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Big Stories Today: Kangana Ranaut’s bheek remark draws opposition fire, Salman Khurshid slammed by Congress colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad for comparing Hindutva to ISIS

Rains continued to lash several parts of Chennai and its suburbs on Thursday due to a depression over the Bay of Bengal




Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday commented on a passage in Salman Khurshid’s book on the Ayodhya verdict. He said: “We may not agree with Hindutva as a political ideology but comparing it with ISIS and Jihadist Islam is factually wrong and exaggeration.”
Earlier in June, Salman Khurshid had slammed Azad and other G-23 leaders seeking reforms in the Congress and a change in leadership.

BJP MP Varun Gandhi, AAP’s Preeti Sharma Menon condemn actor Kangana Ranaut remark on India’s 1947 freedom as anti-national

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Varun Gandhi, Aam Aadmi Party national executive member Preeti Sharma Menon condemn actor Kangana Ranaut remark on India’s 1947 freedom as anti-national. Read full story
Varun lashed out at one of his party’s most ardent supporters whereas Menon termed the remarks as seditious and inflammatory. Read full story

NDRF says depression over Bay of Bengal leading to rainfall in Tamil Nadu

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said on Thursday that the low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal has converted into a depression causing heavy rainfall in a few parts of Tamil Nadu and is likely to cross the Chennai coast near Mahabalipuram by this evening.

Nigerian drug peddler arrested from Mumbai with 2.14 kg methaqualone worth over Rs 6 crore

Methaqualone, a party drug, costs between ₹4,000 and ₹5,000 per gram recovered from a Nigerian drug peddler arrested from Goregaon on Thursday.
2.14 kg methaqualone worth over Rs 6 crore recovered from him. A case has been registered by Anti Narcotics Cell, Kandivali

Heavy waterlogging in several parts of Chennai due to incessant rainfall

Rains continued to lash several parts of Chennai and its suburbs on Thursday due to a depression over the Bay of Bengal, leading to waterlogging and power cuts in many areas.

Despite the heavy rain, thousands of relief workers were seen toiling through the day to clear the water logging.

Security forces gun down terrorist in encounter underway in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam

Encounter has started between security forces and militants at Chawalgam village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Thursday afternoon.

An official said, that cordon and Search Operation was launched in the area by a joint team of forces including R RR, CRPF and Kulgam Police on specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area in the wee hours of Thursday.

Punjab Assembly unanimously passes resolution against Centre’s decision to extend BSF jurisdiction

The Punjab assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution rejecting the Centre’s notification on increasing the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) from 15km to 50km in the absence of the two BJP MLAs in the 117-member House.

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa introduced the resolution and termed the Centre’s move an attack on the federal structure and an expression of distrust towards the state police and the people of Punjab.

Enforcement Directorate carries out raids in Pune over illegal sale of waqf properties, Nawab Malik is minister responsible for waqf boards

The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday carried out raids in Pune over the illegal sale of waqf properties.

Earlier, Nawab Malik, Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis trade barbs over the land deal, underworld connection. Fadnavis accused NCP minister Nawab Malik of a property deal with 1993 Mumbai bomb blast convicts.

ITBP, Chhattisgarh Police recover firearms, IED components and Naxal literature in the jungles of Budhanchapar in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon region

In a joint operation on Thursday morning, the 38th battalion Indo-Tibetan Border Police along with Chhattisgarh police recovered firearms, IED components and Naxal literature in the jungles of Budhanchapar in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon region.

Arrivals at Chennai airport to remain suspended from 01:15 PM to 6 PM today due to severe rains and heavy crosswinds

Chennai airport authorities said on Thursday that due to heavy rains Arrivals at Chennai airport remain suspended from 01:15 PM to 6 PM today.

Earlier on Wednesday evening, the operation was normal at the Chennai airport, however, domestic and international flights have either been rescheduled or cancelled.

Peon found dead in Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court premises

A temporary employee of the Delhi Bar Association was found dead in a chamber in the west wing of Tis Hazari Court, Delhi Police said on Thursday.

The body, identified as Manoj, 35, was found in the western wing of Tis Hazari court. The deceased was said to be working as a peon with the association. READ STORY

Senior IPS officer SN Pradhan appointed new NCB chief till August 2024

Senior Indian Police Service officer Satya Narayan Pradhan was appointed as Director-General of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on a deputation basis till the date of his superannuation on August 31, 2024, or until further orders.

Read Also: Salman Khurshid lands in controversy for comparing Hindutva to ISIS and Boko Haram in his book

Pradhan, a Jharkhand cadre 1988-batch IPS officer, was currently holding additional charge of NCB chief despite holding the responsibility of Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)

UP official molests woman employee, arrested after video goes viral

An under secretary-level officer posted at Bapu Bhavan in Lucknow was arrested after a video of him molesting a contractual employee went viral. The accused, Ichharam Yadav, is posted with the minority welfare department as a section in charge, according to reports.

In her FIR registered at Hussainganj police station on October 29, the victim alleged that the accused has been harassing and molesting her since 2018. She noted that she was threatened with being sacked from her job if she complained.

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Videos show Amritpal Singh’s private militia Anandpur Khalsa Force in weapons training, target practice | WATCH



As the hunt for fugitive Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh continued for the seventh day today, videos of the ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief private militia christened ‘Anandpur Khalsa Force’ or AKF, have emerged on social media platforms.

Visuals doing the rounds on social media show the members of notorious Khalistan sympathizers private army donning body armor emblazoned with the AKF logo, undergoing weapons training in a forested area, which is reportedly a make-shift shooting range constructed in Amritpal Singh’s native village of Jallupur Khera.

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According to the Punjab Police, Amritpal’s former gunman, Tejinder Singh Gill alias Gorkha Baba, revealed during questioning that the ‘Waris Punjab De’ supremo ran a highly organized network to train recruits in his protection force, with extensive weapons training and target practice.

Tejinder told the police that Amritpal Singh had formed a private militia called the Anandpur Khalsa Force or AKF who underwent extensive arms training at a makeshift shooting range in the Jallupur Khera village.

Singh’s former bodyguard told the cops that AKF recruits underwent rigorous arms training and target practice and were accorded ranked as per their seniority.

Meanwhile, reports today claimed that the fugitive Khalistani may be headed for Delhi, a day after his last known location was traced to Haryana.

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.

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

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Salman Khan death threat email linked to UK number, cops say



The email ID through which a death threat was sent to Bollywood actor Salman Khan is linked to a UK-based mobile number, the Mumbai Police has said.

According to reports quoting sources in the Mumbai Police, the email ID from which the threat was made revealed that it was linked to a mobile number in the UK and efforts are underway to trace the person under whose name the number was registered.

Mumbai Police probing the threat e-mail case received by actor Salman Khan have found a British link.

Last week, gangsters Lawrence Bishnoi, Goldie Brar and Rohit Garg were booked under sections 506(2),120(b) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in a case registered at the Bandra Police Station for allegedly sending threatening emails superstar Salman Khan’s office.

Salman Khan is currently under a Y+ category security cover provided by the Mumbai Police; a step taken by the Maharashtra government after the superstar had received a similar death threat from Lawrence Bishnoi gang earlier.

A death threat letter was sent to Salman and his father Salim Khan last year, which was discovered by the Khans’ security team near the Bandra Bandstand promenade outside the actor’s Mumbai home where Salim goes for his routine morning run.

In October last year, the Delhi Police revealed that in the purported plan to assassinate Salman Khan, the member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang tried to befriend the staff of the actor’s farmhouse in Mumbai in a bid to ascertain the details about the timings of his entry and exit.

Earlier this week, security was tightened outside Salman Khan’s Galaxy Apartments after he received a death threat via an email from the Lawrence Bishnoi gang.

The email, reportedly sent by Rohit Garg, mentioned that Lawrence Bishnoi wants to meet Salman Khan in person. Bishnoi wants Salman Khan to apologize in public for killing blackbuck in 1998.

The e-mail stated Salman Khan must have seen the interview given recently to a news channel by Lawrence Bishnoi, and if not, he should see it. It further said if Khan wants to close the matter, he should talk face-to-face with Goldy bhai (Goldy Brar), adding there is still time but “agli bar, jhatka dekhne ko milega (next time you’ll have to face the music).”

Lawrence Bishnoi warned the actor that he would crush his ego sooner or later if he doesn’t apologize.

Lawrence Bishnoi is currently behind bars after was he arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on November 23 last year for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to recruit youth for carrying out terror attacks in Delhi and other parts of the country.

The notorious gangster is also suspected to be behind last year’s brutal gangster-style murder of popular Punjabi singer-rapper Sidhu Moosewala. Bishnoi is the prime suspect in Moosewala’s killing.

In a recent controversy, a Punjab-based news channel allegedly aired a live interview of Bishnoi from inside the Bathinda jail, however, the Punjab Prisons administration denied reports that the program was shot inside any prison in the AAP-ruled state.

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Massive fire breaks out on Garib Rath Express at Bihar’s Muzaffarpur junction

The flames were so intense that they spread to the coach as well.



Massive fire breaks out on Garib Rath Express at Bihar's Muzaffarpur junction

A fire broke out in a Garib Rath Express’s compartment on Friday at the Muzaffarpur Junction in Bihar at around 1:45 pm. According to the reports, the train was supposed to depart for Anand Vihar Terminus at New Delhi at around 3 pm.

The fire emerged in the G-15 compartment of the train. The flames were so intense that they spread to the coach as well.

The fire brigade authorities team along with the fire tenders immediately rushed to the spot and started to douse the fire. Firefighters started the rescue operation and helped the passengers evacuate safely. There was chaos for a while but the fire was controlled in time and a major accident was averted.

Reportedly, train number 12211 Muzaffarpur-Anand Vihar Garib Rath Express had a halt at platform number 2 of the junction. Just when the authorities were planning to open the gate of the bogie, they saw smoke emitting out from the 6-15 bogie.

The vendor present at the station immediately informed the railway personnel. Soon, the firefighters reached the spot and extinguished the fire.

Reports suggest that no casualties due to the fire breakout had come to light. The cause of the fire is said to be a short circuit.

Earlier, a fire broke out in one of the coaches of a train running from Madhya Pradesh’s Betul to Chhindwara. As per initial reports, the fire initially broke out in one coach which later extended to the other two coaches of the train. The fire broke out at a time when the train was parked at the railway yard.

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