⚡️Washington: Companies are attempting to avoid any confrontation with U.S. President Donald Trump but want to exert as much influence as they can to dissuade him from tearing up trade agreements or introducing tariffs on a wide swath of imports.

⚡️Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer and cloud-computing company, which could be hurt by tariffs on items sold through its website and components for its data centers, is discussing industry-wide advertising campaigns and more extensive government lobbying, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Source: DtNext

⚡️Without naming Rahul Gandhi, PM Modi said due to his “careless” allegation on the Rafale deal, both India and France had to release statements. There is complete transparency in the deal, he said.

Source: The Indian Express.

⚡️Over 100 parents took to the streets in Chennai outside branches of the Srimathi Sundravalli Memorial (SSM) School in Perungalathur and Chrompet on Friday, after the institute asked them to pay an illegal caution deposit of Rs 2,00,000. They have taken the matter to the CBSE, pointing out that the management has cornered them into either paying the amount or removing their ward from the institution for the next academic year.

Source: The News Minute

⚡️The BJP today hit out at DMK for extending moral support to an opposition-backed no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government, and said people will at no point trust the Dravidian party, besides the Congress.

⚡️BJP Tamil Nadu unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan said DMK Working President M K Stalin had issued a statement supporting the move despite “not having even a single MP to vote” on the motion.

Source: DtNext

⚡️”You may call me Pappu, but I don’t hate you,” Rahul Gandhi said, looking directly at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then walking across to embrace him. It may not have been an “earthquake” but the Congress president’s jaw-dropping gesture during the no-confidence motion debate in parliament came close to it, felt many lawmakers.

⚡️The PM looked stumped as Mr Gandhi leaned in and enveloped the prime minister in a bear hug. As the Congress chief started walking away, the PM recovered and grabbed his sleeve. He was seen saying something into Mr Gandhi’s ear and patting him on his back.

Source: NDTV.

⚡️Lok Sabha is currently debating a no-confidence motion against the NDA government. The BJD walked out prior to the debate while the Shiv Sena skipped the session, meaning both parties will abstain from the no-trust vote. In a fiery attack this morning, Congress president Rahul Gandhi criticised the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government for demonetisation, GST, the Rafale deal, the incidents of lynching in the country, among other things. The Prime Minister is expected to reply to the debate later today. The Speaker has scheduled the no-trust vote at 6 pm this evening.

Source: The Indian Express.

⚡️A day before the no-confidence motion, NDA ally Shiv Sena has confirmed that the party will support the Narendra Modi-led central government.

⚡️According to reports, Shiv Sena will vote against the no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha on Friday.

⚡️“We will support the BJP. A formal announcement may be made by this evening,” a source close to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray told PTI.

Source: The States Man. 

⚡NEW DELHI: Home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday told the Lok Sabha that the ministry had asked social media service providers to identify handles spreading fake news, which were responsible for recent incidents of mob violence.

⚡Singh said the ministry issued an advisory to states after incidents of lynching were reported.

⚡He was replying to Congress’s K C Venugopal’s question in Zero Hour on the recent incidents of mob violence, including attacks on Swami Agnivesh in Pakur district of Jharkhand and trolling of external affairs minister.

Source: TOI. 

⚡️He is a man accused of sexual assault and of blackmailing a woman for many years for sexual favours. Rejected bail by the Kerala High Court, he has refused to surrender and has been absconding for days. But that did not stop Father Abraham Varghese alias Soni Varghese from posting a 12 minute video on YouTube describing his ‘innocence’ and denigrating the survivor.

Source: The News Minute. 

⚡️The ruling BJP is making every muscle work to make the Congress regret its decision to seek today’s no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha. It has worked the phones to cajole upset allies, reached out to friendly parties to abstain if they can’t support and according to some reports, also touched base with some of its own lawmakers who were expected to skip the vote on account of poor health, or otherwise. The Telugu Desam Party, which was the first to seek the no-confidence motion, will initiate the debate and Rahul Gandhi will be the Congress’s lead speaker. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reply to the debate that is widely seen as a launch pad for his campaign for the 2019 general elections.

Source: NDTV.