Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited his north Kerala parliamentary constituency Wayanad on January 28. While interacting with representatives of various non-political, socio-cultural-religious and farmers organisations at a government guesthouse in Kalpetta town, Rahul said, "The truth is that most farmers do not understand the details of the Bill (the three Farm Laws), because if they did, there would be an agitation all across the country. The country would be on fire." The former Congress president is on a two-day visit to Kerala ahead of the Assembly elections in the state scheduled in upcoming months.
Recalling the tough opposition faced by Modi government during their failed attempt to amend the Land Acquisition Act 2013 passed by the then UPA government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said his party had then successfully fought the Centre in Parliament and stopped PM Modi from "killing" the bill. "We threw out the old British Bill and brought out a brand new Bill that guaranteed compensation and protection to our farmers...The first thing Narendra Modi ji did when he became PM was trying to kill this Bill. We fought him in Parliament and stopped him from killing it," said Rahul Gandhi while addressing an audience in Kerala's Kalpetta during his two-day visit to the southern state in view of the upcoming assembly elections. Gandhi made the speech in the backdrop of the farmers' protest against Centre's three new farm laws.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited his north Kerala parliamentary constituency Wayanad on January 28.While interacting with representatives of various non-political, socio-cultural-religious and farmers organisations at a government guesthouse in Kalpetta town, Rahul said, "You know the situation in the country today, it is clear for everybody to see what is going on. India is being run by PM Narendra Modi in the interest of 2-3 big businessmen. Every single industry today has a monopoly controlled by 3-4 people." The former Congress president is on a two-day visit to Kerala ahead of the Assembly elections in the state scheduled in upcoming months.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a NCC Rally at Cariappa Ground praised cadets for their efforts in handling hard times like floods, COVID situation in the country last year. "Be it the floods or any other calamity, NCC cadets helped the people of this country last year. During the Corona period, lakhs of cadets worked with the administration and society across the country. It is commendable," said PM Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 28 said that around one lakh NCC cadets, which include more than 30% girl cadets, are being trained by Army, Navy and Air Force for border areas. PM said, "On 15th August last year, it was announced that NCC will be given new responsibilities in around 175 districts in the coastal and border areas. For this around, 1 lakh NCC cadets are being trained by Army, Navy and Air Force. Of these, 1/3rd cadets are girls."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded Guard of Honour at the rally of National Cadet Corps (NCC) at Cariappa Ground in the national capital on January 28. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was also present at the event. Prime Minister also reviewed the parade rally. A cultural event was also organised where several artists performed on regional tunes.
External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar at the 13th All India Conference of China Studies said that India-China's parallel rise in the contemporary era is a 'unique happening in the human history'. "The two nations have some similarities, especially of size and history but there is also very interesting contrast in many ways culturally, politically or economically. Both are in the process of building a modern nation-state from a civilized society. And their parallel rise in the contemporary era albeit at different pace and intensity is a unique happening in the human history," said EAM. He further added, "For all the differences and disagreements that we may have had on boundary, central fact was that border areas still remain fundamentally peaceful. Last loss of life at India-China border before 2020 was as far back as 1975. That is why the events in Eastern Ladakh last year have so profoundly disturbed the relationship because they not only signalled a disregard for commitments about minimising troop levels but also showed a willingness to breach peace and tranquillity."
The display of cultural tableaux was held as a part of the 72nd Republic Day parade. Leading from the front, Ladakh showcased their first-ever tableau. Tableau displayed culture and communal harmony besides art, architecture, festivals, literature and music. A replica of the Sun Temple at Modhera was also displayed on the Gujarat tableau, depicting parts of the Sun Temple including its 52 pillars. Tableau of Punjab showcased the glory of 9th Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur, with the theme of '400th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur'. The end of the trailer shows Gurdwara Sri Rakab Ganj Sahib, the site of cremation of Guru Tegh Bahadur. Designed after the theme 'Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh's tableau also displayed the auspicious Ram Mandir. The forepart of the middle tableau shows Deepotsava of Ayodhya, in which millions of earthen lamps were lit.
India and China have agreed to hold next round of the senior commander level meeting soon, said MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava. He also added that India is close contact over diplomatic and military channels amid Line of Actual Control standoff. "Both sides (India and China) have agreed to hold the next round of the senior commander level meeting soon and we are in close communication over diplomatic and military channels in this regard," said MEA Spokesperson Srivastava.
President Ram Nath Kovind on January 26 hosted 'At Home' reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of Republic Day. In view of the pandemic, the guests are trimmed amid the need to maintain social distancing norms. The 'At Home' reception was attended by Vice President V Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh among other dignitaries. Chiefs of armed forces were also present at the reception.
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