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Indian community in US celebrated India’s 69th Independence Day

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Washington: Indian community here celebrated India’s 69th Independence Day with ambassador Arun K. Singh unfurling the national flag and a cultural program of patriotic songs in different Indian languages.

Photo Credit: www.thehindu.com
Photo Credit: www.thehindu.com

Over 350 community members attended the Independence Day celebrations at Embassy Residence and sang the national anthem.

The ambassador addressed the guests and read out President’s Independence Day address to the nation.

In his own message on the occasion, Singh thanked the Indian nationals and the Indian American community for their “dynamic, substantial, and continuous contribution to strengthening the relationship between the largest democracy and the oldest democracy.”

“Hailed as the defining partnership of the 21st century in the world, India and the US are enhancing their relationship not only at the bilateral level, but also at the regional and global levels,” he said.

With the historic visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US in September 2014 and President Barack Obama to India in January 2015, “the leaders of both countries have given a great impetus to the momentum of this relationship,” Singh said.

India-US cooperation “has deepened in the established sectors while new fields are continuously added to widen our relationship,” he said.

“People-to-people contact is one of the strongest pillars of this growing relationship.”

Indian community members also joined flag hoisting ceremonies at the Indian mission at the UN and Indian consulates in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, and Atlanta.

(IANS)

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India Says Pakistan’s Links with Pulwama Attack Clear For All to See

He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits

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"The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.", says Jaitley. Pixabay

India has rejected Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s claims denying her country’s links to the Pulwama terror attack, saying that JeM, which claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday, is based in Pakistan, and the “links are clear and evident and for all to see”.

The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson on Friday termed as “preposterous” the demand for an investigation, saying there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

The spokesperson said India has not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on bilateral relations and it has been sheltering terrorists and terror organisations such as JeM. He said Islamabad has not taken any action against such groups despite international demands.

India also demanded that Pakistan take immediate and verifiable action against terrorists and terror groups operating from territories under its control to create a conducive atmosphere in the region free of terror.

The spokesperson’s response came over Pakistan Foreign Secretary’s briefing rejecting Pakistan’s involvement in the terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 45 troopers. Janjua met envoys of P-5 countries late on Friday.

The spokesperson said JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of “grave concern” and it had been condemning “heightened acts of violence in the (Kashmir) Valley”. Pixabay

“The organisation and its leadership are located in Pakistan. LeT and other terror groups have welcomed the news of the attack. These groups are also based in Pakistan. Pakistan cannot claim that it is unaware of their presence and their activities.

“They have not taken any action against these groups despite international demands, especially against groups and individuals proscribed by the UN and other countries. The links to Pakistan are clear and evident for all to see. Its own Ministers have shared the same podium with UN proscribed terrorists,” the spokesperson said.

He said there was audio-visual material linking JeM to the terror attack.

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“The demand for an investigation is preposterous when there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the JeM. There are also other audio-visual and print material linking JeM to the terrorist attack. We have therefore no doubt that the claim is firmly established,” the spokesperson said.

He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits.

“We have not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on relations with India. What we have noticed however, are claims to offer dialogue on the one hand, while sponsoring and sheltering terrorists and terrorist organisations such as JeM on the other,” the spokesperson added. (IANS)