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Headlines: Former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh To Form His Party; Open For BJP Alliance

Former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh To Form His Party; Open For BJP Alliance

On Tuesday night, former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh posted from his official Twitter handle and announced that he is gearing up to form a new party and is ready to make a seat arrangement with the Bhartiya Janata Party for the upcoming Punjab elections next year. Taking to Twitter, Singh’s media advisor tweeted: “The battle for Punjab’s future is on. Will soon announce the launch of my own political party to serve the interests of Punjab and its people, including our farmers,” However, the announcement did not come as a shock as Amarinder Singh had hinted in the past that he is planning to form his own party and leave the Congress, but he also maintained that he would not join the BJP. The rift between Mr Singh and the Congress party started after he was abruptly asked to step down from the CM’s position, ahead of polls on the words of someone who had just joined the Congress party 5 years ago. Meanwhile, former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh recently met BJP leader Amit Shah to talk about farmers protests, hinting that he might make a seat arrangement with the BJP in 2022 Punjab elections if the farmer protest is solved in farmers’ interest. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Records 14,623 Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.15%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 14,623 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 1,78,098, constituting 0.52% of the total covid-19 cases reported in the country so far. The active tally is the lowest in 229 days. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber fresh covid-19 cases, with recording 19,446 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.10% and 1.34% respectively. As per the Indian Council Of Medical Research, the country has conducted 59.44 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 99.12 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

SIT Releases Pictures Of Suspects In Lakhimpur Kheri Violence

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is currently investigating the Lakhimpur Kheri violence incident, has released photos of 6 suspects who had allegedly attacked 3 BJP leaders at the farmers’ protest site on 3rd October. The team has also announced cash rewards in return for information about the suspects. In the pictures, there are a few men who have sticks and black flags and are swiftly moving towards the burning vehicles; however, it’s not entirely clear if the attack on the BJP convoy was an act of retaliation or intentional. Meanwhile, some activists have called this move a violation of rights and a step that put the suspects at risk; however, an SIT member said: “We have identified a few suspects. We can’t call them anti-social elements as they are only suspects at the moment. We questioned 9 farmers on Tuesday and they were sent back home,”

Uttarakhand: Nainital’s Naini Lake Overflows; Mall Road Flooded Due To Heavy Rain

Heavy rains have slashed parts of Uttarakhand, triggering landslides, cloud bursts and flash floods in the state. For the past few days, it has been raining incessantly over Uttarakhand, which has washed away bridges, blocked roads, making the situation grim in places like Chamoli and Nainital. There are videos of Naini lake in Nainital overflowing and the famous mall road being flooded due to heavy rainfall. Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand government has temporarily halted the Char Dham yatra, and pilgrims have been requested to not proceed further until the weather clears. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also had a word with Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Dhami about the situation in Uttarakhand. 

IMF Warns Of Downside Risks; Slashes Economic Growth Forecast For Asia

On Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund warned that supply chain disruptions, the third wave of the covid-19 pandemic and inflation pressures might pose downside risks and slashed the economic growth forecast for Asia. In April, the IMF had raised the Asia growth forecast for 2022 from 5.3% to 5.7% if countries progress in vaccinations; however, now the IMF has cut its growth forecast for Asia as a spike in delta variant cases were recorded, hitting factory and consumption output. The IMF report said: “Although Asia and Pacific remain the fastest-growing region in the world, the divergence between Asian advanced economies and emerging market and developing economies is deepening,” The reason behind downside risks can be due to supply chain disruptions and uncertainty over the pandemic. The report also mentioned that the biggest concern over the coming months is new infection waves of the covid-19 pandemic, and Asia emerging economies should maintain monetary support for a lasting recovery. India’s growth rate might expand 9.5% this year. 

Bigg Boss 15: Donal Bisht, Vidhi Pandya Evicted; Fans Express Disappointment

In the recent shock of mid-week double eviction, contestants Donal Bisht and Vidhi Pandya were evicted from the Bigg Boss 15 house. Since no elimination took place in the Weekend Ka Vaar episode, the makers decided to shock the contestants and fans with a mid-week eviction. During the elimination task, Bigg Boss asked all contestants to take the name of 2 fellow housemates who are not contributing anything to the show. Most of the contestants, including Pratik Sehajpal, Ieshaan Sehgal, Umar Riaz, Nishant Bhat, Vishal Kotian, Afsana Khan, Tejasswi Prakash, Karan Kundrra, Akasa Singh, Miesha Iyer, Shamita Shetty, took the name of Donal Bisht and Vidhi Pandya. However, it seems like BB fans are not too happy with the double eviction shock, especially for Donal Bisht, as Bring Back Donal is continuously trending on Twitter. Netizens are even slamming fellow contestants for targeting Donal from day 1 and bullying her for taking a stand. 

Mumbai Drug Bust Case: Court To Hear SRK’s Son Aryan Khan’s Bail Plea Today

It would be interesting to see if SRK’s son Aryan Khan will be able to see the light of hope after his bail plea getting rejected almost 3 times now. The NDPS court will hear the bail plea of Aryan Khan in connection to the Mumbai drug bust case today. Apart from the 23-year old, the court will also hear the bail plea of Arbaaz Merchant and other accused in the case. After being arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau on 3rd October, it has been 17 days since Aryan Khan has visited Mannat. He is currently locked up in the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai. As per the LIVE updates, the anti-drug agency has submitted WhatsApp chats recovered from Aryan’s phone in court. The statement submitted by the NCB in the court read: “Aryan Khan sourced drugs and was in touch with some persons abroad who appear to be a part of an International Drug Network for illicit procurement of drugs. WhatsApp chats reveal the accused was in touch with a foreign national for a bulk quantity of hard drugs.” Aryan Khan has been charged with Section 27A and 29 of the NDPS act, 1985. 

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