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Modi leaves for Laos

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday departed for Vientiane, Laos, where he will attend the 14th India-Asean Summit and the 11th East Asia Summit.

“Another one for Acting East. Flurry of bilateral and multilateral engagements await as PM departs New Delhi for Laos,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Modi is scheduled to have a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday afternoon.

The India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit will be attended by the leaders of 10 southeast Asian nations – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand.

The East Asia summit will be attended by the leaders of the 10 Asean nations and those of India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Russia.

Ahead of his visit, Modi said on Tuesday that southeast Asia was the key to the development of India’s northeastern region.

“Asean is a key partner for our Act East Policy, which is vital for the economic development of our Northeastern region,” Modi said in a pre-departure statement posted on his Facebook page

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I represent an ‘inclusive’ India: Nusrat Jahan on ‘fatwa’

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Kolkata, 30 June 2019 : After being criticised for sporting vermilion and bangles and not wearing a ‘burqa’ in Parliament, actor-turned-politician Nusrat Jahan on Saturday said that she represents an “inclusive India”.

“I represent an inclusive India which is beyond the barriers of caste, creed and religion,” Jahan said in a statement that she later shared on Twitter.

She also wrote that she “respects all religions”.

“I still remain a Muslim and none should comment on what I choose to wear. Faith is beyond attire and is more about believing and practicing the invaluable doctrines of all religions,” Jahan said.

Criticising her “un-Islamic” post-marriage appearance at her oath-taking ceremony in Parliament on June 25, a group of Muslim clerics had issued a ‘fatwa’ against the newly-married Member of Parliament.

Jahan tied the knot with businessman Nikhil Jain on June 19.

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Sunil Jakhar resigns as PCC president

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Suni Jakhar Sent his Resignation to Rahul Gandhi on May 24 after he list Gurdaspur Lok Sabha poll but it has not been accepted so far.

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Actress Urmila Matondkar joins Congress

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New Delhi, 27 March : Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar on Wednesday joined the Congress here in the presence of party leaders.

Matondkar was inducted into the party by Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala and leaders Sanjay Nirupam and Milind Deora at the party headquarters.

Before joining the party, the actress met Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

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