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National Herald case: Sonia at ED office, questioning underway

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday joined the probe of Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the National Herald case.

She reached the ED’s headquarters at around 12.10 p.m. and was being questioned by a team of Additional Director Monika Sharma.

Sonia Gandhi wrote her name and signed the ED’s register.

She reached the ED headquarters accompanied by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

A few minutes later Rahul Gandhi left the ED office while Priyanka remained at the headquarters and had a medicine box for her mother.

Priyanka had requested to be present at the ED headquarters during the questioning of her mother. The ED allowed the move, but said that she will have to be in a different room.

Sources have suggested that Sonia Gandhi will be asked the same set of questions which were asked to Rahul Gandhi during his five-day questioning.

Her questioning, which was scheduled to take place on June 23, was postponed on her request as she was not keeping well.

“We have to ask about her role in the deal between Young India and Associated Journal Ltd (AJL),” the sources said.

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Lucknow: Sanjeev Jiva Shooter Thrashed By Angry Lawyers Amid Police Presence, Visuals Surface

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Lucknow: In Lucknow, lawyers at the city’s court took matters into their own hands on Wednesday by assaulting the shooter of Sanjeev Jeeva while he was being escorted by the UP Police. The lawyers’ anger stemmed from the shooter’s actions, which included injuring a young girl and firing shots within the court premises. This incident has raised concerns about the security of lawyers and judges, as miscreants have now started targeting individuals inside courtrooms, putting their lives at risk.

Dreaded gangster and aide of Don Mukhtar Ansari, Sanjeev Maheshwari alias Jeeva was shot dead inside a civil court in Lucknow Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.  The attackers in the dress of lawyer opened fire at Jeeva while he was brought to the Lucknow court from district jail. The incident occurred at 3.50 PM when 10 police men brought Jeeva from district jail and while he was about to enter the courtroom the assailants opened fire. 

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Hottest Heatwave In 11 Years Strikes Bihar, Temperatures Soar Beyond 44°C

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As the mercury surpassed 44 degrees Celsius in at least 10 districts of Bihar, smashing the previous 11-year record, a severe heatwave engulfed the state. On June 7, Bihar experienced its warmest maximum temperature in 11 years. Heatwave conditions are present in 29 districts of the state as a result of the ongoing temperature increase.

Severe heatwave warning issued

In 11 districts, including Patna, Purnia, West Champaran, Supaul, Araria, Bhagalpur, East Champaran, Sheikhpura, Khagaria, and Katihar, a severe heatwave is expected to last until Thursday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Additionally, these areas saw hot, strong winds with speeds between 13 and 21 km/h. In the meantime, the state’s top temperature exceeded 44 degrees Celsius in ten districts. The weather service has issued a severe heatwave warning for 13 regions of the state through June 10, citing no appreciable relief in the following days. However, the next few hours are likely to see very light rain.

Heatwave conditions in multiple regions

The IMD’s forecast specifies the areas where heat wave conditions are expected to prevail. It states that there is a high likelihood of heat wave to severe heat wave conditions in certain locations.

These include Bihar, with severe heat wave conditions in some places, as well as isolated pockets of heat wave conditions in northeast Jharkhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. According to the IMD, maximum temperatures in parts of northwest India are expected to rise by 3-5 degrees Celsius in the next few days.

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‘Congress lost elections due to Ajit Jogi’: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

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Despite Bilaspur being Congress stronghold, we failed to win enough seats from Bilaspur, said Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel while addressing Division level conference in Bilaspur on Wednesday.   

We won only two seats in Bilaspur, we lost the election in Mungeli. In comparison to Bilaspur, Congress performance in the districts Raigarh, Korba and Janjgir was better.

Jogi responsible for Congress’ bad performance in Bilaspur: Baghel

He blamed former CM Ajit Jogi for the Congress’ inferior performance in Bilaspur and said, in coming elections, Congress has to rectify its scorecard.

He indicated the quitting of Jogi from Congress proved a boon for the party in assembly elections 2018.

Whatever transformation it was seen in the Congress party in Chhattisgarh is due to the resignation of Jogi from the party.

Congress did not win because of Jogi, says Baghel

As long as he was in the Congress, the Congress did not win the elections. People started saying Congress will be blessed again with people’s mandate only if Jogi is removed from the party. After being removed from the Congress, the government was formed in Chhattisgarh with a majority, then won all the three by-elections (Chitrakoot, Dantewada and Marwahi), CM Baghel said.

For making this significant contribution to the Congress party, I thank Ajit Jogi ji again and again, the CM said.

But the coming days are bright from the Congress party, the CM said.

BJP afraid of Rahul Gandhi: Baghel

Now, his focus is how to make the party stronger and improve its performance in the coming assembly election. Therefore, after the Bilaspur conference, the Division level conference will be held in Durg, the CM indicated and clarified that his agenda is to overcome the hurdles so the party becomes stronger. However, after spe­a­k­ing on party affairs, the CM attacked BJP and said, BJP is afraid of Rahul Gandhi.

He also taunted Amit Shah visit and said, last time Shah gave slogan 65 paar, it was for the Congress.

Dr. Charandas Mahant, Speaker of Chhattisgarh Assembly also addressed the conference and said, there are 24 seats in the Bilaspur division, but due BSP incre­ased strength, the contest became triangular and Congress started losing elections.

However, apart from speaking on seat equation, Mahant remembered, Congress former State President Nandkumar Patel and his son’s martyrdom in Jheeram ghati massacre.

He appealed to the congressmen to work hard to ensure the victory.

Tickets will be given based on survey: Markram

Meanwhile, during the session, State President Mohan Markam made it clear, tickets will be provided to the potential aspirants based on survey report and their presence in the ground.

He also taunted that for four and half years, the BJP leaders were inside their burrows but now as the elections approached closer, the BJP leaders started mushrooming.

Congress in-charge Selja also addressed the audience and appealed to them to work unitedly to form the Congress government.

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