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Sonia Gandhi Pays a Visit to Mallikarjun Kharge; Rare Gesture By Gandhi Family to a Party Leader

Sonia Gandhi Pays a Visit to Mallikarjun Kharge; Rare Gesture By Gandhi Family to a Party Leader

In the rarest move by the Nehru-Gandhi family, Sonia Gandhi personally paid a visit to the newly-elected Congress Chief, Mallikarjun Kharge. While Mr Kharge was planning to seek an appointment with interim chief Sonia Gandhi after his win at the Congress presidential polls, he did not get one. However, given the occasion, Sonia Gandhi decided to pay a visit to Mallikarjun Kharge, and she drove down with a bouquet. This is the rarest of the rare move shown by the Congress leadership as they hardly visit any party leader’s home, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh being an exception in the case. With Sonia Gandhi paying a visit to Mallikarjun Kharge, it seems like the Gandhi family is finally ready to accept a new non-Gandhi boss taking over the Indian National Congress. Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had told the media that, like every Congress member, he would report to Kharge Ji. “The new president will decide my role in the party,” said Rahul Gandhi while being asked several questions regarding the new Congress president. Since Independence, the Indian National Congress has primarily been led by a member from the Nehru-Gandhi family. With Mallikarjun Kharge being the new Congress chief, the party has its first non-Gandhi president in the 21st century. It is a big victory for Mallikarjun Kharge to lead the oldest political party in the country. Mallikarjun Kharge defeated Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to become the new party chief.

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Karnataka Rains Back: Heavy Rains Yet Again Lashes Bengaluru; Yellow Alert Issued By The IMD

After giving a few weeks of relief to Bengaluru, heavy rains are back in the city, with the Indian Meteorological Department forecasting heavy rainfall in parts of Karnataka for the next following days. On Wednesday evening, rainfall battered the IT capital of India and flooded central, east and south parts of the city. The weather department has issued a yellow alert as heavy rain is likely to continue for the next 3 days. Social media is filled with visuals from heavily waterlogged roads, flooded basement parking and damaged vehicles in the city. The city was grappling with heavy rainfall last month, with schools and colleges shut and offices moving to work from home. 

Prime Minister Modi Launches ‘Mission DefSpace’ At The Defence Expo 2022 in Gandhinagar

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Defence Expo 2022 in Gandhinagar. At the Defence Expo, PM Modi launched the ambitious ‘Mission DefSpace’ in an effort to develop innovative solutions for the three services in the space sector through the Indian industry and start-ups. “Space technology is an example of what security will mean for any strong nation in the future. Various challenges in this area have been reviewed and identified by the three Services. We have to work fast to solve them,” said PM Narendra Modi. He also said that India’s space diplomacy is being redefined through new space technologies, which in turn, is giving rise to new possibilities. PM Modi also added that many African countries and other small countries are benefitting from this. At the Defence Expo, the PM also unveiled the HTT-40 India-made trainer aircraft, which is developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The 2022 edition of the Expo has more than 1,300 exhibitors, including over 100 start-ups. 

China: Anti-Xi Jinping Protests Intensifies As He Plans To Extend His Reign Suggests Report

The 20th National Congress meeting is underway in China; however, recent Anti-Xi Jinping protests show how the country’s population is dissatisfied with Chinese President Xi Jinping and especially his government’s stringent zero covid policy. As per a report by the Geneva Daily, just before the beginning of the National Congress meet, Chinese people protested against the authoritarian system of the country. China’s Congress meet, which happens once-in-five-years has already started, and President Xi Jinping is expected to begin his 3rd term as leader of the Communist country. Meanwhile, Xi Jinping’s zero-covid policy has received severe criticism and backlash from the Chinese people. As per the policy, thousands of people were forcefully separated from their family members after they tested positive for covid. There have been serious lapses in medical treatment and food supplies to covid-affected families. As per media reports, the Chinese government has also used internet censorship to silence academicians, bloggers, and activists who were actively posting about the covid situation in Wuhan back in April 2020. Last Friday, protestors openly bashed Xi Jinping and criticised his zero covid policy at the Sitong Bridge. However, when reporters were taking pictures of the incident, they were immediately ordered by officers to delete the photos and said that photographs are prohibited because of special circumstances. In fact, some WeChat users also said that their accounts were frozen after they shared images of the Bridge or sent text messages about the incident. 

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