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New Delhi: Smuggling of arms to militants of India’s northeast states, boosting security ties, and regional stability are expected to be the key focus when Home minister Rajnath Singh visits China.

“I am looking forward to my visit to China. Hope it would help in deepening of mutual understanding and trust. During my China visit I intend to further strengthen the tradition of mutual learning and better understanding from each other,” said, Rajnath Singh.

Singh will be on a five-day official visit to China beginning on November 19.

His itinerary includes a visit to the China’s financial hub Shanghai, where he will hold talks with top Chinese officials.

Rajnath Singh is the first Home Minister of India to visit China in about a decade. Shivraj Patil was the last Home Minister who visited China in 2005.

Singh’s visit is aimed at bolstering the bilateral ties besides increasing security cooperation between the two nation. the visit is also expected to ease the tension emanation out of the reports claiming Sino infiltration in Arunachal Pradesh.

With China facing serious militancy concerns in Xinjiang region and India reeling from cross-border terrorism, the visit is being considered as both strategic and diplomatic.

Notably, Gen Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), recently visited India and Pakistan this week, also the first tour by China’s highest ranking military official to both the countries in a decade.

China for its part pressed a huge number of security forces to crackdown on al-Qaeda-linked East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) militants in Xinjiang who had bases in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

India too faces the constant threat of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan across the Line of Control.

Besides issues relating to terrorism, Singh’s talks are expected to crystallise security cooperation between the two countries including a more effective crackdown by China in limiting arms supplies to militant groups in Northeaster states.

The lessons in combating terrorism by the forces of the two countries have formed an integral part of five rounds of the annual Sino-Indian joint military exercises.

(With inputs from various sources)

 

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PM Narendra Modi Defends Currency Spike in an Emotional Speech, says it was done for the Benefit of People

The Prime Minister said that demonetisation decision is just a "beginning of government's crusade against black money and corruption"

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New Delhi, November 22, 2016: In an emotional speech to parliament members from his ruling BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday vehemently defended the demonetisation move, saying it was done for the benefit of the people.

Addressing the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting here, Modi urged the members to counter what he called was “misinformation” being spread by the opposition parties on the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

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“We came to power for the poor, not for our own sake,” the Prime Minister said in his speech, according to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.

“The poor, the lower middle class and middle class have been suffering since the last 70 years due to corruption and black money.”

“This decision is in favour of the people and against black money, corruption and counterfeit currency. Our target is fight a long battle against all these,” said Modi, according to Ananth Kumar.

According to sources, the Prime Minister said that demonetisation decision is just a “beginning of government’s crusade against black money and corruption”, and such type of actions will be continued.

Sources also said that Prime Minister asked party leaders not to use the word “surgical strike” for demonetisation.

“Don’t call it a surgical strike. Only a soldier can do that,” a source quoted Modi as saying at the meeting.

Incidentally, BJP President Amit Shah, in his first reaction after demonetisation scheme was announced, had dubbed the move as surgical strike on black money and corruption.

The BJP Parliamentary Party also passed a resolution backing the government’s decision to spike the high value currencies. The resolution was moved by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

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Ananth Kumar told the media: “The Parliamentary Party unanimously passed a resolution on the historical demonetisation decision of November 8.”

“The Parliamentary Party unanimously welcomes the historic announcement made by PM withdrawing the legal tender value of currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 and compliments the Prime Minister, the government and the Reserve Bank Of India,” the resolution said.

“The parliamentary party is supremely confidant that this bold initiative will achieve the intended objectives cutting off financial support to terrorists and extremists organisations, address the problem of counterfeit currency besides checkmating unaccounted money in the system and serving as a serious warning to those indulging in corruption,” it added.

It also acknowledged the initiative as a national project of cleansing the system and of great significance that will usher in behavioural and attitudinal changes encouraging honesty in personal and public life, particularly political life.

“This will benefit the poor and the common man in several ways. Over the last 70 years, common man has resigned to grudgingly accept the foul ways of these in power and close to power, to exploit the system and make ill-gotten wealth,” it said.

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The resolution condemned “malicious efforts” of some political parties which are “desperate to provoke violence and chaos” having been rattled by the widespread support of the people to the government’s initiative and bent upon disrupting the proceedings of Parliament on one pretext of the other”.

The BJP Parliamentary Party also hailed the common man for patience despite facing hardships.

“They are queuing for a better India,” the resolution said. (IANS)