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Cabinet reshuffle: 7 ministers of state get a thumbs up

In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first massive cabinet reshuffle, seven ministers of states including Anurag Thakur, Kiren Rijiju, G Kishan Reddy, RK Singh, Mansukh Mandaviya, Hardeep Singh Puri and Parshottam Rupala have been promoted and given the cabinet rank.

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Cabinet reshuffle

In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first massive cabinet reshuffle, a number of key portfolios including health, law, information and technology and railways have gone to new ministers on Wednesday.

A day after the reboot of the union cabinet, a number of newly appointed ministers took charge of their assignments, including Mansukh Mandaviya, the new Health Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, the new Railways and IT minister, Anurag Thakur, the new Information and Broadcasting minister and Dharmendra Pradhan, the new education and skill development minister.

With this rejig, PM Modi now has 30 cabinet ministers, two MoS with independent charge and 45 MoS. In total, there are 78 members in the Council of Ministers, including the prime minister, up from 53. There are 36 new faces in the Modi cabinet now.

The reboot cabinet has several new faces, while seven ministers of state have been promoted and given the cabinet rank. In the PM Modi’s new cabinet, seven ministers of states including Anurag Thakur, Kiren Rijiju, G Kishan Reddy, RK Singh, Mansukh Mandaviya, Hardeep Singh Puri and Parshottam Rupala have been promoted and given the cabinet rank.

In a surprise move, first-time inductee Ashwini Vaishnaw, 1994-batch Odisha cadre IAS officer, a Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha and private secretary to prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2004, has not only given a cabinet rank but three important portfolios – railways, communications and information technology.

BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav, considered close to Amit Shah, another first-time cabinet minister will take the charge as labour minister replacing Santosh Singh Gangwar, who was dropped from the cabinet.

Hardeep Singh Puri was elevated to a cabinet rank with the charge for both his earlier housing and urban affairs portfolio and now the petroleum ministry too.

Kiren Rijiju, who was earlier the sports minister, was also given a cabinet rank as the new law minister, replacing Ravi Shanker Prasad, who was also dropped.

Anurag Singh Thakur, who was a junior minister of finance and corporate affairs, has been given charge of the crucial Information and Broadcasting ministry. Additionally, he will handle Youth Affairs and Sports.

Mansukh Mandaviya, MP from Gujarat’s Saurashtra region and an important young face in PM Modi government since 2016 is considered to be the biggest gainers in the PM Modi’s new Cabinet.  

Succeeding Harsh Vardhan, who has been dropped from the Council of Ministers despite being one of the strongest defenders of government policies during Covid, Mandaviya will take the charge of health and family welfare as well as chemicals and fertilisers ministries

Among the top gainers, Jyotiraditya Scindia, a key player in dismantling the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh was given the civil aviation portfolio.

Former chief ministers Narayan Rane and Sarbananda Sonowal were given charge of the ministries of micro, small medium enterprises (MSME) and shipping, respectively.

From NDAs Bihar ally, JD(U)’s RCP Singh was appointed as the steel minister while the LJP’s Pashupati Kumar Paras, Chirag Paswan’s uncle, is the new food processing industries minister.

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The top four portfolios, though, remained unchanged — home affairs ministry will continue to function under Amit Shah, defence under Rajnath Singh, finance with Nirmala Sitharaman and external affairs with S. Jaishankar.

In other India News, the first look of Kriti Sanon’s upcoming film Mimi is out and the actor dropped the first look poster on Thursday.

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Uttar Pradesh: Two Muslim children tied to tree, beaten up over allegations of molestation | Watch

The man can also be heard using Islamophobic slurs as he continuously beat up the children with kicks and punches.

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A harrowing story has come to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district where two Muslim children were tied to a tree and mercilessly beaten up by locals over allegations of molesting. According to reports, the man who accused the two children and assaulted them has been identified as Triloki.

It was reported that the two children had come to the area to pluck leaves from the trees to feed their goat, however, the local man after noticing the 2 children plucking trees suspecting them of molesting her daughter after which he accused them of molestation.

Tiloki tied the two minors to a tree and viciously assaulted the two children, as the video of the spine-chilling incident went viral.

In the video, two children can be seen getting tied to a tree as the two children can be seen brutally assaulted by a man. The man can be seen repeatedly beating up the two children while other locals continue to tie the children.

The man can also be heard using Islamophobic slurs as he continuously beat up the children with kicks and punches.

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According to reports, after the father of the two children got to know what was happening to his children, he rushed to the place and rescued his children. The father rushed to the Barabanki police station and filed a complaint against Triloki and others who were assaulting his children.

Police action

After learning about the incident, the police registered an FIR and arrested Triloki in the matter whereas 2 others are still absconding, suggest reports.The police are further investigating the case.

Twitter reactions

After the video of the incident went viral, many users came forward to add their take on the incident as one user wrote that the country is turning into a horror story and further wrote that now they don’t feel like living in this country anymore owing to the communal atmosphere.

One user also wrote and said that the actions by the man were sadistic and grievous, however, the user further added that it is not a surprise although as the news is coming from Uttar Pradesh.

One user also wrote that this incident is terrible and further wrote that such incidents in India have brought shame to the country yet again.

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5 bogies of Satyagraha Express detach from engine in Bihar, no injuries reported | WATCH

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Five bogies of the Satyagraha Express train detached from the engine near Majhaulia station in Bettiah in Bihar. Miraculously, however, all the passengers escaped unscathed and no injuries have been reported.

According to reports, the incident happened at the Muzaffarpur-Narkatiaganj railway section, triggering panic among passengers.

A team of East Central Railway officials immediately rushed to the spot and reattached the separated bogies to the train running from Bihar’s Raxaul district to New Delhi. As per officials, the coupling is used to connect two bogies together malfunctioned resulting in bogies getting separated from the engine.

A video of the incident is doing the rounds on the internet.

The officials said that no passenger was injured in the incident and a probe has been launched to investigate the malfunction.

Local media reported that the incident took place at around 10 am on Thursday morning and the engine travelled several kilometers after the bogies were detached.

In a similar incident, three bogies of a goods train derailed at the Tankuppa station in Bihar due to which two trains were cancelled and several more had to be diverted in December last year. Railway officials said the accident happened because the brakes on the train got jammed.

No injuries were reported in the mishap.

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Children proud that Siddique Kappan is their father, says Kappan’s wife after his release

Siddique Kappan, a journalist from Kerala, said – he struggled – minutes after leaving jail on Thursday in front of media teams, a small crowd of onlookers, and his wife and teenage son who had been waiting patiently for more than two years since he was arrested while travelling to Hathras.

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journalist Siddique Kappan with his family

Siddique Kappan, a journalist from Kerala, said – he struggled – minutes after leaving jail on Thursday in front of media teams, a small crowd of onlookers, and his wife and teenage son who had been waiting patiently for more than two years since he was arrested while travelling to Hathras.

Both the relief and the sorrow were clearly visible on their faces. In October 2020, Kappan and three other people were detained as they travelled to the Uttar Pradesh town where a Dalit woman allegedly died from rape. They were charged with attempting to incite violence in response to the woman from Hathras’s passing.

Kappan told PTI that he would be Delhi as his stay there must last for atl least six weeks.

He laughed when asked how life had been in prison and replied that he struggled more. His mother passed away during his two-and-a-half years in prison.

Kadijah was his mother’s name. She misses seeing Kappan return home, said Raihana, the wife of Kappan.

The Supremen Court granted Kappan bail and his innocence was established. A period of two-and-a-half years was not brief, said Raihana while talking to PTI. She also said that the family underwent through a great deal of misery but she was glad as justice was finally done, even if delayed.

I reiterate that Kappan is a media person, Raihana emphasised.

The couple has three children- Muzammil (19), Zidhan (14) and Mehnaz (9).

Our children were waiting him home. Their joy was snatched away. Can they ever forget their father? They are pleased to acknowledge the journalist Siddique Kappan as their father. Their oldest, son, Muzammil, who was also waiting outside with his mother, reaffirmed that his father was a journalist.

He asked that what has caused his father’s excruciating pain for the past 2.5 years? He also said that they were currently anticipating his release and were overjoyed. He appreciated those who were waiting for Kappan’s release with them.

According to Kappan’s attorney Mohamed Dhanish KS, the journalist had been detained in the district jails of Mathura and Lucknow but had been released twice, once when he contracted Covid and was admitted to AIIMS, Delhi, and again to visit his ailing mother.

Police prosecuted Kappan under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and various sections of the Indian Penal Code on the basis of allegations that he had ties to the now-banned Popular Front of India (PFI).

The Supreme Court granted him bail in connection with the case in September of last year. After Kappan was released from an Uttar Pradesh prison, a bench under the leadership of the then-chief justice Uday Umesh Lalit ordered him to stay in Delhi for six weeks.

He remained prisoned, though, as a result of a money laundering case brought by the Enforcement Directorate.

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