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Episode 681 June 22, 2022

Headlines at 8:30 PM on 22nd June 2022

You are listening to the Expresso News Update. Here is the latest news from The Indian Express.
Beginning today’s evening bulletin with the top national news: Addressing the state amid a political crisis with 34 rebel MLAs writing a letter to the Governor and Deputy Speaker endorsing Eknath Shinde as the Shiv Sena leader, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said he is ready to quit and leave the official residence allotted to the CM if there is an official statement from rebel MLAs. He said that he will give his resignation letter if the rebel members come and ask for it face-to-face and added that a blow by the own is what hurts the most. Earlier, 34 Shiv Sena MLAs, who are part of the breakaway faction, passed a resolution appointing Eknath Shinde as the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature party. In the resolution, they mentioned that “there is enormous discontent that amongst the cadre of the party viz. Shiv Sena for forming the government with NCP and Indian National Congress who are ideologically opposed to out party”.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh, who reportedly went ‘missing’ on Monday, returned to Maharashtra from Gujarat on Wednesday and said he supported Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The MLA from Balapur in Maharashtra’s Akola district told the media that there was a conspiracy by Gujarat police and others to kill him and said that he only went with Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde because he was “our minister”. Deshmukh is the second Shiv Sena MLA to ‘return’ to Maharashtra, where the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi government has plunged into a crisis after senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde’s revolt against his party. Earlier, Kailas Patil, the Sena MLA from Osmanabad, alleged that Shinde’s men hoodwinked him and tried to take him to Gujarat in a car but he escaped.
Next up: Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale, who was arrested last month for allegedly posting defamatory and derogatory poem against NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Facebook, has been granted bail by a Thane court. She is likely to be released from jail tomorrow. The actor had posted a Marathi poem on her Facebook profile, attributed to another person, that mentions only a surname (Pawar) and an age (80). But it also refers to the physical ailments the 81-year-old NCP leader suffers from. Chitale was booked under three FIRs by as many police stations — in Pune, Pimpri and Thane. It was the Thane Crime Branch that arrested her. Chitale, who is known for her controversial posts on social media, was held at Navi Mumbai. While she was being escorted in a police van from Kalamboli police station, a mob of NCP workers surrounded her and attempted to throw ink on her. Chitale was manhandled and some ink fell on her hand and clothes.
Putting all speculations to rest, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar welcomed the candidature of National Democratic Alliance’s Presidential nominee Droupadi Murmu. The Bihar CM said PM Narendra Modi had called him to inform the decision. The BJP Tuesday announced the name of former Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu as NDA’s candidate for the Presidential election which is slated to be held on July 18. The JD(U) leader’s statement attains significance as Nitish had voted in favour of UPA’s Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee in 2012 while he was in the NDA, and in 2017 had voted for the BJP’s pick Ram Nath Kovind even as his party was a part of the Grand Alliance. JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan Singh or Lalan Singh said the party has always worked for women empowerment.
In other news: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has sought more time from the Enforcement Directorate to appear before it in connection with the National Herald case. She is scheduled to appear before the ED on June 23. Initially, the ED issued a notice to Sonia asking her to appear before the agency for questioning on June 8. After she fell unwell, the agency had issued a fresh summons to her to appear on June 23. Sonia had to be hospitalised after she developed an infection in her lower respiratory tract and post-Covid complications. The ED has questioned Congress MP Rahul Gandhi five times between June 13 and June 21 in connection with the same case.
Shifting focus to international news: An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 killed at 1000 people in Afghanistan early on Wednesday, officials said, adding that 1500 people are likely to be injured according to state-run Bakhtar News Agency. The quake struck about 44 km (27 miles) from the city of Khost, near the Pakistani border, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGC) said. Most of the confirmed deaths were in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika, where 255 people had been killed and more than 200 injured, said interior ministry official Salahuddin Ayubi. In Khost province, 25 people had been killed and 90 taken to hospital, he said. The state-run Bakhtar news agency reported the death toll and said rescuers were arriving by helicopter. The news agency’s director-general, Abdul Wahid Rayan, wrote on Twitter that 90 houses have been destroyed in Paktika and dozens of people are believed trapped under the rubble.
Leading Indian-American scientist Dr Arati Prabhakar has been nominated by Joe Biden as a top science advisor to the US President, a decision hailed by the White House and the Indian-American community as “historic.” If confirmed by the Senate, Dr Prabhakar would make history as the first woman, immigrant, or person of colour to head Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. She will also be the latest highly-qualified professional from the Indian-American community to be named for a key position in the Biden administration. Once confirmed, she would also be Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. In this capacity, Dr Prabhakar will be the President’s Chief Advisor for Science and Technology, a co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and a member of the President’s Cabinet.
And finally: A new Chinese study about the relatively low risks associated with the omicron variant of the coronavirus has reignited discussion about whether the country’s aggressive response to COVID-19 cases is necessary. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday published a study that found that 22 of more than 33,000 patients hospitalized after testing positive for omicron developed severe illness. All of the patients who developed a more serious illness were older than 60 and had underlying medical conditions, according to the study, which was conducted from March 22 to May 3 at four Shanghai hospitals. Under the country’s “zero-COVID” policy — which shut down Shanghai for almost two months — a single positive test result can set off a lockdown of an entire apartment complex, confining hundreds and even thousands of residents to their homes for weeks with very little notice.

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Headlines at 8:30 PM on 22nd June 2022You are listening to the Expresso News Update. Here is the latest news from The Indian Express. Beginning today's evening bulletin with the top national news: Addressing the state amid a political crisis with 34 rebel MLAs writing a letter to the Governor and Deputy Speaker endorsing Eknath Shinde as the Shiv Sena leader, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said he is ready to quit and leave the official residence allotted to the CM if there is an official statement from rebel MLAs. He said that he will give his resignation letter if the rebel members come and ask for it face-to-face and added that a blow by the own is what hurts the most. Earlier, 34 Shiv Sena MLAs, who are part of the breakaway faction, passed a resolution appointing Eknath Shinde as the leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature party. In the resolution, they mentioned that “there is enormous discontent that amongst the cadre of the party viz. Shiv Sena for forming the government with NCP and Indian National Congress who are ideologically opposed to out party”. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh, who reportedly went ‘missing’ on Monday, returned to Maharashtra from Gujarat on Wednesday and said he supported Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The MLA from Balapur in Maharashtra’s Akola district told the media that there was a conspiracy by Gujarat police and others to kill him and said that he only went with Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde because he was “our minister”. Deshmukh is the second Shiv Sena MLA to ‘return’ to Maharashtra, where the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi government has plunged into a crisis after senior Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde’s revolt against his party. Earlier, Kailas Patil, the Sena MLA from Osmanabad, alleged that Shinde’s men hoodwinked him and tried to take him to Gujarat in a car but he escaped. Next up: Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale, who was arrested last month for allegedly posting defamatory and derogatory poem against NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Facebook, has been granted bail by a Thane court. She is likely to be released from jail tomorrow. The actor had posted a Marathi poem on her Facebook profile, attributed to another person, that mentions only a surname (Pawar) and an age (80). But it also refers to the physical ailments the 81-year-old NCP leader suffers from. Chitale was booked under three FIRs by as many police stations — in Pune, Pimpri and Thane. It was the Thane Crime Branch that arrested her. Chitale, who is known for her controversial posts on social media, was held at Navi Mumbai. While she was being escorted in a police van from Kalamboli police station, a mob of NCP workers surrounded her and attempted to throw ink on her. Chitale was manhandled and some ink fell on her hand and clothes. Putting all speculations to rest, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar welcomed the candidature of National Democratic Alliance’s Presidential nominee Droupadi Murmu. The Bihar CM said PM Narendra Modi had called him to inform the decision. The BJP Tuesday announced the name of former Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu as NDA’s candidate for the Presidential election which is slated to be held on July 18. The JD(U) leader’s statement attains significance as Nitish had voted in favour of UPA’s Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee in 2012 while he was in the NDA, and in 2017 had voted for the BJP’s pick Ram Nath Kovind even as his party was a part of the Grand Alliance. JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan Singh or Lalan Singh said the party has always worked for women empowerment. In other news: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has sought more time from the Enforcement Directorate to appear before it in connection with the National Herald case. She is scheduled to appear before the ED on June 23. Initially, the ED issued a notice to Sonia asking her to appear before the agency for questioning on June 8. After she fell unwell, the agency had issued a fresh summons to her to appear on June 23. Sonia had to be hospitalised after she developed an infection in her lower respiratory tract and post-Covid complications. The ED has questioned Congress MP Rahul Gandhi five times between June 13 and June 21 in connection with the same case. Shifting focus to international news: An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 killed at 1000 people in Afghanistan early on Wednesday, officials said, adding that 1500 people are likely to be injured according to state-run Bakhtar News Agency. The quake struck about 44 km (27 miles) from the city of Khost, near the Pakistani border, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGC) said. Most of the confirmed deaths were in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika, where 255 people had been killed and more than 200 injured, said interior ministry official Salahuddin Ayubi. In Khost province, 25 people had been killed and 90 taken to hospital, he said. The state-run Bakhtar news agency reported the death toll and said rescuers were arriving by helicopter. The news agency's director-general, Abdul Wahid Rayan, wrote on Twitter that 90 houses have been destroyed in Paktika and dozens of people are believed trapped under the rubble. Leading Indian-American scientist Dr Arati Prabhakar has been nominated by Joe Biden as a top science advisor to the US President, a decision hailed by the White House and the Indian-American community as "historic." If confirmed by the Senate, Dr Prabhakar would make history as the first woman, immigrant, or person of colour to head Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. She will also be the latest highly-qualified professional from the Indian-American community to be named for a key position in the Biden administration. Once confirmed, she would also be Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. In this capacity, Dr Prabhakar will be the President's Chief Advisor for Science and Technology, a co-chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and a member of the President's Cabinet. And finally: A new Chinese study about the relatively low risks associated with the omicron variant of the coronavirus has reignited discussion about whether the country’s aggressive response to COVID-19 cases is necessary. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday published a study that found that 22 of more than 33,000 patients hospitalized after testing positive for omicron developed severe illness. All of the patients who developed a more serious illness were older than 60 and had underlying medical conditions, according to the study, which was conducted from March 22 to May 3 at four Shanghai hospitals. Under the country’s “zero-COVID” policy — which shut down Shanghai for almost two months — a single positive test result can set off a lockdown of an entire apartment complex, confining hundreds and even thousands of residents to their homes for weeks with very little notice. "You were listening to the Expresso News Update by The Indian Express. Ask your digital assistant device to play the latest news from the Indian Express to stay up to date with the most accurate and reliable updates."
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