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Kumaraswamy counter challenges PM Modi on development fitness of state

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New Delhi, June 13: Throwing counter-challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on fitness challenge, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said he was more concerned about “development fitness of my state”.

As promised, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took on the fitness challenge thrown by Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli and came up with his own fitness video on Wednesday.

PM posted a video of his morning exercises and passed on the challenge to Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Commonwealth medalist Manika Batra and 40-plus Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.

In the video, the PM can be seen walking on a circular track inspired by panchtatvas or five elements of nature: prithvi, agni, jal, vayu, aakash. After the walk, the PM can be seen doing stretching exercises against a rock.

“Here are moments from my morning exercises. Apart from Yoga, I walk on a track inspired by the Panchtatvas or 5 elements of nature – Prithvi, Jal, Agni, Vayu, Aakash. This is extremely refreshing and rejuvenating. I also practice breathing exercises. #HumFitTohIndiaFit,” the PM wrote on Twitter.

Responding to Modi’s fitness challenge, Kumaraswamy said “yoga and treadmill are part of my daily routine”. The CM added that he was more concerned about “development fitness of my state” and sought the Prime Minister’s support for the same.

The Fitness Challenge was started by Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore‏ on Twitter. It quickly caught on with prominent personalities from Bollywood and the sports community.

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Karnataka CM briefs President on Rescue operations in Kodagu, Modi assures help

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Kodagu (Karnataka), Aug 19 :Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Sunday briefed President Ram Nath Kovind on the rescue operations in flood-hit Kodagu district where more than 3,500 people have been rescued and e six people were killed even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday gave assurance of providing help to tackle the flood situation in various parts of the state.

 

“The Chief Minister spoke to the President and informed him that the Indian Army, Navy and other state and central agencies have rescued more than 3,500 people so far,” an official statement said as hundreds are marooned in villages and towns due to heavy rains.

The Chief Minister, for a second consecutive day, held an aerial survey and visited the towns and villages of the coffee-growing district, which has been the worst-hit in the state due to south-west monsoon rains.

Operations are on to rescue those stranded at various places, it added.

As many as 317 people were rescued and shifted to safer places in the district on Saturday and rescue operations were on around Makkandor and other areas of the district on Sunday, said officials, adding that the rescued included a two-month-old infant.

Modi, in a tweet, said he spoke to Kumaraswamy regarding the flood situation in parts of the state. “Extended all possible support in the rescue and relief operations. I pray for the safety and well-being of those in the flood affected areas,” he tweeted.

 

 

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UAE businessman donates Rs 12.5 crore for Kerala flood relief

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 Abu Dhabi, Aug 19 :A United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based businessman has announced a 2.6 million dirhams ($707,837) donation towards relief operations in the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala.

According to K.P. Hussain, chairman of Fathima Healthcare Group, about half of the amount will directly go to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, while the rest will be allocated for medical relief aid, reports Khaleej Times.

Hussain said that the group has coordinated with the state’s health secretary to send volunteers from its medical faculty, which includes doctors and paramedics, to relief camps.

Other UAE businessmen had also earlier pledged donation to help in flood relief operations.

As of Sunday, the toll from the torrential rains and the subsequent floods that has ravaged Kerala since August 9 stood at 370.

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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh objects to Sidhu’s controversial hug with Pakistan Army Chief

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August 19: Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh raised objection  about the hugging episode of Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Punjab minister with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Pakistan at the searing in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan Prime Minister, saying, ” Everyday our jawans are getting martyred” .

“As far as hugging the Pakistan Army Chief is concerned I am not in its favour. It was wrong for him to have shown the affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief,” Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh said.

“To say that ‘I don’t know General Bajwa’…it is written on their uniform. That’s wrong for him (Sidhu) to have shown the affections he did for the Pakistan Army Chief, Singh added.

“Everyday our jawans are getting martyred. To hug their Chief General Bajwa…I am against this. The fact is that the man should understand that our soldiers are being killed everyday,” Punjab Chief Minister said.

“My own regiment lost 1 Major & 2 jawans a few months ago & everyday somebody is being shot & whether the man who pulled the trigger is to blame or the man who gives the order which is the chief, and the chief is General Bajwa,” He said.

“Attending the swearing-in ceremony is concerned, he went there in his personal capacity so it has nothing to do with us, he added.

When asked about Sidhu sitting next to President of PoK Masood Khan, Amarinder Singh said, “About him being seated next to the PoK President, maybe he (Sidhu) didn’t know who he was.”

 

Clarifying on the  controversies surrounding his hug with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and sitting beside President of PoK Masood Khan, Navjot Singh Sidhu said  it was a gesture after Bajwa, who also belongs from the same culture, revealed that “Islamabad  will open  up Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Prakash Parv.”

Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Punjab minister who travelled to Pakistan to attend his ‘friend’ Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony  as Pakistan Prime Minister

“If someone (Pakistan Army Chief General Bajwa) comes to me and says that we belong to the same culture and we will open Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Prakash Parv, what else I could do?, ” Navjot Singh Sidhu said  on hugging Bajwa at Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony in Islamabad.

Speaking about another controversy regarding sitting beside President of PoK Masood Khan, Navjot Singh Sidhu said, “If you’re invited as a guest of honour somewhere, you sit wherever you are asked to. I was sitting somewhere else but they asked me to sit there.”

Sidhu was sitting beside President of PoK Masood Khan in the front row at Pakistan  PM Imran Khan’s oath ceremony in Islamabad.

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