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05/07/2017 12:00:00 AM-111208495363AgartalaBy Our CorrespondentMajor mess for Mamata as 6 TMC MLAs to meet NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind in GuwahatiFetching a serious trouble for the Mamata Banarjee and her party organisation in Tripura, the six Trinamool Congress MLAs comprising of the senior leader Sudip Roy Barman and others has decided to meet the NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind in Guwahati on Thursday.<br />While addressing a press conference here on Wednesday at TMC party office in Jackson gate the TMC MLAs has announced their decision of blooming lotus. MLA Ashish Saha during the press conference said, “Following the invitation from Kovindji we are meeting him on Thursday in Guwahati.”<br />The MLAs said that they will support NDA’s pick Ram Nath Kovind for the upcoming Presidential polls. The TMC supremo has even removed Mukul Roy as the TMC incharge in Tripura.<br />However, as the state moves closer to the crucial assembly poll, the BJP comes up showing its presence in the state for the first time perhaps and has been emerging as a biggest party in the Left ruled state. This perhaps has brought a major trouble for the Mamata and her team in West Bengal as Mamata’s party gains no ground now after as many as 6 MLAs are in a row to join the BJP.
05/07/2017 12:00:00 AM-112208485366AgartalaBy Our CorrespondentCPI-M opposes IPFT’s bandh on July 10, says a conspiracy against LeftThe ruling CPI-M party here on Wednesday has strongly opposed the bandh on July 10 called by the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) for an indefinite period and termed this to be simply a conspiracy against the Left front government of the state. The CPI-M also claimed that the IPFT is trying to create unrest in the state in wake of the ensuing assembly poll.<br />This has come up here on Wednesday evening while the senior CPI(M) leader and party’s central committee member Goutam Das was addressing a press conference at the party office in Melarmath.<br />Das claimed, “The leaflet we received recently contains the event of IPFT’s bandh, but this is simply a fabricated event and a conspiracy against the left front government t of the state.”<br />Besides, the CPI-M leader Goutam Das today also blamed the BJP in the centre and claimed, “We are sure that the NC Debbarma team was encouraged by the PMO office during a meeting held on May 17.” Adding to this Das said, “The BJP is using the tribal party here now to create unrest in the state.”
05/07/2017 12:00:00 AM-113208475365AgartalaBy Our CorrespondentUnion Health minister urges Left front govt. in Tripura to ensure minimum health service in villageThe Union Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare Faggan Singh Kulaste on Wednesday while arriving here in the state of Tripura has urged the left front government to ensure minimum health services in the rural areas of the state. The Minister expressed dissatisfaction over the health service of the state today.<br />Kulaste has arrived here in the state in a two days visit on Tuesday and visited the state and took a stock of the situation of health care facilities there.<br />The minister addressed gathering of tribal people on Wednesday in ADC headquarter at Khumulwng where he alleged that Left Front government of Tripura didn’t at all work for welfare of the common people.<br />However, the minister slaming the Left front government here in the state on Wednesday has claimed, “The government has failed to ensure minimum health care facilities or services to the rural people.” He said that the situation remains same in the state’s referral hospital.<br />Kulaste was addressing a mass gathering at Khwumlung ADC area today. Kulaste who was in a visit to the state for a party campaign in wake of the ensuing poll in Tripura has hoped that the people would be in support of the BJP in coming 2018 assembly election for better development at par with rest of the country.
05/07/2017 12:00:00 AM-12514208445364JerusalemBy iansIndia, Israel agree to combat radicalization and terror India and Israel on Wednesday decided to scale up their relationship to that of a strategic partnership in the fight against terror, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the two countries have "agreed to do much more to protect our strategic interests" and to combat rising radicalization and terrorism including in the cyber-space.<br />On the second day of the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister, Modi, after discussions with host Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, sought to balance New Delhi's traditional ties with Israel's neighbours by saying India hoped that "peace, dialogue and restraint" will prevail in West Asia.<br />Modi is making a stand-alone visit to Israel and not combining it with a trip to Palestine. In his briefing, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said India favoured a negotiated, peaceful settlement of the Palestine issue.<br />Besides concurrence on strategic issues, India and Israel signed seven agreements and MoUs in space, water management and conservation and agriculture cooperation. One accord provides for setting up of $40 million fund to be spent over five years for technological innovation.<br />Netanyahu said the two leaders recognised that their countries faced forces of terror which seek to undermine peace and stability. "We have agreed to cooperate in this field as well," he said.<br />The two leaders addressed the media after one-on-one and delegation level talks, with Jaishankar describing it as an "upbeat conversation as between two peoples and two cultures who can work together".<br />A joint statement issued after the talks said "...strong measures should be taken against terrorists and terror organisations and all those who encourage, support and finance or provide sanctury to terrorists and terror groups".<br />This, Jaishankar said, was a fairly clear and expressive description on the issue of terror and it was possible to reduce it to three words -- cross border terrorism -- which a reporter said was missing in the joint statement.<br />It also said that "this historic first-ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Israel solidified the enduring friendship between their peoples and raised the bilateral relationship to that of a strategic partnership". <br />In his remarks, Modi said India and Israel live in complex geographies. "We are aware of strategic threats to regional peace and stability. India has suffered first hand the violence and hatred spread by terror. So has Israel.<br />"Prime Minister and I agreed to do much more together to protect our strategic interest and also cooperate to combat growing radicalization and terrorism, including in cyber space.<br />"We also discussed the situation in West Asia and wider region. It is India's hope that peace, dialogue and restraint will prevail."<br />Netanyahu said "we also recognise that we are charged by forces of terror who seek to undermine our countries' peace and stability. We agreed to cooperate in this field as well".<br />Modi said he and Netanyahu had productive discussions covering an extensive menu of issues not just in areas of bilateral opportunities but also on how their cooperation can help global peace and stability. "Our goal is to build a relationship that reflects our shared priorities and draws on enduring bonds between our peoples."<br />Observing that Israel was among the leading nations in the field of innovation, water and agriculture technology, which were also his priority areas, Modi said he and Netanyahu agreed that efficiency of water and resource used, water conservation and its purification and productivity in agriculture were key areas in deepening bilateral cooperation.<br />He said both regarded the thriving two-way trade and investment flows as the bedrock of a strong relationship and they agreed to do more in this direction.<br />"Businesses on both sides should take primary lead in such efforts. This would also be our message to CEO forum tomorrow," he said.<br />Modi said that people of the two countries have natural affinity and warmth for each other. "The Indian-origin Jewish community reminds us of these bonds. It also serves as a bridge to a shared future.<br />"I am confident the strength of these links, old and new, will hold us in good stead as we forge a partnership for the 21st century."<br />Netanyahu said he had a feeling that India and Israel were today changing "our world and may be changing parts of the world.<br />"Because this is the cooperation, it is a marriage really made in heaven but we are really implementing here on the earth."<br />The Israeli leader also talked about cooperation in fields of water, agriculture and health and said these affected the lives of people.<br />"Modi and I ... like to have our feet connected. We try to look to the distance but our feet firmly planted on the ground. We have empowered ourselves to bring concrete plans in diverse areas by January 1."<br />He said they also talked about cooperation in third countries including Africa.<br />Netanyahu thanked Modi for visiting young Moshe, the child survivor of the 26/11 terror attack on a Jewsih facility in Mumbai, saying the "important gesture... is a partnership to defend the good, to protect the good, to achieve the good".<br />In his briefing, Jaishankar said there had been a long standing defence cooperation between India and Israel, specially in joint development of products and transfer of technology.<br />He said terrorism and counter-terrorism in all its manifestations were discussed. Like India, Israel also holds that there was no justification for terror on any grounds. "All those who finance and provide sanctuary to terror should be acted against."<br />Jaishankar parried a question on Modi not visiting Palestine unlike other Indian leaders.
04/07/2017 12:00:00 AM-12505208375362Tel AvivBy ians'Apka swagat hai mere dost', Netanyahu welcomes Modi with warm hug In an effusive welcome to Narendra Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the country, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "Apka swagat hai mere dost. We have been waiting for you for a long time".<br />After warmly receiving Modi at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport with a hug, and according him a red carpet welcome, a smiling Netanyahu said: "My friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi, welcome to Israel. Apka swagat hai mere dost."<br />He also welcomed Modi in Hebrew. <br />"Prime Minister we have been waiting for you for a long time. We have been waiting almost 70 years in fact. Because yours is truly historic visit. It is the first time an Indian Prime Minister is visiting Israel. We receive you with open arms. We love India, we admire your culture, your history, your democracy, your commitment to progress."<br />In his comments, Modi said he was "honoured" to be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel, though the two nations had set up formal diplomatic relations 25 years ago.<br />"It is my singular honour to be the first-ever Prime Minister of India to undertake this ground-breaking visit to Israel." <br />Making a statement soon after Prime Minister Modi landed in Tel Aviv on a three-day visit, Netanyahu termed the friendship between their two countries as "natural". <br />Netanyahu said that in their first meeting three years ago Modi had said 'sky is the limit' for India-Israel relationship.<br />"You said when it comes to India-Israel relationship, sky is the limit. But actually my friend the sky isn't the limit because today our space programmes are working towards reaching even greater heights," a smiling Israeli Prime Minister said.<br />"The tie between our talented, innovative people is natural. It is so natural that we can ask what took so long for them to blossom."<br />He also announced an innovation fund for cooperation in the fields of technology, water, agriculture, energy and other fields.<br />"In this visit, your Make in India initiative, meets my Make with India policy. We are setting up a $40 million innovation fund as the seed for even greater cooperation on technology between us," the Israeli Prime Minister added.<br />In a display of close and informal ties between the two leaders, Modi called Netanyahu by his nickname Bibi and remembered as Yoni his elder brother Yonatan Netanyahu, a military officer who commanded the elite commando during Operation Entebbe to rescue hostages held in Uganda on July 4, 1976. The officer was killed during the operation.<br />"Today is July 4, exactly 41 years since Operation Entebbe. The day when your Prime Minister, and my friend, Bibi, lost his older brother Yoni, while saving the lives of so many Israeli hostages. Your heroes are an inspiration for the younger generations," Modi said.<br />Modi said, "India is an old civilisation but a young nation as 800 million youth are below 35 years of age. On the path of sustainable and high growth and all-round development, India counts Israel as an important partner."<br />"We are also cooperating to secure our countries against common threats such as terrorism...A strong and resilient partnership with Israel will be my focus," Modi said.