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Sidhu Says, His Visit To Pakistan Was Not Opposed By The Congressmen Except Punjab CM

New Delhi: Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu said that his visit was opposed by Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh but not the Congress party. He had created a splash at the Kartarpur corridor groundbreaking ceremony in Pakistan, He also hit back at critics of his earlier visit where he had first raised the issue of a special corridor for Sikh pilgrims.

The Punjab minister, whose spirited praise of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the occasion and photo with a Khalistani leader had earned him much criticism back home, said that though Amarinder Singh had asked him not to go, other Congress leaders backed his decision to participate. Amarinder Singh had himself turned down an invite to the event on the grounds of continuing Pakistani involvement in terror attacks in the state.

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Former Coal Secretary Concealed Information From Former PM Manmohan Singh

New Delhi: A Delhi court said that former Coal Secretary H C Gupta and two other officials working with the coal ministry concealed information from the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and misrepresented facts while recommending a private company for allotment of a coal block, Friday.

Special Judge Bharat Parashar made this observation while convicting Gupta and one retired and another serving public servant -- K S Kropha and K C Samria -- in a corruption case relating to the allotment of coal blocks in West Bengal during the previous UPA regime at the Centre.

The court said Singh, who held the portfolio of Ministry of Coal (MoC), was to act only upon the recommendations made by the 36th Screening Committee.

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JAI Leaders Discusses Issues Of Indo Pacific, Maritime And Connectivity Issues In Buenos Aires

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a new coinage “JAI” (Hindi for success or victory) for Japan, America and India. This came in Modi’s remarks to reporters before the meeting. US president Donald Trump and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe also made brief remarks. Modi has a name for the triumvirate of Japan, America (the United States) and India, whose leaders held their first trilateral on the sidelines of the G20 in Buenos Aires.

After the meeting, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar wrote on Twitter, “Leaders exchanged views on Indo Pacific, maritime and connectivity issues.” The White House said in a readout of the meeting, “As a treaty ally of Japan and major defense partner of India, the United States shares unique and exceptional relationships with both countries based on common democratic values.

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Owaisi Demands Reservation For Muslims After 16% Reservation Bill For Marathas Passed

New Delhi: The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) said Muslims, too, deserve benefits of the reservation as they have “lived for generations in poverty.” AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has demanded reservation for Muslims after the Maharashtra legislature passed a bill proposing 16 per cent reservation in education and government jobs for Marathas.

In a tweet, the Lok Sabha from Hyderabad said depriving backward Muslims of their fair share in public employment and education was a grave injustice.

“I have consistently argued that there are backward castes in Muslims who have lived for generations in a cycle of poverty. Reservation is a tool that will break this cycle,” he stated.

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Qureshi Says, Imran Khan’s Googly Ensured Indian Government’s Presence At Groundbreaking Ceremony

New Delhi: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan bowled a “googly” to ensure Indian government’s presence at the groundbreaking ceremony of the landmark Kartarpur Corridor. Qureshi’s remarks came a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj categorically ruled out the possibility of resumption of bilateral talks with Pakistan unless it stops cross-border terror activities against India.

Pakistan earlier invited Swaraj for Wednesday’s ceremony. But Swaraj said she was unable to travel to Kartarpur Sahib due to prior commitments. India was represented at the events by Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri.