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Rahul Gandhi paid tribute to former PM Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary

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New Delhi | Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday paid tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary at Veer Bhumi in Delhi. Gandhi was accompanied by UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadra.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with Congress leader Gulab Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot paid their homage to Rajiv Gandhi at Veer Bhumi. Former President Pranab Mukherjee and former Vice President Hamid Ansari pay their respects to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary.

Earlier remembering his father and former PM Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Rajiv Gandhi was a kind, gentle and affectionate man whose untimely death left a deep void in my life. I remember the times we had together and the many birthdays we were lucky to celebrate with him when he was alive. He is greatly missed, but his memory lives on.”


Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted while remembering former PM Rajiv Gandhi. He wrote, “Tributes to our former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi Ji on his birth anniversary. We remember his efforts towards the nation.”


Born on 20 August 1944, Rajiv Gandhi served as the sixth Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989. A 4-time Member of Parliament from Amethi, Gandhi took over as the Prime Minister post after Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguard in 1984. August 20 is celebrated as ‘Sadbhavana Divas’ to pay respect towards the former PM.

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Vijay Mallya submits reply in Mumbai Court against ED’s plea terming his fugitive economic offender

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Mumbai | Liquor Baron Vijay Mallya on Monday submitted his reply in the Mumbai special court for the petition filed against him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) terming him a fugitive under the new Fugitive Economic Offenders Act.

Earlier during the hearing on September 3, the special court had given a 3 week period for Vijay Mallya to submit its reply on ED’s petition. The new introduced Fugitive Economic Offenders Act confiscate properties of economic offenders who have left the country to avoid facing criminal prosecution. The act also prescribes measures to deter fugitive economic offenders from evading prosecution by staying abroad.

Vijay Mallya is wanted in India for defaulting Rs 9,000 crore worth loans of various banks in India. Escaping the Indian Agencies Mallya has flown to UK in March 2016. In April 2018 Mallya was arrested by the Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant.

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Supreme Court refers PIL against female genital mutilation to five-judge constitution bench

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New Delhi | The Supreme Court Monday referred to a five-judge constitution bench the plea challenging practice of female genital mutilation among Dawoodi Bohra Muslims.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud was hearing a PIL filed by a Delhi-based lawyer challenging the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) of minor girls of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.

Female genital mutilation is performed “illegally upon girls (between five years and before she attains puberty)” and is against the “UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of which is India is a signatory”, the plea said, adding the practice caused “permanent disfiguration to the body of a girl child”.

A group of Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community members had earlier told the apex court that the female circumcision is practised by a few sects of Islam, including the Dawoodi Bohra community, and the validity of this be examined, if at all, by a larger constitution bench.

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Pakistan’s ‘one-trick pony’ act on Kashmir has no resonance in UN: India

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New York | With Pakistan expected to rake up the Kashmir issue during the high-level UN General Assembly session this week, India said a “one-trick pony” can “regurgitate” the same act but “single act plays” have no resonance on multi-lateral platforms like the United Nations.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said the UN General Assembly session is a global platform to address global issues, yet each country is sovereign and can do what they feel is in their best interests.

“If somebody else would like to be a one-trick pony, it is for them to regurgitate and act. We have handled this act many times in the past and are confident that we will do so again,” Akbaruddin told reporters here Sunday.

He was responding to a question on Pakistan expected to rake up the Kashmir issue “at a higher decibel” during the high-level session of the 73rd UN General Assembly beginning at the world body’s headquarters Monday.

“Our contention is that the UN works best on multilateralism and multi-lateral platforms work best when nations work in partnerships.

“Single act plays have no resonance in such matters. Anybody can try and be a solo player. However solo players in a multi-lateral context have neither the past or a future,” he said adding that it is a country’s call on how they spend the time allocated to them during the UNGA session.

India works in partnerships, Akbaruddin said, adding that India is proud that its priorities during the General Assembly have great resonance in the international community.

Pakistan has consistently used the platform of the UN General Assembly to rake up the Kashmir issue and its leaders have sought to internationalize it during their addresses in the General Debate. India responds strongly to Pakistan, whose attempts to raise the Kashmir issue every year at the multi-lateral forum have found no resonance with the international community.

Following India’s acceptance of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s request for a meeting, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi were slated to meet on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

However, India called off the meeting, citing the brutal killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing postage stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani.

Khan had tweeted that he is disappointed at the “arrogant and negative” response by India to his call for resumption of the peace dialogue.

When asked about Khan’s response, Akbaruddin said India is a multi-literalist nation and responds to multi-lateral issues of a global nature that it is confronted with. What you have raised is an issue relating to our bilateral ties. Those will be addressed bilaterally in the format that we desire to address them.

On whether India will raise strongly the issue of cross-border terrorism during the UNGA session, Joint Secretary for UN Political in the Ministry of External Affairs Dinesh Patnaik said the issue of cross-border terrorism has been raised by the country since 1996 when it put in the idea of the Comprehensive Convention on Terrorism. Akbaruddin said the scourge has been and is a concern for India.

“It’s a global concern. Terrorism is threatening countries across vast spades of land in diverse continents,” he said adding that terror outfits such as Boko Haram and Islamic State are a threat to several countries across Africa and West Asia.

“Even in our neighbuorhood, terrorism has increased as a major threat. This has been our perennial concern and obviously perennial concerns will be articulated in unison with many other countries who are raising this,” he said.

Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is expected to highlight the situation in Kashmir during his the General Assembly address, Pakistani media reported on Monday.

Qureshi arrived in New York over the weekend and is scheduled to address the annual world body session on September 29.

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