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Four terrorists of Lashkar e Toiaba (LeT) were arrested for carrying out a grenade attack on the house of Goa Chronicle journalist whose mother is a Sarpanch at Shrakwara Kreeri, police said in a press conference today.

A police officer told The Daily Guardian that on August 22, about 2100 hours, a telephonic call was received by Police Station Kreeri regarding a blast-like sound that was heard from village Shrakwara Kreeri.

Accordingly, he said, parties of Baramulla Police, 52 RR, and 176 Bn CRPF rushed towards the village.

“During the course of verification, it came to fore that a grenade was lobbed towards the police guard/house of sarpanch namely Narinder Kour, who is the mother of GoaChronicle Journalist Amanjeet Singh of Shrakwara Kreeri. The blast caused some damages to window panes and a vehicle, and the lever of the exploded grenade was found in the kitchen garden.”

Accordingly, a case FIR under sections of explosive substances Act and UA (P) Act 1967 was registered in Police Station Kreeri and investigation was set into motion, the officer said.

During the process of investigation, many suspects were called for questioning, and on the basis of technical analysis, CCTV footage, and other pieces of evidence, it came to surface that suspects, namely Mohammad Saleem Khan of the New Colony Shrakwara, and Sajad Ahmed Mir, son of killed terrorist Ali Mohammad Mir of Mir Mohalla Saloosa, are involved and they were later arrested.

“It is pertinent to mention here that both the accused persons were in contact with LeT terrorist Hilal Sheikh and Usman (foreigner) on whose instructions they obtained grenade from Batmaloo Srinagar,” the officer said, adding, “Two other associates Bilal Ahmad Sheikh son of Mohammad Maqbool Sheikh of Saloosa, and Naseer Ahmad Dar son of Abdul Majeed Dar of Najibhat assisted the accused persons in the commission of crime, and they were also arrested.”

The officer said that two hand grenades and 100 grams of “hash-like” substance have been recovered from the accused persons.

So far, the Indian security forces have eliminated 5 terrorists of the TRF since claiming to be responsible for the attack on the home of the GoaChronicle journalist with the intent to target his mother the Sarpanch.

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plea in Delhi High Court seeking repatriation of 56 pregnant nurses

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday gave a nod to the functioning of the High Power Committee (HPC) to look into the matter of providing compensation to people who died due to lack of oxygen during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hearing the case, a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh said, “We see no difficulty in the High Power Committee (HPC) constituted by Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) in discharging its assigned role.” The court’s remark came after the Delhi government took the stand that the committee would not fix any liability on the hospitals and the government would pay the amount of the compensation.

Lieutenant Governor of Delhi had earlier put the committee, constituted by the Delhi government in abeyance.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Riti Singh Verma, whose husband died on May 14, 2021, due to COVID-19 in a hospital in Delhi’s Nehru Nagar.

The petitioner has sought direction from the Delhi government to operationalise the High-Power Committee it constituted and commence its functioning forthwith.

The petitioner told the Court that her husband died at the young age of 34, and he was the

only earning member of the family. She said that she has two small children to look after along with her parents.

“The untimely death of her husband due to COVID-19 has caused great financial hardship. That the deceased was working in a private company and his annual income was approx. 8 Lakh rupees,” read the petition filed by advocates Yogesh Aggarwal and Kamal Jindal.

The petitioner said that her husband was admitted in a normal and not very severe condition and was a healthy 34-year-old with no other co-morbidities and died due to cardiac arrest as per the discharge summary.

“The discharge summary appears to be copy paste job on the part of the hospital as the deceased was a male and referred to as a lady. The manner in which the petitioner’s husband case was handled casts doubt on the hospital dealing with the COVID-19 patients and also the death summary does not mention if the Oxygen was administered at any point in time when his condition started deteriorating,” the plea said.

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Former union minister and Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete on Monday called Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar a “backstabber” and referred to the formation of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government an “adjustment”.

Addressing a public rally at Raigad, Geete said, “Sharad Pawar cannot ever be our leader as this government (MVA) is mere an adjustment. Let people use as many accolades for Pawar but our ‘guru’ is only (late) Balasaheb Thackeray.” “The NCP was formed by backstabbing Congress. When 2 Congress parties cannot become a single party, how can Shiv Sena become Congress? Even if the MVA government comes at Centre and State, we can’t be Aghadi Sainiks. We will remain Shiv Sainiks,” he added.

Speaking further, the former union minister said, “What is Shiv Sena? What is the responsibility of Shiv Sainiks today? While we have a Chief Minister [from Shiv Sena], we [Shiv Sainiks] cannot regard the rest of the government in which the Congress and the NCP are part of as ours.”

After the fallout between Shiv Sena and BJP in the 2019 Assembly elections over the chief ministerial post, Uddhav Thackeray’s party joined hands with Congress and the NCP to form the government in the state.

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Himachal CM Thakur reviews preparations for launch of third and fourth phases of PMGKAY



On Tuesday, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur held virtual meetings with the MLAs and Deputy Commissioners of the state to take stock of the preparations for launch of the third and fourth phases of the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in the state on 25 September, 2021.

The Chief Minister said that the state level function would be organised at Shimla on this occasion to have interaction with the beneficiaries of this scheme, which would be presided over by Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal. Similarly, functions would also be organised at district headquarters, sub-division, block, panchayat and fair price shop level, in which few beneficiaries would also be provided ration bags.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to preside over this function but due to committed engagements, he would not be able to join this event.

The Chief Minister said that the MLA’s would also participate in the function from one of the place in their respective Assembly constituency. However, the functions would not be organised in the blocks where model code of conduct has been enforced due to by-elections to the PRI’s. As many as 140 LED screens would be set up at prominent locations across the state to enable people to participate and see the live telecast of the State level function which would also be telecast at district, sub-division, block, panchayat and fair price shop level through virtual mode.

Jai Ram Thakur said the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was a major initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the challenging Covid-19 times to provide food security to the poor, migrant labourers and unemployed. He said that Himachal Pradesh had more than 7.18 lakh ration card holders being covered under National Food Security Act (NFSA) covering a population of above 29 lakh, who would be provided free ration bag by the end of October, 2021.

He said the main objective of orgavnising function was to ensure maximum participation of the beneficiaries in it so that they could be made aware about this special scheme launched by the Centre last year to give relief to the NFSA families of the state. He added that 25 September was also birth anniversary of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay, who gave the concept of Antodaya and it was a relevant day to carry forward his message.

The Chief Minister also directed the DC’s to take effective steps for checking spread of the Covid pandemic, especially focusing on contact tracing so that the appropriate Covid behaviour could be followed. He asked them to monitor the progress of second phase of vaccination against Covid so that the cent-percent target could be achieved by the end of November, 2021 adding that till now, 23.10 lakh people had been administered second dose of the vaccine.

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan slammed the previous Congress government in the state, alleging that the state witnessed destruction during its tenure.

“Kamal Nath was the Chief Minister for 15 months. His government destroyed the state for those 15 months. Development works and schemes were halted. Kamal Nath could not provide water and money to farmers. But after 15 months, I was back into power during the Covid crisis. Everything had stopped. There was also a challenge of upgrading healthcare infrastructure,” Chauhan said. As a part of the programme, Chauhan launched 103 Angandwadis in 32 districts of the state. 10,000 nutrition gardens were also launched in 52 districts of the state.

Speaking on the success of his government, the Chief Minister added, “We tried to work for farmers in spite of facing a financial crunch. We purchased paddy and wheat. We also purchased Moong dal from farmers so that they would not have to face losses. I provided Rs 8,000 crores to farmers under Prime Minister Fasal Beema Yojna.”

“The Prime Minister provided an amount of Rs 6,000 per year and I provided Rs 4,000 from my side as well. This government works for farmers. But the previous government could not even provide water to farmers,” he added.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in the state last year in March with Shivraj Singh Chouhan assuming the chief ministerial post. This came after the Kamal Nath-led Congress government collapsed following the resignation of then party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who went on to join the BJP along with 21 MLAs.

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TMC leader Shantanu Sen said that the state’s BJP government is scared of the Trinamool Congress and that is why it is trying to hinder their political activities, under the garb of legalities.

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Keeping in view the Covid-19 situation in the state, Trinamool’s Abhishek Banerjee will not be able to hold any meeting or procession till November 4 in Tripura, stated an official decree of the Tripura High Court. Earlier, on Tuesday morning, Tripura CM Biplob Deb also banned the holding of any meeting in the state, citing the similar reasons. However, according to some sections of the political circles, the reason behind this is political.

The Trinamool Congress had sought permission for Abhishek Banerjee, the All India General Secretary of the Trinamool Congress, to hold a march for the third time. The matter was taken to the Tripura High Court. During the hearing of the case, the court said that the Tripura government had informed that it was not allowing any meeting, committee, or any procession in view of the Covid-19 situation in the state. The ban is in place until November 4.

“Any kind of meeting/procession/public gathering by any political party in Sadar Police Subdivision (East Agartala and West Agartala areas) is prohibited w. e.f. 6 A.M of 21.09.2021 to midnight 04.11.2021,” said the notification.

A single judge high court bench of justice Arindam Lodh on Tuesday rejected TMC’s petition for staying the notification.

In this context, the Tripura High Court said that the court does not want to interfere in any way in the decision taken by the Tripura government in the panemic situation. As a result, Abhishek Banerjee’s march for Wednesday has been canceled. Although the Trinamool alleges that the BJP government has used this legal step to stop Abhishek.

Because, before that, their program was not allowed on September 15. After that, the procession of Abhishek was canceled on 16 September, citing the reasons of Bishwakarma Pujo.

TMC leader Shantanu Sen said the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is scared of them and that is why it is trying to hinder their political activities.

“But we are with the people, and we will stick to them in the coming days as well,” Sen was quoted saying by the Hindustan Times.

On the contrary, BJP claims that this decision has been taken by the government in view of the emergency situation, and it has nothing to do with politics.

Meanwhile, Trinamool leader Kunal Ghosh fell ill during interrogation at Tripura police station on the same day. He was summoned for questioning by the Tripura Police. The interrogation lasted for some time, and in the midst, Ghosh fell ill at the police station. He was rushed to ILS Hospital in Tripura for treatment.

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NEW DELHI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday discussed the important role that the India-France partnership could play in promoting stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

The two leaders also reviewed the increasing bilateral collaboration between the two countries. This was discussed during a telephonic conversation between PM Modi and Macron, the French embassy said in a statement. “They reviewed the increasing bilateral collaboration in the Indo-Pacific region, and the important role that the India-France partnership plays in promoting stability and security in the region,” the statement said.

The leaders also agreed to maintain close and regular consultations, in the spirit of the India-France Strategic Partnership, which both countries cherish deeply.In addition, the two leaders also discussed regional issues including recent developments in Afghanistan.

In this context, they shared their concerns about the possible spread of terrorism, narcotics, illicit weapons and human trafficking, as well as the need to ensure human rights, rights of women and minorities, the statement added.

Macron also reiterated France’s commitment to contributing to strengthening India’s strategic autonomy, including its industrial and technological base, as part of a close relationship based on mutual trust and respect between two strategic partners. 

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