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Pak PM Imran Khan threatens India for war over the abrogation of Article 370

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Pak PM Imran Khan threatens India for war over the abrogation of Article 370

On Wednesday Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan threatened to go to war following the Indian government’s decision to scrap Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. In his latest address in PoK.

Khan said that people of his country are ready to fight for the freedom of Kashmir.

He criticized the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is the parent organization of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Khan also highlighted incidents of lynching of Muslims in the country, saying the community is living in fear. The Pakistan prime minister added that the current developments in Kashmir are alarming for the Muslim population living in the Valley, citing media reports.

“We are all concerned at moment about the truth of the humanitarian crisis and the atrocities created by this lockdown that has been imposed,” he said.

Accusing the Indian government of making a “strategic blunder”, the Pakistan prime minister said, “He (Narendra Modi) is playing his final card but it is going to be very expensive for India.”

“Kashmir was not on the radar of the international community, but we as Pakistan have to ensure that this new momentum continues where Kashmir is in the global narrative. I pledge to be the ambassador of Kashmir,” Imran Khan said.

“Now, I will become the brand ambassador and take Kashmir issue to all possible platforms,” Khan said.

“The first important development is that Kashmir is now a global narrative; we have spoken to Donald Trump about it; we brought it up at the OIC,” he added.

He went out to criticise the Indian Constitution and even went on to say that the “façade of tolerant India has been removed”.

Citing danger to almost 18 crores Muslims living in India, he made another accusation. He said: “Pro Indian Kashmiri politicians today are endorsing two-nation theory.”

“Our army is battle-hardened fighting a nearly 20-year war against terrorism. Our people are ready to defend our freedoms. We are observing where the events go from here. Pakistan is fully ready; our army, our people are on one page. We have decided we will not tolerate any violation and are fully ready to counter it,” he added.

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Kiren Rijiju posted P Chidambaram’s old video on unifying language, Again triggered language conflicts

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Some minister Amit Shah’s comments, in which he pitched for making Hindi a common language in the country, has re-ignited the debate on ‘Hindi imposition’ with political leaders, particularly those from the south, warning the government against any move to make Hindi a common language in the country.

As a political slugfest erupted over the matter, Minister of State Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter to share an old video in which Congress leader P Chidambaram is heard saying that he hopes efforts to make Hindi as the country’s language would continue.

Rijiju’s tweet came a day after the Congress reacted to Amit Shah’s statement by warning the government against stirring up controversies over “emotive and sensitive issues” and against tinkering with the three-language formula.

Meanwhile, voices of dissent came in from the Bharatiya Janata Party itself with Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa tweeting that for his state “Kannada is the principal language”. “We will never compromise its importance and are committed to promoting Kannada and our state’s culture,” Yediyurappa also said.

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J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik briefed Modi about Kashmir situation

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J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik briefed Modi about Kashmir situation

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in the state.

Normal life remained affected in the Kashmir Valley for the 43rd consecutive day on Monday.

“Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called on PM @narendramodi,” the prime minister’s office tweeted.

Malik is believed to have apprised Modi about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.

On August 5, the central government had announced the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into Union territories.

The two UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will come into existence on October 31.

While security forces have eased restrictions in many parts of the Valley, normal life continues to be affected as business establishments remained shut and only a few vehicles plied on the roads.

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Nirmala Sitharaman steps up to boost economic growth

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Nirmala Sitharaman steps up to boost economic growth

On Saturday Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a series of steps to boost exports to improve the growth and uplift consumer sentiments.

Nirmala Sitharaman has sought to address concerns over infrastructure spending, improved access to credit for businesses, more capital for state-run banks, boosting the prospects of the auto sector; and improving credit flow.

Minutes of  the Press Conference :

On September 19, the Finance Minister will be meeting all PSB heads to assess how the credit flow system is working up.

She further added that Inflation is under control and there is a clear sign of revival of industrial production.

Sitharaman said that there will be the total removal of human interface in the tax assessment.

Small tax-payers with minor defaults will not be prosecuted.

To boost exports the government has come up with a six-point plan. Remission of duties or taxes on export products particularly in textile dispensation will completely replace all MEIS from Ist Jan 2020

Export Credit Guarantee Corp will expand the scope of ECIS and offer higher insurance cover to banks lending working capital for exports in a move which will cost Rs.1700 crore per annum to the government.

Data on export Finance will be regularly published by RBI. The inter-ministerial group will be formed which will be monitoring export finance on a weekly basis.

Annual mega shopping festivals will be held to boost small and medium scale enterprises.

Rs 50,000 cr revenue will be foregone with the introduction of remission of duties or taxes on export products, said the minister.

 Government moves to enable handicrafts industry to effectively harness e-commerce for exports; announces mass enrolment of artisans across India for handicraft promotion.

 With a focus on the construction of unfinished units, the government announces special window to provide last-mile funding for housing projects which are non-NPA and non-NCLT and are net worth positive in the affordable and middle-income category.

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