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K’taka sex scandal: Shivakumar behind pen drive release, claims BJP leader

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Bengaluru, May 6 (IANS) Karnataka BJP leader G. Devaraje Gowda on Monday claimed that Deputy Chief Minister D. K. Shivakumar is behind the release of the pen drive containing videos of sexual assault allegedly by former PM H.D. Deve Gowda’s grandson and NDA candidate Prajwal Revanna.

“The main target of Congress is Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They have finished off JD-S MLA H.D. Revanna. They now want to cause a setback to the BJP in the state. H.D. Kumaraswamy is also their target. They also tried to make me an accused,” Devaraje Gowda said while addressing a press conference.

“I do not trust the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is probing the sex scandal. I would submit all evidence to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The videos which are with me are different from those which have been released,” he said.

Gowda claimed that he was approached by Deputy Chief Minister Shivakumar and he has audio recordings to prove it.

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“The hero of the pen drive episode is Shivakumar. He offered me a cabinet berth. I have the information on how the pen drive was prepared and the role of Congress candidate Hassan Shreyas Patel in it,” he claimed.

He alleged that the SIT is working for the state government. “SIT SP Suman D Pannekar forced me to withdraw the statement against the Deputy Chief Minister. That is why I don’t trust the SIT,” he said.

He alleged that the former minister L.R. Shivarame Gowda had called him and forced him not to take the names of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister Shivakumar.

“Shivarame Gowda has become a mediator for Deputy Chief Minister Shivakumar,” he alleged.

He said that despite giving names, location and phone numbers of those who distributed pen drives, they have not been arrested.

“Now, they are planning to put all the blame on me. They tried to make a deal with me. They offered the cabinet berth for not talking against the government, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister. However, I rejected their offer,” he claimed.

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He said that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy Chief Minister Shivakumar held a meeting of SIT officials and discussed on who all should be arrested in the case.

“I have waged a war against the leaders of Hassan and I have won it. But, my struggle has been misused,” he stated referring to the arrest of former PM H.D. Deve Gowda’s son H.D. Revanna’s arrest.

Talking about Karthik, the former driver of Prajwal Revanna, who is alleged for handing the sex video clips involving Prajwal Revanna to him, Devaraje Gowda said that as an advocate he is allowed to meet him.

Devaraje Gowda strongly objected to give the Hassan Lok Sabha seat to the JD-S party. He strongly demanded that the BJP should field its candidate.

JD-S MLA H.D. Revanna has been arrested by the SIT in connection with the kidnap case of one of the victims of alleged sex videos while his son Prajwal Revanna is absconding. The development had taken the state by storm. Devaraje Gowda had contested against H.D. Revanna in the assembly election.

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–IANS

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UP: Doctors use ultrasonic tech to remove tumour from 1-yr-old's lip

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Lucknow, May 30 (IANS) Doctors at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) here have successfully operated on a one-year-old boy suffering from a congenital vascular tumour on his lips with a new tool harmonics scalpel.

With this, SGPGI becomes one of the very few centres in the world to have this advanced facility of treating vascular malformations.

The patient, Ayush Yadav, a resident of Jaunpur, was referred from the district hospital.

The boy was born with a large vascular tumour on the upper lip. He was initially treated with sclerosant agents to shrink the lesion, but it did not help.

The team of SGPGI doctors used the latest technology of harmonic scalpel to remove the entire tumour.

The child is doing well after surgery which took place on Wednesday, said doctors.

The harmonics scalpel is an ultrasonic energy device with a 7mm vessel sealing indication.

It has advanced adaptive tissue technology which delivers precision, multifunctionality and advanced haemostasis for stronger large vessel sealing. It ensures less tissue damage and seals vessels with a 7mm diameter. The device divides tissue by using high-frequency (55,000 Hz) ultrasonic energy transmitted between the instrument blades.

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The active blade of the instrument vibrates longitudinally against an inactive blade over an excursion of 50–100 µm, which reduces bleeding, in comparison to if vessels are operated by conventional methods.

“The new tools can be a gamechanger in congenital vascular tumours because when the tumour is removed, excessive bleeding is seen due to a large number of tissues in it, but with the help of harmonic scalpel the removal of tumour is more precise and with lesser bleeding. This kind of surgery is done for the first time in SGPGI and now we have this advanced facility of treating vascular malformations,” said Rajeev Agarwal, HoD, Department of Plastic Surgery, SGPGI.

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3 bodies recovered from well in J&K's Budgam

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Srinagar, May 30 (IANS) The bodies of all three people who died one after the other in a well in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district have been recovered, officials said on Thursday.

One man identified as Momin Dar had accidentally fallen into a well in Budgam’s Gotipora village on Wednesday.

Two other locals identified as Amjid Ali and Gulam Hassan Wani from the same village later went to rescue Dar and while attempting the rescue they also fell into the well.

A rescue operation was then launched by the authorities, but it only ended in the recovery of three bodies of the persons who had fallen into the well.

Bodies of the three persons killed in this mishap have been sent for completion of medico-legal formalities before handing them over to their families for last rites, officials added.

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Minor held in UP for threatening to blow up Ram temple in Ayodhya

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Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh), May 30 (IANS) A 14-year-old boy from Kushinagar district was detained on Wednesday for reportedly threatening to blow up the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the police said.

The boy has an intellectual disability and was undergoing treatment, Kushinagar Superintendent of Police Dhawal Jaiswal said.

His grandmother, with whom he lived, had also been detained.

Police officials said the boy called the police emergency number ‘112’ on Tuesday night and threatened that he would blow up the temple with a bomb.

He also shared posts with similar messages on his Instagram and other social media accounts.

With the help of its Cyber Cell, the police traced the caller’s location to Balua Takiya, a village under Patherwa police station limits in Kushinagar, and detained him.

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PM Modi writes letter to first-time voters in Kashi, asks them to vote

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Varanasi, May 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a letter to the first-time voters of Varanasi, has appealed to them to cast their votes in the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha election scheduled on June 1.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers are delivering Prime Minister Modi’s letter, along with a felicitation note, to the first-time voters in each locality of Varanasi.

Varanasi has 31,538 first-time voters.

“Greetings to you, as Pradhan Sevak of Bharat and your Parliamentarian, today, I am writing to you with full pride and confidence. You are going to exercise your right to vote for the first time in the 2024 Lok Sabha election. I congratulate you. This opportunity to participate in the democratic process is a privilege which will witness your participation in nation-building because democracy is not only a form of governance but also the ‘adharshila’ (cornerstone) of our Independence,” said the letter by Prime Minister Modi to first-time voters.

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He further writes, “You are a witness as to how Varanasi has touched new heights of development in the last 10 years.”

Kashi region BJP’s OBC Morcha Vice-President Somnath Vishwakarma, along with his team, is distributing the letters.

The Prime Minister also sent a felicitation note to the first-time voters which is also being distributed, said Vishwakarma.

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Gurugram civic body ramps up monsoon preparedness

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Gurugram, May 29 (IANS) In a bit to deal with waterlogging, the Additional Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), Balpreet Singh, on Wednesday directed the technical engineering wing to monitor the situation in the city.

Singh also directed the officials to ensure that proper arrangements for drainage are in place by the end of June so that there is no problem of waterlogging during the monsoon season.

He said that work related to cleaning and repairing drainage and sewerage should be completed by June 30.

Chairing a meeting to assess the city’s preparedness for the ensuing monsoon, Singh highlighted the need to take adequate measures to ensure commuters and citizens in the city face no hardships due to the rains.

The meeting was also joined by the engineering wing of the MCG and the Chief Engineer.

“Necessary arrangements are being made to keep Gurugram roads free of waterlogging and water accumulation during the monsoon by all the concerned bodies,” Singh said.

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He also instructed the officials to ensure adequate cleaning of drains, sewerage, roads, and streets besides installing water pumps along with manpower in view of the monsoon.

–IANS

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