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Indian-American Ajit Pai may be head US Communication commission

Currently, the FCC is headed by Tom Wheeler, a nominee of the Democratic Party, and a change in leadership is due with the election of Trump

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New York, Jan 19, 2017: Ajit Pai, a commissioner in the US communications regulatory agency, has met President-elect Donald Trump amid speculation that he could head the body that deals with cellphone spectrum and broadcasting.

Trump’s spokesperson Sean Spicer said on Tuesday that the meeting with Pai, who is the Republican nominee on the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), took place on Monday.

Currently, the FCC is headed by Tom Wheeler, a nominee of the Democratic Party, and a change in leadership is due with the election of Trump.

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The position of FCC chairman has to be approved by the Senate.

The FCC is the federal authority regulating radio, television, phone, cellphone spectrum and services, internet and satellite and cable.

Pai, whose parents are doctors who immigrated from India, is a lawyer and has served with the government, Congress and the private sector.

A free enterprise advocate in the Republican mould, he has been a critic of the functioning of the FCC and has clashed with its leadership.

Recently, he took issue with an FCC report that questioned the legality of offerings that are used by people to access online music, videos, and other content free of charge.

Trump has nominated two Indian-Americans to high-level positions: Nikki Haley as the Cabinet-level Ambassador to the United Nations, and Seema Verma as the head of the agency for government health insurance programmes.

In addition, Trump has appointed Raj Shah as his deputy assistant and research director on the White House staff.

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Another Indian American, Balaji Srinivasan, met Trump last week and Spicer said that he was under consideration for a role at the the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).

Srinivasan is a technology entrepreneur who has founded a biotech company and has been critical of the links between large pharmaceutical companies and the FDA and the agency’s reach that he asserted stifles tech innovations.

He currently heads a start-up that deals with bitcoin, the internet-based currency. (IANS)

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Trump Says That China and India are Not Growing Nations Now

Trump says that they are "taking advantage" of the tag of "developing nations"

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Donald Trump said that Everybody is growing but USA. Pixabay

US President Donald Trump has said that India and China are no longer “growing nations”, claiming that they are “taking advantage” of the tag from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and warned that he will not let it happen anymore.

“They (WTO) view certain countries like China, India… as growing nations. Well, they have grown, and they had tremendous advantages… We’re not letting that happen anymore…Everybody is growing but us,” said Trump at a campaign rally in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

They (India and China) were taking the advantage of a developing nation tag from the WTO, putting the US to disadvantage, he said at the rally.

The WTO is an intergovernmental organisation that regulates international trade between nations.

The White House pointed out in a memorandum that China and many other countries continue to style themselves as developing countries “allowing them to enjoy the benefits that come with that status and seek weaker commitments than those made by other WTO members”, media reports said.

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In World Trade Organization, Trump make some senational comments about China and India. Pixabay

Trump said the US does not need the WTO if the Geneva-based organization fails to address loopholes that favour certain nations.

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Shortly after issuing the memorandum, Trump said in a statement that the WTO was “broken” as “the world’s richest countries” claim to be developing countries and get special treatment to avoid WTO rules, reports say.

China, with whom the US is engaged in a bruising trade war, has been identified by Washington as the “most significant abuser” of WTO regulations. Since joining the WTO, China has insisted that it is a developing country, according to the memorandum. (IANS)