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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was praised on Saturday by Syrian envoy Riad Abbas regarding his stand that terrorism is just terrorism and cannot be classified into good or bad.

Syrian envoy Riad Abbas. Photo Credit: www.facenfacts.com
Syrian envoy Riad Abbas. Photo Credit: www.facenfacts.com

The Islamic State terror group’s growing footprint in Syria has killed thousands of people and displaced hundreds of thousands.

“We highly appreciate Mr. Modi when he talks about terrorism and says that there is no good terrorism and bad terrorism, it is only terrorism,” Abbas said in a talk at the Indian Women’s Press Corps here.

Abbas also voiced appreciation of India’s position of non-interference in the internal affairs of another country, and said his government would like friendly countries like India to help his country with medicine and food.

“We want friendly countries to help with medicine, food. We will be appreciative of any kind of humanitarian help,” said the envoy.

He said India to him was like a second home and Syrians loved India.

Abbas said Russia was helping his country with arms and military equipment to fight the IS but not providing soldiers.

The envoy blamed Turkey for the four-year-old unrest in his country and said Syria’s problems would be solved “once the terrorism stops”.

He said Turkey should close the 950 km of open border to stop terrorists from entering his country.

“We want a political solution and don’t want any terrorism. Stop the destruction and let us decide (our political future),” he said.

The envoy also blamed the Wahabbism form of orthodox Islam practiced in some Gulf countries for the extremist violence in his country.

He slammed the US for the troubles in the Middle East, and said the BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — could contribute effectively towards peace in the region and in his country.

Abbas also claimed that the thousands of refugees streaming into Europe were not from his country.

He said 40 percent of the refugees comprised Islamic State mercenaries who were entering the European nations in order to create havoc.

“Stop terrorism and the problem (of refugees) will stop,” he said, and slammed the UN for being a “silent follower” of the US policy.

Voicing sadness over the destruction in Syria, Abbas said: “We are not ready to surrender our country to the new colonialism (by the US). We will not surrender our country to any foreigner,” he said.

“I feel very sad to talk about my country. The cross-border terrorism has destroyed our civilization, led to the spilling of Syrian blood on the streets. It is very sad to see those militants shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ and destroy our historical places in Palmyra and other places. We need friendly countries to wake up and see what is happening in Syria and take a stand against terrorism,” said Abbas.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Survey Reports That Significant Number of People Rate Performance of Modi Government as Below Expectations

According to the poll, around 32 per cent respondents feel that crime against women and children have reduced in the last four years while 58 per cent feel otherwise.

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According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.
On the state of the economy, 54 per cent respondents believe that the unemployment rate hasn't reduced in the last four years, while 35 per cent think otherwise., wikimedia commons

The Modi government hasnt scored too well on farmers issues, jobs and prices of essential commodities at the end of its four years in power, according to an online survey that also found a substantial number of people calling its performance “below expectations”.

The survey done by LocalCircles, a community social media platform, says that 43 per cent of those who participated in the poll rated the government as performing below expectations, 29 per cent rated it as meeting them and 28 per cent said the government was “exceeding expectations.

“Most performance parameters (of the government) show a decline over time as the gap between expectations set and impact on daily life rises,” according to the survey done with over 62,000 citizens from over 250 districts across the country. Thirty-five per cent respondents were females.

According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.

The respondents have rated the government low on reducing crime against women and children, generating employment, improving farmers life, lowering cost of living and healthcare, the survey says.

However, it has scored well on improving India’s image globally, handling of Pakistan, fighting terrorism, infrastructure development and reducing tax harassment.

According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.
43% say performance of Modi govt. is below expectations, IANS

“Around 60 per cent citizens said price of essential commodities and cost of living have not reduced. Only 33 per cent believe that the price of essential commodities have come down in the last four years.”

According to the poll, around 32 per cent respondents feel that crime against women and children have reduced in the last four years while 58 per cent feel otherwise.

In the area of healthcare, only 32 per cent respondents believe that facilities and services have improved in the last four years whereas 62 per cent say no it has not.

On the state of the economy, 54 per cent respondents believe that the unemployment rate hasn’t reduced in the last four years, while 35 per cent think otherwise.

Around 46 per cent respondents believe that doing business in India was now easier while 39 per cent say it is not the case.

The respondents were asked if sufficient new infrastructure development — roads, power, irrigation, broadband — had taken place in the last four years.

“Approximately 65 per cent said yes while 29 per cent said no.”

Around 49 per cent respondents believe that corruption in India has reduced in the last four years while 44 per cent believe it has not reduced.

Asked if they felt India’s image had improved, 82 per cent said yes while 13 per cent said no.

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Respondents were also asked if they approved the way Indian Government had handled the perpetual conflict on the borders and relations with Pakistan in the last four years.

“Around 74 per cent felt it has improved strongly while 24 per cent felt that government’s tactics are not right.”

People were asked if they believed that terrorism and acts of terror against Indians have reduced in the last few years. Around 61 per cent respondents said yes while 35 per cent disagreed.

On the issues of communalism, 50 per cent felt that the government it well in the last few years while 45 per cent no. (IANS)