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TRS likely to boycott remaining winter session of Parliament

New Delhi [India]: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is likely to boycott the remaining winter session of the Parliament starting today over several issues including paddy procurement in the state and the suspension of Opposition MPs. “TRS will boycott the whole session from today. They will stage a brief protest at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises and will formally announce their decision. The party will be boycotting the session over the issues of paddy procurement in Telangana, suspension of 12 Opposition MPs from Rajya Sabha and other issues pertaining to the state,” sources close to the developments told ANI.A total of 12 MPs from the Opposition parties were suspended from Parliament’s winter session for allegedly creating ruckus on the last day of the monsoon session. The suspended MPs include six from Congress, two each from TMC and Shiv Sena and one each…

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Punjab polls 2022: Congress forms committees, appoints Ajay Maken as screening panel chief

New Delhi [India]: Congress has announced committees for the 2022 Punjab Assembly polls, with AICC general secretary Ajay Maken being the chairman of the screening committee. The party has appointed Ambika Soni as the chairperson of the Election Coordination Committee. Pratap Singh Bajwa has been appointed as the Manifesto Committee chairperson and Sunil Jhakar is the new Election Campaign Committee chairperson for Punjab.The three-member screening committee will include secretary in-charge of Chhattisgarh Chandan Yadav and AICC Joint Secretary Krishna Allavaru. Other members of the screening committee will be AICC in-charge of Punjab Harish Chaudhary, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, campaign committee chairman Sunil Jakhar, and AICC secretaries for the state. Assembly poll in Punjab is scheduled to be held early next year. (ANI)

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Caste Based Census: Will soon call all-party meeting to discuss the issue, says Nitish Kumar, CM-Bihar

Patna (Bihar) [India]: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that the state government will soon call an all-party meeting to discuss the caste-based census. Briefing media persons in Patna, Kumar said, “We will soon call an all-party meeting to discuss the caste-based census. We want to do it so that all political parties reach a consensus and the state government will make an announcement based on the consensus.”Earlier on Thursday, RJD MP Manoj Kumar Jha moved a Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha on the matter of ‘caste-based census’. In his letter to Secretary-General of the Upper House, Jha said, “In order to ensure that Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas is a reality, we must urgently count the ladder of our social edifice and for that, it is important that Socio-Economic Caste Census be undertaken on priority and with urgency. While there is…

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Omicron: Delhi CM Kejriwal urges people to be cautious

New Delhi [India]: In view of the emergence of the COVID-19 variant Omicron, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to the people to be cautious and wear masks while stepping out of their houses.“I just want to appeal to people to not panic. I am monitoring the situation. I chaired a review meeting last week also. We will make all available resources like beds, medicines, equipment to tackle the virus. I just want to appeal to the citizens to wear masks always while stepping out,” he said. Earlier on Sunday, Delhi reported its first case of the COVID variant Omicron.Earlier on November 30, Kejriwal had chaired a review meeting with Health Minister Satyendra Jain and senior officials on the possibility of a third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, amid concerns over the new variant ‘Omicron’.

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43 students of medical college test COVID-19 positive in Telangana’s Karimnagar

Karimnagar(Telangana) [India]: At least 43 students of Chalmeda Anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences in Bommakal village of Telangana’s Karimnagar has tested positive for COVID-19, said District Medical Health Officer on Sunday. “43 students of the institute had been tested positive for COVID-19. The college is yet to update us with further details,” said DMHO.The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the Telangana stood at 3,787, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday. The cumulative recoveries so far recorded are 6,69,157 in Telangana while the cumulative death toll so far stood at 3,999.

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J-K’s NH-44 through, Mughal road, SSG road closed due to snow accumulation

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] The National Highway (NH) 44 in Jammu and Kashmir through, Mughal road and Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri (SSG) road has been closed for vehicular traffic due to snow accumulation.According to Jammu and Kashmir traffic police, “NHW (NH-44) through, Mughal road, SSG road closed for vehicular movement in view of snow accumulation and Sinthan road still blocked due to snow accumulation.” The road was closed due to heavy snowfall in the area.The road connects the Shopian district to the Rajouri and Poonch districts of the union territory.

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Cyclone Jawad to weaken further into low-pressure area during next 6 hours

New Delhi [India]: Cyclone Jawad, which had hit Odisha, West Bengal and other parts of the eastern coast, will weaken further into a low-pressure area on Monday. The India Meteorological Department in a tweet said, “The Depression (remnant of Cyclonic Storm Jawad) over northwest Bay of Bengal near north Odisha coast moved northeastwards and weakened into the well-marked low-pressure area (WML) over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts at 05:30 hours IST of 06-12-2021. To weaken further into low-pressure area (LPA) during next 06 hours.”National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General Atul Karwal on Saturday said the impact of Cyclonic storm ‘Jawad’ is not as strong as it was expected, and it is weakening. The NDRF Director-General told ANI that “the impact would be less than we had earlier expected and the fact that the Cyclone seems to be…

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Three BSP leaders likely to join Samajwadi Party ahead of 2022 UP polls

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Bahujan Samaj Party might face another setback ahead of the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, as BSP leaders Vinay Shankar Tiwari, Kushal Tiwari and Ganesh Shankar Pandey might join the Samajwadi Party soon, sources said.Sources say the three leaders met SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Saturday. Vinay Shankar Tiwari, son of Hari Shankar Tiwari, is an MLA from Chillupar constituency whereas Ganesh Shankar Pandey was the chairman of the Legislative Council at the time of the BSP government.“Joining date will be fixed after Jayant Chaudhary led-RLD and SP’s joint rally in Meerut on December 7,” said a source.Earlier in October, six suspended BSP MLAs joined Samajwadi Party in the presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow.These MLAs include Hargovind Bhargav, Mujtaba Siddiqui, Hakim Lal Bind, Aslam Raini, Sushma Patel and Aslam Chaudhary.Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to go…

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Centre committed in providing world-class technologies to BSF for border security

Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday stated that the Centre is committed to providing world-class technologies to the Border Security Force (BSF) for border security.Shah, while addressing the 57th Raising Day of BSF in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer, said, “Border Security Force is the first line of defence. For our government, border security means national security. We are committed to provide world-class technologies to BSF for border security.” “The security of the country’s borders has been taken seriously by the Central government since 2014. Wherever there is an attempt of encroachment at the border, we have retaliated immediately,” the Union Minister said.He further paid tribute to the jawans of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and BSF who lost their lives and said, “More than 35,000 jawans of the country’s police force, BSF and CAPF have sacrificed their lives for the country.…

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Amit Palekar’s fast unto death marks start of new revolution in Goa, says Arvind Kejriwal

Panaji (Goa) [India]: AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday praised party leader Amit Palekar for “his courage” to sit on an indefinite hunger strike to save old Goa’s heritage site, and said that is marked the “beginning of Goa’s political cleansing”.Addressing the media here, Kejriwal said, “Amit Palekar was on an indefinite hunger strike for the past five days. He braved hot sun and the rain. When his health started to deteriorate, his doctor advised him to end his fast; however, he chose to persist.” “After seeing Amit Palekar’s indefinite hunger strike and the kind of support he has been receiving from Goans, finally the government was forced to cave in. This is the beginning of Goa’s political cleansing,” he said.Lashing out at those who called Palekar’s hunger strike a political stunt, Kejriwal said, “On one side, people are…

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Sabarimala temple: Heavy rush of pilgrims continue in Kerala

Pathanamthitta (Kerala) [India]: Heavy rush of pilgrims continued in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple on Saturday as over 42,354 people booked virtually to pay obeisance at the temple. As per the Kerala government, as many as 27840 pilgrims visited the temple on Friday and 42,354 people had booked to take ‘darshan’ on Saturday.“Police allow pilgrims to enter the shrine after sanitization and give masks to those who require,” the government said. The virtual queue booking for the hill shrine of Sabarimala is almost complete from December 9 until the end of the Mandala-Makaravilakku (Makar Sankranti) festival. As per the state government, about 45,000 people a day, including 40,000 via virtual queue system and 5,000 through spot booking, will get the opportunity for darshan. Lord Ayyappa temple Sabarimala has been opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku, which will last for two months. The temple will remain open till December 26…

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Amit Shah meets BSF personnel in Jaisalmer, attends ‘Sainik Sammelan’

Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) [India]: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday visited Rohitash border outpost and interacted with Border Security Force (BSF) personnel guarding the International Border in the region.Shah is now attending “Sainik Sammelan”, and earlier in the day reviewed security at the Western Border of the country. Shah’s visit to Jaisalmer coincides with the 57th Raising Day event of the BSF being celebrated there for the first time.Shah offered prayers at the Tanot Rai Mata temple after reaching Jaisalmer on Saturday.The Home Minister will attend the BSF’s Raising Day event on December 5 morning and then leave for Jaipur.He is learnt to closely watch night patrolling being done by BSF personnel and to spend a night with BSF personnel at Rohitash Border Outpost in the region as well as have ‘Bada Khana’ (dinner). This will be the first time when the Home Minister…

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TN govt makes Tamil exam mandatory for all govt jobs in state

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: The Tamil Nadu government has made the Tamil exam mandatory for all the government jobs in the state. As per information shared by state Finance Minister Palanivel Thiagarajan, the state government on Friday passed an order making the Tamil exam mandatory for all the candidates appearing for a competitive exam conducted by the state recruitment board.“The exam will be qualifying in nature and it is mandatory for a student to secure at least 40 per cent marks in this exam to get a government job in the state,” he stated. “This new policy will help prevail social justice. The government school students will be given importance in the recruitment process,” he added. The minister further informed that there are nine lakh government posts for eight crore people in Tamil Nadu. (ANI)

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Centre approves plan to manufacture 5 lakh AK-203 rifles in UP’s Amethi

Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : The Centre has approved the production of over five lakh AK-203 assault rifles at Korwa in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi to boost the self-reliance in defence manufacturing, the Government of India sources said.According to sources, this endeavour will be done in partnership with Russia and reflects the deepening partnership between the two countries in the defence sector. It reflects the ever-increasing paradigm shift in defence acquisition from buy global to Make in India. The project will provide business opportunities to various MSMEs and other defence industries for the supply of raw materials and components, which will lead to the generation of new employment opportunities. The project marks a significant stride towards making Uttar Pradesh a key contributor to the ascendant defence manufacturing prowess of India, sources said.The 7.62 X 39mm caliber AK-203 Rifles will replace in-service INSAS Rifle inducted over…

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Jammu and Kashmir: Graffiti artwork beautifies Srinagar city walls

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Under the Srinagar Smart City project, Jammu and Kashmir Administration has started beautifying blank spaces and walls with graffiti artwork to attract tourists.Several professionals have been hired to transform spaces and to add visual art depicting Kashmiri culture. They have painted artwork depicting different species of birds, Kashmiri culture and more.Municipal Commissioner Athar Aamir Khan said, “Graffiti drawing on walls and flyovers is a part of beautification drive under Srinagar Smart City project.”The beautified areas have been gaining a lot of attention and both locals and tourists like visiting them, thereby increasing the footfall of tourists in Srinagar city. Zahoor Kashmiri, an artist from the project said, “The purpose of these murals is to help increase the tourist footfall in the city. It also attracts the locals here. No one likes dirty looking walls; people even avoid accidental rubs…

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Ghulam Nabi Azad urges security forces to avoid collateral damage during anti-terror operations in J-K

Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday urged security forces to avoid collateral damage during anti-terror operations in the Union Territory.While speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a public rally in the Rajouri district, the senior Congress leader compared militancy to the game of ‘snake and ladders’ and said, “Non-militant, civilian killings fuel militancy and undo all the gains.” Heaping praises for the Army’s work in Jammu and Kashmir, Azad said, “Armymen are doing great work here in close cooperation with locals but they should avoid collateral damage during anti-terror operations.”The Congress leader said many times it has been seen terrorists run and enter a house in order to hide and security forces use explosives to blast the entire house, resulting in civilian killings. “That should be avoided,” he said.Recalling the days…

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Cyclone Jawad: MBA Entrance exam of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade postponed in these cities of Andhra, Odisha, WB

New Delhi [India]: In view of cyclonic storm ‘JAWAD’, the National Testing Agency has postponed the entrance exam for MBA (IB) 2022-24 of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, scheduled for December 5 in states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and West Bengal. The exam has been postponed in the Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, and Cuttack (Odisha) and Kolkata and Durgapur (West Bengal).The notification from the NTA read: “In view of the cyclone which is expected to hit the coastal areas of Odisha on December 4 and the consequent disruption of normal life in the coastal areas of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, it has been decided to postpone the exam scheduled to be held on December 5, 2021, at the exam centres in the following cities, to a later date.” “The date of the exam for candidates who are admitted to…

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Farmers, farming both have prospered since 2014: Narendra Singh Tomar

New Delhi [India]: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday informed the Rajya Sabha that both “farmers and farming have prospered since 2014”, the year when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) established a clear majority on its own in the Lok Sabha elections.Replying during the Question Hour in Parliament during the ongoing Winter Session, Tomar said doubling of Kishan Credit Card (KCC), increasing of Minimum Support Price (MSP) to farmers that is at least 1.5 times the cost of production across all commodities and PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme are among various other steps taken by the Modi government so far for the welfare of the farmers. Responding to a question on PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme, the Minister said, “It is a continuous scheme and the farmers have to verify themselves to get the benefits of the scheme”.The Minister said the Centre has…

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Omicron: Karnataka CM Bommai to chair a high-level meeting today

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: A high-level meeting with experts and senior officers has been convened on Friday to discuss the measures to be taken in the light of two Omicron cases reported in the state and formulate new guidelines, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.Speaking to media persons in New Delhi he said, the Centre has confirmed two Omicron cases based on the report of some COVID test samples sent to National Center For Biological Sciences. But a detailed report is awaited. “I have instructed our Health minister and the Chief Secretary to obtain the detailed report. An emergency meeting has been convened tomorrow with experts and senior officers,” he said.“The meeting would discuss the measures to prevent the spread of new variant of COVID and the strategies to control it. The issue would be discussed with experts of the union government as well. Action would…

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Yogi regime only changes names of places, UP will soon change govt: Akhilesh Yadav

Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Attacking the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government, Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said the way Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) changes the names of places, people of the state will very soon change the government.Addressing a public meeting, the SP chief said, “Yogi government has only changed the names of places. Very soon people in Uttar Pradesh are going to change their government. Youth, farmers and businessmen in Uttar Pardesh have decided to get rid of the Yogi government. Farmers in Uttar Pradesh are going to benefit if Samajwadi Party comes in power.” Yadav said that Uttar Pradesh is the state where there is the most number of cases of crime against women in the country.“If any government has received the highest number of notices in the fake encounter, then it is the Uttar Pradesh…

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West Bengal BJP leaders to meet PM Modi demanding CAA implementation

New Delhi [India] : A delegation of West Bengal BJP leaders will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday demanding the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in the state.The delegation will also discuss several issues of West Bengal with the Prime Minister. The delegation will include West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar, party vice president Dilip Ghosh, BJP MP Saumitra Khan and others.Speaking to ANI, Dilip Ghosh said, “Today we are going to meet the Prime Minister. The budget that was announced for the development of West Bengal is still pending. Rs 25,000 crore was announced for the North-south corridor and the development of tea gardens. The budget should be implemented. We will raise this matter before the Prime Minister. We also want that the CAA to be implemented in West Bengal soon. Those who are our citizens should get citizenship.”Ghosh said the…

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Cyclone Jawad: Depression over Bay of Bengal likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours

New Delhi [India]: Depression over Bay of Bengal likely to move northwestwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department said on Friday morning.“Depression, lay centered at 2330 hours IST of December 2, 2021, over Bay of Bengal near Lat 12.0 N and Long 87.5 E, about 770 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), likely to move northwestwards and intensify into a Cyclonic Storm during next 24 hours,” tweeted the weather agency. As the low-pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal continues to develop in view of Cyclone Jawad, the Odisha government on Thursday evening issued guidelines to prevent its adverse effects.Odisha Government plans to deploy 266 teams including NDRF, State Fire Services and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) in coastal districts in view of impending cyclonic Situation, informs Pradeep Kumar Jena, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).Informing…

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Tripura civic polls: BJP’s massive show of strength in victory rally, oath-taking to be held within 10 days

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Thousands of BJP supporters on Thursday took to the streets in Agartala to celebrate the party’s landslide victory in the just-concluded urban body elections.A mammoth rally was taken out from the party’s state headquarters in presence of all the newly elected councillors. The party was led by Tripura BJP state President Dr Manik Saha who along with Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb toiled to make the party achieve such a success. Slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb were shouted out alongside high decibel music.The rally covered the whole city and ended at its starting point, in front of party-state headquarters at Krishnanagar.Addressing the gathering, Saha said, “This is the victory of the people of the state residing in urban areas. Out of 334 total seats, our candidates have emerged victorious in 329 seats. The number says…

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Cyclone Jawad: NDRF deploys 8 teams in West Bengal

New Delhi [India], December 2 (ANI): The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed eight teams in West Bengal in the wake of Cyclone Jawad. Two teams have been deployed in Kolkata and one each in South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Hooghly, and Nadia.Eight more teams will be deployed by tonight. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a meeting on the cyclone-related situation in the country. The meeting took place after the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an alert for the formation of a cyclone which is expected to cross the coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha by the morning of December 4, with wind speeds ranging from 90 kmph to 100 kmph, accompanied by heavy rainfall and tidal waves in the coastal districts of these states. Earlier on Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba in the National Crisis…

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Uttarakhand polls 2022: PM Modi likely to hold public rally in Kumaon region

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of the upcoming Uttarakhand Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to hold a public rally in the Kumaon region during his second visit to the state later this month, informed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sources on Wednesday.According to sources, PM Modi is preparing to visit Uttarakhand once again this month after his scheduled visit on December 4. “During his next visit which will begin on December 24, the public rally is expected to take place in Haldwani area of Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region,” sources added.PM Modi will visit Uttarakhand’s Dehradun to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of multiple projects worth around Rs 18,000 crore on December 4.As per the official note released by the Prime Minister’s Office, PM Modi will lay the foundation stone of eleven development projects. This includes the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor (from Eastern Peripheral…

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Telangana DGP holds meeting with top CRPF officials to deal with Maoist issue

Bhadradri Kothagudem (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) Mahender Reddy held a high-level meeting with top CRPF officials here on Wednesday to deal with the Maoist issue.In the special meeting, CRPF Additional DGP Rashmi Shukla and IG Nagireddy were present. Senior police officials of Telangana districts bordering Chhattisgarh in Maoist-affected areas were also present in the meeting. Discussions were held on steps to be taken in the Maoist affected areas.Following the meeting, DGP Reddy told media persons that the police department and the district administrations in the Maoist-affected areas are working hard for the welfare of people.

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Uttarakhand logs 53 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India]: Uttarakhand has logged 53 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the state Health bulletin said on Tuesday.As per the health bulletin, zero COVID-19 fatalities were recorded in the state. As many as 11 recoveries were also reported in the state taking total recoveries to 3,30,557. The death toll so far stood at 7,408, stated the bulletin.Total recoveries so far stood at 3,44,303.

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Two terrorists killed in encounter in J-K

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : Two terrorists have been neutralized in an encounter that broke out between security forces and terrorists in the Qasba Yar area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on Wednesday, said police.The police further informed that the identification and affiliation of the terrorists killed in the encounter, that broke out earlier this morning, are being ascertained. “Pulwama Encounter Update: 02 terrorists killed. Identification and affiliation being ascertained,” tweeted Kashmir Zone Police.

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Maharashtra mandates 7-day institutional quarantine for international passengers

New Delhi [India] : As fresh guidelines will be effective for international passengers arriving in India in view of Omicron concern from December 1, the Maharashtra government has made it mandatory a 7-day institutional quarantine for passengers coming from ‘at risk’ countries. “From December 1, arriving passengers from high-risk countries will be segregated from those arriving from low-risk countries. Adequate RT-PCR testing facility in international arrivals in form of 48 registration counters and 40 sampling booths will be set up,” Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport said in a statement. “In addition to normal RT-PCR, 30 Rapid PCR machines, are also available for the passengers having connecting onward flights with short connecting time. This facility will be upscaled further if required,” they said. “For passengers who haven’t done pre-booking of RT-PCR test online, QR codes displayed at various locations in the arrival corridor will be…

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Arvind Kejriwal to attend AAP’s ‘Tiranga Yatra’ in Punjab’s Pathankot tomorrow

Pathankot (Punjab) [India]: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit poll-bound Punjab to attend the party’s ‘Tiranga Yatra’ in Pathankot on Thursday.Kejriwal will be accompanied by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia who is already on a five-day visit to Punjab. The AAP chief has been frequently visiting Punjab ahead of the 2022 assembly election. In the last two months, this will be his sixth visit to the poll-bound state.Punjab Assembly elections have been scheduled to take place early next year.In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats…

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There was need to reconsider Char Dham Devasthanam Board Act as priest community unhappy

New Delhi [India] : Union Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt on Tuesday said that there was a need to reconsider the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Act because the entire priest community were unhappy.The Uttarakhand government today announced the repeal of the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Act after almost two years of protests against the legislation by priests associated with the shrines in the state. The Act had brought the four shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, and 49 other temples under the purview of a shrine board.The Char Dham Teerth-Purohit Hak Hakookdhari Mahapanchayat Samiti and other organisations had been demonstrating against the legislation for months.Speaking to ANI, Union Minister Bhatt said, “There is a need for reconsideration because the entire Panda society and the priests were unhappy with the act. They felt that they have not been asked. When the governments…

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Delhi HC asks Centre to respond to plea seeking live streaming of proceedings on same-sex marriage petitions

New Delhi [India] : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice to Central Government on an application seeking live streaming of proceedings on petitions for recognition of same-sex marriages under the special, Hindu and foreign marriage laws.Petitioner stated that it is a matter of national importance and live streaming can affect a larger population. Senior Advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul appearing for the petitioner filed an Intervention Application (IA) seeking Court’s direction for live streaming of the proceedings.The Delhi High court is examining a batch of petitions filed by several same-sex couples, seeking a declaration recognising same-sex marriages under the special, Hindu and foreign marriage laws.The bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh on Tuesday issued notice on plea to the Central Government and fixed the date for February 3, 2022, for further hearing. The bench granted time to Centre’s Counsel to…

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JNU Activist Sharjeel Imam’s Speech Did Not Incite Violence

Allahabad [Uttar Pradesh] : Sharjeel Imam’s speech at the Aligarh Muslim University neither gave the call for anyone to bear arms nor incited any violence as a result of it, the Allahabad High Court has said granting him bail in a sedition case. Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh granted bail on Saturday to Imam who was booked under sections 124A, 153A, 153B and 505(2) of the IPC at Civil Lines Police Station in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh. “Having heard learned counsel for the parties and having perused the record, without referring to the exact allegation made against the applicant, it may be noted that on an undisputed basis neither the applicant called anyone to bear arms nor any violence was incited as a result of the speech delivered by the applicant,” the judge said in the bail order. “In view of the above, without…

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Delhi HC refuses to entertain plea seeking ban on Salman Khurshid’s book

New Delhi [India] : The Delhi High court on Tuesday refused to entertain a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking direction to Centre and Delhi Government to stop the publication, circulation, and sale of the former Union Minister Salman Khurshid’s book–“Sunrise Over Ayodhya” that allegedly hurt the sentiments of the Hindus.The Court noted that the petitioner has even not made the “author of the book” and “publication house” a party in the petition. The Bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh on Tuesday showed displeasure with the petitioner after noting that there are no proper impleadments of the parties in the petition copy.Justice DN Patel said, “These are all chance-taking petitioners. You even not made party to Sr Lawyer Salman Khurshid (Author of the book) and Publication house and praying for the ban.”However, Court granted liberty to the petitioner to file a fresh…

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Uttarakhand CM announces withdrawal of Char Dham Management Board law

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India]: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Tuesday announced that the State government will be withdrawing Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Act after months of protests by Char Dham Teerth-Purohit Hak Hakookdhari Mahapanchayat Samiti and other organisations. “Our government has taken a decision to take back the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Bill,” said Dhami.“The decision to abolish the Devasthanam Board is taken on the basis of the feedback received by Teerth Purohit, Haq Hookdhari, people’s representative and report of a high-level committee,” he added. Last December, the Uttarakhand Assembly had passed the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Bill. The law aimed at bringing the Char Dham of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri and 49 other temples under the purview of a proposed shrine board. Many organisations including Char Dham Teerth-Purohit Hak Hakookdhari Mahapanchayat Samiti were opposing the said act. According…

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Winter Guests : Tourists flock at Ganga ghats in Varanasi after arrival of Siberian birds

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India] With the onset of the Winter season, Ganga ghats in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi witnessed the arrival of migratory Siberian birds. These migratory birds added to the beauty of Ganga ghats and attracted a large number of tourists to the place.Speaking to ANI, Archana Chaubey, a visitor said, “These birds are adding to the beauty of these Ganga ghats. We are feeling very good looking at these beautiful birds.” “Siberian birds are here. This is a very beautiful view. Birds have come in a flock and adding to the beauty of Ganga ghat,” another visitor, Anushka said. Devendra, one more visitor from Mumbai who was also present at the ghat said, “I am not able to explain the beauty of this scene. It’s so amazing that we are also taking their pictures and selfies with them.” Sammu, a local vendor at…

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Supreme Court directs states to file report on steps taken to curb pollution in Delhi-NCR

New Delhi [India]: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab governments to explain steps taken by them in compliance with directions issued by Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region (NCR) and adjoining areas to curb air pollution and sought compliance reports from them.A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant directed the Centre to respond to issues related to construction activities including the Central Vista project under its domain. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the petitioner, that construction activities for big projects like the Central Vista are going on in full swing and such a project cannot be “more important than the lives of citizens”.To this, the Bench observed, “The question is how we are struggling as to how to control the pollution and whether…

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Do not panic, it is being tracked, checked regularly: CM Bommai on Omicron

Davanagere (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai on Monday asked people not to panic about the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’, and suggested them to follow covid precautionary measures strictly.“People should not be afraid of the new COVID-19 variant. It is being tracked and checked regularly,” the chief minister said. The government is taking strict measures to prevent new variant. The city airport is tightened with precautionary measures and the students coming from Kerala are being advised to take a covid-19 negative report, Bommai said.Speaking further, the chief minister said the districts have been instructed to avoid gatherings. The state government is also constantly in touch with experts and with the Central government from time to time.Asked about the possibility for a covid booster dose for state people, Bommai said “it should be directed by the Central government. The action will be taken according…

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Rajasthan set to witness line of festivals starting with Kumbhalgarh festival

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] : Rajasthan will be witnessing a line of festivals for tourists visiting the desert state in winters, starting from the Kumbhalgarh festival from December 1.As per the state tourism department, “the Ranakpur Jawai Bandh Utsav to commence from December 22 in Pali district and Sharad Utsav of Mount Abu on December 30-31 will mark the last of official tourism event of the year 2021. However, more such events stand to entice visitors in the months to follow.” “These festivities reflect upon the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan… The tourists too continue to express immense enthusiasm for the events and the same was witnessed in the recently concluded festivals, the Bundi Utsav of Bundi and Matsay Utsav in Alwar district,” said the official release.“Rajasthan is a land of all seasons and pulsates with festivities all year long. In winters the vast expanses…

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Bypoll to Rajya Sabha seat in Kerala underway

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India] : The bypoll to one Rajya Sabha seat in Kerala is underway after the seat fell vacant following the resignation of Kerala Congress (M) leader Jose K Mani.Mani had resigned after his party quit the alliance with the United Democratic Front (UDF) and joined the Left Democratic Front (LDF). Mani is contesting as an LDF candidate and UDF is fielding Dr Sooranad Rajasekharan as its candidate. LDF candidate Jose K Mani is likely to win as the Left has 99 legislators in the state legislative Assembly. Opposition UDF has 99 MLAs.Minister for food and civil supplies G R Anil has cast the first vote in the by-election.The counting of votes will start at 5 pm today.Earlier this month, Kerala Congress (M) had announced its decision to field Jose K Mani as the Left Democratic Front candidate for the Rajya Sabha election.The…

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Manish Tewari moves adjournment motion in Lok Sabha

New Delhi [India] : Congress MP Manish Tewari on Monday has moved an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss “to direct the government to create a record of farmers who lost their lives during farm laws protest and give compensation to their families”.In his letter to Seceretary-General, Lok Sabha, Tewari said, “I hereby give notice of my intention to ask for leave to move a motion for the adjournment of the business of the house for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent importance, namely :- The government recently decided to repeal the three farm laws namely the The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act against which the farmers have been protesting for the past one year.” He…

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Delhi Education Minister releases list of 250 govt-run schools, challenges his Punjab counterpart to release the same

New Delhi [India]: As the debate between the Education Ministers of Delhi and Punjab over schools, quality of education in their respective states continues, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday released a list of 250 Delhi-government run schools in the national capital and challenged his Punjab counterpart Pargat Singh to release a list of 250 schools run by his government.“It is a matter of happiness that the issue of education has become a part of electoral politics and whatever has happened in Delhi government schools during the last five to six years has forced other political parties to talk about education as well. When Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal talked about education in Punjab, the education minister Pargat Singh said that no work in education had taken place in Delhi but a lot of work has taken place in his…

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TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee lauds party for its performance in Tripura civic body polls

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Trinamool Congress (TMC) General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday lauded his party’s performance in the Tripura civic body elections, adding that it was exceptional for TMC to emerge as a principal opposition in the state in spite of having negligible presence in the state at the beginning.“It is exceptional for a party beginning with negligible presence to successfully contest municipal elections and emerge as the PRINCIPAL OPPOSITION in the state with more than 20% vote share (1/2),” said Banerjee in his tweet. He congratulated the Tripura unit of the party for their efforts in the elections and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had ‘left no stone unturned to butcher democracy in Tripura’.“This is despite the fact that we commenced our activities barely 3 months ago and @BJP4Tripuraleft no stone unturned to BUTCHER DEMOCRACY in Tripura. Congratulations to all…

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Tripura Civic Polls: JP Nadda congratulates state CM, BJP workers over its landslide victory

New Delhi [India]: After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept Tripura Civic elections on Sunday, party National President JP Nadda congratulated Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and other BJP workers over the landslide victory.Speaking to the media, Nadda said, “BJP has got a landslide victory in Tripura Civic elections today. I congratulate the Chief Minister, State BJP President Manik Saha, other party workers and people of the state.” The National BJP President said that this victory in the local bodies of Tripura is a symbol of people’s faith and trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public welfare scheme.“BJP’s victory is a symbol of people’s faith in PM Modi’s public welfare policies and the double engine government’s commitment towards the development of the state. This is the victory of the people of the state, the victory of democracy,” Nadda said.He further said that the double engine…

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PM Modi announces ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for kin of deceased in Nadia’s road accident

New Delhi [India], November 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the road accident in West Bengal’s Nadia district on Sunday. “The injured will also be given Rs 50,000 each,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a tweet.“The Prime Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the road accident in Nadia, West Bengal. Rs. 50,000 would be given to the injured,” the PMO India tweeted. As per the police officials, at least 18 people were killed and 5 others injured in a road accident that took place in West Bengal’s Phulbari area of Nadia district.…

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TMC raises 10 issues including women’s reservation bill in all-party meet

New Delhi [India] : In an all-party meet convened ahead of the winter session of Parliament, the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) raised ten issues including the Women’s reservation bill to be brought in this session of parliament.Sources told ANI that the TMC leader demanded from centre to “bring women’s reservation bill in this winter session of Parliament and not bulldoze bills without screening by the opposition.” “Issues like Unemployment, Price Rise of Essentials/Fuel Prices, the law on MSP, weakening of the federal structure and stop disinvestment of profitable PSUs were raised by TMC in the meet,” said the source.“TMC Leader also raised the issue of BSF jurisdiction that is increased in West Bengal, Pegasus Issue, disrupted Monsoon session and Covid-19 situation in Country” source added.TMC’S floor leaders of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Derek O’Brien respectively were present at the…

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AAP MP Sanjay Singh boycotts all-party meeting

New Delhi [India] : Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh on Sunday boycotted the all-party meeting alleging that the government never allows anyone to speak during the meet.“They (Government) don’t let any member speak during the all-party meeting. I raised the issue of bringing a law on the MSP guarantee in this session of the Parliament and other issues including the extension of Border Security Force’s jurisdiction, among others. They don’t let us speak in all-party meet and Parliament,” said Singh. “The government is busy with Jinnah and other issues, ignoring the core issues related to farmers and common man,” he added.An all-party meeting was called by the Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi on Sunday ahead of the winter session of Parliament.Leaders of various political parties including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and Leader of Congress in…

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Varanasi to become first Indian city to start ropeway service in public transportation

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Varanasi will become the first Indian city to start ropeway service as a mode of public transport, informed Deepak Agrawal, Divisional Commissioner of Varanasi on Sunday. Agrawal said, “City needed a public transport service, so as per the comprehensive mobility plan, the ropeway system was a viable option to improve traffic.” He added, “We have tendered the DPR sanction of the ropeway system and bidding proceedings will be completed by December 11. It will be based on a public-private partnership (PPP) model with a capacity of 4,500.”“Initially, it will be a 3.45 km stretch covering Cantt Railway Station, Sajan Tiraha, Rathyatra, and Girja Ghar Chauraha. We have taken a 24 month period for the completion of this project,” he said.

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Govt fully committed to boosting tourism potential of Meghalaya

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the Government of India is fully committed to boosting the tourism potential of Meghalaya.His comments came on a special tune composed by the villagers of Kongthong, which was recommended by the Ministry of Tourism for the UNWTO Best Tourism Village entry from India. “Grateful to the people of Kongthong for this kind gesture. The Government of India is fully committed to boosting the tourism potential of Meghalaya. And yes, have also been seen great pictures of the recent Cherry Blossom Festival in the state. Looks beautiful,” PM Modi tweeted.The video of the special tune was posted on Twitter by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.“Hon’ble PM [?][?][?]@narendramodi[?] Ji, please accept this special tune composed by the villagers of Kongthong in your honour & in appreciation of GoI’s efforts in promoting the village as…

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People of Gujarat need not worry on Covid New Variant: Gujarat Health Minister

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India]: Gujarat Health Minister Rushikesh Patel on Saturday assured the people of the state that there is no need to worry about another COVID-19 wave as the state government is well prepared and has increased preparedness by 2.5 times.“We are well prepared, irrespective of whether a third wave hits India or not. From oxygen cylinders, ventilators to beds, arrangements have been increased by 2.5 times. Be it third, fourth, or fifth wave, it won’t affect us. People of Gujarat need not worry,” the state’s health minister told ANI. His statement comes amid rising concern over the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, that was first detected in South Africa.“Omicron cases have been reported in 7-8 nations, we have made an action plan for travellers from the said nations. Travellers from Hong Kong, South Africa, Botswana will be screened at the airport and quarantined as…

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Arvind Kejriwal challenges Punjab CM to show around 1,000 electricity bills with zero amount

Mohali (Punjab) [India]: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday hit out at Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi over his announcement of free electricity to the state and challenged him to show around 1,000 electricity bills with zero amount.Addressing a public gathering in Punjab’s Mohali district today, Kejriwal said, “I made an announcement of providing free electricity to Punjab if AAP government comes to power. Channi also said that the electricity has been made free in Punjab.” “I ask you (people) if you all have access to free electricity? Who all have received the electricity bill with zero amount? I challenge Punjab Chief Minister that just show me around 1,000 electricity bill with zero amount bill as evidence,” Kejriwal said.Kejriwal who is also Delhi Chief Minister said that the AAP government in the national capital has provided free electricity to…

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Tamil Nadu rains: Several areas submerge in floodwater in Chennai

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Several areas in Chennai have been partially submerged in floodwater after torrential rains over the past few days on Saturday. “We are suffering due to rain for the past few days. The water level has come to 4 feet. We are finding difficulties in getting food as we are not able to move out,” Ananth, a local said.Earlier in the day, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhawan in Chennai. He briefed the Governor about the rain situation and ongoing relief and restoration work in the rain-affected areas in the state. Nagapattinam and Cuddalore are the most affected districts due to the incessant rain. Chennai Meteorological Department on Friday had given a red alert to all coastal districts till today and an orange alert to the adjacent districts. (ANI)

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Gujarat announces new rules for international flyers amid concerns over ‘Omicron’

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India]: Amid the rise in concern due to the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’, the Gujarat Government has mandated RT-PCR testing for travellers landing at the airport from Europe, Brazil, South Africa, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and Hong Kong.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, earlier in the day, chaired a meeting with top officials on the COVID-19 situation and said that the country needs to be proactive in light of the new variant while laying emphasis on the precautions to contain the virus. PM Modi was briefed about the Covid-19 situation across the world, including the new Variant of Concern ‘Omicron’ along with its characteristics and the impact seen in various countries, as per the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).He further highlighted the need for monitoring all international arrivals, their testing as per guidelines, with a specific focus on countries identified ‘at…

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Son Of Daily Wage Earner Clears NEET, will be the First Doctor In His Village

KSHVID desk team with inputs from agencies Time and again it has been proven how there is no dream impossible if one is hard working and dedicated. A son of a daily wage earner’s son named Dudhuram proved that after clearing the test this year.  Dudharam who is a resident of Kamthai village of Sindhari tehsil in Barmer, Rajasthan will now become a primary physician from his village after scoring 626 marks out of 720 within the NEET UG 2021 examination.  Now, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is an exam that makes you eligible to become a doctor. So, obviously, it is one of the most difficult exams to crack after you’re done with your Class 12th boards. While many students take coaching for years for such exams, Dudhuram had to face hardships because he has a weak financial background.  According to sources, Dudhuram’s family consists of five…

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Tamil Nadu rains: CM Stalin to meet Governor RN Ravi today to discuss flood situation

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin will meet Governor RN Ravi on Saturday to discuss the situation in the state due to continuous and heavy rainfall, informed the Chief Minister’s Office.Nagapattinam and Cuddalore are the most affected districts due to the incessant rain.Chennai Meteorological Department on Friday had given a red alert to all coastal districts till today and an orange alert to the adjacent districts.

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NIA to take over Manipur ambush case, proposal under consideration in MHA

New Delhi [India]: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will soon take over the Manipur ambush case, which has claimed the life of an Assam Rifles Colonel, his wife and child as well as four of his colleagues, from the state police. An official in the Ministry of Home Affairs told ANI that a proposal sent by the NIA linked to the case has been received and is under consideration.The official said that the MHA will issue an order to the NIA any time this week or next, giving authority to the anti-terror agency to take over, re-register the case and start its probe in it.A senior NIA official also confirmed to ANI that the agency sent a proposal to the MHA last week to issue a formal order to take over the Manipur ambush case from the state police.On November 13, the insurgents ambushed…

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Karnataka CM Bommai orders probe into alleged irregularities in tender processes by govt depts

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday constituted two committees to be headed by retired Judges to scrutinise the alleged kickbacks by the Karnataka State Contractors’ Association in the tender processes and estimation of amounts by the government departments and ordered a probe to ensure transparency in the process, said the Chief Minister.Karnataka State Contractors’ Association in July this year submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that the contractors are forced to pay more than 40 percent of the project cost as a bribe to the government officers, concerned Ministers, legislators, Lok sabha members and other officials of the concerned departments. Speaking to media persons he said, “Chief Secretary has been instructed to take appropriate action if any irregularities have been committed in the tender process. I have instructed for special scrutiny into the tenders which have been finalised…

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MK Stalin requests Scindia for temporary air bubble arrangement with Singapore, Malaysia to facilitate Tamil diaspora

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin wrote to Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia requesting him to make a temporary air transport bubble agreement with Singapore and Malaysia to resolve travel difficulties faced by the Tamil diaspora due to the Covid-19 pandemic.He said that a temporary air transport bubble agreement with Singapore and Malaysia is essential to facilitate the movement of Tamils who have permanent residentship and other travellers back to these countries after they came to India. “Tamils who are having permanent residentship of Singapore and Malaysia and other travellers from our state who made their trip to India during the pandemic period are facing hardship for their return journey due to the non-availability of direct flight services,” Stalin said in the letter.“They have to travel through Dubai, Doha and Colombo which is causing serious inconvenience and financial burden…

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Mughal road in Agra renamed as ‘Maharaja Agrasen Road’

Agra (Uttar Pradesh): Mughal Road in Agra was rechristened as Maharaja Agrasen Marg on Thursday.“The upcoming generation should be inspired by prominent personalities,” said Agra Mayor Naveen Jain on the decision of renaming the street. He also said, “The Mughal Road in Agra has been renamed as Maharaja Agrasen road.He has thousands of followers in Kamla Nagar, Gandhinagar, Vijaynagar Colony, New Agra zone, Balkeshwar areas. They had come here on the occasion of renaming of the road and paid their tributes to him.”Maharaja Agrasen was a legendary king of Agroha, which was a city of traders. “Earlier, Sultanganj puliya was named after late Satya Prakash Vikal. Also, we had named the Ghatia Azam Khan road in Agra after late Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal,” he added.According to Jain, idols of great personalities will be set up in two parts of the state.“A statue…

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Will sit on hunger strike if files relating to sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib not opened: Navjot Singh Sidhu

Moga (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday said that he would sit on a hunger strike if chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi does not open files relating to sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib and the sale of intoxicants.Addressing a Congress workers’ meeting, Sidhu said that if the state government eliminates the sand mafia and liquor mafia and deposits tax to the government, then the state government can get rid of its debt to a great extent. He further said that the chief minister in the state has been changed so that the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib issue could be resolved and the sand and liquor mafia could be abolished. He announced that if the Punjab government does not take action, he would keep raising his voice.The state Congress president also took on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind…

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Delhi govt to give Rs 5,000 to workers affected due to ban on construction activities

New Delhi [India] : Delhi government will deposit Rs 5,000 each in bank accounts of construction workers who were affected by the ban on construction activities in the city due to air pollution, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday.“I have given an order today to deposit Rs 5,000 each in bank accounts of construction workers in view of a ban on construction activities due to air pollution. We will also provide compensation to workers for their loss according to their minimum wages,” Kejriwal told mediapersons here. Meanwhile, the air quality in Delhi plunged to the “very poor” category on Thursday, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) has dipped again from 280 on Sunday to 330 today. As per the SAFAR, the PM 10 levels was recorded at 327 in the ‘poor’…

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Congress failing to play role of main opposition party in country: Mukul Sangma

Shillong (Meghalaya) [India] : Stating that the country needs a Pan-India opposition party and the Indian National Congress (INC) is failing to fulfill the same, former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Thursday said that the Congress MLAs, who resigned from the party, has taken ‘conscious decision’ to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC).Addressing a press conference, senior Congress leader and former CM Sangma, “We have taken ‘conscious decision’ to march with the All India Trinamool Congress. This is the culmination of exhaustive due diligence and analysis. A complete sense of commitment towards serving the people has brought us to take this decision.” He further said, “In 2018, we were confident of winning the Assembly elections and forming the government, but we could not. We were the single largest party. Again, post-poll there were activities to poach our members. Later, the Congress party was reduced…

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Political stability, peace have been established in northeast

New Delhi [India] : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday lauded the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government for focusing on the northeast and said that political stability and peace have been established in the region and asserted that it will play a huge role in the development of the region.Shah also stated that it is time to invest in the Northeast region and empower it. While addressing an event at the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) virtually, the Union Home Minister said, “The Modi government has focused on the northeast region since it came to power. Today, the region is ready to play the role of contributor in the development of the country.”“The Northeast region consists of 8 per cent of the Indian landmass. The Northeast region of the country is one of the 18 biodiversity hotspots in the world, which should…

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12 of 17 Congress MLAs join Mamata Banerjee’s TMC in Meghalaya- Sources

New Delhi [India]: In a major blow to Congress in Meghalaya, as many as 12 of its 17 MLAs in the state joined Trinamool Congress, claim sources. “12 out of 17 Congress MLA from Meghalaya have joined Trinamool Congress,” claims Trinamool Congress sources.The party’s Meghalaya in-charge Manish Chatrath can go to Meghalaya on Thursday. Sources have informed that Chatrath has cancelled his Gujarat visit tomorrow. “Manish Chatrath postponed tomorrow’s visit to Surat in Gujarat, where he was scheduled to attend late Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s first death anniversary,” sources said. According to sources in Congress, Chatrath will soon give a full report to the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi. Notably, Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal on November 18 held a meeting at AICC headquarters in New Delhi, which was attended by Manish Chatrath to evaluate to party’s performance in the recently concluded by-polls in…

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Impossible to hold free, fair elections in absence of VVPAT, CCTV cameras: TMC on Tripura civic polls

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Elections for more than 200 seats in the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and other municipal bodies will be held on Thursday but Trinamool Congress Tripura unit Steering Committee head Subal Bhowmik has expressed apprehensions over free and fair polls, alleging the police continue to be a mute spectator on the incidents of violence against party candidates while lamenting that the Election Commission has not arranged voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) and closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for the polls.“In absence of the arrangement of VVPATs and CCTV cameras by the Election Commission, the holding of municipal polls has turned into a farce exercise. Such is the atmosphere made by the ruling government, it is shameful,” he added. He also said that the violence in the state against TMC workers continues in spite of directions from the Supreme Court to police to ensure…

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AAP govt will provide all benefits that a minister gets to common people, says Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday hit back at Opposition parties for calling his schemes freebies and said that “his government will provide all the benefits that a minister gets to common people”.Addressing the AAP’s legal cell annual programme in Delhi today, Kejriwal said, “I am happy that this team started with only two to four members but now there are many members in the team. In 2019, we introduced a scheme for Delhi’s advocates in which we give them medical and health insurance.” “During the COVID-19 pandemic, the lawyers of Delhi got the benefit of this scheme. There are about 122 lawyers who succumbed to coronavirus infection. Their families got Rs 10 lakh each as life insurance. About 1,210 lawyers got infected with COVID-19. Their expenses were borne by the Delhi government,” the AAP National Convener said.He further stated…

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SP-AAP alliance in the offing? Akhilesh Yadav meets Sanjay Singh

Lucknow [Uttar Pradesh] [India] : AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Wednesday met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow and sparked rumours of a possible alliance in the upcoming Assembly elections. Sources said, in the meeting which lasted for over an hour, both the leaders talked about focusing on uprooting BJP in the state. “I met Akhilesh Yadav and strategic discussion took place on common issues to free Uttar Pradesh from BJP. If our alliance is finalised, we will inform. As of now, no discussion took place about seat sharing,” Sanjay Singh said. Akhilesh Yadav, who has been touring extensively, is trying to tie up with as many regional and small parties in the state. Akhilesh and Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary on Tuesday met to discuss seat-sharing for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. “Badhte Kadam,” Chaudhary said on his official Twitter…

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Over 21.65 cr unutilized COVID-19 vaccine doses available with States, UTs

New Delhi [India] : The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Wednesday said that more than 21.65 crore balance and unutilized COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories to be administered.The ministry further stated that over 131crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to the states and UTs so far. “As many as 1,31,62,03,540 vaccine doses have been provided to States and UTs so far through Government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category. 21,65,09,916 balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs to be administered,” the ministry said.The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on June 21, 2021.The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning…

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Farmers to reach Delhi on 30 tractors, says Rakesh Tikait

New Delhi [India] : Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday said that as many as 500 farmers will reach Delhi on 30 tractors on November 29.He further stated that other details regarding the same will be disclosed after a meeting scheduled to take place on November 26, which marks the first anniversary of the farmers’ protest against the three farm laws, the repeal of which was recently announced by the Centre earlier this month. Speaking to ANI, Tikait said, “On November 29, 500 farmers will go to Delhi on 30 tractors. The details will be provided after a meeting on November 26, which will be marked as the first anniversary of our protest.”He further said, “We will withdraw our protest and will go home after the government accepts our demand for law on Minimum Support Price (MSP). We don’t have the intention…

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PM Modi to perform bhoomi pujan of UP’s Noida International Airport

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform the bhoomi pujan of the Noida International Airport (NIA) at Jewar in the NCR region on November 25.The airport is being developed by Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of the project’s Swiss concessionaire Zurich International Airport AG. Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd (YIAPL) is developing Noida International Airport under the PPP model in close partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of India. With the construction of the airport, it is being expressed that the job opportunities will open in the state.“YIAPL is committed to building a world-class airport in India which will play the role of a catalyst for the economic growth of India & Uttar Pradesh. The investment in Noida International Airport (NIA) will fuel the economy in NCR, Greater Noida, and the…

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Uttarakhand elections: BJP leadership to meet today in Dehradun

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India]: Ahead of the scheduled Assembly elections in Uttarakhand, the BJP leadership will meet for a two-day convention which will commence in Dehradun on Wednesday.The party in charge of elections in Uttarakhand Pralhad Joshi, co in-charges Locket Chatterjee and RP Singh, and state in-charge Dushyant Gautam will participate in the meeting. The core group of the 11 assemblies in the state will also meet to make strategies for the upcoming elections.The management group of the BJP is also scheduled to meet.The agenda of the meeting will include a discussion on the rallies to be addressed by the party leaders across the state.The Uttarakhand Assembly elections are scheduled for early next year.

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Shimla tops in NITI Aayog progress index for meeting sustainable development goals

New Delhi [India]: Shimla has topped the NITI Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) index that ranks 56 urban areas on progress towards meeting SDG indicators related to ending poverty, zero hunger, good health and well being, quality education, gender equality among others.In 2015, the UN General assembly set the target of meeting 17 SDG goals by 2030 and the latest index measures the urban centres on 15 out of the 17 goals. NITI Aayog launched the inaugural SDG Urban Index and Dashboard (2021-22) on Tuesday. The index and dashboard (2021-22) are a result of the NITI Aayog-GIZ and BMZ collaboration focused on driving SDG localization in our cities, under the umbrella of Indo-German Development Cooperation, said a press statement by NITI Ayog.A total of 56 urban areas were considered for computation. Out of the 56 urban areas, Shimla tops the Index followed by Coimbatore…

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Nirmala Sitharaman hands over sanction letters to 145 beneficiaries of credit-linked schemes

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : With the aim to promote entrepreneurship and boost employment in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman handed over sanction letters for Rs 306 crore to 145 beneficiaries of various credit-linked central schemes here on Tuesday.Sitharaman reached the Union Territory on Monday as part of the Centre’s outreach programme. On the second day of her visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the Finance Minister also announced a number of new schemes and initiatives for the union territory which included the launch of the Tejasvini and Hausala schemes of J&K Bank, Shikhar and Shikara schemes of Punjab National Bank (PNB) and SIDBI cluster development fund for Rs 200 crore.According to the Ministry of Finance, the Tejasvini scheme focuses on providing financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to girls between 18-35 years for starting their business. Shikhar…

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Ex-Congress leader Kirti Azad’s new journey, Joins TMC in Delhi

New Delhi [India] : Cricketer-turned-politician and Congress leader Kirti Azad joined Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday in the presence of party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here.“Cricketer-turned-politician, Shri @KirtiAzaad joined our Trinamool Congress family today, in the presence of our Chairperson @MamataOfficial and our National General Secretary @abhishekaitc We welcome him warmly and look forward to working together in this new journey!” AITC tweeted. After joining the TMC, Azad said that a personality like Mamata Banerjee is needed to show the country the right direction.“It makes me happy to say that under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, I will work for the development of the nation. Today, a personality like her is needed in the country who can show the country the right direction,” he stated.Azad was a part of the World Cup-winning Indian team in 1983. A cricketer-turned-politician, Azad was…

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Punjab polls: SAD, BSP exchange Mohali, Ludhiana North seats with Raikot, Dina Nagar

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Ahead of Punjab Assembly elections, Shiromani Akali Dal and Bahujan Samajwadi Party on Tuesday announced the exchange of Mohali and Ludhiana North seats with Raikot and Dina Nagar seats. Former Punjab Education Minister and SAD leader Dr Daljit S Cheema informed today that the total seat share of both parties remains the same.In a tweet, Cheema wrote, “The SAD President S Sukhbir Singh Badal and BSP President S Jasbir Singh Garhi have jointly announced the exchange of Mohali and Ludhiana North seats which were with BSP with Raikot and Dina Nagar seats which were earlier with SAD. The total seat share remains the same. Punjab is scheduled to go for Assembly polls in 2022. In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam…

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Gehlot’s adviser raises question over Pilot’s role

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] : Ramkesh Meena, an independent MLA, who has been appointed adviser to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot after the cabinet reshuffle, has said that there can be nothing worse for the Congress if the party has to go for 2023 polls under Sachin Pilot.Speaking to the media on Monday, Meena alleged that Pilot had been misleading the Congress high-command and has been running a campaign for over a year to ensure that independent MLAs and those from the BSP do not get a ministerial berth. “If we go to the polls under his (Sachin Pilot) leadership, I will meet high command and tell them that he already carried out a mutiny in Rajasthan by cancelling tickets and damaging the party. If we go to 2023 polls under him, there can be nothing worse for the party,” Meena said.“Depends on how the…

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Karnataka farmers facing crop loss due to rains will receive compensation by Nov 30

Dharwad (Karnataka) [India]: As the farmers of Dharwad face crop loss and damage to their houses due to unseasonal incessant rains in the region, Karnataka Minister and district-in-charge Shankar Patil Munenakoppa visited them and promised that the compensation ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh as per various government schemes will be paid to them by November 30. “Farmers are facing a lot of difficulties as their entire harvest is destroyed due to incessant rains in Dharwad. Compensation between Rs 50 thousand to 5 lakhs will be given to them as per various government schemes. Money will be deposited in farmers’ accounts by November 30,” said Munenakoppa on Monday.“Crops like chilli, cotton, chana are completely destroyed here as they were ready to cut. As per the initial reports I have received, around 1 lakh hectare of harvest is destroyed,” he added. Devendra, one…

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No Rohingya refugees residing in Kerala have association with ISIS: Kerala governmentt to SC

New Delhi [India]: The Kerala government on Monday told the Supreme Court that no Rohingya refugees residing in the state have been found to have any association with the Islamic State or Caliphate (ISIS).Kerala government told the apex court that no cross-border threat perception existed in Kerala and the state government is taking concrete steps to detect the overstaying foreigners who used forged travel documents or surreptitiously entered into the country. “No cross-border threat perception existed in Kerala, but the state is having a vast range of coastal areas. Strict instructions have been given to field officers concerned to maintain a close watch on the influx of illegal immigrants through the sea route, by the effective co-operation of Coastal Police, Kadalora Jagratha Samithi and Coast Guard,” stated the document filed by the Kerala government.Saying that Rohingyas in Kerala have no association with ISIS, the…

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SC expects West Bengal Speaker to decide on disqualification plea against Mukul Roy

New Delhi [India] : The Supreme Court on Monday said it expects the West Bengal Legislative Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee would take a call on the disqualification petition moved against Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Mukul Roy and posted the matter for hearing before it in the third week of January 2022.A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Hima Kohli also observed that there is a general practice of Speakers delaying the hearing of defection petitions under the Tenth Schedule of the constitution. “There are so many cases where there is a delay by the Speaker… We are told you stay away, let the Speaker decide,” Justice Rao observed.The apex court was hearing two separate appeals by the Assembly Speaker and the Secretary and the Returning Officer of West Bengal Assembly, against the Calcutta High Court order.The High Court had directed the Speaker to…

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BJP runs on cultural nationalism, democratic values while other parties function on dynasty : Nadda

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Hitting out at the Opposition parties, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda on Monday said that BJP runs on cultural nationalism and democratic values while the other parties function on dynasty and vote bank politics.Nadda was addressing the BJP booth president sammelan (convention) in Gorakhpur. Addressing party workers, Nadda said, “We should be proud that we are members of a party which has democracy at its core. It is the part where an ordinary worker coming from an ordinary family becomes the Chief Minister of the state and a worker like me becomes the president of the party.“BJP runs on cultural nationalism. Other political parties run on dynasty. We have the ideology of ‘Sabka Saath’ and those people (Opposition parties) do politics only for ‘vote bank’,” he stated.Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi…

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Mansukh Mandaviya urges states to formulate micro plans for Covid vaccination

New Delhi [India] : Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya virtually conducted a meeting on Monday to review the status of COVID-19 vaccination in Puducherry, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Manipur. “We are in the last lap of COVID19 vaccination. Let us launch an aggressive campaign to ensure full COVID-19 vaccination by increasing the pace of vaccination and expanding the coverage,” stated Mandaviya.The meeting was attended by the health secretaries and senior officials of the Health Department from Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Puducherry.According to the Union Health Ministry, these states and Union Territory have been reporting low vaccination coverage. While India’s first dose coverage is at 82 per cent and second dose coverage at 43 per cent, Puducherry (66 per cent, 39 per cent), Nagaland (49 per cent, 36 per cent), Meghalaya (57 per cent, 38 per cent) and Manipur (54 per cent, 36 per cent) lag…

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Arvind Kejriwal arrives in Moga to kickstart ‘Mission Punjab’

Amritsar (Punjab) [India] : In view of the 2022 Assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday arrived in Punjab on a two-day visit to the state and launch his ‘Mission Punjab’.Addressing media in Amritsar, Arvind Kejriwal said, “We will make big announcements for the women of Punjab and their empowerment in the party program in Moga.” Kejriwal further added, “In the evening, I will visit Ludhiana where I will talk to auto drivers.”In a statement issued by the party headquarters on Sunday, AAP Punjab state president and MP Bhagwant Mann said that from today Kejriwal will arrive in Punjab to launch ‘Mission Punjab’, where he will visit various places in Punjab in the next one month and announce the party’s programmes for the state and its people.in view of the upcoming Assembly elections in 2022.On…

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Suspicious bag triggers bomb scare at Agartala airport

Agartala (Tripura) [India] : A suspicious bag was found at the Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) airport in Agartala, airport authorities said on Monday.A bomb squad and airport security were rushed to the spot to look for possible explosives. “A suspicious bag has been found in Agartala Airport at around 9:45 am. Someone has left the bag on the site which led to suspicion that it could contain explosives. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) team has cordoned off the whole premises and entry-exit routes have been modified. The disposal team is at work and the airport Director shall brief the press shortly,” said MBB Airport Manager Jempu Hoakip.The incident was reported amid political violence and a BJP-TMC faceoff in Tripura.Meanwhile, TMC’s National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee is scheduled to hold a roadshow in Agartala city today.The Tripura Police had denied permission to Bharatiya Janata…

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Neither BJP nor TMC permitted to hold rallies in Agartala

Agartala (Tripura) [India] : The Tripura Police said that no permission has been granted either to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or All India Trinamool Congress for organizing a roadshow or rally in Agartala on Monday.However, permission for street corner meetings has been granted to both parties. Tripura is headed for civic polls on November 25.“No permission for roadshow/rally either for BJP or TMC in Agartala today. Permission for street corner meets granted to both. TMC hasn’t intimated to us the time when they’re going to organise the street corner meet,” Sub Divisional Police Officer, Sadar, Ramesh Yadav said.The police official said that the permissions for rallies were denied in view of the escalating tensions in the city.TMC’s National General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee was supposed to hold a roadshow in Agartala city today.Tensions in Tripura increased after violent incidents in the run-up to the…

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Pratap Banerjee appointed BJP’s Kolkata Municipal Corporation poll management panel in-charge

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party President Sukanata Majumdar on Sunday appointed State Vice President, Pratap Banerjee as the in-charge of Kolkata Municipal Corporation Election Management Committee.“Pratap Banerjee, State Vice President has been appointed as In-charge of upcoming Kolkata Municipal Corporation Election Management Committee of Bharatiya Janata Party, WB,” party state president Sukanata Majumdar said in a statement on Sunday.

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No role of BJP in attacks on TMC, investigation underway, says Tripura Minister

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: The state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has distanced itself from the attacks on Trinamool Congress workers and the house of TMC steering committee state head Subal Bhowmik in Tripura and categorically denied any involvement of BJP workers in the attacks.The Party, on the other hand, accused the TMC of plotting everything in connivance with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Congress. The tensions in Tripura increased after violent incidents in the run-up to the elections to the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and 12 other municipal bodies slated for November 25.Senior BJP leader and Minister of Higher Education Ratanlal Nath on Sunday said that CPIM, Congress and TMC hatched a well-orchestrated conspiracy to defame, demean and tarnish the image of Tripura at the national as well as the international level in order to show BJP in a bad light.Addressing the reporters…

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If elected to power, AAP will build schools and provide jobs to youth in Uttarakhand, says Arvind Kejriwal

Haridwar (Uttarakhand) [India]: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that if elected to power, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will build good schools and provide employment to youth in the state.He was addressing the gathering during a roadshow in Haridwar. “We have built great schools in Delhi. We are not doing any baseless talk. Give us a chance and we will build great schools in Uttarakhand too and also give employment to the youth,” said Kejriwal.He also promised that if given a chance to come in power, the party will provide great healthcare infrastructure in the state in form of hospitals and mohalla clinics.Kejriwal promised that if elected to power, the party will arrange free visits to the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya for the people in the state.“We have done this in Delhi. Give us a chance and we will do the same…

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Drugs-on-cruise case: Bombay HC’s recent order raises suspicions of attempted extortion from accused

New Delhi [India] : Reacting to the Bombay High Court’s recent order in the drugs-on-cruise case, senior advocate and Rajya Sabha MP Mahesh Jethmalani said that the case against Aryan Khan and others was grossly exaggerated which raises the suspicion of attempted extortion from the accused.“Crystal clear from the Bombay High Court’s verdict that the case against Aryan Khan and others was grossly exaggerated. The young man has needlessly spent 25 days instead of one day at worst. The overkill only enhances suspicions of attempted extortion from the accused,” the senior lawyer tweeted. The Bombay High Court, in its order issued on Saturday, had said that there is “hardly any positive evidence” against Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha, who were arrested in the drugs-on-cruise case, for the offence of conspiracy under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.The Court also noted that…

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BJP demands NIA probe into killing of RSS workers in Palakkad

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India] : The BJP will organise a protest across the state on November 25 demanding a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the killing of RSS workers in Palakkad and Thrissur.At a press conference, BJP state general secretary P Sudheer alleged that SDPI was behind these murders. “The Left government is supporting the SDPI and it should end. We are demanding the state government to hand over both cases to the NIA. On November 25, the BJP will organise a march to all collectorates in the state demanding the NIA probe into the killing of RSS workers in Palakkad and Thrissur. In Thiruvananthapuram, the protest will be held before the secretariat,” he said.A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker was hacked to death in Kerala’s Palakkad district, police said on November 15. According to the police, the deceased identified as S Sanjith was…

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Income Tax Dept conducts searches in premises of real estate group in Gujarat

New Delhi [India] : The Income Tax Department on Thursday raided more than 20 premises of a Gujarat-based group engaged in the manufacturing of chemicals and the development of the real estate.The search operation was spread over Vapi and Sarigam in Gujarat, Silvassa and also in Mumbai. According to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), a large number of incriminating evidence in the form of documents, diary notings and digital data showing earning of huge unaccounted income by the group and its investment in assets have been found and seized.The evidences clearly indicate evasion of taxable income by adopting various modus-operandi such as suppression of production, use of bogus purchase invoices without actual delivery of the goods to inflate purchases, availing of bogus GST (Goods and Services Tax) credit, claim of bogus commission expenses, etc. The assessee group has also received on-money in…

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Rajasthan Cabinet reshuffle: Oath taking ceremony begins

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India] : Oath-taking ceremony to induct 15 new ministers in Rajasthan Assembly began on Sunday afternoon.Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s “loyalists” MLAs Hemaram Choudhary, Murari Lal Meena, Zahida Khan, Rajendra Singh Gudha and Brijendra Ola, will be part of the cabinet of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot after the reshuffle. Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra shared a list of 15 MLAs who will take oath on Sunday. He said three ministers will be elevated to cabinet rank.“Many many congratulations to all the new MLAs of Rajasthan cabinet and all the three ministers promoted from minister of state to cabinet minister,” Dotasra said in a tweet that had a list of 15 MLAs.Others in the list are Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, Shakuntala Rawat, Govind Ram Meghwal, Mahesh Joshi and Ramlal Jat, Vishvendra Singh, Mamta Bhupesh, Tikaram Juli, Govind Ram Meghwal and Shakuntala Rawat.Murari Lal Meena,…

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If AAP forms govt in Uttarakhand, will begin Tirth Yatra Yojana : Kejriwal

Haridwar (Uttarakhand) [India] : Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced in Haridwar that AAP will start free ‘Tirth Yatra Yojana’ in Uttarakhand just like in Delhi if voted to power in the upcoming assembly elections.“When AAP forms government in Uttarakhand, we’ll begin Tirth Yatra Yojana here just like in Delhi,” Kejriwal said. “We’ll facilitate free ‘darshan’ of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. For Muslims, we’ll have the provision of visiting Ajmer Sharif and for Sikhs to Kartarpur Sahib. It’ll be free,” he added.AAP chief has made a similar announcement earlier in poll-bound Goa if voted power in that state.Delhi government runs a “Mukhya Mantri Teerth Yatra Yojana” under which senior citizens are provided travel by AC trains and stay in AC hotels for free.Delhi residents above the age of 60 are covered under this scheme.Earlier today, on his…

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Police Commissionerate system will now be implemented in Bhopal, Indore

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India] : Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said that the Police Commissionerate system will now be implemented in Bhopal and Indore.Sharing information about the implementation of the Police Commissionerate system in Bhopal and Indore, Shivraj Singh Chouhan told, “The law and order situation in the state is better, the police are doing a good job. The police and administration together have done many achievements, but the urban population is increasing rapidly”. “The metropolis is also expanding geographically and the population is also increasing continuously. Hence some new problems of law and order are arising. We have decided to solve them and to control the criminals. We are implementing Police Commissionerate system in two big metropolitan cities of the state, in the capital Bhopal and in the clean city of Indore in order to better control the crime,”…

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Higher allocation for sports in next budget, says Karnataka CM Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has assured here that the state government would provide higher allocation for sports in the next budget.Addressing the inauguration of the Indian National League by Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot on Saturday, the chief minister said the government is giving greater thrust for sports and has decided to adopt sportspersons for Paris Olympics. “Our government is giving greater thrust for sports. We have decided to adopt 75 sportspersons from different games to prepare them for Paris Olympics to be held in 2024. We have identified them. We are going to train them, take care of their education, and will get the best of the coaches. We want to see that out of 75 at least 5 of them win medals at Paris Olympics. In the coming budget, we will increase the allocation for sports,” Bommai said.The Chief Minister…

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Court issues summons to BJP leaders in defamation case filed by Delhi Jal Board

New Delhi [India]: A Delhi Court has issued summons to Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Adesh Gupta, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, Vijendra Gupta and Harish Khurana in a defamation case filed by Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and Raghav Chadda (Vice Chairman, DJB).The Delhi Jal Board and its vice-chairman Raghav Chadda had moved a defamation complaint alleging that all respondents in furtherance of their common intention indulged in malicious campaign to tarnish the image or reputation of both complainants in the matter. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh in an order passed on November 18, 2021, said, “This court is of the considered view that in the present case there are sufficient grounds for proceedings against respondents.”“In view of allegations made in the complaint, testimonies of witnesses and material brought on record by them, this court is prima facie satisfied that there are sufficient grounds…

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Varun Gandhi urges PM Modi to take ‘immediate decision’ on farmers’ demand

New Delhi [India] : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi on Saturday welcomed the Centre’s decision to repeal the three farm laws and has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to “immediately” take a decision on the farmers’ demand for a law on minimum support price (MSP) and their other demands.“I welcome the announcement of withdrawing three agricultural laws,” said the BJP leader in a Tweet today. He further said, “It is my humble request that now the demand for making a law on MSP and other issues should also be decided immediately so that the farmer brothers should return home respectfully after ending the agitation,” he added.“I have sent a letter to the respected Prime Minister in this regard,” he added.The BJP leader’s remarks came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm…

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Memorial in the name of farmers’ agitation will be set up in Punjab

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on repealing of the three farm laws, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday announced that a memorial in the name of all the farmers from the state who lost their lives during the farmers’ agitation will be set up in the state.“A memorial in the name of farmers’ agitation will be set up in State,” said Channi on Friday. “After Independence, if there was any big struggle, it was this (farmers’ agitation against three farm laws) which strengthened the democratic system in the country,” he added.Blaming the Centre for “thrusting” the farm laws on the farmers the Chief Minister in an official statement said, “The BJP led Central government should admit on record to have made a Himalayan blunder in bringing these bills for which it hardly bothered to even relent for…

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TDP condemns derogatory language used against Chandrababu Naidu in presence of speaker

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) National spokesperson, GV Reddy has stated that the party condemns outrightly the derogatory language used against Former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on the floor of the house in presence of the Speaker.Speaking to ANI on Friday, the spokesperson said that such language is outside the ambit of a democratic system and people will not spare this kind of language. “Such language is outside the ambit of a democratic system and people will not spare against this kind of language. But YSRCP Members regular practice is to divert their failures with personal derogatory language against the opponents,” he said.Reddy said that the ruling YSRCP government wants to deprive their voice against their failures in the Government.“Ruling YSRCP is unable to digest the sharp recovery of TDP in the recent local body Elections and they want to deprive our…