

CS row: Court dismisses plea for custodial interrogation of AAP MLAs

21 Feb 2018 | 6:08 PM

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Wednesday dismissed the police’s plea for custodial interrogation of AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal, arrested in connection with the alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

Employees of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi left in the lurch

Employees of Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi left in the lurch

21 Feb 2018 | 7:14 PM

MUMBAI: Nearly 10,000 people who were employed directly and indirectly with diamantaires Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi have been thrown out of jobs without salaries and other statutory dues being paid after their properties were sealed by the investigating agencies.

Man jumps into lioness’ enclosure in Kerala zoo; rescued

Man jumps into lioness’ enclosure in Kerala zoo; rescued

21 Feb 2018 | 5:05 PM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A 33-year-old man on Wednesday jumped into the enclosure of a lioness but was pulled out unhurt, thanks to the timely intervention of guards at the zoo here.

Iron rod-laden truck rams into 3 houses in MP, 6 killed

Iron rod-laden truck rams into 3 houses in MP, 6 killed

21 Feb 2018 | 4:46 PM

BHOPAL: At least six people were on Wednesday killed and two others seriously injured when a 16-wheel truck laden with iron rods rammed into three houses at the Barela village, which is around 15 km from Jabalpur district headquarters, police said.

Pak claims no greylisting in FATF; India says meeting not over

Pak claims no greylisting in FATF; India says meeting not over

21 Feb 2018 | 8:48 PM

NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Wednesday claimed it was not being greylisted at ongoing meetings of the UN led intergovernmental body FATF (Financial Action Task Force).

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