Live Updates: Sonia chooses Azad as J&K Cong’s campaign manager, he refuses


Live updates: Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday appointed former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad as head of the party’s Union Territory campaign committee, but he declined the offer . As part of a complete overhaul of the organization in Jammu and Kashmir, Gandhi also appointed Vikar Rasool Wani, considered close to Azad, as the new JK unit leader.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is in Thailand to attend the 9th India-Thailand Joint Commission meeting as the two nations mark 75 years of establishing diplomatic relations, will meet his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai.

Amid the row surrounding former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s frequent travels to foreign countries since his ousting from power, new Sri Lankan leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has stepped forward to clarify that the current government is not playing for the stay abroad of the former president who fled the country after violent protests.

The first lady of the United States, Jill Biden, has tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19), a spokesperson said on Tuesday. Jill Biden, 71, began developing cold symptoms on Monday night and a PCR test came back positive, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the spokesperson.


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