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PM Modi’s ‘jumlas’ cannot replace policy-making, says Manmohan Singh

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New Delhi, July 22: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for introducing the culture of ‘self-praise’ and ‘Jumlas’ while casting doubts over the Centre’s claim that it would double farming income by the year 2022.

Dr. Manmohan Singh was speaking at the Congress Working Committee meet in New Delhi on Sunday, when he rejected culture of constant self praise and said , “Jumlas of PM Narendra Modi “as against solid “policy framework for driving engine of growth.”

Singh also assured his support to party chief Rahul Gandhi who chaired the first meeting as the president on Sunday and said “I assure Rahulji that we will fully support him on his onerous task of restoring India’s social harmony and economic development.”

Singh also cast doubts over the Centre’s claim that it would double farming income by the year 2022, saying “to achieve that agricultural growth rate would have to be 14 per cent, which is nowhere in sight”. Singh described it a hollow assurance.

Gandhi is chairing his first meeting of the revamped Congress Working Committee (CWC), after taking over as party chief in December last year.

Singh had earlier blamed the Narendra Modi government for its “disastrous policies” and “economic mismanagement”. He said the country was facing crises that were avoidable.

Rahul Gandhi called the newly constituted CWC as an institution comprising of experience and  energy, as a bridge between the past, present and the future.

Rahul had also attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accusing it of oppressing the poor and Dalits. Urging party members to fight for India’s poor, he described the Congress as the “voice of India”

Mrs Gandhi said the Prime Minister’s “rhetoric showed his desperation”, and that the “countdown for the BJP-led government had begun.”

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BKU leader accuses govt of acts to disrupt tractor rally

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A day after the protesting farmers leaders on Delhi’s Singhu border caught a person who confessed to hatching a conspiracy to disrupt the proposed tractor rally on January 26, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Saturday alleged that the Centre and the administration are the ones behind such a “conspiracy”.

The farmer leader alleged that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill four of them and create disturbances during their tractor rally. The person was later handed over to the Haryana Police.

Tikait told IANS: “The man caught from the Singhu border’s protest site was a member of the gang. Only the central government and the administration can carry out such acts.”

“The government has been saying that the tractor rally on January 26 will be violent. How do they know that it will be violent?”

“1Our movement has been quite peaceful for the last two months,” the BKU leader added.

“The apprehended man was associated with a 10-member gang. We have handed him over to the police. Which agency will interrogate him is a matter to be seen,” he said.

Tikait said, “The same people were also part of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s programme. It has now been revealed that the government is behind all such acts.”

“Where there is a mob, violence has to be forcefully created and such an action is resorted to by the administration. These gangs have been imparted training, the same people are part of the mob and commit violence. “

“We have nearly 200 volunteers deployed at various borders of Delhi who are monitoring such suspicious people. We want a peaceful protest,” the BKU leader added.

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Terror hideout busted, ammunition recovered in J&K

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A large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered after a terrorist hideout was busted by the security forces in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, officials said.

According to details, the security forces received specific input about the presence of a terrorist hideout in a forested area in Mandi.

A joint team of the Border Security Force, police and army carried out the operation.

The hideout was busted and a large quantum of arms and ammunition was recovered including one AK-47 rifle, three AK-magazines, 82 AK rounds, three Chinese pistols, five pistol magazines, 33 rounds of pistol ammunition, four hand grenades and one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL).Searches were undergoing in the area.

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India, China to hold 9th round of talks to resolve border dispute

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Indian and Chinese militaries will hold a ninth round of talks aimed at resolving the border disputes in Eastern Ladakh after a deadlock prevailed since the last negotiations in November 2020, sources said.

The latest “Corps Commander level meet is likely to take place in the next few days, probably in a day or two”, the sources, adding contours of the dialogue were being worked out and some changes are expected.

A Ministry of External Affairs representative is likely to be part of the dialogue.

The eight round had taken place on November 6, 2020.

Though the talks ended in a deadlock, both countries agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels, and also to take forward the discussions, push for the settlement of other outstanding issues, so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

Earlier this month, Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had said that the force is ready for a long haul along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), while hoping for an amicable solution in its nine-month-long conflict with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

“We are prepared to hold our ground where we are for as long as it takes to achieve our national goals and interest,” he had said.

On August 30, 2020, India had occupied critical mountain heights on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake like Rechin La, Rezang La, Mukpari, and Tabletop that were unmanned till now.

India has also made some deployments near Blacktop also after the Chinese tried to make a provocative military move.

Now, dominance at these 13 peaks allow India to dominate Spangur Gap under the Chinese control and also the Moldo garrison on the Chinese side.

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