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‘Rashtrapatni ‘ Remark Spurred A Tussle Between Ruling BJP And Opposition Congress 

During Lok Sabha proceeding on Thursday, there was an apparent tussle observed between Union Minister Smriti Irani and Congress President Sonia Gandhi over Congress MP and leader of opposition Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary’s remarks on President Droupadi Murmu.

On Thursday’s parliamentary proceedings, BJP MPs raised slogans and demanded Sonia Gandhi to apologize for Chowdhary’s ‘Rashtrapatni’ remarks toward the Indian president. For this, BJP MPs have filed a complaint with the Lok Sabha Speaker against Sonia Gandhi, who allegedly shouted at Union Minister Smriti Irani. According to reports, the Union Minister intervened while the Congress president was speaking to BJP MP Rama Devi. 

Responding to a news agency, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Some of our Lok Sabha MPs felt threatened when Sonia Gandhi came up to our senior leader Rama Devi to find out what was happening. During this, one of our members approached there, and the Congress president said you don’t talk to me, putting the member down in the house”.

The Finance minister said, “Instead of remorse, from the top leadership of the Congress party, we find greater and greater aggression”. She added, “In every way, the Congress party has been attempting to undermine a tribal, self-made, and successful leader. We, from the BJP, demand the Congress party to apologize to the nation”.  

Meanwhile, opposition leader, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary, responded to criticism by citing, “I can’t even think of insulting the president. It was just a mistake. If the president felt bad, I would personally meet her and apologize. She can hang me if she wants. I am ready to get punished, but why is the ruling BJP dragging Sonia Gandhi in this”?

Notably, both houses of the parliament have been facing regular adjournments and suspension of MPs due to various issues since the start of Parliament’s monsoon session.

Air Force Pilots Lost Their Lives In A Mig-21 Crash Near Rajasthan’s Barmer

In an aircraft crash near Rajasthan’s Barmar region, two Indian Air Force pilots lost their lives. 

According to Indian Air Force (IAF), the accident took place around 9:10 pm when a twin-seater Mig-21 trainer aircraft met with an accident near Barmer in Rajasthan.

The IAF stated, “A twin seater Mig-21 trainer aircraft of the IAF was airborne for a training sortie from Utarlai air base in Rajasthan this evening”. It added, “Around 9:10 pm, the aircraft met with an accident near Barmer. Both pilots sustained fatal injuries. The IAF deeply regrets the loss of lives and stands firmly with the bereaved families”. 

The IAF has ordered a court of enquiry to ascertain the actual cause of the accident.

Following the crash, the Defence minister spoke to Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari about the incident and condoled the death of the pilots. He tweeted, “Deeply anguished by the loss of two Air Warriors due to an accident of IAF’s Mig-21 trainer aircraft near Barmer in Rajasthan”. 

“Their service to the nation will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of sadness,” he added.

Section 144 Imposed In Mangaluru Over 3rd Murder In 8 Days

Following a series of murders in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district, the police administration, on Thursday, July 28, 2022, imposed section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in the Surathkal, Panambur, Mulky, and Bajpe police limits till Saturday morning.

According to officials, a 23-year-old youth, Fazil, a local businessman, was hacked to death at a clothing store in the Surathkal region. The event was captured on CCTV cameras. The recording revealed that a group of four masked men came in a white car and followed the victim. After following the victim to a certain distance, they cornered him and stabbed him to death.

The motive for murder, however, is not known yet. But sources said the killing somewhere relates to the murder of a BJP youth worker that happened in the Sullia region of the district on July 26, 2022. 

Commonwealth Games 2022 Kicked Off In Spectacular Fashion

The 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games started officially with a stunning opening ceremony at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday, July 28, 2022. 

In the ceremony, the Indian contingent was led by Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and the men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh. 

In Commonwealth Games 2022, the Indian side will be represented by 215 athletes who will participate in 141 events across 19 sporting activities.

In this event, there are 136 gold medals for women athletes, while 134 gold medals are there for male athletes.

In earlier versions of the Commonwealth Games, India won 66 medals in 2018, and its best performance was in the 2010 event, where it won 101 medals, including 38 gold medals.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 20,409 New Cases, Recovery Rate At 98.48%

According to the latest data from the union health ministry, India has recorded 20,409 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active cases in the country currently stand at 1,43,988. Meanwhile, the nation has registered 22,697recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 4,33,09,484. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 5.12% and 4.82%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 87.44 crore Covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 203.60 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive, out of which 93.20 crore and 8.45 crore are second doses and precautionary doses, respectively.

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