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Trump announces coffee-table book: ‘Every caption is mine’

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The Donald Trump book boom continues, with many of this fall’s tomes documenting the former president’s refusal to concede the last election. But now Trump himself has entered the fray, announcing his first post-presidential book.

The developer-turned-reality host-turned-45th leader of the free world trumpeted the arrival of “Our Journey Together,” a collection of photos, in a statement issued Friday.

“Today I am thrilled to announce I will be publishing a wonderful book in time for Christmas!” Trump said in the statement. “Our Journey Together is a collection of beautiful photos captured during our very successful time in the White House. From center stage to behind-the-scenes — this is a must-have for all Patriots.”

The former president promised “unforgettable” moments, including “building the Southern Border Wall; cutting America’s taxes; confirming almost 300 federal judges and 3 Supreme Court justices; rebuilding our military; creating Space Force; dealing with Kim Jong-Un, President Xi, President Putin, and many other world leaders; and battling liberals on two Impeachment Witch Hunts, just to name a few.”

A photo book is a departure from recent post-presidential literary efforts. President Obama’s first book after leaving office in 2017 was the 2020 memoir “A Promised Land.” In 2010, President Bush published his memoir “Decision Points.” President Clinton, who left the White House in 2001, published the autobiography “My Life” in 2004.

They were all lengthy and substantive, though the two Democrats (Clinton, 786 pages; Obama, 1,008 pages) decisively outweighed Bush (486 pages). The page count on “Our Journey Together” was not available, but Trump promised that “[e]very photograph has been handpicked by me and every caption is mine, some in my own handwriting.”

The Washington Examiner, the first outlet to report on the book, reproduced a few of its photos and captions, which signify a departure in tone as well as substance from predecessors’ books.

“Attempting to listen to Crazy Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office — such natural disagreement,” runs the line beneath a photo of the House Speaker, Vice President Mike Pence and Trump. Another, referring to the killing of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, claims, “We destroyed ISIS under my watch. Now terrorists are back in the Middle East.”

Neither of these captions appear to be handwritten.

Trump’s book retails for $79.95, or $229.95 for an autographed copy. It’s available for pre-order at 45books.com and will start shipping in mid-December.

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Registration form to release on THIS date at peb.mp.gov.in – Details here

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Professional Examination Board, Madhya Pradesh to reopen the registration process for Madhya Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (MPTET 2021) soon. The registration link for MPTET will be activated from December 14 to December 28, 2021. Interested candidates can apply online through the official site of PEB, MP on peb.mp.gov.in. 

According to the official notice, candidates can make changes in the registration form till January 2, 2022. The detailed notification will be released by the Professional Examination Board, Madhya Pradesh on December 2, 2021. The exam will be held in March 2022, however, the official exam date has not been released yet. 

Eligibility Criteria 

Candidates must have cleared Class 12th (Intermediate) with 50% Marks and 4 Yrs. BLEd degree. OR Passed 2 Yr. BTC/ Special BTC Exam can apply for the examination. The age limit of the candidate should be between 21 years to 40 years of age. 

Application Fees 

General category candidates have to pay the application fees of Rs 600. Other state candidates, Rs 300/- for reserve category. For correction in the application form, candidates will have to pay Rs 70. The payment of application fees and correction fees should be paid through online mode.

MPTET 2021 Notification: peb.mp.gov.in 

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Biden administration agrees to RESTART Donald Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

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Joe Biden’s administration will announce on Thursday that it is to restart Donald Trump’s controversial Remain in Mexico asylum policy, according to a report.

Under Biden’s new policy – first reported by Axios on November 24; confirmed by The Washington Post on Wednesday, with the Post saying the news would be officially announced on Thursday – the migrants will once again be sent back to Mexico.

The major difference is that they will be offered a COVID vaccination, but they cannot be forced to accept it. Biden’s policy is likely to anger progressive members of his party – including the so-called ‘Squad’ of four outspoken female representatives, but it could play well with more centrist Democrats who have concerns about uncontrolled immigration into the US. 

Officials in the United States are planning to initially use the MPP program primarily for single adult asylum seekers, who account for the majority of illegal border crossings, according to one official who spoke to The Washington Post.

Joe Biden, seen on December 1, will announce the resumption of the Remain in Mexico policy on Thursday, according to The Washington Post

Joe Biden, seen on December 1, will announce the resumption of the Remain in Mexico policy on Thursday, according to The Washington Post

Mexico is willing to accept asylum seekers from Spanish-speaking countries, as with the previous version of the program, the person said. Whether Mexico would accept Haitians – who have surged in numbers in recent months, as the country implodes – was still being debated. 

Biden, on taking the White House, immediately ended the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), as the policy is formally known.

His predecessor had implemented the scheme in January 2019, and it faced multiple legal challenges from critics who said that turning asylum seekers away breached international law.

Yet supporters of the policy argued that it was a sensible way to deal with those waiting to have their cases heard in overwhelmed U.S. immigration courts, and admitted that it also served as a deterrent to illegal crossings. 

When Biden assumed office, migrant numbers surged, with many openly stating that they’d been emboldened to attempt to enter the U.S. illegally because they felt the new president would be more sympathetic than Trump. 

Under Donald Trump, from January 2019 to January 2020 approximately 60,000 migrants were forced to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases were heard

Under Donald Trump, from January 2019 to January 2020 approximately 60,000 migrants were forced to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases were heard

The number of migrants encountered by Border Patrol along the Mexican border rose to their highest recorded level in fiscal 2021, according to data analyzed last month by Pew

The Border Patrol reported 1,659,206 encounters with migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border last fiscal year, narrowly exceeding the prior highs of 1,643,679 in 2000 and 1,615,844 in 1986. 

 

Migrants are seen attempting to cross in to the U.S. from Mexico at the border on October 10

Migrants are seen attempting to cross in to the U.S. from Mexico at the border on October 10

A family is seen in San Luis, Arizona, on October 10 having just crossed the border

A family is seen in San Luis, Arizona, on October 10 having just crossed the border

Biden is now in the bizarre situation of reintroducing a plan despite his own administration still fighting it in the courts.

In August, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, sitting in Amarillo, Texas, ruled that the Biden administration violated federal law by ending the Remain in Mexico policy.

The Justice Department appealed to the Supreme Court, and Justice Alito ruled in Biden’s favor and allowed the administration to temporarily stop Remain in Mexico.

Four days later, on August 24, the Supreme Court declared that Kacsmaryk’s ruling stood, and Biden must reinstate Remain in Mexico.

Biden is seen on November 18 meeting Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico's president

Biden is seen on November 18 meeting Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s president

Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Security Secretary, in October spoke of his concerns about the program. 

‘MPP had endemic flaws, imposed unjustifiable human costs, pulled resources and personnel away from other priority efforts, and did not address the root causes of irregular migration,’ he said.

‘MPP not only undercuts the Administration’s ability to implement critically needed and foundational changes to the immigration system, it fails to provide the fair process and humanitarian protections that individuals deserve under the law.’

Mexico has expressed concern about the implementation of the program, releasing a statement last week outlining several ‘humanitarian concerns,’ including the living conditions of asylum seekers, and their access to legal representation and medical care.

The Trump administration used the MPP program to return more than 60,000 asylum seekers across the border to Mexico. 

Human Rights First, a New York-based nonprofit organization, recorded at least 1,544 ‘violent attacks’ against migrants returned to Mexico under the program.

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Telangana planning to achieve 100% Covid vaccination by December end

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Authorities in Telangana are preparing a special action plan to achieve cent per cent Covid vaccination in the state by the end of current month.


The cabinet sub-committee formed to tackle the situation in view of new variant Omicron and to expedite vaccination has directed the district collectors to prepare the plans in their respective districts to ensure vaccination coverage of all eligible persons by the end of December.





The four-member panel headed by Health Minister T. Harish Rao has asked the departments of medical and health, municipal administration, education and panchayat raj to work with coordination to achieve the goal.


It has asked people not to get panicked over the new variant. It noted that rumours are leading to confusion among people and the only way to check this is to provide correct information to people. It was also decided to revive 24/7 command and control room centre.


The panel, which held its first meeting on Wednesday, has advised people to follow all Covid precautions and take the vaccines without fail.


It observed that Telangana is ahead of other states in vaccination and it should create history by reaching the goal of 100 per cent by the month as desired by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.


The officials have been directed to prepare action plans at ward, sub-division and mandal levels.


The ministers advised the health department to keep an eye on the misinformation being spread on social media and provide all the necessary information to the public through the media. The department officials were directed to make information available to people about the beds available in hospitals at the state and district levels.


Also, the officials were asked to take all necessary measures to check Covid in schools, colleges and hotels. They were directed to conduct vaccination camps in educational institutions and ensure 100 per cent vaccination of all teaching and non-teaching staff.


So far, around 90 per cent of the 2.77 crore of targeted people in the state have taken the first dose while 45 per cent have taken the second dose.


According to officials, nearly 25 lakh people did not take the second dose of vaccine despite completing the gap between doses.


Minister for Industry and Municipal Administration K. T. Rama Rao, Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy, chief secretary Somesh Kumar and other officials attended the meeting.


Meanwhile, Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan visited GMR Covid Care Center at Hyderabad International Airport.


Officials at the airport briefed about the preparations made in accordance with latest Covid-19 guidelines and rules for international passengers arriving from ‘at risk countries’ amid rising concerns of the new variant-Omicron.


–IANS


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