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News of the day: Delhi Assembly passes confidence motion, Rahul Gandhi-led 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra' enters Varanasi and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 17.02.24, 05:35 PM
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AAP is the biggest challenger to the BJP and that is why it is under attack from all sides, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said during a discussion on the motion of confidence he moved in the Budget session of the assembly. The Delhi chief minister, who is also the AAP convenor, said his government has a majority in the House but it needed to bring the motion of confidence because the BJP was trying to poach party MLAs and topple his government.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked BJP members to build the party's Lok Sabha poll campaign around its pro-poor work and the country's development and enhanced standing globally, asserting that winning 370 seats will be a true tribute to its key ideologue Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Addressing a meeting of the BJP's national office-bearers ahead of the start of the party's convention, he said every booth worker should now focus on polling booths and ensure at least 370 more votes for the party at each in the upcoming polls than in 2019.

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Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher demanded that the Centre should bring an ordinance on giving a legal guarantee to MSP, a key demand of farmers currently camping at the Shambhu and the Khanauri points of the Punjab-Haryana border. Stating that the Centre has a right to take 'political' decisions, Pandher said, "If it (Centre) brings an ordinance and it can bring it overnight, if it wants so.

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A six-member team of the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) visited Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district to ascertain complaints of child abuse in the politically troubled area. Villagers alleged that a seven-month-old child was snatched from her mother's lap and thrown away by miscreants in Sandeshkhali.

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Rahul Gandhi-led 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra' of the Congress entered Varanasi on the third day of its Uttar Pradesh leg. Apna Dal (Kamerawadi) leader Pallavi Patel and the Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA from Sirathu also joined the yatra in Varanasi.

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Border Security Force (BSF) and the Jammu and Kashmir Police conducted a joint search on Saturday for any possible cross-border tunnel along the International Border in Samba district, amid heightened security in the Union territory ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit next week, officials said. Police had recently announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh to anyone who helps in locating such tunnels used by 'anti-national elements.'

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has criticised jailed former prime minister Imran Khan and his party for seeking US intervention in the alleged 'rigging' of the February 8 polls, saying 'it goes against Pakistan’s sovereignty.' Khan on February 15 sought the help of the US with a special message to Washington that it should play a role and voice concern about his country's 'rigged' general elections.

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Floral tributes to Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's fiercest foe who died Friday in a Russian penal colony, were removed overnight by groups of unknown people while police watched, videos on Russian social media channels show. More than 100 people were detained in eight cities across Russia after they came to lay flowers in memory of Navalny, according to OVD-Info, a group that monitors political repression in Russia.

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Afghan women feel scared or unsafe leaving their home alone because of Taliban decrees and enforcement campaigns on clothing and male guardians, according to a report from the UN mission in Afghanistan. The Taliban have barred women from most areas of public life and stopped girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade as part of harsh measures they imposed after taking power in 2021.

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Two juveniles have been charged with crimes connected to the shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl rally, authorities said. The release said it is “anticipated that additional charges are expected in the future as the investigation by the Kansas City Police Department continues.”

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