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BJP to appoint new national president by December

The tenure of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) National President, JP Nadda, has come to an end. Although his term was extended until June 2024, he has now been assigned significant responsibilities within the government. As a result, the BJP is now in search of a new president, reported news agency ANI. The BJP aims to appoint a new national president by December this year. The election process for this position will commence on August 1. Before the election of the national president, a comprehensive membership drive will be conducted, along strengthening the district and state units, reported ANI. The process to elect a new BJP national president will begin on August 1. Initially, a membership drive will be launched, which will run until September 15. Following this, an active membership campaign will take place from September 16 to September 30. From October 1 to October 15, the verification of active membership will be conducted. According to the BJP party constitution, every member is required to renew their membership every nine years. This year, the membership campaign will require the Prime Minister, the party president, and all party leaders to renew their membership, reported ANI. From November 1 to November 15, the BJP will hold elections for the Mandal (local unit) presidents. This will be followed by district president elections from November 16 to November 30, reported ANI. Sources within the BJP indicate that after the Mandal and district president elections, members of the state council and central council will be elected. Only after these elections will the process for selecting the state presidents begin, reported ANI. The election process for state presidents will commence on December 1. Once the elections in 50 per cent of the states are completed, the official process to elect the national president will begin, reported ANI. This systematic and phased approach ensures that the BJP's organisational structure is robust and ready for the leadership transition. The upcoming elections are crucial for the party as it prepare for future political challenges and opportunities, reported ANI. Notably, Nadda has been appointed Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha. Nadda was elected Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat and holds the Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers portfolio in the Modi 3.0 cabinet, post 2024 Lok Sabha polls.  (With inputs from ANI)

14 July,2024 02:53 PM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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Wind is behind sails of INDIA bloc: P Chidambaram on by-poll results

Following the INDIA bloc's emphatic performance in the recently concluded by-polls in seven states, senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP P Chidambaram expressed confidence on Sunday that the "wind is behind the sails of the INDIA bloc," reported news agency ANI. In an interview with ANI, P Chidambaram said that the by-elections indicate that the 'mood' of the people is against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "The by-elections show that the mood of the people is against the BJP. But where the structure of the Congress party is weak, I'm afraid that the 'mood' alone would not help. We have to work in states where the structure of the party is weak," he said, reported ANI. "But by and large, the wind is behind the sails of the INDIA bloc," he added, reported  Out of the by-polls conducted in 13 assembly constituencies across seven states, the INDIA bloc emerged victorious with 10 seats, while the BJP settled for two seats, and an independent candidate bagged one seat. Assembly by-polls were held in Himachal Pradesh's Hamirpur, Nalagarh and Dehra; West Bengal's Raiganj, Ranaghat Dakshin, Bagda, and Maniktala; Badrinath and Manglaur in Uttarakhand; Jalandhar West in Punjab; Rupauli in Bihar; Vikravandi in Tamil Nadu; and Amarwara in Madhya Pradesh, reported  The INDIA bloc parties that fielded candidates in 13 assembly constituencies are -- the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), reported  In Himachal Pradesh, the Congress bagged two seats (Nalagarh and Dehra) while the BJP managed to win one seat--Hamirpur; the ruling TMC in West Bengal swept all four seats; the Congress bagged both of the seats in Uttarakhand; AAP secured the lone seat in Punjab; the DMK won the lone seat in Tamil Nadu; the BJP bagged the lone seat in Madhya Pradesh, whereas, the independent candidate won the lone seat in Bihar. Meanwhile, Congress MP P Chidambaram also spoke about the central government's announcement to observe 'Savidhan Hatya Diwas' on June 25 to mark the anniversary of the 'emergency', which was imposed in 1975 under the Indira Gandhi-led Congress government, reported  "Why is the BJP not going back to the 18th or 17th century? 75 per cent of the Indians living today were born after 1975. Emergency was a mistake and it was accepted by Indira Gandhi. We have amended the Constitution so that an emergency cannot be imposed so easily," said Chidambaram, reported  He further asked what's the point of debating over the rights and wrongs of the emergency 50 years later, while stressing that 'lessons have been learned from the past'. "What is the point of debating the rights and wrongs of the emergency 50 years later? The BJP must forget the past. We have learned the lessons from the past," he said, reported  Earlier this month, the central government, led by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), announced to observe 'Samvidhan Hatya Diwas' to mark the anniversary of the emergency. The decision has triggered a backlash, with opposition parties targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. The Emergency of 1975 in India stands as a stark chapter in the nation's history, marked by widespread political turmoil and civil liberties suppression. Declared by then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the Emergency saw the suspension of fundamental rights and the imposition of strict censorship, aiming to quell political dissent and maintain order. (With inputs from ANI)

14 July,2024 02:46 PM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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Violence has no place in any democracy: Kharge condemns attack on Trump

Congress National President Mallikarjun Kharge condemned the attack on former US President Donald Trump during the latter's rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday and said that he was 'deeply appalled' by the incident. The Congress President also emphasised that such violence has no place in any democracy and civilised society. The shooting incident, which occurred on Saturday during a rally being held by Donald Trump in Pennsylvania's Butler, claimed one life and left the former US President injured. Taking to 'X', Mallikarjun Kharge wrote, "Deeply appalled by the attack on former US President Donald Trump. I strongly condemn this heinous act." He also offered his condolences to the family of the deceased. "Such violence has no place in any democracy and civilised society. As India stands with the American people, we offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased," he added. The gunfire incident, occurring months before the 2024 US presidential elections, disrupted Trump's rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, CBS News reported. Trump was immediately escorted off stage by US Secret Service agents and taken away in a motorcade. In videos that went viral on social media, Trump could be seen bleeding from his ear, reported ANI. One spectator succumbed to the bullet injuries, CNN reported. Trump, taken away in a motorcade, held up a fist as he sat in the SUV. His motorcade departed Butler Memorial Hospital a little before 9:30 pm (local time), CBS News cited two sources. It was unclear where Trump was headed. Initially, he was scheduled to travel to his estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, before heading to Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention, which is set to begin on Monday, reported ANI. In a statement, the US Secret Service said a suspected shooter fired multiple shots towards the stage from an elevated position outside the Pennsylvania rally venue during Trump's campaign rally in Butler on July 13 at 6:15 pm (local time), reported ANI. The US Secret Service personnel neutralised the shooter, who is now dead. According to the statement, one spectator was killed, another critically injured, and the incident is being investigated.Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condemned the incident, stating he was "deeply concerned" for his friend, Donald Trump, reported ANI. Taking to 'X', PM Modi wrote, "Deeply concerned by the attack on my friend, former President Donald Trump. Strongly condemn the incident. Violence has no place in politics and democracies. Wish him a speedy recovery." The Prime Minister also condoled the loss of life during the Pennsylvania rally, adding, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, those injured, and the American people."  (With inputs from ANI)

14 July,2024 02:00 PM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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Deeply concerned by assassination attempt on Donald Trump, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress MP and Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in the Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi, condemned the shooting incident during a rally of former US President Donald Trump in Butler, Pennsylvania, which claimed one life and left Trump injured. Gandhi expressed that he was "deeply concerned" by the assassination attempt on the former US President and emphasised that such acts must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Taking to 'X' on Sunday, the Congress MP wrote, "I am deeply concerned by the assassination attempt on former US President Donald Trump. Such acts must be condemned in the strongest possible terms." Rahul Gandhi also wished Trump a quick recovery, adding, "Wishing him a swift and complete recovery." The gunfire incident, occurring months before the 2024 US presidential elections, disrupted Trump's rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, CBS News reported. Trump was immediately escorted off stage by US Secret Service agents and taken away in a motorcade. In videos that went viral on social media, Trump could be seen bleeding from his ear, reported news agency ANI. One spectator succumbed to the bullet injuries, CNN reported. Trump, taken away in a motorcade, held up a fist as he sat in the SUV. His motorcade departed Butler Memorial Hospital a little before 9:30 pm (local time), CBS News cited two sources. It was unclear where Trump was headed. Initially, he was scheduled to travel to his estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, before heading to Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention, which is set to begin on Monday, reported ANI. In a statement, the US Secret Service said a suspected shooter fired multiple shots towards the stage from an elevated position outside the rally venue during Trump's campaign rally in Butler on July 13 at 6:15 pm (local time). The US Secret Service personnel neutralised the shooter, who is now dead. According to the statement, one spectator was killed, another critically injured, and the incident is being investigated, reported ANI. Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condemned the incident, stating he was "deeply concerned" for his friend, Donald Trump. Taking to 'X', PM Modi wrote, "Deeply concerned by the attack on my friend, former President Donald Trump. Strongly condemn the incident. Violence has no place in politics and democracies. Wish him a speedy recovery." The Prime Minister also condoled the loss of life during the Pennsylvania rally, adding, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, those injured, and the American people." (With inputs from ANI)

14 July,2024 01:44 PM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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Deeply concerned by the attack on my friend: PM Modi condemns attack on Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed deep concern over the attack on former US president Donald Trump, and said violence has no place in politics and democracies. Trump's campaign said that he was "doing well" after an assassination attempt at his election rally in Pennsylvania. PM Modi said that he was "deeply concerned by the attack on my friend, former President Donald Trump." Taking to 'X', PM Modi wrote, "Deeply concerned by the attack on my friend, former President Donald Trump. Strongly condemn the incident. Violence has no place in politics and democracies. Wish him speedy recovery." Deeply concerned by the attack on my friend, former President Donald Trump. Strongly condemn the incident. Violence has no place in politics and democracies. Wish him speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, those injured and the American… — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 14, 2024 The Prime Minister also condoled the loss of life during the Pennsylvania rally. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, those injured and the American people", he added. The gunfire incident, which comes months before the 2024 US presidential elections, disrupted Trump's rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, as reported by CBS News. Trump was immediately escorted off stage by US Secret Service agents and taken away in a motorcade, reported news agency ANI. In the videos that went viral on social media, Trump could be seen bleeding from his ear. One of the spectators also succumbed to the bullet injuries, as reported by CNN. Meanwhile, former US President Donald Trump, in his first account of being shot at during a rally in Pennsylvania, has said that the bullet fired at him "pierced" the upper part of his right ear. Trump said that he immediately knew something was wrong, reported ANI. He also thanked the US Secret Service and law enforcement for their rapid response to the shooting that just took place in Pennsylvania's Butler. He also offered condolences to the family of a person who was killed at the rally and the person who was injured, reported ANI. Trump was taken away in a motorcade. He held up a fist as he sat in the SUV. His motorcade departed Butler Memorial Hospital a little before 9:30 pm (local time), CBS News reported, citing two sources. It was unclear where Trump was headed. Initially, he was scheduled to travel to his estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, before travelling to Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, reported ANI. In a statement, the US Secret Service said that a suspected shooter fired multiple shots towards the stage from an elevated position outside of the rally venue during Trump's campaign rally in Butler on July 13 at 6:15 pm (local time), reported ANI. The US Secret Service personnel neutralised the shooter, who is now dead. According to the statement, one spectator was killed and another was critically injured and the incident is being investigated, reported ANI. Political bigwigs, including President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and former President Barack Obama, have also condemned the incident. (With inputs from ANI)

14 July,2024 01:33 PM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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Maharashtra: Leopard rescued from MSEB office in Khed

In a coordinated rescue effort, Wildlife SOS and the Maharashtra Forest Department successfully rescued a 3-year-old female leopard from the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) substation office in the Khed forest range near Pune. The leopard is currently receiving treatment. Workers at the Maharashtra State Electricity Board substation office were taken aback when they discovered a leopard on the property. They quickly closed the entrance to contain the animal and called the forest department for emergency help. Recognising the urgency of the situation, the forest department contacted Wildlife SOS for assistance. The rescue operation, which lasted approximately 2.5 hours, involved sedating the leopard to ensure the safety of both the animal and the rescue teams. Upon examination, it was found that the leopard had sustained injuries and is currently receiving veterinary care. Dr Avinash Visalkar, Veterinary Officer at Wildlife SOS, said, “The leopard is receiving the necessary treatment that will ensure her full recovery. We will have to observe her carefully for a while to assess her condition.” Sandesh Patil, Assistant Conservator of Forests, Junnar Division, said, “The rescue of this female leopard highlights the importance of concerted efforts in preventing potentially negative human-leopard encounters. We commend the dedicated efforts of the forest department officials and Wildlife SOS in providing assistance to the feline.” Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, stated, “Incidents like these underscore the growing conflicts between big cats and expanding human infrastructure. It is crucial that we continue to work together to ensure that wild animals like this leopard have safe spaces to live in their natural habitats.”

14 July,2024 11:31 AM IST | Mumbai | Ranjeet Jadhav
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Uttar Pradesh: Fire at car showroom in Bulandshahr, several vehicles destroyed

A fire broke out in a car showroom in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr on Saturday evening, leaving several vehicles gutted, officials said. According to fire department officials, they received information at 9.15 pm about the fire in Mahindra's showroom. Immediately, two fire tenders were dispatched to the scene. "It was found that a large number of vehicles were parked on the ground floor, with 3 to 4 vehicles burning. Additionally, accessories on the first floor had caught fire. Given the severity of the situation, we called for more fire tenders. The situation is now under control," Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Parmod Sharma said. He further explained that the rescue operation was delayed due to late information received from the watchman. "The watchman noticed the smoke around 6:15 PM but delayed reporting it as he was busy informing the owners. As a result, 6 to 7 vehicles were burned. However, several vehicles were saved from damage," Sharma added. The CFO noted that the fire was likely caused by a short circuit. "It seems the fire was due to a short circuit, possibly because computers inside the office were left on, leading to the short circuit," he said. Sharma also mentioned that many luxury vehicles were parked in the showroom, and losses would be assessed in the morning. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

14 July,2024 09:14 AM IST | Uttar Pradesh | ANI
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Gujarat: Heavy rain causes water level rise in Madhuban dam

The water level in Madhuban dam increased due to heavy rains in Valsad on Saturday, according to the Disaster Management Authority. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the district on Sunday. Disaster Management Officer Naseem Sheikh said, "Due to heavy rain in Valsad district, many low-lying areas have been inundated, and the national highway was also flooded. Teams from disaster cells were deployed to drain the water from these areas. Additionally, the heavy rains caused the water level in Madhuban Dam to rise." Sheikh further explained that water was released from the dam in response to the rising levels. "In the morning, 10,000 cusecs of water were released from the dam, and in the evening, 50,000 cusecs were released. Due to overtopping, 48 streets across the district were closed, and the police control room was notified to restrict movement in those areas." IMD Gujarat has forecasted heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places, with extremely heavy falls expected in the South Gujarat region, including Navsari, Valsad, and Daman, as well as in Dadra and Nagar Haveli. "Heavy to very heavy rains are very likely at isolated places in the districts of the Gujarat region, including Navsari, Valsad, and Daman, Dadra and Nagar Haveli; in the Saurashtra region, including Amreli, Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, and Diu. Heavy rains are also likely at isolated places in the districts of the Gujarat region, including Panchmahal, Chhotaudepur, Narmada, Surat, Dangs, and Tapi, and in Saurashtra, including Rajkot and Junagadh," IMD Gujarat predicted for Sunday. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

14 July,2024 08:58 AM IST | Valsad | ANI
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Violence erupts in Tripura: Homes and shops torched

Many houses and shops were either looted or set ablaze after violence erupted in Tripura's Ganda Twisa subdivision (formerly known as Gandacherra) under the Dhalai district following the death of a tribal youth on July 12. Violence and arson were reported from around five locations on the outskirts of the main Ganda Twisa market. IG Law and Order, Tripura Police, Soumitra Dhar, and the Superintendent of Police have been camping in the area since Friday night. Additional security forces have been deployed since Saturday morning to prevent further escalation of the violence. Speaking exclusively to ANI, Subdivisional Magistrate of Ganda Twisa, Chandra Joy Reang, said, "According to the preliminary survey, incidents of arson have been reported from multiple locations within the jurisdiction of the subdivision. We have formed two teams for damage assessment, comprising the Deputy Collector, Magistrate, and Tehsildars. These teams are on the ground inspecting and assessing the losses incurred by the people." He said that as per the preliminary survey report, six houses were set ablaze in the 20-card area. "At Narayanpur, 11 shops were torched, and one shop was looted. In the 33 KV area, two shops were torched. At MR Das Para, three shops were looted, and two motorcycles were set on fire. In the 30-card area, 12 houses were set on fire. In the 7-card area, 20 shops suffered damage. At Durgapur, one house, one motorcycle, and a four-wheeler were set on fire. We have successfully contained further escalation of the violence with prompt action from the administration. However, we are waiting for the final report," he added. Regarding the incident on Friday night, he said, "It was a very unfortunate incident, even though we had taken measures. We imposed prohibitory orders under the new law, BNSS section 163, and clamped a curfew in advance. Adequate forces arrived. The SP of the district has been camping here since Friday, and the IG of Law and Order also arrived last night. The DM and Collector of Dhalai district are monitoring the situation from Ambassa, the district headquarters. All of our forces are deployed in vulnerable and sensitive locations. Despite that, the situation went out of control in some places. We are leaving no stone unturned to restore normalcy." Meanwhile, the attacks have left many families of non-tribal origin incurring huge financial losses. In some places, residential houses were ransacked. Shops, motorcycles, cattle, and other valuable items were either vandalized or destroyed in the violence. One of the victims of the violence is Archana Chowdhury. Her mud-walled house was destroyed by assailants who entered their locality on Friday evening. Narrating her ordeal, Chowdhury said, "We heard that a youth was thrashed at a local fair, and since then, the situation started to worsen. He was shifted to GB Pant Hospital, Agartala, where he died. We heard the news of his death while at the MGNREGA work site. Soon after, all of us returned home and stayed there the whole day. At around 7:30 p.m., the violence started and continued till 3 o'clock in the morning. We returned home in the morning to find our houses destroyed and packs of ripe paddy burnt to ashes." Another victim of the violence is Parimal Das. His cattle shed was torched by the attackers, leaving 10 out of 11 cows dead. He said his cows were burnt alive. "We didn't know anything. Motorcycle and car-borne miscreants came Friday night and set our home on fire. We had 11 cows in the shed, only one calf survived. The losses I have suffered would exceed Rs 2.5 lakh. We urge the government to support us in this time of need," he told ANI. He said they were at another house when the attackers entered their property, leaving no time to release the cows. It should be noted that the violence erupted after the death of Parameshwar Reang, a resident of Ganda Twisa subdivision. He was attacked at a local fair and suffered grave injuries on July 7. He died on July 12. All four accused persons involved in the attack have already been arrested. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

14 July,2024 08:55 AM IST | Tripura | ANI
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Asaduddin Owaisi speaks out after MHA gives powers to J&K’s governor

The Union Home Ministry’s notification on Jammu and Kashmir granting more powers to the Lieutenant Governor was issued by the Centre, anticipating that the BJP will not be able to form a government there if elections are held, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said on Saturday. “In anticipation that after elections (if they are held) the BJP will not be able to form a government almost all powers have been “gifted” to LG. The elected government will be a lame duck and will have no say in postings, security etc. It will be much like Puducherry,” he opined. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

14 July,2024 07:20 AM IST | Hyderabad | Agencies
Uttarakhand Congress President Karan Mahara celebrates with party workers after party’s victory in the State Assembly by-elections, in Dehradun, Saturday. Pic/PTI

A good day for the BLOC(K) parties

In a boost to the INDIA bloc, its constituents won 10 of the 13 assembly seats where by-elections were held in seven states, while the BJP managed to bag two and an Independent pocketed one seat as votes were counted on Saturday. The Congress won four seats—two in BJP-ruled Uttarakhand and two in Himachal Pradesh. The TMC bagged all the four seats in West Bengal while the AAP won the Jalandhar West seat in Punjab and the DMK emerged victorious in the Vikravandi constituency in Tamil Nadu. The BJP won the Hamirpur seat in Himachal Pradesh while Independent candidate Shankar Singh clinched the Rupauli seat in Bihar. Voting was held in these seats on July 10. The Congress hailed the results, saying they “reflect the changing political climate in the country” and it has now become clear that the web of “fear and illusion woven by the BJP has been broken”. West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee thanked the people and said the party will dedicate win to the “martyrs” on its July 21 Martyrs’ Day rally. Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin referred to the INDIA bloc’s good show and said BJP should learn lessons from its defeats. “BJP must realise that without respecting regional sentiments it cannot run the government and the party,” he said. He described his party’s victory as people’s “thanksgiving” to DMK regime’s welfare schemes. Hailing the victory in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Mohan Yadav said the people have reposed their faith in the BJP government’s “guarantee of trust”. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

14 July,2024 07:18 AM IST | New Delhi | Agencies
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