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At least 35 people killed in bus fire in China

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At least 35 people have been killed in a fire on a bus in China’s Hunan province. The vehicle carrying 56 people crashed into a barrier along a highway in Yizhang County and burst into flames, Xinhua reported, adding that an oil leak may have caused the fire, according to local authorities. Twenty-one people have been rushed to hospital.

The bus driver has been arrested. The cause of the accident is unclear. Poorly maintained vehicles and exhausted drivers are often blamed for road accidents in China.

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Naxalism will be eliminated with the support of people : CM designate Bhupesh

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Raipur, Dec 16 : Chhattisgarh Chief Minister designate Bhupesh Baghel said that  the naxalism will only be eliminated  if firm steps are taken with the support of the people in the naxal-affected areas.

” The problem of naxalism is a very serious problem. Nobody can solve it instantly. They have a very strong hold. We will be successful in eliminating them if firm steps are taken with the support of the people in the naxal-affected areas,” Baghel said.

Bhupesh Baghel is credited with playing a crucial role in a landslide victory of the Congress in Chhattisgarh.

He added that the Congress government will unravel the conspiracy that led to the killing by Maoists of top Congress leaders in the Jheeram Valley in Bastar in May 2013 including the then state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel, the veteran V.C. Shukla and Mahendra Karma.
Shortly after he was elected the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader by the MLAs at the party office Rajiv Bhavan, Baghel announced: “I am committed to waiving farmers’ bank loans within 10 days.”

The Congress said on Twitter: “Celebrations are in order in Chhattisgarh as Bhupesh Baghel is appointed CM. We wish him the best as he forms a government of equality, transparency and integrity starting off with farm loan waiver for farmers as we promised.”

Baghel is a powerful leader of the OBC community which makes up 52 per cent of the state’s 2.55 crore population.

The five-time MLA was elected from Patan in Durg district. He was Revenue Minister in Ajit Jogi’s first government in Chhattisgarh that was voted out in 2003.

Baghel was recently jailed for some days in Raipur after he was charge-sheeted by the CBI for his alleged role in the circulation of a sleaze CD against a powerful BJP Minister in Chhattisgarh.

Baghel is credited with leading the party from the front in the fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and scripting the crushing defeat of the 15-year-old regime of Raman Singh.

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Opposition leaders to attend swearing-in of Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath

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Jaipur, Dec 16 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi, top leaders from several non-BJP parties, which are in Grand alliance to defeat the Modi led BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, are expected to attend  the swearing in of Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath as chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, respectively on Monday.

The programme, in which Sachin Pilot will also take oath as the state’s Deputy Chief Minister, would be held at 10 a.m at Albert Hall here.
The Congress won 99 seats and the BJP 73 out of the 199 where polling took place on December 7 for the Rajasthan assembly.

TMC MP Nadimul Haque will be present at the swearing-in ceremony of Rajasthan CM and Deputy CM in Jaipur tomorrow, as a representative from TMC.

Others expected at the ceremony include Janata Dal (Secular) chief and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah , Telugu Desam Party’s N Chandrababu Naidu, former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, DMK working President M.K. Stalin, party leader Kanimozhi, JMM leader Hemant Soren and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha chief Babulal Marandi.

All India United Democratic Front leader Badruddin Ajmal is also likely to participate, Congress sources said.

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday confirmed that he would attend Ashok Gehlot’s swearing-in as the Rajasthan Chief Minister.

While Gehlot will take the oath as Chief Minister for the third time, Pilot will take the oath for the first time as Deputy Chief Minister.

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Kamal Nath to take oath as MP CM on Monday at Jamboori Maidan

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Bhopal, Dec 16 :Congress nominee for the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister’s post Kamal Nath will take oath at the Jamboori Maidan here on Monday.

Earlier, when Governor Anandiben Patel had handed a letter of appointment for the top post to Kamal Nath, it was decided to have the oath-taking ceremony at the Lal Parade Ground but the venue was changed a day later.

Congress Media head Shobha Ojha told the media that preparations at Jamboori Maidan are on in full swing. Along with the party’s prominent leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, opposition leaders have also been invited.

Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party had organised grand programmes at the Jamboori Maidan, now when the Congress has come to power in the state after 15 years, it is all set to have the ceremony here.

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