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Union Minister Amit Shah To Address Rallies In Punjab, Haryana Today

Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah will address two rallies in Punjab’s Gurdaspur and Haryana’s Sirsa on Sunday as part of his party’s public outreach to mark the completion of nine years of the Narendra Modi government.

A BJP leader said Shah will highlight various achievements of the party-led government at the Centre. Tight security arrangements have been made for both the rallies.

All necessary security arrangements for the rally in Gurdaspur have been made, a Punjab Police official said. For Shah’s visit to Sirsa in Haryana, more than 30 senior police officers, including 15 IPS officers, will be overseeing the security, official sources said.

“Adequate arrangements related to security have been made,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarters), Sirsa, Ajaib Singh said on Saturday. Haryana Director General of Police P K Agrawal, along with senior officers, has reviewed the security arrangements in Sirsa.

About 130 people, including several farmer leaders, have been kept under watch by the Haryana Police ahead of Sunday’s rally and have been issued notices by their respective police stations asking them to give undertakings that they would not indulge in any disruption of law and order, the sources said.

Vietnamese Defence Minister To Begin Two-Day India Visit Today

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will hold talks with his Vietnamese counterpart General Phan Van Giang on Monday with a focus on further boosting bilateral defence ties and reviewing the situation in the South China Sea, a region that has witnessed growing Chinese assertiveness. The Vietnamese defence minister will begin his two-day visit to India on Sunday.

“The visiting dignitary will hold a bilateral meeting with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on June 19 to carry forward the India-Vietnam defence cooperation,” the defence ministry said. “Both sides will also exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest,” it said in a statement on Saturday.

Vietnam, an important country of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), has territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea region.

India has oil exploration projects in the Vietnamese waters in the South China Sea.

India and Vietnam are boosting their maritime security cooperation in the last few years to protect common interests.