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Chidambaram, Tharoor, other prominent citizens urge Modi to rethink Rohingya stand

Chidambaram, Tharoor, other prominent citizens urge Modi to rethink Rohingya stand

New Delhi, Oct 12 (UNI) As the Supreme Court is set to take up the case on Rohingyan issue, 51 prominent citizens, including former Union Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram and former home secretary GK Pillai, on Thursday urged the government not to forcefully deport the Myanmar refugees. In an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the citizens, also including Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, lawyer Prashant Bhushan, urged him to exert India's "diplomatic clout to pressure the Government of Myanmar to end the security crackdown in Rakhine, respect the rule of law and ensure the eventual safe and unhindered return of those Rohingya who wish to go home”. Earlier, the Home Ministry had told the Supreme Court that Rohingyas were a threat to national security and the Government cannot allow them to stay here. The citizens' letter, also signed by NCP MP DP Tripathi, lawyer Kamini Jaiswal, human rights activist Harsh Mander, urged the government to “lead a global response to this crisis, and embark on a strategy that includes concrete actions” to deal the issue. “As an aspiring global leader of the twenty first century, India cannot afford to adopt a short-sighted approach to what has now become a monumental, global crisis. Our actions must now align with our ambitions. In the absence of strong, international leadership, India has the opportunity to craft a bold, new approach and pave the way for a new kind of leadership”, they said in the letter. The letter says that it is India’s national security interest to ensure that all hostilities against the Rohingya community come to an immediate halt and India’s credibility as a net security provider for the neighbours in the region would be severely compromised if the country fails to act on behalf of the broader interests in the region. UNI KNA SB 2159

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From tinsel town to cricket, all pay homage to Vajpayee

16 Aug 2018 | 11:27 PM

New Delhi, Aug 16 (UNI) Indian film fraternity and leading sportspersons on Thursday condoled the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saying he was a visionary leader the nation will always remember.

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Prez, PM, Pranab, Manmohan, Sonia pay tributes to Vajpayee

16 Aug 2018 | 10:35 PM

New Delhi, Aug 16 (UNI) President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Senior BJP leader L K Advani, former President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi were among those who paid tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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Sheikh Hasina, Pak Govt condole Vajpayee's demise

16 Aug 2018 | 10:29 PM

New Delhi, Aug 16 (UNI) Pakistan on Thursday condoled the passing away of former Prime Minisyer Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said the deceased leader had contributed to bring change in Indo-Pak relations.

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Vajpayee was brightest star in political sky: Sumitra Mahajan

Vajpayee was brightest star in political sky: Sumitra Mahajan

16 Aug 2018 | 10:05 PM

New Delhi, Aug 16 (UNI) Describing former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the brightest star of the Indian political sky, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday said that even Opposition also held high respect for him.

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Vajpayee leaves rich legacy, last rites at 1600 hours on Friday

Vajpayee leaves rich legacy, last rites at 1600 hours on Friday

16 Aug 2018 | 9:02 PM

New Delhi, Aug 16 (UNI) The last rites of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be
held on Friday near Raj Ghat, BJP president Amit Shah announced here on Thursday.

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