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Trump Visit to India

The Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture! Thank you India.

__ US President Donald Trump wrote in the visitors’book of Taj Mahal jointly signed by first lady, Melania Trump

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The first lady and I have travelled 8000 miles around the globe to deliver the message to all citizens across this nation – America loves India, America respects India and America will always be a faithful and loyal friend to the Indian people.

__ President Trump

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Everybody loves him. But I will tell you this, he (Indian prime Minister Narendra Modi) is very tough.

__ President Trump

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India-US relations are no longer just another partnership. It is a far greater and closer relationship.

__ Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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(Modi is a) tremendously successful leader of this vast Indian republic. Last year, more than 600 million people went to the polls and gave him a landslide victory like no other leader in the largest democratic election ever held in the anywhere on the face of earth.

__ President Trump

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In the United States we have also made clear that while our country will always welcome newcomers who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorists and terrorism and to any form of extremism.

__ President Trump

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We have a rich diversity and there is unity in diversity. And this unity has a vibrancy – this becomes a pillar in building a strong relationship between nations. One is Land of the Free and the other considers the entire world as one big family. One is proud of the statue of liberty, other is proud of the tallest statue – Sardar Patel Statue of Unity. The shared spirit of enterprise and innovation, shared opportunities and challenges, I am happy that under President Trump Indo-US ties has deepened.

__ Prime Minister Modi

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We are together in our fight against terror. We are inspired by a long term vision. Our cooperation will grow and we will fulfill the dreams of our nations.

__ PM Modi

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First Lady Melania, your presence here is an honor for us. The work you did for healthy and happy America is yielding its result. The work you did for children and society is commendable. Your slogan is ‘Be Best’—you may have noticed that today, most of the people who have come here have expressed the same sentiment.

__ PM Modi

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While our nations have many differences, they are both defined and propelled by a fundamental truth—the truth that all of us are blessed with divine light and every person is endowed with a sacred soul.

__ President Trump

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I believe the US should be India’s premier defence partner and that is the way it is working out. Together, we will defend our sovereignity, security and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region for our children and for many, many generations to come.

__ President Trump

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Working productively with Pak to confront terrorists who operate on its soil.

__ President Trump

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I don’t want to blow the two days plus two days of travel on one answer, one little answer.

__ President Trump

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Both sides will give a legal shape to the understanding that our commerce ministers reached.

__ Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

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It is still possible for India, Pakistan to resolve issues.

__ Ranil Wickramasingsinghe, former Sri Lankan PM

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Over two hundred million Muslims call India home. Widespread anti-Muslim mob violence has killed at least 27 and injured many more. Trump response by saying “that’s up to India”. This is a failure of leadership on human rights.

__ Bernie Sanders, US Democratic Presidential candidate

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India turned the Trump visit into a national festival. This was all the anomalistic because, in the midst of festivities Delhi exploded in communal violence. For three days, the prime minister showed no sign of being aware of it. Nothing was heard from the home minister either, perhaps because he, too, was celebrating Trump.

__ T.J.S. George, Veteran journalist and Author

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Trump’s ego-boosting trip to India may fulfill the need for bridging America’s trade deficit. But for a more lasting relationship, the economic pie needs to grow for both sides.

__ Chidanand Rajghatta, The Times of India

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India’s consistent policy is to support all opportunities that can bring peace, security and stability in Afghanistan; end violence; cut ties with international terrorism; and lead to a lasting political settlement through a Afghan-owned, Afghan-led and Afghan controlled process.

__ Ministry of External Affairs on US Taliban peace deal

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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A society will not evolve unless its rules are questioned. Dissent must be encouraged. It is only through discussion that we can strive to run the country better. The government has no right to stifle a protest unless it turns violent.

__ Deepak Gupta, Supreme Court Judge

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The Supreme Court in the past few years, in matters where there are great stakes involved, has shown a reluctance to act against the government. My fear is that the judiciary has lost some of its independence and the fearlessness that it needs to check the executive and the legislature.

__ Abhishekh Singhvi, MP and Congress National Spokesperson

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Such a right to freedom of speech (to go on strike or boycott court work to protest against issues concerning advocates) cannot be exercised at the cost of litigants and/or at the cost of justice delivery system as a whole. To go on strike or boycott courts cannot be justified under the guise of right to freedom of speech and expression under article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution.

__ A bench of Justices with Arun Mishra and M.R.Shah

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In terms of recent progress, the Indian banking sector is slowly turning around on the bank of improvements in asset quality with enhanced resolutions through the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). Despite the recent decline in impaired assets and a significant improvement in provisioning, profitability of the banking sector remains fragile.

__ Shaktikanta Das, RBI Governor

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GEM OF THE WEEK

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“Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.” Messsrs Modi and Trump to prove Einstein right in a way he didn’t intend – by erasing the Mahatma from his abode.

__ Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader in a tweet

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Peace and harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times.

__ Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

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Union Home Minister Shah must take responsibility for violence in Delhi and resign…………(Arvind Kejriwal) is equally responsibe for not activating the administration.

__ Sonia Gandhi, Congress President

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We don’t want to repeat at all, the city has seen enough anguish, tragedy and violence.

__ The Bench of Delhi High Court

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Millions of Indians have faith in a resilient and upright judiciary; the government attempts to muzzle justice and break their faith are deplorable.

__ Priyanka Gandhi, AICC General Secretary in a tweet

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By politicizing routine transfer, Congress has yet again displayed its scant respect for the judiciary. People of India have rejected Congress Party and hence it is hell-bent on destroying the very institutions India cherishes by constantly attacking them.

__ Ravishankar Prasad, Union Law minister

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The Central government failed to ensure safety and security of life and property in Delhi. Even the police, instead of stopping the violence, stood like mute spectators as the Sangh Parivar unleashed the rampage.

__ Indian Union Muslim League

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The anti-CAA agitation is to protect the secular credentials of the country. However, the Sangh Parivar agenda is to take this agitation to the streets. This has resulted in the violence in Delhi. All the secular forces should come together to bring peace in the national capital.

__ Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM

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The happenings in Delhi are highly condemnable as humanity has suffered a lot due to what happened there. Our Constitution does not discriminate against anyone. We are a secular nation. The Constitution, as written by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar has given every citizen equal rights and every political party must respect it.

__ Parkash Singh Badal, Patron, Akali Dal

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Delhi communal violence will only push more people into ghettos.

__ Laurant Gayer, A political scientist

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Tennis – I am saying good-bye……After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, though I am ready to scale another mountain – to complete on a different type of terrain.

__ Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis champion

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T H O U G H T F O R T H E W E E K

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Every idea that strengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected.

__ Swami Vivekananda

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