Krishna to take up Indians' safety in Australia

 External Affairs Minister S M KrishnaKrishna will be in Sydney on August 6 and in Melbourne on August 9 and 10 to get first-hand inputs about the problems being faced by Indian students, an External Affairs Ministry release said on Friday.
He will discuss their safety and security with the respective state leadership and apprise himself of the measures put in place in this regard by the Australian law enforcement agencies. He will also meet prominent members of the Indian community and Indian students. Krishna, who will be in Australia from August 6 to 10, will participate in the Annual Post Forum Dialogue Meeting of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) on August 7 in Cairns.

Opposition tirade

Meanwhile, if Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was making an apparent attempt to shield S M Krishna in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, the rescue act in the Rajya Sabha on Friday was performed by none other than the chair himself.

An off-colour Krishna, who was taken apart in the Lok Sabha for not offering “satisfactory reply”, appeared nervous as he answered questions over the working of his ministry in the upper house. Just as the opposition seemed to be preparing to take on the minister, first Deputy Chairman K Rehman Khan and, later, another member in the chair, P J Kurien, silenced the opposition members to save Krishna from going through the grill again.
Krishna began his reply by reading a prepared text, but was interrupted by the opposition members. BJP member Balbir Punj asked the minister to answer specific questions, instead of reading the text.

Deputy Chairman Rehman Khan came to the minister’s rescue, asking Punj to seek clarifications after the minister completed reading the text. But as Krishna continued his reply, Rudra Narayan Pani (BJP) demanded answers for his question. Krishna abruptly concluded his reply, prompting members to demand clarification on many issues, including the status on Indo-Pak relations. BJP member Arun Shouri joined his colleagues asking the minister for clarification, but P J Kurian intervened by saying no clarification would be allowed and adjourned the house for lunch break.

DH News Service

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