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UP polls: SP-Cong alliance can't defeat BJP, will plunder the people of the state, claims BJP

Continuing to tear apart the recent Samajwadi Party and Congress alliance ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said both had parties joined hands knowing well they won't be able to defeat the latter in the upcoming assembly election, adding that the alliance would plunder the people of state.

"No matter what they do, they can't stop the BJP from winning the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The alliance between Congress and Samajwadi Party has taken place as both of them know they won't be able to defeat BJP in the state," said BJP leader Manoj Tiwari.

Tiwari further said that both the Congress and the Samajwadi Party know that they won't be able to stand by the agendas and development of BJP government and hence decided to contest the elections together to plunder the people of the state.

"I don't think there will be any ill effect of this alliance on BJP, rather it would be beneficial for us," he added.

Vijay Mallya loan default case: CBI arrests former IDBI Bank chairman, seven others

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a former chairman and three other ex-officials of IDBI Bank along with four former executives of Kingfisher airlines in connection with the Vijay Mallya loan default case.

The CBI has alleged that former IDBI chairman approved the loans and also instructed to expedite the ratings while finalising the loans to Kingfisher Airlines of over 900 crore rupees. The loan was allegedly sanctioned in violation of norms regarding credit limits.

Those arrested by the CBI are former Chairman of IDBI Bank Yogesh Aggarwal and former CFO of now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines A Raghunathan.

The IDBI bank executives arrested are O V Bundellu, S K V Srinivasan and R S Sridhar while the three former executives of Kingfisher Airlines arrested are Shailesh Borke, A C Shah and Amit Nadkarni.

The arrests have been made from multiple cities. While Raghunathan was arrested in Mumbai, Aggarwal was taken into custody from Gurgaon.

J&K encounter: At least 2 foreign militants trapped in a gun-battle in Ganderbal district

At least two foreign militants have reportedly been trapped in a massive gun-battle that is underway between security forces and terrorists near Khimber's Hadoora area in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The entire area has been cordoned off as security forces are engaging in an attempt to smoke out the militants.

Earlier on 16 January, three terrorists were gunned down by security forces during an encounter operation in Jammu and Kashmir's Pahalgam.

National Girl Child Day: Ensure equal opportunities for girl child, says PM Narendra Modi

As the nation observes National Girl Child Day on 24 January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the nation to reaffirm their commitment to challenging stereotypes based on gender and promote gender sensitisation as well as gender equality.

Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said that National Girl Child Day is a day to celebrate the exceptional achievements of the girl child, whose excellence in many fields makes the nation proud.

"It is imperative to reject discrimination against the girl child and ensure equal opportunities for the girl child. Let us reaffirm our commitment to challenging stereotypes based on gender & promote gender sensitisation as well as gender equality," he added in a series of tweets.

The government, in 2008 declared 24th of January every year to be celebrated as the National Girl Child Day' with the objective of raising consciousness of the society towards the girl child so that she can be valued and respected.

Kejriwal alleges bribery being carried out by political parties in Goa, says EC has failed to stop corruption

Citing heavy bribery being carried out by other political parties in poll-bound Goa, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday attacked the Election Commission for taking on him, and said that the poll panel had failed in stopping corruption ahead of elections.

Responding to a tweet by fellow Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh which said that a car was seen distribution money among the poor in Cumbarjua constituency in Goa, Kejriwal said, "EC fails to stop this. EC prevents me from saying-"Take money from them n vote 4 us". EC's msg - "vote 4 those who give u money"

Meanwhile, the AAP has filed a complaint with the Election Commission in the same.

"In Goa ask anyone, he/she will tell you how political parties distribute money to buy votes.More than 20 crores distributed by candidates. In Cumbarjua constituency our volunteers saw a car distributing money among poor. A complain has been made to EC. It's just a beginning," Ashutosh said in a series of tweets.