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ED issues 9th summons to CM Kejriwal in Delhi excise policy case



New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Sunday issued a ninth summons to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the alleged excise policy scam.

The sources said that CM Kejriwal has been asked to appear before the probe agency on March 21.

This comes a day after a magisterial court granted bail to CM Kejriwal in complaints filed by the ED over non-compliance with the agency’s summons issued to him in connection with a money laundering case related to the now-scrapped excise policy case.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Divya Malhotra of Rouse Avenue Court granted the Chief Minister relief on a bail bond of Rs 15,000 and a surety of Rs 1 lakh.

On February 27, the ED had issued eighth summons to appear before it on March 4 to CM Kejriwal after he skipped seventh summons issued on February 22.

Earlier, on February 19, the CM skipped the ED’s sixth summon. The ED on January 31, had issued summons to CM Kejriwal, and he was told to appear before it on February 2. That was the fifth summons issued to the AAP Convenor.

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The ED had issued summons for the fourth time to CM Kejriwal on January 13, asking him to appear before it on January 18.



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Metro project in Madhya Pradesh will complete by 2027: CM Mohan Yadav




Bhopal, June 22 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav on Saturday reviewed the progress of metro rail work in two big cities – Bhopal and Indore and said that the project will be completed in the state by 2027.

During the meeting with the State’s Urban Development Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, the CM gave necessary directions to the officials associated with the project.

Later, he said work on the second phase metro from Karond to Subhash Nagar in Bhopal will start soon.

The new phase of metro development, which will have eight stations, is expected to cost around Rs 1,500 crore.

The foundation stone of this nine km long metro route was laid down by CM Yadav in March this year.

Bhopal metro is under construction.

The Chief Minister also informed that 40 per cent work of Indore rail metro project has been completed.

“Entire rail metro project will be completed by 2027, and by 2031, more than 4 lakh people will travel in the metro every day,” the Chief Minister said.

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During the Assembly elections in November 2023, it was said that the metro project in Bhopal would be completed by mid-2024 and would be opened to commuters, however, the project got delayed.



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Pro-OBC quota activists suspend hunger strike after talks with Bhujbal-led delegation




Jalna (Maharashtra), June 22 (IANS) A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde assured that OBC reservation won’t be affected and the government will soon set up a cabinet committee to address their issues, pro-OBC quota activist Laxman Hake on Saturday suspended his 10-day indefinite hunger strike after talks with a ministerial delegation led by NCP minister Chhagan Bhujbal.

Hake, however, clarified that he has not totally cancelled his protest but suspended it following the government’s move to partially accept his demands that the OBC quota would not be touched, it would take action against the issue of fake caste certificates and hold a debate on OBC issues during the monsoon session of the assembly starting on June 27.

Navnath Waghmare, who was also on a hunger strike, too suspended his protest.

Hake and Waghmare were sitting on the hunger strike since June 13 seeking the recognition of Kunbis, which is an agrarian OBC group, as Marathas, thus making them eligible for a quota in government jobs and education. The duo were opposed to any attempt to dilute the OBC quota.

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Bhujbal, who is the founder of the Samata Parishad, targeted the pro-Maratha reservation activist Manoj Jarange Patil and declared that his bullying will not work. ‘’Reservation is not a ‘’garibi hatao’’ programme, it is meant to gradually bring the unjust society forward,’’ he said.

‘’The battle is not over. We are not afraid of anyone. Henceforth, if you (OBC) all stay together, your reservation will last. Nothing will happen if you sit with your hands folded.

“Henceforth, if the power of the people unites, the power of money will be defeated. We want reservation in the state assembly and Lok Sabha. The caste wise census should be conducted as Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has extended his support to the same,’’ said Bhujbal.

‘’We want to stand by Laxman Hake and Navnath Waghmare. Dalit and tribal communities are with you (OBCs). False certificates were issued in many places in the state. Action should be taken against those who gave false certificates. Fake documents will be checked once again. A case will be registered against those who give false documents,’’ stated Bhujbal.

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Transcending seas and space, PM Modi and Sheikh Hasina launch futuristic India-Bangladesh partnership




New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Setting a futuristic vision for bilateral cooperation in new areas, India and Bangladesh concluded 10 agreements following a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina at the Hyderabad House here on Saturday.

Turning the historic relationship between the two neighbouring countries into a transformational partnership, both leaders jointly agreed to the India-Bangladesh shared vision for the future, including enhanced connectivity, commerce, and collaboration for shared prosperity.

The vision document for a futuristic partnership between India and Bangladesh seeks to realise respective national development visions of having a ‘Viksit Bharat’ by 2047 and a ‘Smart Bangladesh’ by 2041.

Two other futuristic and forward-looking documents – ‘Shared Vision for India Bangladesh Digital Partnership’ and ‘Green Partnership for Sustainable Future’ – were also agreed upon between the two sides.

MoUs on maritime cooperation and blue economy; space cooperation; railway connectivity; oceanography; and cooperation concerning military education in strategic and operational studies were also signed.

As many as three MoUs were renewed on cooperation in health and medicine, disaster management, and fisheries.

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Both the PMs also agreed to intensify engagement in counter-terrorism, counter-radicalisation, and peaceful management of the long land border.

With connectivity being one of the most significant pillars of the India-Bangladesh partnership, it was also decided to start a new passenger train between Rajshahi and Kolkata, while the trial run for a goods train on Bangladesh Railway from Gede-Darshana to Haldibari–Chilahati cross-border interchange point is planned for next month.

“This will also help sub-regional connectivity with Bhutan. We will also start a bus service from Kolkata to Chittagong,” said Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra after the meeting between the two Prime Ministers.

The two sides also exchanged an MoU on space technology that seeks to establish collaboration for the launch of a jointly-developed small satellite for Bangladesh on India’s launch vehicle.

In terms of bilateral partnership on river management, a joint technical committee has been formed to initiate discussions for the renewal of the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty of 1996.

“We will also undertake the management and conservation of Teesta River inside Bangladesh with suitable Indian assistance,” said the Indian Foreign Secretary.

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Earlier, Prime Minister Modi reiterated India’s commitment to realising Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s vision of a stable, prosperous, and progressive Bangladesh while asserting that New Delhi will continue to give the highest priority to its relations with Dhaka.

“Bangladesh is India’s largest development partner and lies at the confluence of our ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, Act East policy, Vision SAGAR, and Indo-Pacific vision. Together, we have completed many important public welfare projects in the last one year,” PM Modi said after holding talks with the visiting Bangladesh PM.

PM Modi also said that both countries have prepared a futuristic vision for cooperation in new areas.

“The youth of both countries will benefit from the consensus reached on cooperation in areas such as green partnership, digital partnership, blue economy, and space,” said Prime Minister Modi.

“We welcome Bangladesh’s decision to join the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative. We will also continue our cooperation in other regional and international fora, including BIMSTEC,” he added.

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The two leaders have met each other 10 times since 2019, making unprecedented transformations in the relationship which has served as a role model for neighbourhood partnership.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar highlighted that the State visit of the Bangladesh PM reflects the depth of Bharat-Bangladesh Maitri.

“That PM Hasina is the first State guest in our new term shows the importance we attach to India-Bangladesh relationships. As PM Narendra Modi said, Bangladesh lies at the intersection of our Neighborhood First, Act East, SAGAR, and Indo-Pacific policies,” Jaishankar said in a post on X on Saturday.

“Being truly good neighbours, our ties are consolidating traditional areas and covering new ground. The agreements signed today show the breadth of our bonds. From seas to space, digital, green and health, military, rail and disaster, our two countries are collaborating across all avenues of human endeavour,” Jaishankar said while hoping that the partnership between the two nations will continue to grow under the leadership of both the leaders.



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Punjab meets all-time high power demand of 16,078 MW: Minister




Chandigarh, June 22 (IANS) Punjab Power Minister Harbhajan Singh ETO on Saturday said that the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) has met an all-time high demand of 16,078 MW on June 19, surpassing last year’s maximum demand of 15,325 MW.

He said no cuts have been imposed on any category, besides providing an eight-hour daily uninterrupted power supply to agricultural feeders for the sowing of paddy crop throughout the state.

The minister said there are 13,340 feeders of 11 KV, out of which 6,954 feeders provide agricultural supply to around 14 lakh tubewell connections.

He said Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab government has taken several measures, including adequate power availability arrangements and infrastructure upgradation works, to ensure uninterrupted power supply.

Meanwhile, at a meeting, the Power Minister assessed the state’s power supply arrangements for the ongoing paddy season.

PSPCL officials apprised the minister that several measures have been taken to meet the increasing power demand in the summer, including setting up mobile transformers in urban centres.

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The minister directed the PSPCL to ensure that there are no power cuts.



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Fan murder case: Darshan, three associates remanded to judicial custody till July 4




Bengaluru, June 22 (IANS) The 24th Additional City Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court on Saturday remanded Kannada superstar Darshan and his three associates to judicial custody till July 14 in the Renukaswamy murder case.

Karnataka police produced Darshan and his three associates before the court as their police custody ended on Saturday.

The other three accused are Darshan’s three aides Dhanraj D. alias Raju (27), Vinay V. (38) and Pradosh (40).

The prosecution submitted to the court that the accused should be sent to different jails and should not be kept together.

The counsel for Darshan had objected to it after which the court adjourned the matter till June 24.

Darshan and his three associates would be sent to Bengaluru’s Central Prison.

The court had earlier sent 13 accused, including Darshan’s “partner” Pavithra Gowda, to judicial custody. They are currently lodged in the central prison of Parappana Agrahara in Bengaluru.

The police have charged Darshan and others under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence, giving false statement), 120B (criminal conspiracy to commit an offence punishable with death), 364 (kidnap), 355 (assault, using criminal force intending to dishonour a person), 384 (extortion), 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), and 148 read with 149 (rioting, being armed with a deadly weapon).

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The probe has revealed that Renukaswamy was a big fan of Darshan and had allegedly sent derogatory messages to Pavithra Gowda on social media.

The victim was allegedly kidnapped, brought to Bengaluru, kept in a shed, and brutally tortured to death.

Darshan, Pavithra Gowda, and 15 others have been arrested on charges of murdering Renukaswamy (33).

Sources claimed that Darshan reportedly admitted to his involvement in the murder case, as per the remand copy submitted to the 24th ACMM court.

Earlier, in 2011, Darshan was arrested and spent four weeks in jail after his wife, Vijayalakshmi, accused him of domestic violence.

Vijayalakshmi had accused Darshan of assaulting her, threatening her with a revolver, and burning her with cigarette butts. Later, Darshan was released after Vijayalakshmi compromised with him and withdrew her complaint.



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