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Karnataka: 6 pilgrims killed, 16 injured in road accident visiting Yellamma Devi

The accident occurred when the bus turned turtle after the driver lost control and hit a banyan tree before toppling.

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At least six people were killed, including three women, and sixteen others were injured after a vehicle carrying pilgrims rammed into a banyan tree in Karnataka’s Belagavi district. The accident took place in the wee hours of Thursday near the Chunchanura district.

According to the reports, 23 pilgrims were travelling in a Bolero vehicle from Hulkund village in Ramdurg Taluk to Renuka Yellamma Devi temple at Savadatti. The accident occurred when the bus turned turtle after the driver lost control and hit a banyan tree before toppling.

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Superintendent of Police (SP) Sanjeev Patil rushed to the spot after receiving information about the accident. Five of them died on the spot while another died on the way to the hospital. The deceased are identified as Hanumavva (25), Deepa (31), Savitha (17), Supreetha (11), Indiravva (24) and Maruthi (42). The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital.

The police said the deceased were going towards the temple when, in the middle of their journey, the vehicle driver insisted on giving them a lift. The accident happened five minutes after they boarded the bus.

Minister for Water Resources and District In-Charge Govinda Karajol has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the kin of the victims. He also wished for the speedy recovery of the injured. Katakola police have taken up the investigation of the case.

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Kamal Nath ends switch speculations as he calls Rahul Gandhi our leader, urges Congress workers to join his Yatra

He insisted on togetherness, which will bring this great campaign against injustice to an end.

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Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday ended the speculations of his switching allegiance to BJP as he called Rahul Gandhi “our leader” and urged Congress workers to join the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in the State.

Taking to X, Nath said that the Congress workers were excited to welcome the Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra. He said our leader Rahul Gandhi has taken to the streets across the country and announced a decisive fight against injustice, oppression and exploitation.

He also urged the people of Madhya Pradesh and the State Congress workers to become the strength and courage of Gandhi by joining the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in large numbers. He insisted on togetherness, which will bring this great campaign against injustice to an end.

Earlier, Nath increased more suspense to the rumours as he neither denied nor accepted what has been the hot rumour doing the buzz in the capital.

Speaking to reporters, Nath asked the media to lower their excitement over speculation of him and his son Nakul Kamal Nath joining the BJP and said he is not denying it and will inform them of the news if there is something in the coming days.

Also, he and his son Nakul Kamal Nath arrived in Delhi today reportedly to meet the top leaders of the BJP. However, Congress rejected the rumours of him joining the BJP and recalled what former PM Indira Gandhi said about Nath.

Earlier in Jharkhand, Gandhi said Congress stands for Jal, Jungle, and Jamin of the tribal people, for education and employment of youths. He said economic imbalance, demonetization, GST and unemployment have ruined the future of the youths in the country.  On the way to Bokaro, he interacted with coal miners and their children at Godhar Kali Basti in Dhanbad district. 

On January 14, Congress kicked off the Bharat Jodo Nyaya Yatra from Manipur’s Thoubal. The yatra aims to cover over 6,700 kilometres over 67 days, going through 110 districts.

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I am not Malala, I am safe and free in my country: Kashmiri activist Yana Mir’s speech in UK Parliament shared widely

Kashmiri journalist Mir said she is not Malala Yusufzai who will run away and seek refuge in the UK.

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Kashmiri activist and journalist Yana Mir, addressing a Sankalp Divas event in the British Parliament building, said she is not Malala Yusufzai who will run away and seek refuge in the UK. Asserting that, Mir said she is safe and free in her homeland, Kashmir, which is part of India.

The video of her speech has been shared widely on the internet, in which, she strongly denounced the propaganda mechanism by Pakistan to dent India’s image on the international stage and objected to Malala for defaming her country and homeland by calling it oppressed.

Mir was addressing the Sankalp Divas event hosted by the Jammu and Kashmir Study Centre UK (JKSC) in the British Parliament building. She has been associated with the Jammu and Kashmir Youth Society too.

Addressing the event, she further objected to all such toolkit members on social media and foreign media who never cared to visit Indian Kashmir, instead, they fabricated stories of oppression from their country.  

Mir urged everyone to stop polarising Indians on grounds of religion, Indians won’t allow you to break up us, adding that, Mir said our perpetrators living in the UK in Pakistan will stop maligning my country.

During the event, Mir also received the Diversity Ambassador Award for championing diversity in the J&K region.

The event was attended by over 100 attendees, the gathering included UK Parliament members, community leaders, and representatives from various organisations and prominent members of the diaspora.

The event reaffirmed India’s stance on the region’s integral part of India. It highlighted the need to reclaim areas like Mirpur-Muzaffarabad and Gilgit and Baltistan, which fell victim to Pakistani aggression.

The program was organised to provide a comprehensive overview of the socio-cultural and political landscape of the region. The event emphasised the diverse nature of Jammu and Kashmir, highlighting its multicultural, multireligious, and multilingual characteristics.

The words of the Kashmiri activist deeply resonated with the attendees, displaying her unwavering commitment to her country and her people. Mir’s stance against terrorism and propaganda serves as a reminder of the resilience and unity of the Indian nation.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils statue of Sant Ravidas in Varanasi, says caste bias is destroying humanity

PM Modi said he is taking this opportunity to take forward Sant Ravidas’s resolutions and the opportunity to serve lakhs of his followers. He said on Guru’s Janmteerth, serving all his followers is nothing short of a fortune for him. The Prime Minister said as an MP of Varanasi it is his special responsibility to welcome everyone to fulfill his duty on this holy day.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at Sant Ravidas temple and unveiled a statue of Sant Ravidas on Friday in Varanasi. The Prime Minister along with chief minister Yogi Adityanath paid a floral tribute to Sant Guru Ravidas. Addressing the gathering, PM Modi said caste bias is destroying humanity.

PM Modi said he is taking this opportunity to take forward Sant Ravidas’s resolutions and the opportunity to serve lakhs of his followers. He said on Guru’s Janmteerth, serving all his followers is nothing short of a fortune for him. The Prime Minister said as an MP of Varanasi it is his special responsibility to welcome everyone to fulfill his duty on this holy day.

He said he is going to launch development projects worth hundreds of crores of rupees. In his speech PM Modi said India’s history is witness to the birth of many saints, sages and remarkable individuals who became the guiding force when the nation faced challenges. He said Sant Ravidas emerged as an important figure during the Bhakti movement and revitalised a fragmented and feeble India.

The Prime Minister praised Sant Ravidas for emphasising the significance of freedom to society and for his efforts to unite the community across all social lines. He added Sant Ravidas spoke on issues like discrimination, untouchability and high caste. PM Modi said his administration is advancing Sant Ravidas’s principles and said the BJP government serves everyone and its schemes are inclusive.

He added the ethos of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, and Sabka effort has become the guiding principle to engage the people of India. The Prime Minister emphasised that equality necessitates prioritising the marginalised communities. He said over the past 10 years, efforts have been made towards addressing the needs of those who were earlier excluded from mainstream development.

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