LS Polls

LS Polls Phase 7: Modi, Kangana, Abhishek Among Prominent Candidates In Fray

Voting for the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections, which covers 57 seats across seven States and one Union Territory, is set to decide the electoral fate of leaders from some of the high-profile constituencies, including Varanasi, Mandi, Chandigarh and Amritsar.

Of the 57 Lok Sabha seats going to polls on Saturday, 9 are from West Bengal, 13 each from Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, 8 from Bihar, 6 from Odisha, 4 from Himachal Pradesh, 3 from Jharkhand, and the lone seat of Chandigarh.

A total of 904 candidates are contesting the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections.

The seventh phase will witness key contests in various constituencies.

The prominent candidates in the fray include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP leaders Kangana Ranaut, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Anurag Thakur, Ravi Kishan, Nishikant Dubey, Ravneet Singh Bittu, Congress leaders Manish Tewari, Charanjit Singh Channi, TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Misa Bharti.

Key candidates and constituencies in Phase 7 polls:

Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the sitting MP and BJP’s candidate is seeking a third consecutive term from the constituency and hoping to win with a record margin. He will face Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Rai.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, PM Modi won the seat with over 6,74,664 votes and commanded a vote share of 63.6 per cent. In 2014, PM Modi won the Varanasi seat for the first time on a BJP ticket, receiving 56.37 per cent of the total votes, while Arvind Kejriwal from the AAP came in second with 20.30 per cent and Ajay Rai from the Congress party came in third with 7.34 per cent of the votes.

PM Modi urged the BJP workers to ensure a good voter turnout in his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi, which goes to the polls on June 1.

Ajai Rai began his political career as a member of the Hindu nationalist outfit Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Rai’s political trajectory saw him win the Kolasla seat in 1996 and secure a ministerial berth in the BSP-BJP alliance government. However, he parted ways with the BJP in 2007 and joined the Samajwadi Party before eventually aligning with the Congress in 2012.

Mandi

The Mandi constituency holds symbolic significance for the Congress, as it is considered a bastion of the Virbhadra family. Here BJP has fielded Kangana Ranaut The son of six-time Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh, Vikramaditya Singh is locked in a high-profile battle here.

The seat is currently held by Pratibha Devi Singh, the late leader’s widow. She wrested the seat for the Congress in the by-election that was held following the demise of the BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma.

Kangana Ranaut has been saying that she will work for the progress of women as well as for the infrastructural development in the constituency.

On the other hand, Congress has been campaigning on the pitch that Kangana Ranaut doesn’t have an idea about the issues on the ground. Congress candidate Vikramaditya Singh hit out at the actor-turned-politician, asserting that she has no dedication or understanding of the issues of Himachal Pradesh.

Hamirpur

The Hamirpur Lok Sabha constituency is a stronghold of the BJP. Union Minister Anurag Thakur has consistently won this seat three times. Before him, his father and former chief minister of the state, Prem Kumar Dhumal, has also been a three-term parliamentarian. Thakur will face Congress leader Satpal Singh Raizada from this seat.

Anurag Thakur is trying to woo the voters by counting the developmental works done by BJP. He said, “Today’s India wants to move forward, that is why it is going to choose a strong and powerful leadership again. In six phases, the entire country has voted enthusiastically to take the resolution of developed India to fruition and to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of the country for the third time. Hamirpur Lok Sabha and Himachal Pradesh are also going to vote in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party in huge numbers in the seventh and final phase on June 1.”

Congress, on the other hand, decided to go with one of the popular faces from one of the Vidhan Sabha constituencies of Hamirpur, Una and chose former MLA Satpal Singh Raizada as their candidate for the Lok Sabha elections 2024. He defeated the sitting MLA of that time, Satpal Singh Satti of BJP, in the 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections to secure his first major victory. Satpal Singh Raizada currently holds the position of Himachal Pradesh Congress’ Vice President.

Gorakhpur

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has once again fielded their sitting MP and actor Ravi Kishan as their Lok Sabha candidate, while the Samajwadi Party (SP) has fielded actress Kajal Nishad. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded Javed Simanani.

Considered to be a bastion of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Gorakhpur is set for a fierce battle between the two Bhojpuri actors.

Also the Peethadheeshwar of the famous ‘Gorakshapeeth’ (Gorakhnath temple), Yogi Adityanath won the seat five times in a row from 1998 to 2014.

In the by-elections held after he became the Chief Minister in 2017, the SP won from here, however, in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP reclaimed the seat with Ravi Kishan as its candidate. Ravi Kishan is banking on the support of CM Yogi, who served five terms as MP from the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency.

SP’s candidate, Kajal Nishad, has worked in the Bhojpuri film industry and is entering her first major political contest in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Kajal Nishad is a popular TV actress and has worked in various daily soaps, including Lapataganj.

Ludhiana

The seat is witnessing a multi-cornered contest among the Bharatiya Janata Party leader and two-time Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, Punjab Congress Chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashok Parashar Pappi. Shiromani Akali Dal has fielded Ranjit Singh Dhillon as the party’s candidate from Ludhiana.

Ravneet Singh Bittu is the grandson of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh and the son of former Punjab minister Tej Parkash Singh. In the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, Bittu defeated Simarjeet Singh Bains from the Lok Insaaf Party by 76,372 votes. In 2014, he defeated the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Harvinder Singh Phoolka with a margin of 19,709 votes.

The Punjab Congress President Amarinder Singh Raja Warring expressed his confidence in winning the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat, stating that the warm welcome he has received from the people of Ludhiana indicates that they are going to shower him with immense love and support in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

BJP’s Ravneet Singh Bittu has appealed to the voters of Ludhiana to vote for the development model of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Let’s come together to make Shrestha Ludhiana.”

Chandigarh

Congress leader Manish Tewari will be aiming to stop the Bharatiya Janata Party from registering a hattrick on the seat of Chandigarh. Tewari is pitted against Sanjay Tandon, a candidate BJP named to replace its two-time MP from Chandigarh, Kirron Kher, who won the seat both in 2014 and 2019.

As part of his campaign, Tewari has presented a ‘city-specific’ manifesto. Under this, he has promised 20,000 litres of free water every month and 300 units of free electricity to families with a monthly income of up to Rs 20,000.

Jalandhar

Former Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has been fielded by the Congress. He will face BJP’s Sushil Kumar Rinku and AAP leader Pawan Kumar Tinu. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Congress candidate Santokh Chaudhary won this seat. However, Chaudhary died of a cardiac arrest in January 2023. Sushil Kumar Rinku registered victory in the bypoll here on the AAP ticket however he later joined the BJP.

Diamond Harbour

West Bengal Chief Minister’s nephew and TMC General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee will look to retain this seat. He is pitted against BJP leader Abhijit Das (Bobby) and CPI(M) Pratik Ur Rahaman.

Ghazipur

BJP’s Paras Nath Rai is in the electoral fray against Samajwadi Party’s incumbent MP Afzal Ansari, who is the brother of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari.

In the 2019 elections, Ansari won the seat and gathered 5,66,082 votes. He defeated Manoj Sinha, the present Jammu and Kashmir governor, who got 4,46,690 votes. Afzal Ansari in his public meeting raked up the issue of his brother Mukhtar Ansari’s death. He appealed to the people to teach the lesson to concerned people by ensuring his win.

Bathinda

Shiromani Akali Dal leader and three-time MP from Bathinda Harsimrat Kaur Badal (SAD) will be looking for the fourth straight victory. She is pitted against Congress’ Jeet Mohinder Singh, AAP leader Gurmeet Singh Khudian and former IAS officer Parampal Kaur Sidhu from the BJP.

Godda

Three-time BJP MP from Godda, Nishikant Dubey is facing INDIA bloc candidate Pradeep Yadav from this seat.

Patna Sahib

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad will look to retain this constituency. He is pitted against Congress leader Anshul Avijit, who is the son of former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

Also, Waris Punjab De Chief Amritpal Singh is contesting from Punjab’s Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha constituency as an independent candidate. In Amritsar, the BJP fielded Taranjit Singh who will face Congress incumbent MP Gurjeet Aujla.

Polling for 486 Parliamentary constituencies has already been completed. Polling for the remaining 42 Assembly Constituencies of the Odisha State Legislative Assembly will also take place simultaneously on Saturday.

Election Commission of India said that around 10.9 lakh Polling officials will welcome over 10.06 crore electors across ~1.09 lakh polling stations. Over 10.06 crore electors include approx. 5.24 crore Male; 4.82 crore Female and 3574 Third gender electors.

The counting of votes will be done on June 4. (ANI)

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Adani

Adani Signs 30-Year Deal To Manage Container Terminal-2 At Dar Es Salaam Port

Adani International Ports Holdings Pte Ltd. (AIPH) has entered into a 30-year concession agreement with the Tanzania Ports Authority to operate and manage Container Terminal 2 (CT2) at Dar es Salaam Port, Tanzania, the company said in a statement.

AIPH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ).

The CT2 with four berths, has an annual cargo handling capacity of 1 million TEUs and managed 0.82 million TEUs of containers in 2023, estimated to be 83 per cent of Tanzania’s total container volumes.

According to the company, the East Africa Gateway Limited (EAGL) has been formed as a joint venture between AIPH, AD Ports Group, and East Harbour Terminals Limited (EHTL).

APSEZ will be the main shareholder and will consolidate EAGL’s financials. EAGL has signed an agreement to acquire a 95 per cent stake in Tanzania International Container Terminal Services Limited (TICTS) from Hutchison Port Holdings and Harbours Investment Limited for USD 39.5 million.

TICTS owns all the port handling equipment and employs the workforce. Adani will manage Container Terminal 2 through TICTS, according to the statement.

“The signing of the concession for Container Terminal 2 at Dar es Salaam Port is in line with APSEZ’s ambition of becoming one of the largest port operators globally by 2030. We are confident that with our expertise and network in ports and logistics, we will be able to enhance trade volumes and economic cooperation between our ports and East Africa. We will strive to transform Dar es Salaam Port into a world-class port,” said Karan Adani, Managing Director, APSEZ.

APSEZ has evolved from a port company to an Integrated Transport Utility providing an end-to-end solution from its port gate to customer gate.

The company claims that it is the largest port developer and operator in India with 7 strategically located ports and terminals on the west coast (Mundra, Tuna, Dahej, and Hazira in Gujarat, Mormugao in Goa, Dighi in Maharashtra and Vizhinjam in Kerala) and 8 ports and terminals on the East coast of India (Haldia in West Bengal, Dhamra and Gopalpur in Odisha, Gangavaram and Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Kattupalli and Ennore in Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in Puducherry.

The company said it represents 27 per cent of the country’s total port volumes. (ANI)

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Large screens Live Telecast Of Vote Counting Delhi

Delhi: Large Screens To Be Installed At Key Locations For Live Telecast Of Vote Counting

Preparations are in full swing for the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections on June 4. Large screens will be installed at different markets and other key locations in the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency to broadcast news related to the vote counting live.

This event will be organised by market associations and several social organizations. Since the markets will remain open on June 4 and the trader community will be at their shops all day, they will not be able to keep up with real-time updates on the counting. Considering this, trader organisations have decided to display all the news related to the live counting on large screens at key locations in their area, a move that has been welcomed by traders.

The Election Commission of India is all geared up to hold Phase 7 of the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, which also is the last phase. Polling is scheduled in 57 PCs across 8 States/UTs including Bihar, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Polling for the remaining 42 Assembly Constituencies of the Odisha State Legislative Assembly will also take place simultaneously. This will mark a grand finish to the world’s largest polling marathon that began on the 19th of last month and already covered 6 phases and 486 Lok Sabha seats. Polling for 28 States/UTs and 486 PCs has been completed smoothly and peacefully.

Polling parties have been dispatched along with machines and poll materials to their respective polling stations. Polling stations are ready to welcome the voters with all basic facilities including ample shade, drinking water, ramps, and toilets to ensure that polling takes place in a comfortable and secure environment. Concerned CEOs and State machineries have been directed to take adequate measures to manage the adverse impact of hot weather or rainfall wherever predicted. (ANI)

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Kota Factory 3

Release Date Of ‘Kota Factory’ Season 3 Out

‘Kota Factory’ is expanding! The makers are all set to come up with the third season of the Jitendra Kumar-starrer show.

Kota Factory season 3 release date in India

On Friday, Netflix announced that the third season of ‘Kota Factory’ will start streaming on the OTT platform from June 20 onwards.

Directed by Pratish Mehta and produced by TVF Productions, Kota Factory Season 3 is helmed by showrunner Raghav Subbu.

On what the audience can expect from the third season, showrunner Raghav said, “We’ve been on this journey with Kota Factory since 2019, and whether you’ve been in coaching classes like Vaibhav or not, I believe everyone can see bits and pieces of themselves within the show.

That’s what makes it so special. Season 3, at its core, is about the painful yet necessary journey of growing up, where each character, including the all-knowing Jeetu Bhaiya, embarks on their individual path of self-discovery. Thanks to our amazing partnership with Netflix, we were able to craft a third season that felt true to the story we’ve always wanted to tell.”

‘Kota Factory Season 3’: Jitendra To Return As Jeetu Bhaiya

Tanya Bami, Series Head, Netflix India, said, “It brings us immense joy to bring this cult favourite franchise back with its next season. Kota Factory is not a show, it’s an emotion for its fans. It’s also a show that connects generations, parents and students alike. And this year Vaibhav, Meena, Uday and the gang are in their finals.

The pressure, tension and drama of the final year is a feeling that every single person connects with and we feel confident that fans of Jeetu Bhaiya and the Kota Factory gang will have a lot to talk about after they binge this season.”

Kota Factory Season 3 Star Cast

Jitendra Kumar, Mayur More, Ranjan Raj, Alam Khan, Revathi Pillai, Ahsaas Channa, and Rajesh Kumar will reprise their roles in Season 3, with the addition of the new Chemistry teacher, played by Tillotama Shome. (ANI)

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Vistara flight

Srinagar-Bound Vistara Flight Gets Hoax Bomb Threat Call

A Vistara flight bound for Srinagar, carrying 177 passengers and one infant, received a bomb threat on Friday, prompting swift action by the airline and security forces. Flight no-UK-611, which departed from Delhi, landed safely at Srinagar Airport at approximately 12:10 AM.

In this regard, the Vistara spokesperson, while confirming the incident, said that concerned authorities were immediately informed as per the established protocol.

“Following the protocol, we immediately informed the relevant authorities, and the aircraft was taken to the isolation bay after safely landing at the Srinagar International Airport, where all customers were disembarked. We fully cooperated with the concerned authorities to clear the mandatory security checks. All the necessary checks have been conducted, and the aircraft has been cleared to resume operations. At Vistara, safety and security of our customers, crew and aircraft is of utmost importance to us,” the spokesperson said.

Airport authorities at Srinagar said that a coordinated response with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was swiftly put into action after Air Traffic Control (ATC) Srinagar received the input regarding the threatening call.

“A bomb threat call targeting Vistara flight UK611, arriving from Delhi, prompted immediate action by airport authorities at Srinagar International Airport. The incident unfolded when Air Traffic Control (ATC) Srinagar received an information ‘threatening call’, sparking a swift and coordinated response from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF),” airport authorities said.

An airport official confirmed on the phone that the threat was deemed non-credible and normal operations resumed.

Despite the disruption, all passengers are reported to be safe, and the situation is being handled with the utmost priority to ensure their security. (ANI)

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Bihar Heat Wave

Bihar Heat Wave: 5 Dead Due To Heatstroke At Aurangabad Hospital

At least 5 people died after suffering heatstrokes at a hospital in Bihar’s Aurangabad district, said an official on Friday.

The death toll due to heat wave conditions in Bihar’s Aurangabad, which reached 12 earlier has risen to 17 as of Friday.

District Magistrate, Aurangabad, Shrikant Shastri shared the development about the casualties as part of heat-related issues and said, “5 people admitted to the hospital died. When we will get the post-mortem report, then we will get to know the exact reason.”

“We have made the arrangements for the cases of heat stroke. The hospital management is working to provide better arrangements to the patients. We are distributing ORS for free,” he said.

The city of Aurangabad, just like many other districts in the state has been battling an unprecedented heatwave with record-breaking temperatures.

Several patients were admitted to different hospitals across the district.

As extreme temperatures continue to grapple in parts of northwest and central India, heatwave conditions have been disrupting the day-to-day lives of the people.

As many as 24 people have lost their lives across Bihar, as the state experiences intense heatwave conditions, with temperatures exceeding 44 degrees Celsius.

Four people, including a worker on election duty on Thursday also reportedly died in Kaimur district. Three deaths were also reported in Bihar’s Arrah in Bhojpur district after suffering from extreme heatwaves in the region.

Bihar has been reeling under a heatwave and the state government had, on Wednesday, ordered the closure of all private and government-run schools, coaching institutes and Anganwadi centres till June 8.

The decision was taken after dozens of students fainted due to the heat.

Bihar is voting in all seven phases of the Lok Sabha elections, with the final phase scheduled for Saturday, June 1. (ANI)

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Swati Maliwal Bibhav Kumar

Bibhav Sent To 14-Day Judicial Custody In Maliwal Assault Case

Delhi’s Tis Hazari court on Friday remanded Chief Minister’s aide Bibhav Kumar for 14-day judicial custody in connection with the alleged assault on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Swati Maliwal.

Kumar was produced before the court after the three-day police custody granted on May 28 ended on Friday. He was arrested by the Delhi Police on May 18, in connection with the case.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Goyal remanded Bibhav Kumar in judicial custody. He will be produced before the court on June 14.

Delhi Police had sought a 14-day judicial custody of Bibhav Kumar after interrogation. Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) submitted that the judicial custody of the accused is required for proper investigation, to prevent the accused from tampering with evidence, and to prevent him from making inducement or threats to any witness.

Defence counsels Rajat Bhardwaj and Karan Sharma opposed the judicial custody plea. They submitted that the accused is in no position to interfere with an investigation or tampering with the evidence. It was also stated, “I (Bibhav Kumar) am in no position to induce the witnesses.”

On May 28, Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) Atul Srivastava submitted that the accused formatted his mobile phone and refused to share the password. It was also submitted that police have received an interim report from a forensic expert on CCTV footage. The accused is seen entering the area where the DVR was there. He remained there for 20 minutes. There are chances of tampering with the evidence, APP argued.

APP also submitted that the complainant stated that the accused videographed the incident. He was seen with two mobile phones.

Defence counsel Rajiv Mohan opposed and submitted that the alleged incident took place on May 13, there was no complaint for three days, No MLC, FIR was lodged on May 16, accused was arrested on 18, defence counsel argued.

He also argued that the evidence is being created by defence counsel. Police want custody of the accused till the time he gives a statement that suits their requirements. It is admitted case that the footage of the place of occurrence is not available, Defence counsel submitted.

In this case, no weapon has been used, the accused’s counsel submitted. Data of mobile can be retrieved, defence counsel argued. Why an accused would create evidence against him so that police can use it, defence counsel added.

The accused cannot be compelled to share the password, the accused’s counsel argued. FIR is very simple but Prosecution is reading between the lines, Defence counsel argued. There is no evidence on record that the mobile was formatted. The fact of formatting of the phone is not admissible without any report of the forensic report, the defence counsel submitted.

The accused can be examined scientifically, there is no requirement of custody, defence counsel Rajiv Mohan argued. There should be a compelling ground to seek further custody. There is no material with the police to confront the accused with, the defence counsel submitted

APP has opposed the submissions of the defence and said that police have recieved an interim report from a forensic expert regarding the blank portion of the footage. There is a chance of tampering. The accused was using two mobiles, where the second mobile, APP submitted.

Defence counsel argued that this aspect has not been investigated as to why the complainant went to the CM house. Further, he argued that it is not a murder case where custody is required to recover the weapon. There is no evidence to show that the injuries mentioned in the MLC have been caused by the accused, the defence counsel submitted. MLC is of three days after the incident, defence counsel submitted. (ANI)

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AAP BJP

BJP Workers Stage Protest Against AAP Over Water Crisis In Delhi

The Bhartiya Janata party workers on Friday staged a massive protest against Aam Aadmi party over water crisis in the national capital, stating that the MLAs of AAP are involved with Tanker mafias in Delhi.

The demonstration march was conducted by the BJP from Shahidi Park to the Delhi secretariat.

As the Aam Aadmi Party approached the Supreme Court regarding the water crisis in Delhi, the BJP leaders argued that the AAP was profiting from selling water and accused them of exploiting the residents of the capital city.

Delhi BJP President Virendra Sachdeva while protesting against the AAP said, “The water crisis in Delhi is a result of mismanagement of the Aam Aadmi Party. With statistics, I can prove that Delhi is receiving water from Haryana. They are imposing a fine of Rs 2000, it’s not a fine but another way of doing corruption. Their water gets wasted because they cannot keep it safely. They are just lifting the Tanker mafias in Delhi. Wrong entries of tankers will be added to the list. There is no shortage of water in Delhi, they just don’t have intentions to provide water”.

“Every MLA of Arvind Kejriwal is involved in selling water along with Tanker mafias. The water which should be provided for free to the people of Delhi that is being sold,” he added.

BJP leader & candidate from New Delhi constituency Bansuri Swaraj also hit out at the AAP government for the water shortage in Delhi and accused the party of propagating tanker mafias by creating an “artificial water crisis”.

“AAP government has created an artificial water crisis. Delhi Jal Board made a profit of Rs. 600 crores in 2013. Currently, it is in the loss of Rs. 73,000 crores. Arvind Kejriwal’s government should be held accountable. It is the same government which promised free water,” Swaraj said while speaking to ANI.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking additional water supply from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh for one month.

The petition states, ‘The need for water in Delhi has increased significantly due to the severe heatwave. It is everyone’s responsibility to fulfil the needs of the capital city”.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has urged the BJP to keep politics aside as the capital faces an imminent water crisis.

Kejriwal on Friday made an appeal to the centre and the BJP to urge the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to help Delhi meet its water demand.

“I see that BJP colleagues are protesting against us. This will not solve the problem. I request everyone with folded hands that instead of doing politics at this time, let us come together and provide relief to the people of Delhi. If the BJP talks to its governments in Haryana and UP and gets some water for Delhi for a month, then the people of Delhi will greatly appreciate this step of the BJP. Such scorching heat is not in anyone’s control. But if we all work together, can we provide relief to the people from this?” Kejriwal wrote in a post on X. (ANI)

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Spare A Thought For Stray Animals Amid This Heatwave

‘Spare A Thought For Stray Animals In This Heatwave’

Jyoti Mishra, the co-founder of NGO Shiv Ananta Foundation, says brutal summer can be lethal for community animals and calls for public action for their welfare. Her views:

As an NGO worker dedicated to the welfare of stray animals, I am deeply concerned about the severe impact of scorching heat and growing concrete infrastructure on the vulnerable creatures. Each year, as temperatures soar, the plight of stray dogs, cows, and other community animals worsens, often leading to untimely deaths and unbearable living conditions. The relentless heatwave, coupled with urbanization, poses a significant threat to their survival, and it is imperative that we take collective action to mitigate these challenges.

The brutal summer heat can be lethal for stray animals. Unlike humans, these animals do not have the luxury of seeking refuge in air-conditioned spaces or accessing a constant supply of clean water. Stray dogs, for instance, suffer from heatstroke, dehydration, and burned paws due to the scalding concrete roads. Cows, which are often left to wander the streets, face similar fates. Their thick coats and inability to sweat efficiently make them particularly susceptible to heat stress, leading to severe health issues and, in many cases, death.

Concrete roads exacerbate these problems significantly. During the peak summer months, these surfaces can become unbearably hot, often reaching temperatures that cause severe burns. This not only affects the physical well-being of the animals but also restricts their movement, making it difficult for them to find food, water, and shelter. The lack of shaded areas and green spaces in urban settings further compounds their misery, leaving them with little respite from the oppressive heat.

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NGOs like ours play a crucial role in alleviating the suffering of these animals. Our primary focus is on providing immediate relief and long-term solutions. During heatwaves, we set up water stations across the city, ensuring that stray animals have access to fresh, clean water. These stations are strategically placed in areas with high stray populations and are regularly monitored and refilled by our volunteers.

Additionally, we organize community awareness campaigns to educate the public about the importance of helping stray animals. Simple acts, such as leaving out bowls of water, providing temporary shelters made from discarded materials, or even just offering a shaded spot, can make a tremendous difference. Public participation is crucial, as a collective effort can significantly amplify the impact of our initiatives.

Our efforts also extend to rescuing animals in distress. During particularly harsh weather, our rescue teams are on high alert, responding to calls about animals suffering from heatstroke or injuries caused by hot surfaces. These animals are brought to our shelters, where they receive medical care, nourishment, and a safe place to recover. We work closely with veterinarians to ensure that they are treated promptly and effectively.

Moreover, we advocate for the creation of more green spaces within urban areas. Parks, tree-lined streets, and community gardens not only enhance the environment but also provide much-needed relief to stray animals. We collaborate with local governments and urban planners to push for animal-friendly infrastructure that considers the well-being of all living beings within the city.

The challenges faced by stray animals during extreme heat are immense, but with continued effort and compassion, we can make a difference. NGOs, volunteers, and compassionate citizens must work together to create a safer, more humane environment for these animals. By addressing both immediate needs and long-term solutions, we can help ensure that stray animals are not left to suffer and that they receive the care and protection they deserve.

As told to Deepti Sharma

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Prajwal Revanna

Obscene Video Case: Revanna Produced In Court After Medical Examination

JD (S) suspended MP Prajwal Revanna, who was arrested in the obscene video case was brought to Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital in Bengaluru for medical examination. After the conclusion of the medical exam, Prajwal was taken to the City civil court where he was produced before the 42nd ACMM court judge.

The SIT is likely to request the court to hand over Prajwal to their custody. The Hasan MP was arrested by the SIT on Thursday night at Bengaluru Airport.

The SIT has also filed an application in the High Court questioning HD Revanna’s bail in the kidnapping case of a woman from KR Nagar, Mysore. According to SIT, Revanna should continue to remain in custody until this investigation is over and therefore, the SIT has moved the High Court to cancel the bail.

The application will be heard in the High Court bench headed by Justice Krishna S Dixit. The hearing of the petition filed by Revanna to cancel this case will also be held today in the High Court.

HD Revanna was arrested earlier in connection with a kidnapping case on April 29. He was granted conditional bail by a special court for people’s representatives.

Prajawal Revanna who was brought to the CID office in Bengaluru after he landed at Kempegowda International Airport is likely to face a probe by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) over allegations of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation following a complaint by a woman who worked in his household.

He returned to India from Berlin, Germany, nearly a month after leaving the country on a diplomatic passport and was immediately taken into custody.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Karnataka government detained Revanna on his arrival at Bengaluru airport.

The SIT team confiscated two of his check-in bags and took them away in a separate car. Security was stepped up outside the CID office in Bengaluru, and barricades were put outside the office before Revanna’s arrival.

Revanna is facing a probe by the SIT over allegations of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation following a complaint by a woman who worked in his household. He returned to India from Berlin, Germany, nearly a month after leaving the country on a diplomatic passport and was immediately taken into custody.

Earlier, the SIT arrested two prime accused in connection with the case. The arrested have been identified as Naveen Gowda and Chetan. According to police sources, the accused were arrested when they appeared before the High Court seeking anticipatory bail. Arrested Chetan Gowda and Naveen Gowda allegedly distributed pen drives containing videos of Prajwal Revanna sexually assaulting women. (ANI)

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