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News of the day: BJP MPs elected to assemblies quit Parliament, Parts of Chennai remain inundated due to Cyclone Michuang and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 06.12.23, 06:36 PM
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Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Prahlad Singh Patel resigned from Lok Sabha as the BJP decided that all of its 12 MPs recently elected to state assemblies will quit Parliament, amid strong indications that they may join the new governments in Madhya Pardesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. BJP president J P Nadda accompanied 10 of them as they tendered their resignations from Parliament.

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Residents grappled with stagnant water and power disruption in parts of Chennai and its suburbs, two days after Cyclone Michuang wreaked havoc in the metropolis and neighbouring districts, even as civic agency personnel stepped up relief and rehabilitation efforts. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy directed Collectors of districts affected by the severe cyclonic storm 'Michaung' and superintendents of police to work towards restoring normalcy in a compassionate manner.

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As many as 72 out of 90 MLAs in the newly-elected Chhattisgarh legislative assembly are crorepatis, four more compared to the previous Vidhan Sabha. As many as 17 of the 90 MLAs in the newly elected Chhattisgarh assembly have declared criminal cases against themselves, with six facing serious charges like voluntarily causing hurt and criminal intimidation.

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Markets remained closed in Jaipur and some other districts of Rajasthan after a bandh call by the Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena to protest the killing of its chief Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi. The Rajasthan Police also carried out searches to nab the two accused who allegedly killed Gogamedi for 'backing' the enemies of gangster Rohit Godara -- said to be linked to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang -- who has taken responsibility for the murder in a Facebook post.

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Lok Sabha passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to nominate two members from the Kashmiri migrant community and one representing the displaced persons from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to the legislative assembly. The bills were passed after more than six hours of debate spanning over two days and a spirited reply by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

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Delhi Police are on alert after the US-based Khalistani supporter Gurpatwant Singh Pannun released a video message threatening to 'shake the very foundation of Parliament' on December 13 -- the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attack on Parliament. In the video, which also had a photo of the 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, the chief of the proscribed organisation Sikhs for Justice claimed that the Narendra Modi government tried to kill him and threatened to respond on December 13.

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United States has said it will wait to see the results of the investigation announced by India concerning allegations of the involvement of an Indian official in a plot to assassinate a separatist Sikh leader in the US. American prosecutors have linked an Indian official to a man charged with conspiring to assassinate Sikh separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on US soil.

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Centre has blocked over 100 websites involved in facilitating organised illegal investments related to economic crimes and task-based part-time job frauds. The Indian Cybercrime Coordination Centre (I4C), a wing of the Union Home Ministry, through its vertical National Cybercrime Threat Analytics Unit (NCTAU) had last week identified and recommended that these websites be blocked.

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Delhi High Court has asked a single judge to determine afresh the value of the ancestral house of Salman Rushdie at civil lines here which the globally renowned writer’s father had agreed to sell to a Congress leader in 1970 but the deal stalled due to a dispute between the two sides. The dispute had gone all the way to the Supreme Court, which on December 3, 2012 ruled in favour of former Congress leader Bhiku Ram Jain and directed the Rushdies to hand over the house to the Jains for the market price as on date of the order.

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Likening the restrictions imposed by the Taliban on women in Afghanistan to the treatment of Black people under apartheid in South Africa, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai has urged the international community to make 'gender apartheid' a crime against humanity. In the same way that whites in South Africa believed that it was in the natural order of things to separate Blacks, in Afghanistan, the Taliban say that oppressing girls and women is a matter of religion, she said.

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