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Modi in Philippines for Asean, East Asia summits

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Manila, Nov 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived here on a three-day visit to the Philippines to attend the India-Asean and the East Asia summits.

The visit heralds “three days of intense diplomatic activity furthering our Act East Policy”, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

This is the first Prime Ministerial visit from India to the Philippines in 36 years since the visit of Indira Gandhi in 1981.

Modi will attend the 15th India-Asean Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit in Manila on Tuesday.

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

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

Ahead of the summits, Modi is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Filipino President Roberto Duterte on Monday.

Meetings with other leaders including US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are likely on the sidelines.

Modi is also likely to participate in special celebrations of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders’ Meeting and ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.

The business is being held to boost New Delhi’s close cooperation to further enhance trade ties with Asean member-states that constitutes a significant 10.85 per cent of India’s overall trade.

“During my first visit to the Philippines, I look forward to have a bilateral meeting with Duterte. I will also have interactions with other ASEAN and East Asia Summit Leaders,” Modi said in his departure statement.

“I am confident that my visit to Manila will give a new boost to India’s bilateral relations with the Philippines and also further strengthen the politico-security, economic and socio-cultural pillars of our engagement with ASEAN.”

Modi is also scheduled to visit the Philippines chapter of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, the world’s largest organisation rehabilitating disabled by providing free of cost artificial limbs, calipers and other aids.

The Prime Minister said the visit to the Mahaveer Philippines Foundation in Manila “will demonstrate India’s support for its activities in distributing free prosthesis ‘Jaipur Foot’ among the needy amputees”.

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BJP MLA shouldn’t have threatened public servant like this, says SDM Garima Singh

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Agra, Dec 18 : On the viral video in which MLA shows his power to a woman SDM,Sub-divisional magistrate Garima Singh said Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Udaybhan Chaudhary shouldn’t have spoken to a public servant like this as it isn’t right because “A procedure has to be followed.”

Garima Singh said, ” Even if he(BJP Agra MLA)was unhappy with something, he could’ve talked in a better way. The way he talked to a public servant isn’t right. A procedure has to be followed, I can’t discard orders&take steps in other ways.He shouldn’t have spoken like that,I’m sad.”

A video went viral on internet in which Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Fatehpur Sikri assembly constituency of Uttar Pradesh was seen threatening a woman sub-divisional magistrate of “an MLA’s power”.

BJP MLA Udaybhan Chaudhary threatens SDM Garima Singh, says ‘Don’t you know I am an MLA? Don’t you realize my power, how powerful I am?’

“Aap sarkar ke virudh kaam kar rahi hain… humein dikhaana chahti hain aap SDM hain? Aapko maloom nahi main vidhayak hun? Meri taakat ka ehsas nahi hai? Loktantra ka ehsas nahi hai? Ek naukar… (You are working against the government… you want to prove it to me that you are SDM? Do you not know that I am an MLA? Do you not realise my power… not realise democracy?… A servant…),” Fatehpur Sikri MLA Uday Bhan Chaudhary can be heard saying in the video, which has gone viral.

Chaudhary had gone to Agra to meet the SDM over issues faced by farmers demanding compensation over loss of crops due to a hailstorm earlier this year in April.

District magistrate N.G. Ravi Kumar told mediapersons that an inquiry has been ordered. ADM administration Nidhi Srivastav will conduct the inquiry and submit a report soon.

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Viral Video: BJP MLA threatens SDM Garima Singh

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Agra, Dec 18 : A video went viral on internet in which Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Fatehpur Sikri assembly constituency of Uttar Pradesh was seen threatening a woman sub-divisional magistrate of “an MLA’s power”.

BJP MLA Udaybhan Chaudhary threatens SDM Garima Singh, says ‘Don’t you know I am an MLA? Don’t you realize my power, how powerful I am?’

“Aap sarkar ke virudh kaam kar rahi hain… humein dikhaana chahti hain aap SDM hain? Aapko maloom nahi main vidhayak hun? Meri taakat ka ehsas nahi hai? Loktantra ka ehsas nahi hai? Ek naukar… (You are working against the government… you want to prove it to me that you are SDM? Do you not know that I am an MLA? Do you not realise my power… not realise democracy?… A servant…),” Fatehpur Sikri MLA Uday Bhan Chaudhary can be heard saying in the video, which has gone viral.

Chaudhary had gone to Agra to meet the SDM over issues faced by farmers demanding compensation over loss of crops due to a hailstorm earlier this year in April.

District magistrate N.G. Ravi Kumar told mediapersons that an inquiry has been ordered. ADM administration Nidhi Srivastav will conduct the inquiry and submit a report soon.

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All India Kisan Sabha to hold protests for loan waiver

AIKS will also extend its support to the protest march of ex-servicemen fighting for One Rank One Pension (OROP) on January 27.

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New Delhi, Dec 18 : Buoyed by the announcement of farm loan waiver by Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh governments, Left-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) on Tuesday said it will hold another round of protest in the rural parts of the country to press for a complete loan waiver across the country and guaranteed remunerative crop prices.AIKS will also extend its support to the protest march of ex-servicemen fighting for One Rank One Pension (OROP) on January 27.

AIKS General Secretary Hannan Mollah said that ‘rail roko’ and ‘rasta roko’ will be held in all villages to urge BJP-led central government to hike the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for agriculture commodities as per the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission and waive loans of all farmers in the country.

“The outcome of recently-concluded elections showed that farm crisis was one of the major issues. The Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have waived farm loan because of the protests this year,” he said addressing a press conference.

“We have decided to keep momentum going till Lok Sabha elections to get our demands fulfilled. As many as 106 organisations under the banner of Bhumi Adhikar Andolan will participate in the protest,” he said.

The planned protest would be separate from the ones being held by All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) which represents over 200 farm outfits and the AIKS is also a part of it, Mollah added.

AIKS President Ashok Dhawale said Congress “showed no mercy to the farmers” by offering a loan waiver but farmers protests compelled it to do so.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has announced signing off the file on crop loan waiver of up to Rs 2 lakh as on March 30 this year.

Dhawale demanded the cut-off date be extended to December so as to make farmers, who have taken loan this year, free from the cycle of debt completely.

The AIKS leaders asked Congress governments to implement the loan waiver scheme without riders.

“Loan waiver scheme with conditions was a bad experience in BJP-led Maharashtra. In another BJP-ruled state of Uttar Pradesh, farmers received cheques of Re 1. So there should not be any condition,” Dhawale said.

Newly elected MLAs from Rajasthan, Girdhari Lal Mahiya and Balwan Pooniya, who contested on Communist Party of India’s (Marxist) tickets, said they would take up the cause with the government to make farmers in the state debt-free.

Pooniya said farmers were “looted” by the Modi government under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, a crop insurance scheme, as the premium was high but compensation was low.

Expressing concerns over Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s remarks that loan waiver was not a solution, Mahiya said “It is hypocrisy. We will have to confront the government in the Assembly and on the road.”

Reacting to the NITI Ayog’s remarks that loan waiver is no answer to the debt trap, Mollah said the premier institution had become a “chamcha” (sycophant) of the BJP government.

“It is good for nothing. It agrees with whatever the government says,” he said.

On former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan remarks over the loan waiver, Mollah said “We know that it is not a solution. However, farmers are under debt because of low remuneration. They have been incurring losses for so many years. Let there be one-time loan waiver along with an announcement of the MSP fixed on Swaminathan commission’s recommendations, farmers will not need a loan waiver again.”

AIKS leader said they would meet Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh over agrarian crisis in the country.

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