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Kamal Nath likely to quit before Trust Vote today

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Bhopal, March 20: It is likely that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath will resign graciously ahead of a Supreme Court-ordered trust vote due to thin majority after the resignation of 22 MLAs.However, Chief Minister Kamal Nath has called a press conference before the session which is considered to be crucial , meanwhile the BJP has started preparations for government formation.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, a three-time Chief Minister, is likely to return to power. Jyotiraditya Scindia, who left Congress may get deputy chief ministerial post.

Both the Congress and the BJP have issued the crucial whip for their MLAs for the Assembly session. On the direction of the Supreme Court, a floor test will be held in the state Assembly. The agenda was released by the Secretariat late on Thursday night to be at the assembly at 2pm.

A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said the floor test would be held by show of hands in accordance with the law and it should be completed by 5 pm on Friday.

The court ruled that the state of uncertainty must be resolved efficiently and the Assembly proceedings should be video graphed properly and there has to be live telecast of the proceedings. The trust vote would be conducted by showing the hands. The bench ordered both Karnataka DGP and Madhya Pradesh DGP to provide security to the 16 MLAs if they wish yo attend the Assembly.

The top court was hearing the petition filed by former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other BJP leaders seeking floor test in Madhya Pradesh Assembly claiming that the Congress government in the state has lost the majority.

The political crisis originated after 22 Congress MLAs tendered their resignation following the exit of Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Congress. Scindia later joined the BJP.

The Congress’s 22 MLAs flew to Bengaluru by a special flight last week and resigned . The Speaker had accepted the resignation of six and asked the remaining 16 to come in person before him and confirm their resignation.

The Congress leaders have been accusing BJP of using money and muscle power to topple the Kamalnath government but the rebels, however, countered the Congress assertion by routinely posting videos in which they said they were in Bengaluru of their own volition and that they wanted no further talks with the Congress. They also asked for protection to return to Bhopal, as demanded by the Speaker, saying their lives were in danger from Congress leaders.

Speaker N.P. Prajapati has also accepted the resignation of 16 more Congress MLAs on Thursday night.

The Legislative Assembly has 230 MLAs, of which 24 seats are vacant. A majority in the House of 206 MLAs will require the support of 104 MLAs. The BJP has 107 MLAs, and the Congress 92. The Congress has the support of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and Independent MLAs, which totals up to 99.

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Army chief in Arunachal to review operational preparedness

The troop disengagement happened only at patrolling point-14 in Galwan Valley, the site of the June 15 clashes, and patrolling point-15 in Hot Springs.

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New Delhi, Aug 6 : As talks on disengagement with China hit a roadblock, Indian Army chief, Gen. Manoj Mukund Naravane has gone to Arunachal Pradesh for a two-day visit to forward areas along the Line of Actual Control.

He would be interacting with field commanders to check operational preparedness in the forward areas.

The Army chief’s visit comes as China has started building up troops, artillery, armour and materials in depth areas in all three sectors — western (Ladakh), middle (Uttarakhand, Himachal) and eastern (Sikkim, Arunachal) — of the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control.

China has also mobilised soldiers near Uttarakhand’s Lipulekh Pass, a tri-junction between India, Nepal and China situated atop the Kalapani Valley.

Since Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops are not moving back as per the consensus, the Indian Army has kicked off the massive logistical exercise for advance winter stocking, with rations, specialised clothing, prefabricated shelters, arctic tents and other equipment. India has deployed over 35,000 troops in Ladakh.

The countries are locked in a hitherto unprecedented three-month-long stand-off at multiple points along the border.

China had changed the status quo on the LAC at various places, moving inside the Indian territory. India has objected to it and is taking up the matter with China at all levels.

The troop disengagement happened only at patrolling point-14 in Galwan Valley, the site of the June 15 clashes, and patrolling point-15 in Hot Springs.

On June 15, as many as 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops were killed in a violent clash in the Galwan Valley.

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Unemployment biggest worry after Covid for urban Indians: Survey

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New Delhi, Aug 6 : As the ongoing pandemic hits the Indian economy hard and the employment scenario worsens with large scale job losses, an Ipsos survey shows that unemployment is the second biggest worry for urban Indians, after the concern over novel coronavirus infection.

According to the survey, the top issues perturbing urban Indians include COVID-19 in the first place, followed by unemployment. The other worries which follow are financial and political corruption, poverty and inequality, and healthcare.

The sentiments are largely the same globally with novel coronavirus and unemployment emerging as the top two concerns.

The other issues which concern people globally are poverty and social inequality, financial and political corruption, crime and violence and healthcare, said an Ipsos statement.

“Largely, the worries of global citizens are a lot similar to what urban Indians are experiencing, though concern around coronavirus and lack of jobs is far more pronounced for urban Indians. COVID-19 scare for India is far from over and it is collaterally impacting jobs, standard of living, healthcare cost and there is fear of corruption levels going up as things continue to be in a state of flux, said Amit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos in India.

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Deadly cobra comes home for dinner!

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Agra, Aug 6 : A slithering serpent triggered a state of panic amongst members of a family as soon as they spotted the uninvited guest comfortably perched in a drawer of the almirah in their bedroom, perhaps waiting for dinner time to move out.

The local police man contacted the NGO Wildlife SOS which sent its team to nab the reptile. A two-member team from the NGO geared up with necessary rescue equipment and rushed to the location. After ensuring that the occupants were at a safe distance, the team carefully extricated the distressed cobra from the almirah and transferred it in a safe transport carrier. It took 30 minutes minutes for the rescue operation. The reptile was safely rescued by the team and was later released back in its natural habitat.

Baijuraj M.V, Director Conservation Projects for Wildlife SOS, said, “We are glad that more and more people are reaching out to us for help, rather than taking matters in their own hands. Snake sightings increase in the monsoons and our teams work round the clock to ensure no call for aid goes unanswered.”

Kartick Satyanarayan, CEO and Co-founder of Wildlife SOS, said “Being one of the four most venomous snake species to be found in India, our team had to exercise a lot of caution while conducting the rescue in order to avoid any unnecessary casualties. Sometimes these rescues can be dangerous and risky, but our team is trained to handle and carry out such sensitive operations, in the interest of public safety and protection of urban wildlife.”

The cobra was kept under observation for a few hours and later released back in the wild.

India is home to a variety of snake species ranging from extremely venomous snakes like the Cobra and Common krait to relatively harmless and non-venomous ones like the Common sand boa, Red sand boa, Wolf snake & Rat snake. Largely misrepresented and often perceived as dangerous, reptiles are met with fear and hostility, leading to incidents of human conflict with this species.

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