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People will demand proof of surgical strikes: Chidambaram 

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New Delhi, Oct 4 : Claiming that cross-border pre-emptive military actions took place during the UPA regime also, Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said there will be public demands for releasing the video footage of the recent “surgical strikes carried across the Line of Control (LoC),” as the Narendra Modi government has taken political ownership of the military action.

Talking to a TV news channel, Chidambaram said that unlike the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, the Narendra Modi government has deliberately taken political ownership of military action.

“Such cross-border pre-emptive actions have taken place in the past. At least one such strike has been confirmed by then Chief of Army staff Gen. Bikram singh in January 2013. There have been others, but I don’t want to get into details,” Chidambaram told CNNNews18.

“Having taken political ownership for the cross-border action and having publicised it so much, it is only to be expected that people will demand that the video be released. So I am sure the government has thought through about the consequences of taking the political ownership for a purely military action.

“And having thought through the consequences, let the government respond to the demand for releasing videos,”said the former Union Home Minister.

The Congress leader attributed “policy of strategic restraint” behind the UPA not publicising such military action conducted during its regime.

“Our government took the call that cross-border action should be a military call and it is for (Army) Generals to say what they want to say. We did not take political ownership of military action. This government has taken that responsibility.”

“We pursued the correct strategy, our policy was strategic restrain. It is of course the privilege of every government to adapt or modify policies. If the NDA government modified, altered the polices of strategic restraint, its their call, they have to face the consequences of that call,” he said.

“As the Opposition we support the government but the consequences of that call to modify and to take political ownership of military action, entirely is the responsibility of the NDA,” he said, adding that during the UPA regime between 2004-2014, “more terrorists were arrested and killed” than in any other period.

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APPLE HOMEPOD MINI LAUNCHED AT $99, IPHONE 12 STARTING $699, IPHONE 12 PRO FROM $999

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Apple Event 2020 LIVE Updates: Apple has finally removed the curtain from its iPhone 12 series. The company launched the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max at the ‘Hi Speed’ event at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. At the event, the company has also launched Smart HomePod Speaker.

The company says that the iPhone 12 Mini is also the world’s thinnest and lightest 5G smartphone. Let us tell that this event was once again started by Team Cook, CEO of the company.

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PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released from detention after 14 months

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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Indian economy to contract by 10.3% in 2020; may show 8.8% growth in 2021: IMF

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New Delhi, 13 Oct. : The Indian economy, severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic, is projected to contract by a massive 10.3 percent this year, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.

However, India is likely to bounce back with an impressive 8.8 percent growth rate in 2021, thus regaining the position of the fastest growing emerging economy, surpassing China’s projected growth rate of 8.2 percent, the IMF said in its latest ‘World Economic Outlook’ report.

Released ahead of the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, the report said global growth would contract by 4.4 percent this year and bounce back to 5.2 percent in 2021.

America’s economy is projected to contract by 5.8 percent in 2020 and grow by 3.9 percent the next year, the IMF said.

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