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PM to meet India Inc today amid global turmoil: 10 Developments

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In a bid to deliberate on recent developments in the global economic scenario and the opportunities it presents narendramodi_505_051614085156before India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet about 40 pioneers in the industry and leading economists on Tuesday.

10 points of note:

1) PM’s second meeting with India Inc in two months. The timing is right as the markets around the globe are turbulent due to a slowing Chinese economy.

2) The meeting is appropriate as the US prepares to raise interest rates.

3) The point for the meet is ‘Recent Global Events -Opportunities for India’, but a worried India Inc is also expected to bring up its issues about the slow pace of reforms.

4) Out of all the other issues expected to be projected by the industry leaders are investment bottlenecks, poor credit growth and ease of doing business.

5) Pleading anonymity, the sources said the effect of political developments on reforms like the government having to drop the changes it planned to the law to ease land acquisition and its inability to get the Goods and Services Tax Bill through Parliament is also expected to come up.

6) The meeting will be initiated with an address by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

7) Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian will make a presentation.

8) The heads of all three industry chambers – FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry), CII  FICCI_1

(Confederation of Indian Industry) and ASSOCHAM are among those invited for the meet. Representatives from Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) will also attend the meeting.

9) The PM last met business leaders on June 30 to hear their grievances on issues ranging from high capital cost to ease of doing business and taxation matters.

10) Today’s meeting will be held at the PM’s Race Course Road residence from 10.30 am. It is expected to last a little over two hours.

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Judge Order Government Find Separated Children at US-Mexico Border

U.S. government had started implementing its policy of separating families months before it was announced “a very significant event.

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FILE - Christian, from Honduras, recounts his separation from his child at the border during a news conference at the Annunciation House,in El Paso, Texas, June 25, 2018. VOA

A U.S. judge Thursday appeared open to ordering the government to find potentially thousands of additional children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration, which could greatly expand the scope of a lawsuit challenging the separations.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego called a January report by an internal government watchdog that found the U.S. government had started implementing its policy of separating families months before it was announced “a very significant event.”

The Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a report published earlier this year that the agency had identified many more children in addition to the 2,737 included as part of the class action lawsuit challenging family separations brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) last year.

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Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego, July 17, 2018. Sabraw, who ordered children be reunited with their families after being separated at the US-Mexico border, may order the government to expand the scope of the reunifications. VOA

ACLU wants all families reunited

In response to the lawsuit, Sabraw ordered the families identified through a court process to be reunited with their children.

The ACLU has petitioned the judge to expand the class to force the government to do a full accounting of any additional separated children.

The premise of the class action lawsuit, Sabraw said, was the “overarching allegation of the unlawful separation” of families by the Trump administration.

“When there’s an allegation of wrong on this scale, one of the most fundamental obligations of law is to determine the scope of the wrong,” he said. “It is important to recognize we are talking about human beings.”

The administration of President Donald Trump implemented a “zero tolerance” policy to criminally prosecute and jail all illegal border crossers, even those traveling with their children, leading to a wave of separations last year. The policy sparked outrage when it became public, and the backlash led Trump to sign an executive order reversing course June 20, 2018.

In light of the Inspector General’s findings, as well as investigative reporting, Sabraw said, the current June 26, 2018, cut-off date for cases to be part of the lawsuit becomes “very arbitrary.”

‘Other galaxy of a task’

Department of Justice attorney Scott Stewart argued that the ACLU’s request to expand the class would blow the case into an “other galaxy of a task.” The government has argued in court papers that it is too labor intensive to find children who were separated and subsequently released to sponsors before the court order last year.

While most of the outrage last year focused on the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy, the government has continued to separate families on a smaller scale.

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In a filing Wednesday, the government said it had separated 245 children at the border between June 26, 2018, and Feb. 5, 2019. The government said 92 percent of these children were separated because of “parent criminality, prosecution, gang affiliation, or other law enforcement purpose.”

Advocates say there is little transparency about the criteria and evidence used to justify ongoing separations. (VOA)