The Morning Wrap: US Miffed With 'Make in India', DeVilliers Pummels Fastest Century

19/01/2015 9:33 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 28: Supporters of the Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party watch their unseen leader Arvind Kejriwal taking his oath of office as Chief Minister of Delhi from Delhi's Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung during swearing-in ceremony at Ramlila Ground on December 28, 2013 in New Delhi, India. Kejriwal's upstart Aam Aadmi Party made a stunning electoral debut, winning 28 assembly seats in recent state polls and delivering a stinging defeat to the Congress party which rules at the national level. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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While there is much excitement over Obama's visit and its impact on nuclear and clean energy cooperation, the US

href="" target="_hplink">has expressed concerns over the government's 'Make in India' plan. The Modi government's announcement of a series of 1,000MW "grid-connected solar PV power projects" that enjoins all PV cells and modules used in solar plants set up under this scheme, to be compulsorily made in India, has irked the US.

Governments of both Sri Lanka and New Delhi have dispelled reports that the Colombo station chief of India's spy agency was dismissed by the Rajapaksa government, as the Indian official seemed to be rooting for then-opposition-leader-and-now-President Sirasena's party.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on Sunday, called on AIADMK leader and former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in Chennai. The meeting gains significance given the Centre's troubles with passing legislation in the Rajya Sabha, where it is in a minority.

Tata Motors, India's largest automaker by revenue, plans to launch a new car to take on market rivals Maruti and recoup some portion of investments made in the Nano--the small car that didn't do as well as expected-- by manufacturing it in Sanand, Gujarat, the home of the Nano.

After petrol and diesel, the Narendra Modi government is looking next to deregulate urea, the most important fertilizer for Indian farmers. The larger motive is to reduce the government's administrative costs and credit the subsidy on the fertilizer, directly into the bank accounts of farmers.

West Bengal Minister for Food and Supplies, Jyotipriya Mullick, alleged that the BJP was plotting to kill Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and asked party workers to remain vigilant. Previously, Banerjee has publicly stated that Communist parties were planning to assassinate her.

The Islamic State group released about 200 Yazidis held for five months in Iraq. Almost all of the freed prisoners are in poor health and bore signs of abuse and neglect.

Papers and files are set to disappear from cabinet meetings by this year after the government plans to equip ministers and top bureaucrats with tablets and e-readers and record proceedings through special apps.

An Indian-origin senior Cabinet minister in Ireland on Sunday announced he's gay, becoming the first openly-homosexual official to do so in the history of the Catholic country.

The Reserve Bank of India and commercial banks annually spend around Rs 21,000 crore ($3.5 billion) in the mere act of managing liquid cash, according to research by Mastercard. The scale of this burden is unique to India as it is among the most cash-intensive economies in the world.

Police have arrested a 43-year-old man who had set up a fake PMO website and duped more than 200 people of their money on the pretext of giving them government loans for business ventures. Sudipto Chatterjee, from Howrah in West Bengal, set up a website for 'Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Yojna,' that masqueraded as a government scheme to offer loans to "hardworking" entrepreneurs.

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal encouraged his supporters to accept bribes from rival parties--mostly BJP and Congress--but vote only for AAP, at a public meeting on Sunday.

AB de Villiers ripped up the record books with the fastest century in ODIs, off just 31 balls to beat the previous quickest set by Corey Anderson off 36 balls little more than a year ago, as South Africa beat their own record at the Wanderers and racked up 439, four shy of the world record total of 443.

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat appealed to a congregation to turn India into a "Hindu nation", and in tune with Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore's vision of "unity in diversity."

Union Information and Broadcast Minister Arun Jaitley said the country's security- and defence-establishments were of the view that media coverage of terror attacks ought to be restricted and coverage of the like witnessed during the Mumbai terror attacks "cannot be allowed." He added that the matter was under "serious and very advanced consideration" of the government.

Two rival teams, part of the T20 cricket franchise, Celebrity Cricket League, clashed in a Jharkhand stadium after one of the teams boasted that they were going to get film stars Selman Khan and Katrina Kais, for a performance.

A Rs 1.40-crore donation to the Trinamul Congress threatens to be the party's undoing in the ongoing investigation into the Saradha chit fund scam.

President Barack Obama is contemplating new taxes on the wealthiest Americans that would limit their profits from investments and make it harder for them to pass assets to heirs. This is to address concerns over inequality in the United States.


Manu Joseph, in the Hindustan Times, on the Charlie Hebdo attacks says that satire is a form of delinquency with an inescapable, and sometimes, fatal pull.

Irena Akbar says that the "moderate" Muslims are now sick of condemning. "Their condemnation has plateaued and they are now laughing at demands for denunciation of all acts of terror," she writes in the Indian Express.

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