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Suvendu Adhikari quits Mamata cabinet, CM’s nephew’s rise believed to be reason

In a jolt to the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, West Bengal Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari resigned from his Cabinet post on Friday.

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In a jolt to the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, West Bengal Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari resigned from his Cabinet post on Friday. He sent his resignation to the Chief Minister and emailed a copy to West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.

The West Bengal Governor tweeted that he had received Ashikari’s letter of resignation from office and that the issue will be addressed from constitutional perspective.

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Suvendu Adhikari represents West Bengal’s Nandigram constituency and for the past three months has made his discontent known within the party. He skipped party and cabinet meetings and attended rallies at which there were neither Trinamool banners nor portraits of Mamata Banerjee. A war of nerves had begun between Banerjee and Adhikari, reports said. They added that he is likely to quit the party too, however, Adhikari remains a member of the party and a MLA, for now.

It is said that the growing prominence of Mamata Banerjee nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who is the MP from Diamond Harbour, troubles Adhikari. He was also unhappy at the Trinamool’s growing reliance on poll strategist Prashant Kishor.

Reports said Banerjee sent Kishor to Adhikari’s East Midnapore residence. Kishor spoke to Adhikari’s father Sisir Adhikari, who is a TMC MP. Banerjee has now tasked senior TMC leader Sougata Roy with holding talks with Adhikari, and the latter has held several inconclusive meetings with him.

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Adhikari holds influence in 35-40 Assembly constituencies that fall in the tribal Jangalmahal area. Adhikari is reported to be heading to Delhi on Saturday, however, the big question remains whether he will join the BJP. Reports said Adhikari may reconsider his decision if he gets more organisational control than Abhishek Banerjee.

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Visakhapatnam to be the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, interesting facts you need to know about the city

The announcement came nine years after the state of Telangana was spilt from its territory and was given Hyderabad as its capital.

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Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday announced that Visakhapatnam will be Andhra Pradesh’s new capital.

Speaking at an event in Delhi the Congress chief said Visakhapatnam is going to be the capital in the days to come and he will be shifting to the city in the months to come. The announcement came nine years after the state of Telangana was spilt from its territory and was given Hyderabad as its capital.

Visakhapatnam has been the source of social, legal, economic, and political friction over the past several years.

A look at some interesting facts about Visakhapatnam

  • Visakhapatnam is the third largest city on East Coast beside Kolkata and Chennai with 682 square kilometres. It is also known as the Jewel of the East Coast.
  • India’s first nuclear submarine was launched in Visakhapatnam in 2009. INS Arihant Strategic Strike Nuclear Submarine is the lead ship of India’s Arihant class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.
  • It is the only city in India with two of the largest ports in the country. Visakhapatnam port, which started in 1933, is one of the 13 major ports in India.
  • India’s first Submarine Museum was opened in the city. INS Kursura is one of the first four submarines bought by the Indian navy in 1969 and played a key role in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war.
  • In 1941, Hindustan Shipyard Limited was first started in India in Visakhapatnam which is the oldest shipyard built with over 170 vessels.
  • Visakhapatnam is the land of Alluri Seeta Rama Raju who was a famous Indian revolutionary of India’s independence movement against the British.
  • The city is connected to Chennai and Kolkata via Bhubaneswar and Vijayawada by National Highway 16.
  • It is also one of the major tourist spots in India with places to visit like Borra Caves, Kailasagiri, Araku Valley, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Rama Krishna Beach, and others.
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Air India Pee Gate: Delhi court grants bail to accused Shankar Mishra

Shankar Mishra is accused of urinating on a co-passenger on board a New York-Delhi Air India flight on November 26.

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A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to Shankar Mishra, the man who peed on an elderly woman on an Air India flight from New York to Delhi in November 2022.

Additional Sessions Judge Harjyot Singh Bhalla granted him bail on a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh, reports said. The court reserved its order on Monday and the case was heard in Delhi’s Patiala Court today.

Earlier this month, Mishra was denied bail by a MM court and the court held that his alleged act of relieving himself upon the complainant was utterly disgusting and repulsive and sufficient to outrage the modesty of any woman.

Shankar Mishra was arrested from Bengaluru on January 7 after the Delhi Police filed a case against him over the incident and said it had defamed India on the international stage.

The Delhi Police said they had recorded a statement by the woman sitting next to the complainant, Illa Banerjee who was sitting on 9C. She also sent an email statement to the police, reports said.

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Shankar Mishra is accused of urinating on a co-passenger on board a New York-Delhi Air India flight on November 26. He had been absconding since the matter triggered outrage on social media and the victim demanded action.

Following the incident, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued a show-cause notice to Air Indi and slammed the airline for handling the incident in an unprofessional manner. Mishra was also sacked by Wells Fargo, where was the vice president.

Reports also said Misha was in an inebriated state and pleaded with the co-passenger to not report his misconduct as it would affect his both professional and personal image.

Mishra was booked under Sections 510 (misconduct in public by a drunken person), 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman), 294 (sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place), 354 (intending to outrage modesty) of the Indian Penal Code as well as a section of the Aircraft Rules Act in a case registered at IGI airport police station.

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Asaram Bapu gets life imprisonment in 2013 rape case

Gandhinagar Sessions Court on Tuesday sentenced life imprisonment to the self-styled godman Asaram Bapu in the 2013 Rape Case.

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BREAKING: Gandhinagar Sessions Court on Tuesday sentenced life imprisonment to the self-styled godman Asaram Bapu in the 2013 Rape Case.

The Court convicted him on Monday in a rape case filed by a Surat-based disciple in 2013 for repeatedly raping her from 2001 to 2006 while she was staying in his ashram in Ahmedabad.

As per the FIR filed against Asaram Bapu at Chandkheda police station in Ahmedabad, Bapu with six others raped the woman disciple on several occasions before she managed to escape. The chargesheet for the same was filed in July 2014.

The 81-year-old is currently serving a life sentence in the Jodhpur Central Jail for raping a 16-year-old girl in his Jodhpur Ashram in 2013.

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