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Army man attacked by group of five in Karnataka's Tumakuru

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Tumakuru, May 25 (IANS) The Karnataka Police on Friday registered a case against five individuals for attacking a soldier of the Indian Army with a beer bottle at a village under the Koratagere police station limits here.

The injured soldier, Govindaraju (30), is admitted to Koratagere government hospital.

Govindaraju, posted in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, had returned to his hometown in Rayawara village on vacation

According to the police, the incident occurred at Bhyrenahalli while Govindaraju was returning home after visiting someone in the village.

A group of five individuals stood in the road, blocking Govindaraju’s path. When he asked them to allow him to pass through, the group enraged and started abusing him. Later, one of them smashed Govindaraju’s head with a beer bottle. Others in the group also attacked him.

The accused individuals have been identified as Bharath, Puneeth, Gourishankar, Shiva, and Dileep.

Following the soldier’s complaint, the Koratagere police have filed a case against the accused individuals and launched a hunt to apprehend them.

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The Koratagere Assembly constituency is represented by Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara.

–IANS

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'Claimant of taking Bal Thackeray's legacy forward left Hindutva for power', Eknath Shinde hits out at Uddhav

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Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena supremo Eknath Shinde on Wednesday criticised his former ‘boss’ and SS (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray, saying the claimant of taking forward the legacy of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray “has left Hindutva for power”.

Speaking at a programme here to mark Shiv Sena’s 58th anniversary, Eknath Shinde said: “Balasaheb Thackeray used to start his speech with all Hindu brothers and sisters. But today, on the occasion of the anniversary, Uddhav Thackeray refrained from saying Hindu brothers and sisters. Where did their Hindutva go? How desperate are they for votes?”

“Shiv Sena only has the strength to shoot the bow and arrow. Uddhav Thackeray is allergic to Hindutva as he is ashamed of it,” the Maharashtra CM said.

Eknath Shinde also strongly defended the “revolt” by him and 39 other Shiv Sena (undivided) legislators two years ago to “free the party which was tied up with Congress”.

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Uddhav Thackeray was then the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and his party was in alliance with the Congress.

Speaking at the programme, Eknath Shinde said that it was done to preserve the thoughts of Balasaheb Thackeray.

“It was truly shown by the people in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections, which is the real Shiv Sena. Voters have shown trust. I promise we will not let that trust slip in the coming assembly election too,” he said.

“Today, Shiv Sena has grown in Thane, Konkan and the entire Maharashtra. We have kept Shiv Sena’s stronghold intact in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls. Shiv Sena has won Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar also. On the other hand, the Thackeray group could not get a single seat in Konkan. Therefore, we have won the Lok Sabha elections by a landslide, not by a margin,” the Maharashtra CM said.

“Shiv Sena has won seven Lok Sabha seats. The party could have won five more seats. Now I have more responsibility in MahaYuti being the Chief Minister and I will fulfil that responsibility,” Eknath Shinde added.

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He also lashed out at Shiv Sena (UBT) for its allegation of manipulation of EVMs in Mumbai North West constituency where Shiv Sena nominee Ravindra Waikar won by defeating Amol Kirtikar of Uddhav Thackeray’s camp.

“Waikar’s victory is the victory of the people, it is a victory on merit, the victory of the real Shiv Sena,” he said, criticising the Shiv Sena (UBT) for its false propaganda.

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First major reshuffle of bureaucrats in Andhra Pradesh

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Amaravati, June 19 (IANS) In the first major reshuffle of senior bureaucrats after N. Chandrababu Naidu assumed office as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, at least 19 IAS officers were transferred on Wednesday.

Chief Secretary Neerabh Kumar Prasad issued the transfer orders.

At least three bureaucrats, who were considered close to former Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, were not given new postings and were directed to report to the General Administration Department (GAD). They are Special Chief Secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Y. Srilakshmi (1988 batch), Special Chief Secretary, Revenue (Excise), Rajat Bhargava (1990 batch) and Principal Secretary, School Education, Praveen Prakash (1994 batch).

Chief Commissioner of Land Administration G. Sai Prasad (1991 batch), was transferred and posted as Special Chief Secretary, Water Resources Department, in place of Shashi Bhushan Kumar (1996 batch), who was posted as Principal Secretary, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development and Rural Water Supply Department.

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AP Medical Services and Infrastructure Development Corporation (APMSIDC) VC and MD D. Muralidhar Reddy (2006 batch) was transferred and directed to report to the GAD for further posting.

Special Chief Secretary Anil Kumar Singhal (1993 batch) was transferred and posted as Special Chief Secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department. Budithi Rajsekhar (1992 batch) was posted as Special Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Cooperation Department, in place of Gopal Krishna Dwivedi (1993 batch), who was posted as Special Chief Secretary, Labour, Factories, Boilers, and Insurance Medical Services Department.

M. Hari Jawaharlal (2005 batch), who held the post, was transferred.

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3 MP villages selected for DOT's project '5G Intelligent Village'

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Bhopal, June 19 (IANS) The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has announced a proposal for ‘5G Intelligent Village’ showcasing the advantages of 5G connectivity, for which it has selected 10 villages from different states.

Out of these, three villages are from Madhya Pradesh — Raosar, Aari, and Banskhedi — which come under the Guna Lok Sabha constituency represented by Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.

This news came 10 days after Scindia assumed charge as the Union Minister of Communications.

Scindia, who contested his sixth Lok Sabha elections this year, but the first on a BJP ticket, from his family bastion Guna, won against Congress’ Rao Yadvendra Singh Yadav by a margin of more than 5 lakh votes.

According to the Department of Telecommunications’ (DoT) official statement, the ‘5G Intelligent Village’ initiative aims to enable effective utilisation of Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC) and massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC) aspects of 5G in selected villages.

“Proposals can also include plans for establishing 5G connectivity in areas without the existing coverage. This initiative aims to unite telecom service providers, sensor manufacturers, CCTV suppliers, and IoT providers on a single platform to explore and exploit the potential advantages of 5G, serving as a hub for research and development in this field,” it said.

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The DoT has invited participants from industry, small businesses, startups, academia, and government departments involved in technology design, development, and commercialisation of telecom products and solutions.

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Have submitted all relevant documents to ED: Actress Rituparna Sengupta after 5-hour interrogation (Lead)

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Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) Actress Rituparna Sengupta finally left the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office at Salt Lake here at around 6.30 p.m. after over five hours of questioning in connection with the multi-crore ration distribution scam in West Bengal and said that she had fully cooperated with the investigators.

“The ED officials had sought some documents from me. I have handed over those documents to them. They have cooperated with me just as I cooperated with them. The investigating officials are happy with my cooperation. I cannot make any further comment on the matter right at this moment,” she said before leaving the Central Government Office (CGO) complex where the ED office is located.

However, she refused to give any specific answer on the exact matters she was questioned on or what were the documents that she had handed over to the central agency officials.

She arrived at the ED office at 1 p.m. to join the probe and before that, her personal accountant reached there with files containing the paper documents.

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The accountant claimed that since he handles the financial and accounting matters of the actress, he had also come to explain the matters to the investigating officials.

Sources said that the name of Sengupta surfaced while the central agency officials were examining the documents related to an accused corporate in the ration distribution case.

On May 30, the ED issued the first notice to Sengupta asking her to be present for interrogation on June 5. However, at that time the actress skipped the appearance on grounds that she was abroad then.

Subsequently, on June 6, she was served another notice by the ED, asking her to be present at the central agency office on Wednesday. This time, she appeared.

This is not the first time that Sengupta has been summoned by the ED. In 2019, she was summoned by the ED in connection with the multi-crore Rose Valley chit-fund scam.

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She was summoned then for her involvement in some of the entertainment projects, including films, promoted by the Rose Valley Group. It was alleged that the films were produced using the money laundered by the Rose Valley Group through its various marketing schemes promising the investors lucrative returns.

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Naveen Patnaik elected Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly

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Bhubaneswar, June 19 (IANS) Biju Janata Dal President and former Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was on Wednesday elected the leader of the legislature party, making him the Leader of the Opposition in the Odisha Assembly.

The decision was taken in a meeting of newly-elected BJD MLAs held at the Sankha Bhawan, the party headquarters here.

Addressing media persons later, Patnaik said: “We have just had a meeting of the Biju Janata Dal MLAs who have been elected in the recent elections. I congratulated and thanked them. They (BJD MLAs) have elected me as the leader of the BJD legislature party and of the opposition.”

He also said that senior party leader and Rairakhol MLA Prasanna Acharya has been appointed as the deputy leader of the BJD legislature party, and Pramila Mallik and Pratap Keshari Deb as the party’s chief whip and deputy chief whip, respectively.

“We had a very thorough meeting with our MLAs today and discussed many matters including recent election results,” Patnaik, who will play the role of the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly for the first time, added.

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The 77-year-old Patnaik, who had joined politics following his father and Janata Dal stalwart Biju Patnaik’s death in 1997, had never faced defeat from his first elections in 2000 until now. The BJD, which bagged 112 out of the 147 seats during the 2019 elections, managed to win only 51 seats in the 2024 Assembly polls. Patnaik, who contested from both his traditional Hinjili seat in Ganjam and Kantabanji seat in Balangir in 2024, lost in the latter seat.

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