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PM Modi chairs first meeting with new ministers after reshuffle

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired first meeting with new ministers after reshuffle. The two meetings will be held back-to-back. The first meeting of the new cabinet began at 5 pm. PM Modi will also chair a meeting of the council of ministers at 7 pm.

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A day after the cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a virtual meeting of the union cabinet and council of ministers.

The two meetings will be held back-to-back. The first meeting of the new cabinet began at 5 pm. PM Modi will also chair a meeting of the council of ministers at 7 pm. It is usual for the Prime Minister to convene meetings of the Union Cabinet as well as the Council of Ministers after a reshuffle or expansion exercise.

Hours after 43 leaders took oath as ministers in the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday evening as a part of the Cabinet reshuffle exercise, the Centre allocated portfolios to the newly inducted ministers.

In order to give a boost to his government  after criticism for handling of the Covid second wave,  economy and Twitter, PM Modi on Wednesday appointed new ministers for health, IT and oil.  He appointed Mansukh Laxman Mandaviya as the country’s new health minister just hours after Harsh Vardhan, who was the face of the government’s efforts to fight Covid-19, was asked to step down along with his deputy.

To this, the opposition leader P Chidambaram said the removal of the health minister was an acknowledgement that the Modi government had failed in managing the pandemic. He said there is a lesson for ministers in these resignations, if things go right the credit will go to the PM, if things go wrong the ministers will be the fall guy.

The official count of deaths after a surge in Covid-19 infections in April and May passed 400,000 last week. Experts believe the actual number may be much higher and there are fears of a third wave soon. Millions remain unvaccinated.

It was the first Union Cabinet reshuffle and expansion after Prime Minister Modi returned to power for a second term in May 2019.

Meanwhile, ahead of the much-anticipated reshuffle, at least twelve ministers have resigned from the council of ministers so far. Among the big names to resign include IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar.

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The swearing-in ceremony, which took place at Rashtrapati Bhavan amid Covid-19 protocols, came days ahead of the monsoon session of parliament.

In other India News, Pashupati Kumar Paras on Thursday claimed his legacy towards his brother Ram Vilas Paswan and said he is the political successor of his late brother Ram Vilas Paswan.

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Uttar Pradesh: Drunk Ravana dances with bar girl at Ramleela stage in Lucknow, watch viral video here

Ravana, along with his demons, could be seen drunk and dancing with the bar girl.

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After a video of a man, dressed as Lankesh Ravana, grooving to the Haryanavi song Matak Chalungi on streets surfaced on the internet, another video of Ravana, along with his troop, dancing with a bar girl at a Ramleela stage is surfacing on social media.

In the viral video, Ravana and his troop of demons could be seen shaking their legs with the bar girl invited to perform at the Ramleela stage in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow. They also had alcohol bottles in their hands and performed a Bollywood song.

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The 9-days-long festival, Navratri ended on October 5 with Vijayadashmi or Dussehra. Videos of the celebrations from across the country were crazy viral on social media. Multiple videos of Ramleela processions dominated the internet wherein the organisers invited bar girls to perform on the stage.

The videos also triggered social media outrage and also led to many arrests.

A similar incident, as reported above, took place in the Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh wherein pandal organisers invited bar girls to entertain the audience. In the viral video, the bar girl could be seen grooving to the popular Hindi item song Kanta Laga. In the background, Rama and Lakshman could be seen enjoying the bar girl.

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Meanwhile, the Dusshera procession in many cities became problematic as the Ravana effigies fell due to bad weather while in some cities the effigies, on fire, fell on people who gathered to enjoy the procession creating a ruckus.

Several videos of the procession went viral on the internet wherein people could be seen injured. An incident was reported in Muzaffarnagar’s Government Inter College in Uttar Pradesh wherein the Ravana effigy backfired with crackers. The incident was dubbed Ravana’s revenge, however, it raised severe concerns about mismanagement during setting up Ravana effigies.

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Lucknow men drag woman to scummy pond, beat her up, video viral | Watch

Reports say the incident took place in the Bheekhanpur village area which comes under the Nigoha police station.

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Man drowns woman to death

A video of 2 men drowning a woman in a scummy pond and mercilessly thrashing her in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow is doing rounds on the internet.

In the now-viral video, the man was dragging the victim toward a scummy pond. He then was joined by another man and both of them threw punches at her and tried to drown her. However, she managed to rescue herself and fight up. The video also shows another woman trying to save the victim and then they are chased by two men.

Reports say the incident took place in the Bheekhanpur village area which comes under the Nigoha police station. The fight broke over taking buffalos to the pond. The incident took place on September 4, however, the video went viral now.

The police have arrested the accused after the video went viral and the search process is underway for the other accused who escaped, reports further said.

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In May 2022, a similar incident took place in Pune, Maharashtra wherein a man killed his wife by drowning her in front of their children at Mandvi.

The daughter said her father had an argument with her mother and left home threatening to end his life. He later jumped into a well and pretended to be drowning. The daughter also informed that her father knew swimming, reports stated.

Her mother then rushed to save him after hearing his cries. The accused father then pulled her hands into the well and drowned her to death, the daughter said in the police complaint.

In another incident, a 33-year-old government school teacher was drowned to death by her husband and his brother in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. Reports said the accused persons took her in their car on the Ganga canal road and pushed the vehicle into the 16-meter-deep canal.

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Uttar Pradesh: 19-year-old girl strangled to death after being raped in Mainpuri

It is being speculated that fearing that the girl student would complain, the accused raped, murdered the 19 year old and fled from the spot.

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The shocking news of rape has come to light from Bhogaon in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri. After raping the girl student on Wednesday, she was strangled to death and the body was later hanged.

On receiving information about the incident, the police-administration reached the spot and started the investigation in search of the accuse. Currently, the police has sent the body for post-mortem.

While interacting with the media and giving out information about this incident of rape and murder, Mainpuri SP Kamlesh Dixit said that, the police had received information about the rape and murder of the girl in Nagla Sheesham village. The police reached the spot and took immediate action in the matter. He also assured that the culprits will be arrested soon.

According to the information received to the police, a 19-year-old student of B.Sc. second year and resident of Nagla Sheesham village of Bhogaon police station area, was present at home along with her fifteen year old sister. Their parents had gone out for some work an around 3 o’clock in the evening, Pushpendra Lodhi (25), from the same village entered the house and forcibly raped the girl.

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And the accused did not stop there he strangled the girl to death and later hanged the body on the noose. It is being speculated that fearing that the girl student would complain, the accused raped, murdered the 19 year old and fled from the spot.

However, the younger sister present in the house made noise and opened the door of the house, telling the people of the neighborhood about the whole incident. There was a stir in the village as soon as the information about the incident got spread. As soon as the information was received, the parents also hurriedly left for home. At present, the police is looking for the accused.

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