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Minister S Jaishankar fact checks Pakistan journalist on terror; says ‘world isn’t stupid’

India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is known to not mince any words when it comes to stating India’s position.

S Jaishankar

Minister makes this remark while addressing media at the UNSC stakeout

India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is known to not mince any words when it comes to stating India’s position on various issues on international forums. At the UNSC stakeout, while addressing media after chairing a signature event held under India’s presidency of the UNSC ‘Global Counterterrorism Approach: Challenges and Way Forward’, the Minister was asked a question by a Pakistani journalist on “How long South Asia will see terrorism from New Delhi, Kabul, Pakistan, how long they will be at war?”

Mincing no words, Dr S Jaishankar said, “You are asking the wrong minister…It is the minister of Pakistan who will tell you how long Pak intends to practice terrorism? The world is not stupid. The world is not forgetful and the world does increasingly calls out countries and organisations and people who indulge in terrorism. You are not going to confuse anybody anymore. People have figured it out.” He went to ask Pakistan to be a “good neighbor” and “contribute to economic growth and progress development the way other countries do.”

Earlier speaking at the UNSC briefing on Global Counter-terrorism Approach: Challenges and Way Forward in New York, Dr S Jaishankar said that this briefing is a “part of India’s ongoing efforts in the Security Council to re-invigorate the counter-terrorism agenda. And that is overdue because the threat of terrorism has actually become even more serious.” Saying that terrorism is an existential threat to international peace and security, which knows no borders, nationality, or race, the Minister stressed that terrorism, is a challenge that the international community must combat collectively.

Speaking about the established networks that are still alive, especially in South Asia, the Minister said, “The suggestion that states who are apparently capable on everything else but are only helpless when it comes to terrorism is ludicrous. Accountability must therefore be the bedrock of counter-terrorism. No individual state should endeavor to seek political gain from terrorism and none of us collectively should ever put up with such calculations. When it comes to tackling terrorism, we must overcome political differences and manifest a zero-tolerance approach.”

While he admitted that terrorism has been significantly countered and its justification de-legitimized, he emphasized that “this remains work in progress. Combating terrorism is a battle in which there is no respite. The world cannot afford attention deficits or tactical compromises.”

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New Parliament building likely to open from January end; see latest pictures!

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Radhika Dhawad | New Delhi

The Centre released the layout and latest photos of the newly built Parliament building on Friday that would likely house the second part of the budget session in January this year. 

A part of the Central Vista redevelopment project, the new Parliament building is being constructed by Tata Projects Limited and is likely to be inaugurated in March this year. The new building features larger halls, a library, ample parking space, and committee rooms with state-of-the-art facilities.

Here’s the glimpse of the new building…

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K’taka says boundary dispute closed chapter; CM Bommai accuses Sanjay Raut of acting like ‘Chinese agent’

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The Karnataka-Maharashtra border issue has been resonating in both states’ legislatures, with both states accusing each other.

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CM Basavaraj Bommai speaks tough on Sanjay Raut, says he acting like “Chinese agent”

The Karnataka-Maharashtra border issue has been resonating in the winter sessions of both states’ legislatures, with both states accusing each other of stoking tensions, despite Union Home Minister Amit Shah intervening in the matter.

On Thursday, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution, saying that the boundary dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka is “a closed chapter.” The resolution declared that there was no question of compromising on issues related to “Karnataka’s land, water, and language, and the interests of Kannadigas.”

The Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that everyone was committed to initiating constitutional and legal measures to protect the state’s interests.

The CM said that people of both the States have lived cordially over the decades, he accused Maharashtra of trying to affect the cordial relations between people of both States by filing a petition before the Supreme Court in 2004, despite the matter being closed with the report of the Mahajan commission.

The judicial custody of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, on Monday, got extended till September 5 in Patra Chawl Land Scam.

Sanjay Raut

Launching an attack on Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackery) MP Sanjay Raut for his remark that they would “invade” Karnataka on the lines of China invading India, Bommai said, “Sanjay Raut is an agent of China and is a traitor. If they attack China, we will push them back as the Indian Army does on our borders.” He even warned Raut of legal action and said that use of such uncivil language was shocking.  

Siddaramaiah, Leader of the Opposition and former Chief Minister of Karnataka, backed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government on the this issue.

Also read: Our morcha was ‘Fadnavis’ size, says Uddhav Thackeray

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Our morcha was ‘Fadnavis’ size, says Uddhav Thackeray

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Former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took a dig at Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis in Nagpur.

Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray

Former chief minister of Maharashtra and Shiv Sena UBT chief Uddhav Thackeray is in Nagpur for the Maharashtra Assembly winter session. Though an MLC, he did not attend the Assembly but has been part of key Opposition strategy meetings.

Addressing media persons at the Radisson Blu hotel, Thackeray was asked to comment on the recent Maha Vikas Agadhi’s (MVA) protest march that was dubbed a “nano morcha” by Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis. Taking potshots at Fadnavis’ weight, Thackeray replied to reporters’ queries saying, “ours was a Fadnavis-size morcha.” 

The Maha Vikas Aghadi’s (MVA) Halla Bol rally was a 2.3 km long one which began near J J Hospital and concluded at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Uddhav Thackeray, NCP’s Ajit Pawar, state Congress president Nana Patole and MLA Aaditya Thackeray were notably present in the rally, which was organised to target the Eknath Shinde-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for “insulting remarks” on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, for their stand on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute and for projects being shifted out of Maharashtra.

While Thackeray said he will attend the session, reports say he flew back to Mumbai on Tuesday night.

Also read: Uddhav Thackeray demands resignation of Eknath Shinde on NIT Plot issue in Nagpur

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