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Trump administration declines to apply new Russia sanctions, for now

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WASHINGTON: The Trump administration said on Monday it would not immediately impose additional sanctions on Russia under a new law designed to punish Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, insisting the measure was already hitting Russian companies.

“Today, we have informed Congress that this legislation and its implementation are deterring Russian defense sales,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. “Since the enactment of the … legislation, we estimate that foreign governments have abandoned planned or announced purchases of several billion dollars in Russian defense acquisitions.”

The administration faced a deadline on Monday to impose sanctions on anyone determined to conduct significant business with Russian defense and intelligence sectors, already sanctioned for their alleged role in the election.

But citing long time frames associated with major defense deals, Nauert said it was too soon to tell how effective the law had been, so it was better to wait to impose those sanctions.

“From that perspective, if the law is working, sanctions on specific entities or individuals will not need to be imposed because the legislation is, in fact, serving as a deterrent,” she said in a statement.

President Donald Trump’s administration also did not make public reports required by Monday under the bill he reluctantly signed into law on Aug. 2, just six months into his presidency.

The measure, known as the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” or CAATSA, required the administration to list “oligarchs” close to President Vladimir Putin’s government and issue a report detailing possible consequences of penalizing Russia’s sovereign debt.

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The administration said it would release at least some of that information to Congress, but it was not immediately clear whether it would be made public, or kept classified.

Trump, who said he wanted warmer ties with Russia, had opposed the legislation as it made its way through Congress last year. Monday’s deadline was seen as a test of his willingness to crack down on Russia.

Members of Congress, including Democrats and some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, have been clamoring for his administration to use sanctions to punish Moscow for past election interference and prevent future meddling in U.S. polls.

Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one of the main congressional architects of the sanctions law, said he was not concerned that the administration did not announce sanctions or release all of the required reports on Monday.

 “This is when sanctions season begins, and so they’ll be rolling them out,” he told reporters.
 “We feel pretty good about the process,” Corker said. “They’re rushing the information over to us today, and by the close of business, they’re going to have two of the three, as I understand it. So they’re taking it very seriously.”
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Congress-JDS to Wage Battle Against Pro Tem Speaker in SC Hours Before Testing Strength of BSY Govt (Karnataka Elections)

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Saturday morning (karnataka elections) hear the Congress-JD (S) consolidate’s request testing Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s choice to designate KG Bopaiah as the expert tem Speaker to direct the urgent floor test.

Late on Friday night, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra chose to list the issue under the steady gaze of the three-judge seat, headed by Justice A K Sikri, which has been hearing the case. The issue will be heard by the seat, which additionally involves Justices S A Bobde and Ashok Bhusha, at 10.30 am, much in front of the trust vote slated at 4 pm.

The Congress-JD(S) supplication, was submitted late around evening time at the Registry and the Registrar of the best court raced to the living arrangement of the CJI for bearings on the posting of the issue.

In the application, the join has requested putting aside of the choice to designate BJP MLA Bopaiah as the star tem Speaker saying it was in opposition to the custom, according to which the post goes to the senior-generally official.

It named the Governor’s activity as a “baldfaced illegal” act to select “a lesser MLA as the master tem Speaker. The application likewise looks for certain dire bearings to guarantee that the floor test is led in a reasonable and straightforward way.”

Star tem is a Latin expression which best means “for the present” or impermanent. More often than not, the senior most part is chosen as the genius tem Speaker for purposes, which likewise incorporate decision of the Speaker.

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The request of additionally encouraged the best court to have video recording of the whole trust vote process and directing of the floor test through “a division’ into independent and isolated entryways so the people in the diverse halls can be checked in a straightforward way.”

The request of said “it is presented that in spite of the settled parliamentary

tradition and practice for arrangement of an expert tem Speaker, a lesser MLA Shri KG Bopaiah (BJP) with a questionable and disputable record of passing one-sided preclusion orders has been designated as the star tem Speaker.

“Truly, the direct of Shri KG Bopaiah has been extremely reprimanded and strictures have been passed against him by this Hon’ble Court. The exclusion orders go by him were additionally put aside as being vitiated with mala fides and undue scramble in two judgements of this Court.”

Asserting “a stunning dismissal to restricting parliamentary tradition and long standing parliamentary routine with regards to delegating the senior most individual from the House”, the Congress-JD(S) consolidate said the Governor designated “a generally junior individual from the House. … This is notwithstanding the conceded actuality that the senior most MLA is right now serving his eighth residency however has been ignored.”

The arrangement was “only an endeavor to seize and control the floor test slated to be hung on 19.05.2018 in the House, in accordance with the heading go by this Hon’ble Court”.

The consolidate claimed that B S Yeddyurappa “pair with the Government at the Center is practicing impact through the Governor of the State to guarantee that he cruises through the floor test by snare or criminal, in outright dismissal to Parliamentary practice and the settled tradition of delegating the senior most part as the master tem Speaker.”

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The Governor’s choice to designate Bopaiah came after the best court requested holding of floor test in the Karnataka get together on Saturday for finding out the dominant part or generally of the BS Yedyurappa government and for quick arrangement of the professional tem Speaker.

In its request, the summit court has specified four stages that must be taken after for holding the floor test, coordinating the quick arrangement of the ace tem Speaker, holding the promise service for every chose part tomorrow.

This activity must be finished before 4 PM when the floor test will be held to find out the dominant part. A seat containing Justices AK Sikri, SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan additionally requested that satisfactory security courses of action might be made and Director General of Police of Karnataka would himself oversee all plans so that there is no slip by on this check at all.

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Pregnant Woman Gives Birth To Child At Hospital Gate

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Another act of apathy on behalf of the doctors came to light in the Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh where the doctors denied treatment to a pregnant and she delivered a baby beside the hospital gate. A video on this issue has become viral questioning the infrastructure available in Government hospitals and the indifferent attitude of doctors towards the poor patients. So far no response has been received from the hospital authorities on this issue.

Unnao district was in news recently when 40 people were tested HIV positive due to the usage of an infected syringe by a local doctor in the town. The current issue highlights the carelessness in the medical field in the town. Unnao district is a transit point for truck drivers and many of them are said to be dislodging themselves at this place.

Pregnant Woman Gives Birth To Child At Hospital Gate

So, there are more chances of HIV being spread from various places to this area. According to the statement of a Councillor in that area, there are as many as 500 cases of HIV positive in that area if proper tests are done. Uttar Pradesh Health Minister ordered an immediate enquiry in this case.

 

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After Rani Padmaavat, It Is Now Rani Lakshmi Bai’s Turn

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Queen Kangana Ranaut has been working hard on the sets of her new film, Manikarnika. The movie is directed by Krrish, Telugu young director who National Award winning film, Kanche and also historical fiction, Gautamiputra Satakarni last year. He got this offer after successfully completing the movie Gautamiputra Satakarni in less budget and in planned number of days.

Baahubali writer, Vijayendra Prasad wrote the screenplay of the film and it is said to be one of his dreams to write a movie on the great warrior queen.

Kangana Ranaut completed almost 90% of her work for the film. Soon, the movie theatrical trailer and songs will be released to kick start the promotions. The movie is initially planned for an April release but it could release in the month of June, due to few delays in the shoot.

Karni Sena took the baton of promoting Padmaavat by protesting the release of the movie. They disrupted the shoot, slapped Sanjay Leela Bhanshali and even warned the makers to not release. They made the Governments of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar ban the movie from release.

Went to Supreme Court to stay the movie release and once, it released they burnt the buses and free screens in huge malls. After all that, they recently agreed their mistake and announced that they mistook the intentions of the makers. Now, they have asked Governments of various states to show the film to everyone.

Sarwa Brahmin Mahasabha decided to do the same for Manikarnika. Till today, they haven’t raised any objections, but now they are saying the makers are planning to destroy the image of great Queen by showing her having a relationship with a British officer. They are demanding that the movie should be shown to them first and then only it should release. The makers have made it clear that they took Government permission and submitted the draft early for no objection certificate.

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