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Kim Seeks Second Summit with Trump, Says Moon September 21, 2018 07:38

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has requested a second summit with the United States President Donald Trump and also wants the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit Pyongyang shortly, according to South Korea's president.Speaking at a news conference upon his return to Seoul on Thursday, Moon Jae-in said Kim told him during his three-day summit in Pyongyang that he wanted to hasten the process of denuclearization."Kim Jong-un expressed his wish that he wanted to complete denuclearisation quickly and focus on economic development," Moon said."He said he hoped Mike Pompeo would visit North Korea soon, and also the second summit with Trump would take place in the near future, in order to move the denuclearisation process along quickly."He also said he would carry a private message from Kim for Trump when he meets the U.S. president in New York City next week at the United Nations General Assembly.Related content: Donald trump and Kim Jong Un finally agrees for Historic signingMoon will also convey to Trump both his and Kim's desire to obtain a declaration ending the Korean War by the end of this year, he said.U.S. ConcessionsAsked about the specific corresponding U.S. measures demanded by Kim for denuclearisation, Moon said the matter should be discussed between North Korea and the U.S."Pyongyang joint declaration did not include any of those specific measures of North Korea and the corresponding actions of the U.S. We discussed some of it, but we did not have it written down so I cannot reveal any of the discussed items with you here," he said.Al Jazeera's Rob McBride, reporting from Seoul, said Moon's speech gave an impression that he knows very well what Kim wants to receive from the U.S. in return for the closure of its main Yongbyon nuclear complex."But he is not revealing that at all, saying he has a role of a mediator. The takeaway that we have so far is that (the situation) is very much in line with what we have expected. North Koreans are not going to act unilaterally, unconditionally. They are going to expect at every level some concessions from the U.S.," he said.Singapore MeetingKim and Trump held a milestone and prominent meeting in Singapore in June, where the North's leader committed to working towards denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but then no details were agreed.By Sowmya Sangam

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Trump Defends U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Accused of Sexual Assault September 20, 2018 07:51

The United States President Donald Trump has defended his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation has been imperiled by accusations of sexual assault. "Justice Kavanaugh has been treated very, very tough, and his family. I think it's a very unfair thing what's going on," Trump told reporters on Tuesday. A university professor Kavanaugh's accuser has said she was assaulted at a party 36 years ago when both were high school students. She was 15 then and Kavanaugh was 17. The hearing has been processed by Republicans, who control the Senate and Kavanaugh's confirmation process, for the professor and Trump's nominee and scheduled on Monday. However, the prof has demanded a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) inquiry into her allegations before she testifies, changing her earlier offer to testify. "An FBI investigation of the incident should be the first step in addressing her allegations," the professor's attorney, Debra Katz, said in a letter to Chuck Grassley, the Republican senator who heads the senate judiciary committee. Related content: Brett Kavanaugh Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegation Katz as well wrote that since the professor went open with her accusations, she has been a "target of vicious harassment and even death threats. As a result of these kinds of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home". The professor's demand for an FBI inquiry before her testimony echoes a demand by the Democrats, who have also opposed the Monday hearing. They argue the allegations must be investigated so that the committee members have the full facts before they consider the accusations and Kavanaugh's denials. But Republicans, even those who had argued for the confirmation process to be slowed down to hear the accuser, are saying that if she does not testify on Monday, the procedure should be advanced to the next stage - a ballot of the committee and then the full Senate chamber. By Sowmya Sangam

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Chiranjeevi Pays a Surprise visit to Ram Charan's sets September 20, 2018 07:21

Megastar Chiranjeevi is quite busy and is shooting for his next film titled Syeraa. This periodic drama is the life story of Uyyalavada Narasimha Reddy. Surendar Reddy is the director and the recent schedule kick-started in Georgia. Surendar Reddy is canning some war episodes for the film and Megastar is yet to join the shoot. Chiranjeevi headed to Azerbaijan to surprise Ram Charan and the crew of his next. Boyapati Srinu is the director and some action stunts are canned in Azerbaijan. Chiranjeevi Garu had graced us with his presence at Azerbaijan, to visit the sets of #RC12. Absolutely delighted to have Megastar with us! pic.twitter.com/IMBhtC3YJq — DVV Entertainment (@DVVMovies) September 20, 2018 Megastar surprised Charan and his team spending time on the sets of the film. The actor will fly to Georgia and will shoot for Syeraa for the next 25 days in Georgia. Ram Charan is shooting for an action episode along with the antagonist Vivek Oberoi in Azerbaijan. Kiara Advani is the female lead and Devi Sri Prasad is the music composer. Bankrolled by DVV Danayya, the film will release during Sankranthi next year.    

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12 Indian Americans in Race for Congressional Elections September 20, 2018 04:45

A record number of 12 Indian Americans are in the fight for the November 6 mid-term Congressional elections. Three among them are women - Hiral Tipirneni and Anita Malik from Arizona and Pramila Jayapal from Washington State. Raja Krishnamoorthi from Illinois, Ro Khanna and Dr. Ami Bera from California are the three others seeking re-elections this year. Jayapal, the first Indian American woman to enter the United States House of Representatives, is seeking re-election from the seventh Congressional district of Washington State. Bera, who was proclaimed victor after recounting of votes in the past three elections, this time faces a tough rival, Republican Andrew Grant. In 2012, he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, making him the third ever Indian American to get into the House after Dalip Singh Saund from 1957 to 1963 and Bobby Jindal in 2004. This year, Krishnamoorthi is pitted against Jitender Diganvker of the Republican Party in the eight Congressional District of Illinois. Related content: Family Separation: Indian-American Lawmakers Slam Trump's New Executive Order Khanna is pitted against Republican Ron Cohen in the 17th Congressional District of California, which is essentially India American dominated Silicon Valley. Political pundits expect all four of them to sail through this November. Indian Americans are giving an arduous fight to their opponents in some of the primal Congressional districts. Salient among them being an emergency room physician Hiral Tipirneni in the Eight Congressional District of Arizona and ex-diplomat Sri Preston Kulkarni in the 22nd Congressional District of Texas. Running an aggressive campaign, that has caught national attention, Tipirneni seeks to tip the balance in her favor by defeating the Republican incumbent Debbie Lesko, who won the special elections early this year. Kulkarni resigned from U.S. foreign service to run for the Congress and is giving a tough fight to Republican Pete Olson, who has been one of the proponents of India-U.S. relationship. Richard Verma, the former U.S. Ambassador to India, Thursday endorsed Kulkarni for the Congress. "Today more than ever, we need leaders like Sri who will champion diplomatic solutions and put country over politics," Verma said. Indian American Aftab Pureval, who is an introductory person of Tibetan origin to run for the Congress, has recently received endorsement by former U.S. President Barack Obama. Pureval is the current Hamilton County Clerk of Courts. Bill Posey, in the eight Congressional District of Florida incumbent, is experiencing a tough combat from Democratic opponent Sanjay Patel. In Arizona's 6th Congressional District in metro Phoenix, Anita Malik faces Republican incumbent David Schweikert. The Republican candidate, Harry Arora is the second Indian American to run for the Congress. Pitted against Democrat Jim Himes, who has been representing the Fourth Congressional District of Connecticut, he has a tough challenge at his hand. Independent Shiva Ayyadurai is the only Indian-American in the race for the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts. It would be nothing less than a miracle if Ayyadurai defeats Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Warren in the Senate election from Massachusetts. In addition to these 12 contestants in the race for the U.S. Congress, there are dozens of Indian Americans running for local elections, including State and County. By Sowmya Sangam

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Selling Lunch Boxes, Indian Women in Swiss Raises ₹1.8L for Kerala September 19, 2018 10:02

For galore Indians living abroad, watching what was on in their home country during the Kerala floods was difficult. For a group of women who lived in Switzerland, it was no different. When Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appealed to people to donate to the CM's Disaster Relief Fund, they too desired to do their bit.The group of 16 women, all living in the Swiss city of Baden, came together and worked for three days to raise Rs 1.8 lakh for Kerala flood relief. All this, by selling lunch boxes with Indian food to locals and other Indians living in the city."The idea was good, but we realized that it would require a larger investment than we could afford, and also formalities and permissions to set it up. We needed something that would allow us to help quicker," tells one of the women Bandana Maheshwari to TNM.After checking with their networks, Linija and Bandana were able to find 14 other women who were curious in the initiative. Related content: Kerala Authorities: Rebuilding After Flood Will Cost $3.7bnCollectively, they decided it would be best to set up and deliver meal boxes with Indian food for all three meals.Everyone got on board speedily, and after readying and popularizing the idea through social media and flyers for just two days, the women decided it was time to swing into action."It was challenging because everything was happening so quickly. Till the midnight of August 21 we were still getting orders," Bandana narrates.On August 22, the plan was set into motion. Two locations were decided where some women would cook the vegetarian and non-vegetarian food respectively. There were some women who were packing lunch boxes, and three women who had cars were accountable for delivery. The responsibilities would rotate over the three days, depending on who was free when."We used what we were going to donate individually as the capital for this project," Bandana says. "While the first day was a bit chaotic, we had gotten into the groove by the second day and then things went smoothly."By Sowmya Sangam

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50K Indians Get U.S. Citizenship in 2017, a Rise of 10% September 19, 2018 09:02

As many Indians dream of acquiring the United States citizenship amid Trump administration's arduous rules, the percentage of country natives who obtained U.S. naturalization in 2017 has increased by 10 percent.A whole of 50,802 Indians became the U.S. citizen, just second to Mexico, which saw a 14 percent growth in the same year.Although there was a fall of six percent in Fiscal Year 2017, over 4,500 more Indians were sworn in as the U.S. citizens, only next to Mexico. According to a report in The Times of India, the sizable numeric increase in naturalization occurred among immigrants born in Mexico (an increase of 15,009, or 14 percent), India (4,614, 10 percent) and China (1,880, 5 percent).The news organization quoted a data released recently by the U.S. Department of homeland security and stated that immigration experts say those aspiring to become the U.S. citizens are now finding it tougher.According to the New York Times, the U.S. President Donald Trump plans to cap the number of refugees that can be resettled in the U.S. next year at 30,000. The number represents the lowest ceiling a president has placed on the refugee program since its creation in 1980, and a reduction of a third from the 45,000-person limit that Trump set for 2018.Despite that, the naturalization upswing comes close on the heels of the reported 8.3 lakh growth in the number of Indian immigrants entering the U.S. over the past seven years. The TOI report stated that in aggregate, seven lakh individuals were conferred citizenship by the U.S. government during the fiscal year 2017 (the period between October 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017), of which Indians constituted seven percent. As compared to the previous year, 4,600 more Indians have conferred the U.S. citizenship in 2017.The naturalization process confers the U.S. citizenship upon foreign nationals who have met relevant requirements. Post this, they obtain the right to vote.Usually, only green cardholders can opt for the naturalization process. While a green card is a permit to live and work long-term in the U.S., the flux in visa policies and the focus on more jobs for citizens is inducing many green card-holders to opt for the U.S. citizenship, TOI quoted immigration experts as saying.By Sowmya Sangam

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ACLU Sues Facebook over Discriminatory Job Postings September 19, 2018 08:39

Facebook became involved in another controversy Tuesday after American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused social media giant on behalf of three women job seekers of posting advertisements that are shown only to men.The ACLU, along with the Communications Workers of America and the employment law firm Outten & Golden LLP, on Tuesday filed charges with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Facebook.The women job seekers accused Facebook of targeting ads for jobs in male-dominated fields to younger male Facebook users only - excluding all women and non-binary individuals, as well as older male users."The case is brought on behalf of three job seekers and the Communications Workers of America, on behalf of a proposed class of millions of job applicants. It alleges that these job advertising practices violate federal civil rights laws prohibiting sex and age discrimination in employment," Galen Sherwin from ACLU Women's Rights Project wrote in a blog post.Facebook requires users to identify their sex in the binary categories of male or female in order to even open an account.Related content: Facebook Users Faces Brief Outage after 'Networking Issues'"While users can later change their sex designation and select from among a few dozen options to describe their gender identity, Facebook still requires users to choose gendered pronouns (male, female, or neutral), which it then offers to advertisers for purposes of gender-based ad targeting."Facebook delivers the ad accordingly, including a notice that the user is seeing the ad because of their sex," the ACLU said.The lawsuit claimed that Facebook let 10 employers, including a police department, to run advertisements excluding women and nonbinary users.There is no place for discriminating on Facebook, said Facebook responding to the allegations."It's strictly prohibited in our policies, and over the past year, we've strengthened our systems to further protect against misuse," Download reported, quoting a Facebook spokesperson.Facebook is "reviewing the complaint and look forward to defending our practices," the spokesperson added.According to the ACLU, Facebook also offers advertisers the ability to use what it calls "Lookalike Targeting," which allows advertisers to target customers with traits similar to those of their customer base.It is crucial to note that online platforms like Facebook are mostly not liable for content published by others."But in this case, Facebook is doing much more than merely publishing content created by others. It has built the architecture for this discriminatory marketing framework, enabled and encouraged advertisers to use it, and delivered the gender-based ads according to employers' sex-based preferences," the ACLU emphasized.Facebook must change its platform to prevent advertisers from exploiting user data for discriminatory purposes, and ensure once and for all that all users, regardless of gender, race, age, or other protected status, are given a fair shake, said the ACLU.By Sowmya Sangam

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Sui Dhaaga Hindi Movie September 19, 2018 07:44

Sui Dhaaga is an upcoming Bollywood film directed by Sharat Katariya, produced by Maneesh Sharma and Aditya Chopra. The film stars Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma, Raghubir Yadav in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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Rashmika Breaks her Silence on Parting with Rakshit Shetty September 19, 2018 06:11

Things are not working too well for Indian actress Rashmika Mandanna after she supposedly broke off her engagement with Kannada actor Rakshit Shetty earlier this week. The couple was a favorite with admirers and Rashmika has been facing the burden of their inappropriate anger ever since. Rakshit's self-proclaimed fans came out in "support" of the actor and began criticizing Rashmika cruelly for calling it quits with Rakshit, holding her exclusively accountable for the split. Netizens questioned her purpose of being with Rakshit in the first place and asked if it was all a circus. Numerous even commented on her recent fame in the Telugu industry and jumped to their individual assumptions. As the trolling sustained unabated, Rashmika's mother Suman Mandanna issued a declaration in defense of her daughter and said that the decision was taken jointly because of compatibility issues. Rakshit Shetty likewise broke his peace on the matter, requesting his fans to stop trolling Rashmika. He posted an earnest note on his Twitter handle, saying that Rashmika alone was not answerable for the break-up and that both actors were now focused on improving their respective careers. However, Rashmika on Monday, posted a note on Twitter, making it clear that every coin has two sides, and so does every story. The actor said that she does not blame the fans as "that's what you'd believe" and added that she wasn't interested in explaining or justifying her part to anyone. "Sorry I've been silent for so long, but I've been watching a lot of stories, articles, comments, and trolls about me, it has been disturbing me on how I was being portrayed and everything blew out of proportion and yes I definitely don't blame you guys for it, because that's what you'd believe and I am not here to justify anything or anyone," Rashmika wrote in her tweet.   With all due respect!!pic.twitter.com/hgn6t6o78j — Rashmika Mandanna (@iamRashmika) September 17, 2018 The actor further wrote that she will continue to do Kannada films and that she will give her best shot, be it any language or any industry. She asked that she is allowed to work in peace and that no actor in the industry should go through anything like this. Even before Telugu flick Geetha Govindam had hit the screens, Rashmika was targeted by Rakshit's admirers for romancing Vijay Deverakonda in a movie poster that she had shared on Twitter. They questioned her "morals" for romancing another man in a film when she was already engaged to Rakshit in real life. Responding to the trolls, Rashmika had written, "Male actors romance other heroines even after getting married, but people have no problem with that just because they're men! It’s like if a woman romances a guy onscreen after marriage, she loses her respect. It's disgusting that people think this way."Rashmika Mandanna shared screen space with Rakshit Shetty in Kirik Party, which happened to be her debut film in the industry. -Sowmya            

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Shocking Remuneration for Varun Tej September 19, 2018 05:35

Mega hero Varun Tej is on cloud nine after he tasted two back to back hits with Fidaa and Tholi Prema. His performance and screen presence too have been widely appreciated from all the corners. The actor is busy with the shoot of Anil Ravipudi's F2 which also features Venkatesh in the other lead role. He wrapped up the shoot of space thriller Anthariksham 9000 kmph which will release during December this year. Varun Tej charged Rs 2.5 crores per film and pinned many hopes on F2 and Anthariksham 9000 kmph. Now the actor is said to have hiked his fee and is charging Rs 5 crores for his upcoming films. He signed a film in the direction of Sagar Chandra which will roll next year. 14 Reels Plus will produce this big budget film which is an action thriller. The makers agreed to pay the quoted cheque as the actor is in huge demand currently.  

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