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Isha Ambani, Anand Piramal blessed with twins

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's daughter Isha Ambani and her husband Anand Piramal are blessed with twins, informed the Ambani family through an official release on Sunday. On November 19, Isha and Anand welcomed their twin-baby girl and baby boy. Ambani family said, "We are delighted to share that our children Isha and Anand have been blessed by the Almighty with twins on 19th November 2022. Isha and the babies, baby girl Aadiya and baby boy Krishna are doing well. We seek your blessings and good wishes for Aadiya, Krishna, Isha and Anand in this most important phase of their life."Isha and Anand Piramal, the son of Swati and Ajay Piramal -- founder of Piramal Realty, a leading real estate firm in India, tied the knot on December 12, 2018, in a grand ceremony that took place in Mumbai. The wedding functions saw many A-listers from Bollywood, politics and the business world. In December 2020, Mukesh Ambani's son Akash Ambani and daughter-in-law Shloka Ambani welcomed their baby boy. Meanwhile, Mukesh Ambani had recently introduced his daughter Isha Ambani as the new leader of his conglomerate's retail business -- a firm he said had achieved a record Rs2 lakh crore turnover and is among Asia's top 10 retailers.

US President Joe Biden's granddaughter Naomi ties the knot in historic White House wedding

Washington [US]: Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of US President Joe Biden, got hitched to Peter Neal in a ceremony held at the White House. According to a report by People Magazine, the ceremony took place on the South Lawn. It was a private affair. Naomi's grandparents, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden were both present at the historic event. It was the first time in over a decade, that a wedding ceremony had taken place in the White House, as per People Magazine.Not only that, it was the first time ever that the grandchild of a President in the office got married in the vicinity of the President's House. Naomi was walked down the matrimonial aisle by both her parents, according to People Magazine. The new bride also carried some Lilies of the Valley with her, as a continuation of tradition from her mother's side of the family.The wedding celebration lasted all day. People Magazine reported that a luncheon took place subsequently. It was attended by close family members. An evening reception ended the series of wedding events at the executive mansion, where dessert was served and guests shook a leg. Naomi and Peter had announced their engagement in 2021 via a post on Instagram. They were greeted by congratulatory messages and blessings in the comments.According to People Magazine, they had announced their wedding venue earlier this year. The last time a wedding was observed at the White House was in 2013, when Presidential photographer Pete Souza read the vows with Patti Lease at the Rose Garden. 28-year-old Naomi is a graduate of Colombia Law, while 25-year-old Peter also studied law and has formerly interned for campaigns at the White House as well.

'Deeply saddened': Bengal CM condoles actor Aindrila Sharma's death

Kolkata (West Bengal) : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday condoled the death of Bengali actor Aindrila Sharma on Sunday at the age of 24. In a statement, the Bengal CM said, "I am deeply saddened by the untimely demise of eminent actress Aindrila Sharma. She breathed (her) last in Howrah today. The promising young actress was only 24 years old." Aindrila, who died after suffering multiple cardiac arrests last night, had been awarded the Tele Samman Award this year in the 'Outstanding Comeback' category by the West Bengal government.A cancer survivor, she had recently made a comeback to the industry, said media reports. "The way she fought against the deadly disease with indomitable spirit will remain an example. Her tragic death is a great loss to the acting world," CM Banerjee said. In a tweet condoling Aindrila's death, the CM said, "Deeply saddened at the untimely demise of our young artiste Aindrila Sharma. The talented actress won several accolades, including the 'Tele Samman Award'. My deepest condolences to her family, fans and friends. I pray they find courage in this hour of grief." Aindrila's notable TV serials include 'Jhumur', 'Mahapeeth Tarapeeth', 'Jeeban Jyoti', 'Jeeban Katha', 'Jeonkaathi' etc. She also acted in a few films.

Telugu actor Naga Shaurya ties the knot with Anusha Shetty, shares first wedding snap

New Delhi: Telugu actor Naga Shaurya tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend Anusha Shetty in a grand wedding ceremony on Sunday. Following the ceremony, which as per reports, was held in Bengaluru, Shaurya took to his Instagram handle and shared a snap from his wedding. He captioned it, "Introducing My Lifetime Responsibility." In the picture shared by Shaurya, the bride and the groom were dressed in mesmerising traditional wedding attires. While Anusha donned a red bridal saree along with heavy gold jewellery, Shaurya looked dashing in a shirt and dhoti. Their family members and friends looked happy in the background.The social media post garnered more than a lakh likes within a few hours of being shared by Shaurya. In the post's comment section several fans gave their good wishes to the newlywed couple. One person wrote, "Congratulations. happy married life shourya garu." Another one wrote, "Happy married life bro congratulations."Meanwhile, reportedly, Shaurya and Anusha's pre-wedding celebrations including the Mehendi, Haldi, and cocktail party also took place in Bengaluru on Saturday. On the work front, Shaurya was last seen in 'Krishna Vrinda Vihari'. The film opened to a warm reception from both critics and fans alike.

Trump back on Twitter after Musk confirms his account reinstatement

Finally, Donald Trump's Twitter account was reinstated on Nov 20. Elon Musk lifted 22-month suspension on Donald Trump over ‘incitement of violence’. Twitter Chief reinstated Trump’s account after conducting a poll on Twitter. Over 15 million Twitter users voted in Musk’s ‘Reinstate Trump Poll’. 51.8 pc people voted in favour of reinstating Trump and 48.2 pc against. However, Trump had appeared less than keen earlier in the day. Trump's account was suspended following January 6 insurrection at Capitol Hill after 2020 Presidential polls. Recently, Musk began reinstating accounts that were previously banned for breaking Twitter’s norms. Donald Trump announced that he is running for US President in 2024 election. Author Jordan Peterson, Comedian Kathy Griffin were among the first people whose accounts were reinstated.

Vicky Kaushal starrer 'Govinda Naam Mera' is a quirky murder mystery

New Delhi: The first trailer of Vicky Kaushal-starrer upcoming thriller-comedy 'Govinda Naam Mera' was unveiled on Sunday. It offers a glimpse into the film's tale of love and betrayal. Helmed by Shashank Khaitan, the film, which also stars Bhumi Pednekar and Kiara Advani, is touted to be a quirky murder mystery, which is all set to stream exclusively on the OTT platform Disney+ Hotstar from December 16, 2022. In the almost two-and-a-half minute-long trailer of the film, Vicky's character is torn between a woman who wants to marry him (Kiara), his abusive wife (Bhumi), and his unhappy mother. However, all is well until Vicky and Kiara's characters end up becoming suspects in a murder.'Govinda Naam Mera' marks Vicky's second film under the Dharma Productions banner after the horror flick 'Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship', which drew a positive response from the audience. This film will be Vicky's second digital release after his much-acclaimed 'Sardar Udham'. Meanwhile, Vicky will also be seen in director Laxman Utekar's next untitled romantic comedy film alongside Sara Ali Khan. Apart from that, he also has director Anand Tiwari's film alongside Tripti Dimri and Meghna Gulzar's next biopic 'Sam Bahadur' on late former Army chief, Field Marshal (retd) SaM Manekshaw, opposite Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra.

“It’s not 1962 anymore…”, Eastern Command GOC-in-C on India-China standoff

General Officer Commanding in Chief of Eastern Command, Lieutenant General Rana Pratap Kalita speaking about the India China Faceoff at the eastern border said that it is not 1962 anymore and Indian Army is prepared to tackle any eventuality at the border.

Congress will disappear in BJP's Tsunami: Karnataka CM Bommai

Ballari (Karnataka) : Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai on Sunday attacked Congress for doing nothing for the welfare of SC/ST communities and said that Congress will "disappear" in the "tsunami" of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "Sonia Gandhi who had won from Ballari in Lok Sabha election had promised a Rs 3000 crore package but didn't give three paise. She cheated the people of Ballari. The voters of Ballari will teach a lesson to Congress in the coming election. The country's grand old party will disappear in the Tsunami of the BJP. The previous Congress Government earmarked Rs 8000 crore and Rs 15000 crore but never actually did justice," he said. His remarks came while addressing a mammoth rally organized by BJP ST Morcha, CM Bommai also said that they are treading the path shown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has united the whole country with his programs such as Sab Ka Saat, Sab Ka Vikas, Sab ka Vishwas and Sab Ka Prayas. "Through this, PM Modi rendered justice to every community. The state government has taken a historic decision to hike reservations for SC/ST communities," he added. He called the hike in quota for Scheduled Caste (SC) from 15 per cent to 17 per cent and for Scheduled Tribe (ST) from 3 per cent to 7 per cent as a constitutional decision which has allowed those from the communities to live with self-respect. The Karnataka CM attacked Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi over her promise of a Rs 3000 crore package for Bellari and said that Congress will "disappear" in the "Tsunami" of BJP.CM Bommai attacked the Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah and alleged that the latter did not do anything for alleviating the poverty of the SC/ST community. "The Congress party ruled for over 60 years. It has only talked about the welfare of SC/ST Communities but never alleviated their poverty. They used the community only as their vote bank. The Congress leaders lie about Bharat Jodo Yatra creating a tsunami by holding functions at small venues. The BJP government will strive hard for making SC/ST, Backward Classes and minorities live with dignity and self-respect. Time for change has come," he said. The state chief said that numerous schemes had been started for the social, economic and academic uplift of the SC/ST communities "The government has given grants of Rs 28000 crore for the SC/ST communities. Several schemes of the Social Welfare Department have been given Rs 6000 crore. A separate directorate has been established for the ST community. Former CM B S Yediyurappa did justice for the Halumatha Community, released grants for the development of Kaginele Kshethra and also announced the celebration of Valmiki Jayanti. 100 Ambedkar hostels and 50 Kanakadasa Hostels are also being constructed," he said CM Bommai also called Maharishi Valmiki an inspiration and said that the Valmiki community must be involved in nation-building activities. "The Ramayana was penned by Maharshi Valmiki and that work is considered one of the best religious works. The community people are very brave and they defeated the Mughals. Some of the brave people of this community are Veera Madakari Nayak, Ekalavya, Bedara Kannappa," he said. BJP National President J P Nadda, Union Ministers Pralhad Joshi and Bhagwant Khuba, Former CM B SYediyurappa, BJP National General Secretary and in-charge Arun Singh, another BJP General secretary C T Ravi, Ministers B Sriramulu, Govind Karjol, Anand Singh, Prabhu Chouhan and MLAs Somashekar Reddy, Karunakar Reddy, Raju Gowda and others were also present for the event.

J&K witnesses rise in female participation in Table Tennis

The popularity of Table Tennis is growing among girls in Kashmir. Kashmiri girls are overwhelmingly participating in indoor games. The J&K administration has organised different matches and tournaments in this regard. Tournaments are organised under the supervision of professional coaches in various schools and colleges across the valley. Different tournaments provide proper platforms to girls to showcase their talent. It will overall promote sports culture and will help in empowering women in the Valley.

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"Sherlyn Chopra will be arrested soon," says Raj Kundra

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Businessman Raj Kundra has alleged that actress Sherlyn Chopra produces 'filth' on the streaming site OnlyFans. On Tuesday, Raj took to Twitter and reacted to a tweet about Sherlyn producing adult content. Raj's reaction on Twitter comes a year later after Sherlyn filed a complaint against him for sexual harassment. "This is my exact point! Who is she blaming for her own produced X rate content on only fans that she has monetised! She is talking about vulgarity and women rights yet producing this kind of filth! She will be arrested soon..matter of time! She is a menace 2 society! @MahaCyber1," Raj tweeted.Sherlyn had filed a complaint against Raj and his wife, actor Shilpa Shetty for fraud and mental harassment in October, 2021. At that time, Raj was being investigated for his links to apps that produced pornographic content. He was even arrested in July 2021 for allegedly producing pornographic videos and was granted bail in September. He was booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Indecent Representation of Women (Prevention) Act and the Information Technology Act. Raj and Shilpa filed a Rs 50 crore defamation suit against Sherlyn and demanded a public apology.

Ayushmann unveils 'An Action Hero' first look poster, trailer to be out on this date

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana, on Wednesday, unveiled the first look poster of his upcoming film 'An Action Hero'. Taking to Instagram, Ayushmann shared the poster which he captioned, " Phata poster aur nikla ACTION HERO! & Ladne ki acting toh kar li, kya asliyat mein lad paaunga? Trailer out on 11th Nov 2022 #AnActionHero coming to cinemas on 2nd Dec 2022."In the poster, Ayushmann could be seen posing with a gun in his hand with a chasing sequence behind him. Helmed by Anirudh Iyer, the film also stars actor Jaideep Ahlawat in the lead role and is slated to hit the theatres on December 2, 2022. The makers will be unveiling the official trailer on November 11, 2022. Produced by T-series and Anand L Rai, the film marks Ayushmann's first action-packed role of his career. Soon after the 'Dream Girl' actor shared the poster, fans swamped the comment section and dropped red heart and fire emoticons. "Oh my god oh my god this looks so cool and you look so hot," a fan commented. Another fan wrote," Ayushmann and action cant wait." "My hero in action," wrote another fan. Meanwhile, Ayushmann was recently seen in a comedy film 'Doctor G' which got a decent response from the audience at the box office. He will also be seen in a comedy film 'Dream Girl 2' alongside Ananya Panday, Paresh Rawal, Annu Kapoor, Manoj Joshi and Vijay Raaz. The film is slated to hit the theatres on June 23, 2023.

Shehnaaz Gill launches her chat show 'Desi Vibes with Shehnaaz Gill', read story to know who is her first guest

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Singer-actor Shehnaaz Gill has expanded her wings. She is now exploring hosting stint with her chat show titled 'Desi Vibes with Shehnaaz Gill'. On Wednesday, the 'Bigg Boss 13' contestant Shehnaaz took to Instagram and informed her fans about her show by revealing pictures from the sets with her first guest, who is none other than Rajkummar Rao. "Dreams do come true..... and today was one such moment when what I manifested came true. I always wanted to work with the very talented actor Rajkumar Rao & today I shot with him as my guest on my first ever chat show - 'Desi Vibes With Shehnaaz Gill'. I am on the moon literally! Thank you so much for honouring my request @rajkummar_rao, you know you are the best," Shehnaaz wrote on Instagram.In the photos, the two actors struck various poses. The particular announcement has left Shehnaaz's fans extremely happy. "So proud of you," a social media user commented. "Congratulations Shehnaaz," another one wrote. Meanwhile, Shehnaaz is gearing up for her Bollywood debut with 'Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan', which is headlined by Salman Khan. The film will release on Eid 2023.

Prophet Mohammad remarks row: Telangana HC orders conditional release of expelled BJP leader T Raja Singh

Hyderabad (Telangana) : Telangana High Court on Wednesday ordered the conditional release of expelled BJP leader T Raja Singh, arrested under stringent Preventive Detention (PD) law, over alleged remarks about Prophet Mohammad. State High Court after arguments from both sides ordered the release of the suspended BJP leader over conditions of not conducting rallies and press meets. "High Court set aside the PD Act and gave some conditions that T Raja Singh can't take out rallies and can't address the media and that no derogatory comments be posted on social media in the future. So today's rally, at least, won't be held," Karuna Sagar, Raja Singh's Advocate told ANI. Suspended BJP MLA Raja Singh was booked under the PD Act and sent to Cherlapally Jail on August 25.According to the police, 101 criminal cases were registered against the suspended BJP leader who was "involved in 18 communal offences". As reported earlier, after receiving a show cause notice from the BJP, Raja Singh said, "I didn't deliberately hurt the sentiments of any religion. The TRS government filed a false case against me intentionally, even as the honourable court dismissed the case against me. I have been detained in at by Invoking the PD Act," said "In my video, I only imitated Munawar Faruqui, that too, based on the information provided on Google. I neither hurt any religion's sentiments nor criticised any religion," he added. Lastly, Raja Singh stated, "I believe that I have not violated Rule XXV, 10 (a) of BJP s constitution as mentioned in the disciplinary notice. I humbly request you to consider my reply to the show cause notice issued by you and give me the opportunity to continue to serve the people, the BJP, the nation, and Bharat Mata." He was earlier taken into custody on August 23. However, he was released after a Court order. The FIR was registered against him at the Dabeerpura Police Station under sections 153(A), 295, and 505 of the Indian Penal Code. The BJP suspended the MLA and said his remarks were against the party's line.

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Bollywood celebs shower Alia, Ranbir with wishes as they welcome baby girl

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor are proud parents of a baby girl and as the couple announced the news on social media, celebrities and fans couldn't keep calm. Alia took to her Instagram to share the news. In the post, she wrote, "And in the best news of our lives:- Our baby is here...and what a magical girl she is. We are officially bursting with love - Blessed and obsessed PARENTS!!!! Love love love Alia and Ranbir." Many B-town celebs took to their social media handles to share congratulatory messages for the new parents. Actor Anushka Sharma wrote, "Hugest congratulations to the parents and lots of love and blessings to the baby girl."Bipasha Basu wrote, "God bless little baby girl. Congratulations Alia and Ranbir."Ranbir Kapoor's sister Riddhima Kapoor wrote, "Ooooooooooffffff!! Happiest today. Proud parents to the most adorable baby girl #blessings. Bua loves her already."Alia Bhatt's mother veteran actor Soni Razdan wrote, "Our hearts are overflowing and overwhelmed...thank you life."The 'Brahmastra' couple welcomed a baby girl around 12:05 pm today. The couple on Sunday morning reached Sir HN Reliance Hospital in Mumbai which raised the brows on the baby's arrival. After Ranbir and Alia, their mothers Soni Razdan and Neetu Kapoor were also spotted arriving at the Hospital. The power couple announced their pregnancy in June this year. The 'Brahmastra' couple tied their knot on April 14, 2022, after dating for years at Ranbir's Mumbai residence in an intimate ceremony. Just after two months after their marriage, the couple treated their fans with such a big surprise.

Om Raut announces new release date of Prabhas, Kriti Sanon starrer 'Adipurush'

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Makers of Prabhas, Kriti Sanon and Saif Ali Khan starrer 'Adipurush' announced a new release date on social media. Om Raut took to his Twitter and announced the new release date. Sharing the details, he wrote, Jai Shri Ram...#Adipurush releases IN THEATRES on June 16, 2023."He also shared a picture, which read, "Adipurush is not a film, but a representation of our devotion to Prabhu Shri Ram and commitment towards our sanskriti and history. In order to give a complete visual experience to the viewers, we need to give more time to the teams working on the film. Adipurush will now release on June 16th, 2023. We are committed to make a film that India will be proud of. Your support, love and blessings is what keeps us going."'Adipurush' the mega Indian film produced by T Series and Retrophiles, directed by Om Raut is a visual extravaganza which was slated to release on January 12, 2023. Now it will hit the theatres on June 16, 2023. The film stars Prabhas, Kriti Sanon and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles. The film is based on the Indian Epic Ramayana. Prabhas plays Lord Ram while Saif stars as the antagonist Lankesh in the movie. The film has been mired in controversy ever since its teaser was unveiled. The teaser courted major backlash over the looks of Saif's fierce Ravana who is shown sporting a beard and a buzz cut. Many people across the country slammed the makers for allegedly hurting their religious sentiments. In fact, a Hindu seers body, Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti, has sought the formation of a Sanatan Censor Board alleging improper depiction of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in Bollywood movies. Also, recently, a plea seeking a stay order on the film release has been moved in a Delhi court. The plea alleged that Adipurush portrayed Lord Rama and Hanuman in an unwarranted and inaccurate way as they wear leather straps. The plea has been moved by advocate Raj Gaurav against producers Bhushan Kumar and Om Raut.

Chhattisgarh: Korba police's 'Nijaat' campaign, 1054 arrested, 2022 litres illicit liquor confiscated

Korba (Chhattisgarh) : Kobra police arrested 1054 accused so far and confiscated 2022 litres of illicit liquor under the Excise and NDPS Act as part of an awareness campaign 'Nijaat' against drugs, narcotics, illicit liquor and intoxicants, in the last four months in the district, an official said. The police have registered as many as 982 cases under the Excise and NDPS Act out of which 102 accused of non-bailable cases were sent to jail. The Korba police started the awareness campaign 'Nijaat' against drugs, narcotics, illicit liquor and intoxicants in July this year. The campaign is being run under the guidance of DGP Ashok Juneja and IG Bilaspur Ratanlal Dangi. Korba Superintendent of Police (SP) Santosh Singh said, "A total of 1033 accused in 964 cases under excise Act have been arrested so far and 21 accused have been arrested in 18 cases under the NDPS Act. Besides, 2022 litres of liquor have been confiscated. Out of the total arrested accused in this campaign, a total of 102 accused in non-bailable cases have been sent to jail"."In recent action, large quantities of ganja, intoxicating tablets, cough syrups, hookahs and eight motorcycles were also seized. Besides, action has been taken against the shopkeepers selling intoxicants in the restricted area near the school college under the COTPA Act," Singh said. Singh further said, "We have been running this 'Nijaat'campaign for the last one and half years in the different districts of Chhattisgarh. In Korba district, we started this campaign in July this year. It is a very impactful campaign in which we take action, make people aware, held counselling sessions from professionals and organise various programs for de-addiction".Apart from this, a total of 317 public awareness programs have been conducted in the district. The awareness campaign is being promoted through chariots, jingles, meetings, rallies etc. in haat bazaars, schools, colleges, functions and other religious events in the district. De-addiction cells are also under construction in the police stations of the district for counselling of drug addicts, SP Singh added.

Maharashtra: Doctor waives off hospital charges for birth of every girl child in this Pune hospital

A doctor in Pune is has started an initiative to save the girl child and celebrate her birth. Dr Ganesh Rakh waives off hospital charges for the birth of a girl child at his hospital. The doctor along with the staff celebrates the birth by cutting cake and distributing sweets.

Families worry about 16 Indian sailors held hostage by Guinea Navy, seek Government help

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) : Families of 16 Indian sailors held hostage by the Guinea Navy are worried about the safety of the sailors and have pinned their hopes on the government. The Indian sailors have been held hostage for nearly the last three months, and the families have demanded an immediate release of the sailors. Gaurav Arora, a resident of the Govind Nagar area in Kanpur, is among the 16 Indian crew of the ship detained by the Navy of Equatorial Guinea - a country located on the west coast of Africa. As per Gaurav's family, he had recently joined the merchant navy as a third officer and he was on a Norway-based ship 'MT Heroic Idun' that reached AKPO Offshore - a conventional gas development located in ultra-deepwater in Nigeria on August 8 when he was held hostage along with other crew members of the ship. The ship had anchored on the international maritime boundary of Nigeria on August 8. The ship crew of 26 people including 16 Indians was waiting for their turn when the Guinea Navy detained the ship and the crew the next day on suspicion that they had come to steal oil, his family said. Of them, 15 were taken to a hotel, and 11 have been kept on the ship, they claimed. The family said that they are worried because the Guinean Navy is going to hand over the ship crew to Nigeria any movement. "It's a nerve-racking time for us. We are really worried about the safety of my brother and the 15 Indians of the ship crew," Gaurav's sister Komal Arora told media. She said that the Indians might be charged with false allegations and the Guinea Navy will hand them to Nigeria. "We all know how sensitive the place is. The government must intervene since we can't predict how the Nigerian government would treat Indians once the handover is done. It must be stopped," she appealed.

Canada celebrates first Hindu Heritage Month in November

November 1 marked Canada’s first official Hindu Heritage Month. Bharat Mata Mandir in collaboration with Hindu Forum Canada celebrated the event. Several federal and provincial parliamentarians, mayor city of Brampton and city councillors participated in the event. The politicians stressed on the importance of Hindu Heritage Month. Hindu Vedic Scholar, Jeffery Armstrong was the keynote speaker of the event. He warmth the emotions of over 150 participants through his speech and commitment to Dharma.

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Zelenskyy presses panic button, says Russia planning to target strategic Ukranian dam

Ukraine President Zelenskyy has alleged that Russian forces had planted explosives inside Nova Kakhovka dam in Kherson. He also alleged that Putin is planning to blow up the Nova Kakhovka dam on Dnipro River. Ukrainian officials sounded the alarm that Moscow might blow it up and blame Kyiv. Zelenskyy said that bursting the dam could send a wall of water flooding settlements in Kherson. It would also wreck the canal system that irrigates much of southern Ukraine, including Crimea.

Karnataka: Rahul Gandhi meets MGNREGA workers, Dalit women in Raichur

Raichur (Karnataka) : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with several Congress leaders on Saturday, met with representatives of minority communities, and also had an interaction with MGNREGA workers and Devadasi Dalit women from Raichur. These engagements are part of the ongoing interactions Congress leaders are having with diverse social, economic religious, ethnic and cultural groups during the Bharat Jodo Yatra. Along with Rahul Gandhi, Congress leaders like Jairam Ramesh, Ranjeet Surjewala, Imran Pratapgarhi, and Karnataka PCC President DK Shivkumar, were also a part of the event. While speaking at the event, Rahul Gandhi said he believed that the "Definition of India is a welcoming place for everyone". He also went on to say that he was "Extremely disturbed by the way a limited number of people that control India were treating way minorities, women, Dalits, and small businesses". Finally, he assured that the divisiveness and hatred "fostered" by the BJP/ RSS combine would not last. The MGNREGA workers and Devadasi women from Raichur apprised Congress leaders of the history of the inhumane Devdasi practice and its illegal continuation. However, they also stated how the woman with the help of social groups had formed a people's bank with 18,000 members and a surplus of Rs 8 crores corpus. This, along with MGNREGA wages, had given them a measure of economic independence. However much more needed to be done to improve their socio-economic conditions. In response, Rahul Gandhi said that he was "Inspired by what the Devdasi women and MGNREGA workers were doing". He also stated, "This yatra is a personal journey I want to undertake, to meet people and understand for myself their problems". In the engagement with the minority community representatives, Ahmed Javed spoke of the psychosis or fear that is being felt by the minority community in the past few years. He also spoke of the cessation of educational loans for minority communities as a disturbing trend. Father Paul, from the Raichur diocese, stressed the need to respect all religions equally. Zafar, an architect and theatre artist, spoke of the need to encourage more minorities representation in the state legislature and Parliament. Father Simion spoke about how the current government had prohibited foreign assistance to minority institutions such as schools, leading to a worrying decline in standards. Earlier today, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi resumed the 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' from Yeragera village, Raichur in Karnataka. The Yatra entered Andhra Pradesh on October 18. The Bharat Jodo Yatra launched on September 7, 2022, will cover as many as 12 states. The Yatra started from Kanyakumari and will end in Kashmir the following year by covering 25 km every day. The 3500 kilometres yatra will be a historic event for the Congress and the entire country. It is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India, the Congress said earlier in a statement.

Uttar Pradesh: Laser show lights up Ayodhya ahead of Diwali

Ahead of Diwali, colourful laser show was organised as part of ‘Deepotsav’ in Ayodhya, UP on October 22. The sixth edition of Deepotsav will be held in Ayodhya on Oct 23. About 17 lakhs of earthen diyas will be lit on this occasion. For the first time, PM Modi will be participating in the celebrations.

UP: Ramjanmbhoomi in Ayodhya adorned with tonnes of flowers, ahead of Diwali

Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) : Ahead of Diwali, Ram Janmbhoomi in Ayodhya has been adorned with countless indigenous and exotic flowers. Every intersection of Ayodhya is embellished with rangolis made of flowers to make the Deepotsav 2022 more magnificent. Teams of specialised artists from areas like Mathura, Sitapur, and other cities have been invited to work on the decoration of the Ram temple, Ramlalla and Ramayana gates. Forty quintals of marigolds and 2,000 bundles of gerbera flowers have been used to decorate the Ram temple. Six quintals of white, blue, yellow, purple, and green flower petals have been used to make the rangolis. In addition, various species of flowers like Lillies, Denim and Carnations from Kolkata and Bangalore were brought to Ayodhya to be used in decoration. Balkrishna Saini, a flower decoration specialist, said, "the flowers were imported from outside to adorn the place of 'Ramlalla'. These flowers will be utilised to make Rangolis, decorate the Ram temple, and decorate the gate." The banks of river Sarayu await to be lit up with lakhs of 'Diyas' (earthen lamps) on the occasion of 'Deepotsava', the stage in Ayodhya is all set to showcase the culture of Uttar Pradesh and several other states through various forms of folk dance such as 'Dhobia', 'Faruwahi', 'Rai', and 'Chhau'.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present in the holy city on the eve of Diwali on October 23 for the Deepotsav celebrations, marking his presence for the first time on the occasion in Ayodhya. The Yogi Adityanath government through the organisation of 'Deepotsava' will promote not only the state's spiritual and religious significance but also the 'Dhobia', and 'Faruwahi' dance artists. "The artistes of 'Braj' in Awadh will mesmerise the audience with the culture, language and unique characteristics of the land of Rama-Krishna," an official statement said. According to the statement, the confluence of language and culture of many states of India will also be seen on the sixth Deepotsava in Ayodhya. "From October 21 to 23, artists from Uttar Pradesh and many states will perform here. Local artists Vijay Yadav and Mukesh Kumar will perform the Faruwahi dance while Munnalal Yadav of Azamgarh will perform 'Dhobia'. Ghazipur artist Parasnath Yadav will perform folk singing. The people of Ayodhya will also get the opportunity to hear Sheshmani Saroj of Bhadohi who will enthral the audience with 'Birha'," the statement said. While Mahavir Singh Guddu of Haryana will introduce his region's folk songs and dance, Srishti Dhar Mahto Chhau of Jharkhand will show a cultural glimpse of his state through dance. Bhajans of Preet Prerna of Mumbai will also mark their presence on the cultural stage in the holy land of Lord Rama along with New Delhi-based Kathak artist Arupa Lahiri. The folk dance will also be organized by the Ministry of Culture, Government of Gujarat. "The state government is also making preparations to provide recognition to the talented artists of various districts of Uttar Pradesh through Deepotsava. The audience will be made to witness the confluence of many genres including Awadhi, Bhojpuri, Braj, Bundelkhandi, among others," the statement said. With a view to recreating the ambience of the Ramayana period that resembles the vibe of the 'Tretayuga' this Diwali, Ayodhya is all decked up with 'Ramayana gates' and tableaux.

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2 foreign nationals arrested for duping women on social media in Hyderabad

Hyderabad (Telangana) : Hyderabad Cyber Crime Police on Sunday arrested two foreign nationals from Delhi, for allegedly duping women on social media. The arrested accused have been identified as Allote Peter, a Ghana national and Romance Joshua, a Nigerian national. "Oscar Leone introduced himself as a doctor from the USA and chatted for a few days with the victim on WhatsApp. They later developed a friendship and the accused told her that he was sending a parcel in which gold Jewelry, electronic gadgets and some cash were enclosed," stated the Police. "Later another person called the complainant introducing himself as an official from the customs department of Delhi International Airport demanding to pay the customs tax for the gifts she had received from Oscar Leon. A total of Rs 2.2 lakhs were collected from the complainant for various charges," police added.During the course of the investigation, the Cyber Crime police found the accused to be in Delhi and arrested them. During the interrogation, they revealed that they visited Delhi on student VISA, created fake profiles on Instagram and Facebook using the photos of white people and sent follow requests to women. The accused later began chatting with mobile numbers starting with '+1' and '+44' and made the victims believe that they are chatting with foreigners. "Later, they befriend the victims and after gaining confidence they informed the complainants that they are sending gifts as a token of their friendship. They send photos of gold jewellery, cellphones, laptops, cash, etc. After that, their associates call the victims and introduce themselves as officials from the customs department of International Airport, Delhi and collect money from the victims in the name of customs duty, income tax, RBI charges, conversion Charges, etc," noted police. A case was filed, based on the complaints from Begumpet. The case was then cracked under the supervision of KVM Prasad ACP, Inspector Venkata Rami Reddy SI Keetha Madhusudhana Rao, Constables Satish, Bhaskar, Murali Krishna and Kranthi Kumar.

Strong wave of BJP in Gujarat, will break all previous records with people's blessings: Anurag Thakur

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) : Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday, while addressing the public on the fourth day of Gujarat Gaurav Yatra, said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would break all previous records in the upcoming elections. While addressing three public meetings in Surendranagar and Wadhwa in Gujarat, the Union Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports Minister lashed out at the opposition Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Taking a jibe at AAP's Gujarat unit head Gopal Italia, Thakur said, "Earlier an Italian woman used to insult Narendra Modi Ji and today there is an Italia who insults Modi Ji's mother. Gujarat did not accept this earlier also and will not do so now. Gujarat will give a befitting reply."The Bharatiya Janata Party is organizing the 'Gujarat Gaurav Yatra' from October 12 to October 20, in five routes. On October 12, BJP National President JP Nadda flagged off two routes, while on October 13, Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged off three routes. During this yatra, BJP aims to cover 5734 km across Gujarat. The party has already taken out this yatra under the leadership of Narendra Modi in 2002 and before the assembly elections in 2017. This time the Yatra will cover 144 of the 182 assemblies of Gujarat during which more than 145 public meetings will be held. In Malvan's public meeting, Anurag Thakur praised the land of Gujarat for giving great leaders to the country. "The land of Gujarat has done the work of giving leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, and Sardar Patel at the time of the freedom movement. Today the same land has given us our beloved Prime Minister Shri Narendra Ji who led us from the front during the Covid times. It is during his leadership only that India is on the path of becoming Vishwa Guru," Thakur said. Thakur further said, "Before 2001 in Gujarat, there were many incidents of crime, there used to be many riots, after which curfews were imposed but when Modi Ji came in 2001, the riots ended forever and development was the only way forward in Gujarat."The Union Minister also described Gujarat as the model of development for the whole country. "There is a huge wave of BJP in Gujarat and this time we are going to break all the previous records with the blessings of the people here. Modi Ji came to power in 2014 and 2019 with a path-breaking majority for the first time in history after 1984. In 2024 also, Modi Ji is going to come with 400+ seats," Thakur said. The BJP leader also appreciated the work of the Modi government in honouring "Hindu symbols". "The work of saving our cultural heritages like Somnath temple, Kedarnath Dham, Kashi Vishwanath Dham and Shri Ram temple in Ayodhya has only been possible by the BJP government under the leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji," Thakur further said.

Delhi excise policy scam: Manish Sisodia summoned by CBI for questioning

New Delhi : Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday confirmed that he has been summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and will go to the agency headquarters to meet the officials on Monday. "I will go and fully cooperate with the CBI as it has called me to the headquarters at 11 am tomorrow after raiding my house for 14 hours and searching bank account and even my village where they could not find anything," he said in a tweet in Hindi.In August, the enforcement agencies conducted searches on Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia's official residence besides several other places in connection with the alleged corruption in the implementation of Delhi's excise policy. Sisodia, who is in charge of the excise department, has been under the scanner for alleged deliberate and gross procedural lapses which provided undue benefits to the tender process for liquor licensees for the year 2021-22. Sisodia is believed to have executed decisions in violation of the statutory provisions of the Excise Policy, which could have huge financial implications. Such "undue financial favours" to the liquor licensees after the deadline for awarding tenders caused huge losses to the exchequer, sources earlier claimed. 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. Sisodia was among 15 others booked in an FIR filed by the CBI in August including then Excise Commissioner Arva Gopi Krishna, Deputy Commissioner Anand Tiwari and Assistant Commissioner Pankaj Bhatnagar. Other accused are Manoj Rai, a former employee of Pernod Ricard; Amandeep Dhal, director of Brindco Sales; director of Buddy Retail Amit Arora, and Dinesh Arora; authorised signatories of Mahadev Liquors Sunny Marwah, Arun Ramchandra Pillai and Arjun Pandey. The ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had alleged that irregularities were committed while modifying the Excise Policy, undue favours were extended to licence holders, the licence fee was waived or reduced and the L-1 licence was extended without the competent authority's approval. The beneficiaries diverted "illegal" gains to the accused officials and made false entries in their books of account to evade detection. As alleged, the Excise Department had decided to refund the Earnest Money Deposit of about Rs 30 crore to a successful tenderer against the set rules. Even though there was no enabling provision, a waiver on tendered licence fees was allowed from December 28, 2021, to January 27, 2022, due to COVID-19. This allegedly caused a loss of Rs 144.36 crore to the exchequer, said the FIR, which has been instituted on a reference from the Union Home Ministry following a recommendation from Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena.

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Gujarat: PM Modi offers prayers at Modheshwari Mata Temple in Modhera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at Modheshwari Mata Temple in Modhera, Gujarat on October 09. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for multiple projects in Modhera. Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel also visited the temple with the PM.

Adipurush row: Rajasthan minister Pratap Singh Kachariyawas extends support to saints over demand for 'Sanatan Censor Board'

Jaipur (Rajasthan): Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan-starrer 'Adipurush' has been in the news ever since the makers unveiled the teaser of the film, which is based on the epic Ramayana. The teaser courted major backlash over the looks of Saif's fierce Ravana who is shown sporting a beard and a buzz cut. Many people across the country slammed the makers for allegedly hurting their religious sentiments. In fact, a Hindu seers body, Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti, has sought the formation of a Sanatan Censor Board alleging improper depiction of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in Bollywood movies. Now, Rajasthan Minister Pratap Singh Kachariyawas has come out in support of the Hindu saints over their demand for the formation of the Sanatan Censor Board."I am with saints. I request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look at the demands of saints and give permission to formulate the Sanatan Censor Board," Pratap said. Also, recently, a plea seeking a stay order on the film release has been moved in a Delhi court. The plea alleged that Adipurush portrayed Lord Rama and Hanuman in an unwarranted and inaccurate way as they wear leather straps. The plea has been moved by advocate Raj Gaurav against producer Bhushan Kumar and director Om Raut. Helmed by Om Raut, the 'Adipurush' teaser also garnered negative responses from the netizens over the "poor quality of VFX used in the film." Now it's to see whether the film can see the light of day on January 12, 2023.

Gujarat: PM Modi receives grand welcome on his way to Surya Temple

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a grand welcome on his way to Surya Temple in Modhera, Gujarat on October 09. Earlier, he inaugurated and laid foundation stones for several projects at Modhera. The PM will also inaugurate heritage lighting at the Sun Temple.

Valmiki community lagging behind, has to come forward, says Mohan Bhagwat

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) : Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday extended greetings on Valmiki Jayanti and said that the Valmiki community is "lagging behind", noting that the community has to come forward. The RSS chief's remarks came while addressing the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur. "Valmiki community is still very weak and is lagging behind. It has to come forward. Babasaheb Ambedkar, while giving the Constitution in Parliament, had said that those who were considered backward till now will not remain backward. Dr Ambedkar had said that now the Dalits would sit with everyone. We made this provision, but merely making the provision will not be enough. The mindset has to be transformed," he said. "He had said that he has provided political and economic freedom by making arrangements... But it will be realized only when social freedom will come and hence the second Dr Saheb worked to bring that spirit from Nagpur from 1925 through Sangh," Bhagwat added. He mentioned that the occasion (Valmiki Jayanti) is important for anybody who wishes to become a "human being"."If you want to learn affinity, read Valmiki Ramayan which mentions the character of Lord Ram. It is a vital and prideful moment for any person who wants to become a better human being," the RSS chief said. "Anybody who has this feeling of affinity and wants to stay united could even sit over a leaf of tamarind," he added quoting a Bengali proverb. Valmiki Jayanti is observed on October 9 every year. The day marks the birth anniversary of Maharishi Valmiki who is credited with writing the original Ramayana during the lifetime of Lord Ram. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extended greetings on the occasion by tweeting, "Happy Valmiki Jayanti to the countrymen."

Gujarat: PM Modi visits Surya Temple in Modhera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Surya Temple in Modhera, Gujarat on October 09. He also inaugurated heritage lighting at the Sun Temple. The whole temple came alive with beautiful dance performances and a breath-taking light show. Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel also visited the temple along with the PM. The ancient temple is situated on the bank of River Pushpavati, dedicated to the solar deity Surya.

AIMIM will contest all seats in future polls in Uttar Pradesh, says party's state chief

Hyderabad (Telangana): Uttar Pradesh AIMIM president Shaukat Ali on Sunday said that the party will contest all the seats in future elections in the state, while also claiming that many leaders of the Samajwadi Party will join the Asaduddin Owaisi-led party in the future. Speaking to ANI, Ali said that the Muslims have always supported "secular forces" to defeat the BJP. "The people are coming towards AIMIM now. We are contesting in East UP, Purwanchal, Central UP and Bundelkhand. Leaders of the Samajwadi Party will join MIM. The 2017 elections were polarised by the BJP through the media. The Muslims thought that the Samajwadi Party could defeat the BJP. Since independence, the Muslims have always supported secular forces to defeat the BJP," he said. Stating that his party chief Owaisi never polarised by speaking on the "Hindu-Muslim issues", Ali said that the party will keep fighting for the community. "Owaisi never spoke about Hindu-Muslim issues. ATMs were blacklisted in Muslim areas, so it became national news. It became a Hindu-Muslim issue. There are hardly any banks in Muslim areas in UP. No schools, no proper hospitals and medicines in these areas. We will keep fighting for all this," Ali said.He also questioned Samajwadi Party's silence on the issues relating to Muslims and said that Akhilesh Yadav is silent when madrasas are surveyed in Uttar Pradesh. "The Samajwadi Party is silent on Muslim issues. Even Akhilesh is silent when our madrasas are surveyed. No Muslim leader in Samajwadi Party, BSP or Congress talks about Muslim welfare. Only Asaduddin Owaisi does," he said. Last month, after the Uttar Pradesh government ordered a survey of Islamic educational institutions or Madrassas in Kanpur, Owaisi alleged that the government is targeting Waqf property which is a "systematic targeting of Muslims". Attacking the Uttar Pradesh government, Owaisi alleged that there is a conspiracy behind madrasas' survey. While addressing the media persons in Hyderabad, he said, "Why are you (UP Govt) conducting a survey of Waqf properties only? Do it for Hindu Endowments Board properties too. I was saying there's a conspiracy behind madrasas' survey. It's coming to the fore. UP govt is violating Article 300 (Right to property)." "If someone has illegally registered govt property as Waqf property, fight it in court, go to Tribunal. UP govt is targeting Waqf property and trying to snatch it away. Such a targeted survey is absolutely wrong. We condemn it. It's systematic targetting of Muslims," he added.

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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.