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Warning of continued threat from Pakistan, China: Punjab CM Amarinder

Recalling the contributions of the millions of Indians to the freedom struggle, the Chief Minister said Punjabis had always been at the forefront of every battle.

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Amarinder Singh

Mohali (Punjab), Aug 15 : Warning of continued threat from both Pakistan and China, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said Punjab would always be at the forefront of fighting the enemy at the borders.

With tensions at the borders continuing, India had to be prepared to deal with any eventuality, said the Chief Minister in his Independence Day address, after hoisting the tricolour here to mark the historic occasion.

“While Pakistan continues to resort to firing every day, China, on the other hand, talks about friendship but remains a danger to our nation,” said Amarinder Singh, recalling the recent barbaric attack on Indian soldiers by the Chinese forces.

India has always given Pakistan a befitting response, which is the only way to deal with them, he said, adding that China also needs to be handled with the same iron hand.

Recalling the contributions of the millions of Indians to the freedom struggle, the Chief Minister said Punjabis had always been at the forefront of every battle.

The cellular jail in Kaala Paani (Andaman Islands) have the names of tens of hundreds of Punjabis etched in immortality, he said, adding even though the Independence Day celebrations this year were low-key due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this was the time to remember the sacrifices of all those who had made freedom possible for everyone.

It was also the time to salute the defence forces guarding the nation’s borders from the enemy, he added.

Paying his tributes to Punjab’s freedom fighters, Amarinder Singh reiterated his government’s commitment to extend all benefits of freedom fighters to their next generations.

At the same time, Amarinder Singh saluted the health workers and paramedics who were continuously fighting the invisible Covid-19 enemy, along with the NGOs and religious organisations that have worked tirelessly to provide free food and medicine during the period of lockdown.

He also acknowledged the great work done by the farmers, who have produced the food that fed the nation during the lockdown period and government officials who are serving the people in these difficult times.

The Chief Minister recognised the people of Punjab for their cooperation in observing precautions that were helping in containing the pandemic, the students who had marvellously adapted to the online teaching methodology, as well as the teachers who were working day and night to create online content to ensure that the studies of their students do not suffer.

He also lauded the industrialists who had shown remarkable resilience in recovering from the extreme slowdown caused by the pandemic, and the industrial labour which had placed its faith in Punjab and returned to work with the same dedication as before after the initial panic which forced them to leave for their home towns through the trains arranged by the state government.

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President Kovind gives assent to Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill

The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020, was passed by Parliament in the recently concluded Monsoon Session

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A new law that provides for inclusion of Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi in the list of official languages in Jammu and Kashmir, in addition to Urdu and English, has been notified after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent.

The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020, was passed by Parliament in the recently concluded Monsoon Session.

The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Act, 2020, received assent of the President on September 26, according to a gazette notification.

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Happy that Akali Dal has quit NDA: Shiv Sena, NCP

Raut added that both Shiv Sena and SAD were pillars of the NDA and they are no longer there, the present dispensation cannot be called the NDA anymore.

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Mumbai, Sep 27 : Maharashtra’s ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies, the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party, on Sunday welcomed the Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) decision to quit the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance.

The Punjab-based SAD is the second party – and among the oldest allies – after the Shiv Sena, to have broken ties with the BJP in the past one year.

“Both parties (Shiv Sena and SAD) stood by the BJP through thick and thin, while others have joined when they smelt power. Shiv Sena was forced to quit the NDA last year while Akali Dal has quit over the farm bills. We felt sad over the development,” Shiv Sena chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.

NCP President Sharad Pawar said “congratulations” to SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal, who under the leadership of his father Parkash Singh Badal, pulled out of the NDA.

He also lauded Akali Dal MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who quit as Union Minister ahead of voting on the farm bills in the Lok Sabha, for leaving the NDA to protest against the bills and expressed his thanks to them “for firmly standing with the farmers”.

The Congress has also severely criticised the bills that were passed in the parliament last week leading to a furore among farmers all over the country, and is planning more protest agitations, state party chief and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat said on Sunday.

In October 2019, after the results of Maharashtra Assembly polls were announced, the Shiv Sena had broken ranks with the BJP as the latter, which had a higher number of seats, refused to concede the post of Chief Minister.

The Sena also bitterly accused BJP leaders of betraying it after promising to give the post, and later quit the NDA to ally with the NCP and the Congress to form the MVA government in the state.

Raut added that both Shiv Sena and SAD were pillars of the NDA and they are no longer there, the present dispensation cannot be called the NDA anymore.

“This is a different kind of alliance. The Shiv Shiv appreciates Shiromani Akali Dal’s decision to break it’s ties with NDA in the interest of farmers,” Raut tweeted.

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Rail-Roko: Farmers continue to block tracks in Amritsar against farm bills

Farmers, under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, have been staging a sit-in on the rail track in Punjab since last Wednesday

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Farmers squatted on the Amritsar-Delhi railway track here on Sunday, continuing their ‘rail-roko’ agitation against the contentious farm bills passed by the Parliament last week.

People from nearby villages brought cooked food and other items for the demonstrators. ‘Langar’ (community kitchen) has also been organised at the site by local gurdwaras.

Women wearing saffron dupattas also joined the protest, raised slogans against the Centre and said they would not allow the implementation of the three legislations.

Farmers, under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, have been staging a sit-in on the rail track in Punjab since last Wednesday.

Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher demanded that all the sitting 13 MPs from Punjab should tender their resignation with immediate effect in support of the farmers’ demands. He asserted that BJP leaders would not be allowed to enter villages.

The committee had announced to extend their agitation till September 29. Trains services remained suspended in the state because of the protest.

Farmers have expressed apprehension that the Centre’s farm reforms would pave a way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big companies.

Parliament had passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020; the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill; and the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill. These are yet to get the assent of the President.

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