IDN TAKE: The Baltic States: Gained Dependence

IDN TAKE: The Baltic States: Gained Dependence

by Adomas Abromaitis

Future of Europe is still uncertain. Though security is the real priority for all countries, each of them understands the process of achieving security by its own.

Lithuanian and Latvian authorities increased political activity and intensified preparing to NATO summit that will take place in Brussels in July 2018. It is


SC says no to plea on Censor Board

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Padmaavat row: The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the notification issued by governments in four states that prohibited its screening following protests from the Rajput community.

The Supreme Court Friday rejected a plea for urgent hearing on a fresh PIL seeking the quashing of CBFC certificate granted to Bollywood period drama, 'Padmaavat'.

On Thursday, the apex court cleared the decks for the nationwide release of the film by staying notifications issued by governments in four states that prohibited its screening following protests from the Rajput community.

Accepting the arguments of senior advocate Harish Salve, who was representing the filmmakers, that once a film is cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification, states cannot interfere with it: “We direct that there shall be a stay of operation on the notification and orders issued and we also restrain other states from issuing such notifications or orders in this matter… Once Parliamentary legislation confers the responsibility and power on a statutory board and board grants certificate, non-exhibition of it by states will be contrary to statutory provisions.

Appearing for the States, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, told the court that the film's screening will cause law and order problems. The bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it was the “duty and obligation of states to maintain law and order”.

The three-judge bench also prohibited other states from issuing similar notifications and directed state governments to provide security to the film crew if they ask for it.

Meanwhile, Rajput groups have been pushing for an "unofficial ban" and reiterated their threat that women would commit jauhar (self-immolation) in Chittorgarh if the film was released.

Lokendra Singh Kalvi, founder patron of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) which was at the forefront of protests against the film, said that “despite the Supreme Court order, the state governments, citing law and order, should continue with the ban”.

Padmaavat is scheduled for release on January 25.


US Senate votes to extend NSA surveillance program

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Authors: Subcontinent Times

Updated: Jan 19, 2018 01:52 IST

Washington DC [United States], Jan 19 (ANI): The United States Senate has passed an extension of a government surveillance program, sending the bill to President Donald Trump's desk.

According to the Hill, senators voted 65-34 on the bill,


Apple plans to open new US campus

Apple plans to open new US campus

Apple Inc will open a new campus as part of a five-year, $30 billion US investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by US President Donald Trump.

The company has been under increasing pressure to make US investments since the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump targeted the iPhone maker for making products in Asian factories.

While Apple has announced no plans to change that practice and experts say it would be economically impractical to make iPhones in the United States, the company has begun to emphasise its US economic impact, from developers who sell software on its App Store to the tens of billions of dollars per year it spends with US suppliers.

Between the spending plan, hiring 20,000 people, tax payments and business with US-based suppliers, Apple on Wednesday estimated it would spend $350 billion in the United States over the next five years.

It did not, however, say how much of the plan was new or how much of its $252. 3 billion in cash abroad - the largest of any US corporation - it would bring home. In addition to the $38 billion in taxes it must pay, Apple has run up $97 billion in US-issued debt to pay for previous share buybacks and dividends.

Some investors said the US investments would give the company room to make more stock buybacks or pay dividends without criticism. Apple shares on Wednesday closed up 1. 7 percent to $179. 10.

Walter Piecyk, managing director for TMT Research at BTIG Research, said he could not yet tell whether the US expansion was an increase from a previous plan or meant investment abroad was being refocused in the United States. Reuters Breakingviews estimated that Apple could have increased US headcount by 24,000 in the last five years.

Trump described the move by Apple as a victory for his efforts.

I promised that my policies would allow companies like Apple to bring massive amounts of money back to the United States. Great to see Apple follow through as a result of TAX CUTS,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Asked in an interview with ABC News whether the job creation announcements were directly related to the Republican tax plan, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook gave a measured response.

Let me be clear: There are large parts of this that are a result of the tax reform, and there’s large parts of this we would have done in any situation,” Cook said in the interview.

About a third of Apple’s new spending will be on data centers to house its iCloud, App Store and Apple Music services, a sign of the rising importance of subscription services to a company known for its computers and gadgets. Apple has data centers in seven states.

The announced U. S spending would be a significant part of Apple’s overall capital expenditures. Globally, the company spent $14. 9 billion in 2017 and expects to spend $16 billion in 2018, figures that include both US-based investments in data centers and other projects and Asian investments in tooling for its contract manufacturers.

If Apple’s overall capital expenditures continue to expand at the same rate expected this year, the $30 billion investment in the United States could represent about a third of its capital expenditures over the next five years.

The announced tax payment was roughly in line with expectations, said Cross Research analyst Shannon Cross. The tax bill requires companies to pay a one-time 15. 5 percent tax on foreign-held earnings whether they intend to bring them back to the United States or not.

Apple had set aside $36. 3 billion in anticipation of tax payments on its foreign cash, meaning the payment would not represent a major impact on its cash flow this quarter.

James Cordwell of Atlantic Equities said Apple’s US investment plan could make it easier for the company to give more cash to shareholders.

Being seen to just hand the cash back to shareholders could spark some political sensitivities,” and the spending announcement could be part of Apple’s efforts to manage this issue, Cordwell said.

Apple also said it would boost its advanced manufacturing fund, used to provide capital and support to suppliers such as Finisar Corp and Corning Inc, from $1 billion to $5 billion. Apple said it planned to spend $55 billion with US-based suppliers in 2018, up from $50 billion last year.

Apple joins Amazon. com Inc in scouting for a location for a new campus. Amazon finished taking applications from cities in October for its second headquarters.

Amazon set off a scramble between cities across the nation to host the headquarters, and Apple’s announcement stirred broad interest. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters on Wednesday, “We’re going to go compete and we’re going to put our best foot forward” to compete for an Apple campus. adelphia Department of Commerce spokeswoman said the city would submit a proposal if Apple opened the process for bids.

Apple has not said whether it had settled on a new campus location yet, and it did not make any commitments on the size of new spending or hiring specific to the campus. It did say it would initially house technical support for customers and would announce the location later this year.

The facility would be in addition to its “spaceship” Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California; a campus in Austin, Texas, that houses customer service agents and some manufacturing; and an Elk Grove, California, unit with several thousand customer service agents and iPhones refurbishing technicians.

Apple also has built its own data centers in North Carolina, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and a recently announced project in Iowa, and leases data center space in other states.


India mulls nationalising river-linking plan

India mulls nationalising river-linking plan

The idea was discussed at the 14th meeting of the Special Committee for Inter-linking of Rivers held here on Wednesday when the funding issue in connection with the various projects under the inter-linking scheme came up, a senior official of the Water Resources Ministry said after the closed-door meeting.

Our New Delhi correspondent quotes him saying the meeting discussed giving inter-linking of rivers projects the tag of “national” projects would help not only expedite their implementation but also secure speedier flow of funds for them.

Gadkari said time has come for looking at new funding mechanisms, including loans from foreign agencies at low interest, for inter-linking projects and assured the states that his ministry will provide all help to the states for this.

Gadkari also called upon state governments to cooperate with one another and with the federal government to expedite the ambitious projects for interlinking of rivers aimed at transferring water from surplus to deficit areas, and to explore low-interest loans from foreign agencies for the same.

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