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President Droupadi Murmu is all set to represent India at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral in London

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey and around 2,000 guests and 500 dignitaries from all across the world have been invited to be a part of her last see-off.

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Indian President Droupadi Murmu will visit London, the United Kingdom on 17 September to pay tribute and attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Wednesday that President Murmu will be in London from 17 to 19 September as she will be offering condolences to the longest reigning monarch of the UK.

For the unversed, Queen Elizabeth II took her last breath on September 8 at Balmoral Castle on the Scottish highlands. The Queen was 96 years old and her eldest son, Charles, 73, succeeds as king immediately.

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey and around 2,000 guests and 500 dignitaries from all across the world have been invited to be a part of her last see-off. Queen’s funeral will start on 19 September at 3:30 PM (India time).

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Moreover, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had even visited the British High Commission on 12 September to convey India’s condolences. The national flag of India at the Red Fort and Rashtrapati Bhavan were even flown at half-mast on September 11 to observe one-day state mourning across the country as a mark of respect to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

A statement released by the Ministry of Home Affairs said that as a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the Government of India has decided that there would be one day of State Mourning on Sunday across India.

Queen Elizabeth II was the longest serving monarch. She was born on April 21, 1926, at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the firstborn of the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. After her father’s demise, Elizabeth II acceded to the throne at the age of 25, on February 6, 1952. Her Coronation took place on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey in London.

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Rahul Gandhi disqualified as Lok Sabha MP after conviction in 2019 defamation case

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from his membership as a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Lok Sabha after his conviction and subsequent two-year prison sentence in a 2019 defamation case by a court in Gujarat’s Surat city yesterday.

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Amritpal Singh may be headed to Delhi: Reports

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Fugitive Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh may be headed for Delhi, a day after his last known location was traced to Haryana, reports quoting sources have claimed.

An NDTV report quoting sources said the security has been heightened across the national capital as its suspected that the notorious ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief may be headed to Delhi after last being spotted in Shahabad in Haryana’s Kurukshetra.

On Sunday, Amritpal Singh and his associate Papalpreet Singh, had stayed at Shahabad home of a woman identified as Baljeet Kaur, who was arrested yesterday, Punjab Police said.

A video with a time stamp of Monday, doing the rounds on the internet yesterday showed the fugitive Sikh preacher dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans, trying to hide his face with an umbrella as he was departing from the Baljeet Kaur’s house in Shahabad.

On Thursday, the Punjab Police arrested Amritpal Singh’s former gunman and notorious associate, Tejinder Singh aka Gorkha Baba.

A report quoted DSP Payal Harsimrat Singh of the Punjab Police as saying that Tejinder Singh, a resident of Punjab’s Mangewal village, was nabbed by the Khanna police.

DSP Harsimrat said Tejinder, who was a gunman for Amritpal Singh for a long period and often lived with the Waris Punjab De chief, is also involved in the Ajnala case. The officer said that Tejinder, also known as Gorkha Baba, was very active on social media and often posts pictures of himself brandishing different weapons due to which he’s wanted in a separate case registered against him at Malaud police station.

The official further said that Tejinder has been booked under sections 107/151 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and two other aides who accompanied him, have also been taken into custody and are being questioned.

A nation-wide crackdown was launched to nab Amritpal Singh after last month, the dreaded Khalistani leader and his supporters armed with swords and guns, stormed a police station in Ajnala on the outskirts of Amritsar city and clashed with police for the release of one of his aides Lovepreet Singh.

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Woman gang-raped, boyfriend assaulted in Virar near Mumbai

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Two men allegedly gang-raped a woman and thrashed her boyfriend near a temple in Virar area, near Mumbai, in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, officials said on Thursday.

According to the police, the incident happened at around 5 pm on Wednesday in the forest area near the Jivdani temple in Virar East where the 20-year-old victim and her boyfriend were chatting and sitting alone.

The two accused, identified as 25-year-old Dheeraj Soni and 24-year-old Yash Shinde—both residents of Sainath Nagar locality of Virar, a distant Mumbai suburb—spotted the couple sitting on a hillock near Jivdani temple and tried to extort money from the young lovers after they saw them hugging, said an official.

The official said that the victim’s boyfriend told them he didn’t have any cash on him and instead transferred Rs 500 to the accused men via internet banking, however the men demanded more money and started to beat up the man, adding they also smashed an empty beer bottle on his head.

The accused then stripped the boyfriend naked, tied him to a tree and raped the girl in front of him who could do nothing but helplessly watch the horrific ordeal unfold in front of his eyes.

An official from the Virar police station said the injured boyfriend could not stand up to the attackers as he watched the accused duo take turns raping his girlfriend.

He said that after the brutal rape, the accused men fled the scene with man’s clothes and his mobile father while the petrified rape survivor also fled the spot after she saw her violators departing, leaving her unconscious boyfriend behind.

The injured boyfriend was spotted by locals after he regained consciousness around 6.30 pm and came out of the secluded forest looking for something to cover his naked body. The residents informed the police, who arrived at the spot and took him to a hospital for treatment after which his statement was recorded.

Police team then arrived at his girlfriend’s home where she narrated the horrific ordeal and based on her statement, a case of gang rape, unnatural sex, assault, extortion, threatening against the two accused under sections 376(d), 324, 377, 384, 504, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), was registered against the accused who were then arrested within two hours of the incident, an official said.

Further investigation is underway, he added.

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