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Rajinikanth meets Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav

Rajinikanth’s Uttar Pradesh visit: Reunites with Akhilesh Yadav, meets Yogi Adityanath, and promotes “Jailer” film.

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Rajinikanth meets Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav
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Lucknow: Following a “courtesy meeting” with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath the previous day, renowned actor Rajinikanth had an important encounter on Sunday as he visited the residence of Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav here in Lucknow.

Rajinikanth, currently enjoying the success of his latest blockbuster film “Jailer,” expressed his delight at rekindling his friendship with Yadav, whom he affectionately referred to as his friend, after nearly a decade of separation.

He reminisced, “Nine years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Akhilesh at an event in Mumbai. Our friendship has endured since then, and we’ve remained in touch through phone conversations. I visited Lucknow five years ago for a film shoot, but unfortunately, Akhilesh was unavailable at that time. Now that he’s here, we finally had the chance to meet,” shared the 72-year-old superstar during a press conference.

Yadav, too, shared the joyous reunion on social media, posting a series of photos from their meeting on X (formerly known as Twitter). He captioned his post with heartfelt words: “When hearts reconnect, people embrace. Even after all these years, the happiness I felt watching Rajinikanth ji on the screen during my engineering studies in Mysore remains unchanged. We met face-to-face nine years ago, and our friendship has only grown stronger since then,” narrated the SP chief.

Rajinikanth arrived in Lucknow on Friday to promote his recent hit, “Jailer,” which premiered on August 10th.

The actor continued his series of meetings on Saturday by seeking the blessings of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, showing gratitude by touching his feet. He expressed his contentment with the meeting, describing it as “very good.”

Later in the afternoon, Rajinikanth, accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, enjoyed a screening of “Jailer” at a local mall on Shaheed Path.

Prior to this, the superstar made a visit to his friend and Jharkhand Governor CP Radhakrishnan at the Raj Bhavan in Ranchi, marking it as a “courtesy meet.” During his visit, he also dedicated an hour to meditation at the Yagoda ashram.

Bengaluru

Siddaramaiah Considers NIA Probe for Rameswaram Cafe Blast

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah discusses potential NIA involvement in the investigation of the Rameswaram cafe blast.

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Siddaramaiah Considers NIA Probe for Rameswaram Cafe Blast
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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addressed concerns regarding the Rameswaram cafe blast, emphasizing the government’s commitment to ensuring a thorough investigation. The blast, which occurred at a popular eatery in Brookfield on March 1, left 10 people injured and sparked demands for a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe.

Siddaramaiah acknowledged that the Central Crime Branch (CCB) was currently handling the investigation. However, in response to the BJP’s call for an NIA inquiry, he stated, “We will consider it if necessary. The investigation is underway, and no suspects have been apprehended yet.”

The Chief Minister also criticized the BJP’s attempts to politicize the incident, particularly referencing their accusation of labeling Bengaluru as ‘Bomb Bangalore’ instead of ‘Brand Bangalore.’ He pointed out previous bomb blasts that occurred during BJP’s rule and questioned their accountability during those instances.

Addressing concerns over public safety, Siddaramaiah stressed the seriousness with which governments approach such incidents. “Bombings are never trivial matters. Our priority is always the safety and security of the public,” he affirmed.

He further challenged the BJP to refrain from politicizing the issue and instead focus on supporting efforts to ensure justice and prevent future incidents. “While I condemn the act of bombing, it is crucial that we do not engage in political gamesmanship at the expense of public safety,” Siddaramaiah emphasized.

In conclusion, Siddaramaiah’s remarks underscored the government’s commitment to a thorough investigation into the Rameswaram cafe blast and their willingness to consider involving the NIA if deemed necessary. He reiterated the importance of prioritizing public safety above political agendas, urging all parties to work together towards this common goal.

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Bhandara Mane Demolition: Three Arrested in Ullal, Karnataka

Three arrested in Ullal for the demolition of an under-construction Bhandara Mane near Kondana Daivasthana. Get insights on the incident, legal actions, and reactions.

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Bhandara Mane Demolition: Three Arrested in Ullal, Karnataka
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in Ullal, Karnataka, three individuals have been apprehended by the Ullal police regarding the demolition of an under-construction “Bhandara mane” near the revered Kondana Daivasthana. Commissioner of Police Anupam Agrawal identified the arrested individuals as Muttana Shetty, Dheeraj, and Shivraj.

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The Kondana Daivasthana, overseen by the endowment department, witnessed the unlawful demolition of the Bhandara mane structure, located on government land adjacent to the Daivasthana premises. Miscreants utilized an earthmover to carry out the demolition during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Following a complaint lodged by Kotekar TP Chief Officer Anand, the police initiated legal proceedings under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Karnataka Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act. The sections invoked include IPC Sections 143, 147, 148, 295, 427, along with Section 2A of the aforementioned Karnataka Act.

Interrogation of the arrested individuals revealed that the Bhandara mane construction lacked proper authorization, having been erected without consent from the Daivasthana’s 16 ‘gurikararu.’ Despite complaints to authorities like the Assistant Commissioner and Tahsildar, no corrective measures were taken, prompting the accused to take matters into their own hands.

Expressing dismay over the incident, U T Khader, Assembly Speaker and representative of the Mangalore Assembly constituency, condemned the demolition. He emphasized the significance of preserving religious structures and directed law enforcement to swiftly act against the perpetrators.

The demolition of the Bhandara mane stands as a somber event tarnishing the district’s reputation, prompting calls for justice and stricter enforcement of property laws. Stay tuned for further updates as the legal proceedings unfold in this case.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.

BJP national president J P Nadda’s two-day visit to Belagavi includes public engagements and organisational meetings.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.
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BJP national president J P Nadda is set for a significant two-day visit to Belagavi, Karnataka. Scheduled from Monday onwards, his visit encompasses a series of public engagements and crucial organisational meetings. On Monday, he is expected to arrive at Sambra Airport, Belagavi at 08.30 pm. The itinerary kicks off with a core committee meeting for Chikodi, Belagavi, Bagalkot, and Vijayapura parliamentary constituencies at Kakati, Belagavi at 09.00 pm.

The following day, Tuesday, holds various important events. At 11.15 am, Nadda will address the booth karyakarta sammelan at Kiwad Ground, Chikodi. This will be followed by an interaction session with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana at ITC Welcome Hotel in Belagavi at 02.15 pm. Later in the day, at 05.15 pm, he is scheduled to interact with intellectuals at Jirge Auditorium in Belagavi.

The visit underscores BJP’s commitment to engaging with local communities and strengthening organisational structures. Stay updated on J P Nadda’s visit to Belagavi for insights into the party’s strategies and engagements.

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