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Trump Attaches Great Importance To Indo-US Relations: New Indian Envoy

President Donald Trump attaches great importance to the US-India ties, India's new Ambassador to America Harsh Vardhan Shringla said. Mr Shringla, a 1984-batch Indian Foreign Service diplomat, presented his diplomatic credentials to the US President at the Oval Office of the White House on Friday. He succeeded Navtej Sarna who retired on December 31. Mr Shringla is the youngest Indian ambassador to the US. Reflective of the growing trust and warmth between India and the US, the new Indian envoy presented his credentials to Trump in less than 50 hours after arriving in Washington. Such a quick credentials ceremony for a foreign diplomat is rare in the American capital, given that in the past, envoys of other countries, including those from India, have waited for weeks to formally present their diplomatic credentials. ndtv

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"Can't Predict The Future Of Coalition Governments," Says Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said citizens should bring the BJP government back to power in 2019, as coalition governments do not last for long due to a conflict in ideologies. "Whether it is Congress's ''shehzada'', West Bengal's ''Didi'', Andhra Pradesh's ''Babu'' or Uttar Pradesh's ''Behenji'', they all wish from their heart (to be the Prime Minister), but after elections, all of them will stand against each other. None of them have the guts to stand in front of our leader on the topic of leadership," Mr Jaitley said at the BJP National Council Meet in Delhi. ndtv

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Justice Bedi panel indicts 9 cops, says 3 out of 17 Gujarat encounters fake

The Justice H S Bedi committee, which investigated several cases of alleged fake encounter in Gujarat from 2002 to 2006, has recommended prosecution of police officials in three out of the 17 cases probed by it. In its final report filed in the apex court, Justice Bedi has said three persons -- Sameer Khan, Kasam Jafar and Haji Haji Ismail -- were prime facie killed in fake encounters by the Gujarat Police officials. HT

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Tulsi Gabbard, first Hindu member in US Congress, to run for President in 2020

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu ever elected to US congress, is running for the White House in 2020, and could end up vying with Kamala Harris, who is likely to run also, for the affection, support and, most importantly, the financial backing of the country’s richest ethnic community, Indian Americans. “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” Gabbard told a CNN TV news anchor for a show that airs Saturday. HT