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News of the day: Congress poll body finalises names of 40 candidates; CBI searches residence, office of Shahjahan Sheikh and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 08.03.24, 05:46 PM
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Congress' Central Election Committee (CEC) on Thursday finalised the names of 40 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections including that of Rahul Gandhi from Kerala's Wayanad, sources said. Discussions were held on Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Sikkim, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya and Lakshwadeep.

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Several Indian nationals have been duped to work with the Russian Army and India has strongly taken up the matter with the Russian government for their early discharge, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said. "The CBI yesterday busted a major human trafficking network conducting searches in several cities and collecting incriminating evidence. A case of human trafficking has been registered against several agents," MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said at his weekly media briefing.

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Weeks before general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 100 per cylinder cut in cooking gas LPG price to ease financial burden on households. Prices vary from state to state depending on the incidence on local taxes.

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CBI sleuths searched the residence and office of suspended TMC leader Shajahan Sheikh in Sandeshkhali in connection with its probe into an attack on an ED team in the area, officials said. Sheikh, who has been suspended from the ruling Trinamul Congress, was arrested in a case related to a mob attack on ED officials at Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on January 5 when the central agency had gone to search his premises in connection with an alleged ration distribution scam.

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A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court will hear on March 11 an application filed by the State Bank of India (SBI) seeking extension of time till June 30 to disclose details of each electoral bond encashed by political parties before the scheme was scrapped in February. In a landmark verdict delivered on February 15, a five-judge constitution bench had scrapped the Centre's electoral bonds scheme of anonymous political funding, calling it "unconstitutional" and ordering disclosure by the Election Commission of the donors, the amount donated by them and the recipients by March 13.

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A cloth merchant from Kaul Bazaar in Ballari has been detained by the National Investigation Agency and Central Crime Branch in their joint investigation of the March 1 blast at the Rameshwaram Cafe here, sources said. Meanwhile, the investigation teams found that the man who planted bomb at the food joint on March 1 travelled from Bengaluru to Tumakuru, Ballari, Bidar and then Bhatkal, sources said.

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Philanthropist and author Sudha Murty was nominated to the Rajya Sabha, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauding her contribution in diverse fields. The former Chairperson of Infosys Foundation, the philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Infosys, said that she has never sought the position and had "absolutely no idea" why the government chose to nominate her.

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The flight carrying the mortal remains of an Indian worker, Patnibin Maxwell, killed by an anti-tank missile fired from Lebanon left for India, official sources said. Israel's Minister of Interior, Moshe Arbel, Director General of Population and Immigration Authority (PIBA), officials from the Israeli foreign ministry and senior diplomats from the Indian embassy attended a memorial send-off ceremony.

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US has revitalised its partnership with its allies and nations like India, Australia and Japan, US President Joe Biden said, amidst the rise of China, which he said is indulging in "unfair economic practices" and endangering peace across the Taiwan Strait. Biden, seeking re-election in November, said America is in a stronger position to win the competition for the 21st Century against China.

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Fourteen children participating in 'Shiv Barat' on the occasion of Mahashivratri in Kota sustained burn injuries on Friday late morning after getting electrocuted. Two of the children sustained 100 and 50 per cent burn injuries, respectively, while the rest 12 sustained less than 50 per cent injuries, a senior police official said.

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