The Hindu Important Articles 06 April 2018
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Tit for tat: China imposes fresh tariffs on U.S. goods
Items include cars, aircraft, chemicals and soya beans
China’s Commerce Ministry on Wednesday listed 106 U.S. products, which will be subjected to a 25% tariff, in retaliation to Washington’s intent to impose fresh tariffs on Chinese products worth $50 billion. The items include soya beans, cars, chemicals and aircraft, triggering fears that the world’s top two economies maybe locking horns in a major and escalating trade war.
The Chinese move was announced soon after the U.S. listed nearly 1,300 Chinese products worth $50 billion for additional duties.
Analysts say the U.S. tariffs targeted Beijing’s cutting edge Made-in-China 2025 plan. The blueprint is meant to upgrade China’s overall industry, through Internet-based intelligent manufacturing, covering 10 key advanced sectors.
“The U.S. list suggests that the government is targeting the ‘Made in China 2025’ initiative, while China’s retaliation intends to bring Americans back to the negotiation table,” Bloomberg quoted Zhou Hao, an economist at Commerzbank AG in Singapore as saying.
Salman Khan sentenced to five-year imprisonment in blackbuck killing case
Actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam, and Jodhpur resident Dushyant Singh have been given the benefit of doubt and acquitted as co-accused
Actor Salman Khan was on Thursday sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted in a 19-year-old blackbuck poaching case by a court in Jodhpur.
Chief Judicial Magistrate (Jodhpur Rural) also imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000 on Khan. The actor was taken to the Central Jail in Jodhpur from the court. He has the option of filing an appeal in the Sessions Court, reports our correspondent Mohammad Iqbal from Jodhpur. Unless the sentence is suspended, he will spend the night in jail.
Khan is involved in four cases related to blackbuck/chinkara poaching. He has been accused of killing two chinkaras at Bhavad village in Rajasthan in September 1998, a chinkara at the Ghoda farms in the State the next month and two blackbuck near Kankani village in the State in the same month. In addition, he is also accused of using two firearms with alleged expired licences.
‘Judgement came as a surprise’
In an official statement, Mr. Khan’s lawyer Anand Desai said that the judgement came as a “surprise.”
The statement reads:
“We respect the decision of the Hon’ble Court. While we are studying the judgement it just came as a surprise, as the entire investigation, and facts of this case were the same as those for which Salman has been acquitted by the Hon’ble High Court of Rajasthan in two cases, and even by the Hon’ble CJM in the Arms Act matter for the alleged offence on the very same night as is the subject matter of the present case. Also, in the present case the Hon’ble Court has acquitted all the 5 co-accused which would imply that Salman was out hunting alone in the middle of the night in a remote area outside Jodhpur. We have preferred an appeal to the Hon’ble Sessions Court and applied for an urgent hearing today. The Hon’ble Sessions Court will hear the appeal for suspension of the sentence / bail at 1030 tomorrow.”
Quantum of punishment
Khan has been convicted under Section 9 and 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act. The maximum sentence under the law is six years.
If the sentence is for three years or less, the magistrate’s court is likely to suspend the punishment, reports Mohammad Iqbal. If more, Khan will have to move the Sessions Court for bail.
The charge against the other actors was under Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the IPC. Their acquittal means the court has accepted that there is no sufficient evidence to prove this.
Tight security in court
There was tight security on the court premises. Only lawyers were allowed inside the court. Court proceedings began at 11.15 a.m.
A huge crowd gathered outside the court building to have a glimpse of the actors.
Besides the local police, emergency response teams were deployed outside the court. Rooftop snipers were also deployed.
Actor Salman Khan arrived in the court, followed by Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Sonali Bendre and Tabu.
After the hearing began, Khan presented pre-order bail bonds, which he had prepared in advance.
Source:- The Hindu