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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Inducts 3 Major Artillery Gun Systems

The M777s can be easily transported to high altitude areas by helicopters.

Deolali: 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday inducted three major artillery gun systems,including the M777 American Ultra Light Howitzers and the K-9 Vajra, into the Army.

The third gun system inducted is the ‘Composite Gun Towing Vehicle’ for towing some of the existing guns in service with the country, while K-9 Vajra is a self-propelled artillery gun.

The induction ceremony comes ahead of establishing the first regiment- each comprising of about 18 guns- of the M777s and the Vajra by around mid next year, an official said.

For procuring 145 M777s, India in November 2016 had entered into a contract with the United States under the Foreign Military Sales programme for Rs 5,070 crore.

The M777s, which have been used in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, can be easily transported to high altitude areas by helicopters. 







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Amit Shah To Visit Telangana, Review BJP’s Assembly Poll Performance

Amit Shah will also review BJP’s preparedness for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls. (File)

Hyderabad: 

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah will visit Telangana in the last week of this month and review the party’s poor performance in the December 7 assembly polls as well as its preparedness for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls, state BJP president K Laxman said on Saturday.

The BJP contested the polls on its own and won only one Assembly segment (out of the total of 119). Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) won the polls with a thumping majority, winning 88 seats.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to visit the state in January, a party release quoted Mr Laxman as saying.

The contest in the polls turned out to be one between TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu (TDP allied with Congress and other parties for the elections) and TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao, which led to a rise in “Telangana sentiment” among the people, Mr Laxman claimed. “This helped the TRS,” he said.







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No Competition To Narendra Modi As PM, Says Arun Jaitley To Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha

Arun Jaitley asserted that there is no comparison to Narendra Modi as prime minister

New Delhi: 

As the recent assembly election results highlighted the increasing challenge from the opposition in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asserted Saturday that there is no comparison or competition to Narendra Modi as prime minister.

Addressing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha workers, he said the youth wing of the BJP should ensure the party again forms the government at the Centre under the “dynamic and able leadership” of the prime minister.

“In today’s political scenario, there is no comparison or competition to Narendra Modi ji as prime minister leading India on the road to development,” a BJYM statement quoted Mr Jaitley as saying.

Taking a dig at the opposition for not putting forth a PM candidate yet, he said let them first sort out the leadership issue and project the leader against PM Modi.

“It is indeed an honour to have a decisive prime minister, Narendra Modi, who works with the sole agenda of India First,” Mr Jaitley added.

He emphasised the need to publicise the work of the Modi government at the grassroots level.

Mr Jaitley also urged the youth wing office-bearers to reach out to every person who have been benefited by the schemes of the government.

BJP National General Secretary (Organisation) Ram Lal, National General Secretary Murlidhar Rao and Bhupendra Yadav also addressed the over 1,000 Yuva Morcha activists gathered from across the country.

BJYM’s national president and BJP MP Poonam Mahajan presided over the workshop. She said the BJYM will carry out campaigns at the grassroots level and on the social media.







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After 11 Dead In Karnataka, Siddaramaiah Said, Never Heard Of Poisoned Prasad

Devotees at Kichu Maranda temple felt sick after eating a rice-based offering.

Chamarajnagar, Karnataka: 

Outside the emergency ward of KR hospital in Mysuru, families are fighting back tears and worrying for their loved ones. Those who fell sick after consuming poisonous temple prasad that claimed 11 lives in Chamarajnagar district of Karnataka were brought here, some in critical condition. They are being treated for vomiting, diarrhoea and respiratory distress.

Devotees at Kichu Maranda temple, around 160 km from Bengaluru, felt sick after eating a rice-based offering. A devotee who was present at the temple said they were given tomato rice and flavoured water. Among the dead are two children.

Doraiswamy, whose elderly mother has been admitted here, said she had not gone to the temple, but had eaten the prasad brought to her by others. He told NDTV, “Doctors say she is better now.”

He wants those responsible to be punished. “They should be brought to the village and then punished,” he said.

Those who survived are relieved. But families who lost their loved ones are inconsolable. And yet others whose family members are still not out of danger are worried.

“My daughter Sangeetha is in the hospital. She seems to be getting better. But my grandson has been taken to another hospital. I am worried,” said Kulamma.

Raju, Sangeetha’s cousin, explained what had happened.

“Sangeetha’s father-in-law ate at the temple and packed food for his daughter-in-law and grandchild. They had it before he started feeling sick. They realised something was wrong. He died soon after. Sangeetha is getting better, but the child is in a serious condition,” said Raju.

Perumal’s mother and two aunts had also eaten at the temple and rushed to the hospital when they started feeling sick. “Their condition is better than yesterday,” he told NDTV.

Many crows have also been found dead, reportedly after eating the prasad, suggesting that the food was deliberately poisoned. The police have detained two men and are looking for five more suspects.

Dr CP Nanjaraj, Dean and Director, Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, told NDTV, “We are treating patients for organophosphorus poisoning, a pesticide. We are waiting for the forensic science laboratory report. Since dogs and birds have also died, we are ruling out food poisoning.”

The patients were taken to both government and private hospitals. KR Hospital has 13 ventilators, all of which are being used.

BB Kaveri, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Chamarajanagar district, told NDTV, “Two men have been detained. The investigation is still on. We have moved all the patients from Chamarajnagar to Mysuru for further treatment. Many of them needed ventilators.”

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy visited the hospital on Friday night. His predecessor Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao also visited the survivors today.

Puttaranga Shetty, the minister in charge of Chamarajanagar visited a hospital where those affected are undergoing treatment. He said a dispute between two groups could be the reason for poisoning.

The state government has announced Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the dead.







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