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Lakhimpur Kheri violence case: Ashish Mishra appears before UP Police

Ashish Mishra-09LUCKNOW: Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Misra’s son Ashish Misra appeared on Saturday before Uttar Pradesh Police in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that killed eight people, including four farmers. His interrogation is going on at the Crime Branch office in Lakhimpur Kheri police lines.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court pulled up the UP government on Friday for not arresting Ashish Misra who allegedly ran his car over protesting farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri last week. India Today Reported India Today.
The Lakhimpur police started questioning Union minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s son Ashish Mishra on Saturday after he appeared before the investigators at the crime branch office at Lakhimpur reserve police lines, officials said.Uttar Pradesh Police have been interrogating Ashish Misra for the last four hours. During the interrogation, his mobile was also seized for investigation. A lot of his supporters have also reached the Crime Branch office in Lakhimpur Kheri where interrogation of Ashish Mishra is going on. Mishra’s lawyer Awadhesh Singh is also present there along with Sadar MLA Yogesh Verma.
The UP police had pasted a summon letter outside his residence, asking him to appear before the police inquiry related to the Lakhimpur Kheri case in which eight people were killed. According to a senior police official said Ashish Mishra reached the crime branch office at 10:40 am on Saturday. He appeared A few hours after the Lakhimpur police on Friday evening issued a second notice asking him to appear in connection with the violence that killed eight people, including four farmers.

Ashish Mishra, the prime accused in the case, was accompanied by his counsel Awadesh Singh and Lakhimpur Sadar MLA Yogesh Verma of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).According to sources, Ashish Misra could not provide proof of his whereabouts from October 3 between 2:36 pm to 3:30 pm. Mishra was taken to a room inside the crime branch office where police personnel investigating the matter began questioning him. His counsel accompanied him in the questioning.

The second notice was issued against Ashish Mishra on Friday after he failed to show up in response to the first one and missed his 10 am deadline on Friday. Like the first, the second notice was pasted on the minister’s Lakhimpur Kheri residence directing Ashish Mishra to appear before the Lakhimpur Kheri police crime branch at reserve police lines at 10 am on Friday.
(With Media Reports).

PBKS: Register Dubious Record After Failing To Qualify For Playoffs Again This Season

Punjab-KingsNEW DELHI : Punjab Kings (PBKS), led by batter KL Rahul, finished sixth in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 points table and failed to qualify for the playoffs yet again. The unsuccessful campaign this season led to them achieving a dubious record which the franchise would want to forget quickly.

PBKS (earlier Kings XI Punjab) went past Delhi Capitals’ (earlier Delhi Daredevils) record of failing to make it to the playoffs for six consecutive seasons. This year, PBKS extended that record to seven seasons in a row, as their six wins in 14 matches could only earn them a sixth spot in the league phase.

PBKS finished runners-up in the 2014 IPL season but since then haven’t been able to make it to the last four stage. They also ended as the semi-finalists in the inaugural IPL season in 2008. After 2008, the dry run for PBKS stretched to five seasons before making it to the final in 2014. However, since then, PBKS have disappointed with poor campaigns over and over again.
Delhi Capitals endured a similar run from 2013 to 2018, where they failed to finish in the top four. However, they roared back with terrific performances in the 2019 and 2020 seasons to end at the third and second position, respectively. DC, PBKS and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are the three teams who are yet to win the competition. But that could change with DC and RCB both qualifying for the playoffs this year. DC topped the table with 10 wins while Virat Kohli-led RCB ended with 9 wins in 14 games this season

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan Aryan Khan Denied Bail, To Spend the Weekend in Arthur Road jai

Aryan Khan2MUMBAI: Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, has been denied bail after he was arrested in connection with the drugs-on-cruise case.
He will spend the weekend in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail. A Mumbai magistrate’s court said Friday that Mr Khan’s bail plea was “not maintainable”, agreeing with the Narcotics Control Bureau that since drugs were seized a Sessions Court must hear the matter.
The court also rejected pleas from two other accused – Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamechat. All three must now approach the Sessions Court for relief. The young celebrity, from whom the NCB has admitted that no drugs were recovered, will now be returned to Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail.
Arguing against bail per se, the NCB said releasing Aryan Khan could harm the case. The agency claimed he could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses. It also insisted Aryan Khan and the others were “regular users of contraband”.
“They are influential persons… is a chance of tampering with evidence. Had it been one person with small quantity, it would be different. We have a lot of material… protection like bail at this stage will hamper the investigation,” Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh said.
The NCB on Thursday had sought further custody of Aryan Khan, Arbaz Seth Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha till Monday (11 October). However, the court rejected the prayer, saying simply remanding the accused to custody without reason is cogent ground for violating liberty. The NCB took Aryan and other accused to its office as jail would not admit the new inmates post 6 PM. Today, the anti-drugs agency shifted Aryan Khan and other accused to Arthur Jail.
After a hearing marked by snippy comments, a lot of bickering and flying tempers, a Mumbai court on Friday rejected the bail application of Aryan Khan and two others in a case pertaining to an alleged seizure of narcotic drugs from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. “Applications rejected. Not maintainable,” said Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R M Nerlikar while denying bail to the three accused. The judge dictated only the operative part of the order initially.

“Unless I complete the entire order, I won’t leave the court today,” said the judge. “Not appropriate to reserve the order at this point in time,” he said as the hearing drew well into the later half of the evening. The order means that Aryan and the other accused will have to spend the weekend in the Arthur Road Jail lock-up in a quarantine cell as the Mumbai sessions court is not working given that it is the second Saturday of the month. Even if the holiday court is moved, relief is unlikely till Monday. “We will try our best to move the court tomorrow,” Adwait Tamhankar, who is representing co-accused Arbaz Merchant, told Media.

The NCB represented by the Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh primarily argued on the question of maintainability of the bail plea. The ASG said that the bail plea was maintainable only in front of the Sessions Court. “This court does not have the jurisdiction to hear the bail applications,” he said, even as the defence vehemently opposed it.  Aryan Khan Will Have to Follow This Routine in Arthur Road Jail Over 25 kg of Heroin Worth Rs 125 Cr Seized from Container in Navi Mumbai’s Nhava Sheva Port “If I raise an issue of maintainability, then that needs to be argued first. Then the question on merit arises,” he said. “The court will decide what is to be argued first,” Satish Maneshinde, Aryan’s counsel, snapped. “For the first time, someone is telling the court how to conduct a matter,” he said later. The ASG snapped back saying he wasn’t dictating anything. “I am merely stating the position of law,” he said.

The NCB on 2 October carried out raids at an alleged rave party at a cruise off Mumbai coast. It seized 13 grams of cocaine, 5 grams of MD, 21 grams of charas and 22 pills of Ecstasy and ₹1.33 lakh.The agency detained eight persons — Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Nupur Sarika, Ismeet Singh, Mohak Jaswal, Vikrant Chhoker, Gomit Chopra.
After hours of questioning, the NCB formally arrested Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha. Three persons have been booked under Section 8C, 20B, 27 (Punishment for consumption of any narcotic drug or psychotropic substance) and 35 (Presumption of culpable mental state) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act). Khan, Merchant, and Dhamecha were first sent to one-day NCB custody which was later extended to 7 October. They were on Thursday produced again before the court, which sent them to judicial custody for 14 days.
(With Inputs from Mumbai Bureau).




After Navjot Sidhu, Minister Razia Sultana also resigns

RaziaCHANDIGRAH: After Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as the chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, Razia Sultana on Tuesday stepped down as cabinet minister in the state government.
The Punjab cabinet minister said, “I resign in solidarity with Navjot Sidhu.” According to reports, am urgent cabinet meeting is underway.
Merely two days after she took oath of office as a cabinet minister in the Punjab government, Malerkotla MLA Razia Sultana today resigned “in solidarity with Navjot Singh Sidhu”, who stepped down as the state Congress President earlier in the day.
“Sidhu sahab is a man of principles. He is fighting for Punjab and Punjabiyat,” Ms Sultana said, according to an ANI report. In her letter of resignation, she said, “I will continue to work for the party as a worker in the best interest of Punjab.” An urgent cabinet meeting was underway in the state following the resignations, sources said.
Mr Sidhu resigned as Punjab Congress chief, delivering a big shock to the Gandhis, who may have hoped that changing Chief Ministers would help end the turmoil in the state before next year’s state polls.
The cricketer-turned-politician tweeted a resignation letter that hinted at his unhappiness at the ongoing changes to the Punjab cabinet.”The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner. I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab,” he wrote in his letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
He had taken charge of the party in Punjab in July.
His resignation came a little over a week after Charanjit Singh Channi, said to be close him, took oath as Punjab’s new Chief Minister — the first ever Dalit to do so. He replaced veteran Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh. Mr Sidhu, according to sources, was upset about the cabinet changes made by Mr Channi. Though Mr Sidhu was widely seen to act as “Super Chief Minister” when it came to some decisions, he was reportedly ignored in recent appointments seen as controversial.Incidentally, Sultana’s husband Mohammed Mustafa became Sidhu’s chief strategic adviser when the latter took over as Punjab Congress chief in July.
(Bureau Report with Agency Inputs).

Former US Prez Ronald Reagan shooter to secure unconditional release

REgan-2WASHINGTON:   John Hinckley, the man who tried to assassinate US president Ronald Reagan 40 years ago, looks set to be granted his unconditional release from next June. Lawyers for John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, are scheduled to argue in court Monday that the 66-year-old should be freed from restrictions placed on him after he moved out of a Washington hospital in 2016.

Since Hinckley’s move to Williamsburg, Virginia, a federal judge has made him live under various conditions that dictate much of his life. For instance, doctors and therapists must oversee his psychiatric medication and decide how often he attends individual and group therapy sessions.

Hinckley has monthly appointments — now virtual — with Washington’s Department of Behavioral Health, which files progress notes with a federal court. And he must give three days’ notice if he wants to travel more than 75 miles (120 kilometers) from home. Hinckley also has to turn over passwords for computers, phones and online accounts such as email. He can’t have a gun. And he can’t contact Reagan’s children, other victims or their families or actress Jodie Foster —- with whom he was obsessed with at the time of the 1981 shooting.

Hinckley’s attorney, Barry Levine, has said that Hinckley should get what’s called “unconditional release” because he no longer poses a threat. “He has adhered to every requirement of law,” Levine told The Associated Press last month. “And based on the views of a variety of mental health professionals … he no longer suffers from a mental disease, and he hasn’t suffered from a mental disease for decades.”
A status conference is scheduled for Monday before U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman in Washington. In a May court filing, the U.S. government had said it opposed ending the restrictions. It also retained an expert to examine Hinckley and determine “whether or not he would pose a danger to himself or others if unconditionally released.”
Meanwhile, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute issued a statement opposing the move, saying it was “saddened to hear of the decision.””Contrary to the judge’s decision, we believe John Hinckley is still a threat to others and we strongly oppose his release,” it said. “Our hope is that the Justice Department will file a motion with the court leading to a reversal of this decision.”Reagan, his press secretary James Brady, a police officer and a Secret Service agent were wounded when Hinckley opened fire outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington.
The conditions included remaining within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Virginia, and not traveling to any area where a current or former president, vice president or member of Congress is known to be. According to court documents, a federal judge on Monday approved an agreement between the Justice Department and Hinckley’s lawyers that would lift the conditions in June 2022.
Findings from such an examination have not been filed in court. But a 2020 “violence risk assessment” conducted on behalf of Washington’s Department of Behavioral Health said Hinckley would not pose a danger. Timothy McCarthy, a Secret Service agent who was shot during the assassination attempt, told the AP that he doesn’t “have a lot of good Christian thoughts” about Hinckley.

“But in any case, I hope they’re right,” McCarthy, 72, said of mental health professionals and the court. “Because the actions of this man could have changed the course of history.” Hinckley was 25 when he shot and wounded the 40th U.S. president outside a Washington hotel. The shooting paralyzed Reagan press secretary James Brady, who died in 2014. It also injured McCarthy and Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty.
Hinckley was suffering from acute psychosis. When jurors found him not guilty by reason of insanity, they said he needed treatment and not a lifetime in confinement. He was ordered to live at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington.
In the 2000s, Hinckley began making visits to his parents’ home in a gated Williamsburg community. A 2016 court order granted him permission to live with his mom full-time, albeit under various restrictions, after experts said his mental illness had been in remission for decades.

Stephen J. Morse, a University of Pennsylvania professor of law and psychiatry, said Hinckley’s acquittal by reason of insanity means “he is not to blame for those terrible things that happened and he cannot be punished.” Most people in Hinckley’s situation are released from a psychiatric hospital if they’re no longer considered mentally ill or dangerous, he said. And if they follow court-ordered rules, unconditional release virtually always follows after a period of time.
In recent years, Hinckley has sold items from a booth at an antique mall that he’s found at estate sales, flea markets and consignment shops. He’s shared his music on YouTube and had been in a relationship with a woman he met in group therapy. Friedman, the federal judge, has also loosened Hinckley’s restrictions from about 30 conditions in 2018 to 17 conditions last year. For instance, Hinckley was granted the right to publicly display his artwork and allowed to move out of his mother’s house. But he still can’t travel to places where he knows there will be someone who is protected by the Secret Service.
Hinckley’s mother died in July. By then he had already moved out, according to his attorney. Levine did not say where Hinckley now lives, but he would have been required to inform his treatment team of where he was moving. Hinckley’s 2020 risk assessment said he planned to stay in the Williamsburg area after his mother’s death and that his brother Scott expressed interest in living with him.

Last year’s risk assessment recommended that he be considered for unconditional release. The report said there’s no indication he’s sought access to weapons. And it said he’s unlikely to reach out to people he’s been barred from contacting. He hasn’t tried to contact Foster, the actress, since the 1980s, the report said. Hinckley is quoted as saying that he’d continue to take his psychiatric medication and attend group therapy. “Not a whole lot would change,” Hinckley said.
(With Inputs from Media Reports).





Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab Congress Chief

Navjot_Singh_Sidhu_BCCLCHANDIGRAH: Barely 10 days after Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down as the state chief minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu put down his papers from the post of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, a move that fuels the fire of a bitter political power tussle between the two.

The ongoing crisis in the Punjab Congress unit could prove ominous for the party as it prepares for re-election in the 2022 Assembly polls. Shortly after Sidhu tendered his resignation, former chief minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh took to Twitter and said – “I told you so… He is not a stable man and not fit for the border state of Punjab.”
The hasty exit of Sidhu from the post of Punjab Congress chief just two-and-a-half months into his tenure yet again indicates that his objective was to dethrone Amarinder from the post of CM.
After stepping down, Amarinder Singh said that he had offered his resignation to interim party chief Sonia Gandhi three weeks back, but she had asked him to continue as CM. “If she had just called me and asked me to step down, I would have…As a soldier, I know how to do my task and leave once I am called back,” Singh had said.
Stressing that he has been in politics “for the last 52 years” and been chief minister “for nine-and-a-half years”, Amarinder alleged that Sidhu had a connection with Pakistan and that it would prove costly to the party. “The thing is that this is the third time the party called the MLAs. You have an element of doubt on me… I feel humiliated. As far as my future politics is concerned, there is always an option and I will use that option when time comes. I am in the Congress party. I will talk to my supporters and decide future course of politics,” he had told reporters after submitting his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit on September 18.
Following his resignation, the Congress appointed Charanjit Singh Channi, believed to be a close confidante of Sidhu, as the Chief Minister. Channi, a Scheduled Caste Sikh, took oath on September 20 along with two deputies – one Jat Sikh and another Hindu.
Sidhu is believed to be upset over the recent developments in the state—from the non-inclusion of some Members of Legislative Assembly in the recently-expanded cabinet of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and the appointment of Punjab’s new Advocate General, Amar Preet Singh Deol.

Sidhu’s resignation comes amid the furor over Deol’s appointment. Deol, who has, among his various high-profile cases, represented Punjab’s tainted ex-DGP, Sumedh Saini, was appointed through an official notification on Monday. Chief Minister Charanjit Channi has defended the appointment saying that the controversial case was in the course of Deol’s professional duties.
Sidhu’s resignation has put the Congress in a spot. Sidhu had replaced Sunil Jakhar as Congress in June after much power tussle between him and former chief minister Amarinder Singh. Congress leadership was preparing to project Sidhu as the chief ministerial candidate for 2022 assembly elections before Charanjit Singh Channi was named chief minister after Amarinder Singh resigned in “humiliation” earlier this month.Sidhu’s resignation comes hours after new ministers in Channi’s cabinet were given portfolios.
Punjab is due to hold assembly elections early next year.
(Bureau Reports with Agency Inputs).

Punjab: 15 ministers take oath under CM Channi’s government

Oath-2CHANDIGRAH : Punjab’s new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi inducted 15 members in his cabinet today, September 26. These MLAs took oath as ministers at the Punjab Governor House in Chandigarh. Six new faces to his cabinet and dropped some from his predecessor’s team.
The new ministerial team has 15 members in all. The expansion, coming months ahead of the state Assembly polls, has already sparked resentment among those dropped and also over the return of a scandal-tainted MLA dropped earlier.
The ministers taking oath of office today are: Brahm Mohindra, Manpreet Singh Badal, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhbindr Singh Sarkaria, Rana Gurjeet Singh, Aruna Chaudary, Razia Sultana, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Vijay Inder Singla, Randeep Singh Nabha, Raj Kumar Verka, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Pargat Singh, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, Gukrirat Singh Kotli.
The expansion, coming months ahead of the state Assembly polls, has already sparked resentment among those dropped and also over the return of a scandal-tainted MLA dropped earlier. Brahm Mohindra, a prominent Hindu, is the senior-most leader of the Punjab Congress. He is older than even former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in terms of association with the party. He was Local Bodies Minister in Mr Singh’s cabinet.

Mr Nabha, Mr Verka, Mr Gilzian, Pargat Singh, Mr Warring, and Mr Kotli are completely new to the job. The induction of Mr Kotli, grandson of former Chief Minister Beant Singh, was opposed by the opposition parties Shiromani Akali Dal and Aam Admi Party. He had faced trial in the 1994 case of abduction and molestation of a French tourist, but was acquitted in 1999.

Rana Gurjeet Singh, on the other hand, was part of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s team earlier but was dropped in January 2018 following a sand mining scandal involving him and his family. He is among the richest MLAs of Punjab. Hours ahead of the swearing-in ceremony scheduled for today, six MLAs wrote to state Congress chief Navjot Sidhu to protest the “proposed inclusion” of Mr Singh in the new cabinet.

“We all request you to immediately drop Rana Gurjeet Singh from the proposed cabinet expansion and instead include a clean Dalit face in view of the upcoming election,” the MLAs wrote. Besides Chief Minister Channi himself, the new cabinet also has Mr Verka from the Scheduled Caste community. The Congress is evidently focused on next year’s election, one in which the estimated 31 per cent of Dalit votes in the state are expected to play a key role. In fact, when it was his turn to take oath today, Mr Verka specifically referred to the constitution as the one “drafted by BR Ambedkar”.
Resentment, meanwhile, was not restricted to the matter of his inclusion, though. Some of those dropped from the team, too, have expressed their disappointment. “What was my mistake? I want to ask the party high command why my name was not considered for the new cabinet. My exemplary work during Covid was even quoted by an MP in the Canadian Parliament,” said outgoing state Health Minister Balbir Sidhu.
(Bureau Report with Agency Inputs).

Odisha, Andhra on alert ahead of Cyclone Gulab’s landfall

tsf5nat_cycloneNEW DELHI :Several trains have been cancelled and diverted ahead of cyclone ‘Gulab’, which is likely to make landfall on Sunday evening between Odisha’s Gopalpur and Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh. “The next two hours are crucial. We expect winds to blow at the speed of 90-100 kmph.
Two teams of NDRF and 4 teams of SDRF have arrived here. Heavy rainfall could lead to floods, which is another challenge. 19 mandals in the district are flood-prone,” Srikakulam collector Sumit Kumar said, news agency ANI reported.
“The Chief Minister has asked people to remain indoors, particularly in pucca houses from Sunday evening till 10 am on Monday, during which the cyclone will pass through the region,” Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena told reporters. Cyclone Gulab has made landfall in coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, the weather office tweeted this evening. The cyclone will cross the coasts between Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Odisha in the next three hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
West Bengal, however, heaved a sigh of relief for now, as the weatherman said the developing cyclonic storm is expected to give the region a miss, but also forecast the formation of a new low-pressure system near the coast of Myanmar, which, in all probability, will dump heavy rain in the state’s southern districts next week.“The system is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh-South Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur around evening on September 26,” IMD Director-General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said.

Cyclone Gulab is the second to hit Odisha in four months after Cyclone Yaas in May. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said efforts are on to ensure no casualties due to the cyclone in the seven high-risk districts – Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri.”The next two hours are crucial. We expect winds to blow at the speed of 90-100 kmph. Two teams of NDRF and 4 teams of SDRF have arrived here. Heavy rainfall could lead to floods, which is another challenge. 19 mandals in the district are flood-prone,” Srikakulam collector Sumit Kumar said, news agency ANI reported.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Mr Patnaik and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and assured them of the centre’s support. “Discussed the cyclone situation in parts of Odisha with CM . The Centre assures all possible support in overcoming this adversity,” PM Modi tweeted. Five fishermen from Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam fell into the sea after strong waves hit their boat off Mandasa coast, ANI reported, adding police and other teams are trying to rescue them.
At least 42 teams of the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and 24 squads of the National Disaster Response Force, along with over 100 teams of firefighters have been dispatched to these places. “The Chief Minister has asked people to remain indoors, particularly in pucca houses from Sunday evening till 10 am on Monday, during which the cyclone will pass through the region,” Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena told reporters.
(Bureau Report with Agency Inputs).



‘Little boy who helped his father at tea stall is addressing UNGA for 4th time: Modi

pm-1632577403-1632582933NEW YORK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that he represents a country which is proud to be known as the mother of democracy and cited his own rise from a tea seller at a railway station to that as prime minister to underscore the strength of India’s democracy.
Addressing the high-level United Nations General Assembly session in New York, Modi said: “We have had a great tradition of democracy that goes back to thousands of years.”
Speaking at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, he said, “I represent a country that is proud to be known as the mother of democracy.
On 15th of August this year, India entered into the 75th year of its independence,” he said. “Our diversity is the identity of our strong democracy,” he said. “The strength of the democracy is demonstrated by the fact that a little boy who at one time used to help his father at his tea stall is today addressing the UNGA for the fourth time,” PM Modi said.
A little boy who at one time used to help his father at his tea stall is today addressing the United Nations General Assembly for the fourth time, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, highlighting the strength of the Indian democracy. “The strength of our democracy is demonstrated by the fact that a little boy who at one time used to help his father at his tea stall at a railway station is today addressing the United Nations General Assembly for the fourth time as prime minister of India,” he said.
PM Modi, speaking at the 76th session UNGA, said that he represents a country that is known as the ‘mother of democracy.’ “We have a great tradition of democracy that goes back thousands of years.” India’s diversity is the identity of the country’s strong democracy, he added. “It is a country that has dozens of languages and hundreds of dialects, different lifestyles and cuisine. This is the best example of a vibrant democracy.”He also paid tribute to all those who have lost their lives in the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
The theme for this year’s General Debate is ‘Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations.’When India Reforms, The World Transforms, Says PM Modi At UN: 10 Quotes When India Reforms, The World Transforms, Says PM Modi
PM Modi had arrived in Washington on Wednesday for a three-day visit to the country. This was his first visit beyond neighbourhood since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister held bilateral meetings with US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. He also met his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga. PM Modi also participated in the first in-person Quad Summit in Washington.
(With Media Reports).


What Captain Amarinder Singh said about joining BJP……

amarinder-singh-pti-1632310796CHANDIGRAH: Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as Punjab Chief Minister last week amid a power tussle with Navjot Singh Sidhu leading to the internal crisis in the party.

The Congress made Charanjit Singh Channi the next chief minister of Punjab but everybody wants to know what will be Amarinder Singh’s next move.
Will Amarinder Singh continue to remain in Congress, form his own party, or join the BJP, he discusses it in an exclusive conversation with India TV.
Responding to whether he will be joining the BJP, Captain Amarinder Singh that he will not answer anything now… first he will discuss it with his supporters and only then make a decision.
Though Amarinder Singh neither said yes or no about joining BJP or any other political party, one thing which he made it clear that Navjot Singh Sidhu’s leadership will be dangerous for the state as well for the country. He said the Congress party won’t even win seats in double digits if it decides to fight upcoming elections under his leadership. On the newly-elected Punjab chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh said that Charanjit Singh Channi is a good minister, an intelligent man. As long as he doesn’t come under the influence of Navjot Singh Sidhu, he will be able to run the government.
“In my 52 years of experience, this is the fist time I am witnessing that there will be a dual or joint leadership of the party. But it doesn’t happen like this, there should only be one leader…” Captain said. Training his guns at Navjot Singh Sidhu, Amarinder Singh said, “four years ago, he was a BJP MP… he is nothing good than a drama master… just cracks jokes.”
Renewing his attack on Congress Punjab party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, former CM Captain Amarinder Singh said that the cricketer-turned-politician is ‘dangerous for the country’. In an exclusive interview with India TV, Singh also hit out at party top leadership’s advisors namely Randeep Singh Surjewala and KC Venugopal for ill-advising Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
‘Sidhu dangerous for country’
Slamming party’s state unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, Amarinder Singh said he is dangerous for the country and the party will not win even 10 seats under his leadership in the upcoming assembly elections. Speaking on the recent crisis in the Punjab Congress, Captain Amarinder Singh said, “I am not angry… what should I be angry about… the decision has been taken by the party high command… I met them (high command) 3 weeks ago, informed that Sidhu is pulling to one end, I am pulling to the other… party will break like this… then they told me you continue as CM…”‘Punjab a sensitive state, you need to work with Centre’
The former Chief Minister said that Punjab is a sensitive state, shares border with Pakistan. It is important for the state government leadership to work with the Central government because national security is the priority. I have to meet PM Modi, Amit Shah because it’s a matter of national security… but you can’t let this state to run in the hands of someone who is close to Pakistan, Singh said.

Mentioning that Sidhu’s leadership will be dangerous for the state, Amarinder Singh said that one has to work with the Centre, but how will Sidhu be able to do it… his relationship with the BJP is bad… they (BJP) leaders don’t even want to see his face… how will be run the state.
‘Possible that high command’s advisors might have asked them to change CM’ He disclosed that he had offered his resignation to party President Sonia Gandhi three weeks earlier but she had asked him to continue. “If she had just called me and asked me to step down, I would have,” he said, adding that “as a soldier, I know how to do my task and leave once I am called back”.

He said he had even told Sonia Gandhi that he was ready to hang his boots and allow someone else to take over as the Chief Minister after leading the Congress to another sweeping win in Punjab. “But that did not happen, so I will fight,” he asserted. “I would not have taken MLAs on a flight to Goa or some place. That is not how I operate. I don’t do gimmicks, and the Gandhi siblings know that is not my way,” he said, adding: “Priyanka and Rahul (Gandhi) are like my children… this should not have ended like this. I am hurt.”

“It may be possible that the high command advisors have advised them to change the CM, so they changed it. I have good relations with Rahul and Priyanka… every second day I connect with them over facetime… they never gave me any indication of this,” Amarinder Singh said. “The party can bring whosoever they want… just don’t humiliate me like this… I’m upset the way the entire crisis has been handled,” Captain added.

‘Channi is intelligent, will work well if didn’t come under Sidhu’s influence’ Captain Amarinder Singh said that Charanjit Singh Channi is a good minister, an intelligent man. As long as he doesn’t come under the influence of Navjot Singh Sidhu, he will be able to run the government. “In my 52 years of experience, this is the fist time I am witnessing that there will be a dual or joint leadership of the party. But it doesn’t happen like this, there should only be one leader…” Captain said.
Training his guns at Navjot Singh Sidhu, Amarinder Singh said, “four years ago, he was a BJP MP… he is nothing good than a drama master… just cracks jokes. “‘Vote will be divided now’ Speaking on the current political situation in the state post-party crisis, Amarinder Singh said that the vote will get divided now… between farm unions… Akali Dal… AAP… BJP, others”
Congress veteran Amarinder Singh resigned on Saturday as chief minister of Punjab, declaring that he feels “humiliated” and said he won’t accept state Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu as the next CM or the party face in the Assembly polls. The development has come amid a power tussle that polarised the ruling party in the state headed for elections in just about four months.
(Bureau Report with India TV Agency Inputs).