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New Delhi, June 27 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to defend India’s foreign policy under the BJP government since May 2014, saying it was important for him to interact with world leaders as they did not know who the new Indian Prime Minister was.

“Earlier, the foreign policy was possible between governments; but today, it is not possible just between governments. Government relations are important but increasing people-to-people contacts are equally important,” Modi said in an interview to TimesNow news channel.

Modi said: “The world did not know me; and the world wanted to know who the new (Indian) Prime Minister is. If someone tries to know Modi through the eyes of the media, they will be confused. If that happened, it will be a loss.”

“So, if I had not met world leaders and talked to them, they would not have known the Prime Minister of India. I was not a member of a political family. I was new; so being proactive was important for me,” the Prime Minister said.

Modi said that the fact that he had no background in this field gave him a “clean slate” and so he could establish good relations with various leaders at an individual level.

“There has been a paradigm shift. Because I do not have any previous baggage, because I had a clean slate, I write everything from beginning and that has a benefit. Today, we are building relations with countries across the world. The amount of respect with which I engage Saudi Arabia, I engage Iran with the same amount of respect. The amount of respect with which I speak to America, I speak to Russia with the same amount of respect,” he said.

“We also need to understand that the world was bipolar earlier on. The foreign policy would be centered around two super powers. India was a little late in realising that this bipolar situation was in name only. Now, the entire world, in changed circumstances, especially in the 21st century, is more inter-dependent and inter-connected,” Modi said.

He stressed that the cohesiveness between Indian ministries and the public mandate to his government in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections also helped shape the Indian foreign policy.

“The biggest factor that has affected our foreign policy is that for 30 years, we had unstable governments. There was no government with a clear mandate. The world measures a government by the situation it is in in its own country,” the Prime Minister said.

“I am thankful to the people of this country that they elected this government with a clear majority and this had had an impact on world politics. The leaders and countries of the world have a different perspective of India (now),” he said.

“The third thing is that we are a team. Ministry of External Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, commerce, finance, defence (ministries)… we are all a team. This interest (of the world in India) is not only because of Modi but because of the team. Earlier, they were scattered,” he said.

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Shaheen Bagh’s Bilkis ‘Dadi’ Stopped from Joining Farmers Protest, Detained at Singhu Border

Bilkis ‘Dadi’ had made headlines last year when she along with other women residents of south Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh staged a sit-in against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bills which grew into a massive movement against the legislation seen as anti-Muslim.

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Shaheen Bagh activist Bilkis ‘Dadi’ was detained and escorted from Delhi-Haryana’s Singhu border on Tuesday when she attempted to join hundreds of farmers protesting against the new farm bills.

“We are the daughters of farmers. We’ll go to support farmers’ protest today. We will raise our voice, the government should listen to us,” the elderly activist had said earlier in the day.

Bilkis ‘Dadi’ had made headlines last year when she along with other women residents of south Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh staged a sit-in against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bills which grew into a massive movement against the legislation seen as anti-Muslim.

At the peak of the protest in January this year, several Sikh farmers from unions in Punjab had turned up in Shaheen Bagh to lend support and set up a langar to provide hot meals to those on protest.

Members of more than 30 farmer unions have been camped at Delhi borders for six days now demanding a rollback of farm bills they allege will end the minimum support price (MSP) system and leave farmers at the mercy of corporates.

Small growers fear the new laws will make them vulnerable to competition from big business, and that they could eventually lose price supports for staples such as wheat and rice.

India’s vast farm sector contributes nearly 15% of the country’s $2.9 trillion economy and employs around half its 1.3 billion people.

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November GST collection at nearly Rs 1.05 lakh Cr

The government has settled Rs 22,293 crore to CGST and Rs 16,286 crore to SGST from IGST as regular settlement. The total revenue earned by Central government and the State governments after regular settlement in the month of November 2020 is Rs 41,482 crore for CGST and Rs 41,826 crore for the SGST.

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New Delhi, Dec 1 : Gross GST revenue collection in November stood at nearly Rs 1.05 lakh crore, an official statement said on Tuesday.

The revenues for the month of November 2020 were 1.4 per cent higher than the GST revenues in the same month last year.

During the month, revenues from import of goods was 4.9 per cent higher and the revenues from domestic transaction, including import of services, are 0.5 per cent higher that the revenues from these sources during the same month last year.

The total goods and services tax collected includes Central GST (CGST) of Rs 19,189 crore, State GST (SGST) of Rs 25,540 crore and Integrated GST (IGST) of Rs 51,992 crore.

“The gross GST revenue collected in the month of November, 2020 is Rs 1,04,963 crore of which CGST is Rs 19,189 crore, SGST is Rs 25,540 crore, IGST is Rs 51,992 crore (including Rs 22,078 crore collected on import of goods) and Cess is Rs 8,242crore (including Rs 809 crore collected on import of goods),” said the Finance Ministry statement.

The total number of GSTR-3B returns filed for the month of November 30 2020 was 82 lakhs.

The government has settled Rs 22,293 crore to CGST and Rs 16,286 crore to SGST from IGST as regular settlement. The total revenue earned by Central government and the State governments after regular settlement in the month of November 2020 is Rs 41,482 crore for CGST and Rs 41,826 crore for the SGST.

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‘We are indebted to farmers,’ says Rahul Gandhi, criticises government for using lathis, tear gas

On Monday, Gandhi had urged common people and Congress workers to extend help and support to the farmers.

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Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday criticised the government’s approach towards handling the ongoing farmers’ protest against the three newly-passed agriculture laws.

“Our providers are protesting on streets and those who lie are giving speeches on the TV,” Gandhi tweeted in Hindi. “We are indebted to the farmers. We can only repay by giving them their rights, not by insulting them or using lathis and tear gas against them.”

On Monday too, Gandhi had released a video message urging common people and Congress workers to extend help and support to the agitating farmers.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manoj Tiwari on Tuesday criticised Gandhi calling him a “confused leader”.

“Rahul Gandhi is the most confused leader in the world,” Tiwari told PTI, at Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur city. “He does not know about farm laws passed recently. The farm laws that Parliament has passed recently have been accepted by all the states of the country except the Congress government of Punjab.”

The BJP leader also accused Congress and other opposition parties of provoking farmers against the new laws.

The farmers’ protest at Tikri and Singhu borders of the national Capital entered the sixth day on Tuesday. Thirty-six farmers’ unions have accepted the Centre’s invitation for early talks at 3 pm on Tuesday in Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan in an attempt to find a resolution to the escalating protests.

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