Bharatiya Janata Party has officially come out with its first election list. According to the list, PM Modi will be contesting Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi. It is also confirmed that Mr. Amit Shah (Party President) will be contesting from Gandhinagar (Gujrat). A total of 184 candidates have been announced in the list.

Here are all the significant developments you need to know.

  • The BJP has officially announced candidates for 184 Lok Sabha seats. A party meeting is scheduled for March 21 (noon) where further candidatures will be discussed.
  • Amit Shah (Party President) to contest elections from Gandhinagar (Gujrat). Since 1998, the following seat is held by one of the greatest BJP leaders, Mr. Lal Krishna Advani. Also, this is the first time that Mr. Amit Shah will be contesting in Lok Sabha Elections.
  • According to the first Lok Sabha candidate list, PM Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, VK Singh, Smriti Irani, Babul Supriyo will all be contesting elections.
  • Rajnath Singh – Lucknow, Nitin Gadkari – Nagpur, Smriti Irani – Amethi, VK Singh – Ghaziabad.
  • Six current sitting MP’s have been denied tickets to contest in the Lok Sabha elections. MP’s include – Union Minister Krishna Raj, Anshul Verma, Ram Shankar Katheria, Anuj Bala, Satya Pal Singh, and Babulal Chaudhary.
  • VK Singh, Mahesh Sharma, DV Sadanand Gowda, Babul Supriyo and Kiran Rijiju have been renominated to contest in the Lok Sabha elections from the same seat.
  • Over 25 current Members of Parliament have been denied tickets to contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
  • According to BJP, a total of 17 candidates have been finalized from Bihar. However, the names will be announced in cooperation with the party’s allies (JDU and Lok Janshakti Party)
  • Two women Members of Parliament have been denied tickets in Rajasthan (Santosh Ahlawat and Jhunjhunu). The candidate is replaced with Narendra Khinchad.

Mr. Anil Ambani who is the Chairman of Reliance Communications Ltd was under a debt of Rs 458.77 crore and was in a race against time as the Supreme Court of India had set a four-week deadline in order to pay off debts. Mr. Mukesh Ambani, his elder brother, came to his rescue and showed the world that blood is indeed thicker than water.

Mukesh Ambani paid a total of 550 crores and interest to telecom equipment maker ‘Ericson.’ Thanking elder brother Mukesh Ambani for “timely support,” Anil Ambani said, “My sincere and heartfelt thanks to my respected elder brother, Mukesh, and Nita, for standing by me during these trying times, and demonstrating the importance of staying true to our strong family values by extending this timely support.”

Anil Ambani was emotional as blood did save him. In one of his statements, Anil said: “My family and I are grateful we have moved beyond the past, and are deeply touched with this gesture.” Also, according to an official spokesperson  for RCom, “the requisite payment of Rs 550 crore and interest thereon to Ericsson has been completed today in compliance with the judgment of the Supreme Court.”

A foot overbridge collapsed in Mumbai very close to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station on the 14 March. A total of 6 people are reported dead, and 33 are injured. According to reports, the over-bridge was under repair, regardless was still in use. The mishappening took place at 7:30 in the evening at the time when the number of people using the bridge was highest.
According to the railway ministry, the overbridge was under the control of Mumbai’s Civic body ‘Brihanmumbai Corporation.’ The State Minister ‘Vinod Tawde Said that Railways, as well as the civic body, would investigate the matter. The Prime minister of the country also showed grief by saying that “he was deeply anguished by the loss of lives” taking on Twitter.
National Disaster Relief force has come out to help with rescue operations. The spot of the incident is also under the watch of the police department. Initially, NDRF claimed that 10-12 people were trapped under debris. However, Police at a later stage clarified that was not the case.

According to reports by News18, The ED has filed a fresh charge sheet against Nirav Modi, accused for PNB bank scam. Reports suggest that this charge sheet has been fled in Mumbai, under Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The charge sheet filed is a supplementary charge sheet and investigation agencies have also gathered additional evidences in the case. The exact content of the charge sheet are not revealed yet.

The news surfaced a couple of days after a British daily came out with a report showing that Nirav Modi is living in the UK in a stupendously expensive apartment in London’s West End and also that he is now involved in a new business (related to diamonds).

The Indian agencies like CBI are continuously looking into this matter and investigating the fraud by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. According to reports by the Telegraph, Nirav Modi is living a 3BHK flat occupying half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block in London. Reports suggest that the rent for the flat is somewhere around 17000 pounds a month. Agencies have listed Nirav Modi’s assets to be worth Rs 1,873.08 crore under the PMLA and has managed to successfully seize assets worth Rs 489.75 crores.

According to NDTV reports, The Government of Madhya Pradesh will be waiving off agricultural loans of over 25 lakh farmers in the next four days as a part of Madhya Pradesh’s ‘Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana.’

During a function at Rajgarh, Mr. Nath, the Chief Minister of state said ‘the farm loan waiver process would continue until all beneficiaries are covered.’ CM Nath further went on to saying that ‘In next four days farm loan of 25 lakh farmers will be waived off, and the process will continue for the remaining ones,” he further siad that his government was working continuously since taking over 65 days ago to fulfill promises in the Congress” election manifesto.’

According to an official, agricultural loans worth Rs 144 crore are being waived off in Rajgarh district itself. Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana aims to waive off loans worth Rs 50,000 crores of 55 lakh small and marginal farmers.

CM Kamal Nath also said that his government in Madhya Pradesh is exploring ways and methods in order to create job opportunities for the youth while attracting investments in the state. CM Nath also laid the foundation stone s for drinking water projects and irrigations.

Today morning, Pakistani F-16 jets violated the line of control. Officials report that the Indian Air Force launched counter-attacks immediately. The Indian jets hooked the Pakistani planes and made sure that they return back. However, in the process, the Indian Air Force took down one of the F-16 jets.

According to sources, the F-16 jet that went down after Indian retaliation. The pilot was seen ejecting out of the plane, but there is no information about the pilot’s condition yet. However, it is now confirmed that the Pakistani jets dropped on bombs on Indian Soil while retreating Indian air space. As of now, there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. A Tweet by ANI showed pictures of craters created due to Pakistani bombs in Rajouri.

A number of sources have confirmed that the Pakistani jets crossed the Line of Control and infiltrated the  Nowshera sector, Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to a report by the Press Trust of India, an unnamed official stated ‘The jets entered into Indian air space over Nowshera sector this morning.’ The PTI further reported that these Pakistani jets were pushed back immediately by the Indian Jets on air patrol.

The Indian Air Force attacked the town of Balakot on the morning of 26 February. Balakot is in the Mansehra District of Pakistan. According to reports, Balakot had a number of terrorist training camps. According to sources, the terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed operated from this region.

The Indian Air Force successfully crossed the LOC on the morning of February 26 and conducted airstrikes on the terrorist training camps in the Balakot region. The attacks were well planned and executed at 3:30 am. The Air Force used the Mirage 2000 aircraft to execute the attacks. 1000kg bombs were dropped at terrorist camps killing more than 300 terrorists.

According to sources, all terrorist launchpads were ravaged in the region of Balakot, Chakothi, and Muzaffarabad. The Indian Air Force managed to demolish all Jaish-e-Mohammad control rooms as well.

Today’s strike by the Indian Airforce not only struck in Chukoti and Muzaffarabad which is located close to the Line of Control but went deep into Pakistani air space and destroyed terrorist camps in the Balakot sector. To make it simple, the Indian Air Force not only crossed LOC but attacked Pakistan. As Indians, we salute our soldiers and congratulate the Indian Government for the successful operation.

24 hours after Robert Vadra implicated about joining politics through a post on Facebook, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh witnessed posters of Mr Vadra urging him to join politics and contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. About a month ago, Congress announced that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be debuting in Indian Politics as Congress General Secretary. Mr Vadra at that point in time gave a hint that he as well could be a part of the party this election season.

On being asked about him joining politics, Mr. Vadra says ‘I don’t have to be in politics to help people of the country, but if by joining I can make a larger difference then why not?’. In recent times, MR Vadra has been seen active on social media and has been frequently seen attacking the Modi government, mostly accusing them of launching a ‘political witch hunt’ in order to malign his image in the public domain. However, with so much of excitement this election season, It is being said that Robert Vadra has fervent interest of joining the Indian politics and that he could plunge into his political career in the 2019 General elections.

Mr. Vadra is expected to be seen campaigning for his party as well as contesting in the polls. According to India Today,  One of the sources said that ‘He has always loved to serve people, participate in making this world better by helping the poor and downtrodden. It has been a source of strength for him and he feels the urge to do more.’ The source further went on to say that Mr. Vadra could contest elections from home state of Gandhi’s in Uttar Pradesh.

Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi has said that his party (AAP) will not form any sort of alliance with the Congress in order to contest the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. Previously, CM Kejriwal made extensive efforts to work hand in hand with the Congress in Delhi, but eventually realised that ‘the deal is not happening.’ He further added that the only reason AAP was an alliance with the Congress was to save the country. CM Kejriwal further stated that ‘Had AAP and Congress come together for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would have been easily wiped off in Delhi in 2019. But it seems that the alliance between AAP and Congress is not happening,’CM Kejriwal also mentioned that it is out of compulsion and helplessness that he had to share the stage with the congress party and other opposition parties in order to fight Prime Minister Modi and the BJP. According to CM Kejriwal, PM Narendra Modi and President of BJP Mr Amit Shah are ‘dangerous for the nation. However, CM Kejriwal still believes that his party, the Aam Aadmi Party will give a tough fight to the Bharatiya Janata Party in the coming general elections. CM Kejriwal fails to understand what congress wants. Following this, he further stated that ‘The Congress is weakening the AAP in Delhi and the BSPSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh. Same is happening with Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal.’

We have lost our brave hearts at the Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir at the hands of terrorists, the entire nation is sad and angry with what has occured. The Jawans who were killed in the attacks included individuals of different religions and casts. Today, We as a nation are going beyond the aspect of cast and creed and are saluting all our Jawans who have laid their lives for the country. It is because of them that we ‘the aam aadmi’ live and love peacefully within the borders.

Pulwama is a small district in Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is approximately 40 km’s from Srinagar. The province is well known as Pulwama accounts for high milk production. Today, 4 army personals were martyred fighting terrorist and security groups including a Major in Jammu and Kashmir. Reports suggest that a total of 4 terrorists have been taking shelter in the district. At press time, all four terrorists have been gunned down.

One of the defense spokespeople claims that these terrorists were involved in the 14th February car bombing attacks in Pulwama. Jawans who were martyred during the operation have been identified as Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, Hawaldar Sheo Ram, Sepoy Hari Singh, and Sepoy Ajay Kumar. These martyrs belonged to the 55 Rashtriya Rifles.

On February 14, approximately 40 CRPF Jawans in a bus were killed in a terrorist suicide attack in Pulwama district, Kashmir. According to reports, the act was executed by a terrorist organization called Jaish-e-Mohammed. Following the attacks on our Jawans, Pakistan has been facing a lot of pressure from all around the globe. As an immediate action, India has taken away Pakistan’s ‘most favored nation tag’ and has hiked custom duties of all Pakistani goods entering India by 200 percent.

On the eve of Tuesday, according to one of the stories by India Today, Congress came out to blame the central government over the Pulwama attacks. Congress believes that this operation was successful only because of the security lapses by the government. However, the attack on the center was not talked about by the Congress on Saturday as Rahul Gandhi stated that the party will not be holding any conversations over the next couple of days other than ‘our most beloved people have been killed, their families need us, and we are going to stand with them.’

Covering the incident, NDTV came out with a report according to which Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the time for talks with Pakistan is over. Narendra Modi in Bihar expressed his anger by saying that ‘there is a fire raging my heart.’ Amit Shah while attending a rally in Assam also stated that the government will not let sacrifices made by the soldier go in vain. Following which, Shiv Sena, an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party also condemned the attacks and said that it was time to attack Pakistan and seek revenge in the deaths of the soldiers.

According to the Union Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd.) VK Singh “India will choose the time and place for retaliation and that it will be “properly planned and well thought of. Any war, war-like or punitive action must be planned for success. It should be a cold act, and nothing is to be done in a hurry,” General Singh, former Army chief, said. “Even Osama (Bin Laden) was not killed in a day, despite the fact that the US knew he was hiding in Pakistan. Let us support our forces.”

According to the reports in the Economic Times, Lt Gen Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon sent a strong message to the youth of Kashmir who he believes in misguided. He said that ‘anyone who picks up a gun in Kashmir will be eliminated.’ Lt Gen Kanwal Jeet appealed directly to the mothers of these young Kashmiris asking them to make sure that their children do not take up terrorism and surrender to the forces. Lt Gen believes that ‘ Mothers have an essential part to play in Kashmiri society.

These kind of attacks on the Indian army on the Indian soil are highly condemnable and sad. Pakistan needs to understand that they need to keep their state free from terrorists. We have let pakistan off the hook several times and this can not continue to happen. Our soldiers are precious to the entire nation.

Me along with the entire nation believe that now It’s time to retaliate. This is a mutual feeling amongst all Indians regardless of cast and creed. India has let a lot of things go, but killing of our soldiers is something that India will not succumb to. With this in mind, The Indian forces pinned down the terrorist involved in the CRPF killings. They also neutralized the mastermind of the attack. Entire India is waiting to find out what’s in store. For further updates on what’s happening and what is going to happen, hook up with Lifeartified every once in a while. We will bring the news to you on your table.