The election campaign has gained momentum in all the eight assembly seats where bypolls will be held on 3 November in Gujarat. But the possibility of a low voter turnout cannot be ruled due to the corona-induced pandemic. Both the BJP and the Congress are making strategies to ensure good turnout of voters on the polling day.
It is said that the people may avoid going to polling booths amid corona fear when voting gets underway in the first week of November. Apart from Covid-19 related issues, people are also reeling under economic problems resulting from inflation. Observers believe that people seem to be less interested in elections as their focus is on whatever economic activities are left to be done.
With Diwali approaching, people are busy managing their economy keeping in view the festival. Therefore, their attention is not towards the bypolls. The possibility of a poor voter turnout has given anxious moments to Congress and BJP.
Though both the political parties are involved in the campaign, they are also calculating and making an assessment of what impact it will have on the outcome if the voting percentage declines.
The BJP campaign is not gathering that much steam in the absence of star campaigners such as PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. BJP is finding it difficult to galvanise the voters in its support in the absence of senior party leaders from Delhi.
Even Congress leaders could not give the much-needed impetus to the campaign. Congress’ star campaigners are also not there on the field. The local level issues have been left behind with Congress and BJP leaders indulging in levelling personal allegations against one another. Infighting and factionalism are there in both the BJP and the Congress. This is leading to candidates of both the parties getting a bit nervous. However, they have started making arrangements to ensure that voters could be taken to the polling booths in large numbers.
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Iran accuses US of ‘hypocrisy’ over anti-hijab protest
Following President Joe Biden’s statement that he will impose “further costs” over its response to protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, Iran accused the US of “hypocrisy” on human rights on Tuesday.
Since the 22-year-old Kurdish woman died on September 16 following her arrest by Tehran’s morality police for allegedly violating the country’s strict clothing code for women, protest has erupted across the Islamic Republic.
Numerous individuals — largely protestors but also security personnel — have died as a result of the street violence, and hundreds have been arrested.
It would have been better for Mr. Joe Biden to think a little about the human rights record of his own country before making humanitarian gestures, although hypocrisy does not need to be thought through,” foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said in an Instagram post, reported by Iranian media.
“The US president should be concerned about the numerous sanctions… against the Iranian nation, the sanctions whose imposition against any nation is a clear example of a crime against humanity,” he added.
Kanani was responding to a statement issued by the White House late on Monday in which Biden stated he would impose unspecified more sanctions against Iran later this week in addition to the crushing sanctions already in place over Iran’s nuclear activities.
This week, the United States will be imposing further costs on perpetrators of violence against peaceful protesters. We will continue holding Iranian officials accountable and supporting the rights of Iranians to protest freely,” Biden said.
“The United States stands with Iranian women and all the citizens of Iran who are inspiring the world with their bravery,” he added.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the top leader of Iran, charged earlier Monday that Israel and the US were behind the turmoil roiling the nation.
“I say clearly that these riots and the insecurity were engineered by America and the occupying, false Zionist regime, as well as their paid agents,” he said.
Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilin awarded Nobel Prize in Physics
This week is highlighted for the Nobel Prize 2022. Awards in different categories will be distributed this week. On Tuesday, Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded.
Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilin got the Nobel Prize at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
“The 2022 physics laureates’ development of experimental tools has laid the foundation for a new era of quantum technology. Being able to manipulate and manage quantum states and all their layers of properties gives us access to tools with unexpected potential,” the Nobel Prize committee said announcing the winners.
Last year as well, the prize was awarded to three scientists – Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi- for their work in explaining and predicting complex forces of nature which aided the understanding of climate change.
Monday marked the beginning of the Nobel Prize announcements, with Swedish scientist Svante Paabo winning the prize in medicine for his research on Neanderthal DNA.
Throughout the week, the prize will be awarded for chemistry on Wednesday and literature on Thursday. The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday while the economics award will be given on October 10.
Pakistan: Restaurant manager arrested after acid served in water bottles
Bizarre news has made it to the headlines from Pakistan when a restaurant served acid in water bottles. The incident occurred at historic Greater Iqbal Park’s ‘Poet Restaurant’ on September 27. The minors are still undergoing medical treatment at a hospital.
The restaurant manager has been arrested by the Lahore police. An FIR has been registered against the manager for serving acid to two minors in water bottles at a birthday party at an eatery. According to the FIR, Muhammad Adil said he had a family birthday party at the poet restaurant.
“As the staff served the water bottles my nephew Ahmad washed his hands with it. Soon afterwards he started crying and we witnessed that his hands and arms suffered burn injuries as acid contained the water bottle,” complainant Adil said.
The other victim Wajiha, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl, niece of Adil, started vomiting as she had drunk the acid in another water bottle.
Both were rushed to the hospital where the condition of Wajiha is stated to be critical.
Following section 336B of the Pakistan Penal Code (punishment for harm by corrosive chemicals), police have filed a case against the restaurant management and five other staff members.
Police official Tahir Waqas told PTI on Monday, “We have detained the restaurant manager Muhammad Javed, and raids were being conducted for the detention of others listed by the complaint.”
According to him, the eatery has been shut down by the police until they conduct their investigation. The officer declared, “This is an unusual situation, and we are looking into it thoroughly.
Uttrakhand: Rescue ops underway for 28 climbing trainees caught in avalanche at Danda-2 peak
According to Uttarakhand’s chief minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami, up to 28 people could be trapped in an avalanche that struck Draupadi’s Danda-2 mountain summit on Tuesday.
The imprisoned people, who are all students at the Nehru Mountaineering Institute in Uttarkashi, are the subject of rescue operations. An avalanche reportedly struck the team this morning around 9:00.
“Information about 28 trainees of the Nehru Mountaineering Institute being trapped following an avalanche in Draupadi’s Danda-2 mountain peak has been received. Rapid relief and rescue operations are underway by the district administration, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel,” CM Dhami said.
At the earliest, rapid relief and rescue operations are being carried out by the district administration, NDRF, SDRF, Army and ITBP personnel along with the team of NIM to rescue the trainees trapped in the avalanche in Draupadi’s Danda-2 mountain peak,” tweeted the chief minister, Dhami.
A team from the SDRF has hurriedly arrived at the Sahastradhara Helipad in Dehradun to rescue the trainees caught in an avalanche for rescue activities.
CM Dhami claimed that he had called Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, and asked for the army’s assistance in accelerating the rescue effort.
He has assured us that he will give us every possible help from the centre. A rescue operation is being conducted to bring out everyone,” Dhami said.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also took to Twitter and expressed his anguish over the loss of lives and consoled the bereaved families who lost their family members.
“Deeply anguished by the loss of precious lives due to the landslide which has struck the mountaineering expedition carried out by the Nehru Mountaineering Institute in Uttarkashi. My condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their loved ones,” Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.
“Spoke to CM Uttarakhand, Shri @PushkarDhamiand took stock of the situation. Rescue operations are underway to help the mountaineers who are still trapped. I have instructed the IAF to mount the rescue and relief ops. Praying for everyone’s safety and well-being,” Singh said.
Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deskmukh, remains in jail
In a money laundering case brought by the Enforcement Directorate, the Bombay high court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Anil Deshmukh.
The bail was granted on a surety amount of Rs 1 lakh. The ED has asked for a two-week delay in the order’s implementation.
Deshmukh was arrested in November of last year and moved the high court after his bail request was rejected earlier this year by a special PMLA court.
Deshmukh has been given bail in the ED case, but he will continue to be held in relation to the CBI case that was brought against him in April of last year.
The Supreme Court had earlier ordered the High Court to quickly hear and resolve the NCP leader’s case because it had been pending for six months.
Deshmukh’s lawyers, Vikram Chaudhari and Aniket Nikam, argued that the senior NCP politician ought to be given bail in light of his age (72), good health, and lack of prior convictions.
Karnataka: Three dead after house wall collapsed due to heavy rain in Raichur
In Karnataka’s Raichur district, a family’s house wall collapsed due to heavy rains, killing three family members—including a child—officials said on Monday.
According to the officials, the incident happened in Kurdi village in Manavi taluk of Raichur district on Sunday night, and the deceased have been identified as Paramesh, 45, Jayamma, 40, and Bharat. 4.
The houses’ walls in Manavi Taluk, according to the police, have crumbled as a result of the three days of relentless rain.
“The family was asleep when the building collapsed. We were informed about the neighbours, and with the help of locals, we searched the debris, but all of them died on the spot,” said a senior district police officer.
Four women perished while crossing a bridge in the Koppala district of Karnataka late on Saturday night as a result of heavy rainfall.
According to residents, the women labourers were returning from work and trying to cross the submerged bridge at Sankanur village in Yellaburagi of Koppala when the incident took place.
“The women had gone to work in the morning hours, and returned by the evening. While returning, they thought that if they wait any longer, the water levels might increase. They held hands and tried to cross the bridge. Most of them managed to cross over, but the four victims have swept away. We tried to save them but failed,” said a resident, who didn’t wish to be named.
The villagers attempted to rescue the victims, but unfortunately, they could not be saved. The villagers requested that I should give my word that the bridge work will be completed soon. The proposal is already before the government, and I will get it approved as soon as possible,” the resident added.
Fresh weather forecast suggested that Karnataka may have some rainfall beginning in October.
According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), scattered to widespread very light to moderate rains are forecast over south interior Karnataka and Malnad districts, while isolated heavy rains are probable over north interior Karnataka and coastal areas.
Additionally, a yellow alert was issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for the following districts: Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Belagavi, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Koppala, Raichur, Ballari, Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Hassan, Shivamogga, and Kodagu.
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