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Will Meet Dalai Lama, Sanction Chinese Officials For Abuses In Tibet: Joe Biden

“Where (President Donald) Trump has turned a blind eye, a Biden-Harris administration will stand up for the people of Tibet,” Biden said.

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Washington: Slamming Beijing’s plan to further tighten control over Tibet, Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden has said that if voted to power, his administration will sanction Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in Tibet.

“My administration will sanction Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in Tibet, and step up support for the Tibetan people, including by expanding Tibetan language services at Radio Free Asia and Voice of America to get information from the outside world into Tibet,” Biden said.

Biden vowed that as president he will meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, appoint a new Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, and insist that the Chinese government restore access to Tibet for US citizens, including our diplomats and journalists.

Noting that this past weekend, the Chinese government announced plans to further tighten control over Tibet, thereby continuing to erode the human rights, religious freedoms, and dignity of the Tibetan people, Biden said that these are only the latest efforts by Beijing to crush ethnic minorities that seek to preserve their distinct culture, language, and beliefs.

“Where (President Donald) Trump has turned a blind eye, a Biden-Harris administration will stand up for the people of Tibet,” Biden said.

In his statement, Biden alleged that Trump has been weak on his China policy. “Once again, the silence from President Trump has been deafening, as he focuses instead on his empty trade deal with Beijing and protecting his ”very good friendship” with Chinese President Xi Jinping. It”s disgraceful, though not surprising, that Trump is the first American president in three decades who has not met or spoken with His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” he said.

“Trump hasn”t even fulfilled the statutory requirement to appoint a Special Coordinator to lead America”s efforts on this vital issue. It”s no wonder China”s leaders believe they have a free hand to deepen repression in Tibet, just as they have in Hong Kong and Xinjiang,” Biden said.

A day earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had called upon Beijing to enter into dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives without preconditions, to reach a settlement that resolves their differences.

“We”re also concerned about Chinese actions in Tibet, in light of the general secretary”s recent calls to ”Sinicise” Tibetan Buddhism and fight ”splittism” there,” Pompeo told reporters on Wednesday.

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Harsh Vardhan’s comments unfortunate, aim should be to fight the pandemic unitedly: Rahul Gandhi

“It’s an unfortunate comment. The whole nation has to fight this disease together. I don’t think it’s appropriate to blame someone or the other.

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Wayanad (Ker): Describing as “unfortunate” the comments by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on rising COVID-19 cases in Kerala, Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said it was not appropriate to blame others and point fingers, but fightthe pandemic unitedly.

With Kerala witnessing a spurt in infections recently, Vardhan had recently said the state was “paying the price for gross negligence” during Onam festivities when unlocking of services along with an increase in travel for trade and tourism led to the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s an unfortunate comment. The whole nation has to fight this disease together. I don’t think it’s appropriate to blame someone or the other.

The spirit should be to overcome this huge challenge.

I had warned in February that India was facing a huge challenge.However, this is not the time to point fingers and we all should work together,” Gandhi said.

He said Kerala follows a decentralised response to the pandemic and the state was giving out a good, decent result.

“The spirit of the people of Kerala, including the health workers, is giving a good decent result here.Of course there are shortcomings like there are in every situation.

But overall I feel the spirit of the people is going to overcome this disease here.The mitigation work in Wayanad is also good,” the Congress MP said.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has, however, said Vardhan’s comments should not be seen as a criticism of the state government’s COVID-19 management.

The chief minister had said on Monday that the COVID-19 situation in the state was under control during and after the Onam festival season as a strict vigil was enforced.

“Our COVID preventive measures were a success but the massive protests across the state by an irresponsible opposition derailed the efforts of the government,” Vijayan said.

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UPCC chief accuses Yogi govt of suppressing Cong’s voice

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Lucknow : UPCC chief Ajay Kumar Lallu on Tuesday charged the Yogi Adityanath government with repressing the Congress’ voice out of frustration over his government’s failure on all fronts.

“It is the Congress which is raising its voice over the state government’s failure on all fronts and the Yogi government is repressing the voice out of political vendetta, the UPCC president told reporters.

The chairman of party’s Scheduled Caste cell, Alok Prasad, was arrested recently on fake charges, said Lallu, referring to Prasad’s arrest for his alleged role in a case of self-immolation of a woman of the Maharajganj district.

Prasad was arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide by the woman who had died in a Lucknow hospital after setting herself ablaze near Uttar Pradesh assembly.

Accusing the Yogi government of having failed in giving justice to the woman, he said people attempting self-immolation right in front of the UP chief minister’s office, Lok Bhavan, at Hazratganj in Lucknow has become an everyday affair.

Lallu claimed that the harassment of Dalits has direct patronage of the Yogi Adityanath government.

Prasad’s arrest is not only undemocratic but also part of a planned strategy of harassing people belonging to Dalit and backward castes, he said.

This government is anti-Dalit and anti-backward people, said Lallu.

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Punjab’s Resolute: Assembly Unanimously Passes Bills Against Farm Laws

The bills against farm laws were also backed by the Opposition SAD, AAP and Lok Insaaf MLAs.

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The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed four Bills and adopted a resolution against the Centre’s farm laws.

The Bills were passed after an over five-hour discussion, in which BJP MLAs did not take part. The BJP has two legislators in the assembly.

The Opposition SAD, AAP and Lok Insaaf MLAs backed the legislations.

The state government’s legislative counter provides for imprisonment of not less than three years and fine for sale or purchase of wheat or paddy under a farming agreement below the minimum support price.

The provisions exempt farmers from attachment of land up to 2.5 acres and provide for prevention of hoarding and black marketing of agricultural produce.

Earlier, Chief Amarinder Singh had urged all parties to unanimously pass his government’s “historic Bills” in the Vidhan Sabha.

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