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Urmila Matondkar, Kripashankar quit Congress



Mumbai: Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar and former Maharashtra minister Kripashankar Singh on Tuesday announced their resignations from the Congress.

Urmila, who unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election in April from Mumbai, said she was quitting owing to “petty in-house politics” in the party. Singh said he was leaving the Congress as he did not agree with party’s stand to oppose the reading down of Article 370.

The resignations come as another setback to the Congress, which has already seen the exit of many functionaries ahead of the next month’s Maharashtra assembly elections.

The announcement by Matondkar, who had bagged 2,41,431 votes in the Mumbai North Lok Sabha seat, came as a huge embarrassment for the Congress, which is struggling to keep its flock together ahead of the Maharashtra assembly polls, slated to be held next month.

In a statement, Matondkar observed that the key functionaries of the Mumbai Congress are either unable to or are not committed to transforming the party.

“I have resigned from the Indian National Congress. My political and social sensibilities refuse to allow vested interests in the party to use me as a mean to fight petty in-house politics instead of working on a bigger goal in Mumbai Congress,” she said.

Matondkar said the first thought of resignation came to her mind when she realised that “no action” was being taken despite her “repeated efforts” on her letter dated May 16 addressed to the then Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora.

Singh, a former Mumbai Congress president, told PTI that he will reveal his political stand at an “appropriate time” and added that he is not joining the BJP. “I quit the Congress because I do not agree with the party stand to oppose reading down of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Singh served as Mumbai Congress chief and was also a minister in the Congress-NCP coalition government for 15 years.

A Mumbai court last year discharged Singh in a disproportionate asset case for want of sanction to prosecute him. He had come under ED and CBI scanner in the case.


From this day ordinary citizens will start getting corona vaccine made in Russia




Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that he had made the corona vaccine.

Also, his daughter has got the vaccine. Since then, there was only one question in the minds of the people, how long will this medicine be available to the common people.

It is being told that the vaccine of covid-19, prepared in Russia, will go into civilian circulation from January 1, 2021, i.e. from this day it will be made accessible to the common people.

Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said that the vaccine for covid-19, developed jointly by the Microbiology Research Center Gamalaya and the Russian Ministry of Defense, will be given to medical personnel and teachers first.

He said, “We will start using it in a phased manner among the common people.

First of all, priority will be given to those who come in contact with the infected person in connection with the work and they are medical personnel and it will also be provided first to those who are responsible for the health of the children i.e. teachers. ”

The Russian Health Minister said that the Gamaleya Research Center Institute and pharmaceutical company Binnopharm JSC would use these two sites to produce the vaccine.

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