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



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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Time for KCR to go, says BJP chief J.P. Nadda in Hyderabad




BJP national president J.P. Nadda on Friday justified his campaigning for the party in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections saying he is ready to go anywhere to end corruption and carry forward the politics of development.

“Somebody asked why national president of BJP is campaigning in municipal elections. I want to say that I am ready to go anywhere to carry forward politics of development and to end corruption,” he said during a roadshow at Kothapet.

Nadda said the party will fight the election with all its might and take Hyderabad to new heights of development.

The BJP leader participated in the roadshow from Kothapet to Nagole crossroads. Braving rains and cold weather, a large number of people turned up for the roadshow.

“Your presence in large numbers despite the rains itself is giving message that it is time for KCR (chief minister) to go and for BJP to come,” Nadda told the gathering.

He said the participation of people in large numbers in the roadshow shows that they want development under Narendra Modi’s leadership and are rejecting corruption. Nadda appealed to people to ensure BJP’s victory in every ward.

Elections to 150-member GHMC are scheduled to be held on December 1.

Union minister of state for home G. Kishan Reddy, state BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar and other leaders accompanied Nadda in the roadshow.

The programme was delayed by one hour due to rains. Nadda’s visit provided further push to BJP’s poll campaign.

Central ministers Prakash Javadekar and Smriti Irani , BJP youth wing president Tejasvi Surya and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis already participated in the saffron party’s campaign over last one week.

Union home minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are also scheduled to campaign for BJP over the next two days.

Meanwhile, ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has made large scale arrangements for the party’s central election meeting to be addressed by party president and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao at LB Stadium on Saturday.

This will be the first meeting to be addressed by KCR, who has so far stayed away from the campaign. His son and TRS working president K. T. Rama Rao is leading the campaign, addressing meetings and conducting roadshows every day.

Several state ministers, MPs and state legislators are also actively campaigning for the ruling party.

In 2016 elections, TRS had scored landslide victory by winning 99 seats. BJP had bagged only four seats.

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Shelter, feed agitating farmers, appeals Haryana ex-CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda




Appealing for food and shelter for the agitating farmers, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday said that he was with the farmers in their fight against the government over recently-enacted farm laws.

“This is an appeal to all Haryana residents. Please try to provide food, shelterand medicines to the peacefully agitating farmers,” he said.

Condemning the use of water cannons and tear gas against the farmers, Hooda called on the government to “shed their arrogance” and come forward to talk to the farmers.

Even as the Delhi Police on Friday allowed farmers from Punjab, Haryana and elsewhere to hold a peaceful protest against the controversial Agriculture Bills at the Sant Nirankari ground in the capital’s Burari area, the farmers refused to leave Delhi-Haryana Sindhu border fearing that their protest would be “weakened”.

Delhi Police made the announcement after using tear gas shells and water cannons on the protesting farmers, and undertaking a baton charge to disperse them as they tried to enter Delhi.

But the farmers at the border were reluctant to go to Burari, even as as more farmers were on their way from Punjab.

Gurpreet Singh, a farmer associated with Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta in Punjab, told IANS that most of the farmers don’t want to go to the Burari ground and that is the reason why they are all are sitting there.

“Till the time the government does not accept our three demands, we will sit here,” he asserted.

Singh said that the farmers have been demanding the revocation of the three Agriculture Bills that were passed in Parliament in September this year, guarantee the minimum support price to farmers and roll back the fine on stubble burning.

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Nitish Kumar hits back at Tejashwi Yadav, asks who made him Deputy CM




After RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s personal attack, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hit back at him and said that Yadav is lying.

Nitish Kumar was looking very angry during a speech in the Bihar assembly. He addressed Tejashwi as ‘Tum’ in Hindi during the speech.

“Who was responsible for making his father (Lalu Prasad) leader of the Lok Dal and who was responsible for making him (Tejashwi Yadav) deputy CM. Everyone knows it,” Kumar said in the assembly.

Earlier, Tejashwi said that CM Nitish Kumar was scared of the girl child, hence he avoided becoming a father a second time.

Following the CM’s speech, Manoj Jha, Rajya Sabha MP and RJD chief spokesperson said: “The unparliamentary language used by Nitish Kumar reflects his status. He is not more than a remote control CM and people of Bihar know who is having actual power in Bihar.”

“We have heard about jobs on compassionate grounds. Nitish Kumar was nominated as the CM on the same grounds,” Jha said.

Tejashwi Yadav clarified that Nitish Kumar called him a small child.

“I said that he was afraid of the girl child. Hence he has not become a father again. It was a reflection of Nitish Kumar’s statement during the election campaign.”

“It does not apply to Lalu Prasad. If that was the case, after the birth of my elder brother and me, we would not have had a younger sister,” Tejashwi said.

“On the other hand, he has dragged my sisters’ names in the Bihar assembly. He has used unparliamentary language towards me,” Tejashwi said.

Tejashwi added that if Nitish Kumar had made me deputy CM, I want to ask him who has made two current Deputy CMs (Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi) in Bihar now.

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