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Resting cows (Photo Riccardo Romano)

Resting cows (Photo Riccardo Romano)

Foxconn says it will invest 5 billion dollars in Maharashtra

 Taiwanese technology company Foxconn has announced it will invest up to 5 billion dollars over the next five years in Maharashtra, making it one of the biggest FDI projects in India in recent years. The company’s chairman Terry Gou signed an MOU with the state’s chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai on Saturday. The state has allotted 1500 acres of land for the company near Pune. The company will set up a manufacturing and R & D facility and could provide jobs for an estimated 50,000 people.

Mughals too were against cow slaughter, says Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh says that even Mughals had understood that if they wanted to rule India, they could not support cow slaughter, which the British could not fully grasp. Protecting cows was a way to rule the “hearts of the people of India”, Singh said while addressing a seminar on cow conservation organized by the Agricultural Ministry along with the Rashtriya Godhan Mahasangh in Delhi. He also revealed that his trip to the Bangladesh border last year soon after taking over was to address the problem of cattle smuggling to the neighbouring state.

 Home Ministry seeks details of Naga accord

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is awaiting a formal response from R N Ravi, the Centre’s interlocutor on the terms of the agreement signed between the government and the outfit’s Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (IM) general secretary T Muivah. Chief ministers of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh have all expressed discomfort about being kept out of the loop. The all unanimously stated that they should have been consulted before any agreement was signed. The MHA too has made enquiries about details of the agreement.

Bangladesh will tackle religious extremism, says Hasina

A day after pro-secularism blogger Niloy Neel was killed at his home in Dhaka, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina emphasized the country’s secular history and said she intended to tackle religious extremism. This comes at a time where liberals in the country are getting worried about the rising violence from extremist elements. “Bangladesh is a non-communal country. This is how the Father of the Nation (Mujibur Rahman) brought the country’s independence. We are building the country along his vision,” Hasina was quoted as saying. Niloy Neel is the fourth blogger to be killed in recent months. He was hacked to death outside his home.

 US Scientists come out in support of Iran Nuclear Deal

Twenty-nine of the USA’s leading scientists, including Nobel laureates and veteran makers of nuclear arms have praised the nuclear deal with Iran in a formal letter addressed to President Obama. The letter comes at a time when Obama has been engaged in consistent efforts to lobby Congress to ratify the deal. A letter of this nature could ease recent concerns regarding the deal with Iran. Many powerful Senators and Jewish voices in the Congress have opposed the deal under which Iran will curb its nuclear programme and allow inspections. Among the signatories is from Richard L. Garwin, a physicist who helped design the world’s first hydrogen bomb and has long advised the government on nuclear weapons and arms control.