Pentagon gets authority to set US ‘troop levels’ in Afghanistan

Pentagon gets authority to set US ‘troop levels’ in Afghanistan

Pentagon gets authority to set US ‘troop levels’ in Afghanistan

The United States currently has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan. Army General John Nicholson told Congress he could use an infusion of United States and Allied troops to support the Afghan army.

US President Donald Trump told Defense Minister James Mattis the power to determine troop levels in Afghanistan, the media said Wednesday, paving the way for more US forces to be deployed in the torn country by the war. Such permission was granted by Mattis Trump.

Mattis, according to The New York Times, is supposed to facilitate the deployment of thousands more troops to Afghanistan, but has not made a final decision on the matter. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon have confirmed the news.

“I have nothing that I can comment on right now. See you Secretary Mattis at that time,” said White House deputy reporter Sarah Sanders told reporters.

The United States currently has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan. Army General John Nicholson, the US commander in Afghanistan, told Congress he could use an infusion of US and Allied troops to support the Afghan army.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon was considering a demand for an additional 3,000 soldiers, mainly for training and consulting. This decision, however, was blocked by examining the wider administration of NATO policy and pressure to contribute more Afghan troops.

This opens the way for US commanders to begin sending more forces in Afghanistan after years of cuts made in the hope that Kabul can handle the internal threats by himself.

Mattis, a former commander of all Middle East wars, said Tuesday that the United States did not win the war in Afghanistan.
“We do not win in Afghanistan now,” Mattis said, adding that “finding a solution as soon as possible.”

Mattis is described later victory in Afghanistan as the central government, with international aid, “will be able to handle violence.”

The new four-star general promotion in the retired Navy comes as Congress became increasingly anxious for a new Trump Administration strategy for America’s longest war while the Taliban will continue to go out into the field and to increase power , Including the launch of coordinated attacks on US troops and journalists in recent weeks.

The Afghan war has lasted since October 2001 and the US-led coalition has ended its combat mission against the Taliban in 2014, but is increasingly involved in supporting Afghan forces in the battlefield.

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong’s siblings fear for safety, denounce him over abuse of power

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong’s siblings fear for safety, denounce him over abuse of power

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong’s siblings fear for safety, denounce him over abuse of power

Singapore: A dispute between Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his brothers are out in the open, revealing the deep divisions in the first family after accusing the Prime Minister of abuse of power and exploitation the legacy of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding leader of the city-state.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Yang’s brother said in a Facebook statement that he was leaving Singapore, citing Hsien Loong as the sole reason for his departure.

“Since the death of our father (Lee Kuan Yew) in 2015, we felt threatened by the misuse Hsien Loong in his position and his influence on government agencies and Singapore to blow up his personal agenda,” said Hsien Yang and his sister Wei Ling said.

In the statement, titled “What Happened to Lee Kuan Yew’s Values?” Hsien Yang said that he, his wife and his sister Wei Ling feared “the use of state organs” against them.

The two brothers have accused their brother, Lee Hsien Loong, 65, of harboring political ambitions for his son, Li Hongyi, who works as a consultant for a Singapore government agency.

“If he prepares Hsien Loong to act against us, his little sister and his brother, both taxpayer members staying in Singapore to advance in their personal agenda, we care for Singapore.

We wonder if competent leaders with independent political legitimacy will be forced to ensure Hsien Loong seized power remains unanswered, “the statement said.

Instead of demolishing the house Kuan Yew that the former leader wished the prime minister tried to make his home personal residence – a move that would strengthen his political capital, according to the statement.

The founding father of Singapore, Kuan Yew wanted the family home, a bungalow in the Orchard district, to be demolished after his death, when it was to become a monument.

The Prime Minister and his wife, Ho Ching, CEO of Temasek Holdings, Singapore’s 196 billion-dollar sovereign fund, also raised political ambitions for his son Li Hongyi, the statement said.

The President of the Government, currently abroad with his family, has denied the allegations made by his brothers and said that he was “very disappointed” that they chose to publish a press release the publication of private family matters.

“Ho Ching and I deny these allegations, in particular the absurd claim that I have political ambitions for my son,” Lee said in a statement released by the prime minister’s office on his Facebook page.

“I am deeply saddened by the unfortunate accusations they made. Ho Ching (my wife) and I deny the
The allegations, particularly the absurd claims that I have political ambitions for my son, “Lee said.

“While siblings may have differences, I believe that these differences should remain in the family. Since my father’s death in March 2015, as an eldest son, I did everything possible to resolve problems between us in the family, respect for Our parents, “the prime minister said.

“The statement of my brothers and sisters hurt our father’s inheritance,” he said.

He said he was going to do everything he could to keep making his own parents. At the same time, he would continue to serve the Canadian Singapore “honesty” and to the extent of his ability.

“In particular, this means defending meritocracy, which is a fundamental value in our society,” the prime minister said.

Premier 65 had previously told parliament that he intended to fulfill his father’s wishes and evade any decision made by the house government.

The dispute in Singapore’s first family was made public in 2016 after the prime minister’s sister accused him of abusing his political power to Lee’s birthday commemorations.

The family fault is a rare public appearance of sharpness in the upper part of the tightly controlled city-state, where the limits of freedom of expression are vigorously controlled.

American student released from North Korea prison arrives in US

American student released from North Korea prison arrives in US

American student released from North Korea prison arrives in US

WASHINGTON: An American student who fell into a coma while imprisoned in a North Korean labor camp returned to the United States Tuesday night after Pyongyang allowed him to be taken home, US media reported.
A military plane with Otto Warmbier landed in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, shortly before 10:20 pm (02:20 am Wednesday), CBS News reported.

Warmbier’s 18-month release from a 15-year sentence came as US President Donald Trump invited Korea’s new chief, Moon Jae-in, in Washington to hold talks on escalating stagnation over Korea’s nuclear program northern.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said earlier on the day his agency had “secured” the 22-year release in talks with North Korea and support three other Americans to be released. It was not immediately clear if concessions had been made.

The news was released after the NBA’s amazing basketball test, Dennis Rodman, a former contestant on the reality show Trump Celebrity Apprentice.

He flew to Pyongyang to resume his quest for relaxation between his American hometown and the authoritarian regime of Kim Jong-un.

However, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said the visit “had nothing to do with the publication.”
Parents Warmbier, Fred and Cindy, said their statement Tuesday in a statement to CNN.

“Unfortunately, he’s in a coma and told us he was in this condition from March 2016,” they said. “We have learned that there is only one week.”

Arriving at Lunken Cincinnati airport, Warmbier was taken to an ambulance that precipitated Cincinnati University of Medicine for emergency treatment center, Fox News said.

Warmbier’s parents were informed that their son had been given a sleeping pill soon after his trial in March last year and never woke up.

US officials have declined to comment on his condition,
but former ambassador and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he had spoken to the family.

“Otto has been in a coma for more than a year and needs a proper medical emergency in the United States,” said Richardson, who previously served as special envoy to North Korea and continues to work on prisoner issues.

“We have received a call from Cindy and Fred Warmbier early today to catch up on Otto’s condition. To make it clear, North Korea must explain the causes of its coma.”
Tillerson told the senators at the beginning of a budget hearing that the State Department had no comment on the situation of M. Warmbier “out of respect for him and his family.”

The United States accused the North of using Warmbier as a political pawn, which condemns the sentence to be disproportionate in relation to the alleged crime.

The announcement came amid tensions between Washington and Pyongyang after a series of missile tests by the North, drawing attention to the accumulation of weapons that Pentagon chief Jim Mattis called today “a clear and present danger for all.”

Almost immediately after taking office in January Trump and his team – were briefed by current President Barack Obama – said North’s attempts to build, test and build a nuclear-capable ballistic missile are Washington’s biggest threat.

Washington has stepped up pressure on China and other foreign powers to impose existing UN sanctions and military assets deployed in the region.
Next to this track, the man of basketball Rodman arrived at Pyongyang Blasone wore a shirt of a cryptocurrent established for the marijuana.

The star visited the Stalinist state at least four times, the last in 2014, when he drew a barrage of criticism after being filmed singing his happy birthday to his “lifelong friend,” leader Kim.

Bank Audit Special Regulatory Treatment for Asset Classification

Reserve Bank of India has stipulated special regulatory frame work for asset classification, in modification to guidelines as enumerated in para 6 above. This special treatment will be available to the borrowers engaged in important business activities, subject to compliance with certain conditions as enumerated herein and is not extended to the following categories of advances:

  1. Consumer and personal advances;
  2. Advances classified as capital market exposures;
  • Advances classified as commercial real estate exposures

Thus benefit of special regulatory frame work would be available subject to compliance of conditions stipulated in the paragraph 7.1 below. If these conditions are not complied then guidelines as discussed in para 6 would apply to restructured accounts.

  • Elements of special regulatory framework

The special regulatory treatment has the following two components:

  • Incentive for quick implementation of the

restructuring package.

As an incentive for quick implementation of the package, if the approved package is implemented by the bank as per the following time schedule, the asset classification status may be restored to the position which existed when the reference was made to the CDR Cell or when the restructuring application was received by the bank.

  • Within 120 days from the date of approval under the CDR Mechanism.
  • Within 120 days from the date of receipt of application by the bank in other cases.
  • Retention of the asset classification of the restructured account in the pre­restructuring asset classification category Subject to the compliance with the

undernoted conditions in addition to the adherence to the prudential framework laid down in para 6 above,

  • An existing ‘standard asset’ will not be downgraded to the sub-standard category upon restructuring.
  • During the specified period, the asset classification of the sub-standard/doubtful accounts will not deteriorate upon restructuring, if satisfactory performance is demonstrated during the specified period.

These benefits will be available subject to compliance of the following conditions:

  1. The dues to the bank are ‘fully secured’ by tangible assets except in the following

cases:

  1. SSI borrowers, where the outstanding is up to ?25 lakh.
  2. Infrastructure projects, provided the cash flows generated from these projects are adequate for repayment of the advance, the financing bank(s) have in place an appropriate mechanism to escrow the cash flows, and also have a clear and legal first claim on these cash flows.
  3. The unit becomes viable in 8 years, if it is engaged in infrastructure activities, and in 5 years in the case of other units.
  • The repayment period of the restructured advance including the moratorium, if any, does not exceed 15 years in the case of infrastructure advances and 10 years in the case of other advances. The aforesaid ceiling of 10 years would not be applicable for restructured home loans; in these cases the Board of Directors of the banks should prescribe the maximum period for restructured advance keeping in view the safety and soundness of the advances.
  1. Promoters’ sacrifice and additional funds

Promoter’s personal guarantee should be obtained
in all cases of restructuring. Corporate guarantee
cannot be accepted as a substitute for personal
guarantee. However, the same can be accepted
in cases where promoters of a company are not
individuals.

 

Bank Audit Asset Classification to be borrower-wise and not facility-wise

  1. The increase in scope and size of the project takes place before commencement of commercial operations of the existing project.
  2. The rise in cost excluding any cost-overrun in respect of the original project is 25% or more of the original outlay.
  • The bank re-assesses the viability of the project before approving the enhancement of scope and fixing a fresh DCCO.
  1. On re-rating, (if already rated) the new rating is not below the previous rating by more than one notch.
  • Exceptions/ Clarifications
  • Accounts with temporary deficiencies:

An account should not be classified as NPA, if the deficiencies like non-submission of stock statement, non-renewal of facility in the account are temporary in nature, etc. RBI’s guidelines in this regard are as under:

  1. Drawing power is required to be arrived at based on the current stock statement.

However, considering the difficulties of large borrowers, stock statements relied upon by the banks for determining drawing power should not be older than three months. The outstanding balance in the account based on drawing power calculated from stock statements older than three months, would be deemed as irregular. A CC/OD account would become NPA if such irregular drawings are permitted in the account for a continuous period of 90 days. For example, if borrower is allowed drawing on the basis of stock statement of August 2014 for next three months, then it would be irregular from December 2014. If the borrower does not submit fresh stock statement then the account would become NPA in March 2015.

  1. An account, where the regularladhoc credit limits have not been reviewed/renewed within

All the facilities granted by a bank to a borrower
and investment in all the securities issued by the
borrower will have to be treated as NPA/NPI and not
the particular facility/investment or part thereof
which has become irregular. However, there are few
exceptions to this guideline.

180 days from the due date/date of adhoc sanction, will be treated as NPA.

  • Asset Classification to be borrower-wise and not facility-wise

All the facilities granted by a bank to a borrower and investment in all the securities issued by the borrower will have to be treated as NPA/NPI and not the particular facility/investment or part thereof which has become irregular. However, there are following exceptions to this guideline:

  1. Under the on-lending system, only that particular credit facility granted to PACS/FSS which is in default will be classified as NPA and not all the credit facilities sanctioned to a PACS/ FSS.
  2. Any amount, representing positive mark-to- market value of the foreign exchange derivative contracts (other than forward contract and plain vanilla swaps and options) that were entered into during the period April 2007 to June 2008, which has already crystallised or might crystallise in future and is/becomes receivable from the client, even if overdue for a period of 90 days or more, will not make other funded facilities provided to the client, NPA on account of the principle of borrower-wise asset classification, though such receivable overdue for 90 days or more shall itself be classified as NPA, as per the extant IRAC norms.
  3. In respect of additional facilities sanctioned under the rehabilitation package approved by BIFR, classification norms will become applicable after a period of one year from the date of disbursement, e., additional facility can be treated as standard upto one year from the date of disbursement.
  • Advances under consortium arrangements

Asset classification of accounts under consortium should be based on the record of recovery of the individual member banks and other aspects having a bearing on the recoverability of the advances. Where the remittances by the borrower under consortium lending arrangements are pooled with lead bank and the lead bank is not parting with the share of other member banks, the account will be treated as not serviced in the books of the other member banks and therefore, be treated as NPA. If the bank is able to arrange to get their share of recovery transferred from the lead bank or get an express consent from the