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Karnataka Congress Rules Out Any Possibility Of Desertion In Its Ranks After Legislator Returns

New Delhi: The Congress in Karnataka has ruled out any possibility of desertion in its ranks, soon after the party’s legislator LBP Bheema Naik  reached a guest house in Bengaluru. He was missing since the weekend. It also claimed to have called a meeting of its legislature party on January 19 to show its strength.

Karnataka home minister and senior party leader MB Patil said there was no question of any operation to poach Congress MLAs. “All of our leaders are in touch with us and they will arrive for the legislature party meeting where everybody will see that we are united and that this government is strong,” he said.

Arriving at the Kumar Krupa Guest House in the state capital, Naik said there was no truth to the allegation that he had been approached by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The fact that his mobile had been switched off had led to speculation that he was among the five Congress MLAs who had switched sides, Naik claimed.

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NHA Developing A Standard Treatment Protocol For Various Conditions To Check Over Treatment

New Delhi:  The National Health Authority (NHA) has tasked with implementing the Narendra Modi government’s flagship Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme to ensure quality and stop overtreatment. It is developing a standard treatment protocol for various conditions.

The treatment protocol that is a part of a larger system, including quality, minimum documentation, data sharing, data privacy and security protocol will soon be shared with all empanelled hospitals under the scheme, especially for providing tertiary care.

At least 16,000 hospitals, including about 8,000 private hospitals, are empanelled under the scheme across the country.

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Swanky Cars And SUVs Zip Around On Chequered Steel Plate-Lined Temporary Streets Of Kumbh

New Delhi: Swanky cars and smart sports utility vehicles (SUVs) zip around on the chequered steel plate-lined temporary streets of Kumbh Nagri, or the tent city that has come up on the banks of the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna rivers and the mythical Saraswati. A section of ascetics can be seen taking the luxurious way to travel this Kumbh Mela, courtesy high-end vehicles.

The tent city has been set up to accommodate saints, seers and pilgrims during the Kumbh Mela, which began on Tuesday and will continue till March 4. Holy men and their organisations have fleets of these luxury cars and high-end SUVs at their service.

However, there is hardly any seer or office-bearer of any akhada (Hindu monastic order) ready to go on record on the issue. Refusing to be named, many seers and saints claim that barring a few, most of these luxury vehicles belong to different akhadas or their disciples. They have been bought and made available to the seers for their use, these saints say.

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Interim Protection From The Arrest Granted To Senior Congress Leader P Chidambaram Extended

New Delhi: The interim protection from the arrest granted to senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on his pleas seeking anticipatory bail in the INX Media case lodged by the ED and CBI has been extended by the Delhi High Court till January 24.

Justice Sunil Gaur listed the matter for hearing on January 24 after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta expressed his inability to argue during the day. Chidambaram was represented in the hearing through advocates Pramod Kumar Dubey and Arshdeep Singh.

On July 25, 2018, the high court had granted interim protection to Chidambaram from arrest and directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) not to take any coercive step against him till August 1 that year in the INX Media money laundering case.

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Kumbh At Prayagraj Begins With The First Bating On Makar Sankranti Led By Naga Sadhus

New Delhi: Naga sadhus (warrior ascetics) rushed towards Sangam amid the chants of ‘Har Har Mahadev’ and ‘Ganga maiya ki jai’ for the first ‘shahi snan’ (royal bath) to celebrate Makar Sankranti during Kumbh Mela -- the world’s biggest religious congregation which began in Prayagraj on January 15.

For the first time in history, seers of the Kinnar Akhada, led by Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi, arrived with saints of the Juna Akhada for the royal bath.

Mahamandaleshwars, mandaleshwars and members of Ramta Panch reached Sangam on gold and silver chariots while thousands of Naga sadhus arrived in palanquins and on foot to the accompaniment of music by dozens of musical bands from various states.