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Big Stories Today: Navjot Sidhu visits Kartarpur in Pakistan, Indore named India’s cleanest city for 5th consecutive year, Rain havoc kills 24 in Andhra Pradesh

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Cricket bookie Naresh Gaur accused in Antilia bomb scare case granted bail by Special NIA court

Naresh Gaur, an accused in the Antillia bomb scare case granted bail by Special NIA court on Saturday.
He was mentioned as accused number 2 in the case and was accused of supplying SIM cards and being a part of the conspiracy.

Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Reddy conducts aerial survey of flood-affected areas

Andhra Pradesh Chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Saturday conducted an aerial survey of Chittoor-Kadapa-Nellore districts which have been ravaged by incessant rains and floods triggered by a series of depressions in the Bay of Bengal.

After scanning the Aryan Khan’s Whatsapp chats, Bombay HC says, nothing objectionable and no evidence of conspiracy

The Bombay High Court in an order released on Saturday said that no evidence of a conspiracy between Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha to commit drug-related offences. The Court said that nothing objectionable was found in WhatsApp conversations between them.
The order read: “There is hardly any positive evidence on record to convince this Court that all the accused persons with common intention agreed to commit an unlawful act.”

Varun Gandhi writes to PM Modi demanding action against MoS Ajay Mishra for Lakhimpur violence

The BJP MP from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi on Saturday has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the PM to take strict action against Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra whose son Ashish Mishra is under arrest for the October 3 incident in Lakhimpur Kheri.
In the letter, he sought Rs 1 crore compensation for such families, withdrawing politically motivated false FIRs against the protesters and making MSP (Minimum Support Price) legally binding.

Terrorist killed as encounter breaks out in Kulgam’s Ashmuji area of Jammu and Kashmir

An unidentified terrorist was killed as an encounter broke out between the ultras and the security forces at Ashmuji area of Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir police said.
Police and security forces are present at the spot and an operation is underway.

Navjot Sidhu visits Kartarpur Corridor in Pakistan, says PM Imran Khan like a big brother

Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday crossed the border into Pakistan to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib. He called Pakistan PM Imran Khan his big brother. He said: ‘Imran Khan is like a big brother to me who has showered me with his love.’
Yesterday, Sidhu welcomed PM Modi’s decision to repeal the three farm laws. He also urged the people of Punjab to forgive Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Indore named India’s cleanest city for 5th consecutive year, Surat second under Centre’s Swachh Survekshan 2021 award

Indore was adjudged India’s cleanest city for a fifth straight year while Surat grabbed the second position, as the Centre announced the results of its latest annual cleanliness survey on Saturday.

Swachh Survekshan is the central government’s annual cleanliness survey to promote sanitation in urban centres under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

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Samyukt Kisan Morcha core committee meeting underway

The Core Committee Meeting of Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) over Farm Laws Repeal is currently underway in Delhi.
Yesterday, the SKM welcomed the announcement of repeal of three farm laws but said its future course of action will be decided after the core committee meetings on Saturday and Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had yesterday announced to repeal the three farm laws and urged farmers to call off the protest and return home.

Read Also: Swachh Survekshan awards 2021: Indore bags title of India’s cleanest city, 5th time in a row

14 dead, over 100 feared missing as rains ravage Andhra Pradesh

At least 14 people have been reported dead and over 100 feared missing in floods following incessant rains in Andhra Pradesh. Visuals from the temple town of Tirupati show hundreds of pilgrims trapped in massive floods.

The Rayalaseema region is worst affected. Chittoor, Kadapa, Kurnool and Anantpur districts in the state have been affected. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi slams Rahul Gandhi, Lalu Yadav for eating mutton during holy month of Sawan, compares them to Mughals

PM Modi even compared them with the Mughals and accused them of trying to tease the people of the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a scathing attack on senior Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and RJD leader Lalu Yadav for allegedly eating mutton during the holy month of Sawan last year. He claimed that they do not care about the sentiments of the majority of people of the country. PM Modi even compared them with the Mughals and accused them of trying to tease the people of the country.

PM Modi was referring to a viral video which was released in September last year in which senior Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and RJD leader Lalu Yadav were seen cooking mutton together. PM Modi was speaking at an election rally in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur.

He said the opposition and INDI alliance do not care about the sentiments of the majority of the people of the India. He added Congress party enjoys playing with the sentiments of the people.

Talking about RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, PM Modi said a person who has been sentenced by the court and who is on bail – Rahul Gandhi visited the house of such a criminal and enjoys cooking mutton in the month of Sawan and a video was also made to tease the people of the country.  The Prime Minister claimed the intention of INDI alliance is to tease the people of the country and he even compared them with the Mughals.

PM Modi said the law does not stop anyone from eating anything but the intentions of these people are something else. He cited the example of the Mughals and said that when they attacked here, they were not satisfied until they demolished the temples. So just like Mughals, the Congress wants to tease the people of the country by showing the video in the month of Sawan.

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Akhilesh Yadav condemns deployment of cops in priests attire at Kashi temple

While the female policemen were wearing a ‘salwar kurta’, the male policemen were in a ‘dhoti-kurta’.

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Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has condemned the deployment of police officers dressed as priests at the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi. The Samajwadi Party (SP) chief demanded the suspension of the officers and wondered who ordered to deployment of cops in such attire.   

On the orders of Varanasi Police Commissioner Mohit Agarwal, the male and female policemen have been deployed in the temple in the priests’ attire. While the female policemen were wearing a ‘salwar kurta’, the male policemen were in a ‘dhoti-kurta’.

Yadav questioned the system in UP and asked according to which police manual is it correct for policemen to be dressed as priests. Those who give such orders should be suspended, he added. If tomorrow any ‘thag’ (fraudster) takes advantage of this and loots the innocent public, then what will the UP government and administration answer, he further asked. He called it Condemnable in a post on X.

Police Commissioner Agarwal had earlier told reporters that people who come from far away places to have obeisance have regard for the priests and they often get hurt if they are pushed forward by the policemen.

The duty in the temple is different from other places as police have to manage different types of crowds here. The crowd here is not for creating law and order problems. The police are here to ensure easy darshan to people and help and guide them, the police officer said.

He added the devotees get hurt if being pushed by policemen, if the same thing is done by priests they take it in a positive way. Following the no-touch policy, policemen are being deployed in priests’ attire.

The Samajwadi Party had earlier announced its candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav will be contesting from her existing seat in Mainpuri.

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Omar Abdullah to contest from Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency

Firebrand Shia leader Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi would contest from central Kashmir’s Srinagar constituency, which has been an NC bastion.

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah will contest election from the Baramulla constituency in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the party announced on Friday.

National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah, while speaking to reporters, said that Omar Abdullah is the party’s candidate from north Kashmir’s Baramulla Lok Sabha seat.

The National Conference president also informed that the firebrand Shia leader Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi would contest from central Kashmir’s Srinagar constituency, which has been an NC bastion.

On contesting the General election from Baramulla, Omar said that it’s a challenge, every election is a challenge but it’s a challenge that he is looking forward to. As he said earlier, his fight is not against an individual, it is against the skullduggery, treachery, the political machinations of the BJP, he asserted.

The former Chief Minister said the way in which BJP is trying to create alternatives to parties like the National Conference, the way in which they are conspiring to try and bring their associate parties together on one stage and therefore he sees this as an opportunity to take the fight directly to the BJP and to the Centre, he added.

Speaking to a reporter, he said that this time, his fight is not against any individual. In North Kashmir, his fight is not against any candidate instead his fight is with those powers which are behind that candidate. It has been decided that he will be contesting from North Kashmir because BJP is focusing a lot on North Kashmir, Omar added. He said he wants that these powers should be defeated in North Kashmir.

Regarding the BJP, the NC leader wondered if what PM Modi is saying is correct then why are his candidates not in the field? Why is the BJP not contesting South, Central and North Kashmir, he asked.

On being asked if he would leave politics if the BJP wins a single seat, he said to let the BJP announce their candidates. He will also see if they are able to get a single seat in J&K or not, he said while speaking to a reporter.

According to the Election Commission of India, polling in Baramulla will be held on May 20.

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