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 Cloudy Monday morning in Delhi

Cloudy Monday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Following overnight rains the skies remained overcast in the national capital on Monday morning, with the Met predicting moderate rains during the day.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius, at par with the season's average. The city received 16.3 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS.

The sky will remain generally cloudy throughout the day with a few spells of thundershowers and rains, he said.

The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 30 degrees Celsius.

Sunday's maximum temperature settled at 31.2 degrees Celsius, three degrees below the average while the minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius.

--IANS
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10:46 AM
 Trump's tariffs on $200 bn of Chinese goods kicks in

Trump's tariffs on $200 bn of Chinese goods kicks in

Washington, Sep 24 (IANS) The ongoing trade war between the US and China has escalated after American President Donald Trump's administration's new 10 per cent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods kicked in on Monday, spanning thousands of products, including food seasonings, baseball gloves, network routers and industrial machinery parts.

China retaliated immediately with new taxes of 5 to 10 per cent on $60 billion of US goods such as meat, chemicals, clothes and auto parts, reports CNN.

Trump's latest tariffs on China now apply to over $250 billion of Chinese goods, roughly half the amount the country sells to the US.

The latest round affects thousands of products bought by US consumers, including hundreds of millions of dollars of furniture and electronics imports.

The US tariffs imposed earlier in the year mostly hit industrial goods.

The measures are meant to punish China for what the Trump administration says are unfair trade practices, such as intellectual property theft.

Beijing has rejected the US assertions, accusing Washington of protectionism and bullying. It has fired back with tariffs on American goods worth more than $110 billion.

Monday's tariffs are set to increase at the end of the year from 10 to 25 per cent, CNN said.

Trump has also threatened tariffs on another $267 billion of Chinese products which would mean the US measures effectively cover all Beijing's annual goods exports to Washington (the total for 2017 was about $506 billion).

Trump's decision to move ahead rapidly with the latest tariffs appears to have put the brakes on plans for a new round of negotiations between the two sides.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had invited Chinese negotiators to Washington to resume talks, but a senior White House official said on Friday that no new meetings are planned for the time being.

--IANS
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 Rohit credits bowlers for another fantastic show

Rohit credits bowlers for another fantastic show

Dubai, Sep 24 (IANS) An elated India captain Rohit Sharma showered praise on his bowlers after his side registered a comfortable nine-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan here on Sunday.

Continuing their winning spree, the men in blue came with another superb show to outclass Pakistan, thanks to the Indian bowlers, and openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan.

"The entire bowling unit stuck to their task and hats off to them. Repeated performances are challenging in these conditions and once again I don't want to take any credit from the bowlers," Rohit, the stand-in India skipper, said after the match.

"With Shikhar, I don't need to talk much. It's important to let him be himself. We have batted enough to know each other to start off like that and we clearly know our roles," he added.

Meanwhile, praising the Pakistan bowling attack, centurion Dhawan said: Pakistan got a good bowling attack and I knew that as openers we have to stay because they have got good pace and once I got set and I kept carrying on."

"As I've mentioned I wanted to be sensible with my shots and I've thrown it away in the past and I have learnt the lessons the hard way," he added.

India will now take on Afghanistan in their last Super Four tie here on Tuesday.

--IANS
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01:30 AM
 Swaraj has gruelling schedule at UNGA session

Swaraj has gruelling schedule at UNGA session

By Arul Louis
United Nations, Sep 24 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will see more action on the sidelines of the high-level UN General Assembly (UNGA) session this week than in its chamber, as she keeps up a gruelling schedule of one-on-one meetings with some 30 leaders and participation in several multilateral meetings.


Her formal address to the UNGA, at which she will lay out India's world view and its global agenda, is scheduled for Saturday during the morning session that will start at 9 a.m. (6.30 p.m. India time).

Listed as the fifth speaker, Sushma Swaraj was likely to speak after 7.15 p.m. India time.

Dinesh K. Patnaik, the Joint Secretary, UN Political, told reporters on Sunday that there have been 30 requests for bilateral meetings with Sushma Swaraj and she was scheduled to participate in eight meetings of groups.

In her roster of meetings in New York there would be one striking absence: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

India cancelled the meeting between them after terrorists killed three policemen in Kashmir and Pakistan issued stamps honouring terrorists including Burhan Wani -- which New Delhi said raised doubts about its commitment to ending terrorism.

However, Sushma Swaraj and Qureshi will both be in the same room at the meetings of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc); the Commonwealth; G77 (the group of developing countries), and the Heart of Asia (a 15-member group stretching from Central and South Asia to Turkey).

Her meetings with leaders kicked off on Sunday when she met with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the World Health Organisation, to discuss global health issues, which will feature prominently during the UNGA at two high-level events on Ending Tuberculosis and on Non-Communicable Diseases.

Away from world affairs, she met on Sunday with members of the Indian community at a meeting organised by the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin.

Sushma Swaraj will start the week participating in US President Donald Trump's Monday meeting on the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. India is among 124 countries co-sponsoring it.

That would be followed by a set of bilateral meetings with foreign ministers Pradeep Kumar Gyawa of Nepal, Nasser Bourita of Morocco, Aurelia Frick of Lichtenstein, Josep Borrell of Spain, Tsogtbaatar Damdin of Mongolia, Marise Payne of Australia, Jose Valencia of Ecuador, and Carlos Holmes Trujillo of Colombia, and with Federica Mogherini, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

Sushma Swaraj is scheduled to participate in the afternoon in the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit honouring the birth centenary of the South African freedom fighter and president.

During the week, she will also participate in meetings of the G4, a group made up of India, Japan, Germany and Brazil to advocate for expanding the permanent membership of the UN Security Council; IBSA, the India, Brazil and South Africa forum for cooperation; and BRICS, the group of emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The Indian Foreign Minister will also attend Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's high-level meeting on Action for Peacekeeping.

India was among more than 130 countries that signed a declaration committing themselves to support peacekeeping that was drafted by Guterres ahead of the meeting.

Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda will represent the country at high-level events on Ending Tuberculosis and on Non-Communicable Diseases during the week.

(Arul Louis can be reached at arul.l@ians.in and followed on Twitter @arulouis)

--IANS
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