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LIVE Top News Today: Rohit Sharma takes over from Kohli as ODI captain, Kohli to lead Test squad

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Rohit Sharma who had earlier in November taken over as full-time T20I captain from Kohli is now replaced Virat Kohli as India’s ODI captain. Ahead of South Africa tour, he will also take over from Ajinkya Rahane as the Test vice-captain. Kohli, who is currently leading the Indian test squad, had stepped down after India’s T20 World Cup campaign.

PM Modi, President Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pay tributes to CDS General Bipin Rawat, 12 others who died in Tamil Nadu chopper crash

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, president Ramnath Kovind, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday paid tributes to CDS General Bipin Rawat, 12 others who died in Tamil Nadu chopper crash.

In his tweet, PM Modi said India will never forget his exceptional service while President Kovind tweeted that the nation has lost one of its bravest sons and his four decades of selfless service to the motherland was marked by exceptional gallantry and heroism.

Indian Air Force confirms death of CDS General Bipin Rawat, wife Madhulika Rawat

The chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others declared dead on Wedesday near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, the Indian Air Force confirmed. Out of 14 who was onboard in IAF chopper, 13 were declared dead in the crash.

NIA court allowed Sudha Bharadwaj bail on Rs 50,000 surety

A special NIA court on Wednesday allowed bail to lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj, who was granted default bail by the Bombay High Court in Bhima Koregaon case. The lawyer could be released from prison on furnishing the surety of Rs 50,000.

13 of the 14 personnel involved in helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu confirmed dead, says ANI

13 of the 14 personnel involved in the army helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiri, have been confirmed dead. However, identification of the bodies will be done via DNA testing. However, there is still not any update on the whereabouts of CDS Bipin Rawat. (ANI)

5 bodies recovered from helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, Rajnath Singh briefs PM

At least five bodies have been recovered from the army helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiri, while two are critical in hospital. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh briefed about the incident PM Modi. While Air Force Chief Air Marshal VR Chaudhari is also on his way to reach Sulur airbase.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin to visit Nilgiris after helicopter crash

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin will visit the Nilgiris this evening after the helicopter crash incident between Coimbatore and Sulur. Earlier today, an army helicopter carrying senior Defence officials crashed at Coonoor in Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to brief Parliament on Army chopper crash in Tamil Nadu

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will update the Parliament about the Army chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu in which the Chief of Defence Staff, Bipin Rawat, his staff and family members were on board. Reports said 4 people dead and two have survived. Following army protocol, Singh has already briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue.

Army chopper crashes in Tamil Nadu, CDS Gen Bipin Rawat was on board, details awaited

An Army helicopter with four people on board, including Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, crashed in Tamil Nadu. The three who have been rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to the hospital in Wellington cantonment in Nilgiris district. The emergency and rescue operation teams are present at the spot and the details are awaited.

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm following ruckus by Opposition over the suspension of 12 MPs

The winter session of Parliament has witnessed several disruptions and adjournments from the first day of the Winter Session of the Parliament. The opposition is likely to be vocal about the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs for their actions during the winter session, both inside and outside the house.

Read Also: Tamil Nadu chopper crash: Who is CDS Gen Bipin Rawat?

Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s 5-member committee to hold urgent meeting today

In the latest update about the protesting farmers, Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s 5 member committee is set to hold an urgent meeting in New Delhi at 10 am today. According to reports, the SKM is set to take the final call on the farmers’ protest and is likely to stop the protest as their demands will be met.

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Hemant Soren meets PM Modi in Delhi, first meeting after release from jail

He secured bail and became chief minister again on July 4.

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in Delhi. This was his first meeting with the Prime Minister after he was released from jail where he spent around five months.

Taking to X, Jharkhand Chief Minister said that the meeting was a courtesy call. Notably, he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 31 this year in connection with a money laundering case related to an alleged land scam.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) executive president had spent around five months in prison, he secured bail and became chief minister again on July 4.

On July 3, JMM leader and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Soren stepped out of the Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi Friday following the grant of bail by the Jharkhand High Court.

A single-judge bench of Justice Rongon Mukhopadhyay, while granting bail, noted that the Court’s findings satisfy the condition that there exist reasons to believe that Soren is not guilty of the PMLA offence he has been accused of.

Following Soren’s bail on July 3, the outgoing Chief Minister Champai Soren had said that the party alliance decided to elect Hemant Babu (Hemant Soren) as leader, after which he resigned from his post. Champai Soren tendered his resignation to Governor C P Radhakrishnan and soon after Hemant Soren staked a claim to form the government. Soren along with alliance party leaders met the Governor after he reached Ranchi on July 3 evening from outside. Hemant Soren took oath as the 13th Chief Minister of the State on July 4 again.

Meanwhile, earlier today, BJP leader Deepak Prakash claimed that Hemant Soren’s government of 4.5 years has been one that wreaks havoc on the public, one that takes away employment from the youth. Hemant Soren’s government is a synonym for corruption. The government has been involved in a mining scam, a tender scam and one that has brought jungle raj in the state, he added.  

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NDA numbers drop below Rajya Sabha majority mark, can impact passage of bills

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With the completion of the term of four Rajya Sabha MPs, the BJP’s number fell by the same number.

Since the current strength of the Upper House is 225, the BJP’s numbers now stood at 86 and the National Democratic Alliance led by it has 101 members, which is less than the majority mark of 113.

The members whose term ended on Saturday are Rakesh Sinha, Ram Shakal, Mahesh Jethmalani and Sonal Mansingh. They had been chosen by President Droupadi Murmu on the advice of the BJP as non-aligned members and later joined the party cohort.

The Congress-led INDIA bloc has 87 members, the Congress with 26, Trinamool Congress 13, AAP 10, DMK 10. The remaining members are from parties that are not in either camps.

What this means is that the BJP will need the help of other unaligned parties to get bills passed. These range from Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK and the YSRCP and the Biju Janata Dal. Both the governments of the YSRCP and the BJD were voted out in the recent assembly elections.  While the BJD has earlier lent issue based support, it has announced it will not return similar favours now, especially after the BJP won the assembly election.

The AIADMK had split from the NDA ahead late last year in anticipation of the Lok Sabha elections. It had claimed its continuance in the NDA would hurt its Lok Sabha prospects from the state.

Similarly, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi of K Chandrashekhar Rao also can help the BJP. With so much dependent on parties that have bene sidelined in recent polls, the BJP has a bigger job of coralling the numbers in the Upper House than running the NDA coalition, which is purring along since the election victory.

Some 20 seats are vacant in the House and elections to these will fill the total number of Rajya Sabha seats.

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Rahul Gandhi spotted in Delhi pizzeria in viral video while PM Modi, others attend Anant Ambani-Radhika Merchant wedding

Lalu Prasad Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also attended the wedding.

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Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi, was spotted at pizzeria restaurant in Delhi, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other politicians were attending Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s wedding in Mumbai.

The undated viral video has been shared widely on social media platforms with a claim that the Congress leader did not attend the high-profile wedding of Ambani in the dream city, instead chose to spend time at a Delhi restaurant.

Sharing the video on X, formerly Twitter, wrote that while all the political leaders attended the Ambani family wedding, Rahul Gandhi was at a restaurant ordering pizza.

Visuals shared online show that the Raebareli MP, wearing a light blue t-shirt, sitting across from someone and engaging in a lively chat.

PM Modi attended the “Shubh Aashirwad” ceremony of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Mumbai on Saturday night at the Jio World Convention Centre.

The Ambani family welcomed the Prime Minister and escorted him to the stage. Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant took blessings from the PM.

Before that, the Prime Minister was in Mumbai to lay the foundation stone for multiple projects related to roads, railways, and ports, worth more than Rs 29,400 crore.

Among the prominent leaders who attended the Ambani family wedding ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday were Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar.

From the INDIA bloc Samajwadi Party Chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, along with his family, was spotted at the ceremony.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also attended the wedding on Friday.

The BJP leader, Smriti Irani, who recently lost her Amethi seat in the Lok Sabha election, was spotted along with her husband, also attending the wedding ceremony.

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