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PM lauds researchers, highlights importance of tech in battling COVID-19 crisis

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Narendra Modi on UN Climate Summit

New Delhi, May 11 : As the world continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asserted the importance of technology in the fight against the Coronavirus as Technology Day was observed.

“Today, technology is helping many in the efforts to make the world free from COVID-19. I salute all those at the forefront of research and innovation on ways to defeat Coronavirus. May we keep harnessing technology in order to create a healthier and better planet,” he said in a tweet.

Technology Day is observed to mark the successful testing of nuclear missiles in 1998 under the leadership of Vajpayee and scientist and former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

It was after the successful completion of these tests that Vajpayee declared India as a nuclear state.

Modi recalling the Pokhran nuclear tests, tweeted: “On National Technology Day, our nation salutes all those who are leveraging technology to bring a positive difference in the lives of others. We remember the exceptional achievement of our scientists on this day in 1998. It was a landmark moment in India’s history.”

The Prime Minister also shared an old video from his Mann Ki Baat programme where once he had spoken about the Indian scientists and the tests. “Here is what I had said about Pokhran, India’s scientists and Atalji’s remarkable leadership during one of the Mann Ki Baat programmes.”

Modi also asserted that the tests in Pokhran showed the “difference a strong political leadership can make.”

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Abdullahs challenge house detention of NC leaders

Unfortunately that was not to be. The house detentions without any administrative orders are unlawful, undermining the due respect to human rights and individual liberty,” he said.

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Srinagar, July 13 : Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) President and Srinagar MP Farooq Abdullah and his son and party Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday filed a habeas corpus petition in the high court challenging the ”unconstitutional and ”illegal house detention of 16 NC leaders and functionaries.

As per the statement issued from the party headquarters, Farooq Abdullah has filed a petition for the release of Ali Mohammad Sagar, Abdul Rahim Rather, Nasir Aslam Wani, Aga Syed Mehmood, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Irfan Shah and Sahmeema Firdous from house detention, while Omar Abdullah has challenged the detention of Mohammad Shafi Uri, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzaan, Mubarak Gul, Bashir Veeri, Abdul Majeed Larmi, Basharat Bukhari, Saifudin Bhat Shutru and Mohammad Shafi through their counsel advocate Shariq Reyaz.

Party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said the decision to move to the court has been taken as a last resort to provide relief to various party members who have continuously been under house arrest or have been kept under house detention after being shifted from detention centers.

“Shifting of the detainees from detention centers to their homes only characterised revolving-door detention practice. Quashing of the PSA on party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar underscored the indefensible nature of all detentions in the court of law, leading us to believe that the administration will release all the detainees in the absence of any convincing reason.

Unfortunately that was not to be. The house detentions without any administrative orders are unlawful, undermining the due respect to human rights and individual liberty,” he said.

“We are hopeful that the court will come to the rescue of our colleagues, who have been suffering for no fault of theirs ever since the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35-A on August 5, 2019. This was the only recourse left to us. We are hopeful that the court will uphold the civil liberties of our colleagues, most of whom have not been keeping well,” Dar said.

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Bengal MLA was ‘killed’ as he joined BJP: Tripura CM

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Agartala, July 13 : Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday alleged that West Bengal legislator Debendra Nath Ray was killed because he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party last year.

Deb, who was the Tripura state BJP President until recently, in a tweet said: “Body of Sri Debendra Nath Ray, BJP MLA from Hemtabad, a reserved seat, in Uttar Dinajpur, was found hanging in Bindal, near his village house. People are of clear opinion that he was first killed & then hung. His crime? He joined the BJP in 2019.”

The 65-year-old MLA was found mysteriously hanging on Monday morning, a few meters away from his home near a local market in his village, about 454 km from West Bengal capital Kolkata.

Ray had joined the BJP in 2019. Earlier, he was elected to the state assembly as Communist Party of India-Marxist nominee in 2016.

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Rahul Gandhi again attacks PM Modi on India-China LAC face-off

The Chinese PLA has called back troops from Galwan Valley, Patrolling Point 15 and Hot Springs, said reports.

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New Delhi, July 13 : Upping the ante against the BJP-led Central government over the India-China border face-off in Ladakh, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi indirectly accusing him of lying asleep and the nation paying the price for the same.

“He”s ”lying” asleep. And India is paying for it,” Rahul Gandhi said in the tweet attaching a news report.

The news report claimed that the Chinese moves were likely planned for months.

India and China were engaged in a bitter face-off in Ladakh”s Galwan Valley after 20 Indian soldiers, including an officer, were killed by the People”s Liberation Army (PLA) troopers on June 15. Rahul Gandhi”s remarks came amid reports of the second round of talks with the Chinese authorities on the disengagement at the LAC in the Pangong Lake and Depsang areas in eastern Ladakh.

The government had announced on Thursday about the second round of talks with China.

The delegates of both countries will discuss the withdrawal of tanks, artillery and additional forces from the forward positions. “The next meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on the India-China border affairs is expected to take place soon,” the External Affairs Ministry had announced.

The Chinese PLA has called back troops from Galwan Valley, Patrolling Point 15 and Hot Springs, said reports.

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