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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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The Answer to The Impending Questions On Demonetization Are Here

While it did broaden the country’s tax base, it was a nightmare for the immense, cash-dependent informal economy.

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Nearly all of the currency removed from circulation in a surprise 2016 attempt to root out illegal hoards of cash came back into the financial system, Resever Bank of India  has announced, indicating the move did little to slow the underground economy.

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi’s currency decree, which was designed to destroy the value of billions of dollars in untaxed cash stockpiles, caused an economic slowdown and months of financial chaos for tens of millions of people or demonetization.

Modi announced in a November 2016 TV address that all 500-rupee and 1,000-rupee notes, then worth about $7.50 and $15, would be withdrawn immediately from circulation. The banned notes could be deposited into bank accounts but the government also said it would investigate deposits over 250,000 rupees, or about $3,700. The government eventually released new currency notes worth 500 and 2,000 rupees.

 

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An activist of Congress party hold the banned 500 and 1000 rupee notes.

 

In theory, the decree meant corrupt politicians and businesspeople would suddenly find themselves sitting on billions of dollars in worthless currency, known here as “black money.”

“A few people are spreading corruption for their own benefit,” Modi said in the surprise nighttime speech announcement of the order. “There is a time when you realize that you have to bring some change in society, and this is our time.”

But even as the decree caused turmoil for those in India who have always depended on cash — the poor and middle class, and millions of small traders — the rich found ways around the currency switch. In the months after the decree, businesspeople said that even large amounts of banned currency notes could be traded on the black market, though middlemen charged heavy fees.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with mayor, flickr

The reserve bank of India report said in its Wednesday report that 99.3 percent of the $217 billion in notes withdrawn from circulation had come back into the economy. Some officials had originally predicted that number could be as low as 60 percent.

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“Frankly, I think demonetization was a mistake,” said Gurcharan Das, a writer and the former head of Proctor & Gamble in India. He said that while it did broaden the country’s tax base, it was a nightmare for the immense, cash-dependent informal economy.

“You can’t overnight change that in a country which is poor and illiterate. Therefore, for me it’s not only an economic failure but a moral failure as well,” Das said. (VOA)