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Rahul pays condolences to Kabul Gurudwara attack victims

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New Delhi,  Congress leader Rahul Gandhi here on Wednesday expressed shock at the terror attack on a gurudwara in Kabul, which reportedly claimed 27 lives and left many injured. He also offered his condolences to the next of kin of victims.

“I’m shocked by the news of a terror attack on a Gurudwara in Kabul, Afghanistan, in which over 27 people have died. My condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives. I pray that the injured make a speedy recovery,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Around 150 people were offering prayers at the gurudwara in the Shorbazar area at the time of attack, which have been claimed by the Islamic State Khorasan (ISKP).

According to reports, while one bomber detonated himself at the entrance, three IS terrorists stormed the shrine. The security forces rescued around 80 faithfuls from the gurudwara.

Afghan security forces killed all the three terrorists in a day-long gun-battle after which NATO soldiers helped in the clearance operation. The Sikhs constitute a minuscule minority in Afghanistan.

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UP suspends MLA fund, legislators’ pay to be cut 30%

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Lucknow, April 8 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, here on Wednesday, passed a resolution suspending the MLAs fund for one year, which will help the state garner Rs 1,500 crore for Covid-19 fund.

Each MLA gets Rs 3 crore per year for his/her constituency. There are 403 legislators in the Vidhan Sabha and 100 in the Vidhan Parishad.

The cabinet meeting, first through video link, also decided that all legislators and Ministers, including the Chief Minister, would take a 30 per cent pay cut and the money saved would go to the Covid-19 fund.

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Don’t communalise Tablighi Jamaat’s mistake: Pawar

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New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) At a meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with all political parties’ floor leaders in Parliament, here on Wednesday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar raised the issue of Tablighi Jamaat.

This was stated by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad while addressing the media after the meeting where the leaders suggested that a multi-party working group should be set up.

Rasing the the issue of Tablighi Jamaat, Pawar said the Covid-19 crisis should not be communalised. According to Azad, Pawar said “they erred. But the matter should be laid to rest. We should work together to contain coronavirus.”

However, the Prime Minister didn’t say anything on the issue, Ghulam, leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said.

Raising the issue of testing and equipping the frontline health workers with the personal protective equipment (PPE), the Congress leader advised the Prime Minister to take into consideration letters written by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

Azad said proper attention be paid to around 45 crore labourers in the country and added, MNREGA should have been used for harvesting of rabi crop to help farmers as well as workers benefit from the government schemes.

The Congress leader also advocated raising credit limit for farmers and waiver of farm loans.

Meanwhile, the government is exploring ways to keep farmers and farming activities, like harvesting of ready crops and procurement of grain, outside the lockdown purview, amid the demands for extension of the shutdown.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar is expected to discuss during the day the issue with farm ministers of states through video link.


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Support a poor family to show me your respect: PM

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New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Prime Minister Modi has urged Indians with economic means to financially support one poor family till the coronavirus outbreak continues.

“It has been brought to my attention that some people are campaigning to honour Modi by standing for 5 minutes. At first glance, it seems like a scandal to drag Modi into dispute,” PM tweeted.

Then he went on to add, “Maybe it is someone’s goodwill, yet I insist that if you really have so much love and want to honour Modi, then take the responsibility of a poor family, at least as long as the corona virus crisis is there. There can be no greater honour for me than this.”

This is not the first time he urged people to help the needy and deprived in this hour of crisis. India is amid a 21-day shutdown to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

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