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Abducted soldier’s clothes found in Kashmir orchard

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Four days after an Indian Army soldier was abducted his clothes were found in an apple orchard, leading the security forces on Friday to intensify their search operation.

Rifleman Shakir Manzoor went missing on Monday.

He was reportedly abducted by terrorists as he was on his way to join back duty after spending the Eid festival with his family. He is a soldier working with the 162 battalion of territory army in south Kashmir.

Sources said the clothes of the abducted soldier were found in an orchard in Landoora village of Shopian on Friday after which a massive search operation was launched in the area to trace the missing soldier.

So far, no militant group has owned responsibility for the abduction.

The abductors had also torched the soldier’s private vehicle as they took him away. IANS

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Farmers’ income won’t double before 2028, Derek tells RS

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New Delhi:  Taking a dig at the Centre’s claim to double the income of farmers by 2020, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien on Sunday said that it cannot be doubled before 2028.

Discussing the contentious farm Bills introduced in the Rajya Sabha, the TMC member said: “The Prime Minister said that the opposition is trying to mislead the farmers. You promised to double the farmers’ income by 2020. At the current rate, it won’t happen before 2028.”

He was referring to the Prime Minister’s remarks on Saturday that some persons were trying to mislead and even lie to the farmers.

Referring to the land acquisition Bill and TMC’s stance, O’Brien said: “How qualified is the TMC to speak on the Bills? Seven years ago… during the land acquisition bill… we spoke in favour of the farmers. Later, the Supreme Court said that the rights of the farmers cannot be overlooked.”

The TMC leader also claimed that West Bengal farmers’ income has doubled.

“Don’t bring the debate down to MSPs; we are opposing everything in the Bills. The Centre doesn’t have the right to implement these in the states. The states will not be able to ensure farmers’ interests. Who are you going to fool here? For the consumers too, what’s the protection? These Bills will have to be discussed and debated,” he said.

The TMC MP also moved amendments to send the farm Bills to the Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha. He said that the parliamentary committees are not to break but contribute to law-making.

(IANS)

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Ex-PM H.D. Deve Gowda takes oath as RS member

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New Delhi: Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda took oath as a Rajya Sabha member on Sunday.

The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo took oath in Kannada in the presence of Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu shortly after the House convened for the day.

Gowda, 87, was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka with the support of the opposition Congress on June 12 in the biennial elections held in Bengaluru for four seats that fell vacant after the previous members’ terms ended on June 25.

Though 45 of the 61 new members took oath on July 22 in Parliament House, Gowda could not go to New Delhi then, as he was unwell and due to coronavirus-induced restrictions on travelling for senior citizens amid the pandemic.

Gowda has entered the Rajya Sabha for the second time, 24 years after he was elected when he was the Prime Minister from June 1996 to April 1997.

Meanwhile, former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Congress leader Ambika Soni and Samajwadi Party’s Revati Ramn Singh have sought leave from Sunday’s session.

Citing health issues, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram also sought leave.

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38 new Covid deaths in Delhi; cases top 2.42 lakh

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New Delhi: Another 38 people have succumbed to the dreaded novel coronavirus here, taking the death toll due to Covid-19 in the national capital to 4,945. Also, 4,071 fresh infections have been reported, taking the total number of cases beyond 2.42 lakh, officials said.

In the last 24 hours, 61,973 RT-PCR and antigen tests were conducted in Delhi, officials said on Saturday.

The Delhi government said a total of 2,42,899 persons have so far tested positive for Covid-19, while 2,05,890 people have recovered.

It said that in the last 24 hours, 4,219 people have recovered while 4,071 new cases were detected.

Currently, there are 1,820 Containment Zones in the national capital.

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