‘Hope Modi’s US visit will be an action-forcing mechanism … bilateral investment treaty would be a significant milestone’

With the White House having announced that US President Donald Trump will be hosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year in Washington, Ambassador William J Burns, President of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former US Deputy Secretary of State, spoke to Nalin Mehta on what New Delhi can expect from the first bilateral Modi-Trump meeting, Indo-US relations and the shifts in US diplomacy:

The White House said President Trump spoke with PM Modi to congratulate him on the outcome of Uttar Pradesh elections, to express support for Modi’s economic reform agenda, and to say that he was looking forward to hosting the PM in Washington. What are your expectations from the PM’s upcoming visit?

My strong hope is that when it comes to India, the Trump administration will look to sustain and deepen the efforts of its Democratic and Republican predecessors to further strengthen the bilateral partnership and put it to work to address shared global challenges.

I hope this visit will be used as an action-forcing mechanism to check off a number of important items from our shared to-do list.This includes the purchase of a US fighter for India’s armed forces and other defence cooperation items.

It includes continued progress in the economic sphere, where i believe we still have a long way to go to fully realise the promise of our strategic partnership.

Concluding the Bilateral Investment Treaty would be a significant milestone worthy of a significant effort by both governments.

President Trump is fundamentally changing long held pillars of US diplomacy. How will this impact India-US relations which have been recast in the last 15 years under both Democrat and Republican administrations?

You are right that beneath the surface, this Trump administration presents a fundamentally different approach to foreign affairs – a profound, and in my view troubling, deviation from the core elements on which American leadership and international order rest.

The United States, for all its imperfections, has stood for political and economic openness, respect for human dignity, and a sense of possibility. We have demonstrated a willingness to mobilise others to deal with shared problems. And we have invested in the institutions at home and abroad that can get ahead of crises and prevent conflict through wise, long-term investments.

To the extent that we walk away from these ideas, initiatives and institutions at the core of American leadership, i fear that we will see serious and long-term damage to America’s standing in the world, and in turn, to the potential for US-India relations.

What impact do you see of US policies on Asia and the balance of power in the region under President Trump?

Much of President Trump’s foreign policy seems to be reverting to the mainstream on first contact with reality, and that includes his approach to the Asia-Pacific.

But it’s clear that the Trump administration believes the United States is being held hostage in many respects by the very international order it created. It seems to see multilateral trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership as constraints rather than opportunities, and international and regional organisations as distracting, if not irrelevant.

That attitude could undermine our capacity and credibility to work together with India to shape a Pacific Century that reflects our shared interests and values.

Carnegie has been in India for a year. How different is working in India compared to other countries?

I have been deeply impressed by what my colleagues in Delhi have accomplished in such a short time. That is not a result of any imports from Washington or any of our global centres in Beijing, Beirut, Brussels or Moscow. It is a consequence of the fact that Carnegie India is led and staffed by extraordinary Indian experts who have a deep stake and commitment to India’s own domestic and international evolution.
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50 Cent Drops Out of Touring with Chris Brown

Rapper 50 Cent pulled out of Chris Brown’s tour because it “wasn’t handled correctly”, and he is currently still on a film set.

The In da Club hitmaker was reportedly slated to be the main opening act on the Loyal singer’s Party Tour, which kicks off in Baltimore, Maryland on Friday (31Mar17), but his name has since been removed from all promotional materials, which listed other support acts such as Fabolous, O.T. Genasis, and Kap G.

TMZ.com reported that 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, left the tour because of a dispute over money. According to the site, both parties had agreed on his fee for the gig so executives at Live Nation, the company organizing the shows, reportedly assumed he was on board and began promoting his appearance. However, when it came to signing the contract, the rapper and Live Nation were “hundreds of thousands of dollars apart” on terms and attempts to negotiate fell through and he walked away.

I would never say my friends can’t afford me. This run wasn’t handled correctly, I’m still on set filming Den of Thieves. #effenvodka A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Mar 31, 2017 at 3:44am PDT

50 Cent took to Instagram on Friday to share a screengrab of the article, which was titled “50 Cent I Never Signed Chris Brown Tour Deal… They Can’t Afford Me!” and disputed the headline and shared his version of events.

“I would never say my friends can’t afford me,” he wrote. “This run wasn’t handled correctly, I’m still on set filming Den of Thieves.”

50 Cent stars alongside Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. in the crime drama about a thief caught between two sets of criminals while planning a bank heist. He is also due to reprise his role in the Escape Plan sequel, which is also in production.

#partytour A post shared by @chrisbrownofficial on Mar 30, 2017 at 11:03pm PDT

Chris hasn’t commented on the 50 Cent news but he shared a video on Instagram showing him sat in the auditorium during a rehearsal. He told fans, “The first show gonna be fun, we’re excited” before giving them a “sneak peek” of the staging.

The tour closes in Los Angeles on 23 May (17).
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Alex Rodriguez Confirms He’s Dating J.Lo on ‘The View’

Jennifer Lopez’s new boyfriend Alex Rodriguez is full of praise for the “amazing” superstar, insisting they are “having a great time” dating.

The Latina beauty’s relationship with retired baseball ace Alex, a longtime friend, blew up in early March (17), just weeks after J.Lo insisted her rumoured romance with rapper Drake was nothing more than a friendship.

Jennifer and her new man jetted off to the Bahamas for a brief getaway, before returning to his home base in Miami, Florida, where they have been photographed on a number of outings in recent weeks.

The former New York Yankees star even introduced the singer/actress to his family, and it’s clear he is smitten with the mother-of-two after being quizzed about the budding romance while appearing as a guest co-host on The View on Friday (31Mar17).

Asked who his new lady is, he replied, “It’s obvious, we’ve been having a great time.”

“She’s a New Yorker, she’s from the Bronx, and a big Yankees fan,” he teased, before confirming he was referring to Jennifer, who shares nine-year-old twins Max and Emme with ex-husband Marc Anthony.

“We’re having a great time,” the 41-year-old smiled. “She’s an amazing, amazing girl, one of the smartest human beings I’ve ever met, and also an incredible mother.”

Alex went on to suggest he and Lopez bonded over their shared love of sports, explaining she was “an awesome, awesome athlete” in high school, while insisting the Love Don’t Cost a Thing hitmaker really doesn’t have lavish tastes.

“She just likes simple things,” he shared of the 47-year-old’s favorite things to do. “I mean, she’s a very, very simple person. Loves family. Is a great sister. Is a great daughter.”

Alex also revealed some of J.Lo’s guilty food pleasures, quipping, “She’s gonna kill me if I say too much,” before revealing she is a sucker for “chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate chip cookies”.

His candid comments are the first remarks either star has shared about their romance.

Alex is no stranger to high-profile relationships – he was previously linked to Madonna, Kate Hudson, and Cameron Diaz, and split from businesswoman Anne Wojcicki in February (17) after nearly a year of dating.

He is also a father-of-two – he shares daughters Natasha, 12, and Ella, eight, with his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis, and like Jennifer and Marc, the former couple has remained close for the sake of its children, something Alex is truly thankful for.

“We live five blocks away from each other…,” he explained. “If I’m home, she’ll come over, have dinner, we’ll do homework together (with the kids), and then Cynthia goes home, and vice versa, I can go to her house anytime. It’s just really incredible. Our girls can walk to each other’s home (sic). We’re very lucky.”
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Chandan Prabhakar shares first pic of his daughter and it will make you forget the Kapil Sharma-Sunil Grover fight

Chandan Prabhakar recently shared a picture of his newborn baby girl on social media. Chandan Prabhakar recently shared a picture of his newborn baby girl on social media.

Chandan Prabhakar recently shared a picture of his newborn baby girl on social media. The actor-comedian, who gained fame on the platform of The Kapil Sharma Show has kept himself away from all the controversies looming the show currently and has remained engrossed in his personal life. While he has been skipping the shooting of the show since past few weeks, it was revealed only recently that the reason was something special. Chandan was blessed with a baby girl a few days back. And now he has shared the first picture of the little one.

“Me n my daughter….no words for this feelings. Love,” Chandan captioned the image on Twitter. Chandan, who has been more involved in welcoming his darling daughter also thanked his wife Nandini Khanna two days back. He tweeted,” Trying to xpress my happiness in words…Thanx Nandani…lots of love n hugs.”

The comedian is on cloud nine after having his first born child. Though what he has named his daughter is still not known.

Me n my daughter….no words for this feelings. Love. pic.twitter.com/pSjbWOoBvh — Chandan Prabhakar (@haanjichandan) April 2, 2017

Trying to xpress my happiness in words…Thanx Nandani…lots of love n hugs. pic.twitter.com/zNBKG3KLDE — Chandan Prabhakar (@haanjichandan) March 31, 2017

“Actually, we believe in the naamkaran ceremony and as soon as the pandit tells the first letter of what can be the name, then we’ll do that,” Chandan Prabhakar told PinkVilla in an interview.

The report further mentioned that when he was asked the obvious question if he has quit The Kapil Sharma Show, he said that these days he is busy enjoying every moment of fatherhood and he does not want to think about the controversy, as it will remain what it is.

Also read: Chandan Prabhakar of The Kapil Sharma Show becomes dad, blessed with a baby girl

Chandan Prabhakar is India’s popular stand-up comedian. He had won the second position in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge Season 3. He later gained more popularity on Comedy Nights With Kapil. Later when the team shifted to another channel, he played the role of a tea- staller in The Kapil Sharma Show.

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Ciara Shares Pics from Her ‘All White’ Baby Shower

Ciara and Russell Wilson threw an extravagant baby shower bash to celebrate the impending arrival of their first child together.

The singer and her quarterback husband hosted several celebrity guests last weekend (25-26Mar17) at their fabulous party, which was coordinated by A-list event planner Mindy Weiss.

Truly Grateful For My Girls ❤️ 👶🏽 A post shared by Ciara (@ciara) on Mar 30, 2017 at 8:15pm PDT

According to E! News, attendees such as TV personality Lala Anthony and tennis star Serena Williams were treated to delicious Shake Shack cheeseburgers, and all guests were given flower crowns to wear at the “all white” themed event held at a private Los Angeles home.

#BabyWilson Baby Shower. Loved My Flower Crown ❤️ 📷 @djmogg A post shared by Ciara (@ciara) on Mar 30, 2017 at 6:40pm PDT

After pigging out on their burgers the fun continued for hours while DJ Nabs provided music for people grooving on the dance floor.

Issa Daddy 😍 A post shared by Ciara (@ciara) on Mar 31, 2017 at 6:54am PDT

Ciara married the Seattle Seahawks player last July (16) after dating for just over a year. The couple announced they were expecting on 25 October (16), the singer’s birthday.

The sex of the child is still unknown but the star has hinted she is expecting a boy.

“Blue is one of my favorite colors…” Ciara noted on social media in February (17).

The Grammy-winner is already a mother to two-year-old son Future Zahir, who she welcomed with rapper Future in 2014. The pair were engaged in 2013 but ended their relationship the following year (14).
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Man who shared photo of Sadhu buying meat gets bail

Two days after he was arrested for sharing an image of a sadhu buying meat from a shop, Jhabua-based homoeopath Atik Afzal Khan was released on bail on the condition that he would not leave the town and incite religious feelings.

Khan had shared the image on Facebook with the caption “Rahim ki dukan se Ram hari sabjiya kharidte hue, ek durlabh tasvir (Ram buys green vegetables from Rahim’s shop, a rare photograph).”

On a complaint from one Anil Hemraj Prajapati, Kotwali police arrested him and produced him before a magistrate who sent him to a 15-day judicial custody.

Khan’s brother Aadil Khan said, “Everyone believes what happened was wrong. Whatever has to be said will be said by our advocate.’’

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Alia Bhatt wants to get married soon; Sidharth Malhotra, are you listening?

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt is currently riding on the success of her latest release, Badrinath Ki Dulhania, opposite Varun Dhawan. The diva has achieved success in a short while and now, she wants to settle down in life.

Also read: These photos will prove Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt are officially a couple

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Alia said that she wants to get done with marriage, however, she stated that she is not planning to do it right away. “I do want to settle down early (in life) because I have an advantage of having started off (in career) very early.

“That way (getting married), I can get done with it and continue (in my career). Also, I don’t want to settle down too late in life because that also has its own issues. But honestly, I’m not thinking about it or planning as of now,” she added.

I watched Kapoor and Sons AGAIN!! I love it ??? || also I watched finding dory and it was so cute aw?? A post shared by Sidharth, Alia & Varun Fc! (@studentoftheyear_) on Aug 3, 2016 at 8:21pm PDT

The 24-year-old actress seemed very candid with her future plans. Alia is allegedly dating Sidharth Malhotra and now the pair doesn’t shy away from holding hands in public as well. Hopefully, Sidharth heard his girlfriend’s marriage plans.

At present, Alia is on a six-month break from movies. She will next be seen in Ayan Mukerji’s Dragon alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy opposite Ranveer Singh. Alia will also feature in Aashiqui 3 with her rumoured lover boy Sidharth.

A post shared by Sidharth Malhotra ❤ Alia Bhatt (@sidharth.alia) on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:10am PST

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Isla Fisher Laughs Off Embarrassing Wedgie Snap

Isla Fisher sees the funny side of a photo which appears to show her adjusting a wedgie as she left Elton John’s 70th birthday bash.

The flame-haired star was joined by husband Sacha Baron Cohen at the lavish party on Saturday night (25Mar17), but Isla proved her beau isn’t the only person that can make people laugh.

Taking to Instagram to share a photo of herself dressed to the nines in a gold and white Zimmermann ruffle dress, Isla joked: “Next time I will try and pluck my knickers out from my tush BEFORE the paparazzi turn up #aboutlastnight.”

Next time I will try and pluck my knickers out from my tush BEFORE the paparazzi turn up #aboutlastnight A post shared by Isla Fisher (@islafisher) on Mar 26, 2017 at 10:35pm PDT

Fans didn’t seem to mind though, with one even cheekily commenting, “Assumed you’d have someone to do that for you these days, @islafisher.”

Comedian Sacha kept his look more relaxed, wearing a leather bomber jacket and black baseball cap to the party at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Elton and husband David Furnish went for more opulent wardrobe choices, with birthday boy Elton donning a maroon suit jacket, burgundy shirt, velvet slippers and red tinted glasses. Meanwhile, David chose an embellished black and gold overcoat.

Let’s get this party started! #SuitedandBooted #HappyBirthdayElton A post shared by David Furnish (@davidfurnish) on Mar 25, 2017 at 6:05pm PDT

“Let’s get this party started! #SuitedandBooted #HappyBirthdayElton,” David shared on Instagram ahead of the party.

The A-list guest list also included Katy Perry, who sparkled in black sequins, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, who both went for all black ensembles, and James Corden and his wife Julia Carey.

Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder provided the evening’s entertainment, while Britain’s Prince Harry made an appearance via video message.

As well as enjoying celebrations, Elton and his famous friends also raised cash for the Hammer Museum and Elton’s AIDS Foundation.
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This is What Enimem’s Daughter Hailie Jade Looks Like Now

Yes my pants match my closet & yes Lottie’s entitled to photobomb on puppy day

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