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News18 Afternoon Digest: PM Modi Bids Emotional Goodbye to Azad in RS, Actor Deep Sidhu Arrested & Other Top Stories

PM Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha

PM Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha

Here are the top stories we are covering this afternoon: PM Modi Bids Emotional Goodbye to 'True Friend' Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha, Says 'Won't Let You Retire'; Actor Deep Sidhu Arrested For Instigating Red Fort Violence During Farmers' Stir On Republic Day; Twitter Says Seeking Dialogue with IT Minister, Safety of Staff Key After Rare Confrontation Over Accounts; New Labour Codes May Allow 4-day Work Week But With Longer Hours; India vs England Live Score, 1st Test Day 5 at Chennai: IND 144-6 at Lunch; and Ranbir Kapoor's Sweet Gesture for Alia Bhatt Proves He's the Best Boyfriend.

PM Modi Bids Emotional Goodbye to 'True Friend' Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha, Says 'Won't Let You Retire'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, bidding farewell to retiring members of the Rajya Sabha, became especially emotional while recalling his memories with Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, saying whoever replaces him will have difficulty living up to his work. "The person who will replace Ghulam Nabi ji (as Leader of Opposition) will have difficulty matching his work because he was not only concerned about his party but also about the country and the House," PM Modi said, speaking in the Rajya Sabha.

Actor Deep Sidhu Arrested For Instigating Red Fort Violence During Farmers' Stir On Republic Day

Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu has been arrested by the the special cell of the Delhi police on Tuesday on charges of instigating violence during the tractor rally on Republic Day. Reports suggest he was arrested from Punjab's Zikarpur. Several teams of the Delhi police's crime branch have been searching for Sidhu after several farmers accused him of playing a role in the violence at the Red Fort on January 26. Since then, Sidhu has been uploading videos on Facebook.

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New Labour Codes May Allow 4-day Work Week But With Longer Hours

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India vs England Live Score, 1st Test Day 5 at Chennai: IND 144-6 at Lunch

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Ranbir Kapoor's Sweet Gesture for Alia Bhatt Proves He's the Best Boyfriend

Ranbir Kapoor is opening up his closet for fans for the sake of charity. His girlfriend, actress Alia Bhatt informed fans through social media that some items from Ranbir's personal wardrobe have been put up for sale to help kids battling cancer. "Tada... Ranbir is sharing his wardrobe with you. Proceeds will provide holistic nutrition to children fighting cancer," Alia shared via her Instagram stories. Ranbir's venture has been recognized by the platform Co-Exist, which was founded by Alia and "works towards the issues of animal and ecological welfare."