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The Hindustan Times has reported that sensitive trade negotiations with the US have held up the finalisation of India’s e-commerce policy and data protection legislation. Both the proposed laws are opposed by American multinationals, eport said quoting officials from two ministries. The sticking points include import tariffs and barriers, and the two proposed laws that officials now say may undergo changes.
The Times of India has reported that the paramilitary build-up in J&K was in response to Pakistan’s ISI planning terror strikes in the run-up to Independence Day. The report quoting a top intelligence official that the Centre sending 10,000 additional troops to Kashmir are not linked to a plan to abrogate Articles 35A and 370. The troops movement had triggered rumours about Centre planning a strike on J&K special status. The report added that the troops are being sent to foil plans of terrorists who are planning to strike to shore up sagging morale of the Separatists.
Amidst uncertainty and speculation over the deployment of additional forces in the Valley, the Central leadership of the BJP has summoned members of the party’s core group in Jammu and Kashmir for an “urgent meeting” in Delhi on Tuesday, The Indian Express has reported. The meeting will be chaired by BJP working president JP Nadda, but the possiblity of PM Modi and AMit Shah meeting the J&K leaders has not been ruled out.
Business paper Mint has reported that Reliance Industries Ltd will soon hire distributors to sell private-label brands owned by its retail unit through neighbourhood stores. RIL will sell its store brands across categories such as staples, food, home and personal care and general merchandise.