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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]PM flown from Amman to Ramallah in a chopper under Jordanian and Israeli security escort

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has supported a “sovereign and independent Palestine” and expressed hope for the return of peace in the region during his meeting with Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Saturday. He is the first Indian PM who visited Palestine without touching down in Tel Aviv.

Modi appreciated that Palestinian people have continuously shown exemplary courage in extremely tough times in spite of unstable environment. He said that “the way you moved forward in such a situation is praiseworthy, we appreciate it”.

On this occasion President Mehmoud abbas expressed his desire to engage in negotiations. He said “We rely on India’s role as an international force in the non-alignment movement and in the international for a, in a way that is conducive to desired peace in our region”.

He further said that “It is my honor to welcome you as a great guest, on your first historic visit to Palestine which holds, to you personally and to the people of India, sentiments of love and appreciation. Indian leadership has always stood by peace in Palestine”.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDYmxvY2txdW90ZSUyMGNsYXNzJTNEJTIydHdpdHRlci10d2VldCUyMiUyMGRhdGEtbGFuZyUzRCUyMmVuJTIyJTNFJTNDcCUyMGxhbmclM0QlMjJlbiUyMiUyMGRpciUzRCUyMmx0ciUyMiUzRUklMjBjb25zaWRlciUyMGl0JTIwYW4lMjBob25vdXIlMjB0byUyMGJlJTIwaW4lMjBQYWxlc3RpbmUuJTIwSSUyMGJyaW5nJTIwd2l0aCUyMG1lJTIwdGhlJTIwZ29vZHdpbGwlMjBhbmQlMjBncmVldGluZ3MlMjBvZiUyMHRoZSUyMHBlb3BsZSUyMG9mJTIwSW5kaWEuJTIwSGVyZSUyMGFyZSUyMG15JTIwcmVtYXJrcyUyMGF0JTIwdGhlJTIwam9pbnQlMjBwcmVzcyUyMG1lZXQlMjB3aXRoJTIwUHJlc2lkZW50JTIwQWJiYXMuJTIwJTNDYSUyMGhyZWYlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnQuY28lMkZsVVdLUEI5TnhlJTIyJTNFaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZ0LmNvJTJGbFVXS1BCOU54ZSUzQyUyRmElM0UlMjAlM0NhJTIwaHJlZiUzRCUyMmh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGdC5jbyUyRjN1VVB0dWg0Z1AlMjIlM0VwaWMudHdpdHRlci5jb20lMkYzdVVQdHVoNGdQJTNDJTJGYSUzRSUzQyUyRnAlM0UlMjZtZGFzaCUzQiUyME5hcmVuZHJhJTIwTW9kaSUyMCUyOCU0MG5hcmVuZHJhbW9kaSUyOSUyMCUzQ2ElMjBocmVmJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZ0d2l0dGVyLmNvbSUyRm5hcmVuZHJhbW9kaSUyRnN0YXR1cyUyRjk2MjI4NzM1MjcyNjEzMDY4OCUzRnJlZl9zcmMlM0R0d3NyYyUyNTVFdGZ3JTIyJTNFRmVicnVhcnklMjAxMCUyQyUyMDIwMTglM0MlMkZhJTNFJTNDJTJGYmxvY2txdW90ZSUzRSUwQSUzQ3NjcmlwdCUyMGFzeW5jJTIwc3JjJTNEJTIyaHR0cHMlM0ElMkYlMkZwbGF0Zm9ybS50d2l0dGVyLmNvbSUyRndpZGdldHMuanMlMjIlMjBjaGFyc2V0JTNEJTIydXRmLTglMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZzY3JpcHQlM0UlMEE=[/vc_raw_html][vc_raw_html][/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]Modi skipped visit to Palestine while visiting Israel in July 2017 signaling his government’s decision to treat New Delhi’s relations with two countries as “mutually independent and exclusive”.

President Mahmoud Abbas conferred the “Grand Collar of the State of Palestine” order to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in recognition of his contribution to enhancing ties between India and Palestine.

This is the highest order given to given to foreign dignitaries – Kings, Heads of State or Government and persons of similar rank. King Salman of Saudi Arabia, King Hamad of Bahrain and President Xi Jinping of China are amongst those who were earlier conferred the same honor.

On his arrival in Ramallah, PM Modi tweeted, “this is a historic visit that will lead to stronger bilateral cooperation”. He placed a wreath at the mausoleum of the late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem move causing loss of mediator’s credibility in the Middle East crisis has given a fillip to India’s position in the international arena. This was felt during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Saturday.

Before the two leader’s meeting a senior Palestinian official said that Mehmoud Abbas will ask PM Modi to support muli-county sponsorship that would enable to replace the US as sole mediator in future negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

Palestinian leader, while visiting New Delhi in May 2017, expressed desire that India play important role in influencing Israelis and other stake holders for peaceful resolution of the crisis.

Since US President Donald Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and asked Department of State to begin process of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Mehmoud Abbas has been reiterating that Washington has lost the credibility of playing mediator’s role in the conflict.

India supports sovereign and independent Palestine

However, Palestinian leader has not received support for multi-national mechanism for mediating between Israelis and Palestinians.

Prime Minister took a chopper’s ride from Jordanian capital Amman to Ramallah in West Bank, the headquarters of Palestinian Authority.  Reports say that PM Modi was escorted by Royal Jordanian helicopters and Israeli choppers on his journey to Palestine. Mehmoud Abbas is considered to be soft leader towards Western and Israeli approach towards Palestine considering they will fecilitate establishment of Palestine as independent state.

Ghaza, the other remaining Palestinian territory, is ruled by Hamas, considered to be pro-Iranian resistant group. Qatar has also been supportive of Hamas of late.

In Amman, PM Modi held “wonderful” meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II that would boost bilateral ties. King described the meeting as the “beginning of a new chapter” in the ties between the two countries.

Reports say that talks between the two leaders covered the Palestinian cause and Jordan’s role in protecting Islamic and Christian sites in Jerusalem, based on Hashemite custodianship over the holy shrines.

Modi arrived in Amman on Friday. After visiting Palestine, he is scheduled to visit UAE and Oman.

In an attempt to strengthen cooperation in trade, investment and energy security, PM Narendra Modi is on four nation tour. He is scheduled to reach Abu Dhabi Saturday evening on the invitation of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He will address World Government Summit in Dubai, where India is the Guest of Honor country. Meanwhile 12 agreements will be signed between the two countries. He will also visit a temple constructed by Indian community in that country.

Later, he will visit Muscat, the capital of Oman. Meetings with Indian Diaspora in UAE and Oman will also figure during the visit to these countries.

PM Narendra Modi’s Palestine visit came at a time when Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has recently visited India on a six day long landmark trip. Besides New Delhi, Netanyahu visited Agra, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Bigg Boss 14 contestant Rahul Vaidya struggles walking in knee deep water, compares Dubai rains with Mumbai floods

Singer and TV personality Rahul Vaidya was recently stranded in the Dubai rains.

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Rahul Vaidya, who was in Dubai ahead of his show which was scheduled to take place today, left the country due to heavy rains and reached Kolkata. The artist shared on social media his encounters in the UAE city, including challenges like walking through knee-deep water. Rahul provided an update regarding the heavy rainfall in Dubai on his Instagram profile.

The Bigg Boss 14 contestant revealed that he was in Kolkata and prepared to do an evening performance. Recalling the terrifying period he went through, Vaidya said there was a lot of confusion and panic in Dubai. The situation was similar to that when heavy floods hit Mumbai in 2005.

Vaiday also posted seval other images and videos of cars that were underwater and flooded roadways. The Bigg Boss 14 contestant, who shared his ordeal, claimed that even though it had just rained for two hours, the situation was dire.

In one of the video, which went viral he can be seen struggling in walking in knee-deep water. He can be also seen holding his sneakers in one hand and with other hand he was seen managing other things.

This is the result of the two hours of rain that it had, he can be heard saying in the video. Vidya also said he dosen’t believe Dubai is accustomed to a lot of rain. Everything had stopped working, he remarked.

After taking part in the first season of the singing reality show Indian Idol, Rahul Vaidya gained widespread recognition. In addition to Bigg Boss, he took part in Khatron Ke Khiladi 11.

Meanwhile, heavy rains that triggered flooding in the UAE and Bahrain, which left 18 people dead in Oman on Sunday and Monday, have paralyzed the financial hub of the Middle East, Dubai.

A lot of incoming flights were diverted from Dubai’s international airport because of the rain. At 7:26 p.m., the busiest airport in the world for foreign visitors stopped accepting new arrivals; a gradual resumption was announced for more than two hours later.

Images of planes navigating flooded tarmacs are making the rounds on social media.

According to pictures shared on social media, the flagship malls Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates both experienced heavy floods, while at least one Dubai Metro station had water up to the ankles.

There were several road collapses, severe flooding in residential areas, and numerous reports of leaks from windows, doors, and roofs.

Due to the unfavourable weather, schools around the United Arab Emirates were forced to close, and as more storms are predicted, the closures are anticipated to last until Wednesday. The government of Dubai allowed its staff to work remotely till this Wednesday.

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Dubai sky turns green during storm in UAE, video goes viral

The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain.

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1 person was killed in UAE as it witnessed heavy rainfall on Tuesday, stranding commuters, flooding roads, disrupting trains and flights and resulting in water leakage from mall ceilings. The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain. It is being said that the rainfall was the highest documented since the start of data collection in 1949.

The heavy rainfall in UAE came days after a similar situation in neighbouring Oman, where 13 people were killed in flash floods. Many parts of Oman saw torrential rains, which caused students to be trapped in buses and swept away motorists and trapped people in their homes.

Videos from Dubai circulating on social media showed widespread waterlogging on roads in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other important cities. This left daily commuters in cars and other vehicles struggling to get back home. Dubai metro station too was seen flooded and closed.

One such video circulating on social media shows the aerial view of the city of Dubai from the top of a building. In the video the stormy winds are seen blowing over the city of Dubai. As the storm intensifies the Dubai sky turns green and ultimately gets covered by heavy rainfall. The video has gone viral on social media with more than 1.1 million views.

Another video showed water leakage from the ceilings of shopping malls, flooding the floors and destroying goods. A video which was shot in the famous Mall of the Emirates, showed pieces of ceiling falling as the rainwater gushed inside. Videos from many outlets of the Deira City Centre mall chain showed escalators being rendered unusable. Majid Al Futtaim, the company which owns the Mall of Emirates, said that the shopping complexes have been kept open and the customers are being sent away from the flooded areas. 

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda says statements on reclaiming Katchatheevu island from Sri Lanka have no ground

Devananda told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about Katchatheevu as elections are taking place in India.

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda has said the statements from some political leaders in India on reclaiming Katchatheevu from the island nation have no ground. He told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about the strategic island as elections are taking place in India.

The Sri Lankan Minister said he thought India is acting on its interests to secure this place to ensure Sri Lankan fishermen would not have any access to that area and that Sri Lanka should not claim any rights in that resourceful area. According to the 1974 agreement, Devananda said Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen can go fishing in the territorial waters of both countries until the pact was reviewed and amended in 1976.

The amended agreement resulted in fishermen from both countries being barred from fishing in neighboring waters. India’s ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday steered clear of the row surrounding Katchatheevu island. To a volley of questions on the Katchatheevu issue, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reffered to External affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s recent comments on the matter.

He said he would like to talk about the issue that has been raised. He added the External Affairs minister has spoken to the press here in Delhi and also in Gujarat and has clarified all the issues. He said everyone should look into the press engagements and they would find the answers to their questions there.

The remarks from Devananda, a Sri Lankan Tamil, came days after the Narendra Modi government accused the Congress and its ally DMK in Tamil Nadu of overlooking national interests by handing over Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka in 1974. The BJP has also been slamming the 2 parties for not ensuring the rights of the fishermen wanting to fish in waters around the island.

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