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Akshay Kumar, Emraan Hashmi's recreated version 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari' is out

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : The recreated version of the 90s hit song 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari' starring Akshay Kumar and Emraan Hashmi is finally out. Taking to Instagram, Akshay shared the link to the full song along with a caption, "Lights, camera, naacho! #MainKhiladi Full Song OUT NOW." The remake is a part of Akshay and Emraan's upcoming film 'Selfiee'. While the original had Akshay in a black blazer and tie and Saif in a brown jacket, the new song has Akshay in a shimmery green blazer and Emraan Hashmi in a shimmery black jacket. In the clip, Emraan is also seen recreating Saif's hook step from the original song. Diana Penty and Nushrratt Bharuccha were seen showing their stunning moves. The actors were seen high on energy and performed catchy steps. Song sung by Udit Narayan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya and recreated by Tanishk Bagchi. As soon as the song was posted, the fans dropped their comments. One of the fans wrote, "Khiladi is back." Another wrote, "Nostalgia." Tanishk speaking more about the song said, "I always compose every song as it's my first. The experience of making Main Khiladi was groovy & fun. However, after Tip Tip's huge hit, the pressure was more as this song was being composed for the OG Khiladi, 'Akshay Kumar'. The wacky steps have added more pep to the song. We have worked so hard for this. This is going to be your new favorite song to play on a loop." Talking about 'Selfiee', it is the Hindi remake of the Malayalam film 'Driving License', which starred Prithviraj and Suraj Venjaramoodu in the lead roles. Now, Akshay and Emraan are reprising their roles for the remake. Filmmaker Raj Mehta has helmed the project. The film marks the first-ever on-screen collaboration of Akshay and Emraan and is all set to hit the theatres on February 24, 2023.

Ranbir Kapoor, Shraddha's track 'Tere Pyaar Mein' from 'Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar' is out

Mumbai (Maharashtra): The trailer of Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor's romantic comedy 'Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar' has been the talk of the town since it released. On Wednesday, the makers of the movie unveiled an awaited track 'Tere Pyaar Mein'. Taking to Instagram, Shraddha dropped the video along with a caption, "LOVE IS BACK! Mummy kasam iss statement mein na jhooth hai na makkaari hai." The love song 'Tere Pyaar Mein' from the movie has already caught the audience's attention. Over the years, music lovers have loved the combination of Ranbir, Arijit, Pritam and Amitabh Bhattacharya in films, and their coming together has hit a high note once again. The excitement of fans has been at its peak with demands for early release of the song. 'Tere Pyaar Mein' oozes freshness and romance. The song is composed by Pritam, sung by none other than Arijit Singh along with Nikhita Gandhi, and has lyrics penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Talking about the song, Pritam said "Collaborating on a Ranbir Kapoor song with Amitabh and Arijit is always special. In the past, whenever we have come together musically, the audience has loved and appreciated our music. I hope the audience enjoys our new song Tere Pyaar Mein and we continue to get their love." With Ranbir and Shraddha's presence, the song looks like a beautiful combination of love and liveness that strikes the right chord with the youth. The various breathtaking locations of Spain throughout the song, the stylish costumes and the candid yet striking chemistry between Ranbir and Shraddha add to the song's charm. The film marks the first on-screen collaboration between Ranbir and Shraddha. Produced by Luv Films' Luv Ranjan and Ankur Garg, and presented by T-Series' Gulshan Kumar and Bhushan Kumar, 'Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar' will release in theatres on Holi i.e. March 8.

Nirmala Sitharaman’s colleagues have her back; Hail 2023 Union Budget

Union Ministers including Ashwini Vaishnaw, Piyush Goyal, Hardeep Singh Puri and Rajeev Chandrasekhar hailed Union Budget 2023 presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

"We're not that type of actors..." Anupam Kher, Neena Gupta on pressure regarding fate of their films

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : A day after the trailer launch of 'Shiv Shastri Balboa', the movie's lead stars Anupam Kher and Neena Gupta, who had a successful film run in 2022, spoke about the pressure regarding the fate of their films coming out this year. Speaking to ANI on the subject, Anupam said, "I think I can speak for both of us. We're not that type of actors who became an actor by mistake or chance. We have spent our life on this, we have gone to training school. Yes, we want films to work so we get opportunities to work in more films like this." "However, even if it doesn't happen work, life doesn't stop, we will work even harder," he added. In 2022, both Anupam and Neena starrer films received loved from the critics and audiences. While Neena was seen in 'Uunchai', 'Goodbye' and 'Vadh', Anupam gave a solid performance in the massively successful 'The Kashmir Files'. Now, both actors are set to share the screen in the upcoming family entertainer 'Shiv Shastri Balboa'. When asked about their experience of working with each other, Neena said, "Since we have already known each other, so there was no hesitation in working, it was very easy."Adding to this Anupam said, "In theatre, we have a trust exercise for which we put a cloth on an actor's eyes and then they are pushed. The actor trusts his co-actors that they will catch him. So, it's the same here. I have the trust that whatever I will do in response to that I will also get the same talent and sincerity. So, I feel this with Neena and I hope she also feels the same." The plot of the actor's new film revolves around its central character Shiv Shastri, a retiree from India and a big fan of the movie Rocky. He moves to the USA and ends up on an unexpected road trip with Neena's character through the American heartland which teaches that it's never too old to reinvent yourself. In the trailer, Anupam is introduced not as a boxer but as someone who trained boxers, who went on to win gold medals. After meeting his son in the USA and realizing that his grandchild has no clue about Rocky, he feels bad. As events transpire, Anupam meets Neena Gupta's character who wants to travel to India as she hasn't been home in eight years. Talking about his new film Anupam said, "It is a story of two people whose lives are going through major ups and downs and they are unaware of it. But they work together. There's a famous Hollywood crime film named 'Bonnie and Clyde' and though our characters are not that but they still become Bonnie and Clyde." Helmed by Ajayan Venugopalan, 'Shiv Shastri Balboa' also stars Jugal Hansraj, Neena Gupta, Nargis Fakhri and Sharib Hashmi in pivotal roles. It is set to hit the theatres on February 10, 2023.

Salma Hayek recalls being "nearly killed" while filming 'Magic Mike' lap dance scene with Channing Tatum

Washington [US]: Mexican-American actor Salma Hayek, who was part of Channing Tatum starrer 'Magic Mike's Last Dance', recently recalled the steamy lap dance scene that could have "nearly killed" her. According to Deadline, a USA-based entertainment news outlet, during her latest appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!', she spoke about the dance sequence in the Steven Soderbergh-directed film. The Oscar-nominated actor said, "You know, this one part that's not in it where I'm upside down, and my legs had to be somewhere. But upside down, one loses sense of direction, and I didn't do what I was supposed to do, so in the rehearsal, I went like, head down, almost hit my head.""[Tatum] held on to my pants, but I was really concerned because my pants were going away, and I couldn't remember if I had underwear or not in this moment. So, instead of putting my hands to protect my head, I just held onto the pants. He's like, 'Put your hands up,' and I'm like, 'No, no, no, no,'" she continued. The Mexico-born star added, "Everybody came in, and kind of took me away from him, and he said, 'What's wrong with you?' I said, 'What's wrong with me? You nearly killed me!'" Hayek had previously discussed how physically demanding it was to film the lap dance scene. "It's very physically challenging. My goodness. You just wait to see. It's just complicated," Hayek told Entertainment Tonight, reported Deadline. As per the outlet, 'Magic Mike's Last Dance' also stars Ayub Khan Din, Jemelia George, Juliette Motamed, Vicki Pepperdine, Gavin Spokes, Catilin Gerard, Christopher Bencomo and Nas Ganev, among others. The film is set to drop in theatres on February 10, 2023.

FM Sitharaman’s ‘slip of tongue’ during Union Budget 2023 speech had the house in splits

FM Sitharaman presented the last full budget of PM Modi-led govt today. During the Budget speech, FM’s slip of tongue had the house roaring with laughter. Instead of replacing the ‘old vehicles’ with new ones, Sitharaman replaced them with ‘old political’.

Union Budget 2023: Odisha CM hails some key announcements, criticises a few others

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday gave a measured response to the Union budget, hailing a few key announcements but also criticising some other points. While sharing the response over budget, CM Patnaik said that the budget has some good aspects which need to be appreciated and there are some concerns which need to be looked into and addressed. "Good steps are increased capital investment, support to drinking water initiatives and increasing rural housing. These will accelerate growth as well as have a social impact in rural areas. I also welcome the Prime Minister's thrust on millets. 'Odisha Millet Mission' is a pioneering initiative in the country and I am happy that millets have been given importance in the Budget," CM Patnaik said. "The focus on new world technologies like artificial intelligence is also appreciable. These are some of the good aspects of the Budget. The focus on primitive tribal groups is a welcome step," he added. Denouncing some budget declarations, he said, "I have concerns regarding the drastic reduction of funds for MGNREGS. This will hit the poor people. The reduction in the food security budget along with a reduction in procurement will hit the poor people as well as farmers. About 80 thousand crores were spent on procurement in 2021-22 while only about 60 thousand crores are kept in this budget. This will cause serious problems in selling crops at Minimum Support Price." "While in 2021-22 an amount of Rupees 2 lakh crores was spent under National Food Security, in this budget only 1.37 lakh crore is kept for this purpose. There has been a decrease or no growth in health and education sectors," he added. Hitting out at state Bharatiya Janata Party leader, CM further said, "I hope that state BJP leaders will stop misleading the people of the state on Ayushman Bharat Yojana. The budget provision for Ayushman Bharat 'PMJAY' is Rs 7,200 crores for the entire country among which alone Odisha spends almost Rs 2,400 crores on Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) in private facilities." "If we include Government facilities it would be around Rs 6,000 crores annually. Health is an important priority for our State and we believe in investing and in sincere efforts," he added.Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the "first budget of Amrit Kaal" and said it would lay a strong foundation for building a developed India. The Prime Minister said that the budget gives priority to the deprived and will fulfil the dreams of the aspirational society, the farmers and the middle class. "The first budget of Amrit Kaal will build a strong foundation for building a developed India. It gives priority to the deprived. This budget will fulfil the dreams of an aspirational society including poor people, middle-class people, and farmers. I congratulate Nirmala Sitharaman and his team for this historic budget," PM Modi said in a televised address. Prime Minister Modi underlined the government's efforts to enhance the lives of women. "The government has taken several steps to make the lives of women, in rural and urban areas, easy. Women's self-help groups will further enhance them. Special savings scheme will be started empowering women in households," the PM said. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2023 today in Lok Sabha. This was the third time in a row that the government presented the budget in a paperless form. Highlights of the budget presented by the Union Finance Minister included significant incentives under the new income tax regime. The IT rebate limit in the new regime has been increased from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh and the new tax regime will be the default tax regime, the Finance Minister said. Capital expenditure outlay has been increased by 33 per cent to Rs 10 lakh crore, accounting for 3.3 per cent of the GDP.

Budget 2023 is for welfare of every sector and every state of country, says MP CM Chouhan

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) : Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has praised the Union Budget 2023. He has said that this budget is for the welfare of every sector and every state of the country. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday presented her fifth budget which she described as 'the first budget in Amrit Kaal.' CM Chouhan also said, "It is a budget to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi's resolve to build a self-reliant India. It is the budget for building a glorious, prosperous and powerful India. It is an omnipresent budget, the welfare of every sector of the society and every state of the country lies in this budget." "It is a budget for the benefit of poor people, upliftment of farmers, taking the women forward and empowering the middle class. Income up to Rs 7 lakh has been made tax-free. It is a budget for the welfare of the weaker sections and for the youth," Chouhan said. He added that on behalf of the 8.5 crore people of Madhya Pradesh, he congratulated PM Modi for such a budget and also congratulated Union Finance Minister Sitharaman. Earlier in the day, CM Chouhan said that the Union Budget 2023 would take India forward in the direction of the welfare of the poor. "New India rising under the leadership of PM Modi. My best wishes to PM Modi and FM Nirmala Sitharaman for the presentation of the Union Budget 2023. Under PM Modi's leadership, a prosperous, powerful India is being built and our resolution is the welfare of the poor. Budget will take India ahead in this direction," he said. Ahead of the presentation of the Budget, a cabinet meeting was held in the Parliament which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sitharaman started her Budget speech at 11 am in Lok Sabha. Like the previous two Union Budgets, Union Budget 2023-24 was being delivered in paperless form. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with ministers of state Pankaj Chaudhary and Bhagwat Karad and Finance Secretary TV Somanathan called on President Droupadi Murmu. As per established tradition, the Finance Minister met the President at the Rashtrapati Bhawan before heading to Parliament to present the Union Budget. This year's Budget holds much significance as the country is scheduled to have the next Lok Sabha election in April-May 2024. The budget session of the Parliament began on Tuesday with the President's address, followed by tabling of the Economic Survey for 2022-23.

G20 delegates visit Tamil Nadu’s iconic Mahabalipuram town; receive traditional welcome on arrival

G20 delegates who are in Chennai for the meeting of Education Working Group visited Mahabalipuram on February 01. Sitting on the coromandel coast by the Bay of Bengal, the town of Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram as it is called by the locals, boasts of some of the most iconic historical sites built by the Pallava dynasty. The delegates were welcomed in a traditional way with Chendamelam. Delegates visited all the structures here- Pancha Rathas, Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance. They took selfies and even danced with the folk artists in Pancha Rathas Temple. Arjuna's Penance, an open air rock relief which is one of the largest in the world. They also took a tour to Shore Temple which was built during the 7th century by Pallava dynasty.

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Bar Association writes to HM Shah, seeks probe into BBC documentary ‘India: The Modi Question’

The All India Bar Association has demanded a 360-degree probe into the "international conspiracy" angle in the BBCs documentary "India: The Modi Question" while welcoming the Government of India's move to block YouTube channels and Twitter handles that spread a venomous documentary of BBC.

'Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar' trailer brings out crackling fresh chemistry between Ranbir Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor

New Delhi : The trailer of Luv Ranjan's upcoming romantic comedy 'Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar' dropped on Monday, bringing in a breath of fresh air, with crackling chemistry between Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, stunning visuals and hilarious dialogues. The three-and-a-half-minute-long trailer also gave a glimpse of the fantastic music that will be in the film with the magic of Pritam, Amitabh Bhattacharya and Arijit Singh coming together. "Aaj kal relationship me ghusna aasaan hai, usme nikalna mushkil. Rishety jodna aasaan hai, todna mushkil," says Ranbir's character in the trailer before he bumps into Shraddha Kapoor at a hotel. What ensues is a hillarious roller coaster ride.Shradha took to her Instagram handle on Monday and shared the trailer with the caption, "Relationship investments are subject to love risks. Please check compatibility before investing. #TuJhoothiMainMakkaarTrailer out now!"Apart from the leading duo of Ranbir and Shraddha, popular stand-up Anubhav Singh Bassi is also part of the film's cast as he is making his Bollywood debut with 'Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar'. It also stars Boney Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia. At the film's trailer launch event today, director Luv Ranjan said, "Love is a complicated subject, but why not have some fun while we try and unravel relationships in today's world. The world and vibe of the film has been brought alive by the super talented pair of Shradha and Ranbir and my brilliant crew. I am hoping for audiences across all ages, young and young at heart to have a good time in the theatres while they relate to their own romance when they watch the film." The film marks the first on-screen collaboration between Ranbir and Shraddha. Produced by Luv Films' Luv Ranjan and Ankur Garg, and presented by T- Series' Gulshan Kumar and Bhushan Kumar, 'Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar' will release in theatres on Holi i.e. March 8, 2023.

Bollywood celebs laud PM Modi's decision to name unnamed Andaman Nicobar islands after Param Vir Chakra awardees

New Delhi: Several Bollywood celebrities on Monday lauded PM Narendra Modi's decision to name the 21 largest unnamed islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands after Param Vir Chakra awardees to mark Parakram Diwas. Taking to Twitter, Ajay Devgn showered praises by writing, "The decision to name an island after Capt. Manoj Kumar Pandey (Param Vir Chakra) is assuring that the example of supreme sacrifice for the motherland he left us with will continue to inspire generations to come. Thank you PM @narendramodi Ji. #IndiaHonoursParamveers"Sidharth Malhotra, who played the role of Kargil war hero, Vikram Batra, in 2021's 'Shershaah', wrote, "The very news that an island in Andaman & Nicobar is named after our hero Capt. Vikram Batra leaves me with goosebumps! My heart swells with pride that I was fortunate to live his role on screen. This step taken by PM @narendramodi ensures that Shershaah lives on forever."This step of naming the 21 largest unnamed islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands will be an everlasting tribute to our heroes, several of whom made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the nation. The largest unnamed island was named after the first Param Vir Chakra awardee, Major Somnath Sharma, who lost his life in action on November 3, 1947, while repulsing Pakistani infiltrators near Srinagar Airport. The Government had declared January 23 as Parakram Diwas in 2021 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Indian Navy contingent thrilled to showcase velour at Republic Day Parade

As the much-awaited Republic day celebration is around the corner, Indian Navy’s contingent is thrilled to showcase velour at the high-voltage Republic Day Parade.

Congress will put all its might behind restoring J-K's statehood: Rahul Gandhi in Jammu

Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) : Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the Congress party will put all its might behind restoring Jammu and Kashmir's statehood. "The biggest issue is your statehood issue, there is no bigger issue than that. They took away your rights. Congress party will give you full support. We will do our best to restore the status of your state,"Rahul Gandhi said in Satwari, Jammu. Rahul started Bharat Jodo Yatra from Samba's Vijaypur along the Jammu-Pathankot highway. Rahul Gandhi said that he had asked media persons in his last press conference that you keep showing the face of Prime Minister Narendra Modi around the clock. "You talk about Aishwarya Ji (The crowd bursts out in laughter). You talk about Akshay Kumar. then why do not you talk about inflation? Why do not you talk about unemployment? Why is the media not talking about the land which is being taken away from the people of Kashmir," Rahul Gandhi said.Rahul Gandhi was addressing a crowd at Jammu's Satwari during Bharat Jodo Yatra. "The job of the media is to show the truth," Rahul Gandhi added. The Bharat Jodo Yatra, which started in Kanyakumari on September 7, will conclude on January 30 in Srinagar after having covered 3,970 km, 12 states and two Union territories. Congress' national spokesperson Jairam Ramesh on Friday said that the party's 'Haath Se Haath Jodo' campaign will take place for two months, starting on January 26. "The 'Haath Se Haath Jodo' campaign will be held from January 26 to March 26. The Congress workers will do door-to-door canvassing and will reach out to every single house in 10 lakh polling booths of 6 lakh villages and 2.5 lakh gram panchayats," Congress MP Jairam Ramesh said. Under the rubric of Haath Se Haath Jodo Abhiyaan, the party aims to cover about 2.5 lakh gram panchayats, 6 lakh villages, and over 10 lakh polling stations. During the follow-up campaign, the party is mulling distributing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's letter and a chargesheet, listing failures of the BJP government, among the general public.

Uddhav and Aaditya Thackeray to visit J-K soon, meet Kashmiri Pandits: Sanjay Raut

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackerey) Chief Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray would soon visit Jammu to meet the Kashmiri Pandits, said party MP Sanjay Raut on Monday. Sanjay Raut accused BJP of using Kashmiri Pandits for political gains. He said that the BJP won elections in the name of Kashmiri Pandits in 2014 and 2019. He said, "BJP said everyone would go to their homes after the abrogation of Article 370. But I went to Jammu just two days ago. Thousands of Kashmiri pandits and their children are on the road."On Friday, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut joined the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kathua district for the Jammu and Kashmir leg of the yatra. Sanjay Raut alleged that the Kashmiri Pandits are saying that they are being forced to return to Kashmir but are not able to return because of the targeted killings. There are no security arrangements there. "They refuse to go for BJP's political gain," he added He further stated that the Kashmir govt employees are asking to be transferred to Jammu but govt is not listening to such a small demand. "The way target killings are happening, mission Kashmir has failed terribly," he added.

Republic Day 2023: VVIP seats reserved for Central Vista Workers and street vendors

In an unprecedented move, this year VVIP seats are reserved for the Central Vista Workers and street vendors. The theme of India's 74th Republic Day has been chosen to be "participation of the common people". Sticking to its theme, R-Day 2023 parade will witness the attendance of common people from all walks of the society. Earlier, in September 2022, PM Modi interacted with workers who were involved in the redevelopment project. Notably, Republic Day 2023 celebrations will be the first after the inauguration of the revamped Central Vista.

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Pak PM’s head hung in shame over ‘begging’; calls it ‘Shameful for nuclear power to beg’ amid crisis

Embarrassment took over Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif amid country’s critically hit economy. With last year’s flood and amid the recent flour crisis in the country, Pakistan is witnessing one of the worst economic crisis in years. With their foreign exchange reserves left next to none, the country is compelled to ask for loans from friendly countries, which anyways has bored no fruit so far. Expressing his embarrassment over the country’s financial situation, Pakistan PM called it ‘shameful for nuclear power to beg’, reported The News International. The remark was made while the Pak PM was addressing the passing-out ceremony of probationary officers of Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS). The PM called all the ‘begging’ the wrong way to tackle the current situation as he stated that the loans will have to be ‘repaid’.

Rohit Shetty drops action-packed glimpse from 'Indian Police Force' sets

Hyderabad (Telangana): Director Rohit Shetty, on Sunday, shared an action-packed glimpse from the sets of his upcoming web series 'Indian Police Force'. Taking to Instagram, Rohit shared a video which he captioned, "New year resolution...NO SIMPLE & STRAIGHT work. Chahe Kuch bhi ho jaaye!!! #indianpoliceforce."In the video, the 'Golmaal' director could be seen on the sets of his web series with an injured hand. Helmed by Rohit, 'Indian Police Force' stars Sidharth Malhotra, Vivek Oberoi and Shilpa Shetty Kundra in the lead roles and will premiere exclusively on the OTT platform Amazon Prime Video.The 'Golmaal Returns' director sustained an injury on his hand during the shoot of the 'Indian Police Force' at the Ramoji Film City, on the city's outskirts. He was later discharged from the hospital. He recently penned a motivational post and wrote, "From Cirkus to my accident on set, my team and I have gone through a lot in the last few weeks! WE RISE, WE FALL, BUT WE RISE AGAIN NOT JUST TO FIGHT THE BATTLE, BUT TO WIN IT!!!" He shared details on the 'Indian Police Force' and 'Singham Again'. Rohit added, "Shooting the last schedule of INDIAN POLICE FORCE in HYDERABAD before we commence the pre-production of SINGHAM AGAIN." The official streaming date of 'Indian Police Force' is still awaited. He will also be directing 'Singham Again' which will star Ajay Devgn and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles.

“Highly impressed…” India’s ‘Prachand’ Light Combat Helicopter showstopper in joint exercises

In a big boost to IAF’s combat prowess, Prachand Light Combat Helicopter has started participating in joint war games. LCH “Prachand” was inducted into the Air Force on October 3, 2023. The Indigenous choppers are being flown extensively in the desert sector and performing very well. The combat helicopter comes with a 70 mm rocket pod as well as a 20 mm gun canon.

"Don't tell us what to call our state": DMK leader Kanimozhi attacks Tamil Nadu guv

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) : DMK leader and Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi on Sunday attacked the Tamil Nadu governor RN Ravi amid the controversy sparked by party leader Shivaji Krishnamoorthy with his remarks against the governor. Speaking to media, Kanimozhi said that people cannot hurt the sentiments of Tamilians, especially when they are government's, and not people's representatives. Discouraging DMK leader Krishnamoorthy's remarks on the governor, she said, "We do not encourage his disrespectful remarks, but people, especially government's representatives, cannot hurt the sentiments of Tamilians by telling us what to call our state." She also accused the governor of breaking the convention of delivering a speech outside the approved text. "It is a convention that the government gives the speech and the governor reads it at the assembly. Tamil Nadu governor's recent speech denotes that he is trying to break the convention," she remarked. This comes after CM Stalin accused the Governor of "delivering a speech that was extempore and deviated from the approved text". On Wednesday, January 9, the Governor sparked a controversy with his statement that the name 'Thamizhagam' would be more appropriate for the state. Governor Ravi's remark during his customary address at the opening session of the House on Monday, triggered an uproar, especially from the Treasury benches. Legislators of the ruling DMK and its allies, the Congress and the VCK, started raising slogans against the Governor and staged a walkout. Later, Krishnamoorthy sparked a controversy by saying, "If the Governor refuses to utter the name of Ambedkar in his Assembly speech, do I not have the right to assault him?" "If you (Governor) do not read out the speech given by the Tamil Nadu government, then go to Kashmir, and we will send terrorists so that they'll gun you down," Krishnamoorthy said. Later on Saturday, DMK temporarily suspended Krishnamoorthy for "party unlawful activities" over his controversial remarks.

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Anurag Thakur interacts with Indian diaspora from Mauritius, Qatar at Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas

Indore (Madhya Pradesh) : Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur on Sunday interacted with the Indian diaspora from Mauritius and Qatar during the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. "At the 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, Union Minister @ianuragthakur interacted with the Indian diaspora from Mauritius," Anurag Thakur tweeted. The three-day 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention is being held on the theme "Diaspora: Reliable partners for India's progress in Amrit Kaal". "The Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) is another opportunity to build bonds of friendship, mentorship and camaraderie that are forged when we directly interact with and learn from our diaspora towards a shared future," the Union Sports Minister tweeted. Thakur in another tweet wrote that he is happy to state that the Modi government has changed the approach and attitude towards India's diaspora. "The honour and respect that our diaspora deserve is reflected through numerous initiatives and the importance we give towards ensuring engagements during our official visits," Thakur tweeted.He said PBD is as much about your story as the story of rising India. It is a moment to reconnect and re-imagine new possibilities and it is a network to drive change, discover new ties and develop new ideas. India's External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Sunday heaped praise on the Indian community living abroad, saying that it is the largest and most talented diaspora in the world. In the inaugural address at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Indore, Jaishankar said what is perhaps unique about the Indian community is the intensity of the bonding which is promoted by conventions like the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, which is underway in the city of Indore. "...India has the largest diaspora in the world and many would say, the most talented. But what is perhaps unique about us is the intensity of the bonding between the community abroad and the motherland," the minister said while addressing the young delegates from India and abroad. "And that is a two-way street which is promoted particularly by activities like the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas," he added. Minister Jaishankar made these remarks in the presence of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan, Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, and Australian Parlimentrain Zaneta Mascarenhas. Delivering the inaugural address, Jaishankar stressed that this relationship with the Indian diaspora was very much in evidence amidst the challenges of the COVID pandemic. "On its part, the Government of India undertook the Vande Bharat Mission and the Vaccine Maitri initiative, which were focused significantly on our diaspora-centred partners," he said.

Tamannaah Bhatia to head to Kerala for Malayalam debut 'Bandra'

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) : Actress Tamannaah Bhatia will soon travel to Kerala for the shoot of her Malayalam debut 'Bandra'.A source close to Tamannaah shared, "It's going to be a very busy 2023 for Tamannaah. The actress is reportedly set to leave on January 20th for Kerala for shooting. Fans can't wait to see the actress in Malayalam debut. She is one of the few stars to have dabbled in three film industries: Tamil, Telugu and Hindi and has had a great 2022 with back to back project releases. Now she is ready to take over the Malayalam industry with Bandra.'' 'Bandra' is being helmed by Arun Gopy of 'Ramleela' fame. The film also stars Dileep. The upcoming film is touted to be an action thriller Apart from 'Bandra', Tamannaah also has Prime Video's Jee Karda and Netflix's Lust Stories 2 in her kitty.

Samantha Ruth Prabhu reveals toughest part of shooting for 'Shakuntalam', don't miss her quirky caption

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Actor Samantha Ruth Prabhu revealed the toughest part of shooting for 'Shakuntalam' and shared pictures from the training session. Taking to Instagram, the 'Oo Antava' star treated fans with a video of her pet dog and behind-the-scenes picture from her upcoming movie sets. Samantha was seen posing gracefully as her character in 'Shakuntalam' and flaunted her curves in the picture from a training session. In the video, her pet dog Sasha could be seen lying on a couch.Along with a post, she wrote a hilarious caption mentioning how grace is not either hers or Sasha's thing. The caption read, "The toughest part of #Shakuntalam was maintaining grace and posture while walking, talking, running... even crying! And grace is sooo not my thing. Had to take training sessions for it! Should have taken Sasha along... clearly so not her thing either! #LikeMotherLikeDaughter." Based on Kalidasa's acclaimed Sanskrit play Abhijnana Shakuntalam, the film is written and directed by award-winning director Gunasekhar (Rudhramadevi) and produced by Neelima Guna and Dil Raju under the banner of Gunna Teamworks and Dil Raju Productions respectively. The film also features Dev Mohan as Dushyanta, the king of the Puru Dynasty. 'Shaakuntalam' revolves around the epic love story of Shakuntala and King Dushyant, portrayed by Yashoda star Samantha and Dev Mohan of Sufiyum Sujatayum fame, respectively. It will be out in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada. The film will hit the theatres on February 17, 2023. Samantha has been keeping a low profile ever since she was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called Myositis. A few months ago, Samantha revealed that she is diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called 'Myositis'. The 35-year-old diva broke the silence on her health update via her latest social media post. She took to her Instagram handle and shared a picture of herself, sitting on a couch with an IV drip connected to her wrist. She captioned the picture, "Your response to the 'Yashodha' trailer was overwhelming. It is this love and connection that I share with all of you, that gives me the strength to deal with the seemingly unending challenges that life throws at me. A few months back I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called Myositis. I was hoping to share this after it had gone into remission. But it is taking a little longer than I hoped. I am slowly realising that we don't always need to put up a strong front."

Band from Kerala accompanies ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ covering Kanyakumari to Srinagar

Sargadhara band team from Kerala’s Kannur is seen marching and traveling with ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ from Kanyakumari braving the harsh winters of north India. The band has marched more than 3,000 Kilometers so far with other Bharat Jodo Yatris.

S S Rajamouli, Jr NTR receive standing ovation during 'RRR' screening in LA

Los Angeles [United States]: S S Rajamouli and Jr NTR on Saturday attended a special screening and reception for their film 'RRR'. The actor-director duo was welcomed with a standing ovation by the Academy Members. The actor-director duo took centre stage after the screening to discuss various parts of the film which yet again gave us an insight into the splendid bond they share. In the video shared by the Jr NTR fan club. The woman was heard saying, "Bravo!! Best picture of the year," along with the loud sound of clapping.While speaking about NTR during the discussion, Rajamouli said, "Komuram Bheemudo is the best thing that I have ever directed. It's my all-time favourite in all my films. Because NTR is such a great performer. If you place camera only on one small eyebrow of his, he can perform with that eyebrow. He's that good." Jr NTR also spoke about shooting the interval sequence where he jumped out of the cage along with the animals. He said, "The best thing for me is the shot where Bheem jumps out with the animals. I never knew how the shot was supposed to be, he never told me how I was going to jump out with all these animals, he never told me how he's going to shoot. I only got to watch that when the movie released and I was like Woah!!" The Directors Guild of America theatre had more than 100 people in attendance to witness the magnum opus 'RRR' and chat with NTR Jr & Rajamouli which included members for the international press, academy members and more. NTR and Rajamouli are currently in Los Angeles to attend the Golden Globes where their film is nominated under two categories - Best Film and Best Song. Released in March 2022, RRR is a fictional story based on the lives of two Telugu freedom fighters, Alluri Seetharama Raju and Komaram Bheem. Ram Charan and Jr NTR played lead roles, respectively. The film collected over Rs 1200 crore worldwide. Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn and Shriya Saran also starred in the film.

Undoubtedly, Congress will form govt in Haryana: Rahul Gandhi

Kurukshetra (Haryana): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday asserted that the party will form a government in Haryana in the upcoming Assembly elections next year. "There is no doubt that the Congress government will come to power in Haryana. I am interested in the fact that if the Congress government comes to power in Haryana, it should be a government of farmers, a government that respects everyone and listens to everyone," Gandhi said. The Congress leader claimed that the voice of India is being suppressed, hatred and fear are being spread, efforts are being made to divide the country and the Bharat Jodo Yatra is against the forces who seek to suppress these voices. "The aim of the yatra is to listen to the true voice of the country. Today, inequality is increasing in India. The entire economic power is going in the hands of 3-4 people and this has resulted in rapidly rising unemployment and inflation," he said. Speaking on the issue of farmers, Rahul Gandhi said that during the yatra, the farmers told the "truth of Haryana". "Today the farmer is being surrounded from all sides. He is being hit directly by the price of diesel petrol, by not giving insurance compensation, by the rising price of fertilizers. Farmers' income did not double, it decreased. Farmers only saw an increase in input prices, not one and a half times MSP," he said."The loan waiver was given only to the billionaires, not the farmers. The Prime Minister made an all-out attack on the farmers, using black laws and export policy as weapons. India cannot move forward, if it leaves behind its farmers. When our government comes, the farmers will be protected and they will be helped,' he added. Earlier today, the Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi saw people gathered in large numbers, walking with enthusiasm as the yatra resumed from the Dodwa-Taraori crossing. On the 114th day of the yatra, party leaders Selja Kumari and Deepender Singh Hooda joined Rahul Gandhi. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had called his Bharat Jodo Yatra as 'Mohabbat ka dukaan' (shop of love) amid an existing 'nafrat ka bazaar' (market of hatred) while responding to BJP leaders who questioned him for conducting the ongoing Kanyakumari to Kashmir foot-march. The 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' marched into Karnal on Saturday. The Bharat Jodo Yatra re-entered Haryana on Thursday evening and will pass through four districts of the state between January 5-10. Bharat Jodo Yatra covered over 130 km in the first phase in Haryana between December 21-23 when it passed through Nuh, Gurugram, and Faridabad districts.

BrahMos, Astra missiles give Indian Su-30s edge over Flankers flown by China, other operators

Integration of indigenous weapons like the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile and the Astra air-to-air missiles gives an edge to the Su-30MKI combat aircraft operated by India over similar jets operated by other air forces including China, Group Captain Arpit Kala, who is the Commanding Officer of Su-30MKI fighter aircraft squadron said on January 07. Arpit Kala said, “The Indian Su-30MKIs are unique in the sense that they have been equipped with the best of technologies and weaponry from around the world along with indigenous ones too.” When asked to compare the Indian Su-30MKI with the different variants of the Su-30s operated by other countries including the ones operated by its original manufacturer Russia, Group Captain Kala said: "What makes the Indian Su-30MKI different from the flankers (Su-30 combat aircraft) operated across the world is that it is a beautiful integration of various weapons, sensors and avionics from all over the world. "Its long-range vectors (missiles) including the indigenous air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons give it an edge over others. It is one of the best aircraft in the world," Kala said.

Former Kerala CM's son walks barefoot in Bharat Jodo Yatra, says it gives him energy

Kurukshetra (Haryana): Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's son and Indian Youth Congress (IYC) leader Chandy Oommen has been walking barefoot during Congress' Bharat Jodo Yatra, saying it gives him energy. The IYC leader, who also happens to be the chairman of the Outreach cell for the Indian Youth Congress, has been walking along with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during the yatra. Asked about his decision to walk barefoot, he told ANI, "I usually walk barefoot during the yatra but the rest of the time, I do wear shoes. I am walking barefoot in solidarity with my leader Rahul Gandhi. It also gives me energy while walking." On what message he wants to convey through his 'barefoot march' he said, "All are one. There is no difference and everyone belongs to one family. There has to be unity among all. That is my message and my leader's message." On how he was managing to walk barefoot in the harsh winter, Chandy said he delays the start of his march because of the cold but does not have much trouble walking barefoot.Chandy further added that he has covered 3,000 kilometres barefoot during the yatra. Expressing his views on Bharat Jodo Yatra, he said about one lakh people met Rahul Gandhi in every state over the course of the yatra. "People come to receive Rahul Ji early in the morning and he also listens to them. I believe no less one lakh people met him in every state. The response is good. I am proud to be associated with this march," he said. The yatra, which started from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on September 7, will end at Srinagar on January 30, with Rahul hoisting the Tricolour there. The march has so far covered Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and is presently in Haryana.

Joshimath Subsidence: Development Projects Under Lens

On January 8, emeritus scientist of the Indian National Science Academy, DM Banerjee underlined the factors that could have led to the land subsidence in Joshimath. Echoing DM Banerjee’s claims, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said, “if tunnels or other factors are the culprit, all of them should be stopped”.

Ganga has become clean from Gomukh to Bengal: UP CM Yogi hails PM Modi's efforts

Varanasi-UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that the Ganga has become completely clean and navigable from Gomukh to Bengal via Uttar Pradesh due to the efforts of the central government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mentioning the cleanliness of the Ganga river, Yogi Adityanath said, "There was a time when taking a dip in the Ganga used to cause skin diseases, but today the sacred river has not only become completely clean from Gomukh to Bengal via Uttar Pradesh." He said that when a double-engine government is at work, it paves way for development and results start coming automatically. Chief Minister Yogi said that the people will have to work for the whole world with honesty. Participating in a three-day seminar titled 'Suflam', being held at Swatantra Bhawan of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), CM Yogi enumerated the achievements of the government during the Amrit Mahotsav being celebrated on the 75th year of Independence, including the upcoming G20 conference in New Delhi and cleaning of Ganga. He said that the prime minister of Mauritius visited Kashi on his request and took the holy dip in the Ganga along with a delegation of 400 people and that the Ganges river dolphin, which was on the verge of extinction, has started reappearing in the river because of the cleaning of the river. The CM also described China's Covid vaccine as a failure and heaped praises on the Indian vaccines for saving crores of lives during the coronavirus pandemic.Besides, CM Yogi stressed the need to focus on natural farming instead of chemical farming to boost agricultural production and farmers' income. The CM also visited the exhibition on this occasion. CM Yogi Adityanath said in his address that during the Covid period, when the world was stunned and helpless due to the deadly virus, India kept working to save the lives of its 140 crore people. The whole world has saluted this achievement of India, he remarked pointing out that the two vaccines developed by India saved the lives of crores of people. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the art of Kashi will shine in the world. "Britain ruled us for 200 years, but today India has overtaken it to become the 5th largest economy in the world. This year, India has got the distinction of leading the G20 countries from December 1, 2022, to November 30, 2023. The population of these countries is equal to 60 per cent of the total population of the world. These 20 countries have 75 per cent of the world's trade, 85 per cent of GDP, and 90 per cent of patents. Yet, India will be making policies for these countries. Some conferences of G20 will also be held in Kashi and the representatives of those countries will come here. It is time that we strengthen our identity in the world by presenting our art, culture and heritage to the representatives of those countries," he said. CM Yogi said that people will have to protect the five elements. "Earth is our mother and we all are her sons. So we must perform our duty of a son", he said. Addressing farmers, he said that due to climate change, land and water have suffered the most, pointing out that messing with Mother Earth is wrong, and must stop. He recommended cow-based natural farming instead of chemical farming. Expressing his desire for certification of yield, CM Yogi said that certification of seeds and products of natural farming would be done. For this, separate labs are being set up in eight other districts including Varanasi. Outlets for natural and organic farming have been set up in the market committee of every commissionerate headquarters. There are 79 Krishi Vigyan Kendras in the state. There are 6 agricultural universities. They will set up their own labs for certification of natural and organic products, for which the state government will give grants. The government will also do marketing of these products.

Poland bizman who helped Indians escape Ukraine is among Pravasi Bharatiya awardees this year

Poland-based businessman Amit Kailash Chandra Lath, who helped Indian students in Ukraine during “Operation Ganga” last year, was chosen in the field of Business/Community Welfare. Amit Lath, also the director of the Europe-India Chamber of Commerce, Central-East Europe chapter, played a leading and outstanding role in the government's Operation Ganga mission to rescue Indians stuck in Ukraine and helped them get back home safely via Poland. After Russian president Vladimir Putin declared a "special military operation" in Ukraine on February 24, Amit Lath emerged as a beacon for thousands of Indian students trying to escape the conflict. In an interview with ANI, Amit Lath said that he is privileged to receive the award from the President and that the relationship between Poland and India today is at a different level.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath inspects Tent City, takes stock of conditions at night shelters

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) : Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during his visit to Varanasi inspected the 'Tent City' on Sunday. The CM also made a surprise inspection of the Town Hall night shelter and distributed food and blankets to the destitute. Chief Minister Yogi visited Ravidas Park and paid tribute to Sant Ravidas by garlanding him. After this, he reached the Tent City being built on sand on the other side of the Ganga by cruise from Ravidas Ghat and watched a presentation on it. Later, Yogi Adityanath offered prayers at Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple amid a chant of 'Har Har Mahadev'. CM made a surprise inspection of the night shelter at Town Hall set up by the Municipal Corporation to take stock of the arrangements there and distributed food and blankets to the needy. He also enquired about the well-being of the people living there. The people who took shelter in the night shelter expressed satisfaction with the arrangement. Directing the officers, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that no one should sleep in the open in the cold. Proper arrangement of bed blankets etc. should be made in the night shelters. Along with this, he also directed officers to pay special attention to toilets and cleanliness and ensure no shortage of any kind.

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Tunisha suicide case: Sheezan’s family, lawyer Shailendra Mishra hold Press Conference

Sheezan’s family with lawyer Shailendra Mishra held a press conference on January 02. Family countered the allegations against Sheezan. Actress Tunisha Sharma committed suicide on December 24. Co-Actor Sheezan Khan was arrested immediately after the incident. In the press conference, advocate raised questions such as who is Pawan Sharma, who called himself maternal uncle? Who is Sanjeev Kaushal, who had complete control over Tunisha?

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi slams BJP after SC verdict on demonetisation

Hyderabad (Telangana) : All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Supreme Court's held the 2016 decision of the Central government on demonetization. Owaisi said, "I suggest PM Modi celebrate 'Demonetisation Day' why don't they celebrate now? It is because they know that plumbers, drivers, artists, electricians, etc were destroyed due to demonetization." "PM Modi and his government should take social and political responsibility (for demonetization). According to the report of Azim Premji University, 50 Lakh people lost their jobs and 100 people died. PM Modi has shrunk India's workforce," Owaisi added.Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge also slammed the Central government and said that the government is responsible for all the consequences that the Indian Economy and people of the nation faced. Consequences of demonetization implemented by the Modi government include 120 people losing their lives, the Employment of crores of people snatched, the Unorganized sector being devastated, Black money not being reduced, and Fake notes increasing. The decision of demonetization by the Modi government will always remain like a deep wound on the Indian economy," Kharge tweeted. The Supreme Court's constitution bench on Monday with a 4:1 majority dismissed a batch of petitions challenging the central government's Demonetisation decision, saying there was no flaw in the decision-making process. The SC in its judgement said that the Centre had the power to demonetize all series of banknotes. The demonetization decision can't be said to be unreasonable nor was it hit by the doctrine of proportionality.

Austrian FM extols India’s stand on peace, says ‘It has tradition of balancing world powers’

Extolling India’s stand on peace and dubbing the country as the one with a tradition of balancing the world powers, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg on January 02 in Vienna at a joint Press Conference with Union External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, said that Austria counts on India as the voice of peace and reason. The Austrian FM also called India a good friend. The Austrian FM further supported India in getting the G20 Presidency and called it a good sign. “We count on India as voice of peace, voice of reason. India always has a tradition of balancing world powers. It is a good sign that India now hold the G20 Presidency. Peace can also be done at the negotiation table, never at the battlefield,” he said.

PM should declare war against Pakistan, say groups in Kashmir after Rajouri terrorist attack

Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir) : A Kashmir Pandits' organisation and the Jammu West Assembly Movement demanded 'war' against Pakistan in retaliation for the attack at Dhangri in Rajouri district on Sunday in which four villagers died of gunshots and at least six people were injured after gunmen fired indiscriminately on three houses of minority community residents, about 50 metres apart. Massive protests erupted in Jammu and Kashmir where the Jammu West Assembly Movement and Kashmiri Pandits participated on Monday in different parts of Dhangri village. They were seen shouting slogans and with posters demanding action against the terrorists of Pakistan.Members of the Kashmiri Pandits' organisation and the Jammu West Assembly movement unanimously demanded a 'war' against Pakistan. "There is no other way than war to stop this massacre," said one of the members of Kashmiri Pandit's organisation. In a similar tune, one protester from Jammu West Assembly Movement said, "We urge the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Deference Minister to declare war against Pakistan.''"The first two days of the year have been blemished by the bloodstains of innocents. No one feels safe here. Until PM Modi takes a concrete step to change this situation, we won't stop," said one of the protesters. The two groups said about the 'target killing' which has been a persistent issue in the state for the last few months. "It's a small state. Still, Hindus are being targeted repeatedly in this state," said one of the members of Kashmir Pandit's organisation.According to the police, an incident of firing was reported on Sunday evening in which four people were killed and six injured. The firing was done by two terrorists at three houses separated at a distance of around 50 metres from each other at upper Dangri village. A child was killed and five others injured in a suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast that took place in Rajouri's upper Dangri village on Monday morning. "They checked their Aadhar card before firing at him. These shells were found at their home, They are targeting Hindus to evacuate the area. We request the Centre and the L-G to strengthen VDC (village defence committees) further and provide people here with VDC guns, so that people can protect themselves because by the time forces reach here, the entire area could have been finished," said local Ranjeet Tara.

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From Delhi to Mumbai, Outraged Jains came out on streets against Jharkhand govt

Members of the Jain Community are holding a massive protest in Mumbai and Delhi after the Jharkhand government to declare the 'Shri Sammed Shikharji' a tourist place. Jharkhand government decided the vandalisation the temple in Palitana to make it a tourist place. The community staged a protest at India Gate against the Jharkhand government's decision. The protest erupted after CCTV footage showed some miscreants vandalising the steps and pole of the temple in Palitana, Shatrunjaya hill.

Cong leader Gourav Vallabh targets BJP over sexual harassment allegations against Sandeep Singh

Gurugram (Haryana) : Congress leader Gourav Vallabh on Sunday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over sexual harassment charges against Haryana Sports Minister Sandeep Singh by saying that this is the real face of BJP. "The real face of the BJP has come to the fore. When the BJP talks about 'Beti Bachao', it talks about saving the girl child from such leaders of the BJP," the Congress leader said. He said that it is not the first time that the party is involved in these types of incidents. "Whether, in the case of Unnao, Karnataka or Sandeep Singh, the character of the BJP to misbehave with women and play with their dignity," he said demanding strict action against Sandeep Singh. Earlier this month, the woman, who is a junior athlete coach, held a press conference at the office of the opposition party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), wherein she alleged that the minister harassed her from February to November last year, by repeated messages on social media and had touched her inappropriately and also threatened her in messages. During the press briefing, the alleged victim demanded that the Manohar Lal Khattar government immediately sack Sandeep Singh and set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the matter. Notably, on Sunday, the woman told media that she opened up about the incident to the public after her patience went off."I am also a player, think how much patience I would have to tolerate such ill behaviour of this person from February till now," the woman said, adding that she didn't open up about the incident earlier as she was afraid of negative impact on the sports industry. "I tried as much as I could. He created, such an atmosphere officially that a girl comes to him automatically," she added. The woman reiterated that she opened up to the public only after her patience broke up. To a question about other victims, hesitating to open up, she said, "I have full hope as soon as he resigns and is behind bars, those people will definitely come forward." "Everyone should know how an Olympic-level athlete misbehaved with another national-level athlete," she said, demanding strict action against the minister. However, Olympian and Haryana Sports Minister Sandeep Singh has been brushing off the allegations, levelled against him by the junior athlete coach. The Chandigarh police have registered an FIR against the Haryana Sports Minister following a complaint by the female coach. A case has been registered under sections 354, 354A, 354B, 342, and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and begun an investigation into the matter. Responding to the development, Haryana Sports Minister told media that he has handed over the responsibility of the Sports department to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar till pending enquiry.

Rahul Gandhi does not know ground reality about border row: UP Deputy CM Brajesh Pathak

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh): Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Brajesh Pathak on Sunday launched an attack on Rahul Gandhi and said that the Congress leader has got derailed and has no knowledge of the ground reality about the India-China border row. Notably, Rahul Gandhi had earlier claimed that the centre was hiding behind the army on the border situation.Targeting the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party, he said, "Samajwadi Party is a family party. It has nothing to do with any section of society. However, BJP caters to every section of society, be it ST, SC or the OBC. Schemes by PM Modi are benefitting people from all sections of society." Brajesh Pathak also extended his greetings to the citizens on New Year. While talking to ANI, he said, "I extend my wishes to the people of the state for the year 2023 and I pray to God that there should be happiness and wealth in the homes of all the people of the country. May God fulfil their wishes." "I pray to God that Uttar Pradesh comes first on the economic front after the Global Investors Summit under the able guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and we will work to bring the youth into the mainstream and connect them directly with employment," he added.

Hindu bodies stage march against 'love jihad' in Maharashtra's Kolhapur

Kolhapur (Maharashtra) : Hindu organisations staged a Jan Aanch march in Maharashtra's Kolhapur against 'love jihad', alleged illegal conversions and cow slaughter. The march started from Binduwar Chowk and covered several areas including Ganesh Mandir, Mahadwar Road, Papachi Tikti, and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Chowk. A march was taken out on behalf of Hindu bodies to draw attention to issues like increasing atrocities on women, illegal conversions, ban on cow slaughter. It also included heads of the community, various well-known members of the society, and seers. The march began with flag worship. Neelkanth Mane Rajshree Tiwari Dhananjay Desai gave a speech at the Bhawani Mandap.

"Hardworking grassroots leader": PM Modi condoles demise of Tripura Minister NC Debbarama

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Tripura Revenue Minister NC Debbarama on Sunday. "Shri NC Debbarma Ji will be remembered by the coming generations as a hardworking grassroots leader who always worked for the well-being of people. He made a rich contribution to Tripura's progress. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti," tweeted PM Modi. Revenue Minister of Tripura Narendra Chandra Debbarma died on Sunday at the age of 80, days after he suffered a stroke. He reportedly suffered a severe brain stroke on December 30 and was admitted to hospital following that. In view of the death of the ex-revenue Minister of Tripura NC Debbarama on Sunday, the Tripura government has announced a three-day state mourning starting Sunday and a holiday on Monday.NC Debbarama died around 2:45 pm, on Sunday in Agartala Medical College Hospital (AGMC). "Deeply saddened by the passing away of senior member in the state cabinet Shri N.C. Debbarma today. My condolences to the bereaved family. May the departed soul rest in peace. Om Santi!," tweeted Chief Minister Manik Saha. CM Manik Saha said, "It's a sad news. He was very gentle and honest. We used to learn many things from him. He was not keeping well for days and suffered for an extended period of time. He was not even in the position to attend office. We will miss an ardent colleague like him." "NC Debbarma was really earnest politician as he used to think for the welfare of the tribal communities residing in Tripura," he added.

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Tunisha Sharma's death a matter of "love jihad", claims Maharashtra Minister

Nashik (Maharashtra): Maharashtra Minister and BJP leader Girish Mahajan on Sunday claimed that the death of actor Tunisha Sharma is a matter of "love jihad" and the state police are investigating the case. The minister also stressed that the Eknath Shinde government in the state is mulling bringing a strict law against 'love jihad'. This comes a day after Tunisha Sharma allegedly died by suicide on the sets of her show. Speaking to ANI, Mahajan said, "It is a matter of 'love jihad' and police are investigating the case. We are seeing that such cases are increasing day by day and we are mulling bringing a strict law against it". However, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chandrakant Jadhav said that there is no angle of any other affair, blackmailing or 'Love Jihad', as of now. "The investigation is underway. Accused Sheezan's and the deceased's phones have been seized. There is no angle of any other affair, blackmailing or 'Love Jihad', as of now," he said. Earlier today, police said the reason behind Tunisha's alleged extreme step was her breakup with co-star Sheezan Mohammed Khan over a fortnight back. A case of abetment to suicide was registered against Sheezan under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code, after his 'Ali Baba: Dastaan-E-Kabul' co-star was found dead on the set. Sheezan was taken by the officials from Waliv police station to the Vasai court on Sunday. At the court, Sheezan's lawyer, Sharad Rai, spoke to the media saying, "He (Sheezan Khan) was been produced in court. Allegations against him are baseless." The Waliv Police on Sunday said the post-mortem report of the deceased actor specified 'hanging' as the cause of death. Meanwhile, police recorded statements of 14 people, so far, in connection with the Tunisha Sharma death case. "Tunisha Sharma used to work as an actress in a TV show. Tunisha and Sheezan Khan had an affair. They had a break-up 15 days ago after which she died by suicide on the sets of her show," Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chandrakant Jadhav said during a press conference here. The ACP further said, "Tunisha's mother had filed a complaint and the accused, Sheezan, was arrested and later produced in court which sent him to four-day judicial custody. The post-mortem report clearly specifies the cause of death as hanging. She hanged herself with a bandage." Tunisha's mortal remains were brought to the JJ Hospital, Naigaon around 1.30 am on Sunday where her post-mortem was conducted. Tunisha's last rites will be performed on December 27 in Mumbai's Mira road area, her maternal uncle Pawan Sharma told media.

IB interrogating people who interacted with Rahul Gandhi, alleges Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi : Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Sunday alleged that those who interacted with Rahul Gandhi during the Bharat Jodo Yatra are being questioned by the Intelligence Bureau. Denying any secrecy pertaining to the Yatra, the Congress leader also took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah alleging that the two leaders are "nervous". "IB is questioning many people who during #BharatJodoYatra had a conversation with @RahulGandhi. The detectives are asking all kinds of questions and want copies of the memorandum submitted to them. Nothing is secret about the yatra but clearly, Modi and Shah are nervous" Ramesh tweeted, roughly translated from Hindi.Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that China and Pakistan are preparing together and if there is a war, then it will be against both countries. In a YouTube video on Rahul Gandhi's channel, while interacting with Armed Forces' veterans during the Bharat Jodo Yatra, the Congress MP said, "China and Pakistan have come together, if there will be any war then it will happen with both, so there will be a major loss for the country. India is now extremely vulnerable. I don't just have respect for you (Army) but also love and affection for you. You defend this nation. This nation would not exist without you." The Congress leader explained, "Earlier we had two enemies China and Pakistan and our policy was to keep them separate. First, it was said that two front war should not happen then people say there is two and a half-front war going on, that is, Pakistan, China and terrorism. Today there is one front that is China and Pakistan which are together. If the war happens it will happen with both. They are working together not only militarily but also economically." Defence Expert Praful Bakshi said what Rahul Gandhi said about China and Pakistan acting hand-in-glove, is nothing new and the Army is ready to deal with an attack from both countries. Speaking to ANI, Bakshi said, "What is the new in what he (Rahul Gandhi) said? We are prepared even if China and Pakistan attack together. Whatever preparations had to be made has been made."

Gujarat victory will have "positive impact" on 2024 Lok Sabha polls, change entire political picture: Amit Shah

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday noted that the BJP's massive victory in the recently concluded Gujarat Assembly polls will change the "entire political picture", while also confiding that it will have a "positive impact" on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Citing the historic win of the BJP in 2022 in which the party bagged the most number of seats breaking its own and state's best record, Shah said that the results were a testimony of Gujarat being a "stronghold" of the party. The Home Minister's remarks came while addressing the felicitation program of newly-elected MLAs organized by Surat City and District BJP virtually on Sunday. "Many new parties came in this election, and made different claims and guarantees, but all these parties were crushed after the results. The results showed that the people of Gujarat were ready to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. Today, this massive victory has served as a strong message to the country that the Gujarat region was and will remain the stronghold of the BJP," Shah said. "This victory in the Gujarat Assembly elections is a source of enthusiasm, inspiration and energy for workers across the country. This victory will change the entire political picture and the results will have a positive impact on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections as well," he added while also congratulating Gujarat BJP chief CR Paatil, and Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel among others on the victory. Also congratulating the party workers, Shah said that the record-breaking results in the 2022 assembly elections are due to the workers from the booth level-page committee of the BJP to the state president. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has immense popularity among the people of the country and Gujarat and that is the reason why he has won 26 out of 26 seats in Gujarat twice in the Lok Sabha," Shah said. He also mentioned PM Modi's electoral visits across the state during the election campaign in the state and said that it brought a "pro-BJP storm" in Gujarat which was converted into votes by the party workers. "After the election visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat, a pro-BJP storm broke out and the workers converted it into votes," he said. The Home Minister lauded the BJP's developmental push in the tribal and far-flung areas of the state and said that the party has set an example of a transparent and honest government under which no scam has taken place in the state. "In 1990 and again from 1998 till today till 2022, Gujarati people have continuously reposed faith in BJP under the leadership of PM Modi. BJP has led development in far-flung areas including tribal, jungle, Sagar and Kutch. Apart from this, the BJP has set an example of a transparent, honest and dedicated government without a single scam in its rule so far. Today there is BJP from Gandhinagar to Gram Panchayat," he said. Citing the double-engine government in the state and at the Centre, Shah said that numerous schemes were transformed into reality on the ground. "Under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, many schemes of the Central and State Governments were brought to the ground, and new dimensions of development were created," he said. Shah further appreciated the BJP workers and said that they have worked hard, reached door to door, maintained contact and apprised the people about all the achievements of the government. Giving a message to the party workers, Shah said that the state government has to fulfil the expectations of the people. "For the next five years, we all have to worry about taking PM Modi's message and public welfare schemes to the people. The responsibility of the BJP has increased, we have to fulfil the hopes and expectations of the people," he said. The BJP won a whopping 156 seats of the 182 seats in the Assembly elections of which the counting of votes was done on December 8.

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Government announces COVID norms effective immediately

Updating on the fresh COVID-19 guidelines amid emerging BF.7 variant scare, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on December 24 informed that RT-PCR test will be mandatory for international arrivals from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand.

'India, Kazakhstan armies' joint millitary drills 'KAZIND' will boost bilateral ties'

New Delhi : As part of military diplomacy and to strengthen the growing strategic relation with Kazakhstan, Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopters carried out heliborne operations with troops of the Indian and Kazakhstan Armies as part of 'Exercise KazInd' in the Eastern sector on Saturday. In September last year, India and Kazakhstan completed the 5th edition of the annual bilateral joint exercise KAZIND-21, strengthening military diplomacy between the two countries. The Indian Army contingent was represented by a battalion of The Bihar Regiment consisting of a total of 90 personnel led by a Contingent Commander. The Kazakhstan Army is represented by a company in the 5th edition of the joint military exercise, a statement said.The exercise is a joint training between both Armies, which will boost the bilateral relations between India and Kazakhstan, it added. The scope of the Joint Exercise includes professional exchange, planning & execution of the operation in a counterterrorism environment at the sub-unit level and sharing expertise on skills at arms, combat shooting and experiences in Counter Insurgency/ Counter-Terrorism operations. The conduct of the joint exercise will set the stage for greater defence cooperation and manifest into stronger ties between the two great nations, it said.

RT-PCR test mandatory for arrivals from China, 4 other nations: Union Health Minister Mandaviya

Gandhinagar (Gujarat) : Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Saturday announced that RT-PCR test has been made mandatory for passengers coming from five countries including China. "The RT-PCR test to be mandatory for international arrivals from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand. On arrival, if any passenger from these countries is found symptomatic or tests positive for Covid-19 infection, then he/she will be put under quarantine," Health Minister Mandaviya said in a conversation with media. He also said that the Air Suvidha form filling to declare the current health status will also be made compulsory for international passengers arriving from these Asian countries. Taking note of the rising cases of COVID globally, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday said that the Centre and States need to work in "tandem" and in a "collaborative spirit" as was done during the previous surges. Mandaviya, while chairing a virtual meeting Friday with the health ministers of the states, Principal Secretaries, Additional Chief Secretaries and Information Commissioners, said that the country needs to be on the alert and be fully prepared for COVID management. The meeting was held in view of the recent upsurge in cases in some countries like China, Japan, Brazil and the United States in the presence of Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar, NITI Aayog member V K Paul to review the public health preparedness for containment and management of COVID-19 and progress of national COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Manadaviya has also stressed the importance of public awareness campaigns regarding adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour in view of the upcoming festive season. He asked the State Health Ministers to personally monitor and review the preparedness of all infrastructure and ensure adequate stock of essential medicines. Notably, Union Health Ministry has already issued "Operational Guidelines for Revised Surveillance Strategy in context of COVID-19" in June 2022 which calls for early detection, isolation, testing and timely management of suspected and confirmed cases to detect and contain outbreaks of new SARS-CoV-2 variants. On Thursday Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told Parliament, India will start randomly testing two per cent of international passengers arriving at its airports for COVID-19 in view of rising cases of COVID in China and other countries. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Saturday morning informed that in the past 24 hours, India recorded 201 new COVID-19 infections. The country's active caseload currently stands at 3,397 which accounts for 0.01 per cent of the total cases. The recovery rate currently is at 98.8 per cent. As many as 183 recoveries were made in the last 24 hours, thereby taking the total recoveries to 4,41,42,791.

Gurukuls responsibly incorporating India's ancient "vaibhav" in the education system: PM Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday virtually addressed the Amrut Mahotsav of Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul in Rajkot of Gujarat on the completion of 75 years and said that the organization is doing an excellent job in reviving India's glorious past and incorporating it in the Education system. Taking a jibe at the Congress governments of the past, Modi said, "When India became independent it became our responsibility to incorporate the ancient 'vaibhav' (splendor) of India in her educational system and revive our glorious past. However, owing to the mentality of slavery the governments did not move in that direction." "Now, once again the saints and acharyas have taken up this painful responsibility towards the nation," he added and said that Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul is a perfect example of this work. "In the last 75 years, the Gurukul has empowered the minds of the students with good learning and values resulting in their overall development," said the Prime Minister. "From ISRO to BARC, the legacy of Gurukuls has empowered the talent of the nation," he added.Heaving praises on the gurukul for helping poor students, PM Modi said that the gurukul charges one rupee per day for poor students to complete their education. This helps poor students to get education. Recalling the legacy of ancient universities like Nalanda and Taxila, Modi said that these institutions were examples of the splendour, majesty, the grandeur the gurukuls of ancient times used to have. He also recalled the contributions made by female saints like Gargi and Maitreyi and said, "Even when terms like gender equality was not born, our saints like Gargi and Maitreyi used to study the Shastras. In the ashram of Rishi Valmiki, Atreyi was also a student alongside Lav and Kush." "The number of top higher educational institutes like IIT, IIIT, IIMs, AIIMS have increased greatly. Over 65 per cent rise in the number of medical colleges of the country has been witnessed since 2016," he said. "With the New Education Policy in Place, for the first time the country is preparing such an education system which will be forward-looking and futuristic." Calling out for a developed India by 2047, PM Modi said that the job will be undertaken by the new generation. "When the new generation grows up amid a better education system from the beginning, they will become ideal citizens for the future and will take the country towards development by 2047, when India celebrates its 100 years of independence," he added.

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Putin threatens to destroy Ukraine's Patriot Missile Systems, provided by the US

Moscow [Russia]: Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to "weed out" the Patriot air defence system the United States plans to supply to Kyiv amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. Pentagon this week announced an additional USD 850 million of security assistance for Ukraine, bringing total military aid for Kyiv to USD 21.9 billion since the beginning of the Biden administration. The latest assistance included the Patriot Air Defence System, capable of bringing down cruise missiles, short-range ballistic missiles, and aircraft at a significantly higher ceiling. "It is said that the Patriot systems may be sent to Ukraine. Let them do it; we will weed out the Patriots too. And they will have to send something to replace them with or create new systems," Putin told reporters, adding that the deliveries would extend the fighting. "We take this into account and count everything that is being sent there, how many systems there are in the depots, how many more they can manufacture and how fast, and if they can train the necessary personnel," he added. Putin made these remarks in response to a question on the agreement on supplying Patriot missile battery to Ukraine that was reached during Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to the United States.The Russia President dismissed the Patriot system as a pretty "old system" and added that "it doesn't work like our S-300." "Nevertheless, those who oppose us assume that these systems are defensive weapons. All right. We will just keep that in mind, and there is always an antidote. So those who are doing this, are doing it in vain: it just prolongs the conflict, and that's that," he added. Over the war in Ukraine, Putin said Russia was aiming for a speedy end to the conflict and that fighting should end as soon as possible. "In short, we will do our best to end this, and the sooner, the better, of course. As for what and how this is taking place, I have noted on numerous occasions that the intensification of the conflict will lead to unjustified losses," he added. Answering why his annual address was cancelled this year, Putin said the problem is these are fast-moving events, and the situation is developing very rapidly. He said it is rather difficult to pin down results at a specific moment and specific plans for the near future. "But the point of the address lies in what I have just said. It has been reflected in my statements one way or another," he added.

There's a problem between India-China, hope dialogue will solve it: NC leader Farooq Abdullah on Tawang face-off

New Delhi : Taking note of the latest border skirmish between India and China in the Tawang region, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday said that a discussion should happen in parliament and dialogue would be able to sort the issue. "We wanted a discussion on it (in Parliament). There is a problem between India and China in that area and Ladakh. We hope a dialogue will be able to sort this out but we cannot say. We should keep our powder dry for anything can happen at any time," said NC leader Farooq Abdullah. Underlining the issue faced by the Kashmiri pandits, he said that until the mistakes made in the past aren't accepted and aren't repeated Kashmiri will never be able to be a part of India. "Unless we open our hearts and admit that mistakes were made in the past and we do not make in the future, Kashmiri will never be part of you (India)," said NC leader Farooq Abdullah. He further questioned why the Kashmiri pandits are being threatened with losing their jobs in the state. "If there is any normalcy why are the Kashmiri pandits being threatened that if they do not come for the job they lose their jobs," said NC leader Farooq Abdullah. Earlier on December 19, Congress' Leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury sought time for a detailed discussion on Jammu and Kashmir in the backdrop of the ongoing exodus of Kashmiri Pandits taking place from the valley due to targeted terror attacks. Speaking in the lower House, Chowdhury said, "Today, Kashmiri Pandits are leaving Kashmir. Terrorists preparing lists of names of Kashmiri Pandits to target them." "In this situation, a detailed discussion should be held on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in the House," he added. On Wednesday, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai told the Parliament that nine Kashmiri Pandits were killed in the Kashmir Valley from 2020 to 2022. Among the nine, four Kashmiri Pandits including a person belonging to the Kashmiri Rajput community were killed in 2022, four in 2021, and one in 2020, mentions data shared in the Rajya Sabha by Rai in a written reply to Congress MP Rajmani Patel.

Monitor Influenza-like and Severe Acute Respiratory Illness district-wise: Health Ministry to States, UTs

New Delhi : Taking cognizance of a sudden spurt of Covid cases in Japan, US, the Republic of Korea, Brazil and China, the health ministry has directed all states to ensure monitoring and reporting district-wise Influenza-like Illness (ILI) and Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) cases in all health facilities on a regular basis. In a letter written to additional chief secretaries, Administrators of all the states and union territories, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, "Considering the upcoming festive season and New Year celebrations, there was "need" to put in place requisite public health measures and other arrangements to minimize the risk of the increase in transmission of the disease by maintaining and strengthening focus on Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour." In the last few weeks, COVID-19 cases across the world have registered an upsurge, but India as per the Health Ministery, continues to show a sustained decreasing trajectory of cases since last few months and presently 153 new cases on average are being reported daily across the country. The ministry has also directed to ensure adequate testing in all districts as per the COVID-19 testing guidelines maintaining the recommended share of RT-PCR and Antigen tests. "Ensure higher samples for whole genome sequencing amongst positive samples of COVID-19 in the community, so as to enable timely detection of new variants, if any, in the country. To take stock of existing hospital capacities in terms of bed availability, logistic requirements, and the need for re-orientation of healthcare workers in the clinical management of COVID-19 to remain prepared for any surge in cases. This may be tested by conducting "dry runs" in hospitals," the letter read. It also said that COVID-19 vaccination efforts need to be bolstered by creating community awareness. "Special focus on increasing the coverage of 'Precaution dose' is required by all States and UTs," it added. Rajesh Bhushan in the letter also added that with collective efforts, the country would be able to keep the momentum going in this collective fight against the pandemic. "In terms of preparedness for upcoming festivities, it is essential that all measures are put in place with relevant stakeholders like event organizers, business owners, market associations, etc. to avoid overcrowding, ensure adequate ventilation, especially in indoor settings, wearing of masks in such places where crowds congregate," the letter stated. Notably, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also chaired a virtual meeting with the health ministers of the states, Principal Secretaries, Additional Chief Secretaries and Information Commissioners on Friday.

No COVID restrictions will be imposed in state: Goa CM

Panaji (Goa) : Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that the state is "alert" but no restriction will be imposed there. Taking cognizance of the recent upsurge in COVID cases in China and other countries, the CM said, "We are alert but no restrictions will be imposed. 2% of the international passengers are tested for genome sequencing." He further said that all the state officials had been directed to be prepared before the mock drill o December 27. The mock drill is being conducted amid fear of a Covid surge in the country in the wake of a spurt of Covid cases reported in China and other countries. The Union Ministry in India has started taking several proactive steps in this direction. Notably, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also chaired a virtual meeting with the health ministers of the states, Principal Secretaries, Additional Chief Secretaries and Information Commissioners on Friday.Talking about the meeting, Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that all the states are told not to "relax" and take COVID precautions."All the states are told not to relax and take COVID precautions but no need to create panic in society. Airlines will be inspecting 2% of the international passengers," Rane said. The Union Ministry of Health advised States on December 20 to significantly increase genome sequencing. A high-level meeting was also chaired by Union Health Minister on December 21 to review the COVID-19 situation and preparedness of the public health system for surveillance, containment and management of COVID-19. The ministry also has directed all states to ensure monitoring and reporting of Influenza-like Illness (ILI) and Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) cases district-wise in all health facilities on a regular basis.

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“Hissein Brahim Taha, a mouth-piece of Pakistan…”, India condemns OIC chief’s visit to PoK

India condemned Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Chief Hissein Brahim Taha’s visit to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on December 11. Hissein Brahim Taha is on a three-day visit to Pakistan. The OIC has consistently supported Pakistan’s resolution on Jammu and Kashmir. The Ministry of External Affairs in their response to the same condemned the visit of the OIC Secretary General and the comments made by him. India reiterated that the OIC has no locus standi in matters related to Jammu and Kashmir

Get ready to watch Sidharth Malhotra's 'Mission Majnu' in the comfort of your home

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Sidharth Malhotra-starrer 'Mission Majnu' has ditched theatrical release. The film is scheduled to release on Netflix. On Tuesday, Sidharth took to Instagram and shared the update with his fans that 'Mission Majnu' will be out on the streaming platform on January 20."I am quite excited about Mission Majnu since it will be my first time playing a spy. It shows India's most thrilling covert mission, which transformed the politics between India and its neighbouring nation in the 1970s. With Netflix on board, I am confident that this incredible narrative will resonate with people all around the world," he added. Directed by Shantanu Bagchi and produced by RSVP and GBA, 'Mission Majnu' also stars Rashmika Mandanna. Inspired by true events, Mission Majnu is said to transport all to the past to uncover one of India's most important missions. Monika Shergill, Vice President-Content, Netflix said, "Mission Majnu is a story of valour and courage based on one of India's most important missions. We are very excited to present this espionage action thriller with the remarkable Sidharth Malhotra in a powerful performance as a RAW agent and the very talented Rashmika Mandanna, making their streaming debut on Netflix. Mission Majnu packs in grit, heart, drama and mesmerizing music that will make for a viewing treat for our members in India and across the world." Apart from 'Mission Majnu', Sidharth will also be seen in the film 'Yodha' and web series 'Indian Police Force'.

“Situation 'stable' at border…” China after India-China Tawang clash

Indian, Chinese troops were engaged in a faceoff in Tawang, Arunachal on Dec 09. India had raised the matter diplomatically with China. Around 3,000 PLA soldiers crossed over to the Indian side being heavily prepared. However, Chinese Foreign Ministry said that situation at the India-China border “generally stable”. "As far as we understand, the current situation on the China-Indian border is generally stable. The two sides have been maintaining open communication on this issue through diplomatic and military channels. We hope that the Indian side and the Chinese side will move in the same direction, earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of both countries, strictly abide by the spirit of the relevant agreements and accords signed by both sides, and work together to maintain peace and tranquillity in the China-India border area. As for the specific issue you mentioned, I suggest you to ask the relevant authorities." Both sides immediately disengaged from the area.

Riteish Deshmukh unveils official trailer of debut directorial 'Ved'

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh on Tuesday unveiled the official trailer of his upcoming Marathi film 'Ved'. Taking to Instagram, Ritiesh shared the trailer which he captioned in Marathi, " Aamcha Ved."Soon after the 'Housefull' actor shared the trailer, fans swamped the comment section and dropped red hearts and fire emoticons. Apart from Ritiesh, the romantic action film also stars Genelia D'souza in the lead roles. Salman Khan will be seen in a guest appearance. "Wow waiting for it !!," a fan commented. Another fan wrote, "All best both of uhh love uhh god bless you." 'Ved' marks the directorial debut of the 'Masti' actor and is all set to hit the theatres on December 30, 2022. However, some fans claimed the film was a Marathi remake of the Telugu film 'Maijili', which starred south actors Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in the lead roles. A user wrote, "It feels like it is Marathi remake of majili." "Majili is. I have seen it 3 years ago but still that's my favourite. But anyway, all the best for Ved," another user wrote. A user commented, "Ye to Naga Chaitanya or Samantha wali movie jaisi mere ko lg rhi h." Riteish was recently seen in a comedy film 'Mister Mummy' along with Genelia and Mahesh Manjrekar. Helmed by Shaad Ali, the film failed to impress the audience at the box office. He will be seen in an upcoming horror comedy 'Kakuda' alongside Sonakshi Sinha and Saqib Saleem and in Sajid Khan's comedy '100%' alongside John Abraham, Nora Fatehi and Shehnaaz Gill.

IAF jets had to be scrambled in last few weeks to prevent air violations by China over Arunachal

Before the recent clash between India-China in Tawang, Chinese drones had moved very aggressively towards Indian positions on the LAC in Arunachal. It had forced IAF to scramble its fighter aircraft deployed in the region. Chinese military behaving aggressively over issues in Yangtse in the vicinity of Holydip, Parikrama area. The Chinese side has been opposing Indian positions. Indian Air Force keeps a close watch on Chinese drone activities along the LAC in the northeast. IAF has a strong presence in the northeast with squadrons of Su-30 fighter jets.

'Every citizen should take inspiration from Sri Aurobindo': PM Modi

New Delhi: Addressing a function to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo virtually, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday released a commemorative coin and postal stamp in his honour. PM Modi, in his address, said Sri Aurobindo was among the earliest freedom fighters who had given the call for 'Purna Swaraj' (full independence). "He took an active part in our freedom struggle. He was one of our earliest freedom fighters who openly gave the call for 'Purna Swaraj' (full independence). He had saidt if we want the rebuild our country, we have to stop grovelling before the British Parliament," he said. "I bow to Sri Aurobindo. Today, a commemorative coin and postal stamp in honour of Sri Aurobindo are being released," PM Modi said. "The life of Sri Aurobindo, his teachings and valuable lessons will give us the strength to progress in the Amrit Kaal. Today, as the nation celebrates 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav', we are also celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. When motivation and action come together, we can overcome the toughest of challenges," PM Modi added. "Today we are moving ahead with the mantra of 'India First'. We are finding our feet on the world stage and flaunting our national identity with pride. The life of Sri Aurobindo should remind and inspire us to shrug off the colonial mindset and help our country realise its true potential. It is the duty of every citizen to take inspiration from Sri Aurobindo and make the dream of a 'Viksit Bharat' (developed India) a reality," PM Modi said. Recalling Subhas Chandra Bose, the Prime Minister said that Netaji drew inspiration from Aurobindo's nationalistic fervour. "He (Sri Aurobindo) recruited the youth during the Bengal partition and coined the slogan 'No compromise'. Many heroes of our freedom sturggle, including Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, took inspiration from his patriotism," PM Modi said. He added that Sri Aurobindo was not only a prominent freedom fighter but also a philosopher whose ideals have inspired generations.

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Bhupendra Patel takes oath as 18th Chief Minister of Gujarat

BJP leader Bhupendra Patel took oath as the 18th Chief Minister of Gujarat on December 12 in Gandhinagar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah were present at the grand ceremony in Gandhinagar. Chief Ministers of the BJP-ruled states and party leaders also attended the oath-taking ceremony.

Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani's romantic track 'Pappi Jhappi' from 'Govinda Naam Mera' out now

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Makers of the upcoming quirky thriller film 'Govinda Naam Mera' unveiled the romantic track 'Pappi Jhappi' on Monday. Vicky took to Instagram and shared a short clip of the song which he captioned, "My feelings looking at all the love you're giving to Govinda these days...just want to give a #PappiJhappi Song out now! #GovindaNaamMera streaming from 16th December, only on @disneyplushotstar!."Sung by Meet Bros and Harry Arora, the romantic track features Kiara Advani and Vicky Kaushal. Soon after the song was out fans flooded the comment section with red hearts and fire emoticons."Funky Vicky," a fan commented. Another fan wrote, "U guys will rock with ur act." Speaking of 'Govinda Naam Mera', the film also stars Bhumi Pednekar. Helmed by Shashank Khaitan, the film is touted to be a quirky murder mystery and is all set to stream exclusively on the OTT platform Disney+ Hotstar from December 16, 2022. Meanwhile, Vicky will also be seen in Meghna Gulzar's next film 'Sam Bahadur' alongside Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh. The film is all set to hit the theatres on December 1, 2023. Kiara, on the other hand, will also be seen in an upcoming musical romantic saga film 'Satyaprem Ki Katha' alongside Kartik Aaryan. Helmed by Sameer Vidhwans, the film is all set to hit the theatres on June 29, 2023.

“Will actively contribute…” Russia once again backs India’s permanent membership at UNSC

Backing India’s permanent membership at the United Nation Security Council, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Russian Embassy in India, Roman Babushkin on December 12 said that Russia will we'll actively contribute to the success of the Indian presidency in UNSC.

"Govt has kept country in dark for days," Owaisi lashes out at Centre after Tawang face-off reports emerge

New Delhi: Soon after reports of a face-off between the Indian and Chinese troops in the Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday surfaced, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi lashed out at the Centre accusing it of keeping the country in the "dark" for days and asked why Parliament was not informed about the incident. A face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh on December 9 led to minor injuries "to a few personnel" from both sides, sources said on Monday and noted that both sides immediately disengaged from the area. Taking to Twitter on Monday, Owaisi, who is an MP in the Lok Sabha, said that he would give an adjournment motion on Tuesday on the issue. He called the reports from Arunachal "worrying and alarming". "The reports coming from Arunachal Pradesh are worrying and alarming. A major clash took place between Indian and Chinese soldiers and the government has kept the country in the dark for days. Why was the Parliament not informed, when it is in session?" Owaisi tweeted. The AIMIM chief said that the details that have come to the fore are "sketchy" and sought clarity on the incident if it was similar to Galwan in which soldiers from the Indian side had suffered casualties. "The details of the incident are sketchy. What was the cause of the clash? Were shots fired or was it like Galwan? How many soldiers have been injured? What is their condition? Why can't the Parliament extend their public support to the soldiers to send a strong message to China?" he tweeted. Owaisi also took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership calling it "weak" and said that it led to "humiliation against China". He called for an "urgent" discussion in Parliament on the issue. "The army is capable of giving a fitting reply to the Chinese at any time. It is the weak political leadership under Modi which has led to this humiliation against China. This needs an urgent discussion in Parliament. I will be giving an Adjournment motion tomorrow on this issue," Owaisi tweeted. The sources said on December 9, 2022, PLA troops contacted the LAC in the Tawang Sector of Arunachal Pradesh which was contested by Indian troops in a firm and resolute manner. "This face-off led to minor injuries to a few personnel from both sides. Both sides immediately disengaged from the area," a source said. They said as a follow-up of the incident, India's Commander in the area held a Flag Meeting with his counterpart to discuss the issue in accordance with structured mechanisms to restore peace and tranquillity. The sources said that in certain areas along the LAC in the Tawang Sector in Arunachal Pradesh there are areas of differing perception, wherein both sides patrol the area up to their claim lines. This has been the trend since 2006.