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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was detained by the Delhi police on Wednesday during a protest against the administration’s ongoing anti-encroachment drive across the erstwhile state, especially in Kashmir valley

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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was detained by the Delhi police on Wednesday during a protest against the administration’s ongoing anti-encroachment drive across the erstwhile state, especially in Kashmir valley.

According to reports, a team of women police officials of the Delhi police lifted the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief up from the site of the protest and carried her into a nearby police van which then drove off carrying the former J&K CM and her supporters inside.

Videos of the incident showed Mufti being lifted and carried into the van by police officials.

Reports said, Mufti, accompanied by scores of her party workers planned to march from Railway Bhawan to Parliament, where she wanted to inform opposition parties about the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s “bulldozer policy”.

Mufti said that they had come to inform public, opposition parties and members of the ruling BJP about the misery faced by the people in Jammu and Kashmir. The former chief minister warned that she will approach the United Nations if they aren’t allowed to go to the Parliament and their grievances aren’t redressed.

Mufti asked: If we can’t go to Parliament, I wonder where we should go then. Does the government want us to get our grievances redressed?”

Mufti said they came to Delhi to “speak our hearts out since rule of law is absent in Jammu and Kashmir”, adding that it seemed that voice of the general public is muzzled here also.

Jammu and Kashmir is being razed and being turned into Afghanistan. Our economy is being destroyed; Mufti was heard shouting while being detained.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has launched an anti-encroachment drive to recover state land illegally occupied by “influential persons” across the erstwhile state.

The authorities have reiterated that the main target of the drive is to bring down high-profile land grabbers, however, many from weaker sections claim to have borne the brunt of the eviction drive.

‘BJP is akin to East-India company’

On Monday, Mehbooba Mufti out at the BJP over the ongoing anti-encroachment drive in the Union Territory, comparing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led regime to the East-India Company who wants to reduce the erstwhile state to rubble like war-torn Afghanistan.

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In a statement, the PDP chief claimed that the situation in Kashmir is worse than Palestine where the conditions are “better”. She alleged that earlier it was suspected that BJP had taken a cue from Israel’s treatment of Palestine but now the saffron party wants to turn Jammu and Kashmir into Afghanistan.

Commenting on J&K administration’s anti-encroachment drive Mufti claimed that Palestine was in a better situation as people can at least talk about their woes, whereas Kashmir is “worse” where people’s homes are being razed by bulldozers.

Mufti compared the BJP government with the East-India Company for it’s alleged suppression of dissent and free speech, alleging that the PM Modi regime has  “weaponized” its majority to “bulldoze” the Constitution, while referring to the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019.

The PDP chief alleged that the BJP was also weaponized media to “crush the voice of dissent and judiciary.”

Mufti claimed that the BJP government has Kashmir has turned into Afghanistan as you can find bulldozers at every corner, ready to demolish homes of those the government doesn’t agree with.

She said that the BJP has outsourced jobs and resources out of the Union Territory while probe agencies like the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and National Investigation Agency (NIA) are being used to silence dissenting journalist and politicians across the country.

Mufti added that “crooks and conmen” are being given 45,000-hectare land while the people of Kashmir are being driven out of their land on the pretext of anti-encroachment drive.

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Rajya Sabha Election: Congress wins 3 seats in Karnataka, BJP 1

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CM DK Shivakumar said this shows the unity and integrity of Congress. He thanked all the MLAs, party workers and the media. He said he is very happy that all the candidates from Congress won. He thanked all the voters, chief minister and the party workers and the AICC president also.

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The ruling Congress in Karnataka won three seats and the BJP one in the Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka on Tuesday. The candidates who were selected to Rajya Sabha are Syed Naseer Hussain, GC Chandrasekhar and Ajay Maken who belong to the Congress, and Narayansa K Bhandage of the BJP.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CM DK Shivakumar said this shows the unity and integrity of Congress. He thanked all the MLAs, party workers and the media. He said he is very happy that all the candidates from Congress won. He thanked all the voters, chief minister and the party workers and the AICC president also. He said he would like to thank Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge.

Congress candidates Naseer Hussain and former union minster Ajay Maken won with 47 votes, while GC Chandrasekhar secured 45 votes. The BJP won 1 Rajya Sabha seat from Karnataka with candidate Narayansa Bhandage securing 47 votes.

Each Rajya Sabha candidate needed at least 45 votes in the 224-MLA Karnataka Assembly to win a Rajya Sabha seat from the state. With 135 MLAs, the Congress had the exact number to elect its three candidates. The BJP has 66 MLAs, which secured a comfortable win for party worker Narayansa Bhandage.

The Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant following the retirement of 4 members – Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar (BJP) and Congress’s GC Chandrashekhar, Syed Naseer Hussain and L Hanumanthaiah

5 candidates contested for the 4 Rajya Sabha seats in the elections, including JD(S) contestant D Kupendra Reddy. The elections were marred by cross-voting. One of the BJP MLAs, ST Somasekhar voted for the Congress’s Maken, the other, A Shivaram Hebbar, abstained. Leader of Opposition R Ashoka said they would seek action against Somahekhar, and termed the MLA’s decision political suicide. Soon after voting, Somashekhar told the media that he voted as per his conscience.  

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Karan Johar hails Anant Ambani’s Vantara initiative, here’s more about the project

Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation announced the launch of Vantara on Monday.

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Karan Johar thanked Anant Ambani for his new initiative, Vantara, on his Instagram post today. KJo discussed the program and the Ambani family’s deep-rooted passion for animals in this post.

Taking to Instagram, the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai-director shared a video and said, with its foundation in a profound love for animals and wildlife in general, Anant Ambani’s Vantara effort only serves to confirm his faith in his compassion and commitment for the cause. Karan Johar also said Anant Ambani never dose anything half-hearted as he gave the world a more heart-ful space.

The Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahani director said Vantara is not only about saving and caring for animals; it also strives to give them the greatest possible rehabilitation. The Vantara initiative, recently introduced by Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation, is dedicated to the rescue, medical attention, and rehabilitation of hurt, mistreated, and endangered animals, both domestically and overseas. The filmmaker extended his love and support to the entire Reliance group and also thanked them again for providing a safe space for wildlife.

What is Vantara Initiative?

On Monday, Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation announced the launch of Vantara, a broad program designed to save, caring for, treat, and rehabilitate wounded abused, and threatened animals both domestically and worldwide.

The project is regarded as the largest animal rescue and rehabilitation center in the world. It was the idea of Anant Ambani,who is on the boards of Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation.

Located across 3,000 acres, the animal refuge is situated in the Green Belt of Reliance’s Jamnagar Refinery Complex and features a jungle-like environment that mimics the natural, enriching, lush and verdant habitat for the rescued species to thrive in. It is said that more than 2,000 rescued animals have been transported to the facility from all around the world and the country.

Meanwhile, Anant Ambani soon-to-be wife Radhika Merchant is also involved in this initiative.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says BJP will win 10 seats or more from Kerala in Lok Sabha elections

The Prime Minister said during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kerala gave a two digit vote share for the BJP but this time the party will win 2 digit seats from Kerala. He added the opposition parties have realised their defeat in the elections of 2024. PM Modi said they have lost their mental balance. He said the opposition parties do not have a roadmap for the country’s development.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Thiruvanthpuram on Tuesday that the BJP would win double-digit seats from Kerala in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Prime Minister was addressing a rally of BJP workers to mark the conclusion of a month-long, state-wide padyatra led by party state president K Surendran.

The Prime Minister said during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kerala gave a two digit vote share for the BJP but this time the party will win 2 digit seats from Kerala. He added the opposition parties have realised their defeat in the elections of 2024. PM Modi said they have lost their mental balance. He said the opposition parties do not have a roadmap for the country’s development.

He said their only agenda is to utter abuses against Modi. He said he is confident that Kerala will stand with him this time. This has been the prime minister’s third visit to Kerala in less than 2 months. The prime minister said the huge crowd that had joined the Surendran-led padyatra has made the BJPs target of 370 seats in the Lok Sabha easier.

The Prime Minister said he is committed to fulfill the expectations of people and this is Modi’s guarantee. He said the BJP-led union government has never shown any discrimination towards Kerala. He said in the last 10 years the BJP-led central government has ensured Kerala’s development and the wise people of the state know this.

PM Modi predicted that in the third term of the BJP government, India will become the largest force in the world and this is Modi’s Guarantee. He said the third Modi government will increase its fight against corruption. He added in the last 10 years, more than 25 crore people have been brought out of poverty. The Prime Minister referred to various development projects and schemes which have been launched during the BJP rule at the centre. 

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