The Hindu Morning Digest, June 21, 2024

The Hindu Morning Digest, June 21, 2024

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the event 'Empowering Youth, Transforming Jammu and Kashmir', in Srinagar on June 20, 2024.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 'Empowering Youth, Transforming Jammu and Kashmir' event, in Srinagar on June 20, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

Preparations for elections are on, Jammu and Kashmir will soon decide its future as a state: PM Modi in Srinagar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Srinagar amid tight security, said the day is not far when people will elect a new government and once again shape the future of Jammu and Kashmir as a state. Referring to recent terror attacks, he vowed to “teach a lesson to the enemies of Jammu and Kashmir”. The Prime Minister inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of several development projects worth over ₹1,500 crore. He launched the Competitiveness Improvement Project in Agriculture and Allied Sectors worth ₹1,800 crore and handed over appointment letters to 200 new government recruits.

Arvind Kejriwal gets bail in Delhi excise policy case

A Delhi court has granted bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case linked to the now-expired Delhi Excise Policy of 2021-22. Vacation Judge Nyaya Bindu of Rouse Avenue Court passed the order after a detailed hearing of Mr Kejriwal and the ED. The judge pronounced the bail order in open court on the evening of June 20. The detailed court order is awaited. Mr Kejriwal had filed two bail pleas in the Rouse Avenue Court earlier this month, one for seven days' bail for treatment, which was rejected on June 5.

NEET, UGC-NET paper leak: Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, government will form panel to improve the functioning of NTA

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the alleged irregularities in the recently held National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the cancelled University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) were an “institutional failure of the National Testing Agency”. Mr Pradhan has said a reform committee of technocrats, bureaucrats and scientists will be formed to suggest improvements in the functioning of the NTA.

French journalist forced to leave India as Home Ministry refuses to renew his work permit

A second French journalist, working in India since 2011, said he was forced to leave the country after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) refused to renew his work permit without giving any reason. Earlier this year, French journalist Vanessa Dougnac, who had been living in India for 22 years, left the country after the Home Ministry sent a notice citing “malicious reporting” and visa violations, asking why her OCI card should not be cancelled.

Election Commission received 11 requests for EVM and VVPAT memory verification after results

The Election Commission of India has received 11 requests for memory verification of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) from the recently concluded Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. These requests essentially mean re-matching of votes cast in 5% of EVMs in each of these constituencies. This is the first time such requests have been received since the Supreme Court's April 24 order allowing verification at the request of a runner-up in an election.

UGC-NET exam was cancelled to protect the interests of students, said Education Ministry official

A day after the UGC-NET exam was cancelled, education ministry officials said no complaints were received about the exam but suo motu action was taken based on the inputs available with them to protect the interests of students. Education ministry joint secretary Govind Jaiswal said details of the inputs could not be shared as the matter has been handed over to the CBI and is under investigation.

India has rejected China's call to resume passenger flights after four years, officials said.

China has been pressing India to resume direct passenger flights after a four-year halt, but New Delhi is resisting as the border dispute is taking a toll on ties between the world's two most populous countries, officials said. India-China ties have been strained since the biggest military clash in decades along the disputed Himalayan border in June 2020, which left 20 Indian and at least four Chinese soldiers dead. Thousands of troops from both sides are still deployed.

IRCTC apologises to Vande Bharat passenger who found cockroach in food

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has apologised to a couple who found a cockroach in their food while travelling on the Vande Bharat Express from Bhopal to Agra. After user Vidit Varshney shared on the social media platform about his uncle and aunt finding a worm in their food on board the Vande Bharat Express, IRCTC apologised for the incident and said they are taking it seriously.

Jaishankar reviews India-supported energy, connectivity projects during Colombo visit

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar made a day-long visit to Colombo and discussed the progress of key energy sector initiatives on which India and Sri Lanka have agreed to work together. Attending a ceremony with President Ranil Wickremesinghe, he inaugurated a Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) and handed over new houses built with Indian assistance. In his first bilateral foreign visit after being re-appointed to office in the newly formed coalition government, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar focused on the progress made in the implementation of ongoing India-supported projects in the island nation, sources said.

IIT Bombay fines 8 students for performing play allegedly mocking Lord Ram

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has imposed a fine of up to Rs 1.2 lakh on eight students who performed a play that allegedly mocked Lord Ram and misrepresented Hinduism. 'Ramayana' A fellow student said the play was presented in a wrong light. 'Rahovan' This year it will be organised as part of the Performing Arts Festival (PAF) on March 31.

Kallakurichi liquor tragedy: Madras HC to hear plea for CBI probe on June 21

The Madras High Court on Thursday agreed to hear a PIL seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the Kallakurichi liquor tragedy that has so far claimed over 30 lives and hospitalised several others. The petitioner insisted on a CBI probe as there was a serious suspicion that the sale of spurious liquor was carried out in connivance with local leaders of the ruling party and police personnel.

Sanjay Singh sought cooperation from Indian block to get Delhi's share of water from Haryana

AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh has sought the support of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the party's fight to get Delhi's share of water from Haryana. Mr Singh said Delhi's water minister Atishi will begin an indefinite fast from June 21 to get Delhi's share of water from Haryana, which is ruled by the BJP.

Some relief from rain in North India, relief from heat

The India Meteorological Department said that heat wave conditions have abated over large parts of north India, but it is expected to be short-lived as dry conditions are expected to resume over the weekend or early next week. “Heat wave conditions have abated from many parts of Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, north Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh today, 20 June 2024. During the last 24 hours (Thursday), scattered to fairly widespread light/moderate rain has been observed over Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, north Haryana-Chandigarh and north Uttar Pradesh. Isolated very heavy rain has also been observed over Uttarakhand during this period,” the IMD said on Thursday.

More than 600 people including 68 Indians died due to heat during Haj pilgrimage

A diplomat in Saudi Arabia said 68 Indians had died during this year's Haj pilgrimage, taking the total death toll to over 600. “We have confirmed the deaths of about 68 people… some died of natural causes and we had many elderly pilgrims. And some died due to the weather, we estimate,” said the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity. AFP,

T20 World Cup, AFG vs IND: Bumrah takes charge after Suryakumar's show

India had no trouble adapting to the conditions in the West Indies. The journey from the USA to Barbados was a smooth one as India crushed Afghanistan by 47 runs in their first Super 8 game on Thursday. Led by Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya, India put up a valiant 181 for eight on a pitch-tested pitch. Jasprit Bumrah (3/7) and three spinners put Afghanistan under pressure.

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