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FLANKED BY CAPTAIN, SIDHU BEGINS NEW INNINGS WITH A ‘BIG HIT’ GESTURE

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Navjot Singh Sidhu finally took over as Punjab Congress president on Friday, with his usual cricketing gesture of hitting a ball out of park. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh along with state Congress in-charge Harish Rawat, former PPCC president Sunil Jakhar and other senior leaders of the party attended the installation ceremony at Punjab Congress Bhawan here. Working presidents Kuljit Singh Nagra, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Daini and Pawan Goel also took charge.

Captain in his speech said to work in coordination with Sidhu and the new PPCC president, after raising questions on the issues of drugs, farmers, teachers, doctors, nurses as well as sacrilege cases, said that the party is united. Former Congress national president Rahul Gandhi expressed happiness over Captain and Sidhu coming together on one stage, but doubts still remain about whether the tussle in the state Congress has completely ended.

The reason for this is that while Sidhu’s stance was visible while speaking at the function, Sunil Jakhar, expressing his anger, said that of course he got the full support of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, but there were a lot of issues including sacrilege cases, which he failed to resolve. Along with this, he also raised the issue that bureaucracy has dominated the tenure of the state government so far. This needs attention.

At the same time, Sidhu announced that from 15 August, he would stay in Punjab Congress Bhawan. He also asked the ministers to spend some time in the state Congress office. Sidhu said to the workers that he would give them strength and on the basis of that power, Congress will win in 2022 too.

Sidhu also said that there were many talks as well opposition about his appointment as president, but he did not mind. Specially naming Rawat and Bhattal besides Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa for their support, Sidhu said that he would always be grateful to colleagues like them.

Addressing the party workers present, Captain Amarinder Singh said that he and Sidhu will work together. He also mentioned his relationship with Sidhu›s family. Along with this, he praised Ministers Balbir Singh Sidhu, O.P. Soni regarding health services and Vijay Inder Singla for reforms in the education sector during the Covid times.

Addressing Sidhu, Captain said that the border of Punjab is adjacent to Pakistan and we need to be very careful. He tried to indicate that the distance between him and Sidhu has ended, saying that the day national president Sonia Gandhi told him that he wanted Sidhu to be the Punjab president, he had agreed to it.

On the question raised by Sunil Jakhar regarding sacrilege cases, Captain said that many cases are part of the legal process, so they get pending, but justice will definitely be done. Harish Rawat congratulated the new team and expressed hope that in 2022 also the Congress government will be formed in Punjab.

On the other hand, Sidhu said that today every worker of the party in Punjab has become ‘Pardhan’ with his appointment as president. He said that he has to solve the issues of Punjab. He will talk to the farmers. Simultaneously addressing the Chief Minister, he said that justice is necessary in the case of sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and if it is not done then there is no use of his stint as party president.

Earlier in the morning, Sidhu reached Chandigarh Punjab Bhawan from Patiala. In a short time, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also reached Punjab Bhawan. After high-tea everyone left for Punjab Congress Bhawan for Sidhu’s installation ceremony.

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“There is no confirmation of any terror angle”, says Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis

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Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said there is “no confirmation of any terror angle” on a mysterious boat loaded with weapons.

“There is no confirmation of any terror angle. The boat has just drifted here. We are not ruling out anything, investigating all aspects. Police have been asked to be on high alert,” Fadnavis said.

A suspicious boat with three AK-47 rifles, bullets, and other weapons has been found near Harihareshwar beach in Raigad.

“Some details cannot be revealed as it may spread an atmosphere of fear. No possibilities of any consequences would be taken lightly,” Fadnavis said.

Ahead of the Dahi Handi festival in the state Deputy CM has instructed police and administration to be prepared.

“The boat belongs to an Australian citizen. The boat’s engine broke out in the sea, people were rescued by a Korean boat. It has now reached Harihareshwar beach. Keeping in mind the coming festive season, police and administration have been instructed to be prepared,” Fadnavis said.

Moreover, the presence of the boat raised alarm bells as on 26 November 2008 terrorists attacked the city and entered by sea route.

“ATS is also working on it. The additional force will also be deployed if necessary. All the precautions needed to be taken as per the norms of abundant caution,” Fadnavis said.

However, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) was rushed to the spot and more details are awaited.

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35-year-old women died after being set on fire by kin

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The 35-year-old school teacher who was set on fire by her family over a money dispute died at the SMS Hospital, according to the police.

Manish Agrawal, the Superintendent of Police (SP) for Jaipur Rural, reported that the deceased was identified as Anita. On August 10, when she demanded that her relatives pay back the money they had borrowed from her, the private school teacher in her hamlet in the Raisar Police Station area, around 80 kilometres from the state capital Jaipur, was set on fire.

“The accused poured inflammable material on the woman and set her ablaze in her village on August 10,” Additional SP Dharmendra Yadav said.

Anita was initially transferred to the government hospital in Jamrao Ramgarh, where she was treated before being sent on to Jaipur, where she passed away seven days later. According to her relatives, the police were working along with the accused and neglected to intervene when it was needed, which caused her death.

Police, however, said that as soon as they learned about the event, they rushed to the scene and admitted Anita to the hospital.

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Suspicious boat loaded with weapons including AK-47 found near Harihareshwar beach

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A suspicious boat with three AK-47 rifles, bullets, and other weapons has been found near Harihareshwar beach in Raigad.

Meanwhile, the police said the boat had come to the Raigad coast while floating. Officials said the weapons were found in the boat but no person was present in the boat. Security has been tightened in the surrounding areas and police are on high alert.

Raigad MLA Aditi Tatkare said that she has requested the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to conduct a special inquiry into the incident. Tatkare also said that the incident is a major security threat.

“The Local Police are probing the matter and I have demanded the Chief Minister and Deputy CM to urgently appoint a special team of ATS or State Agency to look into the matter,” Takare said.

Moreover, the presence of the boat raised alarm bells as on 26 November 2008 terrorists attacked the city and entered by sea route.

“The Coast guard and Maharashtra Maritime Board have been informed and investigations are underway,” police said.

However, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) was rushed to the spot and more details are awaited.

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Raju Srivastav’s health deteriorating, still on ventilator

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The condition of comedian Raju Srivastava, who is still unconscious and on life support in the ICU, is reportedly critical.

Raju Srivastava’s condition has got worse, according to the doctors, and he is still in a serious condition.

He was stated to be reacting well, showing a modest improvement in his health, and showing some signs of being able to move his bodily parts.

On August 10, the 58-year-old well-known comedian underwent a cardiac arrest and was subsequently admitted to the AIIMS in Delhi.

According to reports, he was complaining of chest problems while running on the treadmill. On the same day, he had also had an anangioplast.

On Friday, Raju Srivastava’s family released a statement claiming that he is in stable condition and pleading with his followers to disregard rumours and false information concerning his health.

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Sadhu found dead in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh, probe initiated

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A sadhu in Bhakhrawali village of Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh was found murdered in his house on Wednesday.

On the morning of 17 August, the villagers spotted the body of the sadhu outside his hut.

The deceased sadhu has been identified as Chetan Das and police found injury marks on it.

Meanwhile, the reason behind the murder is yet to be ascertained. Moreover, the police are investigating the matter.

“Some unknown people had attacked the saint. As per the villagers, he hailed from Punjab and they used to serve him food at his hut,” said the police mentioning that he seemed to have had good relations with everyone in the village.

According to the Sangaria Police, the sadhu had been living in the village for the last 25 years. Earlier on Wednesday, the body of the sadhu was found lying in the pool of blood.

“Mourning the death of the saint Chetan Das, the villagers have demanded the arrest of the persons involved in his killing. His body has been sent to a mortuary of Sangaria Hospital,” the police said.

Moreover, after receiving information about the incident Deputy Superintendent of Sangarai Police Prateek Mile reached the spot.

However, a probe has been investigated and sadhu’s nephew Ravi Shankar Sharma has lodged a case in the police station.

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Sisodia questions centre, ‘who decided the resettlement of Rohingyas?’

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Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi, stated on Thursday that he has written to Union home minister Amit Shah requesting clarification of the Center’s position over the relocation of Rohingya Muslims to EWS flats in the capital.

SiSodia sought clarification on who decided the resettlement of Rohingyas if it wasn’t either the central or the Delhi government. “We didn’t decide to Centre also says it didn’t. Then, who took the decision?” Sisodia said while addressing a press conference.

He further demanded Shah conduct an investigation. He added, “Shah should launch an investigation to find out whose orders it was to move Muslim Rohingya refugees into flats.”

He added that neither Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, nor Sisodia, who himself is the home minister , were aware of the plan, which was first tweeted by the Union’s housing minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, and later rejected by the Centre.

“We got to know through newspapers that a scheme to provide flats to Rohingyas is going on. I asked the officers nd got to know some meetings did take place where Central government officers were present,” Sisodia further said.

“When I asked for details of the meeting, I saw that it was mentioned in the files that for the approval by the Central Govt, it was being directly sent through the chief secretary to the LG. It was completely hidden from the elected government of Delhi. why this conspiracy?” he added.

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