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Why Did Trump Took Jibe At Imran Khan?

The US President Donald Trump took a jibe at Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan during a discussion on neighbors of Pakistan. Trump said that Pakistan lived with very friendly neighbors.

Imran Khan in the US

Pakistani Premier is on a state visit to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly session on September 27. He met Trump on September 23 on the sidelines of UNGA. Both the leaders were discussing world situation when Imran Khan diverted the focus to India. Trump diluted the discussion by including Afghanistan.

When Trump said Pakistan lives with friendly neighbors

A laugh broke out with Trump’s friendly neighbor remark. But it was a little bit sarcastic towards Pakistan. The political analysts see it as a sarcastic intervention to highlight the real situation of south-east Asia and especially with India and Pakistan. Imran Khan is there to attend UNGA meeting and address the world leaders on September 27.

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Howdy, Modi: The World Rallied Behind India At The Houston Show

Young volunteers were seen shouting “Pakistaniyonkilaylee” while exchanging smiles and high-fives. PM Modi had just busted Pakistan without naming Imran Khan or even the country. But it was understood that Modi was talking about Pakistan.

Magic moments of the “Howdy, Modi”

  • Modi took a jibe at Pakistan’s concern over Kashmir issue instead of looking its own house and salvaging its reputation from becoming a hub for global terrorism.
  • Trump allowed Modi to bash Pakistan but asking for a standing ovation from the crowd for rallying against “radical Islamic terrorism” that goes beyond Pakistan.
  • Modi took the turn and called for a decisive war on terrorism and received another standing ovation from the audiences. He’s quick to seize the moment by linking 9/11 with 26/11. He asked that world knows where the perpetrators of the terrorist acts were hiding.
  • Neither of the two world leaders named Pakistan in their speeches but it was pretty clear to who they were referring too. While Modi gave clear hints that he’s talking about Imran Khan, Trump echoed his thoughts by saying that US knows India’s concerns with its borders.

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Mark Zuckerberg Grilled On A Private Dinner With President Trump And US Lawmakers

Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg went to Oval office to meet US President Donald Trump and other lawmakers to discuss the future Internet regulations. Trump shared a picture of him shaking hands with Zuckerberg but provided no details of the meeting.

Trump-Zuckerberg meeting

Concerned about competition, digital privacy, censorship and transparency in political advertising especially in the run up to the presidential election, Trump called Zuckerberg to his Oval office to put the view of social media company about the issues it is facing.

What issues Facebook is facing?

Recently a Senate panel asked executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter to appear before it and answer the questions related to digital responsibility in the wake of online violence and extremism.

The US Federal Trade Commission has already fined Facebook $5 billion in a wide-ranging settlement to strengthen privacy controls and oversight at the social network.

Mark Zuckerberg’s stand

It was a private dinner after the Senate appearance and grilling of Facebook chief for data protection and privacy missteps leading to heavy fine on Zuckerberg. The Facebook chief had dinner … Read the rest

Only The Tel Aviv Stock Market Celebrates Israel Election Results

Israel election results indicate formation of a Unity Government but there are mixed views on the formation and durability of a coalition between rival parties. But the country is seeing a good start with President Netanyahu inviting Kachol Levan leader Benny Gantz for talks.

Results

  • KaholLavan won 32 out of 120 Knesset seats
  • Likud captured 31 but Netanyahu’s bloc comprising of right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties presently stands at 55 seats
  • The centre-left bloc has 56 seats

What is the likely outcome of these results?

Since no party has a majority to form a government, there are more chances of a unity government. Also, Netanyahu has already started the dialogue to come to terms with others and work together. He has invited Gantz for talks to chalk out a plan for forming a government.  

What economists have to say about government formation?

It is good news for economy because a unity government would be less susceptible to coalition demands from small parties and narrow sectoral interests of mean politicians. Economists favour a unity government because it would be able to take structural reforms and hold … Read the rest

Boris Johnson’s Heckled Luxembourg Visit For Brexit

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson had to face a perplexing situation during his recent visit to Luxembourg. He was there to negotiate a Brexit deal that he claimed was in his mind but EU said otherwise. They said Britain offered no deal to EU.

Lunch with EU President

The British Premier joined European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker for lunch at the Bouquet Garni restaurant. But he was heckled by hundreds of Britons from the beginning of his trip.

A group of retirees living in Luxembourg welcomed Johnson in Luxembourg with slogans and banners reading Fascist, Stop the coup, Tell the truth and Shame on Boris. But the situation at the restaurant was more difficult to handle.

A group of approximately 50 protestors was present at the restaurant gate to shame the British PM for his unwelcome exit from EU. The scene created at the restaurant forced Boris to leave without addressing the gathering.

Media briefing cancelled

Boris Johnson was to meet journalists at the restaurant but he cut short his visit citing the unruly mob as the reason behind his exit from the restaurant. But … Read the rest

PM Modi To Address 50,000 Indian-Americans Jointly With US President Trump

According to English news headlines, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump are going to create history on September 22 by jointly addressing more than 50,000 Indian-Americans in a joint rally at NRG Stadium in Houston.

What is this event?

PM Modi is going to address the Indian-American community in a mega Houston event “Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams” organized by a non-profit Texas India Forum. It is a newly formed body of Indian-American organizations in the US.

What is the significance of the event?

It is the third major address by PM Modi and first after his reelection as Prime Minister. He first addressed Indian-Americans in 2014 at the Madison Square Garden in New York and the second time in 2016 in the Silicone Valley. Both the events were attended by 20,000 audience. But the third one on September 22 is going to be big with 50,000 audience have already registered for the event.

Modi Trump joint rally

Both the leaders displayed bonhomie by announcing the joint rally. Also, it would be the third meeting between the two leaders. The earlier … Read the rest