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Congress Leader Digvijaya Singh’s Surgical Strike Remark Puts The Party on Tough Spot

Congress Leader Digvijaya Singh Surgical Strike Remark Puts The Party on Tough Spot

While Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is trying hard to change the party’s image through his Bharat Jodo Yatra, Veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has put the party in a tough spot after his surgical strike remarks. This is not the first time that Digvijaya Singh has put the Congress party on defensive mode. Recently, while addressing a rally in Jammu during the ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra, Digvijaya Singh raised questions on the authenticity of the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army in 2016 in retaliation to the URI terror attack. Mr Digvijaya Singh said: “They talk about the surgical strike. That we killed so many people. But there is no proof. Keval jhoot ka pulinda se yah raj kar rahe hain (They are peddling a bundle of lies),” After the remarks went viral, the BJP lashed out at the Congress party for its blinding hate for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and insulted of armed forces of the nation. However, the Congress party distanced itself from Digvijaya Singh’s comment and said: “The views expressed by senior leader Digvijaya Singh are his own and do not reflect the position of Congress. Surgical strikes were carried out before 2014 by the UPA government. Congress has supported & will continue to support all military actions that are in the national interest,” Reacting to the remarks, the BJP said: “India will not tolerate if they speak against armed forces. Rahul Gandhi and the Congress hate PM Modi, but it seems they have been blinded by the hate to the extent that their dedication to the country has withered away. Gandhi and Congress do not have trust in our brave armed forces. They repeatedly raise questions and insult the citizens of India and our armed forces.”

Assam CM: Men Marrying Girls Aged Below 14 Years To Be Booked Under POCSO Act

The Assam Government has decided to book men who marry girls aged below 14 years under the POCSO Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences). Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma said: “We will launch a massive crackdown against child marriage in the state. Those marrying girls below the age of 14 years will be booked under the POCSO Act,” The major reason behind Assam’s high maternal and infant mortality rate is child marriage. The data shows that 31% of marriages in the state have been done in the prohibited age group. The POCSO Act of 2012 defines a child as an individual aged below 18 years, and it also criminalises sex between an under-age child and an adult. During a press conference after the cabinet meeting, the Assam CM said: “The Panchayat Secretaries of the villages in the state will also be designated as child marriage prohibition officers. Hence, from now on, in case of child marriage, the complaint will be lodged before the Panchayat secretary of the village,” 

Morbi Bridge Collapse: Gujarat Court Issues Arrest Warrant Against Jaysukh Patel of Oreva Group 

A Gujarat Court has issued an arrest warrant against Jaysukh Patel of the Oreva Group in connection to the Morbi Bridge collapse on October 30, 2022, which led to the death of 134 people. The Ajanta Manufacturing Limited (Oreva Group) had the contract of renovating, repairing, and operating the British-era Bridge over the Machchhu river in Morbi, Gujarat. On Sunday, the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Morbi, MJ Khan, issued an arrest warrant against Jaysukh Patel under Section 70 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). Notably, Patel is not named as an accused in the FIR registered by the police in the case. 9 persons, including 4 employees of the Oreva Group, have been arrested so far in the case. 

Also read: Morbi Bridge Collapse: Who is to be blamed, Company, Government or Commuters?

Himachal Pradesh: IMD Issues Heavy Snowfall Alert For Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur 

The Indian Meteorological Department has issued heavy snowfall warning across Himachal Pradesh for Tuesday and Wednesday. As per the IMD, the weather will be bad and rough in higher altitude areas of the state. “During the past 24 hours, the weather has remained dry in the state. The maximum temperatures are above normal, while the minimum temperatures are also normal. Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti recorded a minimum temperature of 9.4 degrees Celsius on Monday,” said Sandeep Kumar Sharma, senior scientist at IMD, Himachal Pradesh. “There is a possibility of light rain and snowfall in higher reaches in one or two places, and this activity will intensify in the state, and weather will be bad on the 24th and 25th in the state,” he further added. A heavy snowfall alert has been issued by the IMD for districts including Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur. Mid-hill districts of Kangra, Chamba, Mandi and Shimla will also have one or two spells of heavy snowfall in higher areas. 

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