QWrap: Kavinder Gupta Sworn in as J&K Dy CM; 26 Killed in Kabul
A quick look at the top stories of the day.
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1. Kavinder Gupta Takes Charge as J&K Deputy CM, Nirmal Singh Resigns
Former Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta was sworn in as the state’s Deputy Chief Minister on Monday, 30 April, a day after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nirmal Singh tendered his resignation.
This is the first major reshuffle in the PDP-BJP government led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Speaking after the reshuffle, CM Mufti welcomed the ‘new team’ and said:
A new team has come. The old team had also done good work. The new team has young and educated people and I hope they will work better.
Singh will now take over from Gupta as the Assembly speaker.
2. Beware: Fake News Fever Spreads in Karnataka Ahead of Assembly Polls
It’s election time in Karnataka, which means social media is flooded with fake news. So here we are busting some of the big fake news stories this election.
From Bengaluru-based Post Card News to claims of jihadi murders, don’t be a bewakoof on the web – DON’T BE A WEBQOOF! And if you spot any social media posts or WhatsApp forwards that you would like us to fact-check, send it over to us at email@example.com.
3. Journalists Among 26 Dead in Kabul Twin Blasts; ISIS Claims Attack
Twin blasts in the Afghan capital Kabul killed 26 people on Monday, 30 April, including journalists who had arrived to report on the first explosion and who were apparently targeted by a suicide bomber in a second attack, officials said.
According to news agency, AFP, terror outfit Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the twin Kabul suicide attacks.
The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee said seven journalists had been killed; French news agency Agence France-Presse confirmed that its chief photographer in Afghanistan, Shah Marai, was among the dead. A Reuters photographer was wounded in the attack.
4. Caste Written on New Constable Recruits in MP, RaGa Slams BJP Govt
In a case of caste profiling, candidates appearing for the post of constables in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar were allegedly labelled with their caste on their chest during medical examination at a district hospital, reported ANI.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to condemn the incident, slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party-run government in the state for the incident.
5. Trolled for Proposed Auction of ‘Rustom Uniform’, Twinkle Responds
While actor Akshay Kumar bagged a National Award for his performance in the film Rustom, the fact that the actor and Twinkle Khanna, producer, author and Kumar’s wife, have decided to auction the costume that they have referred to as ‘uniform’ and the one that he wore in the film to raise money for their NGO, has not gone down too well with netizens.
This is not the first time that the costume that Kumar wore in the film has been in the limelight. When the film released, it was the inaccuracies in the said uniform that had drawn the ire of the internet.
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