Arvinder Singh Lovely

Arvinder Singh Lovely Takes Charge As Delhi’s Cong Chief

Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely took charge as Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president on Thursday and said that every Congress worker is to strengthen the organisation.

“The priority of every Congress worker is to strengthen the organisation…This is the first step in strengthening the organisation where after five years for the first time Congress leadership and the workers were together on the stage…I have become a president to deliver to my leadership and workers. Congress has a more capable leadership than any other party,” said Lovely.

DPCC president Arvinder Singh Lovely had earlier said that his priority was to strengthen the party in the city-state and said, “I see a bright future for the Congress in Delhi.”

While speaking to ANI, he further stated that people are looking towards Rahul Gandhi, and added that the people of Delhi and the country are missing Congress.

“It is true that the performance of Congress has not been good in the last few years, but seeing the atmosphere in Delhi and the country today, people are looking towards Rahul Gandhi. The people of Delhi are facing a ‘double maar’. The people of Delhi and the country are missing Congress. We will strengthen our organisation and continue to raise people’s issues. I see a bright future for the Congress in Delhi. The decision (on an alliance with AAP in Delhi) will be taken by the party high command.”

Arvinder Singh Lovely took over from Anil Chaudhry. He was earlier in charge of the state unit in 2013 and had jumped ship to the BJP in 2017 only to return to the Congress in 2018. In 2013 he was one of the 8 MLAs that extended support to the first AAP government formed by Arvind Kejriwal. Lovely has also served as a minister in all three governments of late Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and held significant portfolios such as transport, education, revenue, and urban development, among others. (ANI)

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Surjewala on Manipur

BJP Thinks Of Manipur As If It Is Pakistan: Surjewala

Congress MP Randeep Surjewala on Thursday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the prevailing situation in Manipur and alleged that the ruling party thinks of Manipur as if it is Pakistan”.

“How will they (BJP) even see the black colour of protest when their (BJP) hearts are black?… Dr Manmohan Singh during his tenure as PM used to answer questions every week…Today, they (BJP) think of Manipur which is an integral part of India as if it is Pakistan”, MP Surjewala said.
Earlier today, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi is aware that BJP’s ideology has set the northeastern state on fire.

According to the Congress leader, PM Modi has got nothing to do with the violence-hit state because he is the Prime Minister of only a few selected people.

In a video message shared by Indian National Congress on Twitter, Rahul Gandhi said, “What is Prime Minister Narendra Modi doing for Manipur? Why is he not saying anything about Manipur? It is because Narendra Modi has nothing to do with Manipur. He knows that his own ideology has burned Manipur.”

Hitting out at PM Modi for not visiting the northeastern state, Rahul Gandhi said, “Have you seen what happened in Manipur? And what is happening? You will be surprised that the Prime Minister has not said a word about Manipur. You would have thought that when a state of the country is burning, the Prime Minister of the country would say something. Many of you would have thought that the Prime Minister of the country would go to Imphal to at least talk to the people.”

Meanwhile today, the opposition MPs of the INDIA alliance arrived at the Parliament wearing black clothes as a mark of protest against the Manipur violence.

While speaking to ANI, Aam Admi Party (AAP) MP Raghav Chaddha said, “Today the MPs of INDIA alliance have decided to oppose the atrocities on the people of Manipur and the barbarism going on there, we will wear black clothes and go to the Parliament today. This will be a symbolic protest to give a message that we stand with the people of Manipur in this hour of grief.

“He further stated that Chief Minister N Biren Singh should be sacked from his position.’We will try to make the Government realise that an integral part of this country, Manipur is burning. We urge the Government to save Manipur and shoulder their Constitutional duty. The State Govt of the day should be dissolved and the CM should be unceremoniously sacked,” he said.

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said that they are wearing black clothes against the arrogance of PM Modi.

“Our black clothes are against the arrogance of the PM. When the country is burning and Manipur is divided, he is bothered only about his own image,” Gaurav Gogoi said.

Meanwhile, the Leaders of the INDIA alliance held a meeting in the Parliament to chalk out the strategy for the Floor of the House.

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “We do not get a chance to speak in the Parliament. We demanded that PM Modi should come to the Parliament & have a detailed discussion on the Manipur issue. Don’t know why the Prime Minister is not speaking. We were forced to bring a no-confidence motion.”

“We know that this will not bring down the government, but we have no choice. The Prime Minister of the country should come in front of the country and speak on Manipur,” he added.

All Members of Parliament from the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (I.N.D.I.A) on Thursday will wear black clothes to the Parliament to register their protest over the situation in Manipur. (ANI)

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Karisma Gives Glimpses Of Her London Diaries

Actor Karisma Kapoor, gave a sneak peek into her recent vacation on Saturday.

Taking to Instagram, Kapoor treated fans to pictures and videos from her London diaries. She captioned the post, “Once upon a rainy day #london.”
In the pictures, she can seen walking in the rain with an umbrella on the streets.

She wore a printed dress and opted for a natural makeup look.

In the last pictures, she shared images from her hotel lobby.

Her pictures from her vacation garnered several likes and comments. A user wrote, ” U can still give a run to today’s actresses.”

“The real beauty queen of India,” a fan wrote. Another fan commented, ” As usual looking so pretty so gorgeous.”

Recently, on Wednesday, she shared the actor shared pictures from her beach vacation. “Beach therapy #sunsandssea.”

She wore a maroon Monokini and opted for a soft makeup look.

Meawhile, on the work front, Karisma will be next seen in an upcoming series ‘Brown’.

Helmed by Abhinay Deo of ‘Delhi Belly’ fame, ‘Brown’ is based on Rita Brown, a suicidal alcoholic, and Arjun Sinha, a widower with survivor’s guilt. The protagonists need to deal with an unstoppable serial killer on the loose.

She also has director Homi Adajania’s next ‘Murder Mubarak’ alongside Sara Ali Khan. (ANI)

Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Twitter Ex-CEO: India Put Pressure On Twitter During Farmers Protest; Govt Rejects Claim

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Tuesday rejected Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s claim that the Indian government put pressure on the microblogging platform to block accounts covering the farmers’ protests terming it as an “an outright lie” and “an attempt to brush out the very dubious period” of the social media company’s history.

In an interview with YouTube channel ‘Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar’, on Monday, Dorsey who stepped down from Twitter’s board last year, alleged that the Indian government had put pressure on Twitter and said that it will shut down the company in India and raid the houses of its employees.

“…..India is one of the countries which had many requests around farmers protests, around particular journalists which were critical of the government and it manifested in ways such as we will shut Twitter down in India, India is a big marketplace for us. We would raid the homes of your employees, which they did and we will shut down your offices if you don’t follow suit and this is India, a democratic country, ” Dorsey is heard saying in the interview to the YouTube channel.

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar today said that Twitter under Jack Dorsey and his team were “in repeated and continuous violations of Indian law and that they complied only after June 2022.

“No one went to jail nor was twitter shutdown,” he said in a tweet.

He took to Twitter today to post: “This is an outright lie by @jack- perhaps an attempt to brush out that very dubious period of twitters history. @twitter undr Dorsey n his team were in repeated n continuous violations of India law. As a matter of fact they were in non-compliance with the law repeatedly from 2020 to 2022 and it was only June 2022 when they finally complied. No one went to jail nor was twitter shutdown,” he wrote.

He further said that Dorsey’s Twitter regime had a problem accepting the sovereignty of Indian law.

“It behaved as if the laws of India did not apply to it. India as a sovereign nation has the right to ensure that its laws are followed by all companies operating in India,” Rajeev Chandrasekhar wrote.

Referring to the farmer’s protest in January 2021, he said that since there was a lot of misinformation the government of India was obligated to remove such information from the platform because it had the potential to further inflame the situation based on fake news.

“During the protests in January 2021, there was a lot of misinformation and even reports of genocide which were definitely fake. GoI was obligated to remove misinformation from the platform because it had the potential to further inflame the situation based on fake news. Such was the level of partisan behaviour on Twitter under Jack regime, that they had a problem removing misinformation from the platform in India, when they did it themselves when similar events took place in the USA,” Chandrasekhar said in his tweet.

He further clarified that no one was raided or sent to jail the focus was to ensure compliance with Indian laws.

“To set the record straight, no one was raided or sent to jail. Our focus was only on ensuring compliance with Indian laws. There is ample evidence now in public domain abt Jack twitter’s arbitrary, blatantly partisan n discriminatory conduct and misuse of its power on its platform during that period,” he wrote.

“Twitter under Dorsey was not just violating Indian law, but was partisan in how it was using “deamplify” n deplatforming of some arbitrarily in violation of Art 14,19 of our constitution and also assisting in weaponising of misinformation. Our govts policies remain clear for all Intermediaries operating in India – compliance with laws to ensure the Internet is Safe&Trusted, Accountable,” he wrote further.

In November 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repeal of the three Central farm laws.

In his address to the nation, PM Modi said then, “Today I want to tell everyone that we have decided to repeal all three farm laws.”

Farmers staged a protest in large numbers against the government’s three farm laws since the Centre passed the laws in 2020.

The three farm laws are — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.

The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to do contract farming and market their produces freely.

The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act is an amendment to the existing Essential Commodities Act. (ANI)

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Jairam Questions Modi’s Silence on Manipur Violence

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on the ethnic clashes in Manipur, questioning him for not visiting the Northeast state and trying to broker a truce between the feuding tribal communities.

“There appears to be no let-up in the violence that has engulfed Manipur for the past several weeks. The home minister visited the state belatedly, after a month since the violence erupted. Why is the Prime Minister still silent on the violence? Why doesn’t he visit the state and try to bring about a reconciliation between the warning (Kuki and Meitei) communities? Why can’t he even send an all-party delegation to Manipur?” said Ramesh.

Ethnic clashes and violence gripped Manipur on May 3, during a rally organised by the All Tribal Students Union (ATSU) to protest the Manipur High Court order asking the state government to consider including the Meitei community in the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs). In the waves of violence between the Kuki and Meitei communities that followed, 60 people lost their lives and several houses were set on fire.

The security advisor to the Manipur government, Kuldiep Singh, said last week that peace was returning to the state after the ethnic clashes and violence, and normality was being restored.

Singh said there had been no incident of violence or arson in Manipur in the last 24 hours.

On Sunday, the Centre constituted a three-member Commission of Inquiry, headed by former chief justice of the Gauhati High Court, Ajai Lamba, to investigate the incidents of violence in Manipur in early May.

The Commission was mandated to submit its report to the central government as soon as possible, and not later than six months from the date of its first sitting. (ANI)

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March In Gaza

Israel Uses Live Fire, Tear Gas On Palestinians Flag March In Gaza

Several Palestinians were hurt after Israeli police opened fire and used tear gas against them while they were participating in a protest on Gaza Strip’s eastern border with Israel, reported Al Jazeera.

The protest occurred following a so-called “flag march” by far-right Israelis on Thursday in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.
On Thursday, hundreds of Palestinians took part in the protest that had been scheduled by the Palestinian factions in response to the Israeli march. The protest in Gaza denounced the Jerusalem “flag march” and demanded a stop to Israeli raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

Israeli authorities stated that after Palestinians threw explosives at the fence separating Israel and Gaza, its officers opened fire, according to Al Jazeera.

Violence has occurred in recent years as a result of the event, which is commemorated yearly to commemorate the occupation and annexation of East Jerusalem.

After unrest broke out following Israeli soldiers’ storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam, and the deportation of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah district, both in East Jerusalem, the march was rerouted in 2021, reported Al Jazeera.

Last week, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) carried out retaliatory strikes in the Gaza Strip that it claimed were directed at two underground Islamic Jihad rocket launchers as a result of missile alarms that had been heard in southern and central Israel.

After 5 days of intense fighting, Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad somehow agreed to a ceasefire, which was brokered by Egypt told The Times of Israel.

The fighting resulted in the death of 33 Palestinians, including at least 13 civilians. Two people in Israel were killed by rocket fire.

While the calm brought a sense of relief to Gaza’s more than 2 million people and hundreds of thousands of Israelis who had been confined to bomb shelters in recent days, the agreement did nothing to address the underlying issues that have fuelled numerous rounds of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip. (ANI)

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Angarag Papon Mahanta

Singer Papon Hospitalized, Fans Express Concern

Singer Angarag Papon Mahanta who due to health issues got admitted to a hospital on Friday shared an emotional and precious moment of his life.

Taking to Instagram, ‘Barfi’ singer got emotional after seeing his son Puhor as a night attendant at the hospital.

In the picture, Papon can be seen on the hospital bed and his son sitting next to him.

The note read, “We all fight these small battles alone. I don’t personally like posting these incidents on social media. But last night was different. It was for the first time, my little boy who is all of 13 opted to be the night attendant at the hospital! It’s a emotional moment and I wanted to share with my friends and well wishers :)”

He added, “I remember all those times I used to do this for my parents. I wish they were around to witness their grandson Puhor taking his turn already ! Blessed I feel and thank you all for all the blessings and good wishes! I am feeling much better now!”

This is what the father and son bond is all about.

As soon as the news of him being unwell was posted, the singer’s fans and industry friends chimed in the comment section.

Actor Adil Hussain wrote, “Haaare.. Ki hol bhai…”

Shaan Mukherji wrote, “Ironic but in the sweetest way .. you feel so good .. though not so well .. I can totally connect with this .. GetWell Soon Bro.”

One of the users wrote, “Take care Papon da.. Get well soon.”

He sang in several other languages, including Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Tamil, and Marathi. Films including ‘Madras Cafe’, ‘Barfi’, ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, and others. (ANI)

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Border Security Force (BSF) exchanged sweets with Pakistan Rangers at the Attari-Wagah International Border in Punjab's Amritsar on the occasion of India's 74th Republic Day

BSF Exchanges Sweets With Pak Rangers On R-Day

Border Security Force (BSF) exchanged sweets with Pakistan Rangers at the Attari-Wagah International Border in Punjab’s Amritsar on the occasion of India’s 74th Republic Day celebrations on Thursday.

A commandant-rank officer of the BSF, along with other personnel, gave sweets to the Pakistan Rangers at the joint check post. Officials of both forces shook hands and exchanged pleasantries for a few minutes.

The border guarding forces of India and Pakistan exchange sweets and wishes on various national and religious festivals such as Independence Day celebrations of both countries, Diwali and Eid.

Instituted on December 1, 1965, the BSF, which is known as India’s first line of defence, is mandated to guard the 3,323 km India-Pakistan border.

Currently, the BSF is holding 192 Battalions and seven Arty Regiments guarding International Border with Pakistan and Bangladesh. In addition, BSF is also performing an Anti-Infiltration role in Kashmir Valley, Counter Insurgency in North East region, Anti Naxal Operations in Odisha and Chhattisgarh states and security of Integrated Check Posts along Pakistan and Bangladesh International Border.

President Droupadi Murmu led the nation on Thursday celebrating the 74th Republic Day from Kartavya Path in New Delhi.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was the Chief Guest at the parade. (ANI)

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Rapist-Murderer Dera Chief Ram Rahim Granted 40-Day Parole

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was granted 40-day parole, the police sources said on Friday.

The Dera Sacha Sauda chief was serving a sentence for rape and murder in Rohtak’s Sunaria Jail.
According to the sources, the paperwork for his parole is yet to be completed and he is likely to be released today (January 21).

“Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is lodged in Sunaria prison in Rohtak district, has been granted 40-day parole. The paperwork is yet to be completed. He is likely to be released from prison on 21st January,” the Police Sources said.

This is the second time when Ram Rahim had requested parole of 40 days to attend an event. Earlier, he was out on parole for 40 days in October 2022.

“The Dera chief’s family have submitted an application to the jail authorities seeking month-long parole for Ram Rahim on his behalf but it will be decided by the court and commissioner for how many days he will get parole and where will he stay during this time,” Haryana Jail Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala confirmed on Friday.

Notably, the Dera chief was also granted parole ahead of the Haryana panchayat election and Adampur Assembly bypoll.

Rahim was granted parole for a month on June 17.

He has been incarcerated, since 2017, in Haryana’s Sunaria jail where he is serving a 20-year term for raping two women disciples at his ashram’s headquarters in Sirsa. Earlier in February, the Dera chief was granted three weeks’ furlough.

While parole means the release of a prisoner either temporarily for a special purpose or completely before the expiry of a sentence, on the promise of good behavior, a furlough is a short-term temporary release of convicts from jail.

He was convicted by a special CBI court in Panchkula in August 2017 for raping two women followers.

CBI had registered the case on the orders passed by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana in 2003 and taken over the investigation of the case earlier registered at Police Station Sadar in Kurukshetra.

It was alleged that Ranjit Singh, a resident of village Khanpur Kolian, Kurukshetra was murdered on July 10, 2002, when he was working in his fields at village Khanpur Kolian of District Kurukshetra in Haryana.

After a thorough investigation, CBI filed a charge sheet in 2007 against six accused and charges were framed in 2008 while, on October 8, 2021, the court convicted Rahim and four others in connection with former Dera manager Ranjit Singh’s murder case. (ANI)

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Egypt's Prez Abdel Fattah Al Sisi To Be Chief Guest At R-Day

Egypt’s Prez Abdel Fattah Al Sisi To Be Chief Guest At R-Day

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has been invited by India as the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in January and to celebrate the ‘momentous occasion’ of completing 75 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations has further strengthened by mutual warmth, friendship, and goodwill, Ausaf Sayeed, secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs said on Monday.

Calling the completion of 75 years of diplomatic ties between India and Egypt a ‘momentous occasion’, Sayeed said the two nations established formal relations three days after India attained independence on August 15 in 1947.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as chief guest for the Republic Day and the invitation was warmly received.

“This is indeed a momentous occasion in our bilateral relations with Egypt when our two countries are celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations. I was told that When we became independent on the 15th of August, 1947 it was three days later on the 18th of August that the relations, formal relations were established which goes on to say the importance which we attach to our relationship with Egypt,”Ausaf Sayeed, secretary (Consular, Passport & Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs) MEA said on Monday.

He further stated, “Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited President Sisi as chief guest for our Republic Day and President Sisi has warmly accepted the invitation. We have invited Egypt as the guest country during our G20 Presidency this year. It is a matter of satisfaction and the civilization that links between India and Egypt have not only stood the test of time but have also further strengthened by mutual warmth, friendship, and goodwill.”

Sayeed added that the ties between the two nations received further momentum with Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s visits to India and meetings between the two leaders at various forums, including the United Nations.

Participating in a panel discussion on India-Egypt ties in changing global order, Vijay Thakur Singh, Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) also said that the Egyptian President has been invited as Chief Guest for the Republic Day.

“This panel discussion is taking place on the occasion of the visit of his excellency Egypt’s President, who will be coming to India as Chief Guest for Republic Day celebrations on January 26…President El-Sisi will be the chief guest on Republic Day when India and Egypt celebrate the 75th year of the establishment of diplomatic relations,” she said.

Talking about the visit, she also said that the forthcoming visit by Egypt’s President will be the third since he became the president. President El-Sisi made his first visit in October 2015.

“The current visit by President El-Sisi is very crucial not only from the bilateral perspective but also because the visit is taking place at a time when world politics is in flux. The Covid pandemic has caused unprecedented disarray and the Russian-Ukraine conflict has great consequences for global food energy, and fertilizer securities, especially for developing countries as President of G20 for the next year 2022-2023, India has invited Egypt as a guest country to G20 meetings,” Thakur said.

Earlier, in December, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar informed the Parliament that the Egyptian President has accepted the invitation to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in India.

“As far as Republic Day celebrations are concerned, we have invited Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as the chief guest and he has graciously accepted the invitation,” said Jaishankar in Parliament while delivering his remarks on the ‘Latest Developments in India’s Foreign Policy’.

It is pertinent to mention that this is the first time that an Egyptian President will be the chief guest on India’s Republic Day.

“At the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, will be the Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26, 2023. This is the first time that the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt will be the Chief Guest at our Republic Day,” the External Affairs Ministry said in the press release.

The MEA noted that India and Egypt have “warm and friendly relations” based on civilizational and deep-rooted people-to-people ties. (ANI)

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