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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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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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CM MK Stalin meets Governor RN Ravi to discuss situation on rains

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhawan in Chennai on Saturday.Stalin briefed the Governor about the rain situation and ongoing relief and restoration work in the rain-affected areas in the state. As many as eight people have died due to heavy rainfall in the state, said the state revenue and disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachandran.Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Chinglepet and one in Kanchipuram.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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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: 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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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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Will quit politics if I fail to defeat Tripura CM, his ‘intimidation tactics’, says Abhishek Banerjee

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Tripura ahead of the civic polls, Trinamool Congress (TMC) general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Monday said he will quit politics if fails to defeat Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his “tactics of intimidation”.Addressing a press conference here, Banerjee said, “BJP has let loose a reign of terror from yesterday as they have already sensed that their days are numbered in government. I will quit politics if I fail to defeat Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his tactics of intimidation.” The TMC MP said democracy is under attack in Tripura. “If voters can exercise their franchise freely, which is quite unlikely given the prevailing situation, BJP will fail to open its account in next Assembly polls,” Banerjee said.The TMC MP urged the people not to get scared of BJP…

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CM Bommai announces release of compensation to farmers for crop damage due to rains

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Following his visit to the rain-affected areas of Karnataka’s Chikkaballapur district on Sunday, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has announced compensation for the farmers and the people who have lost their houses after reviewing the assessment of the damage caused by incessant rains in various parts of the state which claimed the lives of 24 people.The Chief Minister announced some measures to provide immediate relief to the suffering families. Bommai has ensured the provision of more funds if necessary besides the amount of Rs689cr that is available with the District Collectors under the NDRF fund, sources said.The chief minister instructed the Officers of the Agriculture department at all levels to engage themselves in conducting surveys of crop losses.He also instructed to release Rs79cr towards clearing the compensation due for 79000 farmers that are pending. Notably, the crops in 3.43 lakh hectares were…

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After Cabinet reshuffle, Rajasthan govt appoints six MLAs as advisors to CM Ashok Gehlot

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: After the Cabinet reshuffle today, the Rajasthan government on Sunday evening appointed six MLAs as advisors to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.The six MLAs are Jitendra Singh, Babulal Nagar, Rajkumar Sharma, Sanyam Lodha, Ramkesh Meena and Danish Abrar. In a much-awaited Rajasthan cabinet reshuffle, as many as 15 ministers– 11 of cabinet rank and four ministers of state– were inducted into Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s cabinet on Sunday afternoon.The ministers were administered the oath of office by Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra at Raj Bhavan here.Eleven Cabinet ministers are Hemaram Choudhary, Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya, Ramlal Jat, Mahesh Joshi, Vishvendra Singh, Ramesh Meena, Mamta Bhupesh Bairwa, Bhajanlal Jatav, Tikaram Juli, Govind Ram Meghwal and Shakuntala Rawat. Zahida Khan, Brijendra Singh Ola, Rajendra Gudda and Murari Lal Meena were sworn in as Ministers of State.

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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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Naveen Patnaik inaugurates smart health card distribution in Dhenkanal, Anugul

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated the distribution of smart health cards under ‘Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana’ in Dhenkanal and Anugul districts. Around 10 lakh people in each district will benefit from the scheme.On the occasion, the Chief Minister said that these Smart Health Card under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana is a strong step towards the “healthy Odisha and a happy Odisha”. “Everyone has the right to live life with dignity and this health card assured the same. I am very happy to the people of Anugul and Dhenkanal District,” Patnaik said.Along with the distribution of Health Cards, the Chief Minister has also launched various development projects in both districts, worth Rs 880 crore projects for the Dhenkanal district and Rs 1176 crore for Anugul.Launching development projects in Anugul, Patnaik said, “State government is now focusing to provide…

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Entire state knows how frustrated Chandrababu Naidu is, says Andhra CM Reddy

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: After Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu accused the ruling YSRCP of personally targetting the leaders of his party, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minster Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday hit back at Naidu saying the entire state knows “how frustrated Naidu is”.The chief minister said that the citizens have rejected Naidu and he has lost the Kuppam municipal corporation which is his home constituency. The TDP has lost power in the legislative council as well. He took a jibe at Naidu and said that he is not understanding what he is doing, saying or behaving.Reddy claimed that Naidu himself had instigated people in the house by talking about unnecessary, unrelated and unwarranted subjects, and now when people have reacted, he is behaving this way.He said that the TDP and Naidu had started it all.Earlier in the day, Naidu…

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Karnataka CM mulls setting up exclusive financial institution for women entrepreneurs

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said that the state government is talking to the finance department about creating financial institution exclusively for women entrepreneurs that would cater to the needs of women from Sthree Shakthi Sanghas in villages to big women entrepreneurs.Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the “Together We Grow” conclave organised by UBUNTU as part of the International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Bommai said, “I have a thought for a long time. All Sthree Shakthi Sanghas are given seed money to engage in different activities.” “We need a greater financial institution to help them or any woman entrepreneur. So I am talking to the finance department to create a financial institution exclusively for women entrepreneurs that would cater to Sthree Shakti Sangha in a village to major projects which women can handle,” Bommai stated.“Woman means entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship means…

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“Delayed but welcome step”

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday said that the Centre’s decision to repeal all three farm laws is delayed but is a welcome step.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 the past one and half years.” The Chief Minister said that incidents like Lakhimpur Kheri in UP, which happened during the struggle “has put a slur on the fair name of democracy and the people will never forgive BJP led Central government for its misdeeds.”Pointing out further, Channi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should compensate the farmers adequately “for the humungous losses of life and property suffered by…

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Karnataka set to upgrade 250 primary health centres this year, 250 more next year, says CM Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that the state is set to upgrade 250 primary health centres this year and 250 more next year with assistance from the union government.According to a press release by the Chief Minister’s Office on Wednesday, a permanent Healthcare Vision Document with a long term perspective would be formulated for the state. Speaking after inaugurating the new 350-bed cardiac care hospital built by Infosys Foundation in the premises of Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research Centre Bommai said the health infrastructure in the state would be ramped up. Action would be taken to build speciality hospitals, and Cardiac, Cancer hospitals at the Divisional level in the coming days.“The 21st century is the century of Knowledge. Infosys Foundation is giving back what it got from society by building this 350-bed hospital. The new hospital would help…

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Uddhav Thackeray: From wildlife photography to Maharashtra’s top job

By Subhro Majumder The youngest of Balasaheb Thackeray’s three sons, Uddhav Thackeray, now 59, was happy pursuing his passion for wildlife photography when the Shiv Sena-BJP government came to power for the first time in 1995. A quiet person by nature, whenever party workers urged him to deliver a speech, he would pass on the responsibility to his charismatic cousin Raj. However, when his eldest brother Bindumadhav died in a road accident in 1996, Thackeray came to stay with his father at Matoshree, where Smita Thackeray, wife of second brother Jaidev, called the shots. Thackeray’s interest in politics, began only in 1999 when the Sena-BJP lost to the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party combine. In the next five years, he emerged as Balasaheb’s chosen heir and was appointed executive president of the party in 2003. Thackeray may have been shy and soft-spoken, but had very clear…

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates 130 high schools with better facilities in 5 districts

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday inaugurated 130 high schools with better facilities under the 5T School transformation program of the state government.These transformed schools have been inaugurated in five districts including Nuapada, Ganjam, Sambalpur, Rayagada, and Nayagarh. A total of 531 schools have been dedicated so far. The Chief Minister said, “competitive spirit is essential for achieving excellence, the environment in schools after the transformation has boosted the competitive spirit among the students.”Patnaik asked students to take full advantage of the transformation in the education system in the state.The Chief Minister further said, “the future of the country is being shaped in schools.”“School time is one of the most important times in a child’s life, so it is our responsibility to create opportunities for the development of their skills,” he said.Patnaik said, “he wishes to see children excel in…

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Strong Centre-states relationships needed to build strong nation, says Basavaraja Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday stressed on strong Centre-State relations and good inter-state ties for the development of federal democracy.Hailing the Southern Zone Chief Minister’s conference, chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Bommai said the zonal council serves as a platform for resolving disputes between central and state governments and among states in the zone “in the true spirit of federalism.” “Strong Centre-states are needed to build a strong nation. Many issues which have eluded a solution for many years could be resolved if we work with a spirit of cooperation,” the Chief Minister said.“It was inevitable for the southern states to work with the true spirit of cooperative federalism as enunciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the states were geographical interconnected. The states need to come and work together, then only the country could develop,” Bommai…

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Odisha CM Patnaik inaugurates 138 schools in 4 districts on children’s day

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: On the occasion of children’s day, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated 138 schools in four districts including Boudh, Sonpur, Bhadrak and Kendujhar under 5T School transformation program.In the first phase of the 5T School Transformation program, 1,075 schools in 30 districts of the state have been completed, out of which a total of 330 transformed schools have been made available to students till now. The Chief Minister said that “in the development of the education system, a new era has started in the state.”Education is the stepping stone of transformation, the ongoing school transformation initiative has filled the confidence and excitement among the students, he said.Inaugurating the event, Patnaik said, “the future of the country is being shaped in schools.”“School time is one of the most important times in a child’s life, so it is our responsibility to create opportunities…

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Uttar Pradesh CM hints at renaming Azamgarh to Aryamgarh

Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Hinting that the name of Azamgarh could be renamed as Aryamgarh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that setting up of a state university will truly turn ‘Azamgarh into Aryamgarh’.While laying the foundation stone a state university in Azamgarh district on Saturday along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the UP CM said, “There should be no doubt that this university will truly turn ‘Azamgarh into Aryamgarh’.” Addressing the event in Azamgarh, the home turf of Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, “The government under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi has decided to provide free food, including wheat and rice, to all the 15 crore Antyodaya cardholders until Holi. The government has taken the responsibility of taking care of the poor and marginalised people.”Along with Shah, CM Yogi Adityanath, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other BJP…

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Ranagram bridge: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury writes to WB CM threatening to launch protest for delaying construction

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Concerned over the deteriorating condition of the Ranagram bridge over the Dwarka river on Kandi-Berhampur under the Kandi sub-division, Congress Lok Sabha MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday wrote a letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee threatening to launch a protest march against the state government over the delay in the construction of the bridge.The letter further stated that the local population has been protesting against the government for delaying the construction of this bridge as it is going on for the past two years. He further alleged that a delay in the bridge’s construction and not permitting people to protest shows suppression of the democratic rights of the people by the Kandi administration.In the letter, Chowdhury informed that the Ranagram bridge over the Dwarka river on Kandi-Berhampur under the Kandi sub-division has been declared dangerous and it…

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik dedicates 142 schools in five districts

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday dedicated 142 schools in five districts under the state government’s 5T School Transformation programme, which includes 67 schools in Sundargarh, 30 in Cuttack, 23 in Balasore, 12 in Nabarangpur and 10 in Kandhamal.In the first phase of the 5T School Transformation programme, 1,075 schools in 30 districts of the state have been completed. Earlier in August, out of these 1075 schools, the Chief Minister has inaugurated 50 transformed schools in Hinili of Ganjam District.The dedication programme for transformed schools will continue till November 24.Inaugurating the event, Patnaik said, “The future of the country is being shaped in schools. There is a saying that children constitute one-third of our population, but all of our future, school time is one of the most important times in a child’s life, so it’s our responsibility to create opportunities…

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Manohar Lal Khattar: The RSS Pracharak who became Chief Minister

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies Manohar Lal Khattar, the 65-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader – with deep roots in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), first became the Chief Minister of Haryana in 2014. He wasn’t the face of the election then, and was chosen to lead the BJP in Haryana after the party’s handsome victory. The unconventional choice caused a flutter because the BJP of Amit Shah and Narendra Modi went for a non-Jat leader for a state whose politics had been shaped by the dominant Jat community for long. This poll season, however, the BJP goes to the hustings with Khattar as its unequivocal leader, whose ‘MaNo again’ war cry takes off from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s very successful campaign, ‘NaMo again’. From a leadership revolt to a violent Jat agitation to Dera Sacha Sauda stir, Khattar’s rule hasn’t been without formidable challenges. But as he rode through each crisis…

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Odisha CM launches road safety ‘Rakshak’ programme

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched a road safety initiative “Rakshak”, a first responder training programme under which 30,000 volunteers will be trained to act promptly in case of road accidents.Under the initiative, the State Transport department will impart the training to 30,000 volunteers through 300 expert trainers for 30 weeks in all 30 districts of the state, as first responders to road accidents. Addressing the gathering in Odisha, Patnaik said, “Road accidents are not just the loss of one person or one family. This is the loss of society. So we all need to work together to prevent road mishaps.”“So with a little help, a lot of lives can be saved and many families can be saved from misery,” he said.Patnaik further said that the first hour of the accident is the most important. “If accident victims get…

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Delhi Petrol Association writes to CM, demands cutting VAT on fuel

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Petrol Dealers Association has written a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urging him to reduce value-added tax (VAT) in the national capital, stating that a higher tax on fuel is resulting in losses to petrol pump owners and may adversely affect the revenue of Delhi.Speaking to ANI on Wednesday, Anurag Narain, president of the association, said, “We appeal to CM Arvind Kejriwal to cut VAT in Delhi as we are incurring a loss. As petrol and diesel have become cheaper in neighbouring cities like Gurgaon, Noida or Ghaziabad, people are going to these places for refilling, causing huge loss to us.” He further said, “Earlier, we used to sell 13 crore litres of petrol every month. But due to higher VAT in Delhi, our sales have plummeted to almost half. This is causing a huge loss to us.”“The…

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Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot meets Priyanka Gandhi, Venugopal

New Delhi [India]: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held a meeting with Congress general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and KC Venugopal in the national capital on Wednesday.AICC in charge of Rajasthan Ajay Maken was also present in the meeting held at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s residence. However, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was not present in the meeting, said sources.

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BJP brands us as anti-nationals when we question Centre, says Telangana CM

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Lashing out at the BJP-led Centre, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday said that the party labels those who question them as ‘anti-national’ or as ‘urban Naxals’.While addressing the media here, Rao said, “When we speak about petrol and diesel prices and question the Centre, they brand us as anti-national. BJP also brands people as urban naxals if they speak against them. Is BJP a factory for manufacturing anti-nationals?” “If anyone doesn’t support you (BJP), then you attack them (opposition) with Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate raids, but I am not afraid,” he said.“I’m asking a simple question: Will the Centre buy the state’s parboiled rice or not?” he added.Rao said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will organise dharnas in all Assembly Constituencies on November 12, with lakhs of farmers demanding the Central government to procure entire Kharif…

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Kejriwal raises concern about Delhi’s air quality, says AQI ‘severe’

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday raised concerns about the air quality of the city.Taking Twitter, the chief minister said Delhi Air Quality Index (AQI) on Tuesday is 404, which falls under the ‘Severe’ category. “On November 9, AQI 404 (401 to 500 – Severe), PM10 – 414 (351 to 430 – Very Poor) PM2.5 – 265 (Above 250 – Severe),” tweeted Kejriwal.According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), winds coming from the northwest direction at 925 millibars (mb) are favourable for the transport of stubble related pollutants to Delhi.Meanwhile, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on Monday suggested measures to tackle air pollution in Delhi-NCR through the implementation of a Graded Response Action Plan for the city.Increasing frequency of mechanised cleaning of road and sprinkling of water on roads, identifying road stretches with high…

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CBI arrests former Assam CM Hiteshwar Saikia’s son in loan scam

New Delhi [India]: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Sunday arrested former Assam Chief Minister late Hiteshwar Saikia’s son Ashok Saikia in an alleged loan scam. Ashok Saikia was arrested from Guwahati after the local court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.He will be produced in court on Monday.The case pertains to a loan taken from Assam Cooperative and Agriculture Development Bank.An FIR against him was registered in 1998 and the CBI took over the probe three years later and later chargesheet was filled in the case.

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Kerala CM inaugurates Arippara Hydro Electric Project

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday inaugurated the Arippara Hydro Electric Project completed by Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) which will generate 14 million units of electricity in a year.Speaking at the inaugural ceremony virtually, Vijayan said, “Power generation should not be dependent on renewable energy sources alone. The left government have started many domestic power generation projects in the last five years.” He also said that the capacity of hydropower projects will be increased and these projects will be implemented in an environmentally friendly manner as the government aims to make Kerala a power surplus state.“State aims to produce maximum energy from water, wind and sunlight,” he added.CIAL has completed the Arippara Hydro electricity project which will generate electricity on the flow of river water in Kodencheri in Kozhikode district.

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Prem Singh Tamang: The man who ousted a 24-year rule in Sikkim

By Subhro Majumder Prem Singh Tamang, better known as P. S. Golay, is the current Chief Minister of Sikkim and leader and founder of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM). Prior to forming the party, he was a key member of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) Party. Tamang was born on 5 February 1968 in the Nepali family of Kalu Singh Tamang and Dhan Maya Tamang. He hails from Singling Busty, West Sikkim. He graduated with a degree in Bachelors of Arts from Darjeeling Government College in 1988. After graduation, he worked as a teacher in a state-run school. His son is politician Aditya Tamang, who is also a member of Sikkim Legislative Assembly from Soreng-Chakung. In 1990, he was appointed a graduate teacher under the HRD Department in the Government of Sikkim and served until 1993. However, due to his active interest in social work and politics, he resigned from government service and started participating in the political activities of SDF. As the SDF candidate in the Soreng-Chakung constituency, West Sikkim,…

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“No differences with CM Channi”

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said that he does not have any differences with Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and will work for his party’s win with a majority in the upcoming state Assembly elections.Addressing a press conference here today, Sidhu, who had tendered resignation from his Punjab chief post on September 28 this year, announced that he has taken back his resignation. “I have been meeting him (CM) for a long time. I have been speaking to him for the last one month. The first meeting was in Punjab Bhavan, at that time it was decided that the panel (on DGP) will come and in one-week things will be settled. It is a 90 days government, 50 days have gone,” he said.“There’s nothing personal. I speak to him for the state. I speak to him for all the…

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Arunachal CM Pema Khandu announces VAT reduction on petrol, diesel

Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh) [India]: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday announced a reduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol by Rs 10.20 and diesel by Rs 15.22 per litre.Taking to Twitter, the chief minister said consumers will be benefited after the relief given both by the Centre and State government. “With the central and state govt decisions petrol will now be Rs91.87 per ltr and diesel Rs79.83 per ltr in the state w.e.f 12:00 AM of 5th Nov 2021. Consumers will benefit by Rs10.20 per ltr in petrol and Rs15.22 per ltr in diesel after the relief given both by the centre and state govt,” he said in a tweet.He also expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the state government for reducing Central Excise duty.“Thank you PM Shri @narendramodi for reducing central excise duty on petrol and diesel…

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Charanjit Singh Channi: The journey of the first Dalit Sikh CM of Punjab

By Arshita Biswas In September 2021, Captain Amrinder Singh resigned from the position of the Chief Minister of Punjab, which stirred the wind of Punjab, its then when Charanjit Singh Channi stepped into the shoes of the Chief Minister of the state. Channi became the CM when Punjab was facing a major political turbulence, most of the Cabinet had resigned and Channi had to start a fresh and with innumerous issues like the farm laws followed by the Lakhimpur Kheri incident,  it was definitely not going to be an easy task. Capt. Amrinder Singh’s sudden resignation was definitely not the best time to takeover the office as it is but Navjot Singh Sidhu, The PPC Chief of the state didn’t make it easier for Channi too. Mr. Sidhu indirectly was giving a negative impression of Channi by calling him nothing but a mere “rubber…

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Amarinder Singh resigns from Congress

Patiala (Punjab) [India]: Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from the Congress party and announced a new party ‘Punjab Lok Congress’ ahead of Punjab Assembly elections.“I have today sent my resignation to @INCIndia President Ms Sonia Gandhi ji, listing my reasons for the resignation. ‘Punjab Lok Congress’ is the name of the new party. The registration is pending approval with the @ECISVEEP. The party symbol will be approved later,” Amarinder Singh tweeted. Singh had resigned in September as the chief minister and had announced that he will be quitting the Congress after months of a rift with Congress state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.He had resigned ahead of Congress legislature party meeting which was called amid unending factional battles in the ruling Congress in the state. Singh was replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief minister of the state.

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Basavaraj Bommai attends Karnataka formation day celebrations in Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai took part in the 66th Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrations at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday.On the occasion of the state’s formation day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greeting to the people of the state and said that Karnataka is at the forefront of outstanding research and enterprise. “Best wishes on the special occasion of Karnataka Rajyotsava. Karnataka has made a special mark due to the innovative zeal of its people. The state is at the forefront of outstanding research and enterprise. May Karnataka scale newer heights of success in the times to come,” tweeted the Prime Minister.Apart from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Lakshadweep and Puducherry also celebrate their formation day today.

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal performs ‘aarti’ at Sarayu Ghat in Ayodhya

Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday performed ‘aarti’ at Sarayu Ghat in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.Earlier, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh had informed that Kejriwal will offer prayers at the birthplace of Lord Ram and will be visiting the Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Kejriwal-led AAP has announced that it will contest the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh due to be held next year. The party informed that it would contest all 403 Assembly seats in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

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After months of political tussle, CM of Pakistan’s Balochistan resigns

Quetta [Pakistan]: Jam Kamal Khan Aylani, Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Balochistan province, on Sunday evening decided to step down from his position, ending months of political drama.This news was confirmed by Provincial Minister for Sports, Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Geo News reported. The Pakistani news channel reported that Kamal’s resignation has been accepted by Governor of Balochistan, the Governor House Secretariat confirmed.Earlier today, Khan in a tweet had said, he would rather leave respectfully and not be part of their monetary agenda and bad governance formulation.“Besides many deliberate political hindrances, I have given my utmost time and energy for the overall governance and development of Balochistan. I would rather leave respectfully and not be part of their monetary agenda and bad governance formulation,” he tweeted.Dawn newspaper had reported that the announcement of the four Members of Pakistan Assembly (MPAs) who went missing recently in Quetta…

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Kerala CM asks his Tamil Nadu counterpart to draw maximum water from Mullaperiyar dam amid torrential rains

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday wrote to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin asking the latter to ensure that the maximum quantity of water is drawn from Mullaperiyar dam as the reservoir level may reach 142 ft once the torrential rains intensify.He urged Stalin to release water from Mulla Periyar dam through the tunnel to Vaigal Dam and to gradually release water downstream. The Chief Minister also requested to intimate the Kerala government about the opening of shutters at least 24 hours in advance.Dam authorities in Kerala are taking cognizance of the situation arising out of the torrential rainfall. Shutters of several dams have been opened to prevent them from overflowing.According to official estimates, heavy rains in the state have claimed the lives of 27 people. Of these, 14 deaths were reported in the Kottayam district, 10 in the…

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Telangana CM asked police, excise officials to wipe out opium’s illegal cultivation, usage

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday instructed the police and excise officials to wipe out Opium’s illegal cultivation, usage and stamp it down.The CM addressed a high-level meeting of officials from these two departments at Pragathi Bhavan in Hyderabad. Rao said with reports that the usage of Cannabis (Ganja) is on the increase, there is an urgent need arisen to declare an all-out war against drug abuse.He also said before the situation goes out of hand and becomes severe one should be on alert.He instructed the officials concerned to prepare a comprehensive action plan to totally eradicate the ganja production.“We have achieved Telangana state after a long fight. We have achieved several targets with development as the sole aim. With the development that we have achieved in the agriculture sector, crops are being cultivated in 1.30 Crore acres. The…

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Kerala rains: PM Modi speaks with CM Vijayan to discuss situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rains and landslides in Kerala. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rains and landslides in Kerala. New Delhi [India]: The Prime Minister expressed condolences to the bereaved families and assured the people in the state that the authorities are working on the ground to assist the injured and affected. “It is saddening that some people have lost their lives due to heavy rains and landslides in Kerala. Condolences to the bereaved families,” PM Modi tweeted. “Spoke to Kerala CM Shri @vijayanpinarayi and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rains and landslides in Kerala. Authorities are working on the ground to assist the injured and affected. I…

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“All means to evacuate people”

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday held a high-level meeting to intensify the rescue efforts and said that all means will be used to evacuate people stranded in areas flooded due to heavy rains in the state, including Kottayam.In the meeting, it was decided that colleges that were to open from October 18 will now only begin from October 20. The meeting has also decided to urge devotees to avoid the Sabarimala pilgrimage till October 19. The state government has decided to intensify rescue efforts to evacuate stranded people from low lying areas, and areas with possibilities of landslides or flooding.“Action should be taken to immediately evacuate people Cm said that the situation is serious but the latest weather reports give a sigh of relief. The report shows signs that we are not going into a worse situation,” said Vijayan…

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CM Stalin seeks PM Modi’s intervention for release of 23 TN fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi on Friday, seeking his intervention for securing the release of 23 Indian fishermen, who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy.In a letter, CM Stalin said, “On October 11, 23 fishermen from the state venture into the sea for fishing. On October 13, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested the fishermen near Parithithurai. The arrest of the fishermen is condemnable.” The Chief Minister requested PM Modi to find a permanent solution to the issue.Earlier on Friday, Minister of State for Fisheries L Murugan urged External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar’s intervention to ensure the safe and timely release of 23 fishermen who have been arrested allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy.According to the official statement by the office of Murugan, the MoS wrote a letter to Jaishankar after…

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“Riots took place in Akhilesh’s UP”

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Uttar Pradesh Minister Sidharth Nath Singh on Saturday slammed Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav over his remarks accusing the state government of crushing the Constitution, saying that more than 200 riots took place under Yadav’s regime in the state.Citing the incident where a journalist was burnt alive, Singh said, “Between 2012-2016, more than 200 riots happened during Akhilesh Yadav government. A journalist from Shahjahanpur was burnt alive after he said something against his government.” The minister further told ANI that a fair investigation is taking place in connection with the violent incident that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri last Sunday.“In the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, a fair investigation is underway under retired High Court judge and some have been arrested and some have been called for questioning,” said Singh.As many as eight people including four people died in the Lakhimpur…

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Mamata Banerjee, two others to take oath as MLAs today

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will administer the oath of office to three newly elected MLAs including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the State Assembly on Thursday.Besides Banerjee, Amirul Islam and Jakir Hossain will also take oath as MLAs today. In the recently concluded by-polls, Mamata Banerjee won from Bhabanipur with a margin of over 58,000 votes.According to the Election Commission of India, Mamata Banerjee secured 85,263 votes which are around 71.90 per cent of the total votes connected in the bye-elections.Banerjee’s main competition, BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal got 26,428 votes and Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate Srijib Biswas secured 4,226 votes.Jakir Hossain was elected from Jangipur and Amirul Islam was elected from Samserganj assembly seats in West Bengal.

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Need to start ‘Technology Schools’, says Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

Hubbali (Karanataka) [India]: In view of emphasizing technical education among students at the high school level, there is a need to start ‘Technology Schools’, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Tuesday.Addressing after virtually inaugurating the ‘Innovation and Impact’ program organized by the Department of Electronics, IT, Bt and S and T under the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ initiative, he said that actions will be implemented right away to promote the growth of innovative industries in the Hubballi region. “There was a technology school in Hubli way back in 1960 itself which was closed later. But, technology schools need to be started considering the fact that perception ability will be more during childhood”, he stated.He told that Atal Tinkering Labs should be upgraded and artificial intelligence must be included at that level at least to some extent. He added, “Polytechnics also need to be upgraded along…

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Punjab CM Channi meets Amit Shah in Delhi; farms laws, Lakhimpur Kheri issues on agenda

New Delhi [India]: The meeting between Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is underway at the latter’s residence in New Delhi on Tuesday.The Punjab Chief Minister reached the national capital in wake of the violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri in which four people lost their lives including four farmers. “These three farm laws should be repealed at the earliest and incidents like this (Lakhimpur Kheri) need to be stopped. I will discuss this issue with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in today’s meeting,” Channi told media persons, before leaving for Delhi.As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday, said Uttar Pradesh police. Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, had alleged four farmers lost their lives in the incident.Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of several farmer unions,…

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Mamata to take oath

However WB Governor says will wait for gazette notification on bypoll results before announcing oath-ceremony date Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will take oath as an MLA on October 7 and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has written to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar inviting him to administer the oath of office to the party supremo at the State Assembly instead, informed Partha Chatterjee, General Secretary of Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday. Speaking to ANI, Chatterjee said, “We suggested and requested the Governor to come down to Assembly and administer the oath of office on October 7.”However, Dhankhar said he will wait till the official gazette notification on the Bhabanipur by-poll result is issued.“Raj Bhawan response on the administration of Oath/Affirmation to the Members elected to the WBLA in bye-election from 159-Bhabanipur A/C, and the adjourned poll in 56-Samserganj and 58-Jangipur A/Cs…

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Akhilesh Yadav demands MoS Home’s resignation, Rs 2 cr ex-gratia for next of kin of victims

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Demanding the resignation of the Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said even Britishers would not have oppressed the people the way BJP-led government is oppressing the farmers. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also demanded Rs 2 crores as ex-gratia and government jobs for the next of kin of the farmers who died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.Speaking to the media person while protesting outside his residence in Lucknow, Yadav said: “Even Britishers would not have committed the kind of atrocities this government is committing against farmers. MoS Home Ajay Mishra and Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya should resign.” “Rs 2 crores and government jobs should be given to next of kin of the farmers who lost their lives in the incident,” he said. The…

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Central govt hatched conspiracies to remove TMC from power in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday alleged that the central government hatched conspiracies to remove TMC from power since the start of the elections.Banerjee’s remarks came a short while before the election commission announced her massive victory in the Bhabanipur Assembly constituency. “Since the elections started in West Bengal, central government hatched conspiracies to remove us (from power). I was hurt in my feet so that I don’t contest the polls. I am grateful to the public for voting for us and to the Election Commission of India for conducting polls within six months,” said the TMC supremo while greeting her supporters outside her residence in Kolkata.Banerjee also said that nearly 46 per cent of non-Bengalis in Bhabanipur voted for her. “Around 46 per cent of people here (in Bhabanipur) are non-Bengalis. They all have…

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West Bengal bypolls: Counting of votes underway

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The counting of votes for by-elections in Bhabanipur, Jangipur, and Samserganj Assembly constituencies in West Bengal began from 8 am on Sunday amid tight security.The counting will be held in 21 rounds for the Bhabanipur constituency, 26 rounds for Samserganj and 24 rounds for the Jangipur constituency. A three-tier security has been set up at the Sakhawat Memorial Girls High School in Bhabanipur in south Kolkata. Twenty four companies of central forces have been deployed at the counting centres, and the entire area has been put under CCTV surveillance.Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed within 200 metre radius of the counting centres at all three constituencies that went to the polls on September 30.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had lost the assembly elections from Nandigram earlier this year, BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal and CPI(M)’s Srijib Biswas are in…

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“Will stand by Rahul, Priyanka”

New Delhi [India]: Amidst political jostling in ruling Congress in Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), stressed that he does not aspire to be at a throne and will stand by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.While extending his greetings on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Sidhu tweeted, “Will uphold principles of Gandhi Ji and Shastri Ji … Post or No Post, will stand by @RahulGandhi and @priyankagandhi! Let all negative forces try to defeat me, but with every ounce of positive energy will make Punjab win, Punjabiyat (Universal Brotherhood) win and every Punjabi win !!” On September 28, Sidhu resigned as the chief of the Punjab Unit of Congress. However, party sources say that his resignation has not been accepted yet.“The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner, I can never…

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“Comedy of errors”: Captain on Congress crisis

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday slammed the Congress over the preposterous lies being floated by various party leaders in a clear bid to cover up their mishandling of the crisis in the state.Pointing to the conflicting numbers shared by Harish Rawat and Randeep Surjewala on the purported letter received by the party’s central leadership expressing lack of confidence against him, Captain Amarinder termed it a “comedy of errors”. His remarks came after Surjewala claimed that 78 of the 79 Punjab Congress MLAs had written to the party leadership seeking Captain Amarinder’s ouster. Interestingly, just a day earlier, Harish Rawat had, in a press statement, said that 43 MLAs had written to the high command on the issue.“It seems the entire party has become imbued with Navjot Singh Sidhu’s sense of comic theatrics,” he quipped, retorting, “Next they…

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Sidhu in Punjab to meet CM

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Amidst the ongoing turmoil in the Punjab Congress unit, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief, arrived at Punjab Bhavan to meet Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.Earlier, Sidhu tweeted, “Chief Minister has invited me for talks … will reciprocate by reaching Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh at 3:00 PM today.” Sidhu had tendered his resignation as Punjab Congress chief on September 28. He was reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after Cabinet expansion in Punjab.Party sources say that his resignation has not been accepted by the party yet.Sidhu’s resignation as state party chief has intensified the crisis in the Punjab Congress. A minister and three Congress leaders, considered close to him, stepped down from their posts.This comes as a big blow to the Congress that was hoping to resolve the turmoil…

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Voting underway in Bhabanipore

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Voting for by-elections to Bhabanipur Assembly seat, where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting from began at 7 am on Thursday amid tight security and necessary arrangements to conduct the polls if heavy rainfall that led to waterlogging in Kolkata a day ago, continues. Apart from Bhabanipur, voting also began in Jangipur and Samserganj constituencies in Murshidabad district. BJP candidate for Bhabanipur, Priyanka Tibrewal alleged that Trinamool Congress (TMC) was purposely shutting voting machines at a polling booth of ward number 72 and was an attempt at capturing the booth.Tiberwal reached the polling booth to inspect the situation.Speaking to media persons here, Tibrewal said, “TMC’s Madan Mitra has purposely shut the voting machine here as he wants to capture the booth.” All eyes are on the Bhabanipur by-election as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting from here. CPM…

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Captain at Amit Shah’s residence

New Delhi [India]: Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh reached the residence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah here on Wednesday amid a fresh crisis in the ruling Congress in the state.Amarinder Singh, who stepped down as Chief Minister earlier this month, had reached Delhi on Tuesday. The Congress leader had told reporters on his arrival in the national capital that he had come to Delhi to vacate Kapurthala House. He had also said that he was not going to meet any political leader.“I am here to vacate Kapurthala House (the official residence of Punjab Chief Minister in New Delhi). I am not going to meet any politician here,” he had told reporters.Singh’s visit to Delhi has coincided with Congress in Punjab reeling under fresh crisis following resignation of PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday. A minister and some other leaders considered…

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Punjab CM appeals to Centre to repeal 3 farm laws

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday extended his support to the farmers protesting against the farm laws and appealed to the Centre to withdraw them immediately.Taking to Twitter, Channi said, “I appeal to the Union Govt. to immediately repeal the three black farm laws otherwise our Govt. would convene a special session of the Vidhan Sabha to reject them to safeguard the interest of the farmers who are already passing through the acute economic crisis.” Earlier in the day, Channi also said that farmers’ protest is an important issue and the Centre should take it seriously adding the state should not be made into another Jammu and Kashmir.Further, he said that the condition of the farmers is deteriorating with time. He also said that the Centre has brought in a system ‘to make the farmers poor’.Farmers have been protesting at…

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Not going to meet any politician, says Captain Amarinder Singh as he arrives in Delhi

New Delhi [India]: Former Punjab Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh who arrived in the national capital on Tuesday said that he has come to Delhi to vacate Kapurthala House, further clarifying that he is not going to meet any politician during his visit.Speaking to reporters at the Delhi airport, Singh said, “I am here to vacate Kapurthala House (the official residence of Punjab Chief Minister in New Delhi). I am not going to meet any politician here.” Further responding to a question on Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation today, the former Chief Minister said, “This man (Navjot Singh Sidhu) is unstable.”Amid various speculations over Singh’s Delhi visit, his media advisor Raveen Thukral had earlier in the day said that the former is on a personal visit to the national capital.“Too much being read into Cap Amarinder Singh’s visit…

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No hope to prevent collapse of Congress party, ex-Goa CM Faleiro tells Sonia Gandhi

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Former Goa chief minister Luizinho Faleiro who resigned from Congress on Monday said he finds absolutely no hope or even the will to prevent the collapse of the party in the state and change for the better.In his letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Faleiro said, “The Goa unit of the party has become a cruel parody of what the Congress stands for. Led by a coterie of leaders who prioritize personal gains over the responsibility we owe to our people, we have utterly failed to even be an effective Opposition.” “Till now, there is none being held accountable for the loss of 13 of our MLAs, while the sidelining of true Congress workers continues. I see absolutely no hope or even the will to prevent the collapse of the party and change for the better. The Congress family has always…

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Hemant Soren: The BJP dethroner and youngest Chief Minister of Jharkhand

By Subhro Majumder The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader, Hemant Soren, can claim the full credit for unseating the previous Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Ragubar Das, who led the first stable government since the formation of the state in 2000. From strategising a high voltage campaign to bringing together the opposition alliance, comprising Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), 44-year-old Soren has been instrumental in steering the party to victory in the high stake assembly election. The JMM leader, who also stitched together a grand alliance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, however, was unfazed after suffering defeat at the hands of BJP. JMM sources say that the victory in the Assembly election is a result of the meticulous campaign that began in 2018 with a small team comprising of 12 people, drawn from various professions. The team constituted public policy, communication and consulting…

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“Yogi’s name frightens criminals”

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday showered praise on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath “for maintaining the law and order situation in the state” to ensure holistic development.He said the Chief Minister had done commendable work and his name sends shivers down the spine of criminals. Uttar Pradesh is slated to go to the polls early next year. Rajnath Singh was speaking after the unveiling of a statue of Mahant Avaidyanath, who was the chief priest of Gorakhnath temple and was also the guru of UP CM Yogi Adityanath.“People may give arguments but till law and order is in place, Uttar Pradesh cannot progress. The state cannot develop without good law and order. An able administrator, the Chief Minister has been performing religious events as well,” he said.“I have seen Ram aur Shyam, where the actor was donning…

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TMC should focus on securing CM post for Mamata Banerjee rather than daydreaming about Prime ministerial post: Anupam Hazra

New Delhi [India]: Reacting to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee’s statement that he aims to throw BJP out of India in the next three years, BJP national secretary Anupam Hazra said that the former must focus on securing Mamata Banerjee’s Chief Ministerial post rather than dreaming about the Prime Minister’s post.“It is my goal to throw BJP out of India in the next three years,” Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee had said while campaigning for the upcoming by-polls in two seats of Murshidabad. Speaking to ANI over the comment made by the TMC MP, Hazra said: “You can only laugh if a political party which do not have a single panchayat outside Bengal challenges country’s largest political party BJP.”“Abhishek must focus on securing her aunt’s post as the CM of West Bengal, then he should daydream about Prime Ministerial post for Mamata…

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Manipur CM inaugurates projects

Imphal (Manipur) [India]: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday inaugurated Oxygen Plant, additional 50 bedded hospital and Tamenglong Natural Football ground at Tamenglong district headquarter.As per a release issued by the state government, 32 projects were also inaugurated virtually for Tamenglong and Noney Districts, out of which 28 are completed projects, while foundation stone had been laid for the remaining four projects. “Our aims and objectives are to develop equally whether it is women, youth, or economically backward people and to walk through progressive and development state. Ninety-nine per cent of the development work for Tamenglong is in full swing and let us co-operate with the government in achieving this goal,” said the release quoting the Chief Minister.Singh informed that all the health centres will be provided with 24X7 power uninterrupted by means of solar energy so that in case of any…

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Ashok Gehlot: The ‘Jadugar’ of Indian Politics

By Arshita Biswas Ashok  Gehlot, a staunch Gandhiite, is one of many who are deeply influenced by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. He adapted to the Gandhiite life, is a pure vegetarian and enjoys Satvik food. He has had a keen interest in politics since a very young age and he actively participated in social-political work even when he was a student. It was during the East Bengali refugees crisis in 1971 when former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi first identified his organizational skills during one of her visits to the refugee camps and then Gehlot was appointed as the first State President of the National Students’ Union of India and successfully organised Congress’s Student Wing in the state and since then there is no looking back. Gehlot hails from a magician family. His father, Babu Laxman Singh Daksh was a very famous magician in India. He would…

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Charanjit Singh Channi to take oath as Punjab CM tomorrow

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], September 19 : Congress MLA Charanjit Singh Channi will take the oath as the new Chief Minister of Punjab on Monday at 11 am on Monday.Addressing media after meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit, the Chief Minister-designate of Punjab said, “We have presented our stance, unanimously supported by party MLAs, before the Governor. Oath taking ceremony will take place at 11 am tomorrow.” Taking to Twitter, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi congratulated Channi for the new responsibility.“Congratulations to Shri Charanjit Singh Channi Ji for the new responsibility. We must continue to fulfill the promises made to the people of Punjab. Their trust is of paramount importance,” Gandhi tweeted.Earlier today, Congress’ in charge of Punjab Harish Rawat said Channi has been unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party and is set to take over as next chief minister.“It gives me immense pleasure…

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‘Humiliated’ Capt Amarinder Singh says options open, will decide future political course of action when time comes

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday resigned as Chief Minister of Punjab, citing continued humiliation by the Congress leadership over the past two months.The Chief Minister made it clear that he would explore and exercise his future options when the time comes. Captain Amarinder Singh said he would decide his future political course of action in consultation with his supporters who have stood by him for over five decades.“There is always an option, and I will use that option when the time comes…at the moment I am still in Congress,” he said after submitting his resignation.“I was humiliated three times by the Congress leadership in the past two months…they called the MLAs to Delhi twice and now convened CLP here in Chandigarh today,” said Captain Amarinder, adding that he had decided and informed Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the morning that he…

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Capt Amarinder Singh steps down as Punjab Chief Minister

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Embattled Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down from his post on Saturday ahead of the meeting of party legislators in the faction-ridden state unit as the party high command decided to effect a change of guard in the border state ahead of assembly polls early next year.The Chief Minister went to meet Governor Banwari Lal Purohit to hand over his resignation. The move came as factionalism again surfaced in the state unit with sections opposed to him requesting a meeting of Congress Legislature Party.

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Naveen Patnaik: The Longest-Serving Chief Minister of Odisha

By Arshita Biswas The longest-serving Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, is the third and current Chief Minister of Odisha. He was born on 16 October 1946 in Cuttack, to the former Chief Minister of Odisha Biju Patnaik and his Punjabi wife, Gyan. He has done his schooling from Dehradun and qualified for a Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University. Patnaik was a writer and has written three books. He had no interest in politics at an early age and has also been away from Odisha for a long time, but soon after his father’s demise, he joined politics in 1997 and also founded Biju Janata Dal, which then won the state election, making him the chief minister of Odisha. Patnaik completes 20 years in the office making him one of the longest-serving Chief ministers of any Indian state. Holding the office for over…

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Kerala CM writes to Civil Aviation Minister for reducing airfares

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia, expressing concern at skyrocketing airfares, especially of flights to the Gulf.“After more than a year of unemployment, many are finding it difficult to afford these airfares that are being quoted now, which are often two or three times the usual rates. At this juncture, I request your immediate intervention to make the airfares affordable to all, especially the unskilled and semi-skilled workers, who form the majority of our Pravasis in the Gulf,” he said in the letter. Vijayan further said, “India’s priority has been to secure the lives and livelihoods of our people and if more people are able to travel abroad at affordable airfare, then it will also mean that more money comes into India’s exchequer by way of foreign exchange and will hasten the…

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Punjab orders high alert following arrest of members of ISI-backed terrorist module

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered high alert in the state following the arrest of four more members of an ISI-backed terrorist module involved in a bid to blow up an oil tanker with an IED tiffin bomb last month, making it the fourth case of a Pakistani terror module being busted in the state in the past 40 days.Two Pak-based terrorists, including a Pakistani Intelligence Officer, have also been identified and nominated in the case, in which one person was arrested earlier, DGP Dinkar Gupta disclosed on Wednesday. Taking a serious note of the increased attempts by terror groups to disturb the state’s peace, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the police to be on high alert, particularly in view of schools and educational institutions reopening, as well as the festival season and the Assembly polls ahead.…

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Congress slams BJP

New Delhi [India], September 13 : Congress leader Gourav Vallabh on Monday blamed top leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party for replacing the chief ministers in BJP ruled states including Gujarat which is set to witness Assembly elections next year, saying the chief ministers that were removed have been made “scapegoat” for the failures of the Centre.His comments come after Gujarat BJP legislatures elected first-time MLA Bhupendra Patel as the next chief minister of Gujarat. Patel, who is set to take oath today, succeeds Vijay Rupani as 17th chief minister of the state. Referring to the trend of replacing chief ministers in BJP ruled states, Vallabh said, “It started with Uttarakhand; Trivendra Singh, Tirath Singh and now Dhami. In Karnataka from Yediyurappa to Bommai. In Assam, from Sonowal to Sarma. In Gujarat, from Rupani to Bhupendra Patel. I’m asking why all of them were…

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Bhupendra Patel to take oath as Gujarat CM today

Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India]: Two days after Vijay Rupani’s resignation from the top post in the state months before the Assembly elections, Bhupendra Patel will take oath as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on Monday afternoon.It is believed that Patel holds a strong influence in the Patidar community in Gujarat which the BJP party has banked upon to win the upcoming elections. With Vijay Rupani’s resignation on Saturday as the Chief Minister, he became the fourth CM in the BJP-led state government in the country this year to opt for this move. Earlier, former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat and Trivendra Singh Rawat tendered their resignations.Fondly addressed as ‘Dada’ by his supporters, Bhupendrabhai Rajnikanthbhai Patel is set to become the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat.The announcement of the 59-year-old BJP leader’s name as the Chief Minister-elect at a legislative…

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Gujarat: NEXT CM?

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India]: Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday reached Ahmedabad as Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) central observer over the matter of deciding state’s leadership, a day after Vijay Rupani resigned from the post of Gujarat Chief Minister.“We have come here to hold further discussions (over the name of next chief minister of Gujarat). We will hold discussions with the state President and other senior leaders,” Tomar told reporters at the airport in Ahmedabad. Tomar was accompanied by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National General Secretary Tarun Chugh.Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi is likely to arrive later during the day. The BJP is likely to hold its legislative party meet later today.The visit of the central leaders comes after Rupani on Saturday met Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat and submitted his resignation from the post of state Chief…

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Mamata Banerjee to file nomination for by-polls to Bhabanipur seat today

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee will on Friday file her nomination for the by-polls to the Bhabanipur seat.According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI), the by-election in Bhabanipur Assembly Constituency in West Bengal will be held on September 30. The Election Commission also informed that by-polls will also be held in Samserganj and Jangipur of West Bengal and Pipli constituency of Odisha on the same date.The counting of votes will be taken up on October 3.The Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, making way for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest from Bhabanipur seat.Mamata Banerjee, while addressing the TMC workers’ convention in Chetla on Wednesday, confirmed that she would file her nomination for the Bhabanipur assembly by-election on…

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Goa achieved 100% first dose Covid vaccination, target set to complete 2nd dose by Oct 31: CM Sawant

Panaji (Goa) [India]: All the COVID-19 vaccination eligible beneficiaries in Goa have been inoculated with the first dose, informed Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday.Earlier this month, Himachal Pradesh claimed 100 per cent Covid vaccination of adults with the first dose. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Sawant said that the state government has set a target to fully vaccinate all adults in Goa by October 31.“We have completed 100 per cent first dose of vaccination in the state and targeting to complete the second dose of vaccination by October 31”, he said.Speaking further, the Chief Minister said that the Covid situation in the state is in control.“Cases in our neighbouring states like Kerala and Maharashtra are seeing a spike but we are very much in control and I am requesting all the people take the second dose on time,” he said.Sawant said…

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Neeraj Chopra thanks Punjab CM for hosting dinner for Olympians, says ‘it shows how much he loves sports’

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra appreciated Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for hosting a dinner for Olympic medallists and participants and expressed gratitude for giving the highest levels of respect to sportspersons.“I am feeling happy that for the first time any chief minister is taking out time like this for sportspersons. This shows how much he loves sports and sportspersons. I thank him for giving us so much respect,” said Chopra while speaking to reporters in Chandigarh about the dinner hosted by the Chief Minister at his farmhouse in Mohali on Wednesday. The Chief Minister was seen serving his guests personally, straight out of the ‘patilas’ in which he had cooked his choicest dishes earlier during the day.“I started at 11 in the morning. Most of it was done by around 5 pm., and then it was time for some…

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From a monk to UP’s top job: CM Adityanath’s story

By Subhro Majumder Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in 2017, placing a polarizing figure in charge of one of India’s most important states. Adiyanath, a stern advocate of Hindutva, took oath of office after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) endorsed the state legislative party’s unanimous choice. He is also a graduate in science from Garhwal University at Srinagar, Uttarakhand. At 44, the shaved headed saffron-clad sanyasi became the second youngest chief minister of Uttar Pradesh after his predecessor Akhilesh Yadav. The five-time Member of Parliament (MP) from Gorakhpur in eastern UP is unmarried and was previously the head priest of Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur. Not much is known about Adityanath’s childhood, except that he was born Ajay Singh Bisht on 5 June 1972, in a Rajput family in Panchur, a village in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. At…

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Pinarayi Vijayan: Journey of a “Student Leader’ to ‘Stalwart’

Pinarayi Vijayan was elected in the 15th Kerala Legislative Assembly elections held on 6 April 2021 from Dharmadam constituency in Kannur district with a margin of 50,123 votes. His previous term as the Chief Minister of Kerala was widely lauded for his unwavering leadership during the crises faced by the state such as the floods of 2018 and 2019, Nipah outbreak, and Covid pandemic. Amid all this chaos, his government could make significant achievements in the development of Kerala and ensure the welfare of the people. That casts more glow over his Chief Ministership. He also served in the Left Democratic Front Government under Shri. E.K.Nayanar as the Minister for Electricity and Co-operation from 1996 to 1998. During his stint as the Minister of Electricity, Kerala achieved a huge advancement in the generation and distribution of electricity and took a great leap towards self-sufficiency.…

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Telangana CM urges IPS cadre review

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao called upon Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Saturday and urged him to give approval for the IPS cadre review in the state.In a letter submitted to the Home Minister, the Telangana Chief Minister said that “around two years after its formation, to meet the aspirations of the people of Telangana, the state government has undertaken a major revamp of its district administrative set up by reorganizing the then existing 10 districts into 33 districts for better administrative convenience, efficient delivery of welfare and developmental programmes to the people residing even in the remote areas.” Rao said revising the existing zonal system under Article 371-D had become necessary following the formation of Telangana, as it is aimed at avoiding injustices done to employees and aspirants for government employment.“The re-organized districts have been recognized…

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Punjab ministers write to Amarinder Singh, demands to make Batala city a district

Chandigarh [India]: Two Punjab ministers Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Saturday wrote to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and demanded that Batala city should be created as the 24th district of the state ‘to honour the wish of the people and overall development of this area’.The ministers accentuated that Batala is a historic town but has not received the focus it deserved. They also demanded that along with this, the historic towns of Fatehgarh Churian and Sri Hargobindpur or Ghuman should also be turned into new sub-divisions of the new district of Batala.They pointed out that Batala was an important city of Punjab with which rich historical, religious, social and literary heritage is associated. Batala was the oldest city of Punjab after Bathinda which was founded in 1465 and also the eighth-largest city in the state in terms of the…

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Kangana Ranaut Pays Tribute To Former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s Memorial

Actress Kangana Ranaut-starrer ‘Thalaivii’ is one of the most anticipated films, which is all set to hit the screens on September 20. Ahead of the film’s release, Kangana Ranaut along with the film’s director Vijay, paid a tribute to former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s memorial on Saturday morning. She also paid a respects to former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran fondly called as MGR as well. The talented actress looked absolutely stunning decked in a glorious orange saree with red and gold border. She even took to her social networking page to share her picture before heading out to visit the memorials and pay her respects. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kangana Thalaivii (@kanganaranaut) ‘Thalaivi’, the biopic on J Jayalalithaa is directed by AL Vijay and has Arvind Swami playing the popular AIADMK leader MGR. GV Prakash is composing music for the film. The film, which…

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Tamil Nadu CM Stalin urges PM Modi to reconsider National Monetization Pipeline

New Delhi [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on National Monetization Pipeline (NMP) and urged him to reconsider the move of privatisation as it would transfer valuable state assets to the control of a few groups.In the letter to PM Modi Stalin wrote, “The Union Government could take privatization decisions only after consulting the State governments as well as those connected with the Public Sector Undertakings.” “Public Sector Undertaking is an asset of people and many of them play a key role in sustaining India as an industrialised and self-reliant country. Not only States, but people had also given lands for establishing these PSUs. So, they have rights over these PSUs,” he wrote further.“Whatever be the name given to the privatisation move by Union Government, this move would only make way for these invaluable public…

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“India continues to be pluralistic”

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday said that India continues to be a pluralistic country that has the unique distinction of being home to almost every faith in the world.Addressing a special session to commemorate the 400th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur at the Punjab Legislative Assembly today, the Chief Minister said, “India has unique cultural tradition. When we call Indianness, this is the idea of India. Our ancient texts have expressed the idea of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’-the world is one family’. In Sikhism, we have a concept of ‘Sarbat da bhala’ meaning welfare of entire humanity.” “It was to uphold the right of people of this land to peacefully follow the faith of their choice, that Guru Sahab (Guru Teg Bahadur) gave his ‘shahadat’. By doing so he set a unique example in the history of sacrificing his…

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‘All is not well’ in Punjab Congress

Chandigarh [India]: Amid the ongoing rift in the Punjab Congress, AICC state in-charge Harish Rawat on Thursday revealed that all is not well in the party but claimed that state Congress is heading towards the ‘all is well’ situation.“I won’t say all is well, but we are heading towards it. I do not want to hide from you. We are trying to solve the issue,” Rawat told media persons here. This comes after Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Pargat Singh on Sunday questioned AICC state in-charge Harish Rawat over the decision that Congress will contest the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections under the leadership of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.Singh, who is believed to be close to Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, said, “When all the MLAs had met the three-member Kharge Committee constituted by the party high command in Delhi three months…

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“COVID-19 criticism ‘unwanted'”

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: At a time when Kerala has the highest number of active COVID-19 cases, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has rejected the criticism for alleged mishandling of the pandemic in the state and called it “unwanted.”Responding to the criticism being bombarded his way, in an article published in Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s magazine ‘Chintha’ he said Kerala has reported “no death due to lack of oxygen.” Moreover, “no one has been deprived of medical aid or bed.” The Chief Minister further questioned if Kerala’s model is “wrong” in the containment of COVID-19, then “which model should we adopt?”“There are discussions around the lines that the present containment strategy in the state is not appropriate,” he said.Vijayan further alleged that some people are trying to neglect the facts and “deliberately creating confusion.”Several Opposition leaders have also condemned the government for inappropriate handling of…

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Odisha CM inaugurates 10 more ‘transformed schools’

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday inaugurated another set of 10 ‘transformed schools’ in Hinjili of Ganjam district through video conference.The schools have been inaugurated in the second phase of the school transformation program under the 5-T initiative of the Odisha government. Earlier on Monday, Patnaik had inaugurated 10 ‘transformed schools’ in the Hinjili area.The ambitious school transformation program of the state government has been launched on August 21 and under this 50 schools will be transformed in five phases in Hinjili.Speaking at the occasion Patnaik said, “Dreams and possibilities are the identity of student life, dream big and make them come true by using the great talent within you. Your success is the pride of our society. Keep working until the goal of your life is fulfilled.”In the second phase of the school transformation program under the 5-T initiative,…

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“Land acquisition bill promotes crony capitalism”

Chandigarh (Haryana) [India]: Former Haryana Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday slammed the Haryana government for passing the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Haryana Amendment) Bill alleging that many of its provisions are “anti-farmer” and promoted crony capitalism.Addressing a press conference, Hooda said that the new law passed by the government disregards the landowners’ consent in the process of acquisition of land and is against the farmers welfare. “I have requested Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya to not pass this bill to the President. If need be, we will protest against this bill,” he stated.“The lands of the farmers are being snatched from them. They are not getting a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the crops. The price of fertilisers and pesticides has raised. This government has done nothing good for the farmers,” he…

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Kalyan Singh to be cremated today in Bulandshahr

Aligarh, Aug 23: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, who passed away on August 21, will be cremated at the Bansighat on the banks of holy Ganga river in Narora in Bulandshahr district on Monday.The 89-year-old senior BJP leader and the architect of Ram Janambhoomi movement, died at the SGPGIMS due to sepsis and multi organ failure after 48 days of hospitalization.Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Pushkar Singh Dhami will be present during the last rites, today. Senior BJP leader Uma Bharati along with UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also pay their last respects.At 1000 hrs, the Kalyan Singh’s body would be taken to Atrauli PWD guest house where the family members and people of his Madhauli village will pay their last respect. Atrauli is around 26 Km…

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Face of Temple Movement

New Delhi [India]: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, who passed away on Saturday, was closely associated with the Ram Temple movement and was one of the most prominent leaders of BJP who helped shape its rise in the most populous state of the country.Kalyan Singh became Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister for the first time in 1991 as BJP gained support over its demand for the construction of Ram Temple at the birthplace of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. Hailing from the Lodh community, Kalyan Singh helped BJP expand its social base among OBCs and weaker sections, especially in Uttar Pradesh. His political and administrative decisions also contributed to BJP’s rise in the state after the party first came to power in 1991.A two-time Chief Minister and a former governor of Rajasthan, Kalyan Singh also held various organisational posts in the BJP, both in…

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CM Arvind to inaugurate India’s first smog tower

New Delhi [India]: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will inaugurate the country’s first smog tower on August 23, 2021, at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, said Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday. Gopal Rai said the smog tower will clean 1,000 cubic metres of air every second and reduce PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels in Delhi. Rai added, “I am certain that the smog-tower built at the cost of Rs 20 crores will contribute immensely towards this cause. The smog tower will work with full force after the monsoon season. The scientists of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee will accordingly assess the performance of the tower and present a monthly report.” Environment Minister further added, “If the performance of the smog tower is found to be satisfactory, then we will replicate similar smog towers throughout Delhi.” “I am confident that the smog-tower…

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Himachal Pradesh CM urges people to participate in Covid-19 vaccination drive

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India]: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday urged the people of the State to participate in the vaccination drive against Covid-19 so that the spread of this pandemic could be checked against the possible third wave.The State Government has launched the vaccination campaign at a large scale and Himachal Pradesh was amongst the leading states in this drive, he said. While listening to the public grievances at Kangra Rest House on Wednesday, he said that “the State Government was fully geared up to handle the situation and all arrangements have been made to tackle the possible third wave of this pandemic effectively”.“The effective steps were being taken to strengthen health services in Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College Tanda and all major health institutions of the State”, he further said.The CM added, “Mukhyamantri Sewa Sankalp Helpline-1100 was proving…

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Goa CM : 16,000 litres of free water

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant celebrated Independence Day by hoisting the national flag in a state-level function at Panaji on Sunday. “On behalf of Goa citizens and the government, I would like to extend my greetings to every Indian on the occasion of our 75th Independence Day,” Sawant said. He announced that the state government will provide 16,000 litres of free water every month on per-month basis from September 1. “This will have its benefits. Water will be utilized in lower quantities by people. We have made the water bills free to provide them relief during the Covid-19 pandemic. This will benefit the marginalized people and we are working for their benefit,” added Sawant. He also said that Goa had become the first state to provide the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to 90 per cent of its eligible population.…

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Kejriwal to inaugurate 5 flag masts across Delhi

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will inaugurate five flag masts across Delhi on Sunday on the occasion of 75th Independence Day.Taking to Twitter, Delhi Chief Minister Office (CMO) informed that these 5 flag masts are amongst the 500 flags which will be installed by Republic Day. “On the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day, Hon’ble CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal will inaugurate 5 flag masts across Delhi while honouring the bravery of our Corona Warriors. These 5 flag masts are amongst the 500 flags which will be installed by Republic Day,” tweeted by Chief Minister Office (CMO) Delhi.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Independence Day celebrations from Red Fort in New Delhi on Sunday. He will hoist the national flag and deliver the customary address to the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort.Security has been tightened in the national capital…

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Karnataka CM does not want zero traffic rule for himself

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai has decided to not imply Zero traffic rules for his city travel in Bengaluru. Earlier, the Chief Minister along with his ministers were getting zero traffic to avoid traffic congestion during their travel in the city.However, to break away with this rule, Karnataka CM Bommai decided to not imply zero traffic on his travel. As per an official statement by the Chief Minister’s office, CM Bommai ordered to not provide him ‘zero traffic’ for his city travel in Bengaluru.On a similar note, the Bengaluru Traffic Police has issued an order mentioning that the signal will be free (green light) when ministers travel and also allow the ambulance to move during their travel.Earlier, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra had also denied that he doesn’t want this zero traffic system rule for himself.

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“When it comes to state, I’m Kannadiga first then Indian; Mekedatu project is our right”: Kumaraswamy

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Reiterating his stand on the Mekedatu project, former Karnataka Chief Minister and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday said that he is a Kannadiga first and then an Indian while adding that the water reservoir project is the right of the state.Briefing media persons, Kumaraswamy said, “I do not want to play politics in the name of water and the emotional issues, but when it comes to the state, I am a Kannadiga first and then an Indian. My state issues are important to me. I do not play politics in the name of nationalism. Let him (CT Ravi) be an Indian first, Mekedatu project is our right and we have to proceed towards building the project.” His remarks came in the backdrop of BJP leader CT Ravi’s statement over the issue.Earlier on Thursday, BJP national general secretary CT Ravi said…

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Kodagu locals send petition to PM

Kodagu (Karnataka) [India]: Locals from Karnataka’s Kodagu district have sent a petition to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Karnataka Chief Minister urging for the renaming of the Rajiv Gandhi National Park to General Cariappa National Park after Field Marshal KM Cariappa who hails from Kodagu. Naveen Mandappa and Vinay Kayapanda from Kodagu district of Karnataka have sent the petition, which they claim has been signed by over 6.000 people.The petition comes just days after the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award was renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award. Naveen Mandappa said, “Formerly known as Nagarahole National Reserve Forest was changed to Rajiv Gandhi National Park Nagarahole just to appease a particular family and its party. Why should it not be renamed to its past name or named after the first General of India who was from Kodagu. If it is renamed…

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CMs of Assam & Meghalaya meet

Guwahati (Assam) : Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad Sangma on Friday held a meeting and agreed to resolve border issues between the two states in a phase-wise manner focusing first on the less complicated areas of the dispute. In their meeting in Guwahati, the chief ministers agreed to form three committees to be headed by ministers of both the states to first focus on six of the 12 areas of dispute between the states. Sarma and Sangma were meeting within two weeks after they first met to discuss the issue in Shillong on July 23. The second chief ministerial-level meeting between Assam and Meghalaya was held at Assam Administrative Staff College here and was attended by cabinet ministers and top bureaucrats from both states. Addressing a joint press conference after the meeting, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said,…

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