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US State Department seeks to dismiss move to classify RSS as terror outfit

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Representing the US State Department, US attorney Preet Bharara filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Sikhs for Justice(SFJ) for declaring Indian right wing outfit RSS as a terror group.

The motion for dismissal claimed that “Neither SFJ, nor this court possesses authority to compel the Secretary of State to designate an entity as a foreign terrorist organization- a discretionary action that implicated important foreign affairs and national security considerations, and which is entrusted to the political branches.”

SFJ claimed that the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) needs to be designated as a terror outfit for “believing in and practicing a fascist ideology and for running a passionate, vicious and violent campaign to turn India into a Hindu nation with a homogenous religious and cultural identity.”

SFJ attorney Gurpatwant S Pannum said ,“Political question doctrine cannot trump the fundamental rights of protection of life and liberty which are embedded in the American constitution.” He added that SFJ will be challenging the motion.

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US Dollar Weakens Amid Gloomy Economic Data

The Australian dollar rose to $0.7105 from $0.7094.

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The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, fell 0.15 per cent at 96.9817 in late trading. Pixabay

The US dollar declined as the allure of the greenback diminished amid a slew of downbeat economic data.

In late New York trading on Thursday, the euro rose to $1.1299 from $1.1269 in the previous session, and the British pound decreased to $1.2801 from $1.2850 in the previous session, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Australian dollar rose to $0.7105 from $0.7094.

The US dollar bought 110.47 Japanese yen, lower than 110.99 Japanese yen of the previous session. The US dollar was down to 1.0047 Swiss franc from 1.0088 Swiss franc, and it increased to 1.3281 Canadian dollars from 1.3250 Canadian dollars.

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The Australian dollar rose to $0.7105 from $0.7094. Pixabay

US retail sales in December fell 1.2 per cent from the prior month, the worst drop in nine years, the Commerce Department reported on Thursday.

The unexpected decline, which came after a downwardly revised 0.1 per cent increase in November, signals a weaker economic momentum.

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The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, fell 0.15 per cent at 96.9817 in late trading. (IANS)