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Will Stop Water Flow to Pakistan, Supply it for Farmers in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir: PM Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.(Representational image) Wikimedia

Bathinda (Punjab), Nov 25, 2016: Taking on Islamabad on the issue of river water sharing and tension along the border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that he was determined to stop the flow of water into Pakistan and supply it for farmers in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.

“The water on which India has its right is flowing into Pakistan. I am committed to stop that water and bring it for our farmers in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India,” Modi told a public rally near Bathinda town after laying the foundation stone of an AIIMS.

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Expressing his surprise that the water sharing issue had not been addressed by previous Indian governments, Modi said: “The governments slept in Delhi in the past. Our farmers kept crying and the water kept going to Pakistan. We will fight for the rights of our farmers.

“The Indus water treaty, Sutlej, Beas, Ravi – the water of all three rivers, over which our farmers have their right, is not available to them. The water of these rivers is the right of India and our farmers. This water is passing through Pakistan into the sea. Neither Pakistan uses it nor our farmers can use it.

“I am moving ahead with conviction on this and have set up a task force on Indus Water Treaty,” Modi said.

Modi, while pointing out that he was standing close to the border with Pakistan and wanted to address the people of Pakistan, said people in the neighbouring country should force their rulers to fight against poverty and corruption instead of fighting with India.

“Look at the strength of our Army. Our soldiers did a surgical strike in a 250-km belt. Pakistan Army has seen what our Army can do. There was big turmoil (in Pakistan) and it is still not settled.

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“Standing close to the Pakistan border, I want to address people in Pakistan.

“If schoolchildren are killed in Pakistan, 125 crore Indians cry for them. I want to urge the people of Pakistan to force their rulers that if they have to fight, they should fight against poverty, corruption and other evils,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister said vested interests in Pakistan were trying to keep “tension alive with India”.

Referring to the campaign launched by his government against corruption and black money, Modi said: “I want to stop the exploitation of the middle class and get the poor their rights.”

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He said the public had faced problems and inconvenience following his decision to demonetise the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. He said people had borne the trouble for the sake of honesty.

The Prime Minister urged people not to let the black money holders to rise again. “Join us in this campaign to make this country great again,” he added. (IANS)

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PM Modi Appoints New Envoy to Kashmir

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Kashmiri protesters run for cover as police use tear smoke to disperse protesters during a clash in Srinagar,Jammu and Kashmir. VOA

New Delhi, October 24: The center has appointed a new envoy to Kashmir in the hope of promoting peace in the troubled region.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh says former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma has been designated to open talks with Kashmir’s various factions – the first such appointment by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“As a representative of the government of India, … Sharma will initiate a sustained interaction and dialogue to understand legitimate aspirations of the people of Kashmir,” Singh said in New Delhi.

Kashmir has been the center of a deadly tug-of-war between India and neighboring Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. The Muslim-majority Himalayan territory is divided between the nuclear-armed rivals, but both claim Kashmir in full.

Kashmir rebels have battled Indian forces for decades, demanding either independence or a merger with Pakistan. The rebels have staged a series of attacks on Indian security bases in recent months, including an attack in southern Kashmir in August that left eight security officials dead.(VOA)

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Modi Congratulates Japanese PM Shinzo Abe for Projected Election Win

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a speech. IANS

New Delhi, October 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after a predicted landslide win in Sunday’s snap general election.

“Heartiest greetings to my dear friend Shinzo Abe on his big election win. Look forward to further strengthen India-Japan relations with him,” Modi tweeted.

Modi’s remarks came after an exit poll by public broadcaster NHK forecast a decisive win for Abe’s coalition, saying his conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) would take 253 to 300 of Parliament’s 465 seats.

The election for the 465 seats was held on Sunday. The official result is expected later on Monday.(IANS)

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Prime Minister Greets Nation on Valmiki Jayanti

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Prime Minister Narendra Modii. IANS

New Delhi, Oct 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti.

“Greetings on Valmiki Jayanti. A great sage and master litterateur, his rich ideals and works guide generations…,” Modi tweeted on the birth anniversary of Sanskrit poet Maharishi Valmiki.

Valmiki is the author of the epic Ramayana. The original texts written by the sage consists of 24,000 shlokas and seven cantos (kandas) including Uttara Kanda. (IANS)