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Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra Renamed As Sushma Swaraj Bhawan

Foreign Service Institute was also renamed as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service.

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NEW DELHI: The external affairs ministry announced on Thursday that two key institutions linked to India’s foreign policy would be renamed after late external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. The External Affairs Ministry stated that the decision to rename the two institutions was taken to honour Swaraj’s legacy and her decades of public service.

The decision to rename the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra and Foreign Service Institute, both located in New Delhi, was made on the eve of Swaraj’s birth anniversary on February 14. Swaraj, India’s first full-time woman foreign minister, died of cardiac arrest on 6 August 2019. She was 67.

Sushma Swaraj was India’s first full-time woman foreign minister and the second woman ever to hold the post after Indira Gandhi.


She was a seven-time Parliamentarian and three-time member of a legislative assembly. She had served as the fifth Chief Minister of Delhi in 1998 for a short term.

In 1977, she had become the youngest cabinet minister of Haryana at the age of 25 years.

At the age of 25 in 1977, she became the youngest cabinet minister of the Indian state of Haryana.

She had served as the External Affairs Minister under PM Narendra Modi’s first government from 2014-2019. She did not contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections and refrained from being a part of Modi 2.0 citing health reasons.


As the External Affairs Minister, she was known to have helped many Indians in distress abroad. She was known as one of the most accessible ministers who was often known to respond to distress messages over twitter.

She passed away on August 6, 2019, due to cardiac arrest at the age of 67 years. She was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, posthumously in the field of public affairs in 2020.

Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra:
The Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra was established in 2011 for networking between India and the Indian community aboard. The Kendra is used to organise seminars, activities, workshops and events pertaining to the Indian diaspora.

Foreign Service Institute:

The Foreign Service Institute was set up in 1986 by the Union External Affairs Ministry. The institute is one of the leading training organisations for diplomats. It handles professional training of Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers. It also conducts training programmes for officers and Indian representatives posted in Indian missions abroad.


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154 Very Prominent Citizens Write To President AGAINST Anti-CAA Protesters

The signatories of the letter said there has been a “false and nefarious narrative” about the Citizenship Amendment Act.

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President Ramnath Kovind

NEW DELHI: Over 150 prominent citizens including former judges, bureaucrats, army officers and academicians wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind against anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters. They said that a “false and motivated” campaign is being launched against the law, the National Population Register (NPR) and NRC to harm the nation.

The signatories of the letter, including 11 former judges of different high courts, 24 retired IAS officers, 11 former Indian Foreign Service officers, 16 retired IPS and 18 former Lieutenant Generals, said “fear” is being spread across the country.

They said the campaign is being carried out in a “coordinated manner” leading to violent protests in which public and private property has been destroyed.


“This (protests) has grave security implications and does not bode well for our motherland. While ostensibly claiming to oppose government policies, they are in effect designed to destroy the very fabric of this country and harm the nation’s unity and integrity,” they said.

The signatories said there has been a “false and nefarious narrative” about CAA, NPR and NRC.

They said that while the CAA has been enacted, the idea of NPR and NRC which has been a part of the Indian discourse since Independence remains to be implemented.


According to CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

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Four Out Of Seven Delhi Ministers Have Declared Criminal Cases Against Them: ADR

13 MLAs have declared cases related to crimes against women, include one related to rape.

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NEW DELHI: Four out of the seven ministers of the AAP government in Delhi have declared criminal cases against them as per a study by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-government organisation. That makes up for 57% of ministers with criminal cases.

Further, three out of those are facing serious criminal cases, making a substantial 43% of the newly-appointed ministers.

Out of the 7 ministers analysed, 5 (71%) are crorepatis, with the average assets of the ministers being Rs 8.96 crores.  The study also finds that 45 AAP MLAs and seven BJP MLAs have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore each.


Thirty-seven of the 70 newly-elected MLAs of Delhi have declared serious criminal cases against themselves which include an attempt to murder, and at least one related to rape, according to a study.

In the previous assembly, 24 MLAs had declared criminal cases against themselves.

An analysis of the declarations made by these MLAs reveals that 43 of them face criminal cases, of whom 37 have declared serious charges including those related to rape, attempt to murder and crime against women,


Thirteen of the 37 MLAs have declared cases related to crimes against women. Of the 13, one has declared cases related to rape.

There are no women among ministers in the Delhi Assembly, 2020.

Among major parties, the average assets per MLA for 62 AAP legislators is Rs 14.96 crores and eight BJP MLAs have average assets worth Rs 9.10 crore.

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Rabid Islamist Groups Like JeI, PFI, SDPI Inciting Hatred For Hindus: CPM Kerala Secretary

Both PFI and SDPI are trying for communal polarization, he said addressing a press conference today.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (Kerala): CPM Kerala state secretary Balakrishnan has said a section in Islam is trying to create a communal divide in the country. Naming Islamic extremist outfits Jamaat-e-Islami and PFI-SDPI, he accused the Islamic outfits of inciting hatred for Hindus.

“Both are trying for communal polarization,” he said. He was addressing the media in a press conference at Thiruvananthapuram today.

“Jamaat-e-Islami stands for Islamic State. It is driven by the motto of freeing India through Islam. SDPI is using religion as a weapon of terrorism,” Balakrishnan said. He also alleged that Muslim fundamentalists are exhorting people to cry ‘bolo takbeer…’.


Religious slogans like “bolo takbeer allahu akbar” and “la illaha illallah” were widely raised in anti-CAA protests organised across the country.

Facing pressure on his observation, however, he soon contradicted his own accusations against the Islamic fundamentalists and admitted that members of minority community had taken part in the ‘human chain’ in a big way.

“Truth is, even people from other non-Left parties had also participated,” he added. In fact, cadres of Islamist extremist outfits like Muslim League, Jamaat-e-Islami and PFI-SDPI had participated in large numbers in the ‘human chain’, which was organised by the CPM as part of anti-CAA protests on January 26.


Two weeks ago, the CPM leader and Kerala chief minister Vijayan had cautioned people against the infiltration of members of “extremist” outfits like SDPI in anti-CAA protests in the state. He had alleged that the extremist groups aimed at creating riots in the name of protests.

“It has been brought to the government’s notice that SDPI’s members were trying to infiltrate in the protests in many places and divert the issues. They were not only indulging in violence, but also trying to divide people and create communal disharmony in society,” the Kerala chief minister had said.

“Congress is not taking an effective stand. For them, anti-communism is more important than opposing the RSS. But we know there are ‘secular-minded people’ within the UDF and our future course of action will be organised in such a way as to include them also,” said Balakrishnan, apparently referring to the Muslim League!

CPM has planned a series of agitations against the CAA including door-to-door campaigns and other protests, to which the party wants to ensure the participation of the Muslim League, which holds sway over the Muslim population in the state.

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