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Five ministers, two from BJP, inducted into N Rangasamy-led first NDA cabinet in Puducherry

After over a month of Puducherry CM N Rangasamy swearing-in as the Puducherry CM, five ministers, two from BJP, inducted into N Rangasamy-led first NDA cabinet on Sunday. A Namassivayam, K Lakshminarayanan, C Djeacoumar, Chandira Priyanga and A K Sai J Saravana Kumar sworn-in as Ministers in the cabinet.



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Nearly two months after the Puducherry election results were announced, five ministers – two from BJP and three from All India NR Congress (AINRC), of the N Rangasamy-led coalition cabinet took over as the Chief Minister of Puducherry on Sunday. 

Puducherry would get its first woman minister in over four decades with the induction of AINRC legislator Chandira Priyanga in the N Rangasamy-led coalition cabinet.

The swearing-in ceremony for the ministers held at 2.30 pm on Sunday in front of the Lt. Governor’s office and residence, Raj Nivas. Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan administered the oath of office and secrecy to five ministers — A Namassivayam and AK Sai J Saravana Kumar of the BJP and K Lakshminarayanan, C Djeacoumar and Chandira Priyanga from the AINRC — at the Raj Nivas.

This announcement ended the suspense over government formation on Friday after the long power-sharing talks between the AIl India NR Congress and the BJP concluded. This is the first time the BJP – which does not have much of a presence in the former French colony – is becoming part of the government

The development comes after President granted nod to the list of cabinet members submitted by Chief Minister Rangasamy to Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Tuesday.

In the recently concluded Assembly election, the AINRC won 10 out of 16 seats it contested and the BJP managed six out of nine seats. However, the Congress, which ruled the state, had slipped to 2 from 15 while its ally DMK did better, winning six seats.

The BJP shares power as a junior partner in the AINRC-led government. The coalition also has the support of three nominated members belonging to the BJP.

Rangasamy submitted the list of the members to be included in his cabinet to Soundararajan on Wednesday. The AINRC founder Rangasamy was sworn in as Puducherry’s chief minister on May 7 and BJP’s Embalam R Selvam was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the 33-member assembly on June 16.

The AINRC-led alliance won the Puducherry assembly elections in the Union territory after the then Congress-led regime collapsed in February.

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Infighting in the BJP and Rangaswamy’s Covid contraction a day after he took oath on May 7 were among the several reasons behind the delay in the cabinet formation. However, the negotiations between the AINRC and BJP over the number of cabinet berths also lead to the delay in cabinet formation.

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Navjot Sidhu’s wife says her husband gifted Punjab CM post to Bhagwant Mann, claiming Arvind Kejriwal wanted Sidhu to lead

She claimed Kejriwal had approached Navjot Singh Sidhu through various channels for CM’s position.



Navjot Sidhu’s wife says her husband gifted Punjab CM post to Bhagwant Mann, claiming Arvind Kejriwal wanted Sidhu to lead

Congress Leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Friday, claimed that her husband and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu had gifted the Punjab Chief Minister’s position to Bhagwant Mann claiming AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal had offered him the position but Sidhu declined it since he did not wanted to betray his party, Congress.

She claimed Kejriwal had approached Navjot Singh Sidhu through various channels for CM’s position. She further added, her husband’s only concern was the welfare of Punjab and he has sacrificed everything for it. She added, Sidhu believes two strong-headed men cannot work together hence, he turned down Kejriwal’s offer.

Punjab went to polls in February 2022, that marked AAP’s power debut in the state with Bhagwant Mann becoming the CM.

She said, Mann would walk on the path of truth then Sidhu would support him and if Mann deviates from the truth then his husband is encircle him from all the sides. Mann had slammed the opposition for their gathering in Jalandhar to support the Editor of Punjab Daily, who is under a vigilance scanner.

Responding to which Kaur said, Mann is running Punjab as pawns being remote controlled from Delhi(referring to AAP high command) and should stop moral lecturing the people.

On June 1, several leaders had gathered at the office of the Punjabi Newspaper Ajit in Jalandhar in support of its Editor-In-Chief Barjinder Singh Hamdard who is under the scanner of Vigilance Bureau over alleged misuse of funds in the construction of Rs 315 crore Jang-e-Azadi memorial in Jalandhar.        

Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who has been battling with Cancer lately, is a former MLA in the Punjab Legislative Assembly and a former Minister. While, Navjot Singh Sidhu, now a Congress leader is a former Indian cricketer. The husband Sidhu made his political debut in 2004 wining the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat in a BJP ticket. He also served as a Minister in then Amarinder Singh government in Punjab.

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Mumbai Mira Road murder: Accused claims to be HIV+, taught maths to daughter-like victim, says she was possessive

Sane told authorities, he got his HIV+ diagnosis in 2008 and has been taking treatment since that time.




Manoj Sane, the suspect in the grisly murder reported in Mira Road, Mumbai, has told police that he never had physical contact with the victim, 32-year-old Saraswati Vaidya, his live-in girlfriend, since he has tested positive for HIV.

Reports said Sane said she was like a daughter to him and he taught her maths. Sane is charged with killing Vaidya, chopping her body, and disposing of the pieces after boiling them in a pressure cooker. Despite knowing each other since 2014, they have been living together in the Mira Road flat for the past three years.

Sane told the authorities that he first met Saraswati 16 years ago when he was working at a ration store. He said he got his HIV+ diagnosis in 2008 and has been taking treatment since then. He claimed to have been in an accident and to have undergone extensive medical treatment. Sane told the authorities that he believed he was infected with HIV while receiving treatment for that accident.

According to Sane, Vaidya was very possessive of him but he used to treat her like his daughter. He also claimed that he’d teach Saraswati maths on a board which the police found on one of the walls of the flat where the couple resided, as the 32-year-old was preparing to appear for Class 10 SSC examinations.

Saraswati Vaidya, the victim, was identified as an orphan by the police on Thursday. However, three of her sisters came to the Naya Nagar Police station on Friday to record their statements.

Although Saraswati Vaidya and Manoj Sane were identified by their neighbours as a live-in couple, Vaidya had told them that she was staying with her uncle. Sane also told the same to them. According to a staffer at the orphanage where she was raised, she told them also that she is staying with her uncle.

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IMD predicts cyclone Biparjoy to strengthen in next 36 Hours

The weather department had also advised fishermen not to venture into the cyclone hit areas in the Arabian Sea.



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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday, warned Cyclone Biparjoy is likely to strengthen in the next 36 hours.

The weather department noted, the cyclone will be heading north-northwestward in the next two days.

Earlier on Friday, the IMD said, the cyclone was over the east-central Arabian Sea and was situated 840 kilometers west-southwest of Goa and 870 km west-southwest of Mumbai at 11:30 pm on June 8.

The weather department had also advised fishermen not to venture into the cyclone hit areas in the Arabian Sea.

In addition, the IMD predicted that the weather conditions are favourable for further advancement of the Southwest monsoon into some parts of the central Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Kerala, few parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The Southwest monsoon might also advance into some more parts of the southwest, Central and northwest Bay of Bengal, and some parts of northeastern states during the next 24 hours, as per the weather department.

The weather department further predicted, light to moderate rain at isolated places in South Gujarat region like Navsari, Valsad, Daman and Dadara Nagar Haveli. Dry weather is anticipated in all the districts of Saurashtra-Kutch and Diu.

In South India, light rainfall with thunderstorm is likely over Kerala, Lakshadweep, Coastal & South Interior Karnataka.

Isolated and scattered rainfall is expected over North Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in the next 5 days.

Further, heavy rainfall is predicted over Andaman & Nicobar Islands on June 9 and 10, Kerala from June 9 to 13, Lakshadweep from June 9 to 11 and Coastal and South Interior Karnataka during June 10-13.

In Northeast India, scattered to fairly widespread rainfall with thunderstorms is expected over the northeast region in the next 5 days.

Meanwhile, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura is likely to witness very heavy rainfall on June 9. Assam and Meghalaya will also witness heavy rainfall on June 12 and 13. In the Northwest India, the weather department forecasts an increase in maximum temperature by about 2 degree Celsius over the plains during the next two days.

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