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EC announces Bhabanipur bypoll on September 30



Mamata Banerjee

The Election Commission of India on Saturday announced the by-election for West Bengal’s Bhabanipur Assembly constituency will be held on September 30. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is expected to contest from here to enter the state Assembly. The EC said the results will be out on October 3. The EC has announced bypolls in an assembly constituency of Odisha and 2 other Bengal seats.

Bhabanipur seat fell vacant since May 21 when Trinamool Congress’s Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay resigned from the seat. A borough of Mamata Banerjee, the CM contested the 2021 elections from Nandigram instead against Suvendu Adhikari, a former protege now in the BJP. Banerjee had won from Bhabanipur both in 2016 and 2011, when she unseated the CPM-led Left Front.

According to an Election Commission press note, the West Bengal chief secretary has informed that in view of administrative exigencies and public interest and to avoid a vacuum in the state, by-elections for Bhabanipur, from where CM Mamata Banerjee intends to contest elections, may be conducted.

As per the press note, the commission has decided not to hold by-elections in other 31 Assembly Constituencies and three parliamentary constituencies across India. Considering the constitutional exigency and special request from West Bengal, it has decided to hold a by-election in Bhabanipur.

Though Mamata was sworn in as the chief minister of West Bengal, she will have to become an MLA within six months after the formation of the government.

The BJP had bet big on wresting power from Banerjee in the 2021 polls. But despite all that, the Trinamool Congress won 213 seats in the 294-seat Assembly. Given the huge mandate, the many leaders who had switched parties returned to the Trinamool fold. A founding TMC member, Mukul Roy returned to Banerjee’s side as did his son Subhranshu Roy.

Former Union Minister Babul Supriyo announced that he has quit politics and would continue to work as the MP from Asansol for this term. He said he will continue to do social work. 

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Man seeking job in Indian Army attempts to breach PM Modi’s security in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security was breached in Varanasi after a BJP worker jumped in front of PM Modi’s convoy asking for a job in Indian Army.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security was breached in Varanasi. An Indian Army aspirant jumped in front of PM Modi’s convoy, asking for a job in defence. Later, he was held by the police.

After laying the foundation stone of the International Cricket Stadium on Saturday, PM Modi with CM Yogi attended the evening musical show at Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre.

From there, PM Modi was travelling to Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport, when the incident took place. A man who tried to breach the Prime Minister’s security has been identified as Krishna Kumar, who hails from Ghazipur, allegedly a BJP worker. He is the son of a senior BJP worker Bharat Kumar.

According to reports, Kumar was frustrated as he failed the medical test after clearing the physical test. Kumar tried many times in the past to get recruited into the Indian Army. He also appealed to many people for help but everything failed.

After all this, he decided to meet the Prime Minister in Varanasi regarding his job in Indian Army. Krishna Kumar was waiting for the PM’s convoy to pass at least for an hour, the moment Modi’s convoy crossed beside Kumar, he jumped carrying a file with him asking for a job in Indian Army.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23 laid the foundation stone of the International Cricket Stadium in Varanasi’s Ganjari, Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was present for the occasion in Varanasi.  

Varanasi, PM Modi’s parliamentary constituency also witnessed big names from the cricket fraternity on the occasion. The names include Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Madan Lal, Gundappa Viswanath, and Gopal Sharma.

PM Modi also inaugurated 16 Atal Awasiya Vidyalaya built across Uttar Pradesh, during the programme. 

The Varanasi International Cricket Stadium is a step towards realising PM Modi’s vision to develop a modern and world-class sports infrastructure.

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Asian Games 2023: Indian Men’s Hockey team thrash Uzbekistan 16-0 in opener

The Indian team completely trashed their opponent Uzbekistan. Mandeep Singh snatched the limelight with a hat-trick while Lalit Upadhyay and Varun Kumar scored 4 goals each in the Asian Games.



In the Asian Games 2023, the Indian Men’s Hockey team won the match against Uzbekistan with 16-0 in their opener on Sunday.

The Indian team completely trashed their opponent Uzbekistan. Mandeep Singh snatched the limelight with a hat-trick while Lalit Upadhyay and Varun Kumar scored 4 goals each in the Asian Games.

In the match against Uzbekistan, Varun Kumar and Lalit Upadhyay performed well as both of them scored four goals each.

As the third quarter began, India maintained their dominance without any indication of slowing down. Sukhjeet, Varun Kumar, and Amit Rohidas each scored, further extending India’s lead to 10-0. Sukhjeet and Lalit Upadhyay added two more goals, ending the third quarter with India in a dominant position, leading 12-0.

In the last quarter, India played aggressively. Varun Kumar scored an impressive fourth goal, followed by Lalit Upadhyay, who also scored his fourth. The determined Indian team managed to add two more goals, with one each from Varun Kumar and Sanjay, resulting in a remarkable final score of 16-0.

Earlier, India’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports put off his visit to China on Friday. The move was made in protest after China denied entry to three Indian wushu players, who hail from Arunachal Pradesh, Nyeman Wangsu, Onilu Tega, and Mepung Lamgu, as per the Ministry of External Affairs.

Seven additional players and staff members from the Indian Wushu squad travelled to Hong Kong and then took the flight to Hangzhou, China.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the government of India reserves the right to take appropriate measures to safeguard our interests.

In response to China’s rejection of accreditation to athletes from Arunachal Pradesh, the MEA issued a statement that said, India rejects differential treatment of Indian citizens on a domicile basis.

The MEA further said China’s action violates the spirit of the Asian Games and, the rules governing their conduct.

At Delhi’s Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, the Indian players were returned to the Sports Authority of India hostel.

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Vande Bharat: PM Modi to inaugurate 9 new trains in 11 states today

Ashwini Vaishnaw, the minister of the railways, will also attend the inaugural ceremony. The 11 states will have faster connectivity thanks to these trains.



Vande Bharat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today, nine Vande Bharat trains that connect tourist and religious sites in 11 states. There will be elections in three of the following states: Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala, Odisha, Jharkhand, and Gujarat.

The trains will be signalled off by the prime minister via video conference. Ashwini Vaishnaw, the minister of the railways, will also attend the inaugural ceremony. The 11 states will have faster connectivity thanks to these trains.

These trains are a step towards achieving the prime minister’s aim of enhancing connectivity throughout the nation and offering top-notch amenities to rail passengers, according to a statement from the government.

The Vande Bharat trains will be the fastest train along the routes of their operation, it continued, and will help save the passengers significant time.

Compared to the fastest train as of now on the routes, Vande Bharat trains will cut travel time between destinations by three hours in the Rourkela-Bhubaneswar-Puri and Kasaragod-Thiruvananthapuram routes; more than two and a half hours for Hyderabad-Bengaluru; more than two hours for Tirunelveli-Madurai-Chennai; about one hour for Ranchi-Howrah, Patna-Howrah and Jamnagar-Ahmedabad; about half an hour for between Udaipur and Jaipur.

The important religious towns of Puri and Madurai would be connected by the trains Rourkela-Bhubaneswar-Puri and Tirunelveli-Madurai-Chennai.

The Renigunta route will be used by the Vijayawada-Chennai Vande Bharat train, which would offer connectivity to Tirupati.

As the festival season approaches, it is anticipated that the new trains will offer a comfortable travel experience.

Before this fiscal year concludes the following year, Indian Railways also intends to introduce a sleeper version of the Vande Bharat and Vande Metro. According to railway authorities, the non-air conditioned push-pull variant of the semi-high speed train series, which will be introduced in October 2024, would feature 22 coaches and a locomotive.

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