Hours before the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday, a letter signed by 20-odd senior leaders has triggered a political storm in the party. Through the letter addressed to Congress’ interim boss Sonia Gandhi, a section of these leaders has demanded collective leadership and drastic organisational overhaul, with another section seeking the return of Rahul Gandhi at the party’s helm.
With battle-lines drawn between pro and anti-Rahul camps, the letter has set the stage for a massive political showdown in the CWC scheduled for Monday. Sources say that with the situation taking a murky turn, Sonia Gandhi may, under pressure, offer to step down as party interim chief, following which the top decision-making body may see frantic efforts by a big group of leaders to persuade Rahul Gandhi to take the reins of the Congress as soon as possible. CWC has a good numerical strength of leaders supporting Rahul Gandhi, given the fact that the nonregular members and other irregulars will also be attending the meeting.
Rajasthan Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said that Sonia Gandhi should continue to lead the party but if she has made up her mind (to step down), Rahul Gandhi should take charge as party president. This means indications are strong that the CWC meet is likely to see Sonia Gandhi offering to quit as the boss and Rahul Gandhi being coaxed into accepting the role of party chief.
CM Gehlot, who too will attend the CWC meet on Monday, said, “News of 23 senior-most Congress leaders writing to the honourable CP (Congress interim president) is unbelievable and if true, unfortunate. There was no need to go to the media. I strongly believe that Smt. Sonia Gandhiji should continue to lead the party at this crucial juncture where the fight is to save the ethos of our democracy. She has always taken challenges head on. But if she has made up her mind, I believe Rahul Gandhi should step forward and be the Congress president as the country faces the biggest challenge to save our Constitution and democracy.” Congress chief ministers Captain Amarinder Singh (Punjab) and Bhupesh Baghel (Chhattisgarh) also endorsed Gehlot’s line on this.
According to sources, the letter has been in the works for at least the past month. Over the recent weeks, there has been a rumble of criticism and demand for reforms from a section of leaders who include party veterans like Anand Sharma, Veerappa Moily, Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor and young leaders like Jitin Prasada and Milind Deora.
“The letter, dated 7 August, was written just before the Congress was able to broker a truce between Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot. Signed by senior leaders like Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Prithviraj Chavan, Vivek Tankha and Anand Sharma, it called for a full-time, effective leadership that will be ‹visible and active in the field›,» says a source.
The unrest within the party started to surface as Rahul Gandhi started his own narrative and attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a number of issues.
A section of the old guard was upset with Rahul, saying that he was remote-controlling the party and making all appointments and taking all decisions.
It is being said that the letter has been leaked so that the dissent of the oldies could be preempted and pressure for making Rahul Gandhi party chief could be created. After sending the letter, the veterans could have built up pressure on the CWC, taking the youngsters by surprise. But after the letter got leaked, the old guard may be feeling dejected.
The veterans, who have signed this letter, and Rahul Gandhi were not getting along for a long time now. It so happened that these leaders had a plan to appoint Mukul Wasnik as party interim chief after Rahul Gandhi resigned last year. As per the party Constitution, if the post of chief falls vacant the senior-most general secretary is appointed in the post for the time being. Wasnik is the only leader who is general secretary for the last 20 years. But Rahul Gandhi d proposed the name of K.C. Venugopal, which spoilt Mukul Wasnik’s chances. Then the older leaders proposed Sonia’s name as interim president. But the appointment of a permanent chief is yet to take place, due to which there is persistent ambiguity about the leadership, which, according to the old guard, is one of the reasons behind the fall of the party’s graph. That is why one of their demands is for a collective leadership.
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Everything About Rummy
What’s your favourite entertainment activity? What do you prefer doing after a hectic day at work? What do you resort to when you plan on letting your hair down, pull-up your feet, relaxing, and unwinding? Well, it might be solo travelling, getting lost in the wonders of nature, heritage places, tuning in to your favourite music or anything else for that matter. However, if it’s a deck of cards that excites you beyond the usual, this article is for you!
Yes, you guessed it right! We are going to discuss the world-famous Rummy card game, one of the oldest entertainment games that still are in trend.
Let’s get started!
Rummy – Overview
Rummy is one of the most ancient card games whose origin has been traced back to Spain, Mexico, China and even Asia by different theories. As per the Spanish and Mexican origin theory, Rummy was referred to as Conquian, which was played with a deck of 40 cards. Over the decades, the Rummy game has evolved tremendously. When it comes to Indian Rummy, the game requires a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 players, along with a deck of 52 cards.
Before we delve into the specifics, such as different types of Rummy card games, why play Rummy, how to play Rummy, and more, let’s check out some of the interesting facts about the Rummy game.
Interesting Facts about Rummy
Excited to explore the interesting facts about Rummy? Here you go!
- Rummy game’s origin was traced back to the 19th Century. There are different theories that claim Rummy to be originated from the Spanish game Conquian, a China game Mahjong, and even from French Poker. Despite the origin dilemma, the Rummy game, especially the Rummy online game, has attained unprecedented stardom and popularity across the globe.
- Being otherwise referred to as the “mother of modern card games”, Rummy comes with approximately 20 variations. Many believe that there are a host of other unknown variations too.
- The loser in the Rummy card game was supposed to buy Rum for the acquaintances on the table. Interesting, right?
- Did you know that Rummy is a stress-buster game that can free up your exhausted brain cells? Now, you know.
- Here’s a more scientific view of Rummy. It is known to improve visual coordination, maths skills, concentration, judgement, etc.
- Wanna be a people reader? Well, Rummy can help. Playing several hands in this game can help you better understand your counterpart’s strategy and thought process, read facial expressions, changes, and more.
- It’s a game that is won with skill, not luck.
Now, let’s explore the different types of Rummy.
Types of Rummy
As covered earlier in the article, there are 20 and more unknown variations of the Rummy game. However, if we talk about online Rummy, here are the “never-to-miss” Rummy variations.
Points Rummy – This quick and entertaining variant of Rummy has only a single round with a pre-decided rupee value.
Pool Rummy – Scored 61, 101, or 201 points already? Well, with Pool Rummy, you will be out of the competition.
Deals Rummy – Accompanied by a fixed number of deals, the person with a maximum number of chips at the end is declared the winner in the Deals Rummy game.
Rummy 2.0 – Ready to Check, Call, Raise or Go All In? Rummy 2.0 is your best bet.
If you are just starting out with online Rummy, the following section would be ideal for you.
How to Play Rummy Online?
Starting out with online Rummy? Here’s a quick checklist.
- Log in to the mobile or desktop Rummy app of your choice
- Sort the 13 cards allotted to you
- Invest your best judgement skills to create valid sets/sequences/melds
- Verify your melds again, and declare first to improve your chances of winning
- Get the winnings in your personal wallet
What’s next? Go for another hand or spend away your winnings!
Still not convinced? Still, wondering why to play Rummy? Here’s what you need to know.
Why Play Rummy?
When was the last time you played Rummy or saw others playing the game? Was it during your childhood days or the last time you went for a family get-together or your cousin’s wedding? Was it when you were stuck in the commute and bored out of your mind? Feels like a long time ago, no?
Here’s why you should resume playing Rummy online.
- It’s a skill-driven game that can help you bust your stress bubbles.
- It can help you reconnect with your friends and colleagues, or you might end up knowing some of your anonymous game buddies.
- It will help you read your competitors’ thoughts and shape your judgement, strategic, and game combat skills.
- Who does not love rewards and some unexpected extra cash in the wallet? You do, too, right? Then, stop second-guessing and get started.
Now, the real question is how to get started. Which is the right app for Rummy? Well, let’s help you narrow down your choices.
Paytm offers a completely legally-certified online Rummy platform where you can securely perform transactions. And, the deals and winnings are, of course, the more feathers.
Try Paytm online Rummy platform right away! Happy Rummy card game!
Pune: 15-year-old boy commits suicide for getting new phone
Due to his mother’s refusal to let him get a new phone, a 15-year-old boy committed suicide on Thursday in Baramati, Pune.
The boy, who was in Class 9, reportedly wanted to get a new phone for online studies, but his mother refused, and this made the child unhappy, so he decided to commit suicide. When he was home alone, he took a drastic step.
Arun Avchar, police inspector, Malegaon police station, said, “Prima facie, it appears that the child wanted a new phone and his mother refused. The neighbours and family members informed the Malegaon police about the incident. We reached the spot and sent his body for a post-mortem.”
A teacher from the child’s school said, “The boy died by suicide after school hours. His behaviour was normal. We had told him that there was no need for a new phone as offline classes have started, but he was not ready to listen.”
Malegaon police station has started an investigation and filed a case.
(A Pune-based non-profit organisation called Connecting strives to prevent suicide by offering help to those who are experiencing emotional distress by utilising the philosophy of mindfulness-based active listening. The toll-free hotlines are 1800-209-4353 and 9922001122, which are open daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Walk-in hours are Monday through Saturday from 12 to 5. Using Gmail to connect with an NGO.)
Woman arrested for eating at restaurant without hijab in Iran
According to her family, a woman was arrested by the Iranian security forces for eating at a restaurant in public without a hijab.
Donya Rad was arrested after an image of her and another lady eating in a restaurant in Tehran without wearing headscarves went viral online, according to CNN.
The image, which surfaced on Wednesday, depicts the two ladies having breakfast at a cafe that, like the majority of cafés in Iran, is generally frequented by men.
According to Rad’s sister, security agencies contacted Donya and summoned her to explain her actions.
“After visiting the designated place she was arrested, after a few hours of no news, Donya told me in a short call that she was transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison,” her sister told CNN.
The dictatorship imprisons political dissidents in Tehran’s notoriously harsh Evin Prison, which is only intended for inmates under the control of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry.
According to reports, security officials have recently imprisoned a number of prominent Iranians, including the author and poet Mona Borzouei, the Iranian football star Hossein Mahini, and Faezeh Rafsanjani, the daughter of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
According to the non-governmental organisation Iran Human Rights, Iranian artist Shervin Hajipour was also arrested this week after releasing a poignant song based on tweets shared by Iranians expressing their feelings about why people are demonstrating.
The song “For…” by Hajipour became extremely popular online, garnering millions of views and being extensively distributed among Iranians both inside and outside of their nation.
The killing of a Kurdish woman named Mahsa Amini sparked the country’s first anti-government protests.
Mahsa, 22, passed away in police custody after being arrested for reportedly wearing a “improper hijab,” in violation of Iran’s stringent laws regarding women’s attire.
The government crackdown has continued after almost two weeks of protests, with dozens dying in clashes between security forces. Iran Human Rights estimates that at least 83 people including children, are confirmed to have been killed in protests following the death of Mahsa Amini, reported CNN.
More than a thousand people connected to the protests have been detained as of last weekend. At least 28 journalists arrested were arrested as of Thursday, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
In a statement released on Thursday, Amnesty International stated that they are “investigating the authorities’ mass arrests of protesters and bystanders, as well as journalists, political activists, lawyers, and human rights defenders, including women’s rights activists and those belonging to oppressed ethnic minority groups.”
Videos circulating on social media show protesters in the cities of Qom, Rasht, and Mashhad calling for the overthrow of the clerical establishment despite the rising death toll and a stern crackdown by the police, according to CNN report.
‘If you want a change, choose me’ : Tharoor on Congress president poll
In the upcoming presidential election of the grand old party, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor reiterated on Saturday that his contest against senior party member Mallikarjun Kharge “is not a battle.” Following days of turmoil surrounding the intra-party troubles in Rajasthan, Tharoor and Kharge finally submitted their nominations for the crucial elections, which are set for October 17, on Friday.
“This is not a war. We can belong to different schools of thoughts. Let the members decide,” Tharoor told news agency ANI in an interview on Saturday. “All I am telling the members is that if you’re satisfied with the functioning of the party, please vote for Kharge Sahab. But if you want a change, choose me.. If you want the party to function differently.”
His remarks came as news spread that the Gandhis were endorsing the 80-year-old Kharge for the top party position. On Saturday, Kharge announced his resignation as the opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha, a day after more than 30 leaders surprised many by end-of-nomination support for his candidacy. In contrast, Tharoor was not accompanied by as many senior leaders.
“But there is no ideological problem here. Whatever the message has so far of the Congress will continue to remain,” Shashi Tharoor said on Saturday, dismissing any differences.
Even though the Gandhis made it clear that they would no longer be running for president post, their management has continued to draw criticism. Regarding the family’s importance for the party in light of the BJP’s dynastic politics allegations.
Student visa interviews to start from November by the US Embassy
The US embassy in India has announced that interviews for the student visas will open from mid-November. Minister counselor for consular affairs at US Embassy, Don Heflin, said that the process of interviews will continue till the end of December.The announcement was made by Don Heflin while answering student visa queries for the United States related to waiting and processing time. He said, “We will open up for the first half in mid-October and for the second half in mid-November.”Last month, US missions in India said that record 82,000 student visas have been issued in 2022 so far, higher than in any previous year. Indian students received more American student visas than any other country, the missions added.Amid delays, foreign minister S Jaishankar also raised the issue of the huge backlog of US visa applications from India with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.S Jaishankar said, “To the people who are concerned about the visa issues, I would like to give the message that I understand their anxiety and the urgency and which is precisely the reason why I took up the matter.”
Iran : 19 people including guard colonel killed in anti-govt protest
In one of the deadliest clashes between police and protesters since Iran’s anti-government demonstrations began, nineteen people were killed on Friday. This was in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who died in police custody after being arrested for allegedly disobeying Iran’s strict dress codes for women by donning an “improper hijab.”
Iranian protesters and police had a violent confrontation in southeastern Iran. The confrontation happened as worshippers from Iran’s Sunni minority left Friday prayers at the Makki Grand Mosque in Zahedan, capital of Sistan and Balochistan province, reported Voice of America (VOA).
“Nineteen people were killed and 20 injured in the incident,” regional governor Hossein Khiabani told the state broadcaster.
“Provincial intelligence officer of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Colonel Ali Mousavi was also killed,” state television added.
Iranian state media earlier on Friday stated that security personnel had retaliated after armed men attacked a police station in the provincial capital of Zahedan.
The protesters were labeled as terrorists and separatists by the Iranian state media, who also charged them with shooting guns at police.
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