Donald Trump Just Ended A Long Tradition Of Celebrating Eid At The White House

Donald Trump Just Ended A Long Tradition Of Celebrating Eid At The White House

In early December 1805, a handful of prominent politicians received formal invitations to join President Thomas Jefferson for a White House dinner.

Such prayers were not common: Jefferson often hosted legislators for political work dinners in the White House, beginning almost always around 3:30 p.m., shortly after the House or Senate was lifted for the day.

But this meeting, scheduled for December 9, would be slightly different.

“Dinner is on the table precisely at sunset -” invitations were read. “We asked for the favor of an answer.”

The occasion was attended by a Tunisian envoy to the United States, Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, who arrived in the country last week, in the midst of the US conflict with what was then called the Barbary States.

And the reason for leaving dinner after the start of the year was Mellimelli’s respect for Ramadan, a sacred month for Muslims where observers quickly launched between dawn and dusk. It was only after sunset that the Muslims counterattacked with a meal called “iftar”.

The decision to change Jefferson’s meal time to take into account the observance of Ramadan Mellimelli was captured by both parties during the twenty-first debate on Islam of the century 200 years later.

Historians cite the food, as the first time an iftar held in the White House – and was mentioned in the recent celebrations of the White House Ramadan as the qu’incorporation fulfillment by the founding father of religious freedom. Meanwhile, critics of the far right have questioned the characterization of Jefferson December 9, 1805, as an iftar dinner.

All that Jefferson could have predicted the future of the young country, it seems that the modern tradition of the White House to mark Ramadan with a dinner or Eid ended.

Ramadan, which falls in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, began on May 27 this year and ends at dusk Saturday. Muslims around the world mark the end of the holy month to celebrate the feast of Eid al-Fitr, the “feast of the breaking of the fast.”

For the first time in almost two decades, Ramadan came and went without the White House recognizing that with a celebration of Iftar and Eid, as every year was carried out under the Clinton administration Bush and Obama.

In recent weeks, several former White House staff members have said that the post they usually begin to plan a “months in advance” of Iftar and did not anticipate that the White House could withdraw Trump something before the end of Ramadan .

White House officials did not respond to repeated requests for comment. On Saturday afternoon, the White House issued a brief statement from Trump’s president and the first woman to party gratefully.

“Muslims in the United States joined the whole world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity,” the statement said. “Now, in commemoration of Eid with family and friends, they follow the tradition of helping neighbors and sharing bread with people of all backgrounds.

During this celebration, we remember the importance of mercy, compassion and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to respect these values. Eid Mubarak. ”

In late May, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the State Department would break with the recent tradition and would not receive a receipt from Ramadan, as it had done almost every year for two decades. On Saturday morning, Tillerson also issued a brief statement by sending “best wishes to all Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr.”

“This holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a month where many of the meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer and charity,” Tillerson said in a statement. “This day provides an opportunity to reflect on our shared commitment to building peaceful, prosperous communities.” Eid Mubarak.

The brief comments contrasted Tillerson Trump and Obama, who issued a long statement for last year’s festivities, and ceremonies at the White House for 20 years.

CET’s first round of seat allotment results out

CET’s first round of seat allotment results out

BENGALURU: The first cycle assignment of seat for common access test (CET-2017) for undergraduate courses in engineering, architecture and agriculture was announced at 21:00 Sunday on the website of Karnataka Examination Authority ( KEA).

However, the results of the allocation of seats for B Pharma retained by the authority, according to the orders of the Supreme Court of Karnataka. Several candidates in order to receive the medical or dental offices chose optional engineering seats.

However, ComedK advice for engineering courses has been postponed until Monday according to the demands of the students, because of their more expensive seats.

A total of 55,088 seats in various engineering courses, 2,352 in agriculture and 231 veterinary are available for assignment in the first round.

In addition, private universities have given 8300 seats engineering management fees in the government before the first round.

The election will be activated June 27 and confirmation of the choice of assignment, payment of the fee and download the letter of admission can be made until June 30, which is also the last date for students to inform their Schools

After checking the result of the distribution, Candi dates must select one of the four options.

Individuals wishing to participate in medical and dental seat counseling, which will take place soon, were invited to choose option 2.

This will allow them to participate in advice, currently sitting in one of the disciplines, such as engineering, veterinary science and agriculture.

When selecting in medical and dental seats, these seats will be automatically canceled locked.

Modi-Trump meet: India’s ‘major defence partner’ status to be put to test

Modi-Trump meet: India’s ‘major defence partner’ status to be put to test

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with US President Donald Trump for the first time in Washington DC on Monday, healthy defense relations between the two countries are expected to spark discussions.

Key issues to be discussed include: Operationalizing the unique status of India as a “major defense partner” of America; The sale of $ 2 trillion of remotely piloted Guardian (RPV) vehicles to India; And the negotiation of a security agreement that would allow the United States to import communications equipment sensitive to India.

Officials on both sides are minimizing expectations of concrete results, given the unpredictability of Trump and Modi. “I do not see their encounter as driven by the need for” deliverables. “This will be the first time they feel face to face, and would do well to establish a personal bond to help them work cooperatively,” a source said.
As reported by the Business Standard on Saturday (‘There is no F-16 agreement during PM Modi’s visit to the US’) there will be no forward movement in Lockheed Martin’s proposal, an American aerospace aircraft, to build F-16 fighter jets Block 70 in India. Instead, as part of a multi-vendor acquisition, the Indian Ministry of Defense will process the F-16 bid in accordance with the 2016 Defense Procurement Procedure.

Great defense partner

Last December, in the twilight of Barack Obama’s administration, the US Congress passed an amendment titled “Enhancing Defense and Security Cooperation with India” to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) United States Military.

The Indian amendment, which forms Section 1292 of the NDAA, designates India as “the principal defense partner” of the United States and requires the secretaries of defense and state to designate an official to manage co-operation -American. All US administrations must appoint an official who will report to Congress on the defense relationship for six months.

In April, US National Security Adviser General H R McMaster affirmed the new designation when he visited New Delhi. How trump and Modi operationalize the “major defense association” will be carefully observed, as it would signal the actual content of the relationship.

There is potential for conflict, given Trump’s concerns as jobs and visas. However, India’s need for modernization of defense could also create more jobs in the United States. For example, moving the F-16 integration line to India to build 100-200 fighters could allow US workers to continue manufacturing systems, avionics, engines and other parts in the United States.

Selling of drones Guardian

Washington and New Delhi are discussing the sale of 22 Guardian RPVs to India, which both sides could use to demonstrate the value of the association.

US officials point out that these RPVs are “category 1” systems under the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), for which member countries must assume “presumption of denial”, except for urgent security reasons national.

“An offer of a Category 1 RPV – so far exported only to US allies involved in critical combat operations for national security – would demonstrate that India is receiving unprecedented technology under the status of” main defense partner ” , Said Benjamin Schwartz of The US-India Business Council (USIBC).

The MTCR strictly controls Category 1 systems because of its ability to deliver nuclear weapons.

America has sold such RPVs to Western allies, including France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. However, India’s acquisition of the Guardian would be the first sale of an RPV of this category outside the NATO framework.

The Guardian, built by General Atomics, is the naval version of the legendary armed aviator Predator B (also called MQ-9 Reaper), with which the United States has killed terrorists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. India had ordered the Predator armed aircraft. However, Washington rejected that request and instead offered the unarmed Guardian, who conducts maritime surveillance.

The Guardian, like the Reaper, cruises 300 km per hour to 50,000 feet, and flies 14-hour missions during which he can travel and observe the ocean areas 1,800 km from the base. It is controlled and controlled remotely from a ground control room, which exchanges images in real time with the RPV, through a bidirectional data link.

“This offer represents an arm extended to India by his friends in Washington

Newly-installed gold plated mast of Sabarimala temple found damaged

Newly-installed gold plated mast of Sabarimala temple found damaged

The newly installed gold mast at the famous Lord Ayyappa temple was to deteriorate Sunday, sparking widespread concern among devotees.

Three people were arrested in connection with the incident, authorities said Travancore Board Devaswom (TDB), which manages the hill sanctuary.

Sabarimala dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, attracts millions of devotees from all over the country and abroad during the annual three-month pilgrimage season from November to January.

Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the police to carry out a detailed investigation into the incident and arrest the guilty.

“The best police and forensic experts flocked to Sannidhanam (temple facilities),” he said in an article on Facebook.

It was found that the ‘panchavargathara’, the square base of the damaged mast is late using a chemical, suspected mercury.

The teak mast, covered with 9.16 kg of gold, 300 kg of copper and 17 kg of silver was officially installed by the head of the priests Kandararu Rajeevararu after performing the purification rituals of the morning.

The damage was observed in the afternoon after the end of the ritual, the temple sources.

BdB President Prayar Gopalakrishnan said that temple guards had arrested three people, including an elderly man in this regard after reviewing CCTV footage for the sanctuary.

“The CCTV video showed that three people were seen spraying a panchavargathara liquid bottom. We suspect the liquid was” Rasam “(Mercury),” he told PTI.

They were given to police and other details will be known only after a thorough investigation.

Meanwhile, Minister of State Devaswom, Kadakampally Surendran said that the damage of panchavargathara using mercury or another chemical of this type was “mysterious.”

“The preliminary hypothesis of the police was that the incident occurred after the Pooja rituals of the afternoon, he said.

“We have to find the reason for a felony. All CCTV visual elements in the temple facilities are examined.

It will be ensured that the perpetrators are found and punished, “added the minister.

It is expected that the 10-day festival at the Sabarimala temple to begin June 28 The sanctuary will be 7 closed in July after ritual “aarattu” marking the end of the festival.

SBI’s Arundhati Bhattacharya gets paid Rs 29 lakhs while private sector CEOs earn in crores

SBI’s Arundhati Bhattacharya gets paid Rs 29 lakhs while private sector CEOs earn in crores

New Delhi: OSE, one of the 50 largest banks in the world, pays only a small fraction of its top management in relation to private sector players such as ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank.

Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan reported the low salary problem last August, saying it makes it difficult for public banks to “attract the best talent, especially from a side entry.”

SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya took Rs 28.96 lakh last year, which is a shortage relative to the remuneration of its counterparts in private banks, according to an analysis of the annual reports of several banks.

In comparison, ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar received a base salary of Rs 2.66 million rupees from last year, plus performance bond Rs 2.2 crore to be paid over the next few years. In addition, it received subsidies and benefits of more than Rs 2.43 million rupees. The total remuneration received by Kochhar in FY 2010 was Rs 6.09 million rupees.

Similarly, Shikha Sharma, MD and CEO of Axis Bank, earned a base salary of Rs 2.7 crore and Rs 1.35 crore as variable compensation in addition to benefits benefits and benefits such as Rs 90 lakh HRA.

Yes Bank MD and CEO Rana Kapoor, who is also the bank’s promoter, took Rs 6.8 million rupees as salary in 2016-17. HDFC Bank CEO Aditya Puri saw his compensation rise slightly to Rs 10 crore and has exercised stock options worth more than Rs 57 crore in the last fiscal year.

As for the public sector banks during a bank conference in Mumbai, Rajan had said that public banks tend to pay too much down, but to pay their top executives.

Jokingly he said he was underpaid and that disparity made it more difficult to attract external talent to a higher level in the public sector banks.

On the business front, OSE, following the merger with affiliated banks, is 42.04 million rupees to customers with a market share of 23.07% and 21.16% in deposits and advances, against 18, 05% and 17.02%, respectively, before the merger.

The National Punjab Bank, PSE’s closest rival PSE after the merger, will hold 5.96 percent of the market and 7.04 percent in deposits and advances.

Compensation includes several components, including base salary, benefits and allowances, PF, retirement allowances, bonus and bonus and performance bonus payments are deferred over a period of several years.

Not only is such a compensation gap makes it difficult for the government to hire executives laterally in the public sector banks, as Rajan noted, it also affects the motivation of public sector managers have to compete fiercely private colleagues.