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India Front Line Report
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2020-02-12 ArtNo.46672
◆Trump announces visit to India on February 24 and 25

【Washington】U.S. President Donald Trump will visit India on February 24 and 25, as per an official announcement from the White House on February 10 afternoon. Mr. Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump will visit Ahmedabad and New Delhi.
 The White House said Ahmedabad was chosen for the visit as it was in Gujarat — home to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that it had played an "important role" in Mahatma Gandhi's life.

○Indo-US trade deal likely to be announced during President Trump's India visit
 The two sides may also try to seal a limited trade deal before the visit so that it can be announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the US President during his visit," an official said. "Discussions on the trade deal are on with the US pushing for concessions in medical devices and agricultural products," the official added.

○'Can Do' is the emerging theme, let's resolve issues through peaceful dialogue: PM Modi

【New Delhi】Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented "can do" as the theme of this year in the 61st monthly radio program "Mann Ki Baat (Mind Matter of a Tea Vendor)" on January 26 and appealed to those who tried to solve the problem through weapons and violence to return to mainstream and solve the problem peacefully.
 Modi said that the enthusiasm and fervour of the people remained constant even as days, weeks and months keep seeing change and years witness transformation, "And of course, we are no less… we are certain to outdo ourselves. The spirit of 'can do', is emerging as a new resolve," he said while adding that the sentiment of contributing positively to the country and society is gaining strength, day by day.
 The people will be thrilled to know that insurgency in the northeast has reduced considerably and the biggest reason for that is that every issue of the region is honestly and peacefully solved through dialogue, the PM said in his Mann Ki Baat address on Sunday.

○Fund crunch hits MGNREGA scheme

【New Delhi】The Centre is on the verge of running out of funds for the crucial Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme.
 More than 96% of the allocated money has already been spent or is needed to pay pending dues, with less than Ru 2,500 crore left to sustain the scheme for the next two months. Fifteen States are already in the red. According to the scheme's financial statement as on January 26, Rajasthan has the highest negative net balance of Ru 620 crore, followed by Ru 323 crore in Uttar Pradesh. In fact, the situation on the ground may be worse as States do not always enter pending payments into the information system.
【News source】

U.S. President Donald Trump to visit India on February 24 and 25: White House

US President Donald Trump, wife to visit India on February 24, 25

Donald Trump to visit India on February 24: White House

‘Can Do’ is the emerging theme of 2020: PM Modi

PM in Mann Ki Baat says violence never resolves any issue

Resolve issues through peaceful dialogue: PM Modi in Mann ki Baat

Fund crunch hits MGNREGA scheme

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