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News of the day: Kamal Haasan's MMM joins DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu, YouTuber Elvish Yadav booked for assault and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 09.03.24, 05:40 PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the Congress would have taken 20 years to do the kind of development work which was executed by his government in the last five years in the Northeast. "The Northeast is going to become a strong link in India's trade, tourism and other relations with South Asia and East Asia. Today, projects worth over Rs 55,000 crore have been unveiled here," he said.

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Six years after its founding and fighting two elections by itself, actor Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) joined the ruling DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu and extended its support to the bloc for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Haasan and the ruling party President and Chief Minister M K Stalin finalised the deal at the DMK headquarters Anna Arivalayam in Chennai.

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Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu held second round of talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda as the two parties worked to seal their alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Rebel YSR Congress Party MP K Raghu Rama Krishna Raju said the alliance will soon be officially announced and said the coming together of the BJP, TDP, and Jana Sena Party is essential to rid the state of the "devil" ruling it -- a swipe at Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy-led party.

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In a jolt to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, senior leader and former Union minister Suresh Pachouri, ex-MP Gajendra Singh Rajukhedi and several others, including the party's former MLAs, joined the BJP in Bhopal. Former MLAs Sanjay Shukla, Arjun Paliya, Vishal Patel were among the leaders of the grand old party who also joined the ruling outfit.

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Ravichandran Ashwin took a famous five-wicket haul in his 100th Test as India thrived on the impatience of England batters for an emphatic innings and 64-run victory in the final chapter of an action-packed five-match contest, handing the visitors their heaviest defeat in the 'Bazball' era. England were bowled out for 195 towards the end of the afternoon session with Ashwin running through their reckless batting line-up to end with a match haul of nine wickets.

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BJP MP from West Bengal's Jhargram Kunar Hembram said he has resigned from his party for "personal reasons". "For the time being I will continue as MP as my tenure will end in two months. People will face problems if all of a sudden their MP quits," he said.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi underlined his party's resolve to conduct a caste census if voted to power, asserting that based on this right step along with economic mapping, the 50 per cent cap on reservation would be "uprooted". The caste survey conducted in Bihar revealed that 88 per cent of the poor population comes from Dalit, tribal, backward and minority communities, Gandhi said.

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Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) said it has arrested Jaffer Sadiq, a former DMK party functionary in Tamil Nadu, in connection with an international drugs trafficking investigation case estimated to be worth more than Rs 2,000 crore. he federal anti-narcotics agency has termed Sadiq as the "mastermind and kingpin" of this illicit network spread between India, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan decided to refer to the CBI the investigation into the recent death of a Veterinary University student that has rocked the state. A statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said that the father and relatives of the student -- 20-year-old Sidharthan J S -- came to meet Vijayan and demanded that the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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YouTuber Elvish Yadav and a few others with him allegedly assaulted a Delhi-based content creator in a shopping mall in Gurugram in Sector 53 area, police said. The complainant Sagar Thakur, a Delhi resident, also claimed that Yadav "tried to break his spine" and "threatened to kill him".

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