#EuropeanParliamentarians, #JammuAndKashmir, #Article370, #PMModi
Srinagar (India), Oct 29 (Canadian-Media): A 27-member delegation of European parliamentarians reached Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday to assess the situation in the newly-formed Union Territory, media reports said.
The delegation has reached after the Indian government granted permission to hold an "unofficial" visit.
The team is visiting the region just months after the Centre scrapped Article 370 which gave special status to the region.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while welcoming the delegation to India on Tuesday, expressed the hope that they have a fruitful visit to various parts of the country, including to Jammu and Kashmir.
During the meet a day ago, the Prime Minister appreciated the importance the parliamentarians attach to their relationship with India by visiting right at the beginning of their term.
The Prime Minister said that India’s relationship with the European Union is based on shared interests and common commitment to democratic values.
He said that an early conclusion of a fair and balanced BTIA is a priority for the government. Talking about the need to strengthen engagement with EU on regional and global matters, Prime Minister highlighted the importance of close international cooperation to fight terrorism.
#EuropeanUnion, #EU, #Brexit, #BrexiExtentsion
London, Oct 28 (Canadian-Media): The European Union has agreed to extend Brexit till Jan 31, 2020.
European Council President Donald Tusk confirmed the issue by tweeting.
He posted: "The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK's request for a #Brexit flextension until 31 January 2020. The decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure."
It comes as MPs prepare to vote on proposals by Boris Johnson for an early general election on 12 December, BBC reported.
The draft text of an agreement for the 27 EU ambassadors - as reported by BBC - also includes a commitment that the Withdrawal Agreement on the UK's exit from the EU cannot be renegotiated in future.
The UK was due to leave the European Union on Thursday.
The country's PM Boris Johnson was required to request an extension from the bloc after Parliament failed to agree on a deal related to the Brexit.
The PM had repeatedly said the UK would leave on 31 October deadline "do or die", but the law - known as the Benn act - also requires him to accept the offer, reported BBC.
Ayodhya issue and Mann Ki Baat: Narendra Modi says political parties played mature role in uniting people after 2010 verdict
#NarendraModi, #Ayodhya, #AyodhyaCase, #AyodhyaIssue, #MannKiBaat
New Delhi, Oct 27 (Canadian-Media): As India is gearing up for the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya case, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday recalled how political parties and the civil society played a mature role in uniting people when efforts were made to create fissures ahead of the 2010 Allahabad High Court ruling on the disputed land in Ayodhya issue.
In his Mann Ki Baat express, Modi said: "Friends, I remember when the Allahabad High Court gave its verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi in September 2010. You could jog your memory a bit and reflect about the atmosphere then."
"Various kinds of people took to the arena! Various interest groups were playing games to take advantage of that situation in their own way! The kind of language that was spoken in order to generate tension in the atmosphere," he said.
Modi said: "There was also an attempt to instill shrillness in the tone of different speakers. Some of the loudmouths and the braggarts had the sole intention of hogging the spotlight at that time."
"And we all know what kind of irresponsible talk was floating around! But this scenario had continued for five days, or seven days, or ten days, but, the delivery of the court’s decision generated a pleasant and surprising change of mood in the country," he said.
Modi said, "On the one hand, the machinations went on to generate tension for week or two, but, when the decision was taken on Ram Janmabhoomi, the government, political parties, social organizations, civil society, representatives of all sects and saints gave restrained and balanced statements. There were attempts to reduce the tension in the sociopolitical environment."
What happened in Ayodhya and why the case is significant?
In 1992, the disputed Babri Masjid structure was brought down by several right-wing volunteers who believe Lord Ram was born on that site.
On Sept 27 last year, the apex court had refused to re-visit its 1994 verdict which had stated mosque was not important for Muslims to offer prayers, paving way for the hearing of the Ayodhya case.
#ManoharLalKhattar, #HaryanaChiefMinister, #Haryana, #NarendraModi
New Delhi (India), Oct 26 (Canadian-Media): Indian PM Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar for taking oath as Chief Minister for the second term, media reports said.
He wished Khattar and Dushyant Chautala and tweeted: "Congratulations to @mlkhattar Ji and @Dchautala on taking oath as CM and Deputy CM of Haryana. Best wishes to them as they work to fulfil the aspirations of the people of Haryana."
Chautala took oath as the Deputy CM of the state.
Manohar Lal Khattar took oath as the Chief Minister of Haryana for the second time on Sunday at the Raj Bhavan here.
Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister in the BJP-led government in the state.
BJP, which won 40 seats in the just-concluded Haryana Assembly elections, six short of the majority, entered into an alliance with Dushyant Chautala's Jannayak Janta Party(JJP) which grabbed 10 seats to form the next state government.
The post-poll alliance was formalised in a quick meeting between Dushyant Chautala and BJP National President Amit Shah.
Seven independents have also declared their support for a BJP-led government in Haryana, helping BJP to reach a tally of 57 in the 90-member Assembly.
Backed by the numbers, BJP and its allied had placed the claim to form the next government in the state at a meeting on Saturday with Haryana Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya.
#NAM, #VenkaiahNaidu, #VicePresident, #Pakistan
New Delhi (India), Oct 26 (Canadian-Media): Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday hit out at Pakistan for misusing the NAM summit “to justify its longstanding policy of conducting cross-border terrorism” against its neighbours, media reports said.
In his address at the 18th NAM Summit here, Naidu regretted that Pakistan President had misused the august forum and said, “Indeed, we speak for the larger region in terms of this deep concern over Pakistan’s behavior”.
Stressing that Pakistan clearly needed to do much more to earn the confidence of the international community, the Vice President said, “It must decisively abjure terrorism—for its own good, for that of its neighbours and for the good of the world”.
Naidu also called for achieving a just, equitable and representative global governance system by reforming the United Nations, including the Security Council to reflect the contemporary realities of the 21st century.
The Vice President has urged the Non Aligned Movement to re-focus to remain an influential grouping and find solutions to challenges relating to terrorism, global governance reform, sustainable development and South-South cooperation.
He called upon all NAM countries to come together to forge a common front against terror in all its forms as there was no justification for violent extremist ideologies and terrorist actions that maim and murder innocents.
Pointing out that contemporary threats respect no borders, whether it is terrorism, climate change, pandemics, financial crisis or cyber security, he said that terrorism was the single most destructive threat, not only to international peace and security but to the very principles we are discussing today.
“Their capacity to inflict damage has multiplied with the diffusion of information technology, giving terrorist organizations offensive cyber capabilities,” he added.
Calling for strengthening all international laws and mechanisms to combat terrorists and their enablers, Naidu said the NAM partners should forge a common front by stepping up inter-agency coordination, exchanging information and strengthening the existing legal framework by endorsing the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT), proposed by India in 1996.
Addressing the Historic NAM Summit at Baku, in Azerbaijan, the Vice President said that the interdependent world today was faced with serious challenges.
“Globalisation and unprecedented technological advances are shaping the 21st century in unpredictable and often disruptive ways. As we all strive to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth and a better future for our peoples, we must realize that our destinies are linked like never before,” he added.
The Vice President said, "We must urgently find solutions to the development challenges of bringing health, education, clean energy and jobs to our people, amid a global economy being rapidly transformed by advances in technology."
He said: “These common goals can be achieved through a global governance system that is just, equitable and representative and a reformed United Nations”.
Observing that NAM need not position itself for or against any ideology or groups of nations, the Vice President said, “It is important that we do not waste our energies on issues that cause dissonance among us.”
The Vice President said that the strength of ‘unity in diversity’ by pursuing a focused, positive, long-term agenda.
Naidu urged NAM to select cross-sectoral challenges and work together to present solutions on issues such as terrorism, global governance reforms, sustainable development and South-South cooperation.
Highlighting India’s development agenda,“through everyone’s support, for everyone’s development and towards everyone's trust”, Shri Naidu said that India, as always stands ready to play its part and mentioned how India was partnering with other developing countries in capacity building, implementing development projects and providing humanitarian relief.
He said that India also took a major initiative in establishing the International Solar Alliance to give a boost to renewable energy generation and in setting up the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.
The Vice President expressed confidence that NAM grouping with its similar experiences and shared aspirations can certainly be a major force that can shape global responses to challenges as was done in the past.
Stating that India’s vision is one of collaborative endeavour for the common good of humanity, Shri Naidu said; “Let’s make our Movement (NAM) align with the overarching objective of improving the quality of life of our peoples. Let us be aligned with the forces of peace and development. This is the message that I bring to NAM on behalf of 1.3 Billion Indians. ”
He also said that India wishes to pursue a positive and forward-looking agenda to ensure a prosperous and secure future for all of us. “We are confident that NAM can play an important role in achieving these shared objectives”, he added.
During his interaction with the three dignitaries, the Vice President stressed the need to further deepen India’s close relations with Afghanistan, Vietnam and Cuba in all spheres.
#JammuAndKashmir, #GirishChandraMurmu, #KashmriGovernor, #Ladakh, #SatyaPalMalik
Srinagar (India), Oct 26 (Canadian-Media): Girish Chandra Murmu has been appointed as the first Lieutenant Governor of Jammu-Kashmir, officials said on Saturday.
Murmu was an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and has closely with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his earlier tenure as chief minister of Gujarat, reported LiveMint.
A press communique issued by the President's Office said Radha Krishna Mathur has been appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik has been transferred and appointed as the Governor of Goa.
The Indian Parliament on Aug 5 passed the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 which bifurcated the terror-hit northern state into two Union Territories - J&K, a Union Territory with Legislative Assembly, and Ladakh, a UT without Legislative Assembly.
The Modi government scrapped Article 35 A and Article 370 which were used to give Jammu and Kashmir a special status.
Article 35A of the Indian Constitution allowed the Jammu and Kashmir state's legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and also provided special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.
Article 370 allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own constitution, flag and right to handle its own laws except on matters that impact national security.
Chandigarh (India), Oct 23 (Canadian-Media): As the counting of votes progressed for Haryana Assembly elections, so far BJP has won 13 seats and is leading in 26 seats while Congress has won 11 seats and is leading in 22 seats, according to the latest updates.
As the state moves towards a hung assembly, all eyes are set on 31-year-Dushyant Chautala's Jananayak Janata Party(JJP), which has won five seats and is leading in another five.
As Congress and BJP are engaged in a close fight and none of them showing signs of achieving the majority mark of 46 seats, Dushyant Chautala is expected to play the role of kingmaker.
Rejecting the speculations that he might play the role of a kingmaker in this Assembly election in Haryana, Chautala said, "I am neither the king nor the king-maker but I am here to serve people."
Meanwhile, Haryana Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda has urged all the non-BJP parties to unite and form the next government.
"I urge all the non-BJP parties to come together and form the next state government," Hooda said.
BJP state president Subhash Barala has stepped down from his party post amid the counting of votes.
SKM-BJP alliance emerges victorious in the Sikkim by-polls, SDF decimated, Golay wins Poklok Kamrang
#Sikkimbypoll, #BJP, #SKM, #SDF, #PSGolay
Gangtok, Oct 23 (Canadian-Media): Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) founder and Chief Minister PS Golay(Tamang) sealed his victory with a majority of 8,953 votes from the Poklok Kamrang Assembly seat in the by-polls which took place on Oct 21 last.
He defeated Sikkim Democratic Front's(SDF) Moses Rai.
While Golay polled 10,811 votes, Rai managed only 1,858 votes, reflecting that the anti-incumbency sentiments were still working against SDF which ruled Sikkim for 25 years.
BJP too made inroads into the Himalayan state with this by-poll.
Its candidate Sonam TSH Venchungpa won the Martam Rumtek Assembly seat defeating his nearest rival Nuk Tshering Bhutia of the SDF with a margin of 6,150.
Venchungpa polled 8,204 votes while Bhutia could secure only 2,054 votes.
Hamro Sikkim Party candidate Nima Lepcha received 1,235 votes.
The result for the Gangtok Assembly seat is yet to be declared.
BJP and ruling SKM had forged an alliance for the by-polls and according to the seat-sharing agreement, BJP was given the Gangtok and the Martam Rumtek, while SKM had got the Poklok Kamrang.
The by-polls in the three seats had been necessitated after former Sikkim Chief Minister PS Golay, Kunga Nima Lepcha and D.T. Lepcha vacated Poklok Kamrang, Gangtok and Martam Rumtek seats after winning two seats each during the Assembly polls held in April.
#ImranKhan, #JustinTrudeau, #Canada
Islamabad/IBNS: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday wished Canadian PM Justin Trudeau as his party won the general polls in the country.
Pakistan PMO website
Khan said he is looking forward to work with him.
He tweeted: "Congratulations to Justin Trudeau for winning the elections in Canada. I look forward to working with him."
Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau is all set to become the Canadian Prime Minister for the second term but will lead a minority government as the results of the General Elections came out on Monday, media reports said.
The main battle in Canada was between Trudeau and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.
The Liberal Party of Canada has won in 158 districts in the national election, with at least 170 having been required for a majority government, preliminary data from the Commissioner of Canada Elections shows.
With preliminary polling data from all 338 electoral districts processed, the Liberal Party has 33.6 per cent of the votes, while the Conservative Party of Canada has 34.1 per cent.
The Conservative Party has secured victory in 119 districts.
#PakistanOccupiedKashmirDisplacedPersons, #Kashmir, #PakistanArmy, #BlackDay
Srinagar/Jammu/New Delhi: Displaced persons from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) on Tuesday observed Black Day to remember the sacrifices made by lakhs of Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims to defeat the invasion of the erstwhile Princely State by the Pakistan Army in 1947, often touted as the tribal invasion.
A large number of PoK DPs (displaced persons), under the banner of SOS International – an organization of PoK displaced persons- assembled at Jantar-Mantar, New Delhi and held a peaceful demonstration to mark the day amidst slogans and speeches highlighting grievances of the displaced community.
The agitating DPs were tying black ribbon on their arms and hanging placards with slogans around their neck as a mark of protest, reported Daily Excelsior newspaper.
The Jammu and Kashmir Unity Foundation (JKUF) hosted a seminar in a series titled “Pakistan’s Military Invasion not Tribal Raid of Jammu and Kashmir" at Jammu Press Club in Jammu on Tuesday.
Ajaat Jamwal, president, JKUF, along with expert speakers spoke at length the atrocities committed by the Pakistani Army on the people of Jammu and it becomes more relevant in the present times when the Government of India took a historic decision to abrogate the regressive Article 370 and integrate the Jammu and Kashmir State fully into India, reported The Tribune.
Meanwhile, Junaid Qureshi, a prominent Kashmiri and director of Amsterdam-based European Foundation of South Asian Studies, tweeted: "The Blackest day in the history of Jammu & Kashmir. The day, when the Islamic Republic of Pakistan violated the sovereignty of Jammu & Kashmir, breached the signed Standstill Agreement with our Legal Ruler and invaded J&K in an attempt to illegally annex it."
He posted: "India came to J&K on the basis of a legal treaty. Irrespective of its subsequent failures and blunders in J&K along with its policy of advancing proxy politics, in strictly legal terms, India does have a legal claim. The only country among the three which has that."
The day is observed as Black Day by POK refugees in India.
The day is being observed this year at a time when India and Pakistan have been engaged in a bitter war of words over PM Narendra Modi-led government's move of scrapping Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Article had given special status to the region.