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India to host anti-terror conference with Asean

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Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, April 5 : India plans to host a conference on counter-radicalisation with participation of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) nations, the government told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

“India plans to host a conference on counter-radicalisation this year. Asean member states would be invited to participate in the conference,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a written response to a question.

On the India-Asean trade, the minister said: “Asean is one of our leading trading partners, accounting for over 10 per cent of our trade.”

“Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows from Asean have increased in the last three years with inflows from April 2014 to December 2016 amounting to $28 billion (Rs 1,81,797 crore approximately), which is more than the cumulative inflows received from Asean between April 2000 and March 2014,” Sushma Swaraj said.

Between April 2016 – December 2016, the FDI inflows from Asean was over 20 per cent of total FDI inflows into India.

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Nagaur MP to Amit Shah: Will reconsider RLP’s alliance with NDA if farm bills not withdrawn

“The RLP will reconsider the alliance with the NDA if the matter is not decided with quick effect as farmers and jawans are the strength of RLP, he added.

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Hanuman Beniwal

Jaipur, Nov 30: Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal on Monday wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah in which he strongly said that the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) would reconsider its alliance with the NDA if the central government does not withdraw the three farm bills.

Hanuman Beniwal, in his letter, said that he wants to draw Union minister Amit Shah’s attention to the ongoing farmers’ movement in protest against the recent agri-bills brought by the central government.

“It is requested to take immediate action to withdraw the bills.”

“Even during the severe winter and corona period, the farmer is agitating on roads which is not good for governance,” he said.

The RLP is the NDA’s ally at the Centre. Also in the Rajasthan assembly polls, the BJP did not announce any candidate from Nagaur and instead allowed the RLP to field its candidate, extending its alliance with the BJP at the state level too.

Beniwal wrote that a proper space should be given to the agitating farmers in Delhi where they can continue their dialogue and demanded withdrawal of the three bills and the implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission in the interest of farmers.

“The RLP will reconsider the alliance with the NDA if the matter is not decided with quick effect as farmers and jawans are the strength of RLP, he added.

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CM dedicated to resolve farmers’ problems: Andhra Minister

Meanwhile, the winter session saw a decent turnout of MLAs, including opposition leader Naidu, who was seen wearing a mask.

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Jagan Mohan Reddy

Amaravati, Nov 30 : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is dedicated to resolve any roblems faced by state farmers, Agriculture Minister Kurasala Kannababu said on Monday in the Assembly as its winter session began.

“We do not have a Chief Minister who indulges in gimmicks before elections. He has said that he will take up any initiative to resolve farmers’ problems wholeheartedly,” said Kannababu

He said that the YSRCP government had fulfilled most of the promises made to farmers and highlighted that Rs 13,463 crore have been directly credited to farmers’ accounts in last 18 months.

Kannababu assailed Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national President Nara Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh for allegedly undermining Reddy’s aerial survey of Nivar- affected districts.

He showed a photograph of Naidu conducting a similar survey when he was CM while enjoying a hot beverage in helicopter and compared it with his successor’s survey.

The Minister said that Reddy takes comprehensive stock of the ground situation whenever natural calamities strike the state.

According to Kannababu, crops on 6.56 lakh hectares of land was damaged during recent torrential downpour. He said the revenue enumeration is still on.

“The CM told us to finish the enumeration by December 10 so as to pay compensation to the affected farmers by December-end. The Agriculture Department and other concerned ones are working towards that goal,” he said.

Kannababu said that the Chief Minister had instructed officials to buy crops from farmers even if it had changed colour.

Meanwhile, the winter session saw a decent turnout of MLAs, including opposition leader Naidu, who was seen wearing a mask.

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Modi interacts with 3 teams developing corona vaccines

The Prime Minister also asked the companies to come out with their suggestions and ideas regarding the regulatory processes and related matters.

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Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Nov 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held virtual meetings with three teams working on the development and manufacture of vaccines against Covid-19, and discussed the potential of various platforms for vaccine development.

The teams are from Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd at Pune, and Biological E Ltd and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd at Hyderabad.

Their potential vaccines are in different stages of trials and detailed data and results are expected from early next year onwards, a Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) statement said on Monday.

“The potential of various platforms for vaccine development was also discussed,” the statement said.

The Prime Minister also asked the companies to come out with their suggestions and ideas regarding the regulatory processes and related matters.

He also suggested that they should make extra efforts to inform the general public in simple language about the vaccine and related matters such as its efficacy.

Matters relating to logistics, transport and cold chains in respect of delivery of the vaccines were also discussed.

The Prime Minister advised all departments concerned to engage with the manufacturers and seek to resolve matters so that the efforts by these companies bear fruit in order to serve the needs of the country and the entire world.

The Prime Minister praised the efforts made by scientists and researchers in these companies to come out with a vaccine solution to tackle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which so far has infected 94,31,692 people across the country, and led to deaths of 1,37,139 patients.

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