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Kerala Rains: 18 dead due to heavy rains and landslides

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Thiruvananthapuram | With heavy rains showers resulting in flash floods and landslides around 20 people have died in various district of Kerala since last 24 hours.

According to reports, 10 people died in Idduki district due to landslides, 5 in Mallapuram, 2 in Kannur and 1 in Wayanad district. The administration in these districts has asked for army’s help to tackle the increasing flood problems. Three teams of NDRF have been deployed at Kozhikode, Ernakulam and Alappuzha districts along with Army, Navy, Police and Fire Force are active for the rescue efforts

State revenue minister  E.Chandrasekharan has called for an emergency meeting of key officials to get a report of the problem and launch relief measures. State education Minister  C Raveendranath has ordered for postponing higher secondary improvement exams scheduled for Thursday. Also, Educational institutions have declared a holiday in Idukki, Kollam and some other districts due to the rains.

A seven-member team of officials deputed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to assess the flood situation in Kuttanand region is also scheduled to meet Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday.

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Ashok Gehlot takes oath as Chief Minister of Rajasthan

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New Delhi | Ashok Gehlot on Monday took oath as the new Chief Minister of Rajasthan after the Congress party emerged victorious in the assembly election. Along with Gehlot, Sachin Pilot also took oath as the deputy chief minister of Rajasthan.

Various opposition leader including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister H D Devegowda, Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, LJD leader Sharad Yadav, Sharad Pawar and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu.

The Congress party had emerged as the single largest party with 99 seats in the Rajasthan assembly and with the support of BSP and other independent MLAs has staked claim for the government in Rajasthan.

The new CM of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot has won the assembly election from the Sardarpura constituency of Jodhpur is currently the national general secretary and in-charge of organizations and training of the Congress party. Gehlot was earlier the Chief Minister of Rajasthan from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2008 to 2013. He is considered as one of the progressive Chief Minister the state has ever witnessed.

Ashok Gehlot is a 5-time member of parliament from Rajasthan. And held ministerial positions in the cabinet of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Narasimha Rao.

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Congress leader Sajjan Kumar convicted in 1984 anti-Sikh riot case

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New Delhi | The Delhi High Court on Monday convicted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case.

The Delhi High Court has sentenced Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment and the Congress leader has to surrender by 31st December 2018. The High Court has reversed the judgement of the trial court which acquitted Kumar earlier. Along with Sajjan Kumar, Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Kishan Khokkar and former legislator Mahender Yadav have been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Reading the judgement the High Court said,” “In the summer of 1947, during partition, several people were massacred. 37 years later Delhi was the witness of a similar tragedy. The accused enjoyed political patronage and escaped trial.”

Responding to the judgement, Manjinder Singh Sirsa of Shiromani Akali Dal said, “We thank the court for giving us justice. Our fight will continue till Sajjan Kumar & Jagdish Tytler get a death sentence & Gandhi family is dragged to the court & put in jail.”

Sajjan Kumar is convicted in the 1984 Anti Sikh riot which was ignited after the assassination of Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her bodyguards. Around  2800 people belonging to the Sikh community were killed in India during the anti-Sikh riots. The Delhi High Court earlier on 14 August 2018 started hearing appeals filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and victims against Sajjan Kumar acquittal in the Anti Sikh Riots of 1984in Delhi.

 

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PM Modi slams Congress for ‘weakening’ judiciary

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Allahabad (UP) | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday charged the Congress with “building pressure” on the judiciary and urged people to remain wary of such a party.

Referring to the Congress, Modi said the party which has ruled this country for the longest period has tried to influence the judiciary.

Addressing a gathering in the pilgrim town of Prayagraj, the new name of Allahabad, ahead of the Kumbh Mela beginning January 15, the prime minister said, “Beware of parties pretending to stand for democracy.”

Modi said the party has always tried to weaken the institution of judiciary and judicial system. “The party neither respects the law, nor the traditions,” Modi said.

He accused the Congress of weakening each and every democratic institution that refused to toe its line.

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