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Trump says Sprint will bring 5,000 jobs back to US



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Washington, Dec 29, 2016: US President-elect Donald Trump has said that Sprint will bring 5,000 jobs back to the US from overseas, while another company OneWeb will add 3,000 more, media reports said.

Trump said the deal “was done through” SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, a Japanese billionaire and technology investor, CNBC reported on Thursday.

Earlier in December, the pair announced in New York that SoftBank agreed to invest $50 billion in the US and aimed to create 50,000 jobs.

It was unclear whether all of the positions announced on Wednesday were part of the 50,000 jobs pledge detailed previously.

SoftBank owns about 80 per cent of Sprint and in December invested $1 billion in OneWeb, a US satellite venture that aims to provide affordable internet.

Son said at the time that the OneWeb investment was the “first step” in his commitment to Trump.

“Because of what’s happening and the spirit and hope, I was just called by the head people at Sprint and they’re going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the US, taking them from other countries,” Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

“They’re bringing them back to the US and Masa (Masayoshi Son) and some other people were very much involved in that so I want to thank them.

“And OneWeb, a new company, is going to be hiring 3,000 people and that’s very exciting,” Trump said.

It was not clear exactly from where the Sprint positions would be moved.

The company said in a statement that the jobs would support a “variety of functions” like customer care and sales.

It added that it would start talking to business partners, states and cities to determine the locations for the jobs.

Trump transition spokesman has not yet clarified from where the Sprint jobs would come and whether the 8,000 jobs are part of the 50,000 position goal announced earlier.

On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly urged companies to keep jobs in the US, arguing that his predecessors helped to push positions abroad through what he called bad trade deals and regulations.

He previously announced a deal with United Technologies unit Carrier to keep some of the jobs it planned to move to Mexico in Indiana.

Carrier said Indiana agreed to give it $7 million in financial incentives over multiple years to keep some operations in the state, while it would still close a separate facility and move 700 jobs to Mexico.

The deal also prompted concerns that Trump would intervene with companies on an individual basis and potentially pick winners and losers.

Trump earlier claimed the SoftBank investment was a direct result of his election.

However, the $50 billion would come from a previously announced $100 billion investment fund set up with Saudi Arabia, according to Dow Jones, and SoftBank has a long history of investing in the US.



India calls for changing Pakistan’s ‘mindset’ that unleashes terror on India, Afghanistan



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Syed akbaruddin India's Permanent Representative to UN

United Nations, Jan 20: Pakistan’s “mindset” that unleashes terrorist attacks on India and Afghanistan must change, India has told the Security Council.

Only by changing the terror mindset can peace come to Afghanistan, India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said on Friday during a high-level Council meeting dealing with Afghanistan.

“Terrorism and externally induced instability pose the gravest threat to Afghanistan’s peace, stability and prosperity,” he said. “And the growing arc of terrorist violence endangers our entire region.”

New Delhi has been working with regional and international partners to bring security, peace and development to Afghanistan, he said.

To further these objectives and promote peace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stopped over in Lahore in December 2015 on his way back from inaugurating the Indian-built parliament house in Afghanistan, he said.

But “a heinous and barbaric terrorist attack” was launched on the Pathankot airbase in a week’s time by “the very same mindsets which attack the spirit of Afghanistan every day,” he said.

“These mindsets differentiate between ‘good’ and bad terrorists,” he said. “These mindsets refuse to see reason in peace. They are mindsets that are reluctant to join hands in moving the region forward to build a shared future for our people and our youth.”

“These mindsets,” Akbaruddin declared, “need to change.”

The high-level Council meeting was presided over by Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov and focused on regional cooperation to promote development and security in Afghanistan. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was among those attending the session.

Terrorism has taken a huge toll on Afghanistan, Akbaruddin said backing up his assertion with World Bank statistics.

Afghanistan recorded a 9.6 per cent annual economic growth rate from 2003 to 2014, but it has fallen to 2.2 per cent in 2016 as terrorism increased and it was 2.6 per cent last year, according to the bank.

Illustrating how terrorism impacts development, he said that a disproportionate amount of resources are diverted from the aid projects to protecting them rather than building more projects.

The New Development Partnership between India and Afghanistan cover education, health, agriculture, infrastructure, renewable energy, drinking water supply and human resource development, he said.

The recent visits by Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah have given the partnership a boost, he added.

India pledged a $1 billion package for Afghanistan last year.


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Pakistan brings up Kulbhushan Jadhav in UN Security Council debate



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United Nations, Jan 20: At a high-level Security Council meeting, Pakistan has raised the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, whom Islamabad has accused of being an Indian spy and given him a death sentence.

“Those who speak of changing mindsets (about terrorism) need to look within and their own record of subversion against my country as our capture of an Indian spy has amply demonstrated and proved beyond any shadow of a doubt,” Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi said during Council meeting on Afghanistan. She did not mention his name.

Her statement was a response to India’s statement at the Council meeting on Afghanistan that India is a victim of the same Pakistani “mindset” that promotes terrorist attacks every day in Afghanistan.

India has denied that Jadhav, a retired Navy officer, worked for the government and said that he was abducted by Pakistan from Iran to stage a show-trial.

Denying that Pakistan was giving terrorists a safe haven or support, Lodhi also took a swipe at the US saying it needed a “reality check.” The administration of President Donald Trump suspended security aid to Pakistan this month citing its provision of sanctuaries and assistance to terrorists attacking Afghanistan.

Jadhav was captured by Pakistan in 2016 and was sentenced to death by a military court-martial last year. India appealed to the International Court of Justice against his sentence and the court has stayed his execution.

Lodhi was originally listed to address the Council two spots before India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin, but she chose to speak later and amended her prepared speech with the response to him.

Akbaruddin said that after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Lahore in December 2015 in a bid to promote peace with Pakistan, “a heinous and barbaric terrorist attack” was launched on the Pathankot airbase in a week’s time by “the very same mindsets which attack the spirit of Afghanistan every day.”

“These mindsets differentiate between ‘good’ and bad terrorists,” he said. “These mindsets refuse to see reason in peace.”

“These mindsets, an Akbaruddin declared, “need to change.”

Lodhi said that Pakistan was against terrorism, is itself a victim.

She blamed the conditions in Afghanistan and the drug trade, which she said brings terrorists $400 million every year, for the insurgency and asserted that they didn’t need outside support or sanctuaries because “over 40 percent of the country is under insurgent control, contested or ungoverned.”

“Afghanistan and its partners, especially the US, need to address these challenged inside Afghanistan rather than shift the onus for ending the conflict on to others,” she said.

“Those who imagine sanctuaries outside (Afghanistan) need a reality check,” she added


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Egypt’s Sisi announces intention to run for second term

Egypt is set to hold a presidential vote on March 26-28, with a run-off on April 24-26. Candidates must register between Jan. 20 and 29.



Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced on Friday his intention to run for a second term in office in a March election.

Egypt is set to hold a presidential vote on March 26-28, with a run-off on April 24-26. Candidates must register between Jan. 20 and 29.

Sisi came to power in 2014 after leading the military in ousting elected President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood after mass protests against his rule.

Source : (Reuters)

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