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60 shifted from flood-affected areas in Uttara Kannada

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As rains have continued to lash Uttara Kannada district, water at the rate of 10,600 cusecs was released from Kadra dam on Monday.

As rains have continued to lash Uttara Kannada district, water at the rate of 10,600 cusecs was released from Kadra dam on Monday.
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Karwar MLA Satish Sail visiting a rain-affected area of Karwar on Monday.

Karwar MLA Satish Sail visiting a rain-affected area of Karwar on Monday.
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With the rains continuing to lash Uttara Kannada district, the flood situation in the coastal district is getting grim. On Monday, an NDRF team carried out a rescue mission to shift 60 persons to a rehabilitation centre in Honnavar taluk.

According to the Deputy Commissioner of Uttara Kannada district Lakshmipriya K., in all, 437 people have been sheltered in twelve rehabilitation centres in Honnavar taluk. Further instructions have been given to local officials to set up more centres in case of necessity, she said.

The rescue mission by the NDRF team was necessitated after the water current in Kadatoka village of Honnavar taluk rose over the danger level. In all, 60 persons were shifted to rehabilitation centres, she said.

Meanwhile, as the water level in Kadra reservoir crossed the maximum level, water at the rate of 10,600 cusecs is being released from the dam. Two houses in the district have suffered severe damage and 13 have suffered partial damage in the last 24 hours, according to the authorities.

Newly Elected Karnataka BJP MP’s Event Sees Booze Bash, People Queue Up To Get Alcohol Bottles | Video

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Around 150 cases of Beer, 50 cases of Whiskey and packets of hard liquor along with non-vegetarian food were reportedly served to people gathered at the event. (Image/X)

Around 150 cases of Beer, 50 cases of Whiskey and packets of hard liquor along with non-vegetarian food were reportedly served to people gathered at the event. (Image/X)

The said event was reported to be jointly organised by BJP-JD(S) at Nelamangala to thank the voters for electing Dr K Sudhakar to power from Chikkaballapur constituency in the recently concluded Loksabha polls

Newly elected BJP MP from Chikkaballapur in Karnataka, K Sudhakar drew flak after a video of a truckload of liquor being distributed to the public at an event in Nelamangala surfaced on social media.

The said event was reported to be jointly organised by BJP-JD(S) at Nelamangala to thank the voters for electing K Sudhakar to power from Chikkaballapur constituency in the recently concluded Loksabha polls. Over 50,000 people attended the event.

Around 150 cases of Beer, 50 cases of Whiskey and packets of hard liquor along with non-vegetarian food were reportedly served to people gathered at the event.

The videos of liquor being served at the venue where few people were seen passed out went viral on social media. The programme also saw the presence of opposition leader R Ashok, BJP MLA Dheeraj Muniraju and other leaders.

Bengaluru Rural SP CK Baba noted that the excise department gave permission for the event and the police were instructed to take care of the arrangements. “There is no fault of the police department in this, it is the responsibility of the excise department for providing the permission,” Baba said.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dk Shivakumar hit out at the BJP following the incident seeking an answer from the party’s national president JP Nadda on the issue.

“I want the BJP National President JP Nadda to answer this. I don’t want any local leaders to answer, I want Nadda to reply to this. First, let their party answer to this,” Shivakumar said.

Meanwhile, BJP MP Dr K Sudhakar distanced himself from the distribution of liquor at the event. He said he had gone to attend the felicitation program organised by the BJP and the JD(S) and was not aware of liquor being served.

“I don’t know about this. BJP-JDS workers had organised a programme to felicitate me and opposition leader Ashok. They had organised the programme. We attended the programme and came out, what happened after that I’ve learnt about it from the media. I don’t know if the organisers did it or whether those who came there consumed it, but if our party or JDS party workers have done it, it’s wrong,” said the MP.

Karnataka Health Minister Dinesh Gundurao took to microblogging site X to question the BJP MP over the act and asked if this is the culture of the BJP to serve people liquor at large scale.

“While the state is dengue-stricken the BJP leaders are busy distributing liquor. Is this your culture?” Rao wrote in an X post.

A major Russian missile attack on Ukraine kills at least 20 people and hits a children’s hospital

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Emergency workers respond at the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital hit by Russian missiles, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, July 8, 2024. A major Russian missile attack across Ukraine on Monday killed at least 31 people and injured 154, officials said, with one striking a large children’s hospital in the capital of Kyiv, where emergency crews searched the rubble for victims.

Emergency workers respond at the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital hit by Russian missiles, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, July 8, 2024. A major Russian missile attack across Ukraine on Monday killed at least 31 people and injured 154, officials said, with one striking a large children’s hospital in the capital of Kyiv, where emergency crews searched the rubble for victims.
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A major Russian missile attack across Ukraine killed at least 20 people and injured more than 50 on Monday, officials said, with one missile striking a large children’s hospital in the capital, Kyiv, where emergency crews searched rubble for casualties.

The Russian barrage targeted five Ukrainian cities with more than 40 missiles of different types, hitting apartment buildings and public infrastructure, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a social media post.

Strikes in Kryvyi Rih, in central Ukraine, killed 10 people and injured 37, in what the head of city administration, Oleksandr Vilkul, said was a massive missile attack.

At the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital in Kyiv, rescuers were searching for people under the rubble of a partially collapsed wing of the facility, Mr. Zelenskyy said, adding that the number of casualties was not yet known.

Vsevolod Dorofieiev, the senior instructor of a volunteer medical unit, said some people had died but he did not say how many or whether they were children or adults.

On social media, Mr. Zelenskyy said: “It is very important that the world should not be silent about it now and that everyone should see what Russia is and what it is doing.”

The attack comes on the eve of a three-day NATO summit in Washington, which will look at how to reassure Ukraine of the alliance’s unwavering support and offer Ukrainians hope that their country can come through Europe’s biggest conflict since World War II.

At the children’s hospital, a two-story building was partly destroyed. On the hospital’s main 10-story building, windows and doors were blown out and walls were blackened. Blood spattered the floor in one room.

Medical personnel and local people helped shift the rubble as they searched for children and medical workers who could be trapped underneath. Volunteers formed a line, passing stones and debris to each other. Smoke still rose from the building, and volunteers and emergency crews worked in protective masks.

The attack forced the hospital to shut down and evacuate. Some mothers carried their children away on their backs. Others waited in the courtyard with their children as calls to doctors’ phones rang unanswered.

Elsewhere in Kyiv, the heaviest Russian bombardment of the capital in almost four months killed seven people and injured 25, officials said. The daylight attacks included Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, one of the most advanced Russian weapons, the Ukrainian air force said. The Kinzhal flies at 10 times the speed of sound, making it hard to intercept.

City buildings shook from the blasts. An entire section of a residential multistory building in one district of Kyiv was destroyed, officials said. Three electricity substations were damaged or completely destroyed in two districts of Kyiv, energy company DTEK said.

The head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Andrii Yermak, said the attack occurred at a time when many people were in the city’s streets.

Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko said official assessments of the attack’s consequences were still being carried out.

Paris Olympics: IOA elevates Gagan Narang as Chef-de-Mission to replace Mary Kom

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New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) London Olympics bronze medallist shooter Gagan Narang has been elevated as the Chef-de-Mission (CDM) of the Indian contingent for the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, starting on July 26. Initially tasked with overseeing India’s operations at the shooting range — which will be far from the main venues, Narang has been named as a replacement for boxing legend MC Mary Kom, who had relinquished the opportunity due to some personal reasons.

Narang won a bronze medal in the 10m Air Rifle event in London in 2012. Last year, he was one of the senior officials of the Indian contingent at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou.

Shiva Keshavan, India’s first-ever representative at the Winter Olympics, is the Deputy Chef-de-Mission of the contingent.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has also announced P.V Sindhu as the female flag-bearer alongside Achanta Sharath Kamal during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Paris on July 26.

IOA President Dr. P.T Usha on Monday said the 41-year-old Narang’s elevation from Deputy Chef-de-Mission’s position was an automatic choice in the wake of Mary Kom’s withdrawal.

“I was looking for an Olympic medalist to lead our contingent and my young colleague is an apt replacement for Mary Kom,” Usha was quoted as saying in a release on Monday.

“I am also delighted to announce that India’s only woman to win two Olympic medals, PV Sindhu, as the female Flag-bearer alongside Table Tennis ace A.

Sharath Kamal in the opening ceremony,” Dr. Usha said. “I am confident that our athletes are well prepared to deliver the best results for India in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The IOA had initially announced Mary Kom as the CDM and Gagan Narang, a member of the executive committee of the IOA, as the deputy CDM while naming Sharath Kamal as the flag-bearer.

A few days after the announcement, Mary Kom expressed her inability to take up the responsibility. The IOA seemed to have mulled on a replacement for many days before deciding to promote Narang to the post.

The Chef-de-Misson is the overall leader of the Indian contingent at the Olympics.

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Gagan Narang replaces Mary Kom as India’s Chef-de-Mission, PV Sindhu set to be female flag bearer | Sport-others News

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Four-time Olympian and 2012 Olympic Games men’s 10m Air Rifle bronze medalist Gagan Narang was on Monday chosen by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to replace Mary Kom as the Chef-de-Mission of the Indian contingent to compete in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games beginning on July 26.

“I was looking for an Olympic medalist to lead our contingent and my young colleague is an apt
replacement for Mary Kom,” IOA President PT Usha said in a release.

She also revealed that PV Sindhu will accompany table tennis star Sharath Kamal as India’s female flag bearer in the Olympics.

“I am also delighted to announce that India’s only woman to win two Olympic medals, PV Sindhu, as the female Flag-bearer alongside Table Tennis ace A. Sharath Kamal in the opening ceremony,” Usha said.

“I am confident that our athletes are well prepared to deliver the best results for India in Paris 2024 Olympic Games,” she added.

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In April, Mary Kom had resigned as the Chef de Mission citing ‘problems’ that have ‘partly crippled’ her. Her decision came weeks after the IOA had chosen the boxing legend for the post.

In a letter to IOA President PT Usha, the Union Sports Ministry and the Sports Authority of India, the London Olympics bronze medallist had said: “It is embarrassing for me to retreat from a pronounced commitment, which I seldom do, but I am left with no choice.”

The IOA, on March 21, announced contingent officials for the Paris Olympics, which begin on July 26. While Mary was chosen as the chef de mission, winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan was named her deputy.

In her letter, Mary had expressed her ‘heartfelt gratitude’ for putting faith in her. ”I considered it an honour to serve my country in every way possible and I was mentally prepared for it.”

She added: “However, I regret to inform you that I will not be able to uphold the prestigious responsibility conferred on me as Chef de Mission for the Paris Olympics 2024, and would like to resign from the same, reasoning from the problems that have crippled me partly.”

Mary said she had searched for ‘several alternative means to cover my place’. “But it is getting tougher for me to leave my family behind at this point, even for a short while. My presence is much needed here,” she said. “Having stated the abovementioned facts, though I am unable to put them transparently and vividly, I humbly request you take into consideration my plea to step down as Chef de Mission for the 2024 Paris Olympics.”

PV Sindhu, Sharath Kamal to be India’s flag bearers for Paris Olympics opening ceremony | Paris Olympics 2024 News

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NEW DELHI: PV Sindhu, the renowned badminton star, has been chosen to carry India’s flag alongside A Sharath Kamal, the celebrated table tennis player, during the opening ceremony of the upcoming Paris Olympics.
“I am delighted to announce that India’s only woman to win two Olympic medals, PV Sindhu, as the female Flag-bearer alongside Table Tennis ace A.Sharath Kamal in the opening ceremony. “I am confident that our athletes are well prepared to deliver the best results for India in Paris 2024 Olympic Games,” Indian Olympic Association President PT Usha said.

The IOA had selected Kamal as the flag bearer back in March. However, they postponed the decision on choosing the female athlete to accompany him.
In 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) updated its protocol, permitting one female and and one male athlete of each NOC to bear the flag jointly during the opening ceremony of the Summer Games.
More than 100 athletes have qualified for the Paris Games, starting July 26.
Gagan Narang, a veteran of four Olympic Games and a bronze medal winner in the men’s 10m Air Rifle event at the 2012 London Olympics, has been selected as the new Chef-de-Mission for the Indian team participating in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Narang will take over the role from MC Mary Kom, who previously held the position.

Compensation for widow of Pakistani journalist killed by Kenya police

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A court in Kenya has awarded 10m shillings ($78,000; £61,000) in compensation to the widow of a prominent Pakistani journalist who was shot dead by police at a roadblock nearly two years ago.

Arshad Sharif was a TV anchor known for his robust criticism of Pakistan’s powerful military leaders and corruption in politics.

The father-of-five received death threats that he flagged to Pakistan’s top judge, before fleeing his home country to seek safety abroad.

Sharif’s killing two months later at the hands of police in the Kenyan town of Kajiado caused outrage, and the slow response by officials prompted UN experts to criticise both Kenya and Pakistan.

Kenya’s police had argued it was a case of mistaken identity but Sharif’s widow, Javeria Siddique, said it was a contract killing carried out on behalf of an unnamed individual in Pakistan.

On Monday, the Kajiado High Court rejected ruled that the Kenyan authorities had acted unlawfully and violated Sharif’s right to life. It duly awarded Ms Siddique compensation plus interest until payment in full.

“Loss of life cannot be compensated in monetary terms nor is the pain and suffering the family must have gone through. But there’s consensus that compensation is appropriate remedy for redress in violation of fundamental rights,” said Justice Stella Mutuku as she delivered the verdict.

The judge also ruled that Kenya’s director of public prosecutions and the independent policing oversight authority had violated Sharif’s rights by failing to prosecute the two police officers involved. The court has ordered both bodies to conclude investigations and charge the officers.

Reacting to the ruling, the lawyer representing Sharif’s widow, Ochiel Dudley, said “this is a win for the family and a win for Kenyans in their quest for police accountability”.

Sharif’s widow, Ms Siddique, expressed her gratitude to the Kenyan judiciary but added that her work was far from done.

“This ruling has come as a relief to me and my family, but I will not relent in getting maximum justice for my husband,” she said.

The BBC has asked the Kenyan authorities for their response to the ruling.

The police had given conflicting police accounts of Sharif’s death.

One account claimed the 49-year-old was travelling in a Toyota Land Cruiser which officers mistook for a similar vehicle that had been reported stolen.

In another version of events, police claimed that one of the car passengers had opened fire and then officers responded by shooting back.

Like her late husband, Ms Siddique is a journalist, and filed the lawsuit alongside the Kenya Union of Journalists and Kenya Correspondents Association last October.

She and her co-petitioners were seeking transparency, an apology, and accountability from the Kenyan authorities for what they called Sharif’s “targeted assassination”.

She told the BBC she was still unable to get justice for her husband in Pakistan, but would continue to campaign for the protection of journalists and would seek the help of the UN and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Asaduddin Owaisi Reaction On PM Modi Russia Visit says he should raises recruitment of Indians to fight Ukraine war issue with putin

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Owaisi On PM Modi Russia Visit: प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी सोमवार (08 जुलाई) को रूस पहुंच चुके हैं. जहां वो राष्ट्रपति व्लादिमीर पुतिन के साथ मुलाकात कर कई मुद्दों पर चर्चा करेंगे. इस बीच ऑल इंडिया मजलिस-ए-इत्तेहादुल मुस्लिममीन (एआईएमआईएम) के अध्यक्ष असदुद्दीन ओवैसी ने कहा कि पीएम मोदी को पुतिन के सामने यूक्रेन युद्ध में भारतीयों की भर्ती का मुद्दा उठाना चाहिए.

उन्होंने कहा कि कहा कि प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी को रूस के राष्ट्रपति व्लादिमीर पुतिन के सामने रूसी सेना में सर्विस कर रहे भारतीय नागरिकों का मुद्दा उठाना चाहिए और यूक्रेन युद्ध में लड़ने के लिए भारतीयों की भर्ती को भी रोकना चाहिए. हैदराबाद के सांसद ने कहा कि उन्हें यह भी सुनिश्चित करना चाहिए कि युद्ध क्षेत्र में फंसे भारतीयों को जल्द से जल्द देश वापस लाया जाए.

सोशल मीडिया पर क्या बोले ओवैसी?

सोशल मीडिया प्लेटफॉर्म एक्स (पूर्व में ट्विटर) पर उन्होंने लिखा, “चूंकि नरेंद्र मोदी रूस में हैं, इसलिए उन्हें पुतिन से संपर्क करना चाहिए और यूक्रेन युद्ध में लड़ने के लिए भारतीयों की भर्ती को रोकना चाहिए. उन्हें यह भी सुनिश्चित करना चाहिए कि युद्ध में फंसे निर्दोष भारतीयों को जल्द से जल्द घर वापस लाया जाए.”

असदुद्दीन ओवैसी ने क्यों कही ये बात?

प्रधानमंत्री अपनी यात्रा के दौरान यूक्रेन में चल रहे संघर्ष के बीच राष्ट्रपति व्लादिमीर पुतिन के साथ शिखर वार्ता करेंगे. फरवरी 2022 में यूक्रेन पर रूसी आक्रमण की शुरुआत के बाद से उनकी पहली यात्रा है. इकॉनोमिक टाइम्स की रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक, कई भारतीय रूसी सेना में सुरक्षा सहायक के रूप में काम कर रहे हैं और उन्हें यूक्रेन की सीमा पर कुछ इलाकों में रूसी सैनिकों के साथ लड़ने के लिए मजबूर किया गया.

विदेश मंत्रालय (एमईए) ने जून में कहा था कि रूस-यूक्रेन संघर्ष में रूसी सेना में सेवारत 30 वर्षीय हैदराबाद निवासी सहित कम से कम चार भारतीय नागरिक मारे गए थे.

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No Rohit, Virat, Bumrah for SL tour as BCCI wants them to rest before upcoming home season | Cricket News

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Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah will not be part of the Indian team that will tour Sri Lanka later this month.

The Indian Express understands that the Indian cricket board wants the captain of the T20 World Cup winning team and the other two seniors to take some more rest before returning for a full season in September when Bangladesh travels to India for two Tests and three T20Is starting on September 19.

The tour of Sri Lanka features three ODIs and as many T20Is, from July 27 to August 7. Sharma and Kohli have retired from T20Is after the recent World Cup, while Bumrah has said that he will continue playing the format for the country. It is learnt that the selection committee will meet next week to pick the team.

“Senior players can take some rest and get ready for the full cricket season ahead. Rohit, Virat and Bumrah have been offered rest and will join the team for the Test matches against Bangladesh in September,” a source in the BCCI told The Indian Express.

Post Bangladesh, the Indian team will host New Zealand at home from October 16-November 5 for three Tests. They will then fly to South Africa to play four T20I’s between November 8 and 15 before a five-match Test series in Australia starting on November 22.

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BCCI to call applications for support staff

Meanwhile, the Indian board will soon invite applications for the team’s support staff as the tenures of batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey and fielding coach T Dilip ended after the T20 World Cup in the USA and the West Indies.

The board’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) has already interviewed two candidates – Gautam Gambir and WV Raman – for the post of head coach and only an official announcement is awaited. Gambhir is expected to take up the role, and the delay in announcement is only because the board and the former left-handed opening batsman are in the final stages of salary negotiation.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has stated that the new coach will join the Indian team from the Sri Lanka series.

It is learnt that the board will give Gambhir a free hand to choose his support staff. It’s not clear whether the Indian team will have a batting coach going ahead, as Gambhir himself has been a successful opening batsman across formats. He was Kolkata Knight Riders mentor in their 2024 title-winning IPL season.

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PM Modi in Moscow, Rahul in Imphal: Congress renews Manipur attack | India News

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NEW DELHI: Manipur has been one of the strongest weapons in the arsenal of Congress-led opposition to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government since May last year when ethnic violence broke out between Meitei and Kuki communities in the state claiming more than 200 lives.
On Monday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who has made the Manipur issue one of the central themes of his attack on the Modi government, made his third visit to the strife-torn state to meet victims of violence staying in relief camps.With Modi, who is yet to visit the state, on a two-day trip to Russia, the Congress was quick to once again attack the Prime Minister for ignoring the plight of Manipur.
“Today, the non-biological PM goes to Moscow while the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha heads for Assam and Manipur. Of course, the drumbeaters of the non-biological PM have claimed that he stopped the Russia-Ukraine war for some time. Presumably, this Moscow trip will lead to even more bizarre claims,” Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh posted on X.
“The non-biological PM has not found the time nor even had the inclination to visit Manipur even for a few hours after the grave crisis erupted on May 3rd, 2023. He has not even met the CM of the state – who happens to be from his own party – and other political leaders of the state including MLAs and MPs,” the Congress leader added targeting the Prime Minister.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also joined in the attack. In a post on X she shared, “Leader of Opposition Rahul Gandhi ji today met the victims of violence in Manipur and consoled and encouraged them. Manipur has been in the grip of violence for more than a year. Hundreds of people have lost their lives. Thousands of people are living in relief camps. But the BJP government at the Centre has neither taken any positive initiative to restore peace nor has the Prime Minister visited Manipur.”

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After his day-long visit, Rahul expressed disappointment over Centre’s efforts to help the people of Manipur and once again urged the Prime Minister to visit the state. “I was expecting some improvement in the situation but I was disappointed to see that the situation is still nowhere near what it should be. I visited the camps and heard the people there, heard their pain. I came here to listen to them, to build confidence in them and as somebody who is in the opposition, to try and apply pressure on the govt so that it acts,” Rahul said.
Congress’s Manipur attacks
The Congress has been relentless in its attack against the Prime Minister for not visiting Manipur in the last 14 months. In the just-conluded Parliament session, PM Modi had to brave opposition sloganeering over Manipur right through his speech in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. While the Prime Minister did not mention Manipur in his speech in Lok Sabha, in Rajya Sabha he slammed the opposition for politicising the issue.
“We are continuously trying to maintain peace and stability in Manipur. More than 11,000 FIRs have been registered, and more than 500 people have been arrested in Manipur, which is a very small state. Now, the incidents of violence are coming down. This means peace is possible,” PM Modi had said replying to the Motion of Thanks on President’s Address in Rajya Sabha.
“Both Central and state governments are actively working to resolve regional issues with patience and peace. Union home minister Amit Shah visited Manipur and stayed for weeks there, engaging with relevant stakeholders,” the Prime Minister said.
PM Modi also attacked the Congress for imposing President’s Rule in the state ten times during their tenure and also recalled the spate of violence in 1993 that lasted for about five years. The Prime Minister was responding to Rahul’s allegations that the BJP-led NDA government had pushed Manipur into a civil war.
Rahul’s first visit to the state as leader of opposition may set the stage for another round of Parliament confrontation over the issue in the Budget session that starts from July 22.
Why Congress has been aggressive on Manipur?
The 2024 Lok Sabha elections have offered a glimmer of hope for the Congress in the northeast. The Congress wrested two seats in Manipur, one seat each in Nagaland and Meghalaya from the BJP and its allies, besides winning three seats in Assam.
The grand old party which was once a dominant player in the region has been almost wiped out by the BJP and its allies in the last 10 years. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the NDA won 19 out of 25 seats in the region while the Congress managed only 4. The Congress would want to build on this small window of hope to revive its influence in the region.
Rahul’s Nyay Yatra
The Congress had kept its focus on Manipur in the run up to Lok Sabha campaign also. In January, Rahul Gandhi had launched his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra from Thoubal in Manipur. The Congress leader then said that Manipur was an example of BJP’s “politics of hatred” and alleged “Maybe for Narendra Modi, BJP and RSS, Manipur is not part of India”.
RSS boost to Congress attack
The opposition got a boost on Manipur issue post elections when RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat expressed concern over peace eluding the state even after one year. Addressing a gathering of RSS trainees Bhagwat said, “Manipur is waiting for peace for the last one year. There was peace in Manipur 10 years ago. It felt like gun culture had finished there. But the state has suddenly seen violence.”
“The situation in Manipur will have to be considered with priority. There is need to get over election rhetoric and focus on problems facing the nation,” the RSS chief asserted. The unrest either got triggered or was triggered, but Manipur is burning and people are facing its extreme heat,” the RSS chief added.
The Congress was quick to harp on Bhagwat’s remarks and took a swipe at PM Modi. “Perhaps Bhagwat can prevail upon the “former RSS office-bearer” to go to the northeastern state,” the party said in its reaction to the remarks made by RSS chief.
‘He is trying to politicize issue’
Meanwhile, BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad criticized Rahul for visiting Manipur and said he is trying to politicize the issue. “Manipur is a sensitive issue. Everyone should make efforts to bring peace there. Rahul Gandhi is politicizing this issue. Lok Sabha elections are over. Manipur needs ointments. There is a need to minimize the distance between the two communities,” the BJP leader said.
(With inputs from agencies)

YouTuber goes incommunicado after police register case over inappropriate remarks

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The Telangana Cyber Security Bureau (TGCSB), investigating the case of YouTuber Praneeth Hanumanthu making inappropriate comments on a video about a father and daughter, said all his phones were switched off.

“He is a native of Andhra Pradesh; we have to ascertain if he is operating from there,” said an official from the bureau on condition of anonymity. Efforts were on to arrest him, the official added. 

Meanwhile, joining the list of actors from the Telugu film industry taking it to ‘X’ to post against the YouTuber’s comment, actor Sudheer Babu said he “felt disgusted to have him casted in his latest movie”.

“For good or bad, I’m not a social media guy nor do I keep up with things. I feel so disgusted by the fact we had #PraneethHanumanthu casted in #HaromHara. Sincere apologies from me and my entire team… We should make sure these sick minds shouldn’t have a platform for the filth they wanna (sic) spread. This isn’t freedom of speech by any means,” he wrote.

The row over the YouTuber’s comment came to light after actor Sai Dharam Tej posted about his content, requesting an intervention from Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy and the State police on July 7. Later that night, the Telangana Cyber Security Bureau (TGCSB) said they registered a case and are coordinating with their Andhra Pradesh counterparts.

The incident entailed the YouTuber holding an online group call with his friends and reacting to short content and making inappropriate remarks about a video of a father and a daughter. Following widespread online outrage, the YouTuber posted an apology.

Macron asks PM Gabriel Attal to stay on for now after election

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By Paul KirbyBBC News in Paris

Jubilation and stunned silence: France reacts to exit polls

French President Emmanuel Macron has asked his prime minister, Gabriel Attal, to remain in post “for the time being to ensure the country’s stability”, after election results left no party with an outright majority.

Mr Attal, who led the president’s Ensemble alliance’s election campaign, handed his resignation to Mr Macron on Monday, only for the president to refuse.

Although Ensemble lost many of its seats in Sunday’s parliament election, it came second, behind a left-wing alliance but ahead of the far right which had been expected to win.

The unexpected result leaves French politics in deadlock, with no party able to form a government by itself.

Map of France by party constituency

The New Popular Front, a left-wing alliance cobbled together after Mr Macron called the elections, argues that as the leading group in the next National Assembly it has earned the right to choose a prime minister.

They were due to meet on Monday to consider who to propose for the job, but there is no obvious candidate who would satisfy the radical France Unbowed (LFI) party as well as the more moderate Socialists, Greens and Communists.

Mr Attal had announced he would resign on Sunday night, but left open the possibility of remaining in the job as long as duty required him to do so.

It had been widely expected that his resignation would be rejected when he visited the Élysée Palace on Monday morning.

President Macron is due to fly to the US on Tuesday for a Nato summit and Paris is hosting the Olympic Games from 26 July.

While it is not yet clear how long he needs Mr Attal to stay in office, the president made it clear that France now needed a period of calm.

Outgoing Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned on Monday that the country was facing an immediate risk of financial crisis an economic decline.

Since the results came out, Mr Macron has sought to steer clear of the political fray. A statement on Sunday night said that while he would respect the “choice of the French people”, he was waiting for the full picture to emerge in parliament before taking the next, necessary decisions.

The National Rally (RN) of Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella had been widely expected to win the election, after taking a strong lead in Sunday’s first round.

But even though their vote held up, with more than 10 million people backing RN and a group of conservative allies, they failed to come anywhere near the number of seats suggested by opinion polls,

They ended up with 143 seats, when they had set themselves the ambition of reaching an absolute majority of 289 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly.

 DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP  French Rassemblement National (RN) far-right party's leader Marine Le Pen arrives at the far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party headquarters in Paris on July 8 DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP

Marine Le Pen sought to look to the future after her party’s poor election result

The party’s two leaders had bitterly accused the left and centrist blocs of stitching up the vote, with more than 200 candidates dropping out to give a rival candidate a chance of defeating RN.

But by Monday, Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella were trying to look ahead.

“In just two years, progress has been incredible and makes victory for us inevitable in the short term,” said Ms Le Pen, thanking the 10 million voters who backed RN and its allies. “The number one party for numbers of votes and MPs.”

Mr Bardella was determined to focus on his future role in the European Parliament.

He is now going to lead a new grouping the European Parliament called Patriots for Europe, formed by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Hungary has taken over the presidency of the EU this month, and already Mr Orban has angered several of his European counterparts by becoming the first EU leader to visit Russia’s Vladimir Putin in more than two years.

President Macron had called France’s snap parliamentary vote in response to RN’s victory in EU elections only a month ago.

Explainer: How to do better crowd management and stop Hathras-like stampede | India News

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On July 3, 2024, a tragic stampede occurred during a religious gathering in UP’s Hathras, resulting in the loss of 121 lives, mostly women, and leaving more than 80 people injured.
The event was organized by Narayan Sakar Hari, a self-proclaimed spiritual leader known as “Bhole Baba“, and took place in a village within the Hathras district.
Reports indicate that the crowd at the satsang (prayer meeting) far exceeded the permitted number of 80,000, with over 250,000 devotees in attendance.
The prayer meeting was held in a temporary tent erected on a muddy field.

The deadly crush occurred when Bhole Baba exited the stage and made his way towards his vehicle after the conclusion of the event. A significant number of devotees rushed out of the tent, hoping to touch his feet or the ground he had walked on, resulting in a chaotic and fatal situation. Many individuals were trampled and suffocated, while others fell into a nearby mud field and were crushed. The tragedy has been attributed to various factors, including inadequate planning and crowd management by the organizers, insufficient safety measures and exits, and an attendance that surpassed the venue’s capacity.
In response to the incident, the Uttar Pradesh government has initiated a judicial probe, which will be conducted by a retired High Court judge and two retired IAS officers.

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An FIR has been filed against the event organizers, although Bhole Baba himself has not been implicated at this time. Bhole Baba, a member of the Dalit community, has a controversial history, including an arrest in 2000 for allegedly learning “magical powers” and an incident in Agra where he allegedly seized the body of a deceased teenager, claiming he could revive her through his supposed abilities.
The Hathras tragedy is one of many deadly stampedes that have occurred at religious gatherings in India, often due to inadequate crowd management, lack of safety measures, and the immense popularity of certain religious figures. Similar incidents include the 2016 explosion at a temple in Kerala (112 deaths), the 2013 stampede at a bridge near a temple in Madhya Pradesh (115 deaths), and the 2008 stampede at a hilltop temple in Jodhpur (224 deaths).
This latest tragedy emphasizes the urgent need for more stringent regulations and improved planning for large-scale religious events in India to prevent such devastating loss of life in the future.
Here is an FAQs on National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)’s comprehensive set of guidelines focused on effective crowd management.
What are the new guidelines on crowd management?
The NDMA has released a comprehensive guide titled “Managing Crowd at Events and Venues of Mass Gathering.” This guide aims to equip state governments, local authorities, administrators, and event organizers with strategies and procedures for effective crowd management at places of mass gatherings. The NDMA emphasizes a structured and integrated approach to prevent crowd-related disasters, which are primarily man-made and can be avoided with proper planning and execution.
Why was this guide created?
The guide was created in response to the recurring stampedes and crowd disasters at places of mass gathering, including religious events, railway stations, and social or political gatherings. With the increasing population and urbanization, the probability of such events has risen. NDMA Vice Chairman M Shashidhar Reddy highlighted that professional crowd management is a relatively new concept worldwide, developed in response to various disasters. The objective is to “guide the organizers, administrators, and other stakeholders for effective crowd management at places of mass gathering.”
What are the key causes and triggers for crowd disasters?
The guide identifies several causes and triggers for crowd disasters, categorized into six main areas:

  • Structural issues: Collapses of temporary structures, narrow and poorly lit pathways, unauthorized constructions, etc.
  • Fire/electricity hazards: Fires in makeshift facilities, unauthorized fireworks, inadequate fire safety measures, and short circuits.
  • Crowd control failures: Overcrowding due to poor planning, lack of access control, inadequate exit routes, and uncontrolled parking.
  • Crowd behavior: Panic, rush for entrances or exits, clashes due to delays, and inappropriate reactions to emergencies.
  • Security Lapses: Under-deployment of security personnel, lack of coordination, poor communication systems, and inadequate surveillance.
  • Lack of coordination: Poor coordination between various stakeholders, inadequate infrastructure, and delayed communication.

What strategies are recommended for effective crowd management?
The guide outlines several strategies for effective crowd management:

  • Capacity planning: Long-term infrastructure development based on the popularity and periodicity of events, with staging points for rest and monitoring.
  • Understanding crowd behavior: Identifying and managing potential miscreants tactfully to prevent mass panic or chaos.
  • Risk analysis and preparedness: Identifying potential threats, conducting risk assessments, and developing emergency plans.
  • Information management: Efficient information dissemination to visitors, organizers, security personnel, and local residents.
  • Safety and Security Measures: Implementing general and specific safety guidelines, deploying barriers, and ensuring emergency medical services.
  • Transportation and traffic management: Developing emergency transportation plans and managing traffic flow effectively.

How does the guide address the role of various stakeholders?
The guide emphasizes a stakeholder approach, involving local shops, residents, NGOs, and local administration in the planning and management process. A unified control system is recommended to bring together agencies with different functional roles to work effectively without affecting individual accountability. This approach ensures that all stakeholders have a clear understanding of their responsibilities and work towards a common goal.
What is the role of technology in crowd management according to the guide?
The guide highlights the importance of modern technological tools and models for effective crowd management. It encourages the use of information and communication technology (ICT), geographical information systems (GIS), closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, and UAVs for monitoring and managing crowds. These technologies help in decision-making, crowd simulation, and real-time management during events.
What legal provisions are considered in the guide?
The guide collates current legal provisions for crowd control and management, including the Disaster Management Act of 2005, which defines disaster management as a continuous and integrated process involving prevention, mitigation, capacity-building, preparedness, response, and rehabilitation. It also references other relevant laws like the Police Act of 1861, the Kerala Police Act of 2011, and the Cinematograph Act of 1952.
How can stakeholders build capacity for crowd management?
The guide suggests a capacity-building framework, including research, education, and training for all stakeholders involved in crowd management. It highlights the importance of continuous improvement through mock drills, audits, exercises, and the adoption of best practices from past experiences and theoretical inputs.
(With inputs from agencies)

How a smiling Yaroslava Mahuchikh sensationally broke a 37-year-old world record | Sport-others News

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Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh knew she had it in her. Stefka Kostadinova’s 2.09m in women’s high jump happened at the 1987 World Championships. Mahuchikh, ever since she cleared 2.04 at the 2019 Worlds to set the all-time U20 record, was earmarked for this. And finally on Sunday, on an incredible evening of track & field action at the Paris Diamond League, the World Record that stood for 37 years was broken.

“I think first I need to mature mentally a little bit,” Mahuchikh had told World Athletics in April this year on the possibility of the World Record. “I think I need a bit more speed to break the senior world record. The stars also maybe need to align for it to happen.”

At Stade Charléty, in the city of the 2024 Summer Games that are just over two weeks away, the stars aligned for the Ukranian superstar. The reigning World Champion first set a Personal Best and new National Record when she cleared 2.07m with her second attempt. And incredibly, attempting the all-time record mark of 2.10m, she started off her run-up with a smile on her face, accelerated beautifully towards her mark and the 22-year-old cleared the height in her first attempt. As she got back up, she took a quick look to make sure the bar hadn’t dislodged (it wobbled just for a bit but stayed on) and off she went celebrating. The reaction said it all. She roared in disbelief as the crowd gasped.

“For two years, I’ve believed I can do this. Mentally, I was so strong and I knew I could do it. I have signed the name of Ukraine into the history of sport,” she said later.

The reigning world champion and Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist brushed off suggestions that the jump had made her the clear favourite for the Paris Olympics, which begins on July 26. “I am looking forward to the Olympic Games here. I am sure it will be a great competition with an even better atmosphere, but I know it will be hard and very competitive,” she said.

Festive offer

Mahuchikh, who fled her home city of Dnipro in early 2022 after the Russian invasion, has spoken in the past about competing with pride for her war-torn nation. “I’m competing for my country, for my people, for our soldiers,” she had said in April. “I’m thankful to all of them that I have the opportunity to train outside of Ukraine and to represent my country. I like the fact that people have been inspired by me to start track and field.”

French 2024 Parliamentary Election Results in Maps and Charts

Support for left-wing parties surged unexpectedly in nationwide legislative elections on Sunday, pushing the nationalist, anti-immigration National Rally into third place.

The electoral map showed enduring divisions — with Paris and its suburbs voting for the left and center, and the regions in the far north and south along the Mediterranean voting for the far right.

The country’s political outlook appeared more muddled than before, with three large political blocs, each with a vastly different vision and plan for the country.

  • The biggest surprise on Sunday was the triumph of the New Popular Front, a coalition of left-wing parties that is now the dominant force in a bloc of about 190 lawmakers and that has emerged as the lower house’s leading political group.

  • The centrist coalition of President Emmanuel Macron, who cast the country into turmoil a month ago by calling the election, was in second place with 150 seats.

  • Another shocker was the third-place finish of the National Rally and its allies, which had been expected to win the most seats, if not an absolute majority, in the 577-member National Assembly, the more powerful lower house.

France’s left-wing parties and Mr. Macron’s centrist coalition pulled out over 200 candidates from three-way races in districts where the far right had a chance of clinching a seat. Many voters who abhorred the far right then cast their ballot for whoever was left — even if the candidate was hardly their first choice.

U.S. Creates High-Tech Global Supply Chains to Blunt Risks Tied to China

If the Biden administration had its way, far more electronic chips would be made in factories in, say, Texas or Arizona.

They would then be shipped to partner countries, like Costa Rica or Vietnam or Kenya, for final assembly and sent out into the world to run everything from refrigerators to supercomputers.

Those places may not be the first that come to mind when people think of semiconductors. But administration officials are trying to transform the world’s chip supply chain and are negotiating intensely to do so.

The core elements of the plan include getting foreign companies to invest in chip-making in the United States and finding other countries to set up factories to finish the work. Officials and researchers in Washington call it part of the new “chip diplomacy.”

The Biden administration argues that producing more of the tiny brains of electronic devices in the United States will help make the country more prosperous and secure. President Biden boasted about his efforts in his interview on Friday with ABC News, during which he said he had gotten South Korea to invest billions of dollars in chip-making in the United States.

But a key part of the strategy is unfolding outside America’s borders, where the administration is trying to work with partners to ensure that investments in the United States are more durable.

If the nascent effort progresses, it may help the administration meet some of its broad strategic goals. It wants to blunt security concerns involving China, which is growing its chip manufacturing while making threats against Taiwan, a global center of chip technology. And it wants to lower the risks of disruptions to the chip supply chain — risks that became evident during the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine, both of which threw global shipping and manufacturing into turmoil.

“The focus has been to do our best to expand the capacity in a diverse set of countries to make those global supply chains more resilient,” said Ramin Toloui, a Stanford professor who recently served as assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, which is at the forefront of diplomatic efforts to set up new supply chains.

The administration aims to do that not just for chips, but also for green energy technology such as electric vehicle batteries, solar panels and wind turbines. China is by far the biggest player in those industries.

Mr. Biden and his aides say that dominance by Chinese companies is a national security issue as well as a human rights problem, given that some of the manufacturing takes place in Xinjiang, a region of China where officials force members of some Muslim ethnic groups to work in factories.

Over three years of the Biden administration, the United States has attracted $395 billion of foreign investment in semiconductor manufacturing and $405 billion for making green technology and generating clean power, Mr. Toloui said.

Many of the companies investing in that kind of manufacturing in the United States are based in Asian countries known for their tech industries — Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, for instance — and in Europe. One is SK Hynix, a South Korean chipmaker that is building a $3.8 billion factory in Indiana. The State Department says that the project is the largest-ever investment in that state and that it has the potential to bring more than 1,000 jobs to the region.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken mentioned that project in a speech last month at a conference in Maryland aimed at encouraging foreign investment in the United States. And he underscored how he hoped legislation enacted by Mr. Biden would draw foreign investment to U.S. high-tech manufacturing by “modernizing our roads, our rail, our broadband, our electric grid.”

The policy efforts, he added, are aimed at “strengthening and diversifying supply chains, turbocharging domestic manufacturing, spurring key industries of the future, from semiconductors to clean energy.”

The Commerce Department has also played a major role in the effort to shore up the chip supply chain and is disbursing $50 billion to American companies and organizations to research, develop and manufacture chips.

Gina Raimondo, the commerce secretary, led an in-depth study of global chip supply chains to identify vulnerabilities and has worked with foreign governments to discuss opportunities for additional investments overseas.

The topic was a focus of Ms. Raimondo’s trip to Costa Rica this past spring as she met with local officials and executives from Intel, which runs a factory there. (Mr. Toloui spoke at a semiconductor manufacturing conference Costa Rica in January.) She also discussed diversifying the semiconductor supply chain on trips to Panama and Thailand.

But reworking global supply chains so that they are less dependent on East Asia will be a challenge. East Asian chip factories offer more cutting-edge technology, a larger pool of talented engineers and lower costs than American factories are projected to.

Taiwan produces more than 60 percent of the world’s chips and nearly all of the most advanced chips, which are used in computers, smartphones and other devices.

By comparison, the U.S. semiconductor industry could face a shortage of up to 90,000 workers over the next few years, according to several estimates.

Governments in China, Taiwan, South Korea and elsewhere are also aggressively subsidizing their own chips industries.

Still, billions of dollars of new U.S. investment are expected to somewhat shift global supply chains. The U.S. share of global chip manufacturing is projected to rise to 14 percent by 2032, from 10 percent today, according to a May report from the Semiconductor Industry Association and the Boston Consulting Group.

Some administration officials have engaged in a more coercive form of chip diplomacy to prevent China from developing versions of American technology. That approach has focused on persuading a handful of countries — Japan and the Netherlands, in particular — to stop companies from selling some chip-making tools to China.

Alan Estevez, who leads the bureau within the Commerce Department in charge of export controls, visited Japan and the Netherlands last month to try to persuade the countries to block companies there from selling certain advanced technology to China.

By contrast, Mr. Toloui and his aides have flown around the world to scout out countries and companies that might want to invest in the American industry and set up factories that would form the endpoint of the supply chain. Mr. Toloui said his bureau’s work was an element of Mr. Biden’s recent enactment of legislation to create more manufacturing jobs in the United States, including the infrastructure act and the CHIPS and Science Act.

The CHIPS act includes $500 million of funding annually for the administration to create secure supply chains and to protect semiconductor technology. The State Department draws on that money to find countries for supply chain development. Officials are organizing studies on a range of countries to see how infrastructure and work forces can be brought up to certain standards to ensure smooth chip assembly, packaging and shipping.

The countries now in the program are Costa Rica, Indonesia, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, and Vietnam. The U.S. government is bringing in Kenya.

Job training is a priority in this supply chain creation, Mr. Toloui said. He has talked to Arizona State University about being a partner with overseas institutions to develop training programs. One such institution is Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City, which he visited in May.

Martijn Rasser, the managing director of Datenna Inc., a research firm that focuses on China, said this network of alliances was a strategic advantage that the United States has over China.

For the United States to try to do everything itself would be too expensive, he said. And going it alone would not recognize the reality that technology today is much more diffused globally than it was a few decades ago, with various countries playing important roles in the chip supply chain.

FM Sitharaman assures UK envoy of stronger economic ties as new govt takes over

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New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met the British High Commissioner to India Lindy Cameron here on Monday and extended her greetings to the newly-elected government in the U.K. as well as to the newly-appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer Rachel Reeves.

The Finance Minister reaffirmed India’s commitment to taking forward economic and financial collaboration for the mutual benefit of both countries.

The UK High Commissioner said, “Very grateful to Finance Minister Sitharaman for finding time for an introductory call in the middle of her intense budget preparations.”

“Delighted, and both now have powerful women as Finance Ministers!” Cameron remarked.

Newly-elected British Prime Minister Keir Starmer on Saturday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership on key global challenges as both leaders spoke over the phone following Friday’s results of the UK general elections which handed the Labour Party a landslide victory.

The two leaders discussed the importance of the living bridge between the UK and India, the 2030 roadmap, and agreed that there was a wide range of areas across defence and security, critical and emerging technology, and climate change for the two countries to deepen cooperation on.

“Discussing the Free Trade Agreement, the UK Prime Minister said he stood ready to conclude a deal that worked for both sides,” Starmer’s office stated.

As both leaders agreed to work towards the early conclusion of a mutually beneficial India-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA), PM Modi also extended an invitation to Keir Starmer for an early visit to India.

PM Modi congratulated Starmer on his and the Labour Party’s “remarkable victory” in the general elections.

“Pleased to speak with Keir Starmer. Congratulated him on being elected as the Prime Minister of the UK. We remain committed to deepening Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and robust India-UK economic ties for the progress and prosperity of our peoples and global good,” PM Modi posted on X after the call.

“Appreciating the positive contributions of the Indian community in the social, economic, and political development of the UK. The two sides agreed to continue to promote close people-to-people ties. Both leaders agreed to remain in touch,” the Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.

–IANS

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Euro 2024: Referee with match fixing past and history with Jude Bellingham given officiating duty in England vs Netherlands semifinal | Football News

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Felix Zwayer, a German referee who was given a six-month ban in 2005 for match fixing, will be the officiating the Euro semifinal match between Netherlands and England. What’s noteworthy here is that the 43-year-old has a bit of history with English talisman Jude Bellingham.

In December 2021, Bellingham who was a Borussia Dortmund player at that time, had received a fine of €40,000 (£33,970) from the German FA for his comments on Zwayer after his team’s 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich.

“You give a referee that has match-fixed before the biggest game in Germany – what do you expect? For me, it wasn’t (a penalty). He (Hummels) is not even looking at the ball and he’s fighting to get it and it hits him. You can look at a lot of the decisions in the game,” he had said to ViaPlay after Zwayer had awarded Bayern a penalty while denying Dortmund one earlier.

The referee had then reacted to Belligham’s comments and defended his decision. “The situation was a standard corner kick. “I see in the game that it’s about a touch by Hummels. The question for me was: Is the arm stretched away from the body or not? In real-time, it was not clear whether his arm was moved towards the ball. I checked it with [VAR officials] in Cologne and then the arm position was checked. The video assistant made an assessment for himself and said that Hummels had his arm away from the body in an unnatural position. In the end, he clearly deflected the ball with his elbow and I came to the decision that it was a penalty,” Zwayer had told Sky Germany.

This will not be the first time that Zwayer will be refereeing a match in this Euro with the German official taking charge of the Netherlands vs Romania Quarterfinal clash as well as Italy vs Albania and Portugal vs Turkey in the group stages.

Bellingham, meanwhile, has been a key player for England in the Euros, scoring twice with a late bicycle volley equalizer against Slovakia in the Round of 16 being the highlight.

Election Commission Allows Sharad Pawar’s NCP to Accept Public Contributions Ahead of Maharashtra Polls

The communication was issued after an eight-member delegation of the NCP-SP party, led by their working President Supriya Sule, met the Commission on Monday. (PTI File)

The communication was issued after an eight-member delegation of the NCP-SP party, led by their working President Supriya Sule, met the Commission on Monday. (PTI File)

The NCP-SP had requested the Election Commission of India (ECI) to issue a communication/certificate recording the status of the party for the purpose of accepting voluntary contributions from public

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday allowed the ‘Nationalist Congress Party – Sharadchandra Pawar’ (NCP-SP) to accept voluntary contributions from public in view of the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections.

The party had requested the Commission to issue a communication/certificate recording the status of the party for the purpose of accepting voluntary contributions. The ECI, in its communication on July 8, has authorised the party to accept any amount of contribution voluntarily offered to it by any person or company other than a government company.

“The ECI hereby authorises, on an interim basis, “Nationalist Congress Party- Sharadchandra Pawar” to ‘accept any amount of contribution voluntarily offered to it by any person or company other than a Government company’…Further, this authorization is incumbent upon the “Nationalist Congress Party- Sharadchandra Pawar” to be in compliance with the conditions stated in Section 29 B and. Section 29 C of Representation of People Act, 1951 which governs the contribution to all political parties,” the letter added.

All political parties have to disclose the contributions they received above Rs 20,000 in a financial year to the poll body.

The communication was issued after an eight-member delegation of the NCP-SP party led by their working President Supriya Sule met the Commission on Monday at Nirvachan Sadan.

The poll body also said that this authorisation to the party/group to accept contribution for ensuring elections would remain applicable in the period till the final disposal of the petition SLP (C) 4248 of 2024 in the Supreme Court and would, thereafter, be dealt accordingly.

In February, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the poll body announced the Ajit Pawar faction as the real NCP, while asking the party’s founder Sharad Pawar to look for a new name for his outfit ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls in Maharashtra.

The other faction then came up with the name NCP-SP. However, Sharad Pawar challenged the ECI’s decision to grant the official “clock” symbol of the NCP to Ajit Pawar’s group. The matter is still sub-judice.

As in its last order, in March, the Ajit Pawar faction was asked by the court to declare in newspapers that the allocation of ‘clock’ symbol is sub-judice before the apex court.

The assembly polls in Maharashtra are scheduled to be held in October-November this year.

YouTube Music Spotted Testing AI-Generated Custom Radio Station Feature

YouTube Music has been spotted testing a new artificial intelligence (AI) feature that will allow users to generate unique radios with the help of an experimental tool. The new feature works with text-based prompts, meaning users can describe what they want to listen to, and the AI generates a radio station with similar songs in it. Earlier users could only create a radio based on a song or an artist and get similar song recommendations. An earlier report claimed that YouTube is in talks with major record labels to use copyrighted songs to develop AI tools for its Music app.

YouTube Music AI Radio Station Spotted in Testing

Reddit user u/kater_pro spotted a new feature on YouTube Music that is marked as experimental. Describing the feature, the Redditor said that it allows users to write a prompt which creates instantly generates a custom radio station. This is the only known report about the feature to date, so it’s currently unclear how widely it is being tested.

YouTube Music rival Spotify recently released a similar feature dubbed Personalised Playlist for Premium users, which is currently in beta testing. Amazon has also released a similar feature dubbed Maestro in the US.

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YouTube Music AI radio feature
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An image shared by the Reddit user reveal that the feature has been marked as ‘experimental’. The text on the suggestion tells users to “Ask for music any way you like”. A second screenshot shows what appears to be an AI-generated radio station.

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YouTube Music AI-generated radio
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The feature also appears to include a playlist title along with a short description of the radio station. Multiple songs connected with the theme requested by the user are also included in the screenshot shared by the Redditor. At the bottom, several prompt suggestions for other music genres are also displayed.

It is unclear whether they will be added as a secondary filter to the existing radio or if it will prompt the AI to generate a new radio. At the bottom, the Ask for Music feature, which was recently reported, can also be seen.

Users who do not yet have access to this feature can still create a standard radio channel on YouTube Music by selecting a song or an artist. The algorithm then selects songs similar to the source. If the new feature exits the experimental phase, it could be rolled out to more beta testers, and eventually allow all YouTube Music users to create a radio station based on what they want to hear.


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