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Jharkhand: CM Hemant Soren’s Post In Trouble; Majority Test Today

Jharkhand: CM Hemant Soren’s Post In Trouble; Majority Test Today

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren is in political trouble over allegations of corruption and possible disqualification as an MLA for violating electoral reforms. The ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) believes that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) may attempt to poach MLAs from the party and its ally Congress in a bid to topple the government. Amid allegations, Jharkhand CM Soren will have to seek a vote of trust during the special Assembly session today. Earlier, a complaint was lodged against the Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren by the BJP, the petitioner in the case. The petitioner has alleged that Mr Soren awarded a mining lease to himself and has sought disqualification for violating Section 9 (A) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. As per Article 192, the issue was referred to Jharkhand Governor, who then sought the EC’s opinion on the matter. The suspense which questioned Soren’s future as Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren began after the Election Commission gave opinion to Governor Ramesh Bais seeking Hemant Soren’s disqualification. It is being speculated that EC has recommended Soren’s disqualification as an MLA on the grounds of violating electoral norms. Recently, as many as 32 MLAs of the ruling JMM-Congress-RJD coalition were taken to a resort in Raipur on August 30, and they have returned to Ranchi ahead of the trust vote. Currently, the ruling coalition led by CM Hemant Soren has 49 MLAs – 33 from JMM, 18 from Congress and 1 from RJD and is planning a show of strength in the Assembly during the vote of confidence.

Bengaluru Rain: Flood-Like Situation In Karnataka’s Capital; Several Areas Waterlogged

Heavy rainfall in Karnataka’s capital, Bengaluru, has created a flood-like situation in the city. The most affected area includes Sarjapura Road, Whitfield, Bellandur, Outer Ring Road and BEML Layout. Netizens have been sharing videos of waterlogging after hours of heavy rainfall flooded many areas. The residents have sought Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s help. Authorities have also sent rafts to evacuate people as rain continues to lash the city. Meanwhile, a yellow alert has been issued in several areas, including Bengaluru Rural, Ramnagar, Shivamogga, Chamarajanagar, Chikkamagalur, Kodagu etc. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall in the city till September 9. The fishermen have been told not to venture into the sea as speedy and dangerous winds are expected. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 5,910 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.69%

According to the latest data from the Union Health Ministry, India registered 5,910 new covid-19 cases in the previous 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 53,974. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber new cases with recording 7,034 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,38,80,464. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 2.60% and 2.15%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 88.73 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 213.52 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Bangladesh PM: ‘If There’s a Problem, It’s Between China and India. I Don’t Want To Put My Nose There’

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to visit India between September 5 and 8. During her visit, she will meet with the newly-sworn in President Droupadi Murmu and Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankar and also hold bilateral talks with her Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi. On Sunday, the Bangladesh PM termed India a ‘trusted friend’ and said that the long-standing water-sharing dispute between the countries should be resolved on an immediate basis to ease the problems the citizens of Bangladesh are facing. Speaking to ANI, the 74-year-old leader said: “We are downstream; water is coming from India. So, India should show more generosity. Both countries would be beneficiaries. Sometimes, our people suffer a lot because of this, especially the Teesta River. We found that PM [Narendra Modi] is very eager to solve this, but the problem is in your country. We share only Ganges water, but we have 54 other rivers. It’s a long-standing problem and should be resolved,” When asked about Dhaka’s relationship with Beijing as well as New Delhi, the Bangladesh PM said: “Our foreign policy is very clear — friendship to all, malice to none. If there’s a problem, it’s between China and India. I don’t want to put my nose there,” She also termed ‘poverty‘ as the biggest enemy to her country and added that her main goal is the country’s development. Meanwhile, she thanked PM Narendra Modi for India’s Vaccine Maitri programme. Praising the decades-long relationship between India and Bangladesh, PM Sheikh Hasina said: “Even in 1975, when I lost all my family members, the then-Indian PM gave us shelter in India,” The Bangladesh PM asserted that her country’s economy is strong and is in a position to repay debts on time, denying the possibility of an economic crisis like the one that hit Sri Lanka earlier in the year. 

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