All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on January 12 visited Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh. Owaisi is on a one-day visit to Uttar Pradesh. Before the next assembly elections, Owaisi forged alliance with Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) to make a strong ground in eastern UP.
AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi in Kolkata said that his party will take part in upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections. "I met Abbas Siddiqui today and our party will definitely take part in the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections. Our party will stand with decisions that will be taken by Abbas Siddiqui," said AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi.
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.
Police used tear gas shells and water cannons to disperse the BJP Yuva Morcha workers in West Bengal's Siliguri on December 07. They were protesting against the state government over the law and order situation at Tinbatti area. BJP's Yuva Morcha President Tejasvi Surya said, "Democracy is being murdered in the West Bengal".
Ahead of West Bengal Assembly elections, state's acting All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief SK Abdul Kalam joined Trinamool Congress (TMC) on January 09 in Kolkata. Several other members of AIMIM also joined TMC. WB Assembly elections are likely to be held in mid 2021.
After the meeting with Election Commission of India, West Bengal's BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that the party has requested the commission to ensure that people get to vote without fear and also demanded the deployment of Central Forces in the state. "It is the duty of the Election Commission to ensure that people vote without fear. It is important the Central Forces are deployed here soon. We are certain that names of Rohingyas have been included to voter list in border areas, balance of voter list has also been disturbed, this should be looked into," said Dilip Ghosh
All India Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim met election commission of India's officials on January 21 in Kolkata. "BJP had alleged that names of Bangladeshis and Rohingyas are in the voters' list, that too 10 percent. We told the Election Commission that it is a direct blame on you since you make the list," said Hakim. He further told the Election Commission to not to take the provocative communal speeches by BJP. Hakim also alleged that BJP has been sending BSF soldiers in the nearby villages and terrorising people to vote in their favour. "We all want peaceful and fair election," he added.
Delhi Police has arrested six Rohingyas from Anand Vihar Railway Station after receiving inputs about their arrival in the national capital from Tripura by a special train on January 06. DCP (East) Deepak Kumar said, "On January 6, we received information that some suspected Rohingyas were coming to Delhi from Tripura by a special train. The train was to reach Anand Vihar Railway Station. A team was deployed there and 6 Myanmar nationals were detained based on suspicion. They were interrogated and sent to the detention centre as or the order of FRRO. An FIR has been registered in this case and investigation is underway."
A protest was organised outside the Pakistan embassy on Wednesday against desecration of Hindu shrines in Pakistan and persecution of minorities. Around 40 people got together near the embassy to hold protests. The event was organised by the Rashtriya Ekta Abhiyan' as a Hindu temple in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was vandalised and set on fire by an unruly mob in Dec. 30, 2020. Hindus are the biggest minority in Pakistan who face persecution including forceful conversion of the girls.
India once again established its position as a reliable partner in Covid-19 assistance. It dispatched Covishield to Bahrain and Sri Lanka under the Vaccine Maitri Initiative. Sri Lanka to receive a consignment of 50,400 doses, while Bahrain to get 10,800 doses. Covishield developed by Serum Institute of India was loaded to cargo aircraft at Mumbai. The cargo aircraft left Mumbai airport as per schedule at 7:55 am for Manama. The vaccine consignment for Colombo, which delayed for 15 minutes, left at 9:00 am. Meanwhile, India has supplied vaccines to its neighbours under neighbourhood first policy. Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh received vaccines. India sees international cooperation in the area of fight against Covid-19 as its duty. New Delhi has played the role of the first responder in the region.
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