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                       sCO exercise in Pakistan

             No proposal received yet by

                             Indian Army

               he Indian Army has not yet received any proposal to par-
               ticipate in a multinational exercise planned to be held by
        Tthe Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Pakistan
        later this year.
            “We have not yet received any proposal for participation in
        the SCO exercise to be held in Pakistan,” Indian Army sources
        told ANI. In the last few days, there has been speculation about
        whether the Indian Army will participate in the exercise “Pab-
        bi-Anti-Terror-2021” or not. The exercise is planned to be held in
        September-October this year in Pabbi, Nowshera district of Khy-
        ber Pakhtunkhwa area of Pakistan.                                                       Farmers and their supporters raise slogans
            Meanwhile, Pakistan media reports on Friday suggested that             as they block roads during the nationwide strike called by the farmers’
        the Pakistani side has not yet decided on whether it would send                           union, in Mohali on Friday. (ANI Photo)
        an invite to India or not. Pakistani news site The Dawn quoted
        anonymous military officials to say that “no decision has been
        made to invite Indian troops”.                                               Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati had also con-
            Pakistan, China and India have been taking part in multination- demned the incident and said that it is a matter of ‘grave concern’
        al exercises in the past as well but last year, India did not send troops  that heinous crimes, especially related to the safety of women,
        for the SCO exercise where both China and Pakistan were present. are not stopping in Uttar Pradesh.

                 Kerala Catholic Bishop’s Council                                                    DmK-Cong alliance

         Body condemns harassment of                                                         Nadda slams scams,

                              nuns in UP                                              promoting dynastic politics

               he Kerala Catholic Bishop’s Council on Friday condemned                   haratiya Janata Party National President JP Nadda on
               the alleged harassment of nuns in Uttar Pradesh and urged                 Friday slammed the DMK-Congress alliance for being in-
        Tthe Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government to punish the  Bvolved in a number of scams and promoting dynastic poli-
        offenders.                                                               tics. “We also need to remember DMK-Congress corruption and
            Spokesperson of Kerala Catholic Bishop’s Council Fr Jacob  days of policy paralysis. That is why I say their alliance is 2G, 3G
        G. Palackappilly told ANi that the incident was shocking. “We  and 4G... 2G for corruption of two generations of Maran family,
        are shocked by the news that four sisters were forced to deboard  3G for three generations of Stalin family and 4G for four genera-
        the train while travelling from Delhi to Odisha,” Jacob said.            tions of Congress Gandhi family,” Nadda said while addressing a
            “I am ashamed to hear that the mob and the police asked  public meeting at poll-bound Tamil Nadu’s Thrivaiyaru. “We have
        them to change their religious habit,” he further said.                  to reject the DMK and Congress’ dynastic politics. From Jammu
            “The churches in India and Kerala are urging the Centre gov- and Kashmir to Kerala and from Gujarat to the Northeast, all par-
        ernment and the Uttar Pradesh government to inspect the matter  ties have become dynast parties and only the BJP is an exception,”
        and punish the offenders,” he added.                                     the BJP chief said.
            On Wednesday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote               Backing the party’s alliance with AIADMK, Nadda said, “BJP
        to Union Home Minister Amit Shah urging him to take action  with AIADMK will see to it that development works in the state
        against Bajrang Dal members and police officers of Jhansi who  should go forward.”
        allegedly harassed four nuns while they were travelling, by train            He pointed out that in the 13th Finance Commission, Tamil
        from New Delhi to Rourkela in Odisha.                                    Nadu has allocated only Rs 90,000 crore. “When Prime Minister
            Vijayan said that the nuns were forcefully removed from the  Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, Tamil Nadu got Rs 19.5
        train by the Jhansi Police without the presence of women police  lakh crore, nearly 500 times more for development,” Nadda said.
        officials and despite nuns showing the Aadhar ID cards, police               “This year, Rs 2 lakh crore have been allocated for the devel-
        did not accept those cards, stating that they are fake and kept  opment of Tamil Nadu for 2021-22. Nirmala Ji and S Jaishankar,
        them at the police station till late night.Congress leader Rahul  two important cabinet ministers, are also from Tamil Nadu,” the
        Gandhi had earlier condemned the incident.                               BJP chief added.
            “The attack in UP on nuns from Kerala is a result of the vi-             The Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu will be held in a sin-
        cious propaganda run by the Sangh Parivar to pitch one commu- gle phase on April 6 and the counting of votes will be done on
        nity against another and trample the minorities. Time for us as  May 2. Polls will be held for 234 seats in the state with the Con-
        a nation to introspect and take corrective steps to defeat such  gress-DMK and BJP-AIADMK alliance being the major groups
        divisive forces,” he had tweeted on Wednesday.                           contesting against each other.

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