Trade deal with China is impossible

Excerpt: “The accession agreement China signed when it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 was supposed to deal with most of those practices, but President Xi Jinping has cultivated regulatory and business cultures that make an enforceable agreement virtually impossible.” President Trump has bipartisan support for his new tariffs and sanctions on Huawei to … Read moreTrade deal with China is impossible

India’s forex reserves up by $1.99 billion to $419.99 billion

India’s forex reserves increased by $1.994 billion to $419.992 billion for the week ended May 24 on swelling up of the core currency assets, the Reserve Bank said on Friday. The overall reserves had declined by $2.05 billion to $417.99 billion in the previous reporting week. The reserves had touched an all-time high of $426 … Read moreIndia’s forex reserves up by $1.99 billion to $419.99 billion

Today in OpenGov: Failure to relate.

In today’s edition, new information emerges about the motives behind the Trump administration’s Census citizenship question, governments are increasingly moving to block the Internet during emergencies, an unlikely pair appear to find common grown on revolving door reform, and more.   trumpland Image via Mother Jones. New documents show a desire to strengthen GOP power as the … Read moreToday in OpenGov: Failure to relate.

Intent to Build: Do-Gooders Take Homelessness into Their Own Hands and Backyards

Not everyone is turning a blind eye to homelessness, housing price increases, and extreme poverty. In fact, some people are taking the expression “Yes in My Backyard” quite literally- by putting houses for homeless people in their backyards. This initiative … Continue reading → The post Intent to Build: Do-Gooders Take Homelessness into Their Own … Read moreIntent to Build: Do-Gooders Take Homelessness into Their Own Hands and Backyards

California Bill To Codify ABC Test Passes First Hurdle

Earlier this week, the California Assembly overwhelmingly passed AB5 – a measure that would codify the ABC test introduced to the state in last year’s Dynamex decision, and make life even more challenging for the average gig economy business. The best hope now is that the legislature will take business considerations into account during necessary … Read moreCalifornia Bill To Codify ABC Test Passes First Hurdle

Two New Jersey Indians Make History; Shruthika Padhy & Christopher Serrao are among the Octo-champs of 2019 Spelling Bee Competition

New Jersey Indian-Americans Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill and Christopher Serrao of Whitehouse Station made history by jointly winning the 2019 Spelling Championship along with six other spelling bee contestants. 2019 National Spelling Bee Champions from New Jersey After a slump of 13 long years, New Jersey once again became the home of Spelling Bee … Read moreTwo New Jersey Indians Make History; Shruthika Padhy & Christopher Serrao are among the Octo-champs of 2019 Spelling Bee Competition

India’s GDP growth slows to five-year low at 5.8% in Jan-March quarter

India’s GDP (gross dometic product) growth for the January-March (Q4) quarter slowed to 5.8 per cent from 6.6 per cent in the previous (October-December) quarter, government data showed on Friday. This is the slowest GDP growth rate in five years, as a chill in domestic and global consumer demand hit manufacturers and service providers. Please … Read moreIndia’s GDP growth slows to five-year low at 5.8% in Jan-March quarter

Former US Ambassador S. Jaishankar replaces Sushma Swaraj as External Affairs Minister

BY VEENA RAO New Delhi, May 31: Former US Ambassador S. Jaishankar will be the new External Affairs Minister in Modi’s new government. V. Muraleedharan has been appointed his deputy. Gen V.K. Singh, who was previously the Minister of State in the External Affairs Ministry, has been moved to the Ministry of Road Transport and … Read moreFormer US Ambassador S. Jaishankar replaces Sushma Swaraj as External Affairs Minister

Trump Admin. Considering Changes to Asylum Procedures in Attempt to Slow Border Surge

Fri, May 31st 2019 @ 7:37 am EDT The Trump Administration is considering a move that would prevent some foreign citizens from seeking asylum in the United States. Apprehensions of family units crossing the border illegally are at record-highs, and most family units are claiming asylum once they’re detained by a Border Patrol officer. Please … Read moreTrump Admin. Considering Changes to Asylum Procedures in Attempt to Slow Border Surge

KFC looking into plant-based chicken alternatives

Washington, May 31 (IANS) KFC, an American fast-food chain known for its crispy fried chicken, is looking into plant-based protein alternatives, after ‘meatless meat’ has been used by many other outlets as an alternative to beef or sausage. “We don’t see chicken as the big trend right now,” Kevin Hochman, KFC’s US president, told CNN on … Read moreKFC looking into plant-based chicken alternatives

7 Indian-American kids are Spelling Bee co-champions

New York, May 31 (IANS) Seven Indian-origin kids, along with an American, have been declared co-champions of the US National Spelling Bee after the tie among the eight couldn’t be broken even after 20 rounds of the finals. The unprecedented decision to declare eight co-champions was taken Thursday night after the organisers ran out of their … Read more7 Indian-American kids are Spelling Bee co-champions

The Credit Monster Still Stalks The Halls!

We look at the latest stats from RBA and APRA on credit growth. Home lending is STILL growing at 3.9% per annum – yet we are about to stir up the monster some more – “you cannot be serious!” https://www.rba.gov.au/statistics/frequency/stmt-liabilities-assets.html https://www.apra.gov.au/publications/monthly-banking-statistics Once again on the last working day we get the latest credit data from … Read moreThe Credit Monster Still Stalks The Halls!

Trump Admin. Urges SCOTUS to Fast-Track DACA Decision

Fri, May 31st 2019 @ 7:22 am EDT The Trump Administration has filed a briefing with the Supreme Court, urging the high court to quickly decide if it will hear arguments on the legal challenges to Pres. Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era executive DACA amnesty that has given work permits to approximately 900,000 illegal … Read moreTrump Admin. Urges SCOTUS to Fast-Track DACA Decision

PM Modi surprises markets by naming Nirmala Sitharaman as finance minister

PM Narendra Modi surprised markets by naming Nirmala Sitharaman, formerly the country’s defence minister, as the next finance minister at a time when Asia’s third-largest economy is stuttering. The benchmark BSE sensex plunged 118 points or 0.30% to close at 39,714, while the broader NSE Nifty settled 0.19% lower at 11,923. Please follow and like … Read morePM Modi surprises markets by naming Nirmala Sitharaman as finance minister

Attorney General to Consider the Consequences of State ‘Judicial Nullification’ of Immigration Laws

It is ironic and outrageous that jurists – who at least in theory should be against the notion of deliberately finding ways to sabotage the workings of a legal system, especially one outside of their jurisdiction – should engage in such conduct. Mark Krikorian May 31, 2019 – 5:00am Dan Cadman Please follow and like … Read moreAttorney General to Consider the Consequences of State ‘Judicial Nullification’ of Immigration Laws

US bill on H-4 visa workers may provide Indians relief

H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B visa holders, a significantly large number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India. This week, the Trump administration announced plans to restrict work authorisation of certain H-4 visa holders. Now, two influential US lawmakers have introduced legislation in the House of Representatives against the overturn. Please … Read moreUS bill on H-4 visa workers may provide Indians relief

Seven Indians and an American Jointly Win 2019 Spelling Bee Championship

Seven Indian-Americans Rishik Gandhasri of California, Saketh Sundar of Maryland, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali and Rohan Raja of Texas, Shruthika Padhy and Christopher Serrao of New Jersey and an American Erin Howard of Alabama made history by jointly winning the 2019 Spelling Bee Championship. 2019 National Spelling Bee Champions This is the first time that … Read moreSeven Indians and an American Jointly Win 2019 Spelling Bee Championship

Trump Guilty Until Proven Innocent, Mexico Tariffs, Crop Crisis

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (WNW 386 5.31.19) Like a supernova flaming out, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller announced he’s closing his office and stepping down. Before he did, he gave a short press conference to trash President Trump on the way out by not giving him the presumption of innocence. Mueller said he would not “exonerate” … Read moreTrump Guilty Until Proven Innocent, Mexico Tariffs, Crop Crisis