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New Delhi, July 14 :The Congress party took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his views on arrest of ‘dear friend’ Nawaz Sharif in Lahore on Saturday.

Congress asked Modi, what he had to say about the arrest of his ‘dear friend’ Nawaz Sharif, who was arrested  yesterday after returning to Pakistan . Sharif along with SAARC leaders had attended Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in 2004.

Congress’ official Twitter handle also tweeted a 2015 photograph of PM Modi and Sharif, smiling and walking hand in hand.

In its tweet, the Congress said, “Nawaz Sharif has been arrested on corruption charges. We’d like to know what his dear friend, PM Modi has to say about this.”

In December 2015, Prime Minister Modi, in a goodwill gesture, had famously attended the birthday celebrations of Nawaz Sharif as well as the wedding of his granddaughter .

However, their ‘bonhomie’ had come to an end after Pakistan-based terrorists attacked the Uri camp base in Jammu and Kashmir in 2016, which led to the death of 18 soldiers.

 

The ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were arrested from Allama Iqbal International Airport on Friday night.An anti-corruption court in Pakistan sentenced the ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison in the Avenfield corruption case for owning assets beyond income and evading the court for 1 year.

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India reports 86,052 new Covid cases

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With 86,052 new cases in the last 24 hours, India’s coronavirus cases are nearing six million-mark, according to the health ministry updates shared on Friday.

There were 1,141 fatalities also confirmed in the 24 hour-period bringing the death toll to 92,290. The total infections stand at  5,818,571, including 9,70,116 active cases and 4,756,165 people getting cured/discharged/migrated. 

India’s Covid-19 recovery rate stands at 81.74 per cent and the mortality rate remains below 1.6 per cent, according to government figures. 

In a positive development, Wednesday was the sixth consecutive day when the number of people recovered in the country was more than the total number of cases detected in the 24-hours period. 

In the last few days, India has seen a significant drop in daily cases, but there needs to be more evidence to suggest whether the nation has surpassed the virus’s peak or not. 

Maharashtra continues to be India’s worst-hit state with nearly 300,000 active cases and a death toll of 34,345. 

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said he had been told by experts that the second wave of Covid-19 in the national capital has peaked. 

Globally, the United States is the worst-hit country with over 7 million cases and 200,000 deaths. 
 


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ECI set to announce Bihar election dates on Friday

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New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) The Election Commission of India is set to announce the dates for the Bihar Assembly polls on Friday, official sources said.

A press conference is scheduled to be held at 12.30 pm at the Vigyan Bhavan in this regard, the EC spokesperson Sheyphali Saran said.

Due to Covid protocols, only journalists accredited with the PIB would be allowed to attend the presser.

Bihar has 243 Assembly seats. In 2015, the alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal-United and the Congress had swept the polls but JD-U has since aligned with the BJP.

Earlier this month, the EC said that the Assembly elections will be completed before November 29, the date on which the tenure of the present Assembly ends.

The EC also said that by-elections to 65 seats in different states will also be held simultaneously.

The EC has already issued the guidelines to all political parties to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The candidates will file nomination papers and deposit security money online. Facial masks, hand sanitisers, social distancing norms would be mandatory during political campaigning or at rallies.

Earlier, the EC had asked political parties for their opinions on the conduct of Assemblly elections.

The RJD, LJP and some others had suggested postponement of the electoral battle until the coronavirus pandemic was over. However, the ruling JD-U, BJP and others wanted the elections to be completed before the Assembly’s term ended.

–IANS

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Security forces and terrorists have engaged in a massive encounter in Sirhama in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district. As per preliminary reports, heavy exchange of fire has been reported from the area where the encounter broke out last night.

The Kashmir Zone Police has said that two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists have been killed in the encounter.

“Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, have been recovered. A search operation is currently underway,” the police said.

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