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Big Stories Today: India to resume flights from December 15 amid new Covid variant outbreak, Constitution Day celebrations, 26/11 anniversary

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India to resume regular scheduled international flights operation from November 15, except from the 14 barred countries including the UK, France, Germany, China, Botswana, South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong among others. The news came after many countries on November 26 reported the spread of new coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 in their nation.

Delhi government calls meeting with DDMA to discuss steps to restrain new Covid-19 variant

Delhi government on Friday called a meeting of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) to discuss steps that need to be taken in view of new covid variant B.1.1.529. The B.1.1.529 strain has been reported in multiple African countries, majorly in South Africa.

Italy joins Germany to ban travel from South Africa after new Covid variant outbreak

Italy and Germany banned travel from South Africa after the major outbreak of new Covid variant B.1.1.529 in South Africa. The B.1.1.529 strain is said to be the deadliest and worst variant of coronavirus. The new Covid variant has been detected in the fully vaccinated people in Hong Kong, Israel, and Botswana.

India summons Pakistan High Commission on 13th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks

On the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, India summoned diplomats of the Pakistan High Commission. The Ministry of External Affairs blamed Pakistan for its double-standard stand on the horrific terror attack. “India will continue to make every effort to seek justice for families of victims and martyrs of 26/11 Mumbai attacks,” said MEA.

PM Modi pays tribute to security personnel who lost their lives in line of duty during 26/11

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his respects to all soldiers who sacrificed their lives while fighting terrorists during the 26/11 terror attack. On November 26, 2008, a series of terrorist attacks took place in Mumbai, killing a total of 175 people and injuring over 300.

PM Modi leads attack on Congress, says party for the family, by the family, I don’t need to say any further

PM Modi says Constitution gets hurt when parties who have lost democratic character themselves, cannot uphold the principles of the Constitution. He further lead an attack on Congress and said that there is a party that works for the family, by the family. He concluded by saying that he doesn’t need to say any further about this party.

It wouldn’t be possible to complete even one page of Constitution if we were making it today: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address on the Constitution Day said that it wouldn’t be possible to complete even one page of the constitution if we were making it today at present times. He further said that they also pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and all those who fought during India’s independence struggle

PM Modi, President Kovind, and other leaders to take part in Constitution Day celebrations at Parliament

The celebration of Constitution day will take place at Parliament today. In the celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, and other political leaders will take part. PM Modi will also address on Constitution Day. However, Congress leaders will not take part in the celebration as they are opposing the event.

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Schools, colleges closed in 22 districts of Tamil Nadu over heavy rain alert

Heavy rain lashed out at several districts of Tamil Nadu. Due to the heavy rainfall, a red alert has been issued and amidst this, schools, colleges have been closed in 22 districts after various parts were flooded in the southern state.

According to Indian Meteorological Department, heavy to extremely very heavy rainfall will continue in Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Nagapattinam districts of Tamil Nadu.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reveals plan for ambitious 2047 Viksit Bharat project, says work for the project has been ongoing for last 2 years

The Prime Minister said that he does not mean to scare or suppress anyone, but rather has plans to make India a developed nation by 2047.

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A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its election manifesto, which aims at building a Viksit Bharat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview with the media, outlined his vision for India’s development by 2047. He also addressed concerns raised by the opposition parties, who suggest that the BJP might seek to amend the Constitution if re-elected in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his assurance to the people that they do not need to fear when he said that he has big plans for the country in his election speeches. Explaining statement, the Prime Minister said that he does not mean to scare or suppress anyone, but rather has plans to make India a developed nation by 2047.

Speaking to the media, PM Modi said, when he says that he has big plans, no one should be scared. He said he does not take decisions to scare or run-over anyone, he takes decisions for the wholesome development of the country. He added the government always says they have done everything.  He said he did not believe that he had done everything. He added he had tried to do everything in the right direction, yet there is so much he needed to do, because he saw that his country has so many needs.

The Prime minister asked how did he fulfill the dreams of every family? He said this is the reason why he said this has been a trailer. PM Modi said he had been working on the ambitious 2047 Viksit Bharat project for the past two years. And for that, he asked for opinions and suggestions from people across India.  He said he had taken suggestions from more than 15 lakh people on how they want to see India in the coming 25 years.

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Kangana Ranaut meets Dalai Lama in Dharamshala shares pictures on social media ahead of Lok Sabha elections, post goes viral

The Bollywood actor met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala and said it as one of the most memorable moments of her life.

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The Bollywood actor and BJP candidate for the Mandi Lok Sabha seat met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala on Monday. She said it as one of the most memorable moments of her life. Kangana Ranaut also shared pictures on social media.

The Lok Sabha elections in Himachal Pradesh are scheduled for June 1, marking the seventh phase of elections to elect four members of the 18th Lok Sabha. As the voting day is still over a month away, candidates contesting in the 4 constituencies are actively participating in various campaign activities. Among them, the BJP’s star candidate Kangana Ranaut, who is contesting from Mandi against Congress’s Vikramaditya Singh, is leaving no stone unturned to win the votes of the people.

Kangana Ranaut also shared what Dalai Lama told her during the meeting. She said, his Holiness ji said that he enjoys being in Himachal Pradesh and absolutely loves Bharat. She said this is such a privilege and such an honour. After her meeting with the spiritual leader, the actor told the media that it was divine. She said it was an experience which she will cherish all her life. She thought it is exceptional to be in the presence of such a being who has sheer divinity around him. She said it was very emotional for her and ex-CM Jairam Thakur. She added she will cherish this experience all her life.

Earlier, Kangana Ranaut slammed Himachal Pradesh minister Vikramaditya Singh for calling her the queen of controversies while she was addressing a poll rally in Mandi. She said, Yeh tumhare baap-dada ki riyasat nahin hai, ke tum mujhe dara, dhamka ke vapis bhej doge. She further added this is the new Bharat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where a small, poor boy who used to sell tea is the biggest hero and pradhan sevak of the people.

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Election Commission records highest inducement seizure of Rs 4,650 crore ahead of Lok Sabha election

The Election Commission of India records highest inducement seizure of Rs 4,650 in 75-years of history.

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Monday that the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are expected to witness the highest ever seizures of inducements.

According to a notification from the poll board, enforcement agencies had already seized a record Rs 4,650 crore before the first round of polling, which is yet to start. This was a significant increase over the Rs 3,475 crores seized during the entire Lok Sabha election in 2019.

As part of a level playing field, the Election Commission said that the enhanced seizures reflect ECI’s unwavering commitment to monitor inducements and curb electoral malpractices, particularly in favour of smaller and less resourceful parties.

Significantly, narcotics and drugs, which are the Commission’s main focus, account for 45% of the seizures. The poll body continued, the seizures have been made possible by thorough planning, increased cooperation and coordinated deterrent action by agencies, proactive public participation, and optimal use of technology.

The commission also made statistics on the distribution of inducements that were seized available for public consumption by state. With a seizure of over Rs 778 crore, Rajasthan topped the list. Gujarat came in second with Rs 605 crore, and Maharashtra came in third with roughly Rs 431 crore.

When announcing the polls last month, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar highlighted money power as one of the 4M challenges, along with money, muscle, misinformation, and Model Code of Conduct violations.

Use of black money, over and above political financing and accurate disclosure thereof, may disturb the level playing field in favor of a more resourceful party or candidate in specific geographies, the panel stated in its statement released on Monday.

The poll authority claims that the seizures are an essential part of the ECI’s resolve to hold fair elections for the Lok Sabha that are free from electoral malpractices and inducements.

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