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Two political leaders from diverse backgrounds and before them lie two paths— one leads to power and the other back to his roots. While one has taken almost a year to make up his mind, the other changed his in a month’s time. Their paths may never cross but time will be the judge of their choices.
It took exactly a month for rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot to lower his banner of revolt and meet the Gandhis in Delhi, just days before the Rajasthan Assembly session.
How did it go? Sources close to Pilot said that he could get a shot at the CM job closer to the Assembly polls due in December 2023. A high-level panel will also be set up to address issues he raised.
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Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) president Shah Faesal, who has been under detention for close to a year, has quit politics. “I did not want to lead Kashmiris down the garden path and raise unrealistic expectations,” he said.
What’s next? A doctor-turned-bureaucrat, Faesal had earlier resigned from the civil services but his resignation has not been accepted by the government, leaving the door open for his return to the old job.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee was put on ventilator support on Monday after he underwent surgery to remove a clot in his brain, sources said. Hours before the surgery, Mukherjee, 84, said he had also tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The Army said it will probe the encounter of three “militants” after their families came forward to say they were all cousins, one of them reportedly 16 years old, who had gone to Kashmir for work.
An IL&FS group company gave over Rs 52 crore to an influential Pune-based businessman, which he then used to repay his initial loan to the very same IL&FS company. That businessman is Sarang Kale and two of his companies figure in the chain of transactions red-flagged in the forensic audit conducted by Grant Thornton.
The deadline to file objections and suggestions by the public in the controversial clauses in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) draft 2020 is ending today. According to Officials, out of the 4-5 lakh responses the Ministry has received, many have asked to withdraw the notification entirely.
Seeing that there are chances of return of the 18 rebel Congress MLAs in Rajasthan, led by former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, to the party fold, the BJP is now taking efforts to keep its flock together ahead of the Assembly session on August 14.
- Actor Rhea Chakraborty has submitted before the Supreme Court that Bihar Police has no jurisdiction in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, and had usurped it “under political pressure”.
- SC will continue to hear the criminal contempt of court case against Advocate Prashant Bhushan over remarks made in an interview to Tehelka magazine in 2009.
- A massive landslide last week which crushed a settlement of 83 tea estate workers in Idukki, Kerala, has claimed 49 lives so far.
- The BJP-led coalition government in Manipur won the confidence motion moved by CM N Biren Singh through a voice vote in the monsoon session of the Assembly.
As the infection surges in Andhra Pradesh and the regular hospitality industry remains shuttered, ‘Covid care hotels’ have become a booming business here and in neighbouring Telangana, catering to hundreds of people who have the resources for treatment or quarantine in these rooms.
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