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Congress questions rising terrorism in Punjab

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In the wake of a terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Punjab early Saturday, Congress questioned the rising number of terror incidents in the state after 20 years of calm.

“Why has Punjab suddenly become the hotbed of terror activities in the last few months? The state has been calm for last 20 years,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

“Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) should ensure that there is no repetition of such attack in future,” Surjewala told a private news channel.

The statement came after four to six armed terrorists, wearing army fatigues, attacked the IAF base in Pathankot district at around 3 a.m., prompting a fierce gun battle with security forces till around 8 a.m. that left four terrorists killed.

Combing operations were launched to find out any other terrorists hiding anywhere. Firing and grenade blast were heard from the base after a lull of around three hours.

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Rahul Gandhi takes a jibe at HM Amit Shah over COVID-19 handling

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New Delhi, July 13 🙂 As the total coronavirus cases in India inch towards the grim nine lakh mark, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday sharpened his attack on the Central government over its handling of the pandemic.

“India at good position in COVID-19 battle?” he tweeted, alluding to a graph which showed a rise in daily coronavirus cases across the world. In the graph, cases in India could be seen skyrocketing.

The remarks came a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the country is at a “good position” in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, India recorded its highest single-day spike of 28,701 coronavirus cases and 500 deaths, pushing the total tally to 8,78,254 cases with a total of 23,174 deaths. It is the third worst-affected country and rallies behind the US and Brazil.

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Now, IT raids on Rajasthan Congress leaders

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Jaipur, July 13 : The Rajasthan political crisis took a new turn on Monday when income tax investigators raided on premises belonging to people from Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot”s camp. Searches were underway in offices of veteran state Congress leaders, including Rajeev Arora and Dharmendra Chaudhary too. Unaccounted cash, jewellery, property papers and lockers were seized. The team also reached Bhilwara and Jhalawad and carried out searches, officials said.

Congress has postponed its Legislature Party meeting by half an hour to 11 a.m. Around 74 MLAs have reached the Chief Minister”s Residence. Party Whip Mahesh Joshi said that the BJP is “misusing agencies for its self fulfilling goals”.

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One more Congress leader dies of Covid-19 in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad, July 13 (IANS) Yet another leader of the opposition Congress party in Telangana died of Coronavirus on Monday.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) secretary G. Narendra Yadav succumbed to the virus at a private hospital in Hyderabad, where he was admitted a few days ago.

Yadav had recently participated in various programmes to distribute aid among poor hit hard by the lockdown.

Yadav”s family members were tested for COVID-19. As the leader had participated in the party programmes held at party headquarters Gandhi Bhavan in recent days, efforts were on to trace those who had come in contact with him.

“It is shocking and saddening that one of our active senior leaders Narendra Yadav died due to COVID-19. May his soul rest in peace and condolences to his family and friends… His death is a great loss to the party,” tweeted party spokesman Dr Sravan Dasoju.

Yadav is the second party leader to die of COVID-19 in a week. Earlier, former chairman of minority cell of party in undivided Andhra Pradesh, Mohammed Sirajuddin succumbed to the virus.

He died while undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a private hospital in Hyderabad on July 6.

His wife and brother had also tested positive for the virus.

COVID-19 had earlier claimed the life of a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Bhasker Mudiraj, party president of Mettuguda division in Hyderabad, succumbed to the infection at government-run Fever hospital.

His family had alleged that he was taken to many private hospitals but they refused to admit him as his test reports were awaited.

Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Deputy Speaker of Telangana Assembly Padma Rao and three other legislators of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had recently tested positive for COVID-19. All of them have recovered.

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