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PM Modi to meet baby Moshe, Israeli survivor of 26/11 attacks

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New Delhi, June 29: The Indian Minister is slated to visit Israel due next week and apart from all the bilateral ties, this meeting will also mark a special meeting with a 10-year-old Israeli Child.

The child Moshe Hotlzberg, who survived the deadly Mumbai attacks held in 2008, 26/11. Then 2-year-old when the attack rocked the entire nation, the child lost his mother Rivka and father Holtzberg and 6 other Isreali Nationals also lost lives in the attack.

Terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba took the responsibility of the attack.

Moshe was rescued safely by his Indian caretaker Sharda from the attacks. Later both came to Israel.

Moshe Holtzberg

Two-year-old Moshe Holtzberg is held by his grandmother Yehudit Rosenberg and domestic help Jackie during a condolence prayer meeting in a synagogue, for those killed by armed militants at a Jewish centre in ‘Nariman House’ in Mumbai December 1, 2008. Moshe’s parents Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, were among the five hostages killed at the center in ‘Nariman House and more than 144 people dead in Mumbai after the attacks by Islamist militants on luxury hotels and other sites in India’s financial capital. REUTERS/Arko Datta (INDIA)

He is now 10-years-old and lives with his grandparents.

This meeting will have an emotional note as Indian Ambassador to Israel expressed speculations of PM meetings meet Moshe.

Modi’s Israel visit will include a number of talks including on  Terrorism.

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Congress demands Goyal apologise for ‘tarnishing Vemula’s memory’

“Culture and mindset of hounding and insulting SC’s everyday has become the DNA of Modi government. Let government and minister apologise!”

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New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Congress on Wednesday demanded apology from Union Minister Piyush Goyal for accusing Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) of using Hyderabad University student Rohith Vemula’s family for political motives.

Terming it “utterly shameful”, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, in a tweet, said Goyal was “peddling fake news” about Vemula and his mother in order to tarnish the memory of the Dalit student who committed suicide.

“Culture and mindset of hounding and insulting SC’s everyday has become the DNA of Modi government. Let government and minister apologise!” he added.

The BJP on Wednesday accused the IUML of using Vemula’s family for political motives, with Goyal said he was “anxious” after the statement of the student’s mother, claiming that the “IUML made false promises of providing a sum of Rs 20 lakh and asked her to address their rallies and misrepresent the unfortunate incident”.

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Government is committed to Air India’s strategic disinvestment: Union minister

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New Delhi, June 20: Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said that the central government is committed to he strategic disinvestment of national carrier Air India. 

Speaking to media, he also informed that a team headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was reviewing the airline’s financial and liquidity requirements.

“We are committed to supporting and strengthening Air India whatever its financial and liquidity requirements we’ll continue to support it like in the past.

The minister said a team headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was reviewing the airline’s financial and liquidity requirements.

Alternate mechanism headed by Arun Jaitley is reviewing the situation&as required will take the appropriate decision ” News agency ANI quoted Sinha as saying.

The development comes after no bids were received for the Expression of Interest (EOI).

The BJP-led government, which had approved strategic disinvestment for the state-run carrier in last June, had on May 31 this year said no initial bids were received for the proposed stake sale.

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A.R. Rahman appointed Sikkim government’s brand ambassador

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Gangtok, June 20: Famed Indian composer and singer-songwriter A.R. Rahman has been appointed the brand ambassador of the Sikkim government, news agency IANS quoted a senior minister as saying on Wednesday.

“We have appointed Rahman as the state government’s brand ambassador for a year,” Sikkim Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Commerce and Industries Ugen T Gyatso, told IANS over phone.

As the government’s brand ambassador, Rahman would keep coming to the Himalayan state from time to time and promote it, said the Minister.

The 51-year-old music producer, who has in his kitty two Academy and two Grammy Awards, is now in Sikkim. “He will leave on Thursday,” the Minister said.

In an official notification, Chief Secretary A.K. Srivastava said Rahman will promote and project the state’s achievements nationally and globally.

Sikkim, with its natural and pristine beauty, has over the last two decades emerged as a world famous eco-tourism destination, besides attaining a distinct identity as the first fully organic farming state of the country, it said on Monday.

The state government had earlier this year made Mr. Rahman its Brand Ambassador of tourism and business.

Rahman is a widely awarded music personality and has worked in an array of international projects.

In 2010, Rahman was conferred the country’s third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan.

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