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The state offered Carrier USD 7 million in incentives over 10 years

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Delhi, Dec 3, 2016: In his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has laid emphasis on the fact that companies leaving the US and shifting to other countries like Mexico and in Asia, will face an unsparing reaction from the government.

Therefore, post his victory in the elections, Trump has stuck to his campaigning words and plans, making it clear that companies will face dire consequences of the shift to another country or continent.

At the Carrier plant in the Indianapolis, Trump said, “Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences. Not going to happen.They can leave from state to state, and negotiate deals with different states, but leaving the country will be very, very difficult,” mentioned AFP.

Trump specifically picked at Carrier, a brand of United Technologies Corporation. He earmarked the firm saying, “But I called Greg (Hayes, UTC’s chairman) and I said it’s really important, we have to do something because you have a lot of people leaving and you have to understand we can’t allow this to happen anymore with our country.”

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He claimed he had tried to convince the firm to not move so many jobs to Mexico. He also added, quite austerely, that he would impose major tariffs on Carrier products, in the States. Hence, to keep million jobs in the States, a deal was brokered between the state and the firm, by the vice president Mike Pence, who is Indiana’s state governor too.

The state offered Carrier USD 7 million in incentives over 10 years, “contingent upon factors including employment, job retention and capital investment,” the company said in a statement. Pence said that the deal will be an underpin for the firm and the state.

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“This is a great day for Indiana and it’s a great day for working people all across the United States of America,” Pence said.

However, liberal Bernie Sanders is in indisposition towards Pence’s deal.

“Trump endangered other US jobs, because he has signalled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives”, Sanders said.

– prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram with AFP inputs. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

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Googling ‘idiot’ Bringing up Donald Trump Pictures Drags Google in Trouble

The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing "examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices" on Capitol Hill in Washington. VOA

US Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, in an effort to understand how Google search algorithms work, asked its CEO Sundar Pichai why so many pictures of President Donald Trump appear when she does a Google search for “idiot”.

“Right now, if you Google the word ‘idiot’ under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up. I just did that,” the California Democrat told Pichai during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday here.

“How would that happen? How does search work so that would occur?” Lofgren asked Pichai, according to the Washington Post.

The Google CEO — who was at the hearing to address allegations of political bias in his company’s widely used search engine — said the results were based on billions of keywords ranked according to over 200 factors such as relevance, popularity, how others were using the search term, to determine how to best match a query with results.

“So it’s not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we’re going to show the user?” Lofgren asked. “It’s basically a compilation of what users are generating.”

Republicans have long accused Google of political bias, which the company has strongly denied.

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In August, Trump said in a tweet that a Google search for “Trump News” showed only reports from “Fake News Media.” He concluded it was “rigged” against him so “almost all stories and news was bad.”

House Republicans said they wanted to hold the hearing — entitled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices” — to make sure the search giant was being impartial.

“Americans put their trust in big tech companies to honour freedom of speech and champion open dialogue,” Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said in a statement before the hearing.

The House committee had also questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech.

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In response to Republicans who complained about Google searches, Democratic Representative Ted Lieu said: “If you want positive search results, do positive things. If you don’t want negative search results, don’t do negative things.”

“And to some of my colleagues across the aisle, if you’re getting bad press articles and bad search results, don’t blame Google or Facebook or Twitter, consider blaming yourself.” (IANS)