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Singapore confirms 1st local monkeypox case

Singapore: Singapore's Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that it has confirmed one local case of monkeypox infection in the city-state. The patient is a 45-year-old male Malaysian national who resides in Singapore. He tested positive for monkeypox on July 6 and is currently warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). The ministry said that the patient's condition is stable, and he is not linked to the imported case announced by the ministry on June 21.According to the ministry, the case first developed lower abdomen skin lesions on June 30, and subsequently experienced fatigue and swollen lymph nodes on July 2. On July 4, he developed a fever and a sore throat and sought medical attention where initial tests for other possible medical conditions were done. When these tests returned negative, he was subsequently conveyed to the NCID on July 6, where he was isolated for further assessment. The ministry said that three close contacts have been identified as of July 6, involving two housemates and one social contact. All close contacts will be placed in quarantine for 21 days from their last contact with the case. The ministry said that monkeypox is typically a self-limiting illness where patients recover within two to four weeks. A small percentage of those infected can fall seriously ill or even die.

First song of Vijay Deverkonda's 'Liger' set to be out on July 11

New Delhi : Makers of the pan-India film 'Liger' unveiled the poster of the first song 'Akdi Pakdi' of their upcoming romantic-action film. Taking to Instagram, Dharma Productions shared the poster, to which they captioned, "50 Days to Release Let's Celebrate with some Massssss Music! AKDI PAKDI. 1st song - July 11th. Promo on July 8th "In the poster, the lead pair of the film can be seen in a cheerful mood, with Vijay Deverkonda in a rustic jacket hugging her co-star Ananya Panday and helping her to blow a whistle. 'Liger' marks Vijay's debut in Hindi cinema and the 'Khaali Peeli' actor's first multi-lingual film.Soon after the makers unveiled the poster of 'Akdi Pakdi', fans flooded the comment section with heart and fire emoticons, as the excitement for the first song from the Puri Jagannadh directorial film can be seen among them. Recently makers also unveiled a naked poster of the lead actor Vijay holding up a bouquet of red roses in his hand, looking beefed up in his action avatar. The poster got viral on social media and fans appreciated the 'Arjun Reddy' actor for his transformation. Produced by Karan Johar, 'Liger' is all set to hit theatres on August 26, 2022, after getting multiple delays due to covid-19 in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Meanwhile, the 'World Famous Lover' will be also seen collaborating with Puri Jagannadh in 'JGM', which is slated to release on August 2023. Apart from that he also has 'Kushi' with actor Samantha Prabhu, which is gearing up for a worldwide release on December 23, 2022. Ananya on the other hand will be seen in 'Kho Gaye Hum Kahan' with Siddhant Chaturvedi and Adarsh Gourav, which is expected to release in 2023.

Keep Tiranga in your house: Farooq Abdullah reacts to 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) : After the Ministry of Culture laid its plan to launch the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign this month, President of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference, Farooq Abdullah reacted to the campaign and said that it should be kept in one's house. "Keep it (the Tiranga) in your house," said Abdullah, when asked about the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign. The Har Ghar Tiranga program envisages inspiring Indians everywhere to hoist the national flag at their home. The aim of the program is to make the relationship with the national flag a more personal one rather than just keeping it formal or institutional.The idea behind the initiative is to invoke the feeling of patriotism in the hearts of the people and promote awareness about the tri-colour. Abdullah also requested people to celebrate 'Eid' safely and informed that the opposition's presidential candidate would visit the valley on July 9. " I would request everyone to celebrate the festival of Eid safely. Yes, Yashwant Sinha would be coming on 9th of this month. He will be addressing a press conference as well," he added. His 'Tiranga' remark came just days after he claimed that the person who pointed out the presence of a 'Shivling' in the Amarnath cave was a Muslim man.

President accepts resignation of Naqvi, RCP Singh; Smriti Irani, Scindia given additional portfolios

New Delhi : President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the resignation of Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Steel Minister RCP Singh from the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. "The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignations of Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Ram Chandra Prasad Singh from the Union Council of Ministers, with immediate effect, under clause (2) of Article 75 of the Constitution," read the notification of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Notably, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani has been given the additional charge of the Ministry of Minority Affairs while Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has been given the additional charge of the Ministry of Steel. "Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, the President has directed that Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Cabinet Minister, be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, in addition to her existing portfolio," said the notification. "Furthermore, as advised by the Prime Minister, the President has directed that Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Cabinet Minister, be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Steel, in addition to his existing portfolio," it added. Two Cabinet Ministers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and RCP Singh who will cease to be members of the Rajya Sabha from Thursday resigned from the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. The Rajya Sabha term of Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Steel Minister RCP Singh will end on Thursday. According to the sources, this is the first time that a sitting minister has been out of both Houses of Parliament. Recently, several BJP leaders were elected to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. However, the party did not give a Rajya Sabha ticket to Naqvi. Pertinent to mention here, RCP Singh, who comes from an ally party in Bihar, JD(U), had sworn in as a minister in the Modi government a year ago on July 7, 2021. However, in the recent announcement of the Rajya Sabha tickets, Nitish Kumar denied RCP Singh's election to the Rajya Sabha. A Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant in Tripura after the resignation of Manik Saha who was recently elected to the Tripura Assembly. Besides this, there is no Rajya Sabha seat which is going to be vacant in the next few months.

"Don't want to live in India where...": Mahua Moitra after outrage over her comments on Goddess Kali

New Delhi : Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, who has been booked for her comment on Goddess Kali, on Wednesday dared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to prove that whatever she said is wrong. "I do not want to live in an India where BJP's monolithic patriarchal brahminical view of Hinduism will prevail and the rest of us will tiptoe around religion. I will defend this till I die. File your FIRs - will see you in every court in the land," tweeted Moitra today. "I challenge the BJP anywhere in the country to prove anything that I said is wrong," Moitra added. The TMC leader has been booked for allegedly hurting religious sentiments after her comment on Goddess Kali stirred a controversy. An FIR has been registered in Bhopal against Moitra under section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for hurting religious sentiments. She had called Kali "meat-eating" and "alcohol-accepting". Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Hindu religious sentiments have been hurt by Moitra's statement and that insult to Hindu deities will not be tolerated at any cost. Reacting to the complaints against her by the BJP leaders, the TMC MP said: "Bring it on BJP! Am a Kali worshipper. I am not afraid of anything. Not your ignoramuses. Not your goons. Not your police. And most certainly not your trolls. Truth doesn't need back up forces."Soon after she made those remarks on Kali, the TMC distanced itself saying the comments were made in her personal capacity. In a tweet, the TMC said the comments made by Mahua Moitra and her views expressed on Goddess Kali have been made in her personal capacity "and are NOT ENDORSED BY THE PARTY in ANY MANNER OR FORM". "All India Trinamool Congress strongly condemns such comments," the party tweeted. Moitra's remarks came after a controversy erupted over a poster of filmmaker Leena Manimekalai's documentary 'Kaali'. The poster of the film depicted a woman dressed in a costume portraying the goddess and smoking. A flag of the LGBT community is seen in the background. Meanwhile, Congress MP Abhishek Singhvi said that people must be careful when they play with the emotions of people which are reflected in such symbols, culture and faith. "We won't like to comment on other parties, but I believe that balance must be maintained in symbols and essence of our faith. Heart and spirit of our culture cannot be trivialised by anybody anywhere be it elsewhere, abroad or here," he said. Meanwhile, Siliguri BJP MLA Shankar Ghosh from Siliguri lodged a complaint against TMC MP Mahua Moitra at Siliguri Police Station for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments. Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari said, "All of us including Sanatan people will take out a rally in Krishna Nagar against her (Mahua Moitra's) filthy comments... If no action is taken, next week we will approach court for police inaction.TMC is an anti-Hindu party, does appeasement politics, and supports Rohingyas."

Unique stall in Chennai serves tea in coconut shells

Chennai: Meet Dhinakaran, a tea shop owner in Chennai. Dhinakaran has set up a unique eco-friendly tea stall on Chennai’s famous Marina beach. The unique stall serves beverages in cups made of coconut shells. With this unique idea, his shop became an instant hit in the area.

Other Muslims are Assamese too: Himanta Sarma on recognition of indigenous Muslim Communities

Guwahati (Assam) : A day after the Assam cabinet approved the identification of five Assamese Muslim sub-groups, Gorias, Moriyas, Jolhas, Deshis and Syeds as indigenous Assamese Muslim communities, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that other Muslims are Assamese too and shouldn't worry. In a conversation with ANI today, Assam chief minister said, "Khilonjia Muslims have lived for 100 yrs in Assam. They were concerned about losing their indigenous identity after migrated Muslims came to the state." "That is why we declared them as indigenous Assamese Muslims. Other Muslims are Assamese too and shouldn't worry," Assam Chief Minister Sarma said. Five Muslim communities in Assam will soon be offered the status of "indigenous communities" to protect their identity against the large Bengali-speaking Muslim population. The BJP-led government, in its cabinet meeting on Tuesday evening, approved the proposal to offer "indigenous community" status to Goria, Moria, Deshi, Jolah tea tribe and Sayeed communities, in view of their long demand for the same. "At our weekly Assam Cabinet, we took several decisions pertaining to the scrapping of old vehicles, identification of 5 indigenous Muslim groups, exempting ex-servicemen & their widows from paying property tax, boosting renewable energy, and improving data access, etc," Sarma tweeted. The move came days after the BJP-led government decided to offer identity cards to six religious minority communities, Muslims (except the indigenous Muslims), Christians, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs and Parsis. The government said the identity cards would be given for their "identification" and to allow them to get benefits under the schemes meant for the welfare of the minorities. Interestingly, the state government is yet to finalise who forms the indigenous Assamese community.

NDA Presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu meets Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in Patna

Patna (Bihar): NDA's Presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu on July 05 met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna. She also met other leaders of various political parties to seek their support for her candidature. National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu and opposition nominee Yashwant Sinha are the only two contesting candidates for election to the Office of the President after the last date for the withdrawal of candidature ended on July 02. Voting for the Presidential election will be held on July 18, while the counting of votes will take place on July 21.

Goddess Kali remarks row: No one's faith should be hurt at any cost, says Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) : After a row over filmmaker Leena Manimekalai's documentary poster 'Kaali', which depicts Goddess Kali in a derogatory manner, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday said that "Bharatiya Janata Party believe in respecting all religions and no one should indulge in hurting the sentiments of people belonging to other faiths. Addressing a public gathering in Sironj village of Vidisha district today, the Chief Minister said, "We are not against anyone's sentiments towards any religion. Nobody should feel hurt. Just now, I got to know that our Goddess Kali was insulted by a filmmaker. You must have seen it today. The FIR has been filed in Madhya Pradesh." "We will not tolerate any insult of our Goddess Kali. No one's faith should be hurt at any cost. We are against goons, dabangs and mafias," said Chouhan. A poster for a documentary by filmmaker Leena Manimekalai has sparked strong reactions on social media over the way it shows Goddess Kali. The filmmaker has been accused in a police complaint of hurting religious sentiments. Leena Manimekalai, who was born in Tamil Nadu's Madurai and is based in Toronto, had shared the poster of her film on Saturday. The poster shows a woman dressed like Goddess Kali and smoking. A flag of the LGBT community is seen in the background. Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy on Wednesday condemned the filmmaker as well. "As far as TMC is concerned, the party doesn't approve the poster for the film 'Kaali', it's unacceptable to us. We also don't approve of Mahua Moitra's statements on the matter. It's our party's official position. Our party is secular, it respects all religions," said TMC MP Saugata Roy. He said, "As far as FIRs are concerned, it's on Mahua Moitra to take care of that... Until BJP takes action on Nupur Sharma for her comments against Prophet, they have no right to speak about anything else." Mahua Moitra has been booked for allegedly hurting religious sentiments after her comment on Goddess Kali stirred a controversy. An FIR has been registered in Bhopal against Moitra under section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for hurting religious sentiments. Reacting to the complaints against her by the BJP leaders, the TMC MP said: "Bring it on BJP! Am a Kali worshipper. I am not afraid of anything. Not your ignoramuses. Not your goons. Not your police. And most certainly not your trolls. Truth doesn't need back up forces." Soon after she made those remarks on Kali, the TMC distanced itself saying the comments were made in her personal capacity. In a tweet, the TMC said the comments made by Mahua Moitra and her views expressed on Goddess Kali have been made in her personal capacity "and are NOT ENDORSED BY THE PARTY in ANY MANNER OR FORM". "All India Trinamool Congress strongly condemns such comments," the party tweeted. Moitra's remarks came after a controversy erupted over a poster of filmmaker Leena Manimekalai's documentary 'Kaali'. The poster of the film depicted a woman dressed in a costume portraying the goddess and smoking. A flag of the LGBT community is seen in the background.

We have not done anything illegal: Maharashtra CM Shinde

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, whose BJP-backed government is facing attacks and legal challenges from a faction led by Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray, has said that ‘they are not doing anything illegal’ and have followed all constitutional steps for the formation of a new government in the state. “We are not doing anything illegal. In this country, there are rules, laws, and the constitution and we have to work according to them. Today, we have more than a two-thirds majority that’s why the decision we took is legal and valid. The Speaker also recognised us. The court has pulled up those who approached the court against us,” he said.

Kejriwal govt launches 'Mission Kushal Karmi' to hone skills of construction workers

New Delhi : Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday launched 'Mission Kushal Karmi' to upgrade the skills of construction workers. The Delhi government launched this programme with the help of Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) and Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, as per an official press release. While interacting with the construction workers on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, ''This skill development programme by DSEU, along with Simplex, NAREDCO and India Vision Foundation to make construction workers skilled, is very special. Under this 15 days special training programme, workers will undergo upskilling which will boost their incomes in future.'' ''This will help in increasing the income of workers up to Rs 8,000. The government aims to train 2 lakh workers in a year under this programme. Construction companies will also benefit from these skilled workers,'' he added. Manish Sisodia also said that to compensate for the loss of wages during the training, all the construction workers will be provided with an amount of Rs 4,200 each. He said that people are bound to pay a fee to learn something, but CM Arvind Kejriwal's government is giving money to construction workers to learn new skills. ''It usually happens that people have to go to some institute to take training, but this is the first time in the country that a university will provide training to workers at their place of work,'' Sisodia concluded. MLA from Kalkaji, Atishi, was also present there. She said, 'Through this programme, we will work to train those construction workers who are the builders of our city. With the help of this programme, construction workers will be able to add something new to their existing skills which will help them add to their incomes.''Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University is running training centres at 3 places currently and more centres will be added in the coming days. Excellent training areas have also been made for the workers at all these centres. The objective of the programme is to provide on-the-job skill development training to over 2 lakh registered construction workers in industry demand-driven job roles in the construction sector in a year. Under the programme, workers will be trained for 120 hours (15 days) at their workplaces. Benefits to Workers from Mission Kushal Karmi: - Wage loss compensation of Rs. 4,200 (Rs 35 per hour of training) to each construction worker after completion of this training. - Improvement in income ranging upto 8,000 per month after completion of training to construction workers. - Increase in productivity of workers by 40 per cent, increase quality of product produced by 25 per cent and wastage of materials decreases by 50 per cent. - Improvement in domain skills and soft skills thereby making the worker more proficient and confident. - Improvement in the understanding of standard safety norms thereby increasing the longevity of work and social security.

‘Rickshaw has left Mercedes behind’: CM Eknath Shinde takes jibe at Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: Hitting out at Uddhav Thackeray for his jibe at him, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on July 06 referred to his past in which he drove an autorickshaw and said “autorickshaw has left Mercedes behind”. In an exclusive interview with media, Shinde said the government led by him is for common people and is committed to giving justice to all sections of society. He said the government will work in a way that everyone will feel it is their government.“(Auto) rickshaw has left the Mercedes behind because this government is for common people, this is a government to give justice to every section. We will perform in a way that every constituent, everyone feels it is my government, it will work for me. This will be the difference,” Shinde said.

Rajasthan CM appoints Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal's sons in govt service

Jaipur (Rajasthan) : Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday appointed the sons of tailor Kanhaiyalal Teli,- who was beheaded on June 28 for supporting sacked BJP leader Nupur Sharma, in the government service. "The cabinet has decided to appoint Yash Teli and Tarun Teli--the sons of Kanhaiya Lal Teli who died in terrorist incident of Udaipur-- in the government service," the chief minister informed in a tweet. (Tweet roughly translated from Hindi) According to the CM Gehlot, they have been given relaxation in the rules of appointment under Rule 6C of Rajasthan Subordinate Office Clerk Service (Amendment) Rules, 2008 and 2009. "Relaxation has been given in the rules for the appointment. This appointment will be provided under Rule 6C of Rajasthan Subordinate Office Clerk Service (Amendment) Rules, 2008 and 2009," he said in another tweet. The state government took the decision to help the family as Kanhaiyalal was the sole bread earner of the family. The brutal killing took place on June 28 (Tuesday) between 3 pm and 3.30 pm, and the information was received at National Investigation Agency (NIA) through an order issued by the MHA's Counter-Terrorism and Counter Radicalization Division (CTCR) on June 29. Earlier the case was registered at Dhanmandi police station in Udaipur district under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 16, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act relating to the murder of Kanhaiyya by two assailants armed with sharp weapons at his shop "Suprim Tailor". Followed by MHA's order, the NIA, in accordance with the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008, took up the investigation of the case and the Central agency's Superintendent of Police Ravi Choudhary, an IPS officer, was directed to take up the investigation of the case as the Chief Investigation Officer. NIA re-registered the case under sections 452, 302, 153(A), 153(B), 295(A) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 16, 18 and 20 of UA(P)A, 1967 against the accused who have conspired, planned and committed the heinous murder of Kanhaiya Lal Teli. The two accused Riyaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad were taken into custody during the investigation of the case. As per the agency, the accused, both residents of Udaipur, are being questioned at NIA's Jaipur office. NIA's six to 10-member team under the supervision of an Inspector General and a Deputy Inspector General rank officer is probing the matter. Soon after committing the crime, the two accused posted a video on social media boasting about the "beheading" and threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi's life as well. The victim was killed as he reportedly had recently shared a social media post in support of Nupur Sharma-- former BJP leader who had made controversial remarks against Prophet Mohammad.

PM Modi pays floral tribute to Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 06 paid floral tribute to Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee in the Central Hall of the Parliament on his birth anniversary. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Minister Piyush Goyal also paid their respects on the occasion.

Hotels cannot forcibly collect service charges from customers: Food & Consumer Affairs

New Delhi: After the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) issued guidelines for preventing unfair trade practices and violation of consumer rights with regard to levying of service charges in hotels and restaurants, Additional Secretary in the Government of India (Food and Consumer Affairs) on Wednesday clarified that hotels cannot forcibly collect service charges from customers. "Charging service charges from customers will now cost the hotel and restaurant owners. If a customer wants to pay a service charge of his own free will, then it is a different matter but hotel owners cannot forcibly collect service charges from customers," Additional Secretary in the Government of India (Consumer Affairs), Nidhi Khare told media. She also informed that the authorities have launched a helpline number '1915' for the consumers. "If a customer is a victim of extortion, then the National Consumer Protection Authority has issued a helpline number for such customers for complaints, which will be the helpline number 1915," she added. Khare found it surprising and called it double charges on customers. "Service charge is added to whatever food is served and then GST tax is levied on the total amount which is a double whammy on the customers," she noted. The guidelines issued by CCPA on Monday stipulate that hotels or restaurants shall not add service charges automatically or by default to the food bill. No collection of service charge shall be done by any other name. No hotel or restaurant shall force a consumer to pay a service charge and shall clearly inform the consumer that the service charge is voluntary, optional and at the consumer's discretion. No restriction on entry or provision of services based on a collection of service charges shall be imposed on consumers. The service charge shall not be collected by adding it along with the food bill and levying GST on the total amount. The guidelines can be accessed by clicking on the link.

Tibetan government in-exile celebrates 87th birthday of 14th Dalai Lama

Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh): Tibetans across the world are celebrating the 87th birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama on July 06. Hollywood actor Richard Gere also participated in celebrations organised by Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) of Tibetan government in-exile at the main Buddhist temple in Tsuglagkhang. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also joined the program virtually.

Vivo India directors Zhengshen Ou and Zhang Jie leave country as ED intensifies money laundering probe: Sources

New Delhi: Vivo India directors Zhengshen Ou and Zhang Jie left the country as the Enforcement Directorate intensified its inquiry into the money laundering case against the Chinese firm, said sources. The information comes a day after the agency carried out searches at 40 locations in connection with the case. The federal agency on Tuesday conducted searches at 40 locations in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and some southern states in connection with a case linked to Vivo Mobile Communications and some other Chinese firms. The case is already being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). IT department, as well as the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, is also keeping a close eye on the Chinese manufacturing firms. The ED raid is an extension of the probe against Chinese firms. The ED conducted these searches with respect to violations of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Sources said that local units of Vivo Mobile Communications are under the radar for alleged financial improprieties as part of an investigation into other China-based firms. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs is learnt to have a special focus on potential violations including fraud. In the case of Vivo, an inquiry was sought in April this year to detect if there were "significant irregularities in ownership and financial reporting". Further investigations are underway.

Delhi CM Kejriwal announces 30-day Mega Shopping Festival from Jan-Feb 2023

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on July 06 announced a 30-day Mega Shopping Festival in the national capital which will be organised from January 28 to February 26 in 2023. “A 30-day Delhi Shopping Festival will be organised from January 28 to February 26 (in 2023). This will be the biggest shopping festival in India. We are starting it now. I expect that in a few years, we will make it the biggest shopping festival in the world,” he said. “People will be invited from across the country as well as the world to experience Delhi and its culture. This will be an unparalleled shopping experience. Heavy discounts will be offered. Entire Delhi will be decorated. Exhibitions will also be organised,” he added. “Through this Festival, Delhi’s economy will receive a major boost. It’ll be a huge opportunity for Delhi’s businessmen, an opportunity for them to increase their business. It’ll be a huge opportunity to present Delhi on an international level. It’ll generate thousands of jobs,” he added.


Ranveer calls Alia 'dost ke naam pe kalank' in Koffee with Karan promo

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : 'Koffee With Karan' is back and guess who are going to be appearing on the first episode of the brand new season? Our very own 'Rocky aur Rani' - Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt! Karan Johar just dropped the first look of the first episode and it's all things fun and fiery. The promo gives a glimpse of the unfiltered conversations and quirky moments that took place on the tan-brown couch, making the audience wait for more. In the video, Alia can be seen bursting myths about 'suhagraat'. Karan also introduced a new segment of the show 'Koffee Bingo' and Ranveer is also seen staging a walkout after a snarky comment made by Alia. Later, Ranveer also calls Alia a 'Kalank' on friendship after which the latter burst out laughing. At one point, Ranveer is also heard saying that he has different sex playlists, leaving Karan Johar and Alia Bhatt stunned and amused. The promo hints that the first episode will be fun and entertaining and looks like a laugh riot. Karan is seen being his candid self, enquiring about a lot of 'conjectures'. Alia looked chic in a cute pink floral dress that has a plunging neckline. She also flaunted her 'big solitaire' engagement ring. Known to sport a no-makeup-makeup look, Alia once again opted for a dewy look to go with the outfit this time. She left her hair loose and kept the accessories to a bare minimum.Ranveer, on the other hand, chose yet another fun outfit for the show. Ranveer wore a black and white star-printed suit and layered it over a hot pink shirt. He completed the look with a pair of cool oversized black sunglasses and solid black shoes. Apart from Alia and Ranveer, some prominent names that are going to add some fire to this season are Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Vijay Devarkonda, Samantha Prabhu, Shahid Kapoor, and Kiara Advani. The first episode will stream on Disney + Hotstar on July 7.

J-K: Online registration opens for appointment of 'Agniveers' into Indian Army

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir): Online registration for recruitment into Army as Agniveers under the Centre's Agnipath Scheme' began here on July 5, 2022, informed PRO, Defence, Srinagar. The recruitment rally by Army Recruiting Office, Srinagar, will be conducted from September 17 to September 30 at Haiderbeig, Pattan, UT of J-K. The recruitment rally will be for recruitment as Agniveers under Agnipath Scheme. "Agnipath Recruitment Scheme - Jammu And Kashmir & Ladakh Registration for Agniveer - 05 Jul-03 Aug. Recruitment rally at Haiderbeig, Pattan from 17 to 30 Sep 2022," PRO Defence, Srinagar said in a tweet. All eligible unmarried male candidates born between October 1, 1999, to April 1, 2005 (both dates inclusive) with requisite educational qualifications from UT of J-K belonging to Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Pulwama, Badgam, Kupwara, Shopian, Ganderbal, Bandipora and Kulgam districts and UT of Ladakh belonging to Leh and Kargil districts can apply for enrolment under categories of Agniveer General Duty, Agniveer Technical, Agniveer Clerk/Store Keeper Technical and Agniveer Tradesmen. Registration is open online at the website with effect from July 5 to August 3, 2022. Candidates are advised to register online at the earliest, said PRO, Defence, Srinagar. Army Recruiting Office, Srinagar has advised that recruitment is a free service and selection is fair and purely based on merit, added PRO Defence.

Eradication of Gangsterism, drugs from Punjab is top priority: DGP Gaurav Yadav

SAS Nagar (Punjab) : The newly appointed DGP of Punjab Police Gaurav Yadav on Tuesday conducted surprise checks at Mataur Police Station and Phase 8 Police Station of Mohali and said the eradication of drugs and gangsterism is the priority of the state Police Force. Gurpreet Singh Bhullar DIG Rupnagar Range and Vivek Sheel Soni SSP SAS Nagar were present at the occasion, said a statement by the District Public Relations Officer, SAS Nagar. DGP Gaurav Yadav inspected the Malkhans, barracks and canteens of Mataur Police Station and Phase 8 Police Station and inquired about the facilities being provided by the police administration.Highlighting the motive of his surprise check, the DGP said that he was trying to personally go to the police stations to check the working of the police force and see if there was any shortcoming which could be rectified. He said, "It is the priority of the Punjab Police Force to take strong action against drugs and gangsterism and to eradicate them from Punjab thus providing better law and order to the people of Punjab." It would be the agenda of the Punjab Police to improve the basic policing of the Punjab Police and to improve the relations of the police with the general public, he added.

50-60 people were after son’s life, Punjab govt withdrew security untimely: Sidhu Moosewala’s father

Mansa (Punjab): Congress politician and late singer Sidhu Moose Wala’s father Balkaur Singh on July 05 made his first public appearance after son’s murder. Balkaur Singh alleged that Aam Aadmi Party-run Punjab government left no stones unturned in contributing to Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder by withdrawing his security and publicising it. “50-60 people were after him to kill him. Efforts were made at least 8 more times during the elections to kill him. Government too left no stone unturned, withdrew his security, publicised it,” he said.

Eknath Shinde backstabbed me, says Uddhav

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Days after he resigned as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said Eknath Shinde, who led the rebellion with party MLAs to bring down Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, backstabbed him. Addressing Shiv Sena workers here, Thackeray said that he gave Shinde the responsibility of the party. "Shinde to whom I have given the responsibility of the party backstabbed me, while NCP and Congress remained with us. It is painful to see that those (MLAs and ministers) who won due to Sena workers and got everything has left him," Thackeray told media persons here.Earlier in June this year, Eknath Shinde led a group of Sena MLAs against the MVA government, resulting in it losing its majority in the Maharashtra assembly. This also led Shiv Sena chief Thackeray to step down as CM ahead of a floor test. The new Eknath Shinde-led government in Maharashtra won the floor test on Monday by a 164-99 margin, proving his government's majority and cementing his position as chief minister of the state and the leader of the Shiv Sena. 164 votes were polled in favour of Shinde, while 99 votes were polled against the newly formed BJP-Shinde camp coalition. The trust vote comes a day after BJP's Rahul Narwekar was elected the Assembly Speaker. On Sunday Narwekar reinstated Shinde as the Shiv Sena's legislative party leader and also recognized the appointment of Gogawale as the chief whip of the Shiv Sena. After the Maharashtra government won the trust vote in the state Assembly, Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde faction on Monday gave a petition to Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar for the suspension of 16 MLAs of the party belonging to Uddhav Thackeray's camp for violation of whip. The Speaker's office confirmed that 16 MLAs will be issued notice for suspension. Gogawale had also issued a whip to the party MLAs to remain present in the Vidhan Sabha for the floor test.

India bans single-use plastic items, what are the alternatives?

New Delhi: Centre imposed blanket ban on single-use plastic in order to combat air pollution in India. PM Modi gave a clarion call to phase out single-use plastic by 2022. Earlier, the Govt banned plastic bags having a thickness less than 75 microns from Sept 30, 2021. Now, bags with a thickness less than 120 microns will be banned from Dec 31, 2022. Govt will set up a control room to monitor illegal usage of banned single-use plastic items.

ICMR- VCRC develops bacteria-infected mosquitoes to control dengue strains

Pondicherry (Puducherry): With an aim to control dengue strains, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Vector Control Research Centre (VCRC) developed two mosquito colonies infected with bacteria for dengue control. The ICMR-Vector Control Research Centre in Puducherry developed two colonies of Aedes aegypti, infected with wMel and wAlbB Wolbachia strains called Ae. aegypti (Pud) for decreasing the spread of the viral disease. The VCRC had been working for the last four years on Wolbachia mosquitoes which is a microscopic organism. " It is actually an endosymbiont. We call it endo means inside and biont means give and take relationship. What does it do in the sitting in every cell of mosquito, it actually makes it a home and then all Wolbachia here can effectively control the viruses, like dengue virus" said Director, ICMR-VCRC, Dr Ashwani Kumar. Around ten thousand eggs containing two strains wMel and wAlbB were brought for the research from Monash University and cleared by the Indian government. "These Wolbachia eggs we hatch the mosquitoes and then we back cross them with the local strain of Puducherry Aedes aegypti and now we have created that mosquitoes of Puducherry having Wolbachia . After backcrossing now we have stable lines of Wolbachia carrying these mosquitoes." Dr Ashwani explained. These mosquitoes have been found fit for replacing both dengue and chikungunya viruses, Dr Ashwani further said, "We have done their fitness studies, we have done their virus challenge studies and we have found that in need they can bring down substantially copy number of these viruses of both dengue and chikungunya viruses." The expert cited good potential in the technology and informed that the study started four years ago and has been completed now but government approvals were still pending. The actual project may need numerous government approvals as 'mosquitoes are to be released every week in the local areas'. "There can be sensitivities about the release of mosquitoes because every week releases the mosquitoes in the local area in order to replace the local population with the wall Wolbachia carrying mosquitoes. So, you have to prepare communities, political leaders, society as a whole in accepting that the mosquitoes are being released," he informed. "It's like mosquitoes are replacing the mosquitoes," He added as the female mosquitoes will mate with the local males and when the next generation will be produced, it will have the Wolbachia in it. And slowly, steadily the local population will be replaced. "We have the eggs and mosquitoes in the laboratory and whenever it's required then we will release these mosquitoes," he concluded.

Meenakashi Lekhi participates in Liberation Day of Rwanda in Delhi

Delhi: Union Minister Meenakashi Lekhi on July 04 participated in the celebrations of Liberation Day of Rwanda. It was organised by the High Commission of Rwanda in Delhi. “Every time India provided any kind of assistance to Rwanda, there was no motive behind it. It's a true friendship,” she said.

Maharashtra: Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale wants party to support NDA nominee Draupadi Murmu in Prez polls

New Delhi : Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale on Tuesday made a strong pitch for supporting the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance's candidate Droupadi Murmu in the upcoming Presidential election. Shewale, in a letter handed over to the former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, said Murmu is a capable and authoritative woman and the party should support her in the Presidential election. "As a capable and authoritative woman in the tribal community, I have made a written request to party chief Uddhav Thackeray that the Shiv Sena should support the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance candidate Droupadi Murmu," he tweeted today and attached a letter along with it. Shewale lauded Murmu's social and successful political career and recalled that party supremo Balasaheb Thackeray had expressed his support to United Progressive Alliance nominee Pratibha Patil in the Presidential election. "The Shiv Sena had also supported late former President Pranab Mukherjee while respecting his achievements. In keeping with this tradition, Shiv Sena should support Draupadi Murmu and give directives to all party MPs to honour a woman from the tribal community," he wrote. On June 9, the Election Commission announced July 18 as the date of the 16th Presidential Election for electing the next President of India. "The ECI has fixed the schedule for the election of the office of the President of India. The notification for the election will be issued on June 15, the last date for nomination is scheduled for June 29, while the polls are to be held on July 18. The counting of the votes, if needed, shall be done on July 21," Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar had said at a press conference in New Delhi. The tenure of President Ram Nath Kovind will come to an end on July 24, 2022, and as per Article 62 of the Constitution, an election to fill the vacancy caused by the expiration of the term of office is required to be completed before the term ends. Meanwhile, the NDA Presidential Candidate Draupadi Murmu will be visiting Karnataka on July 10 to seek support from legislators. The BJP Vice President and incharge of Pondicherry, Nirmal Kumar Surana informed this in Bengaluru today. The Presidential election will be held on July 18 and the Opposition parties have fielded senior politician Yashwant Sinha as their candidate.

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde visits BMC Disaster Management Room in Mumbai

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on July 05 visited BMC Disaster Management Room and took stock of the situation following heavy rainfall in Mumbai.


Shiv Sena calls Eknath Shinde's trust vote victory 'stolen majority'

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : A day after Eknath Shinde won the Vote of Confidence in the Maharashtra Assembly, Shiv Sena on Tuesday termed the victory as "stolen majority" and said that it was "not the belief of the people" of the state. The party also took a jibe at Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asking who was the person who stopped him from taking oath as a Chief Minister. "At the time of floor test, the BJP-backed Shinde group was supported by 164 MLAs and 99 voted against it. Some MLAs of Congress, NCP were absent at the time of the majority test. It is surprising that senior ministers like Ashok Chavan and Vijay Wadettiwar could not reach the assembly. Devendra Fadnavis has thanked the invisible forces that made the majority test successful. He gave a speech on how strong, great leader Shinde is, but who is the invisible force stopping Fadnavis from taking oath as the chief minister?" Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna said in its editorial on Tuesday. "This question stands before Maharashtra. BJP and Shinde faction got the vote of confidence passed in the assembly, this is a stolen majority. This is not the belief of 11 crore people of Maharashtra," it added. The mouthpiece further said Fadnavis' remarks on his return were funny and cautioned that he "should not forget that Eknath Shinde is the Chief Minister"."I came again and brought others along, Devendra Fadnavis made such a statement on this occasion, which is funny. The way he came, it must not have been in their dreams. He should not forget that Eknath Shinde is the Chief Minister. There is a change of power in Maharashtra, in which the love of principles, morals and ideas is also not visible," it said. Saamna also hit out at MLA Santosh Bangar who jumped ship from the Uddhav Thackeray side to the Eknath Shinde faction ahead of the trust vote, and said, "The BJP-backed Shinde faction government has won the majority test in the assembly. MLA Santosh Bangar stood in favour of Shiv Sena till the election for the post of Speaker of the Assembly and what happened in the 24 hours that he joined the vamp of the 'loyal' Shinde faction at the time of the vote of confidence?" The new Eknath Shinde-led government in Maharashtra won the floor test on Monday by a 164-99 margin, proving his government's majority and cementing his position as chief minister of the state and the leader of the Shiv Sena. 164 votes were polled in favour of Shinde, while 99 votes were polled against the newly formed BJP-Shinde camp coalition. Shiv Sena MLA from Shetkari Kamgar Paksh of Uddhav Thackeray faction Shyamsundar Shinde also voted in favour of Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde in the trust vote. He did not join the Shinde faction but voted in their favour. The trust vote comes a day after BJP's Rahul Narwekar was elected the Assembly Speaker. On Sunday Narwekar reinstated Shinde as the Shiv Sena's legislative party leader and also recognised the appointment of Gogawale as the chief whip of the Shiv Sena. A total of three members abstained from voting.

UP: Delhi Police brings Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair to Sitapur

Sitapur (UP): Delhi Police brought Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair to Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh on July 04. Mohammed Zubair was booked for allegedly inflaming religious sentiments through his tweet on Mahant Bajrang Muni, Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati and Swami Anand Swaroop. Delhi Court previously on July 02 rejected his bail plea. The Court sent Mohd Zubair to 14-day judicial custody.

FIRs filed in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi against 'Kaali' filmmaker

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)/New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Police has lodged an FIR against director Leena Manimekalai for deliberately hurting religious sentiments by tweeting a poster of her new documentary film 'Kaali', where a woman dressed as the Goddess is shown smoking a cigarette. An FIR was registered on July 4 at Hazratganj Police Station on charges of criminal conspiracy, offence in the place of worship, deliberately hurting religious sentiments and intention to provoke breach of peace against the filmmaker. The FIR has been lodged under Sections, 120-B, 153-B, 295, 295-A, 298, 504, 505(1)(b), 505(2), 66 and 67 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Delhi Police IFSO unit has filed the FIR under IPC sections 153A and 295A. Earlier, a lawyer from Delhi, Vineet Jindal, registered a complaint against the filmmaker over the controversial poster, demanding a ban on the objectionable photo and the clip from the documentary showcased at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada. According to Jindal, a woman dressed as Goddess Kaali smoking a cigarette, is "hurting the sentiments and beliefs of the Hindu community." Gau Mahasabha Member Ajay Gautam has also filed a complaint against Leena. The poster of the documentary, shared on social media by the Madurai-born filmmaker depicts a woman dressed in a costume portraying the goddess and smoking a cigarette. A flag of the LGBT community is seen in the background. There was an uproar on social media for hurting religious sentiments with the depiction of Goddess Kaali. After facing flak over her poster, Leena took to Twitter and defended herself and urged people to choose "love over hate." Amid the negative feedback, she tweeted, "The film revolves around the events that take place one evening, when Kali appears and strolls the streets of Toronto. If you see the picture, don't put the hashtag "arrest Leena manimekalai" and put the hashtag 'love you Leena manimekalai. Meanwhile, Indian High Commission on Monday urged Canadian authorities to withdraw the disrespectful depiction of Hindu Gods showcased as part of the 'Under the Tent' project at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto. "We urge the Canadian authorities and the event organizers to withdraw all such provocative material," read Indian High Commission in Canada press release.

Kullu bus mishap: HP CM Jairam Thakur visits accident site

Kullu (Himachal Pradesh): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on July 04 visited bus accident site in Kullu. As many as 12 people died and several others were injured after a bus rolled off a cliff in Kullu on July 04.

Arjun Kapoor says it's validating to see outpouring of love for my transformation in 'Ek Villain 2'

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Actor Arjun Kapoor is quite overwhelmed after receiving abundant praise for his performance in 'Ek Villain 2' trailer. "It is really heartening to see so many people from the industry come out to support me. It is hugely motivating because they have all seen what I have been through and the amount of hard work I had to put in to reach where I have reached today. I'm still work in progress and I feel blessed to be a part of the industry that has held my hands when the going was tough emotionally," he said. He added, "Our industry is like a family and it is hugely validating for me to see the outpouring of love for my transformation in Ek Villain 2 trailer. I wish to keep doing good work so that the industry keeps feeling proud of me." Arjun also thanked his trollers for motivating him to do better. "I'm thrilled with the love that I have got for Ek Villain 2 trailer. Honestly, it has been a long road for me to ensure that I achieve a transformation that I'm proud of. It has been a real struggle because of my health issues but I thank everyone for their encouragement. I'm proud of myself for staying put, for putting in the long hours at the gym, for eating right every day and for having the mental strength to put my health as a priority," he shared. "It has not been easy but the journey seems sweeter today after seeing all the lovely reactions. I understand that everyone criticised me at one time. They didn't know what I was going through. I didn't reveal too. But their feedback motivated me to bounce back. So, to everyone who trolled me, who criticised me, who hated me, I say thank you. The energy you gave me, I used it to transform myself. I will always be a work in progress and I'm proud that I will keep at it and keep coming back for more," Arjun added. Helmed by Mohit Suri and jointly produced by T-Series and Balaji Telefilms, 'Ek Villain Returns' is the sequel to the 2014 hit film, Ek Villain, which starred Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh. The new version also stars John Abraham, Tara Sutaria and Disha Patani.

Money not everything in politics: Sanjay Raut to Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction

New Delhi : Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Monday slammed the rebel MLAs who left the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction and joined the Eknath Shinde faction saying "money is not everything in politics and public life." "Whenever there is a crisis, we work harder. Crisis gives an opportunity to the party to prove its stand, and we will do it. There is nothing to worry about for us. It is a matter of concern for those who have left. Money is not everything, in politics and in public life. and how will you again come to power without the support of the Shiv Sena cadre," said Raut in an exclusive interview with ANI. "We always trusted our people and party and believe that these are our people and will remain with us. They have been sitting with us for so many years and are associated with the party,' Raut added. Further speaking on the trust factor following the split in Shiv Sena, he said, "Trust is a big thing for us in politics, but now our faith is broken but our mind is not broken, till now our courage and spirit is there with us. You can see it on my face. We have never been around power, we have always gone to people and party cadres elected people. It is not a difficult task for us," said Raut. "Party won't weaken, our oxygen isn't power. We aren't strong because we are in power, we are strong & that's why we are in power. People come and go. They opted to join our party & left due to outside forces. We'll go to villages, will find other workers, " the Shiv Sena leader added. "Millions of Shiv Sainiks provide us strength. MLAs and MPs have never been our strength. Some people have gone. They will discover their faith soon. The party will work and will bring back the MLAs and MPs by electing them," he added. "This (BJP & Shinde faction alliance) is a temporary arrangement, they will not be able to go to people. They were lions in Shiv Sena. Even Kasab didn't have so much security but they had when they reached Mumbai. What are you scared of," added Raut. In a major blow to the Uddhav Thackeray faction, the newly-appointed speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly on Sunday night removed Shiv Sena MLA Ajay Chaudhary as the legislative party leader. A letter issued by the office of Speaker Rahul Narvekar reinstated Shinde as the Shiv Sena's legislative party leader and also recognised the appointment of Bharat Gogawale from the Shinde camp as the chief whip of the Sena, removing Sunil Prabhu. Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde won the trust vote by a 164-99 margin, three members abstained from voting.

Sidhu Moose Wala case: Delhi Police special cell apprehends two wanted criminals

New Delhi : In a major development in the Sidhu Moose Wala murder case, the Delhi Police special cell has apprehended the two most wanted criminals of the Lawrence Bishnoi-Goldy Brar Gang. One of the arrested, Ankit was one of the shooters involved in the Sidhu Moose Wala killing and two other heinous cases of attempts to murder in Rajasthan. The other accused Sachin Bhiwani was responsible for harbouring four of the shooters of the Sidhu Moosewala case. Sachin Bhiwani was also wanted in a heinous case of Churu, Rajasthan. Sachin Bhiwani was the main person handling all the operations of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang in Rajasthan, informed the police. The accused were arrested Sunday night. The police recovered one pistol of 9 MM bore along with 10 live cartridges, one pistol of .30 MM bore along with 9 live cartridges, three Punjab police uniforms, two mobile handsets alongwith a dongle and sim card. Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Jawaharke village of Punjab's Mansa district on May 29. The incident took place a day after his security was withdrawn by the Punjab police among 424 others. Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, the mastermind in singer Sidhu Moose Wala's murder case, has been sent to police remand till July 6. Speaking to ANI, Amritsar ACP Palwinder Singh said, "Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi has been sent to police remand till July 6." Bishnoi was produced in the Amritsar court on Tuesday. The Patiala House Court of Delhi on June 14, had allowed Punjab Police to arrest Bishnoi in connection with Singer Sidhu Moose Wala's murder case. The court also allowed the Punjab Police transit application and directed Punjab Police to ensure that the medical examination of the accused Lawrence Bishnoi is conducted as per law/rules before leaving Delhi and also before his production before the concerned Court of CJM, Mansa, Punjab. Punjab Police had earlier told Patiala House Court of Delhi that gangster Bishnoi is an accused in singer Moose Wala's murder case. During the investigation of this case, it was revealed that Lawrence Bishnoi was a key conspirator and his custodial interrogation is necessary. The Supreme Court of India on Monday said that it will hear on July 11, the plea of accused Lawrence Bishnoi's father challenging the transit remand to Punjab Police. Advocate Sangram Singh stated that Lawrence was unable to get any legal assistance in Mansa, Punjab.

LeT terrorist Talib Hussain not a member of BJP, clarifies Ravinder Raina

Hyderabad (Telangana) : Jammu and Kashmir Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Ravinder Raina on Monday said the most wanted Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Talib Hussain who was apprehended from Reasi district on Sunday is neither an "active member of the BJP nor a primary member". Speaking to ANI, Raina said, "Talib Hussain is neither an active member of the BJP nor a primary member. There was a letter circular, on the basis of which it is believed that Sheikh Bashir, who is the President of BJP Minority Front of Jammu and Kashmir had appointed Talib Hussain on May 9." He termed the reports fake which claimed that one of the two most-wanted LeT terrorists, who were overpowered by locals and handed over to the police, was in charge of the party's IT cell. The BJP leader further said after that Hussain had circulated a letter himself and resigned from the membership of the party on May 18. "A couple of years ago, Talib Hussain along with with his three colleagues used to come to the BJP office as a media person. He had also interviewed me many times, he used to call himself a reporter for a YouTube channel named 'New Sehar India'," Raina said. "As a journalist, Hussain clicked photos with us many times in the BJP office. Pakistan terror outfit wanted to target the head office of the BJP of Jammu and Kashmir. It has been done through the targeted medium and carried out such incidents," he said. "It is too soon to say more on this matter as the investigation is going on. Not only the BJP, but all the offices of other political parties need to be more alert now, he added. On Sunday, two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were apprehended by villagers in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district and handed them over to the police. Along with Talib Hussain, another LeT apprehend terrorist was identified as Faizal Ahmed Dar. According to Jammu and Kashmir Police, the terrorists had reached Tukson Dhok village to take shelter after continuous pressure from Police and Army. They have been identified as Talib Hussain of Rajouri and Faisal Ahmed Dar of Pulwama. Police said Talib Hussain was in constant touch with LeT terrorist Qasim based in Pakistan and was involved in at least three cases of IED blasts in Rajouri district besides killings of civilians and grenade blasts. Earlier, while appreciating the effort of the villagers, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha announced a reward of Rs 5 Lakhs for the brave villagers who apprehended the terrorists in the Reasi district. "I salute the bravery of villagers of Tukson Dhok, Reasi, who apprehended two most-wanted terrorists. Such determination by the common man shows the end of terrorism is not far away. UT Govt to extend Rs 5 Lakh cash reward to villagers for the gallant act against terrorists and terrorism," Sinha said.

BJP to launch outreach programme for Pasmanda Muslims

New Delhi : After the BJP national executive meeting which concluded on Sunday in Hyderbad, BJP-led Central government is going to launch a massive outreach programme post the Parliament Monsoon session for the people of certain communities who were not initially BJP voters, the top sources in the party toll to ANI. Uttar Pradesh state president Swatantra Dev Singh while presenting a report on the performance of the BJP in the State on recently concluded bypolls of Azamgarh and Rampur which the party won convincingly, PM Modi made a brief intervention and said the need for the hour is to focus on Pasmanda Muslims and their upliftment.PM Modi on Sunday had also asked his party leaders to undertake "Sneh Yatras" to bridge the differences between the party and people from the deprived sections, especially, the Pasmanda (OBC) Muslims. "People should know that the party is pro-people and pro-development government," PM Modi said during the BJP national executive meeting in Hyderbad. Highlighting that many (political parties) were taken by surprise when the BJP in Uttar Pradesh was able to breach the Yadav Muslim bastion both in Azamgarh as well as Rampur, PM Modi advised workers to focus on new social equations and work towards their upliftment. As per available data, Pasmanda Muslims constituting about 80 per cent of the Muslim community are Dalits as well as OBCs. Danish Ansari is the lone Muslim face from this community in the Yogi Adityanath-led UP government. "The BJP is working out a schedule to launch a campaign so that they can reach out to this community and understand from them about their concerns and also analyse why they choose to vote for the BJP in the recently concluded by-elections even if they have not traditionally been BJP's vote bank," the sources said.

‘He was a good friend of accused Yusuf Khan since 2006’: Brother of Umesh Kolhe

Amravati : After the gruesome murder of Pharmacist Umesh Kolhe in Amravati, his brother Mahesh Kohle on July 03 said that his brother was a good friend of the arrested accused Yusuf Khan since 2006. “Through the Police note, we found out that my brother was murdered over his post on Nupur Sharma. He was good friends with Yusuf Khan (arrested accused), a practicing veterinarian. We knew him since 2006,” he said.

NIA chief holds meeting with Amit Shah on Udaipur, Amravati killings

New Delhi : Days after the Ministry of Home Affairs directed National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take over the probe of the brutal killings in Rajasthan's Udaipur and Maharashtra's Amravati, NIA chief Dinkar Gupta on Monday held a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his office in the national capital. On June 28, a tailor Kanhaiyalal Kumar was beheaded by two men inside his shop in Udaipur in the broad daylight, while a chemist shop owner Umesh Kolhe was killed by several men in Amravati on June 21. In Amravati killing case, a district court in Amravati sent the key accused and Irfan Sheikh, the mastermind in the murder case to police custody till July 7. The accused, identified as Irfan Sheikh, was arrested by Amravati police in Nagpur on Sunday. The six accused have been identified as Mudassir Ahmad (22); Shah Rukh Pathan (25); Abdul Thoufique (24); Shoaib Khan (22); Atib Rashid (22) and Yusufkan Bahadur Khan (44). Investigators so far believe that the chemist was killed allegedly in retaliation for a social media post supporting BJP's Nupur Sharma who had made controversial comments on the Prophet in a television debate. In the Udaipur case, the assailants identified themselves in the video as Riyaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad. In the video, Riyaz was seen attacking 47-year-old Kanhaiya Lal with a sharp-edged weapon while the other, Ghouse, recorded the crime on his mobile phone. The victim reportedly had recently shared a social media post in support of Nupur Sharma-- former BJP leader who had made controversial remarks against Prophet Mohammad. NIA on Thursday said it suspects the role of a "terror gang and not a terror outfit".The anti-terror agency, however, made it clear that there is a role of a bigger gang behind the brutal killing and that it was not just an act done by only two persons, who were arrested by state police after the incident.

Delhi: Man hits 3 persons with iron rod allegedly after their pet barked at him

New Delhi: Three members of a family have been injured by a man who hit them with an iron rod allegedly after their pet dog barked at him in Paschim Vihar on July 03. A complaint has been filed in this regard. Injured persons were under treatment.

Eknath Shinde mentions his children, breaks down during Assembly speech

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday hailed the victory of his faction in the floor test of the Maharashtra Assembly. Speaking in the Assembly today, Shinde said, "I thank Devendra Fadnavis ji for giving me a chance to work as a minister in the previous government... I could work on Samruddhi Mahamarg project. He was to give the Deputy CM post to Shiv Sena also in 2019." "We are Shivsainiks and we will always be Shivsainiks of Balasaheb and Anand Dighe. I want to remind you who was there and who got Balasaheb's voting banned for six years," the Maharashtra Chief Minister said. "Initially, I was supposed to be made the Chief Minister in the MVA government... But later Ajit Dada (Ajit Pawar) or someone said that I should not be made the Chief Minister. I had no problem and I told Uddhav ji to go ahead, and that I was with him. I never eyed that post," Shinde said. Shinde referred to two of his children who had died and got emotional. "They attacked my family...My father is alive, my mother died. I could not give much time to my parents. They would be asleep when I came and would go to work when I slept. I could not give much time to my son Shrikant. My two children died - at the time, Anand Dighe consoled me. I used to think, what is there to live for? I will stay with my family," the Chief Minister said. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday won the crucial floor test in the state Assembly on the last day of the two-day special session of the House. In the 288-member House, 164 MLAs voted for the motion of confidence, while 99 voted against it. Three legislators abstained from voting, while 21 legislators, including Congress's Ashok Chavan and Vijay Wadettiwar, were absent. Sanjay Raut on Monday questioned the legitimacy of the faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and said the Shinde group cannot claim to be the original Sena. Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Raut said these MLAs (of the Shinde group) should ask themselves some questions. They used the party symbol and all benefits that come along with it to win elections and then broke the same party. Raut's statement comes after Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar reinstated Shinde as the Shiv Sena legislature party leader, removing Ajay Chaudhary, just ahead of the Eknath Shinde-led government's floor test today.

Maharashtra: Shiv Sena MLA Santosh Bangar joins CM Shinde’s camp

Mumbai: In an another setback for Shiv Sena, another Shiv Sena MLA of Uddhav Thackeray faction, Santosh Bangar joined hands with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. On July 04, he was seen with Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and MLAs of his faction.


Telangana: Special branch officer caught for clicking pics of BJP's resolution

Hyderabad (Telangana) : A special branch officer of the state intelligence was caught red-handed while clicking photos of documents during the BJP's national executive meeting held in Hyderabad. The said documents were kept on a table when the incident was reported. The documents contained details of the party's resolution and also details on the upcoming meetings at the national executive meeting. BJP leaders including Union Minister G Kishan Reddy confirmed the incident. "There is no secrecy in our party, our party is a democratic party. Our party is not a family party, whoever came was illegal, we don't do the security, it was the police department who gave it when PM comes the Karyakartas are not allowed and police takes over everything," said Reddy.He further stated that the party's crystal in it's being and there's nothing to hide. "Whoever comes we give info, there is nothing to hide. If KCR wants we can give the resolution to him but taking the resolution is wrong from an ongoing meeting. Union Minister Piyush Goyal also reacted to the incident and said that the government believes in transparency. "Our government believes in transparency, we ourselves put everything on the website, so whoever wants to come can come, there is no secret activity, we are working for the welfare of the people," said Goyal. The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national executive meeting moved to its second day on Sunday, the key focus remained on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech and the party's political resolution that is expected to be passed unanimously. The political resolution moved by Home Minister Amit Shah at the Hyderabad National Executive meeting also affirmed that in the next two-three decades India will emerge as a " world leader". The meeting was attended by top brass of the party including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Ministers of 19 states and other BJP senior leaders at Hyderabad International Convention Centre.

BJP chief hits out at KCR govt, says state under Rs 4.5 lakh cr loss

Hyderabad (Telangana) : Bharatiya Janata Party president JP Nadda on Sunday lambasted the KCR-led Telangana government and said that the southern state was in a loss of Rs 4.5 lakh crore. "People are perturbed by the corruption and injustice of the KCR government. The state is in loss of Rs 4.5 lakh crore under him. People gave us a good response in recent elections held at different levels in the state," said Nadda on the second day of the BJP national executive meeting in Hyderabad. He also stressed that the people of Telangana were fed up with the state government's malpractices. "I was in charge of elections here in the assembly elections, I have seen the atmosphere of that time and the environment after that. The way people are fed up with the government of KCR and the malpractices of his government and the way they are trying to crush the opposition parties," he added. Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also gave a clarion call to the people of Telangana to uproot the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government and give a chance to the BJP. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is not concerned for the unemployed youth and only wants to make his son, KT Rama Rao, the CM. Speaking on the final day of the BJP's National Executive Meeting in Hyderabad which began on Saturday, Shah said BJP supported the demand for Telangana and accused the Congress of dividing Andhra Pradesh in a way that caused "everlasting enmity" between two states. "KCR doesn't care about your source of livelihood. He has no concern for the unemployed youth. He just wants to make his son the CM. KCR, the next turn is neither yours nor for your son. The next turn is meant for the BJP," he said. "Since the onset of agitations for Telangana's formation, BJP supported the state's demands. Congress, instead, stood in the way of its formation for years. When they sensed PM Modi's rise in 2014, they divided Andhra Pradesh in a way that caused everlasting enmity between the two states. This enmity, which was ignited by Congress, was further strengthened when KCR got power in the state," the Home Minister said. Shah said that the BJP will fulfill all promises that the TRS did not keep while asking for a chance for the party to run the state.

PM Modi to unveil freedom fighter Alluri's statue in Andhra's Bhimavaram

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday left for Andhra Pradesh's Bhimavaram to attend the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju. Prime Minister will also unveil a 30-feet tall bronze statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju on the ocassion. "Leaving for Bhimavaram to attend a very special programme- the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of the great freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju. Will also unveil a bronze statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju. This will enhance the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations," PM Modi said in a tweet. According to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), at around 11 am, Prime Minister will launch the year-long 125th birth anniversary celebration of legendary freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju in Bhimavaram.Born on July 4, 1897, Alluri Sitarama Raju is remembered for his fight against the British, in order to safeguard the interests of the tribal communities in the Eastern Ghats region. He had led the Rampa rebellion, which was launched in 1922. He is referred to as "Manyam Veerudu" (Hero of the Jungles) by the local people. The government has planned a series of initiatives as part of the year-long celebration. The birthplace of Alluri Sitarama Raju at Pandrangi in Vizianagaram district and Chintapalli Police Station (to mark 100 years of Rampa Rebellion - the attack on this police station marked the beginning of Rampa Rebellion) will be restored. The government has also approved the construction of Alluri Dhyana Mandir at Mogallu with a statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju in Dhyana Mudra, depicting the life story of the freedom fighter through mural paintings and AI-enabled interactive system. Later in the day, will also visit Gandhinagar in Gujarat where he will inaugurate the Digital India Week 2022 in Gandhinagar, whose theme is 'Catalyzing New India's Techade'.

Maharashtra: Bharat Gogawale gives petition to susped 16 MLAs of Uddhav Thackeray faction

Mumbai (Maharashtra) : Chief whip of the Shiv Sena - Eknath Shinde faction- Bharat Gogawale has given a petition to the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker for the suspension of 16 party MLAs of the Uddhav Thackeray faction for violation of whip. The Speaker's office has confirmed that the notice will be issued to 16 MLAs of Shiv Sena. The petition was given after the newly-appointed Speaker appointed Gogawale as the chief whip the Shiv Sena Legislative party leader, removing Sunil Prabhu, who belongs to the Uddhav Thackeray camp. Ahead of today's crucial trust vote of the Eknath Shinde-led BJP government, the Speaker removed Shiv Sena MLA Ajay Chaudhary as the legislative party leader and reinstated Shinde in the position. This comes after Sunday's big win where BJP's Rahul Narvekar was elected as Speaker. The special two-day session of the State Legislative Assembly comes after a high-voltage political drama in the state where a new government led by rebel Shiv Sena MLA Shinde came to power toppling the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) regime. Earlier on Sunday evening, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, along with his faction of Shiv Sena MLAs, held a meeting with Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, BJP MLAs, and other party leaders at a hotel in Mumbai to chalk out a strategy for the floor test. "The Shiv Sena-BJP alliance government is set to face a majority test on Monday, the second day of the special session of the legislature. What exactly will be the strategy of the government was discussed in the meeting held in the presence of all the MLAs today," sources said. Fadnavis claimed that the Shinde government will prove its majority with 166 votes. At present, the BJP has 106 MLAs in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly and Shinde is leading 39 rebel Shiv Sena legislators and some Independents. After the death of a Shiv Sena MLA recently, the current strength of the Assembly is reduced to 287, thus the majority mark is 144. Interestingly, amid the ongoing battle between two Shiv Sena factions led by Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray, both sides issued separate whips to the party MLAs to vote in favour of their respective candidates during the speaker's election on Sunday and later accused each other of violating them.

PM Modi, Shah's decision to make me CM opened eyes of many: Eknath Shinde in Maha Assembly

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Eknath Shinde, while making his first address on the Floor of the Maharashtra Assembly as a Chief Minister on Sunday, said that the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to let him lead the government despite having more members than his side has "opened the eyes of many". He also said that after the collapse of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the state, a "BJP-Shiv Sena government" has taken charge which is based on the beliefs of party founder Balasaheb Thackeray. The remarks of the Chief Minister came soon after BJP candidate Rahul Narwekar was elected as the Speaker of the House with 164 votes in support and 107 against him. "Everyone knows that Devendra Fadnavis had 115 members with him. I had only 50. Still, he, PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah made me CM despite having numbers with them..this decision of the BJP has opened the eyes of many," he said. "Now a BJP-Shiv Sena government has taken charge, based on the beliefs of Balasaheb Thackeray. Till date, we had seen that people change sides from Opposition to the government but this time leaders of government went to the Opposition," Shinde added. The new chief minister who, as a Shiv Sena leader led the revolt against party chief Uddhav Thackeray along with other supporting MLAs, said that it was a "huge thing" for a "common worker" like him to leave the government being a minister. "I myself was a minister, several other ministers too left the Government. This was a huge thing for a common worker like me who was devoted to the ideology of Balasaheb Thackeray and Anand Dighe," he said. Meanwhile, Devendra Fadnavis who was addressing the House for the first time as a Deputy Chief Minister said that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will try to fulfil the aspirations of the state."This government of BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, under the leadership of Eknath Shinde, will try to fulfil all the aspirations of Maharashtra and we hope that you (Speaker) will give a good co-operation for the same," Fadnavis said. Lauding Narwekar for being elected the Speaker of the House, Fadnavis said, "Advocate Rahul Narvekar is the youngest Speaker of the Assembly, not in the Maharashtra state assembly only but all over the country, he is the youngest Speaker. There is no age limit for thoughts and thought processes. Earlier today, Samajwadi Party (SP) abstained from voting against the BJP candidate. Both its MLAs Abu Azmi and Raees Shaikh kept sitting during the head count. Notably, AIMIM also abstained from voting against BJP's Narwekar. A total of three MLAs abstained from voting in the Assembly including AIMIM's Shah Farukh Anwar, SP's two MLAs while one AIMIM MLA was absent from the House. In the two-day special session of the Assembly beginning Sunday, the Shinde-Fadnavis government will have to prove its majority on the Floor of the House on Monday in Vote of Confidence. Notably, Shinde, who led the revolt against Shiv Sena chief and former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, was sworn in as the Chief Minister while former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis who was seen as the front-runner for the top post in the government, was sworn in as Shinde's Deputy. The MVA fielded Shiv Sena MLA Rajan Salvi as a candidate for the Speaker election while BJP MLA Rahul Narwekar was chosen as a candidate for the post of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Speaker. The post of the Speaker went vacant in the Assembly after Congress' Nana Patole resigned from the office in February 2021, to take guard as the party's state unit chief. In the absence of a Speaker, Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal was playing the part of an acting Speaker in the House.

BJP MP asks Ashok Gehlot to get mental treatment after 'nikamma' remark for Shekhawat

New Delhi : Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, Ashok Bajpai hit out at Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for calling Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat 'Nikamma' (useless), saying that the latter should get mental treatment. "I think Ashok Gehlot should get mental treatment. He is quite old and the old-age effect is visible in his conduct about Union Minister Shekhawat who worked for providing tap water on such a large scale in a short time period. Whatever responsibility the government has entrusted, that responsibility has been discharged with great devotion by him," Bajpai told media. He further heaped praises on the Union Minister and said that there will be fewer hardworking people like Shekhawat can be found. "I understand that there will be fewer people in public life as hardworking as Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and yet he is seen as 'Nikamma' then either there is a defect of Ashok Gehlot's vision or there is a need for mental treatment," he added Gehlot on Saturday called Shekhawat "nikamma" and said that he remains "absent-minded" during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meetings. While addressing Congress leaders and workers at a meeting, he said, "We will ask the PM someday why he keeps such a nikamma (useless) minister who remains absent-minded in your meetings."


Ek Villain Returns: First song of film 'Galliyan Returns' to be out soon!

New Delhi : Makers of the upcoming action thriller film 'Ek Villain Returns', on Saturday, dropped the teaser of their first song 'Galliyan Returns' which will be out on July 4. Arjun Kapoor, the lead actor of the film shared the teaser on his Instagram account to which he captioned, "The villains are set to bring back your favorite tune! #GalliyanReturns on 4th July. #EkVillainReturns, in cinemas this Villaintines Day-29th July 2022".Galliyan, the chart-busting number that has remained culturally relevant eight years later too, will be making a comeback in Ek Villain Returns as 'Galliyan Returns'. This will be the very first time in the history of Bollywood that the makers of the song, including director Mohit Suri, singer-composer Ankit Tiwari and lyricist Manoj Muntashir, will be reuniting to recreate the song. In the short teaser, the iconic smiley face from the previous part 'Ek Villain' could be seen on a glass mirror and a slight glimpse of the background score from the new version can be heard. The 'Galliyan' song from the previous part featured Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor and gathered a lot of appreciation from the netizens and now fans are eagerly waiting for the new version of the super-hit song. Meanwhile, the trailer of 'Ek Villain Returns' got a positive response from the audience. The film casts Arjun Kapoor, John Abraham, Tara Sutaria and Disha Patani in the lead roles and is all set to hit the theatres on July 29, 2022. The film is directed by Mohit Suri, who also helmed the previous part, and is jointly produced by T-series and Balaji Telefilms.

Dhanush announces title of his next, says thrilled about 'Captain Miller'

New Delhi : Tamil actor, Dhanush on Saturday announced that his next action thriller is titled 'Captain Miller'. It will showcase the actor in a dacoit avatar. Taking to Instagram, the 'Raanjhana' actor shared a motion poster of his new film and captioned it, "This is going to be very very exciting. Super thrilled about captain Miller".In the motion poster, the 'Atrangi re' actor can be seen with his bikers gang dressed like dacoits with his face covered with a mask and a rifle on his shoulder. Directed by Arun Matheswaran, 'Captain Miller' is a big-budget Tamil action entertainer and marks the first collaboration of the National award-winning actor and the 'Rocky' director. Based on the backdrop of the 1930s and 1940s, the 'Kolaveri Di' singer will essay the role of Captain Miller in the film. The remaining star cast of the film is still to be announced and is slated to release in the summer of 2023 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Madhan Karky who worked for films like the Baahubali franchise, RRR, and Pushpa is penning dialogues for the Tamil version of the movie. Fans swamped the comment section with heart and fire emoticons as they can't wait to see their favourite hero in an action avatar. "EAGERLY WAITING FOR CAPTAIN MILLER" a user commented.Meanwhile, the 'Karnan' actor will be soon making his Hollywood debut with 'The Grey Man' with Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling. The film is slated to release on July 15, 2022, exclusively on Netflix. Arun Mathesawara, on the other hand, last directed 'Saani Kaayidham' which premiered on Amazon Prime Video.

Mani Ratnam's next magnum opus 'Ponniyin Selvan-1' motion poster out

New Delhi : Makers of the upcoming periodic film 'Ponniyin Selvan', on Saturday, unveiled the first motion poster of their next magnum opus project. Taking to Twitter, production house 'Lyca Productions' shared the motion poster of the much-anticipated film and captioned it, "Look out! Brace yourself. Get ready for an adventure. The Cholas are coming! #PS1 #ManiRatnam"The motion poster, read, "The Cholas are coming" and people could be seen holding up the saffron flag in the poster. Directed by Mani Ratnam, 'Ponniyin Selvan' is a pan-India film which casts south actors Vikram, Jayram Ravi, Karthi, Aishwarya Lakshmi and Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead roles. The A.R Rahman musical is all set to hit the theatres on September 30, 2022, in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. 'Ponniyin Selvan' marks the second collaboration of the 'Devdas' actor with south actor Vikram after their critically acclaimed film 'Raavan' in 2010, and the fourth collaboration with director Mani Ratnam after 'Iruvar' in 1997, 'Guru' in 2007 and 'Raavan' in 2010. The big-budgeted periodic film will be released in multiple parts and will showcase the 'Dhoom: 2' actor in a double role. Soon after the motion poster of the film was out, fans flooded the comment section with heart and fire emoticons, as the excitement for Mani Ratnam's next has reached a new extent. "The wait is over" a user commented, followed by heart emoticons.Makers unveiled the first look posters of Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi and Trisha from the film in March 2022.

Keshav Prasad Maurya exudes confidence in BJP's victory in Telangana Assembly polls

Hyderabad (Telangana) : As BJP holds its National Executive meet in Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao's turf Telangana ahead of Assembly elections next year, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has exuded confidence in coming to power in the upcoming polls. The two-day BJP National Executive meeting began on Saturday in the presence of the party's top brass and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking to the media on Saturday, Maurya said, "Today I took blessing of Mata Bhagyalaxmi here at Charminar. I request Telangana people to visit devotional places in Uttar Pradesh. We will come to power in the next Assembly elections in Telangana." Meanwhile, BJP president JP Nadda on Saturday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership in his opening remarks at the party's national executive here and said the government had deftly dealt with various challenges including COVID-19 and the evacuation of Indian students from Ukraine, sources said. In an apparent swipe at the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the BJP chief said "parivarvad is being defeated by vikasvad" under the Modi government. He said dynastic politics is getting rejected by people due to politics of development.Earlier, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday slammed Telangana chief minister KCR for not being present at Hyderabad airport to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his arrival in the city to attend the Bharatiya Janata Party's National Executive meeting. KCR did not receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport yesterday on his arrival in the city. While KCR received the Opposition's presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha at the Begumpet Airport just a couple of hours before PM Modi landed at the same airport. Notably, this is for the third time in six months that CM KCR is skipping the protocol of receiving a visiting Prime Minister. Earlier, he had flown to Bengaluru in May when PM Modi visited the state to attend the 20th annual celebrations at the Indian School of Business (ISB). In February this year, KCR had remained absent during the Prime Minister's visit to Hyderabad. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad today. In the public meeting titled 'Vijay Sankalpa Sabha', Prime Minister is likely to set the tone for the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) preparedness for the upcoming Assembly polls in Telangana. In the public rally, more than 35,000 people are expected to be present.

Gujarat flavour to be seen in Hyderabad National Executive meeting

Hyderabad (Telangana) : On the second day of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) national executive meeting in Hyderabad a resurgent flavour of Gujarat would be witnessed on Sunday. The BJP state unit will be distributing the newly created BJP Gujarat caps to all the members of the national executive today. During the last session of Parliament, the BJP state unit sent these caps and nutrition bars to all the members of Parliament. A source aware of the development told ANI, "Gujarat has been in the news for all the reasons, especially because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, they both come from the state. These caps will be distributed to the members of the executive when they will come for the meeting on the second day. Many versions were reviewed after which the final design was approved by the state leadership and the cap was prepared in Surat which is the textile hub of the country and under the guidance of BJP state president CR Paatil." The saffron colour cap is made out of cotton fabric but work has been done to make sure that the quality is not compromised. Quality cotton has been used in its making. Unlike the previous caps where BJP was written in Gujarati in bold letters, this one has been made in a sleek fashionable manner. A thin patch of embroidery has been put on the cap and Bhajap (Gujarati) has been beautifully inscribed on it along with a lotus pinned on it at the centre, which is of course the symbol of a BJP. The design of the cap seems to be inspired by the cap from Uttarakhand with the Brahma Kamal that Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently wore on Republic Day. "We have been wearing the saffron colour cap in Gujarat for many years but this time we thought we should work on the quality and make the design attractive," a senior leader from Gujarat told media. The battle of Gujarat Assembly elections is slated to take place later this year with the BJP holding this bastion strongly for decades with Prime Minister Narendra Modi being the longest-serving chief minister for 21 years before coming to Delhi to become the Prime Minister.

Yogi Adityanath offers prayer at BhagyaLaxmi Mandir in Hyderabad

Hyderabad (Telangana) : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered prayers at BhagyaLaxmi Mandir, Charminar in Hyderabad on Sunday. Yogi Adityanath is in Hyderabad for the party national executive meet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad today.In the public meeting titled 'Vijay Sankalpa Sabha', Prime Minister is likely to set the tone for the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) preparedness for the upcoming Assembly polls in Telangana. In the public rally, more than 35,000 people are expected to be present. PM Modi arrived in Hyderabad on Saturday to attend the BJP's two-day national executive committee meeting. According to top sources in the BJP, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will propose a political resolution for the party. This resolution will be seconded by Chief Ministers from the BJP-ruled states. The biggest highlight of the entire BJP national executive committee meeting will be the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his party cadre. The Prime Minister is expected to give a roadmap for the party in the coming times especially when they look at Assembly elections in the big states like GujaratDuring his speech. He is likely to give suggestions on how to work towards strengthening the organisation as well as keep connected to the grassroots. Sources told ANI that Assam Chief Minister and North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Himanta Biswa Sarma and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will speak on the political resolution. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur is also expected to make a presentation on the situation and the political scenario in the poll-bound state. The political resolution is a vision document that will be passed today where the BJP is expected to highlight its electoral successes in the recent, especially in states like Uttar Pradesh, Goa Uttarakhand and Manipur. The party is also expected to laud PM Modi and his leadership for navigating its success in the states which were once alien spots to the BJP political map. This is the first time that a meeting is taking place with complete participation by the BJP national executive members since the COVID-19 pandemic. The last meeting which took place in November 2021 happened in a hybrid manner in which leaders were present physically as well as joined virtually. The entire city of Hyderabad has donned a saffron hue with the BJP flags and banners for the party's mega show. The posters showcase the achievement of the central government. Every nook and cranny of the city is decked up with big cutouts and banners of top BJP leaders.

Hyderabad: CM KCR receives Opposition Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha at Begumpet Airport

Hyderabad : Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on July 02 received Opposition Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad. KCR will participate in a party meeting organised by TRS in support of Yashwant Sinha.

K Kavitha inaugurates Telangana Pavilion at American Telugu Association's 17th Convention in Washington

Washington : Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader and MLC K Kavitha inaugurated Telangana Pavilion at the 17th Convention and Youth Conference of the American Telugu Association (ATA) in Washington DC on Saturday (local time). The leader launched a book on 'Bathukamma' on the occasion. She also participated in a meet organised by the ATA representatives in the city. Unity and Integrity of the community are the two core guiding principles of ATA, formed with the sole intent of promoting Telugu culture heritage, values, and advancement of Telugu origin people across the USA with the motto of "Passion for Our culture, Compassion for our People". 17th ATA Conference further showcases the prowess of Telugu Intellectuals, Technological experts, Doctors, Prominent businessmen, cultural and literary experts both from India and the USA. ATA 17th conference was a cultural extravaganza par excellence and it is one of the most Telugu diaspora is looking forward to. The event is being held at Walter E Convention centre from July 1 to 3 in Washington DC. Notably, Kavitha-led cultural organisation Telangana Jagruthi scripted history with the screening of Bathukamma at Burj Khalifa last year. Bathukamma, the floral festival of Telangana went global in October last year as the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai was lit up in colours depicting the festival. The screening featured the map of India, Map of Telangana, Chief Minister KCR, Bathukamma flowers, with Alipoola Vennela playing the background as the heritage of India and Telangana outshined at Burj Khalifa. The visual feast was attributed to the efforts of Nizamabad MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha who led Telangana Jagruthi to showcase states' Bathukamma culture and take the festival celebrations global by featuring its depiction on the world's largest screen. Kavitha, who is the former Member of Parliament and daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, led Telangana Jagruthi, a cultural and literary organization that was formed during the statehood movement for Telangana in India and has been working to preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage of Telangana. Last year's Bathukamma edition of Telangana Jagruthi was quite unique. The organization launched a Bathukamma song 'Allipoola Vennela', which became a superhit and was composed by music maestro AR Rahman, directed by ace Indian director Gautham Vasudev Menon and brought to life by a talented team of artists.

Telangana CM KCR appeals to all parliamentarians to elect Yashwant Sinha as President

Hyderabad : Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on July 02 appealed all the parliamentarians to elect Yashwant Sinha as the President. While addressing a meeting organised by TRS in support of Yashwant Sinha, KCR said, “We are lucky to have selected a good leader Yashwant Sinha for Presidential post. We have welcomed him warmly in Hyderabad. I appeal to all Parliamentarians to compare both candidates and elect Sinha Ji. We need to bring in a qualitative change in Indian politics.”

TMC zero showing in Tripura bypolls drew loudest applause on day one at BJP national executive meet

Hyderabad (Telangana) : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national executive meeting witnessed the loudest applause on day one after newly appointed Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha informed the members about the growth of the party in the state along with the Trinamool Congress's (TMC) crushing defeat in the recently concluded Tripura bypolls. In the recent Tripura bypolls, the BJP won three out of four seats with Chief Minister Saha emerging victorious in his first-ever direct electoral battle, while Congress made a comeback by winning one seat and the CPI(M) and the TMC ended with zero seats. Saha made his statement while states were presenting reports card of their performance. The Tripura Chief Minister spoke about the growth of the BJP in the north-eastern state which goes into election next year. Speaking about the same Saha pointed out to the members of the national executive how the BJP continued its showing in Tripura by winning the recent bypolls, in which Saha himself got elected to the legislative assembly. While Saha was also informing about the performance of the other parties in the political fray in Tripura he also informed the Executive members that TMC drew a big zero in Tripura and in fact lost their deposit on several seats as well. This drew the loudest round of applause from the members of the BJP national executive. Member of the BJP national executive committee from Bengal Dr Anirban Ganguly told ANI, "Yesterday when the Tripura Chief Minister spoke about the performance of the BJP in Tripura it was amusing to see that the loudest clapping came when Saha informed us that the performance of TMC has been terrible and in fact, they have lost their deposit." Sources present in the meeting also told ANI that Saha also mentioned that if the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Pradyot Manikya's party The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TRIPA) would had joined hands then things would have been a little different for BJP. After the resurgent win by the BJP in West Bengal Mamata Banerjee's party is looking to establish its footprints nationally and has now put its focus on the state of Tripura. Electorally this has not been a happy hunting ground for the TMC even after repeated visits by the party's general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and other leaders. Tripura will go into the election next year with a BJP looking to seek its second term in office. In 2018, the BJP came to power in Tripura after the left rule expanded for more than two decades came to end with Biplab Deb being made the Chief Minister. In a surprise move very recently the BJP made Biplab step down as Chief Minister and Manik Saha was appointed as his replacement, incidentally, Saha is still the party's state president.

Amravati killing: Umesh Kolhe never received any threat, says brother Mahesh Kolhe

Amravati (Maharashtra): Mahesh Kolhe, brother of Amravati-based shop-owner Umesh Kolhe who was allegedly killed for writing Facebook post in support of Nupur Sharma, informed that his brother never received threats regarding the posts. “My brother forwarded some messages about Nupur Sharma in some Whatsapp groups but we're not able to understand why was he killed because of 2-4 forwarded messages? He didn't forward them to anyone individually,” he said on July 02. “He didn't receive threats from anyone... We were told that during primary investigation, 2-4 people were arrested but some newspapers, without proper investigation started publishing that he was killed because of loot/robbery, but nothing as such happened,” he added.