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39 Indians kidnapped in Iraq are alive,Efforts on to trace Judith, says Sushma

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The 39 Indians, kidnapped by the dreaded Islamic State (IS) in Iraq in June 2014, are still alive, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said, dismissing reports about their killing and insisting that efforts to trace them are on.While simultaneously claiming that Modi government was making efforts to trace Judith D’Souza, who has been abducted in Afghanistan,
In her annual press conference, Swaraj said the government was was trying its best to ensure safe release of Judith D’Souza, an aid worker and resident of Kolkata, who was abducted by suspected militants in Kabul on June 9.
“In the last two years, I have not abandoned even a single Indian national, whether he is alone or in group or in captive,” Sushma Swaraj said in her annual press conference here.

“It is my duty to save every indian whether he is stranded or captive be it Prem Kumar (a Jesuit priest who was released from Afghanistan last year), Judith or 39 Indians who are in captive. My duty is to bring them all to India,” she added.

Judith, 40, working with NGO Aga Khan Development Network was kidnapped earlier this month while she was returning home after a dinner at a friend’s place in the Qala-e-Fatullah area of Kabul.

Hailing from Kolkata, she had had been working with the NGO in Kabul as a senior technical adviser since July 2015.

Answering a query on 39 Indians missing from Iraq for the past two years, Sushma Swaraj said she had no confirmation that they had been killed.

“In fact we have been informed that they are alive, apart from the statement by Harjeet Masih (who claimed to be the only hostage to have survived after being abducted along with 40 others).

“Even the relatives have rejected the statement of Harjeet Masih. One of the relatives stated that he spoke to his brother on June 21 (2014). According to Harjeet Masih all were killed on June 15 then how can one speak on June 21?” she asked.

Sushma Swaraj further said: “I dont give false hopes. If I had the confirmation that they were killed, then I would have definitely apologised to the families and would have told them that they were killed.

“When I am saying that they are alive, then I have a huge responsibility to find them. I have been searching them for the past two years. We got information about they being alive from two heads of state. It is my duty to search them and I’ll do so. It will be unjust if I say that they have been killed.”

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Kota creates world record with 2 lakh people performing yoga

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Jaipur, June 21: Rajasthan’s Kota established a world record on Thursday when around two lakh people performed yoga at one place on the occasion of the International Yoga Day.

The event took place in the presence of yoga guru Baba Ramdev and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia at the RAC ground.

Speaking to IANS, an officer, Hariom Gurjar, said: “We have created a Guinness record as this is the first time these many people performed yoga together at one place.”

He explained that counting of the participants was done with the help of bar codes given to each contestant.

A total of 4,000 volunteers were present on the occasion and a drone centre was set up to keep an eye on the ground. People started reaching the RAC ground from 5 a.m.

A certificate was given to Vasundhara Raje Scindia, District Collector Gaurav Goyal and Baba Ramdev by two Guinness Book of World Record officials who came from London to monitor the proceedings.

Baba Ramdev tweeted that more than two lakh people performed yoga on the International Yoga Day.

“Yog is the best way for the students to de-stress themselves. Thousands of students have joined #YogainKota, the education capital of Rajasthan,” he tweeted.

Earlier, the Chief Minister called for maximum participation from people to set up a world record on the occasion.

Till date, Mysore shares the record where around 55,506 people performed yoga simultaneously at one place on International Yoga Day.

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Rahul says PM fast asleep, FM breaking news on Facebook

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New Delhi, June 21: Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched a blistering attack on the Narendra Modi government and the  RSS  for extending the invisible hand that caused tremendous damage to the  Indian economy.

The Congress president posted a tweet on country’s economic situation saying the country’s Finance Minister has been breaking news on the micro-blogging site Facebook while the national economy is on the brink of collapse.

The Congress president attacked Rashtriya Swayamsewak Singh, the ideological parent of the BJP and said that “the brightest have fled the sinking ship and the invisible hands of the RSS has steered the economy onto the rocks as the Captain who took the Demonetisation decision is fast asleep.”

The Congress leader took to Twitter to share the present economic scenario

”Ex ? FM is locked in his room, breaking news on FaceBook.

BJP Treasurer has the keys to the Indian Economy.

The brightest flee the sinking ship, as the “invisible hand” of the RSS steers it onto the rocks.

Meanwhile, Captain DeMo is fast asleep.

It’s crazy out there !” he tweeted.

Rahul Gandhi said, ”The FM is locked in a room,” adding that it was a breaking news on the micro-blogging site” as Arun Jaitley has been hospitalised due to his kidney ailment

The Indian economy is on a downward spiral due to mismanagement of the BJP,  the Gandhi scion said that ”the BJP national treasurer was actually running the economy”.

 

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On International Yoga Day, Kangana Ranaut performs Yogasanas in London

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New Delhi, June 21: Actress Kangana Ranaut on Thursday celebrated International Yoga Day in London, where she is currently shooting for her upcoming film ‘Mental Hai Kya’.

Pictures and video of Kangana performing yoga at London’s Hyde Park have been shared by the actress’ official fan club on Instagram.

“Kangana Ranaut shows her dedication towards yoga on International Yoga Day 2018 and encourages everyone to adopt yoga as a lifestyle and a way to spiritual awakening,” read the caption.

In another post, the actress actually amused everyone in the video as she practiced some Yogasanas like a pro.

“Kangana Ranaut practicing the ancient science of yoga on International Yoga Day. The key to practice yoga is patience & stillness,” the post read.

And after watching the video, we must say, she indeed performed some of the most toughest exercises.

In one of the videos, Kangana is seen perforiming a perfect and a flawless backbend while in the other she performs a generic stretchting Yoga exercise. One must not forget the cute thumbs up she showed to the fans after completing the yoga exercises.

On this International Yoga Day, Seems Kangana became the first bollywood celebrity to wish her fans a happpy yoga day.

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