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Puducherry CM Narayanaswamy submits resignation after losing majority in Assembly

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Puducherry [India], February 22 (ANI): Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy on Monday has submitted his resignation to Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan after losing the majority in the Assembly.
The V Narayanaswamy-led Congress government lost the floor test held in Puducherry Assembly today.
Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu announced that the Chief Minister has failed to prove his majority and adjourned the house sine die.
Meanwhile, the Treasury Benches raised the issue of voting rights to nominated MLAs.
Shortly before the result of the floor test, Narayanasamy alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was forcibly trying to implement Hindi in the UT, which follows the two-language system.
He also said that former Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and Central Government colluded with the Opposition in a bid to topple his government in the Union territory.
“Former LG Kiran Bedi and Central Government colluded with the Opposition and tried to topple the government. As our MLAs stayed united we managed to pull off the last 5 years. The Centre has betrayed the people of Puducherry by not granting funds we requested,” said Puducherry in the Assembly.
“We formed the government with the support of DMK and independent MLAs. After that, we faced various elections. We have won all the by-elections. It is clear that people of Puducherry trust us,” he added.
Further slamming the Centre, he said, “We demanded full Statehood to stop the nominated LG from snatching the rights of the people of Puducherry.”
He also claimed that the Central Government has betrayed the people of Puducherry by not granting the requested funds.
Earlier, Puducherry Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan had ordered a floor test in assembly on February 22. The UT is going to Assembly polls later this year. The dates are yet to be announced.
The floor test came amid a spate of resignations including Congress MLAs A John Kumar and Lakshmi Narayanan and DMK MLA K Venkatesan. (ANI)

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Rajasthan HC stays hearing of appeals in blackbuck poaching case in Jodhpur court

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Jodhpur (Rajasthan) [India], March 6 (ANI): The Rajasthan High Court has stayed hearing of appeals related to the blackbuck poaching case in Jodhpur District and Sessions Court.
Advocate Hastimal Saraswat, representing actor Salman Khan, said three appeals related to the case are under consideration of the Jodhpur District and Sessions Court and the state government’s appeal is also pending in the Rajasthan High Court.
He said the High Court will hear the transfer petition first.
“In the blackbuck case, three appeals related to Salman Khan are under consideration of District and Sessions Court, Jodhpur. One appeal is filed by the state government against Salman Khan’s acquittal in the Arms act case. The second appeal is against 5-year imprisonment to Salman Khan in the blackbuck poaching case. The third appeal is against acquittal to Dushyant Singh (a local of Rajasthan), Neelam, Tabu, Sonali and Saif Ali Khan in the same judgment in which Salman Khan was sentenced to five-year jail,” Saraswat told ANI.
“The state government has also filed an appeal in the High Court against the acquittal of Neelam, Tabu, Sonali and Saif Ali Khan in the blackbuck case. We filed a transfer petition in the Rajasthan High Court requesting it to hear all these appeals as they are related to one matter. If appeals of the same case are heard in different courts, there is the possibility of contradictory judgements,” he said.
“That’s why we filed an appeal in High Court that there are different appeals in the same case and they should be heard in High Court. On our plea, High Court Justice Manoj Kumar Garg has given an order to stayed hearing in these appeals until the matter of transfer petition is not heard,” he added.
Saraswat said the Rajasthan High Court also issued notice to Dushyant Singh, Neelam, Tabu, Sonali and Saif Ali Khan.
Salman Khan was booked under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act for poaching two chinkaras in Bhawad village on September 26-27, 1998 and one chinkara in Mathania on September 28, 1998.
Earlier in February, the Jodhpur District and Sessions Court dismissed a petition filed by the Rajasthan government that alleged that Salman Khan had presented a false affidavit related to the Arms Act in the blackbuck poaching case. (ANI)

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Five states account for 82 per cent of new COVID-19 cases in India

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu added 82 per cent of the total new cases which were reported in the last 24 hours in the country, the union health ministry informed on Saturday.
According to the health ministry, 18,327 new COVID-19 cases were registered in the last 24 hours, out of which Maharashtra added 10,216, followed by Kerala with 2,776 while Punjab reported 808 new cases.
Meanwhile, eight states are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases.
“India’s total active caseload has reached 1,80,304 today. India’s present active caseload now stands at 1.61 per cent of India’s total positive cases,” the ministry said.
On the other hand, 21 states and union territories have less than 1,000 active cases. Arunachal Pradesh has only three active cases.
Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu have shown a reduction in the active cases in the last 24 hours whereas Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana displayed a rise in the active cases during the same period.
108 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours.
“Six states account for 85.2 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (53). Kerala follows with 16 daily deaths and Punjab reported 11 deaths in the last 24 hours,” it said.
Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Assam, Sikkim, Manipur, Ladakh (UT), Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli have not reported any COVID-19 death in the last 24 hours. (ANI)

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Sex tape case: Conspiracy hatched to defame efficient ministers, says Karnataka health minister

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 6 (ANI): Days after Karnataka Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi tendered resignation from his post over his alleged involvement in the sexual assault of a woman, the State Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Friday said, a conspiracy has been hatched to defame efficient ministers who are gaining popularity by their good work.
“There seems to be a conspiracy in the state to defame efficient ministers who are gaining popularity by their good work. In this age of modern technology, it is not an exaggeration that anything can be done to deceive our eyes,” Dr Sudhakar tweeted.
He said that they have appealed to the court to issue a stay order against broadcasting defamatory content
“As they say, a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. One can lose the goodwill gained in a lifetime within seconds due to some conspiracy. To stop this we have appealed to the court to issue a stay order against broadcasting defamatory content,” he said.
The health minister further said that these challenges are not uncommon to those in public life. But it is also inevitable to fight these evil forces when they conspire against us. As long as our conscience is right and people’s blessings are with us no conspiracy can harm us. I have full faith in our judicial system.
A case was registered against Karnataka Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi on Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman.
A purported sex tape showed Karnataka’s Major and Medium Water Resources Minister in a compromising position with a woman.
A total of six ministers in the BS Yediyurappa government on Friday moved a Bengaluru court seeking a stay against media outlets from publishing or broadcasting anything defamatory against them.
On March 2 Kallahalli, who is a social activist, had told reporters, “I have lodged a complaint with police, demanding a probe into a sex scandal involving Ramesh Jarkiholi. The victim woman was offered a job in Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL). Upon reaching the pre-decided location, the woman was sexually assaulted and now is being threatened by the Minister and his people.” (ANI)

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BJP leader killed in MP’s Bhind over illegal sand quarrying dispute

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Bhind (Madhya Pradesh) [India], March 6 (ANI): A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was recently shot dead after a dispute over illegal sand quarrying in Bhind.
The BJP leader — identified as Rocky Gurjar, a resident of Mehgaon Old Basti and was working as the treasurer and sand trader in the Mehgaon division — was killed late on Thursday night.
Speaking to the media, Superintendent of Police (SP) Manoj Kumar Singh on Saturday, said: “Rocky Gurjar along with his friend Samrath Singh was going towards his village with the sand trolley when he was stopped by the company employees when a fight started over the royalty of sand.”

The contract for sand quarrying in the area is with Power Mech Projects Limited. The company has also created a check post on Gheli Madhepura Road in Amayan.
“The company employees namely, Baldev Singh and Pradeep Gurjar started firing during the dispute over royalty, when Rocky tried to take out the trolley from the spot. The BJP leader died on the spot, whereas Samarth was seriously injured,” Singh added.
According to the police officials, actions are being taken on the basis of the complaint filed by the family of the deceased. However, no FIR has so far been registered. (ANI)

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CRPF holds weapons exhibition in Raipur ahead of 82nd anniversary of its Chhattisgarh wing

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Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], March 6 (ANI): The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) held an exhibition of weapons ahead of the 82nd anniversary of its Chhattisgarh wing in Raipur on Saturday.
Speaking with ANI, Shiv Kumar, DIG Chhattisgarh said, “We will celebrate our 82nd anniversary on March 19. This event is an attempt to bring people closer to CRPF. We have displayed weapons for people.”
Besides, the routine exercise of the CRPF band is also displayed at the progamme.
“The weapons displayed here are used by the CRPF in the combat operations in Chhattisgarh. The important thing is the majority of these weapons, which were earlier imported from foreign countries are now made in India at our ordinance units,” Sanjeevaranjan, Commandant 211 Battalion CRPF told ANI.
The programme, which was held at Budha Talab Garden in Raipur witnessed a good response from the public. (ANI)

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Farmers’ protest enters 100th day; Western Peripheral Expressway blocked for five hours

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Sonipat/Palwal (Haryana) [India], March 6 (ANI): The farmers have blocked Western Peripheral Expressway in Kundli, Sonipat following their announcement of blocking the Expressway on Saturday for five hours from 11 am-4 pm.
The 136-km-long Western Peripheral Expressway, also known as Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway is facing a five-hour blockade, called by farmers to mark the 100th day of their protest against farm laws.
Farmers marched on the expressway while carrying farmer unions’ flags in their hands. Few farmers were also seen on tractors. They were also raising slogans against the government.

The farmers’ protest against the Central government’s three farm laws has entered its 100th day on Saturday. The protesting farmer unions have decided to observe March 6 as ‘Black Day’.

Heavy deployment of police has been ensured in Haryana’s Palwal to avoid any unusual incident.
“We are fully prepared to avert any unprecedented situation. We have deployed enough police force. Nobody is allowed to break the law. If anybody does so, they will face the law,” Vijaypal, Deputy SP, Palwal told ANI.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is leading the protests, had on Friday requested the common people to wave black flags at homes and offices to support the movement and protest against the government.
On February 25, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar reiterated that the central government is ready to talk to protesting farmers at any time.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)

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