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Amit Shah praises Yediyurappa, Bommai for "good governance" in Karnataka

Bengaluru (Karnataka): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday lauded Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and his immediate predecessor and BJP veteran BS Yediyurappa stating that both have provided "good governance" during their respective tenures. Citing the developmental work done by the BJP government under both chief ministers, Shah urged the people to form the party's government with a full majority in the upcoming Assembly elections slated this year. "Earlier under Yediyurappa and now under the leadership of Basavaraj Bommai, the Prime Minister has given an impetus to Karnataka's development with a sense of team India in the last four years. In Yediyurappa's tenure, I congratulate him for the way he managed the COVID preparation. I used to interact with Chief Ministers of various states then via video conference. It was a matter of concern to save Bengaluru from COVID. But the way Yediyurappa managed the situation is commendable. After Bommai came, he carried forward good governance like Yediyurappa," the Home Minister said. He said that the BJP government will take the state forward not just in the country but in the world. "I want to tell the people of Karnataka that you gave 104 seats in the last elections, we fell short of the majority mark because of which one and a quarter years were wasted. I urge you to form the BJP government with a full majority. I assure you that the double-engine government will take Karnataka ahead not just in India but in the world," he said.Shah further lauded the Karnataka government's decision to scrap the four per cent OBC reservation for Muslims and distribute it to dominant communities, Veerashaiva-Lingayats and Vokkaligas and said that the government's move was according to the Constitution which earlier (reservation based on religion) was against the Constitution. "The founding fathers of the Constitution never gave reservation based on religion. But Congress and its ally governments started reservation based on religion due to vote bank politics. They had done a reservation of 4 per cent for the minority based on religion in Karnataka. I congratulate CM Bommai that he ended that reservation and gave reservation according to the Constitution," he said. "Only they can do development who are committed to it. Only they can end corruption who has a love for the nation. PM Modi has secured the nation on internal and external fronts with commitment," Shah added. Taking a swipe at Congress, the Home Minister said that Karnataka does not need a party whose leaders indulge in conflicts over the chief minister's post. "Karnataka does not need parties which have conflict on who will become the chief minister. It needs a team of patriots like BJP which works under the leadership of PM Modi. Today is a historic day for the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Today, the statues of Lord Basavanna ji and Kempegowda ji, who spread the message of India to the whole world, have been unveiled here. These statues will give the message of democracy, social justice and good governance to the representatives coming to the assembly," he said.

Bhojpuri actress found dead in Varanasi hotel, police suspect suicide

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) : Popular Bhojpuri actress Akanksha Dubey was found dead inside a hotel room in Varanasi's Sarnath on Sunday and police suspect that it is a case of 'suicide'. Assistant Commissioner of Police (Sarnath) Gyan Prakash Rai said, "Bhojpuri actress Akanksha Dubey was staying at a hotel in Sarnath for a film shoot. We received information that she hanged herself. We called the field unit and evidence is being collected. Further action will be taken as more facts come to light. The family has been informed and Prima facie this seems to be a suicide case." Dubey, 25, was reportedly in Varanasi for the shoot of an upcoming movie and was staying in the hotel under the Sarnath police station area. She was found hanging inside her hotel room by her personal makeup artist. "I knocked on her room's door but she didn't open it. I heard the sound of water running in the bathroom, so I waited for 25 minutes. But when she did not open the door even after that, I called up hotel staff and opened the door only to find her hanging," Rahul, her makeup artist told the police.He said that he was working with Akanksha for the past two and a half years. "She was a brave girl, and would always stand for others. I met her for the first time during the lockdown period. Later we came to know that we both were from the same town, Bhadohi. Since then I was working as her personal makeup artist," he said. Akanksha Dubey was found hanging in the room. The police are yet to ascertain whether it's a case of suicide. She worked in Bhojpuri cinema, music, and films, and had huge followers on Instagram and her reel videos were quite popular. It's reported that the actor has risen to fame in quick time. She started gaining prominence as one of the well-known artists of Uttar Pradesh. The police are yet to ascertain whether it's a case of suicide.

“Vinash Kale Viprit Buddhi…” TMC’ Shatrughan Sinha slams BJP over Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification

Days after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification as a member of the Lok Sabha after he was convicted in a defamation case by a Surat court, Trinamool Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha on March 26 took a jibe at Modi-led BJP government. He said that what the ruling party did is an example of ‘Vinash Kale Viprit Buddhi’ and this step will be proven as a powerful weapon for Rahul Gandhi and the Opposition. TMC MP Shatrughan Sinha said, “I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is a very strong political move. What they did is an example of ‘Vinash Kale Viprit Buddhi.’ But it will not only protect democracy but also help Rahul Gandhi and the Opposition get an advantage of 100+ seats.”

Karnataka CM extends support for Adi Jagadguru Panchacharya Pathashale

Haveri (Karnataka): Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday extended his support to set up Adi Jagadguru Panchacharya Pathashale and said, the state government will soon release the funds for it. "The state government will soon release the funds for Adi Jagadguru Panchacharya Veda, Agama, and Sanskrit Pathashale. Besides, all assistance will be given for the Gowshalas and for the mutt development," CM Bommai said at a function of Sri Adi Jagadguru Panchaccharya Veda, Agama, Sanskrit, Music, and Yoga Pathashale. "The mutt by teaching Veda and agama to the children is introducing their culture, tradition, and spirituality to them. The Pancha Peetas established by Adi Guru Renukaccharya is working for the welfare of the state," he said. Sri Kashi Jagadguru is a treasury of knowledge but works for the welfare of mankind without showoff. He has been actively involved in the uplift of the mutt because of which the Jangama Mutt has grown, CM Bommai said. Sri Vachananda Swamiji of Harihar Panchamasali Mutt, Union Minister for Coal Pralhad Joshi, Ministers Shivaram Hebbar, Shankarpatil Munenkoppa, and others was also present.

‘Car overturn’ claims heat up in UP as cops bring Atiq Ahmed to Prayagraj

UP Police is bringing mafia-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed from Gujarat’s Sabarmati jail to Prayagraj jail on March 26. Ahmad will be produced in MP/MLA court in Prayagraj on Mar 28 in connection with a kidnapping case. Earlier UP Minister JPS Rathore’s ‘car overturning’ comment stirred a row in the entire state. Referring to CM Yogi’s “Mitti Mein Miladengey” remark, Rathore said, “If any criminal tries to run away from car, there is chance of vehicle getting overturned.” Commenting on Rathore’s remark, SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav said that CM Yogi must have told Rathore where the car will overturn. Yadav also claimed that help from Google and America can reveal how and when Dubey’s car was overturned In response to Yadav, Rathore said he meant that “a criminal after being arrested should seat calmly in car else the vehicle might overturn due to disbalance.” Ahmad is the main accused in the 2005 murder case of then-BSP MLA Raju Pal. He was recently booked in murder case of Umesh Pal, a key witness in Raju Pal’s case. Ahmad has been lodged in Sabarmati jail in Gujarat since June 2019.

Malayalam actor Innocent passes away

Kochi (Kerala): Veteran Malayalam actor and former member of Parliament Innocent passed away at a private hospital in Kochi on Sunday. He was 75. The actor, a cancer survivor was reportedly not keeping well for some time and was admitted to the hospital on March 3 with respiratory problems. He passed away at 10:30 pm on Sunday night, the VPS Lakeshore Hospital in Kochi said in a statement. He is survived by his wife Alice, and a son, Sonnet. The hospital said that the non-functioning of many organs and a heart attack led to the actor's death. A few years ago, the thespian had been diagnosed with cancer but in 2015 he announced that he was finally free of the disease. He had written about his battle with cancer in his book 'Laughter in the Cancer Ward'. The actor, who was last seen in Prithviraj Sukumaran's 2022 film 'Kaduva', has done over 700 films in Malayalam in a career that spanned over five decades. He had also served as president of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) for 12 consecutive years. Considered one of the best comedians in Malayalam cinema, Innocent also appeared in villainous roles. With his unique voice and mannerisms, he had endeared himself to countless cinema lovers as well as a toast of mimicry artists.A former MP from the Chalakudy Lok Sabha constituency Innocent represented CPI(M). In 1979, he was elected as the municipal councillor of Irinjalakkuda municipality. He won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Chalakudy Lok Sabha constituency as an independent candidate supported by the Left Democratic Front (LDF). Innocent served as the president of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), a guild of Malayalam artists from 2003 to 2018. He has written books based on his memories and columns in magazines and newspapers. Born in Inrinjalakuda in 1948, Innocent entered the film industry in 1972 with the movie 'Nrityashala' starring Prem Nazir and Jayabharathi. He played comedy roles in 'Ramji Rao Speaking', 'Mannar Mathai Speaking', 'Kilukkam', 'Godfather', 'Vietnam Colony', 'Nadodikattu', 'Manichitrathazhu' and 'Kalyanaraman' among others. Innocent has also excelled in character and villain roles such as 'Keli', 'Kathodu Kathoram'. Other films included 'Kabooliwaala', 'Gajakesariyogam', 'Mithunam', 'Mazhavilkavadi', 'Manassinakkare', 'Thuruppugulan', 'Rasathanthram', 'Naran' and 'Mahasamudram'. His effort, along with that of the superstars who starred in these films, played an important role in their success. 2020 is the only year he didn't appear in any films due to Cancer treatment since 1980.


"My son, my pride": Amitabh Bachchan is a proud father, showers praise on Abhishek Bachchan

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Actor Amitabh Bachchan, on Saturday, showered praises on his son Abhishek Bachchan for all of his achievements. Taking to Instagram, Amitabh shared a video, which he captioned, "My son .. my pride .. so so proud of your achievements .. silently without any noise, you made the loudest noise!!"In the video, Amitabh shared some clips from an award function, from the film 'Sarkar Raj' and a few videos of the 'Guru' actor cheering for his team 'Jaipur Pink Panthers'. Soon after he shared the picture, fans flooded the comment section with red heart emoticons and showered praises on the 'Ludo' actor. "Abhishek is far better actor than a lot! Underrated he is a gem," a user wrote. Actor Namish Chakraborty commented, "He is an underrated gem of an actor." Another fan commented, " bigger than any award.. appreciation from the father is far bigger than any outside validation...I love how you appreciate and acknowledge your son Sir ..God bless you both." "Speechless unconditional love respect care," a fan wrote. Abhishek's team 'Jaipur Pink Panthers' was declared 'club of the year' at the Indian Sports Honours on Thursday. Abhishek made his Bollywood debut with Refugee in 2000 and since then has never never shied away from shedding his vanity to take up challenging roles which push him out of his comfort zone. Be it 'Guru', 'Paa', 'Bunty Aur Babli' or 'Dasvi' or the series, 'Breathe: Into the Shadows', Abhishek has played many brilliant characters on screen that have managed to leave an imprint on the viewers and critics. He will be seen in a special appearance in Ajay Devgn's directorial 'Bholaa', which will hit theatres on March 30. Amitabh, on the other hand, will be next seen in the upcoming pan-India film 'Project K' and in Ribhu Dasgupta's next courtroom drama 'Section 84'.

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Varun Dhawan, Raj and DK celebrate 'Farzi' success on 'Citadel' sets

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : After 'Farzi' was declared the most-watched Indian series of all time, directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK couldn't keep calm and went into celebration mode. Actor Varun Dhawan on Saturday shared a glimpse of celebration on 'Citadel' sets. Taking to Instagram stories, Varun treated fans with a video from Farzi's celebration. In the video, Raj and DK along with others were seen posing in front of 'Farzi' celebration cake.Sharing the video, he wrote, "Congratulations." In the early hours of Saturday, Shahid shared a post revealing the data and details. In the caption, he wrote, "Farzi Fever...THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH."The series directors Raj and DK have also shared a post saying, "Thank you all... for all the love!!" 'Farzi' features an ensemble cast including talented actors Shahid Kapoor, Vijay Sethupathi, Raashii Khanna, Kay Kay Menon, Bhuvan Arora, Regina Cassandra, and Amol Palekar in pivotal roles. The story revolves around a life of a small-time con artist Sunny (played by Shahid), who finds himself drawn into the dark while creating a perfect con. However, a fiery and unconventional task force officer (played by Vijay Sethupathi) has made it his mission to rid the nation of the threat he poses. Taking up an issue like counterfeiting which is termed as no less than a 'financial terrorism' (in the series), the series is applauded for its content as well as performances. Helmed by the acclaimed director duo, Raj and DK, the crime thriller marks the digital debut of Shahid Kapoor and Vijay Sethupathi. The lead actors have confirmed the second season of the series. 'Citadel' is being created by Raj and DK, 'Citadel' also stars Varun Dhawan in the lead role. Raj and DK will also serve as executive producers, under their banner D2R Films. The series is produced by D2R Films and Amazon Studios, with AGBO's Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Mike Larocca, Angela Russo-Otstot, Scott Nemes, and David Weil (Hunters) overseeing production on the Indian Original and all series within the global Citadel universe. The international version of 'Citadel' is created by the Russo Brothers and stars Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles. The release date of the Indian version of Citadel is awaited.

BJP govt changed ‘politics of perception’ to ‘politics of performance’: PM Modi in Bengaluru

The BJP government has changed ‘politics of perception’ to ‘politics of performance, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the Vijaya Sankalp Yatre Maha Sangama in Karnataka’s Devagere on March 25. PM Modi said, “For a long time, Indian politics has revolved around allegations and accusations. The BJP government has changed it ‘politics of perception’ to ‘politics of performance’.” “Karnataka has seen opportunistic and selfish governments for a long time which has affected the state. That’s why BJP’s stable govt is needed for the development of the state,” the PM said.

Abhishek Bachchan, Kajol congratulate Nitu Ghanghas for winning gold at Women's World Boxing Championships

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Actors Abhishek Bachchan and Kajol congratulated young Indian pugilist Nitu Ghanghas who scripted history by being a World Champion after registering a victory in the finals of the Women's World Boxing Championship at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex on Saturday. Taking to Instagram Stories, Abhishek shared a post of Nitu Ghanghas and captioned it, "Congratulations @nitughanghas on winning the gold medal at the Women's Boxing World Championship 2023. You have made our country proud and have inspired all of us with your determination and triumph." Sharing the pictures, "Bravo Gnitughanghas! Your victory in the finals of the #WomensBoxingChampionship 48 Kg category is a testament to your skill and determination. You are a true role model and we are thrilled to celebrate your success." Nitu Ghanghas became sixth Indian female boxer to be crowned the World Champion. She also bagged a gold medal in Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. With this victory, the 22-year-old pugilist from Bhiwani capped off a stellar campaign where she proved her mettle by ousting notable pugilists including the two-time Worlds bronze medallist Madoka Wada of Japan and the two-time Asian champion Alua Balkibekova of Kazakhstan. Maintaining her red hot form, Nitu (48kg) made lightwork of the two-time Asian bronze medallist Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg of Kazakhstan to secure a remarkable 5-0 win by unanimous decision. Not only Nitu, three-time Asian medallist Saweety (81kg) had to grind hard to secure a 4-3 win on points after the bout was reviewed against Wang Lina of China to clinch her second Worlds medal. Competing in her second World Championships final, Saweety faced a tough challenge against the 2018 World Champion Wang Lina. However, the Indian made use of her high technical ability and strength throughout the bout to impressively overpower her opponent in the closely contested bout. Coming back to Abhishek, he will be seen in a special appearance in Ajay Devgn's directorial 'Bholaa', which will hit theatres on March 30. Kajol, on the other hand, will also be seen in an upcoming web series 'The Good Wife'. 'The Good Wife' is an Indian adaptation of the American courtroom drama of the same name starring Julianna Margulies in the lead role The show has seven seasons and it concluded in 2016. Kajol will be seen playing the role of a housewife who goes back to working as a lawyer after her husband's scandal lands him in jail. Directed by Supan Verma and it will stream on Disney+ Hotstar.

VP Dhankhar teases AAP MP Raghav Chadha over dating rumors with Bollywood diva Parineeti Chopra

New Delhi: After being spotted together in Mumbai, AAP MP Raghav Chadha and Parineeti Chopra have become the talk of the town. Their dating rumours have not only stunned the internet but somehow managed to reach Rajya Sabha debate. In a recent video, which went viral on social media, Vice President and RS Chairman President Jagdeep can be seen teasing AAP MP over his dating rumours. Raghav Chadha’s dating rumours spread like wildfire after he was spotted with Parineeti outside a high-end restaurant in Mumbai.

"Losing whatsoever little trust left": Anurag Thakur rails against Rahul Gandhi in series of tweets

New Delhi : Union Minister Anurag Thakur, in a rail of tweets on Saturday, launched a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi, saying that he was losing whatever trust the people have in him through gimmicks and cheap publicity. The Congress leader lost his membership of the Lok Sabha on Friday. His disqualification from the Lower House followed a day after his conviction in a 2019 criminal defamation case. The Surat court, which sentenced the Congress leader to 2 years in prison, later stayed the sentence for a period of 30 days during which he can move a higher court challenging his conviction. Accusing Rahul of 'political immaturity', Thakur said, "RG is a case of political immaturity, losing whatsoever little trust left, for gimmicks and cheap popularity." "Elected representatives automatically stand disqualified moment they are convicted by Hon. court to jail for two or more years. GOI and LS have no role to play. It can't suspend or revoke disqualification," the Union Sports minister said in another tweet. Further weighing in on Rahul's disqualification from the Lower House, which saw several Opposition break ranks to throw their weights behind him, Thakur posted, "Rahul Gandhi is not the first to face disqualification. Wonder whether legal wizards of Congress have checked the rules. Instead, they are brazenly defending their hatred for OBC, which caused his conviction thus showing utter disrespect towards judiciary and people." Citing a previous case to support his argument, the Union minister said in another tweet, "In 2013 Lily Thomas Vs Union of India case, SC set aside Section 8(4) of RP Act which once protected convicted legislators from disqualification on account of their pending appeal. As per judgment, disqualification is automatically effective from the date of conviction." "Constitution expressly prohibits Parliament to defer date from which a disqualification wud come into effect. LS Speaker is bound by the RP Act and SC judgment to issue membership termination order," read another tweet by the minister. The case, which led to Rahul's disqualification as an MP, pertains to an election rally in Karnataka, ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, in which made a remark using the surname 'Modi'. The Congress leader, who was elected an MP from the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala, was disqualified under provisions of Article 102 (1) (e) of the Constitution read with Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Addressing a poll rally in Kolar, Karnataka, Rahul said, "How come all the thieves have Modi as their surname?" The criminal defamation case against Rahul was filed by former Gujarat BJP MLA Purnesh Modi.

Former Pak PM Imran Khan hails India’s ‘non-alignment’ foreign policy

Former Pakistani PM Imran Khan hailed India’s ‘non-alignment’ foreign policy. Speaking to Going Underground TV, ousted Pak PM also said that India steered itself in making itself country which is non-aligned. Imran Khan also exuded hope that Pakistan will a ‘proper relationship’ with India. His remarks came amid Pakistan Police’s crackdown on his party workers ahead of PTI's public gathering at Minar-e-Pakistan

"Don't pretend to be a pressman... kyun hawa nikal gayi ": Rahul Gandhi on question over BJP's 'insult OBC' allegations against him

New Delhi : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday got apparently worked up over a journalist's question over BJP's 'OBC insult' allegations against him and said the question had been posed to him earlier and "if you want to work for BJP, put it on your chest'" Gandhi was addressing a press conference a day after his disqualification from Lok Sabha following conviction by a Gujarat court in a criminal defamation case over his 'Modi surname' remarks. Following his conviction, BJP leaders have targeted Gandhi and repeatedly alleged that his remarks showed "how deep rooted his hatred for OBCs is." A journalist asked Gandhi about BJP's allegations and its plans for nationwide pressers. Gandhi said these "attempts" had been made earlier during his presser. "Why are you working so directly for BJP, do it with some discretion, ask it in roundabout...see there is smile..if you want to work for the BJP, then bring a BJP flag, symbol and put it on your chest, then I'll answer you the same way I answer them. Don't pretend to be a pressman," he said. "Hawa nikal gayi," he said a moment later before moving on to other questions. Earlier, answering a similar question on BJP allegations, Gandhi had said that in all his speeches during the Bharat Jodo Yatra, he had talked of need of unity and spoken against efforts to spread hatred. He said it was not a matter concerning OBCs but of "relations between Narendra Modiji and Adaniji" and accused the BJP of trying to divert attention from the issue. He said that Modi government was scared of his questions on Adani issue. Stating that he was not scared of threats, disqualification and prison sentences, Rahul Gandhi said that he will not "back down" from asking questions on the Adani stocks issue. "This is the whole drama that is been orchestrated to defend the Prime Minister from the simple question- Who's Rs 20,000 crore went to Adani's shell companies? I am not scared of these threats, disqualifications or prison sentences," he said. "I am not interested in anything but the truth. I only speak the truth, it is my work and I will keep doing it even if I get disqualified or get arrested. This country has given me everything and that is why I do this. I will keep asking questions on Adani issue, they cannot scare me by disqualification or putting me in jail. I won't back down," he said.

"BJP wants to avoid Adani questions, PM silent on him": Priyanka Gandhi

New Delhi : Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday launched a fresh attack on the BJP over her brother and Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi's disqualification from the Lok Sabha, saying the move was a ploy by the ruling party to evade questions on the Adani issue in Parliament. Taking to Twitter, Priyanka Gandhi posted, "BJP wants to avoid this (Adani) question. The entire Parliament, barring the Opposition, is silent and the Prime Minister himself has turned mute." "They (BJP) are levelling all kinds of charges on Rahul. However, the PM remains silent on whose money was invested in shell companies owned by Gautam Adani and why isn't it being investigated," Priyanka wrote. Tagging a photograph of her brother to her post, Priyanka highlighted three key statements of Rahul during a press conference on his disqualification on Saturday. In the first of these three statements, Rahul said, "Prime Minister was scared of my next speech that was to come on Adani. I saw it in his eyes." "The moot question remains: who invested Rs 20,000 crore in the Adani shell firms? I will keep raising this question," the former Wayanad MP said, in another statement that her sister highlighted. In the third statement that Priyanka tagged to her post, Rahul refused to tender an apology for the remark for which he was convicted and eventually disqualified from the Lower House, saying, "My name is not Savarkar, my name is Gandhi. Gandhis don't apologise to anyone." Rahul claimed that he was not scared of going to prison, adding his disqualification was aimed merely at diverting public attention from the controversy over the report by US-based short-seller Hindenburg Research against the Adani Group. He alleged that the BJP-led central government was protecting the billionaire investor, who was accused of stock manipulation by the US short-seller. "Why is the BJP protecting Gautam Adani? Kyun ki aap hi Adani ho," Rahul alleged. He added, "The whole game of disqualification and allegations (against him) by ministers is aimed at distracting people from the Adani issue."


"I hope our Oscar win inspires everyone": 'The Elephant Whisperers' producer Guneet Monga

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Producer Guneet Monga made every Indian proud by winning Oscar at the 95th Academy Awards for her documentary 'The Elephant Whisperers'. Helmed by debutant Kartiki Gonsalves, the 41-minute short documentary movie explores the tentative yet precious bond between Raghu, an orphaned baby elephant, and his caretakers - a mahout couple named Bomman and Bellie - who devote their lives to protect him from poachers and raise him. The project, which is backed by Guneet's banner Sikhya Entertainment, beat four other contenders to clinch the statuette in the Best Documentary Short Category, making it the first Indian documentary and one of only two Indian productions to win an Oscar (the other one being RRR). After representing India at the Oscars 2023, Guneet is now back in India. Speaking to ANI about the historic win, Guneet said, "It was a divine moment when our labour of work was declared winner at the Oscars. It's a big win for all of us. I hope it inspires a lot of people, not only women but also first-time filmmakers...If we can, anybody can. It is truly encouraging to see people showering abundant love on us." Kartiki also expressed her happiness over her Oscar win. "I thought that with this film we could bring people together to understand elephants through love...Better for people to understand elephants which will enable them to love and help protect them," she added.This is the second Oscar win for Guneet. She had previously served as an executive producer on 'Period. End of Sentence', which won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film.

Bhumi Pednekar urges film industry to get into habit of reading paperless scripts

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Actor Bhumi Pednekar, who is known to lend her voice to environmental campaigns, has dropped an important post highlighting what the film industry can do to save the planet. Taking to Instagram, Bhumi uploaded a video in which she is seen urging the film industry to get into the habit of reading paperless scripts. "Our Indian film industry can take an important & necessary step to protect the planet. Let's get into the habit of reading paperless scripts - let's go soft on the planet," she said in the caption. Meanwhile, on the film front, Bhumi will be seen sharing screen space with Rajkummar Rao in 'Bheed'. She also has 'The Ladykiller' in her kitty. The film also stars Arjun Kapoor in the lead role. Bhumi made her Bollywood debut with 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' in 2015. Helmed by Sharat Katariya, 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' revolves around a school dropout named Prem, essayed by Ayushmann Khurrana, who reluctantly marries the educated but overweight Sandhya (Bhumi). The couple came closer when they take part in a race, which involves Prem carrying Sandhya on his back.'Dum Laga Ke Haisha', a critically acclaimed movie, received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.

Punjab Police reveals name of woman who sheltered Amritpal Singh in Haryana

The manhunt to nab Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh entered day 5 on March 23. IGP of Punjab revealed the whereabouts about the separatist leader during a press conference today. According to IGP Sukhchain Gill, Amritpal’s last location was traced in Haryana. The IGP also revealed that the radical preacher had stayed in a lady’s house on March 19. The lady Baljeet Kaur, who is an acquaintance of Amritpal’s aide Papalpreet has been taken into the custody. Meanwhile, Gill also informed that the police have interrogated Amritpal’s mother and NRI wife on March 22. He also informed that more details on the interrogation cannot be revealed due to security reasons .

Rahul Gandhi a habitual offender, Congress' reactions show its "scant respect" for country's institutions: Pralhad Joshi

New Delhi : Lashing out at Congress over the Surat court's verdict on Rahul Gandhi, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Thursday alleged that the remarks of its leaders show they have "scant respect" for the institutions of the country. The Minister accused the Congress of "raising fingers" at the judiciary while also attempting to "demean" its pride. He also described Gandhi as a "habitual offender". This comes after Congress leaders backed Rahul Gandhi after Surat court sentenced him to two-year imprisonment for 'Modi surname' remark. The court, however, later stayed the sentence and allowed him 30 days time to approach the higher courts. "The reactions of Congress and its leaders make it clear that they have scant respect for the institutions and they are repeatedly showing it. If the judgment had been on anybody else, they would have welcomed and celebrated it but they have started raising fingers at the judiciary after today's verdict. They are demeaning the pride of the judiciary. They are protesting against the verdict of the judiciary outside the court," Joshi said while addressing the media. "During the course of the inquiry, the court repeatedly told (him) to apologise but he (Rahul Gandhi) clearly denied it. When the court has delivered the verdict, they do not have remorse. If we look at Rahul Gandhi's history, he is a habitual offender," he added. Recalling the incident in which Rahul Gandhi, the then Vice President of Congress, tore the ordinance papers in 2013, Joshi said that he should stop showing "disrespect" against the constitutional institutions of the country, failing which he would be taught a lesson by the people of India. "When there was Manmohan Singh's government, he had torn apart the ordinance on the same matter. The ordinance was called non-sense (by Rahul Gandhi). Showing disrespect against constitutional institutions has become his habit. We condemn it. He should stop doing it or the people would teach him a lesson," he said. Earlier today, some Congress leaders, including party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, referred to a change of judge in the case. "He (Rahul Gandhi) has been granted bail. We knew from the beginning because they kept changing judges. We believe in law, and judiciary and we will fight against this as per law," Kharge said. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the party has been saying that democracy is in danger as there is pressure on judiciary, Election Commission and Enforcement Directorate. "We keep saying our democracy is in danger as there is pressure on judiciary, ECI, ED & they're all misused. All decisions are made under influence. Such comments are common... Rahul Gandhi is a courageous man and only he can compete with NDA government," he said. Rahul Gandhi did not comment on the verdict and made a tweet in Hindi quoting Mahatma Gandhi. "My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God, non-violence the means to get it- Mahatma Gandhi," he said. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said her Rahul Gandhi is not afraid and will keep speaking the truth. "The entire scared machinery of power is trying to suppress the voice of Rahul Gandhi through 'saam, daam, dand, bhed'. My brother has never been afraid, nor will he ever be. He has lived speaking the truth, will continue to speak the truth," she said. The judgment of the Surat court relates to Rahul Gandhi's alleged remarks "how come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname" made in April, 2019, at a Lok Sabha election rally at Kolar in Karnataka.

Desperate Khalistanis threw ink and eggs at yesterday’s protest outside Indian HC in London

On March 22, the Metropolitan Police guarded the Indian High Commission and restricted Khalistani protestors with barricades. This move came after Indian Govt removed security outside UK High Commission in the country. Despite UK police providing security, eggs and ink were hurled at the Indian High Commission. The pro-Khalistan supporters shouted slogans and threw water bottles and ink at the Indian High Commission. The breaching of security by Khalistani supporters has brought the efficiency of Metropolitan police under scanner. The police had deployed forces in 24 buses, however, the anti-social elements were successful in vandalizing and defacing the premises.

"When elections are announced in J-K, BJP will inaugurate Ram Temple...": Farooq Abdullah

Udhampur (Jammu & Kashmir) : National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday accusing it of going to any extent to gain power and claimed that the party will inaugurate the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the construction of which is underway, when the elections are announced in Jammu and Kashmir "The day is not far from upcoming elections and BJP will spend huge amount of funds to win the elections. I think when elections are announced in J&K they (BJP) will inaugurate Ram Temple to divert the attention of common masses. Ram is for everyone and we also believe in Ram but they wanted to sell Ram as they don't Love Ram," he said while addressing a rally of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party in Udhampur district on the occasion of JKNPP's Foundation Day. Taking about the Dev Deepavali celebrations in Varanasi , Abdullah pointed out some images surfaced on social media showing local people collecting remaining oil from earthen lamps lighted as part of the celebration. "Poor women collect oil from Diya this shows BJP rule." He added that they (BJP) always wanted to create an "atmosphere of casteism youth get lathi charge when they ask for a job." He also urged party workers to keep an eye on activities of all parties and check Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) first as it may manipulate your votes to BJP. "we have seen that when this machine first come in J&K I was the Chief Minister at that time and a EVM got manipulated in a village of Doda District. He cautioned the people to exercise their right to vote "very carefully" at the next elections when "money will be flown like water and the chants of mandir will be doing rounds again". He added that this right was given to voters by Shaheed Bhagat singh and other freedom fighters. As it is Shaheed Diwas - the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru Abdullah also mentioned Bhagat Singh and credited him for bringing Independence to us.

“Cancel their OCI, Visas!” Furious Indians in UK demand action against Khalistanis

Even after assurances from the London Metropolitan Police to raise the level of protection to the Indian High Commission, pro-Khalistan supporters on Wednesday breached the security cover and threw eggs and inks to deface and vandalize the building. A group of Indians gathered outside the embassy to condemn Khalistani extremists and raise ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogans in a show of unity.

"Govt does not interfere with press freedom": Anurag Thakur tells Parliament

New Delhi: In pursuance of its policy to uphold the freedom of the Press, the government does not interfere in the functioning of the Press, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur told Parliament on Thursday. Press Council of India (PCI), a statutory autonomous body, has been set up under the Press Council Act, 1978 mainly to preserve the freedom of the Press and improve the standards of newspapers and news agencies in the country, Thakur said in a written response to a question asked by Rajya Sabha MP Anil Desai. Desai, a Shiv Sena (UBT ) MP had sought a response from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry if there was any restriction on the use or misuse of freedom of expression in the media. In his detailed reply, Thakur stated that freedom of speech and expression is a constitutionally guaranteed Fundamental Right to citizens under Article 19(1) with restrictions as stated in Article 19(2). Under Article 19(2), the State is empowered to impose reasonable restrictions on the operation of the Right in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, decency or morality or in relation to contempt of court, defamation or incitement to an offence.As far as the media is concerned in respect to this fundamental right, the Minister further said, "PCI considers complaints filed by the Press concerning curtailment of press freedom, physical assault/attack on journalists etc. under Section 13 of the Press Council Act 1978 and processed under the provisions of Press Council (Procedure for Inquiry) Regulations, 1979. PCI is also empowered to take suo-motu cognizance in matters on the pressing issues concerning freedom of Press and safeguarding of its high standards." Thakur said that guidelines are also in place for both TV as well as Digital media. For Television, he stated all TV Channels are required to adhere to the Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, including that programmes should not contain anything obscene defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and half-truths. For digital news publishers, the Minister said the government has notified the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 under the IT Act, 2000 on February 25, 2021, which inter alia provides for a Code of Ethics for adherence by digital news publishers. Appropriate action is taken by the Government and the Press Council in case of violation of the Codes etc, Thakur added in his reply.


UK learns it’s lesson. Barricades in place as Khalistanis protest outside Indian HC in London

Khalistani radicals on March 22 staged anti-India protests once again outside the Indian High Commission in London. However, the protesters raising “Khalistan Zindabaad” slogans were restricted due to barricading. Metropolitan Police guarded the Indian High Commission from the pro-Khalistani radicals. On March 19, Khalistani radicals in large numbers protested and vandalised India’s flag at the Indian HC. India had strongly protested against Khalistani elements, demanding arrest and prosecution of perpetrators.

"Happened in London but aftermath uplifting": BJP MP Mahesh Jethmalani on Indian response to vandalism of UK consulate

New Delhi : Senior advocate and Rajya Sabha MP Mahesh Jethmalani on Wednesday lauded the Union government's response to the vandalism of the Indian High Commission in the UK and the desecration of the national flag by Khalistan supporters, calling it very uplifting and encouraging. In a befitting reply to the Khalistani supporters, who took down the Tricolour, the Indian mission in the UK put up a giant national flag atop the consulate. "The worldwide response of Indians all over has been extremely powerful. They have been very expressive over their outrage at the flag, especially the Sikh community. They've been outspoken on this matter and have completely isolated these fringe elements. It happened in London but the aftermath is very very uplifting and encouraging," said Jethmalani. On March 19, Khalistani radicals in large numbers protested and vandalised India's flag at the Indian High Commission. India had lodged a strong protest with the seniormost British envoy in India, demanding the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators. Jethmalani further said the Indian government has responded aptly by downgrading security for the UK high commission. In its complaint with the seniormost UK diplomat, India demanded an explanation for the complete absence of British security that allowed suspected pro-Khalistan elements to enter the High Commission premises. The seniormost UK diplomat in New Delhi was summoned on Sunday night after the Indian High Commission was vandalised, the Ministry of External Affairs said in an official release earlier."India finds unacceptable the indifference of the UK Government to the security of Indian diplomatic premises and personnel in the UK," the MEA release said. The British High Commissioner Alex Ellis condemned the "disgraceful acts" outside the Indian High Commission, calling it totally unacceptable. "I condemn the disgraceful acts today against the people and premises of the High Commission of India - totally unacceptable," British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis tweeted earlier. The desecration of the national flag last Sunday led to an unprecedented outpouring of support from the diverse Indian community settled in Britain. Meanwhile, Khalistani radicals on Wednesday staged anti-India protests once again outside the Indian High Commission in London. However, the protesters, raising 'Khalistan Zindabaad' slogans were restricted due to barricading. Metropolitan Police shielded the Indian High Commission from the pro-Khalistani radicals. Since the weekend, several uniformed officers had been patrolling the area in Aldwych and Metropolitan Police vans were stationed at India Place.

Tricolour flies high over Indian High Commission in London amid Khalistani protests

In rhetoric to Khalistani protest, staff of Indian High Commission have upped their ante against separatists in London. A giant tricolour was put up by the Indian High Commission team atop the building amid the demonstration. Khalistani radicals on March 22 staged anti-India protests once again outside the Indian High Commission in London. However, the protesters raising “Khalistan Zindabaad” slogans were restricted due to barricading. Metropolitan Police guarded the Indian High Commission from the pro-Khalistani radicals. On March 19, Khalistani radicals in large numbers protested and vandalised India’s flag at the Indian HC.

MP: CM Chouhan extends wishes of Chaitra Navratri, says, 'We consider women as Goddess'

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) : Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday extended wishes to all the residents of the state on the occasion of Chaitra Navratri. "Today is the first day of Chaitra Navratri. The whole country and the state are engrossed in the devotion of Goddess. It is the core of the country, we have considered women as power and goddesses," Chouhan said. He also said,"Without the empowerment of women, society and the country cannot be empowered. Therefore it has always been the endeavour of our government that women should be empowered which include political empowerment, social empowerment and economic empowerment." The campaign for empowerment of women will continue in the state. If you see the MP budget 2023, then it has decided to spend Rs 1,02,000 crore on the welfare of women, Chouhan said. Besides, the Chief Minister further added that he was happy to inform that the youth in the state were also engaged in creative work. The development of any state was not possible without public participation. He would like to share information about the news of Indore district which gave an inspiration. CM Chouhan said, "The youth in Indore renovated a school in Ralamandal locality in Indore district with their own money in four months. The school has black boards, furniture and saplings have also been planted in front of the classroom from the point of view of environmental protection." Six classrooms are ready and the amount spent for rejuvenation was collected by the youth with their mutual cooperation. He would like to thank and congratulate the youths for it, he added. Apart from this, talking about the visits of prominent BJP leaders in the state, CM Chouhan said, "It is the good fortune of MP that all the big personalities, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi are visiting the state. PM Modi and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will participate in the programs of the army. National BJP president J P Nadda is arriving to do Bhumi Pujan of Naveen Bhawan, along with this he will also participate in a program along with party workers."

Emotional moment when Siddi tribal community elder leader blessed PM Modi before getting Padma

Siddi tribal community leader Hirbai Ibrahim Lobi was conferred with the Padma Shri award on March 22. She worked for the upliftment and development of the Siddi tribal community. President Murmu conferred Padma Awards 2023 at Civil Investiture Ceremony-I at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The central government announced a total of 106 Padma Awards across categories.

MoU signed for setting up nation's first PM MITRA Park in Tamil Nadu in over 1052 acres

Chennai (Tamil Nadu): A Memorandum of Understanding to establish the first PM Mega Integrated Textile Regions and Apparel (PM MITRA) Park in Tamil Nadu's Virudhunagar district was signed on Wednesday in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal and state Chief Minister MK Stalin. "The Park to be established in an of over 1052 acres will have an investment of over 10,000 crores and provide direct employment to 2 lakh people," an official statement said. Speaking at the event, Goyal lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government at Centre, saying, "The Prime Minister has special affection for people of the state. There was always a desire on the part of the Prime Minister to engage with the people of Tamil Nadu, a land with a great culture, art music and literature," He further said that PM works in a mission mode with a vision to work with state governments to create a developed India. "The idea of establishing these integrated parks was the brainchild of the Prime Minister as he knew that the value chain of the textile industry was spread out leading to an increase in cost of producing the final product which had to be exported to different parts of the world," he added.The Union minister further said that such parks will be established in six other states including Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. "In the current global scenario with the ongoing war in Ukraine, India is the only bright spot and the fastest growing economy in the world. The world looks up to India to come up with solutions confronting the globe," he added. The central government on Friday announced the sites for setting up of seven PM Mega Integrated Textile Regions and Apparel (PM MITRA) Parks for the Textile industry. According to the Ministry of Textiles, the Parks will come up in Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. These seven sites were chosen out of 18 proposals for PM MITRA parks which were received from 13 States. Eligible States and sites were evaluated using a transparent Challenge Method based on objective criteria taking into account a variety of factors such as connectivity, existing ecosystem, textile/industry policy, infrastructure, utility services etc. PM Gati Shakti- National Master Plan for Multi-modal Connectivity was also used for validation.


"I want whole world to hear stories of Indian women": Rani Mukerji

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Rani Mukerji has portrayed a number of versatile characters in a career spanning almost three decades. She has treated audiences to some of the most loved women protagonists on screen through her performances in films like 'Black', 'Hichki', 'Mardaani' and 'No One Killed Jessica'. And now with 'Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway', she has once again shown the woman of substance and strength who stands for her rights and raises her voice against injustice. In the film, Rani essays the role of a mother battling the state for her kids. The film is based on Sagarika Chakaraborty's book The Journey of a Mother. Sagarika Chatterjee stood up against the government of Norway to fight for the right to be reunited with her children after they were allegedly taken away from her and placed in foster care and were told that they will not be returned until the age of 18. Rani's role as a mother is being hailed by many. Expressing her happiness about the film's success, Rani told ANI, "It always feels great to see stories of our Indian women being heard globally. I have always tried my best to take the stories of our Indian women to a global platform. I am an Indian woman and know our I always ensure that our stories are heard with my work." Rani further said that a good film will always resonate with people. "If your content is good then it will definitely find its audience irrespective of the medium. By gods grace, Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway has found its audience! I am really happy to see people showering love on our film," she added.

Indian flag flies high outside Indian High Commission in London day after Khalistani attack

A day after Khalistani elements vandalized Indian High Commission in London, Indian community sent a strong message. Indians held a large gathering in support of country’s unity outside the High Commission on March 21. Strongly condemning separatists, Indian diaspora demanded British Parliamentarians to act immediately. The attack on High Commission sparked massive outrage in India and United Kingdom. India strongly protested against the incident appealing UK authorities to arrest and prosecute perpetrators. Soon after the incident, India summoned a UK diplomat and asked to take requisite action. In New Delhi, Sikhs also protested outside British High Commission against the vandalism in the UK.

"Kejriwal's objective is to stage a drama": BJP over Delhi Budget row

New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday hit back at the Aam Aadmi Party over the allegations of stalling the Delhi Budget 2023 and said that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's only objective is to stage a drama and not presenting the budget or working for the development of the city. This comes a day after Kejriwal alleged that the Centre has stalled the Delhi budget, on the eve of its presentation scheduled on Tuesday. Addressing a press conference here, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, "Kejriwal has only one goal, not budget or development. Drama, drama and only drama. One drama was staged by Rahul Gandhi on foreign soil and another is being done by AAP in the country." "There is a provision of the law that the Delhi government sends the budget to the LG on March 9. LG sent 3-4 observations. In this, questions were raised on Delhi Jal Board, DTC including Delhi's infrastructure. The budget of Rs 270 crore for advertisement was increased to Rs 550 crore. LG raised questions on this. LG raised questions on Kejriwal buying a car for himself and getting a bungalow built. While he came in auto to take oath for the first time. LG has raised questions regarding central schemes," Patra elaborated.He said that the Aam Aadmi Party cannot run away from the questions and will have to answer them. "When any budget of a state is passed, before that the approval and consent of the President is taken. The budget of Delhi was sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs. Home Ministry wrote a polite letter that LG has 3-4 questions which are not binding, but it would be better if you answer them. Patra said that whatever suggestion LG gives, you put your point on it. In a democracy, questions will be asked. If you are spending crores of rupees on advertisements then questions will be asked. You have to answer," he said. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lashed out at Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena alleging that the raising of observations on the Budget was against the Constitution and that LG has no right to raise any objection to the Budget. "According to the law, the Central government has no right to interfere in the Delhi budget. Whatever it did was unconstitutional. But we don't want to fight with the government. We satisfied their ego, they sent four points. We gave the answers to all four and they passed the Budget. You could have passed it yesterday," Kejriwal said addressing the media here. "It was only for ego satisfaction that they have compelled us to bow down. The LG has no power to raise any objection or make any observation on the Budget, it is beyond his power. So whatever observation was raised was against the Constitution," he added.

TSPSC paper leak: SIT summons Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay

Hyderabad (Telangana) : The Special Investigation Team, Hyderabad investigating the Telangana State Public Service Commission exam paper leak case has summoned Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay to appear before it on March 24. Earlier on March 20, the SIT issued a summons to State Congress president Revanth Reddy regarding his alleged statements on the issue. Reddy has been asked to share the information and submit evidence to the SIT with regard to the allegations made by him. The development came a day after Revanth Reddy made a serious allegation that state minister KT Rama Rao's personal assistant was also involved in the paper leak. "Personal assistant of State IT Minister KT Rama Rao has links with the second accused (a contract employee at TSPSC) in the paper leak case and the PA and the accused belong to neighbouring villages," the Congress leader alleged.The Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) on March 15 had cancelled the Assistant Engineers (AE) exam held on March 5, following allegations of the question paper leak. On March 13, police arrested nine people, including two employees of the TSPSC. Following the arrest of the accused, the Commission cancelled the exam and also postponed other exams scheduled to be held later this month. Earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders staged a 'Nirasana Deeksha' (protest) against the TSPSC paper leakage issue in the Khairatabad constituency in Hyderabad. Many BJP leaders and party workers participated in the protest. Speaking to ANI, BJP Spokesperson NV Subhash said that BJP is the only party in Telangana that supports the unemployed youth. "We demand that proper inquiry should be done, culprits should be punished and they should be behind bars so that this kind of misuse of power should not be there in the future," he stated.

“Making all efforts to arrest him…” Punjab Police on Amritpal Singh case

Amid the Khalistani sympathiser Amritpal Singh case, Punjab IGP Sukhchain Singh Gill on March 21 informed that Punjab Police is making all efforts to arrest ‘Waris Punjab De’ Chief and receiving full cooperation from other states and central agencies. Punjab IGP Sukhchain Singh Gill said, “A total of 154 people have been arrested and taken into custody so far. Around 12 weapons, including rifles and revolvers, were recovered. Amritpal Singh has not been arrested yet. We are making all efforts to arrest him. We’re hopeful that we’ll arrest him soon. It is difficult to say that. Punjab Police is receiving full cooperation from other states and central agencies.”

Punjab Police releases photos of Amritpal Singh, seeks help for arrest

Chandigarh (Punjab) : As part of its efforts to arrest 'Waris Punjab De' chief Amritpal Singh, Punjab Police released his pictures on Tuesday. Punjab Inspector General of Police (Headquarters) Sukhchain Singh Gill said that Amritpal Singh, a Khalistani sympathiser, has not been arrested yet.IGP Gill requested people to help them in Amritpal's arrest. "There are several pictures of Amritpal Singh in different attires. We are releasing all of these pictures. I request you display them so that people can help us to arrest him in this case," said Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sukhchain Singh Gill. One of the pictures shows Amritpal Singh as clean-shaven. According to a preliminary probe, police said he visited a Gurdwara in Jalandhar district while on the run and escaped on a motorcycle after changing clothes. According to CCTV visuals, Amritpal Singh was seen escaping in an SUV in Jalandhar on March 18. He is still on the run. "We are making all efforts to arrest him. We're hopeful that we'll arrest him soon...It is difficult to say that. Punjab Police is receiving full cooperation from other states and central agencies," the IGP said. He was asked if Amritpal Singh had fled to any other state. "In the preliminary investigation, it was found that they went to Gurdwara Sahib in Nangal Ambian where Amritpal changed his clothes and they escaped on two motorcycles. Teams are working, further investigation is underway," the senior police official told ANI. He said a total of 154 people have been arrested and taken into custody so far. "Around 12 weapons, including rifles and revolver, recovered". A local villager in Jalandhar said they got know on Tuesday that Amritpal Singh and his accomplices came to the village on March 18. "We got to know today morning when the police came that Amritpal along with his associates was here in the village on March 18. He changed clothes at local gurudwara, had food and then went away on motorcycle. Babaji who's being questioned by police now had admitted that Amritpal came here," the villager said. Locals of the Jalandhar village claimed Amritpal Singh's presence in their village on March 18. A CCTV video has emerged sourced from the local villagers. Punjab police have not officially confirmed this. The video shows a car and men waiting on a bike near a field. Another bike is parked nearby and as the first bike moves with three riders, the other also readies to leave. Police have recovered the car in which 'Waris Punjab De' leader Amritpal Singh fled. Gill said that they have arrested four people who helped the fugitive pro-Khalistani leader. He said weapons from recovered from the vehicle in which Amritpal Singh was travelling. "We have arrested four more people in this case - Manpreet, Gurdeep, Harpreet, and Gurpej. These four people had helped Amritpal Singh escape in a Brezza vehicle from the Naka point. We recovered the vehicle, one rifle, and other equipment. Arms Act has been invoked," he said. Addressing a press conference earlier, Gill said the four have been arrested under the Arms Act. "Arms Act has been invoked against the four people who helped him. An important fact has come to light that Amritpal Singh, after fleeing, visited the Gurudwara in Nangal Ambian village (in Jalandhar district) and changed his clothes before fleeing again. This came to be known in questioning of the four people who have been nabbed," Gill said at the press conference. He said National Security Act (NSA) has been invoked against Amritpal Singh. "A non-bailable warrant has been issued against him on March 18. Police are working as per law. People have suspicions, but the prime accused (Amritpal Singh) has not been arrested yet. As soon as the arrest is made, we will inform you," he said. Earlier in the day, the Punjab government told the Punjab and Haryana high court that the National Security Act (NSA) has been invoked against Amritpal Singh. Punjab Advocate General Vinod Ghai told the High Court in a hearing that a search for the Waris Punjab De leader is on. "We were armed but we refrained from using force. Some matters are so sensitive, that can't be explained in court. We are doing a good job in action against Amritpal. NSA has been imposed on him," the AG told the court. Amritpal's lawyer told the court that Amritpal Singh's father Tarsem Singh was present in court. To this, the court said that since Singh's father was not a party before it he cannot be heard and if he wanted to submit something, he should file an application. The court was adjourned till the next hearing slated after four days. It also sought a fresh affidavit from the government. Punjab Police on Saturday launched an operation against Amritpal Singh and his aides. The police said that a total of 114 arrests have been made in the case so far, and there is a strong suspicion of ISI angle and foreign funding.

Strong earthquake jolts Delhi-NCR, tremors felt in North India

Earthquake of 6.6 magnitude hit Hindu Kush area in Afghanistan, sending tremors across Delhi and parts of North India. Tremors were felt in the national capital and parts of north India on March 21. People rushed out of their houses to open spaces. The estimated magnitude of earthquake is 6.6 on the Richter Scale hit 133km SSE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan today at 10:17 pm IST. Prakash Chaudhary, resident of Dronanagiri Society in Vasundhara, Ghaziabad on why families have run out of buildings due to the earthquake said, “ “Many of the residents of our building came to the common ground area. People were checking their phones constantly for any updates,” said a local resident of Sector 22 in Noida.


‘Everything is peaceful’: Punjab residents assure calmness amid crackdown on Amritpal Singh

Life of people in Punjab returned to normalcy amid the ongoing crackdown continue to nab ‘Waris Punjab De’ Chief Amritpal Singh. People from various locations in Punjab can be seen going on with their normal life without any fear. People are going to offer prayers at Gurudwara in Jalandhar. A heavy police force is deployed at many locations in the state to maintain law and order. Internet, SMS services are still suspended across the state. The suspension of mobile internet, SMS, and dongle services will continue till March 21 noon, the Punjab Govt informed. The Punjab Police started the massive crackdown against Amritpal Singh and his aides on March 18. The police said that a total of 112 arrests has been made in the case so far, as 34 were arrested on Sunday, March 19. The police also said that the ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief Amritpal Singh was still on the run and a massive manhunt is launched to nab him.

"Scared of defeat...": Karnataka CM Bommai lashes out at Congress

Hubballi (Karnataka): Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday hit out at the Congress, saying that the frustrated Congress party has continued the series of releasing bogus schemes over fears of losing the coming election. CM Bommai's remarks came in the wake of poll promises, given by the Congress party in a bid to return to the helm of the state after a gap of five years. Stating the poll promises of the Congress as bogus, the CM said the party had announced three bogus schemes. "The Congress party had promised to give a monthly payment of Rs 1,500 to degree holders in Rajasthan but has not been implemented. In Chattisgarh, they had assured Rs 1,500 which is not in the ground. Like this, they have not kept up promises in four to five states," he said. "That list of unfulfilled promises will be released soon," the CM added. Bommai also said that the reason behind the Congress leaders announcing bogus announcements is their frustration. "Since it is difficult for the party to win the election, they make such bogus announcements. They are all set to cheat the people. But the people will not believe them," CM said. "In 2010, 10 kg of rice was distributed but it was reduced to 5 kg after the Congress Party came to power. During the 2018 Assembly polls, the then CM Siddaramaiah hiked it to 7 kg. It has been the tradition of the Congress party to tell lies and announce bogus policies during the election," he added. Launching a barb at leader party MP Rahul Gandhi, he said, "Rahul Gandhi, a 'great leader' who has high respect for the country, talks very low about India on foreign soil. Rahul did not have love, affection, or commitment to Karnataka. So, he is trying to fool people which is not possible," he said. Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi addressed a gathering at Belagavi, wherein he raked up the issue of the BJP MLA's son who was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 8 crore, and alleged that the state government attempted to "shield" him. "The son of the MLA is caught taking Rs 8 crore as a bribe, no action is taken, and the government shields him. There were numerous job scams. Corruption is being done as all the benefits are being given to two-three selected people. The Congress party will give Rs 3,000 to every graduate for two years, and Rs 1,500 to every diploma-holder for two years because we understand your problem. We will give jobs to 10 lakhs youths in five years," he said.


10 arrested, seven illegal weapons, 3 cars seized: DIG Swapan Sharma after Amritpal Singh car chase

Narrating the hot chase in Jalandhar, during which the chief of 'Waris Punjab De', now declared fugitive Amritpal Singh, escaped, Jalandhar DIG Swapan Sharma said that 10 people have been arrested so far. Seven illegal weapons and three cars have been recovered.

Sidhu Moosewala's father hits out at AAP govt in Punjab ahead of singer's death anniversary

Mansa (Punjab): Ahead of the death anniversary of the slain Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, his father Balkaur Singh hit out at the AAP-led Punjab government for gagging internet for the masses while gangster Lawrence Bishnoi in jail is using the internet. "Today, the internet service has been suspended for a common man but gangster Lawrence Bishnoi in jail is using the internet. Police should launch a probe into this," Sidhu Musewala's father said. Earlier in November 2022, Delhi Police said that Lawrence Bishnoi was using a mobile number which was being used by a member of the terrorist group Indian Mujahideen. The calls made by Bishnoi and his gang members were intercepted. Speaking at an event in Mansa in Punjab, Balkaur attacked the BJP-led central government and the Punjab government as justice continues to evade the family one year after the killing took place. "Arresting Amritpal a day before the death anniversary of Sidhu Musewala is also a conspiracy", he claimed. Balkaur Singh said that he has complete faith in the investigative agencies but even after 11 months, "Justice is not being served". "The Punjab government has lost the decision-making ability. It is due to the efforts of Home Minister Amit Shah that police are closing in on Amritpal Singh today. Otherwise, it wouldn't have been possible," he said. It is reported that Amit Shah had summoned CM Bhagwat Mann Singh to New Delhi recently and told him during a meeting to take control of the law and order situation in Punjab and rein in anti-state elements. Punjabi singer popularly known as Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Jawaharke village of Mansa district in Punjab on May 29, 2022. The incident occurred two days after Punjab Police withdrew the security cover of 424 persons including Moosewala.

Is Amritpal Singh planning to flee to Canada? Punjab Police reveals how ‘Waris Punjab De’ escaped

The Punjab Police on March 19 did not rule out the possibility of ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief Amritpal Singh’s plans to flee to Canada via Nepal. Speaking to media persons, DIG Jalandhar Swapan Sharma said, “While interception in Mehatpur, the one in the front car took a leap during the chase. We have recovered the other two cars. We have recovered seven illegal weapons too. They had some Pakistan-ISI links.”

Telangana CM KCR took away the money of poor people, says BJP SC Morcha president

Hyderabad (Telangana): Bharatiya Janata Party Scheduled Castes (SC) Morcha National President Lal Singh Arya on Sunday hit out at the K Chandrashekhar Rao government and said they have taken away the money of the poor people. "There is a liquor scandal here and the government has siphoned off the money of poor people," Arya added. "SC certificate is made at the district level and not at any other level. The SC commission has not been formed here yet. The Safai Karamchari Commission has not been formed here," Arya said to ANI. Speaking to ANI, Lal Singh Arya said, "A resolution was taken to protect the Dalits who are being attacked by KCR's government." "He (KCR) talks about changing the constitution, on the one hand, he is also installing the statue of Ambedkar," he said. Speaking to ANI, Arya said, "KCR says that if they come to power in the centre, then they will change the constitution of India. KCR is anti-Dalit, anti-Ambedkar and anti-constitution."On April 14, on the occasion of Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti, we will organise big programs at all assembly levels. We will also conduct medical camps for poor people which will end on May 5, he added. "For SC people we will also organize to watch the 100th episode of Mann Ki Baat on April 30," he said. Under the leadership of KCR, Dalit people here are not receiving the benefits they should receive under the schemes brought by PM Narendra Modi, Arya said. He joins hands with Mamata Banerjee under whose government Dalits are being killed and their houses burned, he added. KCR joins hands with the AAP party, whose Deputy CM is involved in the liquor scam and here his (KCR) family is involved in the liquor scam, he added. "This is the government that eats the money of the poor. We are determined to remove this government that talks about changing the Constitution," sc-morcha">BJP SC Morcha National President said. Earlier in the day, Bharatiya Janata Party SC Morcha State Executive held a meeting which was attended by many prominent leaders including BJP Scheduled Castes (SC) Morcha National President Lal Singh Arya.

“Khalistani Referendum in Brisbane a flop…” says Australia Today Editor-In-Chief

Amid Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal chase in India, ‘Referendum 2020’ took place in Brisbane, Australia on March 19 which was a complete fail as only a few hundred of the community members turned up to vote. Editor-in-chief of The Australia Today, Jitarth Jai Bharadwaj hailed it saying that it was a great show of Unity, a great show by Indian sailing community that these Khalistani goons don’t mean anything.

"Will stage nationwide protests against this": Kerala LoP on Delhi police visit to Rahul Gandhi's house

Kochi (Kerala): Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly VD Satheesan on Sunday hit out at the Central government after a team led by Special CP (Law and Order) visited Rahul Gandhi's residence to seek information on the 'sexual harassment' victims that he mentioned in his speech during the Bharat Jodo Yatra. Responding to the episode, Congress leader VD Satheesan said that there will be nationwide protests against this. "We strongly oppose the Narendra Modi government's move to humiliate Rahul Gandhi by sending the police to his residence. There will be nationwide protests against this. Rahul Gandhi is the beloved leader of the people of India. Any attempt to threaten and humiliate him by sending the police to his house will be resisted by the people," he said. "The Congress leader also said that sending the police to Rahul Gandhi's residence and staging such a drama is the biggest example of how weak and cowardly the government is. This is the latest illustration of how much the Narendra Modi government fears Rahul Gandhi," he added. Earlier in the day, Special CP Law and Order Sagar Preet Hooda met with Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in connection with a notice served to him by the police to seek information on the alleged sexual harassment victims that he mentioned in his speech during the Bharat Jodo Yatra. Later, After visiting Congress MP Rahul Gandhi's residence, Special CP (L&O) SP Hooda said "We've come here to talk to him. Rahul Gandhi gave a statement in Srinagar on Jan 30 that during Yatra he met several women & who told him that they had been raped. We're trying to get details from him so that justice can be given to victims." Last week, Delhi Police issued a notice to the Congress leader asking him to share details about the victims of sexual harassment whom he mentioned in his speech in January this year in Srinagar during the Bharat Jodo Yatra. Delhi Police took cognizance of the social media posts and sent a questionnaire. Referring to his experiences during the Bharat Jodo Yatra and to the problems faced by women, Gandhi had spoken of a girl coming to him and talking about the atrocities faced by her. "In one particular case, I asked a girl, she had been raped, I asked her should we call the police, she said that don't call the police then I will be shamed," Gandhi had said, according to police.


Imran Khan forms committee to lead Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf if he is arrested

In the midst of so much uproar in Pakistan over corruption charges in the Toshakhana case, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan has formed a committee to lead his party if he is arrested. “I have made a committee, which will obviously take decisions once if I'm inside jail,” said Imran to Reuters. He made the statement before an appearance before a court that had issued arrest warrants for him.

Selena Gomez becomes first woman to hit 400 million followers on Instagram

Washington [US]: Just a few days after surpassing Kylie Jenner as the 'Most Followed' female on Instagram, Selena Gomez has added yet another feather to her cap! Selena recently hit 400 million followers on Instagram, which means she is the first woman to hit the magical number on the social media platform. Kylie was the most followed female on Instagram earlier. Kylie's followers as of now stand at 382 million. Last month, when Selena became the most followed female celebrity on Instagram, announced taking a break from social media. Page Six reported that last month, Selena went live on TikTok saying, "I'm very happy, I'm so blessed. I have the best friends and the best fans in the whole world and I just couldn't be happier." "I'm good, I love the way I am, I don't care," she added. "And yeah, I'm gonna be taking a second from social media 'cause this is a little silly and I'm 30. I'm too old for this," she said further, adding, "I love you guys so much and I will see you guys sooner than later. I just have to take a break from everything." However, Selena soon returned to social media and posted a series of photos with her family.

Pakistan wants Prime Minister like Narendra Modi: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on March 18 said that the citizens of Pakistan said that they should also have a Prime Minister like Narendra Modi. He said, “There is no need to tell what kind of crisis both Pakistan and Sri Lanka are facing. Nowadays even in Pakistan, there is such a talk that we should also have a Prime Minister like Modi.”

Bandi Sanjay calls for judicial inquiry into Telangana govt exam cancellation

Hyderabad (Telangana) : Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party chief Bandi Sanjay on Saturday attacked the KCR government over the cancellation of the assistant engineer exam paper by the Telangana State Public Service Commission and called for a judicial inquiry into the matter. Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) had ordered the cancellation of an examination held on March 5, this year in view of a paper leak. Accusing the Telangana government of spoiling the lives of lakhs of students, Bandi said that they are protesting on roads and the government is not giving any response."You (state govt) do not care to conduct the exam after cancelling a paper. You have spoiled the lives of 30 lakh students. Now, you are going to Delhi saying there is some case. Before talking about other states, you first talk about Telangana. The youth have come onto the roads and are protesting. But you are not responding to it or even giving them some faith. If something good happens, you take credit but when something bad happens, you put it on someone else," he said. Bandi said that if any person from the BJP is involved in the matter, he should be arrested and an investigation should be carried out by a sitting judge. "The mother of Renuka is BRS sarpanch and her brother is a BRS party leader. If anyone from BJP is involved, arrest them too. Why have you closed off the investigation? An investigation should be done by a sitting judge if you have not done any mistakes. You just keep shouting BJP is involved. But they (TSPSC people) are working under you since 2017. You have put them in TSPSC. You could not catch a thief in so many years. What have you done? You have cancelled the exams," the BJP leader said. Asked if Rajshekhar, an accused in TSPSC is a BJP worker, he said, "Who is the Karyakartha of whom? Even a startup company before appointing someone checks their background and their history. Isn't this your inefficiency? What did your commission do? What did TSPSC do? Many students who did not even have enough money for coaching, studied hard for the exams. Go to the library, you will know how sad the students are."

107-year-old organic farmer Padma Shri Pappammal blesses PM Modi at Global Millets Conference

On the occasion of International Year of Millets, 107-year-old organic farmer Padma Shri Pappammal on March 18 blessed PM Modi at the Global Millets Conference. In 2021, Government of India honoured Pappammal with the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri for her role in organic farming.

Credit for development of Lucknow goes to CM Yogi Adityanath: Rajnath Singh

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the credit for the development of Lucknow, Mohanlalganj, went solely to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as he was the one who implemented central schemes with sincerity and interest. "Yogi ji has handled this responsibility with alacrity. You are painted in the colours of Holi and Lucknow is seen painted in the colours of development", Singh remarked during the inauguration/stone laying of 352 development projects worth Rs 1,450 crores. The Defence Minister said: "Today is an important day for UP, as Yogi Adityanath is completing six years as CM today. There was no chief minister in UP for such a long time. Yogiji has broken the record of Sampurnanand ji by becoming the Chief Minister of UP for the longest time."Rajnath Singh said that law and order is the first condition and oxygen for development and today people not only inside UP but across the country and the world are aware of the improved law and order situation in the state under the leadership of CM Yogi. I Saw 'Ab Tak 63' on news portal, won't be surprised if it becomes a century, Rajnath said in a lighter vein. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that one day he saw the heading 'Ab Tak 63' on a news portal, which referred to the killing of 63 dreaded criminals in police encounters. "The way the cleaning is being carried out in UP, I won't be surprised if the number goes to 100 if the culprits do not reform. The work on realising Yogi Adityanath's dream of making UP a one trillion dollar economy is going on fast. Several schemes including roads, sewer plants, service roads etc. are being inaugurated and foundation stones are being laid. This is possible because of the sensitivity of the PM and the understanding of Yogiji", Singh remarked further. Rajnath Singh said that so far 9 flyovers have been built, three are under construction and 5 new flyovers have been approved. Lucknow City and Charbagh Railway Station have been selected under Amrit Bharat Scheme. It will be developed as a world-class railway station, he informed.

Punjab Police launches operation to arrest Amritpal Singh, Intelligence agencies keeping close watch

Intelligence agencies are keeping a close watch on the Punjab Police operation to arrest Amritpal Singh and his aides. A senior official shared that the IB, RAW, and other agencies are on their toes and regularly updating the situation in Punjab. Punjab Police has requested all citizens to maintain peace and not to panic or spread fake news or hate speech. Punjab Health Minister said that law will take its course against violators.

"Waris Punjab De' chief Amritpal Singh declared fugitive": Jalandhar Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Chahal

Jalandhar (Punjab) : Shortly after Amritpal Singh, the chief of pro-Khalistan outfit chief 'Waris Punjab De' was said to be on the run, Jalandhar Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Chahal on Saturday late evening confirmed that the radical leader had been declared a "fugitive". "Waris Punjab De' chief Amritpal Singh has been declared a fugitive. His two cars were seized and gunmen nabbed. We also checked if the firearms of his security escorts had been procured legally. A case has been registered. Punjab Police have launched a manhunt for Amritpal Singh and we are hopeful that he will be arrested soon. A total of 78 people have been arrested so far and further searches and raids are underway," Chahal said in an exclusive interview with ANI. Earlier on Saturday, Punjab Police launched a massive state-wide Cordon And Search Operation (CASO) in the state against elements of Waris Punjab De (WPD) against whom several criminal cases stand registered. During the operation, a total of 78 persons have been arrested so far, while, several others have been detained for questioning. Sharing more details, the official spokesperson of Punjab Police said, "On Saturday afternoon, several activities of WPD were intercepted by the Police at the Shahkot-Malsian Road in Jalandhar district and seven persons were arrested on the spot. Several others including Amritpal Singh are on the run and a massive manhunt has been launched to nab them." "During the statewide operation, nine weapons, including one .315 bore rifle, seven rifles of 12 bore, one revolver and 373 live cartridges of different calibres have been recovered so far," said an officer. The spokesperson informed that WPD elements are involved in four criminal cases relating to spreading disharmony among classes, attempting to murder, attacking police persons and creating obstructions in the lawful discharge of duties of public servants. "Case FIR No. 39 dated 24-02-2023 stands registered against WPD elements for the attack on Ajnala Police Station," he added. He said that all persons involved in criminal offences shall be dealt with in accordance with the law and all persons wanted by the police should offer themselves to the process of law. Their constitutional rights of legal defence shall be protected, he added. Meanwhile, the police requested all the citizens not to pay heed to fake news and rumours. "Situation in the state is completely stable. All persons indulging in mischievous activities for disturbing peace and harmony in the state shall be dealt with strictly," the police said. Earlier in the day, mobile Internet services were also suspended in several districts of Punjab until 12 noon on Sunday. The police action came almost over three weeks after Amritpal's supporters clashed with uniformed personnel at the Ajnala police station on the outskirts of Amritsar last month, demanding the release of one of Amritpal's close aides, Lovepreet Toofan. On February 23, thousands of his supporters stormed the Ajnala police station, flashing swords and high-calibre firearms and threatening the police with dire consequences if they did not release Lovepreet Toofan, who was arrested for allegedly assaulting and abducting a man. The supporters, brandishing swords and guns, broke through police barricades erected outside the Ajnala police station. The police later said "in the light of the evidence presented", it has been decided that Lovepreet Singh Toofan will be discharged. Lovepreet Singh was released from jail on February 24 following orders of a court in Ajnala on an application by the police. Reacting to the incident, chief minister Bhagwant Mann said that these "1000 people" don't represent Punjab, and alleged that they are "funded by Pakistan" to disrupt peace in the state.


Congress showed India's history was about Babur, Aurangzeb; it today represents the new Mughals: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Belagavi (Karnataka) : Lashing out at Congress, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said that the party showed that India's history was all about the Mughal emperors and added that it represents the "new Mughals today". "Once upon a time, the ruler of Delhi used to talk about demolishing temples but today under PM Modi's rule, I am talking about building temples. This is new India. Congress is working to weaken this new India. Congress is representing the new Mughals today," Sarma said. Accusing Congress and Communists of highlighting the Mughals in Indian history, the Chief Minister said that Indian history was also about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. "Congress and Communists showed that India's history was all about Babur, Aurangzeb, and Shajahan. I want to tell that India's history was not about them but about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Guru Gobind Singh," he said. Sarma said that during Aurangzeb's rule, he made attempts to end the 'Sanatan' culture alleging that various people were forcefully converted to Islam."During Aurangzeb's rule, attempt was made to end the 'Sanatan' culture and many people were forcefully converted to Islam. At that time Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj took birth and he showed that Bharat Mata can give birth to a son like him who can challenge Aurangzeb," he said. "Aurangzeb was not able to destroy our 'Sanatan' culture. Today India is 'Sanatan' and Hindu and will continue to remain so... It was not true that Aurangzeb had captured entire India," Sarma added. The Chief Minister further lashed out at the communist historians for trying to portray that entire India was under the control of Aurangzeb. "South India and North East were never under Aurangzeb's rule but communist historians try to show that whole of India was under Aurangzeb's control. Today we need to write a new history," he said. "There are many people in our country who proudly say they are Muslim, Christian and I have no problem with that but we need a person who can proudly say that I am a Hindu. India needs such a person today," the Assam Chief Minister added.

MBA Graduate Rahil Mushtaq introduces foreign poultry breeds in Kashmir

Srinagar: Rahil Mushtaq introduced foreign poultry breeds in Kashmir. He is a resident of Ilahibagh in Soura, Srinagar. He completed his MBA from Kashmir University in 2021. He sensed that there are very less job opportunities in Kashmir so he decided to start his own business. He set up his own poultry farmhouse after COVID lockdown. He imported a few flocks of chicken breeds from America, China, Ireland, Netherlands and Turkey for his poultry farm. His chicken breeds caught the attention of people and they are purchasing them as their pets.

"It is really bad...": Mehbooba Mufti on Imran Khan's imminent arrest

Jammu(Jammu and Kashmir) : Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said that the prevailing situation in Pakistan where police are attempting to arrest ex-prime minister Imran Khan was no different from Jammu and Kashmir where leaders have also been put behind bars post abrogation of Article 370. "It's really bad (Pakistan police trying to arrest former PM, Imran Khan). Ex-ministers, Ministers are also being put behind bars here in our country. So it's not a different issue," says PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.The former CM was responding to queries asking her about the political turmoil in Pakistan where the police are attempting to arrest PTI Chairman and ousted Prime minister Imran Khan. PDP Leader said the way federal investigative agencies were being "misused", and opposition leaders were put behind bars, which indicates that the prevailing situation here "can be compared" with Pakistan. Mufti cited the example of former Delhi Depity chief minister Manish Sisodia who has been arrested by CBI during its probe into the alleged irregularities in the Delhi excise policy case.

Last Moments captured from US Reaper Drone before it was downed by Russian jets

Russian jet downed American Reaper drone over the Black sea on March 14. USAF released exclusive footage captured from the aerial vehicle. The video shows a Russian Su-27 ‘aggressively maneuvring’ near the US drone. The US termed the interception by the Russian jets “unsafe and unprofessional.” US’s Lloyd Austin held a telephonic conversation with Russian Counterpart on March 15 after the incident. “We will continue to fly, operate wherever international law allows” replied US.

"Will keep trying to help Marathi-speaking people..." Maharashtra minister on health insurance scheme for villages bordering Karnataka

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Following Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai's remark that he would take measures to stop Maharashtra from offering the health insurance scheme in 865 border villages, Maharashtra Minister Shambhuraj Desai on Thursday said the Eknath Shinde government will keep trying to help the Marathi-speaking people provide health facilities. "Talks on 865 villages on the border of Karnataka and Maharashtra are already going on. The matter has also been to Supreme Court before. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also called on Chief Ministers of both states to find a compromised solution," If the Karnataka government takes any action to stop these facilities, we will anyhow keep trying to help the Marathi-speaking people provide health facilities," added the Minister. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai on Thursday strongly condemned the Maharashtra Cabinet's decision on the health insurance scheme for border villages between the two states. Addressing mediapersons, Bommai said, "Maharashtra cabinet's resolution announcing health insurance scheme for the people of Karnataka border is an unforgivable crime. When spoke to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, he said we should wait for the Supreme Court's order. It was agreed that there should be no provocation. Now, this is violated. The order should be withdrawn immediately." This matter will also be brought to the attention of the Home Minister, CM Bommai said Karnataka can also announce projects like this. "Many taluks and gram panchayats have already decided that we are not getting justice in Maharashtra and should join Karnataka. In such a situation, the Maharashtra government should act very responsibly," he said. This comes after the Eknath Shinde government in Maharashtra recently announced an additional Rs 54 crore to implement the 'Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana' in villages bordering Karnataka.Maharashtra Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on the dispute with Karnataka over border areas saying that the state will legally pursue the inclusion of 865 disputed Marathi-speaking villages that are in Karnataka. Earlier, the Maharashtra assembly unanimously passed the resolution which says that Maharashtra will fight the pending case in the Supreme Court with full strength for the inclusion of each and every inch of 865 villages including Belgavi, Karwar, Nipani, Bidar Bhalki in Maharashtra. The resolution also condemned the Karnataka administration for its anti-Marathi stand in the border area. According to the resolution the Maharashtra government will stand behind the Marathi people in border areas and will go for a legal fight in the Supreme Court to ensure that these areas become a part of Maharashtra. The Central government should urge the Karnataka Government to implement the decision taken in the meeting with the Union Home Minister and the government should be given the understanding to guarantee the safety of the Marathi people in the border areas, the resolution read. Notably, the border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka dates back to the implementation of the State Reorganization Act, of 1956. The then Maharashtra government had demanded the readjustment of its border with Karnataka. Following this, a four-member committee was formed by both states. The Maharashtra government had expressed willingness to transfer 260 predominantly Kannada-speaking villages, but the proposal was turned down by Karnataka. Both governments later approached the Supreme Court to expedite the matter.

“Khalistan Referendum is ISI conspiracy…” Ex-Khalistani leader exposes propaganda against India

Former Khalistan Leader Jaswant Singh Thekedar on March 16 exposed ISI propaganda against India and said that Khalistani Referendum is the Pakistan’s Intelligence agency’s mindset.

Delhi Police sends notice to Rahul Gandhi, seeks details of sexual harassment victims

New Delhi : Delhi Police has issued a notice to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asking him to share details about the victims of sexual harassment about whom he mentioned in his speech in January this year in Srinagar during the Bharat Jodo Yatra. Delhi Police took cognizance of the social media posts and sent questionnaire. Referring to his experiences during the Bharat Jodo Yatra and to the problems faced by women, Gandhi had spoken of girl coming to him and talking about atrocities faced by her. "In one particular case I asked a girl, she had been raped, I asked her should we call the police, she said that don't call the police then I will be shamed," Gandhi had said, according to police."Delhi Police has issued a notice to Congress MP Rahul Gandhi to give details about those victims who approached him regarding their sexual harassment to provide them security. Police took cognizance of the social media posts and sent questionnaires," a Delhi Police official told ANI. Congress attacked the government and said it was rattled by Rahul Gandhi's questions on the Adani-Hindenburg row. "A govt rattled by Rahul Gandhi's questions on PM Modi & Adani's relationship hides behind its police. 45-days after Bharat Jodo Yatra was completed, Delhi Police has, via a notice, sought details of women who met him & spoke about harassment & violence they may have faced," Congress said in a tweet. The party said that it will respond to the notice in due course in accordance with law. "This notice is yet another proof of a govt in panic and their latest salvo to weaken democracy, women empowerment, freedom of expression and role of the opposition. Images are self-explanatory," it said. Congress and several other opposition parties have been demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the Hindenburg-Adani issue. The BJP has upped the ante against Rahul Gandhi and Congress for his remarks on Indian democracy in the UK and sought an apology.


BRS MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha holds round table discussion over Women's Reservation Bill

New Delhi : Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha led Bharat Jagruthi organised a round table discussion for the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill in New Delhi on Wednesday. Several MPs from 13 political parties, joined the discussion on the way forward for the women's reservation bill. MLC Kavitha called for greater participation of MPs in the Parliament to ensure that the ruling Government makes way for the tabling of the Bill. After, holding a protest at Jantar Mantar on March 10, Kavitha held another round of discussions where she said that building pressure on a Government which has a clear majority for the long-pending Women's Reservation Bill is the need of the hour. The event was attended by MPs from BRS, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Samajwadi Party, Communist Party of India (CPI), etc. Several leaders spoke on the Women's Reservation Bill. Rajya Sabha MP, Priyanka Chaturvedi said, "when the makers of the Indian Constitution could ensure that Women were given an equal right to vote. Why the Government in power cannot table the Women's Reservation Bill to ensure greater participation of Women in legislative affairs.' She requested more women in legislative discourse to start demanding for the same." RJD Leader and MP Manoj Jha said that his party stand in solidarity with the bill. "We must look for reservation within the reservation. We must have a strategy whereby issues are raised in parliament as well as outside, mass movement on the road brings the parliament to its knees," he said. CPI MP and senior leader, Binoy Biswam said, 'the patriarchal tendencies have come in the way of the women's reservation bill. The right of women, at this stage in the 21st century, are denied even on matters of giving birth, and even with respect in the Parliament. We view this initiative by K Kavitha as a movement.'