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Somnath Chatterjee calls Sushma Swaraj’s act of helping Lalit Modi an “embarrassment”

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Somnath_Chatterjee_5Kolkata: Calling for her sacking, former Lok Sabha speaker, Somnath Chatterjee on Tuesday said, External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi to procure travel documents was an “embarrassment” for the country.

“It’s an embarrassment for the country that a minister has helped a person who has escaped out of India to avoid legal consequences. While she needs to introspect, I think it’s time the prime minister takes a call on the issue and decide her (Sushma Swaraj) fate,” Chatterjee told IANS.

“We all know Lalit Modi has been accused of financial impropriety including money laundering. Helping a person like Modi, will only encourage all sorts of people indulging in such activities.”

“So I think, a strong action must be taken in this regard,” he added.

Asked if Swaraj should be sacked, Chatterjee said: “Yes, the prime minister should take strong action.”

The opposition has been gunning for Swaraj’s removal after she admitted helping out the former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner in securing documents to travel to Portugal in July last year for the treatment of his cancer-stricken wife. (IANS)

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Brisbane, Australia Protests Against Plans To Decriminalize Abortion

Senator Matthew Canavan was among those in attendance, along with Liberal National Party Senator for Queensland Amanda Stoker.

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Polish women shout slogans while raising a hanger, the symbol of illegal abortion, during a nationwide strike and demonstration to protest a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 3, 2016. VOA

Thousands of people marched in central Brisbane on Saturday to protest against plans to decriminalize abortion in the state of Queensland.

The demonstrators marched from Queens Gardens in Brisbane’s Central Business District to Speaker’s Corner outside Parliament House, carrying signs that read “Choose Life” and “Pro-Life Pro-Woman”, an epa-efe journalist reported.

The “March for Life” was protesting a proposed bill by the Labour state government, called the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018, which would legalize abortion up to 22 weeks into pregnancy, with allowances made under certain conditions for abortions after that.

Queensland and New South Wales are the only states in Australia that continue to treat abortion as a crime.

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The “March for Life” was protesting a proposed bill by the Labour state government. VOA

The bill is scheduled to be voted on October 16, and Cherish Life, the organization behind the rally, has said it “is imperative that Queenslanders urge their MPs to vote No”, according to a statement by the group.

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Senator Matthew Canavan was among those in attendance, along with Liberal National Party Senator for Queensland Amanda Stoker.

Canavan praised the “fantastic turnout” at the march. “So proud to stand with thousands of Queenslanders for the gift of life”, he tweeted. (IANS)

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