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L Murugan had lost the recently held Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections (File)

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Dr L Murugan was appointed as a Union Minister of State when Prime Minister Narendra Modi overhauled and expanded his Cabinet earlier this month. But his dramatic rise up the political ladder has had no effect on his parents who live in Konur village – 15 km from Namakkal town in Tamil Nadu.

His elderly mother Varudammal continues to clear weeds in the fields along with other labourers while his father Loganatham takes out the sheep for grazing. They have no plans of travelling to Delhi and are happy to work and earn their livelihood.

Along a narrow street, the couple’s humble house stands out with a BJP flag fluttering on a pole on the roof.

Dr Murugan had studied in the village school and later shifted to the district’s Paramathi town for higher studies before moving to Chennai to pursue a degree in law.

“We are proud that we farm. We made him a minister through farming. We should not leave it. So I keep working,” Mr Loganatham told NDTV.

Their minister son is yet to visit them since his elevation. The last time he came home was when he was made the state president of the BJP. His father had visited him in Chennai recently.

“He left for Delhi before I could greet him for becoming a minister. I visited him and returned to look after my work. I will see him when he comes back,” Mr Loganathan added.

“I spoke to my son and daughter-in-law on the phone. They told me they are doing well. They give us money for our expenses and take good care of us. We are happy and have no problems,” Varudammal told NDTV.

Dr L Murugan practised as a lawyer for over 15 years. He has served as the vice-chairperson of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.

He was made the state BJP chief after his predecessor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan was appointed as the Governor of Telangana.

Although Dr L Murugan lost the recently concluded Assembly elections in the state, he was hand-picked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be a Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.



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1 Crore Jabs Till 1:30 PM. On PM’s Birthday, Government Aims At Record – dot newz

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The vaccination campaign is key to BJP’s three-week celebrations to mark PM’s birthday.

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As the government raced to deliver a vaccination record on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday today, the country clocked over 42,000 vaccinations a minute, a senior health official said. Vaccinations crossed one crore in the afternoon – for the fourth time in less than a month – setting up a milestone by the end of the day.

Aiming at 2 crore vaccinations as PM Modi turns 71, the government added a ticker to track Covid shots being given across the country.

“Celebrating the relentless efforts of India’s vaccinators against COVID-19, we have added a ticker to show vaccinations happening in near real-time. We are currently clocking over 42,000 vaccinations/minute or 700/second,” tweeted National Health Authority chief RS Sharma, sharing the new feature.

The vaccination campaign is key to the BJP’s three-week celebrations to mark the Prime Minister’s birthday.

“Let’s do #VaccineSeva and give him (PM Modi) birthday gift by getting vaccinated those who have not taken the dose so far,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had tweeted yesterday, urging people to get the shots.

To achieve its target, the BJP had prepped health volunteers “to ensure that the maximum number of people get their COVID-19 vaccines on the day”.

In recent days, India has reported more than one crore Covid shots in a day more than once.

Senior BJP leaders say the party wants to see the day “recorded in history” as one that saw a record number of Covid vaccines given.

By noon, over 94,00,000 vaccinations had been achieved. PM Modi’s home state Gujarat had crossed five lakh doses, more than the daily doses in the last seven days.

By afternoon, Bihar had given Covid shots to 7.3 lakh people, three times more than the average of the last three days. Madhya Pradesh was at more than 5 lakh doses – 75 per cent of the last two days’ average.





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Under-Construction Flyover Collapses In Mumbai’s Bandra, 14 Injured – dot newz

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The under-construction flyover collapsed at about 4.40am.

At least 14 people were injured after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Bandra Kurla Complex in Maharashtra’s Mumbai today. The injured were taken to the VN Desai Hospital and their condition is stable, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.

The flyover collapsed at about 4.40am.

Visuals shared by news agency ANI showed police personnel and fire departments on the spot as the rescue work is underway.

There has been no loss of life and no person is missing due to the collapse, Deputy Commissioner Of Police Manjunath Singe told news agency ANI.

The flyover is located at MTNL junction in suburban Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and will connect the complex’s main road and Santa Cruz- Chembur link road. The construction work of the flyover is being undertaken by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

Further details related to the flyover’s collapse are awaited.





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On PM Modi’s 71st Birthday, President Kovind, BJP Leaders Extend Wishes – dot newz

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Today marks the 71st birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 71 on Friday as President Ram Nath Kovind and other dignitaries and politicians greeted him with BJP leaders hailing his leadership.

Wishing him a long and healthy life, President Kovind said may he continue to serve the nation with his spirit of relentless service.

Home Minister Amit Shah lauded Modi, saying he not only gave the country the idea to think ahead of time and fulfil its resolve with hardwork but also made it a reality.

In PM Modi, the country has got a strong and decisive leader who gave a dignified life to those who were deprived of their rights for decades, he said.

PM Modi brought them in the mainstream of development, Mr Shah added.

The prime minister has shown the world what people-loving leadership is like, he said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said PM Modi has written many new chapters in development and good governance in his tenure so far and wished that he fulfil his dream of making India a strong, prosperous and proud country.

Born in Gujarat in 1950, PM Modi joined Hindutva organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at an early age and was later drafted into the BJP.

Made Gujarat chief minister in 2001, PM Modi has never suffered an electoral setback when votes were cast on his leadership, leading the BJP to power in the state for three consecutive terms and then at the Centre back to back in 2014 and 2019.

The BJP embarked on a mega 20-day public outreach, “Seva and Samarpan”, from Friday to mark his 71st birthday and it will continue till October 7 to also commemorate his 20 years in public life, including as Gujarat chief minister.

It has asked its workers to facilitate the COVID-19 vaccination drive as it eyes record-breaking numbers on Friday.





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