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Reports: Sidhu Moosewala’s Father Was Following Him Before Killers Rained Bullets

Reports: Sidhu Moosewala’s Father Was Following Him Before Killers Rained Bullets

Yesterday, Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala (Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu Moosewala) was shot dead near Mansa. As per reports, Sidhu Moosewala’s father was following him in a car with security before the unknown killers rained bullets on the 28-year-old Punjabi singer-turned Congress politician and his two friends. Sidhu Moosewala’s father Balkaur Singh confirmed in the complaint to the Punjab police that his son had been getting ransom calls from gangsters for a while now. An FIR has been registered under the charges of murder and the Arms Act. In a Facebook post which still needs to be authenticated, the Lawrence Bishnoi gang has claimed responsibility for the murder of Sidhu Moosewala. In his complaint, Mr Singh said: “On Sunday, my son left with his friends Gurwinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh in a Thar car. He did not take the bulletproof Fortuner and the two guards with him. I followed him in another car with the two armed personnel,” An SUV and a Sedan were already waiting on the road with armed men inside. The men sprayed bullets on Sidhu Moosewala’s car. He was rushed to the hospital along with his friends, where he was declared dead on arrival. The Punjab Police Chief VK Bhawra told the media: “Lawrence Bishnoi gang is involved in this murder. Lucky, a member of the gang, has taken responsibility from Canada,” A Special Investigation Team has been formed to probe the incident, and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is also likely to keep a keen eye on the investigation. Meanwhile, Sidhu Moosewala’s family members have refused the allowance of post-mortem. The family has demanded an NIA probe into the matter and action against those who leaked the name of individuals whose security cover was recently withdrawn by the Punjab government.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 2,706 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.74%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 2,706 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 17,698. Meanwhile, the nation has recorded 2,706 new recoveries in the previous 24 hours, with total recoveries reaching 4,26,13,440. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.97% and 0.58%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 85 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 193.31 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Rajya Sabha Elections: BJP Announces The Name of 16 Candidates Including Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal 

On Sunday, the Bhartiya Janata Party announced the list of 16 candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha Elections. The list consists of names including Union Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman from Karnataka and Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal from Maharashtra. Other names include Darshana Singh, Sangeeta Yadav, Dr Laxmikant Vajpayee, Dr Radhamohan Aggarwal, Surendra Singh Nagar, and Baburam Nishad, as per a BJP press release. The national party has fielded former MLA Krishan Lal Panwar from Haryana, Ghanshyam Tiwari from Rajasthan, Kalpana Saini from Uttarakhand, and Kavita Patidar from Madhya Pradesh. 

Narendra Modi-Government To Buy 26 Fighters For INS Vikrant On G-To-G Basis 

The Modi government will be buying 26 carrier-based fighters for INS Vikrant on the recommendations of the Indian Navy. The deal would be done on a government-to-government (G-To-G) basis. While the French-Rafale Marine trial tests have already been conducted in Goa this January, the US F-18 Super Hornet trials are likely to be completed by June 15. The Indian Navy wants 8 twin seater trainers out of the 26 aircraft. Both Rafale and Super Hornet are of the same vintage, and both the manufacturers have repairs, overhaul and maintenance facilities in India. Both have not landed on India’s sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya as it is under maintenance in Karwar. INS Vikrant is undergoing sea trials and is expected to be officially launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15, 2022. Based on the Indian Navy’s aviation wing, India will go for an outright G-To-G basis from either French Dassault or US Boeing and would not lease fighters for INS Vikrant. Both the companies, French Dassault and US Boeing, have dealt with the Indian Air Force with Dassault selling Rafale fighters and US Boeing selling P8I anti-submarine warfare platform, C-17 heavy-lift aircraft and Chinook helicopters. 

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