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New Delhi, Jan 4: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reached here on Thursday on the first leg of a three-nation tour that will also take her to Indonesia and Singapore.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted that the Minister received a “warm welcome” in Thailand — “our geographic, historic and cultural neighbour”.

During her two-day visit to Thailand, Sushma Swaraj will hold a meeting with Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai.

The External Affairs Ministry statement issued last week said, “All aspects of bilateral relations with Thailand will be discussed with particular focus on political, defence and economic ties and on further enhancing India’s engagement with Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries,” the statement asserted, adding that Thailand would assume the role of coordinator country for India-Asean relations in the middle of 2018.

During her Indonesia visit from January 5-6, Sushma Swaraj will co-chair the fifth meeting of the India-Indonesia Joint Commission with her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi.

Both the leaders will also inaugurate the second meeting of the Asean-India Network of Think Tanks. She will also call on Indonesian President Joko Widodo and have other official engagements, including an interaction with representatives of the Indian community.

Swaraj will call on the new Secretary General of Asean Lim Jock Hoi, the statement stated adding: “As the biggest country in the Asean region with the largest economy, Indonesia is an important partner for India including in trade and strategic matters. In recent times, there has been intensive engagement between the two countries bilaterally, as well as plurilaterally.”

The statement said Joint Commission meeting and other engagements of Sushma Swaraj would enable the two countries to note the course of partnership during the year 2018.

Swaraj will visit Singapore from January 6-8 during which she will launch the Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) of Asean countries on January 7. The theme of this year’s event is “Ancient Route, New Journey: Diaspora in the Dynamic Asean-India Partnership”.

Sushma Swaraj will hold bilateral meetings with the leaders in Singapore and also interact with PIO delegations from Asean countries.

According to the statement, the Regional PBD is a large scale event covering a wide range of sectors including political relations, economic ties and investment, tourism and culture, connectivity, start-ups and science and technology.

“PIO delegations from all Asean countries, including ministers, eminent personalities, business and socio-political leaders are participating in the event,” the statement asserted.

On 3 nation visit, Sushma Swaraj will share with her interlocutors relevant information about the upcoming Asean-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi on January 25 which marks 25 years of the establishment of Dialogue Partnership between India and the 10-nation regional bloc.

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Pranab Mukherjee continues to be on ventilator support

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New Delhi, Aug 14 : The condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee remains critical but has not worsened, his daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee said on Friday.

Doctors attending on the 84-year-old former president at the hospital said his condition remained unchanged on Friday morning.

Mukherjee was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi cantonment on Monday and was operated for the removal of a clot in the brain. He had also tested positive for COVID-19.

“The condition of Hon’ble Shri Pranab Mukherjee remains unchanged this morning (14 August 2020). He is under intensive care and continues to be on ventilatory support. His vital parameters are presently stable,” the hospital said in a statement.

The former President’s daughter took to Twitter after the medical bulletin, saying his condition has not worsened.

“Without getting into medical jargons, whatever I could understand from the last two days is that though my dads’ condition continues to remain very critical, it hasn’t worsened. There’s little improvement in his eyes’ reaction to light,” she said.

Mukherjee served as the 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017.

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AIIMS doctor found hanging in his house in South Delhi

He was a permanent resident of Panchkula, Chandigarh and had been living alone in this room since 2006.

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New Delhi, Aug 14 : The decomposed body of a 40-year-old AIIMS doctor was found hanging at his house in South Delhi’s Gautam Nagar.

According to the police, the body of Doctor Mohit Singhla was found in a decomposed state in the room, a suicide note was also found later in the evening in which he did not blame anyone for his death.

The police received a PCR call at around 3:10 pm on Friday. The caller informed that a foul smell coming from the house in Gautam Nagar. Immediately a team rushed to the spot, and the police found the decomposed dead body of a person hanging in a room locked from inside, on the second floor of the house.

An investigation revealed that the deceased was a doctor working at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

“Doctor Mohit Singhla was posted in the department of Paediatrics and initial investigation revealed that he last joined his office on Tuesday,” said Atul Thakur, DCP South Delhi.

It is also suspected that Doctor Mohit may have taken the extreme step one or two days before his body was found.

A suicide note has been recovered in which the doctor said that ‘there is no need to live a long life’.

“His parents have told the police that he has attempted suicide earlier too and that he was in depression,” said a senior police officer

He was a permanent resident of Panchkula, Chandigarh and had been living alone in this room since 2006.

“We have initiated the proceedings under section 174 CRPC,” said the officer.

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Monitoring committee’s powers clipped, SC deseals residential premises

The bench observed that in the teeth of various statutes, the monitoring committee would act strictly within the four corners of the powers conferred on it by the apex court.

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New Delhi, Aug 14 : The Supreme Court on Friday said that it would not be appropriate for the monitoring committee to usurp statutory powers and act beyond the authority conferred upon it by the top court.

A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, B.R. Gavai and Krishna Murari said, “We quash Report No. 149 and other reports submitted subsequently in connection with Report No. 149 and the entire action of sealing pursuant thereto.”

On April 2, 2019, Report No. 149 was submitted by the Monitoring Committee concerning specific unauthorised constructions allegedly carried out in the Vasant Kunj and Rajokari area.

These constructions were not on public land. The respective persons owned the land, and the committee had submitted that a letter was received from the SDM, Mehrauli, on February 22, 2019 regarding unauthorised construction in Vasant Kunj, Delhi.

“The Monitoring Committee could not have sealed the residential premises, which were not misused for the commercial purpose as done vide Report No. 149, nor it could have directed the demolition of those residential properties,” said the top court.

The bench said the property sealed as per report No.149 be deA-sealed, and possession be restored to the owners forthwith.A “Let this order be complied with within three days”, said the top court.

However, the top court clarified that this order does not at all mean to belittle the yeomen service done by the monitoring committee for protection of Delhi.

“No doubt about it that matter of encroachment is a matter of concern, but the Monitoring Committee can act within the four corners of powers conferred upon it and purpose for which the court appointed the Monitoring Committee. It cannot exceed its powers and take any action beyond its authorization by the court,” noted the top court.

The bench observed that in the teeth of various statutes, the monitoring committee would act strictly within the four corners of the powers conferred on it by the apex court.

“When we consider the various orders passed by this Court from time to time, before the constitution of the Monitoring Committee, we find that this Court at no point in time has empowered the Monitoring Committee to take action with respect to residential premises not used for commercial purposea,” observed the top court.

The monitoring committee comprises K.J. Rao, former advisor to the Election Commissioner; Bhure Lal, chairman of Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority; and Major General (Retd) S.P. Jhingon. The committee was set up on March 24, 2006, by the top court.

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