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Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma’s wife files Rs 100 crore defamation suit against Manish Sisodia over PPE kits issue

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s wife, Riniki Bhuyan Sarma, filed a Rs 100 crore defamation suit against Manish Sisodia on Tuesday over the PPE kit issue.

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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s wife, Riniki Bhuyan Sarma, filed a Rs 100 crore defamation suit against Delhi Deputy CM and Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia on Tuesday over the PPE kit issue. According to the reports, the case is listed at the Civil Judge Court, Kamrup (Metro), Guwahati on June 22.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia had earlier on June 4 alleged that the Assam government had awarded contracts to the chief minister’s wife’s business and his son’s business partner. He claimed that when the Covid-19 outbreak hit the nation in 2020, they were provided to supply PPE kits over market costs.

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Riniki Bhuyan’s advocate P Nayak stated that Manish Sisodia gave a political statement and dragged his client, forcing her to file an FIR against Delhi’s Deputy CM. He further stated that Riniki Bhuyan has not filed any tender for the process and she submitted the PPE kit as a donation under CSR activities.

Earlier this month, Sisodia claimed in a press conference that while the Assam government purchased personal protective equipment (PPE) kits from other businesses for Rs 600 per piece, Sarma gave contracts for the same to the businesses of his wife’s and son’s business partners for Rs 990 per piece taking advantage of the emergency situation.

Sisodia further disclosed that the Assam chief minister’s wife’s business does not even deal in medical supplies. The AAP leader continued that while the contract given to the firm of Sarma’s wife was cancelled as the company could not supply PPE kits, another supply order was given to the firm belonging to the business partners of his son at a rate of Rs 1,680 per kit.

In response to Manish Sisodia’s accusations, Himanta Biswa Sarma said his wife gave PPE kits to the government for free. When the entire nation was dealing with the deadliest pandemic in more than a century, Assam hardly had any PPE Kits available, said Himanta Biswa Sarma. He further stated that his wife took the courage of coming forward and donating around 1500 free of cost to the government to save lives. She didn’t take a single penny, Sarma wrote on Twitter.

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Hand grenade recovered near DND flyway, investigation underway

A hand grenade was detected near East Delhi’s DND Flyway on Saturday, triggering panic in the area.

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So far, it's unclear where the grenade came from in the region, which also has a warehouse near the spot.

A hand grenade was detected near East Delhi’s Delhi-Noida Direct Flyway on Saturday, causing panic in the area. The incident took place on Saturday afternoon in the Yamuna Khader area under the Mayur Vihar Police Station.

The police officials said some youths were bathing in the Yamuna Khadar region when they spotted a grenade in a sack present in the water. Soon after, they informed the police about the explosive.

Upon receiving the information, a team from the Mayur Vihar police station reached the site along with senior officers of the East Delhi district police. The Delhi police also informed the National Security Guard about the matter. Shortly after, a team from NSG arrived at the scene and defused the hand grenade.

So far, it’s unclear where the grenade came from in the region, which also has a warehouse near the spot. According to the reports, a forensic examination is being conducted. The police officials said they don’t know exactly where the grenade came from. There are a few shops of scrap dealers in the adjoining areas. The police are investigating the matter and are questioning people involved in the scrap business and also locals nearby.

This isn’t the first time in Delhi that an explosive has been discovered. On April 25, authorities received information regarding suspicious materials found in the Mohammadpur region of South Delhi, including hand grenades. The area was sealed off by Delhi Police, and a bomb squad was sent to conduct an investigation.

Earlier, during a search operation by the Delhi Police Special Cell, an IED was discovered in a residence in the Seemapuri area. It was hidden inside a suspicious bag in a packet.

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IMD issues yellow alert in Delhi and various parts of India, no respite from heatwave next 2-3 days

The heatwave is likely to return in Delhi and other parts of India in the next 2-3 days, and the mercury may soar to 47 degrees Celsius.

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The heatwave is likely to return in Delhi and other parts of India in the next 2-3 days, and the mercury may soar to 47 degrees Celsius.

Delhi and parts of NCR are sizzling under a heatwave after experiencing breezy weather, stormy winds, and heavy rainfall over the past few days. The heatwave is likely to return in the next 2-3 days and the mercury may soar to 47 degrees Celsius. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued a yellow alert in various parts of Central, Northwest, and East India.

The maximum temperature touched 44 degrees Celsius on the weekend, as against 42.9 degrees Celsius on Friday and 42 degrees Celsius on Thursday. On Saturday, the maximum temperature was 43.9 degrees Celsius, three degrees lower than the season’s normal, while the minimum temperature was 28.7 degrees Celsius, one degree lower than the average.

The weatherman predicts a partly cloudy sky with isolated heat waves and strong surface winds of 20-30 kmph during the day.

According to the IMD, the minimum temperature in Delhi was 27.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday, with heatwave conditions expected in isolated areas during the day. At 8.30 a.m., the relative humidity was 23 percent.

On Sunday, the MeT office has issued a yellow alert, predicting of a heatwave in isolated areas of Delhi. For weather warnings, the IMD uses four colour codes: green (no action required), yellow (watch and remain updated), orange (be prepared), and red (take action).

When the highest temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius and is at least 4.5 degrees above average, a heatwave is proclaimed. According to the IMD, a severe heatwave is defined as a temperature difference of more than 6.4 notches from normal.

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Residents of Delhi-NCR to get relief from scorching heat as IMD predicts light rainfall for next two days

IMD issued a notification stating that Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurugram may expect light showers, thunderstorms, and partly cloudy sky in the next two days.

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Delhi-NCR may expect light rainfall in the upcoming days.

After a sigh of relief from the heatwave for two days, Delhi’s temperature crossed 40 degrees Celsius on Saturday. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the residents of the capital and nearby areas are likely to get respite from the scorching heat for the next two days.

IMD issued a notification stating that Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, and Gurugram may expect light showers, thunderstorms, and partly cloudy skies in the next two days. The mercury soared to 40.2 degrees Celsius on Saturday, almost a notch higher than the previous day. And the minimum temperature recorded on that day was 26.9 degrees Celsius.

According to the weather department, the plains of northwest India and large parts of central India are likely to witness a rise in maximum temperatures by 2-3 degrees Celsius. The southern peninsular region, on the other hand, is already counting down the days until the arrival of the southwest monsoon, while the east and northeast India are also experiencing rain.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) at 7 pm was 199, which is in the moderate category. An AQI of zero to 50 is regarded as good, 51 to 100 is considered satisfactory, 101 to 200 is considered moderate, 201 to 300 is considered poor, 301 to 400 is considered very poor, and 401 to 500 is considered severe.

Isolated heavy rainfall is also likely over Kerala and Puducherry’s district Mahe till June 1, and over Lakshadweep on May 30. According to IMD, stormy weather (wind speed of 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph) is very likely over the southwest Arabian Sea over the next five days, over the southeast Arabian Sea, the Lakshadweep area along and off the south Kerala coast, and the Comorin area on May 29 and 30, and over the northeast Arabian Sea and adjoining north Gujarat coast on May 28 and 29. Fishermen are urged to maintain a strategic distance from these places.

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