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Morning digest: Congress is leader of ‘tukde-tukde’ gang, says PM Modi in Lok Sabha; Home ministry seeks more time to frame CAA rules, and more

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February 08, 2022 08:01 am | Updated 08:01 am IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Lok Sabha during the motion of thanks to the President's address, in New Delhi on February 7, 2022. Twitter/@narendramodi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Lok Sabha during the motion of thanks to the President's address, in New Delhi on February 7, 2022. Twitter/@narendramodi

Congress is leader of ‘tukde-tukde’ gang, says PM Modi

Extensively quoting India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to counter former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused the principal Opposition party of promoting divisions in the country by pitting States against the Centre and referred to it as the leader of ‘ tukde tukde  [break-up]’ gang.

One-third of ₹10,990 crore in PM CARES fund spent: ‘20-’21 audit

The PM CARES Fund collected ₹10,990 crore since its inception in March 2020 until March 2021. It spent ₹3,976 crore during the 2020-21 financial year, according to the audited financial statement posted on its website. As on March 31, 2021, the Fund had an unspent balance of ₹7,044 crore.

Home ministry seeks more time to frame CAA rules

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) sought has asked the parliamentary committee for more time to frame the rules of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA), on the grounds that consultation process is on.

War of words between Kejriwal and Adityanath on PM Modi’s comment on migrant exodus

A war of words broke out between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath over Prime Minister  Narendra Modi's statement on the migrant exodus from Delhi  following the 2020 nationwide COVID lockdown, in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

India’s support helped Sri Lanka, gave ties new energy, says Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Peiris

India’s support has made a “world of difference” to Sri Lanka’s economic situation, said Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris, on his first visit to India since he was appointed last year, making it clear that the flurry of agreements announced in recent weeks have allowed the neighbours to move on from the problems of the “immediate past”.

Punjab Assembly elections 2022 | Channi for CM doesn’t sway voters

The Congress party’s final flourish in  announcing Charanjit Singh Channi as its chief ministerial face , settling its inner feud and hoping for a Dalit consolidation  in favour of Mr. Channi , a Ramdasia Sikh, has not led to a change of heart in the Malwa region, where the party is desperate to hold on to its 2017 tally.

Emmanuel Macron meets Vladimir Putin over Ukraine row

French President Emmanuel Macron, the top Western leader to visit Moscow since Russia began massing troops on the border with Ukraine, told Vladimir Putin at the start of talks in the Kremlin on Monday that he aimed to avoid war and build trust.

Biden vows no Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine

In a flurry of diplomacy across two continents, President Joe Biden emerged from a meeting with Germany’s new leader Monday vowing the crucial Nord Stream 2 Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline would be blocked if Russia further invades Ukraine.

FIH Pro League Hockey | India to take on France and then South Africa

Carrying the mantle of Olympic bronze medallists has added some pressure” as India begin its campaign in the 2021-22 FIH Pro League Hockey with a match against France here on Tuesday.

Goa Assembly elections | Sanquelim may not prove a cakewalk for Pramod Sawant

His political detractors have dubbed him Goa’s ‘accidental Chief Minister’, a ‘puppet’ of the BJP central leadership and ‘property Sawant’. He has faced opposition within his own party while political commentators have found him insipid.

 

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