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India-Mauritius partnership is destined to soar higher: PM Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the partnership between India and Mauritius is destined to soar higher in future.

He was inaugurating the Supreme Court building of Mauritius with his counterpart Pravind K. Jugnauth via video confefrence.

The virtual inauguration took place in presence of senior members of judiciary from Mauritius and other dignitaries from both the countries. “Our partnership is destined to soar even higher in the coming years,” the Prime Minister said after the inauguration of the building.

The Prime Minister further said India and Mauritius jointly celebrated yet another landmark on Thursday as a symbol of special friendship between the two countries. “The new Supreme Court Building in Port Louis is a symbol of our cooperation and our shared values,” he said.

Modi said both India and Mauritius respect our independent judiciaries as important pillars of our democratic systems and that this impressive new building, with its modern design and construction, is a mark of respect.

Modi reminded, “We had jointly inaugurated the landmark Metro project and a new state-of-the-art hospital a few months back. I am happy to know that both these projects are proving useful for the people of Mauritius. It was in Mauritius that I had first spoken about India’s vision of SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region’. This is because Mauritius is at the heart of India’s approach to the Indian Ocean region.”

Modi said history has taught us that in the name of development partnerships, nations were forced into dependence partnerships and that it gave rise to colonial rule and rise to global power blocks.

He said India is making development partnerships that are marked by respect, diversity, care for the future and sustainable development. For India, Modi said, the most fundamental principle in development cooperation is respecting our partners. “This sharing of development lessons is our only motivation. That is why our development cooperation does not come with any conditions,” the Prime Minister said.

He said that India’s development partnerships are diverse from commerce to culture, energy to engineering, health to housing, IT to infrastructure, and sports to science and that India is working with nations across the globe. The Prime Minister said if India is honoured to help in the Parliament building in Afghanistan, it is also proud to be associated in the making of the Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Niger.

“India is not only proud in helping you, we consider it our privilege to help you create a better future for your youth, your next generation. That is why, training and skilling is such an important part of our development cooperation.”

He said the future is about sustainable development. “Human needs and aspirations cannot be in conflict with our natural surroundings. That is why, we believe in both human empowerment and care for the environment.”

Based on this philosophy, Modi said, India made efforts to nurture new institutions like the International Solar Alliance. “Let the rays of the sun brighten the journey of human progress. We are also working on a strong Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure,” the Prime Minister said.

The Supreme Court building has been constructed with Indian grant assistance and will be the first India-assisted infrastructure project within the capital city of Port Louis after COVID-19. The new Supreme Court building project is one of the five projects being implemented under the ‘Special Economic Package’ of US $353 million extended by the Government of India to Mauritius in 2016. The project has been completed within schedule and below expected costs.

The building is spread over an area of more than 4,700 sqm with over 10 floors and a built up area of around 25,000 sqm. The building flaunts a modern design and green features with a focus on thermal and sound insulation and high energy efficiency, the Indian government said in a press release.

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Asaduddin Owaisi urges KCR to rebuild demolished mosques in Secretariat

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AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday reiterated his demand that the two mosques demolished at the old state Secretariat of Telangana be rebuilt.

The Hyderabad MP said that he, along with other Muslim leaders, would call on Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao to demand reconstruction of mosques.

The two mosques were demolished last month while razing the old buildings at the Secretariat to build a new complex.

Owaisi, who was addressing a news conference to react to the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, was asked about the mosques at the secretariat, and recalled that he, and other Muslim leaders, have already demanded that the government rebuild the mosques at their original sites.

He pointed out that the Chief Minister made a statement expressing regret over the demolition. “It (the statement) was timely and right but we have said that it’s the duty of your government to immediately start reconstruction of mosques and give us a time-frame for the same,” he said.

“We will meet the Chief Minister to reiterate our demand,” he added.

Owaisi rubbished the allegations made by his opponents on the issue and said while they continued to criticise him, it was the AIMIM which worked on the ground.

He recalled that similar allegations were made on the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Act, the National Population Register and the National Register of Citizens but it was his party which met the Chief Minister and a resolution against the three was passed in the Assembly.

On revocation of the Constitution’s Article 370, on special status for Jammu and Kashmir, a year ago, Owaisi said it was a constitutional breach. “It was an unconstitutional step. The government had no right to do it but they had done it on the basis of their brute majority,” he said.

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Long wait ends today: PM Narendra Modi chants ‘Jai Siya Ram’ in Ayodhya

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi who started his speech with Jai Siya Ram chant, said the entire country today is in the trance of Lord Ram. He said that a grand temple will now be built for Ram Lalla deity who had Prime Minister Narendra living under a tent for many years.

“Every heart is illuminated; it is an emotional moment for the entire country… A long wait ends today,” said the Prime Minister.

He added that given the raging pandemic, a “maryada” has been kept in mind during the “Bhumi Pujan”. Earlier, Sangh Chief Mohan Bhagwat also said that the invitation could not be extended to many considering the CIOVID-19 pandemic.

“The ‘Jai Siyaram’ call is resonating not only in the city of Lord Ram today, but throughout the world. I express my gratitude to all citizens of this nation, Indian diaspora across the world and all the devotees of Lord Ram on today’s pious occasion,” he said.

He said that from Kanyakumari to Kshirbhavani, Koteshwar to Kamakhya, Jagannath to Kedarnath, Somnath to Kashi Vishwanath, all is immersed in Lord Ram.

He also referred to the fact how holy soil and water from across india reached Ram Janmabhoomi for ‘Bhumi Pujan’ ceremony.

The Prime Minister said Ram is in India’s history and philosophy. In a significant statement, he used Ram to portray a “unity in diversity” of India, which he says is present in different forms in different areas of India.

The Prime Minister dressed in traditional attire (dhoti and kurta), earlier bowed in front of the deity — Ram Lalla Virajman himself. Amid Shankhnaad, the PM offered his prayers to the deity after which he took part in an elaborate ‘Bhoomi Pujan’.

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Ninth UP minister tests positive for Covid-19

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Uttar Pradesh Law Minister Brijesh Pathak has tested positive for Corona virus. He is the ninth minister of the UP government to have tested positive for the virus.

Two days ago, UP Jal Shakti Minister Dr Mahendra Singh also tested positive for corona.

His reports came hours after UP BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh and two legislators — Yogendra Upadhaya (Agra) and Devendra Pratap Singh (Gorakhpur) tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

Apart from Dr Mahendra Singh, eight other UP ministers have tested coronavirus positive and are undergoing treatment.

They include Rajendra Pratap Singh, Dharam Singh Saini, Chetan Chauhan, Upendra Tiwari, Raghuraj Singh and Jai Pratap Singh.

UP minister Kamal Rani Varun who was also coronavirus positive, had succumbed to the disease on Sunday at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) in Lucknow.

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