QBullet: US Reignites Tariff Issue with India; Rain Halts WC Semis

1. No Longer Acceptable’: Donald Trump Reignites Tariff Issue with India

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, 9 July launched a fresh attack on India for imposing tariffs on American products.

Weeks after holding discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, 9 July raked up the issue of tariff imposed by India on American products, saying it is “no longer acceptable.”

“India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!,” Trump tweeted.

Ahead of meeting Modi on the eve of the G20 Summit held in Osaka, Trump had targeted India for “very high tariffs”. He said New Delhi’s recent imposition of retaliatory import duties was “unacceptable” and should be withdrawn.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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2. India-NZ Semifinal Pushed to Reserve Day After Rain Interruption

With less than four overs to go in what was a New Zealand batting innings that never really did get going, rain halted play first temporarily for three hours, and then permanently for the day.

This, then, ensured that the umpires had no other option than to push the first semi-final of this World Cup into its reserve day on Wednesday, 10 July, where the match will resume (hopefully, considering there is rain forecast for Wednesday as well) exactly where it left off; Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowling the 47th over to Ross Taylor.

Taylor’s unbeaten 85-ball 67 was a large reason why New Zealand found themselves on an overnight score of 211 for five in 46.1 overs, what with Taylor unable to push on at any stage even as his captain Kane Williamson was already anchoring the innings when their partnership began in the 19th over.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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3. Promoter Gangwal Writes to Sebi, Escalating Feud at Indigo

Indigo promoters Rakesh Gangwal (L) and Rahul Bhatia.

The simmering feud between the two founders of InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, which runs India’s largest airline, took an ugly turn, with Rakesh Gangwal seeking the regulator’s intervention to curb alleged governance violations by co-founder Rahul Bhatia.

The charges were denied by Bhatia, who accused Gangwal of trying to dilute the controlling rights of his holding company InterGlobe Enterprises Pvt Ltd (IGE) in IndiGo.

In an 8 July letter, addressed to Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) chairman Ajay Tyagi, Gangwal alleged several violations at IndiGo including those pertaining to related-party transactions; appointment of senior management personnel, directors and the chairman, who has always been an independent director by convention.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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4. Karnataka Coalition Gets Time, Speaker Says Nine Quit Letters Not in Order

In a breather for the precarious Congress-JD(S) coalition government, Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Tuesday, 9 July, rejected the resignations of nine of 14 coalition MLAs on the ground that they were not tendered in the correct format.

The Speaker has fixed dates over the next six days to meet and interview the five MLAs whose resignations were found to be in order.

The Speaker’s decision gives the Congress-JD(S) combine breathing room to pull the government back from the brink of collapse — if the resignations were accepted, the alliance would have been reduced to a minority of 103 in the 224-member House, after two Independent MLAs, too, withdrew support and tendered resignations on 8 July.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: K’taka Govt Gets Breather: Speaker Rejects Resignations of 9 MLAs

5. In Gujarat, Dalit Man Hacked to Death by Upper Caste In-Laws as Officials Watched

The deceased, Haresh Solanki, with his wife, Urmila Jhala, in happier times. 

A 25-year-old Dalit man was murdered allegedly by his upper-caste in-laws in Varmor village of Ahmedabad district on Monday, 8 July. Police said Haresh Kumar Solanki was hacked to death by eight men outside his wife Urmila’s house in the presence of a women’s helpline team attempting to negotiate with her.

According to police, none of the eight have been arrested and Solanki’s wife Urmila’s father, Dashrathsinh Zala, has been named the prime accused.

Solanki, from Gandhidham in Kutch, married Urmila Zala almost six months ago but her parents had brought her back to Varmor on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in May. Urmila, who is two months pregnant, is missing, said police.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: Dalit Man Lynched in Ahmedabad by Wife’s Kin Despite Police Escort

6. CBI Conducts Raids in 100 Locations Across 19 States in Graft Crackdown

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday, 9 July, conducted searches at the residences of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati’s close aide and former secretary Net Ram, and Vinaypriya Dubey, former managing director of UP State Sugar Corporation Ltd, in Lucknow in connection with a disinvestment scam.

The agency’s spokesperson RK Gaur said the searches were a part of countrywide raids by more than 500 personnel at over 100 locations in 19 states and union territories in which CBI registered around 30 separate cases related to alleged corruption, criminal misconduct, and arms smuggling in a massive anti-graft operation.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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7. SC Asks Centre for ‘Uniform’ Plan to Protect Homebuyers

File photo of Supreme Court of India in New Delhi. 

The government should come up with suggestions on protecting homebuyers in case an unfinished real estate project goes into liquidation, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday, 9 July, as it took up a legal loophole flagged by people who bought flats from the Jaypee group that are yet to be completed.

The bench of justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari made the remark while hearing a petition filed by homebuyers who invested in projects by Jaypee Infratech Limited (JIL) but suggested a mechanism could be worked out to help cases involving other realtors as well.

“We want suggestions from the Union of India which could be uniform for all such cases,” justice Khanwilkar said. “This issue will be bothering lakhs of homebuyers."

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Exasperated, Amrapali Buyers Forced to Live in Incomplete Flats

8. Modi to BJP MPs: Walk in Gandhi’s Footsteps, Go on 150 km Padayatras

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

PM Modi on Tuesday, 9 July, directed BJP MPs to hold 150 km padayatras in their Lok Sabha constituencies from 2 October to 31, to celebrate the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Vallabhbhai Patel.

Addressing a meeting of the parliamentary party, Modi urged the MPs to visit constituencies where the BJP was weak, adding that these could be focus areas for the party’s Rajya Sabha MPs.

The BJP’s programmes are linked to the Centre’s plan to commemorate Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary on a large scale.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Padyatras for BJP MPs on Gandhi birth anniversary: Modi

9. Give Rs 18,000 Cr Bank Guarantee to Travel Abroad: HC to Goyal

File photo of Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal.

The Delhi high court on Tuesday, 9 July, said Naresh Goyal, promoter of the now-grounded Jet Airways, cannot be allowed to travel abroad without submitting a bank guarantee for Rs 18,000 crore.

Justice S K Kait turned down Goyal’s plea that he needed to travel to Dubai to arrange funds to revive Jet, saying the money could be transferred through RTGS. “If you are ready to give Rs 18,000 crore bank guarantee, you can go (abroad).”

Goyal meanwhile, stressed he had been an NRI since 1991, and this required that he stayed abroad for 183 days a year for I-T benefits and to keep his residency visa in the UK and the UAE.

(Source: The Times of India)

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