Here’s Everything Donald Trump Has Done So Far as President | TIME


Apart from giving his inaugural address—which sketched a departure from longstanding U.S. foreign policy—and attending the inaugural balls, Trump has made a few concrete moves as President.

Here’s a quick look …

Source: Here’s Everything Donald Trump Has Done So Far as President | TIME

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The Case Against ‘Whole Wheat’ and ‘Whole Grain’ Bread | TIME


Not all whole grain foods are what they claim to be.

Some contain only a small amount of actual whole grains and instead include refined flour—a pulverized version of what may, at some point, have been a whole grain. That’s a problem, because how much a grain has been milled or manipulated can also make a difference in how nutritious it is.

Complicating matters is the fact that there’s no standard for telling people how much of a product — 50%, 100% — comes from whole grains.

Source: The Case Against ‘Whole Wheat’ and ‘Whole Grain’ Bread | TIME

Trump names Ajit Pai as FCC chairman


Ajit Pai is the first Republican chairman since Kevin Martin 12 years ago. His appointment will raise questions over the future of net neutrality rules introduced by predecessor Tom Wheeler in February 2015.

He is an outspoken opponent of net neutrality and voted against the current rules, labeling them a “dangerous” assault on the “culture of the First Amendment.”

Source: Trump names Ajit Pai as FCC chairman

NEC wins deal to link Hong Kong with Guam with 48Tbps cable


The 3,900 km Hong Kong Guam Cable System (HK-G) is due to begin operation in January 2020, with 100Gbps transmission. No price was given for the project.

The cable is being planned by RTI Connectivity, a private cable developer set up by US entrepreneurs in Singapore. The contract will partially use capital from the Fund Corporation for the Overseas Development of Japan’s ICT and Postal Services (Japan ICT Fund)

Source: NEC wins deal to link Hong Kong with Guam with 48Tbps cable

RBI: Where are the fake notes? Even RBI doesn’t know | The Economic Times

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In a pointed query, prominent activist Anil V. Galgali had asked RBI to provide details of the number or value of the fake currencies detected post-demonetization, the name of the banks, dates, etc, between November 08-December 10, 2016.

“However, the RBI has made it clear that nearly 11 weeks later, it has simply no data available on this crucial aspect. So the government’s claims to demonetize as a weapon to kill fake currency is proving hollow,” Galgali told IANS.

Source: RBI: Where are the fake notes? Even RBI doesn’t know – The Economic Times

Obamacare Repeal: What Happens to Employer Health Plans? | Money


Here, a look at six benefits that employer health plans have gained under Obamacare — many of which could disappear if the rules are rolled back:

  1. Free Preventive Services
  2. No Waiting Period for Pre-existing Conditions
  3. Out-of-Pocket Limits
  4. A Bar on Lifetime Limits
  5. Parental Coverage for 20-somethings
  6. Right to a Review

Source: Obamacare Repeal: What Happens to Employer Health Plans? | Money

Amazon offers to scrap e-book clauses to settle EU antitrust probe | Reuters


Amazon, the biggest e-book distributor in Europe, proposed to drop some clauses in its contracts so publishers will not be forced to give it terms as good as those for rivals, the Commission said.

Such clauses relate to business models, release dates, catalogs of e-books, features of e-books, promotions, agency prices, agency commissions and wholesale prices.

The Commission opened an investigation into the company’s e-books in English and German in June 2015, concerned that such parity clauses make it harder for other e-book retailers to compete with Amazon by developing new and innovative products and services.

Source: Amazon offers to scrap e-book clauses to settle EU antitrust probe | Reuters

Trump urges U.S. automakers to make big push for new plants | Reuters


Trump opened a meeting with GM CEO Mary Barra, Ford CEO Mark Fields and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne at the White House, saying he wants to see new auto plants built in the United States.

“I want new plants to be built here for cars sold here!” Trump said in a tweet ahead of the meeting with automakers, saying he would discuss U.S. jobs with the chief executives.

U.S. automakers have been reluctant to open new U.S. auto plants in recent years, but they have expanded some operations at existing plants.

Source: Trump urges U.S. automakers to make big push for new plants | Reuters

U.S. Senate confirms Pompeo to be Trump’s CIA director | Reuters


The U.S. Senate confirmed Representative Mike Pompeo as President Donald Trump’s CIA director on Monday (Jan 23), after a delay tied to some lawmakers’ worries he might expand surveillance or allow the use of certain interrogation techniques widely considered torture.

Sixty-six senators backed Pompeo and 32 voted against. All the opposition was from Democrats, except for Senator Rand Paul, a leading Republican advocate for strict control of surveillance. Shortly afterward, Pompeo was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence.

Source: U.S. Senate confirms Pompeo to be Trump’s CIA director | Reuters

China says will protect South China Sea sovereignty | Reuters


“The U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there,” Sean Spicer said when asked if Trump agreed with comments by his secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson. On Jan. 11, Tillerson said China should not be allowed access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea.

“It’s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yeah, we’re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country,” Spicer said.

Source: China says will protect South China Sea sovereignty | Reuters