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Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde with his 2 deputies Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar/@MahaDGIPR/Twitter
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde with his 2 deputies Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar/@MahaDGIPR/Twitter
23:54   Mumbai Teachers' seat to see friendly fight among Mahayuti allies
The ruling Shiv Sena on Thursday announced support to independent candidate Shivaji Shendge for the Maharashtra legislative council polls from the Mumbai Teachers' constituency, setting up a friendly fight with its allies BJP and NCP. 

The elections will be held on June 26. 

Sanjay More, secretary of the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, said the decision to field Shendge was taken after consulting allies. 

The rival Shiv Sena-UBT has fielded Jagannath Abhyankar from the seat while the BJP's nominee is Shivnath Darade who is also contesting as an independent candidate. 

The NCP too has fielded Shivaji Nalawade. 

"When Shendge filed his nomination as a Shiv Sena candidate, he was not given the AB form at that time. But then it was decided that seat will be contested as a friendly fight. So although he is a Shiv Sena candidate, he will contest as an independent," More said. 

Shendge had contested from the same seat in 2018 and was a runner-up, he added. -- PTI
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23:43   At 47.2 deg C, Bihar's Buxar records highest temperature
The national capital, parts of Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar were in the grip of a severe heatwave on Thursday with maximum temperatures crossing the 46 degrees Celsius mark at several places and no immediate respite in sight due to the slow progress of the southwest monsoon. 

Buxar in Bihar recorded 47.2 degrees Celsius, the highest in the country on Thursday, which was 8.9 degrees above the normal maximum temperature for the season. 

The India Meteorological Department, in its extended range forecast for the next two weeks, said the cumulative monsoon rains received across the country for the first 12 days of this season was 4 percent less than the normal, with northwest India remaining parched with 53 percent deficient rains. 

Southern India, on the other hand, received 60 percent more rainfall than normal during the June 1-12 period. 

The weather office said conditions were likely to become favourable for further advance of the southwest monsoon towards the end of the week around June 19. 

According to the forecast models, the Madden Julian Oscillation or the monsoon pulse, was expected to remain weak over the next two weeks which was not favourable for convective activity and formation of cyclones over the north Indian Ocean. -- PTI
23:29   Lulu Group announces Rs 5 lakh each for those killed in Kuwait fire
Prominent NRI businessman and chairman of UAE-based Lulu Group MA Yusuff Ali on Thursday announced Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the deceased in the tragic Kuwait fire tragedy, which left 49 persons, including 45 Indians, dead. 

At least 49 foreign workers were killed and 50 others injured in the fire on Wednesday at the seven-storey building where 196 migrant workers were staying in the southern city of Mangaf. 

A sum of Rs. 5 lakh for each of the families of the deceased will be paid as part of this relief fund, a statement released by the group in Abu Dhabi said. 

The central government as well as the Kerala government have also announced similar relief funds. 

Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh reached Kuwait on Thursday and met some of the Indians injured in the fire. The Indian Embassy in Kuwait said all those injured were safe. -- PTI
A view of Srinagar/ANI Photo
A view of Srinagar/ANI Photo
22:53   India strongly rejects references to J-K in China-Pak joint statement
India on Thursday stoutly rejected "unwarranted" references to Jammu and Kashmir in the latest joint statement by China and Pakistan and asserted that the Union Territory and Ladakh "have been, are and will always remain" its integral parts. 

The joint statement was issued in Beijing on June 7 following talks between Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese Premier Li Qiang. 

"We have noted unwarranted references to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in the joint statement between China and Pakistan of June 7. We categorically reject such references," external affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said. 

"Our position on the issue is consistent and well-known to the concerned parties. The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territory of Ladakh have been, are and will always remain integral and inalienable parts of India," he said. 

Jaiswal was responding to a media query on the joint statement. 

"No other country has the locus standi to comment on the same," Jaiswal said. -- PTI
TMC's Yusuf Pathan (second from right) during poll campaign in Kolkata/ANI Photo
TMC's Yusuf Pathan (second from right) during poll campaign in Kolkata/ANI Photo
22:33   TMC MP Yusuf Pathan gets Vadodara civic notice
The Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Vadodara Municipal Corporation in Gujarat has issued a notice to former India cricketer and recently elected Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP from Baharampur Yusuf Pathan for allegedly encroaching on a plot of land the civic body said belongs to it. 

While the notice was served to Pathan on June 6, VMC's standing committee chairman Shital Mistry informed the media on Thursday after the issue was highlighted by former BJP corporator Vijay Pawar. 

Talking to reporters earlier in the day, Pawar had alleged that though the state government had rejected VMC's proposal to sell the plot to Pathan in 2012, the newly elected MP had encroached on the plot by constructing a compound wall. 

"I don't have any grudge against Yusuf Pathan. A plot in Tanadalja area under TP 22 is a residential plot owned by VMC. In 2012, Pathan had demanded this plot from VMC because his house, which was under construction at that time, was adjacent to that plot. He had offered nearly Rs 57,000 per square meter," Pawar told reporters. -- PTI
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A view of Lok Sabha/Sansad TV/ANI Photo
22:16   LS Speaker's poll on Jun 26; candidates can be proposed till Jun 25 noon
The Lok Sabha will elect its new Speaker on June 26 for which notices for motions supporting candidates can be submitted by members by 12 noon a day prior, the Lok Sabha secretariat said on Thursday. 

The 18th Lok Sabha will meet for the first time on June 24 and the session will conclude on July 3. 

At any time before 12 noon on the day preceding the date fixed for the election, any member can give notice in writing to the secretary general of a motion supporting another member for the office of the speaker, a Lok Sabha bulletin noted. 

"In the present case, notices of motions for the election of the Speaker can be given before 12 noon on Tuesday, June 25," it explained. 

While first two days will be devoted for oath taking of newly-elected members, June 26 has been fixed for the election of the speaker. 

On June 27, President Droupadi Murmu will address a joint sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. 

The notice for the motion has to be seconded by a third member. 

Also, it has to be accompanied by a statement by the candidate contesting the poll that he or she is willing to serve as Speaker if elected. -- PTI
Home Minister Amit Shah and ex-governor Tamilisai Soundarrajan/ANI on X
Home Minister Amit Shah and ex-governor Tamilisai Soundarrajan/ANI on X
21:47   Did Amit Shah tick her off? Tamilisai says....
A brief video of Home Minister Amit Shah and former governor Tamilisai Soundarrajan, in which Shah can be seen speaking sternly with her and wagging his finger, had set off speculation that she was being ticked off for negative remarks about TN BJP chief K Annamalai. 

Following the controversy, Tamilisai posted a clarification on X: "Yesterday as I met our Honorable Home Minister Amit Shah in AP for the first time after the 2024 Elections he called me to ask about post-poll followup and the challenges faced.. As I was elaborating, due to paucity of time with utmost concern he advised me to carry out the political and constituency work intensively which was reassuring. This is to clarify all unwarranted speculations around...."
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21:28   Ex-student falls off medical college's fifth floor in UP, cops probe death
A woman died in the early hours of Thursday after falling into an air vent on the fifth floor of a medical college, from which she had recently passed out. 

The police said they are investigating if it was an accident, suicide or murder. 

"Diksha Tiwari, a resident of Bareilly, who had completed her MBBS course recently had gone to the fifth floor along with her two fellow students from where she suddenly fell into a duct," ACP Shikhar said.

The incident happened at Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical College at Swaroop Nagar in Kanpur. 

The ACP said the two friends took her to a hospital where Diksha, 26, was declared dead. 

The police have detained the two friends for further investigation. 

An investigation has been launched into the matter, the ACP said, adding that it is too early to conclude whether it was an accident or suicide or murder. 

Officiating principal of the medical college, Dr Richa Giri, told media persons on Thursday that Diksha had completed her studies from the medical college in March and had allegedly gone to the fifth floor of the college building for some work. -- PTI
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20:47   Relief as IMD predicts light rain in Delhi tomorrow
The IMD has forecast light rain in Delhi on Friday, potentially offering respite from the scorching heat beating down on the national capital. 

On Thursday, the maximum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung Observatory, considered the official marker of the city, was 4.9 notches above normal at 44.8 degrees Celsius. 

The Najafgarh weather station recorded a maximum temperature of 45.1 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department said. 

Among Delhi's other stations, Narela recorded a high of 45.3 degrees Celsius, Aya Nagar 46.4 degrees, Ridge 46.3 degrees and Palam 45.8 degrees, the weather office said in a bulletin. 

The national capital was under an 'orange' alert, which stands for "be prepared" during the day. The relative humidity oscillated between 15 percent and 58 percent, according to the IMD bulletin. -- PTI
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20:37   Rain, landslides leave 6 dead, 1500 stranded in Sikkim
At least six people were killed and 1,500-odd tourists stranded as massive landslides triggered by incessant rainfall caused devastation in northern Sikkim's Mangan district, officials said on Thursday. 

A newly-constructed bailey bridge at Sangkalang collapsed snapping the link between Mangan with Dzongu and Chungthang. 

Landslides blocked stretches of roads and several houses were inundated or damaged, while electricity poles were swept away, they said. 

Towns such as Dzongu, Chungthang, Lachen, and Lachung in Mangan district known for popular tourist spots like Gurudongmar Lake and Yunthang Valley have now been cut off from the rest of the country. 

Three persons each died in Pakshep and Ambhithang villages, Mangan district magistrate Hem Kumar Chettri said. 

A number of houses were damaged in Geythang and Nampathang. 

A relief camp has been set up at Pakshep for the displaced people, Chettri said. 

The district magistrate also held a meeting with other officials to take stock of the situation following the incessant rainfall in and around Mangan district since Wednesday night and instructed them to carry out rescue and relief works. -- PTI
Actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra and her husband Raj Kundra/File image
Actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra and her husband Raj Kundra/File image
20:21   Court orders probe against Shilpa Shetty, husband in gold scheme
A Mumbai court has directed the police to probe a complaint against Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra, her husband Raj Kundra and others for allegedly defrauding an investor in a gold scheme. 

In an order passed on Tuesday, additional sessions judge N P Mehta said "prima facie cognizable offence is made out" against the Kundra couple, the company founded by them -- Satyug Gold Private Limited -- as well as two directors and an employee of the firm. 

The court directed the BKC police station to investigate the allegations made in the complaint filed by Prithviraj Kothari, managing director of Riddhi Siddhi Bullions. 

The judge asked the police to register an FIR against them under relevant Indian Penal Code sections for cheating and criminal breach of trust "if any cognizable offence is found to have been committed by accused persons". 

In the complaint filed through advocates Harikrishna Mishra and Vishal Acharya, Kothari said the Kundra couple had launched a scheme in 2014 under which anyone wanting to invest would be required to make complete payment of gold at a discounted rate upfront at the time of applying for the scheme. 

Later, an agreed quantity of gold would be delivered on the maturity date. -- PTI
Bollywood actor Sunny Leone/Courtesy Sunny Leone/Instagram
Bollywood actor Sunny Leone/Courtesy Sunny Leone/Instagram
19:42   Kerala varsity cancels Sunny Leone's programme
University of Kerala has denied permission for a performance by Bollywood actor Sunny Leone at its engineering campus. 

As part of the tech fest, the students union had planned a programme by Leone on July 5. 

The university vice-chancellor, Mohanan Kunnummal said permission was denied as there was an existing directive from the higher education department banning the performance of "outside bands" on the campuses. 

"After the recent stampede incident at CUSAT campus, there is an existing direction banning performances by outside band on the campuses," Kunnummal said. 

The Vice-Chancellor said he learned about the event after seeing a poster for it. 

"There is also a regulation that money should not be collected from outside for functions inside the campuses. On this particular campus, there are only around 300 students, and for a Bollywood celebrity, an exorbitant amount needs to be collected," he added. 

As the campus comes under Kerala University, permission for such events needs to come from the Registrar of the university, which was not sought, sources said. -- PTI
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19:28   HC refuses stay on nod granted to 67 shops to slaughter animals for Bakri Eid
The Bombay high court on Thursday refused to stay the permission granted to 67 private shops and 47 municipal markets in Mumbai to slaughter animals during the Bakri Eid festival. 

A division bench of Justices M S Sonak and Kamal Khata noted that it would not be right to grant any relief to the petitioner "on the eve" of the festival. 

It said the relief was sought belatedly and that no application was filed seeking interim orders against the permission granted. 

City-based NGO Jiv Maitri Trust, which works towards the protection and welfare of animals, had challenged a May 29 communication issued by the BMC granting nod to 67 private shops and 47 municipal markets for slaughter of animals from June 17 to June 19 for Bakri Eid. 

The plea said the permission granted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation was not in consonance with an earlier policy of the civic body allowing the slaughter of animals only at the Deonar abattoir. 

The policy prohibited slaughter at private places including meat shops, residential societies and houses. -- PTI
Sikkim CM Prem Singh Tamang's wife Krishna Kumari Rai/Courtesy FB
Sikkim CM Prem Singh Tamang's wife Krishna Kumari Rai/Courtesy FB
19:04   Day after taking oath, Sikkim CM's wife quits as MLA
Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang's wife Krishna Kumari Rai on Thursday quit as an MLA, a day after taking oath, according to an official notification. 

The reason behind her sudden decision is not yet known. 

She had won from the Namchi-Singhithang seat in the recently concluded assembly polls, defeating Sikkim Democratic Front candidate Bimal Rai. 

Speaker MN Sherpa has accepted Krishna Kumari Rai's resignation, Sikkim legislative assembly secretary Lalit Kumar Gurung said. 

Neither she nor the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha leadership could be contacted for comments regarding the development. 

The chief minister is currently in Arunachal Pradesh to attend the swearing in ceremony of his counterpart Pema Khandu. -- PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi/File image/PMOIndia/X
Prime Minister Narendra Modi/File image/PMOIndia/X
18:41   AI, energy, Africa to be in focus, says Modi as he leaves for Italy for G7 summit
As he embarks on a visit to Italy to attend an Outreach session at the G7 summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said its focus would be on artificial intelligence, energy, Africa, and the Mediterranean. 

Modi said this in a departure statement before leaving for the European nation in his first foreign trip after becoming prime minister for a third term. 

The prime minister said issues crucial for the Global South will also be deliberated upon at the Outreach session. 

The G7 summit, to be held in the luxury resort of Borgo Egnazia in Italy's Apulia region from June 13 to 15, is expected to be dominated by the raging war in Ukraine and the conflict in Gaza. 

"At the invitation of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, I am travelling to Apulia region in Italy to participate in the G7 Outreach summit on June 14," Modi said. 

The prime minister said he was glad that his first visit in the third consecutive term is to Italy for the G-7 Summit. 

"During the discussions at the Outreach session, the focus will be on artificial intelligence, energy, Africa, and the Mediterranean," Modi said. -- PTI
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18:16   Madras HC tells lawyers to pay stipend of Rs 20,000 to junior advocates
The Madras high court has directed the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to issue guidelines within four weeks to all the advocates and senior advocates on BCTP rolls to pay a minimum stipend of Rs 20,000 per month to their junior advocates in Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai. 

A division bench comprising Justices S M Subramaniam and C Kumarappan gave the directive while passing interim orders on a petition seeking enforcement of the Advocates Welfare Fund Scheme in Puducherry. 

The petitioner, Farida Begum, also sought a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for herself. 

The bench said any advocate/senior advocate employing the services of a junior advocate shall pay a minimum stipend of Rs 15,000 per month for advocates practising in other areas in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. 

Listing the matter to be posted on June 22, 2024 for further consideration, the bench said in respect of the settlement of welfare fund amount to the eligible members in Tamil Nadu, the state government has to respond. -- PTI
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Gangster Iqbal Kaskar (middle)/File image
18:00   Gangster Iqbal Kaskar acquitted by MCOCA court in extortion case
A special MCOCA court in Thane acquitted Iqbal Kaskar, brother of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, in an extortion case. 

In his order on Wednesday, special MCOCA judge Amit M Shete said Kaskar was given the benefit of doubt and acquitted as the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against him. 

Kaskar was tried for offences under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act as well as Indian Penal Code sections 384 (extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 387 (putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion) as part of a case registered at Thane Nagar police station on October 3, 2017. 

The special public prosecutor told court Kaskar and other accused had threatened and extorted Rs 3 crore from a builder over a deal related to a 38-acre land in north Mumbai's Gorai area. -- PTI
Delhi water minister Atishi
Delhi water minister Atishi
17:45   Water shortage in Delhi, not leakage: Atishi
Delhi is facing a 50 million gallons per day shortfall in water production and the present crisis can not be solved by merely restraining the tanker mafia, the AAP government's Water Minister Atishi said on Thursday.

 "There is no large-scale leakage, it's a rumour. Leakages, if any, in the pipelines are repaired within 12 hours," Atishi claimed, adding that a recent audit shows that water leakage in Delhi is lesser than international standards. There is a genuine water crisis in the city, Atishi said in a press conference and appealed to people to avoid water wastage. 

 She said the average water production in Delhi has fallen considerably from 1,000-1,005 million gallons per day (MGD) six days ago due to a lack of adequate supply of raw water through the Yamuna River and other sources. "On June 12 it was 951 MGD. It means production has decreased by 50 MGD in Delhi due to shortage of water, leading to scarcity in areas at the tail end of the water pipeline network," she said. 

 The plight of Delhiites braving an unprecedented high summer heat has been further aggravated by an acute shortage of water supply in the city. The ruling AAP and BJP are involved in a blame game as the city grapples with one of its worst water crises in recent years. Atishi asserted that the Arvind Kejriwal government has been taking all measures to prevent leakage and wastage of water. 

 Delhi government teams have so far issued 1,323 challans to people for water wastage while 179 unauthorised water connections for construction work and other commercial purposes have been disconnected, she told reporters. Appealing Delhi people not to use water from DJB's pipeline network for washing cars, roofs and balconies of houses and watering plants, the minister said, "People need to come together to tackle the water crisis."
17:31   Guess what this is...
An interesting tidbit on X from Edward Anderson, Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) in History at the North Umbria university, UK. He writes with this image alongside: "In case you're wondering, this manhole cover from Chandigarh was sold a couple of years ago in London for 10,800 (12,960 or Rs 14 lakhs with fees). Lots of these Le Corbusier-designed covers, which lined the streets of Chandigarh, have been stolen & replaced with concrete ones."
FM Nirmala Sitharaman
FM Nirmala Sitharaman
17:27   Prep for Union Budget starts, Nirmala's 7th time
Preparation for the upcoming Union Budget 2024-25 commenced in Delhi on Thursday. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has directed officials to initiate the budget preparation process, emphasizing the need for meticulous planning and comprehensive analysis.

This early start aims to ensure a well-structured budget that effectively addresses the country's economic priorities and challenges. The collaborative efforts of the ministry's team are expected to contribute to a robust and strategic financial plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

According to sources, the Union Budget for 2024-25 is likely to be tabled in Parliament by the third week of July. 

Earlier, on February 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the interim budget for 2024-2025 in Parliament due to the election year.

The Interim Budget is presented by a government that is either in a transition period or in its last year in office ahead of general elections. The purpose of the interim budget is to ensure the continuity of government expenditure and essential services until the new government can present a full-fledged budget after taking office.

Now, after the election results, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present her seventh budget in a row. It will also be the full budget for the year 2024-25.

In the February interim budget, the government focused on economic policies that foster growth, facilitate inclusive development, improve productivity, and create opportunities for various sections, while noting that it will pay utmost attention to the eastern region, including the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and West Bengal, to make them growth engines as part of the goal to make India a developed country by 2047.
17:08   Headlines at this hour
-- Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu assumes office at state secretariat. 

-- Equity benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty hit their fresh record levels on Thursday after lower inflation numbers raised hopes of an interest rate cut by the RBI.

-- Ajit Doval reappointed as National Security Adviser.
BJP leader B S Yediyurappa with the PM. File pic
BJP leader B S Yediyurappa with the PM. File pic
17:07   Non-bailable warrant issued against Yediyurappa
A Bengaluru court on Thursday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader B S Yediyurappa in a POCSO case. 

 The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), probing the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) case against Yediyurappa, had earlier summoned him for questioning. He, however, had sought time to appear before the investigation officer of the CID. 

 The BJP veteran, who is also a member of the party's parliamentary board, is presently in Delhi, and he is likely to join the probe after he returns, sources close to him have said. 

 According to police, Yediyurappa has been booked under the POCSO Act and Section 354 A (Sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) based on a complaint by the mother of a 17-year-old girl who alleged that he sexually assaulted her daughter during a meeting on February two this year, at his residence in Dollars Colony here. On March 14, hours after the Sadashivanagar police registered the case, the Karnataka Director General of Police Alok Mohan issued an order transferring it to the CID for further investigation with immediate effect. 

 The 54-year-old woman, who had leveled the charge against Yediyurappa, died at a private hospital here last month, due to lung cancer. 

 The 81-year-old Yediyurappa has denied the charge and said he would fight the case legally. In April, the CID collected the voice sample of Yediyurappa after summoning him to the office. The government, meanwhile, has appointed Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Ashok H. Nayak to represent the CID in the case. -- PTI
Security personnel conduct search ops in Kathua
Security personnel conduct search ops in Kathua
16:58   Deadly liquid explosives return to J-K after 17 yrs
Liquid explosives seem to have made a comeback in Jammu and Kashmir militancy theatre after 17 years as a recent raid by police in the Union territory led to the recovery of such "difficult-to-detect (d2d)" Improvised Explosive Devices, officials said. 

 The liquid IED was recovered with the assistance of one of the Over Ground Workers (OGW), arrested after a gunfight earlier this month in Pulwama in which one of the oldest surviving Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists Riyaz Dar alias "Sathar" and his associate Rayees Dar were killed.

Riyaz Dar had joined the banned LeT in 2014 and had closely worked with slain Pakistani terrorists Abu Dujana and Abu Ismail. He was involved in many terror-related activities. 

While Riyaz, designated as an A++ terrorist, carried a cash reward of above Rs 10 lakh, Rayees Dar was categorised as 'A' carrying a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh. Immediately after the gunfight, police cracked down on OGWs working for the Lashkar terrorists and arrested four of them. 

During interrogation, the officials said, one of the OGWs said the terrorists were given shelter and provided with logistics by Bilal Ahmed Lone, Sajjad Ganie and Shakir Bashir, all residents of Nihama in Pulwama. The OGW network was unearthed and these three persons were arrested later.

During investigation, the OGWs informed the police that the two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists had prepared liquid IEDs. Bashir had hid them in the orchards. 

Explosive experts from the army decided to destroy the IEDs, weighing around 6 kg and stored in a plastic container, considering them to be dangerous. This, according to the officials, can be seen as a bigger threat as such explosives can be categorised d2d as they cannot be located with conventional detectors used by Road opening Party (RoP) or by sniffer dogs. 

 Liquid explosives were used by terror groups in south Kashmir during 2007, but after that, these were not seen during the decade of militancy that hit Jammu and Kashmir. 

 The officials said there had been intelligence inputs suggesting that Pakistan-based terror groups would now use liquid explosives. 

 In February 2022, Jammu and Kashmir Police had recovered arms and ammunition from the international border in Jammu which also contained three bottles of a white liquid being air-dropped by drones entering from Pakistan. Forensic examination indicated that it could be trinitrotoluene (TNT) or nitroglycerine, generally used in dynamites, but a final report was awaited, the officials said. 

 The liquid explosive material, white in colour, was packed in three one-litre bottles and was part of the consignment dropped by drones, which had taken flight from neighbouring Pakistan, on February 24, 2022. The officials did not rule out the possibility that such explosives may have found their way into the Kashmir valley as some drone droppings, according to intelligence reports, could have succeeded. Pakistan's external swooping agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which has been providing tactical support to banned terror groups like the LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Hizbul Mujahideen, operating from across the border, has chosen the way of air-dropping weapons with the help of drones. PTI
Security forces at the terror attack site in Reasi
Security forces at the terror attack site in Reasi
16:22   PM on terror attacks in J-K: 'Deploy full spectrum'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir with National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and other senior officials, the Government of India sources said.

The Prime Minister was given a full overview of the security-related situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

PM Modi was also apprised of the counter-terror efforts being undertaken.

During the meeting, PM Modi emphasized the importance of deploying the full spectrum of India's counter-terror capabilities.

He also spoke to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed the deployment of security forces and counter-terror operations, it added.

The Prime Minister also spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to take stock of the situation and was briefed on the efforts being undertaken by the local administration.

This recent encounter follows a series of terror attacks in the Jammu and Kashmir region over the past few days.

Jammu and Kashmir region has been witnessing a surge in violence with three significant attacks: the Reasi terror attack, the Kathua terror attack, and the Doda terror attack.
16:09   Uddhav Sena wants India-Pak match cancelled
A Shiv Sena (UBT) leader has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking cancellation of a match between India and Pakistan in the ongoing T20 cricket World Cup in view of the recent terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. 

 India won a Group A match with arch rival Pakistan on June 9 in New York. The two teams could face each other in the semi-finals or the final if they both advance further. 

"India should cancel the cricket match with Pakistan in view of ongoing violence," said Shiv Sena (UBT) spokesperson Anand Dubey in his letter, also marked to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). 

The undivided Shiv Sena was known to fiercely oppose India-Pakistan fixtures and its activists had once dug up the pitch at Wankhede stadium here ahead of a match with Pakistan. 

A CRPF jawan was killed and six security personnel were injured in two overnight encounters with terrorists in Kathua and Doda districts of Jammu and Kashmir two days ago.
16:03   And the answer to the question we asked you at 14:18 is...
... Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways.
16:01   Spot the charachters...
Amul's take on Panchayat, a popular series streaming on Netflix. 
15:34   National anthem compulsory across schools in J-K
The School Education Department of Jammu and Kashmir has directed all schools in the Union Territory to start the morning assembly with the national anthem. 

 The Principal Secretary to the Government, School Education Department, through a circular directed all schools to make the morning assembly uniform across the Union Territory. 

 "Morning assembly should begin with the National Anthem as per standard protocol," the circular, issued on Wednesday, read. The department said the morning assemblies have proved to be an invaluable ritual in instilling a sense of unity and discipline among the students. 

 "They (assemblies) serve as platforms to nurture the values of moral integrity, shared community and mental tranquility. However, it has been observed that such a significant ritual/ tradition is not being carried out uniformly across various schools of JK UT," the circular, which suggested 16 steps for the schools to follow. 

 The department suggested inviting guest speakers, creating awareness about environment, and against the drug menace, as some of the steps for schools to include in the morning assemblies. PTI
15:16   Raj Thackeray to contest 225 seats for Maha polls
MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday asked the party workers to be prepared to contest 225-250 out of the 288 seats of the Maharashtra assembly in the coming elections, a senior party leader said. 

 Talking to reporters after a meeting in Mumbai, MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar said party functionaries will visit different regions of the state and give a report to Thackeray about election preparations. 

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had declared support for the BJP-led NDA during the Lok Sabha elections. Raj Thackeray also campaigned for the NDA though his party was not in the fray anywhere.

 "Raj Thackeray asked party workers to be prepared to contest 225 to 250 seats in the assembly elections," Nandgaonkar said. 

Asked if the MNS would form alliance with the ruling Mahayuti coalition of the BJP-Shiv Sena-NCP or contest on its own, he said, "We are not holding any discussions right now. And with whom we are going to hold talks?" 

 "We have contested elections on our own till now. We will see what happens in the future, but if we have to prepare for the polls," Nandgaonkar said, adding that every party has to expand. Formed in 2006, the MNS contested its first assembly elections in 2009 and bagged 13 seats. 

Its performance in the 2014 and 2019 state polls, however, was lackluster with the party bagging only one seat each time. Sandeep Deshpande, another party leader, said that at the meeting Thackeray noted that the Opposition's Maha Vikas Aghadi -- of which the Shiv Sena (UBT) is a part -- got anti-Narendra Modi votes in Muslim-dominated areas, but did not get much support in Marathi-speaking areas. 

 "So Marathi-speakers were angry with Uddhav Thackeray because he joined hands with the Congress and NCP (SP)," Deshpande said quoting Raj, implying that the MNS could get their votes. PTI
14:47   Anger of NEET will resound in Parliament: Cong
The Congress on Thursday reiterated its demand of a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the NEET exam issue, and asserted that the anger in the country over the matter will "reverberate inside Parliament as well".

 The opposition party also demanded the removal of the National Testing Agency (NTA) Director General and claimed that the BJP government's attitude towards the ongoing demand for an inquiry into the NEET examination is "irresponsible and insensitive". 

 "We demand a Supreme Court monitored investigation into this entire scandal which has affected around 24 lakh students," Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi said at a press conference at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi. 

 "The Congress believes that the BJP government's attitude towards the ongoing demand for an inquiry into the NEET exam is irresponsible and insensitive...Ordinary families have been forced to cough up amounts close to Rs 30 lakh due to promises given to them by different coaching and examination centres," he said. 

 "We believe that no inquiry can be a just, fair and comprehensive if it is headed by the NTA itself. The NTA chairperson should be removed and Prime minister Narendra Modi, who likes giving exam advice to Class 10 students, should not forget the mental anxiety caused to these undergraduates," Gogoi said.

 Instead of paying attention to the "NEET scam", he is busy attending oath-taking ceremonies and going abroad on foreign trips, he said. 

 "Rest assured, the INDIA bloc will take up the cause of these students because that is our responsibility," Gogoi said. "Now the INDIA bloc has the sufficient strength to bring the government to its knees and make them accountable to the students," he said. 

 Gogoi credited Rahul Gandhi for taking up the issue of the NEET exam soon after the Lok Sabha results were declared. "It is a mystery why these results were declared on June 4. It can only point that they knew a storm was brewing and they wanted to avoid any discussion on these NEET results on June 4 when the entire country would be talking about the election results," Gogoi said.
MoS Kirti Vardhan Singh is in Kuwait
MoS Kirti Vardhan Singh is in Kuwait
14:25   Kuwait fire: 12 dead from Kerala, 5 from Tamil Nadu
The Kerala government on Thursday said that 12 people from the state have so far been identified among those who lost their lives in the major fire that broke out in Kuwait's Mangaf area.

The Tamil Nadu Minister for Minorities Welfare and Non-Resident Tamils Welfare, KS Masthan, also said today that five people from the state have died in the Kuwait fire incident.

The Cabinet decided that Health Minsiter Veena George and an IAS officer will immediately go to Kuwait.

The decision was taken in an emergency cabinet meeting this morning. The Kerala government has also announced Rs 5 lakh for the families of the deceased and one lakh rupees for those injured.
14:18   Advani has a visitor
A Union Minister met Bharat Ratna and veteran BJP leader LK Advani at the latter's residence in New Delhi today.

Can you guess the minister?
Mr and Mrs Pawar
Mr and Mrs Pawar
14:10   Ajit Pawar's wife files papers as NCP candidate for RS polls
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's wife Sunetra Pawar on Thursday filed papers as an NCP candidate for Rajya Sabha elections. 

 In the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, Sunetra Pawar lost from the Baramati constituency, where her sister-in-law Supriya Sule registered her fourth consecutive win. The NCP has decided to field Sunetra Pawar for Rajya Sabha elections. 

"Even I was keen on contesting the elections, but during a meeting on Wednesday evening, party leaders finalised her name," said state minister and senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal here. "Everyone has to accept the party's decision. There are some compulsions. I am not an independent person, but a party worker and leader," Bhujbal said when asked if he was disappointed over not being fielded for the Rajya Sabha polls.
14:05   Kuwait fire deaths: MoS Singh arrives for repatriation of bodies
Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh on Thursday reached Kuwait to oversee the assistance to those injured in a massive fire at an apartment housing foreign workers and for the early repatriation of the bodies of about 40 Indians killed in the tragic incident. 

 At least 49 foreign workers were killed and 50 others injured in the fire on Wednesday at the seven-storey building housing 195 migrant workers in the southern city of Mangaf. 

 "On the directions of Hon'ble Prime Minister @narendramodi, MoS@KVSinghMPGonda arrives in Kuwait to oversee assistance to those injured in fire tragedy & coordinate with local authorities for early repatriation of mortal remains of those who have died in this unfortunate incident," the Embassy of India in Kuwait posted on X. 

 Kuwaiti authorities are conducting DNA tests on the bodies of those killed in the devastating fire incident in southern Kuwait's Mangaf area and an IAF aircraft is on standby to bring back the mortal remains of Indians killed in the incident, officials said in New Delhi on Thursday.
13:56   Yediyurappa may be arrested in POCSO case: Minister
Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara on Thursday said the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), probing the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) case against former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, has issued notice asking him to appear before it for questioning, and he may be arrested if necessary.

"Notice has been served procedurally, the charge-sheet has to be filed by June 15. Before that they (CID) will file the charge-sheet. They will have to follow procedure for it. They will have to record his statement and produce him (in court), all these are procedures and the department will do it," he told reporters in Tumakuru.

In response to a question, Parameshwara said: "If necessary they will arrest. I can't say (if) it is necessary, CID has to say it. If they feel it is necessary, they will do it."

The BJP veteran, who is also a member of the party's parliamentary board, is presently in Delhi, and he is likely to join the probe after he returns, sources close to him have said.

According to police, Yediyurappa has been booked under the POCSO Act and Section 354 A (Sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) based on a complaint by the mother of a 17-year-old girl who alleged that he sexually assaulted her daughter during a meeting on February two this year, at his residence in Dollars Colony in Tumakuru.

On March 14, hours after the Sadashivanagar police registered the case, the Karnataka Director General of Police Alok Mohan issued an order transferring it to the CID for further investigation with immediate effect.

The 54-year-old woman, who had leveled the charge against Yediyurappa, died at a private hospital in Tumakuru last month, due to lung cancer.

Yediyurappa, 81, has denied the charge and said he would fight the case legally.

In April, the CID collected the voice sample of Yediyurappa after summoning him to the office.

The government, meanwhile, has appointed Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Ashok H Nayak to represent the CID in the case. Yediyurappa has moved the court seeking quashing of the FIR.   -- PTI
13:08   Himachal tells SC it doesn't have water for Delhi
The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Delhi government to approach the Upper Yamuna River Board (UYRB) for water supply as Himachal Pradesh took a U-turn and told the top court that it did not have surplus water to spare. 

 A vacation bench of Justices Prashant Kumar Mishra and Prasanna B Varale asked the Delhi government to submit an application to the UYRB by 5 pm seeking supply of water to the national capital on humanitarian grounds.

 The Himachal Pradesh government told the SC that it does not have surplus 136 cusecs of water and withdrew its earlier statement. The bench said that sharing of Yamuna water between states is a complex and sensitive issue and this court does not have the technical expertise to decide on it even on an interim basis. 

 "The issue should be left to be considered by the body constituted with the agreement of parties in the memorandum of understanding dated 1994. "Since the UYRB has already directed Delhi to submit an application for the supply of water on humanitarian grounds... such an application be made, if not already made, by today by 5 pm, and the board shall convene a meeting tomorrow and take decision in the matter at the earliest," the bench said. 

 The top court was hearing a plea filed by the Delhi government seeking a direction to Haryana to release the surplus water provided by Himachal Pradesh to the national capital to mitigate its water crisis. PTI
13:06   SC stays release of movie 'Hamare Baarah'
The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the June 14 release of Annu Kapoor's movie 'Hamare Baarah' after taking note of allegations that the film is derogatory to the Islamic faith and married Muslim women. 

 A vacation bench comprising Justices Vikram Nath and Sandeep Mehta took note of the submissions of lawyer Fauzia Shakil, who represented the petitioner Azhar Basha Tamboli, and asked the Bombay High Court to take an expeditious decision on the plea. 

 "We have seen the movie trailer in the morning and all the offensive dialogues continue in the trailer," the bench observed while staying the release of the film. The bench stayed the screening of the film till disposal of the petition by the Bombay High Court. Shakil said the high court vacated the stay on release of the movie by an "unreasoned order". 

"The high court could not have directed the CBFC to constitute a committee because the CBFC was a party, interested in the litigation," she said. 

 All objections, including the direction to the Central Board of Flim Certification (CBFC) to select the committee, have been left open for the parties to raise before the high court, the top court said. The movie, which is already banned in Karnataka, was to be released on June 14. PTI
12:50   NCLT gives fourth extension to Go First to complete insolvency
The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has granted an extension of 60 days to the grounded air carrier Go First for completing the insolvency process. 

 This is the fourth extension for Go First to complete the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP), which is struggling to find a buyer. Earlier, the insolvency tribunal had granted an extension of 60 days on April 8, which ended on June 3, 2024. 

 Following this latest extension, the CIRP of GO First will come to an end on August 3, 2024. While granting the extension, the Delhi-based NCLT bench said: "This is the final extension". The two-member bench also came down heavily on the Resolution Professional for seeking an extension.
12:31   Must win Maharashtra: Sharad Pawar tells party
NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday said it would be his endeavour to take control of Maharashtra, for which his party must win the state assembly polls scheduled later this year. 

The Nationalist Congress Party (Sharadchandra Pawar) helmed by him put up an impressive show by winning eight out of ten Lok Sabha seats it contested in Maharashtra in the recently-concluded general elections. Pawar's daughter and NCP (SP) candidate Supriya Sule won the high-stake family battle for the Baramati seat for the fourth straight term, defeating her cousin Ajit Pawar's wife Sunetra Pawar. 

Following the Lok Sabha poll results, Pawar has been meeting people in Baramati and making preparations for the state assembly polls. Addressing people from Shirsuphal village in Baramati, the former Union minister said the people of Baramati constituency remained silent during the election period. 

"Our party functionaries used to tell me that people are silent and they are not speaking openly. I asked them not to worry and said that even if they are not expressing themselves, they will press the right button (of EVMs). And the same thing happened. When the EVMs were opened, the magic was seen as you people voted in large numbers," he said. 

He appealed to people to stay united as the state assembly elections are just around the corner. 

 "In the next three to four months, state elections are taking place. Come what may, it will be my endeavour to take control of the state. To achieve this, we must win the assembly polls," he said. 

 Pawar recalled that he was the chief minister of the state for four terms, Union agriculture minister for a decade and defence minister for two years. "All these things can happen when your collective power is there. The issues you have put forth before me, I will try and resolve them. However, I cannot give assurances now because a different government is in place. But after four months, we can certainly resolve these issues," he said. 

 Pawar criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks made during the polls. "During the polls campaign, the prime minister spoke on the topics that should have been avoided," he said. PTI
A civilian caught in the crossfire of a gunfight in Kathua
A civilian caught in the crossfire of a gunfight in Kathua
12:06   Massive search ops in J-K to hunt down terrorists
Massive search operations continued on Thursday in different districts of Jammu and Kashmir, especially Doda and Reasi, to track down and neutralise terrorists involved in recent attacks in the union territory, officials said. 

Terrorists struck at four places in Reasi, Kathua and Doda districts over the past four days, killing nine pilgrims and a CRPF jawan and leaving seven security personnel and several others injured. 

Two suspected Pakistani terrorists were also killed in an encounter with security forces in Kathua and a large quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered from them. 

According to the officials, Army, police and paramilitary forces resumed search operations in the morning in Kota top in Gandoh, Chattagalla and adjoining areas in Doda district where seven security personnel, including two policemen, were injured in separate gunfights with terrorists on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

There has been no fresh contact with the fleeing terrorists so far, the officials said. Police had on Wednesday released sketches of four terrorists involved in two attacks in the district and announced a reward of Rs 20 lakh for information leading to their arrest. 

 Earlier, police had announced a cash reward of Rs 20 lakh and released the sketch of one of the terrorists involved in the attack on a bus carrying pilgrims in Reasi district on Sunday that left nine people dead and 41 injured. 

 The officials said the search operation is underway in Reasi as well as adjoining Rajouri district. Searches are also being conducted in Nowshera in Rajouri and adjoining Poonch. Security forces have also been put on alert in Kathua, Samba and Jammu districts in view of intelligence inputs about a possible terror threat, they said. 

Two terrorists were gunned down by the security forces in a fierce gunfight in Kathua that began on Tuesday night and lasted more than 15 hours. 

A CRPF jawan was also killed in the operation while a civilian was injured. Police had on Wednesday issued an advisory, urging residents of the Jammu region to stay vigilant regarding the movement of suspicious individuals and objects. 

The advisory was issued following intelligence inputs suggesting the possibility of a terror threat in parts of Rajouri and Jammu districts. -- PTI
11:47   Allegations of corruption in NTA unfounded: Minister on NEET 'paper leak'
Update: The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the decision to give grace marks to 1,563 NEET-UG, 2024 candidates for admission to MBBS, BDS and others courses has been cancelled and they will be given an option to take a re-test on June 23.  

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also says there is no evidence of paper leak in the NEET-UG. "The allegations of corruption in NTA unfounded, testing agency a credible body," he said. 

 A vacation bench of justices Vikram Nath and Sandeep Mehta was told by the counsel for the Centre and the National Testing Agency (NTA) that the students, who were given grace marks, will be given an option to take the re-test. 

 The court said it will not stay the counselling process for admissions. If the candidates, out of the 1,563, do not wish to take up the retest then their earlier marks, sans the grace marks, will be given for the purposes of the results. The results of the re-test will be declared on June 30 and the counselling for admission in the MBBS, BDS, other courses will start on July 6, the Centre said. 

 Taking note of the submissions, the bench said all the pleas, including the one filed by Alakh Pandey, the chief executive of EdTech firm Physics Wallah over the issue of award of grace marks, will be taken up for hearing on July 8. 

 They also include the petitions seeking cancellation of NEET-UG, 2024 on account of allegation of question paper leaks and other malpractices. The examination was held by the NTA on May 5 across 4,750 centres and around 24 lakh candidates took it. 

The results were expected to be declared on June 14 but were announced on June 4, apparently because the evaluation of the answer sheets got completed earlier. The allegations such as question paper leak and the grant of grace marks to over 1,500 medical aspirants have led to protests and filing of cases in seven high courts as also the Supreme Court. 

 As many as 67 students scored a perfect 720, unprecedented in the NTA's history, with six from a centre in Haryana's Faridabad figuring in the list, raising suspicions about irregularities. 

 Scores of students protested in Delhi on June 10 seeking a probe into alleged irregularities. It has been alleged that grace marks contributed to 67 students sharing the top rank. The NEET-UG examination is conducted by the NTA for admissions to MBBS, BDS, AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions across the country. PTI
11:33   NEET grace marks scrapped, re-exam on June 23
The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that it has decided to cancel the scorecards of 1,563 NEET-UG 2024 candidates who were given grace marks. This decision comes in response to allegations of unfair means during the examination process. 

In a statement to the court on Thursday, the Centre announced that these 1,563 students will be provided with the option to take a re-test on June 23. This move aims to ensure fairness and integrity in the examination process.

The Centre also detailed the steps taken to address the issue. "A committee meeting was held on June 10, 11, and 12 to investigate the allegations. Based on the committee's recommendations, the scorecards of the affected candidates will be cancelled, and a re-examination will be held for these students".
11:23   Pema Khandu takes oath as Arunachal CM
BJP's Pema Khandu takes oath as Arunachal Pradesh chief minister. This is his third term consecutive term.

The swearing-in ceremony held at DK State Convention Centre in Itanagar was attended by Union Ministers Amit Shah, JP Nadda, Kiren Rijiju, and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Khandu, 44, became Chief Minister for the first time in 2016.

He was re-elected as leader of the BJP Legislature Party in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday, paving the way for him to be sworn in as the Chief Minister for the third straight term.
Sunny Deol in Border
Sunny Deol in Border
11:14   Sunny Deol announces 'Border 2'
Bollywood star Sunny Deol on Thursday announced the sequel to "Border" on the 27th release anniversary of the 1997 blockbuster film. According to the makers, the upcoming movie is "India's biggest war film" which will be directed by Anurag Singh, known for "Kesari" and the first two films in the "Jatt & Juliet" franchise. 

 Filmmaker JP Dutta, who directed "Border", will serve as a producer on the sequel alongside his daughter Nidhi Dutt via JP Films. Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar will also produce the new movie under the banner of T-Series. Deol shared the announcement teaser of "Border 2" on his official X page. 

 "Ek fauji apne 27 saal purane waade ko pura karne, aa raha hai phirse. India's biggest war film, #Border2. Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, JP Dutta & Nidhi Dutta will be directed by Anurag Singh #TSeries #JPFilms," the actor wrote. 

 Released on June 13, 1997, "Border" was based on the events of Battle of Longewala during the India-Pakistan War of 1971. It also starred Suniel Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Akshaye Khanna, Sudesh Berry and Puneet Issar alongside a supporting cast of Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Tabu, Raakhee, Pooja Bhatt and Sharbani Mukherjee.

 One of the top grossing films of 1997, the film's popularity was propelled by its songs, penned by Javed Akhtar and composed by Anu Malik. Tracks "Sandese Aate Hain", "Ae Jaate Hue Lamhon", and "Mere Dushman, Mere Bhai" continue to be popular.
10:58   Kuwait fire tragedy: Jaishankar seeks early repatriation of bodies
Update on the Kuwait fire: Following the tragic fire incident in Kuwait, in which around 40 Indians have died, the External Affairs Minister spoke to his Kuwaiti counterpart Abdullah Ali Al-Yahya, and urged the early repatriation of the mortal remains of those who lost their lives in the incident. 

 Jaishankar said that he was assured that the incident would be fully investigated. 

 "Spoke to Kuwaiti FM Abdullah Ali Al-Yahya on the fire tragedy in Kuwait. Apprised of the efforts made by Kuwaiti authorities in that regard. Was assured that the incident would be fully investigated and that responsibility will be fixed," Jaishankar wrote on X.

 "Urged the early repatriation of the mortal remains of those who lost their lives. He (Kuwaiti FM) emphasized that those injured were getting the requisite medical attention," the post stated. 

 He further added that the situation will be reviewed once the Union Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh reaches Kuwait on Thursday (June 13).

A fire broke out in a building housing workers in the city of Mangaf in southern Kuwait early on Wednesday. The Indian Embassy has put in place an emergency helpline number +965-65505246 in connection with the tragic fire incident involving Indian workers as well. 
The ice-cream was from the Yummo brand.
The ice-cream was from the Yummo brand.
10:54   Mumbai woman finds finger in ice-cream cone
Unappetizing as this may be, be careful what you eat.
A woman found a piece of human finger inside an ice cream cone that was ordered online in the Malad area of 'Mumbai. 

The woman went to the Malad police station and a case was registered against the Yummo ice-cream company. The ice cream was sent for investigation. Police have also sent the human organ in the ice-cream to the FSL (Forensics), the Malad Police said. 
Commuters had to walk on the tracks due to delayed svcs. File pic
Commuters had to walk on the tracks due to delayed svcs. File pic
10:35   CR suburban train svcs disrupted in Mumbai, commuters harrowed
A glitch in the signalling system near Vikhroli station affected the suburban train services on the Main line of the Mumbai suburban network on Thursday morning, causing overcrowding at several stations and hardships to commuters during the rush hours. 

 Railway officials said the technical fault occurred in the signalling system on the UP (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-bound) fast line around 7 am, due to which some local trains were held up for about an hour. 

"Due to some technical faults at UP through line near Vikhroli station local trains are held up hence some locals are running behind schedule time," Rajneesh Goyal, divisional railway manager of Central Railway's Mumbai division wrote of X. Later on, he added that the technical glitch was rectified at 8.05 am. 

 Commuters said the suburban services were delayed by 20 to 30 minutes and led to overcrowding on trains and stations during the rush h

ours. As the CSMT-bound fast trains were held up one after the other for a long time, several commuters were seen jumping on the tracks and walking to the next station to reach the office using an alternative mode of transport. The disruption of suburban services left commuters fuming.

 "Central Railway trains are always punctual - if you consider being at least 20 minutes late every day as on time. And don't expect any announcements about platform changes or cancellations; they like to keep things exciting!" Mandar Abhyankar, a commuter, wrote on Facebook. 

The Central Railway operates over 1,800 suburban services on its suburban network spread across Raigad and Thane districts outside Mumbai every day. More than 30 lakh commuters travel on its suburban network. -- PTI
10:31   Shah, Nadda to attend Pema Khandu's swearing in
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister and BJP National President JP Nadda arrived in Itanagar to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Pema Khandu, to be held today. 

 Khandu was on Wednesday re-elected as leader of the BJP Legislature Party in Arunachal Pradesh, paving the way for him to be sworn in as the Chief Minister for the third term in a row.

 He will take the oath of office along with his cabinet today. He became CM for the first time in 2016.
10:12   Cong asks PM: Going to salvage image at G7?
The Congress on Thursday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his first visit abroad in his third term, saying he is flying to Italy to "salvage his diminished international image" at this year's G7 Summit.

 Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said the G7 Summit of the heads of state of USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, UK and Japan has been taking place since the late 1970s. Between 1997 and 2014, Russia was also a member, he pointed out. 

 Since 2003, India, China, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa have also been invited to G7 Summits, Ramesh said. The most famous of the G7 Summits from India's point of view was in June 2007 in Helligendamm in Germany as it was here that the famous Singh-Merkel formula for ensuring equity in global climate change negotiations was first presented to the world, he said.

 "It is still talked about. Dr. Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Angela Merkel created history. Dr. Manmohan Singh had emerged as the voice of the Global South through substance and not through hollow self-boasts," Ramesh said. 

 "Of course it is too much to expect from our 'one-third' Pradhan Mantri to know or acknowledge this history as he flies to Italy today to salvage his diminished international image at this year's Summit," the Congress general secretary said.

 Modi, accompanied by a high-level delegation, will travel to Italy on Thursday to attend an outreach session on the summit on June 14. It will be his first trip abroad after assuming charge as prime minister for the third term.
09:39   All four gates of Puri Jagannath temple reopened
All four gates of Jagannath Temple in Puri were reopened for devotees on Thursday morning in the presence of Odisha Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi and his council of ministers.

The three gates of the 12th century shrine, which were closed since COVID-19 pandemic, were reopened after the 'Mangal Alati' ritual of Lord Jagannath.

The chief minister, his two deputies, ministers, several Bharatiya Janata Party MPs and party leaders visited the temple and offered prayers before Lord Jagannath.

They also made a 'parikrama' around the temple complex.   -- PTI
09:18   Thane: Roof of flat caves in; family injured
An elderly couple and their son were injured after the roof of their second floor flat collapsed on them at Kalwa in Maharashtra's Thane city, officials said on Thursday.

The incident occurred in the four-storey building shortly before midnight on Wednesday, they said.

"A septuagenarian man, his wife and their son were injured after the roof of their second floor flat collapsed on them around 11.55 pm on Wednesday in Om Krishna Cooperative Housing Society located in Kalwa's Bhusar ali area," Yasin Tadvi, chief of the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) of the Thane Municipal Corporation said.

The building is around 35 years old and the civic body has earlier categorised it as an unsafe, dangerous and inhabitable structure that needs to be vacated and demolished, he said.

After being alerted, personnel of the local fire brigade and the RDMC team rushed to the spot and launched a rescue operation. They evacuated around 100 occupants residing in 30 flats of the building, Tadvi added.

The injured persons, identified as Manohar Dandekar (70), his wife Manisha (65) and son Mayur (40), have been admitted to a local hospital for treatment, he said, adding that the building has been sealed following the incident.

The civic officials will decide the future course of action concerning the building, he said.   -- PTI
09:05   5 killed as fire breaks out in residential building in Ghaziabad
Five people were killed and two injured when a fire broke out in a residential building in Ghaziabad, police said on Thursday.

It is suspected that a short circuit caused the fire.

Information was received about the fire in the building in Behta Hajipur under the Loni Border police station area on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.

Police personnel and firefighters rushed to the spot and rescued a woman and a child from the building, Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ankur Vihar Bhaskar Verma told PTI.

According to preliminary investigation, a short circuit led to the fire, police said.

Additional Police Commissioner, Ghaziabad Dinesh Kumar P said the fire started on the ground floor of the building and quickly spread to the first and second floors, trapping the residents.

The fire spread due to foam kept in the house. Five bodies were recovered from the building, he said.

Police said the deceased have been identified as Saiful Rehman (35), his wife Nazira (32), daughter Isra (7), Faiz (7-month-old) and Farheen alias Parveen (25).

The injured, Arsh (10) and Uzma (25), were admitted to GTB Hospital in Delhi. Arsh was later discharged, they said.  -- PTI
08:35   Biden-Modi 'encounter' likely at G7 in Italy
United States President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would likely 'have the opportunity to encounter one another' on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Italy, National Security Advisor (NSA) Jake Sullivan said in Washington, DC on Wednesday.

"He (Biden) expects to see Prime Minister Modi here. It's up to the Indians to formally confirm his attendance, but our expectation is that the two of them will have the opportunity to encounter one another. The nature of that encounter is still fluid because so much of the schedule is fluid," Sullivan told reporters aboard Air Force One on his way to Italy to attend the G7 Summit, along with the US President.

India's Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra told reporters in New Delhi that Modi would travel to Italy on Thursday in his first overseas trip after assuming office for a third consecutive term.

Italy has invited India to attend the 50th G7 Summit on June 14 as an Outreach Country.

Modi would meet the Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Kwatra confirmed. However, details of bilateral or meetings with other leaders are still being worked out, he said.

Aboard Air Force One, Sullivan told reporters that Biden spoke with Modi over phone while they were in Paris to congratulate him on the election outcome and on being sworn in as Prime Minister for a third term.

Responding to a question on allegations related to the involvement of an Indian official in a plot to assassinate a Sikh separatist leader, the NSA said the US would continue to raise the matter at the highest level.

"We have made our views known on this issue, and it will be a continuing topic of dialogue between the US and India, including at very senior levels," Sullivan added.   -- PTI
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File image
01:23   Govt, digital publishers discuss advertising revenue sharing with big tech firms
The government on Wednesday held exploratory talks with online news publishers and other related departments on the demand of the Digital News Publishers Association for a revenue sharing mechanism with big tech firms such as Google and Meta for using their content. 

The meeting was chaired by information and broadcasting secretary Sanjay Jaju where representatives from the DNPA and other government departments were present. 

The DNPA had petitioned the government to evolve a revenue sharing mechanism with big technology companies such as Google and Meta that aggregate and distribute content created by others and monetise the internet traffic generated in the process. 

According to the DNPA, such practices have been adversely affecting the business of the digital news publishers. 

Australia and Canada have taken legal steps that make big technology companies pay the local news publishers for the content generated by them and used by the platforms linked to such mega firms. -- PTI
Newly-elected Shiv Sena MP Sandipan Bhumre/ANI Photo
Newly-elected Shiv Sena MP Sandipan Bhumre/ANI Photo
01:11   Aurangabad Sena MP Bhumre receives threat
An anonymous letter with a threat to kill newly-elected Shiv Sena MP Sandipan Bhumre has been received by the police, a senior official said in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar  on Wednesday. 

The letter was received by the office of Maharashtra director general of police a few days ago, he said. 

Bhumre, a state minister, was elected to the Lok Sabha from Aurangabad constituency in the recent elections. 

The letter writer claimed that people close to Bhumre were doing injustice to people, and especially mentioned officials at the Bidkin police station. 

The writer threatened to attack Bhumre's convoy if the MP tried to `save people doing injustice' in the district. 

Superintendent of police Maneesh Kalwaniya said the letter has been forwarded to the concerned police station, and investigation was underway.  -- PTI
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File image/ANI Photo
00:59   Father-son lawyer duo shot dead in Bihar
A man and his son, both lawyers, were shot dead by gunmen when they were on their way to a court in Bihar's Saran district on Wednesday, the police said. 

The incident happened near Ghosh colony, under the jurisdiction of Muffasil police station, the police said. 

The deceased were identified as Ram Ayodhya Prasad Yadav (75) and his son Sunil Yadav (27). 

The police arrested two accused Kali Rai and Jagdeep Rai, both residents of Methwalia in Saran district, in connection with the incident. 

"The police received information that two persons, Ram Ayodhya Prasad Yadav and his son Sunil Yadav, were shot at by some armed assailants near Ghosh colony in the morning. By the time police reached there, they were taken to the nearest hospital where they died during treatment," a statement issued by the Saran police said. 

Senior police officials, including the superintendent of police, Saran, Kumar Ashish, reached the spot. -- PTI
Shiv Sena-UBT chief Uddhav Thackeray/ANI Photo
Shiv Sena-UBT chief Uddhav Thackeray/ANI Photo
00:49   Uddhav meets party office-bearers, asks them to start preparing for assembly polls
Shiv Sena-UBT chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday held meetings with party leaders and office-bearers from across the state ahead of the coming Maharashtra legislative council and assembly polls. 

Thackeray interacted with `sampark pramukhs' (conveners) from all 288 assembly constituencies and asked them to prepare for the assembly elections, due later this year, said party leader Ambadas Danve. 

In the recent Lok Sabha polls, Shiv Sena-UB contested 21 seats and won nine. 

Elections to the state legislative council are scheduled for June 26. -- PTI
The sketch released by the J-K police/ANI Photo
The sketch released by the J-K police/ANI Photo
00:43   Doda attacks: Police release 4 terrorists' sketch
The Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday released sketches of four terrorists involved in two attacks in Doda district and announced a reward of Rs 20 lakh for information leading to their arrest. 

On Tuesday terrorists fired on a joint checkpost of the 4 Rashtriya Rifles and police at Chattergalla in Bhaderwah while a search party in the Gandoh area of the district was attacked on Wednesday resulting in injuries to seven security personnel, including a policeman. 

"Jammu and Kashmir Police has released sketches of four terrorists who are believed to be in the upper reaches of Bhaderwah, Thathri, Gandoh and carrying out terror-related activities," a police spokesperson said. 

A cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for information about each of the terrorists has also been announced, he said. 

The Jammu and Kashmir Police appeals to the people to provide information about the presence and movement of these terrorists. 

On Tuesday night, police released a sketch of a terrorist involved in the attack on a passenger bus in Reasi district and announced a Rs 20 lakh reward for information about him. -- PTI