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Hope East Asia Summit gets more salience, says PM Modi



Manila, Nov 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed the hope that the East Asia Summit, a prestigious forum of the Asean member states and eight other countries, achieve more salience in the future.

Indian Prime Minister  in his address at the 12th East Asia Summit said “We look forward to the East Asia Summit attaining greater salience in years to come,”

We have individually strived very hard to fight terrorism and violent extremism. It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area, he added.

Modi asserted ” India’s Act East Policy is shaped around the ASEAN, and its centrality in the regional security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region is evident.

The Indian Prime also invited the leaders for India-ASEAN Special Commemorative Summit on 25 January 2018 in New Delhi.

“The 1.25 billion people of India are keen to welcome the ASEAN Leaders as our Chief Guests at India’s 69th Republic Day Celebrations” , he said.

Leaders of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) states are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – and of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US hold this annual summit.

The summit provides a stage for leaders to exchange views and assess global issues of concern such as traditional and non-traditional security threats, primarily terrorism, maritime cooperation and security and non-proliferation.

In his speech, Modi said the Asean, which was established in times of a great international divide and is this year celebrating the golden jubilee of its formation, “shines as a beacon of hope, a symbol of peace and prosperity”.

The 15th India-Asean Summit  marks the 25th anniversary of the India-Asean dialogue partnership.

PM Modi arrived here on Sunday on a three-day visit to the Philippines.

Wefornews Bureau 



Budget Session: Both the houses adjourned for the day after ruckus




New Delhi, March 20: Both the houses again marred by disruptions as the second half of Budget Session entered to its 12th day. 

Lok Sabha was first disrupted till noon minutes after it resumed for the day.

Later, it reconvened  loud slogans raised by the opposition as EAM Sushma Swaraj sought permission from the Speaker to deliver a statement on the death of 39 Indians in Iraq’s Mosul, saying ‘It is something sad that I want to tell the house and it cannot be done in this ruckus.’

Protests started as soon as the House resumed, and several members trooped near the Speaker’s podium raising slogans and displaying placards.

In the din, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told MPs raising slogans when EAM wanted to deliver a statement on the death of 39 Indians in Iraq’s Mosul.

After a continuous uproar,  she adjourned the house stating the country has never seen such a sorry state, this is not proper. You are insensitive for your own people.

“House is not in order and soo no-confidence motion cannot be moved”, Mahajan added.

Meanwhile, after External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj confirmed that 39 Indians, who went missing in Iraq’s Mosul have lost their lives, the Rajya witnessed stormy scenes.

Following the ruckus, the chairperson halted the proceedings for the day.

Earlier in a day, MPs of opposition parties held a meeting in Parliament premises and decided to meet RajyaSabha Chairperson to say that they want to run the House and government should reach out to the opposition for the same.

Prior to this, AIADMK staged a protest outside Parliament over Cauvery issue.

In the meantime, TRS MPs agitated carrying placards of ‘One nation, One law’, demanding an increase in the quota of reservation in Telangana.

While TDP MPs protest demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. MP Naramalli Sivaprasad joined the protest dressed up as a schoolboy, wearing shorts and carrying a notebook.

As the second half of the Budget Session entered to its  12th day, again marred by disruptions.

The proceedings started on March 5 and will conclude on April 6.


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39 Indians missing in Iraq died: Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha



New Delhi, March 20: External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday confirmed that 39 Indians, who went missing in Iraq’s Mosul have lost their lives. 

While speaking in Rajya Sabha, she stated deep penetration radar confirmed that all Indians were dead after all bodies were exhumed.

The mortal remains were sent to Baghdad. For verification of bodies DNA samples of relatives were sent there, four state governments including Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar were involved.

Swaraj informed the higher house that the external ministry received the information on Monday, adding the DNA samples of 38 people have matched and DNA of the 39th person has matched 70 percent.

General VK Singh will go to Iraq to bring back mortal remains of Indians killed in Iraq. The plane carrying mortal remains will first go to Amritsar, then to Patna and then to Kolkata.

Earlier, India sought help from Iraq in locating the missing Indians after Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul from IS.

The 39 persons, most of whom belonged to Punjab, were working on projects near Mosul, when they were kidnapped during their evacuation in 2014.


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Rail-roko stir called off in Mumbai, central line services resume



Rail-roko protest

Mumbai, March 20: As many as 500 students, who squatted on railway tracks since Tuesday morning demanding permanent jobs, called off their protest after deciding to discuss the issue with the Railway Board. The ‘rail roko’ affected train movement on all the four lines between Matunga and CSMT sections.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said they will hold discussions with the students who are working as apprentices in different technical workshops of the Railways.

Train services on Central Railways Line, which were suspended this morning, resumed after the students moved out of the tracks.

Protesters on Tuesday blocked all the CR lines, so both the slow and fast local train services ahead of Matunga have been shut completely, forcing commuters to walk on tracks. “Due to some agitation between Matunga and Dadar, rail traffic has been affected between Matunga and CSMT,” said Sunil Udasi, chief public relations officer, CR.


Attempting to restore normalcy, the local police resorted to a mild lathi-charge to disperse the protestors. Some retaliated by pelting stones at the police.

At least five persons and a couple of police personnel were injured in the fracas even as top police and railway officials rushed to the site to control the situation.

The protests were carried out by activists of the All India Act Apprentice Association (AAAAA). It demanded scrapping of the 20 per cent quota for direct recruitment and jobs for local candidates in all states who have cleared the All India Railway Act Apprentice Exams.

They claimed they had taken up their demands right upto the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal who met them but there was no progress in the matter.A

Shiv Sena MP from Mumbai Rahul Shewale met top CR officials to resolve the situation and later said that the railways would hire over 12,400 candidates who have cleared their apprenticeship exams.

However, the agitators refused to call off their agitation unless they were given a written undertaking by the railway authorities.

A CR spokesperson said that there was no provision of giving job to apprentices as per the Apprentice Act who are only trained for a specific period to hone their skills and gain experience.

“However, the Ministry of Railways has taken a decision and reserved 20 per cent of the seats filled through direct recruitment. The notification is already issued with the last date of submitting application on March 31. Apprentices can apply against this notification and Special Examination will shortly be held for apprentices who have done training in Railway Workshops under the Apprentices Act,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the BEST has deployed extra buses to ferry commuters to and fro from various points like Dadar, Matunga, Kurla, Sion and other stations.

The protests threw out of gear the entire suburban and long distance railway schedules in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Pune with commuters stranded for hours.

The opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party have demanded a discussion on the issue in the Maharashtra Legislature on a priority basis.


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