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Maharashtra: Two workers die, one missing while cleaning septic tank in Pune’s Wagholi; suffocation suspected

The officials said the victims may have died due to suffocation as they were working in an 18-foot deep drainage-cum-septic tank.

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Two sanitation workers died and one went missing while cleaning a septic chamber of a private society in Maharashtra’s Pune. The tragic incident happened after the workers were working in a drainage chamber-cum-septic tank manually in the Wagholi area on Friday morning.

The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) informed the police about the incident. The police reached the spot and found that the two workers died of suspected asphyxiation, while the third one is likely to have gotten trapped inside the tank. The search for the third worker is underway, said police.

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PMRDA’s fire brigade department officials said they got the information about the incident at around 7 am. They immediately rushed to the spot and pulled out the two bodies. The officials said the victims may have died due to suffocation as they were working in an 18-foot deep drainage-cum-septic tank.

The residents of the housing society told the police about the possibility of one more person being stuck inside, as they saw three pairs of footwear outside the septic tank.

Meanwhile, manual cleaning of sewers and septic tanks without protective equipment in the country is a punishable offence as per the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012.

According to the reports, the Pune city civic body has installed three robots called Bandicoot to safely clean and maintain city manholes without endangering the lives of workers.

These high-tech robots can clean sewage effectively and have sensors that can detect the presence of foul gas which is one of the main causes of deaths of sanitation workers while cleaning sewage.

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Odisha health minister shot at by ASI, condition critical; airlifted to Bhubaneshwar

Since Naba Das had police security the shooting has called into severe doubt the effectiveness of security measures

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Odisha health minister shot at by ASI, condition critical; airlifted to Bhubaneshwar

Odisha’s Health Minister Nab Kishore Das was fatally attacked at around 1 pm on Sunday. He was shot at by an ASI on duty. The minister was on his way to attend a programme at Brajrajnagar in Jharsuguda district. As soon as Das got down sitting on the front seat of the car, the ASI shot him twice in the chest. Blood-soaked Das fell near the car.

His supporters present at the spot caught him and called an ambulance and rushed him to the hospital. After some time he was airlifted to Apollo Hospital in Bhubaneswar, where his condition remains critical. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also reached the hospital to meet Das. The crime branch has started investigating the matter.

On the other hand, the police have taken ASI Gopaldas, who fired at the minister, into custody. He is being interrogated, but so far the accused has not given the reason for the attack.

In a serious incident on Sunday near Gandhi chhak near Brajarajnagar in the Jharsuguda district, Odisha Health Minister Naba Das was criticially injured after being shot at by a miscreant. When the incident happened, Naba Das was en route to a programme.

According to reports, Naba Das was shot by unknown gunmen after getting out of his car. Uncertainty persists regarding the firing’s precise cause.

Naba Das was rushed to the hospital right after after the event. Following the firing incident, BJD activists conducted a dharna, which raised tensions at the scene.

Given that the minister was allegedly shot at close range, it is believed that the shooting was pre-planned.

Since Naba Das, who was supposed to attend a large-scale event, also had police escort, the occurrence has called into severe doubt the effectiveness of security measures.

After learning the news over the phone, we are extremely surprised. It’s too soon to identify who is responsible or why it occurred. We ask for God to hasten his healing. Police will conduct a thorough inquiry, and we condemn the incident, said senior BJD leader Prasanna Acharya.

However, Brajrajnagar SDOP Gupteswar Bhoi said that it is unclear what prompted the ASI to fire at the Minister. The concerned official has been arrested and is currently being questioned.

The SDPO denied knowing who gave the ASI the order to shoot at the minister when questioned about it. Naba Das, the senior BJD leader and minister of health for Odisha, was shot at earlier and hurt close to Gandhi Chhak in Brajarajnagar.

When the firing incident was reported, the Minister was en route to a programme. Since Naba Das, who was supposed to attend a large-scale event, also had police escort, the occurrence has called into severe doubt the effectiveness of security measures.

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Papiya Dutta is BJP candidate from Agartala for Tripura elections

Tripura, which was seen as a bastion of the Left parties, saw the BJP in office for the first time in 2018

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Papiya Dutta is BJP candidate from Agartala for Tripura elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced the name of Papiya Dutta as its candidate for the Agartala assembly seat for the ensuing Tripura elections.

BJP’s Central Election Committee made the announcement on Sunday. This came a day after Congress announced the name of its candidate for Agartala. Congress named Sudip Roy Barman as its candidate for Agartala.

Both parties the BJP and the Congress have announced their candidates for the Tripura assembly polls on Saturday with the state set for a multi-cornered contest in the February 16 election for 60 seats in the state assembly.

Congress announced 17 candidates, while the Bharatiya Janata Party published two lists with 48 and six candidates, respectively. Additionally, the agreement between the BJP and IPFT was confirmed. Five seats are up for election by IPFT.

Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik, a candidate for the BJP, is from Dhanpur. The party has not offered tickets to six of its incumbent MLAs for the 2019 elections.

The MLAs that were refused tickets include Vimmi Majumdar, Subhash Chandra Das, Arun Chandra Bhowmik, Virendra Kishore Dev Burman, Parimal Debbarma, and Viplav Kumar.

The state assembly elections are coming up, and the incumbent chief minister Dr. Manik Saha will run from the Town Bordowali district.

Tripura, which was seen as a bastion of the Left parties, saw the BJP in office for the first time in 2018.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, and party chief JP Nadda were among those present at the Bharatiya Janata Party Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting on January 27.

The nomination period ends on January 30. The voting will take place on March 2.

Nine states, as well as possibly the Union Territory of J&K, will have assembly elections in 2023. Given that there will be Lok Sabha elections in 2024, these elections are more significant.

The tone and atmosphere of the major conflict will be established by these state polls. For instance, if the BJP loses in several states, it will inspire the opposition and make it clearer whose leaders have the most negotiating leverage to be prime ministerial contenders.

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Parliament Budget Session: No zero hour, question hour on first 2 days of budget session

On February 2, there will be a discussion on the motion of thanks on the President’s address, after which Prime Minister Modi will respond in both houses of Parliament

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Parliament Budget Session: No zero hour, question hour on first 2 days of budget session

There will be no Zero Hour and Question Hour in both the Houses of Parliament on the first two days of the budget session beginning January 31. A parliamentary bulletin released on Saturday said the budget session of Parliament will begin on January 31 with President Draupadi Murmu’s address to both the Houses in the Central Hall.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha on February 1, the second day of the budget session. The bulletin states that matters of urgent public importance raised during Zero Hour will be taken up from February 2, 2023. On February 2, there will be a discussion on the motion of thanks on the President’s address, after which Prime Minister Modi will respond in both houses of Parliament.

Budget session will run till February 13

It has been said in the bulletin that the budget session will be in two parts. The first part will run till February 13. At the same time, the second part will run till April 6 after the holiday on March 13. During this, the demands for grants of various ministries will be discussed and the Union Budget will be passed. Other legislative business will also be taken up by the government during this period.

All party meeting will be held tomorrow

The government has called an all-party meeting ahead of the budget session of Parliament. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi told that this meeting will be held on January 30 in the Parliament Annexe building in the afternoon. Apart from this, there will also be a meeting of NDA floor leaders on the afternoon of January 30 to chalk out a strategy for floor cooperation. According to the information, during this meeting, the government will seek cooperation from all the parties to run the Parliament smoothly. Also, the opposition parties are expected to mention the issues they want to raise during the session.

There will be 27 meetings in the budget session

The budget session of Parliament will begin on January 31. On this day, President Draupadi Murmu will address the joint sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the session will have 27 sittings and run till April 6 with a break of one month for scrutiny of budget papers. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget 2023-24 on 1 February.

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