The Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha and senior congress leader, Ahmed Patel hits out at central government over his interrogation in a money laundering case by Enforcement Directorate (ED). "I was asked 128 questions. All questions were based on allegations, they had no underlying proof. I replied to the questions, to their satisfaction. I think it's just about political harassment, it's political vendetta. I don't know under whose pressure they're working," said Patel. The Enforcement Directorate on July 02 questioned senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel in connection with a money laundering case, involving Gujarat-based pharmaceutical company Sterling Biotech. The leader also reacted on the matter where Priyanka Gandhi asked to vacate government allotted accommodation within a month. He said, "You can find out how many Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) people are staying where they're not entitled to, ex-MPs and MPs are living in Type-8 (bungalows). It's a double standard and nothing but political harassment."
The Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha from the state of Gujarat and senior Congress leader, Ahmed Patel, hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah after Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted searches at his residence in Delhi. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah's guests (Enforcement Directorate) came, asked me questions, I replied and they left," said Ahmed. "Rather fighting China's intrusion, the government is fighting the opposition," Patel added.
Five political leaders, who had quit the Congress party in Gujarat before the Rajya Sabha elections, on June 27 officially, joined the BJP in state capital Gandhinagar. These five leaders are JV Kakadiya, Jitu Chaudhary, Brijesh Merja, Pradyumansinh Jadeja and Akshay Patel. All the five legislators had also resigned from the state assembly.
BJP Leader Ram Madhav on Manipur government's stability said that the government has been winning elections and it will be stable until 2022. Ram Madhav said, "Today, we are felicitating our newly elected member of Rajya Sabha. It was a grand victory for people of Manipur BJP leadership. We are being asked about stability of Government since 1 year, it is stable and it has been winning elections and will be stable until 2022."
Madhya Pradesh's legislators cast their vote for three Rajya Sabha seats. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also cast his vote in Bhopal. Congress leader and former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath said, "It is very clear that we will win one seat in the Rajya Sabha election."
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy flagged off a fleet of 1,088 ambulances on July 01. Ambulances will be equipped with modern life support systems to provide quick and better medical care. Ambulances were flagged off under three categories. 26 neo-natal ambulances are also inducted into the fleet of 412 new 108 ambulances in which 104 of them are advanced life support vehicles and 282 are basic life support vehicles. 676 Mobile Medical Units (MMU) of 104 emergency services will cater to the interior and remote villages. Ambulances are equipped with ventilators, infusion pumps, syringe pumps, comfortable stretchers and have provisions for delivery. The vehicles are also enabled with surveillance cameras to ensure proper health care monitoring by doctors.
Andhra Pradesh Police has arrested a government official, who thrashed a woman colleague on June 27 in Nellore following a verbal spat. The incident took place at AP tourism hotel when deputy manager Bhaskar lost control over a verbal spat and thrashed his senior woman assistant with what appeared to be an iron rod after she asked him to wear a mask. The victim filed a complaint and the police have registered case under sections 324 and 355 of IPC.
At least two workers died due to leakage of Benzimidazole gas in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam. Four got hospitalised after falling sick following the gas leakage on June 30. While speaking to ANI, the DCP of Visakhapatnam, Suresh Babu said, "Around 2 people died and 4 were admitted in hospitals for medical treatment. We are enquiring the cause of gas leakage." The incident took place at Sainor Life Sciences Pvt Ltd.
A deputy manager at AP tourism hotel has beaten up a woman senior assistant in the same hotel with a chair handle. This incident took place on June 27 in Nellore town.There was some verbal brawl between them. When Usha Rani hurled abuse, Bhaskar lost control and beaten her with the chair handle. The victim filed a complaint and the police have registered case under sections 324 and 355 of IPC. On June 30, the police detained Bhaskar and will present him before the court after interrogation.
Aerial spraying of pesticide was conducted by a helicopter in Jodhpur's Kerlanada on July 04. It was done as a part of locust control operation. Swarms of locusts have taken over the skies several states including Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The desert locusts are a species of locust, short-horned grasshopper. They are known to devour crops in their path, posing an unprecedented threat to food supply and livelihoods.
While speaking to ANI in Bhopal on July 03, former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath, spoke on Jyotiraditya Scindia's "tiger abhi zinda hai" remark following cabinet expansion in the state. He said, "Who is alive or who is not and who is tiger, elephant or horse, these things will be clear. 'Words of war' (muh chalaana) won't work." "Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not an elected government. They are a government of deals (sauda). Will people going to accept them?" the former MP CM asked.
BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Congress leader Digvijaya Singh's tweet said that Congress is just worried as they have lost power. "I don't give counter reaction to every reaction. Congress is not worried about the people or the virus. They are just bothered about how to get back in power." In a tweet, targeting Scindia who called himself a tiger after cabinet expansion in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress leader said, "Do you know the character of a lion? In a jungle, only one lion stays."
Hero Cycles CMD Pankaj Munjal said that there has been increase in sales in parts of Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha after return of migrant workers during coronavirus-induced lockdown. "Major thing I am observing, people are opting for cycles for fitness, which is a good thing for the country," he added.
The Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Hemant Soren commented on the next generation electricity power reforms and said that it's is a conspiracy to unsteady the non - Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) states. He also asserted that these kind of reforms will going to damage the country's federal system. While reacting on proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020, CM Soren said, "Central government's electricity power reforms is seems like a conspiracy to unsteady the non -BJP states, we have to observe these reforms in details, is these reforms damaging the federal system of our country." The minister made this statement after the video conferencing with Union Power and Renewable Energy Minister Raj Kumar Singh on July 03 in Ranchi. The Chief Minister also opposed the move to privatise railway operations.
Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that Zoya Khan is India's first transgender operator of a Common Service Centre (CSC) in Gujarat. "Zoya Khan is India's first transgender operator of Common Service Centre from Vadodara district of Gujarat. She has started CSC work with telemedicine consultation," read Prasad's tweet. While taking to ANI, Zoya Khan said, "I will work for poor people through the welfare schemes of CSC and for my community also."
Briefing about the coronavirus situation in Rajasthan, Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma stated that the state has done very well, around 9 lakh COVID tests have been done so far. "From recovery rate to testing facility to mortality rate, Rajasthan has done really well on each parameter. Around 9 lakh tests have been done by the state of Rajasthan. We are also doing random sampling wherever we are getting positive cases. Recovery rate is good because timely action was taken," said Health Minister Raghu Sharma.
High-altitude Imphal-Jiribam highway was cut off after massive landslide. Road was washed out near Sinam village, halting traffic completely. Authorities reached the spot to inspect the site and restoration process started. Highway connects Manipur's capital to state's western-most boundary Jiribam.
Age is just a number for Issac Paulallungmuan, who has scored 72% in Manipur High School Leaving Certificate Exam. He is the first 12 years old child who had appeared and cleared the High School Leaving Certificate Exam (HSLC) in the First Division. While speaking to ANI, Paulallungmuan said, "Results were a bit below my expectation. I want to study Zoology and Paleontology as I'm interested in animals. We should always believe in ourselves."
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma informed that the state government has decided to put on hold the reopening of religious institutions in the state that was previously decided to open on the 14th of June, 2020. CM Sangma held a meeting with different religious organizations on June 9. "Based on the majority view, we have decided that we will not be opening up places of worship till the end of this month (June 30) and towards the end of the month we will once again consult everybody and then decide the way forward", he said.
Gujarat BJP MLA Kesarisinh Jesangbhai Solanki arrived at the Legislative Assembly in an ambulance on June 19 to cast vote for Rajya Sabha polls. He was admitted in the hospital following health issues...
While addressing a joint press conference in Jaipur on June 12, the chief minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot spoke on political situation in the state. He said, "We are united and not a single vote of..