India will do everything possible to help Sri Lanka hurt by China - Jaishankar

India will do everything possible to help Sri Lanka hurt by China - Jaishankar

 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday discussed the island country's economic situation with Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa. During this, there was also talk on projects with India's cooperation, which can be strengthened and strengthened the economic condition of Sri Lanka. In the talks, India assured Sri Lanka of financial assistance of about four thousand crore rupees within two months. Apart from this, essential goods worth more than Rs 11 thousand crore will be given on loan. During this, Jaishankar also raised the issue of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan jails and asked Rajapaksa to ensure their release.

The Sri Lankan minister assured the early release of the Indian fishermen. Sri Lanka is troubled these days by being trapped in the debt trap of China. The Kovid epidemic has worsened his financial situation even more. These situations were discussed between the ministers of both the countries. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar assured Rajapaksa that India stood by Sri Lanka in any situation. India will help Sri Lanka to overcome difficulties in every possible way. In the virtual dialogue, Jaishankar cited the ancient ties of both the countries and said that India will maintain them. It should be noted that India also has strong economic ties with neighboring Sri Lanka.

In the talks, Rajapaksa praised and expressed gratitude for India's always cooperative stance. He expressed the need for India's investment in Sri Lanka in the port, infrastructure, energy, alternative energy and industrial sectors. During the talks, the issue of 68 fishermen from Tamil Nadu caught by the security forces from the Sri Lankan sea in December also came up. Jaishankar requested Rajapaksa for the early release of these fishermen. Saturday's talks were an extension of Rajapaksa's talks with Indian leaders during his visit to India in December.

A sigh of relief to Sri Lanka with India's help

Sri Lanka has got a sigh of relief with India's immediate financial help, but to meet the shortfall in its foreign exchange fund, the country will eventually have to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This was stated by Sri Lanka's top economist W.A. V.J. Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Gopal Baglay has met Sri Lanka's Central Bank Governor Ajit Nivard Cabral and assured all possible assistance. The meeting was in connection with the $900 million aid given by the Reserve Bank of India to the central bank last week.

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There are already many cases against the priest arrested for conversion in Goa: Chief Minister

There are already many cases against the priest arrested for conversion in Goa: Chief Minister

Panaji. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the pastor, who was arrested recently for allegedly luring people to convert to Christianity in the state, already has several cases, including one related to the death of a person. Talking to reporters on Saturday, Sawant said that the state government fully respects the right to religious freedom enshrined in the Constitution, but there will be no tolerance for forcing people to convert with the lure of money or other things.

Dominic D'Souza, a pastor operating in North Goa's Saligao, about 20 km from the capital Panaji, and his wife Joan were arrested on Thursday after two people filed separate complaints, a police official said. In these complaints, it was alleged that both were involved in conversion. The official had said that the pastor and his wife were allegedly motivating people to convert to Christianity by offering money or luring them to get treatment for the disease.

Sawant said that earlier also the cases of forced conversions allegedly by D'Souza had come to the notice of the police. He said a case was also registered against the pastor in connection with the death of a man, to whom he allegedly applied "miraculous oil". Sawant said that action has been taken against the priest as per law and the investigation will continue. The police have also booked the priest and his wife under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and indulging in willful and malicious acts with intent to outrage religious sentiments, besides drugs and miracles. A case has been registered under the provisions of the Remedy (Objectionable Advertisement) Act.

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