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Rahul Gandhi Criticizes Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Over The Arrest Of Journalists

New Delhi:  Karnataka BJP lists arrested journalists on social media in response to Congress president Rahul Gandhi criticizing Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath over the arrest of journalists for sharing and broadcasting alleged derogatory comments against the CM.

“If every journalist who files a false report or peddles fake, vicious RSS/BJP sponsored propaganda about me is put in jail, most newspapers/ news channels would face a severe staff shortage. The UP CM is behaving foolishly & needs to release the arrested journalists.” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Rahul’s comments for protecting media freedom against the backdrop of 3 journalists including Prashant Kanojia have evoked a sharp response from the BJP.

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Sri Lanka Seeks India’s Help To Train The Country’s Security Forces In Counter-Terrorism

New Delhi: In view of recent terrorist attack and threats still looming large, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he sought India’s help to train the country’s security forces in counter-terrorism during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi on Sunday became the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the deadly Easter terror attacks on April 21 which killed 258 people and injured over 500.

During his visit, Modi said he was confident that Sri Lanka will rise again and cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. “India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi also met President Maithripala Sirisena and the two leaders agreed that terrorism was a joint threat that needs collective and focussed action.

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Sidhu Meets Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi After He Was Stripped Off His Local Bodies’ Portfolio

New Delhi: All is not well in the Punjab Congress a few state where it did well as Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. The meeting came two days after Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh divested Sidhu of his local bodies’ portfolio.

“Met the Congress President, handed him my letter, appraised him of the situation!” Sidhu tweeted. He also posted his picture with Gandhi, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and senior leader Ahmed Patel.

Singh and Sidhu have been at loggerheads since the cricketer-turned-politician hugged Pakistan army chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa, at Prime Minister Imran Khan’s swearing-in function in August last year.

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Government Forces 12 Senior Tax Officials To Retire From Their Jobs Over Allegations Of Misconduct

New Delhi: In a tough administrative measure, the Union government forced 12 senior tax officials to retire from their jobs over allegations of misconduct such as fraud, extortion and sexual harassment, launching an unprecedented clean-up in the bureaucracy that, according to officials familiar with the matter, is likely to be extended to other departments.

The 12, all from the Indian Revenue Services (IRS), included seven commissioners – one of the topmost ranks in the Income Tax department; one joint commissioner, three additional commissioners, and an assistant commissioner.

“This is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion, ‘na khaunga na khane dunga’ [will neither steal, nor allow anyone else to] and a strong message has been sent in the system to shun corrupt practices at all levels immediately,” said a government official aware of the specifics of the crackdown, asking not to be named.

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A Public Intellectual, Actor And Theatre Person Girish Karnad Dies At 81 After Long Ailment

New Delhi: As a public intellectual, Girish Karnad was known for his trenchant criticism of right-wing politics, and those opposed to rational ideas. Despite his declining health, Karnad led a protest march after Bengaluru-based journalist Gauri Lankesh was murdered in 2017.

His name was on the hit list of a right-wing group which allegedly shot Lankesh, the Special Investigation Team that probed her murder, had revealed. At an event marking her first death anniversary last year, Karnad, who attended wearing a nasal tube, had a placard around his neck that read ‘Me too Urban Naxal’, a reference to the tag that came into circulation after it was used to describe the activists and intellectuals like Sudha Bhardwaj and Varavara Rao, who were arrested in connection with their alleged involvement with the violence at Bhima Koregaon, Maharashtra in January 2018.