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Naval ships line up for fleet review by president

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President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar arrived in Vizag for the International Fleet Review on Saturday.With 75 frontline ships and submarines  firm in their anchorage, glittering ocean and a clear sky, Indian Navy is ready for the review of its fleet on Saturday by President Pranab Mukherjee.The event kickstarted on Thursday with a curtain raiser function, which was attended by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

The fleet review has 71 of Indian Navy’s ships lined up, including both aircraft carriers, INS Vikramaditya and INS Virat.

The president, embarked on the INS Sumitra, will inspect the fleet.
INS Sumitra, an off shore patrol vessel, has had its upper deck modified to accommodate the president, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other VVIPs.

INS Sunayna, with the media onboard, is fourth in the column of ships behind the president’s yacht.However, INS Virat will be retiring soon.

Around 50 navies and 24 foreign ships are participating in the International Fleet Review, the second to be held by India and largest military exercise hosted by the country so far.

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Crucial CWC meet of Congress begins

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Ahead of the eleventh round of meetings between the farmers and the Centre, a crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) began here on Friday to discuss the farmers’ agitation among other issues. Also likely to be discussed is the schedule of the election of a new party president.

Congress General Secretary and national media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “CWC meeting begins. Congress President Sonia Gandhi addresses the CWC.”

According to party sources, the virtual meeting being chaired by Sonia Gandhi will discuss Arnab Goswami’s alleged chat leak related to the national security, the Covid-19 situation apart from the ongoing farmers’ agitation.

Sources also said that during the meeting, the schedule of election for the new party chief will also be discussed.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws on the borders of the national capital since November 26 last year, demanding that the three laws be repealed.

On Tuesday, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi slammed the government over the three farm laws, saying they were introduced to destroy the Indian agricultural sector.

On Wednesday, the Congress fielded former Defence Minister A.K. Antony, former Home Minister Sushil Shinde, former Law Minister and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad to corner the government over the alleged chat leaks involving Goswami.

The Congress described the leak of secret information as treason and demanded an immediate enquiry into the matter.

(IANS)

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Lalu Prasad ‘stable and recovering’, to undergo CT scan

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Incarcerated RJD President Lalu Prasad will undergo a CT scan on Friday to ascertain his exact health condition even as a senior officer said he was “stable and recovering”.

An official at the Hotwar jail in Ranchi said that the former Bihar Chief Minister’s health had caused concern after he complained of uneasiness in breathing on Thursday evening. Subsequently, a team of doctors from Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences examined the RJD leader.

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta also rushed to the RIMS and met with the doctors treating the veteran politician. Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Jails) Birendra Bhushon said that Lalu Prasad’s health had deteriorated on Thursday but was now “recovering and stable”. Earlier, Lalu Prasad also underwent a Covid test and was found negative.

Lalu Prasad is suffering from kidney ailment, besides diabetes and high blood pressure. The RIMS doctors have diagnosed that his kidneys are damaged to the extent of 75 per cent. Doctors could go for a dialysis if his kidneys’ functioning deteriorated further.

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Fire at Delhi’s ITO building, no casualties

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A fire broke out at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO on Friday here. No injuries were reported, and the blaze has been brought under control, the Fire Department said.

The fire started from a meter board of the building. “We received a call around 8.30 a.m. about a fire in the meter board at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO. A total of 12 fire tenders were rushed to the site. The fire was on the second floor of the building,” said Atul Garg, Director Delhi Fire Service.

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