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Lynch mobs don’t fear PM Narendra Modi, says Chidambaram on Jharkhand murder

Congress leader P Chidambaram today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should tell the nation how would he enforce his writ against the lynch mobs.

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Senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram today took a pot shot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that his warning to lynch mobs went unattended.

Taking to Twitter, Chidambaram said, “On a day when PM warned gau rakshaks, Mohd Alimuddin was lynched by a mob in Jharkhand. Obviously, lynch mobs don’t fear PM.”

Chidambaram’s remark follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that killing of people in the name of cow protection was not acceptable.
Commenting on Narendra Modi’s remarks, Chidambaram said, “PM warned gau rakshaks and lynch mobs. Good. Let him tell the country how he will enforce his writ.”

WHAT MODI HAD SAID

“Killing people in the name of ‘gau bhakti’ is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve,” Modi said, adding, “No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands.”

The Prime Minister’s remarks come against the backdrop of a spurt in incidents of cow vigilantism and a spate of lynching. A teenager was last week killed on board a Mathura-bound train by people who attacked four brothers and repeatedly called them “anti-nationals” and “beef eaters”.

“Violence never has and never will solve any problem. As a society, there is no place for violence,” Modi said.

ALIMUDDIN CASE

On a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that killings in the name of cow protection won’t be tolerated, a man was beaten to death by a mob at Ramgarh near Ranchi in Jharkhand yesterday on suspicion that he was carrying beef in his vehicle.

A case has been registered on the basis of a video footage of the lynching, police said.

Reports suggest that there could be some previous disputes between the assailants and the deceased. Reports also say that the deceased, identified as Mohammad Alimuddin, was accused of rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl.

According to police, around 30 people surrounded the van bearing a West Bengal number plate in the Bazaar Tand area of Ramgarh police station. They dragged out the driver of the vehicle, Mohammad Allimuddin, a resident of neighbouring Hazaribagh district, and thrashed him, injuring him seriously.

Police rushed to the spot and took Allimuddin to a hospital where he was declared “brought dead” by doctors. The mob also set the vehicle on fire, police said.

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SCO Meet: Terrorism an enemy of basic Human Rights, says Sushma Swaraj

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Beijing, April 24: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that terrorism is an enemy of the basic human rights and fight against it should also identify the countries that “encourage, support and finance” the menace and “provide sanctuary” to terror outfits.

Addressing at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers meeting, Swaraj stated: “We strongly believe that our fight against terrorism should not only seek to eliminate terrorists but should also identify and take strong measures against States that encourage, support and finance terrorism and provide sanctuary to terrorists and terror groups”.

“We have to work together to wipe-out this scourge from the face of the earth. In order to realise this objective, we must unite across our differences, strengthen our resolve and script an effective strategy against terror. We welcome the clarity shown by the SCO on terrorism from its inception”.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Ministers Wang Yi of China, Khawaja Muhammad Asif of Pakistan, Kairat Abdrakhmanov of Kazakhstan, Abdyldaev Erlan Bekeshovich of Kyrgyzstan, Sergey Lavrov of Russia, Sirodjidin Muhridinovich Aslov of Tajikistan, Abdulaziz Khafizovich Kamilov of Uzbekistan, and Secretary General of the SCO Rashid Alimov and others.

“We should also urgently resolve to establish Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that India proposed more than two decades ago in the United Nations. We are determined to consistently strengthen cooperation within the SCO framework for comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security,” the Hindu quoted Swaraj as saying.

The Indian Minister also raised the issue of reforms at the United Nations Security Council saying “it is clear to many of us that the Security Council is increasingly unable, or sometimes unwilling, to respond to the security challenges of our times, with tragic consequences”.

Since 2008, the international community has carefully nurtured the ongoing Inter-Governmental Negotiations at the UN to take our discussions on UNSC reforms forward”, she said.

Expressing strong support for maintaining peace and order in Afghanistan, Swaraj called upon member countries to support the nation.

“Protectionism in all its forms should be rejected and efforts should be made to discipline measures that constitute barriers to trade”.

Swaraj further said “India is committed to working with the SCO to strengthen our economic and investment ties.

We believe that economic globalization should be more open, inclusive, equitable and balanced for mutual benefits,” the EAM added.

Earlier in a day,  Sushma Swaraj was welcomed by China’s foreign minister Wang Yi at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) ministerial meeting.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also landed in Beijing earlier on Tuesday to attend preparatory meetings with the External Affairs Minister on the sidelines of the SCO meeting.

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Modi to launch Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan

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New Delhi, April 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday will launch the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district.

The event has been organised to mark National Panchayati Raj Day.

The objective of the scheme is to provide training, building infrastructure and stepping up initiatives for e-governance under the e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project.

Modi will also address Panchayati Raj from Mandla.

The Prime Minister will first inaugurate Aadi Mahotsava, a three-day program on the conservation of ancient Tribal culture and heritage at Ramnagar.

Following this, he will reveal a roadmap for the overall development of tribals during the next five years. Also, the Prime Minister will dedicate the local government Directory to the nation.

Modi will felicitate village Sarpanches which have achieved 100 percent smokeless kitchens, 100 percent vaccination under Mission Indradhanush and 100 percent electrification under Saubhagya Scheme.

Besides this, the Prime Minister will also unveil a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of an LPG bottling plant of Indian Oil Corporation at Maneri.

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Madhya Pradesh Home Minister blames Porn for rising rape cases

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Bhopal, April 24: As the country is stunned recent incidents of sexual violence against minors, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Tuesday blamed pornographic websites for increasing number of child rape and molestation. 

Singh further noted that his government is considering to ban porn in Madhya Pradesh.

“We think the reason for rising number of child rape and molestation cases are porn. We are contemplating banning porn in Madhya Pradesh, will approach Centre in the matter,” Singh told news agency ANI.

As per the media reports, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government has blocked 25 porn sites.

Singh’s remarks comes days after the brutal rape and murder of an infant baby girl in Indore on April 19. The infant was recovered from the basement of a building.

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