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Ashraf Ghani vows to come back, says fled Afghanistan abruptly to avoid being hanged

In a major turn of events in a warzone country, former Afghani President Ashraf Ghani, on Wednesday, addressed Afghanistan and the world for the first time after leaving the war-torn country amid Taliban takeover on Sunday.
In a video message, he revealed that he was welcomed by the United Arab Emirates on humanitarian grounds. He said that he fled to avoid being publicly executed and hanged like former President Mohammad Najibullah, whose dead body was hanged on a street light by Taliban leaders in 1996.
I left the country to avoid bloodshed. I went against my will; was forcefully told to evacuate. UAE has let me and my family stay on humanitarian grounds, said Ghani in his video, which he posted on his Facebook account.
He further stated that he supported the talks between Talibani leaders and top government officials. Also, he promised to come back and said ?talks were underway.
All charges and accusations are baseless. I did not take anything from Afghanistan; could not even take my boots, left on slippers. You can verify it with the UAE customs, said Ghani and denied the claims that he fled country with four cars and one chopper filled with cash.
A couple of days ago, Vice President Amrullah Saleh declared himself as the caretaker President citing a constitutional provision. He united anti-Taliban forces in resistance to a regime, which forcefully took over Afghanistan.
Justifying his claim as the caretaker President, Saleh took to Twitter and wrote, Nations must respect the rule of law, not violence. Afghanistan is too big for Pakistan to swallow and too big for Talibs to govern. Don’t let your histories have a chapter on humiliation and bowing to terror groups.

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Hardik Patel quits Congress, says no youngster is willing to work, vote; accuses leaders of ‘enjoying in abroad’

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Radhika Dhawad | Vadodara
Gujarat Working President Hardik Patel tendered his resignation from the Congress party today morning. Patel took to Twitter to announce his decision and shared an image of his resignation.
 
Patel said, “Big leaders of Congress in Gujarat are far away from issues of the state but are more focussed on ensuring that chicken sandwich for leaders who have come from Delhi is delivered on time!”
In the letter, he also said, “The party has constantly been working against the interests of the country and society.”

Hardik Patel’s letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi

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BJP on course to retain power for 2nd straight term with CM Yogi Adityanath as CM again

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Early numbers reveal that the BJP has crossed the halfway mark with over 271 seats in Uttar Pradesh at 12:07 pm thus making its way to retain power for the second straight term in the state. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is all set to become the Chief Minister for the second time. 


While the BJP was leading in 271 seats, Samajwadi Party (SP) managed to secure 121 seats so far. The BSP has managed to secure five seats while Congress so far has four seats.

(With total 403 seats in UP, 202 is the halfway mark)

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Indian student killed during shelling in Ukraines Kharkiv

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An Indian student was killed during shelling in Ukraines Kharkiv on Tuesday morning, Ministry of External Affairs informed in the afternoon. The Ministry tweeted: ?With profound sorrow we confirm that an Indian student lost his life in shelling in Kharkiv this morning. The Ministry is in touch with his family. We convey our deepest condolences to the family.

In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, videos showed extensive damage from the Russian military assault. One video showed the city’s largest government building blown up.

While the student is yet to be named by the MEA, sources in the Karnataka state government told The Quint that he had been identified as Naveen Shekhrappa, from Haveri district, Karnataka. The 21-year-old was a student of medicine at Kharkiv National Medical University.

The News Minute reported that Shekhrappa was standing in a queue at a supermarket in Kharkiv to buy food when Russian shelling began.



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