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India’s secular fabric under threat: Manmohan Singh

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New Delhi: Criticising his successor Narendra Modi for pursuing “his own interests”, former prime minister and Congress leader Manmohan Singh said here on Saturday that “secular values of the country are in danger”.

“Secular values of the country are in danger under the present regime,” Singh said while addressing a mammoth gathering at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here.

“Wherever he (Modi) goes, he pursues his own interests,” he added.

Singh said India is a country where people of all faiths live and the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government is trying to undermine the secular character of the country by trying to impose its repressive thoughts on others.

“There are powers trying to divide people. If they succeed they would harm the nation in a big way,” Singh said, hinting at the Dadri lynching and a section of society asking others not to eat beef.

The former prime minister was speaking at a function organised by the Congress to mark the 125th birth anniversary of the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Singh also asked the party workers to take the values, which Nehru stood for, to the people once again and save the country from divisive forces.

(IANS)

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India Gets Assistance of Rs 3,420 Crore From Japan

The project for the construction of Chennai road aims to meet increasing traffic demands in the metropolitan area and installing Intelligent Transport Systems,

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Japan will be giving a loan of Rs 3,420 crore to India to assist in constructing the Chennai Peripheral Ring Road and for joint efforts towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The loan agreements were signed here today (Friday) between the Government of India and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), New Delhi under Japanese Official Development Assistance Loan Program,” the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.

The Japanese ODA loan is for construction of phase one of Chennai Peripheral Ring Road for about Rs 2,470 crore and for Japan-India cooperative actions towards SDGs in India for about Rs 950 crore.

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The Japanese ODA loan is for construction of phase one of Chennai Peripheral Ring Road for about Rs 2,470 crore and for Japan-India cooperative actions towards SDGs in India for about Rs 950 crore. www.trafficchallan.co.in

The agreements were signed by Finance Ministry Additional Secretary C.S. Mohapatra and JICA New Delhi Chief Representative Katsuo Matsumoto, the Ministry said.

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The project for the construction of Chennai road aims to meet increasing traffic demands in the metropolitan area and installing Intelligent Transport Systems, thereby contributing to mitigation of traffic congestion and promoting Regional Economic Development.

The other program aims to promote SDGs in India, mainly in social development, by supporting the efforts by the Indian government to strengthen the policy framework and implementation mechanism, thereby supporting India in achieving SDGs by 2030, it added.(IANS)