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Rajya Sabha passes Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020





Rajya Sabha

passed the Institute of Teaching and Research in

Ayurveda Bill

, 2020 on Wednesday.

The bill seeks to merge three institutes, which will be called the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, in Jamnagar, Gujarat which will be given the status of an institution of national importance.

Speaking about this in the Upper House, Union Health Minister Dr

Harsh Vardhan

said, “It has been chosen without any bias, and in the most objective manner because it is the oldest


institution created by the government back in 1956. This is the only collaborating centre for the WHO in the whole world for Ayurveda.”

“In the last 20 years, students from 65 countries have come to this place. On every parameter we can say that it is the number one institution which deserves this status,” he added.

The bill was earlier passed in the

Lok Sabha


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India slams Pakistan PM at UNGA for terror export




NEW DELHI: After Pakistan PM Imran Khan again raised the Kashmir issue at UNGA, India slammed Pakistan saying terrorism was its only crowning glory. Exercising its Right of Reply, the Indian mission also accused Khan of warmongering and of using the multilateral forum to spread lies, misinformation and malice.

“This august forum witnessed a new low on its 75th anniversary. The leader of Pakistan today called for those who incite hate and violence to be outlawed. But as he went on, we were left wondering, was he referring to himself?” said Mijito Vinito, the first secretary in the permanent mission of India to the UN, Mijito Vinito, exercising India’s Right of Reply.

The only crowning glory, he said, that this country has to show to the world for the last 70 years is terrorism, ethnic cleansing, majoritarian fundamentalism and clandestine nuclear trade. “This hall heard the incessant rant of someone who had nothing to show for himself, who had no achievements to speak of and no reasonable suggestion to offer to the world. Instead, we saw lies, misinformation, war mongering and malice spread through this Assembly,” he added.

Pakistan later exercised its right of reply too, in which it claimed that Jammu & Kashmir was never a part of India. Alluding to the “stellar record” of Pakistan, Vinito said this is the country that has the “dubious distinction” of hosting the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the United Nations, a reference to terror masterminds such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) head Masood Azhar.

“This is the same country that provides pensions for dreaded and listed terrorists out of state funds. The leader whom we heard today is the same person who referred to terrorist Osama Bin Laden as a ‘martyr’ in the Pakistani Parliament in July,” Vinito said.

He added that it is Pakistan that brought genocide to south Asia 39 years ago when it killed its own people and it is also the country that is “shameless enough” not to offer a sincere apology for the horrors it perpetratedeven after so many years. India asserted in its Right of Reply that Khan, “who spewed venom today”, admitted in 2019 in public in the US that his country still has about 30,000-40,000 terrorists, who have been trained by Pakistan and have fought in Afghanistan and in the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

“This is the country that has systematically cleansed its minorities , including Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and others, through the abuse of its blasphemy laws and through forced religious conversions,” Vinito said.

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India feels absence of a PM with depth of Manmohan, says Rahul Gandhi




NEW DELHI: On the 88th birthday of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress whipped up its campaign that there was a lack of leadership in the country under the BJP regime, even as it accused the Modi government of betraying farmers and workers.

Wishing the former premier, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “India feels the absence of a PM with the depth of Dr Manmohan Singh. His honesty, decency and dedication are a source of inspiration for us all.”

Addressing farmers as part of Congress’s online campaign “speak up” against the controversial farm bills, Rahul Gandhi said in a video, “You are being turned into slaves of corporate houses. The three dangerous laws are designed to finish you. I warn the government if farmers take to the streets, it will cause tremendous damage; please withdraw these laws and guarantee the MSP.”

Congress termed the three labour codes brought in by Modi government as “anti-labour”, alleging they have removed the security net available to workers besides weakening the trade unions which provide them a protective umbrella. It said the new laws had again proved that the BJP regime was beholden to corporates and urged all the political parties to oppose them.

Addressing a press conference, AICC leader Mallikarjun Kharge said, “The bills have weakened trade unions and finished the security and safety for the workers. States’ powers have been usurped by the Central government with these laws. These codes are anti-worker, anti-labourer and it is important to agitate against them.”

Indian National Trade Union Congress president G Sanjeeva Reddy said, “We will protest and struggle against these unjust, anti-labour and anti-trade union laws.”

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Kushwaha’s party, BJP hold seat-sharing talks




PATNA: In the run-up to the Bihar assembly polls, initial seat-sharing talks between BJP and the Upendra Kushwaha-led RLSP have begun. Party insiders confirmed the development but said that no conditions have been put formally by either side.

Sources said that if things moved smoothly, the agreement reached over the seats to be shared by RLSP would be in the public domain “in the next one or two days”. The seat-sharing formula will be resolved in Delhi, said a source.

Replying to the query on how many seats RLSP has demanded, the source said, “It is too early to say how many seats would be given to RLSP. An initial round of talks has been held and will continue further. In two days, we will be able to say anything concrete on the matter (sic). In politics, doors are not closed.”

Chief election commissioner Sunil Arora had announced the Bihar assembly election schedule on Friday, and said that the notification for the first phase would be issued on October 1.

At the state BJP headquarters, Union minister and BJP publicity in-charge Ravi Shankar Prasad did not divulge any details when asked if the outcome of the seat-sharing talks among the NDA partners would be known before October 1.

Kushwaha had quit the grand alliance (mahagathbandhan) this week due to delay in seat-sharing talks with RJD. The unstated reason, as political observers said, was that Kushwaha had demanded 36 seats to contest, but RJD was willing to concede only 12.

Going by that, BJP may not offer RLSP more than 10 seats in the elections, while it had contested 22 seats in the 2015 assembly election as an NDA partner, observers felt.

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