The Hindu Morning Digest, June 24, 2024

The Hindu Morning Digest, June 24, 2024

Students raised slogans during a protest over alleged irregularities in NEET 2024 results.

Students raise slogans during a protest against alleged irregularities in NEET 2024 results. | Photo Credit: –

48% of 1,563 candidates skipped NEET-UG re-exam

Of the 1,563 candidates eligible to appear for the re-examination of the undergraduate National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG), only 813 (about 52%) appeared for the exam on Sunday. Another 750 candidates (about 48%) were absent. The three-and-a-half-hour exam was held at seven centres in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Meghalaya and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

Centre's high level committee on exam reforms likely to meet on June 24

A high-level panel of the Union Education Ministry will meet on June 23 to suggest exam reforms and review the functioning of the National Testing Agency, sources said. Amid a controversy over irregularities in competitive exams, the ministry on Saturday notified a seven-member panel headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Radhakrishnan to ensure transparent, smooth and fair conduct of exams through the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Kallakurichi liquor tragedy: Suspected main supplier of methanol arrested in Chennai

The police on Sunday arrested 30-year-old Sivakumar, suspected to be the main supplier of methanol to illicit liquor peddlers, taking the death toll in the Kallakurichi hooch tragedy to 56. A central investigation unit of the Tamil Nadu police enforcement branch arrested Sivakumar, who was hiding in his sister's house at Sulapallam in Chennai in the wee hours of Sunday.

Delhi Excise Case: Arvind Kejriwal moves Supreme Court against High Court interim stay on bail order in ED case

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on June 23 moved the Supreme Court in an urgent manner against the Delhi High Court's suspension of bail granted to him by a lower court in the excise policy case. Mr Kejriwal's lawyers said the plea will be mentioned orally for an early hearing before a vacation bench of the Supreme Court on June 24.

Union Tribal Affairs Minister promises to look into Great Nicobar clearance

The Union Tribal Affairs Ministry will look into the forest clearance papers for the Rs 72,000-crore infrastructure project on Great Nicobar Island, which is being pushed by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, and decide the next steps accordingly, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram said. Hindu Last week, he had expressed his intention to pay special attention to the forest and land rights of tribal communities during his tenure.

Army said, terrorist killed near Line of Control in Uri sector

A terrorist was killed in an ongoing counter-terrorism operation in Baramulla in north Kashmir on June 23. “One terrorist has been killed in an anti-infiltration operation launched on June 22 in Uri sector. The operation is ongoing,” an Army spokesperson said.

Saudi Arabia says 1,301 people died during the Hajj, most of them unregistered pilgrims.

Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that more than 1,300 pilgrims had died while performing Hajj in scorching heat and most of the deceased did not have official permits. “Unfortunately, the death toll has reached 1,301, of which 83 percent were unauthorized to perform Hajj and had traveled long distances under the direct sun without proper shelter or facilities,” the official said. Saudi Press Agency informed of.

Sri Lankan President reiterates his support for separate Palestine state

President Ranil Wickremesinghe on June 23 reiterated Sri Lanka's unwavering support for a separate Palestinian state, which is to be established “within five years.” The president also said that despite the country's current bankrupt economy, one million dollars had been collected from generous public contributions in response to the one million dollars donated to his government's Gaza Children's Fund.

Russia approves draft logistics agreement to be signed with India

After being stuck for several years, the India-Russia mutual logistics agreement is set for conclusion, with Russia approving the draft pact last week. The agreement will simplify military-to-military exchanges for exercises, training, port calls and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) efforts. It is similar to a series of such agreements India has signed with several countries, starting with the United States in 2016.

India 'returning the favour' by giving Israel military supplies, says former Israeli ambassador

Daniel Carmon, former Israeli Ambassador to India speaking to a leading Israeli publication ynetnewshas said that India is supplying arms to Israel as a sign of gratitude for Israel's assistance during the 1999 Kargil war. The veteran diplomat's remarks come against the backdrop of speculation that India has supplied drones and artillery shells to Israel as Israel ran short of these items and its war against Hamas has been going on for more than eight months.

Albania player Mirlind Daku banned by UEFA for two Euro 2024 games after chanting nationalist slogans

Albanian player Mirlind Daku was banned for two matches on Sunday for encouraging fans to chant nationalist slogans at the European Championship which UEFA said had tarnished the image of football. After Albania and Croatia drew 2-2 in Hamburg on Wednesday, Daku took up a megaphone and joined chants against Serbia and North Macedonia.

T20 World Cup 2024: Nearly perfect India playing under pressure against Australia may spoil the party mood

India will be aiming to derail Australia's T20 World Cup campaign when they take on their surprised and under-pressure opponents in their final Super 8 match in St Lucia on June 24. India's third consecutive win will not only take them to the top of the group and into the semi-finals, but it will also significantly threaten Australia's chances of reaching the semi-finals after they suffered an unexpected defeat to Afghanistan in St Vincent on Saturday night.

Euro 2024: Croatia faces Italy in a battle for survival

Group B was dubbed the 'Group of Death' for Euro 2024, but Spain won with one game to spare, while strong Italy and Croatia will face off to stay in the competition on June 24. Both teams lost to Spain and defending champions Italy beat Albania 2-1, while Croatia could only manage a 2-2 draw with the smaller teams.

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