Raids underway in six states to arrest Punjab BJP leader Manpreet Singh Badal in corruption case

In a bid to nab former Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal, who has been accused of alleged irregularities in the purchase of a property case.  Punjab’s vigilance department filed a case against Manpreet Singh Badal in connection with alleged irregularities in the purchase of a property in Bathinda.  An FIR under sections of the law relating to cheating, forgery, and criminal conspiracy, and 13(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act punishment for a public servant who commits criminal misconduct, in addition to the Information Technology Act, was registered against…

Karnataka is witnessing massive protests: 44 Flights Hit, Schools, Colleges Closed in Bengaluru Today

Karnataka is witnessing massive protests to oppose the Cauvery Regulatory Committee (CWRC) ‘s order to release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.  The umbrella organization of Kannada and farmers’ outfits ‘Kannada Okkoota’ has called for a bandh.  Authorities have clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in Bengaluru Urban, Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Ramanagara and Hassan districts.  Schools and colleges have declared a holiday today.  44 flights scheduled to take off and land at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru early on Friday have been canceled.  The…

Violent protests rock Imphal, mob vandalizes deputy commissioner’s office

Mob vandalizes DC office in Imphal, vehicles torched as violent protests escalate in state  The protests have once again snowballed in Manipur with a mob vandalizing the DC office in Imphal West and setting vehicles on fire.  This time the demonstration is being led by students over the killing of two youths in the Northeastern state.  The protesters blocked roads with burning tyres, boulders, and iron pipes to prevent the security forces from entering residential areas  Curfew was re-imposed in the two districts as the security forces combatted the violent…

Ramesh Bidhuri gets poll responsibility in Tonk district of Rajasthan; Opposition leaders slam BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party has tasked its Lok Sabha MP Ramesh Bidhuri, with poll responsibility in Tonk district of Rajasthan, party sources said.  Bidhuri is among the grassroots BJP leaders from the national capital and enjoys considerable influence in his constituency.  With the Gurjar community present in large numbers in the district, the BJP believes Bidhuri can help it swing the votes as he is also from the same caste.  Opposition leaders have slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over this, as Bidhuri is in the eye of a storm…

BJP’s list for Madhya Pradesh shows ‘lack of confidence’ in CM Chouhan, says Congress

Congress jabs BJP, CM Shivraj Chouhan over candidates list.  By fielding seven MPs, including three Union Ministers and a national general secretary besides the Chief Minister, the BJP had shown how ‘scared’ it was of the Congress, Randeep Surjewala said.  The BJP has so far named 79 candidates for the election to the 230-member Madhya Pradesh assembly.  The BJP has thrown open the leadership in Madhya Pradesh and deployed its big guns, several of whom have never contested assembly polls.  The Congress party trained guns at the Bharatiya Janata Party…

Several injured after students’ protest rally in Imphal turns ugly

Several students were injured on Wednesday after security forces fired several rounds of tear gas shells to disperse a stone-pelting mob in Imphal’s Moirangkhom.  The students were participating in a rally that started from Hau grounds of the state capital protesting the kidnapping and killing of two youths, who went missing in July.  This comes a day after a clash between RAF personnel and locals left 45 protesters, mostly students, injured.  Effective from Oct 1, 2023, the entire area of Manipur, excluding the 19 police stations, has been declared as…

‘One Nation, One Election’ in 2024? Law panel hints at major electoral change

The main idea is that polls for Lok Sabha and all state assemblies across India will be held simultaneously. PM Modi has been a strong proponent of the ‘One Nation, One Election’ since coming to power in 2014. He has been citing the financial burden caused by the continuous election cycle and an obstacle to development work during polls. Kovind also voiced his support for the concept of simultaneous elections after becoming President in 2017. Pros Reduction in the cost of conducting elections  Easing the burden on administrative and security…

Anti-drone system to be deployed along the international border says Home Minister Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said anti-drone systems will be deployed along the international border to strengthen security.  Smuggling of arms, ammunition, and narcotics from across the international border to Punjab Jammu and Kashmir has been a major problem confronting the border guarding forces.  The home minister said under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government has been successful in cracking down on narcotics and terrorism.  He asked all the member states and UTs to pay special attention to collective priority issues such as cooperative movement…

ISKCON biggest cheat’: Maneka Gandhi alleges organization sells cows to butchers; temple authority responds

BJP’s Maneka Gandhi says ‘ISKCON biggest cheat, sells cows to butchers’  BJP’s Maneka Gandhi has accused ISKCON, alleging that they establish cow shelters to receive government benefits but sell their cows to butchers.   In A video, widely shared on the internet, the former Union Minister and an animal rights activist is heard saying, “ISKCON establishes gaushalas and earns unlimited benefits for the same from the government, in the form of huge lands.”  “ISKCON is selling all its cows to the butchers and no one else does this more than…

PM hands out 51,000 job letters, says govt employees have huge role in making India third-largest economy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday distributed appointment letters to nearly 51,000 newly-inducted employees in various government departments under the Rozgar Mela initiative.  ‘The country has resolved to become a developed India by 2047. In the next few years, we are going to be the third-largest economy. In this period, every government employee is going to play a huge role,’ said PM Modi.  “Our policies are based on a New Mindset, Content Monitoring, Mission Mode Implementation, and Mass Participation. In nine years, the government has implemented policies on a mission…