Harjit Masih who faces a case on the complaint of families of dead men and is out on bail said, “Now, since the government has admitted that the men are dead, case against me should be withdrawn.”
Missing Indians in Iraq — what Sushma Swaraj said: “As many as 40 Indians along with some Bangladeshis were abducted by the terrorist organisation ISIS three years back. But one of them escaped by posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh and the remaining 39 Indians were taken to Badoosh and killed later.”
As many as 40 Indians were originally abducted by terrorist organisation ISIS in June 2015 from Mosul in Iraq but one of them escaped by posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh, Sushma Swaraj said in Rajya Sabha.
In July last year, Swaraj had told Parliament that there was no evidence to state that they were killed by the Islamic terrorists, adding that she would not commit the sin of declaring them dead.
Women members from the Opposition, supported by their male colleagues, demanded early passage of Women’s Reservation Bill and took potshots at the BJP-led government for not passing it in Lok Sabha despite having an absolute majority.
The new bill is expected to strengthen the regulatory framework already in place under the Emigration Act, 1983, towards checking malpractice and unscrupulous activities by recruiting agents.
Sushma Swaraj said India was proud of the special and exemplary ties of friendship and cooperation that it shared with Bhutan, “which are built on shared values and aspirations, utmost trust and mutual respect”.
After the NDA came to power, visa rules for minorities from Pakistan, who fled the country owing to religious persecution, were relaxed and cases, including those of ‘extreme compassion’, were approved for LTV visa for five years.
Delhi must come to terms with a changing Middle East and the opportunities it presents
“They (NDA government) should realise this is a celebration, not a mission programme and has nothing to do with conversion,” Garo Baptist Convention General Secretary, Reverend Janang R Sangma, said.
“Steps to further intensify our strategic partnership in all sectors and to work together towards each other’s progress came up during the discussion,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
During the three-day visit, Sushma Swaraj will meet with the Saudi leadership and discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
Sushma Swaraj’s visit is seen differently in Delhi and Kathmandu
Sushma Swaraj told the leaders that India had worked with the Nepali Congress in the past and supported all “pro-democracy movements” it launched.
K P Sharma Oli, who is likely to be the next Nepal PM, said his party was eager to work in collaboration with neighbouring countries and would forge a partnership with India to move towards the path of economic prosperity