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Defence Partner deal with US compromising India’s sovereignty: Yechury

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Dec 13: Accusing the Narendra Modi regime of “wilfully ignoring parliament” in finalising the “Major Defence Partner” agreement with the US, the CPI-M on Tuesday said the deal gave rise to apprehensions of the government “compromising Indias sovereignty and strategic autonomy”.

In a letter to Prime Minister Modi, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said the agreement, which brings “India to a level at par with that of the United States’ closest allies and partners”, is “significant departure from India’s longstanding policy on defence relations” and has been done “without taking the parliament into confidence”.

“While the US government has placed the details of ‘Major Defense Partner’ designation for approval of the US Senate as part of FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), your government has not even made a statement in the parliament about such a significant deal. The country can see the US side of the deal by reading the 2017 NDAA, but remains ignorant of the Indian commitment as a ‘Major Defense Partner’ of the United States,” he said.

Referring to Paragraph (E) of Section 1292 of 2017 NDAA, he said the “concessions” made by the government under the deal will “make Indian defence forces open to American scrutiny, and Indian defence production under US control”.

The said paragarph talks about “mechanisms to verify the security of defense articles, defense services, and related technology, such as appropriate cyber security and end user monitoring agreements” for items and technologies sold to India. Paragraph (F) thereafter states that India will align its “export control and procurement regimes with those of the United States”.

Quoting another NDAA proviso, Yechury said “serious apprehensions arise about your government compromising India’s sovereignty and strategic autonomy”.

“Paragraph (I) of Sec. 1292, 2017 NDAA makes the facts amply clear. It explicitly highlights enhanced ” defence and security cooperation with India in order to advance United States interests in South Asia and greater Indo-Asia-Pacific regions.

“This is, sadly, a commitment by your government to become a junior ally of the US in our own neighbourhood. This represents the final nail in the coffin of India’s independent foreign policy,” he said.

“It is particularly galling that all these commitments, as part of the announcement of the A ‘Major Defense Partner’ designation, were made by the Defence Ministry when both the houses of parliament were, and still are, in session. This is in complete contravention of the established norms and practices of our parliamentary system,” he said.

He also said that text of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) signed between the two countries earlier in the year, “has not been placed before either parliament or the standing committee on defence.

“It needs no reminder that the parliament represents the people of this great country and by choosing to willfully ignore parliament, you are disrespecting 1.3 billion Indians,” said Yechury, demanding both be tabled in Parliament and made public immediately.

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Is coronavirus a bio weapon, wonders Manish Tiwari

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New Delhi, As the world continues to take steps to tackle COVID-19 amid death of 1,665 patients in China, Congress leader Manish Tiwari here on Sunday asked was coronavirus a bio-weapon created by the communist giant.

Tiwari, a former Information and Broadcasting Minister, posted a picture of cover and a page from American author Dean Koontz’s book ‘The Eyes of Darkness’ and tweeted: “Is coranavirus a biological weapon developed by the Chinese called Wuhan-400? This book was published in 1981. Do read the excerpt.”

Tiwari highlighted a paragraph that read: “They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside of the city of Wuhan, and it was the four hundredth viable strain of man-made micro-organisms created at that centre.”

The virus has spread to around 30 countries, with China accounting for around 99 percent of the total cases reported.

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Junior Kejriwal steals the show at swearing-in

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New Delhi, While Arvind Kejriwal was busy taking oath for the third time as Delhi Chief Minister, ‘junior Kejriwal’ stole the show at Ramlila ground, drawing attention from the large crowd.

Avyaan Tomar, who was a special invitee at the ceremony, prompted AAP leaders Raghav Chadha and Somnath Bharati to get selfies clicked with him. Tomar was wearing a red sweater, black muffler and spectacles and moustaches, completing his appearance as the Delhi Chief Minister.

Inviting him to the function, the AAP had tweeted, “Big Announcement: Baby Mufflerman is invited to the swearing-in… . Suit up Junior”.

This isn’t the first time that the couple, Rahul and Meenakshi Tomar, have shown their support for the party by dressing their child as the AAP chief. Five years earlier, their then four-year-old Fairy Tomar had made a similar appearance, and the ‘Little Kejriwal’ video went viral.

In his maiden speech as the third-time Chief Minister of Delhi, Kejriwal said on Sunday the people of Delhi have given birth to a new brand of electoral politics –“the politics of development.”

Addressing a huge crowd gathered at Delhi’s historic Ram Leela ground, Kejriwal said immediately after his swearing-in that the future electoral politics in the country will be based on the development plank. “Delhiites, you have given birth to a new brand of politics — the politics of performance, of setting up schools, healthcare facilities, providing water, power, and women’s security.”

Kejriwal’s speech also hinted at his national ambitions. He said, “When every Indian gets security, health, education and employment only then will the Tricolour flutter proudly.”

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CPI-M more worried about leakage of CAG report in Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram, Finally breaking its silence on the CAG report on Kerala Police, the CPI-M on Sunday appeared to be more worried about the leaking of the report and less concerned about the contents, which speak of the corrupt deals of Kerala Police.

The Congress-led opposition has gone hammer and tongs against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for his stoic silence on this issue, who had said that he will speak about this only in the Assembly, when it resumes in the first week of March.

Speaking to the media after the end of the two-day deliberation of the various committees of the CPI-M, state party secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said generally the CAG report is placed before the Assembly, but this time most of the content of the report was surprisingly revealed by a member in the Assembly itself, before the report was placed.

“The CAG should find out what happened as this is an issue of privilege in the Assembly. It’s here that, naturally, a sort of suspicion arises, if it was a planned one. Also the Accountant General conducted a detailed press conference and this generally does not happen,” said Balakrishnan.

The CAG report for 2013-18 tabled in the Kerala Assembly on Wednesday pointed out to missing guns and cartridges, misuse of funds and diversion of funds. It also pointed to the alleged collusion between Keltron, a state public sector company and police in purchases made by the latter.

“The CAG report does not speak of corruption, but more about diversion of funds. Missing bullets is a feature for long and it’s got to do with improper accounting. Such things were pointed out when I was the Home Minister and it has been like that for long.

“Generally in the police department, due to the urgent need of implementing things, what happens is the decision taken first and it is later ratified. Nevertheless, the CAG report goes before the Public Accounts Committee of the Legislature and is headed by a seasoned Congress legislator V.D. Sateeshan and now let us wait for them to look into it,” said Balakrishnan.

“Maybe one reason why the Congress-led UDF is ‘upbeat’ on the CAG report is because two of their former Minister’s are now under the net of the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau,” added Balakrishnan, who made his first public appearance before the media after few months of rest as he was undergoing treatment for treatment.

Ahead of the CAG report being placed in the Assembly, senior Congress MLA P.T. Thomas had raised numerous allegations against the police and many were surprised to find striking similarities with the CAG report.

Thomas, however, said: “A vernacular daily a month back had run a feature on corruption in government departments and when I pursued it, I got a good number of corrupt deals in the police.

“Now that I have already done this, let the police charge me and take me to task. I have no issues with that,” said Thomas.

Meanwhile, the Congress is getting ready to take on Vijayan, and the strategy for this will be decided in a day or two.

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