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Rahul Gandhi Plays Cricket With Local Boys in Rewari After His Chopper Makes Emergency Landing

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday played cricket with children for a while after the helicopter he was travelling by could not land in Delhi due to bad weather

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New Delhi, Oct 18 : Bad weather prevented Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s helicopter from landing in Delhi on Friday, party sources said. Rahul was returning from poll-bound Mahendragarh in Haryana after addressing a rally there.

The Congress clarified that Rahul Gandhi’s helicopter was forced to abort its landing in Delhi due to bad weather and not due to a technical snag.

The chopper later landed safely in Rewari from where Rahul returned by road.

The Congress leader, according to party sources, played cricket in Rewari with young boys.

Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by party general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Rahul in his rally in Mahendragarh criticised Prime Minister Modi, alleging the country has been pushed to the worst economic slowdown.

The video being widely shared on social media shows youngsters bowling to Rahul Gandhi, who attempts several shots, including cover drives.

He was later seen interacting with several children.

Rahul Gandhi finally returned to Delhi by road as his helicopter’s pilot declared the weather to be too adverse to resume the journey.

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Tension in UP district after mosque construction stopped

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Sambhal (Uttar Pradesh), Nov 15 A mosque allegedly being erected in Sambhal district in Uttar Pradesh, was stopped leading to tension. Police have been deployed in the area.

Work at the under-construction mosque in the Saraitareen area was halted late on Wednesday after people from another community objected to it.

The roof of the building had already been completed when the police locked up the premises to stop prayer gatherings from taking place.

District Magistrate Avinash Krishna Singh said police force had been deployed at the site to stop further construction and also to prevent any kind of clash.

According to reports, some people had started offering namaaz inside a madarsa in Saraitareen some months ago. Later construction of a mosque began inside the same madarsa premises and neighbours from the other community objected to it.

The construction was stopped after police intervened, with the sub-divisional magistrate issuing orders that no further construction could take place.

On Wednesday morning, people from the other community living in the vicinity informed police that construction was restarted the night before.

Station House Officer (SHO) Ravindra Kumar of Hayatnagar police station reached the spot and got the premises locked up.

Those who had gathered there went to a nearby mosque, from where they announced on loudspeakers that police had stopped them from offering Namaaz and thrown their holy book out of the “new mosque”.

Soon, a large crowd gathered there and the women broke the locks in the presence of police.

Sensing further trouble, senior civil and district police officials rushed to the spot and immediately deployed Rapid Action Force (RAF) to defuse the situation.

The officials then held talks with members of the community and assured them the madarsa premises would be opened and that they could continue with all religious activities barring community prayers.

District magistrate Avinash Krishna Singh said: “The situation is under control and construction has been stopped. As precaution, the RAF and police are still deployed in the area.”

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Simla agreement resulted in ‘revanchist’ Pakistan, problems in Jammu and Kashmir: Jaishankar

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New Delhi, Nov 15: External affairs minister S Jaishankar said India’s foreign policy cannot be tethered to dogmas and needs to be agile in a fast-changing global order.

Delivering the 4th Ramnath Goenka Memorial Lecture Thursday on the topic, “Beyond the Delhi Dogma: Indian Foreign Policy in a Changing World”, Jaishankar said: “We are now at the cusp of change.

Jaishankar further said that the Simla Agreement (inked by then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the then Pakistan President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on 2nd July 1972) led to a “revanchist” Pakistan and problems in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Evidence strongly supports the view that India advanced its interests effectively when it made hard-headed assessments of contemporary geopolitics. And even more so when it did not hesitate to break with its past. The 1971 Bangladesh war, the 1992 economic and political repositioning, the 1998 nuclear tests or the 2005 India-US nuclear deal are instructive examples. Indeed, it is only through a series of disruptions that India was able to bring about decisive shifts in its favour,” he said.

“A misreading of geopolitics and economics upto 1991 stands in contrast to the reformist policies thereafter. Two decades of nuclear indecision ended dramatically with the tests of 1998. The lack of response to 26/11 is so different from the Uri and Balakot operations. Whether it is events or trends, they all bear scrutiny for the lessons they hold,” he said.

Jaishankar said “the fact remains that even after seven decades of independence, many of our borders remain unsettled” and that in the economic sphere, “we may look good when benchmarked against our own past” but “it seems a little different when compared to China or South East Asia”.

India needs “greater realism in policy”, Jaishankar said. The “early misreading of Pakistan’s intentions can perhaps be explained away by lack of experience”, but “the reluctance to attach overriding priority to securing borders even a decade later is much more difficult to justify”, he said. He said India had strongly “built up an image of a reluctant power,” but it “ended up influenced by our own narrative”.

The minister also asserted that “holding the feet to the fire” is very significant in dealing with Pakistan.

“For years India’s position on the world state seemed assured, but the 1962 conflict with China significantly damaged India’s standing,” said Jaishankar, adding: “India’s record includes dark moments like the 1962 defeat against China. Or tense ones like the 1965 war with Pakistan. There are enough dichotomies in our past to generate a spirited debate on successes and failures.”

Jaishankar stated that albeit hard, yet the purposeful pursuit of national interest was necessary for changing global dynamics.
The real stumbling block to India’s rise is not anymore the barriers of the world, but the dogmas of Delhi, said Jaishankar.

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BRICS nations to deny safe haven to economic offenders

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Brasilia, Nov 15 : The BRICS nations on Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to fighting corruption, and joining multilateral efforts in denying safe haven to economic and corruption offenders and facilitate the repatriation of proceeds of crime.

In a statement, the BRICS nations said: “We reaffirm our commitment to fight corruption, inter alia, through the strengthening of domestic legal frameworks, as appropriate, to more effectively address cases of corruption. We remain committed to adopting integrity measures in the public sector and promoting integrity standards in private enterprises and to build a stronger global commitment to a culture of intolerance towards corruption.

“We will maintain our ongoing efforts on anti-corruption law enforcement cooperation and returning of assets, including on civil and administrative proceedings. We will make full use of the BRICS Meeting on Asset Recovery and strengthen experience-sharing and case-cooperation on asset recovery among BRICS countries.

“We will enhance our exchange of views within multilateral frameworks such as UNCAC (United Nations Convention against Corruption) and the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group, with the aim of joining efforts in denying safe haven to economic and corruption offenders and to facilitate the repatriation of proceeds of crime,” it said.

The five countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, also acknowledged the continued support provided by the BRICS Revenue Authorities towards implementation of the global standards on transparency and exchange of information and the minimum standards against Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) – which refers to corporate tax planning strategies used by multinationals to “shift” profits from higher-tax jurisdictions to lower tax jurisdictions, thus “eroding” the “tax-base” of the higher-tax jurisdictions.

“We remain committed to addressing the tax challenges of the digitalization of the economy. We look forward to further progress in the discussion of the two-pillar approach developed by the Inclusive Framework on BEPS.

“We welcome the recent achievement on tax transparency including the progress on automatic exchange of information for tax purposes.

“We call on all jurisdictions to sign and ratify the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. We remain committed to enhancing our efforts on the prevention of base erosion and profit shifting, exchange of tax information, and needs-based cap capacity building for developing countries. We commit to deeper exchanges and sharing of experiences and best practices, as well as to mutual learning in taxation matters,” the joint statement said.

The joint statement also noted the progress achieved by the BRICS Customs Administrations regarding the draft BRICS Customs Mutual Administrative Assistance Agreement and directed their respective appropriate authorities “to work towards its early conclusion and entry into force”.

“We also welcome the substantial progress made in the implementation of the Strategic Framework of BRICS Customs Cooperation, especially with regard to the BRICS Authorized Economic Operator Program, which should be functional by the end of 2022, including the mutual recognition of controls and economic operators.

“We also acknowledge the positive practice of establishing BRICS Custom Training Centres and direct the pertinent authorities to continue this approach in the future. We recognize the potential of the BRICS Customs Cooperation Committee and call for enhanced intraBRICS cooperation at relevant multilateral fora, including in trade facilitation, law enforcement, use of advanced information technologies and capacity building,” it said.

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