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First official visit in India for US president Donald Trump
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First official visit in India for US president Donald Trump

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, arrived in India on Monday morning for his first official visit to the country and was greeted by a large crowd.

The U.S. President’s plane landed at Ahmedabad International Airport in western India, where he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A busy schedule of appointments for Trump: is expected in Agra to visit the Taj Mahal in the absence of the sun, before going to New Delhi, where he will hold bilateral meetings between American and Indian officials on Tuesday.

This visit will be an opportunity to review the relations between the American President and the Indian Prime Minister, while highlighting the personal compatibility between them in light of the tension between the two countries following the protectionist policies adopted by both.

“We are not getting good treatment from India, but it is fortunate that I greatly appreciate Prime Minister Modi,” Trump said this week before his visit to India. “We are ready to come to India, we are on our way, we will be meeting everyone in a few hours,” he tweeted this morning in the Hindi language before he landed. Modi tweeted in response: “The guest is God”.

According to Al-Arabiya quoting Indian officials, India and the United States have built close political and security ties and Trump’s two-day trip is a sign of their converging interests, including a way to counter China’s rise as a superpower.

During his two-day visit, accompanied by the First Lady Melania, Trump and Modi will participate in a rally in Ahmedabad on Monday with over one hundred thousand people in the largest cricket stadium in the world which will be inaugurated on this occasion.

Modi called this meeting “Namaste Trump”, a greeting to Trump in local dialect, in response to a similar festival held by the American president in Houston, Texas, last September under the slogan “Hoody Modi”. People were carrying Indian flags, many roads were blocked off in Ahmedabad, shops shut and police stationed on rooftops and balconies. School children boarded buses bound for the stadium shouting “We love Trump.”

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Tokyo Unhappy With London Indication To Host Olympics 2020
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Tokyo Unhappy With London Indication To Host Olympics 2020

The coronavirus outbreak might be giving Olympic organizers second thoughts about Tokyo as the venue. This has indeed left the governor of Tokyo feeling upset that he made a public statement stating that it was inappropriate for candidates in London’s mayoral election to push for their city as venue instead.

It seems that talks are doing rounds that London could be considered a more appropriate host for the 2020 Olympic Games if the coronavirus outbreak could not be contained.

This thought has been floated by Shaun Bailey, a Conservative candidate for mayor of the British capital. Further, the International Olympic Committee has already received a note from the World Health Organization that says that there was no case for contingency plans to cancel or relocate the Games from Tokyo.

On the other side of the globe, Australian Olympic boss John Coates has already reassured athletes and spectators that they will be safe to attend the Tokyo Games amid the coronavirus outbreak in neighbouring China.

There is no news of any players pulling out from the Olympics in the wake of the outbreak. However, confirmed reports claim that the virus has already hit a number of international sports events within China. It has led to either cancelation or postponement. These include events like Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai and indoor world track and field championships in Nanjing and rescheduling of women’s Olympic football qualifiers from disease epicentre Wuhan to Sydney.

The coronavirus situation of 2020 does resembles the 2016 Rio Olympics when the IOC relied on WHO guidance about the dangers of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. At that time, many high profile sportsmen had withdrawn participation. This included Australian golfers Jason Day and Marc Leishman. But, up to this point, Coates has no knowledge of coronavirus scaring Australian athletes away from the Tokyo Games.

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India Shifts To Indonesia To Meet Palm Oil Needs
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India Shifts To Indonesia To Meet Palm Oil Needs

Moving away from Malaysia, India has now issued, issued import licenses for 1.1 million tonnes of refined palm olein from Indonesia. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) is said to have has issued these licenses after various applications came in from worried traders.

India is the largest importer of palm oil in the world and till January, had been doing business primarily with Malaysia. However, post a rather hurtful statement made by the PM of Malaysia, India decided to withhold its trade on palm and had been looking for alternate markets.

In the second week of January New Delhi had privately urged palm oil importers to boycott Malaysian products. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad had openly criticised India’s actions in Kashmir and its new citizenship law at the United Nations General Meeting.
New Delhi has now allowed trade with Indonesia only; and there is no way out for the importers as in their application, they are required to mention “country of origin”.

Strangely, the Indian government had earlier put the refined palm oil and palmolein on the list of restricted items. Sources claim that sourcing large amounts may defeat the purpose of proving that we can meet our demand through domestic production itself.

Palm oil makes up nearly two-thirds of India’s total imports of edible oil. It buys palm oil mainly from Indonesia and Malaysia, which are the world’s top and second biggest producer of the commodity respectively.

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India urged Turkey not to interfere in its  internal affairs
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India urged Turkey not to interfere in its internal affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India calls on the Turkish leadership not to interfere in the internal affairs of India and rejects all references made by the Turkish side to the situation in the Indian part of Kashmir. This is stated in the commentary by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India, Ravish Kumar, posted on Saturday on the Ministry website.
“India rejects all references to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and integral part of India. We urge the Turkish leadership not to interfere in the internal affairs of India and correctly evaluate the facts, including the serious terrorism threat coming from Pakistan for India and the region,” in a statement.
The commentary of the representative of the Indian Foreign Ministry followed after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, while on a visit to Pakistan, promised last Friday to continue supporting Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir’s territorial affiliation. Follow us for more Latest Asia Pacific News.

Corona virus death toll rises in China’s Hubei Province
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Corona virus death toll rises in China’s Hubei Province

Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak of the Corona virus in China, announced that the number of deaths due to infection with the virus rose to a record level on Thursday after using a new diagnostic method, while the government dismissed two local officials after criticizing their handling of the crisis.

Health officials in Hubei province said 242 people died from the virus on Wednesday, the highest daily increase in the number of deaths since the outbreak was monitored in December. This brings the deaths in the region to 1,310 cases. The latest daily increase in deaths was on February 10, at 103 people.

According to official media reports, the authorities dismissed Jiang Zhaoliang, secretary of the ruling Communist Party Committee of Hubei Province, and Ma Guoxiang, chairman of the Party Committee, in Wuhan, the provincial capital.

These reports did not mention the reason for the dismissal, but they are the most senior officials who have been fired until now since the outbreak of the Coruna virus in Wuhan began at the end of last year.

Dozens of health officials across the country lost their jobs after failing to contain the spread of the epidemic believed to have originated in a seafood market in Wuhan that is experiencing an illegal trade in wild animals.

The increase in deaths comes a day after China announced the lowest number of infections in two weeks, which reinforced speculation by the Chinese health advisor ; that the epidemic may end by April.

Hubei Province announced that the number of infected people had increased by 14,840 on Thursday, compared to 2015 across the country on Wednesday.For more Latest Asia Pacific News visit us.

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