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Smriti Irani calls Navjot Singh Sidhu modern India’s Jaichand

first_imgSmriti Irani calls Navjot Singh Sidhu modern India’s JaichandJaichand had betrayed Prithviraj Chauhan in a battle against Muhammad Ghori in 1192.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 23:19 IST Smriti Irani said those who call Pakistan PM their friend are modern India’s Jaichands. (Photo: PTI)Union minister Smriti Irani Wednesday hit out at Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, calling him modern India’s Jaichand for “defending” Pakistan after the Pulwama attack.”Such people will be taught a lesson by the people” she added.Jaichand had betrayed Prithviraj Chauhan in a battle against Muhammad Ghori in 1192.”Those who call Pakistan PM their friend and try to defend Pakistan by claiming it had no role in the Pulwama attack are modern India’s Jaichands,” she said while replying to questions on Sidhu but didn’t take his name.Following the car bomb attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 that had killed forty CRPF personnel, the cricketer-turned-politician had said that an entire nation could not be blamed for the actions of “a handful of people”.Condemning the attack, Sidhu, who was among the invitees for the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan prime minister last year, however had posed, “For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual?”On whether cricket matches should be played with Pakistan, she said, “Being an Indian I think that each Pakistani with ill intentions should be taught a lesson… at a time when our country wants justice for the martyred families, there is no relevance of this question of playing with Pakistan.”However, she added, it was her personal view and any decision in this regard will be taken by the sports ministry.The Union Minister also criticised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for seeking “actionable intelligence” in Pulwama attack, saying before asking for evidence, he must answer what Pakistan had done after getting evidence of 26/11 Mumbai attack masterminded by Hafiz Saeed.advertisement”What action did Pakistan take against him?,” she asked.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday said he would act against the perpetrators of the Pulwama attack if India shares “actionable intelligence” with Islamabad.She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a free hand to the Indian army to deal sternly with terrorists and “we have full faith in our jawans who will avenge at appropriate time.”She was in Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here Wednesday to seek suggestions for the party’s ‘Bharat Ke Mann Ki Baat’ programme in which she held interaction with people to include their views in the BJP manifesto.Also Read | The Kapil Sharma Show: Salman Khan asked Navjot Singh Sidhu to step down, final decision on holdAlso Read | Convince your friend Pak PM Imran bhai to act against terrorists: Digvijaya to SidhuFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more

Justice Dept investigating 4 automakers in gas mileage deal

DETROIT — The U.S. Justice Department is conducting an antitrust investigation of four automakers that have signed on with California in a deal to toughen tailpipe emissions standards.Ford spokesman T.R. Reid confirmed Friday that the company received a letter from Justice informing it of the investigation. He says the company is co-operating in the inquiry.In July, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW reached a deal with California to abide by standards that are tougher than those preferred by the Trump administration. The standards are closely linked with fuel economy requirements.The move bypasses Trump’s push to relax pollution and mileage standards nationwide that were set by the Obama administration.The Justice Department wouldn’t comment on the investigation.The Associated Press read more