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Arun Jaitley’s last rites to be performed today



New Delhi: In yet another untimely and shocking loss for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passed away at the age of 66 on Tuesday. He was suffering from multiple health issues for several months. Arun Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS on August 9. He was critical and was constantly kept under observation at the ICU. Arun Jaitley breathed his last at 12.07 pm on August 24.

The veteran BJP leader will be cremated at the Nigambodh Ghat  in the afternoon. Almost all top BJP leaders, including Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh reached the Jaitley residence on Saturday to be with the family and console them while Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is away on a tour, mourned his friend from afar. PM Modi during an address in Bahrain expressed sadness that his friend left while he is away. Arun Jaitley was BJP’s man of all seasons. He was the man the BJP would turn to solve problems and address issues publicly. He was the BJP’s troubleshooter-in-chief. The legal luminary and veteran party leader was responsible for ushering in the biggest tax reforms in the country in the form of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2017.

Former minister Arun Jaitley’s body is being taken to the BJP office in a gun carriage that is usually used for Prime Ministers, Presidents and Defence Ministers. Arun Jaitley, who held the defence portfolio in the first term of the Modi government, passed away on Saturday. His body is now being taken to the BJP headquarters.

Arun Jaitley’s mortal remains will be brought to the BJP headquarters at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg around 10.30 am for his admirers and followers to pay their last respects. From the BJP headquarters, it will be taken to the Nigambodh Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna River for performing the last rites around 2.30 pm.






Without a China trade deal, the U.S. will hike tariffs




Washington: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he would raise tariffs on imports of Chinese goods if no trade deal is reached with Beijing to end a tit-for-tat trade war that has roiled markets and damaged growth worldwide.

“China is going to have to make a deal that I like. If they don’t, that’s it,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday. “If we don’t make a deal with China, I’ll just raise the tariffs even higher.”

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was more measured in his comments, saying that the White House remains “optimistic” that an agreement can be reached.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that he still expects a deal to be reached, but he also anticipated an additional 15 per cent tariff to be placed on about US$156 billion of Chinese imports on December 15 if there is no agreement.

“I have every expectation if there’s not a deal, those tariffs would go in place. But I expect we’ll have a deal,” Mnuchin

Predictions of a resolution have come and gone repeatedly as Trump veers from hints of imminent deals to declaring his satisfaction with the current standoff, because the United States is pulling in billions of dollars in trade tariffs.

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