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New innings: Kamal Haasan to launch his party and flag

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Kamal Haasan will take out a rally from the house of late President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. About 10,000 people are expected to attend the rally.

The senior actor turned politician, Kamal Haasan will be launching his political party today in Madurai. He will also unfurl the flag of the party during this launch. According to reports, Kamal Haasan will take out a rally which will start from late President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s house in Rameshwaram and will conclude in Madurai, where Haasan will address the public as a party chief for the first time.

After the death of Late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha, political upheaval in the state destabilized the government. Post her death, the AIADMK, of which Jayalalitha remained a single power center, split into three factions. However, the two factions came together to form the government.

During the period of political turmoil, many actors expressed their wish to enter politics, including superstar Rajinikanth and actor Vijay, besides Kamal Haasan. However, Kamal Haasan will be the first among the three to launch his party. Recently, Kamal Haasan had met the Election Commission officials to register his party’s name and symbol.

According to some sources, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan are expected to mark their presence at the rally. Also, Haasan is expected to announce the key members of his party’s administration.

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Stage set for Kamal Haasan for his address to fishermen community.

The rally will take the first halt at Haasan’s native place, Ramanathapuram where he will deliver a speech to the crowd of approximately 2000 people or more. Recently, Haasan had paid a visit to Rajinikanth who is also keen on stepping in the politics and DMK chief Karunanidhi. Haasan had also met CPI’s R Nallakannu and Vijayakanth, the film-star who turned politician in 2005.

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Shakitikanta Das to be the new RBI governor

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New Delhi | Former Economic Affairs Secretary Shakikanta Das is likely to be the next Reserve Bank of India Governor after the resignation of Urjit Patel on December 10.

Shaktikanta Das, a retired 1980 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tamil Nadu cadre was the member of the Fifteenth Finance Commission of India, and India’s Sherpa to G20. Das also worked as Union Economic Affairs Secretary, Union Revenue Secretary, Union Fertilizers Secretary, special secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Finance and as a joint secretary in the Department of Expenditure of the Ministry of Finance in the Indian government.

Earlier Urjit Patel on December 10 resigned from the post of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor. Patel’s three year team was to end in September 2019. Patel is also the first RBI governor to resign since 1990.

Submitting his resignation, Urjit Patel cited personal reasons and stepped down with immediate effect. He said, “On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down from my current position effective immediately. It has been my privilege and honour to serve in the Reserve Bank of India in various capacities over the years,” Urjit Patel said in a statement. “The support and hard work of RBI staff, officers and management has been the proximate driver of the Bank’s considerable accomplishments in recent years. I take this opportunity to express gratitude to my colleagues and Directors of the RBI Central Board, and wish them all the best for the future,” he added.

 

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Four policemen killed by terrorists in J-K’s Shopian; weapons snatched

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Srinagar | Four policemen were killed on Tuesday when Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked a guard post outside a minority pocket in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, officials said.

The attack took place this afternoon when four policemen were sitting in a pre-fabricated room outside the pocket that houses six Kashmiri Pandit families.

A senior police official said that six Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were led by former Special Police Officer Adil Bashir, who deserted in October and decamped eight weapons from a PDP legislator.

Quoting eyewitnesses, the police officer said that militants fired indiscriminately, killing three policemen on the spot and critically injuring one.

The injured policeman was rushed to an Army hospital, where he also succumbed to injuries, the official said.

The deceased have been identified as Anees Ahmad, Hamidullah, Mehraj ud Din and Abdul Majeed.

At the time of the incident, only one family was present at the minority pocket.

Immediately after the shootout, the terrorists fled with three Self Loading Rifles (SLRs) of the policemen, the official said, adding a cordon and search operation has been launched to nab the criminals.

The official said that an intercept had been received in which it was clear that Jaish-e-Mohammed, a banned terrorist organisation, was behind the barbaric act.

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PM Modi may visit Tripura in Feb to inaugurate projects: Officials

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Agartala | Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Tripura in February to inaugurate several development projects, including an upgraded cancer centre, a government official said. The regional centre, which offers treatment to more than 2,000 cancer patients annually, is set to have a new building and modern equipment, he said.

According to government reports, 3,786 patients succumbed to cancer between 2013 and 2016 in the state.

Sanjoy Mishra, the media adviser to chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, said a high-level meeting was convened Monday to review progress in the cancer hospital project. “The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Tripura in February to inaugurate several developmental projects. The newly built building at the cancer centre is one of them. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday reviewed the progress of the construction work at the centre,” Mishra said.

Chief Secretary LK Gupta, Public Works Department (PWD) secretary Manoj Kumar, and Health and Family Welfare secretary Samarjit Bhowmik were among those who attended Monday’s meeting, he said. “The CM would be visiting New Delhi tomorrow (Wednesday) and meet the prime minister to discuss various issues, including the inauguration of the cancer hospital building,” Mishra told reporters.

According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (2016-17), 40 percent of all cancer patients in the northeast suffer from head and neck malignancy, mainly caused by tobacco consumption.

Tripura tops in tobacco use in the region with 64.5 percent patients in the state admitting to nicotine consumption, the report added.

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