United Nations: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday and the two leaders discussed issues of mutual and regional interests. Their meeting was keenly awaited as it comes amid escalating face-off between Iran and the United States on Tehran’s nuclear programme. They met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session here. The two leaders could not hold a planned meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in June due to scheduling issues. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIndia, the world’s third biggest oil consumer, meets more than 80 per cent of its oil needs through imports. Iran was its third largest supplier after Iraq and Saudi Arabia till recently. The six-month-long exemptions from US sanctions to India and seven other countries to buy oil from Iran expired on May 2 as Washington did not extend it. Indo-Iran ties have been on a upswing in the past few years. Prime Minister Modi visited Tehran in May 2016 with an aim to craft a strategic relationship with Iran and expand India’s ties with the West Asia. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDuring the visit, India and Iran signed nearly a dozen agreements, centrepiece of which was a deal on development of the strategic Chabahar port. Later, India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement providing for transport of goods among the three countries through the port. In February 2018, Rouhani visited India, becoming the first Iranian President to visit India in a decade. During his visit, the two sides signed a dozen agreements. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern and they strongly condemned the Pulwama and the Christchurch terror attacks. Modi and Ardern met on the sidelines of the UNGA summit and reviewed the bilateral relations and discussed steps to intensify political, economic, defence, security and people to people relations, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement. They also discussed the global and regional issues of mutual interest, including the issue of international terrorism and appreciated the convergence of views between the two countries on this issue. “Both countries have strongly condemned and extended support to each other following the Pulwama and Christchurch terror attacks,” the statement said.
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) senior leader Sanjay Singh, addressed the allegations made about Kejriwal that he hates people from Bihar, Purvanchal, and other people who come to Delhi from other states. He lashed out at the opposition saying they have done nothing for the Purvanchalis except to get them beaten up and thrown out of certain cities and now suddenly, they are concerned about them. He went on to say that they (opposition) lacks clarity when it comes to who their face will be in the upcoming by-polls. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSingh said, “A party like BJP that indulges in murders and propagates violence in states like Bihar and UP, and is suddenly concerned about the people of these states. They get Biharis beaten and thrown out of Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Surat–such a party is concerned today. When they were getting targeted and attacked not one BJP leader spoke up for them. By implementing NRC in Assam the opposition party made many homeless.” According to a report, Manoj Tiwari had said that Arvind Kejriwal’s hate for people from Bihar, Purvanchal, and people from other states who come to Delhi, is coming out. The Delhi BJP unit chief went on to say that such statements reveal that Kejriwal is frustrated and has lost ground. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaDefending Kejriwal, Singh said, “You are questioning a party whose prominent and senior leaders belong to the Purvanchal belt. Kejriwal had said that the healthcare in Delhi is so good that people from other states come here for treatment that too for free. The conniving opposition is twisting these statements. According to the Ayushman Yojna the free treatment that people were to get where has it been delivered?” Tiwari in a statement said that Kejriwal is complaining despite not allowing the Modi government scheme which provides up to Rs 5 lakh medical insurance for patients. The Rs 5 lakh medical insurance is being provided by the Modi government. But the Delhi government has not allowed this scheme in the state, a report quoted him.