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Former India cricketer Chetan Chauhan tests positive for COVID-19        West Indies beats England as international cricket returns        Rahul again targets Modi for Eastern Ladakh face-off with China        Aishwarya, daughter Aaradhya test positive for coronavirus        More cities to come under lockdown as India''s COVID tally surges to nearly 8.5 lakh        Pope Francis saddened by Turkey''s move to convert Hagia Shophia into mosque        Russia''s Sechenov University completes trials of Coronavirus vaccine        Trump wears mask on camera for first time as he visits military hospital        Kerala has become ''hub'' of smuggling gold, alleges Chennithala        Kerala reports 435 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 7,873        2 key accused in gold smuggling case remanded to judicial custody        488 cases in Kerala, Infection tally touches 7438; 2 deaths        Gold smuggling case: Swapna, Sandeep taken into custody by NIA        Amitabh Bachchan tests COVID-19 positive, hospitalised        Hardik Patel appointed working president of Gujarat Congress        TN records 3,965 new COVID-19 cases,69 deaths        Why is Modi scared of disclosing names of those who donated to PM Cares, asks Rahul        Trump commutes friend Roger Stone''s sentence        Ruling People''s Action Party reelected in Singapore        5 killed in hostage situation at church in South Africa        
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National News
Shocker defection: Sonia''s former aide Vadakkan deserts Congress, joins BJP
 
New Delhi: Giving a shocker in the run-up to the general elections, the BJP on Thursday could bring in Tom Vadakkan, a former close aide of Sonia Gandhi, into their fold. "It gives me a great pleasure coming here.....The reason why I left Congress is with a heavy heart. Because the attack by Pakistani terrorists on our land and the reaction from Congress was sad indeed. It hurt me deeply," Mr Vadakkan told reporters in presence of Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

"When you question the integrity of the armed forces, I am deeply hurt and that''s precisely the reason I am here," he said. Mr Vadakkan, who is a Roman Catholic, said the matter is not about ideology alone - "yeh desh prem ki baat hai....(This is a matter of one''s love and dedication for the country)". "If a political party takes a stand which is against the country....then I was left with no other alternative than to quit such a party," said Mr Vadakkan, who was once political secretary of Sonia Gandhi.

Apparently, Mr Vadakkan was unhappy lately after he was sidelined. He also lashed out at the ''dynastic'' politics being pursued in Congress. Welcoming him to the BJP, Union Law Minister Mr Prasad said "Mr Vadakkan is a senior Congress leader and comes from Roman Catholic family in Thrissur. He has decided to join the BJP after getting impressed by the policies and programmes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and equally getting disenchanted by the Congress party".


Rahul again targets Modi for Eastern Ladakh face-off with China
Aishwarya, daughter Aaradhya test positive for coronavirus
More cities to come under lockdown as India''s COVID tally surges to nearly 8.5 lakh
Amitabh Bachchan tests COVID-19 positive, hospitalised
Hardik Patel appointed working president of Gujarat Congress
TN records 3,965 new COVID-19 cases,69 deaths
Why is Modi scared of disclosing names of those who donated to PM Cares, asks Rahul
NIA files chargesheet against 6 including ISIS terrorist for killing police officer
Unfair to hold exams during COVID pandemic, exams should be cancelled: Rahul
Bikru bloodbath mastermind Vikas Dubey nabbed in MP town
Enhancing global cooperation need of the hour to effectively tackle COVID-19: Prez
Kanpur encounter: 2 policemen held for 'tipping off' gangster Vikas Dubey about police action
CBSE should explain rationale behind dropping certain chapters from curriculum: Sisodia
India''s COVID-19 tally, fatality rate per million population lowest in world: Govt
Rahul asks why no mention of Galwan Valley in MEA statement on talks
COVID-19: CBSE rationalises syllabus by up to 30 pc for classes 9 to 12 to reduce course load
'PM meets President to discuss various issues'
Heavy rains continue in Mumbai; low-lying areas waterlogged
COVID-19: Delhi govt orders compulsory rapid antigen detection test for high-risk individuals
ICMR says following all globally accepted norms to fast-track vaccine; wants to 'cut red tape'
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
My whole life has been a miracle: Rajinikanth
 Mumbai: From starting out as a bus conductor to becoming one of the biggest stars of the: country,  
'Game of Thrones' star Indira Varma tests positive for coronavirus
Coronavirus: Release of Ranveer Singh-starrer '83' put on hold
'Joker' earns Joaquin Phoenix his maiden Oscar
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Pope Francis saddened by Turkey''s move to convert Hagia Shophia into mosque
 Moscow: Pope Francis said on Sunday that he was disappointed by Turkey''s decision to convert the Ha
Russia''s Sechenov University completes trials of Coronavirus vaccine
Trump wears mask on camera for first time as he visits military hospital
Trump commutes friend Roger Stone''s sentence
KERALA NEWS
Kerala has become ''hub'' of smuggling gold, alleges Chennithala
 Kochi: Sharpening his attack against the CPI(M)-led LDF government over the sensational gold smuggli
Kerala reports 435 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 7,873
488 cases in Kerala, Infection tally touches 7438; 2 deaths
Youth outfits of parties clash with police, demand CM''s resignation
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