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Looking forward to work with new government in Nepal : India

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New Delhi, Feb 2: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday conveyed to leaders of all political parties of Nepal, including Prime-Minister-in-waiting K.P. Sharma Oli, that India is looking forward to work with the new government in the Himalayan nation.

As per the statement issued by the ministry, Sushma Swaraj, during her two-day visit to Kathmandu, “congratulated the government and people of Nepal for the successful conduct of three-tier elections, which is an important milestone in the democratic transition of Nepal”.

“EAM conveyed all political leaders of Nepal that the government of India is looking forward to working with the democratically elected government to take forward bilateral ties to newer heights for mutual benefit, and to support the government of Nepal, as per its priorities, in its endeavours for rapid economic growth and development”, the statement asserted.

During her visit, Indian foreign minister met Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. Chairman of Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) K.P. Sharma Oli, Chairman of CPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Chairman of Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal (FSF-N) Upendra Yadav, Coordinator of the Presidium Mahanta Thakur, and leaders of the Rashtriya Janta Party-Nepal (RJP-N).

According to MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, during the course of a courtesy call on Friday, Swaraj congratulated President Bhandari on the successful conduct of polls in Nepal.

And both the leaders exchanged views on advancing the muti-dimensional relationship.

Kumar said that Sushma Swaraj also congratulated Prime Minister Deuba on the successful conduct of the elections.

“Discussions focused on enhancing our bilateral cooperation to take our age-old and historical partnership forward,” he asserted.
Prior to this, Indian External Affairs Minister called on CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’.

Earlier, on Thursday Sushma held talks with top UML leaders in a bid to mend ties at a time when UML chief K.P. Oli will lead the next government in the Himalayan nation.

During the meet, both the UML and visiting Indian delegations agreed to widen and strengthen the two nations’ ties in the new changed context.

India wishes to see a stable, democratic and prosperous Nepal, she said, and expressed happiness over the successful elections in the country which were fundamental in consolidating the democracy and political stability as well as implementation of the new constitution.

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PDP’s Srinagar Office Sealed After Protests Against Land Laws

Under the new land law, no domicile or permanent resident certificate is required to purchase non-agricultural land in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday foiled a protest march by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the new land law and detained several leaders from the party.

The party had organized a protest rally from the party headquarters in Srinagar to the Press Enclave. However, soon after the leaders reached the party headquarters, they were detained by the police force that was already deployed there. The police detained party members including Khurshid Aalam, Waheed Parra, Suhail Bukhari, Mohit Bhan.

The party had lodged a similar protest in Jammu on Wednesday.

The PDP president and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet stated that the party office in Srinagar has been sealed by the administration and workers have been arrested for organizing a peaceful protest.

“PDP office in Srinagar sealed by J&K admin & workers arrested for organising a peaceful protest. A similar protest was allowed in Jammu so why was it thwarted here? Is this your definition of ‘normalcy’ that’s being showcased in the world?” Mehbooba tweeted.

“PDP’s @parawahid, Khurshid Alam, Rouf Bhat, @MohsinQayoom_& @buttkout were arrested by J&K police for protesting against the settler colonial land laws thrusted upon people of J&K. We will continue to raise our voice collectively & wont tolerate attempts to change demographics,” she tweeted.

Under the new land law, notified on October 27 by the Union Government, no domicile or permanent resident certificate is required to purchase non-agricultural land in the UT. Earlier, Article 35-A of J&K Constitution which was revoked on August 5, placed prohibitions on the sale of land to those who were not state subjects.

The central government has even empowered an Army Commander to declare any area in J&K as strategic for operational and training requirement of the armed forces.

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India asks Saudi Arabia to take corrective steps on bank note

The world map on the new 20 Riyal banknote, released to mark Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 grouping, does not feature Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as part of India.

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New Delhi, Oct 30: India has asked Saudi Arabia to take corrective steps on the misrepresentation of its territorial boundaries on a new bank note.

The world map on the new 20 Riyal banknote, released to mark Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 grouping, does not feature Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as part of India.

MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India has asked Saudi Arabia to take “urgent corrective steps” in the matter, and emphasized that the entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are integral parts of the country.

“We have seen the banknote referred by you which gives an incorrect depiction of India’s external territorial boundaries. The note was issued by Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority on October 24 to mark the occasion of Saudi presidency of the G20,” the MEA spokesperson said.

“We have conveyed our serious concern to Saudi Arabia, both through their Ambassador in New Delhi as well as in Riyadh, for this gross misrepresentation of India’s external territorial boundaries on an official and legal banknote of Saudi Arabia and asked Saudi Arabia to take urgent corrective steps in this regard,” Srivastava said.

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Jamaat-e-Islami Hind denies links with HWF, slams media reports

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New Delhi: The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), which claims to be the biggest socio-cultural organisation of Indian Muslims, on Thursday denied any links with the Human Welfare Foundation (HWF), and slammed media reports which associated it with the HWF after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at HWF’s offices in Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir.

Jamaat’s media in-charge Syed Tanveer Ahmed said in a statement, “Many news channels have projected that HWF is a part of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, but the fact is that HWF is a separate legal entity and there is no legal subordination of Jamaat over HWF.”

Ahmed said that this deliberate attempt to malign the name of the Jamaat by media houses is a matter of serious concern and appropriate legal steps will be taken into the matter if so required.

The NIA on Thursday continued its raids in a terror funding case at nine locations in Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi. The agency also raided the properties of former Delhi Minority Commission chief Zafarul Islam Khan.

The raids were conducted in connection with a case pertaining to some NGOs and trusts raising funds in India and abroad in the name of charitable activities and then using them for carrying out secessionist and separatist activities in the Union Territory of J&K.

Offices of Falah-e-Aam Trust, Charity Alliance, Human Welfare Foundation, J&K Yateem Foundation, Salvation Movement and J&K Voice of Victims (JKVoV) were being raided by the anti-terror probe agency sleuths.

According to the NIA, Charity Alliance and Human Welfare Foundation were based in Delhi.

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