The ECI also raised election expenditure limits.
Ahead of Assembly elections in five states, a meeting of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and top officials of the Ministry of Health on Thursday to review the COVID-19 situation was attended by AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria and ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava, said official sources. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan was also present at the meeting. As per sources, a complete review of the prevailing COVID-19 situation was done during the meeting. The inputs of medical experts were taken on ensuring the safety measures during elections. It was also discussed that complete vaccination among voters and staff should be mandated, sources said.
Earlier on 27 December 2021, the meeting was held between Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and poll officials where they held discussions over the steps needed to conduct polls in the safest manner amid the emergence of a new variant Omicron.
The officials also sought suggestions and a detailed report from Union Health Secretary Bhushan on improving its COVID-19 protocol for poll campaigning, polling days, and the dates of counting.
Also, the ECI on Thursday enhanced the existing election expenditure limit for candidates in Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies. As per an official statement, these limits will be applicable in all upcoming elections. Ahead of crucial Assembly elections in five states, the ECI has raised the election expenditure ceiling for candidates in Assembly constituencies from the existing Rs 20 lakh to Rs 28 lakh, and from Rs 28 lakh to Rs 40 lakh, in respective states and union territories.
The Election Commission is prepared for the assembly polls and is expected to announce the dates soon of Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Manipur legislative assemblies are ending on different dates in March and Uttar Pradesh will end in May.
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Noida Assault Case: UP Court rejects Shrikant Tyagi’s bail plea
Uttar Pradesh court rejected the bail plea of Shrikant Tyagi on Thursday for assaulting and abusing a woman.
Uttar Pradesh police arrested Tyagi on Tuesday near Noida. In a viral video, Tyagi was seen assaulting and abusing a woman at Grand Omaxe in Noida’s Sector 93.
Earlier on Monday, the police recovered his luxury vehicles and bulldozed his residence in the society. The Noida administration began the demolition of illegal construction at the Grand Omaxe, Noida. After this, the people of society were seen distributing sweets amongst themselves.
The FIR was lodged against Tyagi after a group of his supporters entered the society and started shouting slogans. The Gangster Act against Tyagi had also been invoked by the police.
“A separate FIR under IPC sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), and 482 (punishment for using a false property mark) has been registered against the accused in light of the Fortuner car recovered from the society premises on Saturday,” Additional DCP Ranvijay Singh said.
Earlier speaking to media persons Tyagi said, “I express my regret on the incident. She is like my sister, the incident is political and was done to decimate me.”
Meanwhile, the Noida Police said that Tyagi was using an MLA sticker on his car and was given by UP MLC Swami Prasad Maurya.
However, Srikant Tyagi claims to be a member of Bharatiya Janata Party Kishan Morcha. He has been accused of allegedly abusing and pushing a woman during an argument of Grand Omaxe society. The video of the said incident occurred on 5 August.
2 die, 6 others injured in communal clash in Karnataka’s Koppal
A clash broke out between two communities in which two people died and six others were injured. The incident took place at the Hulihyder village of Koppal district in Karnataka.
On the occasion of Muharram, a Hindu boy went to meet a Muslim girl, following which an argument broke out between the two sections.
The two people who lost their lives were identified as Pasha Walli (22) and Yenakappa Talavad (60). In the alleged communal clash two people succumbed to their injuries and died in the hospital.
Meanwhile, after this people from both communities joined them and started beating each other. So far, eight people were injured in the clash.
Moreover, in the area, the local administration has imposed Section 144.
However, further investigation into the matter is underway.
Income Tax raids in Maharashtra; Rs 390 crores assets seized
The Income Tax Department raided the premises of a textile trader, steel, and real estate developer in Maharashtra. While raiding the Income Tax Department seized properties worth crores of rupees.
The raids lasted from 1 August to 8 August at the businessmen located in Jalna district. The total value of the seized assets is around 390 crores. It includes 56 crores of cash and 32 kg of gold, diamonds, and pearls. The department has also seized relevant documents.
According to officials, the businessman was accused of tax evasion, and based on information received in this regard, the Income Tax Department team raided last week.
Moreover, a senior official of the department said 56 crore cash and seized jewelry are worth Rs 14 crore. Apart from documents, digital data has also been found in the action.
However, the Income Tax Department has also raided the houses, offices, and factories of steel makers in Jalna. In recent days, the investigating agencies have taken many big actions in some states including Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal and have seized cash worth crores of rupees.
WB SSC Scam: Former SSC Advisor Shanti Prasad and Chairman Ashok Saha sent to CBI custody
Former West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) advisor Shanti Prasad and former SSC chairman Ashok Saha were sent to CBI custody.
Earlier on Wednesday Saha and Sinha were arrested in connection with the teacher recruitment scam.
Shanti Prasad and Ashok Saha were produced before the Alipore Court on Thursday. In which the CBI was granted custody till 17 August of these two persons.
However, the arrests come after former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee’s arrests.
PM Modi celebrates Raksha Bandhan with daughters of PMO staff
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the daughters of PMO staff at his residence in Delhi.
This was a special Raksha Bandhan as these young girls were daughters of sweepers, peons, gardeners, drivers, etc. They work at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office
Taking to Twitter PM Modi shared some pictures and said, “A very special Raksha Bandhan with these youngsters…”
A very special Raksha Bandhan with these youngsters… pic.twitter.com/mcEbq9lmpx— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 11, 2022
PMO also shared a video on the occasion in which PM Modi was seen celebrating the festival. PM Modi was also seen interacting with the young girls and they came forward one-by-one to tie Rakhi.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi extended greetings on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
Taking to Twitter PM Modi said, “Greetings to everyone on the special occasion of Raksha Bandhan.”
Earlier, PM Modi’s Pakistani sister, Qamar Mohsin Shaikh, sent the sacred thread, Rakhi, to PM Modi. Sheikh also wished her luck for the 2024 general elections.
Moreover, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended greetings to the people of the country.
“Warm wishes to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan,” Shah tweeted.
Earlier on Wednesday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami tied rakhi from a large number of women.
Women tied rakhi to CM Dhami at his residence and Chief Sevak Sadan auditorium and wished him a long life.
However, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the Savan month. It marks the bond of love between the siblings and this year it will be celebrated on August 11.
The unbreakable bond between siblings; find out some sibling duos
Rakshabandhan is considered a symbol of love and affection between brother and sister. If you have grown up with a sibling you must have experienced fights over silly things which build an inseparable bond. On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, here is a list of the five brother-sister bonds.
Let’s learn about some of the sibling duos:
Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are children of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandia. The brother-sister duo shares a very special bond and has always been publically expressive of the love and the bond they share. Priyanka is two years elder than Rahul. The two are each other’s friends and protectors. Talking about her sister, Rahul said, “There is a special place in my life for my sister. We are not only friends but also protectors of each other.” The brother-sister duo had been each other’s pillars for all these years. However, Priyanka is married to Robert Vadra and they both have two children. They both are from the most influential political family in India.
Salman Khan and Arpita Khan Sharma
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan shares a close bond with her sister Arpita Khan Sharma. Arpita Khan is a much beloved younger sister of Salman, Arbaaz, Sohail, and Alvira. Salman adores Arpita and considers her to be his lucky charm. Every single member of the Khan family adored Arpita. However, Arpita is married to Ayush Sharma and the couple is parents to son Ahil Sharma and daughter Ayat Sharma. Even though they are not biological siblings, Salman loves and adores Arpita more than his biological sister Alvira.
Isha Ambani and Akash Ambani
Akash Ambani and Isha Ambani are the twin heirs of one of the richest men in the world Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani. Isha once told Vogue India about her childhood and brother Akash. She said, “she was “naughty” and had to “fight for survival” many times.” The twins share a very precious bond as Akash changed his wedding date for her sister Isha. Both Isha and Akash are involved in the family business for years now. Moreover, Akash is married to Shloka Mehta and Isha is married to Anand Piramal.
Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya (Pandya Brothers)
Pandya Brothers are probably the most famous pair of siblings in Indian sports currently. They are Indian International cricketers. Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya hail the city of Vadodara in Gujarat. “It’s difficult to explain my equation with him in words. Hardik and I literally think the same things all the time,” Krunal said. Talking about Krunal, Hardik said, “We have this incredible bond and cricket has been our life. He is someone I have spent most of my life with, more than friends and either of our parents.” Pandya’s brother’s story is nothing short of a fairy tale.
Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat (Phogat Sisters)
The journey of the Phogat sisters is incredible they need no introduction. They are born to a wrestling-crazy father Mahavir Phogat. Breaking the stereotypes of dominating male wrestling Geeta and Babita Phogat have won everybody’s hearts with their wrestling skills. Geeta is India’s first-ever wrestling gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Meanwhile, Babita won bronze at World Championship.
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