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Centre designates Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen commander Bashir Ahmad Peer as terrorist for providing logistic support for infiltration in J-K

New Delhi : The Centre on Tuesday designated Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen's launching commander Bashir Ahmad Peer as terrorist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his role in terror activities including providing logistics to the banned outfit's terrorists especially for infiltration into Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir. Peer alias Imtiyaz Alam alias Haji, originally belonging to Babarpora area in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, is presently residing at Rawalpindi, Pakistan. A notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) declared that Peer has been designated as terrorist under UAPA, mentioning he is the "launching commander of Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen and carries Pakistan's Computerised National Identity Card No. 82203-7942470-9". As per the notification, Peer is responsible for providing "logistics to Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen terrorists, especially for infiltration into Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir and coordinates with other terrorist groups for terror activities in the Union Territory".The Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen terrorist has been involved in "routing funds for terrorism activities in Jammu and Kashmir". Besides, the notification said that Peer has been involved in "a number of online propaganda groups to unite ex-militants and other cadres for furtherance of activities of terrorist organisations Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and others." "The Central government believes that Bashir Ahmad Peer is involved in terrorism and he is to be notified as a terrorist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967," read the notification. Taking cognisance of Peer's involvement in terrorist activities, the Central government took the action against him to declare him a terrorist in the exercise of the powers conferred by clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, mentions the notification. The notification further mentioned that the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967) has been enacted to provide for more effective prevention of certain unlawful activities of individuals and associations and for dealing with terrorist activities. Besides, it noted, Clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 empowers the Central Government to notify the name of an individual in the Fourth Schedule to the Act, if it believes that he is involved in terrorism. The notification also mentioned that Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen is listed as a terrorist organisation under the First Schedule to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

Indian diaspora in Singapore celebrates Durga Pooja

The Indian diaspora celebrated Durga Pooja with much fervour and enthusiasm in Singapore this year. People were seen enjoying the dance and festivities of Durga Pooja in the island nation. People exuded happiness in participating in the Indian festival in a faraway land.

Telangana: Prime accused in Jangaon rape case arrested, say Police

Jangaon (Telangana) : The prime accused in the alleged rape of a minor girl in Jangaon and then putting the video on social media was arrested, said police on Tuesday. The incident occured in Chilpur, Sripatipalli in Jangaon District. According to police, the main accused Gurapu Shyam assaulted a minor girl and leaked the video on social media with the help of others. Police arrested Gurapu Shyam and produced him before the court. Meanwhile, four minors who helped in making the video viral, were also arrested. One of them was booked under POSCO and others were booked under the IT Act, said police. The investigation is underway.

J&K: Kashmiri Pandits celebrate Ram Navami puja in Kupwara

Kashmiri Pandits on Oct 04 celebrated Ram Navami festival at Bhadrakali Temple in Handwara area of Kupwara, J&K. They prayed for peace and prosperity in Kashmir valley and a safe return of migrated pandits. On this occasion, Kashmiri Pandits also held a special Pooja. Devotees from other parts of the country paid obscene amounts of money during the Pooja.

BJP questions credibility of KCR's national party plan after row over liquor distribution

Hyderabad (Telangana) : Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday raised questions on the credibility of the national party KCR which will possibly launch tomorrow. The remarks of the BJP spokesperson NV Subash came after Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader Rajanala Srihari was seen distributing liquor bottles and chicken to locals in Warangal, a day ahead of the possible launch of KCR's national party tomorrow. He distributed 200 chicken and liquor bottles to labourers. The cutouts of KCR and Minister KTR were seen in the video. Speaking to ANI, Subash said, "The act of ruling TRS party leader just a day before the launch of the national party by Telangana chief minister and TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao has raised questions on its credibility to serve people". "What message TRS wanted to give to the people by distributing chicken and liquor bottles publicly was released by TV channels," he added. Earlier today, slamming KCR, Congress leader Madhu Yashki called the Chief Minister a "brand ambassador of liquor". He alleged that KCR is "known for his drinking habits".Speaking to media, Yashki alleged that KCR is trying to make the people and youth of the state "addicted to liquor and drugs". "KCR is a brand ambassador of liquor. He not only drinks liquor but is also involved in the liquor scam. So this establishes that the TRS party supremo is known for his drinking habits. His passion for drinking and the way he is promoting liquor sales in Telangana. Instead of giving jobs, he is distributing liquor," he said. Yashki cautioned the people of the country stating that the Telangana Chief Minister has "looted and cheated" the people of the state. "The people of India should be aware Telangana CM is a drunken chief minister. He looted and cheated the people of Telangana. Image if this person comes at the national level. They are trying to make the youth of Telangana addicted to liquor and drugs. The TRS workers are doing this to please their leader," he alleged. Earlier, the sources said that it is strongly believed that CM KCR will announce the name of his national party on the occasion of Dussehra. TRS party's meeting will be held on Dussehra, October 5 at Telangana Bhavan here, an official release from K.Chandrashekar Rao's office said on Monday. So there are speculations that KCR, may reveal the details of his approach toward national politics after the meeting. It is also believed that a delegation of TRS party leaders will leave for Delhi to change the name of the party. According to the sources, it is also believed that KCR will be addressing a public gathering on October 9 in the national capital.

Rafales thunder over Chandigarh’s Sukhna lake during full dress rehearsal for Air Force Day

The Indian Air Force on October 04 conducted a full dress rehearsal over Chandigarh’s Sukhna lake ahead of Air Force Day. The IAF planes went on full display during the full dress rehearsal. The planes were seen showing off breathtaking air moves during the rehearsal. Air Force Day flypast is scheduled to take place on October 08 over Sukhna lake in Chandigarh. Air Force Day will be celebrated outside the Hindon base of Ghaziabad, this year.

KCR is trying to divide opposition for benefit of BJP: Congress leader Madhu Yashki

Hyderabad (Telangana) : Telangana BJP official spokesperson N V Subhash on Tuesday alleged that chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is going to launch a new national party in frustration as he has realised that he will be out of power in the state after 2023 assembly elections. KCR had led the Telangana movement playing with sentiments of people and finally succeeded in achieving a separate state for Telangana with the support of BJP. But he deceived people with his hollow promises on every front and now people have determined to throw out TRS government as they have fed up with KCR's false promises. "When KCR has launched the TRS party the situation was different in the state and people of the state have supported TRS and voted it to power with hope and aspirations. But KCR repeatedly deceived people with his empty assurances", Subhash accused. "KCR has decided to launch a new party with an intention to play politics at national level handing over state leadership to his minister son KTR as he has realised that he will be unemployed after assembly elections", Subhash said. There is no takers for KCR's new party and people are aware of his appeasement politics, the BJP leader said adding that he can not fool people at national level. People of the country have confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is heading towards for a new India and strong India, he further said. On the other hand Telangana PCC Campaign Committee Chairman and ex-MP Madhu Goud Yaskhi said, "It is a meaningless move by the CM of Telangana to form a national party. He has cheated the people of Telangana and now wants to cheat the people of the nation. This is just a cover-up of his failures and a tactic to divert the money from the Delhi liquor scam of his family members". "KCR is just trying to divide the opposition for the benefit of the BJP. Congress is the only way to a BJP-free country. If KCR wishes it, he should join Congress. However, the Congress does not want any alliance with the TRS party at the state level," he further said.

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TRS Supremo KCR likely to announce name of his national party on October 5

Hyderabad (Telangana) : Aiming to gain the stature of a national leader in the run-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is likely to announce the name of his national party on October 5. According to the sources, it is strongly believed that CM KCR will announce the name of his national party on the occasion of Dussehra. TRS party's meeting will be held on Dussehra at 11 am in Telangana Bhavan here, an official release from K Chandrashekar Rao's office said on Monday. CM KCR said that the notification for the bye-election to Munugodu Assembly would not affect the general body meeting organised on Dussehra and the members need not get confused. "As announced earlier, the party general meeting will be held at 11 am on October 5 in Telangana Bhavan. Leaders are requested to attend the meeting within the specified time," said KCR. So there are speculations that KCR, may reveal the details of his approach towards national politics after the meeting. It is also believed that a delegation of TRS party leaders will leave for Delhi to change the name of the party.According to the sources, it is also believed that KCR will be addressing a public gathering on October 9 in the national capital. A TRS leader Sreedhar Reddy said, "The people of the Nation are looking for a strong National platform as NDA failed in all aspects of governance. KCR spoke about the national platforms and going to the national level." Reddy said the Gujrat model failed utterly and the country is looking for a strong alternative. "Wait and watch for the CM KCR to announce the name of the national party," said Reddy. On the other hand, Telangana Congress leader and former MP, Madhu Goud Yaskhi said, "It is a meaningless move by the CM of Telangana to form a national party. He has cheated the people of Telangana and now wants to cheat the people of the nation. This is just a cover-up of his failures and a tactic to divert the money from the Delhi liquor scam of his family members". "KCR is just trying to divide the opposition for the benefit of the BJP party. Congress is the only way to a BJP-free country. If KCR wishes it, he should join Congress. However, the Congress does not want any alliance with the TRS party at the state level," said Yaskhi. BJP Rajya Sabha MP Dr Lakshman also retaliated and stated that "In a democracy, any political party has the right to run a national party. As KCR wants to start the national party on the occasion of Dussehra, I want to question KCR whether whatever promises were made to the people of Telangana are fulfilled or not? There is a lot of anger among the people of Telangana among all the groups of people."

IAF planes in full display over Chandigarh’s Sukhna lake ahead of Air Force Day

Indian Air Force on October 03 conducted an airshow at Chandigarh’s Sukhna Lake. IAF planes went on full display rehearsal ahead of Air Force Day. Combat aircraft, transport planes, and helicopters including Chinook heavy lift choppers took part in dress rehearsal. The planes were seen showing off several impressive air moves during the rehearsal. Air Force Day flypast is scheduled to take place on October 08 over Sukhna lake in Chandigarh. In a first, parade and flypast of Air Force Day have been moved out of the national capital region by the IAF. Air Force Day will be celebrated outside the Hindon base of Ghaziabad, this year.

Telangana CM takes note of Mulayam Singh's health status after latter shifted to CCU

New Delhi : Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday inquired about the health condition of MP Mulayam Singh Yadav who was shifted to the Critical Care Unit. The southern state's chief had called Singh's son Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav. The Telangana CM also told the SP chief that he would personally meet MP Mulayam Singh after Dussehra. Earlier Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar spoke to Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav enquiring about the health of Malayam Singh Yadav who was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Medanta hospital in Gurugram on Sunday. "Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on receiving information about the deteriorating health of Samajwadi Party Patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, had a telephonic conversation with his son and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav and inquired about his health. The Chief Minister has wished for the speedy recovery of Mulayam Singh Yadav," said a statement by the Chief Minister's Office. Mulayam was admitted to the hospital for several days, however, he was shifted to the ICU after a deterioration in his health yesterday. Akhilesh Yadav rushed to Delhi from Lucknow. Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Akhilesh Yadav and enquired about Mulayam Singh's health, said sources.The sources further said that PM Modi said whatever possible assistance is required, he is there to help. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to Akhilesh Yadav to enquire about his father's health. "Spoke to SP chief Akhilesh Yadav after information about the ill health of his father Mulayam Singh Yadav was received. I pray to God that he gets well soon," tweeted Singh. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also wished for a speedy recovery of the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister. "The news of ill health of Mulayam Singh ji was received. I wish him a speedy recovery," tweeted Rahul Gandhi. Meanwhile, SP leader Rakesh Yadav said on Sunday that Mulayam Singh's oxygen levels was decreased a little bit but as per doctors, there is no need to worry. "Mulayam Singh Yadav's health is stable. Today, his oxygen levels decreased a little bit but as per doctors, there is no need to worry. His routine checkup is being done daily," said Rakesh Yadav.

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Two including Myanmar national arrested in Mizoram, heroin worth 1.24 cr seized

Aizawl (Mizoram) : Two people were arrested including a Myanmar national, as the Special Narcotics Police Station team of Mizoram seized 248.36 grams of heroin valued over Rupees 1.24 crores. The police informed that the team of the Special Narcotic police station had received secret information. Based on that, it launched an operation at Durtlang Leitan, Selesih road area on Saturday. As per the police, 19 soap cases containing 248.36 grams of heroin, which were worth Rupees 1.24 crores were recovered from the joint possession of one Myanmar national and one person hailing from Manipur.The police team arrested both persons. They were identified as Thangzamuana (30 years old) of New Lamka, Churachandpur in Manipur and Myanmarese national Lianlamkho (26 years old) of Darkhai, Tonzang in Myanmar. A case was registered under sections 21 (b) and 29 of the ND & PS Act (The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act) and section 14 of the Foreigners Act, the police said. Further investigations are underway in the case.

Drone show organised at India Gate on occasion of Gandhi Jayanti

A drone show was organised at India gate on the occasion of 153rd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Oct 02. The drone show was organized by the Ministry of Culture. The show projected the life of Gandhiji.

Three arrested for conspiring to carry out terror attacks in Hyderabad

Hyderabad (Telangana): Hyderabad City Police on Sunday arrested three people including Abdul Zahed who was involved in several terror-related cases in Hyderabad for allegedly being involved in clandestine activities and conspiring to hurl grenades on public gatherings. As per the police, the intelligence units received specific information that Abdul Zahed along with his associates has received a consignment of four hand grenades and was going to carry out sensational terror attacks in Hyderabad, Telangana. The intelligence team acted swiftly and apprehended three persons from Malakpet today. The three arrested accused have been identified as Abdul Zahed, Mohammad Sameeuddin and Maaz Hasan Farooq, all three residents of Hyderabad. As per the police, during the preliminary investigation, it was found out that Abdul Zahed was previously involved in several terror-related cases in Hyderabad including a suicide attack on the Hyderabad City Police Commissioner's task force office, Begumpet in 2005. He was also in regular touch with Pakistani ISI-LeT handlers.Other than them, there are three absconding accused: Farhatullah Ghori alias FG, Siddique Bin Osman alias Rafique alias Abu Hamzala and Abdul Majeed alias Chotu. They are wanted in several terror cases and are working under the aegis of ISI being settled in Pakistan, the police said. In the past, they had recruited local youth and radicalised them to execute terror attacks such as a blast near Saibaba Temple in Dilsukhnagar in 2002, a bus blast at Ghatkopar, Mumbai suicide attack on the Task Force office in Begumpet in 2005. They had also attempted to cause blasts near Ganesh Temple, Secunderabad in 2004. Abdul Zahed in his confession has revealed that Farhatulla Ghori, Abu Hamzala and Majeed have revived their contacts with him. They also motivated and financed Zahed to recruit and carry out terror attacks in Hyderabad again. At the behest of Pakistan-based handlers, Zahed recruited Samiuddin and Maaz Hasan. During the search, four hand grenades were recovered from their possession which Zahed received from his Pak-based handlers. Five mobile phones, one motorcycle and cash worth more than Rs five lakh were also recovered by the police. He was planning to hurl these hand grenades targeting public gatherings through his group members, thereby causing terror and communal tension in the city, the police said.

President Droupadi Murmu pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on his birth anniversary

President Droupadi Murmu on October 02 paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in Delhi on the 153rd birth anniversary of the father of the nation.

Say "Vande Mataram" instead of "hello" on calls: Maharashtra govt directs officials

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : The Maharashtra government led by Eknath Shinde on Saturday issued a government resolution (GR) making it mandatory for all government employees to say 'Vande Mataram' instead of 'Hello' while receiving telephone or mobile phone calls, saying that the word 'hello' is an imitation of Western culture. The employees working in the government or in government-funded institutions would use 'Vande Mataram' instead of 'hello' while receiving telephone or mobile phone calls from citizens or government officials, as per the government order. The GR issued by the General Administration Department said that officials should also create awareness among the people who meet them to do the same."The word 'hello' is an imitation of Western culture and just a "greeting without any specific meaning and does not evoke any affection," GR said. Hitting back at the government over the decision, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA Waris Pathan said that the Shinde government is creating new drama just to distract the public from the real issues. "What will you do, if we do not say Vande Mataram? Will people get jobs by uttering Vande Mataram? Will farmers' loans be forgiven? Inflation will come down?" Waris Pathan's questioned the government.

“We moved thousands of troops…”, EAM Jaishankar explains standoff at LAC with China

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Oct 01 hailing leadership of PM Modi said that it took a leader like him to stand to the ground during Chinese aggression. During an interaction with students in Vadodara, Jaishankar said that, “Some leaders have belief, they know how to stand their ground. When the Chinese came to LAC, we were in the middle of COVID. We moved thousands of troops in the middle of lockdown. How tough it was to move people during lockdown, but it took a Prime Minister like that.”

Karnataka: Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in Mysuru on 25th day of Bharat Jodo Yatra

Mysuru (Karnataka) : Congress MP Rahul Gandhi along with party leaders attended an event at Badanavalu, Mysuru to mark the 153rd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, on the 25th day of Bharat Jodo Yatra. Rahul Gandhi offered a floral tribute to the Mahatma Gandhi statue at Khadi Gramodyog, Badanavalu Karnataka at 8 am followed by a prayer meeting. On the 25th day of Bharat Jodo Yatra, Gandhi visited Khadi Village Industries at Badnavalu in memory of Bapu, said Congress. "With Gandhi 'topi' on his head, Bapu's values in his heart and intention to unite India, Rahul Gandhi along with other participants of Bharat Jodo Yatra visited Khadi Village Industries at Badnavalu in memory of Bapu on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti," tweeted Congress.Gandhi also met women weavers and talked about their experiences and challenges at work. He undertook a tree plantation by Bharat Yatris Khadi Garmodyog, Badanavalu. Padyatra will resume at Sree Kaalibeeramma Temple Kadakola Industrial Mysuru junction at 4.30 pm and will halt at 7 pm at Bandipalya, near APMC. The participants of the 3,500-km march from Kanyakumari to Kashmir will stay near JSS Grounds, near Exhibition Grounds Mysuru. The march was aimed to cover as many as 12 states in five months. It recently reached Karnataka on Friday (September 30) and will be here for the next 21 days before moving north.The Padyatra (march) will cover a distance of 25 km every day. Meanwhile, Congress is holding internal elections for the post of the party's president for which as many as 20 nomination forms were submitted, including the ones of party leaders Shashi Tharoor, Mallikarjun Kharge, and KN Tripathi. Kharge, a known Gandhi family loyalist, entered into the fray at the eleventh hour, and several top leaders from the G-23 faction flanked Kharge when he filed the nomination papers today. Senior Congress leader and MP, Shashi Tharoor on Friday filed his nomination for the post of party President at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) office in the national capital. Kharge received support from nearly 30 Congress leaders for the party's presidential polls. Meanwhile, Jharkhand Congress leader KN Tripathi also filed his nomination for the party's topmost position yesterday and said that "the decision of party leaders is respected". Meanwhile, former Madhya Pradesh CM Digvijaya Singh dropped out of the Congress presidential race. He too extended his support to Kharge, saying he "cannot think of contesting an election" against a senior leader like Kharge. Singh was the second Congress leader to pull out of the race after Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot amid political turmoil in his state. Gehlot said he would be the proposer for Kharge. Nominations for the post of Congress president close at 3 pm on Saturday and results will be declared on October 19.

“We’re deeply concerned by China’s aggressive…”: US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin on October 01 said that the United States is deeply concerned by PLA’s aggressive, escalatory, and destabilizing military activities in the Taiwan Strait and elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific.

At least 174 killed in stampede after riot broke out at football match in Indonesia

Jakarta : The death toll rose to 174 after a riot at a football match in Indonesia broke out on Saturday. At least 174 people have been killed after a riot at a football match in Indonesia. The violence broke out at a stadium in East Java during a game between Arema and Persebaya Surabaya, reported The Straits Times. At least 174 people died in the stampede, Deputy East Java Governor Emil Dardak told local media on Sunday afternoon. Other official or government-backed sources put the number between 129 and 182. Video footage from local news channels showed people rushing onto the pitch in the stadium in Malang and images of body bags, reported The Straits Times. After the match in East Java province between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya ended on Saturday night, supporters from the losing team invaded the pitch to express their frustration, police said. Officers fired tear gas to control the situation, triggering a stampede and cases of suffocation, East Java police chief Nico Afinta told reporters. Meanwhile, Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday ordered a safety review of the country's football matches. In what appears to be one of the world's worst stadium disasters, more than 300 people were rushed to nearby hospitals, but many died on the way or in treatment. FIFA regulations state that no firearms or "crowd control gas" should be carried or used by the police. As reported by Sky News, Indonesia's chief security minister, Mahfud MD, has said on social media that the stadium was filled beyond capacity. While the sporting venue is only supposed to hold 38,000 people, he claimed 42,000 tickets had been issued. Indonesia's football league had said games would be suspended for a week - but Widodo has ordered all matches to be postponed until the investigation is concluded, reported Sky News. Arema has also been banned from hosting matches for the rest of the season. Further sanctions could follow. There have been previous outbreaks of trouble at matches in Indonesia, with an intense rivalry between clubs sometimes sparking violence between supporters.

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“Morning, afternoon, evening, he (PM Modi) kept asking…”: Jaishankar talks about ‘Op Ganga’

EAM S Jaishankar on October 01 recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alertness at the time of the evacuation of the Indian Nationals during Ukraine crisis. He said, “During op Ganga in Ukraine, he (PM Modi) kept monitoring, checking. It actually has an impact on the system... I'm sure that the thinking PM represents will be a bigger part of national thinking. So hopefully there won't be any need to change it over a period of time.”

PM Modi pays floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri on birth anniversary

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversary in Rajgath and Vijay Ghat respectively. PM Modi on this occasion also shared glimpses of Shastri's gallery in the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya in Delhi and urged the people to visit the museum. Gandhi's birth anniversary is globally observed as the International Day of Non-Violence, underlining his philosophy of non-violence to achieve social or political change. Paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 153rd birth anniversary, PM Modi tweeted, "This Gandhi Jayanti is, even more, special because India marks Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Maybe always live up to Bapu's ideals. I also urge you to purchase Khadi and handicrafts products to tribute Gandhi Ji." "Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji is admired all across India for his simplicity and decisiveness. His tough leadership at a crucial time in our history will always be remembered. Tributes to him on his Jayanti," he added. "Today, on Shastri Ji's Jayanti I am also sharing some glimpses from his gallery in the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya in Delhi, which showcases his life journey and accomplishments as PM. Do visit the Museum," he stated. Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar town of Gujarat, Mahatma Gandhi or Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi adopted a non-violent resistance and was at the forefront of the freedom struggle against colonial British rule. This led to India finally achieving its independence in 1947. Fondly known as Bapu, his unwavering belief in 'Swaraj' (self-governance) and 'Ahimsa' (non-violence) won him accolades across the world. Globally, Gandhi's birth anniversary is celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence. Several events are held in India and across the world to mark the occasion. Born in Uttar Pradesh in 1904, Lal Bahadur Shastri was the second Prime Minister of India and served from 1964 to 1966. He died in Tashkent on January 11, 1966, at the age of 61, soon after signing the Tashkent Pact with Pakistan.

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Congress facing bad times, says Jairam Thakur as party's Himachal working president joins BJP

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) : In a major jolt to the Congress ahead of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections later this year, the party's state unit working president, Harsh Mahajan joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday and said that the party has become "directionless and leaderless". Mahajan joined the BJP in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal today in the national capital.Speaking on the occasion, Mahajan said, "I was in Congress for 45yrs... today, Congress has become directionless, leaderless. There's neither a vision nor workers on the ground level." Reacting to the latest induction, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that Congress is facing a bad phase with the quitting of the party's working president. "Congress is facing bad times and you are seeing that situation in the whole country. Himachal Pradesh, which is on the cusp of elections, has a similar situation too," he told ANI. Thakur hinted that more such joining will be seen in the near future.Taking a jibe at Congress, Thakur said that two out of the four working presidents that the party appointed have joined the BJP, thus failing the bid to strengthen the party. "To strengthen the Congress, an arrangement was made that along with a president, 4 working presidents should also be made so that the Congress party would be kept together. They tried to make such attempts. Now out of those four, two working presidents have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party" he said. "Pawan Kajal was the working president of Kangra, he came first and Nalagarh MLA Lakhwinder Singh Rana, State Vice President of Congress Party, has also joined our party," Thakur added. The Chief Minister further welcomed Mahajan into the BJP. "And today I am happy that Harsh Mahajan Ji who is a senior leader of the Congress party and has also been a minister in the Himachal Pradesh government for a long time, was the working president of the Congress party and I can say that he was very close to Holly Lodge. He had an important role in making all the arrangements, making the strategy. So today he joined our party, I welcome him," he said. He said that half the Congress members are leaving the party and with the passage of time, more people are expected to quit the party. "I can say that more such things will be seen in the coming time. Half the Congress has left the party. So he is welcomed and greeted and we will give him full respect, place and recognition in the party and give him opportunities according to his stature," he said.

PFI accepts govt's decision, organisation dissolved: Kerala party general secretary Abdul Sattar

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala): Following the ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI), the Kerala state general secretary of the outfit Abdul Sattar on Wednesday said that the organisation has been dissolved. "All PFI members and the public are informed that the PFI has been dissolved. MHA has issued a notification banning PFI. As law-abiding citizens of our great country, the organization accepts the decision," said Sattar. He further said that the Popular Front of India has requested all members to stop their activities. On Tuesday, the Union home ministry had declared the Popular Front of India (PFI), and its associates or affiliates or fronts, as an unlawful association with immediate effect for five years, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. "PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts operate openly as a socio-economic, educational and political organization but, they have been pursuing a secret agenda to radicalise a particular section of the society working towards undermining the concept of democracy and show sheer disrespect towards the constitutional authority and constitutional set up of the country," said the government notification. The notification said PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts have been indulging in unlawful activities, which are prejudicial to the integrity, sovereignty and security of the country and have the potential to disturb public peace and communal harmony of the country and support militancy in the country. Along with PFI, the ban is also imposed on its fronts, including Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CFI), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation (NCHRO), National Women's Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala, as an "unlawful association". The notification clearly mentioned that the ban has been imposed against PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts for "indulging in unlawful activities, which are prejudicial to the integrity, sovereignty and security of the country and have the potential of disturbing public peace and communal harmony of the country and supporting militancy in the country. The Centre issued the ban citing the investigation of its agencies, mentioning "the investigations have established clear linkages between PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts". The notification mentions that the criminal activities and brutal murders have been carried out by PFI cadres for the sole objective of "disturbing public peace and tranquility and creating a reign of terror in the public mind".

Revamped New Delhi RS to integrate train services with buses, auto and metro rail services

Union Cabinet has approved Indian Railways’ proposal for the re-development of three major railway stations - New Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai CST. The project involves an investment of approximately Rs 10,000 crores. New Delhi railway station will integrate train services with buses, auto, and metro rail services. The New Delhi railway station will be redeveloped in a time span of approximately 2 to 3.5 years.

K'taka education dept orders probe into essay competition on Prophet Muhammad at school following protests

Gadag (Karnataka) : The Karnataka education department has ordered an inquiry into the incident in which the headmaster of a government school in Karnataka's Gadag asked students to write an essay on Prophet Muhammad following which activists of the right wing outfit Sri Rama Sene protested against him. Block Education officer Virupakshappa Naduvinamani told ANI, "I'll get the complaint copy from Sri Ram Sene. I'll also get information from the headmaster of the school and students and provide them to the deputy director." The state education department has ordered an enquiry. Abdul Munafar Bijapur, headmaster of the Government High School in Nagavi Village, had organised an essay competition on Prophet Mohammed. Subsequently, the right-wing activists barged into the school premises. The incident took place in the Government High School in Nagavi village. The activists barged into the school and heckled the headmaster, leaving the 172 students in a state of shock. The activists of Ram Sene accused the headmaster of trying to facilitate religious conversion. Sharanappa Gowda Haplad, a parent, said, "I came to know that the headmaster of the school was trying to impose Islam in the minds of students by conducting an essay writing competition and announcing Rs 5,000 prize money. The boys and girls in the hope of winning Rs 5,000 were made to write essays. His intention was to convert students. That's why I informed Sri Ram Sene activists. I want to know what's the intention of organising an essay competition on Prophet Mohammad."

Refurbished Ahmedabad railway station to be inspired by Modhera’s Sun temple

Centre on September 28 approved the Indian Railways’ proposal for the re-development of three major railway stations in the country. As per the proposed idea, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai CST will be revamped. The investment involved in the project is approximately Rs 10,000 crores. Ahmedabad railway station redesign inspired by Modera’s Sun temple. Modular technology to be used in the redevelopment of these stations.

Extension of free ration scheme will benefit crores of people: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the Union Cabinet's decision to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) will benefit crores of people across India and ensure support during this festive season. The Union Cabinet approved the extension for the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY-Phase VII) for a further period of three months, that is, October to December 2022. Under this welfare scheme, 5 kg of food grain per person per month is provided free of cost for all the beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) [Antodaya Anna Yojana and Priority Households] including those covered under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Financial implication for the Government of India has been about Rs 3.45 lakh crore upto Phase-VI of PMGKAY. With the additional expenditure of about Rs 44,762 Crore for Phase-VII of this scheme, the overall expenditure of PMGKAY will be about Rs 3.91 lakh crore for all the phases. "Today's Cabinet decision to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana will benefit crores of people across India and ensure support during this festive season," PM Modi said in a tweet.PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY), started during the difficult time of the COVID-19 crisis, has provided food security to the poor, needy and vulnerable households/beneficiaries so that they do not suffer on account of the non-availability of adequate foodgrains. Effectively it has doubled the quantity of monthly foodgrains entitlements being normally delivered to beneficiaries. The Prime Minister further said that the Cabinet decision on the redevelopment of New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus reflects the vision of the government. "India's infrastructure has to be futuristic. Today's Cabinet decision on the redevelopment of New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus reflects this vision of the Government. These stations will be modernised and further 'Ease of Living'," said the PM. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister had approved Indian Railways' proposal for the redevelopment of 3 major railway stations with an approximate total investment of nearly Rs 10,000 crore. According to the Union Cabinet, the railway station is an important and central place for any city. "Today's Cabinet decision gives a new direction to the station development. Work on the redevelopment of 199 Stations is going on. Out of these, tenders have been issued for 47 stations. Master planning and design for the remaining is underway. Work is progressing fast for 32 stations. Today, the Cabinet has sanctioned investment of Rs. 10,000 crore for 3 big stations, namely New Delhi, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Mumbai and Ahmedabad Railway Stations," the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs said in a statement.

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Jaishankar slams US media, F-16 package to Pak

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on September 25 raised questions about the "merits" of the US-Pakistan relationship and a relationship with Islamabad that has not served the 'American Interest'. He was addressing an event organised by the Indian American Community in Washington. He also took a dig at US media.

Karan Johar gets trolled by Danish Sait over his obsession with Alia Bhatt

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : The seventh season of 'Koffee with Karan' is coming to an end. The last episode of this year's season will be graced by comedians and influencers Kusha Kapila, Tanmay Bhat, Niharika NM and Danish Sait. On Monday, Karan took to Instagram and unveiled the episode's promo that has left netizens in splits, all thanks to the guests' roasting abilities. In the clip, the four get together to judge the Koffee With Karan Awards and take pot-shots at Karan, his style of asking questions and his constant references to Alia Bhatt in every episode.The highlight of the promo was Danish Sait trolling host and filmmaker Karan Johar's obsession with actress Alia Bhatt. "They say I talk a lot about Alia Bhatt, do I?" asked Karan. To which Danish replied, "I watched Brahmastra and it in Alia Bhatt keeps screaming 'Shiva... Shiva..' The equivalent of that on television is you saying Alia." In another segment, Kusha Kapila asked, "You have spoken about being in a relationship," to which Niharika added, "Do we know who it is?" Kusha added, "But Varun Dhawan supported that relationship." KJo clarified, "He found out by default." Tanmay Bhat asked Karan Johar: "Were you dating David Dhawan? You said he found out by default." Karan Johar replied: "No, I was not dating David Dhawan." Sharing the episode's promo, Karan Johar wrote: "It's the award season and a very special jury takes the couch this episode to decide the best of the best from this season! Hotstar Specials Koffee With Karan S7, Episode 13 streaming this Thursday 12 am only on Disney+ Hotstar." The seventh season of 'Koffee with Karan' witnessed guests like Gauri Khan, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Arjun Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Aamir Khan among others.

Virat Kohli surpasses Dravid to become India's second highest run-scorer in international cricket

Virat Kohli on September 25 surpassed Rahul Dravid to become the second highest run-scorer for India in international cricket. The star batter accomplished this feat in the third T20I against Australia in Hyderabad. Now, Kohli has a total of 24,078 runs in 471 matches across 525 innings at an average of 53.62. His best individual score in international cricket is 254 not out. 71 centuries have come from his bat along with 125 half-centuries.

Hyderabad: Navaratri celebrations in full swing at Mahankali Temple

New Delhi: The 9-day-long festival of Shardiya Navratri festival dedicated to Maa Durga and her nine avatars, is celebrated with much enthusiasm all across the country by Hindus. As it commenced today, marking the first day of the festivities, scores of devotees visited the Mahankali Temple at Basheerbagh in Hyderabad to take the goddess' blessings. Speaking to ANI about the occasion and how it will be celebrated at the temple, its priest, Mothi Shankar Tiwari said, "Annually this festival is celebrated with much pomp and show. Special arrangments are being made for the devotees who will be here."He continued, "There will be daily early morning aarti of Maa Durga, in the evening there will be special Navratri Pooja and at 9 pm there will be a Maha Aarti. On 5th like every year, there will be a 'Ravan Dehen' program." Meanwhile, Prem Lata, one of the devotees visiting the temple said, "Navratri is an auspicious occasion when we during all the nine days we pray to all the 9 avatars of Maa Durga. God bestows his blessings on us.""We come here annually to worship Maa Durga. There is happiness everywhere, which makes us all very joyful," added another devotee, Om Prakash. In India, Navratri is celebrated in a wide range of ways. Ramlila, a celebration in which scenes from the Ramayana are performed, is organised in various parts of the country. The burning of King Ravana's effigies marks the story's conclusion on Vijayadashami.

India wins global praise at UNGA

At the ongoing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session, India has been winning praise from several developing and developed nations both for its economic and foreign policy. Some of the most powerful voices, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and French President Emmanuel Macron have referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's India in a positive light, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also acknowledged the key role India can play in the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Rajnath Singh compares PM Modi with King Bharata at Himachal Pradesh event

Kangra (Himachal Pradesh) : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during his Himachal Pradesh visit on Monday compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi with King Bharata and said that peace-loving India should not be mistaken as being afraid of war. "India takes inspiration from great leader Bharata who opened the mouth of a lion to count its teeth and in today's era Prime Minister released Cheetahs. Peace-loving India should not be mistaken as being afraid of war," said Rajnath Singh in Himachal Pradesh. Singh addressed a public gathering organised to honour the families of martyrs at Bharoli village in Kangra district to mark the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav'. "We are constructing a new India that will give a sense of security and assurance to friendly nations. Those who want to cause damage to India or have such intentions will have to pay a huge price," he said. He further added that India never tried to harm the self-respect of any nation but when attempts were made to harm the self-respect of India, they have been given befitting replies. "The 1971 war will always be remembered in India's history for the courage and bravery of the Indian Armed forces. If that time decision was taken over PoK then it would have been with India not with Pakistan," he added. Singh further added that pre-planned terror activities were being operated from across the border and the defence forces acted on new strategies and executed Balakot air strikes and Surgical strikes. "Being a bordering state, people of Himachal Pradesh are strategic assets of the country and to provide them a better life is a responsibility of the government," he said. Singh added that since the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken charge, PM is working to build a strong infrastructure. "Excellent works has been in terms of border infrastructure. Roads bridges and tunnels have been constructed. And as a part of it Atal Tunnel which was pending for several years has been constructed in Himachal Pradesh," Singh said. "Earlier, India was known as a defence importer. Today, it is one of the top 25 defence exporters in the world. In just eight years, Defence exports have seen a jump of about 600 per cent. In the year 2014, India had just Rs 2000 Defence exports and it has increased to Rs 13,000 cr in the year 2021-22," said Singh. In the event, he bowed his head before martyr Vikram Batra's father. According to an official statement, Singh paid respects to the families of the war heroes, stating that the country will forever be indebted to the sacrifices made by the valiant soldiers. He stated that the Armed Forces will always be a source of inspiration to the people, especially the youth, as they possess the traits of discipline, devotion to duty, patriotism & sacrifice and are a symbol of national pride & trust. "Background, religion and creed don't matter, what matters is that our beloved tri-colour continues to fly high," he said. The Raksha Mantri asserted that India is the only country which has given the message of peace to the whole world and its military is respected across the globe for its bravery. While maintaining that India has never attacked any country, nor has it captured an inch of foreign land, he assured the Nation that if any attempt is ever made to disturb the harmony in India, a befitting reply will be given. "India is a peace-loving country, but it should not be mistaken with being cowardly or afraid of war. At a time when we were dealing with COVID-19 along with the entire world, we had to face the tension on the northern border with China. The courage of our soldiers during the Galwan incident proved that no matter how big the power is; India will never bow down," he said.

Money laundering case: Actress Nikki Tamboli connected to conman to get role in movie

Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez on September 26 got interim bail from the Patiala House Court. She appeared before the court following a summon in connection with the Rs 200 crore money laundering Enforcement Directorate (ED) case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekar and others. Additional Sessions Judge Shailender Malik while issuing notice to the ED on Jacqueline's regular bail petition, granted interim bail to her on a Rs 50,000 bail bond till the next date of hearing.

Kerala: Actor Sreenath Bhasi arrested for abusing journalist, released on bail

Kochi (Kerala) : Malayalam actor Sreenath Bhasi, who was arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a female journalist, was released on bail on Monday evening. A case was registered against him for allegedly misbehaving with a female anchor during an interview given to a YouTube channel. Last week, a journalist complained against Bhasi that the actor used abusive words against her and other crew members during an interview to promote his latest movie Chattambi. Police will further record statements of the complainant and witnesses and check the CCTV visuals of the hotel where the interview occurred. Reacting to the incident, the actor said on Saturday that he did not shout at anyone and it was his reaction as a normal human being. Following the incident, another clip of an earlier interview with a male radio jockey surfaced on the internet where Bhasi allegedly used abusive language. Sreenath Bhasi will be playing the lead role for the first time in the movie Chattambi.

IOCL takes step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat, launches AVGAS LL for pilot aircrafts

India has become self-reliant in production of AVGAS 100 LL, a principal grade of aviation gasoline used by Indian Defense and Flying schools across the country. Talking to ANI SM Vaidya, Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) said that earlier IOCL was importing AVGAS to meet India demand, now it is producing AVGAS at the IOCL refinery in Gujarat. Vaidya told ANI that by becoming self-reliant in AVGAS India will save approximately Rs 20,000-30, 000/Kilo Litre. “India has a consumption of around 3000-kilo litre per year, which was imported by IOC, now Gujarat refinery has enough capacity to not only cater to Indian demand, but can export also,” he said. IPC Chairman added that, “Demand in the aviation sector is growing. Our AVGAS initiative is not for only make in India, but also Make for world.” Today, Hardeep Puri, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Housing and Urban Affairs and VK Singh MoS Civil Aviation launched AVGAS 100 LL Barrel for trainee pilots aircraft at Hindan Airbase in Ghaziabad.

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Telangana secures first place in Swachh Bharat Grameen rankings, KCR calls it "reflection of transparent governance"

Hyderabad (Telangana) : Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said that the state secures first place in the Swachh Bharat Grameen rankings in the large states category under the Swachh Bharat Mission is a "reflection of the state government's performance" and "transparent governance". The rankings were announced by the Ministry of Jal Shakthi's National Jal Jeevan Mission. "Telangana, which is achieving sustainable development and stands as a role model in the country, once again clinched number one status in the Swachh Bharat Survekshan," he said.The Chief Minister said that the state government will proceed with an aim to build a "Green Telangana" by achieving Palle Pragati (rural progress) with "collective efforts". "CM KCR expressed his happiness on Telangana winning 13 awards under Grameen Swatch Bharat Mission in various categories and stood number one in the country," said an official release. KCR congratulated the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, senior officers, staff, sarpanches, and other officials who implemented the 'Palle Pragathi' programme. "Telangana, which is moving forward with unstoppable progress, is sharing its qualitative participation in the progress of the country. Every child of Telangana should be proud of it. We will continue this tradition," KCR said.

Congress leaders paste ‘PayCM’ posters in Bengaluru

Congress leaders DK Shivakumar, Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah, and MP Randeep Singh Surjewala, pasted ‘PayCM’ posters against Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai in Bengaluru on September 23. They were later detained. The QR code will take people to the ‘40 pc Commission Government’ website. The website was recently launched by Congress to file complaints against the Chief Minister.

PFI encouraged youth to join LeT, ISIS, Al-Qaeda to establish Islamic rule in India: NIA

New Delhi: Popular Front of India (PFI), its office bearers, members and affiliates in Kerala encouraged vulnerable youths to join terrorist organisations including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh and Al-Qaida and also conspired to establish Islamic rule in India by committing a terrorist act, reveals NIA remand copy submitted before a special court in Kerala. The Central agency also accused the PFI's members and cadres operating from Kerala to conspire to indulge in "unlawful activities by creating enmity between members of different religions and groups, prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, with the intention to disrupt public tranquillity and cause disaffection against India". The revelations came in an application for judicial remand of the accused Karamana Ashraf Moulavi, national in charge of PFI's Education Wing, and others. The case is being investigated by the NIA's Kochi branch. "The brief facts of the case is that the Popular Front of India (PFI), its office bearers, members and affiliates in Kerala have conspired to indulge in Unlawful Activities, by creating enmity between members of different religions and groups, prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, with an intention to disrupt public tranquillity and cause disaffection against India, propagating alternative justice delivery system justifying the use of criminal force causing alarm and fear amongst the general public, encourages vulnerable youths to join terrorist organisation including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)/Daesh and Al-Qaida and also conspired to establish Islamic rule in India by committing a terrorist act as a part of violent jihad," reads the remand copy. As per NIA, the PFI also spreads "dis-affection against India by wrongful interpretation of government policies to the particular section of people to create hatred against the state and its machineries". Considering the nature and gravity of the offence, the NIA later mentioned, the Ministry of Home Affairs' Counter Terrorism and Counter Radicalization (CTCR) division issued an order dated September 16 directing the agency to investigate the matter. Accordingly, the NIA registered the case at its Kochi branch on September 19 under sections 120B and 153A of IPC, Section 13, 18, 18B, 38 and 39 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against PFI and 13 others namely-- Karamana Ashraf Moulavi, Abdul Sathar (State General Secretary, PFI, Kerala), Sadiq Ahmed (District Secretary, PFI, Pathanamthitta), Shihas (Zonal Secretary, PFI), Ansari P (Joint Convener, PFI, Nadakkal Division), M M Mujeeb (Divisional Convener, PFl Nadackal Erattupetta Division), Najumudeen (Divisional Convener, PFI Mundakkayam), Sainuddeen T S (District Secretary, PFI, Kottayam), P K Usman alias Pallikkaranjalil Kunjippu Usman alias Usman Perumpilavu (Member, NGA, PFI), Yahiya Koya Thangal (State Executive Council member, PFI, Kerala), C A Rauf (State Secretary, Media and PR wings, PFI, Kerala), K Muhammedali alias Kunhappo (National in-charge, Expansion wing, PFI), and CT Sulaiman (District President, PFI Kasaragod). During the investigation, the NIA further mentions in the copy, "reliable information has been received that, some important documents, digital devices and articles which are evidence for the purpose of investigation and prosecution of the case and which will lead to unraveling the larger conspiracy behind the crime and also to identify and secure other suspects involved in the crime, are available in the various places including the houses/offices and other places related to all the accused named in the FIR, the organisation PFI and suspects in this case". Accordingly, after obtaining search warrant under section 93 CrPC from the special court in Kerala, the NIA said, searches were conducted at the residential premises of all the FIR named accused as well as the offices of Popular Front of India on September 22 and various articles and documents were seized. "The seized documents also contain highly incriminating materials related to the targeting of prominent leaders of a particular community," mentions the document accessed by ANI. "The hit list seized clearly shows that the PFI, which is working through its leaders, members and associates have gone far ahead in creating atrocities among the community," added the agency. Citing these inputs, the NIA further informed the court that more investigation is required in this aspect not only to obtain more evidence but also to prevent blood baths in society. During the investigation, based on the materials collected, the NIA further said, it has been disclosed that the "accused named in the FIR were actively involved in the organized crimes and Unlawful Activities repeatedly to terrorise other religious sections of the society besides creating fear in the mind of the general public based on the larger conspiracy hatched among themselves and others". "The initial scrutiny of the materials collected and investigation conducted, also points out the incriminating roles played by the accused in this case. A detailed probe is required to be conducted against each accused on their role and overt activities and more evidence have to be collected." The revelations came as the NIA, ED and state police forces arrested 106 PFI leaders, cadres and others on Thursday during searches carried out across India. The NIA carried out searches in 93 locations of 15 states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur. These searches were conducted at the houses and offices of the top PFI leaders and members in connection with five cases registered by the NIA following continued inputs and evidence that the PFI leaders and cadres were involved in the funding of terrorism and terrorist activities, organising training camps for providing armed training and radicalising people to join banned organisations.

“Obfuscates misdeeds in his own country”, India replies to Pakistan PM’s rant at UN

India on September 24 exercised its ‘Right of Reply’ against remarks made by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on minorities in India and the issue of Kashmir at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) debate. Indian diplomat Mijito Vinito reminded Pakistan to introspect before levelling false allegations against India. Vinto emphasised that instead of making claims over Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad should stop “cross-border terrorism”.

CBI launches 'Op Meghachakra' against online child sexual abuse in 20 states and UTs

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday launched 'Operation Meghchakra', in 20 states and UTs, across the country, against the circulation and sharing of child sexual abuse material online. A senior CBI official informed that under the operation, the searches are underway at 56 locations in 20 states-- including Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Telengana and Tamil Nadu-- and Union Territories in connection with two cases pertaining to online Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM). The searches are being carried on the basis of the inputs shared by the Interpol unit of New Zealand through Singapore. The exercise is code-named "Op Meghachakra" as the CSEM was downloaded and circulated through 'Cloud Space'. Raids are related to two cases that CBI has registered into the matter, it include the case registered by the CBI last year. In 2021, the CBI had carried out a similar crackdown code-named "Operation Carbon" in November when raids were conducted at 76 locations across the country against 83 persons and several persons were arrested. CBI is also the nodal agency for the Interpol. It is first probe agency to set a cyber crime unit, related to the investigations for cyber crimes in the country. Further details are awaited.

Manmohan Singh was ‘Extraordinary’ but India economically stalled during UPA-era: Narayana Murthy

Exuding confidence in the potential of the young generation to make India a worthy competitor of China, IT czar and Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy on September 23 lamented that economic activities in India were stalled during UPA's regime despite the fact that Manmohan Singh, the extraordinary man was at the helm of affairs.

Naxalism finished in Bihar, Jharkhand regions, says Amit Shah, lauds Sashastra Seema Bal for role in fight

Kishanganj (Bihar) : Lauding the role of the Sashastra Seema Bal in the battle against Naxalism, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said owing to their "tough fight", Naxalism has been finished in Bihar and Jharkhand regions. Shah, who is on a two-day visit to Bihar, inaugurated five Border Out Posts of SSB in Kishanganj today. "SSB jawans have fought a tough fight against Naxalism rampant in the northeast. As a result, Naxalism is on the brink of ending in Bihar and Jharkhand regions, we can even say it is finished here," Shah said while speaking on the occasion. Acknowledging their duty, the Home Minister said that the SSB has the toughest duty to perform because of the open border with Nepal and Bhutan. "Sitting in Delhi, one thinks you have the easiest duty as we've friendly relations with both nations (Nepal and Bhutan). But when one comes to the border, we realise that you have the toughest duty as it's an open border," he said."The responsibility increases if it's an open border. However friendly may the relations be, even if the neighbouring nations have no ill intentions, there are a few elements in society who use open borders for unauthorised earning - be it smuggling, animal smuggling or infiltration," Shah added. Earlier today, Shah offered prayers at Budhi Kali Mata Temple at Subhashpally Chowk of Kishanganj. Meanwhile, speaking on Nitish Kumar, Shah on Friday addressed the 'Jan Bhavna Mahasabha' rally and said that the people of the state will "wipe out the Lalu-Nitish duo" in the 2024 general elections and the party will come to power in the state in 2025. Addressing the 'Jana Bhavna Mahasabha' in Bihar's Purnea, Shah said, "In 2014, you (Bihar CM Nitish Kumar) only had 2 LS seats, 'naa ghar ke rahe the, naa ghaat ke'. Let the 2024 LS elections come, the Bihar public will wipe out the Lalu-Nitish duo. We're, with a full majority, going to come to power here in 2025 polls". Shah further said that Nitish Kumar does not favour any political ideology, and can join hands with any party to stay in power. "Nitish Kumar is not in favour of any political ideology. Nitish ji can leave socialism and go with Lalu ji also, can do casteist politics. Nitish ji can leave socialism and sit with the Left, Congress. He may also leave RJD and join BJP. Nitish has only one policy - my chair should remain intact," he said. The Home Minister said that a danger of "'Jungle-raj' is looming over Bihar".

Ankita Bhandari Case: Victim's body recovered from Chilla Canal in Rishikesh

The body of 19-year-old Ankita Bhandari, who had gone missing a few days ago, was recovered in the early hours of September 24 from the Chilla canal in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) confirmed. The 19-year-old receptionist was allegedly murdered by BJP leader Vinod Arya's son Pulkit Arya. He has been arrested along with other two accused. Additional Superintendent of Police Shekhar Suyal said, “The deceased's brother and father were here and they identified the body. The body found at the barrage is of Ankita Bhandari.” Search operation was going on from 7 am, we took out the body of a woman, her relatives came here and identified it to be the body of Ankita Bhandari. The body was taken to AIIMS in Rishikesh,” said SDRF official.

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Jacqueline remained connected with Sukesh, Nora cut ties, says EOW

New Delhi : Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police on Thursday questioned actor Noora Fatehi in connection with her relations and the gifts which she got from conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar who is in Tihar jail in a case of extortion of Rs 200 crore. Special commissioner of police, EOW, Ravinder Yadav said that her brother-in-law had got a BMW from Chandrashekhar in 2021. On Wednesday, EOW had also grilled Bollywood diva Jacqueline Fernandez for eight hours at its office in connection with the case. But both the actors have no direct connection with this case. Special Commissioner of Police (EOW) Ravindra Yadav told ANI that Sukesh would try to influence the Bollywood actresses as he was having a huge wealth of properties which he acquired through extortion. Delhi Police sleuths had called three persons today for questioning: Nora Fatehi, her brother-in-law Mehboob aka Bobby Khan and Pinky Irani. Irani is a person who approached Fatehi for gifts on the direction of Chandrashekhar. She was called to participate in an event at the studio in Chennai owned by Chandrashekar's wife Lena Maria, last year. In the event, Fatehi was offered a BMW car and a participation fee in the event. Fatehi, during questioning, said that she refused to take that gift, however, she told that they should give it to her brother-in-law Mehboob alias Bobby. Mehboob, who is a native of Morocco, mostly lives in Mumbai and works in the Bollywood industry. He had also directed the movie "Leela ek Paheli" in which Sunny Leone played a lead role. Mehboob recognised Pinky Irani today during the questioning. Sources said Pinky Irani's code word was 'Angel'. She introduced herself to Nora with the code name Angel. EOW officers said that she would often ignore Chandrashekar as he repeatedly tried to approach her through Irani. "Today, we called Fatehi, Irani and Mehboob and confronted each other. We also recorded their statements separately," said an officer. Meanwhile, EOW has also recovered a super bike, Ducati, costing around Rs 8 lakh from Prashant who is the manager of Fernandez. This bike was gifted by Chandrashekhar to Prashant. According to sources, Jaqueline was so convinced and influenced by Chandrashekhar that she would call him "man of her dreams" and was thinking of marrying him. Nora never met Chandershekhar. She had talked with him through Whatsapp, twice, source said. While speaking to ANI, Ravinder Yadav said, "There is more trouble for Jaqueline as she did not cut ties with Sukesh even after knowing his criminal antecedents. But Nora did disconnect herself once she suspected that something is fishy." In today's questioning contradictions were cleared that BMW was kept by brother-in-law of Nora as Nora refused to receive the gift Nora is also likely to turn witness in Delhi police case but the investigation is still on.

Modi Govt working to make Assam, Northeast region terrorism, dispute-free: Amit Shah

Centre and Assam government signed a tripartite peace accord with eight Tribal outfits of Assam in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah on September 15. Addressing the event, the Union Minister in Delhi said that the Modi Government is working towards making Assam and the Northeast region drug-free, terrorism-free, and dispute-free. “This is an important day for Assam and the Northeast. Many initiatives have been taken by the Modi Government to develop the Northeast region. Around 1100 persons of Adivasi outfits of Assam are surrendering arms and joining the mainstream today,” the Union Minister said.

"I am a victim of the conspiracy, not a conspirator": Nora Fatehi to EOW

New Delhi : Bollywood actor Nora Fatehi and Pinky Irani were questioned by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police on Thursday, for more than four hours in connection with the Rs 200 crore money laundering case involving jailed conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. Pinky Irani had apparently introduced Bollywood actors Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi to conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. Nora claimed in front of the EOW that she was a "victim of the conspiracy and not a conspirator". She also showed the screenshots of her chats with Sukesh to the police. During the interrogation, Delhi Police asked Nora, who had invited her to the charity event in Tamil Nadu. To this, Nora took the name of Afsar Zaidi. She claimed that Zaidi is also the promoter of Exceed Entertainment Private Limited for an event that was organised by Super Car Artistry. On being asked about who paid for her travel and other expenses, she took the name of Leena Paul, to the "best of her knowledge", and claimed that she owns Nail Artistry. When asked about the event, Nora called it a "charity" event. The event was held at a 5 Star Banquet in December 2020. Its booking was done through her agency Exceed Entertainment Private Limited and was organised by LS Corporation and Nail Artistry. The police further told Nora about Sukesh's claim, where he said that Nora had insisted on a BMW 5 Series Car for attending the event, a claim which Nora denied stating that she was gifted the car instead as a "token of love and generosity". Nora was further asked about her reply to the BMW offer, to which she said that she refused the offer as she already had a BMW. She was also asked whether she had met Leena and Pinky at the event and if she had received any gifts from them.Nora answered Delhi Police that Leena met her at an event and gifted her a Gucci bag and an iPhone. She also said that Leena connected her call with her husband, who according to Leena was a big fan of Nora. As per Nora, it was this time only when she was informed that she is being gifted a BMW. Nora also claimed that she received a call from Shekhar alias Sukesh after this, and she gave her cousin's husband named Bobby's number to him for future dealings. When asked, when exactly she found Sukesh suspicious, Nora answered that when she started receiving calls and texts regularly from Sukesh, and when he started luring her with gifts, she understood his intentions and broke all relations with him and his managers. Earlier on Wednesday, Jacqueline Fernandez also appeared before the EOW, where she was interrogated by putting her in front of Pinky Irani. According to sources, Jacqueline and Pinki Irani engaged in a war of words during the Delhi Police interrogation on Wednesday. Earlier on September 2, Nora Fatehi was grilled by the EOW officials for over nine hours and was asked roughly around 50 questions. Police officials said that questioning so far has surfaced that Nora and Jacqueline Fernandez who has also been linked with Sukesh Chandrashekhar, were both unaware of each other receiving gifts. According to sources, Sukesh initially tried to trick Nora only, but once he wasn't successful in his attempt, he tried his hands on Jacqueline. Not just Jacqueline, but as per sources, Sukesh used to lure even those near Jacqueline with expensive gifts. He gifted Jacqueline's hair-stylist an iPhone and also booked a hotel in Kochi for her birthday party. Sukesh Chandrashekhar has been accused of running an extortion racket worth Rs 200 crore when he was lodged in Rohini jail, from Aditi Singh, the wife of jailed former Ranbaxy owner Shivinder Singh, posing as officials from the union law ministry and the PMO, on the pretext of getting her husband out on bail. Sukesh Chandrashekhar, a native of Bengaluru in Karnataka, is currently lodged in a Delhi jail and faces over 10 criminal cases registered against him.

Salman Khan's farmhouse recced by Lawrence Bishnoi gang

Amid the ongoing investigation in connection to threat letter to Bollywood actor Salman Khan, Delhi Police Special Cell CP HGS Dhaliwal on September 15 in Delhi, informed that the Lawrence Bishnoi gang recced the actor’s farmhouse. “They had done recce of Salman Khan's farmhouse and had also spoken to locals. They had also procured a car and a bike. They felt they can execute this even with a small weapon, they had pistols,” he said.

"If crime is happening in BJP-ruled states, is their CM doing it": Tejashwi on Giriraj Singh's allegation against Nitish Kumar

Patna (Bihar) : Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday lashed out at Union Minister Giriraj Singh over his allegation against Nitish Kumar in the Begusarai shooting incident and asked, "if there is a rape taking place in any BJP-ruled state, is it their Chief Minister who is doing it?" Earlier today, Singh sought to blame Nitish Kumar over the firing incident in Begusarai which claimed the life of one person and injured nine others on Tuesday evening. "The way Nitish Kumar is trying to spread frenzy by linking the serial firing in Begusarai with caste, it seems that Nitish Kumar has got the firing done," Singh tweeted in Hindi. Tejashwi attacked Singh over his remarks. "If crime is happening in BJP-ruled states, is it their CM doing it? If there is a rape happening, is it their CM who is doing it?" the RJD leader said.Tejashwi alleged that BJP is the "Badka Jhootha Party" while stating that there is a "janta raj" in the state. The remarks of the RJD leader came after the BJP criticised the law and order situation in the state following the Begusarai shooting incident. "Some people are trying to give the (Begusarai) incident a different colour. It is 'Janta raj'. BJP's full form is 'Badka Jhootha Party'. They never do as they say, all they do is divide people and poison society"," Tejashwi said. "On what basis does BJP question our law and order situation? Huge crimes take place in Uttar Pradesh every day, is it 'Ram-raj' there?" he added. Earlier on Wednesday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that a probe should examine all angles in the firing incidents that took place in Begusarai.

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Ankita Lokhande praises Mouni Roy for her performance in 'Brahmastra'

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Television actor Ankita Lokhande, on Tuesday, praised Mouni Roy on social media for her performance in 'Brahmastra'. Ankita posted the movie poster featuring Mouni's character 'Junoon' on her Instagram Story and wrote, "Dear Mouni watched brahmastra yesterday and ur performance was fantastic and absolutely up to the mark. u made us proud. Keep it up and keep growing Lots love and success to u."Mouni reposted the story and thanked her, she wrote, "Thank You so much Ankita, Lots of love back."Earlier, Mouni's husband Suraj Nambiar and her friends including Arjun Bijlani, Remo Dsouza, and others met and watched 'Brahmastra' together and even donned a customised T-shirt with her character Junoon's print. 'Brahmastra Part One: Shiva' which was produced by Star Studios, Dharma Productions, Prime Focus, and Starlight Pictures theatrically released on September 9th, 2022, in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam. The movie shattered records on its opening day as it became the highest non-holiday day 1 grosser for a Bollywood film in net terms.

Cyrus Mistry death: Mercedes experts team from Hong Kong arrives for car inspection in Thane

Mercedes team of experts from Hong Kong reached the Mercedes showroom in Thane on September 13. This is for the investigation and inspection of Indian Businessman Cyrus Mistry’s crashed ‘Mercedes car’. Former Tata Sons Chairman Cyrus Mistry died in a road accident in Maharashtra’s Palghar area on September 04. Mistry died while he was en route from Ahmedabad to Mumbai.

Spirit of Bharat Jodo Yatra is to bring Indians together, irrespective of religion, community: Rahul Gandhi

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)-Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the spirit of the Bharat Jodo Yatra is to bring Indians together irrespective of religion, community and remind them that this is one country and it will be successful if we stand together and are respectful towards each other. While addressing the people, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said, "The spirit of this yatra is to bring Indians together regardless of religion, community and remind them that this is one country and it will be successful if we stand together and are respectful to each other." Congress' Bharat Jodo Yatra entered its seventh day on Tuesday. Party leaders led by Rahul Gandhi started the march from Kaniyapuram today. The Yatra is in its Kerala leg and would traverse through the state for the next 17 days. Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi said, "India's dream is broken, not scattered. To accomplish the dream, we are connecting India. 100 km done. And, we have just begun." The 3,500-km march from Kanyakumari to Kashmir will be completed in 150 days and cover as many as 12 states. From Kerala, the Yatra will traverse through the state for the next 18 days, reaching Karnataka on September 30. It will be in Karnataka for 21 days before moving north. The Padyatra (march) will cover a distance of 25 km every day. A political row erupted after Congress posted a picture of a burning pair of RSS shorts on Twitter. Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha President Tejasvi Surya said the picture depicted that the fire Congress has stoked in the past has burned their political fortunes in the country. Earlier Congress tweeted a picture of burning 'Khakhi' shorts and wrote, "To free the country from shackles of hate and undo the damage done by BJP-RSS. Step by step, we will reach our goal". The INC tweet came in light of the current Bharat Jodo Yatra which marks day 6 today. In a series of tweets, Survya recalled various incidents of violence in the past including the Delhi Sikh riots in 1984 and Godhra incident in 2002 where Karsevaks were burnt alive. The BJP leader hit out at Rahul Gandhi who is leading the Yatra and is currently in Kerala, and said that he is "fighting against the Indian state". Making a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi for meeting controversial Catholic priest George Ponnaiah, Union Minister Ajay Bhatt on Sunday slammed him for supporting people who want to divide India and said that Congress has been opposing every decision of PM Modi including the scrapping of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and the surgical strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). Reacting to Catholic priest George Ponnaiah's controversial statement "Jesus Christ is the real God, not like Shakti," Bhatt said that Rahul Gandhi is meeting "divisive personalities, Congress has consistently stood in support of former party president Rahul Gandhi on the priest controversy." "Initially it talked about containers and later about Rahul Gandhi's shirt and shoes. Tomorrow it will raise some other frivolous issues," party leader Jairam Ramesh said at Neyyattinkkara in Thiruvananthapuram district. "We just started our yatra but it seems the BJP is really worried over the unprecedented response it is getting. We can gauge it from its leaders' reactions. Like PM Modi he is not spending public money on his clothing," Ramesh said. According to Congress, the 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' is being held to combat the divisive politics of the BJP-led Centre and to awaken the people of the country to the dangers of economic inequalities, social polarisation, and political centralization. The Yatra includes Padayatras, rallies, and public meetings which will be attended by the senior Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Notably, all the party MPs, leaders, and workers along with Rahul Gandhi are staying together. Sleeping beds, toilets, and ACs are also installed in some of the containers. During the journey, the temperature and environment will differ in many areas. The arrangements have been made keeping in view the intense heat and humidity with the change of place. The Congress suffered a debacle in the assembly polls held earlier this year and the Yatra is seen as an attempt to rally the party rank and file for the upcoming electoral battles.

BJP trying to make Sonia Gandhi PM through backdoor, alleges Kejriwal in poll-bound Gujarat

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on September 13 attacked BJP in poll-bound Gujarat and alleged that the party is trying to make Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi as the "Prime Minister through the backdoor" and "successor" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kejriwal was responding to a question about BJP leaders stating that social activist Medha Patkar would be AAP's Chief Ministerial candidate in the Gujarat assembly polls.CM Kejriwal said, “I have heard that BJP will make Sonia Gandhi as the PM candidate after PM Modi. Ask them what they have to say about this. Ask them that Kejriwal has alleged that you are going to make Sonia Gandhi a PM candidate and the successor to PM Modi at the national level. What do they have to say on this? The BJP is trying to make Sonia Gandhi the PM of the country through the backdoor. Ask them this question.”

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Tamannaah Bhatia, Madhur Bhandarkar's action entertainer 'Babli Bouncer' trailer out

New Delhi : Makers of the upcoming action entertainer film 'Babli Bouncer' unveiled the trailer on Monday. Taking to Instagram, Disney+ Hotstar dropped the trailer, which they captioned, "Asola Fatehpur ki yeh chhori, is here to do some 'Bouncergiri'! Get ready to meet #BabliBouncer, trailer out now! #BabliBouncerOnHotstar streaming from Sept 23 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu."Helmed by the National Award-winning director Madhur Bhandarkar, 'BabliBouncer' is all set to premiere exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar from September 23, 2022, in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. In the 2-minute 30-second long trailer, actor Tamannaah Bhatia can be seen in a funny and action avatar, as she is portraying the role of a woman bouncer. 'Babli Bouncer' is touted as a coming-of-age feel-good story with a slice-of-life comedic tone set in the real 'bouncer town' of North India - Asola Fatepur. It will see Tamannaah Bhatia in a never seen before avatar, as Babli Bouncer. Produced by Star Studios and Junglee Pictures, 'Babli Bouncer' is directed by Madhur Bhandarkar and stars Tamannaah Bhatia, in the lead along with Saurabh Shukla, Abhishek Bajaj and Sahil Vaid in pivotal roles. Meanwhile, Tamannaah's other film 'Gurtunda Seetakala' is also slated to hit the theatres on the same day, September 23, 2022. Helmed by Nagashekhar, the film is a romantic drama which also stars south actor Satya Dev in a prominent role.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina arrives in Delhi for a 4-day official visit | Sheikh Hasina India visit

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on September 05 arrived in Delhi. She is on a 4-day visit to India.

Delhi liquor scam: Anurag Thakur calls AAP 'bewdi sarkar'

Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh) : Amid the ongoing faceoff between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the alleged liquor scam, Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Monday called AAP a "bewdi sarkar" and alleged that Delhi Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister were involved with the mafia in the liquor scam. Speaking to media persons in Hamirpur, the Union Minister said they are encouraging the liquor mafia. "The Health Minister of Delhi government is in jail, while the Health Minister of AAP-led Punjab government was also in jail. Imagine the condition of the government whose ministers are in jail for corruption. They are encouraging the liquor mafia. AAP doesn't have an answer to it. It is a corrupt government. This is the identity of Arvind Kejriwal-led Bewdi sarkar," said Thakur. "The AAP government is known for their corruption," he added, stating, "Manish Sisodia is involved in a huge scam while Arvind Kejriwal is the kingpin of corruption. AAP is unable to provide an answer till today. Its silence on the liquor scam for 15 days now says a lot," he said. The excise policy was passed in Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Cabinet in the middle of the deadly Delta Covid-19 pandemic in 2021. The Delhi government's version is that the policy was formulated to ensure the generation of optimum revenue, and eradicate the sale of spurious liquor or non-duty paid liquor in Delhi, besides improving user experience.The Delhi government's version is that the policy was formulated to ensure the generation of optimum revenue, and eradicate the sale of spurious liquor or non-duty paid liquor in Delhi, besides improving user experience. The CBI had filed a case against alleged corruption in the 2021-22 excise policy. The excise policy was subsequently withdrawn by the AAP government. Earlier this month, CBI raids on Manish Sisodia's official residence in connection with the alleged corruption in the implementation of Delhi's Excise Policy. Sisodia was among 15 others booked in an FIR filed by the CBI. Excise officials, liquor company executives, dealers, some unknown public servants and private persons have been booked in the case. It was alleged that irregularities were committed including modifications in the Excise Policy and undue favours were extended to the license holders including waiver or reduction in licence fee, an extension of L-1 license without approval etc. However, Sisodia and the AAP have said the corruption allegations are politically motivated. Sisodia had alleged on August 22, that he has received an offer by the BJP to join them by splitting the AAP in return for getting the cases of CBI and ED against him closed.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina meets EAM S Jaishankar in Delhi | India News

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar on September 05 in New Delhi. Sheikh Hasina is in India for a four-day visit. Issues on top of the agenda are upgrading defence cooperation, expanding regional connectivity initiatives and establishing stability in South Asia.

Gujarat has become centre of drugs: Rahul Gandhi

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) : Hitting at the BJP government in the state, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that Gujarat has become the centre of drugs. "Gujarat has become the centre of drugs. All drugs are moved from Mundra port but your government doesn't take any action. This is the Gujarat model. Gujarat is one state where you have to take permission before protesting; permission from those against whom protest will be done," said Rahul Gandhi. He further said if Congress comes to power in Gujarat, farmers' debts upto Rs 3 lakhs will be waived off. "Sardar Patel was the voice of the farmers... BJP on one side makes his tallest statue and on the other side, works against people for whom he fought... if we come to power in Gujarat, we will waive off farmers' debts upto Rs 3 lakhs," he said in Ahmedabad. Earlier on Sunday, Rahul Gandhi came down heavily on the Narendra Modi-led Central government and said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are dividing the country and a sense of fear has engulfed the minds of people about " their future, inflation and unemployment and that's turning them towards hate.""Hatred is rising in India. Fear of inflation and unemployment is increasing in India, and due to this hatred is rising. BJP and RSS dividing the country and creating fear in the country. Who gets the benefit of this fear? Is it poor, farmer, or small traders who are getting any benefit from the Narendra Modi government? Only two industrialists in the country benefitting from this fear and hatred," said Congress MP. He further said that the Modi government's policies are benefitting only two big industrialists. "BJP giving all the benefits to two people. Now see Narendra Modi did demonetisation. Did it help the poor? The three farm laws that were withdrawn later by the govt were not for farmers but it was for those two industrialists only. But the farmers came on the road and showed their power to Narendra Modi and when PM Modi saw this, he had to take back the three farm laws," he said. The Congress leader further said that the Modi government broke the backbone of small and medium enterprises. "In one way, you are being affected by unemployment and secondly, you are hit by the price rise. Narendra Modi asks what has Congress done in seventy years. I will say this, that in seventy years, Congress has not shown such price rise to the country and when the Opposition wants to raise the issue in Parliament then Narendra Modi's government doesn't allow it. Whether it is farmers' issue or China," he added. Speaking on the misuse of Central probe agencies, Rahul Gandhi said that he is not afraid of Enforcement Directorate (ED) and their questioning. "The ED asked me to sit for 55 hours but I am not afraid of your ED. Whether it is 55 hours or five months or five years," he said.

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Telangana CM KCR, Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav offer prayers at Patna Sahib Gurudwara

Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao along with Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav visited Patna Sahib Gurudwara on August 31. They offered prayers at Gurudwara.

Azad's exit won't have major impact on Congress in J-K: Party sources

New Delhi- The Congress is not in any trouble with Ghulam Nabi Azad's exit, however, there could be some impact on a few seats in the Chenab Valley and surrounding areas in the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, party sources said. This comes as political activity in J-K has picked up pace in anticipation of Assembly polls. The party alleged that Azad never allowed any leader to grow in Jammu and Kashmir while adding that the people who left the party because of Azad, will rejoin the party soon. Party sources said that Azad had been planning to leave Congress for the last two years, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he delayed taking the decision. "In the last seven-eight years, Azad did not participate in any AICC programme held in Jammu and Kashmir. The people who left the party because of Azad will rejoin the party soon. Azad had been planning to leave the Congress party for two years, but due to Covid, there was a delay in taking the decision. Ghulam Nabi Azad's nexus is with the BJP and Azad is also getting the support of central agencies in the state," the sources alleged. It further said that Azad is part of a bigger conspiracy, speaking on someone else's script adding that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will soon know for whom he is working. Talking about these big allegations, a source working for the Jammu and Kashmir unit of Congress said that the party is not in any trouble with Azad's exit. However, there could be some impact on a few seats in the Chenab Valley and surrounding areas. "The strategy of the Congress is clear, the state president and working president will go to all the assembly seats in the state and a large number of people will join the Congress party. Those of the Congress party who used to benefit from Azad have gone and will go further. People like former Deputy Chief Ministers Tarachand and Manohar Lal, who used to come to the Congress till a day before Azad left the party and said that we will explain to Azad Saheb, also left the party," the sources said. Speaking on the allegations levelled by Azad on the Congress, the source said that Azad's statement that the party did not consider the opinion of the state committees is completely wrong. "Rahul Gandhi himself talked to Azad to find out what problem he has with the Congress but Ghulam Nabi Azad never gave a clear answer," the source said. The Congress party was expecting that Azad would say something on the Bilkis Bano issue, but he kept quiet which made the party uncomfortable.Talking about the regional parties with which the Congress will form an alliance for the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that the Congress will look into the possibilities of an alliance with the National Conference. Former Union Minister Azad, who quit the Congress last week and has decided to float a political party and will hold a public meeting on September 4 at Sainik Colony in Jammu. This will be his first meeting since he snapped his nearly 50-year-long association with Congress. Azad has said that he will launch a new party soon and the first unit will be formed in Jammu and Kashmir in view of impending assembly polls. Azad was Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir from 2005 to 2008. With Azad signalling that he will float a new party, several leaders have resigned from the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir. Former Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand is among 64 leaders who have resigned from the Congress. In an indication of his political stock even as he has resigned from Congress, three party leaders who are members of Group of 23 met him at his residence in the national capital on Tuesday. Azad was also a member of G-23. In his resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi, Azad had targeted party leadership, particularly Rahul Gandhi, over the way the party has been run in the past nearly nine years. In the hard-hitting five-page letter, Azad had claimed that a coterie runs the party while Sonia Gandhi was just "a nominal head" and all the major decisions were taken by "Rahul Gandhi or rather worse his security guards and PAs". Azad had said he was submitting his resignation with "great regret and an extremely leaden heart" and severing his about the 50-year association with the Congress. He was earlier Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. Recounting his long association with the Congress, Azad had said the situation in the party has reached a point of "no return." "Unfortunately, the situation in the Congress party has reached such a point of no return that now 'proxies' are being propped up to take over the leadership of the party. This experiment is doomed to fail because the party has been so comprehensively destroyed that situation has become irretrievable. Moreover, the 'chosen one' would be nothing more than a puppet on a string," he said. While Azad took potshots at Sonia Gandhi in the letter, his sharpest attack was on Rahul Gandhi and he described the Wayand MP as "non-serious individual" and "immature".

Ganesh Chaturthi: PM Modi performs ‘Aarti’ at Piyush Goyal’s residence

On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 31 visited the residence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal. PM Modi also performed ‘Ganesh Aarti’ at his residence.

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Sara Ali Khan shines bright in white

Fitness junkie and Bollywood diva Sara Ali Khan made a remarkable appearance in Mumbai. Sara flaunted her flawless body in sportswear. The ‘Kedarnath’ star was clad in a white crop top and multi-coloured shorts. She completed her look with a stylish bag and matching footwear. On the work front, she will be next seen in the movie ‘Luka Chuppi 2’ with Vicky Kaushal.

Arvind Kejriwal slams Gujarat Govt for drug smuggling in state

New Delhi : Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday slammed the Gujarat government for the smuggling of drugs in the state. He lashed out at the Gujarat government and said that you (government) are pushing the youth of the country into darkness. He took Twitter to say, "Who is bringing drugs on such a large scale in Gujarat? Who is the owner of this business? Imagine how many days you must be going out without getting caught. Is the business of drugs on such a large scale possible without the connivance of top people? You are pushing the youth of the country into darkness." Kejriwal tweeted this after Punjab police recovered 38 kg of heroin. Notably, Punjab Police on Sunday recovered 38 kg heroin concealed in a toolbox of a truck coming from Gujarat and arrested two persons, said Director General of Police (Punjab) Gaurav Yadav here.The DGP said that the two arrested persons are a truck driver identified as Kulwinder Ram alias Kinda and his accomplice identified as Bittu, both residents of Balachaur, SBS Nagar besides booking two drug smugglers identified as Rajesh Kumar alias Sonu Khatri of Rakkara Dhahan and Som Nath alias Bikko of Karawar. The Police have also impounded the truck, he added. Inspector general of police, Ludhiana Range, Surinder Pal Singh Parmar, and Senior Superintendent of Police, Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar, Bhagirath Meena, in a joint press briefing informed, "The police had received secret information that a drug smuggler identified as Rajesh Kumar, along with his accomplices Som Nath Bikko, Kulwinder Kinda and Bittu, is engaged in the business of supplying large quantities of heroin in different areas of Punjab by bringing the drug from other states through the truck." Following this information, an FIR was registered on August 27 under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act at the City Nawanshahr police station, he said adding that a special nakabandi was conducted at Mahalon Bypass in SBS Nagar. "During the nakabandi when the police party signalled the truck to stop, the truck driver Kulwinder Kinda tried to run away but the police party managed to catch him and Bittu and recovered 38 kg packet of heroin wrapped in a tarpaulin and concealed in a toolbox of the truck," he said. The SSP said that the Police are conducting raids to nab accused Rajesh Kumar and Som Nath and will soon be arrested. The accused Rajesh Kumar alias Sonu Khatri is a professional criminal and facing over 19 cases of heinous crimes including murder, hurt, illegal activities, forgery, NDPS Act and Excise Act. While Kulwinder Kinda was convicted and sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment in an NDPS case registered at Nurmahal Police Station regarding 3.45 Quintal Poppy Husk recovery.