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Modi attends opening ceremony of 31st Asean Summit



Manila, Nov 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday attended the opening ceremony of the 31st Asean Summit here.

“Photo session & Handshake by leaders during the Opening Ceremony of the #ASEANSummit in #Manila, #Philippines,” Indian public broadcaster Doordarshan posted on Twitter along with a video in which Modi was seen sharing the stage with world leaders and shaking hands with them.


Earlier on Sunday, Modi interacted with world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, at a gala dinner reception hosted by Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte ahead of this year’s India-Asean and East Asia Summits.

Ahead of the summits, Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with Duterte, and the Prime Minister is also scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Trump.

Modi would also speak at the Asean Business and Investment Summit and attend an Indian community reception to be hosted by the Ambassador of India to the Philippines

This year marks the 25th year of the India-Asean dialogue partnership and the golden jubilee of the formation of the Asean regional bloc.

The Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


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Democracy can’t survive without an independent Judiciary : Chelameswar



Justice Chelameswar

New Delhi, June 23: Jasti Chelameswar, who acted in an unprecedented manner to assert the independence of Judiciary, has retired as a Supreme Court judge on Friday and said he believe  that without an “independent judiciary, no democracy can survive.”

Chelameswar said the purpose of calling the unprecedented press conference on January 12 was to keep the nation informed about the governmental interference in Judiciary and also reproached the Central government for stalling judicial appointments.

Jasti Chelameswar and three other senior most Judges held an unprecedented press conference on January 12, airing grievances over the way Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was allocating cases and administering the court.

Justice Jasti Chelameswar has nor regret for his actions and said,”I believe that without an independent judiciary, no democracy can survive and the judges had tried to set things right and when nothing worked, decided to inform the nation, ”media reports.

“Being a democrat I acted according to the dictates of my conscience and it is for the civil society and future generations to decide whether I was right in my belief and action,” he added.

Chelamesawar claimed that after the press conference some of his colleagues and peers became very formal with him and said, ” I incurred the wrath of ‘one crore-a-day lawyer’. What have we gained out of it?.”

” “one of the honourable ministers wrote something about what all wrong things the previous government did, and therefore how right the present government is in some of the actions in dealing with the judiciary. The logic baffles me,” English Daily quoted Chelameswar as saying

OHe claimed that government intends to assert control over the judiciary and “it is not a desirable state of affairs” and agreed that the current process of appointing judges isn’t “fair, rational and transparent”.

In September, 2016, he wrote to the then Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, expressing his “dissent at the non-transparent manner” in which it was working, but as he says, “nothing much has changed since then”.

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Jaitley calling Rahul ‘Jehadi-Maoist sympathiser’ is absurd: Chidambaram



P Chidambaram

New Delhi, June 23: Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday hit back at Union Minister Arun Jaitley for his latest blog targeting the Congress party over its alleged soft approach towards terrorists and Maoists and said that the United Progressive Alliance government led by the Congress had fought the ‘jehadis’ in Jammu and Kashmir and Comgress practically lost its entire leadership in Chhattisgarh to Maoist violence.

Jaitley’s allegation that “jehadists and Maoists” have earned the sympathy of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is “laughable and absurd”Comgress leader Chidambaram said , adding that the party is “stoutly opposed” to the two groups.

Jaitley, in his hard-hitting blog post on Friday, had said while “jehadis and Maoists” were threatening the rights of citizens, human rights organisations “taken over by the ultra-left” never spoke of this.

He alleged that even though the Congress historically and ideologically would have been opposed to these groups, they have earned sympathy in Rahul Gandhi’s heart.

“He had no qualms about joining those who raised subversive slogans at JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Hyderabad.

“With this initial success, the others amongst the so-called federal front have forgotten the dangers of these groups to India and Indian democracy.

“The political adventurists in parties like AAP (Aam Aadmi Party), TMC (Trinamool Congress) and the like only look for a political opportunity in these groups,” he wrote in his blog.

Senior Congress leader Chidambaram, hit out at Jaitley saying the United Progressive Alliance government led by the Congress had fought the jehadis in Jammu and Kashmir and brought down the level of violence substantially.



“The allegation that jehadists and Maoists have earned the sympathy of Rahul Gandhi is laughable and absurd. Congress is stoutly opposed to the two groups,” Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.

“Who can forget that Congress practically lost its entire leadership in Chhattisgarh to Maoist violence? Under UPA, the government fought the jehadists in Jammu and Kashmir and brought down the level of violence substantially,” he added.

The Union Minister, who underwent kidney replacement in May and is yet to rejoin his office, in his blog had said that the terrorists and the jehadis were threatening the human rights of the citizens in Jammu and Kashmir.

“They terrorise courts; they kill editors; they kill innocent citizens and they don’t allow any alternate religion to be practised. Who is threatening the human rights of the citizens of Kashmir? It is obvious that it is the terrorists and the jehadis.”

Meanwhile, Maoists don’t allow any development activity in tribal regions, he said. “They kill innocent tribals who don’t agree with them; they destroy public buildings; they kill security personnel and they even charge a parallel tax from helpless citizens.”

He said human rights were at the core of India’s Parliamentary democracy and the Constitution guaranteed these to every citizen. “Our policy has to be ‘save the human rights of every Indian – be it a tribal or a Kashmiri’ from terrorists,” Jaitley had written.

However, he had accused the human rights organisations of being taken over by the ultra-left and said they never spoke about the deprivation of the human rights of the citizens, and “never shed a tear for the indiscriminate killing of the security personnel”.

“These human right organisations are an over-ground face of the underground. In the system that they believe in, there is no place for life, liberty, equality and free speech, election or Parliamentary democracy.”

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Modi inaugurates Mohanpura Irrigation Project



Rajgarh, June 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Mohanpura Irrigation Project in Madhya Pradesh’s Rajgarh.

Addressing the gathering, Modi said “It is my privilege to inaugurate the Rs. 4,000 crore Mohanpura Irrigation project for the people of Madhya Pradesh”.

Modi arrived at the Raja Bhoj Airport around 12 p.m. He was received by Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other state ministers.

Following this, he headed to Mohanpura on a chopper to inaugurate the Mohanpura Irrigation Project in Rajgarh district. The Rs 3,866 crore irrigation project includes a dam and a canal system which would benefit 727 villages across the state.


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