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The wait is over! Will Rajinikanth announce his political plunge on December 31?

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Looking back, 2017 is the year of some of the biggest political turmoil. From UP elections to Gujarat elections and all the way down to RK Nagar by-polls, politics was the much talked about in this year. However, one development that still has people waiting is Superstar Rajinikanth’s political entry. Recently, Tamil film actors Kamal Haasan and Vishal too expressed their will to join politics. Kamal Haasan even indicated that his colour is “definitely not saffron”. His meet with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who belongs to CPM had everyone talking about his political inclination towards the left.

On the other hand, Rajinikanth’s political debut is still a suspense. Rajinikanth who will be busy for next six days in the meet and greet with his huge fan base, today finally addressed the elephant in the room. Talking to his fans, he said that he will announce his decision on December 31. “I am not new to politics. God willing, I will enter it. You will come to know about it on December 31,” he told his fans.

Talking about the fallouts he said, “I know that there are downsides and there are advantages of the decision. It is the downsides I am being cautious of.” However, in his usual vigour he exclaimed, “If you step on the battlefield, you have to win.” His statement was met with huge applause from the roaring fans.

Director Mahendran and Kalaignanam were also present at the event. Praising Rajini, director Mahendran said, “Rajinikanth is unpredictable. No one can gauge what he will do next. Only he knows it.” Concluding the meet and greet, Rajinikanth thanked his fans and said, “We will begin to work.”

All eyes are now fixed on December 31. The state of Tamilnadu is already witnessing a political instability due to the internal Power struggle in AIADMK factions and feeble DMK opposition. TTV Dhinakaran’s win on late J Jayalalitha’s seat also indicated towards a political shift. A. Raja and Kanimozhi’s acquittal in the 2G case will reap benefits for DMK or not is yet to be seen. In such a scenario, If Rajinikanth decides to jump on the battlefield; it will surely be a spectacular political contest.

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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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