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In this Indian Express Audio News Bulletin, we look at how to stall Sachin Pilot’s CM plan, 90 Ashok Gehlot loyalist MLAs resigned yesterday. Why did Gehlot loyalist MLAs go into a huddle beginning yesterday afternoon to register their opposition? We also look at another big story of the day: Despite a marked increase in the number of Covid-19 precaution doses administered after the government started offering the vaccine free to all adults beginning July 15, just over a fifth of the eligible population in the country has taken it. And Mukul Rohatgi tells The Indian Express why he declined Attorney General’s post. In some international news: Canada is trying to make sense of India’s recent advisory that noted “a sharp increase in incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities in Canada”.
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"Let us begin with the top political news: Cross over Congress high command’s ‘unilateral’ decision to opt for a Chief Minister without consulting them, around 90 MLAs loyal to Ashok Gehlot submitted their resignation to Rajasthan Assembly Speaker C P Joshi late on Sunday. Gehlot is expected to file his nomination papers for the party president’s post soon.
In an interview with The Indian Express on Thursday, the CM said that though the “one person, one post” principle in the party’s Udaipur Declaration did not apply to party positions for which elections are held, a person holding two posts would not be able to “do justice to the Congress presidency”.
"Meanwhile, despite a marked increase in the number of Covid-19 precaution doses administered after the government started offering the vaccine free to all adults beginning July 15, just over a fifth of the eligible population in the country has taken it. The 75-day drive for those eligible in the 18-59 years age group ends coming Friday (September 30).
So far, only 22.24 per cent of the adult population in the country has received the third precaution dose, with the coverage among those above 60 years more than double that of those in the 18-59 years bracket. So far, India has administered a total of 20.2 crore precaution doses."
"In a surprising turn of events, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who was learnt to have earlier conveyed his willingness to the government’s request to be Attorney General of India, has declined the offer.
“True,” he told The Indian Express when asked about the development. Asked what prompted him to change his mind, Rohatgi said there was “no specific reason”, and added that he had decided after “second thoughts”.
When it was pointed out that he had given his consent earlier, Rohatgi said: “That’s why I said on second thoughts. The notification is not out yet. So…”
"In other news: A provisional postmortem report of 19-year-old Ankita Bhandari, whose body was recovered from a canal Saturday six days after she allegedly went missing from a resort owned by a former BJP minister’s son in the Laxman Jhula area of Uttarakhand, has confirmed the cause of death was drowning and said there were antemortem injuries (injuries before death) on her body, suggestive of blunt force trauma.
The mortal remains of Ankita were cremated at NIT Ghat near Alakhnanda river in Srinagar, Pauri Garhwal, in the presence of police and administration officials.
"A batch of 55 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, who were stranded in Afghanistan, landed at IGI Airport, Delhi, Sunday.
The 55 people, including 38 adults, 14 children and three infants, were evacuated via a special flight organised by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Amritsar and now just 43 of them still remain in Afghanistan. Around 43 Hindus and Sikhs still remain in Afghanistan and nine e-visa applications are still pending with GoI. After their arrival, the evacuees proceeded towards Gurdwara Sri Guru Arjan Dev, New Mahavir Nagar, Delhi.
"In some international news: Ranked No. 12 on the 2022 Global Peace Index, Canada is trying to make sense of India’s recent advisory that noted “a sharp increase in incidents of hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities in Canada”. The leading daily here, Toronto Star, captured the bewilderment of many: “The language employed by Indian diplomats was that which one might expect to be used more to describe Iraq, Libya or Afghanistan”.
Recently, on September 12, an Indian student, Satwinder Singh, was fatally shot in a shooting rampage that resulted in two more deaths in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Toronto Police say they haven’t seen a notable increase in hate crimes targeting people of Indian or South Asian descent."
"At least 24 people, mostly children and women, were killed on Sunday after a boat carrying Hindu devotees to a centuries-old temple capsised in a river in northwestern Bangladesh, officials said.
The death toll is expected to rise further as at least 25 others are missing after the incident in Bangladesh’s Panchagarh district.
The devotees were heading towards the Bodeshwari Temple on the occasion of Mahalaya, the auspicious start of the Durga Puja festival when the boat capsised in the Korotoa River. Local officials were asked to take steps for survivors’ treatment and compensation for the dead.
"In news from the US: Three people, including two teenagers, were wounded by gunfire late Saturday at an amusement park southeast of Pittsburgh, which was kicking off a Halloween-themed festival.
Allegheny County police said a 39-year-old man and two 15-year-old boys sustained leg wounds in the gunfire shortly before 11 pm Saturday at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin. Park security responded along with local and county police who were working a security detail at the park.
Emergency responders took the man and one of the youths to a hospital, where the man was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and released.Both teens were listed in stable condition."
"Lastly, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all of Florida on Saturday as Tropical Storm Ian gained strength over the Caribbean and was forecast to become a major hurricane soon on a track toward the state.
DeSantis had initially issued the emergency order for two dozen counties on Friday. But he expanded the warning to the entire state, urging residents to prepare for a storm that could lash large swaths of Florida. “This storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to make their preparations,” DeSantis said in a statement. "
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