US Slaps Sanctions on Iran Firms Linked to Satellite LaunchUS Slaps Sanctions on Iran Firms Linked to Satellite Launch

Simorgh rocket is launched and tested at the Imam Khomeini Space Centre, Iran, in this handout photo released by Tasnim News Agency on July 27, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Tasnim News Agency

Washington; The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on six subsidiaries of a company key to Iran’s ballistic missile programme, citing continued “provocative actions” like Tehran’s launch of a rocket capable of putting a satellite into orbit.

Iranian state television reported on Thursday that Iran had successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit, an action the United States and others say breaches a UN Security Council resolution because of its potential use in ballistic missile development.

A joint statement on Friday from the United States, France, Germany and Britain said the launch was inconsistent with a UN Security Council resolution calling on Iran not to conduct such tests.

The US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions on six Iranian firms owned or controlled by the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group. The move enables the US government to block any company property under its jurisdiction and prevents US citizens from doing business with the firms.

“These sanctions … underscore the United States’ deep concerns with Iran’s continued development and testing of ballistic missiles and other provocative behaviour,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.

“The US government will continue to aggressively counter Iran’s ballistic missile-related activity, whether it be a provocative space launch … or likely support to Yemeni Houthi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia such as occurred this past weekend,” Mnuchin said.

The six Shahid Hemmat units targeted by the US sanctions manufacture missile components, missile airframes, liquid-propellant ballistic missile engines, liquid propellant, guidance and control systems. They also do missile-related research and maintenance.

The Treasury move was announced just hours after the US Senate voted almost unanimously to impose new sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea.

The measure put President Donald Trump, who has sought better ties with Russia, in a tough position, forcing him to either sign the bill into law or anger his party by vetoing it.

The sanctions in that bill also target Iran’s missile development programs as well as human rights abuses.

The State Department charged on Thursday that Iran’s test of the satellite launch vehicle was a violation of UN Security Council resolutions as well as the spirit of the multinational Iran nuclear deal, under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear programs in exchange for a lifting of some economic sanctions.

Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said the Trump administration would continue to impose consequences on Iran until it complied fully with UN resolutions.

“The issue with Iran always comes back to mistrust. Iran’s widespread support for terrorists tells us we can’t trust them. Iran’s breaking its obligation on missile testing tells us we can’t trust them. Yesterday’s launch proves that yet again,” she said in a statement.

The Trump administration certified Iran as being in compliance with the nuclear deal last week, even though Trump has called the agreement negotiated by his Democratic predecessor “the worst deal ever.”

Trump issued a veiled threat against Iran earlier this week, warning Tehran to adhere to the terms of the nuclear accord or face “big, big problems.” He said in a speech in Ohio that the deal had “emboldened” Iran and added “that won’t take place much longer.”


Flipkart Co-Founder Sachin Bansal Seeks Level-Playing Field for Local Firms

Flipkart Co-Founder Sachin Bansal Seeks Level-Playing Field for Local Firms

Flipkart Co-Founder Sachin Bansal Seeks Level-Playing Field for Local Firms
Highlighting the rise of “selective globalisation”, Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal on Wednesday said a level-playing field is needed to ensure that local companies can build solutions for the Indian market and don’t get “prematurely killed” by foreign competition.

“Another big thing that is happening across the world is the rise of anti-globalisation… it was all the time in China and US, selective globalisation rather. I meant there should be level playing field,” Bansal said at the IAMAI India Digital Summit in New Delhi.

Bansal has, in the past too, voiced his opinion on supporting Indian companies against ‘capital dumping’ by foreign companies.

“What we need to figure out is how do we create a level-playing field. How do we ensure news app or restaurant apps doesn’t get prematurely killed by company coming from China and just pumping in dollars from there. It should be about technology and appreciation of the product,” he said.

Interestingly, Flipkart – which is locked in an intense battle for leadership with US-based Amazon in the Indian e-commerce market – has received over $3 billion funding from investors like Tiger Global Management, DST Global, Naspers and Steadview Capital.

China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba – which has stake in Indian digital payments and e-tailer Paytm – is also aggressively looking at tapping into the Indian market.
Bansal said it would be a “mistake” if Internet and technology are not considered as a “strategic sector”.

“…we are making a mistake by not thinking of Internet and technology a strategic sector and depending too much on China and the US to build that for us… We have the capability, we have the know-how to do this in India ourselves for our markets,” he said.

Referring to year 2016 as a “cooling off period” for investors, Bansal said the funding scenario changes cyclically but that doe not change the “reality of the companies”.

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“…(year) 2016 was the cooling off period. And these are the cycles that the markets go through… it will either be little bit too over-optimistic or a bit too pessimistic. The reality of the companies actually don’t change that much, the funding scenario changes drastically,” he said.

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Top Design Firms Releases February 2017’s Top 10 Best Web Design Firms

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – 7 Feb, 2017 – Each month the Top Design Firms (TDF) team ranks the premier design firms nationwide.  Based on project range, client assessments, originality, and innovation the firms are evaluated.

As of February 2017, the ranking group is pleased to announce its newest top 10 in the category of best web design firms.  Blue Fountain Media, Maxburst, and Lounge Lizard Worldwide secure the top three spots, with Bowen and Hudson Integrated following close behind.

More about February 2017’s Top Rated Web Design Firms:

Blue Fountain Media

Ranked as the best web design company, Blue Fountain Media has built a solid team of marketing and web professionals that create one-of-a-kind designs. The team makes sure each goal is met and surpassed on every level.


The creativity and knowledge that this best web design company brings to web design is truly amazing. Maxburst dedicates themselves from start to finish to provide your brand or business with the highest quality design to ensure all your goals are met.

Lounge Lizard Worldwide

With a devoted, creative team of professionals, each design Lounge Lizard creates show originality, consistency, and talent. Their stunning, innovative work makes Lounge Lizard a best web design company to work with.


Bowen creates web designs that bring the culture and value of your business to life. With this best web design company, you can be sure the design your getting is the very best using the most creative and innovative technology on the market.


Hudson brings your business into the 21st century with creative pros and the latest technology needed to create a truly one-of-a-kind design that only a best web design company can provide.


What does it take to create the best web design company? If you ask the Eight25Media team, you’ll learn that it takes their incredible passion for design, highly skilled staff, and just a little bit of design magic which includes hard work and dedication.

Ruckus Marketing

Unique doesn’t begin to describe the designs Ruckus produces. This best web design company makes sure they understand the difference your business brings to customers and showcases that in a beautiful website.

Capitol Tech Solutions

No matter what the challenge may be when it comes to taking your brand’s website into the 21st century, Capitol Tech Solutions makes sure that the product you’re receiving not only meets goals, but show that you work with the best web design company.

Magic Logix

Magic Logix is transforming the way web design is being done by even the best web design company through innovation and creativity. They bring a little bit of web magic to each design that put your culture and values at the forefront of your site.


Rounding out our list is this best web design company: Dotlogics. They make sure your design is stunning and delivers solid conversions. In addition, Dotlogics offer an innovative approach to create a truly unique site for every client.

The TDF team is thrilled as more businesses submit their work for review in the competitive marketplace, with the opportunity to see where they fall amongst the top ranked in the nation. The well-established rating group is looking forward to expanding its reach, and continuing to rank the best web design agencies for clients nationwide.
About TDF:

Top Design Firms was founded in 2003 to recognize the best work in the web design industry. Since then, TDF has seen some of the best, most innovative web design work from around the world. While the firm only ranks United States-based firms, its also one of the largest web design directories online, listing international firms as well. TDF’s mission is to push digital design to new heights while providing those seeking design services a curated list of high-quality design firms.

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Small Business Spotlight

Spotlight: Need an Event Management Platform? Try Attend

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The Steve Jobs Movie Casts Entrepreneurs as Orchestra Conductors

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Mobile Technology

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Samsung Unveils 18.4-inch Galaxy View Tablet for Video Streaming

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HTC A9 Phone Will Be A Little More Expensive After Nov. 7

The new HTC One A9 entered the market recently with a new design and features that pretty much made the phone look like a good value. But the price was what grabbed the attention of most, as the A9 came in at juat$399. For customers looking for a phone with great features at a relatively affordable price, the A9 looked like a potentially great option.

Technology Trends

Yet Another Business Use for Drones: WalMart Considers Inventory Option

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