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MP rains: 5 rescued in flood-hit Shivpuri, efforts on to save 3 persons stranded atop tree

Five people were rescued from a flood-hit village in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district on Tuesday morning while efforts were on to save three others stranded on a tree following heavy rains in the area since the last two days, officials said. On Monday, defence aircraft were pressed into service to evacuate people from some flood-affected villages in Shivpuri. However, because of the heavy rains and bad weather in the district on Tuesday, the aircraft are unable to fly for the rescue operations, the officials said. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan…

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PM Modi lashes out at opposition members for their conduct in Parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday slammed opposition members for tearing papers in Parliament and making “derogatory” remarks on the way bills have been passed as he accused them of insulting the legislature and the Constitution with their conduct. Briefing reporters on Modi’s speech at the BJP parliamentary party meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the prime minister expressed anger at the conduct of some opposition members. While a TMC member in Rajya Sabha had torn the statement of IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on the Pegasus issue, several opposition…

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Maha: Fadnavis seeks all-party meet to discuss measures for flood management

Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday urged Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to convene an all-party meeting to discuss long-term measures for tackling floods, in the wake of some parts of the state facing deluge after heavy rains last month. Fadnavis, who toured flood-ravaged areas of the Konkan region and western Maharashtra over the last few days, in a letter to the chief minister said all previous reports pertaining to floods should be studied and their recommendations be implemented. He also sought a separate disaster management…

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Doors of SP open to all small parties for 2022 UP polls: Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said doors of his party are open to all small parties for an alliance ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls next year and he will try that all such political outfits come together to defeat the BJP. He also asked the Congress and the BSP, which have been attacking the Samajwadi Party (SP) on various issues, which side they are on. These parties should decide whether their fight is with the BJP or SP, Yadav told PTI. On possible alliances for the…

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COVID-19: India records 41,649 fresh cases, 593 more fatalities

With a single-day rise of 41,649 new cases, India’s COVID-19 tally climbed to 3,16,13,993 on Saturday, while the death toll due to the viral disease shot up to 4,23,810 with 593 more people succumbing to it, the Union health ministry said The number of active coronavirus cases in the country registered an increase for the fourth consecutive day, according to the ministry’s data updated at 8 am The number of active cases has gone up to 408920, accounting for 1.29 per cent of the total number of cases, while the…

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We support all peace initiatives aimed at lasting political settlement:India on Afghanistan

India on Thursday said it has a steadfast policy to support a sovereign, democratic and peaceful Afghanistan and it is in touch with various stakeholders within and outside Afghanistan including regional and international partners. The comments by the Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan in Rajya Sabha came a day after India and the US strongly pitched for an immediate intra-Afghan peace process to end the violence in Afghanistan and find a political settlement. Muraleedharan said India supports all peace initiatives leading towards a lasting political settlement through…

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48% parents not willing to send their kids to schools till they get Covid vaccines: Survey

Nearly 48 per cent parents are not willing to send their children to schools till they are vaccinated against the novel coronavirus infection, says a new survey. The survey conducted with over 32,000 parents across 361 districts in the country found that 30 per cent parents are willing to send their wards to schools if coronavirus cases in their districts come down to zero. “Vaccinating children in the coming months is going to be key if children are to go to schools for physical classes. Forty-eight per cent of the…

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India records less than 30,000 fresh COVID-19 cases in over three months

 India recorded less than 30,000 fresh COVID-19 cases after 132 days while its active caseload fell below 4,00,000 after 124 days on Tuesday, according to Union health ministry data As many as 29,689 new coronavirus infections took the country’s tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,14,40,951 while 415 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,21,382, the data updated at 8 am showed The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,06,21,469, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 per cent, it said The number of…

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Who funded Pegasus snooping? asks Raut, compares it with Hiroshima bombing

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday asked who funded the alleged snooping of politicians and journalists by Pegasus and compared it with the Hiroshima bombing, saying while the attack on the Japanese city had resulted in death of people, the spying by the Israeli software led to “death of freedom”. “The modern technology has taken us back to slavery,” Raut said in his weekly column ‘Rokhthok’ in the Sena mouthpiece Saamana. He said the Pegasus case is “no different from the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima”. “People died in…

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Mizoram extends total lockdown in Aizawl Municipal Corporation till July 31

The Mizoram government on Friday extended the total lockdown in Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) and imposed certain COVID-19 restrictions in other parts of the state till July 31 to curb surging infections, officials said. The ongoing shutdown was scheduled to be lifted on Saturday. The state government, in an official release, said the present COVID-19 positive detection rate is “extremely high” despite stringent measures taken to arrest rising cases. “It is felt necessary to continue with the current restriction for prevention of the further spread of coronavirus, and to facilitate…

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