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us state dept reverses visa ban, allows travelers with visas: official


washington: the us state department will allow people with valid visas into the united states, a department official said on urday, in order to comply with an opinion from a federal judge in seattle barring president donald trump's executive action. "we have reversed the provisional revocation of visas," the state department official said in a statement. "those individuals with visas that were not physically canceled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid."






state department reverses trump’s visa ban


the u.s. state department will allow people with valid visas into the united states, a department official said on urday, in order to comply with an opinion from a federal judge in seattle barring president donald trump’s executive action.“we have reversed the provisional revocation of visas,” the state department official said in a statement. “those individuals with visas that were not physically canceled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid.”share this:






rex tillerson skips state department’s annual announcement on human rights, alar


secretary of state rex tillerson, who during his confirmation hearings repeatedly vowed to promote human rights as a core american value, alarmed human rights advocates when he did not appear in person to present the state department’s annual human rights report, released friday. in a break with long-standing tradition only rarely breached, tillerson’s remarks were limited to a short written introduction to the lengthy report. nor did any senior state department official make on-camera comments that are typically watched around the world, including by officials in authoritarian countries where abuses are singled out in the report.instead, a senior administration official talked to reporters by phone and only on the condition of anonymity.“the report speaks for itself,” the administ...






rex tillerson skips state department’s annual announcement on human rights, alar


secretary of state rex tillerson, who during his confirmation hearings repeatedly vowed to promote human rights as a core american value, alarmed human rights advocates when he did not appear in person to present the state department’s annual human rights report, released friday. in a break with long-standing tradition only rarely breached, tillerson’s remarks were limited to a short written introduction to the lengthy report. nor did any senior state department official make on-camera comments that are typically watched around the world, including by officials in authoritarian countries where abuses are singled out in the report.instead, a senior administration official talked to reporters by phone and only on the condition of anonymity.“the report speaks for itself,” the administ...






rex tillerson skips state department’s annual announcement on human rights, alar


secretary of state rex tillerson, who during his confirmation hearings repeatedly vowed to promote human rights as a core american value, alarmed human rights advocates when he did not appear in person to present the state department’s annual human rights report, released friday. in a break with long-standing tradition only rarely breached, tillerson’s remarks were limited to a short written introduction to the lengthy report. nor did any senior state department official make on-camera comments that are typically watched around the world, including by officials in authoritarian countries where abuses are singled out in the report.instead, a senior administration official talked to reporters by phone and only on the condition of anonymity.“the report speaks for itself,” the administ...






us secretary of state rex tillerson to press nato on defense spending: official


by: reuters | washington | published:march 29, 2017 12:49 pm united states secretary of state rex tillerson. (source: ap)us secretary of state rex tillerson will press this week for nato allies to demonstrate a “clear path” to increase defense spending, a state department official said on tuesday. tillerson will hold his first meeting with nato foreign ministers in brussels on march 31. he will push allies on how they plan to meet a defense spending goal of 2 percent of gross domestic product, and press nato to increase its role in the fight against terrorism, the official said. “it is no longer sustainable for the united states to maintain a disproportionate share of nato’s deterrence and defense spending,” the official said in a briefing with reporters, on condition of ano...






us official: trump to meet china’s xi first week in april


by: ap | washington | published:march 29, 2017 2:48 pm xi jinping and donald trump.a senior state department official says chinese president xi jinping will meet with president donald trump the first full week of april. secretary of state rex tillerson had originally planned to skip a meeting of nato foreign ministers scheduled for april 5-6 in brussels. the meeting was rescheduled for friday after tillerson told nato he had a scheduling conflict.the official told reporters today the reason tillerson couldn’t make the original date is because xi will be visiting the united states then. the official says tillerson must be part of xi’s discussions with trump.the visit will be trump’s first with xi since taking office.the official briefed reporters on a conference call on condition...






us issues fresh terrorism alert for europe


by: reuters | washington | updated: may 2, 2017 3:17 am the state department’s previous travel alert for europe, issued ahead of the winter holiday season, expired in februarythe us state department issued a travel alert for europe on monday, saying us citizens should be aware of a continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout the continent. in the alert, the state department cited recent incidents in france, russia, sweden and the united kingdom and said islamic state and al qaeda “have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in europe.”the state department’s previous travel alert for europe, issued ahead of the winter holiday season, expired in february. a state department official said monday’s alert was not prompted by a specific threat, but rather recogniti...






donald trump: donald trump to meet china's xi jinping first week in april: us of


washington: a senior state department official says chinese president xi jinping will meet with president donald trump the first full week of april. secretary of state rex tillerson had originally planned to skip a meeting of nato foreign ministers scheduled for april 5-6 in brussels. the meeting was rescheduled for friday after tillerson told nato he had a scheduling conflict. the official told reporters today the reason tillerson couldn't make the original date is because xi will be visiting the united states then. the official says tillerson must be part of xi's discussions with trump. the visit will be trump's first with xi since taking office. the official briefed reporters on a conference call on condition of anonymity, even though trump has criticized reporters for using anonymou...






rajasthan: govt official on deputation seen ‘molesting’ woman in video, shunted


by: pti | jaipur | published:april 12, 2017 7:40 pman official of statistics department who was working as social scientist at nrhm office in jaipur in heath department was shunted to his parent department after a video purportedly showing him molesting a woman went viral.rajasthan health minister kalicharan saraf said the issue came to his notice on tuesday and the orders to send him back to his parent department were issued on wednesday.“we have relieved him from here and will send the video to his parent department and his parent department has take action against him,” saraf told reporters. v k mathur, director (public health), medical department said the officer was on deputation to the nrhm office, health department for some time.“on the basis of reports of the video, the...






trump expected to order study of federal role in education


president trump is expected to sign an executive order wednesday that would require education secretary betsy devos to study how the federal government “has unlawfully overstepped state and local control,” according to a white house official.trump has repeatedly pledged to downsize the education department and its role in u.s. schools and colleges. the order he plans to sign is “intended to return authority to where congress intended — state and local entities,” the white house official wrote in an email.a senior education department official said the executive order will give devos 300 days to conduct a review to identify any regulations or guidance related to k-12 schools that are inconsistent with federal law. the review will be led by a task force headed by robert eitel, a se...






gold: i-t recovers rs 10 cr cash, gold from up officer's premises


new delhi: the income tax department today recovered over rs 10 crore cash and about ten kgs of gold after it conducted searches on the premises of a senior uttar pradesh bureaucrat. the tax sleuths also raided at least four premises of a former osd of noida authority in noida near here as part of its black money crack down against government servants, a senior official said. the official added that i-t teams, which began the searches early morning, have recovered rs 10 crore cash and ten kgs of gold from the noida residence of the additional commissioner of state sales tax department. the officer is posted in kanpur at present, they said. in the second search at noida, the department recovered some documents and is searching various premises and bank lockers associated to the former offic






state department tweeted, then deleted congrats to asghar farhadi


there are no take-backs for congratulations — unless, that is, you’re the u.s. state department. the department’s verified persian-language twitter account posted, then deleted kudos to iranian director asghar farhadi on his best foreign-language film oscar win, reuters first reported. the director of “the salesman,” who sat out sunday’s ceremony in solidarity with those affected by president trump’s court-challenged travel ban, had blasted the executive order as “inhumane” in an acceptance speech delivered by anousheh ansari, the first iranian in space.iranian director asghar farhadi poses for a photo during the premiere of his film, “the salesman,” in paris.(michel euler/ap) “a congratulatory tweet was posted,” a state department official confir...






khizr khan told his 'travel privileges being reviewed': group


gold star father khizr khan was told “his travel privileges are being reviewed,” according to a speakers group, though a u.s. official said there is no such review process. the pakistani-born u.s. citizen was slated to speak in toronto on “tolerance, understanding, unity and the rule of law,” though ramsay talks announced monday that the event was off and all ticket-holders would be given refunds. “late sunday evening khizr khan, an american citizen for over 30 years, was notified that his travel privileges are being reviewed,” the group posted on facebook. a state department official told the daily news that there is no such u.s. state department procedure for reviewing "travel privileges" and that anyone with a valid u.s. passport can enter and leave the u....






in first month of trump presidency, state department has been sidelined


the trump administration in its first month has largely benched the state department from its long-standing role as the pre­eminent voice of u.s. foreign policy, curtailing public engagement and official travel and relegating secretary of state rex tillerson to a mostly offstage role.decisions on hiring, policy and scheduling are being driven by a white house often wary of the foreign policy establishment and struggling to set priorities and write policy on the fly.the most visible change at the state department is the month-long lack of daily press briefings, a fixture since john foster dulles was secretary of state in the 1950s. the televised question-and-answer session is watched closely around the world, and past administrations have pointed proudly to the accountability of having a g.






in first month of trump presidency, state department has been sidelined


the trump administration in its first month has largely benched the state department from its long-standing role as the pre­eminent voice of u.s. foreign policy, curtailing public engagement and official travel and relegating secretary of state rex tillerson to a mostly offstage role.decisions on hiring, policy and scheduling are being driven by a white house often wary of the foreign policy establishment and struggling to set priorities and write policy on the fly.the most visible change at the state department is the month-long lack of daily press briefings, a fixture since john foster dulles was secretary of state in the 1950s. the televised question-and-answer session is watched closely around the world, and past administrations have pointed proudly to the accountability of having a g.






in first month of trump presidency, state department has been sidelined


the trump administration in its first month has largely benched the state department from its long-standing role as the pre­eminent voice of u.s. foreign policy, curtailing public engagement and official travel and relegating secretary of state rex tillerson to a mostly offstage role.decisions on hiring, policy and scheduling are being driven by a white house often wary of the foreign policy establishment and struggling to set priorities and write policy on the fly.the most visible change at the state department is the month-long lack of daily press briefings, a fixture since john foster dulles was secretary of state in the 1950s. the televised question-and-answer session is watched closely around the world, and past administrations have pointed proudly to the accountability of having a g.






in first month of trump presidency, state department has been sidelined


the trump administration in its first month has largely benched the state department from its long-standing role as the pre­eminent voice of u.s. foreign policy, curtailing public engagement and official travel and relegating secretary of state rex tillerson to a mostly offstage role.decisions on hiring, policy and scheduling are being driven by a white house often wary of the foreign policy establishment and struggling to set priorities and write policy on the fly.the most visible change at the state department is the month-long lack of daily press briefings, a fixture since john foster dulles was secretary of state in the 1950s. the televised question-and-answer session is watched closely around the world, and past administrations have pointed proudly to the accountability of having a g.






govt official in chhattisgarh’s horticulture department booked for molesting wom


by: pti | korba | published:may 11, 2017 11:48 ama senior official in chhattisgarh’s horticulture department has been booked for allegedly molesting a woman subordinate in korba district, police said. on may 8, the 27-year-old woman employee was on duty in the horticulture department’s office in korba when an assistant director posted there allegedly made some “obscene gestures and inappropriate comments” at her, the station head officer of balco nagar police station, yadumani sidar, said.the victim informed her parents about it following which they lodged a police complaint on may 9, he said. a case was subsequently registered against the official under ipc section 354, pertaining to assault or criminal force on a woman with an intent to outrage her modesty, the sho said.the...






mp hc summons top govt official on may 15


by: pti | jabalpur | published:may 3, 2017 8:53 am in picture, madhya pradesh high court (file photo)the madhya pradesh high court has summoned a top state government official to explain what steps he has taken to rectify a purportedly wrongly-translated hindi list of dalits and tribals, negating their quota benefits. a bench of justices s k seth and h p singh ordered the state’s general administration department’s secretary yesterday to appear before it personally on may 15 to explain why no contempt actions be begun against him for his alleged inaction over a 2015 order of the court to rectify the error in the list, if any.“if the gad secretary does not remain present on the said date (may 15), we will take a serious view of the matter,” said the bench, seeking the official






state department under fire for promoting ivanka trump’s new book


the state department is again at the center of controversy after one of its offices retweeted ivanka trump’s post promoting her new book. the office of global women’s issues used its official twitter account wednesday to share trump’s tweet, which features images of her sister-in-law lara trump and sister, tiffany trump, both reading “women who work,” abc news reported. the retweet immediately sparked talk of ethics violations and the department took it down a short time later. the state department of women’s issues aims to “promote the rights and empowerment of women and girls through u.s. foreign policy.” it is usually headed by an ambassador-at-large, but the post has remained empty under the trump administration, according to the news station.jane gooda...






state department under fire for promoting ivanka trump’s new book


the state department is again at the center of controversy after one of its offices retweeted ivanka trump’s post promoting her new book. the office of global women’s issues used its official twitter account wednesday to share trump’s tweet, which features images of her sister-in-law lara trump and sister, tiffany trump, both reading “women who work,” abc news reported. the retweet immediately sparked talk of ethics violations and the department took it down a short time later. the state department of women’s issues aims to “promote the rights and empowerment of women and girls through u.s. foreign policy.” it is usually headed by an ambassador-at-large, but the post has remained empty under the trump administration, according to the news station.jane gooda...






state department official charged with hiding contacts with chinese agents


china's president xi jinping is scheduled to meet with president trump in april.(photo: anthony anex, ap) 1356 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — a career state department official, posted to sensitive locations across the globe, has been charged with concealing her contacts with two chinese intelligence agents who showered her and family members with gifts and travel worth tens of thousands of dollars.candace marie claiborne, 60, was named wednesday in federal court documents that outlined the alleged relationship with the two agents of the people's republic of china who during the course of five years provided cash, meals, tuition payments, the use of a furnished apartment, phone and laptop computer.the gifts and contacts, federal prosecutors allege, were never ...






i-t recovers rs 10 crore cash, gold from up officer’s premises


by: pti | new delhi | published:april 20, 2017 2:29 pm the official added that i-t teams, which began the searches early morning, have recovered rs 10 crore cash and ten kgs of gold from the noida residence of the additional commissioner of state sales tax department. (file photo)the income tax department on thursday recovered over rs 10 crore cash and about ten kgs of gold after it conducted searches on the premises of a senior uttar pradesh bureaucrat. the tax sleuths also raided at least four premises of a former osd of noida authority in noida near here as part of its black money crack down against government servants, a senior official said.the official added that i-t teams, which began the searches early morning, have recovered rs 10 crore cash and ten kgs of gold from the noida...






texas lawmakers to designate official state firearm, other weapons


photo: steve gonzales, houston chronicle image 1of/76captioncloseimage 1 of 76the official stuff of texasthe cannon, like this one being fired at a memorial day service, would become the official state gun under a resolution filed wednesday by state sen. don huffines, r-dallas.from hats to pies, keep going for a look at the rest of texas official state symbols.  lessthe official stuff of texasthe cannon, like this one being fired at a memorial day service, would become the official state gun under a resolution filed wednesday by state sen. don huffines, r-dallas.from hats ... more photo: steve gonzales, houston chronicle image 2 of 76state hatcowboy hat: house concurrent resolution no. 78, 84th legislature, regular session (2015).state hatcowboy hat: house concurrent reso...






trump sees uae as key in fight against daesh: us diplomat


new us administration sees uae ‘as leader in global coalition’ against daesh, says state department officialdubai: us president donald trump and his administration see the uae as a critical partner in the fight against daesh, a senior state department official said on tuesday.“our leaders are engaging with each other,” said richard buangan, managing director for international media at the us state department.the uae “has a been partner, and they’ve been very much a critical part of the global coalition,” the diplomat told gulf news on the sidelines of the arab media forum in dubai.its role was “recognised by the new leadership, from secretary [of state rex] tillerson to president trump,” he added.the diplomat cited the sawab centre, a joint uae and us initiative founded i...






donald trump plan to slash state, foreign aid spending has foes in congress


by: reuters | washington | updated: march 1, 2017 9:59 am us president donald trump addresses joint session of congress. (source: reuters)us president donald trump’s proposal to slash funding for the state department and foreign aid faces stiff opposition in congress, which must pass any spending plan, not just from democrats, but also from many of his fellow republicans. trump administration officials said on monday they sought to increase pentagon spending and offset that with sharp cuts in other areas. one official familiar with discussions about the state department budget said the agency could see spending cut by as much as 30 percent. other officials have speculated that the total cut in the combined budgets of the state department and the agency for international development ...






donald trump plan to slash state, foreign aid spending has foes in congress


by: reuters | washington | published:march 1, 2017 7:59 am us president donald trump addresses joint session of congress. (source: reuters)us president donald trump’s proposal to slash funding for the state department and foreign aid faces stiff opposition in congress, which must pass any spending plan, not just from democrats, but also from many of his fellow republicans. trump administration officials said on monday they sought to increase pentagon spending and offset that with sharp cuts in other areas. one official familiar with discussions about the state department budget said the agency could see spending cut by as much as 30 percent. other officials have speculated that the total cut in the combined budgets of the state department and the agency for international development...






trump expected to order study of federal role in education


president trump is expected to sign an executive order wednesday that would require education secretary betsy devos to study how the federal government “has unlawfully overstepped state and local control,” according to a white house official.trump has repeatedly pledged to downsize the education department and its role in u.s. schools and colleges. the order he plans to sign is “intended to return authority to where congress intended — state and local entities,” the white house official wrote in an e-mail.the gop has long been home to lawmakers who felt that the federal government should not be involved in public education. but complaints of federal overreach intensified during barack obama’s administration as the education department wielded billions of dollars in stimulus fun...






doj to announce charges in yahoo hacks


the justice department is expected to announce charges as soon as tomorrow related to hacking attacks that compromised millions of yahoo user accounts, according to a u. s. official.(photo: michael probst, associated press) 518 connect 1 linkedinemailmoresan francisco — the justice department is expected to announce charges as soon as wednesday related to hacking attacks that compromised millions of yahoo user accounts, according to a u. s. official.the official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, declined to elaborate. the justice department has scheduled an announcement wednesday morning.yahoo declined to comment. verizon, which is buying yahoo's core internet business, also declined to comment.bloomberg first reported the development late...






trump expected to order study of federal role in education


president trump is expected to sign an executive order wednesday that would require education secretary betsy devos to study how the federal government “has unlawfully overstepped state and local control,” according to a white house official.trump has repeatedly pledged to downsize the education department and its role in u.s. schools and colleges. the order he plans to sign is “intended to return authority to where congress intended — state and local entities,” the white house official wrote in an email.the gop has long been home to lawmakers who felt that the federal government should not be involved in public education. but complaints of federal overreach intensified during president barack obama’s administration as the education department wielded billions of dollars in sti...






i-t crackdowns on bureaucrats; detects rs 20 crore black income


new delhi: the income tax department has detected undisclosed income worth over rs 20 crore after it conducted searches against some bureaucrats based in uttar pradesh and uttarakhand. official sources in the tax department said raids were carried out in the last two days against four government functionaries in these states including against a general manager of the uttar pradesh rajkiya nirman nigam ltd (uprnn) in dehradun for alleged "misuse of official position" and subsequent charges of tax evasion. "documents showing undisclosed investments in farm houses spread over hundreds of bighas and immovable properties in other cities have been seized," a senior official said. the tax sleuths have also made an inventory of some costly assets and posh vehicles like range rover, an audi and...






rex tillerson to host meeting of anti-is coalition in washington


by: ap | washington | published:march 10, 2017 10:46 am us secretary of state rex tillerson. (file photo)secretary of state rex tillerson will host a meeting of nations in the us-led global coalition to fight the islamic state group in washington later this month, a state department official said today. foreign ministers and senior officials from 68 nations and international organizations are invited for the two-day gathering starting march 22. the official was not authorized to discuss planning for the meeting, first reported by the washington post, ahead of a formal announcement later today and spoke on condition of anonymity. the meeting signals the trump administration’s intent to sustain us leadership of the coalition, initiated in 2014 under the obama administration. the islam...






bihar suspends ias officer for test paper leak


patna: the bihar government on friday suspended an indian administrative service (ias) officer for his alleged role in a question paper leak, an official said.“the state government has suspended sudhir kumar, chairman of staff selection commission (ssc), bihar, a week after he was arrested from neighbouring jharkhand in connection with a leakage of question papers,” a general administration department official said.the department has also issued a notification to this effect.kumar, a 1987-batch ias officer, was arrested along with four of his close relatives from hazaribagh district.he had widely been known as a hardworking and honest officer.the bihar ias association has protested against kumar’s arrest and demanded a cbi (central bureau of investigation) probe into the case.the opp...






chhattisgarh: government official booked for molesting woman subordinate


by: pti | korba | published:may 11, 2017 2:28 pma senior official in chhattisgarh’s horticulture department has been booked for allegedly molesting a woman subordinate in korba district, police said on thursday. on may 8, the 27-year-old woman employee was on duty in the horticulture department’s office in korba when an assistant director posted there allegedly made some “obscene gestures and inappropriate comments” at her, the station head officer of balco nagar police station, yadumani sidar, said.the victim informed her parents about it following which they lodged a police complaint on may 9, he said. a case was subsequently registered against the official under ipc section 354, pertaining to assault or criminal force on a woman with an intent to outrage her modesty, the sh...






delhi government to study routes that need e-rickshaws, auto news, et auto


new delhi: delhi government's transport department has decided to streamline the movement of e-rickshaws by regularising their routes. the department will soon initiate a study on routes where there is an "actual" need for the battery-operated vehicles to ply, a senior government official said. in january, the delhi high court had directed the aap government and the police to frame a comprehensive policy on the plying of e-rickshaws in the capital. "as of now, there is no route regularisation of e-rickshaws due to which they occupy more space, causing traffic jams on several busy roads. the transport department will regularise their routes in several areas," the official said. a detailed report on the issue will be prepared and subsequently submitted to the government for a final nod,...






arizona state football's focus shifts from staff to players on signing day


arizona state head coach todd graham against ucla during pac-12 action on urday, oct. 8, 2016 in tempe, ariz.(p o: rob schumacher/azcentral sports)so far, the arizona state football offseason has largely been about who is going to coach for the sun devils going into todd graham's sixth season at the helm.wednesday, at least symbolically, that changes with signing day. the emphasis swings back to those graham and his reshaped staff have to work with going into a pivotal season. the sun devils were a combined 11-14 in 2015 and '16, and a number of players in the incoming cl are likely to be called upon for key roles to ensure that there is a seventh season for graham, under contract through the 2020 season.live coverage:national signing day for arizona high school students, collegesto that e