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20:54 IST, October 24th 2021
Amit Shah Inspects BSF Bunkers Along International Border

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday visited the India-Pakistan International Border where he was briefed by the Border Security Force (BSF) ADG and other officials over PAK Terror Tunnel Module through which Pakistan usually pushes terrorists into the Indian territory.

The Union Home Minister also visited and inspected three Army Bunkers later in the day and met the families and the residents at the international border. He took to Twitter and wrote, "Visited Maqwal, the last village on the border of India in Jammu, to know the condition of the villagers."


20:50 IST, October 24th 2021
NCB's Sameer Wankhede Writes To Mumbai CP, Seeks Protection from legal action

NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, who is at centre of a political storm over the recent drugs bust case, wrote a letter to Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale on Sunday, requesting him to "ensure that no precipitate legal action is carried out to frame him with ulterior motives."

In his letter to the CP, Wankhede stated that some precipitate legal action was being taken to frame him falsely in connection with bribery allegations of an independent witness in the Aryan Khan case. He further mentioned that threat of jail and dismissal have been issued against him by highly respectable public functionaries. 

20:50 IST, October 24th 2021
NCB to probe bribery allegations against Wankhede

The Narcotics Control Bureau announced on Sunday that it will investigate the bribery allegations leveled by a witness against its Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede in the Aryan Khan case. NCB's Deputy Director General (DDG) Mutha Jain is expected to record Wankhede's statement while vigilance head Gyaneshwar Singh will carry out the investigation. He will analyze the evidence against Wankhede if any and will make a comprehensive report to file before NCB Director General SN Pradhan. 

20:50 IST, October 24th 2021
Nawab Malik Demands SIT Probe Into Bribery Claims

NCP leader and Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik will meet Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to discuss the bribery allegations levelled against NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede. As per sources, Malik will meet the CM and Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil to demand an SIT investigation in the case. 

17:24 IST, October 24th 2021
NCB reacts to claims that its detective demanded Rs 25 crore from SRK

In a sensational development to the Aryan Khan case, an independent witness has alleged that a private detective of the Narcotics Control Bureau demanded Rs 25 crores from Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan to release his son. 

In an affidavit, Prabhakar Sail alleged that KP Gosavi spoke to Sam on the phone and asked him to demand "Rs 25 crores (from SRK) and later settle at 18 crores because they have to give 8 crores to Sameer Wankhede." Gosavi is the same detective whose selfie with Aryan Khan had gone viral following the latter's arrest. 

NCB Zonal director Sameer Wankhede however has flatly denied Prabhakar's allegations. In a statement released on Sunday, the Narcotics Control Bureau has released a statement on the witness' allegations against.

16:36 IST, October 24th 2021
Jammu, Srinagar to get metro rail in 2 years: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced on Sunday that a metro network would come up after two years in Jammu and Srinagar, while airports are being upgraded at the moment. 

Addressing a public rally in Jammu's Bhagwati Nagar area, Shah said Rs 12,000 crore worth of investment has already come to the union territory and the government aims to invest a total of Rs 51,000 crore by the end of 2022.

16:36 IST, October 24th 2021
Aryan Khan case twist: NCB officer Wankhede to address media on NCP controversy

NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede will hold a media conference to clarify his stand on the series of allegations levelled by the Nationalist Congress Party, following the Mumbai Cruise Drugs Bust, in which Aryan Khan was arrested. Wankhede has, on several occasions denied the extortion charges levelled by NCP's Nawab Malik.

15:05 IST, October 24th 2021
Aryan Khan case twist: NCB declines allegations against Sameer Wankhede

NCB Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede has denied allegations stating a witness was made to sign blank papers and there was a level of extortion. NCB has said that allegations are baseless. Senior NCB officials are also expected to address media soon. 

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15:00 IST, October 24th 2021
Lalu Yadav confirms Mahagathbandhan split: 'should we leave seats to Congress to lose?'

Ahead of his return to Patna six months after getting bail in a fodder scam case, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday, rubbished any alliance with Congress itself - burying the Mahagathbandhan. Slamming Congress' poor poll performance, he questioned if he was expected to give seats to Congress to lose. RJD's ally Congress has ended its 'Mahagathbandhan', announcing that it will contest on all 40 Lok Sabha seats in the 2024 elections.


14:21 IST, October 24th 2021
Amit Shah in Jammu: Time of injustice is over

In his first address after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah slammed those who asked for the math of what BJP has done in the Union Territory. 

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12:59 IST, October 24th 2021
PM Modi's 82nd Mann Ki Baat address: All you need to know

PM Modi's 82nd Mann ki Baat; Key takeaways:

  • PM interacted with health workers of Uttarakhand's Bageshwar as the area was one of the first places that had vaccinated 100% of its population. 
  • PM paid his respects his Sardar Patel ahead of his birth anniversary and mentioned his idea of living life has taught Indians a lot of lessons. 
  • Prime Minister acknowledged United Nation's Day which is marked today, October 24 and hailed India's efforts towards world peace and global wellness.
  • The Prime Minister also remembered Indian freedom fighter Bhagwan Birsa Munda ahead of his Jayanti and said that he was proud of his own culture, cared for the environment and fought injustice.
  • PM Modi assured that India will play a key role in making our planet a better place.
  • Talking about gender equality, the Prime Minister highlights=ed the increasing participation of women in the police forces and also pointed out the contribution of all police personnel. 
  • India's drone policy: 'Youngsters and the world of start-ups are very interested in this subject,' added PM Modi while adding that the new policy has shown great results. 
  • The two significant topics of cleanliness and 'vocal for local' ahead of Diwali celebrations was also emphasised by the Prime Minister. 
12:52 IST, October 24th 2021
Amit Shah reaches IIT, Jammu, to address rally shortly

On day 2 of the Home Minister's three-day journey to Jammu and Kashmir, Amit Shah reached Jammu and initial visuals showed him understanding the facilities provided in the institution. The Home Minister will soon address a public rally.


12:26 IST, October 24th 2021
Amit Shah reaches Jammu, to pay homage to Pulwama martyrs, address public rally

Home Minister Amit Shah reached Jammu on the second day of his three day visit to the valley region. Several convoys were seen passing by the airport as the Home Minister landed. Several significant events are lined up including public address from IIT, Jammu. Meanwhile, the Home Minister is also scheduled to pay homage to Pulwama martyrs. 


12:20 IST, October 24th 2021
ITBP Raising Day 2021: PM Modi, BSF, other ministers extend wishes on 60th Raising Day

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is commemorating its 60th Raising Day on Sunday, October 24. On this occasion, the Indian Army, the Border Security Force (BSF) as well as other dignitaries have conveyed warm wishes and greetings for their tremendous dedication to ensuring security on the borders of the nation. ITBP took to their official Twitter handle to salute the Nation on the 60th Raising Day of the Force. It reads, “Himveers salute the nation on the 60th Raising Day of Indo-Tibetan Border Police bravery, perseverance, devotion”.

12:17 IST, October 24th 2021
Manish Tewari slams Harish Rawat over Punjab infighting: 'disgusted by daily soap opera'

Frustrated with the Congress infighting in Punjab, Congress MP Manish Tewari on Sunday, stated that he had never seen this level of anarchy in Congress through his 40 years political career. Tewari slammed the open defiance of AICC, colleagues squabbling publicly with each other, guttural language against MLAs amid the Congress upheaval. Congress has been mired in infighting since Navjot Singh Sidhu rebelled against ex-CM Capt Amarinder Singh and now CM Charanjit Singh Channi. Punjab goes to polls in February 2022. 


11:02 IST, October 24th 2021
PM Modi addresses Mann ki Baat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his 82nd edition of Mann ki Baat and talked about 100 crore COVID-19 vaccination feat. 

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10:06 IST, October 24th 2021
Pakistani LeT terrorist could not be extracted from investigating site amid fresh encounter

A Pakistani LeT terrorist Zia Mustafa who was suspected of helping terrorists hiding in Poonch was taken to Bhata Durian for identification of terrorist hideout however fresh encounter broke out as terrorists fired upon the team of police & army personnel. Mustafa also sustained injuries & he could not be extracted from the site due to heavy fire, informed J&K Police.


09:23 IST, October 24th 2021
Amit Shah flags off Srinagar-Sharjah flight

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday flagged off the Srinagar-Sharjah international flight route from J&K's Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport. Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia joined the inauguration online from New Delhi.

“We declare it open from today. This will help in boosting tourism and bring more investment in the Union Territory,” Shah said while inaugurating the flight service.

Wadia group-run airline Go First on Saturday commenced its direct passenger services to Sharjah in the UAE from Srinagar, becoming the first domestic carrier to provide direct international connectivity from the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir. 

09:17 IST, October 24th 2021
General Bipin Rawat calls out China for its support to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism

While addressing an event in Guwahati, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat gave a lecture describing India’s current geopolitical situation with all its neighbours. Speaking about China, CDS General Rawat said that China's continuous support for Pakistan by providing military equipment to facilitate violence in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is a clear anti-India stand. He also said that China’s repeated investments in Myanmar are an attempt to reduce India’s influence in the country, which is a threat to the North-Eastern states as they have strong ties with the country.

09:11 IST, October 24th 2021
J&K Forces investigating jailed terrorist's involvement in aiding terrorists to enter Poonch

In a major update to the ongoing encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch, security forces have found the involvement of jailed terrorist Zia Mustafa in aiding terrorists to enter the Union Territory. 

Shockingly, Zia Mustafa was inside the Kot Bhalwal Central jail from where he managed a mobile phone and stayed in contact with terrorists explaining the routes to enter Kashmir. J&K security forces, after suspecting his role brought him to Mendhar on 10-day police remand for questioning. Currently, Mustafa's role is being investigated in connection with the ongoing encounters in Poonch, which entered day 13 on Sunday. As per on-ground information accessed by the Republic Media Network, Mustafa originally hailed from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and entered India some 15 years ago via the Surankote border.

09:11 IST, October 24th 2021
Farooq Abdullah calls Amit Shah's J&K visit 'imperative' amid targeted killings

Reacting to Union Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to Jammu and Kashmir, former chief minister Farooq Abdullah said that it was 'imperative' amid the recent incidents of civilian killings in the Union Territory. The National Conference (NC) president said that amidst targeted civilian killing the visit from the Union Minister was demanded.

However, Abdullah slammed the Centre claiming that 900 youngsters, who were accused of stone-pelting in the past, were arrested ahead of Home Minister Amit Shah's visit.

09:11 IST, October 24th 2021
Uddhav Thackeray admits Param Bir Singh 'missing', likely to seek Centre's help to track him

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray admitted that former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir had gone 'missing' as his whereabouts continue to remain a mystery. Addressing an inauguration event of the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court, CM Uddhav Thackeray hit out at the former top cop in an indirect statement. Stating that 'a complainant' who had levelled grave charges had gone 'missing' in the state, Thackeray said that even in the absence of the accuser, the allegations were being looked into seriously. Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, Supreme Court judge Justice D Y Chandrachud and others were present on the occasion.

09:11 IST, October 24th 2021
PM Modi meets and hails COVID vaccines manufacturers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met Indian COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers two days after India reached the 100 crore vaccines milestone. The representatives of Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Zydus Cadila,  Dr Reddy's Laboratories, Gennova Biopharma, Biological E and Panacea Biotech participated in the meeting. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar were also present in the meeting.


09:11 IST, October 24th 2021
Amit Shah lashes out at terror sympathisers, says 'we will deal with them very strictly'

In an interaction with members of the Jammu and Kashmir Youth Club in Srinagar, on Saturday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah lambasted all the terror apologists, asserting they will be dealt with 'very strictly'.

While lashing out at the terror apologists, the HM stated, "A few people want to stop the development of Jammu and Kashmir. We will deal with them very strictly. I did not come here to answer the people who talk of the Pakistan language. I came here to have a dialogue with the youth."