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Three youths barge into shop, open fire and demand Rs 50 crore: Police

Rewari, May 24 (PTI) Three youths on Tuesday barged into a sanitary hardware shop in Bawal town of Haryana’s Rewari district and opened fire in the air, demanding Rs 50 crore from the shop owner, police said. The trio reached businessman Rahul Batra’s shop at Chhoturam Chowk in the town on a Pulsar motorcycle and fled the scene after damaging the glass door with their gunshot, leaving local businessmen shocked at the broad daylight extortion bid, the police said. They said an FIR has been lodged at Batra’s complaint and police have launched a manhunt for the miscreants. In his complaint to the police, Bartra, a resident of Shanti Lok Society in Rewari, said as the trio entered his shop, he asked them to sit and offered water, thinking that they may be customers. But one of the youths whipped out a pistol and raised a demand of Rs 50 crore, saying they belong to Kheda Murar village...

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TN CM attacks Centre, takes veiled swipe against Gyanvapi row

Salem (TN), May 24 (PTI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Tuesday accused the BJP-led Union government of imposing a kind of economic crisis on all state governments by taking away the states' rights. The Centre has taken away all rights related to finances and taxation of state governments and has thrust a kind of economic crisis on all state governments, Stalin alleged addressing a party meeting here to explain the achievements of his government in the past one year. In what appears to be a veiled reference to the Gyanvapi matter and the related claims and counter-claims of rival parties, Stalin said the "Dravidian Model will not demolish anything but only build." He went on to add that the model would not divide anyone and shall only unite everyone. Without naming the BJP, he said some were deliberately making false accusations against the government based...

Posting of officials at unified MCD to be completed in 15 days: Officials

New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) Distribution of departments and posting of officials in different wings of the unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi is likely to be co5/24/2022 8:25:06 PMmpleted in a fortnight's time, paving the way for the civic body's much needed overhaul, officials said on Tuesday. Once it has filled these posts, the civic body will be able to start work on improving its financial health, sanitation services, and salary issues of its employees, they said. Constant departmental meetings were being held to expedite the reshuffling and shape the structure of the MCD, they said. The unified MCD had formally come into existence on Sunday, with IAS officers Ashwani Kumar and Gyanesh Bharti assuming charge as the new civic body's special officer and commissioner, respectively. According to senior officials, the department and office space allocation of nine additional commissioners, and appointment of three deputy commissioners and three...

Delhi govt to redevelop 20 lakes as part of pilot project: Rai

New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Tuesday said the Arvind Kejriwal government will revamp 20 lakes in the national capital in accordance with international standards. "The Kejriwal government is dedicated to the preservation of Delhi's lakes which not only provide water, but also nourish aquatic life and regulate climate. It has been decided to revive and develop 20 lakes in Delhi in accordance with international standards in the first phase of this project,” he said after chairing a joint meeting with all land-owning agencies in this regard. The Wetland Authority of Delhi has finished the mapping of 1,018 lakes of the 1,045 lakes in the capital and assigned UID numbers to them. The rest of the lakes will be developed as part of this project in the future, Rai said. The first phase will see the beautification and development of 20 lakes --...

MCD commissioner calls on newly appointed Delhi LG

New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) Delhi Municipal Commissioner Gyanesh Bharti on Tuesday called on newly appointed Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena and discussed issues related to the various projects of the erstwhile three civic bodies, an official statement said. Saxena was appointed as the LG of Delhi on Monday. He succeeds Anil Baijal who had resigned from the post last week citing "personal reasons". The reunified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) formally came into existence on Sunday, with IAS officers Ashwani Kumar and Gyanesh Bharti assuming charge as the new civic body's special officer and commissioner, respectively. MCD Commissioner Bharti called on the Delhi LG and apprised him of the information related to the unification of the erstwhile three civic bodies into a new corporation, as well as the civic projects for providing better amenities to people.It was a courtesy call, the MCD said in the statement.The structure of...

Delhi CM flags off 150 electric buses

New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off 150 electric buses on Tuesday and announced that the national capital will boast of 2,000 more such buses by next year.The chief minister said the Delhi government is planning to spend Rs 1,862 crores on procuring electric buses over the next 10 years.Kejriwal also thanked the Centre for providing Rs 150 crore for the e-bus project.Three new EV charging depots built at a cost of around Rs 150 crores were also inaugurated.This launch has marked the beginning of a new era in the transport sector, ushering in the age of more and more electric buses on Delhi's roads and curb pollution on a large scale, the chief minister said."One hundred fifty new buses have been launched today, and next month another 150 will be added to the fleet."It is our target to have 2,000 electric buses running on...
PM Modi, Japanese counterpart agree to enhance cooperation in defence manufacturing

PM Modi, Japanese counterpart agree to enhance cooperation in defence manufacturing

Tokyo , May 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting today with Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the two leaders agreed to further enhance bilateral security and defence cooperation, including in the area of defence manufacturing.They concurred that the next 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting may be held in Japan at the earliest. PM Modi sought greater investment by Japanese companies in India. The two leaders had a productive exchange of views on enhancing bilateral relations in various spheres as well as on some regional and global issues. The Japanese Prime Minister also hosted a dinner for PM Modi. Prime Minister Modi raised the issue of further easing of travel restrictions in order to facilitate quarantine free entry into Japan for travellers from India carrying Covaxin and Covishield vaccination certificates.The two leaders exchanged views on recent global and regional developments. They noted the convergences...

LDF govt with victim of 2017 actress assault case, police probe not interfered with: Kerala CM

Kochi, May 24 (PTI) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said that his government was with the victim of the 2017 actress assault case and that the police probe has not been interfered with in any manner by the Left administration. The Chief Minister, who was addressing a Thrikkakara by-poll related meeting, said that his government has not stopped the police from proceeding with the case nor has it ever said to the force that it cannot take action against prominent persons. The police are free to take action against whomever irrespective of their social or political standing, Vijayan said. His remarks came in the wake of a plea moved by the victim in the Kerala High Court alleging political interference by the ruling LDF government and that there was a move to derail the probe. "It is painfully submitted that the Government of Kerala which gave...
Delhi: One dead after car hits parked truck

Delhi: One dead after car hits parked truck

New Delhi , May 24 (ANI): A 31-year-old-man died and another man was injured after their car hit a parked truck in Police Station Shalimar Bagh area in Delhi on Tuesday. Soon after the PCR call was recieved in the PS Shalimar Bag area, local police reached the spot, police said. On enquiry, it was revealed that a car had hit a parked truck in Prembari Pul road.According to Delhi Police, two persons were shifted to LBS Hospital after the incident. One of them was declared brought dead and the other is undergoing treatment. The person who died in the accident has been identified as Deepak Gulati. The case has been registered and an investigation is underway. (ANI)This report is auto-generated from ANI news service. ThePrint holds no responsibility for its content.
AAP's CM candidate in Uttarakhand Ajay Kothiyal joins BJP

AAP’s CM candidate in Uttarakhand Ajay Kothiyal joins BJP

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) , May 24 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) chief ministerial candidate for the recently concluded Assembly election in Uttarakhand, retired colonel Ajay Kothiyal on Tuesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of CM Pushkar Singh Dhami in Dehradun.Kothiyal had resigned from the Arvind-Kejriwal led party last week.The former army officer announced his decision to quit the party on Twitter, posting his resignation letter on the microblogging site."I have been a member of the Aam Aadmi Party from April 19, 2021, to May 18, 2022. Keeping the feelings of ex-soldiers, ex para-military personnel, the elders, women, youths and the intellectuals, I am sending you my resignation on May 18," Col Kothiyal had said in his letter addressed to AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.In March this year, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returned to power in Uttarakhand as it bagged 47...

Lashkar-e-Taiba ‘recruiter’ arrested by ATS from Pune

Mumbai/Pune, May 24 (PTI) The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Tuesday arrested a 28-year-old man from Pune for his alleged role in the recruitment of terrorists for the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba  (LeT) from various states, a senior official said. The accused, identified as Junaid Mohammed Ata Mohammed, was nabbed from Pune's Dapodi area and produced in a court in that city which remanded him in the ATS custody till June 3.The suspect was in touch with active members of Pakistan-based LeT's terror network through social media platforms, the official said. Though originally a native of Khamgaon village of Buldhana district in the Vidarbha region, Junaid Mohammed had been working in Pune in western Maharashtra, around 200km from Mumbai, since the last few years, he said, but did not disclose his profession.He was apprehended by the ATS Pune unit after his alleged connection with LeT members came to light, he said....

Post-Udaipur declaration, Sonia forms 3 groups to chart road ahead for Cong

New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday formed three groups -- on political affairs for guidance on key issues, Task Force-2024 to implement the Udaipur 'Nav Sankalp' declaration and evolve the party's strategy for 2024 elections and another to coordinate the October 2 'Bharat Jodo Yatra'.While Rahul Gandhi and two prominent members of the G23 -- Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma -- are part of the political affairs group, senior leaders P Chidambaram and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are in the Task Force-2024.Poll strategist Sunil Kanugolu, a former associate of Prashant Kishor, is also part of the Task Force-2024 that will chalk out the party's future poll strategy and implement the decisions of the Udaipur conclave. While Kishor had refused to join the Congress after he was offered to do so, Kanugolu became a member of the party.G-23 is a group of dissenting Congress leaders...
French Open: Daniil Medvedev storms into R2, Holger Rune shocks Denis Shapovalov

French Open: Daniil Medvedev storms into R2, Holger Rune shocks Denis Shapovalov

Paris , May 24 (ANI): The world No.2 Daniil Medvedev enjoyed a hassle-free opening round of the French Open 2022, breezing past Argentine lefty Facundo Bagnis 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.Medvedev, who was 0-4 at the tournament prior to his quarter-final run in Paris last year, has a shot at returning to the top of the rankings, replacing Novak Djokovic, if results go his way this fortnight.The 26-year-old returned from a two-month break to recover from hernia surgery last week in Geneva and looked comfortable on Tuesday during his one-hour 38-minute victory over world No.103 Bagnis. Medvedev will take on Serbia's Laslo Djere in the next round.Later, Danish teenager Holger Rune claimed a statement victory on his Roland-Garros main draw debut, upsetting No.14 seed Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-1, 7-6(4) on Court 12.The 19-year-old, who won the boys' singles title here in 2019, was ranked 474 at the start...

Delhi: Couple arrested for duping women of Rs 30 lakh

New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) A couple was arrested for duping several housewives of Rs 30 lakh on the pretext of better returns and monthly gifts, police said on Tuesday. The accused, identified as Babita and her husband Deepak Bassi, residents of Azadpur, collected huge amount of money from housewives of Adarsh Nagar in Delhi in the name of ‘Jai Mata Kitty’ with the assurance of better returns and monthly gifts but they fled away with the money, they said. The arrests came after a case was registered in 2020 with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police by a woman against the husband-wife duo who alleged in her complaint that the couple collected the money from several women, including her, in the name of organizing kitty parties. Joint Commissioner of Police (EOW) Chhaya Sharma said, "The accused assured the complainant that they will return the...

Feminism integral to Indic civilisation; no greater feminist than Draupadi and Sita: JNU VC

New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) Feminism is not a western concept but "very integral" to Indic civilisation, JNU Vice Chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit said on Tuesday and added that there could not have been a greater feminist than Draupadi and Sita. Speaking at an event where she was presented with the Shrimati Sushma Swaraj Stree Shakti Samman-2022, she urged students interested in intellectual narrative of modern India to look into Indian feminists. "Feminism is not a western concept but a concept very integral in Indic civilisation. There could not have been a greater feminist than Draupadi or Sita as the first single mother," she said. "I come from the south of the country, we have Kannagi and Manimekalai. I urge many students who are interested in the intellectual narrative of modern India to look into these figures," she added. She noted that the women being celebrated at the...

Gujarat logs 35 new COVID-19 cases; active tally at 186

Ahmedabad, May 24 (PTI) Gujarat on Tuesday recorded 35 new cases of COVID-19 that raised the tally of infections to 12,24,967, an official from the state health department said. With the addition of 31 patients discharged from hospitals during the day, the count of recoveries reached 12,13,837, while the toll stood at 10,944, as no new casualties were reported during the day, he said. The state is now left with 186 active cases, the official said. Of the latest cases, Ahmedabad reported 24, followed by Vadodara with seven, Surat with two, and Kheda and Rajkot with one case each, he said. As many as 90,076 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the total number of doses administered in the state to 10.95 crore, it was stated. Gujarat's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 12,24,967, new cases 35, death toll 10,944, discharged 12,13,837, active cases 186,...

Dhanush engages in fierce hand-to-hand combat with a mysterious figure in ‘The Gray Man’ trailer

New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) Dhanush, who makes his Hollywood debut with the global spy thriller "The Gray Man", is a "lethal force" to reckon with in the trailer of the film, which was released by Netflix on Tuesday.Headlined by Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, the film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, known for churning out superhero blockbusters such as Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame".While the details of the role played by Dhanush are yet to be disclosed by the makers, as per the new poster shared by Netflix on Monday, the National Award winner's character is described as a "lethal force".And the actor is all that and more in the trailer where he can be seen challenging his adversary for an old-school, brutal fist fight.Dhanush also tagged the Russo Brothers on Twitter and shared the link to the much anticipated film's trailer.According to...

MP: Man detained for cutting sadhu’s hair, abusing him

Khandwa, May 24 (PTI) A man has been detained for allegedly cutting the hair of a sadhu in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh, a video of which was being circulated on social media. The incident occurred in Patajan village in Khalwa block, some 70 kilometres from the district headquarters on Sunday, and a probe began after the video went viral on Monday, an official said. "The incident took place at 1 pm on Sunday. The accused, identified as Praveen Gaur, who is the son of a hotelier, has been detained," Superintendent of Police Vivek Singh said on Tuesday. "We are looking for the sadhu whose hair was cut so that a formal case can be registered based on his complaint," Khalwa police station in-charge Parasram Dabar said. In the video, Gaur can be seen cutting the sadhu's hair outside a barber shop while subjecting the latter to abuses. PTI...

‘Kalbaisakhi’ pummels Odisha, orange alert issued

Bhubaneswar, May 24 (PTI) Nor’wester with gusty wind and moderate to heavy rain battered Odisha in the early hours of Tuesday, the Met office said.The maximum temperature fell by around 2-5 degree Celsius at some places and was significantly below normal in many areas in wake of the squall, which also led to power cuts in several regions.Only four weather stations, as compared to 10 the previous day, recorded a temperature of over 40 degrees Celsius, the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said.Dhenkanal town received 67.6 mm of precipitation, the highest in the state, followed by 59 at Karanjia in Mayurbhanj, according to a bulletin.Kalbaisakhi (nor'wester), along with moderate rain, lashed Jajpur, Deogarh, Angul, Gajapati, Sambalpur and many other districts in coastal and western Odisha.Boudh recorded 43 degree Celsius, followed by 42.2 in Bolangir.The mercury dropped by three notches below average each to settle at 34.2 degrees in capital Bhubaneswar and...

ASI opposes in court plea seeking restoration of Hindu & Jain deities inside Qutub Minar complex

New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Tuesday strongly opposed a plea before a Delhi court seeking restoration of Hindu and Jain deities inside the Qutub Minar complex here, asserting it is not a place of worship and that the existing status of the monument cannot be altered. The submission was made by the ASI even as Additional District Judge Nikhil Chopra said the main issue arising out of the plea was the “right to worship”, and asked how can one claim a legal right for restoration for something which happened 800 years ago. The judge then reserved the order on the plea for June 9. The ASI also said that it would be contrary to the law to agree to the contention of any person claiming a fundamental right to worship in this “centrally protected” monument. It, however, said the architectural materials...

Learnt important lessons from World C’ship loss, says Olympic medallist Lovlina

New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) Olympic medallist boxer Lovlina Borgohain considers the pre-quarterfinal exit at the recently-held IBA World Championship a much-needed "learning" ahead of her future endeavours, starting with the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina's World Championship campaign in the 70 kg category came to an early end after a disappointing loss in the pre-quarterfinals. Competing in her first international event since her podium finish in Tokyo last year, Lovlina went down to Cindy Ngamba of Fair Chance Team (FCT) 1-4. Fair Chance Team has been created by the International Boxing Association (IBA) for athletes who have been forced to leave their countries, often because of conflict. "My preparation (for the World Championships) wasn't that good. After the Olympics, a lot of things have changed. I had to give time to many things, fulfil commitments," she said on the sidelines on the felicitation ceremony...
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According to Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi, Russian and Chinese bombers ‘made a joint flight to East China Sea’, while a Russian aircraft flew off the island of Hoikkado.

Delhi govt extends retail liquor licence by 2 months

New Delhi, May 24(PTI) The Delhi government has extended the licence period of existing retail liquor vends in the city for next two months, in anticipation of delay in approval to the Excise Policy 2022-23 that among other things permits home delivery of alcohol, officials said on Tuesday. The excise department of Delhi government in an order on Monday extended the Excise Policy 2021-22 for two months, which extended the validity of renewable licences, including those for retail liquor stores. "The Excise Policy 2022-23 was approved by Delhi Cabinet in its meeting on May 5. It is yet to be approved by the Lt Governor," said an excise department officer. Since the previous policy (2021-22) that was extended earlier also ends on May 31, it has been extended for two months, the officer said. Anil Baijal had resigned as Lt Governor citing "personal reasons" on May 18. His...

UP govt’s tall claims do not reflect on ground: Mayawati

Lucknow, May 24 (PTI) BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday questioned the UP government's “tall claims” made in the governor’s address to both Houses of the legislature, saying they do not reflect the ground reality. She also asserted that had the government taken note of the “bitter ground realities” on public interest and security, people could have had some 'achche din', but no such thing happened. The Bahujan Samaj Party chief also disapproved of the “Governor, Go Back” slogan raised by Samajwadi Party members in the house, reflecting the crack in the opposition unity, also evident by the SP ally SBSP's members not joining Samajwadi lawmakers' act of storming the well of the House during the governor’s address on Monday. SP veteran Azam Khan too had skipped the House proceeding on Tuesday. Questioning Governor Anandiben Patel's Monday address to the House, Mayawati said the government’s tall claims on public...

Two held for killing Noida man with concrete brick

Noida, May 24 (PTI) With the arrest of two men, the Noida Police on Tuesday claimed to have cracked the murder case of a 23-year-old man who was allegedly beaten to death with a brick by unidentified assailants on May 14. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central Noida) Elamaran G said Abhay Tyagi, a resident of Bhangel village, was killed on the night of May 14 on a road stretch in the Phase-2 police station area. Tyagi was walking on the road when he entered into an argument with Mohit Singh Chauhan (22) and Vivek Singh (21). Chauhan and Singh along with a third associate were on two motorcycles. The argument broke out after one motorcycle touched Tyagi, the officer said. “The argument soon escalated into a fight and Tyagi was beaten with a concrete brick to death by the accused. Two of the accused have been arrested...

Step up vigil to curb rice smuggling, Chandrababu tells TN CM Stalin

Amaravati, May 24 (PTI) Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu has requested the Tamil Nadu government to step up vigil along the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border to curb rampant smuggling of public distribution system rice. In a letter addressed to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, he expressed serious concern over "welfare programmes being snatched away" by the "rice smuggling mafia" in the two neighbouring states. "The smugglers are transporting PDS rice from Tamil Nadu to Andhra Pradesh. The smuggled rice is sent to the millers in AP who, in turn, polish it and send back to their smuggling partners. That, in turn, is sold at higher price to people at Rs 40 a kilo in the open market or is smuggled to Karnataka," the former Chief Minister pointed out in the letter. He also listed at least seven road routes through which the rice smuggling...
Ahead of Amarnath Yatra, DIG NKR Baramulla reviews security arrangements

Ahead of Amarnath Yatra, DIG NKR Baramulla reviews security arrangements

Bandipora (Jammu and Kashmir) , May 24 (ANI): Ahead of the Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra 2022, Deputy Inspector General of Police North Kashmir Range (NKR) Baramulla Udayabhaskar Billa, along with SSP Bandipora Mohammad Zahid visited Transit Camp Shadipora Sumbal and took stock of security arrangements there.On this occasion, CO 45 BN CRPF and senior officers of the Army, and Police were also present. During the visit, detailed arrangements and security review of all locations, en route including Transit camp Shadipora were discussed.Senior officers also reviewed traffic management for smooth passage of Yatra convoys and the availability of parking places.Moreover, SSP Bandipora was briefed in detail about security arrangements put in place on the yatra route and Transit Camp Shadipora for smooth upcoming Yatra-2022.Further, DIG NKR directed all the officers to maintain the highest level of alertness and ensure proper access control and all necessary facilities to Yatries.The officers reiterated...

Punjab CM sacking minister over graft charges proves only AAP can provide honest govt: Kejriwal

New Delhi, May 24 (PTI) Lauding Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann for sacking his health minister over corruption charges, AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said this has proved that his party is the only political outfit in the country which can provide an honest government.Addressing a virtual press conference here soon after Mann announced health minister Vijay Singla's sacking, the Delhi chief minister said corruption is a betrayal with the nation and the Aam Aadmi Party will not tolerate it at any cost.The AAP is a "diehard honest" party and it will not spare anyone indulging in corruption, he said."Sardar Bhagwant Singh Mann has dismissed his health minister after finding him involved in corruption. He (Singla) is being arrested after lodging a case against him. We are proud of you Bhagwant. The entire Punjab and the country are proud of you," Kejriwal said.He said the AAP is...
PM Modi gifts hand-carved box with Rogan painting to Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida

PM Modi gifts hand-carved box with Rogan painting to Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida

Tokyo , May 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday gifted a wooden hand-carved box with Rogan painting to his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida during his meeting with him in Tokyo, Japan.Rogan painting is an art of cloth printing practised in the Kutch District of Gujarat. In this craft, paint made from boiled oil and vegetable dyes is laid down on fabric using either a metal block (printing) or a stylus (painting). The craft nearly died out in the late 20th century, with Rogan painting being practised by only one family.PM Modi had earlier gifted a traditional Rogan painting to the Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II during his three-day Europe tour this month.The word 'Rogan' comes from Persian, meaning varnish or oil. The process of making Rogan painting is very laborious and skilful. Artists place a small amount of this paint paste into their palms.At room temperature, the...

Biden praises PM Modi for handling Covid pandemic successfully: Official

Tokyo, May 24 (PTI) US President Joe Biden on Tuesday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for handling the Covid pandemic "successfully" and contrasted India's success with China's "failure" in dealing with coronavirus, according to a senior Indian official.During a closed session of the Quad Summit, Biden said Modi's success has shown the world that democracies can deliver, and busted the myth that "autocracies" like China and Russia can handle the rapidly changing world better because their leadership can take and implement decisions without going through lengthy democratic processes, the official added.Biden praised Modi for handling the Covid pandemic "successfully in a democratic manner", the official said on condition of anonymity.The US president contrasted India's success with China's failure to handle the pandemic, though both countries are of comparable size.According to the official, President Biden's remarks appeared to be unscripted as he made a special intervention to say this before...
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