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Exclusive: India’s health ministry calls for blocking Juul’s entry into country – document

“The health ministry last year advised states to stop the sale or import of e-cigarettes, saying they pose a “great health risk”” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Indian health secretary Sudan, however, said in her letter that products such as Juul would hurt India’s anti-tobacco efforts through their “easy availability, disguised appearance and the false notion of being safe”. Source: 95kqds.com

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Democrats question Commerce Secretary Ross on census citizenship question

“Cummings asked Ross whether the “secret memo” included the “real reason” the administration wanted to add the question” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., noted that the citizenship question was asked in the 2000 census overseen by the Clinton administration, and there was no reason to be there was any “nefarious purpose” to it.The contents of the 2017 Commerce memo have not been released by the administration, though the committee has requested it. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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House Democrat tells Wilbur Ross: ‘You should resign’

“William Lacy Clay of Missouri claimed Thursday that the Trump administration is trying to limit the political power of minority voters by adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Secretary, you lied to Congress, you misled the American people, and you are complicit in the Trump administration’s intent to suppress the growing political power of the non-white population,” Clay said. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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House Dems to test Wilbur Ross’ ‘survivor’ status

“Rumors of his pending ouster have been floating around the White House for months and at least two administration officials have eyed his job” writes Burgess Everett for politico.com. In interviews, more than a half-dozen administration officials and others close to the White House marveled at the 81-year-old Commerce secretary’s staying power. Source: politico.com

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Pentagon on new transgender policy: ‘This is not a ban’

“The Pentagon released its guidance on service by transgender persons Wednesday, which grandfathers current troops under a 2016 policy that allows them to serve openly in their preferred gender” reports washingtonexaminer.com. New troops will come under a policy drafted by former Defense Secretary James Mattis in 2018, which is facing court challenges.Pentagon officials said the policy is based on the ability of troops to perform their duties.Transgender troops who were at any time subject to the 2016 policy instituted by former President Barack Obama’s Defense Secretary Ash Carter fall under…

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Business warns of ‘sledgehammer’ to economy from no-deal Brexit tariff plans

“Business, unions and farmers have responded with dismay to Government plans for changes to tariffs on imported goods if the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal” reports aol.co.uk. The CBI said the new rates would hit the UK economy like a “sledgehammer”, while unions warned that zero tariffs on steel would “destroy” jobs.Under the Government’s plans, tariffs will be slapped for the first time on a range of EU imports, including cars and food products like beef, chicken, lamb, pork, butter and “Cheddar-like” cheese.The Government’s approach would not…

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A troubling trend is developing at the Pentagon after Mattis’ sudden exit

“The number of empty posts is alarming veteran defense officials, who fear too many vacancies are grinding down the Pentagon’s effectiveness” writes Foreign Policy for businessinsider.com. However, Mattis’ departure and questions about Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan’s management style, along with the administration’s delay in nominating a permanent secretary, has exacerbated the problem, experts say. Source: businessinsider.com

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India in talks with U.S. over sanctions waiver

“U.S. has imposed sanctions on countries importing oil from Iran, while granting waivers to some countries, including India, until May” reports tehrantimes.com. India, a key ally of Iran, also refused to recognize the sanctions and continued importing oil from Iran, before the waiver was given.India is one of the biggest customers of Iranian oil. “With respect to Iran, the government of India is talking to the United States [so that] the exemption continues until May. Source: tehrantimes.com

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Renault strips Ghosn loyalist of executive role

“General Secretary Mouna Sepehri will move to an advisory position and leave the executive committee, Renault said on Wednesday, as it announced broader top management changes” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Ghosn is facing trial in Japan for failing to disclose some $82 million in income he had arranged to be paid later, as well as transferring personal investment losses to Nissan when he was chief executive.PARIS (Reuters) – Renault has sidelined a senior executive close to Carlos Ghosn, as the French carmaker and its Japanese affiliate Nissan continue…

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