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Iran files lawsuit against United States over sanctions amid Covid-19 fight

US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the Iranian nuclear deal, also known as the JCPOA, in May 2018 and reimposed heavy sanctions against Iran.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iran has filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice against the United States over effects of sanctions on Iran’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Leila Joneidi, Iran’s presidential aide for legal affairs, said on Saturday.

The continuous US sanctions against Iran at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic are an indication of “inhuman” move and against human rights, Joneidi was quoted as saying by Tehran Times daily.

The official made the remarks during a visit to the Pasteur Institute in the capital Tehran.

US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the Iranian nuclear deal, also known as the JCPOA, in May 2018 and reimposed heavy sanctions against Iran.

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SP demands FIR against Delhi Police, top BJP leaders for R-Day violence

Even after this big conspiracy, farmers did not lose patience. I salute the patience of the farmers and once again demand from the Centre that it should withdraw the farm laws, the SP leader said

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Ram Govind Chaudhary

Leader of Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Ram Govind Chaudhary on Thursday said instead of farmers, an FIR should be registered against the Delhi police commissioner and top BJP leaders for the violence in New Delhi on Republic Day.

“The chaos and the unfurling of a religious flag at the Red Fort on January 26 is a conspiracy of the Delhi police, which is under the home ministry and the top leadership of the BJP, to weaken the farmers’ agitation. For this, the Delhi Police and the leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party should be condemned. Instead of farmers, an FIR should be registered against the Delhi police commissioner and the BJP leaders, whose names have surfaced in connection with Deep Sidhu…,” the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader said in a statement.

“Even after this big conspiracy, farmers did not lose patience. It is not a minor thing. I salute the patience of the farmers and once again demand from the Centre that instead of weakening the farmers’ agitation, it should withdraw the farm laws. The farmers of the entire country are shocked by the conspiracy and attitude of people occupying top positions,” he added.

The SP, under the leadership of its president Akhilesh Yadav, is and will remain in support of the ongoing farmers’ movement, Chaudhary said.

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Javadekar trying to shift Red Fort blame on Congress: Amarinder Singh

On the Union Minister’s statement that the Punjab government failed to stop farmers from joining the tractor rally, the CM said: “How could I stop peaceful farmers from going to their own national capital to exercise their democratic right of protest?”

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Amarinder Singh

Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday hit out at Union minister Prakash Javadekar over his “disgraceful and desperate” attempt to shift the blame for the Red Fort violence on the Congress.

In a statement, Amarinder alleged that the Red Fort violence was evidently instigated by supporters and members of the BJP in collusion with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress was nowhere in the picture. “Workers and supporters of BJP and AAP, and not the Congress, have been caught on camera waving the Nishan Sahib at Red Fort,” he claimed in response to Javadekar’s unfounded allegations against the Congress, and his own government in Punjab.

Not a single Congress leader or member was seen at Red Fort indulging in any kind of lawlessness, Amarinder said, adding that even farmers were not responsible for the January 26 trouble, which was, in fact, the doing of anti-social elements who infiltrated the tractor rally.

Conduct fair probe, don’t harass farmers: CM

“The Centre should also get a free and fair probe conducted into the possible role of any political party, or even a third country as is being alleged by BJP leaders, to ensure that the guilty are punished and the genuine farmers are not unnecessarily maligned or harassed,” he said.

Lashing out at the Union Minister for accusing Rahul Gandhi of inciting the violence, Amarinder said, “Did the Congress leader ask anyone to climb Red Fort? He did not. It was BJP and AAP men who did that”.

Rahul had promptly condemned the violence and clarified that violence was no solution to the crisis, he said. “These allegations are nothing but a cover-up attempt by the BJP leader for his own party’s role in the violence, and for their utter failure to manage the situation, which they had created in the first place with the unilateral implementation of the black farm laws,” he said.

On the Union Minister’s statement that the Punjab government failed to stop farmers from joining the tractor rally, the CM said: “How could I stop peaceful farmers from going to their own national capital to exercise their democratic right of protest?” He said permission for the tractor march was given by Delhi Police and there was no reason for Punjab to prevent farmers from joining the rally.

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West Bengal assembly passes resolution against farm laws

Speaking about this decision of the West Bengal assembly, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the Centre’s 3 contentious farm laws are against farmers.

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West Bengal assembly on Thursday passed a resolution against the farm laws. Speaking about this decision of Bengal assembly, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the Centre’s 3 contentious farm laws are against farmers.

As Mamata Banerjee passed a resolution against the farm laws, West Bengal BJP MLAs opposed the decision by chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans while staging a walkout.

Mamata Banerjee had said that Jai Shri Ram slogans at an official programme to celebrate the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was an insult to the freedom fighter as well as the chief minister.

A censure motion is moved in a Legislative House to express strong disapproval of certain policies or acts. However, Congress and CPI(M) has said that they won’t support the censure motion. Mamata Banerjee had refused to speak at an event to honour Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s 125th birth anniversary after she was irked by ‘Jai Shri Ram’ chants being directed her way at Victoria Memorial.

Opposing the reform agricultural laws, the West Bengal Chief Minister during the assembly said that these laws should not be accepted. She also appealed to the opposition parties to support and stand beside the protesting farmers. As agitating farmers continue to protest against these farm laws, West Bengal becomes the 7th state in the country to pass a resolution against the laws in Vidhan Sabha. She said, “Either withdraw 3 farm bills or leave your seats.” The other states which have passed a resolution against these farm laws include Kerala, Delhi, Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh and Punjab.

According to sources, Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) is likely to join other opposition parties to boycott the President’s address on the ongoing farmers’ protest on Friday. Bengal CM in an assembly session said that BJP should be ashamed of themselves. She further mentioned that BJP should first answer farmers’ questions and then tackle Bengal.

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