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PM Modi meets 7 Indian Covid-19 vaccine makers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met top officials of seven vaccine manufacturers. PM Modi held a meeting on the occasion of achieving the key milestone of administering 100-crore vaccine doses against the coronavirus disease.

Vaccine manufacturers include representatives from Serum Institute of India (SII), Bharat Biotech, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Zydus Cadila, Biological E, Gennova Biopharma and Panacea Biotech.

Tamil movie Koozhangal is India’s official entry to the Oscars 2022

Debutant director PS Vinothraj’s Tamil film Koozhangal (Pebbles) has been announced as India’s official entry to the Oscars 2022.

Shaji N Karun, the chairperson of the 15-member selection committee, announced the decision while Film Federation of India (FFI) Secretary-General Supran Sen confirmed that the decision was a unanimous one. The Academy Awards for 2021 will be held on March 27, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to visit Ayodhya on October 26 for darshan

With Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh approaching, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to visit Ayodhya on October 26. He will offer obeisance to Ram Lalla ahead of Diwali, sources said.

Earlier in March, Delhi CM had announced free pilgrimage for Delhi’s senior citizens to the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Modi government should accept farmers’ demands, says Varun Gandhi

BJP MP Varaun Gandhi on Saturday said that government should accept farmers’ demands. He further said that there’re leaders who take money from police, mining. “Public has given me power not to uplift myself but to uplift public,” he added.

Landslide in Jammu and Kashmir’s Awantipora, 3 dead

Three persons of a family have died and one was injured after a landslide due to heavy rains in the Noorpora area of Awantipora district of South Kashmir. The deceased persons were from Kalakote. The injured is out of danger and the administration has shifted other families in the region to safer locations, informed police. 

Varun Gandhi calls for a rethink of India’s agricultural policies over video of UP farmer burning crop

BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Saturday reacted on the video of a UP farmer burning crop called for a rethink of the country’s agricultural policies.

The Lok Sabha MP from UP’s Pilibhit tweeted a video of a farmer from Lakhimpur who said he had been forced to burn his paddy crop because it had remained unsold for 15 days.

Home Minister Amit Shah meets slain cop’s family, promises job to his wife

Home Minister Amit Shah started his three-day visit by visiting the house of Inspector Arshad Khan at Bal Garden in Karan Nagar in Srinagar who was killed in an encounter earlier this month. Shah also promised a government job to Parvez Dar’s wife.

Amid heightened security, Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at Srinagar

Home Minister Amit Shah reached Srinagar on Friday for a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.  This is the Home minister’s first visit to the Union Territory since its formation following the scrapping of Article 370 on August 5, 2019.

Top Al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar killed in US air drone strike in Syria, says Pentagon

The top-most al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar was killed in the US air drone strike in Syria on Friday, says Pentagon. The airstrike was conducted using an MQ-9 aircraft.

11 trekkers’ bodies found in Uttarakhand’s Lamkhaga Pass, Air Force rescue operation underway

In the latest breaking news, 17 trekkers on October 18 lost their way on Lamkhaga pass due to heavy snowfall, and now on October 23, the dead bodies of 11 trekkers have been found. Currently, the rescue operation by Air Force is taking place and they have deployed two Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) choppers to reach Harsil.

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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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