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Ms Vadra also demanded Ajay Mishra Teni’s removal from the union cabinet.

Lucknow:

Escalating her attack on the BJP-led central government over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence where four farmers were killed, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday urged the Prime Minister to not share the dais with Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni, whose son was arrested for mowing down the farmers in the Uttar Pradesh district.

The Congress leader said that the Prime Minister sharing dias with Mr Teni would be an insult to over 700 farmers who died during the farmers’ protest.

Ms Vadra’s statement came a day after the Prime Minister announced the repealing of the three farm laws, and also ahead of a meeting of PM Modi with DGPs, IGPs of all the states/UTs, and heads of Central Armed Police Forces and Central Police Organisations.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and MoS Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni, along with the Prime Minister, were scheduled to attend the meeting in Lucknow at the police headquarters.

Reading out her letter written to the Prime Minister at a press conference here today, she said, “You may be aware that the main accused, Ashish Mishra, of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence is the son of a minister in your cabinet. Since the beginning of the incident, the UP government has attempted to suppress the voice of justice. The Supreme Court had observed the UP government is trying to protect a special accused in the case.”

Stating that the family members of the farmers who were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence are in ”intolerable pain” and are demanding justice, the Congress leader said, “I met the family members of slain farmers, who died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. They do not have any hope of getting justice if the MoS Home Affairs, Ajay Mishra, continue to remain on the post.”

Ms Vadra stated that it is the responsibility of the Prime Minister of the country to deliver justice to the people.

The Congress leader said, “Your cabinet minister Amit Shah and UP CM Yogi Adityanath share dais with the same minister. You are the Prime Minister of this country and it is your responsibility to deliver justice to the people of this country and also to the farmers.”

“On Friday while addressing the nation, you said that in the national and the farmers’ interests, the government has taken an unprecedented decision to repeal the three farm laws. You said that you have clear intentions towards farmers. If these are true, then giving justice to the victims of Lakhimpur Kheri should be your main responsibility,” she added.

“But if continue to share the dais with Ajay Mishra Teni, then there will be a clear message from you that you are standing with the people who are protecting the criminals. If you participate, then it will be an insult to over 700 farmers who died during the anti-farm laws protest,” said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in her letter to PM Modi.

The Congress leader also demanded the immediate removal of Mr Teni from the Union Cabinet.

She said, “If you care for the farmers, then do not share the dais with the MoS Home Affairs and remove him from the post immediately.”

Ms Vadra also urged the PM to take back cases registered against the farmers and also provide financial assistance to the kin of the farmers who died during the farmers’ protests.

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India Is No.1 Food Supplier To Arab Nations After 15 Years – dot newz

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The Arab world is among Brazil’s most important trade partners.

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India surpassed Brazil in food exports to the League of Arab States for the first time in 15 years as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted trade flows in 2020, according to data provided by the Arab-Brazil Chamber of Commerce to Reuters on Tuesday.

The Arab world is among Brazil’s most important trade partners, but its distance from those markets took its toll as the pandemic rattled global logistics.

Brazil accounted for 8.15% of the total agribusiness products imported by the 22 League members last year, whereas India captured 8.25% of that trade, ending Brazil’s 15-year advantage, the data showed.

Despite remaining competitive “from the farm gate in,” Brazil lost ground to India and other exporters such as Turkey, the United States, France and Argentina amid a disruption of traditional shipping routes.

Brazilian shipments to Saudi Arabia that once took 30 days could now take up to 60 days, according to the Chamber, whereas India’s geographic advantages allow it to ship fruits, vegetables, sugar, grains and meat in as little as week.

Brazil’s agricultural exports to the Arab League rose just 1.4% by value to $8.17 billion last year. Between January and October this year, sales totaled $6.78 billion, up 5.5%, as logistics problems subsided, Chamber data showed.

China’s push to boost its own food inventories during the pandemic also diverted some of Brazil’s trade with the Arabs, leading countries such as Saudi Arabia to step up promotion of domestic food production, while seeking alternative suppliers.

“It’s a turning point. The Saudis are still big buyers, but they are also net re-exporters of food,” the Chamber said in a statement.

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“BJP Development? Coconut Breaks A Road Open!” Akhilesh Yadav Sneers – dot newz

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Lucknow:

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, ally Jayant Choudhary at his side, berated Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the BJP on multiple issues today — including development, which the ruling party placed front and centre of the coming election. “What infrastructure has the BJP created,” he questioned, citing a recent headline from Bijnore that has raised many a chuckle in the state.

“The older tradition was — hit the coconut on the road and the coconut breaks. The new tradition they have started is hit the coconut on ground and the ground must break,” he told NDTV, speaking on the sidelines of a rally in Mathura attended by thousands.

Suchi Mausam Chaudhary, the BJP MLA from Bijnor Sadar, was left furious earlier this month at the traditional inauguration when bits of a 7-km road, renovated at a cost of Rs 1.16 crore, came off when struck by a coconut.

Challengers to the BJP government which came to power in the state with a sweeping mandate, the two leaders made a prediction. “Looking at anger among the people, BJP can even lose 400 seats. They will be wiped out in the western UP,” Akhilesh Yadav said.

Their sharpest barbs were reserved for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

In his address, Mr Yadav had spoken of the BJP “misrule” in terms of jobs, education development and farmers’ issues. Asked about his remark that the “Baba (Yogi Adityanath) just sits in Gorakhpur and rings a bell (while all this is happennig),” and how it would be received by the state’s Hindu voters, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary spoke up.

“Adityanath is not a symbol of Hindu unity, he can be questioned,” Mr Chaudhary said. “This is not an issue about Hindu pride but issues like unemployment. Adityanath said he will give 70 lakh jobs. Today, their own posters say they have given only four lakh jobs,” he added.

Akhilesh Yadav had other questions. “The Chief Minister should answer whether the man sitting in the jeep that mowed down farmers (in Lakhimpur Kheri) was the Union Home Minister’s son or not… Yogi must answer how many cases were against him that he removed himself after becoming the Chief Minister,” he added.



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Kishori Pednekar is the current Mayor of Mumbai. (File)

The Maharashtra State Commission for Women has asked the Mumbai police commissioner to submit a factual report about an alleged objectionable remark passed by BJP leader Ashish Shelar about mayor Kishori Pednekar in connection with the recent cylinder blast in Worli.

Taking to Twitter, the Commission’s chairperson Rupali Chakankar said “insulting” comments made about women by responsible public representatives “will not be tolerated”.

The Commission has, therefore, taken a “serious” note of the comment and asked the Mumbai police chief to submit a factual report in this connection, Ms Chakankar tweeted on Monday night.

In her letter to the police commissioner, Ms Chakankar claimed, “Shelar’s comment ”the Mumbai Mayor visited (those injured in the blast) after 72 hours of the incident, where were you (the mayor) sleeping for these many hours?” is being broadcast in the news media”.

“So, a factual report should be submitted in this connection as per section 12(2) and 12(3) of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women Act, 1993,” she said.

Three members of a family died after a gas cylinder exploded in their home in a chawl in Worli area of central Mumbai.

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