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Mallikarjun Kharge

Mallikarjun Kharge

Mallikarjun Kharge, the newly elected president of the Indian National Congress (INC), takes charge of the post at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in Delhi on Wednesday. Kharge is the first non-Gandhi to take over the office after 24 years.

India reports 830 fresh cases and 1,771 recoveries in the last 24 hours, on Wednesday, the lowest single-day rise in 197 days. India's active Covid-19 cases have declined to 21,607 from 22,549 and total case load climbed to 4,46,45,768, according to Union health ministry data.

Indian Americans on Tuesday celebrated the swearing-in of Indian origin Rishi Sunak as the United Kingdom's Prime Minister and said it was a big day for the overseas Indian community. "This was a big Diwali present for the diaspora. Rishi was already on the Indiaspora government leaders list and we welcome him and wish him well as he takes office!” Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and Indiaspora founder M R Rangaswami said.

Delhi's air quality improved on Wednesday morning on the back of favourable wind speed but still it remained poor. The Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 262 at 6 am, improving from 303 at 4 pm on Tuesday. It was 312 at 4 pm on Monday, the day of Diwali. Delhi's particulate matter (PM) 2.5 pollution levels on Wednesday morning were three to four times above the national standard of 60 microgram per cubic metre for 24 hours. 

11:23 PM

IT Ministry has sought report from WhatsApp on recent outage: Ashwini Vaishnaw

The Ministry of Information Technology on Wednesday sought a detailed report from social media giant WhatsApp on the recent outage that was witnessed across the world on Tuesday.

Union Minister for Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw confirmed this to ANI, saying, "We have lakhs of WhatsApp users across the country and we asked for a detailed report from the company about the outage."

10:36 PM

Punjab sees 1,238 farm fire incidents on Oct 26, highest this season so far

Punjab on Wednesday witnessed 1,238 farm fire incidents, the highest number of crop residue burning cases so far this season.

With paddy growers continuing stubble burning, Tarn Taran topped the districts in Punjab with maximum number of farm fire incidents.

The northern state recorded 1,238 farm fire incidents on Wednesday, according to the Ludhiana-based Punjab Remote Sensing Centre data.

9:54 PM

No role in Ram Rahim's parole: Haryana CM Khattar

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday said he had no role in the parole granted to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh as jails have their own rules.

Ram Rahim, who is serving a 20-year jail term for raping two women disciples at his ashram in Sirsa, was granted parole for 40 days last week.

The decision to grant him parole ahead of the Adampur bypoll in Haryana on November 3 and panchayat elections has triggered a furore.

9:12 PM

Cattle smuggling: Court sends TMC leader's ex-guard to ED custody

A Delhi court has allowed the ED to interrogate Saigal Hossain, a former security guard of arrested Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Anubrata Mondal, in its custody till October 28 in connection with a money-laundering case related to alleged cattle smuggling.

Hossain, who allegedly amassed huge wealth through a cattle-smuggling racket, was brought from West Bengal to Delhi after he was arrested for not cooperating with Enforcement Directorate (ED) officers during his questioning at a correctional home in Asansol.

8:49 PM

Day is not far when we will hoist tricolour in parts of J&K occupied by Pak, China: BJP leader

The BJP on Wednesday celebrated "accession day" across Jammu and Kashmir, with its senior leader Ravinder Raina saying the day is not far when the tricolour will be hoisted in parts of the union territory occupied by Pakistan and China.

On October 26, 1947, Maharaja Hari Singh, the ruler of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, signed the instrument of accession on J&K. The BJP had decided to celebrate the day as 'vilay diwas'.

In Jammu, BJP leaders led by Raina, who is the party's Jammu and Kashmir chief, celebrated "accession day" or vilay diwas at the Maharaja Hari Singh park near the Tawi river.

8:22 PM

ECI directs Gujarat Chief Secretary to transfer 51 officials, send compliance report by Thursday

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday directed Gujarat Chief Secretary to transfer 51 officials to their respective headquarters (HQs) and report about the compliance by 4 pm tomorrow, sources said. The list of 51 officials includes six senior IPS officers, ANI reported.

The ECI had earlier sought an explanation from the state Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP) for failing to file a compliance report on the transfer of officials.

Sources told ANI that the poll authority received a compliance report from Gujarat Chief Secretary today and more than 900 officers of various grades and services were transferred as per ECI guidelines and instructions.

7:53 PM

Kharge constitutes Steering Committee in place of the Congress Working Committee

The Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has constituted the Steering Committee which would function in place of the Congress Working Committee. 
Senior party leaders including former PM Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and others are the members of the Committee.

7:47 PM

PM likely to lay foundation of ArcelorMittal's Hazira plant expansion proj on Friday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to perform the groundbreaking ceremony and lay foundation stone of ArcelorMittal's Hazira steel plant expansion project on Friday in Gujarat, sources said.

According to PTI report, "PM Narendra Modi is the chief guest for the Bhoomi Pujan for AMNS India's Hazira plant expansion project on October 28, 2022."

7:21 PM

President Putin oversaw training of Moscow's strategic deterrence forces: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday oversaw the training of Moscow's strategic deterrence forces and troops responsible for responding to threats of nuclear war, the Kremlin said.
7:07 PM

Now is the time to get to work and earn the trust of the British people: PM Sunak

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253 challans issued in Delhi, Rs 32.4 lakh fine imposed over non-compliance of dust norms: Rai

Authorities in Delhi have issued 253 challans and imposed a cumulative fine of Rs 32.4 lakh on user agencies that did not comply with dust control norms, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Wednesday.

The minister said government officials have so far inspected 6,868 construction sites under the anti-dust campaign under October 6.

"A total of 253 notices/challans have been issued and a fine of Rs 32.4 lakh imposed on violators," he said.

6:55 PM

BJP complains to EC on alleged violation of electoral laws in Odisha, Telangana by ruling parties

A BJP delegation led by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday met top Election Commission officials here to complain about the alleged violation of electoral laws and model code of conduct by the state governments in Odisha and Telangana.

Bypolls to Dhamnagar assembly seat in Odisha and Munugode assembly seat in Telangana are scheduled to be held on November 3.

6:33 PM

Sonia writes to British PM Sunak, hopes India-UK ties will further deepen

Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday congratulated Rishi Sunak on his elevation as British Prime Minister and hoped India's ties with the UK will further deepen during his tenure.

"I am delighted at your taking over as Prime Minister of Great Britain. It is certainly a matter of pride for all of us in India," she said in her letter to Sunak, who is of Indian origin.

"India-Britain relations have always been very special and I am confident that they will be further deepened during your tenure," Gandhi said.

6:31 PM

We don't do politics of hate, we build schools, hospitals: Bhagwant Mann in Adampur

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann here on Wednesday claimed that the Aam Aadmi Party does not indulge in politics of hate but talks of development and building schools and hospitals.

He said this talking to reporters while campaigning for his party candidate in the Adampur bypolls.

6:29 PM

Booker winners Geetanjali Shree, Marlon James among others to attend 16th edition of JLF

International Booker-winning author Geetanjali Shree, Booker winner Marlon James, writers Amish and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, among others will participate in the 16th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), the organisers announced on Wednesday.

Starting from January 19, the literary extravaganza will host a plethora of fiction and non-fiction writers of national and international renown.

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First Published: Oct 26 2022 | 4:27 PM IST

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