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No change in India-US ties despite Trump’s move on Paris Pact: Sushma




New Delhi, June 5, 2017: Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said it had been engaged in preserving the environment for 5,000 years, dismissing US President Donald Trump’s charges that it signed the Paris Pact to get “billions and billions and billions” of dollars from developed nations.

Addressing the annual press conference of her ministry to highlight the achievements of the Modi government in last three years, Swaraj said about Trump’s charges he made while announcing the US exit from the Paris deal last week that “this is completely not true.” She, however, said the American move on Paris climate agreement had not changed India-US ties.

“India signed the Paris agreement not because of any pressure on out of greed. We are committed to the environment and this commitment is 5,000 years old. We worship nature. It is in Indian ethos. I clearly dismiss both accusations,” she told reporters on three years of Modi government.

On the proposed US cap on H-1B visas, Swaraj admitted that the new H-1B visa rule is a matter of concern for India and added no changes have been made in the visa policy “as of now”.

“There are amendments that cannot be made through executive orders,” she asserted and denied that the proposed changes in the policy had affected India’s relationship with the US.

The Minister said the ties between India and the US since Trump took charge were growing with the “same speed” as was the case when Barack Obama was the President.

Talking about the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership, Swaraj said, “We are talking to China on the issue.”

Swaraj also said that “80,000 people stranded abroad brought back to India in last three years.” She added that the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has registered an increase of 37.5 per cent since NDA government took over three years ago.

The minister added that several measures and improvements have been introduced in the passport facility. Swaraj said, “CPEC is about sovereignty. Kashmir is an integral part of India, no question of compromise.”

 Wefornews Bureau


Indian Navy plane crashes in Gujarat



Mumbai, March 22: An Indian Navy’s Remotely Piloted Plane operating from Porbandar in Gujarat has been crashed near an airbase on Thursday. 

The incident, the cause for which is not known, happened shortly after it took off around 10 a.m. No casualties were reported.

According to preliminary information, suspected engine failure could have led to the disaster.

In November, a similar aircraft crashed at the Kochi Naval Base soon after take off for a routine sortie from Willingdon Islands.

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Class 9 student suicide: Parents seeks CBI probe, School Principal refuses allegations of sexual harassment




New Delhi, March 22: The parents of a deceased 15-year-old, class nine student who committed suicide have demanded a CBI probe into the matter on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a group of people including kin of the victim agitated outside Ahlcon Public School in Mayur Vihar, Phase-I. They also blocked National Highway 24 in the protest.

Speaking to media, the student who committed suicide said no arrests have been made yet. Do they think my daughter lied about harassment by teachers? Is the Police under pressure or did they take bribes? I want justice and a CBI probe to be done.

On the other hand, the School Principal refuted the charges of sexual harassment made by the parents saying “one of the teachers against whom allegations are being made is a woman, how can she sexually harass someone? Other teacher has been here since 25 years and we never got any such complaint.

“School mourns her death and we are with the family. If I see her record she was an average student, not very good at studies but a great dancer. Students’ marks are given at PTMs but her parents didn’t attend any. She didn’t fail, had to give re-test”, he added.

According to ABP News, the CBSE has sought a report from Mayur Vihar’s Ahlcon school whose Class 9 student committed suicide over alleged sexual harassment.

The Noida Police on March 21 lodged a case against the principal and two teachers of an east Delhi school in the matter.


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Budget Session: Gratuity bill passed in Rajya Sabha, Both the houses adjourned for the day




New Delhi, March 22: As uproar continued on the 14th consecutive day in the second half of the Budget session, again both the houses failed to hold any discussion.

However, ahead of adjournment Rajya Sabha passed a Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) bill.

After TDP MPs walked up to the Well with placards, raising slogans, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh, the Chairperson halted the proceedings till March 23, 11 am.

Meanwhile, minutes after the house met for the day, Lok Sabha adjourned till noon as loud slogans of ‘We want justice’ are raised.

Later, when the lower house reconvened,  Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar made an appeal all the MPs that they let the House run, the government is ready for discussion on all issues, be it no -confidence motion or banking related matters.

However, pandemonium continued which prompted the speaker to adjourn the house.

Earlier in a day, TDP MPs staged a protest in Parliament premises, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. MP Naramalli Sivaprasad joined the agitation dressed as a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan volunteer, carrying a wiper.

On the other hand, AIADMK demonstrated over Cauvery issue.

YSRCP’s YV Subba Reddy wrote to Lok Sabha Secretary General and gave a notice to include no-confidence motion in the list of business tomorrow.


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