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Bomb blast hits Afghanistan’s Kunduz mosque during Friday prayers, 50 dead, multiple casualties

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A bomb blast at Shiite mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz has left several casualties today during Friday prayers, a senior Taliban official and witnesses said. At least 50 people were killed as Afghanistan had witnessed several attacks since the Taliban takeover in August. Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Shiite mosque was the target and that a large number of worshippers were killed and wounded in the attack.

Air India returns to Tata Sons’ ownership after 68 years

Tata Sons emerged as the successful bidder for national carrier Air India on Friday. Ending a decades-long struggle to offload the money-losing flag carrier, Air India returned back to its founders Tata Sons after 68 years as the company had placed a winning bid of Rs 18,000 crore to re-acquire the 100% stakes of the airline.

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to journalists Philipino Maria Ressa, Russian Dmitry Muratov

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov have won the Nobel Peace Prize for their courageous fight to defend freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia. The Norwegian Nobel Committee stressed that an independent press is vital in promoting peace. Read full story

Union Minister’s son Ashish Mishra, accused of killing farmers, skips police questioning

Union Minister Ajay Mishra’s son, Ashish Mishra, who allegedly ran over a jeep on protesting farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri, skipped police questioning on Thursday reportedly fled to Nepal. Mishra has been named in an FIR lodged in the Lakhimpur violence case under IPC section 302 (murder). Read full story

Supreme Court says not satisfied with UP government action on Lakhimpur Kheri violence

The Supreme Court is not satisfied with the steps taken by the Uttar Pradesh government in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which 8 people were killed. The apex court also questioned the Yogi Adityanath govt for not arresting the accused against whom FIR has been lodged.

IMPS daily transaction limit increased to Rs 5 lakh from 2 lakh

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today increased the daily IMPS transactions limit to Rs 5 lakh from 2 lakh for customers accessing IMPS service via internet banking, mobile banking apps, bank branches and ATMs. Read full story

Kapil Sibal questions PM Modi’s silence over Lakhimpur Kheri deaths, demands sympathy for victims

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence over the deaths of people who lost his life in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence on Sunday. He also asked PM Modi how he would have reacted to the violence that took away 8 lives. Read full story

89th Air Force Day parade pay tribute to 1971 war heroes | Watch

The Indian Air Force marked 89 years of its foundation today on October 8. Celebrations are taking place at the Hindon Air Force Station in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad in which a parade show is taking place to pay tribute to 1971 war heroes.

Read Also: BJP celebrates Narendra Modi’s 20 years in public office, spreads awareness about PM Modi’s work, undertakes cleanliness campaigns

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Varun Gandhi’s name not included in BJP executive list, Pilibhit MP says not attended single NEC in 5 years

BJP released the 80 members list of executives in which BJP MP from Pilibhit and his mother Maneka Gandhi’s names were not included. Soon after, people started drawing conclusions that this must be because Varun Gandhi condemned the violence that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri. However, Varun Gandhi denied all such reports and said that he have not attended a single NEC for the last five years and he certianly did not think he will be included in the list.

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Swati Maliwal reacts to viral video, refers accused as political hitman

The Rajya Sabha MP added that the political hitman is getting his people to tweet and play videos without any context.

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal has reacted to the viral video, allegedly shot at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence. The video shows the Rajya Sabha MP in a heated confrontation with the staff. 

Reacting to the viral video on X, formerly Twitter, Swati Maliwal said that like every time, this political hitman has started efforts to save himself.  She was apparently referring to Bibhav Kumar, whom she accused of assaulting her. 

The Rajya Sabha MP added that the political hitman is getting his people to tweet and play videos without any context. She added that the truth will be revealed to everyone as soon as the CCTV footage of the house and the room is checked.

She concluded that he may fall to whatever level he can, but God is watching everything, and one day everyone’s truth will come out in front of the world. Earlier, Swati Maliwal has alleged that she was assaulted by the Chief Minister’s personal assistant, Bibhav Kumar, when she sought time to meet the Chief Minister that day. 

In the viral video, shared across the social media platforms, Swati Maliwal can be seen engaged in a heated exchange with staff members who are requesting her to exit the drawing room. 

In the footage, Bibhav Kumar, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s former PA implicated in the assault allegations, is seen present in the room while other staff are speaking with Swati Maliwal. Additionally, MP Swati Maliwal is also heard issuing a threat to one of the staff members, vowing to ensure their job termination. However, the authenticity of the video remains unverified.

In the formal complaint lodged with the Delhi Police, Swati Maliwal detailed a disturbing sequence of events, alleging that Bibhav Kumar subjected her to multiple instances of physical violence. Maliwal alleged that Bibhav Kumar repeatedly slapped her at least seven to eight times while she continued to cry. She also said that she was dragged and kicked in the chest, stomach, and pelvis area.

The complaint stated that when she entered the office and attempted to reach the Chief Minister’s PA, Bibhav Kumar, she was unable to find him. She then entered the residence and was told to wait in the drawing room, when Bibhav Kumar suddenly entered, shouting and abusing her. The alleged assault took place on May 13, when she visited the Civil Lines residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. 

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ED names Arvind Kejriwal, AAP as accused in Delhi excise policy case

Arvind Kejriwal was taken into custody on March 21. The Supreme Court last Friday granted him interim bail.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been named toady as a prime accused by the Enforcement Directorate in a new supplemental chargesheet in the money laundering case pertaining to the now-scrapped Delhi liquor excise policy 2021–2022.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been identified as an accused in the case by the central inquiry agency.

In the excise policy case, the ED informed the Supreme Court that it had found conversations between Arvind Kejriwal and hawala operators about the purported profits of crime.

The organization said that since Kejriwal declined to provide the password to his devices, the chats were retrieved from the hawala operators’devices.

Kejriwal filed a plea contesting the legality of his arrest by the EnforcementDirectorate, and the top court has reserved its decision. It allowed the Delhi Chief Minister to petition the trial court for bail without compromising his legal rights and appeals before the Supreme Court.

The CM filed a plea contesting the legality of his arrest by the EnforcementDirectorate, and the top court has reserved its decision. It allowed the Delhi Chief Minister to petition the trial court for bail without compromising his legal rights and appeals before the Supreme Court.

After the Delhi CM ignored nine summonses from the ED, he was taken into custody on March 21. The Supreme Court last Friday granted him interim bail. Last month, bail was granted for Sanjay Singh, his party colleague. Two other leaders of the party, Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain, remain incarcerated.

On August 22, 2022, the ED filed a money laundering case in response to a CBI FIR that had been filed on August 17, 2022, in order to investigate suspected anomalies in the DelhiExcise policy of 2021–2022.

Following Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena’s recommendation for an investigation into purported irregularities in the formulation and execution of the liquor policy, the CBI had filed a FIR.

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Rahul Gandhi says Congress will give 10kg free ration if elected to power

He also recalled that during the UPA government, the Congress has given legal status to the right to food through the Food Security Act.

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Ahead of the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha election, Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the Congress will provide 10 Kg free ration to the poor families if elected to power. He added that 10 Kg ration along with Rs 8500 per month will promote education and self-employment among millions in the country.

Taking to social media platform X, formerly Twitter, Rahul Gandhi said that Congress has taken another big decision for the poor families of the country. He promised that his party will give 10 Kg free ration, instead of 5Kg. He also recalled that during the UPA government, the Congress has given legal status to the right to food through the Food Security Act. and that 10 Kg free ration will be the next step in the direction.

Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of running a government of Adani, and making 20-25 billionaires, the senior Congress leader said that Congress will make crores of millionaires and run the government of Indians. Earlier, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge also promised to provide 10Kg free ration if voted to power.

Meanwhile, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Thursday slammed BJP’s 5Kg ration policy at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Raebareli, where Rahul Gandhi is contesting. She said that 5Kg ration will not make one self-reliant, but employment will. She explained the electorates need to understand that political parties whose ideologies make people dependent is not right. She concluded that voters will choose employment over 5Kg ration that BJP promises.

Along with 10Kg free ration, Congress has also promised to start recuitment process for 30 lakh government post by August 15. The Party also vowed to provide the youth their first job of Rs 1 lakh per year. It also guranteed better working conditions, pensions and social security for the work force of the gig economy.

Furthermore, the Congress also promised start-up funds for young entrepreneurs at district levels from the national funds of Rs 5000 crore. The party also pledged to give National minimum wage of Rs400 per day, including all MGNREGS workers, and stop contractualisation of employment in core government functions.

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