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Amit Shah to visit West Bengal for two days from December 19




Union Home Minister Amit Shah will undertake a two-day tour of West Bengal from Saturday, during which he is slated to eat food at the houses of a farmer and a baul singer and also meet with state BJP leaders.

BJP national media incharge and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni released the details of Shah’s visit, wherein he will also perform puja at two temples, participate in road shows and public meetings as well.

The senior BJP leader will also pay homage to Swami Vivekananda at the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram in Kolkata at 10.45 am on Saturday.

After giving a statement to the media, he will offer prayers at the famous Maa Siddheshwari temple in Medinipur at 12.30 pm and wish for the prosperity of all Indians.

He will also lay a wreath at the statue of freedom fighter Khudiram Bose and offer prayers at Devi Mahamaya temple, around 12 km from here, at 13.25 pm.

On Saturday afternoon, the Union Minister is also slated to visit Belijuri village in Medinipur to eat lunch with a farmer’s family.

He will address a public meeting at Medinipur College ground at 2.30 pm, and hold a review meeting on election management at ‘The Westin’ in Kolkata with other Union Ministers and BJP leaders at 7.30 pm.

On Sunday, Shah will also visit Visva Bharati University at Shantiniketan at 11 am and pay homage to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore at the Rabindra Bhavan there.

After giving another statement to the media, he will visit the Sangeet Bhavan on the university campus. At noon, he will deliver a speech at the Bangladesh Building Auditorium of Visva Bharati University.

Shah will then proceed to have lunch with a baul folk singer’s family at Shyambati in Paruldanga (Birbhum) at 12.50 pm. At 2 pm, Shah will lead a grand road show from the Hanuman Temple on the Stadium Road to Bolpur Circle in Bolpur.

Thereafter, he will address a press conference at the Shah Mohor Cottage Resort at Birbhum at 4.45 pm.

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Ex-PM Manmohan Singh and wife take Covid vax at AIIMS




Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife received Covid vaccine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Thursday, officials informed IANS.

Sources said that Singh and his wife had registered through the Co-WIN portal.

The 88-year-old former Prime Minister on Thursday joined many political leaders who have received the jabs against Covid-19 which is currently rolling out to population prioritised as per age and medical conditions.

Singh was the 13th PM of India who assumed the office for two full terms under the government run by United Progressive Alliance from 2004 till 2014.

The phase three of Covid vaccination covering 27 crore above 60 and those above 45 with comorbidities began from March 1. The drive took-off with Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving the vaccine at the AIIMS.

Since then, political leaders and celebrities have started taking the vaccination.

The previous two phases were started with the vaccination of around three crore of healthcare and frontline workers in India.

Vaccines are being provided free of charge at the government health facilities and on a payment basis in the private health facilities. All private hospitals can charge Rs 150 for vaccines and Rs 100 for service charges fixed by the central government.

As per the latest update, 1,66,16,048 (Thursday noon figure) doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16.

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Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon meet Arunachal Pradesh CM




Bollywood stars Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon met Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu before commencing the shoot for their new horror comedy “Bhediya”, along with the films unit.

Also present were Bamang Felix, Minister of Home and Interstate Affairs, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar and Commissioner to HCM Sonam Chombay.

The Amar Kaushik directorial also features Abhishek Banerjee and Deepak Dobriyal. “Bhediya” is scripted by National Award-winner Niren Bhatt.

Jio Studios & Dinesh Vijan present, “Bhediya”, which is slated to release in cinemas on April 14, 2022.

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Amit Shah and J.P. Nadda meet WB leaders to shortlist candidates




Initial discussion to shortlist names of the party candidates for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls started at BJP chief J.P. Nadda’ residence on Thursday.

Senior leaders from the state, party in-charge and co-in-charge for West Bengal were attending the meeting. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also reached Nadda’s residence.

BJP national vice president Mukul Roy, national general secretary and state in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya, co-in-charge Arvind Menon, state unit president Dilip Ghosh, and former close aide of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and former minister Suvendu Adhikari were present in the meeting.

BJP sources said that on wednesday core committee of the West Bengal party unit shortlisted the names of the probable candidates recommended by district units.

“In the meeting going at Nadda’s residence, list of probable names will further shorten before being submitted in the BJP’s Central Election Committee (CEC) which will select the candidates for the West Bengal polls,” he said.

The BJP’s CEC meeting is scheduled for Thursday evening in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend.

Sources said that in the party CEC meeting the first list of the BJP candidates for 60 Assembly constituencies will be finalised. Polling in these seats will be held in the first two phases on March 27 and April 1.

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