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Deadly floods uproot millions in Pakistan

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Heavy downpour continued to pummel parts of Pakistan already battered by calamitous floods of epic proportions, unleashing a fresh wave of death and destruction in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Balochistan and Sindh provinces.

Scores of people died in KP, where heavy rains for the second consecutive day triggered devastating floods in rivers and streams that also swept away several homes near their banks, hotels in hilly resorts, while Balochistan remained cut off from the rest of the country due to fresh rains, The Express Tribune reported.

The KP government declared rain emergency in several districts as flash floods triggered by torrential rains wreaked havoc in most parts of the province, raising the province-wide death toll to at least 238 people, officials said.

They added that rain emergency, which came into effect immediately, would remain in place till August 30 as the Pakistan Meteorological Department forecast another spell of monsoon downpour which might continue in the next week, The Express Tribune reported.

Fresh torrential rains pummelled different parts of the province on the second consecutive day.

Heavy downpour in Kaghan Valley triggered flash flood in the Munnawar Nullah that swept away 10 people, according to official data.

More than 10 shops, two hotels and eight vehicles were swept away in Mahandri due to severe flooding in the stream.

A mosque, two schools and a police post were also damaged.

The Kaghan highway was closed for traffic at many places, while people on the Kunhar river banks had moved away to safer places.

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Ajay Devgn, Jackie Shroff’s Singham Again Climax Scene LEAKED

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Ajay Devgn, Jackie Shroff's Singham Again Climax Scene LEAKED

The anticipation for Singham Again, directed by Rohit Shetty and starring Ajay Devgn in the lead role, is high ahead of its release. Several viral pictures and videos from the shoot have also raised the excitement of fans. The makers have promised that the film, a part of the popular Singham franchise, will deliver high-octane action and gripping storyline. Now, another video from the film’s shoot in Kashmir has been leaked on social media.

In the now-viral clip, it looks like Ajay Devgn arrested Jackie Shroff, who will be seen as the villain in Singham Again. Jackie’s character looks furious as he walks with Singham.

In May 2024, a behind-the-scenes video from the film’s shoot in Srinagar was also leaked. The clip showed Ajay in a choreographed fistfight with Jackie. They were spotted exchanging punches at a public place, with a crowd gathered in the background to witness the shoot.

A few weeks back, filmmaker Rohit Shetty shared his experience of shooting for Singham Again, with Ajay and Jackie in Kashmir. On his official Instagram account, the director had shared a video which gives a glimpse of the fun they had during the shoot. Besides several behind-the-pictures of the cast and makers, the clip also features photos of snow-capped mountains, Dal Lake and the streets of the picturesque location.

Rohit said that after the abrogation of Article 370, Kashmir is ‘peaceful’. He also called it “Naye Bharat Ka Naya Kashmir.”

The filmmaker tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the official Instagram account of Home Ministry and wrote, “Had the most amazing and emotional schedule. Thank you for the tremendous love Kashmir.”

Directed by Rohit Shetty, Singham Again also stars Arjun Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar, Tiger Shroff, and Ranveer Singh among others. It is the third installment of Rohit’s cop franchise.

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Nagpur: Man Pelts Stone At Banner With PM Narendra Modi’s Pic; Congress Leader

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Nagpur: A video has surfaced on the internet in which it can be seen that a man is throwing stones at the banner with the photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The viral video is said to have shot in Maharashtra’s Nagpur, where a man who is in his 30s can be seen throwing stones at the poster of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The video has been shared by Gujarat Congress leader

The video has been shared by Gujarat Congress leader Hitendra Pithadiya. Hitendra Pithadiya is the Chairman of the SC Department of the Gujarat Congress and also the former National Coordinator of the AICC.

Hitendra Pithadiya shared the video and criticised PM Modi

Hitendra Pithadiya shared the video and said, “So much hatred towards Narendra Modi in Nagpur!” It can be seen in the video that the man is throwing stones at the banner of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which is installed at a bus stop in Nagpur.

The poster was put up at the Chandramani Nagar bus stop

The poster was put up at the Chandramani Nagar bus stop in Nagpur. The man who is donning a white shirt is throwing stones in fit of rage at the Prime Minister.

A few onlookers were also seen filming the incident

Many people are seen standing and watching the man throw stones at the Prime Minister’s banner. A few onlookers were also seen filming the incident, which took place in broad daylight in front of a massive crowd. Traffic is also seen at a standstill and people are seen watching the man indulge in the act.

The banner is promoting Vikasit Bharat Sankalp Yatra

Nobody comes forward to stop the man from performing the shameful act. The banner that is put up at the bus stop is the one promoting the Vikasit Bharat Sankalp Yatra.

The Vikasit Bharat Sankalp Yatra is being held by BJP

The Vikasit Bharat Sankalp Yatra is being held by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) across the nation. The yatra kicked off on November 21 and will continue till January 26, 2024. Hitendra Pithadiya was in the news recently, allegedly for sharing an obscene image of Ram Temple priest.

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Mumbai: ‘Hospitals Crippled Due To BMC’s Neglect’, City Cong Launches Attack

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The BMC’s healthcare system has crippled as the tendering process of essential medical supplies and amenities for its hospitals is pending for the past one year due to the administration’s negligence, former Congress corporator Ashraf Azmi has alleged.

Congress corporators raise issue

Along with Azmi, addressing the media on the issue of BMC hospitals on Tuesday were former Congress corporators Sufian Vanu, Mohsin Haider, Asif Zakaria, Virendra Chaudhary, Sheetal Mhatre, and Ajanta Yadav. The Free Press Journal tried to reach out to assistant municipal commissioner Sudhakar Shinde but received no comment.

Supply of basic amenities crippled

Azmi said that the BMC has implemented a prescription-less policy but there has been no procurement from the central purchasing department affecting lakhs of people. He also alleged that the supply of basic amenities in hospitals, such as milk and food supplies, has also been crippled due to the administration’s laxity.

The Congress leader alleged that no drug has been scheduled through the central procurement authority, and the dean and medical officers end up buying essential medicines at higher rates from the open market everyday. “Moreover, every hospital is purchasing milk and food at different rates and under different conditions,” the corporations claimed.

Renovation underway since 5 years

In 2018, the municipality undertook the renovation of MT Agarwal Hospital, Shatabdi Hospital in Govandi, and Bhagwati Hospital in Borivali. Even after five years, these hospitals have not been renovated, as per the Congress corporators. They said that this year the administrators approved the purchase of life-saving endoscopic ultrasound medical equipment for KEM Hospital in Parel but the tender holder decided to cancel it. “The same goes for the supply of life-saving injections. The BMC is neglecting many such problems concerning citizens,” they said.

Former Corporators demand action

The former corporators have demanded strict action against officials who are cancelling contracts even after approval of the BMC administrator, and have sought the sacking of officials who do not finalise the tenders. Notably, the BMC had floated a tender for supply of medicines to municipal hospitals. However, only one or two suppliers responded to this tender. Most companies turned their backs on this tender process as the BMC has still to clear 20% of dues owed to the vendors, the corporators said.

However, a senior official from the public health department said, “For the first time in the history of the health department, we have got clear instructions from the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on buying additional medicines and other amenities for which we are spending additional Rs500-Rs1000 crore.”

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