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Former Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh says will never bow to Taliban

Before going underground, Afghanistan’s defiant vice president Saleh on Sunday tweeted that he would not bow down to the Taliban under any circumstances. His tweet comes at a time when the Afghan government and the Taliban are in talks for a peaceful transfer of power.

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Despite the Taliban occupying almost the whole of Afghanistan, there is still an area from where the war against the Taliban can start. There is also a capable leader who can lead this war. Afghanistan’s former Vice President Amrullah Saleh has categorically refused to lay down arms before the Taliban. Despite the Taliban’s occupation of Kabul, he neither left the country nor struggled. By the time the Taliban reached Kabul, Saleh had gone underground. He is believed to have reached the Panjshir Valley, northeast of Kabul.

In Afghanistan, most parts of the country, including Kabul, have been captured by the Taliban. Despite this, there are many areas where people are raising the flag of rebellion against the Taliban. One of these is the Panjshir Valley, the stronghold of Ahmad Shah Massoud, a former commander of the Northern Alliance. This area is located near the Hindukush mountains.

Taliban has seized control of Kabul on Sunday after which President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Along with him, there were reports of many leaders and officials associated with the government also leaving the country.

Before going underground, Afghanistan’s defiant vice president Saleh on Sunday tweeted that he would not bow down to the Taliban under any circumstances. His tweet comes at a time when the Afghan government and the Taliban are in talks for a peaceful transfer of power. He wrote: I will never, ever and under no circumstances bow to the Taliban terrorists. I will never betray the soul and legacy of my hero Ahmad Shah Masoud, the commander, the legend and the guide. I won’t disappoint millions who listened to me. I will never be under one ceiling with Taliban. NEVER.

A day after Taliban’s advance in the country, a picture surfaced on internet in which VP Saleh could be seen sitting with Ahmad Massoud, son of Ahmad Shah Massoud in Panjshir.

Vice President Amarullah Saleh has decided to wage a war against the Taliban and there is no doubt that it will be one of Saleh’s long struggles. Orphaned at a very young age, Saleh fought several battles with guerrilla commander Masood in the 1990s.

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Panjshir Valley, famous for its natural security, did not come under Taliban control even in the civil war of 1990. Even the Soviet Union could not win it a decade ago. This valley, located near the capital Kabul has never been captured by the Taliban from 1980 to 2021.

In other India news, Facebook said it has started action against social media accounts affiliated to Taliban.  

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DGCA fines Go First Rs 10 lakh for leaving behind 55 passengers at Bengaluru airport

The incident took place on January 9 at 5:45 am when the passengers were about to board Go First flight G8-116 from Bengaluru to New Delhi.

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Friday fined Go First Rs 10 lakh for leaving behind 55 passengers at the Bengaluru airport earlier this month and violating the rules.

The incident took place on January 9 at 5:45 am when the passengers were about to board Go First flight G8-116 from Bengaluru to New Delhi. Reports said a total of airbuses were sent to pick up the passengers for the aircraft. While the first two buses went ahead, the other two were left behind.

Following the incident, the DGCA issued a show cause notice to the responsible manager of the airlines and directed them to take enforcement actions against Go First for the dereliction of their regulatory obligations.

Replying to the DGCA, the airline released a statement saying the airline had launched an inquiry into the matter assuring it is being investigated. The airlines also offered a free ticket for travel on any domestic route to all the affected passengers.

A senior DCGA official reacted to the reply and said the airline failed to provide adequate ground arrangement handling, flight dispatch and passenger and cargo handling, and preparation of load and trim sheet.

DGCA further enforced action and penalised Rs 10 lakh for violation of CAR Sections 3, Series C, Part II of the Air Transport Circular 02 of 2019, reports said.

Sharing her inconvenience through a tweet, an affected passenger called it her most horrifying experience with Go First airlines. She shared her ordeals on Twitter and called the incident the heights of negligence.

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Earlier a similar incident took place wherein Singapore-bound Scoot Airlines left behind more than 30 passengers at the Amritsar Airport. The DGCA sought a report of the incident and also slammed the airlines.

In a reply to DGCA, the airlines informed that the passengers were updated about the rescheduling of the flight, however, their travel agents failed to convey them. The airlines also offered free tickets to all the affected passengers.

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Who is Suhani Shah? Everything you need to know about the internet sensation

Shah entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s youngest magician at the age of seven.

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If you are an avid social media user, you might have come across the name, Suhani Shah. The 32-year-old is hogging headlines for her ability to read people’s minds. Prime Time news channels couldn’t stop covering her and tagging her as a Jadu Pari or a magician.

Shah came into the limelight amid the Bageshwar Dham row. The mentalist ripped off the 26-year-old Dham Trust chief Dhirendra Shastri’s false claims about magic and divine power.

Who is Suhani Shah?

Shah is not just a mentalist but also a social media sensation. She has a verified Instagram account with 1.2 million followers and her bio reads ‘Mentalist.’

Apart from being the cover story of magazines like Be Attractive, L’utopia, Fashion Herald, and others, she has collaborated with several Bollywood stars like Kareen Kapoor Khan, Rajkummar Rao, Boman Irani, and others.

Shah entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s youngest magician at the age of seven. An illusionist, a clinical hypnotherapist, an author, a corporate trainer, and a mentalist, she has been honoured with several awards and the title Jadoo Pari by the All India Magic Association.

Shah also owns a YouTube channel where she keeps uploading videos on mentalism, magic, vlogs, and others. Other than her social media appearance, she also runs a web shoe That’s My Job wherein she invites guests. Public figures like Zakir Khan, Triggered Insaan, Munawar Faruqui, Tanmay Bhat, Samay Raina, Nischay Malhan, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, and several others have been a part of her web show.

Born in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, Shah discontinued school in Class 2 to pursue her passion for magic. As she started her career at the age of seven and toured across the world, she was home-schooled.

In 1997, she performed on the stage for the first time at Thakorbhai Desai Hall in Ahmedabad and up until now has done over 5,000 shows in and across India.

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Madhya Pradesh: Four men creep into coal mine to rob scrap iron, die of asphyxiation

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Four men, who crept into a coal mine to allegedly steal scrap iron from the place, died of asphyxiation inside in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh, reports said.

According to reports, the now-deceased men broke into a closed coal mine in Kalri under Dhanpuri police station to rob scrap iron by stripping junked machines, while one of their partners stood outside to stand guard.

However, the man standing guard became anxious when his gang members didn’t return for a long time and there was silence from inside. The man fled the spot and fearing the worst, returned back and informed his friends and family of the incident.

Reports said police got wind of the incident, and sent a rescue team inside the mine who managed to pull out the bodies of the four thieves.

Police said that four men were already when the rescue team found them inside the mine.

The deceased have been identified as Raj Mahto, Hazari Koul, Rahul Koul and Kapil Vishwakarma, police said, adding that they suspect the men died due leakage of methane gas inside the coal mine.

The mine had been shut since 2018 and the four men had reportedly dug a tunnel to get inside the coal mine.

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