Tuesday Morning News Brief, January 2

Tuesday morning brief Jan 2 2018
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Pakistan has given us nothing but lies and deceit despite all our aid, tweeted US President Donald Trump. In a New Year&rsquo;s day tweet, he slammed Pakistan for providing safe haven to terrorists and said that US has been foolishly giving Pakistan aid worth billions &ndash; over $33 billion, he said – for the last 15 years. Trump&rsquo;s statement came after his administration leaked the news that it was planning to withhold $255 million in aid until Islamabad shows seriousness towards cracking down on terrorism. <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/trump-puts-lying-deceitful-pakistan-in-crosshairs-in-first-tweet-of-2018/articleshow/62326378.cms”>Read</a>
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The Rajya Sabha will today decide the fate of Triple Talaq Bill. After being passed by the Lok Sabha, the bill faces a tougher fight in the Rajya Sabha where the BJP doesn’t have a majority. The opposition is expected to insist on a review of the bill by a Parliamentary panel. A section of the opposition has also demanded changes in the proposed law and a small minority had rejected the proposed legislation.
A flyer on a Mumbai-Delhi flight was arrested on Monday for saying ‘Bom-Del’. The US-based citizen, Vinod Moorjani was referring to the <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/flyer-who-said-bom-del-booked-for-bomb-call/articleshow/62330506.cms”>Mumbai-Delhi route</a>, said his lawyer in court on Monday. He was scheduled to travel from Mumbai to Delhi and then fly from Delhi to Rome on an Air India flight. According to Moorjani, with the number of flights getting delayed due to bad weather, he was annoyed and made a call to a toll-free number linked to Mumbai International Airport Ltd&#39; s control room, during which he said &ldquo;Bom-Del&rdquo;.
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India and Pakistan are conducting informal meetings to discuss bilateral issues. They are discussing issues like terrorism, ceasefire violations and Kashmir. While the National Security Advisors, Ajit Doval and Nasir Janjua, of India and Pakistan, respectively, are conducting official talks, Pakistan’s high commissioner Sohail Mahmood is also said to have had several informal meetings, including with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and foreign secretary S Jaishankar, to chalk out engagement between the two countries. Mahmood also met commerce minister Suresh Prabhu last month to discuss trade and economic ties.
A new challenge is brewing for India with its neighbours conducting elections. Over the next 16 months, every country in the neighbourhood is conducting elections and some candidates not friendly with India are expected to win. Nepal’s KP Oli who campaigned on a strong anti-India and pro-China platform is expected to serve a full term. General elections in Pakistan are due in June 2018 but not much is expected in terms of a bilateral breakthrough. Maldives is due for presidential elections in September 2018, and its President, Abdulla Yameen, is deeply distrustful of India. Bhutan has its parliamentary elections in the summer of 2018, which might also have an effect on how the new government deals with India.
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