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The Hindu History of Asia and Africa

Hinduism in Africa

Hinduism is a religion with its essence well spread in India. Very few people are aware of the fact that Hinduism had its roots in Africa in the end of the nineteenth century from where it spread across the world with the spread of the British Empire. Since the British colonized places in Asia and Africa, these are regions where the Hindu history is deep lying. Several Indians in the British colony were recruited to serve in this era. This is where the settlements started having communities with an influence of the Hindu origin that took birth in the spread of these colonies to various regions. 

The essence of Hinduism and its practice

The nature of Hinduism has been different than most religions. The majority of religions that have had such early roots have been known to be propagated seamlessly across the lands without any arguments. Hinduism, however, has been adopted only by select communities that have had the devotion to not only practice it but preach the same throughout the sprinkled sect of believers. With its advent amongst Indo- African communities, after the colonial period in Africa, Hinduism was able to spread its wings across the horizon into different lands. The history of Africa still provides hints of how instrumental it has been in their culture. With the mention of Swami Ghanananda, the first Hindu swami of Ghana, there were several leaders and spiritual persons of high esteem that were deeply affected and inspired by Hinduism. Several temples have been cited in Africa ranging from KenyaUgandaTanzania to Zambia. There has then been a shift of the rich Hindu heritage from these regions to the rest of the world where they are popularly practiced today. However, it is forever engrained in history that the Hindu roots were deep sown in the African lands way before they took shape in the modern ways.

Hinduism in Asia

The impact that Hinduism has had in the development of the Asian culture is pivotal. It’s significance remains unmatched to any other form of cultural influence that has dawned upon the land. Indic scripts were seen in regions of Asia right from the fifth century BCE. Even to this date there are practicing Hindus in these regions of South East Asia where the Hindu vibes resonated in these early eras. In regions of Balinese, Tenggerese , Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam, the vibrant Hindu roots have still been preserved over the centuries. 

The Hindu effect has had an impact on the growth and development of the civilization as well along with constructing a magnum cultural stature for these regions. Today, India is the popular Asian hub that holds the beads of Hinduism together. However, the practicing devotees in these other parts of the world still retain the sanctity of some of the earliest rituals in their original form. 

The power and zen that Hinduism has brought to the lives of hundreds since centuries is the true reflection of the real essence of the religion. It has been a source of oneness and introspection for all devoted believers and continues to bring the power of the self to the limelight. It is interesting to remind ourselves that the birth story of Hinduism has its seeds deep ingrained in the lands of Africa and Asia from where its magnificent vibe has been sprinkled to India and the rest of the world. In these lands lies the true identity of what we dearly cherish as Hiduism!

How to survive a Break Up?

Unfortunately there is no magic formula for surviving a break up. However, to find someone you want to spend your life with, you have to move on and plan a realistic time scale to move forward. Dating tips are just that, as everyone is an individual, and what works for one does not work for another. However there are fairly standard steps you can devise to succeed. There is no reason that you have to spend the rest of your life going out on your own, and eating solitary TV dinners.


You may have been dropped, but it may not be your fault. You may have a holistic approach to your emotional life, but maybe your date did not.

Even if you accept that the break up is coming, it still hurts, it is traumatic. Age is not a great help here, it is always difficult to accept rejection.


Accept the fact that the first couple of days are the hardest mentally and that once you have survived that you are on a roll to picking yourself up, and dusting yourself and getting back into the fray. If you feel like bawling your eyes out, and eating buckets of cookies, that’s O. K. for a couple of days.

If you need to get help and support from your friends then ask them to help. The most damaging thing that you can do to your self esteem is to go back and contact your ex. That means e- mail, text and telephone, try and let it go. You are trying to pick yourself up to start again, there is no point in going back.

You have to try and bury it with dignity, and whatever you have to do to achieve that, then go for it. If it means moping around, then mope. If it means having a
makeover, then do it.


Whilst you are feeling annoyed, angry or disgruntled, and let down, destroy any painful reminders of your ex, such as photos. Try not to listen to music that meant something to both of you, it is OK to wallow in your grief, but do not rub salt in an open wound. This does not mean that you will never listen to that music again, you may even speak to your ex again, but give yourself an even money chance to heal now.


Where you have taken down the photographs of your ex, replace it with a list. Draw up a list of the things, that really annoyed you about your ex. No I don’t believe you – there has to be something!, if you are thinking he/she was perfect, you are idealizing him. The more humorous this list is the better you will feel, give yourself a laugh even if only through a veil of tears. Part of the pain of being dumped is that it is something that is outside your control, you may accept that the relationship was pear shaped, and maybe you wanted to end it, but a break up means meant someone else did it to you.

You will survive this, focus on the bad things, and try and accept that you perhaps should have wanted out anyway.

There are occasions when you think that everything was hunky dorey, and it comes a bolt out of the blue. That is tougher to accept, but accept it you must.

Strange things happen in life, but there is no way that you can make someone love you. The reasons people fall in love are as diverse as the people who do it, but there is no way you can make someone do so. If you have done this then attempt to learn a valuable lesson, don’t invest time in going down that road in the future.


Right you have managed the first couple of days and you are now thinking what next. Find the hope levels inside you, underneath the layers we all have different hope levels. When Pandora opened the box, all the evil in the world came out, but left inside the box was hope. It is our ultimate defense that we believe that a situation will get better. If you are struggling to find hope then dig down deeper. Hope stops you wallowing in your own misery, if you need to mope, do it in the early on, and then set a time limit. Wallowing for too long a period of time, makes you feel worse, and reduces your self esteem.

Set realistic time limits to move on as fast as possible. Yes I know it hurts, we all know that because it has happened to every single one of us at sometime or another. If you still have a desperate need to wallow then say to yourself – yes I can every day from say 3.00. P.M. – 3.30 P.M., but focus on getting your head back together in the remaining times of the day. Force yourself to get out although it may be the last thing on the planet that you feel like doing. Try exercising during the week, and see how much better you feel afterwards.


You have been through the mangle, but don’t let yourself be destroyed. Think about all the things that make you a unique person, as well as the reasons why you deserve to be loved in your own right. Everyone has the right to be loved, so don’t lose the sight of this fact. Have a manicure and a pedicure, go and get some retail therapy and enjoy yourself. Even if you are a guy buy yourself something that you have been wanting for ages. Go on treat yourself. Make yourself feel
important and valued as a person.


After a month your psyche should be starting to heal, think about your gaols, what do you want out of dating, and make it happen.(at least in terms of dates rather than a long term relationship.


Don’t start taking dating too seriously, it is meant to be fun not a sophisticated type of torture.

Avoid festive weight gain with these handy tricks

It’s that time of the year again. Festivals bring happiness and give one an opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family. However, it is difficult to resist the sumptuous treats that are laid out for everyone to enjoy during this time.

After the festive season, many people spend a lot of time trying to lose the holiday weight they had put on. Jitendra Chouksey, CEO and founder of online fitness company SQUATS, lays down these tips to avoid the festival food hangover:

*Don’t feel compelled to eat everything

Festival food comes in all types of flavours and hues and you will want to eat a little of everything. Don’t give in to that temptation! Filling up your plate with mounds of ghee-laden sweets and deep-fried savouries is a sure way of adding inches to your waistline. Instead, practice discretion and eat just a select few items — the host won’t mind.

*Just one serving, please!

Walking back to the table for second (and third servings) may add to your daily steps but will do nothing for your health. Restrict yourself to just one small serving of the festive snacks, if you want to avoid gaining weight.

*Reduce other calories

Have an evening of revelry planned with friends and family? Make sure you’re not eating much during the day. You can also try Intermittent Fasting on the day of the social gathering. What that means is that you restrict yourself to low calorie foods or zero calorie beverages during the day and reserve the bulk of your day’s caloric intake for the evening.

But what happens if you do fall off the wagon and stuff yourself silly during the festival? Well, it’s not the end of the world. Just go right back to your diet the next day. Don’t let a bad day of eating turns into a bad week or month. You’ve only hit a small bump in your fitness journey, shake it off and start anew! Remember, you only fail if you don’t get up again.

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Doctors hail new heart health tools on Apple Watch in India

The medical fraternity and doctors on Friday welcomed the arrival of the ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch for users in India, stressing that it will make people more aware about their heart health.

Although the Apple Watch will not provide a final conclusion into whether a person is actually suffering from Atrial fibrillation (AFib) — irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clot formation in the heart which then embolises to the brain causing stroke — the readings will make more Indians consult their physicians about their heart health, doctors feel.

Although accurate worldwide estimates are lacking, calculations suggest that over one per cent of the adult population is affected in the developed world, wrote Vijay Bohra, Gautam Sharma and Rajnish Juneja from Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in their research.

“In our country, there is virtually no data on AF (AFib), most of the data that has been derived is from international studies with an Indian cohort,” the trio wrote, adding that there is “indeed a dearth of data on epidemiologic outcomes in patients of rheumatic AF in the country leading to inconsistent practice patterns as regards medical therapy, especially oral anticoagulation”.

According to Mukesh Goel, Senior Consultant, Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, AFib is more prone in those patients who are predisposed to have AFib and stroke.

“Generally, we do holter monitoring (a small, wearable device that keeps track of your heart rhythm) or extended holter monitoring which is a 24-hour ECG monitoring system, to detect AFib in the patients. However, it is not always necessary that these 2-3 episodes of AFib will occur during the time of the holter monitoring,” Goel told IANS.

Hence, in such cases, Apple Watch will be playing a vital role in detecting AFib in time, he added.

“Having said this, a person must wear the Watch both during day and night so that the occurrence of AFib is detected well in time,” Goel suggested.

New electrodes built into the back crystal and Digital Crown on Apple Watch Series 4 or later, work together with the ECG app to enable customers to take an ECG similar to a single-lead reading.

To take an ECG recording at any time or following an irregular rhythm notification, hold their finger on the Digital Crown. As the user touches the Digital Crown, the circuit is completed and electrical signals across their heart are measured.

After 30 seconds, the heart rhythm is classified as either AFib, sinus rhythm or inconclusive.

Sanjiv Bhardwaj, Associate Director, Department of Interventional Cardiology at Jaypee Hospital Noida said that smartwatches and fitness bands are now playing a vital role in updating the users about their heart health and the possible risk factors related to cardiovascular diseases.

ECG iphone and apple watch
All recordings, their associated classifications and any noted symptoms are stored securely in the Health app on iPhone.Image Credit: Apple

“Advanced and modern features like an ECG app and irregular heart rhythm monitor will surely be a huge help to the users. They can easily get the notifications about their heart rhythm and its classification in less than a minute.

“The results can be shared with the doctors so that any major complication can be averted,” Bhardwaj told IANS.

With watchOS 6, the irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch Series 4 and the upcoming Series 5 on September 27 will use the optical heart sensor to occasionally check the user’s heart rhythm in the background for signals of an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be AFib.

If irregular heart rhythm such as AFib is identified on five rhythm checks over a minimum of 65 minutes, a notification will be generated to alert the user.

“Technology is moving at lightning speed and Apple is surely abreast with it. Rhythm identification via the phone is no longer a dream,” said Aparna Jaswal, Associate Director, Cardiology & Electrophysiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi.

“Apple Watch will help identify AF and rhythm disorders and this will surely help in early identification of disease,” she said.

The irregular rhythm notification feature was recently studied in the Apple Heart Study. With over 400,000 participants, the Apple Heart Study was the largest screening study on atrial fibrillation ever conducted.

Sensex spikes 2,256 points on pre-Diwali tax bonanza; what Dalal Street experts say

The benchmark Sensex spiked over 5 per cent, 2,256 points to 38,349, after the FM Sitharaman slashed basic corporate tax rate to 22 per cent from 30 per cent while for new manufacturing companies it has been cut down to 15 per cent from 25 per cent.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s big tax bonanza for corporates brought early Diwali on the Dalal Street. The benchmark Sensex spiked over 5 per cent, 2,256 points to 38,349, after the FM Sitharaman slashed basic corporate tax rate to 22 per cent from 30 per cent while for new manufacturing companies it has been cut down to 15 per cent from 25 per cent. The effective tax rate for corporates now stands at 25.17 per cent, and 17 per cent for new companies. The FM also announced that there will be no tax on buybacks announced before July and no surcharge on capital gains as well.

However, the six amendments made today in the Income Tax Act and Finance Bill 2019 will cost the exchequer Rs 1.45 lakh crore, which experts say, will put a pressure on fiscal deficit that had been fixed at 3.3 per cent of the GDP in the Union Budget 2019. Here is what experts say:

Suvodeep Rakshit, Senior Economist, Kotak Institutional Equities

The government’s announcements today are definitely a positive move. It is also a prudent move to reduce the corporate tax rates because (1) it increases the retained earnings of the companies and forms the investible surplus for future, (2) moves India to parity with its regional peers thereby removing one of the issues related to manufacturing and exports, (3) maintains macro prudence by continuing to favour investment cycle rather than consumption cycle.

On the flip side it will negatively impact the bond market as the revenue forgone due to the tax rate reduction will make it difficult to stick to the gross fiscal deficit/gross domestic product budgeted target.

Ajay Bodke, CEO PMS Prabhudas Lilladher

In a major boost to revive flagging animal spirits and position India as one of the most attractive business destinations, the government has announced a slew of measures that would act as a force multiplier for the flagging economic engine. By slashing corporate tax rate to 25 per cent from 35 per cent (22 per cent from 30 per cent without exemptions) for existing domestic companies and an extremely attractive rate of 15 per cent for new companies setting up manufacturing operations after October 1, 2019 and commencing operations before 2023, government has rolled out a red carpet that would ensure hundreds of billions of dollars of FDI and FII flows over the medium term. It is in a true sense an early arrival of festival of lights (Diwali) and banishment of long period of darkness and gloom bothering the Indian economy.

Rajiv Singh, CEO, Karvy Stock Broking

Reduction of corporate tax has been on the agenda for a while, and this should help in boosting the capex cycle. It should also give companies space to cut prices to boost demand. The corporate tax cut should go a long way in a revival of the economy.

The government estimates the fiscal impact to be about 0.7 per cent of GDP, and bond yields have gone up, as a result. The measures will benefit the economy with a lag and the boost to the economy as a result of the tax cuts should help offset much of the lower tax rates later in the year and next fiscal year.

Among the sectors, banking, FMCG, consumer durables, and auto companies will be major beneficiaries. The manufacturing sector will become attractive with a 15 per cent corporate tax rate for new manufacturing companies in India especially in the times when the world is in the phase of trade wars.

Jimeet Modi, Founder & CEO, SAMCO Securities & StockNote

This is yet another surgical strike on bears and negative sentiments in the economy, which will create an environment of surplus in the hands of corporates for making further investments and ease their liquidity concerns. The reduction to 22 per cent in corporate taxes will result in massive release of Rs 1.45 lakh crore immediately in the economy that will boost sentiments and bring in real surplus to the corporates. Companies in consumer finance, banks both private and public sector and hotels, which pay upwards of 32 per cent tax will have maximum benefits. However, rest of the sectors will have nominal positive impact. This is a path-breaking move delivered by Modi 2.0 government in the interest of economy at the cost government exchequer in times of crises, which will go down well in the history.

Suman Chowdhury, President – ratings at Acuite Ratings & Research

Acuite Ratings has been consistently reiterating the need for fiscal measures in the context of a significant slowdown in domestic and the global economy. The tax rationalisation announcement by the FM today is in line with our expectations and along with the ongoing accommodative monetary policy, should help to revive the economy over the next few quarters.

The liberal cuts of almost 10 per cent on corporate tax rates for both existing and also new manufacturing companies would surely have an impact on the fiscal deficit for the current year. Acuite believes it will improve the climate for fresh private sector investments in the manufacturing sector that the economy has been long deprived of. Further, the removal of surcharge on capital gains will boost the sentiment of the equity markets and the FPIs.

US, Latin America allies to weigh sanctions on Venezuela

Colombia’s ambassador to the U.S. says 18 countries of the Americas will meet Monday to consider multilateral sanctions against Venezuela.

Francisco Santos says Colombia expects to get the required 13 votes during the meeting in New York. His government accuses Venezuela of harboring terrorists.

The 70-year-old Rio Treaty says a threat to any member is a threat to all.

Sanctions can include loss of diplomatic recognition, an economic boycott or even military action. Santos says that last option is off the table.

Many of the countries at the meeting already have withdrawn recognition of Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro in favor of opposition leader Juan Guaidó, though his effort to oust Maduro has so far failed.

Venezuela withdrew from the Rio Treaty, but the members have accepted Guaidó’s request to rejoin.

How to Solve the Life Puzzle?

Except if/until, you are prepared, willing, and capable to continue in a contemplative target way you will be tested to turn into the best you may potentially become! Shockingly over and over again, we become our own most noticeably awful foe and despite the fact that we frequently understand this are either not, prepared, or arranged to continue in our own eventual benefits! We should continue to reliably and industriously solve whatever hurts you, and put – yourself – first in such manner. In light of that this article will endeavor to quickly consider, inspect, survey and examine utilizing the memory helper approach, how, this methodology, is, regularly, by and by advantageous.

  1. How (would you know); cheerful/satisfaction; mending/sound; comprehensive; head/heart: Begin this procedure by giving yourself a check – up from the neck – up. what’s more asking how would you know what you need and makes you most joyful and generally satisfied! When we are most joyful we more often than not continue in an increasingly sound way and a positive mending one! Try not to restrain your potential outcomes and use an all encompassing methodology which considers both your enthusiastic and coherent needs/necessities in a head/heart balance!
  2. Vitality/stimulate; continuance; greatness; inspect: Take the time to completely consider and analyze your own needs and necessities! What empowers you and by what method may you utilize your own vitality to give more prominent perseverance order and solace? Never settle for good – enough be that as it may rather look for the best potential outcomes for veritable individual brilliance.
  3. Frame of mind; fitness; consideration; activities: You can figure you can, or figure you can’t. In any case, you’ll be right. This announcement frequently credited to Henry Ford expresses the fundamental worth of continuing with a positive can – do mentality! Open – your – psyche and give sharp consideration to your own needs and objectives and what satisfies and disappoints you! When you’ve analyzed yourself continue with the activities required to improve you increasingly significant more joyful and more beneficial!
  4. Tune in; learn; exercises; diminish; like/love: Listen to your internal – voice, and gain from each involvement and so on! When you learn and apply these exercises, you will reduce the negative conceivable outcomes and highlight the positives! Completely consider what you like and love about you and what may make you more joyful and increasingly agreeable!

We HEAL ourself when we underline the conceivable outcomes, grow the confinements of our self – forced, safe place, and endeavor, reliably to be better and more joyful! Will you have this responsibility and control?

Pak Activist Gulalai Ismail “Escapes” To US, Seeks Political Asylum

Ismail has launched a research and advocacy group called Voices for Peace and Democracy aimed at protecting women in the conflict-hit zones of the world.

Pakistani rights activist Gulalai Ismail “escaped” authorities in Islamabad last month and has reached the US, where she has applied for political asylum, a media report said.

Dawn news quoted The New York Times as saying in its report on Thursday that the 32-year-old is currently residing with her sister in Brooklyn, New York.

She did not disclose how she managed to leave the country. All she told the American newspaper was: “I didn’t fly out of any airport.”

“I can’t tell you any more… My exit story will put many lives at risk.”

In November 2018, the Islamabad High Court was informed that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had recommended putting Ismail’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL) for her alleged anti-state activities abroad, Dawn reported.

Following a petition by Ismail challenging the government’s decision to put her name on the ECL, the Islamabad High Court had ordered the removal of her name from the list.

The court, however, had allowed the Interior Ministry to take appropriate action, including confiscation of her passport, in the light of recommendations made by ISI.ADVERTISING

According to the New York Times report, Ismail had remained a fugitive since late May.

“Security services were searching for her in every corner of the country, raiding her friends’ houses and closing in on her family,” Dawn quoted the daily as saying.

The report added that Ismail was still worried about her parents in Islamabad “who face charges of financing terrorism and remain under heavy surveillance”.

In recent days, she has reportedly met various “human rights defenders” in the US and staffs of congressional leaders.

Ismail has launched a research and advocacy group called Voices for Peace and Democracy aimed at protecting women in the conflict-hit zones of the world.

More blackface images of Trudeau appear

More blackface images of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appeared which have contributed to shattering the leaders progressive profile a month ahead of the countrys federal election.

On Wednesday, TIME magazine published a 2001 photograph in which a 29-year-old Trudeau, then a teacher at a prestigious private school in Vancouver, appeared wearing dark makeup dressed as Aladdin for an Arabian Nights-themed gala, reports Efe news.

“I shouldn”t have done it. I should have known better,” Trudeau told reporters later Wednesday.

“It was something that I didn”t think was racist at the time, but now I recognize it was something racist to do, and I am deeply sorry,” he added.

He then also admitted to wearing make-up while in high school to sing Harry Belafonte”s “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O).”

On Thursday, a Canadian media outlet produced a third occasion that Trudeau had worn the makeup.

Global News published a video showing the now-Liberal leader in blackface raising his hands in the air while laughing and sticking his tongue out. It is unclear where or when it was shot.

The outlet said it obtained the video from a source within Trudeau”s rival Conservative Party of Canada and independently verified it with Liberal party officials.

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer confirmed on Thursday during a press conference that the video had been passed on from his team to the Canadian media outlet for verification.

After the new revelations, Trudeau appeared again before reporters on Thursday and was unable to guarantee that the three occasions now known are the only ones in which he dressed up as a person of colour.

Asked how he could not remember the occasions when he wore blackface, Trudeau said that “the fact is I didn”t understand how hurtful this is for people who live with discrimination every single day”.

“What I did hurt people who shouldn”t have to face intolerance and discrimination because of their identity. This is something that I deeply, deeply regret,” he said.

“Darkening your face, regardless of the context or the circumstances, is always unacceptable because of the racist history of blackface. I should”ve understood that then and I never should have done it,” he added.

The emergence of the images has plunged Trudeau”s campaign ahead of the October 21 federal elections into chaos.

The campaign had already begun with the Liberals” publication of videos denouncing Scheer and several conservative candidates as intolerant politicians opposed to the rights of gay people and racial minorities.

In July 2018, an opinion article from 2000 came to light in which a journalist reported that Trudeau, then a 28-year-old teacher, had touched her inappropriately.

After the reappearance of the article, Trudeau said that he had not acted inappropriately, but that he had apologized to the journalist anyway.

Perhaps what had so far most damaged the image of Trudeau, who positioned himself as a feminist and champion of a diverse and inclusive society, was the scandal surrounding his former justice minister and attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Wilson-Raybould, a woman of indigenous origin, was replaced after she refused to grant favorable treatment to the country”s largest construction company, SNC-Lavalin, as Trudeau reportedly wanted.

Canada”s ethics commissioner later found Trudeau had violated the Conflict of Interest Act by trying to influence Wilson-Raybould.

Top 10 Best Universities in the World

The US and the UK continue to dominate the global higher education landscape. So, I wasn’t surprised one bit when I read the results of the Times Higher Education‘s World University Rankings 2020. Seven of the world’s top 10 best universities are in the United States, while the UK is home to the remaining three.

According to the 2020 World University Rankings, the UK witnessed a decline in the number of universities. Back in 2016, it had 34 institutions among the top 200, but the number has declined to only 26 in the latest ranking. The rankings of many British universities have also been falling.

On the other hand, China, Japan, and Germany have been investing heavily in higher education. China now has seven universities in the top 200. Germany managed to boost the number of universities among the top 200 from 20 in 2016 to 23 in the latest report. The United States has 60 out of the top 200.

The Times Higher Education ranked 1,300 universities from 92 countries based on teaching quality, international outlook, knowledge transfer, the volume and reputation of research, citations of research, and other factors. These are the ten best universities, according to the latest ranking.

10- Imperial College London

The Imperial College London has close to 17,000 students, more than 56% of whom are international students. It received a total score of 89.8. The Imperial College London scored highly in terms of international outlook and research citations. It has been ranked among the world’s most innovative universities by Reuters. The Imperial College London was established in 1907.

9- University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is a private research university with more than 13,000 students. It received an overall score of 90.2, performing particularly well in research citations and the volume of research. The university is known for its professional schools such as the Booth School of Business and Pritzker School of Medicine. As many as 98 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the University of Chicago as faculty, students, or researchers.

8- Yale University

This Ivy League research university scored 91.7 points in the Times Higher Education’s latest ranking. Yale ranked highly in terms of the quality of teaching, the volume of research, and research citations. It has 12,400 students. Founded in 1701, Yale is one of the nine US universities chartered before the American revolution. Yale has produced 61 Nobel laureates, five US Presidents, and 31 living billionaires.

7- Harvard University

Harvard is the oldest university in the United States, having been established in 1636. It slipped one spot to occupy 7th place in the latest ranking with an overall score of 93.0. Harvard has more than 20,000 students. It ranked near the top in research citations, volume and reputation of research, and teaching quality. Harvard lags behind other reputed universities in terms of industry income.

6- Princeton University

Founded in 1746, Princeton University in New Jersey received an overall score of 93.2. It ranked highly in terms of teaching quality, the volume of research, and research citations. Princeton has about 8,000 students. It has produced many graduates that went on to change the world, including Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt, and Alan Turing. At least 65 Noble laureates have also been affiliated to Princeton.

5- Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT is one of the best engineering and technology colleges in the world. Founded in 1861, it has a strong culture of innovation and entrepreneurs. With an overall score of 93.6, MIT ranked near the top in every aspect. Many of the world’s largest corporations including Boeing, Koch Industries, Intel, Qualcomm, LinkedIn, HP, and others were founded by MIT alumni.

4- Stanford University

Established in 1891, Stanford is one of the world’s top educational institutions. Its proximity to Silicon Valley helps Stanford stay at the forefront of technological innovation. It has produced legendary entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin. Stanford received a total score of 94.3. At least 83 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Stanford University.

3- University of Cambridge

Established in 1209, Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most reputed institutions of higher education. It was founded by scholars who departed Oxford following a dispute. Cambridge and Oxford remain healthy rivals till date. It ranked near the top in every aspect except industry income, and received an overall score of 94.4. Many of the world’s greatest minds including Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton, and 85 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Cambridge.

2- California Institute of Technology

Unlike other educational institutions on this list, Caltech doesn’t have a huge campus. It has only about 300 faculty members and 2,200 students. But don’t let its small size fool you. It rivals MIT in the volume of research, innovation, teaching quality, and research citations. Among the US colleges, Caltech has the highest percentage of students who go on to earn a PhD. Caltech faculty, alumni, and researchers include 73 Nobel laureates.

1- University of Oxford

Established in 1096 (yes, it’s nearly a thousand years old), Oxford retains its position as the world’s top educational institution for the fourth consecutive year. It received an overall score of 95.4. The University of Oxford consists of 39 constituent colleges and a number of academic departments. Oxford alumni include 28 UK prime ministers, more than 50 Nobel laureates, and 160 Olympic medalists.

Vice President Pence: The American economy is booming

Following is the unofficial transcript of a CNBC interview with the Honorable Michael Pence, 48th & current Vice President of the United States, live from the CNBC Institutional Investor Delivering Alpha Conference in New York City on Thursday, September 19th.

Mandatory credit: CNBC Institutional Investor Delivering Alpha Conference.

JOE KERNEN:  This is great.  It’s good to see you again.  It wasn’t that long ago when I saw you.


JOE KERNEN:  But to agree again to do this, I’m very gratified.  Thank you, Mr. Vice President, for being here.  I really appreciate it. We’ll kick it right off with, for lack of a better term, the economic state of the union.  In your view, two and a half years into the Trump presidency.

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, the American economy is booming.  It’s absolutely undeniable.  Since Election Day 2016, more than 6 million jobs created by businesses large and small.  Unemployment is at a 50-year low.  Wages are rising at their fastest pace in more than a decade.  And, I mean, one fact after another.  And as we travel around the country, the enthusiasm, the confidence.  I think, you know, a soaring stock market, improving the pension and retirement of working Americans.

Vice President Pence on jobs

It’s all evidence of the success of the agenda that President Trump campaigned on and, working with our allies on Capitol Hill in our first two years, we were able to deliver on, to cut taxes, roll back regulation, unleash American energy, and fight to open markets and fight to create new fair trading relationships with nations around the world.  It’s all been a part of the President’s vision.  We’ve been able to implement it, and America is prospering as a result.

JOE KERNEN:  We had a rate cut yesterday, another one, another quarter point.  The second one.


JOE KERNEN:  The President I think was happy that it was cut a quarter point but still unhappy reportedly with Fed Chair Jay Powell.  Is that fair to say that?

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  I think that’s very fair to say that.


JOE KERNEN:  I also heard today that the Fed Chairman’s job is safe, for now.  Is that what you’re led to believe; he’s not looking for ways, perhaps, to replace Jay Powell at some point in the future?

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, look, I think President Trump was expressing yesterday his frustration with what in our first two years in office was a severe monetary tightening.  During a time when the American economy is growing and a time when there was very little evidence of inflation, we saw the Federal Reserve raise interest rates seven different times.And while the second rate cut yesterday was welcome, and it may well be followed by another rate cut before the end of the year, I think the President’s message to the Federal Reserve is that we ought to have a monetary policy in the United States that supports growth and also levels the playing field with our competitive partners.

Vice President Pence on the Federal Reserve

I mean, you essentially have zero interest rates in Europe today, and yet we’re still recovering from seven different rate increases in our first two years. So the President wants to see more bold action.  I mean, as you see the economy continuing to expand, as you see the fact that, once again, no evidence of deflation.  And we’re virtually at full employment in the country.

This is a time that our monetary policy ought to be bold, it ought to be decisive, it ought to be making capital available, and that will support even more economic growth. I mean, for all that we’ve done, more than 6 million new jobs, unemployment at a 50-year low, the lowest unemployment ever recorded for African Americans and Hispanic Americans, unemployment rate for women is at a 65-year low.

I mean, one statistic after another, that’s honestly just what President Trump calls a good start.  The economy is growing at 2.5 percent right now, which is significantly higher than the average for eight years under the last administration. But the President really does believe that more regulatory relief, Tax Cuts 2.0, and the kind of monetary policy, the kind of trade deals, the kind of energy policies that we’ve begun to advance can take this economy to even all new heights for the American people.

JOE KERNEN:  The President even broached the possibility of zero rates here or even negative rates here.  Do you think that would be a positive for the United States?  Are you a proponent of the Fed going that far?

On monetary policy

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, I support the President in his call for monetary policy that levels the playing field for our economy with other economies around the world.  I mean, it is remarkable to think about the growth in our economy.  I mean, the global economy is slowing, there’s no question, in certain quarters, and we went through a period of severe monetary tightening.  But, despite all of that, the American economy is booming and soaring. And I think the President’s view and his own philosophy on these policies is that we ought to — whether it be trade, whether it be monetary policy, we ought to be where our competitors are.

The cost of capital ought to be — for our businesses and families ought to be what it is for people around the world.  Because even though it’s not right now, our economy is soaring.  We level the playing field, and we can reach all new heights for working families and businesses large and small.

JOE KERNEN:  If someone were to push back and say in very good times that’s when you sort of reload the ability to cut rates in the future at some point, or that if the economy was so strong, we wouldn’t be asking for interest rate cuts. Would you say that it’s more inflation that is determining what the Fed does?  A lot of people say it makes no sense to cut rates if the economy is that strong.

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, I’m not an economist, and I know you play one on TV —

JOE KERNEN:  Yeah, no, I don’t.


On the global economy

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Back in the day, in the Congress we had some good debates about policies at the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Reserve has a dual mandate:  Full employment and making sure to protect against inflation. And when your economy is essentially at full employment and there is no evidence of inflation, then it seems, I think, the President’s view, it seems that our view overall is that we ought to be doing everything that we can to make sure that the cost of capital in this country is on a level playing field with our competitors.

JOE KERNEN:  Globally you can see that there is evidence of a slowdown, globally, at this point.  Europe, 16 trillion in negative rates, sovereign rates.  That would, to many people, be seen as maybe problematic or indicative of something that isn’t right or something that we need to worry about. FedEx had a rough quarter yesterday, and stock was down significantly, and blaming a lot of different things, the global slowdown, talking about the trade war to some extent. When the yield curve inverted and you look at the global bond market and yet at the same time you have new all-time highs in stocks, which market is correct about forecasting the future of global growth, the stock market, or should we be worried about what the bond market is telling us?

Vice President Pence on markets

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, I would leave that to the experts.  I would just tell you our view is that whether it be the slowdown that we see in Europe, what China is dealing with, this is a result of their policies. I mean, it’s been remarkable for me.  I’ve had the chance to travel around the world representing the United States and  I’ve spent time with the President, with foreign leaders.  I’ve heard one foreign leader after another congratulate the President on America’s economic success, on the incredible growth that’s happening in the American economy over the last two and a half years.

And our message to our trading partners around the world is:  Look in the mirror.  Look at your tax rates, look at your regulatory structures, look at your energy policies. I mean, you have, you know, Germany basically announcing that they’re going to abandon, you know, coal-burning power plants and ban nuclear plants.  And the cost of energy now is driving down the German economy, which is such an enormous weight in the European economy. So our view is that they ought to be, and I think many are, looking at the United States, seeing the success that we’re having.

On job policy

They ought to be emulating our policies.  And, frankly, they ought to be opening up their markets to U.S. goods.  That’s the President’s strong stand on trade, Joe. So, once again, it’s just about the same as the monetary policy.  It’s all built on the President’s principle of our relationships with our trading partners ought to be reciprocal; meaning that free and fair trade means we’ll give you the same access to our market that we had to your market.

And whether it be the European Union, whether it be Japan, where there may be a trade deal come together next week with Japan, or ongoing negotiations with China. For the President it’s all about saying — it’s all about saying to our trading partners:  If you’re going to have access to the most prosperous nation in the history of the world, then our people, our businesses, have every right to expect the same access to your market.

On regulation

JOE KERNEN:  Do you or the President concede that the trade war that we’re involved with, whatever you want to call it, skirmish, I think we’ve upgraded to a war finally, but the trade war, is that taking away from global growth?  Is that part of the problem, the uncertainty that it instills in corporations around the world so it can even affect Europe, so the slowdown in Europe, slowdown in China, global slowdown suddenly coming onto our shores?  Is it part of — is that the reason for it?  At least partly?

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, I just think it really depends on what part of the world that you’re talking about.  I mean, you look at decades of socialist policies, welfare state policies.

JOE KERNEN:  Europe.

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  In Europe.  High taxes, regulation.  You’ve seen some of the popular protests in France have all been about high taxes that have been imposed. You know, I — it’s hard for me to —

JOE KERNEN:  But China — the President, at some point says that, yes, China is hurting.  He knows he’s hurting China.  So then that’s almost admitting that you’re hurting global growth or you know you’re admitting —

On trade deficits

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  But when it comes to China, it’s a whole different ball game.  We run $500 billion trade deficits with China, and we estimate that we lose almost as much in intellectual property theft, every single year. I mean, what the President is doing with China is defending the American economy, defending America’s interests.  And the strong stand that he’s taken we believe is having an impact on China’s economy.  There’s no question about it. But that being said, discussions are ongoing.  Deputies are in town, I’m told, next week.

Principals will be meeting again, Secretary Mnuchin and the U.S. trade representative, with Chinese officials next month.  And we’re talking. But the era of economic surrender is over.  And for too long one administration after another, Republican and Democrat administrations, were willing to accept extraordinary disadvantages to American workers and American jobs in the name of trade with China.  And those days are over. I mean — and we’re going to continue to stand strong.  You know, the President has a great relationship with President Xi.

I’ve had discussions with President Xi where I’ve confirmed that, I’ve sensed that same rapport that they have.  But the American people can be confident President Trump is going to continue to stand strong, not just to reset the trading relationship, to have China open their markets to the United States, but also to have China finally embrace the international rules of commerce to protect intellectual property and forced technology transfer, all the things that have been working against America’s interest and, frankly, the interest of economies around the world.  We remain hopeful, but —

JOE KERNEN:  It’s a lot of stuff.

Vice President Pence on Chinese theft

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  You know, the question now is whether or not China wants to do a deal, I think.  And if we have a sense China wants to do a deal, we just don’t know if they want to do it yet. So they’ll be here.  We’ll be talking.  We’ll be exploring it.  But I promise you, President Trump, in our negotiations with China, with Japan, with the European Union, with the UK, once they complete Brexit, it’s all going to put American jobs and American workers first.

JOE KERNEN:  What is the best we can hope for?  You were tough in a speech.  You said that China has an arsenal of policies inconsistent with free and fair trade tariffs, quotas, currency manipulation, forced tech transfer, IP theft, industrial subsidies handed out like candy.  Are we going to fix all this?  Is it possible we get anywhere on all those things?

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  I’ve been in the Oval Office where the President has made it very, very clear to Chinese officials at the very highest level of these negotiations that the structural issues are central, that China — look, we supported China joining the World Trade Organization.  And the belief was that by letting them into the World Trade Organization, that we would see China move away from these kind of economic practices; and, frankly, we also hoped that we would see them embrace more of the liberties that we cherish.

On trade

Where you have a flourishing free enterprise economy around the world, through the history of the world, invariably you see individual rights grow.The truth of the matter is, China has not been willing to embrace the international rules of commerce.  In fact, they’ve abused the rules of commerce to their advantage and taken advantage of America and other economies for far too long.  And also the truth is, frankly, they’ve gone in many ways in the opposite direction on the issue of liberties and their conduct. So the President has taken a strong stand.

And, honestly, Joe, it’s quite in contrast with people that are seeking the Democrat nomination for president.  I heard where my predecessor, Joe Biden, did an interview where he scoffed at the idea that China was a competitor.  It’s really remarkable.  But that’s what got us where we are today with China. And President Trump sees clearly that China has been taking advantage of its position in the World Trade Organization for far too long.

We’re going to take a strong stand, and we’re going to continue — and I promise you this, the President is going to continue to stand firm until either China decides to embrace the kind of reforms that will respect those international rules and reset our trading relationship.  Or, as the President said, we believe we’re in a very strong position, and we’ll continue to use access to the most powerful economy in the world to protect American jobs and American workers.

On auto manufacturing

JOE KERNEN:  USMCA, on track?  Will the Dems give the President a win, or will they insist that enforceability is not where it needs to be, so they’ll keep pushing it down?  How do you handicap it by the end of the year?

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  The USMCA is not only the largest trade deal in American history, but if Congress passes it, puts it on the President’s desk, it will also be the most advanced trade deal in history.  Not only will we bring together the United States and Mexico and Canada with reforms that we think will put American jobs first, but we really do believe that through the negotiations that we ended kind of a maybe unintended incentive in NAFTA to move jobs south of the border.

I saw the impact in my own home state of Indiana, where I saw entire communities shuttered, GM plants closed in Madison County, Indiana.  I mean, we witnessed this in the midwest. We think the changes in this that require a certain number of — percentage of automotive parts be constructed at essentially what is the American wage ends that incentive to go south of the border. But there’s something in this for everybody.

Vice President Pence on NAFTA and trade

You know, I’ve had discussions with Speaker Pelosi, the President talked to Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer again this weekend on this subject, among others.  We continue to engage in good faith, and we’re absolutely determined to move the USMCA through the Congress, to the President’s desk, and complete it. But ultimately it comes down to a decision by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  And we’re encouraged that she’s been working closely with our U.S. trade representative, we’ve been working on that enabling legislation, and we’re seeing more and more Democrats in the House of Representatives speaking out on this issue.

But at the end of the day, we’re just continuing to call on Speaker Nancy Pelosi, put the USMCA on the floor.  Because we really believe if Speaker Pelosi puts the USMCA on the floor of the House, it will pass; we will pass it in the Senate, and it will be a huge win for the American economy and for American workers.

JOE KERNEN:  Vice President, Iran seems to be getting bolder, brasher as time goes by.  The latest attack, Secretary Pompeo called it an act of war because it’s an attack on the global economy.  Do you agree with that?  Or is there any — in this country, any inclination that we should have another military involvement somewhere, and in this case it would be for the Saudis?  Or is it going to be the Saudis take care of it on their own terms and we’ll support it, but we’re probably — the American public is probably loathe to get into another conflict in the Middle East?

On Saudi Arabia

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  The attack on the Saudi Arabian oil facilities last Saturday was the largest attack on oil infrastructure in history.  It was an act of war.  And we do know from the Saudis on the initial examination that the weapons were Iranian weapons.  And we’re engaged in organizing an international investigation to determine where those weapons were fired from.

JOE KERNEN:  Where they’re fired from.  Iranian weapons, not — at this point not saying where they’re fired from.

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, whether they came from the Houthis that the Iranians sponsor in Yemen or they actually came from Iran is going to be a subject of careful investigation.  The President has directed our National Security team.  I talked to the Secretary of State this morning on my way to New York, we’ll be meeting.  Our National Security team will be meeting tomorrow to continue to review the facts. And the President has basically said let’s get to the bottom of what happened.  We’ve organized an international investigation into what happened.  The President announced additional sanctions that we’ll be imposing on Iran for — whether it was their surrogates in Yemen who fired these missiles and drones or whether they fired them themselves, we’re imposing punishing new sanctions on Iran to hold them accountable.

On the UN and Iran

We will be limiting the number of visas for Iranian officials that can come to the UN General Assembly. But the President will take all this into account.  He’ll review the facts, and he’ll make a decision about next steps. But the American people can be confident that the United States of America is going to defend our interest in the region, and we’re going to stand with our allies.

JOE KERNEN:  How do you see the Democratic field shaping up at this point?  And who do you think the likely nominee is, if you had to pick right now?

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, we — I have to tell you, it’s — we’re ready for any one of them.  I mean, there’s like 20 or 30 of them still running right now.

JOE KERNEN:  Any predictions on the GOP ticket?

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  I would say yes.


JOE KERNEN:  I’ve heard the President say that.

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Yeah, absolutely.

JOE KERNEN:  They still talk about, you know, whether you’re going to — I’ve heard the President say you are absolutely, positively on the ticket.

On socialism

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Yes, I’m very honored by that.  I was honored when he called me and asked me to run in 2016, and I’m honored to run again. When we look at the other side, I’ve got to tell you, you know, it’s not so much who, it’s what they stand for.  I never thought I’d live to see the day that one of the two major political parties in the United States of America would essentially be dominated by socialist thinking —

JOE KERNEN:  Democratic socialists.  But it’s kind of like sort of splitting hairs now.

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Yeah.  I hear the “democratic socialist” — there are Democrats who are socialists.  I served in Congress with Bernie Sanders.  He’s a socialist, and he’s proud of it.  And I think, you know, whoever their nominee is, when you look at their policies like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, their plan is to raise taxes, increase regulations, grow government.  It would crush the economy that we just talked about at the beginning of this program.

JOE KERNEN:  It’s growing — it’s democratic socialism, and I wrote it carefully because I don’t want to make anyone mad.  But it is gaining with a large segment of the population, and I’m wondering whether that’s reversible and I’m wondering whether you think there’s some inherent flaws in the way capitalism is operating in today’s world that even has, for example, the business roundtable saying that there’s more than just shareholders, there’s stakeholders.  Secretary Mnuchin, by the way, said he wouldn’t have signed it.  We had people come on in the morning, some would sign it, some wouldn’t. Do we need a reset, a software upgrade, in capitalism?

On free markets

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, no, we need to explain what free markets and free enterprise have done for the free world.  I mean, it’s not going to be enough for us just to win the next election, we’ve got to win the next generation, and to see whether it be the squad on Capitol Hill, whether it be leftist policies dominating the Democratic party.  We’ve just simply got to go out and talk about what free enterprise and free markets have meant, which is not only the most prosperous nation in the history of the world, the most generous nation in the history of the world, but also the cleanest environment in the history of the world, the highest labor standards in the history of the world.

All of that’s been driven by not only an economic system but a nation that is grounded in freedom. And I have to tell you, as I travel around the country, I think the American people know this, and they know it was freedom, not socialism that created the most prosperous nation in the history of the world.

It was freedom, not socialism that ended slavery, won two world wars and has made America the beacon of hope for all the world. I mean, when the President said in his State of the Union address, you know, America will never be a socialist country, there was not only a roar of approval in the United States Congress, but around the country.  As I’ve repeated that line, people invariably go to their feet. I mean, we look at places like Venezuela, we look at Cuba, we look at the former Soviet Union.  We know what happens in socialist countries.

Vice President Pence on economic views

You talk about slowdown, the social welfare states of Europe today are struggling under the weight of high taxes, high regulation, and socialist policies that have dominated Europe for far too long. You know, Margaret Thatcher probably said it best.  She said:  The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people’s money.  But the other side is actually campaigning on this bonanza of promises where everything is free.

And I think that’s why we have to answer that with a message about freedom and about what freedom has created and can create. But the great news, you talk about criticisms of capitalism broadly, I mean, look at it, you have a businessman turned President.  He comes in, he puts into practice basically commonsense principles to promote free enterprise and free market growth.  And not only, as I said, 6 million new jobs, but look at what’s happening with wages.

In fact, I think it probably means the most to the President and me that wages are not only rising at their fastest pace in ten years, but they’re actually rising most rapidly among blue-collar working Americans.  I mean, it’s really a remarkable thing. Ivanka Trump has headed up an effort with Secretary Ross, the administration now, we literally have 750 companies around the country that have committed 14 million apprenticeships and internships to train people in vocational skills and career and technical skills so that people can take advantage of the jobs and opportunities today.

On job training

There are more job openings in America today than there are people looking for work.  Capitalism is working. And the left loves to talk about the income gap in America.  I just heard the other day the income gap is actually closing because of the policies that President Trump has been advancing.  And so that’s a story we’ve got to tell, and we will tell that.  I get very excited about getting out across this country in the next year and a half. Because back in 2016 we were just talking about what President Trump was going to do for America to make America great again.

Now we can point to a track record, rebuilding our military, reviving our economy, more than 150 principled conservatives confirmed to our federal courts at every level, an energy renaissance, negotiating and opening markets to America around the world.  Negotiating new free and fair trade deals.  That’s a record of success I’m incredibly excited to carry to the American people.  And that’s a message about keeping America great.

JOE KERNEN:  It says zero over there.  No one said anything to me yet.  I’m talking about the time.  We have another couple minutes?  I’ll see whether it’s okay. I think — what’s that?  Okay. You were a budget hawk in Congress.  There are those that say the tax cuts didn’t work because it didn’t generate the revenue.  I disagree.  The revenue has been flat.  It’s the spending that’s been the issue.

Vice President Pence on spending


JOE KERNEN:  So the spending might have to be cut, but a lot of that was military spending, which the President said he was going to do anyway. Where could the spending be cut to try to rein in the deficit, and are you at this point?  I mean, when you see it at a trillion dollars already, you know, we’re not even finished with the year, what would you propose?  And are you bothered by that to the extent that you would have been when you were in Congress?

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, I was — well, first, let’s remember the last administration doubled the national debt.  The last administration came in and doubled the national debt at a time that they were also cutting military spending. When we took office, Joe — and I — I’m very proud to be the father of the United States Marine pilot, and very soon I’m going to be the father-in-law of a Navy pilot.

On the air force

But when we took office, I’m told that the Air Force actually had a significant portion of their aircraft grounded to use these planes as spare parts to keep other planes in the air.  That’s how much the budget cuts in our military had impacted America’s national defense. So the President came in and he said:  We’re going to do two things out of the gate.  First we’re going to get the American economy growing again.  Because you know what?  You’re never going to cut your way back to a balanced budget.

It’s just not going to happen. The truth is an economy that’s growing at less than 2 percent is never going to generate the revenues to ever pay off the national debt, to ever balance the budget.  So the President said one word:  Growth. So we worked on delivering on the President’s promise to cut taxes for individuals and businesses, to roll back regulation at a record level, to unleash American energy. This year we became, for the first time in 75 years, a net exporter of oil.  I mean, we have an energy renaissance going on in America.

Vice President Pence conclusion

He puts all those things into effect.  The economy has taken off, significant — didn’t grow by more than 2 percent on average for the last eight years.  We’re at 2.5 right now and rolling forward. But the other priority the President says, we’ve got to rebuild our military.  I mean, this is a president that said we have to put our national defense first as a priority, and — but to do that involved negotiations given the filibuster rules in the Senate.

We had to negotiate with Democrats to work to get a commensurate amount of domestic spending, but the President said we’ll make the deal because we’ve got to fund our military.  And we made the largest investments in our national defense, largest increases in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan.  And I’m incredibly proud of that.

That’s the first priority. So national defense and growth, and we think now that we’re seeing to those things and we’re seeing that renewed American strength in our economy, in our national security, that lays the foundation for us to be able to deal with the long-term issues of debt and deficits.

JOE KERNEN:  They reset the clock.  But I think it would be pushing it.  It’s running down. If I were to go to double overtime, I know I’d get in trouble.  Even though you’re from Indiana, Hoosiers, but we’re going to have to end it there.  But I want to once again thank you for coming today.  I really appreciate it.


Trump calls new border wall a ‘world-class security system’

President Donald Trump signed his name Wednesday on a newly constructed section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, calling it a “world-class security system” that will be virtually impenetrable.

Trump toured a section of the border wall in San Diego’s Otay Mesa area. It was a return trip for the president, who traveled there in March 2018 to see border wall prototypes that authorities later destroyed to make way for 14 miles (22.4 kilometers) of steel, concrete-filled bollards currently under construction.

Before construction began, the border in Otay Mesa was protected with low fencing.

“It was like a sheet metal and people would just knock it over like just routinely,” Trump said, standing with construction workers and top Customs, Army Corps of Engineers and homeland security officials.

Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said that since construction has begun on the new barrier, 30 to 50 people a day are trying to cross there instead of 300 to 500.

“The traffic in this sector has dropped dramatically,” Morgan said.

Morgan defended the project, dismissing those who call it the “president’s vanity wall.” “I’m here to tell you that’s false,” he said, telling reporters that Trump reached out to border experts to find out what they needed. “You listened to the agents,” he told Trump.

Trump highlighted features of the wall, which he said have been studied by three other countries. He said the wall absorbs heat “You can fry an egg on that wall.”

The concrete goes deep into the ground to prevent tunneling. And agents can see through it to spot possible threats on the Mexican side of the border, he said.

“When the wall is built, it will be virtually impossible to come over illegally, and then we’re able to take border control and put them at points of entry,” Trump said.

He heaped praise on the Mexican government, especially for sending tens of thousands of troops to its northern and southern borders to help slow the flow of migrants headed toward the United States.

He said President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador “has been great.” “We’re all thrilled,” Trump said.

“You know Mexico has never done anything to impede people from pouring into our country and now they’re doing just the opposite. They’ve really been incredible.”

The president reveled in details of construction, saying Border Patrol and military officials persuaded him to adopt more expensive designs. He said he dropped a preference for solid concrete, instead opting for concrete-filled steel bollards that allow agents to see through to Mexico to spot assailants throwing rocks or other projectiles.

He agreed to go along with barriers that are 30 feet high and double-layered in heavily traveled areas.

“It’s the Rolls-Royce version,” Trump said.

When Trump asked Army Corps Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite to explain how technology embedded in the wall alerts agents to illegal activity, he was told,

“Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing it.” Semonite offered new details on the pace of construction that underscored how quickly the administration plans to move.

It has built 66 miles (106 kilometers) so far, has 251 miles (403 kilometers) in various stages of construction at 17 sites and contracts for 163 miles (262 kilometers) planned in the next 90 days, the general said.

Additional land on private property is expected to take more time.

Crews are installing 270 panels a day, each one with eight bollards.

Trump, whose construction targets have shifted, said he expects to build up to about 550 miles (885 kilometers) of wall along the 1,954-mile (3,126-kilometer) border and said the administration will pause at about 400 miles (643 kilometers) to assess what more is needed.

Trump said cost concerns led him to put aside his preference to paint the wall black, which absorbs heat. He said the wall was “a good, strong rust color” and could be painted later.

Trump is riding a string of wins on the wall and on immigration in general. Arrests on the Mexican border arrests plunged in August, well beyond the usual summer dip, from a 13-year high reached in May.

Arrests are still relatively high, topping 50,000 in 10 of the last 11 months, compared with only eight months over the previous decade.

Last week, the Supreme Court gave Trump a green light to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. border with Mexico without having first sought protection in the third country.

The Pentagon recently diverted 3.6 billion from 127 military construction projects to build 175 miles (280 kilometers) of barriers on the border.

Trump had promised during the 2016 presidential campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall.

NDRF set to induct women personnel

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) would induct women personnel in its new battalions within the next one year, a top official said.

The Union government had in 2018 made a proposal to attach women contingents to NDRF battalions in the country.

“Earlier, we didn’t have the barracks and other amenities for women personnel… But, we are now in a position to accommodate them and have already started the process of calling for women operators,” Director General of NDRF, S N Pradhan, told PTI.

Pradhan was recently in West Bengal to inaugurate the 2nd Battalion of the NDRF HQ campus at Haringhata, about 55 km from here.

“We have have made a specific request to the government that a certain number of women personnel must be sent for our four new battalions… This should happen within a year’s time,” he added.

The NDRF will have four new battalions in addition to the 12, and they will be based in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the National Capital Region.

The new battalions — each having around 1,150 personnel — will be drawn from the Assam Rifles, the Indo- Tibetan Border Police and the Border Security Force, a government order had said last year.

Pradhan added that the new 64-acre campus at Haringhata is a part of NDRF’s efforts to address on a “mission mode” certain “weak links” in terms of infrastructure-related work.

“Operationally, we are very sound. But, infrastructure base is a weak link; battalions were getting created but not completed, there were issues with getting handover of buildings for regional response centres after acquiring the land for them… We are trying to address these on mission mode,” he said.

The NDRF is a specialised force that was raised in 2006 for specific tasks of relief and rescue during natural and man-made disasters or threatening situations.

Cremica Launches an Exciting Range of Mayonnaise

Cremica the food product conglomerate unveiled new flavors of Mayonnaise. Known for its innovative offerings and commitment to quality Cremica unveiled an array of products, the company has come up with 7 new flavors of Mayonnaise in the foodservice category; Mount Fuji Japanese Mayo, Wild Spice, Mushroom Willow, Tomakhan Mayo, Creamy Basil Pesto, Pickle Tickle & Frontier Josh Mayo which are a perfect combination of both classic Indian and International flavors to meet the evolving taste of Indian customers.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Akshay Bector, Managing Director, Cremica said, It is imperative for the Restaurant industry to focus on quality, supply chain and standardization of their offerings. Cremica’s effort has always been towards introducing innovative product range that ranks high on taste and quality. We have a fairly good understanding of the evolving Indian palate. These new flavors if Mayonnaise will help niche category restaurants to redefine their offerings. Flavors like Creamy Basil pesto and Mount Fuji Japanese mayo would be perfect for Italian and Sushi Restaurants.

Cremica has always been the front runner when it comes to innovation in taste. It will be pertinent to mention here that the brand has been pioneer in bringing the Vegetarian Mayonnaise in India. Cremica has evolved and expanded the product basket with the changing taste preferences of the consumers. This is one brand which has found the right balance between the desi Chakata and International flavors. As the most trusted brand of India, their products have become a must have’ in every household.

About Cremica Cremica is an iconic brand of India, registering a robust growth rate per annum. In the course of the past four decades, it has established itself as a food products conglomerate, leading the food processing business through its innovative range of products, its internationally certified production facilities, the consistency of its quality and its unmatched expertise in the industry.

Cremica is a leader in Mayonnaise and Sauce category in India and is known for its unique recipes and its state-of-the-art research and production standards.

Cremica, a name that has always spelt quality and great tasting food, is fast becoming a household name in India. It is also a preferred vendor to some of the largest food giants in India like McDonald’s, Domino’ and Subway, consistently scoring high on international quality tests and taste parameters.

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