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Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined the BJP today, just days before the national election and with several candidates still to be announced, ending months of speculation. "It is a significant induction," said Arun Jaitley, one of the two union ministers who addressed a press conference to make the announcement.

"I have been influenced by the PM, his vision for the country. This is a fabulous platform for me to do something for the country," Gautam Gambhir, 37, said.

The former cricketer may contest the April-May national election as a BJP candidate from Delhi. The 37-year-old may contest from the prestigious New Delhi constituency, currently held by the party's Meenakshi Lekhi, sources have said.

He is a resident of Delhi's Rajinder Nagar, which falls within the constituency.

Arun Jaitley refused to confirm anything, said: "Leave the decision to the party's election committee".

Gautam Gambhir was recently awarded the Padma Shri. He was a high-profile campaigner for Arun Jaitley's 2014 contest in Punjab's Amritsar; Arun Jaitley lost the election to Congress's Amarinder Singh, now Chief Minister of Punjab.

The former India opening batsman retired from cricket in December after a 15-year stint. He runs a community kitchen, besides appearing as a commentator.

Gautam Gambhir joins more cricketers-turned-politicians like Kirti Azad, Mohammad Azharuddin, Navjot Sidhu, and Mohammad Kaif.

Is Gautam Gambhir joining BJP a master stroke?

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Delhi High Court stricts to the use of animals in medicines

In the case of use of horses and mules in the manufacture of medicines and toxic substances made for defense after the snake bite, the Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Central Board of Ministers of the Central Government, the Indian Animal Welfare Board and the Board of Controls on Animals, which has been asked by CPCSEA to seek an answer.

Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anup Jayaram Bhamhbani's Bench asked the government to file a reply on this. PETA has filed this petition seeking a ban on the use of animals in the production of toxic drug. The organization that works for the protection of PETA.

Advocate Rajshekhar Rao, appearing in the court on behalf of Peta, argued that animals are used in the product of toxic and other antibodies, which are cruel to them. In modern times, such techniques should be used for the manufacture of medicines, in which animals should not be used.

PETA argues that the use of animals should be stopped gradually, as there are many alternative remedies for the use of such drugs. Generally, horses and mules have been used for hundreds of years in the production of toxicological drugs.

It was used in other countries before India. French biologist Albert Kalameet first used it in 1896. They developed the toxic drug after the outbreak of snakes caused by floods in Vietnam, Used animals on this drug.

The way biologist Albert Kalameet used it, it was also interesting. The poison of snake was given in a limited amount to horse and then by taking the blood out of his body and preparing the toxic drug.

The petitioner said that the use of animals in the drug product has a very bad effect on his physical and mental health. Apart from this, it also directly violates animal rights. At present, the Delhi High Court has stayed the hearing for this case till August 14.

Should the use of animals be banned in medicines?

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AAP will file a complaint against the Prime Minister on Rafale's case

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will file a complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the Rafale Aircraft deal and the Sahara-Birla Paper case in Lokpal, which will be formed soon.

Senior leader Gopal Rai said that the appointment of Lokpal is a sign of people's struggle in India and Prime Minister Modi was afraid of bringing himself into the ambit of the Lokpal probe.

He said that Aam Aadmi Party will file a complaint in the first Lokpal of India, which will be constituted about Rafale Fighter Aircraft case and Sahara Birla Diaries.

Rai said that there are questions that why it took five years to appoint the Lokpal. It is a shame for the Prime Minister that he took so much time for his appointment.

Officials said on Sunday that for the chief of the anti-corruption country, the first Lokpal chief is being actively considered in the name of former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghosh.

Rai said that the BJP came under the pressure of the courts and made Lokpal. He said that the Congress-led government tried to suppress the movement but after finding the country's mood, in the last days of its tenure, it has decided to make a law for the appointment of Lokpal.

He said that during the Lokpal agitation, many BJP leaders were seen on the stage who promised to make a strong Lokpal but after the formation of the government in May 2014 the BJP forgot its promise.

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State Funeral For Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, PM Pays Respects

Manohar Parrikar, Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister, who had been battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year, died at his son's home in Panaji on Sunday evening. He was 63. The announcement was made in a tweet by President Ram Nath Kovind, condolence messages poured in from political leaders across the board.

Later, Mr. Parrikar's office had said, "Manohar Parrikar passed away today evening, after a spirited battle against cancer".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his last respects to Mr. Parrikar and interacted with his family. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accompanied PM Modi.

His body was kept at the Goa BJP office and the Kala Academy for people to pay their last respects to the leader. Mr. Parrikar would be accorded a state funeral with full military honors this evening, according to the home ministry.

The central government has announced a day's national morning today, during which all schools and colleges in Goa would be shut.

Mr. Parrikar's health had been fluctuating for several days and worsened on Saturday morning. The former Defence Minister had been in and out of the hospital in Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, and New York since February last year. Last month, he was admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital near Panaji.

In January, the four-time chief minister had said he would "serve Goa till my last breath". His partymen acknowledged him as their leader in face of Congress attempts to dislodge the government and accusations that the party has fallen below halfway mark in the state assembly.

Over the recent months, Manohar Parrikar had made public appearances with a tube in his nose, looking frail. He had turned up at the state assembly to present the budget, triggering Congress allegations that the BJP was parading him around despite his condition to save its government in the state.

After his death was announced on Sunday, political leaders from across party lines expressed their grief.

Was Manohar Parrikar the most badass minister in Modi's cabinet?

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Mumbai Bridge Collapse: 6 Dead, 33 Hurt As Foot Overbridge Collapses Near Mumbai's CST

At least six people were killed and 32 injured as a major portion of a foot overbridge near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai collapsed on Thursday evening. 

An eyewitness said when the bridge collapsed, there was a red light at the nearby signal, and that is why the death toll was not more. Another eyewitness said the overbridge was being used despite repairs being carried out this morning.

Senior police officials, the fire brigade and a team of the National Disaster Response Force were rushed to the site of the accident. The pedestrian bridge, which was demolished after the collapse, connected the railway station to the Azad Maidan police station, the Times of India building and a school. 

Apart from public and private ambulances, people at the spot also helped in rescue operations and were seen carrying the injured to the hospitals. 

A 45-member team from the National Disaster Response Force and the Mumbai Fire Brigade were also sent. Rescue operations went on for over an hour as many were trapped under the debris, officials said.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis announced a probe and said the guilty will be punished. He said that the bridge was audited last year and was found to be structurally sound. He has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured. 

Maharashtra minister and BJP leader Vinod Tawde said that the bridge only had “minor defects” and it was not considered “risky”. He said it will be probed why the bridge was not closed despite repairs being undertaken.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered condolences to the families of those killed in the incident and prayed for a speedy recovery to the injured, even as his party demanded the ouster of Railway minister Piyush Goyal, saying he was criminally culpable. 

Party leader Murli Milind Deora also held the BJP and Shiv Sena responsible for the collapse and demanded that the auditors who cleared the bridge to be booked for murder.

Should govt take measures to prevent incidents like Mumbai CST bridge collapse?

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