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Mallikarjun Kharge with Shashi Tharoor and Digvijay Singh

Mallikarjun Kharge’s Surprise Entry To Presidential Polls Shocked Congress Party

Mallikarjun Kharge Surprise Entry To Congress Presidential Polls Shocked Congressis

Surprising everyone with his last-minute entry into the presidential polls, the leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, is about to file his nomination for the upcoming presidential polls. The decision about the candidature was made official by some Congresspersons who stated that the decision was made after the recent episode of Rajasthan. Earlier, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was the official nominee for the presidential race on behalf of the Gandhi family. However, he decided to pull out of the race as his supporting MLAs refused to support Sachin Pilot as the state Chief Minister.

It is noteworthy that the final decision for the nomination of Mallikarjun Kharge as the candidate has not been announced yet, but sources mentioned that he would file his candidature likely on September 30. Sources close to Kharge also revealed that the MP is not averse to contesting but will proceed as per the Gandhi family’s directions. The nomination of Kharge as a candidate for the upcoming elections will mark the third entry in the race, following Thiruvananthapuram MP Dr Shashi Tharoor and Ex Madhya Pradesh CM Digvijay Singh.

According to sources, speculations are also high for the candidature of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, as, on Thursday, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi drove to Priyanka’s residence and was with her for more than an hour. There, the sources mentioned, the mother and daughter discussed the possibilities of Priyanka’s contest in the event of leadership fielding a “dummy” or “proxy” candidate.

PM Modi To Flags Off Vande Bharat 2.0 From Gujarat’s Gandhi Nagar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Gujarat, flagged off the new and highly upgraded version of Vande Bharat Express from Gandhi Nagar today. 

The launch of the unmatched Vande Bharat express heralded a new era of comfortable and enhanced rail travel experience. The new version of Vande Bharat Express is one of the most awaited rail projects in India, which started its first commercial run today. 

The train will run between the Gandhinagar-Mumbai route and will take around 6 hours and 20 minutes to cover the distance. The new version of Vande Bharat 2.0 is also the first train in the western zone of Indian Railways, as the Vande Bharat segment is currently running in northern zone in between New Delhi- Varanasi route and New Delhi- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra route.

Stating about the features of the train, CPRO of Western Railway zone, Sumit Thakur said, “The Vande Bharat Express offers a myriad of superior amenities which will provide passengers with aircraft like travelling experience and advanced state-of-the-art safety features including the Kavach (Shield) technology- an indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System“.

Encounter Breaks Out In Jammu-Kashmir’s Baramulla District

In the wee hours on Friday, an encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces in Baramulla district’s Yedipora, Pattan region. In the process, the forces killed one militant and have trapped more militants in the area.

Commenting on the recent advances, Kashmir Zone Police said, “Encounter has started at Yedipora, Pattan area of Baramulla, police and security forces are on the job. Further details are awaiting from their side“.

Similarly, in the early hours of Friday, another encounter started between terrorists and security forces in the Chitragam area in the Shopian district. 

The incidents of encounters in the state are on the surge as Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to visit the Kashmir region in the first week of October. Recently, on Thursday, a bomb blast was observed in Udhampur. All these incidents clearly indicate the militant’s intention to disrupt the state’s law and order situation for aversing the minister’s visit.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 3,947 Cases, Recovery Rate At 98.73%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 3,947 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 39,583. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active Covid-19 cases, with logging 5,096 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,40,19,095. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.23% and 1.44%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 89.50 crore Covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 218.52 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

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