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Rawat Says, Approach Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma As Little Possibility Of Direct Talks

New Delhi: Army chief general Bipin Rawat said that there was little possibility of direct talks between the government and separatists or terrorists in Kashmir. However, he asserted that they could approach the interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, who had been appointed for the purpose.

“To say that the head of the state will come and talk to these terrorists, I don’t think that is going to happen,” Rawat told reporters at Mamun cantonment in Punjab’s Pathankot after a seminar.

“If you look at the government policy, we have got a very clear cut policy — that we will not allow terrorists to create violence in our society and therefore anybody who creates violence will be neutralised,” he said.

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Over One Lakh Tourists Visited Statue Of Unity In Gujarat Since November 1

New Delhi: A senior Gujarat tourism official said that the 182-metre tall ‘Statue of Unity’ has seen over 1 lakh visitors since it was opened to the public on November 1 and will help Gujarat attract more tourists, including international ones, in the days to come.

The statue of Sardar Patel, situated on an islet near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Kevadiya in the state’s Narmada district, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31.

The statue, the tallest in the world, has so far attracted 1.10 lakh visitors since November 1, including a record 28,409 people Saturday, S J Haider, Principal Secretary (Tourism), Gujarat said.

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Sitharaman Says, Differences Between India And China Should Not Be Allowed To Become Disputes

New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that both India and China should respect each other and resolve issues through dialogues and join hands together for peace and prosperity. She pitched for dialogues between India and China on various issues, saying differences between the two nations should not be allowed to become disputes.

There are various issues such as defence, border disputes, border trades and presence of Indian and Chinese defence forces in the Indian Ocean which can be resolved through continuous dialogues, the minister said.

“Competition is normal, but contest must not turn into conflict. Differences should not be allowed to become disputes, she said here.

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Some Muslim Organisations Want NCM’s Intervention In Ayodhya Title Suit Case

New Delhi: National Commission for Minorities chief Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi said that some Muslim organisations had sought commission’s intervention in the Ayodhya title suit case. He said that Ram temple must be built in Ayodhya so that Muslims can live “peacefully” and “respectfully” stressing that the dispute should be resolved soon to help strengthen ties between communities.

The commission in its November 14 meeting will decide whether to approach the Supreme Court for an early hearing on the matter or not, he added.

“The National Minority Welfare Organisation and some other outfits have sent us reports that the Muslim community in the country is living in fear,” Rizvi said.

“They have urged the commission to take an initiative to improve the current atmosphere,” he added.

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Kushwaha Says, He Would Request Shah To Clear Confusion Over Seat-Sharing Among NDA Constituents

New Delhi: Union minister and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha said that he would apprise BJP chief Amit Shah of the “humiliation” he had suffered at the hands of Bihar chief minister and JD(U) supremo Nitish Kumar.

Kushwaha said he would also request Shah to clear the “confusion” over seat-sharing among the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents in the state at the earliest.

Before leaving for New Delhi, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief told reporters at the airport in Patna that he had sought an appointment with Shah.